Details "Comeback And Aloha" 2CD Release

Previously we mentioned that the "'68 Comeback" and "Aloha" specials was possibly due for release as a 2 CD set. This will be done in the "Elvis Presley 2X" budget series. Both albums will be reissued together with a new slipcase on September 29, 2006.
Source: Collectors Service / Updated: Aug 28, 2006 
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Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 4, 2006report abuse
"Mature_Elvisfan75 wrote: "come on, to think that elvis catalog is respected by anyone is not reality..." And I argue that all the time. But if they want to pair up two of his classic albums (and this release won't be in most stores, by the way, not in the US), then I call that : (1) a good value for new fans, (2) at least they are 2 original albums, both linked by the "comeback" theme. Other than that, RCA/Sony/BMG has really lost it in the last few years, FTD being the sole saving grace.
PTCJones (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2006report abuse
Hey John, I like your word better "perusuading"
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2006report abuse
'Tremendious' ! Thanks Jesper, a new word. Love it - keep 'em coming my son. But before we reduce this reasoned debate to a 'slagging' match, why should anyone with a differing opinion to your goodself have a 'serious hang-up'? Try perusuading with articulate, proportioned comment that they should change their view point, rather than resorting to base, derogatory, inflammatory, tones. As for 'tremendious' - i dont mean to be rude. Ive been saying it since i read it - gave me a laugh in a positive way!
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2006report abuse
Pjones and jesper i agree 100%,its this way with ftd,dont say nothing bad,dont have a oppion ernst will go and hide and never release nothing else, i find it funny,sure we love many releases but come on to think that elvis catlog is respected by anyone is not reality!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2006report abuse
For those of you who have heard me rail against duplicative Christmas or gospel or hits or love comps, you might be surprised that I don't have a *huge* problem with this release.

It is a good value for the money and it does have both CD covers on it and the integrity of the original track listing. As it is, they say the CD market is really winding down so compared to other RCA/Sony/BMG releases, this is in comparison quite respectful of the original album releases. Isn't that many of us clamor for, anyway?

As was stated, he *has* been gone for 29 years, so don't look to the main label for much truly new material. All we can hope for is some kind of respect for the catalog. Personally, I prefer to have albums not jammed together, but it's not the worst thing, either. It does clutter the catalog but if I saw someone with this release (a novice fan), I'd say to them you have two of the best albums by arguably the best entertainer ever, all on one CD.

For the record, as long ago as at least the early '70s (if not the late '60s), RCA was doubling up albums on either reel to reel or 8-track tapes. If any of you have those early '70s Lps, on some of them, the inner sleeve not only shows off the regular LP catalog, but shows pairings of albums like "How Great Thou Art" and " His Hand In Mine" along with a twin-pack of "G.I. Blues paired with "Elvis Is Back!".....among others....

Compared to monstrosties like "Love, Elvis," this release hardly gets me too riled up. If you're on this site and expect "new" Elvis releases (outside of FTD), you need to remind yourself that it has been all released all ready. So respect the main, original album catalog to some degree, RCA/Sony/BMG, and you'll get some semblence of respect. Given the latest "new" X-mas album, we do have a long way to go.
PTCJones (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
I totally agree Jesper. It amazes me at the thought process some people have that unless we say nice things about the record company, they will not release any more CD's. I am very wary of Sony after it was found putting spyware on their Cd's so they could monitor our activities. That to me shows total lack of regard for the consumer be it Elvis or any other artist.
byebye (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Some fans here have serious hangups.. I mean, stop playing record label executives that pretends to take responsability for the "casual buyer" etc. -It´s pathetic! What counts here is an opinion about releases, not sucking up to multinational corps thinking it will do any good. Fact is Sony- the largest record company in the world treats the Elvis catalog with a tremendious lack of respect,- it´s a disgrace! Until they have released the major original catalog, along with a treatment like Columbia has done for Dylan with his entire catalog being updated to SACD and nice covers, they deserve negative response by the numbers! I bet Elvis himsel would have wanted his originals to be updated and remembered, instead of being spliced up and made to compilations, and the share to pay wages, and non EP projects at SONY before that.
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Well I can tell you now, BMG isn't the only label that does this sort of thing. Other labels do it with their artist as well...But whatever the reason for BMG to release these together on one disc is insane. Both of these albums are still available as individual separate releases, and I see they used the re-release of "Aloha" with the extra dialog and bonus tracks, even the original release of "aloha" is still available on disc..So like everyone else on here my question is the same....What's the point? I already own both of these, in fact, I just picked up "68 Comeback" a few weeks ago brand new at my local "Best Buy" at a fairly decent price..So I won't be buying these that's for sure. Ya know, it would be one thing if these were out of print individually to do something like this, then I could see the reason..but since there not...Woo Hoo
MR61 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
sorry i am an idiot i am talking about the dvds not the cds will have to learn to read
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Steve V - i take it that you are talking US$ for the price of FTD cd's? I remember the pre-FTD when prices of bootlegs exceeded that. There weren't too many people complaining then irrespective of the legality of the releases. Many bemoaned BMG for not issuing sounboards et al. And now they are, they are slated for charging what is aguably a fair price. Steve V - maybe you need to shop around as you would do with anything else in the market place. Dealers mark ups all vary.
MR61 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
first of all buy them both for £19.48 from amazon uk and secondly i was a bit concered over these releases but now i have them they are great the funys in the 68 dvd are worth the price alone exept my congratulation EPE its afirst from me the casual buyer will love them as well as the die hard fan
stu (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Check out Woolworth on-line. Available for pre-order and to be released on the 3rd October
are a 3xCD pack including Elvis' first album "Elvis Presley", the "NBC TV Show" and the "Pot Luck" album, priced at just £12.99. Woolworths have a great selection of CDs and DVDs. They also have a good selection of digital tracks at 79p. I honestly think that BMG may be trying to clean up the whole catalogue using DSD, in which case offering these non-DSD titles in multiple sets is a common sense marketing policy.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Lets face it folks. The man has been gone 29 years! What more 'new' stuff can we expect? There is nothing left in the can except outtakes & concerts which FTD has the market on. Even there, we are being 'milked' for 30.00 a CD. Dont expect anything new in the normal releases. Since ALLC remix was such a worldwide smash, I think more remixes will help keep Elvis more current and give more chart success than a release like this one. I can think of many hidden gems the public is unaware of. A hit single followed by an album can be a big success, but they must be done correctly. Remember the Guitar Man remix was a big hit in 1981 and ALLC in 2002. They were done right!
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
"All about money"... As if that was something new? :D
Renan Augusto (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
I agree with Ton Bruins, this is all about money.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Not sure what the fuss is about with this release. Whilst we're in the song title mood, 'It's not unusual' (I know its the welsh blokes song) for albums to be packaged this way. Many main-stream artists have their mid range, back catalogue marketed in this way. I don't think it's a case of de-valuing Elvis. It probably makes business sense. The casual buyer who treats themselves to the newly released DVD's of these TV specials may well be tempted to take up, what looks to me, a value for money release with this cd. Is it too dis-similar to the Promised land and From EP boulevard 'upgrades'? Not really. Mainstream releases for us 'real' fans dont sell. Just look at the Essential Elvis set - they didnt sell like the re-hashs of the Christmas lp does etc. As to suggest that BMG is 'directed at the newer fan, We are well catered for with the FTD releases which incidentely sell up to 6000 copies per release. No other record company is prepared to release this wealth of 'new' stuff to the frequency BMG does. BMG are here to make money. Fact. Maybe, begrudingly we need to accept this.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
You know what I think ? The EPE/BMG is more and more directed to the "new" fans since the succes of the re-mix "A Little Less Conversation". They had a great succes with the CD "#1 Hits" and so on. It's all about money, money, milking the old cow so to say. I don't have a problem that they focus on the "new" fans with all those re-releases but please don't forget the "old" fans. Luckily we still have the FTD label. What can be "new" for us would be the so called new sound (DSD or 5.1) CD's so that we buy the same songs over and over again. It's called marketing my friends...What would be left for me is a DVD from On Tour and Elvis In Concert (here I go again) and of course the FTD label.
Pierre@GBG (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Well the only thing I can say is that new salvations Elvis Fans can get those Great Conserts cheep. For myself can I only say that I already have them on DVD with Extra material from the Conserts and I see them almost every Day. TCB from Sweden :=)
Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2006report abuse
Like the old Bobby Day song "over and over again i thinks its gonna be a drag. How much of the same stuff can you reproduce, you cant change it you really cant make it better it is what it is, and it is what it was. Its like oreo cookies once there was one kind now there must be ten different ones on the shelf, same with these re-peats all they want is the money from the Casual Buyer who gives it to a friend because he thinks its something new, but we the real fans know, Please stop this other wise it will truly be the "Milkcow Blues" and when the there is no more grass the cow dies. Dont let that happen it would be a "heartbreaker" and there would be no more "good rockin tonight" and we will all be living in the Heartbreak Hotel
PTCJones (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
I have to agree with others here that it is very sad two monumental moments of Elvis' career has been batched together in such a tacky way. These releases should be given the respect they deserve.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Elvis is turning slowly into a cow; Milk it, Milk it and Milk it.. In a few years we will have 10 albums on one disc and so on and so on. Anyway you look at this, this ads nothing to anything already outthere.. I start to wonder if there's anything left in the RCA/BMG vaults.. If not, maybe Elvis is really dead....
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
The Aloha artwork, on the reissue is a "Big Improvement".. over the original album cover. We finally get the actual photos from the "Aloha show" !! RCA should keep it, as the official Album cover. ( I like it !!) Putting both CDs in one package at the nice price, will indeed increase sales, of both albums (CDS) and get the casual buyer interested.. since these 2 events are "milestones" in Elvis' Career. I say, Re-release "Elvis is Back" and "From Elvis in Memphis".. in a 2 pack also !!! 2 more great albums (CDS) and amazing milestones in Elvis Presley's amazing career !!
Rusty (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Pointless release it looks would have thought they could have used the original artwork for Aloha From Hawaii and not the re-issue artwork..........I have a feeling these releases originate from a marketing department trying to score points over Ernst and Roger's great work...........well it won't wash with the real fans.
Devon (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Dont understand what there up too, i bought both these D.V.Ds 2 years ago so dont know why they are on the market agine. Both of the D.V.Ds that i have are uncut from both shows and are very good. As for me i have them, if you dont then enjoy the show.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
BMG has completely lost their focus in restoring the Elvis catalog. Things were looking so good a few years ago, the releases made sense, songs were complied together on CDs according their sessions (Tomorrw IS A Long Time for example) and it was a pleasure to browse the Elvis bin. What happened to the folks that were doing these sensible releases? They get fired or something? The catalog is a mess now.
byebye (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Allthough I understand the idea.. I have to agree with "Mature" that the "2 for the price of one" concept, weaken the status of those as original album releases. I must say I have a hard time to follow these rampage releases, since ´there out backwards now. Usually BMG make this AFTER the original classics (like the 3 first DSD issues) as a way to milk out the last of the buyers. I guess they count on the single DVD releases to do the job, so they dont have to make these as single original classics?! It´s obvious that Ernst is incapable to think out of the compilation concept. This release is not a disaster,but follows the "one step forward, two steps back" trend at BMG.
MarkE (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
i wont buy things twice either unless they have something different to offer, like the FTD classic album series with alternate takes and performances
Renan Augusto (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
I will not buy it.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Were can i order this wonderful release,im so excited,if casual buyers wont these cd's they could buy them used at next to nothing,or even buy them new for about $25,and whats the chance that these so called casual buyers wont both releases?sorry it just floods the market even more,are they begging people to buy the music now, as for the titles being respected the original 68 special is suruely not going to get these casual fans excited and say i must buy more elvis,both are still in cd shops.sorry another wasteful idea!they want to trim catalog then they want to flood market,which one is it, put classics back in print and how about the box sets and thingsl ike collectors gold!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
While it could be just a strategy to "move" back catalog items, Ton, isn't is also true that by being a fan at this point, we *should* have everything he recorded as masters anyway? This release is clearly for new fans and we've been saying for a long time that the original albums should be respected. I don't like this pairing too much but it's a good value for the money and it has integrity, unlike the "genre" or multiple X-mas and gospel sets.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2006report abuse
Gonna buy this one for sure. Waited for this one for years. LOL.

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