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Elvis Is Back

Released:Apr. 8, 1960

There was a gap of two weeks between the first post-army session and the second, with Elvis’ appearance on Frank Sinatra’s “Welcome Home, Elvis” television special (Sinatra, remember, was the pop icon who had dismissed rock ‘n’ roll, and by extension everything that Elvis stood for, as “music for cretinous goons”) coming in between. The television appearance was an unmitigated triumph, and the second all-night session added twelve more titles to the six already recorded. The album that came out of these sessions was as varied and ambitious as anything Elvis had ever done, presenting blues, r&b, country, pop, and gospel sounds in a mix that could stand as Elvis’ tribute to the American vernacular tradition. This was something he had been planning the whole time he was in Germany. In preparation for the sessions, he had applied himself to the task of expanding both his voice and repertoire. With the help of fellow G.I. Charlie Hodge, an experienced singer and professional entertainer whom he had met on the voyage to Bremerhaven, Elvis studied breath control and did vocal exercises to increase his range. With Hodge and Memphis friend Red West, he recorded a wide variety of material on a little Grundig tape recorder, setting his sights especially on an English-language version of the Caruso classic, “O Sole Mio,” which he knew not just from the original but from the 1949 Tony Martin adaptation “There’s No Tomorrow.” From delicate homages to Clyde McPhatter (“Such A Night”) and Little Willie John (“Fever” – with more than a slight nod to Peggy Lee), to beautifully modulated expressions of raw emotion (“Reconsider Baby,” “Like A Baby”), Elvis Is Back suggested a rare breadth and depth of feeling for a pop LP in a market that had often seen the long-playing record as a kind of grab bag of throwaways. It sold 300,000 copies, comparable to previous album sales, but with no additional EP releases (explanation unknown) there was not the usual quota of ancillary sales.

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  • Make Me Know It

    Otis Blackwell. Recorded March 20, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Electric Bass: Hank Garland. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Fever

    John Davenport/Eddie Cooley. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • The Girl Of My Best Friend

    Beverly Ross/Sam Bobrick. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • I Will Be Home Again

    Bennie Benjamin/Raymond Leveen/Lou Singer. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires. Harmony Vocals: Charlie Hodge
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  • Dirty, Dirty Feeling

    Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Thrill Of Your Love

    Stanley Kesler. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Soldier Boy

    David Jones/Theodore Williams Jr. Recorded March 20, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Electric Bass: Hank Garland. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Such A Night

    Lincoln Chase. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • It Feels So Right

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman. Recorded March 20, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Electric Bass: Hank Garland. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Girl Next Door Went- A’Walking

    Bill Rise/Thomas Wayne. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Like A Baby

    Jesse Stone. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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  • Reconsider Baby

    Lowell Fulson. Recorded April 3, 1960 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Buddy Harman. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Vocals: The Jordanaires
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Credits

Artist
Credit
  • Elvis Presley
    vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Scotty Moore
    electric guitar
  • Hank Garland
    electric guitar, electric bass
  • Floyd Cramer
    piano
  • Bob Moore
    double bass
  • D. J. Fontana
    drums
  • Buddy Harman
    drums
  • The Jordanaires
    backing vocals
  • Boots Randolph
    saxophone
  • Charlie Hodge
    backing vocals (on "I Will Be Home Again")
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