2nd to None

2nd to None

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by Elvis Presley
     
 

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The King is on a roll. The 30 #1 Hits collection was the fastest-selling album of his career, hitting Number One in 26 countries and selling over nine million copies. But there's more: 2nd to None features five more Number One hits, a heap of Presley favorites, and remixes.See more details below

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The King is on a roll. The 30 #1 Hits collection was the fastest-selling album of his career, hitting Number One in 26 countries and selling over nine million copies. But there's more: 2nd to None features five more Number One hits, a heap of Presley favorites, and remixes.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
2nd to None is the sequel to 2002's 30 #1 Hits, itself an attempt to gather Elvis' biggest number one hits on one disc -- which is quite a bit different than all of his number one hits. Elvis simply had too many chart-toppers to fit on one disc, particularly because their definition of "number one hit" was all-inclusive, spanning the globe and Billboard alike, so there were a lot of really good number one hits left behind, not to mention all the great singles -- including all of his Sun rockabilly sides -- that didn't climb their way to number one. So, it was hardly a complete collection, thereby making a companion volume like 2nd to None welcome. The only problem is, what is the criteria for this collection? Is it the number one hits that didn't make it to 30 #1 Hits? The singles that made it to number two? Other Top Ten hits? Or album tracks? All are reasonable approaches to a collection, but what the compilers have done with 2nd to None is borrow a little bit from all these approaches, winding up with a reasonably enjoyable hodgepodge of hits and anthems from his entire career. Again, the attempt to present number one hits from all countries and all charts creates more problems than it solves, raising questions like why is the lousy kitsch artifact "Rock-A-Hula Baby" here instead of better singles from either earlier or later in his career? The answer? It reached number one in the U.K. Similarly, the Sun-era "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is here instead of "Good Rocking Tonight" or "Baby Let's Play House" because it hit number one on the country charts. When the chart positions buried in the liner notes are examined, some of the questions are answered, but not all -- if this is truly supposed to be a companion introduction, showcasing Elvis at his best throughout his career, why do the compilers favor schlock to rock, choosing songs like "If I Can Dream" and "Memories," which are neither big hits nor emblematic? This instinct that pulls 2nd to None toward the middle of the road is puzzling and mildly irksome, resulting in an uneven collection, but at 30 tracks it can be easy to forgive the missteps, since much of the record consists of music that is nothing less than terrific. Also included are two "bonus tracks" -- a previously unreleased "I'm a Roustabout," which is fine but not remarkable, and Paul Oakenfold's clubtastic remix of "Rubberneckin'," an attempt to re-create the excitement of JXL's 2002 hit remix of "A Little Less Conversation" that only points out how good the previous hit was. (Side note: how are these two songs "bonus tracks" if 2nd to None has only been issued with this track listing?) It can be easy to forgive the missteps, since much of the record consists of music that is nothing less than terrific. Nevertheless, no matter how much good music both this and 30 #1 Hits offer, it's hard not to think that the execution on them could have been much better.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
As much as the CD is a forced sequel, it is also a necessary one, just as the blue album from the Beatles or the second volume of greatest hits from Bob Dylan were.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0828765110822
catalogNumber:
51108
Rank:
30105

Tracks

  1. That's All Right  - Elvis Presley
  2. I Forgot to Remember to Forget  - Elvis Presley
  3. Blue Suede Shoes  - Elvis Presley
  4. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You  - Elvis Presley
  5. Love Me  - Elvis Presley
  6. Mean Woman Blues  - Elvis Presley
  7. Loving You  - Elvis Presley
  8. Treat Me Nice  - Elvis Presley
  9. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck  - Elvis Presley
  10. King Creole  - Elvis Presley
  11. Trouble  - Elvis Presley
  12. I Got Stung  - Elvis Presley
  13. I Need Your Love Tonight  - Elvis Presley
  14. A Mess of Blues  - Elvis Presley
  15. I Feel So Bad  - Elvis Presley
  16. Little Sister  - Elvis Presley
  17. Rock-A-Hula Baby  - Elvis Presley
  18. Bossa Nova Baby  - Elvis Presley
  19. Viva Las Vegas  - Elvis Presley
  20. If I Can Dream  - Elvis Presley
  21. Memories  - Elvis Presley
  22. Don't Cry Daddy  - Elvis Presley
  23. Kentucky Rain  - Elvis Presley
  24. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me  - Elvis Presley
  25. An American Trilogy  - Elvis Presley
  26. Always on My Mind  - Elvis Presley
  27. Promised Land  - Elvis Presley
  28. Moody Blue  - Elvis Presley
  29. I'm a Roustabout  - Elvis Presley
  30. Rubberneckin'  - Elvis Presley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Vocal Harmony
Blossoms   Background Vocals
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
Ben Speer   Vocals
Brock Speer   Vocals
Gordon Stoker   Vocals
J.D. Sumner   Background Vocals
Stamps   Background Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mac Davis   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Jordanaires   Contributor
Carl Perkins   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Billy Strange   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Paul Oakenfold   Remixing
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Chris Blair   Mastering
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Liner Notes
Stan Kesler   Composer
Millie Kirkham   Contributor
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Author
David Hill   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Amigos   Contributor
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Moody Russell   Composer
Bert Carroll   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Dick Heard   Composer
Dory Jones   Composer
George Mysels   Composer
Bunny Warren   Composer
Thomas Vasquez   Creative Design
Mike Jurkovac   Creative Design

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