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Elvis: 30 #1 Hits [Bonus Tracks]

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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, ...
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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, it 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 are 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.) [This version of the album includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 828765640121
  • Catalog Number: 656401

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
Hank Garland Guitar
The Imperials Vocals
Bill Black Electric Bass
Scotty Moore Guitar, Soloist
The Sweet Inspirations Vocals
D.J. Fontana Drums
Millie Kirkham Vocals
Myrna Smith Vocals
Ben Speer Vocals
Brock Speer Vocals
Gordon Stoker Vocals
J.D. Sumner Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Kathy Westmoreland Vocals
Jon Dodson Vocals
J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Vocals, Accompaniment
Rad Robinson Vocals
Charles Prescott Vocals
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Elvis Presley Composer, Producer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Billy Strange Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Mark James Composer
Ray Bardani Engineer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Wally Gold Composer
Peter Guralnick Liner Notes, Introduction, Track Descriptions
Ted Jensen Remastering
Buddy Kaye Composer
Bernie Lowe Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Kal Mann Composer
George Marino Remastering
Doc Pomus Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Winfield Scott Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Liner Notes
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Brian Collins Creative Consultant
Bernie Baum Composer
Tommy Durden Composer
Lou Handman Composer
Pearl King Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
J. Leslie McFarland Composer
Bill Trader Composer
Claude de Metruis Composer
Kay Twomey Composer
Jeff Juliano Pro-Tools
Baker Knight Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Bernard Weinman Composer
Thomas Vasquez Art Direction
Mike Jurkovac Creative Consultant
Rick Boyko Creative Consultant
Lee Rosenberg Composer
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