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Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:52 am

Here we go, Lennart - I was about to do it anyway:


1. That's All Right
2. Baby, Let's Play House
3. Mystery Train
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Hound Dog
6. Love Me Tender
7. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
8. Jailhouse Rock
9. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Can't Help Falling In Love
12. Viva Las Vegas
13. Run On
14. If I Can Dream
15. Suspicious Minds
16. Long Black Limousine
17. The Wonder Of You
18. Burning Love
19. An American Trilogy
20. Way Down


Don't know about the bonus tracks somebody mentioned, though.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:55 am

Thanks Lucky, really appreiciate it ::rocks

Nice list with a couple of surprises.

Lennart

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:05 am

I would alter my personal list like this:

1. That's All Right
2. Baby, Let's Play House
3. Mystery Train
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Hound Dog
6. Love Me Tender
7. One Night
8. Jailhouse Rock
9. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
10. Reconsider Baby
11. Viva Las Vegas
12. It Hurts Me
13. A Little Less Conversation
14. If I Can Dream
15. Suspicious Minds
16. In The Ghetto
17. I'm Leavin'
18. Burning Love
19. Promised Land
20. Way Down

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:09 pm

Lennart wrote:Can someone please post the 20 tracks they chose?
I cannot get passed the first song, the page won´t turn so I´ll appreciate if someone would the post the tracklist.

::rocks

Lennart


Here they are, Lennart.

1954 (year recorded)
• “That’s All Right”: Bill Black’s slap-back bass establishes a souped-up tempo, and Scotty Moore chimes in with his bee-sting guitar, sending a jolt to radio listeners in Memphis — and soon around the world. By all accounts, the song sort of fell together as Elvis and mates banged around in the studio, but producer Sam Phillips knew thunder when he heard it. Together, they transformed Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s 1946 blues song into their first commercial single — and a cultural milestone.

1955
• “Baby, Let’s Play House”: Here we get an early taste of the sexual and slightly menacing Elvis as he takes an Arthur Gunter blues song recorded a year earlier and transforms it into a percolating, horn-dog classic. He pants out “baby” 15 times in the opening chorus alone, and his rendering of “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man” was so nervy that John Lennon later stole it for his own purposes. Best of all, Elvis tweaked the lyrics to introduce us to his “pink Cadillac.”

• “Mystery Train.”: When Elvis adopts that slight hiccuppy vocal affectation on “16 coaches long,” you immediately grasp his fear and desperation that his baby has left the station and may never return. This is a blues classic by Junior Parker to which guitarist Scotty Moore gives a country feel, and the result is one of the greatest rockabilly performances ever.

1956
• “Heartbreak Hotel”: Elvis got a rare songwriting co-credit (with Mae Axton and Tommy Durden) on his first smash hit after moving from tiny Sun Records to major-league label RCA. But it’s the alchemy of guitarists Scotty Moore and Chet Atkins, bassist Bill Black, drummer D.J. Fontana and pianist Floyd Cramer all the way through that sets the tone for this searing blues about a despondent down-and-outer.

• “Hound Dog”: D.J. Fontana’s furious drum roll between the verses caught listeners’ ears, but it was Elvis’ hip-thrusting gyrations during live performances of the song that caused the destruction of American civilization as we then knew it. It hardly mattered that his version was a goofy (and lyric-mangling) reworking of “Big Mama,” Thornton’s original 1952 R&B stomper, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

• “Love Me Tender”: On the second verse, Elvis ups the intensity and kicks into a full creamy croon, making even musicologists forget momentarily that this song was based on Civil War ballad “Aura Lee.” Elvis sang this on The Ed Sullivan Show before the single and movie of the same name were released, and more than a million advance orders for the single poured in to RCA. Better yet, the single succeeded Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel at No. 1.

1957
• “(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (for Me).”: From the opening “Well, I’m tired and so weary, but I must go along,” Elvis never sounded more natural and at ease, as he fronted The Jordanaires on the Thomas Dorsey standard. It was as though he had been singing gospel all his life — which he had.

• “Jailhouse Rock”: The opening two-chord riff and drum beat presage the rock riot to come in the Leiber and Stoller-penned soundtrack hit, which spent seven weeks at No. 1. And there probably wasn’t a better staged performance caught on film until Michael Jackson came along.

• “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.”: What’s he packing in that bag? Whether he’s “coming down your chimney tonight” or cruising through the snow in “a big black Cadillac,” the King serves notice that your holiday traditions are about to come unwrapped. Hide the children.

1960
• “Reconsider Baby”: The wimpy “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (a song that Elvis himself would parody in concert) and the slightly over-the-top “It’s Now or Never” signaled that he was back commercially after his Army stint. But this gritty cover of Lowell Fulson’s 1954 blues standard showed that he and his backing team were as musically sharp as ever. Listen to how Boots Randolph’s sax breaks heighten the intensity of Elvis’ performance.

1961
• “Can’t Help Falling in Love”: “Take my hand, take my whole life, too.” Sigh. And it’s based on an 18th-century French love song, yet. Elvis was in full swoon-inducing splendor, and The Jordanaires gave it their all in the background, but the single was blocked from No. 1 by Joey Dee & the Starliters’ Peppermint Twist.

1963
• “Viva Las Vegas”: The jittery Latin beat and swinging delivery on this movie title track captured the allure of the “bright light city” in a waythe Rat Pack never did. Elvis never rolled the dice and sang this Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman song live, and it stalled out at No. 29 on the Hot 100. However, this is the rare Elvis song that continued to gain in popularity long after he crapped out — more than 30 artists have covered it, from Bruce Springsteen to the Dead Kennedys.

1966
• “Run On.”: When Elvis hits the refrain “God almighty gonna cut you down,” you sense that he’s washed in gospel from both white and black traditions. This traditional spiritual from the How Great Thou Art album is arranged and sung in the jubilee style. If it moves you as it moved him, check out Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho or Swing Down Sweet Chariot.

1968
• “If I Can Dream”: With its gospel fervor and direct quotations from Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated in Memphis two months before the song was recorded, Dream is a far more inspirational piece of social commentary than In the Ghetto. When Elvis cries out, “We’re caught in a cloud with too much rain,” he captures the despair of the time. The public first heard this as the finale to his 1968 NBC concert Elvis, aka the “Comeback Special.”

1969
• “Suspicious Minds”: The first blast of the horn section and the fervent backup singers signaled that a soul revival — and an Elvis career comeback — were afoot, courtesy of producer Chips Moman at American Sound Studio in Memphis. That just-fakin’ fade out/fade in section toward the end seemed a bit daring at the time, as did the lyrics about dysfunctional love. It became his 17th — and final — No. 1 single in the USA.

• “Long Black Limousine”: The irony of Elvis singing this cautionary tale about excess crystallized after his death, of course. But at the time he recorded it, for the From Elvis in Memphis album, he seemed wholly invested in putting a tense R&B spin on a basic country tune. Listen to how his voice sounds a little raw on the line “the party, the party and the fatal crash that night.” And by the time he hits “a chauffeur, a chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine,” he was approaching hysteria.


1970
• “The Wonder of You”: Elvis never recorded this in a studio, but it was a staple of his concerts later in his career. This version, captured at a February date in Las Vegas and released as a single in April, was a showstopper. When he climbs the scale at the very end, repeating the song title, the words were what every woman wanted to hear.

1972
• “Burning Love”: Those “just a hunk a hunk” lines were dynamic, sexy and thoroughly convincing., but they invite the question: Why were this and 1973’s Promised Land the last of the elite Elvis rockers? He would never again hit the top 10 on the domestic charts (Burning Love went No. 2), and the recording sessions over his final years were mostly devoted to ballads. That’s a burning, burning bummer.

• “An American Trilogy.”: The song’s final word is just two letters long but Elvis could stretch “on” to a half-dozen syllables as he belted it to the rafters. Over the top? Sure. But he was a military veteran, a patriot and a son of the South, and this mashup of Dixie, All My Trials and The Battle Hymn of the Republic created by Mickey Newbury was right in the King’s wheelhouse. Elvis recorded live versions several times; a 1973 version from the just-reissued Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite is particularly fine.

1976
• “Way Down”: When gospel legend J.D. Sumner sings the phrase “Way on down” at the end of each chorus, he’s digging deep for a sound that’s three octaves below middle C, one of the lowest notes ever recorded by a human voice. The last single released before Elvis’ death shows that his voice was still compelling — “feel it, feel it, feeeel it” — up to the very end.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:46 pm

Thanks Jove, really nice of you ::rocks

My list would probably look a bit different but I agree with most of the tracks they have chosen.

Lennart

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:56 pm

Thank you, Jove. I should have posted the complete text... :roll:

One little mistake I spotted (among some others, concerning "If I Can Dream"):

“We’re caught in a cloud with too much rain,”

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:13 pm

luckyjackson1 wrote:Thank you, Jove. I should have posted the complete text... :roll:

One little mistake I spotted (among some others, concerning "If I Can Dream"):

“We’re caught in a cloud with too much rain,”


Don´t worry Lucky, I appreciate your offert, it´s things like this and people like you and Jove that makes this a great forum ::rocks

We´ll perhaps they were lost in a cloud while they wrote it :wink:

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:30 pm

:smt081

Thank you, Lennart!

Yeah, maybe they were... :lol:

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:59 pm

Lennart wrote:Thanks Jove, really nice of you ::rocks

My list would probably look a bit different but I agree with most of the tracks they have chosen.

Lennart



Lennart wrote:
luckyjackson1 wrote:Thank you, Jove. I should have posted the complete text... :roll:

One little mistake I spotted (among some others, concerning "If I Can Dream"):

“We’re caught in a cloud with too much rain,”


Don´t worry Lucky, I appreciate your offert, it´s things like this and people like you and Jove that makes this a great forum ::rocks

We´ll perhaps they were lost in a cloud while they wrote it :wink:


My pleasure!
Well spotted, luckyjackson!

Since it is the 60th anniversary of Elvis first recording, it would have been better if they picked 60 essential songs. Listing only 20 Essential Songs is shortchanging Elvis.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:12 pm

dennyelvis wrote:Is it a newspaper or mag ? , looks nice though .........


It is a Newspaper not a magazine,this Tribute newspaper does not have the qulity of a nice Mag or book but all in all it is very well done for what it is and it is really cool to see something new on Elvis like this at the News stands,it has been a loooong dry spell.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:11 pm

The Bonus Songs Disk are

Good rocking tonight
Trying to get to you
Don't be cruel
I shall not be moved
Blue suede shoes
White Christmas
All shook up
One night
Hard headed women
It's now or never
Such a night
Little sister
Return to sender
How great thou art
In the ghetto
Wearin that loved on look
Kentucky rain
Merry Christmas baby
Im so lonesome i could cry
Promised land

Imho i think that the folks that put this USA TODAY Issue together on Elvis did a really well done job,they certainly were either big Elvis fans or Newspaper Folks that like doing their job the right way because everything i have read in this issue so far is spot on.It is nice to see this done right and not slapped together like so many others do.I hope that they do this issue as a Magazine or paperback book like LIFE Magazine did,only USA TODAY' Issue is 100% better with its content in pictures and writing.It would be cool if they release this in Magazine form for Elvis' upcoming August 16th Anniverary.Anyone that does not yet have this really owes it to them self to get a copy,it is not at all like all the other trashy done Tributes that get 95% of everything they write wrong,that we Elvis fans absolutely hate. For $4.95 you Can't Go Wrong.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:23 am

I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:27 am

Deke Rivers II wrote:I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.


Try the Gas Station combo Convenient stores or just any Convenient store,if you live in the USA you know we have Millions of those type of stores everywhere you look,they all have a Newspaper section in all their stores,also try Stores like Walmart or Target, because every one of their stores has a Newspaper/Magazine Area.I got my copy at my local Convenient Store,the one i went to had 3 left and i grabbed just one in case other folks might want one.

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:24 am

Clay wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.


Try the Gas Station combo Convenient stores or just any Convenient store,if you live in the USA you know we have Millions of those type of stores everywhere you look,they all have a Newspaper section in all their stores,also try Stores like Walmart or Target, because every one of their stores has a Newspaper/Magazine Area.I got my copy at my local Convenient Store,the one i went to had 3 left and i grabbed just one in case other folks might want one.

in my work travels, I have covered 100 miles in 4 different directions and in between and have not come up with one yet; some places did not even carry the regular edition of the USA Today!

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:18 am

Deke Rivers II wrote:
Clay wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.


Try the Gas Station combo Convenient stores or just any Convenient store,if you live in the USA you know we have Millions of those type of stores everywhere you look,they all have a Newspaper section in all their stores,also try Stores like Walmart or Target, because every one of their stores has a Newspaper/Magazine Area.I got my copy at my local Convenient Store,the one i went to had 3 left and i grabbed just one in case other folks might want one.

In my work travels, I have covered 100 miles in 4 different directions and in between and have not come up with one yet; some places did not even carry the regular edition of the USA Today!


That's odd,well maybe this issue only had a Limited Print Run and only sent to selected store's and not every single News Stand got any in, because it would cost a ton of extra money for USA TODAY to print up a enough of this issue for Millions of stores to carry them.

Hey maybe, possibly,dare I say it, A Rare Future Collectors Issue in the making because of a possible Limited Print Run,hey you know it happens when it comes to a Limited # produced of anything of Elvis,it becomes "There's Gold in the Mountains Gold in the Hill's", a little song diddy from KISSIN COUSINS :wink: ,anyway this could well be something in the beginning Stages of a future Collectors Item as we speak of this now,like all the 50s Magazines that used paper stock as Newspapers do also....Only Time will tell,

I am glad i have my Copy,hmmmm :smt017 maybe i will run out now around my town and scoop up a few more of these :smt016 :smt080 :smt083 :smt103 smt129 smt156 ,only $ 4.95 remember :smt023

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:09 pm

Love the concept and the song selection!

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:58 pm

Deke Rivers II wrote:
Clay wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.


Try the Gas Station combo Convenient stores or just any Convenient store,if you live in the USA you know we have Millions of those type of stores everywhere you look,they all have a Newspaper section in all their stores,also try Stores like Walmart or Target, because every one of their stores has a Newspaper/Magazine Area.I got my copy at my local Convenient Store,the one i went to had 3 left and i grabbed just one in case other folks might want one.

in my work travels, I have covered 100 miles in 4 different directions and in between and have not come up with one yet; some places did not even carry the regular edition of the USA Today!


Where the heck do you live, Montana ?

No seriously, I live in a relatively small town in Eastern North Carolina, and the local stores down here has them everywhere!!!

I noticed people giving the paper a stare and a couple even buying some.

Ya gotta love them old southern grandma's ! "Look Mrs. Daisy, it's Ailvis ..." LOL

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:24 pm

minkahed wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:
Clay wrote:
Deke Rivers II wrote:I have yet to find it at a newsstand or a book store. Kudos to USA Today for making it hard to locate.


Try the Gas Station combo Convenient stores or just any Convenient store,if you live in the USA you know we have Millions of those type of stores everywhere you look,they all have a Newspaper section in all their stores,also try Stores like Walmart or Target, because every one of their stores has a Newspaper/Magazine Area.I got my copy at my local Convenient Store,the one i went to had 3 left and i grabbed just one in case other folks might want one.

in my work travels, I have covered 100 miles in 4 different directions and in between and have not come up with one yet; some places did not even carry the regular edition of the USA Today!


Where the heck do you live, Montana ?

No seriously, I live in a relatively small town in Eastern North Carolina, and the local stores down here has them everywhere!!!

I noticed people giving the paper a stare and a couple even buying some.

Ya gotta love them old southern grandma's ! "Look Mrs. Daisy, it's Ailvis ..." LOL
:smt003 :smt003 :smt003 good one 'minkahed

Re: USATODAY Special Elvis edition

Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:49 am

JamesVRoy wrote:
elvisjock wrote:Looks to be refresher on the Myth, if the article titles are any indication.


Typical reshashing of non research, at least he gets some positive press though



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