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article imageFirst song heard on Elvis' 2010 contemporary, remix album

By Laura Trowbridge     Oct 18, 2010 in Entertainment
An updated, contemporary version of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" was heard on radio stations in the US today. This is the first single from the yet-to-be-released “Viva ELVIS-The Album."
According to EP Gold, the Bristish fans got a jump on hearing the new single last month when it was played at the BBC 2 Hyde Park concert "Elvis Forever." Sony UK also said it was played two days earlier than at the concert on BBC Radio 2.
Beginning in February this year, Cirque du Soleil celebrated Presley's 75th birthday year with a Las Vegas show called "Viva ELVIS."
"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 this November."
The worldwide release of the new album is set for November 9. The 12 tracks will include "Suspicious Minds," "King Creole," "Burning Love," "Blue Suede Shoes," "It's Now or Never," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "That’s All Right."
Freep.com said the older generation who grew up with Elvis music might not appreciate the contemporary version of his songs.
Tom Cording, vice president of media relations for Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division, said: “I can understand why the purist may be cautious and hesitant, but the new album is a unique way to bring Elvis’ music to a whole new younger audience.”
Erich van Tourneau, Musical Director and Arranger for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil, produced and arranged the new songs for the album. He fused thousands of samples of Elvis’ voice and music with the contemporary sounds of punk, garage rock, raggae and hip-hop. Some tracks have voice-overs and sound effects added.
Van Tourneau said: "What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first time today? We set out to evoke the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley while building a bridge between his music and future generations of fans."
Adam Block of Legacy Recordings said: "Viva ELVIS is a tantalizing musical experience. It's so creative and so contemporary, it effortlessly places Elvis in a current context that appeals to fans of all ages and all kinds of music. There's a freshness, a newness to these songs that grabs you and shakes you and ultimately testifies to the remarkable artist Elvis remains to this very day."
Freep.com reported that the album is getting mixed reviews by radio stations.
Miami oldies station WMXJ-FM will be playing the new "Suspicious Minds." The station's program director said, “That still has great legs. It wasn’t an accident that they chose it as their first release.”
However, an operations manager, Jerry Dean, for five radio stations in Memphis, TN does not think he will have it played on their stations.
“Elvis is so beloved that when you start changing his original music, then the die-hard fans don’t like it. Some things just shouldn’t be remade,” Dean said.
"Viva ELVIS - The Album" can be pre-ordered here.
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