Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31 - A Marker For Historical Bricks

The Memphis/Shelby County School Board has given permission to place a historic marker in front of Humes School. Fans and locals hope to have an unveiling ceremony in January, during Elvis Week. L. C. Humes High School, better known as simply Humes High School, was a high school located in Memphis, Tennessee. It was open from the 1930s through 1967 as a high school and is most remembered as Elvis Presley's high school. Elvis graduated from Humes on June 3, 1953 (60 years ago next year).

Chisca Hotel Saved

The Chisca Hotel near Beale Street has been saved and will be renovated. The radio station rooms, where Dewey Phillips worked and where he was the first DJ ever to play an Elvis song plus conduct the first interview with Elvis, will be restored and be open for tours. According to the Commercial Appeal, a local investor group closed on a $900,000 purchase of the long-neglected hotel Friday from the Church of God in Christ. Developers have said the project would cost about $20 million, including $17 million in private investment, if the 99-year-old original building is only redeveloped. Expanding the work to include a 1960s era motor court addition would push the total to $24 million, including $21 million private. The City Council has committed $2 million to blight remediation on the project, and the Downtown Parking Authority would spend another $1 million to buy and renovate a parking garage that serves the site. 

Collecting Elvis

Volume 22 in the German "Elvis-Sammlung" by DeAgostini and EPE was released. Besides the DVD "It Happened At The World's Fair", a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster from the movie "Viva Las Vegas".

(Source: ElvisMatters / Elvis Sammlung)

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29 - Midnight Glitter

The Touchdown importlabel announced two new CD releases for November. 

From the press-release:
The first CD "Midnight Delight" included for the first time the complete midnight show from August 19, 1975 in very good quality! The CD will come as you're used to it by now with a 16-page booklet with lots and lots of rare pictures from Elvis' shortest engagement in Las Vegas. The second CD "Glitter Of The Night Life" will come as a 2 CD set which offers you on the first CD the former unreleased dinner show from August 10, 1973, in very good sound quality! The second CD includes recordings from August 11 & 19, 1973 in excellent quality. The shows have been released before, but at the wrong speed and in a much inferior sound than you can hear them now.

Tracklisting Glitter Of The Night Life

CD 1 - 10.08.1973 D/S:
See See Rider -  I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trouble - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On / Mama Don´t Dance / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog  Fever - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Boy - I Can´t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Release Me - Teddy Bear / Don´t Be Cruel - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
Bonus Song:
Bridge Over Troubled Water (10.08.1973 M/S)

CD 2 - 19.08.1973 M/S:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - You Gave Me A Mountain - Love Me Tender - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On / Mama Don´t Dance / Flip,Flop & Fly / Whoel Lotta Shakin´Goin´On - Fever - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions (Incomplete) - Help Me Make It Through The Night - An American Trilogy - A BIg Hunk O´Love - How Great Thou Art - Can´t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

11.08.1973 M/S:
See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trouble - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On / Mama Don´t Dance / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On - Love Me Tender - Fever - Bridge Over Trouble Water (Incomplete)

Tracklisting Midnight Delight:
See See Rider - Bathroom Story - Blue Suede Shoes n- Young And Beautiful - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - If You Love Me Let Me Know - Softly As I Leave You - It´s Now Or Never - Polk Salad Annie  - Band Introductions (Part One) - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo - Bass Solo - Piano Solo - Band Introductions (Part Two) - Introduction Of"The Righteous Brothers" - T-R-O-U-B-L-E (With False Start) - Why Me Lord? - Love Me Tender - All Shook Up - Love Me - Hound Dog - My Boy - Elvis Talks To The Audience - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

(Source: FECC)

Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26 - Scotty And Alfred On The Mystery Train

Out in July 2013 is the newly revised & updated release of 1997's 'That's Alright Elvis' now called "Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train" by Scotty Moore and James L. Dickerson. No cover image yet available.

When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist named Scotty Moore to stand in. Scotty listened carefully to the young singer and immediately realized that Elvis had something special. Along with bass player Bill Black, the triorecorded an old blues number called "That's All Right, Mama." It turned out to be Elvis's first single and the defining record of his early style, with a trilling guitar hook that swirled country and blues together and minted a sound with unforgettable appeal. Scotty was there every step of the way as both guitarist and manager, until Col Tom Parker, pushed him out. Scotty and Elvis would not perform together again until the classic 1968 "comeback" television special. Scotty never saw Elvis after that. With both Bill Black and Elvis gone, Scotty Moore is the only one left to tell the story of how Elvis and Scotty transformed popular music and how Scotty created the sound that became a prototype for so many rock guitarists to follow. Thoroughly updated, this edition delivers guitarist Scotty Moore's story as never before.

Alfred Wertheimer's "The Kiss" Featured In New Book

The man who captured Elvis during his rise to stardom is currently featured in a new book dedicated to the most notable photographers of our time. In a new article titled "The Faces Behind the Lens," Alfred Wertheimer is seen with his famous photo "The Kiss."
According to the Daily Mail, photographer Tim Mantoani reveals the faces behind some of the most memorable photos of the last generation. Wertheimer's "The Kiss" portrays 21-year-old Elvis in a passionate kiss with a woman backstage at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia on June 30, 1956. In this new coffee table book titled "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends," Mantoani has compiled 153 portraits of the world's most famous photographers and their most iconic images. "My hope is that this project will become a way for future generations to not only appreciate the photography of our time, but the photographers as well."


Only one album to mention that is doing the rounds on the Billboard charts. The King' festive album, 'It's Christmas Time' appeared on the following Billboard Charts for w/e 3rd November, 2012:
  • Top 200 Albums - 'Its Christmas Time' re-enters at # 149
  • Catalog Albums - 'Its Christmas Time'  jumps from # 23 to # 14
  • Holiday Albums - 'Its Christmas Time' drops from # 4 to # 7.
The CD "Elvis By Request" dropped from #80 to #92 on the Australian Album chart. The double CD "La Collection RTL" dropped from #43 to #38 on the French compilation chart. "The Real... Elvis" dropped from #28 to #31 on the Irish Album chart.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / EPE / Elvis Express / The King's World)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 25 - #3 Dead Earner

Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from the auction of her jewels, costumes and artwork, Forbes said on Wednesday. In addition to the Taylor auction, which totaled $184 million, the actress, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, also earned $75 million from sales of her top-selling perfume White Diamonds. Jackson, who died in 2009, dropped into second place with earnings of $145 million, followed by Elvis Presley with $55 million.

(Source: Forbes)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 23 - Preview Files

You can now listen to the new studio duet of "If I Can Dream" by Elvis and Celine Dion. It's one of the tracks on her new CD "The Best of Celine Dion & David Foster", available in Asia only for now. The collection of 17 songs, all produced by Celine´s long time friend David Foster, includes the biggest hits by Celine as 'The power of love', 'All by myself', 'Because you loved me', 'To love you more' and some famous duets such as this one. Also features 'When I fall in love' with Clive Griffin and 'All the way' with Frank Sinatra. 

The 'If I Can Dream' virtual duet with Elvis was first performed on the American Idol TV special "Idols Give Back", a charity show broadcast on US TV in April 2007 to raise money for poor people in Africa and the USA.

Preview Files

This is a preview of the "The Elvis Files Volume 1 1953-1956" by Erik Lorentzen which is due December 2012. 

October FTD Releases In Stock
The October 2012 Follow That Dream releases were released. Two titles in the 7” 2CD series: ‘From Elvis Presley Boulevard’ and ‘Hits of the 70’s’ and the classic ‘Elvis Country’ on vinyl. 

(Source: ElvisMatters / Elvis Australia)

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22 - With A Humble Heart

The Straight Arrow importlabel announced the release of the double CD set "With A Humble Heart" containing the  Sunday, February 3, 1974 inner and midnight shows.

From the press-release:
Straight Arrow is continuing their popular collector's series of 2 shows from one evening, released in a single package. This time the producers have chosen two excellent performances from Sunday, February 3, 1974 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
On this collection there are worthy performances of revived songs like “Tryin’ To Get To You”, “Sweet Caroline” and a powerful “Polk Salad Annie”, The December ’73 Stax sessions are represented here with pleasant renditions of “Spanish Eyes” and “Help Me”. “An American Trilogy” is as powerful as ever and Elvis' passion for Olivia Newton-John’s “Let Me Be There” is evident too, with the ending being reprised in both shows.
As fans have come to expect from us, the tapes are of very good quality, sourced from early generation copies of the original cassettes. The double digipak contains liner notes and is filled with photos from the Montgomery, AL, March 6th, 1974 show, due to a lack of quality images from Presley’s January-February 1974 engagement.
As usual, these recordings have been carefully engineered to be presented in the best possible sound. 

Tracks: CD 1 / Sunday, February 3, 1974 Dinner Show:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin’ To Get To You - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Johnny B. Goode - 09. Hound Dog - 10. Fever - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Killing Me Softly with His Song (Voice) - 13. Spanish Eyes - 14. Why Me Lord? - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. Help Me - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD 2 / Sunday, February 3, 1974 Midnight Show: 
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin’ To Get To You - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Johnny B. Goode - 09. Hound Dog - 10. Fever - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Killing Me Softly with His Song (Voice) - 13. Spanish Eyes - 14. Why Me Lord? - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. Help Me - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Vinyl For Christmas

The Cargo Records budget label will release there "Songs For Christmas" compilation on vinyl on October 26, 2012. 

RCA (Sony Music Austria) will re-release the CD "Blue Christmas" in their "Krone-Edition" series on November 16, 2012.

Vinyl From Hawaii

Friday Music is honoured to announce the release of the following 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LPs.
'Friday Music' is honoured to announce the 40th Anniversary limited edition deluxe 2 LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor Elvis Presley classic Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite.
Mastered impeccably from the original RCA Victor Records tapes by Joe Reagoso & manufactured at R.T.I., with original gatefold die-cut cover and inserts this number one chart multi-platinum smash continues to be one his most enduring recordings.
Featuring 24 hits like Burning Love. Can't Help Falling In Love, and Steamroller Blues,

From the press-release:
The show was choreographed and staged like nothing ever before and featured a multitude of musicians, the Hawaiian Islands, the appreciative and excited audience, and of course, The King Of Rock And Roll - Elvis Presley. The multi-platinum Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite set also was a blockbuster as it hit the top number one spot on the charts in 1973, making this one of the biggest albums of his career as well as one of the most revered live concert albums of all time proving once again Elvis Presley's career was unlike any other in music history. This live master piece takes off with the Memphis blues rocker See See Rider and his huge seventies hit Burning Love. He follows these up with his tip of the hat to his friends The Beatles with the soulful balladry of Something. More of Elvis' own favorites follow with the Hank Williams' ballad I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and his rockin' interpretation of Chuck Berry's classic Johnny B. Goode. The album also features a nice helping of solid Elvis top chart hits like Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, A Big Hunk Of Love and his smash single interpretation of James Taylor's Steamroller Blues. As a tribute to his Hawaii audience, the ever thoughtful King Of Rock And Roll closed the show with his masterpiece Can't Help Falling In Love from his film Blue Hawaii. In total, the album showcases a very historic Elvis Presley performance which has truly gone onto become the definitive live concert album in his amazing catalog of hit gold and platinum recordings.

And in December ...

Limited edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl 55th Anniversary release of the RCA Victor holiday classic Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley in all its high fidelity glory. Mastered impeccably from the original monophonic RCA Victor Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis' Christmas Album includes the original gatefold artwork which includes the ground breaking original gatefold LP cover elements as well a super rare LP booklet with the classic 1957 images from his historic Jailhouse Rock film. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon / Elvis Australia)

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19 - Chart King

After an eight weeks chart run the French "La Collection RTL" compilation fell off the Wallonian Album chart in the French speaking part of Belgium. This CD dropped from #29 to #34 on the French Compilation album chart. 

The CD "The Real... Elvis" climbed from #40 to #28. 

In it's ninth week on the Australian Album Charts, the "Elvis By Request: The Australian Edition" CD has dropped from #80 to #98. This will almost certainly be the albums last week in the ARIA Top 100.


On the current Billboard Holiday Album chart, Elvis sits at #4 with "It's Christmas Time" selling 2,428 copies this week and 1,389,465 in total. The "Best Of Love" sold 1,162 copies this week and 301,010 copies in total. "Viva Las Vegas" sold 513 copies this week and 38,156 in total.

Also on Billboard:
Christmas Time Is Here: It's time to say hello to the Christmas albums on the Catalog chart again, as Elvis Presley's "It's Christmas Time" is the first one out of the gate this year at #23 Catalog. It's not unheard of to have Christmas albums on the October charts. Two years ago, Michael W. Smith's "It's A Wonderful Christmas" was on the charts in the last two weeks of October (and was even #1 on October 30). In 2009, "The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (EP)" was on the chart by the end of October, and Josh Groban's "Noel" accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009. There were no Christmas albums on the chart at the end of October last year, but a couple of albums showed up for an odd week in September: Susan Boyle's "The Gift" and Anuna's "Christmas Memories". 

The King

Sony Music (Columbia Europa) will release a 3CD budget set entitled "The King".

CD 1:
Blue Suede Shoes - Joshua Fit The Battle - Don´t Be Cruel - Rip It Up - Rock A Hula Baby - Heartbreak Hotel - (There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Will Be Home Again - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - All Shook Up - I Believe - If We Ever Meet Again
CD 2:
Jailhouse Rock - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Love Me Tender - Young Dreams - Mystery Train - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Hound Dog - You´re A Heartbreaker - Summer Kisses Winter Tears - Young And Beautiful - Blue Moon
CD 3:
Tutti Frutti - Thats All Right - Shake Rattle And Roll - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It´s Now Or Never - Fever - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Pocketfull Of Rainbows - Surrender

(Source: Ultratop / FECC / The King's World / Elvis Club Berlin)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18 - #1 Single Artist At the Hilton

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, the Official Charts Company revealed The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time! Ding! Ding! One month to go! Yes, in just a little over four weeks from now we will be grabbing our balloons and party poppers to celebrate 60 glittering years of the Official Singles Chart; the institution that has kept pop fans like you and me salivating with anticipation on a weekly basis since we were knee-high to a grasshopper.

In the meantime, how’s about we all get our inner chart geek limbered up for the big occasion with The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Male Singles Artists Of All Time.
Elvis Presley tops the chart with combined sales of over 21.7 million singles.  And despite his tragic death in 1977, Elvis’ legacy lives on strongly in the UK.  Over the last decade, The King Of Rock And Roll has sold over 5.7 million albums and 2.2 million singles (this includes 1.3 million track downloads).  In the last 18 months alone he has sold an incredible 317,000 albums and 333,000 track downloads. 
Elvis scored his first UK hit way back in 1956 with Heartbreak Hotel, which peaked at Number 2.  And it was a year later that he eventually landed his first UK Number 1 with All Shook Up.  Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s not forget that Elvis still holds the record for the most Number 1 singles, 21 in total.  His biggest selling single was 1960’s It’s Now Or Never, which also hit the top spot in 2005.

At Number 2 in the countdown, with a combined total of 21.5 million singles, it's Cliff! Forget those brilliantly naff Cliff calendars you see in the shops at Christmas time (you know the ones, featuring ‘Cliff on a tennis court’ or ‘Cliff in Hawaiian shirt’), our Cliff is actually a bit of a legend around these parts.
Making his chart debut in 1958 with Move It, which peaked at Number 2, Cliff is the most successful British male solo artist of all time, achieving the rare feat of having a Number 1 single in five different decades.  He is one of only a few artists who have taken the same song to the top of the Official Singles Chart in completely separate chart runs; Living Doll hit Number 1 upon its released in 1959, and then again nearly 30 years later in 1986 with the cast of The Young Ones TV show. Ironically, Cliff's biggest selling single of all time is his 1962 smash, The Young Ones.

The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, is in third place with a combined sales total of 15.5 million singles.  And what was his biggest single?  Earth Song. Yes, Earth Song! (Which you may remember was also the Official Christmas Number 1 of 1995, the last one before the Spice Girls hogged the festive top spot for three consecutive years!)
This is probably down to the fact that Michael has two of the Top 10 biggest selling albums of all time – 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad – so the UK public were clearly moonwalking down to HMV, Woolworth’s and Our Price in force in the ‘80s to pick up the whole album, rather than what critics and fans consider to be his classic singles... Still, Earth Song?

Elton John (Number 4) and David Bowie (Number 5) complete the Top 5 with combined singles sales totals of 15 million and 10.7 million, respectively.

Wild Tiger At The Hilton

Released today by the MxF importlabel is the fourth volume  in the “Wild Tiger at the Hilton'' featuring the complete and previously unreleased recording of the Las Vegas January 28, 1974 Dinner Show. The Cd has a running-time of 60 minutes.

From the press-release:
After almost five months of rest, Elvis back to the Hilton in better shape and stronger respect the previous season. The early season show here presented is without doubt better as quality respect the one included in the volume 3. Elvis appears concentrate and his performance is superb , He deliveries  a long show, practically 60 minutes….respect the classic 45.00 min. of the rest of the Season. Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the “new” songs “Spanish Eyes, Help me and Let Me Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John” and the classic “Trying to Get To You” sang terrifically. At the same time he introduce the oldie  “My Baby Left me” without forget the classic early 70’ songs like You’ve Lost Than Loving Feeling, Polk Salad Annie  and Sweet Caroline.  As you can see from the track list the number of the classic oldies in the show are significant reduced. This season will be the first with the new agreement , Elvis signed two years of contract performed twice at year, but only two weeks at the time rather than the previous four.
Best song:  Let Me Be There
The Love from Elvis for the song  cannot be denied, He able to make the own song.. delivering an original version with a full reprise.
The show is unreleased and complete, Here we present the show directly from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure. The sound quality here is incredible good, considering it was taped from the audience. Elvis’ voice is loud and clear, the band sounds very powerful  in very good balanced mix with some great James Burton’ guitar solos, the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.
Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panel digipack with a collection of photos taken during the Season. 
The recording excellent quality and the superb show give to Wild Tiger At The Hilton vol.4  the status of unique. Don’t miss it!

Tracklisting: As recorded live at Las Vegas Hilton, January 28, 1974 DS

01. Intro
02. CC Rider
03. I Got a Woman
04. Love Me
05. My Baby Left Me
06. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
07. Sweet Caroline
08. Love Me Tender
09. Trying To Get To You
10. Rock Medley
11. Fever
12. Polk Salad Annie
13. Killing Me Softly (by Voice) 
14. Spanish Eyes
15. Why Me Lord ? (by Stamps)
16. Suspicious Minds
17. Band Introduction
18. I Can’t Stop Loving You
19. Help Me
20. An American Trilogy
21. Let Me Be There (+ reprise) 
22. Can’t Help Falling In Love
23. Closing Vamp

(Source: Official Chart Company / e-mail)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17 - #1 Music Max In Memphis HOF

Elvis Presley is among the first 25 inductees for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum said Tuesday that the inaugural class for the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will be inducted Nov. 29. Tickets are now on sale through 

The group of inductees were chosen by the Nominating Committee of Local and National Music Professionals, including studio owners, producers, authors, and historians. Memphis has long been known as the home to music's most original creators working in all genres such as the blues, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll, among many others.  

According to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, "The King of Rock 'n' Roll exploded world culture, becoming arguably the greatest musician of all time. Starting at Memphis' Sun Studios, his exposure to gospel, country, and soulful African-American blues created a new musical genre which shook the planet."

Others honored were blues guitarist B.B. King, blues pioneer W.C. Handy, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, R&B singers Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. and the MG's. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is under the administration of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. 

Collecting Elvis Volume 21

The 21st.volume of the EPE / De Agostini was released. This volumes contains the movie "Spinout" on DVD, a magazine, memorabelia-reproductions and a mini poster for the movie "Love Me Tender". 

Elvis Voted Music Max #1 Rockstar

Australian Pay TV music channel MAX regularly shows the ultimate music countdown show, "The Essential 20". Each episode counts down the 20 most essential music lists from all over the music spectrum. The series is hosted by Australian DJ Jabba and features commentary from notable Australian music experts, artists, critics and industry heavyweights. Recently they counted down the Top 20 'Rockstars'. Elvis Presley was voted in as #1.

The Top Five 
1. Elvis Presley
2. Freddie Mercury (points removed for the Vacuum Cleaner video. Not very rock'n'roll!) 
3. Bon Scott (from AC/DC)
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Mick Jagger

(Source: EPE / Elvis Information Network)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October 16 - Limited Edition Magazines

Rolling Stone Brazil has recently released a new collector's edition centering around the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. The 134-page collector's edition features photos and artifacts from the various stages of Elvis' career and is written in Portuguese. The magazine opens the story of Elvis' childhood in Tupelo, MS and continues to his landmark rise to fame with historic television and concert appearances. 

Fans can see full-page photos of Elvis from his time spent in the Army to his days performing live on stage. Also included in this rare collector's edition are Graceland artifacts and featured editorials about Elvis' impact on pop culture. 

Limited Edition of 'Intelligent Collector' Available
Collectors may be interested in this new Fall 2012 release of 'Intelligent Collector'. The focus in this magazine is on Elvis collectors and their most valuable items - and features interviews and lots of pictures. We have a very limited supply of magazines available, so don't wait too long before they're sold out. 

(Source: EPE  ElvisMatters)

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15 - I Love Duets Because ...

Lisa Marie Presley will world premiere her new video “I Love You Because,” an emotional duet with her late father Elvis Presley, on CMT and on Thursday, October 18th during the 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ET/PT music hours. At the suggestion of renowned producer T-Bone Burnett, Lisa recorded the Elvis song in August for the 35th anniversary of her father’s passing. The video was only intended to be viewed by some 25,000 fans in attendance at the 35th Anniversary Concert at the FedEX Forum in Memphis, but following a warm reception by fans, Presley agreed to share the video with CMT. The single “I Love You Because” from Sony Legacy will be available for purchase digitally beginning October 16th, and the full video will be available on iTunes on October 25th.  

“I Love You Because” was first recorded by Elvis in July of 1954 at Sun Studio. The session started on the 4th and ended early on the morning of the 5th in Memphis, Tenn., the same day he recorded “That’s All Right.”  Producer Sam Phillips did not think “I Love You Because” was the right song for Elvis’ first single, so it eventually found its way to his first album released in 1956. Following its first studio recording, the song was never performed again by Elvis. Lisa Marie recorded her vocals to the song on August 8, 2012, at The Village in Santa Monica, CA, after consulting with producer T-Bone Burnett who presented her with the idea of “I Love You Because” as a special song for her fans.

The video for the track was a personal project for Lisa Marie, in which she introduces her four children as the continuation of her father’s legacy. She recorded the vocals on August 8, 2012, and made the video over the course of just four days in time to debut it August 16, 2012 at the 35th Anniversary Elvis Concert at the Fedex Forum in Memphis. Lisa Marie Presley’s four-year-old twin girls Finley and Harper, as well as her son Benjamin (19) and daughter Riley (23), are featured in never-before-seen family photos, along with Lisa Marie and Elvis.

Elvis Presley - The Early Years

The "Early Years" documentary DVD will be re-issued once more on October 24, 2012 in Europe.

Elvis - Walk A Mile In My Shoes

The book "Elvis - Walk A Mile In My Shoes" was released by the Dutch "Elvis For Everyone". It contains 300 unpublished pictures on 180 pages. Pictures from November 14, 1970, the March 01, 1970 Houston press-conference and more. The book comes with a CD including the recently found "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" (probably) sourced from eBay. 

1. I Forgot To Remember To Forget – Louisiana Hayride live broadcast, Probably October 1, 1955 March 19 1955 (Saturday - 10.45pm) Grand Prize Jamboree, Eagles Hall, Houston, Texas: 2. Intro/Good Rockin' Tonight/Band Intros , 3. Intro/Baby Let's Play House , 4. Intro/Blue Moon Of Kentucky , 5. Intro/I Got A Woman , 6. Intro/That's All Right, 7. Rare Detroit radio promo 1956, 8. Hound Dog, 9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man 10. Elvis interviewed by Hannelore Krab from ‘Bayerischen Rundfunk’, Munich (Germany), June 18, 1959. Complete interview from mastertape source. 
11. I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever (Movie Version) 12. Let Me Be The One – Home recording, Palm Springs, April 1974 
13. Spanish Eyes – Home recording, Palm Springs, April 1974.

(Source: EPE / Elvis Info / Elvis Club Berlin)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 14 - Christmas Import Vinyl

Set for release October 15, 2012, but already available on eBay is a limited edition import re-issue of the 1970 edition of the "Elvis Presley Christmas Album". This release is limited to 300 copies.

From the press-release:
Elvis Presley has been awarded his first Diamond Award for “Elvis’ Christmas Album” (1970 Camden Version) (CAL 2428). The original version of this album (LOC 1035) was the fourth album by Presley released in October, 1957 on RCA Victor Records and the music was recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. It now certified as 3 X Platinum by the RIAA.

The original Elvis' Christmas Album was out of print by the late 1960s. Interest in the album prompted RCA to re-release it in an altered version on its budget label RCA Camden in November, 1970. This version eliminated the four gospel tracks from the Peace in the Valley EP and added the 1966 holiday single "If Every Day Was Like Christmas," along with the 1970 non-seasonal "Mama Liked the Roses", issued as the flip to Elvis' top ten single "The Wonder of You." With ten tracks and a shorter running time, it fit the standard for the budget label issues.
The initial cover of this revised version echoed that of the 1958 reissue, except a more recent mid-60s vintage photograph with Elvis wearing a blue racing jacket with two white stripes on the left was used from the set of the 1967 movie Speedway. The album was also released in the UK with an album cover that featured Elvis' face from the 1970 Camden release in a circle in the middle surrounded in white with the title and the song selections in red.
Although many, many christmas compilations were released on CD, the 1970 Camden album with it’s original cover was never released on shinny silver disc. Until now.....
With it’s original artwork and liner notes this is the 2012 christmas release to add to your CD collection. Besides the original album tracks we added some great bonus material, for optimal ‘christmas’ pleasure!

Blue Christmas
Silent Night
White Christmas
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
I'll Be Home For Christmas
If Everyday Was Like Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
Mama Liked The Roses
Announcer / Elvis’ Special Christmas Program, 1967 /
Announcer Elvis’ Single ‘If Everyday Was Like Christmas’
If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Take 1, 2)
Blue Christmas (Live, 1968 NBC Tv Special)
Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Live, 1968 NBC TV Special)
Mama Liked The Roses (Undubbed Master)

Elvis’ Christmas Vinyl

Friday Music announced the release of the 1957 album "Elvis’ Christmas Album" on vinyl. The release-date is December 2012.

Santa Claus Is Back In Town , White Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus , I'll Be Home For Christmas, Blue Christmas, Santa Bring My Baby Back, Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Peace In The Valley, I Believe, Take My Hand, Precious Lord , It Is No Secret.

Budget Christmas

The Dutch Disky budget label announced the re-release of a 12 track Christmas compilation entitled "White Christmas". 

Original Christmas Ad

Posted on YouTube was this Christmas ad, found on a 16mm films the poster got when he found an old projector at an antique store.

(Source: FECC  / eBay / Elvis Info / YouTube) 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October 13 - Douglas Laurence Died

Douglas Laurence, a onetime director of entertainment at the famed Flamingo Hotel hotspot in Las Vegas who produced "Speedway" and two other Elvis Presley films, has died. He was 93. In addition to Speedway, which showcased Presley as a stock car driver beset with tax problems, Laurence produced "Stay Away, Joe" (with Elvis playing a half-breed named Joe Lightcloud) and "Live a Little, Love a Little" (with the King as a photographer forced to work two jobs to pay back a debt to a lovely lady). All played in theaters in 1968; Presley would do just three more films after these.

On the set of Speedway, Elvis announced that his wife Priscilla was pregnant with daughter Lisa Marie. And "Live a Little, Love a Little" was notable in that it was the last of some 100 features directed by Oscar winner and frequent Elvis collaborator Norman Taurog.

Pfeil tells The Hollywood Reporter that her father often remarked that he found Presley “surprisingly polite and humble, given his phenomenal success and fame." During one hiatus between movies, Elvis visited the Laurence home and played their piano, which the family still owns. “We can't bring ourselves to sell or give it away,” she said.

100 Portraits Of The King

The book "100 Portraits Of The King" by Michael Anger was released by epubli GmbH. in Germany.

(Source: ElvisMatters / The King's World)

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12 - 13 Million Vinyl Duets

Analogue production announced the release of "Elvis Is Back" and "24 Karat Hits" on SACD and 180g Vinyl on December 11, 2012. The album "Stereo `57: Essential Elvis - Volume 2" is set for release on vinyl January 2013.

If I Can Dream Duet 

The "If I Can Dream" duet between Elvis Presley and Celine Dion will be released on the new duet alum from Celine Dion according to the Dutch Elvis Corner website. Other duet-partners on the CD will be performed with Sinatra, Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. 'If I Can Dream' as a virtual duet with Elvis Presley was performed on the American Idol TV special "Idols Give Back", a charity show broadcast on US TV in April 2007 to raise money for poor people in Africa and the USA.


The French "La Collection RTL" climbed from #171 to #163 on the Wallonian Album Chart (French speaking part of Belgium). The compilation "La Collection RTL“ dropped from #29 to #24 on the French Compilation Album charts. 

The CD "The Real... Elvis“ dropped from #28 to #40 on the Irish Album chart. 

In it's eighth week on the Australian Album Charts, the Elvis By Request : The Australian Edition CD has dropped from No. 72 to No. 80.

13 Million Beverly Hills Dollars
It’s no Graceland, but the Beverly Hills home shared by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla is hardly a jailhouse either. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom French Regency estate, seated on a 1.2-acre promontory with city-to-ocean views of Los Angeles, is now for sale at $12.995 million, according to real estate website Trulia. 

The gated, 5,367-square-foot property is in a quiet cul-de-sac of Trousdale Estates and bears the ZIP code 90210. Built in 1958, it was until recently leased out for $20,000 a month. Buyers will have to shell out $2,421 for each square foot. The house features a pool and spa, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass walls and an attached guesthouse with a four-car carport. The entry gate is covered with handwritten Elvis tributes from fans.

Tracklisting Elvis Is Back
Side A:
Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - Thrill Of Your Love
Side B:
Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - Girl Next Door Went A'Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

Tracklisting Elvis Presley - 24 Karat Hits
Side A: 
Heartbreak Hotel - Love Me - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Love Me tender - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - A Big Hunk O' Love - Stuck On You - It's Now or Never
Side B:
Are You Lonesome Tonight Surrender - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Little Sister - Can't Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - She's Not You - Return To Sender - (You're The) Devil In Disguise - Crying In The Chapel - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds

Tracklisting Stereo `57: Essential Elvis - Volume 2
Side A:
I Beg Of You (Take 1) - Is It So Strange (Take 1) - Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2) - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1, 2, 3) - Blueberry Hill (Take 2) - Mean Woman Blues (Take 14) - There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2, 3) - Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6)
Side B:
Blueberry Hill (Take 7) - That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4, 5, 6) - Is It So Strange (Takes 7, 11) - I Beg Of You (Takes 6, 8) - Peace In The Valley (Take 7) - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12, 13) - I Beg Of You (Take 12) - I Believe (Take 4) - Tell Me Why (Take 5) - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! (Take 9) - All Shook Up (Take 10) - Take My Hand, Precious Lord (Take 14)

(Source: Analogue Productions / The King's World / The Elvis Corner / Elvis Australia)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 11 - This Is ... Audiobooks

Taking three years to create, the tribute series audiobook "This Is Elvis Presley" is complete. 

From the press-release:
The set encompasses areas of Elvis' life that have been rarely explored or written about. Carefully researched, and verified by Elvis' right hand man and road manager Joe Esposito, the information contained in the set will meet the approval of most discerning fans. This Tribute comes in 4 box sets, each consisting of 6 compact discs.

(Source: ElvisMatters)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 10 - 30 #1 Vinyl Hits

The Music On Vinyl label announced the release of the "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation on vinyl. The album is due November 26, 2012.

(Source: Amazon)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

October 09 - Suspicious Releases

The Clay Pasternack budget label announced the release of the CD "Essential Collection" which is due November 06, 2012. 

Stars De Légende: Elvis Presley

Elvis Club Berlin mentions a new DVD, due in France, entitled "Stars De Légende" which is due November 6, 2012.

Elvis - A Man, All Music Vol.2 1968/1977

Jean-Marie Pouzenc announced volume 2 of his book "Elvis - A Man, All Music 1968 / 1977". The two volumes cover all of the - over 900 - songs Elvis recorded in chronological order. All with detailed information on authors, composers, producers and musicians on 250 pages with hundreds of photo's and documents. 

The book comes with a 26 track CD overing recordings from 1953 to 1977, specially edited by Sony for exclusive release with this book. The book is due January 2013.

My Happiness - Blue Moon - Trying To Get To You - How Do You Think I Feel - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - New Orleans - Ain't That Loving You Baby (Take 11) - Reconsider Baby - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - I'm Comin' Home - Just Tell Her Jim Say Hello - Slowly But Surely - It Hurts Me - Drums Of The Island - Down In The Alley - Suppose (Version vom 30.03.1967) - Too Much Monkey Business - Only The Strong Survive - Whole Lotta Shakin' going On (Rough Mix With Horns)  - For The Good Times - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - The Twelfth Of Never - I Can Help - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Unchained Melody

Suspicious Premiere

On the Rolling Stones website the fan footage which will be released on the "Prince From Another Planet" set from Sony. 

From the Rolling Stone website:
Back in June 1972, Elvis Presley played four hotly anticipated shows at Madison Square Garden. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the concerts, Sony is releasing Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition on October 9th, including two CDs and a DVD. In this clip from Prince, previously unseen fan-filmed footage of Elvis performing "Suspicious Minds" gives a different sheen to the massive gigs, documenting the experience as from a fan's direct perspective. Elvis shakes, rattles and rolls through his 1969 Mark James-penned hit, and of course, his sparkly blue outfit looks as good as ever.

Elvis Book

Découverte des Musiciens"-Collection announced the release of the 24 pages book "Elvis Presley" by Stephane Olivier. It is due October 25, 2012. 

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Telegraph / Elvis My Happiness / Rolling Stone)

Monday, October 08, 2012

October 08 - A Journey To the British Isles

A new book by Alan White, entitled "Elvis Presley - HMV Worldwide Discography" was released. 

From the press release:
This is the Work of Alan White the foremost Specialist in the Elvis Presley HMV Worldwide Released Records 78rpm / 45rpm / EP’s & LP’s (Including Test Pressings/ Demonstration Discs / Variations etc, etc) Did you know POP 408 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy was Issued in the UK with Gold Lettering !! (I certainly didn’t) Have you ever seen a Solid Centre Elvis UK HMV 45rpm !! (I Hadn’t) If you thought you knew about the Elvis HMV Releases…..Think Again!! Meticulous Detail to easily Identify the Variations. With Excellent Colour Photographed Covers & Labels (Colour Photographs give a much truer Picture of a Label than a Colour Scan) this Magnificent 100 page plus is all you need to know regarding Elvis’ historic releases on this Label. 78’s from England / Ireland / N.Zealand / Pakistan 45’s from England / New Zealand EP’s from England LP’s from England / New Zealand & Much, Much, More This is being Exclusively Sold through The Elvis Shop / Studio B This Book is aimed at the Serious Collector of the HMV Label.

Follow That Release

The three FTD titles "Elvis: Hits Of The 70's" and "From Elvis Presley Boulevard" in the FTD 2 CD Classic Album Series and "Elvis Country" is a Special Limited Edition 2-disc vinyl set were released. 

The newly expanded edition of "Hits Of The 70's" offers a superb overview of Elvis' greatest songs in the '70s. While the album doesn't feature any outtakes, it does have a substantially expanded track-listing that now features 24 A & B sides and bonus track My Way. The 12-page booklet features both UK and US sleeves, release/chart information and historic overview. "From Elvis Presley Boulevard" was originally released in 1976 and contained 10 tracks recorded at Elvis' home Graceland. Now we have the original release plus many outtakes over two CDs and a 12-page booklet with historic info and memorabilia.

Elvis And Ireland

Apello Press announced the release of "Elvis And Ireland" with October 31, 2012 as the release-date. 

A Journey Shared

The DVD from Larry Geller, "Elvis & Larry – A Journey Shared" was released. 

From the press-release:

Larry Geller was much more than Elvis Presley’s personal hairstylist.  He was one of his closest and most trusted friends - in many ways his spiritual mentor.  What Larry shares of Elvis here may shock some people.  It will certainly surprise you.  Because what you will discover is an essential Elvis that was so personal, he never publicly let it out in words, only through his music.  Yet the purity and authenticity of the experiences Larry brings to light will absolutely convince you that you have at last met the real Elvis.

Larry will take you into Elvis’ private rooms at Graceland and his other homes, in hotel suites, backstage and in his plane “Lisa Marie.”  He will reveal to you the heart and soul of Elvis in their most intimate conversations. No matter how much you may already know of Elvis, you will come away feeling that you know him far better for having experienced “Elvis and Larry: A Journey Shared.”


The U.K. based Rockwell Records announced the release of their new vinyl release "Surrender" which is due on colored vinyl soon. The first and second edition were released in blue and purple discs in a limited edition of 150 copies each. Other 
colours will be out in due course plus a picture disc.

Side A:
Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Flaming Star - Milky White Way - His Hand In Mine - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - He Knows Just What I Need - Surrender - Mansion Over The Hilltop

Side B:
In My Father’s House - Joshua Fit The Battle - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs - If We Never Meet Again - Known Only To Him - Working On A Building - Lonely Man - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell

The Very Best Of

The Peter West Trading & Music Production e.K. released "Elvis Presley - The Very Best Of" in a double CD digi-pack. 

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / Elvis Club Berlin / The King's World / Elvis Info / Elvis Australia)