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Elvis Presley
The Home Recordings


 

The Home Recordings - EU 1999 - BMG 07863 67676 2

Release: 1999 BMG 07863 67676 2   EU 12 €
Release: 1999 BMG 07863 67676 2   USA 12 €
Release: 1999 BMG/ BVCM-31017   Japan 25 €
Release: 2000 BMG BG2 67676 Columbia Record Club USA 20 €
Release: 2003 BMG 07863 67676 2   Brazil 18

 

Here's one for the cult of Elvis Presley: 22 home recordings (15 previously unreleased) of Presley and pals sitting around the piano and belting out favorites.

The sound quality is often poor, but, as the notes say, "priority has been given to historic content." The historic content, besides the fact that it's Presley, is the inclusion of many songs Presley did not otherwise record, and the opportunity to hear the King in informal settings singing alone and in harmony with Red West, Charlie Hodge, and others.

If you are fascinated by every detail of his life, then you will find this to be a rare and precious glimpse at the private Presley. If you are a more casual fan hoping for raw or unproduced rock & roll, the spirituals and pop ballads that comprise the majority of the tracks will be a disappointment.  (AllMusic Review by Greg Adams )