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by Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley's posthumous catalog grows ever more voluminous with this three-CD set, which collects the King's two recent hits collections -- the triple-platinum ELV1S: 30 #1 HITS and the follow-up, 2nd to None -- along with a new disc, The Story Continues, comprised of 19 Top 20


Elvis Presley's posthumous catalog grows ever more voluminous with this three-CD set, which collects the King's two recent hits collections -- the triple-platinum ELV1S: 30 #1 HITS and the follow-up, 2nd to None -- along with a new disc, The Story Continues, comprised of 19 Top 20 hits. The latter really shows the depth of his artistry as an interpretive singer in some songs that are not among his better-known efforts, a few having been relegated to movie soundtracks. But the King's sense of drama makes 1961's "Flaming Star" a cool performance of an underrated movie's title track. He's even better in drawing out the complex, unsettled feelings that could easily have been lost in the rocking arrangement of one of his best movie themes, 1962's "Follow That Dream." The powerful blues singer is on vivid display in his heated 1964 cover of an early Drifters cut, "Such a Night," and in his gritty, churning tour de force 1973 cover of James Taylor's "Steamroller Blues," one of his last great studio performances. The peerless pop stylist comes to the fore on what stand as two of his greatest singles: 1963's "One Broken Heart for Sale" (another soundtrack cut, but no obscurity this), and the winsome, ethereal gem from 1964, "Ask Me." ELV1S: 30 #1 HITS is a self-explanatory knockout; 2nd to None contains more chart-toppers (starting with 1956's classic "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You"), some powerhouse pop-blues ("Mean Woman Blues," "A Mess of Blues"), a couple of undisputed monuments in "Viva Las Vegas" and "American Trilogy," and the original (pre–Willie Nelson) version of "Always on My Mind." Great songs, great performances, and another outstanding Elvis collection. The King lives on.

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This impressive three-disc 81-track collection combines three separate Elvis Presley anthologies into a surprisingly coherent whole, beginning with 30 #1 Hits as the first disc, 2nd to None (which continues where 30 #1 Hits left off and includes Sun Records sides as well as movie soundtrack material and some live cuts) as the second, and a third disc, called The Story Continues, which adds 19 more tracks that didn't make it onto the other two discs. It's not really a history, since it isn't assembled chronologically and skips through eras and back again on a dime, but it's impossible to listen to everything here without being struck by the full force of Presley's talent, and freed from the massive cultural image that was Elvis and boiled down to just his music like this, the effect is staggering. He simply was the King. Die-hard fans will already have everything here, but folks looking for a single set that includes Presley's key Sun tracks along with his subsequent RCA hits, the best of his soundtrack work, a few live performances, and a handful of sentimental favorites will find everything they need in this three-disc package. It isn't everything, obviously, but it hits all the high points without sacrificing range, variety, or depth.

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Elvis Presley   Primary Artist

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Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Phil Coulter   Composer
Billy Strange   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Stan Kesler   Composer
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Richard Mainegra   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Kelly Owens   Composer
Artie Glenn   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Randy Starr   Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Bernie Baum   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Sid Wayne   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Bert Carroll   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Dolores Fuller   Composer
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Dick Heard   Composer
Bill Giant   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer
Dory Jones   Composer
Matt Williams   Composer
Bunny Warren   Composer
Bill Martin   Composer
Lee Rosenberg   Composer
Red West   Composer

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a collection of Elvis songs, go no further. This collection might not have all his greatest hits but pretty much covers the bases. This 3 CD set is all you need for your Elvis collection...