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From Memphis To Madison Square Garden
RCA International will release the two live albums "Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis" and "As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" as a double CD set on October 2, 2009.
I have no need of it. But I have no problem with it being released in this manner.
Scudder, I think that is exactly their strategy. It costs them next to nothing to put out a release of stuff thats already been released many times. Slap a new cover on it and voila, a new release. Even if it makes 5 dollars profit they deem it a success, so if they put out 100 releases over the next few years, they make 500 dollars and everyone at Sony is happy. Im exaggerating of course, but I think this is their basic thinking so to speak. The day of Elvis being an artist to compete with The Beatles or even MJ at this point is dying slowly everyday due to a mostly aging fan base, digital downloads and a record label that could care less. Thats why FTD has turned to being the true label for releases. They know they wont sell to the general public anymore so lets soak the die-hards for 35.00 a pop and rake it in while we can. Just think of how different things were handled by Roger Semon in the 90's. We got outtakes, classic LPs, new live shows, etc on regular releases. This point was brought home to me this past weekend when our oldies station had its annual top 500 countdown. Elvis used to dominate this every year. Now he only had 2 songs in the top 40 and was well behind The Beatles in number of songs on the list. Things may be different in Europe I dont know.
I am sorry to say I don't think Elvis will ever have a big seller again (unless there are some unrealesed songs which is highly unlikely). Everything has been done & redone ad neseum. The latest legacy 69 tracks bombed. The 68 special also went nowhere. The company will keep putting out product in quanity, like a fisherman uses numerous poles. They will make a small profit on each. The more product the more profit. Eventually the profits will diminish & then perhaps we will see an end to these endless releases. They will end in the same ignominious way the soundtracks ended, they will cease to be profitable.
The way Elvis music is handled is not gonna change,the thing is many fans who have these cd's will buy this set,the bealtes are respected as singers & songwriters,when it comes to Elvis is more about the image to many people,this will not change,his catalog is cluttered and every time they delete 5 titles they add 10 more it seems!
money.money,money!-we already had a remastered version of the new york concert,called "An Afternoon in the garden",releaxsed by RCA/BMG in 1998.(in its entirety)and we already have the complete and uncut(well,almost) of the 1974 memphis concert released on the RCA/FTD lable,which had bonus songs included that were omitted on the original 1974 album...so.why decide to re-release the two albums when we already got them??(and the new cd's will probally be just the 'original' rca versions and NOT the expanded versions we know have??)..aS THE OLD COLONEL said in 1977 after elvis' death "Nothing changes".
Tony - i think the point is that there never appears to be any rhyme or reason to the record companies release strategy. Events as big as Elvis' return to his hometown or first appearance in the big apple deserve to be better handled than just quietly slipping them onto the back shelf with barely a whimper. The company never seem to exercise any patience like EMI do and continually pump these releases out in an ad hoc fashion hoping to shiift a few units. Surely better to tie releases in with anniversaries like the Memphis release. The problem with that particular release is that there have been two other 'upgrades' of that in the past 10 years. That's why it won't shift as many units as it should. As for EMI, they havent made the Beatles catalogue available for download so they are guaranteed big returns on CD sales. That groups re-releases are an 'event'.
It should be called From New York to Memphis or are they suggesting Elvis went back in time!
Why drag Priscilla and Lisa Marie into a conversation about this CD re-issue. Perhaps people are not aware of the fact that they do not manage or indeed own BMG/Sony. As for the release itself, I cannot see how making two of Elvis' live albums available to possible new fans is such a bad thing. This release holds no particular interest for me as I bought the original vinyl albums in 1972 and 1974 and then the CD's in the nineties, but I fail to see how anybody can have any negative reactions to it.
Well, it is the money that counts, as usual. Steve V, I so agree with you, Priscilla and/or Lisa should really care about all these releases. I don´t think they do. I remembered what Lisa said about the remix of a little less conversation. She said that there were a lot of other unknown songs like that one, that had the possibilities to be remixed and do as well on the charts as Conversation. Now, I don´t know if she wanted that to happen, but she definitely saw new ways of getting more money. That´s not all wrong, after all, she´s involved in show business, like Priscilla. But they could care more, I think so.
I tend to agree with you Steve V. I've actually ordered the new Beatles stereo set! I'm not a fan of the Beatles like with Elvis. But, I sure like their music. So instead of bits and pieces I buy the whole lot, also for my children to enjoy. They, at the age of 10 and 12 now, actually like both Elvis and The Beatles!
It's sad when you think of what a wonderful job Ernst and Roger have been doing in order hopefully to do justice to Elvis the recording artist. And on the other hand watching the company doing all these strange releases and compilations in hundreds. But, in the long run it's the money that counts. And as such maybe that's what happens with all those Elvis releases? They bring in the money!
This is a very funny thread, but bottom line folks, another release just made to saturate an already saturated catalog. I hate to bring this up but comparisons are only natural. The NY Times has just reviewed the new Beatles remasters. The boxsets look classy & supposedly sound incredible. It is the first time these releases have been tampered with since 1987! They dont do much for the fans but when they do, man do they get it right. Perhaps the remaining 2 members plus the 2 widows only would approve a quality release. Now just compare that with the bombardment of Elvis releases. You really think Priscilla or Lisa cares what gets put out on CD? Elvis will soon be King of the supermarket counters.
Ruthie, Iv'e changed my mind. Just heard they are planning to release Elvis Best Of The Best , Greatest Movie Hits (in a linen box). And it contains all the outtakes of Ito Eats, He's Your Uncle, & Dominique. Besides it got too cold on the bridge I waited for you but you never showed up. I did see a fleeting figure in a 70's jump suit. That wasn't you was it?
The old scudder: It was your suggestion. You are the one who said he wishes he had the gun. I was just offering to help get you out of your misery. As far as the memorabilia goes, I draw the line there. You do whatever you want, the plates stay (as well as everything else you have deemed to be junk & beneath you). There is no comparison. I come out the winner.
Ruthie, so you want to get err rid of me. Just place the tin can, this piece of garbage, & maybe a few Elvis plates & maybe a nice Elvis statue on the George Washington bridge & I'll jump off, with all thiis junk in hand.
Surely what we want is the two MSG shows on an FTD. This release makes that a more distant possibility
So another great error by SONY ! That's incredible... They're destroying Elvis' releases...
Accorcing to the tracklistings at amazon.de, it's the original album content for both!
Hi, I guess, I have to dissapoint you. As far as I`m informed it´s only a budget re-release of the old 90`s remasters in a new packing. Since this release is only for the European market, it´s highly unlikely that they invest time and money for a new remaster. But let`s wait and see and hope I´m wrong.
oldscudder, is there anything we can do to help you?
yes I am really looking forward to this release. The packaging will be great I guess and also the upgraded sound. This will be an essential release for a super market customer..
is the memphis concert going to be the complete concert or the orgianl album? if its the complete concert thatll be awesome , heck even orginal album will be awesome. his memphis concert to me is perhaps his best concert album released mainstream that is cuz ive heard bootlegs and ftd releases that are beyond excellant.
Nice for a beginning fan.
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