Various Artists

The King's Record Collection, Vol. 1

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Here's a novel concept -- a 14-track compilation of the original versions of tunes Elvis Presley made popular. In a nod to Presley's catholic tastes, this volume brings together artists as diverse as Bill Monroe ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), the Shelton Brothers ("Just Because"), the Drifters ("Money Honey"), Leon Payne ("I Love You Because"), Little Junior Parker ("Mystery Train"), Smiley Lewis ("One Night"), Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup ("That's All Right") and Arthur Gunter ("Baby, Let's Play House"). The songs are sequenced chronologically and stop just prior to his induction into the U.S. Army in 1958. A fascinating look at the source material behind Elvis' rise to fame.

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