THE COMPLETE ELVIS
By Tim Cain (The Herald Review)
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There’s a story in this morning’s print edition about the biggest Elvis Presley reissue yet – “The Complete Elvis Presley Masters,” a 30-CD set that
brings together all 711 master recordings issued during Presley’s lifetime, in the order he recorded them.

For starters, I’m thrilled that as time goes on, the focus on Elvis centers more on his music than his lifestyle. Read Peter Guralnik’s excellent books  
“Last
Train to Memphis”
and “Careless Love” to learn more about the incredible life and almost inevitable demise, without the sensationalism.

And this $750 CD set would provide an appropriate soundtrack.

The surprising fact to me is Presley recorded just 711 studio pieces in his life. The Beatles, whose career lasted eight years as opposed to Presley’s 20-
plus, recorded close to 250 studio works, and wrote much of their own material, which Presley did not do.

Just the amount of recording Presley seemed to do – later in his career reworking popular hit songs of the day, for example – makes the 711 number seem
somewhat paltry.

Regardless, it’s high time Presley’s recorded legacy received some of the treatment it deserves. This morning’s story mentions a collection of songs written
by Canadian songwriters and recorded by Presley, and I often bring up the album released of just stage banter recorded at the hundreds of Presley live
performances his record company taped. The “dance” remixes, the hits collections whose titles weren’t even accurate – eight years ago. All Music Guide
listed 450 Presley albums.

I’m too depressed thinking about it to go back and look and count again today.

I was always concerned that Presley’s off-stage life would overpower the magnificent legacy his music should have left behind. That may have been the
case temporarily, but fortunately, the music now seems to be winning out.