Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room (2016) [Qobuz 24-44,1]

Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 02:11:32 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

“Way Down in the Jungle Room” is a compilation album by American singer Elvis Presley. The album features master recordings and outtakes from two recording sessions on February 2–8, 1976 and October 28–30, 1976 in the Jungle Room, a recording studio set up by Elvis in the den of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. The first disc subtitled The Masters features material from these sessions that were later released on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (1976), and the subsequent final studio album, Moody Blue (1977). The second disc, The Outtakes, features outtakes and “in-the-studio dialog” newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio.

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Elvis Presley – Stereo’ 57 – Essential Elvis Vol. 2 (1989/2013) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64]

Elvis Presley – Stereo’ 57 – Essential Elvis Vol. 2 (1989/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:00:17 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records

“Subtitled ‘The Essential Elvis Volume 2,’ and dating from 1989, this set contains 20 tracks that range from gospel to rock ‘n’ roll, astonishing stereo takes that were supposed to have been erased or discarded. As luck would have it, they were saved. The resultant versions of what is otherwise absurdly familiar material will leave you breathless (provided you’re an Elvis fan — and shame on you if you’re not). Thanks to a studio chat, this is glimpse of the past you never expected to share: true stereo, as good as it gets, from a time when mono still ruled. The mono bonus tracks are dandy, too.” — Sound Quality: 92% – Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, November 2013

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Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back! (1960/2012) [AcousticSounds DSF DSD64]

Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back! (1960/2012) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 32:26 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records
Recorded: March–April 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee

Although they have common recording origins, two of the three singles, “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” were very quirky by the standards of Elvis songs at the time — the former inspired by Elvis’s admiration for Tony Martin’s 1949 hit “There’s No Tomorrow,” while the latter was recorded at the request of Col. Parker as a favor to his wife. They add to the diversity of sounds on this record, which shows a mature Elvis Presley. “Dirty, Dirty Feeling” and “It Feels So Right” showed he could still rock out and challenge authority and propriety, while “Reconsider Baby” and “Like a Baby” offer some of his best blues performances; but “The Thrill of Your Love” (a very gospel-tinged number), “Soldier Boy,” “Girl of My Best Friend,” and “Girl Next Door Went a’ Walking,” also displayed the rich, deep vocalizing that would challenge critics’ expectations of Elvis Presley playing rhythm guitar throughout. He also comes off better than on any of his other albums since arriving at RCA, as a musician as much as a “star” (he’d always had a lot more to say about running his sessions than the critics who loathed his RCA years indicated). ~~AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

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Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits (1997/2013) [AcousticSounds DSD64]

Elvis Presley – 24 Karat Hits (1997/2013)
DSF Mono/Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:01:08 minutes | 2,42 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Digital Booklet | © RCA Records

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

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