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Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II
Elvis Presley
Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (31) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (31) - Disc #2

In the '60s Elvis made 27 movies, many interchangeable, but each had a built-in excuse for him to release a soundtrack. Individually they fail to advance the legend, but when the best of each is collected in one place, as ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Elvis Presley
Title: Command Performances: The Essential 60's Masters II
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg / Elvis
Original Release Date: 7/18/1995
Release Date: 7/18/1995
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 078636660127, 078636660141

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In the '60s Elvis made 27 movies, many interchangeable, but each had a built-in excuse for him to release a soundtrack. Individually they fail to advance the legend, but when the best of each is collected in one place, as here, the results are very rewarding. This two-CD set has 62 tracks, which makes it, for lack of a better word, essential. Much of it sounds fairly na(ve now, but that's only part of the inherent charm. The personality that Presley infuses into each track is incredible, and gives the listener an idea of why he earned the nickname "The King." --Scott Wilson

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Best of the sixties movie songs
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 12/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movie songs that Elvis recorded varied in quality, but there were so many of them that even this 62 track collection leaves out a few that are worth hearing. Each of his sixties movies is represented by at least one song, but the ones with the best soundtracks are represented by several songs.Among the classics here are Wooden heart, Wild in the country, Blue Hawaii, Rock-a-hula baby, Can't help falling in love, Girls! girls! girls! and Return to sender - all from the early sixties. After that, there are still many fine, but less well-known songs. My favorites from the second CD include Puppet on a string (not the song that Sandie Shaw won Eurovision with, but a very different song) and Frankie and Johnny (a song which exists in many variations).There is another song here that I didn't particularly notice until a remix of it gained Elvis another international smash hit - A little less conversation - here in it's original form.While this is not the place to begin an Elvis collection with (unless you're a movie fan), it is the best collection you're ever likely to find of his movie songs, containing all the essentials and the best of the rest."
If you have the 60's Box Set, you need this too
A Fan | VA | 09/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you have the "From Nashville To Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters" Box Set, you need to go ahead and purchase this 2 CD set to round out your collection. The "From Nashville To Memphis" box set did not include any of the songs from his 1960's movies. This collection was issued to complement that one by providing an excellent overview of his 1960's movies recordings. While it is no secret that Elvis was not always provided with the best material for his movie soundtracks, he always performed even the lamest songs very well. This collection contains the classics "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Return To Sender", several other hits (Flaming Star, Wild In The Country, Lonely Man, King Of The Whole Wide World, Bossa Nova Baby, One Broken Heart For Sale, Viva Las Vegas, What'd I Say, Puppet On A String, and Clean Up Your Own Back Yard), songs that should have been hits (G.I. Blues, Shoppin' Around, Doin' The Best I Can, Blue Hawaii, and Change Of Habit), and of course several songs that helped create a negative stereotype of Elvis that probably made him wince when he sang them (no need to mention them - you know which ones they are). This collection also has an alternate take of "Follow That Dream" not available on any other CD. If you are a hardcore Elvis fan or really like his movies, you should have this 2CD set. If you are a casual fan, you should probably save yourself a few dollars by purchasing the single CD "Elvis Movies" collection."
The Best (and Some of the Worst) of Elvis in Hollywood
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 07/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Admittedly, "Command Performances" is not among the finest Elvis compilations, but there are many undeniable gems. Any collection that has classics such as "Viva Las Vegas," "Follow That Dream," "King of the Whole Wide World," "Return to Sender" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" is worthwhile. However, what makes this 2-CD set fascinating are the lesser-known, yet stellar performances of "Little Egypt," "Please Don't Stop Loving Me," "I'll Be Back," "Let Yourself Go," "Long Legged Girl" and "A Little Less Conversation." Not all of Elvis' movie songs were on the level of "Do the Clam" or "Poison Ivy League" - which, regrettably, also can be found in this collection. Perhaps "Command Performances" would have been stronger if it focused on the absolute best of Presley's soundtrack work in the 1960s. Nevertheless, this remains an enjoyable time capsule."