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Viva Las Vegas

By ElvisNews.com/ LexJan 2, 2011

Another vinyl version of a FTD release saw the light last month.

Design

What can I say other than that I’d rather see Ann Margret on 12” than on 5”. Without kidding, the set is perfectly styled into the detail, even the labels are beautiful with the old RCA Victor logo, including Nipper. It’s great to really hold something in your hands like this!

Content

Of course you don’t need this set for the songs, since you probably have the CD release already. I am one of those that still think that vinyl sounds better than CDs. To me the sound is fuller and richer than the CD version. When I want to play music and pick a CD and put it in my player, but when I really want to listen to music I prefer vinyl.

I am particularly happy with this release, since it is one of the few movies that has an above average soundtrack. The only minor of vinyl is that I have to stand up to skip Santa Lucia (which I was too lazy for). Okay, my laziness makes it another minor that I have to stand up to turn the record after a little quarter of an hour. Santa Lucia is the only track on the set that gives me that tendency to skip. The duets with Ann Margret You’re The Boss and The Lady Loves Me are fun (but I prefer the solo version of Today, Tomorrow And Forever) and the title track is certainly in my Top 20 Elvis songs, I always had a weak spot for C’mon Everybody and Today, Tomorrow and Forever (solo).

Conclusion

To me this is a real collector’s item, and I’d love to see these vinyl release pop up more often!
 

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dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 8, 2011report abuse
Yes Deano1 & Steve, it is hard to believe they didnt have these 2 takes when they made the FTD CD, one of the few I bought , because like you I agree without a doubt this should have been an LP in 1964. But I wont buy it now for 2 songs no matter how nice a package.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 8, 2011report abuse
I agree with SteveV for the most part as far as being interested in the vinyl LP's that came out during Elvis' lifetime; but I do like projects like this one of LP's that should have been released in his lifetime ("Standing Room Only" and "Jailhouse Rock" are the other FTD vinyl I have purchased). That said, to add two songs to this that you can't get on the FTD CD version is very shady marketing and beneath Sony and FTD. Don't expect someone to pay $30 to $40 for a CD and then pay another $40 for an LP version of the same CD to get two more outtakes.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2011report abuse
This looks like a nice package but the only vinyl I am interested in are the records that came out in his lifetime, the ones that mean something to me and the ones that I have kept. These are just ploys to get people to buy more new product and by throwing 2 more outtakes on the record, well that is just smart ,if not shameful ,marketing. I don't need to have every outtake out there anymore, and I certainly am satisfied with the FTD CD version from this movie.
Rob V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2011report abuse
There is NO WAY I'm going back to buying vinyl. And this is very sneaky and shifty of Ernst to release these 2 outtakes on the LP version only. If some boot label brings it out I hope Ernst doesn't come out and find fault with bootleggers. Some of us want it "all" and Ernst knows this. Not fair and not good.
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2011report abuse
glynalone, not sure why the 2 outtakes on the vinyl versom were not on the cd version as there was no mention on these 2 when FTD announced the track listing for vinyl version of VLV,so not a ploy by FTD to get more vinyl sales?............
whetherman (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2011report abuse
Same problem here. My record deck went many moons ago so no point buying the vinyl because I can't play it, but I do want those 2 outtakes though. How about a volume 2 on CD Ernst!
glynalone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2011report abuse
Previously unreleased vinyl only alternate takes(TLLM-2, IYTIDNY-2). FTD's latest plan to tempt the devoted fan? I'm tempted, but my turntable went 20 years ago. No doubt they'll soon appear on a bootleg compilation for us CD only fans. And I thought FTD wanted to kill off the import market?
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2011report abuse
I love viny, think it's fantastic. But then again I also like textile and acryl..
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 2, 2011report abuse
Lex and drjohncarpenter : great release indeed ! I love'em too. Grew up with shellack 78rpm and the first vinyl-45s + albums. Never got rid of 1 vinyl record, kept them all, and also the turntables, speakers and amplifiers from those years.Everything is still in perfect order and working very well . Have modern equipment as well of course . Hope FTD releases Jailhouse Rock vol.2 on vinyl as well ! Always El.
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 2, 2011report abuse
I really like these vinyl release's as FTD seem to get things right with the vinyl versions compared to the problems with the cd side of things.It's nice to hold vinyl once again in my hands and with the 2 extra tracks on the vinyl version a added plus.Really would of like FTD to have done vinyl versions from the beginning as i am sure they have missed golden opprtunities to have released some of the iconic albums that have had the cd treatment.

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