I appreciate your comments. I agree with a lot of what you say, especially about the musicians on the Memphis sessions and the problem of time eras. The sound has improved greatly over the past 33 years. However, I still feel that Elvis at various times throughout his career did not have the backings he deserved and sometimes was crowded out by the vocal groups. For once in my life I would love to hear someone like ZZ Top backing Elvis on 'Steamroller Blues'. I think you will appreciate where I am coming from on this one. Personally I see nothing wrong with remixes as we will always have the originals in any case. It is interesting though how these remixes have created a schism within the ranks of the Elvis World. Hopefully, as you say, it will sell millions. We all want Elvis to be a success, even in death.
Personally I would prefer Eric Clapton
People have to remember except for some of the movie era soundtracks-Elvis ran his sessions, the backings and added vocal groups-were at his request, his idea for the sound he wanted. Considering that he is the biggest selling solo artist in the world.....or if you want to debate it lets say hes in the top 3 best world sellers.........his idea for the sound he wanted-was very very good.
Remixes cause problems for some of us-because of his lack of participation, just like colorizing black and white movies, or re-editing old films without the consent or contribution of the original creators. You do not repaint a classic painting, you don't change the smile from "Mona Lisa" into a frown IMO
Remixes used sparingly I agree with. But Sony has started down a slippery slope this last years since ALLC-more and more they look for the "gimmick" which will sell more product......I understand the corporate mentality, profit with low overhead.....they certainly have that with Elvis, no artist royaltees for most of his work, they have carte blanc to do as they wish. But just because you can do this-does not mean you always should. Frank Sinatra is a classic in music-I would very much doubt that they will mess very much with his originals....the respect for his work is too great...........................................at least I hope so.
We will alwasy have the original works of Elvis as you point out-but I also want the respect and appreciation to remain for those works.......by future fans and not for remixes.