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Could've been one of the best Elvis DVDs...,
This review is from: Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert "Live" From Memphis (DVD Amaray Packaging) (DVD)
In the first few minutes of this DVD, I thought this was going to rank right up there with "That's The Way It Is: Special Edition" or "ELVIS: '68 Comeback Special-Deluxe Edition" but disappointment soon set in.
You see, there's a nice bonus feature (38 minutes) where Ronnie Tutt, Joe Guercio, and Joe Moscheo tell some great stories about their experiences with Elvis, as well as the making of this show. Gordon Stoker from the Jordanaires is there, too, but seems more interested in keeping the spotlight on himself. Anyway, it's a cool bonus feature...but...
They have also spliced portions of this reminiscing segment into the actual concert! And not just between songs (as was done with the original "That's The Way It Is") but DURING songs! It's horribly distracting and for me nearly ruins what could have been such a wonderful DVD.
The 1973 Aloha footage blends so nicely with the 2002 concert footage that the illusion can take you in very easily. It seems like Elvis is there with them!
Unfortunately, they used some really low-quality video footage for the "That's The Way It Is" segments. Much better video quality exists for the "That's The Way It Is" performances, such as on the Special Edition version, so I'm not sure why a somewhat blurry source is used here. This takes away from the illusion a bit, but not nearly as bad as people interrupting to talk in the middle of a song.
A few of the Elvis performances on this DVD are not officially available elsewhere on DVD. They are 1970's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" (cut from "That's The Way It Is: Special Edition" DVD)--somewhat ruined by an interruption as described above, 1970's "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" (available only on "Elvis: The Lost Performances" VHS), and 1972's "How Great Thou Art" (also available only on "Elvis: The Lost Performances" VHS)--interrupted for Stoker to tell a myth.
Here's the full track listing of the concert portion:
1.) Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)
2.) See See Rider
3.) Burning Love
4.) Welcome To My World
5.) I Can't Stop Loving You
6.) Steamroller Blues
7.) Johnny B. Goode (has a cool bit of extended "live" solos but they of course interrupt it to explain this)
8.) You Gave Me A Mountain
9.) That's All Right
10.) You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
11.) Mystery Train/Tiger Man
12.) Just Pretend
13.) Are You Lonesome Tonight? (including "...do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair...")
14.) Walk A Mile In My Shoes
15.) In The Ghetto
16.) Polk Salad Annie
17.) Bridge Over Troubled Water
18.) The Wonder Of You
19.) Suspicious Minds
20.) I'll Remember You
21.) A Big Hunk O' Love
22.) My Way
23.) How Great Thou Art - Hampton, VA 1972
24.) If I Can Dream - The Comeback 1968
25.) An American Trilogy
26.) Can't Help Falling In Love
This is a great show and must be something to see live (especially since the songs won't be interrupted). All of the performances here, from Elvis to the band to the background vocalists, are top-notch. The sound is usually wonderful.
I could have lived with interruptions between songs, but not during them. Instead of being a DVD I'd play several times a year, I'll probably play this once every couple years as a novelty. A real shame, as this kind of release is not likely to get a redo.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2009 5:50:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2009 5:51:42 PM PST
B. Fleury says:
Elvis has left the building
Posted on Oct 30, 2013 7:13:03 AM PDT
D. Curtis says:
Thanks for pointing out the song interruptions. That is why I have now lost interest in this DVD.
In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 3:22:05 AM PDT
The Retired VET. says:
Elvis Has Not Left The Building ,His Music and Shows will Inspire Into the 35TH Century ...Much Better Than RAP CRAP ,which left the building years ago with it's Thug Punks ,Yeah Jay Z and Obama I'm Talking to you..
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2014 4:24:27 PM PDT
Ev Hart says:
How very disappointing to hear that the DVD is spoilt by people talking Through the songs two of my all time favourites are on this how great thou art and if I can dream I have them on other clips but would have loved them on a full and uninterrupted DVD big shame as I won't buy it after reading the review above
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2014 12:30:10 PM PDT
M. Lamb says:
The interruptions are annoying but they are minor, I can assure you, but they are short and they do provide good info on how the show was made.
If there is any remake of Elvis in any video this is a library must have.
The tunes are ridiculously good in this video.
I wouldn't go as far as calling it a masterpiece, but it is money well spent if you are a Elvis fan.
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