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' . . . . I SING LIKE NOBODY ',
This review is from: Sunrise (Audio CD)
That was Elvis' reply in 1954 when he was asked who he sang like when he walked into Sun Studios before laying down the first world changing tracks.
And he wasn't kidding. He really didn't sound like anybody before.
The tracks 19 year old Presley recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee were mostly blues songs he had listened to while growing up in Tupelo and Memphis. But when you compare his versions with the original records, they are DIFFERENT. Elvis revamped and energised those tracks like a demon on fire. They sounded completely NEW and turbo-charged.
There was nothing wrong with the original songs of course but this good looking blue-eyed unknown hyper with a strangely magnetic voice injected adrenaline into every syllable. And he did it with just one electric guitar, his own acoustic guitar, a stand-up bass, and the most basic of drums. That's All Right Mama, Mystery Train, Good Rockin' Tonight, and an electrifying Tryin' To Get To You still bleed today.
It is pointless reviewing each track because others have done that very well here. But I can add this:
If you were forced to throw away your entire CD collection but allowed to keep just one, then this is the one to keep. Because,
. This is music history in the actual making.
. This is the very beginning of modern day pop and rock.
. This is the music that kicked down race barriers.
. This is the man who gave teenagers an identity.
. This is the man who literally changed the world.
. This IS Elvis Presley.