Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo, and this week brings you an Elvis special to mark his 72nd birthday earlier this week.
First up a couple of youtube treats.
“Man That’s Dirty”
This outtake from the ’68 Special is the absolute essence of Elvis and crackles with magic. While the offstage boffins were making technical tweaks and possibly ‘checking levels’ between takes, Elvis asks for his guitar, kicks off the riff for ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ the orchestra jump in, start jamming and the audience go wild.
PS – Does anyone know what model of guitar Elvis is cranking? – I’m stumped.
“Some a y’all never been down south too much”
Bill Belew who did ‘wardrobe’ for the ’68 Special, also created Elvis’s jumpsuits. This is one of his earlier, less fussy designs and a style later reworked by The Osmonds, Evel Knievel David Bowie and possibly the crew of Moonbase Alpha. Elvis delivers a true blue eyed Soul stomping, Vegas vamp version of ‘Polk Salad Annie’.
A duet of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ performed by Tony Joe White (its composer) with Johnny Cash is here if you fancy a peep.
This hidden sizzler from Elvis has everything you want from a fatback track – funky keyboards, a shout of “Hot Damn” and double tempo drums on the home run.
Elvis – I Got A Feeling In My Body(Take 1).mp3
A live almost Booker T type take of ‘My Babe’.
Elvis – My Babe (Midnight Show).mp3
Written by Gamble and Huff, the masterminds behind the The O Jays, The Three Degrees and The Sound of Phildelphia ‘Only The Strong Survive’ is a Northern Soul nugget with Elvis sounding exactly like The Six Million Dollar Man on the spoken intro.
Elvis – Only The Strong Survive.mp3