“The Complete Million Dollar Quartet”, finally released by RCA (US) in 2006, contains the complete jam session. I have compiled a song listing:
01 Instrumental 02 Love Me Tender (instrumental) 03 Jingle Bells (instrumental) 04 White Christmas (instrumental) 05 Reconsider Baby 06 Don’t Be Cruel*Elvis impersonating Jackie Wilson impersonating Elvis! 07 Don’t Be Cruel 08 Paralyzed 09 Don’t Be Cruel 10 There’s No Place Like Home 11 When The Saints Go Marchin’ In 12 Softly and Tenderly 13 When God Dips His Love In My Heart 14 Just A Little Talk with Jesus 15 Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley 16 I Shall Not Be Moved 17 Peace in the Valley 18 Down by the Riverside 19 I’m with a Crowd But So Alone*Elvis’ impersonation of Ernest Tubb, but it ended sounding like Hank Snow imitating Tubb. 20 Farther Along 21 Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand) 22 On The Jericho Road 23 I Just Can’t Make It By Myself 24 Little Cabin (Home On The Hill)*tribute to Bill Monroe’s bluegrass music. 25 Summertime is Past And Gone*tribute to Bill Monroe’s bluegrass music. 26 I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling*tribute to Bill Monroe’s bluegrass music. 27 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong*tribute to Bill Monroe’s bluegrass music. 28 Keeper Of The Key (Carl Lead) 29 Crazy Arms 30 Don’t Forbid Me 31 Too Much Monkey Business 32 Brown Eyed Handsome Man 33 Out of Sight, Out of Mind 34 Brown Eyed Handsome Man 35 Don’t Forbid Me 36 You Belong to My Heart 37 Is It So Strange 38 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin 39 Brown Eyed Handsome Man 40 Rip It Up 41 I’m Gonna Bid My Blues Goodbye 42 Crazy Arms 43 That’s My Desire 44 End of the Road 45 Black Bottom Stomp 46 You’re The Only Star in My Blue Heaven 47 (Elvis Says Goodbye)
During the afternoon of Tuesday, December 4, 1956, the world’s first superstar jam session took place and the Million Dollar Quartet, coined by Bob Johnson, was born. Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash got together and made music history at the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Away from the glamour of the media spotlight, the impromptu performances provide a refreshing “fly-on-the-wall” glimpse of what music truly inspired them. From the songs, we can tell that Rock N Roll was born of white gospel, black gospel, old country, new country, doo-wop, blues, pop, and cowboy songs. This is what music is all about.
The original “Million Dollar Quartet” was released in 1990. Since then, RCA has uncovered some songs that were unavailable before. Therefore, this is THE Complete Million Dollar Quartet in its entirety and original sequence. Thank you, RCA. If you are interested in the current set, you will also like a similar later set “Class of ‘55”, another jam session by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins. This current set, of course, is highly recommended, especially for historic value.
As this is one in many releases of legendary jam session, with facts already said many times, I'll focus only on what makes this diferent from others.Sound is really much improved this time,thou it's clishe to say. Now it's easier to recognize voices and even hear some singing you haven't noticed before.Remastering is done by Kevan Budd, famous for his work on 'Elvis at Sun'.Cheers Kevan! Four 'new discovered' songs are all instrumental versions, first one being nice jam. Stand out is Carl's guitar picking on 'Jingle Bells'.'Softly and Tendery' is one minute longer, with extra verse duet between Jerry & Elvis and again distinctive Perkins guitar solo for the first time, and this is really great! All songs are now in it's original sequence, just like on the tape found in Elvis private collection (how about that, give us more!) - ergo better sound.Booklet is rather poor,as usual with RCA-BMG Elvis releases. First RCA edition and last year Charly records edition have mutch better design and booklets with rare photos. Why not include all photos from the session but only famous one? This album is not recomended for casual listener, since sound quality is not high up to today's standards and people involved in this jam session were not aware of being recorded at that time,they were just having fun. For Rock and Roll or Rockabilly collector, however this is a must.