Inspired by the multi-million dollar Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas show, Viva
Elvis is a celebration. It’s a celebration of the passion and energy of an icon
who broke all musical boundaries and taught the world to rock and roll. It’s a
celebration of the love its creators feel for the man and his music. And it’s a
celebration of the joy his songs can inspire in old and new fans alike.
Never straying far from the mood and brilliance of the originals, Viva Elvis
brings his masterpieces bang up to date for the 21st Century – faithful enough
to the originals to trigger old memories and fresh enough to create new ones;
Viva Elvis is for everyone who loved Elvis and for anyone inspired to get to
know him more.
Elvis was the ultimate showman – charismatic, controversial, always
entertaining. It seems fitting that the Viva Elvis music originated from Cirque
du Soleil’s show in Las Vegas – the home of showmanship. But the purpose of Viva
Elvis is more than Elvis the showman.
The undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley remains one of the most
iconic and powerful forces in popular culture. "Before Elvis," said John
Lennon, "there was nothing."
After Elvis, the world looked and sounded different. With a swivel of his hips
and the power of his voice, Elvis broke down barriers and shattered the status
quo, revolutionizing the worlds of music, film and fashion while signaling a
seismic shift in gender, class, race, and generational relationships.
The Elvis revolution continues with Viva ELVIS - The Album.
The postmodern studio masterwork invokes the spirit and essence of Elvis from a
contemporary perspective while furthering the revolutionary impulses of Elvis'
sound. 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.
"Viva ELVIS is a tantalizing musical experience," said Adam Block, Senior Vice
President/General Manager, Legacy Recordings. "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."
"What would the songs of Elvis be like if he were doing them for the first time
today?," asks the album's producer and arranger Erich van Tourneau, Musical
Director and Arranger for Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil. "We set out to evoke
the soul and spirit of Elvis Presley while building a bridge between his music
and future generations of fans."
When working on the music for Viva ELVIS, van Tourneau -- aided by Hugo
Bombardier, Assistant Producer and Assistant Arranger on Viva ELVIS - 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.
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. "Burning Love," "Suspicious Minds," "Blue Suede Shoes"
and "It's Now or Never" are among the songs that have been re-imagined and
transformed for Viva ELVIS - The Album.
Viva ELVIS - The Album is a 21st century venue for rock's first and biggest
superstar. The King's Music Lives!
• Vinyl LP
2. Blue Suede Shoes
3. That's All Right
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Love Me Tender
6. King Creole
7. Bossa Nova Baby
8. Burning Love
9. Memories (interlude)
10. Can't Help Falling In Love
11. You'll Never Walk Alone (interlude)
12. Suspicious Minds