Elvis Presley

Double Dynamite

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Between April 1969 and January 1973, RCA Records' discount label, Camden, released ten Elvis Presley albums culled from Presley's back catalog. In August 1975, the discount label Pickwick acquired these albums and reissued them. Then, Pickwick created its own 18-track, two-LP compilation by lifting two tracks from each of the Camden albums except Elvis' Christmas Album and dubbing the result Double Dynamite. This is, then, a random compilation of a group of random compilations! Given that, it features an unusually large number of chart singles, dating from 1956 to 1972: "Burning Love" hit the Top Ten; "Flaming Star," "Follow That Dream," "Separate Ways," "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)," "Frankie and Johnny," "U.S. Male," and "Big Boss Man" were Top 40 hits; and "Old Shep" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" charted. ("Rubberneckin'" was the chart-listed B-side of the Top Ten single "Don't Cry Daddy.") Still, Double Dynamite was typical of RCA's careless stewardship of Elvis Presley's catalog toward the end of his life. (Originally released as an 18-track double LP by Pickwick as Pickwick 5001 in December 1975, Double Dynamite was reissued, with the songs "If You Think I Don't Need You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" deleted, by Pair as Pair 1010 in 1982.)

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