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The Essential Elvis Presley Released

January 02, 2007 | Music
Sony / BMG released the compilation CD “The Essential Elvis Presley” in their “Essentials” series. This 2CD contains 40 “essential” tracks by Elvis Presley.

Disc 1:

1. That's All Right
2. Baby, Let's Play
3. Mystery Train
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. I Was The One
6. Blue Suede Shoes
7. Hound Dog
8. Don't Be Cruel
9. Love Me Tender
10. All Shook Up
11. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
12. Jailhouse Rock
13. Trouble
14. Fever
15. Its Now Or Never
16. Reconsider Baby
17. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
18. Little Sister
19. Follow That Dream
20. Can't Fall In Love

Disc 2:

1. Return To Sender
2. (You're The) Devil In Disguise
3. Bossa Nova Baby
4. Viva Las Vegas
5. Big Boss Man
6. A Little Less Conversation
7. If I Can Dream
8. Memories
9. In The Ghetto
10. Suspicious Minds
11. Don't Cry Daddy
12. Kentucky Rain
13. Polk Salad Annie
14. The Wonder Of You
15. I Just Can't Help Believin'
16. Burning Love
17. Always On My Mind
18. Steamroller Blues
19. Hurt
20. Moody Blue

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mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 03, 2007
thenexte wrote on January 04, 2007
After listening to a few of the tracks I'm sorry to report that from a mastering perspective "Essential Elvis" is another mixed bag. While most of the tracks on there seem to have been sourced from recent DSD masters and are the original mixes it appears they threw in a few remixed tracks for good measure, e.g. "If I can dream", "In the ghetto", "Kentucky Rain", "Don't Cry Daddy", "Always on my mind", "Moody Blue"---all sourced from the dreadful 30#1 Hits/2nd to None era---rather than using the DSD masters (as used on "Elvis by the Presleys", etc.). Funnily enough, "The Wonder of you" is the version that first appeared on the U.S. version of "Hitstory", it is the undubbed master and not the single version (which can be found in all its DSD beauty on "Love, Elvis"). They got them mixed up again, can you believe that? It would have been nice if this collection had featured all the original mixes in DSD quality (as was achieved on the brilliant U.S. singles box set), obviously that was not bound to happen on this collection. The level of carelessness is simply stunning, another missed opportunity, very sad!