I absolutely agree. I can't see how "If everyday was like Christmas" cd and "Peace in the Valley 3cd can be bettered. You must realize however that there are more voices weighing in on strategic decisions taken at BMG. Ernst and Roger are concerned with presenting Elvis in the best possible way while staying profitable. But if they have a chance they offer something valuable, something new and fresh.
The people behind 30 nr. Hits, Christmas Peace etc. are business men however, preoccupied with strategic marketing, sales figures. They don't care Elvis' image gets watered down to that of an artist as a human juke-box.
They believe the average Joe needs another Elvis compilation every year.
It has become somewhat of a tradition, but it doesn't do Elvis-as-a-serious-artist much justice. The problem is in cd shops there are too many old and new compilation cd's with hits-only material, and too little material that is interesting in a more artistic sense. Material that is perhaps less well known, but essential for the average public to truly appreciate Elvis as a mature creating artist. The problem seems to be the fear of big record companies that the public won't buy Elvis beyond his hits. It's a trend that is still persevering.
In other words I would like to see more cd's like the '68 Comeback Special 2cd, From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis is Back, Tiger Man, Promised Land (upgraded version), Elvis Country (upgraded version), Tomorrow is a long time, Recorded Live on Stage...(upgraded) and Suspicious Minds 2cd and less Christmas/Gospel and hits albums. One Christmas and one Gospel set is enough, thankyouverymuch.