February 03 - Repacked, Remastered

A new Elvis 4-CD longbox entitled "Elvis in Houston" will be released in a limited run of 400 copies. The set contains 4 soundboards from Houston; Houston Astrodome, Houston, Tx, 01-03-1974 Afternoon Show, Hofheinz Pavillion, Houston, Tx, 04-06-1975 8:30 Pm Show, Hofheinz Pavillion, Houston, Tx, 05-06-1975 8:30 Pm Show and the The Summit, Houston, Tx, 28-08-1976 Afternoon Show.

Elvis Remastered

All the audio within Sony’s forthcoming Elvis Presley box set "The Album Collection", has been confirmed as newly remastered according to an update from the Super Deluxe Edition website. Super Deluxe Edition contacted Sony Legacy for clarification and they confirmed that audio engineer Vic Anesini, who has worked on many Elvis Presley projects over the years, has remastered all the audio for this mammoth 60CD set.

US Charts


The Billboard charts for the week ending February 13, 2016.

  • Elvis Presley has no entries on the Billboard Album Top 200.
  • "If I Can Dream" rises from #4 to #3 on the Classical Albums Chart.
  • "Heart And Soul" drops from #8 to #10 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart.
  • "Playlist: The Very Best Of Elvis Presley Movie Songs" is a new entry at #25 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart.
UK Charts

On the Official UK Album charts for the week ending February 11, 2016 "If I Can Dream" dropped from #12 to #14 with approxomately 6,645 copies sold, making the total sales to date around 981,422 copies. Other entries on the UK Charts for 5th February, 2016.

  • 'If I Can Dream drops from 54 to 67 on the Album Download Chart; remains at 12 on the Album Sales Chart; remains at 9 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from 21 to 20 on the Vinyl Album Chart.
  • 'The Elvis Collection' drops from 31 to 47 on the Music Video Chart.
  • 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' is a re-entry at 49 on the Music Video Chart.
European Charts
  • The CD "If I Can Dream" dropped off the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The CD "If I Can Dream" dropped from #14 to #19 on the Irish Album chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from 10 to 14 on the Scottish Album Chart.
(Source: FECC / Super Deluxe Edition / Brian Quinn / Brian Quinn / FECC / The King's World)

January 29 - If I Can Dream ... Some More

Due for release from Sony Music on February 26, 2016 is a re-issue of the Deluxe Box edition of the "If I Can Dream" album. It contains 17 tracks on both vinyl and CD. It comes with a photo booklet and poster. 

Charts


The "If I Can Dream" set dropped from #8 to #12 on the Official UK Album chart with 8,263 copies sold this week. In the UK, If I Can Dream now only needs another 25,223 sales to reach one million. 
David Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar has topped the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart for the third consecutive week.


David Bowie’s remains #1 for a third week. He has equalled a record with Elvis Presley for most simultaneous entries in the top 40 of the albums chart. Twelve of the albums this week belonged to Bowie, matching him with the King’s chart performance following his death in 1977.


Other entries on the UK Album Charts for W/E 4th February, 2016:

  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from 5 to 9 on he Physical Album Chart; drops from 8 to 21 on the Vinyl Album Chart; drops from 39 to 54 on the Album Download Chart and drops from 8 to 12 on the Album Sales Chart. Streaming is a problem for Elvis as IICD is not in the Top 100 Album Streaming Chart.
  • 'The Elvis Collection' DVD set rises from 34 to 31 on the Music Video Sales Chart.
  • The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" re-entered the Music DVD chart at #49.
  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from 9 to 10 on the Scottish Album Chart.
US Charts

Elvis Presley has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending February, 6, 2016.
  • The CD “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” dropped off the American Billboard Album Top 200 chart after a re-entry at #129 last week. 
  • The CD “If I Can Dream” remained steady at #4 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. 
  • 'Heart And Soul drops from 4 to 8 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ climbed from #60 to #40 on the Canadian Album charts. 
European Charts
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ dropped from #69 to #78 on the Belgian Album charts. 
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ dropped from #7 to #8 on the Irish Album chart.
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ dropped off the Austrian (from #72) and Spanish (from #91) Album charts this week. 
Australian Charts
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ dropped from #7 to #12 on the Australian Album charts. 
  • The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" dropped from #29 to #33 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
Global charts
  • The CD “If I Can Dream“ dropped from #10 to #25 on the Global Album charts. 
(Source: FECC /  Brian Quinn / Amazon / The King's World / AChart)

January 28 - A Killer Nite!

Coming out soon is new Straight Arrow CD titled "A Killer Nite", featuring the previously unreleased Las Vegas, August 26th, 1972 Dinner show. 

From the press-release:
This recording is taken directly from a recently found original mastertape, as recorded by British super fan Rex Martin. This new source has never been in circulation. Of all the engagements that Elvis performed between 1969 and '76, there is no doubt that his Summer '72 season was one of his finest. Not only that, but he was also operating on a consistently strong level, which is something that you can't even say about the Summer '70 one, which had its fair share of poor shows near the end of the engagement. He was in total command of his art, he looked fantastic and he sang like a bird. Each concert from this engagement is recommended listening for the true Elvis scholar. As usual, our new release is presented in Straight Arrow's standard deluxe digipack, designed with a collection of photos of Elvis, taken during Elvis’ 1972 Las Vegas Summer Festival.
Tracklist:

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Love Me Tender - 07. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - 08. Polk Salad Annie - 09. Instrumental Intermezzo / Monologue - 10. What Now My Love - 11. Fever - 12. Love Me - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Heartbreak Hotel - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Little Sister / Get Back - 17. Hound Dog - 18. I’ll Remember You - 19. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner & Stamps) - 20. Suspicious Minds - 21. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 22. My Way - 23. A Big Hunk O' Love - 24. You Gave Me A Mountain - 25. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp. 

January 27 - Such Vinyl

Due for release from the Memphis Recording Service on April 16, 2016 is the double vinyl edition of "Such A Night In Pearl Harbor" for Record Store Day. The original 2012 release was available on CD and came with a 100 page booklet. The vinyl edition comes with a little bonus. 

On March 25, 1961 Elvis Presley performed what would become his final live performance for eight years! The complete recording of that very show is captured here on this limited edition, 180gm, double album set. Also included in the 26 tracks is a vinyl debut of the recently discovered press conference for the show which was not available at the time of the CD version of this release.


As a bonus, the included 24 page booklet is illustrated with many rare large images and extensive, informative linear notes that recall historical facts up to and including Elvis' arrival and performance in Pearl Harbor.


Tracks:

Elvis Arrives In Pearl Harbor Hawaii - Elvis Receives Honorary Award Pearl Harbor... Intro - Heartbreak Hotel - All Shook Up - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - I Got A Woman - Love Me – Introdutions - Such A Night - Reconsider Baby - I Need Your Love Tonight - That's All Right - Don't Be Cruel - One Night - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It's Now Or Never - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Hound Dog - Part 1 - feat. Take My Hand Precious Lord - Part 2 - feat. I Believe In The Man In The... - Part 3 - feat. It Is No Secret - Part 4 - feat. Milky White Way - Part 5 - feat. He Knows Just What I Need - Part 6 - feat. I Believe - Part 7 - feat. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley.

February 1974 Closing Show Released


The MxF import release "February 1974 Closing Show" containing an audience recording of the February 9, 1974 performance as recorded at the Hilton Hotel Las Vegas NV. Warning for collectors, this is a limited edition of 500 copies, released as CD-R. 

FTD's Delayed


The Follow That Dream collectors label announced that the January releases will be delayed for about two weeks. 

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Aktuell / Memphis Recording Service)

January 26 - BD Rock

Due for release on April 29, 2016 is an Elvis Presley double CD in the "BD Rock Series" by Fred Beltran. 

(Source: Amazon France)

January 25 - Hilton Showroom Volume 1

The AudiRec import-label announced the release of "Hilton Showroom Volume 1" containing an audience recording of the complete and so far unreleased performance from December 8, 1975 – right in the middle of Elvis Presley's December Las Vegas 75 Season.

From the press-release:
AudiRec proudly presents: Elvis – Hilton Showroom Volume 1 – a brand new CD Set which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the complete and so far unreleased performance from December 8, 1975 – right in the middle of Elvis´ December Las Vegas 75 Season.
AudiRec has by now quite an experience in focusing on the year of 1975. The reason for this is simple – we believe that when Elvis was on stage in 1975 he was almost always focused on the music, and it showed. So when Elvis returned to Las Vegas for the second to last time in December of 1975 he delivered mainly great shows. The one you hear on this release he seemed to be in excellent mood and enjoying himself on stage – actually just like at all the other shows from December 2 to December 15. The people in the Hilton Showroom on that very night loved his performance and from what we can hear on this cd plus several other audience- and soundboard-recordings, the Las Vegas Winter season of ´75 was a really good one.

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 (including an extensive fan-review of the show written very shortly after the concert was over) and listen to the show from December 8, 1975. It´s Las Vegas! It´s the Hilton Hotel Showroom! It´s ELVIS! Enjoy!

Tracks: 8.12.1975 - Las Vegas, Nevada, Hilton Hotel:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen [medley] 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale 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. Until It's Time For You To Go 11. You Gave Me A Mountain 12. Polk Salad Annie 13. Band Introductions 14. Johnny B. Goode [James Burton] 15. Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt] 16. Bass Solo [Jerry Scheff] 17. Piano Solo [Glen D. Hardin] 18. School Day #1 19. School Day #2 20. Just Pretend 21. It's Now Or Never 22. One Night 23. How Great Thou Art [with reprise] 24. Softly As I Leave You 25. America The Beautiful 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man [medley] 27. Elvis talks 28. Fever [with reprise] 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 30. Closing Vamp.

(Source: FECC)