Artist of the Century

Artist of the Century

by Elvis Presley

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An attractively packaged three-CD collection, ARTIST OF THE CENTURY makes its case for the King's supremacy by sticking to high heat -- that is, almost all of the 75 tracks are tried-and-true monsters of the Elvis Presley catalogue. Beginning with his epochal 1954 Sun debut, "That's Alright," the set rolls through the chart busters of succeeding decades before winding


An attractively packaged three-CD collection, ARTIST OF THE CENTURY makes its case for the King's supremacy by sticking to high heat -- that is, almost all of the 75 tracks are tried-and-true monsters of the Elvis Presley catalogue. Beginning with his epochal 1954 Sun debut, "That's Alright," the set rolls through the chart busters of succeeding decades before winding up at Graceland with one of the few obscurities included here: a 1976 home recording of "For the Heart" that wasn't a hit for Elvis but was for the Judds after being retitled "I Had a Dream." Elsewhere, the juggernaut of superhits is pleasantly interrupted by surprising inclusions on the order of "It Hurts Me," a gem penned by Charlie Daniels and Bob Johnston that finds Presley delivering one of the most sophisticated, subtle performances of his career. But mostly this is a collection of white-hot rockers, tear-jerking ballads, down-home gospel (the powerhouse "Run On"), Christmas songs, and lusty R&B, all of which proves that Elvis was both the master of any style he approached -- and still maturing as a singer when the end came. Colin Escott provides succinct background on each song's history in the liner notes, and the track listings include musician, producer, and engineer credits. Well done in all respects. And as for the title, point made.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elvis Presley doesn't really need more compilations -- either single discs or box sets -- in his catalog, but RCA's 1999 triple-disc set Artist of the Century does wind up filling a need, of sorts. Over the course of 75 tracks, nearly all of Elvis' most popular songs are presented in their original hit versions. Given the number of hits he had, plus the high quality of his recordings in the late '50s and late '60s, there are inevitably big songs missing, but many of his very biggest are here, and the first two discs, in particular, are quite strong (the late-'60s/'70s selections slip somewhat, lacking such necessary items as "Kentucky Rain" and "Moody Blue"). So, this winds up being good one-stop shopping for those who just want one fairly comprehensive Elvis set in their library -- although you should be forewarned that "fairly" is the key word in that statement, since this will not contain all the hits or necessary recordings.

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Disc 1

  1. That's All Right
  2. Good Rockin' Tonight
  3. Baby Let's Play House
  4. Mystery Train
  5. Trying to Get to You
  6. Heartbreak Hotel
  7. Blue Suede Shoes
  8. My Baby Left Me
  9. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  10. Hound Dog
  11. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
  12. Don't Be Cruel
  13. Love Me Tender
  14. Love Me
  15. Anyplace Is Paradise
  16. All Shook Up
  17. Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do!
  18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
  19. One Night
  20. Jailhouse Rock
  21. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
  22. Treat Me Nice
  23. Don't
  24. Santa Claus Is Back in Town
  25. Trouble
  26. Hard Headed Woman
  27. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
  28. A Big Hunk O' Love
  29. (Now and Then There's) a Fool Such as I

Disc 2

  1. Stuck on You
  2. It's Now or Never
  3. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  4. A Mess of Blues
  5. Like a Baby
  6. The Girl of My Best Friend
  7. Such a Night
  8. Reconsider Baby
  9. Surrender
  10. Can't Help Falling in Love
  11. That's Someone You Never Forget
  12. Little Sister
  13. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  14. Anything That's Part of You
  15. Good Luck Charm
  16. She's Not You
  17. Return to Sender
  18. (You're the) Devil in Disguise
  19. Memphis Tennessee
  20. It Hurts Me
  21. Down in the Alley
  22. Run On
  23. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
  24. Big Boss Man
  25. Guitar Man
  26. Tiger Man

Disc 3

  1. If I Can Dream
  2. In the Ghetto
  3. Suspicious Minds
  4. Don't Cry Daddy
  5. I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
  6. Stranger in My Own Home Town
  7. After Loving You
  8. Only the Strong Survive
  9. The Wonder of You
  10. Polk Salad Annie
  11. I've Lost You
  12. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  13. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  14. Merry Christmas, Baby
  15. I'm Leavin'
  16. An American Trilogy
  17. Burning Love
  18. Always on My Mind
  19. Promised Land
  20. For the Heart

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Chet Atkins   Acoustic Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Jordanaires   Vocals
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Don Randi   Piano
Alvino Rey   Steel Guitar
Bill Black   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Memphis Horns   Horn Ensemble
Scotty Moore   Electric Guitar
Blossoms   Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Piano
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Sandy Posey   Vocals
Shorty Long   Piano
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Hal Blaine   Percussion
Johnny Bernero   Drums
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Dudley Brooks   Piano
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Chip Young   Dobro
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
John Cyr   Percussion
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Shane Keister   Moog Synthesizer
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Organ
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Billy Goldenberg   Conductor
Buddy Harman   Drums
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
Charlie Hodge   Guitar
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Larry Knechtel   Organ
Bob Lanning   Drums
Mike Leech   Bass
Rufus Long   Saxophone
Sonja Montgomery   Vocals
Susan Pilkington   Vocals
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Temple Riser   Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Ray Siegel   Bass,Tuba
Gordon Stoker   Piano
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Donna Thatcher   Vocals
Tiny Timbrell   Acoustic Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
John Wilkinson   Guitar
Reggie Young   Guitar
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Vocals
Vito Mumolo   Guitar
Mary Greene   Vocals
Jon Dodson   Vocals
Henry Slaughter   Piano
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Vocals
Charles McCoy   Organ
Lance Legault   Tambourine
Rad Robinson   Vocals
Charles Prescott   Vocals
Neil Matthews   Guitar
Bernie Mattison   Drums
Mary Holiaday   Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Bernie Lewis   Ukulele
David Briggs   Piano
Alan Fortas   Guitar
NBC Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Per-Erik Hallin   Organ

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Liner Notes
Chet Atkins   Liner Notes
Jerry Reed   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Liner Notes
Chuck Berry   Liner Notes
Joe Cocker   Liner Notes
Bob Dylan   Liner Notes
Buddy Holly   Liner Notes
Janis Joplin   Liner Notes
John Lennon   Liner Notes
Little Richard   Liner Notes
Paul McCartney   Liner Notes
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Cliff Richard   Liner Notes
Paul Simon   Liner Notes
Bruce Springsteen   Liner Notes
Rod Stewart   Liner Notes
Jim Morrison   Liner Notes
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Scotty Moore   Liner Notes
Bill Wyman   Liner Notes
Sonny Charles   Composer
Arthur Godfrey   Liner Notes
P.J. Proby   Liner Notes
Bob Hope   Liner Notes
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Wally Gold   Composer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Mark Knopfler   Liner Notes
Lewis   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Jim Malloy   Engineer
Memphis Strings   String Ensemble
Eddie Miller   Composer
Chips Moman   Producer
Thorne Nogar   Engineer
Pachucki   Engineer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Steve Sholes   Contributor
Shelby Singleton   Composer
Ron Steele   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Ben Weisman   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Charlie McCoy   Composer
Greil Marcus   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Producer,Engineer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Joe Thomas   Composer
George H.W. Bush   Liner Notes
Bill Porter   Engineer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
Moody Russell   Composer
Robert Ferris   Engineer
Sam Bobrick   Composer
Ross Butler   Composer
Joy Byers   Composer
Bert Carroll   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Janet Lantz   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Andrea Münch   International Coordination
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
James Dean Brown   Liner Notes
Charles E. Daniels   Composer
Colonel Tom Parker   Liner Notes
Michael Jarrett   Composer
Lewis Burns   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Robert Mayer   Engineer
Johnny Lantz   Composer

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