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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Bmg / Elvis
UPC:
0828765110822
catalogNumber:
51108
Rank:
4957

Tracks

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

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
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
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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2nd to None 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
E2TN is a worthy follow up to last year's smash "Elvis 30 #1 Hits. Following the formula established by last year's multi-million selling CD, E2TN contains 30 tracks that span the entire spectrum of the King's amazingly prolific career. Early hits like the revolutionary "That's Alright Mama" and a rollicking cover of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" capture the youthful innocence and unbridled passion Presley used to turn the music world on its ear in the early 1950s. The collection contains some of his better motion picture soundtrack tunes...gems like "Bossa Nova Baby," "Trouble," and "Viva Las Vegas" represent the very best of Elvis's voluminous, albeit, mediocre catalog of movie recordings. E2TN also showcases a varied selection from Presley's post-1968 Comeback era. Of the bunch, 1968's homage to Martin Luther King, "If I Can Dream" and a raucous cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" are the standouts; the former demonstrating Elvis at his emotionally charged best, the latter, effectively recalling the vitality of his early career! The CD ends on two high notes: the never before released "I'm a Roustabout" and a remixed version of the "Rubberneckin." "Roustabout" is significant because it was just recently discovered...sure, the sound quality is not the best and the lyrics are a little hokey, but hey, it's a bona fide rarity. "Rubberneckin", like last year's #1 single "A Little Less Conversation," is a heretofore obscure 1960s song masterfully remixed to reflect the music and dance tastes of the 21st Century. While some Elvis purists will no doubt find this appalling, there is no denying that this tactic perpetuates the King's legacy by introducing him to generations of new fans...every time we get into the car, my kids beg me to play the song. I highly recommend the people at BMGH continue the remix strategy, and offer the following as potential candidates for a makeover: "Patch it Up," "Long Legged Girl," "Big Boss Man," "Any Day Now," and "Fools Fall in Love." On a final note, my version of the CD contained an extra bonus two song disk that included an alternate take of "Viva Las Vegas" and a moving mid-1970s version of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." I know two other people who have purchased E2TN and neither included the bonus disk. Anyone out there shed light on this?
Guest More than 1 year ago
E2TN is a worthy follow up to last year's smash "Elvis 30 #1 Hits. Following the formula established by last year's multi-million selling CD, E2TN contains 30 tracks that span the entire spectrum of the King's amazingly prolific career. Early hits like the revolutionary "That's Alright Mama" and a rollicking cover of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" capture the youthful innocence and unbridled passion Presley used to turn the music world on its ear in the early 1950s. The collection contains some of his better motion picture soundtrack tunes...gems like "Bossa Nova Baby," "Trouble," and "Viva Las Vegas" represent the very best of Elvis's voluminous, albeit, mediocre catalog of movie recordings. E2TN also showcases a varied selection from Presley's post-1968 Comeback era. Of the bunch, 1968's homage to Martin Luther King, "If I Can Dream" and a raucous cover of Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" are the standouts; the former demonstrating Elvis at his emotionally charged best, the latter, effectively recalling the vitality of his early career! The CD ends on two high notes: the never before released "I'm a Roustabout" and a remixed version of the "Rubberneckin." "Roustabout" is significant because it was just recently discovered...sure, the sound quality is not the best and the lyrics are a little hokey, but hey, it's a bona fide rarity. "Rubberneckin", like last year's #1 single "A Little Less Conversation," is a heretofore obscure 1960s song masterfully remixed to reflect the music and dance tastes of the 21st Century. While some Elvis purists will no doubt find this appalling, there is no denying that this tactic perpetuates the King's legacy by introducing him to generations of new fans...every time we get into the car, my kids beg me to play the song. I highly recommend the people at BMGH continue the remix strategy, and offer the following as potential candidates for a makeover: "Patch it Up," "Long Legged Girl," "Big Boss Man," "Any Day Now," and "Fools Fall in Love." On a final note, my version of the CD contained an extra bonus two song disk that included an alternate take of "Viva Las Vegas" and a moving mid-1970s version of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." I know two other people who have purchased E2TN and neither included the bonus disk. Anyone out there shed light on this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago