ELV1S 30 #1 HITS

ELV1S 30 #1 HITS

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by Elvis Presley

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Yes, Elvis fans have been confronted with a dizzying array of retrospectives over the years since the King's death, but few have had as much going for them as this jam-packed single-disc collection. While the title implies it's merely a plain-old "best of," Elvis 30 #1 Hits goes a lot further -- particularly as regards the sound quality, boosted by careful…  See more details below


Yes, Elvis fans have been confronted with a dizzying array of retrospectives over the years since the King's death, but few have had as much going for them as this jam-packed single-disc collection. While the title implies it's merely a plain-old "best of," Elvis 30 #1 Hits goes a lot further -- particularly as regards the sound quality, boosted by careful tweaking of original master tapes so that even much-heard favorites like "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up" leap from the speakers with increased zest. The revamping process is most evident on the set's ballads: The way the vocals are moved to the fore on "A Fool Such as I" and "The Wonder of You" focuses attention even more squarely on the King's raw sensuality. In terms of content, the disc picks up where the label's previous Elvis Number Ones left off, expanding the track listing by a baker's dozen by allowing for the inclusion of Presley chart-toppers from other countries and from genres other than pop. As such, '70s rave-ups like "Burnin' Love" and "Way Down" make the grade, as does the swelling "In the Ghetto." Rounded out by the recently uncovered -- and radically remixed -- "A Little Less Conversation," 30 #1 Hits doesn't merely preserve the legacy of Elvis Presley; it gives it a new vivacity, a power guaranteed to propel the music forward for some time to come.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
RCA and the Elvis estate made no bones about their intention on replicating the blockbuster success of the Beatles' The Beatles 1 with their own single-disc collection of number one hits -- hence, the 2002 release of Elvis 30 #1 Hits. The idea of collecting all the number one hits is simple enough, but there are problems inherent with the concept, not the least of which is that RCA did this once before. Unlike the Beatles, who went through numerous changes in just seven years of recording, Elvis had nearly three times as many years' worth of material and hits to choose from. Also, he hit on a number of different charts -- not just pop, but also R&B, country, and adult contemporary. Furthermore, where almost all of the Beatles' number one hits sampled at least part of their music, there are significant chunks of Elvis' best material -- including the visionary sides for Sun -- that didn't hit the top of the charts. All of this makes assembling a similar comprehensive sampler of Elvis' biggest hits much more difficult, and it doesn't help that RCA has decided not to have a rigid aesthetic and sample from different charts all over the world, resulting in a collection that feels more of a patchwork than it should, even if the bulk of the material is from the early '60s; at least five songs feel like they should have been replaced with better, and better-known, sides. And, even if much of this material is exceedingly familiar, there also feels like there is a lot missing because, frankly, there is. No Sun singles and very little from his classic 1968 comeback or early-'70s hits like "Moody Blue," not to mention sides that would showcase Elvis "the rocker" better than what's here, which plays closer to Elvis the '60s pop crooner than anything else. And, let's face it, no matter what the packaging is, Elvis 30 #1 Hits can't feel that new because of the veritable flood of Elvis collections RCA has issued since the King started having hits. This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics, but it's hardly close to the only Elvis disc you'll ever need, and it's not even that great of a starting place, since it lacks so much of his best material. (Also, even though this is one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits, it can't help but feel a little shoddy since there's actually 31 number one hits here, with the addition of the JXL remix of "A Little Less Conversation" tacked onto the end, no matter how good the single is.)

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Related Subjects


  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Don't Be Cruel
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. Too Much
  6. All Shook Up
  7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear  -  Jordanaires
  8. Jailhouse Rock
  9. Don't
  10. Hard Headed Woman
  11. One Night
  12. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
  13. A Big Hunk o' Love
  14. Stuck on You
  15. It's Now or Never
  16. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  17. Wooden Heart
  18. Surrender  -  Jordanaires
  19. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
  20. Can't Help Falling in Love
  21. Good Luck Charm
  22. She's Not You
  23. Return to Sender
  24. (You're The) Devil in Disguise
  25. Crying in the Chapel  - Artie Glenn
  26. In the Ghetto
  27. Suspicious Minds
  28. The Wonder of You
  29. Burning Love
  30. Way Down
  31. A Little Less Conversation

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Imperials   Group
Jordanaires   Group
Surfers   Group
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals,Group
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Musician
Myrna Smith   Vocals,Musician
Ben Speer   Vocals,Musician
Brock Speer   Vocals,Musician
Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Musician
J.D. Sumner   Vocals
Stamps   Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland   Vocals,Musician
Jon Dodson   Vocals,Musician
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps   Group
Rad Robinson   Vocals,Musician
Charles Prescott   Vocals,Musician
Sharell Nelson   Musician

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Mac Davis   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer,Producer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
David Bendeth   Remixing
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dennis Linde   Composer
Billy Strange   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Peter Guralnick   Introduction,Track Descriptions
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Ted Jensen   Remastering
Bernie Lowe   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Kal Mann   Composer
George Marino   Remastering
Chips Moman   Producer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Brian Collins   Creative Consultant
Tommy Durden   Composer
J. Leslie McFarland   Composer
Eduardo DeCapua   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Jeff Juliano   Digital Editing
Baker Knight   Composer
Bernard Weinman   Composer
Thomas Vasquez   Art Direction
Mike Jurkovac   Creative Consultant
Rick Boyko   Creative Consultant
Lee Rosenberg   Composer

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ELV1S 30 #1 HITS 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Following in the footstep of the Beatles 1, Elvis 30 #1 Hits also hit number one on the billboard charts and around the world. It just to prove that Elvis Presley is the definitive king of rock and roll and the definite king of kings.
Dumbledore_is_my_hero More than 1 year ago
This is a good CD if you are a Elvis fan. It has 30 of his number 1 hits of all time. With 1 extra song that was redone to today kind of music. If you are a Elvis fan this is a great one to add to your collection. But if you are not a Elvis fan it is just all right.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in no big hurry to listen to another Elvis Presley cd, when my husband brought this one home. I could not have been more wrong after hearing how his one song was redone! Now I can't get this song out of my head. It rocks and makes you want to listen to it over and over again. It is 100% Elvis with a new twist. Well worth the money for this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The remasteraing of the original tapes on this is unreal, listen to old Greatest Hits releases and then to this new one and you will see what I mean. His voice is crystal clear and you can hear the guitar with every note and pluck. The songs are in order of release, so you can hear the timeline of his journey through the years. His backup band has never sounded better, all of the songs are enjoyable, a solid addition to your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after 25yrs we still hear about the king?He made history with his #1 Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a river flows- just melted my heart (can't help falling in love) I have been waiting a lifetime to be released (it's now or never) Cross my heart I'll never return to my old life (don't be cruel) I'll always be yours if you were my teddy bear because they are warm & cuddly and always lead you away and they love to walk at leisure (teddy bear) Wild horses could not tear me apart (mustangs) (stuck on you) as well one day I need my cupboard doors glued back together And yes I have always pictured you there and yes a few chairs have been empty over the years (are you lonesome tonight) Once I mailed a letter and it came right back to me stamped (return to sender) And yes you can be an angel and nobody would ever know it because they cannot see your heart and spirit (devil in disguise) And yes there is an old friend I am waiting to see it has been over 20 years but, he is close to my heart and spirit (suspicious minds) And yes you should always smile, because this world be a better place to live in (the wonder of you) And my temperature can rise from my love of you and my friend of over 20 years (burning love) And some times (a little less conversation )is neccessary because actions and pictures speak louder than words And yes i have been waiting a lifetime to show my friend my love for him......(it's now or never) Wild horses could not take us apart when we come together for the first time, because we have been waiting a life time 20 years plus....because marriages are suppose to be designed from heaven, and children are conceived from spirit. Love g.o.l.d.d.u.s.t _
Guest More than 1 year ago
does anyone know the logic (or illogic) behind why the inclusion of alternate takes (not released popular version) of A Fool Such As I or The Wonder Of You? otherwise historically monumental Hap
Guest More than 1 year ago
When listening to "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" for the first time, one will be amazed of hearing these songs and how they reflected the life and important musical cutural figure. This is by far the best Elvis CD out there. 30 songs that topped the charts in both the U.S. and U.K. The sound has never sounded better. It sounds like it was just recorded today. To those who have bought this already, thanks for making it #1 for the first 3 weeks. To those who haven't bought it yet, now is the time. This week (October 25, 2002), this CD got pushed down to #3 on Billboard because of that Faith Hill. Please, if you haven't bought it yet, please buy it soon. I want this to be #1 again! Getting back to the music from "Heartbreak Hotel" to "Way Down", it sounds like not one of these songs have aged. If "A Fool Such As I", and "The Wonder of You" sound different, that's probably becuase the master tapes weren't in top condition or when they went #1 in U.K. and not in the U.S., a different take was pressed. Still, that shouldn't stop you from thinking positive about this. It's nice to hear another take of a song every once in a while. "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" should be in everyone's Elvis library, and if you're a fan, you know it's a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not bought this wonderful compilation by now, you don't know what you're missing! This compialtion contains 30 of Elvis' #1 singles on one CD. You might say that these are the same old songs that are on here. Yes, but they have never sounded any better than before. RCA did a lot of hard work in cleaning up the sound from the original master tapes that haven't been touched in over 30 years. This is superb and clear-as-crystal remastering at its best. "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" is destined to become one of the top CDs by the end of this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great! It was a great way for me to introduce my granddaughter to Elvis' music. He has a new fan from the third generation. What a tribute to his talent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a treasure this CD is! I nearly did not buy it because I thought I had all of the songs, etc. But it is great! Even though I do have most of these songs on other CDs, it is marvelous to have them as a collection on one CD. It really does remind us of why he STILL the King!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful collection. You can easily discern the evolution of his great voice. The remix of "Little Less Conversation" proves that he could still be extremely successful in today's music. Long Live the Memory of the King!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry for the world that never appreciated his effort his courage
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elvis would be proud. Some of his best songs were chosen for this cd and the sound quality is crystal clear--sounds like he is singing in my living room! (I think I'm daydreaming again). I love the remix of A Little Less Conversation!! It's impossible to sit still during that one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first best of Elvis CD. Buy 2 and give one to a buddy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's Wonderful! Especially, Little Less Conversation! It's The Bomb!!!!!!!!!
sparkle0809 More than 1 year ago
Just love the CD, very happy I bought it.
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