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Let’s Be Friends - Bootleg Version

May 10, 2005
Released in the Polish import circuit – although you can never be sure with releases of this kind - is the CD “Let’s Be Friends”. Will we become friends with the producers?

Design

The CD is a re-make of an RCA / Camden album that has not yet been released on the CD format. Camden was a label that produced cheap releases, and this release has “cheap” written all over it. The booklet can be folded open, but why should we do that if all we get is clear paper… guess we’re lucky the cover is printed in color. The back cover is a re-print of the original LP cover.

Content

The CD sound good, “sound freaks” on several message boards dug into the quality and seem to conclude that the CD is a recreation using various CDs as source. Listening this compilation we can’t hear any “original L.P. sound”. The only song sounding less better than the rest is “Almost” … but that isn’t a favorite so we’ll skip that one anyway.

As for the compilation itself, it is a budget compilation but does contain some lesser played gems like “If I’m A Fool (For Loving You)” and “I’ll Be There” which we haven’t played in a while. The producers made one error, they used the 58 second version from the double features release of the song "Mama" on this CD while they should have used the long version (which is available on "Elvis Latino!".

Conclusion

What can we say about this import release… not much, we have another “original” Elvis album on CD for the collection. But due to the quality of the presentation, the poor selection of songs, the short playing time (only 9 songs!) we probably won’t play this CD again.

Track listing:

Stay Away, Joe / If I'm A Fool For Loving You / Let's Be Friends / Mama (short) / I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) / Almost / Change Of habit / Have A Happy
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Reactions

Way Up (profilecontact) wrote on May 22, 2005report abuse
Another CD that nobody need. Everyone can make the same compilation at home.
Rick Mercoa (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2005report abuse
I must admitt that the orignal LP was a nice album and combined with Almost it would ahve been a great low buget CD, your right Kilburn!! But I stick to the fact that FTD will give use more worth for our money when they decide to re-release something
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on May 13, 2005report abuse
I quite enjoyed listening to this CD, perhaps because I have good memories of the original LP release. I agree about the shortcomings, but all of these budget LP's suffered from a short playing time which is more obvious when transferred to CD. I have always felt that had the contents of this LP and the "Almost In Love" LP been combined, leaving out filler tracks such as "Stay Away Joe" and "Mama", a great full-price album could have been created. I suppose at the time, RCA had a glut of recordings from the very creative 1969 and 1970 sessions, as well as the live recordings so felt able to throw away good tracks on budget LP's.
Rick Mercoa (profilecontact) wrote on May 11, 2005report abuse
This is the nightmare under the imports. It's claimed to be released by the polish fanclub. They didn't even know it excisted. This is an Cd that I only would buy when it would be released by BMG, with extra songs. Why not a album with alternate takes instead? I wouldn't be surprised we can expect something in future by FTD with a lot of extras.

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