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Stereo '57 (Essential Elvis, Vol. 2)

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000026I0U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Stereo At It's Earliest, A Definite Headphone Moment 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD will appeal to those who have an interest in very early stereo recordings of rock and roll. The following quote from the CD pamphlet explains it better than I could:
"A couple of years before the advent of the stereo disc in mid-1958, major record companies had been experimenting with stereophonic recording of classical music (often referred to then as 'binaural'). In the popular-music sphere, however, state-of-the-art studios were using the new Ampex 2-track tape recorders for making binaural tapes for other purposes. The engineers would place, say, the vocalist or soloist on one track and the backing band on the other; this enabled further engineering and mixing to produce the final mono master after the performers had left. In the earliest days--as in the case of these Elvis sessions--the binaural machine was run only as a safety copy. Although these 2-track tapes were never intended for stereophonic release thirty-odd years ago, I have very carefully prepared them for stereo enjoyment utilizing techniques that I hope are compatible with the aims of the original recording team and artist. The quality and clarity of these originals certainly belie their age and permit and exciting stereo image by any standard--a tribute indeed to the Radio Recorders engineers. The discovery of these 2-track masters is nothing short of a miracle. The tape boxes have "erase" clearly written on the master log sheets. They are the only ones know to exist from the pre-stereo era".
Note: the last 5 tracks (16-20) are in mono and the CD states this.
We are very fortunate that Elvis signed up with RCA. Had he not, it could have been another five years before we heard him in stereo and who knows what would have happened to the master tapes from many lesser known record companies that went out of business in the sixties.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy, see, I can sing a song all day. 14 Jan 2007
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD features recordings that Elvis made in January, 1957. Tapes featuring the unedited recording sessions from January 13 & 19 were found in the late 1980s. These tapes happened to be in binaural (two track) stereo, with Elvis in the left speaker and everyone else in the right speaker. It's a very primitive form of stereo, but it's still fun to hear Elvis isolated from the rest of the band. The bulk of this CD features alternate takes from these recording sessions. These are very interesting, as you can hear what went on at the recording session. Some comments made before and after the songs are included. You can also hear mistakes made by Elvis, as he sings the wrong lyric or busts out laughing (or laughs BECAUSE he sang the wrong lyric). Elvis even hits a bad note on "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" (it even happens to the best singers). I should point out that "Mean Woman Blues" take 14 is not an alternate take, but is in fact the master take that was used on the Loving You album way back in 1957 (but this is, of course, the first time is was released in stereo). There were five songs recorded during these sessions for which no binaural tapes could be located. So, these five songs close out the CD in their original mono master take versions. This is a great CD which should appeal to any Elvis fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A front row seat to History 20 July 2007
By Eric Cornelius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD and makes me want more Essential Elvis releases.To hear this young,brash pioneer...to hear the creator of a new sound at work is amazing.To listen as he works up I beg of You,BlueBerry Hill, Is It so Strange and classic gospel numbers like It Is No Secret and peace in the Valley is just indescribable.Unique...Different....Historic....Awesome.Words cannot do justice to this wonderful set.Just Listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Sounds Like Real Stereo To me! 18 Nov 2008
By Jay R. Raskin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I finally bought the "Essential Elvis, Vol. 2: Stereo '57" CD and the stereo sound is fantastic - much better than I expected! After reading some of the reviews of this CD that described Elvis' vocals as being removed from the rest of the band, I expected to either hear all of the instruments on one side and only Elvis on the other, or a mono mix of the instruments on both sides and Elvis on one side, but I was pleasantly surprised that the original binaural tracks separated the different instruments across both tracks, leaving Elvis on one side. Buy this CD - it's as stereo as it gets!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love hearing the dialogue that occurred around the recording. 26 July 2013
By Mark K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
You feel like you are in the recording studio with the group recording. Sounds wonderful. Really a fun album to listen too. Songs have been released elsewhere many times before, but it is great to hear the "out-takes".
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