The Million Dollar Quartet (50th Anniversary Special Edition)
 
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The Million Dollar Quartet (50th Anniversary Special Edition)

Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash
30 Nov. 2009 | Format: MP3
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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov. 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universe
  • Copyright: (c) Universe
  • Total Length: 1:18:35
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  • ASIN: B002ZG9ETK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2002
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This is a remarkable recording, offering not only a glimpse of the real Elvis Presley but standing as a musical artifact of the birth of rock and roll. I should point out that the Million Dollar Quartet is a bit of a misnomer; although Johnny Cash was present at one point, the couple of songs he supposedly sung on have never been found. What we have is an incredible jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins (plus an assortment of lesser known musicians). The date was December 4, 1956; the place was the legendary Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley was already a superstar, Carl Perkins was struggling to reproduce the success he had found with Blue Suede Shoes a year earlier, and Jerry Lee Lewis was basically unknown, having just cut his first tracks a couple of weeks earlier. They start singing some gospel songs, but the session picks up steam from there and continues through a great variety of musical songs and styles, all of which offer first-hand insight into the advent of rockabilly music and its metamorphosis into good ol' rock and roll.
Elvis dominates this session, but Jerry Lee Lewis is also prominent throughout, which is pretty amazing considering the fact that he was still on the verge of success. Carl Perkins remains in the background, taking the lead only on the short song Keeper of the Key. Elvis' tremendous gospel singing comes through loud and clear on such staples as Just a Little Walk With Jesus, Peace in the Valley, and Down By the Riverside, and Jerry Lee's strong backup on these songs surprised me with its uniqueness and power. Soon the guys shift to bluegrass, giving us snippets of several Bill Monroe classics. Then the real fun begins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sadoldfart on 2 Mar. 2013
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....but great nonetheless. Only four stars because we all know the quartet and we know the songs. Just nice to have them together on one disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Stephens on 7 April 2014
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This is NOT the Million Dollar Quartet, as in the original live recordings known by that name, it's just another pointless crappy Rock'n'Roll compilation designed to trick fans into buying it by mistake. Have now paid more attention and bought the recordings I wanted.
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By Dodo VINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2014
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This is a quirky album for dedicated fans as the quality of the music is up and down. It is a real curiosity to hear these amazing artists jamming together, even if the results are rather haphazard. It is old fashioned.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tomasin Angelo on 21 Jan. 2013
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A very great Quartet at the best of your Art. Presley, Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are the Story of Rock'n'Roll!
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