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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50,000,000 RCA Record Executives Can't Be Wrong
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...
Published on October 6, 2002 by Steve Vrana

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3.0 out of 5 stars Above-Average Elvis Compilation
Is this merely the latest in a long line of Elvis rehashes? Yes and no. Almost all of the 90's Elvis Compilations were based on a theme (country songs, soundtracks, etc) and possessed at least one gimmick, usually in the form of at least one previously unheard alternate take. The theme for this release? All of Elvis' #1 hits from England and the U.S. The gimmick...
Published on March 1, 2003 by T. Schmidt


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Hits Of All Time!, October 7, 2002
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Barron Laycock "Labradorman" (Temple, New Hampshire United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
This collection of all of Elvis Number One songs is perfect for someone who is interested in having the best of his single releases. For those of us who grew up hearing these songs being played as the background to the movie of our everyday lives, each brings back some dusty memories; hitching a ride in a friends reworked '51 Ford and hearing "Jailhouse Rock" for the first time, or driving to Pennsylvania for my older sister's wedding and listening to "Don't be Cruel " as we hurtled down the highway. Yet much of this music came relatively later in his career, which is to say after he returned from the Army after a two year absence doing his patriotic duty.
So we have quite a mixture of different kinds of Elvis music, for what came after he returned was far less edgy and different than it had been before. Now he seemed to stick much more closely to a formulaic kind of song, much more main stream in songs like "Stuck On You, "Good Luck Charm", and "Return To Sender". Which isn't to say they were not good or that we didn't like them. But a lot of what he recorded in the 1963-67 timeframe was a lot like what everyone else was doing, or had been doing, in pop music.
Yet there are some innovative and impressive songs here, such as "It's Now Or Never", which was almost operatic in its delivery. This was a side of Elvis we had never recognized in any of his previous work, and he showed exactly how good a voice he had to work with. So we have quite a range here, from the early work like "Good Rocking Tonight", "Baby, Let's Play House", "All Shook Up", and "Heartbreak Hotel", as well as some softer and more mainstream work like "She's Not You", "Devil In Disguise', and "Suspicious Minds". Anyone giving a good listen to the range on this CD can see just what kind of musical legs this guy had. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recollections of Elvis, October 4, 2002
This review is from: 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
This is a collection of Elvis's most popular -- not necessarily his best -- songs. The CD has a nice crisp sound, and most of the songs are still worth listening to.
Just to mention a few songs: "Heartbreak Hotel": absolutely unique when I first heard it in 1956. Nobody had ever sung a song like this before. "Jailhouse Rock": sounds like Keith and Mick, but predates the Stones by several years. "Burning Love": great energy and that great line "a hunka, hunka burning love." "Suspicious Minds": another unique, one-of-a-kind song.
Then, there are some guilty pleasures here. That infectious little ditty "and Marie's the name of his latest flame" and the line that made English teachers hate Elvis "I ain't never did no wrong" from "One Night."
Elvis is the guy you hoped your daughter wouldn't bring home to introduce to you. There is something vastly interesting about a person with so much talent that he can afford to waste it while the rest of us strive to make our tiny, insignificant mark on the world. Or if it wasn't talent, what was it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars HUH?, September 26, 2002
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J. Romanovich "Kiss Fan" (Crown Point, IN United States) - See all my reviews
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I guess every one is entitled to his own opinion. Whether it's Chuck Berry or Carl Perkins or whoever?? Elvis brought the music to the mainstream audience. Without Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry would be underground legends and we'd be praising Pat Boone's 30 greatest hits right now. As far as the CD goes, yes these tunes can be found on other CD's, but they are not mixed on other CD's as well, or as hot as they are on here. New life has been given to every single song and it's actually a pleasure to hear Hound Dog all over again. I am a Beatles fan as well. I'd have to say that this compilation by far blows away Beatles 1. It is obvious in listening to both CD's which one was given the treatment that only a King should have. This CD will someday be called the greatest Rock and Roll album of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have not heard Elvis until you hear ELV1S 30 #1 Hits, September 25, 2002
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After listening to this CD I am finally able to truly appreciate the songs that made Elvis The King of Rock'n'Roll. The sound is amazing. Others, who have not even attempted to listen to this CD, will attempt to rewrite history and minimize Elvis' cultural impact. Elvis always gave credit to his musical influences. The ignorant claim he somehow "stole" music while history shows he beautifully blended Country, R&B and Gospel in a way no other had before and recorded his knockout version of "That's All Right" about a year before anyone had heard of Chuck Berry. No one person can be credited with "inventing" Rock, but one artist earned a rightful place as "King" above all others with complete domination of music charts. As these 31 songs prove, Elvis was not confined to one style of music, he could "sing all kinds". No single compilation would ever be enough to capture the sheer volume of Elvis' greatest performances, but this collects 31 of his trans-Atlantic #1 hits, spanning 46 years, and is worthy of being the 1st or 101st Elvis album in a collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Music by Rock's Now and Forever King!, September 25, 2002
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bestseller92 (Southeastern Oklahoma) - See all my reviews
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This is it -- the absolute greatest collection of music from the most important, influential and talented artist of the 20th Century. If you've been waiting for a truly complete Elvis "starter kit" at a very good price, your wait is over! They're all here -- "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel", "Suspicious Minds" -- all the King's #1s. Plus, they are newly remastered to make them sound just like Elvis is there in the room, singing just for you as only he could. Elvis was the greatest artist of the 20th Century, and this new collection proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the King will be in the building well into the 21st Century as well. Long live the KING!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd, August 7, 2007
This review is from: 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
This is a great CD. All of the songs brought back the evidence of Elvises' great talent to all who have heard it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive overview of Elvis' hits, January 29, 2003
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Neal C. Reynolds (Indianapolis, Indiana) - See all my reviews
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To start with, yes, I feel there are Elvis hits that should've been in this collection and some that shouldn't have been included, but when you put together a collection of songs by a singer who came out with the number of top songs he did, there's no way everyone is going to agree 100% with the selection.
For me, the most impressive aspect of this collection is the realization that Elvis Presley proved himself in so many genres of music. At the start of the career, he was of course considered rock'n roll, many of his bordering on rockabilly. However, he soon proved himself adept as a ballad singer with such hits as "Love Me Tender". A lot of his material fitted in the basic pop category, but spanning the years as he showed influence from The Ink Spots, Dean Martin and others. In his way, he could croon to the teenagers of the era just as Sinatra and Crosby had to earlier fans.
However, as this collection proves, he went beyond rock'n roll and pop with a country sound (influenced by Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, etc.) often. Then, he'd go and do just as well with R&B. From there, he proved himself as a capable gospel singer. His Christmas albums were top sellers of the seasons they came out. With Neopolitan type songs such as "It's Now Or Never" and "Surrender", he came close to semi-classical with great renditions of melodies such as Mario Lanza sang.
Not all of these reached #1 on any of the U.S. charts used; several were #1 on the UK charts, but did less well here. That itself is interesting, noting the difference in reception of some of the songs in two different areas.
So this collection is an excellant showcase of a major superstar's career and as such, is quite highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a 5-STAR perfromance, January 5, 2003
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Rich Macklin (North Hills, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
As you listen to these blockbuster hits, remember that the greatest Elvis tunes are found off the beaten path. Yes these are all tremendous hits, but it is only the threshhold to the Kingdom. Get the album ELVIS IS BACK recorded after he got out of the Army and hear songs like "Reconsider Baby"; "Like a Baby," "How can It be Wrong?"; "Mess of Blues"; "Fever." If you get the '60s box set, you'll hear some real masterpieces like "Edge of Reality,"; "Let Yourself Go"; "Almost In Love"; Stranger In My Hometown"; "Little Friend"; "Long Black Limousine." On the 70s Box set you'll hear "Sound of Your Cry"; "Faded Love"; "My Boy"; "Sylvia"; "Life." There are all sorts of tremendous out takes, like one of Elvis singing "12th Of Never" in a rich Irish tenor, or "Killing Me Softly." Great bootlegs of Elvis concert moments are out there that are just hysterical and even sad, like where he goes on a scatalogical rant against a reporter that wrote that he was strung out.
E L V 1 S is ELVIS FOR DUMMIES; it gets you online, but it is only the beginning of a journey that doesn't end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE!, December 26, 2002
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Lets face it; there can be no denying this man his place atop the music world. He is hands down, far and away the greatest pop culture icon ever. This album is important to show that Elvis 56 was just the beginning. If you listen to the music world of the mid to late 60s, the British Invasion had a hold on the charts and some of the silliest sounding songs came from that time--- poppy little egghead tunes that were annoying. Then you had the Motown sound, which after a decade had lost a lot of its verve and had become formulaic by then. Elvis' sound was fresh. While other 50s rockers were on nostalgia tours then--mainly due to the interest generated by the Comeback Special--- Elvis reinvented himself and dominated the charts again with a vibrant new sound that shaped the next decade of music.
No artist crossed over as many different musical categories as Elvis. In fact 5 of his songs simultaneously held the top spot in all three musical categories. He's not only The King of Rock & Roll and Rockabilly, but he is The King of Country Music, The King of Gospel Music, The King of Concerts and The King of Dead Artists.
The late 60s Elvis music featured a fully orchestrated production, replete with horns, accompanying a powerful male lead vocal, backed up with soul singers and a choir. Right after the Memphis Record, and Suspicious Minds soared to the top of the charts, the music world changed again and the 70s saw scores of groups adopt this sound-- Ides of March, Rare Earth, Chicago, B.T.O, Hamilton-Joe-Frank & Reynolds, Joe Cocker, to name but a few. The country rock flavor of Elvis' music of this period can be found in music by The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Doobie Brothers, Lynrd Skynrd, The Eagles and a host of others.
Artists from every genre all over the world hail the King--The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, even Andrew Dice Clay. So many artists have taken a page from this man's style and sound if even for a song--David Bowie (Young Americans) Queen (Crazy Little Thing Called Love) The Doors (Touch Me)....The Stray Cats and Credence Clearwater Revival's music is a trip back to the Sun Record sound.
At the time of his death and directly after the country music craze went mainstream and, had he lived, Elvis' musical career in the 80s would've continued to flourish. I believe that by the 90s the leading ladies of pop would've lined up to do duets with him, and about now, as a senior citizen, he would've scaled back and returned to the skeletal accompaniment of his early days and brought about new trends in the new millennium.
Elvis was innovative to the end. His song Moody Blue raced up the charts and was only kept out of the Top 10 by the multitude of releases from the Saturday Night Fever album. The Album went to Number 3 before he died.
He is the leading selling artist of the last 25 years and he has been dead for all of them; just think how many more songs would've been on ELV1S #1 HITS had he lived....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A King among men., December 23, 2002
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F. Cornell (Bridgeport, CT) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 30 #1 Hits (Audio CD)
Beyond whatever hype, criticism, or characterization of Elvis' personal life and career you subscribe to; regardless of the unflattering media portrayals, bizarre fans and tell all documentaries, the music remains the essence of the man and eternally enshrines him as the greatest pop icon ever. For those of us alive at the time, we remember life as B.E and A.E and A.E things changed for music and male sexuality forever. Or as John Lennon eloquently put it: "Before ELVIS there was nothing!" When you become great enough, you cease to be a proper noun and you becomes an adjective; people say "He's the ELVIS PRESLEY of this or that." I remember when Vanilla Ice came along and they said "He's the next ELVIS." Well there's never gonna be a "Next ELVIS." What happened then gripped the world and made music front page headlines. The power of Elvis on T.V enslaved his fans to him. So much for Don Henley's theory that T.V makes Rock & Roll small.... Here's to the next 50 years of ELVIS and to his next Number 1 record or CD or whatever will come after CDs. It's only gonna get better for Elvis as the years go by, as a whole new generation of children have fallen in love with him and his music in this millennium and they will grow up with him and raise their children on him and so on..... and so on..... and so on..... into the next millennium ...and so on...and so on . ....
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