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The Sun Studio Sessions - Elvis Presley

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Elvis Presley / Audio CD released 2006-01-30 at Rev-Ola

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      27.01.2010 15:26
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      The ship that launched a 1000 ships, the album that launched a 1000000 careers

      ** The Sun Studio Sessions - Elvis Presley ** Having just bought my parents a box set of Elvis' I ordered at the same time this album for myself. I (via my parents music collection) already own the vinyl album which has been at my parents house sonce the early 80's. There is something more magical about vinyl compaired to CD's. Playing a record on a turntable is more of an experience. The artwork on an album sleeve is larger, more tangible and not viewed through a thin transparent plastic CD jewel case. In short I think vinyl is better - surprisingly vinyl sales are now on the increase again and new shops have already appeared in the US dealing exclusively with NEW releases on vinyl. Anything form trhe latest rap to pop albums are being remastered on vinyl I'm pleased to say. I hope the trend continues and we see similar shops in the UK soon. That doesn't help me at the moment though. I love having lots of tracks to listen to in my car and so I wanted the The Sun Studio Sessions - Elvis Presley album on CD. It only cost me £7.99 from Amazon and has more tracks on than the original album. ** Background ** The Sun studios run by Sam Phillips are where Elvis was discovered. Legend has it that the King wentto record a birthday song for his mother to listen to and caught Sam Phillips attention. The recordings here are raw and Elvis' style is still being forged. The style Elvis created here with fellow musicians like Scotty Moore the guitarist would shape popular music forever afterwards. Top producers all over the world still try to create the sounds on this recording. They still try to capture the vocal warmth of Valve microphones. (People like Brian Eno and U2 have tried to capture the vocal sound, as have many other famous artists). Musicins still marvel at the sound and arrangements a singer, guitar player and bass player could create. To sound full and yet still leave space in the song. To create fire in a performance and still maintian compsure. It's as near magic as you can get. These red hot recordings would not only influence many they would inspire jealuosy in lesser talents like rap outfit Public Enemy - and who casn blame them. Faced with that much talent they probably need a change of underwear :O) Sun studios was the place where the melting pot of music that would change the world boiled over. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash... The list of legends in that studio in the 50's is unbelievable. Leading the field in many respects Elvis's Sun album is not just Rock and Roll. It is the very birth of some of the very best Rock and Roll. ** The Music ** My favourite songs include That's All Right the song Elvis recorded for his mother's birthday while accidentally creating Rock and Roll in the process - Mystery Train which is so infectiously catchy it beggars belief and Good Rockin' Tonight which fair swings along. There are slow songs on the album too. It is often forgot that Rock and Roll was equally known for great ballads as well as scorching tempo songs. Not every track on the album is polished, some of the songs have a raw under developed feel so you can really see how the other more complete arrangements have been constructed. What every track on the album is though -is great. Some songs because they are so well done, some songs because they are so raw, some songs because they offer an insight into the minds of those at the cutting edge of music. ** Track list ** Here is the full track list 1. That's All Right 2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3. Harbor Lights 4. I Love You Because 5. Blue Moon 6. Tomorrow Night 7. I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin' 8. Just Because 9. Good Rockin' Tonight 10. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 11. Milkcow Blues Boogie 12. You're A Heartbreaker 13. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 14. Baby Let's Play House 15. How Do You Think I Feel? 16. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 17. Mystery Train 18. Trying To Get You 19. When It Rains It Really Pours 20. I Love You Because (Alt Take) 21. My Baby's Gone 22. My Happiness (Acetate) 23. That's When The Heartache Begins (Acetate) 24. I'll Never Stand In Your Way (Acetate) 25. It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You (Acetate) 26. Fool Fool Fool (Acetate) (Bonus Track) 27. Shake, Rattle And Roll (Acetate) (Bonus Track) 28. Hearts Of Stone (Live) (Bonus Track) 29. I Got A Women (Live) (Bonus Track) 30. Tweedle Dee (Live) (Bonus Track) 31. Maybellene (Live) (Bonus Track) ** My verdict ** I have nothing bad to say about this album it rocks. If you want to know what all the attention around Elvis is about I recommend you get this album. In it you will recognise echoes of later famous recordings stretching right to the present day - from a vocal michrophone sound to a guitar lick or song arrangements. Clearly; once there were giants! Thank you for reading this review, Mike x

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        20.12.2009 13:27
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        Cool stuff

        I'm a big Elvis fan and enjoy all the hits, so wouldn't really like to stick my neck out and say this is my favourite album but it probably is! The Sun Studio Sessions is a compilation album from 1954-55 which contains the majority of tracks that Elvis recorded at the renowned Sun Studios in Memphis. Elvis shows versatility and raw energy that isn't necessarily as strong on later albums. Favourite tracks of mine include "That's All Right" which was a song for his mother on her birthday and is considered to be one of the first rock n roll tracks, the bizarre Milkcow Blues Boogie, the smoochy "I Love You Because", the very jolly and upbeat "I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" and perhaps my favourite yet "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" - as always none of these songs are written by Elvis but he performs them to perfection and combines his sneery rockabilly sound with a soft, deep Southern drawl. Of course, it's not so different to his later work - you'll undoubtedly recognise that it's him but it's the variety of music on the album from slow, bluesy numbers with a mixture of country and rockabilly. There's a lot of outtakes and bonus tracks on this album, soo it doesn't necessarily flow smoothly enough to be played at parties but it's definitely something you can enjoy in your own time. 1 That's All Right 2 Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3 Harbor Lights 4 I Love You Because 5 Blue Moon 6 Tomorrow Night 7 I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin' 8 Just Because 9 Good Rockin' Tonight 10 I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 11 Milkcow Blues Boogie 12 You're A Heartbreaker 13 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 14 Baby Let's Play House 15 How Do You Think I Feel? 16 I Forgot To Remember To Forget 17 Mystery Train 18 Trying To Get You 19 When It Rains It Really Pours 20 I Love You Because (Alt Take) 21 My Baby's Gone 22 My Happiness (Acetate) 23 That's When The Heartache Begins (Acetate) 24 I'll Never Stand In Your Way (Acetate) 25 It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You (Acetate) 26 Fool Fool Fool (Acetate) (Bonus Track) 27 Shake, Rattle And Roll (Acetate) (Bonus Track) 28 Hearts Of Stone (Live) (Bonus Track) 29 I Got A Women (Live) (Bonus Track) 30 Tweedle Dee (Live) (Bonus Track) 31 Maybellene (Live) (Bonus Track)

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        03.08.2008 23:57
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        Elvis in the 50s

        It is hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that Elvis Presley changed the face of popular music, by recording the song THAT'S ALL RIGHT in a small recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, but it was. That small studio was called Sun and was run by Sam Phillips. Sam had a vision of a studio which would provide an outlet for the black music of the South at the time, but also had a vision that if he could find a white man with a 'black' voice, he could crossover into the pop charts and make himself a fortune. He was lucky in that he came across Elvis, and history was born. Being over 50 years ago, the songs that Elvis recorded for Sun are now public-domain recordings in Europe and over the last couple of years there have been a large number of releases from lots of labels featuring these tracks. This is one of many and is well worth £5 of your money as it really does provide a piece of history for your ears.

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          02.09.2002 21:23
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          Which is your favourite Elvis? 50's hip-swiveller? G.I? 60's Black leather? 70s white suit from the Las Vegas days? Early Elvis is the one for me, without a doubt, although I love many of the songs from all the eras. He never really went out of fashion, but he's well and truly back IN now, back in the charts and back on every radio station in the land. The recent hit "A little less conversation" conjures up a picture of the late 60s, the great come-back era for Elvis, but for me the quintessential Elvis is that from the mid-50s, and the Sun sessions album is the perfect introduction. At this time he was truly new, and revolutionary - he took the music world by storm. Sam Phillips, who had been producing R& B records since 1950, owned Sun Records, and he first heard a tape of Elvis, after he'd recorded an acetate record to give to his mum as a birthday present. Phillips invited him into the studio, in 1954, and for a truck-driver that must have been a big deal. Phillips and the musicians providing the backing were convinced that, as he sounded like a black singer, no-one would buy the records. One of the first songs Elvis recorded back then was "That's all right (mama)", which ended up being released as his first single - he started singing it, impromtu, with the band following on - and just like that, the distinctive style of Elvis's Sun sessions was born. First, Elvis sounded completely assured and confident, not at all like a young teenager, singing effortlessly. Then there was Scotty Moore on guitar, and Bill Black on bass, with it's wonderful rubbery twangy sound. The legendary Sun echo sound adds to the overall effect. On one of the later sessions, drummer D.J. Fontana added to the sound - he was first featured on "You're a heartbreaker" and "I'm left, you're right, She's gone". Overall, Phillips had a big part to play, as his use of reverberation techniques created a unique sound, but make no mistake - Elvis himself is clearly the main star here. "Good rockin tonight", the second single, still sounds immediate, like it could have been recorded yesterday. The song had already been a hit in the 40s for Roy Brown, who wrote it, and Wynonie Harris - so it's what you could call a 'standard'. Junior Parker's "Mystery train" - a sort of mixture of R&B and country. In the 50s there were many things that people found were shocking about Elvis - his sexy, gyrating hips for one, but the music was actually pretty revolutionary too - and the country music bods were especially outraged at his delivery of what had been in some cases country standards. None of the early singles were hits, not nationally at any rate. "That's all right (mama)" did reach number 3 in the Memphis Country music chart, though, so it was obvious that Elvis had something right from the start. "Heartbreak Hotel" (not on this collection) was the song to bring him worldwide chart success, of course. He was signed to RCA by the end of 1955, so the Sun sessions only spanned a short period of time. The raw, unique style is a crucial part of their charm, but the quality of the songs is amazing too. There are no filler tracks on this CD, and I always play the entire album - usually on repeat. The whole collection is pure gold, but my own favourites are probably "Baby let's play house", with that hiccup vocal style and a jaunty backing, "I'll never let you go", due to that incredibly tender beginning, and "Tryin' to get to you". My version of the CD has "Harbour lights" added on the end. Not always included on all the Sun Sessions, this track wasn't released at all until 1976. It's a gentle, charming little song, and Elvis even does a spot of whistling in the break. You m ay not recognise all of the titles of the songs I'd guess everyone will recognise at least half of the tunes. Most of the songs had already been performed by other artists, and a song like "Blue moon" is very familiar. It's just that Elvis does perfect versions of them all. If you like Elvis at all, or rock and roll music at all - you can't go wrong with the Sun Sessions. The original and the best.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 That's All Right
          2 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
          3 Harbor Lights
          4 I Love You Because
          5 Blue Moon
          6 Tomorrow Night
          7 I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'
          8 Just Because
          9 Good Rockin' Tonight
          10 I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
          11 Milkcow Blues Boogie
          12 You're A Heartbreaker
          13 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
          14 Baby Let's Play House
          15 How Do You Think I Feel?
          16 I Forgot To Remember To Forget
          17 Mystery Train
          18 Trying To Get You
          19 When It Rains It Really Pours
          20 I Love You Because (Alt Take)
          21 My Baby's Gone
          22 My Happiness (Acetate)
          23 That's When The Heartache Begins (Acetate)
          24 I'll Never Stand In Your Way (Acetate)
          25 It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You (Acetate)
          26 Fool Fool Fool (Acetate) (Bonus Track)
          27 Shake, Rattle And Roll (Acetate) (Bonus Track)
          28 Hearts Of Stone (Live) (Bonus Track)
          29 I Got A Women (Live) (Bonus Track)
          30 Tweedle Dee (Live) (Bonus Track)
          31 Maybellene (Live) (Bonus Track)