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Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!!

  • Jun 4, 2010
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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: 30 #1 Hits" has got to be the finest collection ever assembled of the much beloved "King of Rock & Roll"

All 30 tunes included on this single disc collection were #1 songs either here in the USA or in England where Elvis remains incredibly popular even to this day.  And there is such a wide variety of styles included here covering every phase of Elvis Presley's remarkable career at RCA records.  You are sure to enjoy old favorites like "Don't Be Cruel", "One Night" and "It's Now Or Never" all digitally remastered and crystal clear.  Amazing!  Younger fans might recall hits from the early 1970's like "Suspicious Minds" and the hard driving "Burning Love" from the fall of 1972.  I was also pleased to find a couple of tunes I do not currently own including "Wooden Heart" and "Way Down" both of which made it to the top of the charts in England.  And as an added bonus, RCA has included the 2002 worldwide smash "A Little Less Conversation". This clever remix of the original recording helped introduce Elvis to a whole new generation of fans.  Listen to it a few times and you will find that this tune will grow on you too.

If you are at all like me you like to see some decent liner notes when you purchasing a collection like this.  With "Elvis Presley Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" RCA has included a nicely done 24 page booklet.   And best of all the price is extremely attractive.  While I am not ordinarily in the habit of replacing CD's in my collection I definitely made an exception in this case. Very highly recommended!!!

Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!! Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!! Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!! Elvis' biggest and best have never ever sounded better!!

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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 ...
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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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