Elvis #1 Singles

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The repackaging of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's extensively anthologized catalog goes into high-concept mode on this attractive box of ostensibly chart-topping singles. Remastered by the estimable Vic Anesini, the 20 CDs are pressed on black plastic with faux vinyl grooves and packaged in facsimiles of the sleeves used in the original releases, including the drab red-and-gray RCA Victor paper sleeves that housed Elvis's first two singles, (The picture sleeve came into its own with the late-'56 release of "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel," the only double-sided chart-topper among Presley's voluminous 45 releases.) Liner notes by Colin Escott provide the authoritative ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
The repackaging of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's extensively anthologized catalog goes into high-concept mode on this attractive box of ostensibly chart-topping singles. Remastered by the estimable Vic Anesini, the 20 CDs are pressed on black plastic with faux vinyl grooves and packaged in facsimiles of the sleeves used in the original releases, including the drab red-and-gray RCA Victor paper sleeves that housed Elvis's first two singles, (The picture sleeve came into its own with the late-'56 release of "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel," the only double-sided chart-topper among Presley's voluminous 45 releases.) Liner notes by Colin Escott provide the authoritative backstory of each single's release, and everything's safely tucked away in a sturdy red box. Although, as noted above, Elvis had only one double-sided No. 1, the B-sides of many of these singles offer performances that enhanced the appeal of the A-side, many of them among the finest the King ever committed to tape: the beautiful ballad reading of "Loving You" (B-side of "Teddy Bear," the title song from his second film); the swaggering treatment of the salty "Mess of the Blues" (B-side of the post-Army five-week No. 1 juggernaut, "It's Now or Never"); and the ethereal, gripping reading of "Where Do You Come From," the obscure flip side to 1962's "Return to Sender" (which, like "In the Ghetto" and "Burning Love," is presented here as a No. 1 single, but none of these made it to that exalted plateau, peaking, respectively, at No. 2, 3, and 2). The box looks good on the shelf, the notes and sessionography are reliable, and the music still sounds great. If some of these were not really chart-toppers, well, by God, they should have been.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
CD replicas of original singles and EPs from the '50s and '60s have been a hot item in collectors' circles since the latter half of the '90s, yet they remain a rather bewildering item to a wider audience. After all, for listeners who don't fetishize original packaging -- the photo sleeves, the shifting logos on the label -- it's hard to grasp the purpose of a set that contains 40 songs spread out over 20 discs, as they are on Elvis #1 Singles, a set that rounds up 20 of the King's chart-topping hits and serves them up as two-track CDs, complete with original B-sides and artwork. This, to put it mildly, doesn't make for easy listening: most of the CDs clock in at roughly four to five minutes, which means even a full five-disc multi-disc player would need to be reloaded after 20-25 minutes. But listening isn't the point of sets like these: nostalgia is, and on that level this set is a success. Each of the individual sleeves is appealing -- occasionally, there are some subtle differences from the original artwork these changes are acknowledged in the liner notes, where it's stated that legal reasons necessitated these changes, but the graphics are bright and the cardboard sleeves, while not thick, feel relatively sturdy. There's a booklet with a solid essay by Colin Escott, plus original release and chart information for all 20 singles, and there's a bonus poster of all 20 pictures sleeves as well. So, as packaging, Elvis #1 Singles is very good, filling all the basic requirements of this kind of collector-bait set, even if it doesn't quite wind up as an outright home run: frankly, there's not enough variety in the individual single artwork -- it's almost all portraits of Elvis, either smiling or serious -- to make this a truly noteworthy set for those who aren't already die-hard Elvis fans. But there are plenty of those diehards out there -- both in America, where this set was released, and in the U.K., where a series of CD single reissues was so successful in 2005 that it inspired this 2006 box -- and those diehards looking for creative repackaging to justifying buying the same hits yet again will find this an attractive set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • UPC: 828767544724
  • Catalog Number: 75447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heartbreak Hotel (2:10)
  2. 2 I Was the One (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (0:30)
  2. 2 My Baby Left Me (2:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hound Dog (2:05)
  2. 2 Don't Be Cruel (2:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Love Me Tender (0:32)
  2. 2 Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) (2:13)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Too Much (2:35)
  2. 2 Playing for Keeps (2:52)
Disc 6
  1. 1 All Shook Up (2:00)
  2. 2 That's When Your Heartaches Begin (3:22)
Disc 7
  1. 1 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1:49)
  2. 2 Loving You (2:13)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Jailhouse Rock (0:26)
  2. 2 Treat Me Nice (2:11)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Don't (0:58)
  2. 2 I Beg of You (1:53)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Hard Headed Woman (1:57)
  2. 2 Don't Ask Me Why (2:06)
Disc 11
  1. 1 A Big Hunk O' Love (2:15)
  2. 2 My Wish Came True (2:35)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Stuck on You (2:21)
  2. 2 Fame and Fortune (2:30)
Disc 13
  1. 1 It's Now or Never (0:37)
  2. 2 A Mess of Blues (2:40)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (0:55)
  2. 2 I Gotta Know (2:14)
Disc 15
  1. 1 Surrender (1:56)
  2. 2 Lonely Man (2:46)
Disc 16
  1. 1 Good Luck Charm (0:24)
  2. 2 Anything That's Part of You (2:04)
Disc 17
  1. 1 Return to Sender (2:09)
  2. 2 Where Do You Come From (2:08)
Disc 18
  1. 1 In the Ghetto (2:48)
  2. 2 Any Day Now (2:59)
Disc 19
  1. 1 Suspicious Minds (0:33)
  2. 2 You'll Think of Me (4:00)
Disc 20
  1. 1 Burning Love (2:53)
  2. 2 A Matter of Time (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
D.J. Fontana Drums
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Mac Davis Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Mark James Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Hal Blair Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Wally Gold Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Bernie Lowe Composer
Kal Mann Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Kelly Owens Composer
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Lou Kosloff Composer
Chris Woehrle Art Direction
Claude Demetrius Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Lou Handman Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Ruth Batchelor Composer
Joseph DiMuro Executive Producer
Clive Westlake Composer
Cliff Owens Composer
Matt Williams Composer
Bill Peppers Composer
William Raskin Composer
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