The Country Side Of Elvis : Elvis Presley 2 CD : From the start, Elvis Presley's country roots were no secret. Like gospel, it remained a vital component of his music until his death in 1977. This double-disc set begins with his first country disc, a 1954 custom recording of 'It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You' made at Sun studios months before Sam Phillips began recording him in earnest for the Sun label.
By and large, Elvis invoked such classics as Eddy Arnold's 'It's a Sin', Hank Williams's 'Your Cheatin' Heart', and his boyhood favorite 'Old Shep'. His rocking 1958 cover of Hank Snow's hit 'A Fool Such As I' made the song an Elvis standard as well. Not that he drew from the past alone. He recorded more contemporary fare like Porter Wagoner's 'Green, Green Grass of Home', a 1967 hit version of Jerry Reed's then-new tune 'Guitar Man', Eddie Rabbitt's 'Kentucky Rain', and even the Pointer Sisters' 'Fairytale'. While everything here's been released before, it's a well-conceived overview of Elvis's best country excursions.
It Wouldn't Be the Same without You - Blue Moon of Kentucky - I Love You Because - Just Because - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - I Forgot to Remember to Forget - I'm Countin' on You - How Do You Think I Feel - How's the World Treating You? - Old Shep - Your Cheatin' Heart - A Fool Such as I - There's Always Me - It's a Sin - Guitar Man - Just Call Me Lonesome - You Don't Know Me - After Loving You - Long Black Limousine - I'm Movin' On - I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - From a Jack to a King - Kentucky Rain - It Keeps Right on A-hurtin' - If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) - Release Me - Funny How Time Slips Away
Little Cabin on the Hill - There Goes My Everything - I Really Don't Want to Know - Tomorrow Never Comes - Faded Love - Make the World Go Away - Help Me Make It Through the Night - For the Good Times - Always on My Mind - You Gave Me a Mountain - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Welcome to My World - Take Good Care of Her - It's Midnight - You Asked Me To - Loving Arms - Talk about the Good Times - There's a Honky Tonk Angel - Fairytale - Green Green Grass of Home - Susan When She Tried - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - She Thinks I Still Care - He'll Have to Go