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Elv1s: 30 No.1 Hits: Slide Pack - Elvis Presley

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      30.10.2008 20:18
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      31 Number 1 hits (not 30)

      Released in 2002 this album is a collection of 31 Elvis songs which reached number 1 in either the UK or the USA. And yes, it is 31 and not 30, as the album was being prepared before the remix of A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION hit the charts - when this track reached number 1 the record company added it onto this album as a 'bonus' track.

      The joy of an album such as this is hearing a range of songs from across Elvis' 23 year career, beginning with HEARTBREAK HOTEL from the 1950s, through 1960s classics such as CRYING IN THE CHAPEL, right up to the end with WAY DOWN, recorded in 1977, the last year of Elvis' life. The inclusion of the remix of A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION only goes to show that Elvis' music will leave forever.

      This is an album which deserves a place in every music lover's collection.

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

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        29.12.2007 15:37

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        30 Hits + bonus track of some of the kings greatest

        Elvis Presley one of the greatest rock 'n' roll acts of all time !! This album is truly great , its a collection of his all time number 1 hits 31 to be precise (although the the album is called ELV1S 30 #1 hits) it includes a bonus track on the end which is the number 1 hit A Little Less Conversation. The album was mixed and released in 2002 by BMG records and includes the following tracks :-

        1. Heartbreak Hotel
        2. Don't Be Cruel
        3. Hound Dog
        4. Love Me Tender
        5. Too Much
        6. All Shook Up
        7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
        8. Jailhouse Rock
        9. Don't
        10. Hard Headed Woman
        11. One Night
        12. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I
        13. A Big Hunk O' Love
        14. Stuck on You
        15. It's Now or Never
        16. Are you lonesome tonight
        17. wooden heart
        18. Surrender
        19. (Maries the name) His latest Flame
        20. Cant help falling in love
        21. Good Luck Charm
        22. She's not you
        23. Return to Sender
        24. (You're the) devil in disguise
        25. Crying in the chapel
        26. In the ghetto
        27. Suspicious Minds
        28. The wonder of you
        29. Burning love
        30. Way down
        Bonus Track - A little less conversation.

        A Brilliant combination of those hits by 'The King'! 10/10 star ratings for this CD!!

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        17.12.2006 18:15
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        Great value , excellent track list and fantastic sound quality

        Well bless my soul what’s wrong with me, who…., Elvis Presley I hear you say. Well, even Dooyoo has resigned the man himself to the archive section but being my first music review and with a member name of ‘rocknro11’ why not review an album spanning 21 years of number one hit records across the UK and American charts by an artist who started it all. To quote John Lennon ‘Before Elvis there was nothing’.

        Now I’m not quite an Elvis nut but my old man having a quiff and sideburns in his younger days meant Elvis would be played on that thing they called a record player more often than not, so hence this started my understanding of the guy they dubbed ‘The King of Rocknroll.’

        Elv1s – 30 Number 1 (plus one bonus track) was released in 2002 by BMG, who own the RCA record label. The compilation is taken from the original masters then mixed and re-mastered for optimum sound quality. There are as the title suggests 30 tracks, starting with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ originally released in 1956 and ends with ‘Way Down’ released in 1977 and was in the charts at the time of Elvis’ death, which increased its exposure and remained at number 1 in the UK charts for 5 weeks.

        If you like Elvis and already own many albums then you’ve most likely got all the tracks on this album, so why buy it? In my opinion the answer to that is simply, the superb sound quality. Recording Studios in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s aren’t what they are today; much of the quality was lost when recorded to tape. Take the first track, Heartbreak Hotel, the original 45 (yes I have it) sounded much like it was recorded in an aircraft hangar, the drums and double bass backing Elvis seemed to blend into the echo but this re-master is clarity at its best, it’s as though you are there at the recording. Bill Black on double bass suddenly enhances the beat to the point you can feel each chord played, Floyd Cramer on the piano sounds crisp which simply was not present in previous releases.

        Now if you’re not familiar with Elvis this album does track his career as each single is in chronological order starting at 1956 through to the year 1977. The album portrays how his sound, style and choice of song change through the 21 years up until his death and believe me it is quite different. Throughout the 30 tracks you are treated to pure Rocknroll, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Classical and some unforgettable Ballads.

        Elvis made 31 films and 2 documentaries, only a handful of the films would fall into the category of a ‘watch worthy’ film and most of these were early on in his career but many of the films produced hit singles, some of these reached number 1 in the charts and are included on this album. ‘Love me Tender’ was his first film, it was originally called the Reno Brothers but due to the success of the track Love me Tender was quickly renamed to the same. Anyone who has heard this track would have heard the ‘hiss’ ever present throughout the entire song. This track was actually recorded on the set of the film in the 20th Century Fox sound stage and the master had an inherent hiss that quite frankly by today’s standards is unacceptable. The re mastered track here is the best I’ve heard, the ‘hiss’ is still present but now does not overpower the song itself.

        Another film track is track 8, Jailhouse Rock. This for me is the young Elvis at his best. Originally released in September 1957, Elvis literally belts this song out and nails it in his own unique style that no one else in my opinion has ever come close to. The surging beat, and driving lyrics, accompanied by Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass and DJ Fontana on drums capture for me the crude rocknroll sound of the 50’s, that led to many banding teenagers who liked this music as vulgar delinquents.

        The only classical track on the album is ‘It’s Now or Never’ and is derived from the Neapolitan ballad ‘O Sole Mio’. A difficult song to sing but here Elvis proves his vocal talent is not limited to the rocknroll style. The re-mastered version is exceptionally clear on every operatic note.

        In the Ghetto and Suspicious Minds both number one hits for Elvis in 1969 are both great songs but the orchestral backing has been overdubbed and enhanced to make them for me the best I’ve heard.

        The last rocking number one Elvis had was ‘Burning Love’ in 1972 at a time in his life when he had separated from his wife. He may have had marital problems but this track is fantastic and the re-mastered version of 2002 well, is just magnificent. Both vocals and orchestral backing are strong, vibrant, powerful and crystal clear.

        The bonus track (31) is the remix by JXL of the song ‘A Little Less Conversation’ for the soundtrack to the Nike 2002 Secret Tournament advertising campaign. Well it is a bonus track but it does not live up to the standard of the rest of the album. The vocals are overpowered by the remixed synthesized accompaniment and for me it didn’t work. That said, it got to number 1 but that’s the power of advertising!

        Full track List :

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


        To accompany the CD there is a booklet insert, which contains a few pictures of Elvis and a small write up of each track. You can pick the disc up on Amazon for £5.49 new or used from £2.50.

        I really enjoyed the whole CD and for just over a fiver new it’s well worth the money and I would recommend it if you like Elvis. If you’re a teenager and brave enough (don’t tell your friends, might not be that cool!) you’ll certainly find out what your Nan and Grandad may have rocked to in the 50’s.


        Now if there is anyone reading this with suspicious minds why I would review such an artist, don’t have and please don’t be cruel with your ratings. If you are, you may see me crying in the chapel, all shook up or one night, way down at heartbreak hotel wondering if anyone else is a fool such as I.

        All that’s left to say is … Well thank you very much for reading, you’ve been a fantastic audience.

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          Included in this compilation are 31 '#1' hits performed by THE KING. #1 is a little misleading because these tracks are scattered between U.S. and/or British charts. Many of these songs overlap, but his best works on included like, 'In the Ghetto', 'It's Now or Never', 'A Fool Such As I' and etc.. were not #1 in America. Every review of a song features a ranking out of 10 with the song appropriate Elvii (plural form of Elvis). The songs are listed in chronological order and is quite lengthy due to all of its tracks. Amazingly, this is the 1st review of '30 Number 1 Hits'. Feel free to skim through to the song(s) that you're curious about. the rest is at u-rate-it.com

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Heartbreak Hotel
          2 Don't Be Cruel
          3 Hound Dog
          4 Love Me Tender
          5 Too Much
          6 All Shook Up
          7 Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
          8 Jailhouse Rock
          9 Don't
          10 Hard Headed Woman
          11 One Night
          12 Now And Then There's A Fool Such As I
          13 Big Hunk O'Love
          14 Stuck On You
          15 It's Now Or Never
          16 Are You Lonesome Tonight
          17 Wooden Heart
          18 Surrender
          19 Marie's The Name His Latest Flame
          20 Can't Help Falling In Love
          21 Good Luck Charm
          22 She's Not You
          23 Return To Sender
          24 You're The Devil In Disguise
          25 Crying In The Chapel
          26 In The Ghetto
          27 Suspicious Minds
          28 Wonder Of You
          29 Burning Love
          30 Way Down
          31 Little Less Conversation - Presley, Elvis & JXL