|Released||March 23, 1956|
|Producer||Sam Phillips (Sun recordings), Steve Sholes (RCA recordings)|
Elvis Presley is the self titled debut album by American musician Elvis Presley, the album mainly features covers of African-american music with songs like Blue Suede Shoes, Tutti Frutti, I Got a Woman and others. Recorded at RCA Studios, The album was released on March 23, 1957 and has gone down to be the greatest rock album off all time, spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, and place at #56 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest albums.
Elvis signed to RCA in 1953 and recorded Heartbreak Hotel a year later, the record company thought that the song wouldn't sell well but the single would sell over a million copies and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 cause of this success, Presley began recording the album in July of 1954.
The recording process began in 1954 but had a problem, producer Steve Sholes discovered that the microphone wasn't picking up the guitar that Presley was playing, Presley explained that he had to move to get the sound right so the Sholes redesigned the whole studio so that Elvis could record while moving around similar to what he would do during live performances.
The songs on the album mainly consist of covers of songs written by African-Americans like Blue Suede Shoes which was originally written by Carl Perkins others include Tutti Frutti which was written by Little Richard and I Got a Women by Ray Charles. Elvis grew up around the African-American culture and would go to the old Black Churches cause the music was more energetic and lively than the white churches.
The album was received Critical Acclaim and launched Elvis to the mainstream, Rolling Stone ranked it #56 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Track listing (original release)Edit
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
7 Tutti Frutti
8 Trying to Get to You
9 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
10 I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
11 Blue Moon
12 Money Honey
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