A Tribute to the King

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This album came about after an August 1992 concert commemorating the 15th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. McDowell, who in addition to being a country star had emulated Elvis for television soundtracks, asked Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, and the Jordanaires -- all of whom had played on Presley's early recordings -- if they wanted to do a recording project. A Tribute to the King was the result. Perhaps if popular music was a math equation, this would be the formula for the best possible emulation of Presley in the singer's absence: the most competent Elvis soundalike, teamed with the surviving musicians most important to supporting Presley on record. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This album came about after an August 1992 concert commemorating the 15th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. McDowell, who in addition to being a country star had emulated Elvis for television soundtracks, asked Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, and the Jordanaires -- all of whom had played on Presley's early recordings -- if they wanted to do a recording project. A Tribute to the King was the result. Perhaps if popular music was a math equation, this would be the formula for the best possible emulation of Presley in the singer's absence: the most competent Elvis soundalike, teamed with the surviving musicians most important to supporting Presley on record. McDowell sounds more like Elvis than just about any lounge imitator. These are faithful covers of many of the hits from Elvis' early career, from "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Love Me Tender" to the best of his early-'60s tracks, like "His Latest Flame Marie's the Name" and "You're The Devil in Disguise." McDowell only covers songs from Presley's first decade, feeling and he has a strong argument that this was Elvis' good period. The backing is agreeably competent, the arrangements sometimes straight-ahead and sometimes disagreeably slicked-up with contemporary production. The two non-Elvis-identified songs are a remake of McDowell's 1977 tribute hit, "The King Is Gone," and another Presley-inspired tribute, "Tupelo's Too Far."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206636321
  • Catalog Number: 066363
  • Sales rank: 362,252

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie McDowell Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Scotty Moore Guitar
Stephen Hill Background Vocals
Wade Bernard Bass
Fred Bogert Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
D.J. Fontana Drums
George Grantham Drums
Mike Lawler Keyboards
Neal Matthews Background Vocals
Joe Meador Acoustic Guitar
Steve Shepherd Piano
Gordon Stoker Background Vocals
Lee Bogan Background Vocals
Ray C. Walker Background Vocals
Kevin Woods Guitar
Dwayne West Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Hillman Composer
Ronnie McDowell Producer
Gram Parsons Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
John Abbott Engineer
Hal Blair Composer
Fred Bogert Engineer
Jon "JD" Dickson Engineer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Mike Lawler Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Joe Meador Producer
Willie Pevear Engineer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer
Chris Milfred Mastering
Claude Demetrius Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Sam Bobrick Composer
Ross Butler Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Ira Campbell Composer
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