The liner notes describe each song and give the release date in the USA only. However from the moment I put it on I was grabbed by a force that made me drag out my old originals even a 78rpm! A new fire is burning in these excellent mixes and I wanted to listen some more. Elvis sounds gorgeous of course but D. J's drums really sparkle and there is a fantastic richness to Bill Black's double-bass that just wasn't there before. A quick comparison to "The Essential 50's Masters" along with the second track 'Don't Be Cruel' once again proves what a travesty the remastering was on that box set.
However it does also point out what an excellent job was done on the "Elvis '56" CD by Paul Brizzi but even then there was maybe a little too much noise reduction in the high frequencies. Interestingly the speed here has also been corrected making it slightly faster than any CD release, including "Elvis '56".
It sounds perfect. Recorded on the 20th Century Fox soundstage it had inherent bad tape hiss on the Master. The tape hiss is of course still poor but they have tried extremely hard and it is a vast improvement on the brutal noise reduction of the "50's Masters".
Elvis was trying his best to prove that he could sing ballads and here his vocal does have a beautiful clarity. Some fabulous moments are highlighted that I had never noticed before. Check out where he breathes and swallows after "Take me to your heart" at This ballad makes a delicious comparison to the power of 'Hound Dog'. Fontana's brush work stand out and brings a new resonance to Elvis' slapping on the back of his guitar.
By now "The 50's Masters" had improved on their remastering and there isn't such a great difference as on the tracks. The joy here is that this version runs 2. Here I have to state that the 'Binaural' "S. S" take still blows me way. There is something about the stereo version that is real dynamite.
The previous master had some very annoying peak distortion on Elvis' voice where he seemed to be overloading the microphone. The original also seemed to lack some bass and treble. Here they have cleverly corrected all of these and have produced an unsurpassable version. One has to wonder why they decided to do this at all. Were they trying to tempt us true collectors or were these takes actually better than the Masters?
And would Elvis agree? An excellent copy of this was released on the Madison import "Totally Stung" which focussed on Elvis' June session but here the sound is true mono and certainly improved upon. The emphasis of this 1's CD seems to be to make Elvis' vocal ability stand out above all and on this take it is only the uncertainty of the band that stopped it from becoming the Master. By the next take Hank Garland's guitar work was perfected and the Jordanaires had added clapping to the guitar solo.
Take 9 was to become the single. I guess the reason the producer David Bendeth chose this take is that Elvis' vocal is perfect and is actually higher in the mix. A very nice bonus for us. The original single was a splice of take 3 and 4 which means that a generation of tape quality had already been lost. This sounds just fine but the CD soon changes as we enter the sixties and the audio explodes in to stereo. By "The Essential 60's Masters" the remastering was much improved along with the original tapes that they had to work with.
However I always felt that the treble was a little too over equalised and this version is so much smoother with a fabulously clean mix and an expansive bass. Just delicious. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Stream or buy on:. Release Date September 24, Recording Date January 10, - October 29, Track Listing.
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Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. Almost In Love Elvis Presley. Let's Be Friends Elvis Presley. I Got Lucky Elvis Presley. On Stage Live Elvis Presley. C'mon Everybody Elvis Presley. He Touched Me Elvis Presley. Today Legacy Edition Elvis Presley. A Wal-Mart release had a bonus disc with Elvis' post-army interview, while a Japanese release had a bonus disc with three versions of "A Little Less Conversation".
The album opened at number one in 17 territories around the world, taking the top spot in countries including the US , the UK , Canada , France , Australia and Brazil and shipped 4. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard the week of October 12, with more than , copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the United Kingdom the album debuted at number one on October 5, with , copies sold, it stayed at the top of the chart for two weeks and remained in the top for weeks.
ELV1S: 30 1 Hits received mostly favorable reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic felt that even though the album was very good, that it still lacked a lot of good material and that several factors were working against it, such as the number of hits Elvis had and the songs that didn't make it to No.
CANOE predicted that the album would not do as well as the Beatles' 1 because almost all of the songs can be found on other collections and it is missing several definitive songs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Elvis The substitution of the is due to technical restrictions. Elvis Presley. Retrieved 22 January Retrieved July 31, Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved March 31, Retrieved July 15, Recording Industry Association of America.
Retrieved British Phonographic Industry. September 4, Retrieved October 3,This is a great version of the wonderful 30 #1 Hits album of Elvis and the bonus disc is a real plus as we get to hear the King on the outtakes and he even speaks! Not forgetting the extended version of the monster hit "Little Less Conversation."/5(27).