February 01 - Reborn, Rereleased, Re-listen, Rescheduled

The CD "Elvis Reborn: New Mono To Stereo Mixes" has been released by the Good Sounds label. This CD contains 30 newly created stereo mixes using the DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo) digital audio process on mono originals. 

Additional information from the press-release
Since instruments and vocals typically occupy fairly narrow frequency ranges, DES is able to isolate guitars, drums, piano, strings, singers, etc. and extract them into separate tracks that can be remixed just like multi-track stereo recordings. This breakthrough technology allows fans to experience their favorite mono songs in a more lifelike way than ever before!

These are not "overdubs." No new instrumentation has been added. All of the sounds you hear are the original musicians backing Elvis, but with a clarity that exposes for the first time sounds you never heard before! This exciting, trend-setting CD is as close as you will come to actually being present in the studio when these songs were recorded in the glory days of Rock 'N' Roll.

Showtime!

Lee Dawson talked about my "Elvis Day By Day 2019" book on tonight's Elvis Express radio show. Tune in at 20.00 U.K. time at the show's >>> download page. 

Some quotes from the show:

“It’s packed, there is so much color, it’s beautiful … It’s brilliant , nothing sure of absolutely brilliant”.
“It is kind of like the old annuals, the Elvis Specials”. This could be the new one of those. 
“Get it if you can … Elvis Day By Day 2019 - The Year in Review”, you will not be disappointed”.

Thanks Lee! :-)

No Showtime!

Due to a scheduling conflict, the "Elvis: Seen/Unseen" show from February 1st at Theatre at Westbury has been postponed to Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Southbound Vinyl

Reissued on colored vinyl in the Luxor Classic Reissue series is the 1998 bootleg album “Southbound” featuring the August 31 1976 show from Macon Georgia. 


From the press release: 
The 7th tour of 1976 is not known as being the best tour in Elvis' career. During this particular show Elvis appeared demotivated. He was definitely struggling to get to the end of this engagement. Most likely the crowd never even noticed this as they go wild like always as Elvis delivered a mediocre performance. Still, it’s a part of Elvis’ career that deserves a release on vinyl. 

22 years after the original CD release it is time for a high quality re-release of this performance. For the very first time this show is now available on a high quality double vinyl set. The show is newly 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. 

For now this is the last reissue in the Luxor classic reissue series. But, be ready for some nice surprises in the near future.

Side A: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Elvis Talks - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

Side B: You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - America, The Beautiful

Side C: Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain (John Wilkinson) - What'd I Say (James Burton) - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - Further Introductions - Love Letters - Hail Hail Rock ´n´ Roll - Hurt

Side D: Hound Dog - That's Alright, Mama - Blue Christmas - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Elvis Talks - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - America, The Beautiful - Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain (John Wilkinson) - What'd I Say (James Burton) - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - Further Introductions - Love Letters - Hail Hail Rock ´n´ Roll - Hurt - Hound Dog - That's Alright, Mama - Blue Christmas - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

40 GREATEST!

The legendary pink album is now available on a deluxe double CD set.


From the press release:
“Elvis' 40 Greatest”, originally released (on the Arcade label) in 1974 and UK's biggest-selling album over the Christmas period of that year, but along with all albums on K-tel, Ronco and Arcade, it was ineligible for the UK Albums Chart until 1975 because it was felt that heavy TV advertising and low pricing distorted the charts. It finally reached number one on the UK Albums Chart in 1977, and became the 10th best-selling album of the 1970s in the UK. It was originally pressed with a brown cover and doctored image of Elvis.

The 1978 re-release, was released simultaneously on black vinyl and a more expensive pink vinyl edition. The pink vinyl sold a stagger 250.000 copies more than the black vinyl. It is in fact one of the best-selling Elvis compilation albums of all time.

Both the original 1974 Arcade and the 1978 pink RCA re-release were, despite its success, never released on CD. But the waiting is over: housed in a stunning 6-panel digipack, “Elvis' 40 Greatest” contains the 40 original masters from the 1978 album plus as very special bonus tracks are added the original tracks from the 1983 UK edition of the "I Was The One" album, that contained overdubbed live and studio recordings from the 1950s and early 1960s. These recordings have never been released officially on CD.

CD 1:
My Baby Left Me - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Got A Lot O'Livin To Do - Teddy Bear - Party - All Shook Up - Old Shep - Don't - Hard Headed Woman - King Creole - Jailhouse Rock - A Big Hunk O Love - I Got Stung - One Night - A Fool Such As I - I Need Your Love Tonight - Stuck On You

From The 1983 'I Was The One' Album:
I Was The One - Baby Let's Play House - Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly - Don't - Paralyzed - Your Cheatin' Heart - Baby I Don't Care - Don't Be Cruel

CD 2:
Fever - It's Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Wooden Heart - Surrender - His Latest Flame - Wild In The Country - There's Always Me - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Can't Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - She's Not You - Return To Sender - You're The Devil In Disguise - Crying In The Chapel - Guitar Man - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Mind - There Goes My Everything - Don't Cry Daddy

From The 1983 'I Was The One' Album:
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - My Baby Left Me - Little Sister - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Ready Teddy - Young And Beautiful - Rip It Up

Work In Progress - The Guitar Man Album Sessions Volume 1    

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 totally 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 original album contained 10 songs, which all can be heard in a wonderful newly remastered sound quality on this new 2 CD set "Work In Progress - The Guitar Man Album Sessions Volume 1". But Felton worked on a bunch of other songs to see if they would suit the project.

This special 2 CD set contains many of those unreleased versions that never made it to the record. Also included are some unreleased unfinished versions of tracks that did make it to the final “Guitar Man” album.

The title track "Guitar Man" written and first performed by Jerry Reed was obviously one of the tracks that had to end up on 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 title track for the 1981 re-release. 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 this track most likely for his own pleasure or for Jerry Reed and it is one of the many highlights of this set. This is just an example of one of the many surprises you will find on this CD set. And all in a wonderful sound quality. 

This wonderful 2 CD set is full of unreleased tracks like: “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”, “The Fool”, “Susan When She Tried”, “Help Me”, “Funny How Time Slips Away” and many many more.  Felton Jarvis sadly passed away early January 1981 even before the album came out.

CD 1 - The Original 'Guitar Man' Album:
Guitar Man - After Loving You - Too Much Monkey Business - Just Call Me Lonesome  - Lovin’ Arms - You Asked Me To - Clean Up Your Own Backyard - She Thinks I Still Care - Faded Love - I’m Movin’ On

Work In Progress:
Guitar Man - Too Much Monkey Business - Lovin’ Arms - You Asked Me To - She Thinks I Still Care (No Backing Vocals) - She Thinks I Still Care (With Original Backing Vocals) - I’m Movin’ On

Duets Created By Felton:
Guitar Man (With Jerry Reed Mix #1) - Help Me (With The Gatlin Brothers) - For Ol’ Times Sake (With Tony Joe White)

Teaser For Second Disc:
That’s What You Get For Loving Me (Vocal Raised) - Hey Jude (Unedited) - Guitar Man (With Jerry Reed Mix #2)

Work Parts:
She Thinks I Still Care (Work Part)

CD 2 - “Masters” Not Used For The 'Guitar Man' Album:
Hey Jude - For Ol’ Times Sake - Only The Strong Survive - Blue Suede Shoes - In The Ghetto - Susan When She Tried - Shake A Hand - That’s What You Get For Loving Me - Funny How Time Slips Away - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - I’ll Hold You In My Heart - Help Me - I’ll Be There - The Fool - Burning Love - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Kentucky Rain - Long Black Limousine

Work In Progress:
Hey Jude (No Echo Different Mix) - In The Ghetto (No Backing Vocals) - Susan When She Tried (Different Mix) - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Susan When She Tried (Unedited - Dry Vocals) - Kentucky Rain (Different Mix - No Echo)

Happy Birthday Lisa Marie

Elvis Presley's only daughter, Lisa Marie, born exactly 9 months after Elvis and Priscilla's wedding, celebrated her 52nd birthday. Priscilla congratulated her daughter on Twitter with a sweet picture.

(Source: Good Music / Elvis Express / FECC)