Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January 30 - The National Red Tribute

The American gossip magazine National Enquirer has put together an 86 page 'tribute' magazine about Elvis, for February 2013. The Enquirer seems to be focused on Colonel Parker's role in the Elvis Organisation and describes that with very unfriendly words. And of course, the 'casket picture' is featured too. 

Welcome To Paradise City

The Touchdown Records import release "Welcome To Paradise City" was released. It contains an audience-recording of the February 18, 1977 as recorded at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia/South Carolina.

A Red Christmas

In 1957, an engineer at the RCA plant in New Jersey where "Elvis' Christmas Album" was being pressed made himself a very special souvenir. He used the red vinyl normally reserved for classical albums to press a copy of the new Elvis Presley record. Four decades later, the red record made its way from that retiring engineer to a dealer, who auctioned it to the present owner for a record sum.

That album has been put on sale on eBay by the owner, the Rev. Steven Banas, a Southern Baptist minister and a longtime collector from Reeds Spring, Mo., with a buy-it-now price of $29,999.99. The sale is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday.

Elvis: That's The Way It Is

Warner Home Video re-issued the Special Edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" once more on DVD.

(Source: ElvisMatters)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29 - The Best Of The UK Summer

The Follow That Dream Collector's label announced two new releases, in cooperation with the Norwegian Flaming Star. The titles are "The Best of British – The HMV Years 1956-1958" and "Elvis Presley - Summer Of '61".

The first is "The Best of the British - The HMV Years 1956-1958", written by Trevor Simpson. This is the story of EVERY song by Elvis released on the British HMV label. It is an eclectic mix of graphic illustrations of the labels, the charts and rare memorabilia through 1956 - 1958.

Thorough research of each song and songwriter has taken many years and provides the definitive history of the music that shook the world, sensationally revealing many previously unknown facts and British connections to Elvis and his music. The book contains over 1000 rare and unpublished photographs, the illustrations connected to the songs, the recordings and the promotion of Elvis by HMV in Britain. Included, and officially gathered together for the first time on two exclusive CDs, is every Elvis track released by HMV. Added to these are bonus songwriter demos and Elvis outtakes to complete the audio story upon which the foundation of the global popular music culture and industry was built. This is Elvis and the story of the impact of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Great Britain.

The second book is "Summer Of '61". Following the success of "Welcome Home Elvis" and "From Memphis To Hollywood", Flaming Star productions will release "Summer Of '61"in April of this year. The focus is on the summer months of 1961, with the main focus on the making of the movie "Follow That Dream" filmed on location in Florida in the months July and August 1961. The book presents original newspaper articles, new exclusive interviews from the cast, the crew, and local residents, and also details about scenes deleted from the final print. The book includes over 200 stunning unpublished photos taken from the original negatives plus a CD. And for the first time ever, FTD will bring out video footage with one of their releases. The complete track list has still to come, but we can give away these teasers of the CD/DVD from the back-cover of the book:
- Thee 'Follow That Dream' soundtrack recordings 
- Unreleased outtakes from the Nashville recording sessions that formed the LP 'Pot Luck'
- Songwriters demo recording of 'It's A Wonderful Life'
- Unseen 35mm test screen footage of Elvis shot on location in Florida 

Tracklisting "The Best of the British - The HMV Years 1956-1958":

CD 1 - The HMV Singles ('A' & 'B' Sides):
Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Don’t Be Cruel - Blue Moon - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine - Love Me Tender - Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be) - Mystery Train - Love Me - Rip It Up - Baby Let’s Play House - Too Much - Playing For Keeps - All Shook Up - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Tryin’ To Get To You - I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone - How Do You Think I Feel - I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Export Issue) - Heartbreak Hotel (Songwriter Demo - Glenn Reeves) - Paralyzed - (Songwriter Demo - Otis Blackwell)

CD 2 - HMV EP & Album Songs not released as single:
Let Me - Poor Boy - We’re Gonna Move - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rockin’ Tonight - Milk Cow Blues - Just Because - I Got A Woman - I’m Counting On You - I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Money Honey - One Sided Love Affair - Shake, Rattle And Roll - That’s All Right - Any Place Is Paradise - First In Line - How’s The World Treating You - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - So Glad You’re Mine - I'm Counting On You - (Demo - Lou Dinning) - Love Me Tender (End Title Version) - Let Me (Solo) - We're Gonna Move (Take 9 - Stereo) - Poor Boy (Stereo) - Love Me Tender (Stereo) - Love Me Tender (Movie Trailer)  - The Truth About Me - Elvis Says Goodbye.

(Source: FECC / Follow That Dream)

Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28 - Budget King

The CDs "Pot Luck With Elvis Plus For LP Fans Only" was released by the Spanish Hoodoo Records while "Pot Luck With Elvis" was released by Hallmark in their "Original Recording“ series. "The Classic Years" (3CD) and "Return To Sender" (3CD) were released through the Delta Music label while Real Gone released the 4CD-set "Elvis Presley, Vol. 2 – Four Classic Albums Plus EPs And Singles". The Rumble Records finally released the vinyl LP "Elvis’ Christmas Album".

For years, public domain laws came into play after 50 years in the UK. Meaning that since 2004, Elvis has been up for grabs with a plethora of legal independent Elvis releases. As of January 1st, 2013 the public domain law was  changed from 50 years to 70 years, meaning all recordings from 1963 will not become Public Domain until 2033. The new law cannot be back dated, which means all recordings made prior to January 1st. 1963 will remain in the Public Demand. 

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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 27 - Super Audio Delay

The new edition of "Stereo '57 - Essential Elvis, Vol. 2" which is due from the US based Analogue Productions is postponed to February or March 2013. The compilation will be available in two formats;  one on special 200 gram heavyweight vinyl at 45RPM instead of 33RPM (due February) and on Super Audio CD, due March 12th. this year. 

1. I Beg Of You (Take 1) 2. Is It So Strange (Take 1) 3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2) 4. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1,2,3) 5. Blueberry Hill (Take 2) 6. Mean Woman Blues (Take 14) 7. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2,3) 8. Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6) 9. Blueberry Hill (Take 7) 10. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4,5,6) 11. Is It So Strange (Takes 7,11) 12. I Beg Of You (Takes 6,8) 13. There’ll Be Peace In The Valley (Take 7) 14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12,13) 15. I Beg Of You (Take 12).

Chart Down Under

The DVD "The King Of Rock’n’Roll“ climbed to #28 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

(Source: The King's World)

January 26 - Return Of The Photos

LIFE magazine has just published over 50 rare and unpublished Elvis army photos. Taken by photographers James Whitmore and Al Fenn they capture a moment in Elvis' life when he was poised to remind everyone who might have doubted it that, despite two years of taking orders, he was ready to again be the King.

From LIFE magazine:
... Back in 1958 the biggest musical star on the planet was drafted into the United States Army. Sure, Elvis Aaron Presley often affected a sneer that would drive most drill sergeants to near-apoplexy, and his pompadour was hardly the sort of hairstyle one associated with America's fighting men. But Elvis was a good ol' boy, born in Mississippi and raised in Tennessee, and maybe his humble Southern roots allowed for a more seamless transition from pop-culture icon to buck private. 
Whatever the reason Elvis looked like he belonged in a uniform - and by all accounts, his brothers in arms saw what he was made of, and accepted him as one of them. It was impossible, of course, for anyone to pretend that Elvis was just another soldier; but he worked hard to fit in and to do what was asked of him, and after two years, when Sgt. Presley was honorably discharged, it was evident that the boy from Tupelo had grown up.
It was also evident, though, that Elvis was hardly heartbroken about leaving the military. His two years serving in Germany had shown the world, and had shown Elvis himself, that he could handle something more than a guitar, and could perform tasks that didn't involve gyrating in front of screaming bobbysoxers. In 1960, it was time to get back to doing what he did best: it was time to leave Sgt. Presley behind, and to be Elvis again.
The series of photos - most of which never appeared in LIFE - showing Elvis, along with his 15-year-old girlfriend, Priscilla Beaulieu, in Germany on the day he left for the States (March 2, 1960), and Elvis again at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he landed on March 3, sans Priscilla. He was officially discharged from the Army on March 5. 

After his two year hitch, rock and roll idol Elvis Presley wore a sergeant's chevrons but no sideburns.Elvis said, "If I say the Army made a man of me, it would give the impression I was an idiot before I was drafted. I wasn't exactly that."

Elvis was, in fact, a smart soldier. His agents back home had been pretty smart, too, selling 20 million RCA Victor records to the jukebox set. These earned ELVIS $1.3 million in addition to his $145.24 a month service pay. Elvis paid the U.D. 91% of the total in taxes, or enough to support about 150 of his fellow soldiers for a year. Behind him at Ray Barracks near Friedberg, Elvis had left hordes of palpitating Fräuleins and the pretty 16-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, 
daughter of an Air Force captain stationed at Wiesbaden. Elvis kissed her before he flew to the aid of the girls back home, sorrowful at parting but anxious to get into his bright-colored pants and back to his hip-swinging singing.

Go to the photos >> here.

(Source: TIME Magazine)

Friday, January 25, 2013

January 25 - A Date With Vinyl On Hawaii

Waxtime LP label released the classic "A Date With Elvis" on 180 Gramm Vinyl.

Blue Moon Of Kentucky,  Milkcow Blues Boogie, Baby, Let's Play House, I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine, Tutti Frutti, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You), I Got A Woman, Good Rockin' Tonight, Is It So Strange, We're Gonna Move, Blue Moon, Just Because, One Sided Love Affair, Let Me.

Weekend Charts

The CD "The Real... Elvis" climbed from #50 to #46 on the Irish Album chart while "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" climbed from #45 to #30.

The box-set "Prince From Another Planet" fell off the Wallonian Album chart in Belgium after a re-entry at #171 last week. 

Video From Hawaii

EPE shared a video of the 40th Anniversary Screening of the legendary "Aloha From Hawaii" concert:

From EPE:
Elvis fans from about the world gathered in Hawaii for a unique opportunity to follow in the king’s footsteps and spend time exploring Elvis’ Hawaii. Photos and video are now available from the 40th Anniversary Celebration of "Aloha from Hawaii."
On the evening of January 14, 2013, "Aloha from Hawaii" returned to the same place for a one-night only enhanced screening celebrating the concert seen by over a billion people worldwide. The anniversary screening featured re-mastered video projected on multiple screens recreating the thrill of being there 40 years ago to the day. Elvis fans packed the Neal Blaisdell Center, the same venue where 40 years earlier, Elvis took the stage for the concert that became the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. In honor of the king's groundbreaking performances in 1973, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie declared January 14, 2013, as "Elvis, Aloha from Hawai'i via Satellite Day."
Fans also enjoyed panel discussions and special performances from guests such as famous Hawaiian DJ Tom Moffatt, former members of J. D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, Elvis' personal hairstylist Larry Gellar and Elvis’ musical conductor and a key member of the “Aloha from Hawaii” musical production team, Joe Guercio. 

(Source: The King's World / Elvis Infos)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 24 - NY Opening Night Duets

The Eternal Flames Production import label released the DV "Duets" containing a colorful collection of Elvis duets. The DVD is region-free.

From the press-release:
During his movie career, Elvis recorded a vast amount of songs together with other vocalists. The result is a wide variety of songs and video clips out of the many well known Elvis movies. An entertaining collection that is nice to watch. Rare are the images of the 1960 'Welcome Home Elvis' Frank Sinatra TV-Special; they remain a unique momentum to see. Other rare performances include Lisa Marie's duet with Elvis on 'In The Ghetto' during a Oprah TV-show, complete with Gospel Choir.

It is beyond anyone's guess why this never turned in to a big hit; great performance. Also: Celine Dion's duet with Elvis on 'Amercian Idol' and Martina McBride appearing - with Elvis on screen - on a tv-show to promote the 'Christmas Duets' album. The odd one out is a clip from 'Beyonce & Jay-Z'.

MSG Opening Night

On YouTube a previously unknown audience audiorecording of Elvis Presley's 1972 Opening Night at Madison Square Garden was posted. 40 years after this Elvis-Event took place, we now have for the first time, Elvis Presley's June 9th 1972 opening show at Madison Square Garden, NY.

You can listen to the show >> here.

And the wire leads to ...

The youtube poster who unknowingly posted the recording of a rare live recording of "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" from the Louisiana, Hayride in 1955, as recorded ona wire-recorder, confirmed he has sold the recording to Ernst Jorgensen for the Elvis archives at Sony for an undisclosed sum.

The original owner, only known as 'amberola1b' on youtube did express his regret at not making the recording public much sooner had he known anything about the now released SUN years epic, 'A Boy From Tupelo', of which Ernst sent him a copy of as a bonus.

On January 12, amberola1b posted the following comments on YouTube about his interaction with Jorgensen:
I did sell the rights to him but the way it went was that I didn’t even know Ernst and was directed to him thru other utubers that were Elvis fans. I didn’t even know there was a big anniversary album or book being put together about The King, I just merely decided at that moment in time to do the utube video, and just happen to post it during the summer. If luck had been on my side and I had known about what was being planned [...] I would have made the video months before, and it would have been included in the album that was included in the book ‘A Boy From Tupelo’. But as it turned out he sent me a copy of the book and it just blew my mind to see all the wonderful pictures that had been compiled of Elvis and the stories written about him.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Australia / The Mystery Train Blog)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 23 - Collecting Charro And More

Volume 28 in the German "Elvis – Die offizielle Sammler-Edition" was released by De Agostini. This volume contains the movie "Charro!" (1969)", a mini-poster for the movie "Double Trouble", a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and more.

(Source: The King's World)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 22 - Sick Doctor Maffia

ElvisMatters mentioned that Red West is in critical condition in a Memphis hospital. Red had been admitted to hospital for stomach surgery recently and doctors found something wrong with his heart which caused concern. The good news is that he is feeling a little better according to Essential Elvis. Apparently Sonny West is not doing too well either. More information when available.

Dr. Nick is also in the hospital right now. He can no longer walk after three botched attempts at surgery on his hip. He's okay in himself, but not being able to get around is bothering him somewhat. Essential Elvis just called him in an attempt to cheer him up and during their conversation he told him that Red West was also in hospital. Dr. Nick asked what was wrong with him and Andrew Hearn said that there seems to be a problem with his heart. As quick as a flash Dr. Nick replied, "I didn't know Red had a heart!"

Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite

The U.K. based Friday Music Label released "Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite" as a limited edition double LP, limited to 500 copies. 

1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey)  2. See See Rider  3. Burning Love  4. Something  5. You Gave Me A Mountain  6. Steamroller Blues  7. My Way  8. Love Me  9. Johnny B. Goode  10. It's Over  11. Blue Suede Shoes  12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry  13. I Can't Stop Loving You  14. Hound Dog  15. What Now My Love  16. Fever  17. Welcome To My World  18. Suspicious Minds  19. Introductions by Elvis  20. I'll Remember You  21. Medley: Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On  22. An American Trilogy  23. A Big Hunk O' Love  24. Can't Help Falling In Love.

(Source: ElvisMatters / Essential Elvis / Elvis Infos)

Monday, January 21, 2013

January 21 - Elvis On Tour

According to Stig Edgren the touring production of 'Elvis Presley - In Concert' will perform nine shows in Brazil during October, 2013 and selected International dates. Further 'Elvis Presley - The King In Concert', a new production, will premier during 2013. The former will be with the original musicians and singers and insiders suspect the latter will be performed with new musicians and singers. Dates and content for the new production are as yet unknown.

1000 Posts

This update marks the 1000th post on this blog in the 3 years the Elvis Day By Day blog is on-line. It shows the Elvis-world is very much alive. Thanks to all the websites and their webmasters who provided the input :-).

(Source: ElvisMatters)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 19 - A Country Hero In Vegas

The VV importlabel announced the release of the CD "Country Hero in Vegas". The set, containing the unreleased Las Vegas performances on January 30th 1971, dinner show, is due February 2013. 

From the press-release:
To be released shortly (early February) on the VV label will be their second release entitled "Country Hero in Vegas!" featuring the unreleased Las Vegas performances on January 30th 1971, dinner show. After the success of the first release We decided: first to improve the product and second, keeping the same formula to give you more ...

Here We present Elvis to the begin of the season .. no surprises in the tracklist with the exception of his latest single There Goes My Everything, but the show is extremely solid and good, the sound is good and powerful using a straight copy of the original source tape, We were able to keep Elvis' vocal power central to the mix whilst at the same time giving a new definition to the supporting musicians and singers.

Elvis' performance on these early season nights is superb as he is still performing to the best of his ability. Although he delivers short shows they are delivered in a very intense, crisp and fresh manner that cannot be denied. Elvis was on stage to have fun and demonstrated this during the older, classic numbers, but songs such as 'Polk Salad Annie', 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' and 'Sweet Caroline' never sounded better. The season will be remembered for the introduction of the new opening composition 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' which although written by Richard Strauss in 1894 was more closely associated with the Stanley Kubrick film '2001 A Space Odyssey', a recent cinema release. As we now know this thunderous opening would be used until the final concert Elvis performed. The season will also be remembered for the beautiful new closing number ‘The Impossible Dream’ which Elvis sang with power and feeling giving us proof that Elvis continued to grow as a performer.

The LP 140 vinyl gram is a limited hand numbered edition of 500 copies. It comes with an three fold 300 gram high quality glossy sleeve both sides printed, giving an unique view. The sleeve will be accompanied by relevant liner notes and with many photographs of the Elvis now suit from the season.

This vinyl will include a bonus CD and 7” vinyl EP. In the bonus CD you have the possibility to listen the complete concert + a selection of 16 songs (32 min.)soundboard recording, coming for the previous four days shows. From the opening night January 26 you can have the possibility to listen the evolution of Elvis’ performing during the begin of the season, we practically included all the songs no performed in the January 30 DS . In January RCA released what is without doubt the best Elvis album of the 1970’s, Elvis Country. In this season of Elvis performed three songs from the album. From here the EP idea in the matter to give the possibility to use the three songs performed to create a special Elvis Country EP. The EP comes with four songs and two fold sleeve both printed. Running time 48 minutes

Side A:
01.2001 Theme 02.That’s All Right 03.I Got A Woman 04. Love Me Tender 05.There Goes My Everything 06.You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 07.You’ve Lost Than Lovin' Feeling 08.Polk Salad Annie 09.Introduction
01.2001 Theme 02.Something 03.How Great Thou Art 04.Blue Suede Shoes 05.Little Sister/Get Back 06.Hound Dog 07.Suspicious Minds 08.The Impossible Dream 09.Closing Vamp

Bonus CD (running time 79,50).
Jan.26 opening night* 01.2001 Theme,02.That’s All Right,03. Mystery Train Jan.27, Midnight Show * 04.Only Believe,05. How Great Thou Art 06.Make The World Go Away, Jan. 28 Dinner Show * 07.It’s Now Or Never, Jan, 28 Midnight Show * 08.I Got A Woman 09.You Don’t have To Say You Love Me 10.Sweet Caroline 11.Johnny B.Goode 12.One Night 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Heartbreak Hotel 15. Teddy Bear

Jan. 29 Dinner Show*
16.Snowbird Jan.30 Dinner Show unreleased complete show 17.2001 Theme 18.That’s All Right 19.I Got A Woman 20.Love Me Tender 21.There Goes My Everything 22.You Don’t have To Say You Love Me 23.You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 24.Polk Salad Annie 25.Introductions 26.2001 Theme 27.Something 28.How Great Thou Art 29.Blue Suede Shoes 30.Little Sister/Get Back 31.Hound Dog 32.Suspicious Minds 33.The Impossible Dream 34.Closing Vamp

Bonus EP 
01A. Make The Wold Go Away Jan.26 opening night* 02A. There Goes My Everything Jan 27 midnight show* 01B. Snowbird Jan. 29 Dinner Show * 02B. There Goes My Everything Jan.30 dinner show 
*Tracks previously released soundboard recording.


The set "Prince From Another Planet" re-entered the Wallonian Album chart in Belgium at #171.

The hitcompilation "ELV1S 30 # 1 Hits" climbed from #80 to #45 on the Irish Album chart while "The Real... Elvis" climbed from #73 to #50 .

(Source: FECC / The King's World)

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18 - G.I. Error

After a small delay, the newest FTD vinyl release "G.I. Blues" was released. The set contained one error, the back-cover lists two "side 3" and no "side 4". 


Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 26th January, 2013.
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 116 to 103 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,594 units. Total sales to date: 518,846 units. It also rises from 174 to 145 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,591 units. Total physical sales to date: 517,880 units.
  • 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) drops from 99 to 104 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,589 units. Total sales to date: 129,682 units. It also rises from 164 to 147 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,580 units. Total physical sales to date: 127,119 units.
  • 'Essential Elvis' (Double Album) re-enters the Catalog Album Chart at 106 selling some 1,576 units. Total sales to date: 487,526 units. Under RIAA rules it has now sold 975,052 units. It also re-enters the Country Album Chart at 48.
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 149 to 127 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,488 units. Total sales to date: 612,615 units. It also rises from 199 to 162 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,487 units. Total physical sales to date: 612,065 units.
  • 'Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits' re-enters the Catalog Album Chart at 150 selling some 1,386 units. Total sales to date: 4,844,066 units. It also re-enters the Country Album Chart at 55.
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) drops from 140 to 156 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,336 units. Total sales to date: 154,981 units. It also rises from 191 to 189 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,330 units. Total physical sales to date: 153,996 units. It also rises from 61 to 60 on the Country Album Chart.
  • 'Elvis Gospel'/An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) drops from 183 to 183 to 184 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,257 units. Total sales to date: 191,739 units.
  • 'Elvis Uncovered' rises from 153 to 134 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,700 units. Total sales to date: 60,878 units. It also enters the Top Current Album Chart at 203.
  • 'Best Of Love' rises from 189 to 160 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,497 units. Total sales to date: 328,594 units.
  • 'Viva Las Vegas' rises from 56 to 49 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 676 units. Total sales to date: 48,463 units.
  • Elvis: 'He Touched Me'/'An Evening Prayer' (Vol.1) rises from 20 to 15 on the Top Music Video Chart selling some 436 units. Total sales to date: 216,868 units.
(Source: ElvisMatters / Brian Quinn / The King's World)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 15 - The Complete On Tour Outtakes DVD

The Complete On Tour Outtakes import DVD is a fantastic new release filled to the brim with outtake material from Elvis On Tour according to the press-release from the Eternal Flame Productions import label.

From the press-release:
There have already been a couple of releases with this raw footage that – fortunately for us – somehow escaped from the vaults at MGM. The producers of this DVD show there is a treasure trove of material that would make a spectacular official remake of this in 1972, Golden Globe winning documentary.

Because MGM/Warner/Turner will not produce such a remake in the near future, the producers of this DVD have made a nice start, beginning with a good looking and effective working Main Menu. You can choose the chapters of your liking. The producers have made this DVD in chronological order. Starting with the studio rehearsals, on to the rehearsal on the road, and then on to the live concerts.

Also on this DVD is the Madison Square Garden press conference (great footage and very sharp, close-ups of Elvis) and the press conference in Hawaii (November 1972) to announce Aloha From Hawaii (in very good quality!).

You will get to view an enormous amount of material carefully researched from the best sources available. The rehearsals are fantastic to see and they give us an intriguing look behind the scenes. Just how good are those images and what a pity not much of it was used in the original movie. You’ll enjoy many new camera angles, with both the rehearsals and the live material. The material of Elvis in the dark blue ‘owl’ jumpsuit (April 14th 1972) are great!

You’ll get to see all kinds of material along the way, including complete footage of the TCB Band in a plane on their way to the next gig. Touching images of The Sweet Inspirations sleeping in their chairs (touching knowing it is only recently that we have lost Sylvia and Myrna). All of this creates a wonderful portrait of what life was like in 1972 and that of Elvis on tour.

The interview of Elvis with the producers of the film, shot in black and white, is one of the most stunning pieces of film captured for this project and should urgently be released officially. This DVD release is pure joy and a must-have release for every fan!

The DVD is region free (PAL format), with a running time 164 minutes.

(Source: Essential Elvis)

Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14 - 40th Anniversary Aloha From Hawaii

During a special reception held at the Washington Place in Hawaii, Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie joined Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. CEO Jack Soden to honor the 40th anniversary of "Aloha From Hawaii." Photo provided by Shane Tegarden. 

“Aloha from Hawaii” was broadcast live via satellite 40 years ago today, on January 14, 1973. It is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. Fans have gathered from around the world to see new footage presented in the enhance screening of the legendary performances. The original show has been edited to create a new experience that will replicate being there 40 years ago. Included will be rarely-seen footage and audio that are combined with footage of Elvis on stage.

(Source: EPE)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

January 13 - Charts Down Under And In Ireland

The DVD "Elvis The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll" has re-entered the ARIA Top 50 Music DVD chart at #32. The release has been on the chart for an impressive 132 weeks in total peaking at #4.  It is certified 4 x Platinum with sales exceeding 60,000 units.

The CD "The Real... Elvis" re-entered the Irish Album chart at #73. The CD "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the same chart #80.

Sadly Elvis again has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 19th January, 2013 - but he is still selling!

  • 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) rises from 143 to 99 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,895 units. Total sales to date: 128,093 units. It also enters the Physical Album Chart at 164 selling some 1,883 units. Total physical sales to date: 125,539.
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 129 to 116 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,770 units. Total sales to date: 517,252 units. It also enters the Physical Album Chart at 174 selling some 1,766 units. Total physical sales to date: 516,289.
  • 'Best Of Love' drops from 84 to 138 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,647 units. Total sales to date: 327,097 units. 
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) rises from 180 to 140 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,636 units. Total sales to date: 153,645 units. It also enters at 191 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,631 units. Total physical sales to date: 152,666 units. It also re-enters the Country Album Chart at 61.
  • 'Heart And Soul' drops from 140 to 149 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,597 units. Total sales to date: 611,127 units. It also enters the Physical Album Chart at 199. Total physical sales to date: 610,578 units.
  • 'Elvis Gospel'/An Evening Prayer' (Compilation) rises from 190 to 183 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 1,441 units. Total sales to date: 190,483 units.
  • - 'Elvis Uncovered' remains at 153 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,942 units. Total sales to date: 59,178.
  • - 'Viva Las Vegas' rises from 68 to 56 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart. Total sales to date: 47,787 units.
  • - 'Original Album Classics' drops from 90 to 98 on the Soundtrack Album Chart. Total sales to date: 3,652 units.
  • - 'Elvis: 'He Touched Me'/'An Evening Prayer' (VOL.1) re-enters the Top Music Video Chart at 20 selling some 468 units. Total sales to date: 216,432 units.

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

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January 11 - John Wilkinson Passed Away

John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley's former rhythm guitarist,  has passed away in his home aged 67, on Friday, January 11, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. He fought a long battle with cancer. 

John Wilkinson played rhythm guitar for Elvis on stage at 1200 concerts from 1969 through 1977, his signature song was "Early Morning Rain". 

Elvis Presley used to say on stage "The young man on Rhythm Guitar, he makes records for RCA Victor,  his name is John Wilkinson. Also one of my closest friends" (Las Vegas, August 21st 1970).

Reactions to John Wilkinson’s death keep coming in. Fans from all over the world are shocked and saddened over this heart breaking news. 

Larry Geller: “Like everyone else in the Elvis world, I was deeply saddened to learn of John Wilkenson's passing. He contributed greatly to Elvis' life. A master musician, a warrier and a true friend to everyone who knew him. Elvis needed you, man, so you had to go.”

Kathy Westmoreland: “Johnny, You were the very first person in my "new family" that came up to me the first night and offered to assist me in any way. And you were there when I had questions.You made sure I met your friends, ("good people" as you put it) fans, and ensured I felt at home. It was just good to know I had someone to call on then.You were a 'legend' in our industry long before I met you that night. I remember you being mentioned and interviewed often with "Charlie Tuna" on the radio, playing acoustic guitar and singing beautifully with the Kingston Trio, the New Christy Minstrels. So talented, so professional, and most of all...a down-to-earth,good human being ...and friend. I am so thankful for being blessed with the gift of knowing you.”

Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley: “We offered our deepest sympathy to his family. John and the beautiful music he made with Elvis will live forever in our hearts."

Family friend and spokesman Gary Ellison: "John considered Elvis more as a friend than as a boss. He was honestly one of the best acoustic guitar players I'd ever heard. He was proud of the fact that he never turned down a request for an autograph. It didn't matter if he was meeting adoring fans, joking with Chuck Berry about keeping his B-string in tune, or if he was talking to a neighbor about her dog, people were people to him. Folks were folks. John would look you square in the eye and accept you, just as you were. There was nothing phony about him."

Ed Bonja called John "the ultimate professional": "John was never late, showed up on time, did exactly what Elvis wanted to hear, he was a friend for live, his death leaves many of us heartbroken".

At the age of 10, he famously snuck into Elvis Presley's dressing room before a show at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, telling Elvis, 'you can't play guitar worth a damn'. Elvis was amused and impressed with this kid and predicted they would meet again. They did. John was born on July 3, 1945 to parents Dr. Richard and Virginia Wilkinson. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where he attended Greenwood Laboratory School. John was drawn to music very early. 

After playing in a high school band with his classmates called, 'The Coachmen', John went on to make a name for himself as a folk and country singer and guitar player. He traveled around the country playing with such groups as 'The Kingston Trio', 'The Goodtime Singers', 'Greenwood County Singers', and 'The New Christy Minstrels'. 

John and Elvis met again in 1968, when the King of Rock 'n' Roll invited John to join his band. John played over 1,200 shows as Elvis' rhythm guitar player, right up until Elvis' death in 1977. After that he played less music, and made a living in retail and airline services management. He married his wife, Terry, in 1983. Unfortunately a serious stroke in 1989 left him unable to play the guitar. 

John Wilkinson appeared with Elvis in the concert documentaries That's The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972). He also appeared in the Aloha From Hawaii television event - which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Monday. However, Wilkinson is most prominently featured in the television special Elvis In Concert (1977) while playing the guitar solo on 'Early Morning Rain'. In addition to his live work with Elvis, Wilkinson played for him in 1972 and 1975 sessions at RCA’s Hollywood Studio as well as in 1976 sessions at Graceland.

Nevertheless, for several years after that, he traveled the U.S. and Europe, appearing with the old TCB band and others, singing and paying tribute to Elvis. He was proud of the fact that he never turned down a request for an autograph. Despite his amazing musicianship, the incredible places he got to visit, and his entertaining stories of meeting famous people, the most remarkable thing about John was not his extraordinary experiences, it was his kindness. It didn't matter if he was meeting adoring fans, joking with Chuck Berry about keeping his B-string in tune, or if he was talking to a neighbor about her dog, people were people to him. 

Folks were folks. John would look you square in the eye and accept you, just as you were. There was nothing phony about him. He will be deeply missed. John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Terry. The family would like to thank Mercy Hospital, Elfindale Manor, Barnes Hospital, and all the nurses and doctors who have been such great help the last four years. 

Cremation and a private graveside service will be conducted by Gorman-Scharpf. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of donor's choice.

Elvis artist Joe Petruccio honored John with this picture.

(Source: ElvisMatters)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

January 09 - Bustin' Elvis

Due for release on the Performance label on February 23, 2013 is the 50-track budgetcompilation "Bustin' Elvis". 

Frank Page Died

Frank Page, veteran regional broadcaster and a legend in the music world through his work at the Louisiana Hayride, died late Wednesday after a bout with a severe respiratory infection.

Page, 87, had been in the intensive care unit at WK Pierremont Health Center. Until the last few hours of his life he received visits from family, friends and caretakers. Survivors include his widow, Helen, and a brother. Funeral details are pending.

Page, long considered the dean of Shreveport broadcasters, retired from KWKH Radio in 2005 after 65 years behind microphones. It was during the 1950s when Page cemented his place in history by introducing Elvis Presley for the first time to a paying audience in 1954 at the Louisiana Hayride. "Unbeknownst to me, it was what some since have called 'a seminal moment in the history of the world,'" Page told The Times several years ago in an interview. "He was a shy, well-mannered young man and just impressed the hell out of everybody."

Joey Kent, a local music and film producer and son of the late David Kent, a former owner of the Louisiana Hayride, worked with Page on projects concerning the radio show and noted that Page, an unusually modest man in broadcasting, downplayed his role in Elvis's early years.

"As Frank (would have been) the first to tell you, he fell into his most famous role, as the man who introduced Elvis to worldwide radio audiences quite by accident," Kent said. "Horace Logan generally introduced the well-known acts. It was through the fact that Elvis was an unknown that the job was pitched to Frank. Without much fanfare, he simply introduced Elvis by reporting what they knew, that he had a record out that had been getting some play on KWKH and other area radio stations and it had been getting a good response."

Page and the early Hayride provided an uncritical and forgiving environment that allowed Presley to mature as an artist and take his talent to a national level, Kent said.

Volume 27

The German "Elvis Sammlung"  continued their series with the release of volume 27 in the series. This volume contains the DVD "Loving You", memorabilia reproductions, a magazine and a mini-poster for the "Frankie And Johnny" movie. 

(Source: Amazon / Shreveport Times / DeAgostini)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

January 08 - Happy Birthday Proclamation

As the world celebrates the King of Rock 'n' Roll on his birthday, Memphis and Shelby County officials have also proclaimed January 8 to be Elvis Presley Day. During today's ceremony on the front lawn outside the Graceland mansion, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke about Elvis' lasting legacy and impact on pop culture. 

Re: Born

The Italian DJ / producer Spankox released his sixth Elvis Presley remix album. The CD in entitled "Elvis Re:Born" and contains ten remixed tracks like "Good Luck Charm", "Kiss Me Quick", "She’s Not You" and "Return To Sender". 


Gotta Get Back Home Somehow (Spankox Remix), Return To Sender (Spankox Remix), Good Luck Charm (Spankox Remix), Follow That Dream (Spankox Remix), Kiss Me Quick (Spankox Remix), She's Not You (Spankox Remix), Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Spankox Remix), I Love You Because (Spankox Remix), I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Spankox Remix), (Such An) Easy Question (Spankox Remix)

(Source: EPE / iTunes / The King's World)

Monday, January 07, 2013

January 07 - Obituary From Aloha

Sony Legacy formally announced the release of a deluxe 2-CD package in theis Legacy series to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the "Aloha From Hawaii" special. 

From the press-release:
The 40th anniversary of the historic one-hour satellite broadcast of Elvis Presley from the Honolulu International Center Arena in January of 1973 is now commemorated with the release of "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition." This deluxe 2-CD package will be available everywhere March 19, 2013, through RCA/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

"Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition" marks the first time that both shows performed by Elvis, released separately in 1973 (the original double-LP Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite) and 1988 (the CD The Alternate Aloha), have been coupled together in to one package. At the same time, the show that "The Alternate Aloha" was based on has been completely remixed from the original multi-track tapes. 

Accompanying the 2-CD set will be a booklet with rare photos and a new liner notes essay written by BBC presenter, producer and musician Stuart Colman. This new Legacy Edition was produced by Rob Santos and Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, who along with Roger Semon, are the respected directors of RCA’s Elvis catalog for over two decades.  

Elvis' love for Hawaii began in March of 1961, when he raised $62,000 for the funding of the USS Arizona Memorial. In January of 1973, “Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite” was the first time that a full-length concert was broadcast around the world. It was the most expensive entertainment special at this time, costing $2.5 million, and was viewed by over 1.5 billion people. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance for both shows at the Neal Blaisdell Arena. In early 1973, Elvis Presley was performing at one of the highest peaks of his career, and "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition" is proof of this milestone.

The original broadcast of “Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite” was a second show, that started at 12:30 a.m. in Hawaii on Sunday morning, January 14, 1973. Clearly at the top of his game, Elvis delivered a 24-song show that pulled songs from every phase of his career. It was a painstaking process to develop material that did not duplicate very much of his "Live At Madison Square Garden" concerts of June 1972 (as heard on RCA/Legacy’s most recent "Prince From Another Planet" commemorative 2-CD+DVD package, released November 2012). Nor did Elvis want to duplicate very much of his then-current MGM theatrical release, "Elvis On Tour," filmed in March and April of 1972, the Golden Globe award-winning film which turned out to be the final motion picture of his lifetime.

Following the 12:30 show, at about 3:00 a.m., the ensemble regrouped to record five additional songs exclusively for the U.S. broadcast, four of which originated on Elvis’ old "Blue Hawaii" movie soundtrack of 1961: “Blue Hawaii,” “Ku-U-I-Po,” “No More,” and “Hawaiian Wedding Song.”  The fifth was Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain,” emblematic of the contemporary folk-rock singer-songwriter boom to which Elvis was surprisingly well attuned in the ’70s.

“Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite” was broadcast to more than 40 nations, and broke viewing records in Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong and Australia. "Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite," the double-LP containing all 24 songs from the broadcast, was rush released to arrive in stores the first week of February in 1973. It debuted in the February 24 Billboard 200 albums chart, and sold a half-million units in its first four weeks. The single from the concert, Elvis’ version of James Taylor’s “Steamroller Blues,” debuted in April and reached the Top 20, selling in excess of 400,000 copies, and ranking #10 in Cashbox and #17 in Billboard. 

In the United States, the broadcast was in fact postponed so the performance would not conflict with MGM’s "Elvis On Tour."  When “Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite” was finally aired in the U.S. on April 4th, the Nielsen ratings had the show in 33.8% of homes and reaching 51% of those watching television. The double-LP immediately vaulted up the charts, taking the #1 spot in Billboard’s May issue. It stayed on the chart for 52 weeks, and was certified 5X Platinum by the RIAA. The album was Elvis’ first #1 since the "Roustabout" movie soundtrack from January 1965.  

It was not generally known at the time that the Friday evening (January 12th) dress rehearsal had also been recorded, as a safety backup.  Fifteen years later in June 1988 (more than a decade after Elvis’ death), the show was finally issued on CD as "The Alternate Aloha." However, to make room for three of the four Blue Hawaii songs (from the 3 a.m. session) at the end of the CD, it was necessary to omit “Johnny B. Goode,” “I Can't Stop Loving You” and the “Long Tall Sally/ Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” medley.  "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite: Legacy Edition" now restores those tracks in the sequence where they were originally performed, and adds the four "Blue Hawaii" songs plus “Early Morning Rain” as five bonus tracks.

As Ernst Mikael Jørgensen writes in his essential research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), “The immense pressure of being beamed live to one billion people didn’t seem to phase Elvis a great deal; showing little evidence of nerves, he was highly focused, and he executed a flawless set that sparkled with all the flash of his image.  The unparalleled media attention and size of the audience, not to mention the worldwide number one album that followed, were perhaps the most effective statement ever engineered of one artist’s worldwide power.”

Disc 1: The “broadcast” [second] show recorded January 14, 1973 (originally issued February 1973, as Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite, RCA 6089):
1.Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) - See See Rider - Burning Love - Something - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - My Way - Love Me - Johnny B. Goode - It's Over - Blue Suede Shoes - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - I Can't Stop Loving You - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Fever - Welcome To My World - Suspicious Minds - Introductions by Elvis - I'll Remember You - Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O' Love - Can't Help Falling In Love

Disc 2: The “dress rehearsal” [first] show recorded January 12, 1973 (originally issued June 1988, as The Alternate Aloha, RCA 6985):

Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) - See See Rider - Burning Love - Something - You Gave Me A Mountain - Steamroller Blues - My Way - Love Me - It's Over - Blue Suede Shoes - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Fever - Welcome To My World - Suspicious Minds - Introductions By Elvis - I'll Remember You - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O' Love - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Riff

Bonus Songs:
Blue Hawaii - Ku-U-I-Po - No More - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Early Morning Rain

Gloria Pall Died

Gloria Pall, whose long sexy legs were seen framing Elvis' face in the 1957 MGM film, 'Jailhouse Rock' has died age 85. She died Dec. 30 of heart failure at a Burbank hospital. Gloria Pall, was the sultry hostess of a 1950' Los Angeles TV show that was cancelled because her character's sexy poses and flirtatious comments were deemed too hot for television. She had a brief acting career which included her "sexy leg" part with Elvis in 'Jailhouse Rock'. 

(Source: EPE / Elvis Express)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

January 06 - Elvis ... The End Of A Long Cold Winter

For 22 years Darwin Lamm published a quarterly magazine devoted to Elvis that focused on his music, his images and his legacy. After moving to a twice-a-year format for the past two years, Lamm, 71, is now closing "Elvis ... The Magazine." 

A year and a half ago, Lamm semiretired and moved to Palm Springs. Lamm saw Elvis perform several times, said he never actually met Elvis and he blew a chance to meet him in 1971. Lamm was in Las Vegas with some friends and was offered a chance to meet Elvis at a show but passed because all his friends wanted to tag along and it was a hassle. Lamm is working on a new series of books called "Memories of Elvis," which he said would include interviews with Elvis' friends and fellow performers.

Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter

Out shortly is the new Straight Arrow release “Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter”, which contains the St. Petersburg and Columbia 1977 concerts from which the Straight Arrow import label obtained the original audience recorded cassettes.

From the press-release:
The Elvis tour in February of that year was affected in various ways by the weather conditions, which sometimes resulted in delays at airports and illness among the musicians and crew members. Presley himself was in less than stellar condition, and complained of a sore throat on some nights. Elvis gained some weight since the last tour, and the manic feel of those final December nights was now gone, but from February 14, he was in good voice for all remaining shows of his tour, and he even included rarities like ‘Release Me’ and ‘Blueberry Hill’.
A large chunk of the February 14 show and 2 tracks from February 18 were released from a soundboard sources, but we feel that these audience recorded tapes makes for a more entertaining and exciting listening experience. Note: The February 18, 1977 show was released in 1992 ("Elvis Release Me In Concert") by the Peaf label, which was taken from an inferior source. If you liked our previous outing, „Chicago Double-Strike“, you will enjoy this new release, too.

CD 1 / Monday, February 14, 1977, St. Petersburg.
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 08. Guadalajara (one liner) / All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 10. And I Love You So - 11. Fever - 12. My Way - 13. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 14. Early Mornin' Rain 15. What'd I Say - 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Blues, Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 19. Blueberry Hill (with 2 false starts) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day - 22. Hurt - 23. Hound Dog - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Approx. running time: 66:41.

CD 2 / Friday, February 18, 1977, Columbia.
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. Little Sister - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight - 13. That's All Right, Mama - 14. My Way (with break) - 15. Release Me - 16. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo #1 (Blues, Jerry Scheff) - 22. Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans theme, Jerry Scheff) - 23. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 24. Love Letters - 25. School Day - 26. Hurt (with reprise) - 27. Introduction of Billy Smith and Jo Smith - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Approx. running time: 74:57.

Collector's Edition From Sony And RCA

On Amazon two new titles from RCA / Sony Legacy appeared; the maxi vinyl release "Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog" in a Collector's Edition and "Threads And  Grooves", also a Collector's Edition". 

(Source: ElvisMatters / FECC / Amazon)

Saturday, January 05, 2013

January 05 - New Year Chart Exhibitions

A new year, new charts. For the first time in several weeks Elvis has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. However, he still has various albums on other Billboard Charts and these are listed below.
  • 'It's Christmas Time' drops from #12 to #82 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 3,865 units. Total sales to date: 1,494,490 units. It also drops from #63 to #135 on the Physical Album Chart and from #19 to #31 on the Seasonal Album Chart.
  • 'Best Of Love' rises from #92 to #84 on the Catalog Album Chart selling some 3,847 units. Total sales to date: 325,450 units. It also rises from #81 to 375 on the SMEI Album Chart.
  • 'Elvis Uncovered' enters the Physical Album Chart at 3153 selling some 3,591 units. Total sales to date: 57,236 units. It also rises from#92 to #82 on the SMEI Album Chart.
  • 'Elvis Christmas' drops from #52 to #55 on the Seasonal Album Chart selling some 2,261 units. Total sales to date: 633, 238 units.
  • 'Elvis Classic Christmas Album' (2012 release) drops from #55 to #60 on the Seasonal Album Chart selling some 2,116 units. Total sales to date: 43,767 units.
  • 'Elvis Christmas Duets' rises from #110 to #104 on the Seasonal Album Chart selling some 1,383 units. Total sales to date: 510,085 units.
  • 'Blue Christmas' (Album) drops from 398 to #118 on the Seasonal Album Chart selling some 1,143 units. Total sales to date: 772,483 units.
  • 'Viva Las Vegas' drops from 51 to 68 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 973  units. Total sales to date: 46,978 units.
  • 'Original Album Classics' drops from 54 to 90 on the Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 714 units. Total sales to date: 3,207 units.
European Charts
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation re-entered the UK Album Charts at #147 for the week ending January 5, 2013.
  • The set "Prince From Another Planet" dropped off the Wallonian Album chart in Belgium. Last week the set was listed at #162. 
  • The CD "The Real... Elvis" fell of the Irish Album chart after 54 weeks on the list. Last week the CD was listed at #77.
Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More! Exhibit Opens at Graceland

The “Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!” Exhibit opened on Saturday, January 5, at Graceland in Memphis.

The exhibit celebrates Elvis’ love for Hawaii and the 40th anniversary of “Aloha from Hawaii.” This is the first exhibit to explore Elvis’ connection with the islands. The exhibit will allow guests to experience Elvis’ Hawaii and see why it was one of his favorite places to vacation. The exhibit features never-before-seen footage of Elvis on the boat heading to Hawaii in 1957 and color footage of Elvis' first Hawaiian concert. 

The exhibit also brings together, for the first time, all of the jumpsuits Elvis wore during his Hawaiian concerts including both of the American Eagle jumpsuits he wore in January of 1973. Artifacts from the exhibit include items such as the gold lamé jacket he wore in his first Hawaiian concert in 1957, one of the tiki mugs that Col. Parker had made for promotion of “Blue Hawaii,” the crown and pendant given to Elvis during the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert,  movie memorabilia from films “Blue Hawaii” and “Paradise, Hawaiian-Style,"  footage from his “Aloha from Hawaii” television special, rarely-seen photos, and never before seen footage of Elvis’ first Hawaiian concert from the Graceland archives and more. 

(Source: Brian Quinn / The King's World / EPE)