The Essential Elvis Presley Released

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
Source: Various / Updated: Jan 2, 2007 

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thenexte (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2007report abuse
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!
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 3, 2007report abuse

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