Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Vinyl Feature: Elvis Presley's Greatest Hits

I picked up this box set of six records at a charity shop here in Southern Sweden a couple of months ago for a whopping 50kr! It also includes a bonus "Elvis at the Movies" disc with a small variety of music from movies he was in over his career.

The set was compiled and released by Readers Digest in the mid 70's and is a wonderful collection of a wide variety of songs by the "King of Rock 'n Roll".

The front cover has Elvis later on in his career during his large sideburns/fancy costume era.

Inside the box are the seven mint condition discs as well as the original "The Elvis Story" booklet, also mint. Then as an added bonus there was even the Swedish insert with extra info about the box set as well as some Elvis highlights!

Inside the box on the front of the record sleeves each one has a colour picture of Elvis from various stages of his career. The "Movies" disc has a suitable movie theme picture.




On the back of the sleeves is a large picture in six parts of Elvis in his famous white stage suit that you have to put together by placing the sleeves side by side to construct the picture.

The underside of the box contains the rather sizeable track list of the 95 songs on the six main records. All the sides have eight songs except the very last one that only has 7. No idea why.

I also have no idea how many of these sets were produced or how they sold. If you have more info please let me know.


Disc 1
Side 1
Heartbreak Hotel
I Was The One
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
Tutti Frutti
Blue Suede Shoes
Don't Be Cruel
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
My Baby Left Me

Side 2
Hound Dog
Ready Teddy
I Love You Because
Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
Money Honey
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
Blue Moon
Rip It Up

Disc 2
Side 1
Long Tall Sally
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Old Shep
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Playing For Keeps
All Shook Up
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Too Much

Side 2
Mean Woman Blues
Blueberry HIll
Lonesome Cowboy
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
Let's Have A Party
Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do !
Trying To Get To You

Disc 3
Side 1
Baby I Don't Care
There'll Be Peace In The Valley For Me
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
Hard-Headed Woman
I Got Stung
One Night
A Fool Such As I

Side 2
I Need Your Love Tonight
A Big Hunk O'Love
Milkcow Blues Boogie
Good Rockin' Tonight
Stuck On You
Soldier Boy
It Feels So Right

Disc 4
Side 1
The Girl Of My Best Friend
A Mess Of Blues
It's Now Or Never
I Gotta Know
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
I Feel So Bad
His Latest Flame

Side 2
Can't Help Falling In Love
Good Luck Charm
Anything That's Part Of You
She's Not You
One Broken Heart For Sale
(You're The) Devil In Disguise
Kiss Me Quick
Such A Night

Disc 5
Side 1
Ain't That Loving You Baby
Crying In The Chapel
Your Cheating Heart
Tell Me Why
Love Letters
All That I Am
Frankie And Johnny
Long-Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)

Side 2
U.S. Male
Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
If I Can Dream
In The Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
Don't Cry Daddy
The Wonder Of You
I've Lost You

Disc 6
Side 1
Proud Mary
Kentucky Rain
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Patch It Up
There Goes My Everything
Rags To Riches
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
I'm Leavin

Side 2
I Just Can't Help Believing
Until It's Time For You To Go
Bridge Over Troubled Water
American Trilogy
The Next Step Is Love
Burning Love
Always On My Mind

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