Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Not an Elvis/Céline Dion Mashup

How can Céline Dion stand up to the power of Three Cord Gord and The King of Rock n' Roll? Plane Songs Volume 3 Elvis: Early Morning Rain (Go! Buy the Rekkid!) I can't, for the life of me, find a full-length version of the Air Celine jingle. Can anyone help me out? It's crying out to be used for the forces of good, rather than evil (imagine it remixed with announcements regarding cancelled flights, or mashed up with clips of Robert Milton's public posturing . . . ). Anyway, Early Morning Rain is - for my money, anyway - the best song about planes ever written by a Canadian artist (You folks in the back petitioning for Fifty Mission Cap must have forgotten that it contains references to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is, therefore, disqualified. I will not debate this. There may be no NHL, kids, but the Leafs still suck.) Where was I? Oh, yes, Elvis and Gordo. Unfortunately for Lightfoot (who could probably have seen quite a few bucks had this version been a hit) Elvis' version of Early Morning Rain suffers from the same lethargy as many of the King's later, dilaudid and peanut-butter soaked recordings. Elvis' version of "Rain" can be found on the justifiably unknown Elvis' Canadian Tribute, which also features a lude-cranked King of Rock-n'-Roll taking runs at Can-Con classics by Buffy Saint-Marie and - believe it or not - Anne Murray. Good times, my friends. Good times.
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