released in 1991 (Brompton Books Ltd/Bison Books), this delightful
hardcover is one of those photobooks designed to please most
fans. The 2004 reissue from Greenwich Editions (ISBN: 0-86288-524-8)
in the UK and Australia features a new cover (with dust jacket)
and is competitively priced.
the specialist photobooks published by Ger Rijff and Joe Tunzi,
The Elvis Album is not a slimline volume. Throughout its 300+
pages you may have seen most of the visuals before, but thanks
to a first rate book design it is a book you can't help but
chapters flow chronologically from The Hillbilly Cat to Elvis'
resurgence as a live performer. With a heady mix of full page
photos and montage selections, The Elvis Album is literally
cram packed with a blend of color and b&w photos that
reach out and grab your attention.
are many great photos in The Elvis Album. Some of my favorites
in his two-piece black jumpsuit on opening night in Vegas
posters from around the world
informal candids of Elvis circa 1968-70
of Elvis with fans in the 1950s
shots of The King with his natural hair color
& Priscilla in Germany
original Elvis and Larry Blong (clone) photo
notable visuals include Elvis and Bill Haley and Elvis with
a young Nancy Sinatra following his discharge from the Army.
I have any criticism of The Elvis Album it is that there should
have been a lot more of Millie Ridge's sparse text. However,
this arguably won't annoy too many fans as in any photobook
it is the visuals that fans want to see.
The Elvis Album should deservedly enjoy brisk sales over
the Christmas-New Year season. Buy it either for yourself
or a friend. You won't be disappointed.
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