2nd to None

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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.
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble
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.
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.

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: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 828765110822
  • Catalog Number: 51108
  • Sales rank: 638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's All Right (1:57)
  2. 2 I Forgot to Remember to Forget (2:29)
  3. 3 Blue Suede Shoes (2:00)
  4. 4 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (2:40)
  5. 5 Love Me (2:44)
  6. 6 Mean Woman Blues (2:16)
  7. 7 Loving You (2:16)
  8. 8 Treat Me Nice (2:12)
  9. 9 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (2:15)
  10. 10 King Creole (2:09)
  11. 11 Trouble (2:18)
  12. 12 I Got Stung (1:51)
  13. 13 I Need Your Love Tonight (2:06)
  14. 14 A Mess of Blues (2:41)
  15. 15 I Feel So Bad (2:55)
  16. 16 Little Sister (2:32)
  17. 17 Rock-A-Hula Baby (2:00)
  18. 18 Bossa Nova Baby (2:07)
  19. 19 Viva Las Vegas (2:25)
  20. 20 If I Can Dream (3:10)
  21. 21 Memories (3:07)
  22. 22 Don't Cry Daddy (2:47)
  23. 23 Kentucky Rain (3:19)
  24. 24 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:31)
  25. 25 An American Trilogy (4:39)
  26. 26 Always on My Mind (3:38)
  27. 27 Promised Land (2:58)
  28. 28 Moody Blue (2:49)
  29. 29 I'm a Roustabout (2:11)
  30. 30 Rubberneckin' (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Vocal Harmony
The Blossoms Background Vocals
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Myrna Smith Background Vocals
Ben Speer Vocals
Brock Speer Vocals
Gordon Stoker Vocals
J.D. Sumner Background Vocals
The Stamps Background Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Charlie Feathers Composer
The 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
Los 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
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    2nd to None

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    2nd to None

    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?

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    Posted December 28, 2009

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