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Elvis - Original Album Classics
On August 1st, Sony Music will be releasing a 5 disc Elvis collection entitled "Original Album Classics". This 5 CD set will feature the complete "Golden Records" series of albums with vol 1 first released in 1958 and subsequent titles released in 1959, 1963, 1968 & 1985.
Andy is right, great idea 20 years too late. I remember thinking in the early 90's about a release like this. All the gold albums in one package, then they came out with a million other ways to get these songs including these albums with bonus songs! No point to this at all. If anyone wants them, they can be found with additional songs.
But Tony, with some artists it's the only way you can buy their music, with Elvis it's already available on a million other releases. It really is time to stop as it's just getting ridiculous.
I have bought quite a few of these sets, they are a great way of picking up some of an artists best original albums at very low prices. The Elvis sets obviously do not hold a great appeal to me because I already have these albums, but there are people in this world who do not and will presumably pick them up in the way I buy the back catalogue of other artists.
Steve, and all, my sentiments exactly. I'm not knocking this new release, it probably suits someone but whom? Long time fans on this site? If they buy it, they are just loyal to anything put out with Elvis's name on it. Lets face it, no one here needs it. The label has lost its direction for marketing cds because there is no market for cds anymore! They just repackage everything for the blind loyalists to buy. I am constanly surrounded by teenagers and they buy nothing cd wise Its all iTunes for them. Adios cds.
I also concur with Steve's comments. Sadly there just isn't anything left for me to purchase. Just redundant releases such as this package.
Have to agree with you Steve, i have all i need and nothing new that's released is of much interest. Each 70's concert release is just the same as the last and out take after out take holds no interest. Sure there's people out there who love this kind of thing and that's great but i can't remember the last Elvis cd i bought or thought i'd really like to buy that. Young people don't buy cd's anymore and us older fans have all the official recordings so what really is left to release. Concerts from the 50's might tempt me but they seem to be short on the ground.
Steve V, first of all may take this opportunity to say how much your comments about 'New material' and not buying no more Elvis hit home with me, have for some time often wondered where Elvis Presley is going marketing wise and recent releases from Sony over the last couple of years have been very poor and has shown the lack of interest from Sony in promoting Elvis to say the early 80's,are the new younger fans really out in the market place and re-packaged 'Greatest Hits' cds are really two a penny, have seen a 5 cd set at my local Tesco for as little as £2.99,so a release such as this one is really just a small gesture to flood the market with the same old songs and at £11.99 probably a little over priced. Are we as Elvis fans after all these years now having to face the prospect of nothing new 'material' wise and like Steve V saying that's enough and enjoying the legacy of the music we all have in our collections.
These are all nice releases for new fans if any new fans are buying cds these days. Most young people don't, they download everything they want, so I don't know who exactly these releases are aimed at. As for me, I have probably bought my last Elvis release. There are no new recordings, just inferior outtakes to be be had which dont interest me much. As much as I liked the FTD Jailhouse Rock releases, Ive played them twice. There are no new live shows that will be any different from what we can expect from an Elvis concert. Same old, same old. So I'm done. I will enjoy what I have but its over for me finally after 34 years. Maybe if they release that new 1956 concert in a different cheaper package, maybe.
Surely it's time to stop releasing anything for a while. There's enough out there for any casual fan to buy. It's just the same thing repackaged everytime. Has any artist ever had so many products released constantly. It makes anything worthwhile get overlooked. Sony are definately carrying on where the Colonel left off........Milk it for all it's worth as there's always somebody out there who will buy it and who cares about the damage it does to Elvis's credibility.
What's the point,we have the original's anyway,I would have liked to have seen "The Best Of Elvis" but that was on HMV so I suppose that doesnt count.
I think it always a mistake to underestimate " Joe Public ". Besides, too often Elvis has been identified with cheap and trivial projects in the past and it might, unfortunalty, go on for a good while. Nevertheless, I feel it's a good selling argument and also send a message that the quality is at the "rendez-vous" even with cute liitle box-set as this. Naturally, as we often read in many Elvis forum: "it's not for us collectors and die hard fans". But collectors are collectors isn't ? And surely, that hasn't skipped Sony's marketing department. Finally, I guess if Ernst has it's name as producer, I guess he would want to have the best sound in there. as tiny and modest as this project is. Above all, Sony had access to the new re-remastered tracks anyway. Well maybe that won't make a difference on the short term but on the long run that could help. Up to now, the movie soundtrack were all upgraded with the latest technology, I doubt they would not do the same with the Golden Records.
Tornado, who cares if it has the improved sound! The general public would not know hear the difference, and could not care less....As long as these albums are available once more, I think its a good thing, should be under $30 for all 5 cds, good marketing from Sony. I especially like the mini-LP sleeves.
Great for those "impulse" purchases but not for fans like us. One thing though: Sony's marketing managers should have added a few more hit songs on each album (e.g. I gotta know, Fame & Fortune, Pleging my love, BSShoes, etc)
to make it more attractive for the wide worldwide audience (mostly older folks who will remember those hits). Or is it the idea that Sony will release those enhanced (from 18 songs to 30 please!) albums individually as from 2012 ?? Each CD could contain 30 golden hits if it were me in charge. Who knows price of this 5CD Box ?
A good way to keep Elvis in the public mind and make his music available at a cheap price. After all, and above all the Hop-las, isn't it what counts? I guess they will be taken from the Complete box, wich is expected today as it presents the best sound yet. I wonder though if they are going to add bonus tracks.We had: "That's The Way It Is", then we got "That The Way It Was" Now we are going to get: "What Is Going To Be" ... forever:-)
Re-packaged for the curious and casual Music shopper. Aimed at new fans. I like the promotion.
Rusty is correct. If these are from the remasters then it is a great deal for anyone that does not have either of the large sets. blackdiamond, Sony is doing a series of these for many of their artists, not just Elvis. Not a big deal really. But if these are the remasters, I'm in. If they aren't, I'm out.
I can't stand these releases by Sony. First they release the great box The Complete EP Masters, which I don't have because it's way too expensive. I have the 50 cd box "Original Elvis Presley Collection" which are fine with me. But why releasing this CD? Same goes for Young man with the big beat....these 1956 songs are also on the Complete Masters, except the live tracks (btw: the vegas tracks are also on Live In Vegas 4 CD box from some years earlier I think).
This release sounds like a no-brainer to me! The very best of Elvis' singles in one package could be a good seller for this series.
Hopefully this box may contain the new 'Complete Elvis' masters........if so then it's worth buying
Re-packaged for the millionth time...
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