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In the meantime, we have obtained from an inside source the overdubs from the new Sony CD "If I Can Dream" (which, as it turns out, is quite a NIGHTMARE). It is scheduled to be released in late October. I think it's fair to wonder why they didn't have this ready to come out back in January when it was Elvis's 80th birthday? Priscilla Presley all of a sudden is a big fan of overdubs.
SPEAKING JUST FOR MYSELF, and not my husband, I think the Sony overdub CD is horrendously bad. When just listening to the title track, I thought to myself "that's 3:07 minutes of my life I'll never get back! Yuck!" It sounds garish somehow and tinny. At times the background singers sound like they're shouting. The musicians accompanying Elvis are overwhelming and he sounds raspy and like he's straining his voice. It is just too, too much. It is LOUD, with no balance or subtlety.
It's obvious that whoever did this doesn't know a thing about Elvis and I think they are trying to emulate some of these LOUD LOUD concerts of today where the audience is blasted out of their seats.
By contrast, the VoiceMasters/H&H overdub CD, "Elvis: The New Recordings," is done with restraint and subtlety. It's simply beautiful in every way.
I predict that a lot of fans are NOT going to like the Sony CD because it is so over-produced. They apparently felt like they had paid for a big orchestra (the London Philharmonic) and so they wanted to get their money's worth and have all of them playing.
You may think my reaction is just sour grapes but it honestly isn't. You will hear for yourself how bad that CD is when it gets released.
It grates on the nerves. -- JULIE
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