November 17 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

The Official UK and Scottish Album charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The 6-DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #26 to #23 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #25 to #32 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #59 to #76 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” climbed from #92 to #91 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #96 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
Australian Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #50 to #42 on the Australian Album Chart at #50. 
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #76 to #85 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #21 to #23 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
US Billboard Charts
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is listed at #70 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 3391 copies sold this week. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #84 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2831 copies sold this week.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #115 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2293 copies sold this week.  
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" album is listed at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 1915 copies sold this week.  
  • The “The Essential Elvis” compilation dropped from #30 to #45 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album is a new entry at #36 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation remained steady at #42 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #5 to #4 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” dropped from #9 to #14 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album dropped from #9 to #12 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #29 on the US Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #40 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
(Source: Official Chart Company / FECC / Aria Chart)

November 15 - Spliced Love Letters

The CMT import-label released another volume in their series on spliced takes' "Love Letters From Elvis - Spliced Takes Special". 

From the press-release:
Fans of the series know what to expect, and this release is among their best yet! Some songs don't have complete outtakes and the STAR team managed to present an album with full versions only! Rare snippets and rehearsals were used and it works like magic. Including 14 "spliced" tracks from the 1970 recordings, all tracks from the original album and three bonus tracks. Presented in high quality card sleeve.

Tracks:
Love Letters (Spliced Take 3, 1) - When I'm Over You (Spliced Master) - If I Were You (Spliced Take 2, 3, 5, 5) - I Got My Mojo Working (Spliced Rehearsal) - Heart of Rome (Spliced Take 2, 2, 1) - Only Believe (Spliced Take 1, 3, Rehearsal) - This is Our Dance (Spliced Take 6, 8, 8, 11) - Cindy, Cindy (Spliced Take 2, 3) - I'll Never Know (Spliced Take 2, 3) - It Ain't No Big Thing (Spliced Take 1, 2, 6) - The Sound of Your Cry (Spliced Take 1, 3, 6) - Sylvia (Spliced Take 4, 3, 9) - Mary In The Morning (Spliced Take 1, 2, 4, 4, 4) - Life (Spliced Take 1, 2)

November 14 - The Elvis Presley Film Collection

Due for release from the UK based HMV record stores is the exclusive 14 DVD set “The Elvis Presley 14 Film Collection”.

From the press-release:
This carefully selected collection of films celebrating the cinematic output of the King himself, Elvis Presley, provides the perfect portrayal of the icon's unrivalled contribution to American rock'n'roll culture. 

These 14 timeless tales include portraits of the iconic, quintessential Elvis the world knows and loves with classics such as Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock, alongside characters you may not be so familiar with, like the gun-slinging anti-hero from the gritty western Charro.

With countless special features, including trailers, remastered soundtracks, and behind-the-scenes documentaries, there's something for every collector, fan, cineaste and lover of rock'n'roll! Get swept away by the romance of It Happened at The World's Fair and belt out the blues as the ultimate rock'n'roll legend dazzles the screen again and again.

The movies:
Jailhouse Rock - It Happened at the World's Fair - Kissin' Cousins - Viva Las Vegas - Girl Happy - Harum Scarum - Spinout - Double Trouble - Stay Away, Joe - Speedway - Live a Little, Love a Little - Charro - The Trouble With Girls - Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition

The extras:
  • It Happened at the World's Fair - Elvis Presley Trailer Gallery
  • Kissin' Cousins - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Smokey Mountain Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Girl Happy - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Startin' Tonight Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Stay Away, Joe - Theatrical Trailer
  • Live a Little, Love a Little - Theatrical Trailer
  • Charro - Theatrical Trailer
  • Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition - Soundtrack Remastered In Dolby Digital 5.1, Behind-the-scenes Documentary Patch It Up: The Restoration Of Elvis: That's The Way It Is, Theatrical Trailer.
(Source: HMV)

November 13 - Elvis His(s)tory

The Dutch artist Jarod published three Elvis Presley posters entitled "Elvis His(s)tory". The three poster are a pictorial overview of the life and career of Elvis Presley. Divided in three decades that co-incidentally represent very different stages in Presley's life. Through symbolic and more factual illustrations the story of the King of Rock and Roll is told. All posters come with a detailed guide to all the details portrayed.

Website: Jarod Art.









November 12 - Divorce Papers For Christmas

Divorce papers signed by Elvis Presley and his ex-wife Priscilla have sold for £20,000 at auction. The papers include details of the divorce after the couple, who married in 1967, started living apart in 1972. As part of the settlement, Elvis signed over to Priscilla his 1971 Mercedes Benz, 1969 Cadillac Eldorado, Harley-Davidson motorbike and $100,000.

The papers were sold to a phone bidder from USA at the Henry Aldridge Auctioneers in Devizes. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the 12 papers were a "fabulous piece of show business history". The papers, from 15 August 1972, have been signed three times by Elvis and four times by Priscilla.


Mr Aldridge said: "These are exceptional examples of Elvis's signature, being both bold and large. "It is extremely rare to have Elvis sign in his full name, Elvis Aaron Presley, and also Aaron with two AAs, as it was written on his tombstone.

"Each of the 12 pages contains fascinating details and offers the reader a snapshot into the details involved between both parties that only legal documents can give. "This document offers a collector the chance to own something from one of the most important episodes in Elvis's life." 

Walmart Christmas


The US Walmart store re-issued their 2015 Elvis Christmas compilation "Elvis Ultimate Christmas". The previous edition came in a cardboard sleeve, this one with new cover-art in a jewel box. 

CD 1: If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Blue Christmas - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Here Comes Santa Claus - Silver Bells - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Merry Christmas Baby - The Wonderful World Of Christmas - O Come All Ye Faithful - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - On A Snowy Christmas Night - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) - Christmas Message From Elvis / Silent Night

CD 2: Blue Christmas (With Martina McBride) - I'll Be Home For Christmas (With Carrie Underwood) - Here Comes Santa Claus (With LeAnn Rimes) - Santa Claus Is Back In Town (With Wyonna Judd) - Silent Night (With Sara Evans) - White Christmas (With Amy Grant) - Merry Christmas Baby (With Gretchen Wilson) - O Little Town Of Bethlehem (With Karen Fairchild And Kimberly Sclapman) - Silver Bells (With Anne Murray) - O Come All Ye Faithful (With Olivia Newton John) - The First Noel (2008) - If I Get Home On Christmas Day (2008) - Winter Wonderland (2008)

(Source: BBC / FECC Forum / Elvis Club Berlin)

November 11 - Weekend Charts

The Elvis One label announced four new titles; "Night And Day In Nashville", "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3" and "Elvis Army Days Revisited" parts one and two.

Details "Night And Day in Nashville"

"Night And Day in Nashville" is a sampler of material recorded by The King in Nashville from ‘56 to ‘66. A total of 22 tracks, including 20 alternate recordings and original mixes (15 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company). It’s a great new album, with (almost) only complete takes, and this time no studio banter or false starts (as they are available through other releases from the Elvis One label). Enjoy these fantastic recordings over and over again. Including a 16 pages booklet with photos and recording information. 

Tracks: 1. I Got A Woman (Alternate Take) 2:25 2. I’m Counting On You (Take 13) 2:29 3. I Got Stung (Original Master) 1:49 4. Fame And Fortune (Spliced Take) 2:32 Splice of take 12 and take 7 5. Thrill Of Your Love (Original Master) 3:01 6. He Knows Just What I Need (Take 10) 2:14 7. There’s Always Me (Spliced Take) 2:17 Splice of take 3 and master 8. I’m Coming Home (Original Mix) 2:24 9. Kiss Me Quick (Take 7) 2:49 10. Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 3) 2:10 11. Good Luck Charm (Original Mix) 2:29 12. I Met Her Today (Spliced Take) 2:43 Splice of take 5, take 7 and take 6 13. Night Rider (Original Mix) 2:11 14. Something Blue (Take 6) 3:00 15. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 6) 2:32 16. Just For Old Time Sake (Original Mix) 2:10 17. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Try-out) 0:58 18. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 3) 2:57 19. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 4) 1:54 20. Down In The Alley (Take 7) 2:00 21. Come What May (Take 1) 1:36 22. I’ll Remember You (Take 3) 4:06



Details "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3":
Volume 3 contains 22 alternate tracks, all complete versions! Including outtakes, movie versions and unedited masters presented in the best possible sound. A great alternate movie experience! Of course this album is a limited edition, just as volumes 1 and 2.

Tracks: 01. Doin’ The Best I Can (take 12) 3:14 02. Shoppin’ Around (take 10) 2:18 03. Pocketful of Rainbows (take 14) 2:31 04. Flaming Star (take 5) 2:19 05. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 9) 1:34 06. No More (take 9) 2:22 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (take 9) * 1:58 08. This Is Living (take 8) 1:47 09. Girls! Girls! Girls! (unedited master) * 2:39 10. Earth Boy (movie version - overdub) * 2:42 11. I’m Falling In Love Tonight (take 5) * 1:54 12. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (remake, take 15) 2:26 13. Hard Knocks (movie master) 1:42 14. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me (take 9) * 2:10 15. Everybody Come Aboard (take 5) * 1:48 16. Sand Castles (KO take 3) * 2:57 17. This Is My Heaven (FOV, take 5) * 2:36 18. All That I Am (take 6) * 2:22 19. Old MacDonald (vocal only) * 1:57 20. Easy Come, Easy Go (unedited master) 2:21 21. She’s A Machine (take 14) * 1:35 22. Sing You Children (unedited master) 2:13 * Previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company.



Details "Elvis Army Days Revisited" part one and two:
"Elvis Army Days Revisited | Part One & Part Two" contains all German A and B sides of Elvis singles released during his time in the Army, all known recordings of interviews and press conferences from March 1958 to March 1960, newsreels and more! Including some previously unreleased material. You can hear these historic recordings in the best possible sound all together for the first time ever on 2 CDs! Each CD comes with a 12 pages booklet.

***Single versions: including the original "You're A Heartbreaker" (faster and with more reverb)***
***Unedited version of Elvis 'Swearing In' to the US Army (1:24 instead of 0:28)***
***Unedited part of the Brooklyn press conference (Elvis' interruptions were edited for the 'Elvis Sails' EP)***
***Every known recording of interviews and press conferences in Germany - Plus 1 from Paris, France***  

Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part One:

The German Singles April 1958 - February 1959: 
01. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2:17 02. Doncha Think It’s Time 1:59 03. Hard Headed Woman 1:57 04. Don’t Ask Me Why 2:08 05. Dixieland Rock 1:50 06. Lover Doll 2:16 07. King Creole 2:11 08. One Night 2:34 09. I Got Stung 1:51 10. Young And Beautiful 2:05

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word March 1958 - June 1959:
11. Newsreel ‘GI Elvis Presley Loses Sideburns For “New Role”’ 0:45 
12. Newsreel ‘Elvis Enters The Army’ 0:31 
13. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 1:24 Memphis Draft Board, Memphis, Tennessee 
14. Interview by Jim Kell (03-24-58) 0:42 Fort Chaffee Barracks, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas 
15. Newsreel ‘Elvis Off To Germany’ 1:13 
16. Press Conference excerpt #1 (09-22-58) 13:35 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
17. Press Conference excerpt #2 (09-22-58) 5:26 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
18. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 6:27 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
19. Interview by Pat Hernon (09-22-58) 2:15 Library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
20. Ankunft in Bremerhaven (10-01-58) 2:58  Bremerhaven, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt #1 (10-02-58) 1:07 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
22. Press Conference excerpt #2 (10-02-58) 0:37 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
23. Interview by Dick Clark (01-30-59) 4:27 ‘Telephone Call’ from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
24. Interview by Hannelore Krab (06-15-59) 3:49 Bayrischer Hof Hotel, Munich, Germany 
25. Interview by Mario Delagarde (06-17-59) 2:03 Prince De Galles Hotel, Avenue de George V, Paris, France 
26. Promo for KPOY Radio in Hawaii (06-59) 0:52 27. Interview by Tom Moffatt (06-59) 5:41 Telephone Call from Hawaii ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to Germany 
Bonus tracks:
28. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 0:28 Edited - As released on the album ‘This Is Elvis’ 29. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 2:21         Edited - As released on the ‘Elvis Sails’ EP


Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part Two:
The German Singles - March 1959 - March 1960
01. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I 2:38 02. I Need Your Love Tonight 2:05 03. That’s All Right 1:59 04. You’re A Heartbreaker 2:06 05. A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:14 06. My Wish Came True 2:37 07. White Christmas 2:26 08. Silent Night 2:25 09. Stuck On You 2:19 10. Fame And Fortune 2:30

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word June 1959 - March 1960
11. Interview by Don Owens (06/07-59) 2:55 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
12. Interview by Dick Clark (08-59) 3:34 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
13. Interview by Wink Martindale (09-58) 3:55 Dance Party KHJ TV Telephone Call to Friedberg, Germany 
14. Interview by German Interviewer (59) 3:42 library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
15. Interview by Dick Clark (01-08-60) 3:35 Telephone Call from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
16. Newsreel ‘Elvis Quits U.S. Army’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 1:21 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
17. Newsreel ‘US53310761’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-01-60) 2:04         Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
18. Press Conference excerpt #2 (03-01-60) 0:52 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
19. Inteview (Interviewer unknown) (03-01-60) 1:46 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
20. Interview by Johnny Paris (03-01-60) 10:55 ‘AFN Interview’ Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 6:55 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
22. Press Conference excerpts (03-03-60) 0:53 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
23. Press Conference (03-07-60) 12:39 Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee 

Chart Round-up


The European charts:

  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #100 to #90 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped off the Official UK Album chart.
  • The “The Real … Elvis” compilation dropped from #21 to #25 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic. Orchestra” climbed from #62 to #59 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” is a re-entry at #92 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “20 Original Albums - The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection” is a new entry at #28 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a re-entry at #176 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The “Disco de Oro” climbed from #19 to #11 on the Spanish Album Top 100.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #45 on the Greece Album chart. 
The US Billboard Charts:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #4 to #5 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” remained steady at #9 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Essential Elvis Presley” double album climbed from #34 to #30 on the US Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The “The Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #50 to #42 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” compilation climbed from #14 to #9 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation dropped from #8 to #14 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Merry Christmas … Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #20 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
Australian Chart:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed 25 spots to #50 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped from #61 to #76 on the Australian Album chart.
(Source: Official Charts Company / Ultrapop / Billboard / FECC)