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It's Now Or Never
It's Now Or Never
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5.0 out of 5 stars “...It's Now Or Never…” – 18 UK No.1’s by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18 x CD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: It's Now Or Never (Audio CD)
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Released January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight
A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight
Offered by Gopher-It
Price: £1.75

5.0 out of 5 stars "...A Fool Such As I..." - 18 UK No.1's by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18 x CD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Released January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


One Night
One Night
Offered by ** Good4Books UK ** !!! SALE !!!
Price: £0.38

5.0 out of 5 stars "...One Night Of Sin..." - 18 UK No.1's by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18 x CD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: One Night (Audio CD)
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Released January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


Rocks
Rocks
Price: £14.77

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Real Wild Child..." - Jerry Rocks by JERRY LEE LEWIS (2006 Bear Family CD Remasters), 30 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Rocks (Audio CD)
It's hardly surprising to find the original wild man of Rock 'n' Roll in the first vanguard of Bear Family's (now) definitive "Rocks" Series - he was there after all in the beginning and is still around today. And when this CD was first issued in early 2006 - Bear Family had only 8 other artists in their "Rocks" series - as of 2015 they've over 50. Here are the greats balls of fire...

Released March 2006 in Germany - "Jerry Rocks" is on Bear Family BCD 16396 AR (Barcode 4000127163967) and breaks down as follows (79:48 minutes):

1. Real Wild Child (Wild One) (April 1958 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the October 1975 UK LP "Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano" on Charly CR 300 002)
2. Lewis Boogie (1957 USA 7" single on Sun 301, A)
3. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On (1957 USA 7" single on Sun 267, A)
4. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (1957 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the 1971 US LP "Monsters" on Sun Records LP 124)
5. End Of The Road (1957 USA 7" single on Sun 259, B-side of "Crazy Arms")
6. Great Balls Of Fire (1957 USA 7" single on Sun 281, A)
7. Milkshake Mademoiselle (1958 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the April 1973 UK LP "Sun Rockabillys: Put Your Cat Clothes On" on Sun Records 6467 025)
8. Mean Woman Blues (Track 1, Side 1 of the 1957 US "Great Balls Of Fire" 4-Track EP on Sun Records EPA 107)
9. Put Me Down (1958 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the 1983 UK 12LP Box Set "The Sun Years" on Sun Record Company SUN BOX 102)
10. Jailhouse Rock (February/March 1958 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the 1971 US LP "Monsters" on Sun Records LP 124)
11. Pink Pedal Pushers (as per 10)
12. Good Rockin' Tonight (February/March 1958 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the 1983 UK 12LP Box Set "The Sun Years" on Sun Record Company SUN BOX 102)
13. Breathless (1958 USA 7" single on Sun 288, A)
14. Ubangi Stomp (from the 1958 US LP "Jerry Lee Lewis" on Sun Records SLP 1230)
15. High School Confidential (1958 USA 7" single on Sun 296, A)
16. Lovin' Up A Storm (1959 USA 7" single on Sun 317, A)
17. Little Queenie (1959 USA 7" single on Sun 330, A)
18. Keep Your Hands Off Of It/Birthday Cake (January 1960 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the UK 1987 LP "Keep Your Hands Off Of It!" on Zu Zazz Z-2003)
19. Old Black Joe (January 1960 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the UK 1988 LP "Don't Drop It! Previously Unissued Sun Sessions Volume 2" on Zu Zazz Z-2004)
20. What'd I Say (June 1960 Sam Phillips recording, first appearance on the 1983 UK 12LP Box Set "The Sun Years" on Sun Record Company SUN BOX 102)
21. I'm On Fire (1964 USA 7" single on Smash 1886, A)
22. Maybelline (from the 1965 USA LP "The Return Of Rock!" on Smash SRS 67063)
23. I Believe In You (1965 USA 7" single on Smash 1969, B-side of "Baby Hold Me Close")
24. Roll Over Beethoven (1969 USA 7" single on Smash S-2254, A - credited to Linda Gail Lewis & Jerry Lee Lewis)
25. Workin' Man Blues (from the 1970 US LP "She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye" on Smash Records SRS 67128)
26. Sweet Georgia Brown (from the 1971 US LP "There Must Be More To Love Than This" on Smash Records SR-61323)
27. Chantilly Lace (1972 USA 7" single on Mercury M 73273, A)
28. Me And Bobby McGhee (1971 USA 7" single on Mercury M 73248, B-side of "Would You Take Another Chance On Me")
29. Down The Line (from the US 1973 2LP set "The Session" on Mercury SRM-2-803)
30. Boogie Woogie Country Girl (1975 USA 7" single on Mercury M 73685, A)
31. The House Of Blue Lights (1975 Mercury recording - first appearance on the 1989 2LP/1CD set "Killer: The Mercury Years Volume III 1973-1977" on Mercury 836 941-2)
32. Don't Boogie Woogie (When You Say Your Prayers Tonight) (1976 USA 7" single on Mercury M 73763, A)
33. Tennessee Saturday Night (from the 1977 US LP "country Memories" on Mercury SRM-1-5004)

The 40-page detached booklet features liner notes (up to Page 28) by the award-winning writer and musicologist COLIN ESCOTT who waxes lyrical about the Ferriday Fireball's originality and his astounding abundance of humility (yikes). The ARI BASS Discography starts on Page 29 (finishes Page 38) and covers only the 33 songs contained on the CD. In that infuriating way professional discographies are laid out - it unfortunately doesn't tell you what catalogue number refers to what - so you have to look that up for yourself (which I've done for you above). There are some fantastic classic shots of The Killer in his suit doing ungodly things to a piano (colour shot in the centre pages) but oddly for a Bear reissue there's no 45's, EPs or LPs pictured anywhere. Not surprisingly the CD itself has his signature "Great Balls Of Fire" 45 (Sun 231) repro'd on it (and the same on the sleeve beneath the see-through tray). JURGEN CRASSER - who did such great work on "Blowing The Fuse" and "Sweet Soul Music" sets (30 compilations in all) - has done the remastering and its exemplary - full of life on the notoriously low-fi Sun recordings.

Proceedings open with a mission statement - the pumping piano of "Real Wild Child (The Wild One)" - a 1958 Sun recording that first saw the light of day in the UK on a 1975 Charly LP. All the Fifties classics are here - "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee", "Breathless", "High School Confidential" and of course the Number 3 smash "Great Balls Of Fire". His cover of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" hit Number 30 in 1961. He gives Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonight" and Carl Perkins' "Pink Pedal Pushers" his distinctive piano going over - but far better are his covers of Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" and "Maybelline" - one from the Fifties Sun period (in Mono) and the other from the Sixties Smash Records period (in Stereo). Both are loaded with that old time Rock 'n' Roll spirit - genuinely exciting stuff. The same applies to the split vocals on a fast and rocking "Roll Over Beethoven" with Linda Gail Lewis.

And the disc doesn't fizzle out either - his boogie-woogie version of Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" is excellent while he even charted his piano -rolling version of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGhee" in 1972 (it rose to Number 40 on the American pop charts). Roy Orbison's "Down The Line" is great as is his cover of the 1946 Freddie Slack and Ella Mae Morse's rocking "The House Of Blue Lights" - giving it some cool piano soloing. It ends of two very well produced tunes - the witty "Don't Boogie Woogie (When You Say Your Prayers Tonight)" where his doctor advises against a life of alcohol and cigar excess (I'm not sure he listened) - and a countrified boogie "Tennessee Saturday Night" (a Billy Hughes cover).

"Come on over baby...whole lotta shakin' goin' on..." - too damn right!

PS: The "Rocks" Series by Bear Family features the following artists:
1. Chuck Berry [see REVIEW]
2. Pat Boone
3. Johnny Burnette [see REVIEW]
4. The Cadillacs
5. Eddie Cochran
6. Bobby Darin
7. Fats Domino
8. The Drifters
9. Duane Eddy
10. Connie Francis
11. Don Gibson
12. Glen Glenn
13. Bill Haley
14. Roy Hall
15. Slim Harpo [see REVIEW]
16. Dale Hawkins
17. Ronnie Hawkins
18. Screamin' Jay Hawkins [see REVIEW]
19. Wanda Jackson [see REVIEW]
20. Sonny James
21. Buddy Knox & Jimmy Bowen with the Rhythm Orchids
22. Sleepy LaBeef
23. Brenda Lee
24. Jerry Lee Lewis [see REVIEW]
25. Smiley Lewis [see REVIEW]
26. Little Richard
27. Bob Luman [see REVIEW]
28. Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
29. Carl Mann
30. Amos Milburn [see REVIEW]
31. Ella Mae Morse [see REVIEW]
32. Ricky Nelson
33. Carl Perkins
34. Roy Orbison
35. Lloyd Price
36. Louis Prima
37. Piano Red (aka Dr. Feelgood) [see REVIEW]
38. Charlie Rich [see REVIEW]
39. Marty Robbins
40. Jack Scott
41. Shirley & Lee
42. The Treniers
43. Big Joe Turner [see REVIEW]
44. Conway Twitty
45. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
46. Rusty York

The Bear Family "Rockin' Rollin'" Series features:

1. Johnny Horton
2. Marvin Rainwater
3. Marty Robbins Vol.1
4. Marty Robbins Vol.2
5. Marty Robbins Vol.3


Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock
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Price: £1.22

5.0 out of 5 stars "...Jailhouse Rock..." - 18 UK No.1's by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18 x CD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Jailhouse Rock (Audio CD)
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Released January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


All Shook Up
All Shook Up
Price: £18.31

5.0 out of 5 stars "...All Shook Up..." - 18 UK No.1's by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18 x CD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: All Shook Up (Audio CD)
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Released January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


18 UK No. 1's [Complete Box]
18 UK No. 1's [Complete Box]
Price: £159.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Everybody Let's Rock..." - 18 UK No.1's by ELVIS PRESLEY (2005 Complete 18xCD Singles Box Set), 30 Jan. 2015
RCA began 2005 with a big bang for British Presley fans - weekly releases of 3-track 10" Vinyl and 5" CD singles covering all eighteen of The King's UK Numbers ones. I can remember buying them one a week at £3.99 each (supposedly limited editions). The presentation and audio was top notch and by 25 April 2005 (Number 18) - the complete box set could be proudly displayed on my shelf at home. Here are the details for each UK CD single reissue and the 'complete' box set...

Releaed January 2005 - "18 UK No 1s" is a 18 x CD Single Collector's Box Set on RCA 828766665628 (Barcode the same) and breaks down as follows:

1. All Shook Up b/w That's When Your Heartaches Begin
USA 7" single 22 March 1957 on RCA Victor 47-6870
UK 7" single 28 June 1957 on HMV Pop 359
CD single reissued 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876666562
CD bonus (track 3) "Heartbreak Hotel" (7:32 minutes)

2. Jailhouse Rock b/w Treat Me Nice
USA 7" single on 24 September 1957 on RCA Victor 47-7035
UK 7" single 24 January 1958 on RCA Records 45-RCA-1028
CD single reissue 3 January 2005 on RCA 82876667152
CD bonus (track 3) "Treat Me Nice (Movie Version)" (6:51 minutes)

3. One Night b/w I Got Stung
USA 7" single 21 October 1958 on RCA Victor 47-7410
UK 7" single 24 April 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1100
CD single reissue 10 January 2005 on 82876666682
CD bonus (track 3) "One Night Of Sin" (7:03 minutes)

4. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I b/w I Need Your Love Tonight
USA 7" single 10 March 1959 on RCA Victor 47-7506
UK 7" single 23 January 1959 on RCA 45-RCA-1113
CD single reissue 17 January 2005 on RCA 82876666582
CD bonus (track 3) "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (Alternate Version)" (7:27 minutes)

5. It's Now Or Never b/w A Mess Of Blues
USA 7" single 5 July 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7777
It's Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) b/w Make Me Know It
UK 7" single 3 November 1960 on RCA 45-RCA-1207
CD single reissue 24 January 2005 on RCA82876666592
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "A Mess Of Blues" (8:01 minutes)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? b/w I Gotta Know
USA 7" single 1 November 1960 on RCA Victor 47-7810
UK 7" single 19 January 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1216
CD single reissue 31 January 2005 on RCA 82876666602
CD bonus (track 3) "Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)" (8:20 minutes)

7. Wooden Heart b/w Puppet On A String
USA 7" single November 1964 on RCA Victor 447-0650
Wooden Heart b/w Tonight Is Right For Love
UK 7" single 9 March 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1226
CD single reissue 7 February 2005 on RCA 82876666612
CD bonus (track 3) is the US B-side "Puppet On A String" (7:01 minutes)
PS: the song was a belated release in the USA - didn't appear until 1964

8. Surrender b/w Lonely Man
USA 7" single 7 February 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7850
Surrender (Torna A Surriento) b/w Lonely Man
UK 7" single 25 May 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1227
CD single reissued 14 February 2005 on RCA 82876666692
CD bonus (track 3) is "Lonely Man (Solo)" (6:43 minutes)

9. His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
USA 7" single 8 August 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7908
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame b/w Little Sister
UK 7" single 2 November 1961 on RCA 45-RCA-1258
CD single reissue 21 February 2005 on RCA 82876666702
CD bonus (track 3) "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Alternate Version)" (6:45 minutes)

10. Rock-A-Hula Baby ("Twist Special") b/w Can't Help Falling In Love
USA 7" single 1 October 1961 on RCA Victor 47-7968
UK 7" single 1 February 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1270
CD single reissue 28 February 2005 on RCA 82876666732
CD bonus (track 3) "Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version)" (6:56 minutes)

11. Good Luck Charm b/w Anything's That Part Of You
USA 7" single 27 February 1962 on RCA Victor 47-7992
UK 7" single 10 May 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1280
CD single reissue 7 March 2005 on RCA 82876666752
CD bonus (track 3) "Good Luck Charm (Alternate Version)" (7:03 minutes)

12. She's Not You b/w Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello
USA 7" single 17 July 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8041
UK 7" single 30 August 1962 on RCA 45-RCA 1303
CD single reissue 14 March 2005 on RCA 82876666762
CD bonus (track 3) "She's Not You (Alternate Version)" (6:46 minutes)

13. Return To Surrender b/w Where Do You Come From
USA 7" single 5 September 1962 on RCA Victor 47-8100
UK 7" single 29 November 1962 on RCA 45-RCA-1320
CD single reissue 21 March 2005 on RCA 82876666772
CD bonus (track 3) "Girls, Girls, Girls" (6:53 minutes)

14. (You're The) Devil In Disguise b/w Please Don't Drag That String Around
USA 7" single July 1963 on RCA Victor 47-8188
UK 7" single 4 July 1963 on RCA Victor RCA 1355
CD single reissue 28 March 2005 on RCA 82876666782
CD bonus (track 3) "You're The) Devil In Disguise (Alternate Version)" (7:55 minutes)

15. Crying In The Chapel b/w I Believe In The Man In The Sky
USA 7" single April 1965 on RCA Victor 447-0643
UK 7" single 27 May 1965 on RCA Victor RCA 1455
CD single reissue 4 April 2005 on RCA 82876666802
CD bonus (track 3) "Milky White Way" (7:13 minutes)
Note: although not noted on the card sleeve or inner bag - the CD itself credits the bonus track as (Alternate Take 3) of "Milky White Way"

16. The Wonder Of You b/w Mama Liked The Roses
USA 7" single 20 April 1970 on RCA Victor 47-9835
UK 7" single 11 July 1970 on RCA Victor RCA 1974
CD single reissue 11 April 2005 on RCA 82876666812
CD bonus (track 3) "Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)" (8:56 minutes)

17. Way Down b/w Pledging My Love
USA 7" single 6 June 1977 on RCA Victor PB-10998
UK 7" single 13 August 1977 on RCA Victor PB 0998
CD single reissue 18 April 2005 on RCA 82876666822
CD bonus (track 3) "Way On Down (Alternate Version)" (8:38 minutes)

18. A Little Less Conversation (Radio Edit) b/w (Long Version)
USA 7" single June 2002 on RCA 07863-60575-7
UK 12" single 22 June 2002 on RCA 74321 94357 1
CD single (2-track) reissue 25 April 2005 on RCA 82876666832 (9:45 minutes)
Note: Both sides are Elvis VS JXL Remixes of an old 1970s song

For a Box set that's specifically titled `UK' Numbers ones to then picture all the `US' sleeves is bizarre if you think about it - but of course early British 45s on HMV and RCA simply came in label bags which aren't that picturesque. In a nod to the `UK' buyers of these 18 reissues when you take the inner card sleeve out that houses the actual CD - it's a repro of a UK RCA Records label bag and the disc has the original British catalogue numbers reflected on the disc (45-RCA-1028 for "Jailhouse Rock" etc). When you get to "The Wonder Of You" the inner bags change from Red Sixties to Yellow Seventies (as do the CD labels). The release dates of all the UK singles are even printed on the inner lip of the box set's lid - working their way round from front to back - and all 18 pictures sleeves are shown on the base of the box in colour.
Each of the outer card sleeves (which picture the America releases and track configurations) are in high gloss colour (beautiful it has to be said) and the limited edition numbers seem to increase as the weeks of 2005 passed by - 15,000 for first few - then upwards to 30,000 for later issues. And indicative of his staggering popularity - "Jailhouse Rock", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all went to Number 1 again in early 2005 in the UK on the strength of this reissue campaign.

Once all 18 were collected they were put in your hard card box set that came free with "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock" on 3 January 2005. The box set itself (numbered on the rear) simply takes the catalogue number for "All Shook Up" 82876666562 and adds an 8 onto the end of it. And in 2015 - you can now often get "The Complete Box" for less than fifteen pounds from some online retailers - which is damn good value for money.

But what many have forgotten is the awesome AUDIO on these releases - most are in MONO and the sound quality is hair-raisingly good. And in most cases - the extra bonus track is actually worth having. But it must also be said that for every classic like "Jailhouse Rock", "Return To Sender" and "Crying In The Chapel" - dreck rears its ugly head too. For me three stinkers are the awful puppet tune "Wooden Heart" (which didn't get a Stateside release until 1964 for fear of ruining his Rocker image), the cod Hawaiian twist of "Rock-A-Hula" and the live bombast of "The Wonder Of You". But the first two are saved by decent B-sides - especially the magnificent and (damn it) moving "Can't Help Falling In Love" (which is hard to believe now was originally a flip side and not the A). Speaking of excellent B-sides there's the completely forgotten piano ballad "Anything's That Part Of You" and that other fabulous Pomus/Shuman composition "Little Sister" complimenting their winner on the A ("His Latest Flame").

Gorgeous presentation, quality audio and a fitting way to remember him as we would like... The King folks...


Street Corner Symphonies Volume 7: 1955 -Digi-
Street Corner Symphonies Volume 7: 1955 -Digi-
Price: £12.85

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Adorable..." - Street Corner Symphonies Volume 7: 1955 by VARIOUS ARTISTS (2012 Bear Family CD Remasters), 29 Jan. 2015
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Hot on the heels of their definitive "Blowing The Fuse" and "Sweet Soul Music" CD Series (15 volumes to each genre of R'n'B and Soul) comes their Vocal Group attack - 15 discs spanning 1939 to 1963. Volumes 1 to 10 hit the shops in 2012 and the last five in the spring of 2013. And while critics will argue that Vocal Group music has already been done to death by Rhino (3 x 4CD Box Sets across the decades) and a mountain of other cheapo labels taking advantage of the 50-year copyright law - this is the first time someone reputable (other than Rhino) have had a go - and typically these Bear Family CDs are gorgeous in all the right places - presentation and audio. Here are the Fools in Love down at Smokey Joe's Café...

Released October 2012 in Germany - "Street Corner Symphonies Volume 7: 1955" on Bear Family BCD 17285 AR (Barcode 4000127172853) breaks down as follows (I've provided American single catalogue numbers on all tracks - 88:26 minutes):

1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - THE TEENAGERS featuring FRANKIE LYMON (Gee GG-1002)
2. Most Of All - THE MOONGLOWS (Chess 1589)
3. Speedo - THE CADILLACS/JESSE POWELL ORCHESTRA (Josie 785)
4. Close Your Eyes - THE FIVE KEYS (Capitol F 3032)
5. At My Front Door - THE EL DORADOS (Vee Jay VJ-147)
6. Adorable - THE COLTS (Vita V-112)
7. What'Cha Gonna Do - CLYDE McPHATTER and THE DRIFTERS (Atlantic 1055)
8. Story Untold - THE NUTMEGS (Herald H-452)
9. Only You (And You Alone) - THE PLATTERS (Mercury 70633)
10. Don't Change Your Pretty Ways - THE MIDNIGHTERS (Federal 12243)
11. Lonely Nights - THE HEARTS with AL SEARS ORCHESTRA (Baton 208)
12. When You Dance - THE TURBANS (Herald H-458)
13. Got The Water Boiling - THE REGALS (Atlantic 1062)
14. The Way You Dog Me Around - THE DIABLOS featuring NOLAN STRONG (Fortune 518)
15. Chop Chop Boom - THE DANDELIERS/DALLAS TAYLOR Vocalist (States S-147)
16. Soldier Boy - THE FOUR FELLOWS/ABIE BAKER ORCHESTRA (Glory 234)
17. Come Back My Love - THE WRENS (Rama 65)
18. Why Don't You Write Me - THE JACKS (RPM 428)
19. Witchcraft - THE SPIDERS (Imperial X 5366, B-side of "Is It True?")
20. Life Is But A Dream - THE HARPTONES (Paradise 101)
21. Smokey's Joe Café - THE ROBINS (Spark 122 and Atco 6059)
22. Smoke From Your Cigarette - THE MELLOWS featuring LILLIAN LEACH (Jay-Dee 797)
23. You Tickle Me Baby - THE ROYAL JOKERS with Orchestra (Atco 6052)
24. Heaven And Paradise - DON JULIAN and THE MEADOWLARKS (DooTone 359)
25. You Baby You - THE CLEFTONES/JIMMY WRIGHT & His Orchestra (Gee GG-1000)
26. Burn That Candle - THE CUES (Capitol F 3245)
27. It Wasn't A Lie - THE FI-TONES QUINTETTE (Atlas 1051)
28. Rollin' Stone - THE MARIGOLDS (Excello 2057)
29. Newly Wed - THE ORCHIDS (Parrot 815)
30. Zindy Lou - THE CHIMES (Specialty 555, B-side of "Tears On My Pillow")
31. Lily Maebelle - THE VALENTINES (Rama RR-171)
32. The Door Is Still Open - THE CARDINALS (Atlantic 1054)
33. Red Hots And Chili Mac - THE MOROCCOS/Vocal by Ralph Vernon (United U-193)
[Note: Track 10 by THE MIDNIGHTERS is co-written by and features Hank Ballard]

The 84-page non-detachable booklet is a feast of indepth liner notes on each release by Grammy-winning writer and lifelong fan BILL DAHL. Let's put it this way - there's a 'Photo Captions' index on Page 83 that tells who's who in the black and white publicity shots that accompany most (not all) of the photos. It actually lists the singer's names - who else but Bear would do this? There are cool trade adverts from 1955 peppering the text and some of those rare American 45 labels are even pictured in colour (Rama, Vita, Mercury, Parrot, Imperial, States, Atco, Specialty and Herald). The CD repros the rare "The Door is Open" 45 on Atlantic by The Cardinals (a Chuck Willis song) and the spine makes up a single photograph of the series name when you line up all 15 volumes alongside each other on a shelf. Long-standing and trusted names like Walter DeVenne and Billy Vera have been involved and MARCUS HEUMANN did the superb mastering. The sources (as you can imagine) differ wildly and can at times be crude - but the sound quality to my ears is improved on everything I've heard before. Some of these cuts are amazing in their clarity - especially the Atlantic and DooTone sides. Rarities include The Orchids ($400.00), Don Julian and The Meadowlarks ($200.00), The Valentines ($200.00), The Wrens ($150.00), The Harptones ($150.00, The Fi-Tones Quintette ($100.00) and many more.

In between the ballads and crooners you get wicked Fifties R 'n' B dancers like the "cooking your goose" song by The Regals ("Got The Water Boiling") and "the spell's on me now" tune by The Spiders ("Witchcraft"). Another dancer is the guitar-driven "Don't Change Your Pretty Ways" with Hank Ballard giving it some "baby please" vocals out front. I've never heard the zippy "Red Hots And Chili Mac" or the frantic "At My Front Door" by The Moroccos and The El Dorados but they're tight. Mid-tempo tunes include "Chop Chop Boom" by The Dandeliers and The Colts accurate cover of "Adorable" (originally a hit for The Drifters) while vocal group magic comes in the shape of The Moonglows, The Diablos, The Cardinals (what a tune) and the lovely Lillian Leach vocal on "Smoke From Your Cigarette" - a bluesy lounge lizard. Purists will love the gorgeous and classy "It Wasn't A lie" by the obscure Fi-Tones Quintette - as good as example as you can get of a Street Corner Symphony. Even the overly familiar "Only You (And You Alone" sounds fresh - very nicely done.

Niggles - they're too expensive as singles discs and perhaps they should have been doubles because real collectors will have more than a few titles on offer here. Bear Family will argue 'but not in this sound quality or presentation' - and they'd have a point. Having said all of that - what is actually on here is fabulous stuff and given to us with love and affection by a company that cares about voices that would be forgotten without them. Gold standard as always from Bear...


The Singles Volume 1: 1956-1960
The Singles Volume 1: 1956-1960

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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Please, Please, Please..." - The Singles Volume 1: The Federal Years 1956-1960 by JAMES BROWN (2006 Hip-O Select Remasters), 29 Jan. 2015
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A million miles removed from his Sixties Soul and Seventies Funk - this gorgeously produced and presented 2CD set concentrates on the beginning - James Brown And His Famous Flames as a Rhythm 'n' Blues belter (his first 19 singles). Here are the drop-to-your-knees details...

US released 26 September 2006 - "The Singles Volume 1: The Federal Years 1956-1960" by JAMES BROWN is the first of 11 Volumes of double-CDs covering his entire singles output between 1956 and 1981. Hip-O Select/Polydor B0007029-02 (Barcode 602517000575) breaks down as follows (all entries are American singles unless otherwise stated):

Disc 1, 21 tracks, 53:41 minutes:
1. Please, Please, Please
2. Why Do You Do Me (tracks 1 and 2 are the A&B-sides of his debut 7" single on Federal 12258 released March 1956 - a USA R&B No.5)
3.I Don't Know
4. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On (tracks 3 and 4 are the A&B-sides of Federal 11264 released June 1956)
5. No, No, No, No
6. Hold My Baby's Hand (tracks 5 and 6 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12277 released July 1956)
7. I Won't Plead No More
8. Chonnie-On-Chon (tracks 7 and 8 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12290 released October 1956)
9. Just Won't Do Right
10. Let's Make It (tracks 9 and 10 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12289 released January 1957)
11. Gonna Try
12. Can't Be The Same (tracks 11 and 12 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12292 released March 1957)
13. Message With The Blues
14. Love Or A Game (tracks 13 and 14 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12295 released May 1957)
15. You're Mine, You're Mine
16. I Walked Alone (tracks 15 and 16 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12300 released July 1957)
17. That Dood It
18. Baby Cries Over The Ocean (tracks 17 and 18 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12311 released November 1957)
19. Begging, Begging
20. That's When I Lost My Heart (tracks 19 and 20 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12316 released February 1958
21. Try Me (Demo Version)
[Notes: 1 to 12 credited to JAMES BROWN With The Famous Flames
13 and 14 credited to JAMES BROWN
Remainder credited to JAMES BROWN And The Famous Flames]

Disc 2, 20 Tracks, 51:51 minutes:
1. Try Me (I Need You)
2. Tell Me What I Did Wrong (tracks 1 and 2 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12337 released October 1958 - a USA R'&B No.1)
3. I Want You So Bad
4. There Must Be A Reason (tracks 3 and 4 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12348 released February 1959 - A USA R&B No.20)
5. I've Got To Change [Mono Version]
6. It Hurts To Tell You [Mono Version] (tracks 5 and 6 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12352 released April 1959)
7. I've Got To Change [Stereo Version]
8. It Hurts Me To Tell You [Stereo Version] (tracks 7 and 8 are the A&B-sides of Federal S-12352 released May 1959)
9. Double Bee
10. Bucket Head (tracks 9 and 10 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12360 released July 1959)
11. It Was You
12. Got To Cry (tracks 11 and 12 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12364 released August 1959)
13. Good Good Lovin'
14. Don't Let It Happen To Me (tracks 13 and 14 are A&B-sides of Federal 12361 released October 1959)
15. I'll Go Crazy
16. I Know It's True (tracks 15 and 16 are the A&B-sides on Federal 12369 released January 1960 - A USA R&B No. 15)
17. Think
18. You've Got The Power (tracks 17 and 18 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12370 released April 1960 - a USA R&B No. 7 - B-side No. 14 R&B)
19. This Old Heart
20. Wonder When You're Coming Home (tracks 19 and 20 are the A&B-sides of Federal 12378 released August 1960 - A USA R&B No. 20)
[Notes: all tracks are Mono except where stated, all tracks James Brown And The Famous Flames except "You've Got The Power" which is James Brown And The Famous Flames - Duet Vocals with Bea Ford]

The 28-page sepia-feel booklet is gorgeous - jam-packed with detail by fan/world authority and keeper of the famous flame - ALAN LEEDS. You get song-by-song histories, cool trade adverts and Federal singles pepper the text and there's a detailed Sessionography on the last pages. HAREY WEINGER and PAT LAWRENCE produced while SUHA GUR did the superlative remasters from original Mono Single mixes (except "Bucket Head" restored from 45). The audio is fantastic and I've sung this Engineer's skills before (Howard Tate, Eddie Kendricks, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Kool & The Gang, John Mayall, Cat Stevens, Cream - the Suha Gur list is long).

However - despite opening strongly with "Please, Please, Please" and its equally tasty B-side - you couldn't describe much of Disc 1 as 'classic' - it fact its plodding in places and downright uninspired in others. And outside of "Please, Please, Please", "Try Me (I Need You)" and "Think" - it's all too easy to see why much of it didn't chart or elicit interest from DJs. That's not to say there aren't gems in here like the groovy dancer "Tell Me What I Did Wrong" where Brown finally finds something of that legendary mojo. The STEREO VERSION of the "It Hurts To Tell You" single is an amazing entry - quite extraordinary sound and a genuine rarity. The "Try Me (Demo Version)" is dubbed off a 78" Acetate and sounds awful - a historical curio tagged onto the first 10 singles of his career on Disc 1. The largely instrumental "Bucket Head" is fun as is the boppin' "Good Good Lovin'" - one of his underground classics and a tune that should have charted. The pleader "I'll Go Crazy" is typical of his "if you leave me" type songs and I dig the Bluesy duet with Bea Ford on "You Got The Power" (the B-side to "Think"). Another cool tune is "You're Mine, You're Mine". The whole compilation is good rather than being great - but there is that audio and presentation...

Born in 1933 - passed in 2006 - James Brown changed the world of music forever - and so much for the better. The Godfather would hit his Soul stride with the arrival of the Swinging Sixties - but this is where that unbelievable career started to cook...


Street Corner Symphonies Volume 6: 1954 -Digi-
Street Corner Symphonies Volume 6: 1954 -Digi-
Price: £14.77

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Earth Angel..." - Street Corner Symphonies Volume 6: 1954 (2012 Bear Family CD Remasters), 28 Jan. 2015
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Hot on the heels of their definitive "Blowing The Fuse" and "Sweet Soul Music" CD Series (15 volumes to each genre of R'n'B and Soul) comes their Vocal Group attack - 15 discs spanning 1939 to 1963. Volumes 1 to 10 hit the shops in 2012 and the last five in the spring of 2013. Their "1954" instalment feels to me like a good place to start. And while critics will argue that Vocal Group music has already been done to death by Rhino (3 x 4CD Box Sets across the decades) and a mountain of other cheapo labels taking advantage of the 50-year copyright law - this is the first time someone reputable (other than Rhino) have had a go - and typically these Bear Family CDs are gorgeous in all the right places - presentation and audio. Here are the shoops, shang-a-langs and sh-booms...

Released October 2012 in Germany - "Street Corner Symphonies Volume 6: 1954" on Bear Family BCD 17284 AR (Barcode 4000127172846) breaks down as follows (89:04 minutes):

1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - THE PENGUINS (DooTone 348, B-side of "Hey Senorita")
2. Work With Me Annie - THE ROYALS (Federal 12169, A)
3. Gloria - THE CADILLACS (Josie 765, A)
4. Ling, Ting, Tong (Capitol 2945, A)
5. The Wind - THE DIABLOS featuring Nolan Strong (Fortune 511, A)
6. Lovey Dovey - THE CLOVERS (Atlantic 1022, A)
7. My Memories Of You - THE HARP-TONES (Bruce 102, A)
8. Hearts Of Stone - THE CHARMS (DeLuxe 6062, A)
9. Darling Dear - THE COUNTS (Dot 1188, A)
10. I'm Slippin' In - THE SPIDERS (Imperial 5291, A)
11. Sincerely - THE MOONGLOWS (Chess 1581, A)
12. Honey Love - THE DRIFTERS featuring CLYDE McPHATTER (Atlantic 1029, A)
13. A Thousand Stars - THE RIVILEERS (Baton 200, A)
14. Boot 'Em Up - THE DU DROPPERS (Groove 0036, A)
15. Dear One - THE SCARLETS (Red Robin 128, A)
16. Oop Shoop - SHIRLEY GUNTER and THE QUEENS (Flair 1050, A)
17. God Only Knows - THE CAPRIS (Gotham 304, A)
18. Sh-Boom - THE CHORDS (Cat 104, A)
19. Tryin' To Get To You - THE EAGLES (Mercury 70391, B-side to "Please, Please")
20. I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy - THE LAMPLIGHTERS (Federal 12176, A)
21. Dream Of A Lifetime - THE FLAMINGOS (Parrot 808, A)
22. Mary Lee - THE RAINBOWS (Red Robin 134, A)
23. Please Remember My Heart - THE SOLITAIRES (Old Town 1006, A)
24. It Ain't That Way - THE HAWKS (Imperial 5292, A)
25. I "Do" - THE "5" ROYALES with Charlie 'Little Jazz' Ferguson and His Orchestra (Apollo 452, A)
26. House With No Windows - THE CHECKERS (King 4710, A)
27. My Daddy Stole My Chippie - THE PLAYBOYS
(unissued December 1954 Atlantic/Cat Records recording, first appeared on the US 1995 2CD set "Don't It Sound Good: The Great Atlantic Vocal Groups" on Rhino/Collector's Choice R2 7160)
28. Maybe You'll Be There - LEE ANDREWS and THE HEARTS (Rainbow 252, A)
29. Oh Yes I Know - THE JEWELS (R and B 1303, A)
30. The Letter - THE MEDALLIONS (DooTone 347, A)
31. Riot In Cell Block No. 9 - THE ROBINS (Spark 103, A)
32. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite - THE SPANIELS (Vee-Jay 107, A)

The 82-page non-detachable booklet is a feast of indepth liner notes on each release by Grammy-winning writer and lifelong fan BILL DAHL. Let's put it this way - there's a 'Photo Captions' index on Page 83 that tells who's who in the black and white publicity shots that accompany most (not all) of the photos. It actually lists the singer's names - who else but Bear would do this? There are cool trade adverts from 1954 peppering the text and some of those rare American 45 labels are even pictured in colour (Atlantic, Baton, Mercury and Robin). The CD repros the uber-rare "Tryin' To Get To You" 45 on Mercury that Elvis covered on his 1956 debut album (a Sun Records cut) and the spine eventually makes up a single photograph when you line up all 15 volumes alongside each other on a shelf. Long-standing and trusted names like Walter DeVenne and Billy Vera have been involved and MARCUS HEUMANN did the superb mastering. The sources (as you can imagine) differ wildly and can at times be crude - but the sound quality to my ears is improved on anything I've heard before. Some of these cuts are amazing in their clarity.

When you get past the big guns you've heard too often like "Earth Angel" and "Gloria" - you get the lesser-heard gems like "The Wind" from September 1954 by The Diablos (delicate and pure Vocal Group magic) and the lovely "My Memories Of You" by The Harp-Tones. November saw "Hearts Of Stone" by The Charms take their cover of a hit by The Jewels up to 15 in the charts. And "Sincerely" by The Moonglows is one of my all-time favourites of the genre - genius. "Dream Of A Lifetime" by The Flamingos shows what a class act they always were - and why they hold such a place in the hearts of Vocal Group collectors.

Rhythm 'n' Blues boppers pops up more than once - the fantastic and witty "I'm Slippin' In" by The Spiders has our hero trying to sneak into his home at the three o'clock in the morning without the wife noticing. I bought a reissue album by The Du Droppers at the end of the Eighties (I think it was on De-Tour Records) and it contained the swinging brassy dancer "Boot 'Em Up" with Sam 'The Man' Taylor and Budd Johnson on Saxes with wicked guitar from Riff Ruffin. Another boppin' winner is the Rudolph Toombs Jiver "I Used To Cry Mercy, Mercy" by The Lamplighters with Thurston Harris on throaty Lead Vocals (wicked Sax solo too) as who doesn't dig the R'n'B of The "5" Royales

Rarities come in the shape of "God Only Knows" by The Capris which is a four-piece male group fronted by a lady - Savannah Churchill on Lead Vocals. It's just them and a piano - haunting stuff and a brilliant choice for inclusion. Fans of Elvis Presley will flip for the brilliant "Tryin' To Get To You" by The Eagles. Penned by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton (the same team who brought us "Boot 'Em Up" by The Du Droppers) - it's the Bluesy rendition that Elvis copied almost note for note for his 1956 explosive debut "Elvis". How cool is to have the original rarity (apparently a B-side to "Please, Please"). And although it's hissy the brilliant bopper "Mary Lee" by The Rainbows is new to me ands frankly a find. But a genuine sensation is the $500.00 listed "House With no Windows" by The Checkers - a Bluesy number with Little David Baughan on Lead Vocal (an absolute deadringer for Clyde McPhatter). It's just brilliant and comes at you in stunning audio quality.

Niggles - they're too expensive as singles discs and perhaps they should have been doubles because real collectors will have large swathes of this already. Bear will argue 'but not in this sound quality or presentation' - and they'd have a point. Having said all of that - what is actually on here is fabulous stuff and given to us with love and affection by a company that cares about voices that would be forgotten without them...


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