April 23 - The First Time Ever I Looked Into The Wings

The E. P. Collector import-label announced two new titles; "The First Time Ever I Lay With You" and "Looked Into The Wings". The label is planning special double CD called "Black Tornado“ with newly found original tapes of Elvis’ concerts in Cleveland, OH, November 6, 1971 (Afternoon and Evening shows), which were never before available in good sound according to the press-release.

Details "The First Time Ever I Lay With You":

Now, when majority of Elvis import labels is only re-releasing old stuff in new packages, E. P. Collector label is coming with another surprise! The San Diego, April 24th, 1976 afternoon show is previously unreleased and moreover, it is completely a new show for Elvis fans – never before in circulation, in any form!

Elvis April ’76 tour was rated as very good one, with longer shows and variable set list. Unlike later that year, when Elvis ended his concerts quickly after introductions of his band, here he gave no less than 9 songs after “School Day“ orchestra solo! Elvis’ drummer Ronnie Tutt was back in band and pianist Shane Kiester was replaced by Tony Brown.

Among the concert highlights there are “Tryin' To Get To You”, “America (The Beautiful)”, “Hurt”, “Burning Love” and “How Great Thou Art”.  One song stands out: rare, heartfelt performance of complete version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. This song was performed only 3 known times, in 1976.

This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape. You may ask your supplier for samples.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with great collection of quality images taken in San Diego, CA, April 24, 1976. If you have enjoyed our other April ’76 tour release called “The Beat Is Back“, then you are sure to enjoy our latest release, too. 

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. America (The Beautiful) – 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. Hurt - 20. And I Love You So - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Burning Love - 23. How Great Thou Art - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away (with false start and reprise) - 25. Little Darlin’ - 26. It's Now Or Never - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp.

Details Looked Into The Wings:

October tour was another good one, after several problematic tours in the Summer. Elvis lost some 10-12 kilos and he was able to wear his jumpsuits from 1974 again. He looked much healthier and he was in good mood and in solid voice.

We have released Elvis’ last Kalamazoo concert from April 26, 1977 in 2017. Now we have decided to release its prequel. We had complete original tape of this show in our vaults since late 90s, but we have considered it not so good for release because Elvis was distant and wild audience reaction too prominent. Now new tape turned out, of much better sound. Unfortunately, new tape was incomplete and middle part was repaired using our old source.  As usual, you may ask your supplier for samples.

Playlist is rather typical for Autumn ’76 shows. Among the concert highlights there are “ Help Me“, “And I Love You So“, “America (The Beautiful)“, “Love Letters“, “Hurt“ and “Blue Christmas“.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak, too. Since there were no suitable photographs from the Kalamazoo performance, all images used for this project were taken in Cleveland, Ohio just two days later, on the 23rd where Elvis wore the same 'King of Spades' jumpsuit.

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. Help Me - 09. All Shook Up -10. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America (The Beautiful) - 14. Band Introductions - 15. Early Mornin' Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt (with reprise) - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Blue Christmas - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.

(Source: FECC)

April 22 - Sold

A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.

The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts. Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California. The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Source: News & Observer of Raleigh / Billboard)

April 21 - Record Store Day

It is Record Store Day 2018. Elvis Presley releases that are due today: "Elvis: RCA Studio 1", "The King in the Ring" (double LP red vinyl), "Loving You" (slightly different cover and blue vinyl), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (slightly different cover and red vinyl),  "Shake Rattle and Roll/Fool Fool Fool" (picture single) and "Johnny - Elvis: Quand Johnny Reprend Elvis" (originally released in 2016).

Buy the "Elvis: RCA Studio 1" album >>> here directly from The Memphis Recording Service.

(Source: Record Store Day)









April 21 - Loving Weekend Charts

Due for release from Pan Am-Records on July 5, 2018 is the LP "Loving You" containing the original tracks from the LP with three additional bonus songs  

Side A:
Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party
Bonus Song:
 Is It So Strange
Side B:
Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don´t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So Bonus Songs:
Treat Me Nice - All Shook Up

Weekend charts

The Official UK and Scottish Chart Company Charts (chart week April 20 to April 26, 2018)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums #- (#32)  (Sales: less than 1,070 units)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Albums Sales #74 (#18)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Physical Albums #56 (#16)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Record Store Top 40 #- (#34)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Soundtrack Albums #6 (#2)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Vinyl Albums Top 40 #- (#15)
Scotland:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums: #88 (#12)
Other European results:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Flanders): #47 (#47)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Wallonia) #87 (#97)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Germany #-- (#58)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Ireland #100 (#49)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Netherlands #-- (#81)

Rare Elvis Pictures Discovered

Elvis Presley’s show at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957 is the stuff of legend. But photos of the gig are as rare as hen’s teeth. So imagine Rob Frith’s surprise when he recently got a call about some unknown Elvis pix from Empire Stadium.

Frith admits he was “a bit skeptical” about new photos turning up six decades after the show. But he was astonished when he saw them in person.

“Look at this,” he said this week, pointing to a photo of Elvis in full pelvis mode. “That’s just killer! It’s the classic pose.” Indeed it is. The photo captures the early Elvis in all his rock ’n’ roll glory, knees bent and wide apart, singin’ and swingin’ in his famous gold lame jacket.

“I was excited — I had to have them,” laughs Frith, one of Canada’s top rock poster collectors.

“I was worried they would disappear. The guy (was moving) and one of his boxes gets lost and that’s it, they’re gone.”

Frith wound up purchasing 14 prints from Andrew Bazan, whose dad Anthony took the shots. Anthony Bazan worked as a portrait photographer, and talked his way into the Presley show by claiming to be a member of the press.

One photo features Elvis with his backing singers the Jordonaires, the rest are solo shots of Elvis in various states of gyration. They’ve never been published, which is hard to believe, because they totally capture his onstage magic.

The show only lasted 22 minutes before some fans rushed the stage and Elvis vamoosed. But it sounds like the King was in full control onstage.

“(At one point) Dad was about to take a photograph when Elvis turned away,” Andrew Bazan said in an email.

“Elvis realized the situation, turned, faced Dad, smiled and waited for him to take the photo, all while still performing the song.”

The black and white prints are small, four by six inches. The negatives were lost in a fire years ago, but the Bazans kept the prints in pristine condition. Anthony Bazan died about 10 years ago, and his son inherited the photos. He decided to sell them when he moved to Peterborough, Ont.

“I felt the photos belonged in Vancouver, in a good home, hopefully to be enjoyed as I had enjoyed them over the years,” he said.

Frith was a logical person to sell them to — he owns Neptoon Records on Main Street, and is Vancouver’s top rock poster collector. Bazan had also dealt with him before.

“Apparently when his mother died he called me and I bought her records, like 20 years ago or something,” said Frith. “I think he (also) saw me on that Rockinitis (cable TV) show.”

Most of the existing shots from the gig were by Rolly Ford, who made prints for disc jockey Red Robinson, who was the MC of the show. Robinson chuckles when asked about a rumour that Elvis was wearing black pants in the Vancouver show because his gold lame pants were at the drycleaners.

“Elvis tried to wear that gold suit (onstage), but with his movement and everything else it cracked,” he said.

“He said ‘I don’t want to wear this (bleep) anymore,’ and took off the bottom and left the top on. It was gold lame, and just split apart.”

The Sun sent photographer Bill Dennett to the Presley show, and apparently he took some marvellous shots. But when the crowd rushed the stage, editors decided to run a Ralph Bower photo of the crowd instead of Elvis, which infuriated Dennett.

“He went (backstage) and did a whole bunch of (portrait) shots of Elvis with his hand up, with his wristwatch, beautiful shots,” Bower recalls.

“He had an idea of selling them as a big promotion (in the paper). He must have had about a dozen good shots.”

Unfortunately the Dennett photos have disappeared from the Sun’s archives, and have never been seen by the public. Frith can’t believe the Sun didn’t run any Elvis shots from his show, which drew a record crowd of 25,898.

“It was one of the biggest cultural events in the history of the world — Elvis Presley was a big deal!” said Frith.

“How could they not run that? Why wouldn’t you? Do you not want to sell newspapers?”

(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak / Vancouver Sun / Elvis Club Berlin)

April 20 - Cover Art

Here is the cover-art for the upcoming release “When We Were Kings” which is due from the Le Chant Du Monde label May 18, 2018. It comes as a single LP and as a 5 CD box. 

This is the cover for the upcoming limited edition album “G.I. Blues” from the Reel To Reel label. This clear vinyl disc is due May 18, 2018. 

(Source: Sounds Delft)

April 19 - Elvis 5-Movie Collection

Here is the cover-art for the Paramount "Elvis 5 Movie Collection" which is due for release June 12, 2018. 

(Source: Amazon)

April 18 - Calender Boy

 It is spring 2018, and the publishers of the 2019 calendars previewed their 2019 calendars.  

Upcoming Releases

The State of Art budget-label will release the CD "His Hand in Mine" on April 20, 2018. 

Due for the Reel to Reel Music (H'Art) label on May 11, 2018 is the white vinyl vinyl maxi single "Original Ep Collection" volume 3. Limited to 1000 copies.

The Real Elvis (EP) (US) RCA EPA 940 (Originally Released 17.08.1956) - Side A: Don't Be Cruel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Seite B: Hound Dog - My Baby Left Me

Any Way You Want Me (EP) (US) RCA EPA 965 (Originally Released 05.09.1956) - Side A:
Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
Side B: I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Mystery Train

Due for release from the French Chant du Monde label is the 5 CD set "When We Were Kings" featuring tracks by Johnny Hallyday and Elvis Presley.

Drake Tied with Elvis

For what it is worth in regard to the way charts are compiled now-days.

Drake tied Elvis Presley’s number of top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 this week after his latest release, “Nice For What,” hit No. 1 on the chart, dethroning his previous No. 1 single, “God’s Plan.”

The rapper has now earned 25 top-10 singles on Billboard’s chart, matching the mark Presley set with 1972’s “Burning Love.”

The Elvis Information Network website notes however that this story is totally false as the Billboard 'Top 100' only started in summer 1958 and so the KEY years of Elvis' run of top ten hits, 1956 and 1957 are actually missing from the list. Without even considering this new age of "instant download" and the distortion that this has created on the charts, ELVIS still dominates everyone who had the same period in the charts. Elvis had twelve top ten US hits in 1956/57 making his total actually 37 - just one behind Madonna.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / UEPS / Amazon / Reuters / Elvis Information Network)

April 17 - The King Released In The Ring (Updated April 18)

Sony Music have released the "Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring" double LP set exclusively for Record Store Day 2018.  These record sets are Individually Numbered on Red opaque colored Vinyl for the first time. (Previously released as "Tiger Man" on CD).

Synopsis:
Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen 'comeback special' broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show's many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble - including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original, classic backing band. 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate 'sit-down' sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. 

The history of Presley's amazing 'comeback special' is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary that premiered April 14, 2018 on HBO.

Billboard Charts

The Billboard charts (evaluation week from April 6 to April 12, 2018 / chart week from April 15 to April 21, 2018):
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard 200: #145
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: #45 (3,889 sold albums)
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Top Album Sales: #46
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Top Rock Albums: #27
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Rock Album Sales: #12
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Top Country Albums: #17
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Country Albums Sales: #12
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Soundtracks (Top 25): #9
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Soundtrack Albums Sales Chart: #4
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Tastemaker Albums (Top 25): #23
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Internet Albums (Top 25): #21
  • The "The Searcher" on the Billboard Top Current Albums: #44.
  • On the Classical Album chart the "The Wonder of You" cooperation by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remained steady at#6.
  • On the Top Christian Album chart the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped 3 places to #27.
Canada (Billboard chart week commencing April 15, 2018)
  • On the Canadian Album Chart the "40 Years On" compilation dropped from #64 to #73.
  • No entry for the "The Searcher" in the Canadian Top 100 Albums chart.
Austria

  • The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a new entry #38 on the Austrian Top Album chart.
Switzerland
  • The "The Searcher" soundtrack is a new entry #64 on the Swiss Top Album chart.
(Source: Sony / Laser Freak)

April 16 - Le 'King' Incontesté Du Rock

Due for release from the French EPM label on June 22, 2018 is the 5 CD set "Elvis Presley - Le 'King' Incontesté Du Rock".

CD 1: That's All Right - Good Rockin' Tonight - Blue Moon - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Harbor Lights - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - I Love You Because - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Just Because - Tomorrow Night - You're A Heartbreaker - Baby Let's Play House - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - Mystery Train - Trying To Get To You - When It Rains It Really Pours - One-Sided Love Affair - Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - How Do You Think I Feel  - My Happiness

CD 2: Blue Suede Shoes - Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - How's The World Treating You - I Got A woman - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Was The One - I'm Counting On You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Long Tall Sally - Love Me - Too Much - Money Honey - My Baby Left Me - Old Shep - Paralyzed - Ready Teddy - Rip It Up

CD 3: Love Me Tender - Jailhouse Rock - All Shook Up - Shake, Rattle And Roll - So Glad You're Mine - Tutti Frutti - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Don't - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! - Loving You - Mean Woman blues - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Treat Me Nice - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - A Big Hunk O' Love - Hard Headed Woman

CD 4: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Got Stung - I Need Your Love Tonight - King Creole - One Night - Trouble - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Playing For Keeps - A Mess Of Blues - Doin' The Best I Can - His Hand In Mine - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - If We Never Meet Again - In My Father's House - It's Now Or Never - Joshua Fit The Battle - Kiss Me Quick - Like A Baby - Milky White Way - Reconsider Baby

CD 5: Can't Help Falling In Love - Stuck On You - Such A Night - Surrender - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - The Girl Of My Best Friend - Soldier Boy - G. I. Blues - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Anything That's Part Of You - Good Luck Charm - I Feel So Bad - Little Sister - Night Rider - Rock-A-Hula Baby - That's Someone You Never Forget - Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - Return To Sender - She's Not You - Suspicion.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

April 15 - The NY RSD Sessions?

The Memphis Recording Service Record Store Day release "RCA Studio 1 - The New York Sessions" has arrived at the dealers. The vinyl album is officially available from April 21, 2018 and contains the complete New York masters plus outtake session recordings on 180 Gr. vinyl, packed in a gatefold cover with a four page photo insert. This latest album is the 5th Record Store Day release from the label.

Side A (Approx -  23:43)
01. Blue Suede Shoes
02. My Baby Left Me
03. One-Sided Love Affair
04. So Glad Your Mine
05. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry
06. Tutti Frutti
07. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
08. Shake, Rattle & Roll
09. Hound Dog
10. Don't Be Cruel
11. Anyway You Want Me

Side B (Approx - 23:31):
01. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6)
02. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 7)
03. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 8 & 9)
04. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 11 & 12)
05. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 1-3)
06. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 5-7)
07. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 8)
08. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 9-11)
09. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Undubbed Edit Master)

There appears to be a problem with the Record Store Day organization as the Elvis Express reports that "The NY Sessions" release has been dropped by the RSD organisation (as the sometimes do with releases from independent labels).

This move by the RSD organisation appears strange, especially when you realise that there are 3 other Elvis releases available on Independent record labels being released for RSD 2018. And what's with the RSD sticker? A record label cannot just produce their own RSD stickers, each label has to pay a fee to RSD who produce the labels and then send them to the said record label.

In the case of the Memphis Recording Service, they would have signed the contract with RSD, obeyed all the rules, produced the album and paid for 1000 RSD stickers, which were delivered to the producer who then manually added the stickers to the album covers and then distribute the album to the record stores that had pre-ordered the album only to then be informed with just one week to go that the album is no longer part of the RSD releases.

This might become a collectible, you can pre-order the album through the link at the top right.

(Source: UEPS / Elvis Express)

April 14 - Weekend Charts (Updated April 15, 2018)

The chart wrap-up for "Elvis - The Searcher" for this weekend, thanks to Laser Freak:

United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland (Official UK Chart Company):
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #32 on the Official UK Album Top 100 chart with 2,507 sold units.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #15 on the Official UK Vinyl Album Top 40 chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #16 on the Official UK Physical Album chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #18 on the Official UK Album Sales chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #2 on the Official UK Soundtrack Album chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #34 on the Official UK Record Store Album chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #49 on the Official Irish Album Top 50 chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #12 on the Official Scottish Album Top 100 chart.
The Netherlands:
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #81 on the Dutch Album Top 100 chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #27 on the Dutch Vinyl Top 33 chart.
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #98 on the Dutch Combi Album Top 100 chart.
Belgium:
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #47 on the Belgian Album Top 200 chart (Flanders).
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #97 on the Belgian Album Top 200 chart (Wallonia).
Australia:
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #72 on the Australian Aria Album Top 100 chart.
Germany:
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #58 on the German Album chart.
Sweden:
  • The “The Searcher is a new entry at #17 on the Swedish Physical Album chart.

The other charts:


The chart wrap-up for the "other" Elvis Presley releases for this weekend, thanks to Laser Freak:


Australia (ARIA chart week commencing April 16, 2018):
  • On the Australian Aria Catalogue Album chart "The King" dropped from #40 to #43.
  • On the Australian Aria Music DVD chart the "Elvis: King of Rock and Roll" DVD climbed from #26 to #15. 
  • The "The King" compilation remained steady at #87.
  • On the Australian Physical Album chart the "The Searcher" is a new entry at #29.
  • On the Australian Physical Album chart the "The King" dropped from #46 to 51.
Belgium (Ultratop chart week commencing April 14, 2018):
  • On the Belgian Ultratop Mid-price Album (Flanders) chart the "The Essential Elvis Presley" compilation is a re-entry at #44.
  • On the Belgian Ultratop Mid-price Album (Wallonia) chart the "Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" climbed from #23 to #4.
  • On the Belgian Ultratop Mid-price Album (Wallonia) chart the "The Essential Elvis Presley" is a re-entry at #14.
United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland (Official Chart Company chart week commencing April 13, 2018):
  • On the Official UK Music Video chart the "The Elvis Collection" set dropped off the chart. 
  • The “Loving’ Elvis” compilation dropped from #69 to #90 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The Platinum Collection" dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The Real ... Elvis" dropped off the Official Scottish Album chart.
(Source: Laser Freak)

April 12 - Altered Movie Originals

Due for release from the Reel To Reel label on May 4, 2018 are two four CD sets entitled “Elvis At The Movies”. 

Tracks Volume 1 - CD 1: Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We're Gonna Move - We're Gonna Move  - Love Me Tender - Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don't Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - I Need You So

CD 2: Party - Got A Lot O Livin' To Do - Loving You - Mean Woman Blues - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don't Leave Me Now - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful (Solo) - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Treat Me Nice - King Creole - As Long As I Love You - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Dixieland Rock

CD 3: Don't Ask Me Why - Lover Doll - Crawfish - Young Dreams - Steadfast Loyal And True - New Orleans - Turtles, Berries And Gumbo / Crawfish - Lover Doll - Trouble - Banana - Dixieland Rock - Young Dreams - New Orleans - King Creole - Don't Ask Me Why - As Long As I Have You / Outro - Tonight Is So Right For Love - What's She Really Like - Frankfort Special - Wooden Heart

CD 4: G.I. Blues  Pocketful Of Rainbows - Shoppin' Around - Big Boots - Didja' Ever - Blue Suede Shoes - Doin' The Best I Can - Tonight's Alright For Love - What's She Really Like - G. I. Blues - Doin' The Best I Can - Frankfort Special - Shoppin' Around  Tonight Is So Right For Love - Wooden Heart - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Big Boots - Didja Ever - Flaming Star - Flaming Star - A Cane And High Starched Collar

Tracks Volume 2 - 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 - 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

New Gospel Album?

Jim Murray talked about a new Sony project that will be out during Elvis week. He says that he recorded new backing vocals for three original Elvis recordings, together with other members of the Imperials and the Stamps. The songs are "So High", “Run On” and “Bosom Of Abraham”. He added that Lisa Marie is very involved in the project, and that she called Jim personally the other day to thank him for his involvement.

For the Good Times

The “For The Good Times” double CD from the Redemption import-label has been released. This comes as a deluxe digi-pack and contains all the performances from the 1972 “On Tour” movie in their entirety. As a bonus the set comes with April 5, 1972 Buffalo rehearsal. 


(Source: Amazon / Deelen / Elvis Aktuell)


April 11 - Chart Preview

UK album chart Chart preview:
  • The album “The Searcher” dropped from #18 to #24 in the UK Midweek Albums Chart (sales counted from the first five sales days).
  • In Germany the “The Searcher” entered on #39 in the Official Midweek Album Top 100.
Tabloid Trash

This week several bottom-scraping media sites and newspapers have been reporting that "Priscilla says 'Depressed Elvis killed himself'". The story was fabricated by a low-life UK tabloid and since then has been copied to other media sites. The supposed source is a Priscilla quote in the new documentary 'The Searcher'. While in the HBO doco Priscilla does claim that "she and loved ones had failed to try and wean Elvis off (prescribed) drugs" and that Elvis always stated that he knew what he was doing. There is no suggestion of suicide.

Priscilla now commented on the story:
"I never said Elvis was depressed and killed himself. My words "he knew what he was doing" were totally taken out of context. This story originated from a UK tabloid.  They credited 'The Searcher' as the source of this fabricated story. Shame on them! They know what they are doing, trying to sell papers by writing untruths. Thanks to those who see it for what it is: 'Fake News'"

Ginger Alden added:
"There is no truth to the new stories being recently spread around. Elvis was looking forward to many things, marriage, more children, serious films and his next tour. He was in a good mood.. He was ready to go back on stage, something he loved with all of his being. The garbage being placed out to the public is wrong, untrue and needs to stop! I encourage all Elvis fans to please know and understand that Elvis Presley would never and did not commit suicide."

(Source: Laser Freak / Elvis Information Network / Priscilla Presley / Ginger Alden)

April 10 - Elvis Live In Omaha ´74

The Follow That Dream collector's label has just announced the release of "Elvis: Omaha Nebraska '74" containing the afternoon and evening shows from June 30 1974. Because the production is nearly-completed on this CD, the release date is hoped to be around April 23. The CD comes in a 5 inch digital-pack. 

CD 1 - 30.06.1974 A/S 2:30pm:
C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - American Trilogy - Let Me Be There - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - Steamroller Blues - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.

CD 2 - 30.06.1974 E/S 8:30pm:
C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - How Great Thou Art - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There - Happy Birthday - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - My Way - Steamroller Blues (Incomplete).

(Source: Follow That Dream / FECC)

April 09 - The 50s In "Stereo" (Updated 10/04)


 The UK based Vee Tones Records released "Elvis Presley - The 50s In Stereo" containing twelve tracks in newly created "neophonic" stereo in green and orange vinyl. 

Product descripton:
This special collector’s edition vinyl offering from Vee-Tone Records, comes in two stunning coloured vinyl options (500 x green vinyl and 500 x orange vinyl). Hot on the heels of the neophonic stereo single "My Baby Left Me", "Elvis Presley - The 50s In Stereo" features 12 specially selected mono recordings given the neophonic stereo makeover. Individually numbered 001 – 500 of each vinyl color, this limited edition album will not re-pressed.

Chart Wrap-up

USA (Billboard chart week commencing April 8, 2018)

On the Classical Album chart the "The Wonder of You" cooperation between Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra climbed from #10 to #6. 

On the Top Christian Album chart the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation climbed from #28 to #24.

Canada (Billboard chart week commencing April 8, 2018)
  • On the Canadian Album Chart the "40 Years On" compilation dropped from #53 to #64.
Australia (ARIA chart week commencing April 9,2018)
  • On the Australian Aria Album Chart the “The King” CD makes a re-entry in the Top 100 at #87, climbing from #118.
  • On the Australian Aria Catalogue Albums the “The King” is a re-entry at #40.
  • On the Australian Aria Music DVD Chart the “Elvis: The King of Rock and Roll” DVD dropped from #16 to #26. 
Belgium (Ultratop chart week commencing April 7, 2018)
  • On the Belgian Mid-price Album chart (Flanders) the “Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” dropped from #18 to #40. 
  • On the Belgian Mid-price Album chart (Wallonia) the “Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” climbed from #41 to #23. 
United Kingdom (Official Chart Company chart week commencing April 8, 2018)
  • On the Official UK Music DVD chart the “The Elvis Collection” 6 DVD set dropped from #24 to #50. 
Scotland  (Official Chart Company chart week commencing April 6, 2018)
  • On the Scottish Top 100 Album chart the “Loving’ Elvis” compilation dropped from #35 to #69.
  • On the Scottish Top 100 Album chart the “The Platinum Collection” dropped from #47 to #91.
  • On the Scottish Top 100 Album chart the “The Real … Elvis” climbed from #96 to #91. 
(Source: Vee Tone Records / Laser Freak)

April 06 - 30 Million Dollars Can’t Be Wrong

An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley is up for auction with an estimated price tag of around $30 million. "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" depicts the hip-swiveling musician holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 movie Western "Flaming Star." 
A ghostly duplicate image hovers in the background. The 1963 black-on-silver portrait is being auctioned by Christie's in New York on May 17, alongside Warhol's "Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr." One of a series of mug shot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World's Fair, it's also expected to fetch "in the region of $30 million," Christie's says. 

The portraits are on display at Christie's London showroom from Friday until Tuesday. Christie's chairman Alex Rotter said the paintings of Elvis are "very memorable and early examples of Warhol's profound understanding of fame."

Back in November 2014 the 'Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)' with three identical images of Elvis in the same gun-slinging pose sold for an astounding US$81.9m

They Don’t Make ‘em Like They Used To. We Do


Coca-Cola plays up heritage in fresh ad campaign amid sluggish British sales and impending sugar tax. Coca-Cola is betting big on its 132-year-old recipe for a UK-wide campaign focused on the “original and authentic” taste of its flagship classic product as the brand faces both the challenge of putting the fizz back into sales and figuring out how to market smaller bottles at higher price points.

Launching April 6, 2018, the same day the UK government intends to impose a ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks companies, the brand’s ‘We Do’ campaign is centred around how Coca-Cola classic has kept the same recipe for 100 years (except from a 79-day recess in 1985). Coca-Cola’s new creative will run across OOH, print media and social. It depicts the brand’s unmistakable logo adjacent to an emblem of Elvis Presley, alongside the tagline: ‘They don’t make ‘em like they used to. We do.’ The spots are intended to show that despite the changing world around it, the drink has kept the same "authentic and original taste" since its inception in 1886.

DVD Re-issues


Due for release from Sofa Entertainment on August 25, 2018 are three Elvis Presley DVD set re-issues: “Just Elvis: All His Ed Sullivan Performances”, “Elvis - The Great Performances” and “The 3 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows: Starring Elvis”. 

The 3 documentary films on 2 DVDs explore the rise, music, personality and presence of the man to be crowned The King of Rock ’n’ Roll. 

“Center Stage” captures Elvis’ undeniable physical appeal and unrivaled artistic brilliance. “The Man And His Music” offers glimpses into Elvis’ private life and the difficult realities of his unprecedented fame. “From The Waist Up”, narrated by U2’s Bono, follows Elvis’ remarkable trajectory to stardom. Performances include “Blue Suede Shows,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “My Happiness,” “All Shook Up” and “Return to Sender.” Bonus features include interviews with band members D.J. Fontana & Scotty Moore, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, and fellow artists Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Just Elvis contains 13 performances from Elvis’ appearances on The Ed Sullivan between September 1956 and January 1957.  So explosive and radical were these performances that the network had to film ‘Elvis the Pelvis’’ final appearance, famously, from the waist up.


Three complete Ed Sullivan episodes packed on 2 DVDs feature Elvis Presley from September and October 1956 and January 1957. 13 performances from The King. Other guests include comedians Carol Burnett and Señor Wences, actor Charles Laughton, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. Special bonus material includes a home movie of a very early Elvis performance in Houston, Texas, Elvis and Ed remembered, and home movies of Elvis, Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie.

CD Re-Issues

Sony re-issued the 2003 4 CD set "Elvis - Close Up" featuring four important and key periods of Elvis Presley's incredible career. Fans will be delighted with the glimpse into Elvis' music making-making techniques. There are 89 songs by the King of Rock ‘N Roll.


Rare stereo masters from the ‘50s and outtakes from his first 4 post-Army films are also included. Hear the impressive and comprehensive outtakes from almost every Studio B session in Nashville. Finally, enjoy Elvis at the peak of his career in a complete, live concert recorded in San Antonio, Texas in 1972.

Import Releases Released


Three Elvis Presley import-releases from the Straight Arrow import-label have been released:"Elvis - He's The One In '71", "Rippin' It In Cincinnatti" and "Elvis - Philadelphia Freedom".

Tracks "Elvis - He's The One In '71": 
Orchestra Intro - Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Proud Mary - Sweet Caroline - Polk Salad Annie - Instrumental Intermezzo / Elvis Talks - Johnny B. Goode - It’s Impossible - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Suspicious Minds - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - I’m Leavin’ - Introduction Of Ed Parker - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

Tracks "Rippin' It In Cincinnatti":
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen  - Love Me - Let Me Be There - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Polk Salad Annie / Elvis Leaves The stage To Change The Jumpsuit - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra (By J. D. Sumner) - What'd I Say (James Burton, Instrumental) - Drum Solo (Larry Londin) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Elvis Returns - Piano Solo (Shane Keister) - Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - School Day - And I Love You So - Hurt (With Reprise) - Burning Love - America The Beautiful - Funny How Time Slips Away - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements

Tracks "Elvis - Philadelphia Freedom":
Part Of Pre-Program (28.05.1977 - Philadelphia):
Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky - By Joe Guercio & The Hot Hilton Horns) - Black Sunday (By Sweet Inspirations) - If You Leave Me Now (By Sweet Inspirations).

The Elvis Presley show: Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - America The Beautiful - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt, Incomplete) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown)  - Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt (#1) - Hurt (#2) - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Away (With Reprise) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements


(Source: Elvis Information Network / UEPS / Elvis Express / Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

April 05 - The Search Is Over

The soundtrack for the upcoming HBO special "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" has been released. The deluxe edition includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producers note from film director Thom Zimny. The soundtrack is also available on 2LP.

Synopsis:
The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist "who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music."

The 3CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis' career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings ("Heartbreak Hotel," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"), powerful vocal performances ("That's All Right," "Tomorrow Is a Long Time," "Trouble/Guitar Man") and rare outtakes ("Suspicious Minds," "Separate Ways"), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film-including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's original version of "That's All Right," Odetta's gospel version of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time") and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

CD 1: Trouble / Guitar Man - My Baby Left Me - Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Old Shep - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - That's All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Fool, Fool, Fool - Tweedlee Dee - Baby Let's Play House - Good Rockin' Tonight - Trying To Get To You - Blue Moon - When it Rains It Pours - Blue Christmas - Heartbreak Hotel - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Money Honey - Hound Dog - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - Crawfish - Trouble - Farther Along - Mona Lisa - Hide Thou Me - Loving You (End Title - Take 16) - Lonely Man (Solo Version) - Power Of My Love

CD 2: Milky White Way - A Mess Of Blues - Fame And Fortune - Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (With Frank Sinatra) - Like A Baby - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It's Now Or Never - Wooden Heart - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Reconsider Baby - Bossa Nova Baby - C'mon Everybody - Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Run On - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Suspicious Minds (Take 6) - Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal) - Words (Rehearsal) - That's All Right - Never Been To Spain - An American Trilogy - You Gave Me A Mountain - Burning Love (Rehearsal Version) - Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version) - Hurt (Take 5) - If I Can Dream

CD 3: Dissolution (Mike McCready) - Satisfied (The Blackwood Brothers) - That's All Right (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup) - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So (Joe Hill Louis) - Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames) - Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf) - Rock-A-My Soul (The Blackwood Brothers) - Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires) - Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats) - Write Me A Letter (The Ravens) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe) - Ain't That Right (Eddie Snow) - Just Walkin' In The Rain (Johnnie Ray) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) - Home Sweet Home (Gladys Presley) - Blowin' In The Wind (Odetta) - Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Odetta) - The Weight (The Staple Singers) - Heartbreak Hotel (The Orlons) - Wooden Heart (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) - Rebound (Mike McCready)

(Source: Sony Legacy / UEPS)