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Elvis [US 2005 Bonus Tracks]

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Elvis Presley 11/1/2005

Review

If Elvis isn't quite as important historically as the Elvis Presley album that preceded it, that's only because it came second -- musically, it's a more confident and bolder work than his debut, and in any other artist's output it would have been considered a crowning achievement. At the sessions for his first album, the singer and all concerned were treading into unmapped territory and not sure what they were doing, or if they were ready for it -- by September of 1956, when the three days of sessions behind the Elvis album took place, Presley was on top, a national phenomenon of a kind that hadn't been seen in music since Frank Sinatra a dozen years earlier, and he had some more experience recording. And with that confidence came better singing. The songs here were, for the most part, material that he knew well, with one new submission by Otis Blackwell. He slides through them seemingly effortlessly, transforming the 1940s country number "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" into a smooth rocker; roaring through the Little Richard numbers "Long Tall Sally," "Ready Teddy," and "Rip It Up"; returns to his blues roots with a killer rendition of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "I'm So Glad You're Mine" (a leftover, amazingly enough, from his first RCA session); and shows how refined his voice was becoming on the ballad "First in Line" and the sentimental favorite "Old Shep." The Elvis album was reissued in 1999 (as Elvis Presley [1999 US Bonus Tracks]) with vastly improved sound and eight bonus tracks from the same (and chronologically adjoining recording sessions), including the singles "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Anyway You Want Me," and that is the version to own on CD. [The 2005 U.S. version of the album includes bonus material.] ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rip It Up Elvis Presley 1:52
  3. 2 Love Me Elvis Presley 2:43
  4. 3 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Elvis Presley 2:20
  5. 4 Long Tall Sally Elvis Presley 1:52
  6. 5 First in Line Elvis Presley 3:20
  7. 6 Paralyzed Elvis Presley 2:23
  8. 7 So Glad You're Mine Elvis Presley 2:19
  9. 8 Old Shep Elvis Presley 4:8
  10. 9 Ready Teddy Elvis Presley 1:55
  11. 10 Anyplace Is Paradise Elvis Presley 2:24
  12. 11 How's the World Treating You Elvis Presley 2:23
  13. 12 How Do You Think I Feel Elvis Presley 2:9
  14. 13 Playing for Keeps Elvis Presley 2:52
  15. 14 Too Much Elvis Presley 2:32
  16. 15 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 2:2
  17. 16 Hound Dog Elvis Presley 2:15
  18. 17 Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) Elvis Presley 2:12
  19. 18 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 2:41

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