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Elvis Presley
Artist Of The Century


 

Artist Of The Century - BMG 07863 67732 2 - USA 1999

Release: 1999 BMG 7432169071 2 Bonus tracks Australia 40 €
Release: 1999 BMG 74321 67061 2 Made in France EU 30 €
Release: 1999BMG 07863 67732 2 Long Box / Made in UK EU30 €
Release: 1999 BMG 74321 67061 2 Made in Germany EU 30 €
Release: 1999BMG 07863 67732 2 Long Box / Made in Germany EU 30 €
Release: 1999 BMG BVCM-37078-80   Japan 45 €
Release: 1999BMG BVCZ-37001~03Long BoxJapan 45 €
Release: 1999 BMG 07863 67732 2 Long Box USA 30 €
 
Release: 2003 BMG Direct D227022 BMG Direct USA 45 €
Release: 2004BMG GSM-05338 Jewel Case 2 CD China 18 €
Release: 2004BMG GSM-05338 Long Box 2 CD China 25 €
Release: 2010Sony Music GSM-10022YSuper Jewel Case 2 CDChina15 €

 

This ultimate Elvis Presley box set of three CDs celebrates one of the greatest icons of the 20th century. Artist of the Century features 75 original masters that changed the world such as Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Can't Help Falling In Love, and more. Chronicles Elvis' complete career 1954-1977. (announcement)


Elvis Presley doesn't really need more compilations -- either single discs or box sets -- in his catalog, but RCA's 1999 triple-disc set Artist of the Century does wind up filling a need, of sorts. Over the course of 75 tracks, nearly all of Elvis' most popular songs are presented in their original hit versions. Given the number of hits he had, plus the high quality of his recordings in the late '50s and late '60s, there are inevitably big songs missing, but many of his very biggest are here, and the first two discs, in particular, are quite strong (the late-'60s/'70s selections slip somewhat, lacking such necessary items as "Kentucky Rain" and "Moody Blue"). So, this winds up being good one-stop shopping for those who just want one fairly comprehensive Elvis set in their library -- although you should be forewarned that "fairly" is the key word in that statement, since this will not contain all the hits or necessary recordings. (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine )

Note: The Artist Of The Century front cover is made as mosaic of Elvis music publications.