Elvis 56 Original recording remastered
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My only complaint isn't with the music, only with the liner notes, or rather the lack of liner notes. The booklet that comes with the CD is beautifully designed, with some very evocative photgraphs by Alfred Wertheimer - LordyLordy, Elvis was certainly somethin' to look at back then! But I would have enjoyed a little more discussion about the music - who wrote it, who recorded some of it before Elvis, how he took some of the repertoire of the black blues and R&B artists of the time and made it accessible to the white audiences of the time, what the rest of the popular music world was like at the time and how Elvis totally changed the landscape, and how that all really started in 1956. But unfortunately, that one run-on sentence I just wrote is more information than you'll get with this CD.
Yeah, well, liner notes would have been nice, but really it's all about the music. And the music on this CD is awesome!
Seventeen songs on the pop singles charts, nine of which crossed over to the Country charts and eight to the R&B charts, not to mention millions in EP/LP sales.
What makes the CD so pleasurable for me is the fact I saw him perform many of the songs live at the old Ottawa Auditorium on April 3, 1957 in one of just three concerts he performed outside the U.S. [the others were in Toronto and Vancouver].
The sound quality is fantastic, and although the insert contains no liner notes, as such, there is a neat Elvis 56 Chronology listing the locations of his various performances that year, along with other information such as the signing of a seven-year contract with Hal Wallis and Paramount Pictures on April 6.
Truly essential for any Elvis fan.
There are many gigantic hits here: 'Heartbreak Hotel,' Tutti Frutti,' and 'Hound Dog' are just a few. But even the lesser known songs shine, and listening to these 22 tracks together is a glimpse into an historic period in recorded music, on par with the Beatles early work.
Elvis paved the path for a lot of artists, and rock as we have come to know could never have happened without Elvis. These songs won't make you think hard, but man do they make you feel too good!
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This was a gift to my sister-in-law, so I cannot comment on it. I suppose she liked it, since it was on her wish list.Published on January 12, 2014 by Charlene
A must for any Elvis fan. This is Elvis before the vultures got to him. He is truly one of a kind!Published on June 20, 2013 by Kathleen Ernst
Great product; quick delivery.
Nobody was cooler than Elvis, and 1956 was his best year. Great music that even my 13 year-old daughter enjoys.
I had this CD, for years. I don't know how, but managed to end up with the cover, only. The CD is missing. Knowing how much I like this CD, decided to order it again. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Andrea Myllymaki
I have beaten myself over the head, eaten humble pie, been flash-flayed, said ten acts of contrition, in short, confessed, confessed publicly, that when I was a know nothing... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Alfred Johnson
I listened to cuts from other albums that may have had a few ELVIS recordings but the rest were from groups of "wannabe"s (like the Jordanaires) and it just didn't do it for me. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Harleyhutton