Elvis 30 #1 Hits 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… Elvis 30 #1 Hits 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… 2002-09-04 Elvis Presley JXL
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30 No. 1 Hits (2002)

Elvis Presley | CHART ATTACK Elvis' top hits are compiled on ''30'' -- but the lesser-known gems get ignored
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CHART ATTACK Elvis' top hits are compiled on ''30'' -- but the lesser-known gems get ignored
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Details Release Date: Sep 04, 2002; Lead Performance: Elvis Presley

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.

Originally posted Sep 23, 2002 Published in issue #674 Sep 27, 2002 Order article reprints
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