Released by the Spanish Music Ages label is the first volume in an Elvis Presley budget series of EP re-issues. A release that makes us want a volume 2?
To be honest, the reason I picked this CD from stack of budget releases is for only one reason, the package. This CD is presented in a three panel digipack with four EP's on the cover. Looking at those fifties designs I really would have loved to have been around in those days. Just look at the four images of that young energetic star that set the music world on-fire.
Who needs the modern Photoshop designs when you can create covers like this with paper, scissors and some pencils? And they were released on a decent 45 RPM single sleeve size too :-) Inside the biography of Elvis Presley is told in both Spanish and English.
Back to present day. The content of this compilation are the tracks of the four exotic EPs shown on the cover "Y El Rock And Roll", "Love Me Tender". El Rock And Roll de Elvis Presley" and "El Ritmo de Elvis Presley"; sixteen tracks in total. And since they are from the heyday of Rock And Roll they are all great :-)
Audio-wise the producers followed the rules; they used the (original?) 45 RPM releases as a source, and you can hear that. On the cover it is advertised as "Vinyl Sound". The sound is not as crisp and clear as the official SONY / BMG releases. For the few Euro's this set costed me it actually fits the package and presentation.
As written in the opening I got this one for the package and I for one would like to see more of these "original" releases, just for the fun of (collecting) it. I wouldn't mind if all more EPs see the light of day again this way; preferably one at a time so the great covers from the past can be shown in a bigger size. This release shows that the public domain legislation in Europe is not all bad.