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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.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 14, 2018, 09:43:12 AM
Rocket, I am getting into comeback and 1970s Elvis!


 :smokin




I think Elvis had several "best periods" but 1968-1971 definitely made for great expectations for the future. But something happened in '71 (probably drugs) and from then on it went downwards, not without some highlights in between. But what one saw during those years was and still is really incredible imo.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 14, 2018, 09:50:59 AM
From Elvis in Memphis... 8)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: gruelingpace on December 15, 2018, 06:36:18 PM
Rocket, I am getting into comeback and 1970s Elvis!
Elvis only gets better with age. Gets better as I age.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on January 10, 2019, 05:29:43 AM
This link was posted by someone on the FECC messageboard:

BBC Radio 4

Elvis Presley Comeback Special

Paul Morley tells a parallel story of Elvis and America, from the vantage point of the King's finest hour in 1968.

"I've got to do this sooner or later," Elvis says sheepishly, "so I may as well do it now."

And so the 1968 Comeback Special begins: his quiff defying gravity and his leather jumpsuit chafing, as he bursts into an elemental rendition of Heartbreak Hotel. It had been one of his first singles thirteen years before, initially recorded when he was still a teenager living in the Jim Crow South at the beginning of rock and roll.

Much had happened in the meantime: JFK, the Beatles, the hippies and Detroit soul. And Elvis had become a different person, depressed, addicted and increasingly irrelevant.

So by 1968, after his stint in the army, the uninspired films and the years of absence from the stage, the Comeback Special was an opportunity to resuscitate Elvis's career, to claw back his status as a powerful, credible force.

And it did, fleetingly. He was fabulous, and his discography is never better showcased than on that day.

But it also marked the point at which it became clear that the King was fragile.

He was thirty-three, a new father, and he would never be this good again.

Paul Morley believes the 1968 Comeback Special shows us Elvis at his best. But also that it offers a vantage point from which to look backwards, forwards and outwards to a changing America - remembering where the hillbilly kid had come from and poignantly aware of where he would end up.

Featuring historian Mary Frances Berry, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, writer Luc Sante and theatre artist Greg Wohead.

Producer: Martin Williams.




https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001cwc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on January 10, 2019, 05:47:53 AM
Also found via FECC:


(https://s22313.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/Elvis68_3%C2%A9ABG-EPE-IP-LLC-2018.jpg)


When Elvis was up for a ’68 challenge

By Gillian G. Gaar


One day in May 1968, Elvis Presley entered the offices of Binder/Howe Productions at 8833 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, to discuss a proposed television special, with the show’s potential director, Steve Binder. At one point, Elvis asked Steve to assess the current state of his career. Steve’s response was blunt and to the point: “What career?”

Laughing, Elvis took the answer in stride, and asked Steve what he meant. “Well, I haven’t seen you on the record charts in quite a few years with any hit records,” Steve replied. “And I know your movies have dried up. You need a career boost.”

Such criticism had to cut deep. But Steve wasn’t saying anything Elvis himself didn’t already know, and he appreciated the frank talk. “I think that very first meeting set the tone for everything,” Steve says. “I was brutally honest with him, and I told him that as far as I was concerned, he was no longer a hit rock ‘n’ roll star. And I think those kind of conversations hit home. He even said later on that he totally trusted me because I was giving him straight answers.”

Elvis confessed that the very idea of doing a television show made him nervous; he was more comfortable in the record studio. Steve agreed doing a TV show was a gamble, telling him, “Television gives you instant results. If you do this special, the next morning   you’re either going to be the biggest hit in this country or you’ll be the biggest disaster.” Was Elvis up to the challenge?

He was. The resulting Elvis special, which aired on December 3, 1968 on NBC, became the top rated show of the season and NBC’s biggest success of the year. There was chart success too; the show’s soundtrack gave Elvis his first Top 10 album hit in three years; the accompanying single, “If I Can Dream,” was his first to crack the Top 20 in two years. It set the stage for his accomplishments in the year to come; the release of the hit records “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” and From Elvis in Memphis, and his triumphant return to live performance in Las Vegas. The gamble paid off, and the Elvis show provided just the shot in the arm his career had needed.

As a result, the program is today more commonly known as the “Comeback Special.” And the 50th anniversary of the show’s original broadcast is being celebrated in a number of ways: in Steve’s new book, Comeback ’68: Elvis, the box set ’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) and a two-hour television tribute scheduled to air in January 2019.

The special was officially announced on January 12, 1968. Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, felt the show should be a conventional Christmas program, with his star singing various carols. But Bob Finkel, the show’s executive producer, found that idea too mundane. The show’s primary sponsor, the Singer Sewing Company, agreed, and Singer representative Alfred DiScipio suggested a more interesting approach would be to explore Elvis’ contributions to contemporary culture. And Elvis, who’d been stuck making an increasingly bland series of films in the 1960s, told Finkel he wanted the special to show just what he could really do as a performer.

Finkel took Elvis’ words to heart, and tapped a young maverick, Steve Binder, to direct. Steve had an impressive list of credits, having directed The T.A.M.I. Show (“Teenage Music International”), one of the first rock concert films, and the rock variety series Hullabaloo. He was also a bit of a rebel. On his recent Petula TV special, starring Petula Clark, he’d refused to remove a sequence in which the white performer took African American guest star Harry Belafonte by the arm while the two performed her anti-war song “On The Path Of Glory.” And Steve was just three years older than Elvis, which Finkel felt would make Elvis more comfortable.

But Steve initially turned down the offer. He’d never been interested in Elvis’ music, and was focusing his energies on a possible film project. But his partner, Dayton Burr “Bones” Howe, urged him to reconsider. Bones had served as an engineer on Elvis’ L.A.  sessions in the ‘50s, and felt the two would hit it off. “You and Elvis are going to turn out to be great friends,” he assured Steve. “You’ll love working with him and vice versa. Don’t turn him down.”

So Steve called Finkel back, saying before a final agreement he’d like to meet Elvis on his own; “I don’t want any Colonel Parker, I don’t want any entourage.” Finkel agreed, though Steve and Bones still had to meet with Parker first. Parker was adamant that the show be a Christmas special, a suggestion Steve had no intention of following. And after his meeting with Elvis, Steve felt the two of them could create something much more original—and meaningful.

After a vacation, Elvis next met with the production team on June 3. Steve had been searching for an underlying narrative for the show. “When I approached specials I wanted an ‘A theme,’ which is, does it have a beginning and does it have an ending?” he explains. “It’s not just music and sets and scenery and costumes. There has to be a story. Because people get involved in stories.”

Elvis put in his two cents as well, stating, “Well, I’ll tell you one thing I don’t want it to be—I don’t want to be a goody goody (expletive) singing mechanic anymore!” “Those were his exact words,” Chris Bearde, one of the special’s writers. “I’m not going to forget those words! So we immediately pounced on that and said, ‘No, what we want to do is we want you to sing; we want you to shake it and break it and do your thing.’ When we got to close the door and it was just the creative people and Elvis, I could see how he absolutely loved that. This was away from all that stuff from his past. So basically, that’s how the show got started.”

And what Chris calls the key moment came on the night of June 4, when Elvis was at the Binder/Howe offices. A television set broadcasting Senator Robert Kennedy’s speech at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel played in the background; the presidential hopeful had just won California’s state primary. Minutes later, Kennedy was shot (he died 26 hours later on June 6). And the assassination provoked a cathartic reaction in Elvis.

“From the moment that was on, for the rest of the night, we sat in that room and Elvis started to tell us his life story,” says Chris. “And he played the guitar for all that time himself. And we sat there enthralled. He told us all these stories about his life in Memphis, and his mom and his dad, he told the story of how he got started, and the people that used to try and hit him because they wanted to hit Elvis Presley. And he sang all these songs. And that’s when Steve and all of us said, ‘This is what the show’s gotta be. It’s gotta be you doing all this.’”

Accordingly the special compared and contrasted what Bearde described as “both the real story of Elvis sitting on the stage, and a sort of ‘fantasy Elvis’ story where we can get these big production numbers in as well.” The “real Elvis” opened the show, singing “Trouble” and “Guitar Man” in front of scaffolding featuring a phalanx of young men with guitars. The “fantasy Elvis” sequence was based around the the song of the itinerant traveling “Guitar Man,” and which poked gentle fun at his movie career, as Elvis is seen rising from his humble roots to fame and fortune. “Elvis knew what a satire the production number was,” says Chris. “He understood that it was our way of saying ‘This is Elvis in satire.’”

There was also a gospel sequence, reflecting Elvis’ love of that genre. The show’s closing number, “If I Can Dream,” also had a gospel feel in its plea for brotherhood at the end of a very turbulent year in America. Over Parker’s objections, Steve had enlisted the show’s choral director, W. Earl Brown, to write a song that spelled out “what Elvis stands for, what his philosophy is.” “Earl may have written, ‘If I Can Dream,’” says Steve, “but all he did was interpret what we heard back from Elvis while working with Elvis. Those lyrics are what came out of Elvis’ mouth.”

But the special’s most compelling performances came about purely by chance. Elvis had moved into the Burbank studios during production, and Steve was entranced watching him play guitar in his dressing room after the day’s work was done, entertaining his friends. He immediately wanted to put in a similar improvisational sequence in the show, and eventually got Parker’s grudging approval.

It was these performances that would make the show iconic. Elvis, attired in a form-fitting black leather suit, never looked better. He taped two sets on June 27, sitting among friends including his original sidemen from the 1950s, guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana, and two more formal sets on June 29, standing up this time, backed by a band and orchestra.

There were a few other hiccups (Parker insisted a rough version of “Blue Christmas” from the second June 27 show be included, so there would be at least one holiday number, and a brothel scene in the “fantasy Elvis” sequence was cut). But Elvis was thrilled by final show, telling his director, “Steve, I’ll never sing a song again that I don’t believe in, I’ll never make a movie again that I don’t believe in.” Straight-talking as always, Steve was openly skeptical, telling him, “I hear you Elvis, but I’m not sure you’ll be strong enough when the time comes.”

“Elvis rediscovered himself on that special,” Steve says today. “He had lost confidence, and probably thought, ‘I wouldn’t be as successful as I am without the Colonel and without RCA’s publicity machine.’ Then he started to realize, especially during the improv shows, ‘Hey, it’s not the Colonel, it’s not the RCA publicity machine—I’m really that special, that talented.”

Yet Steve also feels Elvis was ultimately held back by “his naïve sense of loyalty and not realizing he’d paid the Colonel off years before I ever got to him. And he just couldn’t break that pattern. So he just followed directions. I think the reason he never challenged anybody, or said ‘I don’t want to sing that song’ or ‘I don’t want to do this’ was strictly what he had been taught from the time he met the Colonel, and whatever pact they had between them.

“The tragedy is, I knew Elvis was chomping to go all over the world and meet his fans. What he told me at the end was the true Elvis, but he never was strong enough to follow his own direction. And it was really a tragedy. I don’t think he died of drugs; I think he died of boredom, being stuck in Las Vegas while the Colonel gambled away all of his money.” Despite being given Elvis’ private number, and going to see two of his shows in Las Vegas, Steve was never able to speak with him again.

Steve’s original 90-minute edit of the show was cut for the hour-long broadcast. After Elvis’ death, the 90-minute edit was mistakenly aired as part of a television tribute, and numerous other edits of the show have since been released, or aired on television. In 2004, the ’68 version (complete with the brothel sequence) was released in a deluxe edition DVD set, followed by a 94-minute “special edition” edit in 2006. Steve says the 2006 edit, which was shown in theaters this past summer, is “very close” to his original edit.

“Elvis will always rank as very, very special to me,” says Steve. “When I saw it this past summer, I looked at the screen and said, ‘Did I do that?’ I look at it as a window of time for me. I don’t care about what happened before, I don’t really care what happened after. I just know I had an incredible time working with him and knowing him.”




https://www.goldminemag.com/articles/when-elvis-was-up-for-a-68-challenge


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 07, 2019, 08:25:29 AM
Here's some footage of the recording of the tribute show. I gladly say that it doesn't look as bad as I had thought.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=8oaS1rdsHs4


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 19, 2019, 05:39:58 AM
Yet another short feature about the Comeback:


Gates of Graceland: Secrets of the '68 Special

https://youtu.be/IZuVaRJZwcY


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 01, 2019, 11:53:54 AM
Record Store Day 2019 will see an unreleased live show by Elvis from 1969 - arguably his most rocking season.



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Here's the tracklist:

Opening Theme / Blue Suede Shoes
I Got A Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Memories
Mystery Train / Tiger Man
Elvis Talks About His Career (Monologue)
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Runaway
Loving You (excerpt)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Yesterday / Hey Jude
Introductions Of Musicians And Backup Vocalists
In The Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
What’d I Say
Can’t Help Falling In Love



Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions to his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.



Source:
https://recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2019/elvis-presley/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 08, 2019, 06:39:20 AM
A digital single for the RSD release is coming out!


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A-Side:

Suspicious Minds (Live in Las Vegas, NV - August 1969 - Single Edit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U3OmvCExBA



B-Side:

Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live in Las Vegas, NV - August 1969 - Single Edit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alm0u0dfsro


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: SMiLE Brian on March 08, 2019, 01:40:13 PM
Great news! 8)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on March 13, 2019, 07:33:59 PM
A digital single for the RSD release is coming out!


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A-Side:

Suspicious Minds (Live in Las Vegas, NV - August 1969 - Single Edit)
hoping there will be a vinyl single, too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U3OmvCExBA



B-Side:

Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live in Las Vegas, NV - August 1969 - Single Edit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alm0u0dfsro


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 14, 2019, 02:56:19 AM
Quote
hoping there will be a vinyl single, too


Maybe for RSD or later for promotion for the boxset but I'm not sure.
Played the two tracks yesterday a couple of times again and it really is fun. Cool stuff!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 29, 2019, 08:55:56 AM
Tom Hanks to Play Elvis Presley’s Manager in Baz Luhrmann’s Next Film




Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. biopic about the legendary musician.

Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.

Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.

While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.

Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.

Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Mister Rogers in Sony’s upcoming biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Besides the Mister Rogers movie, Hanks can next be seen in the World War II drama “Greyhound” and as Woody in “Toy Story 4.”

He is repped by CAA.




https://variety.com/2019/film/news/tom-hanks-elvis-presley-manager-baz-luhrmann-1203121035/?fbclid=IwAR2540U9KssmjcNL45sMD53ZjfYS_lzqFsnDRHz7pmpfN6xEeYq4AZK2MPc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 11, 2019, 01:44:06 AM
Elvis Presley - Live at the International Hotel - Unboxing Record Store Day 2019 RSD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_2gwxwSyTU


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 25, 2019, 09:15:27 AM
Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival Palm Springs

7:30 pm: World Premiere of new 4K digital restoration! KING CREOLE (1958) Paramount, 115 min. D: Michael Curtiz. Elvis’s third starring role remains his best work on screen. He plays 19-year old Danny Fisher who is struggling to finish high school while living in a French Quarter flat with an unemployed father (Dean Jagger) and sister (Jan Shepard). The rebellious teen-ager navigates a veritable tightrope between a legitimate singing career and a wholesome girl friend (Dolores Hart) vs. a criminal life while romancing the mistress (Carolyn Jones) of a vicious gangster (Walter Matthau).  Produced by Hal Wallis and deftly helmed by Curtiz on location in New Orleans, this musical crime drama established Elvis as a legitimate actor with a stellar supporting cast including Paul Stewart and Vic Morrow.   Scheduled Special Guest: actress Jan Shepard


http://arthurlyonsfilmnoir.ning.com/page/2926187:Page:2939


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: JK on April 25, 2019, 02:53:29 PM
KING CREOLE (1958) Paramount, 115 min. D: Michael Curtiz. Elvis’s third starring role remains his best work on screen.

Love the title song and the near self-parody "Hard Headed Woman":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKVFlF13aOM


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 29, 2019, 01:11:32 PM
Tom Hanks to Play Elvis Presley’s Manager in Baz Luhrmann’s Next Film




Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. biopic about the legendary musician.

Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.

Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.

While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.

Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.

Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Mister Rogers in Sony’s upcoming biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Besides the Mister Rogers movie, Hanks can next be seen in the World War II drama “Greyhound” and as Woody in “Toy Story 4.”

He is repped by CAA.




https://variety.com/2019/film/news/tom-hanks-elvis-presley-manager-baz-luhrmann-1203121035/?fbclid=IwAR2540U9KssmjcNL45sMD53ZjfYS_lzqFsnDRHz7pmpfN6xEeYq4AZK2MPc



Here's the director Baz Luhrmann on location:


https://vimeopro.com/bazmark/sam-bell-iv-tupelo-mississippi/video/273974390


https://vimeopro.com/bazmark/sam-bell-iv-tupelo-mississippi/video/273973068


https://vimeopro.com/bazmark/sam-bell-iv-tupelo-mississippi/video/273975906


https://vimeopro.com/bazmark/sam-bell-iv-tupelo-mississippi/video/273974901


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 01, 2019, 03:35:45 AM
And more news about the movie:

New Elvis Presley movie starring Tom Hanks to be filmed on the Gold Coast

Hollywood legend Tom Hanks will star in a new Baz Luhrmann movie about the life of Elvis Presley to be filmed on the Gold Coast.

The dual-Oscar winner will play Presley's lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker, but who'll play The King of rock 'n' roll is yet to be revealed.

"The role of Elvis will be filled after a worldwide search to be overseen by Baz Luhrmann," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament.


She said the production would inject more than $105 million into the local economy, and generate 900 jobs in areas including set construction, catering and costume design.

The Warner Bros. Pictures film will be shot at the Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast, and follows a recent meeting between the premier and Luhrmann in London.

It will explore Presley's rise to fame with a focus on his complicated relationship with his manager.



https://www.9news.com.au/national/gold-coast-news-entertainment-elvis-film-tom-hanks/66a5b20f-d281-4b13-a964-1e0da558ac85


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 09, 2019, 11:03:16 AM
Baz Luhrmann Is on the Hunt for an Actor to Play Elvis Presley — How to Be Considered!
The acclaimed director is seeking an actor to portray Elvis Presley in a new biopic opposite Tom Hanks

https://people.com/movies/baz-luhrmann-casting-role-elvis-presley/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20190509&utm_term=7037770&fbclid=IwAR2ph4dBlTL4XmioKfDHA8Q2cR_7-YlPH3jA15gNQaNUrJhWs4TrwywVbe8


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 25, 2019, 10:52:00 AM
So, August 9th will see the release of a 11-CD boxset with Elvis' performances in Vegas in 1969. Arguably some of the best live Rock'n'Roll ever recorded. Here is the cover:


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 15, 2019, 12:02:18 PM
The new release will include a book written by Ken Sharp:


EIN: We all know that there is a Sony deluxe release about to be announced for the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas concerts. Maybe you are not allowed to tell me but can I ask you if you have been involved in any way with this up-and-coming release?

K.S: I’m honored to say that I was involved with the forthcoming Sony box set. In the accompanying book, I contributed the essay and provided an oral history behind Elvis’s return to the stage. 50 years ago if you had told this little kid that he’d be involved in such an important and historic release I would never have believed you. But that dream came true and I’m excited for Elvis fans to get a chance to absorb The King in all his live glory, ‘69 style!



http://www.elvisinfonet.com/interview_Elvis-69-Ken-Sharp.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 17, 2019, 12:14:40 PM
No tracklisting yet, but here's more from amazon:


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Limited 11CD box set with 52 page book full of rare photos & memorabilia! One show entirely unreleased! Complete Newly Mixed and Mastered Shows! Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Of Elvis' Triumphant Return To The Stage "I missed the closeness of a live audience. So just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do live performances again. " Elvis Presley First chronicled in part on the album Elvis In Person At The International Hotel 50 years ago, Live 1969 showcases this incredibly, important phase in Elvis' career in definitive detail his first live shows following his triumphant, 1968 comeback for NBC after an 8 year absence from playing live. This box set features 11 complete sets from the first of his many engagements at The International Hotel (several of which are released in full for the first time, with one show entirely unreleased), allowing fans a more definitive picture of The King's glorious return to the concert stage. 52-page book includes rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Park, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more.



Source: https://www.amazon.com/Live-1969-Elvis-Presley/dp/B07PPVVYMQ/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=elvis+presley+live+1969&qid=1560798769&s=gateway&sr=8-6


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: jeffh on June 20, 2019, 01:16:02 PM
How much will this box cost ?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on June 20, 2019, 08:41:39 PM
How much will this box cost ?
More than I can afford!  :(


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 21, 2019, 02:15:02 AM
I believe I saw someone on another messageboard mentioning 115 €. Now, I don't know if that is correct and also I don't know how much $'s that would be. Hope we'll have more info soon.


EDIT:

Just saw on FECC that someone ordered the set for 105 € at bol.com

https://www.bol.com/nl/p/live-1969/9200000112679118/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 22, 2019, 03:49:47 AM
It seems that on August 9th another show on vinyl will be released:


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This show features among others the only known live versions of "This is the story" and "Rubberneckin'", both from the famous Memphis Sessions in '69. Especially the latter song is a fantastic funky rocker (no pun). Listen to it here, including a long false start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSl4Q5rmJrk



This is the setlist for the show:
http://www.elvisconcerts.com/concerts/Concert_expand.php?id=53


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on June 22, 2019, 09:11:48 AM
I take it that these releases are just official releases of stuff already released on follow that dream label?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 22, 2019, 11:12:04 AM
I take it that these releases are just official releases of stuff already released on follow that dream label?


No, the boset will feature one completely unreleased show (I think it's the one that was on the RSD LP), all the released ones and then the whole shows of which parts were already released, as I understand. If you have the FTDs and the other releases there's probably not a whole lot new stuff.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 27, 2019, 03:50:40 AM
This seems to be the tracklisting, according to amazon.de:


1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
9 Mystery Train/Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
14 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
15 Band Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
16 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
17 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
18 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/21/69 Midnight Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
9 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
10 Monologue (Lifestory) (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
14 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
15 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
16 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
17 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
18 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Dinner Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
9 My Babe (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
10 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
11 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
12 Baby What You Want Me To Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
13 Funny How Time Slips Away (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
14 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
15 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
16 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
17 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
18 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
19 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
20 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)
21 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/22/69 Midnight Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
9 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
14 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
15 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
16 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
17 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
18 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Dinner Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
9 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
13 Reconsider Baby (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
14 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
15 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
16 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
17 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
18 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
19 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)
20 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/23/69 Midnight Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
8 I Can't Stop Loving You (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
9 Johnny B. Goode (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
10 Elvis Talks About His Career (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
14 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
15 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
16 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
17 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
18 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Dinner Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
8 I Can't Stop Loving You (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
9 Johnny B. Goode (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
14 Words (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
15 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
16 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
17 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
18 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/24/69 Midnight Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
9 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
12 Funny How Time Slips Away (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
13 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
14 Words (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
15 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
16 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
17 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
18 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
19 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)
20 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Dinner Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
8 I Can't Stop Loving You (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
9 My Babe (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
10 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
11 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
12 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
13 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
14 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
15 Words (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
16 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
17 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
18 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
19 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
20 What'd I Say (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)
21 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/25/69 Midnight Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
8 Memories (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
9 My Babe (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
10 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
11 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
12 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
13 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
14 Inherit the Wind (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
15 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
16 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
17 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
18 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)
19 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Dinner Show)

1 Blue Suede Shoes (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
2 I Got a Woman (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
3 All Shook Up (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
4 Love Me Tender (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
5 Medley: Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
6 Heartbreak Hotel (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
7 Hound Dog (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
8 I Can't Stop Loving You (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
9 Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
10 Monologue (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
11 Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
12 Runaway (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
13 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version) (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
14 Rubberneckin' (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
15 Medley: Yesterday / Hey Jude (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
16 Introductions (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
17 In the Ghetto (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
18 This Is the Story (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
19 Suspicious Minds (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)
20 Can't Help Falling In Love (Live at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 8/26/69 Midnight Show)




https://www.amazon.de/Live-1969-Elvis-Presley/dp/B07T93S575/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=elvis+live+1969&qid=1561621194&s=gateway&sr=8-1




And a official promo video:

Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley - 1969 (Project Trailer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wPXlMRAG24


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 27, 2019, 04:00:36 AM
Also it looks like Sony will release the Memphis Sessions, although currently as download only.



https://www.amazon.de/American-Sound-1969-Elvis-Presley/dp/B07T7LDXS4/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=elvis+american+Sound+1969&qid=1561631795&s=gateway&sr=8-2



1 Long Black Limousine (Takes 1, 2, 3 & 5)
2 Long Black Limousine (Take 6)
3 Long Black Limousine (Takes 7, 8 & 9)
4 Long Black Limousine (Take 9)
5 This Is the Story (Takes 1 & 2)
6 Wearin' That Loved On Look (Takes 1, 2, 3 & 5)
7 Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 10)
8 Wearin' That Loved On Look (Takes 12, 13 & 14)
9 Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 15)
10 You'll Think of Me (Takes 1-6)
11 You'll Think of Me (Take 7)
12 You'll Think of Me (Take 8)
13 You'll Think of Me (Takes 11 & 14)
14 You'll Think of Me (Take 16)
15 You'll Think of Me (Takes 19, 20 & 22)
16 You'll Think of Me (Take 23)

1 I'm Movin' On (Takes 1-2)
2 I'm Movin' On (Take 2)
3 A Little Bit of Green (Rehearsal)
4 A Little Bit of Green (Take 1)
5 A Little Bit of Green (Takes 2-3)
6 Gentle On My Mind (with track replacement overdubs and master vocal)
7 Don't Cry Daddy (Take 3)
8 Poor Man's Gold (Take 12)
9 Inherit the Wind (Take 1, rehearsal, take 4)
10 Mama Liked the Roses (master track with alternate vocal overdub)
11 Mama Liked the Roses (master track with master vocal overdub)
12 My Little Friend (master track with master vocal overdub)
13 In the Ghetto (Take 1)
14 In the Ghetto (Takes 2-3)
15 In the Ghetto (Take 4)
16 In the Ghetto (Takes 5-10)
17 In the Ghetto (Take 11)
18 In the Ghetto (Take 13)
19 In the Ghetto (Take 19)
20 In the Ghetto (Take 20)
21 In the Ghetto (Take 22)

1 Rubberneckin' (Takes 1-2)
2 Hey Jude (Take 1)
3 Hey Jude (Takes 3, 5, 6 & 7)
4 From a Jack to King (Takes 1-3)
5 From a Jack to King (Takes 4-5)
6 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Take 1)
7 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Takes 2-4)
8 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Take 5)
9 I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) (Take 1)
10 I'll Be There (Takes 1-3)
11 I'll Be There (Takes 4-6)
12 Suspicious Minds (Takes 1-5)
13 Suspicious Minds (Take 6)
14 Suspicious Minds (Take 7)
15 Suspicious Minds (Take 8)

1 Stranger In My Own Home Town (Jam)
2 Medley: It's My Way / This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You (Jam)
3 True Love Travels On a Gravel Road (Take 2)
4 True Love Travels On a Gravel Road (Take 4)
5 True Love Travels On a Gravel Road (Take 5)
6 True Love Travels On a Gravel Road (Takes 6-7)
7 True Love Travels On a Gravel Road (Take 11)
8 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Takes 1, 3 & 5)
9 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Take 6 (master track with live vocal))
10 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Take 6 (master track with overdubbed vocal))
11 Power of My Love (Take 1)
12 Power of My Love (Takes 2 & 3)
13 Power of My Love (Take 6)
14 Power of My Love (Take 7)
15 After Loving You (Take 2)
16 After Loving You (Take 3)
17 After Loving You (Take 4)
18 Do You Know Who I Am? (Takes 1 & 3)
19 Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 4)
20 Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 5)
21 Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 7)

1 Kentucky Rain (Takes 1-3)
2 Kentucky Rain (Takes 5-7)
3 Kentucky Rain (Take 8)
4 Kentucky Rain (Take 9)
5 Kentucky Rain (Take 10)
6 Only the Strong Survive (Take 1)
7 Only the Strong Survive (Takes 8, 11 & 12)
8 Only the Strong Survive (Takes 17, 21 & 22)
9 Only the Strong Survive (Take 29)
10 It Keeps Right On a Hurtin' (Takes 1 & 2)
11 Any Day Now (Takes 1 & 2)
12 Any Day Now (Takes 3 & 4)
13 Any Day Now (Takes 5 & 6)
14 If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) (Takes 1, 2 & 3)
15 If I'm a Fool (For Loving You) (Takes 6, 7, 8 & 9)
16 The Fair's Moving On (track master with vocal overdub)
17 Who Am I? (track master with vocal overdub)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 27, 2019, 08:53:40 AM

A Slew of Unreleased Elvis Presley Material From 1969 Is on the Way

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8517804/elvis-presley-1969-unreleased-material






50th anniversary box set, digital reissue will celebrate Elvis Presley’s triumphant 1969


https://eu.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/06/27/elvis-presley-box-set-digital-reissue-68-comeback-special-new-elvis-releases-memphis-boys/1576104001/


(https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/06/26/PMCA/ea6188cd-9159-4111-8c1d-88731d6508b1-ELVIS-1969-8861-a_Photo_Credi_t_ElvisPresleyEnterprises.jpeg)



You can find different editions of the live release here:

https://www.shopelvis.com/dept/elvis-live-1969?cp=796_105769


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 27, 2019, 12:56:43 PM
Here's the official press release, ecluding the tracklisting (click on the link for that):




RCA/Legacy Will Also Release American Sound 1969 Featuring 90 Rare and Previously Unreleased Outtakes From Presley’s American Sound Sessions, Including His Indelible Hits “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds” – Out Digitally on Friday, August 23rd, 2019

“Suspicious Minds” Celebrates its 50th Anniversary on August 26th, 2019

The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s transformative Las Vegas residency at the International Hotel will be commemorated this summer with Live 1969, a deluxe 11-CD box set out August 9th on RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Marking his return to the stage for the first time in eight years, Elvis’ 1969 Vegas run featured 57 sold-out shows and the live debut of his signature #1 hit “Suspicious Minds” (the track celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 26th). The transcendent performances included The King of Rock and Roll backed by two vocal groups (The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations), a full orchestra and a band later known as the TCB band. 

Live 1969 is the definitive collection of The King at the height of his power. For the first time ever, it features the release of eleven complete sets from Elvis’ August 1969 engagement at Las Vegas’ International Hotel. Of these performances, four are being released in full for the first time ever – including two Elvis shows that have remained almost completely unheard for fifty years (August 22nd and 25th). The package also includes a 52-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein, Fats Domino and more.

Also, being released on August 9th is the special 2-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969. The vinyl release features Elvis’ complete set from August 26’s Midnight show. The material includes a repertoire of blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll, beautiful ballads and his two, brand-new hit singles “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds.” The performance also gives rare insight into an otherwise very private man, as Elvis cracks jokes and tells in-depth stories about his career.

Fans who pre-order these releases through ShopElvis.com can select from bundle packages that include an exclusive t-shirt and a replica International Hotel keychain.

Additionally, an exclusive limited-edition hot pink and yellow version of the 2-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969, will be available through Shop Graceland, and fans who use Shop Graceland to pre-order will also receive a collector’s item Elvis TCB keychain with purchase.

Live 1969 and Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 26, 1969 are available for pre-order now:https://Elvis.lnk.to/Live1969PR

Listen and follow the Elvis Presley: Live 1969 & More playlist: https://Elvis.lnk.to/L1969PLPR

Elvis’ residency at the International Hotel followed his massively successful Comeback Special on NBC-TV in 1968, featuring Elvis for 29 nights and a total of 57 sold-out performances. The International Hotel boasted the biggest showroom in Vegas at the time, with a stage large enough for a 40-piece orchestra and capable of seating 2,000 (although 200 more were accommodated each night). The shows were considered to be a dazzling success by fans and critics alike.

In addition to Live in 1969, RCA/Legacy Recordings will release American Sound 1969 digitally on August 23rd. The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in his From Elvis In Memphis

record later that year. From Elvis In Memphis ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit “In The Ghetto.”

The other singles from 1969 include “Don’t Cry Daddy,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Mama Liked The Roses,” each of which went on to sell over one million copies. “Suspicious Minds” became Elvis’ 18th and final single to top the Billboard 100 – a prime example of his late career renaissance. American Sound 1969 includes alternate versions of each of these classics and more.

American Sound 1969 is available for pre-order now: https://Elvis.lnk.to/AS1969PR

www.elvisthemusic.com

www.elvis.com

www.legacyrecordings.com




https://www.legacyrecordings.com/2019/06/27/elvis-presleys-pivotal-year-of-1969-celebrated-with-massive-11-cd-50th-anniversary-box-set-of-his-performances-at-the-international-hotel-in-las-vegas-live-1969-available-physically-digitally/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 02, 2019, 11:30:30 AM
Elvis Presley won't be easy to cast, but plenty in Hollywood are trying to fill his blue suede shoes

(CNN)Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Elvis Presley biopic is currently testing some big name actors to play the singer in the movie.
"Baby Driver" star Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who appeared in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Whiplash" star Miles Teller, all tested for the director last week, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.
Producers for the Warner Bros. project are also looking at Harry Styles and Austin Butler, who has a role in Quentin Tarantino's new film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." (CNN and Warner Bros. share parent company WarnerMedia.)

Reportedly, set to play Col. Tom Parker, the legendary manager who controlled Elvis' life and career, is Tom Hanks.
The Elvis role is expected to be filled in the coming weeks.
The project was announced last year and follows a slew of rock biopics, including the hit "Bohemian Rhapsody," about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and the Elton John film "Rocketman."

Luhrmann is also writing the movie, which will be split into two parts -- Elvis' early success, then his life after age 35.
Presley died in 1977 at age 42.




https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/entertainment/elvis-presley-biopic/index.html?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_content=2019-07-02T18%3A03%3A38&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&fbclid=IwAR1VB0sGjPRhe3PaI2vNi5ROIz6W9UVPhVOUuZDsx9QoXaiRsxTlTk9B3e4&fbclid=IwAR3dK7D75YVCiT2Qpcgdc9RFTQobM7r_vTGk_a09IesVb4o0jleU8eJNMKE


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 15, 2019, 10:35:09 AM
Usually I don't post updates on new releases on the Follow That Dream-label, but since this one fits in with the 1969 theme, I will:



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To celebrate FTD's 20th Anniversary, from FTD the release of 'Elvis: American Sound 1969' a 5-CD set that's part of FTD's new 'Sessions' series, includes a 28-page booklet with rare photos and memorabilia.

Elvis' pivotal Year of 1969 celebrated with Elvis: American Sound 1969 featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including 'In The Ghetto' and 'Suspicious Minds'.

'Suspicious Minds' celebrates its 50th Anniversary on August 26th, 2019



Disc 1

1) Long Black Limousine - takes 1,2,3 & 5 4:41 Previously unreleased
2) Long Black Limousine - take 6 4:30
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-200
3) Long Black Limousine - takes 7,8 & 9 5:02
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-201
4) Long Black Limousine - take 9 (undubbed master with vocal repairs) 4:22
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
5) This Is The Story - takes 1 & 2 (take 2 is master track & vocal overdub) 3:31
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
6) Wearin' That Loved On Look - takes 1,2,3 & 5 2:19 Takes 1, 2 & 5. Previously unreleased
Take 3. First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2. 04-13-1999
7) Wearin' That Loved On Look - take 10 3:06
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
8) Wearin' That Loved On Look - takes 12,13 & 14 4:53
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
9) Wearin' That Loved On Look - take 15 (undubbed master) 3:07
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
10) You'll Think Of Me - takes 1-6 6:39
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
11) You'll Think Of Me - take 7 4:50
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
12) You'll Think Of Me - take 8 4:25
First release: FTD CD 'Made In Memphis' 82876-76965. 04-2006
13) You'll Think Of Me - takes 11 & 14 6:01 Take 11. Previously unreleased
Take 14. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
14) You'll Think Of Me - take 16 4:32
First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2.
15) You'll Think Of Me - takes 19,20 & 22 4:04 Previously unreleased
16) You'll Think Of Me - take 23 (undubbed master) 4:27
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012


Disc 2

1) I'm Movin' On - takes 1-2 3:52 (Clarence E. 'Hank' Snow)
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
2) I'm Movin' On - take 2 (with vocal replacements and steel guitar overdub) 2:57
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
3) A Little Bit Of Green - rehearsal 4:28 (Chris Arnold/Geoff Morrow/David Martin)
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
4) A Little Bit Of Green - take 1 3:42
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
5) A Little Bit Of Green - takes 2-3 (track master with live vocal) 5:04
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
6) Gentle On My Mind (with track replacement overdubs and master vocal) 3:42 (John Hartford)
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
7) Don't Cry Daddy - take 3 (master take with vocal overdub) 3:47 (Scott 'Mac' Davis)
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
8) Poor Man's Gold - take 12 (track master with incomplete vocal overdub) 1:06
First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2
9) Inherit The Wind - take 1, rehearsal, take 4 with vocal overdub #1 4:18
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
10) Mama Liked The Roses (master track with alternate vocal overdub) 2:30
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
11) Mama Liked The Roses (master track with master vocal overdub) 3:22
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
12) My Little Friend (master track with master vocal overdub) 3:14
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
13) In The Ghetto - take 1 2:56
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
14) In The Ghetto - takes 2-3 4:06
Take 2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
Take 3. First release: RCA 4-CD set 'Platinum - A Life In Music' 07863-67469-2. 07-15-1997
15) In The Ghetto - take 4 2:58
First release: RCA 5-CD set 'From Memphis To Nashville - The Essential 60's Masters' I - 07863-66160-2. 09-28-1993
16) In The Ghetto - takes 5-10 6:52 Previously unreleased
17) In The Ghetto - take 11 3:19
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
18) In The Ghetto - take 13 2:53
First release: FTD CD 'Made In Memphis' 82876-76965. 04-2006
19) In The Ghetto - take 19 3:09
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
20) In The Ghetto - take 20 3:05
First release: RCA 4-CD set 'Elvis: Today, Tomorrow & Forever' 07863-65115. 06-25-2002
21) In The Ghetto - take 22 (track master with vocal overdub) 3:07
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013


Disc 3

1) Rubberneckin' - takes 1-2 (take 2 is undubbed master) 2:51
Take 1. First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2
Take 2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
2) Hey Jude - take 1 4:45
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
3) Hey Jude - takes 3,5,6 & 7 6:27
Take 5. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
Takes 3,6 & 7. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
4) From A Jack To A King - takes 1-3 3:12
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
5) From A Jack To A King - takes 4-5 (take 5 is undubbed master) 3:02
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
6) Without Love (There Is Nothing) - take 1 3:16 (Danny Small)
First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2
7) Without Love (There Is Nothing) - takes 2-4 4:01
Take 2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
Takes 3-4. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
8) Without Love (There Is Nothing) - take 5 (undubbed master) 2:57
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
9) I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can You In My Arms) - take 1 (master) 4:38
First release: RCA LP 'From Elvis In Memphis' LSP 4155. 06-17-1969
10) I'll Be There - takes 1-3 (take 3 is undubbed master) 4:35 (Bobby Darin)
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
11) I'll Be There - takes 4-6 3:12
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-201
12) Suspicious Minds - takes 1-5 8:33
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
13) Suspicious Minds - take 6 3:43
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
14) Suspicious Minds - take 7 3:46
First release: RCA 5-CD set 'From Memphis To Nashville - The Essential 60's Masters' I - 07863-66160-2. 09-28-1993
15) Suspicious Minds - take 8 (undubbed master) 4:06
First release: RCA 4-CD set 'Platinum - A Life In Music' 07863-67469-2. 07-15-1997


Disc 4

1) Stranger In My Own Home Town - jam (undubbed) 4:55
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
2) It's My Way/This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You - jam 3:52
First release: RCA 5-CD set 'From Memphis To Nashville - The Essential 60's Masters' I - 07863-66160-2. 09-28-1993
3) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - take 2 2:37
First release: RCA 4-CD set 'Elvis: Today, Tomorrow & Forever' 07863-65115. 06-25-2002
4) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - take 4 2:32
First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2. 04-13-1999
5) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - take 5 3:00
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
6) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - takes 6-7 4:36
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
7) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - take 11 (undubbed master) 3:16
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
8) And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - takes 1,3 & 5 6:34
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
9) And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - take 6 (master track with live vocal) 3:33
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
10) And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - take 6 (master track with overdubbed vocal) 3:56
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
11) Power Of My Love - take 1 3:14
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
12) Power Of My Love - takes 2 & 3 3:17
Take 2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
Take 3. First release: RCA 4-CD set 'Platinum - A Life In Music' 07863-67469-2. 07-15-1997
13) Power Of My Love - take 6 3:56
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
14) Power Of My Love - take 7 (undubbed master) 3:06
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
15) After Loving You - take 2 3:43
First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2. 04-13-1999
16) After Loving You - take 3 3:42
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
17) After Loving You - take 4 (undubbed master) 3:14
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
18) Do You Know Who I Am? - takes 1 & 3 5:03
Take 1. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
Take 3. FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
19) Do You Know Who I Am? - take 4 4:01
First release: FTD CD 'Made In Memphis' 82876-76965. 04-2006
20) Do You Know Who I Am? - take 5 4:31
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
21) Do You Know Who I Am? - take 7 (master with vocal overdub) 3:16
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012


Disc 5

1) Kentucky Rain - takes 1-3 7:17
Takes 1-2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
Take 3. First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2. 04-13-1999
2) Kentucky Rain - takes 5-7 6:02
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
3) Kentucky Rain - take 8 3:57
First release: RCA 5-CD set 'From Memphis To Nashville - The Essential 60's Masters' I - 07863-66160-2. 09-28-1993
4) Kentucky Rain - take 9 3:57
First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
5) Kentucky Rain - take 10 (undubbed master) 4:19
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
6) Only The Strong Survive - take 1 2:27
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
7) Only The Strong Survive - takes 8,11 & 12 5:53
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
8) Only The Strong Survive - takes 17,21 & 22 4:38
Takes 17 & 21. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
Take 22. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
9) Only The Strong Survive - take 29 (undubbed master) 3:22
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
10) It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' - takes 1 & 2 4:24
Take 1. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
Take 2. First release: RCA 2-CD set 'Suspicious Minds - The Memphis 1969 Anthology' 07863-67677-2. 04-13-1999
11) Any Day Now - takes 1 & 2 3:36 (Bob Hilliard/Burt Bacharach)
Take 1. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
Take 2. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
12) Any Day Now - takes 3 & 4 5:13
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis In Memphis' 506020-975047. 04-2013
13) Any Day Now - takes 5 & 6 (take 6 is undubbed master track and live vocal) 5:44
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
14) If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) - takes 1,2 & 3 5:55
Takes 1 & 2. First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
Take 3. First release: FTD CD 'Memphis Sessions' 74321-89293-2. 10-2001
15) If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) - takes 6,7,8 & 9 (take 9 is undubbed master) 6:47
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013
16) The Fair's Moving On (track master with vocal overdub) 3:17
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'Back In Memphis' 506020-975050. 12-2012
17) Who Am I ? (undubbed master) 3:08
First release: FTD 2-CD set 'From Elvis At American Sound Studio' 506020-975064. 12-2013



Source: https://www.elvispresleyshop.com/elvisa-american-sound-1969-5-cd-boxset-from-ftd


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 16, 2019, 02:40:24 AM
Baz Luhrmann Sets Austin Butler In Starmaking Elvis Presley Role Opposite Tom Hanks In Warner Bros Film


https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/baz-luhrmann-sets-austin-butler-in-starmaking-elvis-presley-role-opposite-tom-hanks-in-warner-bros-film/ar-AAEmub1?li=BBnbfcL#image=AA7STgA|21



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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 24, 2019, 12:07:56 PM
This is the back cover for the new live set:


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/711F3phingL._SL1218_.jpg)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ovi on August 02, 2019, 04:28:34 AM
I've become obsessed with Elvis in the last month. I think he was the greatest. Some albums I've been playing:

- Elvis at Sun
- Elvis Presley
- Elvis
- Loving You
- Elvis' Golden Records
- For LP Fans Only
- A Date with Elvis
- Elvis (1968 live album)
- From Elvis in Memphis


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 02, 2019, 06:49:33 AM
I've become obsessed with Elvis in the last month. I think he was the greatest. Some albums I've been playing:

- Elvis at Sun
- Elvis Presley
- Elvis
- Loving You
- Elvis' Golden Records
- For LP Fans Only
- A Date with Elvis
- Elvis (1968 live album)
- From Elvis in Memphis


Those are some mighty fine records. And there's still some other stuff to discover. Elvis is certainly a phenomenon. He was more or less the first artist you couldn't put into any category although they tried hard - and still do. Then they came up with this term "Rock'n'Roll" and got angry when he sang "Are you lonesome tonight?" and still didn't stick to any categories.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 03, 2019, 11:15:41 AM
Austin Butler’s Elvis Presley Biopic Gets Fall 2021 Release Date


https://variety.com/2019/film/news/austin-butler-elvis-presley-biopic-2021-release-1203290408/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 07, 2019, 06:42:04 AM
Go inside the making of Elvis' 'Live 1969' box set with Grammy-winning Memphis engineer Matt Ross-Spang

https://eu.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/08/07/elvis-presley-live-1969-box-set-matt-ross-spang-elvis-week-memphis-music/1856878001/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Jay on August 07, 2019, 07:18:37 AM
I get the message "Only available for subscribers" when I click on the link. I'm a big fan of Elvis's 1969-1972 live period.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 07, 2019, 07:42:58 AM
I get the message "Only available for subscribers" when I click on the link. I'm a big fan of Elvis's 1969-1972 live period.


I can see it and I'm no subscriber  ???
But this link seems to be for Europe. Can you find it through the US-site of the Commercial Appeal?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 09, 2019, 01:23:00 AM
Elvis Presley - Live 1969 Unboxing


https://youtu.be/SnSzx1SpDaQ


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 14, 2019, 01:18:17 AM
‘Live 1969’ Is a Fascinating Snapshot of Elvis Presley in His Comeback Prime

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/elvis-live-1969-review-elvis-presley-box-set-870345/




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 26, 2019, 12:58:29 AM
Elvis' Las Vegas Comeback Turns 50: How the King Conquered His 'Toughest Challenge'

(https://www.billboard.com/files/media/elvis-presley-cr-bob-klein-billboard-1548.jpg)


https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8528218/elvis-presley-las-vegas-comeback


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 05, 2019, 02:53:23 AM
Just saw this new trailer for Ken Burns' "Country music" (check out the Country-thread on this forum for more about that) and realized that it features yet unreleased 8mm footage of Elvis. Click here at ca.  0:19-0:20 mins.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH5bPHz-QAE


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on September 23, 2019, 11:19:28 PM
I've become obsessed with Elvis in the last month. I think he was the greatest. Some albums I've been playing:

- Elvis at Sun
- Elvis Presley
- Elvis
- Loving You
- Elvis' Golden Records
- For LP Fans Only
- A Date with Elvis
- Elvis (1968 live album)
- From Elvis in Memphis
Lots more to discover. Enjoy the ride!  :hat


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on September 28, 2019, 10:07:53 AM
Yeah I noticed they had some home movies of Elvis and Johnny Cash listening to some demos on a record player


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 08, 2019, 08:19:39 AM
(https://s3.amazonaws.com/broadtime_thumbnails/710/418461606710/418461606710%3A800.jpg)

1969 was a pivotal year for Elvis Presley. Fresh from the success of the ’68 Comeback Special, a revitalized Elvis headed to American Sound Studios with producer Chips Moman and a crack group of local session musicians. From these sessions came From Elvis In Memphis, one of the most beloved LPs of his career, plus the seminal hits “Suspicious Minds” (his 18th and final No. 1 hit) and “In The Ghetto.” American Sound Sessions 1969, available for the first time on vinyl, features rare and unreleased outtakes from these legendary sessions.

Side A: 1. “Long Black Limousine (Take 6)” 2. “Wearin' That Loved On Look (Takes 12, 13 & 14)” 3. “You'll Think Of Me (Take 16)” 4. “I'm Movin' On (Take 2 - with vocal replacements and steel guitar overdub)” 5. “A Little Bit Of Green (Take 1)”
Side B: 1. “In The Ghetto (Take 1)” 2. “From A Jack To A King (Takes 1-3)” 3. “Without Love (There Is Nothing)(Take 1” 4. “I'll Be There (Takes 1-3)” 5. “Suspicious Minds (Take 8)(undubbed master)”
Side C: 1. “Stranger In My Hometown - Jam (undubbed)” 2. “It's My Way/This Time/I Can't Stop Loving You – Jam” 3. “True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 2)” 4. “Power Of My Love (Take 1)” 5. “After Loving You (Take 2)”
Side D: 1. “Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 4)” 2. “Kentucky Rain (Take 8)” 3. “Only The Strong Survive (Take 29)” 4. “It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' (Takes 1 & 2)” 5. “Any Day Now (Takes 1 & 2)”




Source: https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/11801


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 26, 2019, 08:07:19 AM
And more news about the movie:

New Elvis Presley movie starring Tom Hanks to be filmed on the Gold Coast

Hollywood legend Tom Hanks will star in a new Baz Luhrmann movie about the life of Elvis Presley to be filmed on the Gold Coast.

The dual-Oscar winner will play Presley's lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker, but who'll play The King of rock 'n' roll is yet to be revealed.

"The role of Elvis will be filled after a worldwide search to be overseen by Baz Luhrmann," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament.


She said the production would inject more than $105 million into the local economy, and generate 900 jobs in areas including set construction, catering and costume design.

The Warner Bros. Pictures film will be shot at the Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast, and follows a recent meeting between the premier and Luhrmann in London.

It will explore Presley's rise to fame with a focus on his complicated relationship with his manager.



https://www.9news.com.au/national/gold-coast-news-entertainment-elvis-film-tom-hanks/66a5b20f-d281-4b13-a964-1e0da558ac85



More news about this movie:


Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic Casts ‘The Society’s’ Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/baz-luhrmann-elvis-movie-priscilla-presley-olivia-dejonge-1203383589/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 09, 2019, 06:44:17 AM
I just heard that Sony Legacy will release a new vinyl version of "50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" - the second volume of the "Gold Records" series - in January 2020. So for every collector and everyone who wants to get into Elvis' music, this should be interesting. It's one helluva album!


(https://www.sempelmann.at/wp-content/500000-Elvis-Fans-Cant-Be-Wrong-Elvis-Presley.jpg)

I Need Your Love Tonight    
Don't    
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck    
My Wish Came True    
I Got Stung    
One Night    
A Big Hunk O' Love    
I Beg Of You    
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I    
Doncha' Think It's Time



IIRC the wrong version of "Doncha' think it's time" was used, which differed from the single version.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on December 10, 2019, 09:39:01 PM
I just heard that Sony Legacy will release a new vinyl version of "50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" - the second volume of the "Gold Records" series - in January 2020. So for every collector and everyone who wants to get into Elvis' music, this should be interesting. It's one helluva album!


(https://www.sempelmann.at/wp-content/500000-Elvis-Fans-Cant-Be-Wrong-Elvis-Presley.jpg)

I Need Your Love Tonight    
Don't    
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck    
My Wish Came True    
I Got Stung    
One Night    
A Big Hunk O' Love    
I Beg Of You    
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I    
Doncha' Think It's Time



IIRC the wrong version of "Doncha' think it's time" was used, which differed from the single version.
I hope they will add a few bonus tracks - it's a very short album as it is.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 20, 2019, 02:32:21 AM
In case anyone is interested, here is the original single version of "Doncha' think it's time":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ_mry1HUJg


And here is the version that was used on the "Gold records vol. 2" album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJwVTzt-nTY


I hope this is correct, I wasn't able to compare with the records.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on December 20, 2019, 01:41:04 PM
In the guralnick book he notes that Elvis was embarrassed to wear the gold outfit and only wore the pants for one show-from then on he usually wore the jacket and black pants


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 19, 2020, 10:49:08 AM
‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ Documentary Set for Re-Release (EXCLUSIVE)


https://variety.com/2020/film/news/elvis-thats-the-way-it-is-documentary-release-1203507018/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 22, 2020, 02:20:59 AM
Yola to Play Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ (EXCLUSIVE)


https://variety.com/2020/film/news/yola-elvis-presley-movie-sister-rosetta-tharpe-1203510668/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ovi on February 22, 2020, 07:40:09 AM
I just heard that Sony Legacy will release a new vinyl version of "50.000.000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" - the second volume of the "Gold Records" series - in January 2020. So for every collector and everyone who wants to get into Elvis' music, this should be interesting. It's one helluva album!


(https://www.sempelmann.at/wp-content/500000-Elvis-Fans-Cant-Be-Wrong-Elvis-Presley.jpg)

I Need Your Love Tonight    
Don't    
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck    
My Wish Came True    
I Got Stung    
One Night    
A Big Hunk O' Love    
I Beg Of You    
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I    
Doncha' Think It's Time



IIRC the wrong version of "Doncha' think it's time" was used, which differed from the single version.

I love this album. I Got Stung, One Night and A Big Hunk O' Love are perfect. And placed in succession!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 29, 2020, 12:47:19 PM
Danzig Finally Sets Release Date for Elvis Presley Covers Album

More than five years in the making, Misfits singer’s covers LP, ‘Danzig Sings Elvis,’ out in April


https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/danzig-elvis-presley-album-959233/?fbclid=IwAR28XB7r6_G4i1cxGREk3celqdZ4_8ZMECTgbeez9jWcDOFJpdLkJRSjUMc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 03, 2020, 01:05:06 PM
Can Elvis Rise Again?


The Presley estate’s earnings have slipped in the past decade — but a new team is hellbent on overhauling his image


https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/elvis-presley-business-revenue-953324/?fbclid=IwAR0wqK-Kti2zJsB0FphrFc55IM3L5hgUpUO6ILIdN0zn83aSKfKV92iat4o



All those "ideas" sound like total sh!t. What kind of people are at work there? I've never heard anything as stupid and sure-to-be-a-failure as this.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: PhilSpectre on March 06, 2020, 01:35:28 PM
Elvis is one of my all-time favourates, but how many times can you sell the same (admittedly beautiful) car?

Anyway, so what if EP Enterprises revenue drops? Elvis don't care and the music's all that matters anyway.  :)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 10, 2020, 02:05:46 PM
‘Fatal Attraction,’ ‘To Catch a Thief,’ and ‘King Creole’ Will Be First Films Released in New “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray Line on April 21

https://www.awardscircuit.com/fatal-attraction-to-catch-a-thief-and-king-creole-will-be-first-films-released-in-new-paramount-presents-blu-ray-line-on-april-21/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Jay on March 10, 2020, 02:45:19 PM
Can Elvis Rise Again?


The Presley estate’s earnings have slipped in the past decade — but a new team is hellbent on overhauling his image


https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/elvis-presley-business-revenue-953324/?fbclid=IwAR0wqK-Kti2zJsB0FphrFc55IM3L5hgUpUO6ILIdN0zn83aSKfKV92iat4o



All those "ideas" sound like total sh!t. What kind of people are at work there? I've never heard anything as stupid and sure-to-be-a-failure as this.
Oh god, please don't tell me that in the near future we'll have reanimated AI celebrities on tv giving us guitar tutorials. That's even worse than those hologram concert tours.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on March 12, 2020, 03:12:52 AM
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Test Positive For Coronavirus As Outbreak Hits ‘Elvis Presley’ Film


https://deadline.com/2020/03/tom-hanks-rita-wilson-test-positive-coronavirus-elvis-presley-movie-1202880431/?fbclid=IwAR0jn7IQx-JfxenfDMZq3iZD-DojqR3QmJ_JhudtPLhhypfBx-TI7isJqlU






Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 25, 2020, 09:26:39 AM
Baz Luhrmann Just Revealed More Details About His Stylish Elvis Presley Biopic


https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/elvis-presley-biopic


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 13, 2020, 02:02:43 AM
Benjamin Keough, grandson of Elvis Presley, dies at 27

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/12/us/benjamin-keough-elvis-presley-grandson-death/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3-n4mkaevhyZywASfbeAt7uM2kn6We4e_g0kZWFYzzEsWUu-CbqKG9jJw


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 07, 2020, 01:34:24 PM
Elvis Presley’s Sessions With Nashville Cats Compiled on New ‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Set
Upcoming compilation arrives with Elvis’ searing take on “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water”


https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/elvis-presley-nashville-box-set-1040989/?fbclid=IwAR3FH5GvQAMPpHVZaFylfDjo5cim4trTMUqGI7SYXYQw1b9oqIJyA21nH5o


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 08, 2020, 04:32:25 AM
From Facebook:

(https://s12.directupload.net/images/200808/rhr46wkg.jpg) (https://www.directupload.net)

(https://s12.directupload.net/images/200808/ohr7pbe5.jpg) (https://www.directupload.net)


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 12, 2020, 01:01:10 PM
Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Nashville (Teaser)

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


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 14, 2020, 09:02:13 AM
Workers to be checked as Elvis production resumes on Gold Coast

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/workers-to-be-checked-as-elvis-production-resumes-on-gold-coast-20200812-p55kzg.html



Everything to know about Olivia DeJonge—the Australian actress playing Priscilla Presley in the Elvis biopic
Although the production of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic has been put on hold, Melbourne-born Olivia DeJonge, who plays Priscilla Presley, is prepared for the role of a lifetime, and the future – come what may.


https://www.vogue.com.au/miss-vogue/news/everything-to-know-about-olivia-dejongethe-australian-actress-playing-priscilla-presley-in-the-elvis-biopic/news-story/ef4edddcc04a90c4e2fc2481403999d9


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 14, 2020, 10:45:42 AM
From the new "From Elvis in Nashville" release:

Elvis Presley - Funny How Time Slips Away (Official Audio)

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


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 15, 2020, 12:39:22 PM
'The Ed Sullivan Show' YouTube Channel Celebrates Elvis Presley

Three-Month Worldwide Streaming Specials Kick Off in August with "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me," "Love Me Tender," "Peace In The Valley" And "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again"

September Tribute Features Elvis Presley's Performances of "Ready Teddy" And A Medley That Includes "Heartbreak Hotel"; October Adds "Too Much"

Iconic Clips From Historic Performances Officially Available Worldwide Via Streaming Platforms Through Recently Announced Deal Between UMe and SOFA Entertainment For 'The Ed Sullivan Show'



https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-ed-sullivan-show-youtube-channel-celebrates-elvis-presley-301112770.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 17, 2020, 12:51:27 PM
'The Ed Sullivan Show' YouTube Channel Celebrates Elvis Presley

Three-Month Worldwide Streaming Specials Kick Off in August with "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me," "Love Me Tender," "Peace In The Valley" And "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again"

September Tribute Features Elvis Presley's Performances of "Ready Teddy" And A Medley That Includes "Heartbreak Hotel"; October Adds "Too Much"

Iconic Clips From Historic Performances Officially Available Worldwide Via Streaming Platforms Through Recently Announced Deal Between UMe and SOFA Entertainment For 'The Ed Sullivan Show'



https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-ed-sullivan-show-youtube-channel-celebrates-elvis-presley-301112770.html




Here's the first Ed Sullivan clip:


Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrn8nTMcv_k


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 25, 2020, 10:17:47 AM
More videos from the Sullivan archives:

Don't be cruel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N81IktPflsA


Love Me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkK7RYm-99o


Love Me tender:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwlrUUyxg9c


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 30, 2020, 11:40:06 AM
Another one:


Elvis Presley "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3XcN_6Y2ug


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 03, 2020, 09:09:23 AM
Elvis Presley "Peace In The Valley" on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKHVtJcG3Is 


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 09, 2020, 09:32:15 AM
Coronavirus: Tom Hanks returns to Australia to shoot Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic


https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/coronavirus-tom-hanks-hotel-quarantine-australia-094504768.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmRlL3VybD9zYT10JnJjdD1qJnE9JmVzcmM9cyZzb3VyY2U9bmV3c3NlYXJjaCZjZD0mdmVkPTBhaFVLRXdpT3c0bWp2OXpyQWhYUHpxUUtIU1JCQzc0UXhmUUJDQzR3QUEmdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGd3d3LnlhaG9vLmNvbSUyRmxpZmVzdHlsZSUyRmNvcm9uYXZpcnVzLXRvbS1oYW5rcy1ob3RlbC1xdWFyYW50aW5lLWF1c3RyYWxpYS0wOTQ1MDQ3NjguaHRtbCZ1c2c9QU92VmF3MEZaNFhQcGRiejVGU244TVZWR216Ng&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMHlh2oH5Fc2EklLdmHRAuWZu6v9btdLrNmUOGrLAAkNgCwaRVhgQU3_I8Qu00mdGHUY5LSNfDJ_2sAp_MQ2h3T8_KEhSFMCw0e5n1zZzMDl9IzamWzO0ueX5bPSntZU2XDHeg02OOLQiQC-HJKaozaJwpMTEMAehau68iVAiOwr


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 10, 2020, 01:40:53 AM
Elvis Presley "Hound Dog" (October 28, 1956) on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNYWl13IWhY


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on September 10, 2020, 09:16:53 PM
For Elvis CD Collectors Only seems to be down. Haven't been able to get onto the site since Sunday.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 12, 2020, 02:44:03 AM
For Elvis CD Collectors Only seems to be down. Haven't been able to get onto the site since Sunday.


I had the same problem with SmileySmile.....  :o Couldn't get here the whole day yesterday. FECC seems to be down now and then but mostly it's not for long in my experience. Right now I can acces it.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 13, 2020, 03:31:55 AM
Can you acces FECC now, Lonely Summer? Did you try it from a smartphone or another computer?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 13, 2020, 10:21:24 AM
Luke Bracey joins cast of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic
The Australian actor known for his role in 'Little Fires Everywhere' will play the role of music mogul Jerry Schilling.


https://ew.com/movies/luke-bracey-joins-baz-luhrmann-elvis-cast/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on September 15, 2020, 12:51:50 PM
Can you acces FECC now, Lonely Summer? Did you try it from a smartphone or another computer?
Yes, it is back up now.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 17, 2020, 02:25:08 AM
Saw this on FECC. Unfortunately no source, but I guess it's legit.
I tried to make it a little easier on the eye:


MAIN CASTING IS COMPLETE ON BAZ LUHRMANN’S “ELVIS,” NOW FILMING IN AUSTRALIA

Australian actors Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, Luke Bracey and Dacre Montgomery are among the talents joining Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge in the much-anticipated musical drama
MELBOURNE, AU – September 17, 2020 – The main cast of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming musical drama “Elvis” has been set, with Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, Luke Bracey and Dacre Montgomery among the prominent Australian actors co-starring with Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge in the film.

Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge!” “Breath”, “Hacksaw Ridge”) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon Presley,
and award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (“Top of the Lake: China Girl”, “Rake”) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys Presley.
David Wenham (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, “Lion”, “300”) plays Hank Snow,
Natasha Bassett (“Hail, Caesar!”) plays Dixie Locke,
Xavier Samuel (“Adore”, “Love & Friendship”, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) plays Scotty Moore,
Luke Bracey (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Point Break”) plays Jerry Schilling,
and Dacre Montgomery (“Stranger Things,” “The Broken Heart Gallery”), plays TV director Steve Binder.
Joining the ensemble are Australian actors Leon Ford (TV’s “Gallipoli,” TV’s “The Pacific”) as Tom Diskin,
Kate Mulvany (“The Great Gatsby,” TV’s “Hunters”) as Marion Keisker,
Gareth Davies (“Peter Rabbit,” TV’s “Hunters”) as Bones Howe,
Charles Grounds (“Crazy Rich Asians,” TV’s “Camp”) as Billy Smith,
Josh McConville (“Fantasy Island”) as Sam Phillips,
and Adam Dunn (TV’s “Home and Away”) as Bill Black.

Speaking about his cast, Luhrmann offered, “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from “Moulin Rouge!,” “Australia” and “The Great Gatsby” like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more. With the world as it is right now, our entire company is grateful that we can join together in this creative venture to bring employment and opportunity in front of and behind the camera, and to the community at large.”
Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.
Luhrmann directs from the current screenplay written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Luhrmann is also producing the film, alongside Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, with Andrew Mittman executive producing.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Mandy Walker (“Mulan,” “Australia”), Oscar-winning production designer and costume designer Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”), editors Matt Villa (“The Great Gatsby,” “Australia”) and Jonathan Redmond (“The Great Gatsby”) and composer Elliott Wheeler (“The Get Down”).
Principal photography on “Elvis” is taking place in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 19, 2020, 03:39:08 AM
Another promo for "From Elvis in Nashville"



Patch It Up (Take 9)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBySylPCNhk&feature=emb_title


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 26, 2020, 10:14:28 AM
Another upload by the Sullivan archive.


Elvis Presley "Too Much" on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dt9AlNv0GQ


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 09, 2020, 02:24:58 AM
Here's another sample from the forthcoming release:


Mary In the Morning (Takes 3-4)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zkPeA3cDM&feature=emb_title


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 09, 2020, 09:50:07 AM
The Sullivan channel posted another Presley performance:


Elvis Presley "Don't Be Cruel" (January 6, 1957) on The Ed Sullivan Show

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


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 17, 2020, 01:06:34 PM
New upload by the Sullivan channel:


Elvis Presley "Love Me Tender" (September 9, 1956) on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQWeT46ugEk


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 21, 2020, 02:14:42 PM
Elvis Presley - Funny How Time Slips Away (Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZcnT5gqRXk


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 23, 2020, 10:09:36 AM
The new upload:


Elvis Presley "Hound Dog, Love Me Tender & Heartbreak Hotel" on The Ed Sullivan Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54rUaRSGCCU


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 07, 2020, 03:06:28 AM
Another one from the soon-to-be-released "From Elvis in Nashville".


Faded Love (Take 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0-AghaoA6E&feature=emb_title


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 09, 2020, 01:04:35 PM
Filming for Elvis movie underway in farming community | 9 News Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laRa1uzXKCE&feature=emb_title


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 20, 2020, 02:16:45 AM
Elvis Presley - The Making of 'From Elvis in Nashville' (Mini Documentary)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80KDZxzxFIk&feature=emb_title



Elvis Presley - Faded Love (Take 3 - Official Lyric Video)


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


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 21, 2020, 03:21:35 AM
Elvis Presley Meets the Nashville Cats on a New Box Set, With Glorious Results

‘From Elvis in Nashville’ finds Presley at his thrilling best — vamping, scatting, and even swearing, in thrall to the performance



https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/elvis-presley-nashville-box-set-1093207/amp/?__twitter_impression=true


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 21, 2020, 12:35:47 PM
Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Nashville "UNBOXING"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kX5WP5ub6A


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 03, 2020, 07:22:05 AM
As many other stars, Elvis with "Blue Christmas" gets the animated treatment too.


Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas (Official Animated Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO6Kubm5tyE


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 17, 2020, 01:37:46 AM
"He Was Both A Genius And A Scoundrel" - Tom Hanks On Portraying Elvis' Manager, Colonel Tom Parker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbfQIw6r4w0


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on December 31, 2020, 02:30:15 AM
Kelvin Harrison Jr. signs on to play blues legend B.B. King in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9100955/Kelvin-Harrison-Jr-signs-play-blues-legend-B-B-King-Baz-Luhrmanns-Elvis-Presley-biopic.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 12, 2021, 10:26:00 AM
There's gonna be a new Elvis release and I'm not particularly impressed. It'll focus on Elvis' Nashville recordings in '71 (which led a. o. to the Grammy winning "He touched Me" album). But Elvis' studio recordings from that year are hit or miss imo. There are some really strong ones but more often than not his singing is weak and lifeless. Other times the material is just not good enough. Or both. Anyway:


Elvis: Back In Nashville’ To Be Released November 12

RCA/Legacy Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Final Nashville Sessions with Release of Definitive Elvis: Back In Nashville on Friday, November 12

4 Disc Collection Presents 82 Pristine Studio Original Recordings, Free of Overdubs

First Track from Elvis: Back In Nashville, “I’m Leavin’” Available Now

Special Elvis: Back In Nashville Unboxing Event To Be Streamed Live from Graceland Today (August 12) at 5pm ET




https://www.legacyrecordings.com/2021/08/12/elvis-back-in-nashville-to-be-released-november-12/





I'm Leavin' (Take 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFjCZxfezK4


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 22, 2021, 10:24:32 AM
Yola on her upcoming role in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRVA4-LB3mk



Elvis movie: Graceland updates on Baz Luhrmann’s ‘lush’ biopic ‘It's like a time machine’

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1480263/Elvis-movie-biopic-Baz-Luhrmann-Graceland-Joel-Weinshanker-Austin-Butler-Tom-Hanks


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 10, 2021, 11:16:23 AM
Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Audio)

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




Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZz1lZqHXs


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: 18thofMay on September 14, 2021, 02:13:12 AM
Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Audio)

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




Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZz1lZqHXs

What's your thoughts on this track?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on September 14, 2021, 11:51:58 AM
Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Audio)

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




Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZz1lZqHXs

What's your thoughts on this track?


Well, it's ok but I'm not blown away. I love the strings on the master take, especially the lonesome violin, so I miss those.
But as with so many of the '71 recordings, Elvis doesn't go the extra mile, therefore staying behind the song's potential. If this was 1970 it would be a totally different story. But let's face it, for the most part 1971 was not a particularly strong year when it comes to studio recordings. There are some very good ones but not enough to justify the release of such a boxset imo.

What do you think?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: 18thofMay on September 14, 2021, 06:17:55 PM
Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Audio)

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




Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZz1lZqHXs

What's your thoughts on this track?


Well, it's ok but I'm not blown away. I love the strings on the master take, especially the lonesome violin, so I miss those.
But as with so many of the '71 recordings, Elvis doesn't go the extra mile, therefore staying behind the song's potential. If this was 1970 it would be a totally different story. But let's face it, for the most part 1971 was not a particularly strong year when it comes to studio recordings. There are some very good ones but not enough to justify the release of such a boxset imo.

What do you think?

I agree, its Elvis, but not as he could be.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on September 14, 2021, 07:35:21 PM
Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Audio)

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




Elvis Presley - Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOZz1lZqHXs

What's your thoughts on this track?


Well, it's ok but I'm not blown away. I love the strings on the master take, especially the lonesome violin, so I miss those.
But as with so many of the '71 recordings, Elvis doesn't go the extra mile, therefore staying behind the song's potential. If this was 1970 it would be a totally different story. But let's face it, for the most part 1971 was not a particularly strong year when it comes to studio recordings. There are some very good ones but not enough to justify the release of such a boxset imo.

What do you think?

I agree, its Elvis, but not as he could be.
I never cared for the song in the first place. Ditto for Help Me Make it Through the Night.
I do like the Xmas album and the gospel tracks, but most of the non-seasonal/secular material from 71 is mediocre.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 01, 2021, 11:57:02 AM
Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace (Take 2) (Official Lyric Video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu2dwrhunRI&list=OLAK5uy_mlD_yPvITfcurZC6lc56xqZyAmxMZuo0A


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on October 22, 2021, 01:22:52 AM
Elvis Presley - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Official Lyric Video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=833Peu3J-fg



The three piano-tracks from '71 are some of my favorite Elvis recordings. They have such great atmosphere.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 12, 2021, 03:11:51 AM
More from the new set:


Merry Christmas Baby (Unedited Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1P_IPiGRFM


You can find a lot of stuff from this set officially on youtube now:

https://www.youtube.com/c/elvispresley/videos


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on November 15, 2021, 11:44:15 AM
Here's a small preview posted by Baz Luhrmann on Instagram:



Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWTrPFgBZIf/?utm_source=ig_embed



What do you think?


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Post by: Rocker on November 22, 2021, 10:14:16 AM
Elvis movie: Baz Luhrmann shares King star Austin Butler recording in historic RCA Studio

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https://asumetech.com/elvis-movie-baz-luhrmann-shares-king-star-austin-butler-recording-in-historic-rca-studio/


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Post by: Rocker on December 11, 2021, 02:48:06 AM
Baz Luhrmann Talks Elvis Movie At AACTA Awards | 10 News First


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4kqx_yJlsM


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 09, 2022, 01:24:42 PM
Brian May: ‘Elvis deserves accurate biopic just like Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody


The Queen legend produced the incredibly successful Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and has shared advice with filmmakers making movies about other music icons, admitting it's really "hard" and can't just be a "piece of fluff" entertainment. The Elvis Presley biopic is the next big one and the guitarist believes that The King of Rock and Roll "undoubtedly deserves" to be portrayed accurately.

Bohemian Rhapsody was years in the making, losing original Freddie Mercury star Sacha Baron Cohen over creative differences and seeing director Bryan Singer fired during production over regularly going AWOL. Nevertheless, Dexter Fletcher completed the movie and it all paid off spectacularly with big Oscar and Golden Globe wins, not to mention over $900 million made at the box office. Studios and the estates of music stars are now following suit. First was Elton John’s Rocketman and now Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson are getting the biopic treatment among others.

Express.co.uk recently caught up with Brian May and asked if there was any advice he’d give those making such movies.Express. Home of the Daily
Brian May: ‘Elvis deserves accurate biopic just like Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The Queen guitarist said: “Yeah, a lot of people are deciding they’re going to go down this route, started off by the Elton one of course. [Bohemian Rhapsody] definitely inspired a lot of people to have a bash at it. It’s not as easy as people think I would say. I think you would have to start by asking yourself the very deep questions about what is your truth and what is it you’re trying to say. It can’t just be viewed as a piece of fluff or entertainment. It must be truthful to the person. And that’s hard.” Although Cohen had wanted to make a “warts n’ all” take on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Brian believes Bohemian Rhapsody did portray the Queen singer accurately without going too far and dishonouring his legacy.

Brian said: “I feel that our movie trod the right paths and did portray Freddie’s life the way he saw it. Without basking in glory too much, without putting him down, without getting obsessed with any particular angle. I think it portrayed Freddie as a musician and a human being pretty accurately. I was proud that we were able to do that because Freddie deserved it. Elvis undoubtedly deserves it. I don’t know who would be close enough to him now to ensure that he’s portrayed with love. But I would hope that’s done with the proper respect and affection, without going down the ultimate glorification route, which really nobody wants to see that. They want to see the real person. I would be excited to see that. It will be very interesting to see Elvis in his real state as far as it could be.”

Warner Bros’ Elvis movie has consulted The King’s estate and worked with Graceland for accuracy.

However, Priscilla Presley is worried about the movie. Priscilla originally met with director Baz before filming began and was aware of his stylistic filming style. However, at Elvis Week last August, she told fans: “To be honest with you… I don’t know anything about what’s going on with that movie. Baz came to my home a couple of times. He said he’d send me the script once he was back in Australia, still working on it. I have not received it, which makes me a little nervous. Actually a lot nervous because Baz can be…y’know he kind of goes off-beat a bit. So I don’t know what he’s planning on doing. I just don’t know what direction he’s going to take it in. Y’know he has his own ideas. He has talked to people. So it all depends on who he’s talked to really. I had nothing to do with the film…” She then joked: “No! If it is good I had everything to do with it!”Interestingly, the Moulin Rouge director has said that the Elvis movie isn’t really about The King at the heart of it.

Baz told the Australian Financial Review last year: “When I look at musical biography, it’s not really about the life. I’m not about lionising Elvis. I just saw him as the best canvas on which to explore America in the modern age, the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. I saw this story of The Colonel and Elvis as a really great prism through which to explore the latter part of the 20th century. Elvis represents what happens when a kid lives in one of four designated white houses in a black community. Something new comes about, a fusion between country and African-American music, gospel and country-and-western music.” In comparison, he said that The Colonel, who is played by Tom Hanks, represents the other quality in America of “the big sell”.


Elvis is released in cinemas on June 24, 2022.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1563449/Brian-May-Elvis-movie-Freddie-Mercury-biopic-Bohemian-Rhapsody


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Post by: Ian on February 09, 2022, 06:21:27 PM
Yeah it’s hard to know how this film will come out. The 1979 Kurt Russell one is dated and has a few silly scenes but parts of it are strong. I haven’t seen it in a while but I remember that carpenter did a very effective summary of Elvis in the 1960s with just a few scenes, which is necessary when making a film…otherwise it just becomes this happened and then this happened, etc. the 79 film had a great scene where they are making clambake and the director gets mad about them wasting time and Elvis lets him have it and another strong scene where Elvis is alone playing unchained melody at the piano and you see how ultimately isolated he is and kind of sad despite all the adulation. That’s the thing about an Elvis movie vs Freddie Mercury. I feel like mercury had a great life and was quite content  till he got sick, whereas Elvis seems to in some Ways to have been a more isolated, inward story.  Thus showing what made him tick in a movie is a lot harder because it is not enough to just find a good looking guy who can sing, he also has to show that internal life.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on February 09, 2022, 06:24:58 PM
By the way I noticed that in the picture that seems to represent Elvis in the studio 1956, the actor has no sideburns, which is an odd stylistic choice because that was clearly one of his 50s trademarks.


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Post by: Rocker on February 10, 2022, 02:50:34 AM
By the way I noticed that in the picture that seems to represent Elvis in the studio 1956, the actor has no sideburns, which is an odd stylistic choice because that was clearly one of his 50s trademarks.


Yes, that was mentioned on another messageboard as well. If I understand correctly, these pictures are from an actual recording session (for the soundtrack) and not from the movie.

IMO the problem with Elvis biopics has been

a) the music: many times a impersonator was used. That was the case in the Kurt Russel picture and in the early 90s series. I believe they used Ronnie McDowell for one of these, and man that guys sounds horrible (which of course is nothing new with impersonators) and nothing like Elvis.
b) the actors: the problem with Elvis is that there is such a big myth behind that man, which was already there while he was still alive. Elvis caricatures have become part of the culture and even the actors were obviously more influenced by them than by the real person. But not only that, some of the actors just don't have any resemblance to Elvis. Look at Jonathan Ryhes-Myers, or better don't, as his portrait of Elvis ruins an anotherwise nicely done picture.

I don't know how the new movie will pull it off but I have high hopes that it will look at Elvis without all the garbage that is connected with him nowadays. The last paragraph of the article above gave me hope and actually reassured my guess that it will show the meaning of Elvis' appearance on the world's stage and the cultural setting. The list shows that pre-Elvis performers are also cast which probably means that we will also get a good look at the music scene and what happened before Elvis.

The last sentence "'... Elvis represents what happens when a kid lives in one of four designated white houses in a black community. Something new comes about, a fusion between country and African-American music, gospel and country-and-western music.' In comparison, he said that The Colonel, who is played by Tom Hanks, represents the other quality in America of 'the big sell'." makes a lot of sense to me and sounds like a great point. The constant fight between authenticity and commerce.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2022, 07:24:38 PM
Yes I agree that I never liked Ronnie milsap’s voice (I think he was also involved in some dubbing for THis is Elvis. But I did like Kurt Russell as Elvis. It is definitely hard to do a good version of Elvis’s life and even harder if you are not a fan of his whole career. I think you and I agree that Elvis put out a lot of good material throughout his life (as well as some very bad music on some of the soundtracks) but as we’ve discussed a lot of people in the rock world who worshipped 50s Elvis were very dismissive of post army Elvis, as they felt his rawness had been muted and he’d become a Dean Martin type crooner. I am thinking of Dylan, the Beatles, the Stones, etc. It’s clear that their view of his career hurt his post army music’s appreciation, though this has slowly been rectified. It also seems clear that most of those artists could not really comment on Elvis’s post army career as I don’t think they really listened to the albums. But I question whether filmmakers can make 1970 feel as special as 1956, so I usually expect that a movie will be clued into Elvis 50s oeuvre but not have a clue about great hidden 60s gems like love letters, I need somebody to lean on, suspicion or his latest flame.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on February 10, 2022, 07:35:14 PM
That being said in the 60s Elvis was not well served by his label or the people selecting material . Today we have the benefit of many lovingly curated albums separating the gems from the crap. I can picture Brian Jones or John Lennon in 1966 saying maybe we should give Elvis another chance and buying the album available Spinout and saying forget it! A lot of his better 60s stuff did not come out (like the 1963 Lost album or was released in dribs and drabs as bonus songs on bad soundtrack lps or b-sides in the 60s).


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 13, 2022, 01:42:31 AM
But I question whether filmmakers can make 1970 feel as special as 1956, so I usually expect that a movie will be clued into Elvis 50s oeuvre but not have a clue about great hidden 60s gems like love letters, I need somebody to lean on, suspicion or his latest flame.


Yes, that will certainly be one thing to look out for. On the other hand, it was the 50s when the cultural explosion of Rock'n'Roll was palpable. The question is what the movie will focus on. But I hope that the later years will be put in perspective.
"Love Letters" (the 60s version) = possibly the most perfect recording Elvis ever did.

I actually don't give a lot about what the Beatles a.o. say about Elvis in that regard. First, there are so many stupid things that Lennon said over the years, that I just can't take it seriously. And as you said, unfortunately people take these artists's opinions as gospel and don't even listen to the music. Everyone has his/her opinion and is entitled to it, so are the Beatles etc., but I think they had a problem with Elvis evolving. They obviously didn't want that, just as others possibly didn't want the Beatles to go beyond "She loves You". I could go on about that whole attitude of "Rock" stars and the discrepancy for hours but that's probably for a different discussion.



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Post by: Rocker on February 14, 2022, 01:46:21 PM
According to Luhrmann, thursday will see the release of the first trailer! He posted a longer video on instagram, and it looks really good:


bazluhrmann
Hey, it’s time to TCB!

I’ll have a trailer to share with you all on Thursday…



https://www.instagram.com/tv/CZ-Fg-WhfKD/?utm_source=ig_embed


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Post by: Rocker on February 15, 2022, 10:27:34 AM
I made some screenshots of the short video posted by Luhrmann.


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Post by: Rocker on February 16, 2022, 07:38:36 AM
Another one from the short video:


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 17, 2022, 06:45:43 AM
Just for a chuckle, there are a group of Elvis fans who are parading during the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. Have been doing it for almost 20 years. They are called the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi.

Some photos  :king:   www.rollingelvi.org



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Post by: Rocker on February 17, 2022, 09:56:28 AM
HERE IT IS:

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



Also a 10-minute featurette posted by Luhrmann on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/TwitterMovies/status/1494354768776642573?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1494354768776642573%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=


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Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 17, 2022, 01:49:15 PM
Tom Hanks as Col. Tom Parker looks great as well. Creepy hidden Dutch accent and all!


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Post by: pixletwin on February 17, 2022, 03:06:18 PM
Watched the trailer. Surprisingly got a bot teary eyed.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on February 20, 2022, 02:39:48 AM
First look at 'Elvis' movie: Baz Luhrmann, Austin Butler on new biopic, Memphis and the King
"The life of Elvis Presley could not be a better canvas on which to explore America in the '50s, the '60s and the '70s," said filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.


https://eu.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/movies/2022/02/17/elvis-biopic-baz-luhrmann-austin-butler-tom-hanks-trailer-release-date/6783872001/


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Post by: Rocker on February 22, 2022, 10:46:47 AM
Baz Luhrmann opens up about his Elvis Presley biopic

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/baz-luhrmann-opens-up-about-his-elvis-presley-bio-pic-20220208-p59ul3.html


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Post by: Rocker on March 16, 2022, 10:12:48 AM
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ to Premiere at Cannes Film Festival


https://www.thewrap.com/baz-luhrmanns-elvis-to-premiere-at-cannes-film-festival/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 02, 2022, 12:06:54 PM


ELVIS PRESLEY: GREATEST HITS

Elvis Presley's greatest hits on one playlist.

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis film out on June 24th.

Elvis - The Soundtrack coming soon. Follow the playlist now to be the first to hear new music from the Soundtrack.




https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/elvis-presley-greatest-hits-playlist/


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Post by: Rocker on April 04, 2022, 10:58:15 AM
Yola on Playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’: ‘It’s Important We Claim Space’


https://variety.com/2022/music/news/yola-sister-rosetta-tharpe-elvis-grammys-2022-1235222472/?fbclid=IwAR1JBwk2tl6sOfnY1jUQcyT9ZabY5qnowkn1uDC56mCmnWIP1D9VMuXoIr8





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Post by: Rocker on April 05, 2022, 12:07:05 PM
Cannes Confirms ‘Elvis’ World Premiere, Unveils New Image of Austin Butler as Rock and Roll King


https://variety.com/2022/film/news/cannes-elvis-baz-luhrmann-premiere-1235224981/


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 21, 2022, 09:51:54 AM
The Actor Who Would Be King: Austin Butler's Journey to Elvis

https://www.vogue.com/article/austin-butler-elvis-actor-profile


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Post by: Rocker on April 26, 2022, 09:57:57 AM
Doja Cat’s ‘Elvis’ Soundtrack Single, ‘Vegas,’ Set for May as RCA Readies Movie’s Companion Album

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/doja-cat-elvis-vegas-soundtrack-single-release-date-soundtrack-1235240121/


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Post by: Rocker on April 27, 2022, 12:56:33 PM
Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS - Footage Reaction - CinemaCon 2022


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-c0ySqVWkU




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on April 30, 2022, 03:11:08 AM
The great persuader: Baz Luhrmann on his biggest gamble yet

Taking on the tale of the King of rock’n’roll, Elvis Presley, then shooting it on the Gold Coast mid-pandemic, is a job for the crazy brave. But as he nears 60, the Australian director still has plenty of that chutzpah left in him.


https://www.smh.com.au/culture/movies/the-great-persuader-baz-luhrmann-on-his-biggest-gamble-yet-20220330-p5a9j8.html



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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 02, 2022, 11:34:42 AM
This is an awesome find someone just posted on the FECC messageboard:


Offered is an original manuscript written by Trude Forsher for submission to LOOK magazine detailing the Elvis Presley September 1956 recording session. The 15-page manuscript is titled "Presley Feature," and the album is simply referred to as "New RCA Record Album." In fact, the recordings described were at Radio Recorders Studio 1 in Hollywood from September 1-5, and would produce 11 of the 12 songs on for Elvis second, self-titled LP. Measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches and presents in Near Mint condition with only minor toning.


https://rockhurstauctions.com/1956_Elvis_Presley__em_LOOK__em__Magazine_Article_-LOT6741.aspx




A great read and a piece of history


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Post by: Rocker on May 03, 2022, 10:41:32 AM
ELVIS CAST INTERVIEW! Met Gala 2022! Priscilla Presley, Baz Luhrmann, Austin Butler #TeamTCB


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_fTz4a34g





Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 06, 2022, 09:47:00 AM
This looks like a winner (and sounds pretty good as well  ;) )


Austin Butler - Baby, Let's Play House (From "Elvis") (Promotional Footage)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGy99nPtXI



EDIT:

Without the watermarks:


Baz Luhrmann's Elvis - Hayride clip - Warner Bros. UK


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N51tMkk807Q


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 09, 2022, 10:37:59 AM
Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Biopic Could Fix The Great Gatsby's Mistakes

https://screenrant.com/elvis-movie-baz-luhrmann-gatsby-mistakes-criticism-avoid/




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 12, 2022, 11:22:11 AM
Baz Luhrmann teases Elvis as a 'three-act pop-cultural opera'



https://ca.movies.yahoo.com/baz-luhrmann-teases-elvis-three-170000561.html



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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 15, 2022, 06:48:46 AM
There's a new italian trailer that features a lot more new scenes and action plus Maneskin's version of "If I can dream" which will be part of the soundtrack album.


ELVIS di Baz Luhrmann | If I Can Dream - Måneskin

https://youtu.be/CWacVqNQMoM



Eurovision Winners Maneskin to Feature on Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ Soundtrack

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/maneskin-elvis-baz-luhrmann-1235267307/



We also have the poster for the movie. Thanks to the FECC board for this picture from Burbank, CA


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 16, 2022, 01:19:55 PM
Now in english:



Baz Luhrmann's Elvis - If I Can Dream - Måneskin - Warner Bros. UK & Ireland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEeJr5Au1A


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 17, 2022, 12:15:30 PM
Saw these on the FECC board. Thanks!


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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 19, 2022, 10:42:08 AM
The Strange Love Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley

As ‘Elvis’ arrives in theaters (starring Tom Hanks as Parker), director Baz Luhrmann tells AARP about one of music’s most intense relationships
by Alanna Nash, AARP, May 18, 2022


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One of the top 10 premieres at the May 17-28 Cannes Film Festival is Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated Elvis, starring Austin Butler as the singer who ushered in rock and roll, and Tom Hanks, 65, as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The Dutch-born Parker (real name: Andreas van Kuijk) never became an American citizen and had no passport to tour Elvis abroad, so he had to find creative ways to reach Presley’s global audience. The film arrives in theaters June 24.

Luhrmann, 59, known for fast-paced, vividly colorful, highly musical films (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), tells AARP how he saw the interplay between the pompadoured performer and the manager who marketed the King and then stole his crown.

What drew you, as an Australian, to the Elvis saga?

In the ’70s, when I was growing up in a tiny country town [Herons Creek, New South Wales] not too dissimilar to Tupelo, the Sunday matinee in the small cinema my family ran was always an Elvis movie. Elvis’ famous white jumpsuit was an inspiration for the Latin costumes my grandmother made me for ballroom dancing. I’ve always been fascinated at how Shakespeare took a life and used it as a canvas to explore a larger theme, and Elvis was the perfect canvas on which to explore America in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He really was at the center of the culture.

What is the inherent drama of the Presley-Parker relationship?

My takeaway as the ultimate outsider is that the Presley-Parker relationship is probably the real love story. Not that there isn’t a great and genuine romance between Elvis and Priscilla [his wife], but the love story that soars brilliantly, but gets a little too close to the sun and tumbles, is Elvis and the Colonel. It’s almost a codependent marriage that, while toxic and destructive, cannot be unwound.

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Do you paint the Colonel as a villain?

Perhaps the bad guy, he was also a creative genius. He invented so many things, from the incredibly intense use of music merchandise to the satellite concert [Aloha from Hawaii, 1973]. What a brilliant thought, motivated, of course, by keeping Elvis inside America.

Why does Tom Hanks have a much stronger accent than Parker did in real life?

I found it interesting that Parker became obsessed with tape recorders and started taping himself. I spent many hours at Graceland listening to those obscure tapes. His accent changed dramatically depending on what situation he was in. What a gargantuan personality he was — he’d walk into a room and suck all the air out of it, using humor to manipulate and control. You couldn’t back away from the enormity of the character. So I thought it was very important that Hanks present the audience with a strangeness: “What is going on with this guy?”

In the trailer, Parker says to Elvis, “We are the same, you and I. We are two odd, lonely children reaching for eternity.” Were they?

Yes. Both were born with a gift, a prodigious imagination, and an ability to absorb what’s around them and invent. Andreas van Kuijk was definitely lonely and odd, continuously searching. And definitely Elvis as a child was lonely and, according to the way he was treated by the other children, odd. And anyone who knew Elvis knew he was searching and never stopped searching until the end of his life — spiritually, physically and creatively.

How much of the narrative revolves around 1968, with the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King?

I always say: no issue of race in America, no Elvis. The fact that he grew up in one of the few white houses in a Black community allowed him to be around a young group of African American kids and his great love, spiritual gospel. I tracked down Sam Bell, an African American childhood friend of Elvis. And [Elvis entourage member] Jerry Schilling told me how they’d been filming when King was shot. Elvis just collapsed holding his guitar, rocking back and forth, and he said the very quote that’s in the movie: “Dr. King, he always spoke the truth.”

1968 was also the year of Elvis’ “Comeback Special.” Why was that show so important?

Parker had gone out of his way to disconnect Elvis from Black music, to reinvent him as a wholesome movie star.  In 1968, the Colonel had decided to do a giant farewell to Hollywood, and basically the idea was to turn Elvis into a type of Bing Crosby with a Christmas special. Those who loved Elvis quietly expressed their concern, and in his very internal, discreet, Elvis-y way, he found himself insisting upon the director, Steve Binder, and his associates Bones Howe and the conductor William Goldenberg, to create the show. They launched, under the nose of the Colonel, a great subversive move, and invented the first “Unplugged” session, which brought Elvis back in front of an audience. Most important, Elvis was able to explore his profound and deep love of the music he loved the most.

Your films often end in tragedy. What’s the unraveling of Elvis’ story?

Elvis is no saint, but he was a deeply spiritual, creative person. Towards the end of his life, he didn’t know that the Colonel was plotting to keep him in Las Vegas partially for the Colonel’s gambling addiction. The Colonel represented the monetization, commercialization, the branding of Elvis. The sell — the marketing, the making of money — became dominant over the new, the authentic. And that always begets tragedy. That actually motivated me to commit to doing this film.

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Did the Colonel see Elvis as an extension of himself?

Elvis really does embody the spirit of American pop culture. But you mention Colonel Tom Parker and no one knows who he is. And that’s perhaps the Colonel’s greatest pain. People would ask him, “What percentage do you get from Elvis’ money?” And he’d reply, “You mean how much does he get from mine?” I guess from the Colonel’s point of view, the question would be, “How much do you think Tom Parker is responsible for Elvis’ success?” You can’t answer that question. But there’s no doubt that those two odd, lonely children reaching for eternity, needing to come together in the ’50s, ended up, for the good, the bad and the ugly, changing popular culture and leaving an imprint on history that is indelible.

Alanna Nash is the author of four books about Elvis, including The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley (Simon & Schuster), updated in 2022 with a new afterword.





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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 20, 2022, 10:05:49 AM
Baz Luhrmann’s "ELVIS" ("Masterpiece" 15 second trailer)

https://youtu.be/PTBAU8PLJL0



Elvis' granddaughter, Riley Keough, who has her own movie at Cannes, was interviewed and also talked about the Elvis movie:


https://youtu.be/Pazgq_6gy7Q?t=1902




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 20, 2022, 10:32:02 AM
Baz Luhrmann’s "ELVIS" ("Unchained Melody" 15 second trailer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2VGQqSv9kk


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on May 21, 2022, 04:30:57 PM
It’s too bad he doesn’t really look like Elvis-Kurt Russell physically looked more like him than Butler’ in my opinion


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 22, 2022, 01:16:48 PM
It’s too bad he doesn’t really look like Elvis-Kurt Russell physically looked more like him than Butler’ in my opinion


Well, I've never seen an actor taking that role who looks somewhat like Elvis, including Kurt Russell who imo was just ridiculous in that Elvis-movie. But though Butler seems too young to play the older Elvis (who in '70 was in great shape after years of Karate), I think his performances of the young Elvis looks very fine. He's an actor after all, and I expect him to play the role convincingly so that the looks of the individual will be no problem.


Someone on the FECC posted this article by the New York Times:


Baz Luhrmann Is Ready for Rhinestones, Cadillacs, Dr. Feelgood and a Svengali
In other words, yes, the director has made a movie about Elvis.

By Maureen Dowd, May 21 2022

    Baz Luhrmann dreams big.

    In a streaming world where, as Norma Desmond predicted, the movies get smaller, the Australian director keeps going bigger.

    After his 2013 film, “Gatsby,” Mr. Luhrmann is taking on another American icon in “Elvis,” another kaleidoscopic epic with a sizzling soundtrack.

    Tom Hanks had only met Mr. Luhrmann in passing when the director called to ask him to play Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s infamous manager.

    Mr. Hanks was game: “I could only think of, ‘Oh my God, Elvis in your hands, well, that would be a nuclear explosion. That would just be bigger than big could be.’”

    Mr. Luhrmann did not want to make a mere biopic. He wanted to make a wildly ambitious movie about race and sex and class and music in America through three decades, the 1950s, ’60s and 70s.
    There are three Elvises, the rock ’n’ roll punk, the movie star in the Hollywood bubble, and the drug-addled, divorced Elvis in Vegas who feels “caught in a trap,” as the line from “Suspicious Minds” goes,
    and shows the fatigue of being stuck as the campy character busting out of the tight white jumpsuit. “I’m just so tired of playing Elvis Presley,” he said, the year before he died.

    Mr. Luhrmann wanted to restore humanity to Elvis, who became, he said, “like a Halloween costume or wallpaper. He’s so there, he’s not there anymore.”

    The director’s name evokes the phantasmagoric, or an italicized adventure — not the sort of movie where a sad widow goes on a solo road trip in an old van into the desert and we watch her go to the
    bathroom in a bucket. Nothing Baz-y about that. His world is full of glamorous characters who reach for the stars and look, often unhappily, for love.

    “Yes, well, I am a romance addict,” Mr. Luhrmann said, sitting in his romantic Gilded Age house in Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Square, decorated in jewel-toned Victorian-Moroccan splendor by Catherine
    Martin, his wife and Oscar-winning creative partner. (She also designed the luxe green wallpaper.)

    “I’m old enough to know,” the director continued, “I need to be in a heightened romantic state to make a film.”

    Baz, as everyone calls him, may be from the down-under Oz but his inspiration is the Judy Garland Oz. We conducted our interview with a photo of a crying Garland looking down at us.

    Over a delectable lunch on elegant china, he told me that he related to “Elvis’s need to metaphorically go down the yellow brick road, constantly searching, absorbing, taking on influences, cross-fertilizing
    them and making a prism through which he expresses himself in his own way.”

    The director is a genre unto himself. You can tell from one frame of his movies that they’re his. He only chooses subjects he’s madly in love with, then fearlessly dives in, just as he did with Shakespeare,
    setting the story of Romeo and Juliet in Verona Beach, a fictionalized Miami of sorts, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, pink hair, tabloid TV and a hot-dog stand. The dazzle-drenched romance of the
    Moulin Rouge nightclub in La Belle Époque Paris? Mais oui! What’s more thrilling than Ewan McGregor lusting after a languishing Nicole Kidman as she swings through the air and they sing Madonna and
    Beatles songs? With “Australia,” Mr. Luhrmann aimed for nothing less than making his country’s version of “Gone With the Wind.”

    “He’s like a walking opera,” Mr. McGregor said. “He lives in a larger way.”

    Does Mr. Luhrmann ever feel insecure when he’s creating these surreal extravaganzas?

    “My more consistent challenge is not insecurity but fear,” he said. “Fear is for me and everyone surrounding me, the enemy of play, and play is what we do professionally for a living. After all, it’s called a
    screenplay, and actors are players. So, I spend a lot of my time creating environments that keep fear away. It’s kind of my job to suck up the fear at 5 in the morning before I get to the set and take on
    everybody else’s fear.”

    There are stressful moments, as with “Moulin Rouge!”, when Mr. Luhrmann and Ms. Martin found a fax someone accidentally left in the machine with an urgent plea to the studio to come and take over
    because “Baz is out of control.” But if it isn’t impossibly difficult to birth, it isn’t Baz-y.

    C.M., as Ms. Martin is known, brings her husband’s enchanted worlds to life with opulent sets and costumes. She admitted that the scale of Mr. Luhrmann’s dreams, wanting to find “the best of the best of 
    the best,” can leave her feeling like Harrison Ford running to escape the boulder in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

    During the first week in May, Mr. Luhrmann was racing to finish mixing and editing on “Elvis” for its premiere at Cannes this weekend, a month before its wide release on June 24. He was flying from
    Australia, where the movie was made, to New York to Los Angeles and back to New York before going to France. And he was also helping to direct the Met Gala and walking the red carpet wearing a
    Prada “Elvis decorative aesthetic” outfit, as he put it, accompanied by Priscilla Presley, uncannily on the arm of the film’s Elvis, the 30-year-old Austin Butler.

    Mr. Luhrmann, who calls himself a “research nut,” wrote the screenplay with three other writers. He goes into total immersion on his films, surrounding himself with excavations from the world he is
    creating, from drapes to wardrobe to photos.

    During “Gatsby,” he said, laughing, “I think we went a bit far with the speakeasy part of it.” He and Ms. Martin also flew to England so they could steam into New York on an ocean liner, like Scott and Zelda
    Fitzgerald.

    ‘He Makes Coffee Nervous’

    On the afternoon of our interview, Mr. Luhrmann, whippet-thin at 59, was wearing flared black Celine jeans and Acne Western boots, a Prada sweater in a blue that Elvis favored, a double diamond ring, a
    copy of Elvis’s “E.P.” ring, a string of pearls and a gold “TCB” necklace with a diamond lightning bolt, a riff on the jewelry worn by Elvis and the Memphis Mafia that signified “Taking Care of Business” fast.
    And he showed off a replica of the bejeweled belt with gold chains that Elvis wore onstage in the ’70s.

    “Elvis was fluid before fluid was invented,” the director said. “He was always incredibly masculine, but he was experimenting with makeup and hair color in high school, and he liked to mix lace crop tops
    tied at the waist and pink bolero jackets with pleated box trousers and pink socks.”

    It isn’t only movies that bring out the Bazmataz. When the director made a three-minute ad for Chanel No. 5 with Nicole Kidman in 2004, it cost $33 million, making it the most expensive ad in history, a
    record it still holds.

    Even when the cameras are not rolling, he has Tom Ford syndrome: He can’t stop arranging the world to be as swank as he wants it to be.

    When he rented a house opposite Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, in Greenwich Village, and they shared a garden, he redesigned her Halloween party.

    “We used to throw a few skeletons out there and hope for the best,” Ms. Wintour said. “Baz and C.M. moved in and just turned it into this incredible Halloween fantasy.”

    “We’re English, we do silly games like murder games and disco night, and the level of detail and amazing costumes they brought to it,” Ms. Wintour continued. “He’ll take an idea and just lift it into a whole
    other stratosphere.”

    In 2018, when Mr. Luhrmann was a guest at the wedding of Bee Shaffer, Ms. Wintour’s daughter, at the family home in Long Island, he took it on himself to play wedding planner.

    “He rehearsed my daughter over and over again for her wedding. She said she was probably the bride that slept the best before her wedding because she was so exhausted,” Ms. Wintour said. “He’s
    talking about the entrances and exits, sightlines, and all from the kindness of his heart.”

    Mr. Luhrmann offered his philosophy: “I believe, as Leonardo da Vinci did, that parties are an art form. Weddings R Us.”

    Even when he was in Australia, he helped Ms. Wintour with the Met Gala, calling “to talk about a particular shade of red for the red carpets or whether a blue stripe was right.”

    He is “meticulous to the extreme,” as Mr. Hanks agreed, “with a degree of enthusiasm and energy that is otherworldly. He makes coffee nervous.”

    Mr. Luhrmann is so detail-oriented that he even conjures back stories for his extras. All the hundreds of extras at the lavish Roaring Twenties parties at Gatsby’s mansion, and the throngs screaming at
    Elvis’s appearances, had back stories provided by him and C.M.

    Mr. Luhrmann was able to reproduce Elvis’s bedroom, which is intact at Graceland; it has always been off-limits to Graceland visitors, and is now home to a cobweb and spider. The movie shows a fish
    tank, an electric organ, a white Fender guitar stuck in the shag carpet, and two televisions embedded in the ceiling.

    The director’s way of piling embellishment on embellishment can be discombobulating for those who expect more structure (and of course, to the suits checking the bottom line).

    “Sometimes it’s infectious, other times, it’s exhausting, but what it always is, is freewheeling,” Mr. Hanks said. “You think, well, are we just not throwing everything in but the kitchen sink, trying everything
    that enters our heads, and the answer is yes. But he’s a bit of a Pied Piper: ‘Follow me,’ and you do.”

    From a young age, Mr. Luhrmann seemed destined to become Puck, with a bucket full of fairy dust.

    He was a bedazzled ballroom dancer when he was little; his mother was a ballroom dance teacher and dress shop owner; at 10, he won a contest dancing the jive to a new single he had bought, Elvis’s
    “Burning Love.” And he baked in “Cinema Paradiso” fantasy when his father ran the local movie theater, in addition to a pig farm and gas station.

    Elvis’s father went to jail for altering a check when he was young, and he and his mother barely scraped by. Mr. Luhrmann also had family heartaches: His parents divorced when he was 15 and his mother
    moved to Sydney, taking his sister and leaving Baz and his two brothers with his father. “Dad rallied around,” he said. “We became his world.”

    Living in the seven-house town of Herons Creek in New South Wales, what else could a boy do but watch “Lawrence of Arabia” on a black-and-white TV and run off as a teenager to become an artist in
    the big city of Sydney? (A time to reunite with his mother.)

    As filming for “Elvis” got underway on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Mr. Hanks said that he and Mr. Butler nervously huddled. Mr. Butler did not consider himself a singer, except for strumming his
    guitar and singing for his late mother and girlfriends.

    “I said to him, ‘Hey, are you as petrified as I am?’” Mr. Hanks, 65, recalled. “We had two actors going, actually, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to pull this off.’”

    As Mr. Butler recounted, his screen idol then warned him, “Not many people know what Colonel Parker sounds like, but everybody knows what Elvis sounds like and you’re going to have people attacking
    you from every which way.”

    Mr. Butler chuckled at the memory. “So I go, ‘Oh, thanks, Tom.’ And then I gave him a big hug.”

    Mr. Butler was an actor on teen shows on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. His first big movie role was playing Tex Watson, a Manson family member, in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in
    Hollywood.”

    He confessed that his initial attempts to sing like Elvis made him feel like a kid wearing his father’s suit. But, he said, “When I felt nerves, I didn’t go, ‘I shouldn’t be feeling this.’ I thought, ‘This is what Elvis   
    felt.’”

    The tall, lanky Butler (who divided his time at the Met Gala between Priscilla Presley and his girlfriend, the model Kaia Gerber) borrowed his director’s immersion technique; he stayed in Australia during a
    six-month Covid-19 shutdown from filming and walked on the beach and listened to tapes of Elvis.

    “Before Austin got the role, when I met him for a workshop in this building three and a half years ago, he had this Southern accent,” the director said. “It wasn’t until four weeks later, someone said, ‘He’s
     actually from Anaheim.’”

    When he was deciding whom to cast — runners-up included Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller — Mr. Luhrmann got a call from Denzel Washington, who had acted with Mr. Butler in 2018 in “The
    Iceman Cometh” on Broadway.

    “‘You need to know I have never seen a work ethic like that young actor has,’” Mr. Luhrmann recalled Mr. Washington telling him. “‘He does not stop.’”

    Mr. Luhrmann has a record label, House of Iona, at RCA, where Elvis had his contract, so he had access to hundreds of recordings of the young Elvis but they weren’t usable because of their format.

    “I thought, ‘Do I get an impersonator and then mime it?’” he recalled. He asked Mr. Butler to try some songs.

    “Day 1, he can almost sing like Elvis,” Mr. Luhrmann said. He ended up using Austin’s voice, also a throaty baritone, for the young Elvis songs, blending for a few, and Elvis’s voice for the later iconic
     moments.

    Before she saw the movie, Priscilla Presley, 76, said she was nervous because she’d only met with the director a couple of times and “Baz can be, you know, he kind of goes off beat a bit.” But after she
    saw a screening recently with Jerry Schilling, a member of the Memphis Mafia, she wrote Mr. Luhrmann an email that every breath and every eye movement was perfect, and included a message for Mr.
    Butler: “If my husband was here today, he would look you in the eye and say, ‘Hot damn, you are me.’”

    The Carny Who Made the Star

    Mr. Luhrmann became obsessed with the partnership of Colonel Parker and Elvis, easily the most fascinating Svengali-star relationship in entertainment history. (If you don’t count Marlene Dietrich and
    Josef von Sternberg, who ran around declaring, “I am Marlene.”)

    “I believe the word ‘sociopath’ will come into the dialogue when the issue of the colonel comes up,” Mr. Luhrmann said. “Sociopaths can be incredibly entertaining and amazingly enigmatic.”

    Was Colonel Parker — a native of Holland, using a fake name and honorary military title and pretending to be a good old boy from West Virginia — a captivating snake-oil salesman? Or was he something
    much darker: a leech, a thief, maybe even a murderer on the lam?

    Was Elvis strapped for money — mortgaging Graceland to make his payroll — and increasingly bored and dependent on drugs because the colonel, in this country illegally with no passport, squelched 
    lucrative foreign tours?

    Did the old carny barker play out a shattering real-life version of “Nightmare Alley,” his favorite movie, where he turned the most successful solo recording artist of all time into the geek? Did the carny and
    animal trainer, whose favorite routine was a chicken hopping to music on a hidden hot plate, turn Elvis into his own dancing chicken?

    Colonel Parker called himself “the Snowman” because he loved snowing, or fooling, people. In the carnival, he had painted sparrows yellow and sold them as canaries. As a joke, he formed the
    Snowmen’s League, a fanciful private club that cost nothing to join but $100,000 to leave, according to Mr. Luhrmann; even L.B.J. was a member.

    “When the ‘sell’ becomes more powerful than the creative, then tragedy ensues,” said Mr. Luhrmann, who recreates a house of mirrors in the movie. It’s telling that Colonel Parker manufactured both “I
    love Elvis” buttons and “I hate Elvis” buttons, wanting a stake in both sides of the market. “After all, what’s hate worth if it’s free?” Mr. Luhrmann said sardonically.

    Some people thought the colonel used his carny mentalist skills to hypnotize Elvis, to control him and make the at-times-insecure star feel like a sex god.

    After Mr. Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, became what the actor called “the celebrity canaries in the coal mine” by getting Covid in March 2020, filming was delayed for six months. During the hiatus,
    Priscilla Presley ran into Ms. Wilson in Los Angeles and suggested a dinner. Ms. Presley and Mr. Schilling went to the home of Mr. Hanks and Ms. Wilson, and they had a confab about the colonel.

    Despite the famous legal battle between Elvis’s heirs and Colonel Parker — he was sued for massive fraud and mismanaging Elvis’s business interests; the parties settled out of court — Priscilla spoke
    highly of the manager, saying she wished he were still alive. That led to Mr. Luhrmann and Mr. Hanks reworking the colonel into “less of a one-dimensional bad guy,” as the director put it.

    “I was anticipating hearing horror stories about this venal, cheap crook,” Mr. Hanks said. “Just the opposite. Both Priscilla and Jerry said he was a lovely man.” As to the outrageous deal that gave Colonel
    Parker half of Elvis’s income, Priscilla told Mr. Hanks that Elvis didn’t care about the 50 percent and was glad that the colonel was handling the business side.

    “There was an acumen and brilliance to Colonel Tom Parker that is belied by the fact that he was a cheap carny,” said Mr. Hanks, who had to log five hours a day in makeup getting mountainous, mottled
    and saggy.

    “Look, Elvis was Picasso,” the actor said. “He was a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime artist. The colonel understood that. Colonel Tom Parker would have been nothing without Elvis, and Elvis would not
    have been Elvis without Colonel Tom Parker.”

    As Elvis spiraled into drug addiction, the colonel spiraled into a gambling addiction. He needed Elvis to slave away in Vegas and on grueling road tours so the colonel could pay his gambling debts — or
    gamble free.

    In one chilling scene in the movie, based on fact, Elvis is in a drug haze with people dunking his face in ice water backstage at Vegas when the colonel comes up and tells a Dr. Feelgood to get the singer
    onstage, no matter what they have to do.

    “He did not want the word to get out that the greatest entertainer in the world could not get up onstage,” Mr. Hanks said. “He didn’t want to give back the money or deal with the legal ramifications. It
    ends up being, is that looking out for the legacy of his client or is that slowly poisoning the guy?”

    Elvis died in 1977, at 42, after a heart attack. His health had been worn down by the grind of his career — and almost certainly by the 19,000 pills that Dr. George Nichopoulos, his Memphis Dr. Feelgood,
    prescribed to him, according to “The Colonel,” by Alanna Nash. (Not counting what he got from other star-struck doctors.)

    Colonel Parker did not miss a beat. He refused to be a pallbearer, wore a Hawaiian shirt to the funeral and said to Elvis’s father, Vernon, that they needed to start printing a lot more records. “Elvis didn’t
    die, the body did,” the colonel famously said, adding that it would be just like when Elvis was away in the Army in Germany.

    Mr. Hanks defended the colonel. “He was absolutely right,” the actor said. “Why miss out on that opportunity? Everybody went back and bought Elvis Presley records all over again.”

    Although he sees the colonel’s “self-serving Machiavellian aspect,” Mr. Hanks does not think the colonel is to blame for Elvis destroying himself with drugs.

    “Elvis came back from the Army absolutely adoring amphetamines because you could buy them over the counter in Germany,” Mr. Hanks said. “That’s how he got through tank maneuvers.”

    He sees Colonel Parker not as a con man but more as Falstaff, who taught Prince Hal invaluable populist skills, like how to “drink with any tinker in his own language,” but then got pushed aside when the
    prince became a king.

    “Elvis was not kept in a Ball jar by Colonel Tom Parker,” Mr. Hanks said. “Colonel Parker would come in, he would take care of the money, he would say, ‘Here’s what the shows and bookings are going to
     be.’ If Elvis didn’t say, ‘Yes, help get me off these drugs’ then that wasn’t going to happen.” And, Mr. Hanks said, “If Elvis didn’t want to do all those bad movies, he could have said, ‘No, I’m not going to 
     do it.’”

    Mr. Hanks and I talked about how much we would have loved to see the version of “A Star Is Born” that Barbra Streisand originally envisioned, with Elvis as her fading, alcoholic husband, before the
    colonel nixed it.

    “That would have been the greatest stunt casting on the planet Earth,” Mr. Hanks said.

    Searching for the Truth About Elvis and Race

    When Mr. Luhrmann reached out to Lisa Marie Presley and her actress daughter Riley Keough early on, he said, Ms. Keough told him that she was concerned that her grandfather had been maligned on
    race.

    After Chuck D of Public Enemy made the hit song “Fight the Power” in 1989, calling Elvis “a straight-out racist,” a generation of kids believed it. Then in 2020, the rapper did an interview where he said he
    had no specific evidence of racism; he simply made Elvis “the fall guy” because Elvis was crowned the King for a style that Black singers had originated.

    Mr. Luhrmann set up an office in the back of Graceland and, visiting over three years, did prodigious research with his team, following Elvis from his birth in a shotgun shack in Tupelo, Miss., to a period
    when his father went to jail and he and his mother ended up in one of the few white-designated houses in the Black community there. The director interviewed Sam Bell, a childhood friend of E.P., as they
    called him, about their trips to juke joints and Pentecostal tents, where the famous possessed twitching of Elvis the Pelvis began.

    “Conservatives, this organization of governors, freaked out because they saw that movement as aligned to African American movement,” Mr. Luhrmann said. “That’s why they were so terrified of its
    effect on young people. It was jumping the race line, basically.” In the film, Mr. Luhrmann uses real headlines about Elvis, like “A White Boy With Black Hips.”

    “Many in the Black community loved him,” Mr. Luhrmann said. “They thought he was brave for performing their music. He didn’t sit down connivingly and go, ‘I’m going to take Black music and make
     money out of it.’

    “He was a spiritual guy. He loved gospel music. It was his safe place. He was about bringing people together, not pulling them apart. Did he do dumb things when he was trapped? Did he get high on drugs
     and go down to see Nixon and shake his hand and say, ‘I want to become a federal drug agent’? Yes. But at his core he was empathetic and profoundly vulnerable.”

    A story circulated at the start of Elvis’s career that he had made a racist crack, either in Boston or on Edward R. Murrow’s show, but those who looked into it said that Elvis had never appeared in Boston
    or on Mr. Murrow’s program.

    In 1957, Elvis told a reporter from Jet,“I never said anything like that and people who know me know that I wouldn’t have said it.” He reiterated his debt to Black musicians for rock ’n’ roll and gospel,
    saying: “Let’s face it, I can’t sing like Fats Domino can.”

    Mr. Luhrmann believes the story about a racist remark was made up by anti-Elvis conservatives who wanted to bring him down. He engaged Nelson George, a Black music historian who had been critical
    of Elvis, to seek the truth.

    “He didn’t say that,” Mr. George said. “He was timid at times when the moment required boldness. But he wasn’t ill willed toward Black people.”

    The director learned that Elvis was friends with many Black artists. He said that James Brown dedicated a song to his “Brother, Elvis,” and was present at Elvis’s funeral, and that in the period when Elvis
    first got successful, he had a friendship with B.B. King and was often the only white face at Club Handy, a nightclub on Beale Street in Memphis where many Black artists performed.

    But the movie makes it clear that this was one more area where Elvis was cowed by the colonel, who did not want his star involved in the civil rights movement, feeling it was bad for business. It was
    drummed into the singer that, when he was asked about politics or religion, he should deflect, saying, “I’m just an entertainer.”

    The director believes that the colonel ushered Elvis into the Army, thinking, “We’ll send him away until this rock ’n’ roll thing cools down. He’s too much in with this Black culture.” The colonel stifled Elvis’s
    desire to go for prestigious movies like “West Side Story” and pushed him to make white-bread girls-in-paradise pop musicals that got worse and worse.

    As Peter Guralnick, an Elvis biographer, wrote in The New York Times, Elvis was seen “as something of a hero in the Black community in those early years.” The African American newspapers in Memphis
    hailed him as a “race man,” Mr. Guralnick said, “not just for his music but also for his indifference to the usual social distinctions,” going to the Memphis Fairgrounds on a night designated for Black visitors.

    Mr. Luhrmann is bracing for an intense reaction on everything from his take on Elvis and race to his portrayal of the star’s romance with the 14-year-old Priscilla.

    “But this is not someone hanging around schoolyards, like some famous people we know, serially picking up 14-year-olds,” he said. “They do fall in love and have a child, and they did consummate the
    marriage only when they were married. That is true.”

    So, I wonder, is Elvis ever leaving the building?

    “Elvis is still in our lives and he will continue to be,” the director replied as he sped off to his next big adventure.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    In a Q & A at the end of the article, Luhrmann reveals more details:

    Q: You now realize that it was a tragic mistake not to include Ann-Margret, Ed Sullivan and fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches in your Elvis movie.

    A: Everything you can imagine, we wrote it at some point. But that would have been a four-hour version. I always wanted Nicole [Kidman] to play Ann-Margret, actually, not in this movie, but she’s so
        Ann-Margret in so many ways.





https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/21/style/baz-luhrmann-elvis.html




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: All Summer Long on May 22, 2022, 08:27:32 PM
It’s too bad he doesn’t really look like Elvis-Kurt Russell physically looked more like him than Butler’ in my opinion

Ian I agree 100%. I think that will be the major flaw this movie has - everything else could be perfect but he just doesn’t resemble Elvis enough.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 23, 2022, 09:52:08 AM
New trailer!!

Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS | Official Trailer 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp2BNHwbwvI


And this:

Eminem has a new song coming out featuring CeeLo Green called “The King And I” and it’s featured in the Elvis original motion picture soundtrack.

Eminem & CeeLo Green - The King And I [Elvis teaser]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3t5Hv0GqFs


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 24, 2022, 10:13:33 AM
‘Elvis’ Movie Soundtrack Includes Eminem, Stevie Nicks, Jack White & More
The songs each artist has recorded has yet to be revealed.


https://www.billboard.com/culture/tv-film/elvis-soundtrack-eminem-stevie-nicks-jack-white-1235074506/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 25, 2022, 01:26:10 PM
Some first reviews:


Cannes review: Electrifying Elvis delivers the icon like never before

https://news.yahoo.com/cannes-review-electrifying-elvis-delivers-193000704.html



Elvis review: Baz Luhrmann’s sweaty, seductive biopic makes the King cool again

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/elvis-review-movie-austin-butler-b2087479.html


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 26, 2022, 11:36:35 AM
Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS | First Listen of "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Kacey Musgraves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHrjwOQD8FU




ELVIS - PRESS CONFERENCE - EV - CANNES 2022


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaDsi10QY0E


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 27, 2022, 08:58:38 AM
Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Is an Exhilarating, Maddening Spectacle—But One Made With Love


Baz Luhrmann’s movies—even the great ones, like his 1996 Shakespeare-via-Tiger Beat romance Romeo + Juliet, or The Great Gatsby, from 2013, a fringed shimmy of decadence and loneliness—are loathed by many for what they see as the director’s garishness, his adoration of spectacle, his penchant for headache-inducing, mincemeat-and-glitter editing. But in 2022, in a culture where long-form series storytelling reigns supreme, Luhrmann’s devotion to two-and-a-half-hour bursts of excess is pleasingly old-fashioned, like a confetti blast from a cannon at a county fair. It’s true that his movies don’t always work, or rarely work all the way though, and that’s certainly the case with Elvis, his sequined jumpsuit of a biopic playing out of competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. At times it’s barely a movie—the first hour or so is exceptionally fragmented and frenetic, as if Luhrmann were time-traveling through a holographic rendering of Elvis Presley’s life, dipping and darting through the significant events with little time to touch down. But through all the arty overindulgences, one truth shines through: Luhrmann loves Elvis so much it hurts. And in a world where there’s always, supposedly, a constant stream of new things to love, or at least to binge-watch, love of Elvis—our American pauper king with a cloth-of-gold voice—feels like a truly pure thing.

Luhrmann and his co-writers Sam Bromell and Craig Pearce use the story of Elvis’ supremely crooked manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks, lurking beneath prosthetic jowls), to frame the larger, more glorious and more tragic story of Elvis. Though he was born in Tupelo, Mississippi—his identical twin, Jesse Garon, died at birth—Elvis grew up poor in Memphis, adoring and being adored by his mother, Gladys (Helen Thomson). Luhrmann shows us Elvis as a preadolescent, splitting his time between a juke joint and a revival tent down the road. (Too young to get into the former, he could only peer through a crack in the wall, entranced by the Black blues guys performing inside.) These are the twin poles of young Elvis’ life, the foundation for all that came after, and Luhrmann connects them in one extremely stylized shot: in Elvis world, gospel and blues are literally connected by one dirt road. This junior version of Elvis goes back and forth freely, drinking deeply from one well before moving to the other, and back again.

His rise happens quickly, and before you know it, he’s become the Elvis we know, or the one we think we know: he’s played by Austin Butler, who goes beyond merely replicating Elvis’ signature moves (though he’s terrific at that); he seems to be striving to conjure some phantasmal fingerprint. For long stretches of the movie, Butler’s Elvis doesn’t really have many lines: we see him, in his pre-fame years, jumping out of the truck he drives for a living and walking down a Memphis street, swinging a guitar in one hand a lunchbox in the other. Did the real-life Elvis actually do this? Doubtful. But isn’t it exactly what you want to see in a movie?

Before long, our movie Elvis has landed a slot performing on the Louisiana Hayride, and Sam Phillips over at Sun Studios—who specializes in “race records,” music made by Black performers—takes a chance on him at the behest of his assistant, Marion Keisker, who hears something in the kid. Elvis cuts a record. Then he’s jiggling onstage in a loose pink suit, its supple fabric hiding more than it reveals, but even so, the world gets a hint at the secrets contained therein. The girls, and most of the boys, too, go nuts.

Butler conjures the guilelessness of Elvis’ face, his soft yet chiseled cheekbones, the look in his eyes that says, “I’m up for anything—are you?” He and Luhrmann hop through the major events of Presley’s life, sometimes going for long stretches without taking a breath. Elvis is exhausting, a mess; it’s also exhilarating, a crazy blur you can’t look away from. (Catherine Martin’s costume and production design is, as always, exemplary—period-perfect but also brushed with imaginative flourishes.) We see Elvis shopping at his beloved Lansky Brothers, lured in because one of his favorite musicians, B.B. King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) shops there. We see him succumbing to the dangerous manipulations of Colonel Parker, and later kicking against them, most notably as he mounts his 1968 comeback special. (He was supposed to put on a garish Christmas sweater and sing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” not become the stuff of legend in a black leather suit that, you just know, would be hot to the touch if only you could get close enough to it.)

But as we know, Elvis loses that fight. Colonel Parker sends a quack known as Dr. Nick to pump him full of drugs, to keep him on his feet even as he’s going out of his mind. The tragedy escalates. Does Luhrmann show us the real Elvis, or is he just re-embroidering the Elvis who already lives in our imagination? The answer seems to be that Luhrmann sees equal value in fact and myth. Though Elvis more or less follows the facts as we know them, there are moments of invention that are piercing. When Elvis’ long-suffering wife Priscilla (played by Olivia DeJonge) finally leaves him, he chases after her, rushing down the staircase at Graceland in pants and a purple robe, a drugged-out mess. She can’t take it anymore; she’s got to leave, and she’s taking little Lisa Marie with her. Elvis stands there in bare feet, begging her not to go. And when he realizes he can’t stop her, he says, more in defeat than in hopefulness, “When you’re 40 and I’m 50, we’ll be back together—you’ll see.” Even if Elvis never really uttered that line, its map of romantic longing had long been written in his voice. In Elvis, when Butler sings, it’s Elvis’ voice that streams out, in lustrous ribbons of recklessness, of ardor, of hope for the future. That voice is a repository of every joy and misery that life could possibly hold.

When the trailer for Elvis was released, a few months back, the responses on social media, and among people I know, ranged from “That looks unhinged! I’m dying to see it!” to “I can’t even look at that thing,” to “What accent, exactly, is Tom Hanks trying to achieve?” (The movie, incidentally, explains the unidentifiable diction of this man without a country, and probably without a soul.) In the movie’s last moments, Luhrmann recreates one of the saddest Elvis remnants, a live performance of “Unchained Melody” from June of 1977, just two months before his death. Butler, his face puffed out with prosthetics, sits at a grand piano littered with Coca Cola cups and a discarded terrycloth towel or two. The song, a swallow’s swoop of longing, begins pouring out of Elvis’s wrecked body—but as we watch, Luhrmann pulls a mystical switch, and footage of the real Elvis replaces the magnificent Butler-as-Elvis doppelgänger we’ve been watching. For a few confusing moments, the real Elvis is no longer a ghost—he has returned to us, an actor playing himself, and we see that as good as that Butler kid was, there’s no comparison to the real thing.

But the feeling of relief is fleeting. Elvis, now gone for more than 40 years, is a ghost, no matter how passionately Luhrmann and Butler have tried to reconstitute his ectoplasm. The only consolation is that when a person is no longer a person, he is at last free to become a dream. In the final moments of Elvis, Luhrmann returns his beloved subject to that world, like a fisherman freeing his catch. “Lonely rivers flow/to the sea, to the sea,” the song tells us, as the true Elvis swims back to his home of safety—he’s better off as a dream, maybe, safe from everyone who might hurt or use him. But for a few hours there, he seemed to walk among us once again, a sighting that no one would believe if we tried to tell them. But we saw him. We really did. And then he slipped away, having had enough of our claim over him, if never enough of our love.



Source: https://time.com/6181818/elvis-movie-review/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 28, 2022, 02:03:37 AM
Who’ll Get Elvis Most Wrong — Filmmakers or Critics? Crowning the King on a Throne of Lies (Column)

Post-Cannes 'Elvis' reviews are coming in, and there's already enough misinformation to go around for everybody, writes Variety's executive VP of content (and Presley aficionado) Steven Gaydos..


https://variety.com/2022/music/opinion/elvis-film-reviews-inaccuracies-1235280146/





Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on May 29, 2022, 08:09:38 AM
From CBS:


How Austin Butler became "Elvis"


https://youtu.be/NLnUR4wBO7c



Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on May 30, 2022, 08:55:18 AM
The reviews are interesting and they point out, I think, correctly that ultimately it is hard to get at the interior Elvis-hard to know what he was thinking. That book Listening to Elvis talks about that, for example, even though we know Elvis allegedly hated recording many of his movie songs in the 1964-68 period especially-the session tapes seldom reveal that frustration (at most Elvis occasionally makes a joke about the turkey of a song he has to sing) so his inner frustration was buried-so that is hard to show in a film


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Ian on May 30, 2022, 09:00:45 AM
There are a lot of what if’s in his career-like what if he kept touring and recording non soundtracks in the mid 60s would he have held his own against the British Invasion or what if he had done A Star Is Born-would he have risen to the occasion or was he really too down and out in 1976 to really get his life back together?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 01, 2022, 07:49:28 AM
Olivia DeJonge on Priscilla Presley: 'She's a Gorgeous, Gorgeous Woman'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q9EQzp4IFg


Austin Butler on 'Elvis': "The Film is Like a Love Letter"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwc4HnT9LI8


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 02, 2022, 10:47:18 AM
Elvis Movie Behind The Scenes | Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS Movie 2022 Austin Butler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CKdWOUU4DM


Looks incredible


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 03, 2022, 12:04:51 PM
Swae Lee & Diplo feat. Austin Butler - "Tupelo Shuffle" (from "ELVIS" Original Soundtrack)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmEBm9XOE4s


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 07, 2022, 10:24:36 AM
Including some "new" footage:


Tom Hanks on making the movie Elvis | 7.30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tz6hC3DXn4



ELVIS Austin Butler & Tom Hanks interview 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVjMW4B16U


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 10, 2022, 01:04:32 AM
Austin Butler - Trouble (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNxeFPSL098


I Got A Feelin' In My Body (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG4XZX1uYLI&t=50s



Cotton Candy Land (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS)


https://www.youtube.com/shorts/fl12Vna_U_M





Edit:


Elvis - Hysteria Clip - Warner Bros. UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1An0jvOiQ8





Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 10, 2022, 05:10:57 AM
Official Tracklisting
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) – Elvis Presley
2. Also Sprach Zarathustra/An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley
3. Vegas – Doja Cat
4. The King and I – Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle – Swae Lee & Diplo
6. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
7. Craw-Fever – Elvis Presley
8. Don’t Fly Away (PNAU Remix) – Elvis Presley & PNAU
9. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kacey Musgraves
10. Product of the Ghetto – Nardo Wick
11. If I Can Dream – Maneskin
12. Cotton Candy Land – Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
13. Baby, Let’s Play House – Austin Butler
14. I’m Coming Home (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
15. Hound Dog – Shonka Dukureh
16. Tutti Frutti – Les Greene
17. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day – Yola
18. Hound Dog – Austin Butler
19. Let It All Hang Out – Denzel Curry
20. Trouble – Austin Butler
21. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body – Lenesha Randolph
22. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) – Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
23. Summer Kisses / In My Body – Elvis Presley
24. ’68 Comeback Special (Medley) – Elvis Presley
25. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Jazmine Sullivan
26. If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix) – Elvis Presley
27. Any Day Now – Elvis Presley
28. Power of My Love – Elvis Presley & Jack White
29. Vegas Rehearsal / That’s All Right – Austin Butler & Elvis Presley
30. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
31. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
32. Burning Love (Film Mix) – Elvis Presley
33. It’s Only Love – Elvis Presley
34. Suspicious Minds – Paravi
35. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) – Elvis Presley & Nardo Wick
36. Unchained Melody (Live at Ann Arbor, MI) – Elvis Presley




https://soundtracktracklist.com/release/elvis-soundtrack/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 10, 2022, 01:53:13 PM
Austin Butler - That's All Right (Pre-Production Test)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HkMeHc8qPY&t=3s


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 12, 2022, 02:01:15 AM

The 'Elvis' Cast on His Sex Appeal and Superhero Qualities | Rotten Tomatoes


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1RdAyaRhqU




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 12, 2022, 10:07:38 AM
Elvis - Behind the Scenes


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMHRD3G61vU


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 12, 2022, 01:59:32 PM
Baz Luhrmann's Elvis (Unchained Melody) #elvismovie



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bdm0R9noAk



EDIT:

Official movie website:

https://www.elvismovie.net/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 13, 2022, 12:58:58 PM
Elvis: Why Austin Butler Was BEDRIDDEN After Finishing the Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukrsiRjOp9s




Tom Hanks and Austin Butler on their new film, 'Elvis' l GMA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNOTE35VJ2k


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 15, 2022, 07:17:53 AM
The Fashion of Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6mxMRJGpkI



Elvis - Icon - Warner Bros. UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdnh-PWWvA4




Elvis - Believe - Warner Bros. UK


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8n3KuffIVg


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 16, 2022, 11:26:07 AM
Austin Butler Shows Off His Elvis Impressions and Teaches Jimmy an Iconic Dance Move (Extended)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnWGXDcW1B8


Near the end they show "Jailhouse Rock" from the '68 special and it looks so real that at first I thought this was a deepfake. But the camera angles speak against that. Fantastic


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 17, 2022, 07:02:09 AM
Tom Hanks on Colbert


"A Diabolical Genius In Every Way" - Tom Hanks On Colonel Tom Parker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue1lwomrG8A



"Elvis" Is The Most Baz Luhrmann-y Baz Luhrmann Film - Tom Hanks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fTlRxreBXk



How Elvis Turned Las Vegas Into A Place Worthy Of Superstars - Tom Hanks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-nFmoqMxIo


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 18, 2022, 02:16:04 AM
So, I got my tickets for wednesday and am looking forward to seeing this movie.


Lisa Marie Presley said actor Austin Butler ‘honored’ Elvis in new film portrayal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8ksR9m3DQg


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 18, 2022, 07:35:17 AM
N.M.E. put out a booklet about Elvis and the movie which you can also read for free online:

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/66999675/nme-elvis-film-special-edition


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: B.E. on June 18, 2022, 07:39:41 AM
Rocker, have you ever ranked Elvis' albums?


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 18, 2022, 07:54:57 AM
Rocker, have you ever ranked Elvis' albums?


I don't think so. But although these lists are totally subjective, they can bring things to your attention that you missed before.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 19, 2022, 07:25:19 AM
Elvis Cast and Director on Rock & Roll's Black Pioneers: "Credit Needs to Be Given"

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


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 20, 2022, 09:36:01 AM
Exclusively Elvis - 20/20 Special Airs 6/21 at 10 PM on ABC


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGsJ6jLzIyE


Press release: https://www.graceland.com/elvis-news/posts/abc-news-presents-a-special-edition-of-2020-on-the-making-of-elvis



Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 21, 2022, 09:35:29 AM
In ‘Elvis,’ Baz Luhrmann brilliantly floods our senses with arresting sights and sounds
The director’s trademark razzle-dazzle surrounds Tom Hanks as an oily Colonel Tom Parker and Austin Butler, electrifying as The King.
By  Richard Roeper


https://chicago.suntimes.com/movies-and-tv/2022/6/20/23174855/elvis-review-movie-baz-luhrmann-austin-butler-tom-hanks-presley


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 22, 2022, 06:30:14 AM
The final trailer:


https://www.fandango.com/elvis-2022-227093/movie-overview?fbclid=IwAR14rEzLdugyBLKB1ETtNZMMfkRkwWFStr0BRKiiNs0l1P6EeaPyUPvcS0M

Direct link:

https://www.fandango.com/videos/player/2045379139613?autoplay=true&index=0



Later today I'll watch the movie  :hat


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Lonely Summer on June 23, 2022, 01:03:18 AM
Rocker, have you ever ranked Elvis' albums?


I don't think so. But although these lists are totally subjective, they can bring things to your attention that you missed before.

There are so many Elvis albums, really tough to do. It's a little easier if you break them down into soundtracks, live albums, compilations, and studio albums. I just got That's the Way it Is recently and really digging that. My other recent finds, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Harum Scarum, have got to be rock bottom. Very little to recommend there. I got those in the same batch as an original mono Loving You, and the contrast was like night and day.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 23, 2022, 11:43:52 AM
Rocker, have you ever ranked Elvis' albums?


I don't think so. But although these lists are totally subjective, they can bring things to your attention that you missed before.

There are so many Elvis albums, really tough to do. It's a little easier if you break them down into soundtracks, live albums, compilations, and studio albums. I just got That's the Way it Is recently and really digging that. My other recent finds, Paradise Hawaiian Style, Harum Scarum, have got to be rock bottom. Very little to recommend there. I got those in the same batch as an original mono Loving You, and the contrast was like night and day.


Interesting thing about "Harum Scarum" that someone once pointed out to me is that although it has mostly crappy material, it's production is top. But that would soon change for the following soundtracks.


I saw the movie yesterday. What an experience! I just wrote a longer review in german but can't repeat it in english. The movie is full of different styles of movie making, things that probably only fans understand (or people who did their research) and deeper meanings. No, you won't find new perspectives on Elvis' emotions etc. But that never was what the movie wanted. It wanted to put Elvis into the context of his time and society with the Colonel as another side of the same coin. The movie is really an experience, just like it must've been to see Elvis.
But it is a long movie and constantly fast-paced. In the end it's kinda exhausting. But well worth it.

And yes, Hanks and especially Butler are mesmerizing. Butler also for some reason looks much more like Elvis in the movie than he did in the trailers and promo shots.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 25, 2022, 12:23:37 PM
Actually, I don't care much about how well the movie does at the box office, but this was surprising:


‘Elvis’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in Box Office Dead Heat With $30 Million Each
Warner Bros. biopic meets opening weekend projections as Paramount’s smash hit passes $500 million domestic



https://www.thewrap.com/elvis-in-box-office-dead-heat-with-top-gun-maverick-with-30-million-opening/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on June 30, 2022, 09:57:02 AM
Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS - Austin's "Baby Let's Play House" Rehearsal - Warner Bros. UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZfS8E6gcN4




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 03, 2022, 02:00:03 AM
Watch Austin Butler Cause Hysteria in ‘Elvis’ | Anatomy of a Scene


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHJtdX481is


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 04, 2022, 02:15:37 PM
Tom Hanks Was Shocked When He Landed His Elvis Role
Late Night with Seth Meyers


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-VSZNfSfc


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 06, 2022, 09:51:58 AM
Here is an interview with session guitarist JD Simo, who was chosen by producer Dave Cobb to recreate all those amazing guitar parts as originally played by Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Tommy Tedesco, and James Burton on the original Elvis recordings for the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw)

And here's producer Dave Cobb in a print interview about producing the music and recreating the recordings for the film:

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/ (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/)

Interesting to note that not only did Cobb have to recreate the Elvis recordings, but also the music of the other artists featured in the film. I was very happy to see Chris Isaak involved, I've always been a big fan.



Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 08, 2022, 04:34:14 AM
Here is an interview with session guitarist JD Simo, who was chosen by producer Dave Cobb to recreate all those amazing guitar parts as originally played by Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Tommy Tedesco, and James Burton on the original Elvis recordings for the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw)

And here's producer Dave Cobb in a print interview about producing the music and recreating the recordings for the film:

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/ (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/)

Interesting to note that not only did Cobb have to recreate the Elvis recordings, but also the music of the other artists featured in the film. I was very happy to see Chris Isaak involved, I've always been a big fan.




Thanks for those links! Very interesting. And doesn't JD Simo's speaking voice remind you of Carl?
Chris Isaak does a spot on Hank Snow on "A Fool such as I". His voice on "Cotton Candy Land" (which was always a guilty pleasure of mine) I don't like that much, though.
Also that short part "James Burton" got a solo during the build up to "That's allright" (live 1970) I didn't think that was played very well, and it didn't have Burton's sound. But that was just one or two seconds of course.

What do you think of the movie? I was - and still am - very satisfied. Apart from being very entertaining there's also a lot of depth in it which requires reflection.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 09, 2022, 08:26:39 AM
Here is an interview with session guitarist JD Simo, who was chosen by producer Dave Cobb to recreate all those amazing guitar parts as originally played by Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Tommy Tedesco, and James Burton on the original Elvis recordings for the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw)

And here's producer Dave Cobb in a print interview about producing the music and recreating the recordings for the film:

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/ (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/)

Interesting to note that not only did Cobb have to recreate the Elvis recordings, but also the music of the other artists featured in the film. I was very happy to see Chris Isaak involved, I've always been a big fan.




Thanks for those links! Very interesting. And doesn't JD Simo's speaking voice remind you of Carl?
Chris Isaak does a spot on Hank Snow on "A Fool such as I". His voice on "Cotton Candy Land" (which was always a guilty pleasure of mine) I don't like that much, though.
Also that short part "James Burton" got a solo during the build up to "That's allright" (live 1970) I didn't think that was played very well, and it didn't have Burton's sound. But that was just one or two seconds of course.

What do you think of the movie? I was - and still am - very satisfied. Apart from being very entertaining there's also a lot of depth in it which requires reflection.


I have not seen the movie yet! Due to a variety of issues I haven't been to the theater at all in weeks, but I most definitely will see it. I've been taking in all the interviews, features, etc like those you've been posting and I'm anxious to see how it plays out. I think I've seen every Elvis biography/movie that's been made so far, and maybe this isn't a common opinion but I thought the TV series with Michael St. Gerard is my favorite...in large part because it put more well-deserved attention on Scotty and Bill than almost all of the other efforts.

I'm surprised to hear about the Burton part, honestly his tone out of all the guitarists seems to be the most easy to simulate. Just plug a Telecaster into a Fender Twin, on the bridge pickup, and play the sh*t out of those bends haha. So I'll definitely have to check it out.

I found it interesting that both JD Simo and his friend who interviewed him both cited Elvis' "Blue Moon" on Sun as their favorite. It brings me back to Chris Isaak, and many other Elvis inspired crooners like him, and how influential Elvis' style on that particular record really was. It's a Sun side that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle but which is essential listening. My personal Sun favorite might be "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine".

JD does have a laid-back, soft spoken manner for sure. I enjoyed hearing his rundown of which guitars and amps he used to record the soundtrack. I didn't know he had a podcast/show, so I'll be checking that out soon too!


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 09, 2022, 09:57:52 AM
Here is an interview with session guitarist JD Simo, who was chosen by producer Dave Cobb to recreate all those amazing guitar parts as originally played by Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Tommy Tedesco, and James Burton on the original Elvis recordings for the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHNW8fkPyTw)

And here's producer Dave Cobb in a print interview about producing the music and recreating the recordings for the film:

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/ (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/elvis-music-producer-dave-cobb-recreating-vintage-sounds-for-elvis-1235307939/)

Interesting to note that not only did Cobb have to recreate the Elvis recordings, but also the music of the other artists featured in the film. I was very happy to see Chris Isaak involved, I've always been a big fan.




Thanks for those links! Very interesting. And doesn't JD Simo's speaking voice remind you of Carl?
Chris Isaak does a spot on Hank Snow on "A Fool such as I". His voice on "Cotton Candy Land" (which was always a guilty pleasure of mine) I don't like that much, though.
Also that short part "James Burton" got a solo during the build up to "That's allright" (live 1970) I didn't think that was played very well, and it didn't have Burton's sound. But that was just one or two seconds of course.

What do you think of the movie? I was - and still am - very satisfied. Apart from being very entertaining there's also a lot of depth in it which requires reflection.



I'm surprised to hear about the Burton part, honestly his tone out of all the guitarists seems to be the most easy to simulate. Just plug a Telecaster into a Fender Twin, on the bridge pickup, and play the sh*t out of those bends haha. So I'll definitely have to check it out.



If you want to you can listen to it on the soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uld8gM7e3WU
It's around 0:58. Ten seconds maybe so it doesn't ruin anything. But honestly I advise you to watch that whole scene before you listen to it. It's so moving. Just as the beginning with the "Arthur Crudup"-character;  won't say anything more because I don't want to spoil it.

"Blue Moon" always wa a favorite of mine. Sam's slapback and Elvis' voice, Scotty's muted guitar all work perfectly together making for an eerie performance. I don't think he ever made such a record again. Maybe "Heartbreak Hotel" comes close.
BTW Chris Isaak performed that song on the '94 Elvis tribute.

Personally I think the movie is wonderful, although it is quite long and you can get exhausted. There are many themes going on that you probably won't catch all of them at first but only after reflecting the movie. I realized new elements when I saw it for the second time, although that probably has to do with the first screening was in german, the second with original sound.
There are people who go crazy because Elvis didn't sing "Trouble" live in the 50s (and the part they show him singing it was a year before the song was even written) but they don't get that this - and lots of other scenes - are used to bring across what Elvis meant for the status quo. It's kind of a collage. In fact the 60s and 70s both have their collages as well. The one for the movie years is a lot of fun. But now I won't go on. I don't want to take anything away for those qho haven't watched the movie yet. Hope you will like it as much as me.



Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: guitarfool2002 on July 13, 2022, 06:43:48 PM
I broke down and listened to that clip audio before seeing the film! I couldn't resist. And in all fairness, I agree it is a pretty weak James Burton impersonation in that little guitar break. In fact it hardly sounds like Burton...and of all the guitarists Elvis had, he's perhaps the easiest to copy at least a few signature licks, especially in that particular song from all the live tapes.

I can't wait to see this on the big screen.

Speaking of Burton, one of my favorite tracks of Elvis in the 70's is when he did Fools Rush In, and asked James to play that solo exactly as he did on Ricky's original cut. That is awesome.



Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 21, 2022, 12:40:08 PM
I broke down and listened to that clip audio before seeing the film! I couldn't resist. And in all fairness, I agree it is a pretty weak James Burton impersonation in that little guitar break. In fact it hardly sounds like Burton...and of all the guitarists Elvis had, he's perhaps the easiest to copy at least a few signature licks, especially in that particular song from all the live tapes.





It's strange, isn't it? Especially since Burton's sound is so distinctive.
Speaking of James, I must admit that I think after he switched to the pink paisley Tele in '70, his sound became a little too slick in the TCB band imo. When he played a regular Tele in '69 there seemed more edge to it. And I'm not even sure if it has to do with the guitar. Is there any difference to a regular Tele apart from the design?




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I can't wait to see this on the big screen.

I'm looking forward to hearing your opinion. Austin Butler is really awesome. I didn't expect that. And though I'm not a fan of remixes and that stuff (that's why I won't be getting the soundtrack), I must say that the way the music is used in the movie makes total sense. The whole thing is a spectacle, just like Elvis. I also hear that it is still doing really well. Says Facebook:

Last week Baz Luhrmann’s 'ELVIS' topped $100 million at the US domestic box office on Friday becoming one of the rare films without superheroes or dinosaurs to reach that mark. Globally, the Warner Bros. film has made over $170 million, an impressive result for this kind of material.


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Unfortunately experience shows that if Elvis' reputation gets somewhat repaired, EPE will start to flood the market with Elvis rubber ducks and whatnot. So let's enjoy it while it lasts.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 22, 2022, 08:55:00 AM
Now, this came unexpected. R. I. P.


Dukureh, from 'Elvis' film, found dead in Nashville home


https://www.fox13memphis.com/entertainment/dukureh-elvis-film/KDS4T7Q2NQILM65DJKFFNZWWUE/




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 23, 2022, 09:28:54 AM
Every once in a while there pops up some unreleased footag of a 50s show. In this case San Diego 1956:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUNJ5Y42oiM


August 16, 1987/ June 6, 1956

On the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, Liz Pursell met a woman—Julie Campbell-- who was the opening act when he performed in San Diego in 1956. Julie Garrett was a local singer. She wasn’t too thrilled about it because she saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show and wasn’t all that impressed. She explained that since everything was censored back then, the performance was a lot tamer than his live performance. After she sang “Rock around the Clock,” she stuck around to see what all the fuss was about. “He had that charisma that only a superstar has.”

It was June 6, 1956—not 1957. The original film was retrieved for this story.

This is the original script—and yes, it says “Alvis Presley.”

The latest teenage idol, Alvis Presley, came to town last night and here’s a view of the more than four-thousand youngsters who jammed into the San Diego arena for his performance…Channel Eight’s Julie Garrett helped entertain while fans waited for the 21 year old hill-billy singer, star of the show…Another KFMB and Channel Eight favorite, Joe Graydon, introduced Presley…The crowd went wild as the new teenage version of Johnny Ray, wearing a pale green sports jacket, strolled to the microphone and broke into a rock ‘n roll number. The audience, made up mostly of young teenage girls, squealed and swooned, but no casualties were reported. Police said later that some parents complained that it was not the type of show for juveniles to have seen. The screams of the audience drowned out most of the singing.
The film of him singing in the beginning is not our film--it's likely a handout tape.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on July 31, 2022, 01:32:10 AM
If I Can Dream (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ELVIS) (Official Video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVbl0mQACSM



The movie is still going strong. From what I understand it is already the second most succesfull biopic.


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 01, 2022, 11:24:04 AM
'Elvis' Continues to Rock at Worldwide Box Office Earning $234 Million


https://collider.com/elvis-movie-worldwide-box-office-234-million/


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 02, 2022, 11:32:04 AM
So, there will be a boxset about "Elvis - On Tour" in November. This is what amazon has to say (the official announcement though will probably happen later this month):


Elvis On Tour is a 6 CD + 1 Blu-ray box set comprised of the audio from four of the shows (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour. Originally recorded for the Elvis On Tour concert film that was released later that year, the set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 tracks that have been previously unreleased, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray.




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 10, 2022, 03:49:57 AM
More people are learning Elvis Presley songs on guitar following biopic, Fender claims
People learning Presley's songs have reportedly doubled since the biopic's release



https://www.nme.com/news/music/more-people-are-learning-elvis-presley-songs-on-guitar-following-biopic-fender-claims-3286726


Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 11, 2022, 03:19:07 AM
Here's the first promo video for the upcoming "On Tour" release:


Burning Love (Rehearsal 2)

https://youtu.be/_cN7UjNE6fo


And this is a tracklist posted by ElvisWorldJapan. It's not confirmed yet, afaik.


CD 1 - 09.04.1972 ES - Hampton Roads, VA:
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Never Been To Spain -  You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Can't Stop Loving You - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - For The Good Times - Introductions - An American Trilogy - Love Me Tender - A Big Hunk O' Love - How Great Thou Art - Sweet Sweet Spirit (The Stamps) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 2 - 10.04.1972 - Richmond, VA:
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Love Me Tender - It's Over - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - For The Good Times - I Can't Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 3 - 14.04.1972 - Greensboro, NC:
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - A Big Hunk O' Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Love Me Tender - Introductions - For The Good Times - An American Trilogy - Burning Love - Release Me - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 4 - 18.04.1972 - San Antonio, TX:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me -  All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - How Great Thou Art - I Can't Stop Loving You - Love Me Tender - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - For The Good Times - Burning Love - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

2 "Rehearsal" CDs Including - 30.03.972, RCA Studio, Hollywood, California:
Burning Love - For The Good Times - El Paso - Johnny B. Goode - A Big Hunk O' Love - Always On My Minds - Separate Ways

31.03.1972 - RCA Studio, Hollywood, California:
Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Teddy Bear /  Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - A Big Hunk O' Love - See See Rider - For The Good Times - Funny How Time Slips Away - Burning Love - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Can't Help Falling In Love - Young And Beautiful - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Release Me - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - I, John - Bosom Of Abraham - You Better Run - Lead Me, Guide Me - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee




Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 12, 2022, 10:19:05 AM
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RCA/Legacy Recordings Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s monumental
1972 concert trek with Release of Comprehensive Elvis On Tour Box Set
on Friday, December 2

Seven-Disc Set Includes Unreleased Recordings from Three Elvis Concerts plus
San Antonio Concert Remixed, Pre-Tour Rehearsals and Complete Golden Globe
Winning MGM Film on Blu-ray

RCA/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the Elvis On Tour box set, a newly-compiled 50th anniversary celebration of Presley's monumental 1972 concert trek (premiering unreleased live and studio material), on Friday, December 2.

Fans can get their first taste of Elvis On Tour when the previously unreleased "Burning Love (Rehearsal 2)," recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood in March 1972, becomes available on all DSPs today. Listen HERE

The Elvis On Tour Box Set may be pre-ordered  HERE

A seven-disc set, with the audio selections available in digital and physical configurations, the Elvis On Tour box set includes six audio discs (premiering previously unreleased Elvis concert performances and studio rehearsals) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Blu-ray edition of the MGM Film, "Elvis On Tour," winner of Best Documentary Film at the 30th Golden Globes Awards in 1973 and the last feature film starring Elvis Presley to be released during the artist's lifetime.

RCA/Legacy's Elvis On Tour box set is produced by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and mixed by Grammy Award®-winning Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang. The original recordings were made by Felton Jarvis and Al Pachucki.

Disc 1 was recorded live on April 9, 1972, at Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material.

Disc 2 was recorded live on April 10, 1972, at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material.

Disc 3 was recorded live on April 14, 1972, at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, and contains all previously unreleased material.

Disc 4 was recorded live on April 18, 1972, at Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas, and includes previously released material (from 2003's Elvis: Close-Up box set), remixed for this release.

Disc 5 features the tour rehearsals, recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, on March 30 and 31, 1972. The disc is comprised primarily of previously unreleased tracks in addition to performances previously available on the official Elvis Presley collector's releases Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals (Follow That Dream CD 2004) and 6363 Sunset Boulevard(Follow That Dream CD 2001) as well as The Great Performances (RCA 1990).

Disc 6 completes Elvis' rehearsals with his band at RCA Recordings Studios with performances recorded March 31, 1972. The disc includes previously unreleased takes on Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" as well as performances previously available only on 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals and Amazing Grace (RCA 2CD 1994).

As Elvis Presley’s national tour played to sold-out secondary markets across the country in 1972, Elvis was enjoying himself on-stage and finding electrifying new ways of connecting to audiences at every show. Working with a band and set lists of his choosing, Elvis was channeling the music he loved most--from pop and gospel and traditional country to blues and rock and contemporary hits--while transforming his own greatest hits with fresh arrangements, turning nostalgia into an unforgettable concert experience packed with immediacy.

Award-winning filmmakers Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) went on the road with Elvis Presley and his band with all-access passes, cameras and crew to chronicle the King of Rock & Roll at his on-stage peak in MGM’s Elvis On Tour documentary film. The film captures Elvis, the human being driving the myth, behind-the-scenes backstage with his eyes open and his defenses down.  According to MGM's original press release, the Elvis On Tour film "offers the first intimate look at the enigmatic country boy who became the world's most celebrated musician."  Both documentary and concert film, Elvis On Tourfeatures montage sequences supervised by Martin Scorsese. The film was released on November 1, 1972.

The Elvis On Tour box set includes fascinating behind-the-scenes liner notes by Jerry Schilling, a longtime personal friend and member of Elvis' inner circle.

The set also features an illuminating essay by rock historian/musician Warren Zanes, founding member of The Del Fuegos and Professor at New York University. According to Zanes: "The set lists and the performances of the Elvis On Tour period bring a rare thing: a fifties legend working in the early seventies who was still taking his audiences to new places....The core band, including Ronnie Tutt, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge, the Sweet Inspirations, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, and an orchestra led by Joe Guercio, had gotten to a place at which Elvis could inject spontaneity, allowing the arena shows to have a measure of the unexpected.... 1972 was a year of one-hundred-sixty-five performances. In Jorgensen's words, it was a 'climax of his career.' While the '68 Comeback Special marked the significant point at which Presley returned to live performance, 1972 was the year in which the artist revealed most completely what he wanted to do with the creative energy such a return kicked off."

A definitive portrait of the artist in 1972, the Elvis On Tour box set arrives in the wake of the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic big-screen drama, ELVIS, from filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, starring Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' longtime manager and technical advisor.

The RCA/Legacy Elvis On Tour box set includes the songs:

See See Rider • I Got A Woman / Amen • Never Been To Spain •You Gave Me A Mountain • Until It's Time For You To Go • Polk Salad Annie •Love Me • All Shook Up • (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel •Are You Lonesome Tonight? • I Can't Stop Loving You • Hound Dog •Bridge Over Troubled Water • Suspicious Minds • For The Good Times • An American Trilogy • Love Me Tender • A Big Hunk O' Love • How Great Thou Art • Sweet, Sweet Spirit (Performed by The Stamps) •Lawdy, Miss Clawdy • Can't Help Falling In Love • Proud Mary •Heartbreak Hotel • It's Over • Funny How Time Slips Away • Burning Love •Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) • Johnny B. Goode • Always On My Mind • Separate Ways • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face •Help Me Make It Through The Night • Young And Beautiful •I, John • Bosom Of Abraham • You Better Run • Lead Me, Guide Me • Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee

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Title: Re: Elvis Presley
Post by: Rocker on August 12, 2022, 02:22:20 PM
Elvis | Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis | Warner Bros. Entertainment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps8yrhJpdEk