Elvis (1956 album)

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Elvis
Studio album by Elvis Presley
Released October 19, 1956
Recorded 1956
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 29:47
Label RCA Victor
Producer Steve Sholes
Elvis Presley chronology
Elvis Presley
(1956)
Elvis
(1956)
Loving You
(1957)
Singles from Elvis
  1. "Love Me"
    Released: 1956
  2. "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"
    Released: 1956
  3. "Paralyzed"
    Released: 1956
  4. "Old Shep"
    Released: 1956
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Elvis is the second studio album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor in mono, LPM 1382, in October 1956. Recording sessions took place on September 1, September 2, and September 3 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, with one track left over from the sessions for Presley's debut album at RCA recording studios on January 30 in New York.[2] It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart that year, making Presley the first recording artist to have both albums go straight to number one in the same year. It was certified Gold on February 17, 1960, and Platinum on August 10, 2011 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Content[edit]

RCA executive Steve Sholes had commissioned two new songs for this batch of sessions, "Paralyzed" from Otis Blackwell, and "Love Me" from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the authors respectively of both sides of Presley's summer hit of 1956, "Don't Be Cruel" backed with "Hound Dog," the first record to top all three of the Billboard singles charts then in existence: pop, R&B, and C&W.[4] Presley decided upon three Little Richard covers, and selected three new country ballads respectively from regular Everly Brothers writer Boudleaux Bryant and guitarist Chet Atkins, Sun staff musician and engineer Stan Kesler, and Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman. The latter two, contracted to Hill and Range, the publishing company of Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, would write dozens of songs for Presley through the 1960s. Also included was the song with which Presley won second prize at a fair in Tupelo when he was ten years old, Red Foley's 1941 country song, "Old Shep."

With all but one track on the album recorded at a single set of sessions over three days in September, Presley and his touring band of Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana, along with The Jordanaires, managed to recreate the loose feel from Sun Studio days, mixing rhythm and blues and country and western repertoire items as they had on all of his Sun singles.[5] They reinforced this effect by including material echoing his very first Sun record: a blues by Arthur Crudup, author of "That's All Right (Mama);" and a song recorded by bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." The sessions were attended by a few outsiders, namely his current girlfriend at the time, actress Natalie Wood and actor Nick Adams, both of whom had starred in Rebel Without a Cause, Presley's favorite James Dean film. Steve Sholes was the RCA man at the session, and handled the paper work and such, but basically Elvis himself chose the songs, led the session, made all the decisions concerning which take would be the master and so forth. Thus it would be fair to say that for most practical purposes, Elvis himself at this session and throughout his career would continue to do most of the things that a regular record producer normally would do.[6]

The piano player on this album is not registered in the official RCA archives, except for the song "So Glad You're Mine", which was cut at a previous session in New York. In a 1984 interview conducted by Jan-Erik Kjeseth, Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires stated that he was the piano player on most of the songs on the album. In an article written by Kjeseth for the Flaming Star magazine, it was argued that the piano player on "Love Me", "Old Shep" and "How's the World Treating You" was Elvis himself. Ernst Jørgensen, writer of Elvis Presley - A Study in Music, seems to be of the same opinion. Kjeseth also claims that Elvis played the piano on the single from this session, "Playing for Keeps". Again, Jørgensen seems to be of the same opinion. Gordon Stoker played the piano on "Rip it Up" and "Anyplace is Paradise".

The original 1984 CD issue in reprocessed (fake) stereo sound, was quickly withdrawn and reissued in original monophonic. The album was reissued for compact disc in an expanded edition on May 18, 1999, and again on January 11, 2005. For the 1999 reissue, six bonus tracks were added that were both sides of three singles, altering the running order. Four of the tracks were chart-toppers, "Love Me Tender", "Too Much", and the double-sided classic "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel". Bonus tracks recorded on July 2 at RCA Studios in New York City, in September at Radio Recorders, and "Love Me Tender" at 20th Century Fox Stage One during the sessions for Love Me Tender.

On January 11, 2005, Sony BMG upgraded the album again, remastered using DSD technology with the six bonus tracks appended in standard fashion, in the following order: "Playing for Keeps", "Too Much", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)", and "Love Me Tender". This acclaimed latest remaster was the handiwork of audio restorer Kevan Budd, who also drew praise for his 2005 remasters of Presley's first and third albums (respectively, Elvis Presley and Loving You) as well as the stellar 2004 upgrade known as Elvis at Sun. Due to missing tapes, it is believed there will be no further expanded edition of Elvis' second album to be released on Sony's Denmark-based collector "Follow That Dream" label as was done in 2-CD fashion in their "classic albums" series for other titles in the catalog. These rock-n'roll tapes are believed to have been among those ignobly dumped into the Delaware River near RCA Victor's Camden, New Jersey plant in the late 1950s.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Rip It Up"   Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco September 3, 1956 1:50
2. "Love Me"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 1, 1956 2:41
3. "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"   Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker September 2, 1956 2:18
4. "Long Tall Sally"   Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman September 2, 1956 1:51
5. "First in Line"   Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman September 3, 1956 3:21
6. "Paralyzed"   Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley September 2, 1956 2:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "So Glad You're Mine"   Arthur Crudup January 30, 1956 2:18
2. "Old Shep"   Red Foley September 2, 1956 4:10
3. "Ready Teddy"   Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco September 3, 1956 1:55
4. "Anyplace Is Paradise"   Joe Thomas September 2, 1956 2:26
5. "How's the World Treating You"   Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant September 1, 1956 2:23
6. "How Do You Think I Feel"   Webb Pierce and Wiley Walker September 1, 1956 2:10

1999 Reissue with Bonus Tracks[edit]

Chart positions for LPM 1382 from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart.

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Hound Dog" (released July 13, 1956, 47-6604b, #1) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller July 2, 1956 2:16
2. "Don't Be Cruel" (released July 13, 1956, 47-6604a, #1) Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley July 2, 1956 2:02
3. "Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)" (released September 28, 1956, 47-6643b, #20) Cliff Owens and Aaron Schroeder July 2, 1956 2:13
4. "Rip It Up"   Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco September 3, 1956 1:50
5. "Love Me" (#2) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller September 1, 1956 2:41
6. "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again" (#19) Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker September 2, 1956 2:18
7. "Long Tall Sally"   Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman September 2, 1956 1:51
8. "First in Line"   Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman September 3, 1956 3:21
9. "Paralyzed" (#59) Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley September 2, 1956 2:18
10. "So Glad You're Mine"   Arthur Crudup January 30, 1956 2:18
11. "Old Shep" (#47) Red Foley September 2, 1956 4:10
12. "Ready Teddy"   Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco September 3, 1956 1:55
13. "Anyplace Is Paradise"   Joe Thomas September 2, 1956 2:26
14. "How's the World Treating You?"   Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant September 1, 1956 2:23
15. "How Do You Think I Feel"   Webb Pierce and Wiley Walker September 1, 1956 2:10
16. "Too Much" (released January 4, 1957, 47-6800a, #2) Lee Rosenberg and Bernard Weinman September 2, 1956 2:31
17. "Playing for Keeps" (released January 4, 1957, 47-6800b, #21) Stan Kesler September 1, 1956 2:50
18. "Love Me Tender" (released September 28, 1956, 47-6643a, #1) Vera Matson and Elvis Presley August 24, 1956 2:41

2005 Reissue with Bonus Tracks[edit]

Same tracks as 1999 reissue. The album tracks are presented in the same order as on the original LP, followed by the six bonus tracks that were included on the 1999 reissue.

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1956 Billboard Pop Albums 1

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1956 "Love Me" Billboard Black Singles 7
Billboard Country Singles 10
Billboard Pop Singles 2
"Old Shep" Billboard Pop Singles 47
"Paralyzed" Billboard Pop Singles 59

Certifications/sales[edit]

Country Certification
(thresholds)
Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Keith Flynn's Elvis Presley Pages". www.keithflynn.com. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Searchable datebase". RIAA. 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.  Note: Enter search for "Presley, Elvis" and go to pages 1 and 37
  4. ^ Miller, Jim, ed. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. New York: Random House, 1980; ISBN 0-394-51322-3, p. 34
  5. ^ Guralnick, Peter. The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, insert booklet, p. 32 and 34
  6. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, pp. 38 and 60-61

References[edit]

Jorgenson, Ernst. Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions, 1998. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-18572-3
Miller, Jim, ed. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, revised first edition, 1980. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-73938-8

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