Elvis Masters: The Ultimate Countdown – Part 5

This is Part 5 of an endless countdown of Elvis Presley’s 711 master recordings from worst to best.

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Elvis Presley in 1968 (MGM)

Elvis Presley in 1968 (MGM)

We continue our list with songs in the Above Average/Worth Listening category. This is one fan’s opinion.

#300 Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live-1968)
A Legendary Performer, Volume 1

#299 Almost In Love (1968)
Almost In Love

#298 It Is No Secret (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#297 Fool (1972)
Elvis (Fool)

#296 Charro (1968)
Almost In Love

#295 Life (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#294 Are You Sincere (1973)
Raised On Rock

#293 You Gave Me A Mountain (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#292 Blue Hawaii (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#291 Fountain Of Love (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#290 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#289 He Knows Just What I Need (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#288 Love Coming Down (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#287 Johnny B. Goode (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#286 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#285 An American Trilogy: Dixie/The Battle Hymn Of The Republic/All My Trials (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#284 It’s Your Baby, You Rock It (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#283 King Of The Whole Wide World (1961)
C’mon Everybody

#282 Shake, Rattle & Roll (1956)
For LP Fans Only

#281 Trouble/Guitar Man (1968)
ELVIS-TV Special

#280 An American Trilogy: Dixie/The Battle Hymn Of The Republic/All My Trials (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#279 What Now My Love (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#278 Memories (1968)
Memories (Single)

#277 It’s Now Or Never (1960)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#276 The Last Farewell (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#275 Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
That’s The Way It Is
Comment: Elvis’ studio version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” released during his lifetime suffered from an extremely poor mix as well as having applause overdubbed to simulate a live recording. RCA finally rectified this 25 years later with an improved mix that also had no applause overdubs on Heart & Soul. That version would rank much higher than #275, but, alas, this placement is based only on the original release.

#274 Don’t (1957)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#273 Green, Green Grass Of Home (1975)
Today

#272 And I Love You So (1975)
Today

#271 An Evening Prayer (1971)
He Touched Me

#270 It Won’t Seem Like Christmas (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#269 Patch It Up (Live-1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#268 Bosom Of Abraham (1971)
He Touched Me

#267 Why Me, Lord (Live-1974)
with J.D. Sumner
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#266 You’ll Think Of Me (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#265 The Fair Is Moving On (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#264 It’s Only Love (1971)
It’s Only Love (Single)

#263 Paralyzed (1956)
Elvis

#262 Pieces Of My Life (1975)
Today

#261 Words (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#260 Proud Mary (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#259 I’m Movin’ On (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#258 Hey Jude (1969)
Elvis Now

#257 Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1965)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style

#256 Heart Of Rome (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#255 My Boy (1973)
Good Times

#254 Proud Mary (Live-1970)
On Stage: February 1970

#253 Suppose (1967)
Speedway

#252 Release Me (Live-1970)
On Stage: February 1970

#251 Singing Tree (1967)
Clambake

#250 Sylvia (1970)
Elvis Now
Comment: With #250 and lower on our list, we move into the Great/Must Hear category.

#249 Never Say Yes (1966)
Spinout

#248 Solitaire (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#247 Speedway (1967)
Speedway

#246 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1957)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#245 All That I Am (1966)
Spinout

#244 This Is My Heaven (1965)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style

#243 Today, Tomorrow And Forever (1963)
C’mon Everybody

#242 I Beg Of You (1957)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#241 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (1956)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#240 Any Way You Want Me (1956)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#239 A Big Hunk O’ Love (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#238 Where Did They Go, Lord (1970)
Rags To Riches (Single)

#237 The Sound Of Your Cry (1970)
It’s Only Love (Single)

#236 Mine (1967)
Speedway

#235 Help Me (1973)
Promised Land

#234 I Need Somebody To Lean On (1963)
I Got Lucky

#233 If We Never Meet Again (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#232 Mansion Over The Hilltop (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#231 Do You Know Who I Am (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#230 Inherit The Wind (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#229 Sweet Caroline (Live-1970)
On Stage: February 1970

#228 I’ve Got A Thing About You, Baby (1973)
Good Times

#227 Somebody Bigger Than You And I (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#226 Runaway (Live-1969)
On Stage: February 1970

#225 A Big Hunk O’ Love (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#224 Patch It Up (1970)
Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2

#223 Where No One Stands Alone (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#222 We Call On Him (1967)
You’ll Never Walk Alone

#221 All I Needed Was The Rain (1967)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#220 Love Song Of The Year (1973)
Promised Land

#219 If You Talk In Your Sleep (1973)
Promised Land

#218 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#217 Mary In The Morning (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#216 Shake A Hand (1975)
Today

#215 I’ll Remember You (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#214 Let Yourself Go (1967)
Speedway

#213 Tomorrow Is A Long Time (1966)
Spinout

#212 Tiger Man (Live-1968)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#211 Johnny B. Goode (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#210 The Next Step Is Love (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#209 Yesterday (Live-1970)
On Stage: February 1970

#208 An American Trilogy: Dixie/The Battle Hymn Of The Republic/All My Trials (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#207 I’ve Lost You (Live-1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#206 Milky White Way (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#205 Let Us Pray (1969)
You’ll Never Walk Alone

#204 Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (1970)
That’s The Way It Is

#203 An American Trilogy: Dixie/The Battle Hymn Of The Republic/All My Trials (Live-1972)
An American Trilogy (Single)

#202 I’ll Remember You (1966)
Spinout

#201 There Goes My Everything (1970)
I Really Don’t Want To Know (Single)

Elvis Presley in 1970 (MGM)

Elvis Presley in 1970 (MGM)

#200 Pocketful Of Rainbows (1960)
G.I. Blues

#199 Stand By Me (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#198 Separate Ways (1972)
Separate Ways

#197 Santa Bring My Baby Back (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#196 Blue Christmas (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#195 Little Cabin Home On The Hill (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#194 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#193 The Fool (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#192 Without Him (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#191 Wonderful World (1968)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#190 Only Believe (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#189 He’ll Have To Go (1976)
Moody Blue
Comment: “He’ll Have To Go” was the last song Elvis recorded in a studio setting. His last two sessions were held in his den at Graceland, which RCA converted into a temporary, makeshift studio, and they produced the albums From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee and Moody Blue.

#188 By And By (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#187 King Creole (1958)
King Creole

#186 Change Of Habit (1969)
Let’s Be Friends

#185 I’m Leavin’ (1971)
I’m Leavin’ (Single)

#184 Only The Strong Survive (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#183 If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#182 I’ve Got Confidence (1971)
He Touched Me
Comment: The inspirational “I’ve Got Confidence” is not to be confused with the abysmal “Confidence,” the worst Elvis song released in his lifetime.

#181 Farther Along (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#180 In The Garden (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#179 Where Do You Come From (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#178 So High (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#177 Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#176 Trouble (1958)
King Creole

#175 City By Night (1966)
Double Trouble

#174 Anyone (1963)
Kissin’ Cousins

#173 High Heel Sneakers (1967)
Guitar Man (Single)

#172 It’s Midnight (1973)
Promised Land

#171 We Can Make The Morning (1971)
Elvis Now

#170 You Asked Me To (1973)
Promised Land

#169 For Ol’ Times Sake (1973)
Raised On Rock

#168 Thinking About You (1973)
Promised Land

#167 Hawaiian Wedding Song (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#166 Money Honey (1956)
Elvis Presley

#165 Ku-u-i-po (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#164 You’ll Be Gone (1962)
Girl Happy

#163 Long Lonely Highway (1963)
Kissin’ Cousins

#162 Night Rider (1961)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#161 Suspicion (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#160 Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (1973)
Promised Land

#159 How Great Thou Art (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
Comment: This live version of “How Great Thou Art” earned Elvis his third and final Grammy Award.

#158 Known Only To Him (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#157 In My Father’s House (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#156 It’s Easy For You (1976)
Moody Blue

#155 Lead Me, Guide Me (1971)
He Touched Me

#154 Danny Boy (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#153 Return To Sender (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#152 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (1956)
Elvis

#151 Mama Liked The Roses (1969)
Elvis’ Christmas Album (1970 Edition)

#150 Seeing Is Believing (1971)
He Touched Me

#149 Follow That Dream (1961)
C’mon Everybody

#148 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#147 Never Again (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#146 Indescribably Blue (1966)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#145 Silver Bells (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#144 All Shook Up (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#143 If I Get Home On Christmas Day (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#142 A Fool Such As I (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#141 Mean Woman Blues (1957)
Loving You

#140 Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do (1957)
Loving You

#139 I, John (1971)
He Touched Me

#138 Joshua Fit The Battle (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#137 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (1973)
Good Times

#136 Lovin’ Arms (1973)
Good Times

#135 In The Ghetto (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#134 I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#133 Opening Riff/Blue Suede Shoes (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#132 Rock-A-Hula Baby (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#131 Bossa Nova Baby (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#130 Hard Headed Woman (1958)
King Creole

#129 Blue Suede Shoes (1956)
Elvis Presley

#128 Stay Away (1968)
Almost In Love
Comment: Unfortunately, there are no known recordings of Elvis singing “What Child Is This.” However, we at least have “Stay Away,” which is based on the same tune (“Greensleeves”), to give us an idea of how it might have sounded.

#127 I Want You With Me (1961)
Something For Everybody

#126 Also Sprach Zarathustra/Opening Riff/See See Rider (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#125 Burning Love (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#124 She Thinks I Still Care (1976)
Moody Blue

#123 As Long As I Have You (1958)
King Creole

#122 Treat Me Nice (1957)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#121 Hurt (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#120 You Don’t Know Me (1967)
Clambake
Comment: I first heard “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. At the time, I didn’t know it was actually an older song, and I wished Elvis had recorded it. Several months later, I bought the new boxed set ELVIS: From Nashville To Memphis – The Essential 60s Masters I and was shocked to discover that Elvis had indeed recorded it! I don’t think I’ve ever had a retroactive wish granted so swiftly. It’s Groundhog Day! I first heard “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. At the time, I didn’t know it was actually an older song, and I wished Elvis had recorded it. . . .

#119 Just Because (1954)
Elvis Presley

#118 Way Down (1976)
with J.D. Sumner
Moody Blue

#117 Hound Dog (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#116 Too Much (1956)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#115 Blue Christmas (Live-1968)
ELVIS-TV Special

#114 Make Me Know It (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#113 His Latest Flame (1961)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#112 Viva Las Vegas (1963)
Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1

#111 My Babe (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#110 Baby, I Don’t Care (1957)
A Date With Elvis

#109 Suspicious Minds (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#108 Polk Salad Annie (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#107 Suspicious Minds (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#106 Suspicious Minds (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis
Comment: A number of other live versions of “Suspicious Minds” captured during this same 1969 Vegas engagement were stronger than this one from the August 26 Dinner Show and would have placed much higher on my list had they been released in his lifetime. This is one of the more frustrating aspects of being confined to the master recordings.

#105 I’m Comin’ Home (1961)
Something For Everybody

#104 Bringing It Back (1975)
Today

#103 I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (1954)
For LP Fans Only

#102 Milkcow Blues Boogie (1954)
A Date With Elvis

#101 Edge Of Reality (1968)
Almost In Love

To Be Continued . . .


“So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
Joshua 6:20

Elvis Masters: The Ultimate Countdown – Part 4

This is Part 4 of a countdown of Elvis Presley’s 711 master recordings from worst to best.

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

We continue our list with songs in the Above Average/Worth Listening category. This is one fan’s opinion.

#400 I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (1973)
Good Times

#399 Hard Luck (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#398 Flaming Star (1960)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#397 One Track Heart (1964)
Roustabout

#396 Angel (1961)
C’mon Everybody

#395 Old MacDonald (1966)
Double Trouble
Comment: I can’t help it – I think Elvis’ version of “Old MacDonald” is funny, so it winds up much higher on my list than one might expect. I have admitted my love for this song in the past.

#394 Long Tall Sally (1956)
Elvis

#393 Have A Happy (1969)
Let’s Be Friends

#392 Snowbird (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#391 I’ll Be There (1969)
Let’s Be Friends

#390 Fever (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#389 Dixieland Rock (1958)
King Creole

#388 Where Do I Go From Here (1972)
Elvis (Fool)

#387 I Got A Woman (1956)
Elvis Presley

#386 Teddy Bear (1957)
Loving You
Comment: “Teddy Bear” is the lowest ranked of Elvis’ 18 Billboard #1 hits on my list.

#385 I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#384 Come What May (1966)
Love Letters (Single)

#383 Doncha’ Think It’s Time (1958)
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Single)

#382 Harbor Lights (1954)
A Legendary Performer, Volume 2

#381 Hawaiian Sunset (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#380 Island Of Love (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#379 If I’m A Fool (1969)
Let’s Be Friends

#378 Please Don’t Stop Loving Me (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#377 Never Ending (1963)
Double Trouble

#376 Funny How Time Slips Away (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#375 Never Been To Spain (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#374 Judy (1961)
Something For Everybody

#373 Mr. Songman (1973)
Promised Land

#372 Goin’ Home (1968)
Speedway

#371 Don’t Leave Me Now (1957)
Loving You

#370 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#369 I’ll Hold You In My Heart (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#368 Ain’t That Loving You, Baby (1956)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#367 Party (1957)
Loving You

#366 Rip It Up (1956)
Elvis

#365 Ready Teddy (1956)
Elvis

#364 Tutti Frutti (1956)
Elvis Presley

#363 Devil In Disguise (1963)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#362 Where Could I Go But To The Lord (1966)
How Great Thou Art

#361 Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#360 I’m Counting On You (1956)
Elvis Presley

#359 If You Love Me (Live-1977)
Moody Blue

#358 Blue Hawaii (Remake-1973)
A Legendary Performer, Volume 2

#357 Just Call Me Lonesome (1967)
Clambake

#356 Your Cheatin’ Heart (1958)
Elvis For Everyone!
Comment: Elvis’ version of the Hank Williams classic “Your Cheatin’ Heart” represents the median of The Mystery Train Elvis Blog’s countdown of his masters. Half of Elvis’ master recordings are better than this song, and half of them are worse.

#355 Shoppin’ Around (1960)
G.I. Blues

#354 O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#353 I Gotta Know (1960)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#352 Sweet Angeline (1973)
Raised On Rock

#351 Fame And Fortune (1960)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#350 Take My Hand, Precious Lord (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

#349 Stuck On You (1960)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#348 Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/I Found That Light/Saved (1968)
with The Blossoms
ELVIS-TV Special

#347 I Will Be Home Again (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#346 Playing For Keeps (1956)
For LP Fans Only

#345 It Feels So Right (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#344 I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago (1970)
Elvis Now

#343 Doin’ The Best I Can (1960)
G.I. Blues

#342 There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (1973)
Promised Land

#341 A Little Less Conversation (1968)
A Little Less Conversation (Single)

#340 I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live-1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#339 She’s Not You (1962)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#338 Thrill Of Your Love (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#337 Put Your Hand In The Hand (1971)
Elvis Now

#336 Steamroller Blues (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#335 I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#334 I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#333 Faded Love (1970)
Elvis Country: I’m 10,000 Years Old

#332 Love Me Tender (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#331 Such A Night (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#330 Good Luck Charm (1961)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#329 U.S. Male (1968)
Almost In Love

#328 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Informal-1971)
Elvis (Fool)

#327 My Little Friend (1969)
Almost In Love

#326 I Will Be True (1971)
Elvis (Fool)

#325 For The Good Times (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#324 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#323 My Way (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#322 Anything That’s Part Of You (1961)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#321 The Impossible Dream (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#320 Dirty, Dirty Feeling (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#319 Love Me Tender (1956)
Elvis’ Golden Records

#318 I Want To Be Free (1957)
A Date With Elvis

#317 Young And Beautiful (1957)
A Date With Elvis

#316 If Every Day Was Like Christmas (1966)
Elvis’ Christmas Album (1970 Edition)

#315 The Girl I Never Loved (1967)
Clambake

#314 Loving You (1957)
Loving You

#313 Surrender (1960)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#312 Stay Away, Joe (1967)
Let’s Be Friends

#311 Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#310 Marguerita (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#309 Slicin’ Sand (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#308 We’re Coming In Loaded (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#307 Spinout (1966)
Spinout

#306 Drums Of The Islands (1965)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style

#305 G.I. Blues (1960)
G.I. Blues

#304 For Lovin’ Me (1971)
Elvis (Fool)

#303 Home Is Where The Heart Is (1961)
I Got Lucky

#302 It Hurts Me (1964)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#301 Too Much Monkey Business (1968)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

To Be Continued . . .

Elvis Presley in 1968 (MGM)

Elvis Presley in 1968 (MGM)


“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5

Elvis Masters: The Ultimate Countdown – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a countdown of Elvis Presley’s 711 master recordings from worst to best.

Read Part 1 | Part 2

Elvis Presley in Indianapolis, Indiana, just hours before what would prove to be his last concert, on June 26, 1977 (CBS)

Elvis Presley in Indianapolis, Indiana, just hours before what would prove to be his last concert, on June 26, 1977 (CBS)

And now, we continue our ranking – still in the Average/Mediocre category of songs. As always, this list is one fan’s opinion.

#500 Animal Instinct (1965)
Harum Scarum

#499 Could I Fall In Love (1966)
Double Trouble

#498 From A Jack To A King (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#497 How Can You Lose What You Never Had (1967)
Clambake

#496 Talk About The Good Times (1973)
Good Times

#495 I Can Help (1975)
Today

#494 Down In The Alley (1966)
Spinout

#493 Old Shep (1956)
Elvis

#492 Love Me (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#491 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (1971)
Elvis (Fool)

#490 Gently (1961)
Something For Everybody

#489 I Met Her Today (1961)
Elvis For Everyone!

#488 There’s Always Me (1961)
Something For Everybody

#487 What’d I Say (1963)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#486 What A Wonderful Life (1961)
I Got Lucky

#485 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#484 All Shook Up (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#483 Soldier Boy (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#482 Aloha Oe (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#481 I Don’t Want To (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#480 A Thing Called Love (1971)
He Touched Me

#479 A Little Bit Of Green (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#478 Rags To Riches (1970)
Rages To Riches (Single)

#477 T-R-O-U-B-L-E (1975)
Today

#476 New Orleans (1958)
King Creole

#475 It’s A Sin (1961)
Something For Everybody

#474 Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It (Informal-1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#473 Heartbreak Hotel (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#472 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#471 Raised On Rock (1973)
Raised On Rock

#470 Love Letters (Remake-1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#469 It’s A Wonderful World (1964)
Roustabout

#468 Beginner’s Luck (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#467 Wild In The Country (1960)
Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Volume 2

#466 Night Life (1963)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#465 Guadalajara (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#464 Kissin’ Cousins (1963)
Kissin’ Cousins

#463 The Wonderful World Of Christmas (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#462 So Close, Yet So Far (1965)
Harum Scarum

#461 Memphis, Tennessee (1964)
Elvis For Everyone!

#460 Didja’ Ever (1960)
G.I. Blues

#459 The First Noel (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#458 Until It’s Time For You To Go (1971)
Elvis Now

#457 Help Me Make It Through The Night (1971)
Elvis Now

#456 Something (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#455 Mexico (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#454 C’mon Everybody (1963)
C’mon Everybody

#453 If You Think I Don’t Need You (1963)
I Got Lucky

#452 Blue Suede Shoes (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#451 Love Me (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#450 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (1971)
Elvis (Fool)

#449 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1971)
An American Trilogy (Single)

#448 I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#447 I Need Your Love Tonight (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#446 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#445 Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#444 Don’t Leave Me Now (Remake-1957)
Jailhouse Rock (EP)

#443 The Girl Next Door (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#442 Fools Fall In Love (1966)
I Got Lucky

#441 Big Boss Man (1967)
Clambake

#440 Blue Suede Shoes (Remake-1960)
G.I. Blues

#439 Blueberry Hill (1957)
Loving You

#438 It’s A Matter Of Time (1972)
Burning Love And Hits From His Movies, Volume 2

#437 The Girl Of My Best Friend (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#436 I Believe In The Man In The Sky (1960)
His Hand In Mine

#435 Blueberry Hill/I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#434 Don’t Ask Me Why (1958)
King Creole

#433 They Remind Me Too Much Of You (1962)
It Happened At The World’s Fair

#432 Thanks To The Rolling Sea (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#431 Something Blue (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis
Comment: With #431 and lower on today’s list, we now transition into the Above Average/Worth Listening category! As Elvis fans, we enjoy most of his work, but from here on out are songs I would have no problem playing for the general public.

#430 The Bullfighter Was A Lady (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#429 Anyplace Is Paradise (1956)
Elvis

#428 Almost Always True (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#427 Five Sleepy Heads (1967)
Speedway

#426 Beach Boy Blues (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#425 Hound Dog (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden

#424 Cross My Heart And Hope To Die (1964)
Girl Happy

#423 Without Love (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#422 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (1969)
From Elvis In Memphis

#421 In My Way (1960)
Elvis For Everyone!

#420 Forget Me Never (1960)
Elvis For Everyone!

#419 Fairytale (1975)
Today

#418 Love Me (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#417 Lonely Man (1960)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#416 Love Me Tonight (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#415 Sentimental Me (1961)
Something For Everybody

#414 My Baby Left Me (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#413 Opening Riff/See See Rider (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#412 That’s Someone You Never Forget (1961)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#411 You’re A Heartbreaker (1954)
For LP Fans Only

#410 I Forgot To Remember To Forget (1955)
A Date With Elvis

#409 Am I Ready (1966)
Spinout

#408 I Got Lucky (1961)
I Got Lucky

#407 I’ll Never Let You Go (1954)
Elvis Presley

#406 Let’s Be Friends (1969)
Let’s Be Friends

#405 Almost (1968)
Let’s Be Friends

#404 Tender Feeling (1963)
Kissin’ Cousins

#403 On A Snowy Christmas Night (1971)
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas

#402 Take Good Care Of Her (1973)
Good Times

#401 Little Darlin’ (Live-1977)
Moody Blue

To Be Continued . . .


“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Luke 12:6-7

July 19 Represents a Beginning and an End for Elvis Presley

Portions of this post were first published on one of my pop-culture blogs, now retired.


July 19, 1954

The date is July 19, 1954, and Sun releases the debut record of 19-year-old Elvis Presley. Produced by Sam Phillips, the single consists of “That’s All Right” backed with “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Elvis, who in childhood dreamed of being “the hero of the comic book,” begins his adventure.

The years come and go. In many ways, Elvis accomplishes far more than he could have possibly dreamed, including becoming a musical hero throughout the world. As they do for everyone, though, some of his dreams still manage to slip away from him.

The date is July 19, 1977, and RCA releases Moody Blue, an album that proves to be the final Elvis record before his death exactly four weeks later at the age of 42. An unprecedented level of fame helped Elvis place himself on a path that brought his earthly journey to a tragic end.

Only 23 years, a mere blink of history’s eye, separate the release of the last Elvis record from the first.

More time passes. Other heroes come and go, yet Elvis somehow remains. As some fans fade away, others take their places.

The date is now July 19, 2022, but those 23 years continue to resonate.

Journey with The Mystery Train Elvis Blog today to the beginning and the end with two editions of Vinyl Elvis:

July 19, 1977


“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”
Isaiah 12:5

Vinyl Elvis #5: MOODY BLUE (1977)

Portions of this post were first published on one of my pop-culture blogs, now retired.


Today marks the 45th anniversary of the July 19, 1977, release of Moody Blue, an album that turned out to be the last Elvis Presley record before his death four weeks later.

MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Moody Blue
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: AFL1-2428
Recorded: 1974-1977 | Memphis, TN; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan
Released: 1977

Before I had Elvis records of my own, I remember checking out a couple of his albums from the public library. I must have been about ten-years-old.

The two records I took home that day in 1985, which I believe represented the entirety of the library’s Elvis music collection, were The Sun Sessions and Moody Blue. The fact that I had borrowed both his very last record and a compilation of his very first records escaped me.

I enjoyed both albums, but the one that really drew me in was Moody Blue. For one thing, the record was pressed on blue vinyl. I had never seen anything like that. Plus, I just loved the sound of the album — particularly “Way Down,” which I played over and over.

I played “Way Down” for my older brother later that day to show off knowing a “new” Elvis song, only for him to inform me that he had his very own copy of Moody Blue.

At that time, I was not allowed to touch my brother’s records (and rightly so, as I was often unintentionally destructive of his things). Today, as he generously gave me all of his Elvis records several years ago, his copy of Moody Blue is mine.

Side A of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Side A of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Side A

  1. Unchained Melody (1977)
    A compelling live version of “Unchained Melody” leads off the record. I normally prefer to open with a rocker, but this choice works perfectly for Moody Blue. Incidentally, this is my beloved bride’s favorite Elvis song she has heard so far, and she notes Elvis’ emphasis on the word “God” versus versions of this song by others. Indeed, in Elvis’ hands, the lyric “God speed your love to me” can be heard as “God, speed Your love to me.” Similarly, “I’ll be coming home, wait for me,” can be interpreted as “I’ll be coming Home, wait for me” in Elvis’ version. Elvis seems to be calling out not to a lost love, but to God.
  2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (1977)
    When I was listening to the library’s copy as a 10-year-old, I distinctly remember recognizing this live song from the Elvis In Concert album and wondering why this one sounded better. Part of the reason was that it was actually recorded a couple of months earlier than the version on Elvis In Concert. Some debate whether this song, made popular by Olivia Newton-John, should have been in his setlist. No matter, this is his best version of a song that obviously spoke to him.
  3. Little Darlin’ (1977)
    Next up is another live recording, Elvis’ fun take on the 1950s classic, “Little Darlin'”, which also provides a much-needed change in tempo. I love his ad-lib of “To hold in mine…your little foot…uh, hand!”
  4. He’ll Have to Go (1976)
    The tempo slows back down for “He’ll Have To Go,” the last studio recording ever made by Elvis. In addition to the resonance of the Elvis vocals, I love the guitar work of James Burton here. Six of the songs on this album were recorded at Graceland in 1976 in an effort to make the artist feel more comfortable, as Elvis in later years had become reluctant to record in a formal studio setting. Two sessions at a makeshift studio in his den resulted in sixteen songs, ten of which had already been used on the From Elvis Presley Boulevard album by the time RCA was assembling Moody Blue.
  5. Let Me Be There (1974)
    In early 1977, Elvis backed out of a planned session in Nashville to finish the Moody Blue album. Instead, a few live performances were recorded that April. Only three suitable songs were captured, however, which brought the album’s total to nine. In desperation, RCA re-released “Let Me Be There” from 1974’s Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis album to round out Side A of Moody Blue. Another Olivia Newton-John hit, “Let Me Be There” fits well on Moody Blue, despite being slightly older than the other recordings. In addition to the Newton-John connection tying it to “If You Love Me,” it was also recorded in Memphis like the majority of the other songs on this album.

Side B

Side B of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Side B of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

  1. Way Down (1976)
    All of the songs on Side B of Moody Blue were recorded at Graceland. I probably have the master of “Way Down” on at least a half dozen CDs. None of them sound as incredible as listening to this record. Is it all in my head? Possibly, but if it is, do not tell me. “Way Down” really rocks, making it an appropriate A-side for what turned out to be Elvis’ last single before his death.
  2. Pledging My Love (1976)
    “Pledging My Love” is another terrific performance by Elvis. He might have lost much of the joy in his life by this point, but you can still hear it on this song.
  3. Moody Blue (1976)
    I find it cool that the album’s title song is buried in the middle of Side B. “Moody Blue,” another great song, almost sounds like disco. Compare the guitar licks on “Moody Blue” with Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” (1980), for instance.
  4. She Thinks I Still Care (1976)
    Elvis recorded many country songs, particularly in the 1970s. “She Thinks I Still Care” is a stellar performance. At the end, he just will not let the song go, either.
  5. It’s Easy For You (1976)
    “It’s Easy For You” was written by Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, bringing to a close an album that was almost as varied as Elvis’ entire career: Adult Contemporary, Country, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. It is hard to ask for more in an Elvis album, and I still consider Moody Blue one of his best. A fun bit of trivia: Note the misspelling of Webber’s name on the Moody Blue Side B label in the image above. Proofreading has apparently never been a strong point for Elvis’ music label.

I mentioned that my brother did not let me touch his records when I was young. This turned out to be a good thing for me, as Moody Blue sounds flawless. Not a crackle or a pop to be heard on either side.

Back cover of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Back cover of MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

The interesting thing about Moody Blue is that such a fantastic album could result from not only a hodgepodge of recordings but also such a low point in Elvis’ life. “You don’t have to face the music, you don’t have to face the crowd,” he laments on “It’s Easy For You.” Depression, loneliness, and various personal demons were consuming his life by this point. Years of prescription drug addiction and abuse were beginning to take a public toll.

Part of the credit for the unlikely strength of Moody Blue must go to producer Felton Jarvis. While he occasionally went too far with overdubs on previous Elvis projects, Moody Blue is all the better for his extra work and attention to detail–particularly on the 1977 live recordings. Credit must also go to the musicians and vocalists who worked with Elvis on the album. On occasion, they carry Elvis. Finally, credit is due to Elvis as well, who managed to pull these performances from somewhere inside himself, despite not being in the right frame of mind to record.

Inner sleeve (front) from MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Inner sleeve (front) from MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

I love the inner sleeves on vintage Elvis albums. Check out the ads for other albums, which must have acted as combination check lists and wish lists for fans of the time. In some cases, it was also a way to see some alternate cover designs. For example, note the Moody Blue concept artwork in the bottom left of the image below.

Inner sleeve (back) from MOODY BLUE (RCA, 1977; from Tygrrius’ collection)

The fall of the curtain came much too early for Elvis, but Moody Blue certainly made for an impressive last act. If you collect Elvis on vinyl, this one is a must.


“Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from His heart.'”
John 7:38

Vinyl Elvis #4: THAT’S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (1954)

Portions of this post were first published on one of my pop-culture blogs, now retired.


Today marks the 68th anniversary of the release of Elvis Presley’s first record on July 19, 1954.

I have two near-mint copies of That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky.

By far, they would be the most financially valuable pieces of my entire record collection or of all of my collections of anything, for that matter, except that they were both pressed in 2009, rather than 1954. Oh well. It’s not about the money, it’s about the music. Always has been.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009--included as bonus with the Franklin Mint's ELVIS: THE COMPLETE MASTERS COLLECTION CD set; from Tygrrius' collection)

THAT’S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009–included as bonus with the Franklin Mint’s ELVIS: THE COMPLETE MASTERS COLLECTION CD set; from Tygrrius’ collection)

That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky (Single)
Label: Sun [Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy]
Catalog Number: 209 [Reissue: 88697613017 (Label) / 88697673597 (2010 Outer Sleeve)]
Recorded: 1954 | Memphis, TN
Released: 1954 [Reissue: 2009]

Packaged in a plain, brown sleeve much like the original, my first copy of the record was included with Franklin Mint’s Elvis: The Complete Masters Collection CD set from 2009. A few years ago, I acquired a second copy of That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky, which Sony had released back in April 2010 for Record Store Day. Unlike the simple brown sleeve, this one included a gaudy cover, but I was surprised to discover that the record contained within is actually identical to the one that shipped with the Franklin Mint set. Sony must have been thinking ahead and pressed extra copies for the Record Store Day promotion.

Side A

Side A of THAT'S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009; from Tygrrius' collection)

Side A of THAT’S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009; from Tygrrius’ collection)

“That’s All Right” (1954)
One of the endearing aspects of this performance of “That’s All Right” is the sheer joy in the voice of Elvis as he sings. He finally has his opportunity in the studio, and he is making the most of it.

Elvis in 1970 reflected on his style, stating that it was “a combination of country music and gospel and rhythm & blues […]. That’s what it really was. As a child, I was influenced by all that.”

He added, “Of course, the Grand Ole Opry is the first thing I ever heard, probably, but I liked the blues, and I liked the gospel music–gospel quartets–and all that.”

On this first single, the blues and country influences are as clear as they ever would be. Some credit That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky as the first rock ‘n’ roll record, but to say Elvis invented the style is to make a false assumption that any one person actually did.

Rock ‘n’ roll evolved from the very sources that Elvis himself described. Besides, “Rocket 88,” “Rock Around the Clock,” and other potential contenders pre-date Elvis’ version of “That’s All Right.”

What Elvis did with his early records for Sun and RCA, though, was ignite the smoldering evolution of rock ‘n’ roll into a full-blown blaze. By melding country into the blues of “That’s All Right,” Elvis in 1954 unleashed a sound that not only built upon the foundation established by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup‘s original 1946 recording, but took the song in a new direction. Absorbing the music of his youth, Elvis knew instinctively that blues and country explore many of the same themes, which allowed him to re-interpret these kinds of songs in a unique way.

Unfortunately, despite what the beautiful record label would have you believe, this reissue actually contains an RCA mastering of “That’s All Right,” rather than the original Sun mastering. It is the same 1954 recording, but RCA added echo to its versions not present on the Sun original.

A few years after this 2009 reissue of SUN 209, the “dry” version of “That’s All Right” finally became available again via FTD’s A Boy From Tupelo boxed set in 2012. Sony RCA/Legacy re-released A Boy From Tupelo in a much more affordable package for mainstream retail in 2017.

The dry version of “That’s All Right” is superior, though it takes some getting used to because the echo versions were used in every official release of the song from December 1955 through 2011. Unless, of course, you have been spinning a Sun original.

Side B

Side B of THAT'S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009; from Tygrrius' collection)

Side B of THAT’S ALL RIGHT/BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY (Single; Sun, 1954; Reissue: Sony RCA/Legacy 2009; from Tygrrius’ collection)

Blue Moon of Kentucky (1954)
While Elvis added country to the blues of “That’s All Right,” he created a literal flip side by melding rhythm & blues into the country bluegrass of “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Again, the sound is markedly different from Bill Monroe’s 1946 original. Again, there is that joy in Elvis’ voice.

A fun tidbit is That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky contains only three musicians: Elvis on acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore on electric guitar, and Bill Black on the upright bass.

One of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll records, and no drummer to be heard. Credit goes to Black, whose bass makes it sound like there must be a drummer.

A drummer did not join the group in the studio until the early 1955 session that produced “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone,” the flip side of Elvis’ fourth record for Sun.

“That’s All Right” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” became regional hits for Elvis. He would follow-up the single with four more records on the Sun label before signing with RCA in late 1955.


“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9

Elvis Masters: The Ultimate Countdown – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a countdown of Elvis Presley’s 711 master recordings from worst to best. Read Part 1.

We left off last time with songs in the Below Average/For Elvis Fans Only category, and we begin today with songs in that same status.

In the course of making this list, which covers only recordings released during his lifetime, I realized just how many of my favorite Elvis recordings were released after his death. For example, I find the master of “Baby, What You Want Me To Do” from the ELVIS-TV Special album to be a middling performance, ranked here at #550. However, a couple of the other versions recorded that same night would actually make my “All-Time Top 20” list.

This list represents one fan’s opinion.

#600 I Miss You (1973)
Raised On Rock

#599 Moonlight Swim (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#598 He Touched Me (1971)
He Touched Me

#597 He Is My Everything (1971)
He Touched Me

#596 Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis
Comment: “Can’t Help Falling In Love” from Elvis’ March 20, 1974, Memphis concert is the lowest ranked of his live masters.

#595 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (1956)
Elvis Presley

#594 Clambake (1967)
Clambake

#593 Once Is Enough (1963)
Kissin’ Cousins

#592 Stop, Look And Listen (1966)
Spinout

#591 Roustabout (1964)
Roustabout

#590 Give Me The Right (1961)
Something For Everybody

#589 A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#588 Easy Question (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#587 Put The Blame On Me (1961)
Something For Everybody

#586 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#585 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (1967)
Speedway

#584 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (1963)
Elvis For Everyone!

#583 Do The Vega (1963)
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star And Others

#582 Ito Eats (1961)
Blue Hawaii

#581 Beach Shack (1966)
Spinout

#580 I Got A Woman/Amen (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#579 First In Line (1956)
Elvis

#578 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (1957)
Loving You

#577 Sand Castles (1965)
Paradise, Hawaiian Style

#576 Because Of Love (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#575 True Love (1957)
Loving You

#574 Fun In Acapulco (1963)
Fun In Acapulco
Comment: With #574 and below in today’s list, we move into Average/Mediocre songs. I still wouldn’t go out of my way to play any of these for the general public, but they aren’t bad.

#573 Comin’ Home, Baby/Introductions By Elvis (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#572 Comin’ Home, Baby/Introductions By Elvis (Live-1972)
As Recorded At Madison Square Garden
Comment: I never thought I’d see the day where I was ranking versions of Elvis introducing his backing singers and musicians during his concerts, but here I am. Friends, that’s what I’m willing to do for you. These June 10, 1972, Evening Show introductions from Madison Square Garden edge out the similar introductions from Elvis’ January 14, 1973, concert in Honolulu because Elvis introduces each of the Sweet Inspirations by name rather than solely as the group. I love the Sweet Inspirations and wish he had introduced them this way at each concert.

#571 There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon (1964)
Roustabout

#570 Down By The Riverside/When The Saints Go Marching In (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#569 Girl Happy (1964)
Girl Happy

#568 Hey Little Girl (1965)
Harum Scarum

#567 I’ll Take Love (1966)
C’mon Everybody

#566 Frankfort Special (1960)
G.I. Blues

#565 Easy Come, Easy Go (1966)
C’mon Everybody

#564 Tonight Is So Right For Love (1960)
G.I. Blues

#563 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (1960)
Elvis For Everyone!

#562 Ask Me (1964)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#561 How’s The World Treating You (1956)
Elvis

#560 Hard Knocks (1964)
Roustabout

#559 Steppin’ Out Of Line (1961)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#558 I Don’t Wanna Be Tied (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#557 Find Out What’s Happening (1973)
Raised On Rock

#556 Hound Dog (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#555 Tryin’ To Get To You (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#554 Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#553 Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#552 Cindy, Cindy (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#551 Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#550 Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Live-1968)
ELVIS-TV Special
Comment: The live master of “Baby, What You Want Me To Do” is the lowest ranked of his masters captured for the ELVIS television special, later known as the “’68 Comeback Special.”

#549 I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever (1962)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#548 I Need You So (1957)
Loving You

#547 I’ll Never Know (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#546 Help Me (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#545 Beyond The Bend (1962)
It Happened At The World’s Fair

#544 Starting Today (1961)
Something For Everybody

#543 We’ll Be Together (1962)
Girls! Girls! Girls!

#542 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (1962)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#541 I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine (1954)
The Sun Sessions

#540 This Is Our Dance (1970)
Love Letters From Elvis

#539 Tomorrow Night (1954/1965)
Elvis For Everyone!

#538 A House That Has Everything (1967)
Clambake

#537 This Is The Story (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

#536 How Do You Think I Feel (1956)
Elvis

#535 So Glad You’re Mine (1956)
Elvis

#534 One-Sided Love Affair (1956)
Elvis Presley

#533 Let’s Forget About The Stars (1968)
Let’s Be Friends

#532 Long Legged Girl (1966)
Double Trouble

#531 Riding The Rainbow (1961)
I Got Lucky

#530 El Toro (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#529 Young Dreams (1958)
King Creole

#528 Frankie And Johnny (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#527 My Desert Serenade (1965)
Harum Scarum

#526 Fools Rush In (1971)
Elvis Now

#525 Double Trouble (1966)
Double Trouble

#524 Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble (1968)
ELVIS-TV Special

#523 Nothingville/Big Boss Man (1968)
ELVIS-TV Special

#522 I Got Stung (1958)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2
Comment: “I Got Stung” is the lowest ranked of Elvis’ 38 Billboard Top 10 hits on my list.

#521 Please Don’t Drag That String Around (1963)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#520 Vino, Dinero Y Amor (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#519 My Wish Came True (1957)
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records – Volume 2

#518 Who Are You (1967)
Speedway

#517 Puppet On A String (1964)
Girl Happy

#516 One Broken Heart For Sale (1962)
One Broken Heart For Sale (Single)

#515 What Now, What Next, Where To (1963)
Double Trouble

#514 It’s Over (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#513 Santa Lucia (1963)
Elvis For Everyone!

#512 Crawfish (1958)
with Kitty White
King Creole

#511 Let Me Be There (Live-1974)
Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

#510 I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (1960)
Something For Everybody

#509 Welcome To My World (Live-1973)
Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

#508 Slowly But Surely (1963)
Fun In Acapulco

#507 Fever (1960)
Elvis Is Back!

#506 Cotton Candy Land (1962)
It Happened At The World’s Fair

#505 If You Don’t Come Back (1973)
Raised On Rock

#504 Love Letters (1966)
Elvis’ Gold Records, Volume 4

#503 Kiss Me Quick (1961)
Pot Luck With Elvis

#502 Spanish Eyes (1973)
Good Times

#501 White Christmas (1957)
Elvis’ Christmas Album

To Be Continued . . .

Read Part 3

Elvis Presley in 1957 (MGM)

Elvis Presley in 1957 (MGM)


“Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.”
Psalm 38:22