June 30 - Atlanta 1975

The Mxf Records import-release “Atlanta 1975”, containing an unreleased audience-recording of the April 30, 1975 Evening show as recording at the Omni Coliseum, in Atlanta / Georgia, has been released. It comes with a bonus DVD contains footage from Jacksonville / Florida, April 25, 1975 and Atlanta / Georgia, June 1 and June 2, 1975. 

The first 100 copies (variation 1 of in total 5 different sleeves) deluxe edition includes a small button (3xm), photo, poster (50 x 27 CM) and copies of newspaper articles. Also is included a hand numbered "certificate".

(Source: Elvis On CD)

June 29 - Return Of The Dragon

Due for release from JAT Publishing is "Elvis Return Of The Dragon"". The book features over 150 unreleased images from his performances in 1974 and 1976 according to the JAT website. 

(Source: JAT Publishing)

June 28 - Elvis’ Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies

He was the man behind "The Man," the one producing the signature licks amid the screams and hysteria and history making moments. Scotty Moore was one of the foundational figures in rock and roll, a profoundly influential guitarist, and the musician who helped Elvis Presley become The King.

Moore, who had been in poor health in recent months, died Tuesday in his longtime home of Nashville. He was 84.

News of Moore's death was confirmed by several sources, including Moore's friend and Phillips Recording Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang.

Along with bassist Bill Black, Moore was a member of Elvis' original band, the Blue Moon Boys, playing on the singer's epochal Sun Records sides, and continuing to work with Presley into his career with RCA. His playing would come to shape a genre and several generations of musicians, from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to the White Stripes' Jack White.

To Jerry Phillips' — younger son of Elvis producer/Sun founder Sam Phillips — Moore's role in the history Elvis was utterly crucial.

"Elvis Presley wouldn't have been Elvis Presley without Scotty Moore. I think my dad would agree with that," Phillips said. "You gotta remember, there were only three instruments on those things. Scotty, Bill (Black) and Elvis. Scotty really just made everything work."

As Commercial Appeal music critic Bill Ellis once noted, "Moore's style really had no precedent. His sophisticated yet economical use of the fretboard, combined with alternating flat and finger-picking techniques, may have drawn from jazz and blues, but how it was put to use — on Sun classics such as 'That's All Right,' 'Good Rockin' Tonight' and 'Mystery Train' — was something utterly new."

"I loved some of the stuff Chet (Atkins) would play, thumb and finger stuff," recalled Moore in a 2000 interview with The Commercial Appeal, "but I also loved stuff by jazz players Tal Farlow and all these guys. I'd hear a little note or two and try to make it all fit together."

Winfield Scott Moore III was born Dec. 27, 1931, on a farm situated halfway between Gadsden and Humboldt, Tennessee. The youngest of four boys, Moore began playing guitar at the age of 8.

In 1948, while under age at 16, he enlisted in the Navy, serving in Korea and China. He was discharged in 1952 and eventually moved to Memphis. His professional career began when he joined Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers, a country-western sextet that also included future Elvis bassist Bill Black. They made one single in 1954 for Sam Phillips Sun Records, "My Kind of Carryin' On." But bigger things awaited Moore and Black.

A few months after the Starlight Wranglers record came out, Moore met Presley, inviting him to his apartment for an informal audition with Black. The following evening the trio cut loose at Sun during a rehearsal break. Phillips captured them playing what many would come to consider the big bang of rock and roll, "That's All Right."

"It was a world-changing event," said Jerry Phillips, "but without Scotty it wouldn't have been world-changing."

Asked what had drawn Presley to the musicians who would be dubbed the Blue Moon Boys, Moore joked that the real appeal was that they came free. "We were all hungry looking," said Moore. "We didn't go in to cut a record. . . . Bill was working at Firestone building tires and I was working for my brother's cleaning plant blocking hats."

For the first few months of Presley's career, Moore also doubled as his manager, before being replaced by local disc jockey Bob Neal, and eventually Col. Tom Parker.

Louisiana Hayride drummer D. J. Fontana joined Presley's group in 1955. Two years later, money issues between the band and Presley's management came to a head and Moore and Black quit. They soon returned, but by then Presley had been drafted and the group effectively ended.

Black went on to form his own hit instrumental combo and record hits for Hi Records — most notably 1960's "Smokie (Part 2)" — before dying in 1965 from a brain tumor. Moore, meanwhile, focused on engineering and producing. His time at Memphis' Fernwood Records brought the 1959 hit "Tragedy" by Thomas Wayne. Moore also made records for Sam Phillips, notably the juke classic "Hey Boss Man!" by bluesman Frank Frost.

As a player, Moore would appear on several Chess sessions by Dale Hawkins and the Moonglows and cut his own solo album, 1964's "The Guitar That Changed the World," with producer Billy Sherrill.

Moore did eventually reunite with a post-Army Presley and played on many of his sessions in the 1960s. His final gig with The King came with the televised '68 Comeback special.

For much of the '60s and '70s, Moore continued to focus on his work behind the board, setting up his own studio, Music City Recorders, after moving to Nashville in 1964. He sold the studio a decade later, launching a tape duplication business while continuing to engineer sessions on a freelance basis. Over the years he worked on records for Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy James and Ringo Starr, among others.

Following his work with Presley on the '68 Comeback special, Moore mostly gave up guitar for the better part of two decades. In 1992, fellow Sun alum and rockabilly great Carl Perkins coaxed Moore back into playing, and he appeared on the album "706 ReUnion: A Sentimental Journey."

By the late '90s, Moore had returned to the spotlight, publishing his autobiography "That's Alright Elvis," and working with D. J. Fontana on the "All the King's Men" project, an album which featured a group of high profile Moore acolytes, including Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and Ron Wood.

Moore — inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2006 — was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last October. He was scheduled to attend ceremonies at the Cannon Center, but the illness and eventual passing of his longtime companion Gail Pollock scotched those plans.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf. Richards praised Moore's influence on his career and those of so many other guitarists. "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," said Richards. "He opened up avenues musically in the way he worked with (bassist) Bill Black, and Elvis, of course. That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."

Statement from Graceland

“Lisa and I, along with the entire Presley family, join the staff of Graceland in expressing our deepest condolences upon Scotty Moore’s passing," Priscilla Presley said. "Elvis loved Scotty dearly and treasured those amazing years together, both in the studio and on the road.  Scotty was an amazing musician and a legend in his own right. The incredible music that Scotty and Elvis made together will live forever and influence generations to come.” 


“The staff of Elvis Presley's Graceland is deeply saddened by the passing of Elvis's friend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Scotty Moore," said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. "Scotty’s immense talent and tremendous influence on rock ‘n’ roll is legendary. His groundbreaking recordings and performances with Elvis and Bill Black launched Elvis’ career and forever changed music and the world. We send our heartfelt condolences to Scotty’s family, friends and his millions of fans worldwide.” 


Steve Binder
When I told Elvis my idea about video taping the improv segments, he asked me  if he could have Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana fly in to participate in the  segment. He told me that nobody could play "the licks" on a guitar like Scotty.  I believed him and boy, I'm glad I did! What an amazing talent and what a  gentleman! RIP

Pasty Anderson
It is true! Scotty Moore died early this morning peacefully in his sleep. My  heart is broken. 

James Burton and Louise

Wow...another great one gone. Sadly, I was given the news today that my friend Scotty Moore has passed away. He was truly a great player...one of the  pioneers...  and his friends and fans will truly miss him. Please join Louise and I in  praying for Scotty's family and may he rest in peace. Thank you and God  Bless.

(Source: Commercial Appeal / Bob Mehr / Jody Callahan / EPE)

June 27 - Holding His Own For The Ladies

Coming out soon is the 8th volume of Straight Arrow's "From The Booth tapes“ series. It's 2xCD entitled "One For The Ladies" featuring Elvis' Dinner and Midnight show from February 10th 1973. 

From the press-release:

These recordings are taken directly from original 'booth recorded' mastertapes. Both these concerts showcase Elvis in fine form. It was a busy month, with many highs and lows, but thanks to the outstanding success of the ‘Aloha’ special, Elvis' reputation as the ultimate superstar was now firmly cemented. 

There were a few off-nights due to Elvis having the flu, but he was certainly in good spirits at these two concerts, and he delivered the goods to two packed showrooms. These excellent sound booth recordings capture the excitement of these shows beautifully. The Dinner show is previously unreleased, except for portions of an incomplete soundboard recording with a bass-heavy mix and Elvis' voice in the background (CDs ""Echoes Of Aloha" and "Aloha, Jerry!", both on the Audionics label in 2013). The Midnight show has been previously released on CD ("I'd Like You To Meet Jack Lord" on the Crown label in 2002, and the slightly improved "Turning Up The Heat In Las Vegas" on Memory Records in 2003). However, these older CDs have nothing to do with this Straight Arrow’s excellent "booth tape“ version. 


Tracks CD1 - Saturday, February 10, 1973 Dinner Show: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. I’ll Remember You (dedicated to Jack Lord) - 18. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements / Comments by fans. 
Approx. running time: 50:41 

Tracks CD2 - Saturday, February 10, 1973 Midnight Show: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes -11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Introduction of boxer Jerry Quarry & actor Jack Lord / Hawaii 5-0 theme - 18. I’ll Remember You (false start only) / I Can’t Stop Loving You (with false start & reprise) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 
Approx. running time: 47:13

Holding His Own In Tahoe!

The Straight Arrow importlabel announced the release of the previously unreleased concert from Elvis’ last season in Lake Tahoe, "Holding His Own In Tahoe" containing the May 
8, 1976 Midnight Show.  


From the press-release:
Opinions on the standard of Elvis' last stint in Lake Tahoe often vary. Granted, he did look quite bloated during these shows, and the jumpsuits often looked unflattering, but Elvis was generally in good voice. He delivered his longest ever shows in Tahoe and the King really did seemed to enjoy the intimacy of the showroom, along with the rapport with the fans in attendance there. 

The May 8th 1976 Midnight Show is, without doubt, one of best concerts from the engagement. With the exception of a messed-up "The Wonder Of You", Elvis performed consistently well at this concert. His delivery, on the whole, was very strong. There’s a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike was a true delight. There were also a number of vocally-impressive renditions, one being Elvis’ latest RCA single, “Hurt", which he performed twice. Also Worth a mention were solid performances of "Polk Salad Annie", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "Mystery Train / Tiger Man". 

A water pistol fight at the beginning of the show underlined how much Elvis was enjoying himself. A most interesting concert in rather good sound quality - ask your dealer for sound samples. As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel digipak that includes a great deal of information plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and rare photos taken during the season. If you liked our other Lake Tahoe 1976 releases like “A Triple Threat!” (SA/SP 2011-03-02), we'll bet that you will also love this one! 

Tracklist CD 1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me Let Me Know - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie.

Tracklist CD 2:
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Early Morning Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Hurt #1 - 12. Hurt #2 - 13. Fever - 14. Softly As I Leave You - 15. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland) - 16. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 17. Hound Dog - 18. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 19. The Wonder Of You (with false start) - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp.
Approx. running time: 84:30


Lisa Marie Presley Has Filed For Divorce


Elvis' 48-year-old daughter wants full custody of the couple's twin 7-year-old daughters. She wants to give her musician hubby, Michael Lockwood, visitation, but only monitored.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ they had a postnup ... the divorce docs say nothing about any division of property. Lisa Marie cites irreconcilable differences for the divorce and she lists the date of separation as June 13th. One source made it clear, "She doesn't want any of his money." She is not asking for any spousal support or child support. The couple married in 2006.


Taking Care of Fans

The "Taking Care of Business" book and CD set and the Classic Album re-issue of "Speedway" have been released by the Follow That Dream Collectors label. 


The "Speedway" 2-CD set is a must-have for Elvis and "Speedway" fans! The first disc includes Elvis and Nancy Sinatra tunes, as well as remixed soundtrack masters. The second disc features outtakes and the original mono LP master according to the press-release.

Tracks CD 1 - Original Album: Speedway - There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (With Nancy Sinatra) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad - Let Yourself Go - Your Groovy Self (Nancy Sinatra) - Five Sleepy Heads - Western Union - Mine - Goin’ Home - Suppose

Remixed Soundtrack Masters: There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Five Sleepy Heads - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - Speedway - Suppose - Let Yourself Go - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad

Outtakes: Suppose (Long Version) - Let Yourself Go (Take 5) - Let Yourself Go (Take 6) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (Movie Version) - Goin’ Home (Take 16 & 23) - Mine (Take 1, 2, 3 & 4) - Mine (Take 8 & 9) - Mine (Take 13) - Suppose (Nashville Master)

CD 2 - The Original Mono LP Master:
Speedway - There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (With Nancy Sinatra) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad - Let Yourself Go - Your Groovy Self (Nancy Sinatra) - Five Sleepy Heads - Western Union - Mine - Goin’ Home - Suppose - Suppose (Long Version)

Taking Care of Business book

The product of a two-year-long collaboration between David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash offers readers a detailed chronicle of Elvis Presley's personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.

This eventful period included not only a successful road-tour, the release of a movie-documentary and two albums, and a return for a fourth stint at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, but also Elvis' legendary meeting with President Richard Nixon and his receipt of a national honor from the US Junior Chamber of Commerce. All these events and other happenings are covered comprehensively and in meticulous detail.

Across 450 pages, the story is told through newspaper articles, exclusive interviews, and primary documents that have been collected from personal collections, national archives and public libraries. The book is also illustrated throughout with several hundred photographs, many of which are previously unpublished.

The hard-cover book is accompanied by a bonus CD that contains rare material from the time. This includes three officially unreleased alternative recordings from the soundtrack LP Elvis: That's The Way It Is and two original 1970 mono single-releases that appear here on CD for the first time. The disc also includes an audience recording of Elvis' concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 1970 which, remastered and upgraded by Jan Eliasson, is likewise given its first official release.

As a complete package, this book/CD-combo takes fans back to an eventful period in Elvis' later life and career when he - and the people around him - really did take care of business in a flash.

Features

Hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis' life and career between the autumn of 1970 and the first weeks of 1971
Features several hundred photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished
Contains rare documents, reports from the time, and new and exclusive interviews
Comes with a bonus CD that offers unreleased versions of studio-tracks from June 1970 and a remastered recording of Elvis' concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 1970

Tracks Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash The CD:

01.Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (undubbed master) 
02. How The Web Was Woven (undubbed master) 
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unreleased stereo master without the overdubbed applause) 
04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (original RCA mono single version) 
05. Patch It Up (original RCA mono single version) 
06. Audio of original "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" theatrical trailer 
07. I Really Don't Want To Know (original RCA mono single version) 
08. There Goes My Everything (original RCA mono single version) 
09. Elvis; Live In Portland (Nov.11, 1970) 
09.01.That's All Right 
09.02. I Got A Woman / Amen 
09.03. Love Me Tender 
09.04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
09.05. Sweet Caroline 
09.06. You've Lost That Loving Feeling 
09.07. Polk Salad Annie 
09.08. Johnny B. Goode 
09.09. How Great Thou Art 
09.10. The Wonder Of You 
09.11. Heartbreak Hotel 
09.12. Blue Suede Shoes 
09.13. Hound Dog 
09.14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 
09.15. Suspicious Minds 
09.16. Funny How Time Slips Away 
09.17. Can't Help Falling In Love 
10. Elvis' Jaycees Award Acceptance Speech 

(Source: FECC / TMZ / FTD / The Elvis Shop London)

June 25 - Taking Care of the Beat

Here is a pre-release copy of the upcoming "Taking Care of Business" book / CD set. The set should be due soon. 

The Beat Is Back

The E.P. Collector import-label double CD "The Beat Is Back", containing the 20.30 Show from April 21, 1976 as recorded at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO., has been released.

(Source: Garfield on FECC / Elvis Aktuell)