Review - He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley DVD
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.
Long before Elvis was heralded as the king of rock 'n' roll, he was a faithful fan of gospel music. Although it was instrumental in shaping his spiritual life as well as his career, no documentary has truly chronicled this facet of his life ... until now.
He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley features more than 30 of Elvis' gospel recordings and never-before-seen footage. This 3-hour collection, filled with personal stories by those who knew him well, goes behind the scene of Elvis' career. Discover how Elvis was dramatically influenced by two of southern gospel music's premiere quartets, The Statesmen and the Blackwood Brothers. Learn the controversy surrounding this performance of 'Peace In The Valley' on the Ed Sullivan Show and hear the surprising story behind the recording of his signature hymn, 'How Great Thou Art'. You'll see Elvis in a new light as you witness how deeply he was touched by gospel music.
This is one of the most moving documentries about Elvis you will see. Gospel music was a big part of ELvis life and this tells the story of how Elvis came to be inlfuenced by it,who his influences were and how he recorded his songs. The footage used is brilliant - Elvis in the 50's, 60's & 70's is well represented and source material is the best available!
You don't have to be religious to be uplifted by the stories about Elvis generosity of spirit or the Music. The music is infectious, uplifting and reverencial. And Elvis in performance is totally mesmorising. Every ELvis fan should have this in thier collection. There is a bit of duplication of material on the second disc but that doesn't detract from its value - in my eyes it adds to it!
I have always loved Elvis' Gospel music. This DVD shows an indepth look into the Spiritual life of Elvis and his love and longing to love the Lord. I found the interviews to be very inspiring and hopeful for Elvis' salvation. One interview with Myrna Smith of the Sweet Inspirations tells of Elvis and praying and laying hands for healing on one of the girls because she had an tumor which she was healed of.
This double DVD with over 3 hours of material is great value - I am an Elvis fan and know that there's a lot of substandard documentries to be wary of. This is not one of them. If you are thinking about buying this - don't hesitate! Trust me - its brilliant!!!!!
Featuring more than forty of Elvis' gospel songs, He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley explores his faith and the prominent role that gospel music played throughout his life as witnessed by those who knew him well. Anecdotes, by Gospel greats Ed Enoch (The Stamps), the late J. D. Sumner (The Stamps), Jake Hess (The Imperials), Myrna Smith (The Sweet Inspirations), Ray Walker (The Jordanaires) and many more, trace Elvis' Gospel roots and are skillfully interwoven with performances of Elvis singing Gospel music.
Disc One includes: Crying In The Chapel, His Hand In Mine, Joshua Fit The Battle, So High, If We Never Meet Again, Milky White Way, Stand By Me, Somebody Bigger Than You And I, I Believe In The Man In The Sky, In The Garden, Mansion Over The Hilltop, Farther Along, Where No One Stands Alone, I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs, Without Him, Working On The Building, You'll Never Walk Alone, Swing Down Sweet Chariot, Where Could I Go But To The Lord, In The Ghetto
Disc Two includes: (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), I Believe,Take My Hand, Precious Lord, It Is No Secret (What God Can Do), I, John, Bosom Of Abraham, You Better Run, Lead Me, Guide Me, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee, He Touched Me, I've Got Confidence, Amazing Grace, A Thing Called Love, Put Your Hand In The Hand, Reach Out To Jesus, If That Isn't Love, Bridge Over Troubled Water, An American Trilogy, Why Me Lord, How Great Thou Art.
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.