Presley, Elvis - S/T - Used LP
1976 repress of 1956 debut album.
Elvis serves up the recipe that Sun was looking for, black music cooked up by a white artist. While he's so often the target, Elvis maintains the focused abandonment of black music and delivers the goods.
With the help of Berry, Diddley, and Cash, Elvis defined an important element of rock and roll: rock stars have a guitar strapped over their shoulder. We’d seen this before with hillbilly legends and so many black artists, but this sleeve photo of Elvis helped permanently stamp that guitar-toting image into the consciousness of a country.
It’s always important to get to the truth, and realize how wrong it is to give so much attention to Elvis while ignoring all the black musicians that came before, but Elvis seems to always get condemned for his actions, while folks such as Bowie and the Beatles for some reason aren’t even brought to court for the exact same thing. While all the Elvis nonsense that followed his beginnings might have diluted the power of his catalog, these early sides will always serve as reminders of what made Elvis so memorable. - winch (green noise records)