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This book is effectively a companion release to the CD 'Elvis The 30 #1 Hits' & details the story behind each of Elvis' #1 songs A Little Less Conversation and the notable omission from the album, I Want You, I Love You, I Need You) and a lot, lot more.

Rock historian, Patrick Humphries adeptly paints vividly engaging pictures of events in the recording studio that give the reader a real feel for what was happening during the recording session.

On "Jailhouse Rock": 'Elvis and I played some four-handed blues piano for a while…Jerry Leiber kicked off a run-through of 'Jailhouse Rock'. It was starting to feel good.' On "Don't": 'Don't came quick and easy, in just seven takes.
The image conjured up is one of relaxing before a blazing log fire, while the snow piles up outside the frosted window and the hi-fi softly trickles out Elvis' latest single. Simple and straightforward as the recording session had been, there was trouble brewing…'
"By 1967, we find Elvis filming Clambake, while The Beatles are busy recording Sergeant Pepper. As Elvis commences filming Speedway, Jimi Hendrix and The Who electrify Monterey at the world's first rock festival…"

Elvis The #1 Hits is also a great compendium for finding questions and answers for music trivia nights:
For each song you will also find songwriter and backing musician details, recording details and release date. The book's photos are a mix of black & white shots complemented by a full color section.
'Elvis The #1 Hits' also includes a book-within-a-book. At the end of each song chapter, Mal Peachey contributes 'The A-Z of Elvis'. Using each letter of the alphabet, Peachey provides an interesting sub-narrative on aspects of The King's life there is a lot of territory examined.

Verdict: You have the album, now buy the book. Indispensable reference guide chocker-block with facts, behind-the-scenes info and other fascinating material.

This book is in exellent condition - No dog eared corners etc. It is as new.
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