A Little Less Conversation and a Little More Action. Elvis has entered my building.

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I am not a big Elvis fan, let’s get that out of the way right now. Why? Maybe because the image I have of Elvis is that of the “fat Elvis” and to be perfectly honest I always considered him to be kind of like my parents’ rock and roll, kind of like the Buick or Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Grandpa still drives, gleaming chrome and fedora behind the wheel. That said, it only took a cheesy TV show to all of a sudden, get this, want me to get an Elvis song and even more surprisingly, play it regularly. Now I should preface this by saying that I rarely watch TV and my wife thinks I’m nuts because she hears this song all the time but I was recently watching the show “Las Vegas” and I kept humming the song they play during the intro. Now you are all probably screaming at the screen right now saying “I can’t believe he has never heard “A Little Less Conversation”” but believe or not, I haven’t. What a great song! I even picked up the CD single with the remix, something I usually despise but this time I quite enjoyed. Much like I did with U2 (and Bruce Springsteen before that) I will be engaging in an “Elvis education.” I am going into this with an open mind and will be completely skipping the typical Elvis numbers (“Hound Dog”, “Blues Suede Shoes”, et al.) that everybody knows to seek out those songs that truly made Elvis “the King.” I’m quite looking forward to seeing Elvis Presley move from the caricature in my mind to the rock and roll legend I know that he is. If you have any Elvis suggestions (no recipes please) send them my way! Thank you. Thank you very much.
Later.

4 Comments

  1. Regarding your “Elvis education”, 2 albums you should get would be a compliation of his blues stuff called Reconsider Baby that originally came out in 1985 and a compliation of his Sun stuff, There’s a 2-CD compliation called Sunrise. I think that it would be a great start to Elvis World. Sincerely, Joe Hedio (who is also looking forward to the Village Green Preservation Society boxset)

  2. Regarding your “Elvis education”, 2 albums you should get would be a compliation of his blues stuff called Reconsider Baby that originally came out in 1985 and a compliation of his Sun stuff, There’s a 2-CD compliation called Sunrise. I think that it would be a great start to Elvis World. Sincerely, Joe Hedio (who is also looking forward to the Village Green Preservation Society boxset)

  3. You have to check out the “68 comeback special” I think they’ve released it on DVD with 3 hours of extra footage. You’ll see why they call him the king. Get the box set of the “the 50’s Masters”. All the Elvis you’ll ever need. 5 cd’s of Elvis at his best. After listening to them, you’ll be hooked. Like the rest of us.

  4. The “Comeback Special” and “Aloha From Hawaii” are great for checking him out live. But for the pure essence of Elvis, check out the 3 DVD set “Elvis Presley: The Ed Sullivan Shows Special Edition” from 2006″

    It has all three of the shows he was on, from start to finish…commercials and all. It’s also set up so that you can just see his perfomances if you’d like…killer liner notes by Greil Marcus and some great interviews with Sam Phillips, among others.

    It was also released a month or so ago with just the live perfomances. But it you watch each show you can get a feel for what it must have been like back in 1956/57. In historical context like that it I think it highlights just what an impact he could make even so early on in his career.

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