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Elvis Presley [Original recording remastered, Import]

Elvis PresleyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 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 (May 18, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1956
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000IZ6H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. I Was The One
3. Blue Suede Shoes
4. I'm Counting On You
5. I Got A Woman
6. One-Sided Love Affair
7. I Love You Because
8. Just Because
9. Tutti Frutti
10. Trying To Get To You
11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
12. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
13. Blue Moon
14. Money Honey
15. Shake, Rattle And Roll
16. My Baby Left Me
17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
18. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Presley: The First Rock'n'Roll Album ? January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have an appreciation for many forms of music but my musical growth stemmed from this one seed. This was the first album I ever bought when I was 9 or 10 years old (1973). Of all the music I've enjoyed in my life, my favourite genres are Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll. And in the center of this musical era, you can't avoid Elvis Presley. If you collect the finest albums of the Rock'n'Roll/Rock period, this album is a must!
At the time that this album was originally released (March-April 1956), Elvis was a singles artist having only his smash hit single 'Heartbreak Hotel'/'I Was the One' on the national charts. RCA Victor's A&R man, Steve Sholes (supervisor of country and R&B recordings and the man who purchased Elvis and his Sun recordings from Sam Phillips in 1955) assembled this album from the collection of Sun singles and new RCA Victor Nashville recordings (Elvis' first RCA recording session, January 1956) where Sholes hoped to replicate the Sun sound.
The result is an album that documents an emerging new sound that will not only excite millions of young ears but will also influence many Rock, Pop and Country music artists all around North America and, more interestingly in terms of Rock history, overseas. The new sound here is Rockabilly and what we're hearing is a classic '50s Rockabilly quartet: Scotty Moore on electric, lead guitar, Bill Black on acoustic "doghouse" bass, D.J. Fontana on drums (lots of snare), and Elvis as the centerpiece, with vocals, acoustic guitar, and, for the stage audiences, gyratin' visuals. Elvis envisioned himself as a Pop ballad singer (a la Dean Martin) but this was the new style and sound that Sam Phillips, who originally produced and recorded black R&B talent at Sun Records, convinced him would make him stand out and be noticed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of a young rock 'n' roller! November 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I played this CD over and over. The songs are great rockabilly tunes. When it was originally released in 1956, it was the first LP ever to go gold, and the first rock 'n' roll album to reach #1. It remained at #1 for ten straight weeks! The title says it all. All of you Elvis fans who do not have any early Elvis CDs, get this one now! I guarantee you'll love it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original album, but just as great February 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This has 6 extra tracks which were recorded at the same time as the original 12, so this isn't an exact duplicate of RCA's first gold record or the first rock 'n roll album to hit #1 on the charts.
As such, I consider this a landmark album along with the Sun Sessions, Memories: The '68 Comeback Special, That's The Way It Is, and 30 #1 Hits. Each of these captures a very important side of Elvis.
This album is the still raw Elvis, maybe a bit more polished than during his Sun days, and more into a mixture of R&B, country, and rock than in his basically rockabilly days, although some of those are here too.
Some of his best such as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Tutti Frutti", "Shake Rattle And Roll", "I Got A Woman", and "Money Money" are here.
If you don't have any Elvis at all, I recommend Elvis 30 #1 Hits first, but follow that one up with this great CD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll In Its Infancy May 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album Elvis Presley recorded for RCA after leaving Sun Records. It is a historical recording and an essential component for any Elvis collection. For the average listener you may be surprised at the raw, gritty sound on most of the tracks. But it was that raw, gritty sound that first gained the attention of RCA, not to mention the world. This is Rock and Roll in its infancy. The early Rock recordings of 1954 and 1955, which is when these were made, were raw and earthy. You won't hear the polish of his later recordings here. This is the music that caused all the controversy and scandal.
My favorite track is "Money Honey"; it's still rocks today. The big hit off of this album was "Heartbreak Hotel". It was a number one smash. Also included are familiar tunes like "Blue Suede Shoes", "Tutti Frutti", "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and "Blue Moon". There are also gospel-influenced tracks like "I Was The One" and country-influenced tracks like "I'll Never Let You Go".
When you listen to this album, listen to it from a historical perspective. Think of how influential this music was. It was a new sound. For most people, this was their first exposure to Elvis. Think of how this music influenced the many artists to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When his talent was raw and incomparable. March 31, 2003
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This expertly produced collection of his early hits offers the listener a tantalizing glimpse of the originality and depth of his awesome talent BEFORE his voice was homogenized for mass consumption. Upon listening to this very special collection, it will instantly become your favorite Elvis album as it speaks to you of the hope and promise that once was.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the greatest-the sun never sets on a legend. June 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Elvis the very definitive of pure rock and roll. this collection of songs demonstrate just how timeless this man is.Elvis was always a leader and a trendsetter.He is often imitated but never equalled.Take a trip down through memory lane as you listen to these great tunes and you will realize that Elvis is just as much with us today as in years gone by and he will be with us for always.Enjoy this raw,pure,natural,God given talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted the song "Blue Suede Shoes" to play at ...
I wanted the song "Blue Suede Shoes" to play at our 60th wedding anniversary party since my husband wore blue suede shoes in our wedding. Read more
Published 28 days ago by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Year Elvis Was The King
This review is based on a documentary about the making of this album. The ideas expressed there apply to the album as well. Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by Alfred Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Rock 'n Roll
Rock 'n Roll basically is a fusion between (white) country and (black) rhythm & blues. Elvis was the first to perfect this combination and perform it in such a way that both... Read more
Published on May 2, 2008 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Go, go, go!
This is a reissue of Elvis Presley's first album. The album featured seven songs recorded in January of 1956, and five Sun Records songs that were previously unissued (some of... Read more
Published on February 4, 2006 by Johnny Heering
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was an excellent cd except for his song Tutti frutti. That song is the most nerve racking version ever recorded. The best is Blue Suede Shoes and I Got a Woman. Read more
Published on July 28, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The first album was a smash hit!
"Elvis Presley". A simple title to a distinct and unique first album hit #1 in 1956 and remained in that position for 10 weeks! The first LP to go gold, also. Read more
Published on October 26, 2002 by Josh P.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of a young rock 'n' roller!
I played this CD over and over. The songs are great rockabilly tunes. When it was originally released in 1956, it was the first LP ever to go gold, and the first rock 'n' roll... Read more
Published on November 13, 2000 by Josh Vyskocil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alpha of Rock -N- Roll
For millions of Rock -N- Roll fans this is the beginning of time. Even though the Sun Sessions pre-date this album most of the Sun Recordings were Rockabilly. Read more
Published on December 1, 1999 by Mike Kurosky
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