Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5

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Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5
Elvis Gold 5.jpg
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released March, 1984
Recorded September, 1967 to
October, 1976
Genre Rock
Length

30:08

Length Reissue = 46:00
Label RCA Records
Producer Joan Deary
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 4
(1983)Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 41983
Elvis' Gold Records Vol. 5
(1984)
Elvis: The First Live Recordings
(1984)Elvis: The First Live Recordings1984

Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 is the final album in the Golden/Gold Records series by American singer and musician Elvis Presley (which began in 1958), issued posthumously on RCA Records in stereo, AFL1 4941, in March 1984. It is a compilation of hit singles released between 1968 and 1977, it is the only one of the series to miss the Billboard album chart, "bubbling under" at #207 for two weeks. However, it was certified Gold on 7/15/1999 by the RIAA.

Content[edit]

Gold Records Volume 5 comprises nine Top 40 A-sides along with one b-side, "For the Heart" from 1976. Released more than sixteen years since the previous installment in the series, it covers a span of almost ten years, the first half of the album focused on Elvis' late 1960s comeback-era recordings: "If I Can Dream" was taken from his comeback special, three singles from the American studios sessions "Suspicious Minds", "Kentucky Rain", and "In The Ghetto", and "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" was a soundtrack recording from The Trouble with Girls. The second half of the records focused on Elvis' late period singles including "Burning Love" and "Moody Blue". Interestingly, RCA did not base the selection solely on commercial factors, as they omitted two top ten hit singles from this time period, "Don't Cry Daddy" from 1969 and "The Wonder of You" from 1970.

The July 15, 1997, reissue added six bonus tracks taken from a three-year span from 1967 to 1970, including three additional Top 40 singles, the sequence was largely left intact, though "If I Can Dream" was moved to the end of the disc. RCA's selection of bonus tracks is somewhat surprising because it focuses on Elvis' pre-comeback recordings rather than 1970s hits; "Always On My Mind", "Promised Land", "Steamroller Blues", "Separate Ways", "Hurt", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", "I Really Don't Want To Know", and "Until It's Time for You to Go" were among Elvis' top forty hits during the decade. Only "Memories" which was featured on Elvis' comeback special and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", a top twenty single in 1970 are consistent with the selection from the original album. Three of the bonus tracks are from soundtrack recordings, "Big Boss Man" and "Guitar Man" were originally released as bonus songs from the Clambake album (as well as 2 late 1960s hit singles) and "Edge of Reality" is from Live a Little, Love a Little (it was also the B-side to "If I Can Dream"). The remaining track, "U.S. Male" was a 1968 single.

Originally recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee, RCA Studio C in Hollywood, Western Recorders in Burbank, California, Stax Studio and in The Jungle Room in Memphis, Tennessee. Original recordings produced by Felton Jarvis, Chips Moman, Bones Howe and Billy Strange.

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Collective personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions taken from the Billboard singles chart

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Z Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart Peak Time
1. "Suspicious Minds" Mark James January 22, 1969 47-9764 August 26, 1969 1 3:28
2. "Kentucky Rain" Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard February 19, 1969 47-9791 January 29, 1970 16 3:14
3. "In the Ghetto" Mac Davis January 20, 1969 47-9741 April 14, 1969 3 2:45
4. "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" Billy Strange and Mac Davis October 23, 1968 47-9747 June 17, 1969 35 3:07
5. "If I Can Dream" Walter Earl Brown June 23, 1968 47-9670 November 5, 1968 12 3:11
Side two
No. Z Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart Peak Time
1. "Burning Love" Dennis Linde March 28, 1972 74-0769 August 1, 1972 2 2:50
2. "If You Talk In Your Sleep" Red West and Johnny Christopher December 11, 1973 APBO 0280 May 10, 1974 17 2:34
3. "For the Heart" Dennis Linde February 5, 1976 PB 10601b March 12, 1976 ̶ 3:22
4. "Moody Blue" Mark James February 4, 1976 PB 10857 November 29, 1976 31 3:22
5. "Way Down" Layng Martine Jr. October 29, 1976 PB 10998 June 6, 1977 18 2:38

1997 CD reissue[edit]

No. Z Song Title Writer(s) Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart Peak Time
1. "Suspicious Minds" Mark James January 22, 1969 47-9764 August 26, 1969 1 3:28
2. "Kentucky Rain" Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard February 19, 1969 47-9791 January 29, 1970 16 3:14
3. "In the Ghetto" Mac Davis January 20, 1969 47-9741 April 14, 1969 3 2:45
4. "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" Billy Strange and Mac Davis October 23, 1968 47-9747 June 17, 1969 35 3:07
5. "Burning Love" Dennis Linde March 28, 1972 74-0769 August 1, 1972 2 2:50
6. "If You Talk In Your Sleep" Red West and Johnny Christopher December 11, 1973 APBO 0280 May 10, 1974 17 2:34
7. "For the Heart" Dennis Linde February 5, 1976 PB 10601b March 12, 1976 ̶ 3:22
8. "Moody Blue" Mark James February 4, 1976 PB 10857 November 29, 1976 31 3:22
9. "Way Down" Layng Martine Jr. October 29, 1976 PB 10998 June 6, 1977 18 2:38
10. "Big Boss Man" Luther Dixon and Al Smith September 10, 1967 47-9341 September 26, 1967 38 2:50
11. "Guitar Man" Jerry Reed September 10, 1967 47-9425 January 9, 1968 43 2:12
12. "U.S. Male" Jerry Reed January 16, 1968 47-9465 February 28, 1968 28 2:42
13. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell, Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini June 6, 1970 47-9916 October 6, 1970 11 2:30
14. "Edge of Reality" Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye March 7, 1968 47-9670b November 5, 1968 ̶ 3:33
15. "Memories" Billy Strange and Mac Davis June 23, 1968 47-9731 February 25, 1969 35 3:03
16. "If I Can Dream" Walter Earl Brown June 23, 1968 47-9670 November 5, 1968 12 3:11

Charts and certifications[edit]