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Title: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 03, 2017, 01:59:08 AM
Well, August 16th marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death and so you can expect that there will be some interesting things going on and some not-so-interesting. I try to put here the interesting stuff which of course is highly subjective, so you might want to fill it up with things you think are missing.


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The first release is something I was hoping would happen! A couple of years back there was a special FTD release called "A boy from Tupelo" (see this thread (http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,13899.0.html)) which came only in a limited edition. It looks like Sony/Legacy will release that set including (!!) the never before released live version of "I forgot to remember to forget" which surfaced only shortly before the original "A boy from Tupelo" came out.
Here is the story of how the recording was found:
https://www.elvispresley.news/new-elvis-presley-recording-discovered.shtml


There's no official word yet but a.o. amazon India lists the set:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/B072LMWGVQ?tag=cuelinkss2979-21&ascsubtag=10067CL9255Xj3gds6cxni0027jz02yui

A BOY FROM TUPELO: THE COMPLETE 1953-1955 RECORDINGS is the definitive collection of Elvis' Sun-era recordings in one comprehensive package.

A BOY FROM TUPELO: THE COMPLETE 1953-1955 RECORDINGS includes on 3 CDs every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio- and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously unreleased recording of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.

The accompanying 120-page book compiled by Elvis authority Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It details the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a succinct narrative. Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the rights to Elvis' Sun tapes officially expire and the singer leaves Sam Phillips and Sun Records to record for RCA Victor.

This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.






Also in the works is a 3 hour HBO documentary about Elvis. I started a thread about that (http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,24572.0.html) a while back but will continue to post new information in this one here.
Here's one of the articles:

Career-Spanning Elvis Presley Documentary Heading to HBO

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/career-spanning-elvis-presley-documentary-heading-to-hbo-w450434



From what I heard and read in the FECC-forum, work ist still going on. One user who sold some of his footage to the team posted this:

"I happen to know for certain, than the Filmmakers who make that Elvis Documentary for HBO finishing up that documentary! I also happen to know that as far as rare Elvis footage is concerned, this will be a Rare Footage Extravaganza!!!

Of course the documentary will not recreate entire shows and songs of fan filmed concerts, the filmmakers could, considering the amount and content of footage they could choose from, but thats not their goal.

Anyways, this documentary will be stuffed up with rare and unseen footage in brilliant quality. Its not going to be an Elvis Anthology like the Beatles Anthology was, but it certainly will be an eye catcher for anyone who digs rare and unseen footage in great quality!"





We know of some (officialy) unreleased footage that was acquired by the makers:

4-19-1956 (concerts, Oklahoma City)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qw2C_xrZSE
4-19-1960 (on train, Dallas)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJCVvZOkre4


1-30-1961 (Memphis Municipal Airport)
2-25-1961 (Hotel Claridge luncheon and press conference, Memphis)




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Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 05, 2017, 06:23:34 AM
Well, to start a little something, here are a couple of interviews with legendary bassplayer Norbert Putnam about his work with Elvis. I hope that some of this kind of stuff will be featured in the HBO documentary which will focus on Elvis' work.
These interviews originally came up for the "Elvis at Stax" Legacy release so they might not be new to everyone.


Elvis Presley - Norbert Putnam on recording with Elvis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvyzEvJ007g


Elvis Presley - Norbert Putnam on Elvis as a record producer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSxPgvU18tA


Elvis Presley - Norbert Putnam on Elvis picking songs to record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucssp2ItWts


Elvis Presley - Norbert on playing with Elvis at Stax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHQE9XFREvg


Elvis Presley - Norbert Putnam on his start, playing with Elvis and publishing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbWMvACaqhg





Also here are some other worthwhile interviews with other stars about Elvis, that are not just the usual stuff but actually show some depth:


Martin Sheen on Elvis Presley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqqoK3AT8As


Jay Leno on Elvis Presley's "Loving You" (Paramount 1957)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn1Z_F_toQ4


Eddie Murphy On Elvis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTKYzoN63zM


Sam Phillips talks about Elvis Presley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH7GdLE-KhQ




Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 05, 2017, 01:51:40 PM
Here's an article on Elvis' movies by Tim Lucas. You don't have to agree with it but it is a thoughtful piece and therefor sticks out of the usual trash.


Mama’s Little Baby Loves Elvis, Elvis

http://thenewbev.com/blog/2017/04/mamas-little-baby-loves-elvis-elvis/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 07, 2017, 08:35:21 AM
"A boy from Tupelo" is now also up on amazon.com. And here's the official press release:


http://www.elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-boy-tupelo-complete-1953-1955-recordings-coming-july-28/


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RCA/Legacy Set to Release Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings on Friday, July 28

Most Comprehensive Early Elvis Library Ever Assembled, 3CD (Physical or Digital) Set Includes Every Known Sun Records Master and Outtake, Live Performances, Radio Recordings, Elvis’ Self-Financed First Acetates, A Newly Discovered Previously Unreleased Recording and More

Deluxe Package Includes 120-page Book Featuring Many Rare Photos & Memorabilia, Detailed Calendar and Essays Tracking Elvis in 1954-1955

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-55 Recordings is produced, researched and written by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen.

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters To Be Released on 12″ Vinyl Single Disc

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and RCA Records will release Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings on Friday, July 28.

Available as a 3CD deluxe box set and a digital collection, A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings is the most comprehensive collection of early Elvis recordings ever assembled, with many tracks becoming available for the first time as part of this package and one performance–a newly discovered recording of “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” (from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana, October 29, 1955)–being officially released for the first time ever.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings includes–for the first time in one collection–every known Elvis Presley Sun Records master and outtake, plus the mythical Memphis Recording Service Acetates–“My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” (recorded July 1953) and “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”/”It Wouldn’t Be the Same (Without You)” (recorded January 4, 1954)–the four songs Elvis paid his own money to record before signing with Sun. A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings includes every Elvis live performance and radio recording known to exist from the period.

Essential to the understanding and appreciation of Elvis and his explosive impact on pop music and culture, A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-55 Recordings presents–in the best possible sound– every known Presley recording from his early career, when the world’s first atomic singer fused blues, pop and hillbilly country swing to create an electrifying new music that changed the world.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings also includes a 120-page book formatted as an illustrated travelogue and datebook chronicling the genesis of Elvis’ early career via facts, anecdotes, memorabilia and many rare photos. Independence Day 1954 is when this unique American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the singer leaves Sun Records to record for RCA. The material is organized by calendar entries. During the months July through October 1954, the majority of the calendar is empty, as Elvis had his daytime job with Crown Electric, and music making was confined to the weekends and evening hours. This is Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and an account of how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, a young man on the pinnacle of an unprecedented level of success. “A boy from Tupelo” would become much more than a world-famous superstar, he would become ELVIS!

Behind the making of A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-55 Recordings lie more than 1,500 hours of restoration work and nearly 200 hours of additional studio time devoted to the painstaking remastering of the material. The results are stunning.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-55 Recordings is produced, researched and written by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen.

Disc one of A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings covers the masters Elvis recorded for Sun Records, some variations, and the four sides he paid for himself. Disc two covers all known outtakes, even just the smallest surviving fragments. Disc three covers all the live and radio recordings known to exist.

On July 28th, Legacy Recordings will also release A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters, a single disc 12″ vinyl package that chronicles the rise of Elvis Presley before he became The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded with producer Sam Phillips, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black during his first incredible year as a professional recording artist (July 1954-July 1955), this collection includes Elvis’ complete single A and B-sides for Sun Records, plus additional songs recorded at Sun Studio and released on his landmark self-titled debut album in 1956.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings and A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters are available for pre-order now.

A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings: https://Elvis.lnk.to/tupelo
A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters: https://Elvis.lnk.to/tupelo/amazonvinyl





Disc: 1
1. My Happiness
2. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
3. I'll Never Stand In Your Way
4. It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You
5. Harbor Lights
6. I Love You Because
7. That's All Right
8. Blue Moon of Kentucky
9. Blue Moon
10. Tomorrow Night
11. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
12. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
13. Just Because
14. Good Rockin' Tonight
15. Milkcow Blues Boogie
16. You're a Heartbreaker
17. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
18. Baby, Let's Play House
19. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
20. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
21. Mystery Train
22. Trying to Get to You
23. When It Rains, It Really Pours
24. That's All Right
25. Blue Moon of Kentucky
26. I Love You Because
27. Tomorrow Night

Disc: 2
1. Harbor Lights (Takes 1 - 2, 3/M)
2. Harbor Lights (Take 4)
3. Harbor Lights (Takes 5 - 8 )
4. I Love You Because (Takes 1 - 2)
5. I Love You Because (Take 3)
6. I Love You Because (Takes 4 - 5)
7. That's All Right (Takes 1 - 3)
8. Blue Moon of Kentucky
9. Blue Moon (Takes 1 - 4)
10. Blue Moon (Take 5)
11. Blue Moon (Takes 6 - 8 )
12. Blue Moon
13. Dialogue (Fragment before "Tomorrow Night")
14. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') [Incomplete Take]
15. Good Rockin' Tonight (Fragment from Vocal Slapback Tape)
16. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine (Takes 1 - 3/M)
17. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Take 1)
18. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Take 2)
19. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Take 3)
20. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Takes 4 - 5)
21. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (Slow Version, Takes 6 - 7)
22. How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Slapback Tape, Rehearsals + Take 1)
23. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 1)
24. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 2 - Rehearsal 1
25. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Take 5/M)
26. When It Rains It Pours (Vocal Slapback Tape, Takes 6 - 8 )

Disc: 3
1. That's All Right (Live from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana)
2. Blue Moon of Kentucky
3. Shake, Rattle And Roll
4. Fool, Fool, Fool
5. Hearts of Stone
6. That's All Right (Live from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana)
7. Tweedlee Dee (Live from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana)
8. Shake, Rattle and Roll
9. KSIJ Radio commercial with DJ Tom Perryman
10. Money Honey
11. Blue Moon of Kentucky
12. I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine
13. That's All Right (Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana)
14. Tweedlee Dee
15. Money Honey
16. Hearts of Stone
17. Shake, Rattle and Roll
18. Little Mama
19. You're a Heartbreaker
20. Good Rockin' Tonight
21. Baby, Let's Play House
22. Blue Moon of Kentucky
23. I Got a Woman
24. That's All Right
25. Tweedlee Dee
26. That's All Right
27. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
28. Baby, Let's Play House
29. Maybellene
30. That's All Right (Live from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana)
31. Bob Neal Radio Promotion Spot
32. I Forgot to Remember to Forget




It seems like they replaced the '55 interview with Mae Boren Axton and included "I forgot to remember to forget". If you want to hear the interview, you can do so here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPv6jmsM-Jk


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 07, 2017, 01:39:27 PM
Here's the trailer for "A boy from Tupelo" (I heard it also works if you are not registered on facebook):


https://www.facebook.com/Elvisthemusic/videos/10155386050839153/




And this:


Elvis Presley: 'A Boy From Tupelo' Set Collects Every Early Recording
Three-disc collection boasts newly discovered live recording of "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" plus other previously unreleased material

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/elvis-presley-box-set-collects-every-early-recording-w485835


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 08, 2017, 06:28:23 AM
In case you haven't seen it, there's for whatever reason also some ugly merchandise available.

http://www.shopelvis.com/Dept.aspx?cp=796_84291



Here is the complete deluxe set:

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I don't think the artwork is anything special and therefor I can't understand how anybody would want this on a T-Shirt. There are probably much better pictures in the book. Oh well...


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 09, 2017, 08:57:04 AM
The "A boy from Tupelo" trailer is now also up on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAt5-rbVAOw


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on June 09, 2017, 09:37:27 AM
oh what a brilliant looking set! ahh nice pre RCA versions of 'that's all right' and 'blue moon
of kentucky' too. 


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 10, 2017, 10:44:45 AM
oh what a brilliant looking set! ahh nice pre RCA versions of 'that's all right' and 'blue moon
of kentucky' too. 


Yeah, the RCA echo is kinda strange. But I really like it on "Good rockin' tonight".





RCA/Legacy Set to Release Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings on Friday, July 28

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rcalegacy-set-to-release-elvis-presley---a-boy-from-tupelo-the-complete-1953-1955-recordings-on-friday-july-28-300470169.html


The article includes this picture from the set (open it in a new window to see it full size):

(https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/520479/ElvisJan252_TheMagicCollection.jpg?w=1600)



Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 10, 2017, 03:50:17 PM
There's a new Uber ad featuring "You're the boss" by Elvis and Ann-Margret which was recorded for but then cut from 1964s "Viva Las Vegas"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc_M8y2_o6Y


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 26, 2017, 01:32:18 PM
40 years ago today Elvis gave his last show. Of course that isn't very much a reason for celebration and neither was the show itself.
Here's an article I just saw, that features comments from newspaper reviews from back then.

Elvis Presley provoked cheers, jeers at final concert
http://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/06/26/elvis-presley-drew-cheers-jeers-1977-concert/426828001/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on June 27, 2017, 08:22:39 AM
Sounds interesting:


Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/elvis-presley-manager-biopic-the-colonel-1202478118/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 03, 2017, 08:24:14 AM
Smithsonian Channel to Present the Story of the U.S. in AMERICA IN COLOR; Liev Schreiber Narrates

The expansive series takes viewers on a visually stunning journey through American history - including fascinating footage of illegal drinking in speakeasies during the 1920s, rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, scenes of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Elvis Presley's television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Nixon-Kennedy debate. Using revolutionary methods in footage restoration and colorization, AMERICA IN COLOR accurately restores and colorizes archival black-and-white visuals from the early part of the 20th century up through the '60's. Filmmakers meticulously researched original colors to confirm the correct tones from each era and used source materials from obscure archives and forgotten family vaults.


http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Smithsonian-Channel-to-Present-the-Story-of-the-US-in-AMERICA-IN-COLOR-Liev-Schreiber-Narrates-20170630


I wonder if this will be Elvis' first appearance on Ed Sullivan's show or his actual debut on TV which happened on the Dorsey Bros. Stage Show.




It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.


https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/tv-schedule?tvScheduleDate=20170723


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 05, 2017, 12:33:20 PM
Sony has uploaded a video for the "A boy from Tupelo"-set featuring two takes of "Harbor lights" which was a pre-"That's allright" recording


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttIiBVPzICY


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 14, 2017, 08:40:52 AM
Hear Elvis Presley's Loose 'When It Rains It Pours' Outtakes
Producer Sam Phillips instructs guitarist Scotty Moore, "Don't make it too damn complicated" on track from upcoming box set 'A Boy From Tupelo'


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-elvis-presleys-loose-when-it-rains-it-pours-outtakes-w491551


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: pixletwin on July 14, 2017, 09:45:03 AM
The complete Boy From Tupelo is a must!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Ian on July 14, 2017, 12:29:12 PM
Not to say it isn't a nice package but for people like you and I who already own most of the material the question again becomes "do I really need this?" For me the answer is no.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Ian on July 14, 2017, 12:36:48 PM
I'm always on the lookout for something new but I often feel like I'm just paying for packaging. Like I bought the stax collection and it was nice but I already had the lps on which the compilation was based-so in the age of I-tunes I could just as easily have made my own compilation without spending any money. I think my future purchases on Elvis will probably be limited to occasionally buying an individual download of a song I'm missing-if there are any left! I think I own everything worth having


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Ian on July 14, 2017, 12:48:36 PM
It's a bit different with someone like George jones, whose catalog was a mess up till recently. The bear family boxes have a lot of material I never heard and most of it is quite good. With Elvis Ernst Jorgensen and then follow that dream did such an expert job already that the recent packages are just window dressing


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 14, 2017, 01:16:54 PM
It's a bit different with someone like George jones, whose catalog was a mess up till recently. The bear family boxes have a lot of material I never heard and most of it is quite good. With Elvis Ernst Jorgensen and then follow that dream did such an expert job already that the recent packages are just window dressing


I certainly agree.
With "A boy from Tupelo" the focus was from the beginning on the book. Ernst put years of work into that and when it was originally released it had twice as much pages as this new release I believe. So in that sense the idea behind the product has changed. The never before released "I forgot to remember to forget" of course is a very welcomed addition. But yeah, if you go by the music, there's probably not a lot that you don't already own.



Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Ian on July 14, 2017, 03:47:21 PM
The truth is that I bought the Jorgensen 1950s box and then the 60s box set and then the 70s walk a mile in my shoes set and then the 60s film songs set and I really felt that I was done collecting Elvis. However then I bought the complete 68 special cds and that's the way it is set and a few follow that dream sets-specifically the home recordings from 76 and the 61 Hawaii shows and the blue Hawaii special edition. Then the stax set. Plus viva Las Vegas soundtrack. I think I'm done!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 15, 2017, 02:59:40 AM
Well, it's always a question of what you want to own. I am very happy with Elvis' original catalog. So basically outtakes etc. are not that high on my list as they don't represent what Elvis wanted to be released. But on the other hand there's a lot of interesting material. I love to see how a song evolved into the master take for example.
And then there are of course those releases that don't really count as outtakes only but that come with something else to catch the ears. So, regarding the Sun Records material I think if you don't own the "Elvis at Sun" CD or "A boy frm Tupelo" , you should definitely consider getting one of them. Kevan Budd's remastering on "Elvis at Sun" is incredible.* Even my stupid ears can hear the difference instantly. It's like day and night - it is that good


Here's more about Budd's remastering on Elvis At Sun (http://www.elvisrecordings.com/r_elvisatsun.htm)








* I'm not totally sure if "A boy from Tupelo" uses the Budd remasters or if they did new ones. What is clear though, is that the Kevan Budd's remasters set the standard, so they just can't go back to the pre-Elvis at Sun releases.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 19, 2017, 09:01:39 AM
The german edition of Rolling Stone will have a special vinyl single of "Good rockin' tonight" b/w "Blue moon":


(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Kr0uoIHd2X8/WVU6MRp4r5I/AAAAAAAAQjo/Ei57w9CSpJEEzYp5cBw_ysPFynlm5f5lgCLcBGAs/s1600/mag_rolling_stone_2017_06_29.jpg)

http://elv75.blogspot.de/2017/06/june-29-rolling-stone-collector.html





And here's an interview with Ronnie Milsap by our own Jeremy Roberts:

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview, Milsap, the dictionary definition of a crossover phenomenon, recalls meeting boyhood idol Elvis Presley and ultimately getting to play on the King of Rock and Roll’s heralded 1969 comeback sessions at American Sound Studios in Memphis.

https://medium.com/@jeremylr/more-thunder-on-the-piano-ronnie-milsap-relives-memphis-days-with-elvis-presley-17803848f24b


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 20, 2017, 10:40:11 AM
NPR lets you listen to a select list of songs, including the live version of "I forgot to remember to forget"



First Listen: Elvis Presley, 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings'

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/20/537914026/first-listen-elvis-presley-a-boy-from-tupelo-the-complete-1953-1955-recordings


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 23, 2017, 02:24:28 AM
Saw this on the FECC forum


Elementary school stage where Elvis Presley sang renovated

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/elementary-school-stage-where-elvis-presley-sang-renovated/2017/07/21/c0902f3c-6e23-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html?utm_term=.20fa1804d862





EDIT:

Also this. I'm not sure about the restored quality and how "professional" it is. Haven't had a chance to compare it. But it's always good to see the Stage Show performances again.


"THIS VIDEO IS AVAILABLE FOR ONE DAY ONLY!!!!
This Video has been Professionally Restored by our The Classics Channel Team to achieve the best possible Audio and Video quality.



Heartbreak Hotel (with the Dorsey Bros. orchestra)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtZozb9cwuA







Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 23, 2017, 10:30:51 AM
He’ll Always Be Elvis: Remembering the 'King' 40 Years On

This is an excerpt from the LIFE book Remembering Elvis Presley, available at stores now as well as at the Time Shop http://ti.me/2uZEeB7 and at Amazon http://amzn.to/2sOz25C.

http://time.com/4866573/elvis-presley-graceland-40th-anniversary-death/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 27, 2017, 11:06:34 AM
An update on the HBO special:


ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER: This three-hour, two-film presentation focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospherics shot inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide. An HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television; executive producers, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group); producers, Jon Landau and Kary Antholis; directed and produced by Thom Zimny. Debuts in 2018.


https://medium.com/hbo-cinemax-pr/hbo-cinemax-programming-overview-dca4424c4c44


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 28, 2017, 11:02:11 AM
Here's a video of the unboxing of "A boy from Tupelo"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7iaPPIkdqw


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on July 28, 2017, 12:23:57 PM
love to get this release, and why do they keep making those sets with
Cd cardboard sleeve access.  Shits me a lot!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 29, 2017, 07:04:20 AM
love to get this release, and why do they keep making those sets with
Cd cardboard sleeve access.  Shits me a lot!


Wll, yeah. They can get a little annoying. Anyway, I just received the set. Beautiful!


BTW here is the cover of the latest issue of the german edition of Rolling Stone (the one with the vinyl single, see above)

(https://www.rollingstone.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/26/11/1-656x369.jpg)

https://www.rollingstone.de/rolling-stone-im-august-2017-titelthema-elvis-presley-exklusive-vinyl-single-1286779/


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Post by: Rocker on July 29, 2017, 01:20:06 PM
I forgot to post this. Engineer at Sun Studios, Matt Ross-Spang shows how Sam got the slapback echo with his equipement.



https://www.vevo.com/watch/elvis-presley/the-story-behind-sun-studios-famous-slap-back-echo/USRV81700712


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Post by: bringahorseinhere? on July 29, 2017, 06:54:51 PM
Rocker, can you post back what your thoughts are about this set?


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Post by: Rocker on July 30, 2017, 10:51:40 AM
Sure. I think it's a winner all around. The sound is great. Just as good as "Elvis at Sun" on first listen. The outtakes and live recordings are rounding up the whole thing and it's nice to hear songs sung by Elvis ("Little Mama" "Maybelline" "Tweedlee Dee" "Hearts of stone" etc) that we don't have any other versions of.
The packaging is very nice (apart from the cardboard sleeves but that's not a major point imo). I haven't read the book yet and just thumbed through it but it seems very well done with lots of pictures and informations. You can see that some pictures were not taken professionally so they may be a little un-sharp, other may come from movies (like from this one for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjW_nLjtngA ).

Just a couple of thoughts. I yet have to really dig into this set (especially the book) but I guess it will take two or maybe even three weeks until I have some more time.



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Post by: bringahorseinhere? on July 30, 2017, 11:36:40 AM
oh that's excellent to hear!  Thanks for the review, might have to put some pennies aside
and pick one up myself.  Sure looks like a cool package!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on July 30, 2017, 12:08:05 PM
oh that's excellent to hear!  Thanks for the review, might have to put some pennies aside
and pick one up myself.  Sure looks like a cool package!


Of course it's also a matter of what you want to have. This set has everything, including outtakes and live performances and of course the book. If you only want to have the masters and don't care about the bonus material, then you probably should get "Elvis at Sun" or the vinyl of "A boy from Tupelo". But otherwise, this set screams "definitive".


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Post by: Rocker on August 01, 2017, 02:15:36 AM
5 stars from Rolling Stone for "A boy from Tupelo"


Review: Elvis Presley's 'A Boy From Tupelo' Is a Museum-Grade Look at Sun Sessions Years
The 3-CD set contains a wealth of material from 1953 to 1955

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-elvis-presleys-a-boy-from-tupelo-w494843


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 03, 2017, 11:43:11 AM
A german TV station showed "Elvis 56" and it's available until August 9th on their website. Unfortunately it is in german synchronisation in place of Levon Helm's original.
Anyway:


http://www.ardmediathek.de/tv/Film-und-Serie/Elvis-56/BR-Fernsehen/Video?bcastId=24787788&documentId=44903968


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Post by: Rocker on August 03, 2017, 02:23:55 PM
Memphis' Commercial Appeal will have a special release for the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.


" ELVIS LIVES: a commemorative magazine to celebrate Elvis’s music, life, and legacy 40 years after his death.

400+ photos, 40 Best Elvis Songs, the Graceland Experience, and MORE ELVIS THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!"


http://www.commercialappeal.com/




Here's also a trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eih5-bj0TbI


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Post by: Lonely Summer on August 03, 2017, 10:27:32 PM
Hear Elvis Presley's Loose 'When It Rains It Pours' Outtakes
Producer Sam Phillips instructs guitarist Scotty Moore, "Don't make it too damn complicated" on track from upcoming box set 'A Boy From Tupelo'


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-elvis-presleys-loose-when-it-rains-it-pours-outtakes-w491551


(http://img.wennermedia.com/article-leads-horizontal/elvis-presley-premiere-2017-listen-26be5bdd-1586-4401-821a-e6555db12de5.jpg)
I have this on "A Legendary Performer, Volume 4". Back then, it was a major event to get an album with unreleased tracks on it. Nowdays, not so much, as they have released so much.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 04, 2017, 01:34:55 PM
I have this on "A Legendary Performer, Volume 4". Back then, it was a major event to get an album with unreleased tracks on it. Nowdays, not so much, as they have released so much.



But what a revelation to hear "When it rains..." on "Elvis at Sun" after being used to the quality on the previous releases.





Another review:

Book with new Elvis offering is better than the music

http://buffalonews.com/2017/08/03/book-new-elvis-offering-better-music/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 05, 2017, 11:36:59 AM
Don't know what this is about. Just saw it on the FECC forum:


Sign up for the Elvis The Music Newsletter and you'll be the first to see 'A Boy From Tupelo: A Short Film' which tells the story of Elvis Presley from the people who saw him rise to the top.

https://experiences.wyng.com/campaign/?experience=597602008baba16b3e79e1b5



EDIT:

You can see a short preview here:

https://twitter.com/sony


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 06, 2017, 08:19:42 AM
Here's a direct link to the video:


https://twitter.com/sonylegacyrecs/status/893521404783710208


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 07, 2017, 10:53:20 AM
Here's the short movie:

http://tupelo.elvisthemusic.com/?cid=nl73942&utm_medium=email_SFMC&utm_source=6383383&utm_campaign=email-73942-201787&utm_content=nllink-2600290-Elvis_artistsite_world


It doesn't work for me. Even not when disabling the adblocker (same thing when I try to watch videos on msnbc.com). Hope somebody will upload this to youtube.





And an interesting article:

Elvis Presley, 40 years after his death, remains an icon and a cautionary tale


http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sd-et-music-elvis-presley-20170729-story.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 08, 2017, 02:34:43 PM
The german edition of Rolling Stone has "A boy from Tupelo" also as "album of the month"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5OFgDjKSs


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Post by: Rocker on August 09, 2017, 02:03:53 AM
"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" HBO Doco: HBO have announced the name of their forthcoming major Elvis documentary that will debut next year.


"Elvis Presley: The Searcher"  is a three-hour, two-film presentation focusing on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospherics shot inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.
The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide.
An HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television; executive producers, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group); producers, Jon Landau and Kary Antholis; directed and produced by Thom Zimny.
Thom Zimny,  is a Emmy and Grammy winner who has work on multiple Bruce Springsteen projects
“The producers came to HBO and Sony with the idea for a film drawing upon very rare footage that captures Elvis’ musicianship in a new and exciting way. The artistry on display in that footage reminded us of the great work by Jon Landau and Thom Zimny on their previous HBO documentaries, we are thrilled to have them at the helm to lend their unique cinematic perspectives to this iconic, complex and singular artist” noted HBO's Kary Antholis.
Debuts in 2018.

(News, Source;HBO/ElvisInfoNet)


http://www.elvisinfonet.com/index.html


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Post by: Rocker on August 10, 2017, 09:46:43 AM
This one icludes Ernst Jorgensen talking about the release.



Elvis Presley's 'A Boy From Tupelo' set documents the big bang of rock 'n' roll


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-elvis-presley-boy-from-tupelo-40-death-anniversary-20170809-story.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 11, 2017, 02:55:17 AM
Here's the Commercial Appeal's special Elvis site:

http://elvis.commercialappeal.com/


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Post by: Rocker on August 11, 2017, 01:02:23 PM
Time magazine:

Elvis In the Heart of America

http://time.com/4894995/elvis-in-the-heart-of-america/


(https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/elvis-in-heart-america-04.jpg?w=560)


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Post by: Rocker on August 12, 2017, 02:47:27 PM
Presley’s friends feel love, pain, 40 years after his death

http://wtop.com/music/2017/08/presleys-friends-feel-love-pain-40-years-after-his-death/


Norbert Putnam, Bill Medley and Ginger Holladay


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Post by: Rocker on August 14, 2017, 05:25:37 AM
Elvis Presley: The genesis of genius

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/usa-today-us-edition/20170814/281530816127448


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Post by: Rocker on August 16, 2017, 01:54:13 AM
Well, it's August 16th. The 40th anniversary of Presley's death. Here's some music to get dirty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJWZeCIHydE



(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/75/81/3b/75813bd5c324f4d4cb4571047b5372c3.jpg)


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Post by: JK on August 16, 2017, 02:35:36 AM
Nice one, Rocker. I remember that day well----total shock!


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Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 16, 2017, 02:54:32 AM
Yes, it's one of those events in which I remember where I was at the time. While leaving my college campus in the late afternoon, as I was about to turn right onto the city street, the news came over the car radio.

RIP


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Post by: Rocker on August 16, 2017, 11:17:59 AM
I wasn't even born at that time.  :angel:


There are of course a lot of happenings in this week. At one event Priscilla Presley talked about the upcoming HBO special and a short clip was shown. her's what a member of the FECC forum posted about that:


The clip shown offered little in new footage as it covered a little slice of the SUN Records era...thou some of the clips were longer...included were interview segments from Sam Phillips and Scotty Moore.... ( from what's believed to be his last interview before his passing ) ...the interviewees are not shown as they speak but photos of ELVIS - many rare - were shown.

The sound was incredible...and the two films now run an hour and forty minutes each so it looks like it's been expanded some 20 minutes.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 16, 2017, 07:50:58 PM
So much Elvis, so little time...
While running some errands in the morning I listened to the Sun Sessions CD, then to a bit on the satellite Elvis channel. No music, it was a "town hall" meeting
Then back home, my sister stopped by and we listened to some of A Boy From Tupelo, available on Amazon Music.
Then watched a couple of Elvis shows on a cable channel, including one on Did Elvis Die in 1977? After a big buildup, the host said, 'Yeah."
My Mom's microwave died, so I went out to get a replacement. The Elvis channel was playing deep cuts from his early albums.
Then watched Elvis:That's The Way It Is on one of the TV channels.
Am taping a show coming on later tonight that's about Elvis' first RCA album.
Will settle down, listen to an Elvis gospel album, then go to bed.

PS. I've read Part I of Guralnick's bio of Elvis twice. Has anyone read Part II? If so is it any good?


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Post by: Rocker on August 17, 2017, 05:29:47 AM

PS. I've read Part I of Guralnick's bio of Elvis twice. Has anyone read Part II? If so is it any good?


Oh sure! It's not as in depth as the first one, because it spans a wider range of years. But it's definitely worth reading.





Elvis Presley: His 10 Best Country Songs
On the 40th anniversary of his death, we look at the immortal vocalist's interpretations of songs by Hank Williams, Ray Price and more

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/elvis-presley-his-10-best-country-songs-w497827


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Post by: Ian on August 17, 2017, 09:59:46 AM
In my opinion the two guaralnick books are the best biography of any entertainer ever written. They are fair to the man while presenting all his faults as well as his triumphs. Really if you have those two and Ernst Jorgensen's book about Elvis recording sessions then you don't need any other books.  They keep coming out anyway but they are redundant . Guralnick also wrote a great book about Sam cooke, that is well worth reading if you like him.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 17, 2017, 10:06:27 AM
In my opinion the two guaralnick books are the best biography of any entertainer ever written. They are fair to the man while presenting all his faults as well as his triumphs. Really if you have those two and Ernst Jorgensen's book about Elvis recording sessions then you don't need any other books.  They keep coming out anyway but they are redundant . Guralnick also wrote a great book about Sam cooke, that is well worth reading if you like him.


Not to forget his book on Sam Phillips (which I still haven't gotten to read yet  :( )







Interview with Ernst Jorgensen:

Elvis Presley’s Archivist on the Heartbreak of Tapes Trashed by RCA, Scouring the South for Lost Recordings

http://variety.com/2017/music/news/elvis-presley-archivist-ernst-jorgensen-interview-1202529943/



Elvis’s death was a perfect example: The media doesn’t understand Middle America

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/elviss-death-was-a-perfect-example-the-media-doesnt-understand-middle-america/2017/08/15/2012d268-8123-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html?tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.3179d597daad




Edit:

Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood interview | Tribute Elvis Presley 40th anniversary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7RyZCb0qXc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 17, 2017, 03:55:14 PM
Rocker and Ian, thanks for letting me know about the second half of the Elvis bio. Will add it to my reading list.


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Post by: Rocker on August 18, 2017, 08:52:25 AM
This was posted on the FECC forum:


From Backstreets website;

GRACELAND INSIDERS GET FIRST TASTE OF ZIMNY & LANDAU'S ELVIS DOC

Thom Zimny's HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher isn't coming until next year, but in Memphis this week — the 40th anniversary of Presley's death — a small group got a sneak peak. At Monday's Official Graceland Insiders Conference, part of Elvis Week 2017, director/producer Zimny took the stage along with executive producers Jerry Schilling and Priscilla Presley to present a clip from the three-hour, two-film doc and reveal more about this project he's been working on with producer Jon Landau (Bruce Springsteen's manager)

Based on Thom's remarks, and as is evident in the sneak preview, the doc will be focused squarely on Elvis' music, his legacy as an artist and musician. No kitsch. Graceland granted Zimny access to rare footage, documents, and stills; he also worked with collectors to include additional photos, Super-8 and other never-before-seen footage. Noting what a "great experience" it was to work closely with Landau again, Thom spoke of conducting more than 50 interviews for the project, with subjects including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Robbie Robertson, and Emmylou Harris.

The preview Zimny showed is the first time any of the documentary has been seen outside production, and the surprised crowd ate it up. Springsteen's voice could be heard in the clip — discussing Presley as a musical pioneer, "out on the frontier" — over footage ranging from Sun Studios to the '68 Comeback Special; Scotty Moore also spoke, from the last interview he gave before his death. These were voiceovers rather than talking heads, however, as Zimny kept the visuals sourced purely from the archival materials he's gathered — based on our eyes in the room, a decision that's effective and refreshing.

Set for 2018, Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures and will be, as ElvisPresley.Newsreports, "a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions."
- August 17, 2017


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Post by: Rocker on August 18, 2017, 11:48:35 AM
This article about Bruce Springsteen and Elvis' death was linked to on the FECC forum.



(http://www.backstreets.com/Assets/Images/2017/newsEricMeola_Elvis-shirt-on-cycle---closer-shot---NJ1977.jpg)


40 YEARS AGO TODAY: "YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DIE"
On this date in 1977, Elvis Presley died far too young at 42. His death did nothing, of course, to stop his enormous and enduring cultural significance, influence and meaning. It was, however, the final, tragic result of an unnecessary decline — a process that enabled Presley to deny himself a long, rewarding life. It also denied his worldwide multigenerational audience many more years of great music and performances.

On the day that the sad news reverberated around the planet, Bruce Springsteen was in New Jersey. He was scheduled to leave the next day for a photo-shoot journey through the Utah and Nevada deserts with photographer Eric Meola.

Certainly Meola, who shot the 1975 Born to Run album cover featuring Springsteen sporting a Presley fan-club button on his guitar strap, already knew what a major Elvis fan Bruce was. Therefore it wasn't surprising that, as Meola recently related to us, Springsteen seriously considered not making the trip in the wake of Presley's death. Fortunately, Eric helped to persuade Bruce to go anyway, resulting in some of the most iconic and beautiful Springsteen photographs ever taken. Check out Meola's recent Facebook essay about how their time in the desert also led to Springsteen's creation of "The Promised Land," a song deeply connected to Chuck Berry's classic "Promised Land." In the mid-1970s Elvis covered Berry's "Promised Land;" it is one of Presley's greatest later records.

While Meola and Springsteen were out west, writer Dave Marsh contacted Springsteen by telephone to get his comments on Elvis' passing for Rolling Stone's special memorial issue. "I could not imagine that guy dying," Springsteen, then in his late 20s, told Marsh. "He was so incredibly important to me, to go on and do what I want to do. When I heard the news it was like somebody took a piece out of me. He was not primitive, like people think. He was an artist and he was into being an artist. Of course, he was also into rockin' his ass, but that was part of it. Onstage, he encompassed everything — he was laughing at the world, and he was laughing at himself, but at the same time, he was dead serious. To me, he was as big as the whole country itself, as big as the whole dream. He just embodied the essence of it, and he was in mortal combat with the thing. It was horrible and, at the same time, it was fantastic."


(http://www.backstreets.com/Assets/Images/2017/newsEricMeola_Elvis-shirt-on-cycle---wider-shot---NJ1977.jpg)



Within a month or so of Presley's passing Meola also shot some stunning photos of Bruce wearing a t-shirt with an Elvis image on it, while Springsteen rode his motorcycle near his home in Holmdel, NJ. Backstreets is honored that Eric Meola has allowed us to share these untouched photographs on this special anniversary date.

The shirt Bruce wore in these photos actually was a souvenir from the first location of the legendary Providence, RI rock club Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, incorporating imagery from the 1956 picture sleeve for Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel EP. Click here and here to see images of punk rock legends Johnny Ramone and Joe Strummer also sporting Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel shirts. (Some additional photos of Strummer wearing his Lupo's shirt can be found here and here.)

Over the four decades following Elvis's death, Springsteen often has commented publicly about it. Onstage talk about "how it was that somebody who seemed like such a big winner could lose so bad in the end" occurred frequently during Bruce's concerts in the 1980s. Eventually, he even released two recordings about the tragedy: "Come On (Let's Go Tonight)" (recorded shortly after Elvis' death and available on The Promise box set) and "Johnny Bye-Bye" (released B-side version recorded in 1983 and later available on the Tracks box set).

Just last year, Springsteen again offered his insight on Presley's early demise and so many others like it. This time, however, he did it from the perspective of a mature, lifelong artist approaching his 70s, writing in his autobiography Born to Run:

"The heart of rock will always remain a primal world of action. The music revives itself over and over again in that form, primitive rockabilly, punk, hard soul and early rap. Integrating the world of thought and reflection with the world of primitive action is not a necessary skill for making great rock 'n' roll. Many of the music's most glorious moments feel as though they were birthed in an explosion of raw talent and creative instinct (some of them even were!). But... if you want to burn bright, hard and long, you will need to depend upon more than your initial instincts. You will need to develop some craft and a creative intelligence that will lead you farther when things get dicey. That's what'll help you make crucial sense and powerful music as time passes, giving you the skills that may also keep you alive, creatively and physically... Now, some guys' five minutes are worth other guys' fifty years, and while burning out in one brilliant supernova will send record sales through the roof, leave you living fast, dying young, leaving a beautiful corpse, there is something to be said for living. Personally, I like my gods old, grizzled and here. I'll take Dylan; the pirate raiding party of the Stones; the hope-I-get-very-old-before-I-die, present live power of the Who; a fat, still-mesmerizing-until-his-death Brando — they all suit me over the alternative. I would've liked to have seen that last Michael Jackson show, a seventy-year-old Elvis reinventing and relishing in his talents, where Jimi Hendrix might've next taken the electric guitar, Keith Moon, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and all the others whose untimely deaths and lost talents stole something from the music I love, living on, enjoying the blessings of their gifts and their audience's regard. Aging is scary but fascinating, and great talent morphs in strange and often enlightening ways. Plus, to those you've received so much from, so much joy, knowledge and inspiration, you wish life, happiness and peace. These aren't easy to come by."



Amen, hallelujah and rest in peace, Elvis.
- August 16, 2017 - Shawn Poole reporting - photographs by Eric Meola




Source: http://www.backstreets.com/news.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 20, 2017, 12:57:28 PM
Obviously there are a lot of TV news clips about the 40th anniversary on youtube. But as it is, most of them don't give too much info or interesting interviews and show mostly the freaky stuff. So here are a couple of clips that for one reason or another (maybe just because they feature nice clips of old Elvis performances) that I found. I won't look through many more because I nearly have to throw up when I see that crazy sh!t.


America Remembers Elvis 40 Years After His Tragic Death

CBS Chicago - Mike Stoller is interviewed shortly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HksxWlcKvXo



Fans mark 40 years since death of Elvis Presley

Al Jazeera English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R79dN55TjN4



How Elvis' family, fellow artists and fans remember The King | ABC News

ABC News - Guralnick a.o. get to talk a little

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c__NwcPi1I8



Priscilla Presley remembers Elvis | Untold story behind the legend

TORYmax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVdFIUOcZRo


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 23, 2017, 07:08:17 AM
Goldmine magazine

Elvis Presley legacy explored in the September 2017 issue

http://www.goldminemag.com/news/elvis-presley-legacy-explored-september-2017-issue

The Elvis content:


• The secret to Elvis’ legacy: his music

• Legacy Recordings rediscovers Elvis’ youth with a reissue of the “Boy From Tupelo” box set

• Top 10 Elvis box sets

• Graceland Makeover. We visit Graceland as it expands in time for Elvis Week.

• Top 10 Elvis films

• Elvis New Release Roundup


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 25, 2017, 07:15:38 AM
Smithsonian Channel to Present the Story of the U.S. in AMERICA IN COLOR; Liev Schreiber Narrates

The expansive series takes viewers on a visually stunning journey through American history - including fascinating footage of illegal drinking in speakeasies during the 1920s, rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, scenes of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Elvis Presley's television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Nixon-Kennedy debate. Using revolutionary methods in footage restoration and colorization, AMERICA IN COLOR accurately restores and colorizes archival black-and-white visuals from the early part of the 20th century up through the '60's. Filmmakers meticulously researched original colors to confirm the correct tones from each era and used source materials from obscure archives and forgotten family vaults.


http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Smithsonian-Channel-to-Present-the-Story-of-the-US-in-AMERICA-IN-COLOR-Liev-Schreiber-Narrates-20170630


I wonder if this will be Elvis' first appearance on Ed Sullivan's show or his actual debut on TV which happened on the Dorsey Bros. Stage Show.




It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.


https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/tv-schedule?tvScheduleDate=20170723




Here's the colorized Elvis footage. Thanks to the FECC forum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=117hxUXEvCY


Just look at the Tupelo footage... Wow!!  :o  Really well done!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 27, 2017, 02:52:01 PM
ELVIS - The Seven Ages of Elvis - (NEW Documentary 2017)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5GFO7zPA14


European pay-TV operator Sky Arts has commissioned a new documentary from Fireball TV and copro and distributor Raydar Media about the legendary singer Elvis Presley.

The Seven Ages of Elvis goes on a search to explore who Presley was and his impact on pop culture. Using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” as a framework, the film examines his life act by act: from his impoverished childhood in the American South, through his rise to international fame, to his Las Vegas years and his death in 1977.

Combining archive material with personal testimonies from those who knew Presley best, the film sheds new light on his global success and asks why audiences are still drawn to him decades after his death. The doc is slated to premiere this year as to mark the 40th anniversary of the singer’s passing.

The Seven Ages of Elvis was commissioned by Barbara Lee, commissioning editor, Sky Arts. David Upshal is the producer and director; Alison Rayson, executive producer; Iris Maor, head of production; and Will Yates, producer.




http://backinmemphis.blogspot.de/2017/06/the-seven-ages-of-elvis-new-reality-doc.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on August 31, 2017, 06:09:53 AM
Here's footage and sound of Elvis' opening night in Vegas in August 1970 (That's the way it is). Someone mixed bootleg footage with some other clips and sound from official releases. Not perfect but it's Elvis at his (or one of his) peak(s)


https://vimeo.com/73834270



Go here for a couple of more infos on the show:

http://www.elvisconcerts.com/concerts/Concert_expand.php?id=121


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on September 01, 2017, 01:02:54 PM
Seen on the FECC board. Click on "watch again":


Watch: The King at B: Top Musicians Remember Elvis


https://livestream.com/accounts/24965350/events/7673221/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false&t=1504271707033


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on September 02, 2017, 09:44:58 AM
Thanks to the FECC. Someone recorded the snippet of the new documentary that was played during Elvis-week. Here is his recording:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49E0rF0IunA&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Elvis Presley 1977-2017, news, releases etc.
Post by: Rocker on September 07, 2017, 10:33:33 AM
Here's a recent interview with Annette Wolf who was involved in the making of the infamous "Elvis in Concert" special from 1977.


Annette Wolf talks about Elvis In Concert 1977

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ounGOD5tCsw


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: HBO doc, Tom Petty, Bruuuuce
Post by: Rocker on October 28, 2017, 02:14:17 AM
You know what? I'll change the topic title and make this a Presley thread for all news etc. I think that is better than to start a new thread everytime something that doesn't totally fit the description. The title can be changed everytime something new comes into focus.

I'm saying this because I wasn't sure about where I should post this new information, since I started a thread about the HBO documentary as well as this one about the 40th anniversary of his death.
So, a member of the FECC forum posted this information that he got from a Q&A with Priscilla Presley:


Spring of 2018. Narrated by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. 4 hours and shown in 2 parts.

I guess this is some the last work Tom Petty did  :(



A little trivia:
When Elvis was filmimg "Follow that dream" in Florida, Tom Petty got to meet Elvis:


Tom Petty's love for rock 'n' roll began the day he met Elvis in Ocala (https://www.elvis.com.au/presley/elvis-tom-petty.shtml)

Tom Petty Discusses Meeting Elvis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo3gZg7I1CY)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: BBC4 doc. Dec 29th
Post by: Rocker on December 20, 2017, 09:41:10 AM
BBC4 is running a documentary on Dec. 29th.
I got the following infos and pictures of the FECC-messageboard:


Elvis: The Rebirth of the King

The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that The Vegas Period was the nadir of his career but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak, both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth.

Elvis: Rebirth of The King, tracks this five year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jumpsuits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/xmas17tv/bbcfour#heading-elvis-the-rebirth-of-the-king




(https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57de9c0de4fcb5f64a5ae7af/t/5a378999ec212d30323f4a63/1513589155739/ELVIS+TX+CARD+2.jpg)

http://www.ericastarling.com/elvis-sings-vegas/

Not a very good picture the production company used. But at first they used a picture of an impersonator (!!) until they were told it wasn't the real Elvis.  ::)


Radio Times:

(http://fs1.directupload.net/images/171220/temp/9gw9ti2p.jpg) (http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4942/9gw9ti2p_jpg.htm)


One user notes:

For those interested, the trailer included footage from the following ..... Las Vegas 1970 (TTWII), LA Forum 1970, Rapid City 1977 (Unchained Melody) and behind the scenes footage from GI Blues.



Credits
Role    Contributor
Director                   Mike Connolly
Executive Producer   Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer   Alison Millar
Executive Producer   Sam Collyns
Editor                    Adam Finch
Interviewed Guest   Steve Binder
Interviewed Guest   Terry Blackwood
Interviewed Guest   Tony Brown
Interviewed Guest   Gene Chrisman
Interviewed Guest   Tom Constanten
Interviewed Guest   Gene Doucette
Interviewed Guest   Larry Geller
Interviewed Guest   Ginger Holladay
Interviewed Guest   Mary Holladay
Interviewed Guest   Mark James
Interviewed Guest   George Klein
Interviewed Guest   Greil Marcus
Interviewed Guest   Jimmy Mulidore
Interviewed Guest   Bobby Wood
Interviewed Guest   Reggie Young
Archive Source           Roy Hamilton


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kkkbx


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: BBC4 doc. Dec 29th
Post by: Lonely Summer on December 23, 2017, 01:31:03 PM
BBC4 is running a documentary on Dec. 29th.
I got the following infos and pictures of the FECC-messageboard:


Elvis: The Rebirth of the King

The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that The Vegas Period was the nadir of his career but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak, both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth.

Elvis: Rebirth of The King, tracks this five year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jumpsuits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/xmas17tv/bbcfour#heading-elvis-the-rebirth-of-the-king




(https://static1.squarespace.com/static/57de9c0de4fcb5f64a5ae7af/t/5a378999ec212d30323f4a63/1513589155739/ELVIS+TX+CARD+2.jpg)

http://www.ericastarling.com/elvis-sings-vegas/

Not a very good picture the production company used. But at first they used a picture of an impersonator (!!) until they were told it wasn't the real Elvis.  ::)


Radio Times:

(http://fs1.directupload.net/images/171220/temp/9gw9ti2p.jpg) (http://www.directupload.net/file/d/4942/9gw9ti2p_jpg.htm)


One user notes:

For those interested, the trailer included footage from the following ..... Las Vegas 1970 (TTWII), LA Forum 1970, Rapid City 1977 (Unchained Melody) and behind the scenes footage from GI Blues.



Credits
Role    Contributor
Director                   Mike Connolly
Executive Producer   Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer   Alison Millar
Executive Producer   Sam Collyns
Editor                    Adam Finch
Interviewed Guest   Steve Binder
Interviewed Guest   Terry Blackwood
Interviewed Guest   Tony Brown
Interviewed Guest   Gene Chrisman
Interviewed Guest   Tom Constanten
Interviewed Guest   Gene Doucette
Interviewed Guest   Larry Geller
Interviewed Guest   Ginger Holladay
Interviewed Guest   Mary Holladay
Interviewed Guest   Mark James
Interviewed Guest   George Klein
Interviewed Guest   Greil Marcus
Interviewed Guest   Jimmy Mulidore
Interviewed Guest   Bobby Wood
Interviewed Guest   Reggie Young
Archive Source           Roy Hamilton


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kkkbx
Not a good photo to use for a doc about 69/70 Elvis in Vegas. There are lots of good shots of Elvis in those years, hope the show itself is better.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: BBC4 doc. Dec 29th
Post by: Rocker on December 24, 2017, 12:50:28 PM
Not a good photo to use for a doc about 69/70 Elvis in Vegas. There are lots of good shots of Elvis in those years, hope the show itself is better.


Looking at the names that are listed, it sounds very promising. The picture on the other hand... The kind of things that shouldn't be messed up. But somehow they did it...




A user on the FECC message board posted this clip of the TV show "Where it's at" with Little Richard from 1968. They also talk about Rock'n'Roll in general and on that occasion show movie clips of Elvis in Toronto in 1957 that haven't been seen before. Very rare stuff and interesting. It starts at 2:22 mins.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZjYpFjmalk


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: BBC4 doc. Dec 29th
Post by: Rocker on December 30, 2017, 03:22:45 AM
The "Rebirth of the King" gets some positive reviews on the FECC messageboard, although it seems that the usual myths were told and that the quality of the footage wasn't overly impressive. So, I guess: nothing special, but probably nice as a way to get Presley to a "new" audience. Unfortunately I can't watch it on BBC for copyright reasons. Maybe it will be up on youtube soon.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: BBC4 doc. Dec 29th
Post by: Rocker on January 01, 2018, 04:21:32 AM
Here's the documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPx3uZaq0Ug


EDIT

Unfortunately it has some soundproblems.
I like very much what Greil Marcus has to say about Elvis' performance of "Baby what you want me to do", but his comments on Elvis' '69 monologues are very over the top. Anyway, take a look and see what you think. I still have 10 mins. left to watch but all in all the documentary is ok.


EDIT 2

Without soundproblems:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=lWNR6rttqJ8


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: HBO documentary 2018
Post by: Rocker on January 04, 2018, 02:20:37 AM
A user on the FECC messageboard posted this about the new HBO documentary:

HBO has included a brief (very brief) glimpse of the new 4 hour - 2 part film to be shown sometime in 2018. Current view is in a compilation of coming in 2018 announcements on the network. Clip shows a black leather clad Elvis during a sit down show segment.

Title is THE SEARCHER



Said trailer is here to be seen:

https://visiondelcine.com/hbo-presenta-avance-las-series-peliculas-del-2018/

The Elvis part is at ca. 1:06 mins.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - update: HBO documentary 2018
Post by: Rocker on January 06, 2018, 07:05:03 AM
2018 Preview: Priscilla Presley Opens Up About Elvis' Ambition and Upcoming HBO Documentary

When HBO premieres Elvis Presley: The Searcher this spring, fans of the King will get an unprecedentedly deep look at his life and music, from his first forays into Memphis blues clubs to his early stardom, up through his late ’60s comeback and exhausting ’70s touring. The nearly three-and-a-half-hour-long, two-part documentary (which will also get a soundtrack released through Sony/Legacy) features new interviews with scholars, stars like Bruce Springsteen and the late Tom Petty, and -- most notably -- Priscilla Presley, who famously met the superstar when she was 14 and was married to him from 1967 to 1973.

While the film downplays the tawdrier aspects of Presley’s epic American tale, instead zeroing in on his musical evolution (though it does touch on his drug use and his relationship to famously controlling manager Colonel Tom Parker), it offers a different kind of intimacy, thanks in part to the over seven hours of personal reflections Priscilla Presley offered. “I realized she hadn't had these kinds of questions thrown at her before,” says director Thom Zimny. “And she was excited to share the details of Elvis the artist.” Presley, 72, spoke to Billboard about making what she calls “the definitive story of Elvis and his music.”

In the film, you share a great deal about Elvis that you never have before.
​People know about his generosity, about his love of his mother, but he didn't have the peers he should have had. It would have been great to sit around with the guys and talk about, “My gosh, do you ever get nervous onstage? Do you miss your wife? Do you ever forget your lines?” He didn't have that.

You were so young when you met Elvis. Were your parents concerned?
Our relationship was too big for my parents; they didn't understand it. He courted me for two years before he asked me to join him in Graceland. It was two years begging my dad, until finally I told my parents, “You’re ruining my life; you have to let me go.”

Colonel Parker hangs over the film like an avenging angel.
[Elvis] was so grateful Colonel Parker took him where he wanted to go. The hardest thing was realizing that Parker was a great promoter but didn't know anything about music, or about his subject, Elvis Presley.

The film ends with Bobby Kennedy’s death and Elvis’ extraordinary rendition of “If I Can Dream” from his comeback special in 1968. What were Elvis’ politics?
Elvis was for peace. He didn't understand this whole thing with Vietnam. But he didn't get involved in politics. It was the one thing you didn't do: an entertainer was to entertain.

Elvis didn't live long enough to see your acting career. Were you sad that he didn't get to watch your films?
To be honest, Elvis wouldn't have wanted me to be in them. I don’t think he would have wanted to share [me] with anyone.

Being separated and watching him basically work himself to death -- was that painful to see again?
No. Even though we were divorced, we remained very close. We had long conversations at night. He wanted to perform, to get out. He had nervous energy. In fact, he wanted to go all over the world. He wanted to explore.




https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8092590/priscilla-presley-elvis-hbo-documentary-interview-2018-preview


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - HBO documentary April 14th
Post by: Rocker on January 09, 2018, 05:04:58 AM
Priscilla Presley (Executive Producer), David Porter (legendary Memphis music writer and producer) Thom Zimny (Director), Jon Landau (Producer), and moderator John Jackson (SVP A&R, Sony Music) will discuss the three-hour, two-film presentation of Elvis Presley as the musical artist which will premiere on HBO on April 14, 2018. The films take the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.


Source:
https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/events/PP97393


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - HBO documentary April 14th
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 09, 2018, 05:41:21 AM
Thanks for all this info.
One of my sisters is gaga over Elvis and I will let her know the date for that HBO documentary.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - HBO documentary April 14th
Post by: Rocker on January 09, 2018, 09:31:02 AM
Thanks for all this info.
One of my sisters is gaga over Elvis and I will let her know the date for that HBO documentary.



My pleasure. Be sure to check this thread for more info as it comes along.
As you might have seen, hopes are high that this will be finally one good and serious documentary about Elvis that focuses on his work. Can't wait for the trailer


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - HBO documentary April 14th + O.S.T.
Post by: Rocker on January 11, 2018, 02:38:10 PM
(https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1200/1*7XBDokcw_gHC5lcBIGcjVw.jpeg)




ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER, COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTARY EXPLORING HIS CREATIVE JOURNEY, DEBUTS APRIL 14
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Composed Original Score


RCA/Legacy Recordings Releases Musical Companion To Documentary April 6

The HBO documentary ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

This three-hour, two-film presentation focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and feature more than 20 new, primary source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, and includes an original musical score composed by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.

As previously announced by SXSW, Priscilla Presley, David Porter (legendary Memphis music writer and producer), Thom Zimny (director), Jon Landau (producer) and moderator John Jackson (SVP A&R, Sony Music) will discuss the film, the cultural impact of Elvis’ music and how that impact became the embodiment of rock’n’roll at the 2018 SXSW Festival in March. The panel is expected to cover:

• how Elvis found inspiration in black and white gospel music of Tupelo
• his early experience with the great African-American blues and r’n’b of Memphis
• his evolution as an artist with Sam Phillips
• the creative impact of his time serving in the U.S. Army in Germany
• the creative highs and lows of his career in the 1960s, culminating in the triumphant ’68 special
• an assessment of Elvis as a performing artist in the early ’70s, featuring a discussion of Jon Landau‘s seminal 1971 review of Elvis in concert
• a discussion of the interviews conducted for the film, including insights into the conversations with Scotty Moore, Red West, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, among others
• insight into the creation of the film’s score by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready
• an inquiry into the artistic and personal struggles that preceded his death in 1977

RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”, the musical companion to the HBO/Sony Pictures documentary, on Friday, April 6. It will be available in digital and physical configurations.

ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER is an HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television; executive producers, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group); producers, Jon Landau and Kary Antholis; directed and produced by Thom Zimny.


Source: https://medium.com/hbo-cinemax-pr/elvis-presley-the-searcher-debuts-april-14-on-hbo-e9e1e00b95e2


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - HBO documentary April 14th + O.S.T.
Post by: Rocker on January 18, 2018, 06:24:37 AM
The official Perl Jam site also updated it's content to let people know about Mike McCready's score to "The Searcher".


Mike McCready Scores 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

https://pearljam.com/news/mike-mccready-scores-elvis-presley-the-searcher



EDIT:

Saw this on the FECC messageboard. The independend "The King" movie (earlier titled "Promised land") will be shown at Sundance Film Festival:

Sundance: Oscilloscope Buys Elvis Presley Documentary ‘The King’

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/sundance-oscilloscope-buys-elvis-presley-the-king-1202666985/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


Oscilloscope Buys Eugene Jarecki’s ‘The King:’ Sundance Docu On Elvis Presley Demise Mirrors U.S. In Trump Age

http://deadline.com/2018/01/the-king-elvis-presley-donald-trump-eugene-jarecki-sundance-film-festival-oscilloscope-1202244529/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack tracklist
Post by: Rocker on January 23, 2018, 04:34:49 AM
This seems to be the tracklist for the soundtrack's vinyl version


    1
    Trouble / guitar man
    2
    My baby left me
    3
    That's all right
    4
    Baby let's play house
    5
    Heartbreak hotel
    6
    Lawdy, miss clawdy
    7
    Hound dog
    8
    Crawfish
    9
    Mona lisa
    10
    Milky white way

    1
    Like a baby
    2
    Are you lonesome tonight?
    3
    It's now or never
    4
    Tomorrow is a long time
    5
    Suspicious minds (take 6)
    6
    Separate ways (rehearsal version)
    7
    Hurt (take 5)
    8
    If i can dream



https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/elvis-presley-searcher/hnum/8110780



My Baby Left Me, Crawfish, Baby Let's Play House, Like A Baby.... some of my very favorite Presley recordings. Although all in all it leaves a lot of room, this should be a nice listen.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack tracklist
Post by: Rocker on January 29, 2018, 09:28:12 AM
HBO released a trailer for their movie about Andre The Giant, which will premiere on April 10th. 4 days before "The Searcher" will be shown. So hopefully we'll get a trailer for the Presley documentary soon as well.

Here's the trailer for Andre The Giant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_jTeuajas0


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack tracklist
Post by: Rocker on February 06, 2018, 02:46:54 AM
It looks like the cover for the soundtrack will be the same as the picture above for the promo.


(https://www.standaardboekhandel.be/images/0190758326917.img?img=img/h45/h76/h00/h00/0190758326917FRONTCOVERBERTUS.jpg&w=800&h=800)


https://www.standaardboekhandel.be/seo/nl/cds/rock-roll/0190758326917/elvis-presley/searcher


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack 3-Disc-Edition!!
Post by: Rocker on February 07, 2018, 01:14:04 AM
Goodnes, gracious, here's the full 3-disc soundtrack, including a 40 page book!

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A197rm5QmHL._SL1500_.jpg)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81S86ys%2BGSL._SL1500_.jpg)

The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist "who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music."

The 3CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis' career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"), powerful vocal performances ("That's All Right," "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," "Trouble/Guitar Man") and rare outtakes ("Suspicious Minds," "Separate Ways"), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film-including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's original version of "That's All Right," Odetta's gospel version of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time") and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) [Deluxe] includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producers note from film director Thom Zimny.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) is also available on 2LP.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079BF4GDT/sr=8-2/qid=1517987970/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1517987970&sr=8-2







Disk 1 von 3

    1
    Trouble / guitar man
    2
    My baby left me
    3
    Baby, what you want me to do
    4
    Old shep
    5
    That's when your heartaches begin
    6
    That's all right
    7
    Blue moon of kentucky
    8
    Fool, fool, fool
    9
    Tweedlee dee
    10
    Baby let's play house
    11
    Good rockin' tonight
    12
    Trying to get to you
    13
    Blue moon
    14
    When it rains it pours
    15
    Blue christmas
    16
    Heartbreak hotel
    17
    Lawdy, miss clawdy
    18
    Money honey
    19
    Hound dog
    20
    (there'll be) peace in the valley (for me)
    21
    Crawfish
    22
    Trouble
    23
    Farther along
    24
    Mona lisa
    25
    Hide thou me
    26
    Loving you (end title take 16)
    27
    Lonely man (solo version)
    28
    Power of my love

Disk 2 von 3

    1
    Milky white way
    2
    A mess of blues
    3
    Fame and fortune
    4
    Love me tender / witchcraft (duet with frank sinatra)
    5
    Like a baby
    6
    Are you lonesome tonight?
    7
    It's now or never
    8
    Wooden heart
    9
    Swing down sweet chariot
    10
    Reconsider baby
    11
    Bossa nova baby
    12
    C'mon everybody
    13
    Tomorrow is a long time
    14
    Take my hand, precious lord
    15
    Run on
    16
    Baby what you want me to do
    17
    Suspicious minds (take 6)
    18
    Baby let's play house (rehearsal)
    19
    Words (rehearsal)
    20
    That's all right
    21
    Never been to spain
    22
    An american trilogy
    23
    You gave me a mountain
    24
    Burning love (rehearsal version)
    25
    Separate ways (rehearsal version)
    26
    Hurt (take 5)
    27
    If i can dream

Disk 3 von 3

    1
    Mike mccready - dissolution 2
    2
    The blackwood brothers - satisfied
    3
    Arthur "big boy" crudup - that's all right
    4
    Joe hill louis - she may be yours but she comes to see me so
    5
    Little junior's blue flames - mystery train
    6
    Howlin' wolf - smokestack lightning
    7
    The blackwood brothers - rock-a-my soul
    8
    The prisonaires - just walkin' in the rain
    9
    Jackie brenston and his delta cats - rocket 88
    10
    The ravens - write me a letter
    11
    Bill monroe - blue moon of kentucky
    12
    Eddie snow - ain't that right
    13
    Johnnie ray - just walkin' in the rain
    14
    Lloyd price - lawdy miss clawdy
    15
    Gladys presley - home sweet home
    16
    Odetta - blowin' in the wind
    17
    Odetta - tomorrow is a long time
    18
    The staple singers - the weight
    19
    The orlons - heartbreak hotel
    20
    Tom petty and the heartbreakers - wooden heart
    21
    Mike mccready - rebound



https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/elvis-presley-searcher-box-set/hnum/8117516


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack 3-Disc-Edition!!
Post by: Rocker on February 07, 2018, 05:46:07 AM
Here are a couple more pictures and links.


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2-disc LP version

https://www.shopelvis.com/product/EPLP75/elvis-presley-the-searcher-the-original-soundtrack-2disc-lp?cp=796_16330


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Deluxe 3-disc CD version

https://www.shopelvis.com/product/EPCD304/elvis-presley-the-searcher-the-original-soundtrack-deluxe-3disc-cd?cp=796_16330


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O.S.T. CD

https://www.shopelvis.com/product/EPCD303/elvis-presley-the-searcher-the-original-soundtrack-cd?cp=796_16330


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher Soundtrack 3-Disc-Edition!!
Post by: Rocker on February 07, 2018, 08:01:38 AM
And yet here's even more:



Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and RCA Records will release Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) on Friday, April 6.

The musical companion to the two-part documentary directed by Emmy® and Grammy® award winner Thom Zimny, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) will be available in digital and physical configurations including an 18-track definitive soundtrack, a 2LP gatefold 12″ vinyl edition and a 3CD collectible deluxe box set.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) includes the 18 essential Elvis Presley hits, powerful performances, and rare alternative versions of songs at the musical core of the groundbreaking three-hour two-part film which focuses on the development of Elvis’ spellbinding artistry, from his early blues and country roots and influences through his seismic contributions to popular culture to his 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland. The two-part documentary film, which will premiere in the United States on HBO on April 14, 2018, uses rare footage lensed throughout Elvis’ life and career as a means of exploring Elvis’ singular musical vision in all its complexity.

The 3CD deluxe box set features 37 additional Elvis cuts plus a special disc featuring selections from Mike McCready’s (Pearl Jam) original score for “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing “Wooden Heart”; and the music that inspired Elvis (including R&B and country classics and “Home Sweet Home” sung by his mother, Gladys Presley). The Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) deluxe 3CD set includes a 40-page hardcover book featuring rare photography, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a director’s note by Thom Zimny.

In his package notes for Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack), director Thom Zimny writes, “the soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. I wasn’t just making a film, I was thinking about the collection of recordings I would gather for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience, just as I always had. Thankfully, our friends at Sony gave me and the Searcher team the chance to create this collection. It’s been in my mind for years now. To me, this collection is part of the film.”

“So, in this collection, one gets not a Greatest Hits package but a song-by-song, curated portrait of an artist,” writes Warren Zanes in the book featured in Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack [Deluxe Box Set]), “….an artist who very consistently and courageously gave himself to his performances, as if in the giving he might find some missing part of himself. The truth in his voice, in the end, was the sound of a searcher. Along the way, he built a catalogue as deep as any found in the broad and beautiful vistas of American music.”

As Bruce Springsteen observes in the documentary, Elvis Presley belonged to a singular category of musicians in the pantheon. “You hear performers in the thrall of the beauty of invention, not knowing quite where they’re going to go, not knowing exactly what they’re doing,” Springsteen said. “Just discovering and doing it literally as the music is being played…. You’re out on the frontier and it’s a very pristine and exciting place to be.”

“You know, God bless him,” said Tom Petty. “He was a light for all of us. We all owe him for going first into battle. He had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music.”



http://elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-searcher-original-soundtrack-released-april-6/




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Elvis Doc 'The Searcher' Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack
Deluxe edition will feature selections from original score composed by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/elvis-doc-the-searcher-pulls-hits-rarities-for-soundtrack-w516443


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - The Searcher at SXSW
Post by: Rocker on February 28, 2018, 07:16:45 AM
"The Searcher" will premier at SXSW this year as reported. Here's a little more info:



The film takes the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi - where he absorbed the inspirations of black and white gospel music - through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions at his iconic Graceland home in Memphis. It includes stunning atmospherics shot inside and around Graceland and features new interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and other artists who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him including Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Stax Records Producer David Porter and, in interviews conducted before their passing, Scotty Moore, Red West and Tom Petty.

[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]




The first part will be 109 mins, the second 98 mins.

https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/96922


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" Trailer!!
Post by: Rocker on February 28, 2018, 11:26:03 AM
The trailer is out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OLpCVGgabA


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" Trailer!!
Post by: Rocker on March 01, 2018, 09:59:36 AM
Billboard also reports:


Watch the Trailer for HBO's 'Elvis: The Searcher' Documentary

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8221823/trailer-hbo-elvis-the-searcher-documentary


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" Trailer!!
Post by: Rocker on March 02, 2018, 09:30:27 AM
Mike McCready tweeted this:

Was an honour to score the @ElvisPresley film The Searcher. Thank you Thomas Zimmy for trusting me with such an important project. I love the different stories that created an even bigger picture of Elvis' genious (sic!). Thanks also to Priscilla & Lisa Marie.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD release
Post by: Rocker on March 07, 2018, 05:40:25 AM
As you know, Record Store Day is not far away. There will be a fabulous Presley release. If it is what it promises, this is a good way to start your Elvis collection.


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Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)

Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen “comeback special” broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show’s many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble—including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate “sit-down” sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. The history of Presley’s amazing “comeback special” is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary premiering April 14 on HBO.


http://www.elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-king-in-the-ring-2lp-released-record-store-day/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD release
Post by: Rocker on March 08, 2018, 05:34:35 AM
HBO Documentary Elvis: The Searcher Debuts at SXSW
New archival footage of the king, the musician, the man behind the music



Elvis: The Searcher offers a fresh look at one of the most famous musicians in history, with a dedicated focus on the man as a working musician, not just the caricature that time and fame has drawn. “This is really, I think, the definitive documentary about the artist, the man behind the music,” says Priscilla Presley, former wife of the late superstar. Divided into two films, the three hours of archival footage, photo stills, and narration reveal a rare intimate glimpse of Elvis, almost like stepping inside of his private photo albums.

“My heart goes out to him,” she said. “[This film] humanizes him so much. ... He’s known for rock & roll. He’s known for the stigma of the ‘ultimate man’ – the good looks, the whole package. And here you see the vulnerability, what he went through, and his ups and downs.” Presley, executive producer of the film, continued: “I don’t want to focus on the drugs because that’s part of rock & roll, first of all, and I hate to say it. I don’t want to take anything away from the creativeness of who he was. He was a genius. ... His management [just saw] him as a moneymaker.”

Austin, a musical city where Priscilla has roots, is seemingly the perfect place to premiere a film about a working musician. (She was living on Bergstrom Air Force Base when her father got his orders to move to Germany in 1959. She met Elvis about three weeks later.) “Austin and Nashville are the places to go for musicians to really congregate and talk about music – truly the capital of the music industry right now,” she said. “People think that Elvis was an overnight success. He was not. He worked hard. He was doing malls, highs schools, colleges, little places out in the boonies. ... It’s true: He was a struggling artist.”

According to director Thom Zimny, “Elvis got in the car with a bass on top and traveled on the road; he learned his craft playing one-night stands.” That thinking was why executive producer Glen Zipper convinced him to premiere the film at SXSW, “and I think he was right. It really is a reflection of a lot of the energy in the movie, and of the love for music, and for the South, in the film. ... When I was thinking about the Elvis story, that was the key: to keep discussing the music and not fall into some sort of examination of his lifestyle, to really to look at history differently. What were the influences on Elvis? Who were the people surrounding Elvis as a child that helped develop that sound?”

With “absolute carte blanche” access to the archives, including thousands of stills and over 6,000 digital recordings, Zimny digs deep into the personal musical history of Elvis. The second film even includes a previously undiscovered recording – “a really haunting vocal” – of Elvis’ mother Gladys singing. Zimny said, “I was chasing those [lost] details because it paints a much more complex, layered vision of Elvis than had been out there before. [Priscilla] gave me a side of him that I hadn’t seen in other books or films. got to hear about his frustrations with his career, and also just his frustrations as a person who loved music, and the destructive force of making those films.”

“I think if there’s any tragedy in the two films it’s to realize that Elvis as an artist was held back,” added Zimny.

To anchor the films stylistically, Zimny decided not to include any visuals of the interviews, instead focusing exclusively on the archival footage and photos, with voiceover narration peppered throughout. “I came into filmmaking as an editor and worked on many documentaries. There have been moments where I just dealt with voice – and the rhythm of voice – and with the Elvis film it was really important that I lived in the space that Elvis occupied. ... I felt that the idea of seeing someone talk in a chair would ground you to a contemporary vision of the film taking place. I wanted the film to feel like a dream where you were going back into time seeing Elvis in Super-8 home movies, seeing the space of Graceland as a character, and hearing these voices – the voice of Elvis or the voices of people who spent time with him. I wanted the voices to have this musical feel, and I wanted to be able to play with images and ideas against the soundtrack.”

Elvis: The Searcher explores far more than his greatest hits. Little-known recordings and performances, as well as Elvis’ gospel roots, are highlighted, and interviews with Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and industry giants such as Jon Landau and David Porter shed light on his other critical influences. “You also get a real concept of his life on Beale Street. He got his style and his look going down that street,” said Presley. “Elvis already knew very early on that he was unique. He was very different and as a young child he knew something big was going to happen to him – never in his wildest dreams as big as he got – but he definitely wasn’t your normal teenage boy. He never was so complicated, or trying to position himself for what he was set out to be. That was just who he was. He loved style. He loved the music.”

A lifelong Memphian, Porter watched Elvis transform from just a kid hanging around the Beale Street clubs to a major talent who explored the influences of black artists while still maintaining his own style. The legendary songwriter and producer, formerly in charge of A & R (artists and repertoire) at Stax Records (Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers), said, “Elvis was amazing – not at trying to make anyone think he could dance like Jackie Wilson – but he had that animation and that movement that gave him an individual identity that was just as impactful as it was to watch Jackie Wilson dance at the Flamingo. It just speaks to the visionary parts of his creative mind.

“There are no new emotions, so when a person has the ability to find an impactful way to [affect] people’s emotions, based on how they are creatively able to do that, that’s a stroke of genius, a stroke of creativeness that’s hard to find,” added Porter. “I think true artists find things about themselves that amplify their credibility, and not every artist has the intellect to seek things in their inner core to do that. But when you find ones that are able to do that, they become the greats, like Michael Jackson, like James Brown, like Elvis Presley.”


https://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2018-03-09/hbo-documentary-elvis-the-searcher-debuts-at-sxsw/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD release
Post by: All Summer Long on March 08, 2018, 06:32:46 AM
As you know, Record Store Day is not far away. There will be a fabulous Presley release. If it is what it promises, this is a good way to start your Elvis collection.


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Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)

Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen “comeback special” broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show’s many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble—including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate “sit-down” sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. The history of Presley’s amazing “comeback special” is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary premiering April 14 on HBO.


http://www.elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-king-in-the-ring-2lp-released-record-store-day/

Rocker, I can't wait for this album.  I just wonder if there's a mistake in the 'article.'  How can they fit both shows on 2 LP's?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD release
Post by: Rocker on March 08, 2018, 09:27:04 AM
I don't know. Maybe they cut off some parts of the dialogues? Wouldn't hurt the listening experience too much.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" at SXSW
Post by: Rocker on March 15, 2018, 02:19:50 AM
You can see the interview with Priscilla Presley and Thom Zimny at SXSW here:

https://www.livelist.com/shows/interview-with-elvis-presley-the-searcher-director-thom-zimny-and-priscilla-presley


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" at SXSW
Post by: Rocker on March 15, 2018, 04:47:50 AM
Priscilla Presley Presents Documentary on Elvis at SXSW

http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/priscilla-presley-presents-documentary-on-elvis-at-sxsw/1045667513


'It takes you on a journey': Priscilla Presley unveils new Elvis documentary during appearance at South by Southwest

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5503285/Priscilla-Presley-unveils-new-Elvis-documentary-SXSW.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" at SXSW
Post by: Rocker on March 15, 2018, 12:03:26 PM
An Inside Look w/ Director Thom Thom Zimny & More | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN9CqvE30Rc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" at SXSW
Post by: Rocker on March 16, 2018, 02:05:11 AM
Priscilla Presley: Revisiting Elvis' Final Days, Drug Abuse in New Documentary Was 'Difficult'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/priscilla-presley-revisiting-elvis-final-days-drug-abuse-in-new-documentary-was-difficult/ar-BBKgZ6s?li=BBnb7Kz#image=BBhwHhI|4


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 18, 2018, 06:38:29 AM
Here's a first review:


SXSW Review: ELVIS PRESLEY - THE SEARCHER Is An Exhaustive Portrait Of A Lonely Enigma

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/03/17/sxsw-film-review-elvis-presley-the-searcher-is-an-exhaustive-portrait-of-a/amp?__twitter_impression=true


EDIT:

If this review is pot-on, I am very disappointed. Once again the same old  -false in this widespreading way - story of the Colonel being the "devil" and destroying Elvis.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - \
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on March 18, 2018, 07:47:39 AM
Do you have any links to books/articles that have a different view on Parker?
Every book/documentary casts him in an evil light.

Have wondered why Elvis stuck with Parker all those years.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 18, 2018, 02:12:24 PM
Do you have any links to books/articles that have a different view on Parker?
Every book/documentary casts him in an evil light.

Have wondered why Elvis stuck with Parker all those years.



I'm afraid I don't have any at hand right now. Except for Guralnick's books. He plans to write one on the Colonel, I believe.

But it's simple. Many fans (and that includes EPE) won't let you say anything critical against Elvis. They have a ideologic view on Elvis. So for everything bad that happened they blame someone else, be it the Colonel, Priscilla, the Memphis Mafia etc. Fact is though, that Elvis was not such a dummy as he has to be seen when you go their way. Elvis was the boss, no one told him what to do. That includes the Colonel. Elvis had the final approvement, Colonel couldn't tell Elvis what to do. There are a lot of legends that quite obviously are indefensible.
Certainly there's no reason to think the Colonel did everything right and was perfect. He surely had his faults and shortcomings. So did Elvis. But when you hear people saying - like in the review above - that the Colonel booked more shows for Elvis out of his own need for money and that Elvis fell into his drug addiction even heavier, therefore blaming the Colonel for Presley's death, it's just crazy. Especially because it was Elvis who wanted to tour more and told the Colonel to book more shows. As always, nothing is black and white. In the end, Elvis was in control of his career and he didn't have to listen to anything the Colonel said, but the Colonel's job was to give Elvis his opinion.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 20, 2018, 06:04:45 AM
Graceland opens vault for Elvis doc

Priscilla Presley opens up about her ex-husband Elvis Presley in a new documentary called “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” airing on April 14 on HBO in the U.S.. Graceland opened up its vault of archival footage and recordings to give a behind-the-scenes look at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, including an examination of Presley's use of prescription drugs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Th2aPkiPI0




Critics' Picks: The 10 Best Films of SXSW 2018

In a psychologically penetrating two-part doc, Thom Zimny (director of a series of excellent Bruce Springsteen films) manages to rescue Presley from decades of caricature and shallow mythologizing, focusing on the musical curiosity and passion that drove the man long after he became a King. HBO will air it next month. — J.D.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/critics-picks-10-best-films-sxsw-2018-1095374/item/elvis-presley-searcher-10-best-films-sxsw-2018-1095375


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 20, 2018, 01:57:59 PM
Saw this on the FECC forum:


SEARCH ACROSS TEXAS
Elvis Presley: The Searcher's world premiere at SXSW 2018

By Shawn Poole - March 20, 2018


The world premiere of Elvis Presley: The Searcher took place last week in Austin, TX as part of the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Director Thom Zimny's two-part film, running a total of 3 hours and 15 minutes, will make its television debut next month on HBO.

The film's premiere was accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Zimny, Priscilla Presley, and legendary Memphis-based soul music producer/songwriter David Porter. The discussion was moderated by John Jackson, frequent Jayhawks collaborator and senior vice-president of A&R at Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. Jackson, Porter and Presley are among the principal figures who were interviewed for the documentary. Jon Landau, one of the film's producers, also was interviewed for the film and scheduled to be part of the panel, but was unable to attend due to Winter Storm Skylar.


Priscilla Presley, Elvis' former wife, and Jerry Schilling, his longtime friend and former "Memphis Mafia" inner-circle associate, had been shopping around the idea of a new kind of Elvis Presley documentary for several years before they brought the concept to HBO. The network, having already aired Thom Zimny's Bruce Springsteen documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, recommended Zimny and The Promise executive producer Jon Landau as ideal collaborators for the Presley project.

The title of the film, as well as its focus, stem from one of Priscilla Presley's comments on her ex-husband's artistry in the interview she recorded for the film. Her comment serves as the first words spoken onscreen: "Elvis was a searcher. It's a part of him that never left."

During the panel discussion, Thom Zimny expanded upon how connecting with Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling helped to keep his film grounded in Elvis' consistent efforts to connect musically from the beginning of his career to its tragic end. Zimny had extensive access to Presley's private and public recordings, films and television appearances (including concert material — some previously unreleased — and rarely-to-never-before-seen artifacts provided by studios, fans and collectors). He also interviewed many who were close to Presley, those who worked closely with him and some (in the case of musicians like Bruce Springsteen) who were deeply inspired by his music.

"I realized," said Zimny, "that we were going to be able to touch upon some of the tragic moments — not dwell on the details of them, because I feel other films have explored that dialogue [already] — and also give the feeling that was coming through the music. Which is that he still was connected — he still was trying. There's sadness there, but there's also still this beauty."

Another unique aspect of Elvis Presley: The Searcher is its deep exploration of Presley's conscious efforts to combine Southern country and gospel music with the Black culture — particularly Black gospel and rhythm & blues — that he loved and studied so intently. For the SXSW panel, David Porter spoke knowledgeably and extensively on this important aspect of Presley's artistic accomplishments: "[Elvis] was just a rarity in the respect that he not only was interested in [Black musical culture], he was passionate about it. He wanted to get to the core of what shaped this emotional connectivity that came through Black artistry, and he wanted it so badly that he would dedicate himself to just studying it in a passionate way, and he got it.... You would have to go the source to get it, so he would go the Black clubs, he would go the church…. He developed an even stronger understanding of what it meant, and that gave him, in my opinion, the kind of uniqueness that separated him. It was not a common thing, and that's why he stood out as an artist."

After the panel, Backstreets was able to arrange exclusive interviews with Thom Zimny, HBO's Kary Antholis, Priscilla Presley, and Jerry Schilling. Read below what they told us about Elvis Presley: The Searcher and some interesting Presley/Springsteen connections.

Kary Antholis - Along with Jon Landau and Thom Zimny, Kary Antholis is one of the producers of Elvis Presley: The Searcher, currently President of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming at HBO. When Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling came to HBO to pitch their concept of a new kind of Elvis documentary, then-HBO President Michael Lombardo asked Antholis to sit in on the meeting. As part of their pitch, Presley and Schilling presented a compilation of Elvis footage representing the kind of archival material that could be included in the documentary they envisioned.

"I watched it," Antholis told us, including the "footage that I later learned came from the film Elvis: That's The Way It Is, which is the film about his return to performing live at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. That footage had Elvis in a recording/rehearsal studio as well as in a ballroom rehearsing with the band, and I was immediately struck by the similarity of the way Elvis worked with the band to how Bruce Springsteen worked with his band, particularly in The Promise, Jon Landau and Thom Zimny's film. Jon and Thom have a cinematic understanding of how to present a musical artist at work.

"Thom and I had a dinner with Jerry and Priscilla, and talked about a ton of things — Thom's work with Bruce, Priscilla's and Jerry's sense of Elvis as an artist. The next day, we went over to Warner Brothers, which had in its vault a lot of outtakes from the films Elvis: That's The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour, and we saw about an hour's worth of footage that nobody had ever seen before, including the performances of 'Burning Love' and 'Separate Ways' that are in the film. I still get shivers thinking about sitting next to Priscilla as she watched that footage for the first time. It was just mind-blowing, and we came out of that 24 hours together with a shared sense that we could make a film about Elvis, the artist, and present him in a way that he had never been presented before on film."

Thom Zimny - Elvis Presley: The Searcher is Zimny's first music documentary to feature a credited onscreen writer: music journalist Alan Light, who's also among those interviewed in the film.

"I always enjoyed Alan's writing," Zimny told us. "We quickly connected, and he helped a lot in the initial stages of discussing the narrative of Elvis, and also just doing the research with me." The process helped immensely in preparing Zimny for his interviews with people like Scotty Moore, Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, who had such close personal relationships with Elvis. "I had a sense of what was already covered and some of the things in which I was interested in going deeper. So along with [esteemed Elvis archivist and researcher] Ernst Jørgensen and Alan Light, I did a couple of months of research that pored over the details of Elvis' recording sessions, his movies, the scope of his career... and with that, worked with Alan on the [interview] questions."

The decision was made early on to present material from all of the modern-day interviews conducted for the film in "audio-only" format, so the audience will hear the voices of interviewees but never see them onscreen (though onscreen captions are used to identify the voice of each interviewee).

Speaking like the skilled editor he is and was before he started directing, Zimny said, "For me, as a director, the film is always found in the cutting room. You find the film in the editing room, and with Elvis it was no different. The beauty of it this time was that there was no 'talking head.' So I was able to work with archival material and stills in a different way, where I tried to create this dream landscape of being in Elvis's mind or his world as much as possible. I wanted the film to feel like it was this tale unfolding, that occasionally Elvis would comment on. After a lot of people discussed many different things, Elvis himself would come and discuss ideas of his career or music, or anything that just gave you a deeper understanding of the man and a chance to hear the magic and beauty of his voice. So I knew if we were cutting to someone sitting in a chair, I'd be taking you out of that dream of the film. It also pushed me in the direction of shooting, as a director, these atmospherics of Graceland, making Graceland itself a character in the movie.

"I worked with visual metaphors of things I got obsessed with; one of the early things was the bike. The bike in the film is an image of Elvis's childhood life. While taking a tour of Graceland, I saw a rusted bike in a little garage. I then saw a photo of Elvis as a child with that kind of bike, and realized that there's a very good chance that it's the same bike. I thought about the importance of that bike, and also his life: how many things he'd lost, but he held on to this bike.

"So that became a visual metaphor for the film and also became a metaphor for the searcher himself — Elvis — because he would go on his bike, go around town, go the churches, go the different clubs and explore. All of that comes together in the cutting room — many times unconsciously, but you try to stay in that dream space and try to tell a story that feels fresh, but also educates a generation in some ways about the beauty and music of this man."

Zimny went on to express his deep appreciation for Priscilla Presley's involvement with Elvis Presley: The Searcher. "One of the most important things for me as a filmmaker was that Priscilla Presley gave me access to both Graceland and the Presley archive. More important, she told me an amazing amount of detail on Elvis and spent many, many, many hours with me, talking. I would not have a film without Priscilla. Priscilla's and Jerry Schilling's dialogue in the film is essential in telling the story.

"Marc Cimino at Universal Music called me up, and I was talking to him about the Elvis project. He brought forward these two ideas: 'Meet Mike McCready from Pearl Jam [who went on to score Elvis Presley: The Searcher],' and also, 'You have to get Tom Petty.' Marc was really insistent:'You've gotta get Tom Petty, because Tom knows the music front to back and is not only a fan but can speak [from experience] to the journey of Elvis' development as a musician.'"

"Mike McCready had this daunting task: how do you score a film next to Elvis Presley music? I went to his home studio in Seattle, and Mike would come up with some amazing ideas. We'd discuss what was going on with Elvis's life and, very similar to Bruce, Mike has that focus and dedication to getting the sound... the sonic landscape that is needed for the movie. And like Bruce, he chases it; he doesn't stop until it's there. I think Mike's amazing, and I want to do every film with him. He was great."

Zimny also related to us how crucial it was to have Jon Landau and Bruce Springsteen involved in this project. "With the Elvis story, Jon Landau was especially important in his influence on how we would approach the film from early on, because we wanted it to be about the music and step away from the 'cartoon' of Elvis. The cartoon presentation of Elvis over the last twenty years has just been focused on the darker side of his life, and the music got lost. One of the key things that Jon and I discussed in the early days of this project was, 'Let's bring back Elvis the artist and let's make the film's focus about the music.'

"I think Jon's knowledge of film and music is amazing to be around, and I feel really comfortable collaborating with him because we're able to get into a dialogue that gives you a lot of space to try things. He's very respectful of that process. He gets it, and he comes from a space of being a writer and editor. He was a film critic, too, and his knowledge of film is astounding. In his own gentle way, he's a great influence and will draw upon art, photography, music and his vast knowledge of those things to bring to a project. I'm really happy that Jon and I had another adventure in film. It was very different than the experience of working with the Bruce narratives, but at the same time we kept the focus very similar; it was about the music."

"For this film, I wanted everyone talking about Elvis to be people who really believed in Elvis and had their lives changed by him. When you look at people like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, you know as kids they had this life-changing moment listening to Elvis Presley. You can feel it in their voices, you can feel it in their descriptions of the music, and you can see it in their rock 'n' roll lives. So I wanted to make sure that no one was in the film who was there for the sake of celebrity. You had to believe in Elvis, you had to know the music, and you had to seem like you were never the same after you saw him. That was the criteria. And there was a lot of people I could've reached out to, but I felt that these people really reflected the tone, passion and commitment that we wanted to get across with Elvis.

"My conversations with Bruce were great because Bruce is a big Elvis fan, as I've known for years, and he gave me a great interview where I was able to discuss with him first watching the '68 Comeback special in his living room, his memories of the power of Elvis and his love of the music. I was really grateful to have that time with him, and he just gave me so much."

Jerry Schilling - During the making of Elvis Presley: The Searcher, some time before Springsteen had recorded his interview for the film, Jerry Schilling decided to check out the audiobook version of Springsteen's autobiography Born to Run. Schilling was eager to tell us that he believes Bruce's book contains "the best description of Elvis Presley that I have ever heard. It is a beautiful description of his body of work — who he was, where he came from — that only another artist would understand. It even had a certain element of what was not perfect about Elvis, which made the whole thing beautiful. It's the best description I have ever seen or heard of Elvis Presley."

In the mid-1970s, Jerry Schilling became Billy Joel's tour manager; it was Joel, he told us, who first turned Schilling on to the music of Bruce Springsteen. And in the late 1960s, Schilling began pursuing a career in film editing (Schilling served as an assistant editor and post-production assistant for the 1972 documentary Elvis On Tour, some footage from which was incorporated into Elvis Presley: The Searcher), which helped him to connect so well with Zimny on this project.

"We had a great meeting of minds. Of course, Thom is much more in tune with [editing] than I am. I have a nice overview, but... little things that Thom would put in the middle of something… the research... stuff that Priscilla and I hadn't even seen before. We're just very, very pleased, and it's an honor to be on a project with Bruce Springsteen's name and voice, and Jon Landau. It's truly an honor. And Tom Petty was beautiful in his involvement. Thom put together just a great team; it became a family."

Of course, we had to ask Schilling, who was so close to Elvis, the question that continues to intrigue many fans of both Springsteen and Presley. In the context of Elvis Presley: The Searcher, we were discussing those "third-generation" rockers who were inspired by Elvis, like interviewees Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. During Elvis's final years, Petty and Springsteen still were young artists just beginning to establish their national and international reputations. We asked Jerry Schilling, however, if he could tell us whether Elvis knew of either of these musicians and at least a bit of their work before he passed. His brief reply: "He did of Bruce."

Priscilla Presley - Priscilla Presley can neither confirm nor deny Jerry Schilling's claim that Elvis Presley was aware of young Bruce Springsteen, but she wouldn't be surprised if it's true. She also would have loved for Bruce and Elvis to have met, because she knows that Elvis would've enjoyed talking with Bruce. "Elvis knew about and loved all kinds of music," she told us, "and he loved talking to musicians. After his Vegas shows, if there was anyone else performing in town — like Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, The Righteous Brothers — he would invite them to his suite, sit down for hours and talk with them. They would connect as artists, whether it be what songs they liked, getting nervous onstage.... He just loved to talk music."

Presley also wanted us to know how deeply she appreciates a particular comment made by Bruce Springsteen in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a portion of which also appears in the film's trailer: "An artist like Elvis... he's actually pretending when he's home to be normal, and when he goes out onstage at night, it's who he actually is."

"That comment meant so much to me," she told us, "coming from an artist who can understand so many of the issues that Elvis had to face. It was very moving for me to hear it, especially being the person often 'at home' while Elvis went off to work. Next week, while we're in New York, Jerry and I plan to see Springsteen On Broadway. I can't wait to see Bruce and thank him personally for his involvement in this film."


Elvis Presley: The Searcher will make its television debut on HBO at 8 pm ET on Saturday, April 14. It will become available on HBO GO, HBO NOW and On Demand that same weekend. Click here to watch a just-released "Inside Look" video featuring Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, David Porter, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling and Kary Antholis.
- March 20, 2018 - Shawn Poole reporting


http://www.backstreets.com/searcherSXSW.html


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Post by: Rocker on March 21, 2018, 05:07:11 AM
HBO Documentary Probes Real Life of Elvis Presley
By Bill Dries

A Memphis screening of the three-hour, two-part HBO documentary on Elvis Presley over the weekend elicited cheers and applause with some somber moments .

Producer Kary Antholis, music producer David Porter, director Thom Zimny, executive producers Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, and John Jackson, senior vice president of Sony Music collaborated to create the new HBO documentary, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” which tells the real story of Presley’s career. (Daily News/Bill Dries)

“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” was shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas, and Saturday, March 17, at Guest House at Graceland – both in advance of its debut April 14 on HBO.

The project was fueled partly as a reaction to more than 40 years of books and film and television bios, said Priscilla Presley, the entertainer’s ex-wife, who along with Elvis friend Jerry Schilling served as executive producers of the documentary.

“I’ve read all kinds of books, gone through the pages of all kinds of books and gone, ‘Oh my God, something needs to be done’ because of the perspective of others who never even knew him putting their input in,” she said before the Memphis screening. “Elvis didn’t play for the critics. He played for his audience. The critics who were there from the beginning never really stopped trying to pick him apart. And it really wasn’t that complicated. What you saw on stage was who he was.”

The early discussions among Presley, Schilling and HBO about a new documentary included looking at some outtakes from “That’s The Way It Is,” the only documentary about Presley made during his lifetime.

Director Thom Zimny was also aware of the books and other films.

“There’s many films out there and there’s many books out there that focused on personality or events in Elvis’ life,” Zimny said. “What got lost in it is the real Elvis. And the real Elvis is a man who was connected to the music in a deep and spiritual way. Throughout his whole life he was looking and searched for a sound to explore. A lot of Elvis’ history gets condensed into a shorthand that doesn’t do justice to the full journey. My goal for this film was to find the real Elvis.”

There is a brief mention of Presley’s discovery by Sam Phillips and a muted mention of his marriage to and divorce from Priscilla Presley. There is no mention of the Memphis Mafia – the group of men who were a constant presence in Presley’s life after his return from the U. S. Army. There is more focus than in other documentaries and bios on his time in the Army and how Army service impacted his career as rock ’n’ roll changed.

“The Searcher” also focuses heavily on Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker – criticizing how Parker limited Presley’s pursuit of music as an artist for the pursuit of music by the rules of the carnival industry Parker came from.

The judgments of Parker’s negative impact come from fellow entertainers Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson. They, along with Emmylou Harris, were chosen because of the catalytic role Presley’s 1950s recordings had on them at a young age.

Their experience as performers and musicians also informs the commentary about decisions that were made and not made to direct where his career was going.

Parker is heard defending his practices in some rare recordings of interviews, including one in which he denies that he ever vetoed anything Presley wanted to do. That is followed by Schilling citing at least one instance where Parker did just that and Priscilla Presley’s own memories of her ex-husband expressing concerns about the control Parker had over his career.

There are also rare recordings of Presley talking about his unhappiness with the movie roles that kept him from performing and recording anything that was more than a soundtrack. At one point he wonders aloud about time itself changing those kinds of situations.

“It’s coming from the horse’s mouth here,” Priscilla Presley said. “We’re not sugarcoating this at all. We are handling it with great dignity and integrity.”

The context also includes recordings of the folk singer Odetta singing Bob Dylan songs, one of which – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” – Presley recorded in 1966 that was put on a movie soundtrack album and never released as a single.

The song appears several times as the documentary explores his attempts to choose different and better music than the Hill and Range catalog Presley was locked into at that point because of an agreement Parker made.

In another segment, the film exhibits another major find in the archives – a recording of Presley’s mother, Gladys Presley, singing a gospel song in a home recording. Super 8 films of Presley in Las Vegas in the 1950s were from the Graceland archives and had never been processed before Zimny did it for the film.

“We went deep in the collectors’ world. We went deep inside the vault,” he said. “Every single day there was a new discovery, a new gem.”

The documentary goes deepest at the turns in Presley’s trajectory – offering more about the effects of a decision than an explanation. So at key moments, like the 1972 Aloha From Hawaii satellite television special, the audience watching the screening Saturday applauded and cheered at the end of “American Trilogy” and then grew quiet as the film examined what happened after the television special for better and worse and sent Presley on the road for the last four years of his life constantly touring.

The outtakes from “That’s The Way It Is” of Presley preparing for his 1970s opening in Las Vegas are used in the HBO film as well.

“It’s a story about Elvis, from Elvis,” said Schilling.

Zimny said it’s also about more than the impact Presley had or other people’s encounters with him.

“We knew that Elvis had a strong connection in Memphis and a strong musical understanding of the genres of rhythm and blues and country,” Zimny said. “And what we wanted to do was explore all those details. Those details give you the ideas of Elvis being a hardworking musician who had a passion for music. And we left behind all of the stories that we’ve heard before.”

Stax singer-songwriter and producer David Porter was another voice in the documentary, approached by HBO after his work as a music consultant for the recent made-in-Memphis series “Quarry.”

Porter and his songwriting partner, Isaac Hayes, welcomed Priscilla Presley to Memphis as a favor in the early 1960s at the Manhattan Club, a favorite early Elvis haunt.

“There’s a long background,” Porter said. And in the film, Porter is among the voices that provide context for Presley’s connection to the city’s rhythm and blues and soul music communities.

“This is so different in so many respects,” Porter said of The Searcher.

Porter was also in the building in the early 1970s when Presley recorded at Stax for a set of songs that were dispersed over several albums that followed.

“I was producing the Sweet Inspirations at the same time in our studio B and Elvis was recording in studio A,” he recalled. “I can tell you it was a tremendous production. Elvis was thrilled to be in that studio.”





https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2018/mar/20/hbo-documentary-probes-real-life-of-elvis-presley/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 21, 2018, 12:40:41 PM
A member from the FECC uploaded this audio and allowed me to post it here. So thanks very much to him!


Listen to the one hour radio show about the HBO production "Elvis the searcher" with Producer Kary Antholis, Legendary Music Producer David Porter, Director Thom Zimny, Executive Producers Priscilla Beaulieu and Jerry Schilling, and Sony Music’s John Jackson. Click on the link.

https://soundcloud.com/the-baystar-dude/siriusxm-elvis-the-searcher-roundtable


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 23, 2018, 02:30:38 AM
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher, Parts One and Two': Film Review | SXSW 2018

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/elvis-presley-searcher-parts-one-two-1096745


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on March 29, 2018, 11:58:16 AM
I'm not sure what this is about (maybe the homepage for the movie?) but anyway:

http://elvisforeverybody.com/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 02, 2018, 10:42:05 AM
10 Best TV Shows to See in April: 'Westworld,' Elvis and Jesus
From HBO's hit robot-rebellion thriller to a deep-dive doc on the King of Rock & Roll, what you need to tune in for or die tryin' this month

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO, Apr. 14th)
We know the dewy eyes, the sneered lip, the swiveling hips. But this documentary peels back the layers of the King's complicated public persona to locate the fragile, yearning man at the center of it all. From his days as a rock 'n' roll pioneer and dreamboat cultural ambassador to his latter bloated-Vegas version, Elvis captured the public imagination. With his beloved Priscilla's blessing, this three-hour deep dive uses new archival footage to form a more detailed portrait of this singular figure as a thoughtful, philosophical artist. Better clean up those blue suede shoes.



https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/10-best-tv-shows-to-see-in-apr-westworld-elvis-jesus-w518471


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 03, 2018, 12:50:38 AM
‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ on HBO: We Sit Down With Priscilla Presley And Music Documentarian Thom Zimny!

(https://www.channelguidemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Elvis-Presley_The-Searcher_header-678x381.jpg)

https://www.channelguidemag.com/tv-news/2018/04/02/elvis-presley-the-searcher-on-hbo-we-sit-down-with-priscilla-presley-and-music-documentarian-thom-zimny/



Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 03, 2018, 09:58:47 AM
Hear Elvis Presley's Rare, Stripped-Back Take of 'Suspicious Minds'
Track will appear on soundtrack to new HBO doc 'The Searcher'

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/hear-elvis-presleys-rare-suspicious-minds-take-w518599


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 04, 2018, 11:17:12 AM
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Pulls Back the Veil on the King
The upcoming two-part HBO documentary tells the story of Presley's life through his music

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/elvis-presley-the-searcher-hbo-doc-w518496


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 04, 2018, 02:27:55 PM
How ‘The Searcher’ Filmmakers Set Out to Save Elvis’ Legacy
How a comprehensive new doc tracks the roots of rock's one true king

http://www.realclearlife.com/movies/searcher-filmmakers-unearthing-hidden-elvis/


EDIT:

Take 6 of Suspicious Minds is also available to listen to on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvq_PY2Zcis


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 06, 2018, 04:17:04 AM
Join the GRAMMY Museum for a special screening of HBO’s two-part music documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher. The film takes the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from Elvis’ childhood in Tupelo, Miss.—where he absorbed the inspirations of black and white gospel music—through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions at his iconic Graceland home in Memphis. It includes stunning atmospherics shot inside and around Graceland and features new interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors, and other artists who knew him or were profoundly influenced by him, including Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Robbie Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Stax Records Producer David Porter, and, in interviews conducted before their passing, Scotty Moore, Red West, and Tom Petty. Following the screening, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman will moderate a panel discussion with Priscilla Presley, film producer/director Thom Zimny, and Jerry Schilling, the former personal aid to Elvis.


https://www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/elvis-presley-the-searcher


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Post by: Rocker on April 07, 2018, 10:04:48 AM
Elvis Is Back With New Money Maker As U.S. Album Certifications Total 146.5 Million

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markbeech/2018/04/07/elvis-is-back-with-new-money-maker-as-u-s-album-certifications-total-146-5-million/#7b50461c5f94


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 07, 2018, 02:16:15 PM
Here is one of the original tracks composed by Mike McCready for "The Searcher"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyUBuYJ8CKM


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 10, 2018, 02:14:11 PM
Interview: Thom Zimny Reminds Us of Elvis, The Man Behind the Music, The Artist, The Creative in New HBO Doc, Elvis Presley: The Searcher


http://www.awardsdaily.com/2018/04/10/interview-thom-zimny-reminds-us-of-elvis-the-man-behind-the-music-the-artist-the-creative-in-new-hbo-doc-elvis-presley-the-searcher/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 12, 2018, 01:07:05 AM
“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” Director Thom Zimny On Elvis, Bruce Springsteen & What’s Ahead

http://www.thehypemagazine.com/2018/04/elvis-presley-the-searcher-director-thom-zimny-on-elvis-bruce-springsteen-whats-ahead/


'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' aims to restore the King's reputation
When the Pretenders played the Tower Theater last month, Chrissie Hynde took time out to praise the epochal life force and ultra-talented vocalist who set off a post-World War II youthquake in popular culture.


http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/music/elvis-presley-the-searcher-aims-to-restore-the-kings-reputation-20180411.html?mobi=true




EDIT:


Goldmine's May issue will have a title story on The Searcher:

http://www.goldminemag.com/news/goldmine-may-2018-issue-celebrates-record-store-day-elvis-the-searcher


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Post by: Rocker on April 12, 2018, 12:03:53 PM
Review: A Reverent Elvis Doc Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/arts/television/elvis-presley-the-searcher-hbo-review.html



'Elvis Presley: The Searcher': 10 Things We Learned From Epic New Doc

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/elvis-presley-hbo-doc-the-searcher-things-we-learned-w519021





From the Times:

Then he was drafted and sent overseas, his pompadour clipped. He had signed a management contract with the documentary’s villain: Colonel Tom Parker, who was only an honorary colonel and not an American citizen (he was Dutch), which resulted in Presley never touring internationally. When Presley came back from the army, the Colonel envisioned a conventionally grown-up career for him: pop singing (a TV special with Frank Sinatra), movies, merchandise.


This is exactly the stuff that is wrong. Elvis always wanted to be a pop star, who is loved by everyone. That's what he tried when he first came to the Memphis Recording Service. It was a natural thing for him after the army to become the all around star instead of keeping up the James Dean rebel like figure. Why have people so often problems to understand that the man evolved? There's no need to portray the Colonel as the villain. Why the need to have a villain anyway? Everyone tried to do his best and everyone certainly also made a couple of mistakes along the way. So what? Gosh, it's these kind of things that really go on my nerves.







The Gospel Origins of Elvis Presley
HBO’s ‘The Searcher’ chronicles the rock star’s persistent relationship with faith.

https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/tv/gospel-origins-elvis-presley/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 13, 2018, 07:51:03 AM

‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ review: Documentary fit for a King

https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/elvis-presley-the-searcher-review-1.17941404


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Post by: NOLA BB Fan on April 13, 2018, 08:27:35 AM
This is all one of my sisters is obsessing about. She's an absolute Elvis freak.
Even watched Harum Scarum the other day (it's listed as a movie so bad that it's "good"). At least Billy Barty was in it.

She thinks the "Colonel" was the devil incarnate. I tend to agree with you that his relationship with Elvis was more complex, that Elvis wasn't necessarily a "prisoner" without any say about movies, tours etc.

I'll definitely be watching this.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher"
Post by: Rocker on April 13, 2018, 08:38:25 AM

Even watched Harum Scarum the other day (it's listed as a movie so bad that it's "good").


I'd call it just bad.  ;D
But I like the song "So close, yet so far". And the soundtrack - as bad as the songs are - is a very good production.


Quote
She thinks the "Colonel" was the devil incarnate. I tend to agree with you that his relationship with Elvis was more complex, that Elvis wasn't necessarily a "prisoner" without any say about movies, tours etc.

I'll definitely be watching this.


Elvis was certainly smart enough to know about his situation. The Colonel worked for him and not the other way around. The last article I posted seems to get it better. In the end it was Elvis' decision what to do and what not to do. That of course doesn't mean that everything Colonel Parker did was the right thing. But many fans can't bring themselves to acknowledge that Elvis himself is also to blame for some shortcomings.


I hope you let us know what you think. I have to wait to get it online somewhere because it's not broadcasted in Germany. Enjoy it!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 14, 2018, 12:57:10 AM
Tonight the documentary will air on HBO!



Here is a new promo uploaded by HBO:

HBO Documentary Film "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" Promo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHxMsuQShHk


Bruce Springsteen's Twitter account also posted a short clip from the movie:

https://twitter.com/springsteen/status/984822493285318657



And here's a discussion about the movie between two people:

Review: HBO’s “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” restores the lost luster to his musical legacy

http://artsatl.com/review-hbos-elvis-presley-searcher-restores-lost-luster-musical-legacy/




Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 14, 2018, 03:47:55 AM
‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a beautiful way to rediscover the man who became King

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/elvis-presley-the-searcher-is-a-beautiful-way-to-rediscover-the-man-who-became-king/2018/04/13/cdd2835a-3dcd-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.10a8916ed258


Listen to Tom Petty talk about Elvis Presley for a new HBO documentary

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-elvis-presley-tom-petty-audio-clips-20180413-story.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 14, 2018, 11:48:56 AM
Here are three more clips from The Searcher:


‘It Just Rocked’ Official Clip| Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydEhRR73DSc&feature=youtu.be


'Black Churches & Gospel Music' Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1rKmC1stuo&feature=youtu.be


'Howlin Wolf' Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYtanaM50s&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 15, 2018, 07:20:52 AM
Well, the first impressions I've read on FECC were mostly positive but a couple are also critical because of lack of unreleased footage. Also it seems that the footage from the '68 Comeback Special was not as good as on earlier releases (but that could be the maker's decision).

I hope I can watch it soon. Meanwhile here are more clips uploaded by HBO


‘A Spark of Invention’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4XpXs4d9I


‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvyMw96F-Og


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - \
Post by: Ian on April 15, 2018, 12:13:02 PM
I haven't had a chance to watch it all yet but I saw the first twenty minutes and it was great-I'd seen most but not all the footage-which included rare home movies of red and the guys on the road in 54-56. Lots of audio from rare Elvis interviews as well as audio of Tom petty, Sam Philips, Scotty and others


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 16, 2018, 04:20:10 AM
I haven't had a chance to watch it all yet but I saw the first twenty minutes and it was great-I'd seen most but not all the footage-which included rare home movies of red and the guys on the road in 54-56. Lots of audio from rare Elvis interviews as well as audio of Tom petty, Sam Philips, Scotty and others


Sounds good! I have a chance to watch it later today and I'm really looking forward to it although some people said that there's the same old "blame the Colonel for everything"-stuff. Will have to see.

I am always looking for Sam Phillips interviews (and basically everything Sun Records related) so I know some of the things used in The Searcher. That one in the clip posted above for example comes from another documentary and the "blew me away"-part actually was when he was talking about "Blue moon of Kentucky" IIRC. But since Sam said similar things about "That's alright" and Elvis knowledge of the Blues, it certainly is ok to use the way they placed it.


Ian, since you're a historian, do you own the "A boy from Tupelo" set? The book has lots of detailed information about the Sun years.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 16, 2018, 06:40:03 AM
As you know, Record Store Day is not far away. There will be a fabulous Presley release. If it is what it promises, this is a good way to start your Elvis collection.


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Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)

Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen “comeback special” broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show’s many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble—including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate “sit-down” sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. The history of Presley’s amazing “comeback special” is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary premiering April 14 on HBO.


http://www.elvisthemusic.com/elvis-presley-king-in-the-ring-2lp-released-record-store-day/

Rocker, I can't wait for this album.  I just wonder if there's a mistake in the 'article.'  How can they fit both shows on 2 LP's?




It's both shows indeed:

https://www.facebook.com/wearevinylde/videos/830275993825455/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 16, 2018, 12:15:25 PM
I had a chance to watch the first part (right now watching the second one). I thought it was very good. Some small glitches, but not too dramatic.


Interestingly, the studio footage they used is taken from different sources, since there's not much of Elvis' sessions. That way you can see quite a few times parts of the recently (a couple of years ago) discovered footage of the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" sessions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVlSVkzbJDA


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - \
Post by: Ian on April 16, 2018, 01:12:49 PM
Yeah my criticism is that they seldom let a full song play and used very little footage-for example no footage from ed Sullivan just stills-after describing peace in the valley why did they not have a clip? And they completely glossed over loving you and jailhouse rock. Oddly longest clip was crawfish


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - \
Post by: Ian on April 16, 2018, 01:14:46 PM
Have not seen second part yet-surprised guralnick isn't in it


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" TONIGHT
Post by: Rocker on April 16, 2018, 01:36:11 PM
I'm finished. Great movie! I really like it very much. My first fears were that we hear the same sh!t about Colonel parker and how he was responsible for everything bad that ever happened to Elvis and blablabla. But this movie actually shows his strengths and weaknesses imo in a way that makes you want to know more about him. But obviously this movie is about Elvis and it portraits him finally in a serious way as a musician and someone who is not only a product but an actual human being. It reaches this goal by being not just another retelling of the old stories.
Man, I am happy that this came out so good. If anyone has the chance to watch it, do it!



Have not seen second part yet-surprised guralnick isn't in it


Yeah, he mentioned a couple of weeks/months ago that he wasn't part. But the movie works very well without him. Just as Guralnick's essential books, this movie is a must watch imo.



Yeah my criticism is that they seldom let a full song play and used very little footage-for example no footage from ed Sullivan just stills-after describing peace in the valley why did they not have a clip? And they completely glossed over loving you and jailhouse rock. Oddly longest clip was crawfish

It's common practice in documentaries not to feature full performances. Although I don't know each and every Elvis doc, the only featuring full performances that comes to mind is Elvis '56. It shows enough footage though to get the point. Maybe the DVD will have full performances as a bonus (?)
I guess the "Peace in the valley" studio recording just sounds much better as the TV recording. The deep voice Elvis sings in creates a very moody tone. But I don't know. I didn't miss the performances though, because it totally works.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" aftermath
Post by: Rocker on April 17, 2018, 12:20:16 PM
Part 1 in low quality:

https://vimeo.com/264972249


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - "The Searcher" aftermath
Post by: Rocker on April 18, 2018, 06:40:09 AM
Here are more clips of "The Searcher":


‘Jon Landau on the King of Rock 'n' Roll’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt5lLeIlSM4


‘Just ELVIS’ Official Clip | Elvis Presley: The Searcher | HBO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYh0oHC5eGM




Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD '18
Post by: Rocker on April 20, 2018, 12:47:00 AM
Record Store Day 2018 RSD Elvis Presley The King In His Ring Unboxing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=bQOKEmGOzwo



Here's the unboxing of "The King in the ring". It looks quite beautiful. I don't know though if I really need this, having the shows already on other CDs.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD '18
Post by: Rocker on April 21, 2018, 02:39:03 AM
Author George Smith has posted a review of The Searcher on the FECC messageboard. He used some Beach Boys references.



Bicycle Rider: just see what you’ve done

Thoughts on Elvis Presley: The Searcher


There are seven basic types of story: The Quest; Rags to Riches; Voyage and Return; Comedy; Rebirth; Tragedy; Overcoming the Monster. The saga of Elvis Presley contains the first six in that order, but sadly the seventh act was denied him and us.

Director Thom Zimny has attempted to do justice to the Presley story over the course of a newly-released two-part documentary entitled Elvis Presley: The Searcher. Taking the viewer through the singer’s forty-two years in the space of three and a half hours, this is by necessity a picture painted in broad strokes but one which manages to tell the tale with reasonable accuracy and ample spirit.

It is structured similarly to Guralnick’s two-part written biography, using Presley’s army stint as a dividing line between his unprecedented rise and slow fall. Documentary writer Alan Light undoubtedly knows the intricacies but, when faced with time restrictions, was required to cut the finer points which must have been as infuriating for him as it is for the deep fans.



The genius of the documentary though, is in its decision to present Elvis Presley to all viewers in a new and unexpected fashion. For the devotees this is realised through the constant use of new film (professional and amateur) and studio outtakes: it keeps the faithful on their toes and creates the impression of seeing and hearing Elvis anew. This is why Zimny insisted on using the alternative Aloha, the handheld “Trilogy” and “Never Been to Spain”, the “Burning Love” rehearsal, the “If I Can Dream” outtake, the off-air segments from ’68, the non-masters of “Lonely Man”, “Hurt”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Loving You”, and even (I think) outtakes from “The Truth About Me”. It is a deliberate and clever approach which was much appreciated by this writer.

For the causal viewer the trip is just as surprising: it’s no accident that the first picture we have of Elvis after the titles is of the man himself in 1969 at his absolute physical peak dressed only in shorts diving into a swimming pool — This is Elvis? Really? Wow! Where’s the fat guy in a jumpsuit? There’s no “Jailhouse Rock”, no “The Wonder of You”, no “Crying In The Chapel”, no “Blue Suede Shoes”, and no a lot of other stuff too. This is partly to do with time restraints but it’s also a conscious decision to show the less-known and less-appreciated side of the story.

The film favours home movies and behind-the-scenes clips over super-glossy Hollywood celluloid in an attempt to remove the albatross of iconography from Presley’s story. The flickerflicker of an old-time projector is occasionally heard as it shows grainy film of Elvis relaxing or rehearsing in happier times, segueing into the sound of a playing card catching on bicycle spokes as a pre-teen dungareed Elvis rides around Tupelo and Memphis in a recreated scene, showing how even at a young age Elvis was searching — looking and listening for emotional connection through faith and through music, sometimes both at the same time. The bicycle rider acts as a motif for The Searcher and appears several times as a linking device.

Zimny also uses a number of other creative devices to tell the story. There are no talking heads, instead he relies upon dozens of audio interviews with relevant parties (family, friends, musicians, observers, writers, disciples). Most of these are well used, but the contributions of Red West and Tom Petty are outstanding and reek of integrity and wisdom; West as someone who knew Elvis inside out and Petty as a musician chased by the same demons as his hero.


There is considerable and understandable emphasis given to Presley’s early career, and Zimny takes great pains to demonstrate Elvis' absolute devotion to gospel and blues and to destroy any suggestion of cultural appropriation. It also clarifies just what is was that the young Elvis did — breaking down racial barriers through the use of music and performance, delivered with grace, excitement and sensuality, ushering in the modern cultural era. Actually, the production as a whole is beautifully and sensibly balanced allowing thirty minutes of air time for each of the six major musical phases of his life: Growing up in Tupelo and Memphis; Sun Records; The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years; The Early to mid-Sixties; The Comeback; The 1970s.

The anchor point for the production is the 1968 TV Special and the narrative jumps forwards and backwards to that show to illustrate or reinforce various points. It works for the most part and even when it doesn’t, the joy of seeing Elvis at the apex of his powers justifies its use.

There are echoes of Presley’s long-rumoured autobiography, Through My Eyes, when the camera slowly zooms in on photographic portraits, and there are several poignant moments as we are allowed to wander Graceland like Marc Cohn’s ghost of Elvis, looking at the knick-knacks, furniture and ephemera — we can look but we can’t touch, and it’s surprisingly moving. Actually, there were a number of points that stirred me, among them being the time the young Elvis talked about the material gifts he’d been able to buy his parents (in that moment one can hear 100% the reason he was so driven during the mid-50s); Petty’s heart-breaking summation of Elvis’ decline (“I think he just gave up”); and the sight of the Searcher’s rusty old bicycle, dismantled and chained up at the back of a dark garage — unused and unwanted, signifying the stagnation of Presley’s creative impulse.

There’ll be talk of it not being as detailed as The Beatles' Anthology, but Beatles fans might similarly complain that they don’t have as succinct and viewable a film as The Searcher. A casual fan might give three and a half hours, but not ten.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher is an enjoyable, honest, graceful and involving piece of work. Is it perfect? No. But find me a product that is.

It is aimed at the heart as much as the head and I can live with that, because that was where Presley did his best work.

For right or for wrong, the story will not be better told in my lifetime.




THE QUEST
0:00:00 — Prologue
0:00:48 ‘68 SPECIAL “TROUBLE / GUITAR MAN”
0:02:30 — “My Baby Left Me” (Titles)
0:03:47 — Early life
0:06:25 ‘68 SPECIAL “BABY, WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO”
0:07:41 — Gospel roots
0:11:00 — Blues roots
0:12:00 — Interlude “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bicycle Rider)
0:13:00 — The Presleys in Memphis
0:16:00 — Elvis on Beale
0:19:30 — Elvis and gospel
0:21:30 — Elvis and music
0:22:30 — Sam Phillips and Sun

RAGS TO RICHES
0:26:00 — Elvis arrives at 706 Union
0:28:00 — July 5th 1954
0:30:20 ’68 SPECIAL “THAT’S ALL RIGHT”
0:31:36 — Elvis at Sun
0:51:45 — The Colonel
0:58:24 ’68 SPECIAL “BLUE CHRISTMAS”
1:00:38 — Elvis at RCA
1:05:00 ’68 SPECIAL “LAWDY, MISS CLAWDY”
1:06:00 — Elvis, television and controversy
1:19:00 — Elvis in Hollywood
1:25:00 — Graceland
1:28:00 — The army
1:31:45 — Interlude “Farther Along” (The death of Gladys)

VOYAGE AND RETURN
1:34:32 — Germany
1:42:50 — Interlude “Lonely Man” (Home)
1:46:34 — “Power of My Love” (Credits)
0:00:00 ’68 SPECIAL “GUITAR MAN”
0:01:40 — Interlude “Milky White Way” (The story so far)
0:03:05 — Return from Germany
0:05:00 — Back in the studio
0:06:00 — Elvis and Frank Sinatra
0:10:12 — Elvis Is Back!
0:17:30 — Return to Hollywood
0:20:45 — Graceland, II
0:23:00 — His Hand In Mine
0:25:45 — Hawaii

COMEDY
0:28:23 — Hollywood and the Colonel
0:36:36 — The Sixties happen
0:39:00 — Nashville ‘66
0:43:45 — The Sixties happen, II

REBIRTH
0:46:10 — ’68 Special
0:50:00 ’68 SPECIAL “BABY, WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO”
0:53:10 — Recording in Memphis again
0:56:00 — Las Vegas ‘69
1:02:10 — Boredom with Vegas
1:04:10 — Back on the road
1:07:00 — Bringing together all types of music
1:10:25 — The image vs the man
1:12:50 — Touring the world via satellite

TRAGEDY
1:16:30 — Life as Elvis takes its toll
1:18:00 — In the studio (“Burning Love” / “Separate Ways”)
1:22:00 — Touring and searching
1:24:50 — Graceland, III
1:30:00 — How should we close the show?
1:31:30 ’68 SPECIAL “IF I CAN DREAM”
1:35:20 — End credits





Source: FECC - https://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=101162






Smith also made a little video for The Searcher featuring the Bicycle Rider theme from Smile:


Elvis Presley: Bicycle Rider (The Searcher)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPLmJPdlT24



Title: Re: Elvis Presley - RSD '18
Post by: Ian on April 21, 2018, 08:13:46 AM
I finished the second part and basically agree with the review you posted-I might have chosen different clips or included other short but revealing interviews-as you are aware guralnick mined a lot out of the short interview Elvis gave during the filming of on tour in 1972-in which he makes very clear his frustration during the movie years (it's on YouTube) but can't argue with what he did use. Clearly he chose not to dwell on the drugs too much-though they Are mentioned and avoided controversial topics like his broken friendship with red and the book published before his death that red had a hand in. The whole 1970 Nixon encounter is also skipped-but it's had enough coverage. I think he wisely kept it mostly about music


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on May 14, 2018, 09:31:53 AM
Oh well.....


The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special
About the Show

We all know Elvis Presley as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but it was his '68 comeback special on NBC that truly secured his reign. In that one thrilling special, donning iconic black leather and performing some of his most unforgettable hits, Elvis reclaimed his glory and put himself back at the top of the charts. This season, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic evening, an all-star group of music's superstars will pay tribute in Nashville, Tennessee, recreating the spectacle - even the staging - of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, we'll see rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the '68 comeback special, including Director Steve Binder. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.

Two-hour special

Production Company
Ken Ehrlich Productions

Executive Producer
Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards," "Elton John: I'm Still Standing," "A Grammy Salute," "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Salute")




https://www.nbc.com/the-50th-anniversary-of-the-elvis-comeback-special?nbc=1


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: All Summer Long on May 15, 2018, 11:08:34 AM
At first I wasn't a fan about this idea, but I've warmed up to it.  It's about time Elvis got one, on one condition, they use this as a lead-in to the actual Comeback Special itself.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on May 15, 2018, 02:23:19 PM
At first I wasn't a fan about this idea, but I've warmed up to it. 


I haven't. I hate the idea, because it's gonaa be the same sh!t that these kind of events always are. Typical Nashville establishement crap. It's gonna be exactly like this, I'm sure, - including the stage - just stretched out to a longer time and filled with current stars, strutting around in black leather outfits and sexy dresses for the young ladies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pha-fsuPk_I


And probably LeAnn Rimes will also even be part of it. I also expect Lisa Marie singing a gospel-song from the - as I interprete the rumours - next RPO-like album that focuses on the gospel recordings and will have newly recorded background vocals by some of the gospel quartets that worked with Elvis and - I'm quite sure - also will have a "duet" of Lisa and Elvis.
I've said it before: With "The Searcher" there was finally a worthwhile effort to focus on Elvis as a musician/artist. Then they turn around and throw all of that promise the documentary has into a garbage ton with things like this and another ROP-like project that once again makes Elvis a product and brand. It's always the same. Much like the Beach Boys generally f*ck up every chance of dignity


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 01, 2018, 11:01:06 AM
This sounds great:



Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special to Hit Movie Theaters This Summer
Release marks concert film's 50th annivesary

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/elvis-presleys-68-special-to-hit-movie-theaters-w520962

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Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 01, 2018, 02:43:44 PM
That's wonderful news. Looking forward to it!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 12, 2018, 05:11:09 AM
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Elvis Presley Hits to Movie Theaters Worldwide with Special 50th Anniversary Screening of Iconic 68 Comeback Special


Elvis Presley's legendary "'68 Comeback Special," directed and produced by Steve Binder, will hit the big screen this summer in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The two-day cinema event will take place across the globe on August 16, with an encore screening on August 20. Each screening will include the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music, and this iconic event. This brand new content is produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and ABG's Marc Rosen, SVP of Entertainment.

Tickets for U.S. screenings of "ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special" can be purchased beginning Friday, June 15, 2018 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

Fathom Events and ABG will present "ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special" in more than 500 select U.S. movie theaters on Thursday, August 16 and Monday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. local time (both dates), through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of U.S. theater locations will be available June 15 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). International cinema locations and ticket-on-sale dates will be announced at a later date.

"The '68 Comeback Special' embodies the spirit and talent of one of the most legendary artists in music history," said Steve Binder, director and producer of the special. "I hope that Elvis fans and music lovers everywhere will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the King through a unique yet personal lens captured in this content."

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this legendary special, a new book by Steve Binder titled COMEBACK: The Making of the 1968 Elvis Specialdelves into the dynamic (and often intimate) performances by The King of Rock & Roll during the landmark "Comeback" NBC broadcast. The book features a dedication by Priscilla Presley and stunning catalog of iconic Elvis Presley imagery.

Originally airing on December 3, 1968, the "'68 Comeback Special" was Elvis Presley's first live television performance in seven years, which captured him playing with a full band in front of an intimate audience of diehard fans. As part of the special, Presley also pioneered the "Unplugged" performance style with an exclusive acoustic set. The soundtrack album went Top 10 following the special airing, shooting Presley back to the top of the singles charts months later with "In the Ghetto" and later in 1969, his first number one hit in seven years with "Suspicious Minds."

"We are thrilled to partner with ABG to bring such an iconic concert experience to theaters around the world this summer," Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. "Elvis was a true musical genius, and it's exciting to share the talents of such a legend with moviegoers and fans everywhere."

"We are always looking to uncover fresh and exciting ways to share our content with fans through unique experiences," said Marc Rosen, SVP Entertainment of ABG. "Our new partnership with Fathom Events has provided us with an opportunity to take the cinematic experience to the next level, and we look forward to watching the excitement unfold."



Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Elvis-Presley-Hits-to-Movie-Theaters-Worldwide-with-Special-50th-Anniversary-Screening-of-Iconic-68-Comeback-Special-20180611


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 13, 2018, 06:30:07 AM
Elvis Comeback Special: Book & Extension Enterprises

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Elvis Comeback Special director and producer, Steve Binder has partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 to publish the definitive table top book on Binder’s making of the Special and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event.

M17 long time art director, Hugh Syme (http://www.meteor17.com/hugh-syme/), designed the stunning look and feel of the 279 page collector’s item book which includes commentaries, interviews and never before seen memorabilia presented to Binder by both Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker. 

Grammy winning book manufacturing organization, Integrated Communications (http://icla.com), widely known for producing high quality limited edition collections for major music artists and companies (Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Universal Music Enterprises, Concord Music Group, and Warner Music Group) are handling the printing of the book, worldwide.

Here are a few prototype models of book packages that form the basis of our Elvis Comeback Book package:

https://www.rush.com/the-art-of-rush/
https://www.rushbackstage.com/rushbackstage/media-260/rush-sheet-music/art-of-rush-european-edition.html

JOHN LENNON BOOK BOX:  http://imaginepeace.com/archives/11806    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx7m5Rjj57U

 BOB DYLAN BOOK BOX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EeMGkWAddsElvis Comeback Special director and producer, Steve Binder has partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 to publish the definitive table top book on Binder’s making of the Special and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event.

M17 long time art director, Hugh Syme (http://www.meteor17.com/hugh-syme/), designed the stunning look and feel of the 279 page collector’s item book which includes commentaries, interviews and never before seen memorabilia presented to Binder by both Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker. 

Grammy winning book manufacturing organization, Integrated Communications (http://icla.com), widely known for producing high quality limited edition collections for major music artists and companies (Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Universal Music Enterprises, Concord Music Group, and Warner Music Group) are handling the printing of the book, worldwide.

Here are a few prototype models of book packages that form the basis of our Elvis Comeback Book package:

https://www.rush.com/the-art-of-rush/
https://www.rushbackstage.com/rushbackstage/media-260/rush-sheet-music/art-of-rush-european-edition.html

JOHN LENNON BOOK BOX:  http://imaginepeace.com/archives/11806    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx7m5Rjj57U

 BOB DYLAN BOOK BOX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EeMGkWAdds

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To further propel the book, there will be a highly visible launch at Graceland in Memphis, August 2018 during Elvis week there. Binder will conduct a town hall forum and panel, followed by similar events at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and The Paley Center, in both NYC and LA.

Following the book offering, on a special basis to Elvis fan clubs around the world, there will be podcasts about the Special, a one night theater event in over 800 AMC, REGAL & CINEMARK screens via Fathom Events in the top DMAs in America.   A spoken word version of the book via Amazon’s Audible division, narrated by Binder will follow. The audio book will will contain actual excerpts from the Special, woven in with Binder’s reading. 

Spencer and Steve plan to bring the book to life in a documentary, to be directed by M17's John Coltrane Chasing Trane talent, John Scheinfeld in 2019. It will center on the making of the Special and Binder’s role as director/producer,teaming up with Elvis in a true buddy story that helped inform the course of pop music history.  The doc will highlight Steve's interface on the production process with Elvis and NBC to accomplish an evergreen and lauded result.

Binder has the most unique and informed perspective on how this landmark show was made and the events which transpired during production.  Elvis bravely stood up and supported Binder in order to have the Special completed and broadcast.  The success of this Comeback show propelled the course of Elvis' life and career.

This never before told perspective will be at the heart of our documentary.  Our film will enlighten and inform Elvis fans throughout the world with a behind the scenes look at this seminal moment of pop music media history.

Before the Book  becomes available to the general public through traditional retail outlets, the team will offer the book, DVD of the Special and other never before available items, through Elvis fan clubs around the world followed by a heavily promoted home shopping campaign.

Here is a recent article from Rolling Stone Magazine highlighting the importance to Elvis' career of this iconic Comeback show, directed and produced by Steve Binder.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-elvis-presleys-legendary-1968-comeback-special-w477303?utm_source=rsnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=081617_11





Source: http://www.meteor17.com/elvis-comeback-special/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 14, 2018, 04:57:48 AM
D. J. Fontana passed away. See this topic:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,25969.0.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 26, 2018, 04:48:43 AM
So, tickets for the '68 Comeback Special event are on sale now, I believe.



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Iconic Television Special starring singer Elvis Presley, originally aired on December 3, 1968. It marked Elvis Presley’s return to live performance and re-launched Presley’s singing career.


https://www.fathomevents.com/events/elvis-68-comeback-special?date=2018-08-16%2000:00:00.000



Fathom Events, ABG and Cineplex Events are thrilled to bring the Elvis ’68 Comeback Special to the big screen in celebration of the special’s 50th Anniversary for a special cinema event starting on August 16! See the iconic television special starring singer Elvis Presley, that originally aired on December 3, 1968. It marked Elvis Presley’s return to live performance and re-launched his singing career. This anniversary event includes the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from producer Steve Binder and Priscilla Presley.

https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/elvis-68-comeback-special


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 26, 2018, 05:53:11 AM
Thanks for the reminder so we can get tickets. There are 3 theaters in New Orleans showing this. Hopefully there will be good coverage elsewhere.

Rocker, will you be able to see this?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on June 26, 2018, 06:18:45 AM


Rocker, will you be able to see this?


I don't think such an event will be held over here in Germany. But I own the 3-DVD set from ca. 2004 so I have the footage.  :)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on July 17, 2018, 01:58:28 PM
Here's a trailer for the '68 event:


https://youtu.be/R2Vl_Je_1OQ


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on July 29, 2018, 09:54:20 AM
At an Graceland auction an acetate turned up, featuring Elvis' recording of "I'm left, you're right, she's gone", including a previously unknown false start.

Here's the audio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baFEPiFPc1A


And here is the link to the auction:

http://auction.graceland.com/1955_Sun_Records_Acetate_Pair_for_Elvis_Presley_s_-LOT3368.aspx


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 03, 2018, 12:05:35 PM
Revisiting Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special With Its Director
Filmmaker Steve Binder looks back, as the concert film makes its way into theaters for a special re-release

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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/revisiting-elvis-presleys-68-comeback-special-with-its-director-706220/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 10, 2018, 02:48:17 AM
Elvis Week Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the "'68 Comeback Special"

https://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/elvis-week-celebrates-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-68-comeback-special/Content?oid=15051582



Here's a thought exercise. As rock-and-roll fans descend on Graceland for the double celebration of Elvis Week 2018 and the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' "'68 Comeback" TV special, try to imagine what Memphis might be like today had Singer Presents ... Elvis (as the career-defining NBC special was officially named) been a wholesome Christmas variety show instead of the juggernaut rock and gospel performance that it was. Imagine if Presley's manipulative manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had gotten his way: There would have been no iconic black leather suit. There would have been no gospel medley backed by Darlene Love and the Blossoms. And no reunion of Elvis and his original Sun Studio guitarist, Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana.


 If the Colonel had gotten the TV special of his dreams, the alleged King of Rock-and-Roll would have crooned his way through seasonal favorites like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and an old Frankie Laine song called "I Believe."

"To this day, I don't know why he thought 'I Believe' was a Christmas song because it's not," says the show's producer/director Steve Binder, in recounting his first awkward encounter with Parker.

Binder had been a logical pick to handle Elvis' return to TV, having helmed the landmark The T.A.M.I. Show, a 1964 rock and soul concert film with a dozen emerging British and American acts, including The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, and Marvin Gaye.


 Still, credentials aside, the young director had to make a good impression on ths Colonel. Otherwise the manipulative Parker wouldn't permit a private one-on-one meeting with Elvis.

"I truck out to MGM Studios, where Elvis had just finished a movie, and where the Colonel's offices were," Binder told the Flyer in a recent telephone interview. "And the Colonel hands me a quarter-inch audio tape of 20 Christmas songs that Elvis had recorded and sent out as a gift to disc jockeys all over America as a present. It's got a picture of Elvis surrounded by holly and berries. He told me, 'This is the show that NBC and myself have decided on.'"

Binder had other ideas.


 "In my head, instantly, I knew this was a show I'm not going to do," he says. "So I wrote off the meeting. Drove back to my offices on Sunset."

By the time Binder arrived back at an office he shared with his partner, music producer Bones Howe, there was a surprise message waiting for him: "Elvis is going to be in your office tomorrow at 4 p.m."

"If you're looking for trouble, just look right in my face," Presley snarls in the tight opening shot of Singer Presents ... . And it's not like the audience watching at home ever had any real choice in the matter, since the singer's famously sullen mug is framed in an extreme close-up, floating in pitch black background with just a splash of red at his throat.


 This is nobody's Christmas show; it's Elvis daring fans and critics alike to judge him — to gaze into the bright, blue, bedroom eyes of a massively disruptive artist from the previous decade, and determine whether or not he was still the rebel rocker from Memphis, or if he'd become Hollywood's toothless Teddy bear, cranking out another round of cheap, non-threatening product.

You'd never know it to look at him, as the camera pulled back and the tune changed from Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller's "Evil" to Jerry Reed's "Guitar Man," but nobody wanted to know the answer to this question more than Elvis.

"What if it fails?" Elvis asked Binder during the first closed-door meeting with his new director. Money for making Elvis movies was drying up, and the special had only come about in the first place as part of a deal the Colonel had struck with NBC while seeking backers to make more.   


 "If it fails, your career is over," Binder answered, bluntly. "Nobody will forget the success you had in your early recording career and your movies, but TV is instant. The minute you appear on TV, everybody has an opinion the next morning. If you're successful, all the doors will open and you'll have any choice you want. But it's a gamble, and I can't promise you it's going to be successful."

Presley distrusted TV. The medium had burned him in the past, abetting the moral panic that followed rock-and-roll's big bang in the 1950s. But he was also frustrated in his role as King of B Musicals. He trusted Binder's unvarnished answer and felt comfortable in the director's office. Gold records on the wall, from Howe's work with groups like The 5th Dimension and The Association, made Elvis feel comfortable enough to drop an unsurprising confession. "The recording studio's my turf," he told Binder, allowing that he'd always felt more at home behind a microphone than in front of a movie camera.

"You make a record," Binder said. "I'll put pictures to it." 

Elvis had one personal request. He wanted to put "These Boots Are Made for Walking" arranger and session guitarist Billy Strange in charge of the special's music. Binder agreed instantly.

"This was really the first thing Elvis did outside the womb," Binder says, explaining why he didn't hesitate in regard to his star's one major request. "[Elvis] joined our world instead of me joining his."

There was one small problem with Elvis' first choice though. Strange was working on an album with Nancy Sinatra, and the studio was pressuring him to complete it as fast as possible. When, after several prompts, the over-extended Strange still failed to deliver Elvis' lead sheets in time to start rehearsals, Binder fired him.

"You can't fire me," Strange told Binder. "I've known Elvis a lot better and for a lot longer than you."

"Fine," Binder answered. "Then I'll be gone and you'll be there. But one of us is not going to be there."

Colonel Tom backed the original plan and said Elvis wouldn't show up for rehearsal if Strange wasn't there. Nevertheless, Binder moved forward, convincing New York composer/conductor Billy Goldenberg to take over.

"That changed Elvis' musical life, period," Binder says. Before that, Elvis had never sung live with an orchestra before. He'd go into the studio to record movie soundtracks with his rhythm section only. Then, additional musicians would be brought in to overdub all the parts.

"He loved every note he heard, and he bonded with all the musicians," says Binder, who hired Phil Spector's favorite studio musicians, the Wrecking Crew, and brought in The T.A.M.I. Show and Shindig alums the Blossoms to sing backup.

Blossoms singer and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love remembers meeting Elvis in the recording studio. "That's where we met Elvis and became friends with him," she told the Flyer. "Especially me because of my gospel background."

During spare moments, Elvis, who'd already cut a pair of acclaimed gospel albums (How Great Thou Art and His Hand in Mine) grabbed his guitar and asked the Blossoms what their favorite sacred songs were.

"We'd be over in the corner with Elvis just having a good time, and I think sometimes everybody got a little bit angry with us for taking all of his time," Love says. "He loved what he called 'the hymns of the church.' Songs like 'Precious Lord Take My Hand' and 'Amazing Grace' and 'How Great Thou Art.' He would sing the leads and we'd do the background. He would ask us, 'Is this key all right?' And you know, whatever key it was in was all right with us."

Binder was fascinated with the Elvis he saw backstage, singing with the Blossoms or casually jamming in his dressing room with friends.

"I said to myself, instantly, this is better than all the big production numbers we're doing on stage," Binder recalls. "We've got to get a camera in there."

But the Colonel, still expecting "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to show up in the set, inserted himself again. He wouldn't allow cameras into the dressing room under any circumstances.

"It was insane," Binder says. "This was the magic! I knew if we were putting out a disc, this is the one that would go platinum. So I just kept pounding the Colonel and hounding him every day. And finally he broke down. I don't think he was happy that he did it. But he said, 'Okay, Bindel [sic], if you want to recreate it on stage, you can try that. But I won't guarantee it'll get into the show.'"

"I don't think they realized that part was going to be so big," Love says of the musical improv reuniting Elvis with Moore and Fontana on numbers like "That's All Right Mama."

When Singer Presents ... first aired in 1968, it was an hour special cut down to about 48 minutes for commercials. Ratings were gigantic. "It was the first time, in primetime, that one guy did the whole show himself without guest stars," Binder says.

Though he still had a few feature films left in him, Singer Presents ... marked Elvis' transition away from Hollywood and a return to his roots, touring and recording. He'd take lessons learned from the TV special on the road with him, all the way to Vegas.

When Elvis died in Memphis in 1977, NBC decided to produce a tribute show with Viva Las Vegas co-star Ann-Margret hosting. “They sent a gopher down to the studio catacombs to track down the Elvis Presley special,” Binder says. In a twist of fate, the guy who went down to the basement pulled Binder’s 90-minute director’s cut version off-the-shelf. “That’s when they started airing the 90-minute version,” he says. “A lot depended on luck and fate. I couldn’t be happier.”

Recently, there was a loud buzz about the Elvis era finally drawing to a close. Las Vegas was losing interest. First-generation fans were dying, changing the market, as rare collectables became less rare. The Sun Records television series failed to earn a second season. But 2018 brought a pair of critically acclaimed documentaries — HBO's exhaustive two-part The Searcher, and Eugene Jarecki's identity-obsessed The King. And between its fancy new facilities and the most ambitious Elvis Week schedule in the event's history, Graceland also seems to be ready for another closeup, daring us all to look Presley in the eye one more time.

Binder, Billy Goldenstein, Darlene Love, and other artists connected to the "Comeback Special" are coming to Memphis to participate in Elvis week events at Graceland.




To read the full interviews with Steve Binder, Darlene Love, and Elvis friend and country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard, see Memphisflyer.com.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 16, 2018, 12:45:25 AM
It's the 16th so I just wanted to give you a reminder that today a new edit (I believe) of the '68 Comeback Special will be shown in cinemas.


One Night ('68 Comeback) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI_DaBGjQNA


EDIT:

And this was just posted on youtube:

Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary HD Remaster)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-pP_dCenJA


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 16, 2018, 04:12:53 AM
Yep, got the tickets and we're excited about seeing Elvis on the big screen tonight!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 16, 2018, 04:18:28 AM
I hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 17, 2018, 04:11:46 AM
Elvis: '68 Comeback Special review – the King continues to enchant
Fifty years on, this made-for-TV special feels weirdly old and new at the same time

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/15/elvis-1968-comeback-special-review-film-concert


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 17, 2018, 06:24:35 AM
We thoroughly enjoyed this.
The theater audience was at least 80 percent female, and they really got into it. The number that got the most response was "Trying to Get to You," we ladies were going crazy lol.
 singing was great, as were the choreography and karate chops. Don't know how Elvis could have looked better .
This is scheduled to be shown again in US theaters (and others?) next Monday. I highly recommend it. The show lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. There is an intro featuring director Binder and Priscilla Presley, followed by the broadcast, then some funny outtakes.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 17, 2018, 12:10:54 PM
Thanks for your report  ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Yeah, "Tryin' to get to you" is a killer performance. I really couldn't decide which performance of that song is my favirte, the '68 special version or the one from the '74 live album (in Memphis). The sit down shows are fantastic anyway. In fact the only parts of the comeback special (and the unused footage) that I don't care very much for are the two stand-up shows. Those big band arrangements sound terrible to my ears. There are a couple of cool performances but most of it is not as good as it could have been imo.
I guess I'll watch one of the sit down shows later today on DVD  :-D


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Lonely Summer on August 17, 2018, 07:51:37 PM
Thanks for your report  ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Yeah, "Tryin' to get to you" is a killer performance. I really couldn't decide which performance of that song is my favirte, the '68 special version or the one from the '74 live album (in Memphis). The sit down shows are fantastic anyway. In fact the only parts of the comeback special (and the unused footage) that I don't care very much for are the two stand-up shows. Those big band arrangements sound terrible to my ears. There are a couple of cool performances but most of it is not as good as it could have been imo.
I guess I'll watch one of the sit down shows later today on DVD  :-D
Those sit down shows are rock and roll at its primal best. One day, I walked into my local bank, and they were playing it on the in-house monitors. I've seen it dozens of times, but still couldn't take my eyes - and ears - off it.
Even in 77, Elvis sang Trying to Get to You great. Seemed to have been one of the few early songs he never lost his passion for.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 18, 2018, 12:22:08 PM
Thanks for your report  ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Yeah, "Tryin' to get to you" is a killer performance. I really couldn't decide which performance of that song is my favirte, the '68 special version or the one from the '74 live album (in Memphis). The sit down shows are fantastic anyway. In fact the only parts of the comeback special (and the unused footage) that I don't care very much for are the two stand-up shows. Those big band arrangements sound terrible to my ears. There are a couple of cool performances but most of it is not as good as it could have been imo.
I guess I'll watch one of the sit down shows later today on DVD  :-D
Those sit down shows are rock and roll at its primal best. One day, I walked into my local bank, and they were playing it on the in-house monitors. I've seen it dozens of times, but still couldn't take my eyes - and ears - off it.
Even in 77, Elvis sang Trying to Get to You great. Seemed to have been one of the few early songs he never lost his passion for.


Yes, I remember hearing a live recording from ca. '75 where he introduces the song as one of his favorites. I believe it is on a FTD CD....




Anyway, "The Searcher" will be released on DVD:


Sony Bringing Documentary ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ to Disc Oct. 16

https://www.mediaplaynews.com/sony-bringing-documentary-elvis-presley-the-searcher-to-disc-oct-16/


Well, I really liked the movie and still think it is a great documentary on Elvis. But the extras on the DVD (including the special edition) are disappointing. Why not use all the unreleased footage the producers acquired?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 19, 2018, 11:49:43 AM
I found this article about the Comeback Special on vanityfair.


Elvis Presley reportedly got more than a little shook up while recording his iconic 1968 TV special, the show that marked his triumphant return to music after years of increasingly iffy films. According to Steve Binder, who directed that landmark television event, the evidence was there when the King came backstage after filming—and costume designer Bill Belew, while drying the star’s perspiration-soaked outfit, discovered that Presley had orgasmed into his black leather pants.

“I learned a great lesson,” Binder said in an interview. “Never again after that did I ever have only one costume for the star; I always ordered two or three.”

Binder will provide less salacious, but no less illuminating, behind-the-scenes details about the making of Elvis, the singer’s so-called “Comeback Special,” in a newly filmed conversation with Priscilla Presley—part of Fathom Events’ 50th anniversary presentation of the special, in theaters August 20. He has also written a definitive book about the event, Comeback ’68: The Story of the Elvis Special, which will be available in September.


Elvis looms large in the singer’s legend. The live-wire special is featured prominently in two 2018 documentaries, Eugene Jarecki’s The King (now in theaters) and Thom Zimny’s The Searcher (on HBO). It capped a decade in which Elvis could mostly be seen only in the movies, and, increasingly, not very good movies at that. Taped in June and broadcast on December 3, 1968, it was his first television appearance since 1960, when he guest-starred on Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home Party for Elvis. At the time, he hadn’t performed in front of a live audience in seven years.

But Presley and Binder’s creative team delivered. Binder, a self-professed “West Coast guy into surf music,” finished the special feeling in awe of Presley. “For me, the ‘68 special is seeing a man re-discover himself,” Binder said. “I saw it on his face and in his body language as we progressed.”

Susan Doll, author of Elvis for Dummies, agreed. “I think it’s the peak of his career,” she said.

Col. Tom Parker, Presley’s infamously controlling manager, had promised NBC a one-hour special if the network financed Presley’s next film—Change of Habit, Presley’s screen swan song, released in 1969. He never told Presley about the deal, with good reason: “Elvis didn’t want to do television,” Binder said. “He felt he had been burned by it.” Even Steve Allen, the talk-show host hip enough to give Lenny Bruce a shot on prime time, forced cheese on Presley, putting him in a tuxedo to sing “Hound Dog” to an actual hound dog.

Presley’s reputation wasn’t helped by the culture surrounding him. In a turbulent year that witnessed rioting in the streets during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, Elvis had begun to seem over the hill at the age of 33. That year’s cutting-edge cinema, like Monterey Pop, Wild in the Streets, and Brian De Palma’s Greetings, reflected the new, rebellious youth culture; Elvis’s movies in 1968 were the innocuous, old-fashioned Stay Away Joe, Speedway, and Live a Little, Love a Little. Even worse, he hadn’t had a top 10 hit since “Crying in the Chapel” in 1965.

In their first meeting, Presley asked Binder—director of the landmark rock-concert movie The T.A.M.I. Show as well as acclaimed variety specials starring Leslie Uggams and Petula Clark—to assess the state of Presley’s own career. Binder replied, “In the toilet.”

That’s a little harsh, according to Doll—though she agreed that musically, The King had become largely irrelevant in the late 60s. Instead, his fame lay in other media: “He was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. . . . His films made money. In that regard, it’s not like he had been forgotten.”

Still, Presley, appreciated Binder’s honesty—and that forged a bond of trust. “From that first meeting, I knew he was champing at the bit to prove himself again,” Binder said. “Elvis asked me, ‘What happens if I bomb?’ I said, ‘Elvis, you’ll still be remembered for your movies and all your early hit records. . . . If it’s successful, every door that was closed to you will reopen.’ Which is exactly what happened.”

Parker envisioned Presley’s comeback program as a Christmas special. Binder, however, wanted to leave that material to Andy Williams or Perry Como. He suspected that by making creative demands, Parker was merely trying to exert his influence over Presley—especially in front of those who would challenge his power. “He knew he had the goods. He had Elvis Presley, which nobody else had,” Binder said.

But Binder still managed to win the singer over. When Parker called a meeting to insist that the special contain at least one Christmas song, for example, Presley sided with his manager to his face—but once outside his office, he jabbed Binder in his ribs and said, “f*** him.” And ultimately, Binder did not film any holiday material—though Elvis did perform “Blue Christmas”during one of his acoustic sessions.

Elvis eschews the traditional variety-special format. There are no guest stars, no comedy sketches. It’s all about the music and reminding audiences what excited them about Presley in the first place. It helped that while filming Presley was tanned and fit, fresh from a Hawaiian vacation. “I never put anybody I worked with on a pedestal,” Binder said. Yet the first time he met Presley, “I was awed, first of all, by the way he looked. If he was not famous, you would still stop and stare. As a director, you’re looking to see which is the good side, the bad side. Elvis was perfect from every angle. It was like a god walking in.”

The special comprises four production numbers that evoked Presley’s country-western, rhythm and blues, and gospel roots. Darlene Love, singing backup with the Blossoms on a rousing gospel medley, bonded with Presley over their mutual lifelong immersion in gospel music; the special’s star frequently went missing on set in order to sing favorite church hymns with Love and the Blossoms. When that drew grumbles, Love said in an interview, she had a response ready: “Hey, it’s not our fault; Elvis said he wanted to sing, so we sang.”

The meat of Elvis is its raw and intimate sessions in front of a rapturous audience. In the improvised so-called “Sit Down” sessions, he jokes, reminisces, and plays the hell out of his 50s hits, accompanied by his original guitarist and drummer, Scotty Moore and D. J. Fontana, as well as friends Alan Fortas, Charlie Hodge, and Lance LeGault. In the “Stand Up” sessions, in which he is accompanied by an offstage orchestra and singers, he is, at times, photographed from above, giving the appearance of a boxer in the ring.

But arguably, Elvis saves the best for last: “If I Can Dream,” a plea for peace and understanding, which was written in response to Robert Kennedy’s assassination. Binder, Presley, and the creative team had watched coverage of the shooting on television; the singer was badly shaken, Binder recalled. Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot just two months before in Memphis, Presley’s hometown. Binder wanted a musical statement based on their conversations about the assassinations and the discord gripping the country, and charged songwriter Walter Earl Brown to “write the greatest song you’ve ever written to put at the end of the show,” he said. “If you want to know Elvis’s thoughts and philosophy, Earl Brown nailed it in the lyrics.”

Elvis was a huge success when it aired in December, attracting 42 percent of the television-viewing audience and ending 1968 as NBC’s highest-rated show of the year. “If I Can Dream” made it into Billboard’s top 15, and the soundtrack entered the top 10 and was certified platinum.

Thus began a brief but shining Elvisaissance. After his comeback special, he recorded one of his very best albums, From Elvis in Memphis, which yielded the No. 3 hit “In the Ghetto.” He recorded his last No. 1 single, “Suspicious Minds.” He began his residency at the Las Vegas International Hilton, with Binder in the audience for his very first show. “I thought he was fantastic,” he said. “I sat in the back of the room and saw him having as much fun, if not more, than when he did our special. . . . Then I went to see him a few years later . . . I knew instantly it was all over.”

“The Comeback special makes the turn into the last phase of this career,” Doll agreed. “It is the beginning of what people call Vegas Elvis. Everyone associates Vegas Elvis with the gaudy jumpsuits and being overweight and sweaty. . . . That’s not true. It was the 1973 television special, Aloha from Hawaii,” that appeared to be the start of his physical and creative decline. Doll blames this in large part on his unhappiness at the dissolution of his marriage to Priscilla, whom he had wed in 1967. The marriage officially ended in October 1973, after the acceleration of his prescription-drug use (amphetamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers).

Binder witnessed Elvis’s resurgence and decline firsthand. On what would be the last night he would ever speak with the star, Binder invited him to a pizza and beer party at Bill Belew’s apartment. Presley, emboldened and invigorated by his work on the special, announced to Binder that he would no longer sing a song or accept a script that he did not believe in. He then gave Binder a piece of paper with a number on it, and told him it was the only way he would be able to reach Presley. When Binder eventually called, a voice told him he had the wrong number. Binder blames his battles with Parker over the content of the special for making him persona non grata in Presley’s life.

Elvis’s fall after his regained glory is a teachable moment, suggested The King director Eugene Jarecki, who spoke with Presley’s spiritual guru, Larry Geller, about Presley’s comeback and his failure to ultimately keep his life on track. “Geller said at a certain point, Elvis knew that there was no good ending to this story unless he had a major change, and he had a major change in mind,” Jarecki said. “He said they were going to move to Hawaii and live a clean life . . . and then he would come back in a blaze of glory and do something meaningful. I asked him what happened, and he said [Presley] kept putting it off. The lesson of that, Geller said: ‘When you know what’s wrong with your life and what you need to do to fix it, don’t wait.’”

Presley died of cardiac arrhythmia in 1977; Elvis, however, lives. Darlene Love, for one, is carrying on the special’s legacy. She performs its gospel medley in her own shows, as well as “If I Can Dream.” Presley himself never again performed the song live, following the special, she said. “I sang it in Germany last year, and I had to do three encores of the song. It’s not easy to sing, especially for a lady. . . . The words in the song are so heavy; that song could be written for today. . . . Elvis did another song in his shows that I’m stealing, ‘You Gave Me a Mountain.’ I’m bringing that back, too.”



https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/08/elvis-presley-comeback-special-1968-50th-anniversary


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Lonely Summer on August 25, 2018, 07:59:58 PM
Great.  :-[ Now everytime I watch the 68 special, I gotta think about Elvis jizzing in his leather suit.  >:(


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Ian on August 28, 2018, 11:54:56 AM
Yeah I feel like the 3 dvd set is all you need from that special. The rest is just repackaging


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on August 31, 2018, 01:27:55 AM
Yeah I feel like the 3 dvd set is all you need from that special.


Well, almost. Unfortunately they missed up when the "It hurts me" scene was cut out of the special on the DVD, you can only see it in the bonus material. They didn't realize this until the set was released. So if you want to watch the complete TV special, you can't go with the 3 DVD set   :(


The screening of the special in cinemas seemed to be quite a success:

Fathom Events’ Two Night Presentation of ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special’ Lands Spot as Top-Performing Music Event of 2018

https://www.fathomevents.com/news/press-release/fathom-events-two-night-presentation-of-elvis-50th-anniversary-comeback-special-lands-spot-as-top-performing-music-event-of-2018


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on September 06, 2018, 01:40:36 AM
The Aloha special was shown on german TV yesterday. Here's a link under which you can watch it until Sept. 12th.

https://www.br.de/mediathek/video/konzert-doku-elvis-aloha-from-hawaii-av:5b584c597a09620018d31c02


I don't know though if you have to be in Germany to be able to see it


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on September 15, 2018, 10:08:11 AM
Sony will a release a 5-CD/2-Blu-ray box set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 TV Special in November 2018.


- Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll"
- Original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream"
- 5CD/2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program




(https://www.elvisnews.com/images/various/68-special-50th.png)


Source: https://www.elvisnews.com/news.aspx/50th-anniversary-nbc-special/15446#.W507oPaYREa


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 19, 2018, 06:03:02 PM
I'm treating my Elvis obsessed sister to a whirlwind trip to Memphis and Graceland  next week, with a stop in Tupelo on the way. Drive up Monday, see what we can Tuesday, and drive back on Wednesday.
Any tips from those who have gone there in recent years would be appreciated.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on September 21, 2018, 01:13:51 AM
I've never been there, but maybe this will give you some ideas:

https://www.memphistravel.com/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on September 23, 2018, 08:43:02 AM
This is what the new release of the '68 Comeback material will look like:

(http://www.elvismatters.com/nieuws/afbeeldingen/thumbnails/5_20180922142402.jpg)

http://elvismatters.com/index.php?pagina=nieuws&id=17438


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on September 25, 2018, 04:33:05 PM
Well, we went to Graceland today.
I somehow thought the house would be bigger. But maybe I thought that because only the basement and first floor are open to tours. The second floor, which includes Elvis' bedroom, is off limits.
His parents' bedroom was decorated by Gladys. I liked the little poodles on the wallpaper in the bathroom - don't know how Vernon felt about them lol.
With all the talk about the Jungle Room, I thought it would be huge, but that wasn't the case.
The television room had three televisions lined up next to each other. Thus he could monitor what was on the three networks back in the day. The TVs were playing clips from movies or TV. I didn't recognize the one on the left. In the middle was a classic by young George Carlin as the Hippy Dippy Weatherman on the Johnny Carson Show.  On the right was a scene from Dr Strangelove featuring Colonel Mandrake and General Jack D Ripper.
Toured the rest of the grounds, and really enjoyed the Meditation Garden. It was truly peaceful.
All in all, it was a great experience. And best of all, my Elvis obsessed sister was "over the moon."
 Will drive back home tomorrow. Will listen to some Elvis gospel music, along with recordings by the Million Dollar Quartet.

To add: it's a self guiding tour using an iPad and earphones . Commentary by our good buddy John Stamos.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 10, 2018, 09:28:57 AM
Glen Campbell ‘Sings For The King’ On Rare Recordings For Elvis Presley

The new album features 18 recently unearthed and unreleased tracks from the recordings that Campbell made for Elvis between 1964 and 1968.

1. We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) *
2. Easy Come, Easy Go *
3. Any Old Time
4. Anyone Can Play
5. I Got Love
6. I’ll Never Know *
7. All I Needed Was The Rain *
8. How Can You Lose What You Never Had *
9. Spinout *
10. Magic Fire
11. I’ll Be Back *
12. Love On The Rocks
13. Stay Away, Joe *
14. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *
15. Clambake *
16. There Is So Much World To See *
17. Do The Clam *
18. Restless

* Recorded by Elvis Presley


More here, including one song:

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/glen-campbell-sings-king-rare-recordings-elvis-presley/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 11, 2018, 09:53:24 AM
So, here's a new documentary that will air on AXS TV


The Day the Rock Star Died: Elvis Presley


Elvis Presley was regarded as an icon of the 20th century, and was often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll." Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Premieres October 16th on AXS TV!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tL-jgcCjks



There is no denying that Elvis Presley is a true music icon and has definitely earned the title of the “the King of Rock and Roll.” With an enormous body of hit singles, commercial success in many genres, including pop, country, blues, and gospel music, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at just 42 years of age. However, Presley’s legacy lives on as one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Learn more about his whirlwind life on The Day The Rock Star Died TUESDAY at 8:30/7:30c.


http://www.axs.tv/news-and-docs/day-the-rock-star-died-elvis/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 15, 2018, 04:34:45 AM
JLo, Blake Shelton & Post Malone Joined Star-Studded Lineup for Ultimate ‘Elvis Comeback Special’

https://theblast.com/elvis-presley-nbc-special-blake-shelton-post-malone-jlo-concert-tribute/





And:




ELVIS ALL-STAR TRIBUTE SPECIAL
2 NIGHTS -OCT 10TH & OCT 11TH
SEATFILLERS NEEDED (Ages 18-34 Only)


We are beyond thrilled to be able to offer our seatfillers this “Once In A Lifetime Opportunity” to be a part of this “All-Star Tribute” to the King of Rock -n- Roll, Elvis Presley. We are looking for a very special audience, yes, we said audience, as you will be seated and not have to move around, as you will be the audience on this one.
This show will take place over a 2 night period, Wed, Oct 10th & Thurs, Oct 11th and you can sign up to attend either night or both nights, but you will need to submit for each night separately.

We are recreating the Elvis 68 Comeback Special for this very intimate, in the round experience, and all of the audience will be up close and personal with all of the performers and we want you to be there with us. Many of you will even be sitting on the stage, at the feet of the talent as they sing and dance.

Performers over the 2 Nights Include:
Shawn Mendez
Jennifer Lopez
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
Ed Sheeran
Adam Lambert
Little Big Town
Josh Groban
Blake Shelton
Post Malone
Alessia Cara
Kelsea Ballerini
and many more…

Here are the Details:
When: Wed, Oct 10th & Thurs, Oct 11th (Choose one or both)
Where: Universal Studios, Burbank, CA
Arrival Time: 6:00pm estimated
Min Age: 18-34 Only (This is a Casted Audience)
Dress Code: Hip and Trendy Attire
Total Allowed: You and up to 3 guest for a total party of 4
Parking: Free and provided

Note: In order to be a seatfiller you must be able to move around freely without the need of an assisted walking device nor be confined to a wheelchair. You must also be able to stand for periods of time and walk up and down steps.
So, get all of your friends together and submit your request now at http://www.seatfillersandmore.com to be there, and get up close and personal with your favorite celebrities during these 2 special nights of great fun and music. We will start sending out confirmations later this week and remember, there are 2 nights to choose from, or you can come to both, but only sign up if you know for sure you can attend.
This is a casted audience and we are only looking for those between the ages of 18-34 or who look to be those ages for this special event. We are recreating this very popular Elvis Special from back in the day and we need the audience to match the ages that were in that special during that time.
See you at the show,

Seatfillersandmore.com


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 24, 2018, 06:13:46 AM
Here's the tracklist for the '68 Comeback Box:


CD 1: Original album (1-7) and bonus cuts

    Trouble/Guitar Man (Opening)
    Medley: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me To Do; Dialogue; Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can’t Help Falling In Love/Jailhouse Rock; Dialogue; Love     Me Tender
    Medley: Dialogue; Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
    Medley: Dialogue; Blue Christmas; Dialogue; One Night
    Memories
    Medley: Nothingville/Dialogue; Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
    If I Can Dream
    It Hurts Me (splice/edit of part 1 – take 7, part 2 – take 7 & part 1 – take 6)
    Let Yourself Go (splice/edit of part 1 – take 1 & part 2 – take 2)
    Memories
    If I Can Dream

CD 2: First “sit-down” (1-15, 6/27/1968) and “stand-up” (16-26, 6/29/1968) black leather shows

    That’s All Right
    Heartbreak Hotel
    Love Me
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
    Are You Lonesome Tonight?
    When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
    Blue Christmas
    Trying To Get To You
    One Night
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    One Night
    Memories
    Heartbreak Hotel
    Hound Dog
    All Shook Up
    Can’t Help Falling In Love
    Jailhouse Rock
    Don’t Be Cruel
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Love Me Tender
    Trouble
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    If I Can Dream

CD 3: second “sit-down” (1-16, 6/27/1968) and “stand-up” (17-27, 6/29/1968) black leather shows

    Heartbreak Hotel
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    Introductions
    That’s All Right
    Are You Lonesome Tonight?
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    Blue Suede Shoes
    One Night
    Love Me
    Trying To Get To You
    Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
    Santa Claus Is Back In Town
    Blue Christmas
    Tiger Man
    When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
    Memories
    Heartbreak Hotel
    Hound Dog
    All Shook Up
    Can’t Help Falling In Love
    Jailhouse Rock
    Don’t Be Cruel
    Blue Suede Shoes
    Love Me Tender
    Trouble/Guitar Man
    Trouble/Guitar Man
    If I Can Dream

CD 4: Rehearsals in Elvis’ dressing room – 6/24 (1-10) and 6/25/1968 (11-21)

    I Got A Woman
    Blue Moon/Young Love/Oh, Happy Day
    When It Rains It Really Pours
    Blue Christmas
    Are You Lonesome Tonight?/That’s My Desire
    That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
    Peter Gunn Theme
    Love Me
    When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
    Blue Christmas/Santa Claus Is Back In Town
    Danny Boy
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    Love Me
    Tiger Man
    Santa Claus Is Back In Town
    Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
    One Night
    Blue Christmas
    Baby, What You Want Me To Do
    When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
    Blue Moon Of Kentucky

CD 5: The Wrecking Crew Sessions

    Nothingville (Guitar Man’s Evil #1) – takes 5 & 6
    Guitar Man (Guitar Man’s Evil #1) – take 2
    Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man’s Evil #2) – take 5 & 7/M
    Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man’s Evil #3) – take 7/M
    Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) – takes 1, 2 & 5
    Big Boss Man (Escape #3) – take 2
    It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) – take 5
    It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) – take 3
    Guitar Man (After Karate #2) – take 1
    Little Egypt (After Karate #2) – take 6
    Trouble/Guitar Man (After Karate #3) – take 2
    Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) – rehearsal & take 1
    Up Above My Head/Saved (Gospel #2) – takes 4 & 7
    Saved (Gospel #3) – takes 2 & 4
    Trouble/Guitar Man (Opening) – takes 6 & 7
    If I Can Dream – take 1
    If I Can Dream – takes 2, 3 & 4
    Memories – takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1
    Let Yourself Go (closing instrumental)

Blu-ray 1

    Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
    Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 – June 27, 1968
    Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 – June 27, 1968
    Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 – June 29, 1968
    Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 – June 29, 1968

Blu-ray 2

    Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener – June 30, 1968 – All Takes and Raw Components
    If I Can Dream TV Show Closer – June 30, 1968 – All Takes
    Huh-Huh-Huh Promo – June 30, 1968
    Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll – June 30, 1968
    If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 – June 30, 1968
    Gospel Production Number – All Takes and Raw Components
    Guitar Man Production Number – All Takes and Raw Components
    Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut




Source: https://theseconddisc.com/2018/10/if-i-can-dream-elvis-comeback-special-receives-box-set-treatment-for-50th-anniversary/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 24, 2018, 10:25:03 AM
There are now videos online for promoting this boxset:


Elvis Presley - '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) (Teaser)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Us-Ip1EO8U


Elvis Presley - That's All Right ('68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary HD Remaster))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZe_8u-rGWE


Baby, What You Want Me To Do ('68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary HD Remaster))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCCFOJSfWRw


Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas ('68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary HD Remaster))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwdI-gbm5kE


Opening Production Number ('68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary HD Remaster))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FkyeO_PRlw


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 25, 2018, 01:32:41 AM
The Searcher is nominated in two categories for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards (info found on the FECC messageboard):


BEST LIMITED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

America to Me (Starz)
Dirty Money (Netflix)
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television)
Flint Town (Netflix)
One Strange Rock (National Geographic)
The Fourth Estate (Showtime Networks)
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (HBO)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix)



BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Bad Reputation – Director: Kevin Kerslake (Magnolia Pictures)
David Bowie: The Last Five Years – Director: Francis Whately (HBO Documentary Films)
Elvis Presley: The Searcher – Director: Thom Zimny (HBO Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television)
Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow – Director: Stephen Kijak (Showtime Networks)
Quincy – Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones (Netflix)
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda – Director: Stephen Nomura Schible (MUBI)
Whitney – Director: Kevin Macdonald (Roadside Attractions, Miramax)



Source: http://www.criticschoice.com/2018/10/third-annual-critics-choice-documentary-awards-nominations-unveiled/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - 50th anniversary Comeback Special
Post by: Rocker on October 29, 2018, 05:58:01 AM
Saw this link on the FECC messageboard:


Baz Luhrmann is All Set to Direct an Elvis Presley Biopic

Hot on the heels of Freddie Mercury, another rock icon is about to become the subject of a big-screen biopic. According to a report in Discussing Film, Baz Luhrmann will direct the Elvis Presley biopic next spring.

https://www.news18.com/news/movies/baz-luhrmann-is-all-set-to-direct-an-elvis-presley-biopic-1832383.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - Presidential Medal of Freedom
Post by: Rocker on November 10, 2018, 10:49:38 AM
Elvis Presley to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
The King “remains an enduring American icon four decades after his death,” Trump administration says of posthumous honor

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/elvis-presley-presidential-medal-of-freedom-754501/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley - Presidential Medal of Freedom
Post by: Rocker on December 01, 2018, 09:03:34 AM
Director Steve Binder Recalls How Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Came to Be
By Ken Sharp on November 30, 2018

https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/2018/11/30/elvis-presley-68-comeback-special-steve-binder-interview-anniversary/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 03, 2018, 06:55:34 AM
So, today marks the 50th anniversary of the origina brodcast of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special, called "Elvis". Since it's only fitting, here's "Blue Christmas" from the second sit down show:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwdI-gbm5kE&fbclid=IwAR2utTYSMynF22zn1TG6vjrFXJl1mtd4-2HCAnMpzbtiAW7ywzV1HV6C1W8


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 06, 2018, 01:01:00 AM
Here's more about the tribute show:

‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’ Gets NBC Premiere Date; Marks ‘Comeback Special’ 50th Anniversary

https://deadline.com/2018/12/elvis-all-star-tribute-premiere-date-68-comeback-special-anniversary-nbc-blake-shelton-1202513073/

(https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/elvis-art.jpg)


Oh well....  ::)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 13, 2018, 02:46:13 AM
Here's something really nice. A fan collected snippets about the Comeback Special from different sources and edited them into one documentary. Really well done for what it is:


https://vimeo.com/296733256


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 13, 2018, 03:23:51 AM
Rocket, I am getting into comeback and 1970s Elvis!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Jay on December 13, 2018, 04:39:58 AM
Sometimes I think that from 1968 to around 1974 might have been Elvis's overall best period.