August 17 - Adios Lincoln And Rattling Plates, Aces 'n' Eights

The “Heineken” single “Bossa Nova Baby (Viva Elvis Remix)” was released as a vinyl single by Music on Vinyl (Cargo Records).

Elvis The New Leader in Las Vegas


The Essential Elvis book "Elvis - The New Leader in Las Vegas" was released. This 144 page book is dedicated to Elvis Presley in 1969 and is limited to 1000 copies.  

The Straight Arrow import-label announced two new releases: "Adios Lincoln" and "Rattling Plates, Aces 'n' Eights" (the fifth volume in the "booth tapes" series).

From the press-release - Adios Lincoln:




Monday, June 20, 1977,8:30 pm, Lincoln, NE, Pershing Municipal Auditorium.
Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2014-23-02
Most of Elvis’ musicians prefer not to talk about Elvis’ final tours, but whenever they do, they usually agree that final tour was one that should have never been undertaken. It was simply one tour too many. At this stage it was impossible to hide the fact that Elvis was in serious problems.
In any case, the Lincoln concert is one of the finest shows from that last tour. Elvis sounds much better than in Omaha the day before. Surprises include a well-sung ‘Help Me’ and arguably the best ever version of ‘Unchained Melody’, which for the first and only time was performed before the band introductions. Interestingly, and completely unknown until now, is that Elvis asks J.D. Sumner and the Stamps to perform 'Walk That Lonesome Road' during the band intros, which is very unusual for the time frame.
The June 20, 1977 show was first issued on CD in 2004 („ELVIS ROCKS LINCOLN“). This sloppy edition was taken from an incomplete source, missing 17 minutes. For the first time Straight Arrow offer this concert complete. Using two independent original audience recored tapes, Straight Arrow's sound engineer was able to restore all 73 minutes of Lincoln concert.
This new CD edition is limited to 500 copies. Do not miss one of the best shows from Elvis Presley final tour!

Tracks:
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. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Little Sister - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. Help Me - 13. Unchained Melody - 14. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 15. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner and The Stamps) - 16. Introduction of vocalists, musicians continues - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues, Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 23. I Really Don't Want To Know - 24. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogden) - 25. Jazzing In Vegas (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 26. Hurt - 27. Hound Dog - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp / Announcements.


From the press-release - Rattling Plates, Aces'n'Eights (From "booth tapes" Vol. 5):

Friday, August 24, 1973 Dinner Show, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2014-24-02 Liner notes: Imagine being a singer, and really putting your heart into a song. At the same time, your audience is having dinner, and some of them plainly don’t give a fuck about you or your singing. They are talking loudly, making noises with their plates, smoking one cigarette after another… Doesn’t sound very enticing, does it?

By 1973, it was clear that Elvis’ Las Vegas shows had a negative effect on the singer. But even at this stage, he was still impressive as a singer and a performer, and especially on those nights where he really turned on the power, there was nobody like him in Vegas -- or anywhere else, for that matter. 
The August 24th, 1973 dinner show is unreleased in any form and was sourced from an original, excellent sounding „booth“ tape. What is perhaps most surprising, is that Elvis was still quite focused three weeks into the engagement. In earlier years, the standard had sometimes slipped a bit in the third week, even as early as August ’70! Now he delivers a strong show, with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and ‘Big Hunk O’ Love’ being the show highlights. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was not a regular during this season up to this point, but he delights the audience with a snappy version of his first million seller. And who knows, at this stage he may well have concluded that he’d found his own ‘Heartbreak Hotel’…

This show was rediscovered recently and we believe that you will agree with us that this is another great find. A real must - not just for the hardcore collector. Another quality Straight Arrow release!

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Blue Suede Shoes - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. Release Me - 15. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. A Big Hunk O'Love - 18. Heartbreak Hotel - 19. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp.

(Source: FECC / For The Good Times)

August 16 - Weekend Charts

The “That’s The Way It Is” set entered the German Album charts at #39, the Belgian Album chart at #69 and finally, in Switzerland, it entered the Album chart at #97. 

In Ireland the set dropped off the chart from #93 so did this release from the Official UK Album chart where it was a new entry at #75 last week. 

The CD “The Real... Elvis” dropped off the Italian chart.

(Source: The King's World)

August 15 -Groundbeaking

As Elvis Presley’s wife Priscilla put it, Elvis’s dreams are coming true. Thursday, Elvis Presley Enterprises broke ground on the new hotel coming to Graceland.

Developers say this project has been in the works for years, but the Memphis City Council only heard about it on May 1st. City officials say Elvis has everything to do with everything being worked out just in time for Elvis week.

Priscilla Presley told a huge crowd of his biggest fans, “We get to see his dream come true on this property.” Presley came to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Guest House at Graceland. “Elvis had plans for Graceland,” she said. “He had plans for the property, he wanted to do so much of it.”

WREG first told you about this project being presented to the city council on May 1st. Just more than three moths later, there are shovels in the ground. Councilman Harold Collins will tell you that’s because they were not asking for any money from the city.

“These are tax dollars, these are opportunities for other investors to come in. We have to convince them that this is the right thing to do,” Collins said. “It’s hard to say no to the king of rock ‘n roll.”

Collins says this is the first step in helping the Whitehaven area make a new name for itself. Turning around an area that’s recently taken a turn for the worse, but will always be know on as Elvis’s hometown.

Kevin Kane is president of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Center. He says Elvis is a huge money maker for the city.

“What people don’t realize is the heartbreak Hotel is the highest occupied hotel in the state of Tennessee,” he said. “Running close to 90 percent occupancy year round.”

Kane says this Guest House project is bigger and better, and will bring in much more money and tourists to the area.

“This is a multimillion dollar week for us like it is every single year,” he said. “Thank God for the King of rock ‘n roll”

The new hotel will mean the Heartbreak Hotel will soon be a thing of the past. When this 450-room, $70 million dollar hotel opens up next August, the one across the street will close down.

The hotel will provide up to 100 jobs, increase property values and attract new business along Elvis Presley Boulevard according to those behind it.

August 14 - His Hand On Coloured Vinyl

The classic "His Hand in Mine" will be re-issued once more on vinyl by WaxTime LP's on November 10, 2014. 

La Collection

Due for release from V.P.I. Records Inc. on September 1, 2014 is a limited edition 10 disc vinyl set entitled "La Collection"From the product description: "For the first time original French 10 inch EP's will be re-issued on 12 inch coloured vinyl with alternative covers and text. The set, limited to 1000 copies, contains 110 remastered tracks and comes in a presentation box." 

Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation rises from #131 to #123 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending August 23, 2014.

Auction
 
The first-ever Auction At Graceland in the all-new Graceland Archives Studio was held tonight as fans and collectors from around the globe bid on 72 featured artifacts authenticated by the new Graceland Authenticated. Among the items in the auction were rare and unique artifacts from the collection of Greg Page, founding member of The Wiggles® and one of the world’s biggest and well-known Elvis Presley collectors. Page’s items included Elvis’ 1977 Cadillac Seville and Elvis’ copy of the original script for his first film, “Love Me Tender.” All of the items in the auction were from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction came from the treasured Graceland Archives.

“I’m thrilled that the auction was such a success. I never truly considered these my ‘things’ and while it was difficult to part with these treasured items, I’m pleased that so many of the artifacts found great homes with like-minded Elvis fans,” stated Page. “It’s been a pleasure working with the Graceland Authenticated team, who have set a new standard for pop culture auctions. I look forward to working with them in the future.” 

The items in the sale chronicled the many facets of Presley's life, from his stardom to his lifelong generosity to family, friends and strangers. Topping the charts was a Gold and Diamond Lion's Head Pendant, which brought $82,500 against an estimate of $25,000-$35,000. Elvis bought it in 1969 and wore to numerous events, including a meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White House. An opal and diamond ring that Elvis purchased in 1976 found a new home at $38,750.

The last Cadillac Elvis purchased for his personal use, a 1977 Cadillac Seville in two-tone maroon and silver was secured with a bid of $81,250.

An October 1958 Elvis signed 24-hour leave pass from his base in Germany, issued to Elvis so that he could spend time with his visiting father and grandmother just two months after his mother Gladys died, sold for $20,625.

There were several surprises in the sale. A bullet riddled paper shooting target shot at by Elvis and friends surprised everyone by selling for $27,500 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500. A Graceland cast iron kitchen skillet from the late 1960's with a receipt signed by his mother went for an unexpected $4,750. And, Elvis' keys to his Palm Springs home where he and Priscilla spent their 1967 honeymoon brought $3,375.

All of the prices realized include a 25% buyer's premium. The next Elvis Graceland Authenticated Auction will take place in January 2015 and is accepting consignments now at auctioninfo@graceland.com. 

Top 5 Lots

1) Lot 39, Elvis Gold And a Diamond Lion's Head Pendant, $82,500
2) Lot 62, Elvis 1977 Cadillac Seville, $81,250
3) Lot 40, Elvis Opal And Diamond Ring, $38,750
4) Lot 23, Original 1939 Graceland Blueprints, $35,000
5) Lot 41, 1969 Las Vegas Show Agreement, $27,500

6) Lot 53, Elvis Bullet Ridden Shooting Target From Graceland Smokehouse, $27,500

(Source: Amazon / FECC / Brian Quinn / ElvisMatters)

August 13 - Elvis Guide

TV Guide released "Remembering Elvis", a new 98 page magazine. It measures 8 inches by 10.5 inches. 

Restoration Of Circle G Ranch Has Begun
 
Phase 1 of restoration has commenced at Circle G Ranch, formerly owned by Elvis Presley. Plans include the relocation and restoration of the historic Honeymoon Cottage to the interior of the property near the horse stables, which will also be restored. An arena will be created next to the stables for horse and pony rides, shows, and equine therapy, to help those with developmental challenges. Elvis’s barbecue pit will be recreated in its existing location, using the remaining original bricks. The 55-foot cross and the bridge across the 14-acre lake will be refurbished and repainted.

A dynamic water feature will be installed within the lake, as well as a stage for performances, located on the west side of the lake. A grassed terrace seating area will be available for approximately 500 guests to enjoy multimedia water, light and music shows in the natural environment. A parking area and walking paths will be established to access the attractions. The destination will be a paid attraction.


The investors, led by managing partner, Buddy Runnels Jr. of Real Estate International, Inc., are striving to preserve the features from Elvis’s ownership, and will nominate these elements to be in the National Register of Historic Places. Projected completion for Phase 1 is summer 2015.

American Studio Historic Marker Unveiling

Sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Commission, an historic marker will be unveiled at the former site of American Studios. Special guests will be in attendance. American Studios is where over 120 hit records, including Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto," "Don't Cry Daddy", and "Kentucky Rain," were recorded. 

(Source: eBay / FECC) / ElvisMatters / Circle G Ranch / Pal Granlund)

August 12 - Barbra Loves Elvis On Blu-Ray

As published before, Barbra Streisand is to duet with the late Elvis Presley on new album "Partners". The title of the duet was released today. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, Barbra will team up with the King Of Rock And Roll for a rendition of “Love Me Tender”. 

Released

The import-release "Some Call It Folk" was released. The "folk" compilation comes in a 3 panel digi-pack. 

Warner Home Video released the 50th Anniversary Edition of "Viva Las Vegas" on blu-ray, packed in a Premium Digibook. 

Warner Home Video also re-issued "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" ‚as a two disc Special Edition Premium Digibook containing the original movie and 2001 Special Edition. In contrary to the 2007 2-DVD set, the outtakes were presented in abysmal quality, but on this blu-ray, they will be pristine thanks to the find of a better tape. 

Twilight Time released the movie "Follow That Dreamon blu-ray in a limited edition of 3000 copies. This edition comes with two extra features: an isolated score track and the original theatrical trailer.

Primo

The Flemish magazine Primo has Elvis Presley on the cover of this week's edition. Inside an article with notable and fun facts about his films. Everything you (maybe) did not know about the most popular artist of all time ...

(Source: Daily Mail / Amazon / Twilight Time / Warner Bros.)