Let's Be Friends

Here is the reissue of the original seventies Camden album "Let's Be Friends" on the BMG Special Products label. Tracklist: Stay Away Joe If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) Let's Be Friends Mama I'll Be There Almost Change of Habit Have a Happy Let's Forget about the Stars
Updated: Oct 18, 2006 

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ELVIS73 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 31, 2006report abuse
Ihave finally got this realese from wal mart and i like it but i have all theese songs already but im still glad to have found it it was quite difficult however like looking for a needle in a hay stack only one walmart where i live has had it and only one copy wow any way love the cd keep them comin
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 29, 2006report abuse
Mature, very funny and you had me going there. <grin> But there is a difference from minor criticism of Camden reissues (CDs they shouldn't botch) and then putting down massive projects from FTD like "Loving You" and "Writing for the King" or "Let Yourself Go." I just wish the obsessiveness we (well, most of us) like about FTD would be applied to what should be a slam-dunk, home-run, easy-to-get right release like "Let's Be Friends." Ah, well, who didn't feel ripped off from time to time with Camden? As much as some of them were great, it's almost fitting that there is something just a bit off to make us complain. The Colonel always threw us off and in this way his spirit lives. I never expected this on CD so I'll hold my fire! I'll be getting it just the same. But one of these days for my own amusement, I"m going to make an extended "deluxe edition" of my favorite Camdens, complete with alternate tracks at the end. They can come and take me away to the funny farm after that!
PTCJones (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 29, 2006report abuse
Have to be honest, after receiving this item the first thought that struck me was "what a waste of money". Sure, cost me less than $10, but I could probably make a better copy on my trusty computer and I would be sure to include the right tracks and would cost me pennies. I am disappointed with Mama and Lets Forget About The Stars and the picture looks like a cheap scan with the small fonts being blurry and no back cover. I know someone is thinking "What Do You Expect For The Money?" and my answer is "a faithful reproduction of the original".
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2006report abuse
Just picked up this & "You'll Never Walk Alone" over the weekend at my local Wal-mart. In the beginning I didn't know if I was gonna buy the Camden stuff since I still have all the Cassettes for those releases but I'm glad I did..they soung great with the exception of the short version of "Mama" & the Piano over lay on "Let's forget About the Stars" everything else is fantastic. But I do think they mixed the songs a little bit on the 60's Box Set "From Nashville to Memphis"..for those of you who bought the "Almost In love" re-release listen to "Rubberneckin" on there, then compare it to the Box Set version. The version on "Almost In love" sounds like it did on the original b side release of "Don't Cry Daddy" 45 release, to me the version on the Box Set doesn't sound quit the same, I don't know maybe it's me. If their releasing these Camden CD's somewhat in order I'm thinkin' the next two should be "C'mon Everybody" & "I Got Lucky". I agree though with the fact that when they release something they NEED to release stuff the way it was originally released instead of tampering with it.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2006report abuse
I dont know why we always have people complaining about every release,i love this release,be glad we still have releases,just joking haha,i know one thing this cd is hard to find it seems, just able to track down a few copys for my some of my buyers!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2006report abuse
Maybe it's just nostalgia, but as with "Almost in Love," I always really liked this album. I'm sorry to hear they would not (couldn not?) find the original LP version of the song, and the inablity to put the longer "Mama" on this is especially annoying. The album was short then but especially now. Why make it shorter by using the short version of "Mama"? As it is, a thoughtful extension of the album might have been a good idea... "Elvis Sings Flaming Star..." and "Almost in Love" were really welcome, but I'll hold my nose when I buy this one. I'll probably still like it, but why can't they ever get it right?
Shakingruud (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 22, 2006report abuse
Hi Bajo, As i said before the mono version ( with piano) can be found on the Australian Rainbow cd, THE US MALE. The extended version of MAMA was released by RCA Argentina in 1995 on a fanclub cd called ELVIS LATINO!. Both cds are hard to find these days.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2006report abuse
Thank you Shakingruud! My hope was that these CD's would be a true copy of the LP album masters. I recall picking up the Special Products CD's of A Legendary Performer vol 1 & 2, only to find they were axed, holding only 10 tracks each compared to the original LP albums. One can only ask why release Let's Be Friends in this format? So, where can the extended version of Mama and the overdubbed mono version of Let's Forget About The Stars be found on CD? Luckily, I have two mint copies of the Camden LP, so I can live with it, but still....
Shakingruud (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2006report abuse
Received both Cds today. The Piano part on ´Lets Forget About The Stars´ is NOT on this track, so, again, the question: ´Whats the meaning of releasing the ORIGINAL albums on CD when the ORIGINAL tracks are NOT included´ ( same thing with MAMA, which is the 0.58 sec. version....)
Shakingruud (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2006report abuse
The piano version can be heard on the Australian ( Rainbow) US MALE cd release.
PTCJones (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2006report abuse
I agree bajo. I thought the Double Features version was inferior with piano missing. You can still hear it though, right in the background.
Ronaldv (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2006report abuse
what I am most curious about is this: do they re-release this album in 2 years? no kidding, it 's a great album!
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 19, 2006report abuse
What I am most curious about is this: Is Let's Forget About The Stars the original mono LP mix. Or is it the later stereo master used on the DF release? The original version, even though in mono, had a nice piano overdub to it, which were missing from the DF release.
Tony D. (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 19, 2006report abuse
Just what's needed; a 9 track cd with 20 minutes playing time!!?? I'll stick to the original vinyl LP. In the UK, you can pick these up for a pound or two.
Rimestimes (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 18, 2006report abuse
This is another great Camden reissue,hopfully I can find it, I wish that BMG would have released Elvis Christmas Album on the Camden lable this year. It has sold 9 million copes. A diamond award would have been nice for 2007 up grades

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