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Sun Dec 17, 2006 7:41 pm

My worst Elvis moment was watching This Is Elvis............the CBS Concert footage as he was walking back stage. I got a shock because it didn't look like the Elvis I had grown up with, it still upset's me to this day :(

Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:03 pm

More wallowing in negativity - very unnecessary.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:47 pm

The eminem video from about 5 years ago, given that creeps popularity at time, that hurt. Thank God E1 was right around the corner, or out at the same time.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:20 pm

dl wrote:CONFIDENCE is the worst moment in the worst film CLAMBAKE.


Worse than A Dog's Life in PHS? That sequence is just plain ridiculously stupid.

The worst film is Harum Scarum. Can't sit through it. Don't have that problem with Clambake.

Elvis
Shelley Fabares
Bill Bixby
Will Hutchins
James Gregory as Duster

All fun to watch.

Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:19 pm

chris c wrote:More wallowing in negativity - very unnecessary.


Agreed.

Worst Elvis moment

Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:01 pm

When I was 17 in '65 and walking into the theatre and seeing Harum Scarum - here he was lookin' fabulous and voice in top condition and he's singing pure krap! I remember saying to myself "Elvis what are you doing?!!!!" Thinking this is going to ruin your career, etc.............I'm going to kill the Colonel for putting you in this ridiculous movie........blah blah.............the fans will never get over this movie!!! .......but luckily I never lost my faith in Elvis as a devoted fan and he came thru but it took a few more years!! Some of the 60's movies were a black mark on his career for sure!! Too bad when you think of what he could have recorded back then...........should have had his own studio and recorded there.............oh well I can dream can't I?

Now thinking back on Elvis' career I love the Harum Scarum FTD release but you won't find me watching that movie.........

Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:22 pm

likethebike wrote:The powers that be did not decide rock n' roll needed strings. The artists themselves decided that as their visions continued to expand. It led to some of the most powerful records ever made like "Be My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me"' "There Goes My Baby" as well to the experimentations that led to the sainted Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds. Orbison's entire career was built around that breakthrough.


Well, maybe the artists were the 'powers-that-be' then !

It sure wasn't us rock 'n' roll fans !

Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:28 pm

Well, I don`t really have had a worst Elvis moment, but ofcause I remember how people was sad and cried August 77, but I was only 15 and I didn`t understand it then, didn`t realize that this was a REAL tragedy, I do now :cry:
It can`t be called a worst Elvis moment, but when I started go into Elvis I was often confused by things I read, heard or saw. First time I heard Just pretend, was when I watched TTWII se and right before the song he says that this is on his country album, and it took me a veryyyy long time to find that song, because ofcause it wasn`t on Elvis country.
Now I know that they are manipulating the material quite a bit, so you`ll never know............for sure :wink:

Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:09 am

chris c wrote:More wallowing in negativity - very unnecessary.



Explain Please if it was aimed at me that is :?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:10 am

My worst Elvis moment? When they raised the price of FTD.

Colin: Is it the use of strings that bothered you, or is it that the strings on All That I Am sound like a sappy 1940's arrangement?

Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:27 am

likethebike wrote:The powers that be did not decide rock n' roll needed strings. The artists themselves decided that as their visions continued to expand. It led to some of the most powerful records ever made like "Be My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me"' "There Goes My Baby" as well to the experimentations that led to the sainted Sgt Pepper and Pet Sounds. Orbison's entire career was built around that breakthrough.


Buddy Holly's use of strings pre-dates all those examples of course.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:04 am

Matthew wrote:
ColinB wrote:Anyone else have a 'worst Elvis moment ' ?


August 16th, 1977.


Agreed.

thefunkyangel wrote:Hands down, the worse Elvis moment has to be Presley gyrating to Rapid City' Hound Dog! Even worse, we got both the front and back - camera angle :roll:! Lord Have Mercy!


Disagree. This is EP being EP. That said,........ it looks awkward. But he was clearly enjoying himself and that's worth a lot.

daz cav wrote:Also watching "stayaway joe" ouch bad direction or what?


Disagree. Elvis has heaps of fun in this one. But your point is well taken.

psk wrote:Not so much what did happen, more what didn't - the missed opportunities!


You're not right and you're not wrong.

tsc4280 wrote:Elvis did a great version of Unchained Melody (in Rapid City) until the last note, then he just quits and looks at one of the backup singers and says "not bad". Maybe he ran out of breath but it does take away from an otherwise amazing performance. I suspect if he had successfully completed this note, the song may have been incuded in EIC.


The last note is botched, but still reached, just not sustained for long enough. Personally speaking:: I'd hardly call this the "worst" Elvis moment.

tsc4280 wrote:One of the bootlegs from around 1970 you can hear Elvis say during a song that something makes him feeling "sh***ing"....I'm trying to recall the name of the song. Maybe Heart of Rome or something like that. Not his best moment. That's painful to listen to if you are listening with a "non Elvis fan". I guess I don't really like bathroom humor.


During a rehearsal / take for "Heart of Rome", Elvis lurches wildly through the song. It's painful listening. Yet we know he's got more to give, so it doesn't matter too much. This is probably the performance you're thinking of, as he cheekily sings, "I'll take a p*** in every fountain." It's funny. And it's Elvis all the way.

tsc4280 wrote:On the Memphis sessions, he calls somebody (maybe the entourage) a bunch of cocksuckers. I cuss about that's another level of cussing and pretty degrading to the intended receiver. Most people I know would kick your ass if you called them that.


Actually, he says "cocksucker" in reference to "Georgia", a person (real or imaginary) addressed during a funny monologue in "Only The Strong Surivive". I think it's a hoot. My only reason for disliking what Elvis did here is because the rest of the take -- save the last bar, which Chips actually interrupts because he knows the song is unusable and Elvis' concentration has veered -- is a stunning piece of singing / emoting.

Keggyhander wrote:For me it was hearing "Ito Eats", "Dominic" and "Queenie Wahini's Papaya".

Absolute dregs of a stellar career.


Good answer. I notice you didn't say "Old McDonald". That might be a whole order of magnitude less execrable than these stinkers.

sid wrote:My worst Elvis moment was watching This Is Elvis............the CBS Concert footage as he was walking back stage.


Sad footage indeed.

chris c wrote:More wallowing in negativity - very unnecessary.


That was my first thought. Then I turned my brain off and hit "reply". Now I'm gonna turn it back on and make it my last thought.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:52 am

Pete Dube wrote:My worst Elvis moment? When they raised the price of FTD.

Colin: Is it the use of strings that bothered you, or is it that the strings on All That I Am sound like a sappy 1940's arrangement?


Just the fact that they are there at all !

Elvis refused to join the "rock 'n' strings" movement that was prevalent on his return from service.

He [almost single-handedly, it seemed] kept to his small, tight, rockin' backing group on his records, and remained our hero for it.

Hearing the violins for the first time in 1966 was devastating !

Of course, I accept them now.

There are even songs where they improve things like.................... well, can't think of any off hand........

Oh, yes Stranger in My Own Home Town has some pretty groovy strings on it !

Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:56 am

Why should a musician not use every tool at his/her disposal if he/she needs/wants said tool? It's not as if Elvis went to ornate string laden arrangements exclusively. A year later he was doing "Guitar Man" and "Big Boss Man" which were as a undadorned as anything since the Sun sessions.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:59 am

likethebike wrote:Why should a musician not use every tool at his/her disposal if he/she needs/wants said tool? It's not as if Elvis went to ornate string laden arrangements exclusively. A year later he was doing "Guitar Man" and "Big Boss Man" which were as a undadorned as anything since the Sun sessions.


No reason at all, really.

I was simply describing how it felt to hear them on an Elvis record for the first time.

And a hit single to boot.....

Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:02 am

Back to the original context of your thread, my worst Elvis moment was when the Goldman book came out and its aftermath. More than any other work, even EIC, it turned Elvis into a national figure of ridicule and disgrace. For years, it was considered the "definitive" bio.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:50 am

Old McDonald for me it's right up there with Confidence. :smt034 That's just my 2 cents... I try not to dwell on the negative, just enjoy what you enjoy and leave the rest behind.

JEFF d
EAP fan

Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:21 pm

rocknroller wrote:elvis concerts from 75 to 77.



well, well....what a statement that is my friend. When you ignore that period you miss some fine music and highlights of Elvis' legancy...

Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:26 pm

likethebike wrote:Back to the original context of your thread, my worst Elvis moment was when the Goldman book came out and its aftermath. More than any other work, even EIC, it turned Elvis into a national figure of ridicule and disgrace. For years, it was considered the "definitive" bio.


I know, it's like the great things Elvis accomplished were wiped away by the reprecussions of that book by that pile of scrap Goldman.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:36 pm

On the back of "DA Chicken Truck"
Doing Old Macdonald, so sad! :cry: the low-point in my mind from "The King Of Rock 'n'Roll!!!!!!!!

An all time high was seeing his face filling the t.v. screen, telling the world!
"IF YOUR LOOKING FOR TROUBLE? You came to the right place!!! :D
in 1968...

Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:19 pm

[quote]Ton Bruins Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:21 am Post subject:

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rocknroller wrote:
elvis concerts from 75 to 77.



well, well....what a statement that is my friend. When you ignore that period you miss some fine music and highlights of Elvis' legancy...


well sorry buddy i dont like the last 2 years i dont think the music was all that good and as far as a highlight of our man legancy i dont think so. the cbs tv show has not been put on video or dvd and should never see the light of day. but this is my view i know lots of fans like the later years.[/quote]

Mon Dec 18, 2006 4:20 pm

confidence is one from Clambake , OTHERS ARE .-
1. DOMINIC - STAY AWAY JOE .
2. WISDOM OF THE AGES - HARUM SCARUM/AKA/ HAREM HOLIDAY
:wink:

Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:05 pm

karlos wrote:confidence is one from Clambake , OTHERS ARE .-
1. DOMINIC - STAY AWAY JOE .
2. WISDOM OF THE AGES - HARUM SCARUM/AKA/ HAREM HOLIDAY
:wink:



I was never lucky enough to see him singing Wisdom Of The Ages in Harem Holiday.

Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:38 pm

I MEANT MY DESERT SERENADE , SPELL BINDER -FROM HAREM HOLIDAY

Mon Dec 18, 2006 5:52 pm

No, it wasn't aimed specifically at you, Sid, but at all those who enthusiastically contribute streams of responses to a topic like this, when the remarkable thing about Elvis is that there are a thousand examples of utterly brilliant things he did. It seems deliberately perverse to keep harping on about the negative things, which happens quite regularly on Elvis message boards. It's as if people rack their brains to think of something else unfavorable that can be aired at length to Elvis's detriment.