In this world of hi-tech recording facilities,
where synthesizers can sample a human croak and make it sound like a
Bach Chorale, it is refreshing to hear music of the 1950's that had
as much, if not more, raw energy and excitment than the music of
Elvis Presley with his band Scotty Moore (Guitar), Bill Black (Bass)
and D.J. Fontana (Drums) created some of the most innovative and
exciting sounds of that era.
These recordings were the result of spontaneous expression by both
singer and musician. Their Performances were recorded live in the
studio and captured on tape by machines that might make some modern
"Essential Elvis" contains original and alternate versions from his
first three motion pictures. It's the most exciting single album
release since his untimely death in 1977.
A full year of research has resulted in priceless unreleased masters
being made available for the first time. Alternate versions of
classics like "Jailhouse Rock", "Treat Me Nice", "Loving You" and
"Party" will enthrall Elvis fans throughout the world.
Top priority has been given to the historical content of "Essential
Elvis" and every effort has been made to improve the quality of
recordings taken from reference laquers.
The legend lives on. Elvis Presley revolutionised the world of
popular music and his in fluence on a whole generation is still
being acknowledged today. This album is a tribute to that golden era.