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Elvis 56 Original recording remastered

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The organizing principle of Elvis 56 is simple: 1956 is the year Presley recorded these 22 tracks (including an alternate take of "Heartbreak Hotel," the opening track, recorded January 10). It's also the year that Presley became the biggest pop phenomenon since Frank Sinatra after kicking up a fuss on Milton Berle's and Steve Allen's TV variety shows. In the studio, Presley's first recordings for RCA drew from the same pool of rhythm & blues tunes that he'd been interpreting at Sun Records. 1956 was the year Presley sang great songs by Otis Blackwell ("Don't Be Cruel," "Paralyzed," "Ready Teddy") and the Leiber-Stoller team ("Hound Dog," "Love Me"). He also essentially swiped Carl Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes" and tried to do the same with such other contemporary hits as "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" and "Shake, Rattle, and Roll." Note that on the same day he recorded the galvanizing "Heartbreak Hotel," Presley also cut a most Sun-like (and wholly appropriate) "Money Honey." The compilation chronicles a remarkable year in which every song rang true; the booklet includes exquisite period photos of Presley taken by Alfred Wertheimer. A video of the same title that chronicles the year in pictures is highly recommended. --John Milward

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heartbreak Hotel
  2. My Baby Left Me
  3. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. So Glad You're Mine
  5. Tutti Frutti
  6. One-Sided Love Affair
  7. Love Me
  8. Anyplace Is Paradise
  9. Paralyzed
  10. Ready Teddy
  11. Too Much
  12. Hound Dog
  13. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
  14. Don't Be Cruel
  15. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  16. Shake, Rattle And Roll
  17. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  18. Rip It Up
  19. Heartbreak Hotel (Alternate Take 5 - Intro- Previously Unreleased)
  20. I Got A Woman
  21. I Was The One
  22. Money Honey


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg / Elvis
  • ASIN: B00007FZHZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is why Elvis is still the king of Rock and Roll and why he caused so much controversy in 1956. The raw sensuality of Elvis' voice is richly captured on this compliation. Makes me want to travel back in time and see him as he was, at his best!
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i just purchased this cd and i must say that elvis in 56 sounds just like the performer of the millenium .....this ia a very nice choice of music , hound dog ,lawdy miss clawdy ,i got a woman and I was the one are all very well done ,,,this whole cd is awsome not one bad cut ...real rockabilly,,,rock and roll i highly recommend ,,,,buy this one while you can ....
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It's wonderful to hear these early Elvis recordings, when he was still raw and new and amazing, when he was still singing real music, before The Colonel turned him into a movie star singing songs like "Do The Clam". Even if you've heard all these before, and even if you already have most of them, this is still a great collection. Everything on this CD was recorded in the same year, and all I can say is that 1956 must have been amazing! (I was only 6 years old, so I can't really say much from personal experience.)

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!
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This CD is a good sample of much of the best of 1950s Elvis. Though it covers only 1956, that was his biggest year in that decade. This is mostly a combination of his original albums ELVIS PRESLEY and ELVIS, minus the Sun Studio recordings of 1954-55 that were on those albums (which you can get separately). At 22 tracks it's quite sizable, and emphasizes rock and blues along with a few slower ballads. It's also got a nicely-done booklet with many photos. There's not a lot of unusual material here if you've already got most of his '50s stuff, but of the alternate takes of "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and "Heartbreak Hotel," the latter is especially interesting. Sound quality is unusually clear, and the packaging is attractive. This album gives good evidence why the Beatles were huge Elvis fans in the '50s.
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These historic recordings are the ones that not only made Elvis THE superstar of the era, but also helped to establish Rock and Roll as the dominent pop music form for decades to come. This collection includes not only the hits from 1956, like Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, and Hound Dog, but also many forgotten classics like Ready Teddy and my favorite Money Honey! A must for Elvis fans and students of Rock and Roll!
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It's not surprising to me that RCA/BMG decided in 1996 to put out a CD simply titled Elvis 56, because that was the year R&R firmly established its roots after a stuttering start in 1954/55. And, just as The Beatles dominated 1964, the year 1956 belonged to The King.

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.
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This CD features 22 songs that Elvis Presley recorded in 1956. What more need be said? I guess I can add that the version I have has some great pictures of Elvis taken by Alfred Wertheimer. Seriously, these are the best pictures anyone ever took of Elvis. But the best thing about this CD is the music, which is magnificent. Elvis could almost do no wrong at this point, at least in a recording studio. I highly recommend this CD.
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I have never been a big Elvis fan so to speak. But any serious fan of popular music has to give the man his due, and this album is as fresh as anything I have ever heard. Simply put: this is rock n roll.
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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