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Re-Release : If I Can Dream Deluxe Box Set, 17 track extended limited edition

To be re-released only in Holland and France at the end of February is the deluxe box set of 'If I Can Dream'. In the box is a beautiful 17 track double LP vinyl album set, a poster, a 12' size booklet, and last but not least, a 17 track CD, yes both the CD and the double vinyl record have an extra three bonus tracks, 'What Now My Love, 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Anything That's Part of You'. And all in a nice box! The regular version of the CD includes 14 tracks in the UK, as per the US and Australian versions ... So what do we think of the three extra tracks? In this new review we use a selection of the feedback we have received. Pre-order now!
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Review : The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977 Hardcover Book

Flipping through the 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977' my first reaction is this book was put together very well, presented in the chronological form ... I can't help but be pleased, I could not see any better way of presenting the Elvis 45 record sleeves, Elvis EP & Elvis LP Covers than the way that they are presented to us in this book. The Vinyl Artwork book contains most of the original photography for the albums, singles and extended plays released in Elvis Presley's lifetime. Many of the photos are the full gorgeous images as they were originally photographed with many never before seen in their entirety. Many of these photos are considered to be some of the greatest photography on Elvis Presley. 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977contains The SinglesThe Extended PlaysThe Albums, Selective Back Cover Art, Letters, Documents, Layouts, Alternate Artwork/Photo's, complete discography ...
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DVD Review : Elvis The Hollywood Collection

Everyone has a favorite Elvis movie. There are the obvious choices Blue Hawaii and GI BluesJailhouse Rock, and Love Me Tender that made Elvis' career in films. In this nice six film collection (Released in 2007) from Warner Brothers, there are some of the Elvis movies that don't always get shown during Elvis tribute times, but are special to many people. There is nothing like an Elvis movie to make viewers nostalgic. You may not have lived it, but with Elvis as the star, you certainly feel a part of the action. Anyone up for 'doing the clam?'
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Review : Elvis As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis FTD CD

I remember as a young fan first hearing Elvis As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis around 1984, now some 20 years later and 30 years after the actual show took place we get to hear the almost complete 70 minute show (well 69 minutes!) Still on one CD release that's almost twice the running time of the LP version!
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : The Impossible Dream FTD CD

The Impossible Dream captures Elvis Presley at the start of his fourth Las Vegas season beginning on January 26th 1971 and marks the first time RCA/BMG/FTD have officially released live recordings from this year. Although three other soundboards have been unofficially released from the same engagement, thankfully FTD decided to issue the previously unreleased January 28th dinner show along with several bonus tracks.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Daniel Avram

Review : Chicago Stadium 2 CD 1976 Soundboard Set From FTD [Two Concerts]

1976 was a turbulent year for The King of Rock n' Roll. His continually declining health coupled with a hectic touring schedule resulted in a very up and down quality to his shows throughout the year. Coming off the summer portion of his touring schedule, where he endured numerous mediocre concert reviews, Elvis kicked off his 8th tour of 1976 with a 2-night engagement at the Chicago Stadium in the 'Windy City' of Chicago, Illinois. Did the 35-day vacation between tours help E... lvis to rejuvenate from the frenzied pace of his summer tours? The 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label answers that question with it's 96th release - Chicago Stadium a 2-CD set containing both performances in Chicago on Oct 14th and 15th.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Mike Hermenet

Review : Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas FTD 2 CD Special Edition

FTD's treatment is Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas, released  this month with the help of outtakes not being overdubbed in any way ... reveals a more intimate and sensitive side of the Christmas recordings that took place in Nashville during two nights in May, 1971. When released on the original album back in 1971, Felton Jarvis had just about used every trick in the book when it came to making overdubs on If I Get Home On Christmas Day, adding strings, horns and a lot of backing vocals, creating what I like to call a 'bombastic Elvis sound'. Listening to the alternate takes, especially the early ones, you can almost be fooled into thinking it's another song, it sounds so much more intimate.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Thomas Melin

Review : The On Stage Season : The Opening And Closing Shows, February 1970

Sandwiched between Elvis' iconic return to Las Vegas in 1969, and the triumph of the 'That's The Way It Is' documentary (1970) - 'On Stage Season' FTD 2-CD captures Elvis in spectacular form during his live performances - and includes two complete soundboard shows in the best EVER quality from his 1970 Jan/Feb Las Vegas engagement. Follow That Dream offer a double whammy of historic 1970 shows by including both the opening and closing shows from the Jan/Feb Vegas engagement.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Tinson

Review : Elvis At Stax 3-CD box plus 1 Hour Radio program

Previously unheard nuances are present throughout disc one and two and it's all been given an illustrious sonic sheen. It's all wrapped in a delicious box set with rare photos (including: Elvis driving his white Blackhawk Stutz; Elvis and Linda Thompson driving golf buggy at Graceland, 1974; and various colourful 45 rpm single sleeves and covers for 'Raised On Rock', 'Promised Land', 'I've Got A Thing About You Baby' etc. It's an interesting booklet and with comprehensive liner notes). All things considered, ELVIS AT STAX is chockfull of gems - a veritable treasure-trove of his, utmost personal recordings, and totally essential.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > Elvis Articles > By David Tinson

Review : If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD

There have been several attempts at an Elvis Presley remix album, none of which have worked. This one does! The songs don't and were never intended to replace the original masters, nothing ever could, but to my ears Sony Music have succeeded where others have failed – they have produced an album that that while remaining faithful to the style that was Elvis Presley have created a new listening experience. And this is what the album is, a new listening experience, not a replacement of his body of work. And importantly it is an album. One that Elvis would have - could have - gone into the studio to cut.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > Elvis Articles > By David Troedson

Review : The February 1977 Tour An Audiovisual Documentary Vol. 1

Back in the mid-to-late-'90s, the Rock Legends label had been responsible for several Elvis CD projects, however, it eventually and mysteriously dissolved as per the norm given its 'bootlegt' status. The audio quality of these compact discs had largely varied from good to excellent but soundboard sources became scarce and competing with the then newly developed Follow That Dream label proved difficult, if not impossible. Around 2013, the label resurfaced (suspected under new management) with several re-releases in the way of such titles as From Richmond To Greensboro, No More Feedbacks, and most recently with clearer audience recordings on Las Vegas' Voice Volumes 1 and 2, among others.
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Review : That's The Way It Is FTD 2 CD Special Edition

Though That's The Way It Is eventually became my favorite album, it had to grow on me over the years. Though often overlooked, That's The Way It Is contains some of the best songs and performances of his entire career ... this 2008 re-issue turns out to be a must-have for serious fans ... This is the definitive look at the That's The Way It Is portions of the June 1970 Nashville sessions. Plus, this edition pulls everything together in one nice package. It has improved sound quality on a number of the previously released alternate tracks. 
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

Review : Elvis As Recorded At Boston Garden ‘71 FTD CD

Taken as a whole, Elvis As Recorded At Boston Garden '71 is a strong release. Concerts probably should not be picked apart song-by-song as I have done here, as it is the overall experience that counts. Elvis more than delivers a fantastic show. This is one of many concerts where I find myself wishing that I could have somehow been there. The sound quality is impressive, considering that it is a soundboard recording. I love how FTD tied in the album art with the Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden album. The liner notes and photos by Avenell give this release a personal feel and warmth. A must-have for fellow fans of the era.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

A Man From Elvis Presley Boulevard : Review of From Elvis Presley Boulevard FTD

The first ten tracks of FTD's 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee' represent the original album that RCA released in May 1976. Recorded at Graceland in February of that year, this album is thematically the saddest ever released by Elvis. It also may be the most honest look at himself ever made available by the man living behind the gates of that home on Elvis Presley Boulevard. Despite the at times overblown production, 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' is a beautiful and moving album. Highlights include 'For The Heart', 'Hurt', 'Never Again', and 'Love Coming Down'.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > Elvis Articles > By Troy Yeary

Review : America FTD CD ; Elvis in Omaha 1976

With America, this time Ernst is giving us a representation on soundboard of Elvis' second 1976 tour, the real bonus being that neither of these 2 shows have ever been released before.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : Elvis Now FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set

Perhaps the best part of FTD's 'Elvis Now' is that every song sounds better than it ever has before. If you love Elvis in the 1969 - 1971 era represented by this album and care about audio quality, you will be thrilled with these sound upgrades - particularly on the master takes. Kudos to FTD for much improvement in this area over the years. 'Elvis Now' is a different kind of listening experience than that of 'From Elvis In Memphis' or 'That's The Way It Is'. While those two albums are monumental, their greatness should not take away from the understated achievement that Elvis Now represents.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

Review : The Jungle Room Sessions CD

'The Jungle Room Sessions', the 4th volume in the Follow That Dream label's releases. And let it be said loud and clear from the start, that it was indeed worth the wait as this is a magnificent album and by far the best Follow That Dream release ... we get the biggest of all surprises: The only surviving, ten seconds long fragment of Elvis trying out 'America' in the studio.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Jakob Skjernaa Hansen

Review : Calling Elvis CD

There you go! The title of this CD pretty much says it all; Calling Elvis is a talking album containing all known to date telephone conversations of Elvis Presley. The CD also has a few musical surprises.
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Review : Elvis : Back In Memphis : FTD Special Edition 2 CD Classic Album

Review of the FTD release, Back In Memphis, by Troy Yeary. When I first heard the original 'Back In Memphis', over twenty years ago, I was surprised by my disappointment. After listening to this expanded FTD release of the album, I am surprised yet again. Not by disappointment this time, but by how much I enjoyed it. Gold Verdict: Two long blasts on the train whistle (highest rating).
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Review : Elvis In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada 2 CD set

... If, on the other hand, you are an Elvis fan who has not been exposed to this material very much before, then you are in for a real treat. Between the two discs on this Elvis In Person Special Edition 2 CD set, you will have at least one version of every song released from this engagement thus far. Sit back, crank it up, and enjoy!
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > Video and Audio > By Troy Yeary

Elvis Presley : Gladiators : A DVD review by Geoffrey Mc Donnell

This is the long awaited DVD officially released by Elvis Presley Enterprises. After watching this I found it 'worthwhile' and in understanding Elvis an essential purchase, especially when you understand the man studied several styles for two decades and took it VERY seriously from 1960-1974.
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Review : I Sing All Kinds The Nashville 1971 Sessions FTD CD

Sometimes living a long life has its rewards. Living to see this superb FTD album, 'I Sing All Kinds', is surely one of them. Shorn of the intrusive post production dubs, orchestration and background harmonies of the original releases, and given some inspired sound mixing, the songs on this FTD release are a joy to listen to. The improvement in sound and feel of the original releases is remarkable ...
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Mark Cunliffe

Every Elvis fan ... needs a 'Change of Habit' ...

Change Of Habit' from FTD books is a high quality photo book covering Elvis Presley's last feature film with over 400 pages containing over 150 unpublished photos combined with interesting articles and interviews with cast and crew. To make this book really interesting, included are twenty six pages of candids taken by fans during 1969, all great shots, showing Elvis looking so good. And then there is the bonus CD, finally housed well at the back of the book, you can actually get the disc out easily.

Review: Love Letters FTD Special Edition 2 CD

'That's The Way It Is' and 'Elvis Country' were two of the most artistic albums in Elvis' career. What makes them special, is a true concept behind the selection of the songs. 'Love Letters' could not live up to this high standard, since it was a strange mixture of songs, that could not make it on the 'TTWII' and 'Country' releases in the first place, for reasons of available time, quality or strategy.
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Review : Raised On Rock FTD CD

What we get here is the complete 'Raised On Rock' original album, the rough mixed masters to 5 songs and the 4 instrumental tracks - what a package!!! Obviously not much new is learned on disc 1, hearing the first 10 album tracks again - except that the SOUND on this FTD really DOES seem excellent.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee FTD 2 CD Special Edition

As you can tell, most of the songs on Elvis Sings Memphis, Tennessee are top-notch recordings that deserved better than being used as B-Sides and album fillers. If you think of 1963 and 1964 as wasted years in Elvis' recording career due to the movie soundtracks, then this album may come as a revelation to you. Despite the movie tunes, Elvis was also busy cranking out great material in Nashville.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

Review : Big Boss Man FTD CD

Big Boss Man represents Elvis' 18th March - 1st April 1975 Las Vegas season. What we get is a full CD with parts of 3 shows from that season, giving us some rarely performed songs. While 5 songs have been previously released on 'Live in Las Vegas' 4 CD set, the 8 bonus songs are very nice additions to an essential CD representing a great Las Vegas season.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : Elvis : Aloha Via Satellite Deluxe Hardcover Book

.. 'By Most Accounts Elvis was as happy and exhilarated as anyone around him had ever seen'. Once more presented with an artistic challenge, he embraced each day that brought the live show date nearer. He incessantly pondered his intended presentation, emphatically compiling and revising the set-list on a daily basis. Among the musical gems being considered were songs like 'The Wonder Of You', 'My Babe', 'The Impossible Dream', 'Suzy Q', and 'The Twelfth Of Never'. These selections were eventually omitted in favor of 'What Now My Love', 'Steamroller Blues', 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'It's Over' and 'My Way'.

Review : Boston Garden '71 FTD CD

Despite performing more than 1,000 shows between 1969-1977, there are several concerts which stand out among Elvis fans for one reason or another. One of those concerts was a one-time only performance in Boston during the fall of 1971. For many years, this historic and rare concert made the rounds on the import release circuit in varying degrees of sound quality. But thanks to the good folks at the 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label, Elvis fans can now enjoy the ultimate release of this fine performance.

Review : Big Boss Man FTD CD

Big Boss Man provides us with a complete concert (77 minutes of mostly unreleased material) plus eight bonus songs from Elvis' twelfth season in Las Vegas, 18th March - 1st April, 1975, a year that would have many highs and lows for the forty year old superstar. A valuable bonus inclusion is Elvis' only known recording of Bobby Darin's You're The Reason I'm Living - a true rarity, the song is charming and unrehearsed. The tracklisting provides a great overview of Elvis' return to live performances following a five-month absence. This CD is worth acquiring, as very few soundboards are available from this engagement. 'Big Boss Man' reveals a dedicated entertainer in strong voice doing what he loves best ... you will not be disappointed.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Daniel Avram

Review : Promised Land : FTD 2 CD Classic Album by Mike Hermenet

... For all of these reasons, and many more which I could spend all day talking about: Promised Land is now my all-time favorite Elvis album. It has taken almost 35 years to get here, but it was well worth the wait! ...
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Mike Hermenet

Review : Rockin' Across Texas Book & CD

Released by the Follow That Dream label this is an extended reprint of the book 'Elvis in Texas' under the title 'Elvis Presley : Rockin' Across Texas'. This book comes in a bigger format than its original, has a hard cover, more pages and a better quality of paper and perfectly matches the theme; Elvis, Scotty MooreBill Black and DJ Fontana live on stage in Texas. That's exactly what the book is all about.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Book Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : Elvis Live in L.A. FTD Book + 2 CDs

Elvis Presley Live in L.A. is a combined FTD book and CD release mostly based around Elvis' Los Angeles 11th May 1974 performances, particularly the evening show. The photos come from the Sherif Hannah collection and the soundboard contains most of Elvis' 11th May 1974 evening show + 'You Can Have Her' rare performance from an audience recorded source.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Review : Promised Land : FTD 2 CD Classic Album

Follow That Dream's 'Promised Land' completes the STAX trilogy and the 2-CD version is a welcome addition to the growing catalogue of collectors releases. The Promised Land album is indeed a classic but by including the alternate album and 'the making of' – it's now widescreen (so to speak) ... To sum up, Elvis took us on a trip to the promised land that's one hell of a ride ...
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Tinson

Review : 'The Last Farewell' 5 CD box set, 1976 Graceland sessions

'The Last Farewell' 5 CD / Book set is housed in a stunning pewter box 12" x 12" and 2" high. The set is a one-stop collectors delight containing every recording and outtake known to exist from Elvis' last recording sessions at Graceland, February and October 1976. Included is much interesting banter from the 'King', to interest any fan. Then the book, 11" x 11", is a combination of interesting excepts of interviews with musicians, articles (Starting with the vacation in VAIL Colorado) and unseen photo's, never published before of Elvis. Nice additions are the write-ups about each song, some brief, others detailed.

Review : On Stage : February, 1970 : FTD 2 CD Special Edition Classic Album

Mike Hermenet and David Troedson have teamed up to Review the On Stage : February, 1970 : FTD 2 CD Special Edition Classic Album containing a CDs worth of unreleased material from the FTD vaults.

Review : Elvis Sings Guitar Man FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set

The Follow That Dream classic album, or more correctly 'wannabe' classic album 'Elvis Sings Guitar Man' containing secular masters cut in Nashville, Tennessee between May 1966 and September 1967. In order to proceed we must establish some background to the material included. Coming in the deluxe 7" packaging we've become accustomed to with FTD this release is another stunner. The sound quality is universally excellent throughout. Snap this one up, you won't be disappointed!
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Review : Our Memories Of Elvis : 2-Disc Set from FTD

In 1979 Joan Deary had an idea for a unique concept album. The idea was to release an album featuring Elvis' recordings stripped down to basics ... the 'Pure Elvis Sound'. Many fans had commented that Elvis' later recordings suffered from too much overdubbing or 'sweetening', often causing Elvis' vocal performances to be buried beneath lavish, often over-the-top orchestral productions.The 'Our Memories Of Elvis' series has been long out of print. But now, thanks to the good folks at Follow That Dream (FTD) Records, Elvis' fans can stroll down memory lane once again with their release, 'Our Memories Of Elvis': Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Mike Hermenet

Elvis Presley and Karate

Elvis was first exposed to Karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim until 1958. One nice thing about the military was that you got thirty days of paid vacation (leave) each year. During his vacation in Paris he would take private lessons with Tetsugio Murakami, one of Japan's top shotokan stylists, who would help pioneer shotokan in Europe. On one occasion he spent nine straight days studying for several hours each day with Murakami.
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Review : Promised Land : FTD 2 CD Classic Album

Ever since Good Times was released by the Follow That Dream label two years ago I've been looking forward to Promised Land getting the classic album treatment as well, and earlier this month it finally arrived. After listening to the two CD's packed with alternate takes and interesting studio dialog as well as some rehearsals and undubbed masters, I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > FTD > By Thomas Melin

Review : Good Times FTD Special Edition 2 CD Classic Album

Good Times marked the second album released from Elvis' 1973 sessions at Stax studio in Memphis. This version from the Follow That Dream collectors label includes all ten tracks from the original album and thirty-seven additional tracks of alternate takes and undubbed masters. FTD's Classic Album series serves as the best possible format for this album, with sound quality in most cases as good or better than previous releases. FTD's version of Good Times turns out to be a fine upgrade of the original album.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

Review : Moody Blue 2 CD Set from FTD

There's a great moment on CD-2 of the new FTD 'Moody Blue' release - two fabulous rehearsals of the funky 'Way Down' start the disc - with Elvis and his band joking amid jamming and a throbbing bass guitar. Take 1 is reminiscent in feel to the funky jam intro to, 'I Got A Feeling In My Body' (Elvis At Stax 3-CD). After the first breakdown, Elvis say's: 'When Briggs fingers start bleeding' see, we know we've got it!' Ronnie Tutt's thumping drums herald take 2A, followed by David Briggs electric piano, and Norbert Putnam's supercool bass - fabulous! Again Ernst Jorgensen and the Follow That Dream team deserve credit for this magnum opus - 'Moody Blue' is the sound of the mature Elvis. Most highly recommended.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Tinson

Review : Elvis : Hot August Night : August 25, 1969 : Midnight Show

Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! Why? I could say, listen to it and you will agree, but I offer you an interesting fact, it was from this concert that RCA chose to use seven [7] of the tracks to make up the original 12 track 'Elvis In Person' album in 1969. This is 58% of the albums tracks. And this is from the good number of concerts recorded of which several have been released on CD by FTD. So crystal clear stereo sound and a great performance.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > Elvis CD News > FTD > By David Troedson

Review : Love Me Tender 2-CD 7" FTD classic soundtrack

Celebrating Elvis's first motion picture - Follow That Dream present 'Love Me Tender' in the 2-CD 7" classic soundtrack format -- and its stunning audio and visual content is highly impressive. The sound here is warm, detailed and full on the soundtracks original EP recordings.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Tinson

Review : Elvis At American Sound Studio 2-CD Set

FTD's 'Elvis At American Sound Studio' 2-CD opens a door to the remarkable 1969 Memphis recording sessions. As a stand-alone release it includes the remaining songs not originally available on the landmark FTD albums', Back In Memphis' & 'From Elvis In Memphis' plus an additional thirty unreleased nuggets. Akin to admiring two beautiful paintings, and discovering a third, a clever compile results in a pleasing listen which augments the stellar Memphis 1969 recording sessions trilogy with aplomb.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Tinson

Review : The Definitive Elvis Collection Volumes 1-8 DVDs

The dedication and labor that went into the production of 'The Definitive Elvis' is obvious. This presentation of Elvis' companions, loves, associates and fans is sensational. I found myself with so many emotions as I watched in anticipation. Like reading a fantastic book, to hard not to continue. I applaud and give five stars to the accomplishment of this sixteen hour masterpiece.
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Review : Elvis Presley Flaming Star Blu-ray

Hot on the heels of their Blu-ray release of Follow That Dream, Twilight Time is back with another Elvis Presley vehicle, 1960's Flaming Star. This spiffy new Blu-ray, which boasts an excellent transfer, is strictly limited to 3,000 copies. Director Don Siegel tackled this Western several years after gritty '50s classics like 'Riot in Cell Block 11' (1954) and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956), but this was more than a decade before his iconic 'Dirty Harry'. Make no mistake, this is no Elvis Presley musical lark; The King meant business with this one. He knocks out a novelty tune early on, presumably to satisfy those who simply couldn't bear the thought of a Presley movie without tunes, but otherwise he is here to act. Technical merits of this release are generally very good, and Flaming Star comes Recommended.
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Review : The Wonder of You FTD CD

Experiencing relatively complete shows like this one, when Elvis was in top form, means a lot to me. This is FTD's best concert release to date, and I'll be enjoying this show for years to come. Sit back and enjoy Elvis' August 13 Dinner Show, the sixth and final show that RCA recorded for That's The Way It Is.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Troy Yeary

Review : 'Elvis: King of Entertainment' DVD

'Elvis: King of Entertainment' DVD is one of the most comprehensive documentaries of the King's history. It starts during the war years and documents the influence the local charismatic churches had on his life. A great deal of the video coverage is a first for Elvis fans. The account then continues on through his meteoric climb to fame, shows TV footage not seen before and continues on through his movie career to his return as a live entertainer enchanting the world.
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Review : He Touched Me : The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley DVD

He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley. Brilliant, sincere, touching could all be used to describe this two part documentary and no more would need to be said but then again the purpose of a review is to give the reader an in-depth description of what is being reviewed. This two part documentary, narrated by Sander Vanocur, is definitely a labor of love and the sincerity of all involved shines through time and time again. The documentary delves deeply into exploring the religious side of Elvis' life, which most Elvis fans knew existed, but had only heard little snippets of prior to this documentary.
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Review : Elvis, Linda & Me: Unseen Pictures & Untold Stories from Graceland Book

Jim Cox, author of 'Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers', has done a wonderful job telling Jeanne LeMay Dumas's story in the riveting 'Elvis, Linda & Me'. Miss Dumas has been Linda Thompson's best friend since they met in 1972 as they competed for the title of Miss USA. With so many Presley books in print, it's rare that a new project will be so chock full of never-before-told stories and unpublished photographs that you want to tell everybody you know to go out and purchase a copy, but that's exactly how I feel about this book. For my money, the candids of Elvis in his Karate outfit/black belt during his June 1973 concert tour, with Lisa Marie in a Nashville hotel room in-between shows and unseen photos of Elvis' bedroom were worth the price of the book... and then some!
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Review : Elvis A Generous Heart DVD

For all his accomplishments, perhaps Elvis Presley's greatest, and unknown legacy was his enormous generosity, unknown until now. With the use of new interviews, on-location filming, classic footage and photos, Elvis A Generous Heart takes you through the history of a shy, humble country boy always ready to share his love, and treasures, with friends, family and even complete strangers. For the hardcore Elvis fan there is perhaps too much same old. But the new material and unseen footage on offer go a long way, offering a new insight and appreciation of the world's greatest entertainer.
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Review : I'll Remember You FTD CD

With I'll Remember You, FTD finally gives us a brand 'new' show from February 3, 1973 Midnight Show in Las Vegas. Before the release, incorrect 'rumours' were going around that this would be the Dinner Show of the same date, that was already released way back on the Fort Baxter's It's a Matter Of Time CD release in 1993!
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By Geoffrey Mc Donnell

Must Own Rock Album : Elvis Country FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set

How do you follow up an album like From Elvis In Memphis and the singles and follow up album that flowed from the 1969 recording sessions at Chip's Moman's Memphis American Sound Studio's? In February 1970 RCA recorded Elvis live in Las Vegas and released the classic live album, On Stage, but it was not until June of that year that Elvis re-entered a studio to cut an album proper. Elvis Country was the result, released in January 1971, it was Elvis' only real concept album and in my opinion does rate as Elvis best album. Elvis recorded country music throughout his career - from classics at Sun sessions in the Fifties to unrepentant schlock. 1971's Elvis Country isn't as famous as his 1969 landmark From Elvis In Memphis but it's one of his most consistent, thematically tight albums, showing off his voice in boundless, effortless form and taking on a set of songs he had a deep connection with.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > FTD > By David Troedson

Barbra Streisand in top form in star-studded duets album

Great voices don't always make beautiful music together - because collaborations don't just require exceptional pipes, they also demand vocal harmony and good chemistry. So, does 'Love Me Tender', Barbra Streisand's duet with Elvis Presley, make the grade? We're happy to note that the song is one of the best tracks in the 72-year-old diva's 34th studio album, 'Partners'.
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Video & Audio Review : G.I. Blues : The Cafe Europa Sessions 4 CD Deluxe Set

The G.I. Blues : The Cafe Europa Sessions 4 CD Deluxe Set lived up to the pre-release publicity, in fact MRS sold themselves short in their description of the set !!! Cafe Europa is genuinely like a hardcover book with proper binding ... Putting the book 'aside', the four CDs contain nearly 4 hours of Elvis' officially UNRELEASED studio takes from the 'Café Europa' sessions, recorded for the movie ultimately titled G.I. Blues. The audio contained here includes the master recordings from the original soundtrack album 'G.I. Blues' plus, hours of alternate takes of all songs, with all the Elvis studio banter intact and, instilling new insight and live atmosphere into the complete making of this historic movie soundtrack. Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley MP3 Audio Video audio preview.
Elvis Reviews > Video and Audio > Elvis CD Reviews > By David Troedson

Review : That's The Way It Is 8 CD + 2 DVD Box Set

Review of the 'That's The Way It Is' 8 CD + 2 DVD Box Set by David Tinson.
Elvis Reviews > Elvis CD Reviews > Elvis Articles > By David Tinson

Review : Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

The Memphis Recording Service [MRS], the producers of this DVD, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! 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
Elvis Reviews > Elvis DVD Reviews > Video and Audio > By David Adams

Review : Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis 4 LP Vinyl Set

'I'm a steamroller baby!' --> Elvis sings on the phenomenal new Legacy 4-LP vinyl release 'As Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' (Music On Vinyl) -- and it's just one of the many highlights that sound fresher and more dynamic on the vinyl LP format. The CD versionhas indeed proved very popular, however, listening to the concert on a vinyl record is an altogether different experience —the iconic 1974 album includes stunning remastered sound and it rocks! Elvis and The TCB band are almost in the room...
Elvis Reviews > Elvis Articles > Vinyl Records > By David Tinson

Elvis' movies and I : My review of the Hollywood Elvis DVDs

When I think about Elvis' movies, I sometimes think back to when I first 'discovered' Elvis Presley (January of 1978) and my first impressions of 'Elvis movies'. What I always recall is initially enjoying these films but cringing when Elvis would start singing, probably nothing against Elvis, just that to my mind movies were for acting not singing, as such I could not stand it when the story was interrupted But then after a while (probably) I learned to love both (So I assume this part) but then it developed (I assume slowly evolved) into actually watching the movies FOR Elvis' singing and as the movies got 'tired' as in I had seen them often I began to lose interest in the actual movie and just watch for the songs. Which (I guess) eventually led to a decline in overall interest.