Elvis 75 (CD)

by Elvis Presley

Running chronologically, the first track is My Happiness, a mother’s gift demo that legendarily caused Elvis to catch the ear of Sun Records’ Sam Phillips. A Little Less Conversation, the JXL re-mix/soup-up that gave Elvis a new millennium number one, is the inevitable closer. Inevitably, there will be quibbles about the inclusions – singles and album tracks – sandwiched between those cuts, starting with the fact that Sony have not included the other mother’s gift rendition, That's When Your Heartaches Begin. However, the impossibility of pleasing everybody is demonstrated by the fact that while this compilation contains a healthy 100 songs, Presley had a dozen more US top 40 hits than that number in his lifetime. Whatever Presley’s artistic peaks and valleys, we are reminded herein that no sub-standard recording was ever employed as an Elvis 45: impeccably performed high-class cheese like Return to Sender and the inchoate but passionate patriotism of An American Trilogy are singles remembered barely less fondly than the slinky Heartbreak Hotel or the barnstorming Hound Dog. However, this set demonstrates that impressionistic memory misinforms us that Presley’s non-singles output was exclusively a story of precipitous decline, with album track gems from all periods, ranging from the sultry Reconsider Baby to the rootsily uptempo I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water. It confirms also that though he latterly opted for lazy cover versions, a bluesy strain is evident through all sections of Presley’s career, as are high production values.


My Happiness
That's All Right
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Good Rockin' Tonight
Baby, Let's Play House
Mystery Train
I Forgot to Remember to Forget
I Got a Woman
Heartbreak Hotel
I Was the One
Blue Suede Shoes
My Baby Left Me
One-Sided Love Affair
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Hound Dog
Don't Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
Love Me
Too Much
All Shook Up
Mean Woman Blues
(There'll Be) Peace In the Valley (For Me)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
One Night
Jailhouse Rock
Treat Me Nice
Blue Christmas

Hard Headed Woman
King Creole
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
I Need Your Love Tonight
A Big Hunk O' Love
(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
Stuck on You
A Mess of Blues
It's Now or Never
Thrill of Your Love
Such a Night
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Reconsider Baby
Doin' the Best I Can
Pocketful of Rainbows
Crying In the Chapel
I Feel so Bad
There's Always Me
Can't Help Falling in Love
(Marie's the Name Of) His Latest Flame
Little Sister
Good Luck Charm
She's Not You
Return to Sender

Bossa Nova Baby
(You're The) Devil In Disguise
(It's A) Long Lonely Highway
I Need Somebody to Lean On
Viva Las Vegas
It Hurts Me
This Is My Heaven
Adam and Evil
How Great Thou Art
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Guitar Man
Big Boss Man
Too Much Monkey Business
U.S. Male
If I Can Dream
Don't Cry Daddy
In the Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
Stranger In My Own Home Town
Kentucky Rain
Only the Strong Survive

Polk Salad Annie
The Fool
Funny How Time Slips Away
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
I Just Can't Help Believin'
I'm Leavin'
An American Trilogy
Burning Love
Always On My Mind
Steamroller Blues
Loving Arms
Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
Promised Land
For the Heart
Way Down
Unchained Melody
A Little Less Conversation