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A Date With Elvis: Remastered [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (26 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B00005O7W5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE CRAMPS A Date With Elvis (2001 US remastered 11-track 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Edition PURPLE vinyl LP embossed title picture sleeve. This copy has remained SEALED and is in as new condition VEN671)

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Nobody ever played this kind of stuff as well as the legendary Cramps. The sad recent death of vocalist Lux Interior prompted me to drag this wonderful LP out of my files. I'd forgotten how great it is. I reckon this is the band's peak - a concept album with inspired tight instrumentation, superb production and engaging lyrics centred on those staple Cramps themes of sex, perversion and 'alternative lifestyle'. The trademark sense of humour is never far away, for example 'Kizmiaz' about a mythical utopian paradise (as in "kiss my ass").

At first sight/sound the Cramps appeared to be just another garage psychobilly combo but when you get into their music there's so much more to it. What sets this particular LP apart is that each track is loosely based on an Elvis number, but not as direct covers - that would be too obvious. The fun is to identify the Elvis song each track alludes to, with clues aplenty in the riffs, arrangements and harmonies. [Here's one to start you off: listen to 'Aloha From Hell' and then listen to 'Baby Let's Play House' by Elvis].

A brilliant album by a unique and hugely underrated band.
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After well over four years of personnel changes and battles with the old record label, The Cramps were finally in the right place to make that long awaited comeback album. It's a good job I was only 2 years old at the time they made it back into the studio, I don't think I could have coped with the anticipation of it all. The personnel on this album is really the story, no longer a four piece Poison Ivy plays both lead and bass on this album following the departure of Kid Congo Powers back in 1983. But with the ever-present Nick Knox on drums and of course the marvellous Lux Interior on vocals, this album is far from a papering over the cracks exercise.

A Date With Elvis, released on Big Beat in 1986 after being recorded in 1985, was undoubtedly more of the same but after four years, it is no doubt a welcome edition to The Cramps catalogue and is entirely penned by Interior and Ivy, making this the first Cramps album to contain all original material, it should also be said, as well as laying down bass and some filthy fuzz filled guitar, Poison Ivy also Produced this record. The album begins with a noise more akin to the opener of I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night by The Electric Prunes from 1967; it soon beds in mind and returns to more Cramp like surroundings, How Far Can Too Far Go is what you'd expect.

The final bar of the opener merges nicely into the second track, the beautifully titled The Hot Pearl Snatch; again this is classic Cramps, thumping, filled with innuendo and musically filthy, the same can be said for the song What's Inside a Girl and of course Can Your Pussy Do The Dog, for some reason when I hear Lux Interior sing these songs it sounds almost sweet and innocent.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
LUX and Ivy joined their soul essentials to a time when the USA threw off the shackles of puritan bible bashing. They whooped and hollered to the priapus of paganism. As Haley's Comets whipped across the sky, to the first coming of the Beatles, the USA banged and beat themselves into a stupor. This is their tribute album to that spirit in the sky,

Harmony erased the spririt of grit with polish. Rock and roll became pot bellied, bald with long straggly hair, gazing, then picking out its belly fluff, trying to find meaning. This retraces the steps the eternal return back to the original spit and spirit; a date with elvis, his eight album, the Cramps' 3rd. The Cramps ask the fun da mental question; "Can your pussy do the dog?" There ain't hotter question in the whole civilised world. Then it descends into the devilish lounge leer of Kimiaz, the choir of angels performing People Ain't no Good to the distorted swoon of Hot Pearl Snatch.

Post Beatles, rock divorced roll. All the fun characters were stacked away in the orphanage. Lux liberated Link Wray, Hasil Adkins, Glen Glen, The Blond Bomber, the Sonics and countless others. Vast stretches of USA depopulation entailed Elvis swivelling to That's alright Mamma on TV beamed into young peoples consciousness and they wwoke from a stupor, cavorting with him. Girls recognised sexual chemistry of the " groin thrusting moves" and a collective unconsious unfolded, in the era of pre sex education.

Guys instead of snearing, emulated him. The concection was the frenzy. "It's just that song" tugs at kitsch hotel. Elvis erupts as the ghost of Lux to ask "What's inside a girl?"

Post Elvis guys crammed into booths to cut the killer disc and the cultural revolution was born. Then bang!!!!
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The arguable pioneers of "psycho punk a Billy"!,show how easy it is,to take the Elvis vibe,turn it on its behind,nitrous oxide inject the balls out of it,and blow your brains right out!!!.only the cramps can do this!!,imitators beware!.R.I.P lux.
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Great album- less primitive than their earlier offerings- but still with that edge and great tunes.
Although it's not mentioned anywhere on the packageing- it does contain the 4 bonus trax
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