May 30 - 80 Years Of Elvis

A new magazine has been released by Topix Media Magazine; “80 Years Of The King Of Rock n Roll” volume 1. It contains 98 pages with “the real story of the King Of Rock & Roll” in text and photo’s. Volume 2 will focus on Elvis while “On The Road” in 1955.

(Source: FECC / eBay)

May 29 - Weekend Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #22 to #24 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending June 6, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

The 2013 4 DVD box "Music Legends: Elvis Presley" entered the Irish Music DVD chart at #5.

(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC / The King's World)

May 27 - The Return Of The King

The "The Return Of The King" is a 2 CD set containing a soundboard recording of the 1997 "Elvis In Concert" Show in Memphis, August 16, 1997. This double CD set is jam-packed and includes two (2) performances of 'Don't Cry Daddy by Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley, The Sweet Inspirations sing their hit, 'Sweet Inspiration', Ronnie McDowell and much more. Recorded at the Elvis In Concert Show, Memphis, August 16, 1997. Recorded at the Elvis In Concert Show, Memphis, August 16 – 1997.

Tracklist
CD 1
01    Also Sprach Zarathustra    01:43
02    C.C. Rider    02:55
03    Burning Love    03:08
04    Steamroller Blues    03:05
05    I Can't Stop Loving You    02:28
06    Johnny B. Goode    01:42
07    You Gave Me A Mountain    03:43
08    Polk Salad Annie    02:20
09    You've Lost That Loving Feeling    03:58
10    The Sweet Inspirations: 'Sweet Inspiration'    04:03
11    Lawdy Miss Clawdy    02:12
12    I Got A Woman    02:43
13    Never Been To Spain    03:40
14    Just Pretend    03:46
15    In The Ghetto    03:08
16    The Stamps Quartet: 'Sweet, Sweet Spirit'    02:45
17    How Great Thou Art    03:43
18    Bridge Over Troubled Water    04:45
19    Welcome To Part Two (by George Klein) 00:22
20    If I Can Dream (Instrumental)    00:51
21    Trouble / Guitar Man (start only)    00:45
22    Introductions By Elvis    01:08
23    Ronnie McDowell: 'That's All Right'    02:18
24    Ronnie McDowell: 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky' - Introduction of Scotty Moore & D.J Fontana 03:10
25    Ronnie McDowell: 'Heartbreak Hotel' - Introduction Of The Jordanaires 04:07
26    The Jordanaires: 'Crying In The Chapel' - Introduction of Hugh Jarrett 03:17
27    Ronnie McDowell: 'Don't Be Cruel'    03:36
28    Ronnie McDowell: 'King Creole'    02:22
29    Mystery Train (instrumental)    01:05
30    Introductions of Terry Mike Jeffrey    00:52

CD 2
01    Terry Mike Jeffrey: 'Teddy Bear'    02:19
02    Terry Mike Jeffrey: 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' - Introduction of Millie Kirkham 02:44
03    Terry Mike Jeffrey: 'Surrender' - Introduction of the Terry Mike Jeffrey Band    03:18
04    Terry Mike Jeffrey: 'It's Now Or Never'    03:24
05    Introduction By Wink Martindale 03:24
06    The Wonder Of You    02:39
07    Priscilla Presley thanks to the audience - Introduction of Lisa Marie Presley 04:43
08    Don't Cry Daddy; Elvis & Lisa Marie    03:37
09    Lisa Marie Speaks    02:11
10    Don't Cry Daddy; Elvis & Lisa Marie (2nd)    03:36
11    Hound Dog    01:13
12    Don't Be Cruel    01:33
13    All Shook Up    01:05
14    Heartbreak Hotel    01:52
15    One Night    01:49
16    Elvis Speaks    03:07
17    Love Me Tender    03:28
18    Band introductions by Elvis; Make The World Go Away    04:22
19    Suspicious Minds (sound mistake)    06:08
20    Wink Martindale talks to the audience about the sound mistake    01:02
21    Suspicious Minds (2nd)    06:17
22    I'll Remember You    02:39
23    A Big Hunk O' Love    02:14
24    My Way    03:54
25    An American Trilogy    04:50
26    Can't Help Falling In Love    01:43
27    Closing Vamp    00:10

(Source: Elvis Australia)

May 26 - Golden Preview

Here is a preview of the ”Greater Than Ever - A Touch Of Gold Lame" 450 pages book by Erik Lorentzen. An in-depth look at Elvis Presley' fabulous tours of 1957. The book is on it’s way to the printer.

(Source: Elvis Information Network)

May 25 - Vinyl Re-issues

The albums “Elvis Presley” and “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” will be re-issued once more on vinyl by Sony Music on August 14, 2015. 

Tracks Elvis Presley:
Side A: Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because
Side B: Tutti Frutti - Tryin 'To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Blue Moon - Money Honey.

Tracks ELVIS 30 # 1 Hits:
Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - Do not Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Too Much - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock
Side B: Do not - Hard Headed Woman - One Night - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I (alternate take) - A Big Hunk O 'Love - Stuck On You - It's Now Or Never
Side C: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Wooden Heart - Surrender - (Marie's The Name) His Latest - Can not Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - She's Not You - Return To Sender - (You're The) Devil In Disguise
Side D: Crying In The Chapel - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - The Wonder Of You (alternate version) - Burning Love - Way Down - A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)

I Am Going To Have To Play The Piano On This

The Hard Luck import release "I Am Going To Have To Play The Piano On This" has been released. This release is limited to 300 copies.

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

May 22 - Memphis Hotel Will Get It

A new 450 room hotel and convention center came one step closer to opening at Elvis Presley’s Graceland on Wednesday. The Economic Development Board approved $84 million in financing to fund the development.

Graceland, the third most visited home in the U.S. behind the Whitehouse and Biltmore, said upgrading the experience for visitors with a new more modern hotel would generate jobs and boost the economy of Whitehaven.

“We are really excited to get going on this project. Piece by piece it’s taken a lot of organization and ecetera,” said Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises.

EDGE, the Economic Development Growth Engine, said it approved issuing Graceland $84 million in bonds to help pay for a new hotel. Financing would also come from a tourist development zone set up by city and county and from a tourist surcharge. “The money really comes from a private financial institution which will buy those bonds and therefore inject the money into the project,” said Reid Dulberger, EDGE Pres/CEO.

Even if the project failed the lawyer for Elvis Presley Enterprises told EDGE, taxpayers won’t be responsible for repaying bonds. “There’s not going to be a check written by the city or county to pay the debt so it is merely being paid from incentive revenues, from the revenues created by the hotel:13 and from Guarantees of the owners of the hotel,” said Attorney James McLaren, Elvis Presley Enterprises.

With its 450 rooms, 500 seat theater and two restaurants, the Graceland hotel will be the third largest in the city behind the Peabody and Convention Center Sheraton. In addition, 500 jobs were promised in and around the hotel.

“It’s going to be exactly where we want it in Whitehaven at Graceland where our visitors from all over the world will come and stay longer and spend more of their money and time in Whitehaven,” said Soden. One of the questions board members asked is how much will these jobs pay and who would get them. A representative for EP Enterprises said the average salary would be about $11 an hour and most of its employees traditionally come from the Whitehaven neighborhood.

Elvis Still Has It - Out Now!


The SR label import-release "Elvis Still Has It", featuring the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 09, 1972 MS, has been released. 

Tracks: 01. 2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.Proud Mary 04.Until It’s Time For You To Go 05.You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 06.You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 07.Polk Salad Annie 08.What Now My Love 09.Fever 10.Love Me 11.Blue Suede Shoes 12.One Night 13.Little Sister/Get Back 14.Heartbreak Hotel 15.Hound Dog 16.For The Good Times 17.Suspicious Minds 18.Introductions 19.My Way 20.A Big Hunk O’ Love 21.An American Trilogy 22.Can’t Help Falling In Love 23. Closing Vamp 


Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #17 to #22 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending May 30, 2015.

The "He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley: Volumes 1 & 2" dropped off the Billboard Music Video Chart after re-entering lat week. 

The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" fell off the Australian Music DVD chart after re-entering the chart one week earlier at #30. 

(Source: WREG / FECC / Brian Quinn / The King's World)

May 21 - The Summer of '56 Collection

Released on the Stargrove Entertainment label is the CD “Elvis The Collection”. 

Tracks CD 1: King Creole - One Night - Don't - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Got Stung - Blue Suede Shoes - Baby Let's Play House - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - A Big Hunk O' Love - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I

CD 2: Hound Dog - Loving You - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Love Me Tender - Treat Me Nice - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do

Marty Pasetta Died

Marty Pasetta, best known for directing the Academy Awards telecast annually from 1972 to 1988, died Thursday night. He was 82. He also directed “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii,” which aired on Jan. 14, 1973, in more than 40 countries. The concert special, featuring Elvis Presley at the Honolulu International Center, remains one of the most watched TV programs in history.

Pasetta was struck by a car he had just exited in La Quinta, Calif. in Riverside County, The Desert Sun reported. He died at the scene, police said. The driver, identified as Keith Stewart, 75, of La Quinta, stopped his vehicle to drop off Pasetta and another passenger, according to the sheriff’s department. Stewart then went to exit his vehicle, but accidentally left the car’s transmission engaged, causing him to crash into his passengers.

Elvis: Summer of '56

The DVD “Elvis: Summer of '56” will be re-issued once more on August 4, 2015 b the Madacy (Music Distributor) label. It is a documentary on Elvis Presley’s first love June Juanico. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon / ElvisMatters)

May 19 - Music And Memories

The book / DVD set "Elvis Presley: Music & Memories" has been released by the Entertainment One label. 

Synopsis:
This Illustrated Limited Edition hardback book together with four DVD s provides an insight into the unique journey of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century Elvis Presley. Follow the authoritative text charting the career of the man they call the King of Rock and Roll . We follow Presley from his carefree beginnings at Sun records to global superstardom. In addition the book features rare interviews with the legendry Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana and many more!

New Releases

Due for release from Sbme Special Mkts. on May 26, 2015 are the CDs “Elvis Live”, “Elvis Golden Records”. 

(Source: Amazon)

May 18 - Elvis Sings Atlantic

The Spanish El Toro Records (Broken Silence) label will release the colored vinyl single "Elvis Sings The Hits Of Atlantic" on May 22, 2015. This single is #2 in a series of 4 commemorative releases.

Tracks:
Such A Night / Judy / I Got A Woman / Shake, Rattle & Roll 

Blue Moon

The Impulsis - Amalfi International (Bogner Records) released the 2 CD “Blue Moon”. 



The Last Re-issue?

The ParkHill label importrelease "The Last Farewell" has been released. This 5 CD box contains complete masters and outtakes from the 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room at Graceland. This material was previously released by the Venus importlabel in their "Welcome To The Jungle" series. The CD's are packed in a metal pewter box  with additional 80 page booklet (28 by 28 cm) with unseen photo's, never published before. 

(Source: Amazon / The `King's World)

May 17 - Softcover

The soft-cover edition of the "Ultimate Elvis" by Erik Lorentzens "Elvis Files" team has been released one moth after the announcement of this edition. 

(Source: The King's World)

May 16 - King Creole

The Follow That Dream double CD collectors release "King Creole" has been shipped to the dealers. This is a release in the 'Classic Album' series. 

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. 

(Source: The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club Of Great Britain)

May 15 - Birth of Rock And Roll And Dead Of the Blues

The book "Elvis and The Birth of Rock and Roll" will be released in June. In 1956, professional photographer Wertheimer took nearly 3.000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom. 

Extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope, Wertheimer's Elvis project immortalized a young man in the very process of making history. Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll collects Wertheimer's most remarkable Elvis shots from that magical year, along with a selection of his historic 1958 pictures of the star being shipped off to an army base in Germany. Nearly half of the photographs in this book have never been published before.
Each chapter is illustrated with a poster by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in America, which created many early Elvis posters in the fifties.

From the publisher:
“Elvis who?” was photographer Alfred Wertheimer’s response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to photograph an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was—as we now know—about to become a legend.

Trailing Presley like a shadow, Wertheimer took nearly 3,000 photographs of Presley that year, creating a penetrating portrait of a man poised on the brink of superstardom. Extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope, Wertheimer's Elvis project immortalized a young man in the very process of making history.

Now available as a TASCHEN standard edition, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll collects Wertheimer’s most remarkable Elvis shots from that magical year, along with a selection of his historic 1958 pictures of the star being shipped off to an army base in Germany. Each chapter is illustrated with a poster by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest letterpress print shops in America, which created many early Elvis posters in the 1950s. The photographer:
Alfred Wertheimer (1929-2014) was born in Germany, emigrated to America and settled in Brooklyn as a young boy. Wertheimer’s photographs, which first gained national attention after Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, capture the metamorphosis of pop music and the cultural transformation of America.

The editor:
Chris Murray has organized over 200 exhibitions of many of the leading artists of our time, from Andy Warhol in the 1970s to Annie Leibovitz’s first exhibition in 1984. He is co-curator of the Smithsonian Institution's exhibition Elvis at 21 and is the author or editor of over a dozen books.

The contributing author:

Robert Santelli is the executive director of the Grammy Museum and former CEO/artistic director of the Experience Music Project. He is the author of nearly a dozen books and a contributor to magazines such as Rolling Stone.

Blues legend BB King passes away at 89
 
Legendary Blues singer and guitarist BB King has died aged 89. King died in his sleep in Las Vegas, his lawyer said. The star had recently returned home from hospital where he was being treated for dehydration, which was linked to his Type II diabetes. It comes just a week after he insisted he was well again after falling ill.

The 89-year-old musician was taken to the facility near his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to health concerns although his daughter Claudette King soon admitted he was already feeling "much better" when asked about his condition last Monday. On the picture Elvis and BB King in Memphis on December 7,1956. BB King who was born Riley B. King and is often referred to as the King of Blues.

(Source: ElvisMatters / Taschen)

May 14 - 827 Thomas Street

Due for release soon is a new limited edition 5 CD import set entitled "827 Thomas Street". According to the press-release "very limited ... full of rare and hard to find takes, mixes and live versions. The perfect set to accompany your FTD '69 releases!" A bonus disk for this set is a newly remastered version of "The Memphis Record". 

Tracks Disc 1:
01 After Loving You / Unedited Master Take 4 02 In The Ghetto / Take 5,6,7 03 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) / Take 4,5 04 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) / Unedited Undubbed Master Take 9 05 Hey Jude / Take 6 + Undubbed Master Take 7 06 Long Black Limousine / Take 1,2 07 I’m Movin’ On / Fully Overdubbed Take 2 08 Inherit The Wind / Fully Overdubbed Vocal Overdub #2 09 From A Jack To A King / Take 4 (Incl. False Starts) 10 Long Black Limousine / Take 3,4,5 11 Long Black Limousine / Vocal Repair Master Take 9 12 Only The Strong Survive / Rehearsal, Take 2,3 13 Rubberneckin’ / Partially Overdubbed Take 2 14 In The Ghetto / Take 8,9,10 15 In The Ghetto / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 22 16 From A Jack To A King / Undubbed Unrepaired Master Take 5 17 Only The Strong Survive / Take 4 (Incl. False Starts) 18 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 8,9 19 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 3

Disc 2:
01 And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind / Take 4 02 And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind / Unrepaired Undubbed Master Take 6 03 Kentucky Rain / Take 4, 9 (Incl. False Starts) 04 Do You Know Who I Am? / Take 2 (Incl. False Starts) 05 Any Day Now / Take 3 (Incl. False Starts) 06 Gentle On My Mind / Vocal Overdub Master Take 3 07 Any Day Now / Unrepaired Undubbed Master Take 6 08 Only The Strong Survive / Take 7,8 (Incl False Starts) 09 Only The Strong Survive / Take 11 10 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Take 5 11 Wearin’ That Loved On Look / Take 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 12 Wearin’ That Loved On Look / Take 11 13 Wearin’ That Loved On Look / Draft Tape Mix 14 A Little Bit Of Green / Unedited Unrepaired Master Take 3 15 This Is The Story / Take 1, Partially Overdubbed Master Take 2 16 Don’t Cry Daddy / Acetate Version 17 Inherit The Wind / Partially Overdubbed Draft Tape Composite 18 Suspicious Minds / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 8 19 It’s My Way-This Time-I Can’t Stop Loving You / Jam

Disc 3:
01 Do You Know Who I Am? / Take 6,7 (Unrepaired Undubbed Master) 02 You’ll Think Of Me / Take 14 03 Only The Strong Survive / Take 5,6 (Incl. False Starts) 04 My Little Friend / Unedited Undubbed Master 05 Who Am I? / Undubbed Master Take 1 06 Without Love / Undubbed Master Take 5 07 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’/ Undubbed Master Take 3 (Incl. False Starts) 08 Mama Liked The Roses / Harmony Vocal Overdub Master 09 Power Of My Love / Take 4 (Incl. False Starts) 10 Power Of My Love / Take 5,6a,6b 11 Stranger In My Own Home Town / Unedited Undubbed Master 12 I’ll Be There / Alt. Master #6 With Excessive Vocal Echo 13 The Fair’s Moving On / Vocal Overdubbed Master Take 1 14 Gentle On My Mind / Vocal Overdubbed Master (Organ Mix Version) 15 Suspicious Minds / Extended Master Without Fade 16 In The Ghetto / Partially Overdubbed Master Take 22 (Unrepaired Vocal) 17 Poor Man’s Gold / Take 1 With Vocal Overdub

Disc 4:
01 In The Ghetto / Live August 21 1969 (Ms) 02 Suspicious Minds / Live August 21 1969 (Ms) 03 Hey Jude / Live August 24 1969 (Ms) 04 Inherit The Wind / Live August 26 1969 (Ds) 05 Rubberneckin’ / Live August 26 1969 (Ms) 06 This Is The Story / Live August 26 1969 (Ms) 07 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road / Live January 26 1970 08 Kentucky Rain / Live February 23 1970 (Cs) 09 Don’t Cry Daddy / Live February 23 1970 (Cs) 10 After Loving You / Home Recording February 1966 11 Memory Revival / Instrumental 12 Poor Man’s Gold / Instrumental Track Only 13 Come Out Come Out (Wherever You Are) / Complete Instrumental Jam

Disc 5 - The Memphis Record (Alternate Mixes And Versions):
01 Stranger In My Own Home Town 02 Power Of My Love 03 Only The Strong Survive Overdubbed Master With Backup Vocal Overdubs 04 Any Day Now 05 Suspicious Minds 06 Long Black Limousine 07 Wearin’ that Loved On Look / Vocal Replacement Overdubbed Master 08 I’ll Hold You In My Heart 09 After Loving You 10 Rubberneckin’ 11 I’m Movin’ On / Overdubbed Take 2 With Vocal Replacement 12 Gentle On My Mind 13 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road Overdubbed Master Without Elvis’ Harmony Vocal Overdub 14 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin’ 15 You’ll Think Of Me 16 Mama Liked The Roses 17 Don’t Cry Daddy 18 In The Ghetto 19 The Fair’s Moving On 20 Inherit The Wind / Fully Overdubbed Vocal Overdub #1 21 Kentucky Rain 22 Without Love 23 Who Am I? 

Charts
  • On the Country Catalog Albums the "Heart And Soul" compilation climbed from #21 to #17. 
  • The "He Touched Me: The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley: Volumes 1 & 2" DVD re-entered the the Music Video Sales chart at #27.
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart once more. This week at #30. 
(Source: FECC / The King's World)

May 13 - Steppin' Out Of Habit

The One label has released the earlier announced 2CD; Steppin' Out Of Line: The Pot Luck Recording Sessions 1961-1962. This contains 58 tracks including original stereo and mono masters, outtakes and movie versions.

New ad for Change of Habit

Here is new ad for the earlier announced FTD book "Change of Habit". This contains more than 400 pages and over 150 unpublished photos. Due on June 15.

(Source: Elvis And His Music)

May 12 - Bizarre Moments

One of the leading music magazines in the UK, Q Magazine, published an article about Elvis in the edition of this month. The most bizarre moment in rock history according to the magazine is the meeting of Elvis and President Nixon at the White House in Washington. The meeting between Elvis and the president of America took place in December 1970, 45 years ago.

FTD Vinyl
 

FTD has just announced that there will be another date for the release of the vinyl album "Elvis at American Sound", which was normally planned for mid-May. The new vinyl will be released in June, together with the new FTD book "Change of Habit". 

(Source: ElvisMatters)

May 10 - No More Feedbacks !

The Rock legends importlabel announced the re-release of "No More Feedbacks!" containing the June 3, 1976 performance as recorded in Fort Worth, TX. The total time is 70:18 minutes.

From the press-release:
This concert was released nine (9) years ago as a double CD set titled '' The Elvis Presley Show - Holding Down The Fort '' and featured part of the opening acts on the first CD. The original tape had some damages and omissions, and therefore the show was made complete while using the same songs performed a month later at the same venue. It was well edited and runs as a complete show. It isn't most popular period for Elvis' concert but the two shows recorded in Fort Worth, TX turned out to be rather good at the time. The sound engineer Bruce Jackson was on a lucky and bad day altogether, but Elvis' mood turned the situation into a good one for his best sounding man on tour.

This concert has been unavailable for many years now and no doubts some younger fans, or others who missed it would like to have this now into their collection. It will be a very limited edition and here's your chance to get a copy!

Tracks:
01 - Introduction Also Sprach Zarathustra 0:47 ; 02 - C.C. Rider 4:40 ; 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 7:39 ; 04 - Love Me 2:34 ; 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 3:22 ; 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 3:24 ; 07 - All Shook Up 1:05 ; 08 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:58 ; 09 - Heartbreak Hotel 1:52 ; 10 - Help Me 2:38 ; 11 - Jailhouse Rock 1:36 ; 12 - Fever 3:11 ; 13 - Polk Salad Annie 3:51 ; 14 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band 3:07 ; 15 - Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) 102 ; 16 - What I'd Say? (James Burton) 057 ; 17 - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) 055 ; 18 - Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) 1:27 ; 19 - Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 1:36 ; 20 - Piano solo (Tony Brown) 1:17 ; 21 - Electric piano solo (David Briggs) 1:00 ; 22 - Love Letters 2:43 ; 23 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, orchestra 0:25 ; 24 - School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) 1:18 ; 25 - "Happy Birthday" to Bruce Jackson 0:26 ; 26 - Hurt 1:53 ; 27 - Hurt (full reprise) 1:57 ; 28 - Hound Dog 2:58 ; 29 - Funny How Time Slips Away 4:36 ; 30 - Can't Help Falling In Love 1:42 ; 31 - Closing vamp and announcements 
Tracks 11 and 28-31 recorded at the same venue, on July 3, 1976.

Love The Album & Love The Blue Album


The earlier announced "Love The Album" and "Love The Blue Album" from the Dutch One label are out! Love The Album contains 31 tracks including original masters, alternate and original mono single versions. Love The Blue Album contains 30 tracks including original masters, alternate and original mono single versions.

Charts

The “Heart And Soul” compilation climbed from #25 to #21 on the Billboard Country Catalogue Album chart. 

The “Elvis Love Songs” compilation dropped off the Scottish Album chart rom last week’s listing at #90. 

The Biggest Shows of 1957 - Book 2


Lee Gordon Presents Elvis Presley The Biggest Shows of 1957 - Book 2. The Australian researcher and author, Bob Hayden, has completed the second volume of his trilogy examining Elvis' series of concerts promoted by American promoter Lee Gordon in the USA and Canada in 1957. Due for release on May 20.

(Source: FECC / Elvis And His Music / Elvis Information Network / Official UK Charts)

May 09 - Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town!

The Straight Arrow import-label announced the release of the double CD set "Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town" from the Rick Rennie master tapes vol. 5, containing the Fridau August 21, 1971 Dinner and midnight show peformances as recorded from the audience at the Las vegas International Hotel. 

Press release from „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ Vol. 5:
Friday, August 21st, 1970 Dinner & Midnight Shows, Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2015-32-02 Coming out soon is the 5th volume of Straight Arrow's „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ series - a double-digipak CD release, called "Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town!", featuring the August 21st, 1970 Las Vegas dinner and midnight shows.

Of the six shows that Rick recorded during this engagement, the shows on August 21st, 1970 were his favorite. The shows captured here represent Elvis at his zenith. His enthusiasm for performing live in front of an audience is so obvious, and his powerful charisma shines brighter than ever. Interestingly, he performs 'Tiger Man' as stand-alone versions here, and introduces it as his "second record" in a very matter-of-fact way. He also sings a snatch of the Buck Owens classic 'Crying Time', which really makes you wish that he'd recorded a proper version of it.

The August 21st, 1970 Dinner show was first released in 1998 („From Vegas To Macon") and reissued in 2011 („August Reloaded"“). The August 21st, 1970 Midnight show was first released in 2001 („You've Lost `That Lovin' Feelin''“) and was never re-released - until now.

As with every Straight Arrow’s upgrade, this beautifully designed double-digipak edition is limited to 500 copies. If you enjoyed previous volumes of the „From the Rick Rennie Master Tapes“ series, you cannot go wrong with "Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town!". If you're a fan who only wants his finest shows - get it. If you're a fan who's not too well -versed on audience recordings - make sure that this one is your first purchase. If you are a collector who knows Straight Arrow and appreciates what the label stands for - then getting this new release is your # 1 priority. Another true gem from the label that cares. Tracklist:

Tracks CD1 – Friday, August 21, 1970 Dinner Show:
01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 08. Sweet Caroline - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Happy Birthday to James Burton - 14. Introductions cont'd - 15. Introduction of Neil Diamond / Holly Holy (excerpt) - 16. Introduction of Elvis' grandmother Minnie Mae - 17. The Wonder Of You - 18. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) - 19. One Night - 20. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Suspicious Minds - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.

Tracks CD2 – Friday, August 21, 1970 Midnight Show:
01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I've Lost You - 08. Cryin' Time (with false start) - 09. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (with false start) - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Introductions cont'd - 15. Introduction of actor Henry Silva, comedian Jack E. Leonard, comedian Rusty Warren - 16. The Wonder Of You - 17. Along Came Jones (excerpt) - 18. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) - 19. One Night - 20. All Shook Up (2 false starts only) / Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Suspicious Minds - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp. 

Elvis inducted in R&B Music Hall of Fame
 
The Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame & Museum will host its 3rd annual Induction Ceremony in the city of Clarksdale, Mississippi on June 6, 2015 at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium.

The Red Carpet will start at 5:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony will start at 6:00 p.m.

LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson, founder of the project, said “We are so proud to be bringing the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Clarksdale, and this induction ceremony is going to honor the greats of Rhythm & Blues in the place where American popular music was born.”


The 2015 class of inductees includes Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Millie Jackson, Bobby Rush, The Bar-Kay’s, Sam and Dave, Al Bell, Ike Turner, The Mad Lads, Stax Records, Dorothy Moore, Muddy Waters, Denise LaSalle, Little Junior Parker and WDIA radio station.

Elvis Presley – Elvis In Love

The Vinyl Passion double album vinyl release "Elvis Presley – Elvis In Love" is out.  

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

(Source: FECC / ElvisMatters / Elvis Memories)

May 07 - The Complete Singles

Due for release from the Valentine record label is the 4 CD set “The Complete 1954 - 1962 US Singles” containing 100 tracks. 

Description:
Limited-edition 4 CD set comprising the complete Presley singles and EPs released in the USA up to 1962 presented in the order in which they were issued. This edition comes with a comprehensive booklet full of discographical information, rare photos and memorabilia. Eight tracks have been added as a bonus making 100 songs recorded by Elvis in his prime.

CD 1:
That´s All Right Mama - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rockin Tonight - I Don t Care If The Sun Don´t Shine - Milkcow Blues Boogie - You´re A Heartbreaker - Baby, Let´s Play House - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - Mystery Train - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - I Got A Woman -  I´m Counting On You - I´ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin´) - I´m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Tryin´ To Get To You - I Love You Because - Blue Moon

CD 2:
Just Because - Money Honey - One-Sided Love Affair - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Shake Rattle And Roll - Love Me Tender - Anyway You Want Me (That´s How I Will Be) - Playing For Keeps - Too Much - All Shook Up - That´s When Your Heartaches Begin - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice -  Don´t - I Beg Of You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Doncha Think It s Time - Hard Headed Woman - Don´t Ask Me Why - One Night - I Got Stung - I Need Your Love Tonight - (Now And Then There s) A Fool Such As I

CD 3:
Big Hunk O love - My Wish Came True - Stuck On You - Fame And Fortune - It´s Now Or Never - A Mess Of Blues - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Gotta Know - Surrender - Lonely Man - I Feel So Bad - Wild In The Country - (Marie´s The Name) His Latest Flame - Little Sister - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Good Luck Charm - Anything That´s Part Of You - She´s Not You - Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello - Return To Sender - Where Do You Come From - Rip It Up - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

CD 4:
(There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - It´s No Secret (What God Can Do) - I Believe - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - I Need You So - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Blueberry Hill - Is It So Strange - Flaming Star - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Follow That Dream - Angel - What A Wonderful Life - I´m Not The Marrying Kind - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where The Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - Paralyzed - How´s The World Treating You - How Do You Think I Feel

(Source: Amazon)

May 05 - El Idolo De Acapulco

Re-issued on DVD is the Spanish edition of "Fun In Acapulco" ("El Idolo De Acapulco"). This version comes with English and Spanish subtitles.

(Source: El Corte Ingles)

May 04 - Elvis Still Has It

The SR import-label announced the release of the CD "Elvis Still Has It", containing the previously unreleased August 9, 1972 Midnight Show performance as recorded from the audience in Las Vegas. The CD has a running-time of 58.00 minutes.

From the press-release:
The forthcoming release from the "SR" label is titled "Elvis Still Has It" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 09, 1972 MS.

As everybody knows SR concentrates it's work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. With the new release, we are proud to present the complete show from August 9th midnight show, a great show from one of the best Las Vegas season, Elvis' love and joy in the singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it.

After an incredible June tour with the four historical New York performances. Elvis is back in Las Vegas for the classic Summer Season. The seventh season presents maybe for the last time Elvis at his best. Elvis still able to deliver a show in continue development with a very large range of musical tastes delivered at the best of the man possibilities. The show here presented consist is a collection of songs of quality which was the very best Elvis had ever performed on stage.

This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is excellent considering the early Vegas Season. It sounds incredible to get such audio quality from a tape of 43 years ago, so we proud of to be able to give the chance to you listen the show like you were one of the lucky people who attended the real show. The sound was restored in matter to remove the background noise and preserving Elvis’ voice and trying to achieve best possible results.

In the previous release the SR printed to celebrate the 10 years of activities a special large packing with inside a six pages booklet and poster plus bonus card. We talk of special deluxe edition of 50 copies sealed individually. Due the extreme success of the initiative we decide to give you more! For this new CD all the 500 copies will be printed in this special package of 17x17 cm size with inside six pages of booklet and poster plus bonus card. Each one sealed individually.

Tracks
2001 Theme - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Until It’s Time For You To Go - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Little Sister / Get Back - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - For The Good Times - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Way - A Big Hunk O’ Love - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

(Source: FECC)

May 02 - The Elvis Code


Released April 2015 in The Netherlands as part of the Elvis Presley exhibition “The Elvis Code” (De Elvis Code) in Breda are an 80 page book by Orkun Akinci on “The Man, The Music and The Brand” and a CD containing 30 public domain oldies and 2 Spankox remixes.

Follow That Dream Update

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced the release-date for the "Classic Album" re-issue of "King Creole", the vinyl re-issue of "Elvis at American Sound" and the "Change Of Habit" book by Pål Granlund und David English.

(Source: Breda's Museum / Elvis Aktuell)

May 01 - Weekend Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation remains steady at #25 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending May 09, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

The CD "Elvis Sings ..." dropped of the Dutch Mid-price Album Chart after entering the char last week at #41.

The ballad compilation “Elvis Love Songs” drops from #78 to #90 on the Scottish Album chart.

(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC Dutch Charts / Official Scottish Charts)