Ever wonder what the King would sound like if he were recorded in a modern studio? To mark the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, RCA will release ”Elvis 30 #1 Hits,” a collection of his hit songs, recalling the Beatles’ ”1,” which topped the charts last year. But unlike the Fab Four set — and any reissue in history — ”30” features reconfigured versions of the originals.
The producers dissected the tracks and mixed them anew to create richer and more refined cuts. ”The goal is to turn people on to Elvis Presley again and not let the sonics or the tinniness turn them off,” says producer David Bendeth.
Bendeth prefers not to call his finished products ”remixes” because ”’remix’ kinda conjures up the idea that we put drums on them.” But the compilation, due Sept. 24, will also include Dutch DJ JXL’s version of ”A Little Less Conversation” — with drums, samples, and everything — which has hit No. 1 by making the kids gyrate just like the Pelvis once did.