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Classic Albums

  • Season 3
  • 6 episodes
  • Music

Summary

A look at how some of rock's greatest albums were created

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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.

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  • 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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    ContributorKeith Richards
    ContributorBB King
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