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If you had been a member of the Memphis Mafia....

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:20 am

If you had been in E's innner circle, what specific song, artist or album would you have tried to get him to listen to in the hopes of him recording it?

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:56 am

Yesterday Once More - The Carpenters
Reason To Believe - The Carpenters
Delta Lady - Joe Cocker
With A Little Help From My Friend - Joe Cocker´s version
No Milk Today - Hermans Hermits
Daniel - Elton John

If you had

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:38 pm

Oi! Thats one tough cookie! Renan already named some unforgettable classics such as No Milk Today and hey, what about them speed rockin Carpenters!? Maybe not as "BAD"as the Sex Pistols, but still... Sid Vicious his big hero was Peter Noon, leadsinger of Herman Hermits. Isnt that a funny co-incident, people? I need more time to think about this truely wunderbar thread... catch you later.Ill be playing some James Last records, to get some fresh inspiration!

Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:47 pm

Domino by Van Morrison
Someday Never Comes by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sit Yourself Down by Stephen Stills

Jules

Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:05 pm

I use to think the impossible combination (because of age difference) of Chris Isaak to write and produce an Elvis album. Could have been perfect.

Regards Björn

Mon Sep 26, 2005 2:18 pm

Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I´ll Ever Do Again (Kris Kristofferson). It would have fitted him perfectly, as would Sunday Morning Coming Down. A real shame they didn´t get an agreement for him to record that one!


Sincerely MB280E

Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:12 pm

MB280E wrote:Sunday Morning Coming Down. A real shame they didn´t get an agreement for him to record that one!


Sincerely MB280E


I agree - Sunday Morning Coming Down would have been superb by Elvis.

Jules

Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:55 pm

Elvis sings Don McLean?
American Pie would make sense, as Elvis laments about the loss of his contemporaries. Also, Vincent would sound great with Elvis' melancholy delivery.

A great concept album would've been Elvis sings Marty Robbins.
The country crowd would've lapped it up ... El Paso, Don't Worry, Devil Woman, White Sport Coat, Big Iron On His Hip, Padre, Ribbon of Darkness, My Woman My Life, Among My Souvenirs.
I imagine that Elvis would've loved a concept album linked with a common theme ... a huge variation from all those live concert releases.
Too bad the concept album would never have gotten past Parkers' strict songwriter royalty practices .... Marty Robbins would've told Parker to piss off.

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:00 pm

If only he could have done a whole album of Dylan stuff !

Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:43 pm

I would have insisted he recorded Ramblin' Rose at the Guitar Man sessions as he was intending to do at the previous, aborted session. Also, All In The Game would have been great to hear from an early 60's Nashville perspective - at least I have a studio one-liner to keep me going! :lol:

Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:30 pm

Mark Nicholson wrote:I would have insisted he recorded Ramblin' Rose at the Guitar Man sessions as he was intending to do at the previous, aborted session. Also, All In The Game would have been great to hear from an early 60's Nashville perspective - at least I have a studio one-liner to keep me going! :lol:


Ramblin' Rose, if recorded in 68/69, would've sounded absolutely amazing.
I'd like to hear it with a heavy backup choral arrangement, in a 2 octave range.
As Elvis idolized Dean Martin's crooning, a version of Everybody Loves Somebody could've followed Ramblin' Rose.
I'll have to stick with Dino and Nat, I guess.

Mon Sep 26, 2005 6:46 pm

El Paso would have been a great suggestion too, I agree 100% with you TCB TED. IMO he should have recorded it in 1972.


Sincerely MB280E

Mon Sep 26, 2005 7:11 pm

I didn't know that was in the job description of the Memphis Mafia.

Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:37 pm

It´s hard but songs like:

"Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison
"Long As I Can See The Light" - Creedence
"Io Che Amo Solo Te" - Sergio Endrigo
"Under The Boardwalk" - The Drifters
"Do You Believe In Magic" - Loving Spoonful
"She Believes In Me" - Tom Jones version"
"Try A Little Tenderness" - Tom Jones version

These are the ones that comes to my mind now....

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:14 pm

Love's Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon
Don't Look Now - CCR
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - ?
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
Fooled Around and Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - ?
The Circle Is Small - Gordon Lightfoot
You're Still The One - Orleans
Desperado - The Eagles
Today I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard

Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:59 pm

ColinB wrote:If only he could have done a whole album of Dylan stuff !


You kill me... :lol: :lol: :lol:

One entire side could feature 'Don't Think Twice'.

They don't have sides anymore do they? :?

Or better yet they could put all 3 edit versions, the complete unedited version and an extended dance mix (with a bonus track for the radio mix). That would be a whole ablum of one Dylan song. :shock:

bpd

Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:09 am

CCR - Green River
Brook Benton - Rainy Night In Georgia
Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down
Chuck Berry - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Charlie Rich: The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Hank Williams - I Saw The Light
Waylon Jennings: I'm A Rambling Man
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Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:12 am

Take This Job & Shove It.

(Hopefully, after recording it, he would have uttered that same phrase to Tom Parker)

Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:30 am

I would have tried to push "A Song For You" on him. It's been covered by everyone from the Carpenteres to Ray Charles to The Temptations. One of my favorite versions is by Lou Rawls.

I think this song would have fit well with his semi-autobiographical songs of the seventies.

Here are the lyrics:

A Song For You

I've been so many places in my life and time
I've sung a lot of songs, I've made some bad rhyme
I've acted out my life in stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we're alone now and I'm singin' this song for you

I know your image of me is what I hope to be, baby
I've treated you unkindly but girl can't you see
There's no one more important to me
So darling can't you please see through me
'cause we're alone now and I'm singin' my song for you

You taught me precious secrets of the truth, withholdin' nothin'
You came out in front and I was hiding
But now I'm so much better so if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody cause my love's in there hiding

I love you in a place where there's no space or time
I love you for my life, 'cause you're a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singin' my song for you

Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:12 am

Some songs that come to mind:

Eddie Cochran - C'mon Everybody
Clyde McPhatter - Lover Please
Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher
Brook Benton - I Wanna Do Everything For You
Sam Cooke - You Send Me
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
Bobby Vinton - Mr.Lonely
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Tom Jones - Funny,Familar, Forgotten Feelings
Ray Charles - Shake Your Tailfeather
O.C. Smith - The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp

Sean

Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:51 pm

Pete Dube wrote:Today I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard


Good call! He would have done a great version of this song.

Jules

Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:48 pm

1.Jumping Jack Flash -Stones
2.Gimme Shelter - Stones
3. The Long And Winding Road -Beatles
4.Let It Be -Beatles
5. Walk On By - Dionne Warwicke
6.Rainy Days & Mondays - Carpenters
7.Castles In The Air - Don McClean
8.Bless You -John Lennon
9.Brown Eyed Girl -Van Morrison
10. If You leave Me Now -Chicago
11.Rain -The Beatles
12. Dead End Street -The Kinks
13.Behind Blue Eyes -TheWho
14.Won't get Fooled Again -The Who
15.Bodies - The Sex Pistols *
*this may not be strictly true :lol: :lol:

Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:00 am

Some have suggested Beatles songs.

I never felt that those he did fitted his style too well.

He is just so American and they are just so......well, British.

I guess Something was his best Beatle cover.

A decent, properly prepared, studio version of a Beatles song might have allowed us to make a better judgement.

But we never got that.

Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:02 am

By The Time I Get To Phoenix and The Shadow Of Your Smile, perhaps even Get Rythm (Johnny Cash).


Sincerely MB280E

Wed Sep 28, 2005 1:06 am

Wonder if he could have bettered 'Lonely This Christmas' by Mud? Probably not.