If, like me, you can`t stand later Elvis at any price, then this generous 33-track compilation on one disc is perfect, concentrating on his early rock`n`roll numbers from the essential Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog, to Stuck On You & Return to Sender, with one or two lesser known songs included, such as the superb Too Much, which was in fact new to me.
The Sun years are hardly represented, but they`re easy to get elsewhere. What you do get is a feast of great rock`n`roll from the swivel-hipped bequiffed one, with the odd track from his many films too, such as Party, Got a Lot of Livin` To Do, King Creole, and Hard Headed Woman.
One song here that for some reason doesn`t always make it onto Elvis compilations is the wonderful Treat Me Nice, with its intriguing chord sequence. It`s also good to hear such stalwarts as Big Hunk O`Love, though sadly the tremendous One Night is all too conspicuous by its absence. I could have happily done without one or two of his less than successful covers of others` hits like Memphis Tennessee and Rip It Up. Great to have One Sided Love Affair and his exciting version of Litle Sister though.
The sound is good, the packaging only incudes track listings, and the two extra tracks, the so-so Burning Love and Way Down from later in his career, only serve to emphasise the lack of what the compilers have left out.
Otherwise, this is probably one of the best selections of the classic early Elvis you`ll find.
Well, you can do anything
But lay off-a ma-ha blue suede shoes...