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Elvis Presley Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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I went shopping for "authentic" Elvis recordings. (I really hate when an artist has become so popular that the anthologies and greatest hits albums outnumber the original recordings two-to-one so that you have trouble even finding the albums in their original form.)
I stumbled on this one and bought it and...wow! This is the real deal! I feel like I'm listening to the beginning of the rock 'n roll era, and I try to imagine what happened when this was all new and just breaking on the music scene. It's like listening to history, and it's just plain well performed and fun to listen to as well. This CD is a steal!
So, now I get it. I finally get it.
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. Sholes assembled a grab bag of Presley recordings that were not destined to be used on 7-inch singles.
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.Read more ›
This album along with the next one were Elvis' best they showed real raw talent. Everything else was just icing on the cake ( a lot of icing). Great cake. The voice shows real emotion and his own style. The basic style would never change. He was great in the beginning and at the end. He brought R&R to mainstream America. Parents hated him because he was honest, polite,respected his elders,did his patriotic duty, didn't drink or smoke, and was loved by their children. Think about where their priorities and values were.
I am so glad this album was made axailable for a new generation
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful CD filled with many of Elvis' rockabilly songs. Every true fan of Elvis should own his first recordings.Published 4 months ago by Stefanie
Another older Elvis recording with some great songs from my childhood. This recording brings back so many happy memories from the cover design to the music inside. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roddy Moody
This was a present for my sister and she loved it!! Jumped with joy when she saw it.Published 6 months ago by Rosie Robledo
Upon playing both sides I had to return it. Warped too badly and skipped all through side 2. Very low quality with scratches and scuffs out of the package. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HomerStimpson
My daughter got this, letting her do the review;
I love it so much! This was Elvis' debut album, and it means so much to me to have it on vinyl. Read more