- Audio CD (28 Oct 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Avid
- ASIN: B0018RPT7S
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Sam Philips set off the career of one of the most significant legends of American popular music when he recorded Elvis Presley for his Memphis-based Sun Record label in July 1954, putting him together with Scotty Moore (Guitar) and Bill Black (Bass) in the hope that the team might make good. The issue of "That's All Right" together with "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" led to work for the group locally and throughgout the South, with a mixture of success and setbacks.
An association with "Colonel" Tom Parker led to Parker becoming Presley's manager. A high profile record label was needed and Sam Philips was pressed into selling Elvis's Sun contract, together with all of theSun material recorded, to RCA. The greater facilitiies of RCA formed the springboard for this then almost immediate fame which grew to unprecedented levels, still showing no signs of abating to this day. The King of Rock `N' Roll had a repertoire that included much of his favourite music and influences: whilst the Rock `N' Roll classics probably have the greatest appeal, echoes of performers such as The Ink Spots and Dean Martin together with gospel gave his work a more general popularity. As with all great artists, his talents extended to further than just his music: the demands of film and television presented no problem and his stage performances were stunning.
The issue of this CD gives the first chance to hear some of his legendary early and highly sought-after recordings in a sound quality that more positively reveals the excitement generated by his performances. What we beleive we have acheived is to open up the sound to reveal detail within it, such that everything, from a rich well-defined bass to crystal-clear drums and cymbals with the voice potently mixed in, has a clearly more natural quality. We hope you agree!