March 04 - Essential Vinyl

Sony Music released the "Essential Elvis" compilation on 180 Gr. vinyl. 

Side A: That’s All Right - Baby, Let’s Play House - Mystery Train - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender
Side B: All Shook Up - Jailhouse Rock - Trouble - It’s Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Little Sister - Follow That Dream
Side C: Can’t Help Falling In Love - Return To Sender - (You’re The) Devil In Disguise - Bossa Nova Baby - Viva Las Vegas - A Little Less Conversation - If I Can Dream
Side D: In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - Don’t Cry Daddy - Kentucky Rain - Burning Love

Splattered Vinyl

The Mr. Suit label released "Elvis Presley - The Dorsey Brothers Show1956 / The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 - 1957" on splattered green - yellow vinyl, "Elvis Presley Live At The Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo" from September 26, 1956 on splattered red - black vinyl set and "Elvis Presley Live at the Louisiana Hayride 1955" on clear yellow multicolor splatter vinyl.

Elvis Presley - Original Albums

Due for release on June 24, 2016 from the Documents (Membran) label is the 10 CD box "Original Albums". 

Elvis Presley Estate Suffers Setbacks in Royalty Fight

A German court denies an attempt to claim a bigger share, and an American court won't order Sony Music to hand over more accounting information.

A German court denies an attempt to claim a bigger share, and an American court won't order Sony Music to hand over more accounting information. Elvis Presley Enterprises can't get a New York judge to order Sony Music to produce more information about the royalties it receives from recordings by the King.

In December, Presley's estate pushed for accounting records in the midst of a years-long battle happening in Germany. The underlying dispute pertains to the $5.4 million buyout deal that Presley and his manager  "Colonel" Tom Parker reached with Sony's RCA back in 1974. Four decades after making the agreement, Presley's heirs (backed by private equity money) pointed to extensions of the copyright term and sought "equitable remuneration" under German law from Sony affiliate and RCA successor Arista. 

Not long after EPE made its discovery demand in New York, a German court dismissed the "equitable remuneration" claims. The dispute is going on appeal there for a second time.

On March 1, however, U.S. District Court judge Denise Cote decided to reject the EPE's attempt to find out more information from Sony for potentially more clues about revenues enjoyed by Arista's parent company.

In her decision, she notes that "a German court could require Arista to produce the very information that EPE seeks," and responding to EPE's argument that the rules of discovery in the foreign court are narrower, only permitting further discovery upon inaccurate or incomplete information, she writes, "While this may be true, EPE has not identified why it believes Arista’s production was incomplete or inaccurate. Indeed, this argument suggests that Arista’s document production complied ... and that EPE’s desire to obtain further information rests solely on speculation."

Cote also doesn't like that EPE waited so long to make a discovery request and that the "procedural posture of the German litigation" — that EPE's claim has been dismissed — bears against giving it what it wants. In short, Presley might have undersold his future revenue stream in the 1970s, but unless a German appeals court changes the status quo, it appears as though his heirs are stuck.

(Source: Amazon / Hollywood Reporter)

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