Here is the track listing for the upcoming 2 CD BMG release "The Essential Elvis Presley" which is due for release on January 9, 2007.
That's All Right
Baby, Let's Play House
I Was The One
Blue Suede Shoes
Don't Be Cruel
Love Me Tender
All Shook Up
Peace In The Valley
It's Now Or Never
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Follow That Dream
Can't Help Falling In Love
Return To Sender
Devil In Disguise
Bossa Nova Baby
Viva Las Vegas
Big Boss Man
A Little Less Conversation
If I Can Dream
In The Ghetto
Don't Cry Daddy
Polk Salad Annie
The Wonder Of You
I Just Can't Help Believin'
Always On My Mind
Track Listing The Essential ElvisNovember 28, 2006 | Book Source:Elvis World Japan
RonBaker wrote on November 28, 2006
All essentials no doubt...all we could hope for would be more..."Treat Me Nice", "One Night" are two that probably should have been there. I would have opted for "Separate Ways" instead of "Polk Salad Annie". Where are "Promised Land", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", and for Pete's sake "Way Down"?????
JerryNodak wrote on November 28, 2006
The problem with any comp collection is that no matter what songs are included something has to be excluded. Ivariably that means someone's favorite song(s) will be left behind. It's unavoidable. Thus the debate begins. I have all these songs many times over. So, I have no interest in this collection.
Lou A wrote on November 29, 2006
This almosts seems like a streamlined version of the Elvis Artists of the Century box set of a few years ago. This is obviously being released to be included in the BMG / Sony Legacy Essential series. There are many artist in the series from Sinatra to Dylan. I wouldn't be surprised to see a Vol . 2 released, since some of the artists with extensive catalogs have two volumes. In my opinion , what we really need is a Complete Chart Hits box set , which would include all of Elvis chart hits in chronological order. That would be a 5 or 6 CD set, and would be the definitive collection.
Tony D. wrote on November 29, 2006
The chart singles collection mentioned has already been covered with the release of "Hitstory", the 3 CD set. This "Essential" collection is yet another greatest hits package and looks like a short runnig time for dics 1. If it was a full 80 minutes per disc, I might just have bought it for the car or my Walkman or something. As it is, I can always compile my own. Elvis' greatest hits and Chritmas catalogue has now been thrashed to death.
Steve V wrote on November 29, 2006
I agree that Hitstory is the absolute collection that includes all essential chart songs. Nothing else is needed as far as that goes. Yes, this release is solely for the Essential series being done by the label. Its still confusing for the consumer to see so many compilations out there.
nevstar wrote on November 30, 2006
Hi. Long time reader, first time contributer. When are BMG going to realise that Elvis recorded more than just "Suspcious Minds", "Moody Blue", "In The Ghetto" etc etc etc. There are so many great album tracks that could have appeared on this CD set. Songs like "Lovin' Arms", "Long Black Limousine", "Early Morning Rain", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Anyplace Is Paradise", "I Need You So", "Gently", and so on. I've a horrible feeling that the general record buying public is never going to have a chance to hear and get to appreciate Elvis' larger body of work.
Steve V wrote on November 30, 2006
Well said newstar. For this reason (and I am probably alone on this), I am against the FTD Classic album series. I feel these great Elvis albums should be available on CD to the general public and not through FTD. Otherwise, folks will never know some of the great music Elvis made. Yes, right now they only seem to know the hits because thats all you see in the catalog. Unfort, FTD found a golden goose here. A way to make a lot of money on these inflated releases which fans get excited about because of some outtakes & a booklet. The outtakes could have been released on other FTD releases was being done already. That was the purpose of the label to begin with. Right now, the Elvis catalog is in the worst shape its ever been in.