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Label:
  Analogue Productions - http://www.analogueproductions.com/
Serial:
  CAPP 2040 SA
Title:
  Elvis Presley: Elvis 24 Karat Hits!
Description:
  "Elvis 24 Karat Hits!"

Elvis Presley
Track listing:
  1. Heartbreak Hotel - (mono)
2. Love Me - (mono)
3. Don't Be Cruel - (mono)
4. Hound Dog - (mono)
5. Love Me Tender - (stereo, from "Love Me Tender")
6. All Shook Up - (mono)
7. Teddy Bear, (Let Me Be Your) - (mono, from "Loving You")
8. Jailhouse Rock - (mono, from "Jailhouse Rock")
9. Wearing My Ring Around Your Neck - (mono)
10. Big Hunk O' Love, A - (mono)
11. Stuck on You - (stereo)
12. It's Now or Never - (stereo)
13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - (stereo)
14. Surrender - (stereo)
15. His Latest Flame, (Marie's the Name) - (stereo)
16. Little Sister - (stereo)
17. Can't Help Falling in Love - (stereo, from "Blue Hawaii")
18. Good Luck Charm - (stereo)
19. She's Not You - (stereo)
20. Return to Sender - (stereo, from "Girls! Girls! Girls!")
21. Devil in Disguise, (You're the) - (stereo)
22. Crying in the Chapel - (stereo)
23. In the Ghetto - (stereo)
24. Suspicious Minds - (stereo)
Genre:
  Pop/Rock
Content:
  Stereo
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  Analogue
Recording info:
 

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Review by pontiac December 1, 2012 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Its been a very long wait for some elvis on sacd but at last its here! Being a major elvis fan i loved every minute of this disc. The tracks all sound so much better than any of the japanese paper sleeve collection or the shm/blu spec discs. The detail here is amazing. Certain tracks such as "love me" are just so crystal clear its like elvis is in the room. I felt "in the ghetto" was a massive step up in quality as i have always thought it was a rather muddy recording, not so here though its very clear indeed. "love me tender" always sounded like it was recorded on a portable tape machine to me, but on this disc the clarity is simply stunning! The only negative to the whole package is that somehow the rear cover art has been spoilt by listing "love me tender" and "a big hunk of love" in the wrong running order. This is still my disc of the year though!

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Review by Discspinner November 29, 2012 (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Even after his death, Elvis continues to fascinate for his music as well as his career arc from premier Rock N Roll pioneer, to movie guy (I won't say "idol" because movies are not why he's an idol) to oldies/Vegas act to...well...you know how it ended. I was probably born 15 years too late to really appreciate much of his career and to have witnessed first hand the excitement of his ascendancy in the 50s. Despite that, I have a real fondness for his roughly 1960 to 1964 output.

Despite the weakness of not being a true fan, I have found myself over the years to always be in ownership of some of Elvis's work, usually in the form of a greatest hits compilation such as this one.

24 Karat Hits is a "warm" presentation. There is no excess brightness and the bass is representative of the era, a little light. This is very natural sounding in that one does not get the impression that technicians somehow extracted each instrument and vocalist and polished them up or tried to modernize them. There is plenty of distinctness to the instrumentation and backing vocals. At least in the early and middle years, Elvis's voice commands every song. There are few if any disappointments to be found in the remastering.

The song list of 24k is better than the DVD audio Elvis #1 primarily because it doesn't have that harsh remix of A Little Less Conversation and whatever that German sounding song is. The DVD audio is much maligned, which I think is due to the high expectations in advance of the release, and somewhat unfair. I did several A/B comparisons of "Marie's the Name (His Latest Flame)" and "Surrender" and in each case preferred the DVD audio surround mix just slightly. The DVD audio mixes seemed to have more bass, and better vocal/instrumental distinction. However, the mono mixes of the earlier recordings sound a little better on 24k Hits though I didn't compare those as often.

In summary Elvis's 24k Hits is a great sounding disc, and if you are an Elvis fan, or like me prefer to have a greatest hits compilation of his work rather than individual albums, then this is probably it. I feel like I am being a cheapskate ranking 4 stars on the sonics, but if I were to handicap for the recording era it would be a 5.

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Review by analogue December 27, 2012 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Elvis on Sacd. Who would of thought? I am a long time Elvis fan who always enjoyed his music. Unlike many others I never cared much for his showmanship.....his sex symbol magnetism......just his great voice.

I was always let down over the years listening to Elvis on regular cd playback. It was easy to suspect that the limitations of the 16 bit format would not allow for the majority of the information on the master tapes to be captured. After listening to this new sacd mastered from the tapes I am convinced I was correct in my assumptions. In a huge way.

Out of the 24 tracks on this sacd I would say that at least 14 are truly reference quality. Track 17....Cant help falling in love is so amazing in sound quality that anyone having heard only the cd's over the years would be converted to a true Sacd fan right away. The standout tracks on this disc are truly noteworthy and impressive. They capture his magic in phenomenal sound that is almost to incredible to believe.

I will try to explain why. Elvis had a true baritone voice and in later years it changed somewhat and had a golden sheen to it. The power of his voice has finally been captured perfectly on this new sacd. In addition........again finally.......the other band members and their instruments and their back up vocals have also been captured perfectly. In short this disc finally makes the whole studio affair totally musical ans enjoyable. The three dimensional aspects kept surprising me over and over again. Instruments like acoustic guitar strings and drums were so lifelike....the backing vocals supporting Elvis were stellar. ON the best tracks .to coin an overused phrase..its like he's in the room with you.

Several years ago I purchased the dsd mastered regular cd's of some Elvis albums. They were a real letdown to me. Non musical and flat. But this new Dsd mastered sacd is a true revelation.


Now to be fair there are some tracks that are not as impressive. Namely the 1st track on this disc. And truthfully there are about 3 others that are decent but not earth shaking. This is due to the tape and recording limitations. These are old recordings after all. Well over 50 years. But the best tracks sound unbelievably fresh and new.

The standout tracks..and there are a great many..including 3 bonafide audiophile cuts that will shock and amaze you are worth the price of admission.....well that's all I have to say.

If you are an Elvis fan you owe it yourself to purchase this disc.

Mr. MARINO DID A MAGNIFICENT JOB.

highly RECOMMENDED.

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