Album #25 – Elvis Is Back!
This album was great. The harmonies of Elvis and the Jordanaires are phenomenal and classic. This is CLASSIC Elvis. This album was recorded after Elvis returned from his two year stint in the army. It is co-produced by Chet Atkins and features Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and Floyd Cramer. It was recorded at RCA in Nashville. This was a change in Elvis’ sound from the raw Sun Studios sound to the polished RCA studio sound. But, this album still retains some of those roots. This album reminded me of the unplugged session Elvis and his band did during the taping of his 68′ Comeback Special. To me, it is one of his finest moments. Elvis has that same energy here. His band, even though most are session musicians, some how are tight and polished. The last track, Reconsider Baby, definitely has that vibe. This album was fun but also explored some new musical styles for Elvis including a great cover of Fever, originally a hit for Peggy Lee, with a jazzy style never seen before in Elvis’ work. I listened to the first half of the album a few days ago and then finished it today. I really liked it. It is fun and experimental at the same time. This is unfortunately before Elvis did all those movies and sidelined his career for several years. But, the King is in fine form here. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5 stars.
Next: Miriam Makeba’s self-titled debut album, released in 1960.