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Elvis 56

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As a chronicle of the King's mainstream breakthrough year -- and thus a critical year in American pop culture -- Elvis 56 is a breathtaking document. This 2003 reissue features the same 22 songs (including two alternate takes, notably a previously unissued take of "Heartbreak Hotel") as the earlier disc, but an up-to-the-minute remixing and remastering has vastly improved the sound quality. The tracks are heavily weighted toward material that appeared on Presley's first two studio albums, supplemented by non-album singles, including such vital entries as "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Too Much," "Any Way You Want Me," and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." On ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As a chronicle of the King's mainstream breakthrough year -- and thus a critical year in American pop culture -- Elvis 56 is a breathtaking document. This 2003 reissue features the same 22 songs (including two alternate takes, notably a previously unissued take of "Heartbreak Hotel") as the earlier disc, but an up-to-the-minute remixing and remastering has vastly improved the sound quality. The tracks are heavily weighted toward material that appeared on Presley's first two studio albums, supplemented by non-album singles, including such vital entries as "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Too Much," "Any Way You Want Me," and "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You." On Presley's Sun recordings, guitarist Scotty Moore's pop-influenced country stylings and robust, hollow-body tone suggested the fuller sound producer Chet Atkins sculpted here for the Hillbilly Cat in RCA's Nashville studio, where the singer was accompanied by his usual band along with some A-team session players and, crucially, the Jordanaires vocal group. The result is seminal and still-influential pop-rockabilly in the up-tempo numbers and a country-pop approach on the ballad sides. The material favors Elvis's R&B/blues bent, ranging from covers of a couple of Little Richard hits, Lloyd Price's R&B boiler "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," Ray Charles's "I Got a Woman," two Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup tunes, and the first of many Leiber-Stoller songs in the Presley canon, including the haunting ballad "Love Me." Forty-seven years after the fact, this music remains potent and exciting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1996
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636681726
  • Catalog Number: 66817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
The Jordanaires Track Performer, Accompaniment
Bill Black Bass
Scotty Moore Guitar
Shorty Long Piano
D.J. Fontana Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Accompaniment
Hugh Jarrett Accompaniment
Neal Matthews Accompaniment
Ben Speer Accompaniment
Brock Speer Accompaniment
Gordon Stoker Piano, Accompaniment
Marvin Hughes Piano
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Little Richard Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Hal Blair Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Thorne Nogar Engineer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Paul Williams Executive Producer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Joe Thomas Composer
Andrew Sutton Cover Design
Lou Kosloff Composer
Alfred Wertheimer Liner Notes
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Claude Demetrius Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Andreas Meyer Mastering
George Mysels Composer
Bill Peppers Composer
Lee Rosenberg Composer
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