Sunday, December 24, 2023

Elvis Presley - Low to High, The Many Voices of Elvis Presley (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2

Previously posted September 14, 2019

Elvis Presley - Low to High, The Many Voices of Elvis Presley (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King"... Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. He was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel. He won three competitive Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Music critic Henry Pleasants, in his book 'The Great American Popular Singers' observes that "Presley has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary compass ... and a very wide range of vocal color have something to do with this divergence of opinion." He identifies Presley as a high baritone, calculating his range as two octaves and a third, "from the baritone low G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D-flat. Presley's best octave is in the middle, D-flat to D-flat, granting an extra full step up or down." In Pleasants' view, his voice was "variable and unpredictable" at the bottom, "often brilliant" at the top, with the capacity for "full-voiced high G's and as that an opera baritone might envy". Scholar Lindsay Waters, who figures Presley's range as two-and-a-quarter octaves, emphasizes that "his voice had an emotional range from tender whispers to sighs down to shouts, grunts, grumbles, and sheer gruffness that could move the listener from calmness and surrender to fear. His voice cannot be measured in octaves, but in decibels; even that misses the problem of how to measure delicate whispers that are hardly audible at all." Presley was always "able to duplicate the open, hoarse, ecstatic, screaming, shouting, wailing, reckless sound of the black rhythm-and-blues and gospel singers", writes Pleasants, and also demonstrated a remarkable ability to assimilate many other vocal styles. (Wikipedia)

Elvis' lowest effective note was a low-G, as heard on "He'll Have To Go", his highest full-voiced notes were the high-B's as heard on "Surrender". Presented here are, from his lowest notes to his highest notes, 50 tracks by the prodigy Elvis Presley that he gifted us during his 23-year career. Enjoy!






Track list


01    He'll Have to Go    4:31    1976
02    King Creole    2:12    1958
03    Blue Moon    2:40    1954
04    Baby Let's Play House    2:18    1955
06    Lawdy Miss Clawdy    2:07    1956
07    Such a Night    2:59    1960
08    It Hurts Me    2:29    1964
09    There's Always Me    2:18    1961
10    Blue Suede Shoes    1:59    1956
11    Jailhouse Rock    2:25    1957
12    Santa Claus is Back in Town    2:25    1957
13    If I Can Dream    3:17    1968
14    Miracle of the Rosary    1:50    1971
15    I Want You, I Need You, I Love You    2:38    1956
16    Milky White Way    2:14    1961
17    Hard Headed Woman    1:53    1958
18    Don't Be Cruel    2:03    1956
19    Treat Me Nice    2:12    1957
20    One-Sided Love Affair    2:10    1956
21    Viva Las Vegas    2:16    1964
22    Are You Lonesome Tonight-    3:06    1960
23    Guitar Man    2:19    1968
24    Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do    2:35    1957
25    Anyplace is Paradise    2:26    1956


26    Mystery Train    2:25    1955
27    Milkcow Blues Boogie    2:40    1954
28    Wearin' That Loved on Look    2:46    1969
29    Any Day Now    2:59    1969
30    In the Ghetto    2:51    1969
31    Hound Dog    2:15    1956
32    My Baby Left Me    2:09    1956
33    Stranger in My Own Home Town    3:49    1969
34    An American Trilogy    4:31    1972
35    It's Impossible    2:50    1972
36    I Need You So    2:40    1957
37    Money Honey    2:33    1956
38    I Believe in the Man in the Sky    2:16    1960
39    Suspicious Minds    4:29    1969
40    It's Now Or Never    3:15    1960
41    Hurt    2:08    1976
42    Trying to Get to You    2:35    1956
43    Heartbreak Hotel    2:07    1956
44    Burning Love 1972    3:29    1972
45    Promised Land    2:53    1975
46    A Big Hunk O' Love    2:05    1958
47    That S All Right Mama    1:56    1954
48    How Great Thou Art    3:45    1976
49    Merry Christmas Baby    3:15    1971
50    Surrender    1:53    1961



  1. Merry Xmas to you Butterboy, it's summer in NZ so we're relaxing with some wine. Thank you for all your super hard work and wishing you an even better 2024 !!! Cheers, feintoperation

    1. +1 meaning: I'd also like to wish you a merry Xmas, Butterboy. Thanks for your work!

    2. Thanks, feint operation.
      Relaxing with a wine on a beautiful summer's day is a glorious thing to do.
      Thanks for the well wishes and compliments. Appreciated.
      Enjoy the holiday season and with family and friends.

    3. Hi Frank D. Badenius.
      Thank you for those kind thoughts. Same to you and yours.

  2. Greetings from a cold and damp Chicago.
    Thanks for this Elvis. Always interesting to listen to the greats with a new angle.
    He'll have to go by Jim Reeves is one of my guilty favourites. I don't have it by Elvis.
    Butterboy thank you for all the pleasure you have brought me over the years.
    Whatever s*** is going on in the world Music has powers... Thank you for sharing.
    Have a happy day, enjoy a glass of wine.
    Hi K

    1. Greetings, lemonflag.
      35 degrees Celsius here today... typically we want it cooler, and you want it hotter.
      It's a pleasure for me to share music especially knowing that there are loyal and respectful followers.
      The world is not great for everyone at the moment and that stinks. You are correct that music can help us through some of the pain.
      Enjoy your day and all around you.