My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: This 1955 album is the first rock ‘n roll album to rank high on the charts and subsequently the first rock ‘n roll million seller. This album contains Presley‘s first recordings for RCA along with five songs that were brought over from Sun Records, which are believed to have been produced by Presley. The Sun songs leaned towards the country style so they were backed by higher tempo R&B songs. Released two months after the single Heartbreak Hotel, this collection of songs was believed to have less potential to be successful and was thus released as an album instead.
What I liked: This is a quick record coming in at just under 30 minutes. In that there are some great songs and I particularly like the R&B songs. “Blue Suede Shoes” is amazing of course, but I also really like his version of “I Got a Women”. I’ve never heard his version of Blue Moon before which is absolutely stunning.
What I Didn’t Like: The album was recorded at different times in different studios and it shows. Each individual song is still great, but this affects the cohesiveness of the album and makes it more of a compilation or collection.
My Overall Thoughts: It’s a good album, but I’d rather listen to a greatest hits collection. I do love the cover though and I think that makes it as Iconic as the songs contained within.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I would say no, it has some great individual songs, but as far as an album goes this just doesn’t hold up.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (2/2)