This DVD-Video from Eagle Vision's "Classic Albums" documentary series focuses on the making of Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album.

This DVD-Video from Eagle Vision's "Classic Albums" documentary series focuses on the making of Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album. Although the DVD does a fine job of telling the background details of Presley's early recording career, too much of the artist's perspective is missing. There aren't any radio interviews with the artist or even excerpts from print interviews. The only interview with Presley shown on this DVD is a brief TV appearance during which he talks about dealing with fame, and even that short clip doesn't arrive until more than halfway through the documentary. But there is plenty of commentary from people like Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and former back-up musicians. Bonus features on the DVD are extended interviews with these associates and fans. The best part of the DVD is the compelling performance footage, which lets the music speak for itself. But ultimately, this DVD falls into the same trap as many other Presley bios: too many "experts" doing the talking and not enough of Presley's own words to give it balance. Considering how much Presley's charismatic personality was documented in his media-saturated career, such an obvious omission leaves a noticeable void.—CH

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