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The problem with compiling an essential best-of compilation covering the phenomenon that was (and is) Elvis Presley is the very man himself, who has passed from this mortal coil into the iconic pop culture stratosphere where even his own death is questioned and Elvis sightings are as frequent as fleas. Then there are the thousands of performers who daily dress up as Presley himself and sally forth into the world like perfectly gyrating replicas of either the early or later Elvis (body physics dictate that you can't be both). Elvis may have left the building, but not really. His image is everywhere, and his fans are legion and devout. So how does one pick his essential sides when "Do the Clam" is a classic in the Kingdom of Presley simply because Elvis did it? He recorded Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" in 1970. It was hardly the best version ever of "Polk Salad Annie" but it was Elvis' version of "Polk Salad Annie," which puts it in rarefied class of its own, and making it, like "Do the Clam," absolutely essential in some quarters. When you're larger than life, words like essential have to expand or be left wanting. The Essential Elvis Presley boils this imposing legacy down to two discs of 20 tracks each, and approaches the problem of what is truly essential by choosing to compile all of Elvis' significant charting hits, beginning with his 1954 cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" from Sam Phillips' Sun Records and continuing chronologically through Presley's long association with RCA Records through the year 1976. That means, while there's no version of "Do the Clam" ("Polk Salad Annie" is here, though), there are classic sides like 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Love Me Tender," 1957's "Jailhouse Rock," 1961's "Little Sister," and 1969's "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," and "Kentucky Rain." There are 17 number one hits and a whole lot more. Elvis fanatics are going to complain about what isn't here, of course. Elvis is the King, after all, and therefore by definition everything he recorded ought to be essential. And everything he recorded is indeed essential on some level. But these are the sides that broke through to the deepest level of the world pop culture that Elvis helped create. These are the songs that broke him and then sustained him on radio and television and at the movie theaters. Die-hard Elvis fans will undoubtedly already have everything collected here. This is a set instead for folks who want to have at least one Elvis anthology in their collections, and want the hits they remember and don't much care if those hits are from the early Elvis or the later Elvis or the dear departed Elvis. Just the hits, bartender, shaken not stirred. That means no version of "Do the Clam," singular as it is.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
That's All Right
Elvis Presley
00:01:57

Elvis Presley, Performer - Arthur Crudup, Composer - Arthur Crudup, Lyricist - Sam Phillips, Engineer - Sam Phillips, Producer

Originally released 1954. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Baby, Let's Play House Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:16

Elvis Presley, Performer - Arthur Gunter, Composer - Arthur Gunter, Lyricist - Sam Phillips, Engineer - Sam Phillips, Producer

Originally released 1955. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Mystery Train Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:26

Elvis Presley, Performer - Herman Parker, Jr., Composer - Herman Parker, Jr., Lyricist - Sam Phillips, Engineer - Sam Phillips, Producer - Scott Moore, Guitar - Bill Black, Bass - Sam C. Phillips, Composer - Sam C. Phillips, Lyricist - Johnny Bernero, Drums

Originally released 1955. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley
00:02:09

Elvis Presley, Performer - Axton, Composer - Axton, Lyricist - Gordon Stoker, Vocal - Ben Speer, Vocal - Durden, Composer - Durden, Lyricist - Brock Speer, Vocal - Presley, Composer - Presley, Lyricist - Bob Ferris, Engineer

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
I Was the One
Elvis Presley
00:02:33

Elvis Presley, Performer - Aaron Schroeder, Composer - Aaron Schroeder, Lyricist - Bob Ferris, Engineer - Claude DeMetrius, Composer - Claude DeMetrius, Lyricist - Hal Blair, Composer - Hal Blair, Lyricist - Wm Andrew Peppers, Composer - Wm Andrew Peppers, Lyricist

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Blue Suede Shoes Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:01

Elvis Presley, Performer - Carl Perkins, Composer - Carl Perkins, Lyricist

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Hound Dog Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:17

Elvis Presley, Performer - Jerry Leiber, Composer - Jerry Leiber, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer - Mike Stoller, Lyricist

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Don't Be Cruel
Elvis Presley
00:02:04

Elvis Presley, Composer - Elvis Presley, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, Performer - Otis Blackwell, Composer - Otis Blackwell, Lyricist - Ernie Ulrich, Engineer - The Jordanaires, Vocal

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley
00:02:43

Elvis Presley, Composer - Elvis Presley, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, Performer - Lionel Newman, Producer - Rad Robinson, Vocal - Bob Mayer, Engineer - Jon Dodson, Vocal - Vera Matson, Composer - Vera Matson, Lyricist - Charles Prescott, Vocal - Ken Runyon, Engineer - Ken Darby, Arranger

Originally released 1956. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
All Shook Up
Elvis Presley
00:01:58

Elvis Presley, Composer - Elvis Presley, Lyricist - Elvis Presley, Performer - Otis Blackwell, Composer - Otis Blackwell, Lyricist - Steve Sholes, Producer - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Thorne Nogar, Engineer

Originally released 1957. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
(There'll Be) Peace In the Valley (For Me)
Elvis Presley
00:03:22

Elvis Presley, Performer - Thomas A. Dorsey, Composer - Thomas A. Dorsey, Lyricist - The Jordanaires, Performer - Vic Anesini, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally released 1957. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
00:02:28

Elvis Presley, Performer - J. Leiber, Composer - J. Leiber, Lyricist - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Thorne Nogar, Engineer - M. Stoller, Composer - M. Stoller, Lyricist

(P) Originally released 1957. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Trouble Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:18

Elvis Presley, Performer - Jerry Leiber, Composer - Jerry Leiber, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer - Mike Stoller, Lyricist

Originally released 1958. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Fever Essential Elvis Version
Elvis Presley
00:03:34

Elvis Presley, Performer - John Davenport, Composer - John Davenport, Lyricist - Eddie Cooley, Composer - Eddie Cooley, Lyricist - Chet Atkins, Producer - Steve Sholes, A&R Director

(P) Originally Recorded 1960. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

15
It's Now or Never
Elvis Presley
00:03:16

Elvis Presley, Performer - Aaron Schroeder, Composer - Aaron Schroeder, Lyricist - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Wally Gold, Composer - Wally Gold, Lyricist - Bill Porter, Engineer - Steve Sholes, Producer - Chet Atkins, Producer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Jeff Juliano, Engineer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Reconsider Baby Elvis R&B Version
Elvis Presley
00:03:41

Elvis Presley, Performer - Lowell Fulsom, Composer - Lowell Fulsom, Lyricist - Steve Sholes, Producer - Bill Porter, Engineer - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Dick Baxter, Re-Mastering Engineer - Bill Lacey, Misc. Prod.

(P) Originally Recorded 1960. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

17
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:03:08

Elvis Presley, Performer - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Roy Turk, Composer - Roy Turk, Lyricist - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Lou Handman, Composer - Lou Handman, Lyricist - Bill Porter, Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Steve Sholes, Producer - Chet Atkins, Producer

Originally released 1960. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Little Sister Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:33

Elvis Presley, Performer - Doc Pomus, Composer - Doc Pomus, Lyricist - Mort Shuman, Composer - Mort Shuman, Lyricist

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

19
Follow That Dream Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:01:40

Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires, Performer - Fred Wise, Composer - Fred Wise, Lyricist - Ben Weisman, Composer - Ben Weisman, Lyricist

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

20
Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley
00:03:02

Elvis Presley, Performer - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Hugo Peretti, Composer - Hugo Peretti, Lyricist - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Luigi Creatore, Composer - Luigi Creatore, Lyricist - The Surfers, Vocal - George Weiss, Composer - George Weiss, Lyricist - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Thorne Nogar, Engineer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer

Originally released 1961. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Return to Sender
Elvis Presley
00:02:08

Elvis Presley, Performer - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - The Jordanaires, Performer - Otis Blackwell, Composer - Otis Blackwell, Lyricist - Winfield Scott, Composer - Winfield Scott, Lyricist - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Thorne Nogar, Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer

Originally released 1962. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
(You're The) Devil in Disguise
Elvis Presley
00:02:21

Elvis Presley, Performer - The Jordanaires, Vocal - Giant, Composer - Giant, Lyricist - Joe Babcock, Vocal - Millie Kirkham, Vocal - Baum, Composer - Baum, Lyricist - Bill Porter, Engineer - Kaye, Composer - Kaye, Lyricist - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Bossa Nova Baby Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:04

Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires, Performer - Jerry Leiber, Composer - Jerry Leiber, Lyricist - Mike Stoller, Composer - Mike Stoller, Lyricist

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Viva Las Vegas Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:26

Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires, Performer - Doc Pomus, Composer - Doc Pomus, Lyricist - Mort Shuman, Composer - Mort Shuman, Lyricist

Originally released 1963. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Big Boss Man Elvis R&B Version
Elvis Presley
00:02:53

Elvis Presley, Performer - A. Smith, Composer - A. Smith, Lyricist - The Jordanaires, Vocal - L. Dixon, Composer - L. Dixon, Lyricist

(P) Originally Recorded 1967. All Rights Reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

6
A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Presley
00:02:01

Elvis Presley, Performer - S. Davis, Composer - S. Davis, Lyricist - B. Strange, Composer - B. Strange, Lyricist - Bill Lacey, Re-Mastering Engineer - Paul Williams, Re-Mastering Supervisor - Dennis Ferrante, Engineer - Dick Baxter, Engineer

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
If I Can Dream Stereo Mix
Elvis Presley
00:03:11

Elvis Presley, Performer - Walter Earl Brown, Composer - Walter Earl Brown, Lyricist

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Memories Stereo Mix
Elvis Presley
00:03:06

Elvis Presley, Performer - Billy Strange, Composer - Billy Strange, Lyricist - Mac Davis, Composer - Mac Davis, Lyricist

Originally recorded 1968. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
In the Ghetto
Elvis Presley
00:02:48

Elvis Presley, Performer - Mac Davis, Composer - Mac Davis, Lyricist - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Chips Moman, Producer - Felton Jarvis, Producer - Al Pachucki, Engineer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Suspicious Minds Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:04:22

Elvis Presley, Performer - Mark James, Composer - Mark James, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Don't Cry Daddy Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:49

Elvis Presley, Performer - Scott Davis, Composer - Scott Davis, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Kentucky Rain Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:03:16

Elvis Presley, Performer - Eddie Rabbitt, Composer - Eddie Rabbitt, Lyricist - Dick Heard, Composer - Dick Heard, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Polk Salad Annie Elvis Live Version
Elvis Presley
00:04:51

Elvis Presley, Performer - Felton Jarvis, Producer - Tony Joe White, Composer - Tony Joe White, Lyricist - Al Pachucki, Engineer - Bergen White, Arranger

(P) Originally Recorded 1970. All Rights Reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

14
The Wonder of You
Elvis Presley
00:02:38

Elvis Presley, Performer - Baker Knight, Composer - Baker Knight, Lyricist - Felton Jarvis, Producer - Al Pachucki, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Re-Mixer

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
I Just Can't Help Believin' Remastered
Elvis Presley With The Sweet Inspirations & The Imperials Quartet
00:04:41

Elvis Presley with The Sweet Inspirations & The Imperials Quartet, Performer - Billy Mann, Composer - Billy Mann, Lyricist - Cynthia Weil, Composer - Cynthia Weil, Lyricist

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Burning Love
Elvis Presley
00:02:51

Elvis Presley, Performer - J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Vocal - Dennis Linde, Composer - Dennis Linde, Lyricist - David Bendeth, Mixing Engineer - Ray Bardani, Engineer - Ray Bardani, Mixing Engineer - Al Pachucki, Engineer - Rick Ruggieri, Engineer - Felton Jarvis, Producer - Claudius Mittendorfer, Assistant Engineer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1972 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Always on My Mind Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:03:39

Elvis Presley, Performer - Wayne Carson, Composer - Wayne Carson, Lyricist - Mark James, Composer - Mark James, Lyricist - Johnny Christopher, Composer - Johnny Christopher, Lyricist

(P) 1972 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Steamroller Blues Live
Elvis Presley
00:03:12

Elvis Presley, Performer - James Taylor, Composer - James Taylor, Lyricist

(P) 1973 BMG Music

19
Hurt Essential Elvis Version
Elvis Presley
00:02:08

Elvis Presley, Executive Producer - Elvis Presley, Performer - J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Background Vocal - A. Jacobs, Composer - A. Jacobs, Lyricist - Felton Jarvis, Co-Producer - Jerry Bradley, A&R Director - Jimmie Crane, Composer - Jimmie Crane, Lyricist - Kathy Westmoreland, Background Vocal - Al Pachucki, Engineer - Myrna Smith, Background Vocal - Brian Christian, Engineer - Roy Shockley, Engineer - Tom Pick, Engineer

(P) 1976 Sony Music Entertainment

20
Moody Blue Remastered
Elvis Presley
00:02:49

Elvis Presley, Performer - Mark James, Composer - Mark James, Lyricist

(P) 1976 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The problem with compiling an essential best-of compilation covering the phenomenon that was (and is) Elvis Presley is the very man himself, who has passed from this mortal coil into the iconic pop culture stratosphere where even his own death is questioned and Elvis sightings are as frequent as fleas. Then there are the thousands of performers who daily dress up as Presley himself and sally forth into the world like perfectly gyrating replicas of either the early or later Elvis (body physics dictate that you can't be both). Elvis may have left the building, but not really. His image is everywhere, and his fans are legion and devout. So how does one pick his essential sides when "Do the Clam" is a classic in the Kingdom of Presley simply because Elvis did it? He recorded Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" in 1970. It was hardly the best version ever of "Polk Salad Annie" but it was Elvis' version of "Polk Salad Annie," which puts it in rarefied class of its own, and making it, like "Do the Clam," absolutely essential in some quarters. When you're larger than life, words like essential have to expand or be left wanting. The Essential Elvis Presley boils this imposing legacy down to two discs of 20 tracks each, and approaches the problem of what is truly essential by choosing to compile all of Elvis' significant charting hits, beginning with his 1954 cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" from Sam Phillips' Sun Records and continuing chronologically through Presley's long association with RCA Records through the year 1976. That means, while there's no version of "Do the Clam" ("Polk Salad Annie" is here, though), there are classic sides like 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Love Me Tender," 1957's "Jailhouse Rock," 1961's "Little Sister," and 1969's "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," and "Kentucky Rain." There are 17 number one hits and a whole lot more. Elvis fanatics are going to complain about what isn't here, of course. Elvis is the King, after all, and therefore by definition everything he recorded ought to be essential. And everything he recorded is indeed essential on some level. But these are the sides that broke through to the deepest level of the world pop culture that Elvis helped create. These are the songs that broke him and then sustained him on radio and television and at the movie theaters. Die-hard Elvis fans will undoubtedly already have everything collected here. This is a set instead for folks who want to have at least one Elvis anthology in their collections, and want the hits they remember and don't much care if those hits are from the early Elvis or the later Elvis or the dear departed Elvis. Just the hits, bartender, shaken not stirred. That means no version of "Do the Clam," singular as it is.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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