The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters
The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters is a five-disc box set compilation of the complete known studio master recordings by American singer and musician Elvis Presley during the decade of the 1950s. Issued in 1992 by RCA Records, catalog number 66050-2, it was soon followed by similar box sets covering Presley's musical output in the 1960s and 1970s. This set's initial long-box release included a set of collectible stamps duplicating the record jackets from every Presley LP on RCA Victor, every single that had a picture sleeve, and most of his EP releases. The set includes a booklet with an extensive session list and discography, and a lengthy essay by Peter Guralnick. It peaked at #159 on the album chart and was certified a gold record on August 7, 1992, by the RIAA. Further certifications were for platinum on November 20, 1992, and for double platinum on July 30, 2002.
|The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters|
|Box set by|
|Released||June 23, 1992|
|Recorded||July 1953-September 1958|
|Genre||Rock and roll, rockabilly, country|
|Producer||Ernst Mikael Jorgensen|
|Elvis Presley chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The first four discs present the Elvis masters in chronological session order. Disc one commences with "My Happiness," a private test demo from the summer of 1953 at Sun Studio and the first recording ever made by Presley, and continues with the complete Sun Records masters through track 19. The remainder of disc one, and discs two through four, comprise the entirety of his output for RCA Victor during the decade. Disc four ends with an interview by Presley prior to his departure overseas to serve in the army in 1958, released on the EP Elvis Sails. Included as well are the officially released recordings on RCA Victor for each one of Elvis' four feature films of the 1950s: Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, and King Creole.
The fifth disc compiles rare outtakes and unreleased recordings, starting off with the companion acetate to "My Happiness" in an early version of "That's When Your Heartaches Begin." Tracks two and five are more acetates recorded by the standard Presley trio of Elvis, Scotty Moore on guitar, and Bill Black on bass, at an unknown location in Lubbock, Texas, during January 1955, presumably around the time when Buddy Holly converted to rock and roll after seeing Presley in concert. Tracks three and four present live recordings from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1955, again with the trio. Tracks thirteen through sixteen present live recordings from the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1956, with the trio plus drummer D.J. Fontana. An outtake from the Million Dollar Quartet sessions appears on track nine, with the following personnel: Presley, Carl Perkins on guitar, his brother Clayton on bass, Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, and W.S. Holland on drums. Although Johnny Cash is billed as the fourth of the headlining quartet and his presence is corroborated by anecdotal evidence, aural evidence of his participation on record is difficult to discern. The remainder of disc five contains alternate takes of released masters.
Collecting every master recording made in the 1950s, The King of Rock 'n' Roll encapsulates the era for which Presley remains most revered, that of the young international phenomenon at the forefront of the rock and roll explosion. RCA issued two similarly configured box set companions, one for the 1970s, and another for the 1960s, bypassing his film soundtrack work for his secular recordings made to be issued commercially.
Professional recordings made at Sun Studio, RCA Studios in New York and Nashville, Radio Recorders in Hollywood, and at the studio soundstages of 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and MGM in Hollywood. The furlough recording session of June 10, 1958, took place in RCA's newly constructed studio in Nashville, where Presley would continue to record through 1971. Original recordings produced by Sam Phillips or Steve Sholes.
Chart positions for LPs and EPs from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; peak positions for EPA 4114 and EPA 4325 from EP chart commenced October 1957; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart. Certain recordings derive from acetates or from primitive recording equipment, and are not of professional sound quality; these are marked with an asterisk.
+ overdubs added prior to release on LSP 3450
|Track||Song Title||Writer(s)||Time||Recorded||Release Date||Catalogue||Original LP/EP Issue||Chart Peak|
|1.||Lawdy Miss Clawdy||Lloyd Price||2:08||1956-02-03||1956-08-31||47-6642b|
|2.||Shake, Rattle & Roll||Charles E. Calhoun||2:37||1956-02-03||1956-08-31||47-6642|
|3.||I Want You, I Need You, I Love You||Lou Kosloff and George Mysels||2:40||1956-04-14||1956-05-04||47-6540||#1|
|4.||Hound Dog||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:16||1956-07-02||1956-07-13||47-6604b||The Real Elvis||#1|
|5.||Don't Be Cruel||Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley||2:02||1956-07-02||1956-07-13||47-6604||The Real Elvis||#1|
|6.||Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)||Cliff Owens and Aaron Schroeder||2:13||1956-07-02||1956-09-28||47-6643b||#20|
|7.||We're Gonna Move||Vera Matson and Elvis Presley||2:30||1956-08-24||1956-11||EPA 4006||Love Me Tender||#22|
|8.||Love Me Tender||Vera Matson and Elvis Presley||2:41||1956-08-24||1956-09-28||47-6643||#1|
|9.||Poor Boy||Vera Matson and Elvis Presley||2:13||1956-08-24||1956-11||EPA 4006||Love Me Tender||#22|
|10.||Let Me||Vera Matson and Elvis Presley||2:08||1956-08-24||1956-11||EPA 4006||Love Me Tender||#22|
|11.||Playing for Keeps||Stan Kesler||2:50||1956-09-01||1957-01-04||47-6800b||#21|
|12.||Love Me||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:43||1956-09-01||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|13.||Paralyzed||Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley||2:23||1956-09-02||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|14.||How Do You Think I Feel||Webb Pierce and Wiley Walker||2:10||1956-09-01||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|15.||How's the World Treating You?||Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant||2:23||1956-09-01||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|16.||When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again||Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker||2:20||1956-09-02||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|17.||Long Tall Sally||Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman||1:51||1956-09-02||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|18.||Old Shep||Red Foley and Arthur Williams||4:10||1956-09-02||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|19.||Too Much||Lee Rosenberg and Bernard Weinman||2:31||1956-09-02||1957-01-04||47-6800||#1|
|20.||Anyplace Is Paradise||Joe Thomas||2:26||1956-09-02||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|21.||Ready Teddy||Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco||1:56||1956-09-03||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|22.||First in Line||Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman||3:22||1956-09-03||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|23.||Rip It Up||Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco||1:53||1956-09-03||1956-10-19||LPM 1382||Elvis||#1|
|24.||I Believe||Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman||2:05||1957-01-12||1957-04||EPA 4054||Peace in the Valley||#3|
|25.||Tell Me Why||Titus Turner||2:05||1957-01-12||1965-12-03||47-8740||#33|
|26.||Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do||Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman||2:31||1957-01-12||1957-07-01||LPM 1515||Loving You||#1|
|27.||All Shook Up||Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley||1:56||1957-01-12||1957-03-22||47-6870||#1|
|28.||Mean Woman Blues||Claude DeMetruis||2:15||1957-01-13||1957-07-01||LPM 1515||Loving You||#1|
|29.||(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)||Thomas A. Dorsey||3:22||1957-01-13||1957-04||EPA 4054||Peace in the Valley||#3|
|Track||Song Title||Writer(s)||Time||Recorded||Release Date||Catalogue||Original LP/EP Issue||Chart Peak|
|1.||Treat Me Nice||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:10||1957-09-05||1957-09-24||47-7035b||#18|
|2.||My Wish Came True||Ivory Joe Hunter||2:33||1957-09-06||1959-06-23||47-7600b||#12|
|3.||Don't||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:48||1957-09-06||1958-01-07||47-7150||#1|
|4.||Danny||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:51||1958-02-11||1978-12||CP1 3082||Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 3||#113|
|5.||Hard Headed Woman||Claude DeMetrius||1:53||1958-01-15||1958-06-10||47-7280||#1|
|6.||Trouble||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:16||1958-01-15||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|7.||New Orleans||Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett||1:58||1958-01-15||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|8.||Crawfish||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:38||1958-01-15||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|9.||Dixieland Rock||Aaron Schroeder and Rachel Frank||1:46||1958-01-16||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|10.||Lover Doll||Sid Wayne and Abner Silver||2:09||1958-01-16||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|11.||Don't Ask Me Why||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||2:06||1958-01-16||1958-06-10||47-7280b||#25|
|12.||As Long As I Have You||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:50||1958-01-16||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|13.||King Creole||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:08||1958-01-23||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|14.||Young Dreams||Aaron Schroeder and Martin Kalmanoff||2:23||1958-01-23||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|15.||Steadfast, Loyal And True||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||1:15||1958-02-11||1958-09-19||LPM 1884||King Creole||#2|
|16.||Doncha' Think It's Time||Luther Dixon and Clyde Otis||1:54||1958-02-01||1958-04-01||47-7240b||#15|
|17.||Your Cheatin' Heart||Hank Williams||2:24||1958-02-01||1965-08-10||LSP 3450||Elvis for Everyone||#10|
|18.||Wear My Ring Around Your Neck||Bert Carroll and Russell Moody||2:13||1958-02-01||1958-04-01||47-7240||#2|
|19.||I Need Your Love Tonight||Bix Reichner and Sid Wayne||2:04||1958-06-10||1959-03-10||47-7506b||#4|
|20.||A Big Hunk O' Love||Aaron Schroeder and Sidney Wyche||2:12||1958-06-10||1959-06-23||47-7600||#1|
|21.||Ain't That Loving You Baby||Ivory Joe Hunter and Clyde Otis||2:22||1958-06-10||1964-09-22||47-8440||#16|
|22.||(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I||Bill Trader||2:36||1958-06-10||1959-03-10||47-7506||#2|
|23.||I Got Stung||David Hill and Aaron Schroeder||1:49||1958-06-11||1958-10-21||47-7410||#8|
|24.||Expanded Interview Segment||12:34||1958-09-22||1958-12||EPA 4325||Elvis Sails||#2|
Disc five: Rare and Rockin'Edit
|Track||Song Title||Writer(s)||Time||Recorded||Release Date||Catalogue||Original LP Issue||Chart Peak|
|1.||That's When Your Heartaches Begin*||Fred Fisher, Billy Hill, William Raskin||3:20||1953-07-18||previously unreleased|
|2.||Fool Fool Fool*||Nugetre||1:51||1955-01-06||previously unreleased|
|3.||Tweedle Dee* (live)||Winfield Scott and LaVern Baker||2:07||1955-04-30||1984-03||RCA 89387||Elvis: The First Live Recordings||#163|
|4.||Maybellene* (live)||Chuck Berry||1:58||1955-08-20||1984-03||RCA 89387||Elvis: The First Live Recordings||#163|
|5.||Shake, Rattle & Roll*||Charles E. Calhoun||2:16||1955-01-06||previously unreleased|
|6.||Blue Moon of Kentucky (alternate)||Bill Monroe||1:03||1954-07-05||1987||RCA 6414-2||The Complete Sun Sessions|
|7.||Blue Moon (alternate)||Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart||2:55||1954-08-19||previously unreleased|
|8.||I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version)||Stan Kesler and William Taylor||2:40||1955-03-05||1987||RCA 6414-2||The Complete Sun Sessions|
|9.||Reconsider Baby||Lowell Fulsom||2:53||1956-12-04||previously unreleased|
|10.||Lawdy Miss Clawdy (alternate)||Lloyd Price||2:07||1956-02-03||previously unreleased|
|11.||Shake, Rattle & Roll (alternate)||Charles E. Calhoun||2:25||1956-02-03||previously unreleased|
|12.||I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (alternate)||Maurice Mysels, Ira Kosloff and Tom Hamilton||2:40||1956-04-14||previously unreleased|
|13.||Heartbreak Hotel* (live)||Mae Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley||2:54||1956-05-06||1980-08||CP8 3699||Elvis Aron Presley||#27|
|14.||Long Tall Sally* (live)||Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman||2:15||1956-05-06||1980-08||CP8 3699||Elvis Aron Presley||#27|
|15.||Blue Suede Shoes* (live)||Carl Perkins||4:59||1956-05-06||1980-08||CP8 3699||Elvis Aron Presley||#27|
|16.||Money Honey* (live)||Jesse Stone||2:34||1956-05-06||1980-08||CP8 3699||Elvis Aron Presley||#27|
|17.||We're Gonna Move (alternate)||Vera Matson and Elvis Presley||2:30||1956-08-24||previously unreleased|
|18.||Old Shep (alternate)||Red Foley||3:53||1956-09-02||previously unreleased|
|19.||I Beg of You (alternate)||Rosemarie McCoy and Kelly Owens||1:51||1957-01-13||previously unreleased|
|20.||Loving You (slow version)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||1:48||1957-02-14||previously unreleased|
|21.||Loving You (uptempo version)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||1:24||1957-02-14||previously unreleased|
|22.||Young And Beautiful (alternate)||Aaron Schroeder and Abner Silver||1:09||1957-04-30||previously unreleased|
|23.||I Want to Be Free (alternate)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:06||1957-04-30||previously unreleased|
|24.||King Creole (alternate)||Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller||2:04||1958-01-15||1991-01||2229-2-R||Essential Elvis Vol. 3|
|25.||As Long as I Have You (alternate)||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||1:24||1958-01-16||1991-01||2229-2-R||Essential Elvis Vol. 3|
|26.||Ain't That Loving You Baby (fast version)||Ivory Joe Hunter and Clyde Otis||1:48||1958-06-10||1991-01||2229-2-R||Essential Elvis Vol. 3|
- Elvis Presley – vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, bass (on (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care)
- Scotty Moore – lead guitar except "My Happiness," We're Gonna Move," Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "Let Me," "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," "I Need Your Love Tonight," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Ain't That Loving You Baby," "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Got Stung," and "Ain't That Loving You Baby (Fast Version)"
- Chet Atkins - acoustic rhythm guitar
- Hank Garland - lead guitar on "I Need Your Love Tonight," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Ain't That Loving You Baby," "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Got Stung," and "Ain't That Loving You Baby (Fast Version)"
- Tiny Timbrell - acoustic rhythm guitar, possible acoustic rhythm/lead guitar on "Steadfast, Loyal, and True"
- Floyd Cramer - piano
- Shorty Long - piano
- Dudley Brooks - piano
- Mike Stoller - piano
- Marvin Hughes - piano
- Bill Black – bass except "My Happiness," We're Gonna Move," Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "Let Me," "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," "I Need Your Love Tonight," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Ain't That Loving You Baby," "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Got Stung," and "Ain't That Loving You Baby (Fast Version)"
- Bob Moore - double bass on "I Need Your Love Tonight," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Ain't That Loving You Baby," "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I," "I Got Stung," and "Ain't That Loving You Baby (Fast Version)"
- D.J. Fontana - drums
- Jimmie Lott – drums on "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone"
- Johnny Bernero – drums on "Tryin' to Get to You"
- Millie Kirkham - backing vocals
- Ben Speer, Brock Speer - backing vocals on "I'm Counting On You," "I Was the One," and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"
- The Jordanaires
- Gordon Stoker - piano, backing vocals
- Hoyt Hawkins - backing vocals, organ
- Neal Matthews - backing vocals, bass, guitar
- Hugh Jarrett - backing vocals
- Ray Walker - backing vocals
- Love Me Tender Sessions
- Vito Mumolo - guitar on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me"
- Myer Rubin - double bass on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me"
- Richard Cornell - drums on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me"
- Luther "Red" Roundtree - banjo on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and Let Me"
- Dominic Frontieri - accordion on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me"
- Ken Darby Trio - backing vocals on "Love Me Tender," "Poor Boy," "We're Gonna Move," and "Let Me"
- Million Dollar Quartet
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