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Elvis Is Back

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  • Audio CD (July 13 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00000IYWH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Stuck On You
2. Fame And Fortune
3. Make Me Know It
4. Fever
5. The Girl Of My Best Friend
6. I Will Be Home Again
7. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
8. The Thrill Of Your Love
9. Soldier Boy
10. Such A Night
11. It Feels So Right
12. Girl Next Door Went A'Walking
13. Like A Baby
14. Reconsider Baby
15. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
16. I Gotta Know
17. A Mess Of Blues
18. It's Now Or Never

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Elvis was busting with energy when he returned from the Army in 1960. In two nights, he recorded what many consider his best album, Elvis Is Back , plus six single sides. Amazingly, Something for Everybody ('61), was recorded in one night (with its follow-up singles tracked in two other sessions). Here are both LPs and all those singles: his versions of Fever and Reconsider Baby ; his hits It's Now or Never; Are You Lonesome Tonight?; Stuck on You; Surrender; I Feel So Bad; (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame; Little Sister; Good Luck Charm 36 pieces of prime Presley!

The King's first album of all-new material following his release from the Army, Elvis Is Back! is arguably the most fully realized album of his career. It's a slightly different Elvis here than the one who was drafted, slightly tamer (though he looks like a Martian on the cover), and jumping from style to style--from R&B (a definitive cover of Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters' "Such a Night") to pure pop (a cover of Ral Donner's "The Girl of My Best Friend" with a Hank Garland guitar sound that presaged Merseybeat) to doo-wop (the gorgeous "Soldier Boy") to some of the hardest blues of his career (several cuts here, including an incredible version of Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby"). He even makes Peggy Lee's "Fever" his own here. No hit singles, just a great LP--and no indication of the "movie years" dreck soon to follow. --Bill Holdship

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Battocchio on March 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album comprises Elvis' first studio recordings after his release from the army in March 1960. Recorded at the RCA Nashville studio, and four years after the release of his first album ('Elvis Presley'), Elvis proves how he is, at this point, a first-class, professional performer, in every respect. At this time, there were two performers in the music industry that were kings at the top of their game: One was Frank Sinatra, for the World War II generation and Elvis Presley, for the younger crowd. Elvis was the top act in the Pop/Rock genre during the 1956 to 1963 period and I would say that this album (and these recordings) were his best, most polished and professional, product of this period, certainly of his post-army period. Elvis made musical history during his Sun Records and early-RCA Victor days (1954-1956) but by the time of these 1960 recordings, he shows what a seasoned, mature performer he has become.
Elvis par excellence!:
'Make Me Know It'- Snappy, first-rate early '60s Elvis Presley pop song. A brilliant recording!; 'Fever'- Well-executed copy of Peggy Lee's 1956 hit single; 'Thrill of Your Love'- Beautiful, moving, gospel-flavoured love ballad; 'Such a Night'- Rockin' Elvis! Exemplary cover-recording of the Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters R&B hit; 'It Feels So Right'- Swanky, sexy and bluesy. Should have been a hit!; 'Like a Baby'- Slinky Elvis blues; 'Reconsider, Baby'- Enjoyable cover of Lowell Fulsom's 1954 blues hit; [Bonus Tracks:] 'Stuck on You'- Hip-swingin' 1960 pop music at its finest!; 'Fame and Fortune'- Fine '50s-style pop tune; 'It's Now or Never', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'- Elvis as the sophisticated, versatile performer. His biggest hits of the year; 'A Mess of Blues'- Terrific West-coast swing hit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schackdaddy on May 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
this album had a lot going for it, the technology in the studio had made incredible advances as compared to elvis' early days for rca. the only thing missing would have been a video or
motion picture film shot, as elvis laid down the tracks for this great album.!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 1999 remastering of this classic album features the complete contents of the March 20, 1960, RCA Hollywood session plus the dawn-to-dusk April 2 Nashville session that rounded out the album, for a total of 18 songs, including the three singles and their B-sides from those sessions. 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 more mature Elvis. "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, 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). The sound on the 1999 remastering is extraordinarily close yet natural, giving the listener full value for the presence of Scotty Moore, Hank Garland (who also plays bass on a few tracks), D.J. Fontana, Boots Randolph, and Floyd Cramer. - Bruce Eder, AMG
Lincoln Chase's "Such a Night" was a hit twice. In 1953, Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters recorded it as one of their earliest singles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on Dec 24 2010
Format: LP Record
Elvis Is Back! is the first record I ever owned. My Dad bought it for me when I was about three years old. It's still one of my favorite all time records. You will not be sorry if you purchase this. It is a masterpiece. Now it is even better with the inclusion of the hit singles that were not originally on the album but should have been. In all honesty, they should have given this the double album treatment back in 1960. It would have rewrote history and we might not have been subjected to the movie soundtracks. Not that I don't like the soundtracks, but it made Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom believe that people were only interested in his movie songs even though these songs are a million times better. But anyway, you need to have this album and listen to it before you die. Everyone should.
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Format: Audio CD
I first purchased this LP back in 1969 and up to today it is one of my top favorits (even my grandchildren love it).In my early Rock and Rock-a-billy collection I have just about every record (now the CD) that Elvis made in the fifties and sixties except for some of the not so great movie records. Of all the records that Elvis made this one to me is the very best as it really shows the very different typs of songs that Elvis was able to pull off.In my opinion "Reconsider Baby" is the all time Best! Talk about some outstanding heavy blues as only Elvis can sing it is second to none.All the tracks are outstanding. The LP album had another cool feature as it was a double sleave and when you opened it the inside was full of snapshots of Elvis while still in the Army and I believe that most of these were taken in Germany. This CD should without question be in every Elvis Fan's collection !
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