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|Elvis Presley||Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals|
|Colin Escott||Liner Notes|
|Michael Omansky||Executive Producer|
|Klaus Schmalenbach||Executive Producer|
|Anne Fulchino||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
This is a splendiferous recording. I must say, however, that there are more songs on this CD than are listed above - there are actually 20 tracks. The picture on the back is a real stunner... :) Anyway. The other reviewer here pretty much already said it all, so I'll just say this is great CD, I loved it, you should buy it. ;)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Okay, a few things before I review this. I am not really into music, rock and roll that is. I rarely listen to music on my own, mostly what I listen to is what my children want to listen to each day, from classical music, to Phantom of the opera, to Andrea Bocelli, to The Sound of Music Soundtrack, to Wee Sing tapes about Mother Goose Rhymes, etc. So you get the picture. So, why did I stumble across Elvis when we do not listen to rock music in our home? Well, my mother died last year, and she really loved Elvis. I have been thinking of my Mom, and one thing I was thinking was, ''Why did she like Elvis?'' So, I went to the library and read the VERY good books about Elvis by Peter Guralnik.(Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love) I read some other biographies too. My 18 year old daughter found this CD at the library and brought it home. The first complete song I listened to was ''Blue Suede Shoes''. It was so funny to me, I laughed and laughed! I thought the words were so stupid, I mean, what was so special about the shoes? What was the underlying message of this song? But many people tell me that the words are not all that important in rock music, only the beat, the sound. And according to that, Blue Suede Shoes definately has A SOUND. I never knew why Elvis was called the King until I read about him. I did not know the role he played in the change of popular music in the 1950's, nor the role he played in cultural change. (But I say here I am a Christian, and I do not approve of or admire the rebellious aspects of that role.)Anyway, after reading about Elvis and listening to this CD, I now understand why he was so special, so admired, so called THE KING. So, I listened to the whole CD one night. I found it very interesting. Again, I did a lot of laughing at the silly, shallow lyrics of the majority of the songs, but what he could do with his voice amazed me. I do not think I ever heard anyone use his voice so playfully, so romantically at times. I am sorry I can't really describe what I am trying to say. But maybe they are called vocal nuances? Whatever you call it, he really had a gift. As I said, to me the songs are really generally silly: Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Blue Seude Shoes...etc. But the music is catchy. My daughter said to me, ''it is so primitive and tame''. But back then, it was RADICAL. I do like the bass playing in many of the songs, it definately gives it the 50's sound. I don't care for electric guitar, but I know that was very new and radical back then. The guitar interlude in ''Too Much'' is a bit too much for me, but I am sure to many other people it is really great. I also liked the backround singers accompianing Elvis, but in ''Treat Me Nice'', the Doo-Wop sound was a bit much,silly in my thinking! But in other songs, they added a fullness. I would say the only serious song on this CD is the ballad ''Love Me Tender'', the rest is just fun fluff for the ears. The one song I really don't like is ''I Was the One''. But all the others are fine to listen too. My favorites: Too Much (I just like the rhythm and sound, the way Elvis sings it, even though the lyrics are silly),Blue Suede Shoes (again not for the words, but the sound and the way he sings it), Baby Let's Play House(I like the way he says the BBaabby, bbaabby, bbaabby, a neat sound!), (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (it is just a cute piece of nonsense),and Don't Be Cruel (because of his vocal work,especially his little ''hmmmmmmm'' in there.) I look at all my study of Elvis as a history lesson. I have learned a lot. I listened to the music as a history lesson as well, and I doubt I will listen to Elvis as a regular diet, but I recommend this CD as a good choice for 50's music. I think it would be nice if you ever wanted to have and Elvis night; have an Elvis dinner of food cooked from an Elvis Cookbook, while you eat you could have this CD as backround music. Then after the meal, retire to the livingroom to view and Elvis movie. (I could do the dinnWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2011
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