Elvis Presley Original recording remastered, Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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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 morePublished 23 months ago by N. Jones
This review is based on a documentary about the making of this album. The ideas expressed there apply to the album as well. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by Alfred Johnson
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 morePublished on May 2, 2008 by M. Buisman
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 morePublished on February 4, 2006 by Johnny Heering
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 morePublished on July 28, 2003
"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 morePublished on October 26, 2002 by Josh P.