This relese is definitely not for the casual listener, that is, unless the casual listener wants to hear the very beginning, and to try and get a feel for what it was like for those who were there!
Yes the quality is substandard, but these recordings are very old, and the recording conditions were probably not good. If you want professional studio recordings of a young Elvis, then I'd recommend 'Elvis At Sun', which contains all Elvis' studio masters from 1954 and 1955.
What you have in this set is an audio record of Elvis at The Louisiana Hayride, during and just after Elvis' Sun Records period. Vibrant, exciting and youthful. You also get a book of information and photographs, and all for a great price.
I highly recommend this release to all Elvis fans. Now if only someone could find some decent live footage of some of these shows..