on 28 June 2015
This compilation was released in 1963 to gather the singles released by Elvis since his 1960 demob from the US Army. His critics might say that he was in his prime 1954-58 and so this 'GR3' album is superfluous. But they'd be wrong. There was an obvious shift away from tough rock'n'roll toward melodic pop after Elvis's army stint. However, he had used his downtime in the military to develop the technical aspects of his singing, and was a far, far better vocalist after his discharge. Also, the move toward pop material was a tendency rather than an absolute. 'I Feel So Bad' and 'Little Sister' are gutsy, Bluesy rockers while tunes like 'Stuck On You', 'The Girl Of My Best Friend' and '(Marie's the name) His Latest Flame' are steeped in Presley trademarks. And 'Fame and Fortune', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' and bonus track 'Can't Help Falling In Love' are examples of the gorgeous ballads that Elvis elevated onto a higher plain. After Elvis's demob, it was unrealistic to expect him to pick up from where he had left off 2 years before - the world had moved on and Hollywood was calling him. 'GR3' does reflect the compromises made necessary by The King's film commitments - both 'Wooden Heart' and 'King Of The Whole Wide World', for instance, are sub-par movie songs. But this CD captures Elvis's evolution from rough diamond to real-deal, world-class pop vocalist - and most of these songs are simply wonderful.
on 15 October 2009
This is REALLY EASY!
If Elvis doesn't already feature in your record collection, then before buying music by ANY others artist, or band, male or famale, dead or alive ...make it your first task to acquire Elvis Golden Records (Volume 1) & this album, Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3.
The original 'Golden Records' album provides his great early numbers, "Hound Dog", "All Shook Up", and "Jailhouse Rock" among them - just FEEL the energy, which set up the next two generations of music listeners. (Yes ...and 'broke the heart' of those among my father's generation, who were raised on Mozart, Schumann & Beethoven ...and never really managed to get to grips with jazz ...let alone The Blues ...which spawned both R&B AND Rock'n'Roll!)
Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 offers the more lyrical side of his music ...when Elvis demonstrates his fine baritone voice in such numbers "It's Now or Never", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", "Little Sister", "Good Luck Charm" and "Can't Help Falling In Love". If you are German, or a German speaker ...then you MAY be amused (or not!) with his part-rendition of the traditional number 'Muss Ich Dinn' ...which is the basis of the melodious "Wooden Heart"!
When you've fully appreciated these albums, well you will surely want to fill-in with Volume 2: No ...50,000,000 Fans CAN'T be wrong!
After that, while there are plenty of Elvis Albums to consider, then I'd suggest going the 'Compare & Contrast' route!
Compare Elvis with Carl Perkins ..the King of Rockabilly ...then the really creative Buddy Holly, the bizarre Little Richard, and those other R&R greats, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis Bo Diddley & Lloyd Price.
While Cliff Richard certainly had his merits as a vocalist (...and arguably STILL does - as his fans will still attest in their millions!)) ...but once you have listened to all, well most of those ground-breaking singers just STOP! Then ask yourself HOW any A&R man could sit by with a straight face ...while the marketing men described Cliff as ...'The English Elvis Presley'! In retrospect THAT comparison is surely worth gallons of tears shed in mirth ...from total disbelief!
on 12 September 2007
When Elvis returned from the army and started recording once more it was the Uk charts where he had the most success. Number 1 after number 1 with hit singles like, It's now or never, Are you lonesome to-night, Good Luck Charm, She's not you, Surrender, even double sided number 1's with His latest flame / Little Sister, and Stuck on you / Fame & fortune. When re-released more number one hits with Can't help falling in Love & Wooden Heart. This Golden Records vol 3 contains most of Elvis Uk hits from 1960 to 1962. Indeed, during these 3 years The King had 13 #1's, (3 double sided) and 3 # 2's (1 double sided). Yes, truely a great collection from a time when Elvis was King of the Uk Charts and a must for those fans who were there to live through it.
on 14 May 2002
Gold Records Vol 3, and with the combined sales of over 10 million singles making up the album every song is solid gold.
Almost every track here is a classic, there are B-sides too, which, with Elvis also charted high in America where both sides could chart due to airplay.
I'm going to be controversial here, but the only weak track is "Good Luck Charm." This #1 smash has dated, I think, and really does not stand up today.
But the rest, what can I say about some of the best music ever made. Buy it now!!!!!!!