January 08 - It's Nice To Go Trav'ling To France

Today marks - what would / could / should have been Elvis Presley's 86th Anniversary. Happy Birthday!

It's Nice To Go Trav'ling

The Danish Memphis Mansion label announced the release of the single 'It's Nice To Go Trav'ling' containing the opening theme and 'Fame and Fortune'. A follow-up to last year's 'From Memphis To Miami' EP.

Both tracks originate from Frank Sinatra's Timex Show which originally had the same title as the single. The audio has been remastered by Anthony Stuchbury from a newly found audio source, the cover-art was designed by Sรธren Karstensen.  

Available >>> at Memphis Mansion.

The label announced the release of 'The Danish Singles Collection Volume 3' on blue-colored vinyl. It contains remastered versions of the Danish single mixes. 

Tracks: A Mess of Blues / Girl of My Best Friend / It's Now Or Never / Make me Know It / Are You Lonesome Tonight / I Gotta Know / Wooden Heart / Tonight All Right For Love / I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country / Little Sister / His Latest Flame / Rock-A-Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love.

The label also released their 'Elvis at the Hayride' LP on cassette-tape.


Japanese Re-issues

The French VPI record label announced the release of the reproductions of the Japanese singles 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Kiss Me Quick' on blood red, electric blue, glow in the dark, dark yellow and silver colored vinyl. The release-date is February 26.

Elvis On Tour – The Singles Collection

The ‘Elvis On Tour – The Singles Collection’ was released in a red and a blue vinyl edition, both with a bonus CD.

From the press release: When MGM’s Golden Globe winning movie ‘Elvis On Tour’ was released in 1972 the movie poster was stated “MGM presents a very different motion picture that captures all the excitement of Elvis Live!”. That catchphrase said it all.

Unfortunately, there never was a soundtrack album release for this movie, until now. This deluxe 45RPM box-set contains six beautiful 45’s, and a bonus CD containing some of the musical highlights from this movie. 

Tracks singles:

  • Single 1: Johnny B. Goode – March 30, 1972 / Polk Salad Annie – April 9, 1972
  • Single 2: Separate Ways  – March 30, 1972 / Proud Mary – April 18, 1972
  • Single 3: Burning Love – April 18, 1972 / Never Been To Spain – April 18, 1972
  • Single 4: Bridge Over Troubled Water – April 14, 1972 / Funny How Time Slips Away – April 14, 1972
  • Single 5: An American Trilogy – April 14, 1972 / You Gave Me A Mountain – April 9, 1972
  • Single 6: Suspicious Minds – April 18, 1972 / Lead Me, Guide Me – Bosom Of Abraham – March 31, 1972

Bonus CD: Johnny B. Goode – March 30, 1972 / Polk Salad Annie – April 9, 1972 / Separate Ways  – March 30, 1972 / Proud Mary – April 18, 1972 / Burning Love – April 18, 1972 / Never Been To Spain – April 18, 1972 / Bridge Over Troubled Water – April 14, 1972 / Funny How Time Slips Away – April 14, 1972 / An American Trilogy – April 14, 1972 / You Gave Me A Mountain – April 9, 1972 / Suspicious Minds – April 18, 1972 / Lead Me, Guide Me – Bosom Of Abraham – March 31, 1972. 


The Soundboard Series Volume Two

The Petticoat import-label released the LP / CD set ‘The Soundboard Series Volume Two' on gold and on clear vinyl. 

Petticoat Records mainly released studio highlights on high-quality vinyl. With this release the label presented a collection of live performances.  

From the press release: This second volume features some of the best live performances in Elvis' career. Many of these tracks were only performed live very few times and are making their vinyl debut on this disc.

Side A:  Johnny B. Goode (Sept. 4 1972DS)  / A Big Hunk O’Love (April 9, 1972ES) / Polk Salad Annie (April 9, 1972ES) / Something (Febr. 23, 1971CS)  / Blueberry Hill (Febr. 13, 1977) / Kentucky Rain (Febr. 16, 1970MS) / My Baby Left Me (Jan. 28, 1974) / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (April 26, 1977 undubbed) / Promised Land (March 28, 1975MS)

Side B: Memories (Aug. 23, 1969MS) / This Is The Story (Aug. 26, 1969MS) / U.S. Male - I Was The One (Aug. 11, 1970MS/Aug. 12, 1970MS) / True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Jan. 26, 1970) / Proud Mary (April 10, 1972) / Suspicious Minds (April 14, 1972) / Burning Love (June 6, 1975) / Unchained Melody (Febr. 16, 1977)


Romantic Rocker

The two 1982 compilations, ‘Romantic Elvis’ and ‘Rockin’ Elvis – The Sixties’ have been re-issued on CD. These titles, “hailed as being some of the best compiled Elvis albums of the 80’s” according to the press release, come as two digi-packs housed in one slipcase. 

Tracks ‘Romantic Elvis’: Doin’ The Best I Can / You Don’t Know Me / Anything That’s Part Of You / It Hurts Me / For The Millionth And The Last Time / Love Me Tonight / Ask Me / I Don’t Want To / A World Of Our Own / There’s Always Me / I Met Her Today / Indescribably Blue / All That I Am / A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You / Starting Today / I’m Yours / Echoes Of Love / I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever / Something Blue / Mine.

Tracks Rockin’ Elvis: Make Me Know It / Devil In Disguise / Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers / One Broken Heart For Sale / I Want You With Me / Please Don’t Drag That String Around / Memphis Tennessee / Western Union / Witchcraft / Return To Sender / Long Lonely Highway / His Latest Flame / Such A Night / I Gotta Know / Little Sister / Shoppin’ Around / Judy / I’ll Be Back / U.S. Male / I’m Comin’ Home.


Posts from Elvis friends

Priscilla Presley posted:

It’s difficult to believe Elvis would be 86 today, January 8th. I think back and wonder...if he were here today, how would he celebrate in the year 2021. It’s not really hard as Elvis was somewhat...a creature of habit. I believe he would be celebrating exactly the same way. Having a small amount of his friends, family and his Memphis Mafia all gathered at Graceland. I can almost hear his laugh, see him joking around, and know he would be staying up into the early morning hours... ending at the piano singing gospel songs. Elvis, lost in the lyrics, as if no one was around. Then as the song comes to an end and with a slight smile, turns to his guest and nods with satisfaction as everyone applauds for more. Those are cherished moments embedded in my mind. 

Elvis was uncomfortable and a bit shy in receiving presents. Your presence was enough. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Elvis.

Linda Thompson posted:

There will forever be only one Elvis Presley… A true original. It’s difficult to imagine that he would have been 86 years old January 8! And though he has been gone from this world for many, many years, he still reigns as the king...the greatest entertainer ever to have lived. He still has millions of the most dedicated and loyal fans celebrating his memory around the world! It does not escape me that I am so very fortunate to have seen hundreds of his shows, and to have loved and been loved by the man. This clip of his performance is from the groundbreaking TV special, Aloha from Hawaii, and we had just started living together a few months before. Elvis was and will always be a profound influence on my life… Happy birthday, “Buntyn”wherever you are...๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŽต๐Ÿ•บ⚡️

James Burton posted:

 Happy Birthday to the King of Rock-N-Roll and thank ya, thank ya very much to all the fans who still love him as much as I do.  TCB, Stay Safe and God Bless - JB.

Jerry Scheff:

Happy Birth Day E.P. (That's what I called him)  I played in your slipstream E.P. I would never have played like I played with anyone else. 

Heart to Heart.

(Source: Memphis Mansion / Anthony Stuchbury / FECC)