This Is Elvis

FTD will release an extended soundtrack of this movie in March 2015.

What accounted for his undeniable mystique? The answer is contained in a remarkable biography, written on film instead of the printed page –– This Is Elvis –– a David L. Wolper Production of an Andrew Solt/Malcolm Leo Film for Warner Bros. release. Written, directed and produced by Solt and Leo (best known for their television special Heroes OF Rock and Roll). The film follows innovations first introduced by producer Wolper, whose 650 films include the Emmy-winning Roots and the Oscar winning The Hellstrom Chronicle. With the unprecedented cooperation of those who best new Presley, the film combines rare, never-before-seen footage, privately owned kinescopes from TV’s early years, remarkable outtakes from Presley’s movies and accurate recreations of pivotal moments in his life.

Tracklisting

DISC 1
ORIGINAL ALBUM
Side A
01: (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame (2:06) 
(Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) Original record master
02: Moody Blue (2:49) 
(Mark James)  Original record master
03: That’s All Right (1:54) 
(Arthur Crudup) Original record master
04: Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly (2:42)
(Charles Calhoun) / (Charles Calhoun/Lou Willie Turner) 
January 28, 1956. “Stage Show” hosted by the Dorsey Brothers
05: Heartbreak Hotel (2:02)
(Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley)
March 17, 1956. “Stage Show” hosted by the Dorsey Brothers
06: Hound Dog (2:48)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
June 5, 1956. “The Milton Berle Show”
07: Excerpt from “Hy Gardner Calling” Interview (1:57)
July 1, 1956
08: My Baby Left Me (2:11) 
(Arthur Crudup) Original record master
Side B
09: Merry Christmas Baby (2:49) 
(Lou Baxter/Johnny Moore) 
Original record master (edited/shortened version)
10: Mean Woman Blues (2:32) 
(Claude Demetrius) Movie version
11: Don’t Be Cruel (3:30)
(Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley)
September 9, 1956. “The Ed Sullivan Show” hosted by Charles Laughton
12: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1:46) 
(Kal Mann/Bernie Lowe) Original record master
13: Jailhouse Rock (2:25) 
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) Original record master
14: Excerpt from Army swearing in (0.28)
March 24, 1958
15: G.I. Blues (2:36) 
(Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett) Original record master
16: Excerpt from departure for 
Germany interview (0:51) September 22, 1958
17: Excerpt from home from Germany
press conference (1:31) March 7, 1960


Side C
18: Too Much Monkey Business (2:09) 
(Chuck Berry) Original record master (edited/shortened version)
19: Love Me Tender (2:41) 
(Vera Matson/Elvis Presley) Original record master
20: I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (1:35) 
(Tony Joe White)
Original record master (edited/shortened version)
21: I Need Your Love Tonight (2:03) 
(Sid Wayne/Bix Reichner) Original record master
22: Blue Suede Shoes (2:31) 
(Carl Perkins) “Elvis” NBC TV Special
23: Viva Las Vegas (2:13) 
(Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman) Original record master
24: Suspicious Minds (3:12)
(Mark James)
August 12, 1970 midnight show (edited/shortened version).
“That’s The Way It Is”
25: Excerpt from Elvis’ speech at the JC’s Award as one of the 10 most outstanding 
Young Men Of The Year (0:19) January 16, 1971
26: Promised Land (1:57) 
(Chuck Berry) Original record master (edited/shortened version)
Side D 
27: Excerpt from Madison Square Garden 
press conference (1:16) June 9, 1972
28: Always On My Mind (3:01) 
(Wayne Carson/Johnny Christopher/Mark James)
March 30, 1972. “Elvis On Tour”
29: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (3:40)
(Roy Turk/Lou Handman) June 21, 1977. “Elvis In Concert”
30: My Way (3:44) 
(Paul Anka/Jacques Revaux/Claude Francois) 
June 21, 1977. “Elvis In Concert”
31: An American Trilogy (4:31) 
(Mickey Newbury) April 9, 1972. “Elvis On Tour”
32: Memories (2:18) 
(Billy Strange/Scott “Mac” Davis) 
Original record master (edited/shortened version)

DISC 2
EXPANDED HOME VIDEO TRACKS
01: I Was The One (2:58)
(Aaron Schroeder/Claude DeMetrius/Hal Blair/Bill Peppers)
February 18, 1956. “Stage Show” hosted by the Dorsey Brothers
02: Hound Dog (2:44)  
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) July 1, 1956 “The Steve Allen Show”
03: Love Me Tender (1:09) 
(Vera Matson/Elvis Presley) (end title version)


04: Trouble (2:19) 
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) Original record master
05: Ready Teddy (2:26)
(Robert Blackwell/John Marascalco)
September 9, 1956. “The Ed Sullivan Show” hosted by Charles Laughton 
06: King Creole (2:09) 
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) Original record master
07: As Long As I Have You (1:52) 
(Fred Wise/Ben Wiseman) Original record master
08: Frankfort Special (2:56) 
(Sid Wayne/Sherman Edwards) Original record master
09: Stuck On You (2:27) 
(Aaron Schroeder/Leslie McFarland)
March 26, 1960. “The Frank Sinatra Timex Show”
10: Witchcraft/Love Me Tender (without reprise) (1:43)
(Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh) / ( Vera Matson/Elvis Presley)
March 26, 1960. “The Frank Sinatra Timex Show” (without reprise)
11: Blue Hawaii (2:37)
(Leo Robin/Ralph Rainger) Original record master
12: Rock-A-Hula Baby (2:01)
(Fred Wise/Ben Weisman/Dolores Fuller) Original record master
13: King Of The Whole Wide World (2:10) 
(Ruth Batchelor/Bob Roberts) Original record master
14: I Got Stung (1:52)
(Aaron Schroeder/David Hill) Original record master
15: Trouble/Guitar Man (opening) (2:19)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) / (Jerry “Hubbard” Reed) 
Original record master (edited/shortened version)
16: Let Yourself Go (2:37)
(Joy Byers) “Elvis” NBC TV Special
17: If I Can Dream (3:10) 
(W. Earl Brown) Original record master
18: A Big Hunk O’ Love (2:09)
(Aaron Schroeder/Sid Wyche)
January 14, 1973. “Aloha From Hawaii”
19: Can’t Help Falling In Love (2:46)
(Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss)
January 14, 1973. “Aloha From Hawaii”
20: Love Me (2:36)
(Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) June 19, 1977. “Elvis In Concert”

Source: The OEPFC of Great Britain / Updated: Feb 5, 2015 

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Reactions

Chris1966 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 8, 2015report abuse
Oh oh!!!!!! Wait until some people notice the mistake on disk 2. Poor FTD will get slaughtered again.
Jeoliverm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2015report abuse
I think that Jamie is right about the Suspicious Minds version included in the original album: it's the Aloha's edited. In fact a few weeks ago I took the Aloha's recording, 'chopped' it and got an almost identical version as the one's included in the 'This Is Elvis' album.
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2015report abuse
TIE could be have a release on BD. The DVD is very good. They have done a lot to improve the sound. This FTD follows the line of that new version from that DVD. A classic album. Maybe it opens the path to the legendary perfomer serie.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2015report abuse
EOT material belongs on a main label release from SONY. Not on a small niche label like FTD. Perhaps EOT stuff will be a part of whatever SONY releases this summer. Fingers crossed.
PTJones1968 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 13, 2015report abuse
I'm looking forward to this release and it just shows that nothing is off the table for future stuff on the FTD label.
santiagisitestar (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2015report abuse
I remember when Ernst said Elvis On Tour material was waiting a DVD release before FTD would do it. That day has long come and gone. Why on earth are they releasing This Is Elvis, a movie that came out after his death, and not touching the On Tour, Elvis at the height of his vocal ability? Commercially, it would make much more sense! I think a 5 disc box set of all 4 concerts plus the studio stuff would be one of FTD's top sellers of all time. Is there anyone here on this thread that can get through to the powers that be?
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2015report abuse
Hi Jerry, it really must be embarrassing for Ernst when he has to resort to his Forbidden List. I remember him saying he had no intention of releasing 'This Is Elvis' - he made that remark over 10 years ago now in an interview - but the FTD team is having to be more creative than he would have liked after another decade of archival releases has depleted the stock. One historic headache that won't go away surrounds 'Suspicious Minds'. It was cited on the old vinyl cover of 'This Is Elvis' as an edited Las Vegas performance from 1970. But it was generally believed to be the 'Aloha' version from 1973 chopped up with bad splices that caused some abrupt tempo and intensity lurches. I made my own 'This Is Elvis' CD years ago using a vinyl download as a reference, and I can confirm that 'Suspicious Minds' on the old LP is definitely the 'Aloha' performance. There are umpteen instrumental, vocal and ambient coincidences between the two that can not be explained by chance. I see the track listing for the FTD CD is still citing it as a Las Vegas rendition, so it will be interesting to see if they have replaced the Hawaii version, or if the paperwork is going to be corrected.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 10, 2015report abuse
With multi-track concert recordings from April 1972 & June 1977 remaining to be addressed by FTD, "This Is Elvis" appears (to me) to be a very unessential release. Also, the time is now for Ernst to finally release the remainder of the 1960s movie soundtracks!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 10, 2015report abuse
LarsG: Ernst has said a few things through the years about things he wouldn't release on FTD. Our Memories Of Elvis comes to mind for one. But times, needs, realties are constantly changing. I'm sure that before FTD closes its doors (hopefully not soon)
we'll see another release or two from Ernst's "Things I Said I'd Never Release List."
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2015report abuse
Really??!! With the majority of the soundtrack in mono, how would you get a DTS 5.1 sound. I think you'll have a long wait for a BD release of this.
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2015report abuse
Great release thanks !
Now it's also time for a great blu ray release of the movie with excellent picture quality and DTS-HD master 5.1 sound !
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2015report abuse
I'm glad to see this released. I wore the record out back in the day and look forward to buying this but I was disappointed when the video version of the film was released on DVD. The picture quality and soundtrack left a lot to be desired.
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
One of my favorite albums! The movie, albeit produced on the cheap, was great for the time. It was so cool seeing Elvis on the big screen again. The overdubbed version of Trilogy is my all time favorite. Good pick by FTD!
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
Hello. It's very obvious that this FTD contains only a hanful of edited and overdubbed tracks for the completist. The bulk of the selections are master takes of Presley classics. So this can be seen as yet another recycling of popular material. Around the time 'This Is Elvis' was produced, RCA also released the 'I Was The One' overdubs LP. I would have been more interested in that as an FTD, with the curios from 'This Is Elvis' appended as bonus material. Also, the home video version of 'Love Me' that closes this set was blighted by a bad mic connection. It's not a great way to end a CD.
LarsG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
A real surprise to me as Ernst a few years ago said that he could see no reason to release This is Elvis within the FTD frame. A must buy!
LarsG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
A real surprise to me as Ernst a few years ago said that he could see no reason to release This is Elvis within the FTD frame. A must buy!
snowplow floater (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
Great album when I got it many moons ago. The movie brilliant at the time and beyond except for the hick VoiceOver. Give Elvis some credit he had an eloquent speaking voice plus he was a handsome man in 1977 unlike the hunka blubber who potrayed him at that stage in this movie.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
Good mix , took a while to release . Makes you wonder how much is left in the Vault . Either got heaps as Elvis left us 35 years ago or not much . Interesting ! . Still amazes me the extent of this humble working class man , figure it out if he had not recorded that record in 54 , frightening is it not , like where did God come from ??.
Mr Cool (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 7, 2015report abuse
Glad its finally getting an official CD but personally feel they could have had the I Was the One album as cd2.
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
I always had a faible for this soundtrack...appreciated..
Moody_Blue (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
I'm looking forward to this release, one of my favourites from my childhood, remember buying the vinyl in '81, rushing home from school to listen it in my dinner break, an essential buy for me!
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
Well, it's nice to finally have This Is Elvis on FTD. But, why couldn't they have used the original, full length versions of the edited/shortened songs? It seems they use the original album masters and adding a second disc, which is ok as it is presented here.
I would have hoped to have the full length version of the Promised Land harmony vocal version, which is on here!
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
Yes Mature I would love an On Stage Volume 2 I read somewhere that their is possibly another unreleased show that was recorded from that season if it's true then hopefully FTD will put it out there time will tell I guess.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
Biffx You mean on stage? yes id love a volume 2 of that title ,and anything from june of 70.
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2015report abuse
I will buy this one as well it is a really good album. From what I can tell FTD have enough material to produce a volume 2 on many of their releases and in my opinion this would be very welcome.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2015report abuse
Only new ftd i will buy,all 3 ftd releases bascially have nothing new from what i can tell.
Would love a on stage volume 2 release but that would be too cool i guess???
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2015report abuse
I would like to see this as a commercial release without the extras.. for the general public too !! It's a great album.
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2015report abuse
Finally on official CD !!!
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2015report abuse
I was kinda hoping that the TV appearances would be issued on an FTD of their own. I suppose this could still happen I guess we will just have to wait .

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