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Elvis 56 [Original recording remastered]

Elvis PresleyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

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  • 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: #311,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music, a bit of a superflous collection August 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album collects most of what Elvis Presley committed to tape during his first full year as a recording artist with RCA.
"Elvis 56" is filled with classics like "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog", "Shake, Rattle & Roll", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me", as well as several equally excellent, if somewhat lesser-known songs ("Paralyzed", "Any Way You Want Me", "One-Sided Love Affair", and covers of Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and Arthur Crudup's "So Glad You're Mine").
This is a very enjoyable collection filled with good pop hooks and some fine musicianship (would have been nice with some more insightful liner notes and recording information). The only problem is that most Elvis fans probably already have most or all of this music.
But if you don't, and just want a bit of 50s rock n' roll, rockabilly and pop to keep your fingers tapping on the steering wheel on your way home from work, "Elvis 56" is a really fine purchase, although it's by no means a definitive early Elvis Presley retrospective.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pure stuff May 31, 2003
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KING March 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis's Best Year in the 1950's November 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Elvis February 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Rock and Roll to the next level! August 9, 2006
By A Fan
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Food for the Soul March 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1956 March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis 56 Review
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 9 months ago by Charlene
5.0 out of 5 stars For serious Elvis fans
A must for any Elvis fan. This is Elvis before the vultures got to him. He is truly one of a kind!
Published 16 months ago by Kathleen Ernst
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis 56 CD
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.
Published 21 months ago by CherylAnne Houde
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis 56
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Andrea Myllymaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Just One Year With You That Is All I Am Praying For
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 more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Listened to cuts; liked it, bought it, got it, LOVE IT!!
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 more
Published on January 4, 2010 by Harleyhutton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Year Indeed
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... Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by AvidOldiesCollector
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD!!!
For any Elvis fan that loves his music from his earlier years will love this CD. I highly recommend this CD.
Published on August 8, 2005 by Tammie Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars The msuic is a bit uneven, but still essnetial...
Though the cd contains 40% rockabilly, 30% r&b/r'n'r and 20% sappy ballads, it is a bit uneven, but still rollicking and essential. Read more
Published on July 18, 2004 by The-Jacker-Offer
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