The Complete Elvis Presley Masters is a box set covering most of Elvis Presley's entire recording career, released on October 19, 2010 by RCA Records/Legacy Recordings. The box set contains 711 original master recordings as recorded during Elvis' lifetime, and also 103 additional rare recordings, contained on 30 compact discs. The set, however, omits the recordings made for the 1977 Elvis in Concert TV special and album.
This boxset is not to be confused with the Franklin Mint compilation Elvis: The Complete Masters Collection, which does not contain the rare recordings or a chronological sequencing of the songs but does come with a replica of Elvis's first 7" single.
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The year of 2010 marked the diamond anniversary of the 75th birthday of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. To mark this historic occasion, RCA/BMG/Sony/Legacy recordings collaborated together to create, produce and release what is, without a doubt, the greatest boxed set of Elvis' music that has ever been assembled into one handy and classic collection. Aptly titled "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters", this 30-disc CD set is a real fan's dream-come-true, presenting every song that Elvis ever recorded for public release; all 711 original Elvis Presley master recordings, plus 103 additional rarities. While there have have been several Elvis compilations issued beforehand, this marks the very first time that his entire recording career has been assembled as a single unit. Thus, this is a rare and unique opportunity for the Elvis Presley fan to fully experience these songs together for the very first time, ever. Even better is the fact that every song is presented in strict chronological order sequence, meaning that these songs are in the exact order in which they were recorded. From the opening notes of the 1954 studio recording of "Harbor Lights" to the closing finale of the 1977 live performance of "Unchained Melody", and ALL points in between, this brilliant collection is not only for the casual listener, as well as for the die-hard fan, but is also a monumental keepsake treasure trove of perhaps the finest musical legacy in American history. By issuing the songs in the exact order of the recording sequences, it gives the listener the opportunity to actually hear Elvis Presley's entire recording career unfold. All songs have been digitally remastered from the original tapes, for optimum sound quality. The collection also features a 240-page hardcover, silver-gilded book, the ultimate reference guide into the music of Elvis Presley. It contains a complete and thorough discography with details about every song; rare and classic photographs and an essay by noted Elvis historian Peter Guralnick. This unique book is exclusive only in this boxed set. There is also an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, from the collection's producer Ernst Mikael Jorgensen. And, a 12-page alphabetical track listing. The set was originally issued only as a first-run limited edition of 1,000 individually numbered units. Not surprisingly, all 1,000 units have sold out. Mine is no. 0848. This collection is, without a doubt, the only Elvis collection that anybody ever needs. One listen to "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters", and you will agree.