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5.0 out of 5 stars Contender for best album of 2010 - Magnificent!, 8 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: Viva Elvis (Audio CD)
Is the world really in need of a new Elvis Presley album 33 years after the death of the King of Rock N' Roll After only one listen to Viva Elvis: The Album, that answer is a resounding YES.Unlike other post-mortem recordings, Viva Elvis is something truly unique. It's not a rehash of old material, nor is it some obscure second rate "lost track". Viva Elvis is an honest reworking of Elvis' greatest hits using original master samples of the King's voice worked into modern riffs and beats. There's no attempt to make the tracks into dance remixes like A Little Less Conversation; they come across with dignity, respect and care - and that's what makes Viva Elvis unique and magical.Mastermind Erich van Tourneau (who's Canadian by the way), worked with more than 900 Elvis albums, films, live recordings and studio takes to make more than 17,000 samples of Elvis' voice. With the assistance of Elvis Presley Enterprises, we can finally hear what Elvis would have sounded like if he were recording today. And the results are phenomenal.With 10 songs and two dialog-based cuts, Viva Elvis not only shows how masterful Presley really was, it also shows how van Tourneau really got it. The songs, although arranged with modern production and modern grooves, still manage to keep the original feeling and messages of the songs.It's hard to rate any of the tracks better than the other, but some stand out more because of the choice of re-workings. Hearbreak Hotel captures a new killer blues feel, while King Creole makes the original recording sound mediocre. I'm more of fan of the upbeat songs, but I was like that with the Elvis originals, so Blue Suede Shoes, That's Alright and a new rocking rendition of Burning Love get my body bopping. Not taking away from the King's softer side, Can't Help Falling In Love and Love Me Tender are soft and sweet, with almost an unplugged feel. Love Me Tender is also recorded as a duet with Quebec pop superstar Marie-Mai, and it works extremely well.I never would have thought that Elvis would have been a contender to release the best album in 2010, but he's not only accomplished that, he's also reminded me that there was a reason we called him the King in the first place. Long Live The King
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2010 14:03:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2010 14:04:33 GMT
Are you really an EMI Producer? Without wishing to be rude, it's a bit frightening if you, of all people, think this is a five-star record. It is really dreadful. I'd hate to have to sit through the Las Vegas show and hear Elvis Presley's legacy reduced to this. Even the album cover is hideous! It looks like something that K-Tel put out in 1983.

Posted on 3 Dec 2010 02:55:40 GMT
Neil Jeffery says:
Have to agree with this review - couldn't have put it better myself!

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 16:06:33 GMT
TCB 72 says:
How anyone can say that the songs have not lost their original feeling simply beggers belief. It's the equivalent of painting a groucho mask on the mona lisa and saying it's still the same picture. There are far too many buttons in modern recording studios making musical ignoramuses think that if you chop this here, add that there, chuck on a groove at this point, you end up with something great - No you don't. If you take a great singer, put him or her together with great musicians, leave them to get on with it (does anyone remember Sam Phillips???) - you might, just might, if your really, really lucky, get something special. With Elvis, more often than not, we were really, really lucky. If this is what Elvis would have sounded like if recorded to day then he did well to check out when he did. If he was alive today and if he had any control this album would never exist. The 'Mastermind' producer would not have got within a million miles of him.

Posted on 30 Nov 2013 11:56:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2013 11:58:24 GMT
Joe Bloggs says:
Anyone who can utter absolute twaddle such as 'while King Creole makes the original recording sound mediocre', has not one jot of taste or understanding about this man's music - and I'd also recommended a trip to the nearest hospital to have your ears looked at. You seem to more of a fan boy of the album's producer than you are of Elvis. Well you'd have to be to utter such drivel! The only thing this album reminds me of is that there are those still trying to make money out of Elvis' legacy by destroying what made him king in the first place - i.e. his own good judgement and interpretation of his material. Good god what next? Tacking on a horrible back-beat to Beethoven's 5th Symphony and telling everyone it makes the original sound mediocre? Nothing would surprise me given the drivel contained in your 'review'.
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