One of the first thoughts I had after hearing about the so-called Tupac hologram was that it was only going to be a matter of time until Elvis was resurrected for a posthumous tour of America's finest casinos. Well, we're not quite there yet, but he just came out with a brand new duet with his 44-year-old daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Not only that, but Lisa Marie's new video, "I Love You Because," features footage of her four children along with images of Lisa Marie and Elvis.
Pretty impressive, considering she was only 9 years old when Elvis died.
Thankfully, no one did any creepy tech wizardry to make it look like Elvis is somehow still alive and well -- the video just uses vintage footage alongside more recent images. While "I Love You Because" was first recorded by Elvis in 1954, Lisa Marie recorded her vocals to the song two months ago, and made the video four days after that.
At the suggestion of producer T Bone Burnett, Lisa Marie put together the duet and video montage for the 35th anniversary of her father's death. It was only intended to be viewed by the 25,000 fans at the special anniversary concert in Memphis on August 16, but the response was so positive it's getting a wider release: the full video will apparently be on iTunes on October 25.
You can get a sneak peek at it here, thanks to a fan's recording at the Memphis show:
I have to say, my initial reaction to the news that Lisa Marie was releasing a "duet" with Elvis was to roll my eyes -- I mean, come on, it's not really a duet -- but the video actually looks pretty sweet. It seems almost more like a family home video, or something that would have played at his funeral. At any rate, it seems like a big improvement on the last Elvis/Lisa Marie release. Have you seen the 2007 video for "In the Ghetto"? Yikes:
(The babies and guns! The single tear! Wow.)
Interestingly, "I Love You Because" appeared on Elvis's debut album in 1956, but aside from the studio version, he never performed the song again. I wonder if he'd have chosen this for a 2012 duet? Not that we'll ever know, of course.
What do you think about this new song and video? Do you like the idea of repurposed footage/music coming out after a performer's death?
Image via Lisa Marie Presley