Elvis Presley: Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight

Elvis Presley
Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight
(Legacy Records and RCA)

It is easy to forget just how much of a transformative figure Elvis Presley was to music. The erratic behavior, the bloated Vegas period and dying on the can have all contributed to “Elvis as the punch line” rather than “Elvis as Rock and Roll God.” This four-disc box set helps remind us just how much of an inspiration Presley was for just about any rock band putting out albums today.

This collection was put out to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis. It includes 100 of his songs remastered – from his “Blue Kentucky Moon” in the mid-’50s up to the remix of “A Little Less Conversation” in the ’00s. You’d be hard-pressed to find a song missing from this collection, and the quality of the sound of these songs is fantastic.

With 100 tracks – including some deep cuts – some of his cheesier movie tunes made the list (despite what the trucker in mutton chops tells you, “Are You Lonesome Tonight” did not hold up well over the decades). But in the end you can’t argue with the bulk of the other songs that make up this box set.