Elvis’s 75th birthday celebrated with 100-track Elvis 75 collection

To commemorate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday on 8 January 2010, the first definitive overview of his entire recording career is being released as a 100-track 4CD box set, titled Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight. It comes with an 80-page full-colour book containing rare photographs, memorabilia, and a 7,000-word biography.

The 100 digitally-restored tracks include hit singles, album tracks, rare recordings, live performances, and all thirty of Elvis’s number one hits. The tracks appear in strict chronological order of recording dates across four discs spanning 1953-1957, 1958-1962, 1963-1969, and 1970-1977.

Tracks range from the first demo acetate that Elvis made as a gift for his mother in 1953 (‘My Happiness’), to Sun Records releases produced by Sam Phillips between 1954 and 1955 (including ‘That’s All Right’, ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’, and ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’), and RCA Victor tracks recorded between 1956 and 1977 (from ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ to ‘Way Down’).

Elvis biographer Ernst Mikael Jørgensen says: “Elvis’s chart hits are of crucial importance. But only when heard in the context of some of the lesser-known artistic achievements can they present a complete picture of an artist with repertoire so vast that he released 711 master recordings during his lifetime.”

He adds: “These tracks span Elvis’ entire career, from his first personal demo in 1953 through his last hit in 1977, and even beyond that to a 2002 worldwide smash hit remix. This is as definitive a summation of Elvis’ career as has ever been attempted on four discs.”

A 75-track Elvis 75 collection – featuring a selection of tracks from the box set – is being released simultaneously as a 3CD set.

Sony Music Entertainment says it plans to reissue more digitally-restored original albums from Elvis’s RCA years throughout 2010.

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