Showing posts with label Elvis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elvis. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fans Write A Love Letter To The Boss In Springsteen And I


            There are few artists who possess as devoted a following as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, but perhaps none have created quite the same emotional connection over such a long period together. This relationship is closely examined by the documentary Springsteen And I, a film which was shown in several select theaters on Monday evening and made almost exclusively of bootleg footage and fan video.
The fans whose videos were chosen and stories were told had anecdotes ranging from bonding with Springsteen from youth through adulthood, working class people who felt a unity with the music, and women who worshiped the front cover of the Born In The U.S.A. album. The only thing this global connection of people had in common was a relationship with a man that was both exclusive to their fandom as they attend a show and a bond of brotherhood with a total stranger at a gig in Copenhagen.
            There are many singular moments in Springsteen and I, but perhaps the most uniquely Bruce story came from a Philadelphia man who attended a Springsteen show in full Elvis costume. It was his life’s dream to bring The King and The Boss together. He reached that dream, even if it meant pulling a hammy at the Spectrum.
This motif of heightened moments and fulfilled dreams through Springsteen is continued as different facets of their lives are brought to surface. Whether through breakups, time spent on the street, or one couple’s journey from England and nosebleed seats to the front row of Madison Square Garden, the film underscored how many people have been affected by one band’s music.
Even the relationship of a man who was brought in tow to too many Springsteen shows was brought into the story before being blessed by The Boss as the film wrapped when Springsteen met several fans featured in the film. The small meeting allowed Springsteen to say thank you to people who were thanking him, bringing the film full circle and appropriately sealing a well-constructed documentation of one of the most entrusting relationships in music: The E-Street Band and their fans.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Tuesday's Best: Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old): Legacy Edition

   One of several classic rock releases to find its way into stores over the last few weeks, Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old): Legacy Edition is a two-disc set marking the 40th Anniversary of the albums Elvis Country and Love Letters from Elvis.  The set contains both albums, a booklet with several unreleased photographs, and six extra tracks. 
     The doubling of Elvis Country and Love Letters from Elvis emanated from the 1970 session that accidentally produced both albums.  While recording Love Letters from Elvis, Presley and producer Felton Jarvis realized they had accumulated enough material to warrant a second album, which became Elvis Country. While neither album yielded the top-ten singles which Elvis had become accustomed to in the earlier part of his career, Elvis Country would represent his last top-20 album until his final effort, 1977’s Moody Blue.  While Love Letters is an unspectacular album by Presley’s standards, Country is one of his last memorable records. A highlight of Country is a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”  As good as Elvis’ take was, however, it’s impossible to replicate the energetic Lewis. 
    Of the bonus tracks to find their way onto Legacy Edition, “Rags to Riches” and “Sylvia” stand out as the best.  A very contrasting take of Tony Bennett’s 1953 song, “Rags to Riches” had only been released as a single in 1971.  “Sylvia” serves as a reminder of The King’s tremendous vocal range; as the ballad slowly crescendos, Elvis belts out some of the final notes in glass-breaking fashion. 
    While it is unusual for record companies to package special editions for albums together, Elvis Country: Legacy Edition is a bargain for fans interested in his later career.  Priced at $14.99, the 29-track compilation captures Elvis in the middle of his Comeback Era, the last period of his career to see outstanding commercial success. 

Other cool stuff that hits this week: Chris Isaak: Live (DVD), Ringo Starr, Ringo Starr and the Roundheads (DVD), Cage the Elephant: Live From the Vic In Chicago (DVD)