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Elvis is the second album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono, LPM 1382, in October 1956. Recording sessions took place on September 1, September 2, and September 3 at Radio Recorders in Hollywoodmarker, with one track leftover from the sessions for Presley's debut album at RCA recording studios on January 30 in New Yorkmarker. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart that year.

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RCA executive Steve Sholes had commissioned two new songs for this batch of sessions, "Paralyzed" from Otis Blackwell, and "Love Me" from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the authors respectively of both sides of Presley's monster summer hit of 1956, "Don't Be Cruel" backed with "Hound Dog," the first record to top all three of the Billboard singles charts then in existence: pop, R&B, and C&W. Presley decided upon three Little Richard covers, and selected three new country ballads respectively from regular Everly Brothers writer Boudleaux Bryant and guitarist Chet Atkins, Sun staff musician and engineer Stan Kesler, and Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman. The latter two, contracted to the Colonel's publishing company, Hill and Range, would write dozens of songs for Presley through the 1960s. Also included was the song with which Presley won second prize at a fair in Tupelomarker when he was ten years old, Red Foley's 1941 country weeper about a dead dog, "Old Shep."

With all but one track on the album recorded at a single set of sessions over three days in September, Presley and his touring band of Moore, Black, and Fontana, along with The Jordanaires, managed to recreate the loose feel from Sun Studiomarker days, mixing rhythm and blues and country and western repertoire items as they had on all of his Sun singles. They reinforced this effect by including material echoing his very first Sun record: a blues by Arthur Crudup, author of "That's All Right ;" and a song recorded by bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." The sessions were attended by a few outsiders, namely his current girlfriend at the time, actress Natalie Wood and actor Nick Adams, both of whom had starred in Rebel Without a Cause, Presley's favorite James Dean film. No producer was officially listed for the album sessions, leading to the belief that Presley himself produced them.

The album was reissued for compact disc in an expanded edition on May 18, 1999, and again on January 11, 2005. For the 1999 reissue, six bonus tracks were added that were both sides of three singles, altering the running order. Four of the tracks were chart-toppers, the title song to Presley's debut film, "Too Much," and the double-sided classic "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel." Bonus tracks recorded on July 2 at RCA Studios in New York City, in September at Radio Recorders, and "Love Me Tender" at 20th Century Fox Stage One during the sessions for Love Me Tender.

On January 11, 2005, Sony BMG upgraded the album again, remastered using DSD technology with the six bonus tracks appended in standard fashion, in the following order: "Playing for Keeps," "Too Much," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Any Way You Want Me ," and "Love Me Tender." This acclaimed latest remaster was the handiwork of audio restorer Kevan Budd, who also drew praise for his 2005 remasters of Elvis' first album, his third ("Loving You") as well as the stellar 2004 upgrade known as "Elvis at Sun." Due to missing tapes, it is believed there will be no further expanded edition of Elvis' second U.S. album to be released on Sony's Denmark-based collector "Follow That Dream" label as was done in 2-CD fashion in their "classic albums" series for other titles in the catalog. These rock-n'roll tapes are believed to have been among those ignobly dumped in the river near RCA's Camden, New Jersey plant in the late '50s.

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Track listing

Side One

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 9/3/56 Rip It Up Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:50
2. 9/1/56 Love Me Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:41
3. 9/2/56 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker 2:18
4. 9/2/56 Long Tall Sally Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman 1:51
5. 9/3/56 First in Line Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 3:21
6. 9/2/56 Paralyzed Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:18


Side Two

Track Recorded Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/30/56 So Glad You're Mine Arthur Crudup 2:18
2. 9/2/56 Old Shep Red Foley 4:10
3. 9/3/56 Ready Teddy Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:55
4. 9/2/56 Anyplace Is Paradise Joe Thomas 2:26
5. 9/1/56 How's the World Treating You? Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant 2:23
6. 9/1/56 How Do You Think I Feel Webb Pierce and Wiley Walker 2:10


1999 Reissue with Bonus Tracks

Chart positions for LPM 1382 from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart.
Track Recorded Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 7/2/56 47-6604b 7/13/56 #1 Hound Dog Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:16
2. 7/2/56 47-6604 7/13/56 #1 Don't Be Cruel Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:02
3. 7/2/56 47-6643b 9/28/56 #20 Anyway You Want Me Cliff Owens and Aaron Schroeder 2:13
4. 9/3/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Rip It Up Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:50
5. 9/1/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Love Me Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:41
6. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Gene Sullivan and Wiley Walker 2:18
7. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Long Tall Sally Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman 1:51
8. 9/3/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 First in Line Aaron Schroeder and Ben Weisman 3:21
9. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Paralyzed Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:18
10. 1/30/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 So Glad You're Mine Arthur Crudup 2:18
11. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Old Shep Red Foley 4:10
12. 9/3/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Ready Teddy Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:55
13. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 Anyplace Is Paradise Joe Thomas 2:26
14. 9/1/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 How's the World Treating You? Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant 2:23
15. 9/1/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 #1 How Do You Think I Feel Webb Pierce and Wiley Walker 2:10
16. 9/2/56 47-6800b 1/4/57 #1 Too Much Lee Rosenberg and Bernard Weinman 2:31
17. 9/1/56 47-6800b 1/4/57 #21 Playing for Keeps Stan Kesler 2:50
18. 8/24/56 47-6643 9/28/56 #1 Love Me Tender Vera Matson and Elvis Presley 2:41


Charts

Album
Year Chart Position
1956 Billboard Pop Albums 1
Single
Year Single Chart Position
1956 "Love Me" Billboard Black Singles 7
1956 "Love Me" Billboard Country Singles 10
1956 "Old Shep" Billboard Pop Singles 47
1956 "Love Me" Billboard Pop Singles 2
1956 "Paralyzed" Billboard Pop Singles 59


Notes

  1. Miller, Jim, ed. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll. New York: Random House, 1980; ISBN 0-394-51322-3, p. 34
  2. Guralnick, Peter. The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, insert booklet, p. 32 and 34
  3. Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, pp. 38 and 60-61


References

Jorgenson, Ernst. Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions, 1998. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-18572-3

Miller, Jim, ed. The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, revised first edition, 1980. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-73938-8


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