Review : Crazy - The Funny Side Of Elvis Presley CD
First of all, this is NOT just another 'talking album'. After listening through it it is clear that these spoken words have been carefully chosen out of hundreds of hours of Elvis recordings, both audience and soundboards. Some of these snippets have been out before but think they are presented here in the right, and nice, package. I found it more interesting and fun to listen to this CD than for example the 'Having fun with Elvis on stage' albums. Also the sound is clearly and improvement over the boots they have been taken from so I think they have done a great job with the remastering.
The content of this CD is really funny. You get a really good insight into Elvis' sense of humor and the great connection he had on stage with J.D. Sumner ('He is the worlds lowest bass singer in more ways than one...'). Elvis' own self irony is clear when he talks about his past. When it comes to the press he simply says: ' I find out most things about myself by reading the paper!' and that is a statement that says it all! hehe... He introduces The Sweet Inspirations: 'Don't give them that much applause, they'll ask for a raise!' Funny comments like these through the whole CD...
Now, we are in for a treat. We get some unreleased stuff from Elvis' concert in Memphis on March 20, 1974. What we hear is portions that were edited out of the official release and the bootleg 'Steamroller Blues'. For the first time on CD you get to hear the false start on 'Help Me' that was rumored to exist. It is also nice to get the Hilton Hawaiian Village press conference from November '72 before 'Inspector Clouseau' ends this CD ...or was it Elvis?
Conclusion: If you want a funny insight to Elvis' humor this is the CD to get. It is very well put together and is a CD you can actually listen to. It is a CD I can play to my friends that are not Elvis fans and it will still get them to smile. This CD is only pressed in 500 copies and will therefore not be available that long. Using a superb deluxe digipack cover it contains some great photos from the book Caught in a Trap which help set the scene.
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Tracklisting: 'Hey young man…' / Dressing Room Talk ; Elvis Does Bill Cosby ; 'A Stone cold Natural Freak!' ; Elvis Talks About His Liver Biopsy… ; …And His Broken Finger ; Even Kings Do It… ; Joking With J.D. Sumner ; Sound Bites ; On Top Of His Game ; A New Year's Eve To Remember ; Sweets For My Sweets ; Ode To A Robin ; Foolin' Around With Kathy Westmoreland ; Memories Of Getting Married In The Movies ; The Sick Aloha Eagle ; The Hermit Meets The King ; The Girl From 'The Exorcist' ; Memphis, March 20, 1974 – 'outtakes' ; On The Set Of 'Blue Hawaii' 05/61 ; The Hilton Hawaiian Village Press Conference 11/20/72 ; Elvis 'Clouseau' signs off…
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This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
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