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Elvis The Documentaries Volumes 1 And 2

By ElvisNews.com / KeesSep 16, 2006
Elvis The Documentaries Volumes 1 And 2

Released in line with Joe Tunzi’s “The Documentaries” book are two CDs from the Dutch EFE fan club.

Design

The design of volume 1 follows Joe Tunzi’s book almost 1 on 1, the second volume has a more modern design. The 8 pages booklets are nicely designed with lots of images and memorabilia, we miss some liner notes. The CDs are presented as promotional CDs and are limited to 500 copies.

Content

What to say of the content of releases like these two? These talking only releases contain only talking and some snippets of music and Elvis singing. It is Elvis, it is material from two great documentaries but still you will probably spin these releases only once. Just as with Tunzi’s book on the documentaries, there is so much great footage – image and sound – available lately that just reading the book and browsing black and white images or listening to the spoken soundtrack isn’t that exciting. Listening to these CDs it is kind of “sitting in” with the King, something we would have liked to do, if only for a minute. You pick up a few new facts, but at the end you say, heart that, done that.

Conclusion

These two CDs should have been released as a package with Joe Tunzi’s book, making it more of an audiovisual package.

Volume 1

Track listing That's The Way It Is:

1· Rehearsing I Just Can t Help Believin (August 10, 1970 Las Vegas)
2 Are You Horny Tonight? (July 29, 1970 MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.)
3· Rehearsing Polk Salad Annie (August 7, 1970 Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal)
4· Eating Hamburgers (July 14, 1970 Los Angeles, CA.)
5· Rehearsing Sweet Caroline (July 14, 1970 Los Angeles, CA.)
6· Rehearsing Mary In The Morning (August 7, 1970 Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal)
7· Dialogue (August 7, 1970 Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal)
8· Rehearsing I ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (August 7, 1970 Las Vegas Showroom rehearsal)
9. Rehearsal excerpt #2 (August 7, 1970 Las Vegas)
10· Don t It Make You Wanna Go Home (July 29, 1970 MGM Studios, Culver City, CA.)
11· Nerves (August 10, 1970 Las Vegas)
12· Reading Telegrams before opening show (August 10, 1970 Las Vegas)
13· Talking and singing backstage before opening show (August 10, 1970 Las Vegas)

Track listing Elvis On Tour

14· Opening scene Elvis On Tour (1972 From The Movie)
15. A conversation with Elvis about Elvis On Tour
16. El Paso (March 30· Rehearsal excerpt)
17· Backstage Discussion (April 15, 1972 Macon, GA)
18· Denise Sanchez meets Elvis (April 19, 1972 Albuquerque, NM.)
19· Dressing Room Conversation (April 1972)
20· Elvis and co-producer/director Bob Abel talking about / The Wild Early Years
21. Entertaining Fans
22· Assembling Singers And Musicains
23· Live Performances
24· Jaycee Awards Speech
25. First Talent Contest
26· His Famous Sideburns
27· Humes High Annual Minstrel Show, 1953
28· Driving A Truck And Sun Records
29· From The Waist Up
30· Jealousy And / Acceptance
31· Trapped In Hollywood
32· His Entourage
33· Tour Preparation /
34· Film Title Revelation (April 1972) /
35· Little Rock Concert Promotor Interview (April 1972)

Bonus

36· RIAA Gold Records presentation (August 1972 At Elvis Dressing Room, Las Vegas)

Volume 2

That's The Way It Is:
1 · Elvis welcomes the audience (August 10, 1970, opening show · Las Vegas)
2 · A “Love” song (August 12, 1970, midnight show · Las Vegas.)
3 · “Love Me Tender” (August 12, 1970, midnight show · Las Vegas)
4 · Introduction of “Just Pretend” (August 12, 1970, midnight show · Las Vegas)
5 · Men With Broken Hearts (August 11, 1970 · Las Vegas)
6 · “It’s Your Baby, You Rock It” (July 15, 1970 · MGM Studios, Culver City, California)
7 · Rehearsal excerpts (July 15, 1970 · MGM Studios, Culver City, California)
8 · Rehearsing “Make The World Go Away” (July 24, 1970 · RCA Studios, Hollywood, California.)
9 · Joking with intro “Memories” (July 24, 1970 · RCA Studios, Hollywood, California)
10 · Rehearsing “Sweet Caroline” (July 24, 1970 · RCA Studios, Hollywood, California)

Elvis On Tour - The Elvis experiences (1972 · From the movie):
11 · Sound check
12 · Rehearsal excerpt
13 · Welcome to the Elvis show
14 · Joe Esposito warns Elvis about a potential hazard
15 · Showtime!
16 · Introductions of the band
17 · Fans talking about Elvis / show excerpts
18 · Limousine Ride (Jacksonville, Florida, after April 16, 1972 Afternoon show)
19 · Discussing songs for the upcoming tour (March 30, 1972)
20 · Discussing songs & music clearances (March 30, 1972)
21 · Mayor Roy Webber talks about Elvis arrival (April 11, 1972 · Roanoke, Virginia)
22 · Meeting Mayor Roy Webber (April 11, 1972 · Roanoke, Virginia)
23 · Backstage in San Antonio, Texas. (April 18, 1972)
24 · Elvis talking about gospel music (interview excerpt)
25 · Hotel rehearsal (April 17, 1972 · Greensboro)
26 · Elvis leaving down the hall (April 17, 1972 · Greensboro)
27 · Backstage in Jacksonville, Florida. (April 16, 1972)
28 · Hiring The Stamps Quartet (March 31, 1972 · Los Angeles, California)
29 · Musical Roots (March 31, 1972 · Los Angeles, California)
30 · Vernon Presley at Graceland, part one (outside interview)
31 · Vernon Presley at Graceland, part two (inside interview)

Special Bonus
32 · Elvis about That’s The Way It Is (June 5, 1975, 8:30 P.M. · Houston, Texas)

For more information on the CDs or the fan club, visit the Elvis For Everyone fan club website.
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