May 31 - Colored Vinyl Chart Updates

The "The Original U.S. EP Collection" will be re-issued by the Reel To Reel label on 10 inch picture discs. The previous version was released on white vinyl.

The Original U.S. EP Collection: Volume 1
Side A: Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One Sided Love Affair
Side BTutti Frutti - Tryin' To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darling')

The Original U.S. EP Collection: Volume 2
Side A: Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Money Honey - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Side B: Shake Rattle And Roll - I Love You Because - Blue Moon - Lawdy Miss Clawdy

The Original U.S. EP Collection: Volume 3 
Side A: Don't Be Cruel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - My Baby Left Me
Side B: Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - Mystery Train

Charts

The weekly chart-updates:

Belgium - Flanders (chart week May 26 to June 1, 2018)
  • Albums (Top 200): The Searcher (OST)  #44 (climbed from #111, 6th chart week)
USA (Billboard chart week May 27 to June 2, 2018)
  • Country Album Sales > The Searcher (OST)  #30 (dropped from #25)
  • Country Catalog Album (Top 25)  > Elvis: Ultimate Gospel  #23 (dropped from #16) 
  • Soundtrack Albums (Top 25) > The Searcher (OST)  #19 (three places dropped)
  • Top Christian Albums > Elvis: Ultimate Gospel  #24 (climbed from  #27)*
* The total US sales for 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' since publication in 2004: 604,500 albums.

Elvis, Strait, to Jesus


Elvis Presley's former piano player released his book "Elvis, Strait, to Jesus: An Iconic Producer's Journey with Legends of Rock 'n' Roll, Country, and Gospel Music"

Synopsis:
The King of Nashville, Tony Brown, offers a rare photographic journey through his 40-year career--including historical pictures and contemporary portraits of rock, country, and gospel music legends--in which he produced hundreds of #1 country songs that are beloved by millions.

From a child pianist banging out hymns in his family's gospel band, to playing keys for Elvis Presley, to producing a string of million-selling hits for artists like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Trisha Yearwood, Tony Brown's storied career has left a singular impression on American music.
Known as the King of Nashville, Tony is adored by the mega-artists whose sounds he was instrumental to crafting, the city he's proud to call home, the millions of fans of of his over 100 number 1 singles, and the aspiring musicians he continues to inspire.

The President of MCA Records for nearly two decades and co-founder of Universal South Records, Tony is also referred to as the founder of Americana music, who shook the scene with his edgy signing choices of Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett, before producing a Golden Era of country music from the eighties to the two-thousands, achieving over 100 million in sales.

His life, musical legacy, and friendships are celebrated in this keepsake coffee table book, including rare behind-the-scenes images. It also includes contemporary, artful shots of 40 musical greats beloved to Tony, all featured in a French Renaissance chair that has been traveled countrywide for them to pose in, bringing out each of these legends' unique personalities.

Included are historical or contemporary photos of artists such as Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Lionel Richie, Jimmy Buffet, and many more.

Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special' in Movie Theaters Worldwide

Fathom Events Partners With Authentic Brands Group to Exclusively Release Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special' in Movie Theaters Worldwide
Fathom Events has announced a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises LLC. The partnership kicks off this summer with an exclusive two-day theatrical release Elvis' legendary "'68 Comeback Special," directed and produced by Steve Binder, to cinema audiences worldwide.

The "'68 Comeback Special" will hit big screens with a two-day, 50th-anniversary event on August 16 and 20. More details, including screening times, locations and ticketing, will be announced in the coming weeks. The event and parties were brought together by music and media producer, Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17. Proffer and ABG's Marc Rosen, SVP Entertainment, will serve as the producers of the event and will collaborate on the development and distribution of new, exclusive cinema presentations.

"ABG is recognized as a global leader in the brand space and the company's commitment to creating immersive brand experiences aligns perfectly with Fathom's dedication to providing our audiences with exclusive, interactive and memorable cinema events," Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. "We look forward to working together on many exciting projects for cinema audiences worldwide, beginning with this rare concert experience for Elvis fans."

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Laser Freak / Broadway World)

May 30 - Elvis On Tour In Europe

The "The Wonder of You" production started their European tour. Priscilla Presley will make appearances at these concerts sharing memories. Il Volo will make a special appearance singing the duet "It’s Now Or Never" as recorded for the "If I Can Dream" album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

  • May 30Th – Helsinki, Helsingin jäähalli
  • June 1st – Sweden, Gothenborg Scandinavium
  • June 2nd – Sweden, Stockholm Ericsson Globe
  • June 3rd – Norway, Oslo Spektrum
  • June 4th – Denmark, Copenhagen Forum
  • June 6th – Hungary, Budapest, Papp László Sportarena
  • June 7th – Poland, Krakow, Tauron Arena
  • June 8th – Czech Republic, Prague, O2 Arena
  • June 11th – Madrid, Autonome Gemeinsch, WiZink Center
  • June 12th – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
  • June 14th – Mailand, Lombardy, Italy, Mediolanum Forum
  • June 15th – Schweiz, Zürich, Hallenstadion Zürich

(Source: Elvis in Concert)

May 27 - From the Beginning to the End

To be released soon by the SR import-label is the alum "From The Beginning To The End" with focus on Elvis’ first September 1970 tour. The album features the Opening Show of the tour from September 09, 1970 as recorded in Phoenix and the Closing Show of the Tour in from September 14, 1970 as recorded in Mobile. Both the shows are previously unreleased taken directly from a first generation tape.

From the press-release:
The SR attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without the doubt in the Elvis’ first Tour in the seventies present Elvis at the top of his possibilities, delivering maybe shorter shows respect the previous summer seasons, but still solid. If rock is attitude the man still has it. The performances are terrific rough and sharp.

Here are presented two unreleased shows from the September tour. Both the show are very similar, the track list is minimized and the shows are practically identical, with the exception of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Funny How Time Slips included in the final Show of Mobile.

We are happy and proud of the result we hope you can enjoy too, in spite of the limitation of the audience recording, we are talking of a big Arena shows no of the intimate Las Vegas showroom. The shows are fantastic and the track listing is solid, Elvis is delivering us a sort of greatest hits. Starting from his latest single I’ve Lost You then with the more successful The Wonder Of You, passing to the two best singles of 1969, In The Ghetto and Suspicious Minds without forgetting the glorious fifties with Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog…. All the songs are very well performed.

This new SR special Product will be housed in a deluxe long digipack, containing a 6 pages of foldout booklet with focus and details on the tour including a collection of live photographs newspapers clips and memorabilia plus a high quality glossy 135 gram paper poster of 50x26 cm size and a high glossy paper bonus art card of 25x13 cm of size.

In matter to have a special collector item, the 420 copies will be presented with six different sleeves variation (the tour touched six cities, so we decided to delivery six different sleeves, one for each city). All 420 copies will come hand numbered and individually sealed. 80 copies come as a deluxe edition with additional content in two variations of 40 copies. 

Details deluxe edition: two different sleeves:

  • Two deluxe edition  80  copies exclusive numbered, with large art glossy sticker  (two different art stickers)
  • Exclusive a/4 size digipack
  • Two variations of sleeve 40+40 copies
  • Exclusive personalized notebook with silk-screen printing logo&picture in the front cover, a/5 size 100 white pages.
  • Exclusive personalized tote bag.
  • Exclusive poster high glossy 135 gram  ( 48x28 cm)
  • Exclusive inside four page fold out sleeve in a high glossy paper of 300 gram, hand numbered
  • All the copies will come hand numbered and individually sealed.

Tracks Veteran Memorial Coliseum NV, Phoenix AZ September 09th 1970 (running-time: 42 min.)
01.That’s All Right 02. I Got A Woman/Amen 03. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (excerpt) 04. Love Me Tender 05. I’ve Lost You 06. Sweet Caroline (Intro Only) 07. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Band Introduction 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. The Wonder Of You 12. In The Ghetto 13. Heartbreak Hotel 14. Blue Suede Shoes/All Shook Up 15. Hound Dog 16. Suspicious Minds 17. Can’t Help Falling In Love 

Tracks Municipal Auditorium, Mobile AL, September 14th, 1970 (running-time 46 min.)
01. Intro 02. That’s All Right 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. I Walk The Line (excerpt) 05. Love Me Tender 06. I’ve Lost You 07. You ’ve Lost The Loving Feeling 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Band Introduction 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Band Introduction 12. The Wonder Of You 13. In The Ghetto 14. Heartbreak Hotel 15. Blue Suede Shoes/All Shook Up 16. Don’t Be Cruel 17. Hound Dog 18. Bridge Troubled Water 19. Suspicious Minds 20.Funny How Time Slips Away.21 Can’t Help Falling In Love 

(Source: FECC)

May 26 - Elvis The Legend on Blu-ray

Due from Polar Film + Medien GmbH on August 2, 2018 in Germany is the DVD "Elvis The Legend". It contains five documentaries and has a running-time of 350 minutes.

Titel 1: Thru the Years (documentary, 86 Min.)
Titel 2: Back to the Fifties (documentary, 64 Min.)
Titel 3: Elvis - Die Biografie (documentary, 62 Min.)
Titel 4: Elvis lebt! (movie, USA 2016, 82 Min.)
Titel 5: Elvis - King of Rock'n Roll (documentary, 65 Min.)

Due from release from Koch Media in Germany are Blu-ray and DVD editions of the classic movies “Wild in the Country” and “Kid Galahad

(Source: Amazon)

May 25 - From Camden with Love

The classic Diamond Anniversary Release (DAE) import-release "Old Times They Are Not Forgotten" has been re-issued on blue and red vinyl. These edition comes with an addition CD. 

From the press-release:
The first title "Here I Go Again" was a complete sell out and was well recieved by vinyl freaks. To make things not too complicated we have now chosen to release the very first title ever released on DAE “Old Times They Are Not Forgotten”. Obviously it contains the August 30 1976 show. We believe this new updated double album is the best outing of this show till now! And of course the show is included on CD too. This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. 

The Camden Collection

Released are two import box-sets containing the original "Camden" releases simply entitled "The Camden Collection" volumes 1 and 2.

With these stunning new box sets we are celebrating the unique Camden compilation albums, released in the UK between 1975 and 1986.  Although a product of Pickwick International , licensed from RCA Records, these albums are lovingly referred to as Camdens, simply because of the catalogue numbers and the big capital letters "Camden" on the record and cassette labels. 

Despite often being dismissed by long terms fans when they were originally released, these albums were the first point of call for younger people getting into Elvis' music. The budget prices, added to the eye-catching covers meant these were albums that found their way into many a home that had never owned an Elvis record.  So, for many, there is a fondness for these releases. 

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

The albums are packed in 2 beautiful 'clamshell' box sets: 
  • Each box set contains 6 legendary camden/pickwick albums 
  • Original album packaging has been painstakingly restored (they all look like a miniature version of the original vinyl albums) 
  • Original albums tracks ! 
  • Each box includes a 12 page fully illustrated booklet with 
  • Pictures and insightful commentary 
  • In true "camden" tradition, each box includes a free elvis ( mini ) poster ! 
From Elvis With Love


Re-issued on CD is the 1978 compilation "From Elvis with Love". Originally released in September 1978 by RCA Records, on a 2 record set.  Now for the first time on CD, the original "love" tracks, but in rare and hard to find alternate versions. 

Love Me Tender (live 1968, first stand up show) 
Can't Help Falling In Love (live 1968, first stand up show) 
The Next Step Is Love (undubbed master) 
I Need Your Love Tonight (take 15) 
I Can't Stop Loving You (live 02/19/70) 
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (take 17) 
I Love You Because (master) 
Love Letters (undubbed master) 
A Thing Called Love (take 3) 
A Big Hunk O' Love (live 02/16/72) 
Love Me (live 08/11/70) 
Without Love (undubbed master) 
Faded Love (undubbed edit master) 
Loving You (master) 
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (live 08/11/70) 
Have I Told You Latley That I Love You (stereo master) 
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (take 2) 
True Love (master)

(Source: FECC)

May 24 - Charts

The USA Billboard chart (week May 20 to 26, 2018)
  • Country Catalog Albums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel  #16 (climbed from #20)
  • Country Catalog Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits  #25 (re-entry)
  • Rock Album Sales: The Searcher  #41 (two places climbed)
  • Soundtracks: The Searcher #16 (two places dropped) 
  • Top Christian Albums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #27 (#27)
Canada (Billboard chart week May 20 to 26, 2018)
  • Canadian Albums: 40 Years On  #81 (two places dropped)

Where No One Stands Alone

Due for release from RCA Victor / Sony Legacy is the album "Where No One Stands Alone". 

(Source: Laser Freak / Amazon)

May 23 - Elvis Guitar Up For Auction

The guitar used by Elvis Presley in the 1963 Golden Globe-nominated musical/comedy film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on May 31, 2018.  Presley played the guitar in the scene in which heserenades Momma, singing ''We'll Be Together.'' The 1962 film was one of three Elvis movies shot in Hawaii. Bidding begins at $32,000.

The Martin 0-17 1944 guitar comes with a letter of authenticity from Presley's wardrobe manager Richard Davis. Davis noted Elvis also used the guitar as a "Movie Prop Guitar" to promote the film.
Davis stated Presley kept the guitar in California and played it at home. When Elvis moved to Memphis in 1968, he asked Davis to drive his Rolls Royce filled with personal belongings, including guitars, back to Graceland. After Presley's death in 1977, Davis and Elvis' father Vernon Presley helped organize the rock star's clothing at Graceland. At that point, Vernon gave Davis the "1944 Martin 0-17 Guitar serial number 87112.''

(Source: Broadway World)



May 22 - The King Trailer

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey. Here is the trailer.



Cancelled

Despite the "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour being pared back to only two shows - these have now been cancelled, presumably due to lack of ticket sales. There were only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates had already been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week. Now Cancelled - Despite the best efforts of the Promoter we were not able to rectify the situation .... 

(Source: FEC C / YouTube / Elvis Information Network)

May 20 - Weekend Charts (updated)

The Elvis Presley weekend charts:

United Kingdom (Official Chart Company week May 18 to 24, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Album chart: The Searcher  #16 (from #15)
Belgium - Flanders (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Albums Top 200 chart: The Searcher  #111 (from #108)
Belgium - Wallonia (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Mid Price Album Top 50 chart: The Essential Elvis Presley #48 (from #22)
Australia (ARIA chart week May 21 to 27, 2018)
  • Physical Albums (Top 100):  The King  #84 (dropped from #61)
  • Music DVDs: Elvis: King Of Rock 'n' Roll  #37 (dropped from #20)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 19 - Elvis Years



A heavily embellished white leather belt worn by Elvis Presley during a performance in November 1972 in Hawaii and gifted to actor and friend Jack Lord has been sold for $354,000. The estimate for this item was $20,000-40,000. 

The belt is adorned with faux turquoise, lapis lazuli, and coral, all set in gold-toned metal pieces. The buckle has a dragon-like resemblance, and three dangling brass chains are affixed to the bottom. Presley wore the belt with at least two different ensembles, including his well-known heavily jeweled “Thunderbird.”


It was one of fifty-nine Elvis Presley items sold during Julien's Music Icon's Auction. Other items that gained high bids were a ring given by Elvis to a fab ($100,000) and an 1968 Fender Telecaster Prototype (115.200 dollar).

The Elvis Years

Due for release from Anthem Publishing on May 24, 208 is volume one in a three volume series entitled "The Elvis Years". The first volume is entitled "From Tupelo To Stardom", the second "From fort Hood to Hollywood", due August 23, 2018 and volume 3 is entitled "From Comeback to Final Years". The latter is due November 11, 2018. 

Synopsis:
The Elvis Years is a brand new three-part series that celebrates the life, music and legacy of the one and only Elvis Presley.

For Volume 1 of The Elvis Years, we track the beginnings of Elvis's incredible career: from his birth and humble upbringing in Tupelo, to his pivotal move to Memphis and Sun Records fame. Beyond Sun, we then return to the studio sessions where Elvis made his mighty RCA major label debut.

Further in, we profile Elvis's original band, the Blue Moon Boys: guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana. Plus we take a look at his harmonious vocal backing quartet The Jordanaires. There's also an in-depth investigation into two of Presley's main collaborators from the period: Sun Records producer and label boss Sam Phillips and prodigious songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Other Volume 1 features include a look at 50s rockabilly Mecca the Louisiana Hayride, Elvis's first pop No. 1 single Heartbreak Hotel, the heralded Million Dollar Quartet session – with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash – and a sightseeing trip to Presley hot spots in Tupelo.

His first four seminal Hollywood film roles – Loving You, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole – are also given due attention, as are his fascinating connections to the UK. Lastly we feast our eyes on Presley's lavish 50s wardrobe and take a listen to a few of his lesser-spun wonders from the era. So join us as we retrace the King’s footsteps, from Tupelo to Stardom…

(Source: FECC / Anthem Publishing)

May 18 - New Elvis Vinyl

Due for release from Sony Music Canada on June 26, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the “Elvis Is Back” album. This edition comes on 180 Gr. Vinyl, packed in a gatefold cover. 

Due for release from the Bad Joker label on May 21, 2018 are the LPs "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions” and “Elvis Presley: Sun Singles 1950 - 1956: The Early Steps Of The King Of Rock And Roll”.

Tracks "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions”:
Side A: Lonely Man - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune
Side B: Wild In The Country (Maracas Version) - In My Way (Solo, Take 3 & 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 4, 5 & 6) - Wild In The Country (Take 3) - Wild In The Country (Take 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 10) - Wild In The Country (Take 8) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12 & 17) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Master - Take 1) - Wild In The Country (Take 9) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 15, 17 & 18) - Wild In The Country (Take 19)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 17 - Chart Update

The US Billboard chart (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)  
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #193 (#179) 1,189 sold albums from May 04 to 10, 2018
  • Country Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #23 (#29)
  • Country Catalog Albums (Top 25): Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #20 (#13)
  • Rock Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #43 (#40)
  • Soundtracks (Top 25): The Searcher #14 (#16)
  • Top Christian Albums: Elvis: The Ultimate Gospel #27 (#24), marking the  150th. week on the chart.
Billboard Canada (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)
  • Canadian Albums (Top 100): 40 Years On #79 (#60)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 15 - NBC Chart Update

In the current Australian chart week (May 14 to 20, 2018) Elvis isn't listed in the Top 100 Albums chart. The CD "The King" (last week at #86) dropped out of the chart and is this week at #109. 

Currently also not in the charts but Elvis' second best selling greatest hits compilation in Australia is the album "The 50 Greatest Hits": end of April at #229 climbed this CD for the first week of May at #155.

The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" climbed from #24 to #20 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

Greece (IFPI chart week 18): 
  • The Searcher (last week at #71) dropped out of the Top 75 Albums Sales Chart.
50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special

NBC announced a two hour TV  special entitled "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special". 

About the show
We all know Elvis Presley as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but it was his '68 comeback special on NBC that truly secured his reign. In that one thrilling special, donning iconic black leather and performing some of his most unforgettable hits, Elvis reclaimed his glory and put himself back at the top of the charts. This season, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic evening, an all-star group of music's superstars will pay tribute in Nashville, Tennessee, recreating the spectacle - even the staging - of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, we'll see rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the '68 comeback special, including Director Steve Binder. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.

Production Company: Ken Ehrlich Productions
Executive Producer: Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards," "Elton John: I'm Still Standing," "A Grammy Salute," "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Salute").

Saturday Night Fever

The Ragdoll import-release "Saturday Night Fever" has been released. It contains the near complete March 30th dinner show, which was previously released incomplete on ''Live From Las Vegas'' by the lf2 label, however this was a simple copy and paste job from vinyl source, and missed several songs (including "My Boy" and "I'll Remember You"). However the Ragdoll label was able to obtain a new source, which included the near complete show (the tape ran out near the end of ''Hound Dog''). Despite being incomplete the producers were able to get another tape of this show to complete this release, which was the source used for the "The Live Years" 3-LP set by the Astra label, back in the mid 80's, this time finally from tape source and not from a needle-drop. The sound is ambient and very good, the only song left incomplete is ''Can't Help Falling In Love''.

(Source: Laser Freak / NBC / FECC)

May 14 - Elvis Off Stage

The May 2018 releases from the Follow That Dream collectors are "Elvis: Off-On Stage" and a double vinyl LP entitled "The Last Movies".

Tracklist (* Previously unreleased)

I Got A Woman (16.02.1970 M/S) - Long Tall Sally (16.02.1970 M/S) - Let It Be Me (Je T'appartiens) (16.02.1970 M/S) - Don't Cry Daddy (17.02.1970 D/S) - I Can't Stop Loving You (17.02.1970 D/S) - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (17.02.1970 D/S) - Sweet Caroline (17.02.1970 D/S) - Kentucky Rain (19.02.1970 D/S) - Polk Salad Annie (17.02.1970 D/S) - Proud Mary (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Polk Salad Annie") - Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Polk Salad Annie") - See See Rider (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Elvis - Today, Tomorrow and Forever") - The Wonder Of You (18.02.1970 M/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "ELVIS 30 # 1 Hits"

Bonus Songs:
Don't Cry Daddy (16.02.1970 M/S) - Kentucky Rain (3:17) (16.02.1970 M/S) -  Love Me Tender (16.02.1970 M/S

Here are the tracks from the double LP "The Last Movies": 


Side A:
A Little Less Conversation (Take 11, 12, 16 - Single Master) - Wonderful World (Take 16, 17 - Master) - Edge Of Reality (Take 8 - Master) - Almost In Love (Track 2006 Take 4 And Vocal Overdubs 2012 Take 2, 3 - Master)

Side B:
A Little Less Conversation (Take 1, 2) - Wonderful World (Take 2, 3) - Edge Of Reality (Take 3) - Wonderful World (Take 7 - Movie Master) - A Little Less Conversation (Take 10 - Album Master) - Edge Of Reality (Take 5, 6 - Alternate Master)

Side C:
Charro - Letís Forget About The Stars (Rough Mix) - Clean Up Your Own Back Yard - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Female Vocals And Brass Overdub) - Almost - Signs Of The Zodiac (Duet With Marlyn Mason) - College Songs Medley (Far Above Cayuga’s Waters / Boola Boola / Dartmouth’s In Town Again / The Eyes Of Texas / On, Wisconsin / The Whiffenpoof Song / Fair Harvard / Notre Dame / Violet)

Side D:
Change Of Habit - Let’s Be Friends - Have A Happy - Let Us Pray (Alternate Vocal Overdub) - Rubberneckin’ - Almost (Take 29) - Charro (Rough Mix)

(Source: FECC / EM / FTD)

May 13 - Sold!

A watch gifted to Elvis Presley by RCA Records to celebrate his sale of 75-million records sold at an auction in Geneva today for $1,812,500. The watch was bought by the OMEGA Museum in Biel / Bienne. It will be displayed in their Omega museum. It was estimated to sell for between $54,000-$108,000. It is the highest price ever paid for an Omega watch.

The watch is 18k white gold with a caseback engraved: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60. It contains the manual-wound Omega Caliber 510, stamped with the OXG import code for the United States. The bezel is set with 44 round brilliant diamonds, and the dial contains no numerals, only markers, with a small seconds on the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock. The story behind the watch is that Elvis was sitting in a restaurant when he was approached by a man who said, “nice watch.” Elvis glanced at the man’s watch, a diamond-set Hamilton, and replied, “I like your watch too. Do you want to trade?” It was consigned to auction by the man’s nephew.

(Source: Forbes)

May 12 - Another Return of the Pelvis

The VV import-label released a limited edition of 50 copies of their "The Return of the Pelvis" title. Like previous variations of this individually numbered release from the same label this edition comes with exclusive content too. 

An exclusive glossy large art sticker  (Four Different)
Exclusive heavy boxset (32x32x3,5 CM)  
Exclusive 300 Gr. glossy oversleeve (hand numbered)
Sealed standard edition vinyl set (individually numbered)
Exclusive high quality 300 Gr. paper art card (individually numbered)  
Exclusive high-quality T-Shirt (Sizes L and XL)
Exclusive 5 inch glossy paper 110 Gr. sticker
Exclusive cassette, red colored containing the actual show.

May 10 - Charts (Updated May 13)

The latest chart updates for Canada, the United States and Greece:

Canada (Billboard chart week from May 6 to 12, 2018):
  • Albums Top 100: 40 Years On #60 (climbed from #73)
USA (Billboard chart week from May 6 to 12, 2018):
  • Rock Album Sales: The Searcher #40 (re-entry) 
  • Sondtracks: The Searcher #16 (dropped from #14)
  • Top Christian Abums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #24 (#24)
  • Top Country Albums: The Searcher #47 (dropped three places)
  • Top Country Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #48 (re-entry)
  • Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #179 (1,301 sold albums)
  • Country Album Sales: The Searcher #29 (dropped from #21)
  • Country Catalog Albums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #13 (one place climbed)
  • Country Catalog Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #20 (climbed from #23) 
  • Soundtrack Album Sales: The Searcher #14  (dropped from #9)
Greece (IFPI week 17)
  • Top 75 Albums Sales: The Searcher (#71 re-entry, 3rd chart week)
Belgium - Wallonia (chart week from May 12 to 18, 2018):
  • Top 200 Albums: The Searcher  #135 (four places dropped) 
  • Mid Price Albums: The Essential Elvis Presley  #22 (climbed from #41)
  • Mid Price Albums: Top 40 Elvis - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection  #33 (re-entry)  
Belgium- Flanders:
  • The Searcher is a re-entry at 108 in the Ultratop 200 Albums.
UK (chart week from May 11 to 17, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Albums: The Searcher  #15 (dropped from #9)
(Source: Laser-Freak)

May 09 - The Comeback LP

Due for release from the Friday Music label on July 6, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the classic 1968 "Elvis (TV Special)". This edition comes in 180 Gr. red vinyl packed in a gatefold cover.

Tracks Side A: Trouble - Guitar Man - Lawdy,Miss Clawdy - Baby,What You Want Me To Do - Dialogue - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - All Shook Up - Can't Help Falling In Love - Jailhouse Rock - Dialogue - Love Me Tender

Side B: Dialogue - Where Could I Go But To The Lord - Up Above My Head - Saved - Dialogue - Blue Christmas - Dialogue - One Night -  Memories -  Nothingville - Dialogue - Big Boss Man - Guitar Man - Little Egypt - Trouble - Guitar Man - If I Can Dream.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 08 - The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley

After a wait of over two years, the re-release of the JAT Publishing book "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" is finally due. 
JAT Publishing completed the work updating the book and it will go to the printers after the June release of the new book about "Harum Scarum" featuring over 150 unreleased photos from the 1965 movie. 

For "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" book, JAT found some newer images and documents and art boards. The book contains most of the original photography for the albums, singles and extended plays released in Elvis Presley's lifetime. Many of the photos are the full gorgeous images as they were originally photographed with many never before seen in their entirety according to the press-release. 

(Source: JAT Publishing)

May 07 - The Reno Book

The "The Reno Brothers" book from the Norwegian author Erik Lorentzen on Elvis Presley's debut movie "Love Me Tender" (originally entitled "The Reno Brothers") is ready and has gone to the printers. 

(Source: EM)

May 05 - Four Classic Albums Plus

Due for release from the Avid Rock N Roll label on June 1, 2018 is the double CD set "Four Classic Albums Plus" containing the orginal albums "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and as a special bonus the 7 Inch EP "Jailhouse Rock". 

Product description:
AVID Rock N Roll continues with its Four Classic Albums plus series with a re-mastered 2CD second set release from Elvis Presley complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. 'King Creole'; 'G.I. Blues'; 'Blue Hawaii', 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and as a special bonus the 7'' EP 'Jailhouse Rock'. 

We could have called our second Elvis set, 'Elvis At The Movies', or 'Elvis Goes to the Movies', or 'A Movie Date With Elvis' or 'Movies Right Along With Elvis'... err, perhaps not that last one... but, well, you get the picture!


It's time to forget what you may have read about the string of movies that the King made in the late 50s and 60s regarding the questionable quality of some of them. This release is about the music, and after all is said and done, that is what made Elvis, the King in the first place! So leave your celluloid prejudices at the door and step inside the auditorium and take a listen to some great music from Elvis Presley. After all, you are going to hear some of these fine Elvis classics, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Wooden Heart, Blue Suede Shoes, Return To Sender, You're So Square alongside some classic songs you may have forgetten you loved all along! Maybe your eyes were elsewhere while you watched the movies way back when! Can't imagine where?

Tracks CD 1 - King Creole:
King Creole - As Long As I Have You - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Dixieland Rock - Don’t Ask Me Why - Lover Doll - Crawfish - Young Dreams - Steadfast, Loyal And True - New Orleans

G. I. Blues:
Tonight’s So Right For Love - What’s She Really Like - Frankfort Special - Wooden Heart - G. I. Blues - Pocket Full Of Rainbows - Shoppin’ Around - Big Boots - Didja’ Ever - Blue Suede Shoes - Doin’ The Best I Can

CD 2 - Blue Hawaii:
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 - Ito Eats - Slicing Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - Island Of Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song

Girls, Girls, Girls:
Girls! Girls! Girls! - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From - I Don’t Want To - 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 - The Walls Have Ears - We’re Coming In Loaded

Jailhouse Rock (EP):
Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don’t Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care

The Weekend Chart Update

Australia:
  • Albums Chart (Top 100): The King #86 (Dropped From #82)
  • Catalogue Albums:  The King #42 (One Place Dropped; 40th Chart Week)
  • Music DVD Chart (Top 40): Elvis: King Of Rock N Roll #24 (Climbed From #40)
Belgium Wallonia (Chart Week May 5 To 11, 2018)
  • Albums (Top 200): The Searcher #131 (Dropped From #121)
  • Mid Price Albums (Top 50): The Essential Elvis Presley #41 (dropped from #6)
Belgium Flanders (Chart Week May 5 To 11, 2018)
  • Mid Price Albums (Top 50): Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection #46 (Re)
Greece (IFPI Chart Week 16)
  • Albums Sales Chart (Top 75): The Searcher dropped out of the chart after new entry at #50 in last week.
Ireland (Official Irish Chart Week May 4 To 10, 2018)
  • Albums Chart (Top 100): ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #99 (Re)
United Kingdom (Official UK Chart Week May 4 To 10, 2018)
  • Physical Albums: The Searcher #91 (Re)
  • Soundtrack Albums: The Searcher  #9 (climbed from #14)
  • Record Store (Top 40) : The King In The Ring #11 (climbed from #26)
(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak)

May 04 - Bankrupt

The two "Elvis In Concert - The Wonder of You" concerts with Priscilla Presley, large orchestra and Elvis on big screen in Madrid and Barcelona have been cancelled. Originally fans thought it was due to poor ticket-sales, but it appears that the promoter Crazy Music Productions SL is bankrupt. Fans who bought a ticket should be reimbursed for 75% of their ticket-price with the money that is available in the bank account of the company. The remaining percentage is included in the list of debtors and included in the bankruptcy process. The new The Wonder Of You tour will start in Finland on 30 May. 

(Source: Cray Music / EM)

May 03 - News Report April 2018

The April 2018 Follow That Dream release "Omaha, Nebraska '74" has been released and arrived at the first dealers in Europe. This double CD features both the June 30 1974 Midnight and Evening shows.

Charts

The Australian Charts for the chart week running from April 30, to May 6, 2018:
Album Chart Top 100: The King #82 (dropped 2from #80)
Catalogue Albums: The King #41 (dropped from #34.)
Music DVD Chart Top 40: Elvis: The King of Rock And Roll #40 (dropped from #20).

News Report

You could read it here, now you can watch the Elvis News wrap-up from April 2018 on-line.




(Source: EM / Lasser Freak / Emiel Maier / YouTube)

May 01 - Billboard Charts (Updated)

The Billboard Chart for the week April 29 to May 5, 2018:

King In The Ring (O.S.T.) - First Week
  • Top 200 Album Sales #121 (2,366 Sold Albums) 
  • Country Album Sales #17
  • Rock Album Sales #43
  • Top Current Albums #83
Top 200 Album Sales 
  • The Searcher #167 (1,910 Sold Albums; 8,167 in total since release)
Country Album Sales 
  • The Searcher #21 (Dropped From #17)
Top Country Albums
  • The Searcher #44 (Dropped From #30)
Country Catalog Albums
  • Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #14 (Dropped From #12)
  • ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #23 (Dropped From #19)
Soundtracks 
  • The Searcher #14 (Dropped From #8)
Top Christian Albums 
  • Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #24 (Dropped From #23)
Canadian Albums
  • 40 Years On Is The 3rd Chart Week At #73

Croatia
  • The King In The Ring (OST) is listed at #24 on Croatian Album Chart (Foreign Artists).
(Source: Laser Freak)