Elvis Presley

~ Release group by Elvis Presley

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Elvis Presley (Mono) 12" Vinyl 12 RCA Victor LPM-1254 [none]
Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 12 RCA Victor LPM-1254 [none]
Elvis Presley (24 karat gold disc collector's edition) CD 12 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 07863 66659-2 078636665924
Elvis Presley CD 18 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RCA 07863 67735-2 078636773520
Elvis Presley CD 18 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 07863 67735-2 078636773520
Elvis Presley CD 18 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) RCA 82876 66058 2 828766605822
Elvis Presley CD 18 828766605822
Elvis Presley (Reissue, Remastered, Stereo) CD 18 BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, use "BMG Rights Management"), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 82876-66058-2 828766605822
Follow That Dream Presents: Elvis Presley (Special Edition) 2×CD 36 + 35 8287686160-2
Elvis Presley 12" Vinyl 18 Music on Vinyl (imprint of Music on Vinyl B.V. Do not use for manufacturing/distribution relationships!) MOVLP042 0886973569610
Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) 2×CD 17 + 20 Legacy (Legacy Recordings), RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 8869796183 2 886979618329
Elvis Presley (legacy edition of "Elvis Presley" and "Elvis") 2×CD 17 + 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 790795 886979079526
Elvis Presley (iTunes Legacy Edition) 2×Digital Media 17 + 19 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 790795
Elvis Presley Digital Media 12 RCA Victor 886444095242
Elvis Presley CD 12 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) PCD1-5198 078635519822

Relationships

included in: Original Album Classics
part of: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 56)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 85)
Allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000644655 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/107325 [info]
Wikidata: Q610926 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Elvis Presley (album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/elvis_presley/elvis_presley/ [info]
reviews: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6h25 [info]

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The first rock album to top the American charts was never really designed as such. By 1955 Elvis was becoming hot property, hitting the road with Bill Black, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana he was recording sparse sessions at Sun records while the major labels were sniffing around the sesnsation from Tupelo. By November of that year RCA finally paid the big bucks (35,000 dollars) and it was time to properly market the new sound of a white boy singing black music.

Rock 'n' Roll was still an untested quantity with the American heartland. Despite local hits for his Sun sides in various states, Elvis had yet to have a nationwide smash. Yet Steve Scholes of RCA knew that he had to strike while the iron was hot. Carl Perkins (whose "Blue Suede Shoes" get the Presley treatment here) was on the rise, as were a whole slew of kids who knew the time was right to popularise R 'n' B. With Elvis on the road it was difficult to get the band into the studio to record any material.

After only two sessions it was decided to use the unused Sun tracks bought along with Presley's contract along with a fair selection of the newer RCA sides. To counteract the country/rockabilly flavour of the Sam Phillips' sessions Scholes got presley to record harder rhythm and blues tracks including his own take on the incendiary "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard as well as numbers like Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman". The personnel used on these tracks were the cream of RCA's country players, including the legendary Chet Atkins on guitar.

Also recorded at these sessions was "Heartbreak Hotel". Despite its legendary status it actually took several weeks to take off and was left off the album (it was added on later CD releases). But despite the oddly piecemeal construction of rock's first album proper, every one of the twelve tracks remains an absolute classic. Filled with the young, raw energy that was to be so quickly erased from the King's output following his stint in the army.

Even the cover, shot at a gig in Tampa the previous year, remains an iconic signifier for all that youthful rebellion that Western civilization holds so dear. Every (and I mean EVERY) home should own a copy.