February 23 - More Record Store Vinyl

As mentioned February 19, the French VPI record label announced the release of the vinyl LP "I Sing All Kinds” and “Elvis in Paris: 60th Anniversary” with March 13, 2019 (Record Store Day) as the release-date. 

The “I Sing All Kinds” release comes with remastered content on white 180 Gr. vinyl. 

Side 1: 1. That’s All Right (Take 3) / 2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Take 9) / 3. Rip It Up (Take 17) / 4. Old Shep (Take 5) / 5. Let Me (Solo) / 6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas / 7. True Love / 8. New Orleans

Side B: 1. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I (Take 5) / 2. Like A Baby (Take 2) / 3. The Girl Of My Best Friend (Take 6) / 4. Wooden Heart (Take 1) / 5. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Take 1) / 6. Surrender (Take 9) / 7. Follow That Dream (Take 4) / 8. Hound Dog (Live, December 15th, 1956).

The “Elvis in Paris - 60th Anniversary” album celebrates Elvis Presley’s visit to the city of light in 1959. This title comes on colored red white and blue vinyl, the colors of the French flag, and with a 12 page booklet and is limited to 1000 copies. 

Side A: 1. King Creole (Take 18) / 2. I Need Your Love Tonight (Take 10) / 3. Don't (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) / 4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Take 22 Undubbed) / 5. My Wish Came True / 6. I Got Stung (Take 10) / 7. One Night / 8. A Big Hunk O' Love (Take 2)

Side B: 1. I Beg Of You (Take 11 - 13/1/57) / 2. (Now And Then There’s) / A Fool Such As I (Take 3) / 3. Doncha' Think It's Time (Take 40) / 4. White Christmas / 5. Hard Headed Woman / 6. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 9) / 7. Almost Always True (Take 5) / 8. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Take 13) / 9. Extract Of Press Conference 1958 / 10. Press Conference 1959.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Matters)

February 22 - Charts

The weekly Elvis Presley chart update from around the globe. The “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” makes it's global chart debut on the Official UK Physical Album and official Scottish Album charts while the "Love Songs" compilation dropped off three UK charts the week after valentine's day.

US Billboard charts:
  • US Billboard Top Country Album chart: “Heart and Soul” re-entry at #49.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” climbed from #7 to #6.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #13 to #12.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry at #20.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #23 to #18.
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #19 to #20.
Official UK Chart Company
  • Official UK Physical Album chart: “Love Songs” dropped off the chart from last week’s #60 spot.
  • Official UK Album Sales chart: “Love Songs” dropped off the chart from last week’s #66 spot.
  • Official UK Independent Album chart: “Love Songs” dropped off the chart from last week’s #13 spot.
  • Official UK Physical Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” new entry at #56.
  • Official UK Album Sales Chart chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” new entry at #61.
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” new entry at #54.
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” dropped from #2 to #3.
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “The Elvis Collection” re-entry at #5.
Australia
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD charts: '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) re-entry at #2 (probably re-entry as ARIA links it to the original DVD release).
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD charts: "Elvis The King of Rock and Roll" re-entry at #28.
(Source: UK Mix / Official Chart Company / IRMA / Martin)

February 22 - Loving Rock 'n' Roll

The HooDoo Records label released the CD "Rock 'n' Roll No 2. + Loving You" containing two classic UK Elvis Presley releases and six additional bonus tracks.

The Not Now Music label released the 3 LP set "Elvis In The '60s". This 48 track set comes on red colored vinyl, packed in a gatefold sleeve.

(Source: Amazon) 

February 21 - Blue Hawaii Splices Takes

The CMT import-label announced the release of another volume in their "Spliced Takes" series; "Blue Hawaii - Spliced Takes". 

From the press-release
New splices and edits gives you a feeling you have a complete new album! “Can’t Help Falling in Love" has been made just like the master with the “reprise”, “Slicin’Sand" includes 3 different guitar solos and rocks the sand out of your speakers! “Ito Eats” has a very different ending. We could go on, but “No More" ... 

(Spliced) Tracks: Blue Hawaii - Spliced take 1, 2 , 3, 5, 3 / Almost Always True - Spliced take 2, 3 / Aloha Oe - Spliced Take 6, 1 / No More - Spliced take 4, 8, 15 / Can't Help Falling in Love - Spliced take 24, 24, 26 / Rock A-Hula Baby - Spliced take 1, 2, 3 / Moonlight Swim - Spliced take 1, 4, 4 / Ku U I Po - Spliced take 6, 7 / Ito Eats - Spliced take 1, 2, 5 , 5, 5, 5 / Slicin Sand - Spliced Take  8, 3, 5, 14 / Hawaiian Sunset 6, 2, 3, 3, 3 / Steppin Out of Line - Spliced take 11*, 15 *, 8 # / Beach Boy Blues - Spliced take 3, 3, 3 / Island of Love - Spliced take 2, 9, 9, 9 / Hawaiian Wedding Song - Spliced take 1, 2, 2.

(Source: FECC)

February 20 - Nominated for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2018

The “Elvis Presley - The Searcher” documentary has been nominated for the 27th Annual Movieguide Awards in the category “Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2018” by Hallmark. This award honors ‘family friendly awards”. This will be shown on Hallmark on February 25, 2019.


(Source: FECC / Celebrity Page)

February 19 - Fun with Follow That Dream

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the release of the "Fun in Acapulco" 3 CD set. Together with this set the previously announced book "Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington", a cooperation with Flaming Star Books, wille be released. This book includes more than 350 photos. Over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington. A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956. 

From the press-release:
CD This is the ultimate "Fun In Acapulco" 3-CD set: includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes. The 8 x 8 inch slipcase replicates RCA Victor’s vault-stored session reel box. The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson. The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.

CD 1 - The Original Album:
Fun In Acapulco - Vino, Dinero Y Amor - Mexico - El Toro - Marguerita - The Bullfighter Was A Lady - (There’s) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here - Bossa Nova, Baby - You Can’t Say No In Acapulco - Guadalajara
Bonus Songs: Love Me Tonight - Slowly But Surely

Outtakes:
Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 1 - 2) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 3) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 4 - 5) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 6) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 7 - 8) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 9) - Bossa Nova, Baby (Take 10 & 11/M) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 1) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 2 - 5) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 6 - 7) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 8 - 9) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Splice Of Take 10 And One Line From Take 7/M - Record Version) - Mexico (Take 1 - 2) - Mexico (Take 3 - 4) - Mexico (Take 5/M)

CD 2 - Outtakes:
Mexico (Take 6) - Mexico (Take 7 / Alternate Master) - Mexico (Instrumental - Take 1 - 2 & 3/M) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 1 - 3) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 4 - 6) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 7) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 8 - 9) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Splice Of Take 9 & 7/M - Record Version) - Marguerita (Take 1) - Marguerita (Take 2 - 6) - Marguerita (Take 7 & 8/M) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 1) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 2 - 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 4) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 5/M) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigos - Cafe Version - Take 1) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigos - Cafe Version - Take 2) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigos - Cafe Version - Take 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigos - Cafe Version - Take 4/M) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigos - Boat Version - Take 1 - 2 & 3/M) - (There’s) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car (Take 1/M) - Fun In Acapulco (Take 1/M) - El Toro (Take 1) - El Toro (Take 2) - El Toro (Splice Of Take 2 & 1/M) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 11 - 13) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 14 - 15) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 16 - 18) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 19)

CD 3 - Outtakes:
I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Splice Of Take 19 & 18/M - Movie Version) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 10) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 11 - 14) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 15 - 16) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 17/M - Movie Version) - Malaguena (Track, Take 1) - Malaguena (Track, Take 2 - 10) - Malaguena (Track,  Splice Of Take 6 & 10/M) - You Can’t Say No In Acapulco (Take 1 - 4) - You Can’t Say No In Acapulco (Take 5/M) - Guadalajara (Track, Take 1 - 2) - Guadalajara (Track, Take 3 - 4) - Guadalajara (Track, Take 5) - Guadalajara (Track, Take 6 - 7) - Guadalajara (Track, Splice Of Take 1, 5 & 7/M) - Guadalajara (V.O. Take 1 - 2) - Guadalajara (V.O. Take 3 - 4) - Guadalajara (V.O. Take 5 - 6) - Guadalajara (V.O. Take 7 - 10) - Guadalajara (V.O. Splice Of Take 6 & 2/M)

Graphic designer Jimmy Carpenter posted on his Facebook page
I am very happy to announce my design work for the upcoming Sony Music/FTD deluxe boxed set of Elvis' "The Fun In Acapulco Sessions." My design and layout work consists of the outer slipcase box, tri-fold disc portfolio, 28-page booklet and the CD disc faces/labels. 

I restored an early "first proof" version of the original album sleeve for the front of the booklet with the album's title in a light magenta (changed at the request of Colonel Parker's office at the time), along with an alternate sleeve design for the "Bossa Nova Baby" single for the back, as well as the two original RCA record store window album and single streamers that are featured inside the booklet. 

My CD faces/labels replicate an original RCA Victor LP label for Disc 1, the Argentinian "Al Rojo Vivo" single label for Disc 2 (used for that country's "Slowly But Surely/Mexico" 45), and the Brazilian label for their original pressing of the album on Disc 3. A highlight of the set will be the inclusion of the instrumental backing track for "Malaguena" (Elvis did not record a vocal).

Deleted titles

The FTD label also announced it deleted the titles: "Flashback (book), "An American Trilogy", "Sold Out", "Stay Away Joe" and "Hits Of The 70's". 

The '68 Comeback Special DVD

Released today is "The '68 Comeback Special" DVD. This re-issue is a newly remastered companion DVD to the NBC Elvis All-Star Tribute" that aired February 17, 2019 celebrating The King of Rock 'N' Roll's unforgettable 1968 television special.

New Elvis Vinyl

The French VPI record label announced the release of the vinyl LP “Elvis in Paris: 60th Anniversary” with March 13, 2019 (Record Store Day) as the release-date. The label also announced the release of the LP "Elvis Presley - I Sing All Kinds”.

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / Facebook / Elvis Club Berlin)