(Memphis Recording Service) 20 Tracks - 180 Gram Vinyl - Bonus 4 Page Photo Insert - Contains the complete master recordings ever made by Elvis Presley at RCA ´s Studio 1 in New York. Bonus Outtakes included. All tracks recorded January 30th/31st, February 3rd and July 2nd 1956.
(1997/BMG-Camden) 16 tracks, notes by Roger Semon. On July 5th, 1954, Elvis Presley, attended his first official recording session at Sun studios on Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. At first. he was more interested in singing ballads but Sam Phillips, the perceptive studio and label owner, persuaded Elvis - who was accompanied by Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) - to continue experimenting with the old Arthur Crudup blues classic, ´That´s All Right [Mama).´´ Phillips was thrilled with the result and in August. it became Elvis´ first commercial single release. During the next year, four more Sun singles would be issued prior to his signing with RCA Records in November 1955. His last Sun release coupled Junior Parker´s ´´Mystery Train´´ with ´´I Forgot To Remember To Forget´´ and they reached No.11 and No.1 respectively on the US country chart, giving Elvis his first ever chart - topper. On December 3rd. 1955 Elvis´ first full-page national advertisements appeared in Billboard and Cashbox. RCA touted Elvis as ´´The Most Talked About New Personality For Ten Years!´´ Even at this time, RCA didn´t really know what they had latched on to. They were just thrilled, according to a sales release, -to have acquired the most dynamic and sought after new artist in country today who´s topped the ´most promising´ category in every trade and consumer poll held during 1955.´´ Elvis´ first recording session for RCA was on January 10th 1956. The first two songs he recorded were the Ray Charles classic, ´´I Got A Woman,´´ which appeared on his debut No.1 album, ´´Elvis Presley,´´ and ´´Heartbreak Hotel,´´ which became Elvis´ first official RCA single release on January 27th. In May it reached No.1 and No.2 on the US Billboard and UK NME Top 30 singles chart respectively. Elvis´ second session for RCA was in New York between January 30th - February 3rd, where he recorded the Carl Perkins composition ´´Blue Suede Shoes´´ and Lloyd Price´s1aWdY, Miss Clawdy´´. They were subsequently released as singles in the UK, In May 1956 and November 1957, reaching No.9 and No.15 on the NME chart respectively. Elvis was now capturing the hearts and minds of liberated teenagers in the UK, as he´d already done in the US. In July, RCA released one of Elvis´ true classics, ´´Hound Dog.´´ Written by Leiber and Stoller, it was first recorded by Wliiie Mae ´Big Mama´´ Thornton in 1953. Elvis´ version relied heavily on Freddie and The Bluebells version from 1955. When Elvis performed this on the ´´Milton Berle Show,´´ June 5th,1956, conservative America deemed him vulgar and disgusting but the kids just loved him. In New York, NBC-TV announced Elvis would not be able to ´bump and grind´ on the forthcoming ´´Steve Allen Show´´ where he agreed to appear - against his better judgment - in a tuxedo. Despite this gesture to conformity, Elvis led the teenage rebellion during 1956 and changed popular music forever. In 1957, ´´All Shook Up´´ became the new catch-phrase on both sides of the Atlantic and gave Elvis´ first UK No.1. Elvis had also fulfiled another of his dreams by becoming a movie-star. His second motion-picture ´´Loving You´´ was released in July and the No.1 soundtrack album featured the rock´n´roll classic ´´Mean Woman Blues´´ Elvis´ third and fourth movies considered by many critics to be his best, were ´´Jailhouse Rock´´ and´´King Creole.´´Artistically, 1958 was another good year for Elvis. In January, ´´Jailhouse Rock´´ c/w ´´Treat Me Nice´´ became the first Elvis single to debut at No.1 in the NME UK singles chart. ´´Wear My Ring Around Your Neck´´ reached No.2 in May and ´´Hard Headed Woman´´ from ´´King Creole reached No.3 in July. In March however, Elvis had to report to the Memphis Draft Board for his induction into the US Army and many observers, including Elvis, thought this would be the end of his career. Colonel Parker, Elvis´ manager had other ideas and on June 10th, Elvis attended a recording session in Nashville. This would allow RCA to issue material while he was away serving Uncle Sam. Several of these songs; -A Fool Such As I´´, -I Got Stung´´. ´´I Need Your Love Tonight´´ and ´´A Big Hunk 0´ Love´´ kept Elvis´ name in the charts throughout 1959. The later reached No.4 in the NME UK singles chart in August. Elvis was discharged on March 5th, 1960 and by April 3rd, he had recorded some of the most outstanding vocal performances of his career. In addition to ´´Are You Lonesome Tonight?´´ and ´´Fever´´ he cut ´´It´s Now Or
(2006/RCA) 20 tracks 1954-76. Mastered using DSD technology for optimum sound quality. - This collection could be Elvis Presley´s personal play list — R&B and blues classics that became an essential part of his lifelong repertoire, songs he powerfully connected to, as both performer and listener. They represent the breadth of Elvis´s career, from the landmark early sessions at Sun Studio to the final recordings he cut at Graceland. Elvis didn´t merely cover songs like ´That´s All Right´, ´Lawdy, Miss Clawdy´ or ´Reconsider Baby´, he made them his own, stamping his own personality, history and musical passion on each and every one of these remarkable tracks.
(2005/Sony-BMG DK) 16 tracks Disc pressed by Sony DADC, Austria. The Danish music chain ´´TP Musik´´ released a new Elvis compilation together with Sony / BMG Denmark. The CD contains songs from the 50´s and 60´s. CD comes with a 4 pages booklet with liner notes by Daryl Easlea. Same tracks as on the CDs Same tracks also on the CDs ´´Classic Elvis´´, ´´Seleção Essencial - Grandes Sucessos´´, ´´Elvis Presley (Blue Suede Shoes)´´, ´´L´essential Elvis Presley´´ & ´´Les Indispensables´´, ´´Wurlitzer Jukebox Highlights Vol.3 - Classic Elvis´´ 82876748022 It is impossible to overstate the importance of Elvis Presley; the Tupelo Flash; Elvis the Pelvis; The King Of Rock and Roll. From 1954 to 1977. Presley lived his life in public. through recordings. films and endless con-cert appearances. singing his way into the lives of millions. Without Elvis. no Beatles; no pop as we know it today; that may sound like hyper-bole, but it´s true - cultural life would be utterly different had not the young truck dri-ver stumbled into Sam Phillips´ Sun Studios in Memphis in 1954. Presley was one of the very first pop stars to re-present the sounds he grew up enjoying. The fact it was pre-dominantly black music at a racially sensi-tive time in America was of little conse-quence to him. It was music, pure and sim-ple. Presley´s biography is so well known, it has almost become like a oft-told fairy tale and can be reduced to a newspaper headline POOR SOUTHERN WHITE BOY BECOMES POP´S MOST RECOGNISABLE STAR. His 23-year career can be divided thus — Rock´n´Roll Hero/ army boy/ MOR film star/ Live sensation. Throughout, even in his most dire, wafer-thin Hollywood production. Presley never lost sight of what he truly loved; the music. When you´re talking about the phenomenon of Presley, there is one irrefutable fact that must be accepted. Quite simply, there is no bigger. brighter or more enduring star in the galaxy of popular music and there may well never be another artist to rival him for sheer unparalleled iconic status. Presley wasn´t called the King for nothing — and no other performer reigns as durably. His death in 1977 saw mass mourning, but today his presence has never been stronger, and the sheer volume of his work has meant that different eras of his career have come up at different times for appraisal. It began towards the end of his life with his Sun sessions being gathered together at a time when rock began to look backwards. Then it was the turn of the 1968-69 ´come-back´ years, and finally, even his Vegas years; at the time seen as some form of career nadir. have been reappraised. The accolades bestowed on him by the great and the good clearly state his magnificence: Bono has said, ´´I believe Elvis was a genius . . . He had the wisdom that makes wise men look foolish.´´ while James Brown said that ´´Presley taught white America to get down,´´ and Bruce Springsteen has rightly pointed out that ´´there is only one King.´´ These 16 early sides sound as vital, as incendiary, as ever; the primitive fusion of country and blues that was That´s All Right; the ever-beguiling Mystery Train; the exu-berance of his era-defining cover of Carl Perkins´ Blue Suede Shoes. Even later, lighter truffles such as Return To Sender have that stamp of Kingly authority. Cultural historian Jules Absalom noted in 2002 that ´´the story of Elvis Presley is far from over. His image is constantly under revision and his life is being reinterpreted for today´s audience.´´ Listen to the music here. You´ll quickly understand why. Daryl Easlea
(1995/BMG) 14 Tracks - Elvis in the 90s series! - The original 1958 RCA album on CD in mono! Booklet folder with lyrics! - This album is comprised of fourteen Elvis Presley records that have sold over a million copies. A recapitulation of how these hits were produced will reveal, among other interesting facts, how Presley´s writing and selecting many of them played a major role in their success. His very first big single record for RCA Victor was Heartbreak Hotel. Elvis discovered this song himself. During a personal appearance in Florida, he was given the tune by Mae Axton, an accomplished writer of country-western songs. He liked it immediately but sought to get the more professional opinion of RCA Victor´s Artists & Repertoire Manager, Steve Sholes, who became a close musical advisor and chief pilot of his recording career. Sholes agreed the tune was perfect for Presley, and it was recorded in the RCA Victor studios in Nashville on February 10, 1956. The recording session which produced I Want You, I Need You, I Love You was preceded by a near disaster for Elvis. He was appearing in Texas then, and in order to reach the Nashville studios in time, he had to charter a plane. Engine trouble developed, causing the plane to fall steadily, and it dropped to only a few feet above the ground before the difficulty was repaired. Although shaken by the experience, Presley managed to record the song with his usual feeling and confidence. It was on this date, also, that he had the backing of a vocal group for the first time. The singers were Gordon Stoker (now leader of the Jordanaires) plus Ben and Brock Speer of the Speer Family, well-known sacred artists. The session was held on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1956. excerpts from liner notes
Taschenbuch - 128 Seiten - Omnibus Press - Englisch I SAID, ´WHAT´D I DO? WHAT´D I DO?´ HE SAID, ´WELL, WHATEVER IT WAS, GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN!´ An exclusive account of the extraordinary life of Elvis Aron Presley, 1935-1977 The Elvis Archives details the undisputed facts of Elvis´ life and career and is illustrated with over 100 rare and exclusive photographs. Written and compiled by British fan club president Todd Slaughter with international Elvis expert Anne E. Nixon, The Elvis Archives presents the documentary truth about Elvis, a truth that has so often been forgotten amid the deluge of hero-worship, criticism and myth-making of the past 30 years. ... It was very different back in 1935 on that cold January day —the 8th, a Tuesday — when Gladys Love Presley, aged 22, gave Nirth to identical twins in the tiny house on Old Saltillo Road built by Vernon Presley, his father, and his brother Vester. Vernon was four years younger than his wife, and they´d only moved into their new home the previous month. Sadness mingled with joy; the first child, Jessie Garon, was stillborn. Happily, Elvis Aaron survived and was given love in abundance. There may have been dreadful poverty and hardship in East Tupelo in the Depression-hit Thirties, but love cost nothing, and Tupelo´s child grew up secure in the heart of his family, and in a church-minded, close-knit community that sang its heart out in praise of God. The music the boy heard in the First Assembly of God church was to influence and shape his future. A quote in early fanzines, attributed to Gladys, told how the church singing affected her young son: ´´When Elvis was about two years old, he´d slide off my lap, run down the aisle, and stand looking up at the choir and try to sing with them. He was too little to know the words, but he could carry the tune.´´ As he grew older, Elvis sang at church revivals with his parents, a favourite song being, ´I Won´t Have To Cross The Jordan Alone´. ´´Even then,´´ Gladys reportedly said, ´´he couldn´t stand still when he sang.´´ Interestingly, the only Grammys that Elvis ever won were for gospel music (in 1967 for the album How Great Thou Art, in 1972 for the album He Touched Me, and in 1974 for a live performance of `How Great Thou Art´). In 2001, Elvis was inducted posthumously into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, whose previous inductees included Mahalia Jackson and Billy Graham. The pastor of the First Assembly of God church in East Tupelo was Frank Smith, who used a guitar and sang to get his message across to his congregation, and who encouraged young Elvis in his singing. Many years after Elvis became famous, it became known that Vernon Presley had done time in Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi. With two others, he´d forged a cheque, and in June 1938, began his three-year incarceration, but was released in less than a year. The loss of the main family breadwinner meant that Gladys and Elvis had to leave their home and move in with relatives. On Vernon´s release, the family lived in a succession of homes. Gladys, a skilled needlewoman, did her bit to help the family finances, and Vernon found what work he could. In the autumn of 1941, six-year-old Elvis began to attend East Tupelo Consolidated School on Lake Street, also known as Lawhon Elementary School. One of his classmates was Becky Martin, who recalled that pupils were required to learn the names of the American presidents and the capital cities of each state, as well as the Gettysburg Address, the one that contains the oft-quoted words, ´´... government of the people, for the people, by the people´´, which Abraham Lincoln gave in 1862. Like Elvis, Becky Martin enjoyed singing. Before classes at Lawhon School, Becky said that there´d be a chapel service, and Elvis. would sometimes sing ´God Bless My Daddy´, or say a prayer. It was, some sources say, Elvis´s 5th grade teacher, Mrs Oleta Grimes, who taught Elvis to sing ´Old Shep´, a touching ballad about a boy and his faithful dog. She certainly had plenty of faith in the quiet child, and in 1945, when he was ten years old, it was Mrs Grimes who entered the shy lad into the Children´s Day contest at the annual Mississippi-Alabama fair at the Tupelo Fairgrounds on October 3...
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