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.