Q - 12/99, p.1665 stars out of 5
- "...this is true greatness in the Churchillian sense: swaggering, daring, proud yet humble, beaten but never truly down, magnificent when victorious and always unforgettable."
Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations (vocals); Scotty Moore, James Burton (guitar); Boots Randolph (saxophone); Floyd Cramer, Shorty Long (piano); Bill Black (bass); D.J. Fontana (drums); The Memphis Horns.
Producers include: Sam Phillips, Felton Jarvis, Chips Moman.
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Sermon.
Engineers include: Sam Phillips, Bob Ferris, Ernie Oehlrich.
Recorded between 1954 and 1976. Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (acoustic guitar); Susan Pilkington, Dolores Edgin, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, Donna Thatcher, Charles Prescott, Mary Greene, J.D. Sumner & the Stamps, Mary Holiaday, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Kathy Westmoreland, Sandy Posey, The Blossoms, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Millie Kirkham, Joe Babcock, Charlie McCoy (vocals); Vito Mumolo, Eddie Hinton, Alan Fortas, John Wilkinson, Grady Martin, Mike Deasy Sr. , Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Neil Matthews, Al Casey , James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Reed, Reggie Young , Tommy Tedesco , Barney Kessel, Charlie Hodge (guitar); Chet Atkins, Tiny Timbrell (acoustic guitar); Scotty Moore (electric guitar); Alvino Rey, Pete Drake (steel guitar); Chip Young (dobro); Bernie Lewis (ukulele); Bobby G. Taylor (oboe); Rufus Long, Boots Randolph (saxophone); Ray Siegel (tuba); Don Randi, Dudley Brooks, Floyd Cramer, Glen D. Hardin, David Briggs , Henry Slaughter, Shorty Long, Gordon Stoker, Bobby Wood (piano); Per-Erik Hallin, Larry Knechtel, Bobby Emmons, Charles McCoy (organ); Shane Keister (Moog synthesizer); D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattison, Gene Chrisman, Johnny Bernero, Ron Tutt, Jerry Carrigan, Bob Lanning, Buddy Harman (drums); Lance Legault (tambourine); Hal Blaine, John Cyr (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Chet Atkins; Chuck Berry; Cliff Richard; Colin Escott; Elvis Presley; James Dean Brown ; Greil Marcus; Frank Sinatra; George H.W. Bush; Colonel Tom Parker; Janis Joplin; Joe Cocker; John Lennon; Leonard Bernstein; Little Richard; Mark Knopfler; P.J. Proby; Paul McCartney; Paul Simon; Rod Stewart; Scotty Moore; Arthur Godfrey; Jim Morrison ; Bill Wyman; Bob Dylan; Bob Hope; Bruce Springsteen; Buddy Holly.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Sholes.
Arranger: Elvis Presley.
Whatever one thinks of the title--Elvis Presley was indeed one of the artists who had an undeniable impact on the popular music of the 20th century--this 3-CD collection offers enough proof to support the claim. It's all here: his groundbreaking rockabilly sessions that influenced the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and hundreds of others; all the hits from the '50s ("Jailhouse Rock," where the swagger and insolence in Elvis' voice still packs a wallop), to those from the '60s ("Stuck on You") and the '70s (a burning version of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land").
Pop ballads, blues, country, soul/R&B, rockers--virtually every song here is a gem. "I'll Hold You in My Heart," Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," and the wailing Holiday-blues "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" feature Elvis bearing his heart and soul, singing magnificently with barely restrained passion, in a style descended from the finest blues and R&B singers. This package also features well-written, detailed liner notes, along with quotes from fellow icons that serve as testimonials to Elvis' impact (the quoted include Richard Nixon, James Brown, John Lennon and Janis Joplin). If you must own only one Elvis Presley album, ARTIST OF THE CENTURY is the one.