Elvis : Collectors Gold 3 CD Set
Available Elvis CD Box Sets
- Collectors Gold
- Close Up
- Today, Tomorrow & Forever
- Live In Las Vegas
- The King Of Rock N Roll - The Complete 50's Masters
- From Nashville To Memphis - The Essential 60's Masters
- Walk A Mile In My Shoes - The Essential 70's Masters
This Elvis Presley 3 CD set is presented in a deluxe LP Record size box and Imported from Europe. Features the laughing version of Are You Lonesome Tonight? & the only live recording of Ruberneckin' and 47 previously unreleased performances.
In the past 4 years the Elvis Presley FTD Fan Club label has issued some true classics but the precursor to them all was 1991's brilliant 'Elvis : Collector's Gold' 3 CD set. This was the first time that Ernst & co had scoured the Elvis vaults to compile a set of undiscovered gems for a main-stream release.
All the CDs were themed (which is why 'Elvis : Close Up' works so well) and, after the few & far between outtakes we had been getting over the years, 'Collector's Gold' really was a treasure chest of Elvis goodies.
The 'Hollywood' CD stuns, from the first very different version of 'G.I Blues' to the rare 'How Can You Lose What You Never Had.' The longer 'movie' version of 'One Broken Heart For Sale' was released here for the first time and the Elvis solo version of 'Lonely Man' is astounding. The brilliant 'So Close Yet So Far' Tk 4, is still unavailable anywhere else, even on the new 'Harum Scarum' extended FTD.
The 'Nashville' CD is one of the best selections ever released, featuring eight 'first takes' and showing Elvis at his 60's creative best. The dynamite blues of the unreleased take of 'Give Me The Right' is worth the price of admittance alone but tracks like 'Like A Baby', 'Memphis Tennessee' (Jungle 1963 version) & 'Love Letters' are also revelations. All these help demonstrate how Elvis was producing some astounding material while The Colonel pushed the lacklustre movie soundtracks.
However it is the 'Las Vegas' 1969 CD that is the real stunner featuring a collection of fabulous rarities. The only live version of 'Rubberneckin'' is here, along with other gems such as 'This Is The Story', 'Inherit The Wind' & 'Reconsider Baby'. The hard to find 'Are You Lonesome Tonight (laughing version)' is also here and sounds great within the context of such a dynamite live show. Elvis even sings 'Happy Birthday' to James Burton. While 'TTWII' captured Elvis at his 'professional' best, this Las Vegas CD shows the power of Elvis, unleashed and ready to re-conquer the world!
With 47 previously unreleased performances this really is essential Elvis from beginning to end. Disappointingly this was one of the Elvis CDs that BMG deleted last year. Grab it if you get a chance.
Disc 1: G.I. Blues - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Big Boots - Black Star - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - Lonely Man - What A Wonderful Life - A Whistling Tune - Beyond The Bend - One Broken Heart For Sale - You're The Boss - Roustabout - Girl Happy - So Close, Yet So Far - Stop, Look And Listen - Am I Ready - How Can You Lose What You Never Had
Disc 2: Like A Baby - There's Always Me - I Want You With Me - Gently - Give Me The Right - I Met Her Today - Night Rider - Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello - Ask Me - Memphis Tennessee - Love Me Tonight - Witchcraft - Come What May - Love Letters - Going Home
Disc 3: Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Love Me Tender - Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - Surrender / Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Rubberneckin' - Memories - Introductions by Elvis - Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel - Inherit The Wind - This Is The Story - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Funny How Time Slips Away - Loving You / Reconsider Baby - What'd I Say