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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000026KQG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original album, but just as great 3 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
This has 6 extra tracks which were recorded at the same time as the original 12, so this isn't an exact duplicate of RCA's first gold record or the first rock 'n roll album to hit #1 on the charts.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis' first masterpiece! 11 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well, this is THE rock'n'roll album of all times. It doesn't come any better. They are all here, Elvis' classic recordings from 1956 (and some earlier stuff too).
Most of these songs were recorded in RCA's New York studio. And you can't compare recordings such as Money Honey, Blue Suede Shoes, Tutti Frutti and I Got A Woman with any work Elvis ever did. Not saying that Elvis didn't get better, but these sounds are brilliant. This CD is a must in every recordcollection. No matter what kind of music you listen to, this is were it started. Even though this CD will be in stores forever, if you don't have it, your collection isn't complete!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock's First Great Album! 14 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
The king's debut album with its famous black and white cover photograph, and now with extra track, like his first hig single "Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One." to extend the playing time. The lead song on the LP record was the opener, "Blue Suede Shoes" originally a Carl Perkins tune, but no-one has done a finer version than this original studio master! The other gems are the Sun recordings which were issued by producer Steve Sholes, because he simply did not have a great abundance of recordings to chose from. Listen to "Blue Moon" which I always felt was an eerie masterpiece recorded with lots of that echoe and reverb often used in Sam Phillips' Sun studio. "Trying to Get to You!" is another classic recording, with the 20 year old Elvis giving his blistering heart and soul delivery.
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First, Last And Greatest Rock Album! 27 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Elvis Presley's first album, and the first ever rock n roll album is a stunning mix of rock, blues and country.......just perhaps the very best album ever made.
Beginning, of course, with the sensational "Heartbreak Hotel." This smoudering blues is magnificently performed, with an underlying menace of anger and depression as Elvis excells vocally, making this awesome song really really enthralling.
And that is merely the first track....."I Was The One" follows, this great ballad is sung with real emotion, and perhaps nobody at this time could pull off a vocal this good.
The legendary punch of "blue Suede Shoes" follows, whilts "Tutti Frutti" is utterly sensation: this dynamic performance is the best version of the song, ever; and really must be heard.
I could rave on for hours about this magnificent CD; plus the great bonus songs and tracks from the Sun years of 1954-55...this is just splendid, and really never bettered, by anyone at anytime. Elvis Presley is the first, last and greatest rock album of all time; no question...who or what can compare? This is essential.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Presley: The First Rock'n'Roll Album ? 15 Jan 2004
By Robert Battocchio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have an appreciation for many forms of music but my musical growth stemmed from this one seed. This was the first album I ever bought when I was 9 or 10 years old (1973). Of all the music I've enjoyed in my life, my favourite genres are Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll. And in the center of this musical era, you can't avoid Elvis Presley. If you collect the finest albums of the Rock'n'Roll/Rock period, this album is a must!
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. From 1954 to 1956, Elvis and the band honed this sound to a unique style through the sessions at Sun and through continuous live performances throughout the South. This, now, is the point where Elvis and his new sound is moving from being a regional phenomenon (via the regional Sun singles recordings, live stage performances and local radio play) to a becoming a national sensation (via a big-time record label, along with its publicity machine, and national television appearances).
Elvis came to form in a truly unique period in American music history and his style and tastes were formulated from many musical sources available to him in the early- to mid-1950s Memphis, Tennessee region: Gospel, black Rhythm & Blues/Rock'n'Roll, Pop, Country and Hillbilly (from which he helped develop Rockabilly). These sounds merged at this time and Elvis did not discriminate. He was infuenced in them all and he let them pour out developing his own style and genre.
Most of the selections were covers of other records by other artists but it's the sound that was cutting-edge, new and exciting. Five of the selections are Sun Session recordings on an album for the first time. The others are new Country and Rockabilly recordings including then-Rockabilly king, Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' which was one of Elvis' staple live-performance numbers along with the Ray Charles, Little Richard, Joe Turner and Lloyd Price R&B covers included in the selection. I find it interesting that his covers of the R&B tunes are the most hard-hitting rockabilly numbers on the album. Critics of Elvis who diminish his contributions to Popular/Rock music due to his frequent use of cover tunes, especially those of black R&B artists. Elvis was never about "writing his own songs." Elvis was about style, performance, talent and originality. Let the Beatles and the Rolling Stones be famous for writing their own songs (even though many of their early recordings were cover songs). For me, Elvis has been the focal point from which I have been able to research my fond interests in black Rhythm & Blues music (c. 1941-62) and old Country (c. 1928-70).
Selections 3 through 14 make up the original selections from this classic album. The remaining six tracks are bonus selections which were originally three 7-inch singles recorded during the same session period.
And the album cover! It was a uniquely simple creation, a '50s-style design classic in itself!
Each time I listen to this seminal album, I am awed to be taken back to a truly original sound that would launch a great new era of music that has become known to us as the Rock Era! To complete the journey, I recommend this CD along with one of Elvis' Sun Session collections.
'Elvis Presley': The new sound of Rock'n'Roll, the "fad" that never died!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best of a young rock 'n' roller! 13 Nov 2000
By Josh Vyskocil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I played this CD over and over. The songs are great rockabilly tunes. When it was originally released in 1956, it was the first LP ever to go gold, and the first rock 'n' roll album to reach #1. It remained at #1 for ten straight weeks! The title says it all. All of you Elvis fans who do not have any early Elvis CDs, get this one now! I guarantee you'll love it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original album, but just as great 3 Feb 2003
By Neal C. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has 6 extra tracks which were recorded at the same time as the original 12, so this isn't an exact duplicate of RCA's first gold record or the first rock 'n roll album to hit #1 on the charts.
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll In Its Infancy 26 May 2000
By David R. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album Elvis Presley recorded for RCA after leaving Sun Records. It is a historical recording and an essential component for any Elvis collection. For the average listener you may be surprised at the raw, gritty sound on most of the tracks. But it was that raw, gritty sound that first gained the attention of RCA, not to mention the world. This is Rock and Roll in its infancy. The early Rock recordings of 1954 and 1955, which is when these were made, were raw and earthy. You won't hear the polish of his later recordings here. This is the music that caused all the controversy and scandal.
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When his talent was raw and incomparable. 1 April 2003
By L. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This expertly produced collection of his early hits offers the listener a tantalizing glimpse of the originality and depth of his awesome talent BEFORE his voice was homogenized for mass consumption. Upon listening to this very special collection, it will instantly become your favorite Elvis album as it speaks to you of the hope and promise that once was.
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