Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:One of my favorite parts of a surprisingly great little book called "The Rough Guide to ELVIS" by Paul Simpson (Rough Guides/Penguin, 2002) is the section on pages 217- 225 about Elvis' diverse record collection. It says so much about the man and I'm surprised this subject doesn't come up more.
It lists 30 selected singles and ten albums and what a list it is, including the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Animals, Jim Croce, James Brown, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, the Clovers and more.
I could list the specifics but it's a fine book (even for us "experts") that deserves our support.
Gregory, I absolutely agree on the "Rough Guide" being a great book. Unfortunately it seems to be still pretty unknown among fans. Maybe the title is a little misguiding. One should probably say that it isn't for Elvis "beginner's". IMO you already have to be a little further into the Elvis world to be able to really appreciate it.
My favorite chapters - besides the one you mentioned - are the whole "Influences" section, "The Canon - 50 essential Elvis songs and the stories behind them" and of course "The Movies". It almost seems to me that for the first time ever an author has given them the appreciation they deserve. The in-depth reviews are great and the rating is absolutely fair and appropriate. Simpsons discovers many interesting little pop culture stories and significances.
If you don't have it, go and buy it - I promise you won't regret it. An interesting interview with Simpson can be found here: http://www.elvis.com.au/articles/interviews/interview_paulsimpson.htm
Uh, what was the subject?!