Please Mr. Postman: Issue 724


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‘Elvis On Tour’ needs a reissue


To Goldmine and All Things Elvis: When the CD sets of Elvis movies came out, how could they forget “Elvis On Tour” from 1972? 

This movie is the real Elvis. “Elvis on Tour” came out on VHS in 1997 MGM Home Video.  Let’s hope this movie will see the light of day again. Has the Elvis gospel album “He Touched Me” ever been released on a CD?

— Marvin Madsen
Tomball, Texas

{EDITOR’S NOTE: Marvin, we asked Goldmine’s resident Elvis expert, “All Things Elvis” columnist Gillian Gaar to field your question. Here’s what Gillian had to say: “According to elvis.com, plans are in the works to release Elvis On Tour on DVD, but no date has been announced. He Touched Me has been released on CD a few times, most recently in March. The songs have also appeared on CD collections like Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings.”}
P.S.: Be sure to flip to page 14 to catch the latest installment of All Things Elvis!

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Drummer dialogue pleases writer

When my Fabulous ’50s column on rock and roll drummers appeared back on June 22, 2007 (issue # 702) I had no idea that it would start such a long-lasting thread.

Ed McGlynn’s letter in the Jan 4, 2008, issue is one of the latest installments and confirms the fact that opinions about rock drumming in the 1950s run deep in Goldmine’s audience. Most readers only refer to the most recent letter on the topic, but the whole exchange got started back in June of last year.

The majority of letters published to date, as well as the e-mails I’ve received privately, suggest that the contributions of ’50s rock drummers have been sadly undervalued. I agree.

Self-indulgent soloists from the ’70s and ’80s may draw more media attention, but give me the solid and tasty work of pioneers like Earl Palmer, WS Holland and Jimmy Van Eaton any day.

— Hank Davis
via e-mail

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Reader dug Thorogood interview

Thank you for the Backstage Pass piece on George Thorogood (Jan. 18, 2008, #717).

Thorogood has done as much for bringing blues to younger generations as Stevie Ray Vaughan did. George has never been a better guitarist than SRV, but he has walked the long road of bringing electric blues to music fans for more than three decades.

There is one mistake made by Steve Orchard. He twice refers to Thorogood’s 1978 Move It On Over as his debut LP. Thorogood’s first LP is George Thorogood and the Destroyers also on Rounder label, released in 1977. It is every bit as good as Move It, and includes worthy versions of tunes by Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and others.

— Mark Weedman
Santee, Calif.

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Article shines a light on The Who

I thought I’d take a minute to commend Sean Egan on his Who article in the February 29, 2008, edition (#720).

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