I gave the Collector's Gold-set a listen last night and I am glad I have!
Although it is the first box-set out of the hands of Ernst Jorgensen, it never deserved the fame it should have.
Released in 1991 even before the 50s Masters, it has to be called a legendary release for every Elvis collector. In fact, everything that is included on this 3-cd-journey through the 60s, is pure "collector's gold"!
It was not only the first box set from Jorgensen, but the first ever box set that combined material from the 60s, and the first ever to compile 69 live material - and what kind live material!
Collector's Gold marks the new era for Elvis-fans: along with the "Essential Elvis" series just a year prior, "C'G" zoomed us into the world of outtakes, alternate masters and studio chats in an extent that every Elvis fan dreamed of during the 80s!
The content is a perfect mix of unknown or "heard of" songs like "Black Star" and "You're The Boss", alternate masters like "One Broken Heart For Sale" and "Memphis Tennessee", and never heard of live versions like "This Is The Story" or "Rubberneckin'". Together with some nice alternate takes and rockin' live versions from Las Vegas this is the perfect compilation for every fan.
CG was my first box set. I remember clearly how I stared at the commercial from my record dealer back then and how I saved my money to buy that set!
I was too young when the silver and the gold box sets came out, so CG was my beginning of that era, and I would state that COLLECTOR'S GOLD is the origin, the beginning of the Jorgensen-era, and - if you want - the birth of that generation of Elvis-fans in my age, that grew up with Jorgensen.
Today, the CG-material doesn't seem to be that sensational any more. The mix sounds pretty old (no wonder: it's from the forst days of the CD-era). But if you try to listen to it as if you were back in 1991, you'll enjoy it!
I would love to see a "CG, Vol. 2" release someday.
I admit, I would complain about the running time today, but: 45 minutes approx. is a very nice time. It's easy listening. You can sit down in your easy-chair and read the booklet and listen to the music. A running time of 74 minutes is something you quite rarely listen to from beginning to end!
The "Close Up"-set is very similar to CG although this one tries to cover the whole career. So, this one seems to be a mixture of the silver box ad CG.
In Germany, it is raining this morning. So: simply listen to CG today and your day will be made!