Elvis Genre Collection CD Releases

Sony BMG has reached out to new audiences for Elvis with their three new Elvis Genre Collection CDs. Each one - Rock, Country and Inspirational - contains 20 tracks. On the Elvis The Music site BMG added a special promotional E-card.
Source: EPE - Elvis Presley Enterprises / Updated: Mar 2, 2006 
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shaneleebrown (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 4, 2006report abuse
A song itself can not be country or not country. It is the performance that makes it one thing or another. Bobby Darin recorded a whole album of "country" songs but made them into big band numbers. I you listen to Elvis' She Wears My Ring, it is obviously a country version! And, I see nothing wrong with In The Ghetto and Bridge being on the inspirational album. It's inspirational, not sacred. There is a difference. I would have said Walk A Mile as being inspirational as well because of its lyrics - and Clean Up Your Own Backyard and Change Of Habit and Talk About The Good Times. and many others!
lvisfan (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
Jerry is absolutly right. I have done "Classic Country" radio and we played everything from Promised Land, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Way Down, Moody Blue and many others that even some classic country stations won't touch and especially oldies stations. T-R-O-U-B-L-E is such a kick butt rocker that it's a shame it wasn't a big pop hit. To many Classic Country stations, Elvis isn't relevant. Oldies stations play the same 5 or 10 Elvis songs. I also worked at a mainstream country station where I was Program and Music director. We played the very same songs I mentioned above and got great response. Now I'm working at a Classic Rock station where Elvis isn't even a issue. It's sad, but country is about the only place anymore that you will hear any Elvis music, unless you get Sirius radio.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
I'm sure glad none of you ever worked country radio in the states. Because using the narrow definition of "country" being applied here Elvis wouldn't have had many country hits. It's not the origins of the song that matter. It what the artist does with it. The style/feel of it. The origins of She Wears My Ring may be in R & B, but Elvis' version of the song certainly has more in common with country than r & b. At least to my ears. I would certainly put Elvis' version on Country rather than the forthcoming R & B. No, Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up etc. aren't country as such. Although Heartbreak Hotel has a certain country feel to it. Niether are Moody Blue, Way Down, My Way and others. But we play them at the classic country station where I work because they were big country chart hits in their day and our audience wants to hear them. Be grateful for Elvis' country "crossover" appeal. His music is getting much more airplay here on country oldies formats than on rock oldies.
E.J.F... (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
JerryNodak: Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up & Jailhouse ROCK, to name just a few, all charted in the Country Charts. Does that make them Country Songs? IMO She Wears My Ring is NOT a country song. Ray Price and Hank Snow just made a country version of it.
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
SuziB is right. Here "She wears my ring" is considered as an old Spanish song from the 19th century. It's hardly a country song. What about "No more" ("La Paloma", also a Spanish song) ?
They are definitely folk songs.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
John4126: I plead guilty to closemindedness where Rap is concerned. Rap is CRAP. Dead or alive.
Renan Augusto (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
Country or not I won´t buy these CD´s LOL
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2006report abuse
JerryNodak - pity your broadmindedness didnt stretch to the awesome dead rock star list. If a rap star charts as an awesome dead rock star - they're an awesome dead rock star - no matter what their origins! Dont they re-cycle these themed cd's every few years? Must be a market for them i guess.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
SuzyB: If it charts country, it's COUNTRY. No matter it's origins. This from someone who's spent his entire working life in broadcasting. Me!!
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
And 'The Grass Won' Pay No Mind' appears on an album called Inspirational!!!
elvissessions (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
Ray Price wasn't the only country artist who performed "She Wears My Ring." Hank Snow did it, too. The 1965 album it appeared on? "Hank Snow Sings Your Favorite COUNTRY Hits."
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
She Wears My Ring is definitely not a country song, never has been, never will be. Orignally recorded by Jimmy Bell, it's a soul/RnB song. Obviously, the big hit was by Solomon King in 1967 which also wasn't a country song. Just because it was written by Boudleaux Bryant doesn't make it a country song, indeed all he did was to provide new English lyrics to athe very famous latin song La Golondrina, which clearly is not a country song!
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
She Wears My Ring is definitely not a country song, never has been, never will be. Orignally recorded by Jimmy Bell, it's a soul/RnB song. Obviously, the big hit was by Solomon King in 1967 which also wasn't a country song. Just because it was written by Boudleaux Bryant doesn't make it a country song, inded all he did was to provide new English lytics to athe very famous lating song La Golondrina, which clearly is not a country song!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
SuziB: Ray Price, one of the greatest country singers around, would be surprised to learn "That She Wears My Rng" isn't a country song. I'm not even going to bother with your other complaints.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
I think this approach to organising the material is much better than the usual cocktail albums. The country and rock and roll albums are fine. Yeah, the Inspirational album is not ideal, .. I would expect another rock and roll album form the 50's, and perhaps 2 from the 60's and 1 from the 70's. Also, a country album from the 50's and one from the 60's. Also a blues album, etc...
SuziB (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2006report abuse
These are completely fatuous, serving no purpose whatsoever other than to demonstrate that BMG has no idea what constitutes an 'inspirational' song. The 'Inspirational' cd is a ridulous mixture of primarily gospel married to one of the most underrated Elvis songs ever, 'And The Gass Won't Pay No Mind' but this is a love song pure and simple - that just happens to mention the word 'god' in it! Similarly 'Bridge.....' an Inspirational song? Don't think so! Same with 'In The Ghetto' etc. The Rock cd is yet another pitiful attempt to show that BMG clearly doesn't know that Elvis recorded Rock (RnR) afte the 50's. The Country one looks better, but even this can't escape the crass, 'Take Good Care of Her', 'She Wears My Ring' (which is not even a country song), 'Are You Sincere' and the live songs....

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