A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Elv1s 30 #1 Hits spans The King's multi-decade career and offers a good overview of his many styles, from '50s rockabilly to '70s lounge act. Many tracks, especially the ballads, showcase Elvis' distinctive sultry, seductive vibe. But while you may want to discuss some of the era's cultural overtones (from romance to religion) as they come up in the lyrics, there's not much problematical material. "In the Ghetto" treats as a tragedy the death of a young man who turns to crime and is killed in the course of a robbery. And "Don't" has the singer pressuring his girl for more physical affection than she's comfortable giving.
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What's the story?
ELV1S 30 #1 HITS (which actually includes 31 hits, with the bonus track \"A Little Less Conversation\") collects a career's worth of Elvis Presley's singles that topped one chart or another in the United States and elsewhere. While this scheme winds up excluding some of his best-known tracks, especially from his early career, the CD offers a fine introduction to The King's work, and its range of styles, for those just getting to know him.
Is it any good?
There are lots of Elvis hits collections, including some that focus on particular genres such as gospel or love songs; fans of The King have quibbled that Elv1s 30 #1 Hits includes a few "hits" best known outside the United States while leaving out iconic early releases that didn't chart quite so well. But for those who need an introduction or would like to get such diverse tunes as "Hound Dog," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and "Burning Love" in one package, Elv1s 30 #1 Hits is a fine choice. An informative booklet includes interesting background on the songs, including the fact that "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was first a hit in the '20s for Al Jolson.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Elvis was so popular in his lifetime, and why he remains a cultural icon today. Which of these songs do you like best?
Do the songs here reflect today's attitudes about romantic relationships, or are they really out of date?
Do you think "In the Ghetto" is effective at raising concerns about poverty and social injustice? Why or why not?
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