Covers of Elvis songs

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Wed May 06, 2015 6:19 pm

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Erich Selheim , makers on these videos, has recorded versions of all the tracks (Rhino extras and all) of MAIT & TYM. He sent me copies. After seeing these videos I asked if he had done more such recordings. He has & is sending me copies of his versions of AF & GH!!. - yay!


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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby sweetest punch » Sun May 10, 2015 5:02 am

Festival Choir at the 2015 National Folk Festival in Canberra covers Tripwire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Lerk-G0Hc
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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby Mr. Getgood » Tue May 12, 2015 5:45 am

This is always good for a giggle - Elvis Prestello performing Alison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXL_qov1kOc
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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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Thanks, I needed that...

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby docinwestchester » Tue May 12, 2015 8:21 am

Mr. Getgood wrote:This is always good for a giggle - Elvis Prestello performing Alison:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXL_qov1kOc


Goon Squad (live):

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Mon May 18, 2015 3:39 am

Just got Erich Selheim's versions of AF & GH - extras 'n all...

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Tue May 26, 2015 8:05 am

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Sönder - Broken (Costello)

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Thu May 28, 2015 4:30 pm

I complimented Erich Selheim on his performances, how my lack of German meant I concentrated on & appreciated all the more the melodies & commented on my curiosity at how he managed to fit German versions of all those consonants into the 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").

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby sweetest punch » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:15 pm

Hear 30 seconds of Giacomo Gates singing "Almost Blue": http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011NS4TAE/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk6
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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby Mr. Getgood » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:26 am

Good energy on this one - Dylan Gardner doing No Action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP5EQHttKW8
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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby sweetest punch » Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:37 pm

A Capella version of God Give Me Strength: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiNfhU0ea3A
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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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A Twitter exchange in the last few days between Elvis & this Liverpool group has led to the discovery that his group's cello player , Vicky, is related to Elvis.

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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Ida Sand - swedish keyboard player covers "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further"




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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby The imposter » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:08 pm

Don't know if this has been posted before, Watching The Detectives - Keep Calm and Ultra Lounge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMc-MF9nlSQ

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:36 am

Erich Selheim has followed on from his German versions of Elvis's early albums with covers of songs from Trust -


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






I complimented Erich Selheim on his earlier performances, how my lack of German meant I concentrated on & appreciated all the more the melodies & commented on my curiosity at how he managed to fit German versions of all those consonants into the 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").

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:30 am

Erich tells me via email -

Yes, I love Trust; it has some of my all-time favourite Elvis songs (New Lace Sleeves, Pretty Words, You'll Never Be A Man, etc.). 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).

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:58 pm

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Be afraid! The latest of Erich Sellheim's recordings of German versions of Elvis's albums arrives, Trust, reissue extras 'n all. PM me for a copy, if you like.

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Thu May 05, 2016 6:59 am

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I occasionally hear interesting versions of my songs. I only have knowledge of one mercenary cover — where I know for a fact that the producer of the record strong-armed the group into recording one of my songs. That was the Outlaws. I believe they've no interest at all in that track ("Miracle Man"), they're totally embarrassed by the fact that they were made to do it because it's so out of what they normally do. I only heard it for the first time very recently. - Elvis , 1985


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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby johnfoyle » Fri May 06, 2016 7:29 am

A Japanese disco & salsa version of Alison from 2002 has come to my attention - pass!

https://www.discogs.com/Emmina-Alison/release/6904865


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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

Postby emotional_fascism076 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:05 am

Very interesting take on it.

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Re: Covers of Elvis songs

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Since you put me down, it seems i've been very gloomy. You may laugh but pretty girls look right through me.


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