Discusses Elvis’s music rather than his life. The book explores his central role in shaping to his the songs that he made so great.
Can great songs really be compared? Figure out whether you agree with the song choice and ranking.
A celebration of the Presley catalogue that offers different perspectives on songs from across his amazing career.
Whether you are new to Elvis’s music or have a high level of expertise, you should be able to get something from this riveting read.
Based on material and quotes from a wide range of sources. The endnotes run to over 500.
Available in hardcover and Kindle options. Songs presented in bite-sized sections of a few pages.
THIS IS ELVIS CATNIP, A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF REAPPRAISALS OF ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD SINGERS OF THEM ALL. - DYLAN JONES (Editor-In-Chief of GQ MAGAZINE)
COUNTING DOWN ELVIS: HIS 100 FINEST SONGS IS A CELEBRATORY APPROACH TO THE ELVIS SONGBOOK, AN INCISIVE AND ILLUMINATING CONSIDERATION OF THE CREAM OF HIS VAST RECORDING OUTPUT. - NIGEL PATTERSON (ELVIS INFORMATION NETWORK)
DUFFETT'S BOOK SHINES A LIGHT ON ELVIS PRESLEY'S IMPORTANCE AS AN INTERPRETER OF SONGS WRITTEN BY OTHERS. LIKE FRANK SINATRA BEFORE HIM, PRESLEY LEVERAGED HIS KNACK FOR PICKING TUNES THAT REFLECTED AND SOMETIMES HELPED DEFINED POP CULTURE'S ZEITGEIST. - BILL KOPP MUSOSCRIBE.COM)
FASCINATING COMMENTARY IS PROVIDED BY COMPOSERS, PRODUCERS, MUSICIANS, AND MUSIC SCHOLARS, INCLUDING THE AUTHOR... RECOMMENDED FOR MUSIC AND POPULAR-CULTURE COLLECTIONS AND ANYONE FOR WHOM ELVIS HAS NOT YET LEFT THE BUILDING. - BOOKLIST
IN THIS ENERGETIC AND INSIGHTFUL LOOK AT THE SONGS OF ELVIS PRESLEY, DUFFETT... LOOK[S] AT THE SINGER'S CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO POPULAR MUSIC. ELVIS PRESLEY FANS WILL FIND THIS A FASCINATING AND USEFUL LOOK AT THE KING’S WORK. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
There have been many books written about Elvis Presley's personal life, but too few written about his music. The aim is to progress beyond stereotypes and examine his creative contribution in more detail.
A book-length, in-depth critical assessment of Elvis’s Presley’s best songs ranked in order of their relative greatness. It combines discussion of Elvis's influences, stylistic choices and different performances of the songs.
The book is intended for anyone who loves Elvis’s music or is intrigued by his popularity, from curious outsiders and new enthusiasts to dedicated fans. Anyone interested in why Elvis matters should give it a look.
The ranking was based on the author's personal preferences, not polls or sales. It was really an excuse to continue the discussion about Elvis's creativity and research his music in much more depth.
At the moment, COUNTING DOWN ELVIS is available in hardcover and kindle formats only. If you want to get the hardcover, we encourage you to support your local bookshop and ordering the book in person.
At present, unfortunately not. COUNTING DOWN ELVIS took a long time to write and involved a lot of research. While a sequel is unlikely, the author is pursuing related writing projects. Please join the mailing list to stay informed.
Far more intelligent, thoughtful and well researched on Elvis music than I expected... His taste in the Elvis songs he chooses is rather stupendous and shows he has broad and eclectic taste and is not bound by the limited views of many popular music critics who try too hard to be "hip" or rock oriented with their reviews of Elvis's broad song catalogue… This is one of the very best books on Elvis's music that I have ever read and I cannot stop myself from picking it up constantly to re-read his list or the great reasoning behind the stellar choices he makes. I cannot recommend this book enough to any Elvis fan that has ever been touched by the man I consider to be the greatest singer ever in the history of popular music.Robert S. Harmon First Reviewer, Amazon.com
In this energetic and insightful look at the songs of Elvis Presley, Duffett… look[s] at the singer’s creative contribution to popular music. He argues that Presley was “innovative in picking and interpreting material.” Rather than distinguishing between early (rock) and late (easy listening) Presley, Duffett is interested in the big picture of an artist who drew “on a full gamut of instrumentation, engulfing a variety of different genres in a broad and unique style” and “could see into the emotional core of each piece of music”... Elvis Presley fans will find this a fascinating and useful look at the King’s work.Publishers Weekly Publishersweekly.com
Casual and dedicated fans alike will enjoy Duffett’s appreciation of Elvis discography. The countdown, presented in reverse chronological order, consists of a page to a page-and-a half description of each song’s origin and recording history. These make for interesting reading, providing back stories to a wide variety of music that crosses genres from blues to country to contemporary folk and more. Fascinating commentary is provided by composers, producers, musicians, and music scholars, including the author... Recommended for music and popular-culture collections and anyone for whom Elvis has not yet left the building.BookList Booklist.com