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Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II [Original recording remastered]

Elvis PresleyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

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  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • ASIN: B000002WTJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. G.I. Blues
2. Wooden Heart
3. Shoppin' Around
4. Doin' The Best I Can
5. Flaming Star
6. Wild In The Country
7. Lonely Man
8. Blue Hawaii
9. Rock-A-Hula Baby
10. Can't Help Falling In Love
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Roustabout
2. Poison Ivy League
3. Little Egypt
4. There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon
5. Girl Happy
6. Puppet On A String
7. Do The Clam
8. Harem Holiday
9. So Close, Yet So Far
10. Frankie And Johnny
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In the '60s Elvis made 27 movies, many interchangeable, but each had a built-in excuse for him to release a soundtrack. Individually they fail to advance the legend, but when the best of each is collected in one place, as here, the results are very rewarding. This two-CD set has 62 tracks, which makes it, for lack of a better word, essential. Much of it sounds fairly na(ve now, but that's only part of the inherent charm. The personality that Presley infuses into each track is incredible, and gives the listener an idea of why he earned the nickname "The King." --Scott Wilson

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have the 60's Box Set, you need this too September 11, 2006
By A Fan
Format:Audio CD
If you have the "From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters" Box Set, you need to go ahead and purchase this 2 CD set to round out your collection. The "From Nashville To Memphis" box set did not include any of the songs from his 1960's movies. This collection was issued to complement that one by providing an excellent overview of his 1960's movies recordings. While it is no secret that Elvis was not always provided with the best material for his movie soundtracks, he always performed even the lamest songs very well. This collection contains the classics "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Return To Sender", several other hits (Flaming Star, Wild In The Country, Lonely Man, King Of The Whole Wide World, Bossa Nova Baby, One Broken Heart For Sale, Viva Las Vegas, What'd I Say, Puppet On A String, and Clean Up Your Own Back Yard), songs that should have been hits (G.I. Blues, Shoppin' Around, Doin' The Best I Can, Blue Hawaii, and Change Of Habit), and of course several songs that helped create a negative stereotype of Elvis that probably made him wince when he sang them (no need to mention them - you know which ones they are). This collection also has an alternate take of "Follow That Dream" not available on any other CD. If you are a hardcore Elvis fan or really like his movies, you should have this 2CD set. If you are a casual fan, you should probably save yourself a few dollars by purchasing the single CD "Elvis Movies" collection.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the sixties movie songs December 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The movie songs that Elvis recorded varied in quality, but there were so many of them that even this 62 track collection leaves out a few that are worth hearing. Each of his sixties movies is represented by at least one song, but the ones with the best soundtracks are represented by several songs.
Among the classics here are Wooden heart, Wild in the country, Blue Hawaii, Rock-a-hula baby, Can't help falling in love, Girls! girls! girls! and Return to sender - all from the early sixties. After that, there are still many fine, but less well-known songs. My favorites from the second CD include Puppet on a string (not the song that Sandie Shaw won Eurovision with, but a very different song) and Frankie and Johnny (a song which exists in many variations).
There is another song here that I didn't particularly notice until a remix of it gained Elvis another international smash hit - A little less conversation - here in it's original form.
While this is not the place to begin an Elvis collection with (unless you're a movie fan), it is the best collection you're ever likely to find of his movie songs, containing all the essentials and the best of the rest.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5+ stars for disc one but less for disc two December 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so you have all 3 box sets, the 50s, 60s, and 70s and now you want some of Elvis' movie recordings. Well, disc one is a great CD which features 31 of the best of his movie recordings from 1960 to 1964. It has all the huge hits such as "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Return To Sender", "Bossa Nova Baby", "Viva Las Vegas" as well as lesser known gems such as "Flaming Star", "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Follow That Dream" (why the alternate take?), "King Of The Whole Wide World" as well as many others. Disc 2 however is a bit of a letdown. Yes, Elvis didn't stop making movies after 1964 but the quality of his songs that were featured in the movies were on the decline rapidly. The highlights on this disc are "Little Egypt", "Paradise Hawaiian Style", "Let Yourself Go", "Clean Up Your Own Back Yard", and the original "A Little Less Conversation". Sure, those are better than average songs but other tunes like "Harem Holiday" and "Poison Ivy League" to name a few, we could have done without.
If you're a strict Elvis completist, this 2 CD set may not be enough for you. You'd probably want the individual soundtracks along with the "Double Features" series, if they can still be had. On the other hand, if you only want a small sampling of maybe 1 disc of Elvis' movie music, the "Can't Help Falling In Love: Hollywood Hits", which focuses on his earlier movie music, may suit you better. For those of you who want more than a sample but dont want to spend tons of cash on mostly average tunes, this is the set for you, a perfect mix of the big hits and lesser known gems (a healthy 62 in all) in a reasonably priced 2 CD package.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Command Performances November 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Well we all know Elvis could sing anything and make it sound good. This compilation is proof. Though there are some great songs on this set there are as many forgettable. I have to admit I bought it as soon as it hit the shelf but I am avid. I would not suggest this as a starter kit.
I hope RCA does a follow up to this compilation for there are songs I would have voted for in favor of some that were left off.
Pocketful Of Rainbows from G.I. Blues is a much better song than Shoppin Around.
King Of The Whole Wide World is a great tune until you cut off the Boots Randolph sax solo at the end as RCA has chosen to do so here.
C'mon Everybody should have been included for the Viva Las Vegas ditties.
And I don't care what anybody says Do The Clam from the movie Girl Happy is one of the most embarrasing songs in Elvis' catalog. Do Not Disturb would have been a much better choice. It is a very romantic ballad suited for candlelight and lovemaking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to the 60's box set!
This double CD is full of alternate cuts of some of his better movie songs from the 60's. If you have the 60's box set you need this one too!
Published 9 months ago by T. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis IS in Command!
>Great 2-disc set, from the larger issue product.......a nice variety of tunes, many of which come from the King's films....there is even an alternate take included. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael C. Delich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd !
The set comprises a selection of recordings made by Presley during the decade specifically at a session for the soundtrack of a feature film, of which Presley made 27 during the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bessa
4.0 out of 5 stars gotta eat it up..even the crumz (3.5*)
A fun compilation...for the unitiated, don't expect "Jailhouse Rock" (well, "King of the Whole Wide World" from "Kid Galahad" is in that territory)... Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Phil S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Elvis' 60s movie soundtrack music
While many people consider the films of Elvis Presley to be the real downpoint of his entire career, his movies are still fun and enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by Timothy L. Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Elvis go
This is one of the best Elvis Presley's cds that totally rock, he is just amazing, my mom and I know all of the songs by heart. Donna
Published on February 19, 2010 by Donna Laverdiere
4.0 out of 5 stars Command Performances - Essential 60's (Movies)
Enjoyable for most Elvis fan's. Great to hear some of these songs again and although not all song's are great, most are enjoyable. Good value.
Published on March 22, 2009 by Alan Bawden
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Elvis songs makes you feel good
I enjoy listening to any songs Elvis has sung. He is and always in my opinion is the best singer ever.
Published on November 2, 2008 by Nanalee Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good collection of movie songs.
Elvis Aron Presley wasted more talent than most people will ever have in their entire lives. It's no secret that many of his movie songs were downright awful. Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by Dr J
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - But Could Have Been Even Better
Here are a healthy 62 cuts by The King AND a 22-page insert which includes fabulous liner notes written by Susan M. Read more
Published on August 27, 2007 by AvidOldiesCollector
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