"In The King's Shadow Vol. 1"
are literally hundreds of albums featuring Elvis tribute
artists. While most are instantly forgettable, once
in a while a singer comes along with a voice that is
eerily reminiscent of The King.
late Jimmy (Orion) Ellis, Belfast's James Brown, and
leading US tribute artist, Doug Church, are examples
of singers whose voices are very similar to Elvis'.
Australia, tribute artist El Gamble may not look a lot
like Elvis, but his voice is remarkably similar. On
his latest CD release, In The King's Shadow Vol. 1,
El Gamble showcases a fine variety of twenty-two well
known and fan pleasing Elvis songs.
Gamble really nails Elvis on the opening two tracks, A Mess
Of Blues and A Fool Such As I, and quickly continues his success
with I Gotta Know and Ain't That Loving You Baby.
the album a nice balance, El Gamble contrasts the sassy, bluesy
Mean Woman Blues, Steamroller Blues and I Feel So Bad with
excellent ballads such as the sad Separate Ways, boppy The
Girl of My Best Friend and toe tappin' One Broken Heart for
Sale. Listening to El Gamble sing The Girl of My Best Friend
I thought I had been transported back to the recording of
the Elvis Is Back album, albeit with a slightly heavier bass
sound than the original.
notable tracks include a precipatant Kentucky Rain, heartfelt
It Hurts Me and playful Teddy Bear, while Follow That Dream,
One Broken Heart For Sale and the surreal Edge of Reality
will revive memories (at least for many older fans) of going
to the local picture theater or drive-in with your partner
to see the latest Elvis movie.
in the mix are great versions of the underrated 1960s track,
Kiss Me Quick, the beautiful (if vocally slightly deeper than
the original) Memories, and country flavored She Thinks I
Still Care. Arguably the only weakest link on the album is
In The Ghetto which suffers from poor pacing and too much
bass reverb (but given the quality of the rest of the album
this is of minor concern).
remaining tracks are a mournful Elvisesque Funny How Time
Slips Away, lively Little Sister, and emotional Until It's
Time For You To Go.
El Gamble's "Elvis" voice isn't always spot on, In The King's
Shadow is a first-rate tribute album that will surprise many,
and one that you will play more than once.
The King's Shadow was recorded at Dane Studios in Melbourne
and released in 2004. The cover visual is nicely symbolic
of the album's title and the disc is a simple silver production.
El Gamble: El Gamble has a long musical pedigree. He has
performed with artists such as John Farnham; Australia's King
of Rock & Roll, Johnny O'Keefe; international superstar, Kylie
Minogue; Normie Rowe and Kamahl.
El Gamble was Australia's first Elvis tribute artist when,
in the mid 1970s, he presented his "Elvis Show" and performed
to packed houses for a record 286 consecutive shows! During
this time he also received four "E" awards.
Gamble would soon be followed by other well known Elvis tribute
artists in a young Roy Hawkins and the enduring Eddie Youngblood.
the past twenty-five years El Gamble has also fronted several
well known Australian bands including The Rainbows, Fat Chance
and The Cadillacs.
can find out more about the Melbourne based El Gamble by telephoning
Event of Events Pty Ltd 1300-732863 (local call cost in Australia) or +61397636600
El Gamble album update:
The good news is El Gamble has recorded three great new albums and they are now available:
Event of Events has a very attractive pricing plan where you can buy 1 album for $20.00, any 2 El Gamble albums for $30.00, 3 for $40.00, and the set of 4 albums for $50.00. Postage is extra.
El Gamble #1 on Elvii Tribute Radio: In other El Gamble news, his music has been featured on the popular Elvii Tribute Internet Radio network. El Gamble was voted as the #1 Elvis tribute artist featured on the online radio network last week. Considering the competition, names like Doug Church, Tom Green and Jamie Coyne...that's a real testament to El Gamble's singing ability! If you like ETA's check out Elvii Radio...it's FREE and there are some great artists to listen to, including El Gamble! (News, Source: Event of Events Pty Ltd)
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