Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 13 - A French Collector's Breeze

The Straight Arrow import label announced the release of the CD 'Lonesome Summer Breeze', containing an audience recording of the Friday, August 25th, 1972 Dinner show.

From the press release:
In August 1972, Elvis was a lean and mean rock and roll machine. He was still just as good as he was in 1970, but the experience that he had gained since then had made him into a mesmerizing performer. In every show that year you could see that he meant business, and like a starved predator he went straight for the jocular, taking no prisoners and knocking out audiences night after night. He was performing with a consistently high standard, and the Madison Square Garden shows show him at the apex of his performing abilities. The show on this disc was recorded roughly two months later, and the same high standard is obvious right from the get-go. This topnotch audience recording dates from Friday, August 25th, 1972 (Dinner show). Elvis could do no wrong in this period of time, and thankfully, someone was there to capture it all. This previously unreleased concert was taped by the same super-fan who recorded the concerts that were released on "Labor Day madness" and "Watching Dreams Turn Into Ashes".
As you have come to expect from us, the recording is of very good audio quality, sourced from a first-generation, 1981 cassette copy of the original mono tape. Small portions of the show were skillfully repaired using secondary source to make the recording complete. If you liked this labels previous 1972 releases - then brace yourself, because this is a keeper!

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Proud Mary - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 09. Polk Salad Annie -10. What Now My Love - 11. Fever - 12. Love Me - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Heartbreak Hotel - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Little Sister / Get Back - 17. Love Me Tender - 18. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner and the Stamps) - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Introduction of musicians - 21. My Way - 22. A Big Hunk O' Love - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection

RCA International announced the releasee of the 20 CD compilation 'The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection' with August 3, 2012 as the release-date. 

DVD Re-packages

MGM announced the release of seven repacked movies on August 7: Kid Galahad, Frankie & Johnny, Flaming Star, Love Me Tender, Follow That Dream, Clambake and Wild In The Country.

La Collection RTL
Sony Legacy Recordings France , together with RTL France jump on the 'fan selection CD' concept. Fans can vote for their favorite tracks from a list of 100 titles, to be released on a 35 track compilation CD on August 13. The names of the fans who voted could be listed in the booklet.

Collecting Elvis

Volume 12 and a special collectors edition in the 'Elvis Sammlung' ('Elvis Collection') were released in France. Volume 13 contains the movie 'Roustabout', a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and more. The first volume of the 'Special Editions' contains the DVD 'Private Elvis', a magazine, army memorabilia reproductions and more. 

The 10 Most Iconic Hairstyles

TIME magazine has named Elvis' pompadour as one of "The 10 Most Iconic Hairstyles" in a recent look at the hairdos that inspired "envy and imitation" over the past century. TIME writes,
"As its name implies, the pompadour should be worn with confidence and panache, as the hair is swept high over the head with pronounced volume. The style dates to an 18th century mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, and came back in vogue among men in the 1950s, including the king of rock 'n' roll himself. Elvis' rockabilly hairdo, along with his gyrating hips, captivated a nation and inspired countless imitations by young men hoping for that bad-boy look. The pompadour has since been revived by both men and women looking to add a bit of swagger to their style".

(Source: FECC / Elvis Club Berlin / RTL France / Amazon / EPE / TIME)