'This Is Elvis' FTD Classic Album now 'Sold Out'
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.
This Is Elvis - New York Times Movie Review 1981
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
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
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)
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)
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'
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.