December 14 - Silver Christmas

The single "Blue Christmas", which re-entered the Official UK Streaming Top 100 earlier this week, has been awarded a Silver Single Award by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 200.000 copies sold, streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales, since it's (re)release on November 18, 2004.

(Source: FECC)

December 13 - Christmas On Tour


The VV import-label produced two new “Christmas” box-sets of their “Return of the Pelvis” and “First Time In Huntsville” release. 

Return of the Pelvis: This edition is a limited run of 20 copies, including 2 exclusive glossy stickers, personalized standard double LP on black vinyl, including a poster, CD, high quality t-shirt, exclusive mug and candle with “Elvis ‘69” logo all packed in an exclusive boxset. 

First Time In Huntsville: This edition is a limited edition run of 10 copies, including a special deluxe double vinyl set, original gatefold sleeve, high-quality t-shirt. 

On Tour October 1976 

Here is the cover-art for the Kieran Davis book “On Tour October 1976” which was released in an initial run of 100 copies. If there is sufficient interest another print run can be done according to the author. The next book to be published will be a companion to “On Tour October 1976” but will deviate from the usual format in that it is a pictorial work dedicated to just one show - the one in Champaign. This book, entitled "Champaign 1976", is due in the new year. 

Las Vegas '56 

The book "Las Vegas '56" by Norwegian writer Erik Lorentzen in his Gold Standard Series has been released. The book covers Elvis' very first gig in Las Vegas where he made his debut on April 23, 1956 at the Venus Room at the Frontier Hotel. 

(Source: FECC / UEPS /The Music of Elvis Presley / Elvis Club Berlin)

December 12 - Charts (Updated 15/12)

The 2007 Elvis Presley compilation CD "Elvis Presley - Original Recordings" from the Icons budget series has been re-issued. 

CD 1: Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Rip It Up - Don't Be Cruel - My Baby Left Me - Love Me - That's All Right (Mama) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Poor Boy - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Anyplace Is Paradise - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Blue Moon - Long Tall Sally - Mystery Train - I Was The One - Trying To Get To You - Baby Let's Play House - Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - One-Sided Love Affair - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Just Because - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Money Honey

CD 2: Good Rockin' Tonight - Blue Suede Shoes - How's The World Treating You - I Got A Woman - Paralyzed -  Ready Teddy - Let Me - First In Line - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Shake, Rattle And Roll - You're A Heartbreaker - Old Shep - How Do You Think I Feel - We're Gonna Move - I'm Counting On You - Milkcow Blues Boogie - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - I Love You Because - Tutti Frutti - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - So Glad You're Mine - Love Me Tender.

Charts

The weekly chart updates:

US Billboard chart:
  • On the Billboard Album Top 200 chart the “It's Christmas Time” album climbed from #52 to #45. 
  • On the Billboard Album Sales Chart the “It's Christmas Time” album climbs from #55 to #39 
  • On the Billboard Artist chart Elvis Presley climbed from #40 to #26. 
  • On the US Billboard Top Country Album chart the “Elvis ’68 Comeback Special” album is a new entry at #38. 
  • On the US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart Top 25 the “It’s Christmas Time” climbed from #4 to #2.
  • On the US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart Top 25 the “The Classic Christmas Album” remained steady at #5. 
  • On the US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart Top 25 the “Elvis: Ultimate Christmas” album climbed from #18 to #13. 
  • On the US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart Top 25 the “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” climbed from #16 to #15.
  • On the US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart Top 25 the “Elvis: '68 Comeback Special: 50th Anniversary Edition” set is a new entry at #21. 
Canadian chart
  • On the Canadian Album Chart "The Classic Christmas Album" climbed from #80 to #49
Belgian charts:
  • On the Belgium Mid-price Top 50 "Elvis Top 40 - Hit Ultimate Top 40 Collection" is a re-entry at #30 (Wallonia).
UK and Irish chart:
  • The song "Blue Christmas" is a re-entry on the UK Audio Streaming Songs chart at #99.
  • On the Irish Music DVD chart the "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #1 to #2.
Australian Charts:
  • On the Australian ARIA Album Top 50 chart the "Elvis Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" re-entered the chart at #35.
  • On the Australian Music DVD chart the "Elvis The King of Rock and Roll" DVD dropped from #20 to #21. 
(Source: FECC / Martin / Elvis Club Berlin)

December 11 - Follow That Dream Releases Available

The latest batch of Follow That Dream collectors releases are out. 
The "The Wild One '56" book by David English and Pål Granlund was already available. Now the "For LP Fans Only" double CD re-issue, the "Holiday Season In Vegas" double concert release containing the December 13, 1975  Midnight Show and December 6, 1975 (splice from DS to MS) performances and "Elvis: Cafe Europa - G.I. Blues Vol. 2" Limited Edition vinyl double LP have been released. 

The "Holiday Season In Vegas" set has a sticker that states "Audio Disclaimer" and it states that there are audio imperfections (mainly on disc two).

(Source: FECC / Memphis Mansion / Elvis Matters / FECC)

December 10 - Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers (Updated)

It appears that the Victrola import-label will have some competition on their upcoming "Elvis - April 10 1972, Richmond" CD now the Black Diamond import-label announced the release of "Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers" containing the same concert. 

From the press-release:
"Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers" is the new release from the Black Diamond label - it features Elvis' stunning Richmond show from April 10, 1972. This is the same show that is coming out soon on the Victrola label but according to Black Diamond they have a far superior sound quality.

The new label Black Diamond label kicks off with it's first release of a show originally recorded for the 1972 movie "On Tour". This show has been taken from a digital copy of a rough stereo mix made from the original multitrack tapes some years ago. The sound on this CD has been professionally remastered to achieve optimum audio quality.

We are aware that this show will also be released by the Victrola label. But after listening to their previous release of the Greensboro show, we think that the remastering has not been done properly. It simply was a digital overkill with way too much compression, muffled sound and a lack of separation. You can expect the same digital overkill on their forthcoming Richmond release! Our competitors even swapped the stereo channels which means that the piano comes out of the right speaker ... which is completely wrong!

Please note that Black Diamonds remastered this show from a digital copy of the very same source tape that our competitors used for their release. We are sure the difference is amazing. On Black Diamond the sound is crisp and clear with all instruments clearly audible. And Elvis' voice sounds much more natural than on the other label. They achieved a some kind of artificial sound. Not very enjoyable.

Champaign - 1976

After a long break author Kieran Davis, is working on updating a current title and a new project according to postings on the FECC forum. 

He confirmed a new book entitled “Champaign - 1976”, due in the first quarter of 2019 and his “November 1971” book will be updated, re-edited and expanded by an additional 100 pages. The latter  should be available in the first half of 2019.


Kieran Davis also has two other offerings ready for sale for his current customers in 2019 covering the tours from April 1972 and March 1974. Apparently these books are limited to 100 copies and not being wholesaled at present. It's in hardback with 170 photos. 

From the author:

My website has not been updated yet. There have been incompatibility issues with some browsers, which is why some links might not be working. I am trying to get this sorted out and hope to have it updated by the new year. Updates and information for all future releases will also be added.

The initial printing of 'Elvis On Tour October 1976' is indeed just 100 copies, but if there is sufficient interest then another print run can be done.

Yes, I am working on the April 1972 and March 1974 tours, also an updated and expanded edition of 'On Tour November 1971' with approximately 100 additional pages. 

The next book to be published will be a companion to 'On Tour October 1976' but will deviate from the usual format in that it is a pictorial work dedicated to just one show - the one in Champaign. I decided to publish this separately rather than unbalance 'On Tour October 1976' by including all the original photos I had available from this show. The binding and style will be identical to 'October 1976' so they can sit alongside each other on a book case, but 'Champaign' can be a stand alone book for those more interested in images than words. This will be submitted for printing in the new year. If you want to reserve a copy just send me an email.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / FECC)

December 09 - Las Vegas '56 Previews

Due for release December 2018 is a new book by Norwegian writer Erik Lorentzen in his Gold Standard Series. The book,  entitled "Las Vegas '56" covers Elvis' very first gig in Las Vegas where he made his debut on April 23, 1956 at the Venus Room at the Frontier Hotel. Here are several previews.

(Source: Paul Sweeny on FECC)