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King of Rock'n'Roll: 50's Masters [Box set]

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • ASIN: B000002WMH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Happiness
2. That's All Right
3. I Love You Because
4. Harbor Lights
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
2. Shake, Rattle And Roll
3. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
4. Hound Dog
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
2. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
3. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
4. Blueberry Hill
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Treat Me Nice
2. My Wish Came True
3. Don't
4. Danny
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
2. Fool, Fool, Fool
3. Tweedle Dee
4. Maybellene
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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This five-disc set was the first release in BMG's effort to present Elvis's recorded legacy in a manner befitting the most important musical artist of his time. The strategy was simple--showcase, in chronological order, remastered versions of the King's 1950s output, from his sessions with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios (where they arguably invented the very notion of rock & roll) through his 1958 Army induction. Not everything Elvis recorded in the '50s was great (just as not everything he recorded in Hollywood was rotten), but there are dozens of tracks here that, quite simply, can make a bad day seem all that much better. Which surely still makes him the king of something. Suffice it to say this is one box set that lives up to its title. --Bill Holdship

Product Description

Medium 1
  1. BOX IN US-FORMAT , EACH BOX HAS INDIVIDUAL NU
  2. BOX IM US-FORMAT , BOXEN SIND NUMERIERT (LONG
  3. THE COMPLETE 50s MASTERS - PLUS 48 PAGED BOOK

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 50's Masters. 22 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly I don't know why Amazon are selling this excellently packaged boxed set with a very extensive booklet for 12.99. I would have thought it would have cost at least double this amount; so what a bargain. The 5 cds fit very nicely in the case, which is rare for a boxed set. The cd's are easily removed and replaced by sliding them down towards the sprung plastic clips. I am an unashamed audiophile so when I say the recording quality of these compact discs are astonishingly good I mean the quality is not just good but very good and is better than most modern recordings by light years. The quality of the instruments and Elvis's superb voice is crystal clear, just superb. The content of the album shows just how versatile Elvis was. The tracks are varied and cover a very full repertoire from country to rock to moving balads and humour. There aren't any bad tracks or filler on this album;every track is gold from the king of rock "n" roll. If your an Elvis fan this is a must;buy it and enjoy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Complete 50's Box Set 26 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a give-away at this price. Five CD's containing every song Elvis recorded in the studio during the 1950's. Contains some live tracks, alternate tracks and his first ever recording which he made for his mother, "My Happiness". Don't think twice ... buy it. The sound has been remastered and is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King that changed popular music forever 6 May 2004
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Elvis is the singer who made rock'n'roll popular, although even in his early years he did not limit his music to that genre. This compilation containing (supposedly) every song that Elvis recorded during the fifties, plus alternate versions of some of them, shows just how good Elvis was at several different styles.
Here you get all his famous rockers including Heartbreak hotel, Don't be cruel, Blue suede shoes, Hound dog, Mystery train, Paralyzed, Party, All shook up, Jailhouse rock, Teddy bear and One night, together with great covers of Tutti fruiti, Shake rattle and roll and other classics. Of course, you also get his recording of That's alright Mama, the song that secured his recording contract.
Elvis also recorded a number of country songs, though not as many as he did later in his career. Sometimes (as with Blue moon of Kentucky), he re-interpreted them very differently from the originals, but most of his covers were more faithful, albeit adapted to his own style. I forgot to remember to forget, Old Shep, Have I told you lately that I love you, Your cheating heart and Fool such as I are among the country songs to be found here.
Elvis also recorded some brilliant pop ballads in the fifties. Love me tender is the most famous but there are plenty of others. Among the lesser known ones, I particularly like As long as I have you. Gospel music was important to Elvis and here you can find Peace in the valley, Take my hand precious lord, It is no secret and I believe. You also get the eight Christmas songs that Elvis recorded in the fifties including Blue Christmas and Santa bring my baby back.
This is the first of three boxed sets covering the music of Elvis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Masterful! 20 Dec 2012
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Ohh, the glory of it all! A reissue, and repackage, of the Grammy-nominated 5-Disc milestone from 1992 - confirmed by the RIAA ten years later as a two-time Platinum award winner - is an historical welcome to anyone looking to complete, or even begin, their audio overview of the beginnings of popular music and the phenomenon of Rock 'n' Roll. This collection consists of a massive 140 tracks which also includes several master outtakes and unreleased performances of both well-known, and not so well-known, classics. ELVIS PRESLEY was the man who popularized the art form known as Rock 'n' Roll, and in doing so broke through several authoritative and social barriers which opened up a whole new expressive culture of music for other talented artistes to follow suit. On Disc 1 alone, you are witness to that transformation of country to rockabilly to rock 'n' roll with the additional ingredient of the ballad tinged with blues flavourings (including his first ever demo recording!)- it is an audio education in itself; this most-popular Disc of the set includes all of his 'Sun' masters and the first hit-making platters of his RCA output. Throughout his 23-year musical reign on earth, Elvis had crossed-over several genres which also included popular Hawaiian and Latin-flavoured compositions along with achieving THREE Grammy awards for his influential Gospel-related output. It is the latter genre in this set which depicts his early homages to the type of music that so was a major influence throughout his Tupelo childhood, and a further extension of the sacred songs are the christmas tunes that were originally released as one of his many best-selling albums. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unspoilt and Raw 9 April 2009
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There is a strong arguement that after the '50's Elvis made unessential records.Many point to his stint in the US army as the downward turning point. However some of the tracks on this collection were made during his leave periods from the army. I am more inclined to believe that he succumbed to a record industry that quickly took control of the initial rock and roll explosion and neutered it.
Every track here is brilliant and this is the Elvis you need to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars parts of these masters brought back wonderful memories of my...
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters
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Published 23 days ago by Michael Haller
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis 50s.
Everything he did in the fifties is here and more. His best recording period in my opinion and I love this collection.
Published 5 months ago by Paddles O'Maddles
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis 50s masters
Well what can I say? The truth is this is the best of the best.
Over 50 years ago I bought Loving you, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, HardHeaded Woman on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by baz123
5.0 out of 5 stars These tracks are great.
All the Elvis tracks that are original rock and roll.Classic tracks great to jive to and great for just listening and enjoying the nostalgia.
Published 6 months ago by B. S. Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
What can you say about Elvis. He really was the king of Rock and roll and most other music. FABULOUS
Published 6 months ago by DoodleBug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Major drawback CD discs come lose at the slightest use and hard to put back properly and booklet too small!
Published 9 months ago by Ginger B
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Has re-awakened my wonder of the extraordinary talent that Elvis showed in those early days of rock and roll. Wonderful.
Published 10 months ago by Mike Stooke
5.0 out of 5 stars best of elvis
great collection. my favourite elvis material. one slight snag is because you have everything he did in the 50's there is a bit of filler in with the classics. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Beaumont
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis-Genesis Of Rock N Roll
This is why Elvis became the voice of a generation.From Track 1 you are with him in Sun recording Studio-My Happiness recorded for his beloved Mother Gladys. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the king of rock and roll?
Find out here and make your own mind up.
These include many tracks that were only available on bootlegs for years, if you hadnt bought them since nows the time! Read more
Published 13 months ago by G Wells
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