|VIVA ELVIS - The Album Tracklisting Revealed
By Legacy Recordings Press Release
First Single, 'Suspicious Minds', Mixed by Brendan O'Brien, Impacts Radio Monday, October 18
Legacy Recordings Celebrates Elvis' 75th Birthday Year with an Epic New Studio Work Inspired by "VIVA ELVIS" by Cirque
du Soleil in Las Vegas
'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' will be available Everywhere, from Tuesday, November 9th.
Legacy Recordings, in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil at ARIA Resort &
Casino in Las Vegas, proudly announces the release of 'VIVA ELVIS - The Album', a 21st century celebration of Elvis and
his music, featuring the voice of the king in a whole new context. 'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' will be available everywhere on
Tuesday, November 9.
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Produced and arranged by Erich van Tourneau, with assistant producer and assistant arranger Hugo "Wedge Montecristo" Bombardier, 'VIVA ELVIS - The
Album' is a multi-faceted audio extravaganza creating a larger-than-life musical portrait of Elvis through newly re-imagined versions of 'Blue Suede
Shoes', 'That's Alright', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Love Me Tender', 'King Creole', 'Bossa Nova Baby', 'Burning Love', 'Can't Help Falling In Love' and
'Suspicious Minds' as well as instrumental interludes based on 'Memories' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (piano interlude).
Three of the tracks on VIVA ELVIS including 'Suspicious Minds', the album's first single, were mixed by
Grammy Award winning producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen).
Four of the album's tracks were mixed by Serban Ghenea with the remaining five mixed by Robert Meunier &
Erich van Tourneau.
Musicians on 'Viva ELVIS - The Album' include:
Elvis Presley (vocals)
Erich van Tourneau (bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano and keyboards)
Dea Norberg, Jennlee Shallow, Sherry St-Germain, Stacie Tabb (guest singers)
Patrick Lavergne and JS "The Flash" Chouinard (basses)
Mike Plant, Steve Nadeau, Martin Bachand and Paul Deslauriers (electric guitars)
Olivier Goulet (acoustic guitar)
Guy Belanger (harmonica)
DJ Pocket (scratch)
The album's horn section includes:
Jean-Francois Thibeault (trombone), Bruno Dumont (saxophone), David Perrico (trumpet), Jean-Francois Gagnon (flugel horn).
When working on the music for 'VIVA ELVIS - The Album', van Tourneau, aided by Hugo Bombardier, Assistant Producer and Assistant Arranger on the
Album, spent more than 3,000 hours reviewing countless albums, films, concert recordings, interviews and home recordings of Elvis. More than 17,000
samples of Elvis' songs – the raw material for the show – were made during the process.
Working with tens of thousands of samples of Elvis' voice, van Tourneau and Bombardier often wove several sequences and sounds into the same songs,
sometimes changing details such as the key and tempo. In creating 'VIVA ELVIS - The Album', van Tourneau was looking to accentuate and boost the
emotional charge of the songs with the incorporation of ragga, punk or hip-hop elements into classic recordings. In all cases, however, the goal was to
respect and understand the essence of the original recordings.
"I would like to acknowledge all of the incredible composers, musicians and technicians responsible for making this music with Elvis originally", said van
Tourneau. "VIVA ELVIS - The Album' would not be what it is today if not for their remarkable contributions."
The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of
'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' re-imagines the king's own vocal performances in a broad variety of new musical settings. This new sound echoes Elvis' own
versatility and ability to master all music genres, from Delta blues to rockabilly, from raw soul to gospel, from Southern folk to Vegas pop, while incorporating
elements of garage rock, punk, urban and hip-hop.
In celebration of all eras of Elvis' musical genius, 'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' includes songs from Elvis' rise to fame in the '50s, his movie soundtracks, his
triumphant return to the stage in the '68 Special', and his ground-breaking appearances in Las Vegas.
Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, opened earlier this year in a specially designed 1,800 seat
theater at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
A tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley, Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with
the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley. Significant moments in his life – intimate, playful and grandiose – blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant
today as when they first hit the top of the charts.
'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' is a 21st century venue for rock's first and biggest superstar. The King's Music Lives!
'VIVA ELVIS - The Album' - produced and arranged by Erich van Tourneau.
01. Opening......................(mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
02. Blue Suede Shoes......(mixed by Serban Ghenea)
03. That's Alright...............(mixed by Brendan O'Brien)
04. Heartbreak Hotel.........(mixed by Brendan O'Brien)
05. Love Me Tender.........(mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
06. King Creole.................(mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
07. Bossa Nova Baby........(mixed by Serban Ghenea)
08. Burning Love...............(mixed by Serban Ghenea)
09. Memories.....................(mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
10. Can't Help Falling In Love....(mixed by Serban Ghenea)
11. You'll Never Walk Alone (piano interlude)....(mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
12. Suspicious Minds........(mixed by Brendan O'Brien)