Fresh, full of fire and ready to change the world. This is the man who would be The King in glorious purity.
It’s not like I ignored Elvis. I’ve had the 1968 Comeback Special for years, and ‘American Trilogy’ still gets me excited. But they’re from an older, more soulful Elvis, under the malevolent wing of the Colonel. This album though, THIS is what Elvis Presley was, and always will be. From the opening wail of “Heartbreak Hotel” to the crooning of “Blue Moon” and the sparkle of “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, this is the sound of a man who was ready to OWN his audience.