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Elvis Golden Records
Elvis Golden Records
Price: £4.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be warned! 'Tis indeed the 1997 version!!, 13 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Elvis Golden Records (Audio CD)
As noted on the review above (or indeed below) this is nothing more than the 1997 version with a little 'import' sticker affixed; furthermore, it is much cheaper elsewhere on Amazon! Aside from perhaps a different barcode there is absolutely nothing new, redesigned or remastered about this version.
Of course, the music is great, it's just, well... eighteen years old; these masters have sounded much better since then on various new releases. Hope this helps.
You can't say I didn't warn you!!


Elvis Presley- The Perfect Elvis Soundtracks
Elvis Presley- The Perfect Elvis Soundtracks
Price: £34.16

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last..., 8 Jan. 2014
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This boxset contains original EP and LP soundtrack albums released during Elvis' (scripted) movie career and, apart from the absence of the 'Love Me Tender' and 'Easy Come, Easy Go' EP's, I would say it's pretty definitive. The sound quality on each CD is excellent with the remasters taken from the lavish (and in some ways exclusive) 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' boxset released in 2010 and features the original album mixes and album sequencing (three albums of which have never been released in that manner since their original vinyl counterparts!) Only one track 'Blue River' on the 'Double Trouble' CD falls below par with a strange distortion on the left hand channel.
As for performance and quality of music, well I'm afraid that's really for the individual to decide, starting from disc 1 to disc 20 there is a noticeable decline in quality songs long before the halfway mark and many of these albums are not really what made Elvis great. However, there's still a few gems to be discovered for the uninitiated and as for an avid like myself, well, I've waited a long time to be able to play a handful of these albums in their original sequence and it's nice to finally listen to them that way again.
The box itself is sturdy and each disc is housed in a mini card facsimile of (mostly) the original artwork, it also comes complete with a booklet containing an essay on Elvis celluloid career, a synopsis of each movie included in the box and album tracklistings with accompanying credits for each disc. There are one or two errors on the tracklistings on the CD covers that in some cases depict a lot more tracks than are actually on the CD, so it's best to stick with the booklet, though even that has one track 'A Whistling Tune' from the 'Follow That Dream' soundtrack that doesn't appear on the CD. (It wasn't included in the movie anyway, so I'll give 'em that!)
Overall, despite a few small niggling errors, I'll give it 5 stars - for presentation, sound quality and the fact that 'Kissin Cousins', 'Double Trouble' and 'Speedway' finally have their CD debut as complete albums as originally intended.
Now where was I? Oh yes... 'Rock-a-hula, rock, rock -a-hula...
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Double Trouble
Double Trouble
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Indeed..., 6 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Double Trouble (MP3 Download)
The King of Rock n Roll sings 'Old MacDonald'? You'd better believe it! What happened? He became a matinee idol and lost his way... Perhaps, but this album is not what made Elvis great, even the handful of bonus cuts are only okay on this slender offering. However, this version does contain the original album mixes, as poor as they are, if that accounts for anything. Honestly though, if you're new to Elvis, skip this one for now and find his self-titled debut album, or Elvis Is Back! or 'From Elvis In Memphis' or 'Elvis Country' or the 'TV Special' or 'That's The Way It Is' - really, leave this one till last and when there's nothing left to explore, return to it and then, being an Elvis fan, you'll eventually come to forgive this album and perhaps even enjoy it for what it is...


From the Heart
From the Heart

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Tom = Brilliant..., 6 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: From the Heart (Audio CD)
Before the image all went a little awry in the seventies Tom Jones was (and is now once again) a talent to be reckoned with. This, his third album, is back in the days of lush sixties arrangements and 'the voice' rises to the occasion on every track. It's almost like he invented the phrase 'belting them out' for his own personal use. The original album contained fourteen tracks, this CD, now sadly out of print, contains the original stereo version of 'From The Heart' plus a handful of bonus tracks taking the total number of tracks to 18. All of which are classics in their own right, even if a little 'lite' on bona fide Tom hits (this was in the time when singles were singles and albums were albums and never the twain should meet!) it's still a rip-roaring, enthusiastic bunch of standards cut in Tom Jones inimitable style.
As with quite a few out of print CD's this seems to go for a few quid these days, but if you want to complete your early Tom Jones collection then it is of course essential...


Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Price: £4.25

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Columbia Version is the 'Go-To Version'!!, 6 Oct. 2013
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Columbia is Dylan's official label, they own the official masters - this CD can be bought for more or less the same price on the Columbia label (the 2005 version is the most recent: Bob Dylan) but you'll have bought the remastered version from the original masters. Although Hallmark may be cheaper, more often than not they tend to offer the buyer highly compressed vinyl rips. You see as the years go by, a lot of these albums in the UK suffer from the 50 years copyright rule, meaning anyone can apparently take a vinyl recording from the early LP's, stick them on a CD with a picture of the artist on and Hey Presto! a cheap money maker for them, it's us the buyer who suffers! Don't get me wrong, out of print albums may indeed be welcome but Dylan's debut is still out there on the official label in pristine audio quality. I don't work for Columbia by the way nor do I own shares in them, I just hate to see folk ripped off with their hard earned cash...
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Dr. Who - Music From The Tenth Planet
Dr. Who - Music From The Tenth Planet

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Library music for the Whovian... but take heed!, 14 Sept. 2013
This particular release collects some tracks known as 'Library' or 'stock' music used in old TV programmes. The most famous pieces here, at least to classic Doctor Who fans anyway, are the Martin Slavin pieces 'Space Adventure'. Be warned though, this CD is taken from a Vinyl record (Ochre 'records' have pressed it) so the low rumble of a turntable plus many rather annoying clicks and pops are present, thus taking you out of that precious cyber-moment! If you can get it cheap it's worth having, certainly until (or if ever) a better source turns up.


A Date With Elvis
A Date With Elvis
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £3.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this version..., 23 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: A Date With Elvis (Audio CD)
Great songs, great album, poor edition. Really; avoid this hallmark garbage! The songs have been taken off vinyl and had noise reduction or compression or something and just sound terrible. Save your money and buy the Sony releases instead. You'll thank yourself in the end, believe me...
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Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
Price: £15.14

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Which CD review is which?, 23 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Original Album Classics (Audio CD)
I'm not sure if it's Amazon's fault, different reviewers faults or the fact that these collections are not numbered volume 1, 2, 3 etc. but it's all getting a little confusing as the same reviews are popping up for the wrong editions?! This is a review for the Blue Hawaii, Pot Luck, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun In Acapulco and Viva Las Vegas edition.
In a nutshell they've all been released before, nothing new here. They don't really represent what you might consider Elvis' classic albums either. There are a few hit singles and a couple of above average album tracks peppered amongst the discs but the majority of the tracks are, well, just pleasant rockers, below par movie songs and fillers.
Blue Hawaii, a massive seller on release and the beginning of the end for his movie career, is the 1997 remaster which has a swapped stereo image from the original vinyl version, unnecessary added reverb and a few (unessential, dare I say it?) bonus tracks. Pot Luck, a studio album from 1962, is the 1999 remaster with an altered track sequencing from the original vinyl version but extra tracks to compensate. Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun In Acapulco and Viva Las Vegas are the 2010 editions of these sixties soundtracks and utilise the recent Vic Anesini masters from the 'Complete Elvis Masters' mammoth boxset and to be honest they do sound fantastic. Unless you don't have these already though, the only selling point is they are all in little cardboard replica vinyl covers and will save a bit of room on your shelf!
Is it me or are these collections being thrown out at an alarming pace with no real thought to them? I mean come on Sony 'Kissin Cousins', 'Speedway' and even 'C'mon Everybody' albums are just as 'classic' as this bunch and are still awaiting their CD debut in anything like their original vinyl editions!
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Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, It's one for the money..., 23 Jan. 2012
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Numerous CD versions of this classic album have been released, re-released and re-packaged over the years but for value for money this is by far the best as this edition contains Presley's first two albums over two discs with added single releases from the time. Presented in a digipak, it features plenty of contemporary photos and vinyl covers and, like most of these Elvis legacy editions, it is well put together with new sleeve notes.
It's easy to get swamped with Elvis' back catalogue, as Sony, like BMG & RCA before them, milk it for all it's worth and here's where it all started, not just the music but the milking according to form, this album was also released over four EP albums and six singles on the year of it's original release! However, the excitement in some of these tracks, the sparse yet effective instrumentation and of course, the 'young man with big beat' in question still resonates with something that can never be replaced or recaptured and remain to this day an essential part of the fabric of popular music.


Elvis Is Back / Something For Everybody (Legacy Edition)
Elvis Is Back / Something For Everybody (Legacy Edition)
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £21.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Elvis Is Back' is Back!!, 23 April 2011
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This is a review for the 2011 'Elvis Is Back - Legacy edition'. This release contains 'Elvis Is Back! and 'Something For Everybody'. 'Elvis Is Back! was first released in 1960 after Elvis came out of the Army and was his first release in 'Living Stereo' sound! 'Something For Everybody' was released a year later and was a much smoother affair. Numerous CD editions of both albums have come out since; several widely available to the general public and both have featured on the 'Follow that Dream' collectors label with many alternate takes. The first CD release of 'Elvis Is Back' had the intro of 'Soldier Boy' missing and the 1999 versions of both albums messed with the original running order. This version thankfully has both albums back to their original running order and includes all the 'single' releases from the time. The sound quality on this Legacy edition is the closest we've had to those original albums of 1960/61 that have been available to the general market for years - utilising the same masters as on the recent 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' Box Set. The music itself covers many genres with conviction from Elvis who is at the top of his game in every aspect. The packaging is excellent featuring all the original artwork plus album labels as near to those originals as possible and sleeve notes to boot. Overall a fantastic release and deserving a place in any CD collection. If you buy only one Elvis release in your lifetime (What's the matter with you?! You're missing out on loads of great music!) here's a great place to start...


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