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Stereo '57 - Essential Elvis, Vol. 2


Stereo '57 (Essential Elvis, Vol. 2) - Germany 1999 - BMG 74321640912

Release: 1989BMG PD 90250   Germany -20 €
Release: 1989BMG R32P-1192   Japan 30 €
Release: 1989 BMG 9589-2-R USA 22
Release: 1990 BMG CD 20 096    Brazil 30 €
Release: 1991BMG APCD 6072 without UPC Australia 25 30 €
Release: 1991BMG PD 90250   Germany -20 €
Release: 1992 BMG PD 90250 with UPC Australia 22 €
Release: 1992 BMG CD 20 096    Brazil 25 €
Release: 1993BMG BVCP 1004 Elvis in the 90s Japan 25 €
Release: 1994BMG PD 90250 Elvis in the 90s Germany 15 €
Release: 1994BMG 9589-2-R USA15 €
Release: 1996BMG 9589-2-R  USA15 €
Release: 1999 BMG 74321640912  Artist of the Century EU 13 €
Release: 2013Sony Music CAPP 057 SA Super Audio CDUSA30 €


Part of the "Essential Elvis Presley" series


The second volume of Essential Elvis offers Elvis in binaural stereo from the January 1957 sessions that produced several hits. (RCA Victor generously filled the disc out with mono masters of the remaining songs to give the consumer a complete version of the sessions.) This is a lot of fun; the gaffes are numerous, obvious, and hilarious, and for ears raised on multi-track recording, it must be amazing to hear an entire record recorded live in the studio! (AllMusic Review by Neal Umphred )

Release notes:
A couple of years before the advent of the stereo disc in mid-1958, major record companies had been experimenting with stereophonic recording of classical music (often referred to then as 'binaural '). In the popularmusic sphere, however, state-of-the-art studios were using the new Ampex 2-track tape recorders for making binaural tapes for other purposes. The engineers would place, say, the vocalist or soloist on one track and the backing band on the other; this enabled further engineering and mixing to produce the final mono master after the performers had left. In the earliest days — as in the case of these Elvis sessions — the binaural machine was run only as a safety copy.
Although these 2-track tapes were never intended for stereophonic release thirty-odd years ago, I have very carefully prepared them for stereo enjoyment utilizing techniques that I hope are compatible with the aims of the original recording team and artist. The quality and clarity of these originals certainly belie their age and per-mit an exciting stereo image by any standard—a tribute indeed to the Radio Recorders engineers. BOB JONES