Elvis' Golden Records
Elvis Presley would soon enough be inducted into the Army, which would turn the first few years of his recording career into a definitive period. He'd reached one million in sales for each of the 14 singles contained here, many of which had never appeared on an LP before. Having them all in one place was a convenience that fans enjoyed, and this set makes for a great summary of Presley's earliest and biggest hits. (Though, it should be noted, before his induction he recorded material in 1958 for the King Creole soundtrack, including the No. 1 hit "Hard Headed Woman.") Considered more a convenience than a historical document, this album makes no attempt to proceed in chronological order; Elvis' first No. 1 hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," is thrown into fourth position, and the a-side and b-side of the "Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel" single are split into the opening track on each side of the original LP. Most amazingly, all of these recordings were made between Jan. 10, 1956, and Sept. 5, 1957.