Complete Elvis Presley Masters Box Set

Complete Elvis Presley Masters

This is so hardcore. So remember earlier this year when we wrote about how they had gone back and worked on audiophile-quality remasters of all 711 of the master recordings Elvis Presley released in his lifetime, but the only place you could purchase them all together was via a corny collection from the Franklin Mint? Back then I whined, “it would be great if they could release a nice, chronologically sequenced box with good liner notes.” Well, my wish was somebody’s command because that’s exactly what they’re releasing: The Complete Elvis Presley Masters Collection Limited Edition.

The first run is limited to 1,000 copies and includes 30 discs (including all 711 master recordings plus 103 additional rare recordings — see complete tracklist below), a 240-page hardbound book, individually numbered display case, and an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. It ships on or before October 19, 2010. It costs $749 plus tax and $14.99 shipping. That’s steep, even for thirty CDs. But oh man, what a collection! Hopefully, a more reasonably priced second run will be released after the first run sells out…

Update: Some sharp-eyed fans on the Steve Hoffman forums have noticed that the collection is missing the song “Let’s Forget About the Stars,” recorded for the Charro soundtrack and issued on Let’s Be Friends in 1970. Oops!

Update #2: ElvisNews.com counters: Despite a typo on the official Sony Website and the Sony Press Release, we can now officially state that the 30 cd box set THE COMPLETE MASTERS is indeed… complete, including “Let’s Forget About The Stars” and “Big Boots”.


Disc 1

1. Harbor Lights

2. I Love You Because

3. That’s All Right

4. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

5. Blue Moon

6. Tomorrow Night

7. I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)

8. I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

9. Just Because

10. Good Rockin’ Tonight

11. Milkcow Blues Boogie

12. You’re A Heartbreaker

13. I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (slow version)

14. Baby Let’s Play House

15. I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone

16. I Forgot To Remember To Forget

17. Mystery Train

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

Disc 2

1. Blue Suede Shoes

2. My Baby Left Me

3. One Sided Love Affair

4. So Glad You’re Mine

5. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)

6. Tutti Frutti

7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

8. Shake, Rattle And Roll

9. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

10. Hound Dog

11. Don’t Be Cruel

12. Any Way You Want Me

13. We’re Gonna Move

14. Love Me Tender

15. Poor Boy

16. Let Me

17. Playing For Keeps

18. Love Me

19. How Do You Think I Feel

20. How’s The World Treating You

21. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

22. Long Tall Sally

23. Old Shep

24. Paralyzed

25. Too Much

26. Anyplace Is Paradise

27. Ready Teddy

28. First In Line

29. Rip It Up

Disc 3

1. I Believe

2. Tell Me Why

3. Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do

4. All Shook Up

5. Mean Woman Blues

6. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)

7. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

8. Take My Hand, Precious Lord

9. Party

10. Lonesome Cowboy

11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

12. Hot Dog

13. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

14. Blueberry Hill

15. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

16. Is It So Strange

17. Don’t Leave Me Now

18. I Beg Of You

19. One Night

20. True Love

21. I Need You So

22. Loving You

23. When It Rains, It Really Pours

24. Jailhouse Rock

25. Young And Beautiful

26. I Want To Be Free

27. Don’t Leave Me Now

28. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care

Disc 4

1. Treat Me Nice

2. Blue Christmas

3. My Wish Came True

4. White Christmas

5. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)

6. Silent Night

7. Don’t

8. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

9. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

10. Santa Claus Is Back In Town

11. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

12. Hard Headed Woman

13. Trouble

14. New Orleans

15. Crawfish

16. Dixieland Rock

17. Lover Doll

18. Don’t Ask Me Why

19. As Long As I Have You

20. King Creole

21. Young Dreams

22. Steadfast, Loyal And True

23. Danny

24. Doncha’ Think It’s Time (single master)

25. Your Cheatin’ Heart

26. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

27. I Need Your Love Tonight

28. A Big Hunk O’ Love

29. Ain’t That Loving You Baby

30. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I

31. I Got Stung

Disc 5

1. Make Me Know It

2. Soldier Boy

3. Stuck On You

4. Fame And Fortune

5. A Mess Of Blues

6. It Feels So Right

7. Fever

8. Like A Baby

9. It’s Now Or Never

10. The Girl Of My Best Friend

11. Dirty, Dirty Feeling

12. Thrill Of Your Love

13. I Gotta Know

14. Such A Night

15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

16. Girl Next Door Went A’Walking

17. I Will Be Home Again

18. Reconsider Baby

19. Didja’ Ever

20. Doin’ The Best I Can

21. G.I. Blues

22. Tonight Is So Right For Love

23. What’s She Really Like

24. Blue Suede Shoes

25. Wooden Heart

26. Shoppin’ Around

27. Pocketful Of Rainbows

28. Frankfort Special

29. Tonight’s All Right For Love

Disc 6

1. Summer Kisses, Winter Tears

2. Britches

3. A Cane And A High Starched Collar

4. Flaming Star

5. Milky White Way

6. His Hand In Mine

7. I Believe In The Man In The Sky

8. He Knows Just What I Need

9. Surrender

10. Mansion Over The Hilltop

11. In My Father’s House

12. Joshua Fit The Battle

13. Swing Down Sweet Chariot

14. I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs

15. If We Never Meet Again

16. Known Only To Him

17. Crying In The Chapel

18. Working On The Building

19. Lonely Man

20. In My Way

21. Wild In The Country

22. Forget Me Never

23. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell

24. I’m Comin’ Home

25. Gently

26. In Your Arms

27. Give Me The Right

28. I Feel So Bad

29. It’s A Sin

30. I Want You With Me

31. There’s Always Me

32. Starting Today

33. Sentimental Me

34. Judy

35. Put The Blame On Me

Disc 7

1. Hawaiian Sunset

2. Aloha Oe

3. Ku-U-I-Po

4. No More

5. Slicin’ Sand

6. Blue Hawaii

7. Ito Eats

8. Hawaiian Wedding Song

9. Island Of Love

10. Steppin’ Out Of Line

11. Almost Always True

12. Moonlight Swim

13. Can’t Help Falling In Love

14. Beach Boy Blues

15. Rock-A-Hula Baby

16. Kiss Me Quick

17. That’s Someone You Never Forget

18. I’m Yours

19. (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame

20. Little Sister

21. For The Millionth And The Last Time

22. Good Luck Charm

23. Anything That’s Part Of You

24. I Met Her Today

25. Night Rider

26. Angel

27. Follow That Dream

28. What A Wonderful Life

29. I’m Not The Marrying Kind

30. Sound Advice

Disc 8

1. A Whistling Tune

2. Home Is Where The Heart Is

3. Riding The Rainbow

4. I Got Lucky

5. This Is Living

6. King Of The Whole Wide World

7. Something Blue

8. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow

9. (Such An) Easy Question

10. Fountain Of Love

11. Just For Old Time Sake

12. You’ll Be Gone

13. I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever

14. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello

15. Suspicion

16. She’s Not You

17. I Don’t Want To

18. We’re Coming In Loaded

19. Thanks To The Rolling Sea

20. Where Do You Come From

21. Girls! Girls! Girls!

22. Return To Sender

23. Because Of Love

24. The Walls Have Ears

25. Song Of The Shrimp

26. A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You

27. Mama

28. Earth Boy

29. Dainty Little Moonbeams

30. Girls! Girls! Girls! Finale

31. I Don’t Wanna Be Tied

32. Plantation Rock

33. We’ll Be Together

Disc 9

1. Happy Ending

2. Relax

3. I’m Falling In Love Tonight

4. They Remind Me Too Much Of You

5. Cotton Candy Land

6. A World Of Our Own

7. How Would You Like To Be

8. One Broken Heart For Sale

9. Beyond The Bend

10. Take Me To The Fair

11. Bossa Nova Baby

12. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

13. Mexico

14. The Bullfighter Was A Lady

15. Marguerita

16. Vino, Dinero Y Amor

17. (There’s) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car

18. Fun In Acapulco

19. El Toro

20. You Can’t Say No In Acapulco

21. Guadalajara

22. Echoes Of Love

23. Please Don’t Drag That String Around

24. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise

25. Never Ending

26. What Now, What Next, Where To

27. Witchcraft

28. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers

29. Love Me Tonight

30. (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway

31. Western Union

32. Slowly But Surely

33. Blue River

Disc 10

1. Night Life

2. C’mon Everybody

3. If You Think I Don’t Need You

4. I Need Somebody To Lean On

5. Do The Vega

6. Viva Las Vegas

7. Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas

8. The Lady Loves Me

9. You’re The Boss

10. Today, Tomorrow And Forever

11. Santa Lucia

12. What’d I Say

13. Once Is Enough

14. Catchin’ On Fast

15. Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You)

16. Smokey Mountain Boy

17. There’s Gold In The Mountains

18. One Boy Two Little Girls

19. Kissin’ Cousins

20. Barefoot Ballad

21. Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2)

22. Tender Feeling

23. Memphis, Tennessee

24. Ask Me

25. It Hurts Me

Disc 11

1. Little Egypt

2. Poison Ivy League

3. Hard Knocks

4. It’s A Wonderful World

5. Big Love Big Heartache

6. One Track Heart

7. It’s Carnival Time

8. Carny Town

9. There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon

10. Wheels On My Heels

11. Roustabout

12. Puppet On A String

13. The Meanest Girl In Town

14. Girl Happy

15. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die

16. Spring Fever

17. Do Not Disturb

18. I’ve Got To Find My Baby

19. Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce

20. Startin’ Tonight

21. Do The Clam

22. Wolf Call

23. Shake That Tambourine

24. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)

25. My Desert Serenade

26. Wisdom Of The Ages

27. Kismet

28. Hey Little Girl

29. Golden Coins

30. Animal Instinct

31. Harem Holiday

32. Go East – Young Man

33. Mirage

Disc 12

1. Come Along

2. Beginner’s Luck

3. Down By The Riverside And When The Saints Go Marching In

4. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me

5. Shout It Out

6. What Every Woman Lives For

7. Hard Luck

8. Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter

9. Look Out, Broadway

10. Everybody Come Aboard

11. Chesay

12. Frankie And Johnny

13. Drums Of The Islands

14. Datin’

15. Scratch My Back

16. Stop Where You Are

17. A Dog’s Life

18. This Is My Heaven

19. Paradise, Hawaiian Style

20. House Of Sand

21. Queenie Wahine’s Papaya

22. Sand Castles

23. Smorgasbord

24. Stop, Look And Listen

25. Am I Ready

26. Beach Shack

27. Never Say Yes

28. Spinout

29. All That I Am(2:16)

30. Adam And Evil

31. I’ll Be Back

Disc 13

1. Run On

2. How Great Thou Art

3. Stand By Me

4. Where No One Stands Alone

5. Down In The Alley

6. Tomorrow Is A Long Time

7. Love Letters

8. So High

9. Farther Along

10. By And By

11. In The Garden

12. Beyond The Reef

13. Somebody Bigger Than You And I

14. Without Him

15. If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side

16. Where Could I Go But To The Lord

17. Come What May

18. Fools Fall In Love

19. Indescribably Blue

20. I’ll Remember You

21. If Everyday Was Like Christmas

Disc 14

1. City By Night

2. Could I Fall In Love

3. There Is So Much World To See

4. Double Trouble

5. Baby, If You’ll Give Me All Of Your Love

6. I Love Only One Girl

7. It Won’t Be Long

8. Old MacDonald

9. Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)

10. Easy Come, Easy Go

11. I’ll Take Love

12. Sing You Children

13. She’s A Machine

14. The Love Machine

15. Yoga Is As Yoga Does

16. You Gotta Stop

17. The Girl I Never Loved

18. How Can You Lose What You Never Had

19. You Don’t Know Me

20. A House That Has Everything

21. Who Needs Money?

22. Confidence

23. Hey, Hey, Hey

24. Clambake

25. Suppose

Disc 15

1. There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song

2. Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby

3. Five Sleepy Heads

4. Who Are You? (Who Am I?)

5. Speedway

6. Suppose

7. Let Yourself Go

8. He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad

9. Guitar Man

10. Big Boss Man

11. Mine

12. Just Call Me Lonesome

13. Hi-Heel Sneakers

14. You Don’t Know Me

15. We Call On Him

16. You’ll Never Walk Alone

17. Singing Tree

18. Stay Away, Joe

19. All I Needed Was The Rain

20. Dominick

21. Too Much Monkey Business

22. Goin’ Home

23. Stay Away

24. U.S. Male

25. Wonderful World

26. Edge Of Reality

27. A Little Less Conversation

28. Almost In Love

Disc 16

1. Medley: Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man

2. Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved

3. Trouble/Guitar Man

4. If I Can Dream

5. Memories

6. Blue Christmas/One Night

7. Tiger Man

8. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me To Do Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can’t Help Falling In Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender(14:39)

9. Charro

10. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard

11. Swing Down Sweet Chariot

12. Signs Of The Zodiac

13. Almost

14. The Whiffenpoof Song

15. Violet

Disc 17

1. Long Black Limousine

2. This Is The Story

3. Wearin’ That Loved On Look

4. You’ll Think Of Me

5. I’m Movin’ On

6. A Little Bit Of Green

7. Gentle On My Mind

8. Don’t Cry Daddy

9. Inherit The Wind

10. Mama Liked The Roses

11. My Little Friend

12. In The Ghetto

13. Rubberneckin’

14. Hey Jude

15. From A Jack To A King

16. Without Love (There Is Nothing)

17. I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)

18. I’ll Be There

19. Suspicious Minds

20. Stranger In My Own Home Town

21. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road

22. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind

Disc 18

1. Power Of My Love

2. After Loving You

3. Do You Know Who I Am?

4. Kentucky Rain

5. Only The Strong Survive

6. It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’

7. Any Day Now

8. If I’m A Fool (For Loving You)

9. The Fair’s Moving On

10. Who Am I?

11. Change Of Habit

12. Let’s Be Friends

13. Let Us Pray

14. Have A Happy

15. Blue Suede Shoes

16. Johnny B. Goode

17. All Shook Up

18. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

19. Hound Dog

20. I Can’t Stop Loving You

21. My Babe

22. Mystery Train/Tiger Man

23. Words

24. In The Ghetto

25. Suspicious Minds

26. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 19

1. See See Rider

2. Release Me

3. Sweet Caroline

4. Runaway

5. The Wonder Of You

6. Polk Salad Annie

7. Yesterday

8. Proud Mary

9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

10. Let It Be Me

11. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights

12. I’ve Lost You

13. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

14. The Sound Of Your Cry

15. The Fool

16. Little Cabin On The Hill

17. Cindy, Cindy

18. Bridge Over Troubled Water

19. Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It

20. How The Web Was Woven

21. It’s Your Baby, You Rock It

22. Stranger In The Crowd

23. I’ll Never Know

24. Mary In The Morning

Disc 20

1. It Ain’t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing)

2. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

3. Just Pretend

4. This Is Our Dance

5. Life

6. Heart Of Rome

7. When I’m Over You

8. I Really Don’t Want To Know

9. Faded Love

10. Tomorrow Never Comes

11. The Next Step Is Love

12. Make The World Go Away

13. Funny How Time Slips Away

14. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water

15. Love Letters

16. There Goes My Everything

17. If I Were You

18. Only Believe

19. Sylvia

20. Patch It Up

Disc 21

1. I’ve Lost You

2. I Just Can’t Help Believin’

3. Something

4. Patch It Up

5. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

6. Snowbird

7. Where Did They Go, Lord

8. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

9. Rags To Riches

10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

11. Amazing Grace

12. Early Mornin’ Rain

13. (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me

14. Miracle Of The Rosary

15. It Won’t Seem Like Christmas

16. If I Get Home On Christmas Day

17. Padre

18. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees

19. Merry Christmas Baby

20. Silver Bells

21. I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day

22. On A Snowy Christmas Night

23. Winter Wonderland

24. O Come, All Ye Faithful

25. The First Noel

26. The Wonderful World Of Christmas

Disc 22

1. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (edited version)

2. Help Me Make It Through The Night

3. Until It’s Time For You To Go

4. Lead Me, Guide Me

5. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)

6. He Touched Me

7. I Got Confidence

8. An Evening Prayer

9. Seeing Is Believing

10. A Thing Called Love

11. It’s Still Here

12. I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen

13. I Will Be True

14. I’m Leavin’

15. We Can Make The Morning

16. It’s Only Love

17. Love Me, Love The Life I Lead

18. Put Your Hand In The Hand

19. Reach Out To Jesus

20. He Is My Everything

21. There Is No God But God

22. I, John

23. Bosom Of Abraham

24. My Way

25. I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day (remake)

26. It’s Impossible

27. An American Trilogy

Disc 23

1. Separate Ways

2. For The Good Times

3. Where Do I Go From Here

4. Burning Love

5. Fool

6. Always On My Mind

7. It’s A Matter Of Time

8. Also Sprach Zarathustra

9. That’s All Right

10. Proud Mary

11. Never Been To Spain

12. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

13. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

14. Polk Salad Annie

15. Love Me

16. All Shook Up

17. Heartbreak Hotel

18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel

19. Love Me Tender

20. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

21. Introductions

22. Hound Dog

23. Suspicious Minds

24. For The Good Times

25. An American Trilogy

26. Funny How Time Slips Away

27. I Can’t Stop Loving You

28. Can’t Help Falling In Love

29. Closing Vamp

Disc 24

1. Also sprach Zarathustra

2. See See Rider

3. Burning Love

4. Something

5. You Gave Me A Mountain

6. Steamroller Blues

7. My Way

8. Love Me

9. Johnny B. Goode

10. It’s Over

11. Blue Suede Shoes

12. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

13. I Can’t Stop Loving You

14. Hound Dog

15. What Now My Love

16. Fever

17. Welcome To My World

18. Suspicious Minds

19. Introductions By Elvis

20. I’ll Remember You

21. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

22. An American Trilogy

23. A Big Hunk O’ Love

24. Can’t Help Falling In Love

25. Blue Hawaii

26. Ku-U-I-Po

27. No More

28. Hawaiian Wedding Song

29. Early Mornin’ Rain

Disc 25

1. If You Don’t Come Back

2. Three Corn Patches

3. Take Good Care Of Her

4. Find Out What’s Happening

5. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby

6. Just A Little Bit

7. Raised On Rock

8. For Ol’ Times Sake

9. Girl Of Mine

10. Sweet Angeline

11. I Miss You

12. Are You Sincere

13. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body

14. It’s Midnight

15. You Asked Me To

16. If You Talk In Your Sleep

17. Mr. Songman

18. Thinking About You

19. Love Song Of The Year

20. Help Me

21. My Boy

22. Loving Arms

23. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

24. Talk About The Good Times

25. Promised Land

26. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming

27. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)

Disc 26

1. If That Isn’t Love

2. Spanish Eyes

3. She Wears My Ring

4. See See Rider

5. I Got A Woman/Amen

6. Love Me

7. Trying To Get To You

8. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Your Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog

9. Why Me Lord

10. How Great Thou Art

11. Blueberry Hill/I Can’t Stop Loving You

12. Help Me

13. An American Trilogy

14. Let Me Be There

15. My Baby Left Me

16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

17. Can’t Help Falling In Love

18. Closing Vamp

19. Fairytale

20. Green, Green Grass Of Home

21. I Can Help

22. And I Love You So

23. Susan When She Tried

24. T-R-O-U-B-L-E

25. Tiger Man

Disc 27

1. Woman Without Love

2. Shake A Hand

3. Bringin’ It Back

4. Pieces Of My Life

5. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall

6. She Thinks I Still Care

7. The Last Farewell

8. Solitaire

9. Moody Blue

10. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again

11. For The Heart

12. Hurt

13. Danny Boy

14. Never Again

15. Love Coming Down

16. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

17. It’s Easy For You

18. Way Down

19. Pledging My Love

20. He’ll Have To Go

21. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

22. Little Darlin’

23. Unchained Melody

Disc 28

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (alternate take)

2. Shake, Rattle And Roll (alternate take 8)

3. I Beg Of You (alternate master)

4. One Night (Of Sin)

5. Loving You (fast version)

6. Treat Me Nice (movie version)

7. King Creole (1st version take 3)

8. As Long As I Have You (alternate master)

9. Lover Doll (LP version)

10. Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP version)

11. Your Cheatin’ Heart (alternate take 9)

12. Ain’t That Loving You Baby (alternate take 11)

13. Big Boots (alternate master fast version)

14. Black Star (alternate title song)

15. Lonely Man (solo version)

16. Can’t Help Falling In Love (movie version)

17. I’m Yours (single version – without harmony vocal and spoken part)

18. King Of The Whole Wide World (1st version – take 31)

19. One Broken Heart For Sale (movie version)

20. Memphis, Tennessee (1st version)

21. Ask Me (1st version)

22. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (duet version)

23. I’m A Roustabout (alternate title song – originally titled “Roustabout”)

24. Tomorrow Night (overdubbed version)

25. It Hurts Me

26. Let Yourself Go

27. A Hundred Years From Now (studio jam)

28. Amazing Grace (alternate take 2)

29. Lady Madonna (studio jam)

30. I Shall Be Released

31. She Thinks I Still Care (alternate take 2B)

Disc 29

1. Tweedle Dee

2. Maybellene

3. Heartbreak Hotel

4. Long Tall Sally

5. Blue Suede Shoes

6. Money Honey

7. That’s All Right

8. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

9. Blue Suede Shoes

10. Baby What You Want Me To Do

11. Love Me

12. Trying To Get To You

13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (laughing version)

14. Little Sister/Get Back

15. Bridge Over Troubled Water

16. Never Been To Spain

17. You Gave Me A Mountain

18. A Big Hunk O’ Love

19. The Impossible Dream

20. It’s Over

21. Reconsider Baby

22. You’re The Reason I’m Living

23. Softly As I Leave You

24. America

25. Unchained Melody

Disc 30

1. My Happiness

2. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin

3. I’ll Never Stand In Your Way

4. It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You

5. Fool, Fool, Fool

6. I Asked The Lord

7. Earth Angel

8. I’m Beginning To Forget You

9. Mona Lisa

10. (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame (studio rehearsal)

11. Viva Las Vegas (studio rehearsal)

12. If I Loved You

13. Tennessee Waltz

14. What Now My Love

15. Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord

16. Oh How I Love Jesus

17. Hide Thou Me

18. Write To Me From Naples

19. My Heart Cries For You

20. Dark Moon

21. A Little Less Conversation

22. It’s My Way/This Time/I Can’t Stop Loving You (studio jam)

23. Faded Love (studio rehearsal)

24. Ghost Riders In The Sky (rehearsal jam)

25. Alla En El Rancho Grande (rehearsal jam)

26. Froggy Went A Courtin’ (rehearsal jam

27. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

28. The Twelfth Of Never (rehearsal)

The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

CROWN JEWEL OF ELVIS’ 75th BIRTHDAY CAMPAIGN

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings — At last, the ultimate tribute to the ultimate artist. For Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, the definitive collection of all his master recordings is being made available in stunning fashion.

The Complete Elvis Presley Masters is the crown jewel in RCA/Legacy’s 2010 “Elvis 75” campaign. This limited edition, individually-numbered deluxe set contains 30 CDs with all 711 master recordings released during Elvis’ lifetime, sequenced in strict chronological order. Also included are 103 rarities: additional masters, alternate takes, session outtakes, demos, rehearsal jams, home recordings, live performances and radio recordings. This triumph of musicology is the definitive document – a magnificent audio chronicle of the inspiration, pain and genius that make Elvis the world’s most enduring musical and cultural icon.

Available exclusively at CompleteElvis.com, The Complete Elvis Presley Masters will be available for pre-orders starting August 2, in advance of the October 19th delivery date. Only 1,000 numbered sets will be available for sale worldwide in this limited edition first run.

Complementing the music is a beautifully designed 240-page hardbound reference book produced exclusively for this collection. A magnificent volume in its own right, this silk-screened, silver-gilded edition printed on archival paper is the ultimate reference work on the music of Elvis Presley. The discography was painstakingly researched by compilation producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, the respected director of RCA’s Elvis catalog for over two decades and author of Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), and co-written by him with award-winning author Peter Guralnick.

Jorgensen and Guralnick’s extensive historical entries cover every song selection from the perspective of a scholar and a fan, with enlightening background stories and historical context, along with release dates, chart positions and other info. The discography includes recording dates and locations, full musician credits, technical notes and a song index. In addition, the book reproduces the artwork for every 45 rpm single, EP and LP release. The book is full of rare and classic photographs from throughout Elvis’ life and recording career, beginning with the cover photo by legendary Williams ‘Popsie’ Randolph from Elvis’ first official RCA photo session at RCA Studios in New York, on December 1, 1955.

Anchoring the book is a brand-new 6,000-word essay by Guralnick, noted biographer of Elvis Presley. Guralnick’s two volumes – Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (Little, Brown, 1994) and Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Little, Brown, 1999) – are widely acknowledged as the definitive biographical studies of Elvis’ life. In addition to writing the foreword to Jorgensen’s Elvis Presley: A Life In Music, Guralnick also collaborated with him on another great reference work, Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music (Random House, 1999).

Years in the making, The Complete Elvis Presley Masters has been compiled from the original analog master tapes where available, using 24-bit technology for greater sonic resolution and dynamics. Each track has been carefully restored to achieve the best sound reproduction without compromising the audio quality of the original master. The only exceptions are found on the rarities discs, which “derive from a variety of sources,” as Jorgensen writes. “First priority has been given to vividness of performance, historical significance and rarity of repertoire.”

The Complete Elvis Presley Masters is the newest release in RCA/Legacy’s “Elvis 75” campaign, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of Elvis’ birth, celebrated on January 8, 2010.

10 thoughts on “Complete Elvis Presley Masters Box Set”

  1. How come “My Way” (Rapid City – June 21 1977) has been excluded?

    It is by far the best rendition and was released on a 45 back in 1977. The song would have made an excellent concluder to this set.

  2. Rob, this collection includes all the master recordings released in his lifetime. “My Way” was issued as a single after he died.

  3. “Let’s Forget About The Stars” and “Big Boots” are not missing. The initial song list inadvertently omitted them, but they are both on the set.

  4. Does This Have The Album Having Fun With Elvis On Stage Which Is Part Of His Original Discography While He Was Still Alive? Or Does It Have Any Live Concert Material?

  5. I do not have the money to buy the Master set yet, but I have a tremendous amount of Elvis music. Because I am a hard-core fan, I pretty much could figure out where the songs were taken from, etc. I have made my own Masters Collection. All my Elvis music has been imported into ITunes. I created an Elvis Masters Playlist of all the songs on the Master set.

    I do have a few questions about where certain songs came from, etc., but overall, I think I have prepared the Masters via my collection. I’m sure the masters on the collection sounds better, etc. One of these days I’ll purchase the Masters Collection. In the meantime, I have put “my Masters” on my Ipod and I shuffle thru all the songs! What a joy! I highly recommend for those of you lucky enough to have purchased one of the first 1000 sets, to put them all into I tunes and then make a playlist of all the songs so you can then shuffle thru all of them! It is really enjoyable to hear a soundtrack song, but then shuffle to Madison Square Garden, and then maybe to the 50’s and then a 70’s gem! Check it out!

  6. If ‘My Way’ isn’t included, then what is song 24 on disc 22?

    I think a more important question is this, while these are the original master ‘recordings’, are they the original master ‘mixes’ or are these remixes like the Elvis 30 #1’s set from 2002?

  7. Any difference from theFranklin Mint “Complete Elvis Presley Masters Box Set aside from the last 3 cds featuring out-takes and other “rarities”?

  8. >>If ‘My Way’ isn’t included, then what is song 24 on disc 22>>

    The master recording of the song recorded June 10 1971

  9. Of course, there are going to be a great number of varying comments about this release. For me; I feel very fortunate that I was able to get my copy in early December 2010. It is an honor to be one of 1,000 people worldwide to acquire this set. If there is any one song that is missing from this collection; it is the alternate movie version of the song “Party”, from the 1957 motion picture, “Loving You”. This version of the song has only been released one time: back in 1988 on the CD “Essential Elvis, The First Movies”. It has never been issued since, thus it deserved to have been a part of this 2010 set.

  10. I am very interested in getting this collection. I have compiled a collection of all the RCA releases during Elvis’ lifetime, but I know that sound quality tends to vary from disc to disc because of the way I obtained them all. One note: I don’t see the second version of “I Love You Because” from the first Legendary Performer LP (and later included on the original Sun Sessions LP).

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