February 02 - Remastered Import Releases (Updated 04/04)

Due for release on February 15, 2019 is "'The '68 Comeback Special' DVD". 

From the press-release:
Elvis Presley 'The '68 Comeback Special' is a newly remastered companion DVD to 'Elvis All-Star Tribute', NBC's upcoming star-studded special, celebrating The King of Rock 'N' Roll's unforgettable 1968 television special.

'The '68 Comeback Special' comprises, as closely as possible, the original television special as NBC would have broadcast it back in 1968. The original special, recorded over several sessions in June 1968, featured Elvis playing the songs that mattered most to him, in his first live performance since 1961. When it aired on December 3, 1968, the special was the week's highest-viewed television program, re-establishing Elvis as a driving force in popular music.

NBC's upcoming star-studded special 'Elvis All-Star Tribute', will pay tribute to Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special,' recreating the iconic night with musical performances, including new performances from Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker and hosted by Blake Shelton. It will also showcase rare footage and interviews with Pricilla Presley and Steve Binder, the director of the original special, plus a special appearance from Lisa Marie Presley.

Opening Production Number
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Baby, What You Want Me To Do
Medley: Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
Jailhouse Rock
Love Me Tender
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Gospel Production Number
Baby, What You Want Me To Do
Blue Christmas
One Night
Guitar Man Production Number
If I Can Dream - Show Closer


The weekly chart-update for Elvis Presley from around the world.

US Billboard charts:
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #14 to #23.
  • US Billboard Country Catalogue Album chart: "Heart and Soul" dropped from #7 to #10. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalogue Album chart: "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" dropped from #6 to #12.  
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" dropped from #20 to #21. 
  • US Billboard Music DVD chart: The 2 DVD "He Touched Me – The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley, Volumes 1 and 2" dropped from #1 to #15. 
Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #87 to #90. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #2 to #7.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis" is a re-entry at #34.
  • Official UK Christian and Gospel Album chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" dropped from #6 to #11.
  • Official UK Indepedent Album chart: The “Love Songs” compilation is a new entry at #29.
IRMA Irish charts:
  • On the Irish IRMA Music DVD chart "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #2 to #4.
Australian charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: "The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #28 to #16.

All Things Are Possible

The original DAE classic import release “All Things Are Possible” has been re-issued on colored vinyl double LP. 

The Diamond Anniversary label goes back to 1971. “All Things Are Possible” was the fourth CD release and it is about time it became available on red and on blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with and additional CD. The first four titles: “Here I Go Again”, “Old Times They Are Not Forgotten”, “Let Me Take You Home” And “Holding Back The Years” were a complete sell out and were well received by vinyl collectors. Now the “All Things Are Possible” is available as a deluxe double vinyl album. It mainly contains the January 27, 1971 12.00 AM performance, remastered and updated in the best way possible! These recordings are among the very few known soundboard recordings from 1971.  

Side 1: 01. 2001: A Space Odyssey 02. That’s All Right 03. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 04. Love Me Tender 05. There Goes My Everything 06. Sweet Caroline

Side 2: 01. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 02. Polk Salad Annie 03. Only Believe 04. How Great Thou Art 05. Introductions 06. Johnny B. Goode

Side 3: 01. The Wonder Of You 02. Something 03. Make The World Go Away 04. Love Me 05. One Night 06. Blue Suede Shoes 07. Hound Dog

Side 4: 01. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 02. Love Me Tender 03. Johnny B. Goode 04. Introductions 05. The Wonder Of You 06. Introduction Of Hal Wallis 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Technical Error) 08. Make The World Go Away 09. Something

Elvis Presley With The Sweet Inspirations & The Imperials January 27, 1971 12.00 AM. Tracks 1 and 2 (Side 1) and complete side 4 are recorded at the January 26, 1971 Opening Show

Tracks CD: 01. 2001: A Space Odyssey 02. That’s All Right 03. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 04. Love Me Tender 05. There Goes My Everything 06. Sweet Caroline 07. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Only Believe 10. How Great Thou Art 11. Introductions 12. Johnny B. Goode 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Something 15. Make The World Go Away 16. Love Me 17. One Night 18. Blue Suede Shoes 19. Hound Dog 20. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 21. Love Me Tender 22. Johnny B. Goode 23. Introductions 24. The Wonder Of You 25. Introduction Of Hal Wallis 26. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Technical Error) 27. Make The World Go Away 28. Something

Tracks 1 and 2 and 20-28 are recorded at the January 26, 1971 Opening Show.

Guitar Man / Help Me

Released by on the Jarvis Records import-label in the vinyl single / CD set “Guitar Man / Help Me”. This set is available in yellow and on purple vinyl.

From the press-release:
In 1980 Felton Jarvis, Elvis' record producer for the last decade came to the remarkable idea to freshen up some of Elvis' recordings. The idea was to add total new backing tracks to Elvis' voice.  This resulted in the 1981 record release of "Guitar Man". 

You hate it or you love it is probably the right thing to say about the album. Felton was convinced Elvis would have loved it. The title track "Guitar Man" written and first performed by Jerry Reed was one of the tracks considered for the album. Jerry Reed was part of the original recording by Elvis in 1967 and now Jerry Reed was back in the studio with Felton Jarvis to work on the new album. Besides the guitar work he also recorded a "duet" version of the song. 
This version never made it to the album but it probably should have. Felton finished the track most likely for his own pleasure or maybe it was considered to end up on the album. We probably will never know as Felton Jarvis sadly passed away early January 1981 even before the album came out.

The second track on this 45RPM / CD combo is "Help Me". The song written by Larry Gatlin of Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. This track was not used on the “Guitar Man” album. This track has overdubs by the Gatlin Brothers and when you listen to it you will notice this version was probably not finished by Felton Jarvis, this is either an "early version" or he never go to the point of finishing it due to his untimely death.

Before the album would be released the idea raised to record a so called open-ended interview with Felton Jarvis for the radio stations. Disk Jockeys would be able to ask a question and Felton would answer the question that would be played from a record. The recording for this open-ended interview would take place somewhere in the last week of December. On December 16 1980 Jerry Flowers visited Felton to discuss the questions and prepare the interview. Jerry Flowers recorded this meeting as a test for the upcoming interview. The official interview never took place as Felton Jarvis suffered a stroke on December 19. Resulting in his death January 3rd 1981. RCA decided to release the informal recording on a record for Radio Stations. This complete recording is now available on this CD.

Memphis Ballads

After the "Nashville Ballads" compilation comes the follow-up "Memphis Ballads". Housed in a 6 panel digipack, this CD contains 20 outtakes from 1969-1976, all recorded in his hometown Memphis, Tennessee.

Tracks: 01. Do You Know Who I Am (Take 5) 02. If I'm A Fool (Take 3) 03. Inherit The Wind (Vocal Overdub) 04. Gentle On My Mind (Track Replacement Overdub) 05. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 7) 06. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Home Recording) 07. I Miss You (Edit) * 08. Sweet Angeline (Edit) * 09. Take Good Care Of Her (Edit) * 10. For Ol' Times Sake (Edit) * 11. Are You Sincere (Edit) * 12. It's Midnight (Take 11) 13. Never Again (Take 11) 14. Solitaire (Take 3) 15. The Last Farewell (Undubbed Master) 16. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Rough Mix Of Master) 17. It's Easy For You (Undubbed Master) 18. Danny Boy (Take 9) 19. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Rough Mix Of Master) 20. Love Coming Down (Take 4) *Unreleased

(Source: Elvis Australia / Various / Billboard / Official Chart Company / ARIA / Martin)