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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Offered by alentertainment
Price: 12.95

10 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 4 Jun 2002
How and why is this "average" album so highly praised. Sure, there are some excellent tracks, especially "A Day in the Life" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"; but as a whole, the very inferior "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four" eyc really fail to hit the mark.
Best album ever? not this; "Abbey Road" is far superior, "Pet Sounds" and "From Elvis in Memphis" really blow this away.
A definite curiosity.....essential; perhaps, but overrated by miles.

Spring Tours '77
Spring Tours '77
Price: 34.45

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank's FTD....It's About Time!, 3 Jun 2002
This review is from: Spring Tours '77 (Audio CD)
Follow That Dream deliver big-time, with this fab CD from Elvis spring tour in 1977.
Elvis, still on top form after a mesmorising short tour over late december 76 (note to Ernst & Roger...Release material from this).
Elvis News slaughtered this CD; are they listening to the same disc or what? This is immediately a favourite of mine. Songs such as "My Way" and "Unchained Melody" are given his finest performances here.
He delves deep into his vast reportoire and delivers a smokin' "Mystery Train/Tiger Man", slower than what we are used to, but a killer version. "Big Bossman" is also great, Elvis really sparkling on this great song.
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is a favourite here, and almost everytime he sang it. Slightly different arrangement here and a small lyric change make this is gem.
It's been mentioned before in a review; and yes! I also get a huge kick out of Elvis goofing off and messing up "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
"Fairytale" tops the albume version, whilst "Hearbreak Hotel" oh so bluesy and brimming with attitude.
I highly recommend this CD, too often Elvis later work is criticised, and why? because Elvis in the 70s delivered consistantly strong material that, as a whole is far superior to anything the Beatles done individually or Dylan for that matter. And live.......untouchable, Elvis, Springsteen, James Brown and Johnny Cash as live artists cant be topped.
Anyway; 5 stars, excellent!

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Christmas, 2 Jun 2002
The original Elvis Christmas album is a sensational piece of music making, with awesome blues and mesmorising rock songs, interwoven with Elvis unique and wonderful interpretations of Christmas classics.
"I'll Be Home On Christmas Day" is an excellent folk/blues song; excelllently sung by Elvis who gives a performance of gentleness yet yearning.
The Wonderful World of Christmas, sadly ain't as good; yet still many many astonishing tracks make this CD worth a look.
"O Come All Ye Faithfull" is nothing short of tremendous; sung entirely with choir and huge orchestral backing. This is a priceless performance given excellent treatment by all concerned.
"Merry Christmas Baby" is blues, and ranks high alongside Elvis finest blues performancs...."Reconsider Baby" and "Stranger in My Own Home Town" n included. What an amazing blues singer. This is a devestating performance, blues was in his blood, a Mississippi boy that knew the craft. And this is astounding....the band too, great backing; but driven by Elvis as he shouts "Dig in James..." at his legendary guitarist.
Sadly the rest of the album fails to reach the hights of these performances. Uninspired or too laid back at times; a blue album should have been on the cards......this is not a bad CD, it's Ok, good for the season of good will, but not essential.

Elvis Rockabilly
Elvis Rockabilly
Price: 16.37

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Music, You Must Own This!, 2 Jun 2002
This review is from: Elvis Rockabilly (Audio CD)
This astonishing CD of rockabilly classics is, the beginning of rock 'n' roll music. Here, the likes of "That's Alright" and "Mystery Train" have never been bettered, and these from 54/55, plus other Sun tracks and early RCA tunes.
This is awesome, and merely 8.99, a gem collection and really a must-own CD for fans of not only Elvis, but those who want know about how the Tupelo Mississippi Flash created rock 'n' roll and changed popular music for good!

Elvis 56
Elvis 56
Offered by BIGTHOMAS
Price: 7.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing CD., 2 Jun 2002
This review is from: Elvis 56 (Audio CD)
Elvis 56 is a look at the rock 'n' roll breakthrough; the year that Elvis appeared on the world stage and took his unique blend of blues, gospel and country to the masses.
He created rock 'n' roll in 54, yet still pretenders such as Bill Haley scored smash hits with watered down R 'n' B in 55 with the likes of "Rock Around the Clock."
Elvis was the first, and one listen to this astonishing collection proves why he was, and still is the King of Rock 'n' Roll music.
From the beginning; "Hearbreak Hotel", a smouldering blues of sorrow and regret quite rightfully has become of the the most famous and greatest songs ever made. Co-written by Presley no less; check the liner notes!
The likes of "Blues Suede Shoes" and "Hound Dog" never fail to ignite a fire in the listener, "Hound Dog", still the biggest selling non-charity song ever in America going 4 x platinum then some.
Aside from rock music, the ballads here are top-notch, and really no other singer in 56, no Sinatra or Crosby had the range that Elvis could deliver with apparent ease. Listen to the gorgeous "Love Me" or "Any Way You Want Me", both diverse and spellbinding, "Love Me" especially, and what a performance!
Blues also, "So Glad You're Mine" is wonderfull, sensationally performed and vibrant. "My Baby Left Me", from the pen of Arthur Cruddup really is blistering, from brutal assualt on the drums by DJ Fontana and great bass lines that kick off the song, really this cannot be touched.
"Ready Teddy" and "Rip It Up" are mind-boggling; this is rock 'n' roll, the vocal delivery, especially on "Rip It Up" is dynamic, what power and this to John Lennon's very feeble attempt at these two songs on his "Rock 'n' Roll" album, and you'll know for sure, who is the greatest rock singer of all time.
For those wanting a taste of the King and what real rock 'n' roll music is, this is essential. And for fans, the great alternate takes and studio banter found here are excellent.
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50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong, Gold Records Vol. 2
50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong, Gold Records Vol. 2
Offered by davehopetrading
Price: 2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Hunk O Rockin' and Rollin', 2 Jun 2002
50,000,000 Elvis fans can't be wrong is legendary for the music and the album cover, with Elvis standing in his gold lame' suit.
Released in 1959, and a mere 3 years after his first smash "Heartbreak Hotel"; the album got it's name because 50 million records were sold in America up to this time.
The music is awesome; from the blistering "Big Hunk O Love" to the gentle "Don't." This is a CD that any fan must own; aka "Gold records vol 2", this plus the other 4 volumes is a great collection.

Spring Tours '77
Spring Tours '77
Price: 34.45

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Live Elvis CD?, 1 Jun 2002
This review is from: Spring Tours '77 (Audio CD)
The Follow That Dream label has been a Godsend for fans of Elvis Presley. Yet still, I can't help but wonder why such excellent releases as "The Spring Tours" have not been promoted at the general public.
This superb CD captures the King in great form; plus as expected with a live Presley disc, lots of funny between song banter.
It's a pleasure to hear lesser performed songs from this time, such as "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Big Boss Man" and "Heartbreak Hotel"; the latter is splendid indeed, great blues.
There are many many standout tracks here; the likes of "My Way", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Unchained Melody" are sung with aplomb. Presley could deliver big-time with huge vocals, and performances that his contemporaries could only dream of.
This CD is back to basics and kinda reminds me of the late 60s early 70s shows, in that its more Elvis and the band, less horns and strings etc, just great rock and bluesy music.

Memphis Sessions
Memphis Sessions

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real American Crown Jwewls, 1 Jun 2002
This review is from: Memphis Sessions (Audio CD)
This is amazing! I really don't need to say anymore than that. The Memphis session from 1969 has always been considred one of the highlights of Elvis career; yet still after the best album ever made "From Elvis in Memphis" coming from these sessions; and the stunning "Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 69 Anthology" being unanimously praised, plus outakes on "American Crown Jewels"; I am still blown away by this CD.
The first thing you will notice about this CD is the sound; this is the best sounding Elvis CD ever. Essential Elvis 5, 69 Anthology and Fame and Fortune don't even compare.
What is on this gem of gems is alternate, undubbed outtakes and versions of the songs from the sessions that produced the likes of "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto."
The vocals and astonishing delivery of the songs cannot be flawed. From the gritty blues of "stranger in My Own Home Town" to soul, countryb and rock, this is a CD that should be part of any collection...a cliche, yes, but true, oh so true!
How many times will unreleased material; be it rare versions of songs, unreleased songs or alternate takes continue to be so mesmorisingly good. In the space of merely 1 year, we have had "The Memphis Session", "Spring Tours", "Fame and Fortune" and soon "Today, Tomorrow and Forever" seems the well will never run dry, and the fans of the King will be amazed and surprised for many years to come.......The Memphis Sessions is the best of the best; nothing; not Sgt Pepper, Pet Sounds, Blood on The Tracks or Thriller can touch this or "From Elvis in Memphis" it and be amazed!

Spring Tours '77
Spring Tours '77
Price: 34.45

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last............And Yes; It's as Good As I Thought!, 31 May 2002
This review is from: Spring Tours '77 (Audio CD)
This very excellent CD is long overdue and does more than justice to the man's final year; a year that has been unjustly criticsed; apparenty on hearsay, as the music here, and on "In Concert" is nothing short of fabulous and beyond the unjust criticism.
This excellent CD finds the King in great form, delivering some fine performances of legendary tracks such as "That's Alright", "Little Sister" and "Unchained Melody."
Pay particular attention to "Are You Lonesome Tonight." This is very funny; listen to Elvis messing up the words and losing it in laughter.......further proof that the version from "In Concert" was a send up; he done it everytime with this song; yet many critics at the time and since still claim that this was Elvis forgetting words and losing the plot......WRONG, JUST LISTEN TO THIS CD!
The Spring Tours is fantastic. This is definately a favourite already. There is many highlights on the disc, "Polk Salad Annie" really rocks, as does a great "Mystery Train/Tiger Man" that is slower than the usual blistering romp.
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" is tremendous, Elvis excells as always on this song; again taken a little slower than usual, but what can I say but WOW!
The version of "Heartbreak Hotel" is magnificent, his blues roots still in tact. A great "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is another favourite; great song, some lyric changes making this a standout.
Overall this is one of the best Elvis CDs, definatley amomg the top 5 FTD CDs. There is less bruavado and more rootsy and raw Presley here. I cannot recommend this enough; if you like live albums and if you like Elvis and want to hear how good he was in his final year, then this is a treasure.

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