February 21 - Best of the 50's

Due for release on May 16, 2017 from the UMSM label is the 3 CD compilation "Elvis Presley - Best Of 50's".

Tracks: That's All Right Mama -Good Rockin' Tonight - Baby Let's Play House - Mystery Train - I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - Tutti Frutti - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy - Rip It Up - All Shook Up - Jailhouse Rock - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - King Creole.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

February 20 - Wild In Wichita!

Expected soon from the E.P. Collector import-label is a new CD is entitled "Wild In Wichita!“. It contains an audience-recording as recorded from on December 27, 1976 in Wichita, Kansas.

From the press-release:

This is a previously unreleased show, taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape. This show was recorded by an American woman and her recording was never in circulation. Until now, the Wichita show was never available in an acceptable sound. The only existing tape was of absolutely horrible quality, perhaps the worst audience recording ever. The EPE label looked for a better tape and succeeded! Although still not great quality, it is a very listenable recording of this wonderful December ’76 tour-opening show!

To prevent possible speculations: many years ago, the official „Follow That Dream“ label reportedly planned a possible soundboard release of the Wichita ’76 show. Unfortunately, this info was based on a mislabeled tape in the FTD vaults. There are no indications that a soundboard recording of this show exists.

Just as all other December '76 tour shows, this concert is excellent! Elvis appeared on stage with the same joy and energy as in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Highlights are "Fairytale", "And I Love You So", a full version of "Early Mornin' Rain", an unbeatable performance of "How Great Thou Art", and "Hurt". One unique performance stands out. It was the very first time that Elvis performed "Unchained Melody", accompanying himself on piano. This premier performance is tentative in parts but that's part of the magic. A great Presley moment!

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak accompanied with a 16-page booklet, filled with a.o. a local newspaper concert review, and special memories by the American fan who taped the show. We are happy that she was willing to share her unique, never before published snapshots, too! All images used for this project were taken in Wichita, KS, December 27, 1976.


Pre-program: 01. The Fifth Of Beethoven (disco version, by Joe Guercio orchestra) - 02. Gone At Last (by The Stamps) - 03. Operator (by The Stamps). Elvis Presley show: 04. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 05. C. C. Rider - 06. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 07. Love Me - 08. Fairytale - 09. You Gave Me A Mountain - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. medley: O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 12. All Shook Up - 13. medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 14. And I Love You So - 15. Fever - 16. Polk Salad Annie - 17. Band Introductions -  18. Early Mornin' Rain - 19. What'd I Say - 20. Johnny B. Goode - 21. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 22. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 23. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 24. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 25. Love Letters - 26. School Day - 27. Hurt (with reprise) - 28. Hound Dog - 29. How Great Thou Art - 30. Unchained Melody (performed 1st time) - 31. Can't Help Falling In Love - 32. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Mystery Train: Sun Recordings

Due for release on march 10, 2017 from the Hoodoo Records label is the CD "Mystery Train: Sun Recordings". The CD contains "24 bit remastered" tracks and comes with 4 bonus tracks according to Amazon.

A Deluxe Date With Elvis

Due on March 10, 2017 from the State Of Art label is a Deluxe Edition CD entitled "A Date With Elvis". 

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

February 19 - Released!

The MxF import release "Let Me... Sing Again", containing the previously  unreleased Dinner Show performance from August 14, 1973, has been released. The limited edition CD - 400 copies - comes in three versions; a Limited Edition Box, a Cut & Crucifold Edition and a standard CD edition.

Also Released

The import-release "Sahara Tahoe" from the AudiRec import-label has been released. It contains the previously unreleased Dinner Show performance as recorded from the audience on July 31, 1971 at the Lake Tahoe Sahara Hotel. The CD comes in standard jewel-case with a 16 page booklet. 

The LP "Elvis Love Songs" from the Laserlight Digital label has been released. It contains ballad from the early years 1954 to 1957. 

(Source: FECC)

February 18 - Songs Of Praise Vol. 2

Here are the cover-art and track listing for the upcoming Follow that Dream / Flaming Star publication "Elvis, His Songs Of Praise. Vol 2" which is due early April according to a posting on the FECC forum. 

Tracks: Elvis His Songs of Praise volume 2

Pure Elvis: Undubbed Sacred Songs:
1. Elvis Introduction / Only Believe (With unused horns overdubbed June 8, 1970) (2:55) 2. I, John (T-2 Undubbed Master June 10, 1971) (2:15) 3. Life (T-20 Undubbed Master June 6, 1970) (3:07) 4. Reach Out To Jesus (T-9 Undubbed June 9, 1971) (3:08) 5. He Is My Everything (Undubbed Master June 9, 1971) (2:39) 6. He Knows Just What I Need (T-9 Undubbed October 30, 1960) (2:10) 7. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Undubbed Movie Version October 23, 1969) (2:15) 8. We Call On Him (T-3 Undubbed September 11, 1967) (2:33) 9. Padre (Undubbed Spliced Master May 16, 1971) (2:29) 10. Elvis Introduction / You’ll Never Walk Alone (Extended Master September 11, 1967) (3:52)

1956 – 1977 Elvis Impromptu (Live and Rare):
11. On the Jericho Road (SUN Studio December 4, 1956) (0:50) 12. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (Ed Sullivan Show January 6, 1957) (1:39) 13. Down By The Riverside / When The Saints Go Marching In (From the Movie “Frankie & Johnny May 1965) (1:45) 14. The Lord’s Prayer (Edit May 16, 1971) (2:03) 15. Elvis Introduction / Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To The (March / April 1972) (3:11) 16. Bosom Of Abraham / You Better Run (March / April 1972) (2:34) 17. The Impossible Dream (Madison Square Garden) (June 10, 1972) (3:18) 18. Where No One Stands Alone (Montgomery, Alabama February 16, 1977) (2:23)

Seasons Greatings from Elvis: The Christmas Radio Special from December 03, 1967: 
19. Announcer / Here Comes Santa Claus (2:37) 20. Announcer / Blue Christmas (2:11) 21. Announcer / O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2:47) 22. Dale Robertson / Christmas Seal Charity Appeal (1:23) 23. Announcer / Silent Night (2:34) 24. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1:54) 25. Announcer / I Believe (2:23) 26. Announcer / If Everyday Was Like Christmas (3:04) 27. Announcer / How Great Thou Art (3:16) 28. His Hand In Mine (3:00) 29. Announcer / Promotion of Elvis’ Albums (1:00) 30. Elvis’ Special Message / I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2:08)

More Pure Elvis - Undubbed Christmas Carols:

31. The First Noel (Undubbed Master May 21, 1971) (2:13) 32. O Come, All Ye Faithful (T-1 Undubbed Master May 21, 1971 (2:58)

(Source: FECC / YouTube)

February 17 - The Intimate Portraits

This is the cover for volume 9 in the "Elvis: The Official Collector's" series. This edition in titled "The Intimate Portraits". 

Elvis Special Collector’s Editions is proud to present The Intimate Portraits, an unprecedented collection of Elvis’s most informal moments, from backstage in Hollywood to his living room at Graceland. As America and the world fell in love with Elvis over and over again from the 1950s to the 1970s, those closest to him were always on hand to snap pictures of their photogenic friend. Curated by Priscilla Presley and featuring her introduction, this unique look at Elvis’s more private moments is a must-have for any collector or fan of the King of Rock & Roll. 

(Source: On Newsstands Now)