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Stranger vs Stranger

Poll ended at Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:02 am

1969 Original Memphis Recording
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1970 Rehearsal
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Stranger Vs Stranger

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The song Stranger In My Own Hometown is one of Elvis' greatest.
Which version do you prefer - the 1969 Memphis recording or the 1970 slow blues rehearsal (with improvised lyrics)?



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rickeap wrote:The song Stranger In My Own Hometown is one of Elvis' greatest.
Which version do you prefer - the 1969 Memphis recording or the 1970 slow blues rehearsal (with improvised lyrics)?
The 1969 master cannot be topped -- great song, brilliant, playful vocal, stellar musicianship, superb production and arrangement. What a triumph!

The 1970 rehearsal is just that: a less-than-serious run through.


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Both equally great in different ways, in my opinion.



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Cryogenic wrote:Both equally great in different ways, in my opinion.
Yes, they are very different !

The rehearsal serves as a good example of Elvis' devilish sense of humour !


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The Doc said it all.

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dreambear wrote:The Doc said it all.

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Thankyouverymuch!

Trust the doc!


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I agree with ya there Dr. John :smt002 :smt001
drjohncarpenter wrote:
rickeap wrote:The song Stranger In My Own Hometown is one of Elvis' greatest.
Which version do you prefer - the 1969 Memphis recording or the 1970 slow blues rehearsal (with improvised lyrics)?
The 1969 master cannot be topped -- great song, brilliant, playful vocal, stellar musicianship, superb production and arrangement. What a triumph!

The 1970 rehearsal is just that: a less-than-serious run through.



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Never cared for the studio master. Too soul for me. The 1970 version really made me prick my ears up though!



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Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:Never cared for the studio master. Too soul for me.
You may have an issue.

The very best of Elvis is nothing but soul.


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I mean soul in the musical sense. I don't like soul music or motown and this arrangement reminds me of both.

I feel the soul in country, blues, rock n roll and pop and dixie and gospel and all the other areas he covered. I don't DISLIKE the 69 master, i wouldn't skip it, but it doesn't set me on fire.



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Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:I don't like soul music or motown and this arrangement reminds me of both.
Wow.


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Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:I mean soul in the musical sense. I don't like soul music or motown and this arrangement reminds me of both.

I feel the soul in country, blues, rock n roll and pop and dixie and gospel and all the other areas he covered. I don't DISLIKE the 69 master, i wouldn't skip it, but it doesn't set me on fire.
Stranger in my own hometown is a blues song not soul



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Yeah it's a blues song, but the memphis arrangement with the driving drum beat and the horns has a very strong sould influence. And as i said, I just don't like soul music. I love pretty much everything from the 60s except the soul/motown vibe (and reggae which is one of my least faouite styles of muic ever). I like beat, pop, country, country rock, R&B, harmony stuff, psychedelic, baroque, whimsy, music hall, swing, light jazz, big band, some folk .... but I don't own a single motown record cos it bores me.



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Voted for the rehearsal version but I love them both, Elvis at his best!

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I love them both too, but the soulful studio version is still the best to my ears.




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Swingin-Little-Guitar-Man wrote:Yeah it's a blues song, but the memphis arrangement with the driving drum beat and the horns has a very strong sould influence. And as i said, I just don't like soul music. I love pretty much everything from the 60s except the soul/motown vibe (and reggae which is one of my least faouite styles of muic ever). I like beat, pop, country, country rock, R&B, harmony stuff, psychedelic, baroque, whimsy, music hall, swing, light jazz, big band, some folk .... but I don't own a single motown record cos it bores me.
As far as Motown's concerned, I hear what you mean: I like a lot of the Motown stuff from the '60s and beyond, largely on the strength of the performers (Marvin Gaye, for one), and I recognize the label's historic significance, but in my opinion a lot of it is most definitely overproduced. A little rawness -- perhaps a little more Stax -- would probably have helped in that respect.



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Cryogenic wrote:Both equally great in different ways, in my opinion.
My opinion exactly. That's why I didn't vote.


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Monique wrote:
Cryogenic wrote:Both equally great in different ways, in my opinion.
My opinion exactly. That's why I didn't vote.
I guess we're too radical for this thread!

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Bluesy song with a great horns and stunning bassline. -69 studio version of course.


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the 1970 performance reminds me of the Tiger man we are arguing about on the little darling thread

a more laid back bluesy approach that again works well as an alternative way of doing the song




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No question: The 1970 rehearsal version got my quote. It's playful in the best sense of meaning. The studio master is a bit boring in comparison.



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patricia66 wrote:No question: The 1970 rehearsal version got my quote. It's playful in the best sense of meaning. The studio master is a bit boring in comparison.
Wow. That is BOLD.

The 1970 version sure is cool - that is for sure.




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BigredG wrote:
patricia66 wrote:No question: The 1970 rehearsal version got my quote. It's playful in the best sense of meaning. The studio master is a bit boring in comparison.
Wow. That is BOLD.

The 1970 version sure is cool - that is for sure.
It's just how I feel about it.



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patricia66 wrote: It's just how I feel about it.
That's cool.

I prefer the '70 one too.




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I prefer the rehearsal.