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King Of Rock'n'roll - The Essential 50s Masters Box set

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  • Audio CD (6 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000026FC5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is it, it's all here, the early sun sessions- arguably where rock was "born", Then charting his assent to international superstardom, with songs like heartbreak hotel, blue suede shoes and hound dog. If you have to remortaged you're house to buy this set it's probably worth it (and you can use the extra money to buy it's 60s and 70s equiverlents) you'r wife might hate you but the king will see you through. Essential, realy.
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these recordings are seminal to the advancement of popular music!!!!
without Elvis there would be nothing..essential purchase dont let
the current generation down,with their Disposable Tosh that they listen 2
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All the best Elvis Presley's music. The mytical Sun's recordings and the first RCA recordings. A great box for every rock'n'roll fan.
Elvis is one of the best.
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By JKM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 April 2013
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It's impossible to rate this collection as anything other than 5 star. The birth of Rock 'n' Roll is all here from Sun to all those classic RCA hits and tracks of the 50's.
The packaging is excellant too, with an excellant an informative booklet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Elvis '50s compilation 23 July 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Issued by RCA in 1992, THE KING OF ROCK 'N' ROLL: THE COMPLETE 50's MASTERS (66050-2) is a four-CD set, plus a bonus disc containing alternate studio takes, and lots of "live" Elvis recordings-- MGM Grand stuff, mostly. Except for the acetate of "That's When Your Heartaches Begins" and the few alternates, DISC 5 is fluff.

The other four CDs however are a treasure trove of the music that defined "The King." From his one-of-a-kind 1953 recording booth acetate of "My Happiness" to the 1958 fast version of "Ain't That Loving You Baby," this compilation documents Presley's recording career, generally in chronological order and without gaps.

The 102-page long box-sized book includes sessionography, discography, color photos of all LP, EP and 45 picture sleeves, an excellent bio in easy to read print, and lots of other color and B&W photos. Sound quality is excellent. This one gets five stars for the biggest star of all!

(includes session dates)
DISC ONE
[2:31] My Happiness (private demo, 7/18/53)
[1:55] That's All Right (7/5/54)
[2:42] I Love You Because (7/5/54)
[2:35] Harbor Lights (7/5/54)
[2:02] Blue Moon of Kentucky (7/7/54)
[2:31] Blue Moon (8/15-19/54)
[2:58] Tomorrow Night (9/12-16/54)
[2:24] I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') (9/12-16/54)
[2:27] I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine (9/12-16/54)
[2:32] Just Because (9/12-16/54)
[2:12] Good Rockin' Tonight (9/12-16/54)
[2:38] Milkcow Blues Boogie (11/15/54)
[2:12] You're a Hearbreaker (11/15/54)
[2:15] Baby Let's Play House (1/30-2/4/55)
[2:36] I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (mid-April '55)
[2:24] Mystery Train (7/21/55)
[2:28] I Forgot to Remember to Forget (7/21/55)
[2:31] Tryin' to Get to You (7/21/55)
[2:01] When it Rains, it Pours (11/1-4/55)
[2:23] I Got a Woman (1/10/56)
[2:08] Heartbreak Hotel (1/10/56)
[2:34] Money Honey (1/10/56)
[2:23] I'm Counting on You (1/11/56)
[2:33] I Was the One (1/11/56)
[1:58] Blue Suede Shoes (1/30/56)
[2:11] My Baby Left Me (1/30/56)
[2:09] One-Sided Love Affair (1/30/56)
[2:20] So Glad You're Mine (1/30/56)
[2:01] I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) (1/31/56)
[1:58] Tutti Frutti (1/31/56)
DISC TIME: 70:32

DISC TWO
[2:08] Lawdy Miss Clawdy (2/3/56)
[2:37] Shake, Rattle and Roll (2/3/56)
[2:40] I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (2/3/56)
[2:16] Hound Dog (7/2/56)
[2:02] Don't Be Cruel (7/2/56)
[2:13] Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) (7/2/56)
[2:30] We're Gonna Move (8/24/56)
[2:41] Love Me Tender (8/24/56)
[2:13] Poor Boy (8/24/56)
[2:08] Let Me (9/4-5/56)
[2:50] Playing For Keeps (9/1/56)
[2:43] Love Me (9/1/56)
[2:23] Paralyzed (9/2/56)
[2:10] How Do You Think I Feel (9/1/56)
[2:23] How's the World Treating You (9/1/56)
[2:20] When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (9/2/56)
[1:51] Long Tall Sally (9/2/56)
[4:10] Old Shep (9/2/56)
[2:31] Too Much (9/2/56)
[2:26] Anyplace is Paradise (9/2/56)
[1:56] Ready Teddy (9/3/56)
[3:22] First in Line (9/3/56)
[1:53] Rip it Up (9/3/56)
[2:05] I Believe (1/12/57)
[2:05] Tell Me Why (1/12/57)
[2:31] Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do (1/12/57)
[1:56] All Shook Up (1/12/57)
[2:15] Mean Woman Blues (1/13/57)
[3:21] (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) (1/13/57)
DISC TIME: 70:38

DISC THREE
[3:20] That's When Your Heartaches Begin (1/13/57)
[3:16] Take My Hand, Precious Lord (1/13/57)
[3:53] It is No Secret (What God Can Do) (1/19/57)
[2:39] Blueberry Hill (1/19/57)
[2:31] Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (1/19/57)
[2:28] Is it So Strange (1/19/57)
[1:26] Party (1/21/57)
[3:01] Lonesome Cowboy (1/15/57)
[1:12] Hot Dog (1/18/57)
[2:35] One Night of Sin (1/18/57)
[1:45] (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1/16/57)
[1:58] Don't Leave Me Now (1/23/57)
[1:50] I Beg of You (1/23/57)
[2:29] One Night (1/23/57)
[2:05] True Love (1/23/57)
[2:37] I Need You So (1/23/57)
[2:12] Loving You (2/24/57)
[1:47] When it Rains, it Really Pours (2/24/57)
[2:26] Jailhouse Rock (4/30/57)
[2:02] Young and Beautiful (4/30/57)
[2:12] I Want to Be Free (5/3/57)
[1:51] (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (5/3/57)
[2:05] Don't Leave Me Now (5/3/57)
[2:07] Blue Christmas (9/5/57)
[2:23] White Christmas (9/6/57)
[1:54] Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) (9/6/57)
[2:23] Silent Night (9/6/57)
[2:35] O Little Town of Bethlehem (9/7/57)
[1:51] Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)
[2:22] Santa Claus is Back in Town (9/7/57)
[1:53] I'll Be Home For Christmas (9/7/57)
DISC TIME: 71:08

DISC FOUR
[2:10] Treat Me Nice (9/5/57)
[2:33] My Wish Came True (9/6/57)
[2:48] Don't (9/5/57)
[1:51] Danny (2/11/58)
[1:53] Hard Headed Woman (1/15/58)
[2:16] Trouble (1/15/58)
[1:58] New Orleans (1/15/58)
[1:38] Crawfish (1/15/58)
[1:46] Dixieland Rock (1/16/58)
[2:09] Lover Doll (1/16/58)
[2:06] Don't Ask Me Why (1/16/58)
[1:50] As Long as I Have You (1/16/58)
[2:08] King Creole (1/23/58)
[2:23] Young Dreams (1/23/58)
[1:15] Steadfast, Loyal and True (2/11/58)
[1:54] Doncha' Think it's Time (2/1/58)
[2:24] Your Cheatin' Heart (2/1/58)
[2:13] Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (2/1/58)
[2:04] I Need Your Love Tonight (6/10/58)
[2:12] A Big Hunk o' Love (6/10/58)
[2:22] Ain't That Loving You Baby (6/10/58)
[2:36] (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (6/10/58)
[1:49] I Got Stung (6/11/58)
[12:34] Interview with Elvis
DISC TIME: 60:52

DISC FIVE - RARE AND ROCKIN'
[2:46] That's When Your Heartaches Begin (private demo, 7/18/53)
[1:51] Fool, Fool, Fool (demo) (1/6/55)
[2:07] Tweedle Dee (live)
[1:58] Maybellene (live)
[2:16] Shake, Rattle and Roll (demo) (1/19/55)
[1:03] Blue Moon of Kentucky (alternate take) (7/7/54)
[2:55] Blue Moon (outtake) (8/15-19/54)
[2:40] I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version) (11/15/54)
[2:53] Reconsider Baby (jam session)
[2:02] Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (outtake) (2/3/56)
[2:25] Shake, Rattle and Roll (outtake) (2/3/56)
[2:40] I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (outtake) (4/14/56)
[2:54] Heartbreak Hotel (live)
[2:15] Long Tall Sally (live)
[4:59] Blue Suede Shoes (live)
[3:16] Money Honey (live)
[2:30] We're Gonna Move (outtake) (8/24/56)
[3:53] Old Shep (alternate master) (9/2/56)
[1:51] I Beg of You (alternate master) (1/13/57)
[1:48] Loving You (slow version) (2/14/57)
[1:24] Loving You (uptempo version) (2/14/57)
[1:09] Young and Beautiful (alternate master)
[2:06] I Want to Be Free (alternate master)
[2:04] King Creole (alternate master) (1/15/58)
[1:24] As Long as I Have You (alternate master) (1/16/58)
[1:48] Ain't That Loving You Baby (fast version) (6/10/58)
DISC TIME: 60:57
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