Review : The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977 Hardcover Book
February 4, 2016
'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977' is an Elvis keepsake forever. This book is the perfect companion piece to the elaborate 'Elvis Sessions IV The Recorded Music of Elvis Aron Presley 1954-1977'.
Flipping through the book my first reaction is this book was put together very well, presented in the chronological form ... I can't help but be pleased, I could not see any better way of presenting the Elvis 45 record sleeves, Elvis EP & Elvis LP Covers than the way that they are presented to us in this book. The Vinyl Artwork book contains most of the original photography for the albums, singles and extended plays released in Elvis Presley's lifetime. Many of the photos are the full gorgeous images as they were originally photographed with many never before seen in their entirety. Many of these photos are considered to be some of the greatest photography on Elvis Presley.
It is great to see for the first time for me, the full picture of what was used on the EP 'Elvis Sails' ... (as for many of these covers seeing the original photo prior to lettering add on, of any the Elvis Photos was and is very interesting to me), and something else which I thought was rather cool and which caught my eye right away was seeing for the first time an alternate version 'in Color' of the 'Having Fun With Elvis on Stage'.
This book shows cover art too where RCA for whatever the reason, printed the image in reverse or not at the correct angle (many times' by RCA in the 60's and 70's) Seeing these pictures now presented in the correct angle in this book, again, to me was very cool to see and I am glad to say, now preserved in book form. Again, as an Elvis Collector I must say Job Well done by JAT & Team! Mostly the quality of the book is high, there are a few photos that I found disaponting in quality, but on the whole it is a great book.
'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977' contains The Singles, The Extended Plays, The Albums, Selective Back Cover Art, Letters, Documents, Layouts, Alternate Artwork/Photo's, complete discography ...
I'm glad I own the book and I believe most Elvis collectors who buy this book will be too!!
Pictured with each image is the original release it was used for. However, the book goes far beyond that, as it also covers the alternate artwork, letters and documents, some of the original artboards and layouts that were worked on, and details examining the photographer, date, and place where they were photographed.
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Lastly, this book also investigates the changes and corrections such as the use of reversed photographs and the use of photos that were altered on the original art. In essence, 'The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977' is not just be a photo journal, but rather a historical record on how this artwork was created. The book surely is a work of art featuring the greatest artist of all time.
Height: 29 cm
Width: 22 cm
Thickness: 1,8 cm
Weight: approx. 1.13 kg
Text in English
Including a 2016 calendar
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Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.