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Recorded: 1954-1957

Released: March 1958


Rating: 4.022 (average of 9 ratings)


Genre: early rock and roll


Quotable: “rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Hound Dog
  2. Loving You
  3. All Shook Up
  4. Heartbreak Hotel
  5. Jailhouse Rock
  6. Love Me
  7. Too Much
  8. Don’t Be Cruel
  9. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
  10. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
  11. Love Me Tender
  12. Treat Me Nice
  13. Any Way You Want Me That's How I Will Be
  14. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  15. My Baby Left Me *
  16. I Was the One *
  17. That’s All Right *
  18. Baby Let’s Play House *
  19. Mystery Train *
  20. Blue Suede Shoes *
* bonus tracks added to CD reissue


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 6 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated10 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • That’s All Right, Mama * (7/54) #3 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Baby, Let’s Play House * (4/55) #5 CW
  • Mystery Train * (9/17/55) #25 UK, #11 CW
  • Heartbreak Hotel (3/3/56) #1 US, #2 UK, #3 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 2 million. Airplay: 2 million
  • I Was the One * (3/3/56) #19 US, #8 CW
  • Blue Suede Shoes * (4/7/56) #20 US, #9 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (5/26/56) #1 US, #14 UK, #3 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 1 million
  • My Baby Left Me (5/26/56) #31 US, #19 UK, #13 CW
  • Hound Dog (8/11/56) #1 US, #2 UK, #1 RB. Sales: 4 million
  • Don’t Be Cruel (9/11/56) #1 US, #24 UK, #1RB, #1 CW. Sales: 4 million. Airplay: 4 million
  • Love Me Tender (10/20/56) #1 US, #11 UK, #3 RB, #3 CW. Sales: 3 million. Airplay: 3 million
  • Anyway You Want Me That’s How I Will Be (10/20/56) #20 US, #12 RB
  • Love Me (11/17/56) #2 US, #7 RB, #10 CW
  • Too Much (1/26/57) #1 US, #6 UK, #3 RB, #3 CW. Sales: 1 million
  • All Shook Up (4/6/57) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 2 million. Airplay: 2 million
  • That’s When Your Heartache Begins (4/13/57) #58 US
  • Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (6/24/57) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 2 million
  • Loving You (6/24/57) #20 US, #24 UK, #15 CW
  • Jailhouse Rock (10/14/57) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 RB, #1 CW. Sales: 2 million
  • Treat Me Nice (10/14/57) #18 US, #7 RB, #11 CW
* bonus tracks on CD reissue


Notes: The tracks listed above are also available on the box set The King of Rock and Roll: The ‘50s Masters.


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. The World’s Best Selling Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page.


Golden Records
Elvis Presley
Review:
“This was rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album, and it set the standard for all others to follow. As originally conceived, it was a 14-song collection of most of the King’s biggest hits up to that time, released on the eve of his start of military service – a dearth of material being in the offing, it seemed only logical to assemble these hits. Each of the 14 songs had earned a gold-record award for a million sales, a record unequaled at that time by anyone else in rock & roll. The album wasn’t intended as a history lesson, so Hound Dog and Loving You precede Heartbreak Hotel – the 1997 remastering also tampers with the concept a bit, adding six bonus tracks” (Eder).

“Elvis’ singing never sounded richer or more expressive, and one can fully appreciate in vivid detail the delicate nuances of his phrasing on songs like Too Much. On the downside, the remastering has made the sound so clean on some of the harder songs that some of the raw, ‘dirty’ ambience that characterized this stuff on the radio and the original 45s is lacking. Still, Scotty Moore’s groundbreaking lead guitar part on ‘Hound Dog’ and the Jordanaires’ backup singing never came through more sharply or cleanly, and the all-important rhythm section is almost up front in the mix” (Eder).

“Those who own the first Elvis box from RCA, covering the ‘50s masters, may hesitate to pick up this or the other parts of this latest remastered series, but the sound has been upgraded one more level, and Golden Hits does give a bite-sized glimpse of where Elvis had come from and where he was going (for better or worse) musically on the eve of heading into the Army” (Eder).


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Last updated March 26, 2008.