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TCBCast 066: September 1956 Sessions feat. Ryan Droste

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Release Date: 05/14/2019

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Ryan rejoins Justin & Gurdip for his first episode of 2020 to review the 1962 boxing film "Kid Galahad." The guys explore the story's history as a novel by Francis Wallace, as an early 1937 film directed by "King Creole"'s Michael Curtiz, and Justin even manages to track down a radio theatre adaptation. Is the movie one of Elvis' stronger outings, and do Elvis' musical moments actually hurt the movie's intentions? Plus, how far do the guys make it before a "Rocky" joke gets made? All this and more in this week's TCBCast! Next week, we'll conclude the "Kid Galahad" review and tackle our...

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TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

Justin & Gurdip starting off Episode 102 answering a whole host of listener emails and messages this week on a wide array of topics. Then for the main topic, it's time to take a look at where "Burning Love," Elvis' last Top 10 Hot 100 hit, fit into the cultural context of its time. Then for Song of the Week, Justin realizes "Tender Feeling" is an adaptation of an old folk song he loves, while Gurdip ponders "What's She Really Like?" from the G.I. Blues soundtrack. Featured Songs of the Week: Gurdip: What's She Really Like? Justin: Tender Feeling

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In the first episode of our 3rd year, Justin & Gurdip wrap up a two-part review of the 1981 film "This Is Elvis" with the help of The Jungle Room Podcast host Jaime Kay. Covering from the 1968 TV Special to the end of Elvis' life, the crew discusses Elvis' creative and personal disappointments during this period of his life, the 1977 CBS TV Special, and Jaime takes a stand for Ginger Alden. Then the discussion is wrapped with thoughts on whether "This is Elvis" is actually an objectively good film, or just a nostalgia showcase viewed with rose-colored glasses by fans who needed the...

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Justin and Gurdip are joined by Jaime Kay of The Jungle Room podcast for TCBCast's 100th Episode Bash. After a brief reintroduction for anyone looking to start listening to TCBCast, an email from a listener presents a thought-provoking discussion about feeling anxious to tell people you're an Elvis fan, then Gurdip and Jaime go head to head for an Elvis trivia challenge! The 1981 film "This is Elvis," directed by Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo, comes under scrutiny in the first of a two-part review. Gurdip and Jaime have quite a bit of nostalgia for the film, but does it hold up years later?...

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Before our big 100th episode bash, Justin & Gurdip sit down to record a new commentary for the 2017 short film "Never Been to Graceland." Then, Gurdip hoops and a-hollers his way to his Song of the Week, the title track from Elvis' 1968 film "Stay Away, Joe." Justin, on the other hand, selects a different film title theme: 1962's inspirational "Follow That Dream." If you want to watch the film along with us, you can view it on YouTube here: Next week, we will be joined by Jaime Kay from The Jungle Room Podcast for our 100th Episode, in which we will be reviewing the 1981 film "This is...

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As we move into a new decade, Justin & Gurdip look back at the 2010s and many of the music and movie releases Elvis fans got over the past 10 years. There are some excellent sidebar conversations as well, including a rant about Elvis conspiracy theorists, a mini-discussion on the 1988 film "Heartbreak Hotel," and a debate as to whether FTD should start releasing content digitally. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip cranks that volume on the doo-wop classic "Soldier Boy" while Justin swears the underrated "We Can Make the Morning" is a power ballad in disguise.

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TCBCast 097: "Hidden Mysteries Gates of Graceland" Video Game Review

TCBCast: An Unofficial Elvis Presley Fan Podcast

For the final show of the year, Ryan Droste joins Justin to review the Graceland-authorized video game "Hidden Mysteries: Gates of Graceland." Beyond checking to see if the game's any good, the guys are surprised to learn that the game features a song by a previous TCBCast guest! Then, during Song of the Week, Ryan "got lucky" when he picked a lovely track from the Kid Galahad soundtrack. Justin, in the meanwhile, hangs his name in the "Fool's Hall of Fame" after digging into the stories behind an actual long-lost Elvis song! Happy New Year TCBCast listeners! You can watch the full playthrough...

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To celebrate the holidays, Justin & Gurdip finally review the original iteration of Elvis' 1957 Christmas Album. Does this perennial favorite still hold up, or are the real holiday gems only on the first half of the album? Plus, Justin has a theory about why Elvis' Christmas music remains so popular decades after release (aside from it just being good!) Gurdip's Song of the Week highlights Elvis' striking cover of a song written by a Canadian First Nations artist. Justin, on the other hand, finds surprising Elvis connections elsewhere in the history behind a rare one-off audience recording...

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Justin & Gurdip invite Andrew Hickey from the podcast A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs (500songs.com) to dig into Andrew's multi-year project, and where Elvis falls within it. Andrew also reports in on the Elvis in Concert live show he attended at Manchester Arena, and there's a lively discussion about rock critics misunderstanding Elvis. Then, for Song of the Week, Gurdip takes us to his Little Cabin Home on the Hill, while Justin looked up and saw a bright star, shining in the east beyond them far. It may be "The First Noel" but with all this great Elvis discussion, there's...

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To celebrate its anniversary, Gurdip & Justin explore the legendary jam session that famously became known as the "Million Dollar Quartet." Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash teamed up for one brief moment at Sun Studio in December 1956 and the fly on the wall recording gives a fascinating glimpse into their creative thought processes. But the potentially groundbreaking moment comes when Justin provides what he believes is audio evidence that Johnny Cash is on at least a portion of the recording. Gurdip plays Devil's Advocate but this revelation using new audio technology...

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Gurdip & Justin are joined by Ryan for a monumental two-parter. First up is discussion about recent developments and speculation on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic, then Gurdip pits Justin & Ryan against each other in the first-ever Head-To-Head Trivia Challenge!

Then this week's main topic begins with a deep dive in to the September 1-3, 1956 recording sessions. From an exciting trio of Little Richard covers to a mix of pop and ballad tunes, the sessions marked a creative milestone for Elvis, leading to his first LP not padded out by songs from in the can.

Just as things are wrapping up on the sessions, Ryan teases a discussion about teaching his young, 21st century teenage history students about Elvis' landmark September 9, 1956 appearance on the Ed Sullivan show - but that topic, and Songs of the Week, will be continued in next week's episode!