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The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B005SDDD2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bill H. on July 3 2013
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For the diehard Elvis fan and collector, this is the perfect addition to add to your collection. Great package from his early years
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
ELVIS SUPER STARDOM..... Jan. 16 2012
By Psychedelic Good Trip - Published on Amazon.com
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Listening to this cd, might be a little irritating to some. The recording equipment of the time was primitive. Some Elvis fans might consider this release to be for the completist. For me I enjoyed this release immensly. Great stuff by a young Elvis, covering the years 1954-1956, despite at times muffeled recordings. Regardless of the primitive recording equipment of the time it does not take away from the true treasure this music is. Wife Of The late Johnny Cash, June Carter even has a say about her experience meeting Elvis. Great packaging as you can see on my downloaded photos above. Great linear notes and pictures in this small but awesome twentynine track package release. A true must have for any Elvis fan. if you want more elvis in his very young years try Elvis at Sun, trust me this is an incredible listening experience. With all these Elvis rereleases it is a shame the King isn't around to see how limitless his legacy is today, thirtyfive years after his untimely death.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Book and CD enough to make a grown rockabilly cry... Feb. 24 2013
By Phil S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Have collected EP since the summer of 1964 and have all the "essentials"...and then some. Have great memories of buying, perhaps, an Elvis single a month in my teenage years..while my friends (most of them) stared at me in disbelief (in that "British Invasion" period in pop).

This item is amazing. As a loyal, longtime fan I can say most of the photos and many of the backstories are new to me. I'm still astonished that at age 19, he had that kind of command and was so responsible for a *new* sound. He wasn't 41 and well traveled, by any means. (Just listen to that first, October, 1954, show: he is almost too relaxed!) He "got there" just by *listening* - to his small collection of 78s...on friends' record players. And *watching*: excuse the mention in the same writing breath - but he watched Pentecostal Preachers bang on guitar and walk amongst the asembled - and yes, he watched sensuous aesthetes in strip joints....no?

He cut his first [personal]disc at Sun when he was 18 and could only hear it a pal's house. The pal kept the thing until about 1990!).

For the deep historian, there's not alot that's new - in fact by now, two more Hayride performances have been released - but the sound is crystalline and the actual recording dates are nicely mounted, too - and man, it's so cool, to listen to say "January 15th, 1955" and see a corresponding photo in the pages.

It occurs to me that this CD really tells the larger story of one man and his music which became our music. He sounded confident at 19...a young country boy with a new style...by 21 he was larger than life..in fact, his farewell Hayride show, in December, 1956, after selling millions and millions of discs, and making a very respectable Hollywood western, has little to do with hillbilly bop...he has revolutionized pop music and was now the leader of the generation. oh yeah, with a drummer added and a full gospel quartet, we had a show which absolutely defied description, then and now.

I'm still desperate to hear the long-promised (or long said-to-exist) - presumptive Sun studio takes of I Got a Woman and Uncle Pen and Tennessee, Saturday Night ad live takes of Rock Around The Clock, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry Over You, etc., etc., but this deal will keep me occupied for quite a while.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Complete Lousiana Hayride Archves Feb. 27 2012
By marsha - Published on Amazon.com
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Any ELVIS fan would love this cd. It is the ELVIS we all fell in love with in the very begining. The booklet that comes along with it has very instering events that got ELVIS started. This is where this 19 year old began to change the world of music. if you like ELVIS you will like this cd.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun old stuff Oct. 26 2013
By Robert hostler - Published on Amazon.com
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Great to hear Elvis' Hayride appearances in one cd set. Good, clear music from long ago. Lots of period pictures and stories in the included little book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ELVIS: Untamed, Raw, Exciting. May 10 2013
By Richard L. Le Compte - Published on Amazon.com
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The music depicts Elvis at the very beginning of his career: unabashed, unassuming, and unrefined. This means the performances are exciting, enthusiastic and fun. If you want to hear Elvis in the very begining of his career and before he became the King with all the trappings, by all means add this music to your collection. Performances are also very rare to find anywhere else.

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