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Blue Suede Reviews: Elvis Country (1971) to Elvis (1973)

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 06/27/2020

TCBCast Now #5 Teaser show art TCBCast Now #5 Teaser

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This morning we released TCBCast Now #5 for our Patreon supporters. In this month's TCBCast Now, inspired by Mortal Kombat, we're discussing the value of video games being adapted to films, as well as a bunch of other pop culture news including Marvel Phase 4 and DC's Superman casting news. For Song of the Month, Gurdip's picking the Rocky Fellers's "Killer Joe" and Justin picks Alison Krauss's "Maybe."  If you enjoy this teaser, please consider joining to support the show at Patreon.com/TCBCast to receive access to dozens of hours of new, exclusive and early access bonus content...

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TCBCast Now #4: Jaws show art TCBCast Now #4: Jaws

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

As a teaser, we've dropped the first 3 full new episodes of TCBCast Now into our main feed over the last 3 months. TCBCast Now is our once-a-month general pop culture spin-off available exclusively for Patreon supporters at Patreon.com/TCBCast. Going forward, we will be releasing short 5-10 minute teasers of our Patreon-exclusive material on the main feed. On this episode of TCBCast Now originally released in early April, Justin finally watches Gurdip's favorite movie of all time: 1975's JAWS, directed by Steven Spielberg himself. While Justin provides his reactions to the film, Gurdip...

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TCBCast 164: Golden Songs of the Week, Volume 7 show art TCBCast 164: Golden Songs of the Week, Volume 7

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip are taking a one-week break, so now's the perfect time to revisit some of our earliest Songs of the Week in one go! Whether you've just recently began listening or haven't gone back in a while, here are the histories behind songs from TCBCasts 31-34, including Ryan Droste's first appearance on the show with Pocketful of Rainbows, as well as Thrill of Your Love, I'll Be There, Dark Moon, Let Me Be the One, Little Mama and Good Rockin' Tonight. If you enjoy TCBCast, please consider supporting us at Patreon.com/TCBCast. We offer plenty of bonus content - in the month of March...

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TCBCast 163: Madison Square Garden, 1972 show art TCBCast 163: Madison Square Garden, 1972

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

As selected by the TCBCast Patreon community, this week, Gurdip & Justin are covering not only Elvis's famous As Recorded At Madison Square Garden album from 1972, but the surrounding activities, including the press conference Elvis gave, and the afternoon show released later on. For Song of the Week, also picked by patrons, Gurdip is rolling on the river in Elvis' cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's iconic "Proud Mary" while Justin has to confess he's "Never Been to Spain" but he kinda likes Elvis' version of the Three Dog Night's 70s classic. If you enjoy TCBCast and would like to...

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TCBCast 162: The Original Lady With The High Voice, Millie Kirkham feat. Darin Evans show art TCBCast 162: The Original Lady With The High Voice, Millie Kirkham feat. Darin Evans

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Gurdip's off this week but Justin is joined by guest (and TCBCast patron!) Darin Evans to take a (not remotely comprehensive) look at the contributions of soprano backing vocalist Millie Kirkham to Elvis' recording career. Millie's distinctive high voice sound is audible on Elvis classics like "Blue Christmas," "She's Not You" and "The Wonder of You" as well as many recordings by other Nashville recording artists, and she is, to note, the only backing vocalist to have recorded & performed with Elvis through all three decades of his career, making her an iconic part of Elvis' musical...

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TCBCast 161: Elvis & The Beauty Queen feat. Jaime Kay show art TCBCast 161: Elvis & The Beauty Queen feat. Jaime Kay

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Gurdip & Justin are joined by Jaime Kay from the Jungle Room podcast to review the 1981 biopic "Elvis & The Beauty Queen," about Linda Thompson and her relationship with Elvis. As always with Jaime Kay, it's a ton of fun and you never know where it's going to go! For Song of the Week, Jaime Kay picked the movie track "A Whistling Tune," Gurdip went back to his favorite album for "Girl Next Door Went A-Walking" off "Elvis is Back" and Justin highlights Elvis' rarely-heard home recording of "It's A Sin to Tell A Lie." If you enjoy TCBCast and would like to support us while...

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TCBCast 160: Wheels On Our Heels - The Top 11 Elvis Movie Driving Songs show art TCBCast 160: Wheels On Our Heels - The Top 11 Elvis Movie Driving Songs

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

After almost two months of research- & thematically-heavy topics (including this week's chapter of our TCBCast Book Club), Justin & Gurdip go for something a little more lighthearted and set about "scientifically" ranking all the scenes from Elvis movies where Elvis is driving/piloting and singing while doing it! The totally scientific ranking system utilized means this list's order is both a ton of fun, and completely subjective bullcrap, and fittingly, Gurdip selects "Dominic" from "Stay Away, Joe" for his Song of the Week. Justin goes down another road, picking 1961's "I'm Coming...

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TCBCast Now #3: Top NES Games show art TCBCast Now #3: Top NES Games

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

The first three (February-March-April 2021) monthly episodes of TCBCast Now, our pop culture discussion experiment, typically Patreon exclusives, are going to be released on the general feed after approximately one month of patron-exclusivity, as a way of giving listeners a sampler of some of the extra content we have on offer for patrons. No foolin'! On this month's TCBCast Now, Gurdip & Justin discuss WandaVision's run, Raya & The Last Dragon, and Justin's playthrough of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. This leads into a discussion of some of the guys' favorite Nintendo Entertainment...

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TCBCast 159: The Road to Vegas '69 show art TCBCast 159: The Road to Vegas '69

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Justin & Gurdip are doing a topic selected by the TCBCast Patreon community, examining the time between Elvis' 1956 and 1969 Vegas engagements, what other acts (including the Rat Pack) were up to through the 60s, and how Elvis' show at the International was different in tone and audience from what had come before. For Song of the Week, both this week were voted on by Patreon supporters as well! Justin rides that "Mystery Train" all the way back to its roots in country and blues, and Gurdip turns into "A Big Hunk O' Love" after hearing Elvis' brilliant late 50s hit. If you enjoy...

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TCBCast 158: An A-Z of Elvis feat. Joe Shooman show art TCBCast 158: An A-Z of Elvis feat. Joe Shooman

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week, Justin & Gurdip are joined by Joe Shooman, author of "An A-Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions," a new short book highlighting trivia ranging from conspiracy theories to Elvis' genealogy, from ETAs to collectors and producers. Fittingly, our chapter of "Elvis What Happened" to cover this week as part of our TCBCast Book Club segment tackled some of Elvis' own interests in the unusual. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip went for the cute "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby" from 1968's "Speedway" while Justin ponders "Who's Sorry Now" after hearing Elvis & Anita Wood’s...

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More Episodes

We're nearing the home stretch of Justin's reviews of the RCA Albums Collection box set from 2016. This episode may reflect the the most "bottom of the barrel" releases put out during Elvis' lifetime, with budget movie compilations like I Got Lucky pushing right up against the erroneously titled Elvis Now. But there are a few bright spots, especially in the live albums. 

If you haven't heard these reviews before, or not in a while, this series will help get you up to speed on Justin's thoughts on most of Elvis' albums. 

Tomorrow's episode will cover the final 7 albums included in the set from within Elvis' lifetime, plus three discs jam-packed with rarities.