April 30 - I Am Going To Have To Play The Piano On This

Released today by the Hard Luck import-label is the compilation CD "I Am Going To Have To Play The Piano On This". This release is limited to 300 copies. 

From the press-release:
From his earliest recordings, Elvis would sit at the studio piano and get in the mood for a session by singing some of the old and great songs. Sometimes he would go to the piano between takes or between songs, perhaps to center himself by returning to his roots. Fans have always greatly enjoyed the survived recordings of Elvis at the piano, although strangely enough a full album of these recordings was never released. Until now....

Housed in a stunning jewel case with 8 page full color booklet with great ‘Elvis at the piano’ pics and liner notes, this is a release you simply can’t ignore. It has a very limited edition of only 300 copies.

Tracks:
1. Introduction by Elvis / After Loving You ( take 2 ) 2. Old Shep ( take 5 ) 3. ( There’ll Be ) Peace In The Valley ( For Me ) ( take 1 ) 4. Playing For Keeps 5. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck ( piano overdub ) 6. The Fool ( home recording, 1959 ) 7. What Now My Love ( home recording, 1966 ) 8. Beyond The Reef ( undubbed master ) 9. If I Loved You ( home recording, 1966 ) 10. You’ll Never Walk Alone ( take 2 ) 11. I’ll Hold You In My Heart ( unedited master ) 12. Blueberry Hill / Lawdy Miss Clawdy ( Live, FEB 23 1970 CS ) 13. I Will Be True ( unedited master ) 14. It’s Still Here ( take 5 ) 15. I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen ( undubbed master ) 16. Rags To Riches ( Live, Pittsburgh, DEC 31, 1976 ) 17. Where No One Stands Alone ( Live, February 16, 1977) 17. Unchained Melody ( Live, Rapid City, June 21, 1977 – undubbed ) 

Bonus - MGM Rehearsal July 15, 1970:
18. How The Web Was Woven / Mona Lisa / My Wish Came True 

(Source: FECC)

April 29 - Bicentennial Superstar Elvis

The TNT Records import-release "Bicentennial Superstar Elvis - Volume 2", containing a soundboard recording from October 20, 1976 as recorded in South Bend, Indiana.

Tracks
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - Help Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Fever - Steamroller Blues - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (With Reprise) - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Away - Little Darlin' - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Elvis - Opening Night 1975

The AudiRec import-label released the CD "Elvis - Opening Night 1975" containing an audience recording of the March 18, 1975 Opening Show as recorded at the Hilton International Hotel in Las Vegas. The CD, limited to 300 copies, comes with an 16 page booklet. 

Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - And I Love You So - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) -It's Midnight - Big Boss Man - Green Green Grass Of Home (First Live Version) - Burning Love - Love Me - Fairytale (First Live Version) - Band Introductions - Lead Guitar Solo (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - Orchestra Solo (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - My Boy - I'll Remember You - Promised Land - Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (Instrumental Excerpt] - Until It's Time For You To Go - Introduction Of Glen Campbell - When It's My Time (J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

From Elvis In Murfreesboro

The TNT Records import-label, in cooperation with the Audionics import-label, released the CD "From Elvis In Murfreesboro". This CD contains a soundboard recording of the May 7, 1975 performance by Elvis Presley as recorded at Mid Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN 


Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - The Wonder Of You - Burning Love - Band Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - School Day - Bridge Over Troubled Water - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - I'll Remember You - Let Me Be There - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - Hound Dog - Little Darlin' - Can't Help Falling In Love

Elvis Auction


They are little more than four sheets of paper, but since they bear Elvis Presley's signature and record a seminal moment in his young career – his 1950s appearances on the Shreveport-based show Louisiana Hayride – they could fetch up to $50,000 at an upcoming auction.

A four-page contract between Presley and International Broadcasting Corporation (the former owner of KWKH Radio in Shreveport) for the young singer to appear on the weekly music show is appraised between $30,000 and $50,000 in the catalog for the Julien's Auctions event on May 16 in New York.
Hayride was the legendary Grand Ole Opry-style radio, and later television, program which originated from Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium and featured up and coming and established country musicians and singers.


Presley made his first appearance on the program on Oct. 16, 1954, performing "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and his newly released song "That's All Right." As his fame grew, he was signed to a Hayride contract the next year. Julien's says the Sept. 8, 1955 Presley Hayride contract was only the second performance contract he signed in his career. Elvis, then 20, signed the paperwork in red ink, with his parents as witnesses.

"The contract stated that Presley would appear on the program for 52 consecutive Saturdays beginning on November 12, 1955. Presley performed only 18 of those Saturdays," according to the item description. According to the auction house, after manager Col. Tom Parker discovered Presley, the contract was bought out for a reported $10,000.
At auction, Julien's is also offering with it two letters of authenticity: one from Louisiana Hayride archives owner Joey Kent and the other from former radio personality Frank Page, who died in 2013.

The May 16 auction features personal and professional items from Presley's legendary life and career. The contract for Hayride is among the highest-priced items. Among the others are Presley's 1971 Blackhawk car (valued between $400,000 and $600,000), his TCB "Taking Care of Business" tour bus ($150,000 and $200,000), one of his military uniforms ($20,000 to $40,000) and a copy of his marriage certificate with Priscilla Presley ($25,000 to $30,000).


(Source: Elvis Aktuell / Elvis Information Network / Juliens)

April 28 - Gold Record Hysteria

The MxF import-label released their second volume in the trilogy dedicated to Elvis Presley's  historical performances at Uniondale Nassau Coliseum. This second CD is entitled "Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day" and features the June 23, 1973 8.00 PM as recorded in Uniondale.

Vinyl releases

The vinyl re-issue of "Elvis Presley's Gold Records Volume 4" has been released on 180gr. vinyl. 

Tracks
Love Letters , Witchcraft , It Hurts Me , What'd I Say , Please Don't Drag That String Around, Indescribably Blue , (You're The) Devil In Disguise , Lonely Man , A Mess Of Blues , Ask Me , Ain't That Loving You Baby , Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello

The Vee Tone Record "Love Me" compilations have been released on black and pink vinyl. The compilations contain 8 singles released on the His Mastes Voice label between March 1956 and March 1957 in the United Kingdom. Both releases are limited to 500 copies. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Aktuell / Vee Tone)

April 27 - Elvis Presley Hymnbook

The Xtra release “Elvis Presley Hymnbook”, containing 16 gospel recordings, has been released. 

Tracks:
Peace In The Valley - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)  - I Believe  - Take My Hand, Precious Lord -  His Hand In Mine - (I'm) Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs - In My Father's House - Milky White Way - Known Only To Him - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Joshua Fit The Battle - He Knows Just What I Need - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Mansion Over The Hilltop - If We Never Meet Again - Working On The Building.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

April 26 - Planes Landed At Graceland

Graceland is pleased that an agreement has been reached for Elvis’ two airplanes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II to remain at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis permanently. The planes have been available for tours in the Graceland visitors’ center since 1984.

Both Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley tweeted that the two planes once owned by Elvis Presley will stay forever at Graceland. 

Graceland released a statement Sunday saying the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, two custom-designed airplanes once owned by Presley, will remain permanently at the Memphis tourist attraction centered on the life and career of the late singer.

The announcement ends confusion about the future of the planes, once used by the King for travel to performances after he bought them in the 1970s.

The larger plane, a Convair 880 named after Presley's daughter Lisa Marie, is like a customized flying limousine, complete with a large bed, a stereo system, conference room and gold-plated bathroom fixtures. It was renovated after Presley bought it from Delta Air Lines. Presley took his first flight on it in November 1975.

When Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, Presley's pilot flew the Lisa Marie to California to pick up Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, to bring her back to Memphis. 

The smaller jet, a JetStar named the Hound Dog II, was also used by Presley. The planes were sold after Presley's death, and they were eventually purchased by a company called OKC Partnership.

OKC Partnership and Graceland agreed to park the planes at Graceland in the mid-1980s, and tours of their opulent interiors became popular with visitors. Their agreement called for OKC Partnership to receive a cut of ticket sales in return for keeping the planes at Graceland. But the fate of the planes became cloudy last year. In an April 7, 2014, letter to OKC Partnership, Elvis Presley Enterprises said it was exercising its option to end the agreement and asked OKC "to make arrangements for the removal of the airplanes and the restoration of the site on or shortly after April 26, 2015."

Fans responded with critical postings on Priscilla Presley's Facebook page. She answered fans by asking them to "please calm down."

Earlier this month, Shelby County's land use board approved a proposal by OKC Partnership to move the planes to a lot not far from Graceland. The plan called for the planes to be installed as an outdoor display and museum for tourists to visit. The plan was approved Tuesday by the Memphis City Council.

It seemed like the planes were destined to move after the council vote. But Graceland's statement on Sunday appeared to end such plans.

"Graceland is pleased that an agreement has been reached for Elvis' two airplanes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II to remain at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis permanently," the statement said.

Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, said on Twitter that Graceland now owns the planes and they will remain at Graceland "4 ever."

"We own them and have fun plans 4 them as well," she said on Twitter. She did not elaborate further.

OKC Partnership declined immediate comment Sunday.

(Source: Lisa Marie Presley / Priscilla Presley / Associated Press)

April 25 - At The Movies

Due for release on May 27, 2015 from Not Now Records is the 3 CD set "At The Movies".

(Source: Amazon)

April 24 - Sid Tepper Died

Songwriter Sid Tepper, best known for his work writing songs for Elvis Presley, died on Friday (April 24) of natural causes. He was 96.

Tepper's publicist confirmed the news to Billboard, adding that he died at his home on Williams Island in Miami Beach, Florida surrounded by his family.

Tepper wrote 45 songs for Presley, but also wrote tracks for other artists including Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong, Wayne Newton, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson, Eartha Kitt and more.

Some of his most well-known songs include "The Lady Loves Me" performed by Presley and Ann-Margret as well as "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane," "Kiss of Fire," "G.I. Blues," "Red Roses For A Blue Lady," and "Don't Come Running Back To Me."


Although Tepper and his songwriting partner Roy C. Bennett wrote extensively for Elvis, they never met him. All their Elvis songs were for his movies, including the title number for "G.I. Blues" (1960) and "The Lady Loves Me," sung as a poolside duet with Ann-Margret in "Viva Las Vegas" (1964).

By the time they wrote for Elvis, Tepper and Bennett were already established songwriters. Their first big hit, "Red Roses for a Blue Lady," was recorded by Vaughn Monroe in 1948. Over the years it was covered by Sinatra (on a radio show), Andy Williams, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and others, including Vic Dana, who got it back on the bestselling charts in 1965.

Elvis needed the songwriting duo's kind of material.

"When Elvis started to make the movies, they needed non rock-and-roll writers, people who could come up with special material songs and ballads," Tepper said in a 2005 interview for the book "Elvis Presley: Writing for the King," by Ken Sharp.

Tepper and Bennett would be given movie scripts and asked to write for specific scenes. But they were not the only songwriters approached — others were asked to submit songs for the same scenes.

"The way it worked was that it was actually a competition," Tepper said in the Sharp interview. "To be honest, it was a little downer feeling that we had to compete with the other writers because Roy and I had a life before Elvis....

"We wrote songs for all the stars of our generation."

Tepper and Bennett, who both wrote music and lyrics, often beat out the competition. On "Blue Hawaii" (1961) alone, they have five credited songs.

They were especially good at writing for specific situations. "The Lady Loves Me" comes at a point in "Viva Las Vegas" where Presley's flirtations with Ann-Margret are getting him nowhere, though he remains supremely confident.

He sings:
I'm her ideal, her heart's desire
Under that ice she's burning like fire
To which she shoots back:
The gentleman has savoir-faire
As much as an elephant or a bear

Tepper and Bennett never had a big hit with an Elvis song — many of them were novelty numbers. For "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962), they wrote "Song of the Shrimp" with lyrics from the point of view of a shrimp.

Goodbye mama shrimp, papa shake my hand
Here come the shrimper for to take me to Louisian'

The songs were in sharp contrast to the gritty numbers that made Elvis an electrifying star. But Tepper made no apologies.

"I believe that Elvis' movies and their songs made a mighty contribution to his career," he told Sharp. "They brought him to the attention of millions of people who otherwise would never have known the greatness of the King."

He said one of his favorite Elvis songs that they wrote was from "Kissin' Cousins" (1964) called "Once Is Enough."

All you got is one life
Living once can be rough
But if you live every day all the way
Once is enough

A vet of WWII where he served for the Special Services performing for the troops, he joined ASCAP in 1947. He won a BMI Award for 1 million plays of Georgia Gibbs' "Kiss of Fire." Additionally he won a Country Music Award for Eddie Arnold's version of "Red Roses For A Blue Lady." In 2002, he was honored in Memphis for his work with Presley.

Tepper was born on June 25, 1918. His wife, Lillian, died 10 years ago. He is survived by 5 children (Susan Tepper-Kopacz, Michelle Tepper-Kapit, Brian Tepper, Warren Tepper and Jackie Tepper), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.


Charts

  • The “Heart And Soul” compilation drops from #19 to #25 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending May 2, 2015.
  • The “Elvis Sings…” compilation entered the Dutch Mid-price Album chart at #41 this week. 
  • The “Elvis Love Songs” compilation climbed from #89 to #78 on the Official Scottish Album Charts.

(Source: Billboard / LA Times / FECC / Brian Quinn / The King’s World)

April 23 - Elvis In Love With Vegas

Here is the cover-art of the Vinyl Passion release "Elvis In Love". This compilation comes as a double album on 180gr. vinyl and is due May 8, 2015. 

Side A: Can´t Help Falling In Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Fame And Fortune - A Big Hunk O` Love - Don´t Ask Me Why - Such A Night - Don´t - (Now And Then There´s) A Fool Such AS I - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Good Luck Charm

Side B: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Surrender - It´s Now Or Never - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Loving You - Love Me - Baby Let´s Play House - Blue Hawaii - Wooden Heart - Any Way You Want Me

Side C: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - She´s Not You - As Long As I Have You - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Love You Because - I Need You Love Tonight - The Thrill Of Your Love - That´s Someone You Never Forget - Fever - Doin´ The Best I Can

Side D: Love Me Tender - True Love - I Was The One - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Stuck On You - Young And Beautiful - One Night - That´s When Your Heartaches Begin - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Anyplace In Paradise

Elvis Back In Vegas


At 2 p.m. Priscilla Presley officially opened Westgate’s Elvis exhibit, “Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition, The Show, The Experience,”.

The exhibit, chapel and show are the first permanent presentations from Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises outside of the performer's Tennessee home, launching 59 years to the day that Elvis first performed in Las Vegas with a grand opening to include an appearance by Presley's daughter Lisa Marie.

Why is the date April 23 chosen to open this? The date marks the 59th anniversary of Elvis' first performance in the city at the New Frontier Hotel.

(Source: The King's World / Graceland / ElvisMatters)




April 22 - Take-off!

The city council of Memphis has just voted a few minutes ago on the Whitehaven planned development that would move two of Elvis Presley’s private jets off Graceland property to a lot at 3850 Elvis Presley Blvd., on the other side of the southern boundary of property owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

OKC Partnership, which owns the “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog 2,” has a contract with Elvis Presley Enterprises for their current display on the opposite side of Elvis Presley Boulevard from the gates of Graceland. But during contract renewal talks, EPE requested that OKC remove the jets from its property. 

Also on the council’s agenda was the second of three readings of an ordinance establishing the Graceland Tourism Development Zone tourism surcharge – 5 percent added onto anything bought on the 120-acre Graceland campus. The surcharge is to pay the debt from the coming redevelopment of Graceland, including the $90 million, 450-room 'The Guest House at Graceland' resort hotel north of the mansion.

(Source: ElvisMatters)

April 19 - Poplar Marker

Poplar Tunes was one of the record stores in Memphis to sell rock and roll records to customers, and to supply music for jukeboxes. Many young musicians signed autographs here. Also Elvis came here often after school or of his home to listen to music. The picture shows Elvis Presley at the store in 1957. A Historic Marker will be placed this August on 308 Poplar Avenue.

(Source: Elvis Matters)

April 18 - Record Store Day Vinyl

Part of the Record Store Day 2015 releases are a 180 gr. red vinyl re-issue of the compilation “Elvis Sings” featuring tracks from a variety of artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more. Limited to 1.500 copies. 

Also due for re-issue is Elvis Presley’s first personal recording of “My Happiness”, which was recently bought at the second Graceland Auction by the White Stripes frontman Jack White for $300,000, on his Third Man Records label. 

The label and store in Nashville owned by rocker Jack White, said it would release Elvis Presley's rare first single -- "My Happiness," a version of a popular 20th century US song, with the B-side "That's When Your Heartaches Begin." 

The record label said that it has done its utmost to preserve the feel of the original 1953 recording, including packaging it in a plain sleeve with a typewritten label as was then the fashion. 

"The audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breathtaking," the label said. The 10-inch, 78-rpm record will be sold in a limited edition at the Nashville store on Record Store Day. The label said it would release the single widely later this year in a seven-inch, 45-rpm version. 

ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! 

The 10 CD set "ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! - The Ultimate Collection of Elvis Presley" was released by Sony Music Japan. Disc 1: Top 20 Hits 1 (1956-59) Disc 2: Top 20 Hits 2 (1960-65) Disc 3: Top 20 Hits 3 (1966-77) Disc 4: Rockin' Elvis 1 Disc 5: Rockin' Elvis 2 Disc 6: Pop'n Sweet Disc 7: Elvis in Screen Disc 8: Exotic Elvis Disc 9: Sings Singer-Songwriters Disc10: Heartfelt Ballads 

Elvis Files

Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen announced some new book titles for 2015 and 2016. Firstly the news that the final volume of "The Elvis Files" series of books has had to be split into two, due to the fact that Elvis was so busy touring during his last years. There are so many stunning photos available - so it was just not possible to do justice to Presley's final four years in just one volume. 

The first book 'The Elvis Files Vol. 7 1974-1975' is planned for August 2015 publication. 'The Elvis Files Vol. 8 1976-1977' is planned for Spring 2016. 


Also another new book underway, "Greater Than Ever - A Touch Of Gold Lame" an in-depth look at Elvis tours of 1957. Here is a preview. 

(Source: Record Store Day / Third Man Records / Wild Honey Records / Elvis Information Network)

April 17 - Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation rises from #20 to #19 on the US Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for  the week ending April 25, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" CD dropped off the the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart after a re-entry at #23 last week. 

After a big jump from #45 to #16 last week “The Essential Elvis Presley” made an even bigger drop of 29+ spots, off the Dutch Mid-price album chart.

The “Elvis Love Songs” compilation drops from #57 to #89 on the Scottish Album chart.

The "Return To Sender" budget compilation dropped off the UK Physical Album Chart from last week’s position at #97

(Source: Amazon / FECC / Brian Quinn / Dutch Charts / Official UK Chart Company)

April 16 - Second Day Hysteria

The MxF label announced the release of the second volume of a trilogy dedicated to Elvis’ historical performance at Uniondale Nassau Coliseum. This second CD is entitled "Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day" and contains the Uniondale, June 23, 1973 8.00 PM Show.

From the press-release:
The June Tour represent the second and last tour of the year, Elvis on tour means Elvis at the top of his possibilities. Uniondale is the third step of the tour, in the Nassau coliseum Elvis performs four shows in three days. The show here presented is the third one…The begin of the 1973 presents an Elvis still at the top, no more a rocking singer, He deliveries with enthusiasm the classic repertoire post-72... 

The year was begun with the glorious Hawaii TV satellite Show and after a pale useless Vegas season, Elvis recuperated from the fatigue, started the first tour of the year in a different mood … the second tour is even better with our man very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sings with power delivering a solid and long show, with the classic repertoire of the 1973 including a incredible “Steaming rolling blues” version, together the really dramatic What Now My Love and the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. In this second day Elvis seems more relaxed and even more focused on the songs ... in spite he skips two more recent tunes like I’m leaving and I’ll Remember You, replacing them with two classic from fifties as Heartbreak hotel and All Shook Up the show sounds better.  On stage is an impressive figure in the Fire jumpsuit, the rocker attitude still intact, the voice great, the atmosphere enormous, the demand terrific, 16.500 lucky people attended at the show.

The show is unreleased and complete, here we present the show directly from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was restored trying to remove the background noise trying to let intact the feeling of the concert and overall your listening pleasure. The sound quality here is good, considering it was taped from the audience in a big hall. Elvis and overall the band is loud and clear, the sounds is very powerful in very good balanced mix the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panels digipack with a collection of photos taken during show.. As bonus the first 500 copies will come with a 12x12 card, represent a terrific live shot from the show. All the photos come from the Steve Rino and Bob Rush book, "Elvis June 1973 Tour".

The recording good quality and the superb show give to Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day the status of unique. Don’t miss it!

Tracks: As recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, June 23, 1973 8.00 PM:
01.2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman /Amen 04.Love Me Tender (+ 1 false start) 05.Steamroller Blues 06.You Gave Me A Mountain 07.Love Me 08.Blue Suede Shoes 09.Rock Medley 10.Heartbreak Hotel 11.Bridge Over Troubled Water 12.Fever 13.Hound Dog 14.What Now My Love 15.Suspicious Minds 16.Band Introductions 17.All Shook Up 18.I Can’t Stop Loving You 19.An American Trilogy 20.A Big Hunk Of Love 21.Can’t Help Falling In Love 22.Closing Vamp / Announcement

Released

The “Hawaiian Beach Boy” CD’s have been released by the Dutch Elvis One label. The CD’s “Hawaiian Beach Boy – The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album I - Stereophonic Sound Edition“ and “Hawaiian Beach Boy – The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album II - Monophonic Sound Edition“ contain all 14 tracks featured on the original soundtrack album in mono, stereo and out-take versions and several bonus tracks. The set comes with a 12 page booklet. 

The blue vinyl octagonal shaped re-issue of "Elvis Presley“" has been released by the UK based Art Of Music Records.

To Be Released

The compilation "Elvis In Love" will be released by the Vinyl Passion label on vinyl on May 8, 2015.

Tracks:
1.1. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.2. Hawaiian Wedding Song 1.3. Fame And Fortune 1.4. A Big Hunk O' Love 1.5. Don't Ask Me Why 1.6. Such A Night 1.7. Don't 1.8. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I 1.9. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You 1.10. Good Luck Charm 1.11. Are You Lonesome Tonight 1.12. Surrender 1.13. It's Now Or Never 1.14. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 1.15. Loving You 1.16. Love Me 1.17. Baby Let's Play House 1.18. Blue Hawaii 1.19. Wooden Heart 1.20. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)

2.1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 2.2. She's Not You 2.3. As Long As I Have You 2.4. The Girl Of My Best Friend 2.5. I Love You Because 2.6. I Need Your Love Tonight 2.7. The Thrill Of Your Love 2.8. That's Someone You Never Forget 2.9. Fever 2.10. Doin' The Best I Can 2.11. Love Me Tender 2.12. True Love 2.13. I Was The One 2.14. Pocketful Of Rainbows 2.15. Stuck On You 2.16. Young And Beautiful 2.17. One Night 2.18. That's When Your Heartaches Begin 2.19. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2.20. Anyplace Is Paradise

The original albums “Elvis Is Back” (gatefold), “Girls! Girls! Girls!” and “Loving You” will be re-issued on May 11, 2015 by the Wax Time label. The original albums come with respectively four, two and three bonus tracks.

Volume 4 in the original "Gold Records" series will be re-issued by Speakers Corner Records on 180gr. vinyl on May 8, 2015. 

Deleted

The Follow That Dream collector's label announced that seven more titles will be deleted from the catalogue.
  • Books "King Creole - The Music" and "King Creole Frame By Frame".
  • CD: "In A Private Moment", "Dragonheart", "Polk Salad Annie", "Hot August Night" and "Sold Out!"
(Source: FECC / The King’s World / Amazon / UEPS) 

April 15 - Follow The Vinyl Elvis Files

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced the release of three new titles. The book / CD combo “Change Of Habit”, the soundtrack “King Creole” in the “Classic Album series and on vinyl “American Sound Studios - FTD 2 LP Ltd Edition”. 
Change Of Habit

From Pål Granlund and David English comes this new deluxe hardback book in the same size as ”Something for the Girls”. ”Change of Habit” is published by FTD/FS with more than 450 pages and over 150 unpublished photos from the movie, on the set, plus candids from the same period, it captures Elvis at his very best. Elvis reported at Universal 10th of March and the filming started on the 12th. Elvis was dismissed from the movie on the 29th of April. The CD included with this book includes the album ”Let’s Be Friends” plus the bonus tracks ”Rubberneckin’” and ”Let Us Pray”. The LP was released April 1970 and peaked at chart position: #105 Pop.

Tracks Let’s Be Friends CAS-2408:
01 Stay Away, Joe October 1, 1967. RCA Recording Studios (Studio B), Nashville 02 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) February 20, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 03 Let’s Be Friends March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City 04 Let’s Forget About The Stars October 15, 1968 at Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood 05 Mama March 28, 1962. Radio Recorders, Hollywood 06 I’ll Be There January 22, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 07 Almost October 23, 1968. United Western Recorders, Hollywood 08 Change Of Habit March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City 09 Have A Happy March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City BONUS TRACKS 10 Rubberneckin’ January 20, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 11 Let Us Pray March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City

King Creole 

FTD’s “Classic Album” series continues with “King Creole”. This 2-CD set features the original RCA masters, unique Thorne Nogar live monitor mixes* many of which contain slates, and original song demos. It features a 16-page booklet featuring great photos, behind-the-scenes chronology and memorabilia. The CD will be released in May.


Disc 1 The Album 
01 King Creole 02 As Long As I Have You 03 Hard Headed Woman 04 Trouble 05 Dixieland Rock Side 2 06 Don’t Ask Me Why 07 Lover Doll 08 Crawfish 09 Young Dreams 10 Steadfast, Loyal And True 11 New Orleans Bonus track 12 Danny 

Thorne Nogar Live Mono Mixes:
13 Hard Headed Woman (take 10 – master) 14 Trouble (take 5 – master) 15 New Orleans (take 5 – master) 16 King Creole (first version – take 3) 17 King Creole (first version – take 18) 18 Crawfish (take 7 – unedited master) 19 Dixieland Rock (take 14 – master) 20 Lover Doll (take 7 – unedited/undubbed master) 21 Don’t Ask Me Why (take 12 – master) 22 As Long As I Have You (take 10 – master) 23 Muskrat Ramble (instrumental) 24 Steadfast, Loyal And True (first version – take 6) 25 As Long As I Have You (short version – take 4) 26 As Long As I Have You (long version – take 8) 27 King Creole (revised version – take 13 – master) 28 Young Dreams (take 8 – master) 29 King Creole (main title – instrumental – take 8 – master) Recorded at Paramount 30 Steadfast, Loyal And True (undubbed record master) 31 Steadfast, Loyal And True (movie version) 

Disc 2 Demos and Acetates (not featuring ELVIS on vocal): 
01 King Creole 02 Trouble 03 Dirty, Dirty Feeling 04 New Orleans 05 Hard Headed Woman 06 Dixieland Rock 07 Crawfish 08 As Long As I Have You 09 Danny 10 Don’t Ask Me Why 11 Lover Doll 12 Young Dreams 13 Steadfast, Loyal And True 14 Turtles, Berries, Gumbo 15 Banana

American Sound Studios

Elvis at American Sound, Memphis, Tennessee” is a Limited Edition vinyl 2-disc set on 180 gram vinyl. Mastered at Abbey Road, London, ”Elvis at American Sound” completes the successful American Sound trilogy. ”From Elvis In Memphis” and ”Back In Memphis” are still available with limited stock. The set will be out in May 2015.

Disc 1 Side A:
01 Kentucky Rain – take 8 3:32 02 My Little Friend – master 2:49 03 Rubberneckin’ – takes 1,2/M 2.50 04 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) – master 2:46 05. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road – take 5 (2.55) 06. Hey Jude – take 1 (4.34) 

Side B:
01 I’ll Be There – takes 1, 2 3M 4.40 02 Kentucky Rain – takes 5, 6, 7 6.06 03 Who Am I? – undubbed master 3:25 04 Memory Revival – instrumental 4:05 

Disc 2 Side C:
01 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) – takes 1, 2, 3 5:56 02 Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are) – instrumental take 2/M 2:47 03 Mama Liked The Roses – alternative vocal overdub 2:30 04 Kentucky Rain – take 9 3:58 05 In The Ghetto – take 19 3:08 

Side D: 
01 Poor Man’s Gold – take 12/M with abandoned vocal overdub 3:38 02 I’ll Be There – takes 4, 5, 6 3.15 03 Do You Know Who I Am? – takes 3, 5 6:59 04 Only The Strong Survive – takes 8,11, 12 5:55

Elvis Files Volumes 7 And 8


The Elvis Files team are now working on The Elvis Files Volume 7 and it's planned for a release in August. It will also be a Elvis Files Volume 8. Elvis was so busy touring his last years so it's not possible to make this four years into just one volume.

This the cover for Volume 7 and some pages from the famous LA concerts in 1974. The cover photo is taken by Keith Alverson.

Elvis Files in Soft Cover


Elvis Files has announced a soft cover edition of their 1720 page "Ultimate Elvis" book set. The hardback box set is already sold out from the dealers, and this soft cover set will be offered at a special lower price.

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / Elvis And His Music)

April 14 - Loving Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley Enterprises published the first information on Elvis Week 2015; including the new logo. Elvis Week 2015 will take place August 8-16, 2015, at Elvis Presley's Graceland. 

From the press-release:
There's no better place to celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, than in Memphis during Elvis Week. Our schedule of events includes the Candlelight Vigil, Conversations on Elvis, Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event, the Auction at Graceland, Elvis Presley 5K Run, Elvis-themed concerts and much more! And unfortunately the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is part of the celebrations too ...

Budget Releases

The Dream Covers release "Loving You + Jailhouse Rock" and "Elvis Is Back! + A Date With Elvis" have been released. Both double album packages come with six additional tracks. 

Tracks Loving You: Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do! - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don’t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So

Jailhouse Rock: Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don’t Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care - Treat Me Nice - I Beg Of You - Don’t - Playing For Keeps - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Good Rockin’ Tonight - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

Bonus Songs: That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - All Shock Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Don’t Be Cruel - Hound Dog -  Love Me Tender

Tracks Elvis Is Back!: Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - The Thrill Of Your Love - Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - The Girl Next Door Went A´ Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

A Date With Elvis: Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Young And Beautiful - (You´re So Sqare) Baby I Don´t Care - Milkow Blues Boogie - Baby Let´s Play House - Good Rockin´ Tonight - Is It So Strange - We´re Gonna Move - I Want To Be Free - I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Bons Songs: It´s Now Or Never - Hands Off (Demo) - Stuck On You - Paralyzed - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

(Source: EPE / Elvis Aktuell)

April 13 - A Blue Hawaiian Spring

The 7th. Elvis Concert Fan label CD release "Elvis Spring ’77 – The Soundboard Recordings Vol. 2" has been released. This release contains soundboard recordings from Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977 – Ann Arbor, MI. April 24, 1977 – Kalamazoo, MI. April 26, 1977 and Alexandria, LA. March 30, 1977 and two bonus tracks.

Blue Hawaii 

The Wax Time vinyl re-issue of the "Blue Hawaii” soundtrack has been released. It comes with one additional bonus track.

Side A: Blue Hawaii - Almost Always True - Aloha Oe - No More - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Moonlight Swim
Side B: KU-U-I-Po - Ito Eats - Slicin´ Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - Island Of Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song
Bonus Song: Steppin´ Out Of Line (Movie Version)

(Source: Elvis On CD / Elvis Aktuell)

April 12 - Elvis Three

Three new albums have been announced by the Elvis One label. In the New Album series "Love The Album" and "Love The Blue Album" and "Steppin' Out Of Line: The Pot Luck Recording Sessions 1961-1962" in the Bootleg Series. All limited to 500 copies.

Love The Album


Due for release this month is 'Love The Album' a special edition CD limited to 500 copies only, that features 31 great tracks including original masters, alternate and Original Mono single versions and includes 8 previously unreleased versions (by Elvis' Record Company) Get All Shook Up! - Love like never before!

Tracks Love The Album CD:
01 Home Is Where The Heart Is (Original Edited Mono Version), 02 Can't Help Falling In Love (Movie Version Take 9)**, 03 One Night (Stereo Mix)*, 04 Thrill Of Your Love, 05 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, 06 Anyplace Is Paradise, 07 Fever, 08 Good Luck Charm (Original Mono Single Version), 09 All Shook Up (Stereo Mix)*, 10 Tonight's All Right For Love, 11 Young And Beautiful (Acoustic Movie Version)**, 12 Stuck On You (Original Mono Single Version), 13 Kiss Me Quick, 14 Angel (Original Mono Master), 15 Gently, 16 Loving You, 17 Ku-u-i-po, 18 Where Do You Come From? (Original Mono Single Version), 19 I'm Yours (album Version), 20 Hawaiian Wedding Song, 21 Such A Night, 22 Spring Fever (takes 01-03)*, 23 Home Is Where The Heart Is (take 12), 24 I'm Falling In Love Tonight (take 7 and 5)**, 25-28 Tonight's All Right For Love (r10, Takes 1, 5-7, 9-13, 16 and R20, Takes 1 and 2), 29 Relax (take 12)**, 30 Can't Help Falling In Love (Original Mono Single Version), 31 I've Got To Find My

Love The Blue Album


Due for release this month is 'Love The Blue Album', a special edition CD limited to 500 copies only, that features 30 great tracks including original masters, alternate and Original Mono single versions and includes 5 previously unreleased versions (by Elvis' Record Company).

Love The Blue Album CD:
01 Anything That's Part Of You (Original Mono Single Version), 02 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Original Mono Single Version), 03 Something Blue, 04 I Was The One, 05 Doin' The Best I Can, 06 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears, 07 Don't Leave Me Now, 08 That's When Your Heartaches Begin ('57), 09 How's The World Treating You, 10 Forget Me Never, 11 It's A Sin, 12 Blue Moon, 13 Heartbreak Hotel, 14 I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone, 15 How Do You Think I Feel, 16 My Baby Left Me (Stereo Mix)*, 17 Reconsider Baby, 18 Return To Sender (Original Mono Single Version), 19 Judy, 20 No More (Movie Version)**, 21 That's When Your Heartaches Begin ('53 - Demo), 22 Doin' The Best I Can (takes 1,2,4-8), 23 Doin' The Best I Can (take 13), 24 The Meanest Girl In Town (takes 4-6)*, 25-27 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (takes 21-25)**, 28 Summer, Kisses, Winter Tears (Movie Version, Take 2 With Guide Track), 29 Blue Christmas, 30 Elvis' Answering Machine (recreation / Unedited)** (* Previously Unreleased | ** Previously Unreleased by Elvis' Record Company)

Steppin' Out Of Line : The Pot Luck Recording Sessions 1961-1962


Due for release this month is 'Steppin' Out Of Line : The Pot Luck Recording Sessions 1961-1962' a special edition 2 CD set limited to 500 copies only from 'The Bootleg Series' with 58 great tracks, including the original Stereo and Mono album masters, outtakes (not released by Elvis' record company*) and Movie Versions from the 'Pot Luck' album all on one double CD. Includes a booklet with recording information. (*with the exception of the outtakes released on the 'Elvis For Everyone' FTD). Limited edition of only 500 copies.

CD 1 Pot Luck | The Original Stereo Album: 
01. Kiss Me Quick, 02. Just For Old Time Sake, 03. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow, 04. (Such An) Easy Question, 05. Steppin' Out Of Line, 06. I'm Yours, 07. Something Blue, 08. Suspicion, 09. I Feel That I've Known You Forever, 10. Night Rider, 11. Fountain Of Love, 12. That's Someone You Never Forget

The Outtakes (Part One): 
13. Kiss Me Quick (Take 2), 14. Kiss Me Quick (Take 3), 15. Kiss Me Quick (Take 5 and 6), 16. Kiss Me Quick (Take 7), 17. Kiss Me Quick (Take 8 and 9), 18. Kiss Me Quick (Take 10), 19. Kiss Me Quick (Take 11), 20. Just For Old Time Sake (Master with studio banter), 21. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 4), 22. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 6), 23. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Master with studio banter and false start), 24. (Such An) Easy Question (Master with studio banter), 25. I'm Yours (Work Part 1 - ending, Take 1 with false start and take 2), 26. Something Blue (Master with studio banter), 27. Something Blue (Take 5 and 6)

CD 2 Pot Luck | The Original Mono Album: 
01. Kiss Me Quick, 02. Just For Old Time Sake, 03. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow, 04. (Such An) Easy Question, 05. Steppin' Out Of Line, 06. I'm Yours, 07. Something Blue, 08. Suspicion, 09. I Feel That I've Known You Forever, 10. Night Rider, 11. Fountain Of Love, 12. That's Someone You Never Forget

The Outtakes (Part Two):
13. Suspicion (Take 04), 14. Suspicion (Master with count-in take 5), 15. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Take 2), 16. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Master with studio banter), 17. Night Rider (Master with studio banter), 18. Night Rider (Remake take 1 and 4), 19. Fountain Of Love (Take 3, 5, 6), 20. Fountain Of Love (Take 7 and 8), 21. Fountain Of Love (Master with studio banter), 22. That's Someone You Never Forget (Complete unedited take 1), 23. That's Someone You Never Forget (Take 2, 3, 4 and 6)

The Movie Versions: 
24. Night Rider (Movie Version from 'Tickle Me'), 25. (Such An) Easy Question (Movie Version from 'Tickle Me'), 26. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Movie Version from 'Tickle Me'), 27. I'm Yours (Movie Version from 'Tickle Me') - Mono Single Master: 28. I'm Yours

The Alternate Released Versions: 
29. Kiss Me Quick (Without backing vocals), 30. (Such An) Easy Question (Remixed version), 31. Suspicion (Without backing vocals) (*with the exception of the outtakes released on the 'Elvis For Everyone

(Source: Elvis Australia)

April 10 - A Bicentennial Stamp From Murfreesboro

Three new import-releases have been announced. The AudiRec label will release "Elvis Opening Night 1975", TNT Records, with the help of their friends from the Audionics label, will re-issue the May 7 1975 "From Elvis In Murfreesboro" and the October 20, 1976 performance as recorded at the Notre Dame University Stadium in South Bend with the title "Bicentennial Superstar Elvis Volume 2". 

Elvis Opening Night 1975

AudiRec proudly presents: "Elvis Opening Night 1975" – a brandnew CD Set which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording of the complete performance from March 18, 1975 – well known as the “Opening Night” for Elvis  March/April Las Vegas 75 Season.


Elvis hadn´t worked in five months when he came back to Las Vegas in March 1975 and although he carried a lot of uncomfortable weight inside his stage clothing, his spirits were higher than they´d been at the start of a Las Vegas engagement in years. If you take a close look to the setlist(s) of this engagement, it shows that Elvis put in really lots of contemporary songs instead of his own “Oldies”. For instance, Opening Night delivered just two songs from the '50s (“Love Me” and “I Got A Woman”). Compared to setlists from the years before this new one was full of good choices. For us listeners of today it is even more: It's GREAT to hear Elvis doing so many well-performed songs!

Expect a fine, decent 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 first couple of shows of the season this new CD release is - just like the first release on AudiRec (the already sold-out 2 CD Set “Elvis At The Hilton) - also limited to only 300 copies.

Tracks Las Vegas 18.03.1975 Opening Show: 
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. And I Love You So 05. Let Me Be There [with reprise] 06. It's Midnight 07. Big Boss Man 08. Green Green Grass Of Home [1st live version] 09. Burning Love 10. Love Me 11. Fairytale [1st live version] 12. Band Introductions 13. Lead Guitar Solo [James Burton] 14. Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt] 15. Bass Solo [Duke Bardwell] 16. Piano Solo [Glen D. Hardin] 17. Electric Piano Solo [David Briggs] 18. Orchestra Solo (Joe Guercio Orchestra) 19. My Boy 20. I'll Remember You 21. Promised Land 22. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming [instrumental excerpt] 23. Until It's Time For You To Go 24. Introduction Of Glen Campbell 25. When It's My Time [J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet] 26. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 27. Can't Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp 

From Elvis In Murfreesboro

With a little help from our friends at “Audionics” we are able to present another fine CD release by TNT Records – this time it´s the show in Murfreesboro/Tennessee from May 7th 1975. Here we go with a concert (recorded from the soundboard) that has coincidently its 10th year anniversary related to its first release on – you guessed it – Audionics. For this new release the guys from “Audionics” have remastered their 2005 Version and out comes a significantly better sound – you will like it! The concert is complete and this is rare (if not unique!) for an SB recording from April/May 75.


When Elvis was ready for his April/May 1975 tour it was already clear that it would be another big success in his career. By now the “King” was such an iconic performer that it virtually was a matter of unimportance to his many fans if he sang his usual setlist or just read the names of the local phonebook. No, not really of course. But in some way it was simply astounding how fans – maybe mostly female fans – reacted when Elvis came to town. Already on the second station of the tour Jacksonville Journal Staff Writer Sandy Strickland wrote in her article titled “Elvis Presley (Sigh) Is Here!” that “One woman threatened suicide. Another is fasting in some mystical hope that it will bring the desired results. Secretaries have threatened to put all phones on hold or close down the entire switchboard while they try to catch a glimpse of him” and explained this behavior very simple with “Elvis is in town”.

Take your time and read the full article within the 16 page booklet that accompanies the release. It also has many photos from the concert and the whole tour.

Enjoy Elvis in his last concert from the above mentioned tour. The “Closing Show” can easily be called a fine performance from a seemingly relaxed entertainer. The year of ´75 didn´t look that promising at the very beginning, but with two more soon to follow extremely successful tours all through the country Elvis headed for more fun, as being on stage in front of thousands of fans was more than likely what he just loved. As Joe Esposito, his Road Manager, said once in one of his many interviews: “Elvis Presley loved to be Elvis Presley!”

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen [medley] 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. Love Me Tender 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [medley] 09. The Wonder Of You 10. Burning Love 11. Band Introductions 12. Johnny B. Goode 13. Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt] 14. Bass Solo [Jerry Scheff] 15. Piano Solo [Glen D. Hardin] 16. School Day 17. Bridge Over Troubled Water 18. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 19. I'll Remember You 20. Let Me Be There 21. An American Trilogy 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 23. Hound Dog 24. Little Darlin' 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp 
Update April 10, 2015

Bicentennial Superstar Elvis Volume 2

Welcome to TNT Records´ brandnew CD release. Again with a little help from our friends at “Audionics” – most likely the premium and still active label when it comes to rare recordings in best possible sound - we decided to release Volume 2 of our very well received series “Bicentennial Superstar”. It is going to be presented in our usual high quality standard. The recording is taken straight from the soundboard and there is a 16-page booklet containing all the information you need to know regarding the concert and the whole tour.


As we are aware from all the information we do have access to these days it was more than clear and also visible that Elvis actually should have cared a lot more for himself than for his fans. Although the “King” at least tried to get back in shape and although he got rid of quite some weight since the last tour in early September ended it was a much too short “Recovery” and Elvis stepped on stage looking not too good, showing a pale face and a not so well fitting haircut (of course we´d be more than happy if it was just for the haircut but it wasn´t). Still the fans were loyal and came in masses. The Colonel also was happy to receive another share of “big money” from touring all through the country. After all Elvis seemed to be an all-time-winner in terms of making money with performing that often in a year. Whatever it really was that kept Elvis doing show after show we still can only guess.

Nevertheless, the shows in October of 76 had their moments. Elvis changed his setlist from the months before slightly and for example put back a more than welcome “Steamroller Blues” into it. He did at least what he had to do: Making his many fans happy. That didn´t necessarily include all the reporters from the local newspapers who sometimes wrote some true words the fans did not want to read. But of course there still weren´t that many really negative reviews of Elvis shows in the press. It was just a matter of time though…. The show we are presenting on this release took place on Oct. 20, so Elvis was right in the middle of the tour. The 12.000 fans in the sold-out Notre Dame University Stadium in South Bend saw Elvis wearing the brightly coloured Flame Suit for the first time on stage. Fortunately this show was recorded from the soundboard in its entirety which is rather rare – there are too many SB´s out there on the fan market that lack from starting with “Love Me” or similar, many also do not have the last song(s) originally recorded. Sit back and enjoy experiencing Elvis in autumn of 76 singing some very good versions of songs like “Steamroller Blues”, “Help Me” and a still strong “America The Beautiful”!

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen [medley] 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. Help Me 09. All Shook Up 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [medley] 11. And I Love You So 12. Fever 13. Steamroller Blues 14. Band Introductions 15. Early Morning Rain 16. What'd I Say 17. Johnny B. Goode 18. Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt] 19. Bass Solo [Jerry Scheff] 20. Piano Solo [Tony Brown] 21. Love Letters 22. School Day 23. Hurt [with reprise] 24. Hound Dog 25. Funny How Time Slips Away 26. Little Darlin' 27. Can't Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.

Stamp

Released in Liechtenstein to celebrate the 80th. birthday of Elvis Presley is a 10 stamp set in the "dieMarke.li"-Program. The first day of issue was April 10, 2015. 

(Source: FECC / Briefmarken-Haus Sieger / Elvis Presley Gesellschaft)