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Platinum - A Life In Music


 

Platinum - A Life In Music - USA 1997 - BMG 07863 67469 2

Release: 1997 BMG 07863 67469 2   EU 50 €
Release: 1997 BMG BVCZ-1071-4   Japan 75 €
Release: 1997 BMG 07863 67469 2   USA 50 €
Release: 1997 BMG 07863 67469 2 / D207367 BMG Direct USA 50
         
Release: 2017 Sony Music 8898541352   EU 18

 

Re-released in the year 2017 as low-cost CD-Book.


See also:
Platinum A Life In Music Vol. 1
Platinum A Life In Music Vol. 2

 

Released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Presley's death, Platinum: A Life in Music attempts to trace an alternative history of Elvis' career by concentrating on alternate takes and unreleased material. Over the course of four discs, 23 hit singles are interspersed with 77 previously unreleased items. The hits function as touchstones, so the listener has an idea of where Elvis was in his career when he was recording such unreleased gems as a 1966 cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" or the 1959 "Bad Nauheim Medley." Certainly, the sheer amount of unreleased material means that Platinum: A Life in Music is targeted at hardcore collectors, but what is surprising is how listenable the set is, even for casual fans. The homemade recordings and demos are occasionally sonically rough, but the rarity of these items make the sound a moot point. Some of the performances aren't particularly remarkable -- alternates of "Always on My Mind" and "Heartbreak Hotel" simply sound like the released versions, only not as good -- but there's an abundance of gems scattered throughout the set, making it worthwhile for any serious Elvis collector (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine )