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Elvis Presley: The RCA Album Collection

Track List

>Blue Suede Shoes
>I'm Counting on You
>I Got a Woman
>One-Sided Love Affair
>I Love You Because
>Just Because
>Tutti Frutti
>Trying to Get to You
>I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
>I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
>Blue Moon
>Money Honey
>Rip It Up
>Love Me
>When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
>Long Tall Sally
>First in Line
>Paralyzed
>So Glad You're Mine
>Old Shep
>Ready Teddy
>Anyplace Is Paradise
>How's the World Treating You
>How Do You Think I Feel
>Mean Woman Blues
>(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
>Loving You
>Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do!
>Lonesome Cowboy
>Hot Dog
>(Let's Have A) Party
>Blueberry Hill
>True Love
>Don't Leave Me Now
>Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
>I Need You So
>Tell Me Why
>Santa Claus Is Back in Town
>White Christmas
>Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
>I'll Be Home for Christmas
>Blue Christmas
>Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
>O Little Town of Bethlehem
>Silent Night
>(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)
>I Believe
>Take My Hand, Precious Lord
>It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
>Hound Dog
>Loving You
>All Shook Up
>Heartbreak Hotel
>Jailhouse Rock
>Love Me
>Too Much
>Don't Be Cruel
>That's When Your Heartaches Begin
>(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
>Love Me Tender (From the 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope Production "Love Me Tender")
>Treat Me Nice
>Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
>I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
>King Creole
>As Long as I Have You
>Hard Headed Woman
>Trouble
>Dixieland Rock
>Don't Ask Me Why
>Lover Doll (Undubbed)
>Crawfish
>Young Dreams
>Steadfast, Loyal and True
>New Orleans
>Danny
>That's All Right
>Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
>Mystery Train
>Playing for Keeps
>Poor Boy
>My Baby Left Me
>I Was the One
>Shake, Rattle and Roll
>I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
>You're a Heartbreaker
>I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
>Let Me
>Blue Moon of Kentucky
>Young and Beautiful
>(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care
>Milk Cow Blues Boogie
>Baby, Let's Play House
>Good Rockin' Tonight
>Is It So Strange
>We're Gonna Move
>I Want to Be Free
>I Forgot to Remember to Forget
>Don't Leave Me Now
>Harbor Lights
>I Need Your Love Tonight
>Don't
>Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
>My Wish Came True
>I Got Stung
>One Night
>Big Hunk O' Love, A
>I Beg of You
>(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
>Doncha' Think It's Time
>Make Me Know It
>Fever
>Girl of My Best Friend, The
>I Will Be Home Again
>Dirty, Dirty Feeling
>Thrill of Your Love
>Soldier Boy
>Such a Night
>It Feels So Right
>Girl Next Door Went A'Walking, The
>Like a Baby
>Reconsider Baby
>Tonight Is So Right for Love
>What's She Really Like
>Frankfort Special
>Wooden Heart
>G.I. Blues
>Pocketful of Rainbows
>Shoppin' Around
>Big Boots
>Didja' Ever
>Blue Suede Shoes
>Doin' the Best I Can
>Tonight's All Right for Love
>His Hand in Mine
>I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
>In My Father's House
>Milky White Way
>Known Only to Him
>I Believe in the Man in the Sky
>Joshua Fit the Battle
>He Knows Just What I Need
>Swing Down Sweet Chariot
>Mansion Over the Hilltop
>If We Never Meet Again
>Working on the Building
>There's Always Me
>Give Me the Right
>It's a Sin
>Sentimental Me
>Starting Today
>Gently
>I'm Coming Home
>In Your Arms
>Put the Blame on Me
>Judy
>I Want You With Me
>I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
>Blue Hawaii
>Almost Always True
>Aloha Oe
>No More
>Can't Help Falling in Love
>Rock-A-Hula Baby
>Moonlight Swim
>Ku-U-I-Po
>Ito Eats
>Slicin' Sand
>Hawaiian Sunset
>Beach Boy Blues
>Island of Love
>Hawaiian Wedding Song
>Kiss Me Quick
>Just for Old Time Sake
>Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
>(Such An) Easy Question
>Steppin' Out of Line
>I'm Yours [Single Version]
>Something Blue
>Suspicion
>I Feel That I've Known You Forever
>Night Rider
>Fountain of Love
>That's Someone You Never Forget
>Girls! Girls! Girls!
>I Don't Wanna Be Tied
>Where Do You Come From
>I Don't Want To
>We'll Be Together
>Boy Like Me, a Girl Like You, A
>Earth Boy
>Return to Sender [From "Girls! Girls! Girls!"]
>Because of Love
>Thanks to the Rolling Sea
>Song of the Shrimp
>Walls Have Ears, The
>We're Coming in Loaded
>Beyond the Bend
>Relax
>Take Me to the Fair
>They Remind Me Too Much of You
>One Broken Heart for Sale
>I'm Falling in Love Tonight
>Cotton Candy Land
>World of Our Own, A
>How Would You Like to Be
>Happy Ending
>It's Now or Never
>Stuck on You
>Fame and Fortune
>I Gotta Know
>Surrender
>I Feel So Bad
>Are You Lonesome Tonight?
>(Marie's the Name Of) His Latest Flame
>Little Sister
>Good Luck Charm
>Anything That's Part of You
>She's Not You
>Fun in Acapulco
>Vino, Dinero y Amor
>Mexico
>Toro, El
>Marguerita
>Bullfighter Was a Lady, The
>(There's) No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car
>I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here [Take 1] - (take)
>Bossa Nova Baby
>You Can't Say No in Acapulco
>Guadalajara
>Love Me Tonight
>Slowly But Surely
>Kissin' Cousins (No. 2)
>Smokey Mountain Boy
>There's Gold in the Mountains
>One Boy, Two Little Girls
>Catchin' On Fast
>Tender Feeling
>Anyone (Could Fall in Love With You)
>Barefoot Ballad
>Once Is Enough
>Kissin' Cousins
>Echoes of Love
>(It's A) Long Lonely Highway
>Roustabout
>Little Egypt
>Poison Ivy League
>Hard Knocks
>It's a Wonderful World
>Big Love, Big Heartache
>One Track Heart
>It's Carnival Time
>Carny Town
>There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon
>Wheels on My Heels
>Girl Happy
>Spring Fever
>Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
>Startin' Tonight
>Wolf Call
>Do Not Disturb
>Cross My Heart and Hope to Die
>Meanest Girl in Town, The
>Do the Clam
>Puppet on a String
>I've Got to Find My Baby
>You'll Be Gone
>Your Cheatin' Heart
>Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
>Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
>In My Way
>Tomorrow Night
>Memphis Tennessee
>For the Millionth and the Last Time
>Forget Me Never
>Sound Advice
>Santa Lucia (From "Viva Las Vegas")
>I Met Her Today
>When It Rains, It Really Pours
>Harem Holiday
>My Desert Serenade
>Go East, Young Man
>Mirage
>Kismet
>Shake That Tambourine
>Hey Little Girl
>Golden Coins
>So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)
>Animal Instinct
>Wisdom of the Ages
>Frankie and Johnny
>Come Along
>Petunia, the Gardener's Daughter
>Chesay
>What Every Woman Lives For
>Look Out, Broadway
>Beginner's Luck
>Down by the Riverside/When the Saints Go Marching In; Down by the Riverside/When the Saints Go Marching In
>Shout It Out
>Hard Luck
>Please Don't Stop Loving Me
>Everybody Come Aboard
>Paradise, Hawaiian Style
>Queenie Wahine's Papaya
>Scratch My Back
>Drums of the Islands
>Datin'
>Dog's Life, A
>House of Sand
>Stop Where You Are
>This Is My Heaven
>Sand Castles
>Stop, Look and Listen
>Adam and Evil
>All That I Am
>Never Say Yes
>Am I Ready
>Beach Shack
>Spinout
>Smorgasbord
>I'll Be Back
>Tomorrow Is a Long Time
>Down in the Alley
>I'll Remember You
>How Great Thou Art
>In the Garden
>Somebody Bigger Than You and I
>Farther Along
>Stand by Me
>Without Him
>So High
>Where Could I Go But to the Lord
>By and By
>If the Lord Wasn't Walking by My Side
>Run On
>Where No One Stands Alone
>Crying in the Chapel
>We Call On Him
>You'll Never Walk Alone
>Double Trouble
>Baby, If You'll Give Me All of Your Love
>Could I Fall in Love
>Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)
>City by Night
>Old MacDonald
>I Love Only One Girl
>There Is So Much World to See
>It Won't Be Long
>Never Ending
>Blue River
>What Now, What Next, Where To
>Guitar Man
>Clambake
>Who Needs Money?
>House That Has Everything, A
>Confidence
>Hey, Hey, Hey
>You Don't Know Me
>Girl I Never Loved, The
>How Can You Lose What You Never Had
>Big Boss Man
>Singing Tree
>Just Call Me Lonesome
>Hi-Heel Sneakers
>Love Letters
>Witchcraft
>It Hurts Me
>What'd I Say
>Please Don't Drag That String Around
>Indescribably Blue
>(You're The) Devil in Disguise
>Lonely Man
>Mess of Blues, A
>Ask Me
>Ain't That Loving You Baby
>Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
>Wild in the Country
>Viva Las Vegas
>Speedway
>There Ain't Nothing Like a Song
>Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby
>Who Are You? (Who Am I?)
>He's Your Uncle Not Your Dad
>Let Yourself Go
>Your Groovy Self
>Five Sleepy Heads
>Western Union
>Mine
>Goin' Home
>Suppose
>Flaming Star
>Wonderful World
>Night Life
>All I Needed Was the Rain
>Too Much Monkey Business
>Yellow Rose of Texas/The Eyes of Texas; The Yellow Rose of Texas/The Eyes of Texas, The
>She's a Machine
>Do the Vega
>Tiger Man
>Britches
>Cane and a High Starched Collar, A
>Medley: Trouble/Guitar Man; Trouble/Guitar Man [Live]
>Medley: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby,What You Want Me to Do/Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can't Help Falling in Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender; Lawdy,Miss Clawdy/Baby,What You Want Me to Do/Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog
>Medley: Where Could I Go But to the Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved; Where Could I Go But to the Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
>Medley: Blue Christmas/One Night; Blue Christmas/One Night
>Memories [Live]
>Medley: Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man; Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
>If I Can Dream
>Wearin' That Loved on Look
>Only the Strong Survive
>I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
>Long Black Limousine
>It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin'
>I'm Movin' On
>Power of My Love
>Gentle on My Mind
>After Loving You
>True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
>Any Day Now
>In the Ghetto
>Suspicious Minds
>Don't Cry Daddy
>Kentucky Rain
>Mama Liked the Roses
>Blue Suede Shoes
>Johnny B. Goode
>All Shook Up
>Are You Lonesome Tonight? [Live]
>Hound Dog [Live]
>I Can't Stop Loving You
>My Babe
>Medley: Mystery Train/Tiger Man; Mystery Train/Tiger Man [Live]
>Words
>In the Ghetto
>Suspicious Minds
>Can't Help Falling in Love
>Inherit the Wind
>This Is the Story
>Stranger in My Own Home Town
>Little Bit of Green, A
>And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
>Do You Know Who I Am
>From a Jack to a King
>Fair's Moving On, The
>You'll Think of Me
>Without Love (There Is Nothing)
>Stay Away, Joe
>If I'm a Fool (For Loving You)
>Let's Be Friends
>Let's Forget About the Stars
>Mama
>I'll Be There
>Almost
>Change of Habit
>Have a Happy
>Dainty Little Moonbeams
>Girls! Girls! Girls! Finale
>Plantation Rock
>Let Us Pray
>Who Am I?
>See See Rider
>Release Me
>Sweet Caroline
>Runaway
>Wonder of You, The
>Polk Salad Annie
>Yesterday
>Proud Mary
>Walk a Mile in My Shoes
>Let It Be Me
>Almost in Love
>Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)
>Edge of Reality
>My Little Friend
>Little Less Conversation, A
>Rubberneckin'
>Clean Up Your Own Backyard
>U.S. Male
>Charro!
>Stay Away
>Dominick
>Signs of the Zodiak
>Swing Down Sweet Chariot
>I Just Can't Help Believin'
>Twenty Days and Twenty Nights
>How the Web Was Woven
>Patch It Up
>Mary in the Morning
>You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
>You've Lost That Loving Feeling
>8. I've Lost You
>Just Pretend
>Stranger in the Crowd
>Next Step Is Love, The
>Bridge Over Troubled Water
>I've Lost You
>Patch It Up
>Snowbird
>Tomorrow Never Comes
>Little Cabin on the Hill
>Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On
>Funny How Time Slips Away
>I Really Don't Want to Know
>There Goes My Everything
>It's Your Baby, You Rock It
>Fool, The
>Faded Love
>I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
>Make the World Go Away
>Love Letters
>When I'm Over You
>If I Were You
>Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off of It; Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off of It
>Heart of Rome
>Only Believe
>This Is Our Dance
>Cindy, Cindy
>I'll Never Know
>It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
>Life
>Sound of Your Cry, The
>Where Did They Go, Lord
>Rags to Riches
>C'mon Everybody
>Angel [Take 7] [Stereo Master] - (take)
>Easy Come, Easy Go
>Whistling Tune, A
>Follow That Dream
>King of the Whole Wide World
>I'll Take Love
>I'm Not the Marrying Kind
>This Is Living
>Today, Tomorrow and Forever
>Lady Loves Me, The
>Sing You Children
>I Got Lucky
>What a Wonderful Life
>I Need Somebody to Lean On
>Yoga Is as Yoga Does
>Riding the Rainbow
>Fools Fall in Love
>Love Machine, The
>Home Is Where the Heart Is
>You Gotta Stop
>If You Think I Don't Need You
>You're the Boss
>Come What May
>O Come, All Ye Faithful
>First Noel, The
>On a Snowy Christmas Night
>Winter Wonderland
>Wonderful World of Christmas, The
>It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You)
>I'll Be Home on Christmas Day
>If I Get Home on Christmas Day
>Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees
>Merry Christmas Baby
>Silver Bells
>If Every Day Was Like Christmas
>Help Me Make It Through the Night
>Miracle of the Rosary
>Hey Jude
>Put Your Hand in the Hand
>Until It's Time for You to Go
>We Can Make the Morning
>Early Mornin' Rain
>Sylvia
>Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
>I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
>I'm Leavin'
>It's Only Love
>First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The
>He Touched Me
>I've Got Confidence
>Amazing Grace
>Seeing Is Believing
>He Is My Everything
>Bosom of Abraham
>Evening Prayer, An
>Lead Me, Guide Me
>There Is No God But God
>Thing Called Love, A
>I, John
>Reach Out to Jesus
>Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)
>That's All Right
>Proud Mary
>Never Been to Spain
>You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
>You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
>Polk Salad Annie
>Love Me
>All Shook Up
>Heartbreak Hotel
>Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; (Let Me Be Your)Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
>Love Me Tender
>Impossible Dream, The (The Quest)
>Introductions by Elvis
>Hound Dog
>Suspicious Minds
>For the Good Times
>American Trilogy
>Funny How Time Slips Away
>I Can't Stop Loving You
>Can't Help Falling in Love
>End Theme (Orchestra)
>Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)
>See See Rider
>Burning Love
>Something
>You Gave Me a Mountain [Live at the Honolulu International Center]
>Steamroller Blues
>My Way
>Love Me
>Johnny B. Goode
>It's Over
>Blue Suede Shoes
>I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
>I Can't Stop Loving You
>Hound Dog
>What Now My Love
>Fever
>Welcome to My World
>Suspicious Minds
>Introductions by Elvis [Live at the Honolulu International Center]
>I'll Remember You
>Medley: Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [Live at the Honolulu International Center]
>American Trilogy, An
>Big Hunk O' Love, A
>Can't Help Falling in Love
>Blue Hawaii
>Ku-U-I-Po
>No More
>Hawaiian Wedding Song
>Early Morning Rain
>Fool
>Where Do I Go From Here
>Love Me, Love the Life I Lead
>It's Still Here
>It's Impossible
>(That's What You Get) For Lovin' Me
>Padre
>I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
>I Will Be True
>Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
>Separate Ways
>For the Good Times
>Burning Love
>Always on My Mind
>It's a Matter of Time
>American Trilogy
>Raised on Rock
>Are You Sincere
>Find Out What's Happening
>I Miss You
>Girl of Mine
>For Ol' Times Sake
>If You Don't Come Back
>Just a Little Bit
>Sweet Angeline
>Three Corn Patches
>Take Good Care of Her
>Loving Arms
>I Got a Feelin' in My Body
>If That Isn't Love
>She Wears My Ring
>I've Got a Thing About You Baby
>My Boy
>Spanish Eyes
>Talk About the Good Times
>Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
>See See Rider [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>I Got a Woman [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>Love Me
>Trying to Get to You [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>Medley: Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip,Flop and Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>Why Me Lord [Live Version]
>How Great Thou Art
>Medley: Blueberry Hill/I Can't Stop Loving You [Live]
>Help Me
>American Trilogy, An
>Let Me Be There
>My Baby Left Me
>Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>Can't Help Falling in Love [Live at Midsouth Coliseum]
>Closing-Vamp
>Promised Land
>There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
>Help Me
>Mr. Songman
>Love Song of the Year
>It's Midnight
>Your Love's Been a Long Time Coming
>If You Talk in Your Sleep
>Thinking About You
>You Asked Me To
>T-R-O-U-B-L-E
>And I Love You So
>Susan When She Tried
>Woman Without Love
>Shake a Hand
>Pieces of My Life
>Fairytale
>I Can Help
>Bringin' It Back
>Green, Green Grass of Home
>Hurt
>Never Again
>Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
>Danny Boy
>Last Farewell, The
>For the Heart
>Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall
>Solitaire
>Love Coming Down
>I'll Never Fall in Love Again
>Unchained Melody
>If You Love Me (Let Me Know) [Live]
>Little Darlin'
>He'll Have to Go
>Let Me Be There
>Way Down
>Pledging My Love
>Moody Blue
>She Thinks I Still Care
>It's Easy for You
>My Happiness
>That's When Your Heartaches Begin
>I'll Never Stand in Your Way
>It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You
>Blue Moon of Kentucky [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Tomorrow Night
>Fool, Fool, Fool
>I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version]
>Tweedlee Dee
>Maybellene
>When It Rains, It Really Pours
>One Night (Of Sin)
>Loving You
>Treat Me Nice
>King Creole [1st Version Take 3] - (take)
>Ain't That Loving You Baby [Takes 5, 11] - (take)
>I Asked the Lord [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
>Earth Angel
>I'm Beginning to Forget You
>Mona Lisa
>Stuck on You
>Fame and Fortune
>Witchcraft/Love Me Tender; Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (Digitally Remastered)
>Lonely Man [solo/alt. Take 1] - (alternate take)
>Today, Tomorrow and Forever
>I'm a Roustabout [New Sound Remastered]
>If I Loved You
>Tennessee Waltz
>What Now My Love
>Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord
>Oh How I Love Jesus
>Hide Thou Me (Home Recording)
>Write to Me From Naples
>My Heart Cries for You
>Dark Moon
>Beyond the Reef
>Suppose
>It Hurts Me
>Let Yourself Go
>This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You [Informal Recording]; This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You [Digitally Remastered]
>Are You Lonesome Tonight? [Laughing Version]
>Hundred Years From Now, A
>Faded Love [Country version]
>Ghost Riders in the Sky [MGM Rehearsal 2]
>Alla en el Rancho Grande
>Froggy Went a Courtin' [Rehearsal]
>Little Sister/Get Back; Little Sister/Get Back
>Something
>Lady Madonna
>I Shall Be Released [Informal Recording]
>My Way
>I'll Be Home on Christmas Day
>Tiger Man (Jam)
>She Thinks I Still Care [Alternate Take 2B] - (alternate take)
>I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry [Private Recording]
>Twelfth of Never [Rehearsa l], The
>You're the Reason I'm Living
>Softly as I Leave You
>America the Beautiful

Album Notes

Back in 2010, Legacy released The Complete Elvis Presley Masters, a 30-disc box that rounded up all existing Elvis masters along with many relevant rarities; in other words, it was as complete as it could get. Six years later, Legacy covered similar ground with The Album Collection, a 60-CD box offering replications of every album Presley released during his lifetime, supplemented with three bonus discs called "From the Vaults" containing miscellaneous non-LP cuts, some released during his lifetime, some not. Bonus tracks taken from singles, sessions, and EPs are also scattered throughout, so this winds up having nearly every cut Elvis released during his lifetime (there are some alternate single versions and other strays missing, but nothing major). The trick is, Elvis Presley's discography isn't necessarily easy to navigate album by album. His earliest long players often recycled singles -- standard procedure for most pop music in the '50s but RCA relied on the practice even more once Elvis entered the Army in 1958 -- and most of the '60s was devoted to soundtracks to his movies. Even after he refocused his energies on albums in 1968, RCA issued a live album nearly every year and their budget branch, Camden, littered the market with compilations of leftovers. All of these are here, presented in handsome cardboard sleeves and accompanied by a hardcover book filled with release details, because it's not only the easiest way to get all of Elvis at once, but this is how the music was presented during his lifetime. Posthumous reissues usually cover this same music according to session order, offering collections that are often more coherent than the original albums, but listening to all the LPs does provide some revelations, particularly in regard to how Presley was presented at the time. RCA moved swiftly to push Elvis into the pop market and the product was often careless, assembled without much regard for coherence or taste (the epitome of this may be Singer Presents Elvis' "Flaming Star," a title that doesn't bother to hide its place on assembly line). That said, there's a period charm in immersing yourself in Elvis this way. You'll realize that, even at his mature peak in the late '60s and early '70s, the label cranked out nonsense like I Got Lucky -- a record with a jumpsuited Presley on the cover comprised of nothing but uncollected soundtrack tunes. Despite all of this, his music endures such crass packaging. Certainly Elvis hit some bumps along the way -- the snazzy silver screen charm of the initial soundtracks tarnishes by the mid-'60s, the early '70s live albums often play to Vegas' middle of the road -- but in each phase, Presley could achieve transcendence. By the end of this lengthy set, it's hard not to marvel at the length of his career and how well his music endures; it feels like a bedrock of the American century. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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