July 20 - Elvis Jukebox Chart

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the August edition of the French Jukebox Magazine. Inside the article "Une vie au service de la musique" (“a life dedicated to music”).

You can read the article >>> here.


The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #22 to #21 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation re-entered the US Billboard Country Album chart at #34. 
On the Official Scottish Album chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #95 to #92.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #52 to #57 on the Official Irish Album chart.

(Source: Elvis Forum / The King's World / UEPS)

July 19 - #1 Hits

Due for release from the Vinyl Passion label on September 7, 2018 is the LP “Number One Hits”.

Side A: 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 3. Hound Dog 4. Don't Be Cruel 5. Love Me Tender 6. Too Much 7. All Shook Up 8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 9. Jailhouse Rock 10. Don't 11. Hard Headed Woman 12. A Fool Such As I 

Side B: 1. A Big Hunk O' Love 2. One Night 3. Stuck On You 4. It's Now Or Never 5. Are You Lonesome Tonight 6. Wooden Heart 7. Surrender 8. His Latest Flame 9. Can't Help Falling In Love 10. Return To Sender 11. Good Luck Charm.

(Source: Amazon)

July 18 - Pot Luck For Everybody

The Wax Time label announced the re-releasse of the "Pot Luck With Elvis" and "Something For Everybody" albums on vinyl. The release-date is July 23, 2018, both re-issues are limited editions and come with additional bonus tracks. 

Tracks  "Elvis - Something For Everybody":
Side A: Theres Always Me - Give Me The Right - It´s A Sin - Sentimental Me - Starting Today - Gently - Bonus Song: I Feel So Bad
Side B: I'm Comin Home - In Your Arms - Put The Blame On Me - Judy - I Want You With Me - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - Bonus Song: Little Sister

Tracks "Pot Luck With Elvis": 
Side A: Kiss Me Quick - Just For Old Time Sake - Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - (Such An) Easy Question - Steppin` Out Of Line - I'm Yours - Bonus Song: She's Not You

Side B: Something Blue - Suspicion - I Feel That I`Ve Known You Forever - Night Rider - Fountain Of Love - That`S Someone You Never Forget - Bonus Song: Follow That Dream

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Juno)

July 17 - New and Re-releases (Updated)

The 2016 “The Rock and Roll Years” 3 CD set will be re-issued on vinyl by the My Generation Music label. This release is limited to 14 tracks. 

Side A: Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - That's All Right - Ready Teddy - Old Shep
Side B: Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - I Got A Woman - Rip It Up - All Shook Up - Good Rockin' Tonight.

Due for release from the New Continent label on July 20, 2018 is the 3 CD set “The #1 Hits”.

Due for release on October 12, 2018 from the Wagram (Indigo) label is the vinyl LP “Jailhouse Rock”. 

Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - All Shook Up - Fever - Love Me Tender - Mystery Train - My Baby Left Me -  A Mess Of Blues - Blue Moon

Side B: Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O' Love - Trouble - Love Me - Reconsider Baby - That's All Right - King Creole - Loving You

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)

July 16 - Greatest Hits

Due for release on August 15, 2018 in Japan is the compilation CD "Love Me Tender - The Greatest Hits".

Love Me Tender - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - I Need Your Love Tonight - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - A Big Hunk O' Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Blue Hawaii - Can't Help Falling In Love - It's Now Or Never - Return To Sender - Little Sister - His Latest Flame - Devil In Disguise - Bossa Nova Baby - Viva Las Vegas - If I Can Dream - Suspicious Minds - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - The Wonder Of You - Polk Salad Annie - Burning Love - Always On My Mind - A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / ElvisWorld-Japan)

July 14 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

Due for release from the State of Art label on September 14, 2018 is the CD "King Creole / Loving You". 

The weekly chart wrap-up

US Billboard charts:
The “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #24 to #22 on the US Billboard Cristian Album chart. 
The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a re-entry at #50 on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart.
The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a re-entry at #23 on the Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales chart.

Official UK, Scottish and Irish Charts:
The "Elvis: The Searcher" soundtrack album dropped from #48 to #49 on the Official UK Soundtrack Album chart.
The 3 DVD set "Elvis – The DVD Gold Collection" remained steady at #9 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #45 to #52 on the Official Irish Album chart
The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is a re-entry at #95 on the Official Scottish Album chart

Australian Charts:
The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped off the Australian Music DVD Chart from last week's #39 position.

(Source: Billboard / Chart Company / The King's World / Amazon / Australian Recording Industry Association)

July 13 - Elvis On Vinyl (Finally)

After six months delay the 4 LP import-set "Elvis On Stage" will finally be available. 

Lp 1 - Side A -On Stage - The Album - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix
1. See See Rider (Feb. 18; Ds)
2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ms)
3. Release Me (Feb. 18; Ms)
4. Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16; Ds)
5. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ds)
6. The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18; Ds)

Lp 1 - Side B
1. Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18; Ms)
2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 16; Ds)
3. Proud Mary (Feb. 16; Ds)
4. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19; Ms)
5. Let It Be Me (Feb. 17; Ms)
6. I Can´T Stop Loving You (Feb. 19; Ms)

Lp 2 - Side A - Opening Show - January 26, 1970
1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up
2. That´S All Right
3. Elvis Talks
4. Proud Mary
5. Don´T Cry Daddy
6. Teddy Bear/Don´T Be Cruel
7. Long Tall Sally
8. Let It Be Me
9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto

Lp 2 - Side B
1. I Can´T Stop Loving You
2. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
3. Sweet Caroline
4. Polk Salad Annie
5. Introductions
6. Kentucky Rain
7. Can´T Help Falling In Love

Lp 3 - Side A - Dinner Show - February 18, 1970
1. Long Tall Sally
2. Elvis Talks
3. Don´T Cry Daddy
4. The Wonder Of You
5. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
6. Release Me
7. Polk Salad Annie

Lp 3 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970
1. Proud Mary
2. Don´T Cry Daddy
3. Kentucky Rain
4. Let It Be Me
5. I Can´T Stop Loving You
6. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
7. Release Me
8. See See Rider

Lp 4 - Side A - Closing Show - February 23
1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up
2. I Got A Woman
3. Long Tall Sally
4. Don´T Cry Daddy
5. Hound Dog
6. Love Me Tender
7. Kentucky Rain
8. Let It Be Me
9. I Can´T Stop Loving You

Lp 4 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970
1. See See Rider
2. Sweet Caroline
3. Polk Salad Annie
4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. One Night
7. It´S Now Or Never
8. Suspicious Minds
9. Can´T Help Falling In Love

Sony/ATVC Added to Producing Team of Heartbreak Hotel

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has come on board as a co-producer and investor of brand new Elvis Presley stage musical "Heartbreak Hotel".

A prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet, "Heartbreak Hotel" recounts the astonishing early life of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll whose pioneering recordings with record producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records unleashed a music revolution and propelled Presley to worldwide fame and adulation.

The new musical is written and directed by Million Dollar Quartet co-creator Floyd Mutrux and is a partnership between Heartbreak King Productions, the Tony Award-winning producers behind productions including Rock of Ages and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, and Authentic Brands Group, owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. It will have its premiere at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago on Sunday, July 15.

Besides its role as a co-producer and investor, Sony/ATV has also agreed to license to "Heartbreak Hotel" more than a dozen songs recorded by Presley. These include some of his most-recognized and successful early hits, such as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Mystery Train," Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and "Rip It Up" as well as "Heartbreak Hotel," which not only serves as the musical's title but was his first Billboard pop No. 1 and first million-seller in the U.S. and became his breakthrough international hit.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said: "Elvis Presley is the ultimate music icon who not only totally transformed music but changed the world. I am proud that Sony/ATV is now involved as a co-producer and investor of "Heartbreak Hotel" which will not only serve as a fantastic reminder to everyone like me who grew up with Elvis just how unique and special he was, but will be a terrific way for a new audience to discover the music and life of The King of Rock 'n' Roll."

(Source: Various / Broadway World)

July 12 - Elvis At The Printers

Next up from JAT Publishing is a new book about "Harum Scarum - The Book" featuring over 150 unreleased photos from the 1965 movie according to the press-release. From the recording sessions, to the backlot, straight to the filming. Presented in colour and B&W, celebrating 30 years of JAT Publishing, as Elvis brings the big beat to Baghdad. 

As a bonus there is an extra chapter on 'Behind The Scenes of Girl Happy'. Following this will be (finally) the re-release of "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" Hardcover Book.

Strictly Elvis 1976-77

The sequel to Keith Alverson's "Strictly Elvis 1973-75 "Through the lens of Keith Alverson - Volume 2" is at the printers and will be published this month in time for Elvis Week. Erik Lorentzen notes that it will be around 450 pages featuring 1,200 photos from 27 concerts including 1,000 previously unpublished images. The quality of the photos are stunning according to the press-release.

(Source: JAT Publishing / Elvis Information Network)

July 11 - Elvis Hologram Tour?

According to the Hollywood News Daily website (and fore what it is worth) Lisa Marie Presley is reportedly planning to head out on a new tour featuring her late father Elvis Presley via a specially designed hologram according to recent reports.

The N.E. reports that Lisa Marie Presley is going to bring the magic of her father King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley back to life in a hologram tour featuring herself and Elvis singing duets together of all of Elvis’ most popular songs. 
As previously reported, Lisa Marie Presley is facing some major financial issues revealing earlier this year that she is broke. Lisa, who is currently engaged in a nasty divorce from fourth husband Michael Lockwood claims her financial situation is in dire straits and she cannot afford to give in to Lockwood’s outrageous demands for spousal support.

Lockwood states he believes Lisa Marie is lying to the courts claiming that all her Elvis Presley inheritance fortune is gone. Lisa Marie Presley is also currently suing her former business manager claiming that due to his poor business sense her money is all gone.

According to HND previous reports, Lisa Marie Presley is so desperate for cash that she is willing to do just about anything to make a living these days, especially since she can no longer count on her mom, Priscilla Presley for money.

It is claimed that Lisa is following suit from her former and late ex-husband Michael Jackson’s family plans to use an MJ hologram to bring in fans with an upcoming tour. Lisa Marie Presley is well aware that Elvis Presley fans are some of the most dedicated fans in the world and feels that it would be a great opportunity not only for herself but for fans to enjoy Elvis more than four decades following his tragic death.

Lisa already has a full week of money making opportunities coming up in Memphis for Elvis Presley Week from August 9-the 18th where she will be on hand for the 41st anniversary where fans, for a price will have the chance (for a price) to meet the only daughter of Elvis Presley for a photo and autograph session prior to the annual candlelight vigil honoring the anniversary of Elvis’ death at Graceland.

During Elvis Presley Week Lisa Marie will also be debuting new duet she has recorded with her Dad adding her voice to a gospel track “Where No One Stands Alone.”

Sources close to Lisa Marie Presley’s situation claim Lisa is finally ready to follow in her mom, Priscilla’s business shoes realizing that Elvis Presley, though gone is not forgotten  fans continue to look for any and all opportunities to keep Elvis’ legacy  thriving within their hearts and would love an opportunity to see Elvis back on stage entertaining in any form.

(Source: Hollywood News Daily)

July 09 - Good Music?

The Good Music Records label announced the release of "The Tender Side of Elvis" containing 30 newly orchestrated classics by Elvis Presley. 

Judge for yourself: >> preview "The Tender Side of Elvis".

Because Of Love - Give Me The Right - Pocketful Of Rainbow - There´s Always Me - I´m Falling In Love Tonight - We´ll Be Together - I Don´t Want To - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Moonlight Swim - That´s Someone You Never Forget - Tender Feeling - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Forget Me Never - Loving You - I Feel Like I´ve Known You Forever - True Love - Where Do You Come From? - In My Way - I Will Be Home Again - Starting Today - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Gently - They Remind M Too Much Of You - Anything That´s Part Of You - I Can´t Help Falling In Love - Island Of Love - The Thrill Of Your Love - Love Me Tender - He Knows Just What I Need - If We Never Meet Again

Elvis Is Back

The Wartime label announced the re-release of the classic "Elvis Is Back" album on colored vinyl. The release-date is September 30, 2018. 

Side A: Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - Thrill Of Your Love

Side B: Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - Girl Next Door Went A'Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

  • On the Official UK Soundtrack album chart "Elvis: The Searcher" dropped from #34 to #48.
  • The "Elvis- The Collection" 3 DVD set dropped from #4 top #9 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is a re-entry at #45 on the Official Irish Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation remained steady at #24 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped off the US Billboard Country Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the US Billboard Country Album chart after last week's re-entry at #32. 
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD dropped from #17 to #39 on the Australian Aria Music DVD chart.
  • The "40 Years On" compilation re-entered the Canadian Album chart at #71.
(Source: UEPS / Elvis Club Berlin / Official Chart Company / Billboard / ARIA / The King's World / Elvis Club Berlin)

July 08 - Straight Arrow Releases

The Straight Arrow import-label is planning three new releases early August. The first CD is called "Rumble In Rhode Island: Musical Chairs at The King's Lair" which contains the totally new June 22, 1974 Afternoon show as recorded in Providence.  This show was never before available in any form (CDR in circulation is wrongly dated, which is in fact the evening show). Sound is supposed to be very good. 

The second CD will be called "My Wish Came True" which contains  the February 20, 1977 show as recorded from the audience in Charlotte. This release is taken from original audience recorded tape. Portions of Charlotte concert were previously released from a soundboard tape on the official Follow That Dream label, but this show has never been available on CD in its entirety before. Note: This is the very last audience-recorded show from the February 1977 tour that is still unreleased. 

The third CD is "There's A Sweet Spirit In This Place" and contains the previously unreleased May 4, 1976 show as recorded at Lake Tahoe. This CD will be taken from newly found complete tape.

(Source: FECC)

July 06 - Viva Import Releases

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the release of "Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions". 

From the press-release:
FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions”. This is the ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3 CD-set: includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes. The 8”x 8” slipcase replicates an original Session Reel box. The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia, Ann-Margret bio by the late Stuart Colman and Movie overview by Alan Hanson. The 3 CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation. This release is a strictly limited edition. Due to manufacturing costs, there will be no reprint. 

CD 1 - Soundtrack:
Viva Las Vegas - Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas - The Lady Loves Me - C'mon Everybody - Today, Tomorrow And Forever - The Climb (Planned Record Version - Take 3) - What'd I Say - Santa Lucia - If You Think I Don't Need You - I Need Somebody To Lean On

Bonus Songs: Night Life - Do The Vega - You're The Boss

First Takes:
Viva Las Vegas (Take 1) - Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas (Take 7) - The Lady Loves Me (Take 1 - 2) - C'mon Everybody (Take 3) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Take 1 - 3, 5 & 4) - What'd I Say (Take 1 - 2) - Santa Lucia (V.O. Take 1) -  If You Think I Don't Need You (Take 1 - 2) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 1 - 2) - Night Life (Take 2) - Do The Vega (Take 1) - You're The Boss (Take 1 - 3) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012 - Take 1 - 2, Duet)

CD 2 - Outtakes
Night Life (Take 1 & 3) - Night Life (Take 4 - 8) - C'mon Everybody (Take 1 - 2 & 4 - 5/M) - If You Think I Don't Need You (Take 3 - 7) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 3 - 5) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 6 - 8) - Do The Vega (Take 2) - Santa Lucia (Track, Take 1 - 2) - Viva Las Vegas (Take 2) - The Climb (Take 1 - 2 & 4 - 7) - Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas (Take 1 - 4) - Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas (Take 5 - 6 & 8 - 9/M) - The Lady Loves Me (Take 3 - 6) - You're The Boss (Take 4 - 8) - You're The Boss (Take 9 - 10) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012 - Take 6, Instrumental) - Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub, Take 2) - Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub, Take 3) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Movie Version, Vocal Overdub - 2016 - Take 8) - What'd I Say (Take 3 - 4/M)

CD 3 - Movietracks:
C'mon Everybody (Movie Version, Take 7 With Overdubs) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Movie Version, V.O. Take 10, Edited) -  The Climb (Movie Version - Take 9, Edited) - Santa Lucia (V.O. Take 6/M, Movie Version) - Appreciation (Ann-Margret, Take 3 & Pickup Take 2) - My Rival (Ann-Margret)

Night Life (Take 9 - 10) - Night Life (Take 11) - Night Life (Take 12 - 13) - If You Think I Don’t Need You (Take 8 - 10) - If You Think I Don’t Need You (Take 11 - 13/M) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 9 - 15) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 16 - 19) - Do The Vega (Take 3 - 7/M) - Viva Las Vegas (Take 3 - 7/M) - The Climb (Take 8) - The Climb (Take 9) - C'mon Everybody (Take 6 - 7/M, Movie Version) - The Lady Loves Me (Take 7 - 9) - You're The Boss (Take 11 - 12) - You're The Boss (Take 13, 15 & 14) - Santa Lucia (Vocal Overdub, Take 5) - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Movie Version, 2016 - Vocal Overdub Take 10/M)

The Alternate Today

Released by the Hepcat Records import-label is the double LP “The Alternate Today”. The set will be available in black or blue virgin vinyl in a deluxe gatefold cover.

Elvis' last real studio sessions took place on March 10-13, 1975 and resulted in the “Today”album.  Now 43 years later Hepcat Records releases "The Alternate Today" as a deluxe 2 LP set. After the release of “The Alternate Today” 10 inch boxset and with the release of “Behind Closed Doors” 10 inch boxset this 2 LP set was a little behind on schedule. 
T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Undubbed Master - Take 4) - And I Love You So (Undubbed Master - Take 5) - Susan When She Tried (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 6) - Woman Without Love (Undubbed Master - Take 1) - Shake A Hand (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 3) - Pieces Of My Life (Undubbed Master - Alternate Mix - Take 4) - Fairytale (Unedited Undubbed Master - Take 3) - I Can Help (Take 1 & 2 - Undubbed Master) - Bringing It Back (Undubbed Master - Take 4) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Undubbed Master - Take 5) - And I Love You So (Take 1) - Bringing It Back (Take 1) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Take 1) - Bringing It Back (Take 2 & 3) - And I Love You So (Take 3) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (Take 2 & 3) - Woman Without Love (Bass Overdoubbed Master - Acetate Source) - And I Love You So (22.03.1975) - Green, Green Grass Of Home (22.03.1975) - T-R-O-U-B-L-E (24.04.1975)

From Omaha To Rapid City

Omaha’s Civic Auditorium Arena and Rapid City’s Rushmore Plaza Civic Center were the scene for two of Elvis’ most talked about shows in his career. The shows were filmed for the upcoming CBS special that first aired October 3rd 1977. Also released on the same day was the "Elvis In Concert" double vinyl album. Many tracks contained overdubs. The album and special were compiled using parts of the two mentioned shows. Now on popular demand the two shows are available on this beautiful 2 CD set. Packaging is a fold out deluxe digipack. 

CD 1 - 19.06.1977 - Civic Auditorium Arena, Omaha, Nebraska:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider -  Got A Woman / Amen - That's All Right - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Love Me - Fairytale - Little Sister - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Jailhouse Rock - How Great Thou Art - Band Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - I Really Don't Want To Know -  Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - Charlie Hodge Introduction - Joe Guercio Orchestra Introduction - Hurt - Hound Dog - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - Thanking The Audience & Staff - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp & Announcements - Closing Vamp

CD 2 - 21.06.1977 - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - That's All Right - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio / It’s Now Or Never - Tryin’To Get To You - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - My Way - Introductions - TCB Band Introductions (Incomplete Solo’s) - I Really Don't Want To Know - Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - Charlie Hodge Introduction - Joe Guercio Orchestra Introduction - Elvis Introduces His Father - Hurt - Hound Dog - Unchained Melody - Thanking The Audience & Staff - Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Elvis Summer Festival

A fantastic special Summer Release, this cool looking 6 panel digipack CD contains 18 rare and hard to find outtakes. All tracks are unreleased in this form. 

Fountain Of Love (Take 6) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 7) - Slicin' Sand (Take 10) - Sand Castles (Take 1) - Riding The Rainbow (Stereo Master) - I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (Take 13) - Wonderful World (Take 6) - Night Rider (Take 5) - Island Of Love (Take 8) - Take Me To The Fair (Take 7) - No More (Take 9) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 14) - You'll Be Gone (Take 4) - Mexico (Take 6) - Where Do You Come From From (Take 13) - Rock A Hula Baby (Take 3) - Happy Ending (Take 9) - What A Wonderful Life (Take 6)

Elvis Sings For You

The Culture Factory label released the vinyl compilation "Elvis Sings For You". 

Side A: So Glad Youre Mine - How Do You Think I Feel - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Need Your Love Tonight - Aint That Loving You Baby - Stuck On You - I Want You With Me - Shes Not You - Trying To Get To You

Side B: I'm Counting On You - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Any Way You Want Me - Loving You - As Long As I Have You - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Anything Thats Part Of You

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / Elvis Club Berlin)

July 05 - Recording Engineer Jim Malloy Died

Recording engineer Jim Malloy died. Over the course of his career — first in Hollywood, then Nashville — Malloy worked with a staggering list of legends, including Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, Henry Mancini and Dolly Parton. Elvis Presley called him the "best engineer anywhere as far as I'm concerned".

Malloy originally worked alongside Chet Atkins in Nashville but truly began his work with Elvis when Felton Jarvis started as Elvis' producer on his May 1966 'How Great Thou Art' sessions. Malloy also worked on the 'Guitar Man', 'Clambake' & 'You'll Never Walk Alone' sessions 

He won a Grammy Award in 1964 for engineering Mancini's "Charade" and was nominated for five more Grammys that decade for his work on Presley's "How Great Thou Art," Eddy Arnold's "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me," "The Latin Sound of Henry Mancini," "Pink Panther" and "The Addams Family Main Theme".

(Source: The Tennessean / EP Fans of Nashville

July 03 - From Elvis Presley Boulevard

The classic "From Elvis Presley Boulevard" album will be re-issued on August 17, 2018 by the Music on Vinyl label on 180 Gr. vinyl. 

A year before the tragic dead of the 'King of Rock and Roll', Elvis Presley recorded some songs live in the recording studio set up in his mansion. The album 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee' reached some top positions in the worldwide charts and includes his top 10 hit 'Hurt'. It is one of the final recordings of his career. The melodramatic soul and country influenced songs are full of heartbreak and pain. It is one the saddest records he made, but still with his wonderful and recognisable voice. 

In a career spanning a period of 25 years Elvis Presley became one of the world's most influential and commercial successful artists. The legend recorded songs in many different genres, including rock 'n' roll, country, blues and gospel. 41 years after his death he is still as popular as ever. 

Side A: Hurt - Never Again - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Danny Boy - The Last Farewell

Side B: For The Heart - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - Solitaire - Love Coming Down - I´ll Never Fall In Love Again

(Source: Amazon / UEPS)

July 01 - Greensboro Preview

Here is a preview of the package for the upcoming Victrola import-release "'April 14 1972 Greensboro'' containing Elvis Presley's powerhouse performance from that dat in that city.

(Source: FECC)

June 30 - Elvis in the 50's

Due for release on July 20, 2018 from the Not Now recordlabel is the 3 LP set "Elvis in the 50's". This 3 LP set comes on red colored vinyl in a gatefold cover. 

There's a reason they called Elvis Presley the King. It wasn't just the swagger in his hips, the suggestive onstage dancing, or the sly smile that set female hearts and loins alight wherever he went. As this 3LP set, drawn from his 1950s recordings proves, Elvis' voice was nothing less than sensational - warm and humorous, pleading and teasing and full of promise. Elvis could cajole or roar as the occasion demanded. He was capable of interpreting a lyric in a way that made it hard to imagine anybody else covering that song. And he sang this mixture of blues and country and soul - this new thing they were starting to call rock'n'roll.

LP 1 - Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Blueberry Hill - Love Me Tender - Too Much - That's All Right - Good Rockin' Tonight

Side B: Tutti Frutti - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - Don't Be Cruel - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Blue Moon - So Glad You're Mine - I Got A Woman - Paralyzed

LP 2 - Side C: Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Got A Lot O' Lovin' To Do! - Money Honey - Tryin' To Get You - Party - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

Side D: Rip It Up - One Night - I Love You Because - How Do You Think I Feel -   Long Tall Sally - A Big Hunk O'Love - I Need Your Love Tonight - Dixieland Rock

LP 3 - Side E: Jailhouse Rock - Hard Headed Woman  - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Don't - Baby Let's Play House - I Got Stung - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Shake, Rattle And Roll

Side F: Ready Teddy - Mean Woman Blues - Don't Leave Me Now - Doncha' Think It's Time - Mystery Train - I Want To Be Free - We're Gonna Move - Blue Moon Of Kentucky.

Weekend Charts
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #21 to #24 on the Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the Billboard Country Album chart at #32.
  • The "Elvis: The Searcher" soundtrack is listed at #34 on the Official UK Soundtrack chart. 
  • The "Elvis: The DVD Gold Collection" remained steady at #4 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
  • The "ELV1S 30 # 1 Hits" compilation dropped from #32 to #51 on the Official Irish Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: The Searcher" soundtrack dropped off the Belgian Album chart.
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #20 to #17 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
(Source: Amazon / The King's World. / Billboard)

June 29 - Liliane Montevecchi Died

Liliane Montevecchi, a veteran stage and screen performer who personified elegant old-world French glamour with an extravagant touch of camp, died June 29 in New York City. She was 85. The Paris-born former prima ballerina became an MGM contract player in the 1950s but found more enduring fame three decades later on Broadway. She played the part of Forty Nina, a stripper, in the Elvis Presley movie "King Creole".

She was lured to Hollywood in the 1950s, one of several foreign-born ballerinas to make the transition in that decade, along with Leslie Caron, Moira Shearer and Zizi Jeanmaire. Montevecchi became an MGM contract player, landing small roles in The Glass Slipper with Michael Wilding, Daddy Long Legs with Fred Astaire, Moonfleet with Stewart Granger, The Sad Sack with Jerry Lewis, King Creole with Elvis Presley and The Young Lions, with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin. But unlike Caron, her screen career failed to blossom into significant fame, though she attended classes at The Actors Studio in New York alongside Marilyn Monroe.

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

June 28 - Third Steve Binder Book Cover

Here is the third cover for the upcoming book on the "'68 Comeback Special" by Steve Binder. The book should be on it's way to the printer for a release this August.

(Source: EM)

June 28 - The Very Best Rock And Roll Magazine

Volume 14 in the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition" series is out. The title: "The Very Best of the King of Rock & Roll".

The Official Elvis Collector's Edition is proud to present The Very Best of the King of Rock & Roll, a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic moments from the star's life, spanning from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name. Featuring Priscilla Presley's favorite photos, 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.

Priscilla Presley Receives The 2018 Most Distinguished Citizen Award

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored Priscilla Presley as its 2018 Most Distinguished Citizen Award Recipient. In the 60th year, Presley is the first non-sports figure to receive the honor since 2008. Elvis Presley’s ex-wife is the reason Graceland is open to the public while preserving the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s legacy.

“It’s not only us at Graceland, but it’s for the city, and that’s what I’m really most proud of as well. I think we’ve been able to bring commerce in," said Presley. "We’ve been able to economically help out. Those were never in the plans when we opened up Graceland. Obviously, we were there wondering if we were ever gonna make it out."

Attendees got the chance to mingle before the presentation during a live silent auction and cocktail hour. All the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 24th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic will be Monday.

(Source: FECC / On Newsstands Now / Local In Memphis)

June 26 - Plaque Dedicated at Site of Final Concert

Tuesday marked the 41st anniversary of Elvis's final concert before his death. It was in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena, and now at that site stands a plaque dedicated to The King of Rock n' Roll.
A plaque commemorating the 25th concert anniversary used to stand at the spot on Market Street, but it was moved when the development of 360 Market Square began. The new plaque is now outside the square decorated with photos of Elvis, the arena, and a ticket stub. It also contains a time capsule filled with letters, photos, and items fans dedicated to the late music icon.

(Source: WIBC Indianapolis)

June 25 - From Camden To The End

The SR Records import-release "From The Beginning To The End" has been released. This album comes in a longbox and contains two concerts:  the September 09, 1970 (Dinner Show, Veteran Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona) and the September 14, 1970 (Closing Show, Municipal Auditorium Mobile, Alabama). The set is available is several different packages. 

Also released are two import box-sets containing the original "Camden" releases simply entitled "The Camden Collection" volumes 1 and 2. Packed in two shell-cases are the Camden compilation albums, released in the UK between 1975 and 1986.  

Albums on volume 1: Heartbreak Hotel / The Us Male / The King / Suspicious Minds /Flaming Star / Elvis.
Albums on volume 2: Volume 2: The Rock Hits / It's Now Or Never / Please Don't Stop Loving Me / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / The First Ten Years / The Legend 

(Source: Elvis on CD)

June 24 - Weekend Charts

The weekend chart wrap-up:

United Kingdom
  • The "Elvis - The Collection" 3 DVD set dropped from #3 to #4 on the Official Music DVD chart.
  • The "The Searcher" soundtrack is listed at 329 on the Official Soundtrack Album Top 50.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation climbed from #37 to #32 on the Official Irish Album chart. 
  • The “The Searcher” soundtrack dropped from #134 to #170 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The “Top 40 Elvis - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” dropped off the Belgian Mid-price Album chart from last week’s listing at #36. 
US Billboard Charts
  • The “The Essential Elvis Presley” compilation dropped off both the Country Album Chart (#30) as the Rock Album Chart (#45).
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation dropped from #20 to #21 on the Gospel Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis: The King of Rock and Roll" DVD climbed from #21 to #20 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
  • The "The King" compilation dropped from #46 to #48 on the Australian Mid-price Album chart.
(Source: Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), Ultratop, The Kling’s World / Billboard / Aria)

June 21 - Where No Exclusive Stands Alone

EPE / Graceland announced the release of two Graceland exclusives for the new RCA release "Where No One Stands Alone" featuring 14 newly mixed tracks including a duet with Lisa Marie and new background vocals from Elvis' original gospel back up group the Imperials and remaining members of the Stamps Quartet.

This is the first time in almost 10 years that Lisa Marie will be involved in an Elvis recording project. Lisa says, “This was his favorite genre – no question about it. He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive – whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans.”

The pictures show Lisa Marie in de studio with the manager of Graceland Holdings,  album-producer Joël Weinshanker and producer Andy Childs.

From the Graceland shop you can get a blue vinyl and cassette edition. A bonus package also features the CD and a lithograph signed by Lisa Marie Presley. The album  The CD as well as a LP vinyl release are set to release in mid August during Elvis Week 2018.  

(Source: Graceland / Lisa Marie Presley)

June 20 - Strictly Reno Brothers

The "The Reno Brothers" book by Erik Lorentzen has been released in the " The Gold Standard Series". This hardcover book covers Elvis Presley's debut movie "Love me Tender" and should contain many rare and unpublished photos  with all the stories.

Due July 15, 2018 is the hardcover book "Strictly Elvis 2". The book covers Elvis final years 1976 and 1977 in 1200 pages on 450 pictures from fan and photographer Keith Alverson.

(Source: UEPS)

June 18 - Another Return of the Pelvis

On June 17th. and June 18th. family and friends remembered the late Dominick Joseph Fontana, or D.J. Fontana in Nashville. Below the poem by Joey Beighley.

Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow, 
but remember me in every tomorrow. 
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, 
I've only gone to rest a little while. 

Although my leaving causes pain and grief, 
my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. 
So dry your eyes and remember me 
not as I am now, but as I use to be. 

Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile, 
Understand, in your hearts, I've only gone to rest a little while. 
As long as I have the love of each of you, 
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

Elvis Auctions

A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. 

Lindsay Goldstein, a spokeswoman for IronPlanet, said the jet is still grounded in Roswell and the current owner “has not made any changes to this piece of history.”

Golden Ram's Head Ring Sold
The Alridge and Sons auction house sold Elvis Presley's 1956 Las Vegas contract for 28,000 UK Pound and the Golden Ram's Head Ring for 33.500 UK Pound.

Return of the Pelvis

The VV import-label released another version of their “Return of the Pelvis” title. Containing the August 03, 1969 Dinner Show prformance as recorded in Las Vegas. 50 copies, three variations: “The Final Edition”, “Ultimate Edition” and an “Essential Edition”.

Details Final edition:
Limited edition of hand numbered 20 copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker.
The standard double black vinyl set with personalized numbering on the back sleeve.
An exclusive 3D glossy box-set, an exclusive box set with the printed sleeve in two layers (4/5 thick) mm stuck on the box set surface
Exclusive T-Shirt, Elvis’ 69 logos. Size L and XL
Exclusive glossy Hand-numbered 12” Art Photo
Exclusive giant patch 32X16 cm with Elvis’ 69 logos.
Exclusive 4GB personalized vinyl shaped USB Stick containing High Definition audio of the concert.

Details Ultimate Edition:
Limited boxed edition of 20 hand numbered copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker
An exclusive glossy box set with printed art image.
Exclusive Rejected digipack. This is the first version of the digipack then rejected in favor of the six final variations.
Exclusive T-shirt. Size L and XL
Exclusive glossy Hand-numbered 12” Art Photo
Exclusive 8” card
Bonus cd, including the live audience recording from Tampa September 1970

Details Essential edition:
Limited boxed edition of 10 hand numbered copies, each copy sealed with glossy sticker
An exclusive glossy box set with glossy adhesive sleeve.
Exclusive 60x30 glossy 130-gram paper Poster
Exclusive 8 inch art card hand numbered.
Including all the six digipack variations.

(Source: EM / Various)