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The recordings shown below comprise 99% of the available film/video footage available of Jimmy Orion Ellis. Taken from live appearance, television guest shots and private home video footage the quality varies depending on the original source of the material and how many times "down the line" the material has been copied. In the vast majority of cases the recordings were made on videotape equipment rather than more up to date digital equipment which again explains the quality being poor in some cases.
Some professionally filmed material listed was originally available on VHS video and offered for sale at Orion concert appearances or through the mail but due to the age of the source material and being copied and re-copied quality has suffered.
The list is not exhaustive but purely an indication of what material is circulating among fans and the general quality of that material. The material has been compiled (and packaging designed) by numerous fans and collectors from different countries over the years. A search through the internet or communicating with other Orion fans would show much of the same material but compiled differently and using different titles.
FROM THE VIDEO VAULTS VOL.1
Three audience filmed concerts from Raleigh, North Carolina, April 1990 (63 minutes); Chesapeake, 18th. November 1989 (51 minutes); Chesapeake, North Carolina, 19th. November 1989 (58 minutes). Approximately 3 hours with lots of great songs, many made famous by Elvis but also includes some of Orion's own recordings. Quality varies due to the original source of the recodings but mostly good quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated. Songs on the shows include: Lonely Weekends; Save The Last Dance For Me; A Memory Like You; Little Sister; Got My Mojo Working; Suzie Q; The Impossible Dream; It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'; Back On The Streets; If I Can Dream.
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FROM THE VIDEO VAULTS VOL.2
Three audience filmed concerts. One from an open air concert in Clyde, Ohio, on 13th. August 1988 and two shows from Nashville North 1989 (two shows from the same date in September with Jimmy performing without a mask). Approximately 3 hours of footage with lots of great songs, including some of Orion's own tracks and many made famous by Elvis. Quality varies due to the original source of the recodings but mostly good quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated. Songs include: From A Jack To A King; Lay Around And Love On You; I Tell It Like It Used To Be; Always On My Mind; Got My Mojo Working; Green Green Grass Of Home and Little Sister.
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FROM THE VIDEO VAULTS VOL.3
Two audience filmed concerts from Memphis, Tennessee in 1990 and one from Summerville in 1986. Around three hours of footage with quality varying due to the original source of the recodings but mostly good quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated. Lots of great songs including some of Orion's own tracks and many made famous by Elvis.
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ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOLS.1&2
Double DVD set containing: Orion Live At The Grand Central Hotel, Sweden 1996 (65 minutes); Live in Nashville, Tennessee, December 1996 (52 minutes); Live in Eindhoven, Holland (33 minutes); TV Promo with Orion singing Snowbird; DDR TV clip with him singing Look Me Up; Speakeasy TV interview from 1982; Two appearances on U.S. television show Nashville Now with Jimmy singing two songs on each show plus interviews; Video Country playing the promotional video for the single release of Sunday Fathers; CNN news clip from 1987; Jimmy on the Oldsberg TV show from Sweden in 1993 with Jimmy performing three songs plus interview. Mostly good/very good quality. Approximately 2 hours of footage on each disc.
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ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOLS. 3&4
Double DVD set featuring: Around 70 minutes of a very good quality professionally filmed show from Boras, Sweden on 12th. September 1992 which includes lots of interview segments inserted into the concert performance. Songs include: Trying To Get To You; You Gave Me A Mountain; Looking For A Way; My Way and Baby I Still Love You. Plus almost two hours of Jimmy rehearsing at home to karaoke type backing tracks in July 1993. loads of songs in very good quality and real close up. Features Jimmy at home singing: He Touched Me; In The Ghetto/Separate Ways; I'll Fly Away; Love It Back Together; Moody Blue; The Wonder Of You and loads more.
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ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOLS. 5&6
Double DVD set featuring some rare material. Two very good quality shows from Bear Creek Farms, Bryant, Indiana, May 1992; Two songs performed at Elvis Week 1994; Gail Brewer Giorgio Interview from 1979; Better quality recording of the Speakeasy and Nashville Promo recordings compared to the same footage as found on Volume 1 of this set; Live in Springfield, Ohio, 17th. September 1983; Better quality version of the CNN News clip; Elvis Tribute Show which features 30 minutes of concert film from August 1988 with Jimmy performing at an unknown venue; rehearsal performance from Gavle, Sweden on 8th. November 1996.
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ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOLS. 7&8
Double DVD set containing: Live At The Washington Courthouse - two sixty minute shows from 11th. January 1985. Songs include: Promised Land; I'm Saving Up My Pennies and How Can I Love Her So Much; Leona and Old Time Rock. Plus audience filmed shows from Boonsville, 24th. May 1986 (77 minutes) and Celina, 29th. October 1989. Quality varies due to the source of the recordings but mostly good quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated.
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ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOLS. 9&10
Double DVD set containing: Live In Lexington - Three audience filmed shows from1987 and 1988 and lasting almost three hours in total. Plus: almost 15 minutes of very good quality footage of Jimmy singing live at Earl Dixon's Hillbilly Heaven, Lorton, Virginia in 1996; Seven songs from Elvis Week, Memphis, Tennessee 1996; Studio rehearsal featuring as, as yet, unreleased song; Live in Vienna 1996 (22 minutes); Live in Malmo, Sweden on 11th. January 1992 (42 minutes). Quality varies on each clip due to the sources each segment was originally taken from but mostly good/very good quality.
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SURPRISE
Twenty minutes of very good quality film with Jimmy rehearsing at home to backing tracks (includes Don't Cry Daddy and Who Am I) , plus more film from the same night of him talking to friends on New Year's Eve 1996 and a couple of short fair quality clips of him singing at parties (includes Winter Wonderland, Don't Worry and Hawaiian Wedding Song). Also included is a short film taking a tour around Ellis Farms. Total playing time of around 60 minutes.
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SURPRISE 2
Very similar to the first volume with twenty-five minutes of rare footage with Jimmy rehearsing at home to backing tracks. Seven songs performed: Until It's Time For You To Go; Are You Lonesome Tonight; See See Rider; Burning  Love; Peace In The Valley; Don't Be Cruel and My Way. First three songs show Jimmy with dyed dark hair and the remainder shows him with his natural silver hair. Also 15 minutes of various home movie clips of Jimmy singing, driving his trucks, playing amusements, walking around the Ellis Farm and having a meal with friends. Fifteen minutes of concert footage from an unknown venue/date, U.S.A. TV news report from The Nashville Network 1988 and the promotional video made for the 1996 release of the song My Boogie Wants To Woogie With You. Mostly good/very good quality.
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JIMMY ELLIS: FOLLOW THAT DREAM - LIVE IN MONTICELLO
Very good quality live concert from Monticello, Florida, 11th. January 1997. Seems to have been professionally filmed but all the material here is from only one camera angle. Not the best backing band behind Jimmy on this show but Jimmy makes the best of it. Features twenty songs including a great live version of Hell Or High Water.
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ORION AT THE NORTH FORTY CLUB
Great opportunity to see Orion looking terrific and performing in his mask at the height of his Sun years popularity. Filmed on 16th. October 1982 in Newburg, Maryland and featuring 13 songs in the sixty minute playing time and in very good quality. Includes: Anybody Out There; Texas Tea; What's Forever For; Honky Tonk Heaven; Look Me Up; Gone At Last; Solitaire; Love Is In The Air. A rarity in that not much early footage exists of Orion from the Sun period and even better since the songs are mostly Jimmy's own with little Elvis orientated tracks.

HONKY TONK HEAVEN
Three concerts. First one is from Hickory, North Carolina, January 1989 (60 minutes). Second is also from Hickory, North Carolina, 1989 (18 minutes) and the third was filmed at Earl Dixon's Hillbilly Heaven, Lorton, Virginia 1986 (15 minutes). Quality varies on each clip due to the sources each segment was originally taken from but good quality mostly.
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LIVE RARITIES
Almost two hours of amateur concert fotage in fair quality. Contains concerts from Greensboro, North Carolina on 27th. May 1988 and from Semora, North Carolina on the following evening. Songs include: Honky Tonk Heaven; Kentucky Rain; Moody Blue; Hurt; A Memory Like You; Hello Mary Lou; You're Never Too Old To Rock'n'Roll; Baby I Don't Care; If I Can Dream; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; All Shook Up; Hurt; Promised Land; I Want You, I Need You, I Love You; Trouble; Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Quality varies due to the original source of the recodings but mostly good/fair quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated.

LIVE IN OHIO
Around three hours of live audience filmed concert footage. Features the afternoon and evening shows from Celina, Ohio on 29th. October 1989 (71 minutes and 51 minutes respectively) with Jimmy wearing his denim Sun jacket. These two concerts are the same as found on the titles LIVE IN CELINA and TROUBLE IN CELINA. Plus two short shows from Chesapeake, North Carolina in August (33 minutes) and October 1988 (11 minutes). Quality varies due to the original source of the recodings but mostly good/fair quality as far as audience filmed material can be rated.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY ELLIS
Two and a half hours of fair/poor quality film of Jimmy singing at his birthday party in 1998. His last birthday. Lots and lots of songs with great sound quality but fuzzy and out of focus filming. First half of the recording features Jimmy performing with a live band and second half he is singing along to backing tracks. Just Jimmy Ellis having fun with friends and family but unable to resist a microphone. Songs include: Johnny B. Goode; For the Good Times; New York, New York; Return To Sender; Steamroller Blues; Mack The Knife; Moody Blue; Burning Love; Way Down and Devil In Disguise.
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THE LOST VIDEOS
Rare home movie footage including: Jimmy rehearsing in Gavle, Sweden 1996; Some great film of Jimmy Ellis singing on the streets of Memphis, Tennessee; Plus Jimmy in the studio rehearsing/recording an, as yet, unreleased song and about 15 minutes of home rehearsals as found on the ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOL.4 title. Around 75 minutes of interesting rare footage.
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TRIBUTE TO ORION
Local U.S. cable television station Granny's Network from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, presents over 60 minutes of Jimmy's friends, including long time friend Steve Kelley and record producer Jerry Cupid, talking, taking phone ins and paying tribute to Jimmy and featuring some film clips of Jimmy from several TV shows which are now hard to find. Includes: Thank God For America; Mr. Me Misses You; Off The Deep End; Sunday Fathers and 100 Pounds of Clay all from U.S. television appearances. Originally broadcast 23rd. February 1999. Good/very good quality.
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ORION ON TV
Double DVD set collecting all of Jimmy/Orion's television appearances together in one compilation. Features both U.S.A. and foreign television spots. Includes: Two appearances on Nashville Now; Channel 4 interview; Speakeasy; Video Country spot; TV promo for Sunday Fathers and My Boogie Wants To Woogie With You; 3 News Reports from U.S. TV stations; German DDR spot singing Look Me Up; Mr. Me Misses You; Oldsberg show from Sweden; The Morning Show from 1981. Due to the rarity and different sources used quality is not 100% on all the clips but mostly good/very good.
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TRIBUTE TO ELVIS
Live concert, professionally filmed, on Elvis' birthday, 8th. January 1988 in Lexington, Kentucky. Features 26 Presley tracks including: Burning Love; Hurt; Trouble; Babi Don't Care; Kentucky Rain; Suspicious Minds; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; An American Trilogy; Stranger In The Crowd; Moody Blue; Memories; The Wonder Of You; My Way. Includes a bonus news report from Lexington.
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ORION LIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Short running time of only 22 minutes but very good quality from 1996 with Jimmy performing at an Elvis fan club show. Eight songs: Promised Land; Trying To Get To You; Little Sister; Trouble; Lawdy Miss Clawdy; If I Can Dream; My Way. BONUS: Make The World Go Away filmed at a fan club event in Vienna the previous year.

ELLIS JAMES LIVE IN AUSTRIA
Professionally filmed Elvis tribute concert in good quality from 19th. August 1995 with Jimmy arriving by limousine, dressed in black with mask and appearing on stage with his natural grey hair. Introduced as Mr. Ellis James. Around 20 songs on this 65 minute recording, including: Help Me Make It Through The Night; Moody Blue; Save The Last Dance For Me; Big Boss Man; Mean Woman Blues; Looking For A Way; Can't Help Falling In Love; I Just Can't Help Believin'; It's Now Or Never; One Night; If I Can Dream and many more.
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VORSICHT MUSIK
Complete German TV show from 13th. December 1982. Wearing black pants, white jacket, blue shirt and matching blue mask, Orion, accompanied by flashing background lights, mimed in front of an audience on this popular pop programme which ran from 1982 - 1984. The title of the show translates into English as CAUTION MUSIC. Taken from the FRESH album and lasting just over two minutes and promoted as the single from the LP he sang only this one song: Look Me Up (And Lay It On Me).
Other guests on the show included British rock'n'roller Shakin' Stevens (singing "I'll Be Satisfied"), Boney M (singing "Zion's Daughter"), Kim Wilde (daughter of singer Marty, performing "Child Come Away"), Musical Youth ("Pass The Dutchie"), rock band Kiss ("Love It Wild") and Wonder Dog ("Ruff Mix").

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IT'S ELVIS - AND THE FABULOUS JORDANAIRES
Concert from 12th. August 1996 at the Nightlife Theatre, Nashville, Tennessee. Professionally filmed and in good/very good quality. Includes: Promised Land; What A Wonderful Life; Love Me; Make The World Go Away; Follow That Dream; Love Me Tender; One Night.
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ORION - LIVE AT CELINA HIGH
Over 60 minutes of audience filmed footage from Celina, Ohio 1989 which is the same as the afternoon performance on the LIVE IN OHIO title above but in slightly better quality here on this disc. Songs include: Lonely Weekends; You're Never Too Old To Rock'n'Roll; From A Jack To A King; Texas Tea; Don't Be Cruel; Sweet Little Sixteen; You Gave Me A Mountain; Trouble and The Impossible Dream. Nice footage of Jimmy wearing his denim SUN jacket and mask.
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ORION - TROUBLE IN CELINA
Almost 60 minutes of audience filmed footage from Celina, Ohio 1989 which is the same as the evening performance on the LIVE IN OHIO title listed above but in slightly better quality on this disc. Songs include: Lonely Weekends; It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'; From A Jack To A King; Texas Tea; Lay Around And Love On You; Save The Last Dance For Me; Sweet Little Sixteen; You Gave Me A Mountain; Trouble and Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Nice footage of Jimmy wearing his denim SUN jacket and trademark mask.
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ADIOS SWEDEN - LIVE AT THE GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL
Live show lasting 65 minutes in very good quality from 8th. November 1996 in Sweden as found on the title ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOL.1. Professionally filmed. Includes: Big Boss Man; Trying To Get To You; The Wonder Of You; Little Sister; I Really Don't Want To Know; Lead Me, Guide Me; Hound Dog; My Way; Wear My Ring Around Your Neck. BONUS: Around 20 minutes of fair/good quality film footage of Jimmy performing live at Earl Dixon's Hillbilly Heaven in 1986.
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ELLIS JAMES - THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Professionally filmed live concert recording in good/very good quality from Greensboro, Ohio on 15th. June 1992 and featuring mostly Elvis songs such as: See See Rider; Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; It's Now Or Never; All Shook Up) but includes: Plastic Saddle; Texas Tea; Lonely Weekends; Lay Around And Love On You; Tips Of My Fingers and Mona Lisa's Lost Her Smile. Almost 60 minutes of footage blus bonus footage in fair quality from several unknow concert appearances and lasting around 15 minutes.
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THE BARN PARTY SHOWS
Double DVD set featuring three of Jimmy's barn parties where he threw open his doors and welcomed fans and friends along to Ellis Farms, Selma, Alabama for a whole day of music, food and fun. This DVD set features three of Jimmy's own performances at these get-togethers. Shows one and two are a compilation from 1982 (40 minutes), show three was filmed in 1983 (32 minutes) and the fourth show is from 1980 (47 minutes). All performances are visually only of fair quality but with good sound quality. Show three features Jimmy performing a live duet of Save The Last Dance For Me with Jerry Lee Lewis.
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SPECIAL MOMENTS
Double DVD set containing a selection of material from other titles on this list. Includes the live concert from Monticello, Florida from the FOLLOW THAT DREAM title, plus Jimmy's birthday party from the HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY ELLIS disc, Jimmy at home footage as found on the SURPRISE selection and the Live in Boras footage from ORION - THE MAN OF MYSTERY VOL.3. Mostly of good/very good quality except the birthday footage which is grainy and out of focus.
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