November 29 - Elvis Live 1972

Due for release from RCA / Victor on March 24, 2023 is the double LP 'Live 1972'. More information when available. 

(Source: Amazon / Pascal Matteo)

November 26 - James Burton Hurt (Updated)

James Burton’s family posted more sad news on Facebook.

“James has slipped and fell and broke his hip on Thanksgiving morning. They had to do a hip replacement at Vanderbilt in Nashville and the surgery was successful. The problem he has now is very serious, we need everyone's prayers for complete healing at this time.
The remaining kidney is struggling to process all the heavy medication that he has been given through 3 surgeries now and we're close to critical. Please pray today for a complete healing for James. We really appreciate your prayers, friendship and love. May God bless you all... the Burton Family.”

Get well soon James!

Update November 28:

When the prayers started🙏his blood levels stop taking a critical dive and STOPPED🛑!!!!!! turned around and started to go UP✝️🙏✝️🙏✝️ THANK YOU JESUS✝️ THANK YOU❤️❤️❤️ Please, please continue prayers and please share...thank you all so very much...the Burton Family.

(Source: The Burton Family)

November 26 - Charts November 2022 - Week 4

The weekly Elvis Presley chart update. The soundtrack album for the 'ELVIS' movie makes a big jump on the charts in the United Kingdom. 

In the United Stated Billboard messes things up again; the 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation suddenly disappeared from all charts and 'The Essential Elvis Presley' set makes a re-appearance on those some charts ...  

Not featured on this overview are the charts of the many on-line retailers where Elvis is ruling the various DVD and Blu-ray charts with Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS'. 

New statistics will be added over the weekend when available.


U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #114. 
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #39. 
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album chart: the 'ELVIS' Soundtrack remained steady at #7. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #14. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' makes a re-entry at #28. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #21. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: the 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #16.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' dropped from #14 to #15. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #35 to #43.  
  • Official Compilation Albums chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack climbed from #94 to #19.  
  • Official Compilation Vinyl Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack makes a re-entry at #19.  
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #21 to #24. 
  • Official Soundtrack Album 100 chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album climbed from #11 to #2.   
  • Official Country Compilations chart Top 20: 'From Elvis In Nashville' climbed from #15 to #10. 
  • Official Americana Album chart: 'Elvis Back In Nashville' is a re-entry at #37.
  • Official Film Chart Top 40 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #6 to #4. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #3 to #2. 
  • Official Blu-ray Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' movie climbed from #10 to #6. 
  • Official DVD Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2.
  • Official Film on Disc Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from#4 to #3. 
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The Searcher' re-entered the chart at #47.
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The King of Rock and Roll' remained steady at #50.

Official Irish IRMA charts:

  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #44 to #57. 
  • Official Irish Compilation Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album climbed from #35 to #7. 

(Source: Official Chart Company / IRMA / UK Mix Forum / IFPI)

Review Las Vegas international Presents: Elvis Now 1971

Following the May 2022 release of the 4-CD-set ‘Las Vegas international Presents: Elvis Now 1971’ we get the 2-LP version. 

 

Design

 

As we have come to expect from the U.K. based Memphis Recording Service record label the design is top notch again. A strong picture of a slim Elvis in his Turquoise Concho suit against a black background with a touch of the “Elvis In Vegas” typography in the title. It looks both authentic and modern at the same time. 


Opening the gate-fold the design inside is more simple, just 7 pictures from the various shows. On the back we get the songs and basic information with a again a nice picture of our man. Overall it is a great looking package that will catch your eye when you see it on display in a record-store. 

 

The music is presented on traditional black and on clear vinyl. I’m spinning the latter, and although it looks great, my advice is not to look at it too much while playing the disc, you might get dizzy! The vinyl itself is good, almost no crackling sound or ticks whatsoever.

 

Content

 

The 2-LP features a selection from the original 4-CD-set, focusing on the January 28, 1971 Dinner Show performance and February 23, 1971 Closing Show. Added to that are 6 bonus tracks from the January 27th Midnight Show, the January 28th and 29th Dinner Show performances which are not part of the set-lists of the main shows on this double LP. Smart and good additions that really complete the set.

 

I’ve been playing these two discs a few times now, and they don’t disappoint. They contain great music, and upbeat Elvis, who is in control of the show and the TCB band, having fun with the musicians but at the same time directing them to deliver the music how he wants it to sound.

 

The music is presented in newly created stereo and that is what you hear while playing the album, there is enough separation between the channels and the audio sounds good. On some tracks there is a little distortion due to errors in the original tapes / CDs used to create this set. Just listen to the great ‘Johnny B. Goode’ or ‘That’s All Right’ these were recorded a little too loud and you hear it. But as they really rock, I can easily overhear that as I’m enjoying the performances! If you listen to the acapella opening of ‘How Great thou Art’ with The Imperials, you hear the mix and audio-quality are good. 

 

If you like this new stereo presentation of the original mono recordings will always be a matter of taste which I’ll leave up to each listener. Read my review of the original CD for the details and more in-depth reviews of the concerts. 

 

Conclusion

 

This double LP is a great looking and sounding representation of this first 1971 Vegas engagement that gives us a strong Elvis performing a very entertaining selection of classic hits. 

 

Go >>> here for the review of the CD edition.


The 2-LP is available from the >>> Memphis Recording Service website and Amazon.


 

November 25 - Danish Christmas News Report (Updated)

Due for release next week is the vinyl box 'Christmas: The Singles Collection' on red and on green colored vinyl.  

Publicity statedNow available is this remarkable box set containing 8 gorgeous 45RPM singles plus a bonus CD. Actually 5 of these are extended plays. All your favorite Christmas songs are featured on this set. 

Many of these Christmas themed tracks were never issued before on a 45RPM.cReady to be played in jukeboxes or on your record player under the Christmas tree. A great collection of Christmas masterpieces. All tracks are also available on the included bonus CD.

Record 1: Blue Christmas / White Christmas (With Count In) / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Silent Night.

Record 2: Winter Wonderland ( Take 7 + Master) / O Come, All Ye Faithful (Take 2).

Record 3: The Wonderful World Of Christmas (Binaural Master Incl. Count In) / Silver Bells (Take 1) /I'll Be On Christmas Day (Remake Take 3).

Record 4: O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / I'll Be Home For Christmas.

Record 5: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) (Take 3) / If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 1).

Record 6: Merry Christmas Baby (Edited Undubbed Master) / Blue Christmas (Live December 13, 1975)

Record 7: Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 2) / The First Noel (Alternate Mix From Mastertape) / On A Snowy Christmas Night

Record 8: If Everyday Was Like Christmas (V.O Take 1&2 -Undubbed Master) /Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Live 1968 June 27 8.00 Pm) / Blue Christmas (Live 1968 June 27 6.00 Pm)

Tracks CD: Blue Christmas / White Christmas (With Count In) / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Silent Night / Winter Wonderland ( Take 7 + Master) / O Come, All Ye Faithful (Take 2) / The Wonderful World Of Christmas (Binaural Master Incl. Count In) / Silver Bells (Take 1) / I'll Be On Christmas Day (Remake Take 3) / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / I'll Be Home For Christmas / It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) (Take 3) / If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 1) / Merry Christmas Baby (Edited Undubbed Master) / Blue Christmas (Live December 13, 1975) / Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 2) / The First Noel (Alternate Mix From Mastertape) / On A Snowy Christmas Night / If Everyday Was Like Christmas (V.O Take 1&2 -Undubbed Master) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Live 1968 June 27 8.00 Pm) / Blue Christmas (Live 1968 June 27 6.00 Pm)


Elvis News Report 

Emiel Maier published the December 2022 Elvis News Report on his YouTube chanel. It wraps-up most of the news from November 2022 with Elvis' earnings of 2022, Graceland messing up Elvis legacy, auction news, correcting some "fake news" previews from the "Priscilla" movie, the passing of Jerry Lee Lewis and more. 


Elvis 1956

The 20th Century Masterworks (H'Art)record label released the Deluxe 31-track edition of Elvis Presley's debut album as 'Elvis 1956'. It comes with 19 bonus tracks and is presented as a 88-page hardcover booklet with specially prepared liner-notes by Elvis biographer and renowned music critic Peter Guralnick in which he explores Elvis’ records and experiences from 1956 in great detail. 

Publicity stated
: Guralnick explains why it was such a groundbreaking year in the career of the iconic Rock and Roll star. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1943, Guralnick specializes in the history of early rock and roll and is the author of a classic two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, 'Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley', followed by 'Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley'. 
The booklet is fully illustrated with rare and never before published photos, including numerous classic shots of Elvis by photographer Alfred Wertheimer.

More Debut Album Releases

The Vip Vop record label announced the November 25, 2022 release of a Limited Edition 10-inch LP of Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album. 

Publicity stated: This new Limited Edition of Elvis' debut album contains 11 remastered tracks, pressed on pink green colored vinyl. 

As a bonus it contains a 7-inch sized 16-page booklet with rare photos and liner notes by Mojo writer and author Max Decharne and a fold-out poster of the original uncropped photo from the album cover. 

Danish Releases

The Danish Memphis Mansion shared the first images of te pink colored 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' and 'Danish Singles Collection Volume 4' LPs which should be available this week. The Christmas album will also be released on cassette-tape. 

Added to the vinyl announcement is the release of the CD featuring the volumes 3 and 4 of the 'Danish Singles Collection' LPs.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / Emiel Maier / Anthony Stuchbury)