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Vinyl never sounded so good
on June 26, 2013
In those days there was a "tone" knob that varied the sound between muffled through tinny. It's still mono, but the quality is so good you can actually understand what Elvis is saying. The disk is a replica of the vinyl album---blue with white lettering. Those born in the fifties or earlier have their own memories of what happened to it. I recall a jealous neighbor who put a fist right on Elvis's jaw. The record wasn't inside, but it came to grief a year later when I used it as a race car steering wheel.
Highlights are the drum work on Mean Woman Blues; the big base in Have I Told You Lately...and the folksy spin on I Beg Of You, which is every bit as good as the polished version. The alternate master of Party is a blast for the alternate lyrics: baby paint your lips/and regulate your wig/bring an army shovel if you really wanna dig/let's have a party. Still, it took a trip to one of the lyric sites to translate a line from I Beg Of You: same way I love you little girl/you got me at your--mercy/'cause I'm in love with you...
It's a great intro for those new to Elvis, at a time before he went in the army. A good followup would be his first album, then third, etc. I know one lady who uses them for background music at Christmas parties; but Elvis is good any time you need a blast of feel-good.