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Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:24 pm

Good Time Charlie wrote:
TONY wrote:"You don't have to say you love me" is NOT essential. Even though it's Ernst's favourite Elvis song and it appears on EVERY love songs and hits compilation, it is a poor second best to Dusty Springfield's version. I have lost count of how many CD's this inferior performance appears on.


Are you for real? It beats the original by Dusty hands down. And I'm not just some Elvis fan-boy saying that. The fact it was his best selling studio track recorded in the 1970/1971 period speaks for itself.



You HAVE to be kidding. The Dusty recording is one of the greatest pop records ever released. Anyone thinking Elvis's rushed rendition is better than that is a fanboy whether they realise it or not.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:26 pm

midnightx wrote:The Doc's two disc "essential" track-listing is still probably the best one I have seen. Would have loved to have seen it issued by Sony as a mainstream compilation.....

AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME ONE
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. My Happiness 8.53 / take-home demo, SUN Studios, Memphis
02. That's All Right 7.54 / first single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
03. Blue Moon of Kentucky 7.54 / first single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
04. Good Rockin' Tonight 9.54 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
05. Baby, Let's Play House 2.55 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
06. Mystery Train 7.55 / single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
07. I Got A Woman 1.56 / first album, RCA Studios, Nashville
08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, Nashville
09. Hound Dog 7.56 / single B-side, RCA Studios, New York
10. Don't Be Cruel 7.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, New York
11. Love Me Tender 8.56 / single A-side, 20th Century Fox, Hollywood
12. Love Me 9.56 / second album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
13. All Shook Up 1.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
14. I Beg Of You 1.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
15. Is It So Strange 1.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
16. One Night 2.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
17. Loving You 2.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
18. When It Rains, It Really Pours 2.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
19. Jailhouse Rock 4.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
20. Young and Beautiful 4.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
21. Blue Christmas 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
22. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
23. Don't 9.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
24. Crawfish 1.58 / "King Creole" album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
25. King Creole 1.58 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
26. A Big Hunk O' Love 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, unedited, RCA Studio B, Nashville
27. Ain't That Loving You, Baby 6.58 / unissued, RCA Studio B, Nashville
28. I Got Stung 6.58 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
29. A Fool Such As I 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
30. Fame and Fortune 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
31. A Mess Of Blues 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
32. It Feels So Right 3.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville


AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME TWO
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. Such A Night 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
02. Reconsider Baby 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
03. Surrender 10.60 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
04. Crying In The Chapel 10.60 / 1965 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
05. Can't Help Falling In Love 3.61 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
06. His Latest Flame 6.61 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
07. Little Sister 6.61 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
08. Suspicion 3.62 / "Pot Luck" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
09. Return To Sender 3.62 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
10. Memphis, Tennessee 1.64 / 1965 "Elvis For Everyone" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
11. If I Loved You 66-67 / unissued home demo, Los Angeles
12. Trouble/Guitar Man 6.68 / "TV Special" album, Western Recorders, Los Angeles
13. Tiger Man 6.68 / album track, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
14. If I Can Dream 6.68 / unissued TV version, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
15. In The Ghetto 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
16. Suspicious Minds 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
17. Kentucky Rain 2.69 / 1970 single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
18. I Got A Woman 8.69 / unissued, International Hotel, Las Vegas
19. Polk Salad Annie 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
20. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
21. It's Your Baby, You Rock It 6.70 / "Elvis Country" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
22. Merry Christmas Baby 5.71 / unedited single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
23. Burning Love 3.72 / single A-side, RCA Studio C, Los Angeles
24. I've Got A Thing About You Baby 7.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis
25. Promised Land 12.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis

Elvis - At Your Request
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38553


That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:31 pm

Frankie Teardrop wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:
TONY wrote:"You don't have to say you love me" is NOT essential. Even though it's Ernst's favourite Elvis song and it appears on EVERY love songs and hits compilation, it is a poor second best to Dusty Springfield's version. I have lost count of how many CD's this inferior performance appears on.


Are you for real? It beats the original by Dusty hands down. And I'm not just some Elvis fan-boy saying that. The fact it was his best selling studio track recorded in the 1970/1971 period speaks for itself.



You HAVE to be kidding. The Dusty recording is one of the greatest pop records ever released. Anyone thinking Elvis's rushed rendition is better than that is a fanboy whether they realise it or not.


Don't tell me what I am. I'm not even a fan of the song, not particularly Elvis' version, but it still beats Dusty's - I don't care which was the original or the more famous or the bigger hit - Elvis delivered a better version. Even Ernst Jorgensen/Peter Guralnick agree. Dusty delivers an impeccable vocal, I just can't stand the arrangement.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:21 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

Alternate? It highlights the greatness of Elvis Presley....something lacking from many compilations. There is nothing on that track-listing lacking essential qualities.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:24 am

midnightx wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

Alternate? It highlights the greatness of Elvis Presley....something lacking from many compilations. There is nothing on that track-listing lacking essential qualities.


It lacks key essential cuts, 3 of his biggest Number 1s of all time. The kind of fan who will purchase a 2-CD set entitled "The Essential Elvis" - would expect all of those 4 tracks to appear or they would be dissapointed.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:28 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:
midnightx wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

Alternate? It highlights the greatness of Elvis Presley....something lacking from many compilations. There is nothing on that track-listing lacking essential qualities.


It lacks key essential cuts, 3 of his biggest Number 1s of all time. The kind of fan who will purchase a 2-CD set entitled "The Essential Elvis" - would expect all of those 4 tracks to appear or they would be dissapointed.

Wooden Heart was a number one as well, but few would ever assert it is an essential track. A two-disc package loaded with dynamic performances and presented in an intriguing way, would certainly leave few disappointed. Most compilations will omit a key track or two, it is common, but few two-disc packages are put together with much thought and creativity. The above track-listing by the Doc would be a breath of fresh air for a mainstream compilation.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:36 am

midnightx wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:
midnightx wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

Alternate? It highlights the greatness of Elvis Presley....something lacking from many compilations. There is nothing on that track-listing lacking essential qualities.


It lacks key essential cuts, 3 of his biggest Number 1s of all time. The kind of fan who will purchase a 2-CD set entitled "The Essential Elvis" - would expect all of those 4 tracks to appear or they would be dissapointed.

Wooden Heart was a number one as well, but few would ever assert it is an essential track. A two-disc package loaded with dynamic performances and presented in an intriguing way, would certainly leave few disappointed. Most compilations will omit a key track or two, it is common, but few two-disc packages are put together with much thought and creativity. The above track-listing by the Doc would be a breath of fresh air for a mainstream compilation.


Well you stick with two versions of "I Got a Woman" - both inferior to the Ray Charles original. I will stick with "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:52 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:Well you stick with two versions of "I Got a Woman" - both inferior to the Ray Charles original. I will stick with "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".


I agree. Not only 2 versions of one song is weird, putting on a so-called Essential album, the one from 1969 is also over-rushed performed. And, it's each of their own personal opinion. So, not definite.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:54 am

nevermind wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:Well you stick with two versions of "I Got a Woman" - both inferior to the Ray Charles original. I will stick with "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".


I agree. Not only 2 versions of one song is weird, putting on a so-called Essential album, the one from 1969 is also over-rushed performed. And, it's each of their own personal opinion. So, not definite.


They are favourites of mine, and I love the 1969 versions don't get me wrong - they just aren't as essential as the two tracks mentioned. Not by a long shot.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:00 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:
nevermind wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:Well you stick with two versions of "I Got a Woman" - both inferior to the Ray Charles original. I will stick with "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".


I agree. Not only 2 versions of one song is weird, putting on a so-called Essential album, the one from 1969 is also over-rushed performed. And, it's each of their own personal opinion. So, not definite.


They are favourites of mine, and I love the 1969 versions don't get me wrong - they just aren't as essential as the two tracks mentioned. Not by a long shot.


Really, especially James Burton's guitar-playing on What'd I Say during August 23, 1969 MS, is awesome. But what you said, certainly not essential.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:03 am

nevermind wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:Well you stick with two versions of "I Got a Woman" - both inferior to the Ray Charles original. I will stick with "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?".


I agree. Not only 2 versions of one song is weird, putting on a so-called Essential album, the one from 1969 is also over-rushed performed. And, it's each of their own personal opinion. So, not definite.

Perhaps you should visit the original thread with the link I posted above to see the reasoning behind such a choice. Again, there are a few selections I would tweak, but overall, the Doc's list would be a very nice mainstream, essential compilation to represent Elvis' genius.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:31 am

I remember when the Doc posted this esssential list,yep he's got it spot on and he had but I bet he
would replace I Got a Woman (vegas) with................................The Titles Will Tell.

Am i right Doc :smt002

norrie

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:32 am

My Happiness sure isn't essential. We only heard it after the whole Elvis story was history. It hints at some potential on Elvis' part but is only compelling to completists like us. Kudos and much gratitude to Marion Keisker and Sam Phillips for hearing that much potential in this recording.

Steve Lecher

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:52 am

stevelecher wrote:My Happiness sure isn't essential. We only heard it after the whole Elvis story was history. It hints at some potential on Elvis' part but is only compelling to completists like us. Kudos and much gratitude to Marion Keisker and Sam Phillips for hearing that much potential in this recording.

Steve Lecher


Hey Steve, if Elvis didn't have the guts to walk in the SUN studio and record My Happiness, perhaps we all never talked about our hero these days....so in that way this track is essential. It started it all. :wink:

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:37 am

Now or Never and Are youLonesome would have to be on an `essential' Elvis CD, but I'd be happy to do without You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:13 pm

TCB-FAN wrote:
rickeap wrote:Nah...you need more CDs.
The reviewer was a dick.


+10

+11

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:45 pm

Please; NO "Love me tender" and NO "Wooden heart" on an 'essential' package. Sure, they were HITS, but so was "Bachelor boy" by Cliff Richard" but by no means one of his BEST recordings.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:19 pm

Love Me Tender is one of his essential tracks.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:11 pm

Frankie Teardrop wrote:Love Me Tender is one of his essential tracks.



It's flat, boring and too plain. I like the 68 special version. Much more to it.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:20 pm

Frankie Teardrop wrote:Love Me Tender is one of his essential tracks.

Indeed. Unlike "Wooden Heart" it is a signature hit associated with his name - like "Hound Dog" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight".

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:04 pm

Good Time Charlie
I don´t think that monster hits, like IT´S NOW OR NEVER for example, demonstrates Elvis´ genius. On the other hand, Elvis´approach on I GOT A WOMAN (both in 56 and 69) shows the Artist within. It might be inferior to Ray Charles´ original (I would actually call it "different"), but the groundbreaking artist shines all through it.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:22 pm

midnightx wrote:The Doc's two disc "essential" track-listing is still probably the best one I have seen. Would have loved to have seen it issued by Sony as a mainstream compilation.....

AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME ONE
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. My Happiness 8.53 / take-home demo, SUN Studios, Memphis
02. That's All Right 7.54 / first single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
03. Blue Moon of Kentucky 7.54 / first single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
04. Good Rockin' Tonight 9.54 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
05. Baby, Let's Play House 2.55 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
06. Mystery Train 7.55 / single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
07. I Got A Woman 1.56 / first album, RCA Studios, Nashville
08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, Nashville
09. Hound Dog 7.56 / single B-side, RCA Studios, New York
10. Don't Be Cruel 7.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, New York
11. Love Me Tender 8.56 / single A-side, 20th Century Fox, Hollywood
12. Love Me 9.56 / second album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
13. All Shook Up 1.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
14. I Beg Of You 1.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
15. Is It So Strange 1.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
16. One Night 2.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
17. Loving You 2.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
18. When It Rains, It Really Pours 2.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
19. Jailhouse Rock 4.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
20. Young and Beautiful 4.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
21. Blue Christmas 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
22. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
23. Don't 9.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
24. Crawfish 1.58 / "King Creole" album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
25. King Creole 1.58 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
26. A Big Hunk O' Love 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, unedited, RCA Studio B, Nashville
27. Ain't That Loving You, Baby 6.58 / unissued, RCA Studio B, Nashville
28. I Got Stung 6.58 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
29. A Fool Such As I 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
30. Fame and Fortune 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
31. A Mess Of Blues 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
32. It Feels So Right 3.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville


AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME TWO
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. Such A Night 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
02. Reconsider Baby 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
03. Surrender 10.60 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
04. Crying In The Chapel 10.60 / 1965 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
05. Can't Help Falling In Love 3.61 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
06. His Latest Flame 6.61 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
07. Little Sister 6.61 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
08. Suspicion 3.62 / "Pot Luck" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
09. Return To Sender 3.62 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
10. Memphis, Tennessee 1.64 / 1965 "Elvis For Everyone" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
11. If I Loved You 66-67 / unissued home demo, Los Angeles
12. Trouble/Guitar Man 6.68 / "TV Special" album, Western Recorders, Los Angeles
13. Tiger Man 6.68 / album track, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
14. If I Can Dream 6.68 / unissued TV version, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
15. In The Ghetto 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
16. Suspicious Minds 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
17. Kentucky Rain 2.69 / 1970 single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
18. I Got A Woman 8.69 / unissued, International Hotel, Las Vegas
19. Polk Salad Annie 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
20. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
21. It's Your Baby, You Rock It 6.70 / "Elvis Country" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
22. Merry Christmas Baby 5.71 / unedited single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
23. Burning Love 3.72 / single A-side, RCA Studio C, Los Angeles
24. I've Got A Thing About You Baby 7.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis
25. Promised Land 12.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis

Elvis - At Your Request
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38553

Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

If the point and purpose is TWO CDs, and the topic title is a clue, then your comments are baseless.

Not one of those Apr 1960, Jul 1963 or Feb 1970 suggestions you make is better than those I selected. Believe me, I went through Elvis' catalog many, many times before I came up with my final track list.

The inclusion of "I Got A Woman" (1956) should be self-evident: a complete remake of the 1954 R&B classic by Ray Charles, heavily influential, and a lifelong Presley stage favorite from 1955 to 1977.

The live return in 1969 had to be represented. This unissued "I Got A Woman" (Aug 22 MS) is the best rendition from that stand, and shows how much Elvis had changed from the 21 year-old at his debut RCA session. It is also emblematic of how Presley focused on his seminal recordings during that 1969 season, but with a dollop of intensity that would not be equaled in the 1970s.

As for home demos, there is only room for one. "If I Loved You" from 1966 cannot be topped by any other known home recording, and it is a perfect representative of what Elvis really wanted to do with his music in the mid-sixties.

As you can see, my list is not in any way cavalier.

It is an essential distillation on two CDs.

[Of course, if I could do it over I might add ONE thing. Can anyone name what that could be?]
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Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:34 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
midnightx wrote:The Doc's two disc "essential" track-listing is still probably the best one I have seen. Would have loved to have seen it issued by Sony as a mainstream compilation.....

AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME ONE
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. My Happiness 8.53 / take-home demo, SUN Studios, Memphis
02. That's All Right 7.54 / first single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
03. Blue Moon of Kentucky 7.54 / first single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
04. Good Rockin' Tonight 9.54 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
05. Baby, Let's Play House 2.55 / single A-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
06. Mystery Train 7.55 / single B-side, SUN Studios, Memphis
07. I Got A Woman 1.56 / first album, RCA Studios, Nashville
08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, Nashville
09. Hound Dog 7.56 / single B-side, RCA Studios, New York
10. Don't Be Cruel 7.56 / single A-side, RCA Studios, New York
11. Love Me Tender 8.56 / single A-side, 20th Century Fox, Hollywood
12. Love Me 9.56 / second album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
13. All Shook Up 1.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
14. I Beg Of You 1.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
15. Is It So Strange 1.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
16. One Night 2.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
17. Loving You 2.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
18. When It Rains, It Really Pours 2.57 / unissued, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
19. Jailhouse Rock 4.57 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
20. Young and Beautiful 4.57 / extended play, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
21. Blue Christmas 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
22. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 9.57 / Christmas album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
23. Don't 9.57 / 1958 single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
24. Crawfish 1.58 / "King Creole" album, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
25. King Creole 1.58 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
26. A Big Hunk O' Love 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, unedited, RCA Studio B, Nashville
27. Ain't That Loving You, Baby 6.58 / unissued, RCA Studio B, Nashville
28. I Got Stung 6.58 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
29. A Fool Such As I 6.58 / 1959 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
30. Fame and Fortune 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
31. A Mess Of Blues 3.60 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
32. It Feels So Right 3.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville


AT YOUR REQUEST, VOLUME TWO
Musical highlights from Elvis Presley, in best-ever quality.

01. Such A Night 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
02. Reconsider Baby 4.60 / "Elvis Is Back!" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
03. Surrender 10.60 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
04. Crying In The Chapel 10.60 / 1965 single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
05. Can't Help Falling In Love 3.61 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
06. His Latest Flame 6.61 / single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
07. Little Sister 6.61 / single B-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
08. Suspicion 3.62 / "Pot Luck" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
09. Return To Sender 3.62 / single A-side, Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
10. Memphis, Tennessee 1.64 / 1965 "Elvis For Everyone" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
11. If I Loved You 66-67 / unissued home demo, Los Angeles
12. Trouble/Guitar Man 6.68 / "TV Special" album, Western Recorders, Los Angeles
13. Tiger Man 6.68 / album track, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
14. If I Can Dream 6.68 / unissued TV version, NBC-TV Studios, Burbank
15. In The Ghetto 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
16. Suspicious Minds 1.69 / single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
17. Kentucky Rain 2.69 / 1970 single A-side, American Sound, Memphis
18. I Got A Woman 8.69 / unissued, International Hotel, Las Vegas
19. Polk Salad Annie 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
20. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2.70 / "On Stage" album, International Hotel, Las Vegas
21. It's Your Baby, You Rock It 6.70 / "Elvis Country" album, RCA Studio B, Nashville
22. Merry Christmas Baby 5.71 / unedited single A-side, RCA Studio B, Nashville
23. Burning Love 3.72 / single A-side, RCA Studio C, Los Angeles
24. I've Got A Thing About You Baby 7.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis
25. Promised Land 12.73 / 1974 single A-side, Stax Studios, Memphis

Elvis - At Your Request
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38553

Good Time Charlie wrote:That's a good alternate packaging for Elvis Presley songs. But it is by no means an Essential package. Any Essential package should include the Elvis essentials - excluding tracks like "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Viva Las Vegas" and "The Wonder of You" can't make it essential. And why Two versions of "I Got a Woman" when such important material is left out? Apart from that it is a very nice set.

If the point and purpose is TWO CDs, and the topic title is a clue, then your comments are baseless.

Not one of those Apr 1960, Jul 1963 or Feb 1970 suggestions you make is better than those I selected. Believe me, I went through Elvis' catalog many, many times before I came up with my final track list.

The inclusion of "I Got A Woman" (1956) should be self-evident: a complete remake of the 1954 R&B classic by Ray Charles, heavily influential, and a lifelong Presley stage favorite from 1955 to 1977.

The live return in 1969 had to be represented. This unissued "I Got A Woman" (Aug 22 MS) is the best rendition from that stand, and shows how much Elvis had changed from the 21 year-old at his debut RCA session. It is also emblematic of how Presley focused on his seminal recordings during that 1969 season, but with a dollop of intensity that would not be equaled in the 1970s.

As for home demos, there is only room for one. "If I Loved You" from 1966 cannot be topped by any other known home recording, and it is a perfect representative of what Elvis really wanted to do with his music in the mid-sixties.

As you can see, my list is not in any way cavalier.

It is an essential distillation on two CDs.

[Of course, if I could do it over I might add ONE thing. Can anyone name what that could be?]


I'm not knocking the set or said it is un anyway cavalier. I know full well what a daunting task it is to create such a compilation as I make them regularly myself either for friends or my own use. Yours is a great 2 CD set showcasing Elvis. But I wouldn't say it fits the title of "The Essential Elvis". Perhaps I didn't fully explain myself. Your set works perfectly as a fantastic overview of Presley's career - but I will stand by my point that for a release entitled "The Essential Elvis", then I would simply present the essentials. In fact, I probably enjoy some of your cuts personally more than the ones I chose in some cases, but it doesn't make them more essential.

And I will challenge your comment "Not one of those Apr 1960, Jul 1963 or Feb 1970 suggestions you make is better than those I selected". Those 4 tracks I selected are absolute key moments of genius in Elvis' career and signature tunes.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:13 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:And I will challenge your comment "Not one of those Apr 1960, Jul 1963 or Feb 1970 suggestions you make is better than those I selected". Those 4 tracks I selected are absolute key moments of genius in Elvis' career and signature tunes.

You know, it is easy to confuse the idea of a comprehensive career overview with that of an essential collection. Your selections do not overtake anything already on the Doc's list.

Re: THE ESSENTIAL ELVIS - DOES IT FIT ON 2 CDS ??

Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:27 am

midnightx wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:And I will challenge your comment "Not one of those Apr 1960, Jul 1963 or Feb 1970 suggestions you make is better than those I selected". Those 4 tracks I selected are absolute key moments of genius in Elvis' career and signature tunes.

You know, it is easy to confuse the idea of a comprehensive career overview with that of an essential collection. Your selections do not overtake anything already on the Doc's list.


So you wouldn't call, for example, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" essential? It is one of the greatest recordings of his career, period.