Great post, ROR. But when you start thinking so logically and in favor of preserving the legacy and spotlighting the artistry of the man, well...just know EPE is watching.
The problem is they have no faith in the public. The fans, in their eyes, are the nutjobs who will always love Elvis and have always loved Elvis, so EPE can have their way with them. And only that select group of weirdos can ever appreciate songs that go deeper into the catalogue than this Sh!tstory collection...because, you see, they were born that way.
The rest of the record-buying public can only handle the hits. If they hear anything else, immediately that conjures to mind images of a bejeweled Vegas lounge singer who eats jelly doughnuts all day long and just says, "Uh-uh-huh" and "thankyouverymuch". Besides that, that's simply all they want to hear. After going through all the top ten hits, they never think, "Hey, I wonder what else he was doing in those years," or anything of that sort. They're content with the hits because they know that's all the music he ever made.
The Elvis story is after all: rise to fame, Army, movies, Comeback, TTWII, Aloha, death.
Not that anyone around here is jaded or anything.
Whew! I feel better. Yes, I agree totally. An expanded version of Reconsider Baby is much needed, both for the sake of the variety in the Elvis catalogue and for the blues being the most underpromoted musical genre in which Elvis excelled.