Sunday, August 19, 2007
Now it's been 30 years and two days since Elvis Presley died (OK, there's going to be nothing "nerd-like" in this post ;-) ) and RCA hit the stores with another "Best Of" CD. There's still a lot of money to make with Elvis and his record company doesn't bother. I have to admit that some of those new compilations are worth a look, especially if you're starting out listening to Elvis, but sometimes they loose focus on what is so special about Elvis. He's called "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" - but why? If you're watching most of his movies this questions is eligible.
I myself became Elvis fan after listening to a tape with his movie hits and I especially liked "Return To Sender" and "King Creole", which is the title track of his 4th movie (his early movies aren't so bad at all), kind of a jazzy/rock 'n' roll mixture and no typical rock 'n roll track. I think by that time I was 10 or 12 years old. What later really knocked me off was a double LP hit compilation released due to his 50th anniversary with his early recordings - and that was rock 'n' roll!!!
So, leave all this Elvis "PR-crap" aside and focus on his music and you'll know why he's called "The King of Rock 'n' Roll"!
Long live the King!