The record was made after the This is Elvis Movie from 1981. This time this is an extended version on a double CD.
The movie is a David L. Wolper Production for Warner Bros. release. It is written, directed and produced by Solt and Leo. The film has some innovations introduced by producer Wolper (Emmy-winning Roots and Oscar winning The Hellstrom Chronicle). The film had some (back then) rare, never before seen footage, from private collections, shows and outtakes from movies and more magic moments of his life.
The front cover is the same as the double record vinyl version.
Inside cover gives us the label of the original vinyl version of CPL2-4031-2. This is the C side (A side second record).
Inside cover two is side D
Last inlay and book holder side is a picture which was used on the Loving You record and EP’s together with the crew and cast members of the movie.
Flipside of the book holder is the same as the back from the vinyl record. A Picture of That’s the way it is rehearsal and the original track listing of sides a, b, c and d.
The backside of this CD is a (probably) June 1977 picture and the CD track listing.
Nice to have the same artwork as the record had. FTD does this all the time when doing a ‘classic’ album. And I think it is good to do so. Only missing the red banner on top of the inlay book holder side where the Loving You picture is.
A 12 page booklet with loads of photo’s. The cover Elvis on stage at Ed Sullivan Show October 28th 1956. Page 2 the total track listing. Page 3 till 5 all promo photos of the movie backed by black and white pictures. Those black and white picture could have better quality though. Elvis in Germany has better ones and Elvis in the studio too. Nice to look for a contrast with the full color pictures, but this could be better done. Page 6 and 7 more pictures. Through the years. From 1956 till 1977. Girlfriends, shows, army, shows, child, Hawaii, concerts. It’s all there. Rare pictures? Not at all! Fine selection, but not the best of the best. Page 8 and 9 are some papers from the movie. Probably used for promoting the picture on different media. Page 10 and 11 is the same as the inlay of the vinyl version and the back picture is Elvis again at Ed Sullivan Show. This time September 9th 1956.
Just as the vinyl version most songs are remastered, extended and God knows what they call it. Sometimes you hear it is not original. With the movie you are still watching, but music only, makes it kinda weird.
It has the same tracks as the record. Different is that they call the songs what they are now, like original record master, or live version they used. This wasn’t on the record. Nice.
CD one follows the complete 4 sides vinyl version. It has a running time of 75.52. So there is a lot to listen to. And goes somewhat chronologic through the years. Not always, but blame it on the record!
But is this CD truly something special? Is it really something to buy. I really can’t find anything on this CD that isn’t on record. Same hideous samba balls at I’ve got a thing about you baby. Sorry that I told you…Now you all will hear them to. I think it is a straight copy one on one from a mint record.
If I’m wrong. Don’t tell me. The extra info is not correct at all tracks. Where track 11 Don’t be Cruel should be from the Ed Sullivan Show September 9th 1956 Hosted by Charles Laughton (due to an accident from Sullivan) we hear Sullivan. It is the Don’t Be Cruel Version of January 6th 1957 during the Ed Sullivan show. There Elvis sings the version he liked. He told this during the Million Dollar Quarted session. That the Dominoes did a better job on this song. And this is how he sang it during this show. Better version, too bad the info is incorrect. Also the info on Suspicious Minds is wrong.
With a running time of just 48.10 I wonder what is on this one.
It is called expanded home video tracks.
Let’s see. I Was The One at Dorsey Show. Always nice to have.
Hound Dog, Steve Allen show….Hell no…that’s not Steve Allen. There is no hound to sing to. This is Milton Berle June 5 1956 to be exact. Way better then the Allen version, but they missed that on the track listing. But it is the same version as CD 1. But this time the undubbed version. Now you can hear what I meant at CD 1. Again a better version than the info.
Let’s see what we have more.
Love me Tender end title version. Yep. It’s there.
Trouble and Ready Teddy. Yes this is the Charles Laughton version. Finally the right show.
Seems the rest is right too. Timex Frank Sinatra, NBC TV Special, Aloha, Concert. Yes. But what does it bring. 9 original record masters from 20 tracks.
2 Tracks from Aloha. Like we don’t have that already. Some Frank Sinatra. Same.
Some early Milton, Ed Sullivan and Allen stuff and we have that already with inches of dust on our shelves (although I like to play those early things once and a while).
But really… I WANT to be positive about FTD I know they can do some good stuff or come up with better, but again. Darn…. missed it.
They could better do a DVD with it than this selection of songs. Maybe the tracklisting would be done right then.
Should you buy it? Probably yes. The quality is ok. Same as the record, but as I told you (lately that I….oops) you HAVE to like that dubstuff. Did you Like Viva Elvis from Circle du Soleil. Then you like this one to. Didn’t you like Soleil. You really should also buy this. You want your collection complete don’t you?