Elvis Pres­ley

A Boy From Tu­pelo: The Com­plete 19531955 Record­ings

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

The Big Bang of rock’n’roll.

Peo­ple can ar­gue about who in­vented rock’n’roll – and they will – but the hip­shakin’ hep­cat who pop­u­larised it in­ter­na­tion­ally was Tu­pelo, Mis­sis­sippi na­tive son Elvis Pres­ley. This 3-CD box set con­tains ev­ery recorded shake and rat­tle from The King Of Rock’n’Roll’s two-year coro­na­tion. The first disc col­lects his Sun Records masters plus the ini­tial four ac­etates he paid for; the sec­ond disc, Sun out­takes and frag­ments; and the third, con­cert and ra­dio ap­pear­ances. Sixty-plus years later, E lives up to his le­gend, rooted in African-Amer­i­can rhythm & blues and burst­ing with ex­plicit erotic en­ergy, con­trol­ling his nu­clear-fu­elled en­thu­si­asm with the grav­i­ta­tional force of his mag­nif­i­cent voice. A 120page book tells the story while a sin­gle vinyl disc of the Sun masters by the same name is also avail­able. Michael Sim­mons

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