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Once there were giants!
The Sun Studio Sessions - Elvis Presley
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The Sun Studio Sessions - Elvis Presley
Advantages: Insight into the very moment of birth of rock and roll
Disadvantages: NONE, Not every song is super polished but in many ways that's even more interesting
** 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,
Summary: The ship that launched a 1000 ships, the album that launched a 1000000 careers