Artist of the Century

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636773223
  • Catalog Number: 67732
  • Sales rank: 82,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's All Right (1:56)
  2. 2 Good Rockin' Tonight (2:12)
  3. 3 Baby Let's Play House (2:15)
  4. 4 Mystery Train (2:25)
  5. 5 Trying to Get to You (2:32)
  6. 6 Heartbreak Hotel (2:08)
  7. 7 Blue Suede Shoes (1:59)
  8. 8 My Baby Left Me (2:11)
  9. 9 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (2:08)
  10. 10 Hound Dog (2:15)
  11. 11 Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) (2:14)
  12. 12 Don't Be Cruel (2:02)
  13. 13 Love Me Tender (2:41)
  14. 14 Love Me (2:44)
  15. 15 Anyplace Is Paradise (2:25)
  16. 16 All Shook Up (1:57)
  17. 17 Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do! (2:33)
  18. 18 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1:46)
  19. 19 One Night (2:30)
  20. 20 Jailhouse Rock (2:27)
  21. 21 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (1:52)
  22. 22 Treat Me Nice (2:12)
  23. 23 Don't (2:49)
  24. 24 Santa Claus Is Back in Town (2:23)
  25. 25 Trouble (2:18)
  26. 26 Hard Headed Woman (1:54)
  27. 27 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (2:14)
  28. 28 A Big Hunk O' Love (2:14)
  29. 29 (Now and Then There's) a Fool Such as I (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stuck on You (2:20)
  2. 2 It's Now or Never (3:15)
  3. 3 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:06)
  4. 4 A Mess of Blues (2:40)
  5. 5 Like a Baby (2:39)
  6. 6 The Girl of My Best Friend (2:22)
  7. 7 Such a Night (2:59)
  8. 8 Reconsider Baby (3:40)
  9. 9 Surrender (1:52)
  10. 10 Can't Help Falling in Love (3:00)
  11. 11 That's Someone You Never Forget (2:49)
  12. 12 Little Sister (2:31)
  13. 13 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (2:08)
  14. 14 Anything That's Part of You (2:06)
  15. 15 Good Luck Charm (2:24)
  16. 16 She's Not You (2:09)
  17. 17 Return to Sender (2:07)
  18. 18 (You're the) Devil in Disguise (2:21)
  19. 19 Memphis Tennessee (2:09)
  20. 20 It Hurts Me (2:29)
  21. 21 Down in the Alley (2:50)
  22. 22 Run On (2:22)
  23. 23 Tomorrow Is a Long Time (5:22)
  24. 24 Big Boss Man (2:52)
  25. 25 Guitar Man (2:17)
  26. 26 Tiger Man (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If I Can Dream (3:13)
  2. 2 In the Ghetto (2:46)
  3. 3 Suspicious Minds (4:30)
  4. 4 Don't Cry Daddy (2:47)
  5. 5 I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) (4:32)
  6. 6 Stranger in My Own Home Town (4:23)
  7. 7 After Loving You (3:06)
  8. 8 Only the Strong Survive (2:41)
  9. 9 The Wonder of You (2:35)
  10. 10 Polk Salad Annie (4:42)
  11. 11 I've Lost You (3:31)
  12. 12 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:30)
  13. 13 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:35)
  14. 14 Merry Christmas, Baby (5:45)
  15. 15 I'm Leavin' (3:51)
  16. 16 An American Trilogy (4:31)
  17. 17 Burning Love (2:49)
  18. 18 Always on My Mind (3:38)
  19. 19 Promised Land (2:55)
  20. 20 For the Heart (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Chet Atkins Acoustic Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Jerry Reed Guitar
The Jordanaires Vocals
Barney Kessel Guitar
Don Randi Piano
Alvino Rey Steel Guitar
Bill Black Bass
James Burton Guitar
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
The Memphis Horns Horn Ensemble
Scotty Moore Electric Guitar
The Blossoms Vocals
Grady Martin Guitar
Bobby Wood Piano
The 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
Al 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
Al Lewis Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Jim Malloy Engineer
The Memphis Strings String Ensemble
Eddie Miller Composer
Chips Moman Producer
Thorne Nogar Engineer
Al 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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