Elvis Presley Master Recordings

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Lifetime Masters

Ask five different fans what they consider to be Elvis Presley’s master recordings released during his lifetime and you may get five different answers. For reference purposes here on Pastimescapes, below are the 711 recordings that I consider to be Elvis’ lifetime masters. These are presented in recording order.

1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958
1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969
1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977

  1. Harbor Lights [1954]
  2. I Love You Because
  3. That’s All Right
  4. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  5. Blue Moon
  6. I’ll Never Let You Go
  7. I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine
  8. Just Because
  9. Good Rockin’ Tonight
  10. Milkcow Blues Boogie
  11. You’re A Heartbreaker
  12. Baby, Let’s Play House [1955]
  13. I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone
  14. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
  15. Mystery Train
  16. Tryin’ To Get To You
  17. I Got A Woman [1956]
  18. Heartbreak Hotel
  19. Money Honey
  20. I’m Counting On You
  21. I Was The One
  22. Blue Suede Shoes
  23. My Baby Left Me
  24. One-Sided Love Affair
  25. So Glad You’re Mine
  26. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
  27. Tutti Frutti
  28. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  29. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  30. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  31. Hound Dog
  32. Don’t Be Cruel
  33. Any Way You Want Me
  34. We’re Gonna Move
  35. Love Me Tender
  36. Poor Boy
  37. Let Me
  38. Playing For Keeps
  39. Love Me
  40. How Do You Think I Feel
  41. How’s The World Treating You
  42. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  43. Long Tall Sally
  44. Old Shep
  45. Paralyzed
  46. Too Much
  47. Anyplace Is Paradise
  48. Ready Teddy
  49. First In Line
  50. Rip It Up
  51. I Believe [1957]
  52. Tell Me Why
  53. Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do
  54. All Shook Up
  55. Mean Woman Blues
  56. Peace In The Valley
  57. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
  58. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  59. Party
  60. Lonesome Cowboy
  61. Teddy Bear
  62. Hot Dog
  63. It Is No Secret
  64. Blueberry Hill
  65. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  66. Is It So Strange
  67. Don’t Leave Me Now
  68. I Beg Of You
  69. One Night
  70. True Love
  71. I Need You So
  72. Loving You
  73. When It Rains, It Really Pours
  74. Jailhouse Rock
  75. Young and Beautiful
  76. I Want To Be Free
  77. Don’t Leave Me Now (Remake)
  78. Baby, I Don’t Care
  79. Treat Me Nice
  80. Blue Christmas
  81. My Wish Came True
  82. White Christmas
  83. Here Comes Santa Claus
  84. Silent Night
  85. Don’t
  86. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  87. Santa Bring My Baby Back
  88. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  89. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  90. Hard Headed Woman [1958]
  91. Trouble
  92. New Orleans
  93. Crawfish
  94. Dixieland Rock
  95. Lover Doll
  96. Don’t Ask Me Why
  97. As Long As I Have You
  98. King Creole
  99. Young Dreams
  100. Steadfast, Loyal And True
  101. Doncha’ Think It’s Time
  102. Your Cheatin’ Heart
  103. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
  104. I Need Your Love Tonight
  105. A Big Hunk O’ Love
  106. Ain’t That Loving You, Baby
  107. A Fool Such As I
  108. I Got Stung
  109. Make Me Know It [1960]
  110. Soldier Boy
  111. Stuck On You
  112. Fame And Fortune
  113. A Mess Of Blues
  114. It Feels So Right
  115. Fever
  116. Like A Baby
  117. It’s Now Or Never
  118. The Girl Of My Best Friend
  119. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
  120. Thrill Of Your Love
  121. I Gotta Know
  122. Such A Night
  123. Are You Lonesome Tonight
  124. The Girl Next Door
  125. I Will Be Home Again
  126. Reconsider Baby
  127. Didja’ Ever
  128. Doin’ The Best I Can
  129. G.I. Blues
  130. Tonight Is So Right For Love
  131. What’s She Really Like
  132. Blue Suede Shoes (Remake)
  133. Wooden Heart
  134. Shoppin’ Around
  135. Pocketful Of Rainbows
  136. Frankfort Special
  137. Tonight’s All Right For Love
  138. Big Boots
  139. Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
  140. A Cane And A High Starched Collar
  141. Flaming Star
  142. Milky White Way
  143. His Hand In Mine
  144. I Believe In The Man In The Sky
  145. He Knows Just What I Need
  146. Surrender
  147. Mansion Over The Hilltop
  148. In My Father’s House
  149. Joshua Fit The Battle
  150. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot
  151. I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
  152. If We Never Meet Again
  153. Known Only To Him
  154. Crying In The Chapel
  155. Working On The Building
  156. Lonely Man
  157. In My Way
  158. Wild In The Country
  159. Forget Me Never
  160. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
  161. I’m Comin’ Home [1961]
  162. Gently
  163. In Your Arms
  164. Give Me The Right
  165. I Feel So Bad
  166. It’s A Sin
  167. I Want You With Me
  168. There’s Always Me
  169. Starting Today
  170. Sentimental Me
  171. Judy
  172. Put The Blame On Me
  173. Hawaiian Sunset
  174. Aloha Oe
  175. Ku-u-i-po
  176. No More
  177. Slicin’ Sand
  178. Blue Hawaii
  179. Ito Eats
  180. Hawaiian Wedding Song
  181. Island Of Love
  182. Steppin’ Out Of Line
  183. Almost Always True
  184. Moonlight Swim
  185. Can’t Help Falling In Love
  186. Beach Boy Blues
  187. Rock-A-Hula Baby
  188. Kiss Me Quick
  189. That’s Someone You Never Forget
  190. I’m Yours
  191. His Latest Flame
  192. Little Sister
  193. Angel
  194. Follow That Dream
  195. What A Wonderful Life
  196. I’m Not The Marrying Kind
  197. Sound Advice
  198. For The Millionth And The Last Time
  199. Good Luck Charm
  200. Anything That’s Part Of You
  201. I Met Her Today
  202. Night Rider
  203. A Whistling Tune
  204. Home Is Where The Heart Is
  205. Riding The Rainbow
  206. I Got Lucky
  207. This Is Living
  208. King Of The Whole Wide World
  209. Something Blue [1962]
  210. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow
  211. Easy Question
  212. Fountain Of Love
  213. Just For Old Time Sake
  214. You’ll Be Gone
  215. I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever
  216. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
  217. Suspicion
  218. She’s Not You
  219. I Don’t Want To
  220. We’re Coming In Loaded
  221. Thanks To The Rolling Sea
  222. Where Do You Come From
  223. Girls! Girls! Girls!
  224. Return To Sender
  225. Because Of Love
  226. The Walls Have Ears
  227. Song Of The Shrimp
  228. A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You
  229. Mama
  230. Earth Boy
  231. I Don’t Wanna Be Tied
  232. We’ll Be Together
  233. Happy Ending
  234. Relax
  235. I’m Falling In Love Tonight
  236. They Remind Me Too Much Of You
  237. Cotton Candy Land
  238. A World Of Our Own
  239. How Would You Like To Be
  240. One Broken Heart For Sale
  241. Beyond The Bend
  242. Take Me To The Fair
  243. Bossa Nova Baby [1963]
  244. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
  245. Mexico
  246. The Bullfighter Was A Lady
  247. Marguerita
  248. Vino, Dinero Y Amor
  249. No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
  250. Fun In Acapulco
  251. El Toro
  252. You Can’t Say No In Acapulco
  253. Guadalajara
  254. Echoes Of Love
  255. Please Don’t Drag That String Around
  256. Devil In Disguise
  257. Never Ending
  258. What Now, What Next, Where To
  259. Witchcraft
  260. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
  261. Love Me Tonight
  262. Long, Lonely Highway
  263. Western Union
  264. Slowly But Surely
  265. Blue River
  266. Night Life
  267. C’mon Everybody
  268. If You Think I Don’t Need You
  269. I Need Somebody To Lean On
  270. Do The Vega
  271. Viva Las Vegas
  272. The Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas
  273. Today, Tomorrow And Forever
  274. Santa Lucia
  275. What’d I Say
  276. Once Is Enough
  277. Catchin’ On Fast
  278. Anyone
  279. Smokey Mountain Boy
  280. There’s Gold In The Mountains
  281. One Boy, Two Little Girls
  282. Kissin’ Cousins
  283. Barefoot Ballad
  284. Kissin’ Cousins (No. 2)
  285. Tender Feeling
  286. Memphis, Tennessee [1964]
  287. Ask Me
  288. It Hurts Me
  289. Little Egypt
  290. Poison Ivy League
  291. Hard Knocks
  292. It’s A Wonderful World
  293. Big Love, Big Heartache
  294. One Track Heart
  295. It’s Carnival Time
  296. Carny Town
  297. There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon
  298. Wheels On My Heels
  299. Roustabout
  300. Puppet On A String
  301. The Meanest Girl In Town
  302. Girl Happy
  303. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die
  304. Spring Fever
  305. Do Not Disturb
  306. I’ve Got To Find My Baby
  307. Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce
  308. Startin’ Tonight
  309. Do The Clam
  310. Wolf Call
  311. Shake That Tambourine [1965]
  312. So Close, Yet So Far
  313. My Desert Serenade
  314. Wisdom Of The Ages
  315. Kismet
  316. Hey Little Girl
  317. Golden Coins
  318. Animal Instinct
  319. Harem Holiday
  320. Go East, Young Man
  321. Mirage
  322. Tomorrow Night (Overdubbed Version)
  323. Come Along
  324. Beginner’s Luck
  325. Down By The Riverside/When The Saints Go Marching In
  326. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me
  327. Shout It Out
  328. What Every Woman Lives For
  329. Hard Luck
  330. Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter
  331. Look Out, Broadway
  332. Everybody Come Aboard
  333. Chesay
  334. Frankie And Johnny
  335. Drums Of The Islands
  336. Datin’
  337. Scratch My Back
  338. Stop Where You Are
  339. A Dog’s Life
  340. This Is My Heaven
  341. Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  342. House Of Sand
  343. Queenie Wahine’s Papaya
  344. Sand Castles
  345. Smorgasbord [1966]
  346. Stop, Look And Listen
  347. Am I Ready
  348. Beach Shack
  349. Never Say Yes
  350. Spinout
  351. All That I Am
  352. Adam And Evil
  353. I’ll Be Back
  354. Run On
  355. How Great Thou Art
  356. Stand By Me
  357. Where No One Stands Alone
  358. Down In The Alley
  359. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
  360. Love Letters
  361. So High
  362. Farther Along
  363. By And By
  364. In The Garden
  365. Somebody Bigger Than You And I
  366. Without Him
  367. If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side
  368. Where Could I Go But To The Lord
  369. Come What May (Alternate)
  370. Fools Fall In Love
  371. Indescribably Blue
  372. I’ll Remember You
  373. If Every Day Was Like Christmas
  374. City By Night
  375. Could I Fall In Love
  376. There Is So Much World To See
  377. Double Trouble
  378. Baby, If You’ll Give Me All Of Your Love
  379. I Love Only One Girl
  380. It Won’t Be Long
  381. Old MacDonald
  382. Long Legged Girl
  383. Easy Come, Easy Go
  384. I’ll Take Love
  385. Sing You Children
  386. She’s A Machine
  387. The Love Machine
  388. Yoga Is As Yoga Does
  389. You Gotta Stop
  390. The Girl I Never Loved [1967]
  391. How Can You Lose What You Never Had
  392. You Don’t Know Me
  393. A House That Has Everything
  394. Who Needs Money
  395. C-O-N-F-I-D-ence
  396. Hey, Hey, Hey
  397. Clambake
  398. There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song
  399. Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby
  400. Five Sleepy Heads
  401. Who Are You
  402. Speedway
  403. Suppose
  404. Let Yourself Go
  405. He’s Your Uncle, Not Your Dad
  406. Guitar Man
  407. Big Boss Man
  408. Mine
  409. Just Call Me Lonesome
  410. High Heel Sneakers
  411. We Call On Him
  412. You’ll Never Walk Alone
  413. Singing Tree
  414. Stay Away, Joe
  415. All I Needed Was The Rain
  416. Too Much Monkey Business [1968]
  417. Goin’ Home
  418. Stay Away
  419. US Male
  420. Wonderful World
  421. Edge Of Reality
  422. A Little Less Conversation
  423. Almost In Love
  424. Nothingville/Big Boss Man
  425. Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
  426. Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
  427. Trouble/Guitar Man
  428. If I Can Dream
  429. Memories
  430. Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Live)
  431. One Night (Live)
  432. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live)
  433. Blue Suede Shoes (Live)
  434. Love Me (Live)
  435. Tryin’ To Get To You (Live)
  436. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Live)
  437. Blue Christmas (Live)
  438. Tiger Man (Live)
  439. Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up (Live)
  440. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live)
  441. Jailhouse Rock (Live)
  442. Love Me Tender (Live)
  443. Let’s Forget About The Stars
  444. Charro
  445. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
  446. Almost
  447. Long Black Limousine [1969]
  448. This Is The Story
  449. Wearin’ That Loved On Look
  450. You’ll Think Of Me
  451. I’m Movin’ On
  452. A Little Bit Of Green
  453. Gentle On My Mind
  454. Don’t Cry Daddy
  455. Inherit The Wind
  456. Mama Liked The Roses
  457. My Little Friend
  458. In The Ghetto
  459. Rubberneckin’
  460. Hey Jude
  461. From A Jack To A King
  462. Without Love
  463. I’ll Hold You In My Heart
  464. I’ll Be There
  465. Suspicious Minds
  466. Stranger In My Own Home Town
  467. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
  468. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
  469. Power Of My Love
  470. After Loving You
  471. Do You Know Who I Am
  472. Kentucky Rain
  473. Only The Strong Survive
  474. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’
  475. Any Day Now
  476. If I’m A Fool
  477. The Fair Is Moving On
  478. Who Am I
  479. Change Of Habit
  480. Let’s Be Friends
  481. Let Us Pray
  482. Have A Happy
  483. Johnny B. Goode (Live)
  484. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live)
  485. Runaway (Live)
  486. Yesterday (Live)
  487. In The Ghetto (Live)
  488. Opening Riff/Blue Suede Shoes (Live)
  489. All Shook Up (Live)
  490. Hound Dog (Live)
  491. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live)
  492. My Babe (Live)
  493. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (Live)
  494. Words (Live)
  495. Suspicious Minds (Live)
  496. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Live)
  497. Proud Mary (Live) [1970]
  498. Sweet Caroline (Live)
  499. Let It Be Me (Live)
  500. The Wonder Of You (Live)
  501. Release Me (Live)
  502. See See Rider (Live)
  503. Polk Salad Annie (Live)
  504. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Live)
  505. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
  506. I’ve Lost You
  507. I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago
  508. The Sound Of Your Cry
  509. The Fool
  510. Little Cabin Home On The Hill
  511. Cindy, Cindy
  512. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  513. Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Of It (Informal)
  514. How The Web Was Woven
  515. It’s Your Baby, You Rock It
  516. Stranger In The Crowd
  517. I’ll Never Know
  518. Mary In The Morning
  519. It Ain’t No Big Thing
  520. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
  521. Just Pretend
  522. This Is Our Dance
  523. Life
  524. Heart Of Rome
  525. When I’m Over You
  526. I Really Don’t Want To Know
  527. Faded Love
  528. Tomorrow Never Comes
  529. The Next Step Is Love
  530. Make The World Go Away
  531. Funny How Time Slips Away
  532. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
  533. Love Letters (Remake)
  534. There Goes My Everything
  535. If I Were You
  536. Only Believe
  537. Sylvia
  538. Patch It Up
  539. I’ve Lost You (Live)
  540. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (Live)
  541. Patch It Up (Live)
  542. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Live)
  543. Snowbird
  544. Where Did They Go, Lord
  545. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
  546. Rags To Riches
  547. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face [1971]
  548. Amazing Grace
  549. Early Morning Rain
  550. For Lovin’ Me
  551. Miracle Of The Rosary
  552. It Won’t Seem Like Christmas
  553. If I Get Home On Christmas Day
  554. Padre
  555. Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees
  556. Merry Christmas Baby
  557. Silver Bells
  558. I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day
  559. On A Snowy Christmas Night
  560. Winter Wonderland
  561. O Come All Ye Faithful
  562. The First Noel
  563. The Wonderful World of Christmas
  564. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (Informal)
  565. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  566. Until It’s Time For You To Go
  567. Lead Me, Guide Me
  568. Fools Rush In
  569. He Touched Me
  570. I’ve Got Confidence
  571. An Evening Prayer
  572. Seeing Is Believing
  573. A Thing Called Love
  574. It’s Still Here
  575. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
  576. I Will Be True
  577. I’m Leavin’
  578. We Can Make The Morning
  579. It’s Only Love
  580. Love Me, Love The Life I Lead
  581. Put Your Hand In The Hand
  582. Reach Out To Jesus
  583. He Is My Everything
  584. There Is No God But God
  585. I, John
  586. Bosom Of Abraham
  587. It’s Impossible (Live) [1972]
  588. An American Trilogy (Live)
  589. Separate Ways
  590. Where Do I Go From Here
  591. Burning Love
  592. Fool
  593. Always On My Mind
  594. It’s A Matter Of Time
  595. Also Sprach Zarathustra/Opening Riff/That’s All Right (Live)
  596. Proud Mary (Live)
  597. Never Been To Spain (Live)
  598. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Live)
  599. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Live)
  600. Polk Salad Annie (Live)
  601. Love Me (Live)
  602. All Shook Up (Live)
  603. Heartbreak Hotel (Live)
  604. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (Live)
  605. Love Me Tender (Live)
  606. The Impossible Dream (Live)
  607. Introductions By Elvis (Live)
  608. Hound Dog (Live)
  609. Suspicious Minds (Live)
  610. For The Good Times (Live)
  611. An American Trilogy (Live)
  612. Funny How Time Slips Away (Live)
  613. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live)
  614. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live)
  615. Also Sprach Zarathustra/Opening Riff/See See Rider (Live) [1973]
  616. Burning Love (Live)
  617. Something (Live)
  618. You Gave Me A Mountain (Live)
  619. Steamroller Blues (Live)
  620. My Way (Live)
  621. Love Me (Live)
  622. Johnny B. Goode (Live)
  623. It’s Over (Live)
  624. Blue Suede Shoes (Live)
  625. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Live)
  626. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live)
  627. Hound Dog (Live)
  628. What Now My Love (Live)
  629. Fever (Live)
  630. Welcome To My World (Live)
  631. Suspicious Minds (Live)
  632. Introductions By Elvis (Live)
  633. I’ll Remember You (Live)
  634. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Live)
  635. An American Trilogy (Live)
  636. A Big Hunk O’ Love (Live)
  637. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live)
  638. Blue Hawaii (Remake)
  639. If You Don’t Come Back
  640. Three Corn Patches
  641. Take Good Care Of Her
  642. Find Out What’s Happening
  643. I’ve Got A Thing About You, Baby
  644. Just A Little Bit
  645. Raised On Rock
  646. For Ol’ Times Sake
  647. Girl Of Mine
  648. Sweet Angeline
  649. I Miss You
  650. Are You Sincere
  651. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body
  652. It’s Midnight
  653. You Asked Me To
  654. If You Talk In Your Sleep
  655. Mr. Songman
  656. Thinking About You
  657. Love Song Of The Year
  658. Help Me
  659. My Boy
  660. Lovin’ Arms
  661. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues
  662. Talk About The Good Times
  663. Promised Land
  664. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming
  665. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel
  666. If That Isn’t Love
  667. Spanish Eyes
  668. She Wears My Ring
  669. Opening Riff/See See Rider (Live) [1974]
  670. I Got A Woman/Amen (Live)
  671. Love Me (Live)
  672. Tryin’ To Get To You (Live)
  673. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On/Mama Don’t Dance/Flip, Flop & Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Hound Dog (Live)
  674. Why Me, Lord (Live)
  675. How Great Thou Art (Live)
  676. Blueberry Hill/I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live)
  677. Help Me (Live)
  678. An American Trilogy (Live)
  679. Let Me Be There (Live)
  680. My Baby Left Me (Live)
  681. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Live)
  682. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Riff (Live)
  683. Fairytale [1975]
  684. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  685. I Can Help
  686. And I Love You So
  687. Susan When She Tried
  688. T-R-O-U-B-L-E
  689. Woman Without Love
  690. Shake A Hand
  691. Bringing It Back
  692. Pieces Of My Life
  693. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall [1976]
  694. She Thinks I Still Care
  695. The Last Farewell
  696. Solitaire
  697. Moody Blue
  698. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
  699. For The Heart
  700. Hurt
  701. Danny Boy
  702. Never Again
  703. Love Coming Down
  704. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  705. It’s Easy For You
  706. Way Down
  707. Pledging My Love
  708. He’ll Have To Go
  709. If You Love Me (Live) [1977]
  710. Little Darlin’ (Live)
  711. Unchained Melody (Live)

Lifetime Alternates

While thousands of alternate and live variants have been released since Elvis’ death, only a few were officially released in his lifetime. In addition to the above masters, below are the other Elvis recordings released in his lifetime.

  • I Love You Because (Alternate) [1954]
  • I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Alternate) [1956]
  • Lover Doll (LP Version) [1958]
  • Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP Version)
  • Such A Night (Alternates) [1960]
  • A Cane And A High Starched Collar (Alternate)
  • I’m Yours (Single Version) [1961]
  • One Broken Heart For Sale (LP Version) [1962]
  • Long, Lonely Highway (Single Version) [1963]
  • Stay Away, Joe (Alternate) [1967]
  • A Little Less Conversation (LP Version) [1968]
  • Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Live–Burbank, June 27, 6 PM, Version 3)
  • Make The World Go Away (Alternate) [1970]
  • I Can’t Stop Loving You (Live–New York, June 10, Afternoon) [1972]

Variations From Sony’s Lifetime Masters

My Elvis lifetime masters list differs from Sony’s current list of lifetime master recordings, as itemized on Franklin Mint’s Elvis: The Complete Masters Collection. Here are the differences and my explanations.

  • Lover Doll (LP Version) [1958]: I consider this an alternate, with the master being the previously released EP version without the overdubbed Jordanaires. Sony includes both in its 711 count for the Franklin Mint set. However, Sony’s more recent The Complete Elvis Presley Masters set relegates this take to one of its “Rarities” discs, rather than having it appear on a “Masters” disc proper.
  • Doncha Think It’s Time (LP Version): I consider this an alternate, with the master being the previously released single version. Sony includes both in its 711 count for the Franklin Mint set. The Complete Elvis Presley Masters set places this take on a “Rarities” disc, however.
  • I’m Yours (Single Version) [1961]: I consider this an alternate, with the master being the previously released LP version with overdubs. Sony includes both in its 711 count for the Franklin Mint set. The Complete Elvis Presley Masters set places this take on a “Rarities” disc, however.
  • Nothingville/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man [1968]: Sony identifies this as a single medley master, while I consider it two masters with the split being between “Big Boss Man” and “Guitar Man.” A case could probably be made that there is another split between “Little Egypt” and “Trouble.” “Trouble” seems to begin just before the “Little Egypt” gong strike completely fades away, though.
  • Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me To Do/Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can’t Help Falling In Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender (Live): Sony identifies this as a single medley master, while I consider them six masters. The only true medley here is “Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up.” The others are clearly separate.
  • Blue Christmas/One Night (Live): Sony identifies this as a single medley master, while I split these separate songs into two masters.
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight (Live): While Sony does not consider it a master, I include this 1968 recording since it was released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Live): While Sony does not consider it a master, I include this 1968 recording since it was released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Love Me (Live): While Sony does not consider it a master, I include this 1968 recording since it was released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Tryin’ To Get To You (Live): While Sony does not consider it a master, I include this 1968 recording since it was released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (Live) [1972]: Sony considers this a separate master, but I include it along with “Opening Riff” and “That’s All Right” since they are performed without interruption. Besides, Elvis does not perform on “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
  • Closing Vamp (Live): Sony considers this a separate master, but I include it along with “Can’t Help Falling In Love” since they are performed without interruption. Elvis does not perform on “Closing Vamp.” The 1972 and beyond opening and closing riffs are actually just “See See Rider.” Oddly, Sony counts “Closing Vamp” as a separate master for As Recorded At Madison Square Garden and Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis, but not for Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (Live) [1973]: Sony considers this a separate master, but I include it with “Opening Riff” and “See See Rider” since they are performed without interruption. Elvis does not perform on “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
  • Ku-u-i-po (Remake): Though Sony counts it, I leave this one out because it was not released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • No More (Remake): Though Sony counts it, I leave this one out because it was not released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song (Remake): Though Sony counts it, I leave this one out because it was not released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Early Mornin’ Rain (Remake): Though Sony counts it, I leave this one out because it was not released during Elvis’ lifetime.
  • Closing Vamp (Live) [1974]: Sony considers this a separate master, but I include it with “Can’t Help Falling In Love” since they are performed without interruption. Elvis does not perform on “Closing Vamp.”

Additional Notes

  • My first reaction was that it was a real stretch for Sony to include “Introductions By Elvis” from As Recorded At Madison Square Garden and Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite as masters. However, after further thought, I decided to place them on my list as well. Both tracks include backing music (“Comin’ Home Baby”) and Elvis’ voice as he introduces his band members. It certainly makes more sense than including “Also Sprach Zarathustra” or “Closing Vamp” as separate Elvis masters, anyway.
  • Since there is no backing music, I did not include tracks for officially released “talking albums only” Elvis Sails and Having Fun With Elvis On Stage, nor any interview snippets from the A Legendary Performer series and similar releases.
  • I certainly do not consider my list the “final word” on this subject. It is simply a reference point for me, but I will also consider revising it whenever there are compelling reasons (see Updates below).

Research Sources

Updates

  • December 14, 2010: Corrected sequencing of lifetime masters 194-203. Core list was originally based on Sony’s The Complete Elvis Presley Masters. However, that segment of the set was not in order. Souce: “Re: The Complete Masters” by FMCSIMMONS, For Elvis CD Collectors Forum, 2010.
  • September 15, 2012: Updated lifetime masters list to reflect “Nothingville/Big Boss Man” as a separate master from “Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man.”
  • December 28, 2012: Updated lifetime alternates list to include the LP version of “One Broken Heart For Sale.”
  • December 29, 2012: Moved “Tomorrow Night” to position 322 from position 6 in the lifetime masters list, reflecting that RCA first released Elvis’ 1954 recording with overdubs made in 1965. RCA did not release the undubbed version until 1992.
  • November 23, 2015: Corrected lifetime master 504 to “Walk A Mile In My Shoes.” Thank you to Tim DeBacco for noting the error.