October 19 - Bootleg Vinyl and CD

A few new vinyl and CD import-releases have been announced. "King Of The Whole Wide World - The Kid Galahad Sessions" containing the "Kid Galahad" recording sessions, "You Asked me Too" with 14 country oriented songs from the late 1960's and 1970's, "Elvis Sings Mort Shuman And Doc Pomus" a collection of 19 rare and hard to outtakes from songs written by both Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus and finally "Let Me Take You Home", a double vinyl and  2 CD release containing the June 10, 1975 performance.

From the press-releases:


"King Of The Whole Wide World - The Kid Galahad Sessions". A sublime 4 CD boxset with the most complete "Kid Galahad" recording sessions ever presented, including many tracks unreleased by Elvis' official record company. This stunning box also includes the complete film versions and original mono masters as well as the stereo masters! The mono sessions are presented in the best audio quality till now. Far superior to recent previous releases. Included is a neat 12 page booklet! 

Reel 1 - The Stereo “EP” Versions 
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo Outtakes 
07 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 1-3 08 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 6 09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 7-8 10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 13-17 11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-21 & 25 12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 31 13 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 2 14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Complete Spliced Master 15 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-3 & 6-7 16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 10 17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 12 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14 19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21 Unedited Master

Reel 2 - The Original Mono EP Versions 
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo Outtakes Continued 
07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1 08 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 6 09 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7 10 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1 11 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 6 12 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2 Unedited Master 13 This Is Living (M6) / Take 2 14 This Is Living (M6) / Take 8 15 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3 16 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4 

Unedited Master 
The Long Stereo Masters - Left Channel Mixes 
17 King Of The Whole Wide World 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is 19 I Got Lucky 20 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo “EP” Masters - Left Channel Mixes
21 King Of The Whole Wide World 22 This Is Living 23 Riding The Rainbow 24 Home Is Where The Heart Is 25 I Got Lucky 26 A Whistling Tune

Reel 3 - The Movie Versions
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 07 I Got Lucky - End Version 08 This Is Living - Edit 

The Mono Outtakes 
09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 16-19 10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-23 11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 24-25 12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 26-29 13 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 30-31 14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 1-2 15 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 3-8 (Intro Only) 16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-4 17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 5-7 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 8-10 19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 11-12 20 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14 21 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 15-20 22 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21

Reel 4 - The Mono Sessions Continued 
01 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1 02 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 2-3 03 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 4 04 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 5-6 05 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7 06 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 8 07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 9 (Ending Only) 08 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 1-2 09 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 3 10 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 5 * 11 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 6 12 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 7 13 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1 14 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 2-3 15 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 4-6 16 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 1 17 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2 18 This Is Living (M6) / Take 1-2 19 This Is Living (M6) / Take 3 20 This Is Living (M6) / Take 4-6 21 This Is Living (M6) / Take 7-8 22 This Is Living (M6) / Take 9-10 23 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3 24 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4 * Take 4 Was Skipped 

Details You Asked me Too

After the release of “The Swinging Sixties” (Petticoat LP 001) now it is time for the second release of the newly found Petticoat label. A fantastic vinyl album plus bonus CD album with 14 country oriented rare and hard to find songs from the late 1960's and 1970's ! Great stuff, housed in a stunning full color sleeve and available in both gold and clear vinyl.

1. It's Your Baby You Rock It - Alternate Mix 2. You Asked Me To - Take 3a 3. Green Green Grass Of Home - Take 3 4. Talk About The Good Times - Take 3 5. Let's Forget About The Stars - Rough Mix 6. Susan When She Tried - Original Session Mix 7. I Really Don't Want To Know - Rough Mix 8. Promised Land - Take 5 9. When I'm Over You - Undubbed Rough Mix 10. Early Morning Rain - Take 11 11. Any Day Now - Alternate Mix 12. For Ol' Times Sake - Take 4 13. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - Vocal Overdub 14. Cindy Cindy - Undubbed Master 

Details Elvis Sings Mort Shuman And Doc Pomus

Based on the 1985 vinyl album, this stunning collection contains 19 rare and hard to outtakes from songs written by both Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus. Great 6- panel digipack with liner notes and original artwork.

1. A Mess Of Blues - Take 1 2. His Latest Flame - Take 3 3. Little Sister - Take 9 4. Surrender - Take 9 5. Suspicion - Take 3 6. Kiss Me Quick - Take 6 7. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - Take 5 8. Night Rider - Take 5 9. I Need Somebody To Lean On - Take 8 10. Viva Las Vegas - Take 2 11. Doin' The Best I Can - Take 9 12. I Feel That I've Known You Forever - Take 1 13. Double Trouble - Take 1 14. Long Lonely Highway - Single Master 15. Never Say Yes - Take 5 16. She's Not You - Take 2 - Work Part Take 1 17. What Every Woman Lives For - Album Master 18. Girl Happy - Take 4 19. You'll Think Of Me - Take 16 

Details Let Me Take You Home (double vinyl + 2 CD)

23 years after the first Diamond Anniversary Editions release "old times they are not forgotten" the DAE team has joined together for some very special vinyl releases. The first two titles: "Here I Go Again" and "Old Times They Are Not Forgotten" were a complete sell out and was well recieved by vinyl freaks. Now the second CD that was released by DAE is available on this deluxe double vinyl album “Let Me Take You Home”. It contains the June 10 1975 show. And it's a beauty! 

We believe this new updated double album is the best outing of this show till now! And of course the show is included on CD too. The show is remastered and updated in the best way possible! This set also includes a bonus cd containing the comedy act and the pre-show. This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. Get it while you can and add this awesome DAE product to your collection. 

LP Side 1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. Love Me Tender
LP Side 2: 01. All Shook Up 02. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 03. Hound Dog 04. Fairytale 05. Burning Love 06. Introductions 07. Johnny B. Goode 08. Introductions 09. Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll
LP Side 3: 01. Introduction Of Vernon Presley & Dr. Nick 02. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 03. Why Me Lord 04. How Great Thou Art 05. Let Me Be There 
LP Side 4 01. Funny How Time Slips Away 02. Little Darlin’ 03. An American Trilogy* Bonus Cuts
04. An American Trilogy (June 9, 1975) 05. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (June 9, 1975) 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (June 6, 1975) 08. Closing Vamp (June 6, 1975) 
*Incomplete / Tape Runs Out

CD 1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. Love Me Tender 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 09. Hound Dog 10. Fairytale 11. Burning Love 12. Introductions 13. Johnny B. Goode 14. Introductions 15. Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll 16. Introduction Of Vernon Presley & Dr. Nick 17. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 18. Why Me Lord 19. How Great Thou Art 20. Let Me Be There 21. Funny How Time Slips Away 22. Little Darlin’ 23. An American Trilogy* 
*Incomplete / Tape Runs Out 

Bonus Cuts:
24. An American Trilogy (June 9, 1975) 25. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (June 9 1975) 26. Can’t Help Falling In Love (June 6, 1975) 27. Closing Vamp (June 6, 1975)

CD 2: 01. Jackie Kahane Comedy Act 02. Love Me Tender - Orchestra 03. Announcement Of Voice 04. Keep It Goin’ - Voice 05. Going Back To Memphis - Voice 06. Announcements & Band Warm Up 

(Source: FECC)

October 18 - Weekly Lawsuit News (Updated)

The "Weekly News" magazine features Elvis Presley n the cover of their October 2018 magazine. Inside an article entitled "The Rise And Fall Of The King". 

New Lawsuit Elvis Presley Enterprises Filed Against Memphis

Elvis Presley Enterprises filed another lawsuit against the city of Memphis this week, arguing a delay in the approval process for Graceland expansion plans is retaliatory and unlawful.

“That’s not the first time Graceland has sued us, that’s I think the third time that’s happened,” Mayor Jim Strickland said Thursday. “Bottom line: The private owners of Graceland want public taxpayer dollars to put into their privately-owned facilities. And we have a problem with that.”

The new lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, alleges a delay earlier this month in the Land Use Control Board’s consideration of a major Graceland expansion plan was meant to punish Graceland.

A 6,200-seat arena is among the expansion plans, which Memphis city officials have said they believe would violate a non-compete agreement with the FedExForum.

The Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County voted earlier this year in favor of the Graceland expansion project, provided it doesn’t violate the non-compete agreement. The Shelby County Commission in June gave its blessing to the expansion plans with the condition that a judge settles the dispute over the non-compete agreement.

But action by the Land Use Control Board is being deferred until pending litigation in Chancery Court is resolved.

Elvis Presley Enterprises is seeking an increase to the percentage of tax increment financing it receives to help pay for the next phase of the expansion project. The Memphis Grizzlies lease agreement for the FedExForum states that city funding can’t be used for a new venue that seats more than 5,000 people and would compete with the Downtown Memphis facility.

The new lawsuit contends that the city, specifically Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen, took “unlawful and retaliatory” action, blocking the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development from approving Graceland’s development application, in response to the Graceland stance on the arena agreement, and the fact that it obtained resolutions from EDGE and the county “over the city’s objections.”

"Simply put, (Elvis Presley Enterprises) proceeded with the non-arena aspects of the project because it had an unfettered right to do so, and there was nothing prohibiting it from proceeding with that portion of the project," the lawsuit states.

The allegations "appear to claim" the city shouldn't be allowed to communicate with the Office of Planning Development about the state court lawsuit, despite the fact that the office is a joint city-county operation, McMullen said in a statement, also noting that EDGE's approval of funneling taxpayer dollars to the Graceland expansion is contingent on a court ruling that it wouldn't breach the FedExForum non-compete agreement.

That resolution would grow to 65 percent the share of funds Graceland draws from its tax increment financing district, which earmarks property tax revenue from assessed value increases within the district.

McMullen in a statement called the new lawsuit largely a “rehash” of the allegations raised in a separate lawsuit in state court, which the city has filed a motion to dismiss.

“It is hard to see how the lawsuit is legally sound,” McMullen said in the statement. “Unfortunately, once again it appears EPE is using lawsuits as part of their business strategy.”

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Jamie Munks for Commerial Appeal)

October 17 - Dubious Letters from Elvis

Due for release on November 1, 2018 is the book "Letters from Elvis: Shocking Revelations to a Secret Confidante". A bit dubious sounding, make up you're own mind.

Synopsis:
Letters from Elvis may be the most important and revealing book ever written about 'The King.' It is based on material contained in hundreds of handwritten and authenticated letters that Elvis and his friends-Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Tom Jones-secretly wrote to their spiritual guide, Carmen Montez. 

Never has such an intimately revealing collection of letters surfaced about such a well-known celebrity. Letters from Elvis is an explosive revelation of Elvis's inner life, an exposé of heinous Hollywood crimes that targeted Elvis, a touching tale of friendship, an eerie ghost story, and a series of startling new Elvis mysteries. Because rigorous copyright laws prevent direct publication of the actual letters, the book also tells the story of the author's thirty-year struggle to bring this information to light.

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

October 16 - Pure And Simple Soundtrack Sessions

Due for release from the Elvis One import-label are two new titles; “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs” and “Elvis - Pure And Simple 2

From the press-release:
The "Elvis Pure and Simple" CD contains tracks by Elvis Presley without backing vocals or overdubs, the pure sound of Elvis Presley. Original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. In most of the studio sessions the backing musicians were there with Elvis and Elvis was singing along with them – yet here these vocals are faded out if they were present. A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 page booklet with photos and recording information.

The “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs”  contains original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. 22 tracks, with 11 tracks previously unavailable through Elvis Presley's record company. All tracks in the best possible sound quality! A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Tracks Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs:
Roustabout (Take 16 - Vocal Overdub) - Am I Ready (Take 6) - A Dog’s Life (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Lonely Man (Take 3 - Record Version) - Smorgasbord (Take 2) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub - Alternate Master) - A Cane And A High Starched Collar (Take 6) - Everybody Come Aboard (Take 3) - Kissin’ Cousins (Hillbilly Vocal Overdub) - She’s A Machine (Take 14) - My Desert Serenade (Take 10) - Aloha ‘Oe (Section 2 - Take 2) - Britches (Take 7 - Vocal Overdub) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 10 - Remake) - King Of The Whole Wide World (1st Version - Take 6) - Dainty Little Moonbeams (Take 6 - Unedited Master) - Girls! Girls! Girls! (Take 15 - Unedited End Title Version) - Vino, Dinero y Amor (Take 1) - Flaming Star (Take 3) - Stay Away, Joe (Take 9) - Happy Ending (Take 10 - End Title) - Tender Feeling (Vocal Overdub - Master - Take 1 - Vocal Only)

Tracks Elvis Pure And Simple 2:
Just For Old Time Sake - Starting Today - Can't Help Falling In Love - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - He Knows Just What I Need - Doin' The Best I Can - Suspicion - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Fame And Fortune - Something Blue - I Don't Want To - Tomorrow Night - Please Don't Stop Loving Me - I'm Yours - I Will Be Home Again - I'll Never Let You Go (lLittle Darlin').

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

October 15 - Las Vegas '56 Book

Due from Erik Lorentzen's KJ Consulting December 2018 in the "Golden Standard Series" is the book "Las Vegas ´56". 

"Las Vegas '56, when "The Atomic Powered Singer" Elvis Presley was singing Rock 'n' Roll, loudly, in Frank Sinatra's Town...".

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / FECC)