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Build An Essential Elvis Collection!

A guide by Fali R. Singara
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Do you know why John Lennon formed the Beatles? Why TV has censors? Why women throw their knickers up on stage at rock concerts? Why you're reading this guide? Elvis is why. . . Before anyone did anything, Elvis did everything. People tend to forget that Elvis was truly the first performer who transcended all barriers of age, race, class or religion - From the US to India to the Far East jungles of Peru - everyone knows who Elvis Presley is!

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is probably more of a cultural icon today than when he was during his lifetime. To reiterate - Presley sold over 300 million records during his lifetime and has sold 800 million more since his death in 1977 - he's now the biggest selling artist of all time!

With literaly thousands of Elvis products out there....it can get frustrating to know where to start & what to buy. Whether you've just discovered Elvis or a longtime fan... this is a list of the essentials from which one could build a fantastic collection - and will probably inspire you to start your own Elvis fan club!

- Fali R. Singara
(Writer, Producer & Disc Jockey - 107.1 FM)


Elvis Records Worth Your Lunch Money...
Arguably the best discs to get introduced and get an overview of the King's music - if you're on a budget or just want all the hits in a handy place, these are the ones to get! Elvis took songs from a host of different genres & elevated them with something uniquely his - so whatever your taste in music - you'll find a relevant compilation in this pile...

1.30 #1 Hits (The best selling Greatest Hits compilation - a great value deal!)
2.The 50 Greatest Love Songs (The title explains it all - Elvis at his heartachingly best! A friend gave this to a girl he was madly in love with (she was engaged to someone else) - she's now his wife!)
3.Viva ELVIS- The Album (Cirque du Soleil) (Elvis updated for the 21st Century! Features 'reimagined' versions of some of the King's biggest hits. The album was inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name.)
4.Elvis: Ultimate Gospel (Elvis at his emotional and spiritual best - it's hard not to be moved by this. As a teen, Elvis and his friends would sneak into churches in the black neighborhoods to listen to the Gospel singers.)
5.Great Country Songs (Country legend Garth Brooks admits this is one of his favourite CDs of all time! Elvis influenced everybody!)
6.Elvis Christmas (Elvis recorded 20 Christmas songs during his career. 19 of them are on this CD in addition to 4 Gospel songs which were included on his 1957 Christmas album.)


Box Sets To Get....
In chronological order, remastered versions of the King's output from the 50's to the 70's, from his sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios (where they arguably invented the very notion of rock & roll) to his last studio takes in 1977.

1.Elvis 75 (To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the King - there are 100 tracks (4CDs - 2010 remaster!)in this definitive retrospective, beginning with Presley's very first recording, "My Happiness," waxed on his own dime as a gift for his mother to his last single in 1977.)
2.The King Of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters (5 CDs - His Complete 50's studio recordings)
3.From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters (5 CDs - 60's studio recordings)
4.Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters (5 CDs - 70's studio recordings)
5.Today, Tomorrow & Forever (4 CDs - Different takes, unreleased versions - very nice!)
6.Peace in the Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings (4 CDs - The Complete Gospel output for which Elvis won his only 3 Grammy Awards!)
7.Young Man With the Big Beat (What a box! Set across 5 CDS, everything from 1956 (the King's first big year) is here in one collection, including his first two albums in their original running order. Elvis minted a lot of gold records in 1956; the chart-topping run included "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Love Me Tender," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Hound Dog," and "Love Me" - all remastered here! Throw in live recordings, studio outtakes, rare interviews and a 80 page book stuffed with photos, ephemera & a thorough sessionography & you know this is a keeper.)
8.Elvis At Stax (This 2013 3 CD set collects the last 'real' studio sessions of the King. A chronicle of a dozen nights that Presley spent at Stax Recording Studios in his hometown of Memphis in July and December 1973 - the material here includes many unreleased songs and the material that became 3 Elvis albums in the 1970s! A very interesting listen for all Elvis fans!)


Great Elvis CD's You Probably Never Heard Of....
The organizing principle of these Elvis Cds is simple: each one chronicles a period or phase in Elvis's recording career and is music at its very, very best – uplifting, healing and comforting.

1.Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II (An ELVIS must buy!62 tracks over 2 CDs taken from 27 Elvis movies - hits include Can't Help Falling In Love, Puppet On A String, Angel, A Little Less Conversation.)
2.Elvis: On Stage (Elvis was so famous by 1957 that he would have to abandon his concerts after 15 minutes. A fantastic overview of Elvis 'live' - this is as close as being there in person!)
3.From Elvis in Memphis: Legacy Edition (One of the King's most significant yet overlooked albums, this newly remastered 2CD set contains all tracks from the sessions recorded in Memphis, between January and February of 1969. Hits over here include In the Ghetto, Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, and Rubberneckin.)
4.Elvis Country (Legacy Edition) (This new 2012 Double CD Legacy Edition features the classic Elvis album Elvis Country and it's followup studio album "Love Letters From Elvis". Some of the best work Elvis did in his later years is here - unknown gems like "The Fool" & "The Sound Of Your Cry" are fantastic ballads - the hits include staple favourites "Love Letters" & "Make The World Go Away".Plus 6 bonus tracks as well - undoubtedly an Elvis album that deserves rediscovery.)


Elvis At The Movies...
It's pretty tough to beat an Elvis movie in terms of sheer entertainment. They were first filmed in ultra-cool black and white in the 1950's (Jailhouse Rock, King Creole) before moving on to Cinemascope in the 60's. These are the flicks chock-a-block full of great moments and songs you can sing along too...

1.Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection (17 Films including Elvis on Tour / Jailhouse Rock / Viva Las Vegas / It Happened at the World's Fair and This Is Elvis) (Fantastic Value For Money - I bought each of these DVDs individually for a good $10 bucks a pop over the last decade! Now you get 17 of the King's biggest films in one big box including Jailhouse Rock, It Happened at the World's Fair, Viva Las Vegas and Girl Happy among others. Also in the box 10 reproduction memorabilia pieces - including studio correspondence and signed Elvis Presley checks)
2.Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection (Blue Hawaii / Easy Come, Easy Go / Fun in Acapulco / G.I. Blues / Girls! Girls! Girls! / King Creole / Roustabout / Paradise Hawaiian Style) (Long live the KING!!! Another fantastic set - Blue Hawaii, Easy Come Easy Go, Fun in Acapulco, GI Blues, Girls Girls Girls, King Creole, Paradise Hawaiian Style, and Roustabout - all not available in the 17 DVD set above)
3.Elvis 75th Birthday Collection (Good mix of the lesser known Elvis movies - cheap too!)
4.Wild in the Country (Possibly the one film where Elvis should have been up for an Oscar. A must watch for Elvis fans)
5.4 Film Favorites: Elvis Presley Classics (Charro, It Happened at the World's Fair, Jailhouse Rock: Deluxe Edition, Stay Away, Joe) (A great way to start your collection if you don't want to splurge on the box sets)


Live Concerts & Essential Documentaries...
With the King's melodramatic life already a familiar subject for print biographies,these dvds fresh from the film vault vividly rekindles the look and feel of the era when Elvis was still around. If you never went to an Elvis concert, this will take you back.

1.Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Two-Disc Special Edition)
2.Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition) (The Definitive Elvis concert!)
3.Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (Deluxe Edition)
4.Elvis '56 - In the Beginning
5.Elvis By the Presleys
6.Elvis on Tour (First time ever on DVD in 2010! The film's "montage supervisor" was a young fellow named Martin Scorsese.
7.Elvis (This 1979 made-for-TV feature by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell as the King - was the first Elvis biopic, and it remains the best. Elvis was produced less than two years after Presley's death.)


Books To Start Your Elvis Library...
What could one possibly write now about Elvis that hasn't been already typed out, yelled, sung about... you catch the drift? Taking pains to keep Elvis's story fresh, flowing and fun - these books refrain from being a pain to read and instead let the intimate moments & pictures speak for themselves...

1.The Elvis Treasures (The greatest Elvis book out there for fans - includes Elvis posters, rare memorabilia & handwritten letters that can be removed and examined from the book!) An updated & similar book was recently released Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll: Platinum Edition Collector's Vault with almost the same removable memorabilia and a foreword from Priscilla Presley.
2.Elvis by the Presleys (The Presley family album - interesting personal photos!)
3.Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (First part of the exhaustive award winning bio - a must for serious Elvis fans!)
4.Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Second part of the award winning bio - very touching & moving - follows Elvis from the 60's to his death)
5.Elvis and Me (His wife's story on her life with Elvis)
6.Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (A must read! One of the best books about Elvis, showcasing a personal & human side you won't find in any other book on The King. Written by a man who was one The King's best friends and part of his inner circle who knew him before he was famous; whenever Elvis needed someone to talk to or help him out, Jerry Schilling was there.)
7.Elvis 1956 (Black & white photos by legendary photographer Alfred Wertheimer taken during the year Elvis turned 21. It was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first TV appearance, and more - and it offers a definitive visual portrait of a young, innocent Elvis. One of the greatest Elvis books ever!)
8.Elvis A Celebration(The ultimate Elvis photo book - only photos - thousands of them!)
9.Graceland : An Interactive Pop-Up Tour (Really fun book - if you've never been to Graceland - this pop-up book will take you straight into Elvis's home!)
10.The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley(A fantastic book on Elvis and the man who made him into a household name - his manager Col. Tom Parker. Alanna Nash tells a riveting tale with lots of great undiscovered Elvis stories)


Essentials To Add To The Elvis Cannon...
These stand as a comprehensive documents of that heady period, the next generation of music, after the Beatles took what Elvis had started and expanded upon it exponentially. If you want the musical context in the way Elvis devotees changed the world around them from the 1960s onwards - these are just a handfull of the millions who were inspired by the King...

1.The Beatles 1 (The Definitive Beatles Disc! John Lennon used to say -'Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles.')
2.Joshua Tree (Remastered / Expanded) (Deluxe Edition) (2CD) (U2 cite The King as one of their biggest influences -drummer Larry Mullen Jr even named his son Elvis! Trivia bit - 'With Or Without' was written after Bono heard 'Always On My Mind' at 4 in the morning.)
3.The Promise ('Elvis is my religion. But for him I’d be selling encyclopedias right now' – Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen's 'unreleased' album from 1978 - includes 'Fire' - a song he wrote for the King.)
4.Best Of Chris Isaak (Like Elvis & his other idol Roy Orbison; Chris Isaak always seems to sing as if it were always 3 a.m.; languidly strumming out clever melancholy tunes about love found & lost.)
5.Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits (Definitive overview of 70's/80's rock band Roxy Music & lead singer Bryan Ferry! If Elvis had been alive in the 1980's, he would have made music like this!)

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Elvis Records Worth Your Lunch Money...
1.  30 #1 Hits [Import]  by Elvis Presley
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3.  Viva ELVIS- The Album (Cirque du Soleil) [Import]  by Elvis Presley
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4.  Elvis: Ultimate Gospel  by Elvis Presley
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5.  Great Country Songs [Original recording remastered]  by Elvis Presley
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6.  Elvis Christmas  by Elvis Presley
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Box Sets To Get....
7.  Elvis 75 [Import]  by Elvis Presley
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8.  The King Of Rock 'N' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters [Box set]  by Elvis Presley
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9.  From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters [Box set]  by Elvis Presley
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10.  Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters [Box set]  by Elvis Presley
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11.  Today, Tomorrow & Forever [Box set] [Original recording remastered]  by Elvis Presley
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12.  Peace in the Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings [Box set]  by Elvis Presley
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13.  Young Man With the Big Beat [Box set] [Original recording remastered]  by Elvis Presley
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14.  Elvis At Stax  by Elvis Presley
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Great Elvis CD's You Probably Never Heard Of....
15.  Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II [Original recording remastered]  by Elvis Presley
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16.  Elvis: On Stage  by Elvis Presley
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17.  From Elvis in Memphis: Legacy Edition  by Elvis Presley
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18.  Elvis Country (Legacy Edition) [Extra tracks]  by Elvis Presley
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Elvis At The Movies...
19.  Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection (17 Films including Elvis on Tour / Jailhouse Rock / Viva Las Vegas / It Happened at the World's Fair and This Is Elvis) [Multiple Formats] [Box set] [Color] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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20.  Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection (Blue Hawaii / Easy Come, Easy Go / Fun in Acapulco / G.I. Blues / Girls! Girls! Girls! / King Creole / Roustabout / Paradise Hawaiian Style) [Box set] [Color] [NTSC] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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21.  Elvis 75th Birthday Collection [Multiple Formats] [Box set] [Color] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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22.  Wild in the Country [Multiple Formats] [Anamorphic] [Color] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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23.  4 Film Favorites: Elvis Presley Classics (Charro, It Happened at the World's Fair, Jailhouse Rock: Deluxe Edition, Stay Away, Joe) [Multiple Formats] [Color] [Widescreen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Various
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Live Concerts & Essential Documentaries...
24.  Elvis: That's the Way It Is (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Multiple Formats] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [NTSC] [Original recording remastered] [Restored] [Special Edition] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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25.  Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition) [Box set] [Color] [Dolby] [Full Screen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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26.  Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (Deluxe Edition) [Color] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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27.  Elvis '56 - In the Beginning [Multiple Formats] [Black & White] [Color] [NTSC] 
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28.  Elvis By the Presleys [Color] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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29.  Elvis on Tour [Multiple Formats] [AC-3] [Color] [Dolby] [Original recording remastered] [Widescreen] [Subtitled] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Elvis Presley
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30.  Elvis [Multiple Formats] [Color] [NTSC] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Kurt Russell
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Books To Start Your Elvis Library...
31.  The Elvis Treasures  by Robert Gordon
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32.  Elvis: A Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll: Platinum Edition Collector's Vault  by Frank Hyland
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33.  Elvis by the Presleys  by David Ritz
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34.  Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley  by Peter Guralnick
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35.  Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley  by Peter Guralnick
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36.  Elvis and Me  by Sandra Harmon
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37.  Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley  by Chuck Crisafulli
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38.  Elvis 1956  by E. Warren Perry Jr
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39.  Elvis A Celebration  by MIKE EVANS
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40.  Graceland : An Interactive Pop-Up Tour  by Chuck Murphy
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41.  The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley  by Alanna Nash
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Essentials To Add To The Elvis Cannon...
42.  The Beatles 1  by The Beatles
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43.  Joshua Tree (Remastered / Expanded) (Deluxe Edition) (2CD) [Original recording remastered] [Extra tracks] [Deluxe Edition]  by U2
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44.  The Promise  by Bruce Springsteen
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45.  Best Of Chris Isaak  by Chris Isaak
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46.  Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits [Import]  by Roxy Music
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