He sure is, and--guess what--he's still not an album artist.
Although they have common recording origins, two of the three singles, "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight," were very quirky by the standards of Elvis songs at the time -- the former inspired by Elvis's admiration for Tony Martin's 1949 hit "There's No Tomorrow," while the latter was recorded at the request of Col. Parker as a favor to his wife. They add to the diversity of sounds on this record, which shows a mature Elvis Presley. "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" and "It Feels So Right" showed he could still rock out and challenge authority and propriety, while "Reconsider Baby" and "Like a Baby" offer some of his best blues performances; but "The Thrill of Your Love" (a very gospel-tinged number), "Soldier Boy," "Girl of My Best Friend," and "Girl Next Door Went a' Walking," also displayed the rich, deep vocalizing that would challenge critics' expectations of Elvis Presley playing rhythm guitar throughout. He also comes off better than on any of his other albums since arriving at RCA, as a musician as much as a "star" (he'd always had a lot more to say about running his sessions than the critics who loathed his RCA years indicated).
So many babies were conceived to this record… This album showcases the quality and range of Elvis’ voice compared with earlier ballads and later Vegas mumbling, often straying into blues and jazz. The session musicians dazzle and are a real highlight. And whilst there are no knock-it-out-of-the-park famous hits (and a completely unnecessary near identical vocal interpretation of Peggy Lee’s version of Fever), there is lots to enjoy here.
“Elvis Is Back” by Elvis Presley (1960) I’m very familiar with Elvis Presley through radio airplay, TV, movies, and hits when I was growing up in the 1960s, but I’ve never listened to a whole album of his music. And I don’t suppose anyone should be content to die before listening to an Elvis album, so I’m grateful for the experience. But it’s not his best stuff. This album is a product. And as a product, it is clearly well produced. Strong presence of backing vocals and top notch studio musicians. The songwriting is good, basically a collection of current songs by professional writers. So Elvis’ artistic work here is mostly that of a front man for a collaborative project. However, the art of Elvis Presley is not so much what he emitted, but rather what he evoked. He tapped into something in his audience that was latent and repressed—something that emerged as chaotic and histrionic mania. He put the boom in Boomers. He did for music what Van Gogh did for painting. Elvis’ voice at this stage of his life is better than it was in the middle 1950s, but still marked by an annoyingly rapid high-throat vibrato which one suspects he depends on to maintain pitch on sustained notes. Nice sonorous tone in the lower end of his range, but rather whiny on the highs. This is a good album. But it does not demonstrate what made Elvis a cultural icon. It lacks the energy and seductiveness of his earlier live and television performances. And it lacks the showmanship of his later Vegas years. If this album were the only Elvis Presley music to which you were ever exposed, you’d likely think, “Meh.” And that would be a shame. 3/5
Lot’s to enjoy here from the King. Doesn’t have the out and out raw energy, swagger, and urgency of his best 50s stuff, but there’s still heaps of style. His voice is as good as ever, and the session musicians and production are on point and top notch with the latter part of the record being surprisingly loose and sleazy. Good stuff overall.
He's back! In pog form.
No hay skips para mí en este álbum. Incluso con su ocasional baladita, todo se oye bien y la voz de Presley se amolda bien según el tono de la canción. No sé si para entonces es muy temprano llamarlo así, pero suena a rock pop o pop rock. También suena a toda una época. Y ahí mi coraje con un país tan podrido como USA, pero que tiene de repente maravillas como Elvis Presley (sin que él en su totalidad deba ser maravilloso). 10/10
9/10 muy bonito
Elvis es Elvis.
Pues muy bien, qué más queda decir? Canciones que más me gustaron: It feels so right, tiene una ondita seductora y Make me know it, clásico y característico sonido del rock & roll. Mood: peli gringa ambientada en los 50-60s en una zona rural, lol.
Disco de corta duración (31 min). De todas, solo me gusto 1.
Prachtig album, bijna alles van Elvis is goed!
Love this albums, shows Elvis’s range
It’s a fun listen and the cover of Fever is great.
Nice. Early-ish Elvis. Reminded me to go back to him a bit.
One of my favorites! Elvis will always be a 5 star vote
I love The King and this one is a cracker!
It’s my first Elvis album and I liked to. Especial the change to the last songs, Side B ? that had more of a rock feel.
Great album of songs I hadn't heard before
Listened before? N Peak Elvis! This is my second Elvis album and it’s amazing beginning to end!
Elvis es Elvis
Rock de Elvis. Vinilo.
Elvis is our eternal sweetheart.
Rating: 9/10 Beat songs: Fever, The girl of my best friend, Dirty feeling, Such a night, It feels so right, The girl next door, Like a baby
I always liked Elvis more than the Beatles as a kid because it felt like the edgier thing to say. I now know that I was a fool. But Elvis still fucks. I mean, literally. Your grandma lost her virginity to this album. I'm sorry to say that and for making you think about it. But it's true.
I don't know, looks and sounds like the same Elvis to me... (OOPS! I'm sorry. I thought this album was called "Elvis is BLACK!") Three songs recorded during this session went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. None are included on the album, which is insane. The King's voice actually improved after he got out of the army, and yet he followed up this gem by seemingly appearing in as many forgettable movies as time would allow. As always, blame the colonel. But this is the King, who belongs on this list in a big way.
ko i inače uz Elvisove pisme, poseban feel-good ugođaj!!
Elvis' fourth album overall and his first in two years after his army discharge. The only other Elvis album I have listened and can compare to is one of his Christmas albums that my parents had. But, I don't really remember much of that. That will change in the future with this exercise. One of the critical praises of this album is the musical variety which I wholly agree with. This variety includes ballads, doo-woop (for lack of a better term), rock and blues. Needless to say, he nails all of them. My two favorite songs are the two blues-based songs "Like A Baby" and "Reconsider Baby" which end the album. Another highlight is his cover of Peggy Lee's "Fever". I can't say that I didn't expect to like and enjoy this album. I did. It's Elvis baby.
This is some great classic Jordinaires-backed Elvis! His voice sounds really great, the recording sounds really great (in Stereo!), and he recorded this after coming back from a stint in the army (not something I have seen big rock and roll stars do in my lifetime). This didn’t have any of the monster hits I knew of from Elvis, but I enjoyed it a lot. And found a lot of songs I could bop along with. I was leaning towards a 4-star rating, but my mother would be disappointed, and he does do a mean cover of Fever. So five stars it is!
Other than Fever, I didn't recognize a single song on this album. Really enjoyed getting to listen to a bunch of brand-new-to-me Elvis songs.
I dig Elvis, and I dug this album. Nothing that I was familiar with, but a quality album both in sound and entertainment value.
4.5/5. Solid stuff here. I have not listened to a lot of Elvis, but I am a fan of this. If I saw this at a record store, I would pick it up.
Nothing to write home about, but nothing to whine about necessarily. I don't think this is his greatest work. However, I still found it enjoyable. 3.5 but I'll give it a 4.
I haven't ever listened to Elvis outside of like, what you hear on the radio or in movies, so this was an entirely new experience to me. I can see why people were head over heels for him. What a voice, on top of these melodies, super nice. Do-whoppy, songs about love and longing, just overall a great album.
Klassiker. Hat Spaß gemacht :)
A collection of short and sweet songs that will definitely have me coming back for seconds, except for fever(I didn't love that song).
Was expecting 45 minutes of jail house rock but was pleasantly to surprised to listen to a wonderfully varied mix of tunes that showcases the man's range perfectly
It’s Elvis... 4 stars
My Elvis knowledge is very dim. I found the pretty wide range of styles interesting.
Great not what I would have expected from the king
Its Elvis, nothing to complain about.
A nuanced and versatile voice in a way you wouldn't realize if you'd only heard "Hound Dog" or whatever.
Fever is definitely a weird version... so sparse. But given all the other Elvis songs i hadn't heard before, this is a fun, solid list of tracks. Worth a listen.
Vive elvis, du bon rock and roll! 4
Es Elvis. No hay más, ni menos. Pleno, blues, rock&roll.
Rock meloso de Elvis...
I never listened to a complete Elvis album before, so I'm very impressed with this one. A great opportunity to know a little bit of pop/rock history, even recognizing a lot of influences from blues and knowing that Elvis is not a real rock pioneer (maybe in a commercial way, but not artistic), this looks like an important album for me.
Really enjoyed this. Lots of songs here (or versions of) that I hadn't heard. Very nice.
Extra ster is voor "Fever", dit nummer wordt door meerdere mensen heerlijk vertolkt, Elvis is er 1 van.
Very good album, erotic with interesting songs
It's Elvis. Enough said.
Muy bonito, a falta de una mejor palabra y sin querer sonar condescendiente. Letras bonis y ritmos (?) distintos (muy grato encontrarme esta versión de “Fever” que no conocía, es la original?). PS: fuertecita “The Girl of My Best Friend” D:
well, it's a classic
I dig this album. Elvis just carries so much love and pain in each one of his songs. He really makes me feel it.
I mean, classic right? But also, very uniform sound. Fever was my favorite on that album. I feel like he gets a really different sound out of that song compared to the others. Overall, good.
pleasantly surprised. didn't think i would enjoy listening to Elvis but this record proved me wrong. Loved the track Fever.
Really lovely listen to this album, the ultra familiar tones of Elvis was strangely very comforting. Although I don't think I've heard any of the Elvis originals in the album, it feels like a more mature outing than his earlier songs. The different styles and pace of music take some getting used to, and can see that there might have been mixed reviews when this initially was released. The production on Fever is just gorgeous! Best: Fever; Dirty, Dirty Feeling Worst: I will be home again
Chill, really nice vocal performance, simple but groovy
Usually not the biggest fan of Elvis,but i gotta say that i really like this album. Good Blend of slow ballads and upptempo Rock'n'roll.
For me and my appreciation of Elvis its all about the material...are the SONGS to my liking, because the performance and delivery all always spot on. On this album he lets his blues side OUT! Some big blues numbers here that are great performances and the material is pretty good. Fever is another high point one of the best versions of that song I've ever heard. 3.75 stars
Es un álbum complicado para ser el primero de Elvis que nos toca: todavía tiene un montón de la onda de los 50 con mucho doo-wop y ese tipo de sonido, pero ya empieza a tener también la calidad vocal que lo hace ícono y capaz de cantar lo que le pongan enfrente. Es interesante también que Elvis, aunque era absolutamente comercial y manejado como un producto (incluso mientras estuvo en el ejército la disquera tenía un “guardadito” de canciones para no dejar de vender) pero él se trataba a sí mismo como artista, eligiendo sus temas y mejorando su técnica. En este disco se empieza a notar eso.
Love a little Elvis but not his best album so I can’t give it a 5!
It was interesting reading about this album. It was Elvis' first since being discharged from the army. It was also a commercial failure, only selling 300,000 copies. The album fits the "Living Stereo" label, recorded using a Neumann U-47 studio mic. It does sound amazing. Apart from Fever there aren't a lot of hits here but it does have song good solid song-writing from his band and is a great listen. I'm surprised he got away with the lyric: "That's when I'll drag you home with me girl I'm gonna chain you to the wall" Overall a fun rock album I'd put at 3.5 stars and I'll round it up to 4.
I know he's the King and all, but I was a bit underwhelmed. Thought the album would knock my socks off. Still solid. I listened to it a whole bunch, looking for variety or seamlessness or something. Lots of reasons to like it and his unworldly talent is on display, but missing a truly unique X factor on this album. His backup singers doing that annoying low guy/alto voice was also pure drivel - stand up to your producers man. I'll give it a 4 cuz he's the King and cuz I just gave that Deerhunter album a 4 (prob should've been a 3) so can't go lower.
Great fun, though slightly dark
Couldn't top his first album, but its still just Elvis 4/5
No tiene sus canciones por las que es la figura que es, pero igual un disco regular de Elvis tiene mucho más interés que el mejor disco de una banda promedio.
Growing up, I always heard about The King, and how he is adored by even the greatest names in music but somehow his music was alien to me, or at least I always thought so. It’s not an album as we would later be used to but damn is this great!
Return of the king
fun and classic
Nice to here his voice
I've never quite *gotten* Elvis'status as the GOAT, but this is pretty good stuff.
it's the fucken KING!!!! The only reason people my age listen to Elvis is if their parents listened to him, and mine didn't. But this is just undeniably catchy. He's a way more versatile singer than I expected, too. 4/5.
shawty got them apple bottom jeans the boots with the for
Elvis + Christmas = <3
I've never been a huge Elvis fan, but this album helps me understand his appeal a bit more. His voice is undeniable: rich and powerful, yet smooth as butter. The production on the album is excellent. The backup vocals are always clear without being overpowering. Great harmonies and fun music 4/5
Primer disc postservei militar i última llamarada abans de perdre's en una década de films millorables. Ell i la banda en plena forma, se'ls nota vius i amb energia
Very good album. I enjoyed just about every song.
Chiller than usual, love it as always <3
The temptation is to not take this seriously, but that's habit, isn't it? Awfully fun and clean and good. There's just a hint of haunting to the wholesomeness, isn't there? The crispness and the simplicity of the playing are notable, as is the quality of Elvis' voice, which is worth being reminded of.
A very good album that captures Elvis's vitality and greatness. My only complaint is some of the songs just don't go anywhere.
Elvis = Swag
Elvis is BACK! What it do, baby!
Elvis is BACk!!!
My dream is to be one of those background singers with an incredibly deep voice
Who doesn’t love vintage Elvis (or really, any Elvis). His sound is upbeat and energy is always there. His vocals are excellent as expected.
was surprised how much I liked this album.
Not as amazing as the last Elvis album on the list, but still solid
Smoldering, sultry, raucous, and swaying back and forth between soulful and playful. The album covers a ton of ground (Rock - 'Dirty, Dirty Feeling', Do-Wop - 'Solider Boy', Soul - 'It Feels So Right', and even Blues - 'Reconsider Baby') and every single track is firmly footed in a pop sensibility. The one track I just can't shake though is 'Fever'. Elvis' performance is breathless and breathtaking. The solitary upright bass, surrounded by the ghosts of reverbed vocals and snaps, keep this barely tethered song from flying off. Bursts of bongo fills accentuate the creeping ambiance. It's haunting and seductive. All-up the album was considerably more enjoyable than I was expecting, made great by exemplary performances by Elvis, the Blue Moon Boys, and all of the supporting vocalists and artists. Shout out to the bass vocalist especially.
This album sounds great! Elvis sounds great, and so do the rest of the musicians, as does the stereo sound. These are not his famous songs, but it's incredibly Elvisy in such a good way that I would play it to show why people liked Elvis so much.
4 stars because he's a legend
I was tempted to just leave my review at “It’s Elvis". Even at his lowest ebb (and this is far from that) he still has that voice, that spark, that…thing. This is a pretty good set of pop rock and roll songs of the time, and the backing is stripped back enough to really showcase the man himself. Not his best, but certainly not his worst , this is where he was perhaps starting to fit into the style of the time, rather than blazing his own trail. Such A Night is the standout here for me, but I love it all. It’s Elvis, after all.
Standard elvis…. Few too many ballads to mark any higher!
So he is alive?
Elvis doesn't play a character on this album, which means it's probably his best one. Best track: Fever
ah men det var faktiskt ganska trevligt. uppskattar ett snabbt album.
Not the best Elvis album.
Ok, it's Elvis
I liked Elvis but it wasn't the best elvis
I'm mixed with elvis, he's alright, i know he did change music, but its so so my style
Good to hear some Elvis I hadn't heard before
He had better. 3/5
Not my favorite but nit bad at all
Some good songs. Fever, the last track. I will be home again.
Gutes Album für Verliebte, für Singles eher nicht so!
Rock, blues, folk.
Not his best album, but pretty good and easy to appreciate. Not necessarily my jam, but I liked it.
- Make Me Know It is fun but fades out mid-verse, where you goin?! - Fever super groovy - First listen 6.5-7/10 - Second listen 6.5/10. Elvis is super fun. Ooooh reconsider babaaaaay
Lively! Not really my style though
Some familiar songs on this Fever, which is has been covered by other artists. Has a bit of old, classic country but mostly typical 50's music. Didn't realize how good Elvis' voice actually is all throughout. 6/10.
I don't immediately hate this. the first track is pleasant. Fever is a good restrained second track. yea this was okay.
Muy Elvis. Voz espectacular
Bien, interesantes, pero en periodos alejados unos de otros.
Positiivinen yllätys, että levyllä oli vähän sielukkaampaakin slovaria eikä pelkkää "elvis-rokkia". Ei kuitenkaan mikään kovin mieleenpainuva tai erityisen tunteita herättävä levy.
Dirty, dirty feelings vond ik leuk. Verder wel ok om eens een keer naar te luisteren.
Aan Elvis kun je je nooit een bult vallen.
This was pretty strong, I really liked the last two tracks with the bluesy sax going to town. Some solid covers as well
Me simpatiza el sujeto pero tampoco soy fan acérrimo. Fever es brutal, eso sí. Las mejores canciones en este disco son siempre las baladas, eso es algo que aprendes con el tiempo, creo. Escapa a la narrativa de sus caderas y el rock de la cárcel. Tiene una gran voz para las baladas y medios tiempos, una muy influyente yo creo, están las semillas ahí de las voces más graves en el rock que nos dan todo lo oscuro: Jim Morrison, Iggy, Nick Cave, todo eso.
I like it, but I don't really love it.
Elvis does have quite the nice voice, I must say
Kinda neutral. Definitely okay, but the only song that grabbed me enough to distract from work was "Fever" 3/5
On the short side at 30 mins. Over by the time you feel its just getting started.
Has its ups and downs. The vocal on Fever is amazing. Dirty Dirty Feeling & Such A Night are undiscovered gems.
First half was alright but the second half of the album was fantastic
Really enjoyed, would've gotten 4* if he have actually done any song writing
Could be higher if the first half was same standard as the brilliant second half.
No está mal pero no es My style
Album de bastantes canciones lentas de Elvis. No es un mal disco (tiene una de mis canciones favoritas de él), pero no es de todo mi agrado.
Really strong record from the King. Versatile and well-heeled but maybe a little less immediate rock and roll energy than his earlier records. 3.5/5 Favourite track: "Such a Night"
Interesting album that showcases Elvis' ambitions to move into different genres, and maybe reinvent himself. But despite the album featuring a bunch of different popular late 50s genres, they're all isolated in separate tracks. Would have like to feel a sense of cohesion.
Great vocal range and delivery shows up on all different genres on this album. Also the backing band is stellar. 3 1/2
Alright overall, not sure how I feel about Elvis tbh
Good Elvis listening record with a little less R&B flair.
Good album, nice to see Elvis do new things
(Listened to some songs before but never full album) This was a solid pop/blues record and I enjoyed most of it. It would jump from sounding inspired at points to sounding a bit trite, but overall liked it. Conflicted between 3 and 4 stars for it. Favorite Songs: I Will Be Home Again, Soldier Boy, It Feels So Right Least Favorite Songs: The Girl of My Best Friend, Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Pretty decent. Not a huge fan, but still good
I didn't think it was anything super interesting or unique.
Never been a big fan, but this one is much more soulful than his first rock n roll records. He masters his voice and the sound of this record is much better than his others before the army.
Listen to Elvis before, Elvis has an amazing voice just not my type of music 3/5
This is my first Elvis album. To be honest, It wasn't bad. Elvis has some solid pipes Make me know it feels like a classic, same with Fever. The girl of my best friend is good, but it feels weird to vibe to it. The Classic "I'm in love with the woman I can't have song" It's solid though, Just so many of them. Overall, I'd recommend.
I liked more the Bluesy songs, great guitar by Scott Moore, Elvis' voice not bad either
It's hard to process this as anything other than a historical artifact tbh. It's not bad, but i got nothing from it, apart from wanting to listen to the Alec Empire vs Elvis album again.
The harmonies on I will be home again are exquisite
Elvis is really not normally my cup of tea but I actually highly enjoyed this album. Although it did seem a tad samey by the end, which is common for albums in that time period it seems. Not something that’s going to inspire me to dive into his other albums though
Better than the last Elvis album we listened to. Fun at times, we should mix him in with other playlists. Exhausting for a whole album.
Its solid Elvis but no standouts other than the Fever cover.
Great period piece. Music depended on the strength of the performance and Elvis was up to the challenge. My parents probably danced to this
Creo que este disco está muy bajo en el sentido del beat, supongo que para atraer de nuevo al público después de la ausencia de Elvis. Buena fórmula, no le siento nada mal solo que no le veo mayores rolas fuera de soldier boy y tener la original de "enamorado de la novia de mi mejor amigo"
2.5 | No soy ningún experto de Elvis, no conozco cronológicamente su evolución lo suficiente como para quizá apreciar correctamente la importancia de este disco. Primero me pregunté por qué este disco, ahora entiendo el furor y la idea de que fuera el primer album que sacara después de haber realizado su servicio en la guerra. Afortunadamente lo que sí puedo notar es una amplia variedad musical. Aun sin el contexto histórico es un buen disco, Elvis suena bien, su banda suena bien, la producción suena bien. me gusta. Aún me queda la duda realmente, para un músico que fue tan prolífico ¿por qué elegir este para la lista? Incluso con el contexto mencionado... no hay hits ni canciones famosas de él. Hablamos de una persona que tuvo quizá más de 20 super hits en su carrera y ¿eligen el disco en el que vienen cero? Como mencioné, la calidad de grabación, la banda, la voz, todo muy bien pero nada salta al frente. Algunas baladas, se siente mucho cómo se va a ir alejando de ese doowop (creo que solo Girl of My Dreams me sonó a ese estilo) y se irá convirtiendo en esa mezcla de romántico y pop. Disco muy decente, muy escuchable... pero aun con mi ignorancia sobre el detalle del resto de su discografía no siento que sea una gran elección para esta lista.
Elvis's voice sounds nice and is recorded well, with consistent depth and the signature swagger when it's called for. However, everything suffers a bit from the commerciality (silly to criticize The King for, of course), and the slow cuts are especially underwhelming. Fever is the clearest high point with its interplay of voice and percussion. Like A Baby is an example of a slow song done well. The rest is decent-to-good.
It's Elvis. Not sure what else to say about it.
My first Elvis album, and must say an interesting experience. There are elements i loved including his crooning voice and smooth feeling of the album, but it is a bit too old for me. While all songs were good, none were that memorable after a couple of listens and captured my interest to specifically search for one on Spotify. I must say it did make me want to explore more of his music and listen to some of his hits. Looking forward for more Elvis in the future.
My mother in law is a huge Elvis fan. I guess because of that I find him incredibly… dated. This album did not convince me otherwise. The songs were too “boppy”. A few sounded okay, but it felt really stuck in the 50s.
No wonder he was so controversial back in the 1950s.
Standard early Elvis. Nothing really stood out for me and a few of the tracks blurred in to one another. But enjoyable if you are in a 60s rock and roll mood.
3.4 - Elvis is probably at his most polished and professional. He hasn't yet gone to seed from barbituates, B-film cameos and fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. To me it sounds like a Michael Bublé album - just a bit dull.
Post-Army Elvis returns with increased range and improved phrasing AND in stereo! This is a neat portrait of growth from a guy who thought the Army had killed his career. I wouldn't have thought the King was subtle enough to nail 'Fever' but bugger me, he is. A real surprise.
At first, I thought this was going to be a bust, given the soupy backing vocals on the opening track. However, these soon charmed me and despite the largely nondescript material, Presley's voice seduced me. The more up-tempo numbers are the best - 'Thril of Your Love', 'Such a Night', 'It Feels So Right' and especially 'Like a Baby' - but the standout is 'Fever'. One of the slinkiest, sexiest joints ever captured on wax, just sublime!
A couple of tracks is about my Elvis limit.
I am loving this album. So many good ones on this and I can just envision my grandma dancing in her kitchen to this album <3 A few tracks I like are Thrill of Your Love;
A nice dip into nostalgia. Not his best though.
I mean, it’s an elvis album
I like the variation in tempo/sound, but wanted more variation in subject matter. I guess it's what the people wanted at the time. Good track lengths.
30 November 2021 Listened in bits through the day at home home before driving back for the Derby. 4-1. Not the bangers you know elvis for which is nice. Fever is a tune.
Elvis, maar weinig speciaal. Het knietje echter niet kunnen stilhouden
Track 01 - 3.25/5 Track 02 - 4/5 Track 03 - 2.75/5 Track 04 - 2.5/5 Track 05 - 3.25/5 Track 06 - 3.5/5 Track 07 - 2.5/5 Track 08 - 2.75/5 Track 09 - 3.25/5 Track 10 - 2.75/5 Track 11 - 3/5 Track 12 - 3.25/5 Overall: 3.25/5 Album Art: 2.75/5
Förvånandsvärt bra också. jag trodde jag skulle ogilla det mycket mer än jag gör.
Elvis in top form, nothing amazing or super original, but such as contrast to the pop music of today: real instruments, doo-wop backup singers, a wide variety of songs and lyrics. Today the best you can hope for is an autotuned singer and a guy with pro tools rehash the same tired drum samples, loops and chord progressions for the millionth time.
I was initially excited to get an Elvis album, but ended up being disappointed. Not that it was bad, but just not the rockabilly that I like from that era of music. Not bad, Elvis’ voice was good, good variety of different styles on the album, but not what I was hoping for.
I find elvis pretty hit or miss. Some of the songs were great but I didn't care of others. Favs: Thrill of your love, soldier boy, the girl next door went a'walking Dislikes: like a baby,
I like Elvis. This album was an easy-listening version of him. Nothing here blew me away. Quite short also.
2.5-3/5 I’ve never listened to Elvis outside of his super hits and even then it’s always just been on the radio or when it’s part of a tv show or movie. I can’t really say anything bad about the album, a bit boring or slow at some points but that could just be because I’ve listened to newer music that was built on the foundation Elvis helped set. He does have a great voice and I enjoyed the album but it just isn’t interesting to me outside of a look at the history of rock and roll. Fav Songs: Dirty, Dirty Feeling, Such A Night, Reconsider Baby
In retrospective, you can say, it's a more mature and "different" Elvis. I like his voice and his entertaining style. (5/10) FT: Such a Night
Alright for elvis
Some bangers here, Elvis was back in 60. Man was slanging dick tho.
It's fine. A little slow for me. I've never been an Elvis person.
Sure, this first stereo album by Presley is exquisitely recorded, especially for the year it was released. And Elvis has never sung better than on this one, apparently, adding range and nuance to his performance, hereby displaying vocal chops that were nowhere to be found in his earlier mono records. But the problem lies elsewhere: does anyone really think the songs on this record are superior to the all-time hits Elvis Presley had released during the fifties? Weren't the rougher vocals and more barebone instrumentation dating from those first singles and albums far more compelling than this mellow stuff here? Sure, it's OK to broaden your horizons... But even the cover of "Fever" feels lackluster compared to the earlier versions of that classic gem of a song. No wonder John Lennon said that Elvis symbolically died when he went to the army. Lennon was no deaf idiot, he knew that technically, there was nothing wrong with this album. But the spirit of early rock'n' roll was gone, and you couldn't fool sincere fans of the genre like him. Admittedly, there are a few bluesy cuts towards the end of that record that still make it an interesting listen for folks interested in that period. But there's also too much pop/doo-wop stuff watering down that early rock'n'roll dimension kids like Lennon longed for in the first place. Besides, the album is also somewhat obnoxious for being partly a PR plan from manager Colonel Parker so as to artificially (and successfully) revive the Elvis craze. After spending two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, Presley sure worked his ass off on that one to make sure his comeback would be worthwhile. But does that mean that the result should be a mandatory listen? Hard work is not always fruitful. And more worryingly, it seems that Dimery and the writers from "1001 Albums..." are often under the spell of promotional plans dating from way back when in their selections of so-called "important" records. And those PR plans shouldn't have a bearing on their critical assessment today. For chrissake, this stint here is the mother of all the PR shenanigans that followed, and it's a sixty-plus-year-old stint, to boot. Good music (or even "bad' music, for that matter) has nothing to do with this. This here is marketing, first and foremost. That people fell for it sixty years ago is understandable. But today??? There's another issue die-hard Elvis fans never consider when they put forward albums like these. Nobody ever thinks of the younger generations who might wonder why Elvis was such a phenomenon for their grandparents or great-grandparents. If you exposed them first to this album, they wouldn't get the picture at all. There are at least two or three records before it, during the fifties, that make a finer job explaining the brush strokes of the phenomenon that Presley was. And some of those records also have hidden gems that are far more intriguing or evocative than any of the stuff in *Elvis Is Back!*. Take "Blue Moon", on the very first LP, for instance. Finally, no one should forget that Presley also represented the "white" face of a black culture largely left in the margins of the "mainstream" at the time. And that, as such, his inclusion on this list should *at least* be complemented by the inclusion of lesser-known African-American artists. In a way, I'm delighted that this album has been suggested to me, because it's given me the occasion to discover who the first performer of "Fever" was. His name was Little Willie John, he's a half-forgotten figure, and yet his performance of the song was just brilliant, as brilliant as the one by Peggy Lee (and far more brilliant than the one on *Elvis Is Back!*). And the most important point comes now: anyone who thinks I'm exaggerating things when I (along many others) state that Elvis is still a symptom of the plundering of black culture should consider the following nugget: when you type "Fever" on Spotify, many versions of the song appear, by Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Michael Bublé and the likes... Yet Little Willie John's original version does not, at least not before dozens of other suggestions. If *this* is not a symbol of cultural appropriation, I don't know what is. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 978 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 9 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 6 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 7 (including this one--unless I have room for it, but it'd be for its historical importance only, and it will be at the very bottom of my list). Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list if they're culturally important): 1]
Första albumet med Elvis jag har lyssnat på
I mean, it's Elvis. Clearly a 5 for cultural impact. But in terms of listening pleasure it's a 3 for me, not my thing. But, fun to listen to and think about all the music after Elvis that was inspired.
I like the 50s Elvis and I even like the later "comeback" Elvis but this stuff in the early and middle 60s just doesn't hold up for me over the course of an album. I think the backing vocals of The Jordanaires are what blow it for me actually. I'd rather just have Elvis front and center with a stripped down backing band behind him like in the Sun days.
Pretty darn good.
I was hopeful going into this, but there are much better Elvis albums. This is fairly bland as Elvis albums go, with just a couple of notable songs. The ballads are better than most of the up-tempo numbers, with the exception of "Such a Night," which is a genuine delight and the best song on the album. Fave Songs: Such a Night, Thrill of Your Love, Soldier Boy, Reconsider Baby
Elvis might be overrated, but this record does a good job at capturing his creative and technical range. It’s not all that exciting instrumentally, but there’s really nobody that can play these angles quite like the king. Blues, jazz, pop, rock, country western… it’s all just a day at the office for this guy – I really adore his flexibility and comfort in every sphere. His voice is rock solid, that sugary sweet timbre can dig out some deep notes as well as hit a few pristine highs, and that signature buttery vibrato is a world beater. I’ve heard oodles of Elvis before, but you can still color me impressed by this record. Big dig. 3.5
Good rock and roll. "Fever" is buttery-smooth and really shows Presley's versatility.
Identifying Elvis - it’s Elvis
typical elvis rock and roll album with fever as its main selling point as a more slow song, its typical elvis style so it isn't bad but it doesn't really set itself apart either
Eh. Most of the songs were boring. Fever and It Feels So Right were highlights
Usually dislike Elvis but this wasn't too bad. Some nice mix of sounds in here
Yeah this was fun. I could do more Elvis.
I'm probably a little odd in that I like very, very early Elvis, and very, very late Elvis. At a push I would say the latter is my preferred listening. The completely bloated showman, just about holding it all together for one last stand. Which means that this album sits somewhere in the middle. It hasn't got the rawness of the pre-army period, or the polished production just before he copped it on the shitter. It's decent, but you can already sense the Hollywood mediocre years that were to follow.
I mean Elvis is Elvis, I didn't expect it to be super different, it was still enjoyable but not a album I would put on to chill to on purpose.
respect from the influence but come on shit its boring asf
Neat but not really that nostalgic over Elivs
Vaikka Elvis yhä elääkin, ei aika ole kohdellut herran musiikkia erityisen hyvin. Erityisesti vauhdikkaammat biisit kuulostavat todella kulahtaneilta.
I can't stand this man or his music. I just don't get it, sorry.
The cat liked it...
Did he ever leave?
I don't like elvis. this didn't change anything.
I can't help but have visions of Elvis movies going through my brain when I hear these songs. Elvis is great, but I would not add this to my collection.
Az dziwne, ze postac tak znana, a nie potrafie wymienic ani jednego jego plyty lub traka, wiec czysta karta przed odsluchem, albo vegasowe i gtaowe presleje juz tak bardzo wyrobily mi jego brzmienie, ze jestem zdziwiony tym co slysze, no i jeszcze postapowe presleje z falouta, bo pomimo swojej popowosci, material na plycie jest tak roznorodny, od bluesa, soul, jazz, czy nawet country, tak jakby chcial pokazac na tym krazku, ze moze spiewac w jakimkolwiek stylu, a i tak magnetyzm jaki czuc z jego wokalu wystarczy, z czym musze sie zgodzic, chociaz lirycznie ciezko doszukac czegokolwiek innego niz opowiesci milosnych, najczesciej z perspektywy kasanowego presleja, ktory w tamtych czasach robil za ikone czadowosci i seksu, wiec w szoku sa te szmaty, a zdziwione szlaufy zachowuja sie jak maupy, gdy slysza jak ultra czad opowiada co by z nimi zrobil, jak na feverze, ktory pomimo tego, ze jest najmniej popowym trakiem, to jednak wedlug spotifaja jest jakpopularniejszy z tej plyty, takze na mojej plejsce bluesowej znajdzie miejsce, ale raczej nic poza nim nie dodam, bo az do bolu clichowe sa teksty zeby je plejlistowac, ale pan pulkownik parker, czyli menago elvisa to mial glowe na karku tworzac tak ikoniczna postac, nawet znikniecie na 2 lata zeby odbyc sluzbe wojskowa przekul w sukces i miejsce dla wielkiego powrotu jeszcze za zycia, bo takie powroty to najczesciej po smierci artysty sa, a co do smierci to dziwne jest to, ze tak kultowa postac dzisiaj jest praktycznie nie istniejaca w swiadomosci ludzi, o czym przekonalem sie grajac z ziomkiem z wiezienna odmiane kalamburow, gdzie po tak dokladnych naprowadzeniach i 20 minutach rozwazan nie mogl wpasc na nazwisko preslejowe, jak na plyte nagrana na poczatku lat 60, to bardzo dobrze wykonany jest dzwiek przestrzenny, czuc ze studyjni grajkowie rowniez nie byli z pierwszej lepszej lapanki, bo pan pulkownik to jednak fachowiec jest
_Elvis is Back_, but he just came by for his hat. This album had some pretty raunchy songs, but nothing that stood out. No Devils in Blue Suede Jailhouses, Hounddogs. _Fever_ was _creepy_, like something a serial killer would mutter before doing serial killer things, like helping their neighbors with the trash or appearing otherwise normal
Mja, best leuk maar beetje te oudbollig voor mijn smaak.
Was ok - Fever is a classic, couple of other notables
Fever, The girl of my best friend Un peu layant à la longue mais quel génie quand même
Not a huge Elvis guy but the first song was fun.
Not sure why but I find zero pleasure listening to this.
It’s fine, R&B ballads.
I think Fever is the only song I explicitly knew beforehand. I kind of like that the album is short, which is not a good sign...
Not bad, not great
Duck boy elvis
I think I'm realizing that I really just don't like Elvis as much as I thought. Like he's good yeah, but...
*shrug* is ok. 2 stars? Didn't really wow me.
It's more Elvis. That said, I have no idea why this album was chosen. It doesn't contain any of his big hits and is all-round really forgettable.
After returning from military service, Elvis's sound & voice had matured to try different genres of songs on this album - his fourth. The album consists of rock, pop, & blues music with Elvis improving his vocal range as well. This album was one of the first with stereophonic sound, and the new technology was well used by Elvis. I don't really like jamming out to Elvis and the critics of this album didn't like it when it came out, but it was an evolution in Elvis' career and an important piece of music history.
I'm not really an Elvis fan and this album didn't change that even after multiple listens. The band and Elvis sounded good, but the songs were kind of bland. The two tracks that stood out for me were It Feels So Right and The Girl Next Door Went a'Walking.
Great for it's time, but not great for our time. Hard to rate as it's kind of campy and shallow, but would not have seemed so in 1960 when it came out. More of a gateway to the next generation than part of it. Only a few years later, the rules were completely rewritten by bands like the Beatles, Stones, Who that led to music that still holds up 60 years later. This does not. Elvis' voice and singing is very good for what the music allows, but not much is allowed.
I hate to rate this how I did because it's a great album, but it also feels... tired. The album being the first recorded after his military service makes sense.
Such a Night was a song I enjoyed despite never having heard it before. I probably won't listen this is ever again though
I like Elvis' music, but I think he's more of a singles guy... I preferred the mix of styles on this one to the debut but it's another 2.5.
Fairly good songs, and I like the country elements, but not quite as entertaining as some other Elvis material.
Kind of felt like Mehlvis to me. Nothing really jumped out, alas. I assume we’ll be getting more so hopefully something else will pop. Elvis has always been someone I’ve wanted to appreciate more than I have to date. Where’s the shit with him singing pseudo-Hawaiian beachy stuff? That’s what I’m here for.
The rendition of Fever on this album made me feel embarrassed while I was sitting alone, listening to it. The musicianship is great throughout, but this was not for me.
Not my piece of cake Fever is Great though!
I honestly can't see why this guy was such a big deal. Maybe you just had to be there, because to me it's just some boring crooning.
Fine for its time, I guess.
Förlåt men det är så jävla trist
Kompetent musik. Kanske inte jättekittlande längre
Nothing particularly exciting
Feels very familiar, ordinary and boring. It's not bad at all, just not surprising.
I'm not an Elvis fan, and this is worse than I expected. It's really slow, and doesn't really "rock" the way I thought Elvis did. He can sing, I'll give him that, but he just doesn't do anything for me.
More or less what you'd expect from an Elvis album. The cover of Fever is worth a listen though.
Seems almost like a throwaway album the studio put out as an afterthought. Some of the melodies are catchy, but most songs just exist for two minutes and peter out into nothing almost as if Elvis gave up trying to find a suitable ending and just left the stage. Goes without saying this isn't a wholly memorable project.
Me cae bien Elvis, pero es de esos artistas que son para un Grandes Éxitos ( el disco Elv1s es entero weno). Escuchando este pude reconocer sólo Fever y me gusta más la versión de Peggy Lee. En un par de años más llegarían The Beatles y la música que recién escuché de Elvis quedaría para siempre anclada en los 50.
voice like butter - songs pretty naff. good version of fever though and such a night good fun.
Rock and roll changed a LOT in even the 10 years after this album came out Can't say this is doing much for me, really. It's a bunch of oldies pop songs that has more in common with soul and R&B than it does rock music nowadays. None of these are even the Elvis songs I recognize. This bluesier songs are the best ones here.
The King definitely gets right to work on this one. I never really got into Elvis. Can't deny his music has stood the test of time and persists into contemporary culture. That being said, this stuff is corny. Once in a while a song hits with me like Viva Las Vegas, That's Alright, Suspicious Minds, and in the case of this album, Fever. But everything else is meh for me.
Elvis...was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me. Straight up racist that sucker was simple and plain. Come on - that's a memorable lyric. OK the album isn't terrible, it's just... yeah kinda plain. A lot of similar-sounding slow ballads. One thing though - I have to admit this record *sounds* really good; way better than I'd expected for a 1960 album. Recycled simple blues songs for suburban America. Just not my bag. 5/10 2 stars.
of course elvis is one of the most famous people /singers to exist but his music isn’t all that special… it was totally normal and i know that it was really good back in the day but on modern times it was nothing i’d listen to again
Elvis' first album after the army. You can hear the work he had been putting into his singing during his time away, with a more mature tone and increased range. This was recorded in a top Nashville studio with top players and was his first stereo album.... but all the things that went wrong with Elvis' career in the 60s start here. Designed to be an (inoffensive), 4-quarters crowd-pleaser, appealing to nearly everyone, there is a not a lot of edge here. A couple of ballads, a couple of gospel songs, some inoffensive blues filler, and not a lot of rockin'. Not yet fully leaning into the glory of his maturity (that didn't come until the comeback special and the pompous glory of the 70s), but without the rough immediacy of his Sun years, this is an album designed to be as shiny and mass-market blockbuster as you could possibly get. And, like most early 60s albums, nearly all the good tracks were released as singles and not on the album. This actually plagued him most of his career; poor song choice leading to albums full of filler. The only albums really worth listening to are ones with a particular viewpoint (such as the Memphis album, Christmas albums or gospel albums). This is a completely inessential release from one of the great giants of 20th century popular music. Listen to a best of compilation instead.
This version of Fever is pretty terrible. Overall, not the best Elvis I've ever heard.
Elvis kinda overrated tbh
Colonel Tom Parker neutered the King on this album.
Best Song: Dirty, Dirty Feeling. It was surprisingly difficult to identify anything in this album that was better than the rest, as it all felt very slow and sleepy. This one wins by sounding the least "Elvis", and having an upbeat, (safely) raunchy theme. Worst Song: Soldier Boy. As difficult it was to pick a "star", it was equally difficult to pick a low point in this album. I think this wins because what patience I had for these bloated, self-indulgent ballads had been worn thin by this track. Overall: With music like this, it is very hard to understand how Elvis came to be as famous as he was. Call it a change in tastes, but everything here is rich and overdone, but starting to sour like like milk that's gone bad. To punctuate how terrible it was, after the song ended Spotify automatically transitioned into playing a Little Richard song, which was so fiercely singular and alive that I got whiplash from the juxtaposition. I firmly believe that Elvis is only interesting to people for whom some slightly gyrating hips are considered scandalous.
Turns out I *still* don't like Elvis. "Fever" is OK, but Elvis is no Peggy Lee. :-)
Nope, not for me
Classic but kinda creepy
Only listened to Fever.
Elvis is very much overrated
it's probably good thanks to the black artists he stole from fuck elvis for grooming a 14 year old kid i refuse to listen to him idgaf
Reminds me of mom…
fucking hate elvis
Did not vibe. Reminds me too much of Christmas and copying black musicians
Det här gjorde tyvärr inget för mig. Fever är ju bra liksom men inte tillräckligt.
do not like.
I don’t know what to do with you, Elvis. I do enjoy your rockabilly stuff, ‘Make Me Know It,’ ‘Dirty, Dirty Feeling,’ ‘Girl Next Door Went A-Walking,’ as well as the blues numbers, ‘Like a Baby,’ ‘It Feels So Right,’ ‘Reconsider Baby.’ But the other half of this LP, all those sappy songs about romantic love found and lost… I don’t want 'that' Elvis back. That Elvis should re-enlist. Ahhh, this isn’t an album for me anyway, or most of you, maybe none of you. This is an LP for all the teenage girls in the late 1950’s who pined for Elvis while he served his time in the military. And I’m sure they wet their panties when they saw this cover- all sexy-eyed and coifed hair. Doggone dreamy, this Elvis is. The Jordanaires are here again, doing their doo wop best. Backing band, The Blue Moon Boys, are also back, rockin’ and playing the blues. Not that we hear much from them. Guitarist Scotty Moore is seldom allowed to tear it up. The reigns are loosened up a bit for pianist Floyd Cramer and saxophonist Boots Randolph on the last two numbers. But this is really all about Elvis. And his voice is in fine form, maybe it’s best, at times growling and barking, while other moments just as smooth and soft as a milkshake. If you like Elvis, you’ll enjoy this LP. And, if you’re not a fan (and I'm not), then there’s nothing here that’s going to change your mind. It is what it is: Elvis Presley. And he’s back. But baby, he never really left your aching heart in the first place, did he?