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)