The Sun Sessions (compilation album) by Elvis Presley

The Sun Sessions by Elvis Presley
(Compilation album)
Year: 1976
Overall rank: 2,623rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 284 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1976 (43rd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (487th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,623rd)
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The Sun Sessions is ranked 6th best out of 147 albums by Elvis Presley on BestEverAlbums.com.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.7/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.8.

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75/100
From 11/10/2020 04:07
A good collection of performances, but it didn't feel as important as I expected.
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65/100
From 05/15/2017 18:39
This falls under "historical relevancy" rather than most enjoyable listen today. I doubt very many people listen to this that often and would prefer listening to this rather than dozens and dozens of other albums ranked lower in the list. This includes the rolling stone critics that ranked this so high.
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95/100
From 07/15/2016 23:52
The start of it all. It does sound all a bit tame by today's standards, but they are probably the most important recordings in the history of rock. As Lennon said, 'no Elvis, no Beatles'. Fine performances, Elvis would never be this raw again. Mystery train, is the highlight.
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From 02/13/2016 13:07
The Big Bang. That's it, folks.
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From 01/26/2016 12:14
I prefer the newer sleeve of the DLP edition, the huge portrait of Elvis, handcoloured, delivers an idea of Elvis before ELVIS. What we listen to seems like an accidental development, fractures of what was freely flowing in the (studio) air created a random formation. To the listener it appeared as a new form of beauty, a whole new culture, I guess. It surely opened the doors to the "Elvis the pelvis" we see on the original sleeve. But the magic of the moment is captured in those hedonistic but yet insecure early portraits of the later issue.
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80/100
From 07/28/2014 16:27
Considered by many to be the first sip from the primordial soup that is Rock N' Roll. The Sun Sessions is the first official recording of Elvis Presley.
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85/100
From 08/29/2012 17:53
You can hear history being shaped. The power and legacy of the tracks on this album are enormous.
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From 10/11/2010 13:08
I think that I would put "Mystery Train" in the all time top 25 singles.
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From 08/31/2010 23:56
The bing-bang of a way of life, think, be. An incomparable sound and a marvellous simplicity by a magician, Sam Philips. One exceptional voice absorbed by blues,country, for make something completely fresh, new, unrepeatable.
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From 04/01/2010 22:48
Elvis is always Elvis, sure a lot of it sounds pretty dated, but he had a great voice and certainly could rock. Even though he got more interesting after the BBC Comeback Special, this is the cradle of rock n' roll, and The Sun Sessions is a better starting point than the self-titled full length album.
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