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Elvis On Tour: The Official Audio Releases

Elvis On Tour (1972)

Elvis On Tour (1972)

This is an updated re-posting of an item I first placed on The Film Frontier pop culture blog back in January – prior to rolling out The Mystery Train Elvis Blog.

Warner Home Video is releasing Elvis On Tour on Blu-ray and DVD on August 3. The MGM movie features Elvis on the road and in rehearsals in the spring of 1972.

Sandwiched between 1970’s colossal That’s The Way It Is and 1973’s Aloha From Hawaii, the Golden-Globe-winning documentary often seems to be overlooked among Elvis events.

At the time, Elvis On Tour ultimately did not even garner a soundtrack album release – trumped by the As Recorded At Madison Square Garden and Aloha live albums.

Nevertheless, Elvis On Tour shows Elvis in good form, with the effects of his marriage problems with Priscilla only beginning to show their toll. It is a well-assembled film, capturing an important moment in the entertainer’s life. The second documentary produced about him, Elvis On Tour also represents Elvis’ 33rd and final completed movie.

When Warner Home Video remade That’s The Way It Is in 2000, RCA/BMG released a corresponding boxed set of audio material recorded during the filming of the movie. There have since been a number of other That’s The Way It Is themed audio releases.

Since the record label also recorded many of the rehearsals and concerts during the filming of Elvis On Tour, it seems likely that this Blu-ray release will open the floodgates for related audio material.

To celebrate the Blu-ray release, this is one of a series of Elvis On Tour related posts this year. Today, I want to take a look back at what has been officially released to this point on audio from the material recorded for this movie.

Most of these performances were not used in the actual film, though some were. Believe it or not, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the audio recordings made for Elvis On Tour. 2010 may turn out to be a very good year indeed for Elvis fans.

This Is Elvis (1981)
Always On My Mind (Rehearsal)
An American Trilogy (Live-April 9, 1972, Hampton Roads, Virginia)

Amazing Grace (1994)
Bosom of Abraham (Rehearsal)
I, John (Rehearsal)
Lead Me, Guide Me (Rehearsal)
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God To Thee (Rehearsal)
You Better Run (Rehearsal)

From The Heart (1998)
Separate Ways (Rehearsal)

6363 Sunset (2001)
A Big Hunk O’ Love (Rehearsal)
All Shook Up (Rehearsal)
Heartbreak Hotel (Rehearsal)
See See Rider (Rehearsal)
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel (Rehearsal)
Until It’s Time For You To Go (Rehearsal)

Close Up: Live In Texas 1972 (2002)
(Live-April 18, 1972, San Antonio, Texas)
All Shook Up
An American Trilogy
Burning Love
Can’t Help Falling In Love
For The Good Times
Funny How Time Slips Away
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
How Great Thou Art
I Can’t Stop Loving You
Love Me
Love Me Tender
Never Been To Spain
Polk Salad Annie
Proud Mary
See See Rider
Suspicious Minds
Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
Until It’s Time For You To Go
You Gave Me A Mountain

Elvis On Tour: The Rehearsals (2005)
A Big Hunk O’ Love
Burning Love
For The Good Times
Funny How Time Slips Away
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Hound Dog
Johnny B. Goode
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Love Me
Never Been To Spain
Polk Salad Annie
Proud Mary
Release Me
See See Rider
Separate Ways
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Young And Beautiful

(The Elvis Session Notes by Oven Egeland site was an invaluable resource in compiling this information.)

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Elvis On Tour Blu-ray/DVD coming August 3

Elvis On Tour (1972)

Elvis On Tour (1972)

Over on The Film Frontier, I told you about the forthcoming Elvis On Tour Blu-ray and DVD releases nearly three months ago.

This week, Warner Home Video and Elvis Presley Enterprises announced the Elvis On Tour release date as August 3. There will also be a special screening of the movie on August 14 in Memphis during Elvis Week.

You read that right, we’re only four months away from the Elvis On Tour release!

Elvis On Tour features Elvis on the road and in rehearsals in the spring of 1972. Sandwiched between 1970’s colossal That’s The Way It Is and 1973’s Aloha From Hawaii, MGM’s Golden-Globe-winning documentary often seems to be overlooked among Elvis events. The second documentary produced about him, Elvis On Tour also represents Elvis’ 33rd and final movie.

Previously available in wide release only on VHS, Elvis On Tour is finally making its debut on Blu-ray and DVD. So, it is a little late to the DVD party, but just in time for the high-definition Blu-ray party!

While there will apparently not be any previously unreleased footage in this release, the press release does mention a number of songs that were featured only in the 1992 home video Elvis: The Lost Performances.

My hope is that the 1972 songs from The Lost Performances will be available as fully restored bonus features, along with the original theatrical version of the film. Blu-ray movies also allow for the possibility of “branching” — where you can choose between variations of a movie — but we’ll get into all of that stuff in a future post about Blu-ray technology.

As we count down the months to the Elvis On Tour release, The Mystery Train will have more articles celebrating this event. Keep checking back, folks.

This is a great time to be an Elvis fan!

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Elvis was in these buildings

When you’re an Elvis fan, there’s something special about visiting a place that he’s been – especially if it was a place where he performed. This month, I was fortunate enough to visit two such locations.

Elvis performed at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, on four dates:

  • April 10, 1972
  • March 12, 1974
  • March 18, 1974
  • June 29, 1976

Though little of the footage made the final cut, MGM’s movie cameras were rolling during his April 10, 1972, performance at the Richmond Coliseum for the documentary Elvis On Tour. RCA also recorded the audio for this entire concert as part of the same project. To date, the concert has not yet been officially released.

Martina McBride at the Richmond Coliseum, March 12, 2010

Martina McBride at the Richmond Coliseum, March 12, 2010

Earlier this month, on March 12, my wife and I saw country music star Martina McBride at the Richmond Coliseum. I didn’t realize it until researching the dates just now, but it turned out to be 36 years to the day after Elvis performed there in 1974.

Anytime I see a big-time concert like that, especially at the Richmond Coliseum, I always find myself wondering before and during the show what it would have been like to see Elvis perform.

Martina put on a great show, with the highlight being an acoustic version of Kris Kristofferson‘s “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” Her studio take of the song appears on her 2005 album Timeless, a collection of classic country songs and her best release. Incidentally, Elvis covered the same song in 1971 for the album Elvis Now.

The Richmond Coliseum first opened in 1971, so the paint was probably still fresh when Elvis performed there the next year. These days, the venue is in need of serious repair and may instead be torn down altogether.

This past weekend, we saw the musical Wicked at Richmond’s Landmark Theater. As I pointed out to my very-patient-with-the-Elvis-trivia wife as we walked through the lobby, Elvis performed in this building, too, much earlier in his career. Back then, before political correctness intervened, the venue was called the Mosque. Elvis performed there on the following dates:

  • May 16, 1955
  • November 29, 1955 [just 8 days after signing with RCA]
  • February 5, 1956 (two shows) [day after his second Stage Show TV appearance]
  • March 22, 1956 (two shows)
  • June 30, 1956 (two shows) [day before his Steve Allen Show TV appearance]

Photographer Alfred Wertheimer was on tour with Elvis at the June 30, 1956, appearance and took a number of now iconic photos of the 21-year-old singer while in Richmond, including at the Mosque. Check out more info and pictures at Scotty Moore’s official site and over at Elvis Australia.

I’ll never get the chance to see Elvis perform at the Richmond Coliseum or at the Mosque, though I can at least hope that the 1972 audio and film captured in Richmond for Elvis On Tour are released someday. It is nice to visit those buildings, know he was once there, too, and dream of what might have been.

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Source for dates: Elvis Day By Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, Ballantine Books, 1999.

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