Presley, Elvis - on Tour [Import]
After the solid success of Elvis: That's the Way It Is, and with his career as a movie actor having reached a standstill, Elvis Presley undertook a second concert documentary. Elvis on Tour trails after the King on a few concert dates in 1972, as he powers through a curious set list that downplays the classic hits in favor of the likes of "Polk Salad Annie" and "Proud Mary." Rehearsal footage, preshow jitters, and after-hours sessions singing gospel with the gang are included; most revealing is a sequence that follows Elvis off stage and into his waiting limo, where he towels off in exhaustion, cracks a few jokes, and listens to the praise of the entourage. These glimpses are a logical counterpoint to the concert material; less explicable is the rundown of Elvis's early years, which hardly fits the subject at hand--and frankly reminds us that Elvis looks pale and just a bit puffy at this moment in his life. The fun stuff includes a workout on the still-new "Burning Love" (Elvis has to read from a lyric sheet), committed takes on "Bridge over Troubled Water" and "I Got a Woman," and a spirited "Never Been to Spain," a song that fits Elvis's taste for simple, dramatic builds. That, and Elvis giving a stage introduction to "the guy that gives me my water and my scarves and so forth." The movie's structure feels a little random, not that that will matter to fans. At times it catches the King looking undeniably weary of it all, except in those moments when a song really catches him (certainly during the gospel moments) and you see just how utterly "in the music" he was. The split-screen approach is intact, and the film's "montage supervisor" was a young fellow named Martin Scorsese. Note about this 2010 edition: The original song that played under the opening credits, a cover of "Johnny B. Goode," has been replaced (apparently due to rights issues) with a live "Don't Be Cruel." --Robert Horton --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This tapes features Elvis live at his best. His energy is very evident on several performances, most notably Polk Salad Annie, in which Elvis shows off his karate moves, swirling, twirling, and jumping. His voice is in top tier during an emotional performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water. When he performs Love Me Tender, it is intercut with scenes of Elvis kissing several female audience members and romantic scenes from his movies. There is also a scorching performance of Burning Love (third verse missing), and Elvis does a rocking resurrection of Lawdy, Miss Clawdy that is my favorite performance on the tape. His vocal performances on Can't Help Falling In Love and An American Trilogy shine, and Elvis delivers a rocking A Big Hunk O' Love.
Elvis On Tour is a must-have film.
The other amazing aspect of the movie is how Elvis had total control of everything. It seemed he had this magic spell over everything that was around him. The music itself? Well, it's the imperfect sound of Elvis in concert. There's beauty in imperfection.
I remember 25 years ago in 1977 when Elvis died. Thats when I got my first exposure to this amazing film. In fact, I have in my possession an audiotape of the broadcast of EoT. My 6 year old voice in on that tape, my mom and dad's voice is on that tape. It's a 25 year old time capsule! After the movie was over, I went into my bedroom with the tape recorder and imitated Elvis for hours. If not for sentimental reasons, if you haven't seen this movie, do yourself a favor and buy it NOW!
The earlier "Elvis - That's The Way It Is" centered on one event - his third Las Vegas engagement [not counting the 05-56 gig], capturing the behind the scenes events of a huge venue and a huge star. There is a heady nervousness to those proceedings, whereas with "On Tour" we get a more "settled in" entertainer - but still the perfectionist!
There are many magnificent moments, i.e., Elvis recording the very personal "Seperate Ways" (written by friend/song writer/bodyguard Red West); Elvis warming up on [the still unreleased] Kaye's "Wandering" [interestingly enough, the melody upon which "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" is based - the Tom Jones/Elvis number] with friend/Music Publishing Rep./Lighting Tech. Lamar Fike, et. al; Elvis singing the Gospel "I, John" backstage with the Sweet Inspirations. Until this '72 movie, I'm sure many were unaware of the real significance of non-Secular music was in his life.
A reviewer noted a decline in Presley's voice from the '70 documentary. Yes, it is clear that he did lose some control, some color; his vibrato was not as strong. But he seemed to gain range and power. The slight decline could be attributed to constant touring - the instrument was worn.
The '56 TV clip was a terrific segment, capturing the young, raw Rocker, still on the rise. Watching him sing and play live was a revelation back in '73 when I saw "On Tour" in the movies. At the time, it caused me to discount the '70s personae as overblown, overproduced, unfunky.Read more ›
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Better picture quality than the DVD but it will never be great because of the way it was filmed. Elvis in 1972. For many, his last great year as a performer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alain D.
Qualité image juste correct pour du blue ray mais le son n'est pas de calibre blue rayPublished 20 months ago by Martin Dion
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