March 31 - Art In America

Elvis is featured on the “Art Of America” magazine. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

March 30 - Official Vintage Rock Goldmine

Goldmine’s May 2018 issue features Elvis Presley on the cover and contains an in-depth on the two-part HBO series "The Searcher" and its soundtrack. The May issue will be on sale April 9 at select record stores.

Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition

Also out - but nowhere to be found on-line is volume 13 in the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition".

Description:

The Official Elvis Collector's Edition is proud to present Elvis Presley: His Life in Photos, 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. Featuring an intro by Priscilla Presley, 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.

Vintage Rock Magazine

Issue 34 of Vintage Rock is on sale now. This issue of Vintage Rock takes an in-depth look at one of the all-time legends of rock’n’roll, Buddy Holly but also features and articles on Elvis Presley. 

Description:
Plus, as rock’n’roll is truly as much about about the characters as it is the music, we hear exclusive insider tales of the Elvis Empire from Col Tom Parker and Elvis assistants Greg McDonald and Charles Stone – from selling ‘I Hate Elvis’ badges to The King’s shopping trip for 12 TVs, it is an enchanting exposé on both Elvis himself and “the devil” who managed him, Colonel Tom Parker. Has Parker actually been misunderstood all these years? 

Return of the Pelvis on Vinyl

The VV import-label released the “Return of the Pelvis” on vinyl in several packages. 

From the press-release:
VV presents the first live recording available of Elvis returns to live action. The sound is amazing the DDD remastering has given new life to the show. Not Elvis’ fan can miss the electricity power emanate from Elvis’ presence on the stage.

VV label decided to produce different editions, something for Everybody and overall as I like to say something for all the pockets.

The standard will be limited to 300 copies. The first 50 copies will be presented as a deluxe edition including exclusive contents. For the last VV label decided to produce a limited boxed deluxe edition of 100 copies with exclusive contents. Each copy will be individually sealed. 

Details Standard edition 300 copies limited set including:
Gatefold glossy sleeve 300 gram 
Double black vinyl 180 grams plus CD 
High-quality matt paper poster 90x60 cm both side printed.
Each copy hand numbered and individually sealed. 

Details of the first 50 copies are a limited set including:
Exclusive glossy sticker.
Exclusive 300 gram glossy oversleeve hand numbered.
Gatefold glossy sleeve 300 gram 
Double red colored vinyl 180 grams!!, 
Cd, high-quality matt poster 90x60 cm both side printed
Exclusive two art print of high-quality glossy paper 300 grams of 20x15 cm of size (four different). 
Exclusive glossy 130 grams paper poster 60x30 cm.

Details Special deluxe boxed edition of 100 copies limited set including:
Exclusive glossy large art sticker (three different)
Exclusive heavy boxset factory printed 31x31x3,5 cm of size,  
Sealed standard edition vinyl set.
Exclusive high quality 300 gram paper art card hand numbered  
Exclusive high-quality personalized t-shirt (three sizes, Medium, Large, Extra Large)
Exclusive 12 inch glossy paper 130 gram softcover book of 42 pages.

(Source: FECC / Vintage Rock /Goldmine)

March 29 - Elvisweek 2018

Here is the first information on Elvis Week 2018. Ten-Day Event to Celebrate the Music, Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley with Unprecedented Concerts and Special Performances at Graceland’s New Entertainment Complex

Guest Stars include Lisa Marie Presley, First-Ever Appearances by Music Legends Darlene Love and Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston,  Plus Many of Elvis’ Co-stars and Stage Performers

Fans from around the world will gather at Graceland in Memphis to celebrate and honor the life of Elvis Presley during Elvis Week 2018 – which will be the biggest Elvis Week in history. Unprecedented concerts, special performances and guest appearances will take place from August 9 through 18 at Graceland’s new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Among the very special guests will be Lisa Marie Presley, who will appear on stage at the Graceland Soundstage on August 15; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend and Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special performer Darlene Love live in concert, making her first-ever Elvis Week appearance; Gospel and Soul legend and former Elvis back-up singer Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston, also making her first Elvis Week appearance; Elvis’ acclaimed drummer from the TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt; and many more.

Highlights of the week’s events include a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the legendary ’68 Comeback Special, a concert and conversation honoring Elvis’ gospel recordings, a live concert performance with Elvis on the big screen, a special Lisa Marie Presley autograph opportunity for exclusive ticket package holders, and of course the Candlelight Vigil, held on the evening of August 15. Fans will enjoy stories from people who knew and/or worked with Elvis, bid on auction items, and celebrate with special events throughout the week hosted at Elvis Presley’s Graceland complex.

Tickets for all Elvis Week events go on-sale beginning Friday, March 30 at Noon Central time. For additional ticket information, including exclusive Elvis Week packages, visit the Elvis Week ticket page.  Most events will take place at the Graceland Soundstage, directly across the street from Graceland Mansion.  

The cornerstone event, the Candlelight Vigil, will begin on Wednesday, August 15, at 8:30 p.m. Central Time at Graceland’s front gate. Elvis music sets the tone of the evening as fans walk up the driveway to the Meditation Garden. This event lasts throughout the night as thousands of participants gather on Elvis Presley Boulevard listening to music, remembering Elvis and enjoying the memorials that are created by fans along the street.

Remind Magazine

The US Remind magazine features an Elvis article entitled "Elvis: His Best Need-For-Speed Films!".

Elvis 5-Movie Collection

Due for release from Paramount Home Movie on June 12, 2018 is the 5 DVD box “Elvis 5 Movie Collection”.

Searcher Preview


On the FECC forum the first previews appeared of the upcoming “Elvis: The Searcher” soundtrack. 

The new documentary for HBO, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, promises to explore his creative journey. The score was composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. 

Elvis Presley: The Searcher is a three-hour, two-film presentation that includes interviews with Scotty Moore, Red West, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Priscilla Presley talking about the artistic and personal struggles that preceded Presley’s death in 1977. The documentary focuses on Presley the musical artist, from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.


Six Classic Albums


Due for release from the Reel To Reel label is the 4 CD set "Elvis Presley - Six Classic Albums: Volume 2" containing the original recordings, movie versions and out-takes from various sixties movies.

CD 1: Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - In My Way - Husky Dusky Day (With Hope Lange) - Wild In The Country (End Titles) - Blue Hawaii - Almost Always True - Aloha-Oe - No More - Can't Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Moonlight Swim - Ku-U-I-Po (Hawaiian Sweet Heart) - Ito Eats - Slicin' Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - 20.Island Of Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song

CD 2: Blue Hawaii - Almost Always True - Aloha-Oe - No More - Can't Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Moonlight Swim - Ku-U-I-Po  (Hawaiian Sweetheart) - Ito Eats - Slicin' Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - Island Of Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Follow That Dream - Angel - What A Wonderful Life - I'm Not The Marrying Kind - What A Wonderful Life - I'm Not The Marrying Kind

CD 3: Sound Advice - On Top Of Old Smokey - Follow That Dream - Angel - Angel (Instrumental) - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where The Heart Is - I Got Lucky - Whistling Tune - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where The Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune - Girls Girls Girls - I Don't Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From - I Don't Want To

CD 4: We'll Be Together - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - Walls Have Ears - We're Comin' In Loaded - Girls Girls Girls - I Don't Wanna Be Tied - We'll Be Together - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - Walls Have Ears - We're Comin' In Loaded - Dainty Little Moonbeams / Girls Girls Girls

(Source: EPE / JeroenNL / Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)

March 28 - RSD Bootlegs For Children And Grownups Too

The Redemption import-label released the 40th Anniversary Edition of the "classic" album "Elvis Sings For Children And Grownups Too". The double CD set contains the original album on disc one and on the second CD the same tracks in alternate versions. 

The Original Album: 01 (let me be your) Teddy Bear 02 Wooden Heart 03 Five Sleepy Heads 04 Puppet On A String 05 Angel 06 Old MacDonald 07 How Would You Like To Be 08 Cotton Candy Land 09 Old Shep 10 Big Boots 11 Have A Happy.

The Alternate Album: 12 (let me be your) Teddy Bear (stereo) 13 Wooden Heart (take 1) 14 Five Sleepy Heads (remixed master) 15 Puppet On A String (take 10) 16 Angel (take 6) 17 Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby (movie version) 18 How Would You Like To Be (take 2) 19 Cotton Candy Land (take 4) 20 Old Shep (take 5) 21 Big Boots (take 4) 22 Sing You Children (take 19).

Details Record Store Day Releases

Here are the Record Store Day releases from the French VPI label; "Girls! Girls! Girls!" and "Loving You". Both albums come on colored vinyl and contain the original album and additional bonus tracks. 

Tracks Girls! Girls! Girls!:
Side A: Girls! Girls! Girls! / I Don’t Wanna Be Tied, (Filmversion takes 10/8) / Where Do You Come From , (take 13) / I Don’t Want To / We’ll Be Together (take 10) / A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You , (take 4) / Earth Boy (Filmversion) / Dainty Little Moonbeams/Girls! Girls! Girls! (Filmfinale) / Thanks To the Rolling Sea, (take 10). 
Side B: Return to Sender / Because Of Love / Thanks To the Rolling Sea, (take 3) / Song of The Shrimp / The Walls Have Ears / We’re Coming in Loaded / Mama (take 9) / Plantation  Rock / Plantation  Rock, (Instrumental).

Details Loving You:
Side A: Mean Woman Blues (take 14) / Teddy Bear / Loving You, (take 12, version 3) / Got A Lot o’ Livin’ To To, (take 17) / Lonesome Cowboy / Hot Dog / Party, (take 7) / Mean Woman Blues, (Dub Version) / Loving You, (Version 2 Rapid, take 21)
Side B: Blueberry Hill, (take 14) / True Love / Don't Leave Me Now / Have  I Told You Lately That I Love You, (take 14) / I Need You So / Got A Lot o’ Livin’ To To, (Final take 13) / Don’t Leave Me Now, (take 2/3 May 1957) / Loving You (take 3).

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / UEPS)

March 27 - EPE Sues Economic Development Board

The Mid-week chart update:

USA (Billboard chart week of March 31, 2018)
  • On the Classical Album chart the "The Wonder of You" cooperation by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remained steady at #11.
  • The "Elvis Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped off the  Classical Album Top 25 chart.
  • On the Top Christian Album "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #25 to #29.
  • On the Country Catalog album chart The "Heart And Soul" compilation is a re-entry at #19.
  • On the Country Catalog album chart The "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #19 to 24.
Canada (Billboard chart week of March 31, 2018)
  • On the Album Chart the "40 Years On" compilation dropped eleven places to #61.
Spain

  • On the Spanish Top Album chart (current chart week) the "Elvis: El Disco De Oro" dropped from #79 to 95.
EPE Sues Economic Development Board

Elvis Presley Enterprises has sued an economic development board in an attempt to force a vote on incentives to expand the Graceland complex.

The lawsuit cries foul over alleged interference by city government and the Memphis Grizzlies, while asserting that the city, Shelby County and team aren't parties to the legal action.

Elvis Presley Enterprises filed the Shelby County Chancery Court lawsuit Friday against the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) of Memphis and Shelby County.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction barring the EDGE board from not voting on the Graceland applications. A hearing was scheduled for April 16.

The filing came two days after the EDGE board tabled an application for incentives, citing fears of a legal challenge from Graceland or the Grizzlies.

The board voted March 21 to schedule a special meeting to hear two Graceland projects: a $20 million bond issue for exhibit space addition, which was up for a vote that day, and a previously proposed $110 million request for bond financing of a 6,200-seat performance venue.

Graceland officials say the city and Grizzlies have opposed their expansion based on an interpretation of a FedExForum non-compete agreement.

City chief legal officer Bruce McMullen on Monday denounced the latest lawsuit as a negotiating tactic. “It appears that EPE is once again using the Courts to aid them in negotiations over what is allowable use of TIF funds.  Immediately after this latest suit was filed, we received some settlement proposal requesting TIF funds (taxpayers money) but no information on the justification for the tax money nor clarity on how it would be used. The suit appears to be a negotiation tactic.” 

The EDGE organization declined comment.

A TIF (tax increment financing) district was one of the measures put in place by the city, county and EDGE board in 2014 to help Graceland build a resort hotel, The Guest House at Graceland, and a 220,000 square foot exhibit complex, Elvis Presley's Graceland, which opened last year.

Graceland last year proposed to increase its share of a tax increment financing (TIF) revenue to help finance the performance venue. The increase requires approval by EDGE, the City County and Shelby County Commission.

The EDGE board is an industrial development board with authority to grant property tax abatement, issue bonds and take other actions to spur economic activity. 

Graceland sued the city, county and Grizzlies' owner Memphis Basketball LLC last fall in Chancery Court, seeking a declaratory judgment on whether the FedExForum non-compete agreement applied to Graceland's proposed performance venue. 

A judge dismissed the lawsuit in February. The ruling said in part that the court couldn't consider Graceland's complaint before its application was voted on.

The latest delay by EDGE came after board member Tom Dyer said he feared the board would be sued by the Grizzlies if it approved the incentive and by Elvis Presley Enterprises if the incentive was rejected.

Dyer's comments prompted the Grizzlies to make a statement through the team's attorneys, saying in part: "To be clear, Memphis Basketball has never directly or indirectly threatened to sue EDGE with respect to any EPE initiative or otherwise, nor does it intend to do so."

The lawsuit contends Dyer offered to vote for the incentives if the Grizzlies give written approval of the Graceland expansion or a court issues a final, non-appealable order stating that the facilities don't violate the non-compete agreement.

"Put simply, as it relates to EPE, EDGE essentially is improperly surrendering its power and authority to The City and Memphis Basketball," the lawsuit states.

The non-compete clause grew out of decision by public officials to steer concert business to the FedExForum after the $250 million public arena opened in 2004.

Elvis Presley Enterprises contend the clause doesn't apply to a private projects.

(Source: Laser Freak / Commercial Appeal)

March 25 - Tearing 'Em Up

The Venus Productions import-label announced the release of the book. / CD set "Tearing Em' All Up" with April 3, 2018 as the relewase-date. The set also contains a promo for new releases in the "Unedited Masters" series.

From the press-release:
We'll kick off with 40 minutes of spectacular footage from the November 1971 Tour. The footage is digitally remastered from the original sources and has been professionally synced with the Boston November 10th show.

Content DVD: 2001 Theme - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Amen - Proud Mary - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Come Home Baby (Instr.) - Love Me - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Hound Dog  How Great Thou Art (Part) - Bridge Over Troubled Water - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Suspicious Minds - Come Home Baby (Instr.) - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Shows: Baltimore, Nov 9 - Boston, Nov. 10 - Cincinnati, Nov. 11 - Houston, Nov. 12 - Dallas, Nov. 13 - Tuscaloosa, Nov. 14 - Kansas City, Nov. 15 - Salt Lake City, Nov. 16

Highlighting of this release is a 209 pages hardcover book with loads of rare and unseen pictures of the complete tour. For completeness sake, the Boston November 10th show is also included on CD in perfect Sound Board quality.

Tracks CD: 2001 Theme - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman / Amen - Proud Mary - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Come Home Baby (Instr.) - Love Me  - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Hound Dog - How Great Thou Art - Band Introductions - I’m Leavin' - Bridge Over Troubled Water - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Love Me Tender - Suspicious Minds - Come Home Baby (Instr.) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Plus we added a free CD to promote the upcoming new CD's in our "Unedited Masters" series. The CD contains some unreleased tracks and some highlights of our previous releases.

Tracks promo CD: Power Of My Love  Master No Overdubs (Take 7)* - My Little Friend  Vocal Overdub Of January 16 * - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road  Master Different Mix (Take 11)* - I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water  Complete Master, Overdubbed (Take 1)** - It’s Your Baby, You Rock It  Alt. Master Backup Vocals Overdub (Take 3)** - Life  Master, Different Mix (Take 20)** - Stranger In The Crowd  Take 1 & 7* - Early Mornin’ Rain  Unedited (Take 11)** -  If That Isn’t Love  Different Mix (Take 1)** - I Can Help  Complete Unedited Session (Take 1 & 2)** - Promised Land  Motherfucker Version (Take 1)** - Bitter They Are  1980 Re-Recording** - For Ol’ Times Sake  1980 Re-Recording** - Patch It Up  Alternate Master (Take 9)** - Amazing Grace  No Overdubs (Take 2)**
 * Unreleased ** Officially Unreleased.

The 1973 Elvis Experience


The Rock And Roll Majesty import-label announced another 4 CD longbow with previously released material entitled "The 1973 Elvis Experience". 

Disc 1 
1. Las Vegas, August 11, 1973 midnight show
2. Las Vegas, August 19, 1973, midnight show 
Disc 2
Las Vegas, August 31, 1973, dinner show
Disc 3
Las Vegas, September 2, 1973, midnight show
Disc 4
1. Las Vegas, September 3, 1973, dinner show
2. Las Vegas, September 3, 1973, closing show

Elvis Presley's Personally Owned "Last Hawaiian Vacation" Glasses Auctioned


Elvis Presley's personally owned "Last Hawaiian Vacation" 14K, chrome and plastic custom sunglasses w/prescription lenses (never previously offered at auction) sold for $130,000.

This spectacular piece is a pair of custom sunglasses, made for the "King of Rock & Roll", Elvis Presley. The glasses have a frame of almost completely 14k yellow gold and chrome, with plastic earpieces and gradient purple lenses. The bridge of the glasses have an "EP" cut out detail, and a "TCB" with a lightning bolt detail on the arms. Elvis was photographed wearing the glasses on multiple occasions, including on his last summer vacation in Hawaii in 1977, please see photos. These spectacular sunglasses have Elvis' mild prescription lenses, have never been previously offered at auction. 


(Source: Venus Productions / Music of Elvis Presley)

March 24 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

The weekend chart-round-up:

UK and Scotland (Official Chart Company for the week commencing March 23, 2018):
  • On the Official UK Music DVD chart the "Elvis Collection" 6 DVD set dropped 7 spots to #30.
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "Loving' Elvis" compilation dropped from #39 to #44.
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "The Platinum Collection" set dropped from #57 to #67.
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "The Real Elvis" compilation climbed from #87 to #83.
Belgium (chart week commencing March 24, 2018)
  • On the Belgian Mid-price Album chart (Flanders) the "Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" is a re-entry at #4.
  • On the Belgian Mid-price Album chart (Wallonia) the "Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" is a re-entry at #45.
Australia ((chart week commencing March 26, 2018)
  • On the Australian Aria Music DVD chart the "Elvis: The King of Rock and Roll" DVD climbed from #29 to #25.
  • The "The King" compilation album climbed from 122 to #116 on the Australian Album chart, so not visible in the Top 100 Albums Chart.
(Source: Laser Freak)

March 23 - New CD and Book Releases


Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 5CD / 200-page book entitled "The Complete 50's Movie Masters and Sessions Recordings". The release-date is May 4, 2018. This Limited Edition set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950's. 

The 5 CDs contain the complete works of the master and session studio recordings made for each of Elvis’s movies during the 1950's, and all tracks have been remastered with many restoration surprises ignored by other labels. 

The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958. The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation. 

CD1 – Master Soundtracks And Movie Versions:
Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We're Gonna Move - Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party - Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don't Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Treat Me Nice - King Creole - As Long As I Have You - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Dixieland Rock - Don't Ask Me Why - Lover Doll - Crawfish (Unedited Master) - Young Dreams - Steadfast, Loyal And True - New Orleans - Danny - Love Me Tender (Movie End Title) - Mean Woman Blues (Movie Take 7 Second Version) - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Movie Finale) - Jailhouse Rock (Movie Version) - Treat Me Nice (Movie No Overdub Version) - Young And Beautiful (Movie End Title) - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Movie Edit) - Don't Leave Me Now (Movie Set Version) - Crawfish (Movie Version) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Movie version)

CD 2 – Alternate Soundtracks And Sessions:
Let Me (Take 3) - Let Me (Take 4) - Poor Boy (Take 3 - 2 Verse Master) - Poor Boy (Take 1 Remake) - Poor Boy (3 Verse Overdub - Take 6) - We're Gonna Move (Take 4) - We're Gonna Move (Take 9) -  Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (Alternate Movie Master) - Party (Alternate Master) - Loving You (Main Version Take 3) - Loving You (End Version Take 16) - King Creole (Original Alternate Version Take 3) - King Creole (Original Alternate Version Take 18) - Lover Doll (Unedited Undubbed Master) - As Long As I Have You (Short Version Take 4) - As Long As I Have You (Short Version Take 18) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Original Alternate Version Take 6) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Undubbed Record Master) - Loving You (Second Farm Version Take 14)

Loving You (Second Main Fast Movie Version) Session:
Loving You (Take 1) - Loving You (Take 2 - 3) - Loving You (Take 4 - 5) - Loving You (Take 6) - Loving You (Take 7) - Loving You (Take 8) - Loving You (Take 9 - 10) - Loving You (Take 11) - Loving You (Take 12) - Loving You (Take 13) - Loving You (Take 14) - Loving You (Take 15) - Loving You (Take 16) - Loving You (Take 17 - 18) - Loving You (Take 19) - Loving You (Take 20 - 21) - Loving You (Take 22 Binaural)

Loving You (Third Farm Version) Session:
Loving You (Take 1) - Loving You (Take 2 - 3) - Loving You (Take 4 - 5) - Loving You (Take 6) - Loving You (Take 7 - 9) - Loving You (Take 10 - 12)

CD 3 - Jailhouse Rock Session:
Jailhouse Rock (Take 1 - 4) - Jailhouse Rock (Take 5) - Jailhouse Rock (Take 6) - Jailhouse Rock (Take 7) - Jailhouse Rock (Instrumental Pick Up C Up Chorus On - Take 1 - 2)

(You're So Square) Baby I Don´t Care Session:
(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Take 1) - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (Take 2 - 4)

Treat Me Nice (First Movie Version) Session:
Treat Me Nice (Take 1 - 2) - Treat Me Nice (Take 3) - Treat Me Nice (Take 4 - 5) - Treat Me Nice (Take 6 - 7) - Treat Me Nice (Take 8 - 9) - Treat Me Nice (Take 10 - 12) - Treat Me Nice (Take 13) - Treat Me Nice (Take 14 - 15) - Treat Me Nice (Take 16) - Treat Me Nice (Take 17) - Treat Me Nice (Take 18) - Treat Me Nice (Take 19)

Treat Me Nice (Second Movie Version) Session:
Treat Me Nice (Take 1 - 2) - Treat Me Nice (Take 3 - 5) - Treat Me Nice (Take 6) - Treat Me Nice (Take 7) - Treat Me Nice (Take 8) - Treat Me Nice (Take 9 - 10) - Treat Me Nice (Take 11) - Treat Me Nice (Take 12 - 13)

CD 4 - Young And Beautiful (Solo Prison TV Version) Session:
Young And Beautiful (Take 1) - Young And Beautiful (Take 2) - Young And Beautiful (Take 3)

Young And Beautiful (Florita Version) Session:
Young And Beautiful (Take 1) - Young And Beautiful (Take 2) - Young And Beautiful (Take 3 - 4) - Young And Beautiful (Take 5 - 6) - Young And Beautiful (Take 7)

Young And Beautiful (Record Version) Session:
Young And Beautiful (Take 1) - Young And Beautiful (Take 4 - 5) - Young And Beautiful (Take 6) - Young And Beautiful (Take 7 - 8) - Young And Beautiful (Take 9 - 11) - Young And Beautiful (Take 12) - Young And Beautiful (Take 13 - 18) - Young And Beautiful (Take 19) - Young And Beautiful (Take 20 - 22)

I Want To Be Free (Record Version) Session:
I Want To Be Free (Take 1 - 4) - I Want To Be Free (Take 5 - 8) - I Want To Be Free (Take 9) - I Want To Be Free (Take 10 - 11) - I Want To Be Free (Pick Up First Ending Take 1 - 2) - I Want To Be Free (Pick Up Second Ending Take 1 - 5)

CD 5 - I Want To Be Free (Jail Version) Session:
I Want To Be Free (Take 1 - 4) - I Want To Be Free (Take 5 - 6) - I Want To Be Free (Take 7 - 10) - I Want To Be Free (Take 11) - I Want To Be Free (Take 12) - I Want To Be Free (Take 13)

Don't Leave Me Now (First Version Piano) Session:
Don't Leave Me Now (Take 1) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 2)

Don’t Leave Me Now (Second Version) Session:
Don't Leave Me Now (Take 1 - 6) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 7 - 8) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 9 - 10) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 11 - 12) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 14 - 15) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 16 - 18) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 19) - Don't Leave Me Now (Take 20 - 21)

Don’t Leave Me Now (Recording Studio Version) Session:
Don't Leave Me Now (Take 2) - Don’t Leave Me Now (Take 12)

I Walk The Line with Children For The Good Times

Three new import-sets have been released; “I Walk The Line”, “For The Good Times - Elvis On Tour” And “Elvis Sings For Children and Grownups Too". The first set is from the Redemption label.

Details I Walk The Line

It’s August 1970, the recordings for the MGM movie “That’s The Way It Is” are finished and Elvis still has more then 3 weeks to go at the Las Vegas International Hotel before starting another short (but busy) one week tour.  Elvis is very inspired, in a good mood, funny and in a fantastic physical condition.

All of which resulted in the magnificent August & September performances.  Unfortunately, the only soundboard/multitrack material that has seen the light of day are the “That’s The Way It Is” performances.  Lucky enough these audience recordings survived! 

The August 14 1970 show has always been considered a very remarkable show, especially as Elvis is singing some unusual songs, like the 2 Johnny Cash songs: “I Walk The Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues”. The August 14 show had some volume issues as appeared on the original tape, probably because of hiding the recorder. This has been corrected where possible. All performances have been re-edited and remastered and speed corrected where necessary. 

Also featured is the original August 10, stage rehearsal remastered from scratch using an original transfer of the reel. Without any edited or added intro or outros, just as recorded! A wonderful improvement to the original release from the 90's! These shows are too good to be missed in any collection!

The set contains no previously unreleased material:
  • August 14 1970 Midnight Show - The Man In White Vol. 3 - Get Dirty
  • August 20 1970 Dinner Show - Elvis 70: Hot To Trot! (CD 1)
  • August 20 1970 Midnight Show - Elvis 70: Hot To Trot! (CD 2)
  • August 23 1970 Dinner Show - The Hillbilly Cat Live
  • August 24 1970 Midnight Show - The Hillbilly Cat Returns
Disc 1 August 14 1970 Midnight Show Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
01 That’s All Right 02 Amen 03 I Got A Woman 04 You Don’t Know Me 05 I Got A Woman – Reprise 06 Mystery Train – Tiger Man 07 Folsom Prison Blues 08 I Walk The Line 09 Monologue 10 Love Me Tender 11 Monologue 12 Johnny B Goode 13 Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Blueberry Hill 14 The Wonder Of You 15 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 16 Polk Salad Annie 17 Band Introductions 18 Oh Happy Day 19 All Shook Up 20 Blue Suede Shoes 21 One Night 22 Bridge Over Troubled Water 23 Suspicious Minds 24 Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 2 Bonus Songs From August 1970 Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv August 20 1970 Dinner Show
01 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 02 The Wonder Of You 03 Memphis Tennessee 04 One Night 05 Suspicious Minds

August 20 1970 Midnight Show
06 I’ve Lost You 07 Sweet Caroline 08 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 09 Sweet Inspiration 10 More 11 Bridge Over Troubled Water

August 10 1970 / Stage Rehearsal
12 Polk Salad Annie 13 Sweet Caroline 14 Polk Salad Annie #2 15 I’ve Lost You 16 I’ve Lost You #2 17 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 18 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 19 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me #2 20 Bridge Over Troubled Water 21 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 22 Patch It Up 23 Something 24 Can’t Help Falling In Love 25 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ #2 Spliced Intro

Disc 3 - August 23 1970 Dinner Show Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
01 That’s All Right 02 I Got A Woman – Ave Maria 03 Monologue 04 Tiger Man 05 Monologue 06 Love Me Tender 07 I’ve Lost You 08 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 09 Elvis Dedicating The Show To Marie Parker 10 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 11 Polk Salad Annie 12 Band Introductions 13 Johnny B. Goode James Burton Introduction 14 Further Introductions 15 The Wonder Of You 16 Heartbreak Hotel 17 One Night 18 All Shook Up (False Starts) 19 Blue Suede Shoes – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 20 Goofin Around With All Shook Up ~Tape Damage~
21 Hound Dog 22 Bridge Over Troubled Water 23 Suspicious Minds 24 Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 4 - August 24 1970 Midnight Show Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nv
01 Orchestra Intro 02 Opening Vamp – That’s All Right 03 I Got A Woman – Ave Maria ~Tape Damage~ 04 Spanish Eyes 05 Tiger Man 06 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 07 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 08 Polk Salad Annie 09 Band Introductions 10 Johnny B. Goode James Burton Introduction 11 Introduction Of Celebreties 12 When The Snow Is On The Roses Ed Ames Introduction 13 The Wonder Of You 14 Heartbreak Hotel 15 One Night 16 All Shook Up 17 Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 18 Goofin’ Around – Hound Dog 19 Bridge Over Troubled Water 20 Suspicious Minds 21 Release Me 22 Can’t Help Falling In Love

Details For The Good Times - Elvis On Tour


This beautiful 2 cd set in a deluxe digipack should be considered as the ultimate soundtrack to the 1972 Elvis On Tour movie. All performances which are featured in the movie are featured here in their entirety. As a bonus you get the April 5 1972 Buffalo rehearsal. 

CD 1 - The Complete Soundtrack Recordings:
Johnny B. Goode (30.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Also Sprach Zarathustra (09.04.1972 E/S) - See See Rider (09.04.1972 E/S) - Polk Salad Annie (09.04.1972 - E/S) - Seperate Ways (# 1 - 30.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Seperate Ways (# 2 30.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Proud Mary (18.04.1972) - Never Been To Spain (18.04.1972) - Introductions (18.04.1972) - Burning Love (18.04.1972) - Love Me Tender (09.04.1972 E/S) - Bridge Over Troubled Water (14.09.1972) - Funny How Time Slips Away (14.09.1972) - An American Trilogy (14.09.1972) - I Got A Woman / Amen (09.04.1972 E/S) - A Big Hunk O’ Love (09.04.1972 E/S) - You Gave Me A Mountain (09.04.1972 E/S) - Sweet Sweet Spirit (09.04.1972 E/S) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (09.04.1972 E/S) - Can’t Help Falling In Love (09.04.1972 E/S) - Closing Vamp (09.04.1972 E/S) - Lighthouse 31.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Lead Me, Guide Me (31.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Bosom Of Abraham (31.03.1972 - Rehearsal) - Memories

CD 2 - The Buffalo Rehearsal - 05.04.1972:
Studio Talk - Burning Love (Instrumental) - Burning Love - Studio Talk - Burning Love (Inklusive False Start) - Cattle Call - For The Good Times - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (One Liner) - See See Rider - Studio Talk - Never Been To Spain (Partial) - You Gave Me A Mountain - I'll Remember You (Rehearsal) - Until It´s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me (One Liner) - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - A Big Hunk O´ Love - I Can't Stop Loving You (Inklusive 2 False Starts) - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away (With Reprise) - The Lighthouse - I, John - I Need Your Loving' Everyday

Bonus Songs As Partly Featured In The Movie:
Suspicious Minds (18.04.1972) - Until It’s Time For You To Go (10.04.1972) - Love Me Tender (10.04.1972) - Suspicious Minds (09.04.1972 E/S) - For The Good Times (18.04.1972) - Wandering (10.04.1972)
Details Elvis Sings For Children And Grownups Too

This classic 1978 album celebrates it's 40th anniversary! This 40th anniversary release includes the original album plus the alternate album. Including the bonus photo that was included in the USA with the first pressing of this album. A great collectible item.

The Original Album: 01 (let me be your) Teddy Bear 02 Wooden Heart 03 Five Sleepy Heads 04 Puppet On A String 05 Angel 06 Old MacDonald 07 How Would You Like To Be 08 Cotton Candy Land 09 Old Shep 10 Big Boots 11 Have A Happy

The Alternate Album: 12 (let me be your) Teddy Bear (stereo) 13 Wooden Heart (take 1) 14 Five Sleepy Heads (remixed master) 15 Puppet On A String (take 10) 16 Angel (take 6) 17 Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby (movie version) 18 How Would You Like To Be (take 2) 19 Cotton Candy Land (take 4) 20 Old Shep (take 5) 21 Big Boots (take 4) 22 Sing You Children (take 19)
(Source Memphis Recording Service / Various)

March 22 - Vic Colonna Died

Sam Theaker, aka Vic Colonna a bootlegger who brought us many fine releases (in cooperation with Paul Dowling) in the seventies and early eighties has died. Apparently he lost the battle agains cancer.  

Some of his releases were "Behind Closed Doors", The Burbank Sessions", "The ’68 Comeback", "From The Waist Up", "The Dorsey Shows", "Rockin' Rebel", the 1961 "Hawaii Benefit" and so many more all featuring unreleased classic Elvis recordings.

Sam Theaker aka Vic Colonna was one of the great names from this mysterious world that many fans will recall. It was the popularity of Elvis Bootlegs that paved the way for the alternate take compilations by Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon to create the ‘FTD’ Fan Club label. Sam Theaker was an essential part of the Elvis legacy but sadly has been battling cancer over the last few years and unfortunately never saw his brilliant book about the exciting world of Elvis bootlegs published.

(Source: FECC)

March 20 - Charts (Updated)

The weekly chart round-up:

Australia (ARIA chart week commencing March 19, 2018):
  • The "The King" compilation dropped out of the Australian Aria Album Top 100 to #122. 
  • The "Elvis: The King of Rock And Roll" DVD dropped from #28 to #29 on the Australian Aria Music DVD chart. 
USA Billboard (Billboard chart week of March 24, 2018):
  • On the Classical Album chart "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra dropped from #8 to #11.
  • On the Classical Album chart "Elvis Christmas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is a re-entry at #25.
  • On the Top Christian Album chart "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" climbed from #29 to #25. 
  • On the Country Catalog Album chart the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #18 to #19.
Canada (Billboard chart week of March 24, 2018)
  • On the Canadian Album chart the "40 years On" compilation dropped from #43 to #50. Canada 
United Kingdom and Scotland (Official UK Chart Company commencing March 16, 2018)
  • On the Music Video chart the "Elvis: The Collection" DVD set climbed from #30 to #23. 
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "Loving' Elvis" compilation climbed from #55 to #39.
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "The Platinum Collection" set climbed from #64 to #57.
  • On the Official Scottish Album chart the "The Real Elvis" compilation is a re-entry at #87
Spain
  • The album "Elvis: El Disco De Oro" climbed from #93 to #79 on the Spanish Album Top 100 chart.
(Source: Laser Freak)

March 18 - 146.000.000 Fans Can't Be Wrong

Here is the award for 146 million certified sales that RCA presented to EPE / Priscilla Presley during the showing of "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" documentary in Memphis last night. 

Also present were producer Kary Antholis, legendary music producer David Porter, director Thom Zimny and executive producers Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling and finally Sony Music’s John Jackson. 

Click >>> here to listen to the one-hour round-table radio-show on the HBO Special.

The movie debuts April 14, 2018 on HBO.

Charts

The “Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” dropped off the Belgian Mid-price Album chart after re-entering the chart at #50 last week. 

(Source: UEPS / Graceland / Ultratop /Baystar Dude on FECC)

March 17 - Gold Vinyl Aus Heißer Kehle

Due for release from the distributers Filmjuwelen and Alive on April 27, 2018 in Germany is the 1957 classic "Gold aus heißer Kehle" ("Loving You"). 

Classic Colored Vinyl

Due for release on colored vinyl from Friday Music are the classic albums “His Hand In Mine” (180 Gram audiophile white and silver swirl Vinyl), “On Stage - February 1970" (180 Gram Audiophile black and blue swirl vinyl) and “Elvis Is Back” (180 Gram audiophile translucent blue vinyl). 

All three releases are limited editions and come with a gatefold cover and bonus poster. 




Details “His Hand In Mine”: 


Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, Elvis cut some demos as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. 
The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a long-term deal, and his first RCA single "Heartbreak Hotel" forever etched “The King Of Rock And Roll” trademark to his name. He would eventually become the most successful solo artist of all time!

As 1960 was coming to a close, Elvis returned to the studios of RCA Nashville and would go on to record his first smash gospel album His Hand In Mine. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, the amazing album featured a dozen of his most soulful works ever captured on wax like the hit single Crying In The Chapel and more stellar fare such as I Believe In The Man In The Sky, Joshua Fit The Battle and of course the definitive classic title track His Hand In Mine. The Lp soon went on to achieve gold and platinum status and become one of his most memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful albums.

Thanks to his great soulful country workouts on Known Only To Him and the wonderful Milky White Way, this collection of Elvis Presley’s gospel hits were just what the fans were yearning for, as the entire album was built around his love for gospel and old time religious church music.

In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time limited Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic His Hand In Mine by Elvis Presley.

As another ground breaking installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its 1960 stereophonic glory.

Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured for a very limited time at R.T.I. on first time translucent white and silver swirl vinyl, Elvis’ His Hand In Mine will be a much anticipated first time audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!

For a limited time only, we are also including a rare first time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1960 artwork elements, plus a dynamic 24" x 24" poster of the front cover art, truly enhancing your Elvis Presley listening hours.

As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape. Elvis Presley’s "His Hand In Mine", a history making country gospel soul album from an historic legend, an original stereophonic first time audiophile dream release, first time gatefold cover including a striking 24" x 24" poster, is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true.

Tracklist:
His Hand In Mine
I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
In My Father's House (Are Many Mansions)
Milky White Way
Known Only To Him
I Believe In The Man In The Sky
Joshua Fit The Battle
He Knows Just What I Need
Swing Down Sweet Chariot
Mansion Over The Hilltop
If We Never Meet Again
Working On The Building

Details “On Stage - February 1970”:  


In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time limited 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic On Stage - February 1970 by Elvis Presley. As another installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its stereophonic glory.

Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured for a very limited time at R.T.I. on first time black and blue swirl vinyl, Elvis Presley's On Stage - February 1970 will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!

We are also including first time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1970 artwork elements and a super rare 24 " x 24" poster, truly enhancing your Elvis Presley listening hours. As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape. Elvis Presley's On Stage - February 1970 ...A history making rock album from an historic legend, an audiophile dream release.

Tracklist:
See See Rider

Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) 
Sweet Caroline

Runaway
The Wonder Of You

Polk Salad Annie

Yesterday

Proud Mary

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)

Featured musicians: Elvis Presley, The Jordanaires, Buddy Harman, Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, Floyd Cramer and D.J. Fontana

Details “Elvis is Back”:


As 1960 was beginning a new decade and Elvis was finishing his time in the armed services, Elvis returned to the studios of RCA Nashville and would go on to record his first comeback dynamic rock and roll classic Elvis Is Back! Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, the amazing album featured a dozen of his most rock & rhythm and blues workouts ever captured on wax like the hits Such A Night and more rockin’ fare such as Reconsider Baby, The Girl Next Door Went A Walkin’ and of course the definitive classic interpretation of Fever. The Lp soon went on to achieve gold status and become one of his most important titles in his huge arsenal of masterful albums.

In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the limited Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic Elvis Is Back! by Elvis Presley.

As another stellar installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its 1960 stereophonic glory.

Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured for a very limited time at R.T.I. on translucent blue vinyl, Elvis Is Back! will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!

For a limited time only, we are also including a the rarely seen original gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1960 artwork elements, truly enhancing your Elvis Presley listening hours.

As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape. Elvis Presley’s "Elvis Is Back!"  A history making album from an historic legend, an original stereophonic audiophile dream release, rare gatefold cover art, is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true.

Tracklist:
Make Me Know It
Fever
The Girl Of My Best Friend
I Will Be Home Again
Dirty, Dirty Feeling
Thrill Of Your Love
Soldier Boy
Such A Night
It Feels So Right
The Girl Next Door
Like A Baby
Reconsider Baby

(Source: JPC / Friday Music)