Introduction: In July 2007 EIN published what turned out to be one of our most controversial interviews ever...with Joseph Pirzada, the man behind the Memphis Recording Service (MRS) organisation. In the past few years MRS has released some of the best ever audio-visual and photo journal Elvis releases including MRS Volumes 1 & 2; Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley; and The Complete New York Sessions.
In part 1 of his interview with EIN Joseph took aim at a number of Elvis world identities and really stirred things up with his comments on a number of issues. To say the response from readers was very polarised is an understatement! While many fans applauded the quality releases from MRS a number of other fans found fault with how they perceived MRS had obtained parts of its material for the releases.
In the concluding part to his interview Joseph again does not hold back, and also answers his critics from part 1 of the interview. Joseph addresses:
*claims he has "stolen" both audio and visual material for his releases
*the issue of "public domain" and legal advice he has received
*his "perceived bitterness" towards a number of people in the Elvis world
*takes aim at (and exposes) Johnny Saulovich aka Dr John Carpenter (and *EIN publishes the photo of the infamous and outspoken Saulovich which has been circulating in the Elvis world for some time - in fairness to DJC we also publish a photo of Joseph Pirzada)
*how he obtained the incredible Elvis live in Tupelo audio-visual footage
*his legal team still waiting for a response from Sony BMG
*the audio work for Sony BMG by Kevan Budd and David Bendeth
*the audio fidelity of MRS releases
*issues Sony BMG/FTD an audio challenge!
*the chart success of the MRS single, My Baby Left Me
*sales of MRS releases compared to FTD releases
*Sony BMG's policy of endlessly rehashing and recycling Elvis material
*the "politics" behind the book Inside Graceland and the MRS book which will overshadow that release
*his involvement with the That's Alright Mama dance remix
*Ernst Jorgensen's ongoing Sun project