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Young Man With the Big Beat
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on May 19, 2015
Fantastic price. I have seen it for over $100.00 on other places.
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on April 10, 2015
it was just as promised a really great dea
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on January 16, 2015
Perfect
Wish I had gotten one for myself
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2015
This outstanding box set which focuses on Elvis in 1956, is now available in two different versions. The original 2011 deluxe edition was packaged in a 12 x12 inch format with five disks, a large format book and a collection of reproduction items (photos, ticket stub, show poster, Tom Parker letter etc). This was priced for serious fans with a big budget who were collecting early Elvis material. I'm sure many others found the cost to be a bit too steep and passed it by since the studio music tracks have been available for decades.

Now in 2014, a more modestly priced edition has been released and should attract those who couldn't justify the deluxe package. This new release has the same five disks with the re-mastered sound that has impressed many fans. The format of the set is smaller which means the book has been reduced in size to 5 ½ by 7 ½. The 88 page book is loaded with interesting narrative and photos. The format is a day-by-day look at what was happening with Elvis in 1956. What you don't get is the reproduction items (photos etc). Since most sellers are offering this 2014 edition at about one quarter of the price of the 2011 original, it becomes a very attractive option for many. The way the disks are placed in the package is rather poor, as others have noted. The first time you attempt to remove a CD can be a challenge until you figure out how they are held in place. Some more care could have been given to the production of the book. I found a few typos and some of the printing in the photos is so small that it is unreadable. On pages 18/19 the captions for the pictures are missing. They should be: 01) "Moviegoer Magazine" 02) Colonel Parker advance check 03) February 4th CBS "Stage Show" 04) Billboard review 05) receipt from Elvis for advance & the Main Photo, taken in New York February 2nd, intended to be the cover shot for his first album. That said, I still got a lot of enjoyment reading the book.

I would give the 2014 release high marks for value. If you have been a serious Elvis collector, you may find that you already own all of the material in this package. For more casual fans, this edition may be just right for you. Points off for the poor system of holding the disks and for the lack of attention to detail in printing the book.
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on October 7, 2014
this is Elvis the king what a way to go behind the scenesI love listening to this s*** it's like being in the session with Elvis thanks great music great one great piece of work
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2014
I bought this as a gift for a family member. He loved it! A must have for any Elvis fan! This is the King at his very best! The Elvis we all should remember!!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
lp sized packaging is ok; but bmg isn't consistent in their packaging of ELVIS product!!! NOT EASY; for buyer to store/shelve; so many different size ELVIS RELEASES!!!!! THIS IS ALSO TRUE OF THE OTHER COMPANIES RELEASING ELVIS MUSIC; & ALSO BOOKS; WE DON'T NEED ALL THESE DIFFERENT SIZED BOOKS TO CONTEND WITH!!! THERE SHOULD BE SOME STANDARDS ADHERED TO!!!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
Casual fans would be content with the box sets such as the complete 50's, 60's and 70's. By casual I mean those who love the music but aren't necessarily a collector. Superficial fans will most likely by the 30#1 hits and 2nd to none and be happy. But, boy look what they are missing out on. Anyone who knows me knows I love music. When I die, I'd love to leave my collection to someone who appreciates music as much as I do and will add to it. My music represents my life, my tastes and everything I love. Elvis has always been the one thing mostly everyone in my family could have in common, we grew up listening to Elvis. When he died, it was like losing a family member. That being said, I am obviously biased towards his music, but that doesn't mean I'm an easy sell. This collection impresses me. Sure we may have some or most of this music on different compilations. Sure we do. But, do we have everything from that year compiled in one place showcasing the birth of not only Rock but of the most celebrated artist of our time? or any time for that matter? I love this as it is a time capsule. Taking one year of the man's life and distilling it down to the albums, the singles and the photos. We get to live that year with him. Given details of all the major steps in his blossoming career. Many today see so many artist make it big, have huge record sales and then die off, they have never really been witness to the rise of a true star with staying power. He had real talent and charisma and a stage presence that is second to none. aside from maybe Prince, who nowadays is known for their live shows? who's shows consistently sell out? and how many of them can actually perform with such a high level of energy and NOT lip sync? No one. That is why 56 years later I'm writing this review on a collection of his work of that year. I always love the little extras. I remember buying a four pack of elvis dvds in a tin that looked like a movie film cannister and I loved how it had the extra photos that came with it. Now we get photos, a book, interviews and all sorts of other goodies. It seems that Elvis' vault is filled with so much material that things like this will probably be coming out forever. I do not mind the added tracks of alternate takes. I love hearing the background chatter, the conversations and the human interaction in between and during takes. it's an audio version of behind-the-scenes. When I watch the movies, knowing how the scene was constructed doesn't make the movie magic disappear it just makes it more interesting. I can sit and hear a song and love it, then listen to the alternate take, and see more closely all of the work and thoughts that went into making it. It makes it more real to me. And Elvis was great at interviews as well, so hearing him talk about music is great. I get tired of people saying what Elvis might have said or thought I'd rather hear it from him. And this collection is the best way to do that. It's like you get a window into the past, a look into one really powerful year in the birth of rock n' roll. To paraphrase my friend's son, he "Owned it". This will be a definite centerpiece for any music collection. It's about time we get back to talking about music and showing/sharing it with friends (face to face) rather than downloading it. Invite friends over, listen to it together. Some of my most happiest memories in my life revolves around moments where I was sharing music with friends or family. And this is definitely something others will find uniquely interesting and musically exhillerating. So for those of you on the fence, it's worth every penny. Fortunately for me it did go down in price since it first came out (though I still would have bought it, just later). But I am sure you'll find something in this that you'll love too. Remember some of the stuff may be be available in different, cheaper ways, but this is a time capsule of one terrific year in one of the most amazing careers that still ressonates today. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed. (p.s. I didn't want to review the song collection, as it's basically everything released for the whole year, so it's not missing anything, and second if you are reading this you know most of the songs already and if you don't, well if you love Elvis' music in any way shape or form, then this music will impress you, and it's worth listening to the music itself rather than listening to me giving too many details as I love this music, and I really can't say anything bad about the music here)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
Well I won't bore you of what has been written already about this box set. I'll make it short and sweet. I was hesitant to get this box set, having so many Elvis other releases that contain material on this box set. Finally, gave in and bought it. I must say it is truly a great package for the Elvis fan. 1956 captured with Elvises first two 1956 album releases and all his single releases for 1956. Outakes which can be overkill to some, to me listening to these outakes I got a kick out of hearing the studio chatter during these remarkable sessions, it is like being their. Interviews galore, truly great packaging, Linear notes, this box set has been nothing but a listening pleasure. Listening through the 5 cds,I actually got what this Box set was trying to accomplish to the listener, a trip through Elvis breakthrough year 1956. Truly great remastering.... Sony Legacy gives the King 1956 a truly great release Enjoy....
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
I purchased this item for a Christmas gift. They were thrilled with all the dvd's. I can't wait to watch the dvd's myself. Thank you
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