BMG will release three new Elvis CDs globally on 27 February 2006. The three full price CDs contain 20 tracks each and all have a theme: "Rock", "Country" and "Inspirational".
Elvis Presley - Rock:
Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - Heartbreak Hotel - Jailhouse Rock - I Got Stung - A Big Hunk O' Love - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Hard Headed Woman - King Creole - I Need Your Love Tonight - Too Much - All Shook Up - Long Tall Sally - Rip It Up - Got A Lot O' Livin To Do - (Let's Have A) Party - Mean Woman Blues - Dixieland Rocks
Elvis Presley - Country:
For The Good Times - Take Good Care Of Her - She Wears My Ring - Always On My Mind - Snowbird - Green, Green Grass Of Home - Tomorrow Never Comes - A Hundred Years From Now - Kentucky Rain - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - It Ain't No Big Thing - Are You Sincere - Release Me - Funny How Time Slips Away - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - There's A Honky Tonk Angel - If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) - Pieces Of My Life - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - I Can't Stop Loving You
Elvis Presley - Inspirational:
If I Can Dream - Crying In The Chapel - Amazing Grace - Danny Boy - In the Ghetto - Mama Liked The Roses - An Evening Prayer - Put Your Hand In The Hand - You'll Never Walk Alone - How Great Thou art - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen - He Is My Everything - A Thing Called Love - And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - If That Isn't Love - Help Me - Only Believe - Wonderful World - Bridge Over Troubled Water - The Impossible Dream.
Three New Global Elvis ReleasesDecember 05, 2005 | Music Source:Elvis Australia
John4126 wrote on December 05, 2005
More duplication. Oh yes I know it's aimed at the 'non-fan' - the casual buyer. Similar compilations have been released not so long ago. Can there really be a market for it? Guess BMG have done their research!
RonBaker wrote on December 05, 2005
Albums with these themes have been released before with better selections of tracks. This really is "too much". I doubt that these releases will bring in new fans and will probably alienate older fans even further. How about some forward thinking and doing a DualDisc release of "Today" in 5.1 surround and a concert where Elvis sings "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" live. It wouldn't be too hard since the album was originally available in surround sound and has been remastered for the FTD series. Surely there is video of a concert from that time period as well. I'm not even in the record business (I do work in the music department at Kmart), but I know these releases will disappear without a trace.
shaneleebrown wrote on December 05, 2005
Actually, I have to say that the Country and Inspirational CDs will probably sell quite well with non fans. The inspirational CD isn't all religious material which is unusual. There are cover versions such as Thing Called Love, Impossible Dream, You'll Never Walk Alone and Bridge. And Danny Boy isn't compiled very often but is a perrenial favourite. With advertising this could be a firm favourite for Mothers Day, etc. The Country album is similar - cover versions of Release Me, Green Green Grass, Blue Eyes Crying and I Can't Stop Loving You will appeal more to non fans. Mindyou, if I never hear Are You Sincere again, it will be too soon! I don't say anything wrong with these. We aren't forced to buy them. BMG have a business to run as well as answering to fans requests. If anything is "too much" then perhaps it is the releasing of the material we were never meant to hear. Are the alternate takes and average quality live shows actually having an adverse effect on the Elvis name? It's a bit like putting out early drafts of a Dickens novel out there. Would it be the same classic? No, because it wasn't finished. Don't get me wrong, I love to hear them as a fan as much as the rest of you, but they rarely hit my CD player after a hearing or two - with a couple of exceptions, such as the Jungle Rooms material - simply because the standard isn't as high as the finished masterpieces. Don't get me wrong, good sounding concerts with Elvis in good spirits and voice should be made available (who would be without those 1969 and 70 concerts we now have) as should some of the better alternate takes, such as those on Platinum. But, does the world really need an alternate take of The Love Machine, Silver Bells or Song Of The Shrimp? I doubt it.
Jth wrote on December 05, 2005
Hmmm... have never heard this song before: "(Let's Have A) Party" I hope to God that they will release this CD with its rightful title which is simply "Party".
Little Sister1 wrote on December 05, 2005
Why not "Blues"?
Mathias wrote on December 05, 2005
I bet, that one day Elvis will be awarded as "King of Compilations"! The same old stuff over and over again. If they would release it as Hybrid SACD or Dualdisc with one side in 24 Bit/ 96 Khz or 192 Khz I would buy it, but since it´s very unlikely to happen, nothing for me! I guess that SonyBMG is digging its own grave with releases like that. By the way, since when is "Wonderful World" a inspirational song? The one I know is some kind of "Tralala".
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shaneleebrown wrote on December 06, 2005
No, its only a rip off if, for example, they put one unreleased take on each one forcing all fans to buy it! As it is, you have the choice. I won't buy them, but these things must sell or they wouldn't put them out. What's more, these sales will probably fund more FTDs!
Jth wrote on December 06, 2005
I favor these kind of releases; if it creates more fans, then it's mission accomplished. And that means that FTD will live longer
EspenK wrote on December 06, 2005
Hehe - its always funny to see how people complain about they "release the same over and over, no new stuff". Reality-check, folks! The guy is DEAD and has been so for decades! Will I buy these? Of course not - but I sure hope they will bring new fans to a (seemingly) decreasing fanbase. We need fresh new blood amongst us, people that can post messages on Elvisnews and declare their new found love for those awsome, crazy sounding rock'n'roll hits of the 50s. My ONLY complaint is that I think the covers look really "cheap" with their one-color design - I think they make Elvis look like a relic from the past, from the pre-color age.
Andreas77 wrote on December 08, 2005
I agree, it's hard to release new material when our man has been dead for almost 30 years. However, I think BMG should reconsider their record policy. It's the latter part (68-77) of Elvis career that are most popular amongst fans now. Look at Elvis news' list over most popular songs; the first elleven are all from this period. Yet the public in large the he only ate burgers during these years. BMG should focus on songs like What Now My Love, My Boy, I Got a Feeling In My Body, Any Day Now etc etc. Here lies a huge potential. And, I'm tired of BMG always using a picture from the 50's on the cover of their mainstream releases. I think he looks even sharper in the late 60's and early 70's.