Elvis Presley: London Features
David Browne
September 27, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Elvis 30 #1 Hits

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Elvis Presley
guest performer
JXL
Producers
RCA

We gave it an A-

As with the Beatles’ ”1,” the career-spanning 30 #1 Hits is intended as a one-stop-shopping intro to Elvis. It does the job but, like the Fab collection, suffers from the same flawed concept: Chart-topping success doesn’t always mean quality. So, along with all the expected standards (some sporting richer, more bass-heavy sonics via a digital upgrade), we get the hideous polka pop of ”Wooden Heart” instead of powerful non-No. 1s like ”Kentucky Rain” or ”If I Can Dream.” Then again, Elvis’ career didn’t make a whole lot of sense either.

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