If there is one classic Elvis album, it might be this one. Elvis' early RCA success all together on one disc. A treat for the ear, now available on FTD.
The design is what we expect by now from these 7" releases. Fold out, booklet, all well designed and presented. Most pictures are from the famous Jailhouse Rock photo session, but there are some live shots from 1957 too. Of course there is plenty of memorabilia available too.
As said in the intro, this might be THE classic Elvis album. It is the best selling next to the Camden Christmas album. The singles presented on the original album sold more than 20 million copies together, in the US alone. So indeed, this album is pure gold. I still play it on vinyl very regularly. The bonus songs fit perfectly in the concept of the album and the addition of the stereo versions are in place too.
The second disc is not my cup of tea. The songs are not only far from gold, some are even among the weakest Elvis recorded in the 1950s. Besides that I think it is boring to have the same song without any changes a zillion time in a row. My wife even asked if it was on repeat. I admit, 20 or 30 years ago I would have been happy to have them, but by now I am spoilt and tend to listen to the masters only more and more (again).
The first disc will find its way to my player more often, I am pretty sure of that. The second fits perfectly in the sleeve, and I'll keep it there.