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Cadillac Elvis

“ Cadillac Elvis ” TCB Records 1-8-35 was released in 1979 and produced in the USA, though on the bottom of the back cover the date is given as 1977. The front cover features a color photo of Elvis circa 1970 in his Houston Astrodome press conference outfit, what a smile!!  Numerous small black and white photos of Elvis dating from the 50’s up through the 70’s are placed in boxes alternating with pink/blue/yellow boxes which feature the Cadillac automobile emblem…hence the title of this LP. The title of the LP is at the top of the cover in large pink and blue text with a white background. The back cover features more photos in black and white with the LP tracks listed in white text over a portion of the photographs and the LP title and a thank you to Elvis for the music in black text. 

Some of the tracks have added echo added, for what purpose I do not know.  The sound quality is decent, though there is noticeable surface noise on all of the tracks. The LP is pressed on mainly pink ( with a splash of blue ) vinyl and has a pink label with black text and graphics. There may be other vinyl color variations. 

Side 1 starts off with a sexy female voice saying “ Cadillac Elvis ”. A portion of Elvis’ dialogue from the “ Perfect for Parties ” EP is used as an introduction followed by the live version of “ Polk Salad Annie ” from the film “ That’s The Way It Is ”.  Sammy Davis Jr. dialogue is followed by a long montage of different radio spots and advertisements with some weird effects tying them all together; some of the spots are in foreign languages. Two recognizable voices here are those of Wolfman Jack and Dick Clark.  “ Heartbreak Hotel ” is taken from TTWII, not Feb 16, 1972 as it is credited to on the back cover. “ Rags to Riches ” is the studio version that at the time of the release of this LP was only available on 45 RPM single I think. A brief comment by Ann Margret and a radio spot for the film “ Viva Las Vegas ” precede the duet version of “ The Lady Loves Me ”, which is overlaid with a few parts of dialogue by Ann that only distract from the song…why couldn’t these have simply played separately?  “ That’s All Right Mama ” is taken from the ’68 Comeback Special preceded by the introductions of Scotty and DJ. A brief snippet of an interview in regards to Elvis’ involvement in fist fights precedes “ Blue Suede Shoes ” from TTWII, again incorrectly dated this time as Aug. 4, 1972.  The final musical selection is “ All Shook Up ” again from TTWII and again incorrectly dated the same as the previous track. To close out the LP we have a portion of the interview with Peter Noon of Herman’s Hermits done in Hawaii in the mid/late 60’s. 

Side 2 starts off with part of an Elvis interview in which Elvis discusses his beginning with Col Parker, which  goes to a rather lengthy, and most likely surreptitiously recorded, phone interview by Canadian DJ Red Robinson with Colonel Parker. In response to the question about Elvis touring the world, the Col remarks that his back has been bad so her isn’t able to set up something like that. LAME EXCUSE!!  “ Shake A Hand ” was recorded in Ashville NC, dated as July 22, 1975 but this probably from July 24. Dialogue by Pat Boone is followed by a medley of “ Young and Beautiful ”, “ Happy Birthday ” ( sung to a member of the audience ), and the Mickey Mouse club theme dated as May 30, 1976 in Odessa TX. “ I Want You, I Need You, I Love You ” and “ Hound Dog ” from the Steve Allen Show are preceded by comments from Steve Allen regarding the effort to tame Elvis down by having him dress in tux and tails and sing to a Bassett Hound. An interview with Fats Domino leads into Elvis’ 1957 studio version of “ Blueberry Hill ” which is very poorly overdubbed with echo and crowd noise. Next we have an interview with Murry the K, the New York DJ who supported the Beatles when they came across the pond in 1964, discussing Elvis’ early Sun records.  This is an interesting listen. This leads into the final musical selection “ Lawdy Miss Clawdy ”, again incorrectly dated this time as March 5, 1974, it is actually the version from the film “ Elvis On Tour ”. Elvis’ closing dialogue from the “ Perfect for Parties ” EP closes out this LP. 

This is a nice LP, and it shows that the producers put effort and care into its production, though some of it is quite cheesy. The material in this day and age is not as interesting as it perhaps was in its day, but the collection of tracks is both varied and interesting, if perhaps today the interview and comment portions hold the most historical value. The LP title evokes the free-wheeling, fun early days of Elvis, Scotty and Bill driving all over the south from town to town; and it is that “ Cadillac Elvis ” that put the King on the world map!!

Ernie Boyes Jr.