Elvis’ debut LP, titled Elvis Presley, was the first rock album to reach number one on the charts. Intriguingly, his first long play demonstrates that RCA had no idea what to do with the singer, even though it had paid what was then a king’s ransom to buy his contract from Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. The album was produced by Steve Sholes (head of RCA’s Country and Western and Rhythm and Blues division) and released in mono in March 1956. The recording sessions took place on January 10 & 11 at RCA recording studios in Nashville, and on January 30 & 31 at the label’s studios in New York. Additional material originated from sessions at Sun Studio in Memphis, on July 5, August 19, and September 10, 1954, and on July 11, 1955.
ELVIS PRESLEY, lead vocals, guitar and piano, plus: SCOTTY MOORE, guitar CHET ATKINS, guitar BILL BLACK, bass FLOYD CRAME, piano SHORTLY LONG, piano MARVIN HUGHES, piano D.J. FONTANA, drums
Recorded in Memphis, Nashville and New York, 1954-56.
01. Blue Suede Shoes 02. I’ Counting On You 03. I Got A Woman 04. One-Sided Love Affair 05. I Love You Because 06. Just Because 07. Tutti Frutti 08. Trying To Get To You 09. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) 10. I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) 11. Blue Moon 12. Money Honey 13. Rip It Up* 14. Love Me* 15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 16. Long Tall Sally 17. First In Line 18. Paralyzed 19. So Glad You’re Mine 20. Old Shep 21. Ready Teddy 22. Anyplace Is Paradise 23. How’s The World Treating You 24. How Do You Think I Feel