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Follow That Dream [VHS]
Follow That Dream [VHS]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising Elvis performance, 19 Sep 2010
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This film was not what I expected and a pleasant surprise. Elvis takes a role unlike any in his other films. He play it straight but funny (Forrest Gump type character) and shows his comic talent. It's dated of course and a fanciful, feel good story line about being 'an honest man' but I found it an enjoyable, light- hearted film. The songs and the way Elvis sings them are are totally out of sinc with the story line and the character he plays (farcical really!) but if you can overlook that, there are a couple of good ones.


Pond Steve : Elvis in Hollywood (Plume)
Pond Steve : Elvis in Hollywood (Plume)
by Steve Pond
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read, 19 Sep 2010
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As someone who has read many books about Elvis' career and life there was not much new in this book. The pictures captured the filming of 'Love me Tender' and the text covered his movie career in general. It's a 'thin' book and a pleasant enough read which focuses on, although not in depth, Elvis' time in films. There is a list at the back of all his films, director's name etc which is a useful reference.


Things My Mother Never Told Me
Things My Mother Never Told Me
by Blake Morrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read, 19 Sep 2010
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I suggest you read 'When did you last see your father?' before this one as it put this book about the author's mother in context. I love Blake Morrison's writing and his books are a delight to read for his writing style alone - poetic and personal.


Oxford Beginner's Italian Dictionary
Oxford Beginner's Italian Dictionary
by Oxford University Press
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy to use, 18 Aug 2010
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Several people in my beginners Italian class had this dictionary and I was struck by how well the pages are set out and how easy it was to use. I had the 'Oxford colour Italian dictionary plus' and it's a 'stubby' book and not easy to handle - eventually the back broke and only then could I keep the page open. It didn't have all the helpful information that the beginners one does but it's mainly for it's clarity that I would recomment this book.


Elvis Presley : Films that Rock - Love Me Tender, Wild In The Country, Flaming Star [DVD]
Elvis Presley : Films that Rock - Love Me Tender, Wild In The Country, Flaming Star [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elvis Presley
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Price: £5.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 18 Aug 2010
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Given the price, this pack is good value even if you only play them once. In these films Elvis is trying to act rather than sing and this he does. As I understand it, at the Colonel insistance, songs were added so a soundrack album could be made (money!) and it shows. At least these films have a serious story line unlike some of his other more popular films and in my view he acquits himself well in his roles. I liked Wild in the Country best.


Elvis Country
Elvis Country
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing but........., 8 July 2010
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I haven't listened to this c.d. much, prefering 'Elvis is Back', 'Good times' and 'Something for Everybody' which I bought at the same time. These were hightlighted, as was 'Elvis Country' by Ernst Jorgenson as quality recordings in his definitive book on Elvis's music - well worth a read (get it from your library as it's quite expensive). I'm sure this cd will improve with further playing. Perhaps it's because I'm not a great country fan but I have always loved 'Let's Pretend' and a few others that Elvis made popular or perhaps it's that the other cds are just so good! Given the price of these cds and the endless pleasure they are giving me, then they are worth their weight in gold.
P.S. have listened to it again and I agree with other reviewer these are not all country songs and there are some gems - 'Good time Charlie's got the blues'and 'It ain't no big thing'. But if you have an extensive Elvis collection you may already have many of the songs -'Kentucky Rain', 'She wears my ring', 'I'm a fool (for loving you)', 'Always on my mind', 'Release Me','I can't stop loving you', 'Blue eyes crying in the rain'. There are 20 tracks in all.


Something For Everybody
Something For Everybody
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good compilation, 8 July 2010
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This album contains, mostly, easy, melodic songs. All of which show case Elvis's voice and range. I particularly like 'Judy', 'Gently', and the more up-beat 'Little sister'. Well worth purchasing.


Good Times
Good Times

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good listen!, 8 July 2010
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There are some good songs on this c.d. 'Good time Charlie's got the blues'and 'My boy' being the best, in my opinion. Well worth purchasing. Although there are only 10 songs on the c.d.


Back In Memphis
Back In Memphis

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful comeback., 8 July 2010
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After his t.v. comeback, this was Elvis back doing recordings that were worthy of his voice and talent. A good example of where his music might have developed had he not got tied into long Las Vegas contracts - sadly, the film contract story all over again. A wonderful listen.


The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley
The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley
by Alanna Nash
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The colonel revealed, 6 May 2010
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This is a thorough description of a complex man. Alanna Nash writes well. She describes the colonel's outward persona, as experienced by many who met him and had to deal with him, and reveals a man who had to be in control and who controlled others, often by humiliating them. And if like me, you are interested in how such a man came to be, Nash sheds valuable insight on his early life and actions. His relationship with Elvis is well documented and their interactions very telling. This is a well researched scholarly book and the author leaves it to the reader to judge the man and decide how much he was responsible for the 'making' or the 'destruction' of Elvis Presley. In my view, he made a significant contribution to both. Nash names and describes the talents, foibles and flaws of each man and the tale she tells of their intertwined lives is both fascination and tragic. It's fact but it reads like fiction.


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