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ELVIS-A Nifty 50--From the Fifties!,
This review is from: Heroes (Audio CD)
What's so cool about this set is the fact that it's all old red-hot Elvis from the early years. Those first few movies, the vintage hits and album cuts, The King setting the charts on fire.
As said previously in reviews of this set, it's a great bargain in ORIGINAL RECORDINGS and bound to include some fairly scarce tracks you don't hear as often as the monster smashes. It's like a time-traveled jukebox from 1959, filled to the brim with Elvis singles and EP's. Too cool!
Arrived with shrinkwrap, and in perfect shape. The only reason for 4 stars, not 5 stars, is that the sound quality only merits 4 of 5 stars. Granted, it's very good, and let's face it, the earliest Presley tracks don't quite pack the stereophonic production punch of the later Elvis platters. (The "primitive" nature actually is part of their charm). However, you'll immediately notice the difference in the brilliance of "Hound Dog" on "Elvis-30 #1 Hits" on RCA (arguably the greatest sounding and biggest hits-filled CD in the history of the universe)and the way it sounds here.
Having said that, I highly recommend this set. It's a thrill ride. Whatever "polish" the overall sound lacks, it WAY makes up for it in pure hand- clapping, foot-stomping, classic Rock and Roll joy. 50 blasts from Elvis? At this price? You can't lose.
UPDATE TO REVIEW(Aug. 19, 2011)...and a one star deduction....so it's down from 4 to 3 stars now. Why? Everything about the review still applies, except I have recently noticed there is a "skip" during "Blueberry Hill" and some occasional static "pops" during "Treat Me Nice". (Anyone else experience these flaws?). These two songs are back-to-back, so perhaps it's a localized fluke and a rare event which might be only on my copy. I hope so, but I want to "tell it like it is". Still, in balance, that means 48 songs by the King without a hiccup...so, it remains fun and a great bargain!)