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In 1987, RCA released a one-disc Elvis compilation called The Number One Hits that featured 18 tracks. So how did the label come up with 12 additional number ones (13 if you count the sensational "A Little Less Conversation" remix that brings the King into the 21st century as a bona fide dance/electronica star)? Well, the '87 compilation featured only Billboard number ones. "In the Ghetto" and "Burning Love" never reached the top there, nor did "Way Down," despite every copy of that 45 selling out on both sides of the Atlantic following Presley's 1977 death. Instead, the new compilers have used the major pop charts in both the U.S. (including Cashbox) and U.K. to determine inclusions. The tracks have all been remixed from original masters, which proves awesome at best (some of the songs have never sounded crisper if, at times, slightly antiseptic) and problematic at worst. Purists will definitely quibble. "A Fool Such As I," for instance, sounds like Elvis rerecorded his vocals. Hank Garland's great guitar solo also sounds different. It might be an alternate take. That's definitely the case with "The Wonder of You." A few lyrics are even different, meaning this isn't the same version as the original 45. Of course, none of that should matter to the youngsters who've been singing along to "Hound Dog" on the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack, or to any other newcomers. Despite the complaints, this is arguably the best single disc Elvis primer to date. Real fans will want to explore much deeper for treasures to be found, but albums like this guarantee that this is one king who will deservedly live very long, if not forever. --Bill Holdship

ELV1S 30 #1 Hits - Elvis Presley CD

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, 8. Jailhouse Rock, 9. Don't, 10. Hard Headed Woman, 11. One Night, 12. (Now & 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, 19. (Maries 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, 26. In The Ghetto, 27. Suspicious Minds, 28. The Wonder Of You, 29. Burning Love, 30. Way Down, 31. A Little Less Conversation (JXL remix) BONUS TRACK

Personnel includes: Elvis Presley (vocals); Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, Brock Speer, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, Charles Prescott, Millie Kirham, Sherrill Nelson, Kathy Westmoreland, Myrna Smith; The Jordanaires; The Surfers; The Sweet Inspirations; The Imperials; J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. Producers include: Steve Sholes, Chet Atkins, Chips Moman, Felton Jarvis, Elvis Presley. Compilation producer: David Bendeth. Includes liner notes Peter Guralnick and Ernst Mikael Jorgensen. All tracks have been digitally remastered.


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Performer:  Elvis Presley
Release Date:  September 24, 2002
Label:  BMG
Genre:  Rock and Roll
Release Date:  September 24, 2002
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review by . June 04, 2010
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Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!!
How time flies by!  My old 2 CD compilation of Elvis Presley's biggest hits was issued way back in 1988.  And to put it mildly the sound quality on that collection left much to be desired.  A few years ago I purchased RCA's 2002 release "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits".   The difference in the sound quality was astonishing!   It goes without saying that recording technology has come a long way in the past two decades.  In my view, "Elvis: …
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