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  • Audio CD (14 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000002X3D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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ELVIS PRESLEY Platinum - A Life In Music (1997 UK limited edition 4-CD album set contains 100 digitally remastered tracks featuring 70 previously unreleased performances including the recently discovered demo Ill Never Stand In Your Way. Housed in a 10 x 6 hardback book style pack with a 48-page full-colour booklet)


By the end of his life, Elvis in concert was a bloated caricature of his former self, churning out lacklustre medleys of hits. Memories of these sad dog-days on the road and the avalanche of indiscriminate releases which followed his death in 1977 have, at times, threatened to obscure Elvis' position as the founding father of rock & roll. But--thanks to Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon and Colin Escott who systematically overhauled his enormous library of recordings and sequenced them into definitive box-sets covering the 1950s, 60s and 70s--by 1992 Elvis' reputation as King was restored. The four CD box-set Platinum was released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis' death. While much of the material here is made up of familiar hits such as "Love Me Tender", "Hound Dog", "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Moody Blue", there are also 77 unreleased performances spread over the set.

Of course, "unreleased" doesn't necessarily mean "better". The original versions of "Heartbreak Hotel", "Rip It Up" and "That's All Right" are so firmly embedded as the foundations of rock & roll that the new versions here can add little lustre. But what makes Platinum a real treasure-trove is hearing Elvis off-mic--whether off-duty or working up songs in the studio prior to recording.

While never analytical in his approach, Elvis had an instinctive grasp of all manner of music--and as you can hear on these tracks, he could slip with ease from rock & roll to gospel, ballads or the blues. Among the most revealing recordings are Elvis relaxing at home, tackling such diverse material as "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen", "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Blueberry Hill". Other intriguing moments come from eavesdropping as Elvis warms up before a session--perhaps mindful of the fact that rock & roll was "the devil's music", Elvis always chose gospel music to limber up with prior to recording. The version here of "Oh How I Love Jesus" is called "perhaps the best sense we'll ever get of Elvis sitting around at home singing for himself and friends". It is worth recalling that the only time Sun Records' superstars Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins ever got together in a studio--for the 1956 "Million Dollar" session--it was also to sing gospel songs.

Platinum may not be ideal as an introduction to the music of Elvis Presley, but--filled as it is with rare photos and a sensitively written song-by-song commentary--for real fans it provides an illuminating insight into the man whose shadow casts itself long into the 21st Century. --Patrick Humphries

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2002
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Platinum is a stunning box set of classics and rarities from the King.
I really dont know where to start, this is such a huge set, with so many standouts and masterpieces form the earliest moments of his monumental career to his final sessions.
What amazes me is the utter wealth of material that continually surfaces year in year out, but not only this. The fact is that its great stuff.
The alternates takes from the Sun era are always a pleasure, as are latter recordings.....and no he was definately not a "bloated charicature churning out lackluster medleys of hits." Some people criticise without even listening to his music. Listen to the stunnning "Way Down", the alternate here differs from the master. Or "Danny Boy", with only Elvis and a piano and an astounding vocal here and on the towering "Hurt" or the funky "For the Heart." Listen to these, all from his last sessions in 1976 and tell me that he was washed up.
This is a box that you will rediscover time and again, definately 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.J. 'Elvis' Tillotson on 19 Jun 2012
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Wonderful box set. It's all here, the big hits and tons of outtakes and rare tracks. The sound on some of the alternate takes and live performances is a bit 'scratchy' because it was purposely not remastered, but I actually like it...it gives it a nice touch of the past. This is probably more of a collector's edition but I'm no collector and I absolutely love it. When I want to listen to The King, I listen to this set. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to go a little deeper into this man's music, which had a lot more to offer than just the big hits we all know. 5 stars.

Update 28/07/2012:

I've had this set for over a month now and can say this: This IS a collector's item. The music here is brilliant. There was real care taken in the choice of tracks, mastering and presentation. As some one relatively new to Elvis Presley (I was 5 years old when he died...) I cannot describe what being 'new' to his music is like. Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry basically invented rock and roll and, with that, modern music. I used to see this man as a joke; The fat guy in jump suits doing Vegas shows but, NO, nothing could be further from the truth. The music he made was REVOLUTIONARY; Music that changed music forever. In a short time, I have become an avid Elvis fan and this set has a special place on my shelf and in my CD changer. I would recommend you buy this limited edition before it starts to sell upwards of £100 (and I bet it will soon.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JKM on 2 May 2013
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There have been several Elvis box sets released over the years particuarly in the 1990's.
This one from 1997 is another fine example, of the care an attentiion that RCA BMG have put into the Elvis back catalogue in the last 20 years. Arguably the record company have put more care and attention into their post-humous Elvis releases than they did in his lifetime, perhaps at least since the 1950's, with other possible exceptions being in 1960 and 1969.
In the 1980's upto 1987's "All Time Greatest Hits" there were many budget releases. The success of the "All Time Greatest Hits", seemed to wake RCA up to the true value of the legacy they had.
This set is one example mixing original masters with alternate takes or unreleased jams provides a fascinating insight into Elvis at work and serves as a document as to how the music happened. Occaisionaly sometimes you might even come across an alternate take that you like more than the original release of the same song. This maybe your mind ticking you into believing you are hearing something totally new.
Elvis fans know that when he was focussed on a recording session he would experiment until he found the right feel. Sometimes there was obviously more than one right feel.
There have been many collections of this type released over the year and this happens to be among the best. With several collections available you do have to consider how many versions of a certain song youe want to listen to, although RCA do seem to be mindful of this as additional collections were released.
I am currently reverting back to the original studio albums at the moment. But, this collection and others like are valuable, historic records and for this they deserve all 5 stars, especially when you find a nugget of gold in an alternate take.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The first of the "unreleased" box sets 7 Mar 2007
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This was the first of three Elvis box sets to primarily include previously unreleased versions and performances (the others being "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever" and "Close Up"). BMG/RCA must have been unsure of the marketability of a set made up exclusively of unreleased material, so they hedged their bets with this set by including 23 hits along with 77 previously unreleased recordings. This is a very good collection and provides some interesting insight into Elvis' artistic and recording evolution. While most of the alternate versions are close to the final releases, they tend to have a less polished sound which in some cases I actually prefer. Closing the set with an excerpt from Elvis' JayCees speach was a nice touch - very moving.

Out of the three "previously unreleased" box sets, I would rank this one a close second to "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever", primarily because that one contains 100 previously unreleased recordings while this one only has 77. However, both are certainly worthwhile projects for avid Elvis fans - though they are overkill for average fans.
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Diverse collection 24 Feb 2006
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is perhaps the best *balanced* Presley boxed-set yet. Familiar classics mixed with less familiar alternate takes. The casual fan who might be unfamiliar with a later tune like "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" can hear it in its original release version; can also hear "Heartbreak Hotel" in an entertaining variation. For the dedicated student, there's an amazing amount of tracks with a level of creativity not reached in the first issue ("Guitar Man"), others.

Brightest highlight: a looser, more rockin' (if you can believe it) workout on "A Big Hunk O' Love" - I think Little Richard himself would be impressed. The hit single was one of the greatest in R & R history, but this less-polished take is one for the ages. The more serious, "personal", Country ballad, "Always On My Mind" caught me a little off-guard. I must be getting older because it nearly brought me to tears - this man is crying out from the deepest recess of his soul. Willie Nelson's made a terrific record of the tune, but this cut surpasses Nelson's *and* Presley's original. "Bossa Nova, Baby" lacks the punch of the hit 45rpm, but has the same fun atmosphere. A few different lyrics will make the collectors smile. "You'll Never Walk Alone" is another intense statement - and another lost multi-million seller. It took a while for folks to really appreciate his performance - and to learn that was him at the piano! It's still electrifying 37 years later.

There are some problems in sound quality, in A & R, and in historical notation. The "Bad Nauheim Medley" is barely discernable; "Blowin' In The Wind" never should have been included - it works only for the nearly obsessed collector; his accompaniment is apparently a record!. "After Loving You" has little relation to the gem on "From Elvis In Memphis". Also note that two tracks are said to be from '61 when now we read that they were from '59 - actually a big difference in time and in Presley's vocal development. Not a major flaw by any means but to have a progression of dates go '67, '66, then '61 on Disc 2 spoils the overall delivery somewhow.

The written notes of Colin Escott are tremendous; the photographs are too.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Etched in Gold 23 Aug 1999
By Peter Letheby - Published on Amazon.com
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The seemingly never ending stocktake of RCA's Presley vaults has uncovered a genuinely outstanding package of performances by the master. Included in this set are tracks which were deemed to be unworthy of release at the time, underlining a musical integrity not apparent in the welter of commercially-driven soundtracks.
Choice moments include a brilliant account of "What'd I Say" from rehearsals for "That's The Way It Is", replicating Ray Charles to a tee, while his commanding performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone" is gut wrenching, leaving Elvis, and the listener, drained.
A gritty, determinedly "down home" reading of "Blueberry Hill" (transferred from acetate) effortlessly overshadows the officially released version, while a rare live version of "Stuck on You" (from the Sinatra TV special) and the blistering Milton Berle show performance of "Hound Dog" are indispensable additions to any true fans' collection.
Also of note is an interesting, "looser" take of "Bossa Nova Baby", with the band blowing up a storm on the instrumental break, and Elvis resorting cheekily to the original lyric ("drink you fink, oh fiddly dink I can dance with a drink in my hand").
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Remarkable Life in Music 27 July 1999
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
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"Platinum" is a terrific 4-CD overview of Elvis Presley's artistry from 1954 to 1977. Along with the essential classics, this set includes a gold mine of previously unreleased material. The 1970 jam sessions on Disc 3 are a revelation - proving that Elvis could out-rock all comers. Presley's hard-edged run-through of "What'd I Say" is a masterpiece. Other gems include alternate takes of "Burning Love," "Promised Land," "Hurt" and "Way Down." In retrospect, "Platinum" is the finest display of Elvis' creative scope - an indispensable chronicle of the man and his music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Platinum it shall be!!!!!!!!! 12 Oct 2001
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Let's say you have "Artist of the Century". And that, a while ago, you got "50 Worldwide Award Hits". Perhaps you own any one of the life-long compilations offered by TIME/LIFE. Nevertheless, you still need "Platinum"!!!!!! For where else you could find some of the most blistering performances by any artist, ever, as well as the best ever versions by Elvis ( even better than his own originals!!!!!) of songs as diverse in style, and inflection, as "Blue Moon", "I got a woman", "I am counting on you", "A big hunk of Love", "Tonight's all right for love", "I feel so bad", "You'll never walk alone", "In the guetto", "Miracle of the Rosary", "He touched me", "And I love you so", "It's midnight", "Steamroller blues", "Danny Boy", "Pledging my love" and "Way down"? That, in the process of delivering these (and another 74 or so masterpieces found in "Platinum"), Elvis goes through C&W, R&B, Straight Pop, Gospel ( white and black, mind you), while also burrowing deeply into Neapolitean Pop standards, Ballads, Broadway showstoppers, Rockabilly and plain, straight Rock and Roll is nothing short of monumental. More importantly, he delivers credibly in each style, and combines it all with a panache not found elsewhere in the annals of American music. "Platinum" also boasts the best ever liner notes, for a Presley CD compilation (or anyone else's, for that matter). I understand this CD is short, by a few copies sold, to go RIAA Gold, but I wouldn't be surprised if it reaches that plateau by next summer. Eventually, Platinum it shall be......!!!!!!
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