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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:58 pm

Someone posted the following on another Elvis forum a couple of years ago...

Combining Elvis' best r&b, blues, and blue ballad recordings!

CD 1 (1954 - 1958)
01. That's All Right - 1:55 July 5, 1954
02. That's All Right (excerpt) - live (radio broadcast) - 1:12 October 16, 1954 - Fade in at middle of song
for final 54 seconds. Plus, a short 18-second on stage interview by the emcee of the Louisiana Hayride
radio show questioning Elvis about his "rhythm & blues style" with Elvis saying, "Well, sir, to be honest with ya' we just stumbled upon it ".
The emcee comments, "Stumbled upon it, well, you're mighty lucky you know". Elvis says, "Thank you",
and then the emcee adds, "They've been looking for something new in the folk music field for a long time and I think you've got it".
Elvis finishes with, "We hope so".
03. Good Rockin' Tonight - 2:11 September 1954
04. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version) - 2:39 Nov. or Dec. 1954
(slow version a.k.a. "My Baby's Gone")
05. Milkcow Blues Boogie - 2:34 Nov. or Dec. 1954
06. Baby Let's Play House - 2:15 February 1955
07. Mystery Train - 2:27 July 11, 1955
08. I Got A Woman - 2:23 January 10, 1956
09. Heartbreak Hotel - 2:08 January 10, 1956
10. Money Honey - 2:34 January 10, 1956
11. Shake, Rattle and Roll / Flip, Flop and Fly (including introduction of Elvis by Bill Randle) -
live television broadcast (Elvis' TV debut) - 2:42 January 28, 1956
12. My Baby Left Me - 2:11 January 30, 1956
13. So Glad You're Mine - 2:21 January 30, 1956
14. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (take #12) - 2:07 February 3, 1956
15. Shake, Rattle and Roll (take #8) - 2:25 February 3, 1956
16. Hound Dog (including short introduction of Elvis by Milton Berle) -
live television broadcast - 2:42 June 5, 1956
17. Love Me - 2:43 September 1, 1956
18. How's The World Treating You - 2:24 September 1, 1956
19. Anyplace Is Paradise - 2:24 September 2, 1956
20. Don't Be Cruel - live television broadcast ("The Ed Sullivan Show") -
(fade out on audience applause from 2:04 to 2:09) - 2:09 January 6, 1957
21. Tell Me Why - 2:06 January 12, 1957
22. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - 3:21 January 13, 1957
23. Mean Woman Blues - 2:15 January 13, 1957
24. One Night - 2:29 February 23, 1957 (released 1958)
25. One Night Of Sin - 2:35 January 18, 1957 (released 1983)
26. I Need You So - 2:37 February 23, 1957
27. When It Rains, It Really Pours - 1:47 February 24, 1957
28. I Want To Be Free (record version) - 2:12 May 3, 1957
29. Don't Leave Me Now (second version, 2017 - take #18) - 1:54 May 3, 1957
30. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - 2:22 September 7, 1957
31. New Orleans - 1:58 January 15, 1958
32. Trouble - 2:17 January 15, 1958
33. Danny - 1:51 February 11, 1958
34. Ain't That Loving You, Baby - 2:22 June 10, 1958

CD 2 (1960 - 1968)
01. A Mess Of Blues - 2:39 March 21, 1960
02. It Feels So Right - 2:08 March 21, 1960
03. Fever - 3:31 April 3, 1960
04. Such A Night - 2:58 April 4, 1960
05. Like A Baby - 2:38 April 3, 1960
06. Reconsider Baby - 3:39 April 4, 1960
07. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (take #2) 3:08 April 4, 1960
08. Give Me The Right - 2:32 March 12, 1961
09. I Feel So Bad - 2:53 March 12, 1961
10. Gonna' Get Back Home Somehow (take #1) - 2:33 March 18, 1962
11. (It's A) Long Lonely Highway (take #1- single master) - 2:24 May 27, 1963
12. Witchcraft - 2:22 May 26, 1963
13. If You Think I Don't Need You - 2:04 July 9, 1963
14. I Need Somebody To Lean On - 3:01 July 10, 1963
15. What'd I Say - 3:02 August 30, 1963
16. Memphis, Tennessee - 2:08 January 12, 1964
17. Hard Luck - 2:50 May 19, 1965
18. Down In The Alley - 2:49 May 26, 1966
19. I've Been Blue (private, informal home recording, fade out at 0:54) - 0:54 1966
20. Indescribably Blue - 2:47 June 12, 1966
21. How Can You Lose What You Never Had - 2:25 February 21, 1967
22. Big Boss Man - 2:50 September 10, 1967
23. Hi-Heel Sneakers (extended, unedited master take) - 4:46 September 11, 1967
24. All I Needed Was The Rain - 1:48 October 1, 1967
25. Nothingville (fade out ending) - 1:01 June 20, 1968
26. (fade in beginning) Baby What You Want Me To Do (1st version) - live 2:12 June 27, 1968 8pm show
27. That's All Right (including edited, precise introduction of song by Elvis) - live 3:26 June 27, 1968 6pm show
Elvis - "The first thing that we recorded, the very first thing, uhh, was an old rhythm & blues type song
called That's All Right, Little Mama and we only had two or three instruments at the time.
We had a guitar, a bass, and uh... another guitar, and it went like this ........".
28. One Night - live 2:58 June 27, 1968 8pm show
29. Blue Christmas - live 3:52 June 27, 1968 8pm show

CD 3 (1968 - 1971)
01. Trying To Get To You - live 2:54 June 27, 1968 8pm show
02. Tiger Man - live 2:39 June 27, 1968 8pm show
03. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (undubbed master take) - 3:07 October 23, 1968
04. Wearin' That Loved On Look - 2:44 January 13, 1969
05. I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) - 4:31 January 22, 1969
06. Stranger In My Own Home Town (unedited, undubbed) - 4:54 February 17, 1969
07. Power Of My Love (take #6) - 3:00 February 18, 1969
08. After Loving You - 3:06 February 18, 1969
09. Only The Strong Survive - 2:40 February 19, 1969
10. What'd I Say - live 4:06 August 21, 1969 (midnight show)
11. Reconsider Baby - live 3:17 August 23, 1969 (midnight show)
12. My Babe - live 2:04 August 25, 1969 (midnight show)
13. I Got A Woman - live (0:28 - fade out at 2:48) 2:20 August 26, 1969 (m.s.)
14. Got My Mojo Working (undubbed, fade in at 0:05 / fade out at 5:05) - 5:00 June 5, 1970
15. I Really Don't Want To Know (undubbed master) - 2:46 June 7, 1970
16. That's All Right - studio jam 2:22 July 15, 1970
17. Cotton Fields - studio jam 1:16 July 15, 1970
18. Stranger In My Own Home Town - studio jam 4:37 July 24, 1970
(version from 1995 box set: The Essential 70's Masters)
19. Baby Let's Play House - studio jam 1:04 July 29, 1970
20. Such A Night - studio jam 1:32 July 29, 1970
21. What'd I Say - studio jam 4:45 July 29, 1970
22. Heartbreak Hotel - live 1:46 August 12, 1970 (midnight show)
23. One Night - live 1:46 August 12, 1970 (midnight show)
24. Love Me - live 2:03 August 12, 1970 (midnight show)
25. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (undubbed, take #4) - 3:46 May 16, 1971
26. Merry Christmas Baby - (fade out at 4:08) - 4:08 May 15, 1971
(mix from 1982 album: Elvis - Memories Of Christmas)

CD 4 (1971 - 1977)
01. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - 4:00 May 16, 1971
(special edited version from 1995 box set: The Essential 70's Masters)
02. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - rehearsal 2:06 March 31, 1972
03. Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog - live 3:08 April 18, 1972
04. Reconsider Baby - live 2:40 June 10, 1972 (afternoon show)
05. Steamroller Blues - live (single record mix) 3:02 January 14, 1973
06. If You Don't Come Back (extended, original rough mix of master, fade out at 2:44) - 2:44 July 21, 1973
07. Three Corn Patches (extended, original rough mix of master) - 3:35 July 21, 1973
08. Find Out What's Happening (extended, original rough mix of master) - 2:38 July 22, 1973
09. Just A Little Bit - 2:30 July 22, 1973
10. Trouble - live 2:03 September 3, 1973 (dinner show)
11. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 2:34 December 11, 1973
12. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 3:08 December 13, 1973
13. Trying To Get To You - live 2:05 March 20, 1974
14. Steamroller Blues - live 2:54 March 20, 1974
15. My Baby Left Me - live 2:21 March 20, 1974
16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - live 2:00 March 20, 1974
17. Down In The Alley - live 1:58 August 19, 1974
18. Fairytale (extended, undubbed master take, fade out at 3:00) - 3:00 March 10, 1975
19. Shake A Hand (extended, undubbed master take, fade out at 3:55) - 3:55 March 12, 1975
20. Tiger Man - studio jam 3:05 March 12, 1975
21. Big Boss Man - live 2:31 March 30, 1975
22. She Thinks I Still Care (alternate take #2B) - 3:26 February 2, 1976
23. For The Heart (extended, undubbed master take) - 3:27 February 5, 1976
24. Pledging My Love (extended, undubbed master, 0:03 - fade out 5:11) - 5:08 October 29, 1976
25. That's All Right (including introduction of song by Elvis) - live 2:36 June 21, 1977
26. Trying To Get To You - live 2:08 June 21, 1977
27. I Really Don't Want To Know - live 1:32 June 21, 1977
28. "I'd like to sing a song that's probably the saddest song I've ever heard.... goes like this ...... " -
- I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - live 2:20 January 14, 1973

CD 5 (Alternates, Outtakes & Extras)
01. Blue Moon (fade out from 2:36 to 2:41 due to tape hiss) - 2:41 Recorded August 18 or 19, 1954
or September 1954
02. Tomorrow Night - 2:58 September 1954
03. Fool, Fool, Fool (demo recording) - 1:51 January 6, 1955
04. When It Rains, It Really Pours - 2:00 November 1955
05. Blueberry Hill (take #3) - 2:56 January 19, 1957
06. Like A Baby (take #2) - 2:36 April 3, 1960
07. G.I. Blues (take #5) - 2:37 April 27, 1960
08. Lonely Man (solo version - take #3, guitar intro edited out) - 1:55 November 7, 1960
09. I Feel So Bad (take #1) - 2:56 March 12, 1961
10. I Want You With Me - 2:13 March 12, 1961
11. Beach Boy Blues (movie version) - 1:56 March 23, 1961
12. Reconsider Baby - live (including introduction of song by Elvis and dialog from Elvis after song,
"I'm about to hot-to-death up here") - 3:42 March 25, 1961
13. Something Blue (take #4, fade out from 2:52 to 2:57) - 2:57 March 18, 1962
14. Blue River - 1:31 May 28, 1963
15. Down In The Alley (take #6) - 2:47 May 26, 1966
16. There Is So Much World To See (take #10) - 2:21 June 28, 1966
17. Big Boss Man (take #2, no studio chatter included before song) - 3:25 September 10, 1967
18. Hi-Heel Sneakers (take #5, fade out at 4:50) - 4:50 September 11, 1967
19. Too Much Monkey Business (take #9, no studio chatter before song) - 2:41 January 15, 1968
20. When It Rains, It Really Pours (informal dressing room rehearsal, fade out at 1:37) - 1:37 June 24, 1968
21. Baby What You Want Me To Do (2nd version) - live 2:34 June 27, 1968 8pm show
22. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - live 1:52 June 27, 1968 8pm show
23. Wearin' That Loved On Look (take #10) - 3:01 January 13, 1969
24. Long Black Limousine (take #6 - faded out at 3:55) - 3:55 January 13, 1969
25. Stranger In My Own Home Town (undubbed, alternate mix from 1985 album: Reconsider Baby) - 3:49
February 17, 1969
26. What'd I Say - live 5:48 August 23, 1969 (midnight show)
27. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (remake) - 3:44 June 10, 1971
28. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - with alternate verse,
(private, informal recording, 0:09 - fade out from 1:39 to 1:42) - 1:33 November 1973

Total Times
CD 1 = 78:32
CD 2 = 78:18
CD 3 = 78:13
CD 4 = 78:34
CD 5 = 78:46

Other recordings to consider ~
See See Rider (private, informal recording) - 0:50 November 1973
That's All Right (private, informal recording, fade out at 0:56) - 0:56 November 1973
Just Call Me Lonesome
Tomorrow Night - 1965 overdubbed version

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:36 am

When In Rome wrote:
rjm wrote:(I have a long blues playlist, titled and paraphrased after something Elvis said on stage in '69. He said "World's Oldest Bluesman" before doing a blues. So I called my playlist "World's Youngest Bluesman." Well, it was 1969, and not 2013. Elvis was dancing around the racial aspects of being "a bluesman." Most of the young bluesmen then, of course, were white.)

rjm


Does he say 'World's oldest Bluesman' though? On the 'Today, Tomorrow and Forever' boxset it states this in the notes but it always sounded to me like he says 'World's oldest blues lick' while playing the intro to 'Baby, what you want me to do', which would make more sense as a statement ... Does he say this anywhere else? It does seem an odd statement considering his age etc... To me anyway.


That's what I heard. Never looked at a transcription, that I remember. It sounded amusing to me. He generally liked to kid around.

Will listen again.

rjm

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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:57 am

Sounds like "World's oldest blues, man" to me...

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:17 am

dennyelvis wrote:Indeed, heres the tracklisting ...........

When It Rain It Really Pours
New Orleans
It Feels So Right
A Mess Of Blues
Like A Baby
Reconsider Baby
I Feel So Bad
Give Me The Right
Beach Boy Blues
Big Boss Man
Stranger In My Own Home Town
Power Of My Love
My Babe
Got My Mojo Working
Steamroller Blues

Also liked "Blue Rhythms" from 1983 ........

Trouble - Reconsider Baby - A Mess Of Blues - Give Me The Right - Such A Night - When It Rains, It Really Pours - Trying To Get To You - Like A Baby - I Want To Be Free - Mean Woman Blues - Ain't That Loving You Baby - One Night - Little Sister - So Glad You're Mine - Big Boss Man - I Want You With Me - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Stuck On You - I Feel So Bad - What I'd Say - Tomorrow Night - It Feels So Right - Merry Christmas Baby ..........


One of my favourites, gets a lot of play time.....great tracks

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:45 am

This one sounds cool.

Nothingville (alt take)
One Night (6pm Sit Down Show - edited to remove "Somebody pulled the plug, man!")
Big Boss Man (alt take)
All I Needed Was The Rain
Baby What You Want Me To Do (6pm sit down show full version)
Hi-Heel Sneakers (alternate take)
Trying To Get To You (8pm Sit Down Show)
Down In The Alley (alt take)
Lawdy Miss Clawdy (8pm Sit Down Show)
Clean up your Own Backyard (undubbed)
Love Me (8pm sit down show)

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:59 am

Too bad that Elvis didn't record a complete version of Nothingville. What a great song!

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:07 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Too bad that Elvis didn't record a complete version of Nothingville. What a great song!

It's a nice one to start a set off with - if it's cross-faded into the next track like I did in this set.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:00 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Too bad that Elvis didn't record a complete version of Nothingville. What a great song!

I don't think a "complete" version was ever written. The 1 minute part was written (Billy Strange/Mac Davis) especially for the tv special to kick off the road medley segment, if I'm not mistaken.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:11 pm

Only one person (Blue River) I can see has mentioned Tell Me Why. Fantastic blues song, Fantastic interpretation By Elvis. Trouble is no one at Rca knew what they had the day they signed Elvis Presley.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:49 pm

jeanno wrote:Mystery train
My Baby gone
My baby left me
One night
Trouble
Reconsider baby
It feels so right
I feel so bad
Big boss man
Stranger in my own home town

This is a good illustration of "less is more".

The 5 x 78-minute CDs listing that Blue River republished just waters down the whole idea, especially if we wanted an official new release (as if) to demonstrate Elvis's Blues pedigree.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:55 pm

Steve Morse wrote:The 5 x 78-minute CDs listing that Blue River republished just waters down the whole idea, especially if we wanted an official new release (as if) to demonstrate Elvis's Blues pedigree.

It's a great listing to pick & choose from. :wink:

Example:
01. Blue Moon - 1954
02. How's The World Treating You - 1956
03. Love Me - 1956
04. Tell Me Why - 1957
05. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - 1957
06. I Need You So - 1957
07. Blueberry Hill (take #3) - January 19, 1957
08. Don't Leave Me Now (second version, 2017 - take #18) - May 3, 1957
09. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (take #2) April 4, 1960
10. Lonely Man (solo version - take #3) - November 7, 1960
11. Give Me The Right - 1961
12. Something Blue (take #4) - March 18, 1962
13. I Need Somebody To Lean On - 1963
14. I've Been Blue (private, informal home recording, fade out at 0:54) - 1966
15. Indescribably Blue - 1966
16. Just Call Me Lonesome - 1967
17. Long Black Limousine (take #6 - faded out at 3:55) - January 13, 1969
18. I Really Don't Want To Know (undubbed master) - June 7, 1970
19. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (undubbed, take #4) - May 16, 1971
20. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - with alternate verse, (private, informal recording) - November 1973
21. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 1973
22. She Thinks I Still Care - (undubbed master), February 1976
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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:48 pm

jurasic1968 wrote:Too bad that Elvis didn't record a complete version of Nothingville. What a great song!


Totally agree! Elvis sings it with a knowing bitterness, too.

It's basically a "fuc'k you" to Hollywood, and what he felt was the condescending perception many had of him.

Right on, man.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:42 pm

You're right, Doc. Nothingville was light years away better than the majority of the 1964-1968 songs from Hollywood soundtracks.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:34 pm

Underrated but Hard luck is a blues song to add on the list.

colonel snow

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:03 am

colonel snow wrote:Underrated but Hard luck is a blues song to add on the list.

Already covered on first post of this page. :wink:

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:24 am

All the Sun stuff.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:04 am

rollinson1 wrote:Only one person (Blue River) I can see has mentioned Tell Me Why. Fantastic blues song, Fantastic interpretation By Elvis. Trouble is no one at Rca knew what they had the day they signed Elvis Presley.


"Tell Me Why" isn't a blues song. It's a doo-wop ballad. In fact, at the time of the original release by Marie Knight in March 1956, Billboard called "Tell Me Why" "straight rock and roll." It was shelved at the time by Steve Sholes at RCA because of the fear it was too close to "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."



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Marie Knight "Tell Me Why" (Wing 90069, March 31, 1956)
Hear a sample of Knight's original release, click --> HERE.



Below is a full-page Billboard ad for all the latest Wing Records releases, including a hot one from Freddie and the Bell Boys! Elvis would soon be seeing this group, and getting a great idea for a song to cover.



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Billboard - April 7, 1956


Here's the Billboard page with the review of Marie's single, Wing 90069:


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Billboard - April 7, 1956



Anyway, definitely a nice song, but not blues.
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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:40 am

The Blues isn't only sad rhythm and blues music. It does not have to be written by black people, and just because it is written by black people, does not make it blues. The Blues is music written with certain notes using particular scales. You can hang your head and sing the saddest slow song and if it is in a normal diatonic major or minor scale, it ain't the blues.

Example, McCartney's Yesterday, a sad song written in a melodic minor scale, sad but it is not the blues. The Blues tend to be written in either major or minor pentatonic, hexatonic, or heptatonic scales. Some Jazz is written with blues scales, often alternating with diatonic scales.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:44 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:"Tell Me Why" isn't a blues song. It's a doo-wop ballad.

drjohn, I've got your doo-wop.

Elvis' version of "Tell Me Why" can easily be considered R&B... no doubt about it.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:49 am

skatterbrane wrote:The Blues isn't only sad rhythm and blues music. It does not have to be written by black people, and just because it is written by black people, does not make it blues. The Blues is music written with certain notes using particular scales. You can hang your head and sing the saddest slow song and if it is in a normal diatonic major or minor scale, it ain't the blues.

Example, McCartney's Yesterday, a sad song written in a melodic minor scale, sad but it is not the blues. The Blues tend to be written in either major or minor pentatonic, hexatonic, or heptatonic scales. Some Jazz is written with blues scales, often alternating with diatonic scales.

skatterbrane, my example below is a list of "blue ballads" and/or R&B recordings by Elvis, not necessarily what is known as "the blues".

01. Blue Moon - 1954
02. How's The World Treating You - 1956
03. Love Me - 1956
04. Tell Me Why - 1957
05. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - 1957
06. I Need You So - 1957
07. Blueberry Hill (take #3) - January 19, 1957
08. Don't Leave Me Now (second version, 2017 - take #18) - May 3, 1957
09. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (take #2) April 4, 1960
10. Lonely Man (solo version - take #3) - November 7, 1960
11. Give Me The Right - 1961
12. Something Blue (take #4) - March 18, 1962
13. I Need Somebody To Lean On - 1963
14. I've Been Blue (private, informal home recording, fade out at 0:54) - 1966
15. Indescribably Blue - 1966
16. Just Call Me Lonesome - 1967
17. Long Black Limousine (take #6 - faded out at 3:55) - January 13, 1969
18. I Really Don't Want To Know (undubbed master) - June 7, 1970
19. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (undubbed, take #4) - May 16, 1971
20. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - with alternate verse, (private, informal recording) - November 1973
21. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 1973
22. She Thinks I Still Care - (undubbed master), February 1976
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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:50 am

For me, "A Mess of Blues," and "Steamroller Blues."

rlj

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:25 am

Hard Luck from Frankie and Johnny is a blues song and I like it. I wonder if this mediocre soundtrack included many blues songs like this it could have been a good blues LP of Elvis.

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:11 pm

Well, R&B is an umbrella category, so yes, doo-wop is under that umbrella. But some of those country songs can well be considered "soul music," but not R&B.

In other words, '60s style soul is not strictly under the umbrella. Some is, and some is not.

When you say "blue ballads," some were done as either blues or R&B, while some were more in the "soul" category. The kind of soul where a country or pop song is transformed, usually by a gospel treatment, into soul music.

Then again, some soul records ARE R&B. It's a case-by-case basis, according to fairly complex criteria.

I once made a mixtape called "Soul Ballads" - Elvis. The original genre doesn't necessarily count. But with R&B, it does.

It's supposed to be confusing!

rjm

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Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:21 pm

Dr John wrote
"Tell Me Why" isn't a blues song. It's a doo-wop ballad. In fact, at the time of the original release by Marie Knight in March 1956, Billboard called "Tell Me Why" "straight rock and roll." It was shelved at the time by Steve Sholes at RCA because of the fear it was too close to "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."


If I had never heard Tell Me Why until today, I still would not consider it to be a Doo Wop ballad. Unfortunately Elvis never did a Blues concept album, which he could and should have, so compilations are open to individual interpretation and preference.
This is the reason I say no one at RCA knew what they had with Elvis. For all his achievements the most underrated, underused talent of all time.
Just my opinion
Paul

Re: Which superb Elvis blues tracks should be on any playlis

Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:29 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
rollinson1 wrote:Only one person (Blue River) I can see has mentioned Tell Me Why. Fantastic blues song, Fantastic interpretation By Elvis. Trouble is no one at Rca knew what they had the day they signed Elvis Presley.


"Tell Me Why" isn't a blues song. It's a doo-wop ballad. In fact, at the time of the original release by Marie Knight in March 1956, Billboard called "Tell Me Why" "straight rock and roll." It was shelved at the time by Steve Sholes at RCA because of the fear it was too close to "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."



560331_Wing 90069_Knight.JPG
Marie Knight "Tell Me Why" (Wing 90069, March 31, 1956)
Hear a sample of Knight's original release, click --> HERE.



Below is a full-page Billboard ad for all the latest Wing Records releases, including a hot one from Freddie and the Bell Boys! Elvis would soon be seeing this group, and getting a great idea for a song to cover.



Billboard Apr 07 1956 p39.JPG
Billboard - April 7, 1956


Here's the Billboard page with the review of Marie's single, Wing 90069:


Billboard Apr 07 1956 p48.JPG
Billboard - April 7, 1956



Anyway, definitely a nice song, but not blues.


Thanks Doc. It really shows how Elvis had a remarkable ability to cover a song, remain authentic to it and yet add something unique. A very gifted artist he was.