Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1956 Ratings: #1 / 5
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Based on 168 ratings
1956 Ratings: #8
Liked by 4 people
March 23, 1956 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA Victor / Label
Rock & Roll / Genres
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What is more remarkable about the album is the fact it simultaneously established rock n' roll no longer as a teenage fad but as a genuine cultural movement, albeit firmly removed from its racial roots. Elvis Presley proved that a rock album could not only sell, as teenagers generally only invested in '45s in those days, but it could outsell the singles from its own and any other genre.

HA Elvis ripped off The Clash’s London calling cover. Not cool Elvis, Not cool.
Unpopular opinion: Elvis here creates predominantly pre-owned music here, making it feel as though he is only capable of spinning music in his direction but is incapable of making something of his own. This is especially true in situations in which he takes music created by popular African American artists and essentially tries to replicate their sound. Unfortunately, this creates a situation in which Elvis stole the sound of Black America and popularized it due to his charisma and, ... read more
Elvis Presley has been passionate about music since his youth, inspired by the country scene with Hank Snow, and gospel with Jack Hess. He has worked hard and persevered to make himself heard and known when many people don't believe in him even for a second. Elvis was different, but he never gave up. When he went to Sun Studio in Memphis in 1954, to record his first 2 songs My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin, it was a real failure, essentially because Elvis didn't offer anything ... read more
Elvis' iconic debut record is VERY important to music history and proved to be one of the most influential rock albums of the 1950s....BUT with that being said, there are 3, maybe 4 decent tracks here. In all honesty, the only track here that has aged well is the cover of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes"

Strong 5/10
I've always appreciated Elvis Presley as a performer but his self-titled debut feels like more of an over-glorified covers album from an admittedly talented artist, than truly a defining and influential album in of itself.
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Track List

  1. 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. Tryin' 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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Added on: April 11, 2013