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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC ALBUM GETS FANTASTIC UPGRADE
The classic album of 50's single hits with the iconic cover has just recieved a 2 cd upgrade. This collectors' label cd now contains the COMPLETE june '58 recording sessions of multiple takes, false starts, alternates etc, plus the "Elvis sails" interview material, all housed in a 7" EP type sleeve with lavish booklet. This is the ultimate release of this album...
Published on 16 April 2007 by A. J. Dobb

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Packaging....
If you're an obsessive Presley collector, then this might be for you - containing, as it does, exhaustive out-takes and studio chat from the 1958 sessions that created the material on the original USA version of Elvis' Golden Records Volume 2 (The orginal UK version contained additional, pre-'58 tracks).

Presley was at his peak with this material, and he gives...
Published on 29 July 2007 by Simon Garfunkel


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC ALBUM GETS FANTASTIC UPGRADE, 16 April 2007
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A. J. Dobb "DJ TONY" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 50 Million Elvis Fans.. (Audio CD)
The classic album of 50's single hits with the iconic cover has just recieved a 2 cd upgrade. This collectors' label cd now contains the COMPLETE june '58 recording sessions of multiple takes, false starts, alternates etc, plus the "Elvis sails" interview material, all housed in a 7" EP type sleeve with lavish booklet. This is the ultimate release of this album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 23 Aug 2010
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Mark Twain "Sam" (Kent, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 50 Million Elvis Fans.. (Audio CD)
It's taken since me since 1958 to notice that Drum Brushes are used on "Don't" and I also understand every word that Elvis sings, as gone are the RCA Post-Production Reverb and Added Echo. Nice clear sound. Well done FTD. Oh well!!! To each their own. I'm not throwing out my previous mixes but I'm also glad I've got this clean sound. If your're and Elvis Fan, don't be swayed by negative reviews. And I don't like being insulted because I collect everything Elvis. After all he hasn't recorded since 1977, so I don't mind spending my money on countless Out-Takes, since I don't have anything else to spend my money on anyway. Repeat: Well done FTD. Without your hard work we still would be listening to the same old mixes, even if they had their own "charm".
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Packaging...., 29 July 2007
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This review is from: 50 Million Elvis Fans.. (Audio CD)
If you're an obsessive Presley collector, then this might be for you - containing, as it does, exhaustive out-takes and studio chat from the 1958 sessions that created the material on the original USA version of Elvis' Golden Records Volume 2 (The orginal UK version contained additional, pre-'58 tracks).

Presley was at his peak with this material, and he gives some of the greatest rock performances of all time. He and and the band were simply at one with each other; no prima donna's, no guitarist trying to upstage anyone - just joyful, skillful, trail-blazing rock 'n roll.

Shame then about the sound on this release. I bought it in hopes that there would be a sound quality improvement over the 'Complete 60's Masters' issued in the late 90's. There isn't. Although nearly 10 years on, with major advances in sound processing taking place over that time, this new release is blighted throughout by the same bland and utterly unexciting sound. Basically it's been over-processed; if you're a techno, you'll be able hear the processing in the way the bass and high treble behave. If you're a music fan, you'll just be left wondering what all the fuss was ever about.

Preferable option is to lay your hands on the first CD version of Golden Records Volume 2 released circa 1988. The sound isn't perfect, but it retains some of the original dynamics and excitement. As as to this current release on the FTD label, FTD in this context can only mean For The Desparate.
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