July 29 - Atlanta Loves the Best Of Brittish

The Follow That Dream colle tors label announced the release of the book / CD set "Elvis: The Best Of British, 1956 - 1960". From the press-release:

ELVIS MAGNETISED
AND MESMERISED.
HIS MUSIC MOVED AND
INSPIRED A GENERATION!

This is Elvis and in the concluding volume of the trilogy Elvis: The Best of British, this time the focus is on the RCA recordings of 1959-1960 and, consistent with the previous volumes, contains over 500 pages. Discover exactly how Elvis, on his triumphant return from army service, reinvented his career at the top of the entertainment world when RCA declared ‘Elvis is Back!’ before the movie G.I. Blues changed his life forever. His story is graphically told through the music with over FIFTY iconic songs, originally released on the British RCA label, having been extensively researched.

Over 1100 rare or previously unpublished photographs, charts and unique memorabilia, create a visually enhanced record of a superstar with unsurpassed acclaim. Read about the management strategy to keep Elvis’ name in the public eye whilst he was away, which not only succeeded in retaining his image of more than just a singer, but as the pulse at the heart of a generation. With its wealth of invaluable information, this book includes: -

° Every known photograph and press cutting of Elvis in Scotland, his only time on British soil!
° Photographs from the pivotal meeting with Hal Wallis in a German restaurant where Elvis’ future movie career was mapped out!
° The New York Elvis songwriter who was thrown into the East River by mobsters and the British composer who appeared on a £10 bank note!

This book includes a 30 track CD featuring many performances officially released for the first time. Hear Elvis personally introduce his British chart toppers during this two year period along with other classic tracks, rare movie versions and audio movie promotions. Add to that, exciting songwriter demos as Elvis first heard them and you will own a unique CD to treasure.

Elvis: The Best Of British, The RCA Years 1959 - 1960 charts the fascinating facts about Private Presley’s RCA UK releases during these two years and Colonel Parker’s plan to engineer Elvis’ move away from rock ‘n’ roll to attract a new generation of fans whilst still retaining his crown as ‘The King’.

Elvis: The Best Of British, 1956 - 1960
From a boy to a legend!

Track list



Elvis: The Best Of British, The RCA Years 1959 – 1960
INTRODUCED BY ELVIS

UK CHART TOPPING SINGLES
1. I Got Stung – 2:39
2. One Night – 2:51
3. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I – 3:00
4. I Need Your Love Tonight – 2:17
5. It’s Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) – 3:34
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?Θ – 3:14

MORE OF ELVIs’ INTRODUCTIONS
7. My Wish Came True – 2:53
8. A Big Hunk O’ Love – 2:27
9. It Feels So Right – 2:43
10. Soldier Boy – 3:49
11. I Will Be Home Again – 3:13
12. Like a Baby – 3:24
13. Such A Night – 3:20
14. Fame And Fortune – 3:06
15. Doin’ The Best I Can – 3:42

Magical movie memories
16. G.I. BLUES – (Short) Movie Trailer – 0:27
17. Pocketful Of Rainbows (Duet with ‘Juliet Prowse’) – 2:42
18. What’s She Really Like (Shower song) – 0:20
19. Tonight’s All Right For Love (German single version) – 2:13
20. G.I. Blues – UK Radio Advert No 1 – 0:18
21. Frankfort Special (Train version) – 2:29
22. G.I. Blues – UK Radio Advert No 2 – 0:19
23. Wooden Heart (Puppet show version) – 2:08
24. G.I. Blues – UK Radio Advert No 3 – 0:17
25. Shoppin’ Around (Live nightclub version) – 1:50
26. G.I. Blues – UK Radio Advert No 4 – 0:29
27. Big Boots – (Slow 2nd Version - Take 6) – 1:11
28. G.I. Blues – (Long) Movie Trailer – 2:43

Songwriter Demo Recordings
29. Pocketful Of Rainbows – Vocal: Jimmy BreedloveΘΘ – 2:06
30. I Gotta Know – Vocal: Paul EvansΘΘΘ – 2:14
Total Running Time: 67:42 minutes

Mastered by Jan Eliasson

(Note: Composer credits for the song titles are listed within the book)

Θ This single was recorded in 1960 and made No 1 in January 1961
ΘΘ Courtesy of Ben Weisman
ΘΘΘ Courtesy of Paul Evans







The TouchDown import-label announced the release of "Atlanta Loves Elvis".






From the press-release:
As 1976 came to an end, there was not much spectacular to find concerning Elvis Presley's career over that year. In spite of well visited concerts and a constant high interest of his fans his live concerts were reaching a low point in summer, which was noticeable at less euphoric feedback's from the press and his fans who were sometimes disappointed by his performance. The following autumn brought an upturn for Elvis. Until the end of the year he managed to turn his low point into his last golden age. His concerts were getting exiting with an Elvis who became more healthy and in shape again. The great mood of the King was showing of in his concerts which made his last tour 1976 to one of the greatest in the 70s. „Touchdown“ presents you his concert from December the 30th 1976 on a new 2 Disc now. Elvis and Atlanta always had a special connection to each other which made concerts in Atlanta even more exiting. Elvis loved Atlanta and Atlanta loved him. An amazing set list and an artist who gave everything for the audience made this show the favorite for many fans. Even though this is just a record from the crowd the quality is amazing and much better than all others known so far what you can hear in the sample. Furthermore this evening Elvis sang and ultra rare and full length „Such A Night“ for his fans.

Tracklisting:

CD one – Total Playing Time 40:36

Also Sprach Zarathustra – 1:31 See See Rider – 3:52 I Got A Woman/Amen – 8:13 Big Boss Man – 3:09 Love Me – 2:45 Fairytale – 3:20 Happy Birthday,Elvis – 1:30 You Gave Me A Mountain – 3:14 About `It´s Now Or Never´ - 0:51 O Sole Mio/It´s Now Or Never – 3:33 Jailhouse Rock – 1:43 Such A Night – 1:51 Talk With The Audience – 1:28 Reconsider Baby – 2:53 About `Are You Lonesome Tonight´- 0:43

CD two – Total Playing Time 42:37

Are You Lonesome Tonight – 3:18 That´s Alright Mama – 2:03 Having Fun With The Audience – 2:34 My Way – 3:41 Polk Salad Annie – 3:58 Band Introductions – 1:48 Early Morning Rain – 1:48 What`d I Say/Johnny B. Goode – 1:45 Drum Solo by Ronnie Tutt – 1:43 Bass Solo by Jerry Scheff – 1:31 Piano Solo by Tony Brown – 1:02 Love Letters – 2:53 School Days – 1:17 Hurt (with reprise) – 3:56 Hound Dog – 2:26 Unchained Melody – 3:22 Can´t Help Falling In Love – 1:49 Closing Vamp – 1:43

July 29 - Atlanta Loves Elvis

The TouchDown import-label announced the release of "Atlanta Loves Elvis".

From the press-release:
As 1976 came to an end, there was not much spectacular to find concerning Elvis Presley's career over that year. In spite of well visited concerts and a constant high interest of his fans his live concerts were reaching a low point in summer, which was noticeable at less euphoric feedback's from the press and his fans who were sometimes disappointed by his performance. The following autumn brought an upturn for Elvis. Until the end of the year he managed to turn his low point into his last golden age. His concerts were getting exiting with an Elvis who became more healthy and in shape again. The great mood of the King was showing of in his concerts which made his last tour 1976 to one of the greatest in the 70s. „Touchdown“ presents you his concert from December the 30th 1976 on a new 2 Disc now. Elvis and Atlanta always had a special connection to each other which made concerts in Atlanta even more exiting. Elvis loved Atlanta and Atlanta loved him. An amazing set list and an artist who gave everything for the audience made this show the favorite for many fans. Even though this is just a record from the crowd the quality is amazing and much better than all others known so far what you can hear in the sample. Furthermore this evening Elvis sang and ultra rare and full length „Such A Night“ for his fans.

Tracklisting:

CD one – Total Playing Time 40:36

Also Sprach Zarathustra – 1:31 See See Rider – 3:52 I Got A Woman/Amen – 8:13 Big Boss Man – 3:09 Love Me – 2:45 Fairytale – 3:20 Happy Birthday,Elvis – 1:30 You Gave Me A Mountain – 3:14 About `It´s Now Or Never´ - 0:51 O Sole Mio/It´s Now Or Never – 3:33 Jailhouse Rock – 1:43 Such A Night – 1:51 Talk With The Audience – 1:28 Reconsider Baby – 2:53 About `Are You Lonesome Tonight´- 0:43

CD two – Total Playing Time 42:37

Are You Lonesome Tonight – 3:18 That´s Alright Mama – 2:03 Having Fun With The Audience – 2:34 My Way – 3:41 Polk Salad Annie – 3:58 Band Introductions – 1:48 Early Morning Rain – 1:48 What`d I Say/Johnny B. Goode – 1:45 Drum Solo by Ronnie Tutt – 1:43 Bass Solo by Jerry Scheff – 1:31 Piano Solo by Tony Brown – 1:02 Love Letters – 2:53 School Days – 1:17 Hurt (with reprise) – 3:56 Hound Dog – 2:26 Unchained Melody – 3:22 Can´t Help Falling In Love – 1:49 Closing Vamp – 1:43

July 27 - Closing Show

The AudiRec import-label announced the release of the CD "Elvis Closing Night, A brandnew CD Set which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the complete performance from December 15, 1975 – well known as the “Closing Night” for Elvis´ December Las Vegas 75 Season.

Expectations were high when Elvis returned to Las Vegas in December of 1975. Will the “King” reign again or will he again leave tons of disappointed fans who were waiting for “their” concerts back in August of the same year, only to learn that Elvis had to cancel the main part of his two-week engagements at the Showroom then? To cut it short: Elvis delivered mainly great shows. He seemed to be relaxed and enjoying himself on stage. The fans loved the performances and from what we can hear on several audience recordings and soundboard recordings, too, this Las Vegas Winter season of ´75 was a very good one.

The concert is now being released for the first time in its entirety. The initial release of this show on cd goes back to the early 1990´s and lacks from a couple of missing songs. Furthermore it was even wrongly dated.

Expect a fine, decent 2 CD Set containing a great show and be sure to get your copy at your local dealer! Accompanied by a 16-page booklet with lots of information and pictures from the show itself plus some from the days before this new CD release is - just like the first two releases on AudiRec (the already sold-out titles “Elvis At The Hilton” and “Opening Night 1975”) - also limited to only 300 copies.

Tracklisting:
15.12.1975 - Closing show, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hilton Hotel
CD1



01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. Tryin' To Get To You 06. And I Love You So 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09. Hound Dog 10. Dialogue 11. I' m Leavin' 12. You Gave Me A Mountain 13. Polk Salad Annie

CD2
01. Band Introductions 02. What’d I Say (Instrumental - James Burton) 03. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 04. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) 05. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) 06. School Day #1 07. School Day #2 08. Just Pretend 09. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) 11. America (The Beautiful) 12. Burning Love (false start only) 13. Sweet, Sweet Spirit (J. D. Sumner & Stamps) 14. Little Sister 15. One Night 16. Until It's Time For You To Go 17. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 18. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 19. O Sole Mio (with false start) / It's Now Or Never 20. Can't Help Falling In Love 21. Closing Vamp
Update June 27, 2015

July 22 - Japanese Re-issues

Sony Music Japan released ten classic albums including "The Sun Sessions". The complete line-up: Elvis Presley – Elvis – Elvis’ Gold Records - Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 2 - G.I. Blues - Blue Hawaii - Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3 - Elvis That’s The Way It Is - Elvis Aloha From Hawaii and The Sun Sessions. 

(Source: Elvis World Japan / Elvis Aktuell)

July 21 - Elvis Love Songs

The UK based Not Now Music released the 3 CD-set "Elvis Love Songs" on a 3 LP set on 180 Gr. red vinyl. 

LP 1:
Can't Help Falling In Love - It's Now Or Never - She's Not You - The Girl Of My Best Friend  - I'm Coming Home - Fever - Shoppin' Around - That's When Your Heartaches Begin A Fool Such As I - One Night - Don't Ask Me Why - I'm Left,You're Right,She's Gone - Blue Hawaii - I Beg Of You - A Mess Of Blues - Love Me - Don't Leave Me Now - Don't - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - How's The World Treating You? - Such A Night Are You Lonesome Tonight?

LP 2:
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Good Luck Charm - Love Me Tender - Wooden Heart - True Love - Don't Be Cruel - There's Always Me - Starting Today - In Your Arms - Loving You - Treat Me Nice - Anyway You Want Me - Stuck On You - Playing For Keeps - Young Dreams - I'm Counting On You - Young And Beautiful - One-Sided Love Affair - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Your Cheatin' Heart - I Want You,I Need You, I Love You.

LP 3:
Surrender - Tonight Is So Right For Love  - A Big Hunk O' Love  - Return To Sender  - What's She Really Like  - It's A Sin  - Gently  - Pocketful Of Rainbows  - I Gotta Know  - Doin' The Best I Can  - My Wish Came True  - As Long As I Have You  - Lover Doll  - Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello  - I Was The One  - I Love You Because  - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Suspicion  - I Need You So  - How Do You Think I Feel?  - Too Much  - I Need Your Love Tonight.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

July 20 - Songwriter Carson Died

Wayne Carson, a songwriter known for penning the Elvis Presley / Willie Nelson classic"Always on My Mind" (co-written with Johnny Christopher and Mark James) and the Box Tops / Joe Cocker hit "The Letter", died early Monday morning. He was 72.

Carson had suffered from various health issues and had been in hospice care for the past month.

Born in Colorado to musicians who performed under the stage names "Shorty & Sue," Carson grew up around music and began playing guitar at age 14 after hearing finger-picking great Merle Travis on record. He got his first big cut when Eddy Arnold recorded Somebody Like Me and took it to the top of the country charts in 1966.

Carson's biggest success came with Always on My Mind. The song had been recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972 and later covered by Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley's 1972 recording of the song was a Top 20 hit, while Willie Nelson's soft, bittersweet recording a decade later would top the country music charts and win three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Nelson's version proved so popular that Always on My Mind was named the Country Music Association's song of the year in both 1982 and 1983, leading the organization to change its voting procedures so that a song could win the award only once. Pop group the Pet Shop Boys also found chart success with the song. In total more than 300 versions of the song have been recorded.

(Source: Tennesean / ElvisMatters)