While the thought of sitting through an endless progression of ventriloquists, acrobats, so-called comedians and the most unnatural television personality of all time, Ed, isn't exactly appealing, it's definitely worth it once you see young Elvis in all his glory. Set in their original context, his performances are all the more forceful, all the more controversial and all the more remarkable, especially since they have been so meticulously re-mastered. What's more, some of the other acts are actually quite impressive: take the British ventriloquist on Elvis' third Ed Sullivan Show appearance, in January of 1957, before Presley dyed his hair black for the movies, and clad in his gold lamé sleeveless jacket and the blue velvet shirt, which he wore for his Tupelo homecoming appearance the previous September. Waiting in anticipation for Elvis to appear, we are reminded of the format of his 50's stage-shows, when the audience would have to sit patiently through jugglers, Irish tenors and similar talents which only made Elvis out to be even more alien. The bonus features are poor, but the liner notes by Greil Marcus more than make up for that. Elvis fans buy with confidence, if you haven't already done so.