- With an amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one, this original RCA Orange Label should sound far better than any copy you’ve ever played
- This is Elvis doing songs made famous by others, proving that he can still out-rock and out-soul practically anybody alive
- With ten million copies sold to date, this album’s appeal has transcended its time and must be considered a true Elvis Classic
- 4 Stars: “”The Wonder of You” might not have been “That’s All Right” or even “Heartbreak Hotel,” but it was a towering performance by a singer who could, even then, run circles around virtually anyone in the business this side of Roy Orbison.”
Of the handful of Elvis albums to ever make it to the site in Hot Stamper form, this one just may be the most fun.
We have a number of Elvis titles coming to the site soon we hope, mostly because we’ve lucked into some good sounding pressings that aren’t from the ’50s and early ’60s. His early albums are rarely in audiophile playing condition, so finding these later pressings with such good sound, so Tubey Magical, rich and smooth despite their reissue labels, has been a bit of a godsend.
What do the best Hot Stamper pressings of this live Elvis album give you?
- Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
- Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren’t “back there” somewhere, lost in the mix. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
- The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
- Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
- Tight punchy bass — which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
- Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
- Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
See See Rider
Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)
The Wonder Of You
Polk Salad Annie
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Let It Be Me (Je T’Appartiens)