Viva Elvis - The Album

Viva ELVIS - The Album, to be released October 12th, is a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the king in a whole new context. The undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, remains one of the most iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. "Before Elvis," said John Lennon, "there was nothing." After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion, while signaling a seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships.

The Elvis revolution continues with Viva ELVIS - The Album. This postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective, while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis' sound. Viva ELVIS - The Album re- imagines the king’s own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echos Elvis' own versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.

Source: elv75 / Updated: Jul 20, 2010 

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Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 31, 2010report abuse
I'll wait to hear it first.I'm not all that in favour of "new" musical settings,particlarly urban / garage & hip pop.
LonElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 30, 2010report abuse
I fully support Elvis remxes (except for hip-hop remxes).
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2010report abuse
I'm really looking to buying this CD. Fresh Music, on a timeless voice, and, I Love it ! And, this is what, is, needed, in 2010, Fans, have bought the original songs, time and time, again. And, It's time for a change, and I hope, RCA/SONY/EPE, will continue to look for "new exciting ways" to present ELVIS, for the new fans and the older fans.
Dan (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2010report abuse
Been to the show here in Vegas. The remixes are fantastic! Wait til you hear "It's Now or Never" and "Bossa Nova Baby", It'll knock your socks off. This CD will be fantastic...the show was great!!!!
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
Jamie - They were able to do it during the show for the most part on the "older" tunes, I remember performers singing some of the '50s songs. Hound Dog was a live version from 1970. There was an Are You Lonesome Tonight? segment where it was Elvis' voice only, which was awesome. Some will like it and some won't, just as any Elvis release. There were parts of the show that I thought were a bit boring (It's Now Or Never and One Night), but there were parts that were absolutely great (Burning Love, Can't Help Falling In Love, Suspicious Minds, and Hound Dog).
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
Hello, I'm very dubious about this release. The Beatles 'Love' album is a joy but the avant garde and, in some cases, psychadelic nature of much of the source material lent itself to being reconstituted and modernised. Moreover, the producers were able to manipulate multi-track tapes. The lion's share of Elvis's best work was recorded in the 1950s and is only available in mono. I can't imagine how Elvis's verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus fade 3-minute tunes are going to withstand significant tampering. Isn't the essential simplicity of Elvis's songs one of their greatest virtues?
KTemple (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
Hey, 1 BILLION SOLD, Can I work for you?
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
Amen Mark S.! Elvis' music is ruined more than enough in the past! Ah, well, if people don't like Elvis, let them buy this...
1 BILLION SOLD (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
I plan on buying copies of this & the Elvis On Tour blu-ray for EVERY ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES' Christmas stockings!!
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
I really REALLY hope they didn't manage to screw this one up. Elvis never had a "George Martin" in his life, and therefore there's no one half as qualified to do for this Elvis project what George Martin did for the Beatles "Love" cd. In other words, you can trust George Martin to stay true to the Beatles' vision because it was every bit his vision as well. Elvis is really at the mercy ...whoever. But I am still hopeful. No one (including the Beatles) is more timeless than Elvis Presley, and no one's music catalog is more varied or dramatic. All the pieces for a masterpiece are there in abundance. But I keep wondering just how they're gonna get it wrong this time.....
ranskal (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2010report abuse
I will buy this for sure! I saw the show last month and it was excitiing with the live band playing.
italianfan (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
"The originals will always be there for folks to discover later" This is very true. No-ones ever going to improve/replace the sound of Hound Dog with remastering. But I dont see a problem with remastering on lesser hits such as Gotta a Lot of Living. I welcome a remixed version, as long as it's done well. Draw in new audiences/increase number of weeks in charts/number of albums in top 10 etc then let people discover the originals. I always go back to Little Less Convo. this came out as I was just becoming a fan, I was at school, known for being an Elvis fan, and the number of people who had increased respect for Elvis because of that track was incredible. Sorry for another long post.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
I kinda agree with Italianfan. I don't think an Elvis album will ever reach number one again (or top 10) unless there is a new concept for it. This may be the one, don't know since I haven't heard it yet. The older fans have the music already and aren't buying re-packages of the same old stuff, or of any other stuff for that matter. Soundboards & outtakes interest no one other than hardcore fans and FTDs are too expensive for most folks anyway. Radio hardly plays Elvis or anything before The Beatles. For you purists, I understand where you are coming from but the original sound is too dated for today's market and you don't even need to hear this. You want younger fans to discover Elvis? This needs to be out there with good promotion and it needs to become a chart success. The originals will always be there for folks to discover later.
Sylvain (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
We did see the show last year december 27. Mayby the first from The Netherlands (my girlfriend) and Belgium (I still have the Belgian natonality) to see the Viva Elvis show. We loved the show and the music and duets. I know the album is gonna be great.
jean michel (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Brian , I do beleive & dream that what you say is going to happen. You were also very optimistic about the UK "sings the greay british song book" release which , indeed , had potential to chart in the UK all summer long but nothing happened. Unfortunately , i know believe that Sony is more keen on spending its promo money for dead bambi than for the KING. As of today , I still have not seen anything concrete done (by Sony, EPE...) to celebrate ELVIS 75th Bday at a larger scale (no , or little, efficient promo strategy for the EOT dvd / no upgrade-update of his awards which could have attracted more media attention during the ELVIS week...). I do hope to be proven wrong & see the VIVA album become number one at least in the US (which would shut the mouth of some rappers who boast to be "bigger" than ELVIS).
The year is not over yet ; i want to keep some hopes though.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
The 'Viva Elvis' Album is highly anticipated and SONY are going to give this release the full treatment. I fully expect worldwide sales to be similar to those of the 30 No.1 Hits. This album, of course, will sell year after year having the advantage of the 'Vegas' and touring shows to keep interest alive in it. It could end up as being Elvis' biggest selling album ever. Insiders who have heard the tracks are knocked out by them. There will also be two single releases from the album. According to Amazon the release date has been put back to between October and December. Keep your eyes peeled.
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
I saw the show last month as well as the Beatles show in Vegas. Really looking forward to this. Elvis , the live music and the female singers that did leads on some of the songs were great. It was a hard rockin' show so this cd should be also.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
There is nothing wrong with a new take on old songs. Perhaps they will sound fresh all over again and entice new listeners. I will have to hear it first before I purchase, but I hope it does well.
benny scott (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Mark S. : I couldn't agree more ! Very, very well said ! Me too I'll stick to the originals . But.... those who are looking forward to this product : enjoy ! It's a good thing in life we all do not have the same taste(s) . Always El.
Mark S. (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Call me a purist, but if I had to choose, I’d rather buy the zillionth out of breath, unfocussed, off-key, from the audience recorded ‘76/’77-boot than a remix-album. Why? With the latter release, not Elvis, nor his producer, nor his musicians had anything to do with the MUSIC that is on the album. And I’m a fan of ELVIS’ music. One can imagine what Elvis would sound like if he were recording today, but I sincerely doubt it would have anything to do with dance-type-music. Another thing I don’t understand is the attempt to make his music “more appealing to the new generation”. I don’t see a lot of Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven-remixes. Their music is still alive and kicking after hundreds of years. Elvis had his day. Let’s just enjoy his legacy. It stands on its own. Trust me.
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
i knew it would come, now a street date has been choosen. Finally. Can't wait for it, looks great. My assumption is that Crique du Soleil must have had more space to innovate frrom the Beatles experience. G.Martin and the remains of the group are very protective of their gems. What counts is the Elvis legacy is that it seems to cross the generation gaps over the years wich mean it's had the potential to last at the begining.
italianfan (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Im afraid to say that if this album doesn't get to number one, I dont think Elvis will ever have another number 1 album. I like the idea of the album, hopefully the tracks will be interesting to listen to, so Im going to support this release. I also think every fan should buy this album. I know some dont like remixes etc but this is an unusual release and will fit a gap in someones collection. So instead of buying the next FTD or bootleg release of some same old 77 show add this to your collection. In 30 years time ill look through my collection and stumble across this and feel good that I have something a bit different to the many hits only albums.
joemin (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Looking forward to this. Hopefully it will get support from the record company and the Elvis fans. Would love to see this hit #1.
jean michel (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
As good as the concept might be ; without the proper promotion , this CD & Elvis 75th bday will go unnoticed by jo public.
Mark S. (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
With the “Love”-album, George Martin was in charge of reorganizing the music. That gave the whole project a lot of credibility. Never saw the show, but I really like that album (might even be my favourite Beatles-album). For the “Viva Elvis”-album, it’s Erich van Tourneau, assisted by Ugo Bombardier…hmmm… MY pick would have been Rick Rubin………
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
I'll buy this CD when "Hell freezes over."
Sparky (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
If this is as good as Cirque de Soleil's Beatles show (the 'Love' CD), then it will be great.
Jay (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Really can't wait for this!!!! Again with the RIGHT promotion this could be bigger than Elvi1s 30 Number 1s!
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
Sony and EPE are a little shy when it comes to promotion!!!........this being the 75th anniversay year i have yet to see all the stops pulled out from Sony or yes this will be a great release but i feel we will have to work hard to get the best out of it ourselves.
Sirbalkan (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2010report abuse
I can't wait for this release. I listened what they did for Blue Suede Shoes and it was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. It deserves to be at top pf the charts for sure. BMG and EPE should give a huge advertisement on this GLOBALLY , NOt as they did for Elvis On Tour which is a shame. Elvis On Tour and Viva Elvis are the BEST releases EVER in 2010 and they deserve MORE. C'mon Fans!!! Let's show the world how Elvis is still loved by millions !!!

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