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TCBCast 064: Discussion w/Anthony Britch

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 05/01/2019

TCBCast 149: Elvis & The Beatles Part 1 feat. Antony Rotunno show art TCBCast 149: Elvis & The Beatles Part 1 feat. Antony Rotunno

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Just in time for our big 150th episode and third anniversary of TCBCast, we're thrilled to have Antony Rotunno, from the podcast Glass Onion: On John Lennon, join us for our first-ever big two-part discussion about Elvis and The Beatles. We cover a lot of ground in this first half, from the Quarrymen's Elvis-inspired demo, to Elvis' sole attempt at serious songwriting, and the Beatles' open desire as fans to see Elvis return to his rock roots. There's plenty of comparisons between performing styles, the wide variety of genres both took influence from, how fame impacted them, and even...

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TCBCast 148: The Quiet Comeback: 1966-1968 feat. David TCBCast 148: The Quiet Comeback: 1966-1968 feat. David "Ghosty" Wills

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip are joined this week by radio personality and longtime TCBCast listener David "Ghosty" Wills to discuss one of the most underrated and misunderstood eras of Elvis' career: the two years leading up to the famous NBC TV Special. Beneath the formulaic movies, poorly constructed soundtrack albums, and a generally well-received gospel album, those who look deeper can find an artist rediscovering the styles and sounds that originally inspired him... long before the conventionally accepted "reawakening." Here is an Elvis Presley rediscovering hard-hitting R&B tunes, crossing...

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TCBCast 147: Elvis: What Happened? An Intro to TCBCast Book Club show art TCBCast 147: Elvis: What Happened? An Intro to TCBCast Book Club

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip start off 2021 and Season 4 of TCBCast reacting to Peloton's new exclusive Elvis remixes, then examining the first five chapters of the infamous 1977 book "Elvis: What Happened" by Steve Dunleavy, Dave Hebler and Red & Sonny West, as selected by TCBCast listeners. Justin points out the importance of context; particularly Dunleavy's long history in the right-wing tabloid media sphere, but also acknowledging his strength as a writer. Gurdip ponders whether the karate experts in the book are really as lethal as they say, and both guys consider the deeper moral questions...

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TCBCast 146: New Year's Eve 1976 feat. Ryan Droste show art TCBCast 146: New Year's Eve 1976 feat. Ryan Droste

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

As 2020 winds down, Ryan joins Gurdip & Justin for an absolute whopper of an episode: our first-ever in-depth discussion of one of Elvis' 1970s concerts. Since its bootleg release the year Elvis died, the Pittsburgh New Year's Eve show from 1976 has claimed in some circles as perhaps the last great Elvis Presley concert. Armed with the "New Year's Eve" FTD and the "Final Countdown to Midnight" bootleg DVD, the guys try to examine whether the widespread belief that Elvis simply didn't care about performing anymore by 1976 holds water in light of this concert's expanded setlist, engaging...

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TCBCast 145: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas show art TCBCast 145: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

In 1971, Elvis laid down his second holiday-themed album, full of both traditional hymns and then-contemporary originals. The question is whether, despite the classic "Merry Christmas Baby," does the rest of the album hold up if you don't grade it on the Christmas Curve? In the news, the guys discuss the recent passing of country artist Charley Pride, Justin provides his in-depth review of the new book "Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music, and the True Story of Heartbreak Hotel" from author Tony Plews, then gives a long-awaited answer to a listener question about why he doesn't...

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

For a bit of holiday fun, join Justin & Gurdip as they discuss topics from across the fields of TV, film, games and music. Gurdip fills us in on his recent viewings of Fargo, Justin discusses why The Mandalorian connects so well to all three Star Wars trilogies, and both examine the effect of subscription services on the increasingly fractured audiences. Justin dives into Cyberpunk 2077's problematic release, Gurdip talks his recent deep dives into Marvel Unlimited's archives of old series and both ponder how the upcoming Elvis graphic novel will fare. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip...

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TCBCast 144: Golden Songs of the Week, Volume 6 show art TCBCast 144: Golden Songs of the Week, Volume 6

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip are busy toodling away at something different for a bonus episode you'll get later this week, but never fear! Golden Songs of the Week are here! Whether you're revisiting these or hadn't gone back and listened to them yet, here are the Songs of the Week from Episodes 26-30. Normally, we wouldn't have a compilation be this long but since #30 ends with "I'm Leavin'" and we discuss Joe Var Veri's cover in detail during it, and we just had Joe guest on the show, we thought it was the most fitting end for this one! Featured Songs of the Week include: Lover Doll, Run On, Wear My...

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TCBCast 143: Elvis Novelty Songs Part 2 show art TCBCast 143: Elvis Novelty Songs Part 2

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip find that Santa has delivered them another gift of Elvis-themed novelty songs. From tracks poking fun at obsessive Elvis fans to a calypso-styled defense of Elvis' hip-shaking, the world of Elvis novelty records has some surprises in store! Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip discusses the one-off live version of Bo Diddley's "Hey Bo Diddley" Elvis did in 1976 while Justin points out the similarities between 1960's "Forget Me Never" and Elvis' 1953 Memphis Recording Service acetates.

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TCBCast 142: Joe Var Veri show art TCBCast 142: Joe Var Veri

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

This week Justin & Gurdip are joined by musician, songwriter and Elvis enthusiast Joe Var Veri, who's known on YouTube for his unique covers of Elvis and other classic rock acts as well as original material. Hailing originally from Melbourne, Australia, Joe deep dives Elvis' creative process as a musician, the value of live performing as an artist, and highlights some of his most memorable recordings, including his version of "I'm Leavin'," which was given the stamp of approval by songwriter Michael Jarret. If you'd like to hear more of Joe, check out joevarveri.com and...

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TCBCast 141: Elvis' Best Album? That's The Way It Is (50th Anniversary Review) show art TCBCast 141: Elvis' Best Album? That's The Way It Is (50th Anniversary Review)

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

While catching up with the hot new Sony Legacy release "From Elvis in Nashville," Justin & Gurdip are inspired to take a look at the first album comprised of material from those June 1970 sessions: That's The Way It Is. Blending live and studio cuts and bearing perhaps the most prominent influence of the 70s adult contemporary style (reflecting artists like BJ Thomas and Tom Jones), does the not-so-soundtrack album accompanying the documentary film stand on its own 50 years out from its original release? Where does it sit within Elvis' greater discography? And are there still new insights...

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Justin & Gurdip sit down with longtime Elvis fan & collector Anthony Britch to talk about growing up when Elvis was alive, collecting Elvis, and a wide assortment of topics. Plus, news on a new 4K transfer of King Creole, and for Song of the Week, all three decades of Elvis are represented. Justin's "Loving Arms" can't shake Gurdip's "Hearts of Stone," but Anthony knows all about the Don Robertson classic "They Remind Me Too Much Of You."

Featured Songs of the Week:

Gurdip: Hearts of Stone

Justin: Loving Arms

Anthony: They Remind Me Too Much Of You