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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Japanese Import
  • ASIN: B00006GJ9N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD ALBUM

BBC Review

Released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the world's most famous man whose middle name was Aaron shuffling off this mortal coil; we are faced once more with the legacy of the King. Jokes about peanut butter sandwiches and fat sweaty guys in white high-collar jumpsuits aside, this is still, despite all that came after (including The Beatles) a collection that sets a benchmark that few will ever approach. The only question is: doesn't everyone already own them? And if not, why not?

Like a tin of quick-drying varnish, 30 #1 Hits does exactly what it says on the cover. Starting with his big label debut, ''Heartbreak Hotel'' and ending with his posthumous chart-topper ''Way Down'', you get all the memorable moments, mapping the bequiffed-one's progress from parent-baiting hip-swiveller (''Hound Dog''), through sixties lost-in-hollywood schmaltz merchant (''Wooden Heart'') and comeback kid renaissance man (''In The Ghetto'') to the final Vegas karate surrealism (''The Wonder Of You''). You all know the story, here's the soundtrack.

One is struck by the awesome way in which this material has seeped into every part of our lives. Play this album and everybody within hearing range is guaranteed to gasp at some point ''ooh, I love this one''. The fun is in comparing notes on which model's your favourite. If there's any criticism to be levelled, it's that the strict chart-based formula precludes any sign of the glorious Sun sessions that unleashed the Tenessee truck driver upon Western civilisation. Also sadly lacking is any material recorded during his electric '68 comeback special and the inclusion of the pointless ''Little Less Conversation'' remix smacks of heartless opportunism. But hey, that's the way it is...

To not have these nuggets of purest pop within reach (in case of emergency) should be considered a crime. From the dirtiest R 'n' B to the weepiest ballads, the Pelvis did it all, and before he hit 43. Icon, avatar, hillbilly and oaf; Elvis may have been all of the above. But musically speaking; he's still taking care of business. --Chris Jones

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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Dodd on 29 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Never before has an Elvis album been remastered with such care. BMG has found the original masters and session tapes of 30 songs which made the top of the pop charts in the US and the UK between 1956 and 1977, remixed and remastered them, and added the JXL remix which recently topped the charts in fourteen countries. Similar to the ground-breaking Beatles Number Ones album in that Elvis' greatest songs aren't included if they didn't get to No.1, this therefore excludes songs like 'That's All Right', 'If I Can Dream' and 'Always On My Mind'. But it does include great songs like 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Suspicious Minds', all remastered to perfection. Some songs have sounded rather flat in the past, paarticularly 'Hound Dog', where they didn't have the master tape at hand, but now they've found it in a vault and used it for the first time since 1956.Two songs are noticably different, in that they've used a different version for this release. 'A Fool Such As I' is a different, earlier take of the song, and 'The Wonder Of You' is an undubbed version from an evening Vegas show, here replacing the overdubbed version recorded at the afternoon show the same day. Both lack the finesse of the master versions, but add to the collectability of the CD.These are the greatest hits of the worlds greatest entertainer ever. Therefore this has got to be the greatest album ever released by anyone, and should be in everyone's collection, along with 'The Sun Collection', 'Elvis Is Back' and 'From Elvis In Memphis'. Buy it now.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The 31 songs on this album do not neccessarily give a complete picture of the enormous talent of the greatest recording artist of all time, but they are better than anything anyone else has to offer. All these songs are classics, many have already sold tens of millions of copies as singles and on albums.
With this cd there is the added bonus of the songs being remastered from the origonal tapes so that the sound quality is excellent. You can really hear ELV1S' voice crisp and clear, much better than on any earlier cd. It is almost like hearing the K1NG for the first time.
If you are an ELV1S fan then you have probably already decided to buy this album. If you are not yet a fan, listen to this cd. You will quickly realise why the Legend lives on.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2002
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When JXL remixed the '68 hit 'A Little Less Conversation' and got it to number one, it brought Elvis to a whole new generation of fans, including me. My parents are both Elvis fans and I've grown up with his music, but I bought this cd for myself, and to all young fans - it shows why Elvis is the King!
Most of the hits are from the 50's and early 60's, and the infamous tracks 'Heartbeak Hotel', 'Hound dog' and 'All Shook Up' are featured, as well as some lesser-known ones like 'too much' and 'hard headed woman'. What is great about this cd is that it shows Elvis' versatality - no other artist (not even Jacko, who many kids today think is better than Elvis, as if!) could change from rock (Jailhouse rock, burning love) to beautiful ballads (love me tender, don't, can't help falling in love) to gospel (crying in the chapel).
This cd also features 'suspicious minds' which puts Gareth Gates' recent cover to shame. And for newer or younger fans, the sleeve includes information on each track. Once you have this cd, you will want more. And remember:
Before anyone did anything, Elvis did Everything!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Roxanne Gillie on 14 May 2009
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I actually bought this cd for my 4 year old son. When he was watching the film Lilo and Stitch he always got up to dance when the elvis music came on so i bought the cd for him to dance to in the house with his sister. They absolutelly love it, another generation of Elvis fans coming through !! :0)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christina watson on 9 Aug. 2013
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Came back from a visit to Gracelands and needed a quick fix of Elvis !! Cant stop listening to cd love it ,all the hits on this !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave T K on 8 May 2013
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Although not a massive Elvis fan, he is a must for the ipod, as a lover of all types of music the king had to be included
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jab on 10 July 2013
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we didnt have any elvis in our collection this is the only one needed old to new its all there
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 7 Aug. 2013
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THE KING AT HIS BEST ! A SELECTION OF SOME OF HIS BEST KNOWN SONGS SUNG AS ONLY HE CAN !
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