March 30 - Another Time in Huntsville

The VV import-label released two limited editions of their “First Time in Huntsville” set. The first limited edition of 10 copies comes double black and blue vinyl, packed in a glossy gatefold sleeve with a sticker, double side 90 x 60 cm poster, a 60 by 30 cm poster, 29 x 28 cm glossy photo and the concert on CD. The second limited edition of 5 copies is presented on double green and black 180 Gr. vinyl, packed in a glossy gatefold sleeve with a sticker, double side 90 x 60 cm poster, a 60 by 30 cm poster, 29 x 28 cm glossy photo and the concert on CD.  

The LP contains both performances from May 31, 1975 as recorded in Huntsville, the CD contains the afternoon show from May 30, 1975.

March 29 - Elvis Now In Person

Due for release later this year from Erik Lorentzen in the “Gold Standard Series” is the 400-page book “Elvis Now In Person”. 

It contains 400-pages packed with rare and unseen shots taken during the period of July 31st and August 28th 1969. It will include photographs from the construction of the International Hotel, the famous press conference and the shows themselves.

Elvis At The Movies

Released by the Big 3 budget-label is the 3 CD set "Elvis At The Movies - 60 Essential Recordings".

Synopsis:
Rock 'n' Roll sensation Elvis Presley was not content in producing just singles and LPs for hs fans, he wanted the whole world to see him perform so he carved out a new career in Hollywood, making a series of memorable films that always contained him singing a selection of his songs. Here we present 60 fine examples, including many that became huge hits for "The King".

Elvis Through the Ages

Due for release September 2019 is the book “Elvis Through the Ages: Images from the Hollywood Photo Archive” by Colin Slater.

Synopsis:
From the beginning of his career to his death as the Hollywood icon Elvis Presley sang and enchanted thousands of people. Publicity photos and behind-the-scenes shots from the Hollywood Photo Archives include scores of long been forgotten or abandoned images in neglected studio archives. This book collects 100 of the rarest of the rare, seldom previously seen images of his career. For the Elvis fans who think that they have seen it all, this book will provide a new lens on a beloved American icon.

Tom Hanks to Play Elvis Presley’s Manager 

Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. biopic about the legendary musician. 

While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.

Country Music

Film maker Ken Burns made an 8 episode documentary on Country Music that will be broadcasted on PBS starting December 15, 2019. In episode 4 we see Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Sam Philips.

James Burton's Son Ill


James Burton's only son has had health problems, a consequence of his 2016  heart attack. Jeff Burton was flown to the specialized Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville earlier this week, and the situation is critical. James Burton calls on his Facebook page for prayers for his son to get well.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Shop London / Amazon / Variety / Elvis Matters).







March 28 - Charts (Updated 01/04)

The Audionics import-label title "Return To Sender - The Summer Of '76" has been released. This CD, containing the August 1st, 1976 concert performance, comes in 3-panel digipack. Due to the lack of quality photographs from the Hampton Roads concert concert shots from the summer of 1976 have been used. 

Charts

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update: 

US Billboard charts
  • US Billboard Current Album chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped from #75 to #84.
  • US Billboard Current Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped off the chart from last week’s #100 spot.
  • US Billboard Rock Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” climbed from #35 to #29.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped from #11 to #13.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” dropped from #7 to #10.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #17 to #12.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #28 to #25.
  • US Billboard Christian Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #28 to #29.
  • US Billboard Soundtracks chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped from #15 to #16.
  • US Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped from #8 to #9.
  • US Billboard Artist chart: Elvis Presley climbed from #86 to #80.
Official UK chart:

  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped off the chart after last week’s re-entry at #100.
  • Official UK Gospel and Christian Album chart; "Where No One Stands Alone" climbed from #11 to #8.
  • Official UK Music Video chart: "Elvis The Searcher" remains steady at #16.
  • Official UK Music Video chart: "Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis" dropped from #25 to #32.

Official Scottish chart:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #55 to #84.
Australian charts
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “’60 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary Edition” dropped from #3 to #5.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Elvis on CD / FECC)

March 27 - Original Spliced Recordings

The CMT import-label announced the release of a new volume in their "Spliced Takes" series, entitled "Ghetto Power". 

From the press-release:
After last year's smash release "Stax Power" the producers had to do this new release, made in the same editing style this will be the must have 1969 release for it's 50th anniversary! Including all tracks recorded and presented in a way as if it is one long session without pauses, this one kicks some serious A... New splices create some extremely rare portions and extended versions and make them all sound brand new! Also some Dubbed masters are spliced with Undubbed for a new listening experience.

Disc one starts of with a five(!) minute version of "Long Black Limousine" just listen to the emotion in his voice! "This is the Story" has been created from the undubbed master, with some portions of the normal master, gives a totally new feel to the song.
"A Little Bit of Green" (4:28 minutes!) has an unusual rehearsal version spliced with some alternate takes, because of the slower pace of the rehearsal the producers have also slowed down these takes and it works very well, so you can enjoy a really different performance! 
"Rubberneckin'" rocks like never before due to the addition of the first "licks" of take 1. The extra chorus at the end of "Without Love" gives the song (if possible) an even more emotional "load"
"Suspicious Minds" includes a spliced version , some rehearsal portions and at the end we get the original master hit version... which was worth all the hard work and still rocks after all these years!

After almost 80 minutes it's time for disc two! Again some cool extensions make them all sound very, very different.

"The Grass Won't Pay No Mind" (3:49 minutes) has been edited very cleverly at the end and brings you more "Elvis" then before. "Power of My Love" has a much longer intro, but due to the use of different takes (8 splices!) it all sounds very natural. On "Kentucky Rain" (5:22 minutes) Elvis does his own backing with the "Rain in my shoes" lyrics and the first verse has been repeated

We could go on, but almost all the tracks on this smash release sound new and fresh, and although every Elvis fan probably has at least 10 releases of these sessions.. This is the one we've been waiting for, for 50 years!

CD 1: Long Black Limousine (Spliced Take 5, 2, 6, 9) - This Is The Story (Alternate Master) - Wearin' That Loved-On Look (Spliced Take 11, 14) - You'll Think Of Me (Spliced Take 1, 6, 14, 8) - I'm Movin' On (Alternate Master*) - A Little Bit Of Green (Rehearsal - Take 2, 3 - Rehearsal) - In The Ghetto (Spliced Take 5, 7, 13) - Gentle On My Mind (Vocal Repair*) - Rubberneckin' (Spliced Take 1, 2*) - Hey Jude (Spliced Take 1, 5) - My Little Friend (Undubbed Extended Master) - Inherit The Wind (Spliced Rehearsal / Take 1) - Mama Liked The Roses (Vocal Overdub #2*) - Don't Cry Daddy (Alternate Master) - Poor Man's Gold (Spliced Take 1 - Edit) - From A Jack To A King (Spliced Take 4, 5, 3) - Without Love (Spliced Take 3, 4, 1, 1) - I'll Hold You In My Heart (Take 1 - Edit) - I'll Be There (Spliced Take 2,3*) - Suspicious Minds (Spliced Take 5, 5, 7) - Suspicious Minds (Take 8) - Come Out, Come Out (Instrumental Take 2*).

CD 2: Stranger In My Own Hometown (Alternate Master) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 2*) - It's My Way / This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 8*) - And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Spliced Take 3, 2, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) - Power Of My Love (Spliced Take 2, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 3, 3) - After Loving You (Spliced Take 2, 3) - Do You Know Who I Am? (Spliced Take 6, 7, 4) - Kentucky Rain (Spliced Take 8, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10) - Only The Strong Survive (Alternate Master) - It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'(Spliced Take 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) - Any Day Now (Spliced Take 3, 4) - If I'm A Fool (Spliced Take 2, 3, 6, 7) - The Fair's Moving On (Spliced Master) - Who Am I? (Spliced Extended Master) - Memory Revival (Instrumental*)
* Previously Released 

Original Recordings

The Universal Music Canada Label will re-issue the  double CD "Elvis Presley - 40 Original Recordings" on April 5, 2019. The compilation was originally released in 2010 on the Checkout label

CD 1: That's All Right - Blue Suede Shoes - Money Honey - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - (You're So Square) Baby I Don´t Care - A Big Hunk O´ Love - Old Shep - I Don't Care If The Sun Don´t Shine - Heartbreak Hotel - Shake, Rattel And Roll - Hard Headed Woman - Love Me Tender - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Paralysed - Ready Teddy - All Shook Up - Good Rockin' Tonight - Don´t Be Cruel - Now And Then There´s (A Fool Such As I)

CD 2: Hound Dog - I Got A Woman - Loving You - Love Me - Baby Let's Pay House - Tutti Frutti - One Night - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Rip It Up - My Baby Left Me - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Mystery Train - Jailhouse Rock - Too Much - Milk Cow Blues Boogie - Blue Moon - I Need You So - True Love - Peace In The Valley

(Source: FECC / Elvis Club Berlin / Discogs)

March 26 - Lightning Strikes Like There’s No Tomorrow

The Straight Arrow import- label announced their first release of 2019, titled “Strike Like Lightning” containing the previously unreleased recording of the August 8, 1969 Midnight Show performance. In 2019, the Straight Arrow team will focus their 2019 releases on the concert years 1969-1972.

From the press-release:
We are aware of the fact that we have released 1974-1977 Elvis concerts of late. These releases were appreciated by the hardcore fans, but we strongly felt that the time had come for a change. On the 50th anniversary of Elvis' fantastic comeback in 1969, we are now able to release a tape that captures the electricity of that event. Until now, we had not released any 1969 live shows before, simply because most live tapes from that year are poor quality. Imagine our excitement when we got hold of a good sounding tape of a sensational gig from that magical year!
The August 8th, 1969 M/S is a previously unreleased recording, taken from a newly found audience recorded master-tape. This concert was never available in good sound quality thus far. There is a CDR with a so-called August 5, 1969 Midnight Show in circulation, which is the same concert, taken from an xxx-generation copy, but wrongly dated and in far inferior audio quality. Original cassette paperwork proves that this concert is definitely the August 8th, 1969 M/S!

As a small bonus, we have decided to add 4 tracks, recorded during the August 27th, 1969 D/S. Two of these tracks were released by the “Victrola” label on their conceptual 3CD album “Flesh, Blood and Bone” but these were never before available in decent sound quality, before now.

As usual, this release is presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipack, with a collection of photos taken in Las Vegas, NV, August 1969. Most of the photos were taken by Ann Moses, editor of Tiger Beat Magazine. Dig the psychedelic, period perfect artwork! As for the concert itself... wow, just wow! Elvis is groovy, sexy, earthy, charismatic, funny... And singing with real fire in his belly, never really heard again after this. Pure greatness.

It’s a new Straight Arrow so you know what to expect! Every second was digitally restored, every click manually removed, every drop-out fixed to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples to judge for yourself!

Tracklist: 01. Opening Theme - 02. Blue Suede Shoes - 03. I Got A Woman - 04. All Shook Up - 05. Love Me Tender - 06. Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel - 07. Heartbreak Hotel - 08. Hound Dog - 09. Memories - 10. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 11. Monologue (Life Story) - 12. Baby What You Want Me To Do - 13. Runaway - 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight - 15. Yesterday / Hey Jude - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Introductions of Darlene Love & Bill Medley - 18. In The Ghetto - 19. Suspicious Minds - 0. What'd I Say - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love. 
Bonus tracks (August 27, 1969 Dinner Show): 22. It’s Now Or Never (partial) - 23. Loving You - 24. One Night - 25. Love Me. 

There’s no Tomorrow

The SR import-label announced the release of “There’s no Tomorrow” containing the previously unreleased August 10, 1973 Midnight Show performance, taken from the original high-quality tape.

From the press-release:
To be released in the middle of April, There’s no Tomorrow (SR Records) will focus on Elvis’ August 1973 Vegas season, featuring the midnight show from August 10, 1973, previously unreleased and taken directly from the original high-quality tape. 


The SR attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without any doubt Elvis’ first week in Vegas August season still presents him at the top of his possibilities, delivering great shows. If Rock is an attitude, then the man still has it. The performances are terrific, rough and sharp.
Elvis’ tolerance for Vegas has reached its limit in this season and the man will do nothing to hide it. But the beginning of the season is certainly promising and in this show in particular his enthusiasm shines through in every note. Elvis performs all the songs to the maximum of his possibilities, also pushing the band and giving the right time and presenting all the best of his repertoire ranging in all musical genres as only he can do.

We are happy to be able to associate great performance with great audio quality in order to be able to obtain a result that you can enjoy too. The ambiance tape is of very good quality, as you can appreciate both Elvis and the band and at the same time you can feel and live the live atmosphere of the intimate Las Vegas Showroom. The show has already said is great, starting from his latest single Steamroller Blues then with autobiographical You Gave a Mountain & My Boy then with the anthem An American Trilogy passing the best single of 1969, Suspicious Minds without forgetting the glorious fifties with Heartbreak Hotel and Mystery Train…. All the songs are very well performed. The Best song We can say I Can’t Stop Loving You: both Elvis and the band are pushing strong with a great job of James Burton guitar.

This new SR special Product will be housed in a deluxe 300 grams single sleeve that contains the 150 grams vinyl, a bonus CD and bonus glossy 30x30 cm double sided art card.

In order to create a special collector’s item, the 400 copies will come in four different vinyl color variations with a glossy sticker. Besides the 400 “standard” copies there is an additional limited edition set of 50 copies with exclusive content. 

Tracks LP: Recorded Live At Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas NV August 10, 1973 MS (running-time 52 minutes)
Side A 01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Steamroller Blues 06. You Gave A Mountain 07. Trouble 08. Blue Suede Shoes 09. Rock Medley 10. Love Me Tender 11. Hound Dog 12. Fever

Side B: 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water 14. Suspicious minds 15. My Boy 16. I Can’t Stop Loving You 17. An American Trilogy 18. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 19. Release Me 20. Can’t Help Falling Love 

Tracks CD: (running-time 55,00 minutes)
01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Steamroller Blues 06. You Gave A Mountain 07. Trouble 08. Blue Suede Shoes 09. Rock Medley 10. Love Me Tender 11. Hound Dog 12. Fever 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water 14. Suspicious minds 15. Band Introduction 16. My Boy 17. I Can’t Stop Loving You 18. An American Trilogy 19. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 20. Release Me 21. Can’t Help Falling Love 22. Closing Vamp.

(Source: FECC)

March 22 - Friday Bootleg Vinyl Chart (Updated 25/03)

The Friday Music label re-issued the classic “Elvis Now” album on vinyl. It comes in two anniversary versions; translucent gold and red swirl and translucent blue and black swirl 180 Gr. Audiophile vinyl. Both packed in a gatefold and poster. 

Synopsis:
Elvis Presley's Gold-certified 1972 RCA release, Elvis Now is home to the single "Until It's Time for You to Go" b/w "We Can Make The Morning" and finds the King offering up a wide-ranging mix of ballads, gospel numbers and all out rockers with his Las Vegas residency firmly in mind. Lennon-McCartney, Kris Kristofferson, Gordon Lightfoot and Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the famous songwriters Elvis tackles here with his signature charm and conviction.

Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story

The first vinyl release of the Madison import-label is out; “Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story”, just in time for the 50th anniversary of these special shows. This is a limited edition that comes on transparant, gold, black and red vinyl and on a CD as a bonus. Each color limited to 200 copies. 

According to the press-release “the ultimate compilation of this very special time in history, Mixed as one long show, hear Elvis sing his heart out, with songs like "My Babe", "I Got A Woman", "Reconsider Baby", "Funny How Time Slips Away", "This Is The Story" and many more!”. As a bonus each set contains a CD in its own period cardboard sleeve.

Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind

The Luxor / DAE import label present “Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind” the re-issue of the classic bootleg as a double vinyl / CD set. 

From the press-release
The CD “Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind”, originally released in the late 90’s was the very first outing of the famous March 18, 1974 performance in Richmond Virginia. At the time it was probably the best sounding soundboard recording available. And it still is!
 
Luxor realizes the show was made available on vinyl before but as this is probably the best show of Elvis in 1974 we thought it just cannot be missed in the vinyl series of DAE / LUXOR. We have left out the pre-show as this part was already featured on the DAE release “Let Me Take You Home”.

The show is remastered and updated in the best way possible! This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. And of course the show is included on CD too. Get it while you can and add this awesome LUXOR product to your collection.

Side AAlso Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Steamroller Blues

Side B: Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Your Mama Don’t Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie

Side C: Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me

Side D: An American Trilogy - Let Me Be There - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Steamroller Blues - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Your Mama Don’t Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - An American Trilogy - Let Me Be There - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

The Classic Elvis Presley Bootleg Collection Vol. 1

A new 6 CD set entitled "The Classic Elvis Presley Bootleg Collection Vol. 1" has been released. In contains the classic bootleg titles: “In My Way”, “Memphis Tennessee”, “The Jailhouse Rock Sessions”, “Long Lost Songs” and “A Dog's Life - Radio Recorders Revisited”. 

From the press-release:
This sublime 6 CD box set with 6 classic Elvis Presley bootleg albums. These were the albums in the late 1970's and 1980's that fans were longing for, cause it presented much better (and rarer) material than Elvis' own record company released in those days.

This stunning box contains miniature albums of the original releases and includes all the original album tracks, digitally remastered. Still many of these tracks are unreleased by Elvis' official record company.

All titles of this limited edition release come in restored packaging, original digitally remastered tracks. The set contains a 12-page fully illustrated booklet with insightful commentary.

CD 1 - In My Way:
I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 1 & 6) - Lonely Man (Take 2 & 3) - In My Way (Take 5, 6, 2) - Wild In The Country (Take 2 & 11) - Forget Me Never (Take 2 & 3) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12 & 13) - Hawaiian Sunset (Take 1) - No More (Take 4 & 9) - Island Of Love (Take 1, 2, 3 & 8) - Moonlight Swim (Take 3) - Almost Always True (Take 2 & 6) - Can’t Help Falling In Live (Take 1 - 5)

CD 2 - Long Lost Songs:
Just Pretend (10.12.1975 M/S) - It’s A Matter Of Time (23.08.1973) - Tiger Man (August 1975) - Down In The Alley (19.08.1974) - Such A Night (12.12.1976) - Loving You (August 1975) - Crying In The Chapel / Rip It Up (11.12.1976) - Roses Are Red / I’ll Be There / You’re The Reason I’m Living (22.03.1975 M/S) - Crying Time (12.08.1973) - San Antonio Rose (1970) - Where No One Stands Alone (16.02.1977) - God Calls Me Home (11.12.1976) - Bathroom Conversation (19.08.1975 12.00AM) - Blue Suede Shoes 19.08.975 12.00AM) - Young And Beautiful (19.08.1975 12.00AM) - Are You Lonesome Tonight (19.08.1975 12.00AM) - If You Love Me Let Me Know (19.08.1975 12.00AM) - Folsom Prison Blues (14.08.1970) - I Walk The Line (14.08.1970)

CD 3 - Memphis Tennessee:
Western Union (Mono Master) - Ask Me (Take 6 - Unused Alternate Master) - Plantation Rock (Mono Master) - Memphis Tennessee (Edit 1963 - Mono Master Jungle Version) - Have A Happy (Mono Master) - Let Us Pray (Rejected Backup Vocal Overdub) - Change Of Habit (Mono Master) - Ask Me (Take 2) - Girl Happy (Take 13 & Insert #1 Take 5) - Beach Shack (Mono Master) - I´ve Got To Find My Baby (Take 1 - Mono Movie Version) - Brand New Day On The Horizon (Undubbed Movie Version) - Roustabout (Take 12)

CD 4 - The Jailhouse Rock Sessions:
Don’t Leave Me Now (RCA Alternate Master) - Treat Me Nice (Movie Version Composite) - Young And Beautiful (Spliced Mono Master) - Jailhouse Rock (Composite Master) - Baby I Don’t Care (Movie Version) - I Want To Be Free (RCA Alternate Master) - Don’t Leave Me Now (RCA Alternate Master) - Young And Beautiful (Spliced Master - Take 18 & 12) - Jailhouse Rock (RCA Alternate Master) - Old Shep (Master) - I Beg Of You (Alternate Master) - Your Cheatin )Heart (Alternate Master)

CD 5 - Radio Recorders Revisited:
King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 1) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 2) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 3) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 1) - I Got Lucky (Take 2) - I Got Lucky (Take 3) - I Got Lucky (Take 1) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 6) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 10) - This Is Living (Take 1) - This Is Living (Take 2) - Whistling Tune (Take 1) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 17) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 29) - This Is Living (Take 7) - This Is Living (Take 8) - I Got Lucky (Mx5 Take 1) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 15) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 20) - Riding The Rainbow (Take Mx4 2) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 8)

CD 6 - A Dog's Life:
A Dog's Life (Take 8) - Rock A Hula Baby (Take 1, 2, 3) - It’s Over (12.01.1973) - There Goes My Everything (Undubbed Master) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 4) - My Way (12.01.1973) - Ridin' The Rainbow (Take 3 & 4) - If I Were You (Undubbed Master) - American Trilogy (12.01.1973) - Hawaii USA (Aka "Paradise Hawaiian Style” - Take 4) - Scratch My Back (Take 1) - Can’t Help Falling In Love (12.01.1973)

I Got Lucky

"I Got Lucky" is a limited edition 45 RPM 4 track promo sampler on blue and red vinyl. This EP contains 4 rare tracks from the "The Classic Elvis Presley Bootleg Collection Vol. 1" box-set.

A-Side: 1. I Got Lucky (M5-Take 1) / 2. Have A Happy (Mono Master)
B-Side: 1. There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon (Movie Version) / 2. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 6)

Hollywood Ballads

After the "Nashville Ballads" and "Memphis Ballads" releases comes the follow-up "Hollywood Ballads". This double CD is housed in a 6 panel digi-pack and contains 20 outtakes from 1960-1968, including some real gems, all recorded for his 1960's movies.

Doin' The Best I Can (Take 3) - Pocketful Of Rainbows (Take 3) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Binaural Master) - In My Way (Solo, Take 2) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Stereo Master) - Forget Me Never (Take 1) - Where Do You Come From (Binaural Master) - They Remind Me Too Much Of You (Take 7) - Big Love, Big Heartache (Remixed Master - Today, Tomorrow And Forever (Movie Version) - Do Not Disturb (Take 27) - Santa Lucia (Take 1, Vocal Overdub) - I Need Somebody To Lean On (Take 2 ) - Puppet On A String (Take 7) - We'll Be Together (Take 10) - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You (Take 4) - The Girl I Never Loved (Take 5) - Am I Ready (Take 2) - Could I Fall In Love (Undubbed Master) - Almost (Take 29)

The weekly Elvis Presley chart update

This week the older CD and DVD titles appear to be the most successful in different parts of the world.

US Billboard charts:
  • US Billboard Top Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #52 to #75.
  • US Billboard Current Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #59 to #100.
  • US Billboard Rock Albums Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #23 to #35.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #6 to #11.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” dropped from #3 to #7.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #14 to #17.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #29 to #28.
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #18 to #28.
  • US Billboard Soundtracks chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #10 to #15.
  • US Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #5 to #8.
  • US Billboard Top Country Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped off the chart from last week’s #41 spot.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” dropped off the chart from last week’s #25 spot.
  • US Billboard Artist chart: Elvis Presley dropped from #68 to #86.
Official UK charts:

  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” re-entry #100.
  • Official UK Independent Album chart: “Made in Germany - The Complete Home Recordings” dropped off the chart after last week’s new entry at #35. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #14 to #16.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis" climbed from #42 to #25. 
  • Official UK Christian and Gospel Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” from #13 to #11.

Official Scottish charts:

  • Official Scottish Album chart: “The Real … Elvis” climbed from #82 to #55.

Irish IRMA. Charts:

  • IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis - The Searcher” dropped off the chart from last weeks #5 spot. 
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “’68 Comeback Special - 50th Anniversary Edition” climbed from #4 to #3.
(Source: Amazon / Elvis on CD / Billboard / UK Mix / FECC / IRMA / ARIA / Official Chart Company)

March 21 - Spliced Takes The Saga Continues

The Rock 'n' Roll Majesty import label released the 4 CD set "Spliced Takes - The Saga Continues". This set contains the previous CMT / STAR releases "3764 The Final Recordings", "I'm Evil - Elvis The 1968 Comeback Special" and two discs with "Stax Power". 

CD 1 - 3764 - The Final Recordings:
Hurt (Spliced Take 1, 2) - Never Again (Spliced Take  8, 7, 4, 5, 4) - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Spliced Take 1, 2, 5) - Danny Boy (Spliced Take 5 / Live 01.06.1976) - The Last Farewell  (Spliced Take 5, 3 - Undubbed Masters) - For The Heart (Spliced Take 4b, 5, 4b, 5a) - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Alternate Master) - Solitaire (Spliced Take 1, 2, 1, 8) - Love Coming Down (Spliced Take  2,4 - Extended) - Ill Never Fall In Love Again (Spliced Take 2, 1, 2, 4) - He'll Have To Go (Alternate Master) - Way Down (Alternate Master) - Pledging My Love (Spliced Take 2, 5, 1, 3) - Moody Blue (Spliced Live 20.02.1977- 21.02.1977) - She Think's I Still Care (Spliced Take 9, 7, 10) - It's Easy For You (Spliced Take 3, 4, 2) - America (Live, 07.05.1976 - Memphis Tennessee)

CD 2 - I´m Evil: Elvis - The 1968 Comeback Special:
Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Rehearsal) - Band Warming Up - Trouble / Guitar Man (Alternate Extended Master) - That's All Right (Spliced Version) - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - All Shook Up - Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel - Blue Suede Shoes (Alternate Master) - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (Spliced Version) - Trying To Get To You - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Can't Help Falling In Love - It Hurts Me (Section 4 Part 1 - Take 1 / Section 1 - Take 1) - If I Can Dream (Take 1) - Let Yourself Go (Alternate Master) - Nothingville Evil (Section 1 - Take 1) - Guitar Man (Evil Section 1 - Take 10) - Big Boss Man (Escape Section 3 - Take 1) - Guitar Man (Section 2 - Take 1) - Little Egypt (Section 2 - Take 1) - Baby What Do You Want Me To Do - Tiger Man - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Alternate Master) - One Night - Love Me Tender - Love Me - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Take 1) - Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Take 1) - Up Above My Head (Spliced Take 4, 7) - Saved (Alternate Master) - Memories (Alternate Master)

CD 3 - Stax Power: July:
You Don't Come Back (Spliced Take 1, 2, 5) - It's Different Now (Rehearsal) - Three Corn Patches (Spliced Take 5, 6, 10) - Take Good Care Of Her  (False Start / Take 3a) - Find Out What's Happening ( Spliced Take 1, 2, 4, 5) - I've Got A Thing About You Baby  (Spliced Take 6, 7, 11, 14, 11) - Just A Little Bit  (Spliced Take 1, 2) - Raised On Rock (Take 10 - Rough Mix) - For Ole Time Sake (Spliced Take 6, 4) - Girl Of Mine  (Spliced Take 1, 6) - Sweet Angeline (Alternate Master) - I Miss You (Spliced Take 12, 10) - Are You Sincere (Spliced Take 2, 1)
"September": Good Bad But Beautiful (Instrumental Track) - Color My Rainbow (Instrumental Track) - The Wonders You Perform  (Instrumental Track)

CD 4 - Stax Power: December:
I've Got A Feeling In My Body (Spliced Take  1, 4) - It's Midnight (Spliced Take  7, 11, 9, 9) -  You Asked Me To (Spliced Take  1, 2A, 3B, 2A, 3B) - If You Talk In Your Sleep (Spliced Take 5, 6) - Mr. Songman (Spliced Take 3, 5, 2) - Thinking About You (Spliced Take 4 / Rehearsal) - Love Song Of The Year (Spliced Take 6, 7) - Help Me (False Start / Take 1) - My Boy (Spliced Take 1, 2) - Loving Arms (Spliced Take 2 / Rehearsal) - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues (Spliced Take 4, 6) - Talk About The Good Times (Spliced Take 1, 2, 3) - Promised Land (Spliced Take 3, 4, 5) - Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (Spliced Take 8, 10) - There's A Honky Tonk Angel (Spliced Take 5, 3, 8) - If That Isn't Love (Spliced Take 6, 7) - Spanish Eyes (Spliced Take 3, 2) - She Wears My Ring (Spliced Funny Portions / Take 8).

Priscilla Presley Responds To Funeral Planning Reports

Priscilla Presley has responded to reports that have claimed that the former wife of the late Elvis Presley has planned her own funeral and has recently made all the appropriate instructions to be buried at Graceland next to Elvis.

Priscilla Presley posted on Thursday via her personal Twitter account that the recent reports regarding her funeral plans are completely bogus and in fact, she has no plans what-so-ever to be buried next to Elvis.

Recent Radar Online posts stated that Priscilla, 73, reached out to Graceland’s trustees and all the plans were finalized revealing that the final resting place plans were a done deal.

This is the Enquirer folks… please don’t believe everything you read. Don’t plan my funeral just yet, I’m very healthy. Never planned on being buried next to Elvis. What will they come up with next!? 🤣

“Priscilla still thinks of herself as Elvis’ widow and her rightful resting place is next to him,” a source told Radar Online.

The same source even went as far as to say that Priscilla wants an “elaborate funeral” and when her time comes she wants all of Elvis’ music to be played and to be completely surrounded by photos of herself and Elvis.

It is also claimed that Priscilla previously underwent a complicated surgery removing deadly skin cancer from her face. The ordeal allegedly got Cilla thinking about tying up all her loose ends and ironing out her last wishes.

“Priscilla feels that she played a defining role in Elvis’ life and that he was her only true love,” the insider said, adding, “Even though they divorced
four years before his death in 1977, she believes they shared a loving bond until the day he died — and beyond the grave.”

However, Priscilla is calling this total BS and feels she has a lot of living to do yet. As previously reported Priscilla Presley’s 2019 total net worth is somewhere around $100 million while her and Elvis‘ only daughter Lisa Marie Presley is next to nothing.

A lot of Elvis’ dedicated fans have been pretty upset by the financial circumstances concerning Lisa Marie and all the legal and personal battles she has been undergoing for the past few years following her divorce proceedings from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood.

They reportedly believe that Elvis’ baby girl should in no way be suffering financially while ex-wife Priscilla Presley continues to rake in a massive yearly income all of these years later riding on her famous husband’s namesake.

(Source: Hollywood News Daily / Twitter / Various)

March 20 - L'Age Du Rock 'n' Roll

Due for release March 29 is the triple budget DVD set "L'Age D'or Du Rock N'Roll" featuring performances by Rock 'n' Roll legends Eddy Mitchell, Johnny Hallyday and Elvis Presley.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

March 18 - (Sold) Out

The Memphis Recording Service Record Store Day double LP releases “The Complete 50's Movie Masters and Alternate Recordings" and "Made in Germany Private Recordings" are out (arrived at dealers) and very close to a total sell out. The pre-orders for these two sets - originally due Record Store Day on April 13, 2019 - have been unprecedented in the labels history. 

(Source: Memphis Recording Service / Elvis Express / Tony Stuchbury)




March 16 - Riots in Paris

French yellow-vest protesters set fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with the police on Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris' landmark Champs-Élysées avenue. The protesters also set fire to the famed restaurant Fouquet's which Elvis Presley visited when in Paris in 1959. As the demonstrators had dispersed, the famed avenue was a blackened expanse.

(Source: CBC)

March 15 - Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story (Updated 18/03)

The Madison import-label is back with "Vegas '69 - This is the Story", the first vinyl release of the label. This is a limited edition that comes on transparant, gold, black and red vinyl and on a CD as a bonus. Each color limited to 200 copies. 

From the press-release: Madison is finally back!

This time to announce their first ever vinyl release titled ‘Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story’ just in time for the 50th anniversary of these special shows. Presented as a stunning double LP set, in three different colors (clear, gold, and red), and naturally on black vinyl. You’ll have the ultimate compilation of this very special time in history, Mixed as one long show, hear Elvis sing his heart out, with songs like My Babe, I Got A Woman, Reconsider Baby, Funny How Time Slips Away, This Is The Story and many more! As a bonus we added a CD in its own period cardboard sleeve, for those who like to listen in their car or just for easy playback. This release will be an exclusive limited edition of 200 copies of each color only! 

In 1969 Elvis made his triumphant return to live performances following his recent and successful TV special ‘Elvis’ nowadays better known as his ’68 Comeback’, in which we saw a Elvis that was unleashed and unplugged, singing his guts out like a roaring tiger, the real Elvis was back after years of making formula movies, Elvis returned with a passion that had been gone for quite some time. The next step was Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis would perform an almost month long engagement from July 31st until August 28,

In the city that he failed to win over back in the 50’s. Obviously nervous, Elvis would be performing twice a day, but would the audience accept him this time? The answer is a definite yes! Elvis sold out show after show, and the audience was ecstatic, with a new band selected by Elvis himself, and backing vocalists, Elvis conquered Las Vegas, singing his older hits Jailhouse Rock, Don’t Be Cruel, All Shook Up and Heartbreak Hotel but also recent hits like Suspicious Minds and In The Ghetto, while also showing some of his roots by playing the electric guitar, and performing select covers of artists and music styles that inspired him. Elvis showed the audience that he was still as great as ever. 

LP 1 - Side A
01. Blue Suede Shoes (August 21, 1969 MS)
02. I Got A Woman (August 23, 1969 MS)
03. All Shook Up (August 21, 1969 MS)
04. Heartbreak Hotel (August 21, 1969 MS)
05. Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel (August 26, 1969 MS)
06. My Babe (August 26, 1969 DS) 
07. Hound Dog (August 26, 1969 DS

Side B: 
01. Rubberneckin' (August 26, 1969 MS)
02. Mystery Train-Tiger Man (August 26, 1969 MS)
03. I Can't Stop Loving You (August 26, 1969 MS)
04. Baby What You Want Me To Do (August 22, 1969 MS)
05. Funny How Time Slips Away (August 22, 1969 MS)
06. Reconsider Baby (August 23, 1969 MS)

LP 2 - Side C
01. Runaway (August 26, 1969 MS)
02. Inherit The Wind (August 26, 1969 DS)
03. This Is The Story (August 26, 1969 MS)
04. In The Ghetto (August 23, 1969 MS)
05. Suspicious Minds (August 26, 1969 MS)
06. Can't Help Falling In Love (August 25, 1969 MS)

LP 2 - Side D (Bonus Side)
01. Memories (Bonus, August 3, 1969)
02. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Bonus, August 3, 1969)
03. What'd I Say (August 21, 1969 MS)
04. Words (August 25, 1969 DS)
05. Yesterday - Hey Jude (August 21, 1969 MS)

Bobby Morris Biography


Due for release from Hudson Music on May 1, 2019 is the book "Bobby Morris My Las Vegas - With Elvis, Sinatra, Streisand, Darin, Prima & More" by Bobby Morris and J. J. Grant.

From the publisher:
"My Las Vegas is the incredible life story of Bobby Morris, who arrived in the U.S. from Poland at age ten, where he shined shoes and dreamed of being a drummer, and rose to become a music legend both behind the drums and in the Vegas entertainment industry. Leaving home as a teenager during the height of the Great Depression, Morris witnessed the birth of bebop coming from Harlem, and is himself credited with laying down some of the very first beats of rock n roll.

Hearing about a little town out west called Las Vegas, Morris arrived there in 1950 and proceeded to carve out a niche for himself in the music and entertainment management worlds, ascending to accompanist to the greatest stars of all time: Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher and dozens of others.

Achieving fame as the drummer for Louis Prima s Witnesses during a golden age in Vegas, Morris eventually became the conductor and friend of Elvis Presley. He rubbed elbows with American presidents, playing the Kennedy Inauguration and befriending a young actor named Ronald Reagan. Also an important figure on the business side of the industry, Morris ran the successful Bobby Morris Agency, Inc. from his own building in downtown Las Vegas, and was involved in management, booking and entertainment direction of many of the major hotels and venues on the Strip.

This, his autobiography, is the inspiring and nearly unbelievable story of one man achieving his dreams and rubbing elbows with the greatest personalities of the twentieth century in the process.


Also included are Bobby's tips on success in the music business, preparing for an audition, business negotiations and more."

Chauncey Crumpacker Died


Chauncey "Chick" Crumpacker, a three-time grammy-nominated producer and executive for RCA Victor who brought Elvis Presley to the label, died on Tuesday. He was 91. 


Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Crumpacker's career in music began in 1953 in RCA Victor's A&R department shortly after moving to New York City. During his time in A&R, he played a key role in bringing Presley to the label from Sun Records and then toured and traveled with the now-iconic rocker. He also tried to bring Johnny Cash to the label, but was ultimately unsuccessful after the label failed to support the move. 

(Source: FECC / Hudson Music / Elvis Club Berlin / Billboard)

March 14 - Chart Update (Updated 18/03)

The weekly global chart update. Elvis Presley's album and DVD releases drop on most charts. 

A new trend in the UK is giving a back catalogue a classic twist. According to the Official Chart company the trend was kicked off with the 2015 "If I Can Dream" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 
It shot straight to Number 1, giving Elvis his 12th Number 1 album, and shifting 1.19 million in combined sales. Elvis also overtook Robbie Williams to be the male solo artist with the most UK Number 1 albums, and went further in front with 2016's The Wonder of You, again with the RPO, clocking up a 13th chart-topper and 570,000 across all formats. Christmas with Elvis and the RPO went Top 10 in 2017. 
Elvis Presley outsold the RPO-releases with Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys,  Aretha Franklin and the Carpenters.

US Billboard charts:
  • US Billboard Top Current Albums chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #24 to #52.
  • US Billboard Top Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #26 to #59.
  • US Billboard Rock Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #10 to #23.
  • US Billboard Top Country Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #18 to #41.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #3 to #6.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” remained steady at #3. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #6 to #14.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” dropped from #17 to #25.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #20 to #29.
  • US Billboard Christian Album Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #17 to #18.
  • US Billboard Soundtracks chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #8 to #10.
  • US Billboard Soundtrack Album chart: “The Best of the ’68 Comeback Special” dropped from #4 to #5.
  • US Billboard Artist chart: Elvis Presley dropped from #54 to #68.
  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “The Best of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped off the chart.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special“ dropped from #12 to #33.
  • US Billboard Country Catalogue chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart.
Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped off the chart.  
  • Official UK Independent Album chart: "Made In Germany - The Complete Private Recordings" new entry at #35. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” remained steady at #14. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis” dropped from #34 to #42. 
  • Official UK Gospel and Christian Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #9 to #14.
Official Scottish chart:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “The Real … Elvis” remained climbed from #85 to #82.
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" dropped from #4 to #5.
Australian ARIA charts:
  • ARIA Music DVD chart: "'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)" dropped from #2 to #4.
Greek IFPI charts:
  • IFPI Album chart: "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped off the chart from last week's #59 spot.
(Source: Billboard / UK Mix / Official Chart Company / IFPI)