Elvis Sings Flaming Star
|Elvis Sings Flaming Star|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||October 1968 (limited release)|
March 1969 (wide release)
|Recorded||June 1960 to October 1968|
|Elvis Presley chronology|
Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others is a compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Records in October, 1968. It spent five months available only at select retail stores featuring products by the Singer Sewing Machine Company as a promotional tie-in with Presley's upcoming Christmas television special on the NBC network, which Singer had sponsored. It was reissued for normal retail channels as Elvis Sings Flaming Star in March 1969, becoming the first Elvis Presley budget album on the RCA Camden label, catalogue CAS 2304. The 1969 release peaked at number 96 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999, and Platinum on January 6, 2004, by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Due to the chart success of this album upon reissue in 1969, RCA Records elected to release more Presley titles on the Camden label through 1972. These budget LPs were shorter than the standard running time, featuring some unused soundtrack recordings and previously released items.
All tracks were compiled from sessions for Presley film soundtracks, with the exception of "Tiger Man" from the Singer Christmas Special. The cover of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" was a warm-up at a session for film songs to Stay Away, Joe. Excepting "Flaming Star," the title song from Presley's 1960 movie of the same title which had been released on the Elvis by Request: Flaming Star and 3 Other Great Songs extended play single in February 1961, all tracks were previously unreleased.
The "Texas" medley and "All I Needed Was the Rain" appeared in Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Stay Away, Joe (1967), respectively, while "Wonderful World" appeared over the opening credits to Live a Little, Love a Little (1968). "Flaming Star" had been one of only two songs performed in that film. The live performance of "Tiger Man" was held off the initial broadcast of the NBC television special, but replaced the segment with "Blue Christmas" for the repeat broadcast of the special in the summer of 1969. This track has the distinction of being the first live recording by Elvis ever commercially released. The remaining songs were not actually used in their respective films.
|1.||"Flaming Star" (from the film Flaming Star)||Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards||October 7, 1960||2:25|
|2.||"Wonderful World" (from the film Live A Little, Love A Little)||Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett||March 7, 1968||2:14|
|3.||"Night Life" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||July 9, 1963||1:53|
|4.||"All I Needed Was the Rain" (from the film Stay Away, Joe)||Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman||October 1, 1967||1:49|
|5.||"Too Much Monkey Business"||Chuck Berry||January 15, 1968||2:25|
|1.||"Yellow Rose of Texas" / "Eyes of Texas" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)||Traditional / Fred Wise and Randy Starr||July 10, 1963||2:58|
|2.||"She's a Machine" (from the film Easy Come, Easy Go)||Fred Wise and Ben Weisman||September 29, 1966||1:39|
|3.||"Do the Vega" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)||Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence Kaye||July 10, 1963||2:26|
|4.||"Tiger Man" (from Singer NBC-TV Special)||Lewis Burns, Al Lewis, Joe Hill Louis||June 27, 1968||2:41|
- RCA originally released "Flaming Star" on the extended play single Elvis By Request – Flaming Star (RCA LPC 128), which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
|Dutch Albums Chart||1|
|Norway Albums Top 40 Chart||11|
|UK Albums Chart||2|
Certifications and sales
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
- Allmusic review
- Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 245.
- Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 418-419.
- "Elvis Presley (awards)". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- "Searchable datebase". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. Note: Enter search for "Flaming Star"
- Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 229-230.
- Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 137, 182, 223, 239, 243, 255.
- Jorgensen, op. cit., p.414.
- Dutch Charts - Elvis sings Flaming Star
- Official Charts - Elvis sings Flaming Star