November 20 - The Movie Catalog

Bob Pakes, author of the "The EPE Catalog" book will release a new book entitled "The Movie Catalog".  

The 490-page book covers Elvis Presley's first four movies (1956 - 1958) with the focus on movie memorabilia from across the world. 
The book, currently near completion, contains over 2200 images of rare movieposteres, lobby cards, press-books, advertisements and around 800 promotional pictures for the movies "Love Me Tender", "Loving You", "Jailhouse Rock" and "King Creole". All with additional background information.

50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong vol. 2

Due for release from Sony Legacy on January 31st 2020 is the LP "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong vol. 2"

(Source: Elvis Matters / Fan Shop)

November 19 - Teddybear Knockout

The E.P. Collector import-label announced two new albums; "Love My Teddy Bear Tender", recorded live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, September 3rd 1971, Dinner show and "Knoxville Knockout" recorded live at the UOT Stokely Arena, Knoxville, TN, April 8th 1972 Evening show. 

From the press-release:



Recorded live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, September 3rd, 1971, Dinner show While some of Elvis import labels are just re-releasing previously issued and repackaged stuff, the always reliable E. P. Collector label is always looking for something new to release. We are always reaching out to people in order to find new material, and if it's interesting, we will purchase it, even if the sound is not studio perfect. In recent months we were in touch with a couple of fans who recorded a number of interesting concerts, which now enables us to release two more surprises.

The first new release is titled "Love My Teddy Bear Tender" and it brings us the Las Vegas, September 3rd, 1971 Dinner show. You'll have to forgive us for the somewhat clumsy title, but maybe you'll understand when we tell you that it contains a sensational concert rarity! During this concert, he sings "Love Me Tender" to the tune of "Teddy Bear"!! He only did this once, during this concert, and now for the first time you can hear this amazing discovery!!! Who would think that we would still be getting surprises like this in 2019?! 


Concert recordings from '71 are hard to come by these days, especially unreleased ones. During this season, Elvis was on fire, and his setlist was varied and strong. Near the end of the engagement, his shows were a bit looser, and this one is a real delight. This concert recording is a completely new show, even for the hardcore fans. The audio was mastered from an original audience recorded cassette tape. This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with a press review and a collection of images taken in Las Vegas, NV, in August / September 1971.


Tracklist: Orchestra Intro - Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Proud Mary - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Instrumental Intermezzo - Johnny B. Goode - It's Impossible (With False Start) - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Heartbreak Hotel - Love Me Tender (Sung To Teddy Bear Tune) - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - I'm Leavin' - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Can't Help Falling In Love (With False Start) - Closing Vamp 


Knoxville Knockout



Our second new CD is titled "Knoxville Knockout". Just as our first release, the Knoxville, TN, April 8, 1972 8:30 pm evening show is previously unreleased and moreover, it is completely a new show for all Elvis die-hard fans: again, never before in circulation, in any form! Interestingly enough, RCA was there to record, but their tape recorder malfunctioned. Now you can finally hear what RCA tried to record!

This concert is taken from a recently discovered original audience recorded cassette tape. Unfortunately, "An American Trilogy" is incomplete, and it is possible that there's is one song missing, just before the "Can't Help Falling In Love" finale. 


As we've come to expect from the April '72 shows, Elvis is in excellent form. And what a rare treat to finally get an audience recorded tape from this highly regarded tour! Elvis is firing on all cylinders. He knocks "How Great Thou Art" out of the ballpark. Wow, just wow!


As usual, this CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with excerpts from a local press review and a collection of images taken on tour in April, 1972, including a couple of real, very rare Knoxville show shots.


Tracklist: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - C. C. Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender (With Break) - How Great Thou Art - I Can't Stop Loving You (With Reprise) - For The Good Times - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - An American Trilogy (Incomplete) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp


Firing On All Cylinders



The Straight Arrow import-label announced the release of the double CD "Firing On All Cylinders" contains the previously August 7th 1972 Midnight Show and the September 4th 1972 Closing Show. This release is presented in a de-luxe 8-panel digi-pack, with a collection of photos taken in Las Vegas, NV, on August 8th 1972 (Dinner Show), September 3rd 1972 (3 AM Show) and September 4th 1972 (Closing shows).


Every second of these concerts was digitally restored, every click or disturbing clap in quiet songs manually removed, every drop-out or damaged place fixed to achieve optimal listening pleasure. The next "Straight Arrow" releases in early 2020 will be excellent shows from 1971, 1972 and 1974 according to the press-release.

From the press-release:

Between 2007 and 2017, Straight Arrow released no less than 10 concerts from Elvis' 1972 Summer Festival, on 8 individual releases. More than any other label. In recent times we've also released a lot of stuff from the final years, but last year we made the commitment to focus on the 1969 - 1972 period, arguably his best concert years. Recently we were able to obtain two excellent vintage tapes from Elvis' 1972 Summer Season, and it is with some pride that we now present these.

This release is titled "Firing On All Cylinders" and Elvis truly did during this engagement. The first show is from August 7th 1972 and this is the show where he performed "Steamroller Blues" for the first time. The second show is Closing Night from September 4th 1972 and it can easily be called the best show of the entire season. 


It's a nice surprise that we are able to include some of the warm-up acts, including Jackie Kahanes's set, as well as the Sweet Inspiration set. These ladies were smoking hot, and it's easy to hear why they were considered to me amongst the best female soul groups in the business. As you probably know, they used to work together with Aretha, and The Sweet Inspirations' performance of her hits is one of the highlights on this disc. We believe that the inclusion of the opening acts will give you a unique perspective of what it was like to experience one of Elvis' Las Vegas concerts during this period in time.


The August 7th, 1972 Midnight Show is a previously unreleased concert, taken from a newly obtained original audience recorded tape in surprisingly good quality. This specific tape has not been available previously. There is another recording of this show in circulation on CDR, but the sound quality of that one is poor.


The September 4th 1972 Closing show was released by some no-name label back in 2005, from an incomplete source and in very hissy sound ("Walk That Lonesome Road" CD - with the missing song being "A Big Hunk O'Love"). We have found an alternate source, an original tape which includes the main part of the pre-program by The Sweet Inspirations as well as comedian Jackie Kahane. For the first time we present this great closing show in its complete form, and in the best possible sound quality! 


CD 1 - 07.08.1972 M/S:
Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - Proud Mary - Until It's Time For You To Go - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Polk Salad Annie - Instrumental Intermezzo - What Now My Love (With False Start) - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Little Sister / Get Back - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Steamroller Blues - Suspicious Minds - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - My Way - A Big Hunk O'Love - I Can't Stop Loving You - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

Bonus Track:
Jackie Kahane Comedy Sketch (04.24.1972 Closing Show)

CD 2 - 04.09.1972 C/S:
Sweet Inspirations "Aretha Franklin Medley" (Chain of Fools / Respect / (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman / I Say A Little Prayer / The House That Jack Built)

The Elvis Presley Show:
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - Johnny B. Goode - Until It's Time For You To Go - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (With False Start) - Polk Salad Annie - Instrumental Intermezzo - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - All Shook Up - Ave Maria (One Line) - Hound Dog - I'll Remember You - Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - Suspicious Minds - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - Introductions Of Bobby Darin & Colonel Tom Parker - My Way - A Big Hunk O'Love - You Gave Me A Mountain - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

The Guitar Player Worth A Damn



Coming this week from Venus Productions is volume 4 in their “The King in Motion” series, a hardcover book with 1 DVD and 2 CDs entitled “The Guitar Player Worth A Damn” featuring out-takes from “Elvis On Tour” in “better than ever quality”.  The 200-page book contains unreleased photos and insightful liner-notes. 


The set also contains the previously unreleased April 14th 1972 Afternoon Show as recorded in Greensboro and the April 9th 1972 Hampton Roads show presented in a brand new alternate mix.

Track listing DVD: Intro - Johnny B. Goode (Rehearsal) / Always On My Mind (Rehearsal) / Big Hunk O’ Love (Rehearsal) / Burning Love (Rehearsal) / Heartbreak Hotel (Rehearsal) / Hound Dog (Rehearsal) / I, John (Rehearsal) / Bosom Of Abraham (Rehearsal) / Mystery Train (Montage) / Interviews / Backstage / Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider (April 18, 1972) / Love Me (April 9, 1972 ES) / Until It’s Time For You To Go (April 14, 1972) / Release Me (April 14, 1972) / A Big Hunk ‘O Love (April 14, 1972) / Burning Love (April 14, 1972) / For The Good Times (April 9, 1972 ES) / How Great Thou Art (April 9, 1972 ES) / Bridge Over Troubled Water (April 14, 1972) / Funny How Time Slips Away (April 14, 1972) / An American Trilogy (April 14, 1972) / Can’t Help Falling In Love (April 9, 1972) / Closing Vamp / Announcements / For The Good Times - End Credits
Bonus: Interview With George Klein / Interview With Vernon Presley / Interview With Elvis - Bonus / Rehearsal, April 5, 1972.

Track listing CD 1 – Greensboro, April 14, 1972
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra / 02 See See Rider / 03 Proud Mary / 04 Never Been To Spain / 05 You Gave Me A Mountain / 06 Until It’s Time For You To Go / 07 Polk Salad Annie / 08 Love Me / 09 All Shook Up / 10 Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / 11 Hound Dog / 12 Heartbreak Hotel / 13 A Big Hunk O’ Love / 14 Bridge Over Troubled Water / 15 Suspicious Minds / 16 Love Me Tender / 17 Band Introductions / 18 For The Good Times / 19 American Trilogy / 20 Burning Love / 21 Release Me / 22 Funny How Time Slips Away / 23 Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Track listing CD 2 – Hampton Roads AS, April 9, 1972 (previously unreleased):
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra / 02 See See Rider / 03 Proud Mary / 04 Never Been To Spain / 05 You Gave Me A Mountain / 06 Until It’s Time For You To Go / 07 Polk Salad Annie / 08 Love Me / 09 All Shook Up / 10 Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel / 11 Jailhouse Rock / 12 One Night / 13 Hound Dog / 14 Help Me Make It Through The Night / 15 Bridge Over Troubled Water / 16 Love Me Tender (+ 1 false start) / 17 Suspicious Minds / 18 Band Introductions / 19 An American Trilogy / 20 Heartbreak Hotel / 21 For The Good Times / 22 How Great Thou Art / 23 Lawdy Miss Clawdy (incomplete) / 24 A Big Hunk Of Love / 25 Funny How Time Slips Away / 26 Can’t Help Falling In Love /Closing Vamp




(Source: FECC)

November 18 - Inside Elvis

A new book entitled "Inside Elvis" is due from Arjan Deelen. In this book the author talks to Elvis' musicians, singers, songwriters and producers (according to the cover).

From the press-release:

To commemorate Elvis' 85th birthday in January 2020, Elvis for Everyone! is proud to present our new 300 page, A4-size photobook, titled simply: Inside Elvis. This handsomely designed book contains a collection of more than 300 rare photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, with a focus on the concert years. Many of these showcase the grace and artistry of the greatest entertainer that ever lived. The detail and clarity of some of the photos will almost make you feel like you are there.


The stunning artwork was done by Dutch artwork director Michael van Werven, whose stylish design has turned this into one of the most gorgeous photo books on Elvis out there. The text consists of interviews with various of Elvis’ musicians and associates, including Jim Murray, Bob Lanning, Ginger and Mary Holladay, Charlie Hodge and Chips Moman. Several of these interviews by Arjan Deelen were first published in “Elvis – The Man and his Music”. Inside Elvis comes with a CD containing various rarities.

(Source: The Elvis Forum)

November 16 - Terry O'Neill Died

Irish photographer Terry O’Neill had died, he was 81. He photographed all the big names in the entertainment industry; the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. The latter in 1969 when he attended the Las Vegas press-conference And with the help of his friend Tom Jones who got him past Colonel Parker and up close to the stage where he could shoot Elvis while performing. Afterwards he visited Elvis back-stage.

(Source: NOS / Iconic Spotlight)

November 15 - Elvis 85

Sony Music Germany announced the 3 CD set “Elvis 85” with December 13 as the release-date. The set comes   housed in a digi-pack with a 24-page booklet. The first edition is a limited Bravo Edition. 

Description:
It is autumn 1956 and Bravo magazine is barely two months old. Reporter Beyl meets with this young and upcoming shooting star, completely unknown in his country, that caused a sensation in the US with hits like “Hound Dog”, “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender”, to do an interview. The name of that singer, Elvis Presley. At the time, Bravo was still a film-riddled magazine, the Rock ’N’ Roll phenomenon hadn’t really reached Europe yet. But that should change immediately. February 1957 Elvis Presley graced the magazine cover for the first time.  


From that day on nothing remained the same. RCA released Elvis’ records and the reception was amazing. Elvis takes the hearts of his new fans by storm and his hits enter the charts in in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Almost overnight, the handsome rebel with the styled pompadour hairstyle becomes the idol of a new generation: with an electrifying sound, an incomparable voice and an emphatically provocative hip swing. The world has never seen one like that or heard anyone like that. 

Pretty soon he became the greatest entertainer of all time. Although he did not invent Rock ’N’ roll, he makes it as popular as no-one in the fifties and opened the door for countless musicians, both black and white, who follow him. He became the King of Rock n Roll, scored over 30 #1 hits and sold over a billion records.

Good Times


Music on Vinyl released a 45th Anniversary Edition of Elvis Presley's 20th studio album "Good Times". This edition, limited to 2500 copies worldwide, comes on blue vinyl. 

ELV1S 30 #1 Re-issue

Due for release from Sony Music Japan is another re-issue of the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)


November 15 - Charts November Week 3 - Elvis at #1!

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. It is clear that Elvis is the King of Country and  Christmas, he returned to the #spot of the Country chart with a Christmas album … but the recent 1969 live release also makes a re-entry. The “The Essential Elvis Presley” compilation dropped off all charts after a 7-week chart-run that included the main Album Top 200 chart. The “The Classic Christmas Album” re-entered the charts for the sixth straight year in its 38th overall week, with a peak of #10.

US Billboard chart:


  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry at #199. 
  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s #140 spot. 
  • US Billboard Top Album Sales chart: “It’s Christmas Time” re-entry at #99.
  • US Billboard Top Country Albums chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry at #19.
  • US Billboard Top Country Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s #14 spot.
  • US Billboard Country Albums Sales chart: “Elvis: International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada August 26, 1969” re-entry at #46.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “It’s Christmas Time” climbed from #12 to #1.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” re-entry at #2.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s #3 spot.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” dropped from #9 to #24.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #11 to #25.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry at #35.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s #22 spot.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Albums chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #43 to #45.
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” re-entry at #45.
  • US Billboard Top Holiday chart: “It’s Christmas Time” remained steady at #12.
  • US Billboard Top Holiday chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” climbed from #43 to #25. 
  • US Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “It’s Christmas Time” climbed from #13 to #7.
  • US Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “The Classic Christmas” climbed from #22 to #8.
  • US Billboard Catalog Album Sales chart: “It’s Christmas Time” re-entry at #24.
  • US Billboard Catalog Album Sales chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” re-entry at #31.
  • US Billboard Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s #38 spot.
  • US Billboard Artist Top 100 chart: Elvis Presley re-entry at #70.
Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Physical Album chart: "Christmas - Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra" re-entry ~#93.
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped off the chart from last week’s #90 spot.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “The Elvis Collection” climbed from #12 to #11. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” dropped from #19 to #26.
  • Official UK Christian and Gospel Album chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" dropped from 15 to #18. 
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album charts: "Elvis th the Movies - 60 Essential Recordings" re-entry at #88.
Official Irish charts: 
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” dropped off the chart from last week’s #4 spot. 
Official Australian Charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” climbed from #29 to #10.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / ARIA / Martin)

November 13 - Back In Stereo

The Memphis Recording Service released the 6 CD / book set "Elvis: Back In Living Stereo" a week before the official release-date.

The 6 CDs contain over 150 remastered tracks of the essential 1960-1962 master recordings, plus rare alternate outtakes (including unreleased material) and all of the personal home recordings Elvis made during the 1960s. All tracks have now been cleaned, repaired (there are too many to mention), and restored.

The home recordings have now had the same mastering techniques as used so successfully on the recent MRS release 'Made in Germany'. The set also includes unreleased recordings, as well as a previously unreleased stereo version of home recordings. The 100 page book includes rare unpublished documents and photographs, supported by a comprehensive text discussing each of Elvis' RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1960-62.

(Source: UEPS)

November 12 - Colored Times

Due for release from Friday Music on January 3, 2020 is a limited edition re-issue of the “Good Times” album. This edition comes on translucent gold and blue swirl vinyl housed in gate-fold cover with a poster.

(Amazon)

November 08 - Charts November Week 2 (Update 11/11)

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. All the usual suspects are listed around the pretty much the same spots. 

US Billboard Charts:
  • US Billboard Top 200 Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #142 to #140.
  • US Billboard Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #44 to #38.
  • US Billboard Top Country Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #17 to #14.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #9 to #3.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” climbed from #14 to #9. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #10 to #11. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “It’s Christmas Time” re-entry at #12. 
  • US Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #23 to #22.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: The Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #38 to #44.
  • US Billboard Top Holiday Albums: “It’s Christmas Time” remained steady at #12.
  • US Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #42 to #43. 
  • US Billboard Holiday Albums Sales: “It’s Christmas Time” dropped from #11 to #13. 
  • US billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #17 to #22.
  • US Billboard Holiday Album Sales chart: “Merry Christmas … Love Elvis” dropped from #34 to #36.
  • US Billboard Holiday Digital Song Sales: “Blue Christmas” dropped from #30 to #35.
  • US Billboard Artist chart: Elvis Presley dropped off the chart from last week’s #89 spot. 
Official UK Charts:
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #79 to #90.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "The Elvis Collection" re-entry at #12
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #16 to #19.
  • Official UK Gospel and Christian Album chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" re-entry #15.  
Official Irish charts: 
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” climbed from #5 to #4. 
Official Australian Charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” dropped from #9 to #29.
(Source: Billboard / UK Mix / ARIA / IRMA / Official Chart Company)

November 08 - FTD is Back

The latest Follow That Dream 4 CD set “The Elvis Is Back Sessions” is ready. The first advance copies arrived with the lucky fans. A new soundboard is also due, it should almost be ready for release according to the post by a fan involved on FECC.

Ed Bonja Remembered

A memorial service for Elvis’ former photographer Ed Bonja was held in the beautiful Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena, California. Friends and family attended the service for Ed Bonja who passed away early September 2019 of leukemia and medical complications in Berlin. 

45th Anniversary Release

The Music on Vinyl label released a 45th Anniversary Edition of Elvis Presley’s 20th studio album “Good Times”. 


Good Times is the twentieth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. He recorded this ten-song album at the Stax studios in Memphis. His great voice is outstanding on both the rock and roll songs as when he's performing with a gospel choir. While his physical condition was going downwards, he's still singing like he used to do in the past. Guitar riffs by James Burton are present on the more country like tracks  "Take Good Care of Her", "Lovin' Arms", “Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues”, and "My Boy". The versatility is shown when he's bringing the Spanish flavor on "Spanish Eyes". This is more than a solid outing from "The King", a wonderful record.
This edition is limited to 2500 individually numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Matters / Elvis on Vinyl)