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likethebike wrote:I wonder if some fans and critics when they heard that RCA was digging into the vaults for this release were expecting unheard never before released songs, the one area where this set was woefully short.
likethebike wrote:More than 25 years down the line, it's biggest flaw seems to be a lack of character.
Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:07 pm
Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:07 am
KevinK wrote:Well, I bought this box set on CD recently, on Ebay, as I was only 3 when it was released the first time around.
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likethebike wrote:More than 25 years down the line, it's biggest flaw seems to be a lack of character. It has a hodgepode type feel to it. Some of the ideas like Elvis at the Piano aren't even fully formed. The songs on that disc were generally good but what was the overall point of the disc? There was the mix of released and unreleased. There was the jumble of periods and jumble of types of rarities as well.
likethebike wrote:There's the astounding 1961 Hawaii benefit which may be the definitive document of the young Elvis on stage.
likethebike wrote:The live Vegas tracks were generally brilliant with maybe Elvis' best version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".
likethebike wrote:The interview with Lloyd Shearer was fascinating and provided much insight into Elvis.
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At the time -early 80's- this box set was fantastic. As I had not heard any bootleg records the material was all new to me. My personal favorites were the Vegas record and the Hollywood record but Hawaiian gig was another great moment (wish they would re-release the concert with an improved audio). To hear Elvis crackin up while trying to record Datin' was a thrill. Of course now we have had so much similar material that it isn't as great as it was then. Still the I thought the packacing was great too. I still prefere EAP set to the Golden Celebration which I thought had a strange selection (almost 100% 50's tv-performances with Sun outtakes, home recordings and '68 comeback material).
Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:33 pm
Keith Richards, Jr. wrote:Hey Kevin, you mind tellin' me what you paid for this box? I was looking for a copy yesterday, but they were all ridiculously over priced. And I can't spend too much on anything EP related right now because I've just paid £22 for issue 8 of Elvis - The Man And His Music!
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Critically it didn't do as well. The set was almost universally panned and- Greil Marcus' even handed albeit essentially negative RS review aside- panned with great malice. Dave Marsh, a big Elvis supporter, went so far as to give the set a zero star review in the Rolling Stone Record Guide.
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Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:02 pm
Stan from Tintane wrote:i think the reasons for the its only love issue making number three on the uk charts were as follows and rca got it right.
1. it was no longer available as a single and was indeed lost at that time - i couldnt afford the box set at the time but i loved the single
2. the single was in stereo and previously the track had only been released in mono
3. the b side contained a previously unreleased elvis recording
4. rca also released an extended 12" which boosted sales
it was the right choice at the right time and it also helped promote the box set
Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:32 pm
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