Elvis Presley - ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits

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Album Overview

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 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. 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.


1Heartbreak Hotel2:10
2Don't Be Cruel2:04
3Hound Dog2:16
4Love Me Tender2:45
5Too Much2:33
6All Shook Up2:00
7(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear1:48
8Jailhouse Rock2:37
10Hard Headed Woman1:56
11One Night2:33
12(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I2:40
13A Big Hunk O'Love2:12
14Stuck On You2:21
15It's Now Or Never3:15
16Are You Lonesome Tonight?3:06
17Wooden Heart1:58
19(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame2:10
20Can't Help Falling In Love3:01
21Good Luck Charm2:26
22She's Not You2:08
23Return To Sender2:09
24(You're The) Devil In Disguise2:23
25Crying In The Chapel2:23
26In The Ghetto2:45
27Suspicious Minds4:29
28The Wonder Of You2:35
29Burning Love2:50
30Way Down2:37
31A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)3:30

Remix: Junkie XL

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 BillboardCashboxNew Musical Express, and Record Retailer. Not all of Elvis' number ones are included as it is only a one-disc set.

The compilation was produced and mixed in stereo and 5.1 by David Bendeth with remastering by Ted Jensen on the first thirteen songs and George Marino on the last sixteen songs. The songs were engineered by Ray Bardani, and were transferred from master tapes by Brent Spear. 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. The album helped Elvis to have the longest span of number one album on the 200. The album has sold over three million copies in Europe alone and has shipped over double that amount.

Critical reception

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. 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". 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. 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". 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.


  • Compilation Producer: David Bendeth
  • Compiled By: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen
  • Compiled By: Roger Semon
  • Engineer: Ray Bardani
  • Engineer [Assistant]: Claudius Mittendorfer
  • Engineer [Assistant]: Dan Milazzo
  • Engineer [Technical Tape Transfer]: Brent Spear
  • Mastered By [Vinyl Cut]: SST
  • Mixed By: David Bendeth
  • Mixed By: Ray Bardani
  • Remastered By: George Marino
  • Remastered By: Ted Jensen


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