Elvis: Greatest Hits Volume 1

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Elvis: Greatest Hits Volume 1
Compilation album by
ReleasedOctober 1981
Genrerock and roll
ProducerFelton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
This is Elvis
Elvis: Greatest Hits Volume 1
Memories Of Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Released in October 1981, Elvis: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 was an attempt by RCA Records at launching a new series of reissues featuring American rock and roll singer, Elvis Presley. Ultimately, however, only this single volume was released in this particular series.

Despite its title, the album is thematically similar to the Elvis: A Legendary Performer series of albums RCA issued between 1974 and 1983, in that it consisted of a mixture of previously released recordings and previously unissued performances. In this case, the unreleased material consisted of live performances from Las Vegas and Nashville.

The collection received mixed reviews, with Roy Carr and Mick Farren, in Elvis: The Illustrated Record, a book released the following year, calling the album title misleading: "Predictable Las Vegas standards hardly fall under the category of 'Greatest Hits,'" they write. "One seriously wonders exactly who records like this are aimed at," they continue, wondering if RCA did indeed have anymore notable material from Elvis that had yet to be released (as subsequent releases proved, the label did possess many more previously unreleased recordings).[2]

Besides the aforementioned unreleased live recordings, this album also includes the true stereo debut of the songs "Suspicious Minds" (previously issued only in mono), and "The Sound Of Your Cry" (which was released for the first time on an Elvis album).

Track listing[edit]

All previously released unless noted:

Side one
1."The Wonder of You" (previously released: recorded live in Las Vegas, February 18, 1970)Baker Knight2:36
2."A Big Hunk o' Love" (previously unreleased; recorded in Las Vegas, February 15, 1972)Aaron Schroeder, Sid Wyche2:03
3."There Goes My Everything"Dallas Frazier2:56
4."Suspicious Minds"Mark James4:20
5."What'd I Say" (previously unissued: recorded live in Las Vegas, August, 1969)Ray Charles4:19
Side two
1."Don't Cry Daddy" (previously unissued: recorded live in Las Vegas, February, 1970)Mac Davis2:35
2."Steamroller Blues" (previously released: recorded live in Hawaii, January 12, 1973)James Taylor3:14
3."The Sound of Your Cry"Bernie Baum, Bill Giant, Buddy Kaye4:00
4."Burning Love"Dennis Linde2:54
5."You'll Never Walk Alone"Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers2:43

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 47
U.S. Billboard 200 142


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Elvis: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 - Elvis Presley". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Roy Carr and Mick Farren (1982). Elvis: The Illustrated Record. Harmony Books. pp. 180–181.