Little Less Conversation, A - (JXL Radio Edit Remix, radio edit remix, bonus track)
Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals); Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Charles Prescott, Millie Kirham, Sherrill Nelson, Kathy Westmoreland, Myrna Smith; The Jordanaires; The Surfers; The Sweet Inspirations; The Imperials; J.D. Sumner & The Stamps.
Producers include: Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, Chips Moman, Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley.
Compilation producer: David Bendeth.
Includes liner notes Peter Guralnick and Ernst Mikael Jorgensen.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); Myrna Smith, Charles Prescott, J.D. Sumner, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Kathy Westmoreland, The Stamps, The Sweet Inspirations, Ben Speer, Gordon Stoker, Millie Kirkham, Brock Speer (vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Bendeth; Ray Bardani.
Audio Remasterers: George Marino; Ted Jensen.
Audio Remixer: David Bendeth.
Recording information: 01/10/1956-10/29/1976.
Introduction by: Peter Guralnick.
Photographers: Alfred Wertheimer; Albert Watson .
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, 30 #1 HITS presents a career-spanning serving of the King's chart-toppers.
Dating back to "Heartbreak Hotel" (which was inspired by a suicide note printed in the Miami Herald), most of these cuts have become indelibly etched into the fabric of pop culture and each has a unique story behind it. "Love Me Tender" has its origins in the Civil War ballad "Aura Lee," "It's Now Or Never" found Elvis Americanizing the Neapolitan ballad "O Sole Mio," and "Wooden Heart" likewise was converted from a German children's song.
This Memphis native's choice of artists to cover was equally intriguing and includes Hollywood legend Al Jolson ("Are You Lonesome Tonight?"), New Orleans soul shouter Smiley Lewis ("One Night"), blues great Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog"), and country titan Hank Snow ("[Now And Then There's] A Fool Such As I"). Further testimony of Presley's long-lasting appeal is the inclusion of the JXL Radio Edit Remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a UK #1 that not only enabled Elvis to have more chart-toppers than The Beatles, but also became a hit in a number of other countries including the United States.
Rolling Stone (10/02, p.75) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The proverbial offer no one can refuse..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/27/02, pp.86-7) - "...It does the job as intended: a one-stop-shopping intro to Elvis..." - Rating: A-
Q (12/02, p.69) - Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002."
Q (10/02, p.124) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...For a single-disc summation of his life, this one is a treat..."
Uncut (12/02, p.160) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...An evocation of his career and an impressively astute assemblage....A canny introduction to the King's output..."
This is Elvis' best selling album worldwide strangely enough, strange because it was released 25 years after he died. Elvis' strength has always been in singles, not studio albums, most people have no idea about Elvis' studio albums, but everyone knows many of his songs. This compilation album is a collection of 30 of his biggest hits, but not necessarily the best since he did more than 900 songs in his career, to say he only had 30 great ones is a massive understatement since he had many, many more. However this album is a must have, it encompasses a lot for the casual Elvis listener, or those who were too young to have experienced Elvis in his prime.
41 He is the man. Elvis Presley definitely deserves the title the King of Rock & Roll and it is a title that will never be taken away from him. I like most of his songs from his upbeat ones to his more slow and heart felt songs. He is a legend that will last forever through the generations. He is the man
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