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The King Of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters Box set


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This five-disc set was the first release in BMG's effort to present Elvis's recorded legacy in a manner befitting the most important musical artist of his time. The strategy was simple--showcase, in chronological order, remastered versions of the King's 1950s output, from his sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios (where they arguably invented the very notion of rock & roll) through his 1958 Army induction. Not everything Elvis recorded in the '50s was great (just as not everything he recorded in Hollywood was rotten), but there are dozens of tracks here that, quite simply, can make a bad day seem all that much better. Which surely still makes him the king of something. Suffice it to say this is one box set that lives up to its title. --Bill Holdship

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This five-disc set was the first release in BMG's effort to present Elvis's recorded legacy in a manner befitting the most important musical artist of his time. The strategy was simple--showcase, in chronological order, remastered versions of the King's 1950s output, from his sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios (where they arguably invented the very notion of rock & roll) through his 1958 Army induction. Not everything Elvis recorded in the '50s was great (just as not everything he recorded in Hollywood was rotten), but there are dozens of tracks here that, quite simply, can make a bad day seem all that much better. Which surely still makes him the king of something. Suffice it to say this is one box set that lives up to its title. --Bill Holdship

Disc: 1
1. My Happiness
2. That's All Right
3. I Love You Because
4. Harbor Lights
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Disc: 2
1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll
3. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
4. Hound Dog
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
2. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
3. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
4. Blueberry Hill
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Disc: 4
1. Treat Me Nice
2. My Wish Came True
3. Don't
4. Danny
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
2. Fool, Fool, Fool
3. Tweedle Dee
4. Maybellene
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: August 2, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: BMG / RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WMH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
RCA Records spent the first decade after Elvis Presley's death releasing compilations wrongheaded at best (a Canadian tribute, a children's album) criminally negligent at worst (the "Elvis Medley," the re-recording "I Was The One"). BMG's takeover of RCA increased the flow of reissues, but also their quality; Elvis now stood atop the time and style he lived in, rather than had his songs sicced on trends or revivals.
"The Legendary 50s Masters" gives Presley the regal treatment given his subjects: Dylan, Clapton, Zeppelin. Its 140 songs across five discs (including rarities and a 1958 press conference), and deluxe booklet (including rare photos and author Peter Guaralnik's essay) preface and tell the first, happiest chapters of one of last century's most compelling stories.
Starting before the beginning with Elvis' original demo, "My Happiness," the songs tour his amazing first year at Sun, his RCA signing and the seismic musical and film success that followed. Before influencing the world, Elvis acknowledges his own influences, covering songs by Bing Crosby, Junior Parker, Bill Monroe, Ray Charles, and Clyde McPhatter among others. We also musically meet the supporting cast: Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana, Sam Phillips, the Leiber/Stoller songwriting team, and others who painstaking created this supposed rock and roll explosion using ageless musical ingridients.
This set has so much to recommend and celebrate. Elvis' voice in all guises (growler, crooner, hillbilly) has never sounded clearer in music now nearly a half-century old.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Elvis is the singer who made rock'n'roll popular, although even in his early years he did not limit his music to that genre. This compilation containing (supposedly) every song that Elvis recorded during the fifties, plus alternate versions of some of them, shows just how good Elvis was at several different styles.
Here you get all his famous rockers including Heartbreak hotel, Don't be cruel, Blue suede shoes, Hound dog, Mystery train, Paralyzed, Party, All shook up, Jailhouse rock, Teddy bear and One night, together with great covers of Tutti fruiti, Shake rattle and roll and other classics. Of course, you also get his recording of That's alright Mama, the song that secured his recording contract.
Elvis also recorded a number of country songs, though not as many as he did later in his career. Sometimes (as with Blue moon of Kentucky), he re-interpreted them very differently from the originals, but most of his covers were more faithful, albeit adapted to his own style. I forgot to remember to forget, Old Shep, Have I told you lately that I love you, Your cheating heart and Fool such as I are among the country songs to be found here.
Elvis also recorded some brilliant pop ballads in the fifties. Love me tender is the most famous but there are plenty of others. Among the lesser known ones, I particularly like As long as I have you. Gospel music was important to Elvis and here you can find Peace in the valley, Take my hand precious lord, It is no secret and I believe. You also get the eight Christmas songs that Elvis recorded in the fifties including Blue Christmas and Santa bring my baby back.
This is the first of three boxed sets covering the music of Elvis.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Weber on January 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
At almost 20 years old, this box set seems rather dated, and potentially dozens of new Elvis collections, compilations, and stereo remasters have been released in the past decade of Elvis mania. Don't be fooled, this box set may not have high quality stereo remasters of songs like say Elvis #1s or The Essential Elvis, but it does offer a lot of rare and complete recordings Elvis made in the 50s, in fact, if I'm not mistaken, it includes every single record singe he released during the start of his career in the 50s, to the end of the decade when he was serving in the army. That consists of over 100 songs, some of which never hit big, including his early songs that received little publicity when he was with Sun Records before he switched over to RCA and struck gold. A majority of this set consists of his RCA recordings spanning between 1956-1959, including a Christmas album and a few gospel singles. The first disc consists mainly of his Sun Studio recordings, including his first song My Happiness, which is a very rare gem and technically intended for more of a personal recording. The next three discs focus exclusively on his early RCA albums and recordings, which was when Elvis was at the height of his career and emerged as America's new favorite singer, spawning over a dozen top 10 singles in less than 4 years. These include his top songs like Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, and Don't be Cruel. Elvis sang a variety of music from gospel, to country, to blues, to rock n roll. As seen in his early recordings, he had soul and a voice that almost made him seem black. If you are an Elvis fan this collection does complete justice for the young Elvis of the 50's when he was the new sensation and I believe Elvis' 50's recordings are his best and outshine his later material.Read more ›
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Ok, As far as the 50's stuff it compares fine. Yes, the 2000's versions of the songs sound a little louder and crispier, but there still isn't a set around as cool as this one, so hang on to it its a gem. I just recently bought another one so I could have a brand new copy (mine has always been... Read More
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