Sunday, January 01, 2023

January 01 - New Stars On The Horizon

The STAR import record label released two new titles; the DVD 'Elvis From Hawaii - The 50th Anniversary Edition' and the CD 'Elvis 22 - Essential Fifties Splices Volume One'. 

Details 'Elvis From Hawaii - The 50th Anniversary Edition': This new DVD will be the only DVD you need regarding the 'Aloha' concert. Audio from last years Follow That Dream CD has been used for the editing and the sound will blow you away!

Also the video quality is outstanding! Multiple angles are used to give you the best experience possible and makes you think it is a new show with rare behind the scenes footage included. One of the highlights (although short) is when the camera gets behind the stage, it is just like you are looking through Elvis' eyes when he climbs the stairs just before we see him entering the stage. This short moment will leave every Elvis fan with goosebumps without a doubt!

Before the show starts we get portions of the press conferences including rare pictures. After that we will see the landing on Hawaii through different sources, combined it gives a whole new feel focussing on Elvis only instead of the island. We even see the Helicopter leave while Elvis drives off in the jeep.

Of course the After Show songs are also included and they are where the should be, at the end and they do not spoil the show. Here you will see the original clips, combined with the new outtakes and again it gives you the idea as if it is totally new.

As a special bonus the studio version of 'I'll Remember You' has been included which has lots of rare footage from Elvis on Hawaii including live footage of 1957 and rare private home movies.

This edition of the Satellite Special runs for 90 minutes and comes in widescreen on a factory pressed NTSC disc. It is limited to 500 copies. 

Details 'Elvis 22 - Essential Fifties Splices Volume 0ne': The series continues in the fifties and focusses on 1957. Elvis recorded lots of different songs in very different styles. 

This release really shows how Elvis worked and was involved in the producing side of the tracks. Amazing new splices are created for your listening pleasure. Highlights include a totally new version of 'Baby I Don't Care' which has an unreleased instrumental track mixed with Alternate Takes of the song, the result is stunning!

Also on this release are some cleverly made splices of different versions of songs. 'Treat Me Nice' combines the first and second movie version along with portions of the master. 'Young and Beautiful' gets the same treatment and it is very cool to hear Elvis start of solo and later the band joins in.

'One Night' combines the "Sin" version with the master and even 'Teddy Bear' and 'All Shook Up' are mixed in a way as if they are alternate takes. We could go on, but best thing to do is judge for yourself!

The CD comes in a digi-pack and is limited to 500 copies. 

Tracks: Jailhouse Rock (Spliced Take  3, 4, 4, 7, 5) - Treat Me Nice (Combined New Master) - Teddy Bear (Alternate Master) - Loving You (Combined  New Master) - All Shook Up (Alternate Master) - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (Spliced Take 9, 11, 13, 6) - Don’t (Alternate Master) - I Beg Of You [Spliced Take  8 (Jan),  34 (Feb)] - One Night Of Sin With You - My Wish Came True (Alternate Master) - Mean Woman Blues (Alternate Master) - Lonesome Cowboy (Alternate Master) - Party (Combined New Master) - Hot Dog (Alternate Master) - Got A Lot O’ Livin’  To Do (Combined New Master) - Have I Told You Lately (Spliced Take  3, 6, 7) - I Need You So (Extended Master) - Is It So Strange (Spliced Take  7, 8, 9) - Blueberry Hil (Spliced Take  4, 7, 2) - True Love (Alternate Master) - Baby,  I Don’t Care (Newly Created Version) - I Want To Be Free (Spliced Take) - Don’t Leave Me Now (Spliced Take 2, 6, 10, 19, 10) - Young And Beautiful (Combined New Master) - It Is No Secret (Spliced Take 2, 4, 2, 12) - Peace In The Valley (Spliced Take  2, 3, 8, 7, 1)

Greatest Singers of All Time

When Rolling Stone first published its list of the 100 Greatest Singers in 2008, we used an elaborate voting process that included input from well-known musicians. The results skewed toward classic rock and singers from the Sixties and Seventies. 

Aretha Franklin described her mission as a singer like this: “Me with my hand outstretched, hoping someone will take it.” That kind of deep, empathetic bond between artist and listener is the most elemental connection in music. And you can think of our list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time as a celebration of that bond. These are the vocalists that have shaped history and defined our lives.

This new list was compiled our staff and key contributors, and it encompasses 100 years of pop music as an ongoing global conversation. Keep in mind that this is the Greatest Singers list, not the Greatest Voices List. Talent is impressive; genius is transcendent. 

What mattered most to us was originality, influence, the depth of an artist’s catalog, and the breadth of their musical legacy. A voice can be gorgeous like Mariah Carey’s, rugged like Toots Hibbert’s, understated like Willie Nelson’s, slippery and sumptuous like D’Angelo’s, or bracing like Bob Dylan’s. But in the end, the singers behind it are here for one reason: They can remake the world just by opening their mouths.

The Top 3:

1: Aretha Franklin

2:Whitney Houston

3: Sam Cooke

Elvis Presley was listed at #17, and Rolling Stone noted: Elvis Presley’s voice was a sui generis instrument: weepy highs and rich lows, capable of landing “Don’t Be Cruel” at No. 1 on the U.S. pop, R&B, and country charts in 1956. Elvis’ heroes included Fats Domino, Roy Orbison, and Dean Martin, but he didn’t sing like any of them. Orbison, in fact, said, “There are a lot of people who are good actors at singing … with Elvis, he lives it altogether.” Early sides such as “That’s All Right, Mama” were joyful blasts of enthusiasm. His palette expanded in the Sixties and Seventies: 1961’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a transcendent example of his skills as a crooner, and his passion for gospel shines on “How Great Thou Art,” a thunderous live staple. But 1969’s “Suspicious Minds” might be the ultimate Elvis moment. From the controlled opening to the explosive chorus, Elvis drives this juggernaut with swagger to spare. He lived them all. 

Go to the Rolling Stone site for the >>> complete list.

Memphis Going Down: A Century of Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2023

Sartoris Literary Group re-issued the 308-page book 'Memphis Going Down: A Century of Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll' by James L. Dickerson. This is an expanded and updated edition with additional text and photos of the book 'Goin' Back to Memphis' as originally published by Simon & Schuster's Music Imprint.

Synopsis: For over one hundred years, Memphis, Tennessee, was been the center of musical innovation for American popular music. From W. C. Handy to Alberta Hunter and Lil Hardin Armstrong, in the early years, to B. B. King in the late 1940s, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1950s, to Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and Al Green in the 1960s and early 1970s, Memphis music sizzled with a level of creativity unrivaled in the history of American music. With the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, the city's music industry began going "down, down, down" only to sputter to a halt in the mid-1970s. In the decades since only Memphis native Justin Timberlake and Memphis producer "Boo" Mitchell, who produced Bruno Mar's hit "Uptown Funk," have been able to show glimpses of the city's past glories. 

'Memphis Going Down' is told in the words of the record producers, performers, and songwriters themselves as they reflect on their lives and music and its impact on popular culture. You'll hear legendary record producers such as Chips Moman, Willie Mitchell, Sam Phillips, and Jim Stewart talk about the ups and downs of the industry. And you'll hear the artists themselves: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, Bobby Womack, B. B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rufus Thomas, members of the Box Tops, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds go one-on-one with the author in an effort to understand the mysteries of Memphis music.

(Source: FECC / Rolling Stone / Amazon)