Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2

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Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released January 8, 1976
Genre Rock
Length 26:38
Label RCA Victor
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(1975)
Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2
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The Sun Sessions
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Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 is a compilation album featuring recordings by Elvis Presley. As with the first volume of the series, issued in 1974, the collection was a mixture of previously released and never-before-released recordings. In this volume, RCA Records released for the first time "Harbor Lights", a ballad Presley recorded during his first session for Sun Records in July 1954. This marked the first time since the 1965 album Elvis for Everyone, in which the Sun recording "Tomorrow Night" was included, that RCA had released any "new" songs from the Sun Records archives. Other previously unreleased material included an alternate take of his 1956 hit "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You", several performances from the 1968 NBC TV special that had not been previously issued, the song "A Cane and a High Starched Collar" from the soundtrack of the 1960 film Flaming Star, and an alternate take of his 1960 recording "Such a Night". Also included were a pair of previously unreleased interview recordings. It was certified gold on October 25, 1977 and platinum and 2× platinum on July 15, 1999 by the RIAA.

The Legendary Performer series would continue with Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 3, which was released in 1979, two years after Presley's death.

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Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Harbor Lights" (previously unreleased Sun master) Jimmy Kennedy, Hugh Williams July 1, 1954 2:35
2. "Interview with Elvis: Jay Thompson"     April 11, 1956 3:34
3. "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" (previously unreleased alternate take) Lou Kosloff, George Mysels August 12, 1956 2:40
4. "Blue Suede Shoes" (previously unreleased live version) Carl Perkins June 27, 1968 1:37
5. "Blue Christmas"   Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson September 5, 1957 2:30
6. "Jailhouse Rock"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller June 14, 1957 3:12
7. "It's Now or Never"   Eduardo DeCapua, Wally Gold, Aaron Schroeder April 3, 1960 1:40
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "A Cane and a High Starched Collar" (previously unreleased) Sid Tepper, Roy C. Bennett August 12, 1960 2:40
2. "Presentation of Awards to Elvis"     March 25, 1961 1:24
3. "Blue Hawaii" (previously unreleased live version) Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin January 14, 1973 2:29
4. "Such a Night"   Lincoln Chase, Dr. John April 4, 1960 3:36
5. "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" (previously unreleased live version) Jimmy Reed June 27, 1968 1:44
6. "How Great Thou Art"   Stuart K. Hine May 25, 1966 2:58
7. "If I Can Dream"   Walter Earl Brown June 30, 1968 3:14