Platinum: A Life in Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Presley's death, Platinum: A Life in Music attempts to trace an alternative history of Elvis' career by concentrating on alternate takes and unreleased material. Over the course of four discs, 23 hit singles are interspersed with 77 previously unreleased items. The hits function as touchstones, so the listener has an idea of where Elvis was in his career when he was recording such unreleased gems as a 1966 cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" or the 1959 "Bad Nauheim Medley." Certainly, the sheer amount of unreleased material means that Platinum: A Life in Music is targeted at hardcore collectors, but what is surprising ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Presley's death, Platinum: A Life in Music attempts to trace an alternative history of Elvis' career by concentrating on alternate takes and unreleased material. Over the course of four discs, 23 hit singles are interspersed with 77 previously unreleased items. The hits function as touchstones, so the listener has an idea of where Elvis was in his career when he was recording such unreleased gems as a 1966 cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" or the 1959 "Bad Nauheim Medley." Certainly, the sheer amount of unreleased material means that Platinum: A Life in Music is targeted at hardcore collectors, but what is surprising is how listenable the set is, even for casual fans. The homemade recordings and demos are occasionally sonically rough, but the rarity of these items make the sound a moot point. Some of the performances aren't particularly remarkable -- alternates of "Always on My Mind" and "Heartbreak Hotel" simply sound like the released versions, only not as good -- but there's an abundance of gems scattered throughout the set, making it worthwhile for any serious Elvis collector.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1997
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 078636746920
  • Catalog Number: 67469
  • Sales rank: 50,045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Never Stand in Your Way (2:00)
  2. 2 That's All Right (2:03)
  3. 3 Blue Moon (3:12)
  4. 4 Good Rockin' Tonight (2:12)
  5. 5 Mystery Train (2:25)
  6. 6 I Got a Woman (2:25)
  7. 7 Heartbreak Hotel (2:15)
  8. 8 I'm Counting on You (2:29)
  9. 9 Shake, Rattle & Roll/Flip Flop & Fly (2:09)
  10. 10 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (2:21)
  11. 11 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (2:47)
  12. 12 Hound Dog (2:35)
  13. 13 Don't Be Cruel (2:02)
  14. 14 Rip It Up (2:10)
  15. 15 Love Me Tender (3:17)
  16. 16 When the Saints Go Marching In (1:22)
  17. 17 All Shook Up (1:57)
  18. 18 Peace in the Valley (3:22)
  19. 19 Blueberry Hill (3:20)
  20. 20 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1:46)
  21. 21 Jailhouse Rock (2:27)
  22. 22 New Orleans (1:59)
  23. 23 I Need Your Love Tonight (2:01)
  24. 24 A Big Hunk O' Love (2:12)
  25. 25 Bad Nauheim Medley: I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen/I Will Be True/I (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stuck on You (2:24)
  2. 2 Fame and Fortune (2:24)
  3. 3 It's Now or Never (3:13)
  4. 4 It Feels So Right (2:09)
  5. 5 A Mess of Blues (2:44)
  6. 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:06)
  7. 7 Reconsider Baby (3:39)
  8. 8 Tonight Is So Right for Love (2:15)
  9. 9 His Hand in Mine (3:15)
  10. 10 Milky White Way (2:30)
  11. 11 I'm Comin' Home (2:24)
  12. 12 I Feel So Bad (2:56)
  13. 13 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:58)
  14. 14 Something Blue (3:04)
  15. 15 Return to Sender (2:05)
  16. 16 Bossa Nova Baby (2:13)
  17. 17 How Great Thou Art (2:54)
  18. 18 Guitar Man (2:25)
  19. 19 You'll Never Walk Alone (3:40)
  20. 20 Oh, How I Love Jesus (1:36)
  21. 21 Tennessee Waltz (1:19)
  22. 22 Blowin' in the Wind (2:04)
  23. 23 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) (1:52)
  24. 24 I'm Beginning to Forget You (0:53)
  25. 25 After Loving You (2:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Got a Woman (1:40)
  2. 2 Tiger Man (2:45)
  3. 3 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (0:35)
  4. 4 Trying to Get to You (2:56)
  5. 5 If I Can Dream (3:08)
  6. 6 In the Ghetto (2:39)
  7. 7 Suspicious Minds (3:17)
  8. 8 Power of My Love (3:02)
  9. 9 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (2:18)
  10. 10 Words (2:33)
  11. 11 Johnny B. Goode (2:03)
  12. 12 Release Me (1:47)
  13. 13 See See Rider (2:48)
  14. 14 The Wonder of You (2:36)
  15. 15 The Sound of Your Cry (3:30)
  16. 16 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:29)
  17. 17 Funny How Time Slips Away (4:18)
  18. 18 I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water (4:15)
  19. 19 I Was the One (1:02)
  20. 20 Cattle Call (0:25)
  21. 21 Baby Let's Play House (1:10)
  22. 22 Don't (1:55)
  23. 23 Money Honey (1:24)
  24. 24 What'd I Say (4:46)
  25. 25 Bridge over Troubled Water (4:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Miracle of the Rosary (3:51)
  2. 2 He Touched Me (2:36)
  3. 3 Bosom of Abraham (1:37)
  4. 4 I'll Be Home on Christmas Day (3:48)
  5. 5 For the Good Times (3:13)
  6. 6 Burning Love (3:04)
  7. 7 Separate Ways (2:37)
  8. 8 Always on My Mind (3:32)
  9. 9 An American Trilogy (4:16)
  10. 10 Take Good Care of Her (2:53)
  11. 11 I've Got a Thing About You Baby (2:20)
  12. 12 Are You Sincere (2:01)
  13. 13 It's Midnight (3:21)
  14. 14 Promised Land (3:21)
  15. 15 Steamroller Blues (2:50)
  16. 16 And I Love You So (3:39)
  17. 17 T-R-O-U-B-L-E (3:02)
  18. 18 Danny Boy (3:53)
  19. 19 Moody Blue (2:49)
  20. 20 Hurt (2:09)
  21. 21 For the Heart (3:47)
  22. 22 Pledging My Love (4:52)
  23. 23 Way Down (3:04)
  24. 24 My Way (3:49)
  25. 25 Jaycees Speech (0:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
James Burton Guitar
The Blossoms Vocals
The Sweet Inspirations Vocals
Dolores Edgin Vocals
Hoyt Hawkins Vocals
Ginger Holladay Vocals
The Imperials Quartet Vocals
Hugh Jarrett Vocals
Millie Kirkham Vocals
June Page Vocals
Temple Riser Vocals
Myrna Smith Vocals
Ben Speer Vocals
Brock Speer Vocals
Gordon Stoker Vocals
J.D. Sumner Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
Ray C. Walker Vocals
VOICE Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Hill Louis Composer
Chet Atkins Contributor
Floyd Cramer Contributor
Hank Garland Contributor
Jerry Reed Composer, Contributor
Paul Anka Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Elvis Presley Composer, Contributor
Barney Kessel Contributor
Don Randi Contributor
Bill Black Contributor
Mike Deasy Sr. Contributor
Pete Drake Contributor
Scotty Moore Contributor
Grady Martin Contributor
Bobby Wood Contributor
Shorty Long Contributor
Hal Blaine Contributor
Duke Bardwell Contributor
Dick Baxter Engineer
Simon Napier-Bell Composer
Roy Bennett Composer
Chuck Berghofer Contributor
Hal Blair Composer
Harold Bradley Contributor
Dudley Brooks Contributor
Tony Brown Contributor
Kenny Buttrey Contributor
Jerry Carrigan Contributor
Vincent Caro Engineer, Mastering
Chip Young Contributor
Gene Chrisman Contributor
Brian Christian Engineer
Johnny Christopher Contributor
Tommy Cogbill Contributor
Glen D. Hardin Contributor
Pino Donaggio Composer
Bobby Emmons Contributor
Dennis Ferrante Engineer, Mastering
D.J. Fontana Contributor
Wally Gold Composer
Emory Gordy Contributor
Buddy Harman Contributor
Jimmie Haskell Contributor
Tom Hensley Contributor
Charlie Hodge Contributor
William Johnson Composer
Bob Lanning Contributor
Mike Leech Contributor
Al Lewis Composer
Richard Mainegra Composer
Bernie Mattinson Contributor
Tom McCluskey Engineer, Mastering
George McFadden Composer
Chips Moman Engineer
Mike Moran Engineer
Larry Muhoberac Contributor
James Nichols Engineer, Mastering
Thorne Nogar Engineer
Bobby Ogdin Contributor
Al Pachucki Engineer
Norbert Putnam Contributor
Boots Randolph Contributor
Emil Richards Contributor
Jerry Scheff Contributor
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Ray Siegel Contributor
Glen Spreen Contributor
Jesse Stone Composer
Tommy Tedesco Contributor
Sid Tepper Composer
Tiny Timbrell Contributor
Vicki Wickham Composer
John Wilkinson Contributor
Reggie Young Contributor
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Art Direction
Roger Semon Art Direction
Marvin Hughes Contributor
Charlie McCoy Contributor
Gene Sullivan Composer
Bob Moore Contributor
Sam Phillips Engineer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Wiley Walker Composer
Henry Slaughter Contributor
Joseph Lilley Composer
Paul Brizzi Engineer, Mastering
Marian Conaty Engineer, Mastering
Lou Kosloff Composer
Bill Porter Engineer
Bernie Baum Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Phillip Brooks Composer
Claude Demetrius Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Jacques Revaux Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
James Malloy Engineer
Claude Fran├žois Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Gilles Thibault Composer
Eduardo DeCapua Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Tom Brown Engineer
Al Casey Contributor
Traditional Composer
Vito Pallavicini Composer
Ron Olson Engineer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
George Mysels Composer
Bill Peppers Composer
Michael Jarrett Composer
Lewis Burns Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Willie Phelps Composer
Red West Composer
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