- Released: February 28, 2006
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
One of three compilations released in early 2006 to showcase the King's versatility as a singer and song stylist, this 20-track set presents many of Elvis Presley's finest forays into country music. While the release's artwork is deceptive--the photos depict a young rockabilly cat, even though the songs here were all recorded between 1969 and '76--many of the tunes are outstanding, with the King easing into a number of "countrypolitan" classics. Highlights include a wonderfully wistful rendition of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away" and a dreamy, echo-laden version of Fred Rose's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." While those looking to venture deeper into this aspect of Presley's material should seek out THE COUNTRY SIDE OF ELVIS, this collection is perfect for listeners looking to make a shorter rural detour.