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Elvis Presley
Born: January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mi
Died: August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Te
Active: '50s, '60s, '70s Major
Styles: Early Pop/Rock, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll
Instrument: Vocals Representative
Albums: "The Sun Sessions", "Reconsider Baby", "The Memphis Record" Representative
Songs: "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender"

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753088204067 SACD 24 Karat Hits
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078636773223 CD Artist of the Century
8718469531721 (i) Vinyl As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
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755174847929 CD Blue Christmas
078636695921 CD Blue Hawaii
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078635061376 Vinyl Blue Moon
078635060973 Vinyl Blue Suede Shoes
888837679220 CD Box Set Series
8718247290321 CD Brilliant Elvis: Country
8718247290314 CD Brilliant Elvis: Love Songs & Gospel Favorites
8718247290307 CD Brilliant Elvis: Movis Songs
8718247290291 CD Brilliant Elvis: Rock & Roll
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886919819120 CD Burning Love
886970967327 CD Burning Love & Hits From His Movies
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886977094125 CD Can't Help Falling in Love-Hollywood Hits
8718247290277 CD Celluloid Rock: Love Me Tender
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886919429329 (i) CD Complete '68 Comeback Special
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886978098399 DVD Elvis #1 Hit Performances
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780014993696 DVD Elvis a Generous Heart
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8718469533640 (i) Vinyl Elvis at Stax
886970888721 CD Elvis at the Movies
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887254406020 (i) CD Elvis by Request-the Australian Fan Edition
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828766905496 (i) DVD Elvis by the Presley
828768890820 CD Elvis Christmas
886977735592 DVD Elvis Christmas (Christmas Classics: The Yule Log
829421103509 Vinyl Elvis Christmas Album
886919043921 CD Elvis Country-
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078636792927 (i) CD Elvis Country-I'm 10000 Years Old
078636746227 CD Elvis' Golden Records
829421170709 Vinyl Elvis' Golden Records
858492002343 Vinyl Elvis Golden Records Vol. 3
078635258721 CD Elvis in Concert
886978778321 CD Elvis Inspirational
753088223167 SACD Elvis Is Back
828768575123 CD Elvis Live
617884475499 DVD Elvis Lives-Live From Memphis
617884475994 DVD Elvis Lives-Live From Memphis
886977095726 CD Elvis Movies
886976154929 CD Elvis Now
181582000357 DVD Elvis on Elvis
078636746920 CD Elvis Platinum-a Life in Music
886979079526 CD Elvis Presley- Legacy Edition (2 CD)
888837006521 CD Elvis Presley: Vol. 2-Uncovered
828768893524 CD Elvis Presley: Complete Million Dollar Quartet
886977097423 CD Elvis Presley: Vol. 5-Elvis' Golden Records
886977095023 CD Elvis Presley: Vol. 4-Elvis' Golden Records
886977095528 CD Elvis Presley: Vol. 3-Elvis' Golden Records
886977884924 CD Elvis Presley: Double Play
886977095924 CD Elvis Presley
886973062623 CD Elvis Presley: Complete '68 Comeback Special-40th..
886973673928 CD Elvis Presley: Complete '68 Comeback Special-the 4..
886971460827 (i) CD Elvis Presley/Elvis
886975564828 (i) CD Elvis Presley: Collection
617884463496 DVD Elvis Presley: Vol. 1-2-He Touched Me
886973347690 DVD Elvis Presley: Elvis #1 Hit Performances
801213900794 DVD Elvis Presley
886973569610 Vinyl Elvis Presley
090431016510 Vinyl Elvis Presley: Vol. 1-Top Album Collection
753088005770 Vinyl Elvis Presley: Vol. 2-Stereo 57-Essential Elvis
090431016619 Vinyl Elvis Presley: Vol. 2-Top Album Collection
886977096624 CD Elvis Rock
755174486722 CD Elvis Sings for Kids
828768160923 CD Elvis Sings Flaming Star
828768571521 CD Elvis the Collection
886971224122 (i) CD Elvis the King-the Complete Singles Box (Mini LP S
886970523622 CD Elvis Ultimate Gospel
886977096822 CD Elvis Viva Las Vegas
886919818925 CD Elvis Viva Las Vegas-TV Special
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887254385424 CD Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden (Legac
887254759416 Vinyl Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
602527721606 DVD Elvis: Great Performances
886919538823 CD Elvis: Prince From Another Planet (Delux
012569798618 DVD Elvis: That's the Way It Is
823880033261 DVD Elvis: The King & His Music
096741407222 CD Elvis:Rock'N Roll Legend
032031312296 DVD Elvis-Birth of Rock N' Roll
828765053723 CD Elvis-Close Up
085365408524 DVD Elvis-Elvis 56-in the Beginning
3000000078655 (i) DVD Elvis-From the Waist Up
829421408802 Vinyl Elvis-NBC TV Special
625282125427 CD Elvis-Timeless Live Recordings
828768904824 CD Essential Elvis
886973475423 CD Essential 3.0
886976142322 CD Evening Prayer
743219061225 (i) CD Flaming Star & Follow That Dream + Wild in the Cou
886976271428 CD Frankie & Johnny
743219062529 (i) CD Frankie & Johnny + Paradise
886975149728 CD From Elvis in Memphis
886976154226 CD From Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis Tennessee
078636793221 CD From Elvis in Memphis
829421415503 Vinyl From Elvis in Memphis
078636616025 CD From Nashville to Memphis-Esse
886977878329 (i) CD From Nashville to Memphis-Essential 60's Masters
780014991197 DVD From the Beginning to the End
886976271626 CD Fun in Acapulco
886976155827 CD G.I. Blues
886976158828 CD Girl Happy
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886976159122 CD Girls! Girls! Girls!
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886977948527 (i) CD Gospel Collection
078636513621 CD Great Country Songs
886977097621 CD He Touched Me
886919819526 CD Heart & Soul
886972267326 CD His Hand in Mine
8718247290222 CD His Hand in Mine (the Alternate Album)
828767124728 CD Hitstory
078635060874 Vinyl Hound Dog
886972267227 CD How Great Thou Art
887254233428 CD I Am an Elvis Fan
886974588429 CD I Believe-the Gospel Masters
886973873021 CD I Got Lucky
078636648224 CD If Every Day Was Like Christma
078635068177 Vinyl If Every Day Was Like Christmas
078635067170 Vinyl In the Ghetto
755174493126 CD It's Christmas Time
078635062878 Vinyl Its Now or Never
8718247290192 CD Jailhouse Rock the Alternate Album
078636745329 (i) CD Jailhouse Rock & Love Me Tender
078635061970 Vinyl Jailhouse Rock
805203301394 DVD Journey
8718247290185 CD Kid Galahad Sessions
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8718247290208 CD King Creole (the Alternate Album)
078636745428 (i) CD King Creole
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780014216023 SACD King Creole
743217828226 (i) CD Legendary
827868995923 CD Lets Be Friends
078636057576 Vinyl Little Less Conversation +2
743219063021 (i) CD Live a Little../Charro/Trouble /Change of Habit
888837135429 CD Live at Madison Square Garden
8718247290246 CD Lost in the '60s: Fame & Fortune
8718247290239 CD Lost in the '60s: Kiss Me Quick
828766744828 (i) CD Love Elvis
887654400727 (i) CD Love Elvis (K2 Hd Mastering)
5022508287542 CD Love Me Tender
617884601591 DVD Love Me Tender: The Love Songs
743216479122 (i) CD Love Songs
828766700121 CD Love-Elvis
886974794226 CD Loving You
8718247290215 CD Loving You (the Alternate Album)
829421151500 Vinyl Loving You
617917220027 CD Maybelline
078636761220 CD Memories-'68 Come Back Special
888837369626 CD Merry Christmas Love Elvis
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022891103097 DVD Missing Years
078636793122 CD Moody Blue
829421242802 Vinyl Moody Blues
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5060255181072 CD Movie Hits
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886977097829 CD NBC-TV Special
886976321321 CD On Stage
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886972955728 CD Original Album Classics
888837193726 CD Original Album Classics
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886919011623 (i) CD Original Album Classics
078636799124 (i) CD Peace in the Valley: Complete Gospel Recordings
887254444626 (i) CD Perfect Elvis Presley Collection
886977640025 CD Playlist: The Very Best Gospel of Elvis Presley
886972881225 CD Playlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley
078636773926 (i) CD Pot Luck
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886979154728 (i) CD Real Elvis
886979154520 (i) CD Real Elvis
078635063875 Vinyl Return to Sender
880831063425 CD Rock 'N' Roll Years
886976271923 CD Roustabout
886970967426 CD Separate Ways
886919737929 CD Setlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live (1950
886979144422 CD Setlist: The Very Best of Elvis Presley Live
888837219020 (i) CD Setlist: The Very Best of Elvis Live
078635061574 Vinyl Shake Rattle & R
886973873120 CD Sings Hits From His Movies
743219062628 (i) CD Spinout-Double Trouble (Doub
753088105760 SACD Stereo '57 (Essential Elvis Vol. 2)
886972178523 CD Super Hits
078635327571 Vinyl Suspicious Minds
743217091323 (i) CD Take My Hand: Gospel Favorites
636551080224 CD Thats Alright
743211469029 (i) CD That's the Way It Is
829421444503 Vinyl That's the Way It Is
887654512628 CD Threads & Grooves
887654595423 CD Threads & Grooves (Elvis Presley CD)
887654315670 Vinyl Threads & Grooves-Don't Be Cruel
886975118229 CD Triple Feature
078635198874 Vinyl Unchained Melody
886919499926 CD Uncovered
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628261286928 CD Very Best of Love
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886977604126 (i) CD Viva Elvis
886978119025 (i) CD Viva Elvis (2 CD Edition)
886978045126 (i) CD Viva Elvis (Belgium Edition)
886977676611 Vinyl Viva Elvis
886976323721 CD Viva Las Vegas
078635064674 Vinyl Viva Las Vegas
886978568120 (i) CD Walk a Mile in My Shoes-the Essential
078636795928 (i) CD White Christmas
8718247290178 CD Wild in the Country & Flaming Star Session
886971346725 CD X2 (Elvis Presley/Elvis' Gold Records 4)
828768996027 CD You'Ll Never Walk Alone
886979353428 CD Young Man with the Big Beat

Biography: Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history.

More important from a music lover's perspective, however, are his remarkable artistic achievements. Presley was not the very first white man to sing rhythm & blues; Bill Haley predated him in that regard, and there may have been others as well. Elvis was certainly the first, however, to assertively fuse country and blues music into the style known as rockabilly. While rockabilly arrangements were the foundations of his first (and possibly best) recordings, Presley could not have become a mainstream superstar without a much more varied palette that also incorporated pop, gospel, and even some bits of bluegrass and operatic schmaltz here and there. His '50s recordings established the basic language of rock & roll; his explosive and sexual stage presence set standards for the music's visual image; his vocals were incredibly powerful and versatile.

Unfortunately, to much of the public, Elvis is more icon than artist. Innumerable bad Hollywood movies, increasingly caricatured records and mannerisms, and a personal life that became steadily more sheltered from real-world concerns (and steadily more bizarre) gave his story a somewhat mythic status. By the time of his death, he'd become more a symbol of gross Americana than of cultural innovation. The continued speculation about his incredible career has sustained interest in his life, and supported a large tourist/entertainment industry that may last indefinitely, even if the fascination is fueled more by his celebrity than his music.

Born to a poor Mississippi family in the heart of Depression, Elvis had moved to Memphis by his teens, where he absorbed the vibrant melting pot of Southern popular music in the form of blues, country, bluegrass, and gospel. After graduating from high school, he became a truck driver, rarely if ever singing in public. Some 1953 and 1954 demos, recorded at the emerging Sun label in Memphis primarily for Elvis' own pleasure, helped stir interest on the part of Sun owner Sam Phillips. In mid-1954, Phillips, looking for a white singer with a black feel, teamed Presley with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Almost by accident, apparently, the trio hit upon a version of an Arthur Crudup blues tune "That's All Right Mama," which became Elvis' first single.

Elvis' five Sun singles pioneered the blend of R&B and C&W that would characterize rockabilly music. For quite a few scholars, they remain not only Elvis' best singles, but the best rock & roll ever recorded. Claiming that Elvis made blues acceptable for the white market is not the whole picture; the singles usually teamed blues covers with country and pop ones, all made into rock & roll (at this point a term that barely existed) with the pulsing beat, slap-back echo, and Elvis' soaring, frenetic vocals. "That's All Right Mama," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Baby Let's Play House," and "Mystery Train" remain core early rock classics.

The singles sold well in the Memphis area immediately, and by 1955 were starting to sell well to country audiences throughout the South. Presley, Moore, and Black hit the road with a stage show that grew ever wilder and more provocative, Elvis' swiveling hips causing enormous controversy. The move to all-out rock was hastened by the addition of drums. The last Sun single, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"/"Mystery Train," hit number one on the national country charts in late 1955. Presley was obviously a performer with superstar potential, attracting the interest of bigger labels and Colonel Tom Parker, who became Elvis' manager. In need of capital to expand the Sun label, Sam Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA in late 1955 for 35,000 dollars; a bargain, when viewed in hindsight, but an astronomical sum at the time.

This is the point where musical historians start to diverge in opinion. For many, the whole of his subsequent work for RCA -- encompassing over 20 years -- was a steady letdown, never recapturing the pure, primal energy that was harnessed so effectively on the handful of Sun singles. Elvis, however, was not a purist. What he wanted, more than anything, was to be successful. To do that, his material needed more of a pop feel; in any case, he'd never exactly been one to disparage the mainstream, naming Dean Martin as one of his chief heroes from the get-go. At RCA, his rockabilly was leavened with enough pop flavor to make all of the charts, not just the country ones.

At the beginning, at least, the results were hardly any tamer than the Sun sessions. "Heartbreak Hotel," his first single, rose to number one and, aided by some national television appearances, helped make Elvis an instant superstar. "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" was a number one follow-up; the double-sided monster "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was one of the biggest-selling singles the industry had ever experienced up to that point. His first two LPs, Elvis Presley and Elvis, were also chart-toppers, not just in the U.S., but throughout the world. The 1956 RCA recordings, while a bit more sophisticated in production and a bit less rootsy in orientation than his previous work, were still often magnificent, rating among the best and most influential recordings of early rock & roll.

Elvis' (and Colonel Parker's) aspirations were too big to be limited to records and live appearances. By late 1956, his first Hollywood movie, Love Me Tender, had been released; other screen vehicles would follow in the next few years, Jailhouse Rock being the best. The hits continued unabated, several of them ("Jailhouse Rock," "All Shook Up," "Too Much") excellent, and often benefiting from the efforts of top early rock songwriter Otis Blackwell, as well as the emerging team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Jordanaires added both pop and gospel elements with their smooth backup vocals.

Yet worrisome signs were creeping in. The Dean Martin influence began rearing his head in smoky, sentimental ballads such as "Loving You"; the vocal swoops became more exaggerated and stereotypical, although the overall quality of his output remained high. And although Moore and Black continued to back Elvis on his early RCA recordings, within a few years the musicians had gone their own ways.

Presley's recording and movie careers were interrupted by his induction into the Army in early 1958. There was enough material in the can to flood the charts throughout his two-year absence (during which he largely served in Germany). When he re-entered civilian life in 1960, his popularity, remarkably, was at just as high a level as when he left.

One couldn't, unfortunately, say the same for the quality of his music, which was not just becoming more sedate, but was starting to either repeat itself, or opt for operatic ballads that didn't have a whole lot to do with rock. Elvis' rebellious, wild image had been tamed to a large degree as well, as he and Parker began designing a career built around Hollywood films. Shortly after leaving the Army, in fact, Presley gave up live performing altogether for nearly a decade to concentrate on movie-making. The films, in turn, would serve as vehicles to both promote his records and to generate maximum revenue with minimal effort. For the rest of the '60s, Presley ground out two or three movies a year that, while mostly profitable, had little going for them in the way of story, acting, or social value.

While there were some quality efforts on Presley's early-'60s albums, his discography was soon dominated by forgettable soundtracks, mostly featuring material that was dispensable or downright ridiculous. He became largely disinterested in devoting much time to his craft in the studio. The soundtrack LPs themselves were sometimes filled out with outtakes that had been in the can for years (and these, sadly, were often the highlights of the albums). There were some good singles in the early '60s, like "Return to Sender"; once in a while there was even a flash of superb, tough rock, like "Little Sister" or "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame." But by 1963 or so there was little to get excited about, although he continued to sell in large quantities.

The era roughly spanning 1962-1967 has generated a school of Elvis apologists, eager to wrestle any kernel of quality that emerged from his recordings during this period. They also point out that Presley was assigned poor material, and assert that Colonel Parker was largely responsible for Presley's emasculation. True to a point, but on the other hand it could be claimed, with some validity, that Presley himself was doing little to rouse himself from his artistic stupor, letting Parker destroy his artistic credibility without much apparent protest, and holing up in his large mansion with a retinue of yes-men who protected their benefactor from much day-to-day contact with a fast-changing world.

The Beatles, all big Elvis fans, displaced Presley as the biggest rock act in the world in 1964. What's more, they did so by writing their own material and playing their own instruments; something Elvis had never been capable of, or particularly aspired to. They, and the British and American groups the Beatles influenced, were not shy about expressing their opinions, experimenting musically, and taking the reins of their artistic direction into their own hands. The net effect was to make Elvis Presley, still churning out movies in Hollywood as psychedelia and soul music became the rage, seem irrelevant, even as he managed to squeeze out an obscure Dylan cover ("Tomorrow Is a Long Time") on a 1966 soundtrack album.

By 1967 and 1968, there were slight stirrings of an artistic reawakening by Elvis. Singles like "Guitar Man," "Big Boss Man," and "U.S. Male," though hardly classics, were at least genuine rock & roll that sounded better than much of what he'd been turning out for years. A 1968 television special gave Presley the opportunity he needed to reinvent himself as an all-out leather-coated rocker, still capable of magnetizing an audience, and eager to revisit his blues and country roots.

The 1968 album Elvis in Memphis was the first LP in nearly a decade in which Presley seemed cognizant of current trends, as he updated his sounds with contemporary compositions and touches of soul to create some reasonably gutsy late-'60s pop/rock. This material, and 1969 hits like "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto," returned him to the top of the charts. Arguably, it's been overrated by critics, who were so glad to have him singing rock again that they weren't about to carp about the slickness of some of the production, or the mediocrity of some of the songwriting.

But Elvis' voice did sound good, and he returned to live performing in 1969, breaking in with weeks of shows in Las Vegas. This was followed by national tours that proved him still capable of being an excellent live entertainer, even if the exercises often reeked of show-biz extravaganza. (Elvis never did play outside of North America and Hawaii, possibly because Colonel Parker, it was later revealed, was an illegal alien who could have faced serious problems if he traveled abroad.) Hollywood was history, but studio and live albums were generated at a rapid pace, usually selling reasonably well, although Presley never had a Top Ten hit after 1972's "Burning Love."

Presley's '70s recordings, like most of his '60s work, are the focus of divergent critical opinion. Some declare them to be, when Elvis was on, the equal of anything he did, especially in terms of artistic diversity. It's true that the material was pretty eclectic, running from country to blues to all-out rock to gospel (Presley periodically recorded gospel-only releases, going all the way back to 1957). At the same time, his vocal mannerisms were often stilted, and the material -- though not nearly as awful as that '60s soundtrack filler -- sometimes substandard. Those who are not serious Elvis fans will usually find this late-period material to hold only a fraction of the interest of his '50s classics.

Elvis' final years have been the subject of a cottage industry of celebrity bios, tell-alls, and gossip screeds from those who knew him well, or (more likely) purported to know him well. Those activities are really beyond the scope of a mini-bio such as this, but it's enough to note that his behavior was becoming increasingly unstable. His weight fluctuated wildly; his marriage broke up; he became dependent upon a variety of prescription drugs. Worst of all, he became isolated from the outside world except for professional purposes (he continued to tour until the end), rarely venturing outside of his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Colonel Parker's financial decisions on behalf of his client have also come in for much criticism.

On August 16, 1977, Presley was found dead in Graceland. The cause of death remains a subject of widespread speculation, although it seems likely that drugs played a part. An immediate cult (if cult is the way to describe millions of people) sprang up around his legacy, kept alive by the hundreds of thousands of visitors who make the pilgrimage to Graceland annually. Elvis memorabilia, much of it kitsch, is another industry in his own right. Dozens if not hundreds make a comfortable living by impersonating the King in live performance. And then there are all those Elvis sightings, reported in tabloids on a seemingly weekly basis.

Although Presley had recorded a mammoth quantity of both released and unreleased material for RCA, the label didn't show much interest in repackaging it with the respect due such a pioneer. Haphazard collections of outtakes and live performances were far rarer than budget reissues and countless repackagings of the big hits. In the CD age, RCA finally began to treat the catalog with some of the reverence it deserved, at long last assembling a box set containing nearly all of the '50s recordings. Similar, although less exciting, box sets were documenting the '60s, the '70s, and his soundtrack recordings. And exploitative reissues of Elvis material continue to appear constantly, often baited with one or two rare outtakes or alternates to entice the completists (of which there are many). In death as in life, Presley continues to be one of RCA's most consistent earners. Fortunately, with a little discretion, a good Elvis library can be built with little duplication, sticking largely to the most highly recommended selections. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi