Great Country Songs - (Import CD)
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- Rock 'N' Roll
- Mono / Stereo
- Ernst Mikael Jorgensen; Roger Semon; Ernst Mikael Jorgensen (Compilation); Roger Semon (Compilation)
- Great Country Songs [Remaster]
Recorded between July 1, 1954 and October 30, 1976. Includes liner notes by Charles Wolfe.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar).
Liner Note Author: Charles K. Wolfe.
Recording information: 07/19/1954-10/30/1976.
Directors: Klaus Schmalenbach; Michael Omansky.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Sherrill Nielsen; J.D. Sumner; The Voice; Kathy Westmoreland; The Imperials Quartet; The Jordanaires; The Stamps.
Arrangers: Don Tweedy; Glen D. Hardin; Glen Spreen; Cam Mullins; Mike Leech.
In this era of MTV and multi-media rock stage shows, it's easy to forget that rock and roll was originally considered "hillbilly" music. Similarly, it would no doubt surprise many Elvis fans to discover that the king of rock and roll charted on the Billboard country charts--several times--six months before he hit the pop charts with "Heartbreak Hotel." And yet Elvis Presley, the original "Hillbilly Cat," never strayed too far from his country roots, as the 1996 anthology GREAT COUNTRY SONGS demonstrates.
This impressive collection includes 24 tracks from throughout Presley's career, from his 1955 country hit "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" to a 1976 cover of Jim Reeves' classic "He'll Have to Go" (which, incidentally, was Elvis' final studio recording). As an inducement to fans that already own most of these recordings, RCA has included five previously unreleased alternate takes amid the more familiar fare. The true value of this package, however, is that it gathers all Presley's most important country recordings on a single disc. As an added bonus, the backing tracks feature great support from such country legends as James Burton, Floyd Cramer, and Chet Atkins.
- Country of Origin
- BMG Heritage
- 73m 30s
- Elvis Presley
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] I Forgot to Remember to Forget
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Blue Moon of Kentucky
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Old Shep
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Your Cheatin' Heart - (alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Just Call Me Lonesome - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] There Goes My Everything - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Kentucky Rain
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] From a Jack to a King
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I Really Don't Want to Know
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin'
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Green, Green Grass of Home - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Fairytale - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Gentle on My Mind
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Make the World Go Away
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] You Asked Me To
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Funny How Time Slips Away
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Help Me Make It Through the Night - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Susan When She Tried
- [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] He'll Have to Go
- [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Always on My Mind
- [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] Guitar Man - (previously unreleased)
- Studio / Live
- BMG (distributor)
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