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The Man And His Music #88

May 31, 2010 | Other

The only (English) magazine that gives you several hours of reading pleasure, Elvis: The Man And His Music" has its 88th issue out. This issue of TMAHM - partly in colour - gives, besides the regulars like news, letters and reviews, several interesting articles. Our member Ciskoking gives an overview of songs that are only available in audience recordings, this is part 1 of a series. In the revisited series this issue takes a track-to-track look on Golden Records (Vol. 1). Keith Flynn gives reports about the recent remastering at Sony (and makes me happy that I didn't invest in the Franklin Mint series, since I never realized the strange order of songs). The remaining sweets Estelle and Myrna are interviewed and the editor gives his view on the recent The Concert show in Newcastle. Noticable extras are a series of pics with Ann-Margret and a collection of rare Japanese EPs.

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Brian Quinn wrote on May 31, 2010
Personally I prefer the UK's 'Essential Elvis' (64 pages) which is now the biggest selling Elvis Magazine in the World according to EPE. Great Interviews and articles, exclusive advance news from Sony, full colour where possible and does not get bogged down in the minutae of labels, matrix numbers and alternate takes etc. Andrew Hearn does a fine job as Editor in Chief and also runs the only UK Elvis Shop/Museum which has received excellent feedback from fans and the general public alike.
theoldscudder wrote on June 01, 2010
This is a nice magazine. I find the reviews interesting.
Sparky wrote on June 01, 2010
The mag also confirms that the next two FTD's will be How Great Thou Art and Elvis (1973).The best Elvis magazine out there.
patchitup wrote on June 01, 2010
Well personally I enjoy both magazines, I think they both do a good job regarding Elvis.
djm wrote on June 01, 2010
seeing as you work for essential elvis magazine its hardly surprising you would say that brian.
dgirl wrote on June 01, 2010
just arrived today. its the most honest & best mag out there. great article by Ciscoking also!
Steve V wrote on June 01, 2010
Mine came today also. As usual, honest reviews that state not everything the man did was great & unequaled by anyone else. This is what I try & bring to this website and get blasted for it. Perhaps every 'real' fan should get this magazine and read it. And yes, great article Ciscoking.
Harvey Alexander wrote on June 02, 2010
'Essential Elvis' is only the biggest selling Elvis magazine in Andrew Hearn's dreams. The guys at 'Elvis The Man & His Music' go out of their way to let everyone know they have nothing to do with EPE, so how could EPE know who sells the most copies? If Andrew's magazine sells in such huge numbers then how come he doesn't sell FTDs anymore? I heard it was because he couldn't get enough orders together because he didn't have enough readers.
KTemple wrote on June 02, 2010
Personally I prefer Essential Elvis mag although Man and His Music is also good. Steve V- Just because a writer criticizes some of Elvis' performances does not make the magazine more legit.
Steve V wrote on June 02, 2010
More legit? Im not sure. More honest, yes. I think its basically the most honest magazine Ive ever found. The current review of Elvis Now is a perfect example. I remember the mid-60's and getting my Elvis Monthly issues and reading glowing reviews of PHS or Double Trouble. When I first came upon Man & His Music it was refreshing to read their reviews and I found they basically felt like I did so I stuck with them from issue #1. Hmm, I wonder if any of those mid-60s Elvis Monthly reviewers have found their way onto this site!
Harvey Alexander wrote on June 02, 2010
It's 2010 but some 'fans' still want things to be sugar-coated. How can they appreciate the best of Elvis when they refuse to believe there was a worst of Elvis? His best was better than anyone else's, but he did a lot of rubbish too. If you fail to see that then perhaps you're better off reading interviews with previously unheard of girlfriends or articles on his jewellery.
Mike Landsdown wrote on June 02, 2010
Sparky, thanks for the update on 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Elvis' being the next two likely FTD releases. HGTO has always been one of my favorite Elvis albums, and I look forward to seeing what the FTD team comes up with. Elvis, on the other hand is, in some ways, a more challenging proposition, having originally been compiled from leftover tracks from a number of sessions. However, it would be great to hear alternate versions of 'Love Me, Love The Life I Lead', 'That's What You Get For Loving Me', possibly the full, unedited version of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right' and other outtakes, etc. It's easy to take for granted what we have and always be looking for more Elvis product, but for a man that recorded around 700 studio tracks and released half a dozen or so live albums, we are certainly fortunate to continue to have access to alternate takes and more concerts (and all 33 of his movies) more than 30 years after his passing.
You Dont Know Me wrote on June 03, 2010
Yeah HGTA FTD would be 'nice' but the Elvis 1973 'Fool' Album won't be so great- rip off back in 1973 when an artist releases an album with the grand TOTAL running time of 25 minutes!!! An album Today would be expected to have a running time on CD of twice that time!~