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Elvis Presley
Elvis rock


 

Elvis Rock - USA 2009 - Sony Music 8287 677432-2 - Elvis Presley CD
 

Release: 2006Sony/BMG 82876 77432 2EU14 €
Release: 2006 Sony/BMG 82876 77432 2 USA 14 €
Release: 2006Sony/BMG CDRCA 7149South Africa25 €
Release: 2006Sony/BMG 8287 677432-2Argentina17 €
    
Release: 2009Sony Music 82876 77432 2 USA12 €
Release: 2010Sony Music 82876 77432 2 USA12 €
Release: 2013Sony Music 82876 77432 2 USA12 €

 

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

 

Well, rock and roll music, if you like it, you feel it, you can't help but move to it". Elvis Presley patiently explained to a reporter early in his career. "That's what happens to me, I can't help It, I have to move around, can't stand still. I've tried it, and it doesn't work."

What bettet way to demonstrate Mr. Presley's thesis than with this collection of unadulterated rock and roll tunes? Among them are the early chart-topping hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog" and "All Shook Up" that galvanized a nation of teenagers, outraged their folks and got authorities thinking about what laws they could accuse Elvis of breaking. They upturned the major-label record business, challenged the conventions of radio, infiltrated television and the movies, and ultimately revolutionized popular culture.

Elvis may not have single-handedly invented rock and roll, but he came to epitomize it around the world. He could sound both sincere and seductive, a boyishly charming combination of innocence and experience. His riveting vocal performance an his RCA debut and first #1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel," falls somewhere between a lament and a come-on. This is clearly a young man who isn't going to be lonely very long. And surely no other vocalist in rock and roll history has imbued the word "baby" with so much erotic portent.

Watch clips from his early black & white television and concert appearances and you'll find no trace of calculation. His movements were the real deal, unfiltered exuberance mixed with an almost dangerous level of sexual energy. They would start with a twitch in his leg, followed by a rise and fall of his shoulders. That would morph into a shimmy, then trigger the trademark swivel of his hips. Elvis was pure honesty in motion; he was just doing what comes naturally. Fast forward to his 1968 Comeback Special and not much has fundamentally changed. You can still see the boy in the man. Elvis tries to maintain a certain decorum during those amazing, intimate acoustic segments, but he practically levitates out of his chair when the rock and roll rhythms start.

Of course, you don't have to see it to feel it. Hearing is definitely believing. Bob Dylan was once quoted as saying, "Hearing Elvis for the first time was like a jail break... and I didn't even know I was in jail." These are songs of liberation, of youth asserting its power, a vision of the world where its sounds and its people - aren't segregated. Black. White. Country. Blues. Gospel. All wrapped up in the excitement of becoming the world's first rock and roll star. You can find all of that in these songs.
And once you feel it... don't even think about staying still. (from the liner notes)