“A-one for the money.” Literally so, the LP that proved an album’s worth of pop music could sell by the million. Having just secured Presley’s services for the then-record sum of $40,000, RCA rushed out this hastily-assembled debut eager to recoup on their investment. As big a bang for teenage consumer capitalism as it was for rock’n’roll, while Presley would make better albums, as far as the history books are concerned this first cut, a cultural revolution at 33 1/3, will always be the deepest. SG
Runners-up: Frank Sinatra Songs For Swingin’ Lovers, Billie Holiday Lady Sings The Blues.