Elvis Fails To Make Soundscan Top 100 For 2004

The CD "Elvis At Sun" is not listed in Soundscan's listing of the Top 100 selling albums for 2004. This means "Elvis At Sun" sold less than 634,000 copies (the sales of the album listed at #100) in the US during 2004.
Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Updated: Dec 31, 2004 

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data (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2005report abuse
I have to agree with Jim and partly Carl,Carl puts it rather crude but nevertheless he make's some good points.
As for sales figures, we all know BMG and RCA don't have a lot of people that can count very well so. The Sun years stand for the beginning of something new in music history and BMG should treat it with a lot more respect, not by bringing it out in 20 different versions but by making it a classic CD and given the right promotion now and then it will keep on selling. Alternate takes are fine but keep that stuff for the FTD label. I somethimes wonder why they don't bring out a CD with a name on it and a different foto of Elvis but with no CD in it.
Jim Semple (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2005report abuse
This CD release was outstanding but completely unnecessary. Whats going to happen in 5, 10, 20 years time when sound quality improves further - are we going to have 6 or 7 versions of the exact same things ?.
MV (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2005report abuse
Disagree with the critisism.This was a good cd.The sound was the best yet.The selling point was of course 50th of RnR.If BMG are so clueless why was Thats all Right a top 3 hit in UK? Also they quite rightly waited for the 25th anniversary before releasing 30#1's.What about Ultimate Gospel,40 weeks in country charts.As for being daring,name another artist with a fan label like FTD?
King Of Western Bop (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2005report abuse
This Album sucks? How can anyone say that the music that started the rock revolution sucks?! The picture was chosen because it is an early photograph of Elvis, representing the time of the music's inception. I actually like the improved sound. People commonly mistake the echo on earlier releases of this material as "the Sun Sound". The reality is that RCA tried to add that terrible reprocessed "stereo" sound to them, resulting in a mush of sound. On this release tracks like "Milkcow Blues Boogie" sound better than ever. Please don't try and lecture me about Elvis' '50s musical output. I've heard the Sun tracks in all their various guises - including listening to the original Sun single recordings. Stop moaning for pity's sake! I sometimes think that if complaining was an Olympic sport then some Elvis fans would win the Gold medal hands down every time!!
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2005report abuse
This isn't exactly new material. In fact, it is the latest rehash of 1976's RCA album "The Sun Sessions". The album sucks....again. It looks like a tacky colorized photo. Who chose this photo? This is Elvis' best work and BMG treats it like crap.
More importantly, there was no selling point by BMG. I mean this is a rehash of a rehash of a rehash of a rehash. There was already "Sunrise", "The Complete Sun Sessions", and "The Sun Sessions". It was the same album essentially. The gimmick was to throw in some alternate takes.
Usually the hype consists of hyping the sound improvement. But this is usually minimal and sometimes they can ruin the sound like on Elvis 30 #1 Hits trying to be cute and clever. But the fans can see through the lies.
This was an unnecessary album and a poorly put together albun. Why not re-release the 1976 Sun Sessions album, remastered on CD? Why keep putting different tacky photos on the same album?
It didn't sell well because it was a marketing gimmick to make money, not based on any artistic ideals. BMG doesn't have a clue, never did. If it wasn't for The Beatles 1 album, BMG would still be in the dumps. Thank you Beatles! All BMG knows how to do is steal ideas from other companies, in this case Apple and EMI. But they pretend like this isn't the truth.
Come on BMG, who ya kidding? RCA never had a clue and BMG doesn't have a clue. And the only reason BMG re-released the classic Elvis studio albums in 1999 like Pot Luck was because BMG was stealing from other companies again that put out the original albums of their artists. So BMG was just imitating others, and poorly. Why not take the initiative? Why not do something novel and daring?
The reason this wasn't a big seller was because BMG dropped the ball and screwed up the album. It also created a lot of anger because fans saw through the whole rehash of a rehash of a rehash of a rehash marketing ploy. Duh! Who ya kidding BMG? Certainly not the fans. Boy, all those "experts" and geniuses at BMG!
leannrimesfreak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2004report abuse
I sure would like to see the whole list 1 thru 100

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