Elvis Aron Presley

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set is nothing less than essential, with just a couple of important caveats to consider, mostly based on its age. Released in 1980, Elvis Aron Presley -- which is often referred to informally as "The Silver Box" -- was the first attempt at a serious boxed set devoted to Elvis Presley. In keeping with the many other "firsts" in his career, it was also the first multi-disc, career-wide survey on a rock & roll star's music, concentrating on rarities and outtakes -- in other words, totally unknown territory for a major label. To be sure, the original eight-LP box had its flaws -- including awkward and shoddy construction -- and somewhat indifferent sound by ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set is nothing less than essential, with just a couple of important caveats to consider, mostly based on its age. Released in 1980, Elvis Aron Presley -- which is often referred to informally as "The Silver Box" -- was the first attempt at a serious boxed set devoted to Elvis Presley. In keeping with the many other "firsts" in his career, it was also the first multi-disc, career-wide survey on a rock & roll star's music, concentrating on rarities and outtakes -- in other words, totally unknown territory for a major label. To be sure, the original eight-LP box had its flaws -- including awkward and shoddy construction -- and somewhat indifferent sound by today's standards, but it did offer a treasure-trove of essential Elvis Presley sides that had never shown up legitimately before. The set opens with its strongest sides, the live performances from the Venus Room of the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in the spring of 1956, and "the King"'s March 25, 1961, benefit performance from the Bloch Arena in Honolulu, HI. For all of the seeming indifference of the crowd at the Vegas appearance, those are first-rate live rock & roll performances and are also as good a cross-section of his work as you could get, pared down to four tracks: "Heartbreak Hotel," "Long Tall Sally," "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Money Honey." The Honolulu benefit had appeared on vinyl bootlegs during the 1970s, but never sounding this good -- there are still a few momentary drop-outs, and the noise of the screaming girls on the first numbers does suppress the music slightly if George Martin could have heard this tape, it would have warned him of what he was in for in trying to record the Beatles in concert; but this is also about as idealized an early Elvis Presley live performance as we're ever likely to hear, backed not only by Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, but also by Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland, Floyd Cramer, and Boots Randolph, which essentially means the best of his live band and his studio group combined. What's more, Elvis is remarkably relaxed here, joking with the crowd as he ranges across his entire career up to that point, from "That's All Right" to "It's Now or Never." The combination of the inevitable sound leakages, a few flubbed lines on "One Night", and Colonel Tom Parker's neglect of the musical side of Elvis' career precluded this show -- Elvis' last before a paying audience until 1969 -- from ever being released on its own, but by itself it's worth a good deal more than 25 percent of the cost of this set. It also makes for a fascinating snapshot of the King as he was metamorphosing musically from the young, lean, raw rock & roller into a mature, sophisticated and genuinely great singer. Disc two doesn't fare quite so well, its highlight being a series of ten delightful outtakes of various movie songs some of them not always very good as songs and what were then previously unreleased excerpts from the TV specials from 1968, 1973, and 1977. Those tracks have been supplanted by better releases since, though they still make great listening. Disc three's outtakes from his live late-'60s Las Vegas shows has, similarly, been made redundant by subsequent issues, and the "Lost Singles" selection was only useful at the time for gathering together nine '70s-era 45s that were out of print and not anthologized on extant albums at the time -- much more valuable is "Elvis at the Piano," depicting the King working through four numbers on his own, including the unedited version of the 1973 single "It's Still Here." Disc four contains representative excerpts from a June 1975 Dallas, TX, show, and like much of the live portion of disc three and the television broadcasts on disc two, it has been rendered somewhat superfluous. The producers have improved the sound significantly for the CD release, which was delayed until 1998 and also gave them time to improve the packaging, though there's surprisingly little formal musical information dates, bandmembers, etc. listed. So much of this box now seems redundant that 21st century listeners may hesitate to buy it, but it's still an extremely enjoyable compilation with at least 20 tracks that are an essential part of any serious collection of Elvis' music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636745527
  • Catalog Number: 67455

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heartbreak Hotel (3:02)
  2. 2 Long Tall Sally (4:02)
  3. 3 Blue Suede Shoes (3:32)
  4. 4 Money Honey (2:49)
  5. 5 An Elvis Monologue (13:44)
  6. 6 Introduction (1:32)
  7. 7 Heartbreak Hotel (2:51)
  8. 8 All Shook Up (1:58)
  9. 9 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (2:44)
  10. 10 I Got a Woman (2:48)
  11. 11 Love Me (2:59)
  12. 12 Introductions (1:26)
  13. 13 Such a Night (2:32)
  14. 14 Reconsider Baby (3:46)
  15. 15 I Need Your Love Tonight (2:07)
  16. 16 That's All Right (2:20)
  17. 17 Don't Be Cruel (2:20)
  18. 18 One Night (2:48)
  19. 19 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:15)
  20. 20 It's Now or Never (2:50)
  21. 21 Swing Down Sweet Chariot (2:53)
  22. 22 Hound Dog (3:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 They Remind Me Too Much of You (2:41)
  2. 2 Tonight Is So Right for Love (4:15)
  3. 3 Follow That Dream (1:50)
  4. 4 Wild in the Country (1:49)
  5. 5 Datin' (3:13)
  6. 6 Shoppin' Around (3:04)
  7. 7 Can't Help Falling in Love (1:47)
  8. 8 A Dog's Life (3:21)
  9. 9 I'm Falling in Love Tonight (3:17)
  10. 10 Thanks to the Rolling Sea (1:17)
  11. 11 Jailhouse Rock (2:06)
  12. 12 Suspicious Minds (4:35)
  13. 13 Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Baby What You Want Me to Do (4:56)
  14. 14 Blue Christmas (2:47)
  15. 15 You Gave Me a Mountain (3:32)
  16. 16 Welcome to My World (2:01)
  17. 17 Trying to Get to You (2:12)
  18. 18 I'll Remember You (2:40)
  19. 19 My Way (3:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Polk Salad Annie (5:37)
  2. 2 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:16)
  3. 3 Sweet Caroline (2:43)
  4. 4 Kentucky Rain (3:20)
  5. 5 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (2:52)
  6. 6 My Babe (2:37)
  7. 7 In the Ghetto (2:38)
  8. 8 An American Trilogy (4:40)
  9. 9 Little Sister/Get Back (3:13)
  10. 10 Yesterday (2:28)
  11. 11 I'm Leavin' (3:50)
  12. 12 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (3:43)
  13. 13 Hi-Heel Sneakers (2:47)
  14. 14 Softly, As I Leave You (3:00)
  15. 15 Unchained Melody (3:29)
  16. 16 Fool (2:37)
  17. 17 Rags to Riches (1:55)
  18. 18 It's Only Love (2:43)
  19. 19 America the Beautiful (2:19)
  20. 20 It's Still Here (3:56)
  21. 21 I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (2:29)
  22. 22 Beyond the Reef (3:09)
  23. 23 I Will Be True (2:36)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Also Sprach Zarathurstra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) (1:12)
  2. 2 See See Rider (3:03)
  3. 3 I Got a Woman/Amen (5:32)
  4. 4 Love Me (2:47)
  5. 5 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (2:59)
  6. 6 Love Me Tender (2:29)
  7. 7 All Shook Up (1:04)
  8. 8 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel [Medley] (1:48)
  9. 9 Hound Dog (2:09)
  10. 10 The Wonder of You (2:17)
  11. 11 Burning Love (2:57)
  12. 12 Introductions (3:09)
  13. 13 Johnny B. Goode (0:53)
  14. 14 Introductions/Long Live Rock & Roll (2:02)
  15. 15 T-R-O-U-B-L-E (3:40)
  16. 16 Why Me Lord? (2:46)
  17. 17 How Great Thou Art (4:35)
  18. 18 Let Me Be There (3:51)
  19. 19 An American Trilogy (4:46)
  20. 20 Funny How Time Slips Away (3:23)
  21. 21 Little Darlin' (2:23)
  22. 22 Medley: Mystery Train/Tiger Man (2:29)
  23. 23 Can't Help Falling in Love (1:41)
  24. 24 Closing Vamp (0:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Jordanaires Vocals
The Sweet Inspirations Vocals
The Imperials Quartet Vocals
The Mello Men Vocals
The Nashville Edition Vocals
J.D. Sumner Vocals
The Stamps Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
Sherrill Nielsen Vocals
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Bob Roberts Composer
Richard Strauss Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Elvis Presley Arranger
Lloyd Price Composer
Maurice Williams Composer
Leith Stevens Composer
Sonny Charles Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Mark James Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Dick Bogert Engineer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Wally Gold Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Steve Tyrell Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Reissue Producer, Reissue Coordinator
Roger Semon Reissue Producer, Reissue Coordinator
Joseph Lilley Composer
Jacques Revaux Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
Claude Fran├žois Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Gilles Thibault Composer
Ruth Batchelor Composer
Eduardo DeCapua Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Michael Jarrett Composer
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