i am very glad to have this cd. i like collecting the original recordings that influenced elvis. one of the reasons i enjoy being a fan of elvis is the interest his songs created in me to explore other music, and to investigate everything that he heard and enjoyed. the search led me to fall in love with do wop, r&b and early c/w.
i have other cd's that have explored his musical roots. this definitely is a welcome addition. there are several missing songs i did not have.
my favorite is Joshua Fit De Battle. elvis copied the Golden Gate Quartet exactly in his recording for the His Hand in Mine LP. what a treat to hear this!
i need to address an 'error' on this compilation. 'Oh Happy Day' , as covered by elvis, was the spirtual performed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, not even close to the song on this cd. the song was also covered by glen campbell. both recordings did well on the charts in the early 70's. the 'oh happy day' on this cd i had never heard before.
i would have preferred this cd to contain the 'Hound dog' done by Freddie Bell; that is what elvis was covering, not Mama Thornton, altho i am sure he knew of that original. it is still valuable here since elvis would have known her version.
kitty lester's version of 'love letters' is also what should have been on here. when you listen to elvis' version, you can see the obvious relation. so why put any other on here?
in all, as a collection of songs from the 30s and 40s and 50s it is an enjoyable listen. for an elvis fan who craves to know what went on in elvis head, musically, this is a valuable asset, except for the items i mentioned above.
still recommended for the serious fan who likes to 'study' elvis' musical influences.
i also own:
The King's Record Collection: The Original Versions Of Songs Later Recorded By Elvis Presley, Volume 1 and 2 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED