May 04 - Opening Night At The Lake Tahoe Showroom

The AudiRec import-label has announced a new CD entitled "Opening Night at Lake Tahoe" containing an audience recording of the Opening Show in Lake Tahoe from April 30, 1976.

From the press-release: 
AudiRec proudly presents "Elvis - Opening Night at Lake Tahoe", a brand new CD which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the complete and so far unreleased performance from April 30, 1976 (the Opening Show was actually a Dinner Show, there were two performances this day). Welcome to another AudiRec CD release which takes you back to the spring of 1976. At the time this CD is being released it means that it´s actually kind of a “40th Anniversary”. To be honest, we did not plan to do this just because it is exactly 40 years ago that Elvis played his final Lake Tahoe-Season. As a matter of fact Elvis was working very hard the whole year of 1976. While in January Elvis had a rather quiet time and even showed some effort to just relax and have fun, early February he was kind of “forced” to record new songs for an album release and early March he was back on tour. 
We all know from “Elvis History”, that the “King” would have done much better for his health if he would not let himself being that busy but for whatever reason tour after tour was being scheduled… and done. No matter what the critics in many newspapers wrote about his performances – at least they had to admit that Elvis´ popularity (at least all over the USA) was so big that ticket-selling for any upcoming concerts didn´t even need any advertising. Billboard´s Headline in early March 76´ told us “No Ads, But Presley SRO On Current 5-Concert Gig” for the short tour in March. “Elvis plans busy spring” was another headline shortly after this and it said “Like Lightning: Who says Elvis isn´t working hard? Before he stars at the Sahara Tahoe April 30 – May 9, Elvis will be on a concert tour”, then adding the dates and finally conclude “Elvis is still the super superstar”. 
So when Elvis came to the beautiful area of Lake Tahoe at the end of April, he most likely was not aware that this would be his last season at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel. The shows have mostly been described by fans as “relaxed” with “lots of surprising moments”, but there were also remarks saying that the “King” looked unhealthy and tired. From what we can hear on the so far released CDs it sure was a mixture of all of this and still we believe that this last engagement had many moments fans do not want to miss. Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure to get your copy if you are interested. Once you have it in your hands, we hope your spare time will allow you to sit back, put your headphones on, flip through the accompanied 16-page booklet and listen to the show from April 30, 1976. It´s Lake Tahoe! It´s the Sahara Tahoe Showroom! It´s ELVIS! Enjoy!

Tracks Lake Tahoe, 30.04.1976 Opening night: 
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C .C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) 04. Love Me 05. Let Me Be There (false start only) / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) 09. Trying To Get To You 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Band Introductions 12. What'd I Say (James Burton) 13. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 14. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) 15. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 16. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) 17. School Day 18. America The Beautiful 19. Hurt 20. Burning Love 21. How Great Thou Art 22. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) 23. Hound Dog 24. Can't Help Falling In Love (with false start) 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements

Hilton Showroom Volume 3

The AudiRec import-label also announced a new CD entitled "Elvis: Hilton Showroom Volume 3" containing an audience recording of the Dinner Show in Las Vegas from December 6, 1975.

From the press-release:
AudiRec proudly presents "Elvis - Hilton Showroom Volume 3" a brand new CD which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the complete and so far unreleased performance from December 6, 1975 (Dinner Show). With this CD release Elvis Collectors should now be able to own every single show from Elvis' second to last Las Vegas engagement on “real” factory-pressed CDs.

Since his Opening Show on December 2 Elvis did only one show each day. But since this 6th of December, 1975 was a Saturday he did two shows, well known as “Dinner” and “Midnight” Shows. In the past Elvis occasionally had a hard time getting “awake” while going on stage for a Dinner Show. But that was not the case in December of 1975. The show you are able to hear on this CD release is just as good as all the others of this engagement. There is no performance in any of those shows that is not at least “decent”. 
Still there are fans who don´t like the Elvis of the “later years” but maybe they can make an exception with this engagement since it has too many performance highlights in it to call it mediocre or even bad. Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure to get your copy if you are interested. 
Once you have it in your hands, we hope your spare time will allow you to sit back, put your headphones on, flip through the accompanied 16-page booklet and listen to the show from December 6, 1975. It´s Las Vegas! It´s the Hilton Hotel Showroom! It´s Elvis! Enjoy!

Tracks 06.12.1975 Dinner show: 
01. Opening Vamp / C .C. Rider 02. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) 03. Love Me 04. Fairytale 05. Elvis talks about "TODAY" album / Instrumental fanfare by orchestra 06. And I Love You So 07. Trying To Get To You 08. All Shook Up 09. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) 10. One Night 11. Polk Salad Annie 12. Band Introductions 13. What'd I Say (James Burton) 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 15. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) 16. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) 17. School Day (incomplete) 18. Introduction of singer Charlie Pride 19. Blue Christmas 20. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) 21. Burning Love 22. Softly As I Leave You 23. America The Beautiful 24. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp

(Source: FECC)

May 03 - 20 Million Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., the music world’s most important and beloved landmark, has officially welcomed its 20 millionth visitor today, nearly 34 years after first opening its legendary gates to the public.  The iconic mansion was home to Elvis and his family for 20 years and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.  Since beginning tours on June 7, 1982, Graceland has hosted music fans from around the world, coming from more than 140 countries, along with U.S. presidents, foreign heads of state, esteemed royalty and hundreds of notable music artists, actors and celebrities, who have visited the historic home to honor and celebrate Elvis Presley’s incredible legacy.  Graceland continues to be known as one of the most famous residences in world, joining the ranks of The White House and Buckingham Palace.  The 20 million visitor milestone is the total reached for paid admissions since Graceland opened to the public.

Newlywed Tiffany Greenoak, 31, originally from Montreal, Canada and now residing in London, England, was named the 20 millionth visitor to Graceland this morning.  On her honeymoon with husband Robert Greenoak, 40, the couple had no idea that they were about to become part of Graceland history when handed their tickets for the tour of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s famous Memphis mansion.  Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, greeted the newlyweds on the front steps of Graceland to kick-off the celebrations which included a private tour of Presley’s home with staff from the Graceland Archives. As an added bonus, Priscilla Presley spoke to Tiffany and Robert by phone as they stood in front of Graceland and congratulated them on their 20 millionth milestone status. 


“We played Elvis music at our wedding, so for us as a couple, this trip to Memphis has tremendous meaning.  It has been a dream to visit Graceland.  I just can’t believe we’re here. We both grew up with Elvis music in our homes, our mums were big fans,” said Tiffany. “It says a lot that 20 million people have been here and to turn out to be the 20 millionth visitor is an incredible honor. We’ll have to come back for our anniversary and maybe we’ll be the 40 millionth visitor.”

Frech Comic

The French Elvis Presley CD / comic book set "Elvis Presley" by Fred Beltran has been released in the “BD Rock" series. The longbox contains a 48 tracks from 1954 - 1962 on two discs. 

(Source: Amazon)

April 29 - Elvis On Television

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television, Boxcar Enterprises will release a Limited Edition 400-page hard cover book (with slipcase), a comprehensive illustration of Elvis Presley’s early television appearances titled "Elvis on Television (1956-1960)". The Book is expected to be released June 20th 2016.

From the press-release:
From his first national introduction on the Dorsey Brothers ‘Stage Show’ in January 1956, through his appearances on other TV shows hosted by famous celebrities such as Milton Berle, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan (including the infamous ‘from the waist up’ show in January 1957), this book goes well behind the scenes of each show documenting his arrival, the rehearsals and the shows themselves, all the way through to Elvis’ post-army appearance on The Frank Sinatra-Timex Show in May 1960. It was to be his last television appearance for eight years. 

Supported by a fully comprehensive text, (by Gordon Minto) collected here are scores of historical documents, memorabilia and hundreds of rare photographs - many of which have never before been published. This book will captivate the reader throughout, and is the most detailed document on the history of Elvis on Television from 1956-60.

Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis 

Due from Thom Gilbert is the book "Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis".

Description:

An all-access pass to the private world of Elvis Presley, as photographed by Thom Gilbert, who went behind the scenes to capture these stunning photographs of Elvis artifacts. An intimate look at the “The King” through an examination of the items he chose to surround himself with, this collection presents portraits, personal memorabilia, jewelry, fashion and knickknacks, and interior images from his homes and birthplace. 


Adding to this unique portrait of Elvis are inspirational stories from the musicians, intimates, relatives, producers, songwriters, costars and friends who knew him. Gilbert has created an historic collection that encompasses an in-depth cross-section of the people who crossed paths with one of America’s most beloved performers and the possessions and treasures that were meaningful to the man who was the most celebrated pop culture icon of the 20th century. 


(Source: Boxcar / The King's World / Glitterati Incorporated)

April 28 - Charts

Elvis Presley has no entries on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending May 7, 2016. 

The "If I Can Dream" CD remains at #3 on the Classical Album Chart.

The "I'm Leavin'" is a new entry at #23 on the Vinyl Album Chart; is also a new entry at #15 on the Folk Album Chart and a new entry on the Top Country Album Chart at #27.

The "He Touched Me' - The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley' (Vols.1 and 2)" DVD set drops from #4 to #11 on the Music Video Sales Chart.

UK Charts

The "If I Can Dream" CD dropped from to #60 on the Official UK Album chart for the week ending April 29, 2016. Other Elvis Entries On The UK Charts are:

The "If I Can Dream" CD drops from #42 to #52 on the Album Sales Chart and remains at #31 on the Physical Album Chart.

The LP "I’m Leavin'" dropped off the Official UK Vinyl Album chart. 

European Charts



The "If I Can Dream" CD drops from #51 to #66 on the Scottish Album Chart.

Australian Charts

The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Perfomances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #38. 

(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC)

April 27 - Still Stirring Passions

The MxF import-label announced the release of "Still Stirring Passions" featuring the unreleased Vegas March 21, 1975 Dinner Show. 

From the press-release:

After the problematic October 1974 tour, almost five months of rest and a February hospital visit, Elvis was back to the Hilton a little bit overweight, but stronger respect the previous year and overall in higher spirit. For this reason his performance is relaxed and superb like many critics noted…, still at the top if his ability he deliveries short shows as usually, but very intense updating the show with more contemporary repertoire, tossing away mostly of the oldies..There is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, bringing back his best seventy rocker like Burning Love, introducing his latest single Promised land.., He sang with power and sensitivity at the same time, delivering a solid short show, with songs like Let Me Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John” and the classic “My Boy” sang terrifically. Unlike previously Elvis didn’t carry any Karate exercises, in this season the sport was never mentioned….but in same time respect the previous two years the rocking spirit was back, in fact Elvis started to perform again his rocking repertoire appearing to be more focused on the music.

The sound is very good for an ambient recording, We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out a simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound balancing the channel and put at the right speed the tape. The result a pretty dynamic tape with a great definition of the background music.


As usually from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs newspapers clip and memorabilia. We love this show, the rock attitude is back, the “NEW” songs added reflecting the man in the 1975!! in spite the long band introduction, the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. The sound is very good and in times of continue Soundboard re-release we are glad to give you the possibility to have a release that can combine the Very Good audio quality with the unreleased status. We add as bonus for this first release a poster featuring a great live shot from the actual March 1975 Vegas season.


Tracks: Vegas March 21, 1975 DS:

01. Intro 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman 04. Amen05. Elvis Talks 06. Love Me 07. Burning Love 08. It’s Midnight 09. And I love You So 10. Big Boss Man11. Love Me Tender 12. Hound Dog 13. Band Introductions 14. What’d I Say15. Ronnie Tutt Solo 16. Duke Bardwell Solo 17. Glen Hardin Solo 18. David Briggs Solo 19. Joe Guercio Theme 20 My Boy 21. If You Love Let Me Know 22. I’ll Remember You 23. Let Me Be There 24. An American Trilogy 25. Can’t Help Falling Love (part) 
CD time about 50.00 minutes.

(Source: FECC)