Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums - PTC & GCW just added, April 2017

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Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums - PTC & GCW just added, April 2017

Postby johnfoyle » Thu May 05, 2016 5:57 am

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Erich Sellheim has permitted me to prepare & pass on digital editions of his versions, in German , of Elvis's albums.



It's an ongoing project but these are the ones done so far.



My Aim Is True

http://www.mediafire.com/download/p8pz1 ... s_True.rar



This Years Model

http://www.mediafire.com/download/1m71r ... _Model.rar



Armed Forces

http://www.mediafire.com/download/f9brs ... Forces.rar


Get Happy disc 1

http://www.mediafire.com/download/tornp ... c_1%5D.rar


Get Happy disc 2

http://www.mediafire.com/download/80gue ... 2%5D.rar--



Trust


http://www.mediafire.com/download/cffyk ... /Trust.rar



Erich's youtube channel has a lot of the songs

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClXbwR ... zxsJIxWrog



I complimented Erich on his performances, how my lack of German meant I concentrated on & appreciated all the more the melodies. I also commented on my curiosity at how he managed to fit into German versions all those consonants that are in the lyrics of Elvis's tunes etc.

He answered -

Yes, I feel the same way about Elvis' songs; I've known them for decades, but re-recording the brilliant backing tracks makes me realise how many rhythmic and melodic details there are which I'd never really paid attention to.

Regarding my translations, I've tried to remain as literal as possible; but as you've guessed yourself, some compromises had to be made in order to keep the rhymes and the syllabic structure intact. As far as I could make them out, I even tried to use German puns where Elvis' original lyrics had English ones (though there would probably be precious few people in the world who'd appreciate this effort, as English-speaking listeners generally don't understand German, and German listeners generally don't speak enough English to understand Costello's wordplay). The biggest problem is: The English language has more one-syllable words than the German one, and thus you normally need less syllables to say something, so in translation it's often difficult to get the message across in the same space. "This Year's Girl", for example, would be translated into something like "Das Mädchen dieses Jahres" or "Das Mädchen des Jahres" - 3 syllables to 6 or 7. So I tried to find something shorter which would still catch some of the original's spirit: "Das Gesicht" ("The Face").

Currently I'm working on the next three albums simultaneously, but none of them are finished yet (I'm getting help by some friends for Almost Blue's steel guitar and Punch The Clock's brass section, and this kind of slows things down a bit).


More info on Erich - http://tinyurl.com/cvturxm

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby krm » Fri May 06, 2016 6:31 am

This is great! I like the german lyrics as well! Fantastic stuff!

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Postby DeathWearsABigHat » Sat May 07, 2016 1:11 pm

listening to his version of "Strict Time" I have now learnt that the German word for "handjob" is "handjob"

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby taramasalata » Thu May 12, 2016 3:49 pm

I' ve been wanting this for quite a while:

Give my highest regards to what Erich has accomplished! This is excellent!

With German being my mother language, I first thought "What a crazy idea!!!", trying to TRANSFER EC's masses of syllables, wordplays and meanings into another language... and doing it by chosing a language which is known for being very precise and an even heavier use of syllables, consonants and possibilities to construct sentences possibly as long as one complete EC album alone...

And Erich did it in an excellent way, maintaining the richness and variety of EC's lyrics as well as the strength and beauty of his melodies.

Splendid work!

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby Harry Worth » Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:50 pm

Absolutely wonderful, brings a smile to my face hearing these tracks and not understanding a word of them.

Erich's XTC covers are also pretty entertaining too.

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Postby myaimistrue91 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:15 am

Amazing! I love German language.

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby the_platypus » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:18 pm

I love what he's doing here. Fantastic job. Very impressive.

That said, does anyone find the extreme close-ups of his face on the youtube videos slightly unsettling?

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby johnfoyle » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:30 am

Update on downloads , as of August 11th -

My Aim Is True - 48
This Year's Model - 25
Armed Forces - 14
Get Happy!! - 'Disc one' - 11 , Disc Two' - 12
Trust - 25

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Postby johnfoyle » Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:03 am

Erich is delighted with the above news & adds -

In the next few weeks, I'll finish my Imperial Bedroom recordings; I'll send them your way as soon as they're done.

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums

Postby johnfoyle » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:49 pm

The latest of Erich Sellheim 's recordings in German of Elvis's albums has reached me. Imperial Bedroom - He hasn't skipped Almost Blue, he's waiting on some overdubs from a friend who plays pedal steel guitar.

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Here are soundfiles , shared with Erich's permission -

http://www.mediafire.com/download/k34y0 ... disc+1.rar

http://www.mediafire.com/download/1hu1b ... disc+2.rar

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Re: Erich Sellheim's German versions of Elvis's albums - Imperial Bedroom just added

Postby johnfoyle » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:05 pm

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Hurrah! The latest of Erich Sellheim 's recordings of Elvis's albums in German has arrived!

Links to downloads etc. , as permitted by Erich -

http://www.mediafire.com/file/b3aewfrjr ... +Clock.rar

http://www.mediafire.com/file/lodm55sgv ... +World.rar

Here's the latest tally for downloads of the earlier albums -

MAIT 105
TYM 47
AF 38
GH!! disc 1 55
GH!! disc 2 80
T 59
IB disc 1 59
IB disc 2 34


Almost Blue is , I presume, awaiting overdubs, as earlier noted.


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