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Memphis Mafia Princess: Living In "The Elvis World"
Memphis Mafia Princess: Living In "The Elvis World"
by Shirley Dieu
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was Joe's girlfriend and Ginger was a gold digger. Next., November 11, 2015
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My title and the fact that after 37 years she released her book within weeks of Ginger Alden's not withstanding, Shirley has a story and it's mostly compelling. Thanks to Joe's physical attraction, she was a regular privileged insider and witnessed a lot in the "Elvis World" during '74-77. Her writing style is warm, often vivid and you can get a feel for Shirley's personality in the book. Many of the stories shed new light and perspective on that time frame and she has clear lifetime loyalty for Elvis and Joe. What becomes increasingly curious and unconvincing are her repeated slaps at Ginger Alden. Either she was seethingly jealous of Ginger, baselessly holds Ginger at least partially responsible for Elvis' death and/or is well aware that the only real remaining butter to be had in the "Elvis World" comes from Priscilla who has most likely long regarded Ginger as unnecessary baggage. According to Shirley, Ginger was too dumb and naive for anyone to understand how she could be Elvis' girlfriend/fiance, yet calculating enough to conspire with her mother to con him out of many thousands in gifts. Ginger "never fit into the group", her reaction to receiving a car from Elvis "brought Elvis down." Never a kind word from Shirley other than she was "really quite pretty;" this immediately tempered by, "but like all the rest." After Elvis died, Shirley claims (defames?) Ginger left w/ significant jewelry in addition to what Elvis had given her-guilty of felony theft then Shirley? Why wasn't she accused by anyone else or charged criminally? Shirley claims to have not seen Ginger at the house during the viewing, again for Shirley this means she obviously "never really cared for Elvis." Shirley's case against the Aldens reaches final summation with a generous reference to the lawsuit Ginger's mother brought against Elvis' estate. Shirley conveniently and predictably sets aside the obvious; if Elvis promised to pay off her mother's home, something Shirley wouldn't possibly know, the family legally had the right to pursue the case. Regardless of how crass it might sometimes appear, estates are sued on these grounds regularly. It should be noted that Shirley seems particularly proud to have been able to assist Priscilla in the estate's defense of the matter. What she could have added to the inquiry is hard to fathom. Needless to say, Ginger's book disputes, explains or creates significant additional perspective on all of these points; out of integrity, if not courtesy, Shirley should have at least read it before committing herself to an Alden blood bath. The gratuitous slamming of Ginger is matched or exceeded only by the fawning tributes offered to Priscilla; specifically, repeated references to her "business acumen" and "Elvis' undying love for her." All of the anti-Alden pile on detracts from an otherwise pretty solid, seemingly credible read from an otherwise relatively sympathetic author.

James Perkins
Houston, Texas
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Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story
by Alden, Ginger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.54
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25 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger is all Class., September 3, 2014
Ginger tells her story with consistent grace and eloquence. Elvis clearly was nuts about her and although a life long philanderer, I believe her when she says he was moving the relationship toward marriage. Let's just review the facts; he put a ridiculously ostentatious rock on her finger, showered her and her family (unsolicited) with dozens of high end gifts/trips, wanted to buy her family a new home (which they turned down), he then agreed to pay off their mortgage and landscape the existing home adding a pool. The list of staggering generosity is exhaustive. Moreover, Elvis promoted Ginger's role to Lisa. What other women besides Linda got that green light? The evidence is beyond abundant, Ginger had a hold on his heart and is therefore qualified to speak with great authority on his life during this time frame. It all came to a shocking end as we all know and Ginger clearly was rocked as much as anybody. Unfortunately, beyond her then naive assessment of his likely longevity and deep devotion to their romance, the truth is plain, Elvis was a walking drug store for most of '75-'77 with a near lethal toxicity 24/7. Only a slight additional miscalculation was going to take him out. Despite this, I was gratified to hear from her that '77 was still a year filled with a lot of fun and both personal and professional anticipation for Elvis. Although the drugs often controlled his body and mind, they didn't yet own his spirit. What a phenomenal gift Ginger has given Elvis' fans. Bless you. Ginger's words reveal she is everything Elvis thought she was and would have made him a loyal wife; willing to do the "little things."
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There's a Rhythm to These Streets
There's a Rhythm to These Streets
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars weak....., February 14, 2014
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I was hoping for buried treasure, but got another cd to bury in my collection. Forgettable, low horse power, under produced shall we say drivel......did not rock me at all. Just another local bar band clocked in at the pub who have to take the owner telling them to turn down and pissed they aren't selling enough booze. Rod Jackson's performance on "Ain't Life Grand" is such a classic, I was hoping for something really special-NOT.

Red Dragon Cartel
Red Dragon Cartel
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't stay away so long, but....., February 14, 2014
This review is from: Red Dragon Cartel (Audio CD)
This record comes across like I guess the last 20 years of Jake's life have probably been; scattered. Some of the songs work reasonably well and Jake shines big time on most of the tracks, but overall there is not a sustained punch of power due mostly to song quality. The singer is not of the caliber to partner w/ Jake and that also is a drain on the record. Moreover, the mix of vocalists make the record seem patchy. The best of the singers featured in my opinion was Sass Jordan. She killed it and I would say she has Ray Gillan type vocal talent. It's a blessing to have Jake back in the saddle, but I say he needs to find a guy that can nail the Badlands stuff and go back to that type of rock; still his greatest work. Despite this soft review of the record, I saw the Anaheim show recently; the band killed it, but relied heavily on the Ozzy and Badlands material for impact. Jake E. Lee was born to be a world class rock star and his come back is making a lot of people very excited, but I'm hoping there is a much better record in his future than this.

Last Of A Dyin' Breed
Last Of A Dyin' Breed
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit w/ the sweet spot of the bat...., August 30, 2012
This review is from: Last Of A Dyin' Breed (Audio CD)
Based strictly on the strength of the songs and performances, this is one of skynyrd's best-certainly of the Johnny era-but holds up respectably w/ anything they've done. Would it be better and/or sound more authentically skynyrd w/ Leon, Billy and you name the other departed/estranged former member, most likely. However, it is stunning and showcases a band of die hards (and hired guns)who still care enough to make the best music they can. For all the clowns that write it off w/o giving it any shot b/c every surviving member is not a part of the current band, get real. How many girlfriends/wives from the '70's do you still talk to? Try being married to 6 spouses-no way it can always work; not to mention the ones that time claims. Setting that pointless argument aside, these songs deserve to be heard and savored-they are extremely well crafted and exquisitely produced-everything is mixed w/ power and the guitars are set on stun!! If you have ever loved the band, this is a safe bet. If you love southern rock, it's a safe bet. I can recommend it w/o reservation. Skynyrd may have spent the last 20+ years relying too heavily on the same classics in the live shows, but they continue to offer proof that they can write and/or allign themselves w/ excellent writers and turn out bonafide ass kicking new product. There is no reason not to support this album w/ a purchase.

Choice of Weapon
Choice of Weapon
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mostly underwhelming, June 20, 2012
This review is from: Choice of Weapon (Audio CD)
How the band (Billy/Ian) can rave about this album and dismiss Ceremony is a stunning telegraph as to how much PR means. It's not all crap and has its moments, but kicking off the record w/ a track that features the most silly and trite chorus imaginable "we got the drugs, we got the drugs, we got the drugs" pretty much summarizes that if that's the case, they're not the drugs anyone should lust for. Overhyped, under produced and full of either just barely solid or soft and forgettable material is hardly a bold declaration that we still have a band capable of creating the waves of hard rock euphoria that used to come so naturally for them. I saw them last night and live the new stuff is significantly better, the production here however is poor for a hard rock record and compressed (as mentioned by other reviewers) leaving all the tracks sounding muted especially the guitar that does not have nearly the bite necessary to sell this indulgent and rather unfocused collection of songs. How you can allow half ass production to nullify the only modest horsepower the material is good for is tragic/criminal. The last album didn't move me much either, so I was hoping for something along the lines of "Beyond Good and Evil" which is a phenominal album that made the case convincingly the Cult remained a force to be reckoned w/ in the world of real rock music. Sorry to say, this album doesn't compare favorably to that monster or Ceremony, Sonic Temple, Electric or Love. It's better than that "Goat" that came out in 1994 (wasn't it?), but not by much. Long live the Cult; hopefully long enough to create enough albums or an album to distinguish itself from this dud. Although the show last night was another stunning classic proving their stage prowess remains fully intact; on Choice of Weapon, their powder is wet.

James Perkins
Houston, Texas
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Double Trouble-Live
Double Trouble-Live
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3.0 out of 5 stars good coke and whiskey....., May 20, 2009
This review is from: Double Trouble-Live (Audio CD)
Cocaine and whiskey, just a couple nails that have tried to close the coffin on this monster rock act from the South. Here they sound like they are out of coke and hung over!! Even still they rock better than virtually anything out there today (which probably explains most of these very generous reviews), but if you really want a serious dose of the band, go w/ the King Biscuit Flower Hour record. I don't say it b/c I like lead singer Jimmy Farrar better (although I respect that opinion) just that the band plays w/ 10 times the fire on that record than they do here. The double live out of germany from about '03 smokes double trouble live as well. Here you also suffer w/ a very mushy mix w/ Bruce Crump's snare drum getting the typical '80's pussification. Worth having but don't stop here.

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