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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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Initial post: 8 Jan 2014 22:17:10 GMT
Mike Masterton says:
I ask myself, what's the point, any fan has all this and more, fact, I stereo version's of many of these & I bet "Mean Woman Blues" is not in stereo or indeed the film version of the same. Just an example, and I see it's not complete anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2014 23:03:40 GMT
Although 'Mean Woman Blues' was recorded in binaural stereo, it features here in it's original mono version, as intended by the producers, as it first appeared on the original album in 1957. In fact, the first three discs in this set are mono, as originally released, all the rest are stereo recordings.
Nowhere on the box does it state nor claim it's complete, and as mentioned in my review, there are really only two original soundtrack EP's that are curiously absent.
And as for the point of this boxset, well that's simple - the point is to make money for the record company...
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 14:39:43 GMT
Mike Masterton says:
Money for the company.
Posted on 11 Jan 2014 11:02:49 GMT
S. keeley says:
Gary, are these the actual releases of the original vinyl LP soundtracks with the bonus tracks on? I used to have the LPs but when I bought the Elvis CD collection, the bonus tracks were left off the soundtracks. I'd love the original releases again, even in miniature form! Cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014 12:11:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2014 21:30:33 GMT
Hello, these have no extra bonus tracks other than what were on the original vinyl editions. Hope this helps!
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 14:09:47 GMT
Mr. T. Power says:
i bought this box set 2 days ago,but i have a problim with cd loving you,there is only 12 tracks on the cd,and on the cd cover it has 20 tracks, i have been in touch with hmv record shop in ireland where they are looking into this for me,
I WOULD BE MOST GREATFULL IF YOU COULD CHECK THIS CD OUT,AND LET ME KNOW IF YOUR CD OF LOVING .HAS THE 20 TRACKS
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 14:14:52 GMT
Mr. T. Power says:
i bought this elvis the movie soundtracks box set,only to find that the cd loving you,has only 12 trackson it and not 20 which it sayson the sleeve,
be most greatfull for your help
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2014 17:47:15 GMT
Fear not, as I mentioned in the review, the tracklistings on the CD covers are not always correct and 'Loving You' does indeed have only the 12 tracks. The booklet is far more accurate than the CD covers and lists the CD tracklistings true to form, though the 'Follow That Dream' CD lists 'A Whistling Tune' twice on the CD Cover and twice in the booklet yet it only actually has one version on the disc.
Hope this helps...
Posted on 12 Jan 2014 18:04:30 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 01:41:46 GMT
O. B. Tryggvason says:
Great review; just got my copy and I love it.
Like you; I would have liked to have "Easy Come Easy Go" included and also the "Stay Away, Joe" tracks (love the song "Stay Away") but I don't know if that was an EP or those songs were just scattered about on other albums.