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TCBCast 079: Elvis' Best Album? Elvis is Back! Review

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 08/28/2019

TCBCast 132: The Most Goosebump Inducing Performances show art TCBCast 132: The Most Goosebump Inducing Performances

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip spend the whole episode gushing over the very best of Elvis' performances - whether live, in the studio, or in the films - that have wowed them or evoked strong reactions from them. From fun rockers like "Ready Teddy" to inspirational and moving tracks like "If I Can Dream," sometimes it's just celebrate why we love listening to an artist's incredible music. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip highlights the elegant ballad "Anything That's Part of You." Justin, meanwhile, goes in a complete 180 and picks a comedy number that even Elvis' recording company has never...

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TCBCast 131: Devil in Disguise - Billboard R&B, August 24, 1963 show art TCBCast 131: Devil in Disguise - Billboard R&B, August 24, 1963

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Professor Ladhar's class returns after a long summer vacation for a look at the chart where Elvis' last Top 10 R&B hit peaked. The Beatles haven't quiet yet came to the US, Motown is beginning to take hold, and things are about the change... but for the moment, Elvis is in good company alongside all-time great female vocalists like Doris Troy and Martha & the Vandellas, as well as icons such as Brook Benton and Marvin Gaye. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip continues his R&B kick with the 1960 blues number "Like A Baby," while Justin highlights "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind",...

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TCBCast 130: Hunka Hunka Bill and Ted show art TCBCast 130: Hunka Hunka Bill and Ted

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

EXCELLENT! Justin & Gurdip hop in their phone booth and travel back to 1992, the year that "Hunka Hunka Bill & Ted," an episode featuring Elvis from the short-lived Bill & Ted live action TV series aired. As the review goes on, Justin discovers to his surprise that his child-of-the-80s cohost has little love for Wyld Stallions! Bogus!!! Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip takes us "Down in the Alley" for Elvis' down and dirty cover of The Clovers classic, while Justin could listen to Sam Cooke's earworm "Good Times" all night long... and all night. And all niiiiight. And all night....

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TCBCast 129: Sun Records Episode 1 TCBCast 129: Sun Records Episode 1 "706 Union"

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip are joined by Olivia Murphy-Rogers for a review of the pilot episode of the 2017 CMT miniseries "Sun Records." Intended as an adaptation of the stage musical "Million Dollar Quartet," did the series' attempt at making Memphis Recording Service's historic breakthroughs relevant to modern audiences work, or did the show give in to biopic tropes and stereotypes?  Then, for Song of the Week, Olivia selects Elvis' cover of Eddy Arnold's timeless country ballad "After Loving You," while Gurdip serenades us all with his version of The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday...

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TCBCast 128: June 1958 - The Last 50s Session show art TCBCast 128: June 1958 - The Last 50s Session

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

We wrap up our coverage of Elvis' 1950s non-soundtrack studio sessions with the last session Elvis had before shipping out to Germany. Backed by an A-team of Nashville players, Elvis worked no less hard turning out single material than he did with Scotty & Bill. And unlike several prior sessions, RCA kept the tapes, so we get to hear the artistic process in motion as Private Presley pushes for distinct sounds and hard-hitting rockers, although "Ain't That Loving You Baby" trips them all up. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip selects the optimistic "What A Wonderful Life" from the 1961 film...

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Blue Suede Reviews: Guitar Man (1981) to Where No One Stands Alone (2018) PLUS Justin's Top 10 Elvis Albums show art Blue Suede Reviews: Guitar Man (1981) to Where No One Stands Alone (2018) PLUS Justin's Top 10 Elvis Albums

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin rounds off Blue Suede Reviews highlighting some of the major posthumous projects that purported to offer "new" Elvis recordings via overdubs, remixes and reorchestrations, along with a brief discussion of the state of RCA's Elvis output between 1977 and the release of "Guitar Man" in 1981. Then, Justin offers an extended discussion of his Top 10 favorite Elvis lifetime albums. Later this week, we'll have some additional content for you to enjoy this Elvis Week. Thanks for your continued support of TCBCast! Video versions of these reviews (without audio samples) will be released on the...

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Blue Suede Reviews: The Missing Albums (1970-1977) show art Blue Suede Reviews: The Missing Albums (1970-1977)

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

As promised, Justin revives Blue Suede Reviews for Elvis Week 2020 to look at the albums released during Elvis' lifetime that were left off the RCA Albums Collection box set, starting with the 1970 Camden release of "Elvis' Christmas Album" and ending with the album that eventually accompanied the 1977 CBS Special "Elvis in Concert." This episode also includes a discussion on the 1973 buyout deal with RCA that affected Elvis' catalogue for years to come. Justin will also be releasing additional episodes this week about notable posthumous albums, his Top 10 favorite Elvis lifetime albums, and...

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TCBCast 127: September '57 & February '58 Sessions show art TCBCast 127: September '57 & February '58 Sessions

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Justin & Gurdip return to their coverage of Elvis' non-movie recording sessions. First up are the sessions that not only produced his first Christmas album but also the smash hit "Don't" but also led to a rift between Elvis and his band members. Skipping ahead a few months (and a draft notice), the guys also explore the final sessions with Scotty & Bill in early 1958. With a couple Frankenstein'd masters, tracks that remained unreleased for years, and failed attempts to capture the broad pop style Elvis would only begin to master upon his return, do these sessions bear out...

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TCBCast 126: Return to Sender - The Elvis Stamp show art TCBCast 126: Return to Sender - The Elvis Stamp

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip start off this week's episode answering a listener question about reaction videos on YouTube about Elvis. Then the main topic goes to a strange corner of the Elvis fandom, looking at the history behind the two USPS stamps featuring Elvis' image, including the massive "young vs old Elvis" cultural debate of the early 90s. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip does the best he can picking "Doin' The Best I Can" from the 1960 film "G.I. Blues." Justin, in the meanwhile, goes full Christmas in July with the biggest holiday hit associated with Elvis. Featured Songs of the Week:...

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TCBCast 125: No Room to Rhumba - Fun in Acapulco Pt. 2 show art TCBCast 125: No Room to Rhumba - Fun in Acapulco Pt. 2

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Ryan, Gurdip & Justin return this week to wrap up their review of the 1963 film "Fun in Acapulco," including an mostly-irrelevant tangent about their experiences at gimmicky restaurants. But it's all good! Find out where the movie ranks among their favorites of Elvis' filmography. Then, for Song of the Week, Ryan highlights the heavenly "Angel" from 1962's "Follow That Dream" soundtrack while Gurdip walks that "Milky White Way." Justin wraps up this week's episode with "If You Talk In Your Sleep," Elvis' funky minor hit about infidelity that has a surprising back story. Featured Songs of...

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This week, Justin & Gurdip set the needle and crank the volume on the first album Elvis released after returning from the Army, "Elvis is Back!" While Gurdip ponders if it is in fact Elvis' best album, Justin asserts that it's Elvis' best "50s" R&B showing. Then for Song of the Week, Justin takes us to church to solemnly deep dive the history behind "Stand By Me" while Gurdip would rather invite you into his "Beach Shack" to see his etchings.

Featured Songs of the Week
Justin: Stand by Me
Gurdip: Beach Shack