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50 Worldwide Gold Hits: Volume 1, Parts 1 & 2
Genres: Pop, Rock
Apart from the various box sets, this two-disc set remains the best basic overview of Elvis Presley's RCA career, spanning every hit single from 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel" through 1970's "Kentucky Rain," which was a hit at ... more »
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Apart from the various box sets, this two-disc set remains the best basic overview of Elvis Presley's RCA career, spanning every hit single from 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel" through 1970's "Kentucky Rain," which was a hit at the time of this collection's original release. In the days of vinyl, this was considered one of the first box sets--featuring four albums--and even in 1970, the range of styles successfully covered by the King was overwhelming, from pure rock & roll to ancient pop standards ("Are You Lonesome Tonight"); from his "modern" take on country & western ("A Fool Such As I") to outright opera ("It's Now or Never"). This remains a great place to begin for Elvis novices. --Bill Holdship
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The King Of Rock N' Roll
Thomas Yan Ong | Azusa, CA | 11/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've listened to Elvis sing since I was a babe. My father was and still is a die hard Elvis fan. Naturally, I too learned, very quickly, to love Elvis's music. You can say I grew up with this stuff. This double CD album of greatest hits really defines what makes Elvis Presley one of the greatest entertainers of all time. The first disc contains Elvis's music before his army days not including the last two songs. The rock n' roll rebel is underlined in this disc with edgy love ballads like "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Was The One", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" and "Any Way You Want Me" to upbeat dance tracks like "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", and "Hard Headed Woman". The first disc is what rock n' roll is all about. A great addition to the first disc at the end of the disc is "Crying In The Chapel" that underlines his Christian faith. This song serves to tell us that even if Elvis was a force to be reckoned with, he was still a religious man with personal convictions. The second disc are songs after his army days up to his untimely death. The songs in it are more main stream that probably expanded his audience from screaming teenage fans to the general public. It features songs before his 'movie career' with songs like "Stuck On You" (my personal favorite)and "It's Now Or Never" to music during his movie days with songs like "Can't Help Falling In Love", "Return To Sender", and "Kissin' Cousins", and after his movie days with his return to his country roots and being a full time singer again with songs like "Don't Cry Daddy", "Kentucky Rain", and "Suspicious Minds". This two disc compilation really shows us the transition of his music and it redefines to us what makes this man 'The King of Rock N' Roll'."
If You Can Only Buy One Elvis CD, Get This One!
Antoinette Klein | Hoover, Alabama USA | 12/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for the Bible on Early Elvis, this is it. The greatest compilation of his hits from the 50's to the 70's, from the soulful "Heartbreak Hotel" to the stand up and dance "Jailhouse Rock" to the wistful "Suspicious Minds," this CD covers Elvis like no other. If you grew up while Elvis was in his prime, this will evoke memories long buried. This is truly the soundtrack of your youth with "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," "Teddy Bear," and more. Fifty great classic Elvis tunes and, as a bonus, there is Elvis speaking during interviews as he was entering the Army.A must for every Elvis fan and a definite need for any fan of 50s and 60s music."
50 Worldwide Gold Award HIts
Mike Kurosky | Ft. Worth, Texas USA | 11/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the stuff that made him King ! This is the music to start any beginner with. If you don't like this you will never like Elvis."