Since RCA/Legacy never seems to miss an opportunity to issue new Elvis compilations the release of the single disc collection simply titled Elvis 75 hardly comes as a surprise. This release is timed to coincide with what would have been the King's 75th birthday on January 8th. I must say that the folks at RCA have outdone themselves on this one. Here is a 25 track disc that covers the entire gamut of Elvis Presley's fabulous career. This is a disc that is perfect for both the casual Elvis fan and for younger people interested in sampling the extensive body of work that was left to us by the King of rock and roll. And the price is right to boot!
Elvis 75 opens with a pair Elvis' earliest rockabilly recordings from his days at Sun records. I have always loved "That's All Right" and enjoyed hearing it again here. When Elvis signed with RCA Victor in 1956 he reeled off an impressive string of #1 hits. A half dozen of those chart-toppers including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender", "All Shook Up" and the rollicking "Jailhouse Rock" are all included in this collection as well. In the early 1960's Elvis started recording more ballads. Sample several of his most memorable ballads including "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" on Elvis 75. If you know anything at all about Elvis you know that he loved to sing spirituals. In fact, he recorded a number of gospel albums during his long and storied career. Perhaps his most famous gospel recording "How Great Thou Art" can be found here also. Elvis experienced something of a drought in the mid 1960's but returned with a vengeance in 1969 with a pair of huge hits. Enjoy once again "In the Ghetto" and the #1 hit "Suspicious Minds". Outstanding!
Included with Elvis 75 is a neat 16 page booklet featuring biographical info and chart data for each of the tunes in this collection. This is great disc for the car or for those younger people who have never really explored the music of the king of rock and roll. Those looking for a more extensive anthology should be aware that RCA/Legacy has simultaneously issued an impressive 4 disc box featuring 100 remastered Elvis favorites. Both packages are certainly very highly recommended!
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