April 23 - Hometown Releases

The vinyl / CD set from the MKR import label, "Hometown Memphis", was released. The set contains live performances, recorded in Elvis Presley's hometown Memphis from 1974 and 1976 on six LP's and four CDs. It is limited to 500 individualy numbered copies. 

(Source: Elvis On CD)

April 22 - That's The Way It Is Jackson

This is the cover art for the upcoming Sony / BMG budget release “Playlist: The Very Best Of Elvis Movie Songs” which is due for release May 27, 2014. 

Tracks
1. Love Me Tender, 2. We're Gonna Move, 3. Loving You, 4. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do, 5. Jailhouse Rock, 6. Baby I Don't Care, 7. Trouble, 8. Frankfort Special, 9. Follow That Dream, 10. Can't Help Falling In Love, 11. I Need Somebody To Lean On, 12. Viva Las Vegas, 13. Return To Sender, 14.  Clean Up Your Own Backyard.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is On Blu-ray

To celebrate Elvis Week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release two of the king's fan-favorites on August 12 as Premium Blu-ray™ Digibooks. The Elvis concert documentary “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” will be available for the first time on Blu-ray on August 12, 2014. During the Elvis Week in Memphis in August there will be an exclusive screening of the world premiere of Warner Bros’ newly re-mastered version of this classic documentary in the Orpheum Theatre.

"Elvis: That’s The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition," which was re-edited and remixed for its acclaimed release in 2000, will now debut on Blu-ray™ as a Premium Digibook, newly remastered, and with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, "Viva Las Vegas" will also be offered as a Premium Blu-ray Digibook. These Premium Digibooks include rare behind-the-scene photos.

"Elvis: That’s the Way It Is" - Two Disc Special Edition Premium Digibook
With thousands of feet of materials including sequences added to capture with greater intimacy Elvis' performances and his creative process behind-the-scenes, the previously released Elvis: That’s The Way It Is - Special Edition is now being made available as a Blu-ray™ two disc Special Edition Premium Digibook. Denis Sanders (Shock Treatment) directed this “rockumentary.” Academy Award® nominated  Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) was the cinematographer, following the show’s development from rehearsal to stage. 

Disc 1 (DVD) 2001 Special Edition and Special Features:
- Patch It Up: The Restoration of Elvis: That's The Way It Is
- 12 Outtakes - song/nonmusical sequences  
- 1970 Original Theatrical Version
Disc 2 (BD) 1970 Original Theatrical Version and Special Features:
- 12 Outtakes - song/nonmusical sequences 

"Viva Las Vegas" 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook
In his highest grossing movie, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on screen. He plays 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. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. David Winters (West Side Story) choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars’ duet on “The Lady Loves Me,” her sultry “Appreciation” and The King’s version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.” The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.

Special Features:
- Commentary by Steve Pond, rock journalist and author of “Elvis in Hollywood”
- Featurette Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas
- Theatrical trailer


Elvis - Look Out Jackson Town

The TNT import label has announced a new 3CD set entitled “Look Out Jackson Town”. This contains the three shows Elvis did in Jackson in June 1975 (June 8th, Afternoon and Evening Shows, and June 9th Evening Show).

From the press-release:
Welcome to the third CD release by TNT Records. Again with a little help from our friends at “Audionics” - probably the premium and still active label when it comes to rare recordings in best possible sound - we decided once more to pick this time three shows from “Tour Number 14” (May 30 – June 10, 1975). 

On this brandnew 3 CD set (Release Date: Early May 2014) you are going to hear the three 1975 concerts Elvis did in Jackson, Mississippi (two shows June 8, one show June 9).

Barely over 200 miles or a 3-hour drive from home - on June 8 and 9, 1975 Elvis had Jackson, Mississippi on his tour schedule to play three concerts in two days at the State Fair Coliseum. Tour Number 14 saw its end coming with just another 4 shows in total to do. From all audible and visual experiences listeners of the Jackson-Shows can have it might only be fair to say that Elvis had quite a lot of fun doing what he loved to do: Just being Elvis Presley, singing “his” songs and entertaining the thousands of people who came to see him live in Concert, paying either the regular ticket price or whatever the many ticket scalpers asked for.

The first of the three shows – the afternoon show from June 8 – has been released exactly a decade ago and was titled “Fly T-R-O-U-B-L-E” – it seemed a perfect title for this release because the minute Elvis entered the stage the whole area around him was swarming with flies. On the recording you can hear several jokes and references to those little beasts throughout some parts of the show! The evening performance of this day brings another perfectly motivated Elvis on stage and he delivers another great mixture of “Oldies but Goldies”, Gospels and contemporary titles such as “An American Trilogy” and “The Wonder Of You”. The concert from June 9 (there was only one show this day) can – again – be called “a great performance”. RCA used “Why Me, Lord” from this show on the 1980 “Silver Box” (called “Elvis Aron Presley” – originally released on vinyl as a 8-LP Box). Another nice detail regarding this show: Elvis performed a spontaneous version of “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, the only time he did this song on the whole tour.

If you have missed the show´s first releases from approximately 10 years ago or if you want to owe them in even better sound than before plus exactly the way they were recorded (without the standard “2001 Theme / See See Rider” opening) you should not miss this great new 3 CD set! You can also expect a great 24-pages booklet full of photos and information including newspaper articles and original paperwork. Ask your local dealer for it, he should have it right in time around the scheduled release date for you!

CD1 State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, 08-06-1975 Afternoon Show: 
01. I Got A Woman / Amen (incomplete) 02. Love Me 03. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 04. Love Me Tender 05. All Shook Up 06. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 07. Hound Dog 08. The Wonder Of You (incomplete) 09. Burning Love 10. Band Introductions 11. Johnny B. Goode 12. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) 13. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 14. Piano solo (Glen D. Hardin) 15. School Day 16. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 17. Why Me Lord? 18. How Great Thou Art (with 2 reprises) 19. Let Me Be There 20. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) 21. Little Darlin' 22. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 23. Fever (2 false starts only) 24. Can't Help Falling In Love 25. Closing Vamp

CD2 State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, 08-06-1975 Evening Show: 
01. Love Me (incomplete) 02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 03. Love Me Tender 04. All Shook Up 05. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 06. Hound Dog 07. The Wonder Of You 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Band Introductions 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) 12. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 13. Piano solo (Glen D. Hardin) 14. School Day 15. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 16. Why Me Lord ? 17. How Great Thou Art 18. Let Me Be There 19. An American Trilogy 20. Little Darlin' 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp

CD3 State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, 09-06-1975 Evening Show: 
01. I Got A Woman / Amen (incomplete) 02. Love Me 03. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 04. Love Me Tender (false start only) / All Shook Up 05. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 06. Hound Dog 07. The Wonder Of You 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Band Introductions 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) 12. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 13. Piano solo (Glen D. Hardin) 14. School Day 15. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 16. Why Me Lord ? 17. Let Me Be There 18. An American Trilogy 19. Funny How Time Slips Away 20. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 21. Help Me Make lt Through The Night 22. Can't Help Falling In Love 23. Closing Vamp 

(Source: The King's World / Elvis Aktuell / FECC)

April 21 - Unofficial Archives

The 64 page hardcover book “Elvis the King: The Authorized Book from the Graceland Archives” by Gillian G. is due on May 8, 2014 from Carlton Books Ltd. 

Synopsis:
Elvis passed away in 1977 but his spirit lives on. His records still sell, his movies are still hugely popular and his concerts are still discussed by new generations of fans. The Elvis Presley estate has selected from tens of thousands of photographs from all eras of Elvis' career to make this book, which adds up to a beautiful, desirable package that is ideal for any Elvis fan.

Gillian G. Gaar is the author of She's A Rebel: The History Of Women In Rock & Roll; Green Day: Rebels With A Cause; Nirvana: In Utero; The Rough Guide To Nirvana; and Return of the King: Elvis Presley's Great Comeback. She has also written for Mojo, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, and served as a project consultant on Nirvana's With The Lights Out boxed set. She lives in Seattle, Washington State, USA.

The Elvis Archives

Todd Slaughter's "The Elvis Archives" to be republished: A major seller on its original release in 2004, The Elvis Archives by UK fan club supremo, Todd Slaughter and noted Elvis author/researcher, Anne E. Nixon, will be re-published by Omnibus Press in paperback form in early September. Amazon is taking pre-orders (Price: $8.95) for what is a well researched and informative book. 

Weekend Chart

The DVD “The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll” marked it’s 150th week on the Australian Music DVD chart this week, dropping from #10 to #16. 

(Source: Amazon / The King's World)

April 19 - Viva The Moments

Due for release from Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video is a double DVD pack containing the movies "Jailhouse Rock"(1957) and "Viva Las Vegas"(1964). The set, part of the "Greatest Classic Films" series is due April 29, 2014.

Own The Moments

Due from Fox Home Entertainment on May 6, 2014 is the 4 movie set "Own The Moments" containing the movies "Love Me Tender", "Kid Galahad", "Wild In the Country"and "Flaming Star".

From The MGM Vaults - Volume 1

The first release from the new Leda Records import label, "From The MGM Vaults - Volume 1" was released. The CD contains the Midnight Show performance, recorded on August 11, 1970. 

Tracks:

Intro / That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Just Pretend - I Just Can’t Help Believing - Something - Men With Broken Hearts / Short Poem - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - You Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - One Night - Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me - Instrumental Vamp - Heartbreak Hotel - Introductions Of Musicians And Backup Vocalists - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Mind - Can’t Help Falling In Love. Bonus Songs (11.08.1970 D/S):  I Just Can’t Help Believing - I Just Can’t Help Believing

(Source: Turner Classic Movies / Warner Home Video / Elvis Aktuell)

April 17 - Free Philosophy

A free surprise for all Elvis Presley fans; the ebook "How Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll" by Grant Maxwell will be available for free download on Friday, April 18th.

Synopsis:
How Does It Feel? traces the significance of rock and roll through the early careers of Presley, The Beatles, and Dylan, drawing on some of the most profound philosophical ideas of the last few centuries.

According to Richard Tarnas, author of national bestseller The Passion of the Western Mind: “Grant Maxwell examines the recorded music of popular culture with the same subtlety and care as he brings to the literary and philosophical texts of high culture. He seeks not just breadth of knowledge but coherence of insight; not just accumulation of knowledge but depth of understanding.”  From the recording of Presley’s first hit at Sun Studio to the Beatles’ primal Hamburg initiation to Dylan’s “transfiguration,” this study suggests that archaic modes of thought, including those associated with mysticism, alchemy, shamanism, and ecstatic spiritual practice, and even with often trivialized phenomena described by words like “magic,” “destiny,” and “prophecy,” are vitally important for understanding how these musicians were able to catalyze the inception of an epochal revolution in human consciousness.

Download:
Visit http://amzn.com/B00IXRBW1I for excerpts and reviews, and to download the book. And visit www.rockandrollphilosopher.com for author bio.