June 21 - Where No Exclusive Stands Alone

EPE / Graceland announced the release of two Graceland exclusives for the new RCA release "Where No One Stands Alone" featuring 14 newly mixed tracks including a duet with Lisa Marie and new background vocals from Elvis' original gospel back up group the Imperials and remaining members of the Stamps Quartet.

This is the first time in almost 10 years that Lisa Marie will be involved in an Elvis recording project. Lisa says, “This was his favorite genre – no question about it. He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive – whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans.”

The pictures show Lisa Marie in de studio with the manager of Graceland Holdings,  album-producer Joël Weinshanker and producer Andy Childs.

From the Graceland shop you can get a blue vinyl and cassette edition. A bonus package also features the CD and a lithograph signed by Lisa Marie Presley. The album  The CD as well as a LP vinyl release are set to release in mid August during Elvis Week 2018.  

(Source: Graceland / Lisa Marie Presley)



June 20 - Strictly Reno Brothers

The "The Reno Brothers" book by Erik Lorentzen has been released in the " The Gold Standard Series". This hardcover book covers Elvis Presley's debut movie "Love me Tender" and should contain many rare and unpublished photos  with all the stories.

Due July 15, 2018 is the hardcover book "Strictly Elvis 2". The book covers Elvis final years 1976 and 1977 in 1200 pages on 450 pictures from fan and photographer Keith Alverson.

(Source: UEPS)

June 18 - Another Return of the Pelvis

On June 17th. and June 18th. family and friends remembered the late Dominick Joseph Fontana, or D.J. Fontana in Nashville. Below the poem by Joey Beighley.

Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow, 
but remember me in every tomorrow. 
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, 
I've only gone to rest a little while. 

Although my leaving causes pain and grief, 
my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. 
So dry your eyes and remember me 
not as I am now, but as I use to be. 

Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile, 
Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. 
As long as I have the love of each of you, 
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

Elvis Auctions


A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. 

Lindsay Goldstein, a spokeswoman for IronPlanet, said the jet is still grounded in Roswell and the current owner “has not made any changes to this piece of history.”

Golden Ram's Head Ring Sold
 
The Alridge and Sons auction house sold Elvis Presley's 1956 Las Vegas contract for 28,000 UK Pound and the Golden Ram's Head Ring for 33.500 UK Pound.

Return of the Pelvis


The VV import-label released another version of their “Return of the Pelvis” title. Containing the August 03, 1969 Dinner Show prformance as recorded in Las Vegas. 50 copies, three variations: “The Final Edition”, “Ultimate Edition” and an “Essential Edition”.

Details Final edition:
Limited edition of hand numbered 20 copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker.
The standard double black vinyl set with personalized numbering on the back sleeve.
An exclusive 3D glossy box-set, an exclusive box set with the printed sleeve in two layers (4/5 thick) mm stuck on the box set surface
Exclusive T-Shirt, Elvis’ 69 logos. Size L and XL
Exclusive glossy Hand-numbered 12” Art Photo
Exclusive giant patch 32X16 cm with Elvis’ 69 logos.
Exclusive 4GB personalized vinyl shaped USB Stick containing High Definition audio of the concert.

Details Ultimate Edition:
Limited boxed edition of 20 hand numbered copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker
An exclusive glossy box set with printed art image.
Exclusive Rejected digipack. This is the first version of the digipack then rejected in favor of the six final variations.
Exclusive T-shirt. Size L and XL
Exclusive glossy Hand-numbered 12” Art Photo
Exclusive 8” card
Bonus cd, including the live audience recording from Tampa September 1970

Details Essential edition:
Limited boxed edition of 10 hand numbered copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker
An exclusive glossy box set with glossy adhesive sleeve.
Exclusive 60x30 glossy 130-gram paper Poster
Exclusive 8 inch art card hand numbered.
Including all the six digipack variations.

(Source: EM / Various)

June 17 - Elvis, April 56 and Seven Days In March 1960

Two new books were released by Paul Belard; "Elvis, April 1956" and "Elvis 1960, Seven Days in March". Both books are mainly picture-books.

Details "Elvis, April 1956" (226 pages)

April 1956 was another busy month Elvis. It began with his first appearance on the Milton Berle Show on the 3rd. Following shows in San Diego the next 2 days, he signed his movie contract with producer Hal Wallis on the 6th. The same day he took his 2nd screen test.

On the touring scene, he embarked on a series of performances in the South West. The tour was interrupted by a recording session in Nashville on the 14th. Oddly, only one song was recorded. The following day, Elvis left for a tour in Texas and Oklahoma. The month culminated with the first week of his appearance in Las Vegas.

On The Charts, "Heartbreak Hotel" reached Number 1 on the Pop Charts. It stayed at number 1 on Billboards Top 100 Chart for 7 weeks, on the Cashbox Chart for 6 weeks. It hit the number 1 spot on the Country & Western Chart, and the top 5 on the R&B Chart. It became Elvis' first gold record  for a million copies sold.

Details "Elvis 1960, Seven Days in March" (194 pages):


A seven day journey with Elvis as he leaves Germany after a conference in Friedberg, stops in Scotland and Newfoundland, lands at  McGuire Air Force Base, gives another press conference, is discharged at Fort Dix, takes the train to Memphis where he is greeted as the prodigal son.

March 1960, almost 2 years before, Elvis was drafted. At the peak of his professional career, he faced two uncertain years. Would it be over? 
Would the fans still be there when he came back? The doubts were etched on his face, in the days of March 1958. His easy smiles were now forced. They would disappear 
for a long while after his beloved mother's untimely death in August 1958.

However, in the days of March 1960, his smiles could not have been more genuine. His army days over amidst a flurry of press conferences attended by more reporters than would have covered a presidential address. Frank Sinatra, who came close to calling him a blabbering idiot a few years before ate crow and dug deep in his pockets to have him on his show. Contracts for several movies were already signed. All was good again.

Weekend Charts

United Kingdom:

The DVD “Elvis – The Collection” climbed from #5 to #3 on the Official UK Music DVD.  
The "The Searcher" soundtrack is listed at #28 on the Official UK Soundtrack Album chart.
United States:

The “Essential Elvis Presley” re-entered both the Rock Album chart as the Country Album chart at #45.
The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #22 to #20 on the Christian Album chart.
Ireland:
  • The ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” Compilation climbed from #41 to #37 on the Irish Album chart.
Belgium:
  • The “The Searcher” soundtrack dropped from #98 to #134 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The “Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” compilation re-entered the Belgian Mid-price Album chart at #36. 
Australia:
  • The "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" DVD dropped from 19 to #21 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
  • The "The King" compilation is listed at #46 on the Australian Catalogue Album chart.
(Source: Paul Belard / The King's World)

June 16 - Where No One Stands Alone

RCA plans for an Elvis gospel release will include a duet featuring Elvis daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album title track "Where No One Stands Alone". 

The album featuring 14 tracks are believed to be new mixed tracks including new background vocals from Elvis' original gospel back up group the Imperials and remaining members of the Stamps Quartet. The CD as well as a LP vinyl release are set to release in mid August during Elvis Week 2018.  Lisa Marie previously had three posthumous releases with her father including Don't Cry Daddy, In The Ghetto and I Love You Because.

Lisa Marie Presley will attend Elvis Week with a special appearance on August 11th at 1 P.M. at the Elvis Presley's Memphis Soundstage.  For those fans purchasing the Elite and Premier Packages for Elvis Week they will have an opportunity for Lisa Marie to sign the new album. Regular tickets for the event are also available. 

Tracklist CD: I've Got Confidence - Where No One Stands Alone (Feat. Lisa Marie Presley) - Saved - Crying In Chapel - So High - In The Garden - Bosom Of Abraham - How Great Thou Art - I, John - You'll Never Walk Alone - He Touched Me - Stand By Me - He Is My Everything - Amazing Grace.

Tracklist LP:
Side A: I've Got Confidence - Where No One Stands Alone (Feat. Lisa Marie Presley) - Saved - Crying In Chapel - So High - In The Garden - Bosom Of Abraham
Side B: How Great Thou Art - I, John - You'll Never Walk Alone - He Touched Me - Stand By Me - He Is My Everything - Amazing Grace

(Source: Always Elvis Fan Club)