Book Review : Elvis Files Volume 2 : 1957-1959
If I have my analogy correct it is like playing poker, I found a fantastic book, it was a 'full house', and I declared it as I did. The only problem is I was playing against Erik Lorentzen, and he has presented me with a 'Straight Flush' in the form of The Elvis Files Volume 2 : 1957-1959 and knocked everything else out of the ballpark.
[With volume 3 we already have a hat trick to use cricket parlance, as The King of Las Vegas is also by Erik.]
To quickly sum up the value of this book I received it just before Christmas as a present from author Erik Lorentzen and as at the time of writing this, February 12, 2011 it has never found it's way to my bookshelf. It has always been near where I read and or relax, handy and has been constantly picked up and enjoyed.
True to the title, or more to the point, subtitle, this book covers in detail the years 1957 to 1959, and to say it is comprehensive is an understatement. Truthfully the content is much like the www.elvis.com.au website, with it's combination of good articles and great high quality photos, however with contributions from a highly regarded list of fans such as Joseph Tunzi, 'Dr John Carpenter', David English (Just check out David's photo articles), Keith Flynn, Alan Hanson, Joseph Pirzada, Paul Sweeney (photo date expert) and many more.
Make no mistake this book is an important release, and essential, and to make it more so it is just one part of what will be a six volume set that no one will ever want to part with, the highlight of any bookshelf. [Volume 3 was first to be released, the release dates of the remaining four titles are listed at the end of this article]
The Elvis Files books are quality hardcover, thick and heavy, but volume 2 takes it to the limit, having more pages with 528 and packed with over 1300 images, can you believe that? There are thousands of books written about Elvis Presley and each year see's more and more titles added to the plethora of books released around the world. But there are only a very small amount that can be called essential reading and even fewer that deserve to be known as great. And this book, and it's companions fit the description.
This stunning six-volume series is unlike anything you've seen before documenting almost every single day of Elvis Presley's life from the 1954 to 1977, covering everything from what he wore on stage to whom he meet that day with many unseen pictures and interesting articles and interviews.
As noted in the pre-publicity
The Elvis Files Vol. 2 features over 1300 stunning photos in its 540 pages and all in quality printing.
All Elvis 'events' in this Time Frame Period 1957-1959 are shown ...
Every Working Moment ...
Elvis AT PLAY Images. (Over 200 Newly Discovered - seen for the first time)
Plenty of off set candid moments
All the Recording Sessions
All the 'Interviews' are shown.
The Tours of 1957
The Movies: Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole, are covered in Great Detail, many unseen photos.
The Army Days
On Tour, On TV, In Germany, Paris, Memphis, Hollywood, Hawaii, Tupelo, Nashville & Las Vegas ...
We cover it all ...
A few of the interesting articles and interviews
Elvis In Gold: A Look Back (by Mike Elder)
Presley's A Nice Guy, Enjoying Popularity While It Lasts. (March '57)
23,000 See Elvis: Late Show 15,000 His largest Ever (Toronto, '57)
Elvis Ottawa Backstage Interview April 3, 1957
Gloria Pal Interview (Jailhouse Rock)
Anita Wood Interview
Elvis Vancouver Press Conference (Aug 31 1957)
Elvis Is 'Shocked' At Musicians Quitting
Elvis Pan-Pacific Interview (Oct 28 1957)
Elvis and Ernest C. Withers
Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
Jan Shepard Interview
Anita Wood Reveals 'Why Elvis And I Couldn't Marry'
Elvis Brooklyn Interview (Sept 22, 1958)
Elvis' Secretary/Girlfriend Finds Love With King's Friend
Elvis In the City Of Light By Night
When Elvis Met Priscilla
The Seven-Volume series contains:
The Elvis Files Vol. 1, 1953-1956
The Elvis Files Vol. 2, 1957-1959
The Elvis Files Vol. 3, 1960-1964
The Elvis Files Vol. 4, 1965-1968
The Elvis Files Vol. 5, 1969-1970
The Elvis Files Vol. 6, 1971-1973
The Elvis Files Vol. 7, 1974-1977
The Elvis Files - a Collectors Dream ...
Buy The Elvis Files Vol. 2 1957-1959 : Hardcover Book : 528 pages, 1300 + pictures
Elvis Presley on the set of Loving You. View more photos from the set of Loving You.
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Currently available to order are :
Buy The Elvis Files Volume 3 : Hardcover Book : 1960-1964 : 472 pages, 1300 pictures
Buy The Elvis Files Volume 4 : Hardcover Book : 1965-1968 : 500 pages, 1000 pictures
Buy The Elvis Files Volume 2 : Hardcover Book : 1957-1959 : 528 pages, 1300 pictures
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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.