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Elvis Presley CD - Elvis r&b - Sony/BMG 82876 85750-2 - EU 2006

Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 87250 2   Australia 12
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 85750 2   EU 12
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 87250 2   India 20 €
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 87250 2   Thailand 17 €
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 85750 2   USA 12
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 87255 2 Wal*mart USA 17
Release: 2011 Sony Music 82876 87255 2 88697709642 USA 10


Published in the Elvis theme CD series. See all releases here.


Consider this collection Elvis Presley's personal play list -
R&B and blues classics that became an essential part of Elvis's lifelong repertoire because he connected so powerfully with them as a listener, not just as a performer. Some of these songs, like Mississippi native Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's original version of "That's All Right," or blues shouter Wynonie Harris's chart-topping rendition of Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonfight," were R&B hits that Elvis had discovered listening to the radio as a boy. He not only memorized these numbers, he internalized them – the lyrics, chords and very attitude got all shook up with his own unique musical DNA.

When Elvis suddenly got the chance in 1954 to record these tunes himself, called to Sun Studio in Memphis by curious producer Sam Phillips, they re-emerged with Elvis's own spirit attached. His performances were fueled by youthful bravado, sexual energy and the release of all that pent-up desire to get in front of a microphone. Elvis honored his influences but would not be held back by tradition or propriety. He boldly snubbed the strictures of race and mixed the R&B sounds he loved with hillbilly music, blues and gospel. Elvis was making up rock and roll as he went along.

The tracks here, often written or originally recorded by pioneering African-American performers, have been culled from throughout Elvis's career, from his earliest Sun sessions up to his final album Moody Blue, cut in part at Graceland. This lineup covers a lot of ground, geographically as well as musically: the New Orleans style of R&B great Lloyd Price ("Lawdy, Miss Clawdy"), the Chicagobased blues of guitarist Jimmy Reed ("Big Boss Man"), the Memphis-bred balladry of pianist-vocalist Johnny Ace ("Pledging My Love", the sophisticated R&B-meets-pop of New York City songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller ("Trouble"). This was repertoire that Elvis, the fan and the artist, often returned to, on record and on stage; "Trouble," for example, became the big opening statement of the Elvis '68 Comeback Special.

Talking with British writer Barney Hoskyns, songwriter Jerry Leiber once recalled how passionate Elvis performee in the studio when he tackled his and Mike Stoller's R&B-based material: "With Elvis, no direction was needed... once the rhythm section started to cook, he would just start singing. And the man never made a bad take... he was like an Olympic champion. He could sing all day."

Elvis himself, back in early, less guarded days, had famously confessed, "It's like your whole Body gets goose bumps. It's like a surge of electricity going through you. It's almost like making love but it's even stronger than that. Sometimes I think my heart is going to explode."

Prepare for goose bumps. These songs may be hazardous to your heart, but they're liberating for your libido and absolutely satisfying for your soul. (from the liner notes)