November 30 - Movies Book

The "Elvis The Movies" book, written by Alan Hanson and Erik Lorentzen has been released by KJ Consulting in their Gold Standard Series. The book will contain more than 400 pictures on 432 pages and has the focus on all the Elvis movies. Beside these pictures, it contains all the info about these pictures. A must have book for all the movie lovers. 

(Source: Elvis Information Network)

November 29 - Re-issues

Due for release from the Bounty label on January 18 2018 is the 4 DVD box “Elvis Collection” containing the previously released movies “The Early Years”, “The Rock 'n' Roll Years”, “Up, Close & Personal”, “Aloha From Hawaii” and “The Later Years”.

Musical Re-issues

Sony Music re-issued the classic albums “His Hand In Mine”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas” and “He Touched Me”. All CDs come with bonus tracks. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis Aktuell)

November 25 - Definitive vinyl Artwork Book

Joseph Tunzi's JAT Publishing has completed the work on updating the "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" book. The author found some newer images and documents and art boards for the revised second volume. This second edition will go to the printers after the book "Elvis: 'Return of the Dragon" ans due for release February 2018. 

(Source: JAT Publishing)

November 24 - New Christmas Gold Record Advertisement

Here is the advertisement for the new "Christmas" release by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The deluxe edition of this album, containing four gospel songs as bonus tracks originally recorded for the 1957 "Peace In The Valley" EP was released today.



Tracks: Santa Claus Is Back In Town – White Christmas – Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Merry Christmas Baby – Blue Christmas – I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Winter Wonderland – Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) – Silver Bells – Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem – O Come All Ye Faithful – The First Noel – Silent Night.
Bonus Songs ("Peace In The Valley" EP): (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) – I Believe – Take My Hand, Precious Lord – It Is No Secret (What God Can Do).

Million Dollar Quartet Vinyl


Due for release on vinyl from the State of Art label on December 15, 2017 is the legendary "Million Dollar Quartet" session by Elvis Presley,‎ Carl Perkins,‎ Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. It features the complete session in the original sequence.

Moody Blue Vinyl

The 1977 classic "Moody Blue" album has been re-issued by Sony's Legacy Recording on transparent blue vinyl. 

Songs For Christmas

The Vinyl passion label re-issued the "Songs for Christmas" compilation on vinyl. 

Gold Single Award

The UK B.P.I. awarded the 2004 re-issue of the "Suspicious Minds" single a Gold Single Award for 400,000 copies sold (digital streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) in the U.K. since November 16, 2004. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon / BPI)

November 23 - New Vinyl

The Fee-Tone label announced the release of the 7 inch single "My Baby Left Me" / "Blue Moon of Kentucky" with  "Neophobic High Fidelity Stereo Effect" on red and purple vinyl. Both are limited editions of 250 copies and due December 18, 2017.

Product description:
My Baby Left Me is a driving powerhouse rockabilly masterpiece with a real Sun Records vibe to it (produced by Steve Scholes with Elvis on vocals and acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore on electric guitar, Bill Black on bass and D.J. Fontana on drums). Recorded at RCA Studio 1, New York on the 30th of January 1956.

Our flip side Blue Moon Of Kentucky is another rockabilly classic which first appeared as the opposite side to That’s All Right (Sun 209) in 1955 (Elvis’ first single). Blue Moon Of Kentucky was recorded on the 7th of July 1954 at Sun Records (produced by Sam Phillips with Elvis on vocals and acoustic guitar, Scotty Moore on electric guitar and Bill Black on bass). 

Both tracks have been painstakingly re-engineered to create a stereo effect sound. The result is a bigger, sharper sound that jumps straight outta the grooves at ya! One reviewer described the process as - “it’s as if a veil has been lifted off the tracks”. Both tracks are taken from the forthcoming album titled ‘Elvis Presley – The 50’s In Stereo’ (mono to stereo re-visited). For best results play this killer double-sider very loud.

(Source:  Vee-Tone Records)

November 22 - His Finest Photo's - Updated

Volume 12 in the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition" magazine series is out. 

This volume, entitled "His Finest Photo's" is a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic views of the star, from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name according to the product information.

Featuring exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.

Charts

European Charts
  • The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #22 to #11 on the official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #59 on the Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Real … Elvis” is listed at #35 on the Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas And Gospel Greats” is listed at #78 on the Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #72 on the Irish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #138 to #121 on the Belgian Album chart.
  • The 20 CD box-set "Elvis – 20 Original Albums" climbed from #45 to #21 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" compilation dropped from #18 to #27 on the Spanish Album chart. 
US Billboard Charts (for the week ending December 2, 2017)
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is a new entry at #156 on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" climbed from #36 to #29 on the Top Country Album chart.
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is a new entry on the Top Country Album chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation climbed from #69 to #57 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" climbed from #83 to #66 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart.
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" is a new entry at #88 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped off the the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart. 
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #42 to #47 on the Top Christian Album chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" dropped from #12 to #13 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" dropped from #18 to #21 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Ultimate Christmas" is a new entry at#34 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #29 to #40 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" dropped from #40 to #47 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" remained steady at #4 on the Classical Album chart.
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from 14 to #16 on the Classical Album chart.
Canadian Chart
  • The "White Christmas" compilation is listed at #93 on the Canadian Album chart.
Australian Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album climbed to #35 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #22. 
(Source: FECC / On Newsstands Now / Billboard)

November 21 - 1956 Recordings

Two new vinyl compilations have been released by the UK based Memphis Recording Service; "Radio Records - The Complete '56 Sessions" and "Music City - The '56 Nashville Recordings".  These two albums are limited editions, cover Elvis Presley's debut recording session at Radio Recorders in Hollywood Ca. Both albums are pressed on 180 Gr. vinyl and packed in a gatefold cover with a 4 page photo insert. 

Tracks Radio Records - The Complete '56 Sessions:
Side A: 1 Rip It Up 2 Long Tall Sally3 Anyplace Is Paradise 4 First in Line 5 Ready Teddy 6 Paralyzed 7 Too Much 8 Love Me 9 Old She
Side B:  1 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold 2 How Do You Think I Feel 3 How's the World Treating You 4 Playing For Keeps 5 Old Shep (Take 5) 6 Rip it Up (Takes 10 – 14) 7 Rip it Up (Take 15) 8 Rip it Up (Take 16) 9 Rip it Up (Take 17) 10 Rip it Up (Take 18)

Music City - The '56 Nashville Recordings:
Side A:  1 - I Got a Woman 2 - Heartbreak Hotel 3 - Money Honey 4 - I'm Counting on You 5 - I Was the One 6 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 7 - I Got a Woman (Unknown Take) 8 - I Got a Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take) 9 - Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4) 10 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5) 11 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6) 12 - Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10)
Side B: 1 I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version) 2 I'm Counting on You (Take 13) 3 I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 14) 4 I Was the One (Takes 1 & 2) 5 I Was the One (Take 3) 6 I Was the One (Take 7) 7 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13) 8 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14) 9 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15) 10 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16)

You can order both albums on the Memphis Recording Service website by clicking on the banner on the right.

(Source: Memphis Recording Service)

November 20 - From Black and White to Technicolor

A new book by Paul Belard and Joseph Krein entitled "Elvis: Black and White to Technicolor"is due soon. This new book is about Elvis Presley's true relationship with African-Americans. The first edition is a limited edition of 50 copies.

From the press-release:
Over the years, rumors would surface that Elvis was nothing but a racist who stole black culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. Famed African-American Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers said: "Elvis was a
great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all
."

Available to order by email from author: 
pbelard@hotmail.com


(Source: Elvis Express / FECC)

November 19 - The King Strikes Back

The Audionics import-label announced a new, comprehensive 10CD project, dedicated to Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas Summer ’74 season entitled "The King Strikes Back". All concerts were already released on the official Follow that Dream and import-releases. 

From the press-release:
For the first time ever, all rehearsal and live soundboard recordings are presented in best possible sound quality and in one box! As you know, these recordings were released through the years by various bootleg labels and by the official collectors FTD label, too. Nevertheless, many of these original releases are hard to find nowadays, including several already deleted FTD CDs! For some of these recordings we have used audio tapes (master cassettes) as a source, rather than existing CD releases. We have spent dozens of hours in studio, to restore and enhance them. As usual, every recording was treated individually and restored from scratch, using today's advanced technology to achieve the best possible sound quality for your optimal listening pleasure.

Each disc is placed in individually designed cardboard sleeve and there is a 16-page booklet, full of high quality August/September 1974 photos (including several rare ones) and reproductions of fan reviews, published in the hard-to-find Rex Martin “Elvis News Service Weekly” magazine, back in 1974. These reviews are special, because they were published shortly after the concerts and those memories are immediate and fresh.


This is the first-ever Audionics comprehensive box. It’s a special set which deserves a place in any serious Elvis collection! Audionics is planning new CD releases in 2018, and additionally, this label will be releasing several special vinyl projects! So stay tuned!


The concerts:

16.08.1974 rehearsal - approx 82 minutes
16.08.1974 rehearsal binaural - approx 58 minutes
19.08.1974 Opening show - approx 60 minutes
20.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 67 minutes
20.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 69 minutes
21.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 67 minutes
22.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 8 minutes
24.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 59 minutes
27.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 16 minutes
28.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 9 minutes
29.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 22 minutes
30.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 85 minutes
02.09.1974 Midnight closing show - approx 91 minutes

CD1 - August, 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:
01. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1- 02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 03. Promised Land #1- 04. Promised Land #2 - 05. Down In The Alley #1 - 06. Down In The Alley #2 - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You #1 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. Softly As I Leave You #2 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 12. I'm Leavin' - 13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 14. Proud Mary - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3- 17. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #4. 
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas

CD2 -  August 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:
01. The Twelfth Of Never - 02. Faded Love - 03. Just Pretend.
Binaural rehearsal tracks:
04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1 (previously unreleased version) - 05. Promised Land -06. Down In The Alley - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Proud Mary 13. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 14. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3 - 16. The Twelfth Of Never - 17. Faded Love - 18. Just Pretend.
Bonus:
19. The Twelfth Of Never (1995 original single version) - 20. The Twelfth Of Never (1994 version overdubbed by David Briggs).
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas

CD3 - August 19, 1974, Opening show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / Big Boss Man - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Down In The Alley - 04. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 05. Never Been To Spain - 06. It's Midnight - 07. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 08. I'm Leavin' - 09. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 12. Love Me Tender - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Introduction of Gunther Gebel-Williams - 16. Promised Land - 17. Introduction of Telly Savalas - 18. My Baby Left Me - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Fever - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights

CD4 - August 20, 1974 Dinner show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Proud Mary - 07. Trying To Get To You - 08. Big Boss Man (incomplete) - 09. Fever - 10. Promised Land - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. All Shook Up - 13. I'm Leavin' - 14. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 15. Hound Dog - 16. You Gave Me A Mountain - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 20. Why Me Lord - 21. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (incomplete) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song (incomplete) - 23. Let Me Be There - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 2

CD5 - August 20, 1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Trying To Get To You - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. All Shook Up - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (incomplete) - 17. Introduction of Freddy Cannon / Higher & Higher (one line) / Introducion of Jackie Wilson - 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 19. Why Me Lord - 20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. Heartbreak Hotel - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 24. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 1

CD6 - August 21 + 22, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
21 August 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Dialogue / Stop The World (And Let Me Off) (one line) - 11.  I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Take These Chains From My Heart (one line) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Why Me Lord - 19. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
22 August 1974 Midnight show:
25. Suspicious Minds / The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, excerpt)- 26. Help Me (with Sherrill Nielsen).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights 

CD7 - August 24, 1974 & August 27, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
August 24, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. The Wonder Of You - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Spanish Eyes (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. You Gave Me A Mountain - 16. Polk Salad Annie - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep.

27.08.1974 Midnight show:
19. The Wonder Of You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Monologue / We Shall Overcome (excerpt) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Monologue  - 24. It's Now Or Never.
Previously released on FTD It's Midnight

CD8 - August 28, 1974 & August 29, 1974 Dinner shows & first part of 30.08.1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
August 28, 1974 Dinner show:
01. Help Me - 02. My Boy - 03. How Great Thou Art.
August 29, 1974 Dinner show:
04. Why Me Lord? - 05. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 06. How Great Thou Art - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 09. Early Morning Rain - 10. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
12. Opening Vamp / C. C Rider - 13. I Got A Woman / Amen - 14. Love Me - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 16. It's Midnight - 17. Big Boss Man - 18. Fever - 19. All Shook Up - 20. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 21. Hound Dog - 22. An American Trilogy - 23. Introduction of Dean Nichopoulos - 24. Suspicious Minds.
Previously released on Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)

CD9 – second part of Autust 30, 1974 Midnight show & first part of 02.09.1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Monologue (about karate) - 03. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 04. Dialogue (about karate) - 05. Introduction of Kang Rhee - 06. Help Me - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. How Great Thour Art (with reprise) - 09. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 10. You Gave Me A Mountain - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
Previously released on the bootleg Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)
September 2, 1974 Closing show:
12. Microphone Dialogue - 13. I Got a Woman / Amen - 14. Dialogue (about karate) - 15. Until It's Time For You To Go - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 17. It's Midnight - 18. Big Boss Man    - 19. You Gave Me a Mountain.      
previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

CD10 – second part of September 2, 1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Dialogue (about Priscilla) - 02.Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen)  - 03. Hound Dog - 04. An American Trilogy - 05. It's Now Or Never #1 - 06. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 07. Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 08. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 09. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 10. Piano Solo (Glen D Hardin) - 11. I Couldn't Live Without You (Voice) - 12. Bringing It Back (Voice) - 13. Aubrey (with Voice) - 14. Introduction of Vikki Carr, Bill Cosby - 15. It's Now Or Never #2 - 16. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Monologue (about drug rumours) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Dialogue (about jewelry) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

(Source: FECC)

November 18 - EPE to Court

The saga of EPE's proposed 6,200-seat venue on its Graceland campus took another turn Wednesday. Officials from EPE Inc. filed a declaratory judgment action asking the Chancery Court of Shelby County to declare that the development of the venue would not violate the non-compete and non-participation covenants in the FedExForum use and operating agreement between the City of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies.

In its statement, EPE wrote, "It is, and always has been, EPE's position that the FedExForum Use and Operating agreement does not prohibit the City of Memphis and Shelby County from extending tax incentives to support the development of the 6,200-seat venue in the same manner that the city and county regularly extend such incentives to other qualifying commercial enterprises."

The statement goes on to read, "Despite EPE's good faith negotiations and its proposal to substantially change the development and to agree to limitations on the use of the multi-purpose facility, EPE was not able to reach a reasonable business agreement with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Grizzlies."

On Aug. 22, EPE presented its original plans for the concert and event facility to Memphis City Council and asked them to support an increase in the tax increment financing from 50 to 65 percent to fund the venue. The Memphis Commercial Appeal takes a rather negative view saying "EPE takes on Memphis and the Grizzlies with a misguided lawsuit"

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Commercial Appeal)

November 17 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

The Bellevue Entertaintment label released the vinyl "Elvis Christmas Album" and "Elvis in Love". 

The Official UK and Scottish Album charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The 6-DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #26 to #23 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #25 to #32 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #59 to #76 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” climbed from #92 to #91 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #96 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
European Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #87 to #86 on the Irish album chart. 
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #176 to #138 on the Belgian Album chart.
  • The 20 CD box "Elvis – 20 Original Albums" dropped from #28 to #45 on the Belgian Mid-price album chart. 
Australian Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #50 to #42 on the Australian Album Chart at #50. 
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #76 to #85 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #21 to #23 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
Korean Chart

  • The "Blue Christmas" compilation is a new entry at #93 on the Korean Gaon album chart.

US Billboard Charts (for the week ending December 2, 2017)
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is listed at #69 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 3391 copies sold this week. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2831 copies sold this week.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #115 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2293 copies sold this week.  
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" album is listed at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 1915 copies sold this week.  
  • The “The Essential Elvis” compilation dropped from #30 to #45 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album is a new entry at #36 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation remained steady at #42 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #5 to #4 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” dropped from #9 to #14 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album dropped from #9 to #12 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #29 on the US Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #40 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
(Source: Official Chart Company / FECC / Aria Chart)

November 16 - Chief ME Investigator in Elvis Presley's Death Died

It would be one of the biggest cases to go through the Shelby County Medical Examiner's office, but it was one Dan Warlick handled with aplomb, said Dr. Jerry Francisco, his former boss. Warlick was the chief investigator for the medical examiner when on August 16, 1977, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley died. Shortly thereafter, Warlick would leave to become an attorney. He died on November 16 at his home in Nashville. Warlick was 69.

"Certainly there was a tremendous level of interest worldwide and that always causes a problem because you have to keep up with things," said Francisco, the medical examiner when Presley died.

But Warlick, who worked extensively with law enforcement at Graceland, handled the investigation into the death of one of the world's greatest entertainers with confidence, said Francisco, who has since retired. "Dan never got rattled," he said.

(Source: Commercial Appeal)

November 15 - Spliced Love Letters

The CMT import-label released another volume in their series on spliced takes' "Love Letters From Elvis - Spliced Takes Special". 

From the press-release:
Fans of the series know what to expect, and this release is among their best yet! Some songs don't have complete outtakes and the STAR team managed to present an album with full versions only! Rare snippets and rehearsals were used and it works like magic. Including 14 "spliced" tracks from the 1970 recordings, all tracks from the original album and three bonus tracks. Presented in high quality card sleeve.

Tracks:
Love Letters (Spliced Take 3, 1) - When I'm Over You (Spliced Master) - If I Were You (Spliced Take 2, 3, 5, 5) - I Got My Mojo Working (Spliced Rehearsal) - Heart of Rome (Spliced Take 2, 2, 1) - Only Believe (Spliced Take 1, 3, Rehearsal) - This is Our Dance (Spliced Take 6, 8, 8, 11) - Cindy, Cindy (Spliced Take 2, 3) - I'll Never Know (Spliced Take 2, 3) - It Ain't No Big Thing (Spliced Take 1, 2, 6) - The Sound of Your Cry (Spliced Take 1, 3, 6) - Sylvia (Spliced Take 4, 3, 9) - Mary In The Morning (Spliced Take 1, 2, 4, 4, 4) - Life (Spliced Take 1, 2)

Graceland Excursions

Tour like the king! Elvis Presley’s Graceland now offers expertly-guided, luxury motorcoach tours of major music landmarks and museums as the ideal complement to the Graceland tour experience in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Initial tours will include trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, and the Mississippi Delta region -- known as the birthplace of the Blues.  The luxury coach ride to and from each destination will be a big part of the experience, as Graceland tour guides and Archives staff take guests on a fun musical journey, celebrating the music that influenced Elvis Presley, the greatest entertainer of all time. Graceland Excursions will preview with select dates in December 2017 and early January 2018, with an official launch of its regular, weekly schedule beginning January 12, 2018.  

These newly-created tours of Tupelo and the Mississippi Delta are designed to trace Elvis Presley’s musical roots, featuring the influences that inspired Elvis and other artists, to begin mixing blues, country, gospel and R&B to create an entirely new sound – dubbed Rock ‘n’ Roll – which was brought to life in Memphis, Tennessee over 60 years ago. Graceland Excursions are available to the general public and available separately from the Graceland attraction tour experience.  

Christmas Time

The holidays have officially arrived at Graceland. On Thursday Elvis Presley's home was lit up for all to enjoy. "It really looks like we're going back in time," said Elvis' longtime friend George Klein. "Elvis really loved Christmas. It was his favorite holiday." Klein goes way back and remembered lighting up the  Whitehaven home with Elvis for the very first time in 1957. "We used a broomstick as part of the light switch," he said. Since then the tradition has grown and attracted people from all over the world. The extensive Christmas display at Elvis' home includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more.

(Source: email / EPE)

November 14 - The Elvis Presley Film Collection

Due for release from the UK based HMV record stores is the exclusive 14 DVD set “The Elvis Presley 14 Film Collection”.

From the press-release:
This carefully selected collection of films celebrating the cinematic output of the King himself, Elvis Presley, provides the perfect portrayal of the icon's unrivalled contribution to American rock'n'roll culture. 

These 14 timeless tales include portraits of the iconic, quintessential Elvis the world knows and loves with classics such as Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock, alongside characters you may not be so familiar with, like the gun-slinging anti-hero from the gritty western Charro.

With countless special features, including trailers, remastered soundtracks, and behind-the-scenes documentaries, there's something for every collector, fan, cineaste and lover of rock'n'roll! Get swept away by the romance of It Happened at The World's Fair and belt out the blues as the ultimate rock'n'roll legend dazzles the screen again and again.

The movies:
Jailhouse Rock - It Happened at the World's Fair - Kissin' Cousins - Viva Las Vegas - Girl Happy - Harum Scarum - Spinout - Double Trouble - Stay Away, Joe - Speedway - Live a Little, Love a Little - Charro - The Trouble With Girls - Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition

The extras:
  • It Happened at the World's Fair - Elvis Presley Trailer Gallery
  • Kissin' Cousins - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Smokey Mountain Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Girl Happy - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Startin' Tonight Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Stay Away, Joe - Theatrical Trailer
  • Live a Little, Love a Little - Theatrical Trailer
  • Charro - Theatrical Trailer
  • Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition - Soundtrack Remastered In Dolby Digital 5.1, Behind-the-scenes Documentary Patch It Up: The Restoration Of Elvis: That's The Way It Is, Theatrical Trailer.
(Source: HMV)

November 13 - Elvis His(s)tory

The Dutch artist Jarod published three Elvis Presley posters entitled "Elvis His(s)tory". The three poster are a pictorial overview of the life and career of Elvis Presley. Divided in three decades that co-incidentally represent very different stages in Presley's life. Through symbolic and more factual illustrations the story of the King of Rock and Roll is told. All posters come with a detailed guide to all the details portrayed.

Website: Jarod Art.









November 12 - Divorce Papers For Christmas

Divorce papers signed by Elvis Presley and his ex-wife Priscilla have sold for £20,000 at auction. The papers include details of the divorce after the couple, who married in 1967, started living apart in 1972. As part of the settlement, Elvis signed over to Priscilla his 1971 Mercedes Benz, 1969 Cadillac Eldorado, Harley-Davidson motorbike and $100,000.

The papers were sold to a phone bidder from USA at the Henry Aldridge Auctioneers in Devizes. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the 12 papers were a "fabulous piece of show business history". The papers, from 15 August 1972, have been signed three times by Elvis and four times by Priscilla.


Mr Aldridge said: "These are exceptional examples of Elvis's signature, being both bold and large. "It is extremely rare to have Elvis sign in his full name, Elvis Aaron Presley, and also Aaron with two AAs, as it was written on his tombstone.

"Each of the 12 pages contains fascinating details and offers the reader a snapshot into the details involved between both parties that only legal documents can give. "This document offers a collector the chance to own something from one of the most important episodes in Elvis's life." 

Walmart Christmas


The US Walmart store re-issued their 2015 Elvis Christmas compilation "Elvis Ultimate Christmas". The previous edition came in a cardboard sleeve, this one with new cover-art in a jewel box. 

CD 1: If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Blue Christmas - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Here Comes Santa Claus - Silver Bells - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Merry Christmas Baby - The Wonderful World Of Christmas - O Come All Ye Faithful - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - On A Snowy Christmas Night - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) - Christmas Message From Elvis / Silent Night

CD 2: Blue Christmas (With Martina McBride) - I'll Be Home For Christmas (With Carrie Underwood) - Here Comes Santa Claus (With LeAnn Rimes) - Santa Claus Is Back In Town (With Wyonna Judd) - Silent Night (With Sara Evans) - White Christmas (With Amy Grant) - Merry Christmas Baby (With Gretchen Wilson) - O Little Town Of Bethlehem (With Karen Fairchild And Kimberly Sclapman) - Silver Bells (With Anne Murray) - O Come All Ye Faithful (With Olivia Newton John) - The First Noel (2008) - If I Get Home On Christmas Day (2008) - Winter Wonderland (2008)

(Source: BBC / FECC Forum / Elvis Club Berlin)

November 11 - Weekend Charts

The Elvis One label announced four new titles; "Night And Day In Nashville", "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3" and "Elvis Army Days Revisited" parts one and two.

Details "Night And Day in Nashville"

"Night And Day in Nashville" is a sampler of material recorded by The King in Nashville from ‘56 to ‘66. A total of 22 tracks, including 20 alternate recordings and original mixes (15 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company). It’s a great new album, with (almost) only complete takes, and this time no studio banter or false starts (as they are available through other releases from the Elvis One label). Enjoy these fantastic recordings over and over again. Including a 16 pages booklet with photos and recording information. 

Tracks: 1. I Got A Woman (Alternate Take) 2:25 2. I’m Counting On You (Take 13) 2:29 3. I Got Stung (Original Master) 1:49 4. Fame And Fortune (Spliced Take) 2:32 Splice of take 12 and take 7 5. Thrill Of Your Love (Original Master) 3:01 6. He Knows Just What I Need (Take 10) 2:14 7. There’s Always Me (Spliced Take) 2:17 Splice of take 3 and master 8. I’m Coming Home (Original Mix) 2:24 9. Kiss Me Quick (Take 7) 2:49 10. Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 3) 2:10 11. Good Luck Charm (Original Mix) 2:29 12. I Met Her Today (Spliced Take) 2:43 Splice of take 5, take 7 and take 6 13. Night Rider (Original Mix) 2:11 14. Something Blue (Take 6) 3:00 15. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 6) 2:32 16. Just For Old Time Sake (Original Mix) 2:10 17. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Try-out) 0:58 18. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 3) 2:57 19. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 4) 1:54 20. Down In The Alley (Take 7) 2:00 21. Come What May (Take 1) 1:36 22. I’ll Remember You (Take 3) 4:06



Details "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3":
Volume 3 contains 22 alternate tracks, all complete versions! Including outtakes, movie versions and unedited masters presented in the best possible sound. A great alternate movie experience! Of course this album is a limited edition, just as volumes 1 and 2.

Tracks: 01. Doin’ The Best I Can (take 12) 3:14 02. Shoppin’ Around (take 10) 2:18 03. Pocketful of Rainbows (take 14) 2:31 04. Flaming Star (take 5) 2:19 05. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 9) 1:34 06. No More (take 9) 2:22 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (take 9) * 1:58 08. This Is Living (take 8) 1:47 09. Girls! Girls! Girls! (unedited master) * 2:39 10. Earth Boy (movie version - overdub) * 2:42 11. I’m Falling In Love Tonight (take 5) * 1:54 12. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (remake, take 15) 2:26 13. Hard Knocks (movie master) 1:42 14. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me (take 9) * 2:10 15. Everybody Come Aboard (take 5) * 1:48 16. Sand Castles (KO take 3) * 2:57 17. This Is My Heaven (FOV, take 5) * 2:36 18. All That I Am (take 6) * 2:22 19. Old MacDonald (vocal only) * 1:57 20. Easy Come, Easy Go (unedited master) 2:21 21. She’s A Machine (take 14) * 1:35 22. Sing You Children (unedited master) 2:13 * Previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company.



Details "Elvis Army Days Revisited" part one and two:
"Elvis Army Days Revisited | Part One & Part Two" contains all German A and B sides of Elvis singles released during his time in the Army, all known recordings of interviews and press conferences from March 1958 to March 1960, newsreels and more! Including some previously unreleased material. You can hear these historic recordings in the best possible sound all together for the first time ever on 2 CDs! Each CD comes with a 12 pages booklet.

***Single versions: including the original "You're A Heartbreaker" (faster and with more reverb)***
***Unedited version of Elvis 'Swearing In' to the US Army (1:24 instead of 0:28)***
***Unedited part of the Brooklyn press conference (Elvis' interruptions were edited for the 'Elvis Sails' EP)***
***Every known recording of interviews and press conferences in Germany - Plus 1 from Paris, France***  

Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part One:

The German Singles April 1958 - February 1959: 
01. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2:17 02. Doncha Think It’s Time 1:59 03. Hard Headed Woman 1:57 04. Don’t Ask Me Why 2:08 05. Dixieland Rock 1:50 06. Lover Doll 2:16 07. King Creole 2:11 08. One Night 2:34 09. I Got Stung 1:51 10. Young And Beautiful 2:05

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word March 1958 - June 1959:
11. Newsreel ‘GI Elvis Presley Loses Sideburns For “New Role”’ 0:45 
12. Newsreel ‘Elvis Enters The Army’ 0:31 
13. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 1:24 Memphis Draft Board, Memphis, Tennessee 
14. Interview by Jim Kell (03-24-58) 0:42 Fort Chaffee Barracks, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas 
15. Newsreel ‘Elvis Off To Germany’ 1:13 
16. Press Conference excerpt #1 (09-22-58) 13:35 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
17. Press Conference excerpt #2 (09-22-58) 5:26 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
18. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 6:27 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
19. Interview by Pat Hernon (09-22-58) 2:15 Library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
20. Ankunft in Bremerhaven (10-01-58) 2:58  Bremerhaven, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt #1 (10-02-58) 1:07 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
22. Press Conference excerpt #2 (10-02-58) 0:37 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
23. Interview by Dick Clark (01-30-59) 4:27 ‘Telephone Call’ from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
24. Interview by Hannelore Krab (06-15-59) 3:49 Bayrischer Hof Hotel, Munich, Germany 
25. Interview by Mario Delagarde (06-17-59) 2:03 Prince De Galles Hotel, Avenue de George V, Paris, France 
26. Promo for KPOY Radio in Hawaii (06-59) 0:52 27. Interview by Tom Moffatt (06-59) 5:41 Telephone Call from Hawaii ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to Germany 
Bonus tracks:
28. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 0:28 Edited - As released on the album ‘This Is Elvis’ 29. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 2:21         Edited - As released on the ‘Elvis Sails’ EP


Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part Two:
The German Singles - March 1959 - March 1960
01. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I 2:38 02. I Need Your Love Tonight 2:05 03. That’s All Right 1:59 04. You’re A Heartbreaker 2:06 05. A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:14 06. My Wish Came True 2:37 07. White Christmas 2:26 08. Silent Night 2:25 09. Stuck On You 2:19 10. Fame And Fortune 2:30

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word June 1959 - March 1960
11. Interview by Don Owens (06/07-59) 2:55 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
12. Interview by Dick Clark (08-59) 3:34 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
13. Interview by Wink Martindale (09-58) 3:55 Dance Party KHJ TV Telephone Call to Friedberg, Germany 
14. Interview by German Interviewer (59) 3:42 library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
15. Interview by Dick Clark (01-08-60) 3:35 Telephone Call from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
16. Newsreel ‘Elvis Quits U.S. Army’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 1:21 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
17. Newsreel ‘US53310761’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-01-60) 2:04         Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
18. Press Conference excerpt #2 (03-01-60) 0:52 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
19. Inteview (Interviewer unknown) (03-01-60) 1:46 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
20. Interview by Johnny Paris (03-01-60) 10:55 ‘AFN Interview’ Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 6:55 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
22. Press Conference excerpts (03-03-60) 0:53 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
23. Press Conference (03-07-60) 12:39 Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee 

Chart Round-up


The European charts:

  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #100 to #90 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped off the Official UK Album chart.
  • The “The Real … Elvis” compilation dropped from #21 to #25 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic. Orchestra” climbed from #62 to #59 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” is a re-entry at #92 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “20 Original Albums - The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection” is a new entry at #28 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a re-entry at #176 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The “Disco de Oro” climbed from #19 to #11 on the Spanish Album Top 100.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #45 on the Greece Album chart. 
The US Billboard Charts:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #4 to #5 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” remained steady at #9 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Essential Elvis Presley” double album climbed from #34 to #30 on the US Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The “The Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #50 to #42 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” compilation climbed from #14 to #9 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation dropped from #8 to #14 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Merry Christmas … Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #20 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
Australian Chart:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed 25 spots to #50 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped from #61 to #76 on the Australian Album chart.
(Source: Official Charts Company / Ultrapop / Billboard / FECC)