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Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:22 pm

Fabbe wrote:
KevinK wrote:
Fabbe wrote:is it possible to watch this online?


After the event, it'll most likely be on BBC Player, but I think there are country restrictions, depending where you are.


Thank you !


Sorry, just realised it's on ITV, not BBC. They also have a player, but the same restrictions may apply.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:30 pm

KevinK wrote:
Fabbe wrote:
KevinK wrote:
Fabbe wrote:is it possible to watch this online?


After the event, it'll most likely be on BBC Player, but I think there are country restrictions, depending where you are.


Thank you !


Sorry, just realised it's on ITV, not BBC. They also have a player, but the same restrictions may apply.


Thanks - seems like I can not use that service outside of UK.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:34 pm

Tesco has the album The Nation's Favourite Elvis Song at No. 10 on their chart.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:21 pm

Brian Quinn wrote:The album is No.35 in today's UK chart.

Brian


Lets hope it goes up!

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:15 am

Excellent article from today's Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/n ... mentpage=1

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:43 am

Lots of action on twitter whilst show was on. Mainly from young young girls gushing over how good looking Elvis was :D

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:55 am

Brilliant........loved it, not my choice of top 20 songs.....but Hey, he's got some great publicity there on a mainstream channel.......FAB

Priscilla was a touch OTT with the sentiment

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:07 am

What a great show! Extremely well put together. A surprise that Always On My Mind came out top, but very happy about it :)

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:08 am

I thought they did Elvis proud tonight. Great show and twitter was very busy.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:16 am

I'm with Debtd1, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of effort that had clearly gone into utilising great footage, mixed with home movies, great interviews etc etc. For once a programme that will do no harm whatsoever to our man's legacy. Not my top 20 but a good one all the same and a most enjoyable watch ................................. especially for someone like myself that rarely watches tv !!

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:18 am

debtd1 wrote:Brilliant........loved it, not my choice of top 20 songs.....but Hey, he's got some great publicity there on a mainstream channel.......FAB

Priscilla was a touch OTT with the sentiment


Exactly my impression... great show! Shame they didnt show the new 57 Hawaii footage...

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:19 am

Did anyone think Return To Sender was sped up? Some of the audio didn't sound right to me

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:23 am

Would have preferred Milton Berle hound dog but can't complain as lots of great footage -especially 68 special which never hurts.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:24 am

I wish the complete footage of him singing Always On My Mind was released as a new music video. It's a beautiful, timeless recording.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:32 am

Is it true that Elvis sang Love Me Tender (i think she said?) whilst looking directly at Priscilla (who was watching from a booth) during the 68 Special?

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:52 am

Why didn't they use the HD versions of Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse rock? Also the TTWII footage was not the widescreen SE...

They could have included a snippet of Suspicious Minds from the PFAP release at the start of the show. Also the new Hawaii footage...

Overall disappointed in the clips used.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:17 am

Im a Happy Elvis british fan tonite. My fav song won which did shock me tbh. I thought Supicious Mind would of won, but i wouldnt of put some of those songs on the list , but hey Elvis was on itv for once awesome . ty ITV i enjoyed that very much.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:31 am

KevinK wrote:http://www.dailystar.co.uk/columnists/mike-ward/349014/The-Nation-s-Favourite-Elvis-Song-has-made-me-see-the-light

The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song has made me see the light
I'LL be honest with you, it’s quite rare for me to experience a blinding epiphany while watching an ITV entertainment show.


Elvis Presley, The Nation’s Favourite Elvis SongLEGEND: Elvis Presley really was extraordinarily special [AP]
But that’s pretty much the effect The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song has had on me. I’m not kidding.

Elvis Presley, it’s finally struck me, in a moment of startling realisation, really was extraordinarily special. His squillions of adoring fans have been right all along. Why has it taken me all this time to twig? What kind of cloth-eared ninny am I?

Before you go: “Hang on, what show are you talking about, Mike? Did I miss it? When was it on? Why didn’t you tell us, you four-eyed fatso?”, let me just explain I’ve been watching a sneak preview.

The programme isn’t actually being broadcast on ITV until this Friday night, November 8, at 9pm. So hey, no need to panic.

I’ll remind you again on the day, in that thing I write in the paper.

But yes, daft as it sounds, watching this preview really has had a powerful effect on me.

It’s not because we’re talking about a particularly ground-breaking piece of television here (as you’ll see, on face value it’s just another of those countdown shows – old clips, assorted talking heads, a Top 20 that nobody had particularly asked for, based on who knows what criteria exactly…), but simply because it’s bombarded me, for 90-odd minutes, with remarkable, mesmerising footage of a performer I grew up thinking was a bit naff.

Now, to anyone who’s a proper hardcore fan of Elvis Presley, let me instantly apologise for thinking / saying that. I do appreciate it’s bordering on sacrilege. And like I say, I’ve seen the light now. Hallelujah.

But you have to understand that’s just the way it used to be. To me, and to my mates, Elvis Presley wasn’t the radical, smouldering, snake-hipped young rock’n’roll icon that a previous generation would remember him as.

Elvis Presley performed with a kind of magic [AP]
“The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song (ITV) is on Friday November 8 at 9pm”
Mention the name Elvis to us and we’d just think of a deceased, overweight cabaret artist who used to stomp around the stage in a daft white jumpsuit. Cheesy, wheezy, embarrassing and deeply uncool. There was just no connection to us kids. Why would there be? Hey, we were into cool, cutting-edge stuff, right?

Like I say, if you’re a proper Elvis fan, I’m really sorry for such idiocy. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. But look, I’m just recalling the ignorance of youth here. Youth and the sort of narrow-minded music snobbery that often goes hand in hand with it.

The trouble is, it’s sometimes hard to shake off that kind of blinkered attitude. So, over the years, my views on Elvis haven’t really changed, mostly because I’ve had no particular reason to reconsider them.

We all do this a lot, don’t we? Yes, we do, don’t lie. We’re forever pigeon-holing the people and things we come across in our lives – making a knee-jerk decision as to what we feel about them, then stubbornly refusing to budge. It’s because it’s easier that way.

Let’s face it, there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep reassessing stuff. And besides, we like to tell ourselves that sticking rigidly to an opinion, come what may, is a sign of strength. Even though it usually just means you’re a narrow-minded jerk.

So, yes, suddenly being bombarded now with so many clips of Elvis – performing songs such as Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Suspicious Minds, Always On My Mind, The Wonder Of You etc. – has been a chance for me to finally challenge my lazy, petty prejudices.

And I’m so glad I did, because if you really love music (and anyone who doesn’t is deeply dubious, if you ask me), you should be opening up your mind to every kind of music imaginable. Sod what’s cool. Bugger fashion.

The simple fact is, those were, and are, superb pop songs. And when Elvis Presley performed them, he injected them with a kind of magic.

Watching the old concert clips, even the later ones, when the guy clearly wasn’t at the peak of health, I now see a man with a unique gift for keeping his audience spellbound.

Even at a stage in his career when he could have got away with just going through the motions, he looked as though he was giving it absolutely everything, feeding off the crowd’s adoration. It was as if he wasn’t so much singing the songs as living them, even if it physically hurt.

There’s one particular clip of him performing Suspicious Minds that almost reminds me of one of those wild religious US preachers, whipping his audience into a near-frenzy. In the wrong hands, that could be scary. In Elvis’s, it just looks like the greatest gig you could ever wish to attend.

I’m not suggesting I’ve become the world’s greatest Elvis Presley obsessive overnight. I shan’t be making a pilgrimage to Graceland anytime soon.

It’s just that, thanks to immersing myself in so much superb old footage, I really do think I get it now.

And I can’t help thinking we should all take time to do this, now and again. Stop to reassess something or someone you’ve had a pig-headed opinion on for too many years. Open your mind and just see what floods in.

Next up, I might try changing my mind about Gordon Ramsay.

Admittedly, that could take a little longer.

* The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song (ITV) is on Friday November 8 at 9pm.


Wow, let's hope this same revelation hits many, many other people who watched the programme tonight. I thought it was really well put together and did our guy proud. The ex-wife got a tad too much attention, but otherwise it was great. Nice to see 'Always on my mind' finally getting the credit it deserves - move over, Willie Nelson!

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:21 am

jungleroombear wrote:Is it true that Elvis sang Love Me Tender (i think she said?) whilst looking directly at Priscilla (who was watching from a booth) during the 68 Special?


She was actually in the audience,not in a booth, and you can see her sitting with, Arthur O'Connell in the 68 Comeback DVD Box set.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:22 am

I loved the programme BTW :)

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:48 am

a mess of polk salad wrote:Why didn't they use the HD versions of Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse rock? Also the TTWII footage was not the widescreen SE...

They could have included a snippet of Suspicious Minds from the PFAP release at the start of the show. Also the new Hawaii footage...

Overall disappointed in the clips used.


They could have done lots of things - but it wouldn't have made a great difference to the programme. It was aimed at the general public who, on the whole, don't care what footage is shown as they haven't seen most of it before. You have to remember that each clip costs money, each song played costs money.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:33 am

TJ wrote:Checking in with Amazon, the single-disc edition is currently at #673 in the "music" category:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E ... B00EL015YK

But the 2-disc deluxe edition is at a more pleasing #158:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E ... B00EL015ZE

In contrast, the new Beatles at the BBC album is at #20, ahead of its release next week. Cliff's new one also debuts next week and is currently at #'19. These figures will all change regularly of course.

Hopefully tonight's show will prompt a real spike in sales for the Elvis album. I can imagine a lot of Elvis fans not bothering buying it though, as it will be seen as yet another greatest hits compilation. The more casual buyer might pick it up, but even then there are a huge number who already have an Elvis greatest hits (in the form of the 30 number ones album).



The show has certainly made a difference to those figures. At the time of writing, the standard edition is at number #29 in the music category and the deluxe edition is at #2.

I thought the show was pretty good. It's difficult to put yourself in the shoes of someone who is new to Elvis' music, so I really have no idea how it will have been perceived. Some of the clips could have been in better quality and there were some elements that could have been better, eg in only showing the tv performance of Heartbreak Hotel, with its poor audio quality, the point made about how new and different the music sounded was lost a little.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:00 am

The deluxe version is #6 on the iTunes album chart right now and the standard version is #24. The 68 Special is #1 on their Top Concert Films chart.

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:18 am

There were clearly parts that infuriated the serious fan but generally I think this was a huge success. Was disappointed with the picture quality at times, did they use the new remastered 68 and Aloha specials or 30 year old VHS transfers?

I would like to have seen more of Elvis really. Maybe a clip of Madison Square Garden press interview and a short clip of the show.

elvisonline

Re: The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs - UK

Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:23 am

If they played a version of this, complete with interactive poll, in the U.S., there would be some serious action in the various charts: ITunes, etc.

I wish they would.

rjm