Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (1956)

Elvis Presley is the debut album by American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor, catalog number LPM-1254, in March 1956. The recording sessions took place on January 10 and January 11 at the RCA Victor recording studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and on January 30 and January 31 at the RCA Victor studios in New York. Additional material originated from sessions at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 5, August 19 and September 10 of 1954, and on July 11, 1955.

The album spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts, and the first million-selling album of that genre. In 2003, it was ranked number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list

Track Listing

Side one

1. “Blue Suede Shoes”
2. “I’m Counting on You”
3. “I Got a Woman”
4. “One Sided Love Affair”
5. “I Love You Because”
6. “Just Because”

Side two

1. “Tutti Frutti”
2. “Tryin’ to Get to You”
3. “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)”
4. “I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’)”
5. “Blue Moon”
6. “Money Honey”

Review: Look, lets be honest here. If this album didn’t exist, or if it had flopped miserably, there probably would never have been Rock And Roll. That is how “important” this album was. The album was important. But was it great to listen to? At the time maybe, but a lot of it did not hold up over time. Sure you have songs like “Blue Suede Shoes” that anyone who knows even the tiniest thing about music knows, and was an awesome song. But then you have other songs such as “I Love You Because” Which are straight up garbage.

Schill Score: 5/10

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