December 11 - Blue Suede Vinyl

Due for release from the French Le Chant Du Monde label on January 19, 2018 is the double vinyl compilation "Blue Suede Shoes". 

(Source: Le Chant Du Monde)

December 10 - Follow That Dream Releases Shipped To Dealers

The last batch of Follow That Dream releases should be n it's way to the dealers. 

The releases are the "Kissing' Cousins" soundtrack in the Classic Album series, the double CD set "The Bicentennial Show" containing the July 4, 1976 2:30 PM show as recorded live at Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma and the October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM show as recorded live at Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM (with four additional tracks recorded live at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 at 8:30 PM). And finally the limited edition double vinyl re-issue of the "Roustabout" soundtrack containing stereo mixes of the soundtrack, outtakes and mono masters. 

(Source: UEPS / Roger Semon)

December 09 - Lovin' Elvis

Due for release from the Big 3 label is the 3 CD compilation "Lovin' Elvis", 60 tracks packed in a digital-pack showcasing the softer side of "The King"" according to the press-release. 

CD 1: Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - Teddy Bear - Now And Then There's (A Fool Such As I) - Loving You - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - One Night - Love Me - I'm Counting On You - Don't - Too Much - I Was The One - Tryin' To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Anyway You Want Me - How's The World Treating You? - Playing For Keeps - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - True Love

CD 2: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Treat Me Nice - It's Now Or Never - I Need Your Love Tonight - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Such A Night - I Need You So - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Don't Leave Me Now (1) - Young And Beautiful - I Beg Of You - Don't Ask Me Why - As Long As I Have You - Young Dreams - A Big Hunk O' Love - My Wish Came True - Fever - The Thrill Of Your Love - It Feels So Right

CD 3: Can't Help Falling In Love - The Girl Of My Best Friend - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Wooden Heart - Good Luck Charm - Return To Sender - A Mess Of Blues - Surrender (Torna A Surriento) - What's She Really Like? - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Tonight Is So Right For Love - Doin' The Best I Can - I Gotta Know - There's Always Me - It's A Sin - Starting Today - In Your Arms - Gently - Blue Hawaii - She's Not You

(Source: Amazon / Proper Music)

December 08 - Silver Award (Updated)

The UK B.P.I. awarded the "Christmas With Elvis And The and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album a Silver Award for 60,000 copies sold (digital streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) in the U.K. since it's release a few months back.

UK Charts
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #9 on the Official UK Album chart selling 27,206 albums. 
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #90 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • 'Christmas' - Elvis and the RPO is #35 on the Official UK Download Chart; No.9 on the Album Sales Chart; #9 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart; No.37 on the Official UK Vinyl Album Chart and #16 on the Official UK Record Store Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' is #72 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #69 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra is #97 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #89 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • "Long Live The King" album is a new entry at #37 on the Official UK Indie Album Chart
  • The "The Elvis Collection" is #10 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
European Charts
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #12 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" is #40 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #81 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #11 on the Irish Album Chart.
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #42 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #82 on the Swiss Album chart. 
Pontiac Silverdome Demolished

One day after explosive charges failed to bring down part of the Pontiac Silverdome, a repeat attempt did the trick Monday afternoon. The implosion was the long-awaited beginning of the end for an obsolete landmark that hosted Elvis Presley concert, a Super Bowl, World Cup, plus hundreds of Lions and Pistons games.

The building opened in 1975 and cost $55.7 million. It featured performances from Elvis on New Year’s Eve 1975 and Pope John Paul II in 1987 and the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event at WrestleMania III 1987. But the stadium fell into disrepair after the Lions left in 2002 and moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

Reprints Delayed

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced that the reprint of the recently deleted titles "Elvis In Atlanta" (containing two legendary shows from the Omni Coliseum in 1975 on April 30th and May 1), and "Elvis Las Vegas '74" (containing two Legendary Shows From The Hilton Hotel On August 20, 1974) has been delayed until 2018. They will now be with the first releases of 2018.

(Source: FECC / Reuters / Elvis Information Network)

December 06 - The Alternate Albums

The Hepcats Records import-label announced three new releases; "The Alternate Today", "Intimate With Elvis" and "Rock And Roll Volume 1 + 2". This is what the press-release says:

After the success of "The Alternate Moody Blue" the Hepcat Records import-label releases "The Alternate Today" containing Elvis' last real studio sessions took place on March 10-13, 1975 and resulted in the "Today" album. Nearly 43 years later Hepcat records releases "The Alternate Today". This deluxe 10 inch boxset contains a 10 inch vinyl record, a 45 RPM single and a fully packed CD. The 45 RPM features the unique combination "Fairytale" and "Susan when she tried". A companion double vinyl album, available in black and in blue vinyl, will be released in 2018 for the album lovers. 
45 RPM Single:
Side A: Fairytale (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 3)
Side B: Susan When She Tried (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 6)

10 Inch LP:
Side A: T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Undubbed Master - Take 4) - And I Love You So (Take 3) - Woman Without Love (Undubbed Master - Take 1) - Shake A Hand (Unedited, Undubbed Master - Take 3)
Side B: Pieces Of My Life (Take 1) - I Can Help (False Start & Take 2 - Undubbed Master) - Bringing It Back (Take 3) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (False Start & Take 1)


T-R-O-U-B-L-E  (Undubbed Master - Take 4) - And I Love You So (Undubbed Master - Take 5) - Susan When She Tried (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 6) - Woman Without Love (Undubbed Master - Take 1) - Shake A Hand (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 3) - Pieces Of My Life (Undubbed Master Alternate Mix - Take 4) - Fairytale (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 3) - I Can Help (Take 1 & 2 - Undubbed Master) - Bringing It Back (Undubbed Master - Take 4) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Undubbed Master - Take 5) - And I Love You So (Take 1) - Bringing It Back (Take 1) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Take 1) - Bringing It Back (Take 2 & 3) - And I Love You So (Take 3) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Take 2 & 3) - Woman Without Love (Bass Overdubbed Master - Acetate Source) - And I Love You So (22.03.1975 - Live) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (22.03.1975 - Live) - Fairytale (22.03.1975) - T-R-O-U-B-L-E (24.04.1975) 

Intimate With Elvis

The best way to spend the dark and cold winter days is with this 'intimate Elvis' CD release. Housed in a beautiful 6 panel digipack, this release contains 18 hard to find outtakes of some of Elvis' best and most intimate recordings.

In The Ghetto (Take 13) - Early Morning Rain (Take 11) - In My Way (Take 2) - I'll Never Know (Take 1) - Almost (Take 11) - Lonely Man (Solo - Take 3) - Starting Today (Take 1) - Do You Know Who I Am (Take 4) - Could I Fall In Love (Undubbed) - Stand By Me (Take 2) - Relax (Take 7) - For  Ol'(Times Sake (Rough Mix) - Big Boots (Extended Version) - I Miss You (Take 1) - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Take 1) - Forget Me Never (Take 1) - Suppose (Remixed Master) - Danny Boy (Take 9)
Rock And Roll Volume 1 + 2

Housed in a stunning slipcase are two Australian albums, "Rock 'n' On" volume 1 and volume 2. In the late 1980's these albums where released on  CD, but the sound quality was not great, and they did not have the original artwork.  These cd's are very hard to find now. Now, for the very first time, both volume 1 and volume 2 are released in a 6 panel digi-pack with the original artwork from the original vinyl releases ! And.....each volume contains lots of hard to find outtakes and alternate versions ! A superb collection for every Elvis fan. The perfect Christmas gift !

Volume 1:Hound Dog - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Stereo) - All Shook Up - Don´t - I Beg Of You (Alternate Master) - Heartbreak Hotel
A Big Hunk O' Love (Take 4) - Love Me (19.06.1977 - Live) - Stuck On You (Take 1) - Good Luck Charm (Take 1) - Return To Sender - Blue Suede Shoes (NBC TV Special) - Don´t Be Cruel - Loving You (Main Version 2) - Jailhouse Rock - Can´t Help Falling In Love (Take 26) - I Got Stung (Take 22) - Wooden Heart - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Love Me Tender - Hard Headed Woman - It´s Now Or Never (Take 4) - Surrender (Take 9) - Viva Las Vegas (Take 2)

Volume 2:
Thats When Your Heartaches Begin - Treat Me Nice (Binaural Movie Master) - I Need Your Love Tonight (Take 15) - G. I. Blues (Take 5) - Blue Hawaii (Take 3) - Easy Come, Easy Go  - Edge Of Reality  - Puppet On A String (Take 7) - Suspicion (Spliced Take 4 - 5) - Little Sister - Little Egypt - One Night - Memories (First Sit Down Show, NBC Special) - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Hi Heel Sneakers (Take 5) - A Fool Such As I - Old Shep - Rip It Up (Stereo) - Such A Night - Tutti Frutti - In The Ghetto (Take 13) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Stereo) - You're A Devil In Disguise (Take 3) - Crying In The Chapel  - Don't Cry Daddy (Master Vocal Overdub)