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Another triumph for The King
on 10 November 2013
This is the latest greatest hits triumph for The (true) King, tying in with the TV show broadcast on 8th Nov 2013.
It is worth getting the deluxe edition for the second CD to make a more comprehensive collection. Disc 1 concentrates on the 20 songs identified in the ITV poll that claim to be the 20 favourite songs from Elvis. Disc 2 adds another 24 tracks made up in the main of other great Elvis hits, plus the live versions of "Suspicious Minds", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and Elvis's own version of "O Come All Ye Faithful". The latter is a a pre-cursor to the forthcoming Christmas single which will be released as a duet with Susan Boyle.O Come All Ye Faithfull
Now in watching the TV special I probably would have put some of the songs from Disc 2 ahead of some from Disc 1. For example, the two time No.1, "One Night (With You)" ahead of "King Creole" and one of my most favourites is "Burning Love". "Always On My Mind" is a slightly surprising No.1 favourite song although it has charted as much as any other Elvis single over the years (1970's, 1980's, 1990's and 2000's) so why not, it's undoubtedly a fine song. I'm not necessarily surprised that it's a 70's song that topped the poll though. Whilst songs from this era are often under rated by critics in comparison to the material from the 1950's, a lot of fans do love the 1970's material. It is during these years that Elvis was the most complete as an entertainer.
Why do these songs still sell in such quantity? It's hard to define but simply they mean so much to so many people.
When I was about 5 to 10 years old between 1975 and 1980, Sunday morning was dedicated to playing the 40 Greatest Hits album, singing and dancing along.
When I picked this latest compilation up I did exactly the same at 43.
People don't just like this music, they love it, when you love it it's part of your heart and soul.