Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2

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Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
Elvis A Legendary Performer Volume 2.jpg
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released January 8, 1976
Genre Rock
Length 26:38
Label RCA Records
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
The Sun Sessions

Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 is a compilation album featuring recordings by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. As with the first volume of the series, issued in 1974, the collection was a mixture of previously released and never-before-released recordings.

The album was certified Gold on October 25, 1977 and Platinum and 2× Platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.[1]


In this volume of the Legendary Performer series, RCA released for the first time "Harbor Lights", a ballad Presley recorded during his first session for Sun Records in July 1954. This marked the first time since the 1965 album Elvis for Everyone, in which the Sun recording "Tomorrow Night" was included, that RCA had released any "new" songs from the Sun Records archives. Other previously unreleased material included an alternate take of his 1956 hit "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", several performances from the 1968 NBC TV special that had not been previously issued, the song "A Cane and a High Starched Collar" from the soundtrack of the 1960 film Flaming Star, and an alternate take of his 1960 recording "Such a Night". Also included were a pair of previously unreleased interview recordings.

The Legendary Performer series would continue with Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 3, which was released in 1979, two years after Presley's death.

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Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Harbor Lights" (previously unreleased Sun master)Jimmy Kennedy, Hugh WilliamsJuly 1, 19542:35
2."Interview with Elvis: Jay Thompson" August 12, 19563:34
3."I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (previously unreleased alternate take)Lou Kosloff, George MyselsApril 11, 19562:40
4."Blue Suede Shoes" (previously unreleased live version)Carl PerkinsJune 27, 19681:37
5."Blue Christmas"Billy Hayes and Jay JohnsonSeptember 5, 19572:30
6."Jailhouse Rock"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerJune 14, 19572:25
7."It's Now or Never"Eduardo DeCapua, Wally Gold, Aaron SchroederApril 3, 19603:12
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."A Cane and a High Starched Collar" (previously unreleased)Sid Tepper, Roy C. BennettAugust 12, 19602:40
2."Presentation of Awards to Elvis" March 25, 19611:24
3."Blue Hawaii" (previously unreleased live version)Ralph Rainger, Leo RobinJanuary 14, 19732:29
4."Such a Night"Lincoln ChaseApril 4, 19603:36
5."Baby, What You Want Me to Do" (previously unreleased live version)Jimmy ReedJune 27, 19681:44
6."How Great Thou Art"Stuart K. HineMay 25, 19662:58
7."If I Can Dream"Walter Earl BrownJune 30, 19683:14


  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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