Calling Elvis CD
By: David Troedson
February 10, 2004 - 5:45:00 PM
Elvis CD News
Available to order from shop.elvis.com.au
It seems that the telephone medium made Elvis 'open up' more than in regular interview situations. Just compare the Hy Gardner interview - which can be heard in its entirety for the first time on this CD (Longer and in better quality than on the 'Word For Word' 5 CD-set) - with any other interview from that landmark year, and listen to how he openly talks about being homesick in the five telephone conversations recorded during his tour of duty in Germany. Included among these five calls are all three conversations with Dick Clark ('American Bandstand'), including the very rare third call from January 8, 1960, as well as the ultra-rare interview with Hawaiian discjockey Tom Moffet from January 9, 1959 (Neither of which are available on 'Word for Word' or any other CD's). Moffet got to talk to Elvis again two years later, on March 19, 1961, where Elvis talked about his love for Hawaii in some detail, and that interview is included too.
The private telephone conversations with Arlene Cogan and Ron Pietrafeso from respectively 1970 and '71 were recorded without Elvis' knowledge, and both offer us offer us fascinating glimpses into the private life of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The bonus-tracks include a never-before-released (not even on import), mega-rare radio broadcast about Elvis' first concert in Canada on April 2nd, 1957. That concert took place in Toronto, and this great CBC report makes you feel like you are in the audience. Reporter Bill Beaty describes the concert live in wonderful detail, while you can hear thousands of screaming teenagers in the background. You can even hear the finale of the show, a fragment of a wild 'Hound Dog'. A stunning piece of Presleyana!
Another recent discovery is an August 9th, 1975 radio-broadcast from Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, where sports commentator Harold Johnson was reporting on an American Football game. Johnson spotted Elvis and immediatly asked him what he thought about the game. This clip was first released a couple of weeks ago on 'Elvis Touchdown', but the sound-quality is much better on CALLING ELVIS.
From the same year is a charming recording of Elvis receiving the 'Sun Collection' LP from a fan in the audience (Las Vegas, December 13, 1975). On the FTD release Dinner At Eight you could only hear Elvis' comments, but on this alternate soundboard source you can hear the full dialogue between Elvis and the fan that gave him the LP! Yet another surprising discovery!
The recording of a July 4, 1976 "End of Tour Party" concludes our release. On this hilarious recording you can hear 'Elvis' (producer Felton Jarvis) being interviewed by comedian Jackie Kahane, and Elvis/Felton answers questions about various bandmembers and members of the entourage. Felton does a great parody of Elvis, and despite the rather crude humor you get some interesting insights about life on the road.
More than a quarter century after his death, Elvis Presley still speaks to our imaginations. Fresh and hitherto unknown information deepens our understanding of this very complex man, and Calling Elvis does just that. Because of the intimate nature of the telephone conversations, the listener gets unique insights into the man behind the legend, while the remarkable bonustracks offer us charming and amusing glimpses into his talent and personality.
All tracks were digitally remastered by the Czech audio wizard Otto Meszaros, who used more than 30 hours for the improvement of these tracks. Therefore, even those tracks that have been released before are now much better quality.
Just like its two predecessors, Calling Elvis is packaged beautifully in a deluxe, full-colour digipack with two "wings". The packaging complements the CD very well, as it contains 18 rare photographs of Elvis -- from different stages in his career -- holding a telephone! It's a true piece of art, courtesy of young Dutch designer Ron Landheer.
Calling Elvis is truly a "different" kind of release, as that it really gives you the chance to experience the REAL Elvis Presley... the man, not the legend. It's a CD that you cannot afford to be without!
Available to order from shop.elvis.com.au
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.