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HE TOUCHED ME Vol 1 and 2 (SHDVD4407 - Coming Home Music)

1. Review by Crister Berge
Gospel story

Running time: over 3 hours. Includes: How Great Thou Art - Peace In The Valley - Swing Down, Sweet Chariot - Where Could I Go - I, John - If I Can Dream - American Trilogy - Bosom Of Abraham - You Gave Me A Mountain - In The Ghetto - Put Your Hand In The Hand - Bridge Over Troubled Water - He Touched Me - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Why Me, Lord? - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - In The Garden - His Hand In Mine - It Is No Secret - Mansion Over The Hilltop - Father Along - Where No One Stands Alone - Without Him - You'll Never Walk Alone - Amazing Grace - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Saved - I'll Remember You - Somebody Bigger Than You And I - Up Above My head - Sweet, Sweet Spirit - Stand By Me.

Review by Crister Berge

Three hours of pain and agony...

Two videos that sets the light on the sacred recordings of The King. We're forced to sit through dreary interviews with various members of The Stamps Quartet, The Imperials, Voice and The Sweet Inspirations. Ed Enoch in particular makes a psychotic impression. It's people like him that give Christians a bad name. And Myrna Smith doesn't look well. Not well at all. The stories they tell are predictable: "Elvis was so kind, a wonderful person, he loved everybody, bla-bla..." In between the interviews are music performances gathered from the following sources: Ed Sullivan's TV show (1957), Elvis' TV Special (1968), That's The Way It Is (1970), Elvis On Tour (1972) and Aloha From Hawaii (1973). Obviously, every Elvis fan in the world have seen these clips many times before. The only "new" material is approximately 60 seconds of 8 mm footage of Elvis signing autographs.

Here's a list of the songs that are used in the first video with some comments:

American Trilogy - not a gospel song!
Lead Me, Guide Me
Bosom Of Abraham
Peace In The Valley
Swing Down Sweet Chariot - from the horrible movie The Trouble With Girls, the lip sync is just awful!
I'll Remember You - the producers wants us to believe that Elvis interpreted it to be a song about his mother?! And it's not a gospel song.
If I Can Dream - supposed to prove that Elvis was not a racist? The support being that he used a black female vocal group and that one of the members of The Imperials was African-American. And it's not a gospel song!
How Great Thou Art
Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head
I, John
Sweet, Sweet Spirit

And now study which songs are used in the second video:

I'll Remember You - again!
You Gave Me A Mountain - not a gospel song!
If I Can Dream - again!
Bosom Of Abraham - again!
Walk A Mile In My Shoes - not a gospel song!
American Trilogy - again!
In The Ghetto - not a gospel song!
Lighthouse - again!
Saved - the fast goofy number from the Singer Special where Elvis just stands there treading water like a nerd.

Towards the end, they even tagged on the "Men with broken hearts" poem from TTWII and the Jaycees speech (1971). Furthermore, the music of Put Your Hand In The Hand and So High is used with footage from Aloha.

Well, what can I say? I wouldn't pay 50 cents for this shit.

On a scale from 1 to 5, I give it the finger!

© Crister Berge, Stockholm, Sweden 2002 (E-mail: )

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