A few months after the Beatles box sets made retailers scramble to fill orders, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is getting the royal treatment.
Legacy Recordings is marking Elvis Presley‘s 75th birthday in January with a 100-song box set called “Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight.” The four-disc set arrives December 8.
The package defines “career spanning.” Disc 1 opens with “My Happiness,” the acetate recording Presley paid nearly four dollars to make at the Memphis Recording Service in July 1953, a year before signing with Sun Records. Disc 4 ends with “A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Remix Edit),” the electronica-fueled 2002 track that hit No. 1 in more than 20 countries and was included in that year’s “Elvis: 30 #1 Hits,” which has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S.
“Elvis 75” ranges from the seminal rock ‘n’ roll of Presley’s early years to his intimate ballads and includes movie songs, gospel performances and “Blue Christmas.” The set’s 80-page booklet features rare photos and a new essay by journalist Billy Altman.
A single-disc edition of “Elvis 75” will be released Jan. 5, three days before what would have been Presley’s 75th birthday.