Viva Elvis: The Album

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During the '50s and '60s, there was no bigger extravaganza in pop music than an Elvis Presley concert -- whether it was 1956 in Fort Wayne, Indiana or 1969 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, where he eventually appeared to more than two million paying fans. Forty years after he debuted at the International, the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis presented a similar extravaganza, this one complete with dance, acrobatics, live music, and video clips -- that list prioritized, no doubt, in order of importance. After all, an extravaganza in 2010 terms is quite different than 50 years earlier, especially when the star of your show isn't around to ignite the fans. Musical ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
During the '50s and '60s, there was no bigger extravaganza in pop music than an Elvis Presley concert -- whether it was 1956 in Fort Wayne, Indiana or 1969 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, where he eventually appeared to more than two million paying fans. Forty years after he debuted at the International, the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis presented a similar extravaganza, this one complete with dance, acrobatics, live music, and video clips -- that list prioritized, no doubt, in order of importance. After all, an extravaganza in 2010 terms is quite different than 50 years earlier, especially when the star of your show isn't around to ignite the fans. Musical producer Erich van Tourneau displays a good working knowledge of Elvis' career arc (thanks in part to preeminent Elvis historian Ernst Jorgensen), and the chronology of Elvis' life is preserved surprisingly well, complete with his energetic rock & roll beginnings, zesty but insubstantial pop for the film soundtracks, and his latter-day apotheosis via rock music and stagecraft. The long-build opening comes courtesy of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Elvis' opening music for years, before the show launches into "Blue Suede Shoes." Then, it rewinds Elvis' story to the beginning, with his first major hit, "That's All Right." (Iggy Pop fans may note that it's retro-fitted to sound like a "Lust for Life" knock-off.) The show even uses "Love Me Tender" to portray his Army years, with a female duet partner and photographs of him in uniform. The soundtrack years include "King Creole" and "Bossa Nova Baby," fair choices to feature the frothy pop of Elvis' film-as-paycheck years. Then, the last half of the disc includes his '70s performance prime, when "Burning Love" and "Suspicious Minds" signaled the advent of the full-throated, body-suited Elvis giving it everything he had in front of Vegas gamblers (and fans).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886977758225
  • Catalog Number: 777582

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist, Vocals
Guy Belanger Harmonica
Paul Deslauriers Electric Guitar, Soloist
Stacie Tabb Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alain Vinet Musical Direction
Jean-François Gagnon Flugelhorn
Toscha Comeaux Vocals
Pat Lavergne Bass
DJ Pocket scratching
Martin Bachand Electric Guitar
Sherry St. Germain Vocals, Guest Appearance
Erich Van Tourneau Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
J.S. Chouinard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kit Chatham Percussion
Mike Plant Electric Guitar
Olivier Goulet Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Steve Nadeau Electric Guitar
Ben Clément Drums
Benoit Clément Drums
Bruno Dumont Saxophone
David Perrico Trumpet
Dea Norberg Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jean-François Thibeault Harmonica, Trombone, T-bone
Jennlee Shallow Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Dennis Linde Composer
Billy Strange Composer
Mark James Composer
Adam Block Executive Producer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Hugo Peretti Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen Tape Research
Mae Boren Axton Composer
Rob Santos Tape Research
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Tommy Durden Composer
Vera Matson Composer
Priscilla Presley Executive Producer
Gary Hovey Executive Producer
Steve Berkowitz Executive Producer
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Jacques Méthé Executive Producer
George Weiss Composer
Robert Meunier Programming, Engineer
Dominic Messier Engineer
Alexandre Fallu Engineer
Matt Salveson Engineer
Hugo Bombardier Programming, Assistant Arranger
Erich Van Tourneau Arranger, Programming, Producer
J.S. Chouinard Engineer
Stéphane Bergevin Executive Producer
Stéphane Mongeau Executive Producer
Gavin Whiteley Engineer
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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    AMAZING!

    Every time hear this album it makes me want to break out swing dancing. I have fun with it every time.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    From The Beatles LOVE to Viva Elvis - Las Vegas Style!

    Whenever you're in Vegas, stays in Vegas! The people of Cirque Du Soleil has done it again. When The Beatles LOVE released in 2006, it was like The Beatles are back together again performing in concert in Las Vegas. The soundtrack contains remixed and mashed up version. Unlike The Beatles LOVE, Viva Elvis: The Album does not include remixed and mashed up version. Instead, it features brand new instrumental recording mixed with the voice of Elvis Presley. Although he is no longer with us, his spirit is still alive. Long live Elvis Presley, the Definitive King of Kings.

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