ELV1S

ELV1S

ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits
Greatest hits album by Elvis Presley
Released September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)
Recorded January 10, 1956 - October 29, 1976
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, pop
Length 79:34
Label RCA
Producer David Bendeth[1]
Compiler Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon[1]
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis Presley: Live Musicbank
(2002)
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits
(2002)
2nd to None
(2003)
Singles from ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits
  1. "A Little Less Conversation"
    Released: June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)

ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a greatest hits collection of songs by American rock and roll icon Elvis Presley that reached No. 1 on the Australian, United Kingdom and United States albums charts. The album was released by RCA Records on September 24, 2002. It is the first Elvis Presley album to feature the remix of "A Little Less Conversation" by Junkie XL that was released earlier in the year (see 2002 in music) and reached No. 1 in the UK and Australia. This style of compilation, dovetailing number one hits from the two largest record markets in the world, was inspired by the Beatles' 1, which had become a worldwide hit in 2000. Conversely, the latter album had been somewhat inspired by Presley's The Number Ones Hits, released thirteen years earlier, in 1987. The Number One Hits was, in fact, the first compilation of number one hits by any single artist or band released on LP or CD in any country in the world.

When released, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was an instant success, going straight to the top of the albums charts in several countries and shipping mass quantities around the world.[2] By 2003 the album had received certifications in more than fifteen regions and had sold millions of copies worldwide. A companion album, 2nd to None, was released the next year.

Contents

  • Compilation, production and releases 1
  • Release and reception 2
    • Commercial reception 2.1
    • Critical reception 2.2
  • Track listing 3
    • Limited edition versions 3.1
      • 2003 deluxe bonus disc 3.1.1
      • WalMart bonus disc 3.1.2
      • Japan bonus disc 3.1.3
  • Charts and certifications 4
    • Charts 4.1
      • Year-end charts 4.1.1
    • Certifications 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Compilation, production and releases

ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was compiled by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen and Roger Semon using chart data from the pop singles charts in Billboard, Cashbox, New Musical Express, and Record Retailer. Not all of Elvis' number ones are included as it is only a one-disc set.[1]

The compilation was engineered by Ray Bardani, and were transferred from master tapes by Brent Spear.[1] The 18 recordings recorded in stereo (1960 and later) were digitally remixed from the original multitrack recordings.

In 2003, it became the first, and so far, only Elvis album to be issued in the newly created DVD audio-only disc format. The stereo tracks (1960 and later) were remixed into 5.1 surround sound for the first time and the 13 tracks recorded in mono (before 1960) were remastered and presented in a simulated 5.1 format. The songs were presented in reverse order, with "A Little Less Conversation" as track 1, and "Heartbreak Hotel" as track 31. There are also bonus tracks which are sections of three songs ("It's Now or Never", "Crying in the Chapel", and "Burning Love"), giving an A:B comparison of the original master and the remaster. A 2003 reissue of the album featured a bonus disc with outtakes and rehearsals of several songs. A Wal-Mart release had a bonus disc with Elvis' post army interview, while a Japanese release had a bonus disc with three versions of "A Little Less Conversation".

Release and reception

Commercial reception

In the first week following the album's release, it topped the record charts in 17 territories. The album was Presley's first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was his first number one since 1973.[2] The album helped Elvis to have the longest span of number one album on the 200.[3] The album has sold over three million copies in Europe alone and has shipped over double that amount.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A+[5]
Entertainment Weekly A−[6]
Jam! unfavorable[7]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[8]

ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits received mostly favorable reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic felt that even though the album was very good, that it still lacked a lot of good material and that several factors were working against it, such as the number of hits Elvis had and the songs that didn't make it to No. 1.[4] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly felt that the album did succeed in its purpose, but not all of the songs on the collection had enough "quality".[6] Darryl Sterdan of Jam! CANOE predicted that the album would not do as well as the Beatles' 1 because almost all of the songs can be found on other collections and it is missing several definitive songs.[7] Robert Christgau gave the album his highest rating out of all of Elvis' albums that he's reviewed and felt that the album showed that his life was "a continuous whole".[5] Parke Puterbaugh, on his Rolling Stone review of the album, gave the album five out of five stars and felt that the recordings had improved sound quality.[8]

Track listing

  1. "Heartbreak Hotel" – 2:10
    • U.S. 8 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  2. "Don't Be Cruel" – 2:04
    • U.S. 11 weeks at No. 1 (with "Hound Dog") — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  3. "Hound Dog" – 2:16
    • U.S. 11 weeks at No. 1 (with "Don't Be Cruel") — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  4. "Love Me Tender" – 2:45
    • U.S. 5 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 11
  5. "Too Much" – 2:33
    • U.S. 3 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 6
  6. "All Shook Up" – 2:00
    • U.S. 9 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 7 weeks at No. 1
  7. "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" – 1:48
    • U.S. 7 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 3
  8. "Jailhouse Rock" – 2:37
    • U.S. 7 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 3 weeks at No. 1
  9. "Don't" – 2:49
    • U.S. 5 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  10. "Hard Headed Woman" – 1:56
    • U.S. 2 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  11. "One Night" – 2:33
    • U.S. peaked at No. 4 — U.K. 3 weeks at No. 1 (with "I Got Stung")
  12. "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" – 2:40
    • U.S. peaked at No. 2 — U.K. 5 weeks at No. 1 (with "I Need Your Love Tonight")
  13. "A Big Hunk o' Love" – 2:12
    • U.S. 2 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 4
  14. "Stuck on You" – 2:21
    • U.S. 4 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 3
  15. "It's Now or Never" – 3:15
    • U.S. 5 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 8 weeks at No. 1
  16. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" – 3:06
    • U.S. 6 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 4 weeks at No. 1
  17. "Wooden Heart" – 1:58
    • U.S. no chart placing — U.K. 6 weeks at No. 1
  18. "Surrender" – 1:51
    • U.S. 2 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 4 weeks at No. 1
  19. "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" – 2:10
    • U.S. peaked at No. 4 — U.K. 4 weeks at No. 1 (with "Little Sister")
  20. "Can't Help Falling in Love" – 3:01
    • U.S. peaked at No. 2 — U.K. 4 weeks at No. 1 (with "Rock-a-Hula Baby")
  21. "Good Luck Charm" – 2:26
    • U.S. 2 weeks at No. 1 — U.K. 5 weeks at No. 1
  22. "She's Not You" – 2:08
    • U.S. peaked at No. 5 — U.K. 3 weeks at No.1
  23. "Return to Sender" – 2:09
    • U.S. peaked at No. 2 — U.K. 3 weeks at No. 1
  24. "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" – 2:23
    • U.S. peaked at No. 3 — U.K. 1 week at No. 1
  25. "Crying in the Chapel" – 2:23
    • U.S. peaked at No. 3 — U.K. 2 weeks at No. 1
  26. "In the Ghetto" – 2:45
    • U.S. peaked at No. 3 (reached number 1 on US Cashbox chart) — U.K. 1 week at No. 1 (UK Record Mirror Chart)
  27. "Suspicious Minds" – 4:29
    • U.S. 1 week at No. 1 — U.K. peaked at No. 2
  28. "The Wonder of You" – 2:35
    • U.S. peaked at No. 9 — U.K. 6 weeks at No. 1
  29. "Burning Love" – 2:50
    • U.S. 1 week at No. 1 (US Cashbox chart) — U.K. peaked at No. 7
  30. "Way Down" – 2:37
    • U.S. peaked at No. 18 — U.K. 5 weeks at No. 1
  31. "A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)"
    • U.S. peaked at No. 50 — U.K. 4 weeks at No. 1

Limited edition versions

2003 deluxe bonus disc

  1. "Heartbreak Hotel" (rehearsal)
  2. "All Shook Up" (rehearsal)
  3. "Teddy Bear, Don't Be Cruel" (rehearsal)
  4. "A Big Hunk o'Love" (take 2)
  5. "Stuck on You" (take 1)
  6. "It's Now or Never" (takes 2 & 3)
  7. "Surrender" (take 2)
  8. "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" (rehearsal & take 2)
  9. "She's Not You" (take 2 & wp take 4)
  10. "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" (take 2 & 3)
  11. "In the Ghetto" (take 1)
  12. "Burning Love" (take 2)
  13. "Way Down" (take 2)
  14. "In the Ghetto" (vocal only outtake)
  15. "A Little Less Conversation" (JXL 12" Extended Remix)

WalMart bonus disc

  1. The Elvis Post Army Interview

Japan bonus disc

  1. "A Little Less Conversation" (Original)
  2. "A Little Less Conversation" (JXL 12" Extended Remix)
  3. "A Little Less Conversation - JXL Mix" (Video) (CD-rom content)

Charts and certifications

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External links

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