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Elvis Presley vs Michael Jackson

Posted by Mart on January 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM Comments comments (0)

The comparisons were being made before the body was cold: The King Elvis Presley versus the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

News articles examining the similarities between Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley have been flowing readily during the past month. Billboard Magazine, who dubbed Elvis Presley as the “Entertainer of the Millennium” seemed confused as what to say about Jackson when its editorial director Bill Werdestated, “The world just lost the biggest pop star in history, no matter how you cut it.”

Michael Jackson’s and Elvis Presley’s places in the panorama of popular culture are deserved but they are not identical.

There are similarities. Both were born poor and became gigantic global music icons. Keep in mind, however, that Elvis Presley never performed outside of North America – thus holds an advantage in his popularity because he didn’t play world tours to earn his international fame. Each sold millions of records and reached unimaginable status, fame and wealth before experiencing personal, public and musical declines.

But unlike Michael Jackson – whose flashy sales numbers and personal excesses defined him – Elvis Presley’s influence and significance were part of a larger cultural experience.

Writer and music historian Alanna Nash says Elvis Presley’s was a trailblazing path. “Where Elvis co-created a musical art form, Michael largely built one. Where Elvis changed sexual mores in the conservative wake of  World War II, Michael only made shocking crotch-grabbing movements. And where Elvis, expanding on James Dean’s work, harnessed a burgeoning youth culture, Michael only drewmore attention to it. He did it brilliantly…but his cultural impact pales in comparison to Elvis Presley’s.”

It will be interesting to see if a cult will spring up around Michael Jackson in his death like the one that grew around Elvis Presley. But given the nature of Jackson’s legal and personal troubles over the recent years, it is difficult to imagine millions of tourists visiting Jackson’s childhood home in Gary, Indiana or his former Neverland Ranch in California like the way Elvis Presley fans(young and old) make pilgrimages to Graceland every year.

“There will always be throngs of people who will mourn and revere Jackson,”says Nash. “But because his personal life was so outsized, peculiar and tainted with scandal far more lurid than Elvis Presley’s drug abuse, I can’t see him morphing into the Disney-zed figure that Elvis has become."

“It’s easier to overlook Elvis’s peccadilloes than Michael’s,” she adds. “Elvis was beautiful, sexy and fun. Michael was sweet, strange and sad. Who wants to see that on a lunchbox?”

While Jackson’s later years rarely saw him create or put out new music, Elvis continued recording up until his death, amassing a voluminous catalog of material touching on rock, pop, country and gospel – that could be released and repackaged for years to come. “

Elvis was openly spiritual in ways that the common person could understand. Michael invited children into his home and was accused of molesting them and stated that he was giving love to all children. No one could understand that.

Jackson was viewed as a freak and someone whose personal sadness caused him tochange his face, hair, and skin color. Elvis Presley was viewed as an aging musical and cultural phenomenon that had weight issues. People can identify with Elvis Presley better than Jackson.

Jackson’s chance to be remembered will be more difficult due to his disordered family, child molestation charges (event though he was acquitted of them) and financial problems. Elvis had strong supporters in his wife Priscilla and manager Tom Parker as well as a business plan all eager to keep his fame alive. It’s difficult to say at this point who, if anyone, will do this for Jackson.

The only thing that’s obvious now is that the tragedy of Jackson’s life and death has only remote similarities to that of Elvis Presley’s. The manners in which they lived and impacted our culture are vastly different. The scales tip to Elvis Presley’s favor. Elvis is the King!

Elvis New DVD All Over The World

Posted by Mart on December 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

ELVIS ALL OVER THE WORLD VOLUME 1 DUETS AND TRIBUTES - 2-DVD's -Movie Trailers - Elvis Fashions - Cartoons - Broadway - Star Tributes -Elvis sings Little More Conversation in Background of Soccer World Cup- Mean Woman Blues FairgroundsTupelo 9/27/57 - Elvis On Stage atHampton Woods - Mystery Train at Las Vegas - You Gave Me a Mountain -Polk Salad Annie - Impossible Dream at MSG - 1977 One of his lastperformances How Many Lips Have Kissed You - Hawaii & GreensboroAmerican Trilogy - Las Vegas You've Lost That Loving Feeling -Different Jumpsuits Polk Salad Annie - Black Leather '68 Memories - '77One Night - Different Jumpsuits Suspicious Minds - '77 My Way - I Can'tHelp Falling in Love With You - Welcome to My World. 

 

ELVIS ALLOVER THE WORLD VOLUME 2 DUETS AND TRIBUTES - 2-DVD's - Excellent ElvisPhoto Gallery -Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel - Have a Party - HoundDog - Blue Suede Shoes - Shake Rattle & Roll - That's All Right -Reddy Teddy - Gotta Lot of Living To Do - Elvis World Impersonators -Melissa Etheridge Tribute - Jim Carey as Elvis - Graceland - JonathanRhys Meyers and Elvis singing If I Can Dream - Lisa Marie Presleysinging Nobody Noticed It - Airplane - Hampton Roads - Black Leather'68 Show - Hound Dog '56 - Hawaii Burning Love - Suspicouus Minds -Caught In A Trap (Karate) - Las Vegas Polk Salad Annie - Too Much -Black Leather '68 Trouble - '77 Hurt - Bridge Over Troubled Water - I'mLeaving - And I Love You So - Las Vegas You-ve Lost That Loving Feeling- '77 My Way - Plane - Elvis Has Left The Building. Extra Video Clips.

 

ELVISALL OVER THE WORLD VOLUME 3 DUETS AND TRIBUTES - 2-DVD's -Tributes byEric Clapton with Scotty Moore singing Mystery Train - Stray Cats -Pink Floyd - Mike Scooty - Queen - Britney Spears - Commercial withSheryl Crowe - Musicals - Paul McCartney on Bill Black's Bass - HappyFeet - Movies - August 16, 1977 When Elvis Died which was on Brazil TV- Hawaii C.C. Rider - Elvis Never Been to Spain - Indianapolis BridgeOver Troubled Water - Rehearsal for TTWII Don't Cry Daddy - Viva LasVegas - You Gave Me a Mountain - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - MyWay at Pittsburgh - Baby I don't Care - I'm Leaving - Heartbreak Hotel- Stranger In The Crown - '68 Little Less Conversation - That's AllRight - You've Lost That Loving Feeling -Suspicious Minds - Caught In ATrap - Burning Love - Elvis Playing Guitar '68 Comeback - Baby Do YouWant Me To Do - Pittsburgh Polk Salad Annie - Unchained Melody -Airplane - ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. BONUS: Elvis singing whileblonde girl kisses him in '68 Special. CLOSEUP.

 

The DVD's have very good video and sound quality. Six Elvis Presley DVD's. 

ELVIS PRESLEY ALL OVER THE WORLD 6 DVDs Collectors Box

 


New DVD Elvis Kingdom

Posted by Mart on December 29, 2009 at 9:28 AM Comments comments (0)

Wonderful new Elvis DVD with remastered Elvis footage, soundboardvideos, and an interactive menu makes this a must-have. A lot of newnever released footage of Elvis funeral + tributes + new footage on andoff stage!


ELVIS KINGDOM DVD 1:

You`ll Never Walk Alone - Live Version + Elvis Candlelight

Graceland  - Song in Elvis Style + Elvis Graceland Footage

Are You Lonsome Tonight - Laughing Version 1976 Las Vegas Footage - Very Funny!

ElvisMedley -That´s What You Get For Lovin Me / Faded Love / It´s A MatterOf Time / Where I Go From Here / T.R.O.U.B.L.E / Found Out What´sHappening

Pieces Of My Life  - Live Version + Rare Elvis Footage 1975 Las Vegas

My Way - Rare 1972 Live Version

Elvis Funeral - New Never Released Footage of Elvis Funeral

Tears In Heaven - Elvis Tribute

Las Vegas August 1971 - 16 Minutes of Elvis Wearing Rare Suits - Cisco Kid Suit......

He´s Gone But Not Forgotten - Elvis Tribute With Rare Footage

Cry Like Memphis - Elvis Death Funeral 1977

I´m Leaving It All Up To You - Rare Footage Live On Stage

Fever - Elvis Rare Footage 1974 in Niagara Falls

Oh How I Love Jesus - Elvis 1970 Rehearsals

God Save The Queen - Elvis 1970 Rehearsals

Havana Gila - Elvis 1970 Rehearsals

Gospel - Elvis 1970 Rehearsals - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee

How Do I Live - Elvis Tribute

I Just Can´t Make It By Myself - Elvis Photo Slide Show

Elvis Has Left The Building  - Elvis Tribute With Rare Live Footage

Only The Strong Survive  - Elvis February 1970 Live On Stage In Las Vegas

Stagger Lee - Elvis 1970 Rehearsals

The Gambler - Elvis Tribute Close Up Footage Live 1974 - Very Clear!

 

ELVIS KINGDOM DVD 2:

 

Best Of 8 MM Footage - Elvis 1970 - 1976 Great Quality!

Col. Parker Interview 1993 - Very Rare Interview!

Movie Outtakes - Elvis Hollywood Outtakes

20 Anniversary Of Elvis Death - News from England 1997

The DVD's have very good video and sound quality. Two Elvis Presley DVD's. 

ELVIS KINGDOM 2 DVDs Collectors Box

 

 


New Elvis DVD Gladiators

Posted by Mart on December 20, 2009 at 7:17 AM Comments comments (0)

This DVD contains the long awaited footage of Elvis taking part inKarate demonstrations. The DVD will feature extra's including avoice-over option from one of Elvis' Karate associates, Wayne Carmonwho was there when much of the footage was filmed. Pre-order, go insidethe dojo with Elvis Presley, the greatest entertainer the world hasever known.

For nearly two decades, Elvis Presley practiced the art of karate with skill and enormous dedication.

Thediscipline brought a thrilling new physicality to his film and stageperformances, but fans have never before had the chance to see the Kingin authentic action.

Thiscollector's edition set provides exactly that opportunity, bringingtogether footage from Elvis' never-completed martial arts epic The New Gladiators along with insightful commentary by fellow-enthusiast Wayne Carman who was with Elvis when much of the footage was shot

 


New Elvis DVD The Beauty Queen And Me

Posted by Mart on December 20, 2009 at 6:08 AM Comments comments (0)

I´m sure that this will be amongst the best quality amateur footage that you've ever seen of Elvis on stage. For the first time you'll get to see 1974 Vegas footage captured duringElvis' August 29th 1974 midnight show, September 1st dinner show andthe infamous September 2nd closing show (wearing the beautiful MadTiger jumpsuit). There's lots of karate on these clips with Red Westcoming on stage at one point to help Elvis with his belt and karate gi.Elvis even knocks poor Charlie Hodge on his backside during a lengthkata... Amazing stuff!

 

There is also be some 1973 footage shotat Graceland. This includes a glimpse the gates, the grounds, themansion itself and the pool area. This is NOT the poor quality Dutchfootage that has been doing the rounds for years, but brand new footagetaken from the reels and restored by us. This is TV quality material.

 

Weare also extremely excited to tell you that we have been restoring someSUPERB footage (running for a staggering 13 minutes) of Elvis in KansasCity, Missouri on the evening of June 29th 1974. This is the mostbeautiful clear, close-up footage that we've seen in a long, long timewith Elvis wearing the fantastic Embroidered Eagle jumpsuit.



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