October 30 - Something Special?

Due for release in the "Bootleg Series" is the special release "Something Special For Everybody". This CD comes with an eight page booklet and contains 29 tracks including: "Something For Everybody" the original mono album masters,  the alternate album with many alternate takes previously unreleased by the record company, the movie versions from "Put The Blame On Me" and 'I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell".

Tracks:
Something For Everybody: The Original Mono Album:
There’s Always Me - Give Me The Right - It’s A Sin - Sentimental Me - Starting Today - Gently - I’m Comin’ Home - In Your Arms - Put The Blame On Me - Judy - I Want You With Me - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell

Something For Everybody: The Alternate Album:
There’s Always Me (Take 3 & Master) - Give Me The Right (Master With Count-In) - It’s A Sin (Take 3 & Master) - Sentimental Me (Master Including Count-In) - Starting Today (Master Including False Start) - Gently (False Start & Master) - I’m Comin’ Home (Take 6 & Master) - In Your Arms (Master Including Count-In) - Put The Blame On Me (Take 3, 4 & Master) - Judy - I Want You With Me (Try-Out & Master) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 4, 5, 6) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 10) -  I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12, 17) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Master Including Count-In)

Something For Everybody: The Movie Versions:
Put The Blame On Me (Movie Version "Tickle Me") - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Movie Version "Wild In The Country")

(Source: Music Of Elvis Presley)

October 29 - Bicentennial Superstar

The TNT Records import-label announced the release of the double CD package "Bicentennial Superstar". containing performances from June 30, 1976 and August 31, 1976 recorded respectively in Greensboro and Macon.

From the press-release:
Welcome to TNT Records´ fourth CD release. Again with a little help from our friends at “Audionics” - probably THE premium and still active label when it comes to rare recordings in best possible sound - we decided to take a closer look to the extremely busy Elvis in the Summer of 1976. As we all know it was a time when Elvis actually should have cared a lot more for himself than for his fans. Money might also have been some kind of reason to continue restless touring and the quality of his performances were in many cases merely a shadow of the past. Still Elvis´ popularity was tremendous and it seemed so easy to sell out every single show. And so he did on the two nights featured in this 2 CD set.

Show #1 took place on June 30th, and the 16000 fans at the Coliseum in Greensboro absolutely loved Elvis´ show although they experienced that “the pelvis didn´t move quite the way it used to” and that “Elvis Presley is in his forties now” and “has put on some weight in the midsection”. While the fans on the one hand didn´t bother that much regarding Elvis´ weight the press did. Anyhow the reviews were still okay and the reporters finally had to admit that the “Elvis magic” still turns ém on! Thankfully the concert has been recorded from the soundboard and for this kind of recordings it has fantastic sound! Plus it reveals that Elvis delivers at least a decent and entertaining show. Show #2 is from August 31, and by this time Elvis´ health problems were visual even for his most dedicated fans. On this late August/early September tour The “King” had a very bad start with terrible performances in San Antonio, Houston, Mobile and Tuscaloosa. Collectors most likely do own the released CDs with the shows from August 28 and 30 so they can judge for themselves. Elvis “Super-Fan” Brenda Dymock was a witness on every show of the tour and she wrote in a 1976 article which she sent to UK´s Rex Martin: “Well I don´t know what happened with Elvis between Tuscaloosa and Macon but Boy! What a difference. He was in a great mood and really put on a great show.”
Well, whatever Brenda has experienced: Just listen yourself on yet another great sounding soundboard recording!

CD1 - Greensboro 30.6.76:
01. 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. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09. And I Love You So 10. Blue Suede Shoes 11. Fever 12. America (The Beautiful) 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Mornin' Rain 15. What'd I Say 16. Johnny B. Goode 17. Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Bass Solo 1 (Jerry Scheff) 19. Bass Solo 2 (Blues, Jerry Scheff) 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) 22. Love Letters 23. School Day 24. Love Me Tender 25. Hurt (1) 26. Hurt (2) 27. Funny How Time Slips Away 28. Hound Dog 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 30. Closing Vamp / Announcements

CD2 - Macon 31.8.76:
01. 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. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09. And I Love You So 10. Jailhouse Rock 11. Fever 12. America (The Beautiful) (with reprise) 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Mornin' Rain 15. What'd I Say 16. Johnny B. Goode 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff, incomplete) 19. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs, incomplete) 20. Love Letters 21. School Day 22. Hurt 23. Hound Dog 24. That’s All Right 25. Blue Christmas 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 27. Can't Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp


Elvis Sammlung

Volume 74in the German "Elvis Sammlung" series was released by DeAgostini. It contains the usual magazine, memorabilia-reproductions and a mini-poster for  the "Kid Galahad" EP. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Memories)

October 26 - Classic Albums Available Again On CD

Released in the new Sony label "Music On CD - Classic Albums Available Again On CD" is the "Fun In Acapulco" soundtrack album. It is made in the Netherlands by DOCdata Benelux for the European market and comes in a Super Audio Compact Disc case.

Tracks
Fun In Acapulco / Vino, Dinero Y Amor / Mexico / El Toro / Marguerita / The Bullfighter Was A Lady / (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car / I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here / Bossa Nova Baby / You Can't Say No In Acapulco / Guadalajara / Love Me Tonight / Slowly But Surely. 

(Source: Elvis On CD)

October 25 - Elvis.80

Due for release from Sony Music on November 28, 2014 is the 3 CD set "Elvis.80". More details when available. 

(Source: Amazon)

October 24 - Viva Las Changes

The Follow That Dream label has printed a new cover for the "Viva Las Vegas" CD. The spine now says "ELVIS PRESLEY" and not just "ELVIS". The cover shot has brighter coloring and a longer shot of Elvis, you can see the helmet in full, the image of Elvis has a blue background in stead of the  green). And finally text has different coloring also, original was yellow and black now white and  black.

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London)

October 23 - Japanese Bootleg Charts

Released by HHO Multimedia from Korea is this 3 CD, 80 tracks set. 

Weekend Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #155 to #166 on the Billboard Album Chart for the week ending November 1, 2014. As of this week total units sold are 791,183.
The CD "It's Christmas Time" climbed from #14 to #6 while "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" climbed from #19 to #10 on the Holiday Album Chart.

The compilation "The Real... Elvis" re-entered the Italian Album charts at #97 this week. 

The compilation “The Essential Elvis” remains steady at #17 on the Dutch Midprice Album charts. 

Released

The Elvis Concert Fan import-label released the 2 CD set "Elvis 1975 - On Tour" containing three soundboard recordings from April 1975.

Elvis Presley home auction has been canceled

Any hopes of bidding on the former Palm Springs home of Elvis Presley have just been dashed. A public auction slated Saturday for the 1946 home located at 845 W. Chino Canyon was canceled Wednesday morning. The listing agent, Jeff Egan, announced the update in an email, saying that the seller had instead accepted a pre-auction offer.

The sale price and the identity of the buyer will not be disclosed until escrow closes within the next 30 days. At that point, the sale will become public record, Egan wrote. When the auction was first announced, the home originally had an asking price of $3 million. The price dropped to $2.59 million as the date drew near. The home attracted multiple offers and counter-offers, Egan said. Egan acknowledged that the home, which has sat vacant in disrepair for months, needs quite a bit of renovation.

During an open house in February, the carpet was stripped in at least one room, and modern updates were clearly needed. One area of the house retained the king’s fondness for the color red, which was hue of the master bedroom’s carpet and the tiles in the bathroom.

“The house needs work, and whoever buys it will have to make an investment,” Egan said. More than 200 people visited the home during recent open house tours of the 1.75-acre lot. Court documents show that US Bank National Association bought the foreclosed property at a Sept. 17, 2013, public auction for $1.7 million.

Presley bought the four-bedroom, seven-bathroom, home in 1970 for $105,000 and owned the property for seven years. The 5,040-square-foot house was one of the few Spanish colonial homes designed by famed architect Albert Frey, who is known much more for his modernist designs. After Presley died, Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons bought the home, and sold it in 1981 for $500,000.

(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC / Amazon Japan / Elvis On CD / The Desert Sun / Dutchcharts)