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JerryNodak wrote:ColinB: Not that I disagree.
But more great music than the Beatles?
Beatle fans will burn you in effigy(sp)?
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Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:Even I'm somewhat taken aback to here the Beatles taken down a peg. I've become so accustomed to the "all hail the Beatles (fill in the blank)...
Somehow, their catalog is seen as uniformly above the fray, while Elvis' is seen as one of "great promise and ultimately failure."
Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:59 pm
likethebike wrote:The breadth of what's here (in Elvis' body of work) is also astounding. We all know rock, blues, country, gospel and pop.
Many consider "From Elvis in Memphis" the definitive blue eyed soul record. There's also Hawaiian and latin based music, attempts at mock opera, folk. About the only thing that's missing is a serious stab at jazz and pop standards. However, it's pretty clear that this was result of a lack of interests in those areas as opposed to any frustrated ambition.
Within the genres he cast a wide net as well. He didn't just record gospel. On the first album he recorded in the group jubilee tradition. On the second album he explored a more traditional hymn sound with a larger lineup musically than he had ever incorporated. On the third album, he explored the sounds of contemporary gospel.
In blues, he recorded acoustic Mississippi delta type stuff but also recorded hard urban blues. A ballad could be the ultimate in delicacy as in "Starting Today" or a display of bombast or sometimes both in the same song as on "There's Always Me."
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Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:I love that Elvis (unlike some of his fans) had a voracious appetite for all types of music.
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Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:09 pm
Promocollector wrote:There was the odd fantastic song but no consistant sensational recordings that a man with Elvis' ability was capable of.
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:40 pm
Promocollector wrote:I thought of 1968 but did not include it as it was not a recording session but a performance (an exceptional performance, but a performance none the less), so i disregarded it.
Promocollector wrote:I don't see the relevance of you including live stuff as my whole post was about Elvis' atitude to recording, either he was up for it 110% or was less interested in the material or he had absolutly no interest in recording what he was about to record.
Promocollector wrote:IMO and this is only my opinion, the music he recorded in the years i listed above stands head and shoulders above 95% of anything he recorded in all those other years. In that 5% the were some sensational gems i.e Always On My Mind, Love Letters, Promised Land and a number of others but the majority imo were not in Elvis' class.
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:43 pm
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:59 pm
KingOfTheJungle wrote:Basically Elvis's movie output is a cancer on the rest of his catalogue that will unfortunately probably keep it from ever being viewed with the critical esteem given to the Beatles catalogue. It is a tragedy, and yet another reason the Colonel should be dug up and set on fire.
Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:17 pm
Promocollector wrote:"That's The Way It Is" is a good album but nowhere near as good as "Elvis Is Back" "Elvis Country" or "From Elvis In Memphis".
I presume the other is "On Stage" a great album but again not a studio recording. I am not debating Elvis' prowess on stage, not before 1972 anyway, after 72, well that's another topic.
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