|1. Heartbreak Hotel|
|2. I Was The One|
|3. Blue Suede Shoes|
|4. I'm Counting On You|
|5. I Got A Woman|
|6. One-Sided Love Affair|
|7. I Love You Because|
|8. Just Because|
|9. Tutti Frutti|
|10. Trying To Get To You|
|11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)|
|12. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')|
|13. Blue Moon|
|14. Money Honey|
|15. Shake, Rattle And Roll|
|16. My Baby Left Me|
|17. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy|
|18. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You|
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.
The young Elvis battled with ballads, and although he manages on "I'm Counting on You", and "I Love You Because" he is nowhere near as confident as he would be on what came later in his career. Neither of these ballads are particulary great, but Elvis conveys a warm sincerity, albeit naive. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry" is a fun piano boogie, as is "One Sided Love Affair" and a good one at that. There are some classic rock 'n rollers here: "Tutti Frutti", "Money Honey" and the Ray Charles tune "I Got a Woman" which is very reminescant of the Sun sound. Ace guitarist, Chet Atkins was one of the back-up musicians on some of the tracks.
BMG have also included "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", which is another old Presley favourite, where we can hear that wailing negro sound and feel, that Elvis was so good at recreating.
This is the debut album (and one of the first mega-sellers in history) of an artist who was experimenting with several musical styles which he drew from to create his own brand of rock and roll. Long may it live!
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