It's hard for me to get feelings into words here, but I didn't mean to be negative as much as just stunned at this thing. (And I guess that would be a negatively-stunned.)
I think it's just another superfluous cash-in. If they want to do a "180-gram vinyl" exact reissue Elvis RCA album with the royal vinyl treatment, there are better choices, from original RCA album masters, that would be still be worth the careful vinyl treatment.
For this one, for 30 bucks I would advise anyone to just get an original in VG condition.
"As with their other LPs, to hear the Speakers Corner version of the record is to hear it as the person who bought the original might have. To me, that's the best one could ask for, historically, artistically, and for the sheer fun of it. "
Oh brother. Are they doing the original fold-out cover with calendar? It's unclear but it seems not. And which back cover are they using?
It's things like this that make me wonder... way back when, I bought the Mobile Fidelity Original Master Recording LP of From Elvis In Memphis, ($20 circa 1980) then I carefully recorded it (by the best Stereophile standards I could afford then, and I was a subscriber around that time) to an Ampex GrandMaster reel tape ($9 in 1980).
Then I played it once to verify my recording. I have not played it again in nearly 25 years?!? WHY DID I DO THAT? I always (carefully) played my original RCA LP or reel tape made from that, or my carefully-made cassette in the car, now various CDs.
I've, kinda, always meant to make a CDR from my GrandMaster tape - but I've never gotten 'round tuit.
That good reel of Ampex GrandMaster - is probably more valuable than that only-once-played MFSL LP now.
I advise anyone to just get the originals, especially for this LP. It is unlistenable in any pressing.
For the Sun stuff, there is an "original" LP release of "Elvis At SUN" available at that same site noted above and elsewhere, and I have seen it at Tower. That counts as an original RCA Elvis release for my purposes (although I have not purchased it on LP). It may not be on 180-gram vinyl or mastered for vinyl with as much care, but I bet it sounds much better.
(And these days every copy will be a -1S or -2S or equivalent)
I wonder who's buying Stereophile these days who would need to have an explanation of Y-cables-to-make-mono in any review there. I guess it's very important that such "advice" came from Steve Hoffman!! And mentioning Radio Shack! Alongside a $2195 turntable!! I would expect Stereophile to demand Monster Cable, but only the special Limited Edition versions...
(I don't buy Stereophile anymore - could Speakers Corner be a major advertiser there?)
Thanks KiwiAlan for noting this article and this reissue, and here is the link for the complete Stereophile article, which I just found:
http://www.stereophile.com/artdudleylis ... listening/
I would advise Speakers Corner to concentrate on albums that would have a purpose on high quality vinyl, like those Mercury Living Presence and also RCA Living Stereo classicals. If they use the same care on those that is noted in that article, and I believe they do, those are worthwhile. (I'm sure they would welcome my comments.)