October 19 - Bootleg Vinyl and CD

A few new vinyl and CD import-releases have been announced. "King Of The Whole Wide World - The Kid Galahad Sessions" containing the "Kid Galahad" recording sessions, "You Asked me Too" with 14 country oriented songs from the late 1960's and 1970's, "Elvis Sings Mort Shuman And Doc Pomus" a collection of 19 rare and hard to outtakes from songs written by both Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus and finally "Let Me Take You Home", a double vinyl and  2 CD release containing the June 10, 1975 performance.

From the press-releases:

"King Of The Whole Wide World - The Kid Galahad Sessions". A sublime 4 CD boxset with the most complete "Kid Galahad" recording sessions ever presented, including many tracks unreleased by Elvis' official record company. This stunning box also includes the complete film versions and original mono masters as well as the stereo masters! The mono sessions are presented in the best audio quality till now. Far superior to recent previous releases. Included is a neat 12 page booklet! 

Reel 1 - The Stereo “EP” Versions 
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo Outtakes 
07 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 1-3 08 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 6 09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 7-8 10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 13-17 11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-21 & 25 12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 31 13 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 2 14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Complete Spliced Master 15 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-3 & 6-7 16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 10 17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 12 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14 19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21 Unedited Master

Reel 2 - The Original Mono EP Versions 
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo Outtakes Continued 
07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1 08 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 6 09 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7 10 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1 11 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 6 12 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2 Unedited Master 13 This Is Living (M6) / Take 2 14 This Is Living (M6) / Take 8 15 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3 16 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4 

Unedited Master 
The Long Stereo Masters - Left Channel Mixes 
17 King Of The Whole Wide World 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is 19 I Got Lucky 20 A Whistling Tune 

The Stereo “EP” Masters - Left Channel Mixes
21 King Of The Whole Wide World 22 This Is Living 23 Riding The Rainbow 24 Home Is Where The Heart Is 25 I Got Lucky 26 A Whistling Tune

Reel 3 - The Movie Versions
01 King Of The Whole Wide World 02 This Is Living 03 Riding The Rainbow 04 Home Is Where The Heart Is 05 I Got Lucky 06 A Whistling Tune 07 I Got Lucky - End Version 08 This Is Living - Edit 

The Mono Outtakes 
09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 16-19 10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-23 11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 24-25 12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 26-29 13 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 30-31 14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 1-2 15 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 3-8 (Intro Only) 16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-4 17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 5-7 18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 8-10 19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 11-12 20 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14 21 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 15-20 22 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21

Reel 4 - The Mono Sessions Continued 
01 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1 02 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 2-3 03 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 4 04 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 5-6 05 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7 06 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 8 07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 9 (Ending Only) 08 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 1-2 09 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 3 10 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 5 * 11 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 6 12 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 7 13 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1 14 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 2-3 15 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 4-6 16 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 1 17 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2 18 This Is Living (M6) / Take 1-2 19 This Is Living (M6) / Take 3 20 This Is Living (M6) / Take 4-6 21 This Is Living (M6) / Take 7-8 22 This Is Living (M6) / Take 9-10 23 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3 24 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4 * Take 4 Was Skipped 

Details You Asked me Too

After the release of “The Swinging Sixties” (Petticoat LP 001) now it is time for the second release of the newly found Petticoat label. A fantastic vinyl album plus bonus CD album with 14 country oriented rare and hard to find songs from the late 1960's and 1970's ! Great stuff, housed in a stunning full color sleeve and available in both gold and clear vinyl.

1. It's Your Baby You Rock It - Alternate Mix 2. You Asked Me To - Take 3a 3. Green Green Grass Of Home - Take 3 4. Talk About The Good Times - Take 3 5. Let's Forget About The Stars - Rough Mix 6. Susan When She Tried - Original Session Mix 7. I Really Don't Want To Know - Rough Mix 8. Promised Land - Take 5 9. When I'm Over You - Undubbed Rough Mix 10. Early Morning Rain - Take 11 11. Any Day Now - Alternate Mix 12. For Ol' Times Sake - Take 4 13. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind - Vocal Overdub 14. Cindy Cindy - Undubbed Master 

Details Elvis Sings Mort Shuman And Doc Pomus

Based on the 1985 vinyl album, this stunning collection contains 19 rare and hard to outtakes from songs written by both Mort Shuman and Doc Pomus. Great 6- panel digipack with liner notes and original artwork.

1. A Mess Of Blues - Take 1 2. His Latest Flame - Take 3 3. Little Sister - Take 9 4. Surrender - Take 9 5. Suspicion - Take 3 6. Kiss Me Quick - Take 6 7. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - Take 5 8. Night Rider - Take 5 9. I Need Somebody To Lean On - Take 8 10. Viva Las Vegas - Take 2 11. Doin' The Best I Can - Take 9 12. I Feel That I've Known You Forever - Take 1 13. Double Trouble - Take 1 14. Long Lonely Highway - Single Master 15. Never Say Yes - Take 5 16. She's Not You - Take 2 - Work Part Take 1 17. What Every Woman Lives For - Album Master 18. Girl Happy - Take 4 19. You'll Think Of Me - Take 16 

Details Let Me Take You Home (double vinyl + 2 CD)

23 years after the first Diamond Anniversary Editions release "old times they are not forgotten" the DAE team has joined together for some very special vinyl releases. The first two titles: "Here I Go Again" and "Old Times They Are Not Forgotten" were a complete sell out and was well recieved by vinyl freaks. Now the second CD that was released by DAE is available on this deluxe double vinyl album “Let Me Take You Home”. It contains the June 10 1975 show. And it's a beauty! 

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. The show is remastered and updated in the best way possible! This set also includes a bonus cd containing the comedy act and the pre-show. This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. Get it while you can and add this awesome DAE product to your collection. 

LP Side 1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. Love Me Tender
LP Side 2: 01. All Shook Up 02. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 03. Hound Dog 04. Fairytale 05. Burning Love 06. Introductions 07. Johnny B. Goode 08. Introductions 09. Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll
LP Side 3: 01. Introduction Of Vernon Presley & Dr. Nick 02. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 03. Why Me Lord 04. How Great Thou Art 05. Let Me Be There 
LP Side 4 01. Funny How Time Slips Away 02. Little Darlin’ 03. An American Trilogy* Bonus Cuts
04. An American Trilogy (June 9, 1975) 05. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (June 9, 1975) 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (June 6, 1975) 08. Closing Vamp (June 6, 1975) 
*Incomplete / Tape Runs Out

CD 1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. Love Me Tender 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 09. Hound Dog 10. Fairytale 11. Burning Love 12. Introductions 13. Johnny B. Goode 14. Introductions 15. Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll 16. Introduction Of Vernon Presley & Dr. Nick 17. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 18. Why Me Lord 19. How Great Thou Art 20. Let Me Be There 21. Funny How Time Slips Away 22. Little Darlin’ 23. An American Trilogy* 
*Incomplete / Tape Runs Out 

Bonus Cuts:
24. An American Trilogy (June 9, 1975) 25. Mystery Train/Tiger Man (June 9 1975) 26. Can’t Help Falling In Love (June 6, 1975) 27. Closing Vamp (June 6, 1975)

CD 2: 01. Jackie Kahane Comedy Act 02. Love Me Tender - Orchestra 03. Announcement Of Voice 04. Keep It Goin’ - Voice 05. Going Back To Memphis - Voice 06. Announcements & Band Warm Up 

(Source: FECC)

October 18 - Weekly Lawsuit News (Updated)

The "Weekly News" magazine features Elvis Presley n the cover of their October 2018 magazine. Inside an article entitled "The Rise And Fall Of The King". 

New Lawsuit Elvis Presley Enterprises Filed Against Memphis

Elvis Presley Enterprises filed another lawsuit against the city of Memphis this week, arguing a delay in the approval process for Graceland expansion plans is retaliatory and unlawful.

“That’s not the first time Graceland has sued us, that’s I think the third time that’s happened,” Mayor Jim Strickland said Thursday. “Bottom line: The private owners of Graceland want public taxpayer dollars to put into their privately-owned facilities. And we have a problem with that.”

The new lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, alleges a delay earlier this month in the Land Use Control Board’s consideration of a major Graceland expansion plan was meant to punish Graceland.

A 6,200-seat arena is among the expansion plans, which Memphis city officials have said they believe would violate a non-compete agreement with the FedExForum.

The Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County voted earlier this year in favor of the Graceland expansion project, provided it doesn’t violate the non-compete agreement. The Shelby County Commission in June gave its blessing to the expansion plans with the condition that a judge settles the dispute over the non-compete agreement.

But action by the Land Use Control Board is being deferred until pending litigation in Chancery Court is resolved.

Elvis Presley Enterprises is seeking an increase to the percentage of tax increment financing it receives to help pay for the next phase of the expansion project. The Memphis Grizzlies lease agreement for the FedExForum states that city funding can’t be used for a new venue that seats more than 5,000 people and would compete with the Downtown Memphis facility.

The new lawsuit contends that the city, specifically Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen, took “unlawful and retaliatory” action, blocking the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development from approving Graceland’s development application, in response to the Graceland stance on the arena agreement, and the fact that it obtained resolutions from EDGE and the county “over the city’s objections.”

"Simply put, (Elvis Presley Enterprises) proceeded with the non-arena aspects of the project because it had an unfettered right to do so, and there was nothing prohibiting it from proceeding with that portion of the project," the lawsuit states.

The allegations "appear to claim" the city shouldn't be allowed to communicate with the Office of Planning Development about the state court lawsuit, despite the fact that the office is a joint city-county operation, McMullen said in a statement, also noting that EDGE's approval of funneling taxpayer dollars to the Graceland expansion is contingent on a court ruling that it wouldn't breach the FedExForum non-compete agreement.

That resolution would grow to 65 percent the share of funds Graceland draws from its tax increment financing district, which earmarks property tax revenue from assessed value increases within the district.

McMullen in a statement called the new lawsuit largely a “rehash” of the allegations raised in a separate lawsuit in state court, which the city has filed a motion to dismiss.

“It is hard to see how the lawsuit is legally sound,” McMullen said in the statement. “Unfortunately, once again it appears EPE is using lawsuits as part of their business strategy.”

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Jamie Munks for Commerial Appeal)

October 17 - Dubious Letters from Elvis

Due for release on November 1, 2018 is the book "Letters from Elvis: Shocking Revelations to a Secret Confidante". A bit dubious sounding, make up you're own mind.

Letters from Elvis may be the most important and revealing book ever written about 'The King.' It is based on material contained in hundreds of handwritten and authenticated letters that Elvis and his friends-Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Tom Jones-secretly wrote to their spiritual guide, Carmen Montez. 

Never has such an intimately revealing collection of letters surfaced about such a well-known celebrity. Letters from Elvis is an explosive revelation of Elvis's inner life, an exposé of heinous Hollywood crimes that targeted Elvis, a touching tale of friendship, an eerie ghost story, and a series of startling new Elvis mysteries. Because rigorous copyright laws prevent direct publication of the actual letters, the book also tells the story of the author's thirty-year struggle to bring this information to light.

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

October 16 - Pure And Simple Soundtrack Sessions

Due for release from the Elvis One import-label are two new titles; “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs” and “Elvis - Pure And Simple 2

From the press-release:
The "Elvis Pure and Simple" CD contains tracks by Elvis Presley without backing vocals or overdubs, the pure sound of Elvis Presley. Original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. In most of the studio sessions the backing musicians were there with Elvis and Elvis was singing along with them – yet here these vocals are faded out if they were present. A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 page booklet with photos and recording information.

The “Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs”  contains original masters but also some alternate versions were used for this release. 22 tracks, with 11 tracks previously unavailable through Elvis Presley's record company. All tracks in the best possible sound quality! A total of 16 stunning songs! Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Tracks Elvis Soundtrack Sessions: 22 Great Songs:
Roustabout (Take 16 - Vocal Overdub) - Am I Ready (Take 6) - A Dog’s Life (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Lonely Man (Take 3 - Record Version) - Smorgasbord (Take 2) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub - Alternate Master) - A Cane And A High Starched Collar (Take 6) - Everybody Come Aboard (Take 3) - Kissin’ Cousins (Hillbilly Vocal Overdub) - She’s A Machine (Take 14) - My Desert Serenade (Take 10) - Aloha ‘Oe (Section 2 - Take 2) - Britches (Take 7 - Vocal Overdub) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 10 - Remake) - King Of The Whole Wide World (1st Version - Take 6) - Dainty Little Moonbeams (Take 6 - Unedited Master) - Girls! Girls! Girls! (Take 15 - Unedited End Title Version) - Vino, Dinero y Amor (Take 1) - Flaming Star (Take 3) - Stay Away, Joe (Take 9) - Happy Ending (Take 10 - End Title) - Tender Feeling (Vocal Overdub - Master - Take 1 - Vocal Only)

Tracks Elvis Pure And Simple 2:
Just For Old Time Sake - Starting Today - Can't Help Falling In Love - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - He Knows Just What I Need - Doin' The Best I Can - Suspicion - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Fame And Fortune - Something Blue - I Don't Want To - Tomorrow Night - Please Don't Stop Loving Me - I'm Yours - I Will Be Home Again - I'll Never Let You Go (lLittle Darlin').

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

October 15 - Las Vegas '56 Book

Due from Erik Lorentzen's KJ Consulting December 2018 in the "Golden Standard Series" is the book "Las Vegas ´56". 

"Las Vegas '56, when "The Atomic Powered Singer" Elvis Presley was singing Rock 'n' Roll, loudly, in Frank Sinatra's Town...".

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / FECC)

October 14 - Avventura In Oriente

The Victrola import-label announced the release of "Avventura In Oriente", the "ultimate release" of Elvis’ ''Harum Scarum" movie soundtrack material.

From the press-release:
What makes this new release so special? Most of it has been released before, but never before in such pristine quality! The outtakes come from a direct copy of a DAT cassette that was made on November 1989 in New York City. 

It was a surprise to discover masters that we had not heard in the way before. On this DAT copy there were also other outtakes from other studio sessions. Most of these outtakes have been released before but never before have they been heard in stereo. The special feature of the Harum Scarum sessions is that the songs were recorded with two drummers that can also be heard simultaneously, this is clearly audible in the sessions.

The mono masters come from the first English pressing of the UK LP Harem Holiday. What you hear is the authentic sound that was on the LP. As this release deals with the year 1965, some other songs are included on this release as a bonus features; 
- Crying In the Chapel: was issued on April 6, 1965, in RCA's 'Gold Standard Series'. It became Elvis' first million seller (!) since 'Return To Sender' in 1962 and his greatest chart success over a six-year span.
- (Such An) Easy Question: was released as a single on June 8, 1965. It was the follow-up release to 'Crying In The Chapel' and peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single reached the top of the Billboard Easy Listening Chart, spending two weeks at number one in July 1965. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the movie 'Tickle Me', released on June 3, 1965. 

Tracks Disc 1: 
01. Go East, Young Man (Master)
02. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Master)
03. Shake That Tambourine (Master)
04. Mirage (Master)
05. Kismet (Master)
06. Hey, Little Girl (Master)
07. Golden Coins (Master)
08. My Desert Serenade (Master)
09. Harem Holiday (Master)
10. Animal Instinct (Master)
11. Wisdom Of The Ages (Master)
12. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 7, 8, 10)
13. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 1)
14. My Desert Serenade (Takes 1-3)
15. Wisdom Of The Ages (Takes 1, 2)
16. Kismet (Takes 1, 2)
17. Hey, Little Girl (Takes 1, 2)
18. Animal Instinct (Take 1)
19. Golden Coins (Takes 1-4)
20. Harem Holiday (Takes 1, 2)

Tracks Disc 2:
01. Animal Instinct (Takes 3, 4)
02. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 14, 16)
03. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 3)
04. My Desert Serenade (Take 7)
05. Kismet (Takes 3-5)
06. Golden Coins (Takes 7, 8)
07. Hey, Little Girl (Take 3)
08. Shake That Tambourine (Takes 18-21)
09. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 3)
10. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 4)
11. My Desert Serenade (Take 8)
12. My Desert Serenade (Take 10)
13. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 4)
14. Harem Holiday (Movie Version)
15. My Desert Serenade (Movie Version)
16. Go East, Young Man (Movie Version)
17. Mirage (Movie Version)
18. Kismet (Movie Version)
19. Shake That Tambourine (Movie Version)
20. Hey, Little Girl (Movie Version)
21. Golden Coins (Movie Version)
22. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Movie Version)

Tracks Disc 3:
01. Harem Holiday (Mono Master)
02. My Desert Serenade (Mono Master)
03. Go East, Young Man (Mono Master)
04. Mirage (Mono Master)
05. Kismet (Mono Master)
06. Shake That Tambourine (Mono Master)
07. Hey, Little Girl (Mono Master)
08. Golden Coins (Mono Master)
09. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Mono Master)
10. Animal Instinct (Mono Master)
11. Wisdom Of The Ages (Mono Master)
12. A Slave To Your Kiss (Unused Demo)
13. Wisdom Of The Ages (An Alternate Song - Unused Demo)
14. Harum Scarum Movie Trailer
15. Crying In The Chapel (Takes 1-3)
16. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Take 1)
17. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Takes 2-4)
18. Such An Easy Question (Movie Version)
19. I Feel That I've Known You Forever (Movie Version)
20. Do The Clam (Movie Version)
21. Do The Clam (Instrumental Track - Take 5, Acetate)
22. Interview With Herman's Hermits (August 18, 1965, Honolulu, Hawaii) 

Important note: label Victrola is planning double CD called "Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond"(Victrola 2018-03-2). This is follow up to their summer  success with "Elvis April 14, 1972 Greensboro" double CD.

You can expect same great quality! The recording that we obtained was again mixed down from the original 8- and 16-track masters fairly recently and stored back in the vaults. We know you will be thrilled when you hear this recording, which has the signature of the best Elvis live mixes released officially thus far. The wide, dynamic stereo sound is just friggin' unbelievable and puts you right in that Richmond audience.

The "Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond" release will be presented in a deluxe double digi-pack, accompanied with a 16-page booklet. More details and track listing will be published by the label soon.

(Source: FECC)

October 13 - Saved

The Star import-label announced the release of the DVD "I'm Saved"; a ned rendition of the famous 1968 Comeback Television Special. Usually the Start releases come as a DVD-Recordable in a long digitized-pack. This release is limited to 500 copies.

From the press-release:

The year is 1968. After several years of making movies without personal appearances things are about to change. 

This new release is purely fictional and presents Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special in a totally different way; Elvis is hosting his own TV Special and tells his side of the story. 
Elvis talks about his career, first record and Hollywood. His personal life, tragedies, future plans and God, giving you an intimate look at his life and career in a way only he can. Including rare footage and home movies , original clips from the movies, and some cool vintage commercials from 1968! (Yes, the Big Mac also has its 50th anniversary!).

Presented in "True” widescreen for the first time! Not stretching out Elvis body or face, but all shots individually repaired for the best result! The opening is sensational and has a FULL version of Trouble/Guitar Man, including Elvis' footage from the Discotheque, Supper Club, wearing Black leather as well as the original version all edited to perfection! 
After the first "Elvis Speaks" part the show starts with some of his first Sun Records; That’s All Right, Trying To Get To You and Tiger Man get the special really started! 

Most clips have been re-edited for watching pleasure, for example the “break up" version of Heartbreak Hotel (second sit down) has been recreated as a full rockin’ version! Same goes for That’s All Right and Blue Suede Shoes; full versions without repeatable parts, making some portions shorter then usual but it all works quite well for the overall “feel” of this Special. 

The gospel section also has been re-done including rare alternate footage and performances. All songs have been re-edited. Elvis talks through the whole special and lots of rare footage accompanies him while doing so. 

We already can hear all the critics ... "Why include the boring commercials” ... but it is part of the idea of recreating something in a way as if it is 1968 and this special was shown on TV, including commercial breaks. Don’t worry, you can skip them if you like, but we advise not to do this the first time you watch it. 
All fans must agree that 1968 “Saved” Elvis' career, so no need to explain why the producers of this DVD called it: "I'm Saved".

Sit back and relax, and let Elvis take you on a musical journey through his Life. 
You’ve all heard the stories... Now hear the true ones from the man himself! 

Full track listing:
Trouble/Guitar Man
Elvis Speaks Part 1
That’s All Right
Trying To Get To You
Tiger Man
Elvis Speaks part 2
Little Egypt
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Elvis Speaks part 3
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
One Night
Love Me
Let Yourself Go
Elvis Speaks part 4
Heartbreak Hotel
Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/All Shook Up/Hound Dog
Don’t Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do
A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Speaks part 5
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Big Boss Man
It Hurts Me
Elvis Speaks part 6
If I Can Dream
Elvis Speaks part 7
Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved

(Source: FECC)

October 12 - Vintage Charts (Updated)

Elvis Presley is featured on the cover of the November / December 2018 edition of Vintage Rock magazine. 

It’s an Elvis extravaganza in the new Vintage Rock as we revisit The King’s ‘68 Comeback Special’, and talk exclusively to the producers and musicians who were part one of the greatest performances in rock ’n’ roll history!

Other articles on "vintage artists: "Wow! That´s Somethin´ Else" (Eddie Cochran), The Art Of Twang (Duane Eddy), Queen In Waiting (Aretha Franklin) and It Was 60 Years Ago Today... (The Quarrymen).

#1 Vinyl

The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation has been re-issued as a double LP on gold colored vinyl. 

From the press-release:
What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said? It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. The set sold almost 2 million in the UK alone, proving just how popular The King still is.

16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl. Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special. The track listing for ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was compiled by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen and Roger Sermon using chart data from a number of sources. The result is a somewhat definitive collection of Presley’s music taking in 30 songs that hit number one in either the US or the UK, along with the Junkie XL remix of a Little Less Conversation, which gave Presley a posthumous number one.

Chart Update

US Billboard Charts 
  • On the Top Country Albums chart the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation climbed from #36 to #34. 
  • On the Country Catalog Albums the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #4 to #48.
  • On the Christian Album Sales chart the "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #6 to #8. 
  • On the Top Christian Albums chart the "Where No One Stands Alone" compilation dropped from #21 to #22. 
  • On the Top Christian Albums chart the "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #27 to #30. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #78 to #96 on the Official Irish Album chart.
  • The "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" DVD re-enterd the Australian Aria Music DVD chart once more at #31 
(Source: FECC / Billboard / Vintage Rock Magazine)

October 11 - Glen Campbell Sings For The King

Due for release from Capitol / UME Records on November 16, 2018 is the Glen Campbell's lost album “Sings For The King”. The album also includes the gospel song “We Call on Him,” newly rendered as a duet between Glenn Campbell and Elvis Presley. It comes on CD an vinyl

From the press-release:
From 1964 to 1968 in between recording sessions with the Wrecking Crew and recording his own albums Glen Campbell was recruited to record songs for Elvis Presley. Originally intended as demos for Elvis' ears only, eighteen of these recently unearthed and unreleased gems will be released together on CD, LP and digitally for the first time, more than half a century later, as the lost album "Sings For The King" on November 16 via Capitol.

'Sings For The King' includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis's key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis as demos. The songs were discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach who found the fifty-year-old recordings on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his uncle-in-law, Ben Weisman.

Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are twelve of Glen's recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including "Stay Away Joe," "Clambake," "Spinout" and "Easy Come, Easy Go". The variety of the material is striking and ranges from the country-flavored "Any Old Time" to the more rocked-up "I'll Be Back" to meaty ballads like "I'll Never Know." On "I Got Love" Glen begins the song sounding like himself but then subtly shifts into Elvis's trademark tone. The album opens with the gospel song "We Call on Him," which features the two legendary voices fused into a duet, giving a real sense of how Glen's performances teed up these songs for Elvis, and then where The King took them and made them his own.

As noted music journalist and author Alan Light writes in the illuminating liner notes, "With their genre-bending musical exploration and rural Southern roots, it's no surprise that Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley formed something of a mutual admiration society. 'Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way,' Campbell once said, 'picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule.' The friendship between the Rhinestone Cowboy and the King of Rock and Roll spanned three decades, and they often orbited each other professionally."

Glen and Elvis first met in 1956, when Elvis performed in Albuquerque, where Glen had recently moved to join his uncle's band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. "I saw him in the rough," Glen later said. "He was so electrifying." In 1960, Glen headed to Los Angeles to find work as a session musician and took a regular gig at a club called the Crossbow, where Elvis and his friends would sometimes come watch from a small private room upstairs. As a member of the incomparable group of LA studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, Glen appeared on dozens of immortal hits, from "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' " to "Strangers in the Night." In 1963 alone he added his guitar to almost 600 sessions, including his one recording with Elvis for the "Viva Las Vegas". By 1967, Glen's own career was exploding with the release of his breakthrough albums Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, which both reached Number One on the charts, and made Grammy history by sweeping the Song and Performance awards in both the pop and country & western categories. The following year, By The Time I Get To Phoenix took home the prize for Album of the Year, the first country record to do so. Yet Glen continued to knock out songs for Weisman and Wayne in whatever spare time he had.

The relationship between these two Hall of Famers might have become more extensive: When Elvis was assembling his TCB band in 1969, his two finalists for the lead guitar chair were Glen and James Burton. But while Glen was riding high as a solo artist following the monster hits "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "Wichita Lineman," Burton was available since his previous boss, Ricky Nelson, had recently broken up his backing band. As it turns out, though, there was a deep connection between Elvis and Glen that almost no one was aware of until now, with the release of Sings for the King. This historic collection casts new light on the quiet influence that one musical giant, and an often-overlooked songwriting team, had on America's greatest rock and roll star.

Tracks: 1. We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) * , 2. Easy Come, Easy Go *, 3. Any Old Time, 4. Anyone Can Play, 5. I Got Love, 6. I'll Never Know *, 7. All I Needed Was The Rain *, 8. How Can You Lose What You Never Had *, 9. Spinout *, 10. Magic Fire, 11. I'll Be Back *, 12. Love On The Rocks, 13. Stay Away, Joe *, 14. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *, 15. Clambake *, 16. There Is So Much World To See *, 17. Do The Clam *, 18. Restless, * Recorded by Elvis Presley.

(Source: Various)

October 10 - Details 50th Anniversary Release Comeback Special

Here are the details for the upcoming 50th Anniversary 5 CD / 2 Blu-ray Edition  of the the "'68 Comeback Special" which is due November 30, 2018. 

This definitive box-set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll". 

The original special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream".

The 5CD/2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program

CD 1 - The Original Album
Trouble / Guitar Man
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy / Baby, What You Want Me To Do 
Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up 
Can't Help Falling In Love 
Jailhouse Rock 
Love Me Tender
Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved
Blue Christmas / One Night
Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man
If I Can Dream

Bonus Cuts
It Hurts Me
Let Yourself Go
A Little Less Conversation
Memories (Stereo Mix)
If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix)

CD 2 - First 'Sit Down' Show (June 27,'68, 6PM)
That's All Right
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Blue Suede Shoes
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Christmas
Trying To Get To You
One Night
Baby What You Want Me To Do
One Night

First 'Stand Up' Show (June 29,'68, 6PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Love Me Tender
Trouble / Guitar Man
Baby What You Want Me To Do
If I Can Dream

CD 3 - Second 'Sit Down' Show (June 27,'68, 8PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Baby What You Want Me To Do
That's All Right
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Love Me
Trying To Get To You
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Blue Christmas
Tiger Man
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

Second 'Stand Up' Show (June 29,'68, 8PM)
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Jailhouse Rock
Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Love Me Tender
Trouble / Guitar Man
Trouble / Guitar Man
If I Can Dream

CD 4 - First Rehearsal (June 24,'68) (FTD-CD "Let Yourself Go")
I Got A Woman
Blue Moon / Young Love / Oh, Happy Day
When It Rains It Really Pours
Blue Christmas
Are You Lonesome Tonight? / That's My Desire
That's When Your Heartaches Begin
Peter Gun theme
Love Me
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Christmas / Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Second Rehearsal (June 25,'68) (FTD-CD "Burbank 68")
Danny Boy
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Love Me
Tiger Man
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
One Night
Blue Christmas
Baby What You Want Me To Do
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
Blue Moon Of Kentucky

CD 5 - Out-takes
Nothingville (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Takes 5 & 6)
Guitar Man (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Take 2)
Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man's Evil #2) (Take 5 & 7/M)
Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man's Evil #3) (Take 7/M)
Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) (Takes 1, 2 & 5)
Big Boss Man (Escape #3) (Take 2)
It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) (Take 5)
It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) (Take 3)
Guitar Man (After Karate #2) (Take 1)
Little Egypt (After Karate #2) (Take 6)
Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate #3) (Take 2)
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) (Rehearsal & Take 1)
Up Above My Head / Saved (Gospel #2) (Takes 4 & 7)
Saved (Gospel #3) (Takes 2 & 4)
Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening) (Takes 6 & 7)
If I Can Dream (Alternate Take 1)
If I Can Dream (Takes 2, 3 & 4)
Memories (Takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1)
Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental)

Blu-ray Disc - 1:
Original Broadcast Version
Sit-down Show #1
Sit-down Show #2
Stand-up Show #1
Stand-up Show #2

Blu-ray Disc - 2:
Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener
If I Can Dream TV Show Closer
Gospel Production Number
Guitar Man Production Number

(Source: Elvis World Japan)

October 09 - Celeste Yarnall Died

Celeste Yarnall, who appeared opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little, had a memorable turn on Star Trek and donned a loincloth to play "the original flower child" in the jungle-set cult classic Eve, has died last Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2014 and turned to a crowdsourcing site to help pay her medical expenses. She was 74.

In Live a Little, Love a Little, also released in 1968, Yarnall played Ellen, a girl at a party who reasons she and Presley can't hook up because he's a Sagittarius. Undeterred, he tries to woo her by singing "A Little Less Conversation."

Test-print From Cover to Vinyl: The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs
Here is the first test-print of the upcoming "From Cover to Vinyl: The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs" book detailing all of Elvis Presley's bootleg / import records up to august 2018. 

(Source: Hollywood Reporter / Elvis Matters)

October 08 - Graceland

Due for release from Chatto & Windus on February 14, 2019 is the 432 page hardcover book "Graceland" by Bethan Roberts.

Synopsis: What happens when your only son becomes The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll?

From the moment she first holds him, after his twin brother is stillborn, Gladys Presley loves her son Elvis ferociously. She will be his greatest influence, the love of his life. She will be the one by his side, when Elvis is a boy and his father is in the jailhouse; as the family move from place to place, skirting poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi; as Elvis’s obsession with music grows; as they move to Memphis and he begins his whirlwind rise to never-before-seen success… 

And he will love her back, even as his heart is turned by the blues, clothes and girls. But while he makes it big in Hollywood, brings audiences across the land to their knees and achieves unimagined wealth and fame, there is another story – of drinking and diet pills, loneliness and loss. While the heat and music of the American South in the 40s and 50s play in the background, a heartbreaking portrait of a mother’s love and a son’s devotion takes centre stage. When Elvis reaches the height of his power, he buys his family the ultimate mansion on the hill, Graceland, where he hopes his mother will be happy. The reality, though, is very different, and Elvis finds that even kings must go on alone.

(Source: Amazon)

October 07 - New CD and Vinyl

Due from the Wax Time label on January 15, 2019 is a re-issue of Elvis Presley’s debut album "Elvis Presley" with several additional bonus tracks.

1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. I'm Counting On You
3. I Got A Woman
4. One-Sided Love Affair
5. I Love You Because
6. Just Because
7. Don't Be Cruel
8. Heartbreak Hotel
9. Tutti Frutti
10. Trying To Get To You
11. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
12. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin`)
13. Blue Moon
14. Money Honey
15. Shake, Rattle & Roll
16. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

King Creole

Due for release from the Vinyl Lovers label on February 15, 2019 in Spain is a re-issue of the “King Creole” soundtrack.

Coffret Vinyle et Photos

Due for release from RCA / Sony Legacy on October 28, 2018 is the album “Coffret Vinyle et Photos”. 

Side: 1

  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. Jailhouse Rock
  3. Heartbreak Hotel
  4. A Little Less Conversation
  5. In the Ghetto
  6. It's Now Or Never
  7. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  8. Love Me Tender

Side: 2
  1. Suspicious Minds
  2. Can't Help Falling in Love
  3. That's All Right
  4. Burning Love
  5. Hound Dog
  6. Don't Be Cruel
  7. All Shook Up
  8. (You're the) Devil in Disguise

(Source: Amazon)

October 06 - Follow That Release

The September 2018 Follow That Dream releases "What Now My Love" (2 CD) and "Jailhouse Rock Vol. 2" (double LP) are on their way from Denmark to dealers around the world. The production of the CD caused a slight delay. 

Elvis' last Cadillac up for sale in Austria

Elvis Presley loved Cadillacs, compulsively collecting hundreds of them during his lifetime, and what is believed to be the last Cadillac he drove before his death in 1977 is going under the hammer in Austria later this month, the auctioneers said on Friday.

The asking price for the King of Rock's beige-coloured 1972 Cadillac de Ville Estate -- which is being auctioned in Salzburg on October 20 -- is 100,000-200,000 euros ($115,500-$230,500), Vienna's Dorotheum auction house said. 

With around 70,000 miles on the clock, the car was the one Elvis used for his final road trip in December 1976, when he drove 1,500 miles from Las Vegas back to his home in Graceland, the Dorotheum said. The singer died just eight months later. 

Originally built as a Deville sedan, it was converted to an estate car by the American Sunroof Company in 1972 and is only the second of its kind ever built.

Equipped with air conditioning, leather upholstery and a radio with eight-track tape, it also has a number of gold-plated fittings, including the wheel spokes. 

Elvis originally intended the car as a gift to his manager, Colonel Parker. But he borrowed back himself so frequently that Parker gave it back to him, the auction house said. 

The car was repeatedly put up for auction in the 1990s and 2000s, last finding a buyer for just over $75,000, according to the specialist Canadian website.

(Source: UEPS / Elvis Matters / Graceland / Google)