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The Million Dollar Quartet [VINYL]

Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Million Dollar Quartet Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universe
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Holds Court....Again... 3 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Million Dollar quartet really is a fascinating listen..Elvis jamming his own songs, along with other songs from the time...with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. The quality isn't fantastic, but that's just down to the session being impromptu. There's a lot of off mic banter between the guys, and it's interesting to listen to...if you're into elvis, you really shouldn't be without this album..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a million dollars? 24 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Complete Million Dollar Sessions
All that can be said is that this has to be a must for any devout Elvis fan. The CD really reflects the talent that existed at the Sun studios all those years ago. It is like being a fly on the wall listening to artists just having a ball. Great, don't expect sophisticated sound quality, just soak in the atmosphere of a session that is a genuine piece of modern musical history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History in the making 2 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is of the utmost importance to those with an interest in the history of popular music. The personnel featured are giants of rock 'n' roll, and the sheer raw energy comes across in this spontaneous jam session. Even this early in his career, Elvis shows clearly that he is the "king" and takes control easily and naturally. Not to be missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis The King 14 Dec 2012
By T B
Format:Audio CD
Great stuff with Elvis taking the lead and the other two(Perkins and Lee lewis) falling in line.Cash took absolutely no part in this session. He left the studio and arrived later in time to get his picture taken. Million dollar trio would be a more truthful description.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The reviewer above is misinformed 12 Feb 2008
By J. Douglas Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though Charly does import some questionable items, this particular release is above-board.

These tapes were recorded in 1956 by Sam Phillips (then owner of Sun Records) just for fun. In 1969, Shelby Singleton bought Sun Records. He began a long search of the Sun catalogue, browsing through more than 10,000 hours of tape. Singleton licensed much, if not all, of the Sun catalogue to the English Charly label for reissue in Europe. As a result of Singleton's and Charly's search of the Sun catalogue, a portion of the session came to light. This was issued in Europe 1981] as "Charly/Sun" LP #1006 The Million Dollar Quartet, and it contained seventeen tracks, almost all of which were gospel/spiritual music.

Several years later, additional material was discovered. This resulted in the release of the 1987 "Charly/Sun" 2 LP set #CDX 20 The Complete Million Dollar Session, together with their simultaneous issue in CD format in Europe. In 1990, they were replicated by RCA for US distribution as a CD, titled, Elvis Presley - The Million Dollar Quartet (RCA CD # 2023-2-R), the sleeve notes of which were written by Colin Escott of Showtime Music, Toronto. A 2006 50th anniversary issue of the session was released on RCA, containing approximately twelve minutes of previously unavailable material and places the titles in the original recorded sequence. The source of the recording was a copy of the session owned by Elvis Presley.

So... the flame throwing above is pretty unfair. Actually, the BMG release is for the most part derived from the Charly set!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This is not the official BMG release, but a counterfeit product! 21 Aug 2006
By Bill Porter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A word of a caution for anybody remotely interested in this material. It was just confirmed that BMG will officially release "The Complete Million Dollar Quartet" on Sep.19, 2006. This will feature for the first time ever, the COMPLETE RECORDED SESSION in the ORIGINAL SEQUENCE with 12 more minutes than any other previous release! Stay away from the cheap rehash labels (such as this Charly release), do yourself a favor and seek out the original BMG release when it comes out. The sound quality alone will be superior to anything out there as they've used tapes from Elvis' own archives.
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