November 01 - Follow That Dream Titles Released

Both the "Gold Records Vol. 4" 2 CD and the "Today - Original Session Mixes" vinyl LP have been released by the Follow That Dream collectors label.  

It was 10 years after the release of Elvis’ Golden Records in 1958, that RCA Victor released Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 4. It contained seven ‘B’ sides and only five ‘A’ sides. 

Whether at the behest of Colonel Tom Parker, or RCA, the philosophy of not including tracks that already featured on existing albums weakened what could have been a more powerful and hit-laden compilation. 

Although omitted from Volume 3 for the same reason, the addition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “Return To Sender” would surely have enhanced it’s sales potential and the inclusion of “Crying In The Chapel” (albeit included on How Great Thou Art in 1967) should have provided the icing on the cake. However, for dedicated Elvis fans, it was still rewarding to get these songs on a long- playing album for the first time such as “Love Letters”, “It Hurts Me” and “A Mess Of Blues”. 
Other hits that could have featured are added to Disc 1 as bonus tracks and Disc 2 features the entire original album in glorious mono.

Elvis Presley’s former Beverly Hills home hits the market for $30M

The former Beverly Hills home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley has returned to the market after a brief two-year hiatus. The home has been through quite a saga since 2012, when it was listed for the first time in more than two decades. Hard Rock Cafe founder Peter Morton purchased the house for $9.8 million, and rumors soon abounded that he planned to tear down the residence and redevelop the valuable Trousdale Estates parcel on which it sits.

A massive public outcry helped to prevent that from happening, and Morton instead flipped the property in 2014 for $14.5 million. The buyer, a "mysterious corporate entity," according to Variety’s Real Estalker, appears to have hung onto the home until now, and is now selling the 1958 French Regency-style estate for $30 million.

The home certainly appears to have been updated a bit since its last foray onto the market. Listing photos reveal a living room that’s sporting new flooring and a fresh coat of paint, along with a kitchen that’s certainly seen a makeover or two since Elvis was using it to fix himself peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Per the listing, other recent changes include a new laundry room, new electrical wiring, and a resurfacing of the pool and spa.

From the outside, however, the home is unmistakably recognizable as the West Coast home Elvis and Priscilla shared between 1967 and 1973. The 5,367-square-foot, three-bedroom residence has walls of glass and sliding doors throughout. Other features include an attached guesthouse, carport, and motor court.

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / LA Curbed)

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