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He Touched Me - The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley

3.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews


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Featuring more than forty of Elvis' gospel songs, He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley explores his faith and the prominent role that gospel music played throughout his life as witnessed by those who knew him well. Anecdotes, by Gospel greats Ed Enoch (The Stamps), the late J. D. Sumner (The Stamps), Jake Hess (The Imperials), Myrna Smith (The Sweet Inspirations), Ray Walker (The Jordanaires) and many more, trace Elvis' Gospel roots and are skillfully interwoven with performances of Elvis singing Gospel music. Disc One includes: Crying In The Chapel, His Hand In Mine, Joshua Fit The Battle, So High, If We Never Meet Again, Milky White Way, Stand By Me, Somebody Bigger Than You And I, I Believe In The Man In The Sky, In The Garden, Mansion Over The Hilltop, Farther Along, Where No One Stands Alone, I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs, Without Him, Working On The Building, You'll Never Walk Alone, Swing Down Sweet Chariot, Where Could I Go But To The Lord, In The Ghetto Disc Two includes: (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), I Believe,Take My Hand, Precious Lord, It Is No Secret (What God Can Do), I, John, Bosom Of Abraham, You Better Run, Lead Me, Guide Me, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee, He Touched Me, I've Got Confidence, Amazing Grace, A Thing Called Love, Put Your Hand In The Hand, Reach Out To Jesus, If That Isn't Love, Bridge Over Troubled Water, An American Trilogy, Why Me Lord, How Great Thou Art

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Often overlooked in Elvis Presley's career is his love of the Southern gospel tradition, though he had hits with actual gospel tunes ("You'll Never Walk Alone") and some simply steeped in gospel sensibilities ("In the Ghetto"). He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley features music and interviews with contemporaries talking of Elvis's determination to keep gospel part of his repertoire; once he angered Ed Sullivan by insisting on performing "Peace in the Valley" on his show despite Sullivan's instructions not to. There are many gems ("Where Could I Go," "How Great Thou Art") and some hunks of cheese ("Swing Down, Sweet Chariot" from The Trouble with Girls). This could have been a strong two-hour documentary, but unfortunately the producers padded it into three, meaning some clips make multiple appearances. --Anne Hurley

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Chordant
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 8474029465
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on March 20, 2002
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This documentary is the most enlightening and informative look at the REAL Elvis Presley that I have ever seen! It tells so much more about the MAN than any other documentary, book, magazine, etc. has ever told about the IMAGE. Elvis once said that "It's hard to live up to an image.", and although he's been captured by society as the "image" of the "King of Rock 'N Roll" (watch this DVD to find out what he has to say about that!), there was so much more to him than simply his "image". He was a man who loved God, loved gospel music, and had a deep, genuine faith. This DVD captures the essence of the REAL Elvis, allowing fans and spectators alike to see more of who he really was, how he really felt, and what he really valued than anything that's ever been produced about him before. If you like Elvis, you'll LOVE this DVD! If you think you know Elvis, you need to watch this DVD! If you love God and HIS music, you need to get this DVD so you can enjoy the enormous talent and soul-felt performances by the legendary Elvis Presley as he sings about his God and his faith! Elvis was a man blessed of God with a tremendous talent and a world of opportunitiy to share it in, but he was also a man who was imprisoned by his fame, and tortured by the loneliness that this caused. He wasn't perfect, but he was blessed, and he knew it. Watch this DVD to see how real his faith was to him, and how desperately he leaned on it to make it through the difficult days of his "Fame and Fortune", his days of "Hurt", and his struggles as he sought "Peace in the Valley". This is a wonderful documentary! Don't miss it! Get yours today!
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I have always loved Elvis' Gospel music. This DVD shows an indepth look into the Spiritual life of Elvis and his love and longing to love the Lord. I found the interviews to be very inspiring and hopeful for Elvis' salvation. One interview with one of the Sweet Inspirations tells of Elvis and praying and laying hands for healing on one of the girls because she had an tumor which she was healed of.
Any fan of E who wants to know the deepest workings of the man must have this DVD to understand him and trials. One book quotes his aunt believing Elvis did all his drugs because of the guilt of his life style. With that said remember these things Elvis died reading Insearch of the Face of Jesus and the King of Rock and Roll won 3 Grammies ALL for GOSPEL music!!! GOD bless you all JB
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I caught this biography on my local PBS station. I was almost moved to tears, as He Touched Me brought to life the spirituality and faith of Elvis Presley. Here was not the Elvis of the tabloids or the Elvis of popular assumption. Here was an Elvis that was entirely down-to-earth, a man who performed and sang with real conviction and real faith behind his words. As told in the biography, Elvis once stopped a concert midway to point out to screaming fans in the first row that, despite their sign proclaiming him King, he was not, and that God was. He Touched Me is full of inspiring revelations of the Elvis we all think we know.
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Elvis knew who the "REAL KING" IS!!! If you thought he was just "COOL", then take a look and listen to the Real Man, and you will get a much deeper respect and love for him. Very personal interviews, story's, and Performances, You'll Only Get Here!(If you Love Jesus and Elvis) This is a MUST-HAVE!! Enjoy & BE-BLESSED! (ScottyG. Knows You Will)!!!!!
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I was surfing one night and came across airing on PBS. I love Elvis so I watched. I am not religious but I now own this DVD and CD (as well as "Amazing Grace-His Greatest Sacred Performances"). These songs are the only ones that truly showcase what a great voice Elvis had. Only these Gospel recordings let you hear how great he was vocally. If you really like to hear Elvis SING you have to get his Gospel works to really appreciate his voice. If you like his voice but aren't religious, trust me you can tough it out. Belief or not, the sentiment is beautiful and the vocals make it more so.
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This is a great (2) disk DVD set that shows a side of Elvis that was not as well known as the "King of Rock & Roll" side was. Many of the King's closest friends and work companions give insight into his true first love, singing Gospel music. Elvis is shown as a deeply spiritual person who spent many hours singing hymns with friends. Thsi is truly a great and moving DVD for listeners of all ages.
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The concept is good- Elvis singing gospel with commentary. What will leave Elvis fan very dissapointed is the fact that his songs are cut off for the sake of commentary. This is a common complaint. What could have been a great DVD is now severely flawed in it's execution and will leave Elvis fans exasperated and pulling their hair out. Considering that his Gospel music was the only music that won him Grammy awards and is arguably some of his best and most inspired work- Elvis fans deserve better. Email or contact the licensing Executive (currently Irene Houston- 800-238-2000) at Elvis Presley Enterprises (Corporate Division)and make your request that this be re-released as a Collector's Edition with full length songs.
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