Earlier we reported that Pink Floyd's David Gilmour took part in a special concert held at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios, to record a a celebration of 50 years of rock'n'roll. With thanks to the executive producer of the whole production, Pierre Sarazin, we now have more detail on this one-off performance, that will be seeing the light of day during 2005.
Pierre said "We shot 15 days ago (2 & 3 December 2004) in High Definition in the legendary studio 1 at Abbey Road Studios a TV special around Scotty Moore, called "The Guitar That Rocked The World". Scotty Moore was the first manager of Elvis (even before the recording at Sun of "That's Alright Mama" in 1954) and was his guitarist from the early days until 1970 when Elvis left to Las Vegas.
"With his guitar slicks on "That's Alright Mama" and "Heartbreak Hotel" Scotty Moore is widely considered as the inventor of the sound of rock'n'roll.
"After the mythical "68 Comeback Special" on NBC (now released on DVD with a huge success in the US and around the world) Elvis was due to tour with Scotty in Europe. One knows today why Colonel Parker prevented this project.
"Scotty Moore has therefore realized, for the 70th anniversary of the birth of Elvis, in front of our cameras the dream of the King.
"During this recording session 27 titles among the biggest hits of Elvis were revisited. The best guitar players have participated to this project with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood, Martin Taylor, Albert Lee...
"On this occasion Scotty Moore, Jerry Schilling (very close friend of Elvis from 1954 to 1977, manager of Graceland, member of the board of Elvis Enterprises...) gave long interviews (one and a half hours altogether). All the invited stars also replied to our questions (two hours altogether).
"The exclusive photos of this event were taken by Jean-Marie Périer. His last visit to Abbey Road was in 1966 when he was the official photographer of The Beatles for the Sergeant Pepper's sessions!
"The sound was recorded by Patrice Cramer in 48 tracks in the legendary control room of Abbey Road Studios. The TV special in HD (high definition), which lasts 90 minutes, mixes these exclusive interviews together with the songs of the King performed by the best English musicians. In the programme David Gilmour performs "Don't".
"The team that realized this programme is composed of:
Director: Massimo Manganaro
Light director and designer: Jean-Pierre Joubert
Sound: Patrice Cramer
Exec Producer: Pierre Sarazin
API Productions / MH4 GmbH / All Stars Inc production.
The DVD rights for the world are held by TF1 video, and the DVD and CD will be released during the second quarter of 2005."