Elvis 56

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Elvis 56
Elvis 56.jpg
Compilation album by Elvis Presley
Released March 5, 1996 (1996-03-05)
Recorded January 1956-September 1956
Genre Rock
Length 50:31
Label RCA Records
Elvis Presley chronology
Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential '70s Masters
(1995)
Elvis 56
(1996)
An Afternoon in the Garden
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Elvis 56 is a compilation album of studio master recordings by American singer and musician Elvis Presley made during 1956, released by RCA Records in 1996. The original sessions took place at RCA Studios in Nashville and New York, and at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.

Contents[edit]

The disc presents five singles with five B-sides, five tracks from his debut album, and six tracks from his second long-player, Elvis. All were both recorded and released in the title year of the disc, 1956, except for "Too Much," released in January 1957. An alternate and earlier take of "Heartbreak Hotel" included is previously unreleased.

By concentrating on the rhythm numbers rather than the country material and the ballads, this compilation showcases Presley the early icon of rock and roll in the 1950s, also arguing for this particular year as being his most notable in the decade, and perhaps even that of his entire career.

Track listing[edit]

Chart positions for LPs and EPs from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart.

Track Recorded Original LP Issue Catalogue Release Date Chart Peak Song Title Writer(s) Time
1. 1/10/56 47-6357 1/27/56 1 Heartbreak Hotel Mae Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley 2:08
2. 1/30/56 47-6540b 5/4/56 31 My Baby Left Me Arthur Crudup 2:11
3. Elvis Presley LPM 1254 3/23/56 1 Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins 1:58
4. Elvis LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 So Glad You're Mine Arthur Crudup 2:20
5. Elvis Presley LPM 1254 3/23/56 1 Tutti Frutti Dorothy LaBostrie and Richard Penniman 1:58
6. LPM 1254 3/23/56 1 One-Sided Love Affair Bill Campbell 2:09
7. 9/1/56 Elvis LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 Love Me Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:43
8. 9/2/56 LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 Anyplace Is Paradise Joe Thomas 2:26
9. LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 Paralyzed Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:23
10. LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 Ready Teddy Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:56
11. 47-6800 1/4/57 1 Too Much Lee Rosenberg and Bernard Weinman 2:31
12. 7/2/56 47-6604b 7/13/56 1 Hound Dog Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 2:16
13. 47-6643b 9/28/56 20 Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) Cliff Owens and Aaron Schroeder 2:13
14. 47-6604 7/13/56 1 Don't Be Cruel Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley 2:02
15. 2/3/56 47-6642b 8/31/56 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price 2:08
16. 47-6642 8/31/56 Shake, Rattle & Roll Charles Calhoun 2:37
17. 4/11/56 47-6540 5/4/56 1 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Lou Kosloff and George Mysels 2:40
18. 9/3/56 Elvis LPM 1382 10/19/56 1 Rip It Up Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco 1:53
19. 1/10/56 previously unreleased Heartbreak Hotel Mae Axton, Tommy Durden, Elvis Presley 2:08
20. Elvis Presley LPM 1254 3/23/56 1 I Got a Woman Ray Charles and Renald Richard 2:23
21. 47-6357b 1/27/56 19 I Was The One Aaron Schroeder, Claude DeMetrius, Hal Blair, Bill Peppers 2:33
22. Elvis Presley LPM 1254 3/23/56 1 Money Honey Jesse Stone 2:34

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[2] 69
New Zealand Top 40 Albums 47

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