1950, Allgemein, Rock n roll

Elvis Presley – self titled debut album (1956)

The debut album of the King of rock `n´ roll was released in 1956, two years after he released his first single and should be his first no. 1 album. It was the first rock `n´ roll album ever to get the top position of the charts. 

 

The album contains a wide variety of tracks, going from faster rock songs to slower songs which are more emotional and back. This fact let the album seem to be a bit unnatural in his flow. It also seems to be a bit random and might be explained with the fact that Elvis have never written a song by himself. 

 

The faster tracks are pretty cool, have a nice entertaining atmospheres, contain some nice solos and bring you in a dancing mood.
The slower and more emotional songs are like the songs on the Sinatra album before based on Elvis vocals with instruments in the background.

 

The A side of the album is also stronger than the B side except for Money Honey, which creates high intensity with a very fast and aggressive piano playing a single note the whole time and a slow bass in the strophe. The tension is released in a short break and a drum switchover into a bluesy rhythm. 

The tutti frutti cover can not hold on to the original of Little Richard, which might be a bit slower, but is more filthy, because Richards voice is more sleazy. Also the instrumentation of saxophon and piano fits better to the song. 

Overall a strong album. Need to listen to at least once.

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