Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The Canadian producer, Erich van Tourneau had exclusive access to Elvis Presley’s extensive catalog, more than 900 recordings. His mission was daunting: Select choice cuts, deconstruct them, add new elements and put them back together while maintaining the integrity of the originals. “It was a mix of pain and pleasure,” van Tourneau said. “I had to listen to everything he did. It was really important to do that, to understand the nuances of the catalog and the changes. Elvis changed a lot during his career.”
The stage show is one thing, though but how does it work as an album? Well, mostly very well - the up-tempo numbers especially work well and Blue Suede Shoes and Suspicious Minds are excellent. Of course they'll never replace the originals but then that's not what they are intended for and instead offer a new and fun way to listen to the greatest voice there ever was.
Blue Suede Shoes
That's All Right
Love Me Tender
Can't Help Falling in Love
You 'll Never Walk Alone
To fully appreciate this album one needs to treat it as a whole and not just a collection of tracks. It covers all Elvis eras from the hillbilly cat of 'That's All Right' to the sequin clad showman of 'Suspicious Minds .
It's out worldwide today and gets my album of the month award.