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Friday, May 12, 2006

1970's Elvis vs. Classic Elvis?

This has been a popular debate topic for years and years. What was better, Elvis during his heyday or Elvis during the 70's? Hell, even the US Postal Service couldn't decide back when they issued his stamp years ago; they had the fans vote on which stamp design they preferred!

Personally, I find both eras to be of quality. Allow me to elaborate...

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Classic Elvis
I'll start by stating the obvious; Elvis never looked better than he did in the 1950's, his heyday. Now that the superficial bullshit is out of the way, let's move onto the important stuff - his music. The songs that would become his trademark came from this era; Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel, and the list goes on and on. These songs still sound as fresh and vibrant as they did when they first came out. You can totally see why people got so excited about him back then! Add to that his infamous television appearances. Consider his stage presence during these shows and you have the total package. In thinking of how he was back then, it's easy to see why people called him "The King".

Latter-day Elvis
People love to make fun of how Elvis was in the 70's. He was quite the easy target; he was puffy, on drugs, etc. BUT he produced a lot of quality songs during this era, and that cannot be ignored! Suspicious Minds came out during this time, as did In The Ghetto, songs that are not only beautiful works of art, but are still classic today! He also appeared in concert more often during this time, so quite a few folks got to see him live, which is awesome no matter how you slice it. And of course, his trademark white bellbottom jumpsuit waa a part of this era. He was still a presence onstage at this time. I mean, let's forget the fact that toward the very end, he forgot lyrics. The man was doing the karate kicks he'd become famous for at the beginning of the '70's. He was still entertaining during much of this decade, and that cannot be denied.

The Verdict: Elvis is Elvis. He was a legend no matter the era. He consistantly produced quality songs and entertained us like no other before or since. He is, and will always be, the King of Rock.


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