My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: As the title suggests, this is Elvis’ first album after a two year stint in the Army. The album was recorded in two sessions in March and April of 1960 and released then released later in April (According to Wikipedia, is was released only five days after the second session.) This album moves away from Presley’s rock sound into more pop, blues and gospel sounds.
What I liked: This is by far the most enjoyable album I’ve done thus far in this project. Almost every minute of it was amazing. Presley’s voice is as good as ever, but where this album really shines is with the band. They feel so loose and free with their playing. This is especially true with Floyd Cramer’s piano. It feels like it’s soaked in just the perfect amount of booze so that it hits that critical point between feeling free and too free. I just love it! The highlights on this album are…. nevermind just listen to the whole thing. Plus, Elvis has soul! Who knew.
What I Didn’t Like: If I have to pick a spot were the album is lacking, it’s in “Fever”. It’s just a little bit too hokey and staged to me, but is still enjoyable.
My Overall Thoughts: This album is much better than the self-titled Presley album I reviewed for number 1000. First you can tell it is done in a couple sessions at the same studio. It feels like an album and not just a bunch of songs. There isn’t a miss here.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I have no question as to whether this album should be included. It is in fact now one of my favorite albums of all time. Go listen to it.
Rating (Out of 5): 5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (23/28)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 82%