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4.0 out of 5 stars Great-- but if you have the "Peace in the Valley" box, you'll have a dilemma..., October 14, 2009
This review is from: I Believe: The Gospel Masters (Audio CD)
First, let me make it clear that this set is very good and the music is 5 stars. However, after comparing the 3 Elvis spiritual/gospel box sets "Amazing Grace", "Peace in the Valley", and "I Believe", one cannot help but be a bit disappointed with this one because it's something of a missed opportunity. As others have noted, there is a significant amount of previously released material that has unfortunately been left off. The very idea of omitting the "Miracle of the Rosary" is mind boggling--a bit like leaving "Hey Jude" off of a Beatles singles collection ("Miracle..." is on both previous box sets as well as "Elvis Now").

There are any number of Elvis gospel single disc compilations, but the double disc set, "Amazing Grace," was clearly aimed at those looking for a reasonably broad overview that goes a wee bit further than a single disc. On the other hand, the "Peace in the Valley" box was designed for those (like me) who have really wanted a complete collection of the Elvis gospel material. (One critic from All Music Guide criticized it for being overly complete!)

With the current "I Believe" box, which has been marketed as updated and comprehensive, the compilers should have begun with everything on the "Peace in the Valley" box, and then added whatever additional rarities or alternate tracks they could come up with-- possibly including more broadly spiritual numbers (e.g."Bridge over Troubled Water"). When I initially found out that the "I Believe" box would be a 4 disc set, I incorrectly assumed that the extra disc would consist of such music. In fact, there is less here than on the 3 disc "Peace" box. Many of the rarities not included here are, in my view, VERY essential.

"I Believe" is very good but if you already own the "Peace in the Valley" box set you may want to simply purchase and download the few songs that are not already on the earlier but more extensive box.
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Initial post: Oct 18, 2009 11:42:59 AM PDT
Leaving out "Miracle Of The Rosary" isn't just mind-boggling, it's very cynical. I'm sure it's because it leaves room for The Complete Gospel Masters box set sometime in the future. The greedy Priscilla Presley treats Elvis' fans like s***!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 2:28:21 AM PST
Wonderful review! Concise, informative, fun to read and . . . compelling! Gotta get me this one. How's my favorite reviewer in Memphis? Last night my wife had me labelling cards and parcels for under the tree; "keep that fire going!" she said -- a roaring blaze (pine wood) to keep the minus 30 wind-chill at bay. Wishing you a very merry Xmas, and a healthy (prosperous) New Year, G.C. Todd. Did I say great review? Write more, in 2010.

Mark B of the frozen North
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