October 07 - Many Faces Of Graceland

Here is the cover-art for "The Many Faces of Elvis Presley" 3 CD box which is due on October 30, 2015 from The Music Brokers label. This collection contains only two songs with Elvis (“Good Rockin' Tonight” and Baby Let's Play House” and "In The Ghetto" by Lisa Marie Presley) and two songs with The Million Dollar Quartet featuring Elvis. The rest of the CD’s includes cover versions, songs with Elvis’s musicians, and the original versions (with the original artists) of songs Elvis performed.

Elvis Gold Grand Piano for Auction

Elvis Presley's gold-leaf grand piano is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars at a November auction that will also feature a Beatles logo drum skin used by the British group in their first performances in the United States. 

Julien's Auctions said on Monday that Presley played the piano at Graceland. He bought it in 1955 as a gift for his mother. After she died, Priscilla decided to adorn its original walnut finish with 24 karat gold-leaf as a gift for the couple's first wedding anniversary in 1968. 

The piano has been on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville for years. Julien's estimates it will fetch between $500,000 - $700,000 at the Nov. 7 auction. It is being sold by a man who obtained it years ago from Graceland and wishes to remain anonymous. 

If I Can Dream About A UK Super-Deluxe version

Here is a preview of the UK super deluxe version of the "If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album includes 3 additional tracks on CD, 2 heavyweight LP, a poster, 12" booklet, all housed in a box.

From the press-release:
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is a remarkable new album featuring classic Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment, along with a duet with Michael BublĂ© on Fever. 

An exciting revisit of Elvis’ work, ‘If I Can Dream’ focuses on the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice, emphasising the pure power of The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, the album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "This would be a dream come true for Elvis," Priscilla Presley says of the project. "He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done." 

Graceland 1958

Here is newly discovered rare, original vintage 8mm film footage of Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion shot in 1958, only a year after Elvis purchased the estate.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis The King / Elvis And His Music / Elvis Information Network)

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