CD Review: Elvis Presley

Young Man With the Big Beat (RCA/Legacy)

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The year after he recorded his final historic Sun sessions was a crucial one for Elvis. He was a long way from home, making records in New York and Hollywood instead of Memphis. He was a major investment for a company ready to sink large amounts of money into its new commodity. And he was on his way to becoming one of the planet's biggest stars, thanks to his revolutionary mix of country, R&B, and rock & roll. This five-CD box documents the King throughout 1956, the year "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog" changed popular music forever. All of Presley's studio recordings from the year are here. So are live cuts, outtakes, and interviews, which together chronicle those game-changing 12 months so thoroughly, you'll start to feel like you were stalking Elvis' every hip-shaking move. — Michael Gallucci

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