Sony Legacy will release a box set entitled "I Believe: The Gospel Masters" on March 10, 2009. No other information is available yet.
I Believe: The Gospel MastersJanuary 21, 2009 | Music
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 21, 2009
I believe this will be another waste of a release!
Steve V wrote on January 21, 2009
And for the umpteenth time.
elvislives72 wrote on January 21, 2009
Great. Just what we need. Another gospel set. This just proves that RCA doesn't care at all about Elvis or his legacy. I wished Sillerman would just go ahead and buy up the music and get Elvis to another company ASAP. Maybe RCA will go bankrupt soon and be forced to sell it.
dannyboy1 wrote on January 21, 2009
I agree that this has been done umpteen times before. But of course this time there will be hook like newly remastered with new technology.... If they HAVE TO do this again, I hope that at least they can include them all this time, but leave out extraneous things like the brass band version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" from Frankie and Johnny.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 22, 2009
I just dont understand,are they trying to break some kind of record for the most releases? Sound improvments? Thats a never ending road!
RonBaker wrote on January 22, 2009
I just bought all 3 albums on cd newly mastered last year (and gave my old ones away). I will NOT be buying this. This is as crazy as putting #1 and "2nd to None" together with a third cd and calling it "Hitstory"...or whatever it was called...I didn't buy it either (as I had both of the other releases). Guess that Sony didn't learn their lesson from the "Complete 68 Boxed Set"
JerryNodak wrote on January 22, 2009
There's a possibility I might buy this release. Whereas, there is NO chance I will buy either the Cirque de Siol or Duets album supposedly coming out in the next 2-3 years.
I am Buffalo-Horn! wrote on January 22, 2009
It's showing on Amazon.com at $40.98 for a "Box set" which is about £30.00, (before postal charges of $6.50) at today's extortionate exchange rate!) Wonder if we'll get this in the EU too? And of course, what do "they" call masters & thus will it be complete?
dgirl wrote on January 22, 2009
Weve had the fabulous Amazing Grace boxset, the over the top Peace In the Valley boxset, also the Ultimate Gospel comp, not to mention the 3 great reissues of the gospel albums last year. Why on earth would anyone on this site buy this? I really want to know, Im not kidding here. Why would you spend money on songs you already have many times over?
Brian Quinn wrote on January 22, 2009
Unless there is 'something special' on this release I will give it a miss and wait for something really special like the 'Duets' album or the Cirque Du Soleil 'Elvis' album. Apparently Sony are really going to push the latter two releases and are attempting to emulate the sales of the '30 No.1 Hits'.
marco31768 wrote on January 22, 2009
The DEFINITIVE Elvis Gospel release is "Peace in the valley" 2000' box. This is the only complete Elvis' Gospel album.
andrew1 wrote on January 22, 2009
Sony knows what sells, it's just business. Historically, Elvis Christmas and gospel recordings have sold better than most of his catalogue, so why not just get all the money they can get? Whether, people buy it or not, we'll see. When "Hitstory" came out it bombed on the Billboard charts because it was overkill. We can't be expected to keep buying the same songs again and again!
JerryNodak wrote on January 23, 2009
The definitive gospel collection may well be "Peace In The Valley." But for me it was so complete it's tedious listening. I do NOT need rehearsals, home recordings or informal recordings. They spoil the set for me. This is one set I wish I hadn't bought. Something less complete, like "Amazing Grace," but with much improved sound quality would fill the bill nicely for me.
Steve V wrote on January 23, 2009
I agree with Jerry - Peace In The Valley was too much material for me and ruined the flow of the set. Just give me the masters one by one of all the gospel songs. Unless this improves sound by a 100 percent , I am quite happy with Amazing Grace and dont need to spend anymore money on the same songs.
Greg Nolan wrote on January 24, 2009
"Peace in the Valley" was too much material? Howza about the off-button? Disc one had his famous main two gospel albums, Disc Two had his last one, and the rest of it was odd-ball tracks that needed a home, and Disc three more of the same. I call that an embarassment of riches. Admittedly, I usually stuck with disc one but I've come to appreciate having things like his masterful "How Great Thou Art" from '77 in the mix as well as his lower-fi Sun gospel jam sessions. I tell ya it must be a thankless task to work for fans like Steve V.. All kidding aside, I did get the recent (wonderful) solo disc reissues of "His Hand IN Mine," "How Great Thou Art" and " He Touched Me," which have terrific sound and wonderful presentation, but sadly mostly ignored in the rush of FTDs and live concert issues in the import world. Consider this another case as with HITSTORY: the continual reissuing over and over of one genre of his work. If it sells (especially in this market) more power to 'em. Sadly, the CD age is winding down so I'm less annoyed than in the past.
JerryNodak wrote on January 24, 2009
I'm going to wait until I see the tracklisting, Greg. For me it's all going to hinge on what the word "master" means in this case. Who knows I may do like you and buy the recently remastered 3 full gospel albums with their respective bonus tracks. Vic Anesini does wonders with improved sound. I say all this even though I bought "His Hand In Mine" (FTD) and I fully expect FTD will give us both "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me" in due course.
Steve V wrote on January 24, 2009
Greg - Thankless? No - its great for fans like you that want all these oddball takes, live & home recordings and such. For me, it doesn't go with the rest of the set and just inflates the price. Different opinions on what a release should contain, thats all. It is noteworthy though that these type of things used to appear on the mainstream label. Nowadays that would never happen.
GottaKnowNow wrote on January 30, 2009
Again and again...repeating all the time the same thing. Such product should be at half price for those who are still wanting to buy such product. Another way of looking at it, would be for BMG to release it on their BMG label (at the new prices) and one more plus outtakes on FTD label OK (at lowered price)
You do realize Elvis has been dead for more than 30 years? Strictly speaking, there is no new product forthcoming. The back catalogue is what Sony has to work with. This product isn't aimed at the hardcores. This is a great buy for someones in the general public who doesn't have the previous gospel sets or wants a sound upgrade. The previous sets and their sound are ancient. Half price? Be serious. I've already seen an online retailer advertising this set at around $32.00 (USD). That's a very fair price. Who knows? Someone else may be cheaper. If you're a hardcore and already have this material and aren't interested, fine. But don't begrudge Sony trying to turn a profit from one part of Elvis' catalogue that always sells (at least in the U.S.). Businesses are in business to make money.
If you're looking for the looking for the absolutely essential gospel tracks with outtakes start with "His Hand In Mine" (FTD). Then wait patiently for "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me." These will be released on FTD in due course. Of course, these aren't inexpensive. OR you could buy the original three full gospel albums with bonus tracks. These have been recently re-released and remastered and sound great! OR you could do nothing and settle for what you already have. There are choices, and the choice is yours.
BTW: The recently re-released, remastered original gospel albums can be purchased for around $8.00 or less (USD) at selected online retailers.
marco31768 wrote on February 03, 2009
"If I can Dream" and "I was born about ten thousand years ago" aren't Gospel songs. Anyway this release is THE SAME of "Peace in the valley" box !!!