Monday, 16 July 2018

Elvis Presley - Elv1s 30 Number One Hits


Number one hits from 1956-1976

What can one really say about one of the biggest recording artists that ever walked the earth, probably the biggest? This is an excellent compilation of 30 of his number one hits spanning his career from 1956 to 1976. The sound is remastered and outstanding. The ones before 1960 are in superb mono (check out the full, bassy sound on “Jailhouse Rock”) and the rest in very impressive stereo. The stereo starts at "Stuck On You", and, considering these recordings are from the early 1960s, the stereo is truly outstanding. Great clarity and excellent bass reproduction.

Regarding the music, for me, it is the early rock ’n’ roll material that is my favourite along with some of the late sixties early seventies stuff. The immediately post Army period “easy listening” material - “It’s Now Or Never”, “Wooden Heart” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight” are my least favourites.

Rather than talk about them track by track, my own personal favourites are:- “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hound Dog”, “Teddy Bear”, “All Shook Up”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hard Headed Woman”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “In The Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds” and “Burning Love”. Despite this being the number ones, I actually find that a lot of my preferred Elvis tracks can be found on the “2nd To None” compilation of songs that reached number two, “King Creole”, “American Trilogy” and “Promised Land” immediately spring to mind, among others.


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