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
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)