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Elvis Golden Records
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Elvis Golden Records
Genres: Pop, Rock
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There are several books that supposedly introduce the uninitiated to the King--including Elvis for Beginners and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elvis--and this 1958 compilation (his first) is an aural equivalent, spotlighti...  more »


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All Artists: Elvis Presley
Title: Elvis Golden Records
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Bmg / Elvis
Original Release Date: 1/1/1958
Re-Release Date: 7/15/1997
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078636746227, 078636746241

There are several books that supposedly introduce the uninitiated to the King--including Elvis for Beginners and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elvis--and this 1958 compilation (his first) is an aural equivalent, spotlighting the initial post-Sun '56 and '57 hit singles that originally transformed the King into...well, the King! If you're not yet ready to invest in the King of Rock 'n' Roll box set, this makes for an excellent alternative. After all, it's awfully hard to go wrong with tracks like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Jailhouse Rock"--although they're now so overly familiar to most of us that they might as well be the national anthem. Nevertheless, rock & roll as we know it--and the very concept of "rock star"--essentially began here. --Bill Holdship

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Elvis' Golden Records
Mike Kurosky | Ft. Worth, Texas USA | 12/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was the beginning of what was to become the largest collection of Gold Records in history. Garth Brooks may have out sold Elvis in the United States but Elvis Presley is the biggest record seller Internationally. In 1957 when this album was first released RCA had just begun what I call their Reign Of Terror. Never before has an artist been so mishandled by a record company. Elvis had enough gold records to warrant a double album but RCA chose to cut some of the songs and do a single album, and so they did from then on. Elvis' Golden Records Volume 1 through 5 were all treated this way. Now some 40 years later RCA has gone back and reissued all five albums digitally remastered on compact disk and have included all the tracks that should have been on the original albums to begin with. This particular album has six additional tracks that were not on the original album. What is interesting to note is some of these orignal exclusions were songs originally recorded at the Memphis based Sun Studios an independent studio ran by Sam C. Phillips who was the first person to record Elvis Presley. It's amazing to think that this independent label produced three gold hits That's All Right, Baby Let's Play House and Mystery Train this early on in Rock History. Theres not a bad song on this album. They are all repackaged very nicely. All the discs are redone to look like original Elvis 45 gold records. My suggestion: Purchase the whole lot. Vol.1-5. You will not be disappointed."
The holy grail of rock and roll!
Bob Martinez | Brooksville, FL USA | 07/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there is only one Elvis disc to own, this has to be the one. Yes, I know that his Sun recordings prior to this was the early beginnings of rock and the development of a rock icon, but this captures Elvis in his rebellious prime. Elvis historians feel that after he came back from the army in 1960 he had lost his cutting edge on rock. These recordings are from the height of Elvis hysteria (1956-57) and capture some of his most historic recordings: Jailhouse Rock, Don't Be Cruel,Hound Dog, Teddy Bear, All Shook Up, Heartbrak Hotel etc. There are three Sun recordings on this set too from 1954-55 that are essential as well. The best thing though is the sound. I've never heard these recordings sound as good, even better than the boxed set. Loving You always sounded muffled before, now it is open and clear. This is Elvis the rocker, and ballad singer. Elvis the rebel on the cutting edge, before he entered the army in 1958 and became a pop singer, not the rock singer who turned the music world upside down. Without a doubt, these are some of the most important recordings of the 20th Century, whether you like him or not. A MUST!"
Let's rock again!
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 10/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a reissue of Elvis Presley's first "greatest hits" album, with six bonus tracks added. Everyone knows these songs. You want them, you need them, you love them. Seriously, this is a great compilation of Elvis' early years (1954 to 1957). You can't go wrong with this one."