The Paul McCartney Project

The Last Temptation of Elvis: An All-Star Tribute

Timeline More from year 1990
UK release date:
Mar 24, 1990
Publisher:
New Musical Express
Reference:
NME CD 038/039

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions



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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Viva Las Vegas

3:30 • Studio version


2.

(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

1:47 • Studio version


3.

Loving You

2:16 • Studio version


4.

Let's Have A Party

3:42 • Studio version


5.

Trouble

2:39 • Studio version


6.

Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do

2:29 • Studio version


7.

Love Me Tender

3:08 • Studio version


8.

It's Now Or Never

Written by Aaron Schroeder, Wally Gold, Eduardo di Capua

3:03 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Producer, Vocal
Mick Green :
Guitar
Chris Whitten :
Drums
Mick Gallagher :
Piano
Peter Henderson :
Recording engineer

Session Recording:
Jul 20, 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
Jul 22, 1987
Studio :
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


9.

Blue Suede Shoes

3:11 • Studio version


10.

Mean Woman Blues

4:03 • Studio version


11.

Guitar Man

3:44 • Studio version


12.

King Creole

2:16 • Studio version


13.

Young And Beautiful

4:58 • Studio version


14.

(There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car

2:43 • Studio version


15.

Baby I Don't Care

1:59 • Studio version


16.

Can't Help Falling In Love

4:18 • Studio version


17.

Crawfish

3:39 • Studio version


18.

Return To Sender

2:39 • Studio version


19.

Thanks To The Rolling Sea

3:40 • Studio version


20.

Follow That Dream

3:14 • Studio version


21.

Wooden Heart

2:27 • Studio version


22.

Down In The Alley

3:29 • Studio version


23.

Jailhouse Rock

2:28 • Studio version


24.

Marguerita

2:13 • Studio version


25.

Rock-A-Hula-Baby

4:34 • Studio version


26.

King Of The Whole Wide World

2:04 • Studio version

About

From Cover Me blog:

In 1990, the New Musical Express presented The Last Temptation of Elvis, a collection of covers from Elvis Presley movies designed to benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London. Executive producer and NME journalist Roy Carr landed some big names – Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Robert Plant all showed up – and some even bigger tonal shifts. The album careens from rock to a capella to parody to metal and ends up with the King himself performing “King of the Whole Wide World.” “No performance implies any other,” Greil Marcus said about the album in his book Dead Elvis. “There’s no way to predict what anyone will have to say.”

Only that they’ll be singing an Elvis tune from the soundtracks to his movies, and that’s no guarantee of quality tunes – Viv Stanshall delights in covering the embarrassment that is “(There’s) No Room to Rhumba in a Sports Car.” This is a project that delights in refusing to take itself seriously – the liner notes include an essay “written” by Elvis, musing about why he didn’t wind up in “The Other Place, the real warm place”; they also ask its artists a bunch of silly questions, with the Pogues’ Shane McGowan easily providing the best answers. Q. Which one of Elvis’s physical or mental characteristics do you most envy? A. His dentist! Q. If you bumped into Elvis this very day, what would be your immediate reaction? A. “Buy us a Cadillac!” Q. Have you ever rhumba’d in the back of a sports car? A. No! but I’ve thrown up in a transit!

“The whole project is of course a dare,” Marcus states. “The singers daring Elvis, daring his most degraded, greatest-shit material to give something back; Elvis daring the singers to find life in songs where so often he only found humiliation.” There’s plenty of life and affection to be found in the results. […]

Last updated on May 25, 2020


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