May 30 - Weekend Charts

The Elvis estate voluntarily dismissed its civil suit against the Beretta gun company on May 29. Written in the court document closing the case is a one-sentence explanation: “[Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.] gives notice that it dismisses this action with prejudice because the dispute giving rise to the filing of a civil action has been settled.” An email was sent to the Elvis estate’s attorney, but there is no word from them regarding how the case was settled. 


The estate filed suit against Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.pA. in April, claiming that the Italian gun company used the Elvis Presley’s likeness to promote new shotguns in an advertising campaign. Additionally, at press events Beretta had Elvis impersonators appear, perform and greet gun enthusiasts, and in some cases the company had the impersonators pose with weapons.

Charts

The weekend charts for the first week of June:
  • The CD “The Real … Elvis”  dropped from #77 to #86 on the Italian Album chart. 
  • The DVD “Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll” dropped from #28 to #33 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Elvis Presley Lives On!


The DVD “Elvis Presley Lives On!” is due August 08, 2014. More information when available. 

Elvis Gold Records - Volume 5
Due for release on the Friday label on June 26, 2014 is a vinyl re-issue from the classic compilation "Elvis Gold Records - Volume 5".

Side A:
Suspicious Minds - Kentucky Rain - In The Ghetto - Clean Up Your Own Back Yard - Burning Love - If You Talk In Your Sleep - For The Heart - Moody Blue
Side B:

Way Down - Big Boss Man - Guitar Man - U.S. Male - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Edge Of Reality - Memories - If I Can Dream.

(Elvis Memories / ARIA Elvis Club Berlin / ElvisMatters)

May 29 - Corrected

The import release "Elvis As Recorded Live In Lake Tahoe" corrected the date on the cover of their release from May 26, 1974 to May 23, 1974. 

(Source: FECC)

May 28 - We're Coming In Loaded

Due for release from Henry Holt And Co. on April 21, 215 is the book “Elvis - The Story Of The Rock And Roll King” by Bonnie Christensen.

Synopsis:
"An only child, a mama’s boy—Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar. While in high school, he continued his music but was often ridiculed by students. On a whim, he recorded a song for his mom’s birthday at Sun Record Studios as part of a customer promotion. The studio loved it so much that they sent it to local record stations . . . and the rest is history. Here is the story of how a poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi, became an American legend."

Love Me Tender 


This 2-disc 7" set celebrates Elvis' first motion picture "Love Me Tender" from 1956. Elvis first performed 'Love Me Tender' on the Ed Sullivan Show (September 9) and pre-sales reached over 1 million before its release on September 28. Disc 1 features the original Love Me Tender EP, bonus tracks, outtakes, stereo masters, and an interview with Elvis. Disc 2 features the legendary live show from the Mississippi Alabama State Fair and Dairy Show held in Tupelo on September 26.

Elvis Presley

Due from the Motif - AudioVisual label is the 3 disc set “ Elvis Presley”. The set, 2CDs and 1 DVD (DVD audio) is due July 28, 2014. 

Synopsis: 
AudioVisual is an exciting new range of 2CD & DVD sets, featuring 50 tracks of the best of the artist in question, on two CDs, packaged with a DVD of rare footage of live performances and TV appearances, much of which will be unfamiliar to fans. Packaged in a standard, classic-style double CD box with an outer slipcase, each of these sets brings a new dimension to each of the featured artists.

Elvis Sammlung

Volume 63 in the German Elvis Sammlung was released by De’ Agostini. This volume contains the usual magazine, memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for the “His Hand In Mine” album. 

Bossa Nova Release

The European edition of “Bossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Presley Party Album” was released by RCA Victor / Legacy.

We’re Coming In Re-Loaded

On the FECC forum and YouTube a new Nike advertisement appeared containing a remix of Elvis Presley’s song “ We’re Coming In Loaded” in a “Reliv Remix 2014”. Update: 29/05: it's a fake commercial.



Graceland Auction


Elvis Presley’s Graceland will be hosting its first-ever auction of Graceland-authenticated Elvis artifacts during Elvis Week in Memphis this August. This unprecedented “Auction at Graceland” will be the first auction of a limited number of Elvis artifacts authenticated by the archivists at Graceland, and the first-ever to take place at Graceland. The auction is scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014, with fans and private collectors from around the world expected to participate onsite and online. Graceland also announced the launch of Graceland Authentication, a new professional service for private Elvis Presley collectors, who can now have their artifacts authenticated and appraised by the highly-experienced archive staff at Graceland.

The Elvis Week auction will feature a number of rare and exceptional artifacts from the collection of Greg Page, founding member of The Wiggles and one of the world’s biggest and well-known Elvis Presley collectors, as well as items from other private collectors. Graceland’s exhaustive authentication process for the auction will set a new “Gold Standard” for pop culture artifact authentication, ensuring that every Elvis item is the real thing. All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.

Graceland Authentication, a new Graceland-owned authentication and appraisal service, will enable the Graceland Archives staff to offer their services to collectors for the first time – not just for auctions, but also to ensure artifact accuracy and the value of privately-owned artifacts. With years of experience in artifact authentication, the Graceland archivists supervise and curate the largest collection of Elvis Presley and Graceland artifacts, memorabilia, clothing, documents and photographs in the world. Graceland Authentication will also be coordinating and authenticating the Elvis Week auction submissions.

Graceland recently brought on Louis Bollman, a seasoned expert with tremendous experience in pop culture artifact and collectable auctions, who will be leading Graceland Authentication, working closely with the Graceland staff to ensure the highest quality authentication services and auctions. 

“Graceland Authenticated will establish an entirely new standard of pop culture artifact authentication and appraisal,” stated Jack Soden, CEO. “Throughout the years, fans and collectors have come to us with amazing Elvis artifacts, asking us to authenticate their items. We’ve also seen Elvis memorabilia sold at auctions, which were not properly authenticated. We’re pleased that Graceland now has the staffing and infrastructure to evaluate these artifacts, determine if they are, in fact, actual Elvis items, and if so, give them the official Graceland Authenticated seal of approval.” 


For more information on how to submit items for consideration for authentication services by Graceland Authentication, and for consideration of items to be included in the first-ever Elvis Week auction, please visit Graceland.com/Auction and sign up to receive updates via email, along with upcoming details on Graceland Authentication service and auction fees.

(Source: FECC / Amazon / Elvis On CD / Elvis Club Berlin / Graceland / FTD)

May 27 - How Do You Think I Feel About Bootlegs?

Here is the cover-art for the new 2 CD budget compilation "How Do You Think I Feel" which is due from the Discograph 041 label on June 23, 2014.

Livin´ On The Edge

The Touchdown records import double CD release "Livin' On The Edge" with the rehearsal and Dinner Show performance from February 23, 1973 has been released. 

Around Midnight


The Verve Records importrelease "Around Midnight" containing a live soundboard recording from the August 21, 1974 Midnight Show performance, as recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton, has been released. 

(Source: Amazon / Elvis On CD)

May 26 - The Very Best Of Elvis Movie Songs

The budget compilation "Playlist: The Very Best Of Elvis Movie Songs" was released.

Tracks:
Love Me Tender - We're Gonna Move - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! - Jailhouse Rock Baby I Don't Care - Trouble - Frankfort Special - Follow That Dream - Can't Help Falling In Love - I Need Somebody To Lean On - Viva Las Vegas - Return To Sender - Clean Up Your Own Backyard.

(Source: Amazon / For The Good Times)

May 25 - Weekend Charts

The CD "The Real... Elvis"  climbed from #95 to #77 on the Italian Album chart. 

The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from 315 to #28 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

(Source: The King's World)

May 24 - Candid 70's

The last volume in the three volumes of the DVD series of Elvis home movies, containing rare and  unseen private footage was released. The title "The Complete Candid & And Home Movies Anthology – Volume 3, The Seventies".

From the press-release:
For the very first time this 3 DVD set focuses on Elvis, The Man, Off Stage through 3 decades. See Elvis through intimates' moments surrounded by family or friends, through events that marked his life. Volume 3 - The Seventies has a focus on: the concert years, new challenges and karate. These 3 volumes will help you discover Elvis life via rare and unreleased digitally remastered footage. 
The DVD is region free, NTSC and has a running-time of 2 hours and 31 minutes.

May 23 - That's The Way It Is 8 CD + 2 DVD Box Set

Sony Music confirmed that it will release an eight CD and double DVD box set of the classic "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" album and movie August 2014. The CD's should contain unreleased concerts while the DVDs are the same as the Warner released announced earlier. Warner announced the release of a Blu-Ray Digibook of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" this August. 

(Source: Sony Music / FECC / Elvis Australia)

May 22 - Let It Rock On The Midnight Edge

The Gravelroad Music importlabel announced their new release entitled "Elvis Let It Rock"containing the February 23, 1971 closing show.

From the press-release:
This is the fourth deluxe digipack CD and last of our highly sought after series Las Vegas January / February 1971 engagement. Just like the previous 3 CDs in limited pressing. This CD contains the complete closing show of February 23, 1971. Twenty-two color photos of the same show and a beautiful and rare poster as a centerfold are used to make this a fabulous package Elvis 1971 style! Audio has been restored to a more balanced sound and the missing rare first live version of “Help me make it through the night” is also included! 
We believe, with our four releases to have captured Elvis at his best! In Vegas 1971 Great sound, Quality photos, Strong in-depth liner notes

About the show, the quality of performing is truly excellent, Elvis is committed to give an excellent show. Less talkative between songs until the last part of the show, where he start to talk and surprises us with his very first known performance of “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, which he will record only a little while later that same year. Was it a try out? Much more background info you can find in the liner notes… 

Definitive highlights of the show are “Polk Salad Annie”, “How Great Thou Art”,“Bridge Over troubled Water”, “Help Me Make It Through The Night” and the powerful “The Impossible Dream”! 

What you can expect from us… Gravelroad Music stands for high quality releases, with very high expectations for both the audio and the packaging and background information.

Tracklist 
February 23, 1971 Closing Show (12.00 am). Las Vegas NV. International Hotel

01 Also Spoke Zarathustra 02 That’s All Right 03 I Got A Woman / By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Excerpt) 04 Love Me Tender / Love Me 05 Mystery Train / Tiger Man 06 Sweet Caroline 07 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 08 Polk Salad Annie 09 Something 10 Johnny B Goode 11 How Great Thou Art 12 Don’t Be Cruel 13 Heartbreak Hotel 14 Blue Suede Shoes 15 Bridge Over Troubled Water 16 Little Sister/Get Back 17 Hound Dog 18 Suspicious Minds* 19 The Impossible Dream* Extra Tracks: Audience recording: 20 Suspicious Minds 21 Band Introductions 22 Help Me Make It through The Night 23 The Impossible Dream. 
Note: * Tracks 18 & 19 are from January 28, 1971 Midnight Show.

Together with the other three releases “Snowbird”, “Only Believe” and “Leaner & Meaner Than Ever” you’ll have 4 fantastic sounding soundboards of 1971 with beautiful Booklets, insightful written liner notes, together almost 100 pages , some 100+ photos, rare or in the best quality ever seen! and time related souvenirs! 
A truly great audio and visual collection of the January / February 1971 Las Vegas engagement! 

On A Winning Streak!


The Straight Arrow import-label announced the release of the 3CD set “On A Winning Streak”, featuring three strong shows as recorded on February 17 (DS + MS) and 18 (DS), 1973… which means that all of it was recorded within a day. 

From the press-release:
This release documents what a strain it was on Elvis’ creativity and general well-being to be performing under such a tight schedule for a whole month, but it also shows how well he actually coped under the circumstances. All three shows are tight, lively and entertaining, and you can really hear that the whole room was buzzing with excitement at his shows. All three shows are well-paced, featuring a solid selection of concert favorites as well as songs from the recent ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ television special. Elvis is clearly enjoying the interaction with his fans, and there is plenty of that here. Interestingly, he momentarily loses his patience with one loud fan, though he later says that he was “just kidding”.

A fascinating release, featuring all three shows in surprisingly good audience recorded sound: in fact, these recordings are amongst the finest audience recorded shows out there. Everything can be heard clearly, including all of Elvis’ comments, and the well-balanced and crisp live sound on these recording will make you feel like you are right there in the showroom enjoying the King in person. These tapes were recently rediscovered, we believe that you will agree with us that this is a great find and a real must, and not just for the hardcore collector. Another quality Straight Arrow release!

Tracklist: 
CD1 - Saturday, February 17, 1973 Dinner Show 
01. Jackie Kahane comedy sketch (partial) - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. You Gave Me A Mountain - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD2 - Saturday, February 17, 1973 Midnight Show 
01. Instrumental Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. You Gave Me A Mountain - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Johnny B. Goode (with false start) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD3 - Sunday, February 18, 1973 Dinner Show 

01. Jackie Kahane comedy sketch (partial) - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Love Me Tender - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (with reprise) - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. You Gave Me A Mountain - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Johnny B. Goode (with false start) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Little Sister / Get Back - 17. What Now My Love - 18. Suspicious Minds - 19. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 20. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 21. An American Trilogy - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Living On The Edge

A new release from the Touchdown importlabel appeared on the FECC forum. The set, entitled "Living On The Edge"due soon, contains the Las Vegas Dinner Show from February 23, 1973 and the rehearsal recordings. Both speed corrected and with improved soundquality accoring to the posting. 

Tracks CD 1: The Rehearsal Recordings.
Something - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - My Way - Love Me 6. It’s Over - Blue Suede Shoes - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Welcome To My World - I’ll Remember You - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O’ Love - I’m Leavin’ It All Up To You - Faded Love - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Separate Ways (With Band) - Separate Ways (With Band & Orchester) - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Tracks CD 2: Las Vegas, Feb.23,1973 - Dinner Show
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me Tender - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues (With False Start) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me 10. Dialogue - Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Leavin' - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - Introduction Of Tom Moffatt & George Hamilton - I'll Remember You - I Can't Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Theme

Around Midnight


Also new is the CD "Around Midnight" from the Verve importlabel. This CD contains a recording of the August 21, 1974 Midnight Show performance as recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton, with improved sound (according to the posting).

Tracks:
See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Story About Bobby Jean - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - It's Midnight - Big Boss Man - Fever - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Dialogue - I'm Leavin' - Softly As I Leave You - Hound Dog - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introduction - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Why Me Lord - Havin´Fun On Stage - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hawaiian Wedding Song - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Let Me Be There - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

(Source: FECC)

May 21 - That's The Legacy It Is

Sony Legacy announced the release of "That's The Way It Is" as a Legacy Edition. This double CD set is due August 4, 2014 in a 2 disc an 8 disc edition according to Amazon.

Tigerman

The Music Of Elvis Presley site announced a new A4 CD box entitled "Tigerman - An Anthology 9-12", released by Wonderland Records. It comes with a booklet and is limited to 400 individually numbered box sets worldwide.

The Very Best Of

Due for release from the Membran budget-label on July 11, 2014 is the budget compilation "The Very Best Of" containing 100 hits on 5 discs.

Essentials

Due for release from the Wagram (Indigo) budget-label on June 13, 2014 is the double CD "Essentials".

Elvis Presley

Due for release on July 28, 2014 on the Motif label is 3 disc CD / DVD set simply entitled "Elvis Presley".


(Source: Amazon / Music Of Elvis Presley)

May 20 - Elvis As Recorded Live In lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Dinner Show from May 26, 1974, as originally released in 1998 on "...And The King For Dessert" will be re-issued in a newly remastetered edition. This version, entitled "Elvis As Recorded Live In lake Tahoe" comes with an eight pages booklet. 

Tracks:
C.C.Rider I Got A Woman / Amen Love Me Trying To Get To You All Shook Up Love Me Tender You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Hound Dog Fever Polk Salad Annie Why Me Lord Suspicious Minds Band Introductions I Can't Stop Loving You Help Me An American Trilogy Let Me Be There (1st part only) Funny How Time Slips Away (2nd part only) Big Boss Man It's Now Or Never Can't Help Falling In Love.

May 19 - Bossa Nova Beer

A new Heineken television spot features a young man on a unique journey, set to the music of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley's "Bossa Nova Baby" sets the tone for a glimpse of a single man's journey to find a mysterious woman. The new ad is being broadcast in countries around the world and Elvis fans can watch the complete online version on Graceland.com or by visiting Heineken.com.

Originally written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the song was recorded for Elvis' 1963 film "Fun in Acapulco." Recorded in RCA's Studio B in Nashville, the song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart and #20 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart in 1963.

The spot's description states the following:
A single man embarks on a city adventure with only the missing cards of a mysteriously beautiful woman to guide him. Each card takes him deeper into the neon heart of the city but will his wild woman-hunt eventually lead to the girl of his dreams? Of course it will, but that doesn't mean it won't be a blast finding out how.


(Source: EPE)

May 17 - Released


The re-issue of the highly collectable South African release “Janis And Elvis  - The RCA VICTOR Singles 1956-58” was released on vinyl. This re-issue features 12 original RCA VICTOR recordings from Janis Martin aka “The Female Elvis” and Elvis Presley (3 x Janis Martin 45’s A and B sides and 3 x Elvis Presley 45’s A and B sides). This re-issue is limited to 500 copies. 

Synopsis:

The short two year window from 1956 to 1958 was extremely significant to both artists, both kick started their RCA recording careers in 1956 and by 1958 both artists were forced to take a break from the recording studios, in Elvis’ case he was drafted into the Army and regrettably for Janis her contract was ended by RCA. The similarities didn’t end there either both artists resumed their recording careers in 1960, with Elvis famously returning to the studio and Janis recording two 45s for the Belgian record label, Palette. The 45’s featured in this collection are raw slices of prime Rock n Roll cooked to perfection by RCAs fine production teams… meaty goodies indeed, served up on a sizzling 10” platter! 

Originals Albums And Bonus Tracks

The Membran record budget-label released the 10 CD box “Elvis Presley - 15 Originals Albums And Bonus Tracks”. The set contains 15 original albums and tracks released between 1954 and 1963.

The Box Set Series

Sony Music re-issued the 4 CD-set "Elvis Presley The Box Set Series" in an "International 4 CD Quad Jewelcase Version".  

(Source: ElvisMatters / Amazon) 

May 16 - Whitehaven Charts

Whitehaven residents received a sneak preview of the proposed 450-room hotel being developed by Elvis Presley Enterprises. The Guest House at Graceland, which could be completed by 2015, is expected to be built at the corner of Elvis Presley Boulevard and Old Hickory Road, according to a report by My Fox-13 Memphis. 

The $70 million, 450-room hotel will be modeled after the Graceland mansion, and will occupy space that currently holds a car dealership. EPE has already begun demolition on apartment buildings on the site. EPE was acquired in November 2013 by Authentic Brands Group LLC and National Entertainment Collectibles Association for $130 million.

Charts

  • The CD "The Real... Elvis" dropped from #81 to #95 on the Italian Album charts.
  • The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" climbed from #19 to #15 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Elvis Memories / ARIA)

May 15 - Live from Memphis to Paris

Due for release from the Elvis One "import" label in their "The Bootleg Series" presents "Elvis On Air - Live from Memphis to Paris". A collection of radio broadcasts from 1954 to 1960 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ first recording "That’s All Right, Mama", including historic, rare and unreleased recordings (according to the press-release)..

Including: 
- 2 CD'S / 56 tracks! 
- News reports from Elvis in Canada (1957) 
- Elvis in Detroit (1957) 
- Elvis in Paris interview (1959) 
- Dewey Phillips (the frist disc jockey to play Elvis) live from Memphis! 
- 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
- a free limited edition poster with each CD.

Tracks CD 1:

WHBQ, Memphis, Tennessee - summer 1954
"Red Hot & Blue"
01. That’s All Right 2:27

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 10/16/1954 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
02. Intro 1:47
03. That’s All Right 2:58
04. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 2:15

KDAV, Lubbock, Texas - 01/06/1955
05. Shake, Rattle And Roll 2:21
06. Fool, Fool, Fool 1:53

WJOI, Florence, Alabama - 01/19/1955
07. Shake, Rattle And Roll 2:20

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 03/05/1955* 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
08. Hearts Of Stone 1:35
09. Little Mama 2:03

Jacksonville, Florida - 07/29/1955
10. Mae Axton Interviews Elvis 3:16
11. Baby Let’s Play House (master) 2:16

KSIJ, Gladewater, Texas - 08/10/1955
12. Radio Commercial 0:16

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 08/20/1955 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
13. Maybelline 2:29

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 10/01/1955 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
14. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 3:34

15. Radio commercial for the Elvis 
Presley show, Denver, april 8, 1956 1:09

KLRA, Little Rock, Arkansas - 05/16/1956
16. Ray Green backstage / Hound Dog 0:52
17. Interview with Elvis 6:21

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 12/15/1956* 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
18. Paralyzed 2:24

CBC, Canada - 04/02/1957
19. Elvis Presley comes to Canada
Bill Beatty is all shook up! 2:06
Including a fragment of "Hound Dog" recorded
live in Toronto, April 2, 1957

CBC, Canada - 04/04/1957 
"Assignment" 
20. Bill McNeil and Maria Berrett talks 
about the Elvis show in Toronto 3:59
21. CKOY Radio’s Mac Lipson interviews 
Elvis in Ottawa, april 3, 1957 5:42

CBC, Canada - 04/04/1957 
"Music Time" 
22. Concert report from Toronto, Canada 2:46
Including fragments of "Heartbreak Hotel"
Recorded live in Toronto, April 2, 1957

CKWX, Vancouver, Canada - 08/31/1957
23. Red Robinson at the Empire Stadium,
Vancouver, Canada 3:14
Including fragments of "Heartbreak Hotel", "I Was 
The One", "I Got A Woman" and "That’s When 
Your Heartaches Begin"

NDR, Germany - 10/01/1958
24. Arriving In Bremer Haven 2:59

BR, Germany - 06/15/1959
25. Hannelore Krab interviews Elvis in hotel
"Bayerischer Hof", Munich, Germany 3:51

AFN (Armed Forces Network) - 03/01/1960
26. A Big Hunk O’ Love (master) 2:01
27. Johnny Paris interviews Elvis in 
Frankfurt, Germany 10:54

Tracks CD 2:

WMPS, Memphis, Tennessee - 08/31/1955
01. Bob Neal interviews Elvis, Scotty and Bill 5:27

WOSFM (Oscar High School radio station), 
South Norfolk, Virginia - 02/12/1956 
"The Cuzin’ Ray Hoedown" 
02. Raymond H. Pulley interviews Elvis at 
the Norfolk Municipal Auditorium 3:30

Detroit, Michigan - 03/31/1957 
"Men or Menace?" 
03. Opening 0:49 
04. About the fans 1:47 
05. Detroit Police inspector O’Brien 0:56 
06. Fans about Elvis 4:09 
07. Hugh Jerrett of The Jordanaires a.o. 1:46 
08. Back to the Presley fans 0:24 
09. All hell breaks loose! (part 1) 3:51 
10. All hell breaks loose! (part 2) 9:27 
Including fragments of "Heartbreak Hotel", "Long 
Tall Sally", "That’s When Your Heartaches Begin" 
and "All Shook Up" 
11. At the press conference 2:57 
12. Elvis Presley Men or Menace? 2:16

WNOE, New Orleans, Louisiana - 07/10/1956
13. Engagement rumors 4:34

WELO, Tupelo, Mississippi - 09/27/1957
14. Newsreport from the Mississippi Fair 
and Dairy Show 2:55 
15. Interview with Elvis Presley 4:20 
16. Interview with Anita Wood 3:00

NBC "Monitor" - 03/1957*
17. Backstage interview 1:53

WJBS, Daytona Beach, Florida - 08/09/1956
18. Ed Ripley interviews Elvis in his 
dressing room at Peabody Auditorium 4:55

KPOI, Honolulu, Hawaii - 1959
19. Hello To Hawaii 0:43

KPOI, Honolulu, Hawaii - 1959
Uncle Tom’s Cabin" 
20. Tom Moffatt calls Elvis in Germany 5:41

WARL, Arlington, Texas - 07/1959
21. Don Owens calls Elvis in Bad Nauheim, Germany 2:55

22. German reporter interviews Elvis (1959) 3:43

Paris, France - 06/17/1959
23. Mario Delegarde interviews Elvis in Paris 
Including a question about Brigitte Bardot 2:03

Bonus tracks:

KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana - 04/05/1958 
"The Louisiana Hayride" 
24. Telegram from Elvis and The Colonel 1:14

25. Victrola radio ad 1 1956 0:51 
26. Victrola radio ad 2 1956 0:50

27. March Of Dimes Radio Spot 01/02/1957 0:26 
28. March Of Dimes Original radio transfer 
1957 1:46

WHBQ, Memphis, Tennessee 
"Red Hot & Blue" 
29. Dewey Phillips live from Memphis 0:40

(Source: FECC)

May 14 - Elvis, America And My Sammlung

A new book, entitled "Elvis, America And Me" with autobiographical memories from David Trotter with is due from the UK. 

Elvis Sammlung 

Volume 62 in the German "Elvis Sammlung" series from D'Agostini was released. Besides the magazine it contains memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for "From Elvis In Memphis"



(Source: UEPS / Elvis Sammlung)

May 13 - Elvis Covers ...

These are the cover-art and tracks for the upcoming Sony Music CMG release "Elvis Sings ..." which is due June 16, 2014. The album conns cover of well known songs by Elvis Presley.

Tracks:
Promised Land - What'd I Say - Early Mornin' Rain - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - My Babe - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Gentle On MyMind - Funny How Time Slips Away - Sweet Caroline - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Proud Mary - I Got A Woman - Words - Something - You Don't Know Me - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Danny Boy - My Way - Tomorrow Is A LongTime - Only The Strong Survive.

Elvis's contract with Colonel Parker to reach $25,000
 
Fans of Elvis will be all shook up to hear that the very first contract signed by the rock and roll star is to go under the hammer this week.

The agreement between Presley and his ruthless manager, Colonel Tom Parker, signed at Sun Records' studio in Memphis, Tennessee, came just before the singer rocketed to international superstardom.

It was also the beginning of a relationship between the two men that was to last until Presley's death, and which was heavily criticised when investigations into the star's estate began. The sale of the document is being handled by Julien's Auctions of Los Angeles, California, but the auction itself will be held at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in New York City on Saturday, May 17. It's estimated to reach anything up to $25,000.

Presley's career began in 1954 when he joined Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and recorded 24 songs.

Word started to spread throughout the industry of a talented young singer and in February 1955, Col Parker, who had already had some success in talent management since the late-1930s, made his approach. Presley initially agreed to let 'the Colonel', as he was known, organise some of his future bookings and promotions and gradually he became known as his 'special advisor.'

In November that year, Col Parker successfully persuaded RCA Victor to buy Presley's contract out from Sun Records for $40,000 - an almost unheard of sum in those days. Fatefully, it also guaranteed the Colonel a 25 per cent commission on the young star's gross income.

After Presley signed the official agreement his career went from strength to strength and it was with RCA Victor he released his most famous tracks, including Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes and All Shook Up. The document has survived the last 59 years in pristine condition - just slightly yellowing - and features signatures by Elvis and his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley.

(Source: Amazon / UEPS)

May 12 - Bossa Nova Cover

These are the cover-art and track-listing for the upcoming release "Bossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Party Album" (US version) which is due from Sony Legacy on June 3, 2014.

Tracks:
Bossa Nova Baby (Viva Elvis) - A Little Less Conversation(JXL Radio Edit Remix) - Burning Love (Viva Elvis) - (Let’s Have A) Party - Jailhouse Rock - Guitar Man - King Creole (Viva Elvis) - Viva Las Vegas - What A Wonderful Life - A Big Hunk O’ Love - Follow That Dream - Rubberneckin’(Paul Oakenfold Remix / Radio Edit) - Got A Lot O’ Livin’ to Do!(Remastered) - Good Rockin’ Tonight - Little Sister - Girl Happy - Stop, Look And Listen - Adam And Evil - Down In The Alley - Big Boss Man - Too Much Monkey Business - Patch It Up - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Suspicious Minds


Amazon Japan also lists a EU version with 24 tracks. Cover-art to be confirmed.

Bossa Nova Baby (Viva Elvis) - A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix) - Burning Love (Viva Elvis) - Party - Jailhouse Rock - Guitar Man - King Creole (Viva Elvis) - Viva Las Vegas - What A Wonderful Life - A Big Hunk O' Love - Follow That Dream - Rubberneckin' (Paul Oakenfold Remix) - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Good Rockin' Tonight - Little Sister - Girl Happy - Stop, Look And Listen - Adam And Evil - Down In The Alley - Big Boss Man - Too Much Monkey Business - Patch It Up -  Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Suspicious Minds


(Source: Amazon / Elvis World Japan)

May 10 - I Can't Help Alternate Love Letters

Two new import re-issues were released; "I Can Help 30 Anniversary" and "The Alternate Love Letters". Both albums come as digi-pack. The last is presented as "the perfect addition to your FTD album" and comes in a six panel digi-pack.

This year it’s 30 years ago that the compilation album ‘I Can Help And Other Great Hits" was released in the UK. It was one of the most succesfull Elvis albums of the early 1980’s. It was even released on picture disc and on single (both ‘I Can Help’ and ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ housed in a poster bag) Strangely enough it was never released on CD. We are proud to present the entire album on CD for the first time, including some very hard to find bonus selections including the unreleased 12 inch version of I Can Help. Housed in a stunning 3 panel digipack (with unseen photo’s of Elvis from the mid 1970’s ) this is a real ‘must have’ for all Elvis CD and photo collectors.

Tracks The Alternate Love Letters From Elvis:
Love Letters (Undubbed Master, Roughmix) - When I´m Over You (Strings Overdub Master) - If I Were You (Undubbed Master Take 9) - Got My Mojo Working (Brass Overdub Unedited Master) - Heart Of Rome (Brass & String Overdub Take 3 & Workpart Take 1) - Only Believe (Brass & String Overdub Master Featuring Horns) - This Is Our Dance (Undubbed Master) - Cindy, Cindy (Backup Vocals Overdub Master) - I’ll Never Know (Undubbed Master) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Browing) (Strings Overdub Master) - Live (Additional String Overdub Master) - When I´m Over You (Undubbed Master, Roughmix) - Got My Mojo Working (Brass & String Overdub Master) - Cindy, Cindy (Brass & String Overdub Master) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) (Brass & String Overdub Master) - When I´m Over You (Backup Vocals Overdub Master) - Got My Mojo Working (Rehearsal 16.07.1970) - Heart Of Rome (Rehearsal 24.07.1970) - Love Letters (Live 20.10.1976) - Only Believe (Live) - I´ll Never Know (Brass & String Overdub Master With Original Backing Vocals) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) (Undubbed Master) - I´ll Never Know (Brass & String Overdub Master) - Life (Undubbed Master Take 20)

Tracks Elvis I Can Help - 30th Anniversary Album
I Can Help - Moody Blue - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Sweet Angeline - Only The Strong Survive - Hurt - Promised Land - My Boy - Green Green Grass Of Home - Raised On Rock - Fool - Way Down - T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - Take Good Care Of Here

Bonus Songs:
I Can Help (10” Version) - My Boy (Take 1) - Sweet Angeline (Vocal Overdub) - Promised land (Hrmony Version) - Way Down (Undubbed) - Fool (Alternate Mix) - Hurt (Take 3)

Weekend Charts

  • The CD “The Real… Elvis” climbed from #84 to #81 on the Italian Album Top 100.
  • The CD "The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs" dropped off the Official UK Album Top 100 (to #134). 
  • The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" dropped from #12 to #19 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 


Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

The Music On Vinyl released a 4 LP vinyl edition of the 40th Anniversary edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" including the Richmond Show and August rehearsals.


George Klein on CD
 
Memphis based DJ George Klein released a book about Elvis a few years ago, and is now selling another Elvis linked product: a CD with "the best of" interviews he did for Sirius Radio. George is selling these spoken CDs for 39,95 $US each.

A Man At The Top

The VV importlabel has announced a new Vinyl/DVD release due late May 2014; “A Man At The Top”. This contains the a soundboard recording of the August 10, 1970 Opening Show on vinyl and DVD. 


From the press-release:
To be released shortly (late May) on the VV label will be their fifth release entitled "A Man At The Top!" featuring the complete live soundboard recording on August 10th 1970 Las Vegas opening show . The double vinyl will be accompanied from a DVD with the best video possible of the show . After the success of the first four releases We decided: to give you more.….. so we decided to not only bring you the best audio , but also the best video quality possible.
The producers are aware of the fact that the opening night show, as one of the best Elvis Presley concerts ever, has been previously released in different imports. But Here we give you the chance to listen to the show in its entirety for the first time in a double high valued collector heavy vinyl set. At the same moment for the first time as bonus will be included a DVD of the show giving to this release the status of “unique”.

“A Man At The Top” wants to give you a unique perspective of the man and his music during this August 1970. This will be the first STEP of a wider project, in fact the producers’ intention is to accompanied this first volume with other three volumes, in the way to cover all the soundboard recordings of August 1970.

The Vegas third season allows Elvis, after the June studio session, to demonstrate his true abilities in a wider range. We see the best of Elvis in songs that will become the fulcrum of the Elvis show until 1972, Here you can hear the complete opening night. The audio has been carefully remastered from the original source and is complete from the beginning to the end. The vinyl will make the rest, providing to the listener an unforgettable experience!! The opening night is surely a great challenge for Elvis, the shooting of a movie and the rehearsal of a large quantity of new stuff gives the possibility to the man to delivery if no the best show something really different and unique to the audience. The opening show presents 8 new songs, including both the sides of his next two singles! …. the rest is history……

About the Vegas opening night has been already said a lot a words, so We like spend some words on the DVD here presented…. A lot s of DVD floating in the previous years including footage from the different quality and the missing audio….some time ago the producers acquired a three dvd set with included all the footage shot from the opening night, directly from the same source in a very good quality. All the different camera angles have been edited to create a real professional movie. All the footage has been digitally restored in matter to achieve the best result of image quality. All the footage includes matching audio from the original concert in the way to get a perfect sync between audio and image with speed correction of the original footage. Although the show is no complete , the result believe us is very impressive, Elvis as you never seen… the best quality to date

The double LP set comes on 180 Gr. vinyl, it never sounded better. It is a limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.. It comes with an three fold 300 gram high quality glossy sleeve both sides printed, giving an unique view. The sleeve will be accompanied Newspapers clips and with many photographs of the opening night., giving to the reader an unique document to read, listen and see, with Elvis at his best… A Man At The Top of his possibilities.

VV label added a DVD cover, as a bonus, so each customer can decide by themselves if they will want to keep the DVD inside the book or inside a proper single DVD case. We hope you can enjoy this fifth product in the way to give life to the next volume soon as possible. 
You can place your order at your favorite dealer from now on. 

LP August 10, 1970 Opening Night Live soundboard recording running time 62,00 minutes
  • Side A: 01 Opening Theme 02 That’s All Right 03 Mystery Train/Tiger Man 04 Monologue 1 05 I Can’t Stop Loving You 06 Love Me Tender
  • Side B: 07 The Next Step Is Love 08 Words 09 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 10 Something
  • Side C: 11 Sweet Caroline 12 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 13 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 14 Polk Salad Annie 15 Introductions
  • Side D: 16 I’ve Lost You 17 Monologue 2 18 Bridge Over Troubled Water 19 Patch It Up 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp (*Tracks previously released soundboard recording).
DVD Las Vegas Opening Night August 10, 1970 show (Running time 47 min)
The Show; 01.Opening Vamp /That’s All Right 02.Mystery Train/Tiger Man 03.I Can’t Stop Loving You 04.Love Me Tender 05.Next Step Is Love/(part only) Words (part only) 06.Something (part only) 07.You’ve Lost The Loving Feeling 08.You Don’t Have To Say 09.Polk Salad Annie 10.Patch It Up 11.Can’t Help Falling Love 12.Backstage/After Show Party (Approx running time 36.00 min).
Bonus features: 01 Dressing Room and Backstage Approx. Time 11 min. 02 VV Label Back Catalogue approx. time 1 minute (Total time 48 minutes).

(Source: Music Of Elvis Presley / The King's World / Elvis Aktuell)

May 09 - Elvis ’56

The DVD “Elvis ’56” will be re-issued on DVD once more on May 12, 2014.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

May 08 - The Authorized Elvis

The book "Elvis the King: The Authorized Book from the Graceland Archives" by Gillian G. Gaar (She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock and Roll) was released by Carlton Books Ltd.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

May 04 - For Movie Preview Fans Only!

A new 4 CD import release entitled "For Movie Fans Only!" has been announced. This set, containing  movie takes, outtakes, rehearsals and more, comes as a longbox and is limited to 400 copies. 

Ultimate Preview

Here is a preview of the recently announced recording sessions set. 'Ultimate Elvis – The Complete And Definitive Recording Sessions", a three-volume deluxe set (in a slipcase), that not only comprises all the session information available to date, based on Keith Flynn's incomparable website and includes comprehensive notes on each session, discographies, letters, original sheet music covers plus huge index.

Weekend Charts

The CD "The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs" dropped off the UK Album Top 100 Chart. 

The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" climbed from #14 to #12 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

The CD "The Real... Elvis" re-entered the Italian Album Top 100 chart at #84.

(Source: Elvis Australia / Elvis Information Network / FECC / The King's World)

May 03 - Weekend Charts For A Prince

The SONY Music budget CD "The Real... Elvis" re-entered the Italian Album Charts at #84 this week.

Bossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate

Due from RCA Victor / Sony Legacy on June 2, 2014 is the CD "Bossa Nova: The Ultimate". 

The Prince And The King
 
Princes William and Harry today paid homage to the king of rock n' roll Elvis Presley with a private tour of Graceland. 
The princes were dressed casually and wearing sunglasses as they wandered around the white-columned mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday afternoon during a visit to the city for the wedding of their longtime friend Guy Pelly and American Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Smith. 
The royal group, which also included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, had the general public removed from the site while they took a private tour of the historic landmark where Elvis died on August 16, 1977.  

(Source: The King's World / Daily Mail / Amazon)

May 02 - Today, Tomorrow And Gold Once More

The box "Today, Tomorrow & Forever" was released by SONY in the same budget longbox format as the  50's, 60's, 70's and "Comeback Special"box sets.  

Gold

The video "Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis" has been certified Gold by the UK BPI Awards.

(Source: Amazon / BPI)

May 01 - New Hotel Next To Graceland

Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is considering the development of a new hotel at Graceland to serve visitors who travel to Memphis to tour the famous home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The proposed 450-room hotel, tentatively called “The Guesthouse at Graceland,” would be constructed along Elvis Presley Boulevard on the same side of the street as the mansion, on land acquired by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in 1994.

“When we started exploring plans for long term growth, a new hotel facility was a priority,” said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “We feel the time is right for growth at Graceland and we are excited about this proposed project, which would enable Graceland to enhance the visitor experience and deliver an even higher level of world class hospitality and customer service to the hundreds of thousands of guests who visit from around the world each year.”

EPE management, along with the new owners of Graceland operations, who came aboard last November, have been exploring the best ways to make investments in the Graceland attraction in order to ensure its continued success for years to come. The project would also provide an opportunity for EPE to increase hiring in Memphis, and, working closely with state and city government, improve the Elvis Presley Boulevard corridor.

“As Memphis City Council representative for the Whitehaven community, I fully support the proposal by Graceland management to build a new world class hotel facility, bringing jobs to our neighborhood and an economic boost to the city as a whole,” said Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins. “My goal as Councilman will be to help ensure the proposed hotel becomes a reality as the renaissance continues along Elvis Presley Boulevard.”

Memphis-based architectural firm Hnedak Bobo Group has been working with EPE on developing potential plans for the hotel project, which would be expected to open in August, 2015. Current plans include a full service restaurant, a sports bar lounge and meeting/event space. If the project proceeds, the impact to the surrounding neighborhood during construction is expected to be minimal. Community meetings will take place in the coming days to discuss potential plans and seek feedback, with public notices going out to area residents this week.

Elvis Soundtrack

The three Hallmark soundtrack CD's "Blue Hawaii - B.S.O. Soundtrack", "King Creole - B.S.O. Soundtrack" and "G.I. Blues - B.S.O. Soundtrack" were released.

Elvis CD

Due for release on June 3, 2014 on the Influence label is the double CD "How Do You Think I Feel".

Elvis Vinyl

Due for release from the Mis label is a vinyl re-issue of volume 5 of the "Elvis Gold Records". The album is due on June 24, 2014 on 180 gr. vinyl.

(Source: EPE / ElvisMatters / Elvis Aktuell)