The First Year chronicles an appearance by Elvis Presley, with his original backup musicians, Scotty Moore and Bill Black, at Eagle's Hall in Houston on March 19, 1955. Since the date was broadcast on local television, a primitive audio recording was made. This turns out to be low-fidelity, though it still conveys the excitement apparent at one of Presley's earliest concerts. The five songs of the set are filled out to LP length by including interviews with Presley (recorded in 1956), Moore, and Houston disc jockey Diff Collie. (The Moore interview takes up the entire second side of the LP). The result is a historical document that will interest fans. (Initially released as a bootleg in the U.S. in November 1979 by Very Wonderful Golden Editions as King 1).
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann