Tuesday, June 30, 1992

The Wire: 100 Most Important Records Ever Made

The Wire:

100 Most Important Records Ever Made

The Wire is a UK music magazine which was founded in 1982. As explained on their website, they cover “a wide range of global alternative, underground and experimental musics. The Wire celebrates and interrogates the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronic music, hiphop, new jazz, improvised music, modern composition, traditional musics and more.”

In 1992, they created their list of the 100 most important records ever made for their 100th issue in June 1992, saying “To mark our milestone we've chosen the most significant records made in the 20th Century - in a chart which sets down all the finest most marvellous and most great moments on record as they happened.” The list isn’t ranked, but in chronological by dates of recording, not release. The list oddly focuses on mostly albums with a few songs thrown in. This is also an interesting mix of bona fide classics and obscurities.

Check out other publications and organizations’ best-of album lists here.

1. Igor Stravinsky (composer) L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (ballet, composed 1910) / Pétrouchka (aka “Petrushka”) (ballet, composed 1910-11) / Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, composed 1913)
2. Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Hot Sevens (recorded 1927-28, released 1999)
3. Dinwiddie Colored Quartet Early Negro Vocal Quartets Volume One (recorded 1894-1928, released 1991)
4. Blind Willie Johnson Praise God I’m Satisfied (recorded 1927-30, released 1977)
5. Jelly Roll Morton Centennial: His Complete Victor Recordings (recorded 1930, released 1990)
6. Various Artists On the Halls (1930)
7. Dziga Vertov Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbas (1931)
8. Bessie Smith The Complete Recordings Vol. 1: The World’s Greatest Blues Singer / Any Woman’s Blues / Empty Red Blues / The Empress / Nobody’s Blues But Mine (box set, recorded 1923-33, released 1991)
9. Various Artists Really! The Country Blues (compilation: recorded 1927-33, released 1962)
10. Charley Patton Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34, released 1969)

11. Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (recorded 1936-37, released 1990)
12. Alban Berg Lulu (composed 1937, released 1979)
13. Billie Holiday With The Teddy Wilson Orchestra Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (recorded 1933-44, released 2001)
14. Muggsy Spanier The Great 16 (compilation: recorded ? to 1939, released 1956)
15. Count Basie The Original American Decca Recordings (recorded 1937-39, released 1992)
16. Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
17. Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (box set: 1939-42, released 1990)
18. Anton Webern Complete Works Conducted By Pierre Boulez (covers music composed in Webern’s lifetime from 1883-1945, recorded 1978)
19. Béla Bartók At the Piano (recorded 1920-45)
20. Woody Herman Four Brothers (compilation: recorded 1948, released 1988)

21. Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy Sessions (box set: 1944-48, released 2000)
22. Oliver Messaien Turangalia Symphony (1950)
23. Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1947) / Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 (1951)
24. Various Folk Music of the Mediterranean (compilation: 1952)
25. Art Tatum The Solo Masterpieces (1953)
26. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right (Mama)” / “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (1954)
27. Julie London Julie Is Her Name (1955)
28. Sonny Rollins Saxophone Collosus (1956)
29. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
30. Lennie Tristano Intuition (recorded 1956)

31. The Five Royales “Dedicated to the One I Love” (1957)
32. Chuck Berry “Sweet Little Sixteen” (1958)
33. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
34. Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley (1959)
35. Gil Evans Out of the Cool (1960)
36. Ornette Coleman Change of the Century (1960)
37. Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang Der Junglinge / Kontakt (1960)
38. Bill Evans Trio The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings (live, recorded 1961)
39. Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
40. Booker T And The MGs “Green Onions” (1962)

41. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
42. Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
43. La Monte Young Sunday Morning Blues (1963)
44. Albert Ayler Trio Spiritual Unity (1964)
45. Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! (1964)
46. Ezz Reco and the Launchers “King of Kings” (1964)
47. Various Artists A Collection of 16 Tamla/Motown Hits (compilation: released 1965)
48. James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (1965)
49. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (1965)
50. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

51. The Kinks “See My Friends” (1965)
52. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
53. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love (1967)
54. Morton Subotnick Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)
55. The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat (1967)
56. Sly & the Family Stone “Dance to the Music” (1968)
57. Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention We’re Only in It for the Money (1968)
58. Various Artists Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (box set: 1964-68, released 1972)
59. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
60. The Melodians Pre-Meditation (1969)

61. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
62. Scott Walker Scott 3 (1969)
63. Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon (1970)
64. The Meters Look-ka Py Py (1970)
65. Soft Machine Third (1970)
66. The Stooges Fun House (1970)
67. Dr. Roger Payne (producer) Songs of the Humpback Whale (1970)
68. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
69. Ravi Shankar And Ali Akbar Khan In Concert (1972)
70. Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)

71. Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On (1973)
72. Bob Marley & the Wailers Catch a Fire (1973)
73. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
74. Can Soon Over Babaluma (1974)
75. Philip Glass Music in Twelve Parts (1974)
76. Brian Eno Another Green World (1975)
77. Grupo Folklorio Y Experimental Nuevayorquino Concepts in Unity (1975)
78. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
79. Fela Ransome Kuti and the Africa 70 Kalakuta Show (1976)
80. The Clash The Clash (1977)

81. Kraftwerk Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (1977)
82. Hans Jurgen Syberberg Hitler, a Film from Germany (soundtrack, 1977)
83. Evan Parker Monoceros (1978)
84. Pere Ubu Dub Housing (1978)
85. Alegre All-Stars They Don’t Make ‘Em Like Us Anymore (1979)
86. The Pop Group Y (1979)
87. Public Image Ltd. Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (1979)
88. Minor Threat Minor Threat (EP, 1980)
89. The Fall Slates (EP, 1981)
90. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” (1981)

91. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
92. King Sunny Ade Juju Music (1983)
93. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (1984)
94. Madonna “Into the Groove” (1985)
95. Christian Marclay Record Without a Cover (1985)
96. Cecil Taylor In Berlin (1986)
97. Various The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1986)
98. Ami Koita Tata Sira (1988)
99. Mr. Fingers “Washing Machine” (1988)
100. Public Enemy “Bring the Noise” (1988)


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First posted 12/11/2021.

Tuesday, June 23, 1992

Elvis Presley The King of Rock and Roll box set released

Last updated 11/19/2020.

A Retrospective: 1953-1959

Elvis Presley

This page focuses on the below compilations, which cover Elvis Presley’s career from 1953 to 1959. Check out the Elvis Presley Retrospective: 1954-1977 page for a full career overview. There are also links to other Elvis’ pages at the bottom of this page.


Compilations:

These compilations cover the studio albums listed below. Links connect to DMDB pages dedicated to those albums. The raised letter codes listed after songs indicate apperances on any of these compilations (see codes above). Appearing after song titles are the writers in italicized parentheses, the time of the song in brackets, and, when relevant, the date the song was released as a single and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.


The Studio Albums:

Note: If a song is noted with a number and an “x” (such as 2x), that means the song is an added bonus track to the album upon its CD release.


The Sun Sessions (recorded 1954-55, released 1975):

  • That’s All Right (Arthur Crudup) [1:55] (recorded 7/5/54, released 7/19/54, 3 UK, sales: 0.5 m) 1, 4, G1x, KR
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe) [2:04] (recorded 7/7/54, released 7/19/54) 1, 7, KR
  • I Love You Because (Leon Payne) [2:41] (recorded 7/5/54) 1, 2, KR
  • Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) [2:40] (recorded 8/19/54, released 9/29/56, 55 US, 9 UK) 1, 2, KR
  • I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (Mack David) [2:28] (recorded 9/10/54, released 9/54, 74 US, 23 UK) 1, KR
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Brown) [2:14] (recorded 9/10/54, released 9/25/54) 1, 7, KR
  • I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) (Wakely) [2:22] (recorded 9/10/54) 1, 2, KR
  • Just Because (Sydney Robin, Bob Shelton, Joe Shelton) [2:31] (recorded 9/10/54) 1, 2, KR
  • Milk Cow Blues Boogie (Kokomo Arnold) [2:39] (recorded 11/12/54, released 12/28/54) 1, 7, KR
  • You’re a Heartbreaker (Jack Sallee) [2:12] (recorded 11/12/54, released 12/28/54) 1, KR
  • I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Stan Kesler, William Taylor) [2:36] (recorded 3/5/55, released 4/10/55, 21 UK) 1, 4, KR
  • Baby Let’s Play House (Arthur Gunter) [2:17] (recorded 2/5/55, released 4/10/55, 5 US) 1, 7, G1x, KR
  • Mystery Train (Herman Parker Jr., Sam Phillips) [2:24] (recorded 7/11/55, released 8/6/55, 25 UK, 11 CW) 1, 4, G1x, KR
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget (Stan Kesler, Charlie Feathers) (recorded 7/21/55, released 9/17/55, 1 CW) 1, 7, KR
  • Trying to Get to You (Rose Marie McCoy, Charles Singleton) [2:32] (recorded 7/21/55, 9/8/56, 16 UK) 1, 2, KR


Elvis Presley (1956):

  • Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley) [2:08] (recorded 1/10/56, released 1/27/56, 1 US, 2 UK, 3 RB, 1 CW, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) 2x, G1, KR
  • I Got a Woman (Charles/ Richards) [2:23] (recorded 1/10/56) 2, KR
  • Money Honey (Stone) [2:33] (recorded 1/10/56, 5/1/56, 76 US) 2, KR
  • I Was the One (Hal Blair, Claude Demetrius, Bill Peppers, Aaron Schroeder) [2:34] (recorded 1/11/56, released 1/27/56, 19 US, 8 CW) 2x, 4, G1x, KR
  • I’m Counting on You (Robertson) [2:22] (recorded 1/11/56) 2, KR
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Perkins) [1:59] (recorded 1/30/56, released 4/7/56, 20 US, 39 UK, sales: ½ million) 2, KR
  • One-Sided Love Affair (Campbell) [2:10] (recorded 1/30/56) 2, KR
  • My Baby Left Me (Arthur Crudup) [2:11] (recorded 1/30/56, released 5/4/56, 31 US, 19 UK, 13 CW) 2x, 4, G1x, KR
  • Tutti Frutti (LaBostrie/ Little Richard) [1:57] (recorded 1/31/56) 2, KR
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry Over You (Biggs/ Thomas) [2:01] (recorded 1/31/56) 2, KR
  • Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) [2:08] (recorded 2/3/56, released 11/8/57, 15 UK) 2x, 4, KR
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll (Charles Calhoun) [2:37] (recorded 2/3/56) 2x, 4, KR
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Kosloff/ Mysels) [2:40] (recorded 4/14/56, released 5/12/56, 1 US, 14 UK, 3 RB, 1 CW, sales: 1 million) 2x, G1, KR


Elvis (1956):

  • So Glad You’re Mine (Arthur Crudup) [2:18] (recorded 1/30/56) 3, KR
  • Hound Dog (Leiber/ Stoller) [2:15] (recorded 7/2/56, released 7/13/56, 1 US, 2 UK, 1 RB, sales: 4 million) 3x, G1, KR
  • Don’t Be Cruel (Blackwell/ Presley) [2:03] (recorded 7/2/56, released 7/13/56, 1 US, 24 UK, 1 RB, 1 CW, sales: 4 million, airplay: 4 million) 3x, G1, KR
  • Any Way You Want Me That’s How I Will Be (Cliff Owens, Aaron Schroeder) [2:16] (recorded 7/2/56, released 9/28/56, 20 US, 12 RB) 3x, G1, KR
  • Love Me Tender (Maston/ Presley) [2:42] (recorded 8/24/56, released 9/28/56, 1 US, 11 UK, 3 RB, 3 CW, sales: 3 million, airplay: 3 million) 3x, G1, KR
  • Playing for Keeps (Stan Kesler) [2:50] (recorded 9/1/56, released 1/26/57, 21 US, 8 CW) 3x, 4, G2x, KR
  • Love Me (Leiber/ Stoller) [2:44] (recorded 9/1/56, released 10/19/56, 2 US, 7 RB, 10 CW) 3, G1, KR
  • How Do You Think I Feel (Webb Pierce, Wiley Walker) [2:10] (recorded 9/1/56) 3, KR
  • How’s the World Treating You (Chet Atkins, Boudleaux Bryant) [2:23] (recorded 9/1/56) 3, KR
  • Paralyzed (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) [2:24] (recorded 9/2/56, released 10/19/56, 59 US, 8 UK) 3, G2x, KR
  • When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again [2:18] (recorded 9/2/56, released 10/19/56, 19 US) 3, KR
  • Long Tall Sally (Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman) [1:51] (recorded 9/2/56) 3, KR
  • Old Shep (Red Foley, Arthur Williams) [4:10] (recorded 9/2/56, released 12/56, 47 US) 3, KR
  • Too Much (Lee Rosenberg, Bernard Weinman) [2:32] (recorded 9/2/56, released 1/4/57, 1 US, 6 UK, 3 RB, 3 CW, sales: 1 million) 3x, G1, KR
  • Anyplace is Paradise (Joe Thomas) [2:26] (recorded 9/2/56) 3, KR
  • Ready Teddy (Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco) [1:55] (recorded 9/3/56) 3, KR
  • Rip It Up (Robert Blackwell, John Maraascalo) [1:50] (recorded 9/3/56, 10/56, 27 UK) 3, KR
  • First in Line (Aaron Schroeder, Ben Weisman) [3:21] (recorded 9/3/56) 3, KR


For LP Fans Only (archives: 1954-57, released 1959):

  • Poor Boy (Vera Matson, Presley) [2:13] (recorded 8/24/56) 4, KR


Loving You (soundtrack, 1957):

The CD reissue also included alternate versions of “Party,” “Loving You,” and “Got a Lot O’ Lovin’ to Do.”

  • Tell Me Why (Titus Turner) [2:05] (recorded 1/12/57) 5x, KR
  • Got a Lot O’ Livin’ to Do (Schroeder/ Weisman) [2:33] (recorded 1/12/57, charted 7/1/57, 17 UK) 5, G2x, KR
  • Mean Woman Blues (Claude Demetrius) [2:11] (recorded 1/13/57) 5, G2x, KR
  • Blueberry Hill (Vincent Rose, Al Lewis, Larry Stock) [2:39] (recorded 1/19/57, released 4/57) 5, KR
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Scotty Greene Wisemen [2:32] (recorded 1/19/57, released 4/57) 5, KR
  • Is It So Strange (Faron Young) [2:28] (recorded 1/19/57, released 4/57) 5x, 7, KR
  • Party (Jessie Mae Robinson) [1:28] (recorded 1/21/57, released 4/57) 5, KR
  • Lonesome Cowboy (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) [3:02] (recorded 1/15/57) 5, KR
  • Hot Dog Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [1:17] (recorded 1/18/57) 5, KR
  • One Night of Sin (Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman) [2:35] (recorded 1/24/57) 5x, KR
  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (Bernie Lowe, Kal Mann) [1:47] (recorded 1/24/57, released 6/11/57, 1 US, 3 UK, 1 CW, 1 RB, sales: 5 million) 5, G1, KR
  • Don’t Leave Me Now (Aaron Schroeder, Ben Weisman) [1:58] (recorded 2/23/57, released 7/1/57) 5, KR
  • I Beg of You (Rose Marie McCoy, Kelly Owens) [1:50] (recorded 2/23/57, released 1/7/58) 5x, KR
  • True Love (Cole Porter) [2:08] (recorded 2/23/57) 5, KR
  • I Need You So (Ivory Joe Hunter) [2:40] (recorded 2/23/57, released 4/57) 5, KR
  • Loving You (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:15] (recorded 2/24/57, released 6/11/57, 20 US, 24 UK, 15 CW) 5, G1, KR
  • When It Rains, It Really Pours (William Emerson) [1:47] (recorded 2/24/57, released 8/10/65) 5x, KR


Christmas Album (1957):

  • I Believe (Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman) [2:05] (recorded 1/12/57) 6, KR
  • There’ll Be Peace in the Valley for Me (Thomas A. Dorsey) (recorded 1/13/57, released 4/1/57, 25 US) 6, KR
  • Take My Hand Precious Lord (Thomas A. Dorsey) [3:16] (recorded 1/13/57, released 4/57) 6, KR
  • It Is No Secret What God Can Do (Stuart Hamblen) [3:53] (recorded 1/19/57, released 4/57) 6, KR
  • Blue Christmas (Bill Hayes, Jay Johnson) (recorded 9/5/57, 12/3/64, 11 UK, 55 CW, sales: 1 million) 6, KR
  • White Christmas (Irving Berlin) [2:23] (recorded 9/6/57) 6, KR
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Gene Autry, Oakley Halderman) [1:54] (recorded 9/6/57) 6, KR
  • Silent Night (Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber) [2:23] (recorded 9/6/57) 6, KR
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner) [2:35] (recorded 9/7/57) 6, KR
  • Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me (Aaron Schroeder, Claude Demetrius) [1:54] (recorded 9/7/57, released 10/15/57, 7 UK) 6, G2x, KR
  • Santa Claus Is Back in Town (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:22] (recorded 9/7/57, released 10/15/57, 41 UK) 6, G2x, KR
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent) [1:53] (recorded 9/7/57) 6, KR


A Date with Elvis (archives: 1954-57, released 1959):

  • We’re Gonna Move (Vera Matson, Elvis Presley) [2:28] (recorded 8/24/56) 7, KR
  • Young and Beautiful (Aaron Schroeder, Abner Silver) [2:02] (recorded 4/30/57, released 10/57) 7, KR
  • You’re So Square Baby I Don’t Care (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [1:51] (recorded 4/30/57, released 10/57) 7, KR
  • I Want to Be Free (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:12] (recorded 4/30/57, released 10/57) 7, KR

Golden Records

Elvis Presley


Released: March 21, 1958


Recorded: 1956-1958


Peak: 3 US, 2 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, 0.06 UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: early rock and roll


Tracks: (1) Hound Dog (2) Loving You (3) All Shook Up (4) Heartbreak Hotel (5) Jailhouse Rock (6) Love Me (7) Too Much (8) Don’t Be Cruel (9) That’s When Your Heartache Begins (10) Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (11) Love Me Tender (12) Treat Me Nice (13) Anyway You Want Me That’s How I Will Be (14) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You


Total Running Time: 32:03

Rating:

4.862 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)


Awards:

About Golden Records:

“This was rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album, and it set the standard for all others to follow. As originally conceived, it was a 14-song collection of most of the King’s biggest hits up to that time, released on the eve of his start of military service – a dearth of material being in the offing, it seemed only logical to assemble these hits. Each of the 14 songs had earned a gold-record award for a million sales, a record unequaled at that time by anyone else in rock & roll. The album wasn’t intended as a history lesson, so Hound Dog and Loving You precede Heartbreak Hotel – the 1997 remastering also tampers with the concept a bit, adding six bonus tracks.” BE

“Elvis’ singing never sounded richer or more expressive, and one can fully appreciate in vivid detail the delicate nuances of his phrasing on songs like Too Much. On the downside, the remastering has made the sound so clean on some of the harder songs that some of the raw, ‘dirty’ ambience that characterized this stuff on the radio and the original 45s is lacking. Still, Scotty Moore’s groundbreaking lead guitar part on ‘Hound Dog’ and the Jordanaires’ backup singing never came through more sharply or cleanly, and the all-important rhythm section is almost up front in the mix.” BE

“Those who own the first Elvis box from RCA, covering the ‘50s masters, may hesitate to pick up this or the other parts of this latest remastered series, but the sound has been upgraded one more level, and Golden Hits does give a bite-sized glimpse of where Elvis had come from and where he was going (for better or worse) musically on the eve of heading into the Army.” BE


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • All Shook Up (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) [1:57] (recorded 1/12/57, released 3/22/57, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CW, 1 RB, sales: 7 million, airplay: 2 million) G1
  • That’s When Your Heartache Begins (Fred Fisher, Billy Hill, William Raskin) [3:21] (recorded 1/13/57, released 3/22/57, 58 US) G1
  • Jailhouse Rock (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:27] (recorded 4/30/57, released 9/24/57, 1 US, 1 UK, 1 CW, 1 RB, sales: 9 million) G1, KR
  • Treat Me Nice (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:10] (recorded 9/5/57, released 9/24/57, 18 US, 7 RB, 11 CW) G1, KR


King Creole (soundtrack, 1958):

The CD reissue of this album also included alternate takes of “King Creole,” “As Long As I Have You,” “Lover Doll,” “Steadfast, Loyal, and True,” “As Long As I Have You,” and “King Creole.”

  • Danny (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) [1:51] (recorded 2/11/58) 8x, KR
  • Hard Headed Woman (Claude Demetrius) [1:53] (recorded 1/15/58, released 6/10/58, 1 US, 2 UK, 2 RB, 2 CW, sales: 1 million) 8, G2x, KR
  • Trouble (Leiber/Stoller) [2:17] (recorded 1/15/58) 8, KR
  • New Orleans (Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett) [1:59] (recorded 1/15/58) 8, KR
  • Crawfish (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) [1:49] (recorded 1/15/58) 8, KR
  • Dixieland Rock (Aaron Schroeder, Rachel Frank) [1:46] (recorded 1/16/58) 8, KR
  • Lover Doll (Sid Wayne, Abner Silver) [2:10] (recorded 1/16/58) 8, KR
  • Don’t Ask Me Why (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) [2:07] (recorded 1/16/58, 6/30/58, 25 US, 9 RB) 8, KR
  • As Long As I Have You (Fred Wise, Ben Weisman) [1:49] (recorded 1/16/58) 8, KR
  • King Creole (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:06] (recorded 1/23/58, released 9/19/58, 2 UK) 8, KR
  • Young Dreams (Aaron Schroeder, Martin Kalmanoff) [2:22] (recorded 1/23/58) 8, KR
  • Steadfast, Loyal and True (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [1:17] (recorded 2/11/58) 8, KR

Golden Records Vol. 2: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong

Elvis Presley


Released: November 13, 1959


Recorded: 1957-1959


Peak: 31 US, 4 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: early rock and roll


Tracks: (1) I Need Your Love Tonight (2) Don’t (3) Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (4) My Wish Came True (5) I Got Stung (6) One Night (7) A Big Hunk O’ Love (8) I Beg of You (9) Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (10) Doncha’ Think It’s Time


Total Running Time: 22:00

Rating:

4.159 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

About Golden Records 2:

The initial release of Elvis’ second greatest-hits collection, Gold Records, Volume 2 (also known as 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong), featured singles released in 1958 and 1959, dating back to recording sessions from 1957. A reissue of the album added bonus tracks dating back to 1956.

Among the songs were the #1 hits Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, and Big Hunk O’ Love and the top ten hits I Beg of You, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, I Got Stung, One Night, I Need Your Love Tonight and Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • My Wish Came True (Ivory Joe Hunter) [2:33] (recorded 9/6/57, released 6/23/59, 12 US, 15 RB) G2, KR
  • Don’t (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) [2:48] (recorded 9/6/57, released 1/7/58, 1 US, 2 UK, 2 CW, 4 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, KR
  • I Beg of You (Rose Marie McCoy, Cliff Owens) [1:50] (recorded 2/23/57, released 1/7/58, 8 US, 4 CW, 5 RB) G2
  • One Night (Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman) [2:29] (recorded 2/23/57, released 10/21/58, 4 US, 1 UK, 24 CW, 10 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, KR
  • Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Bert Carroll, Moody Russell) [2:13] (recorded 2/1/58, released 4/1/58, 2 US, 3 UK, 3 CW, 1 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, KR
  • Doncha’ Think It’s Time (Luther Dixon, Clyde Otis) [1:54] (recorded 2/1/58, released 4/1/58, 15 US, 10 RB) G2, KR
  • I Got Stung (David Hill, Aaron Schroeder) [1:49] (recorded 6/11/58, released 10/21/58, 8 US, 1 UK) G2, KR
  • Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (Bill Trader) [2:36] (recorded 6/10/58, released 3/10/59, 2 US, 1 UK, 16 RB, sales: 5 million) G2, KR
  • I Need Your Love Tonight (Bix Reichner, Sid Wayne) [2:04] (recorded 6/10/58, released 3/10/59, 4 US) G2, KR
  • A Big Hunk O’ Love (Aaron Schroeder, Sidney Wyche) [2:12] (recorded 6/10/58, released 6/23/59, 1 US, 4 UK, 10 RB, sales: 1 million) G2, KR

The King of Rock and Roll: The Complete ‘50s Masters

Elvis Presley


Released: June 23, 1992


Recorded: 1953-1958


Peak: 159 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: early rock and roll


Disc 1: (1) My Happiness (2) That’s All Right (3) I Love You Because (4) Harbor Lights (5) Blue Moon of Kentucky (6) Blue Moon (7) Tomorrow Night (8) I’ll Never Let You Go (9) I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (10) Just Because (11) Good Rockin’ Tonight (12) Milkcow Blues Boogie (13) You’re a Heartbreaker (14) Baby Let’s Play House (15) I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (16) Mystery Train (17) I Forgot to Remember to Forget (18) Trying to Get to You (19) When It Rains, It Really Pours (20 I Got a Woman (21) Heartbreak Hotel (22) Money Honey (23) I’m Counting on You (24) I Was the One (25) Blue Suede Shoes (26) My Baby Left Me (27) One-Sided Love Affair (28) So Glad You're Mine (29) I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You (30) Tutti Frutti

Disc 2: (1) Lawdy Miss Clawdy (2) Shake, Rattle And Roll (3) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (4) Hound Dog (5) Don’t Be Cruel (6) Any Way You Want Me (7) We’re Gonna Move (8) Love Me Tender (9) Poor Boy (10) Let Me (11) Playing for Keeps (12) Love Me (13) Paralyzed (14) How Do You Think I Feel (15) How’s the World Treating You (16) When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (17) Long Tall Sally (18) Old Shep (19) Too Much (20) Anyplace Is Paradise (21) Ready Teddy (22) First In Line (23) Rip It Up (24) I Believe (25) Tell Me Why (26) Got a Lot O’ Livin’ to Do (27) All Shook Up (28) Mean Woman Blues (29) There’ll Be Peace in the Valley for Me

Disc 3: (1) That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (2) Take My Hand, Precious Lord (3) It Is No Secret What God Can Do (4) Blueberry Hill (5) Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (6) Is It So Strange (7) Party (8) Lonesome Cowboy (9) Hot Dog (10) One Night of Sin (11) Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (12) Don’t Leave Me Now (13) I Beg of You (14) One Night with You (15) True Love (16) I Need You So (17) Loving You (18) When It Rains, It Really Pours (19) Jailhouse Rock (20) Young and Beautiful (21) I Want to Be Free (22) You’re So Square, Baby I Don't Care (23) Don’t Leave Me Now (24) Blue Christmas (25) White Christmas (26) Here Comes Santa Claus (27) Silent Night (28) Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem (29) Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me (30) Santa Claus Is Back in Town (31) I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Disc 4: (1) Treat Me Nice (2) My Wish Came True (3) Don’t (4) Danny (5) Hard Headed Woman (6) Trouble (7) New Orleans (8) Crawfish (9) Dixieland Rock (10) Lover Doll (11) Don’t Ask Me Why (12) As Long As I Have You (13) King Creole (14) Young Dreams (15) Steadfast, Loyal and True (16) Doncha Think It’s Time (17) Your Cheatin’ Heart (18) Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (19) I Need Your Love Tonight (20) A Big Hunk O’ Love (21) Ain’t That Loving You Baby (22) Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (23) I Got Stung (24) Interview with Elvis

Disc 5: (1) That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (2) Fool, Fool, Fool (3) Tweedle Dee (live) (4) Maybellene (live) (5) Shake, Rattle, and Roll (alternate) (6) Blue Moon of Kentucky (alternate) (7) Blue Moon (alternate) (8) I’m Left, You’re Right, She's Gone (alternate) (9) Reconsider Baby (10) Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Alternate) (11) Shake, Rattle, and Roll (alternate) (12) I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (alternate Take) (13) Heartbreak Hotel (live) (14) Long Tall Sally (live) (15) Blue Suede Shoes (live) (16) Money Honey (live) (17) We’re Gonna Move (alternate) (18) Old Shep (alternate) (19) I Beg of You (alternate) (20) Loving You (slow version) (21) Loving You (uptempo version) (22) Young and Beautiful (alternate) (23) I Want to Be Free (alternate) (24) King Creole (alternate) (25) As Long As I Have You (alternate) (26) Ain't That Loving You Baby (fast version - take 11)


Total Running Time: 5:39:29

Rating:

4.729 out of 5.00 (average of 19 ratings)


Quotable: --


Awards:

About The King of Rock and Roll:

This box set collected all of Elvis’ recordings from the 1950s, which included the albums The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You, Christmas Album, and King Creole in their entirety. All of those cuts are listed above over the course of the page. Additional tracks, mostly from the fifth disc of the collection, are indicated below.

In addition, all the songs featured on Elvis’ first two greatest-hits compilations, Golden Records and 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Gold Records Vol. 2, are included on this set.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • My Happiness (Betty Peterson Blasco, Borney Bergantine) [2:31] (recorded 7/18/53) KR
  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin Fred Fisher, Billy Hill, William Raskin) [3:20] (recorded 7/18/53) KR
  • Harbor Lights (Jimmy Kennedy, Hugh Williams) [2:35] (recorded 7/5/54) KR
  • Tomorrow Night (Sam Coslow, Hugh Williams) [2:58] (recorded 9/10/54) KR
  • Fool Fool Fool (Nugetre) [1:51] (recorded 1/6/55) KR
  • Tweedle Dee (live) (Winfield Scott, LaVern Baker) [4/30/55] (recorded 4/30/55) KR
  • Maybellene (live) (Chuck Berry) [8/20/55] KR
  • When It Rains, It Really Pours (William Emerson) [2:01] (recorded 11/20/55) 5x, KR
  • Let Me (Vera Matson, Elvis Presley) [recorded 8/24/56] KR
  • Reconsider Baby (Lowell Fulsom) [2:53] (recorded 4/12/56) KR
  • Heartbreak Hotel (live) [2:54] (recorded 5/6/56) KR
  • Long Tall Sally (live) [2:15] (recorded 5/6/56) KR
  • Blue Suede Shoes (live) [4:59] (recorded 5/6/56) KR
  • Money Honey (live) [2:34] (recorded 5/6/56) KR
  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin Fred Fisher, Billy Hill, William Raskin) [3:20] (recorded 1/13/57, released 3/22/57, 58 US) KR
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams) [2:24] (recorded 2/1/58) KR
  • Ain’t That Loving You Baby (Ivory Joe Hunter, Clyde Otis) [2:22] (recorded 6/10/58) KR
  • Expanded Interview Segment [12:34] (recorded 9/22/58) KR

Notes: Not listed above are the alternate versions of songs found on the fifth disc.


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