All Elvis' 21 #1 US hits on 20 individual CD singles together in a limited edition numbered box set. Each single is individually packaged in a mini sleeve reflective of the original single artwork, each CD is pressed on black plastic with "vinyl" grooves.
After the UK success a copy of this concept was to be expected on the opposit side of the Atlantic.
This singles box basically comes in the same design as the UK edition. There are a few differences to the first numbered edition of the UK singles box.
The CD-singles are all housed in cardboard sleeves, but do not contain an inner sleeve. Just like the unnumbered edition of the UK box this results in a slimmer collector’s box. Naturally we would have preferred a copy of the original UK release. The collector’s box also comes in the same design, but the colors of the “1” and background have changed places.
In contrary to the UK box this edition comes with a small booklet with details on the songs and a poster with all the cover. We never understood the latter, a poster folded up so many times to fit into a little CD box is not a poster we'll hang on our wall.
The liner notes by Colin Escott place the (Elvis) single in the right historical perspective.
How to describe the content? A great compilation of 40 tracks by the artist we all like, only a lot more work, but also fun, to play them. This compilation shows all aspects of Elvis’ career: the rocker, the lover, the movie star, the performer and of course the King of the Charts. Contrary to the UK release these singles do not contain bonus tracks.
This is an o.k. copy of the U.K. campaign; a lot of effort has been made to create the original look and (vinyl) feel. But we miss some additional details (inner sleeves) and the joy of collecting the singles on a weekly basis. Wasn’t it fun to go to the shop and buy the latest Elvis single, listed high on the chart?
One advice, be aware where you buy this set outside the US. We found it for 52 Euro including shipping, using the link below, but also saw it for a staggering 95 euro and that did not include shipping.
Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The One
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me
Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog
Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me
Too Much / Playing For Keeps
All Shook Up / That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Teddy Bear / Loving You
Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice
Don't / I Beg Of You
Hard Headed Woman / Don't Ask Me Why
A Big Hunk O'Love / My Wish Came True
Stuck On You / Fame And Fortune
It's Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues
Are You Lonesome Tonight / I Gotta Know
Surrender / Lonely Man
Good Luck Charm / Anything That's Part Of You
Return To Sender / Where Do You Come From
In The Ghetto / Any Day Now
Suspicious Minds / You'll Think Of Me
Burning Love / It's A Matter Of Time