Elvis Sings Flaming Star

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Elvis Sings Flaming Star
Elvis Presley - Elvis Sings Flaming Star Coverart.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 1968 (limited release)
March 1969 (wide release)
RecordedJune 1960 to October 1968
GenreRock, country
Length20:30
LabelRCA Camden
Elvis Presley chronology
Speedway
(1968)
Elvis Sings Flaming Star
(1968)
Elvis (NBC TV Special)
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] The 1969 release peaked at number 96 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[4] It was certified Gold on July 15, 1999, and Platinum on January 6, 2004, by the Recording Industry Association of America.[5]

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.

Content[edit]

Singer Promo Cover

All tracks were compiled from sessions for Presley film soundtracks, with the exception of "Tiger Man" from the Singer Christmas Special.[6] The cover of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" was a warm-up at a session for film songs to Stay Away, Joe.[7] 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.

Reissues[edit]

Flaming Star was reissued in 1975 by Pickwick Records, and again for compact disc by Sony Music Entertainment in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Flaming Star" (from the film Flaming Star)Sid Wayne and Sherman EdwardsOctober 7, 19602:25
2."Wonderful World" (from the film Live A Little, Love A Little)Guy Fletcher and Doug FlettMarch 7, 19682:14
3."Night Life" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence KayeJuly 9, 19631:53
4."All I Needed Was the Rain" (from the film Stay Away, Joe)Sid Wayne and Ben WeismanOctober 1, 19671:49
5."Too Much Monkey Business"Chuck BerryJanuary 15, 19682:25
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Yellow Rose of Texas" / "Eyes of Texas" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)Traditional / Fred Wise and Randy StarrJuly 10, 19632:58
2."She's a Machine" (from the film Easy Come, Easy Go)Fred Wise and Ben WeismanSeptember 29, 19661:39
3."Do the Vega" (from the film Viva Las Vegas)Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Florence KayeJuly 10, 19632:26
4."Tiger Man" (from Singer NBC-TV Special)Lewis Burns, Al Lewis, Joe Hill LouisJune 27, 19682:41

Note

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 1
Norway Albums Top 40 Chart 11
UK Albums Chart[10] 2

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA) Platinum 1,000,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley A Life in Music: The Complete Recording Sessions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; p. 245.
  3. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 418-419.
  4. ^ "Elvis Presley (awards)". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Searchable datebase". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. Note: Enter search for "Flaming Star"
  6. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 229-230.
  7. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., pp. 137, 182, 223, 239, 243, 255.
  8. ^ Jorgensen, op. cit., p.414.
  9. ^ Dutch Charts - Elvis sings Flaming Star
  10. ^ Official Charts - Elvis sings Flaming Star

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