Blue Rhythms

By ElvisNews.com/ KeesAug 29, 2008
Blue Rhythms

Released on the new Hot Dog import label is the blues compilation “Blue Rhythms”. Will it give me the blues?

Design

The original vinyl edition of this album was released 28 years ago; a few years before the CD was created and before I started to collect Elvis’ music. Sometimes you suddenly realize that you’re getting old(er) … The color blue matches the theme of the CD, the images don’t. There are enough pictures of Elvis having the blues, especially in the fifties. I would have preferred one of those. When I think of the blues I see smudged pictures of the fifties or grumpy old men in my mind. The liner notes inside give short - but to the point - information on the songs.

Content

Elvis isn’t considered to be a blues artist, but he could very have been one as he actually experienced all the stories blues singers capture so well with their weeping guitars and raw voice. He was born from run-a-way “white trash” in a self-build shack, lost his brother at birth, was being raised by his mother while his dad was in jail … all this during the depression years after World war II. Fortunately he also experienced the other side of the American Dream.
This compilation contains a lot of great songs and performances. I gave it several spins before I wrote this review, and it will certainly be in my CD-player for some time because this quality music makes me feel good.
I still wonder why RCA, BMG or Sony never picked up on this great material. Song-wise it is great material and performed by an artist who lived what he sings about, adding the “tear” material like this needs.
The producers added a few bonus tracks, but they also could have created a double CD, as there is so much more material that would fit in this themed collection.
Elvis first nationwide hit “Heartbreak Hotel”, a sad song about suicide” could be considered blues, or at least I think so as it isn’t an upbeat rocking tune that brings you the title “King Of Rock And Roll”. But there are quite a few other recordings that would fit in this compilation; several SUN recordings, but also songs like “Promised Land”, “In The Ghetto” or “Long Black Limousine”.

Conclusion

A good compilation of great material that could give Elvis quite a few points ith the critics who don’t give Elvis all the credits he (and his legacy) deserve. One would almost get the blues …
What I actually try to say here is “bring me a volume two” ?. Since BMG doesn't pick up on great compilation like this, I'm glad bootleggers do. Not all re-issues are worth the money, but this one is.

Tracklisting

Trouble
Reconsider Baby
A Mess Of Blues
Give Me The Right
Such A Night
When It Rains It Really Pours
Trying To Get To You
Like A Baby
I Want To Be Free
Mean Woman Blues
Ain´T That Loving You Baby
One Night
Little Sister
So Glad You´Re Mine
Big Boss Man
I Want You With Me
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Stuck On You
I Feel So Bad
What´D I Say
Tomorrow Night
It Feels So Right
Merry Christmas Baby (Short Version Without Overdubbs)
Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Bonus Tracks:

Down In The Alley (Take 6)
Hi- Heel Sneakers (Take 5)
Stranger In My Own Home Town (Alternate Mix)
Power Of My Love (Take 3)
Tiger Man (1975 Jam)

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Reactions

Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2008report abuse
Those two characters too rough for you, eh? Perhaps you prefer that nice chubby helicopter pilot Rick, or that even chubbier ski instructor Scott? Much more your style.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 20, 2008report abuse
Deke Rivers and Danny Fisher? Two characters I wouldn't have let any one of my daughters get within 10 miles of. Matter of fact, I wouldn't have had anything to do with either of those two myself.
Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2008report abuse
I can feel the draft those flared trousers must have created as they flapped around just by looking at the picture on the front cover. Deke Rivers would never have worn such a silly, silly outfit. And Danny Fisher would have slapped anybody who did.
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2008report abuse
Lyle Ray, I totally agree with you, that's a great CD. All the CDs in that series are great. But as for Blue Rhythms, it's "memories... pressed between the pages of my mind".
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2008report abuse
It is a good list of songs but if you want an official RCA CD check out 'Elvis r&b.' It came out in 2006, mastered by Vic Anesini and Kevin Budd. It has 20 killer tracks in outstanding sound. It starts with Good Rockin' Tonight and ends with Pledging My Love.
commoneverybody (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2008report abuse
I also bought this Cd on ebay last week and its really awesome!! While the pics don´t match the tracklist, they really are nice, especially the back cover! WOW! Super sound too, and finally a good r&B compilation on CD! Yes, go for volume 2 please :-)
elvissims (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2008report abuse
I got this album as a kid back in the '80s, and it was one of my favorites. It was my first indication that Elvis was, in his own way, very much a blues singer. From that time on, I've been a fan of the blues - Elvis and others. I'd by this, but since I have all the songs on other CDs, I think I'll just burn my own copy to listen to. It's a great memory!
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2008report abuse
They could also add "Hard Luck" from the Frankie & Johnny album..."All I Needed Was the Rain" from Stay Away, Joe to name but two others...who knows...maybe BMG will do something like this in the future. After all, they already issued the Reconsider Baby album (on blue vinyl too) back in the day.
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2008report abuse
I'm not a musician but I guess that also "I want to be free", "I want you with me", "Little sister", "Trouble" and "Such a night" aren't blues...
Narek (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2008report abuse
Stuck on you is blues? LOL )))) Otherwise great selection
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2008report abuse
This is one of my favorite albums with Elvis. Many great tracks, and I really like the bonus songs. I bought this album (and also on tape for the car...) way back in the 80's (yes, I'm also getting older) and it brings back memories. Elvis at his best, and I've already listened to this CD over ten times. A great compilation.

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