"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)


"Absolute id crashed into absolute superego...as the uptightset man in America shook hands with just about the loosest."

(Mark Feeney on the 'Elvis meets Nixon' meeting)


"Elvis is everywhere"

(Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper)


"...especially in the South, they talk about Elvis and Jesus in the same breath"

(Michael Ventura, LA Weekly)


"The image is one thing and the huiman being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image"


(Elvis Presley, Madison Square Garden press conference, 1972)


"Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was actually stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something"

(David Bowie)


"No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme"

(Mick Jagger)


"I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother...there'll never be another like that soul brother"

(Soul legend, James Brown)


















































































































































































































































































EIN E-Alert #182........Sunday 31 July 2005

Some of the items added to www.elvisinfonet.com this week:



  • Ernst comments on October FTD releases
  • Buyer defaults on Elvis Mercedes Benz
  • Sirius Radio to feature Elvis Week 2005
  • "Elvis squeeze" plans tribute album
  • Elvis' Palm Springs residence for sale
  • Ernst Jorgensen hospitalisation update
  • No laser light show this year during Elvis Week
  • The Making of Elvis On Tour DVD update
  • Contact Music removes story about lisa Presley, but EIN has it!
  • Janelle MComb passes away
  • Hard Rock Cafe's Mobile Tour visiting Graceland
  • Chart updates
  • New CD, DVD and book release updates
  • Welcome to Gulag Graceland (Sid Shaw)
  • Elvis 1st, 2nd, 4ever (DVD)

Breaking News
Elvis That's The Way It Is - Outtakes ("mouth watering" 6DVD Boxset)
Just as many fans are eagerly awaiting their copies of The Making of Elvis On Tour (Outtakes) DVD (see EIN website for details), underground distributors have circulated news of a 6DVD boxset containing Elvis That's The Way It Is outtakes. 
With an asking price of up to 500 pounds it is a very expensive purchase, but the material on the 6DVD's is simply mouth watering:

DVD 1:

July 14, 1970 39 minutes
1. Elvis arriving; at MGM lot -silent- 6 minutes- multi angle reel 10 016
2. Elvis jamming-silent- 3 minutes-reel 11 016
3. Dialogue-Words-sound- 5 minutes
4. The Next Step Is Love (from TTWII)-sound- 1 min 
5. Polk Salad Annie (from TTWII)-sound-1 minute
6. Elvis walking in to studio -silent-1 minute
7. Elvis listening to You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -sound- 2 minutes
8. Elvis listening to Bridge Over Troubled Water -sound- 2 minutes
9. Elvis listening to The Next Step Is Love (1 min), dialogue 1 and a half minutes then various
shots including band members- silent- total 7 minutes
10. Polk Salad Annie -clowning around-sound 2 mins
11. Words, dialogue, Words-sound-1 minute
12. Bridge Over Troubled Water - sound-2 minutes
13. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -complete- –sound-3 minutes
14. Eating lunch - last minute no picture-sound- 2 min
August 4/August 14/ July 15/29 - 1 hour 30 minutes
1. Aug.4- You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (mostly no picture)- Bridge Over Troubled Water -
silent- 11 minutes-reel 7 011
2. Aug.4- Farther Along – Something - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Don’t Cry Daddy- In The
Ghetto (50 seconds)-sound- 12 minutes-reel 8 011
3. Aug.4- similar to chapter 2 through Santa Claus Is Back In Town -silent 11 minutes-reel 9 011
4. Aug. 14- camera behind Elvis-That’s Alright-Love Me Tender-Audience shots-silent- 8 minutes-reel 12-009
5. Aug.14- All Shook Up-Blue Suede Shoes- One Night-Audience shots-sound- 4 minutes-reel 8 010
6. Aug.14- camera behind Elvis-Suspicious Minds (shoulder roll), Can’t Help Falling In Love -
with shot of audience-sound- 8 minutes-reel 10 009
7. Making Elvis signs- silent-2 minutes
8. July 15/29 including “A Fool Such As I” -various shots- silent- 4 minutes-reel 11 016
9. July 15- Yesterday-I Can’t Stop Loving You-sound- 5 minutes-reel 5 012
10. July 29- You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (from TTWII)-Stranger In The Crowd -sound-5 minutes
11. July 29- I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water - I Was The One - Baby Let’s Play House (from
Lost Performances)-sound-7 minutes
12. July 29-.Don’t-Money Honey (from Lost Performances)-dialogue-sound-5 minutes
13. July 29-Something-Dialogue-Words-sound-8 mins
August 4, 1970 - 56 minutes
1. Felton Jarvis with Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials-sound- 8 minutes
2. Elvis walking in-silent-4 minutes
3. Elvis talking to Sweet Inspirations-sound-2 minutes
4. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -sound-4 mins
5. Bridge Over Troubled Water -sound- 8 minutes
6. Santa Claus Is Back In Town -sound-2 minutes-reel 7 011
7. Don’t Cry Daddy-sound-2 and a half minutes
8. Dialogue-sound- 1 minute
9. Farther Along-sound- 1 and a half minutes
10. Something-sound-3 minutes
11. Santa Claus Is Back In Town -picture of James only last minute-sound-2 minutes
12. Don’t Cry Daddy-In The Ghetto (50 seconds)-sound- part no picture-3 minutes
13. Words-sound -2 and a half minutes
14. Words-Cattle Call- Yodeling-sound except for yodeling-2 minutes
15. 20 Days & 20 Nights -sound- 3 minutes
16. Bridge Over Troubled Water -part no picture-silent-7 minutes-reel 10 016

August 7 rehearsal- 19 minutes
First 38 seconds-silent
0:39-3:22 Words-complete-sound
3:22-5:22 Elvis clowning around-part of Patch It Up-silent
5:27-9:33 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me-complete-sound
9:34-11:35 joking around-sound
11:36-12:17 Next Step-only part-sound
12:28-13:28 walking into rehearsal, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling –beginning-sound
13:39-18:47 Oh Happy Day, joking, beginning of I’ve Lost You-see only Joe Esposito and Lamar
Fike for most of footage-sound
Total 3 hour 50 approx...

DVD 2:

August 10, 1970-Opening Night-1 hour 30 minutes
1. Elvis back stage-sound-3 minutes
2. That’s Alright-Mystery Train-sound-close-7 minutes
3. That’s Alright-Mystery Train-silent-7 minutes
4. begins middle of That’s Alright-end of I Can’t Stop Loving You-Love Me Tender-silent-7 mins-reel 4 008
5. That’s Alright-Mystery Train-I Can’t Stop Loving You-Love Me Tender-silent-11 minutes-reel 5 008
6. end of The Next Step Is Love, beginning of Words-silent-close-1 and a half minutes- reel 8 009
7. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling -sound-4 minutes
8. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (only audience)-2 minutes-Polk Salad Annie (beginning
no picture)-4 minutes-sound- total 7 minutes- reel 5 006
9. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Polk Salad Annie-silent- 7 minutes- reel 7 006
10. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Polk Salad Annie -close angle- silent-7 minutes- reel 8 006
11.You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -Polk Salad Annie (beginning only)-camera behind Elvis
last 3 minutes-silent-close-7 minutes-reel 9 006
12. Patch It Up-Can’t Help Falling In Love -close angle- sound-6 minutes-reel 5 002
13. Patch It Up-Can’t Help Falling In Love -silent- 5 minutes-reel 6 002
14. Patch It Up-Can’t Help Falling In Love (no picture for a lot of song)-silent-close-7 minutes-reel 7 002
15. Backstage-silent-1 minute
August 11 DS Part One-1 hour 30 minutes
1. Dialogue (3 minutes)-Heartbreak Hotel (1:40)-Dialogue (1:40)-Love Me Tender (2:10)-sound-
close-9 minutes- reel 12 002
2. Dialogue-Heartbreak Hotel-Dialogue-Love Me Tender-silent-9 minutes-reel 2 002
3. Dialogue-Heartbreak Hotel-Dialogue-Love Me Tender-silent-8 minutes-reel 3 002
4. Heartbreak Hotel (starts middle of guitar solo)-Dialogue-Love Me Tender-silent-poor angle-5 mins
5. I Just Can’t Help Believing-sound-7 minutes-reel 9 002
6. Dialogue (2 min), .I Just Can’t Help Believing (missing picture part of song)-I Can’t Stop
Loving You-silent-10 minutes-reel 10 002
7. Dialogue, I Just Can’t Help Believing-I Can’t Stop Loving You (good angle)-silent-10 mins-reel 11 002
8. Dialogue, I Just Can’t Help Believing (no picture first 5 minutes)-I Can’t Stop Loving You-sound-10 minutes reel 12 002
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water -Suspicious Minds-sound-11 minutes reel 1 012
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water -Suspicious Minds-silent-9 minutes- reel 2 012

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water (missing a lot of picture)-Suspicious Minds-silent-11 mins-reel 3 012
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water -Suspicious Minds-silent-good angle-11 minutes-reel 4 012
3. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling- Polk Salad Annie-sound-11 minutes-reel 1 011
4. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (missing a lot of picture)-Polk Salad Annie -silent-close-11 minutes-reel 2 011
5. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (missing some of picture)-Polk Salad Annie (shows 13 more seconds of missing ending-silent-11 minutes-reel 3 011
Total 3 hour 55 approx...

DVD 3:

August 11 DS Part Two -30 minutes
6. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling -Polk Salad Annie-silent-11 minutes- reel 4 011
7. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie (includes entire 18 second ending)-silent-
8 minutes- reel 5 011
8. Elvis backstage after curtain falls-silent- 41 seconds- reel 6 011
9/10. Vegas signs-silent-13 minutes

August 11 MS-Part One-1 hour 30 minutes
1. Back stage-silent-3 minutes
2.That’s Alright (see Elvis only 1 min.30sec)-I Got A Woman--audio only first two minutes-rest
silent- mostly band members- 10 minutes- reel 4 015
3. shots of guitar, band members-silent-2 minutes-reel 5-015
4. That’s Alright (no picture), I Got A Woman (no picture), Hound Dog –sound-7 minutes-reel 4/5 -010
5. Hound Dog-silent-close- 5 minutes
6. first 4 minutes no picture-I Got A Woman (1 minute)-Hound Dog-silent- 8 minutes- reel 6-015
7. no picture-silent-6 minutes- reel 7-015
8. I Just Can’t Help Believing (band shots)-sound-4 minutes
9. I Just Can’t Help Believing-silent-picture only last 30 seconds- 5 minutes-reel 2-016
10. band shots-silent- 5 minutes-reel 3-006
11.Walk A Mile In My Shoes (no picture at end)- You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-sound-8
minutes-reel 2-021
12.Walk A Mile A Mile In My Shoes (some green)- You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (only 2
minutes)-silent-close- 6 minutes-reel 3-021
13. Hound Dog-silent-side angle-1 minute
14. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - dubbed sound but no picture or sound last 4 minutes- 7 minutes
15. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling- dubbed sound-5 minutes
16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-silent-close-8 minutes-reel 2-013
17. end of I Just Can’t Help Believing-Walk A Mile In My Shoes -shows back up singers-silent-5 minutes-reel 3-013
18. Walk A Mile In My Shoes -side angle-1 minute no picture-silent-4 minutes-reel4-013
19. Walk A Mile In My Shoes – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-silent-7 minutes-reel 5-013
20. Walk A Mile In My Shoes -close-multiple angles-back up singers-silent- 3 minutes-reel 7-013
21. back up singers-a lot of green-silent-3 minutes-reel 8 -013
22. Walk A Mile In My Shoes -some green-silent-3 minutes-reel 9-013
23. Aug.12 MS- Polk Salad Annie -Audience walk-sound-some green -10 minutes- reel 6-005
24. Aug.12 MS- Polk Salad Annie -Audience walk-sound-far angle-a lot of green-11 minutes-
25. Aug.12 MS- Polk Salad Annie -sound-no picture at all-8 minutes-reel 8-005
26. Aug.12 MS- Polk Salad Annie -Audience walk-silent-close angle-11 minutes
27.Aug.12 MS- Polk Salad Annie –Audience walk-sound-first 7 minutes no picture-mostly
audience-11 minutes-Andy-9:33-9:54(1 minute 35 sec remain)-reel 5-005
28. One Night (no picture)-Don’t Be Cruel- Love Me-sound- 8 minutes-reel 6/7-010

DVD 4:

August 11 MS Part 3-1 hour 25 minutes
2. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-sound- 4 minutes
3. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-silent-close- 2 mins
4. Polk Salad Annie -see only 1 minute-sound-2 minutes-reel 4-021
5. Polk Salad Annie -see last 25 seconds-sound-2 minutes-reel 5-021
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (see Elvis only for a few seconds, see band members, feet)-
Suspicious Minds (close-see Elvis for 2 minutes but no moves)-sound-9 minutes-reel 7-008
7. Mostly no picture or sound- 45 seconds of Suspicious Minds at end- 10 minutes-reel 8-008
8. One Night-Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me, Heartbreak Hotel (a little bit)-close silent- 9 minutes-reel 1-015
9. One Night-Don’t Be Cruel-Love Me- Heartbreak Hotel (a little bit) far angle-Andy 3:58 remaining-silent-10 minutes-reel 2-015
10. One Night-Don’t Be Cruel-Love Me-Heartbreak Hotel (some)-first 2 minute blank-silent-10 minutes-reel 3-015
11. Aug.12 MS-Words-Sweet Caroline-silent-6 minutes-reel 6-007
12. Aug.12 MS-Words-Sweet Caroline-silent-close-6 minutes-reel 7-007
13. Aug.12 MS-Words-Sweet Caroline-far angle-silent-6 minutes-reel 8-007
14. Aug.12 MS-Words-Sweet Caroline-silent-blank first 2 and a half minutes-mostly green-6 minutes-reel 9-007

August 12 DS-Part One-1 hour 25 minutes
1. Backstage-silent-1 minute
2. Dialogue (3 min.)-. Heartbreak Hotel-Dialogue (2:30)-Love Me Tender (part one)(2:30 don’t
see Elvis)-sound-no picture first 2 minutes and during dialogue-9 minutes-reel 9-005
3. Dialogue-Heartbreak Hotel-Dialogue-Love Me Tender (part one)-sound-close-no picture part
of Love Me Tender-10 minutes-reel 10-005
4. Love Me Tender (second part)(3 minutes)-I’ve Lost You-sound-no picture for Love Me Tender,
part of Lost-7 minutes- reel 9
5. Love Me Tender (second part)(no picture first 2 minutes)-I’ve Lost You (no picture part of Lost)
-silent-close angle-7 minutes- reel 10

6. Love Me Tender (second part)-silent-no picture last 3 minutes-7 minutes-reel 11
7. Love Me Tender (second part)-silent-4 minutes- reel 12
8. End of I Just Can’t Help Believing (35 seconds)-Patch It Up-Dialogue (3 minutes)-sound-8 mins
9. End of I Just Can’t Help Believing-Patch It Up (some green)-Dialogue-silent-close-8 minutes- reel 7-12
10. End of I Just Can’t Help Believing-Patch It Up (some green)-Dialogue-silent-8 minutes-reel 8-12
11. End of I Just Can’t Help Believing-Patch It Up (only a little green)-Dialogue-silent-good angle-8 minutes-reel 9-12
12. Intros (4 minutes)-Dialogue (2 minutes)-Blue Suede-You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me –
Dialogue (30 seconds)-sound-no picture part of Introductions and Blue Suede Shoes- 10 minutes
13. Introductions-Blue Suede Shoes-You Don’t Have-Dialogue-sound-no picture first 7 minutes, part of Blue Suede Shoes, part of You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me-10 minutes-reel 4-reel 4-004
14. Intros-Blue Suede -You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -Dialogue-sound-close-10 minutes-reel 5-004
15. Dialogue-Blue Suede Shoes-sound-multiple angles-3 minutes-reel 6-004
17. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me -sound-multiple angles- 2 minutes-reel 7-004
18. Suspicious Minds (see mostly back up singers)(6:40)-Can’t Help Falling In Love -sound-10
minutes-reel 8-005
19. Suspicious Minds-Can’t Help Falling In Love -sound-no picture first 4 and a half minutes-
see shoulder roll-9 minutes-reel 2-005-With reels 2 and 8,
20. Backstage before show-silent-3 minutes-reel 3-005
21. I Just Can’t Help Believing? -Silent-3 and half minutes
22.-making signs-silent-reels 4/5-009- 12 minutes
Total running time 3 hour 58

DVD 5:

Aug.12 MS Part One-88 minutes
1. Walking on stage-1 minute
2. Mystery Train (3 minutes)-Dialogue (5 minutes no picture)-Love Me Tender (part)(1:30)-
sound-no picture part of sounds-Love Me Tender picture only last minute-10 minutes-reel 1-003
3. Mystery Train-Dialogue-Love Me Tender (part)-sound-close angle-10 minutes-reel 2-003
4. Mystery Train (some green)-Dialogue (no picture 3:30)-Love Me Tender (part)-sound-10 minutes-reel 3-003
5. Mystery Train-Dialogue (no picture 3 min)-Love Me Tender (part)-sound-10 minutes-reel 4-003
6. Mystery Train-sound-poor angle-mostly green- 6 minutes-reel 5-003
7. Love Me Tender-sound-3 angles- about 5 minutes for each angle-16 minutes total; 13:10-reel 10/11-003
8. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-reprise (part)-sound-4 angles-about 1 minute for each angle-
4 minutes total
9. Heartbreak Hotel (2nd half only)-One Night-Blue Suede-All Shook Up-Little Sister/Get Back
(some green)-I Was The One(a few seconds only)-sound-12 minutes-reel 1
10. One Night-Blue Suede-All Shook Up-Little Sister (green beginning and guitar solo)-silent-10 minutes
11. One Night-Blue Suede-All Shook Up-Little Sister-silent-close angle-some green-11 minutes-reel 3
12. Little Sister picture-camera behind Elvis’ back for about a minute-silent-7 minutes-reel 4
13. One Night-Blue Suede-All Shook Up-Little Sister (mostly green)-silent-9 minutes-reel 5
14. Love Me (last minute)-Are You Lonesome (complete picture)-sound-close angle-3 minutes-
reel 6
15. Love Me (no picture)-Are You Lonesome (see only 1 minute)-silent-3 minutes-reel 7
16. Love Me-Are You Lonesome Tonight-silent-3 minutes-reel 8
17.-Heartbreak Hotel-silent-2 minutes each chapter-some green-reels 2 to 4-016
18.Suspicious Minds (missing some picture)-sound-Can’t Help Falling In Love (miss picture in
middle)-silent- 8 minutes-reel 2-007
19.Suspicious Minds (miss a lot of picture)-Can’t Help Falling In Love (no picture at end)-silent-
8 minutes-reel 3-007
20.Suspicious Minds-Can’t Help Falling In Love -silent-close-picture whole time-8 minutes-reel 4-007
21.audience walking-silent-7 minutes-reel 6-009
22.Gene Bowman with celebrities-sound-5 minutes-reel 7-009
23.audience walking in-silent-8 minutes  

August 13 DS
1. Aug.11 MS-Walk A Mile In My Shoes-audio only-2 minutes-reel 11-013
2. Don’t Cry Daddy-In The Ghetto-multiple angles-silent-6 minutes- reel 1-014
3. Don’t Cry Daddy-In Ghetto-audio only-5 minutes-reel 2-014
4. Don’t Cry Daddy-In Ghetto-audio only-1 extra minute of dialogue at beginning-6 minutes-reel
5. Don’t Cry Daddy-In Ghetto-silent-6 minutes-reel 4-014
6. Don’t Cry Daddy-In Ghetto-silent-close angle-6 minutes-reel 5-014
7./8. Don’t Cry Daddy-In Ghetto-silent- 6 minutes each chapter-reels 6/7-014
9. Stranger In The Crowd-sound-multiple angles- 5 minutes
10. Make The World Go Away-sound-multiple angles-4 minutes-reel 5-016

DVD 6:

August 4 rehearsal
1. Elvis talking to Sweet Inspirations-sound-2 minutes-reel 6 016
2. Elvis backstage with telegrams opening night-sound-2 minutes-reel 7 016
3. Felton Jarvis with Sweets and Imperials-sound-8 minutes-reel 9 016
4. Words-Cattle Call-Yodeling-20 Days-sound except for yodeling-7 minutes-reel9 016
5. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me-Bridge Over Troubled Water (no picture part of song)-
sound-11 minutes reel 6 011

Vegas Medley-Silent-1 hour 30 minutes-
1. Elvis in blue suit walking through hallways- 4 minutes-reel 9-010
2. Party after opening night-walking to stage-4 mins
3. Audience shots-shots behind Elvis- 5 minutes-reel 9-027
4. Audience going in-6 minutes-reel 10-027
5. More audience shots-8 minutes-reel 11-027
6. Elvis off stage (40 seconds)-telegrams (1:20)-audience-8 minutes-reel 12-027
7. Audience shots- 4 minutes-reel 13-027
8. Hotel workers-4 minutes-reel 1-009
9. Audience shots (includes Cary Grant)-7 minutes-reel 2-009
10. Elvis backstage (3 minutes)-on stage (side angle) (4 minutes)-7 minutes-reel 3-009
11. The Imperials on stage-9 minutes-reel 4-009
12. British convention-5 minutes-reel 11-009
13. Aug.12 MS-Elvis leaving stage (30 seconds)-going on stage (1:30)-audience walk (2 minutes)-Love Me Tender (2 minutes)- Andy-5: 37(52 seconds remaining)-6 minutes-reel 12-004
14. Peter Aldersley- 4 minutes-reel 1-028
15. Aug.12 MS-.Sweet Caroline-Audience walk-Cant Help Falling In Love-9 minutes-reel 2-028

August 15 MS-Silent and Phoenix-Silent 1 hour 23m
1. That’s Alright-Woman-Love Me Tender-5 minutes-reel 8-021
2. Love Me Tender-Quick shots-You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling-Audience shots-5 minutes-reel 9-021
3. Polk Salad Annie (end) (37 seconds)-Introductions- Polk Salad Annie (middle)-5 minutes
4. Suspicious Minds (a little bit)-shots of lighting men-5 minutes-reel 10-021
5. shots of showroom-end of Cant Help Falling In Love -audience-5 minutes
Phoenix 1 hour of audience

Elvis Art Exhibit: Opened Friday night at Memphis Heritage, 509 S. Main, in Memphis.  Some 50 fans' "art" exhibits are on display in a rather tiny gallery and will remain there for one month.  Bill & Connie Burk were not all that impressed with what was shown.  Bill commented: "Knowing what "art" Graceland has in its archives from fans over the years, we felt what is being shown is -- in a word -- tacky.  Could have been much improved".

Spirit, ambience of Elvis lives on in Hugh's Jungle Room: A new business on Des Moines' northwest side pays tribute to one of the world's best known rockers: Elvis Presley. Owner Hugh Duoblys credits his mother's gift of a 45-rpm Elvis record as the inspiration for the business, Hugh's Jungle Room. The lounge is at 5715 Douglas Ave., formerly home to Jazzy Willy's. The Jungle Room will offer a full range of beer and mixed drinks, karaoke and live bands, dart boards and some high-end video games - and ambience not likely to be found elsewhere in the metropolitan area.

"People are asking me why I'm going to have things like tiger-print carpet," Duoblys said. "If you go to Graceland, it immediately becomes evident that The King had terrible taste. We're going to do our best to be authentic."

The lounge, accented with photos of Elvis and other celebrities of the era, will have a couples-only area, dubbed "Heartbreak Hotel," with high-backed booths and a waterfall. Despite the ambience, however, patrons should not expect Hugh's Jungle Room to be about Elvis impersonators, all-Elvis-all-the-time music, or tacky shrines or tributes. Although the dŽcor may bring to mind pop culture of the 1960s and early '70s, the lounge also will feature country and classic rock music on the jukebox, karaoke that includes thousands of selections of all varieties and, in the near future, food service and live bands. Duoblys plans to be the master of ceremonies - a welcoming presence who will visit patrons at their tables to make sure they're having a good time.

"I could open a bar anywhere and serve drinks," said Duoblys, a veteran area bartender. "But when they come into the Jungle Room, I don't want to be behind the bar. I want to greet them and talk with them, and do everything in my power to make sure they have the best possible time and can't wait to come back."It's that attitude that caused Kevin Goetzl of Urbandale to involve himself with Hugh's Jungle Room. Goetzl, who owns an accounting firm in Des Moines, aligned himself with the establishment as financial backer and accountant after getting to know Duoblys, nicknamed "Elvis" by some.

"You can go to any bar or restaurant around Des Moines with Hugh and without a doubt, people will know him," Goetzl said. "Someone will say, 'I remember you when you bartended at the Ground Round,' or 'I remember when you always used to make me that drink I really liked at Limey's.'"With that kind of a following, the Jungle Room will be a success," Goetzl said. "Hugh has a personality that draws people to him and makes them want to be around him."

Goetzl said when he first became aware Jazzy Willy's was for sale, logistical concerns prevented him from suggesting it as a site for Hugh's Jungle Room. But after closely surveying the property and its nearby amenities, he decided it would be a good location.

"You can get there from Merle Hay Road or from Douglas. In fact, there are three easy routes to the building," he said. "Guests are welcome to park not only in the Jungle Room lot, but at the businesses on either side after they close for the day. It's a great spot in a great location, and people will be happy with the ease of finding it and getting in and out."

Duoblys, who in addition to bartending has worked for a carpet retailer and as a drill sergeant in the United States Army, said opening Hugh's Jungle Room represents the realization of his true calling.

"Elvis influenced so many people, not just the singers who have emulated him, but politicians, actors, world leaders," he said. "Opening a place that is a tribute is to an icon and his era is a dream come true. I hope people will come in and enjoy my dream with me." (Source: Des Moines Register)

Watch for Elvis Collingwood Festival photos online: Photographers will be covering the Collingwood Elvis Festival events throughout the weekend.  And this year, for the first time, we'll be posting a special website gallery of photographs from our coverage of the festival beginning sometime Monday. You can check out scenes from the weekend events at www.simcoe.com.

DVD Review:

Elvis The Great Performances Vol. 1 Center Stage (25th Anniversary Edition) - IceStorm Entertainment, Germany, 2002, 53 minutes, Region 2 PAL, Rated E (exempt from clasification)

The Documentary

Originally released over a decade ago as part of two volume home video series, this documentary has now been released in a 3 volume DVD series, the other volumes being: Elvis The Man and The Music and Elvis From The Waist Up.The documentary is narrated by one of Elvis’s close friends, George Klein.  Kein’s commentary is certainly competent and well paced but is undistiguished.  As this DVD is an authorised ‘Elvis Presley Enterprises’ (EPE) release it offers a solid, politically correct view of the legend. 

The problem ‘Center Stage’ has as a documentary is that unless you are new to Elvis you have seen it all before, numerous times.  It’s not a bad documentary by any means – it’s professionally produced, but it suffers by being unable to distinguish itself from many other similar products. Also, considering its origination and EPE authorisation the lack of bonus extras is a definite weakness. 

Some of the editing is interesting as there are short gaps between segments that make you wonder what the producer and editor were thinking (eg. the gap between Elvis’s last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and home video footage).  The documentary also virtually ignores Elvis’s Hollywood period in the 60s and why didn’t they use the digitally re-mastered version of Suspicious Minds from the year 2000 release of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is? 

The highlights include:

  • Elvis’s television performances from the 1950s
    Elvis’s original screen test
    Rare home video footage from the 60s (a small segment sourced from the once contentious video release ‘Joe Esposito’s Home Movies of Elvis’)
    Color footage (without audio) of Elvis and Buddy Holly backstage at one of Elvis’s concerts
    Presleymania (hysteria) in the 50s
    Reactions from the ‘establishment’ to Presleymania
  • Elvis’s emotionally powerful but sad rendition of Unchained Melody filmed in June 1977

The Disc

Color Mode: color/black & white

Video: 4:3 aspect; colour segments exhibit robust color.

Audio: audio level is variable, particularly between the narration and archival insets.  At times it sounds as though Elvis is in an echo chamber (eg. Elvis singing Jailhouse Rock).  However, pump up the volume for most of the music clips – they have a great sound impact.

Audio Options: Digital 5.1; original Stereo.  The Digital 5.1 option shows how far we’ve come with audio options.  It blows the original stereo version out of the water.

Languages: German, French, Castillian, Italian and of course English

Sub-titles: German, French, Castillian, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch

Audio-Video Synchronicity: greater attention to the video-audio synchronicity would have benefited the disc.  Several of the archival clips (eg. Elvis’s first screen test and the 68 Comeback segment) suffer from poor synchronicity.

Disc Menu: Not the easiest menu to maneuver.  I experienced difficulty removing the German sub-titles I found when I started the disc.

Cover: as for the original video release with minor changes

Bonus Extras: Elvis Picture Gallery


Verdict: This release is a fan pleaser.  However, with the archival material and technical resources available today it should have been a lot better.


Do you have a question about Elvis? Each week EIN receives many questions from fans around the world. A selection of questions and our answers will appear regularly in the E-Alert.
Robert (Australia): Why don't all FTD CDs have sound quality like Silver Screen Stereo or The Jungle Room Sessions?
EIN: Robert, it depends which ones you mean. Live Soundboards come from original cassette recordings so will inevitably sound exactly as they are. Is this what you mean?  However both 'Dinner at 8' and 'Closing Night' came from reel-2-reel. The audio on almost all the 'studio' FTDs are excellent or do you have particular complaints? The 'orthophonic' audio label on 'S.S.S' was a little joke as at last Ernst had found some better generation tapes to use! RCA used to use that 'special' label on their vinyl even in the 50s when the audio was woeful!
There also seems to have been a leap in sound quality and care since 'Elvis30#1s' was sold on it being 'remastered' - and Vic Anesini is 'THE MAN' for getting a great smooth 'real' sound without digital edges. look here >>>

Most live concerts were remixed by Dennis Ferrante a while back (Elvis International, All Shook Up etc etc) and he has his good & bad points.

Elvis Trivia Question

Crying In The Chapel appeared on what 1967 Elvis gospel album?
(Last week's answer: Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce was featured in Girl Happy)

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