September 29 - Birthday 2020 Celebrations

EPE / Graceland announced the details and logo for the January 2020 birthday celebrations on January 8-11, 2020 as as they celebrate Elvis’ 85th Birthday.

From the website: Enjoy four days of birthday festivities, plus special guests Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling. Events this year include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on January 8, Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Tour, private tours of Graceland Mansion with Priscilla Presley, an Birthday Celebration Concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, fan-favorite concert Elvis: Live in Concert featuring very special guests, and much more! Details on the Graceland website.

(Source: Graceland)

September 28 - Charts September Week 5

The weekly global chart update. It looks like Elvis Presley found his way up again on most U.S. Billboard charts even re-entering the main Album Top 100 chart, while in Scotland, he dropped off the Album chart marking the first week without an Elvis release on that chart for a very long time. 

US Billboard charts:

  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entered at #143. 
  • US Billboard Top Country Albums chart: The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #35 to #15.
  • US Billboard Country Albums Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” climbed from #37 to #35. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #20 to #8.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits”: re-entry at#13.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “Heart and Soul” dropped from #14 to #19.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “Elvis Ultimate Gospel” dropped off the chart from last week’s #16 spot.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry at #27.
  • US Billboard Christian Albums chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #28 to #39. 
  • US Billboard Christian Albums Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #14 to #37.
Official UK charts
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #82 to #88.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" climbed from #5 to #4.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis Live - Live from Memphis" dropped from #33 to #42. 
Official Scottish charts
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis at the Movies” dropped off the chart from last week’s #93 spot.
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” remained steady at #3.  
Belgian UltraTop charts:
  • Belgian UltraTop Album Top 200: "De ELVIS 100" dropped off the chart after last week’s new-entry at #113 (Flanders)
  • Belgian UltraTop Album Top 200: “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” re-entry at #199 (Flanders).
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: "'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)" climbed from #17 to #7. 
(Source: Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / ARIA / UltroTop / UK Mix)

September 27 - The Essential Studio Masters

Due for release from the UK based Memphis Recording Service on October 25, 2019 is the LP "The Essential 1957 - 1958 Studio Masters". This release comes with 4-page photo pullout poster.  This limited release of 1000 LP’s is split in 600 black vinyl copies and 400 clear vinyl copies. The black vinyl copies will be available through Amazon.

Side A - 1957 (23 minutes):
All Shook Up (With Studio Chat & Count-In) - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - I Need You So - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Beg Of You - Blueberry Hill - Is It So Strange - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - True Love

Side B - 1957 (24:46 minutes):
Don't Leave Me Now (With Studio Chat & Count-In) - One Night (With You) - Don’t
1958: Doncha' Think It's Time (Single Master) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Need Your Love Tonight - A Big Hunk O' Love - (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I - I Got Stung - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Version) - Doncha' Think It's Time (LP Master)

(Source: Memphis Recording Service)

September 25 - That’s The Way It Is from Follow That Dream

David English and Pal Granlund who have just released details on their forthcoming book / CD set “Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas” and already announced the follow-up, a new book, which will be released in 2020 on the 50th Anniversary of the documentary “Elvis That’s The Way It Is”. 

The first details: 
The book: “Elvis Presley - That’s The Way It Is” will be an hardbound book with deluxe slipcase containing over 400 pages. It is a 12 by 12 format, in the same style as the FTD book “Elvis Presley - A Boy From Tupelo” and “Elvis Presley - The Making of Viva Las Vegas”. With access to 2000 original negatives and 35mm slides, these images have been restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before. The book will also contain items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information. 

The audio: The package will also contain a gatefold sleeve and compact discs with unreleased material, more details to follow.

(Source: David English / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin)

September 24 - Indian Elvis?

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Rock 'n' Roll legend Elvis Presley after attending the recent 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston where the Indian leader received much support by the community present.


Owing to the rousing welcome the two leaders received at the Houston event and the popularity that PM Modi enjoys, Trump said, "They love this gentleman to my right. People went crazy, he is like an American version of Elvis." 

However, Trump seemed like wanting to say that Modi was like an "Indian version" of Elvis.

(Source: Time Now)


September 22 - See You Soon Huntsville

The "See You Soon Huntsville" double LP / DVD has been released by the VV import-label. This release comes in four variations. 

Standard Edition:
Double black vinyl LP housed in a deluxe gate-fold sleeve with as a bonus the DVD and double-sided poster (exclusive of the standard edition_ and a sticker. Thus edition is limited to 200 copies. 

Special Limited Edition:
Double LP on red vinyl, packed in a gate-fold cover, limited to 60 copies. 
Double LP on blue vinyl, packed in a gate-fold cover, limited to 60 copies. 
Both colored versions include the DVD, an LP sized double sided art-card and sticker  (different version per color) as a bonus.

Limited Box-set Edition:
Limited Edition in two colored vinyl editions, 32 copies each, packed in a heavy box-set.
These variations come with the DVD packed in a digi-pack, 8 cm-sized pin, art-poster and art-sticker, t-shirt and certificate of authenticity. All bonus material exclusive to the two variations. 

Besides these three variations the label produced a test-version, limited to 14 copies. This edition is housed in a heavy box-set containing the double LP on black vinyl. It comes with an exclusive sticker and t-shirt. 

(Source: FECC)




September 21 - FTD Label Working on TTWII Set

The Follow That Dream collectors label is working on a “That’s The Way It Is” publication. David English, who co-wrote several books for the label, confirmed this on the FECC forum on the question from a member trying to make his mind up on buying the upcoming “TTWI” set from Erik Lorentzen or wait on a set from the FTD label. David English posted “I can confirm this, Thanks David” and "The same format as The Making of Viva Las Vegas book/cds...Look out for more details soon".

(Source: David English on FECC)

September 20 - Charts September Week 4

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart updates. Elvis Presley dropped in the US after re-entering the mail Album Top 200 chart with the "Essential Elvis Presley".  The recent "Where No One Stands Alone" and "Elvis: Ultimate Gospel" compilation as the only two climbers on the US charts. In Ireland The King had to leave the Top spot. 

US Billboard charts:  
  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s re-entry at #151.
  • US Billboard Christian Albums chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #32 to #28.
  • US Billboard Christian Albums Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” climbed from #30 to #14.
  • US Billboard Top Country Albums chart: The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #17 to #35.
  • US Billboard Country Albums Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped from #23 to #37.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “Heart and Soul” climbed from #19 to #14.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “Elvis Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #23 to #16.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Albums chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped from #8 to #20.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” dropped off the chart from last week’s re-entry at #25.
  • US Top Rock Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” dropped off the chart from last week’s re-entry at #38.
Official UK charts
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #77 to #82.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis - The Searcher” remained steady at #5.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis” climbed from #36 to #33.
  • Official Uk Christian and Gospel Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped off the chart after last week’s re-entry at #17.
Official Scottish charts
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis at the Movies” dropped from #69 to #93.
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” dropped from #1 to #3. 
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “‘'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” dropped from #9 to #17.
Belgian UltraTop charts
  • Belgian UltraTop Album Top 200: "De ELVIS 100" new-entry at #113 (Flanders)

(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / ARIA / IRMA / Official Chart Company / UltraTop)  

September 20 - Best of the 50's Vinyl

The 2017 "Best of the 50's"compilation, originally released CD and vinyl, will be re-issued once more on white colored vinyl by the UMSM label on November 22, 2019. 

Side A: That's All Right Mama -Good Rockin' Tonight - Baby Let's Play House - Mystery Train - I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - Tutti Frutti (Short Long)

Side B: Shake, Rattle And Roll - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy - Rip It Up - All Shook Up - Jailhouse Rock - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - King Creole.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

September 19 - New Elvis Presley Footage

The U.S. based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired episode four of Ken Burns movie “Country Music”. Episode 4, “I Can't Stop Loving You” covering the years 1953-1963, pays a visit to Memphis, Tenn., during the age of rockabilly with Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; Ray Charles crosses over racial borders by recording a country album; Patsy Cline rises to stardom with a smooth new sound.

Episode four featured previously unseen home movie footage which shows Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash together back in 1957. The clip shows Elvis Presley dancing, possibly to “Treat Me Nice” from “Jailhouse Rock”. A Canada Packers sign in the background while Johnny Cash is on the street would suggest that section is filmed in Canada.

The first shot is Elvis is chewing gum and dancing - a finger from an unseen man snaps along with his dancing (probably Johnny, based on what comes in a moment). Then we get a second shot of Elvis dancing alone. A third shot, a few frames of Elvis with Johnny's pompadour ducking into the left edge of the shot.  Fourth and fifth shots that appear to be from the same reel are of Johnny walking a street and in the back seat of a car, respectively. 
Then we get the real gem, of Johnny and Elvis standing together around a table, with both looking pensive, Cash leaning on the table and looking at the camera.  This fades into a shot of Elvis and Johnny closer to the window, Elvis stretching his arms to the back of his head, and Johnny now standing up. And finally, one last almost voyeuristic shot of them standing still, looking out the window.

Barron Hilton Died

Hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton died on Thursday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his family's Conrad Hilton Foundation confirmed in a press release. He was 91.


Elvis Presley had an 8 year exclusive run at the Hilton, entertaining some 2.5 million people, making him the city's all time most successful performer. Over time BaronHlton and Elvis Presley became friends. In 1978 hotelier Barron Hilton unveiled the Elvis statue which still stands in the hotel.

In August 1969, Kirk Kerkorian's International Hotel was the largest resort in the world and cost $80 million to complete. Alex Soofey who was working for Kerkorian was given the job of putting The International Hotel on the map. He decided that Elvis Presley was the one act that would do this and after a meeting with Colonel Tom Parker an initial booking was made.


After working on rehearsals, Elvis opened in the International Showroom on July 31, 1969. Booked for a four-week engagement the reviews were ecstatic with Elvis breaking all attendance records for the city. Five months later Elvis returned to the International and broke his own attendance records, starting a series of twice yearly engagements that would continue until 1976.

Following his opening performance, Colonel Parker and hotel manager Alex Shoofey signed a contract scribbled on a restaurant tablecloth which, despite receiving many attractive offers from other Vegas resorts, Elvis dutifully honoured. 

In 1970, the Hilton Hotel group purchased the International Hotel, along with Kerkorian's other property, the Flamingo. When International president Alex Shoofey met Barron Hilton the International's new owner, in 1972, he is reported to have said "Colonel Parker -- minus Elvis Presley -- is the best customer you ever had at this hotel. He's good for at least one million dollars a year."

It was Baron Hilton who presented Elvis with a 14 karat solid gold bolo-style rope chain necklace as a gift - shown above- for the incredible success of Elvis' residencies at The Hilton. The elongated, hexagonal-shaped bolo-style clasp is stylized bamboo shapes, with elaborate script initials “EP” on the cross bar.

(Source: FECC / Tennessean / YouTube)

September 18 - New (Re)Releases

Due for release from the Elemental Records label is the LP “Dancin' Hits”. This 20 track compilation album comes on 180 gr. vinyl at 33 RPM and packed in a gate-fold cover. It will also be released on housed in a digital-pack with additional bonus track.

Side A: Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - I Don't Wanna Be Tied - Make Me Know It - Don't Be Cruel - Rip It Up - Just Because - Long Tall Sally - King Creole - Girl Next Door Went A-Walking

Side B: Shake, Rattle And Roll - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - All Shook Up - Hard Headed Woman - I Need Your Love Tonight - Blue Suede Shoes - Stuck On You - We' re Comin` In Loaded - I Gotta Know - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck

The Complete U.S Ep Collection 1955 - 1962


Due for release from the Audio Vaults label on October 18, 2019 is the 4 CD set “The Complete U.S EP Collection 1955 - 1962”. It contains every track from Elvis' US EPs from 1955 to 1962, including "Baby Let's Play House" from the C&W Jukebox Promotion Kit and "Elvis Sails" press interviews. 
It would have been nice i this cover would feature a cover of the actual Elvis Presley ...

More Vinyl Re-issues

The Speakers Corner label announced vinyl re-issues of "For LP Fans Only" and "From Elvis In Memphis" with September 23, 2019 as the release-date. 

Due from Sony Legacy on October 18, 2019 is the LP “Classic Christmas”.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis ~Club Berlin)

September 17 - That’s The Way It Is Trilogy Preview

Erik Lorentzen shared some more information and a preview of his upcoming “That’s The Way It Is” trilogy. The set is limited to 1000 copies, each book is 400 pages and the trilogy contains around 1800 pictures. Printing starts November 1st. And the books should be available December 1st.

Elvis Presley in Ultra HD

Amazon Music added Elvis Presley’s biggest hits in the digital Ultra HD format to their catalog. According to the press-release “It’s the difference between listening to a great song – and sitting in the room with the band”.

(Source: UEPS / Elvis The Music)

September 15 - From Cover to Vinyl: Volume 2 (Delayed)

In 2012 the book "Bootleg Elvis" focussing on the many bootleg LPs and CDs that have been released since 1977. The book sold out quickly and has since become a collector's item. In the fall of 2018 other authors published a follow-up entitled "The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs - Seven + Ten Inch From Cover to Vinyl" featuring over 1600 photos of covers of the 7 inch and 10 inch vinyl bootleg releases spread over 300 pages. The focus of this book was on the cover-art.

A follow-up on the bootlegs released on the 12 inch vinyl format, "The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs - Twelve Inch Albums From Cover to Vinyl" was due early 2019, but has been delayed until at least the end of 2019. The cover and a preview page have been released. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Matters)

September 14 - Worldwide Elvis RCA Vinyl Book Series

Paul Dowling is working on a RCA discography book series. He reached out to fans and collectors of rare vinyl and while doing so he shared a little more insight in this project. It is his intention to publish a series of “Worldwide Elvis RCA Vinyl” books, the first volume is due in 2020. The books should contain a complete discography of each country - 78's, singles, EPs, LPs and promos - while the main section should  detail every known label variation, reissue with pictures of labels, covers, etcetera. The size of the book is 9.5 x 12 inch.

From his post:
As a lot of you know I have been collecting Elvis Presley vinyl from around the world since 1973 and currently am working on doing a series of Worldwide Elvis Rca Vinyl Discography books. These will have as much information as I can possibly find on his RCA vinyl from close to 64 countries and I could really use your help.

In the mid 1990's I started to do this project which includes every 78, single, EP, LP, promos from over 60 countries - RCA only!! It was a lot of work then because, since 1974, I have been selling Elvis Presley vinyl from around the world to people all over the world...and I'm still doing this as most of you know. I spent maybe a year working on the book them then but I had to put it on hold until now because it was just too much to concentrate on full time. But I never stopped collecting information - scans, information, etc. and I now have a lot more free time on my hands and a year ago I decided to go back to finishing this. I even went up to BMG in New York in 1992 every other week for 6 months and came back with over 3000 photocopies of listing notices, production cards, etc. that hardly anyone has seen. Most of it is on U.S. releases but there is some from other countries.

Some of my original ideas I started with in the 90's I still like. For example:
  • There will be a complete discography at the beginning of each country - 78's, singles, EP's, LP's, promos.
  • The original book was to be 8 x 10 but this one will be 9 .5 x 12.
  • The main section will detail every known label variation, reissue with pictures of labels, covers, etc
It's always something I've wanted to do and last October I decided to go back to it and I do so around 10 hours every day. So far I have over 50,000 scans of labels, covers etc. from all over the world plus information on releases from over 64 countries

I am posting this here in hopes that many you can help me with scans. If anyone could help me with good quality scans of the releases I have listed below I would really appreciate. You can e mail me at paul@worldwideelvis.com I can use any of the 78's, singles, EP's, LP's listed below in good quality. A good portion of these I already have but need better quality scans. The list I am adding now is just the latest I need but trust me there will be loads more!!

Click >>> here for the information Paul Dowling is looking for.

(Source: Paul Dowling / FECC) 

September 14 - Charts September Week 3

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Good news this week, Elvis is rising on most charts and peaks in Ireland.

US Billboard Charts:
  • US Billboard Album Top 200 chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #151.
  • US Billboard Top Rock Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry #25.
  • US Top Rock Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” re-entry #38.
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” climbed from #35 to #32. 
  • US Billboard Christian Albums Sales chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped from #12 to #30.
  • US Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” re-entry #18.
  • US Billboard Top Country Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #31 to #17. 
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special” climbed from #49 to #23.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” climbed from #18 to #8.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul” dropped from #11 to #19. 
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Alb um chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” re-entry #23.
Official UK charts:
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” climbed from #82 to #77. 
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” climbed from #6 to #5.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: “Elvis Lives - Live From Memphis” dropped from #30 to #36. 
  • Official UK Christian and Gospel Music Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” re-entry at #17.
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis at the Movies - 60 Essential Recordings” dropped from #68 to #69.
Official Irish IRMA charts
  • Official IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” climbed from #4 to #1. 
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: “‘'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)” climbed from #15 to #9.
(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / ARIA / IRMA / Official Chart Company)

September 13 - Elvis 100 At The Movies

Sony Netherlands released the "De Elvis 100" compilation featuring hits that charted in The Netherlands. This album comes with a booklet describing the link between Elvis and The Netherlands.

The set contains 100 hits in chronological order, from “Heartbreak Hotel” to the JXL remix of "A Little Less Conversation". It is the first European release to include the 1982 "The Elvis Medley", it also includes the Christmas hits as well as special live, rehearsal and studio recordings. 
This box was composed using the masters in the very best sound quality, the mastering was done by Vic Anesini. The booklet contains an extensive story about Elvis and his link with The Netherlands.

The record company made some alternate choices for several tracks on this Dutch single compilation. They used the 1972 Madison Square Garden (Complete Masters Box) version of "Suspicious Minds" instead of the live single version from August 1970, as released in 2001. "I’m Yours" is not the single version but the album version with spoken part. "Until It’s Time For You To Go" is also from the Madison Square Garden concert. "My Way" is taken from the Aloha Special, instead of the 1977 single version. "I Really Don't Want To Know" has been lifted from "Elvis Country", it has the part of ''I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago'' segment still intact. "I've Lost You" is the studio version taken from the Album Collection (better stereo mix than on previous releases since it was remixed for that set), the same goes for "Blue River".

Elvis Presley - At The Movies


The New Continent label released the 3 CD set "Elvis Presley - At The Movies: 1956-62 Film Soundtrack Collection" featuring 85 tracks from Elvis Presley's first five film-soundtrack LPs in their entireties: "Loving You", "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii", "Girls! Girls! Girls!", as well as 4 EPs which contain Elvis’ performances for other motion pictures from the same period – the celebrated "Love Me Tender", "Jailhouse Rock", "Follow that Dream" and "Kid Galahad". 

In addition, this remastered collector’s edition features 5 extra film tunes. It also contains a comprehensive booklet presenting the discographic information for the sensational music heard on this compilation  plus rare photos and memorabilia."

(Source: Sony / Amazon / FECC)

September 12 - The Danish Singles Collection

Due for release from the Memphis Mansion in Randers (Denmark) is the LP “ELVIS: The Danish Singles Collection Vol.1”. This album comes on red vinyl with a booklet.

From the press-release
The idea behind the release was to have a discography that was a little different, and the Danish singles were certainly that. There's a whole generation of fans that have grown up never hearing the original vinyl sound of Elvis, so these are how the tunes sounded when first released, complete with compression, and some of them really rock! As good as our modern releases are we've kind of lost a little bit of history, and we wanted to put that back. What we present here is that original vinyl sound, first heard when these tracks were originally released. This release is limited to 300 copies, the mastering was done by Tony Stuchbury.

Side A: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Doncha’ Think It’s Time - I Want To Be Free - Baby I Don’t Care - Hard Headed Woman - Don’t Ask Me Why

Side B: Love Me Tender - Any Way You Want Me - Tutti Frutti - I Want You I Need You I Love You - One Night - I Got Stung

(Source: Elvis Information Network  / Memphis Mansion)

September 10 - Legendary Spliced Takes

The latest four volumes in the import CMT / STAR co-production "Spliced Takes" series have been bootlegged in a new 4 CD longbow entitled "Legendary Spliced Takes". This release contains the original titles "Summer Festival 1970", Ghetto Power 1", Ghetto Power 2" and "Wonderful Winter Wonderland" and is limited to 300 copies.

CD 1 - Summer Festival 1970: I Just Can’t Help Believing (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal) - Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal) - How The Web Was Woven (Alternate Master) - Patch It Up (Spliced Take 2, 7, 1) - Mary in The Morning (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal) - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (04.08.1970 - Rehearsal) - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal - Funny Version) - I’ve Lost You (10.08.1970 - Rehearsal) - Just Pretend (Live 11. / 12.08.1970 - With Reprise) - Stranger In The Crowd (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal) - The Next Step Is Love (Spliced Take 2, 6) - Bridge Over Troubled Water (24.07.1970 - Rehearsal)

Blue Hawaii Special: Blue Hawaii (Spliced Take 1, 2, 3, 5, 3) - Almost Always True (Spliced Take 2, 3) - Aloha Oe (Spliced Take 6, 1) - No More (Spliced Take 4, 8, 15) - Can't Help Falling In Love (Spliced Take 24, 24, 26) - Rock A-Hula Baby (Spliced Take 1, 2, 3) - Moonlight Swim (Spliced Take 1, 4, 4) - Ku U I Po (Spliced Take 6, 7) - Ito Eats (Spliced Take 1, 2, 5, 5, 5, 5) - Slicin Sand (Spliced Take  8, 3, 5, 14) - Hawaiian Sunset 6, 2, 3, 3, 3) - Steppin Out of Line (Spliced Take 11,  15, 8) - Beach Boy Blues (Spliced Take 3, 3, 3) - Island Of Love (Spliced Take 2, 9, 9, 9) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Spliced Take 1, 2, 2)

CD 2 - Ghetto Power Part 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 3 - Ghetto Power Part 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)

CD 4 - Wonderful Winter Wonderland: O Come, All Ye Faithful (Spliced Take 2 - Alternate Edit) - The First Noel Spliced Dubbed / Overdubbed) - On A Snowy Christmas Night (Spliced Dubbed / Overdubbed) - Winter Wonderland (Alternate Master) - The Wonderful World Of Christmas (Spliced "Harmony" Master) - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Spliced Take 4, 5, 6, 5) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Spliced Take 2, 3) - If I Get Home On Christmas Day (False Start / Spliced Take 1, 3, 1, 3) - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Spliced Take 6, 8, 3) - Merry Christmas Baby (Spliced Overdubbed Master) - Silver Bells (Spliced Rehearsal /T ake 1) - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day (Remake - Spliced Take 1, 1, 2)


(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

September 08 - Viva La Vegas and That's The Way it Is Deluxe Book Sets

Due for release from the Follow That Dream collectors label, in cooperation with Davide English and Pal Granlund November 2019 is the book / CD set “The Making of Viva Las Vegas”. 

The book covers the background story into how the fabulous musical was created and gives a comprehensive insight from script to screen. It contains two hundred and fifty newly discovered images, including wardrobe stills, memo’s, contract and pages from director George Sidney’s personal script, soundtrack recording session documents, memories from cast and crew, the shooting schedule, filming dates and locations revealed for the first time. And an exclusive interview on the film restoration of “Viva Las Vegas”. 

The audio contains the first official release of the original soundtrack in mono, the original conceived 1963 studio album and as a bonus songs from the soundtrack and newly discovered songwriter demo’s. 

The 400-page hardcover book, packed in a deluxe slipcase, has the same size and format as the “Elvis Presley A Boy From Tupelo” book / CD from the FTD label.

CD 1 - "Viva Las Vegas" (Mono Soundtrack): 
Viva Las Vegas - What'd I Say - If You Think I Don't Need You - I Need Somebody To Lean On - C'mon Everybody - Today, Tomorrow And Forever - You're The Boss - Night Life - Do The Vega - The Lady Loves Me - Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas - Santa Lucia (Extended Version) - The Climb

CD 2 -  Memphis, Tennessee (The 1963 Album):

Memphis, Tennessee (Alternate Master) - Ask Me (Alternate Master) - Slowly But Surely - Witchcraf - Never Ending - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers - Long Lonely Highway - Western Union - Love Me Tonight - What Now, What Next, Where To - Blue River - Memphis, Tennessee


Memphis, Tennessee - Bonus Songs:
Devil In Disguise - Please Don't Drag That String Around - It Hurts Me (January 1964 Recording) - Memphis, Tennessee (January 1964 Recording) - Ask Me (January 1964 Recording)

CD 3 - Viva Las Vegas - Bonus Songs:
Appreciation (Master) - Night Life (Full Version - Long Fade) - What'd I Say (Take 4 - Extended Version)

Viva Las Vegas - Songwriters Demos:
The Lady Loves Me (Version 1) - Tody, Tomorrow And Forever - Jealous Fool (Performed By Jimmy Breedlove) - My Rival - Just Like Me - Viva Las Vegas (Performed By Mort Shuman) - You're The Boss - I'd Only Love You More - The Climb (Performed By "The Coasters") - The Big Wheel - Appreciation - The Lady Loves Me (Version 2) - Do The Vega - C'mon Everybody (Performed By Bob Johnston).

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That’s the Way It Is Trilogy


Due for release December 2019 is the photographic trilogy “That’s the Way It Is” by By Erik Lorentzen. 

Volume one cover the “The MGM rehearsals”, volume two cover “The Las Vegas rehearsals” and volume three covers the “The concerts”. This hardback set, packed as a limited edition in a special slip-case, should contain over 2000 unpublished photos.

(Source; FECC / Elvis Shop London)

September 07 - Christmas Vinyl

Due for release from the Vinyl Passion label on October 26, 2019 is the LP “Christmas Classics and Gospel Greats”. This 16-track compilation comes on silver colored vinyl.

Side A: Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Lane) - Blue Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - I’ll Be Home For Christmas - Silent Night

Side B: (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - I Believe - Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho - He Knows Just What I Need - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Take My Hand, Precious Lord

Elvis Collected

Due for release from Danann Books April 7, 2020 in the "Collected-Serie" is the 112-page book "Elvis Presley" by Michael A O'Neill.

From the publisher:
Follow the incredible story of the man they call the “King of Rock and Roll”. Elvis Presley’s life and career is shown from his care-free beginnings at Sun records in the 1950s to global superstardom.

In addition the book features rare interviews with the legendary Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana and Elvis’s loyal backing singers the Jordanaires.

To bring you even closer to the King the book features a wide variety of superb on the page rare memorabilia and documents from the archives covering Elvis’ career including tour posters personal letters publicity material and fascinating items and tickets from his greatest gigs together with his best album covers.

(Source: BOL / Elvis Club Berlin / DanannPublishing)

September 06 - Charts September Week 2 (Updated 08/09)

The weekly global chart update. In the U.S. Elvis Presley returned to several charts after dropping off most charts last week with the recent 1969 albums.

US Billboard chart:
  • US Billboard Top Christian Album chart: “Elvis: Ultimate Gospel” dropped from #30 to #35.
  • US Billboard Christian Album chart: “Where No One Stands Alone” dropped climbed from #28 to #12.
  • US Billboard Top Country Album chart: “The Essential ElvisPresley” re-entry at #31.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special (Soundtrack)” dropped from #44 to #49.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “Heart and Soul”: climbed from #19 to #11.
  • US Billboard Country Catalog Album chart: “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entry at #18.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “Elvis Live 1969, International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada” dropped off the chart from last week’s #30 spot.
  • US Billboard Country Album Sales chart: “Elvis: International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada August 26, 1969” dropped off the chart from last weeks #45 spot.” dropped off the chart from last week’s #30 spot.
  • US Billboard Artist Top 100 chart: Elvis dropped off the chart from last week’s #100 spot.
Official UK charts
  • Official UK Streaming Album chart: “The 50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #68 to #82.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis The Searcher" climbed from #14 to #6.
  • Official UK Music DVD chart: "Elvis Lives - Live from Memphis" dropped from #26 to #30.
  • Official Christian and Gospel Album chart: "Where No One Stands Alone" from last week's #17 spot.
Official Scottish charts
  • Official Scottish Album chart: “Elvis at the Movies - 60 Essential Recordings” dropped from #66 to #68.
Irish IRMA charts
  • Irish IRMA Music DVD chart: “Elvis The Searcher” dropped from #2 to #4.
Belgian UltraTop charts:
  • Belgian UltraTop Album Top 200: "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped off the chart from last week's re-entry at #190 (Flanders).
Australian ARIA charts:
  • Australian ARIA Music DVD chart: "'68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition)" dropped from #13 to #15.

(Source: UK Mix / Billboard / Official Chart Company / IRMA / UltraTop / ARIA)

September 06 - Rockin' Debut Re-issue

The Glamourama label re-issued Elvis Presley's debut album "Elvis Presley" on vinyl. The album comes with a re-issue of the French “Rockin’ Presley” EP on green vinyl containing the hits "Hound Dog", "Don' t Be Cruel", "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" and "Heartbreak Hotel" not featured on the album.

(Source: Amazon)

September 05 - A Spliced Humanitarian

Author and researcher Paul Belard released two new titles; "Elvis May 1956" and "Elvis A Humanitarian"

Synopsis "Elvis May 1956"
"Elvis May 1956" catalogs the final week of Elvis' season at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas and then his two-week tour performing shows in 11 states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Omaha, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio.

Elvis May 1956 is essentially a photo-book and features hundreds of color and b&w images (many rare) which form a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life on and off the road in May 1956. As with all of Paul Belard's releases, it also includes important archival material.

Synopsis "Elvis A Humanitarian":
"Elvis A Humanitarian, like Belard's earlier release, "Elvis Black and White to Technicolor" (which addressed the Elvis and race issue), is an important photo-journal record of Elvis' charitable nature. Over nearly 300 pages the release catalogs Elvis' many acts of genorosity. As a photo-journal rather than a photo-book it is balanced between narrative and visual material.

As stated in the book Preface: Throughout his career, Elvis performed benefit concerts in support of various causes. He donated to many charities, some of them every year, other in a more random fashion. He also reached out to friends, family and total strangers, paying hospital bills, providing financial assistance, or buying cars, house and other things.

One can only guess at how many people he touched throughout his career, from expensive gifts to tender and poignant embraces he gave sick or disabled children. The true depth and breadth of his generosity and community involvement might never be known, but it is all right since it is something he was reluctant to advertise. Much of what he did was done quietly, without fanfare, except when his notoriety made it impossible to keep his acts off the public eye.

Spliced Takes - Viva Las Vegas

The CMT import-label announced, in cooperation with the STAR import-label,  another release in their "Spliced Takes" series entitled "Spliced Takes Special - Viva Las Vegas".

From the press-release:  
CMT is proud to present their latest addition to this great series. This time they choose to do the fan favorite "Viva Las Vegas" and it includes no less than fifteen new and unreleased spliced takes!

All songs from the movie are included, so besides the Elvis tracks, you also get the Ann Margret songs and "The Climb", performed by George McFadden

One of the highlight is the longer version of "If You Think I Don’t Need You", which has been created using eight splices, and includes multiple sax solo’s. "Do The Vega" has been giving an extra touch by repeating the “Shake like a son...” portion, which makes it sound more up to date and modern. "Santa Lucia’" has a longer intro and extra instrumental break. The title track also sounds very different due to the use of three takes and four splices.

As always you’ll get a lot of value in these releases, since almost everything sounds very different then usual without, and all without fake remixes.

TracksViva Las Vegas – Spliced Takes 4, 6, 2, 2 / Night Life – Spliced Takes 1, 2, 8 / Yellow Rose Of Texas – Spliced Takes 2, 7 / The Lady Loves Me – Spliced Takes 3, 6 / C’mon Everybody – Spliced Takes 6, 7 / Today, Tomorrow And Forever – Spliced Takes 1, 4, 8 / The Climb – Take 8 / What’d I Say – Spliced Takes 1, 2 / Do The Vega – Spliced Takes 5, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4 / You’re The Boss – Spliced Takes 4, 6, 9, 8, 10 / Santa Lucia – Spliced Takes 2 (Track) 2 (VO) / My Rival – Master / If You Think I Don’t Need You – Spliced Takes 9, 8, 10, 12, 2, 12, 7, 2 / I Need Somebody To Lean On – Splice Edit) / Appreciation – Alternate Spliced Master / I Need Somebody To Lean On – Spliced Edit)

The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977


After a wait of over three years the re-release of the JAT Publishing book "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" is due September 2019. JAT recently completed the work updating the book adding newly found images, documents and art-boards. 

The Vinyl Artwork book contains most of the original photography for the albums, singles and extended plays released during Elvis Presley's lifetime. Many of the photos are the full gorgeous images as they were originally photographed with many never before seen in their entirety. Many of these photos are considered to be some of the greatest photography on Elvis Presley.

Vintage Rocker

In their latest Vintage Rock Presents special edition, the magazine explores the incredible world of Elvis Presley live on stage.

Description:
We trace the King's seismic live career beginning with his first shows in Memphis and the formation of the Blue Moon Boys, through his provocative early tours and causing a commotion on the airwaves via the Louisiana Hayride. We also switch on to Elvis's game-changing live TV appearances on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, the Milton Berne Show, the Steve Allen Show and the Ed Sullivan Show. 

Up next, we head to Sin City Las Vegas to explore Presley's various residencies there, from his first stint at the New Frontier in 1969 through to his incredible run at the International Hotel throughout the 70s.

To add to that, there's features exploring Elvis's TV Specials – the '69 Comeback Special, Aloha From Hawaii By Satellite and the Frank Sinatra Timex Special, his That's The Way It Is Vegas documentary, and the controversial Elvis In Concert film, with some fascinating insight from co-producer Annett Wolf.

Elsewhere, we examine Elvis's heartbreaking final tour and his classic live albums, we unlock that infamously flamboyant touring wardrobe and we deliver our Top 20 essential live recordings – and more!

The magazine comes with 3 different covers and one fan pack containing all three editions and four art-cards.  The Vintage Rock team has picked out four truly iconic images from across Elvis Presley's towering live career for these luxurious art cards, including rocking the stage at the Tupelo Fairgrounds in 1956, clad in black leather for the '68 Comeback Special, with inlaid Gibson acoustic guitar in the 70s, and at the mic in his bejeweled rhinestone jumpsuit.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / JAT Publishing / Elvis Down Under / Essential Elvis / Vintage Rock)