LPM 1707 Black Label Dog On Top
Elvis' Golden Records
Side 1. Hound Dog / Loving You / All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Jailhouse Rock / Love Me / Too Much
Side 2. Don't Be Cruel / That's When Your Heartaches Begin / (let me be your) Teddy Bear / Love Me Tender / Treat Me Nice / Any Way You Want Me (that's how i will be) / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Elvis' Golden Records entered Billboard's Hot LP chart in April 1958 at the number three slot, and stayed on the chart for forty weeks.
RCA released this LP in October 1958 in the UK - RCA RB 16069, it would reach the number 2 slot in the UK chart
By early 1958, Elvis had recorded songs that changed the course of popular music. These tracks showcased the range of styles he could sing, including rock ‘n’ roll, country, R&B, blues, pop and gospel. These tracks are now so familiar that it is easy to forget just how revolutionary they were at the time of their release. With Elvis heading over seas for two years in March 1958, there were doubts whether rock ‘n’ roll could survive without its figurehead. It was still wildly popular, but cycles come and go, being replaced by the next big thing. RCA wasn’t sure if there would still be an audience for rock ‘n’ roll in 1960 when Elvis would return to civilian life, the label presented Parker with a few facts the must have caused concern and influenced future plans for his star. According to their data, single sales were down and the album market hadn't grown much, Elvis himself was in a commanding position in 1958, but even his impressive record sales didn't stand well in comparison with the levels that he had achieved during his breakthrough year.
It’s not surprising that Elvis was concerned about his career during his time in the Army.
Rock ‘N’ Roll was hardly in decline in 1958, and as always Elvis was leading the way with the huge success of “Hard Headed Woman” proved, but there was no guarantee that his fans would stay loyal to him during his time away. Today it’s not unusual for major artists to release an album every three years with a highly publicised tour, but back in the 50’s two years out of the spotlight would have been an eternity.
It would take careful planning to keep Elvis’ name in the spotlight, this would show how good Parker’s marketing skills were.
The release of “Elvis’ Golden Records” was very well timed, to coincide with the media storm surrounding his induction into the armed forces, there was no better way to take advantage of this is to release an album of his biggest hits, most of which would appear on an LP for the first time, if this was going to be his swan song, then a best of package made sense.
The front cover featured suspended gold records, the largest contained a 1957 picture of a smiling Elvis, there was also an essay on the back cover, it was written by RCA publicist Anne Fulchino, despite s few mistakes, she wrote that “Heartbreak Hotel” was recorded on February 10th 1956, when it was actually recorded a month earlier, there are still a few interesting insights, especially one where she pinpoints Elvis place in history, even in these early days, she wrote “No matter how desperately imitators may attempt to capture his personality, Elvis will always be the innovator of a style which set an entire musical trend in motion”.
“Elvis’ Golden Records” sold well on release, although sales did not approach the levels attained by the “Loving You” soundtrack album, but over the years it has remained a consistent attraction and was, for a long time a cornerstone of Elvis’ back catalogue to the extent that it has achieved platinum status six times over, it is now the best selling LP from the 1950’s. Since 1958 the album has been released several times, and most recently in 1997 on CD with an extra three tracks, these tracks are “ My Baby Left Me” / “I Was The One” / “That’s All Right” / “Baby, Let’s Play House” / “Mystery Train” and “Blue Suede Shoes”. Over half-a-century on, and in my opinion this LP remains the finest single disc release of Elvis’ work of this period
Hound Dog - Recorded July 2nd 1956, RCA Studios, New York City
Loving You - Recorded February 24th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
All Shook Up - Recorded January 12, 1957, Radio Recorder, Hollywood
Heartbreak Hotel - Recorded January 10th 1956, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Jailhouse Rock - Recorded April 30th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Love Me - Recorded September 1st 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Too Much - Recorded September 2nd 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Don't Be Cruel - Recorded July 2nd 1956, RCA Studios, New York City
That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Recorded January 13th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
(let me be your) Teddy Bear - Recorded January 1957, Paramount Scoring Stage
Love Me Tender - Recorded August 24th 1956, Fox Stage 1, Hollywood
Treat Me Nice - Recorded September 5th 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Any Way You Want Me (that's how i will be) - Recorded July 2nd 1956, RCA Studios, New York City
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Recorded April 14th 1956, RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Fox Stage 1, Hollywood
Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood
RCA Studios, New York City
RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Elvis Presley - Vocals
Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Vito Mumolo, Tiny Timbrell, Elvis Presley - Guitar
Bill Black, Mike Rubin - Bass
D.J. Fontana, Richard Cornell – Drums
Hoyt Hawkins, Gordon Stoker, Floyd Cramer, Marvin Hughes, Shorty Long, Dudley Brooks - Piano
Luther Rountree - Banjo
Don Frontieri - Accordion
Ben and Brock Speer, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Charles Prescott,
The Jordanaires - Vocals
US - 3
UK - 2
US - April 1958
UK - October 1958