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Pure Gold

Pure Gold

Released:Mar. 1, 1974

A good example of what RCA could, and would, do, freed from all pre-1973 royalty obligations to the artist. Pure Gold was not so pure in any sense. It was made up of what could only charitably be described as a serendipitous collection of sides spanning his entire pre-1973 career, but it eventually sold 2.5 million copies, its absence from the charts attributable only to the fact that it was not a full-price album.

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  • 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, Ronnie. Organ: Bobby Emmons. Harmonica: Ed Kollis. 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
  • 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 Impossible

    Sid Wayne/Armando Manzanero. Recorded live February 16, midnight show, 1972 at The Las Vegas Hilton. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I Got A Woman

    Ray Charles. 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
  • 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
  • Loving You

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded February 24, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bill Black. Drums: D.J. Fontana. Piano: Dudley Brooks Stoker. Vocals: The Jordanaires
  • 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. 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
  • 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

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