3 TAKES ON VIVA ELVIS
Here  I present 3 varying reviews on the album that brings Elvis into the 21st Century, making him
Artist of two Centuries and the Vegas show that spawned the album
Reviews by Chrisy Boswell - Carol & Brenda Payne and David Bowling
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The base in Elvis's voice has been completely eliminated keeping with the higher pitches of the modern Rap music. The fading in many of the songs was
very evident, not blended in so I the listener could not recognize it.

WTF???????? Wait...... why is there a woman singing the songs? If I wanted to hear her I would had bought her CD instead of Elvis! Get the %&^$ out!

The uniqueness of some of the songs, like the history tossed in a bit was rather quite nice, and I liked some of the beat that was pushed forward in new
arrangements. Yes I did!

But...if I would had known that there was only one good song or two on this CD I would have never spent my money on it.

Plain and simple, you get now Elvis Rap Crap which is not at all what it use to be. If you like Rap then that is your choice and I completely understand why the
younger generation likes it. That's their choice. So with that..I guess I tried to listen to it..but the Remix music just failed completely.
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The disc begins with his usual theme music from “Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)” with the requisite screaming by his fans.

“Blue Suede Shoes” has some enhanced drums and harp. Plus, Ed Sullivan and Milton Berle make some appropriate comments. “Heartbreak Hotel”
has Elvis’ famous “Well, Well, Well,” and the addition of some extra harp and bass.
“Love Me Tender” is presented as a duet with Dea Norbert, who I
assume is a member of the performing troupe.

The second half of the CD features
“King Creole” in a slowed down mode. “Bossa Nova Baby” comes with in studio comments by Elvis to producer Hall
Wallis.
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” is another duet, this time with Sherry St. Germain.

The main negative is the album's length. The Las Vegas production is 90 minutes long, while the album clocks in at just fewer than 40. That means there is a
lot of material left off the release, including
“Return To Sender,” “Hound Dog,” “It's Now Or Never,” and “Viva Las Vegas,” which are all part of the
stage show. Additional material could have easily been included.

Whether
Viva Elvis is sacrilege or brilliant will be up to the individual listener. I personally found it imaginative and while I still prefer the originals, these
updated versions are a fun listen.
OPINION 1: Chrisy Boswell
"Lets dissect this with my Chrisy Ear!"
It has been the holiday season so I have been busy as most people are lately. We had been searching for that CD
Viva Elvis for some time now and finally came across it at an unknown brand store. So we did pick it up and
listened to it. This is my opinion and I suppose again everyone can read into this what they want:

First off I understand now why Sony did not waste a lot of money on advertising this particular CD.
It is very mediocre with only one song on it total to us that was worth even listening to, that being
"Suspicious
Minds"
.

And I am sorry for the person that put so many hours into this CD. I understand you did the best you could.
So where are all the hall of fame musicians and singers in this CD? No where...there are none.

Lets dissect this with my Chrisy ear:
Ahhhhhhh the squeaky spinning rap record in the background categorizes most of this music as that: Rap. If it's
not Rap it is Cabaret show style, you get either or in this CD.
The U.S. cover art for Viva Elvis
OPINION 3: By David Bowling
"The show is really an Elvis biography, and the disc reflects that theme"
Elvis Presley has entered the 21st century and it will be up to his huge fan base to decide whether he will be
welcomed or not.

Viva Elvis is the newest show by Cirque du Soleil. It is currently being performed at the 1800-seat theater at the
ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. This tribute to the career of Elvis will eventually go out on tour around the
world.

The music of Elvis has been re-imagined for the show. This is not as bad as it sounds as the basics remain intact.
Modern technology has enabled the songs to have new arrangements and additional instruments added in places.
The tone of his voice is changed at times through the combining of hundreds of sound bytes taken from his vast
catalogue of songs.

The show is really an Elvis biography, and the disc reflects that theme. Comments by Elvis, Ed Sullivan, Bill Black,
Milton Berle, and others are interspersed among the music, which is a nice touch and an effective connector.
OPINION 2: Carol & Brenda Payne on the show
"You walk away with this is a celebration & Elvis is one very special human being"
"VIVA ELVIS is such a great show that we really needed to see it again in order to absorb all the excitement!
Although we spent most of the time watching the Elvis footage on the big screen - the musicians and the live music
were fantastic and REALLY LOUD....Elvis rocking the house and all of Las Vegas.

All the audience were singing and clapping along and at the end of the show there was a standing ovation from
everyone in the audience.

It is well attended with almost a full house and the whole event pays homage to the King! The highlights are
Burning Love, Bossa Nova Baby, Viva Las Vegas and Suspicious Minds - this brings the show to an roaring
close - its just like 'Elvis the Concert' and for a moment you do feel that Elvis is actually there in person leading the
musicians in the way only he can....

The audience consisted of all age ranges including lots of kids, so this show really is bringing Elvis to a younger
audience. There is a real 'buzz' generally , which is really great and ever so refreshing after all the negativity that
has come from Elvis fans....One lady summed it up in a few words .....WOW, what he left the world!''
Although we can understand that the ' Cirque' style is not to everyone's taste - this show is their artistic interpretation of Elvis' music and their tribute to the
greatest entertainer the world has ever known.

The whole show is done respectfully and the outstanding thing you walk away with is that this is a celebration and that Elvis is one very special human
being...
a great message don't you think?.....We just had to go and see the show again, and we did.
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A Great Message, Viva Elvis The Show
The European Cover Art of Viva Elvis
There has been several reviews on the 'Viva Elvis' release and show and as David Bowling rightly states, "Elvis Presley has entered the 21st century and it
will be up to his huge fan base to decide whether he will be welcomed or not." Here, I bring three opinions on the project.