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Elvis 56

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000002WX6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,988 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. Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
14. Don't Be Cruel
15. Lawdy,Miss Clawdy
16. Shake,Rattle And Roll (alternate take 8)
17. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
18. Rip It Up!
19. Heartbreak Hotel (alternate take 5 - previously unreleased)
20. I Got a Woman
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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The organising principle of Elvis '56 is simple: that's the year Presley recorded these 22 tracks (including an alternate take of "Heartbreak Hotel", the opening track, recorded on January 10, 1956). It's also the year that Presley was to become the biggest pop phenomenon since Frank Sinatra by kicking up a fuss as a red-hot regular on TV variety shows. In the studio, Presley's first recordings for RCA drew from the same pool of rhythm and 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 galvanising "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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can this be bettered 14 May 2004
By sp
Format:Audio CD
It would be very hard to do so. This is just excellent. Every music fan should own this, whether you love Elvis or not. Every track, bar none, is just brilliant. From Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Lawdy Miss Clawdy right through to Ready Teddy and Money Honey this just gets better with each listen.
You have to own this, no question. Put it on and feel good.
The liner notes are very good, nice pictures also. Elvis exploded onto the music scene nationally and internationally in 1956 after 2 years hard slog around the US and no wonder, these songs must have sounded like manna from heaven for teenagers and like something from another planet for their parents!
It's just brilliant. Buy it today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Astonishing CD. 2 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Elvis 56 is a look at the rock 'n' roll breakthrough; the year that Elvis appeared on the world stage and took his unique blend of blues, gospel and country to the masses.
He created rock 'n' roll in 54, yet still pretenders such as Bill Haley scored smash hits with watered down R 'n' B in 55 with the likes of "Rock Around the Clock."
Elvis was the first, and one listen to this astonishing collection proves why he was, and still is the King of Rock 'n' Roll music.
From the beginning; "Hearbreak Hotel", a smouldering blues of sorrow and regret quite rightfully has become of the the most famous and greatest songs ever made. Co-written by Presley no less; check the liner notes!
The likes of "Blues Suede Shoes" and "Hound Dog" never fail to ignite a fire in the listener, "Hound Dog", still the biggest selling non-charity song ever in America going 4 x platinum then some.
Aside from rock music, the ballads here are top-notch, and really no other singer in 56, no Sinatra or Crosby had the range that Elvis could deliver with apparent ease. Listen to the gorgeous "Love Me" or "Any Way You Want Me", both diverse and spellbinding, "Love Me" especially, and what a performance!
Blues also, "So Glad You're Mine" is wonderfull, sensationally performed and vibrant. "My Baby Left Me", from the pen of Arthur Cruddup really is blistering, from brutal assualt on the drums by DJ Fontana and great bass lines that kick off the song, really this cannot be touched.
"Ready Teddy" and "Rip It Up" are mind-boggling; this is rock 'n' roll, the vocal delivery, especially on "Rip It Up" is dynamic, what power and drive.....compare this to John Lennon's very feeble attempt at these two songs on his "Rock 'n' Roll" album, and you'll know for sure, who is the greatest rock singer of all time.
For those wanting a taste of the King and what real rock 'n' roll music is, this is essential. And for fans, the great alternate takes and studio banter found here are excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Golden Era 28 Aug 2007
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Right from the first strains of "Heartbreak Hotel" this CD is a treasure of great R & R memories from when Presley first hit RCA. The guitar sounds of Scotty Moore and the standup bass of Bill Black were still there from his Sun days, but now things were considerably fleshed out with the superb vocal backings of the Jordanaires, D J Fontana on drums, and some great piano work by Floyd Cramer, Shorty Long and Marvin Hughes. Listening to these tracks, it's hard to believe Presley was still only 21 years old - his phrasing is spot on and shows maturity far beyond his years. He seemed to just soak up everything he heard and then give it his own inimitable treatment.

Presley's roots, like many R & R artists at the time, were in R & B and gospel as well as straight Pop, and I think his voice cut across the divide between Black and White which was in force at the time in the segregated South. When he first broke through, listeners couldn't tell whether he belonged on the Black R & B charts or in the White Pop/Country bracket. He admitted to being influenced by the exaggerated vocal stylings of Frankie Laine and Johnny Ray, and built in this style to great effect on the slower tempo numbers like "Too Much", "Love Me", "I Was The One", and "I Want You, I Need You".

The R & B influence comes through strongly on the up tempo material like "My Baby Left Me", "I Got A Woman", "Tutti Frutti" and "Rip It Up", the last two being big sellers for Little Richard. For me, "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" is as good an example of medium tempo blues as you'll ever hear, with Moore's guitar and Long's piano combining so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant 6 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a genius collection - distilling all the finest tracks from Elvis first year at RCA. It's pure quality from start to finish.

The songs have a strangely timeless quality. If they sound amazing today, imagine how astounding they must have been more than 50 years ago.

Don't hesitate to buy this album.
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