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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the original recordings. Intention to mislead?, 14 Nov. 2008
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Fortunately, I have some of these tracks on orignal 1950/1960s singles, so I can definitively say that Disc 1 of this gobbler contains re-recordings and NOT the original hits the artwork would have you believe. Even in the liner notes there is no admission that these are not the original hit recordings. The whole tone of the thing seems intended to make you think that these are originals. Disc 2 seems to contain original recordings - but not of his hits, just album tracks that history has all but forgotten.

The contents of the entire first disc are credited to being "produced by Jimmy Haskell" (whereas the original singles would have been produced by various people over a period of about 15 years or so - since the original hits spanned 1958 to about 1973).

Also, there is a cryptic note that says "originally released in 1985". It's hard to avoid the suspicion that this was intentionally put there to sucker buyers into believing that was a compilation release date, rather than the date of these (often lacklustre) re-recordings, otherwise why not say "these re-recordings made in 1985" - and why no mention of the fact in the liner notes. Also, the cover picture of Ricky as a teenager (rather than the age he was when these tracks were re-recorded in 1985) further reinforces the suspicion of an intent to deceive. There oughtha be a law against this kind of thing....

So, if you want to hear how well Rick(y) Nelson could perform his hits 20+ years after most of them charted - re-recordings made shortly before his untimely death in a plane crash on the very last day of 1985 - then this is for you. If you were looking for the original recordings then look elsewhere.

I am so going to try for a refund on this one!
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2009 18:18:13 BDT
John Rose says:
its time amazon put a stop to these cons,this is not an isolated case,there are lots of these recordings being put out as original.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2009 21:26:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jul 2009 08:14:12 BDT
AlanMusicMan says:
Yes, I agree. If Amazon really cared about quality and customer satisfaction in their music department they would do a lot more to ensure correct product labeling by the music companies- they certainly have the clout now to exert some degree of influence in these areas, as so much music is sold through Amazon.

However, one has to doubt whether they are up for the job, Amazon's own commitment to data quality is not exactly stellar. They don't even have a proper system for reporting errors in CD listings and even when errors are pointed out, they don't action the problem. I've spent quite a lot of time in the past entering corrections to Amazon listing errors, only to receive a dismissive message saying that my suggested corrections "could not be verified". This included one memorable instance where the CD image was clearly completely the wrong one - and even (as I had pointed out) showed the wrong title! Now, I just create reviews to alert people to cons or errors. It wouldn't be overly hard for Amazon to create expert reviewer panels to vet products and weed out the cons and the mistakes before the product goes on the site. Relying on customers to write reviews AFTER the product goes on the site is surely bad for customer satisfaction, as many people don;t read the reviews and only discover they've been conned after they buy.

Of course, Amazon can't be expected to "fix" the music industry, but they certainly should use their muscle to register their customer's collective displeasure at some of the cons it tries to perpetrate. I fear that I don't see any evidence at all that they are prepared to do that. This disc (and quite a few others that people have identified as cons) are still being sold - as before - by Amazon with no "health warning". It's a shame, if they took up the cudgels on our behalf I for one would respect their integrity and buy more from Amazon and less from specialist vendors who do seem to care.
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