July 29 - Atlanta Loves the Best Of Brittish

The Follow That Dream colle tors label announced the release of the book / CD set "Elvis: The Best Of British, 1956 - 1960". From the press-release:

Elvis Magnetized 
and mesmerized.
His music moved and inspired a generation!

This is Elvis and in the concluding volume of the trilogy Elvis: The Best of British, this time the focus is on the RCA recordings of 1959-1960 and, consistent with the previous volumes, contains over 500 pages. Discover exactly how Elvis, on his triumphant return from army service, reinvented his career at the top of the entertainment world when RCA declared ‘Elvis is Back!’ before the movie G.I. Blues changed his life forever. His story is graphically told through the music with over FIFTY iconic songs, originally released on the British RCA label, having been extensively researched.

Over 1100 rare or previously unpublished photographs, charts and unique memorabilia, create a visually enhanced record of a superstar with unsurpassed acclaim. Read about the management strategy to keep Elvis’ name in the public eye whilst he was away, which not only succeeded in retaining his image of more than just a singer, but as the pulse at the heart of a generation. With its wealth of invaluable information, this book includes: 

  • Every known photograph and press cutting of Elvis in Scotland, his only time on British soil! 
  • Photographs from the pivotal meeting with Hal Wallis in a German restaurant where Elvis’ future movie career was mapped out!
  • The New York Elvis songwriter who was thrown into the East River by mobsters and the British composer who appeared on a £10 bank note!
This book includes a 30 track CD featuring many performances officially released for the first time. Hear Elvis personally introduce his British chart toppers during this two year period along with other classic tracks, rare movie versions and audio movie promotions. Add to that, exciting songwriter demos as Elvis first heard them and you will own a unique CD to treasure.

Elvis: The Best Of British, The RCA Years 1959 - 1960 charts the fascinating facts about Private Presley’s RCA UK releases during these two years and Colonel Parker’s plan to engineer Elvis’ move away from rock ‘n’ roll to attract a new generation of fans whilst still retaining his crown as ‘The King’. Elvis: The Best Of British, 1956 - 1960, from a boy to a legend!

Track list Elvis: The Best Of British, The RCA Years 1959 – 1960:

Introduced by Elvis, UK Chart Toping Singles:
I Got Stung - One Night - (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I - I Need Your Love Tonight - It’s Now Or Never (O Sole Mio) - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

More Of Elvis´ Introductions
My Wish Came True - A Big Hunk O‘ Love - It Feels So Right - Soldier Boy - I Will Be Home Again - Like A Baby - Such A Night - Fame And Fortune - Doin‘ The Best I Can

Magicial Movie Memories:
G. I. BLUES (Short Movie Trailer) - Pocketful Of Rainbows (Duet With Juliet Prowse) - What’s She Really Like (Shower Song) - Tonight’s All Right For Love (German Single Version) - G. I. Blues (UK Radio Advert No 1) - Frankfort Special (Train Version) - G. I. Blues (UK Radio Advert No 2) - Wooden Heart (Puppet Show Version) - G. I. Blues (UK Radio Advert No 3) - Shoppin‘ Around (Live Nightclub Version) - G. I. Blues (UK Radio Advert No 4) - Big Boots (Take 6 - Slow 2nd Version) - G. I. Blues (Long Movie Trailer)

Songwriter Demo Recordings:
Pocketful Of Rainbows (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove) - I Gotta Know (Vocal: Paul Evans).

Mastered by Jan Eliasson
(Note: Composer credits for the song titles are listed within the book)
Θ This single was recorded in 1960 and made No 1 in January 1961
ΘΘ Courtesy of Ben Weisman
ΘΘΘ Courtesy of Paul Evans

Atlanta Loves Elvis

The TouchDown import-label announced the release of "Atlanta Loves Elvis". This contains an audience recording of the closing show in Las Vegas on December 15, 1975.

From the press-release:

As 1976 came to an end, there was not much spectacular to find concerning Elvis Presley's career over that year. In spite of well visited concerts and a constant high interest of his fans his live concerts were reaching a low point in summer, which was noticeable at less euphoric feedback's from the press and his fans who were sometimes disappointed by his performance. The following autumn brought an upturn for Elvis. Until the end of the year he managed to turn his low point into his last golden age. His concerts were getting exiting with an Elvis who became more healthy and in shape again. The great mood of the King was showing of in his concerts which made his last tour 1976 to one of the greatest in the 70s. „Touchdown“ presents you his concert from December the 30th 1976 on a new 2 Disc now. Elvis and Atlanta always had a special connection to each other which made concerts in Atlanta even more exiting. Elvis loved Atlanta and Atlanta loved him. An amazing set list and an artist who gave everything for the audience made this show the favorite for many fans. Even though this is just a record from the crowd the quality is amazing and much better than all others known so far what you can hear in the sample. Furthermore this evening Elvis sang and ultra rare and full length „Such A Night“ for his fans.

CD one – Total Playing Time 40:36
Also Sprach Zarathustra – 1:31 See See Rider – 3:52 I Got A Woman/Amen – 8:13 Big Boss Man – 3:09 Love Me – 2:45 Fairytale – 3:20 Happy Birthday,Elvis – 1:30 You Gave Me A Mountain – 3:14 About `It´s Now Or Never´ - 0:51 O Sole Mio/It´s Now Or Never – 3:33 Jailhouse Rock – 1:43 Such A Night – 1:51 Talk With The Audience – 1:28 Reconsider Baby – 2:53 About `Are You Lonesome Tonight´- 0:43

CD two – Total Playing Time 42:37
Are You Lonesome Tonight – 3:18 That´s Alright Mama – 2:03 Having Fun With The Audience – 2:34 My Way – 3:41 Polk Salad Annie – 3:58 Band Introductions – 1:48 Early Morning Rain – 1:48 What`d I Say/Johnny B. Goode – 1:45 Drum Solo by Ronnie Tutt – 1:43 Bass Solo by Jerry Scheff – 1:31 Piano Solo by Tony Brown – 1:02 Love Letters – 2:53 School Days – 1:17 Hurt (with reprise) – 3:56 Hound Dog – 2:26 Unchained Melody – 3:22 Can´t Help Falling In Love – 1:49 Closing Vamp – 1:43

(Source: FECC)

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