Elvis Presley [1956]

Elvis Presley [1956]

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley

CD(German Import)

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Overview

One thing for sure about Elvis's first RCA album is that nothing else sounded like it in 1956, and nothing else sounds like it today. Elvis Presley and its follow-up, Elvis, are sweeping, breathtaking, heart-tugging, rabble-rousing clinics in roots rock and its tributary streams. Laying waste to much of what came before him, the King here reconsiders, in the most fiery terms, "Blue Suede Shoes" by his buddy Carl Perkins, Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman," Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," and the original Drifters version of "Money Honey" - all with the exemplary support of Scotty Moore, who was deep into defining a particular strain of rock 'n' roll guitar playing, as well as bassist Bill Black and drummer D. J. Fontana. When he's not scorching earth, the King gives it all up on some beautiful ballads, including the country-inflected "I'm Counting On You" and the yearning pop standard "Blue Moon," the latter marked by Elvis's eerie, otherworldly falsetto yodel. As good as the band is -- and Moore's guitar work is nothing short of stunning on most cuts -- Elvis's vocal presence is beyond compare. His rhythmic phrasing, his passion, the aching tenderness he brings to heartsick ballads such as "I'll Never Let You Go," and his command of nuance and shading honor his vocal influences (such as the Ink Spots' great tenor Bill Kenny, a master balladeer) while establishing his own unique individual sound signature. Six bonus tracks, recorded at approximately the same time as the album sessions, round out this 70th birthday reissue: They include the breakout RCA single "Heartbreak Hotel"; its chilling, self-lacerating B-side, "I Was the One"; and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," a great, atmospheric production that brings out the best in Elvis's dramatic impulses. The first great rock 'n' roll album, Elvis Presley still sounds like the dawn of a new world.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828766605822
catalogNumber: 5002991
Rank: 4430

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Bill Black   Bass,Double Bass
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Shorty Long   Piano
Johnny Bernero   Drums
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Ben Speer   Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Brock Speer   Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Marvin Hughes   Piano
Shorty Long   Piano

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Howard Biggs   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Bill Campbell   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Reissue Producer
Roger Semon   Reissue Producer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Joe Shelton   Composer
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Demetrius   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
George Mysels   Composer
Bill Peppers   Composer
Joe "Cornbread" Thomas   Composer
Bob Ferris   Producer

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