November 05 - Romantic Christmas

The UK based Rockwell Records announced the release of "The Rockin' Romantic" on 180 G. lilac vinyl. This release is limited to 200 numbered copies. 

Fast Side: Dirty, Dirty Feeling / Girl Next Door Went  A 'Walking / Such A Night / Shoppin' Around / Trying To Get To You / I Feel So Bad • In Your Arms
Slow Side: First In Line / Starting Today / No More / Angel / I Met Her Today / Fountain Of Love / Because of Love.

A Tesco Christmas

Christmas comes early for the UK Elvis fans. With a coupon the Saturday's The Mail they can pick up a free Elvis Presley Christmas CD at Tesco. 

Larry Muhoberac Died

Larry Muhoberac, former pianist for Elvis Presley who was there when Elvis opened his first season on July 31, 1969 in the International Hotel in Las Vegas, has died according to postings on ElvisMatters an the FEC forum. He appeared in four of Elvis’ films, Frankie And Johnny (1966), Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966), Speedway (1968) and Stay Away Joe (1968). He died on Saturday at the age of 79 after suffering from dementia for several years. 

(Source: Rockwell Records / FECC / The Mail / Tesco / ElvisMatters)

December 03 - Let Me Sing ... A little Bit Later On Vinyl

Due to technical reason the new MxF release "Let Me... Sing Again" has been postponed to mid January. The label is sorry for the delay but they will improve the product and it feature more bonuses too according to the update from the label. 

3764 Elvis Presley Blvd.


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Elvis' last recording sessions at the Jungle Room on 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd.

The legendary Jungle Room sessions from 1976 have delivered some fine fan favorites like "Moody Blue", "Way Down" and "She Thinks I Still Care". Unfortunately these turned out to be Elvis' last recording sessions. 
The untimely death of a music legend was news that shocked the world but delivered the pressing plants some overwork. The Demand for Elvis records was suddenly huge. Moody Blue was re-released on Blue Vinyl and several reprints followed later and reached up to today 2x platinum. 

After the success of the earlier released 2 cd set "3764 Elvis Presley Blvd." the demand for a vinyl version was big. Now to celebrate the 40th anniversary of these recording sessions from 1976 this beautiful vinyl box is released. The set contains 3 high quality vinyl lp's along with a 2 CD set anda full colour LP sized booklet. The vinyl is available in two colors; red and (Moody) Blue. Both sets are very limited to only 200 copies of each color.  Also the two cd set is available again as a digipack. 

Tracks (devided over 3 vinyl records):
Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Take 2) - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Take 3, 4) - She Thinks I Still Care (Take 11, 12, 13) - She Thinks I Still Care (Take 14) - Moody Blue (Take 3) - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Take 1, 2) - Hurt (Take 2 / Without Backing Vocals) - Solitaire (Take 1) - Solitaire (Take 2) - Never Again (Take 7, 8, 10 & Complete Take 5) - Love Coming Down (Take 1, 2) - Moody Blue (Take 4) - For The Heart (Take 3b, 4b, 5b) - Solitaire (Take 8) - Danny Boy (Take 5) - Danny Boy (Take 9 / Including Studio Banter) - Hurt (Take 6 & Backing V.o Take 7) - The Last Farewell (Take 3)

Pledging My Love (Take 6 - Unedited Undubbed) - She Thinks I Still Care (Take 17 - Unedited Undubbed) - Solitaire (Take 9, 10, 5 & Undubbed Take 11) - Moody Blue (Take 10 - Unedited Undubbed) - Never Again (Take 12 & 4) - The Last Farewell (Take 4, 5) - Way Down (Take 2c - Master) - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Take 1) - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Take 2) - For The Heart (Undubbed Master) - Moody Blue (Take 10 - Strings Overdub) - Love Coming Down (Take 5 - Undubbed) - It's Easy For You (Take 1 / Different Mix) - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Take 7 - - B.V.O ) - He'll Have To Go (Vocal Overdub Master) - Hurt (Take 69 - Rehearsal) - America (Take 1, 2 - Beginning & End Only) - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Take 3, 4) - She Thinks I Still Care (Take 11, 12, 13) - She Thinks I Still Care (Take 14) - Moody Blue (Take 3) - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Take 1, 2) - Hurt (Take 2 / Without Backing Vocals) - Solitaire (Take 1) - Solitaire (Take 2) - Never Again (Take 7, 8, 10 & Complete Take 5) - Love Coming Down (Take 1, 2) - Moody Blue (Take 4) - For The Heart (Take 3b, 4b, 5b) - Solitaire (Take 8) - Danny Boy (Take 5) - Danny Boy (Take 9 / Including Studio Banter) - Hurt (Take 6 & Backing V.O Take 7) - The Last Farewell (Take 3)


Released


The Elvis One titles "Elvis' Christmas Album (2016 Edition)", "Elvis Presley - Canada 1957" and "Elvis - Christmas, With Love" have been released.


Charts


The “The Wonder Of You” CD climbed from #5 to #3 on the Official UK Album chart with 44,446 copies sold this week. Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts - 2nd December, 2016

  • The 'The Wonder Of You' rises from #5 to #3 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from #35 to #36 on the Album Download Chart; rises from #5 to #3 on the Album Sales Chart and rises from #7 to #6 on the Official Record Store Chart.
  • The 'If I Can Dream' CD drops from #43 to #48 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from #46 to #49 on the Album Sales Chart
  • The 'The Platinum Collection' rises from #98 to #74 on the Physical Album Chart; rises from #24 to #11 on the Indie Album Chart and is a re-entry at #81 on the Album Sales Chart
  • The 'ELV1S 30 # 1 Hits’ dropped off the chart from last week’s #98 position. 
  • The DVD-Box 'Elvis Collection' climbed from #23 to #9 on the UK Music DVD chart. 
Scottish Charts
  • The ’The Wonder Of You' rises from #4 to #3 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The ’If I Can Dream' CD drops from 44 to 46 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The ’The Platinum Collection' is a new entry at #90 on the Scottish Album Chart
European Charts
  • The ’The Wonder of You’ CD climbed from #41 to #33 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The 'The Wonder of You / If I Can Dream’ double CD dropped from #79 to #84 on the Belgian Album chart.
  • The ’The Wonder Of You’ CD dropped from #30 to #40 on the German Album chart.
  • The ’The Wonder Of You’ CD dropped from #18 to #20 on the Swiss Album chart.
  • The ’The Wonder Of You’ CD dropped from #22 to #25 on the Austrian Album chart.
  • The ’The Wonder Of You’ CD remained steady at #10 on the Irish Album chart
  • The ’The Wonder Of You’ CD dropped off the Spanish Album chart from last week’s #90 position.
US Billboard charts
  • The ’The Wonder of You’ CD dropped from #3 to #5 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The ’The Wonder of You’ CD dropped from #37 to #48 on the US Billboard Rock Album chart. 
  • The ’If I Can Dream’ CD climbed from #19 to #18 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The ’It’s Christmas Time’ CD is listed at #151 on the US Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The ’It’s Christmas Time’ CD is listed at #73 on the US Billboard Album Sales chart.
  • The 'It’s Christmas Time’ CD is listed at #22 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The 'Merry Christmas … Love Elvis’ CD is listed at #32 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The 'Ultimate Christmas’ CD is listed at #46 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The song 'Blue Christmas’ is listed at #19 on the Holiday Song chart.
  • The song 'Here Comes Santa Claus’ is listed at #43 on the Holiday Song chart.
Charts Down Under
  • The CD 'The Wonder Of You' climbed from #12 to #11 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD"Elvis – The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped off the Australian Music DVD chart.
  • The CD 'The Wonder Of You' climbed from 13 to #11 on the Australian Album chart. 
(Source: MxF staff / FECC / The King's World)

November 02 - 12.00 AM - A German Life In Music

The discography book "Elvis - A Life In Music" will be re-issued in a German edition in February 2017 as "Elvis - A Life In Music: Die kompletten Aufnahme-Sessions 1953 - 1977 / Alle offiziellen Tonträger 1954 - 2015" by Coscoc Grand Palace Publishing. This 676 page edition is an update of the original book containing all the recording-sessions between 1953 and 1977 and all official releases from 1954 to 2015. 

The additions to the original book were made by Helmut Rademacher, publisher of the Gemrnan "Golden Boy Elvis" magazine and the translation was done by Michael Widemann who also translated the two Peter Guralnicks books on Elvis Presley "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love". 


12:00 am


Making its year-end debut is a brand new and exciting, unreleased, Elvis show on the brand new Ragdoll import label. For the label's maiden outing, the folks at Ragdoll have chosen the Las Vegas midnight show of August 27, 1974. 


Simply titled, "12:00 am", the newly re-mastered recording finds Elvis in superb form and in fine spirits. From discussing Karate and his relationship with his fans to delivering powerful and rockin' versions of "It's Midnight", "Mountain", "Trilogy, "Big Boss Man" and "If You Talk In Your Sleep" respectively, Elvis is committed to please. 

The introduction of Red West is most unique with Elvis rattling off the titles of West's song compositions. Ragdoll's debut is a 2 CD set comprising the show in its entirety. Handsomely packaged to include a 8-page booklet featuring rare photos to compliment the sonic clarity, Ragdoll promises a bright future! 

Tracks CD 1:

1. Voice (Warm Up Performance, prior to Elvis’ show) 2. 2001 Theme 3. See See Rider 4. Elvis Talks About Being Unwell 5. I Got A Woman / Amen 6. Love Me 7. If You love Me Let Me Know 8. It's Midnight 9. Big Boss Man 10. Elvis Corrects JD's Singing 11. Fever 12. Love Me Tender 13. All Shook Up 14. Elvis Talks About Kisses Girls and Gifts 15. The Wonder Of You 

Tracks CD 2:
16. Softly As I Leave You 17. Hound Dog 18. You Gave Me A 19. An American Trilogy 20. Band Introductions 21. If You Talk In Your Sleep 22. Elvis Mentions His 8th Degree Black Belt 23. Why Me Lord 24. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 25. Hawaiian Wedding Song 26. Let Me Be There 27. Elvis Introduces His Father 28. It's Now Or Never 29. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

Hot Shot Books

Joe Tunzi's JAT Publising announced two new releases; volume 8 in the "Hot Shots And Cool Clips" series and a revised edition of "The Definitive Artwork of Elvis Presley".

The DVD contains footage of Elvis in Chicago 1957, Elvis on leave from the army in 1958 and rare Memphis clips from 1961 and more. It will be packed in a Vegas Menu reproduction. 

(Source: Elvis Memories / Coscoc Grand Palace Publishing / FECC / JAT Publishing)

December 01 - Re-release

Elvis Presley’s first two albums “Elvis Presley” and “Elvis” have been re-issued on vinyl by the Not Now Music label. Thie first title comes on green colored vinyl, the latter is red colored. Both are limited to 500 copies. 

Re-releases


The Mis label announced the re-release of the two compilations “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” and “Elvis 2nd to None” as limited editions. Both compilations are due December 21, 2016. 



The Wonder Of You

The Deluxe Edition of the "The Wonder of You" CD by Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been released. The Deluxe Edition of the album includes three additional tracks on CD; two, 150 gram LPs in a Gatefold package, a poster suitable for framing and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x12” lift-off box.


From the press-release:
The "The Wonder of You" presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. 

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads. Featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” the heartfelt emotion of “Kentucky Rain” and a stunning new take on the classic “Always On My Mind.” The new album is the follow-up to the global phenomenon If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, released in 2015. 


(Source: Amazon)

November 30 - Ignited From Japan With Love

Expected soon from the E. P. Collector import label is another release entitled "Make The World Go Away - From Japan With Love vol. 2". It contains the August 8, 1973 Midnight Show as recorded from the audience at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak filled with collection of images taken in August 1973. This is the last release from this label for 2016.

From the press-release:
Recorded live from the audience on the Las Vegas, NV, August 8th, 1973 M/S, the CD is subtitled "From Japan With Love Vol. 2“ because it was recorded by a member of a Japanese fan club.


The Las Vegas, August 8th, 1973 Midnight show is previously unreleased. This concert was never before available in good sound, until now! It was taken from a recently obtained first generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape and digitally restored for your listening pleasure.

Elvis opened his 9th Las Vegas season on August 6th, he performed a total of 59 shows, closing on September 3rd - and unlike in February ’73, there were no cancellations. Elvis refreshed his repertoire with several new additions, like “My Boy” or “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and his concerts were longer. Elvis looked and sounded good and he gave an excellent performance on August 8th! In fact, this is a delightful concert and one that is warmly recommended. Elvis sings quite well, and his interplay with the audience is fun to listen to. He sounds in full control, like he was entertaining the crowd from his own living room.

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Medley: I Got a Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me a Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Blue Suede Shoes - 09. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Can't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Fever - 13. What Now My Love - 14. Bridge over Troubled Water - 15. Suspicious Mind - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Introduction of Japanese fans -18. My Boy - 19. I Can't Stop Loving You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Release Me - 23. Make the World Go Away - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.


Right Hand Of The King

Due for release from the HooDoo Records label on December 16, 2016 is the CD "Scotty Moore - Right Hand Of The King 1954-62 Recordings With Elvis Presley". It comes with a 16 page booklet.

Tracks: That’s All Right (Mama) - Good Rockin’ Tonight - Mystery Train - Baby Let’s Play House - Hound Dog - Have Guitar Will Travel (Scotty Moore Trio) - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Ready Teddy - Anyplace Is Paradise - Jailhouse Rock - Don’t Be Cruel - Now She Cares No More (Doug Poindexter & The Starlite Wranglers) - My Kind Of Carryin’ On (Doug Poindexter & The Starlite Wranglers) - Just Because - Crawfish - Money Honey - I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) - Shake, Rattle & Roll - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - I Got A Woman - King Creole - Hard Headed Woman - Too Much - Little Sister - When It Rains, It Really Pours - I Beg Of You - We’re Coming In Loaded - Night Rider - Frankfort Special.

Elvis Ignited

Due for release on March 17, 2017 from University Press Of Florida is the book "Elvis Ignited" The Rise Of An Icon In Florida" by Bob Kealing. 


From the publisher:
"I don t think there was a better time and place to be a teenager than in Florida in the 1950s. It was such a magical place. Elvis is part of what contributed to that excitement. Bob Graham, former Florida governor and United States senator Kealing tells us the story of what happened when Elvis arrived in Florida and what role the Sunshine State played in his life and musical career.


This is a critical era in the Elvis Saga. William McKeen, editor of Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay: An Anthology Presents a great picture of what it was like to be a touring musician in the 1950s and also of Florida at the time and how the culture was changed by the shock of Elvis. Joy Wallace Dickinson, author of Remembering Orlando: Tales from Elvis to Disney It was his most electric and influential time as a live performer. The young and hungry Elvis, the rising star, burst onto stages large and small sexy, controversial, brimming with talent and ambition. One lightning-hot year in Florida fueled his rise from novelty act to headlining megastar.

The Wonder of Kate Moss

Kate Moss to star in the new video for Elvis Presley’s "The Wonder of You" as late singer overtakes Madonna to become most successful solo artist ever. She secretly filmed at Abbey Road studios for the video, which is due to be released next month.

(Source: FECC Forum / HooDoo Records / Elvis Club Berln / The Daily)