Greatest Hits Volume 1

The new label Victrola will re-release the "classic" Greatest Hits Volume 1.

Press release

An old friend is back with a new name… The brand-new Victrola label is planning a number of very interesting releases for the Elvis fan & collector. Our first release is a CD reissue of the 1981 release "Greatest Hits vol. 1" (AHL1-2347) from 1981. Despite the forgettable title, this is a superb album that is highly sought-after today. We’re excited about being able to present this album in its full glory, digitally improved from the original album masters and with superior packaging.
Even now, 25 years after its original release, "Greatest Hits vol. 1" still holds up extremely well. All material on this album dates from Elvis’ comeback period, 1967 – ’73. It’s an album that makes sense: the songs fit well together and the performances are uniformly strong on a wide variety of material, with Elvis putting his own indelible stamp on them, regardless of the genre. In fact, if you would want to introduce a friend to the magic of The King’s music, then this album would be a very good starting point.
It’s interesting to note that several of the mixes / versions heard here are unavailable elsewhere. In some instances, these mixes are far superior, a case in point being "Steamroller Blues" from the Aloha rehearsal show (01-12-’73). This mix really captures the excitement of Elvis’ original performance, whereas the mix as released on "The Alternate Aloha" in 1988 is best forgotten.
This album also contains what is arguably the best-ever Elvis version of "What’d I Say", a cleverly edited live-recording from Elvis’ August 23rd, 1969 Midnight Show performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Since this was usually the penultimate song of the show, Elvis and the band would really let loose, creating a true frenzy at the shows by extending the song with repeated verses and extra solos. Though this was a real showstopper at those early Vegas shows, the excitement of these long versions does not really come across as well on record, and it was a sensible decision by Joan Deary to edit it for release. This track really captures the intensity and raw energy of Elvis’ 1969 comeback. Another highlight is Elvis’ tremendous revival of "Big Hunk O’ Love" from the February 17th, 1972 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Listen out for Elvis’ humming along to Glen D. Hardin’s piano-solo!
In 1989, RCA Australia released "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" on CD in a limited edition, but that release is now very hard to get. There have been many requests for this album to be issued again, and Victrola is proud to be able to present this release in a deluxe fold-out digipack, with relevant photos and in-depth liner-notes. We were able to work from an original mastertape as sent by RCA to one of its international offices, and the sound quality is exceptional. All tracks were digitally remastered using 24 bit technology. This deluxe edition will be pressed in very limited quantities, so it’s bound to become a true collector’s item. Order your copy now in order to avoid disappointment – this beauty is a keeper!

Source: For CD Collectors Only / Updated: Apr 19, 2010 
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Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
I agree, I think the UK version called "The Sound of Your Cry" was a much better compilation giving fans some rare recordings on one album. The UK release was the first I bought, I did not pick up a US copy until I was in Memphis in 1983. I also think it was a good idea to rename the LP as it could have been ignored if people thought of it as just another hits collection.
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2010report abuse
KT, we had this album cover in the UK for 'The Sound Of Your Cry' also released in 1981. The track listing was similar but added the following track listing: It's Only Love (extended version), Suspicious Minds (then unreleased stereo version), Angel (then unreleased US stereo version), Are You Lonesome Tonight (laughing version). So full of rare recordings at the time, plus the re-edited What'd I Say, a remix of Burning Love and the highlight, the eponymous Sound of Your Cry which was the unreleased full stereo version. I loved that album -well, apart from Are You Lonesome Tonight, which seemed to be on everything RCA released then!
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
I thought this was one of the better compilations from that era, I have the Australian CD and play it quite often. One unusual thing with regard to this album is that an album with a different title but identical track listing was advertised in Elvis Monthly in late 1977. That particular album was never released and I received a refund. Presumably RCA were worried about flooding the market with too much product and put the release on hold.
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
boycot this CRAP please. if you still bring this (cd-r) news on. They will coming with this CRAP. I hope SONY will caught these can buy cdr in color and then burn it at home and print it and you save a lot of money.You can mail me where to find color cds for burning( can i say that? yes if they bring the CD-R news then it's allowed to help others with saving money. New label. My a.. So wake up please
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
A useless album when released back in the 80's (it just confused the public competing with all the Gold Record volumes already out there) and a really useless release now. Why on earth would anyone want this now?
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
I really don't see the point in releases like these. Anybody with a computer can make their own compilations so why spend the cash on something we already have?
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2010report abuse
I loved this album, when it was released back in the 80s. I liked the song selection and the mixes, and the fantastic photo used for the cover and back cover. I still have the album in my collection.

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