Classic Albums: Elvis Presley

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Arts Documentary with no narration published by ISIS Productions broadcasted as part of Classic Albums series in 2001 - English language

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This film tells the story that lies behind the making of Elvis Presley's first album for RCA Records in 1956, and his meteoric rise to Superstardom when he was just 20 years old. In Memphis, Sam Phillips, founder of Sun records, gives the inside story of those ground breaking days when he auditioned, produced and befriended Elvis. He explains the poverty that surrounded Elvis' childhood and how black music was his inspiration along with a desire for inter-racial tensions to improve. Scotty Moore (guitar) and D.J Fontana (drums), describe how they helped Elvis record the album in Nashville and New York, aiming for "feel, not perfection". They recall, with home movie footage, how they toured 400 miles a day in Elvis' Pink Cadillac, rehearsing the songs that Elvis would immortalise in that first album. Rare footage illustrates Elvis' seamless stylistic delivery and the simple techniques of the day where musicians were very much on the spot. Dixie Locke, then Elvis' steady girlfriend, describes how shy, mercurial and glamorous the young Elvis appeared, and how he coped with his new found stardom when his self-titled album at RCA, far from being the flop expected by Joe Carlton (pop A and R at RCA) became their biggest seller ever with 300,000 album sales and 2 million single sales for the first single Heartbreak Hotel. Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana describe how they helped with recording. DJ Perryman recalls Elvis' first meeting with Colonel Parker, hinting at the mysterious relationship they were to have, and DJ Fontana describes how Elvis searched for a "feeling" rather than technical perfection and reveals the dubious nature of some of the lyrics. Record producer/historian Ernst Jorgensen and biographer Peter Guralnick describe the shock impact of 20 year old Elvis and the astonishing simplicity of this album's execution. Musicians B.B. King and Keith Richards tell us what made Elvis the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The film is filled with performances from '55 and 56', interviews with Elvis and rare home footage of him at play and work, offering fresh insights into his life an his recordings. Featured songs include Blue Suede Shoes, Shake Rattle and Roll, Tutti Frutti, Money Honey and Elvis' first million dollar seller Heartbreak Hotel, and songs from his early Sun sessions: Mystery Train, Baby Let's Play House and That's All Right. ELVIS PRESLEY is a record that changed forever the look and sound of popular music, a truly Classic Album. Director: Jeremy Marre ; An Isis Co-Production with Eagle Rock Entertainment Plc -- Pt. #2 is DVD Bonus Interviews, 38 minutes of material absent from the main program. In "The Early Years", we look at Presley's relationship with his parents how he dealt with others in that period, and his studio band, while "The Sun Recordings" assesses those specific sessions, and "On the Road" provides some information about touring adventures. "RCA Buys Elvis' Contract" covers that big change in his career. Lastly, "For the Record", we learn about the album cover photography as well as the elements of "race" music. --

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 575 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 30.000 fps
Audio Codec: E-AC3
Audio Bitrate: 224 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 49 min / 38 min
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 1.32 GB / 648 MB
Source: WEB DL (DVD in pt.#2 )
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