Elvis Is Great.
:: Ralph Lowe (channeling Audrey Faye Cuzzart) - Big El ::
Ah, another song poem. Oh well, no such thing as too much of a bad
thing. This one's sung by a guy named Ralph Lowe, a veteran of
hundreds of song poem recordings, mostly for Columbine(!) Records. Song
poems about Elvis Presley are of course very common, especially after
August 16, 1977. So, because of his ill timed death, a vague disco
beat on a song about Elvis is not uncommon.
For me, one of the outstanding features of this recording is the
extended guitar intro. Sounds like this picker was abducted from the
Steely Dan session down the hall. He just can't help but show off his
Larry Carlton-like lickage. I'm not sure his style works on a song
about Elvis, but who cares?. Ralph does his usual stand up job,
somehow making these incredibly awkward lyrics roll off his tongue
like motor oil. Ultimate credit must go to the lyricist, Audrey Faye
Cuzzart, without whom... oh, may I just say her name again? Audrey
Faye Cuzzart. Thanks.