Elvis Concerts

By ElvisNews.com/ KeesDec 21, 2008
Elvis Concerts

This year Joseph Tunzi celebrates 20 years of JAT Productions; the third installment book to celebrate this momentum is “Elvis Concerts”.

Design

Like the previous “68 At 40” book on the “1968 Comeback Special” this book comes full color on glossy paper packed between a two hard covers. That’s the way I prefer my (picture) books. The printing is o.k. but it could be better, just like the before mentioned ’68 book you see a lot of dots on many pictures.
The quality of the pictures varies, probably due to the various sources they originate from.

Design-wise I miss the caption for the different pictures, the book contains an index but I prefer the info next to the image. Each page contains the text “Celebrating Twenty Years of Jat Productions”; that space could easily have been used for the captions. There is one exception, a live picture from June 28, 1973 contains the tracklisting of the concert. Some other pictures contain the JAT logo.

Content

The book opens with a well-written discourse by Mike Eder on Elvis on stage; “the concert years for dummies”. After that we get the main part of the book; Elvis on stage from the early fifties to the final days of his career. The balance is as to be expected, two pages on the fifties, a handful on the sixties (fortunately the Las Vegas comeback) and a lot of images from the seventies.
Personally I prefer the images from the fifties, but this time Joe Tunzi managed to collect a wide variety of images creating a great pictorial of Elvis’ concert years. Some (of his) book deal with just one concert or engagement, I think those books are boring as it contains pretty much of the same, and sometimes even from one and the same camera angle.

Not many pictures are new, less than 15% I guess, but linked to the use of them during Elvis’ career on record covers we finally get the complete image of some of the cover we know so well. A very nice idea to present the pictures this way. Other images  show Elvis on stage with the spotlight on our man, I really like those images of the  old wooden stages with an old curtain to cover up the construction. It is nothing like the lights and laser-shows we get from today’s artist. The artist had to work for his money in the “old days” ...  well Elvis surely had to.

This book also clearly shows how sloppy The Colonel and RCA wer eon designing record sleeves. The Aloha album didn’t contain a picture from the actual show, but images from the show ended up on a variety of albums that had nothing to do what so ever with the famous concert.

Conclusion

This book is an “Elvis In Concert For Dummies”; a well written overview of Elvis’ on stage, illustrated with great images of our man linked to the use of the images during his lifetime.

 

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Reactions

POLKfreak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 29, 2009report abuse
As Tunzi's JAT publishes great quality books, FTD should perhaps make a deal with him to pay for his fabulous photo materials that they could release in a booklet form toegther with non-digipack CDs on FTD label. I don't like many covers on FTD CDs. FTD should have brought/released a booklet with each non-digipack CD and that would have been their excuse to offset the enormous price increase of 30%..commerciallyspeaking of course.Do strongly believe that their FTD sales are gonna hurt them as most of us are going to be faced with the crisis and can no longer spend so much on FTD product (while other labels are bringing better product bootlegs on the market at a lower price).
Elzo (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 27, 2008report abuse
I have it and rank it as one of my most best photobooks of Elvis. It does have a lot of variation in picture choice, and the quality is great. And it is full colour.! To me it was worth every penny.
Sirbalkan (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2008report abuse
People who bought his book... did u like it ? Is it worth every cent? REALLY?

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