Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977) will always be the undisputed King of Rock'n'roll. In 1954, he began his recording career with the legendary Sun Records label. Hower, he only released a couple of 7" singles with this label before his record contract was sold to RCA Victor. The rest is history.
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"Fever" was released in 1960 as second track on the "ELVIS IS BACK!" album, Elvis' second album for RCA Victor. The song had been a hit earlier, performed by the American singer Peggy Lee, who transformed it into a pop standard after it had already been a hit for rhythm and blues artist Little Willie John.
The recording of "Fever" featured on this DALI compilation was made using analogue recording equipment solely. (Of course, digital recording devices had yet to be invented.) It bears typical elements of the recording practice of its day, not least the obvious tape hiss.
However, the recording has a coupe of interesting details. Elvis sings, basically only accompanied by a double bass. They're both mono sources and panned to the centre, yet sounding spacious due to the added (almost mono) reverb. The percussion and finger snaps accents though, played throughout the song, are all ping-pong stereo, adding a large sense of space and depth to the recording.
All in all, and despite it's age, Elvis' "Fever" sounds remarkably modern. And most of all, Elvis' voice and performance are in a league of their own.
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