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Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:59 pm

Being an Elvis fan really is a wonderful thing, isn't it? I have been fortunate enough to have been on Christmas shutdown at work for the past couple of weeks. During that time, I have had a chance to get caught up on some CD listening and some DVD watching. What an amazing performer Elvis could be. I watched all shows of the "The Complete Works" set and found myself amazed at what the man could do with a song. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and worked his ass off during those performances of August 1970. I got a chance to listen to Straight Arrow's "Left A Good Job In The City" and even though I have heard the show before, was fascinated at how he had the New York audience eating out of his hand. He left the stage with chants of "More, more, more!" I also received the latest FTDs and was more than satisfied with how smoothly he performed in Vegas in August 1972. The '69 Memphis sessions need no introduction. They are a musical masterpiece. I even watched some footage from the "The Final Curtain" set. Although not enjoyed as much as those previously mentioned, I can get enjoyment out of Elvis, even in 1977. Whether it be an Olivia Newton-John or a Frank Sinatra song he was performing, his charisma was evident and his audiences loved him. Sometimes it is hard to believe that he has been gone for nearly 36 years. He has become such a domineering figure in our lives that it is if he is still here. When I think of Elvis, I rarely remember that he is actually dead. I just never think about it (unless I listen to the Indy '77 show, which is rarely). As a rule, I only get to sit down and listen to a CD about once a week, usually very early on a Saturday morning, and usually by candlelight. I am so thankful that I discovered Elvis at an early age and was fortunate enough to have seen him in concert twice. I am also fortunate enough that I am able to get any release, official or not, that I want in my collection. Back to the concerts for a minute. I wish everyone on this board could have witnessed the magic of an Elvis concert at least once in their lives. It would be something you would never forget. Whether it be 1969 or 1977, watching him walk on stage right in front of you and see the flashbulbs and hearing the ovation would stay with you for the rest of your lives. It certainly will mine. Lastly, I am so thankful for FTD and what they have made available to the fans. May the magic of Elvis Presley continue for a long time to come and may he gain new fans every day.

It's a wonderful thing to be a fan of the man.

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:36 pm

It certainly is a treat being a fan,nice post Rob,thanks

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:59 pm

Yes,..nice post..thank you, Rob..!

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:00 pm

Rob wrote:Being an Elvis fan really is a wonderful thing, isn't it? I have been fortunate enough to have been on Christmas shutdown at work for the past couple of weeks. During that time, I have had a chance to get caught up on some CD listening and some DVD watching. What an amazing performer Elvis could be. I watched all shows of the "The Complete Works" set and found myself amazed at what the man could do with a song. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and worked his ass off during those performances of August 1970. I got a chance to listen to Straight Arrow's "Left A Good Job In The City" and even though I have heard the show before, was fascinated at how he had the New York audience eating out of his hand. He left the stage with chants of "More, more, more!" I also received the latest FTDs and was more than satisfied with how smoothly he performed in Vegas in August 1972. The '69 Memphis sessions need no introduction. They are a musical masterpiece. I even watched some footage from the "The Final Curtain" set. Although not enjoyed as much as those previously mentioned, I can get enjoyment out of Elvis, even in 1977. Whether it be an Olivia Newton-John or a Frank Sinatra song he was performing, his charisma was evident and his audiences loved him. Sometimes it is hard to believe that he has been gone for nearly 36 years. He has become such a domineering figure in our lives that it is if he is still here. When I think of Elvis, I rarely remember that he is actually dead. I just never think about it (unless I listen to the Indy '77 show, which is rarely). As a rule, I only get to sit down and listen to a CD about once a week, usually very early on a Saturday morning, and usually by candlelight. I am so thankful that I discovered Elvis at an early age and was fortunate enough to have seen him in concert twice. I am also fortunate enough that I am able to get any release, official or not, that I want in my collection. Back to the concerts for a minute. I wish everyone on this board could have witnessed the magic of an Elvis concert at least once in their lives. It would be something you would never forget. Whether it be 1969 or 1977, watching him walk on stage right in front of you and see the flashbulbs and hearing the ovation would stay with you for the rest of your lives. It certainly will mine. Lastly, I am so thankful for FTD and what they have made available to the fans. May the magic of Elvis Presley continue for a long time to come and may he gain new fans every day.

It's a wonderful thing to be a fan of the man.


Nice post!

But ... no '50s love over the Christmas break?

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:02 pm

I watched the '57 Sullivan show.

Does that count?

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:08 pm

Thank you for your wonderful and sincere Post, Rob.

Unfortunately the last year I wasn't able to listen to a lot of Elvis stuff or watch his movies or concerts. Hope I can catch up this year.

The "Back In Memphis" FTD showed me once again that the magic that lingers for so long now is still there.

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:23 pm

Rob wrote:I watched the '57 Sullivan show.

Does that count?


It does ... when it gets mentioned. ;-)

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:32 pm

Rob, let's be honest - Elvis was an okay entertainer, but he was certainly no Tiny Tim! :smt018

:smt034 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1-j44PHL3s

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:38 pm

Lovely post Rob, thanks for sharing your thoughts :smt006

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:10 am

i like elvis because he's funny, otherwise i dont know :mrgreen:

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:36 am

Rob wrote:Being an Elvis fan really is a wonderful thing, isn't it? I have been fortunate enough to have been on Christmas shutdown at work for the past couple of weeks. During that time, I have had a chance to get caught up on some CD listening and some DVD watching. What an amazing performer Elvis could be. I watched all shows of the "The Complete Works" set and found myself amazed at what the man could do with a song. He had the audience in the palm of his hand and worked his ass off during those performances of August 1970. I got a chance to listen to Straight Arrow's "Left A Good Job In The City" and even though I have heard the show before, was fascinated at how he had the New York audience eating out of his hand. He left the stage with chants of "More, more, more!" I also received the latest FTDs and was more than satisfied with how smoothly he performed in Vegas in August 1972. The '69 Memphis sessions need no introduction. They are a musical masterpiece. I even watched some footage from the "The Final Curtain" set. Although not enjoyed as much as those previously mentioned, I can get enjoyment out of Elvis, even in 1977. Whether it be an Olivia Newton-John or a Frank Sinatra song he was performing, his charisma was evident and his audiences loved him. Sometimes it is hard to believe that he has been gone for nearly 36 years. He has become such a domineering figure in our lives that it is if he is still here. When I think of Elvis, I rarely remember that he is actually dead. I just never think about it (unless I listen to the Indy '77 show, which is rarely). As a rule, I only get to sit down and listen to a CD about once a week, usually very early on a Saturday morning, and usually by candlelight. I am so thankful that I discovered Elvis at an early age and was fortunate enough to have seen him in concert twice. I am also fortunate enough that I am able to get any release, official or not, that I want in my collection. Back to the concerts for a minute. I wish everyone on this board could have witnessed the magic of an Elvis concert at least once in their lives. It would be something you would never forget. Whether it be 1969 or 1977, watching him walk on stage right in front of you and see the flashbulbs and hearing the ovation would stay with you for the rest of your lives. It certainly will mine. Lastly, I am so thankful for FTD and what they have made available to the fans. May the magic of Elvis Presley continue for a long time to come and may he gain new fans every day.

It's a wonderful thing to be a fan of the man.


Beautiful post, Rob. A joy to see and read. My thanks.


N8
... just a fan .... much like "Rob" ......

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:46 am

Thank You For the beatuiful post, Rob!! It says it all! Since that I'm not working anymore, I have a chance to go through my dvds and will watch them. Plan to watch Elvis On Tour, That's The Way It Is, and The Lost Performance. Another thing that I liked to watch is not just Elvis...It's the fans. The way they dressed back in those days, also the ladies with the hair in bee hives!! Hee hee! Even in the 50's, they show that the girls screamin' it gives me the biggest smile on my face. Wished I was there!!

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:51 am

Great words Rob.
Nothing to add..

Well I do have something to add.. if every Elvis fan appreciates other artists and bands as much as I do.. you'll appreciate Elvis even more.

I listen to other bands 70% of my time.
But as long as I'm around, I will always come back listening to our man.

Bless him..
(and Rob :wink: )

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:54 am

Nice post, Rob !

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:40 am

Rob wrote:Being an Elvis fan really is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Sometimes it is hard to believe that he has been gone for nearly 36 years. He has become such a domineering figure in our lives that it is if he is still here. When I think of Elvis, I rarely remember that he is actually dead. I am so thankful that I discovered Elvis at an early age I am also fortunate enough that I am able to get any release, official or not, that I want in my collection. I am so thankful for FTD and what they have made available to the fans. May the magic of Elvis Presley continue for a long time to come and may he gain new fans every day. It's a wonderful thing to be a fan of the man.


Nice Rob, I share these sentiments and I’m also thankful that we have our FECC board where we can discuss Elvis whenever we want. There isn't a moment of any day that Elvis doesn't enter my mind. So weird and incredible perhaps but at the same time so great to have Elvis has such a big part of our life. It’s important that one have a passion for something and as we approach Elvis’ birthday I’m reminded once again of how special he is to me and how thankful I am that he has never left. We are lucky!

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:05 am

A great post Rob. So very true. Thanks for reminding us of the joy of being an Elvis fan!

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:20 am

I just want to say that this post echoes my own feelings on Elvis, and thanks for posting it.
I am not a phone person, but the other night I was on the phone for three hours talking about Elvis with someone I hardly know: a bit of shared fandom and knowledge can do that.
He really was a very special one-off, and I am so glad I discovered him over 50 years ago.

And a special mention to my family here, who humour me without actually being fans themselves. Their loss, goes without saying.

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:22 am

I agree fully. Very refreshing to read something positive on FECC for a change.

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:54 am

You know what a wonderful thing is? The new "thanks" option on posts!!!
I hit it hard for this one... thanks big Rob! Beauty post!
:smt023

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:13 am

Very nice post. Thanks for sharing. It's interesting that you listen by candlelight; I listen in the dark quite a bit - sometimes I like it totally dark with just the music. I, too, regret never have seen him live. I do feel, though, like he is gone - I mean, I don't ever forget that. But there are times when it almost seems like he's right in the room, singing.

(Blue: I saw that Tiny Tim clip about a month ago, and for whatever reason decided not to post it. Incredible! Elvis would've loved it!)

rjm

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:48 am

What a great positive post Rob - you're right - I truly wish every one on this forum could have seen and felt the "magic" when Elvis performed live...................all 30 of the shows I was lucky enough to see from 69-76 are embedded into my mind forever..... when I think back and replay those fabulous times in my mind I get rather sad that I can't share them..............my two daughters and granddaughter and friends would give anything to have seen him live........I'm glad I can share my collection with them.........

it's so great to see something positive on the forum -lots of negativity lately from some fans................let's cherish what Elvis left behind for us to enjoy.................a true fan since '56.....................and a fan forever......................

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:19 pm

Wonderful post Rob !

It truly is a joy to be an Elvis fan. He has brought so much happiness to so many people.

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:55 pm

fantastic post Rob.....I love ya' even more now :smt007 :smt007 :smt007

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:03 pm

Wonderful post and one which I concur with entirely.

Brian 8) 8) 8)

Re: Being A Fan Of The Man - A Wonderful Thing

Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:37 pm

It's never been better beeing an Elvis fan! Almost everything I dreamed of regarding his music have come true through FTD. Still there are dreams of even more.... Keep 'em coming! :)