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Classic Albums

  • 1997
  • Documentary and factual
  • Music

Summary

"Classic Albums" lifts the lid on pop and rock albums considered by many to be the best or most distinctive by a well-known band or musician. The music and its production are dissected, providing an insight into how the sound was created. The albums that have been covered include John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon, Rio by Duran Duran, Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z, British Steel by Judas Priest, Nevermind by Nirvana, Face Value by Phil Collins, A Night at the Opera by Queen, Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf, and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

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Episode 5: Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

Summary

Insight into the making of Elvis Presley's 1956 self-titled debut album, featuring contributions by some of the original supporting musicians, as well as friends and colleagues including Keith Richards and BB King. The programme includes footage of Presley performing classic tracks such as Heartbreak Hotel and Blue Suede Shoes, and examines the record's production

Review

You can more or less ignore the title: that Presley’s eponymous debut LP from 1956 perhaps isn’t a classic is evidenced by the way this film spends a lot of time talking about tracks such as Heartbreak Hotel that aren’t actually on the album.

What matters is the phenomenon of Presley’s emergence, and the mechanics of how he personally masterminded his band’s recording style, based on fluidity and feel.

Takes with errors in were retained if the vibe was right, which was something only Elvis could discern; lists of suggested songs from the bosses at RCA Victor were rejected as square and obvious. In a programme made in 2001, the surviving main players tell that story well.

Details

Released on
2001-12-03
Languages
English
Formats
Colour

Credits

Crew

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UnknownKeith Richards
UnknownBB King

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