February 02 - Spliced Hotel Management

The CMT import-label, in cooperation with the Star Productions import-label, announced the release of a new volume in their "Spliced Takes" series; "Spliced Takes - GI Blues".

From the press-release:
Tonight's So Right For ... Elvis! Hop, Two, Three, Four ... a new release out soon! Another winner in the great "Spliced take" series is finished now! There have been lots and lots of "G.I. Blues" releases, but this one sounds completely different, with many tracks never heard before! A lot of work has been put into this release and it was worth it, presented in high quality cardsleeve and disc (both factory pressed). Including 12 new "spliced" tracks from the 1960 recordings. 

This first 2018 CMT release will blow you away, with lots of surprises, including rare studio material and new edits. The title track for example has been recreated out of five (!) takes and sounds exciting and fresh, "Wooden Heart" has a new opening, and "Frankfort Special" has some funny studio snippets at the end. "Big Boots" was build up out of three versions (slow, medium and fast) and even "Blue Suede Shoes" sound different than before, although there was only one take to work with.

TracksTonight is So Right for Love (Spliced takes 10 & 8) / What’s She Really Like (Spliced takes 17 & 19) / Frankfort Special (Spliced take 3, 4 & 5) / Wooden Heart (Alternate Intro Version) / GI Blues (Spliced takes 2 ,6, pu10, 7 & pu9) / Pocketful Of Rainbows (Spliced Take 1 & 3) / Shoppin’ Around (Spliced Takes 4, 2 & 5) / Big Boots (‘Trilogy’ version) / Didja Ever (Spliced Take 1, 2 & 1) / Blue Suede Shoes (Spliced master) / Doin’ The Best I Can (Spliced Takes 10 & 12) / Tonight Is All Right For Love (Spliced takes 5A & 5B).

A judge has given the owners of The Guest House at Graceland a temporary restraining order against Pyramid Tennessee Management, LLC, the company they hired to manage the hotel.  

The hotel owners claim in a lawsuit, mismanagement by Pyramid has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.  

Pure And Simple


The Elvis One release "Pure And Simple" has been released. It contains recordings without the backing vocals and overdubs. 

Tracks: Pocketful Of Rainbows – Love Me Tender – Anything That’s Part Of You – Fever – I’m Falling In Love Tonight – Blueberry Hill – Lover Doll – Suppose – Young And Beautiful – Met Her Today – Are You Lonesome Tonight? – That’s Someone You Never Forget – Where Do You Come From – Is It So Strange – Blue Moon.

Guest House (Mis)management?

In the suit, Guest House owners allege Pyramid ignored budget objections, found a number of accounting errors that led to in one case a $130,000 loss.   The suit alleges one Pyramid hourly employee stole $30,000, which was alleged fraud, the suit claims was discovered by the employee’s credit union. The suit said for these reasons, it wants to break the 7-year management agreement.  An attorney for Pyramid, said on Friday they were blindsided by the restraining order. It forces Pyramid to make available all the accounting books, something he said they’re already doing. The order still allows for Pyramid employees to work at and manage the property. Pyramid has filed to end the restraining order.  

A statement from the Guest House at Graceland, LLC says:

This is a legal matter pertaining to a dispute with a single vendor, of the hundred plus vendors that the Guest House at Graceland works with regularly. Services will not be affected.”  

Attorneys for Pyramid said their full story will come out next week when they respond to the order.  

(Source: FECC / Fox 13)

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