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Essential Elvis

Released:Jan. 02, 2007

A 2-CD set of hits spanning Elvis’ whole career.

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  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded July 5, 1954. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Baby, Let’s Play House

    Arthur Gunter. Recorded February-March 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • Mystery Train

    Junior Parker/Sam Phillips. Recorded July 21, 1955 at Sun Records’ Studio, Memphis. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: Johnny Bernero
  • Heartbreak Hotel

    Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley. Recorded January 10, 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Floyd Cramer.
  • I Was The One

    Aaron Schroeder/Claude DeMetrius/Hal Blair/Bill Peppers. Recorded January 11, 1956 at RCA Studios, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer
  • Blue Suede Shoes

    Carl Perkins. Recorded January 30, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long.
  • Hound Dog

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Don't Be Cruel

    Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded July 2, 1956 at RCA Studios, New York. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Shorty Long. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Love Me Tender

    Vera Matson/Elvis Presley. Recorded for the motion picture Love Me Tender. Recorded August 24, 1956 at Fox Stage 1, Hollywood. Guitar: Vito Mumolo. Bass: Mike “Myer” Rubin. Drums: Richard Cornell. Banjo: Luther “Red” Roundtree. Accordion: Carl Fortina, Dominic Frontieri. Vocals: Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Charles Prescott
  • All Shook Up

    Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley. Recorded January 12, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)

    Thomas A. Dorsey. Recorded January 13, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Jailhouse Rock

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Jailhouse Rock. Recorded April 30, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black, Neal Matthews. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks, Mike Stoller. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Trouble

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture King Creole. Recorded January 15, 1958 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Bass & Guitar: Neal Matthews. Bass & Tuba: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Bongos: Gordon Stoker. Cymbals: Hoyt Hawkins. Clarinet: Mahlon Clark. Trumpet: John Ed Buckner. Saxophone: Justin Gordon. Trombone: Elmer Schneider, Warren D. Smith. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Fever

    John Davenport/Eddie Cooley. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • It's Now Or Never

    Aaron Schroeder/Wally Gold. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Reconsider Baby

    Lowell Fulson. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    Roy Turk/Lou Handman. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Little Sister

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded June 25, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Claves: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • Follow That Dream

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman. Recorded for the motion picture Follow That Dream. Recorded July 2, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • Can't Help Falling In Love

    Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 23, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
  • Return To Sender

    Otis Blackwell/Winfield Scott. Recorded for the motion picture Girls! Girls! Girls! Recorded March 27, 1962 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Barney Kessel. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone & Clarinet: Boots Randolph. Organ: Harold Brown. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • (You’re The) Devil In Disguise

    Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye. Recorded May 26, 1963 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Jerry Kennedy, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone, Vibes & Shakers: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • Bossa Nova Baby

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Fun In Acapulco. Recorded January 22, 1963 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Barney Kessel, Scotty Moore. Guitar & Mandolin: Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine. Percusssion: Emil Radocchia. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Trumpet: Anthony Terran, Rudolph Loera. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Amigos
  • Viva Las Vegas

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded for the motion picture Viva Las Vegas. Recorded July 9, 1963 at Radio. Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Billy Strange, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman, Frank Carlson. Piano: Floyd Cramer, Dudley Brooks. Organ: Calvin Jackson. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires.
  • Big Boss Man

    Al Smith/Luther Dixon. Recorded September 10, 1967 at RCA's Studio B Nashville. Guitar: Jerry Reed, Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore, Chip Young. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Organ: Hoyt Hawkins. Organ, Harmonica & Guitar: Charlie McCoy. Steel Guitar: Pete Drake. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
  • A Little Less Conversation

    Billy Strange/Mac Davis. Recored for the motion picture Live A Little, Love A Little.Recorded March 7, 1968 at Western Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Joseph Gibbons, Neil Levang, Charles Britz, Alvin Casey. Bass: Larry Knechtel, Charles Berghofer. Drums: Hal Blaine, Gary Coleman. Piano: Don Randi. Vocals: B.J. Baker, Sally Stevens, Bob Tebow, John Bahler
  • If I Can Dream

    W. Earl Brown. Recorded June 23, 1968 at Western Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Tommy Tedesco, Mike Deasy, Al Casey. Bass: Charles Berghofer. Bass & Keyboards: Larry Knechtel. Piano: Don Randi. Drums: Hal Blaine. Percussion: John Cyr, Elliot Franks, Frank DeVito. Harmonica: Tommy Morgan. Vocals: The Blossoms Orchestra conducted by Billy Goldenberg.
  • Memories

    Billy Strange/Mac Davis. Recorded June 23, 1968 at Western Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Tommy Tedesco, Mike Deasy, Al Casey. Bass: Charles Berghofer. Bass & Keyboards: Larry Knechtel. Piano: Don Randi. Drums: Hal Blaine. Percussion: John Cyr, Elliot Franks, Frank DeVito. Harmonica: Tommy Morgan. Vocals: The Blossoms Orchestra conducted by Billy Goldenberg.
  • In The Ghetto

    Mac Davis. Recorded January 20, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. OVERDUBS: Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey.
  • Suspicious Minds

    Mark James. Recorded January 22, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. OVERDUBS: Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey.OVERDUB in Las Vegas, August 1969. Trumpet: A. Vasquez, N. Prentice, B. Shew. Trombone: A Le Coque, J. Boicie. Bass Trombone: K. Adkins.
  • Don’t Cry Daddy

    MAc Davis. Recorded January 15, 1969 at American Sound Studio, Memphis. Guitar & Sitar: Reggie Young, Guitar: Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley, Ronnie Milsap. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Steel Guitar: John Hughey. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. OVERDUBS: Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Andrew Lowe, Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Ed Logan, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, June Page, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, Sandy Posey.
  • Kentucky Rain

    Eddie Rabbitt/Dick Heard. Recorded February 20, 1969 at American Sound Studios, Memphis. Guitar: Reggie Young, Elvis Presley.,Bass: Tommy Cogbill. Drums: Gene Chrisman. Piano: Bobby Wood, Elvis Presley. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. OVERDUBS: Trumpet: R.F.Taylor, Wayne Jackson, Dick Steff. Sax & Trombone: Jackie Thomas. Sax: Glen Spreen, J.P.Luper. Trombone: Jackie Thomas, Jack Hale, Gerald Richardson, French Horn: Tony Cason, Joe D'Gerolamo. Vocals: Mary (Jeannie) Green, Donna Thatcher, Susan Pilkington, Mary Holladay, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton, Joe Babcock, Millie Kirkham, Sonja Montgomery
  • Polk Salad Annie

    Tony Joe White. Recorded live on stage February 18, 1970, midnight show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff, Drums: Bob Lanning. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Bobby Morris and His Orchestra. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Joe Babcock, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Sandy Posey, Hurshel Wiginton, Jim Glaser, Millie Kirkham.
  • The Wonder Of You

    Baker Knight. Recorded live on stage February 18, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff, Drums: Bob Lanning Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Bobby Morris and His Orchestra. OVERDUBS, Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Joe Babcock, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Sandy Posey, Hurshel Wiginton, Jim Glaser, Millie Kirkham, June Page.
  • I Just Can’t Help Believin’

    Cynthia Weil/Barry Mann. Recorded August 11, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • Burning Love

    Recorded March 28, 1972 at RCA’s Studio C, Hollywood. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Emory Gordy. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS - Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Guitar: Dennis Linde.
  • Always On My Mind

    Wayne Carson/Johnny Christopher/Mark James. Recorded March 29, 1972 at RCA’s Studio C, Hollywood. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Emory Gordy. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS - Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Guitar: Dennis Linde.
  • Steamroller Blues

    James Taylor. Recorded live January 14, 1973 at H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, The Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • Hurt

    Jimmie Crane/Al Jacobs. Recorded February 5, 1976 at Elvis' home Graceland, Memphis. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Piano & Electric Piano: David Briggs. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, Myrna Smith, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS Guitar: Chip Young. Bass: Dennis Linde. Congas & Timpani: Farrell Morris. Moog Synthesizer: Shane Keister. Vocals: Wendellyn Suits, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton
  • Moody Blue

    Mark James. Recorded February 4, 1976 at Elvis' home Graceland, Memphis. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Piano & Electric Piano: David Briggs. Vocals: Kathy Westmoreland, Myrna Smith, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. OVERDUBS Guitar: Chip Young. Bass: Dennis Linde. Congas & Timpani: Farrell Morris. Moog Synthesizer: Shane Keister. Vocals: Wendellyn Suits, Dolores Edgin, Hurshel Wiginton

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