What can I say about arguably the greatest music ever made.
Elvis Sun recordings are the essence of Rock n Roll. Listen to the likes of Mystery Train and That' Alright and what we have is the blending of blues, country and gospel......the origins of rock music.
Without a doubt, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, Bill Haley etc were doing similar things at the same time. But what these three could do individually, Elvis combined.
There has never been before or since anything quite like this.
Elvis was a gospel and blues singer at heart. What he had, being a mississippi/Memphis kid, was the blues in his blood......the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and Arthur Cruddup were all around him. When he sings, the feeling that these guys had is there, the raw emotion and gutsy vocal are there, yet amazingly he adds more. He brings country and his real love, gospel into the mix.
Like Peter Guralnick says, if he never done another thing after his years at Sun this music would still be birth of rock n roll and perhaps even more legendary as it is now
So good is this music that many dismiss his post-Sun work......foolishly though, as Elvis excelled from the day he walked down Union Avenue into Sun studios, till the day walked off stage for the last time in June of 1977.
This is the only music that makes Sgt Pepper obsolete.....this is the greatest music ever made.