October 30 - Curly Putman Died

Curly Putman, a songwriter whose 1967 classic teary ballad with a twist ending, “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” became a worldwide hit for Tom Jones, died at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. He was 85. Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1975 for his "Today" album. 

(Source: NY Times)

October 29 - Auction Results

With hundreds of guests celebrating the grand opening of The Guest House at Graceland, music fans and collectors in Memphis and around the world participated in the sixth “Auction at Graceland” on site in the new resort luxury hotel’s 464 seat theater and online in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history. Presented by Graceland Auctions, the auction brought just under $1,000,000 today. All of the items in the auction were from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction came from the treasured Graceland Archives.

The auction featured rare and unique artifacts expertly authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, including memorabilia from Elvis’ personal life, prized jewelry pieces and concert costumes. Highlights included the "Aqua Blue Vine" jumpsuit Elvis wore on stage in 1973-74, which sold for $325,000; several distinctive pieces of Elvis’ jewelry, including his Ruby Lion Head Cufflinks which sold for $32,500, his “E.A.P” Gold ID Bracelet which sold for $27,500 on an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, Elvis’ Lion Head Diamond Ring and his Gold and Diamond Ring with Large Lapis Lazuli Stone gifted to Charlie Hodge, both of which sold for $21,250 on an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, Elvis’ Gold and Diamond Ring gifted to Sam Thompson which sold for $17,500, and a Gold and Diamond Ring gifted to Janelle McComb, which sold for 25,000.

An Elvis Stage-Carried .25 Semi-Automatic Pistol sold for $16,250 on an estimate of $3,000-$5,000; a WWII German Army Bayonet Elvis Brought Back from the Army in Germany sold for $8,750 on an estimate of $1,000-$2,000; and several smaller household items were sold, including Glass Animal Figurines from the Graceland Dining Room for $4,000 on an estimate of $300-$700; Small Silver-Plated Vases, also from the Graceland Dining Room for $5000, and a Silvered Jewelry Box from Elvis’ Private Dressing Area, which sold for $8,125 on an estimate of $500-$1,000. A Complete Set of Elvis Presley’s Fingerprints on 1970 Beverly Hills Police Department Application for Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon sold for $30,000.

Norman R. Brokaw - agent to Elvis Died

Norman R. Brokaw, a trailblazing talent agent who represented Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and other top Hollywood stars, has died at the age of 89. He ascended from the mailroom of the William Morris Agency to become its chief executive in 1989. Elvis Presley was one of Norman R. Brokaw's clients.

Too Late For Goodbyes


The Straight Arrow release "Too Late For Goodbye" has been released. The 2 CD set contains the previously unreleased Knoxville, May 20th, 1977 tour opening show and the  May 22nd, 1977 show.

(Source: EPE / NY Times)

October 28 - Chart Topping Releases

The "The Wonder Of You" CD by Elvis Presley and the Royal philharmonic Orchestra entered the official UK Album chart at #1. This marks Elvis Presley's record-breaking 13th UK number 1 album.

Almost 40 years after his untimely passing, Elvis Presley is still the king of the Official Chart as new album The Wonder Of You earns him a historic 13th Number 1 this week. The second collection of orchestral re-workings of Elvis’ hits with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (following last year’s chart-topping, million selling If I Can Dream) shifted 63,500 to land straight in at Number 1. With these salesnumbers the album has already attained UK Silver certification.


The feat means Elvis has more Number 1 albums than any solo artist in the UK, overtaking Madonna’s 12 chart-toppers. Click here to look at Elvis’ complete Official Chart history. The Beatles hold the overall record for the most chart-topping albums in the UK, with 15 to their name.


Elvis also claims the largest span between Number 1 albums by the same artist, having scored his first Number 1 record 60 years ago with Elvis Presley Rock N’ Roll in 1956.





UK Chart:
On the Official Album chart "The Wonder Of You" is a new entry at #1.
The "If I Can Dream" CD climbed from #66 to #48 on the Official Physical Sales Album chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped from #51 to #53 on the Official Album chart.
On the Official Physical Sales chart "The Wonder Of You" is a new entry at #1.
The "If I Can Dream" CD climbed from #46 to #42 on the Official Physical Sales Album chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped from #51 to #53 on the Official Physical Sales Album chart.
The "The Platinum Collection" dropped from #48 to #54 on the Official Physical Sales Album chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" is a re-entry at #84 on the Official Streaming Album chart.
The 6-DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #48 to #45 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 

Scottish Chart:
On the Official Scottish Album Top 100 chart the CD is a new entry at #2. 
On the Official Scottish Physical Sales chart "The Wonder Of You" is a new entry at #1.
The "If I Can Dream" CD climbed from #63 to #43 on the Official Album Top 100 chart.
The "If I Can Dream" CD climbed from #46 to #43 on the Official Physical Sales Album chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #45 to #56 on the Official Top 100 Album chart.
The "The Real ... Elvis" CD-set dropped from #80 to #88 on the Official Album Top 100 chart.

Irish Chart:

On the Irish Album chart “The Wonder Of You” is a new entry at #6. 
On the Irish Album chart “If I Can Dream” is a re-entry at #99.

Dutch Charts:

On the Dutch Album Top 100 chart “The Wonder of You” & “If I Can Dream” 2 CD set is a new entry at #24. 

Belgian Charts:

The “The Wonder Of You” CD entered the Belgian Album chart at #14. While the 2 CD set “The Wonder of You & If I Can Dream” entered the same chart at #29.
The 2 CD "Elvis - Way Down In The Jungle Room" re-entered the Belgian Album chart at #141.

German Charts:

On the German Album Top 100 chart “The Wonder of You” is a new entry at #17.

New Zealand Charts:

The "The Wonder of You" is a new entry at #5 on the New Zealand Album chart.

Australian Charts:

In Australia "The Wonder of You" debuted at #4 on the Album chart.
The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Perfomances And More" dropped from #31 to #37 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Elvis And Ann-Margret Love In Las Vegas

KJ Consulting / The Elvis Files announced the release of the book "Elvis And Ann-Margret Love In Las Vegas". The 150 page soft-cover book tells the story on the "relation" of Elvis with the Swedish born Ann-Margret. The book will be presented on November 4, 2016 at the Elvis Convention in Västerås / Schweden.

New Vinyl And CD Releases


Due for release from the Not Now Music budget label on December 2, 2016 are vinyl re-issues of Elvis Presley’s first two releases ”Elvis Presley” and “Elvis”. The first one comes on green vinyl, the latter on red vinyl. 


The label will also release “Good Luch Charm - 50 Uplifting Songs of the 50’s And 60’s". This set features Elvis Presley on the cover and three tracks on the three discs; “Good Luck Charm”, “Return To Sender” and “The Girl Of My Best Friend”. 


Chart Topping Albums


Due for release from the Golden Stars label on November 18, 2016 is the 3 CD set “Chart Topping Albums” featuring 8 original Elvis Presley albums: G.I. Blues, Blue Hawaii, Something For Everybody, King Creole, Elvis, Loving You, Elvis Is Back and Elvis Presley


(Source: Official Chart Company / Elvis Club Berlin / UEPS / ElvisMatters / Aria Charts)

October 27 - Graceland Guesthouse Opened

The new Guesthouse at Graceland 450-room hotel opend on October 27, right next door to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home. Jack Soden, Priscilla Presley and Joel Weinshanker welcome guests to The Guest House at Graceland.

The hotel reportedly cost $92 million to build and will be one of the largest hotels in Memphis. The hotel promises a 4-diamond experience and includes a 464-seat theater, 17,000 square feet of meeting space, 2 full-service restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating and a large outdoor pool.

There are 430 standard rooms plus 20 VIP suites – many located on the top floor of the hotel called the “The Upstairs”, reminiscent of the upstairs at Graceland where Elvis’ private bedroom is. There are 4 types of themed suites in the hotel which were all designed by Priscilla Presley including The King’s Suites, Vernon and Gladys’ Suites, TCB Suites, and Living Room Suites.


“When Elvis had friends and family visit Graceland, he would have them stay at a hotel down the street. He would have been thrilled to have had his own guest house where they could stay so close by,” Priscilla revealed.


In the Spring of 2017, a new entertainment complex called “Elvis: Past, Present and Future” will open across the street from Graceland to replace the current visitor center. This $45 million facility will include even more exhibit space, restaurants and shops and will be 5 times the size of the current visitor center.


Charts

US Billboard Charts:
  • The “The Wonder Of You“ CD remained steady at #13 on the Billboard Classical Album chart. The CD is listed exactly one year on the chart. 
  • The 2000 Christmas compilation “It’s Christmas Time” dropped from #3 to #9 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart. 
  • The 2013 CD “Merry Christmas… Love, Elvis“ dropped from #4 to #8 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart. 
(EPE / Twitter / The King's World / ACharts)

October 24 - Burning Hot Chart

Elvis Presley set to become most successful solo artist in UK chart history with his posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra "The Wonder Of You" set to a possible chart debut at #1. The album has unexpectedly leapfrogged Michael Buble (who was featured on Elvis Presley's previous abum with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Lady Gaga in the race for this week’s No 1.

If it holds on then he will defeat Madonna to become the solo star with the most No. 1 UK albums ever — bagging 13 in chart-toppers in total. Elvis Presley and Madonna are currently neck and neck on 12. While Michael Buble’s Nobody But You was tipped for the top after huge pre-orders, Elvis has sold close to 40,000 copies in the UK and soared ahead of Michael Buble by a couple of thousand copies. 

(Official UK Chart / FECC)

October 23 - Don't Be Cruel

Here is the cover-art for the Wagram (Indigo) vily release "Don't Be Cruel" which is due November 18, 2016. 

(Source: Amazon)

October 21 - You Gave Me A Mountain

Due for release from the Rock 'N’ Roll Majesty import-label is the 4 CD longbox “Elvis 1973 - You Gave Me A Mountain This Time”. 

CD 1: February 2, 1973, midnight show was previously released on A Hilton Double Shot (disc 2) / Don't Think Twice (both Madison releases)
CD 2: February 3, 1973, dinner show was previously released on It's A Matter Of Time (Fort Baxter) / Vegas Rhythm + Vegas Rhythm Revisited (GRM)
CD 3: February 10, 1973, dinner show previously released on One For The Ladies (Straight Arrow)
CD 4: August 20, 1973, midnight show was previously released on A Profile the King On Stage volume 1 (Fort Baxter)

The Wonder Of Elvis 


Sony released the “The Wonder Of You” CD by Elvis Presley and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and one duet with Helene Fischer.


From the press-release:
Following up from the success of If I Can Dream, The Wonder of You is available today! The album features Elvis' most dramatic original performances of classics such as 'A Big Hunk O' Love', 'Amazing Grace', 'Always On My Mind' and many more, alongside lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic orchestra. 

"It's exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I'm very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans." - Priscilla Presley.


Tracks: A Big Hunk O' Love - I've Got A Thing About You Baby -  Suspicious Minds - Don't - I Just Can't Help Believin' - Just Pretend - Love Letters - Amazing Grace - Starting Today - Kentucky Rain - Memories - Let It Be Me - Always On My Mind - The Wonder Of You Bonus Song: Just Pretend (Duet With Helene Fischer).


The Official Collector's Edition


Due soon is volume 8 in the “Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition” magazine series. This volume is entitled “The American Dream”.

Description:

Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition is pleased to present its eighth installment, The American Dream, a tribute to Elvis's hometown and the journey it set him on—a journey that would end with a position as rock & roll's greatest pioneer. 

Elvis's 13 formative years in Mississippi showed him how to live in America, survive the Depression, follow his dreams and never take no for an answer. With the help of exclusive photos and commentary from Priscilla Presley, Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition is able to tell the complete story for the first time.


DiCaprio To Play Sam Philips

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in an upcoming, still-untitled biopic about Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, the rock pioneer who produced landmark 

records by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many more. 

Mick Jagger will also serve as a producer on the Paramount Pictures film, based on the Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. According to 

Deadline, Jagger will hold a similar role in helping to foster the Phillips story to the silver screen as the Rolling Stones singer played on the HBO music drama Vinyl.

Phillips founded the Memphis-based Sun Records in 1952, setting up the famed Sun Studio, where Presley laid down his earliest recordings, including first single "That's All Right," 

considered one of the earliest rock n' roll releases.

While DiCaprio's Appian Way secured the rights to Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll, Variety reports that the role of the Sun Records honcho likely won't be the actor's first big screen role since his Oscar-winning turn in The Revenant. 


(Source: e-mail / FECC / On Newsstands Now / Elvis Express / Rolling Stone)

October 20 - Charts

On October 20, 2016 Elvis Presley's debut album was released as a picture disc.

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 - Trying 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

Charts

The CD “If I Can Dream” climbed from #14 to #13 on the Billboard Classical Album chart. 
The CD "It’s Christmas Time" re-entered the Billboard Holiday chart at #3 while the CD "Merry Christmas Love, Elvis" re-entered the chart at #4. 

The Official UK Albums Charts for October 21, 2016 

The "ELV1S 30 No.1 Hits" CD climbs to #65
The "If I Can Dream" CD is a re-entry at #66

Official UK Physical Albums Chart for October 21, 2016 
The "If I Can Dream"  climbs to #46
The "ELV1S 30 No.1 Hits" CD climbs to #51

Official UK Albums Sales Chart for October 21, 2016 

The "If I Can Dream" CD rises from #82 to #52 on the Album Sales Chart.
The "ELV1S 30 No.1 Hits" rises from #85 to #61 on the Album Sales Chart.
The "The Platinum Collection" is a new entry at #65 on the Album Sales Chart.

Official UK Music DVD Chart for October 21, 2016 

The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" re-entered the Music DVD chart at #48. 

The Official Scottish Albums Chart for October 21, 2016 

The "ELV1S 30 No.1 Hits" CD climbs to #45
The "If I Can Dream" climbs to #63
The "The Real ... Elvis" drops from #72 to #80 on the Scottish Album Chart 

Belgian Ultratop Chart for October 21, 2016

The CD "Way Down In The Jungle Room" dropped off the chart from last week's listing at #145
The CD "ELV1S 30 #1Hits" re-entered the Belgian Mid-price Album chart at #47.

Australian Music DVD Chart for October 23, 2016

The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #34 to #37 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

(Source: The King's World / Brian Quinn on FECC / Elvis Club Berlin)

October 19 - Heart And Soul of Tupelo And Bad Nauheim

The EP Collector label announced the release of "Heart And Soul ... And Some Mighty Fine Rock And Roll" containing a live recording of the Midnight Show from August 8, 1972. 

From the press-release:

Our new CD is titled "Heart 'n' Soul And Some Mighty Fine Rock 'n' Roll“ (label E. P. Collector, catalogue number EPC 2016-08). Recorded live from the audience in Las Vegas, NV, August 8th, 1972 M/S, CD is subtitled "From Japan With Love Vol. 1“ because it was recorded by a member of a Japanese fan club. 

The Las Vegas, August 8th, 1972 Midnight show is previously unreleased. This concert was never before available in listenable sound, until now! It was taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape and digitally restored for your listening pleasure. This concert is excellent!! Actually all shows from 1972 Summer Festival are. Highlights are "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "What Now My Love“, ''Little Sister / Get Back“ and early, humble version of "My Way“. 


This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak accompanied with 8-page booklet, filled with memories written by a Japanese fan who taped the show and met Elvis backstage, and a collection of on- and off-stage images taken in August 1972.  If you enjoyed some of our other releases such as "Elvis Reaches Austin City Limits" or "The Beat Is Back" among others then your sure to enjoy our latest release. As with all our releases this CD is a labour of love and hope you enjoy. We are planning a few more interesting CDs taken from those "Japanese“ tapes. So stay tuned! 


Tracks:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) 02. C. C. Rider 03. Proud Mary 04. Until It's Time For You To Go (with reprise) 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 06. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. Instrumental Intermezzo 09. What Now My Love 10. Fever 11. Love Me 12. Blue Suede Shoes 13. One Night 14. medley: Little Sister / Get Back 15. Heartbreak Hotel 16. Hound Dog 17. Love Me Tender 18. Suspicious Minds 19. Band Introductions 20. Introduction of Bill Medley 21. My Way 22. A Big Hunk O'Love 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.

Elvis At The Mississippi-Alabama Fair And Dairy Show Tupelo



The book "Elvis At The Mississippi-Alabama Fair And Dairy Show Tupelo“ by Erik Lorentzen has been released in the new "Gold Standard Series“ 

Trip Down Memory Lane


Priscilla Presley visited the German place Bad Nauheim with a TV crew fro RTL on October 19th. She visited the house on Goethestraße 14 where she first met Elvis Presley when she was 14 years old in 1959. 

New Elvis Scripted Biopic For Television Being Filmed At Graceland

Weinstein Television is developing the first-ever scripted Elvis Presley television biopic to be shot at Graceland, the company announced on Wednesday.

The eight to ten part series will explore every aspect of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s life with access to Elvis’ personal archives including journals, clothing, automobiles and Graceland. The project is based on the 1982 book “Elvis” by author Dave Marsh.

Priscilla Presley, the former wife of Elvis, is attached as an executive producer, and the production is working in full partnership with the Presley Estate. Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Schilling will also exec produce.

“I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s independent films,” said Priscilla Presley. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him on this show and tell the story of how Elvis changed the culture of music and initiated a revolution that changed the world.”

No network is currently attached to this Elvis project, but Weinstein Co. is expected to shop the project around in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to work with Harvey Weinstein and the team on this special project,” said Jamie Salter, chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC. “Partnering with producers of this caliber enables us to provide viewers with a new and original experience that is as captivating as the King himself.”

The president and CMO of Authentic Brands Group added, “This project will truly honor everything that made Elvis Presley a central figure of our time. We are thrilled to be working with Weinstein Television and our Executive Producers on this TV biopic. This format enables us to do justice to Elvis’ rich and compelling story, which will be sure to thrill audiences.”

Elvis, who died in 1977, still has a huge follow today with more than 14 million fans on social media, and theres no doubt in today’s interest in the musical icon.

“To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word ‘icon’. He is one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time whose influence surpasses the music he created. People’s fascination with his story goes beyond the stage and this biopic will pay homage to his brilliant legacy and give viewers an in-depth look at how he became The King,” commented The Weinstein Company co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein.

The Weinstein Company COO and president, David Glasser added, “We are thrilled to announce this biopic and our partnership with the Presley Estate. It’s an incredible opportunity to be the first-ever scripted TV series to shoot at Graceland and have access to Elvis’ personal archives. Elvis redefined an entire generation’s relationship to music and pop culture. This show will be an authentic and riveting look at how that came about from start to finish.”

Glasser and Sarah Sobel of TWC, and Authentic Brands Group’s Corey Salter, Marc Rosen, and Pamela Bebry negotiated the deal. The project will be overseen by Megan Spanjian who heads scripted television for TWC.

(Source: For Elvis Collectors / Giessener-Allgemeine / Reuter / Billboard)

October 18 - Any Color You Want Your Vinyl

The UK based Rockewell Records re-issued their "Any Way You Want Me" compilation once more, This time on transparant green vinyl in a limited run of 160 copies. 
 Side A: I´m Counting ON You - Trying To Get To You - Blue Suede Shoes - One-Sided Love Affair - My Baby Left Me - So Glad You´re Mine - Tutti Frutti

Side B: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Any Way You Want Me (That´s How I Will Be) - Love Me Tender - We´re Gonna Move


(Source: Rockwell Records)

October 17 - Sunset Night In Saginaw


After a longer break the Touchdown import-label announced two new releases; "Sunset In Vegas" and "A Night In Saginaw".

From the press-release:
The first one presents you the midnight show from August 23, 1974 in Las Vegas for the first time in complete form. The show was first released in 1993 as ‘Vegas Birthday Show’, but it was incomplete and missed three songs from the show. The soundquality is very good for an audience recording. The show itself is a good one. Elvis wasn’t very talkative and was focused on singing and entertaining the audience.

Tracks - Sunset In Vegas
See See Rider - I Got A Woman/Amen - Elvis Welcomes The Audience - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - It’s Midnight - Big Boss Man - Fever - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - The Wonder Of You - I’m Leavin’ - Softly As I Leave You - Hound Dog* - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Why Me Lord - Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel* - Happy Birthday - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Let Me Be There - Elvis About His Rings - Can’t Help Falling In Love
* a different source from the same concert had to be used to complete the show.
total runtime: 68.15 min


The second release presents you the show from April 25, 1977 in Saginaw. The concert was released for the first time in 1994. The soundquality is significantly better as Touchdown Productions was able to find a new source. After the very good concert in Ann Arbor the day before, Elvis also offered in Saginaw a very solid show with nice versions of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Little Sister’ and a mighty fine version of ‘My Way’.Also included are six former released songs, which got newly remastered.


Tracks A Night In Saginaw
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 - O Sole Mio - It’s Now Or Never - Heartbreak Hotel - Little Sister - Teddy Bear/Dont’ Be Cruel - And I Love You So - My Way - Early Morning Rain - What’d I Say - Drum Solo - Bass Solo - Piano Solo - Electric Clavinet Solo - School Day - Hurt - Hound Dog - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Can’t Help Falling In Love Bonus Tracks: Trying To Get To You* - Help Me* - Polk Salad Annie* - Unchained Melody* - Little Darlin’* - Funny How Time Slips Away**
* recorded on April 24, 1977 in Ann Arbor/ ** recorded on April 28, 1977 in Green Bay
total runtime: 78.24 min.


The World of FTD


Due for release this Christmas from KJ Consulting is the three book set "The World of FTD". This 1200 page set is compiled by Keith Flynn and friends according to the update on Facebook. 

The set covers every FTD release from July 1999 to September 2016. It featuring every cover release (5 inch digipacks, 7 inch extended soundtrack and classic album, books and vinyl), correct track listings and reviews in a brand new way. Featuring many unseen photos from Erik Lorentzen.

(Source: FECC)





October 14 - On The Movie Stage And Sun Studio

The Memphis Recording Service announced the release of the 2CD/100page book compilation titled ‘Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ on the 25th November 2016. 

MRS will also release a few weeks after the CD release, a 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl version titled ‘Memphis Recording Service: Masters And Sessions 1953 – 1955’ with a bonus 4 page photo insert on the 16th December 2016.

Details Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955:
The 100-page book chronicles Elvis’ short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from July 1953 and January 1954) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation.

The 2CD’s contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953- 1955: Elvis’ personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored.

There are many highlights on this new release. All of the newly remastered tracks now sound much clearer and crisper. For instance, ‘That’s All Right’ has been taken from the ‘Mother’ master of the original Sun 45rpm. Also, for the first time on CD, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ appears without the false bass RCA added to it in the 1980s when tampering with the master tapes.

The remastering of Elvis’ first acetate recordings – ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’ (from July 1953) – has also well exceeded the sound quality ever achieved before on these primitive recordings. Furthermore, on the outtakes of ‘Blue Moon’, the painstaking audio restoration has removed the overload and studio hum present on previous issues, and made them sound much better than ever before. Indeed, all previous erroneous mastering faults and miscalculations have been rectified on this release, making it the best collection of these seminal recordings thus far.

CD 1:
My Happiness (Acetate - Personal Recording) - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (Acetate - Personal Recording) - Ill’ Never Stand In Your Way (Acetate - Personal Recording) - It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You (Acetate - Personal Recording) - Harbor Lights (Take 3M) - I Love You Because - That’s All Right (Sun 45rpm Master) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Blue Moon (Take 9M) - Tomorrow Night - I’ll Never Let You Go - I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (Take 2FS, Take 3M) - Just Because - Good Rockin’ Tonight - Milkcow Blues Boogie - You’re A Heartbreaker - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 5M Slow Version) - Baby Lets Play House - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Mystery Train - Trying to Get To You - When It Rains It Really Pours Bonus Songs:
Shake Rattle and Roll (Acetate - 06.01.1955 Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX) - Fool, Fool, Fool (Acetate 06.01.1955 Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX) - Shake Rattle And Roll (Acetate - 19.01.1955 Radio Station WJOI Florence, AL) - Mystery Train (HMV 78RPM)

CD 2 - Outtakes & Sessions


Harbor Lights (Take 1 False Start & 2 False Start & 4) - Harbor Lights (Take 5 False Start & 6 False Start & 7 & 8END) - I Love You Because (Take 1 False Start & 2) - I Love You Because (Take 3) - I Love You Because (Take 4 False Start & 5) - That’s All Right (Take 1 - 3) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Outtake Part - Slow Tempo Version) - Blue Moon (Take 1 False Start & 2 False Start & 3 False Start & 4) - Blue Moon (Take 5) - Blue Moon (Take 6 False Start & 7 False Start & 8) - I’ll Never Let You Go (Alternate Incomplete Take) - I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (Mack David) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 1) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 2) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 3 & 4 False Start) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 6 & 7END) - When It Rains It Really Pours (Take 1END & 2REH) - When It Rains It Really Pours (Take 3 False Start & 4 False Start) - When It Rains It Really Pours (Take 6 False Start, 7 False Start & 8L False Start) - How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Tape Slap-back Rehearsal’s)



Tracks Memphis Recording Service: Masters And Sessions 1953 – 1955:

Side A - Sun Single Masters:

That’s All Right (Sun 45rpm Master) - 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

Side B - Sun Masters:

Harbor Lights - I Love You Because - Blue Moon - Tomorrow Night - I’ll Never Let You Go - Just Because - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Slow Version) - Tryin’ To Get to You - When It Rains It Really Pours

Side C - Personal Recording Acetates:

My Happiness (August 1953) - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (August 1953) - Ill’ Never Stand In Your Way (06.01.1954) - It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You (06.01.1954)
Sun Trail Sessions:
Harbor Lights (Take 1 False Start & 2 False Start & 4) - I Love You Because (Takes 1 False Start & 2) - That’s All Right (Take  1 - 3)
Bonus Songs - Radio Station Acetates:
Shake Rattle and Roll (06.01.1955 - Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX - Fool, Fool, Fool (06.01.1955 - Radio Station KDVA Lubbock, TX)

Side D - Sun Outtakes And Sessions:

Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Outake Part - Slow Tempo Version) - Blue Moon (Take  1 False Start & 2 False Start & 3 False Start & 4) - Blue Moon (Take 5) - Blue Moon (Take 6 False Start & 7 False Start & 8) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 3 & 4 False Start) - I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone (Take 6 & 7END) - When It Rains It Really Pours (Take 3 False Start & 4 False Start) - When It Rains It Really Pours (Take 6 False Start, 7 False Start & 8 False Start)

Made In The USA - The Complete SUN Masters



The Elvis One label announced the release of the double CD "Made In The USA - The Complete SUN Masters".  This 2 CD set contains all the Sun Masters, the repaired and unrepaired demo recordings, other songs from the Sun years, the RCA versions (7), 5 digital transfers from Sun 78 RPM’s, and 9 bonus tracks (5 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company). Including a 12-pages booklet with photos and recording information.

CD 1 - The Original Sun Singles:

That’s All Right - 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 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Mystery Train More Sun Recordings: I Love You Because - Blue Moon - I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) - Just Because - Trying To Get To You - Harbor Lights - Tomorrow Night - I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Slow Version) - When It Rains It Really Pours The Demo Recordings - Repaired: My Happiness - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - I’ll Never Stand In Your Way - It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You Other Songs From The Sun Years: Fool, Fool, Fool (KDAV Radio, Lubbock, TX) - Little Mama (The Louisiana Hayride) - I Got A Woman (Eagles Hall, Houston, TX) - Shake, Rattle And Roll (KDAV Radio, Lubbock, TX) - Maybellene (The Louisiana Hayride) - Money Honey (The Louisiana Hayride) - Tweedle Dee (Gladewater, TX) - Hearts Of Stone (The Louisiana Hayride)

CD 2 - The RCA Versions:

Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Single Master) - That’s All Right (Single Master) - I Love You Because (Album Master) - Milkcow Blues Boogie (Album Master) - Harbor Lights (Album Master) - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine (Album Master) - You’re A Heartbreaker (Album Master) Digital Transfer Of Sun 78 rpm: Good Rockin’ Tonight - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine - I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Mystery Train The Demo Recordings - Unrepaired: My Happiness - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - I’ll Never Stand In Your Way - It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You Bonus Songs: How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Slapback Tape, Rehearsal & Take 1) - How Do You Think I Feel (Guitar Slapback Tape, Rehearsals) - Elvis Radio Promo (23.02.1955) - Louisiana Hayride Intro - I Forgot, To Remember To Forget (Live) - I”m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Live, Damaged Acetate, Unrepaired) - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine (Live, Damaged, Acetate, Unrepaired) - Louisiana Hayride Outro - Scotty Moore Interview

The Elvis Presley Movie Album - Volume 2



The Elvis One label announced the release of "The Elvis Presley Movie Album - Volume 2 - Elvis in Stereo And Binaural". Volume 2 of “The Elvis Presley Movie Album” contains 29 movie songs in stereo & binaural, recorded between 1956 - 1963. Including 3 alternate takes, the German extended album master of “Tonight’s All Right For Love” (from the master tape), and also the complete “King Creole” album in reprocessed stereo as originally released in 1962 (LSP-1884) (4 binaural masters are previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company.) All in the best possible sound quality!

Bossa Nova Baby (Alternate Take 5) - Return To Sender (Binaural Master) - Where Do You Come From? (Binaural Master) - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Lonely Man (Alternate Take 9) - Flaming Star (Binaural Master) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Binaural Master) - G. I. Blues (Original Spliced Album Master) - Wooden Heart - Tonight’s All Right For Love (Original German Album Master, Extended Version) - Didja’ Ever (Original Album Master, Take 2) - Hard Headed Woman (Reprocessed Stereo) - Don’t Ask Me Why (Reprocessed Stereo) - Lover Doll (Reprocessed Stereo) - Dixieland Rock (Reprocessed Stereo) - Crawfish (Reprocessed Stereo) - King Creole (Reprocessed Stereo) - New Orleans (Reprocessed Stereo) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Reprocessed Stereo) - Trouble (Reprocessed Stereo) - Young Dreams (Reprocessed Stereo) - As Long As I Have You (Reprocessed Stereo) - Let Me (Stereo Master) - Poor Boy (Stereo Master) - We’re Gonna Move (Stereo Master) Bonus Songs: Didja’ Ever (Replaced Album Master, Spliced) - Tonight’s All Right For Love (Original Length Master) - Black Star (Alternate Take 5)


On Stage

Arista (Sony Music Switzerland) reissued the classic "On Stage" album. This version comes as a 2 CD vinyl replica of the classic album with bonus material, packaged in a gatefold digi-pack with black polycarbonate discs (to mimic vinyl look) and accompanying booklet.


Vinyl



The French VPI lable released the vinyl / CD EP "Gospel" in their "Signature Collection" on silver vinyl. It contains the tracks I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Joshua Fit The Battle - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Working On The Building.


The PanAm label released the vinyl album "Number One U.S. Singles 1956-62 + 1 bonus" on 180 Gr. vinyl. 

(Memphis Recording Service / Amazon / Piers EIN on FECC)

October 13 - New Duet

Here is a preview of the new duet "Just Pretend" by Elvis Presley and Helene Fischerfrom the new "The Wonder of You" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen >> here.

Charts

  • The "If I Can Dream" CD is listed at #14 on the Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The CD "Way Down In The Jungle Room" is listed at #145 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The CD "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" re-entered the Official UK Album chart at #94. 
  • The CD "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" re-entered the Official Scottish Album chart at #84. 
  • The "If I Can Dream" CD is a re-entry at #92 on the Scottish Album chart.
  • The CD "The Real ... Elvis" climbed from #83 to #72 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • On the Physical Album Chart the "If I Can Dream" rises from #97 to #63.
  • On the Physical Album Chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits is a re-entry at #67.
  • The 'If I Can Dream" CD is a re-entry at #82 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart
  • Elvis-DVD „The King Of Rock’n’Roll“ schon wieder zurück in der Musik-Video-Chart Australiens
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #34. 
Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List

5. Prince - $25 million

4. Elvis Presley - $27 million
3. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
2. Charles Schulz - $48 million
1. Michael Jackson - $825 million

Although it’s been nine years since his passing, the King of Pop's lucrative empire only continues to grow, as Michael Jackson earns another No. 1 spot, this time on Forbes' 2016 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Sony paid the singer $115 million for a 50/50 partnership for Sony/ATV Publishing after Jackson initially bought the Sony/ATV publishing company for $47 million back in 1985 (the equivalent to $160 million today). Earlier this year, Sony bought Jackson's half for $750 million, giving the pop legend his highest payout to date. 

Cartoonist Charles Schulz -- known best for his iconic Peanuts franchise -- bows in at No. 2 with $48 million. The 2015 Peanuts' reboot The Peanuts Movie pulled in $45 million during it's weekend debut. 
Golf veteran Arnold Palmer, who passed away just last month, claims the No. 3 spot with $40 million. 
Music legends Elvis Presley and Prince close out the top 5, racking in $27 million and $25 million. Prince's Paisley Park recently opened it's doors to the public, and patrons paid anywhere from $38.50 to $100 to tour the recording studio, according to International Business Times..

Everybody Loves Elvis - Elvis Presley Box Set



Due for release from the My Generation label on November 21, 2016 is the 3 CD set "Everybody Loves Elvis".

CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - I Got A Woman - Just Because - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Money Honey - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Don't Be Cruel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - My Baby Left Me - Any Way You Want Me - I'm Left Your'e Right She's Gone - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Mystery Train - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Love You Because - Blue Moon - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We're Gonna Move

CD 2: Loving You - Party - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - True Love - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Mean Woman Blues - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - I Believe - Take My Hand Precious Lord - Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don't Leave Me Now - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - King Creole - New Orleans - As Long As I Have You - Lover Doll - Trouble - Young Dreams - Crawfish - Dixieland Rock

CD 3: Old Shep - Any Place Is Paradise - Paralyzed - Is It So Strange - Hard Headed Woman - Good Rockin' Tonight - Don't - I Beg Of You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Treat Me Nice - One Night - That's All Right - Too Much - All Shook Up - Don't Ask Me Why - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - How Do You Think I Feel - How's The World Treating You 

Christmas and Gospel Greats


Due for release from the Not Now label on November 21, 2016 is the double CD "Christmas and Gospel Greats". 

Product description:

So entrenched was the public perception of Elvis as a hell-raiser, that the announcement he was making a record of Christmas songs sent the world into a tailspin. Released in 1957 Elvis Christmas Album, showed that Elvis had created a template for all future Christmas recordings: no rock star had ever undertaken such a project and it was Elvis who paved the way... Over the years, Elvis would always warm-up in recording studios and before live performances, by singing his favourite Gospel songs. But it was not until 1960, with the release of the LP His Hand In Mine, that the wider world understood the full extent of their rock & roll idol s fondness for inspirational music. Enjoy this superb compilation including "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", "If We Never Meet Again", "Blue Christmas" and many more.

CD 1: Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Here Comes Santa Claus - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Blue Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back - Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem - Silent Night - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley - I Believe - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)


CD 2: 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 - Jesus Knows What I Need - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Mansion Over The Hilltop - If We Never Meet Again - Working On The Building


(Source: Elvis Memoties / Forbes / Amazon / The King's World / FECC)