The album was only 23 minutes long and it didn’t sell well.
Parker realized that he didn’t really need Presley as long as he had Presley’s recordings.
The King Creole album is a true mixed bag which makes more sense in conjunction with the movie
listen with your mouth wide open, in awe of performances that shake you out of WW2 and into the modern world
‘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’
It is the definition of good vibes
Elvis was 22 years old
Presley is in find voice whether sobbing through a dead dog tall tale or a rockabilly trifle
‘With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.’
The stuff of legend
So, it didn’t happen, not even if he was fat Elvis
When you are releasing 57 albums what more do you need? What is missing? Having Fun With Elvis on Stage? Well, yes actually…
It carries this album, you give into it with such ease, it settles the album down and lifts you up.
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.
He was 35 years old when he recorded these songs and Presley’s Sax sessions were three years into the future.
The story of how love lets us live
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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+
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.
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+
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.
“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?
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+
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?
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.
‘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.’
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
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
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.
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
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+
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
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-
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.
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-
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
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.
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
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).
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