Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); The Jordanaires (background vocals).
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Includes liner notes by Colin Escott and Anne Fulchino.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
From January 1956 to November 1957, Elvis Presley spent a phenomenal 51 weeks occupying the number 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart. With the possible exception of the Beatles, no pop artist before or since has so completely dominated American pop music. All of Elvis' hits from this period are collected on ELVIS' GOLDEN RECORDS, which was originally released in 1958 and subsequently reissued several times. The 1997 reissue is the best yet, benefiting from digital remastering and the addition of six tracks.
Among the extra tracks are three recordings from Elvis' years at Sun Records, which allow GOLDEN RECORDS to present a more complete picture of Presley's trajectory from regional phenomenon to national superstar than it previously had. As for the records themselves, well, no amount of praise can adequately describe the greatness of the twenty recordings collected here. Each stands among the best rock recordings of all time; together, they represent a crucial turning point in American pop music, heralding the beginning of the rock-and-roll era. GOLDEN RECORDS is the first in a series of five greatest hits albums released during Elvis' lifetime; each was remastered and reissued with additional tracks in 1997.