Monday, February 26, 2024

Video Review Elvis Day By Day 2023

Ed Hess did a video review of the 'Elvis Day by Day 2023' yearbook for his The King's Court YouTube channel. 

Have a look and find out what he has to say about the 2023 Elvis yearbook. 

(Source: Ed Hess)

Sunday, February 25, 2024

February 25 - Elvis Fantasy

Graphic artist Alan Barbara announced the release of the DVD 'Elvis Fantasy: As Real As It Gets', which should be available around Christmas 2024 or January 2025 for the celebration of what would have been Elvis' 90th anniversary. 

Publicity stated
: Step into the mesmerizing world of 'Elvis Fantasy: As Real As It Gets' on DVD, where incredible and lifelike performances, including the soul-stirring 'You'll Never Walk Alone', await you.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Elvis Presley's unparalleled talent, with astonishingly realistic renditions of his iconic hits. 

This DVD not only captivates with spellbinding performances but also unveils the untold side of Elvis's story through an insightful documentary. Don't miss the chance to experience the legend in a way that feels as authentic as ever, a must-have for any Elvis fan.

The King Is Cool Again

The UK magazine TimeOut reports that "The King" is cool again - how London fell hard for Elvis.' The article looks at how ABG have worked hard to get the younger generations on-board. Major points noted are: 
  • In 2017 a YouGov poll found that 29 percent of British adults aged 18 to 24 had never listened to an Elvis song. At the same time the value of Elvis memorabilia had dropped significantly.
  • So the latest bout of Elvis mania is no accident. It’s the result of a wildly calculated campaign by EPE /ABG to make the King cool again. Or at the very least, profitable.
  • Three years ago, ABG chief exec Jamie Salter declared that 2021 would be ‘probably the biggest year in the history of Elvis Presley’.
  • ABG created a Snapchat filter to get the oil-slicked quiff and sideburns on teen radars and there were reportedly even discussions about downplaying anniversaries of the musician’s death so people don’t get hung up on the fact that Elvis would be a geriatric by now.
  • Last year Netflix released ‘Agent Elvis’ a cartoon sitcom that follows Elvis (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) leading a double life as a rock ‘n’ roll legend and US government spy. He’s got a chimp for a sidekick and fights bad guys while tripping on LSD.
  • Then came the Baz Lurhmann biopic ELVIS which came with a soundtrack that melded old-school Elvis with current stars like Doja Cat and MÃ¥neskin.
  • After launching in Australia the ‘Direct from Graceland’ exhibition was enlarged and opened in London. With 450 original Elvis artefacts, including loads of stuff that’s never been seen before it
  • gives seasoned Elvis fans and post-Austin Butler newcomers an intimate window into each and every stage of the crooner’s life. It was recently extended thanks to its immense popularity.
  • Later this year London will also host the ‘world’s first Elvis immersive experience’ featuring a hologram that brings the star to life.
  • Unlike ‘ABBA Voyage’, ‘Elvis Evolution’ won’t be so much a concert as an all-encompassing walk through Elvis’ life and career, from what it was like to live in the deep South to the role that gospel music played in shaping his music. But don’t panic fans: it will still end with a ‘concert finale’.
  • Elvis was the first influencer and you still see the ripple effects from the seismic impact he had on popular culture even 70 years after 'That's All Right'
  • Elvis’ brand has endured for more than four decades, spread across multiple continents and seeped into popular culture generation after generation.

While the Brits sadly have missed out on being serenaded by The King in real life, 2024’s Elvis mania should surely provide a little compensation.

Go >>> here for the full timeout article

(Source: Alan Babara / TimeOut / Elvis Information Network)

Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24 - Charts February 2024 - Week 4

In the United States Elvis' recordings found their way up on the charts.

In the United Kingdom Elvis' made a re-appearance on the Country Compilation chart while the 'ELV1S 30# Hits' climbed on the streaming Album chart.

Other charts will be updated over the weekend when the updates are published on the various chart-websites.

Official U.K. charts:
  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #54 to #60.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #46 to #44.
  • Official Country Compilation Album chart: 'From Elvis in Nashville' made a re-entry at #19.
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #20 to #30.

Irish IRMA charts: (to be updated)
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' dropped from #74 to #80.
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #18 to #26. 

Billboard charts:
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #165 to #163. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #30 to #28.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #41 to #34.

(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard/ IRMA) 

Review Elvis Day By Day 2023

U.K. author Vince Wright, who wrote the original 2023 book '8mm Elvis - The Story of Elvis On 8mm Film' wrote a short review on the 2023 edition of 'Elvis Day By Day'. 

This year, for the first time, I bought the book Day by Day (2023) by Kees Mouwen. To be honest, I only bought this one because I knew a review of my book, 8mm Elvis, would be included. I had read the review on line and was thrilled to see it in its entirety across a two page spread in this excellent book.

But that’s not all - I have found it to be an essential read reviewing many items I did not buy this year but am interested in. 

Many of the “V.I.P.” entries included are ones that I had sadly missed. There are also reviews of CDs and books which had passed me by and box sets I could only dream of buying. The Lisa tribute is very fitting and the pictures are of top quality.

The layout and size of this massive book reminds me of the “Kays Catalogues” we had in the UK in ‘70s and ‘80s.

I have not read it from front to back but I love flicking through and finding hidden gems. My only criticism is that it has left me with a massive shopping list and I have the 2024 edition on the top of that list already!

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Friday, February 23, 2024

February 23 - New Bootleg Titles

Several new import titles have been announced. In the ElvisOne 'Bootleg Series' the 2-CD-set '70... 72... 73... Fragments | The Rehearsal Tapes', 'Legendary Elvis' and 'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album'. These titles should be out early March 2024.

From the same producers, but on their alternate Paradise Road Records label the CD 'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome'. 

Publicity stated
: From The Bootleg Series: Fragments | The Rehearsal Tapes: A great collection of rehearsals recorded in 1970, 1972 and 1973, including some unedited and officially previously unreleased versions! 
For the first time together on one great double album with many highlights! Limited edition release with an 8-page booklet with photos and recording information.

CD 1: A Big Hunk O’ Love - I’m Leaving It All Up To You - Faded Love - Oh Happy Day (Ending Only) - (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I - Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (Unedited) - Such A Night - Johnny B. Goode - The Lord’s Prayer (Unedited) - Burning Love (Ending Only) / I’ve Got To Go - I’ve Lost You (Incomplete) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Blueberry Hill - I’ve Got To Go - Portrait Of My Love - “Roll Out The Barrel” - Something - Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - Polk Salad Annie (#1 - Unedited) - The Wonder Of You - My Way - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Any Day Now - Burning Love - Talking / Oh Happy Day (One Line)

CD 2: Hava Nagila (Unedited) - Runaway (Unedited) - It’s Now Or Never (Unedited) - Peter Gunn (Instrumental) - Talking With The Sweet Inspirations - Something (Start Only) - Talking “Sick On Stage” - Talking “Mary In The Morning” - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - The Twelfth Of Never (Part Only) - My Way (Unedited) - Separate Ways - Can’t Help Falling In Love (#1) - Can’t Help Falling In Love (#2) - Burning Love / Talking - My Babe - I’m Leavin’ - Something - I’ll Remember You - It’s Over - Faded Love - Fever - Steamroller Blues - Polk Salad Annie (#2 - Unedited) - I’m Leavin’ (Part) / Talking - That’s All Folks (Warner Bros. Theme).

Note: These rehearsals all appear to have been copied off other bootlegs such as 'Plugged In And Geared Up' / 'TTWII - The Complete Works' or even public domain releases such as the Memphis Recording Service 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' release.

Elvis One presents 'Legendary Elvis', a 50's album compilation like never before... Newly remastered, including 2 radio spots for Elvis shows available in the best sound ever! The same goes for the original and rare radio spots for the movies "Love Me Tender" and "King Creole" - they never sounded better than on this album! Including for the first time all 7 radio spots for "Love Me Tender"!

Also included are two interviews never before released on cd and some rare 50's recordings including undubbed masters together with the overdubbed masters, some instrumental tracks, and more! A very nice 50's collection for Elvis fans and collectors. A limited edition of 500 copies only! 
Radio Spot For April 8, 1956 Show (Coliseum, Denver, Colorado) - Radio Spot For June 3, 1956 Show (Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California) - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Track, Master Take 16) - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (1st Vocal Overdub / Vocal Only / Edited) - Treat Me Nice (Undubbed Movie Master) - Treat Me Nice (Overdubbed Movie Master) - Let Me (Track, Master Take 2) - Let Me (Take 3 / Vocal Only) - Let Me (Take 4 / Vocal Only) - We’re Gonna Move (Backup Vocal Overdubs) - We’re Gonna Move - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Edited Undubbed Master) - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Original Released Master / Backup Vocal Overdub Of Edited Master) - Ron Ross WOWO Radio Interview (22.11.1956) - Lover Doll (Solo Version / EP Master) - Lover Doll (Overdubbed / LP Master) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Solo Version) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Overdubbed / LP Master) - Doncha’ Think It’s Time (Single Master) - Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP Master) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Master) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Overdubbed Master) - Is It So Strange (Undubbed Master / Mono) - Is It So Strange (Repair / Backup Vocal Overdub) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #1) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #2) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #3) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #4) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #5) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #6) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #7) - King Creole (Radio Spot #1) - King Creole (Radio Spot #2) - King Creole (Radio Spot #3) - King Creole (“Teenage” - Radio Spot) - King Creole (“Star Dramatic” - Radio Spot)

Bonus: WBAP Interview, Fort Worth, Texas (11.01.1958)

A special limited edition release from The Bootleg Series: 'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album'. 37 tracks in total, including acetate recordings from 'Mexico', 'Bossa Nova Baby' and 'El Toro' (movie versions), Guadalajara (track overdub), radio spots and demos that were not officially released.

The 9 radio spots were taken from the original 33 1/3 RPM 12-inch LP. This record with nine radio commercials was produced by Paramount to promote 'Fun In Acapulco' and was never available before on CD. Also included are some complete alternate takes including the funny take 3 from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady'. A very nice compilation and a nice addition to the complete sessions. Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Introducing Mike Windgren (Movie Excerpt) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Remake - Movie Version, Take 14) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #1) - Mexico (Acetate Recording / Vocal Overdub - Movie Version) - Bossa Nova Baby (Acetate Recording / Movie Version) - El Toro (Acetate Recording / Movie Version) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 4) - Marguerita (Take 1) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 2) - Mexico (Take 3) - Bossa Nova Baby (Take 6) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 5) - Guadalajara (Vocal Overdub, Take 8) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 3) - Marguerita (Take 4 & 5) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 3) - Mexico (Take 4) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Remake - Movie Version, Take 14 & 15) - Guadalajara (Track Overdub) - Mexico (Instrumental, Master Take 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigo’s - Bridge To Club Version, Master Take 4) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigo’s - Boat Version, Master Take 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Instrumental Version)

More Radio Spots: Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #2) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #3) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #4) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #5) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #6) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #7) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #8)

Unfinished And Demo Recordings: Malaguena (Track) - Fun In Acapulco (Demo) - Bottoms Up (Demo) - Make My Marquerita (Demo) - Me And Mi Amigo (Demo) - Fun In The Sun (Demo).

Note: The "Funny Take 3" from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady' was included on the FTD release 'Fun In Acapulco The Complete Sessions'.
Bonus: Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #9)

Paradise Road Records presents 'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome' featuring the complete February 28, 1970 (2:00 pm) show, 3 original radio reports, the Houston press conference from February 25, 1970 (including an additional 36 seconds that misses on most releases) plus additional live recordings from the February 27 and March 1 shows. 

These Houston shows were not professionally recorded and we know the sound quality is not great but with this release you'll get the best sounding recordings on one great compilation album. A very nice and affordable audio souvenir CD from these shows!

February 25, 1970: Press Conference At The Houston Air Terminal - Press Conference At The Houston Air Terminal (#2) - Radio Report (#1)* - Radio Report (#2)*.

Recorded Live At The Astrodome February 28, 1970 (2:00 PM): Announcement - Opening - All Shook Up - I Got A Woman - Long Tall Sally - "Welcome To The Astrodome" - Don't Cry Daddy - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Kentucky Rain - Release Me - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto - I Can't Stop Loving You - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling In Love - Outro - Love Me Tender (Instrumental) - Elvis Fan Comments.

Additional Live Recordings: Blue Suede Shoes*** / I Got A Woman*** / One Night*** / I Can't Stop Loving You*** / Blue Suede Shoes*** / Don't Cry Daddy** / 'Come And See Charley Pride' - The Easy Part's Over (Excerpt)** / Can't Help Falling In Love** / Outro** / Announcement - Love Me Tender (Instrumental)** / Radio Report (3) 0:23.

* Original Radio Reports, 1970.
** Recorded March 1, 1970 (7:00 PM) 
*** Recorded February 27, 1970 (2:00 PM)

Note: The echoey audience recordings are certainly "Not Great". This set was recently bootlegged as 'Elvis At The Astrodome' by Tupelo Productions.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / FECC)