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Hallmark will release Pot Luck in January 2013. Quick buck makers will release unneeded albums like Inspirations, Easy Come, Easy Go and an alternate version of That's The Way It Is.
Source: elv75 / Updated: Dec 8, 2012
Right you are Tony ! Funny thing is : you can pre-order this Hallmark release (12 tracks) at Amazon.UK for £3,76 and for only £0,93 more (£4,69) you can order the Sony release (with 5 extra tracks !) in good sound . Always El.
There seems to be some confusion over the origin of these CDs. They are not sold in greeting card shops, they are sold by record retailers and online businesses in Europe. They are only sold in Europe because the company does not pay artist royalties, they wait for recordings to go out of copyright before they release them, hence the reason they are generally dubbed from discs as the law does not allow a contemporary CD just to be copied. Hallmark Records actually date back to the sixties and are currently owned by the Pickwick Group. This release has nothing to do with Elvis' Birthday Week, I doubt if the makers would even know when that is. It is just the latest in a series of original Elvis album releases.
Hey Olivier-fan, your posts are comedy gold. Are you really so naive or are you just having fun?
I bought a hallmark Carl Perkins cd & the sound sucked. Stay Away!
Dgirl could be right about the sales figures, but have to agree with Deano,Lefty and Natha, nothing wrong with the release of this album. Only problem is : in general (maybe not always) these Hallmark releases are tranferred from vinyl albums, many times you hear pops and clicks and the speed is not always correct too ( recently bought a Hallmark CD of Pat Boone, the speed was absolutely not correct, much too slow). It's not because the price is low they, at Hallmark, should, at least, take care of the right speed . Always El.
I don't see anything wrong in releasing CDs with the actual contents of the original albums. Better than the endless stream of compilations. This release shows ELVIS at that point in time, though it is a pot luck on its own.
I'm sure Hallmark is trying to rake in a few bucks during Elvis' birthday week, hence the release of this CD. There's a market in the States for things that appear retro, and this album cover certainly fits that bill. Deano1 hit it on the head with his comment. I agree that there is no harm in buying Potluck.
Hallmark stores are also closing up fast around the country. Things just arent the same anymore for a lot of retail. I cant see how this release will sell. If someone does buy it, will they be impressed with very dated songs from 1962 that were not among his best and want to look up his catalog? Elvis Is Back would be more attractive. But I guess it beats another useless comp.
I really have don't have a problem with this release. There are casual Elvis fans who don't collect every release and may have never even heard of this LP or at least never heard the actual content. If they walk in a Hallmark store and all they currently own of Elvis is a greatest hits collection and they decide to pick this up, then what is the harm? It is a legit Elvis LP and while not one of his best IMO, it is a nice listen with a couple of outstanding tracks. Of course, a release like this would not appeal to 99.9% of the people who are on this site, but then again most of us are fanatics or at least very devoted fans.
I should qualify my remark that he lost impetus by not appearing live between 1961-1967 and 1973-1977, as of course he appeared live in concert in the latter period but not to the masses in films or on TV.
As someone who has been an avid fan for over 50 years I find it hard to see how these releases sell. People like me, still following him 35 years after he passed away can make their own compilations. So what or who are the passing interest fans who will come out in enough numbers and buy these collections. He lost impetus by not appearing live between 1961-1968 and 1973-1977 so how new fans latch on in worthwhile commercial numbers baffles me when he has been gone for so long.
At £2.99 not exactly breaking the bank but of course a release not essential to any fans collection. As for the explosion in digi- pack cd releases that have hit the Elvis import market of late any fan who knows what is essential or not will hopefully have the wisdom to bypass these and buy a more required purchase.By the looks of it 2013 will be just as busy with cheapo import releases as 2012...
The only reason Hallmark releases product such as this is because it sells. Translation: they make money. I don't need this, but someone out there does.
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