Pure Gold (Elvis Presley album)

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Pure Gold
Elvis Pure Gold Album.jpg
Compilation album by
GenreRock and roll
LabelRCA Records
ProducerEthel Gabriel
Elvis Presley chronology
Promised Land
Pure Gold

Pure Gold is a 1975 compilation album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley released as part of the RCA Records budget "Pure Gold" series of albums. Though at this point in his career, Presley was focused more on the country music market, where he had a string of chart-topping records in recent years, this collection focuses more on earlier material than recent hits. Although considered a rather mediocre compilation at best, Pure Gold became an extremely popular seller in the wake of Elvis' death in August 1977.


"Kentucky Rain", "Fever", "It's Impossible", and "In The Ghetto" are true stereo mixes; the other six tracks on this album are original monophonic recordings with "stereo effect reprocessed from monophonic", or "fake stereo". When RCA reissued this album on compact disc in 1992, the six "fake stereo" tracks were restored to their original mono sound. The album was certified Gold on September 12, 1977, Platinum on March 20, 1988 and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the RIAA.

The front cover photo features Elvis from his Aloha from Hawaii concert in January, 1973. The original back cover featured a list of other albums available in the RCA "Pure Gold" series.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Kentucky Rain"Eddie Rabbitt and Dick HeardFebruary 19, 19693:14
2."Fever" (from Elvis Is Back!)Eddie Cooley and Otis BlackwellApril 3, 19603:31
3."It's Impossible" (from Elvis)Armando Manzanero, Sid WayneFebruary 16, 19722:51
4."Jailhouse Rock" (from Jailhouse rock)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerApril 30, 19572:23
5."Don't Be Cruel"Otis BlackwellJuly 2, 19562:04
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I Got a Woman" (from Elvis Presley)Ray Charles and Renald RichardJanuary 10, 19562:25
2."All Shook Up"Otis Blackwell and Elvis PresleyJanuary 12, 19571:57
3."Loving You" (from Loving You)Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerFebruary 24, 19572:12
4."In the Ghetto" (from From Elvis in Memphis)Mac DavisJanuary 20, 19692:20
5."Love Me Tender" (from Love Me Tender)Vera Matson and Elvis PresleyAugust 24, 19562:41

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