Saturday, August 13, 2022

Review Elvis Presley The King and The Colonel LP

Hopping on the bandwagon of the ‘ELVIS’ movie, the German based ‘Magic of Vinyl record label released the LP ‘Elvis Presley The King and Colonel Parker’, subtitled ‘From Trailer Park To Graceland’. 


The LP fits in a series of splattered / colored vinyl releases from the Magic on Vinyl and other sub-labels from the German Power Station company. The splattered vinyl is a good choice as Elvis made a smashing impression on the music and American (youth) culture in the fifties, “smashing” everything kids and their parents though was “popular music”. 

The 180 Gr. vinyl comes housed in a quality sleeve with a picture from the ‘’68 Comeback Special’ with a watercolor effect. The picture is an odd choice as the title refers to ‘Elvis and The Colonel’ and the music on this album pre-dates the special. A picture of Elvis and The Colonel would have been a better choice. 

The liner-notes tell the story of Colonel Tom Parker and his management of Elvis Presley (and his own interests). The text is based on Colonel Parker’s Wikipedia page, but with proper credit. 

The quality of the vinyl is good, it is nice flat and I didn’t hear any cracks. 


On this set we get an entertaining compilation of 19 greatest hits. Three SUN recordings, including ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘Baby, Let’s Play House', pre-dating the cooperation between Elvis and The Colonel, but the material that caught the latter’s attention. 

The remaining 16 songs are ‘RCA’ classics recorded in the fifties and sixties. These include his “smash” breakthrough hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and early hit-singles like ‘Hound Dog’, Don’t Be Cruel’ ‘It’s Now Or Never’, Return To Sender’ and closing with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. 

Although all well-known, you can’t say that this Public Domain compilation LP contains one bad song. And after all, these songs helped Elvis to grow from “rags to riches” and move from “trailer to Graceland” (although Elvis never lived in a trailer). 


This LP is a nice novelty record with a varied and entertaining compilation, but noting any fan doesn't already have in his or her collection. The splattered vinyl, nicely presented on top of the front-cover, may draw the attention of the casual Elvis buyer. 

If the goal was to link this release to the 2022 ‘ELVIS’ biopic, I would have made some other (design) choices to emphasize the connection.  


Side A: That‘s All Right - Baby, Let‘s Play House - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Don‘t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock.

Side B: A Big Hunk O‘ Love - Stuck On You - It‘s Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Wooden Heart - Surrender - Good Luck Charm - Return To Sender - Can‘t Help Falling In Love.

The LP is available from the >>> Power Station webshop (best price).