September 22 - From Cover to Preview

Here is a preview of the upcoming book "From Cover to Vinyl – The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs". It shows that there are pictures of the complete artwork, labels and vinyl of every release.  There's a cross-reference to "Bootleg Elvis" book and all new discovered or released records are also included up to August 2018. 

(Source: FECC)

September 21 - Greatest Hits

Released on the Promo Sound (Galileo Music Communication) label is thew double CD "Greatest Hits" containing a selection of 48 hits from the early years. 

CD 1 : 1. Don't Be Cruel 2. Hound Dog 3. Love Me Tender 4. Blue Suede Shoes 5. Tutti Frutti 6. I'm Counting On You 7. One Sided Love Affair 8. Anyway You Want Me 9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry 10. Rip It Up 11. Love Me 12. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 13. First In Line 14. Old Shep 15. How's The World Treating You 16. How Do You Think I Feel ? 17. Long Tall Sally 18. Paralyzed 19. So Glad You're Mine 20. Ready Teddy 21. Any Place In Paradise 22. Too Much 23. Playing For Keeps 24. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 

CD 2 : 1. That's All Right Mama 2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3. I Love You Because 4. Harbor Lights 5. I'll Never Let You Go 6. Blue Moon 7. Good Rockin' Tonight 8. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 9. Tomorrow Night 10. Just Because 11. You're A Heartbreaker 12. Milkcow Blue Boogie 13. Baby Let's Play House 14. I'm Left, You're Right... 15. I Forget To Remember To Forget 16. Mystery Train 17. Trying To Get To You 18. Heartbreak Hotel 19. I Got A Woman 20. Money Honey 21. I Was The One 22. My Baby Left Me 23. Shake, Rattle And Roll 24. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

(Source: Amazon)

September 21 - Elvis Presley At The Movies

Here is this cover-art for the upcoming 3 CD boxset “The Real... Elvis Presley At The Movies” which is due from Sony Music CMG on November 9, 2018

Disc: 1 
1. Love Me Tender
2. We're Gonna Move
3. Loving You
4. Lonesome Cowboy
5. (Let's Have A) Party
6. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
7. Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do!
8. Jailhouse Rock
9. Young and Beautiful
10. (You're so Square) Baby I Don't Care
11. I Want to Be Free
12. King Creole
13. Don't Ask Me Why
14. Hard Headed Woman
15. As Long as I Have You
16. Trouble
17. Lover Doll
18. New Orleans

Disc: 2 
1. G.I. Blues
2. Wooden Heart
3. Shoppin' Around
4. Flaming Star
5. Wild In the Country
6. Blue Hawaii
7. Rock-A-Hula Baby
8. Can't Help Falling in Love
9. Follow That Dream
10. Home Is Where the Heart Is
11. Girls! Girls! Girls!
12. Return to Sender
13. One Broken Heart for Sale
14. Fun in Acapulco
15. Bossa Nova Baby
16. Viva Las Vegas
17. You're the Boss
18. Kissin' Cousins

Disc: 3 
1. Roustabout
2. It's a Wonderful World
3. Girl Happy
4. Cross My Heart and Hope to Die
5. Harem Holiday
6. Frankie and Johnny
7. Please Don't Stop Loving Me
8. This Is My Heaven
9. Spinout - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires
10. Never Say Yes - Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires
11. Double Trouble
12. Easy Come, Easy Go
13. Clambake
14. Speedway
15. Stay Away, Joe
16. A Little Less Conversation
17. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
18. Change of Habit

(Source: Amazon)

September 20 - My Wish Came True In Rhode Island

Three new audience-recorded concert releases were announced by the Straight Arrow import-label; "Ruble In Rhode Island", "My Wish Came True" and "There's A Sweet Spirit In This Place". 

From the press-release - Rumble In Rhode Island: Musical Chairs at The King's Lair:

Our first release is titled “Rumble In Rhode Island: Musical Chairs at The King’s Lair”. This is Straight Arrow’s very first release from Elvis' June/July 1974 tour and the Providence concert is easily one of the best of the tour! 

The Straight Arrow team is always looking for rare, unknown or seemingly lost recordings. Once again, the labels researchers were successful - the Providence, June 22nd, 1974 3pm is a completely new show, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form! (note: there is CDR with a so-called Providence, June 22, 1974 Afternoon show in circulation, but this one is wrongly dated recording, in fact this is the evening show). 

Our CD is taken directly from an original audience recorded mastertape source. It was recorded by the same guy who taped those other Providence concerts on June 26, 1976 (afternoon) and the May 23rd, 1977 shows, which we released in 2011 („Matinee Majesty“ and „Funny How Time Slips Away“, both hard to find CDs now). The sound quality is very good for an off-line recording in a big auditorium. Highlights include a pounding 'Big Boss Man', and a truly dynamite 'Trying To Get To You'. 'Help Me' is sung with great warmth and sincerity. 

This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak. Unfortunately, only very few useful Providence June 22, 1974 3pm photos were available, and other shots taken during June/July 1974 tour have been used. 

Tracklist01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin' To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Hound Dog - 09. Fever - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Why Me Lord - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. I Can't Stop Loving You - 15. Help Me - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 18. Funny How Time Slips Away - 19. Big Boss Man - 20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

From the press-release - My Wish Came True:

Our second release is titled „My Wish Came True“. It was the 1st tour of 1977 and in spite of his unhealthy look, Elvis was in solid voice - especially near the end of the tour. February 20 is one of best shows of the tour and it marked the first time that Elvis attempted his recent single „Moody Blue“. 

Our release has been taken directly from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape, as recorded by Claude Baker (aka Crazy Canuck), who passed away in September 2016. Claude attended, and recorded, all of Elvis' shows during the February tour of 1977. 
Portions of the Charlotte concert were previously released from a soundboard tape on the official 'Follow That Dream' label, but this show has never been available on CD in its entirety before. Note: This is the very last audience-recorded show from the February 1977 tour that is still unreleased. The sound quality is very good. There are highlights a-plenty, including a soulful 'You Gave Me A Mountain', strong versions of 'My Way' and 'How Great Thou Art', and a truly gorgeous 'Unchained Melody'. 

As usual, this release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak, with a collection of photos taken in Charlotte, February 20th, 1977 and two local press reviews. With special thanks to our dear friend, the late Bob Heis. 

Tracklist01. 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. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel - 11. My Way - 12. Moody Blue (excerpt) - 13. How Great Thou Art - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Early Mornin' Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo #1 (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans - Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt (with reprise) - 25. Hound Dog - 26. My Wish Came True (excerpt) - 27. Unchained Melody (with false start) - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

From the press-release - There's A Sweet Spirit In This Place

Our 3rd CD in this batch is somewhat special. Originally we planned only the two CDs above. But just weeks ago we were suddenly able to obtain this very interesting recording in excellent sound - and complete. We are aware of the fact that there is a so-called May 4th, 1976 D/S in circulation, but it presents only half of the show in average sound. It was even spliced with about 30 minutes of May 2nd, 1976 D/S! What we are releasing now is the real McCoy, folks! 

So now for the first time ever - in excellent audience recorded sound, and complete from beginning to the end! The show is a true delight - Elvis is in a relaxed mood, singing remarkably well... Best show and best sound of the season!

This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with a collection of photos taken in Lake Tahoe, May 1976 as well as an original pre-season promotional article. 

Tracklist: 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 (with reprise) - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 13. Early Morning Rain (instrumental) - 14. What'd I Say - 15. Drum Solo - (Ronnie Tutt) - 16. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 17. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 18. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Lady Madonna - David Briggs) - 19. School Day - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. Hurt #1 - 22. Hurt #2 - 23. Hound Dog - 24. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 25. How Great Thou Art - 26. Sweet Sweet Spirit (J. D. Sumner and The Stamps) - 27. It's Now Or Never - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp.

(Source: FECC)

September 19 - Young And Beautifull In 1967

The ElvisOne label announced two new releases in their "Bootleg Series"; "Elvis 1967" containing 22 previously officially unreleased outtakes and "Young And Beautiful - Elvis As Recorded In Stereo!" containing all the original album/single masters in stereo from the only known recordings surviving from the pre-stereo era plus some additional alternate versions.

From the press-release:
'Elvis 1967' contains 23 tracks, including 22 outtakes previously unreleased by Elvis' record company; Also 3 official previously unreleased binaural recordings; and more! This release is another in 'The Bootleg Series' by Elvis ONE. 
As a bonus we've included all five radio spot announcements for the movie 'Clambake'. Only announcement #2 was available before on the Elvis Anthology CD from the ElvisOne label. The booklet is of course complete with recording information and some rare photos! A new limited edition release from ElvisOne!

A House That Has Everything (takes 2 & 3) 2:37
Stay Away, Joe (movie version, takes 1 & 2) 2:18
Let Yourself Go (binaural master) 3:12
You Don’t Know Me (movie version, take 18) 2:19
Speedway (unedited binaural master, take 4) 2:44
The Girl I Never Loved (takes 8, 10 & 11) 2:49
Stay Away, Joe (movie version, takes 3 & 4) 1:49
Suppose (instrumental overdub) 3:04
Guitar Man (take 3) 0:56
You Don’t Know Me (movie version, takes 12 & 13) 2:59
Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (binaural master) 2:04
Stay Away, Joe (movie version, takes 5 & 6) 2:22
He’s Your Uncle, Not Your Dad (dubdown for movie version) 2:38
You Don’t Know Me (movie version, takes 1 & 2) 2:24
Mine (takes 5, 6 & unused instrumental take 7) 3:19
Stay Away, Joe (movie version, take 8) 1:49
Stay Away, Joe (movie version, take 9) 1:41
Suppose (backing track) 3:04

Bonus tracks
Clambake (radio spot announcement # 1) 0:57
Clambake (radio spot announcement # 2) 0:56
Clambake (radio spot announcement # 3) 0:29
Clambake (radio spot announcement # 4) 0:29
Clambake (radio spot announcement # 5) 0:09

Young And Beautiful CD - Elvis As Recorded In Stereo! is a special edition from 'The Bootleg Series' by Elvis One. 
It includes all the original album/single masters in stereo from the only known recordings surviving from the pre-stereo era plus some additional alternate versions! No fake stereo or electronic stereo but just as recorded in 1956 and 1957. 
For the first time together on one great new album and in the best possible sound. A new limited edition release from Elvis One!

Young And Beautiful
I Want To Be Free
Jailhouse Rock
Loving You (Alternate take, KX take 8)
Is It So Strange (Undubbed master take 12)
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Blueberry Hill
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
I Beg Of You (Alternate master)
(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
Mean Woman Blues
Let Me
Poor Boy
We’re Gonna Move
Love Me Tender
Treat Me Nice (Undubbed movie master)
Don’t Leave Me Now (Alternate master - hit record version)
That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (Alternate take 2)

Elvis SUN Singlet

The Finnish Fan Club has produced another softcover book(let); "SUN Singlet". 55 pages written in Finnish. In "Elvis SUN Singlet" each SUN session is covered with notes about the tracks recorded and either attempted or scheduled for recording.

The booklet, perhaps contoversially, includes discussion of a recording session on 26 June 1954 at which Elvis, Scotty and Bill were to record tracks including the obscure I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Billy Eckstine hit I Apologize, the legendary Rag Mop, and the Dean Martin classic, That’s Amore. The narrative notes that "no recording tape" exists for the session.

The booklet features both sides of each of Elvis’ five legendary SUN singles in full color. There are also numerous rare images of a fresh-faced, young Elvis from the period, including him “live” on stage at various venues across the South. Some of the stand-out photos are Dewey Phillips at his DJ desk at WHBQ in Memphis, a long shot of the front of a pre Memphis Recording Service/SUN Studio building and color images of Elvis' Memphis Recording Service accounts.

(Source; FECC / Elvis Information Network)

September 15 - King in the Ring (Updated Charts)

The 2018 Record Store Day release "The King in the Ring" appears to be due as a double CD  from Sony Legacy on November 30, 2018. 

Elvis Presley: Stories Behind the Songs

Due from Ibri Publishing Ltd on December 3, 2018 is the 200 pages paperback book "Elvis Presley: Stories Behind the Songs" by Matt Shepherd. 

About the Author:
Matt Shepherd has presented several shows over the years for BBC Local Radio on Elvis Presley, including more than 50 with his good friend Freddy Zapp on BBC Radio Cornwall. Matt has been an Elvis fan for more than 30 years and has amassed a huge collection of hundreds of records and Elvis information over the years. He has written Elvis related articles for the BBC News website and Elvis publications. His has also interviewed many of Elvis' friends over the last few decades including Jerry Schilling, George Klein, Larry Gellar and the late Joe Esposito.

Weekend charts

United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” compilation dropped  off the Official UK Album chart.
  • The 6 DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" dropped off the Official UK Music DVD chart from last week's re-entry at #35. 
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” compilation dropped from #48 to #56 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped off the Official Scottish Album charts after last week’s re-entry. 
  • The “Where No One Stands Alone” compilation dropped from #73 to #165 on the Belgian Ultratop Album. Chart.
  • The "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" soundtrack dropped off the Belgian Ultratop Album chart. from last week's #191 spot. 
  • The "The King Of Rock’n’Roll" dropped from #25 to #35 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
US Billboard Charts
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #26 to #70 on the US Billboard Album Sales Chart. 
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #3 to #7 on the US Billboard Christian Album Chart. 
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation climbed from #23 to #18 on the US Billboard Classical Album Chart. 
(Source: Amazon / Official Chart Company / Aria / Ultratop)

September 14 - 68 Comeback Special (Updated)

The Elvis World Japan site added a November 2018 release for a "'68 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set" 5 CD / 2-Blu-ray set and a double vinyl re-issue. 


Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll" Original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream" 5CD/2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program.

The Christmas Album

Due for release from the v180 label September 2018 is the green vinyl LP "The Christmas Album". This release is limited to 1111 copies and comes on 180 Gr. vinyl in a transparent cover. 

Side A: Santa Claus Is Back In Town / White Christmas / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / I'll Be Home For Christmas / Blue Christmas / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

Side B: O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Silent Night / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For You) / I Believe / Take My Hand, Precious Lord / It's No Secret (What God Can Do)

Shreveport Photographer Jack Barham Died

He may not be a household name but Shreveport photographer Jack Barham documented some of Elvis' most important moments as he headed for stardom.
Jack Barham, chief photographer for the Shreveport Journal died Friday aged 92.
Often, Barham became personal friends with celebrities after photographing them, and those friendships lasted throughout their lives.
When a young singer named Elvis Presley made several appearances on KWKH’s popular radio show, The Louisiana Hayride, Barham was there to photograph him.

The two became friends, and Jack often would tell stories of the young Elvis to young reporters as he developed photos in his lab at the back of the Shreveport Journal newsroom.

(Source: Elvis World Japan / FECC / Amazon / Elvis Information Network)