Elvis Presley - Command Performances - The Essential 60's Masters II

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Command Performances: The Essential 60s Masters II is a two-disc compilation of studio master recordings by Elvis Presley during the decade of the 1960s, released in 1995 on RCA Records, catalogue number 66601-2. It also includes a booklet with session details and an essay by Susan M. Doll.


1G.I. Blues
2Wooden Heart
3Shoppin' Around
4Doin' The Best I Can
5Flaming Star
6Wild In The Country
7Lonely Man
8Blue Hawaii
9Rock-A-Hula Baby
10Can't Help Falling In Love
11Beach Boy Blues
12Hawaiian Wedding Song
13Follow That Dream (Alternate Take 2)
15King Of The Whole Wide World
16I Got Lucky
17Girls! Girls! Girls!
18Because Of Love
19Return To Sender
20One Broken Heart For Sale
21I'm Falling In Love Tonight
22They Remind Me Too Much Of You
23Fun In Acapulco
24Bossa Nova Baby
27Kissin' Cousins
28One Boy, Two Little Girls
29Once Is Enough
30Viva Las Vegas
31What I'd Say
33Poison Ivy League
34Little Egypt
35There's A Brand New Day
36On The Horizon
37Girl Happy
38Puppet On A String
39Do The Clam
40Harem Holiday
41So Close, Yet So Far
42Frankie And Johnny
43Please Don't Stop Loving Me
44Paradise, Hawaiian Style
45This Is My Heaven
47All That I Am
48I'll Be Back
49Easy Come, Easy Go
50Double Trouble
51Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On)
53You Don't Know Me
54Stay Away, Joe
56Your Time Hasn't Come Yet, Baby
57Let Yourself Go
58Almost In Love
59A Little Less Conversation
60Edge Of Reality
62Clean Up Your Own Back Yard
63Change Of Habit


The set comprises a selection of recordings made by Presley during the decade specifically at a session for the soundtrack of a feature film, of which Presley made 27 during the 1960s. These recordings were originally released in a variety of formats: LPs, EPs, and as sides of a single, and during the 1960s soundtrack songs appeared on 15 full-length long-playing albums, five EPs, and numerous singles. All of Elvis' movies are represented by at least one song in this set with the exception of Tickle Me, its EP soundtrack consisting of five previously issued studio recordings, all of which were included on the box set first volume of the Essential '60s Masters.

The two discs present the studio masters in rough chronological session order. Two previously unreleased masters appear: a version of the Eddy Arnold song "You Don't Know Me" recorded during the sessions for the movie Clambake; and an alternate take of the song "Follow That Dream" as the stereo master for the original has been lost, and the compilers opted not to use the surviving mono master. The songs "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Rock-A-Hula Baby" were released as, respectively, the A-side and b-side of a single one year after the release of the Blue Hawaii album, and went to #2 and #23 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. "Puppet On A String" appeared as a single seven months after the release of the Girl Happy soundtrack, backed with "Wooden Heart" from G.I. Blues, and peaked at #14 on the singles chart. "Wooden Heart" had also been released as the flipside to a reissue of "Blue Christmas" eleven months earlier.

RCA issued a box set for the complete non-gospel songs that were not recorded at soundtrack sessions during the decade, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60s Masters, and released a similar two-disc set for the gospel recordings in 1994, Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances.


Generally, Presley's 1960s soundtrack recordings command the least regard among the singer's recorded work. The most successful commercially, such as G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii, fell in the tradition of the film musical as it had developed through the 1950s, that of the integrated musical where the songs are integral to the story line. Hence, songs such as "Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce" from Girl Happy or "There's No Room to Rhumba in A Sports Car" from Fun in Acapulco made no sense outside of their movies and hardly found a place in Presley's stage act, or could ever be considered classics along the lines of "Jailhouse Rock" or "Love Me Tender", whose films were not integrated musicals. As stated by Susan Doll in the liner notes, the songs from the soundtracks are often judged by inappropriate criteria:

...this type of (integrated) musical was standard fare in Hollywood for decades. However, those who criticize Elvis' musical vehicles generally overlook this, preferring to attack the songs as being inferior to his non-movie output...

This package, collating 62 of the approximately 225 songs released in association with the films, selects in many cases those numbers that can stand outside of their film vehicles, concentrating on title tracks and songs that had been also released as singles immediately prior to the release of the soundtrack.

All selections recorded at Radio Recorders, Western Recorders, Paramount Recording Stage, MGM Studios, Samuel Goldwyn Studio, United Artist Recorders, Decca Universal Studio, and RCA Studios in Hollywood, RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. Original recordings produced by Joseph Lilley, Urban Thielmann, Hans Salter, Jeff Alexander, George Stoll, Gene Nelson, Fred Karger, Felton Jarvis, Billy Strange, Hugo Montenegro, Billy Goldenberg, and Leith Stevens. Discographical information below taken from Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions, by Ernst Jorgensen, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998.


  • Elvis Presley – vocals, guitar

Additional Musicians

  • Scotty Moore – guitar
  • Tiny Timbrell - guitar
  • Howard Roberts - guitar
  • Hank Garland - guitar
  • Barney Kessell - guitar
  • Billy Strange - guitar
  • Tommy Tedesco - guitar
  • Chip Young - guitar
  • Neal Matthews - guitar
  • Harold Bradley - guitar
  • Joseph Gibbons - guitar
  • Neil Levang - guitar
  • Charles Britz - guitar
  • Alvin Casey - guitar
  • Dennis Budimir - guitar
  • Mike Deasy - guitar
  • Jerry Kennedy - guitar
  • Charlie McCoy - guitar, harmonica
  • Alvino Rey - steel guitar
  • Bernal Lewis - steel guitar
  • Fred Tavares - ukelele
  • Bernie Lewis - ukelele
  • Cecil Brower - fiddle
  • Gordon Terry - fiddle
  • Floyd Cramer - piano
  • Dudley Brooks - piano, organ
  • Don Robertson - piano, organ
  • Calvin Jackson - piano
  • Larry Muhoberac - piano
  • Don Randi - piano
  • Hoyt Hawkins - tambourine
  • Bob Moore - bass
  • Ray Siegel - bass
  • Meyer Rubin - bass
  • Henry Strzelecki - bass
  • Larry Knechtel - bass
  • Charles Berghofer - bass
  • Max Bennett - bass
  • Lyle Ritz - bass
  • D.J. Fontana - drums
  • Buddy Harman – drums
  • Frank Bode (aka Uffe Baadh) - drums
  • Bernie Mattinson - drums
  • Hal Blaine - drums
  • Frank Carlson - drums
  • Kenny Buttrey - drums
  • Carl O'Brian - drums
  • John Guerin - drums
  • Milt Holland - percussion
  • Victor Feldman - percussion
  • Emil Radocchia - percussion
  • Gene Nelson - congas
  • Jimmie Haskell - accordion
  • Boots Randolph - saxophone, clarinet
  • Clifford Scott - saxophone
  • William Green - saxophone
  • Steve Douglas - saxophone
  • Bill Justis - saxophone
  • Anthony Terran - trumpet
  • Rudolph Loera - trumpet
  • James Zito - trumpet
  • Herb Taylor -trombone
  • Randall Miller - trombone
  • Rufus Long - flute
  • Ralph Stobel - oboe
  • George Fields - harmonica
  • The Jordanaires - backing vocals
  • The Surfers - backing vocals
  • The Mello Men - backing vocals
  • The Amigos - backing vocals
  • The Jubilee Four - backing vocals
  • The Carole Lombard Trio - backing vocals
  • Millie Kirkham - backing vocals
  • Dolores Edgin - backing vocals


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