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Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 1

Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 1

Released:Jan. 15, 1974

The first real effort by RCA to exploit the Elvis catalog under the new arrangement. Album compiler Joan Deary assembled a random selection of rarities, outtakes, Sun sides, and Elvis staples, both familiar and unfamiliar, in a deluxe package (including a booklet of memorabilia that for its time and place qualified as lavish packaging). This was the first time – in marketing terms anyway – that his label had ever acknowledged the historical significance of Elvis Presley. The public got it, and bought it – with sales of over half a million in the first few months and more than two million to date.

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  • That’s All Right

    Arthur Crudup. Recorded July 5, 1954. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • I Love You Because (take 2)

    Leon Payne. Recorded July 5, 1954 at Sun Record's studio. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black
  • 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. Vocals: Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer
  • 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
  • Elvis, excerpt from interview of September 22, 1958.

  • Love Me

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault
  • Trying To Get To You

    Charles Singleton/Rosemarie McCoy. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault
  • 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
  • (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
  • Elvis' Farewell To His Fans. Excerpt from interview of September 22, 1958.

  • (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I

    Bill Trader/Bob Miller. Recorded June 10, 1958 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Tonight's All Right For Love

    Sid Wayne/Abner Silver/Joseph Lilley. Recorded for the motion picture G.I. Blues. Recorded May 6, 1960 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell, Neal Matthews. Bass: Ray Siegel. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Dudley Brooks. Accordion: Jimmie Haskell. Tambourine: Hoyt Hawkins. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    Roy Turk/Lou Handman. Recorded live June 27, 1968, second show, at NBC Studios, Burbank. Guitar: Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Charlie Hodge. Percussion: D.J. Fontana, Allan Fortas. Tambourine: Lance LeGault
  • 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

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Elvis – A Legendary Performer Vol. 1