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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful
Here's my take on the latest entry in the Elvis greatest hits compilation sweepstakes. It is without question the best single-disc collection available. And I'm sure that RCA hopes this has the same kind of sales that the Beatles 2000 release "1" had. [That probably explains the spelling of his name--ELV1S--in the title.] And so far it's working--the album is No. 1 on Billboard's charts the first week of its release.
Is this this the ONLY Elvis you'll ever need? Depends. If you're a casual fan, probably. The serious fan will want it just to get the JXL radio edit remix of 1968's "A Little Less Conversation," whose late addition made it the 31st No. 1 hit of Elvis' career. [Also, do ALL copies include the 12-minute 1960 post-army interview CD that mine did?]
In addition, this updates RCA's 1987 18-track "The Number One Hits" by also including his British No. 1's. Elvis' last U.S. No. 1 was 1969's "Suspicious Minds." But "The Wonder of You" (1970), "Burning Love" (1972) and "Way Down" all hit the top spot in the U.K. In fact, "Way Down" (1976) spent five weeks at No. 1. The other big surprise was 1960's "Wooden Heart," taken from the movie G.I. Blues. [The song was not released as a single in the U.S.]
My only concern is that I hope it's not just old Elvis fans (like me) that are buying this disc. This is music that should transcend generations. And a quick peak at any given week's Billboard chart is evidence enough that today's artists could benefit from a little influence from the king of rock 'n' roll. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2002
Any singer who had 31 hit songs in the top 100 would be considered successful. Any singer who had 31 hit songs in the top 40 would be phenomenal. Any singer who had 31 hit songs that reached number #1 could only be Elvis Presley. The purity of Elvis' voice and clarity of the music is evident from the first song, "Heartbreak Hotel," which was released in 1956. Every song sounds better than ever before, whether it's the acoustic guitar on "Love Me Tender" or the electric guitar and Dixieland band on "Hard Headed Woman." Only Elvis could follow the rocking "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" with the gospel song "Crying In The Chapel" and have both songs reach #1. The live version of "The Wonder Of You" included here differs slightly from the familiar version, but is equally great. The 2002 remix version of "A Little Less Conversation" brings Elvis into the 21st century and closes out this compilation. With this CD clocking in at nearly 80 minutes, you literally could not ask for more.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
I've never heard Elvis sound so good! Crisp,clear,up-front Elvis vocals,not the muddy mixes heard before,just the right balance of everything.I heard little details in the songs, such as a guitar lick or a piano that are more prominent than before.Songs such as: "Return to Sender" - Elvis' emphasis on the words seem to be stronger because of the clarity of the song.
"Suspicios Minds"..."because I love you to much,baby",where Elvis' vocal is so clear it seems like Elvis just hangs onto the word "baby". "Burning Love" - I noticed the guitar licks are heard more up front than before.All 30 songs,plus "A Little Less Conversation"(JXL Remix),as a bonus song, sound as if recorded just yesterday.80 minutes of pure enjoyment for the true Elvis fan or a good introduction to the music of Elvis Presley. Elvis' voice is never more appreciated than on this remastered CD, where a person can grasp the true depth and beautiful,pure voice that Elvis Presley was blessed with.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
This is just brilliant music from the greatest recording artist of all time. The improved sound quality on these songs is incredible, so even if you already have every ELV1S album every released this is still worth buying. If you have never bought an ELV1S album then this is where to start. This album will appeal to anybody who is open to listening to good music. You will never get better value than this.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2002
This album collects together just 31 of his most popular recordings. It covers 1956-1977 - the years in which he was ever-present in the UK and US charts. I've heard these songs nany times before but never in such clarity and power. It's a revelation to me that he had sung these songs so well in the studio (or live- there's a slightly different version of "The Wonder Of You" included). The engineering originally, was allgedly, not the best, according to Elvis. But now, Elvis, his musicians and backing vocalists are revealed, gleaming from beneath the mud of the neglect. The engineers on this project had consulted with some of the original musicians, and even Elvis' ex-wife, and produced a sound that is probably how it really sounded in the studio. Their hard work with the tracks and the the music itself on this CD deserves the accolades. And, as for the singer, well, his sincerity when it comes to interpreting virtually every song - his own or others -rings through like never before in these superb recordings.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2007
This is the best single CD Elvis greatest hits collection available. It includes Elvis' biggest hits from the US and UK. All the songs on this set hit number 1 in either the US or UK or both, including the remix of his classic "A Little Less Conversation" which went to number 1 in the UK (and stayed there for 4 weeks) and several other countries in 2002. This set spans almost his entire career from his first international hit in 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel", right on through the last single to be released before his death in 1977, "Way Down". In between you get classics like "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "All Shook Up", "Jailhouse Rock", "Can't Help Falling in Love", "In the Ghetto", "Suspicious Minds", and "Burning Love"! Just about every song is a classic. If you buy only one Elvis CD, this should be it. Highly recommended!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
This CD is unbelievable, a great collection of hits with greatly improved sound. It also includes his lastest smash "A little less conversation" which went no.1 in 18 countries. Folks Elvis's voice was great before but on this CD he sounds like he's singing in your living room, you will no be disappointed. When you hear Suspicious Minds it will send a chill down your back it's so great.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
RCA/BMG finally is "taking care of business" with the legacy of ELV1S. The new cd ELV1S 30 #1s has been remastered and the songs have never sounded better. From Heartbreak Hotel to the newest worldwide hit " A Little Less Conversation" this new ELV1S cd is a pure pleasure to listen to. This compilation of number ones shows why ELV1S is still the king and always will be. The cd has ELV1S singing everything from rock and roll to ballads to light opera (Its Now or Never). Nobody has such a range of talent like ELV1S. This cd deserves to be a number one worldwide hit!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2002
Elvis Presley not the King? Despite some of the misguided and nonsensical ramblings of the first "review" of this CD ..., Elvis fans, and non-fans as well, can (and will) be pleased with this brand new REMASTERED CD. ...It is the MUSIC that matters, and this CD goes a long way in showing everyone why. While Little Richard, Chuck Berry and dozens of others were instrumental in the explosion of Rock and Roll, it was Elvis Presley that was the spark that ignited it...No one should doubt that Elvis' recording of "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel" is not only the best selling single of the "Rock Era", it is also the epitome of everything that The Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys and countless others have aspired to ever since. The bottom line is this: The CD has been remastered from the master tapes from RCA. Never before has the music of Elvis Presley sounded more rich and alive. Never before has the magic he had been more evident. In 1956, Elvis Presley was responsible for selling close to half of all records sold in America. Not even the Beatles can claim that kind of success. Listening to Elvis' growth from "Heartbreak Hotel" to "Way Down" is staggering. Presley wasn't just satisfied with "Rock" - who else in "Popular Music" could sing a gospel song and have it go to #1? The answer is clear. Before anyone did anything - Elvis did everything. Hype? I don't think so . . . and I don't think you'd get an argument from any of the other founding fathers of Rock. There is only one King - this disc shows why. It's all about the music. Just listen - and you'll know too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2002
Another Elvis Greatest Hits? Yes, but not just another. Credit must be given to the incredible job the production team have done as these well-known and well-loved tracks sound fresher than ever before. This is particularly true of Don't Be Cruel, Return To Sender and She's Not You. Elvis' voice has never sounded clearer on any disc and it's an absolute joy to hear his vocals in such clarity, even on songs which are so well known.
Mention must also be made of two alternate takes (not listed as such on the CD case): A Fool Such As I features Hank Garland and not Scotty Moore on the instrumental break, while a slightly re-worded The Wonder Of You is included, from Las Vegas in February 1970, a different show than the "original" version.
I own dozens of Elvis albums, many featuring these songs, and I did initially hesitate about buying this; having decided to add it to my collection, I'm glad I did, and so will you be.
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