Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo (Vinyl Release)

Elvis Presley

RCA/Legacy, 2017

http://www.elvis.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 08/08/2017

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has re-entered the building. Elvis Presley’s material has been released in just about every conceivable way and form. The latest entry in the Elvis Presley sweepstakes takes us back to the beginning of his career. nbtc__dv_250 Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo is a massive 85 track box set that contains every studio track, live performance, alternate take, and spoken word he ever recorded for the Sun label. It even includes a new unearthed live track.

If you do not have the inclination or cash to purchase the big set and want to go a little retro, then I recommend the vinyl release containing 17 tracks of his best-known early material. The sound is just about as perfect as the 60-year-old masters will allow.

The vinyl LP just presents the basics. There is no duplication due to various takes or incomplete songs. Tracks such as “Mystery Train,” “That’s All Right,” “Baby Let’s Play House,” “Blue Moon Of Kentucky,” and “Milkcow Blues Boogie” not only began Elvis’ career but changed the face of American music. They show his ability to fuse country with rhythm & blues into what would quickly become rock and roll.

When Elvis moves away from the rock and roll, some of the electricity is missing. In some ways, “Harbor Lights,” “Just Because,” and “Tomorrow Night” seem a little out of place but remain a part of his legacy and represent a style he returned to later in his career.

Despite the clarity and format, the music has been issued a number of times. Therefore, this is a release that will appeal only to an Elvis fan, a vinyl collector, or someone who wants to explore the roots of rock and roll. If you fall into either of these categories, then this is a release for you.

Rating: B

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