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on 23 August 2017
In a nutshell, when you buy this 2012 release you are getting two 1971 albums plus six bonus tracks in one beautiful package.

The first CD contains the entire songs that first appeared in the album 'ELVIS COUNTRY' plus three bonus songs. The original album was mostly recorded in June 1970 but RCA needed two more tracks so Elvis went back to the studio in September 1970 and recorded SNOWBIRD and Jerry Lewis' WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN GOIN ON. The latter was recorded in just one half-crazed and powerful take.

Despite its title, the album boasted rock'n'roll as well as a selection of country songs. A one-off concept was introduced with this album when snippets of the jam I WAS BORN ABOUT TEN THOUSAND YEARS AGO smoothly faded in and faded out as a bridge between each track. The idea was modern and original but proved to be a radio DJ's nightmare when playing selected tracks from the album on air! The last three songs on CD1 are the bonus songs - namely, the fantastic jam mentioned above followed by another rare jam, A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW, with a powerful WHERE DID THEY GO LORD concluding the first CD.

With CD2 the songs all came from the 1971 album release LOVE LETTERS FROM ELVIS where we have the rest of the June 1970 recording sessions. The album may not have been a number one seller back in 1971 but each song today is a gem in its own right. And the final tracks on this CD are three monumental bonus songs, of which THE SOUND OF YOUR CRY AND SYLVIA emanated from the same June 1970 session, with the vocally challenging RAGS TO RICHES from September 1970 bringing the entire great package to a close.

Every music lover should be interested in this release as it glaringly showcases Elvis' cosmic vocals and the true musicianship backing him.

Highly recommended.
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on 18 April 2013
What a period Elvis enjoyed from the second half of 1968 through January 1973! This legacy release captures Elvis in the middle of this prolific period and Elvis Country must rank amongst his finest studio albums.

Elvis loved to sing and try a range of styles and it can be said that in the studio rarely outside of the gospel (or Christmas) albums did Elvis set out to make a concept CD. Whether Elvis Country started out that way it certainly became one. Elvis sings the song on this album in a way that came natural to him and the segue of "I was Born Ten Thousand Years" ago blends in perfectly. The opening "Snowbird" sets an inviting tone. Tracks such as "I Really Don't Want to Know" and "There Goes My Everything" are Elvis fan favourites from this period. The album also contains the studio cut of "Funny How Time Slips Away".

Disc 2 is the "Love Letters From Elvis" album, whilst much less of a concept it is equally as enjoyable. Now here is a surprise for me, as I have got lots of box sets and compilation albums, I managed to find two songs on here that I have not heard before "If I Were You" and "This Is Our Dance". It's some years since I have been able to say that.

The packaging from Sony on these legacy releases is really setting a bench mark. There was a period in early to mid 1980's were re-releases or compilations were very much a budget presentation from RCA. This began to turn round in 1987 with the release of the "All Time Greates Hits" and really picked up with the 1992 box set "Complete 50's Masters". Now the same care is being put into re-releases and that's very much as it should be.
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on 30 September 2016
this is one of the best elvis has ever done. and it one of my top 5 elvis lps/.make the world go away/its your baby/you rock it.i will give it 5 out of 5 you canfear how much elvis is enjoying himself.
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on 29 January 2016
One of El's best albums, beautifully repackaged - apart from the ragbag Love Letters LP which he himself disliked - but when will Elvis's CDs get the Hi Fi treatment? I have the Japanese vinyl and CD and both are far more dynamic than this Lo Fi muddle. Don't have much hopes for Hi Fi, 24 bit digital, on the forthcoming 60 cd box set.
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on 24 February 2012
i believed i had everything elvis had recorded then along came this fab double cd and also includes an elvis booklet with pictures and and story about the king it is a must for all elvis fans and it has a lot of songs on i did not have fully reccomend it
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on 6 March 2012
Bought this at a very favourable price after Amazon had advised it was to be released. The tracks are excellent and the whole package is very pleasing. A must for Elvis fans and those who are not should give it a try at this price!
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on 7 December 2013
A rather a nice set of the 2 albums. Elvis Country with bonus tracks and Love Letters ( a recording of his orginal record of this title} again this album has bonus with bonus tracks.It is completed with a good booklet.
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on 21 January 2013
Yes, I like this CD, it is very good, and I would recommend it to any Elvis fans. Good music to listen to and also to dance too, in fact your can line-dance to a lot of this music. Very good.
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on 26 May 2016
Love it
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on 23 March 2014
All I can say about this CD is wow. I used to own it on vinyl. Elvis could sing anything and be great.
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