Elvis Presley, "Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight"

75 Billboard Rating

Elvis Presley has been gone for more than 30 years, but he lives on in what's become the music industry's most exhaustive reissue series. It seems like every anniversary of the King eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich is reason to dip into the vaults, but occasionally the sonic spelunking yields something worthwhile; the new "Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight" is one of them. The four-disc package-commemorating what would have been Presley's 75th birthday (Jan. 8)-offers an overview that hits all the right marks, including every one of his 30 chart-topping singles. It also trolls deep enough to appease the aficionados looking for Presley's first recording (1953's "My Happiness") and less-celebrated but still noteworthy tracks, like his version of the Orioles' "Crying in the Chapel," Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," Joe Babcock's "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" and Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie." All 100 tracks have been previously released, but the sound is crisp and bright. And the inclusion of Junkie XL's "A Little Less Conversation" remix from 2002 is a nice touch.-Gary Graff

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