The frontcover on ‘Sold Out volume 8’ really says it all: this is a man who loves what he is doing.
More than anything, Elvis was a live performer. He did his finest work in front of audiences. The fans loved him, and he knew it. Elvis needed to feel that love in order to create, especially in his later years. That’s why ‘Sold Out’ is such an essential DVD series.
If future historians want to get to the core of Elvis Presley on stage in the seventies, then these releases are actually not a bad place to start, as they really capture the nitty gritty of the concert years. In the restorations done for these releases, our focus is on therefore preserving what was originally captured by the filmers.
We work with high resolution transfers of their 8mm films, and we try to present these in the best way possible without compromising the authenticity of these films. So no watermarks, no fake stereo effects, no artificially brightening up the colors… what you get from us is an honest quality product, and something that is lasting.
‘Sold Out’ volume 8 brings you almost three hours of unreleased concert film, including plenty of clips from 1970 – 1972, when he was performing at his peak and every show was a knockout. The great tours are represented well: November ’71, April ’72, March ’74… and much, much more.
This is another deep dive into the collector vaults, and even though each release is a true ‘escape’, it’s a real pleasure to be able to bring you this rare footage. Keep supporting us and we will release some genuine surprises that will make your heads spin! It’s always an honor for us to get the approval from those who actually worked with the man, and to hear from them that they are enjoying the series, and that watching the footage brings back a lot of memories.
We are thrilled with the fact that Mr. JIM MURRAY of THE IMPERIALS wrote exclusive liner-notes for this new release, in which he looks back on his friendship with Elvis and also describes beautifully what made Elvis so special, both as a man and as a performer. As many of you know, Murray worked extensively together with Elvis during his comeback period, and he can be seen in the ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ film from 1970, and heard on albums like ‘On Stage – February 1970’ and the Grammy Award-winning ‘He Touched Me’ (1972). Packaged in a beautiful digipack with relevant notes and photos, ‘Sold Out volume 8’ is a true must-have for the serious collector. Order your copy today...
Volume 9 coming soon!
There will be the usual list of naysayers on this release but for people like me who sync, and make their own DVD's there is a core of usable enjoyable quality material with which to have some entertainment and fun. Much of it is interesting from an historical point of view but not usable , being too short, or fractured, lacking real picture quality but I still appreciate these much more than a book full of photographs and someone's memories other than the real inner circle.
Gorse2 you wrote that you make your own DVDs. How do they differ from the Sold Out videos?
Stefan74 Over the last 15-20 years I bought amateur film from the US much of it awful, but picked the best bits out, inferior quality to what is available in this series, and made song performances e.g. I joined Polk Salad Annie, from Los Angeles, Omaha , and Las Vegas 1974 using each concert sound. I did this around 2005, sold it on ebay, not so much for the money but knowing fans were playing my creation - they look sub standard now.. Nowadays I obtain film from wherever it is available and e.g using You've Lost That Loving Feeling from Houston 71, find the complete audience audio which is just about passable, and sync in the film from Las Vegas 1970 to start and finish the film as the Houston film is about 60 seconds short. No completion of a song is done on these releases unless it was there in the first place.
Ok that sounds interesting anyway. Is there any chance to get something like a complete concert (edited togetger) from 77 with highlights like polk salad annie , big boss man, fairytale, unchained melody and so on ?
Not an easy period 1977, as any film footage that is slightly inferior in quality does not do any favours for Elvis and I was hoping this series would come up with some good stuff. One can stretch a point and say 2 great pieces of footage from Pittsburgh New Year being Trying to Get To You and Polk Salad Annie were done after midnight so become January 1 1977.. My own footage shows him walking on and later off stage with 3 or 4 clips from May 77 and using the complete Binghamton 26 May 1977 Little Sister performance.. Just looked at YouTube Rochester 25 May singing CC Rider and although there are several shots of the audience to fill in the gaps, its not bad. Chicago May 1 and 2 are pretty good but he faces away from the cameras most of the time, and Kansas June 18 is Ok but it does not sit right with me here nor the hard to watch Omaha June 19. I at the moment, other than what I have described above, basically jump from Pittsburgh to Rapid City June TV recordings