Elvis 56 is a compilation album of studio master
recordings by Elvis Presley made during 1956, released by RCA
Records in 1996. The original sessions took place at RCA Studios in
Nashville and New York, and at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.
The disc presents five singles with five B-sides, five tracks from
his debut album, and six tracks from his second long-player, Elvis.
All were both recorded and released in the title year of the disc,
1956, except for "Too Much," released in January 1957. An alternate
and earlier take of "Heartbreak Hotel" included is previously
By concentrating on the rhythm numbers rather than the country
material and the ballads, this compilation showcases Presley the
early icon of rock and roll in the 1950s, also arguing for this
particular year as being his most notable in the decade, and perhaps
even that of his entire career. (wikipedia