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Platinum: A Life in Music

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Elvis Presley 7/15/1997

Review

Released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Presley's death, Platinum: A Life in Music attempts to trace an alternative history of Elvis' career by concentrating on alternate takes and unreleased material. Over the course of four discs, 23 hit singles are interspersed with 77 previously unreleased items. The hits function as touchstones, so the listener has an idea of where Elvis was in his career when he was recording such unreleased gems as a 1966 cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" or the 1959 "Bad Nauheim Medley." Certainly, the sheer amount of unreleased material means that Platinum: A Life in Music is targeted at hardcore collectors, but what is surprising is how listenable the set is, even for casual fans. The homemade recordings and demos are occasionally sonically rough, but the rarity of these items make the sound a moot point. Some of the performances aren't particularly remarkable -- alternates of "Always on My Mind" and "Heartbreak Hotel" simply sound like the released versions, only not as good -- but there's an abundance of gems scattered throughout the set, making it worthwhile for any serious Elvis collector. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'll Never Stand in Your Way Elvis Presley 2:0
  3. 2 That's All Right [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:6
  4. 3 Blue Moon [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:11
  5. 4 Good Rockin' Tonight Elvis Presley 2:11
  6. 5 Mystery Train Elvis Presley 2:24
  7. 6 I Got a Woman [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 2:24
  8. 7 Heartbreak Hotel [Alternate Take 6] Elvis Presley 2:13
  9. 8 I'm Counting on You [Alternate Take 13] Elvis Presley 2:28
  10. 9 Shake, Rattle & Roll/Flip Flop & Fly Elvis Presley 2:8
  11. 10 Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:20
  12. 11 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:45
  13. 12 Hound Dog [Cover] Elvis Presley 2:34
  14. 13 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:1
  15. 14 Rip It Up [Alternate Take 15] Elvis Presley 2:10
  16. 15 Love Me Tender Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:16
  17. 16 When the Saints Go Marching In Elvis Presley 1:22
  18. 17 All Shook Up Elvis Presley 1:56
  19. 18 Peace in the Valley [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:21
  20. 19 Blueberry Hill Elvis Presley 3:20
  21. 20 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley 1:45
  22. 21 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley 2:26
  23. 22 New Orleans Elvis Presley 1:58
  24. 23 I Need Your Love Tonight [Alternate Take][Take] Elvis Presley 1:59
  25. 24 A Big Hunk O' Love [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:12
  26. 25 Bad Nauheim Medley: I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen/I Will Be True/I [Medley] Elvis Presley 4:6
  27. 1 Stuck on You Elvis Presley 2:24
  28. 2 Fame and Fortune Elvis Presley 2:23
  29. 3 It's Now or Never Elvis Presley 3:14
  30. 4 It Feels So Right [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:10
  31. 5 A Mess of Blues [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:43
  32. 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 3:5
  33. 7 Reconsider Baby Elvis Presley 3:39
  34. 8 Tonight Is So Right for Love [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:14
  35. 9 His Hand in Mine [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:15
  36. 10 Milky White Way [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:30
  37. 11 I'm Comin' Home [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:24
  38. 12 I Feel So Bad [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 2:55
  39. 13 Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley 2:57
  40. 14 Something Blue [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:4
  41. 15 Return to Sender Elvis Presley 2:5
  42. 16 Bossa Nova Baby [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:11
  43. 17 How Great Thou Art [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:54
  44. 18 Guitar Man [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:24
  45. 19 You'll Never Walk Alone [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:39
  46. 20 Oh, How I Love Jesus Elvis Presley 1:35
  47. 21 Tennessee Waltz Elvis Presley 1:18
  48. 22 Blowin' in the Wind Elvis Presley 2:4
  49. 23 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) Elvis Presley 1:52
  50. 24 I'm Beginning to Forget You Elvis Presley 0:54
  51. 25 After Loving You Elvis Presley 2:25
  52. 1 I Got a Woman Elvis Presley 1:40
  53. 2 Tiger Man Elvis Presley 2:45
  54. 3 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Elvis Presley 0:35
  55. 4 Trying to Get to You Elvis Presley 2:56
  56. 5 If I Can Dream [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:6
  57. 6 In the Ghetto [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 2:39
  58. 7 Suspicious Minds [Alternate Take][Take] Elvis Presley 3:15
  59. 8 Power of My Love [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:1
  60. 9 Baby, What You Want Me to Do Elvis Presley 2:18
  61. 10 Words Elvis Presley 2:33
  62. 11 Johnny B. Goode Elvis Presley 2:2
  63. 12 Release Me Elvis Presley 1:48
  64. 13 See See Rider Elvis Presley 2:49
  65. 14 The Wonder of You Elvis Presley 2:36
  66. 15 The Sound of Your Cry [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:28
  67. 16 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Elvis Presley 2:29
  68. 17 Funny How Time Slips Away Elvis Presley 4:18
  69. 18 I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water Elvis Presley 4:15
  70. 19 I Was the One Elvis Presley 1:2
  71. 20 Cattle Call Elvis Presley 0:25
  72. 21 Baby Let's Play House Elvis Presley 1:10
  73. 22 Don't Elvis Presley 1:56
  74. 23 Money Honey Elvis Presley 1:25
  75. 24 What'd I Say Elvis Presley 4:44
  76. 25 Bridge over Troubled Water Elvis Presley 4:11
  77. 1 Miracle of the Rosary [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 1:50
  78. 2 He Touched Me [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:35
  79. 3 Bosom of Abraham [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 1:36
  80. 4 I'll Be Home on Christmas Day [Alternate 4] Elvis Presley 3:47
  81. 5 For the Good Times [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 3:15
  82. 6 Burning Love [Alternate Take] Elvis Presley 3:3
  83. 7 Separate Ways [Alternate Take 25] Elvis Presley 2:36
  84. 8 Always on My Mind [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:32
  85. 9 An American Trilogy Elvis Presley 4:15
  86. 10 Take Good Care of Her [Alternate Take 4] Elvis Presley 2:52
  87. 11 I've Got a Thing About You Baby Elvis Presley 2:19
  88. 12 Are You Sincere [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:0
  89. 13 It's Midnight [Alternate Take 10] Elvis Presley 3:20
  90. 14 Promised Land [Alternate Take 5] Elvis Presley 3:20
  91. 15 Steamroller Blues Elvis Presley 2:50
  92. 16 And I Love You So [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:39
  93. 17 T-R-O-U-B-L-E Elvis Presley 3:1
  94. 18 Danny Boy [Alternate Take 9] Elvis Presley 3:51
  95. 19 Moody Blue Elvis Presley 2:47
  96. 20 Hurt [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 2:8
  97. 21 For the Heart [Alternate Take 1] Elvis Presley 3:47
  98. 22 Pledging My Love [Alternate Take 3] Elvis Presley 4:52
  99. 23 Way Down [Alternate Take 2] Elvis Presley 3:3
  100. 24 My Way Elvis Presley 3:49
  101. 25 Jaycees Speech [Excerpt] Elvis Presley 0:20

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