Elvis Presley - Ed Sullivan Shows
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A rare home movie capturing a very early Elvis performance, shot on August 7, 1955, at Magnolia Gardens near Houston, Texas Elvis and Ed remembered. Elvis is on his way! Ed Sullivan Show clips. Special Elvis moments including an appearance by comedian John Byner Home movies of Elvis and Priscilla, Elvis and his friends cutting up on a film set and some of the first shots of daughter Lisa Marie
- Home movies of a very early Elvis performance, shot on August 7, 1955, at Magnolia Gardens near Houston, Texas; Elvis and Priscilla; Elvis and his friends cutting up on a film set; and some of the first shots of daughter Lisa Marie
- Elvis and Ed remembered
- Ed Sullivan Show Intros and Promos for Elvis' appearance
- Special Elvis moments
- Elvis-only playback option
- Booklet with liner notes by Greil Marcus
Top Customer Reviews
The only bummer is that this is each disc only has 1 show. This could have been a 2 DVD set.
A perfect gift for the Elvis lover. Or just someone who wants to watch Ed Sullivan in a non-highlights format.
It would be inaccurate to say that Elvis was not "ready for prime time." given the fact that his Ed Sullivan appearances broke ratings records when they originally aired. Nonetheless, his segments were controversial to the point where he was filmed from the waist up on the third show (not all three, as is sometimes reported). Elvis and his acclaimed original band (guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and drummer DJ Fontana, plus the Jordanaires on backing vocals) perform well-known hits ("Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Ready Teddy," "Too Much," etc.), and even a gospel tune on the "censored" third show ("Peace In The Valley"). Several of these tunes are performed on two or even all three broadcasts.Read more ›
But Sullivan originally did not approve of Presley and vowed he wouldn't touch the singer with a ten foot pole. Despite selling more records faster than any recording artist in history, Presley was more than hot. He was scorching. The swivel hips that earned him the nickname "Elvis the Pelvis" (which he despised, calling it "childish") and his expressive singing style made him a lightning rod of controversy. One journalist compared his stage act to that of a stripper. However, when Presley appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" which was scheduled opposite Sullivan on Sunday nights, the ratings went through the roof. Sullivan reversed himself and offered Presley a then record $50,000 to make three appearances on his show.
Just how shocking Presley was in 1956 was never apparent in the frequently recycled clips of his performances. Now, thanks to Image Entertainment's 3 disc DVD set, "Elvis: The Ed Sullivan Show," his performances can be seen in their proper context.
Ironically, a car accident prevented Sullivan from being present that first night.Read more ›
There's something mildly disconcerting, however, in watching the change in Elvis over that 3-4 month period. In September, 1956, he seems intent on sustaining musical integrity - the renditions are every bit as good as the records. In late October, with his hair dyed, he seems slightly detached, as if he realizes or senses that with the amazing career rise, the music is now secondary. By January, the image is everything. One of the Jordanaires hands him his guitar, he straps it on...it's just a photo opportunity - harbinger of what was to come later in the movies.
It should be noted, though, that the January show has the lesser known When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again; also, a version of Too Much with some different lyrics (musicologists, can you hear some of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' Annie's Aunt Fannie on this number?); and, of course, the gospel number Peace In The Valley. It's interesting that about one month earlier he sang this song with his Sun Records friends. Maybe this rendition brought him back to a more peaceful setting.
For the record, there are brief appearances by Jackie Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson; an energetic Carol Burnett.
Quality is very good, even on the original commercials.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
gives you the complete shows, not just Elvis. very entertaining. a great walk down Memory Road.Published 3 months ago by Ruth Campbell
What can I say. There will never be another Elvis. I'm a fan for life.Published 4 months ago by Roy
This collection of Elvis TV appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show trace Elvis' classic tunes: "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me Tender" (two versions... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael C. Delich
Enjoyed seeing the original Elvis appearances and the Ed Sullivan show was fun to watch also. The special features on the DVD were interesting. Got exactly what I was hoping for.Published 18 months ago by Nicholas Greksouk
Elvis Presley - Ed Sullivan Shows elvis is the best ,, this is a great disk ,thank you very much...ken...Published on October 3, 2013 by chevy is 1
NO ELVIS PRESLEY FAN CAN WATCH THIS WITHOUT GETTING CHOKED UP. THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL SONG OF ALL THE DISCS IS NOT "HOUND DOG"—IT'S "PEACE IN THE VALLEY," FOR WHICH... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by J. Steave Conley