May 25 - Taking Care of Vinyl Covers

It appears the cover upcoming "Taking Care of Business" book from FTD / Flaming Star received an update. The top image is the first cover, the second one is the new image found on the The Man And His Music website. 

This 430-page illustrated hardback book will detail Elvis’ personal life and public career between October 1970 and January 1971. Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and EMM’s very own Paul Richardson, the book will be accompanied by audio from the November 1970 tour.


Vinyl

Due for release on June 3, 2016 from the Socadisc label is a vinyl re-issue of "Blue Hawaii", "Elvis in Love", "Number One Hits", "Rocks on", "Sings Songs from His Movies" and "Gospel Times". The latter with The Jordanaires.

(Source: FECC / Now Dig This / Amazon France)

May 24 - Import-releases

The AudiRec import-releases "Opening Night At Lake Tahoe" containing an audience-recording of the April 30, 1976 Opening Show and "Hilton Showroom Volume 3" containing an audience-recording of the December 6, 1975 Dinner Show performance have been released. 

(Source: Elvis On CD)

May 23 - The Profile

Due for re-release from The Profile Collection label on August 12, 2016 is the 2CD biography interview set "The Profile".

(Source: Amazon)

May 22 - Sold!

A Gibson guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father has sold for $334,000 (£230,000) at at an auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It is thought that Vernon Presley changed the finish on the Gibson Dove to black after his son earned a black belt in karate. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Elvis Presley's first piano, a Stroud piano from 1911, sold for $140,000. Elvis Presley bought the piano at the age of 20 at O.K. Houck Piano Company Inc. Memphis, on September 30 1955 for $ 281.75. Presley paid $ 50 as deposit, and the balance was paid over 11 months. Later the piano stood in the room of Joe Esposito at Graceland. Eventually Christine Strickland, his cook, get the piano. After her death, the piano was sold to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum in July 1992, where it was on display until 1999. In October of that year the piano was sold at auction in Las Vegas. Today, the piano was offered at Julien's Auctions. 

(Source: BBC / Julien Auctions / Elvis Matters)

May 20 - Follow Elvis And Johnny

The May 2016 Follow That Dream releases "NBC Special", "Las Vegas 1975" and the vinyl "The King Creole Monitor Mixes" have been released. 

"Elvis" ('68 Comeback) Special". The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus tracks. Disc 2 contains, somewhat disappointingly this includes the material previously released on the excellent FTD 'Let Yourself Go' but also includes 9 previously unreleased tracks. 'Let Yourself Go' however was edited into a "making of the NBC Special" audio documentary. Now we get a more thorough look into the session tapes.

"LAS VEGAS 1975" - double-pack soundboard concert release. The album features two of Elvis' best concerts from his Las Vegas March/April 1975 season. The March 22 concert is considered one of the best concerts of the season and was first released on the Fort Baxter bootleg 'A Profile Vol. 2'. Elvis is in fine voice and the excellent set-list includes Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Promised Land, My Boy as well as the one-off 'You're The Reason I'm Living' (as previously issued on the 'Live In Las Vegas' BMG box-set). 

The Las Vegas March 22, 1975 MS is by far the best concert from the season so although previously bootlegged the concert is an essential release. The April 1, Dinner Show is also a great addition with a fine song line-up and Elvis in a fantastic mood - the bonus songs were also very carefully chosen. The April 1 concert was previously released on bootleg back in 2009 by Southern Comfort/Fort Baxter and it is an excellent show.

"King Creole The Monitor Mono Mixes" contains mixes that were recorded by RCA's studio engineer separately to the King Creole album Masters and include the few outtakes of the session that have been released. Tracks include, As Long As I Have You (long version - take 8 ), Crawfish (unedited master) and King Creole (first version - take 18). This release comes on clear 180 Gr. vinyl.

Charlie, Bring Me The Request Box


Also released is the Straight Arrow import title "Charlie, Bring Me The Request Box". A 5 CD set covering the "Elvis Summer Festival 1975" that ran August 18 to 20, 1975 at the  Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.

Elvis And Johnny 

Due for release from the French VPI label is the vinyl double pack "Johnny - Elvis: Quand Johnny Reprends Elvis". The set contains tracks by both Johnny Hallyday and Elvis Presley and is limited to 1000 copies on red and blue vinyl. 

Side A: I Got Stung - Baby I Don´t Care - Hound Dog - Trouble - Don´t Leave Me Now - Blue Suede Shoes - Money Honey - Teddy Bear - Heartbreak Hotel

Seite B: J´Suis Mordu - Sentimental - Hound Dog - La Bagarre - Premier Amour - Blue Suede Shoes - Money Honey - Ton pettit Ours En Peluche - Je Me Sens Sie Seul.


(Source: Amazon / FECC / UEPS)