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Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:40 pm

Ive got 3 cassettes if anyone wants them
the bop wont stop(with free spectrum game)
give me your heart tonight
shaky
anyone know what the game was?

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:50 am

MORERO wrote:Got A Lot O' Living To Do, but the CD was never officialy released, due to Shakys' management.


... willing to share ?! :lol:

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:24 pm

keninlincs wrote:the bop wont stop(with free spectrum game)
anyone know what the game was?


Have a look !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPA5PW0a3hU

Turn the sound off please, it's annoying.....

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:56 am

I first saw Shaky as the middle Elvis in London and he was great in the part. P.J.Proby was the older Elvis and Tim WhitnalI the younger. I didn't read all the posts on this thread so my apologies if I repeat anything. Shaky certainly IMO did the definate versions of severall songs 'This Ole House' and 'Green Door' to name two.

In the 80's I was with a rock'n'roll band named Tempus Flight and took my stage name Rockin' Roberts as a nod to Shakin' Stevens. As I dressed like Shaky (young Elvis) a lot of people revered to me as Shaky! It was a great decade for r'n'r revival. Unfortunatly our group never got beyond working mens clubs, except for one stint in 1985, at the Elvis week in Hemsby.

My main critiseum of Skaky was that he didn't admit to his Elvis influences (Cliff Richard didn't in the late 50's either) maybe they both, at the hight of the their fame, thought it took something away from them. Shaky always claims Eddie Cochran as his main influence.

He is still performing, my sister saw him not too long ago in Worthing, and said he was still very good!

Chris (Rockin' Roberts)

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:19 pm

bc55 wrote:
MORERO wrote:Got A Lot O' Living To Do, but the CD was never officialy released, due to Shakys' management.


... willing to share ?! :lol:


Sent me a private message with your full address and i will send you a copy ::rocks

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:25 pm

Shakin48 wrote:
keninlincs wrote:the bop wont stop(with free spectrum game)
anyone know what the game was?


Have a look !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPA5PW0a3hU

Turn the sound off please, it's annoying.....

Thanks,you were right about it being annoying

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Chris Roberts wrote:I first saw Shaky as the middle Elvis in London and he was great in the part. P.J.Proby was the older Elvis and Tim WhitnalI the younger. I didn't read all the posts on this thread so my apologies if I repeat anything. Shaky certainly IMO did the definate versions of severall songs 'This Ole House' and 'Green Door' to name two.

In the 80's I was with a rock'n'roll band named Tempus Flight and took my stage name Rockin' Roberts as a nod to Shakin' Stevens. As I dressed like Shaky (young Elvis) a lot of people revered to me as Shaky! It was a great decade for r'n'r revival. Unfortunatly our group never got beyond working mens clubs, except for one stint in 1985, at the Elvis week in Hemsby.

My main critiseum of Skaky was that he didn't admit to his Elvis influences (Cliff Richard didn't in the late 50's either) maybe they both, at the hight of the their fame, thought it took something away from them. Shaky always claims Eddie Cochran as his main influence.

He is still performing, my sister saw him not too long ago in Worthing, and said he was still very good!

Chris (Rockin' Roberts)


Good post Chris!
Indeed, Shaky never admited that he got his influences from Elvis, which i also found very strange, cause he had the looks, moves and musical style from the King.
In his biography it was also stated that as a child Shaky had only 1 dream and that was to become like his hero, Elvis.
Anyway, Shaky is still doing lots of tours these days. I saw him many times in recent years, i must admit its not the Shaky i grew up with ( hardly no moves and also the voice is weaker), but still its great to hear him perform his classic songs. For those who are living in the UK, perhaps theres a date you are able to watch him on stage in the near future:

9 november Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
Box Office 01892-530613
Crescent Road http://www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

10 november Kings Lynn Corn Exchange
Box Office 01553-764864
Tuesday Market Place http://www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

11 november Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
Box Office 01793-445401
North Star Avenue http://www.swindon.gov.uk

12 november Guildford G Live
Box Office 0844-770-1797
London Road http://www.glive.co.uk

13 november London o2 Indigo
Peninsula Square http://www.theo2.co.uk

15 november Crawley Hawth Theatre
Hawth Avenue https://tickets.hawth.co.uk

17 november Isle of Wight Ice Rink

18 november Croydon Fairfield Halls
Box Office 0208-688-9291
Park Lane http://www.fairfield.co.uk

19 november High Wycombe Swan Theatre
Box Office 01494-512000
Saint Mary Street http://www.wycombeswan.co.uk

23 november Basingstoke The Anvil Theatre
Box Office 01256-844244
Churchill Way http://www.anvilarts.org.uk

25 november Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Box Office 01902-522122
North Street http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk

26 november Hull New Theatre
Box Office 01482-226655
Kingston Square http://www.hullcc.gov.uk

29 november Glasgow o2 ABC
Box Office 0141-332-2232
300 Sauchiehall Street http://www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk

December

2 december Bradford St Georges Hall
Box Office 01274-432000
Bridge Street http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

3 december Colchester Charter Hall
Box Office 01206-282020
Colchester Leisure World http://www.charter-hall.co.uk

4 december Watford Colosseum
Box Office 0845-075-3993
Rickmansworth Road http://www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

5 december Margate Winter Gardens
Box Office 01843-292796
Fort Crescent http://www.margatewintergardens.co.uk

6 december Sheffield o2 Academy
Box office 044-477-2000
37-43 Arundel Gate http://www.o2academysheffield.co.uk

8 december Swansea Grand Theatre
Box Office 01792-475242
Salubrious Place http://www.swansea.gov.uk

9 december Grantham Meres Leisure Centre
Box Office 01476-581930
Trent Road http://www.harpersfitness.co.uk

10 december Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre
Box Office 01438-242080/363200
Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre http://www.stevenage-leisure.co.uk

11 december Brighton Theatre Royal
Box Office 0844-871-7627
35 Bond Street
http://www.ambassadortickets.com/theatr ... -brighton/
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Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:02 pm

Might go see him in Sheffield in december,its not far from me

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:11 pm

( hardly no moves and also the voice is weaker),

Thanks for all those tour dates. I'm not far off Shaky's age, but I can still move pretty good unfortunatly though I never could sing that good!!

Chris.

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:26 pm

It's true, Shaky has often denied Elvis being his main influence. During interviews he often mentioned artists like Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and Chuck Berry. Yet, during an interview in Holland from late 1992 he said he just bought Elvis' 'The Complete 50s Masters' and was over the moon with it. It's obvious when watching early 80's footage that Elvis was an important influence. But when reading Dutch reviews and articles from the early 70's (before the Elvis musical) they seldom compared Shaky to Elvis. In fact, they used to compare him with Johnny Burnette.
By the way, don't believe everything that was written in the 2 biographies about Shaky, they were unauthorized and according to Shaky it contained a lot of crap. (Don't know if that's really true 'though.)
During the 80's Shaky got a clean cut family man image, yet, during the 70's he and his band The Sunsets have led a rock 'n' roll lifestyle (without using drugs). Wish I was old enough to could have watched them perform during those years. Must have been a blast.

About not moving anymore, he still can (and still does when feeling good), but the moves have become less and less since 1992. So when he does move on stage he leaves the audience in awe.
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Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:42 pm

Shakin48 wrote:
About not moving anymore, he still can (and still does when feeling good), but the moves have become less and less since 1992. So when he does move on stage he leaves the audience in awe.


The man is 63 I believe, I can understand why he doesn't move that much anymore ...

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:10 pm

Also, don't forget he nearly died 11 months ago after a massive heart attack. He spent 2 months in hospital and he's got pacemaker now. So, the fact that he's performing again (quite intensively) is almost a miracle I suppose. Watch the clip below and see the way he moved last month (May 14th) in Germany. (Play forward to 3:32.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFqH3KdABeU

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:14 pm

memphisflash wrote:
Shakin48 wrote:
About not moving anymore, he still can (and still does when feeling good), but the moves have become less and less since 1992. So when he does move on stage he leaves the audience in awe.


The man is 63 I believe, I can understand why he doesn't move that much anymore ...


Agree, but still, his wild stage performances was one of the main highlights from the early Shaky years.
As someone stated : whats left of Stevens when the 'shakin' is gone....
Still he is a good performer, too bad that, besides a very hardcore fan following, the man is somehow forgotten by the general public. He almost never turns up in the 1980s music polls ( over here in Holland that is) despite the fact that he outsold almost everyone in the 1980s. He never got the serious respect from the music press he deserves.

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:15 pm

Shakin48 wrote:Also, don't forget he nearly died 11 months ago after a massive heart attack. He spent 2 months in hospital and he's got pacemaker now. So, the fact that he's performing again (quite intensively) is almost a miracle I suppose. Watch the clip below and see the way he moved last month (May 14th) in Germany. (Play forward to 3:32.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFqH3KdABeU



i was there... and i enjoyed it a lot :D

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:44 pm

MORERO wrote:i was there... and i enjoyed it a lot :D


So was I and I enjoyed it too !

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:08 pm

As for a newbie there a several recent releases that you can easily find on sites like ebay, amazon etc.

- CHRONOLOGY ( His Greatest Hits all in one collection )

- THE DVD COLLECTION ( dvd with all his 1980s clips )

- THE EPIC MASTERS ( a beautiful cd box with all his albums ( except for his Christmas album) digitally remastered ).


Heres also a youtube link to a fantastic rock and roll tv show from 1980. Shaky at his best!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNalERXqSTE
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Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:10 am

I think the reason that he downplayed the Elvis influence was because his big break was playing Elvis on stage and he was getting tired of the constant comparisons. No one was saying he was copying Jerry Lee or Eddie. Most were saying he was copying Elvis and frankly he was.

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:07 am

TJ wrote:Most were saying he was copying Elvis and frankly he was.


To a certain degree perhaps, but he wasn't an impersonator or a bad copy as some say, since he didn't dress like Elvis (denims were Shaky's trademark during the 80's, while I believe that Elvis used to hate denims). His movements were inspired by Elvis (and who wasn't inspired by Elvis ????), that's for sure, but I dare to say Shaky improved those movements, furthermore Shaky has written quite a few tracks himself (incl. a UK no.1 hit) and not the least, after the Elvis musical Shaky seldom recorded Elvis songs. I think that -for instance- Jerry Lee Lewis recorded more Elvis songs, than Shaky did. As for the looks, sure, he looked more like Elvis than Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry. Can he be blamed for that ?
I truly believe that Shaky was inspired by Elvis, and which rock 'n' roller wasn't, yet he was able to develop his own style. Unlike Elvis impersonators. Otherwise he wouldn't have become UK's most successful singles artist of the 80's (30 top 30 hits during that decade !), and receiving numerous golden and platinum records from all over the world. In Germany he was the first (and perhaps still the only artist) who had 4 singles in the charts at the same time and in Sweden he was the first foreign artist to receive a double platinum award. Not bad for a singer who -even today- seldom receives the credits he deserves (as far I as I'm concerned).

p.s. TJ this 'tirade' ain't personal, it's just something I had to get off my chest. (It's just the beast in me..... :wink: )

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:40 pm

TJ wrote:I think the reason that he downplayed the Elvis influence was because his big break was playing Elvis on stage and he was getting tired of the constant comparisons. No one was saying he was copying Jerry Lee or Eddie. Most were saying he was copying Elvis and frankly he was.


Above are my thoughts excactly. I also agree with much of what you say shakin48, but just wish to add that the denim look was stright out of 'Loving You' but as you correctly say apart from some movies, Elvis disliked denim as it reminded him of his dirt poor childhood. However Shaky's other stage wear was Elvis copied - the black slacks, white shoes and pink box jacket etc. That's why as I stated in my earlier post, when I was with 'Tempus Flight' I dressed the same as Shaky, in other words, early Elvis style.

Chris. (Rockin' Roberts)

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:24 pm

Always loved Shakys music, and his EPIC CATALOGUE release IS A MUST, all the early hits are there too and in superb sound, love it !

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:25 am

I like Shakin' Stevens. He's a lightweight "Elvis" if you like. He had his time in the UK and deserves to be mentioned. I have his This Ol' House album and a Greatest Hits compilation on vinyl. That does it for me. But, maybe I'll go out and get a compilation on CD also.
Hey Mae is one of my favs!

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:54 pm

Inspired by the success of The Epic Masters 10 cd box set, Sony Music presents 6 brand new themed compilation cd's, in digipacks, to be released in three batches of two.

First up, on August 29th 2011, the official release date of the first two brand new themed compilations:

- Red Hot And Rockin' (catalogue no. 88697833332);
- Rockin' Country Blues (catalogue no. 88697833472)

Both cd's feature 15 great tracks.

Then on September 26th a further 2 cd's will be released in the series:

- Rocking Rhythm (catalogue no. TBA);
- Rockin' The Blues (catalogue no. TBA);

Finally, on October 31st the last 2 scheduled cd's in the series:

- Rockin' With Country (catalogue no. TBA);
- Country Blues (catalogue no. TBA).

Unfortunately these cd's don't contain any unreleased tracks, yet 2 tracks that previously had only been released in Germany, I Can Help and Calling You are also featured on these cd's.

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:29 am

Shakin48 wrote:p.s. TJ this 'tirade' ain't personal, it's just something I had to get off my chest. (It's just the beast in me..... :wink: )


It's ok, I didn't think it was personal :) I just meant that, whether he cared to admit it or not, it was very clearly Elvis who was the most important influence on his act. Even his facial mannerisms were often inspired by Elvis - and he really must have been a fan to have even noticed certain things.

I wasn't writing the guy off though. He was a real hit with me as a youngster and I still have a soft spot for his best stuff.

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:08 pm

Shakin48 wrote:Inspired by the success of The Epic Masters 10 cd box set, Sony Music presents 6 brand new themed compilation cd's, in digipacks, to be released in three batches of two.

First up, on August 29th 2011, the official release date of the first two brand new themed compilations:

- Red Hot And Rockin' (catalogue no. 88697833332);
- Rockin' Country Blues (catalogue no. 88697833472)

Both cd's feature 15 great tracks.

Then on September 26th a further 2 cd's will be released in the series:

- Rocking Rhythm (catalogue no. TBA);
- Rockin' The Blues (catalogue no. TBA);

Finally, on October 31st the last 2 scheduled cd's in the series:

- Rockin' With Country (catalogue no. TBA);
- Country Blues (catalogue no. TBA).

Unfortunately these cd's don't contain any unreleased tracks, yet 2 tracks that previously had only been released in Germany, I Can Help and Calling You are also featured on these cd's.


Any source for this? I can't find any info on it anywhere. Is there a tracklisting?

Re: SHAKIN' STEVENS

Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:14 pm

The source is Shaky's Official News Group, they sent the news to the members. Tracklisting is unknown at the moment. Some of the titles can already be pre-ordered from Amazon or Play.com.

These 'themed' cd's were in the pipeline for quite some time already, but had been postponed a couple of times. Eventually they may be released in a box as well, just like the Pickwick label did with their 'Shaky - The Hits vol 1, 2 & 3' series in the 90's.