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10 Must-Have Elvis Albums

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With more than 70 albums to his credit, Elvis Presley had an extremely prolific career. If you want to build a collection of Elvis CDs but you don't know where to start, here is a list of some of his best albums, designed to give you an extensive sample of The King's work.

1. The Essential Elvis Presley

This is a great starter album for any Elvis fan. The Essential Elvis Presley is a two disc set of the King's greatest hits, arranged in chronological order. If you are only going to own one Elvis album, this is the one to buy.
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2. Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

A great CD for the Elvis music collector, Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis was recorded at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1974. It was Elvis' first hometown performance in 13 years.
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3. 50 Greatest Love Songs

For the hopeless romantic, Elvis' 50 Greatest Love Songs is a must have. This two disc set includes some of Elvis' most popular love songs like "Love Me Tender," "I Can't Help Falling in Love," and "Make the World Go Away."
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4. The Sun Sessions

This is a great album packed full of hits from Elvis' early career. It is definitely a must have for Elvis fans as well as fans of Memphis music.
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5. Elvis Presley

This is the 2006 re-release of Elvis' debut album, Elvis Presley. It is a two disc set that contains practice takes not included on the original 1956 album.
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6. Elvis' Christmas Album

Released in 1957, Elvis' Christmas Album is one of Elvis' most popular albums of all time. Part of its popularity undoubtedly stems from the controversy that surrounded Elvis' rendition of "White Christmas." Today, though, Elvis' Christmas Album is considered to be one of pop music's best Christmas albums.
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7. He Touched Me

He Touched Me was the last gospel album Elvis ever recorded. Unlike his very traditional previous gospel albums, this one was a bit more modern and soulful, all the while remaining distinctly Elvis-like.
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8. Elvis Ultimate Gospel

If Elvis' later gospel recordings just aren't enough, Elvis Ultimate Gospel will give you a full sampling of The King's best loved gospel songs including "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."
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9. Elvis: 30 #1 Hits (Limited Edition)

This limited edition album offers something for new Elvis fans and old collectors, alike. It is chock full of Elvis' greatest hits but also includes rehearsals and multiple takes of the hits.
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10. Moody Blue

Moody Blue was the last album that Elvis released during his lifetime. The title track was also Elvis' last #1 hit before he died. Interestingly enough, the original vinyl record was blue in color.
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