Let's say you have "Artist of the Century". And that, a while ago, you got "50 Worldwide Award Hits". Perhaps you own any one of the life-long compilations offered by TIME/LIFE. Nevertheless, you still need "Platinum"!!!!!! For where else you could find some of the most blistering performances by any artist, ever, as well as the best ever versions by Elvis ( even better than his own originals!!!!!) of songs as diverse in style, and inflection, as "Blue Moon", "I got a woman", "I am counting on you", "A big hunk of Love", "Tonight's all right for love", "I feel so bad", "You'll never walk alone", "In the guetto", "Miracle of the Rosary", "He touched me", "And I love you so", "It's midnight", "Steamroller blues", "Danny Boy", "Pledging my love" and "Way down"? That, in the process of delivering these (and another 74 or so masterpieces found in "Platinum"), Elvis goes through C&W, R&B, Straight Pop, Gospel ( white and black, mind you), while also burrowing deeply into Neapolitean Pop standards, Ballads, Broadway showstoppers, Rockabilly and plain, straight Rock and Roll is nothing short of monumental. More importantly, he delivers credibly in each style, and combines it all with a panache not found elsewhere in the annals of American music. "Platinum" also boasts the best ever liner notes, for a Presley CD compilation (or anyone else's, for that matter). I understand this CD is short, by a few copies sold, to go RIAA Gold, but I wouldn't be surprised if it reaches that plateau by next summer. Eventually, Platinum it shall be......!!!!!!