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The Skip 5 Show #7: Elvis Presley – One Night Of Sin

Found on CD3 of The Complete 50s Masters boxed set, this song was recorded by the King in 1957, though Smiley Lewis made it a hit one year earlier. The tune sounds a bit like Blueberry Hill, that 50s swing sound, but here it is slowed down a bit. I love how members of the band ever-so-slightly miss the beats a bit, here and there. Rather than detract, it just adds to the atmosphere, lends authenticity. Of course, it’s young Elvis, swinging for the fences with his vocals, my favourite time period of his work.

Elvis Presley – 30 #1 Hits

Well kids, that post heading ought to tell you all you need to know.

What did this collection mean to me? It’s a time machine, zapping me back to my childhood and my mother’s old Rock-Ola jukebox full of 45s. We heard a lot of Elvis. A lot.

From Heartbreak Hotel to Way Down, this is 30 tracks of just damn good music. You knew that. The only odd things were two-fold:

1) To me, Wooden Heart is not a hit. It sounds like it was recorded by Elvis fronting a band of cajun gypsies with their own tuba section. It’s just… weird.

2) The inclusion of Junkie XL’s updating of A Little Less Conversation, tacked onto the end as track 31, is a bit whacked. Seriously, you spend a whole disc just enjoying the King, and then…

I am so happy for another excuse to link you to this bit of internet gold.

Honestly. I will never get tired of that.

In sum: For a single disc, this set does a pretty damn good job. Fun.

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