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June 24, 2022 - Elvis by Luhrmann Reimagines the Music of Rock's All-Time Top Star

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis has arrived in theaters and contains a creative, surreal selection of Elvis Presley originals, mixes and mashups with several remakes by unlikely recording acts thrown in. Would the King approve? The question is certainly ripe for debate.

For starters: "Trouble," "That's All Right," "Baby, Let's Play House" and "Hound Dog" are performed in the film by its star, Austin Butler. Award-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves sings "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Italian rock band MÃ¥neskin performs Presley's show-stopper, "If I Can Dream." "Cotton Candy Land" from 1963's It Happened at the World's Fair is turned on its ear by Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak. Tame Impala (a.k.a. Kevin Parker) offers a remix of "Any Day Now." "Don't Fly Away," a PNAU remix, is essentially "Suspicious Minds" with a dash of "Any Day Now." "Craw-fever" is a mashup of "Crawfish" from King Creole and "Fever."

A "'68 Comeback Special" medley includes "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock." "Unchained Melody," "Burning Love" and "If I Can Dream" are closer to Presley's original studio recordings. And then there's an ethereal 30-second vocal version of the 'I'll dry the tears from your eyes, let's don't let a good thing die' section of "Suspicious Minds." Elvis, are you with us?

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