March 27 - A Brand New Cadillac, Honey!

The Straight Arrow import-label announced the release of the double CD set v"A Brand New Cadillac, Honey!". It contains audience recordings of the 2:30 PM show in Long Beach on April 25, 1976 and the show in Seattle on April 26, 1976.

From the press-release:
Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new double CD dedicated to Elvis' April ’76 tour. It was short but very good tour, with Tony Brown and Ronnie Tutt replacing Shane Kiester on piano and Larrie Londin on drums. The Long Beach, April 25th, 1976 afternoon show is previously unreleased. The Seattle, April 26th, 1976 show was first released by Millbranch Music ("The Bicentennial King Vol. 2", released 2010) from a rather bad, flat sounding tape source. Straight Arrow was fortunate enough to obtain recently recovered 1st generation copies of the original audience-recorded cassettess, which were not in circulation previously. Both shows were recorded by the same person. These enjoyable concerts were never before available in good sound quality… until now! Ask your dealer for sound samples. As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel digipak that includes photos taken in Long Beach (2:30 pm) and Seattle and newspaper reviews of both concerts. Again - it’s new Straight Arrow so you know what to expect!

Tracks CD 1: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. America (The Beautiful) - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. Hurt - 20. And I Love You So - 21. Burning Love - 22. How Great Thou Art - 23. Hound Dog - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away - 25. It's Now Or Never - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp.

Tracks CD 2: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Monologue about New Year's Eve show in Pontiac / Auld Lang Syne (one line) - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. What'd I Say - 15. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 16. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 17. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 18. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 19. School Day - 20. America (The Beautiful) - 21. And I Love You So - 22. Hound Dog (with break) - 23. Hurt - 24. Help Me - 25. How Great Thou Art - 26. Blue Suede Shoes - 27. Funny How Time Slips Away - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp.

(Source: FECC)

March 26 - Got Me Workin' Boss Man

The Straight Arrow import-label announced the release of "Got Me Workin' Boss Man - 40 Years After Vol. 1".

From the press-release:
Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new CD dedicated to Elvis' May ’77 tour. The Macon, June 1st, 1977 show is previously unreleased. This recording was taken directly from a recently found 1st generation copy of an audience-recorded mastertape. This historic concert was never before available in decent sound quality… until now! Ask your dealer for sound samples. Compared with an average show in Baton Rouge, May 31st, Macon concert is surprisingly good. ”Fairytale”, ”My Way” and ”And I Love You So” are performed really well but one highlight stands out, rocking performance of „Big Boss Man“ at the end of show. As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipak that includes photos taken in Macon and a newspaper review. If you liked our other May 1977 release “Too Late For Goodbyes” (SA/SP 2016-42-02), we'll bet that you will also love this one. It’s new Straight Arrow so you know what to expect!

Tracks Got Me Workin' Boss Man - 40 Years After Vol. 1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 09. My Way - 10. Little Sister - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. And I Love You So (with break) - 13. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 16. Early Mornin' Rain - 17. What'd I Say - 18. Johnny B. Goode - 19. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 20. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 22. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - 23. School Day - 24. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland) - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Big Boss Man - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love -28. Closing Vamp. 

(Source: FECC)

March 25 - Elvis From France

Due for release May 16, 2017 from the French UMSM label is the vinyl album “Best of 50’s”. Also due from the label on June 2, 2017 is an 27 track Elvis Presley CD compilation in the “Master Serie”.  

Tracks “Best Of 50’s”:

 1. That's all right mama
  2. Good rockin' tonight
  3. Baby let's play house
  4. Mystery train
  5. I got a woman
  6. Heartbreak hôtel
  7. Blue suede shoes
  8. My baby left me
  9. Tutti frutti
  10. Shake, rattle and roll
  11. Hound dog
  12. Don't be cruel
  13. Love me tender
  14. Ready teddy
  15. Rip it up
  16. All shook up
  17. Jailhouse rock
  18. (you're so square) baby I don't care
  19. King creole

Tracks “Master Series”:
  1. That's all right mama
  2. Good rockin' tonight
  3. Blue moon of kentucky
  4. Blue moon
  5. Baby let's play house
  6. Mystery train
  7. I got a woman
  8. Heartbreak hôtel
  9. Money honey
  10. Blue suede shoes
  11. My baby left me
  12. Tutti frutti
  13. Lawdy miss clawdy
  14. Shake, rattle and roll
  15. Hound dog
  16. Don't be cruel
  17. Love me tender
  18. Ready teddy
  19. Rip it up
  20. All shook up
  21. Jailhouse rock
  22. Treat me nice
  23. Hard headed woman
  24. (you're so square) baby I don't care
  25. King creole
  26. A big hunk of love
  27. I got stung

March 24 - Platinum Release

Sony Music have re-released Platinum: A Life In Music. 'Platinum' chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective. It features 100 performances, 77 of which are previously unreleased. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.

You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While "Platinum" is far from the first Elvis box, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to middle-aged Vegas hip-shaker, adding a fresh perspective to each period.


It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions. Obscure delights like 1969's 'Power Of My Love' update one of rock & roll's most stellar legacies. Off-the-cuff recordings and live TV performances contribute further to this set, which proves that.


Lola Albright Died

Lola Albright, the glamorous blonde actress best known for starring on the television series “Peter Gunn,” died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.

A native of Akron, Ohio, news of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal. “She went very peacefully,” her friend Eric Anderson told the newspaper. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”

Her first film appearance came in 1947 in “The Unfinished Dance,” starring Margaret O’Brien. She then starred with Judy Garland in “Easter Parade” in 1948. The next year she appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in 1949’s “Champion,” portraying a spurned lover. Douglas received an Oscar nomination for his work. In 1950, she acted in “The Good Humor Man” with her future spouse Jack Carson. She also appeared in Frank Sinatra’s “The Tender Trap,” Elvis Presley’s “Kid Galahad",. She received the best actress award in 1966 at the Berlin Film Festival for portraying a suicidal mother in “Lord Love a Duck.”

UK Chart for the week ending March 24, 2017:
  • On the UK album chart 'The Wonder of You' is a re-entry at #93.
  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from #61 to #54 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from #74 to #69 on the Album Sales Chart 
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 95 to 87 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from #22 to #16 on the Indie Albums Chart
European Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' is a re-entry at #75 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The 'The Wonder Of You' dropped from #82 to #179m on the Belgian Album chart.
  • The 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped off the Swiss Album Top 100 after a re-entry at the bottom of the chart at #100 last week. 
(Source: Sony / Brian Quinn on FECC / The King's World / Variety)

March 22 - All The King's Vinyl Horses

Due for release from Regnery History on August 17, 2017 is the 200 page book "All The King's Horses: The Equestrian Life Of Elvis Presley" by Kimberly Gatto and Victoria Racimo. Priscilla Presley wrote the pre-face.

From the publisher:
"When Elvis Presley decided he wanted to buy a horse in 1966, he didn't want just any horse. "He wanted a Golden Palomino," Priscilla Presley remembers. "He would get up at 3:00 in the morning, go to certain farms and ranches and say, 'Do you have a Golden Palomino for sale?' People would say, 'That was Elvis Presley!"

Elvis's legendary love of horses drove him to find the Golden Palomino who would become his beloved companion Rising Sun, and to fill Graceland's stables and Circle G Ranch with horses for family and friends to ride.

In the first-ever book dedicated to Elvis's equestrian side, horse lovers Kimberly Gatto and Victoria Racimo share rare stories, interviews, and photographs that shed light on the beautiful, quiet life the King lived when he was with his horses."

Record Store Day

The movie soundtrack "Blue Hawaii" and "Pot Luck" album will be re-issued on colored vinyl for Record Store Day by the French VPI label. The albums are not featured on the official releases overview, so probably a public domain initiative. Both releases are limited editions of 1000 copies each. "Blue Hawaii" on blue vinyl, "Pot Luck" on yellow vinyl.

Tracks Blue Hawaii
Side A 1.  Blue Hawaii  (Takes 2 & 3) 2.  Almost Always True  (Takes 4 & 5) 3.  Aloha Oe (Master  The Surfers + Take 6 Elvis)  4.  No More (Take 8) 5.  Can’t Help Falling in Love (Take 24, version film) 6.  Rock-A-Hula Baby (Takes 2 & 3) 7.  Moonlight Swim (Takes 1 & 2) 

Side B 8. Ku-u-i-po (Takes 4 & 5) 9. Ito Eats (Takes 4 & 5) 10. Slicin’ Sand (Takes 13 & 14) 11 Hawaiian Sunset (Take 2) 12. Beach Boy Blues  (Take 3, version film) 13. Island Of Love (Take 9) 14. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 1)

Tracks Pot Luck
Side A 1.  Kiss Me Quick (Take 4) 2.  Just For Old Time Sake (Takes 3 & 4) 3.  Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 5) 4.  Easy Question (Such An) (Take 3) 5.  Steppin’ Out Of Line  (Take 15)* 6.  I’m Yours (Take 4)
Side B 7.  Something Blue  (Takes 3 & 4) 8. Suspicion (Take 2) 9. I Feel That I’ve Known You   Forever (Take 3) 11. Night Rider (Takes 1 & 2) 12. Fountain of Love (Take 9) 13. T hat’s Someone  You Never Forget (Take 7)

Elvis On Television 1956 - 1960

The Memphis Recording Service label will release "Elvis On Television 1956 - 1960" on vinyl on March 22, 2017 for Record Store Day. This 180 gram 2LP set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956 – 1960. All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology. The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs with listings of Elvis’ TV appearance dates.

LP 1 - The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (28.01.1956):
Shake Rattle And Roll / Flip Flop And Fly - I Got A Woman

The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (04.02.1956):
Baby Let's Play House - Tutti Frutti

The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (11.02.1956):
Introduction - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel (With Orchestra)

The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (18.02.1956):
Tutti Frutti - I Was The One

The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (17.03.1956):
Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel

The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show (24.03.1956):
Money Honey - Heartbreak Hotel

The Milton Berle Show (03.04.1956):
Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Blue Suede Shoes (Reprise)

The Milton Berle Show (05.06.1956):
Hound Dog - I Want You I Need You I Love You

The Steve Allen Show (01.07.1956):
I Want You I Need You I Love You - Hound Dog - Yippee Yi Yo Yippee Yi Yay (Comedy Routine With Steve Allen, Elvis Presley, Imogene Coca & Andy Griffith)

LP 2 - The Ed Sullivan Show (09.09.1956):
Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy - Hound Dog

The Ed Sullivan Show (28.10.1956):
Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Love Me - Hound Dog

The Ed Sullivan Show (06.01.1957):
Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Heartbreak Hotel - Don't Be Cruel - Too Much - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley

The Frank Sinatra Show (26.03.1960):

It's Very Nice to Travelling (With Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Joey Bishop & Sammy Davis Jr.) - Fame And Fortune - Stuck On You - Witchcraft / Love Me Tender (With Frank Sinatra) - Love Me Tender (Reprise With Frank Sinatra)

Charts

The US Billboard Charts for the week ending April 1, 2017.
  • The 'The Wonder Of You' album dropped from #5 to #8 on the UB Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The 'If I Can Dream' album dropped from #15 to #18 on the Classical Album chart. 
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from #5 to #8 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; remains at #30 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and remains at #32 on the Top Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Brian Quinn on FECC / Memphis Recording Service)