January 26 - Speedway

Released in the 'Warner Archives' series by Warner Bros. was the DVD 'Speedway' starring Elvis opposite Nancy Sinatra. 

(Source: Amazon)

January 24 - Flexi Dragon King

The first issue of the forthcoming quarterly Elvis Unlimited magazine from the Memphis Mansion comes with a flexi-disc featuring the movie version of 'King Creole'. 

Night of the Dragon


The Straight Arrow import-label released the 'Night of the Dragon' double CD featuring the August 28th 1974 Dinner and Midnight Show performances as recorded from the audience at the Las Vegas Hilton. 

The audio used for this release comes from recently discovered new sources that have not been in circulation before, housed in a deluxe 4-panel double digi-pack featuring a collection of images taken on stage during Elvis' 1974 Las Vegas Summer season.

CD1 – Wednesday, August 28, 1974 Dinner Show:
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. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. All Shook Up - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. An American Trilogy - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 16. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 17. Help Me - 18. My Boy - 19. How Great Thou Art  - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp.

Bonus tracks (recorded from soundboard, August 28th, 1974 D/S):
24. Help Me - 25. My Boy - 26. How Great Thou Art.

CD2 – Wednesday, August 28, 1974 Midnight Show:
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. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. All Shook Up - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. An American Trilogy - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 16. Introduction of Tom Jones - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Why Me, Lord? - 19. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 20. How Great Thou Art - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Monologue - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.

(Source: Anthony Stuchbury / FECC)

January 23 - Charts January 2021 - Week 3

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Christmas is definitive over, the usual albums retain their chart positions. 

In the U.S. the 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation gets a 'Wandering Start' label - reserved for long-absent albums returning to the charts - for returning to the Billboard Top 200 chart for the first time since 2019.

In the U.K. the 'From Elvis In Nashville' release is still listed in the Top 3 of the Country Compilations chart.

Official U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry 190.
  • Billboard Top Christian Album chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' dropped from #36 to #41.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry 31.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry 20.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #55 to #63. 
  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #47 to #49.
  • Official Country Compilations chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' remained steady #3.
(Source: Official Chart Company / UK Mix Forum)

January 22 - Don't Be Cruel

Henrik Knudsen is working on a new book about Elvis' former bass-player Bill Black. 

After leaving' Elvis' band he had a career of his own with the Bill Black Combo. The working title for this project is 'Don't Be Cruel - The Story of Bill Black'. Bill Black's brother, Johnny Black, contributes to the project, which will be released by the Memphis Mansion. Cover shown is a mock-up.

(Source: Henrik Knudsen)

January 21 - More Classic Albums

The Avid Rock 'n' Roll budget label released the third installment in their 'Elvis Presley - Four Classic Albums Plus' series. This volume contains tracks from the LPs and EPS 'Rock 'n' Roll', 'Elvis Presley', 'Good Rockin' Tonight', Loving You', 'Elvis' Golden Records' and 'Elvis' Golden Records - Volume 2'.  

Top 10 Best Elvis Albums

The German branch of Rolling Stone magazine listed their Top 10 Best Elvis albums

01. Elvis Presley (1956)
02. Elvis (1956)
03. Loving You (1957)
04. King Creole (1958)
05. Elvis Is Back! (1960)
06. Pot Luck (1962)
07. Comeback Special (1968)
08. From Elvis In Memphis (1969)
09. Back in Memphis (1970)
10. Elvis Country (1971)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin \ Amazon / Rolling Stone)