- Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
- Rmst ed. edition
- Original Release Date: July 15, 1997
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 47 minutes
- ASIN: B000002X31
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,165 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Elvis' Golden Records
Audio CD | Remastered
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The biggest-selling Elvis album of all time just got bigger with four bonus tracks ( Blue Suede Shoes plus the Sun singles That's All Right; Baby, Let's Play House , and Mystery Train ). 20 songs, nine #1 hits!
There are several books that supposedly introduce the uninitiated to the King--including Elvis for Beginners and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elvis--and this 1958 compilation (his first) is an aural equivalent, spotlighting the initial post-Sun '56 and '57 hit singles that originally transformed the King into...well, the King! If you're not yet ready to invest in the King of Rock 'n' Roll box set, this makes for an excellent alternative. After all, it's awfully hard to go wrong with tracks like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Jailhouse Rock"--although they're now so overly familiar to most of us that they might as well be the national anthem. Nevertheless, rock & roll as we know it--and the very concept of "rock star"--essentially began here. --Bill Holdship
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Sound quality on this package is superb mono, far, far cleaner than what I expected given RCA's slap-dash neglect of Elvis' back catalog. I recall Greg Geller researching updating Elvis' catalog, specifically replacing (ugh) the post-'68 rechanneled StErEo Electronically Reprocessed (very ugh!) product with mono and had issues finding source recordings that could be cleaned up appropriately, and had to back-engineer mono out of the 1962 rechanneled album masters. (RCA's January, 1962 FAKE STEREO was consistently the WORST bottom-of-a-50-gallon-metal-drum echo rechanneling I've ever heard [or bathroom echo], with the possible exception of the Dave Clark Five's U.S. Epic rechanneling butcheries and Ricky Nelson's Imperial MILLION SELLERS 1963 "stereo" album. Annoying to violently nauseating on headphones.) After the '85 reissues, I ditched the 1977 RCA block logo StErEo screaming match with duelling at-war-with-themselves snare drums Lps I had at the time. (Beware. Do not spend serious record collector money on Elvis 1970s rechanneled albums. Be very, very afraid. If you've heard a dogfight, imagine adding a backing band out of time and the drummers beating each other up with bats.)
My personal favorites are the Sun recordings at the end and, o'course, "My Baby's Gone," all of which are Elvis and band with Scotty equaling the aural limelight with Elvis's vocals, while pretty much anything with the Jordanaires "oohing" and "ahhhing" I find detracts from, well, the pop slicker (ugh) sound of the post-"Heartbreak Hotel" assembly line city people rockers. (Musically, I generally prefer Carl Perkins to Elvis, but then I prefer Hank Snow, a loud and funky steel guitar, and Ray Price's hot Texas Shuffle heart songs to Elvis, well, most of the time.) But putting a whitebread vocal backing chorus updated Elvis's more urban pop sound to compete and ultimately blow out vocal-with-orchestra acts like Don Cornell, Eddy Fisher, and Como (Love Como. Have you heard Como channeling Bill Haley on "Jukebox Baby"? Great almost BAD fake rock 'n' roll record!).
An essential package, get it at a nice price. If you check out the second GOLDEN RECORDS package from 1960 on CD, 50,000,000 ELVIS FANS CAN'T BE WRONG, it has a few issues.
doesn't effect a individual one way or the other.Elvis was a good singer but there were plenty of others
just as good I myself am a hard core Buddy Holly fan anyways I would recommend this cd for anybody. thank you
LONG LIVE THE KING ! (These tapes stand as one of Rocks finest moments)
(don't let them tear down our hero's, give the KING the respect he deserves)