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Great Country Songs
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Elvis was perceived as a country music newcomer in 1954, albeit an unorthodox one. And in later years, regardless of how much pop fluff or insipid movie fare he recorded, country remained a vital touchstone. This generousl... more »
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Elvis was perceived as a country music newcomer in 1954, albeit an unorthodox one. And in later years, regardless of how much pop fluff or insipid movie fare he recorded, country remained a vital touchstone. This generously programmed collection (including five previously unissued alternate takes) serves as a powerful reminder. It begins with the Sun recordings of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and samples Elvis's rocking, early RCA versions of beloved country tunes "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" and his childhood favorite "Old Shep." Elvis drew from all over the spectrum, covering Eddy Arnold's 1947 hit "I'll Hold You in My Heart" along with the later "Green, Green Grass of Home," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and "He'll Have to Go." A newer country cover, of Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man," returned him to the hard-rocking style that many feared he'd abandoned. By drawing across the board, this set offers a vital look at this often-underappreciated side of Presley. --Rich Kienzle
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Ruth H. (TxLadyRAH) from LEANDER, TX
Reviewed on 9/22/2006...
This CD is a pleasure to listen to. He was such a sweet young man - which comes through on this CD. He is sorely missed.
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Chris S. (Snowball7470) from CORP CHRISTI, TX
Reviewed on 8/9/2006...
24 country songs by Elvis!
My, it's been a long, long time.
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 01/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Obviously, this is a collection of country songs recorded by Elvis Presley. Elvis had a great affinity for country music, having grown up in Memphis. These 24 songs are fine examples of Elvis' love for country music. The main attractions here, from a serious Elvis fan's standpoint, are the previously unreleased alternate takes of five songs. This album also marked the first appearance on CD of the 1980 remix of "Guitar Man". The story behind the remix is: producer Felton Jarvis erased the backing track to the song, and gave it a new backing track to make it sound like an '80s country song, which ironically makes it sound more dated than the original version. Anyway, this is a solid collection of songs that Elvis fans will enjoy."
His best single CD country collection!
A Fan | VA | 09/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Elvis' best single CD collection of country tunes. It covers the entire span of his career, from his early days at Sun right on through the 70's. This collection includes several alternate versions of songs not available anywhere else, including the 1981 remix version of "Guitar Man" which was a top 30 hit in the US and went all the way to number 1 on the country music chart!
Highly recommended if you like country music."