My Baby Left Me
Released on the 20th August from The Memphis Recording Service (UK) Ltd and manufactured in the E.U is My Baby Left Me c/w One Sided Love Affair.
First of all this is a 'collectors release' with beautiful authentic looking artwork that replicates the look of Elvis' early releases in the UK on the HMV label, this is a nice touch with the single being available only in the UK from HMV stores.
This quicktime enhanced CD is replicated black vinyl made to look like a record and is very simliar to the current CD singles on offer from Sony/BMG, the plus point here though is that this release is interactive. If played in a CD or DVD player you get two audio tracks but if played in a PC you have the option of not only the afore mentioned tunes but also to watch and hear Elvis sing Don't Be Cruel live on stage in Tupelo 26th Sept 1956, a nice touch indeed.
Once on screen and playing in your PC there is an easy to navigate menu with the option to also select and view other titles available from The Memphis Recording Service label and I suggest you do this because hidden in there is the promo video for the Tupelo's Own release. This again is nice touch and a good piece of PR work. I wanted to have this promo video in better quality than the on line downloads in my collection anyway. If you select to play one of the two audio tracks you get a nice still of Elvis in the recording studio while you listen.
I must admit that although the audio is different to the masters by Kevan Budd on the Sony/BMG releases it is of a high quality and very listenable, for some reason though it sounds better on my PC than it does on my hi - fi system, that is in no way a criticism of the relase and just my own observation.
This is not a release to ignore lightly and there are some rather well known names involved with the product namely: Paul Dowling, Chris Giles and Joe Tunzi. The CD was mastered and authored by Mick Ritchie and cover art is by Real Bouwman,
John Michael Heath and Kevin Reape. This compilation is produced by Joseph Pirzada and Co and produced by Joe Tunzi.
All in all this is a very proffesional product and is more than worth the £2.99 it costs to purchase, go on and treat yourself you deserve it and in the process we might just get Elvis his first #1 on a legal independant label.