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The Essential 60's Masters II - Command Performances


The Essential 60's Masters II - Elvis Presley CD

Release: 1995 BMG 07863 66601 2 Cardboard USA 25 €
Release: 1995 BMG 07863 66601 2 Fat Box USA 23 €
Release: 1995 BMG 07863 66601-2 / D208910 BMG Direct Canada 35 €
Release: 1995 BMG BG 2 66601 Columbia House Canada 40 €
Release: 1995 BMG BVCP-3107-8   Japan 45 €
Release: 1995 BMG 07863 66601 2   EU 25 €
Release: 1997 BMG 07863 66601-2 Slim Double Case USA  
Release: 1999 BMG 07863 66601-2 / D208910 BMG Direct USA 30 €


The RCA Records Label is proud to present COMMAND PERFORMANCES - THE ESSENTIAL 60's MASTERS II, a set which provides the perfect audio companion to its critically acclaimed predecessor, FROM NASHVILLE TO MEMPHIS.
Whereas the previous volume focused on Elvis Presley's secular studio sessions, COMMAND PERFORMANCES documents the highlights of his movie recording career from 1960 through 1969. During this time, Elvis made no less than 27 movies and every one was commercially successful.

This set is dedicated to the silent majority, the millions of people around the world who were there at the time and enjoyed every cinematic moment when Elvis came to life on the giant screen. lt was so much better than a photograph. At least three times a year, Elvis Presley - their idol and hero - sang, danced, loved and fought to a packed house at their local theater. If they couldn't see him in Person, this was the next best thing.

In the US alone, Elvis received 14 gold and platinum awards for his 60's soundtrack recordings - it's a befitting tribute to an erbst who openly admitted disappointment at never achieving his true aspirations of becoming a serious actor. We will never know what might have been if Presley had agreed to the contractual terms and appeared opposite Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born or Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy, but the films that he did make, while stifling his personal ambition, are still enjoyed by people of all ages via cable, satellite and video technology.

COMMAND PERFORMANCES does not set out to justity every role that Elvis played or every song that he sang in his 60's movies. There were clearly highs and lows during this ever-changing musical decade. However, it provides a unique testament that Elvis Presley, apart from his dedicated studio work, also recorded some great memorable songs for his celluloid career. (Release notes: The RCA Records Label, June 1995)