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