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Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 [US Bonus Tracks]

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Elvis Presley 7/15/1997

Review

The original Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 was, like its predecessors, an unprecedented release -- no one in rock & roll up to that point, other than Elvis, had ever earned a second greatest-hits volume, much less a third. This is also the place where the softer, more mature Presley replaces the angry young Elvis represented on the first two volumes. On a sexual level, songs like "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never," "Fame and Fortune," "I Gotta Know," and "Surrender" offer the fantasy of seduction rather than diverting violation. He might no longer have been a rebel, but as represented on the original dozen songs of this album, he was still making the Top Five and even the top of the charts regularly with work that was legitimately fine early-'60s rock & roll and pop/rock. "His Latest Flame" or "Good Luck Charm" might not have been groundbreaking musical statements of the caliber of "Heartbreak Hotel" or "Blue Suede Shoes," but in Elvis' hands they were worth hearing over and over. The original 12 songs have been augmented by six more, including "Can't Help Falling in Love" (which should have been on this disc to begin with) and the hauntingly beautiful "Girl of My Best Friend," which was a number two hit in England, plus "Wild in the Country" and "Wooden Heart" (a hit in Europe) from G.I. Blues. The producers have stuck with the most tasteful and intriguing numbers from the films, within the time frame of the original release, the annotation is thorough, and the 1997 remastered sound runs circles around all prior editions. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 It's Now or Never Elvis Presley 3:17
  3. 2 Stuck on You Elvis Presley 2:19
  4. 3 Fame and Fortune Elvis Presley 2:31
  5. 4 I Gotta Know Elvis Presley 2:16
  6. 5 Surrender Elvis Presley 1:52
  7. 6 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley 2:54
  8. 7 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 3:7
  9. 8 (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame Elvis Presley 2:6
  10. 9 Little Sister Elvis Presley 2:31
  11. 10 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley 2:24
  12. 11 Anything That's Part of You Elvis Presley 2:5
  13. 12 She's Not You Elvis Presley 2:9
  14. 13 Wild in the Country Elvis Presley 1:52
  15. 14 Wooden Heart Elvis Presley 2:2
  16. 15 The Girl of My Best Friend Elvis Presley 2:22
  17. 16 Follow That Dream Elvis Presley 1:38
  18. 17 King of the Whole Wide World Elvis Presley 2:6
  19. 18 Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 2:57

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