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Rock - Released July 29, 2016 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released July 19, 2013 | RCA Victor

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Rock - Released January 2, 2015 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released January 2, 2015 | RCA - Legacy

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The original Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 was, like its predecessors, an unprecedented release -- no one in rock & roll up to that point, other than Elvis, had ever legitimately earned a second greatest-hits volume, much less a third. This is also the place where the legitimately softer, more mature Presley replaces the angry young Elvis represented on the first two volumes. On a sexual level, songs like "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never," "Fame and Fortune," "I Gotta Know," and "Surrender" offer seduction rather than diverting violation. He might no longer have been a rebel, but as represented on the original ten songs of this album, he was still making the Top Five and even the top of the charts regularly with work that was legitimately fine early-'60s rock & roll and pop/rock. "His Latest Flame" or "Good Luck Charm" might not have been groundbreaking musical statements of the caliber of "Heartbreak Hotel" or "Blue Suede Shoes," but in Elvis' hands they were worth hearing over and over. The original 12 songs have been augmented by six more, including "Can't Help Falling in Love" (which should have been on this disc to begin with) and the hauntingly beautiful "Girl of My Best Friend," which was a number two hit in England (and may be the prettiest song Elvis ever cut), plus "Wild in the Country" and "Wooden Heart" (a hit in Europe) from G.I. Blues. The producers have stuck with the most tasteful and intriguing numbers from the films, within the time frame of the original release, the annotation is thorough, and the 1997 remastered sound runs circles around all prior editions. ~ Bruce Eder
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Rock - Released March 14, 2014 | RCA - Legacy

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How much did Colonel Tom Parker flood the Elvis marketplace in the early '70s? Between 1969's From Vegas to Memphis to 1974's Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis, Presley was releasing a live album nearly every year (1971 was skipped). Each one was tied to an event -- a televised concert from Hawaii, his first concert in New York -- but, decades removed from this era, it's easy to forget that at the dawn of the '70s, seeing Elvis on-stage was in itself event, as he spent the better part of the '60s making movies instead of playing live. In fact, the last time he had played in Memphis, Tennessee was in 1961, so even though it was the last in a long line of live records, the homecoming concert captured on 1974's cumbersomely titled Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis was something special: it captured a beloved hero returning home. Presley made sure he was prepared for the occasion, running through much of the set two days prior the March 18 Memphis concert at the Richmond Coliseum. The 2014 Legacy Edition of Recorded Live on Stage contains that concert as its second disc (this second disc also has five very relaxed, very spare, quite appealing rehearsals from August 1974, cut just prior to an appearance in Vegas) and it's quite a bit different in tenor than the released record; it's loose and rollicking, with Elvis and the TCB band feeding off the energy of an exuberant audience. In contrast, the Memphis concert -- here on the first disc, in the expanded, full-concert addition originally released on Follow That Dream Records in 2004 -- is precise, professional, and deadly, a testament to the Presley team being a well-oiled machine. As this full-length Legacy Expansion reveals, far from being just another Elvis live record, Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis is a little bit of dynamite, proof that on a good night in 1974, Elvis was still as good as rock & roll got. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released February 8, 1999 | RCA Records Label

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Elvis Presley's legendary recordings for Sun Records had been reissued many times before Sunrise appeared in early 1999, most notably in the 1987 collection The Complete Sun Recordings. Despite its title, The Complete Sun Recordings was missing a few odds and ends, plus its sequencing on CD was a little didactic, resulting in a repetitive listen. Those flaws are corrected on the exceptional Sunrise, a generous 38-song double-disc set that contains all of Elvis' Sun recordings, including alternate takes and several previously unreleased live performances. The compilers wisely decided to devote the first disc to the original takes, dedicating the second to alternate takes: six live cuts from 1955 and four private demos from 1953 and 1954. This sequencing emphasizes the brilliance of this music. Not only is listening to all 19 masters in a row quite breathtaking, but the second disc winds up as a revelatory experience, since it offers a kind of alternate history by following Elvis' pre-professional recordings from his Sun sessions to early live performances. As such, Sunrise is essential for the curious and the collector alike. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released November 22, 1968 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released August 10, 2018 | RCA Victor - Legacy

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“Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release.” Elvis fans are well aware of their idol’s veneration for gospel. Fans who are always willing to expand their already XXXL music library. Even when the attempt ostensibly looks like a cash grab… This Where No One Stands Alone celebrates the King’s gospel side. Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, the album released in August 2018 features re-orchestrated versions performed with artists who worked with Elvis on stage or in studio, like Darlene Love (who sang with him for the first time during the NBC TV special in 1968) and Dr Cissy Houston (who, along with the Sweet Inspirations, performed with the King on stage from 1969). Where No One Stands Alone also includes a duo with his daughter Lisa Marie Presley on the eponymous song. “It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father, she writes in the album’s sleeve notes. The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I'm certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way.” Also featured are some classics so dear to the King, like Crying In The Chapel, How Great Thou Art, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Saved composed by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, as well as So High, Stand By Me, In The Garden and the indispensable Amazing Grace. Titles for the most part borrowed from two gospel albums, How Great Thou Art released in 1967 and He Touched Me in 1972. Concretely, only the King’s voice was retained. The parts with the Jordanaires, guitarists Scotty Moore, Chip Young and James Burton, Floyd Cramer’s piano and D. J. Fontana’s drums were all scrapped. For those who know the original recordings, it’s a painful amputation. Even upsetting… Yet the work offered here is honest and doesn’t distort the King’s initial intention nor the spirit of his interpretations. Quite logically, this 2018 production brings a “contemporary” touch without vainly and hypocritically trying to remain young and modern. The master’s voice remains intact and staggering as ever. The union between the King and the Lord could only be divine… © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Rock - Released February 10, 2010 | RCA Records Label

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For those familiar only with the King of Rock & Roll's name and reputation, the prospect of buying a best-of can be quite a nauseating proposition. The huge range of compilations available varies in quality, and depth, but as yet there exists no definitive choice for first-time Presleyers. RCA's latest attempt to correct this is perhaps the finest best-of Elvis Presley ever. Spanning two CDs and, as its title suggests, 50 songs, all the classic tracks are here, from "Heartbreak Hotel" through "Suspicious Minds." The sound quality is as near-perfect as one will get for a best-of from this artist, and the packaging is quite superb. While it may not be as in-depth as other compilations, The 50 Greatest Hits is adequate for those wanting the major hits, and provides a taster for each of his styles. As a starting point to Elvis Presley's work, this is unmatched by any other best-of and is an almost perfect compilation in that all of his most noted tracks are here, as are all the finest moment from each of his eras. For the more hardcore Elvis fan, also, The 50 Greatest Hits is an essential purchase, offering almost all of the finest tracks on a mere two discs. ~ Ben Davies
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Ambient/New Age - Released November 24, 2017 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released September 24, 2002 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released April 6, 2018 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released July 1, 2015 | Crazy Warthog Media

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Rock - Released October 14, 2016 | RCA - Legacy

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The Wonder of You is a sequel in the truest sense: it delivers more of the same thing that made the 2015 album If I Can Dream into a surprise hit around the globe. The gimmick behind both of the albums is taking original Elvis Presley vocal performances and setting them to brand-new orchestral arrangements from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Wonder of You isn't as splashy as its predecessor, lacking duets with Michael Bublé and Il Volo (the bonus track, "Just Pretend," does feature Helene Fischer), and it also doesn't contain quite as many rockers as If I Can Dream. All this means The Wonder of You is thoroughly middlebrow, largely consisting of ballads and soft pop tunes, all given pompous pops arrangements. Occasionally, the new versions aren't too far away from the originals -- usually, this would be for such '70s Vegas showstoppers as "I Just Can't Help Believin'" -- but there's still a dramatic disconnect between Presley's vocal performances and the cheerfully cheesy orchestrations, particularly on numbers like "Kentucky Rain" and "Suspicious Minds," recordings that benefited from the interaction of Elvis and the musicians in Chips Moman's American Sound Studio. To the creators of The Wonder of You, this kind of musical interplay is a mere nicety: all that matters is the power of Presley's performance, which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accentuates. It, like If I Can Dream, is executed well -- the separation between the old tapes and new performance is seamless -- but the concept is misbegotten and the results are tacky, a record that celebrates Presley the persona instead of Elvis the musician. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released October 30, 2015 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released July 19, 2013 | RCA Victor

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Elvis' 1957 original Christmas album is one of his most inspired early outings and the first time he tackled anything resembling a thematic concept. Split evenly between rockers and bluesy numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," "Blue Christmas," and "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me," perennials like "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Silent Night," and straight-ahead gospel favorites like "I Believe," "Peace in the Valley" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," the disc revealed a different side of the rocker for the first time on a public instead conditioned to expect something outrageous. One of the King's shining moments, this is quite simply still one of the best holiday albums available. ~ Cub Koda
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Rock - Released May 5, 1994 | RCA Records Label

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Rock - Released November 30, 2018 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released July 27, 2017 | RCA - Legacy

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Rock - Released December 6, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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