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In January Sony will release another box, with Blue Hawaii, Pot Luck, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun In Acapulco and Viva Las Vegas.
Some of the comments here get more stupid by the day. So some think that is it wrong of Sony to put out Elvis' back catalogue at bargain prices to encourage people that are music fans, as opposed to being Elvis fans, to add some of his albums to their collections. Their alternative masterplan is to push the prices up to discourage people from buying them, hence lower sales figures. These people think that the marketing people at Sony should be fired, yet come up with mad ideas like this. I don't know why EPE keep being mentioned in relation to this news item, they have nothing to do with such Sony re-issues, anybody who knows the slightest thing about Elvis and his legacy knows the difference.
If that is the case, why not release another six-pack with: Roustabout/Fr & Johnny/GI Blues/Loving you/ King Creole/ Clambake and afterwards another one with: Kissin Cousins/Girl Happy/Double Trouble/Par Haw Style/World Fair/Harem Scarum. Those would certainly be big sellers for Sony.. Cerainly be big sellers? Where, what planet? Who the heck is going to buy these crappy soundtracks that doesnt already have them? New Cd buyers? There arent any! New Elvis fans? I hope not!
It seems indeed that Sony wants to give it all away...(perhaps get rid of all Elvis' best selling soundtracks) "without" making any publicity or giving it any publicity support on radio/TV. If that is the case, why not release another six-pack with: Roustabout/Fr & Johnny/GI Blues/Loving you/ King Creole/Clambake and afterwards another one with: Kissin Cousins/Girl Happy/Double Trouble/Par Haw Style/World Fair/Harem Scarum. Those would certainly be big sellers for Sony.. When do they fire that sales & marketing new kid on the block at Sony' BMG office on Madison Ave ?? Or at Graceland !
Old stock slapped together in a box. Simple as that. No thought of anything else but to flog them off cheap. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. It's just that fans shouldn't look at it as anything other than that - a marketing exercise.
Oops, I see Loving You is already included in a Original Album Classics box.
It won't be long when they will not make CDs anymore (in any large quantity anyway). These various Classic Album packages are a GREAT way for new fans to collect the entire catalog at a very low price. If they are diligent and patient, I am sure with these various Classic Album packages, the Legacy series, and various individiual releases like the Elvis 75 CD series, they will eventually be able to get all albums from "Elvis Presley" to "Moody Blue" What in the heck is wrong with that? I cannot wait for the "For LP Fans Only" "A Date With Elvis" "Elvis Christmas Album" "Loving You" "King Creole" package.
And I agree with you, Steve, and johnnybg. We need to focus on what we like & not pay so much attention to what we don't like. Yes, it can be frustrating. Whether the past concerns Elvis or some other artist or event, there is nothing we can do about it. We all need to move on & that is what I plan to do. But you will have to admit it's been interesting! I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all Elvis fans.
This should never be released by Sony, not in Jan 2012 not in dec 2015 ! Bad decision of their sales people. Agree with drjohn and steve, 6 CDs for the price of one is BAD marketing. They won't sell more for this reason. It goes to show the
manager responsable should be fired and replaced (urgently, please) by a knowledgeable person who preferrably is an Elvis fan for yeeeaaars. Where is EPE Inc. 's say in this ? It does affect Elvis' image in the music buzzzz.
Ruthie - I know what curmudgeon means. I was joking since intelligence was brought into this. I kind of like johnnygb's post. Lets forget about it and move on. Elvis' career annoys & fustrates me so much becuase it could have been that much better if not for certain decsision making on all parts including Elvis' but it is what it is and he still a legned for it.
You know folks, I watch what is said on this site with great amusement. Why does each debate have to be brought down to insulting levels, it does none of us fans any credit. Elvis' career was what it was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can all regret certain aspects of it and celebrate others. At least with 31 movies to look at Elvis will keep being seen for generations to come. Here in the UK he is on movie channels almost every week, and lets not forget that not all of the movies were bad. None of us can change the past so lets celebrate it, whether your favourite is the hip swivelling rock n roll rebel, the suave movie star or the Vegas showman Elvis had something for all of us. Personally, I dont care if Yellow Submarine is better than Song of The Shrimp, it doesn't matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TCB Always
To the jolly old gents, In my defense, I did reread the comment made by Steve V which clearly said: "I see the intelligence level of some Elvis fans dipping below the norm again". Obviously your interpretation of an insult is different from mine. I guess it's a matter of opinion? In any event, I do have better things to do as I seldom respond on this site, whereas you always seem to have time for negative comments. In fairness, you have made some good points when you managed to stick to the issue/discussion & not wander off into personal comments. And I really am sorry I bothered with this because I usually only use this site to keep up on information. I quit this group when the nastiness got out of hand. And I can't believe that persons of your intelligence & sophistication are not familiar with the word curmudgeon. Look it up & then move on.
Rithie, reread my posts I did not insult the intelligence of anyone. So I suggest you get your facts straight. I give my opinion on the product. Then if someone comments on my comment I reply. I know it's another lonely night for you but don't take it out on me.
Curmudgeon? Sorry my intelligence level does not comprehend that word. I dont think someone saying Mack The Knife is a song about a shark is stating an opinion by anyone , its their way of thinking of that song. I was reacting to that statement. You want an opinion? This site is full of people who post inane things. Now I will move on.
I see that we have our two resident curmudgeons back at it again insulting people & acting like they have the right to criticize the intelligence of other fans. They only have the right to an opinion, just like everyone else, but they seem to think that anyone not agreeing with them is not worthy of intelligence. What a sad state of affairs for this site. I will never understand how one feels he/she has the right to disparage the opinions of others by picking on their intelligence. A truly intelligent person expresses an opinion & then moves on, regardless of how one feels about the opinions of others. And resorting to name calling and/or questioning another person's intelligence is only ego, not intelligence. I can't imagine why you two even care how others feel, especially since you are so wordly & all. What a cross to bear! Express your opinion, don't worry about the taste of others, and move on.
SteveV, In a perfect world songs like Shrimp, Clam, Old McDonald, Rhumba, Ft. Lauderdale Chamber, He's Your Uncle, should never be released again. I'm sure Elvis had to be ashamed of this trite. He had to know he was 2nd to the fab four in the 60's because of the garbage he recorded. But I guess the nice royalties helped ease his pain. What gets me is the apologists on this site. They always say the movie crap are "happy songs" or something of that nature. To me it's just an excuse for the stinkers these songs are.
Wow where do I begin. Oldscudder & dgirl are so spot on I cannot add anything except to say I see the intelligence level of some Elvis fans dipping below the norm again. So Elvis didnt get nominated for an academy award and Darin did simply becuase he was from NY? Darin was the better actor snowplow, and chose roles that challenged him a bit. I assume he was very glad he didnt have the Colonel to thank for his movie roles and if you know anything about the Academy you would realize it's a Hollywood fraternity which basically looks down on NY actors/directors. Look how long it took for Martin Scorsese to get a director's oscar, but thats an argument for a different day & topic. If Elvis had sang Mack The Knife it would have been great I'm sure, but it wasnt in his style, more a jazz song and Darin would always have had the definitive version. This release? The label should forver ban from the public songs like Shrimp, No Room To Rhumba, Bullfigher, Ito, Walls Have Ears, etc. and by putting all these together it shows contempt for these albums and cheapens Elvis' catalog.
oldscudder - you beat me to it, but I'm not sure its worth arguing with people who wear blinders like Snowplow & others. To think Mack is a song about a shark totally amazes. And what does Darin being from New York have to do with Academy awards or anything for that matter? I don't even think he was Elvis' main competition, one of them but not the main, I think Ricky was. So The Beatles copied Elvis when they wrote Yellow Submarine and Octopus' Garden? They were admittedly written as kids song but listen to their production values, instrumentation and studio arrangements & compare it to Shrimp and Do The Clam. They are all silly but The Beatles songs sound much hipper all around, and thus are more fun. Another amazing thing you said, is you see Viva as being the same as the other movies and don't know why its touted as being much better other than A-M. Really? I didn't see any annoying costar kids in Viva, any animals, 13-14 songs every 5 minutes, and the car race is one of the best ever filmed (and the first one in an ELvis film) The good songs surely outnumbered the bad ones. Also, the direction was crisp and moved along briskly(sorry Norman Taurog). Viva is miles above the 60's Elvis films and I'm glad it didn't have a soundtrack LP. The lesser songs appeared years later on cheap budget LPs where they belonged. I see this release as a product being pushed out by the label with their thinking being, these albums mostly are subpar, lets group 5 of them in one package and maybe someone will buy it. That is how I see it. Now I am going to listen to Mack The Knife by Louie, Ella, Frank or Bobby. Yes I have them all! Shark indeed.
Mack The Knife was not about a shark that swims in the sea. It's a great song sung by not only Darin but by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, & Sinatra just to name a few. No one sang Song Of The Shrimp because it's so bad. I wish Elvis had done a version of Mack. would have been great.
Speaking of Academy Awards, Elvis' biggest rival in the late 50's early sixties, was Bobby Darin, you know 'Mack the Knife' a song about a shark!! Anyway Bobby starred in a few movies and got nominated for an Award, but he was from New York. Elvis never got nominated for no Academy Award but to this day i can walk into a Store, the ones that are left and buy Elvis movies and their soundtracks. He made Flaming Star, Wild in the Country and Elvis is Back, its not my fault that Gurls, Gurls, Gurls, has Return to Senda and was more popular. The Beatles copied Elvis, now maybe its time Beatle fans availed of the three for one room rate at Heartbreak Hotel.
Song Of The Shrimp. A great song! To this day I wake up thinking how such a masterpiece did not win the Academy Award. A real rocking bad a-- song that was worthy of the King Of R&R talents. Now I know that this is on it I've got to get this sterling release. If only it had outtakes such as Petunia The Farmers Daughter, & Chesay as bonus cuts. Oh well a guy can dream can't he.
Five albums for the price of one, who's complaining. Some fabulous singing on each one. Even 'Song of the Shrimp' is cute. Donovan sang songs about fish and mermaids etc and every one thought it was magical, even the Beatles recorded novelty songs like 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Octopuses garden', but when Elvis sings similar material, it gets slated. 'Plantation Rock' should be included because of its catchy riff. I never got what all the fuss was about VlV, great soundtrack but the movie was the same as the others, except of course for the Sizzling, Ann Margaret. I bet thats why.
drjohn - this relase serves no purpose, has no aim and definitely will not win new fans. So to your point, I wish Sony would NOT releases future cds such as this. You dont see The Beatles label throwing together albums in a release such as this do you? it cheapens the catalog and the legacy. These days the label has no idea how to treat Elvis' catalog. They were doing it right in the 90's starting with the 50's box set but lost their way 10 years later. Now its just a mess. Yes please, no more releases if they are going to be like this. Leave it alone.
Boy do i love Elvis fans!!!!!.....sooner or later Sony will no longer release Elvis material as they put little or no great input into future projects..........then what we we moan about then??.
Who will buy this? Easy answer. Around 100 people or two diehards that must have everything. I wonder do these people ever buy new music or are they lost in a time warp? No young person will buy this. Imagine listening to these inane songs without the benefit of seeing the movie. Laughable. As usual dgirl & Stevee nailed it. No thought behind this disjointed release except da moolah.
Steve_V, Dgirl, spot on. The public will have no interest in these movie soundtracks and i'm pretty sure we all have them on here so exactly who will buy this. Overkill is an understatement. No thought whatsoever to the mans legacy.
You have to wonder who is behind marketing Elvis these days. The releases keep coming and this one while being good value, makes no sense at all. A studio album packaged along with 3 soundtracks and an EP with a very unimaginative cover. Some of these albums contained some very subpar songs, so who exactly is this aimed for? Reminds me a lot of the 70's when the label was just throwing together random songs to get a product out. Golden times?
Marketing any of these movie albums with any other release doesnt matter. It will attrack no one especially young people. They dont care at all about Elvis movies and in most cases Elvis albums except maybe the stone cold classic ones and hit comps. This will only attract the die hards on this site who must buy everything and if they buy it, again I will scratch my head.
... for them to see i meant ; )
These releases are cute and definatley bring back that old feeling of buying the album first time BUT ! lol Sony how about the album we all want but never get along with al the promotion it would deserve ??!! That album being ......
Cover = a modern take on a superb action shot from Elvis in 1969 live ! sample of song list CD ONE = 1) Wearin that loved on look, 2) Power of my Love, 3) Clean up your own backyard, 4) High Heel Sneekers, 5) Thinking about you, 6) Do You Know Who I Am ?, 7) Blue Eyes crying in the Rain etc etc CD TWO = 1) A Little Less Conversation, 2) Stranger in my own Hometown, 3) Raised on rock, 4) I Just Cant Help Believing, 5) Burning Love, 6 ) Reconsider baby, 7 ) My Babe ... etc etc All remasterd ofcourse and along with remix versions through out the cd ( only high quality remix versions tho like the Rubberneckin and ALLC mixes we got before ) ....... ah why is it so difficult or them to see ???? ; )
These box sets are nice because they make the original albums available to the public at very low prices. There is only one thing I would take issue with, the series is called "Original Album Classics" yet includes "Viva Las Vegas", something that never was an original album. I know people will say that it should have been an album, but it wasn't.
It looks as though this is not being released in the United States?
The only soundtracks I would be interested in buying would be "Kissin' Cousins" and "Speedway" since no alternate takes exist (tapes lost) and I doubt they will ever see the light of day on FTD. The same goes for "Roustabout" which has already been released with the Sony digital remasters and the reason, together with the cheap price offered, I bought it.
Golden times for the Elvis fan!!!..
These are digital masters. Because when today, promised land and moddy blue were released as triple, they had used the remastered ones.
I wonder: Are those the new 2007 digital remasters (a released as single CDs lately), or are these older CD masters ?
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