Elvis duets album being considered
On a subject related to the remix thread, I just read in the Nov./Dec. issue of Essential Elvis, reported by Brian Quinn:
It is strongly rumoured that SONY/BMG Strategic Marketing are looking to emulate the worldwide success of Elvis - 30 #1 Hits. With the advance of new recording technology it is thought that a 'duets' album could be the project to achieve this. This would take the form of a tribute album featuring some of the world's top musicians / singers.
I know this is an unpopular idea with many people, but I am all for it and have said so in the past.
The thinking seems to be that this would somehow cheapen Elvis, and make it seem like he is dependent on other artists for current success. I don't see it that way, and believe that if done properly, with A-list performers (and a track with LMP--oops--does that imply she's not A-list?), and some serious promotion, it could be extremely successful.
Yeah, it's tampering with the music, but it seems like most fans came to accept the remix idea...once, anyway. I understand this is an entirely different concept though.
I am curious about the technological advancement comment. It makes me wonder if there is more to it than I am considering, because with the technology from about ten years ago, we got great duet albums from Frank Sinatra. :hmm: I hope it doesn't mean Elvis' voice will be recreated to perform some of these other artists' hits with them, though that would be interesting to hear anyway. 'Tribute album' kind of threw me off too--as if to imply Elvis would not take part (you know what I mean), but they are calling this a duet concept.
By the way, I still think an release of an unadulterated Elvis song (perhaps undubbed, actually) could still have a shot in today's market. But I would love to see this happen...as long as it is type of duet like Nat and Natalie Cole's Unforgettable, for example, and not what I was just considering in the above paragraph.
OK, let the Lonniebashing begin.