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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis' first great album, 20 Mar 2005
This review is from: Elvis Presley (Audio CD)
Elvis' first Album was a rag tailed affair, pulling together tracks Steve Sholes (and before him Sam Phillips) didn't feel were suitable for single release. The Sun sides were less than great, and "I Love You Because" is just poor. That is except the breathtaking "Trying To Get To You". Why was this not a single? This was easily one of Elvis' best songs, and his father's favourite. Good taste.
Other highlights of Elvis' first outing where a rocking version of "I've Got A Woman", "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down A Cry" and the breathtaking "Blue Suede Shoes", that didn't appear as a single for legal reasons only.
The additional material makes this a 5 start album. "Heartbreak Hotel" is probably his best single, moody and brilliant. "I was The One" was also one of this best ballads, it'd be a while before he reached these heights with a ballad again, though "I Want You I Need You" came close.
"Shake Rattle And Roll" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" showed how Elvis struggled for material, but are great songs.
And the best to last. "My Baby Left Me" is one of Elvis' best songs, and anyone who thinks Elvis' career stopped when he left sun and listen to this breathtaking barnstormed.
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Initial post: 2 Mar 2009 22:04:17 GMT
'Blue Moon' and 'I'll Never Let You Go' less than great? I don't think so....

Posted on 10 Nov 2010 19:19:57 GMT
"Blue Suede Shoes" and "Trying To Get To You" were both released as singles.

"Blue Suede Shoes" was backed with "Tutti Frutti" and released in 1956 on RCA in America and HMV in the UK.

"Trying To Get To You" was backed with "I Love You Because" and released in America in 1956 on RCA. It was released in 1957 in the UK on HMV backed with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy". "Trying To Get To You" was also originally pencilled in to be the A-side of Elvis' sixth Sun single in late 1955. This release was cancelled when Sun sold Elvis' contract to RCA.
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