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Close Up Box set, Original recording remastered

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Listen to rare stereo masters from the 50s and never-before-heard outtakes from his 4 post-army films. Hear the impressive and comprehensive unreleased takes from almost every Studio B session in Nashville. Finally, enjoy Elvis at the peak of his career in a complete, unreleased live concert recorded in San Antonio, Texas in 1972.

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Critics compared the 2002 four-disc Today, Tomorrow & Forever to the Beatles Anthology series of evolving outtakes. That formula is repeated with less success this time around. Little here is preferable to the original Elvis-approved releases, bearing in mind that this was someone who recorded dozens of takes live in the studio until he got it right. Interestingly, the movie and Nashville discs actually trump the '50s disc of unreleased stereo masters from '57. "G.I. Blues," (a better version), "Flaming Star," stuff from Wild In the Country, and even selections from Blue Hawaii sound darn good all these years later, including a version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" that bridges the hit and film renditions. The Nashville disc starts with Elvis Is Back! outtakes, all at least listenable; "Soldier Boy" may be better than the official release. The gospel "Working on the Building" is a killer. "U.S. Male" pales mightily next to the single. And so on. Rounded out with a pretty standard 1972 live show, this provides some interesting tidbits for Elvis fanatics. Novices will be much better served elsewhere. --Bill Holdship
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA/BMG Heritage
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • ASIN: B00009V93Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Marc Haegeman on July 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Following last year's release of the "Today, Tomorrow & Forever" box, RCA/BMG Heritage strikes again with yet another classy 4 CD-box, containing nothing less than 89 tracks of unreleased Elvis Presley material. "Close Up" is definitely less ambitious than its predecessor, which aimed to cover the whole of Elvis' career, but focuses on some more or less interesting periods from the King's cornucopian recorded legacy.
Disc # 1 features 20 songs from 1957, mostly taken from the "Loving You" and "Jailhouse Rock" sessions, released here in primitive (binaural) stereo. Since "The Essential Elvis, Vol. 2, 1957" these takes no longer contain any surprises, even if all the material Elvis recorded then is rock solid. Some masters can be heard now in stereo ("Is It So Strange", "Blueberry Hill", "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You", "Jailhouse Rock"), but I doubt whether these reveal anything more about the songs. They were great as they were. The outtakes released here are fascinating stuff, though (especially "Treat Me Nice", and more takes of "Young and Beautiful" and "Loving You").
Disc # 2 has 25 outtakes from Elvis' early `60s movies "G.I. Blues", "Flaming Star", "Wild In The Country", and "Blue Hawaii". Even if the material is not always of the highest order, Elvis' voice was superb in those years (the songs for "Wild In The Country" are particularly appealing) and this disc gives further insight in the "live-in-the-studio" recording manner which Elvis continued to uphold, with sometimes endless takes until the final "perfect" cut was nailed down.
Disc # 3 is to my mind the most interesting of the box with 21 outtakes from the ever outstanding Nashville studio sessions, covering the period from 1960 to 1968.
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There were signs of trouble last year when BMG released the "companion" box set to -Elvis: Close Up-, -Elvis: Today, Tomorrow, & Forever-. While not a bad compilation by any means, it really didn't come across as revelatory or overly-necessary. This latest release, however, is a blatant slap in the face to fans of the King.
Disc One is hyped as containing unreleased stereo masters from the 50s. In reality, the tracks are primitive binaural mixes of songs from his first gospel album and the movies "Jailhouse Rock" and "Loving You". In addition, these are not and were never intended to be master recordings. They were backups recorded on a two-track machines. Most egregious is the inclusion of 3 versions of "Young and Beautiful", 2 versions of "I Want to Be Free", 2 versions of "Treat Me Nice", 2 versions of "Loving You", and 2 versions of "Don't Leave Me Now" (none of which were exactly standouts in Elvis' recording career). In all, disc one boasts only 14 actual songs.
Disc Two "treats" the listener to 25 alternate versions of songs from Elvis' first 4 post-army films. While not really bad, there is nothing here that's particularly memorable. One should check out the 2-CD -Command Performances- for better renditions of his 60's movie songs.
Disc Three, the strongest of the four, contains highlights from Elvis' Nashville sessions of 1960-1967. Unfortunately, the best outtakes from this era are available elsewhere (Disc 5 of the stunning -From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters I- box set and the criminally out-of-print -Such a Night: The Essential Elvis, Vol. 6-).
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Another year, another Elvis box set. Unlike last year's box, which tried to give an overview of Elvis' entire career, this one concentrates on four distinct aspects of the King's career.

Disc one contains binaural (two-track) recordings from the '50s. These are great performances, you can't go wrong with Elvis in the '50s. Of course, most of these performances have been released before, but it is interesting to hear them in stereo, albeit primative stereo.

Disc two contains alternate takes of songs from his first four post-Army films. A lot of negative things have been said about Elvis' soundtrack recordings, and rightly so. However, the soundtracks for these four films weren't that bad (the worst was yet to come). Sure, there were some corny songs like "Big Boots" and "Slicin' Sand", but at least Elvis seemed to be having fun. These tracks are a lot of fun to hear.

Disc three contains alternate takes of songs recorded in Nashville in the 1960s. To my mind, Elvis' '60s Nashville recordings are perhaps his most underrated recordings. Here we have alternate versions of great hits like "Surrender", "His Latest Flame" and "U.S. Male", some of his classic gospel songs, and great album tracks like "The Girl of My Best Friend" and "Night Rider". This disc is a treat from start to finish.

Disc four features a complete concert from 1972. This was recorded for the feature film Elvis on Tour. Elvis seems to be in pretty good spirits on this night. At least he doesn't sound as bored as he did at the
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