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The King of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters [Box Set--Slipcase Edition] [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Elvis PresleyAudio CD
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • 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: RCA
  • ASIN: B00004VW5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Happiness
2. That's All Right
3. I Love You Because
4. Harbor Lights
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll
3. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
4. Hound Dogs
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
See all 31 tracks on this disc
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

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Regal, Rockin' Crown Jewels On Display 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King changed popular music forever 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Elvis '50s compilation February 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
THE KING OF ROCK 'N' ROLL: THE COMPLETE 50's MASTERS is a four-CD set, with a bonus disc containing alternate studio takes, and a lot of "live" Elvis recordings-- MGM Grand stuff, mostly. Except for the acetate of "That's When Your Heartaches Begins" and the few alternates, DISC 5 is fluff.

The other four CDs however are a treasure trove of the music that defined "The King." From his one-of-a-kind 1953 recording booth acetate of "My Happiness" to the 1958 fast version of "Ain't That Loving You Baby," this set documents Presley's recording career in chronological order and without gaps.

The 102-page long box-sized book includes sessionography, discography, color photos of all LP, EP and 45 picture sleeves, an excellent bio in easy to read print, and lots of other color and B&W photos. Sound quality is excellent. This one gets five stars for the biggest star of all!

TOTAL RUNNING TIMES --

DISC ONE -- 71:22

DISC TWO -- 70:40

DISC THREE -- 71:49

DISC FOUR -- 62:39

DISC FIVE (Rare And Rockin')-- 61:31
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Elvis compilations even today 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kings Masters
Wonderful Collection of the Kings Masters.

Includes unrecorded Numbers Elvis Sings.

We focus too much on his death and not enough

on the voice... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Henry F
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb music, packaging could be improved
Presented chronologically across 5 discs, this music is simply sublime. A complete picture of Elvis' mainstream 50s releases, the songs are essential for anyone even mildly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Five cds of the classic fifties. In a book form that is easy enough to read, except on a few pages where the font and the background seem to do battle with your eyes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars great box set of where it all began
all of the kings greatest hits from the 50s where it all began. must for all Elvis fans music collection
Published 7 months ago by DAVID J AGUIRRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise of songs!
There were a lot of great songs, good variety, considering the age STILL sounded good!

I would recommend this to a new fan of Elvis to get them acquainted with the King... Read more
Published 7 months ago by smoothdancer29
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Elvis Presley
I choose this rating cause I'm not really used to hearing Elvis in his younger years.I liked some of the songs and some of the songs I disliked. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lois Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome 5 CD set.
I like it except the last CD which contains outtakes and other filler, but the other 4 CD's contain everything recorded in the '50's like it says complete 1950's masters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Stepkovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition
This came with all the CDs and booklets. The box was perfect honestly it was brand new. Love it great collector piece.
Published 12 months ago by Lovelyluz
5.0 out of 5 stars The best....
There's really not much need to review this Elvis collection, because it is his entire 1950s output. That makes it the single most influential compilation in the history of rock. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John D. Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL Hail The Flippin King Of Rock!!!!!!!
First I'd just like to say that Elvis is the greatest entertainer to grace the stage. Next there will be no other like him ever as cliche as it sounds but he is the Original and... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Peter J. Garcia
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