Yesterday i watched the TTWII SE dvd (again) and i always found it very strange that they didn't do this movie in 1969! After the big succes of his '68 comeback they should have made this movie in 1969, if they did that the demand of Elvis in concert and his records would be a lot bigger than they were than. Elvis was at his very best, gave some his finest performances in that year. They even didn't took some decent photgraphs of these fantastic concerts, very strange cause it's Elvis' comeback in live performing. I believe that the old colonel really hadn't a clue how big Elvis was and how important this comeback was for Elvis. Maybe he was afraid of the reactions from the press and the crowd? That his man couldn't do it anymore? Man, why didn't Elvis look for a better manager in mid 60's, he knew that his records weren't selling anymore and that his movies were below standards, yet he was loyal to the man and made even worse movies from 1967 on..
But back to the Vegas show(s) from 1969..if Elvis had a different manager at that time, this man would do anything to get the networks into the showroom and make this THE event of the year! with all the new recorded songs, some of his very best, our man would have scored a few number 1 hits more in that year, it is a big mistery that only Suspicious Minds reached for that number 1 spot, even the critics said that Elvis recorded his best material in that '69 sessions and performed at his peak of his powers. But no...the colonel waited a full year to capture the Elvis Live experience..and at that time the show was slowed down a bit and it never reached that high level of a -kick *** -show as in 1969. And the only right thing the colonel did was the Aloha show, beamed around the world. But at that show Elvis made some crucial mistakes..he choose a very tamed setlist, with some strange choices..it was to much Vegas, altough i love those big Vegas numbers. I really think Elvis had to stick to his 1972 repetoire and showed who was really the king.
So what do you think..did the colonel made the biggest mistake in the career of Elvis? for me the answer is: YES.
Everything the colonel did right in the 50's and early 60's, he did the everything wrong in 1969 and maybe also in 1968, he wanted to do a christmas special with only christmas songs performed by our man..that's even worse than let's say..harem scarum? or double trouble? .. just to name 2 movies that are far below standards (but there are a lot of fans in the world that are very happy with these movies)
Hope to get some reactions on this one...