January 29 - The Best Of The UK Summer

The Follow That Dream Collector's label announced two new releases, in cooperation with the Norwegian Flaming Star. The titles are "The Best of British – The HMV Years 1956-1958" and "Elvis Presley - Summer Of '61".

The first is "The Best of the British - The HMV Years 1956-1958", written by Trevor Simpson. This is the story of EVERY song by Elvis released on the British HMV label. It is an eclectic mix of graphic illustrations of the labels, the charts and rare memorabilia through 1956 - 1958.

Thorough research of each song and songwriter has taken many years and provides the definitive history of the music that shook the world, sensationally revealing many previously unknown facts and British connections to Elvis and his music. The book contains over 1000 rare and unpublished photographs, the illustrations connected to the songs, the recordings and the promotion of Elvis by HMV in Britain. Included, and officially gathered together for the first time on two exclusive CDs, is every Elvis track released by HMV. Added to these are bonus songwriter demos and Elvis outtakes to complete the audio story upon which the foundation of the global popular music culture and industry was built. This is Elvis and the story of the impact of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Great Britain.

The second book is "Summer Of '61". Following the success of "Welcome Home Elvis" and "From Memphis To Hollywood", Flaming Star productions will release "Summer Of '61"in April of this year. The focus is on the summer months of 1961, with the main focus on the making of the movie "Follow That Dream" filmed on location in Florida in the months July and August 1961. The book presents original newspaper articles, new exclusive interviews from the cast, the crew, and local residents, and also details about scenes deleted from the final print. The book includes over 200 stunning unpublished photos taken from the original negatives plus a CD. And for the first time ever, FTD will bring out video footage with one of their releases. The complete track list has still to come, but we can give away these teasers of the CD/DVD from the back-cover of the book:
- Thee 'Follow That Dream' soundtrack recordings 
- Unreleased outtakes from the Nashville recording sessions that formed the LP 'Pot Luck'
- Songwriters demo recording of 'It's A Wonderful Life'
- Unseen 35mm test screen footage of Elvis shot on location in Florida 

Tracklisting "The Best of the British - The HMV Years 1956-1958":

CD 1 - The HMV Singles ('A' & 'B' Sides):
Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Don’t Be Cruel - Blue Moon - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine - Love Me Tender - Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be) - Mystery Train - Love Me - Rip It Up - Baby Let’s Play House - Too Much - Playing For Keeps - All Shook Up - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Tryin’ To Get To You - I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone - How Do You Think I Feel - I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Export Issue) - Heartbreak Hotel (Songwriter Demo - Glenn Reeves) - Paralyzed - (Songwriter Demo - Otis Blackwell)

CD 2 - HMV EP & Album Songs not released as single:
Let Me - Poor Boy - We’re Gonna Move - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rockin’ Tonight - Milk Cow Blues - Just Because - I Got A Woman - I’m Counting On You - I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Money Honey - One Sided Love Affair - Shake, Rattle And Roll - That’s All Right - Any Place Is Paradise - First In Line - How’s The World Treating You - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - So Glad You’re Mine - I'm Counting On You - (Demo - Lou Dinning) - Love Me Tender (End Title Version) - Let Me (Solo) - We're Gonna Move (Take 9 - Stereo) - Poor Boy (Stereo) - Love Me Tender (Stereo) - Love Me Tender (Movie Trailer)  - The Truth About Me - Elvis Says Goodbye.

(Source: FECC / Follow That Dream)

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