Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley’s “A Date With Elvis” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 15, 2016

The album was only 23 minutes long and it didn’t sell well.

Elvis Presleys’ “For LP Fans Only” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 9, 2016

Parker realized that he didn’t really need Presley as long as he had Presley’s recordings.

Elvis Presley’s “King Creole” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 3, 2016

The King Creole album is a true mixed bag which makes more sense in conjunction with the movie

Elvis Presley’s “Elvis’ Golden Records” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 25, 2016

listen with your mouth wide open, in awe of performances that shake you out of WW2 and into the modern world

Dwight Yoakam Reveals Elvis Presley Wanted David Bowie To Produce His Next Album

By Alyson Camus | January 22, 2016

‘That was based on Elvis having heard Bowie’s ‘Golden Years,’ and I thought ‘Oh my God, it’s a tragedy that he was never able to make that’

Elvis Presley’s “Elvis Christmas Album” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 22, 2016

It is the definition of good vibes

Elvis Presley’s “Loving You” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2016

Elvis was 22 years old

Elvis Presley’s “Elvis” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 13, 2016

Presley is in find voice whether sobbing through a dead dog tall tale or a rockabilly trifle

‘Elvis and Nixon’, A New Movie About The Day The King Met The President

By Alyson Camus | January 10, 2016

‘With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.’

“Elvis Presley” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2016

The stuff of legend

UK Top 10 Albums 1-8-16 – 1-14-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2016

So, it didn’t happen, not even if he was fat Elvis

Elvis Presley’s Entire Back Catalog To Be Released… Again

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2016

When you are releasing 57 albums what more do you need? What is missing? Having Fun With Elvis on Stage? Well, yes actually…

Elvis Presley’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2016

It carries this album, you give into it with such ease, it settles the album down and lifts you up.

UK Top 10 Albums 1-1-16 – 1-7-16

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2016

Over there it has been on the charts for nine weeks, peaking at # 1, and is only 6,000 sales behind Adelem, which means it could dethrone her next week.

Elvis Presley’s “Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old)” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2015

He was 35 years old when he recorded these songs and Presley’s Sax sessions were three years into the future.

Elvis Presley’s “That’s The Way It Is” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2015

The story of how love lets us live

Elvis Presley’s “Almost In Love” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 15, 2015

The album is all low key movie tracks, with only “Stay Away” featuring a major band, the Jordainaires ,on a dramatic remake of “Greensleeves” to end the album

UK Top 10 Albums 12-4-15 – 12-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 4, 2015

The album is dreadful and yet it has been in the top ten for five weeks and the highest position it reach was # 1. I am happy somebody somewhere is paying their respects

Elvis Presley’s “On Stage” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 2, 2015

On Stage was recorded at the International Hotel Paradise in Las Vegas eight tracks between February 17th and February 19th 1970, and 2 songs in August 1969, it was released June 1970.

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-6-15 – 11-12-15

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2015

Two acts of necrophilia, Jack Pack rip off the Rat pack while looking like the jackass pack, from Britain’s Got Talent (though not much) and the Presley abomination at # 1 -guess why… does the “Royal” give it away? I am not saying wouldn’t have gone along for the paycheck., maybe he would, but he would have sung to his audience

Elvis Presley’s “Let’s Be Friends” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 4, 2015

Only 21 minutes in length, nine songs and with maybe five of em duds, it is not the disaster you might think it is. Presley was so great, even a money move is a pleasure.

These Days: Friday, October 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2015

The new weeks begins, headed by a Jam Live box set and a Presley in the 70s box set, though once you get past that it gets spottier. A surfeit of electronica for some strange reason and more indie rockers than you might expect, and while admittedly it isn’t a shocker, that Guy Garvey is first rate.

John Potash‘s ‘Drugs as Weapons Against Us’ At La Luz De Jesus, Sunday October 25th 2015

By Alyson Camus | October 26, 2015

Potash did an impressive amount of research, his 400-page book is riddled with characters and meticulous references, and his lecture was a very disturbing report filled with pictures of musicians in company of high-ranked CIA agents, army reserve colonels… Did you ever wonder why there was a colonel Parker in every photo showing Elvis Presley after he served the army?

The Big Huerta Hounds Elvis Presley

By Edward Huerta | September 27, 2015

I am not dissing Leiber and Stoller (from whence the pic idea for painting of them came from), they wrote some tremendous, legendary songs. I am just representing the little people that lost Elvis when RCA prettied him up. His Sun Records output is some of the purest form of rock and roll to ever grace vinyl.

The Big Huerta on Elvis Presley’s Death Day

By Edward Huerta | August 12, 2015

We sent out wedding invites that she designed with Elvis from “Blue Hawaii” surfing on the cover. We were even married in front of an Elvis statue and had the reception in an Elvis themed restaurant. We listened to Elvis every weekend.

The Big Huerta checks out LBJ & The King

By Edward Huerta | August 5, 2015

CBS SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN….CBS SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN…We are sorry to interrupt this article but we have just had a report that Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll has been seriously wounded. Our sources report that Elvis was in the process of arriving at a “meet and greet” for some of his top fans in Dealey Plaza in Dallas this afternoon.

Oldies But Goldies: Screamin’ ‘Bout Elvis, 2009

By Iman Lababedi | July 9, 2015

I have written about Elvis Presley so much in the past six years, this 2009 piece seems equal parts obvious and quaint, why would I write something everybody knows? This was very early in and I was still announcing my tastes to my blog readers -you know who you are, and one thing remains true… if you don’t love Elvis, why are you reading rock nyc?

10 Songs: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | May 6, 2015

Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley – # 1 in the charts the year I was born, this stark, grown up blues, is stunted in despair and stark as a threadbare transient hotel, everything about this is nightmare and horrifying, including the solo – A+

Sid Tepper, Elvis Presley Songwriter, Dead At 96

By Iman Lababedi | April 27, 2015

Tepper wrote many many popular songs. Minor league pop numbers but in retrospect, Presley’s movie tracks with tuneful, playful, self-effacing and often very very good. If Tepper was borderline novelty tunes, the operative word was borderline, and many of them have been part of our pop vernacular since we first heard them.

10 Songs: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2015

Baby, Let’s Play House – Elvis Presley – sexy and violent, and a warning and maybe the single blueprint for John Lennon from “You Can’t Do That” to “Jealous Guy”. Yup, it’s that kinda song – A+

Jack White Wants To Reissue Elvis Presley’s First Recording On Record Store Day

By Alyson Camus | March 9, 2015

White told his employees at Third Man Records in Nashville that the label will issue this on vinyl on Record Store Day… This piece is totally historic and unique, it’s the King’s first ever record, which was recorded on July 18th 1953 by a 18-year-old Presley at Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service for only $4.

Elvis Presley’s “Just Tell Her Jim Says Hello” And My Mom

By Iman Lababedi | February 22, 2015

“I’d like to tell her what, I’m really feeling but…” when I made my peace with my Mom, I did it without really mentioning the past. She was 80 years old and I didn’t have the stomach for it. What difference does it make? But I wish I could have told her about watching her sleeping, sitting quietly by, watching over her. How much I had loved her. I guess it wouldn’t really matter, would it?

10 Songs: Christmas Day 2014 Special!

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2014

Santa Bring My Baby (Back To Me) – Elvis Presley – One of the all time greatest, this is Presley as popstar, it is like “You’re Right, I’m Left, She’s Gone” or “Teddy Bear” –a delirious hook filled hubba which channels Bing Crosby’s “bababba” going away – A+

Not With The Band: Women, Music And Menstrual Cycles!

By Alyson Camus | November 25, 2014

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function, and we don’t know exactly why, but one thing is sure, it has a tremendous effect on women and girls,… we know that since Elvis Presley and Beatlemania, but was that always the case?

Movie Roles Elvis Presley Turned Down

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2014

Though I am not really sure if any of these were great fits for the King. That mix of oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral is so specific it is hard to imagine him in anything not tailor made for his gifts.

Not With The Band: When Uber Fans Go Under The Knife

By Alyson Camus | September 23, 2014

‘The treatment, which Dr. Mason perfected by slicing a small section of the eyelid, has been dubbed by local fanatics as the “Yorke cut.” In the simplest terms, the $600 surgery gives fans a chance to re-create on their own person the trademark Thom Yorke amblyopic left eye.’

10 Songs: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 22, 2014

Love Me Tender – Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley – Awful act of necromancy, almost astounding in its lack of chemistry and sexiness and cool and warmth, uncool to an extent not knowable to the average person. Worst song ever – F

10 Songs: Tuesday, August 9th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 9, 2014

Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley – The first single post 68 Special was also one of the biggest hits of his career, re-arranged from the original that change of tempo during the bridge was money in the bank and this six minute version from the Vefas 70 show is more dramatic than that – A

Elvis Presley's "That's The Way It Is" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 27, 2014

This was a man who had found his place in the pop world and knew how to perform it. Playing Vegas was not playing Haight Ashbury and although Presley was only 35 years old, he was not embraced the way it should’ve been by the the generation he spawned.

10 Songs: Saturday, August 16th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 16, 2014

Off the newly extended That’s The Way It Is, this rehearsal take is a masterful form of verbal gymnastics which Presley did, and this is why his outtakes are so awesome, he is relaxed and flexible and his phrasing is the stuff of gods… during a rehearsal 40 odd years ago – A

10 Songs: Friday, August 8th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 8, 2014

Invitation to The Blues – Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell – It is hard to go wrong with this Roger Miller song, it is part of the pantheon and every one from Ray Price to Reba McIntyre have covered it, indeed this isn’t even Emmylou’s first trip to the rodeo. S stellar band really sells it – B+

10 Songs: August 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2014

Bad Habit – The Kooks – When did these guys become the Arctic Monkeys? This is the sort of garage blues AM have been doing for years and I thought the Kooks had more going on, more like Squeeze, but they are one Alyson Camus review from hooking up with Josh Homme and visiting Burning Man – C

Be Here Now: Snap Shot Reviews Of New Album releases 8-5-14

By Iman Lababedi | August 5, 2014

It has been five years since the jazz singer has released an album, including a stint in hospital just to keep us mortal, and to keep us more mortal, this is a tribute to his first mentor George Duke, who died last year. Guest stars join in on this lovely and loving tribute to the late pianist. ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A-

Elvis Presley Back On The Big Screen

By Iman Lababedi | May 13, 2014

So here comes news that Lisa Marie (46 years old -gasp!) is in negotiations to give the rights to some of Elvis songs which treat hi with respect. Stories about his faith in God -that sort of stuff. It sounds kind of scary right. I read there are like three movies in the works at the moment.

10 Songs, Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2014

Coming Of Age – Foster The People – This song makes a promise the album couldn’t keep, but this heavy textured beat and strong melodic mood seemed as though the band could move forward from “Pumpked Up Kicks” into a post-modern indie hybrid sound – A-

Be Here Now: Snapshot Reviews Of New Album Releases w-o 3-17-14

By Iman Lababedi | March 18, 2014

About Last Night – Sleeper Agent – Everything you wanted Paramore to be, everything Cage The Elephant claim to be, Sleeper Agent. This sophomore effort is astoundingly catchy power pop; one sure shot after another. Imagine Gwen Stefani leading Paramore, with a remarkable hit to misses count, if this doesn’t smash em through I’d demand a recount – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Priscilla Presley Compares Elvis to Miley Cyrus

By Helen Bach | March 5, 2014

Before you ‘wtf’ this think about it clearly. Its possible their are similarities just in a hillbilly sense but ex wife ‘Cilla hasnt had enough media time lately so shes chosen a great way to get her name in headlines again.

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening to 1-18-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 18, 2014

Coming Of Age – Foster The People – Poppier than Imagine Dragons but that textured drum sound is familiar to both and Foster The People have better songs; this is above average indie pop with an eye on the charts – A

Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water… 21 Times

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2014

I am about as miserable as you’d expect and suffering from a terrible cold, all in all my I would be hard pressed to be much further down. The frigid temperature suits my mood (not to mention my writing abilities the past couple of days).

UK Top 10 Albums 12-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2013

Olly Murs isn’t the only album that thrills me here, the Rebecca Ferguson sophomore effort will please you. She isn’t Emeli Sande but her song selection is very very strong and her voice splendid