When RCA purchased Elvis SUN contract for $35,000, few involved could have dreamed this deal would change American music forever. This 1956 collection was Presley's first proper album a release that both broke him to a national audience and became an enduring piece of pop-cultural iconography. It's an album where Presley forcefully hammers nascent rock 'n' roll into his own sultry image. A classic rock album a decade before there was such a thing and arguably rock's first great LP.
Maybe "Rolling Stone" magazine and a few others only recognize this one: why? Because of the Clash's '79 LP paid homage? But we all now better: Elvis recorded many other classic albums, including "From Elvis In Memphis," "Elvis Is Back," "Elvis Country," and, yes, "Elvis" (1956), his early soundtracks, and even his live albums from '69, '70, '72 and '73 may have a role as "classic" albums as well as the golden records sets.^ The "Sun Sessions" are often mentioned: this would now be "Elvis At Sun," which, like "Elvis Presley" was masterfully re-mastered by Kevan Budd in 2004. On the 2004 version, RCA/BMG also has wisely put the bonus tracks at the end. Buy the new version without hestitation.
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