February 25 - German EP Record Guide

Horst Zimmermann (co-author of the books 'The EP Records Guide' and 'Picture Sleeve Record Guide' books) confirmed the 2021 release of his book 'Elvis German EP´s Record Guide'.

The book is divided in several sections 'Part 1 - The EPs', 'Part 2 - The Army EPs'  and as the last section'Singles (re-releases)'.

From the press release: The fully illustrated guide lists and describes the differences between the covers and labels with additional information.

In addition, the guide contains a table showing the dates of publication of the covers and the records, so that it is easy to see whether a record can belong to the cover in which it is located.

"Part 1 - the EPs" will contain all EPs known at the time of going to press. For Germany, that's 46 EPs. While in the U.S.A. the EPs were published in chronological order, starting in 1956 with EPA-747, the German editions unfortunately do not have a clear order. The first EP appeared in 1956, for example, the EPA-821 "Heartbreak Hotel", then the EPA-747, then the EPA-9500, followed by the two EPB-1254-1 and EPB-1254-2.

We try to reproduce the records as authentically as possible and depict them as they were sold in stores at the time, which means that the covers are shown with the corresponding record. Other combinations cannot be ruled out as long as the year of publication of the cover and the record roughly match. However, there were no more for the book.

The penultimate "Part 2 - the" Army "EPs" contains several of the 46 records made in Germany that were sold from the PX department stores. A special feature is the "PX stamp" that each plate received. This stamp contained the date, the item number and the price (see pages 415 and 418 for description). From the beginning of the 1960s, a sticker was used instead of the stamp.

While the first EPs were produced specifically for sale in the “PX” department stores (hardcover as well as the records with the so-called “Nipper-Dog Label”), the EPs that are common in German retailers were also sent to the PX sell - the only difference was the PX stamp on the back of the case or, in the 1960s, the PX sticker on the front or back of the case.

The same order (and numbering) was chosen for the "Army EPs" as for the EPs in Part 1, even if not all EPs were apparently available in the PX. But here too, only those who were known at the time of going to press could be considered. It is quite possible that there are further EPs. Too little is known about it for that.

In the appendix "Singles (re-releases)", the picture sleeves of the singles that were re-released in the 70s / 80s are shown (“Devil”, “Gospel” and “Year” covers) and explained in detail.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

February 24 - The First EP Of Elvis Presley - Around The World

A new release is the 147-page book 'The First EP Of Elvis Presley - Around The World'.

From the press release: The Highlight of this version is a book of 147 pages with a unique format talking again this one of the EP (18 x 18 CM / 7 Inches). This first volume traces all the first editions of the very first Extended Play of Elvis Presley from around the world. For the very first time, we are going to cross ages and continents to discover, or rediscover these first rare editions. 

First editions from countries like USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, South Africe, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Israel and Japan. The different EPA 747, EPB 1254, SPD 22, SPD 23... covers, records, labels, temporary sleeves... a wealth of information for the collector. 

(Source: FECC)

February 23 - Comeback Vinyl for the Queen

Thunder Bay Press announced the (re)release of Steve Binder's 192-page book 'Elvis '68 Comeback - The Story Behind The Special' with a foreword by Baz Luhrmann. The book is due April 12, 2022.

From the publisher: A full-color chronicle of the 1968 comeback performance that marked Elvis Presley’s return from the screen to the stage. Includes exclusive content from the show’s director, Steve Binder.

Take a tour behind the scenes of the NBC television special that relaunched Elvis Presley’s career as a stage musician. Author Steve Binder - who directed the TV special - provides exclusive content that gives fans even more insight to the performance that many see as a high point in the King’s reign of American music. And acclaimed director, writer, and producer Baz Luhrmann provides the foreword. 'Elvis ’68 Comeback' includes full-color photographs and detailed commentary on the show’s development and production, making this an excellent addition to the shelf of every Elvis fan.

Record Store Day Previews

Here are the cover-art, colored vinyl and picture disc for the 2021 Record Store Day releases from the French LMLR label. The picture disc LP is entitled 'Sings The Mad Professor' - Elvis' nickname for Ben Weisman who (co-)wrote 57 songs for Elvis Presley - and the double LP 'Cafe' Europa En Uniforme' ('G.I. Blues') which comes on green and pink cornetto colored vinyl.

Return To Queen City Of The South

The Audionics import-label announced the release of the 3CD set 'Return To Queen City Of The South', featuring Elvis Presley's performances from March 20th 1976 and from February 20th and 21st 1977, all recorded at the Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC. 

From the press release
: In 2010 Audionics label released fantastic double CD called 'Springtime Tours '76 - '77'. We have presented a bulk of the Johnson City, TN, March 17th, 1976 tour opening show in the straight stereo mix and Charlotte, March 20th, 1976 evening show in the pure binaural sound as well as the selection of various 1977 stereo live recordings. 

Now, we believe, the right time has come for the ultimate upgrade of March 1976 material combined with two Charlotte shows from 1977!

It is not widely known that in 1977, Felton Jarvis planned a release of the great version of "America The Beautiful" and some other tracks from Charlotte 1976 show on a country flavored studio / live compilation album 'Welcome To My World'. Unfortunately, it did not materialize. Nevertheless, we have obtained his original old stereo mix and restored it for our release!

For the February 20th, 1977 a different source than FTD has been used. February 21st, 1977 was newly mastered from same tape source as the 1995 Fort Baxter CD release 'Moody Blue and Other Great Performances'. 

As a bonus, you will find a selection of pre-show tracks performed by J. D. Sumner and The Stamps and The Sweet Inspirations in 1976 / 77. Yet another addition presented reveals a part of the Johnson City, March 17, 1977 show in previously unreleased authentic pure binaural sound (as it was recorded) with James Burton's lead guitar isolated in right channel. Back then we mixed this show into the stereo image. We have added a set of various tracks taped in February - June 1977, as well. All bonus tracks have been freshly restored and mastered from the scratch and there are unique mixes of songs like "Steamroller Blues" from Austin, March 28 or "Unchained Melody" from Rapid City, June 21, 1977. You need to indulge the tones to judge for yourself!

This CD is presented in 3CD digipack with a great collection of high quality concert recordings from Elvis' performances in Charlotte, NC, March 20th, 1976 and February 20th and 21st, 1977 8:30pm evening shows.


CD 1 - 03.06.1976 - The Pre-Show Act: Your First Day In Heaven (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - You'll Never Walk Alone (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - When The Saints Go Marching In (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - Philadelphia Freedom (The Sweet Inspirations) - Lady Marmalade (The Sweet Inspirations)

The Elvis Show - 20.03.1976 E/S: Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra(17.03.1976 Johnson City) - C. C. Rider(17.03.1976 Johnson City) - I Got A Woman / Amen(Spliced With 17.03.1976 Johnson City) - Love Me - Let Me Be There - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions By Elvis Of Singers, Musicians - What'd I Say (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Larry Londin) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Shane Keister) - Electric Piano And Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - And I Love You So - Hurt - Burning Love - America The Beautiful - Funny How Time Slips Away (With False Start) - Fairytale - How Great Thou Art - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 2 - 20.02.1977 E/S: Love Me - Fairytale - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - Little Sister - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - My Way - Moody Blue (False Start Only) - How Great Thou Art - Hurt (With Reprise) - Hound Dog / My Wish Came True (One Line) - Unchained Melody (With False Start) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

17.03.1976 Johnson City: And I Love You So (With Break) - Introductions By Elvis Of Singers, Musicians - What'd I Say (# 1 - James Burton) - What'd I Say (# 2 - James Burton) - Drum Solo (Larry Londin) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - What'd I Say (# 3 - Piano Solo, Shane Keister) - Electric Piano And Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)

28.03.1977 Austin: Steamroller Blues (Overdubbed Version)
29.03.1977 Alexandria: Why Me Lord (Matrix Mix Version)
21.06.1977 Rapid City: Unchained Melody (Remixed Single Master)
27.03.1977 Abilene: My Way

CD 3 - 21.02.1977 - The Pre-Show Act:
Do Your Thing / Hey, Did You Give Some Love Today? (The Sweet Inspirations)

The Elvis Show:
Are You Lonesome Tonight (With False Start) - Reconsider Baby - That's All Right (False Start Only) - Love Me - Moody Blue - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - Little Sister - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - My Way - Release Me - Hurt - Why Me Lord (With Break) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

13.02.1977 West Palm Beach:
Fever - Blue Suede Shoes - Blueberry Hill

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon / Fan Shop Poland Facebook)

February 20 - Charts February 2021 - Week 3

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. No real changes in the U.S. and U.K. but Elvis returned to the Belgian and Dutch charts. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #149 to #154. 
  • Billboard Top Christian Albums chart: 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' dropped from #40 to #49. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' remained steady at #28.
  • Billboard Top Country Albums chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #12 to #13. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #64 to #65.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'The 50 Greatest Hits' dropped from #50 to #52.
  • Official Country Compilation Album chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' remained steady at #4. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis at the Movies' climbed from #34 to #20. 

Dutch charts:

  • Dutch Vin yl Top 33 chart: 'His Ultimate Collection' dropped from #28 to #29.

Belgian charts:

  • Belgian Album Top 200 chart: 'His Ultimate Collection' new entry #79.
(Source: UK Mix / Official Chart Company / Dutchcharts / Ultratop)

February 19 - Elvis At The Movies

The next issue of the Vintage Rock magazine, due February 25th 2021, is a special entitled 'Elvis At The Movies'. 

Synopsis: We all know of Elvis Presley as the best-selling solo music artist of all time, but less talked about is his status as one of the biggest movie stars of the 50s and 60s. Well, we’re putting that right. In the latest issue of Vintage Rock Presents we take a look back at the King’s big screen oeuvre, putting a spotlight onto some of the great – and some of the not so great – movies in the Elvis canon.

We dive deep into every film of Elvis’, from 1956’s Love Me Tender through to 1969’s Change Of Habit, while also looking at his two in-concerts movies, That’s The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour. We also look back over 40 years of Elvis biopics and documentaries, remember some of his greatest leading ladies, rate his Top 20 movie songs and talk to his Trouble With Girls co-star Marlyn Mason. Additionally, we feast our eyes on some of Elvis’ most memorable movie outfits and we pay tribute to the master songsmiths behind the King’s big screen tunes. 

(Source: Vintage Rock)