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Bravo: Elvis 85

November 18, 2019 | Music

Sony Music Germany announced the 3 CD set “Elvis 85” with December 13 as the release-date. The set comes   housed in a digi-pack with a 24-page booklet. The first edition is a limited Bravo Edition. 

It is autumn 1956 and Bravo magazine is barely two months old. Reporter Beyl meets with this young and upcoming shooting star, completely unknown in his country, that caused a sensation in the US with hits like “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender”, to do an interview. The name of that singer, Elvis Presley. At the time, Bravo was still a film-riddled magazine, the Rock ’N’ Roll phenomenon hadn’t really reached Europe yet. But that should change immediately. February 1957 Elvis Presley graced the magazine cover for the first time.  

From that day on nothing remained the same. RCA released Elvis’ records and the reception was amazing. Elvis takes the hearts of his new fans by storm and his hits enter the charts in in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Almost overnight, the handsome rebel with the styled pompadour hairstyle becomes the idol of a new generation: with an electrifying sound, an incomparable voice and an emphatically provocative hip swing. The world has never seen one like that or heard anyone like that. 

Pretty soon he became the greatest entertainer of all time. Although he did not invent Rock ’N’ roll, he makes it as popular as no-one in the fifties and opened the door for countless musicians, both black and white, who follow him. He became the King of Rock n Roll, scored over 30 #1 hits and sold over a billion records.

Boxcar wrote on November 19, 2019
As Bravo is for younger audiences I hope they select songs that connect Elvis with more modern times. Even thought some of his greatest hits are of historical importance they are not necessarily suitable to bring Elvis to modern kids. So I pray they don't make this not just another "Greatest Hits" collection.
Gladyslove wrote on November 19, 2019
I just saw the songlist. On CD 2, track 21 is " Hey Jude. " What more can I say ? The rest is a best of and with " Amazing grace. " I am not kidding.
Gorse wrote on November 19, 2019
Interesting comment Boxcar. I have been following for several months the sensational Dimash Kudaibergen and others on reaction videos on You Tube including obviously Elvis. Although his videos have less hits and almost zero knowledge of his life the most popular of them are Peace in The Valley (1957), If I Can Dream, Trying to Get To You, (1968) Polk Salad Annie, Suspicious Minds, Bridge Over Troubled Water, In The Ghetto, ( 1970) How Great Thou Art (1972) What Now My Love, American Trilogy (1973) Unchained Melody, Hurt (1977). Note it is a mixture mainly of songs with something to say or visual excitement which are received best of all by thoses who have not been bothered or never heard a single track. My point is that Elvis is up against it on these releases to make major further inroads without the visual impact as reviewers are struck by the charismatic stage presence, the charm, the looks, the vocal power, and the passion of the performer