Lately this site gets over flooded with bootleg remix-singles. I really wonder what makes people give their money to such things. Probably they are the same people that complain about the zillionth soundboard on FTD. I don’t want to discuss that second thing, since I do understand that more or less.
What I do not understand – especially in the case of Elvis – that people can listen to those remixes. As all Elvis fans know Elvis was very much involved in the producing of his own music, and he was (especially in the 70’s) pretty conservative regarding his style. So it is pretty sure that he wouldn’t have liked what is done to his music.
Those remixes are so far away from the original thing, why even bother? If you like those irritating drum machines and synthesizers, why just don’t listen to (most) of today’s so-called “artists”.
If you became an Elvis-fan in the first place, why the need of screwing his music like this? One would expect that you would explore other fields, being it in the same style or totally different.
Of course I – old fashioned as I am – prefer the same style mainly. For those with taste who agree with me, I have a tip: Michael Bublé – one of today’s artists, who is the exception that confirms the rule, as we say in Holland. He is a real artist and first class entertainer, crooner style, but with his own mark on it. His latest release “Caught in the Act” (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) is really a must have for music lovers… with an Elvis connection in “Fever” and “You Don’t Know Me”. I hate to say it, but I wish I had such a great live version of the first by Elvis, instead of all those rush and fool around versions.
With “You Don’t Know Me” Mister Bublé is in a league extraordinaire, it is the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard by any performer.. Even Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” can be seen as an E-connection.
To me MB is closer to the real thing than the products of those who should be regarded as plain criminals. But that is just my opinion.