Saturday, August 16, 2008

Elvis Does Dylan Does Elvis Does




"When I first heard Elvis's voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss ... Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail. I thank God for Elvis Presley."
-Bob Dylan

"My mouth feels like Bob Dylan's been sleeping in it."
-Elvis Presley


Today is the thirty-first anniversary of the King's rise from his throne to brighter pastures. Unfortunately, it was (allegedly) the proverbial porcelain throne that Elvis was crowning when he left this world. He had become a bloated parody of himself, living in insular isolation, and protected from the outside world. As I was compiling this post, of Elvis and Dylan, I tried to think of what these two artists - radically different - shared in common. They shared a lot actually. The two most influential singular performers to come along in the twentieth century, they both had to protect themselves from the hysteria of a hyper-fame. Elvis as the King, and Dylan as "the voice of a generation." What a burden it must been for them. Dylan was befuddled, disgusted, and probably genuinely frightened by the pressures foisted on him by the media and rabid fans. Enough so, that he had to retreat from public eye while still in his twenties. Elvis had a team of protectors - Colonel Tom Parker and later The Memphis Mafia. Elvis died relatively young. Bob still takes his show in the road a couple hundred times a year. I guess Elvis would be doing the same had he survived. Maybe not, but he didn't survive. It's been suggested that they shared a mutual admiration for one another. Dylan certainly admired Elvis, but more than likely Elvis had more disdain and envy for Dylan. Dylan wrote "Went to See The Gypsy" about going to meet Elvis at a hotel in Minnesota. Ironically, today and for the last few decades, Dylan is the Gypsy. The song is probably fictional. Either way, it doesn't matter. They made these recordings, and we shall listen to them.

Download:

"Tomorrow Is A Long Time" mp3
by Elvis Presley, 1966.
available on From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential 60's Masters

"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" mp3
by Elvis Presley, 1973.
available on Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters

"I Shall Be Released" mp3
by Elvis Presley.
available on Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters

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"That's All Right" take 1 mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1962.
from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Outtakes
bootleg

"That's All Right" take 2 mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1962.
from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Outtakes
bootleg

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1994.
from Fourth Time Around: Genuine Bootleg Series Vol. 4
bootleg

"Money Honey" take 1 mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1994.
Fourth Time Around: Genuine Bootleg Series Vol. 4
bootleg

"Money Honey" take 2 mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1994.
Fourth Time Around: Genuine Bootleg Series Vol. 4
bootleg

"Anyway You Want Me" mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1994.
Fourth Time Around: Genuine Bootleg Series Vol. 4
bootleg

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"Went To See The Gypsy" mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1970.
available on New Morning

"Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (publishing demo) mp3
by Bob Dylan, 1962.
from The Witmark Years
bootleg

4 comments:

Dan said...

interesting...

Anonymous said...

These are excellent, Thanks!

r7 said...

for those who do the lastfm thing, i've created a boogiewoogieflu group. it's at:

http://www.last.fm/group/boogiewoogieflu

and please use the boogiewoogieflu tag on tunes you get from here.

r7

1verycoolguy said...

Elvis is,was and always will be the greatsest singer in the world. Long live his music and his memory.