Pure Gold (Elvis Presley album)

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Pure Gold
Elvis Pure Gold Album.jpg
Compilation album by Elvis Presley
Released 1975
Recorded 1956-1972
Genre Rock and roll
Label RCA Records
Producer Ethel Gabriel
Elvis Presley chronology
Promised Land
(1975)Promised Land1975
Pure Gold
(1975)
Today
(1975)Today1975

Pure Gold is a 1975 compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley released as part of the RCA Records budget "Pure Gold" series of albums. Though at this point in his career, Presley was focused more on the country music market, where he had a string of chart-topping records in recent years, this collection focuses more on earlier material than recent hits. Although a rather mediocre compilation album in terms of both content and sound quality, Pure Gold nevertheless sold extremely well in the wake of Elvis' death in August 1977.

Content[edit]

"Kentucky Rain", "Fever", "It's Impossible", and "In The Ghetto" are true stereo mixes. All other tracks are in "electronically reprocessed" (fake) stereo. When RCA reissued this album on CD in the early 1990s, the six recordings from the 1950s were restored to their original monophonic sound. The album was certified Gold on September 12, 1977, Platinum on March 20, 1988 and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the RIAA.

The front cover photo features Elvis from his Aloha from Hawaii concert in 1973.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Kentucky Rain" Eddie Rabbitt and Dick Heard February 19, 1969 3:14
2. "Fever" (from Elvis Is Back!) Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell April 3, 1960 3:31
3. "It's Impossible" (from Elvis) Armando Manzanero, Sid Wayne February 16, 1972 2:51
4. "Jailhouse Rock" (from Jailhouse rock) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller April 30, 1957 2:23
5. "Don't Be Cruel" Otis Blackwell July 2, 1956 2:04
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "I Got a Woman" (from Elvis Presley) Ray Charles and Renald Richard January 10, 1956 2:25
2. "All Shook Up" Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley January 12, 1957 1:57
3. "Loving You" (from Loving You) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller February 24, 1957 2:12
4. "In the Ghetto" (from From Elvis in Memphis) Mac Davis January 20, 1969 2:20
5. "Love Me Tender" (from Love Me Tender) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:41