INCLUDES 6 BONUS TRACKS
180-Gram SOLID GREEN-COLORED LP
In a time when rock & roll hits were released on 45rpm discs, Elvis’ debut LP, titled Elvis Presley, was the first rock album to reach number one on the charts, and RCA's first million dollar-earning pop album. It contained such classics as "Blue Suede Shoes", "Tutti Frutti" and Elvis' version of "Blue Moon", and is presented here in its entirety, with the addition of 6 bonus tracks. 180-gram VIRGIN COLORED VINYL LIMITED EDITION. The Complete Album + 6 Bonus Tracks.
***** ALL MUSIC
"Today it all seems so easy – RCA signs up the kid from Memphis, television gets interested at around the same time, and the rest is history. The circumstances surrounding this album were neither simple nor promising, however. A lot was unsettled and untried at the first of two groups of sessions that produced the Elvis Presley album – it wasn't even certain that there was any reason for a rock & roll artist to cut an album, because teenagers bought 45s, not LPs. This was as startling a debut record as any ever made, representing every side of Elvis' musical influences except gospel – rockabilly, blues, R&B, country, and pop were all here in an explosive and seductive combination. Elvis Presley became the first rock & roll album to reach the number one spot on the national charts, and RCA's first million dollar-earning pop album." (Bruce Eder)
ELVIS PRESLEY, vocals and guitar, plus:
A1 & A4: Scotty Moore (g), Shorty Long (p), Bill Black (b), D. J. Fontana (d). RCA Studio 1, New York, January 30, 1956. A2-A3, B6 & B9: Scotty Moore (g), Chet Atkins (g), Floyd Cramer (p), Bill Black (b), D. J. Fontana (d). Plus backing vocals by Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer & Brock Speer. RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, January 10-11, 1956.
A5: Scotty Moore (g), Bill Black (b). Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, July 5, 1954.
A6 & B4: Scotty Moore (g), Bill Black (b), Doug Poindexter (perc on A6). Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, September 12-16, 1954.
A7-A8: Scotty Moore (g), Shorty Long (p except on A8), Gordon Stoker (p on A8), Bill Black (b), D. J. Fontana (d). RCA Studios, New York, July 2, 1956.
A9: Vito Mumolo (g), Dominic Frontieri (accordion), Luther â€œRedâ€ Roundtree (banjo), Michael â€œMyerâ€ Rubin (b), Richard Cornell (d). 20th Century Fox Stage 1, Hollywood, California, August 24, 1956. Soundtrack session for 20th Century Foxâ€™s film Love Me Tender.
B1 & B3: Same personnel as A1 & A4. RCA Studio 1, New York, January 31, 1956.
B2: Elvis Presley (also piano), Scotty Moore (g), Bill Black (b), Johnny Bernero (d). Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, July 21, 1955.
B5: Scotty Moore (g), Bill Black (b). Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, August 15-19, 1954.
B7: Scotty Moore (g), Bill Black (b), Shorty Long (p), D. J. Fontana (d). RCA Studio 1, New York, February 3 1956. B8: Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins (g), Marvin Hughes (p), Bill Black (b), D. J. Fontana (d). RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, April 14, 1956.
Originally issued as Elvis Presley (RCA Victor LPM-1254)
1 BLUE SUEDE SHOES 1:59
2 I’M COUNTING ON YOU 2:25
3 I GOT A WOMAN 2:26
4 ONE-SIDED LOVE AFFAIR 2:10
5 I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 2:41
6 JUST BECAUSE 2:32
7 DON’T BE CRUEL 2:05*
8 HOUND DOG 2:17*
9 LOVE ME TENDER 2:43*
1 TUTTI FRUTTI 1:57
2 TRYIN’ TO GET TO YOU 2:32
3 I’M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY OVER YOU 2:02
4 I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO 2:22
5 BLUE MOON 2:39
6 MONEY HONEY 2:35
7 SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL 2:31*
8 I WANT YOU, I NEED YOU, I LOVE YOU 2:40*
9 HEARTBREAK HOTEL 2:09*
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