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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B000002W9S
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the Big Bang of rock & roll, the moments when Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black first twanged up their R&B and heated up their C&W, igniting an explosion that created the world we now inhabit. Rock & roll has never been as elemental, as jubilant or desperate, as the versions here of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon Of Kentucky." And just as significantly, on "I Love You Because" and "Blue Moon," The Sun Sessions include the beginnings of Elvis' earnest ballad style that would soon be nearly as influential as his creation of rockabilly. --David Cantwell

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
These songs come from Elvis' recordings at Sun, the fabled
label out of Memphis, that also first recorded Carl Perkins,
Johnnie Cash, and other bright lights on the early R&B scene.
The CD also happens to have some of the best stuff he ever
recorded - raw and uninhibited and oh so very new at the time.
If you haven't heard "Milkcow Blues Boogie" or "That's All Right"
or "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" then you don't know
R&B and you don't know Elvis.
When these songs were first recorded, Elvis was not only not
yet the King, he wasn't even a known factor on the music scene.
But he was defintely on his way to becoming the Prince of Wails
and not long after that the bonifide King for all time. Long
live the King!
If you have any interest in the history of the popular music
scene, the cd is an absolute must.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The beginning 28 Sept. 2004
By Steve Trowbridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'll agree with the other reviewers that Elvis was never exactly like this again, but I don't agree that he never scaled the same heights later.

In these sessions, unlike most all others, he actually created what we're hearing, turning previously recorded songs into something completely new. The result is a freshness, passion and rawness that one never tires of hearing.

To those who think it was all downhill from here, I would encourage them to listen to 'Reconsider Baby', 'One Night' or any number of other R&B masterpieces. Look at what he did with 'Jailhouse Rock': this would be a novelty song in anyone else's hands and he turns in one of the most amazing performances in rock history. Or check out the '68 TV special, where something is on the line again, and where he delivers down and dirty rock like very few others are capable of.

Unfortunately, his greatest works are buried among moutains of dross, but he was the greatest talent ever in rock, despite all that, and searching out his best moments, like this one, is to be thrilled by rock-and-roll again.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
the greatest record of all time 1 Feb. 2004
By Henrik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a good compilation of the greatest sessions ever recorded. The cd "Sunrise" gives you fewer alt. takes but instead feature live recordings.
For any musiclover interested in the development of the greatest singer ever in the history of recorded music, this is a musthave. Some of the best songs from the Sun sessions are included on the cd "Elvis Presley" but this cd includes the complete sessions beginning with "that's all right". As an interesting bonusaddition, Ernst has added the original recording of "That when your heartache beginns" which Elvis recorded as a demotape and which he recorded again four years later.
Go out and get this cd or "Sunrise".
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Hell, that's different! 20 Nov. 2005
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of Elvis Presley's Sun Records recordings. It should be pointed out that the track listing here on Amazon is not correct. They have the track listing for a CD that is a reissue of an LP from the early '70s that was the first album to compile Elvis' Sun recordings. The CD that is pictured here features all the tracks listed here, plus an additional 12 tracks. Most of the additional tracks are alternate takes of songs already on the CD. These are the most important recordings of the early days of rock and roll. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Sun Sessions 8 April 2008
By Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Elvis Presley-The Sun Sessions *****

Considered by many to be the first sip from the primordial soup that is Rock N' Roll. The Sun Sessions is the first official recording of Elvis Presley. Though it was not released as a whole album until the mid 1970's The Sun Sessions is really the very first recording session of The King with the great Sam Phillips, and not to mention with the fantastic Scotty Moore on guitar.

Some say this was the first official rock recording, that factually is not the case but because it is The King we'll let it slide. Featuring such classic Elvis songs as 'Thats Alright' 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky' 'Good Rockin' Tonight' 'Baby Lets Play House' 'Blue Moon' and 'Mystery Train' this is a must in every collection, regardless if it is mainly covers, because they are some of the very best covers ever recorded!

While this technically isnt an actual album just a collection of singles really and their B-sides this can't be called Elvis first album, the would be his self titled record. But regardless this is a classic from the dawn of rock!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The ESSENTIAL, ULTIMATE Elvis recording 6 Aug. 2003
By marie doorey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sad but true, this is Elvis's best record. Sad, because it was his first and none of his later albums ever matched the passion and clarity of this album on so many levels (feeling, beauty, directness (not overproduced), great musicians that you can hear. This is THE Elvis masterwork. His next best album, to me, is "Elvis--Rhythm and Country," in which he is playing with some of Nashville;s best session musicians at that time. Rock and roll!
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