It's sad to think that in a lot of ways Elvis' larger than life persona (and waistline) came to overshadow his enormous talent. Since his debut in 1956 he has progressed from musical revolutionary to King of Rock 'n' Roll to the de rigueur ironic tee shirt icon... He is now celebrated more for the infamous excesses and spectacularly bad wardrobe of his latter years than for his extraordinary talent and presence and, most important of all, for the fact that he was the man that started it all. Young pretenders to the crown of greatest musical artist of the century, The Beatles, freely acknowledge their debt to him, and this Greatest Hits compilation shows just why. How many other artists can release a compilation of 50 genuine hits... songs that have become familiar to today's music-buying public mainly through film soundtracks and countless cover versions. From his electrifying breakthrough hit "Heartbreak Hotel" through simple ballads such as "Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" to the cult classics "Viva Las Vegas" and "Suspicious Minds", this collection has pretty much every song that any Elvis novice would want. Also notable is the inclusion of "Wooden Heart", the tragicomic thigh-slapping masterpiece, which has the distinction of having Elvis singing half of it in German...unmissable. From the ridiculous to the sublime--no Elvis compilation is complete without the beautiful "In The Ghetto" and "Always On My Mind". As long as his music continues to inspire and entertain new generations of listeners.... Elvis lives!
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