Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Secret World Of Elvis

Elvis on leave from the army in Paris, early 1959.
Several weeks ago I wrote a posting on Percy Mayfield and put out a call to see if anyone out there had a line on Elvis' x-rated outtake version of Mayfield's masterpiece Stranger In My Own Hometown. Reader JohnnyQ responded with a link to said recording, and having downloaded it, in a fit of excitement sent out copies to several friends that I thought would enjoy hearing Elvis sing "motherfucker", "cocksucker" and "hard prick" in the same tune. Of the responses I got back, my favorite was from esteemed author and cultural commentator Nick Tosches, who wrote: "Jim: as somebody who always felt that Elvis killed rock'n'roll until it rose from the dead again in 1965, I must say that this raises the value of his stock considerably in my mind. In fact, aside from Heartbreak Hotel and one cut on Having Fun On Stage ("...when you look in the mirror and see you are bald", or whatever it is), this is the best Elvis I've ever heard".
I concur, it is indeed right up there with Mystery Train and the version of Reconsider Baby from Elvis' Back in my own mind. So for those who don't bother with the comment section, I thought I'd put it right out here for the world to hear. It's just too good to keep a secret. Monday was the thirty third anniversary of Elvis' death (and the seventy first anniversary of Robert Johnson's death, and it would have been Kelly Keller's fifteenth birthday, had she lived) so consider this my tribute to all three. Don't you love the photos?

20 comments:

Donna Lethal said...

I sent it along to my Dad, (also Nick fan, although he does not share the same view about The King) and his response was: "Jesus, it's not like Elvis to swear like that!"

Joe Bonomo said...

Fantastic. Never heard it. Thanks, man.

Paul said...

At last I can junk that censored version off the '70s Masters (sanctimoniously labelled 'Informal Recording') and put this in instead! Thanks, as always, Hound.

G said...

Outstanding, man. Does this mean you'll have the Mary Tyler Moore sex tape for next year?

PatOlds said...

"would have been Kelly Keller's fifteenth birthday"...Maybe your friends fiftieth birthday?

The Hound said...

""would have been Kelly Keller's fifteenth birthday"...Maybe your friends fiftieth birthday?"

One of the best people I ever met and partner @ the Circle Bar New Orleans, see: http://www.kkmf.org/
for more on her life.

Anonymous said...

God bless you for posting this! I can't stop playing this! -Barry Soltz

Exeter said...

WoW!
This is really something!
"Gonna drive a &#!%(@ truck again!"
Darn right!
We're very lucky nobody immediately erased this one!

bbinpb said...

This is why I love your blog! Thanks. . . .

Anonymous said...

Outstanding!! Thanks Hound

brujo said...

there is a whole album of this material here is a link to the cover and tracks but the download has been deleted .regards brujo
http://music-rapid.com/2010/02/18/elvis-presley-cut-me-and-i-bleed.html

Donna Lethal said...

Brujo - yes it also contains the gem, "Don't Cry Fatty" ...

pablo said...

another link for the potty-mouth Elvis album mentioned above...
http://www.sanjose72.com/myworld/?p=36775

littlefield said...

again and again, thank you...even tho' you ain't nuthin' but a houndblog..sorry

Smallie M. Biggens said...

Skinny Elvis was a pimp. I salute him.

Record Fiend said...

Damn, this is hot! Why couldn't Elvis have recorded more stuff like this?

RF

aikin said...

this is just frickin' incredible. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Great! However I don't know how Nick Tosches or any other 'esteemed author or social critic' reaches the conclusion that pre Beatles early 60's was such a bleak musical period. There are thousands of fabulous records that prove otherwise.
It's true that Rock'n Roll tailed off in the mainstream that these people tend to write about, but as our kind of stuff is rarely represented there who cares anyway?
This just buys into the cosy established journalistic point of view that rock'n roll having recovered with the Beatles in the mid 60's reached its zenith at Woodstock and has mostly remained robustly healthy ever since; aided of course by 'Rolling Stone', multiple awards, Halls of Fame and rockstar royalty.
Personally I'd take the late 50's and early 60's over anything from the last 40 odd years.

Anonymous said...

I wanna hear the X-Rated Hank Williams album...

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