May 21 - Elvis, The Colonel, Priscilla and Austin

The Bauer Media Group announced the June 03, 2022 release of the 96-page book 'Elvis and The Colonel: The Complete Story'.

Description: Besides his father and a few close friends, only one other person was by Elvis’ side for almost his entire career, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. If Elvis stood at the front of the stage, “The Colonel” was a mysterious figure lurking somewhere off to the side. 

The relationship between Elvis and the Colonel is a focus of the new movie Elvis from director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann. Starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Parker and Austin Butler as Elvis, the film explores the relationship between these two iconic figures more deeply than any other Elvis biopic ever produced. This special collector's edition magazine tells the story of what really happened.


Elvis U.S. Star

Elvis graces the cover of the May 30, 2022 edition of the U.S. Star magazine. Inside the article on Priscilla Presley about "The Only Elvis I Knew" and a "behind the scenes" of the upcoming Elvis movie. 

Cover Star

The Italian Il Venerdi magazine features Austin Butler as Elvis on the cover and inside the article 'Elvis Quelli Vero' ("The Real Elvis").

(Source: Amazon / Facebook)





Review Elvis UK Cover Story

Andy Pendl reviewed the new 'Elvis UK Cover Story - The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977by John Townson and Gordon Minto

John Townson an Gordon Minto did it again. After their first digital project - presenting 'Elvis UK3' as e-book using the flip technology - they digitized their first book ‘Elvis UK’, which was out of print for a long time before. While the second edition of their British discography, ‘Elvis UK2’, is still available in print, they have just unveiled a new addition to their existing body of work. 

Is this another release that any collector or any British Elvis fan should " add" to their collection and reference library? 


Design

For those who are not familiar with e-books or have not seen the flip technology on displays, three main advantages over the printed format are a good reason to buy it.

First, the search function allows you to find individual words or numbers very quickly. Second, the book can be updated at any time. Not only are any errors quickly fixed, but additional facts and bonus material can be added, as the authors have previously done with ‘Elvis UK’.

Third, the digital format is cost-effective, as shipping costs are often disproportionately high.

Selected pages can be printed, either to a PDF-file or directly to a printer. If you print all 286 pages (including the front and back covers), you will get a PDF-file with a size of about 564 MB, which will be saved on your device.



Content

Should anyone think that there would be only simple scans of front and back covers, they will not only be surprised, but delighted. Those who know the two experienced authors and have certain expectations will not be disappointed, although some would miss re-issues and cover-variations. 

Following the introduction explaining their thoughts and reasons for this decision, 20 chapters offer exactly what the keywords announce: Adverts / Back Cover Photographs / Corporate Details / Credits / Cut-Outs / For UK Fans Only / Front Cover Fact File / Hidden History / Inserts / Laminated / Non-Standard LP Covers / Printing Companies / Record Shops / Sleeve Manufacture / Sleeve Notes / Spines / Stereo Records / Stickers / Titles / Winning Sleeve.

With this wealth of information and detail, it is particularly striking how meticulously researched it was. For example they do not simply show back cover pictures, but also the original photos from which they were made, along with descriptions. 

By calling the failed cover of the ‘Elvis (Fool)’ album the “winning sleeve” and detailing what mistakes were made they express their criticism in a humorous way.


Conclusion

Without grumbling that there is no print edition and that I would prefer cover pics in bigger size, it’s an awesome work containing plenty of information and astonishing facts no collector could pass!

Knowing these guys, I imagine they won’t stop researching and may offer additional facts, bonus pages, or another volume ... 

This is simply an awesome work no collector could pass!


For more information

'Elvis U.K. - Cover Story' costs just GBP15 and can be ordered via the author's  website at >>> www.elvisukbooks.co.uk.

May 21 - Charts May 2022 - Week 3 - #1 Again

 The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Elvis returned to the Billboard Top 200 chart and hit the #1 spot in Ireland. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry at #193.
  • Billboard Top Country Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #26 to #20.
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #39 to #33.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #53 to #45.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #37.
  • Official Country Compilations Album chart: 'Elvis Country' climbed from #15 to #13.
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'The Real Elvis' climbed from #26 to #22. 
Official Irish IRMA charts

Officical Music DVD chart: 'The Elvis Collection' new entry at #1.

(Source: Official Charts / UK Mix Forum)

May 20 - The Elvis Presley Bootleg Connection

The German Bear Family record label announced the release ov volume 3 in the 'The Elvis Presley Connection' series. It features "36 Roots And Covers Of Elvis Presley". More information when availabe.

 Sixties and Seventies Boots

Several new Elvis import titles were announced 'It's The Elvis Sound of the Sixties 1966 - 1969'. 


Publicity stated: Petticoat records is back! This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of late sixties classics.


This high quality album (including bonus CD) featuring 14 rare and hard to find alternate versions of these classics is now available. Great stuff: beautiful ballads as well as some great rockers!


And as always housed in a stunning full color sleeve suitable for framing!This high quality 180 grams virgin vinyl pressing is now available in red or blue vinyl. 

Don't miss out on this wonderful limited edition album. A must have and a great spinner for sure! 

Tracklisting Side A: Fools Fall In Love (Take 4) - Love Letters (Take 2) - Run On (Take 2) - Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Take 2) - Never Say Yes (Take 1 & 2) - The Girl I Never Loved (Take 10 & 11) - Let Yourself Go (Take 5)


Side B: You’ll Never Walk Alone (Take 2) - Rubberneckin’ (Take 1 & 2) - Edge Of Reality (Take 8 / Unedited Master - Vocal & Choir Mix) - I’ll Be There (Take 3 - Undubbed Master) - If I Can Dream (Take 4) - Kentucky Rain (Take 9) - Clean Up Your Own Backyard (Take 6 - Undubbed Master)



The  1971 Soundboard Collection and More Vol. 1 4LP + 3CD SET


This comprehensive deluxe set contains 4 soundboard  recordings recorded during Elvis his first Vegas season of 1971.  The first Vegas season of 1971 started on January 26 and finished February 23.


During these shows Elvis sang some of the tracks from the just released  “Elvis Country” album. Examples are  “Make The World Go Away” ”There Goes My Everything” and “Snowbird”. 


Another example of one of the highlights is the only known live version of the (back in the day)  new song ”only believe”. A studio version would be released in June 1971 on the “Love Letters From Elvis” album, but the song was recorded a year earlier. All shows are remastered and presented in mono just as they were recorded. The fully packed bonus disc included in this set contains no less than 23 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1971. Sit back and enjoy Elvis in 1971. 


Available in Red or Blue vinyl. Strictly limited edition.


Tracks LP 1 - Side A - January 26, 1971 Opening Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Introduction Of Hal Wallis - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Make The World Go Away - Something


Side B - 1971 - Studio Highlights:

Early Mornin’ Rain (Vibes Overdub Master) - That’s What You Get For Lovin’ Me (Take 10 - Unedited) - Help Me Make It Through The Night (Unedited Overdubbed  Master) - Until It’s Time For You To Go (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - Will Be True (Unedited Master) - It’s Still Here (Unedited Master - Extra Dialogue) - I’m Leavin’ (Unedited Overdubbed Master)


LP 2 - Side C - January 27, 1971 Midnight Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - Only Believe


Side D: How Great Thou Art - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Something - Make The World Go Away - Love Me - One Night - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Duet With Ginger Holladay - 26.01.1971 OS)


LP 3 - Side E - January 28, 1971 Dinner Show:

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions (#2) - Something - Release Me - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog


Side F: It’s Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - The Impossible Dream


Bonus Songs: We Can Make The Morning (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - It’s Only Love (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Unedited Overdubbed Maste)


LP 4 - Side G - January 28, 1971 Midnight Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - Elvis Talks - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions


Side H: Something - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - One Night - Teddy Bear - Suspicious Minds - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - The Impossible Dream - Closing Vamp


CD 1 - January 26, 1971 Opening Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Introduction Of Hal Wallis - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Make The World Go Away - Something


January 27, 1971 Midnight Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right  - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - Only Believe - Elvis Talks - How Great Thou Art - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Something - Make The World Go Away - Love Me - One Night - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog


Bonus Songs: Johnny B. Goode (Unfixed - January 26 - 1971 Opening Show)


CD 2 - January 28, 1971 Dinner Show: You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions (#2) - Something - Release Me - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - It’s Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - The Impossible Dream


January 28, 1971 Midnight Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - Elvis Talks - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - Something - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - One Night - Teddy Bear - Suspicious Minds - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - The Impossible Dream - Closing Vamp (26.01.1971 OS)


CD 3 - January 29, 1971 Dinner Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - Something - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Teddy Bear - Hound Dog - Snowbird - The Impossible Dream

(Source: Bear Family / Elvis Club Berlin / Various)

May 19 - The Colonel: The Extraordinary Re-Issue

Alanna Nash' 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley' will be re-issued on July 13, 2022. 

This edition, presented as "the legendary partnership at the heart of a major motion picture' comes with a new cover and newly written afterword by the author. 

Nash recently did an interview with director Baz Luhrmann on the upcoming Elvis Presley movie, titled 'The Strange Love Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley'. You can read it at the >>> AARP site.


Elvis Sold

A 1963 silkscreen ink and silver paint on canvas of Elvis by Andy Warhol sold at a Sotherbys auction for US$21,581,000 (incl. buyers premium). The estimate for the piece from "a notable private collection" was US$15,000,000 - US$25,000,000.

(Source: Alanna Nash / AARP / Sotherbys / FECC)

May 18 - Viva Las Vegas

Warner Bros. will re-issue Elvis' and Ann-Margret's musical comedy 'Viva Las Vegas' on Blu-Ray on June 20, 2022. This re-issue comes with the Theatrical Trailer, the featurette 'Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas' and commentary by Steve Pond. Also included are the movie on DVD and the soundtrack on CD. 

Description: In one of his most popular movies, Elvis Presley shared the screen with Ann-Margret in Las Vegas, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on-screen. 

He's Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she's a hotel swimming instructor - and the romantic action revs up from their first meeting. 

Veteran director George Sidney, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of '60s Las Vegas.


Follow That Release

FTD's 'Kid Galahad' 2-LP was already available from U.K. dealers, but was delivered at other dealers too. Also out are the 'Pine Bluf to Madison '76' double CD and Bob Pakes book 'Celluloid Sell-out'.

(Source: Amazon  / FECC / Memphis Mansion)






May 17 - Vintage Songs from the Movies

A new LP, titled 'Songs from the Movies', is due on June 24, 2022 from the Cult Legends record label.

Description: Elvis Presley starred in over 30 movies during his short time on earth. Most of them musicals, accompanied by iconic soundtracks by The King.

In the first half of the sixties, three of Presley’s soundtrack albums were ranked number one on the pop charts, and a few of his most popular songs came from his films, such as 'Can’t Help Falling in Love' and 'Return to Sender'. 

Tracks side A: Jailhouse Rock - Wooden Heart - Return To Sender - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Flaming Star - Blueberry Hill - Don't - As Long As I Have You - Can't Help Falling In Love - Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You).

Side B: King Creole - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Loving You - True Love - Follow That Dream - Where Do You Come From - Blue Hawaii - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Treat Me Nice - Blue Suede Shoes.


Collector's Magazine

Due for release from Centennial on August 1, 2022 in the Music Spotlight series is the 198-page single issue collector's magazine 'Elvis Presley - The King Lives On'. 


Vintage Rock

Vintage Rock published 'The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1960 - 1964' with inside the article \'How The Wild Rocker Evolved to Hollywood Icon.


Movie Promotion

Baz Luhrmann shared posters for the 50's, 60's and '70's for his upcoming Elvis biopic.

(Source: Pascal Matteo on Facebook)