The Essential Elvis Presley

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The problem with compiling an essential best-of compilation covering the phenomenon that was and is Elvis Presley is the very man himself, who has passed from this mortal coil into the iconic pop culture stratosphere where even his own death is questioned and Elvis sightings are as frequent as fleas. Then there are the thousands of performers who daily dress up as Presley himself and sally forth into the world like perfectly gyrating replicas of either the early or later Elvis body physics dictate that you can't be both. Elvis may have left the building, but not really. His image is everywhere, and his fans are legion and devout. So how does one pick his essential sides ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The problem with compiling an essential best-of compilation covering the phenomenon that was and is Elvis Presley is the very man himself, who has passed from this mortal coil into the iconic pop culture stratosphere where even his own death is questioned and Elvis sightings are as frequent as fleas. Then there are the thousands of performers who daily dress up as Presley himself and sally forth into the world like perfectly gyrating replicas of either the early or later Elvis body physics dictate that you can't be both. Elvis may have left the building, but not really. His image is everywhere, and his fans are legion and devout. So how does one pick his essential sides when "Do the Clam" is a classic in the Kingdom of Presley simply because Elvis did it? He recorded Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" in 1970. It was hardly the best version ever of "Polk Salad Annie" but it was Elvis' version of "Polk Salad Annie," which puts it in rarefied class of its own, and making it, like "Do the Clam," absolutely essential in some quarters. When you're larger than life, words like essential have to expand or be left wanting. The Essential Elvis Presley boils this imposing legacy down to two discs of 20 tracks each, and approaches the problem of what is truly essential by choosing to compile all of Elvis' significant charting hits, beginning with his 1954 cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" from Sam Phillips' Sun Records and continuing chronologically through Presley's long association with RCA Records through the year 1976. That means, while there's no version of "Do the Clam" "Polk Salad Annie" is here, though, there are classic sides like 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Love Me Tender," 1957's "Jailhouse Rock," 1961's "Little Sister," and 1969's "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," and "Kentucky Rain." There are 17 number one hits and a whole lot more. Elvis fanatics are going to complain about what isn't here, of course. Elvis is the King, after all, and therefore by definition everything he recorded ought to be essential. And everything he recorded is indeed essential on some level. But these are the sides that broke through to the deepest level of the world pop culture that Elvis helped create. These are the songs that broke him and then sustained him on radio and television and at the movie theaters. Die-hard Elvis fans will undoubtedly already have everything collected here. This is a set instead for folks who want to have at least one Elvis anthology in their collections, and want the hits they remember and don't much care if those hits are from the early Elvis or the later Elvis or the dear departed Elvis. Just the hits, bartender, shaken not stirred. That means no version of "Do the Clam," singular as it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 828768904824
  • Catalog Number: 89048
  • Sales rank: 7,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's All Right (1:57)
  2. 2 Baby, Let's Play House (2:17)
  3. 3 Mystery Train (2:29)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Hotel (2:09)
  5. 5 I Was the One (2:33)
  6. 6 Blue Suede Shoes (2:00)
  7. 7 Hound Dog (2:17)
  8. 8 Don't Be Cruel (2:03)
  9. 9 Love Me Tender (2:42)
  10. 10 All Shook Up (1:59)
  11. 11 (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) (3:22)
  12. 12 Jailhouse Rock (2:36)
  13. 13 Trouble (2:18)
  14. 14 Fever (3:33)
  15. 15 It's Now or Never (3:16)
  16. 16 Reconsider Baby (3:44)
  17. 17 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:08)
  18. 18 Little Sister (2:32)
  19. 19 Follow That Dream (1:38)
  20. 20 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Return to Sender (2:09)
  2. 2 (You're The) Devil in Disguise (2:20)
  3. 3 Bossa Nova Baby (2:07)
  4. 4 Viva Las Vegas (2:25)
  5. 5 Big Boss Man (2:52)
  6. 6 A Little Less Conversation (2:13)
  7. 7 If I Can Dream (3:10)
  8. 8 Memories (3:07)
  9. 9 In the Ghetto (2:57)
  10. 10 Suspicious Minds (4:32)
  11. 11 Don't Cry Daddy (2:47)
  12. 12 Kentucky Rain (3:19)
  13. 13 Polk Salad Annie (4:49)
  14. 14 The Wonder of You (2:35)
  15. 15 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:39)
  16. 16 Burning Love (2:58)
  17. 17 Always on My Mind (3:39)
  18. 18 Steamroller Blues (3:08)
  19. 19 Hurt (2:08)
  20. 20 Moody Blue (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
James Taylor Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Billy Strange Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Mark James Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Johnny Christopher Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Wally Gold Composer
Michael Hill Liner Notes
Hugo Peretti Composer
Junior Parker Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
John Davenport Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Bernie Baum Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
Lou Handman Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Jimmie Crane Composer
W. Earl Brown Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Dick Heard Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Bill Peppers Composer
Billy Gant Composer
Scott Davis Composer
Russ Howe Cover Photo
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