Instead of adding to the flood of anniversary facts, theories and opinions about Elvis on the ‘net – I’m going let the music speak for itself, by listing 5 tracks (and the albums they come from) which really capture the essence of Elvis for me
Hound Dog – A Golden Celebration
This the version where Elvis bump-and-grinds himself into TV history. Stunning.
Can you imagine how shocking this must have been back in the black and white 50’s?????
Baby What Do You Want Me To Do? – Memories-The ’68 Comeback Special
While most musicians of the time were becoming strung out stoners. Elvis was back in black leather.
Only The Strong Survive – The Memphis Record
Soul, Gospel, Raw Blues, Bacharach tunes, – Its all here. Elvis goes Northern Soul on this track
I Didn’t Make It On Playing Guitar – Essential Elvis Vol.4: a Hundred Years from Now
Undubbed, and unedited. Elvis and the band tear it up live in the studio, without the usual choir of angels backing vocals or sugary strings.
I’ve Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Essential Elvis Vol 5 Rhythm and Country
Elvis in full funk mode. And there’s country, folk and acoustic – all recorded at Stax studios. He may be a bit wobbly on a couple of tracks. But, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues, and For Ol’ Times Sake are his best ballads ever.