Album no. 25/1001
As the album title suggests, Elvis is back! From army! And given the nature of this album, he seems to be itching for some female companionship.
This is his tenth – yes, TENTH – studio album. According to fact machine Wikipedia he released 24 studio albums, 11 compilations, 33 EPs and 19 soundtrack albums. Weirdly, none of his big hits are on any of the albums on the 1001 Albums list, so there’s no ‘All Shook Up’ or ‘Jailhouse Rock’.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: I haven’t. I recognise ‘Fever’ and ‘Such A Night’, but I haven’t heard Elvis do them.
CL: This was marginally better than Elvis’ debut. It’s still a bit of a mish mash of songs, with only a handful that are sort of ok. ‘Dirty Dirty Feeling’ is alright – I did like ‘Soldier Boy’, I thought that was quite a nice down-tempo number. ‘Reconsider Baby’ sounded a bit like a White Stripes song, so I got amongst that. ‘Such A Night’ though. MUCHOS sexual tension.
NK: Turns out I only recognise ‘Fever’. ‘Such a night’ is different to the Dr John song. Both are pretty good, but my favourite was ‘Dirty, Dirty Feeling’, which is really quick and fun, pretty risque for 1960. I can see why people thought Elvis was corrupting the youth. Also, shoutout to the jam session at the end of ‘Reconsider baby’, which is a cool blues number for the first minute and a half, but then the sax and drums start kicking it up a notch. There’s a drum fill at 2.33 which made me jump. A great way to close the album out.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Much like my last listening session with Elvis, I recommend listening to this in an American themed diner.
NK: This is the album that comes on the diner jukebox on Friday night when everyone is ready to party. Everybody twisting the night away, dancing cheek to cheek for ‘Soldier Boy’, then dancing up a storm again. Put it on before you head out for a big night.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: It’s certainly a better sounding album than the first one and I would certainly hope so – this was his TENTH studio album. But I think it definitely ups the sauciness for the time.
NK: I think this is the one when Elvis had come back from being in the army? This is a bit more polished than the self-titled one earlier, and the songs are a bit more interesting. I don’t think they would have let him have ‘Dirty, Dirty Feeling’ on the earlier album. It’s got sex noises in it! That’s the big advance here if you ask me.
CL: ‘Such A Night’ is the one with the sex noises mate, come on.
Will you be listening again?
CL: No. It would seem that Elvis really doesn’t do much for me.
NK: No, I think there’s more value in the greatest hits. Sorry Elvis, but you had a lot of albums, it’s only fair the good songs got spread around. I wasn’t too excited about this, it was easy to listen to and fun in a couple of places, but it wasn’t all that interesting. That feels overly harsh because it wasn’t actually bad, but I just didn’t enjoy it that much.