Review : The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956 CD
Source: Elvis Australia
December 4, 2011
I would like to say the MRS / JAT Productions release of The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956 CD is a dream come true but I can't as there was no anticipation something like this would ever be released. For years now we have had the basic el cheapo compilation of the basic tracks but now we have a full CD with a running time of over 75 minutes that gives a very good overview of Elvis in concert in the 1950s.
The big news is the recent discovery of Elvis' last Hayride show of December 16, 1956 and while this is a huge part of this release there are a good many other components that make this CD special. Apart from the obvious completeness we have vastly improved sound quality on tracks such as Hearts Of Stone [January 15, 1955] and Money Honey [January 22, 1955] along with two version of Tweedle Dee and four of That's All Right.
Now talking of improved sound, MRS claimed to have speed corrected the newly discovered last Hayride show. I can't specifically notice a speed change, however as much as I love the Sony Young Man With The Big Beat 5 CD box set, the version of the concert on it gives me a headache!, the MRS release does not. So there you have it!
The tracks are well put together and we have the Hayride 'opening Jingle' to open the CD and close the final Hayride show and a touch of commentary giving us the feeling of 'being there'. Altogether a great production : Simply well thought out bring us what there is nicely wrapped in a hardcover with 88 pages of photos of Elvis on stage and an informative text. All 29 tracks therein are re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology. It includes restored and more complete versions of many of the tracks than ever before.
This CD is presented exactly the same as the MRS releases Off Duty With Private Presley Book Deluxe CD set and Tupelo Welcomes Home Elvis Presley : Deluxe CD set. Another gem from MRS. You must own this CD!!!
One of the many rare photos : The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956 CD. March 10, 1956.
Fans will be delighted to finally hear a much improved and richer version of tracks such as 'Hearts of Stone' & 'Im Left You're Right She's Gone'. The CD will also contain Elvis' last performance on the Louisiana Hayride in December 1956 which again, is re-mastered, complete and pitch corrected.
The set also includes a 100 page hard back book with informative text and many rare and new photographs.
First Louisiana Hayride Show : October 16, 1954
1. Hayride Begins Jingle
2. Introduction/That's All Right
3. Blue Moon of Kentucky
January 15, 1955
4. Hearts of Stone
5. That's All Right
6. Tweedle Dee
January 22, 1955
7. Money Honey
8. Blue Moon of Kentucky
9. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
10. That's All Right
April 30, 1955
11. Tweedle Dee
July 16, 1955
12. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone
August 20 1955
13. Baby Let's Play House
15. That's All Right
Last Louisiana Hayride Show : December 16, 1956
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. Long Tall Sally
18. I Was the One
19. Love Me Tender
20. Don't Be Cruel
21. Love Me
22. I Got a Woman
23. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
25. Hound Dog
26. Elvis Has Left the Building
27. Hayride End Jingle
28. June Carter Talks about Elvis on the Hayride
29. Maybellene (Tunzi Remix)
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Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.