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Elvis Presley – Elvis 30 # 1 Hits (2002) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Elvis Presley – Elvis 30 # 1 Hits
Artist: Elvis Presley | Album: Elvis 30 number 1 Hits | Style: Rock’n’Roll | Year: 2002 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1, Dolby AC3 2.0) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 31 + 6 bonus | Size: ~5.21 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Release: RCA | BMG (RCA 07863 65053-9), 2002 | Note: Not Watermarked

RCA and the Elvis estate made no bones about their intention on replicating the blockbuster success of the Beatles’ The Beatles 1 with their own single-disc collection of number one hits — hence, the 2002 release of Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits. The idea of collecting all the number one hits is simple enough, but there are problems inherent with the concept, not the least of which is that RCA did this once before. Unlike the Beatles, who went through numerous changes in just seven years of recording, Elvis had nearly three times as many years’ worth of material and hits to choose from. Also, he hit on a number of different charts — not just pop, but also R&B, country, and adult contemporary. Furthermore, where almost all of the Beatles’ number one hits sampled at least part of their music, there are significant chunks of Elvis’ best material — including the visionary sides for Sun — that didn’t hit the top of the charts. All of this makes assembling a similar comprehensive sampler of Elvis’ biggest hits much more difficult, and it doesn’t help that RCA has decided not to have a rigid aesthetic and sample from different charts all over the world, resulting in a collection that feels more of a patchwork than it should, even if the bulk of the material is from the early ’60s; at least five songs feel like they should have been replaced with better, and better-known, sides. And, even if much of this material is exceedingly familiar, there also feels like there is a lot missing because, frankly, there is. No Sun singles and very little from his classic 1968 comeback or early-’70s hits like “Moody Blue,” not to mention sides that would showcase Elvis “the rocker” better than what’s here, which plays closer to Elvis the ’60s pop crooner than anything else. And, let’s face it, no matter what the packaging is, Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits can’t feel that new because of the veritable flood of Elvis collections RCA has issued since the King started having hits. This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics, but it’s hardly close to the only Elvis disc you’ll ever need, and it’s not even that great of a starting place, since it lacks so much of his best material. (Also, even though this is one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits, it can’t help but feel a little shoddy since there are actually 31 number one hits here, with the addition of the JXL remix of “A Little Less Conversation” tacked onto the end.)

01. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) (Bonus Track)
02. Way Down
03. Burning Love
04. The Wonder Of You
05. Suspicious Minds
06. In The Ghetto
07. Crying In The Chapel
08. Devil In Disguise (You’re The)
09. Return To Sender
10. She’s Not You
11. Good Luck Charm
12. Can’t Help Falling In Love
13. His Latest Flame (Marie’s The Name)
14. Surrender
15. Wooden Heart
16. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
17. It’s Now Or Never
18. Stuck On You
19. A Big Hunk O’ Love
20. A Fool Such As I (Now And Then There’s)
21. One Night
22. Hard Headed Woman
23. Don’t
24. Jailhouse Rock
25. Teddy Bear (Let Me Be Your)
26. All Shook Up
27. Too Much
28. Love Me Tender
29. Hound Dog
30. Don’t Be Cruel
31. Heartbreak Hotel


01. Burning Love (A:B Test)
02. Return to Sender (A:B Test)
03. (You’re The) Devil In Disguise (A:B Test)
04. In the Ghetto (Outtake)
05. Suspicious Minds (Outtake)
06. Crying in the Chapel (Outtake)


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