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After the great success of Arcade's Elvis 40 Greatest (1975), K-Tel
England wanted to release a follow-up in 1979. They bought the rights
from RCA for 20 well-known ballads and released them on the Love Songs
album. From the start, the TV album was a huge success. It reached No. 4
in the charts with sales of approx 250.000 copies sold within 12 months!
It was an instant chart topper all over Europe and in many other
countries (in Argentina and Brazil it was released as Love Collection).
In Holland, it went to No. 18 in the charts.
Strangely, this album was not released in the US until 1981, but then it
contained only 16 songs instead of 20. Worldwide sales of Love Songs are
now approx 1.000.000 copies. The designer of the front sleeve probably
had a bad day (or he just didn't like the King) when he put together the
cover for this album. It's one of the very few success albums with such
a horrible front sleeve, using a blown-up 1970's Elvis picture. When the
album was re- released in 1981, K-Tel used a much better picture of
Elvis, taken from his legendary 1968 NBC TV- Special. Here you will have
both front covers, so you can choose your own favorite.
Now following the Elvis 40 Greatest CD release we have the Love Songs
album on CD.
Despite it's classic status and the fact that many fans
grew up with this album in their collection, it was never released on a
properly pressed CD. The 26 songs on this new album (20 original album
tracks + 6 rare bonus tracks) are some of the best love songs that Elvis
recorded. Suspicious Minds is included here as its the rare version
without the horn overdubs and the famous fade-out, fade in at the end of
This version is hard to find and only available on a few RCA CD
The bonus tracks includes two rare and unfinished master recordings of
Almost In Love and My Little Friend, the beautiful take 2 of You'll
Never Walk Alone, the stunning take 1 of Its Easy For You, a different,
unused mix of the master of Pledging My Love and also an alternate mix
of Puppet On A String.
This, 500 pressed CD release, comes in a stunning 6-panel digipack with
original artwork. It sure looks like a miniature version of the original
album. This is the ultimate Valentines gift for 2012! Buy a copy now for
your own collection or as a perfect Valentines fit for the one(s) you