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The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956 [CD+100 Page Book] Box set, Collector's Edition

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  • Audio CD (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Memphis Recording
  • ASIN: B005SDDD2Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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OK the souind quality of these recordings isn't great and I am usually very wary when cd's include the caveat about "historical importance" as it tends to mean the listener is in for a rough time. However bear in mind these tracks are now nearly 60 years old and that they were never intended for commercial release. What you get is a damn fine set of the young Elvis performing live, including the unreleased Hayride show from December '56 and one or two other snippets too. The packaging is superb which is usual for Memphis Recording releases. I enjoyed it very much. Even Hearts of Stone sounds cleaner than I have ever heard it before. For the low admission price this set makes a very nice Xmas present indeed. It's funny how very "Southern" Elvis sounded in '55 when you compare his accent to the later years and very charming it sounds too. Invest in this one immediately please.
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This relese is definitely not for the casual listener, that is, unless the casual listener wants to hear the very beginning, and to try and get a feel for what it was like for those who were there!

Yes the quality is substandard, but these recordings are very old, and the recording conditions were probably not good. If you want professional studio recordings of a young Elvis, then I'd recommend 'Elvis At Sun', which contains all Elvis' studio masters from 1954 and 1955.

What you have in this set is an audio record of Elvis at The Louisiana Hayride, during and just after Elvis' Sun Records period. Vibrant, exciting and youthful. You also get a book of information and photographs, and all for a great price.

I highly recommend this release to all Elvis fans. Now if only someone could find some decent live footage of some of these shows..
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A remarkable find. Unseen photographs and unheard live recordings of the young Elvis. Churlish to be critical of recording quality. The Louisiana Hayride was a radio show, and these tracks would come from radio tanscriptions that were never designed to be played or heard more than once or twice. Remastering is as good as we will get. It is remarkable how close to the recording the band played. Scotty Moore's licks are almost identical to his studio work. For fans, fanatics, collectors and everyone interested in the history of rock n roll. This is where it all began. A singer and style that changed the world.
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There have been a number of Elvis Louisiana Hayride compilations over the years, so why another. Anything from the Memphis Recording Service label has to be paid attention and this book/CD package is certainly attractive. The book is great, although illustration heavy and words light. The CD is good too - the tracks are in chronological order and the sound quality is about as good as it can be. Best of all is the 16 December 1956 Hayride Return concert - heard in its entirety and in the best sound quality possible for the first time. There's 75 minutes of sound too. My reservation is over the 'complete' tag - I have the other compilations. Where is Good Rickin' Tonight from 25 June 1955 and Tweedle Dee from 17 December 1955 for starters, and I am sure there are others. So, treat it as a book with a CD and you'll be OK; but as a 'Complete' CD, with a book, its a bit of a let down.
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As a small CD/Book set, nothing matches this beauty. Memphis Recording Service are well known for their high quality releases and now with this fitting tribute to Elvis Presley's stints at the Louisiana Hayride, they have excelled themselves.

Other than the benefit of gathering these historic mid 1950's recordings in one place for us, the presentation is out of this world. I am even tempted to order another set just for keeps! The packaging is just too beautiful to describe here.

As you might expect, the recordings are not latest technology to say the least. But that's not to say they are bad. They were most likely recorded on a big single track reel to reel tape recorder back then and as long as you expect that quality you won't be disappointed when listening to history in the making. Elvis was barely 20 years old and about to turn the world upside down.

I can't recommend it strongly enough. Get your copy while still available. I received mine in December 2011 when the price was £11.99
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Elvis Presley: Well, I'd like to say how happy we are to be out here. It's a real honor for us to get a chance to appear on the Louisiana Hayride show and we're gonna do a song for you. You got anything else to say, sir?

Frank Page: No, I'm ready.

Elvis: We're gonna do a song for you we've got out on Sun Records and it goes something like this....

With that and the first strum of Elvis' guitar the fuse was lit for his rocket-powered ride to become the world's number one Rock'n'Roll superstar!

If you are a fan of ELVIS and need to understand what all the beginning-of-rock'n'roll fuss is about then this is a great value CD/Book for anyone.

In the past Elvis' few recorded Hayride performances have been spread among a pile of releases of varying quality and substance. Somewhat surprisingly Elvis' very first almighty Hayride performance from October 16th 1954 being the most common (luckily because it was captured on tape in good quality).
Other songs however like the fabulously rare `Hearts of Stone' and `I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine' or an early `Money Honey' (captured live one year before Elvis recorded it for RCA!) were basically unlistenable due to the terrible quality of the surviving acetate recordings.

The final key to a historical overview of Elvis' Hayride performances was the discovery and auction of Elvis' final Hayride performance from December 16th 1956.

Making use of the Public Domain laws MRS have compiled a sensational 76 minute CD featuring all of Elvis' available Hayride performances. What's more by using some astounding audio technology the previously un-listenable performances now sound ok, albeit NOT in hifi-quality.
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