October 16 - Pure And Simple Soundtrack Sessions

Due for release from the Elvis One import-label are two new titles; “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs” and “Elvis - Pure And Simple 2

From the press-release:
The "Elvis Pure and Simple" CD contains tracks by Elvis Presley without backing vocals or overdubs, the pure sound of Elvis Presley. Original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. In most of the studio sessions the backing musicians were there with Elvis and Elvis was singing along with them – yet here these vocals are faded out if they were present. A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 page booklet with photos and recording information.

The “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs”  contains original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. 22 tracks, with 11 tracks previously unavailable through Elvis Presley's record company. All tracks in the best possible sound quality! A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Tracks Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs:
Roustabout (Take 16 - Vocal Overdub) - Am I Ready (Take 6) - A Dog’s Life (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Lonely Man (Take 3 - Record Version) - Smorgasbord (Take 2) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub - Alternate Master) - A Cane And A High Starched Collar (Take 6) - Everybody Come Aboard (Take 3) - Kissin’ Cousins (Hillbilly Vocal Overdub) - She’s A Machine (Take 14) - My Desert Serenade (Take 10) - Aloha ‘Oe (Section 2 - Take 2) - Britches (Take 7 - Vocal Overdub) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 10 - Remake) - King Of The Whole Wide World (1st Version - Take 6) - Dainty Little Moonbeams (Take 6 - Unedited Master) - Girls! Girls! Girls! (Take 15 - Unedited End Title Version) - Vino, Dinero y Amor (Take 1) - Flaming Star (Take 3) - Stay Away, Joe (Take 9) - Happy Ending (Take 10 - End Title) - Tender Feeling (Vocal Overdub - Master - Take 1 - Vocal Only)

Tracks Elvis Pure And Simple 2:
Just For Old Time Sake - Starting Today - Can't Help Falling In Love - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - He Knows Just What I Need - Doin' The Best I Can - Suspicion - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Fame And Fortune - Something Blue - I Don't Want To - Tomorrow Night - Please Don't Stop Loving Me - I'm Yours - I Will Be Home Again - I'll Never Let You Go (lLittle Darlin').

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

October 15 - Las Vegas '56 Book

Due from Erik Lorentzen's KJ Consulting December 2018 in the "Golden Standard Series" is the book "Las Vegas ´56". 

"Las Vegas '56, when "The Atomic Powered Singer" Elvis Presley was singing Rock 'n' Roll, loudly, in Frank Sinatra's Town...".

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / FECC)

October 14 - Avventura In Oriente

The Victrola import-label announced the release of "Avventura In Oriente", the "ultimate release" of Elvis’ ''Harum Scarum" movie soundtrack material.

From the press-release:
What makes this new release so special? Most of it has been released before, but never before in such pristine quality! The outtakes come from a direct copy of a DAT cassette that was made on November 1989 in New York City. 

It was a surprise to discover masters that we had not heard in the way before. On this DAT copy there were also other outtakes from other studio sessions. Most of these outtakes have been released before but never before have they been heard in stereo. The special feature of the Harum Scarum sessions is that the songs were recorded with two drummers that can also be heard simultaneously, this is clearly audible in the sessions.

The mono masters come from the first English pressing of the UK LP Harem Holiday. What you hear is the authentic sound that was on the LP. As this release deals with the year 1965, some other songs are included on this release as a bonus features; 
- Crying In the Chapel: was issued on April 6, 1965, in RCA's 'Gold Standard Series'. It became Elvis' first million seller (!) since 'Return To Sender' in 1962 and his greatest chart success over a six-year span.
- (Such An) Easy Question: was released as a single on June 8, 1965. It was the follow-up release to 'Crying In The Chapel' and peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening Chart, spending two weeks at number one in July 1965. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the movie 'Tickle Me', released on June 3, 1965. 

Tracks Disc 1: 
01. Go East, Young Man (Master)
02. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Master)
03. Shake That Tambourine (Master)
04. Mirage (Master)
05. Kismet (Master)
06. Hey, Little Girl (Master)
07. Golden Coins (Master)
08. My Desert Serenade (Master)
09. Harem Holiday (Master)
10. Animal Instinct (Master)
11. Wisdom Of The Ages (Master)
12. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 7, 8, 10)
13. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 1)
14. My Desert Serenade (Takes 1-3)
15. Wisdom Of The Ages (Takes 1, 2)
16. Kismet (Takes 1, 2)
17. Hey, Little Girl (Takes 1, 2)
18. Animal Instinct (Take 1)
19. Golden Coins (Takes 1-4)
20. Harem Holiday (Takes 1, 2)

Tracks Disc 2:
01. Animal Instinct (Takes 3, 4)
02. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 14, 16)
03. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 3)
04. My Desert Serenade (Take 7)
05. Kismet (Takes 3-5)
06. Golden Coins (Takes 7, 8)
07. Hey, Little Girl (Take 3)
08. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 18-21)
09. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 3)
10. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 4)
11. My Desert Serenade (Take 8)
12. My Desert Serenade (Take 10)
13. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 4)
14. Harem Holiday (Movie Version)
15. My Desert Serenade (Movie Version)
16. Go East, Young Man (Movie Version)
17. Mirage (Movie Version)
18. Kismet (Movie Version)
19. Shake That Tambourine (Movie Version)
20. Hey, Little Girl (Movie Version)
21. Golden Coins (Movie Version)
22. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Movie Version)

Tracks Disc 3:
01. Harem Holiday (Mono Master)
02. My Desert Serenade (Mono Master)
03. Go East, Young Man (Mono Master)
04. Mirage (Mono Master)
05. Kismet (Mono Master)
06. Shake That Tambourine (Mono Master)
07. Hey, Little Girl (Mono Master)
08. Golden Coins (Mono Master)
09. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Mono Master)
10. Animal Instinct (Mono Master)
11. Wisdom Of The Ages (Mono Master)
12. A Slave To Your Kiss (Unused Demo)
13. Wisdom Of The Ages (An Alternate Song - Unused Demo)
14. Harum Scarum Movie Trailer
15. Crying In The Chapel (Takes 1-3)
16. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Take 1)
17. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Takes 2-4)
18. Such An Easy Question (Movie Version)
19. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Movie Version)
20. Do The Clam (Movie Version)
21. Do The Clam (Instrumental Track - Take 5, Acetate)
22. Interview With Herman's Hermits (August 18, 1965, Honolulu, Hawaii) 

Important note: label Victrola is planning double CD called "Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond"(Victrola 2018-03-2). This is follow up to their summer  success with "Elvis April 14, 1972 Greensboro" double CD.

You can expect same great quality! The recording that we obtained was again mixed down from the original 8- and 16-track masters fairly recently and stored back in the vaults. We know you will be thrilled when you hear this recording, which has the signature of the best Elvis live mixes released officially thus far. The wide, dynamic stereo sound is just friggin' unbelievable and puts you right in that Richmond audience.

The "Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond" release will be presented in a deluxe double digi-pack, accompanied with a 16-page booklet. More details and track listing will be published by the label soon.

(Source: FECC)

October 13 - Saved


The Star import-label announced the release of the DVD "I'm Saved"; a ned rendition of the famous 1968 Comeback Television Special. Usually the Start releases come as a DVD-Recordable in a long digitized-pack. This release is limited to 500 copies.

From the press-release:

The year is 1968. After several years of making movies without personal appearances things are about to change. 

This new release is purely fictional and presents Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special in a totally different way; Elvis is hosting his own TV Special and tells his side of the story. 
Elvis talks about his career, first record and Hollywood. His personal life, tragedies, future plans and God, giving you an intimate look at his life and career in a way only he can. Including rare footage and home movies , original clips from the movies, and some cool vintage commercials from 1968! (Yes, the Big Mac also has its 50th anniversary!).


Presented in "True” widescreen for the first time! Not stretching out Elvis body or face, but all shots individually repaired for the best result! The opening is sensational and has a FULL version of Trouble/Guitar Man, including Elvis' footage from the Discotheque, Supper Club, wearing Black leather as well as the original version all edited to perfection! 
After the first "Elvis Speaks" part the show starts with some of his first Sun Records; That’s All Right, Trying To Get To You and Tiger Man get the special really started! 

Most clips have been re-edited for watching pleasure, for example the “break up" version of Heartbreak Hotel (second sit down) has been recreated as a full rockin’ version! Same goes for That’s All Right and Blue Suede Shoes; full versions without repeatable parts, making some portions shorter then usual but it all works quite well for the overall “feel” of this Special. 

The gospel section also has been re-done including rare alternate footage and performances. All songs have been re-edited. Elvis talks through the whole special and lots of rare footage accompanies him while doing so. 

We already can hear all the critics ... "Why include the boring commercials” ... but it is part of the idea of recreating something in a way as if it is 1968 and this special was shown on TV, including commercial breaks. Don’t worry, you can skip them if you like, but we advise not to do this the first time you watch it. 
All fans must agree that 1968 “Saved” Elvis' career, so no need to explain why the producers of this DVD called it: "I'm Saved".

Sit back and relax, and let Elvis take you on a musical journey through his Life. 
You’ve all heard the stories... Now hear the true ones from the man himself! 

Full track listing:
Trouble/Guitar Man
Elvis Speaks Part 1
That’s All Right
Trying To Get To You
Tiger Man
Elvis Speaks part 2
Little Egypt
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Elvis Speaks part 3
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
One Night
Love Me
Let Yourself Go
Elvis Speaks part 4
Heartbreak Hotel
Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/All Shook Up/Hound Dog
Don’t Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do
A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Speaks part 5
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Nothingville
Big Boss Man
It Hurts Me
Elvis Speaks part 6
If I Can Dream
Elvis Speaks part 7
Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
Memories

(Source: FECC)


October 12 - Vintage Charts (Updated)


Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the November / December 2018 edition of Vintage Rock magazine. 

Synopsis:
It’s an Elvis extravaganza in the new Vintage Rock as we revisit The King’s ‘68 Comeback Special’, and talk exclusively to the producers and musicians who were part one of the greatest performances in rock ’n’ roll history!

Other articles on "vintage artists: "Wow! That´s Somethin´ Else" (Eddie Cochran), The Art Of Twang (Duane Eddy), Queen In Waiting (Aretha Franklin) and It Was 60 Years Ago Today... (The Quarrymen).

#1 Vinyl

The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation has been re-issued as a double LP on gold colored vinyl. 


From the press-release:
What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said? It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. The set sold almost 2 million in the UK alone, proving just how popular The King still is.


16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl. Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special. The track listing for ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was compiled by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen and Roger Sermon using chart data from a number of sources. The result is a somewhat definitive collection of Presley’s music taking in 30 songs that hit number one in either the US or the UK, along with the Junkie XL remix of a Little Less Conversation, which gave Presley a posthumous number one.

Chart Update

US Billboard Charts 
  • On the Top Country Albums chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #36 to #34. 
  • On the Country Catalog Albums the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #4 to #48.
  • On the Christian Album Sales chart the "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #6 to #8. 
  • On the Top Christian Albums chart the "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #21 to #22. 
  • On the Top Christian Albums chart the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #27 to #30. 
Ireland
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #78 to #96 on the Official Irish Album chart.
Australia
  • The "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" DVD re-enterd the Australian Aria Music DVD chart once more at #31 
(Source: FECC / Billboard / Vintage Rock Magazine)

October 11 - Glen Campbell Sings For The King

Due for release from Capitol / UME Records on November 16, 2018 is the Glen Campbell's lost album “Sings For The King”. The album also includes the gospel song “We Call on Him,” newly rendered as a duet between Glenn Campbell and Elvis Presley. It comes on CD an vinyl

From the press-release:
From 1964 to 1968 in between recording sessions with the Wrecking Crew and recording his own albums Glen Campbell was recruited to record songs for Elvis Presley. Originally intended as demos for Elvis' ears only, eighteen of these recently unearthed and unreleased gems will be released together on CD, LP and digitally for the first time, more than half a century later, as the lost album "Sings For The King" on November 16 via Capitol.

'Sings For The King' includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis's key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis as demos. The songs were discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach who found the fifty-year-old recordings on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his uncle-in-law, Ben Weisman.

Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are twelve of Glen's recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including "Stay Away Joe," "Clambake," "Spinout" and "Easy Come, Easy Go". The variety of the material is striking and ranges from the country-flavored "Any Old Time" to the more rocked-up "I'll Be Back" to meaty ballads like "I'll Never Know." On "I Got Love" Glen begins the song sounding like himself but then subtly shifts into Elvis's trademark tone. The album opens with the gospel song "We Call on Him," which features the two legendary voices fused into a duet, giving a real sense of how Glen's performances teed up these songs for Elvis, and then where The King took them and made them his own.

As noted music journalist and author Alan Light writes in the illuminating liner notes, "With their genre-bending musical exploration and rural Southern roots, it's no surprise that Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley formed something of a mutual admiration society. 'Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way,' Campbell once said, 'picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule.' The friendship between the Rhinestone Cowboy and the King of Rock and Roll spanned three decades, and they often orbited each other professionally."

Glen and Elvis first met in 1956, when Elvis performed in Albuquerque, where Glen had recently moved to join his uncle's band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. "I saw him in the rough," Glen later said. "He was so electrifying." In 1960, Glen headed to Los Angeles to find work as a session musician and took a regular gig at a club called the Crossbow, where Elvis and his friends would sometimes come watch from a small private room upstairs. As a member of the incomparable group of LA studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, Glen appeared on dozens of immortal hits, from "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' " to "Strangers in the Night." In 1963 alone he added his guitar to almost 600 sessions, including his one recording with Elvis for the "Viva Las Vegas". By 1967, Glen's own career was exploding with the release of his breakthrough albums Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, which both reached Number One on the charts, and made Grammy history by sweeping the Song and Performance awards in both the pop and country & western categories. The following year, By The Time I Get To Phoenix took home the prize for Album of the Year, the first country record to do so. Yet Glen continued to knock out songs for Weisman and Wayne in whatever spare time he had.

The relationship between these two Hall of Famers might have become more extensive: When Elvis was assembling his TCB band in 1969, his two finalists for the lead guitar chair were Glen and James Burton. But while Glen was riding high as a solo artist following the monster hits "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "Wichita Lineman," Burton was available since his previous boss, Ricky Nelson, had recently broken up his backing band. As it turns out, though, there was a deep connection between Elvis and Glen that almost no one was aware of until now, with the release of Sings for the King. This historic collection casts new light on the quiet influence that one musical giant, and an often-overlooked songwriting team, had on America's greatest rock and roll star.

Tracks: 1. We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) * , 2. Easy Come, Easy Go *, 3. Any Old Time, 4. Anyone Can Play, 5. I Got Love, 6. I'll Never Know *, 7. All I Needed Was The Rain *, 8. How Can You Lose What You Never Had *, 9. Spinout *, 10. Magic Fire, 11. I'll Be Back *, 12. Love On The Rocks, 13. Stay Away, Joe *, 14. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *, 15. Clambake *, 16. There Is So Much World To See *, 17. Do The Clam *, 18. Restless, * Recorded by Elvis Presley.

(Source: Various)

October 10 - Details 50th Anniversary Release Comeback Special


Here are the details for the upcoming 50th Anniversary 5 CD / 2 Blu-ray Edition  of the the "'68 Comeback Special" which is due November 30, 2018. 

This definitive box-set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll". 

The original special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream".

The 5CD/2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program

CD 1 - The Original Album
Trouble / Guitar Man
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy / Baby, What You Want Me To Do 
Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up 
Can't Help Falling In Love 
Jailhouse Rock 
Love Me Tender
Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved
Blue Christmas / One Night
Memories
Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man
If I Can Dream

Bonus Cuts
It Hurts Me
Let Yourself Go
A Little Less Conversation
Memories (Stereo Mix)
If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix)

CD 2 - First 'Sit Down' Show (June 27,'68, 6PM)
That's All Right
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Blue Suede Shoes
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Christmas
Trying To Get To You
One Night
Baby What You Want Me To Do
One Night
Memories

First 'Stand Up' Show (June 29,'68, 6PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Love Me Tender
Trouble / Guitar Man
Baby What You Want Me To Do
If I Can Dream

CD 3 - Second 'Sit Down' Show (June 27,'68, 8PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Introductions
That's All Right
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Blue Christmas
Tiger Man
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Memories

Second 'Stand Up' Show (June 29,'68, 8PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Love Me Tender
Trouble / Guitar Man
Trouble / Guitar Man
If I Can Dream

CD 4 - First Rehearsal (June 24,'68) (FTD-CD "Let Yourself Go")
I Got A Woman
Blue Moon / Young Love / Oh, Happy Day
When It Rains It Really Pours
Blue Christmas
Are You Lonesome Tonight? / That's My Desire
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Peter Gun theme
Love Me
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Second Rehearsal (June 25,'68) (FTD-CD "Burbank 68")
Danny Boy
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Love Me
Tiger Man
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
One Night
Blue Christmas
Baby What You Want Me To Do
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Moon Of Kentucky

CD 5 - Out-takes
Nothingville (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Takes 5 & 6)
Guitar Man (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Take 2)
Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man's Evil #2) (Take 5 & 7/M)
Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man's Evil #3) (Take 7/M)
Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) (Takes 1, 2 & 5)
Big Boss Man (Escape #3) (Take 2)
It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) (Take 5)
It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) (Take 3)
Guitar Man (After Karate #2) (Take 1)
Little Egypt (After Karate #2) (Take 6)
Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate #3) (Take 2)
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) (Rehearsal & Take 1)
Up Above My Head / Saved (Gospel #2) (Takes 4 & 7)
Saved (Gospel #3) (Takes 2 & 4)
Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening) (Takes 6 & 7)
If I Can Dream (Alternate Take 1)
If I Can Dream (Takes 2, 3 & 4)
Memories (Takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1)
Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental)

Blu-ray Disc - 1:
Original Broadcast Version
Sit-down Show #1
Sit-down Show #2
Stand-up Show #1
Stand-up Show #2

Blu-ray Disc - 2:
Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener
If I Can Dream TV Show Closer
Gospel Production Number
Guitar Man Production Number

(Source: Elvis World Japan)

October 09 - Celeste Yarnall Died

Celeste Yarnall, who appeared opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little, had a memorable turn on Star Trek and donned a loincloth to play "the original flower child" in the jungle-set cult classic Eve, has died last Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2014 and turned to a crowdsourcing site to help pay her medical expenses. She was 74.

In Live a Little, Love a Little, also released in 1968, Yarnall played Ellen, a girl at a party who reasons she and Presley can't hook up because he's a Sagittarius. Undeterred, he tries to woo her by singing "A Little Less Conversation."

Test-print From Cover to Vinyl: The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs
 
Here is the first test-print of the upcoming "From Cover to Vinyl: The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs" book detailing all of Elvis Presley's bootleg / import records up to august 2018. 

(Source: Hollywood Reporter / Elvis Matters)

October 08 - Graceland

Due for release from Chatto & Windus on February 14, 2019 is the 432 page hardcover book "Graceland" by Bethan Roberts.

Synopsis: What happens when your only son becomes The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll?

From the moment she first holds him, after his twin brother is stillborn, Gladys Presley loves her son Elvis ferociously. She will be his greatest influence, the love of his life. She will be the one by his side, when Elvis is a boy and his father is in the jailhouse; as the family move from place to place, skirting poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi; as Elvis’s obsession with music grows; as they move to Memphis and he begins his whirlwind rise to never-before-seen success… 

And he will love her back, even as his heart is turned by the blues, clothes and girls. But while he makes it big in Hollywood, brings audiences across the land to their knees and achieves unimagined wealth and fame, there is another story – of drinking and diet pills, loneliness and loss. While the heat and music of the American South in the 40s and 50s play in the background, a heartbreaking portrait of a mother’s love and a son’s devotion takes centre stage. When Elvis reaches the height of his power, he buys his family the ultimate mansion on the hill, Graceland, where he hopes his mother will be happy. The reality, though, is very different, and Elvis finds that even kings must go on alone.

(Source: Amazon)

October 07 - New CD and Vinyl

Due from the Wax Time label on January 15, 2019 is a re-issue of Elvis Presley’s debut album "Elvis Presley" with several additional bonus tracks.

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I'm Counting On You
3. I Got A Woman
4. One-Sided Love Affair
5. I Love You Because
6. Just Because
7. Don't Be Cruel
8. Heartbreak Hotel
9. Tutti Frutti
10. Trying To Get To You
11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
12. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin`)
13. Blue Moon
14. Money Honey
15. Shake, Rattle & Roll
16. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

King Creole


Due for release from the Vinyl Lovers label on February 15, 2019 in Spain is a re-issue of the “King Creole” soundtrack.

Coffret Vinyle et Photos


Due for release from RCA / Sony Legacy on October 28, 2018 is the album “Coffret Vinyle et Photos”. 

Side: 1


  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. Jailhouse Rock
  3. Heartbreak Hotel
  4. A Little Less Conversation
  5. In the Ghetto
  6. It's Now Or Never
  7. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  8. Love Me Tender

Side: 2
  1. Suspicious Minds
  2. Can't Help Falling in Love
  3. That's All Right
  4. Burning Love
  5. Hound Dog
  6. Don't Be Cruel
  7. All Shook Up
  8. (You're the) Devil in Disguise


(Source: Amazon)

October 06 - Follow That Release

The September 2018 Follow That Dream releases "What Now My Love" (2 CD) and "Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2" (double LP) are on their way from Denmark to dealers around the world. The production of the CD caused a slight delay. 

Elvis' last Cadillac up for sale in Austria

Elvis Presley loved Cadillacs, compulsively collecting hundreds of them during his lifetime, and what is believed to be the last Cadillac he drove before his death in 1977 is going under the hammer in Austria later this month, the auctioneers said on Friday.

The asking price for the King of Rock's beige-coloured 1972 Cadillac de Ville Estate -- which is being auctioned in Salzburg on October 20 -- is 100,000-200,000 euros ($115,500-$230,500), Vienna's Dorotheum auction house said. 

With around 70,000 miles on the clock, the car was the one Elvis used for his final road trip in December 1976, when he drove 1,500 miles from Las Vegas back to his home in Graceland, the Dorotheum said. The singer died just eight months later. 

Originally built as a Deville sedan, it was converted to an estate car by the American Sunroof Company in 1972 and is only the second of its kind ever built.

Equipped with air conditioning, leather upholstery and a radio with eight-track tape, it also has a number of gold-plated fittings, including the wheel spokes. 

Elvis originally intended the car as a gift to his manager, Colonel Parker. But he borrowed back himself so frequently that Parker gave it back to him, the auction house said. 


The car was repeatedly put up for auction in the 1990s and 2000s, last finding a buyer for just over $75,000, according to the specialist Canadian website.

(Source: UEPS / Elvis Matters / Graceland / Google)

October 05 - Weekend Magazine (Updated)

Elvis Presley and his daughter Lisa Marie Presley grace the cover of the Canadian Cashbox magazine. The magazine features an interview with the producer of if the recently released "Where No One Stands Alone" album Andy Childs.
The album contains a duet between father and daughter Presley.

Charts

Here is the first wrap-up of Elvis on the charts worldwide.

US Billboard Charts. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the US Billboard Country Album chart at #36. 
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation" remained steady at #27 on the US Billboard Christian Album Chart. 
  • The recent "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #17 to #21 on the US Billboard Christian Album Chart.

European charts
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart after last week’s re-entry at #84. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #92 to #78 on the Official Irish Album chart after last week’s re-entry.
  • The "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped off the the Belgian Album chart from last week’s re-entry at #194. 
Australia
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD dropped off the Australian Aria Music DVD chart after a re-entry at #36 last week.
(Source: The King's World / Billboard / Cashbox / Elvis Matters)

October 03 - Elvis Loving Girls!

Due from the Hoo Doo Records label on October 29, 2018 is the CD "Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You" containing the original soundtrack albums and five additional bonus tracks. This CD, a re-issue of the 2014 release, comes with a twelve page booklet. 

(Source: Amazon)

October 02 - First Time In Huntsville

The VV import-label announced the release of "First Time In Huntsville", a special deluxe double LP / CD set containing an unreleased ambiance recording from the opening show of the tour, Huntsville AL May 30, 1975. 

The shows from May 31, 1975 were previously released. The May 31, 1975, afternoon show on "A Wild Weekend At Huntsville" (Madison label, 2007 + FTD Dixieland Delight disc 1) and the May 31, 1975, evening show on "Across The Country volume 2" (Audionics, 2005).

From the press-release:

To be released soon (end of October) from the "VV" label for the first time in vinyl both the shows of the second day on Huntsville, AL May 31, 1975, included as a bonus the unreleased ambiance recording from the opening show of the tour, Huntsville AL May 30, 1975. 

As Always  VV attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt, this double set present   Elvis still at his top. After shedding some extra weight the man is ready to face his second tour of 1975. “Elvis was an impressive sight in his new jumpsuit” delivering incredible shows. If Rock is attitude, the man still got it.


"Streamlined Elvis still has the old magic" was the headlines of the Huntsville review report. The king is back in good shape, both physically and mentally. The second tour started with 5 sold out concerts in Huntsville was the audience created an incredible atmosphere in the hall, Elvis’ spirit and voice knocked them all out.


We are glad to include the CD with the opening show, The sound is decent if you want to live the atmosphere of an Elvis concert in 2018 this is the right tape. We can guarantee that Elvis was greeted with incredible enthusiasm; the popularity in the live scene in the middle of 1975 is at the maximum level. The tour present Elvis still at the top of his rocker possibility, He looks great in his impressive new Silver Phoenix and delivery an great show with a great version of the up-tempo rockers Burning Love and T.R.O.U.B.L.E.


The limited edition double set is housed in a deluxe 300 grams gatefold sleeve that includes  

together the double vinyl set a Bonus the CD and incredible large Poster 90x60 cm both sides printed.

Double vinyl 180 grams! Including two incredible Huntsville shows with the best audio possible!! Two Soundboard recording from the improved sound for the first time in a double high valued collector vinyl set, 33 RPM speed.   

  • First 100 copies of This set will come with a glossy exclusive Oversleeve Hand Numbered with exclusive contents.
  • Each copy will be individually sealed.
  • The   LP  comes on 180 Gr. vinyl
  • 400 hand-numbered copies
LP 1 Soundboard Recording  May 31, 1975  2.30 PM (Approx. running-time 51.00 minutes):

Side A: (First Part Missing) Love Me - If You Love Me - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - The Wonder Of  You - Burning In Love - Band Introduction - What I’d Say - Drums Solo - Bass Solo - Piano Solo - Band Introductions - School Day
Side B: Trouble - T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - Let Me There - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - Blue Suede Shoes - For The Good Times - Little Darling - Can’t Help Falling in Love

LP 2 Soundboard Recording  May 31, 1975 8.00  PM (Appro.  Running-time 48.00 minutes):

Side C: All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - The Wonder Of You - Burning Love - Band Introductions - Johnny B. Good - Drums Solo - Bass Solo - Piano Solo - Band Introductions - School Day - I  Can’t Stop Loving You - T.R.O.U.B.L.E.
Side D: Hawaiin’ Wedding Song - Let Me There - Why Me Lord? - An American Trilogy - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Aways - Little Darling - I’m Leaving - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Unreleased ambience-recording of the May 30, 1975 8.00  PM performance (Approx. Running-time  57 minutes):

CD: 2001 Theme - See See Rider - I Got A Woman  / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - The Wonder Of You - Burning Love - Band Introductions - Whatd I Say (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - School Day - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - I’ll Remember You - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - Why Me Lord? - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away (With Reprise) - That’s All Right - Can’t Help Falling In Love (Incomplete)

(Source: FECC)

October 01 - It's Now or Never (Updated)

The US based Casino Records Entertainment released the vinyl album “It’s Now Or Never”, a vinyl album that comes on 180 Gr. gold and silver colored vinyl. 

This release, limited to 500 hand numbered copies, contains a soundboard-recording from the performance from February 21, 1977 as recorded in Charlotte, NC, USA. This album was released sometime this year but somehow remained under the radar. 


Side A: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Reconsider Baby - Love Me - Moody Blue - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock

Side B: I'ts Now Or Never - Little Sister - Teddy Bear - Don´t Be Cruel - My Way - Release Me - Hurt - Why Me, Lord - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

The Original TCB Book

Released in Vienna (Austria) is a new book on the TCB Band. Anthony Jacobson compiled the book, entitled “The Original Band of Elvis Unplugged & Seated - The First Time” which contains over 300 photo’s of the current members of the TCB Band; James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and Glen D. Hardin. The book is written in German en English language. 

Graceland Lights Up Pink


Elvis Presley's Graceland will light up pink for the first week of October to remind everyone of the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.

Graceland joins hundreds of famous landmarks, buildings and monuments around the world that are shining pink lights as symbols of hope and empowerment. Graceland will go pink starting tonight, October 1, through Sunday, October 7.

Visit Cancer.org for more information on how you can help raise awareness.

Construction: $12M building permit filed for Elvis Presley Enterprises

A building permit valued at nearly $12 million was filed Sept. 28 for “shell & core” work at 1032 Craft Road. Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (EPE) was listed as the owner and tenant and Flintco Inc. as the contractor.

When asked about the permit, a representative for EPE responded:

“The permit is part of the ongoing expansion at Elvis Presley's Graceland. In 2016, we opened The Guest House at Graceland; in 2017 Elvis Presley's Memphis; in 2018 the all-new Chapel in the Woods and, in 2019, we will be opening an expanded 80,000 square feet of exhibition space. This space was originally approved in 2016 and further community input was gathered at several town hall meetings.”

In April, the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis & Shelby County approved a bond application that requested financing — not to exceed $20 million — for the planned 80,000-square-foot exhibition building.

(Source: FECC / Shiva Music / Elvis Matters / Graceland / Memphis Business Journal)

September 30 - Exclusive Sets

The UK based HMV will release an exclusive edition of the "Elvis The Searcher" HBO TV Special that aired earlier this year. This edition, due November 18, 2018, includes the DVD, Blu-Ray, CD soundtrack (1 disc version) and a 28 page photo book.

Comeback Preview

Here is a preview of the "''68 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary Edition Boxset" containing 5 CD's and two Blu-ray discs. 

This definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll". it includes the original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream". The 5 CD / 2 Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program.

Content according to the Elvis World Japan website:

Disc 1 (229 minutes)
  • Original Broadcast Version
  • Sit-down Show #1
  • Sit-down Show #2
  • Stand-up Show #1
  • Stand-up Show #2
Disc 2 (241 minutes)
  • Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener
  • If I Can Dream TV Show Closer
  • Gospel Production Number
  • Guitar Man Production Number
(Source: FECC / HMV / Elvis World Japan)