Viva Elvis (album)

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Viva Elvis: The Album
Soundtrack album by Elvis Presley
Released November 11, 2010
Genre Rock music
Length 41:42
Label Sony Legacy Recordings
Producer Erich van Tourneau
Elvis Presley chronology
The Complete Elvis Presley Masters
(2010)
Viva Elvis
(2010)

Viva Elvis is the soundtrack remix album of the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis, which focuses on the life and music of Elvis Presley. The album, though initially produced as a soundtrack to the show, does not include all of the songs featured in the show. The CD tracks are rearranged and extended versions of songs heard in the show, and in fact the album includes two instrumental versions of the songs "Memories" and "You'll Never Walk Alone", neither of which is in the Cirque du Soleil show.

This album marks the third official posthumous album by Elvis Presley created from scratch, whereas previous albums were compilations of previously released or unreleased studio material recorded well before his death. The two prior albums were the urban country-influenced 1981 Guitar Man record and the 2008 Christmas Duets CD. Similar to Cirque du Soleil's soundtrack to the Beatles-themed Love, "Viva Elvis" contains samples from throughout the entire span of Elvis Presley's career, including interview clips, home recordings, studio outtakes and snippets of dialogue from Elvis's feature films.

Unlike Love, however, Viva Elvis features new backing instrumentation on each track in an attempt to modernize the arrangements.[1] This has met with a mixed critical response, with some reviewers praising the production quality and others opining that Elvis's music is best left untampered with.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars 2010
  1. "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
  2. "Blue Suede Shoes" (Carl Perkins)
  3. "That's All Right" (Arthur Crudup)
  4. "Heartbreak Hotel" (Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley)
  5. "Love Me Tender" (Vera Matson/Elvis Presley)
  6. "King Creole" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
  7. "Bossa Nova Baby" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
  8. "Burning Love" (Dennis Linde)
  9. "Memories" (Mac Davis/Billy Strange)
  10. "Can't Help Falling In Love" (Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss)
  11. "You'll Never Walk Alone (Piano Interlude)" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein)
  12. "Suspicious Minds" (Mark James)

Bonus tracks[edit]

In each country, a bonus version of "Love Me Tender" was included, featuring a local singer in place of the singer from the Cirque du Soleil show.

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals - Elvis Presley
  • Guest singers - Dea Norberg ("Love Me Tender"), Jennlee Shallow ("King Creole"), Sherry St-Germain ("Can't Help Falling In Love"), Stacie Tabb ("Suspicious Minds")
  • Drums - Ben Clement
  • Bass - Patrick Levergne
  • Electric guitars - JS "The Flash" Chouinard, Mike Plant, Steve Nadeau, Martin Bachand, Paul Deslauriers, Erich van Tourneau
  • Acoustic guitars - Olivier Goulet, Erich van Tourneau
  • Piano and keyboards: Erich van Tourneau
  • Harmonica - Guy Belanger
  • Scratch - DJ Pocket
  • Brass section - Jean-Francois Thibeault (T-Bone), Brune Dumont (Sax), David Perrico (Trumpet), Jean-Francois Gagnon (Flugel)

Production[edit]

  • Producer and arranger: Eric van Tourneau
  • Assistant producer and assistant arranger: Hugo "Wedge Montecristo" Bombardier
  • Executive producers: Steve Berkowitz, Adam Block, Stephanie Mongeau, Jacques Methe, Stephane Bergevin, Gary Hovey and Priscilla Presley

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