Platinum: A Life in Music

Platinum: A Life in Music

by Elvis Presley


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Platinum: A Life in Music

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1997
Label: Bmg / Elvis
UPC: 0078636746920
catalogNumber: 67469
Rank: 93679


Disc 1

  1. I'll Never Stand in Your Way
  2. That's All Right
  3. Blue Moon
  4. Good Rockin' Tonight
  5. Mystery Train
  6. I Got a Woman
  7. Heartbreak Hotel
  8. I'm Counting on You
  9. Shake, Rattle & Roll/Flip Flop & Fly
  10. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  11. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  12. Hound Dog
  13. Don't Be Cruel
  14. Rip It Up
  15. Love Me Tender
  16. When the Saints Go Marching In
  17. All Shook Up
  18. Peace in the Valley
  19. Blueberry Hill
  20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
  21. Jailhouse Rock
  22. New Orleans
  23. I Need Your Love Tonight
  24. A Big Hunk O' Love
  25. Bad Nauheim Medley: I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen/I Will Be True/I

Disc 2

  1. Stuck on You
  2. Fame and Fortune
  3. It's Now or Never
  4. It Feels So Right
  5. A Mess of Blues
  6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  7. Reconsider Baby
  8. Tonight Is So Right for Love
  9. His Hand in Mine
  10. Milky White Way
  11. I'm Comin' Home
  12. I Feel So Bad
  13. Can't Help Falling in Love
  14. Something Blue
  15. Return to Sender
  16. Bossa Nova Baby
  17. How Great Thou Art
  18. Guitar Man
  19. You'll Never Walk Alone
  20. Oh, How I Love Jesus
  21. Tennessee Waltz
  22. Blowin' in the Wind
  23. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
  24. I'm Beginning to Forget You
  25. After Loving You

Disc 3

  1. I Got a Woman
  2. Tiger Man
  3. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
  4. Trying to Get to You
  5. If I Can Dream
  6. In the Ghetto
  7. Suspicious Minds
  8. Power of My Love
  9. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
  10. Words
  11. Johnny B. Goode
  12. Release Me
  13. See See Rider
  14. The Wonder of You
  15. The Sound of Your Cry
  16. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  17. Funny How Time Slips Away
  18. I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
  19. I Was the One
  20. Cattle Call
  21. Baby Let's Play House
  22. Don't
  23. Money Honey
  24. What'd I Say
  25. Bridge over Troubled Water

Disc 4

  1. Miracle of the Rosary
  2. He Touched Me
  3. Bosom of Abraham
  4. I'll Be Home on Christmas Day
  5. For the Good Times
  6. Burning Love
  7. Separate Ways
  8. Always on My Mind
  9. An American Trilogy
  10. Take Good Care of Her
  11. I've Got a Thing About You Baby
  12. Are You Sincere
  13. It's Midnight
  14. Promised Land
  15. Steamroller Blues
  16. And I Love You So
  17. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  18. Danny Boy
  19. Moody Blue
  20. Hurt
  21. For the Heart
  22. Pledging My Love
  23. Way Down
  24. My Way
  25. Jaycees Speech

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
James Burton   Guitar
Blossoms   Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
Hoyt Hawkins   Vocals
Ginger Holladay   Vocals
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   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
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
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
Lewis   Composer
Richard Mainegra   Composer
Bernie Mattinson   Contributor
Tom McCluskey   Engineer
George McFadden   Composer
Chips Moman   Engineer
Mike Moran   Engineer
Larry Muhoberac   Contributor
James Nichols   Engineer
Thorne Nogar   Engineer
Bobby Ogdin   Contributor
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
Marian Conaty   Engineer
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Bill Porter   Engineer
Bernie Baum   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Jacques Revaux   Composer
Abner Silver   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
James Malloy   Engineer
Claude François   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Gilles Thibault   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Tom Brown   Engineer
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
Thomas Westendorf   Composer
Willie Phelps   Composer
Red West   Composer

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