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A Golden Celebration

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Elvis Presley 21/0/1998

Review

There had been Elvis Presley boxes before A Golden Celebration, but those were primarily made up of previously available material. Originally intended to celebrate what would have been Elvis' 50th birthday, A Golden Celebration was six LPs' worth of music, most of it not previously available in any easy-to-find (or legitimate) form, and devoted almost entirely to the early years of his career -- the period when Elvis Presley was not only exciting, but changing the way people perceived music. Seven Sun Records outtakes lead off this set; next up are all six of Elvis' live appearances on Stage Show, the entertainment showcase hosted by Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. The quality of these shows is extraordinary, and the virtual absence of background noise makes every nuance of Presley's performances stand out; it's particularly fascinating to hear the growing enthusiasm of the audience from week to week. The second disc, consisting of Presley's appearances on the Milton Berle Show and the Steve Allen Show, is very different. In contrast to the Dorseys' cautious enthusiasm for their guest performer, Berle clearly understood at least the superficial range of Presley's cultural impact. The appearance would work better as a video, however, since it features a lot of clowning by the participants. The Steve Allen material reveals more of Presley and Allen than either was letting on. Allen had major doubts about rock & roll (betrayed in his voice during his introduction), but was virtually forced by public demand to book Presley; Presley, in turn, was eager to get past doubts about the wholesomeness of his music and personality. The bulk of the disc, however, is made up of a performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in his hometown of Tupelo, MS, on September 26, 1956. The afternoon show is very lo-fi, but the evening show, on disc three, has better sound. The Ed Sullivan appearances round out the disc, and they have the best sound quality of all the live material. Disc four features Presley's home recordings during his military service in Germany, some tracks of unknown origin, and excerpts from one of the informal "sit down shows" used in his 1968 television comeback. Overall, as a pre-CD Elvis Presley package, A Golden Celebration has held up exceptionally well; the producers of the CD version have taken great pains to boost the volume and clarity of the original masters. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Harbor Lights [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:37
  3. 2 That's All Right [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:11
  4. 3 Blue Moon of Kentucky [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:4
  5. 4 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:38
  6. 5 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [Slow Version][Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:34
  7. 6 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:4
  8. 7 When It Rains, It Really Pours [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 4:4
  9. 8 Shake, Rattle & Roll/Flip Flop & Fly Elvis Presley 2:43
  10. 9 I Got a Woman Elvis Presley 3:14
  11. 10 Baby Let's Play House Elvis Presley 2:30
  12. 11 Tutti Frutti Elvis Presley 2:35
  13. 12 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 2:14
  14. 13 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 2:59
  15. 14 Tutti Frutti Elvis Presley 2:33
  16. 15 I Was the One Elvis Presley 2:55
  17. 16 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 2:29
  18. 17 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 2:31
  19. 18 Money Honey Elvis Presley 2:46
  20. 19 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1:55
  21. 1 Introductions Elvis Presley 1:7
  22. 2 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1:58
  23. 3 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 2:17
  24. 4 Dialogue Elvis Presley 2:28
  25. 5 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 0:58
  26. 6 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 2:42
  27. 7 Dialogue With Milton Berle Elvis Presley 3:42
  28. 8 Dialogue Elvis Presley 1:37
  29. 9 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley 3:30
  30. 10 Dialogue With Steve Allen Elvis Presley 1:51
  31. 11 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley 2:51
  32. 12 Dialogue With Steve Allen Elvis Presley 0:19
  33. 13 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 1:43
  34. 14 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 2:43
  35. 15 Long Tall Sally Elvis Presley 2:33
  36. 16 Introductions and Presentation Elvis Presley 2:36
  37. 17 I Was the One Elvis Presley 3:19
  38. 18 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley 2:52
  39. 19 Elvis Talks Elvis Presley 0:34
  40. 20 I Got a Woman Elvis Presley 2:53
  41. 21 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:5
  42. 22 Ready Teddy Elvis Presley 2:15
  43. 23 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 2:58
  44. 24 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 2:46
  45. 25 Vernon and Gladys Presley Elvis Presley 1:43
  46. 26 Nick Adams Elvis Presley 1:40
  47. 27 A Fan Elvis Presley 2:24
  48. 28 Elvis Elvis Presley 1:52
  49. 1 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 1:49
  50. 2 I Was the One Elvis Presley 2:47
  51. 3 I Got a Woman Elvis Presley 2:50
  52. 4 Announcement Elvis Presley 1:45
  53. 5 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1:53
  54. 6 Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley 2:34
  55. 7 Announcement Elvis Presley 1:3
  56. 8 Baby Let's Play House Elvis Presley 2:38
  57. 9 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 3:53
  58. 10 Announcement Elvis Presley 1:45
  59. 11 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:41
  60. 12 Elvis Talks Elvis Presley 0:41
  61. 13 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 2:38
  62. 14 Ready Teddy Elvis Presley 2:38
  63. 15 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 1:6
  64. 16 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:18
  65. 17 Ed Sullivan Elvis Presley 0:30
  66. 18 Love Me Tender Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:19
  67. 19 Ed Sullivan Introduces Elvis Elvis Presley 0:54
  68. 20 Love Me Elvis Presley 2:35
  69. 21 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 1:53
  70. 22 Elvis' Closing Remarks Elvis Presley 0:42
  71. 23 Introduction Elvis Presley 1:8
  72. 24 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 1:1
  73. 25 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 1:17
  74. 26 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley 1:39
  75. 27 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:16
  76. 28 Too Much Elvis Presley 2:52
  77. 29 Elvis Talks Elvis Presley 0:47
  78. 30 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Elvis Presley 2:13
  79. 31 Ed Sullivan Speaks Elvis Presley 0:50
  80. 32 Peace in the Valley Elvis Presley 1:38
  81. 33 Ed Sullivan Speaks Elvis Presley 1:8
  82. 1 Danny Boy [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:31
  83. 2 Soldier Boy [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:46
  84. 3 The Fool [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 5:6
  85. 4 Earth Angel [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:35
  86. 5 I Asked the Lord [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:39
  87. 6 Excerpt from an Interview for TV Guide [Excerpt] Elvis Presley 5:2
  88. 7 My Heart Cries for You [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:43
  89. 8 Dark Moon [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 6:15
  90. 9 Write to Me from Naples [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:10
  91. 10 Suppose [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:0
  92. 11 Blue Suede Shoes [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:35
  93. 12 Tiger Man [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:37
  94. 13 That's All Right [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:3
  95. 14 Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 1:47
  96. 15 Baby, What You Want Me to Do [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 1:44
  97. 16 Love Me [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:27
  98. 17 Are You Lonesome Tonight? [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:24
  99. 18 Baby, What You Want Me to Do [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 1:41
  100. 19 Blue Christmas [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:1
  101. 20 One Night [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:30
  102. 21 Trying to Get to You [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:51

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