Elvis Presley’s “King Creole”: Album review

It’s 1958 and Elvis has been recording for about four years, and already he’s into album number 6 – “King Creole” – featuring songs recorded for the film of the same name.
It’s a pretty rockin’ album, with a touch of New Orleans jazz, and almost makes you wanna watch the movie.
The standout track for me is “Crawfish,” a seriously down and mean and sultry track. “New Orleans” is pretty unbeatable too.
I notice the album is just 21 mins and 35 seconds long. Clearly I’m overdoing it with my 45 minute albums.
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Elvis Presley’s “Elvis’ Golden Records”: Album review

More a greatest hits than a studio album, most of the tracks on here are collected singles that were not featured on the first four Elvis records but were released between 1956 and 1957. Just thing about that for a minute: Elvis released a dozen hit singles in two years, aside from four complete studio albums.
“Golden Records” is arguably the first “greatest hits” record in rock’n’roll history, and it’s also arguably stronger as a cohesive sampling of Elvis and a rocking good record than the prior four albums.
This has many of the most popular Elvis hits – “Hound Dog,” “All Shook Up,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” “Love Me Tender,” “Anyway You Want Me” and “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.”
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Elvis Presley’s “Loving You”: Album review

Elvis’ third studio album collects songs from the film “Loving You” along with a few extras. “(Let Me Be) Your Teddy Bear” and “Loving You” are probably the most well-know tracks on here, while there are plenty of rock’n’roll numbers like “Mean Woman Blues” and “Got O Lot O Livin To Do.”
Tracks like “Blueberry Hill” sound a bit like padding.
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“Elvis’ Christmas Album” review

If you wanted to listen to a Christmas album in March, this would be the one to listen to. No better one for the job, in fact.

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Elvis Presley’s “Elvis”: Album review

Standout tracks on this 1956 album, Elvis’ 2nd album, include Elvis topping his prior Little Richard cover with a ripping version of “Long Tall Sally,” and “First in Line,” which hits that David Lynch twilight zone otherworldliness, all echo and lost America, white picket fences in a haze of mystical green grass and through-the-looking glass poignancy.
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Elvis Presley’s debut album review

After my January pilgrimage to Graceland I realized I had to listen to every single Elvis album in order. Here we go with the debut.
What a classic! Everyone’s heard “Blue Suede Shoes” (at least in my generation and prior, I guess I shouldn’t assume “kids these days” etc. give a damn for Elvis, but they should…) – but there’re quite a few on here I have not heard before.
No offense, Elv, but “Tutti Frutti” doesn’t quite cut it next to the original Little Richard version.
“Tryin’ to Get to You” is a stand-out track – raw and bluesy.
“Blue Moon” is straight out of a David Lynch movie.

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Buffalo Tom’s “Quiet & Peace”: Album review

After a seven year gap, Buffalo Tom are back with an album as good as any of the nine they’ve released in their nearly 30 year career. Solid indie rock songs, poignant ballads, simply constructed but consistently powerful songwriting: Buffalo Tom have remained as true to their craft as they were when they first broke in the 90s indie scene. The fact that this is a three-piece yet achieves such depth and layering on the record and live is a testament to how tight and linked the band is, but also to how carefully put together the songs are and how many textures Bill can get out of his guitars.
A fantastic listen, and their set at Music Hall Williamsburg this month was easily the best live show of the year so far.

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