Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29 - Weekend Charts

On the Irish Album charts the "The Real ... Elvis" budget-compilation from Sony marked it's 75th week on the chart dropping from #52 to #56. 

US Charts

Elvis had no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending July 6, 2013. 

The following albums appeared on the Catalog Album Chart:
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 189 to 95 selling some 1,769 units. Total sales to date: 653,186 units. 
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 163 to 127 selling some 1,538 units. Total sales to date: 561,396 units. 
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) drops from 119 to 148 selling some 1,435 units. Total sales to date: 190,118 units.
  • 'Elvis Inspirational' (Compilation) re-enters at 185 selling some 1,311 units. Total sales to date: 161,979
  • 'The Very Best Of Love' drops from 158 to 196 selling some 1,264 units. Total sales to date: 367,251 units.
  • 'Viva Las Vegas' drops from 65 to 97 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 287 units. Total sales to date: 59,615 units.
  • 'Elvis On Tour' drops from 2 to 3 on the Music Video Chart selling some 2,018 units. Total sales to date: 11,550 units.
FTD Top 40 June 2013

There were no changes in the top 5. The recent From Elvis In Memphis is already in the top 30. The current top 5 (compared to last month):

1 (1) Promised Land (2011)
2 (2) Elvis Is Back! (2005)
3 (3) Good Times (2009)
4 (4) That's The Way It Is (2008)
5 (5) Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) (2008)

(Irish Recorded Music Association / The King's World / Brian Quinn / FECC / Elvis Telegraph)

Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28 - Richmond Released

The second release from the new Rock Legends import-label, "From Richmond To Greensboro" was released. This double CD set contains the April 10 - 1972, Evening Show and the April 14, - 1972, Evening Show. 

From the press-release:
Those two shows were released several years ago in wonderful sound quality but are now hard-to-find , especially the Richmond one. The sound of the Greensboro concert is the same as originally released on Madison, however we found a better source for the Richmond gig that sounds much better now, smoother with a wider dynamic range. This is two shows from a great tour presented in a beautiful full color digipak with photographs from both performances. It will be available soon so if you missed either one of them, this is your chance to own them. This new double set will be a very limited edition.

(Elvis On CD)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

July 27 - 75 Girls!

The Go Entertain label has announced even one more budget Box-set: Elvis 75 The King is Born. This 3CD release contains 3 CDs with 75 songs from the 50’s. Due for release July 1st.

Girls! Girls! Girls!

The RDM Edition budget-label announced the release of the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" soundtrack in France on July 3, 2013. 

1. Girls! Girls! Girls!
2. I Don't Wanna Be Tied
3. Where Do You Come From
4. I Don't Want To
5. We'll Be Together
6. A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You
7. Earth Boy
8. Return to Sender
9. Because Of Love
10. Thanks to the Rolling Sea
11. Song of the Shrimp
12. The Walls Have Ears
13. We're Coming In Loaded

(Source: Amazon)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26 - Collecting Gospel On Pink Vinyl

The Demand Media Limited label announced the release of the book / DVD set "Music Legends: Elvis" with October 31, 2013 as the release-date. The 178 page book "Little Book Of Elvis: In The Movies" will be released seprately on October 7, 2013. 

Collecting Elvis

Volume 39 in the DeAgostini series was released. This volume contains the DVD "Elvis Presley - The Ed Sullivan Show (Volume 1)", a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and more. 

Pink SUN

The Mischief Label announced the release of the "7 inch Sun Singles Collection", a limited edition box set on pink vinyl. 

Californian Gospel

The semi-bootleg releases "California, Fall 60/61“ and "The Gospel Album“ were released by the Elvis One / Dutch EFE fan club . The first title appears to have a new cover compared to the original press-release. 
(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / DeAgostini / Elvis On CD) 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25 - Splattered

The Mischief Music label announced the rerelease of Elvis Presley's second album on colored vinyl. The album is due July 8, 2013 as a limited edition of 600 copies. 

(Source: Amazon / Mischief Music)

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24 - A Duet Revealed

EPE released "ELVIS – The King Revealed", a magazine available exclusively at ShopElvis and at the gift shops at Graceland.  

From the EPE site:
Elvis Presley has been anointed the king for good reason. The rock ‘n’ roll legend remains the highest selling performer ever and his impact on American Culture from the 1950’s until today is unparalleled. 

This special collector’s edition magazine, “ELVIS – The King Revealed,” goes deep into Graceland’s historical archives to access thousands of rare photos, documents and vintage items of Elvis memorabilia to create this ultimate keepsake of the king.

Elvis And Sinatra Duet

Forget the King and old Blue Eyes performing 'Love Me Tender/Witchcraft' on the 1960 'Welcome Home Elvis' TV special. On the Sinatra release "Impossible Duets" a new duet was created of Elvis and Sinatra singing one of Elvis' biggest hit singles, 'Are You Lonesome Tonight? The CD was released June 3, 2013.

(Source: EPE / ElvisMatters / Amazon)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23 - Back On Stage In Vegas

The Pin-Up record import LP/CD release Inoffizielle LP-/CD-Box "Back On Stage – Las Vegas 1970" was released. The set contains the January 26, 1970 Opening Show, the February 23, 1970 Closing Show and a selection of recording from shows performed between February 15 and 19, 1970. The set comes with 5 coloured vinyl discs and 3 CDs. The material was released through various other labels. 

(Elvis On CD)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 22 - Purple Charts

Last week there was no Irish chart, this week "The Real ... Elvis" climed from #62 to #52.

The 2007 SONY release, "The Essential Elvis Presley" entered the UK Album Chart at #177 for the week ending June 29, 2013.

Purple Heart

This is the third heart-shaped vinyl release from the Mischief Music / Real Gone Musiclabel.

Track Listings:
1. It's Now Or Never
2. Surrender
3. Loving You
4. I Need Your Love Tonight

(Source: Irma / Amazon / The King's World)

Friday, June 21, 2013

June 21 - The Million Dollar Stax Book

Million Dollar Quartet is the name given to recordings made on December 4, 1956 in the Sun Record Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The recordings were of an improptu jam session between Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

A new book, documenting the event is due. This what the press-release says. This book details the early lives and careers of the quartet to where they were in 1956. Relevant social and economic factors which meant that a massive audience of young people were keenly looking for a new kind of music they could call their own.

Also covered are the "reunions" of surviving members of the quartet, the emergence of the tapes - first on bootleg and then legitimate CDs - and the genesis of the stage show and its reception. This music has enduring appeal.

Elvis At Stax: 40th Anniversary Vinyl

A new double vinyl album of the best of Elvis' STAX sessions will be released as part of the STAX 40th anniversary celebrations. The interesting fact is that several alternate takes have been chosen over the master versions. The double LP set comes on 180g vinyl. 

Track list: LP 1
1. Promised Land
2. I've Got A Thing About You Baby
3. If You Talk In Your Sleep
4. Raised On Rock
5. Help Me
6. I Got A Feelin' In My Body (Take 4)
7. For Ol' times Sake (Take 4)
8. Talk About the Good Times (Take 3)
9. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues (Take 8) LP 2

Track list: LP 2
1. You Asked Me To (Take 3A)
2. Loving Arms (Take 2)
3. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (Take 4)
4. Spanish Eyes (Take 2)
5. It's Midnight (Take 7)
6. Find Out What's Happening (Takes 8-7)
7. Three Corn Patches (Take 14)
8. My Boy (Take 1)

(Source: ElvisMatters / Amazon / Elvis Information Network)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20 - Old Girls On CD

The Hallmark budget-label announced the release of the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" soundtrack. The CD is due July 28, 2013. 

Re-Release of Today’s Hits III

With the death of Slim Whitman Elvis Matters announced the re-release one of the rarest Belgian EP's ever; "Today's Hits III" featuring "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" from 1956. All Gold Members of Elvis Matters will receive this CD free together with Magazine #42.

(Source: Amazon / ElvisMatters)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19 - Teasers

Sony Legacy posted a (very) short clip on Vine as a teaser for the Deluxe Edition of the upcoming "Elvis At Stax" release. It shows a card-board sleeve with a cut-out in the middle of the TCB chain displaying Elvis Presley's face.

The Elvis Files #6

The end of the Elvis Files series is coming nearer. If everything goes as planned, the next volume (covering 1971 to 1973) was announced. The cover that was shown in previous outings has been changed. The book should be available August 16, 2013.

From the press-release:

The Elvis Files Vol.6 1971 - 1973:  Coming this August, Volume 6 of the great Elvis Files series.
The sixth volume of the Elvis Files story chronicles Elvis' years on tour through the USA, the Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe seasons through to the absolute historic Aloha broadcast - and on to the final Stax sessions of 1973. All Elvis events in this time frame 1971-1973 are shown:
- Every Working Moment
- The Seventies Tours
- The Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Seasons 
- Aloha Via Satellite
- Plenty of CANDID Moments
- The Recording Sessions
- Previously Unpublished Photos.

Slim Whitman passed away
Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. He was 90. Whitman also encouraged a teen Elvis Presley when he was the headliner on the bill and the young singer was making his professional debut.

(Source: FECC / ElvisMatters)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18 - All Round Entertainer Bustin' Loose

The Go Entertain budget label announced the release of the 3CD set "Elvis-All Round Entertainer"

From the press-release:
Elvis was undoubtedly an all-round entertainer. He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multiplatinum awards.

Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. This collection of 75 of his earlier recordings just goes to show how talented he was from a very early age.

75 classic hits including: Love Me Tender, Good Rockin' Tonight, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, I Forgot To Remember To Forget, Money Honey, Baby I Don t Care, Paralyzed and many more.

Bustin' Loose

The Delta England budget-label announced the release of the "Bustin' Loose" on June 1, 2013. 

(Source: Amazon)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 16 - Dinner Time!

The Straight Arrow import-release "Tanya For Dinner!", featuring the March 28, 1975 Dinner Show performance, as recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton, was released by the Straight Arrow import label. 

(Elvis On CD)

June 15 - An Impossible Touchdown

The import release "Impossible" was released by the Touchdown Productions import label. It contains an audiencerecording of The August 28, 1971 Midnight Show. 

From the press-release:
The previously unreleased recording was taken from a 1st generation copy of the original audience recorded tape. One of the highlights - next to others - is a strong version of "I just can't help believin'" which Elvis only did four times in 1971! The sound-quality is of good quality for an audience recording! As usual the CD will be packaged with a beautiful designed 16-page booklet.

JAT Publishing

JAT Publishing released the book "Flip, Flop And Fly – St. Louis To Atlanta 1973 - 1976", a 256 pages picture book on the concerts Elvis Presley did in St. Louis, Missouri and Atlanta, Georgia between 1973 and  1976) and "King Creole", a picture book on the classic 1958 movie.

(Source: FECC / The King's World)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review - Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite Deluxe Book

It has been a while since I did a review, the last ones I did as an editor of over three years ago. But this book is worth a special feature on Elvis Day By Day.


The first thing that came to my mind when I opened the package was “wow!” This book is a real beauty to look at, it has a bright clean look.

The format is the same as the Graceland book from Boxcar; a cardboard box that holds the book itself. In line with the original Aloha vinyl album the box has a cut-out “projecting” Elvis on earth. 

Contrary to the “Elvis Files” books this book does not have that “over the top” glossy look I see too often. It has the look and feel of the Deluxe Edition of the “Aloha From Hawaii” DVD from a few years back with the use of the flower-silhouettes and the “We Love Elvis” is many different languages.


With a picture book like this the quality of the images is key, and the authors did not disappoint me. Most close-ups are crystal clear and really show-off our man. Those less sharp originals appear in smaller sizes or with a black and white or grain filter. 

As for the pictures themselves, I’m no picture collector, but there should be over 50 unpublished images in between the 1,000 images featured on the 400+ pages according to the authors.

The pictures are further illustrated by a well written text by Steve Barile (see below for a preview) who shares many insightful observations. The storyline documents the history of this first-off global satellite concert performance from the idea through the preparations, the – rehearsal - concert, many facts and figures, documentation and eventually the record releases that followed. The book lacks reviews and input from those who attended the show or shared the stage with our man. The snapshot from the audience show a crowd enjoying really themselves. Wish I could have been there.

Where the concert-shots show Elvis Presley peaking for a global audience the spreads also show how advance – stadium - concerts today are. The auto-cue is written on cardboard, the chairs for the audience are simple wooden chairs and they sit up-close and up-front with the band and orchestra simply positioned behind our man. 


Where other concert books bore me after a few pages – as the images all look pretty much the same, or show a less flattering Elvis in later years - this one kept my attention from the first to the last page. It is a feel-good book. 

It is amazing that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not come up with a book like this; they own the rights to Elvis, the concert and a vast archive of documents and memorabilia. This is the Elvis Presley they want to sell. Fortunately Joseph Pirzada and Joe Tunzi stepped up to the plate to hit a home-run! 

Or to summarize the conclusion in the style of the book:
  • We Love “Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite” book. 
  • Noi Amiamo il "Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" libro.
  • Mi Ljubav "Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" knjigu.
  • Vi elsker "Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" bog.
  • Wij houden van het “Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" boek.
  • Biz "Uydu Hawaii Aloha From" kitabı seviyorum.
  • Wir lieben das "Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" Buch.
  • Nous aimons le "Aloha From Hawaii by Satellite" livre.
Can’t wait for the announcement of their next project!

Kees / June 15, 2013

From the Introduction - text by Steve Barile 

It has been forty years since he made television history with the "Aloha from Hawaii" triumph and to quote Elvis himself (ironically from the press conference to promote the television special), "It's hard to comprehend it." If I may digress and rewind briefly, I shall like us to recall and remind ourselves of television's love affair with Elvis from his very first appearances on The Dorsey Brother's Stage Show, The Steve Allen Show and the classic Ed Sullivan Show stints of 1956 and '57. In hindsight and with viewing these performances today, it is clear that with each appearance Elvis' audience grew exponentially as did his confidence. Therefore, one could safely suggest that it was television alone that catapulted Elvis' rise to superstardom, the likes of which few, if any, have achieved before or since.

For fear of overexposing Elvis, it was in 1960 that his management decided to eliminate any further television work focusing solely on the motion pictures that eventually became detrimental to Elvis' art and career. Ironically, after eight long years it would be a television event that would rescue his rapidly fading popularity and artistic significance. In 1968 the stage was set for Elvis to do or die starring in his first TV special, Singer Presents Elvis!

As the reader well knows, Elvis exceeded all expectations including his own, launching commercial success of iconic status. Deservingly so, the special ultimately became known as the "'68 Comeback". Through the following year and early '70s, Elvis enjoyed enormous commercial success with million-selling records, won a Grammy for best gospel album in 1972, was honored by the American Jaycees, served as the subject of a Golden Globe award-winning documentary film and sold out concerts throughout the continental United States. Hot off the heels of his now legendary and highly-acclaimed 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts and number one single (Cashbox) "Burning Love," another television special was planned. As of 1973, live, one-man concerts on television were virtually unheard of. Most, if not all celebrities of the day hosting TV specials were obliged to invite "guest stars" to their shows in order to provide a consistent level of interesting entertainment and support. Who on earth could possibly, let alone single-handedly, sustain and captivate the broad audience that television was capable of reaching?

And later on he writes ... 

"By Most Accounts Elvis was as happy and exhilarated as anyone around him had ever seen'. Once more presented with an artistic challenge, he embraced each day that brought the live show date nearer. He incessantly pondered his intended presentation, emphatically compiling and revising the set-list on a daily basis. Among the musical gems being considered were songs like 'The Wonder Of You', 'My Babe', 'The Impossible Dream', 'Suzy Q', and 'The Twelfth Of Never'. These selections were eventually omitted in favor of 'What Now My Love', 'Steamroller Blues', 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'It's Over' and 'My Way'. Clearly, Elvis was leaning towards the big, powerful ballads as he set out on his mission to showcase his unique vocal prowess and versatility. 'Love Me Tender', the 'Teddy Bear' /'Don't Be Cruel' medley in addition to 'One Night' and 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' were also considered and eventually dropped apparently for the above reason as well as fear of repetition of the last television outing. 

Replication of the 'Elvis on Tour' documentary is also a factor as 'Proud Mary', 'Polk Salad Annie', and 'Never Been to Spain' are discarded. 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', 'Until It's Time For You To Go' and 'How Great Thou Art' all of which were included in each of the three November gigs were also omitted'. [It should be noted that Elvis had a very strong 'history' of rehearsing songs that did not end up being performed, and to all of us at Elvis Australia feel that the repertoire was well chosen.]

Much to Colonel Parker's surprise, there was absolutely no apprehension on the part of Elvis who, on the contrary, was ecstatic with enthusiasm over the prospect. The idea of being 'the first' to participate in such an event very much appealed to his ego which caused him to become excited about the challenge and actually propelled him out of depression. Providing just enough distraction and allowing him to tap into the raw energy that lay just beneath the surface of his psyche, Elvis was motivated once more.

You can read a great detailed review on the >> Elvis Information Network.
(Source quotes / images: Elvis Information Network / Elvis Australia)

Friday, June 14, 2013

June 14 - Weekend Charts Elvis Tops Music Video Chart

Elvis Presley had no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending June 22, 2013. The following albums appeared on the Catalog Album Chart as follows:

'An Afternoon In The Garden' drops from 118 to 124 selling some 1,507 units. Total sales to date: 558,396 units. It also rises from 189 to 187 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,505 units. Total physical sales to date: 557,395 units. It also rises from 353 to 98 on the SMEI (Sony Music Entertainment International) Chart.
  • 'Heart And Soul' drops from 124 to 139 selling some 1,408 units. Total sales to date: 650,030 units. 
  • 'The Very Best Of Love' drops from 142 to 150 selling some 1,373 units. Total sales to date: 364,508 units.
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) drops from 163 to 169 selling some 1,286 units. Total sales to date: 186,991 units.
  • 'Viva Las Vegas' rises from 62 to 55 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 423 units. Total sales to date: 58,934 units.
  • 'Elvis On Tour' tops the Music Video Chart selling some 3,124 units. Total sales to date: 4,607 units.
  • In addition to the above the official U.S.A. Soundscan total sales for 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is 4,861,100 units.
(Source: Brian Quinn)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13 - City Of Lakes

The import-release "Elvis - City Of lakes '76" containing the October 17, 1976 performance as recorded  in Minneapolis, was released by the Verve import-label. 

(Source: Elvis On CD)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 12 - Collecting Elvis

Volume 38 in the German "Elvis Sammlung" by EPE and DeAgostini was released. It contains the DVD "Elvis: The Great Performances, Vol. 3", a magazine, memorabelia reproductions and more. 

(Source: Elvis-Sammlung)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11 - An Impossible 1961 Gospel Release

The new release by Touchdown Productions announced the release of the CD "Impossible" containing the midnight show from August 28, 1971.

From the press-release:
The previously unreleased recording was taken from a 1st generation copy of the original audience recorded tape. One of the highlights - next to others - is a strong version of "I just can't help believin'" which Elvis only did four times in 1971! The sound-quality is of good quality for an audience recording! As usual the CD will be packaged with a beautiful designed 16-page booklet.

Also Sprach Zarathustra, That’s All Right, I Got A Woman, Proud Mary, Sweet Caroline, Polk Salad Annie, Elvis Greets The Audience,  Johnny B. Goode, Impossible, Love Me, Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Suspicious Minds [band introductions], I’m Leavin’ , I Just Can’t  Help Believin’,Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Closing Vamp

Elvis California Fall 60/61  And Elvis - The Gospel Album

Two new CDs were announced in the bootleg series. "Elvis California Fall 60/61" is a volume 8 in the bootleg series from the Elvis One label. It contains 15 alternate takes from the "Wild In The Country" sessions.

From the press-release:
Previously unreleased in this quality on CD it includes "Wild In The Country" with maracas overdub, 9 original masters including 6 original mono masters from "Kid Galahad" and a home-recording from 1960, partly recorded with 2 microphones.

CD Tracks: 
1. Lonely Man 2. Wild In The Country 3. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell 4. King Of The Whole Wide World (mono) 5. This Is Living (mono) 6. Riding The Rainbow (mono) 7. Home Is Where The Heart Is (mono) 8. I Got Lucky (mono) 9. A Whistling Tune (mono) 
Bonus track:
10. Wild In The Country (maracas overdub version) 
Studio outtakes:
11. In My Way (solo, take 3 & 7) 12. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 4, 5 & 6) 13. Wild In The Country (take 3) 14. Wild In The Country (take 7) 15. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 10) 16. Wild In The Country (take 8) 17. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 12 & 17) 18. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (master take 13 with count-in) 19. Wild In The Country (take 9) 20. Wild In The Country (take 15, 17 & 18) 21. Wild In The Country (take 19)

Home Recordings
22. You'll Never Walk Alone (incomplete)* 23. If I Loved You* 24. The Lords Prayer* 25. I wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder* 26. An Evening Prayer* 27. Make Believe* 28. She Wears My Ring* 29. Sweet Leilani (#1)* 30. Sweet Leilani (#2)* 31. Sweet Leilani (#3) 32. Beyond The Reef 33. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano 34. He 35. Hands Off 36. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 
*recorded with 2 microphones

Elvis: The Gospel Album

Volume 9 in the Bootleg series from the Album One label in "Elvis The Gospel Album". Besides a 12 pages booklet it contains 33 Recordings including complete masters (with count-in and false starts), 6 home recordings, 4 alternate takes, 2 stereo masters from 1957, 4 live recordings and 3 special bonus tracks.

CD Tracks: Studio Masters:
1. If We Never Meet Again* 2. Working On The Building* 3. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) 4. I Believe In The Man In The Sky* 5. He Knows Just What I Need* 6. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) 7. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot* 8. Mansion Over The Hilltop (including false start)* 9. Joshua Fit The Battle* 10. I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs* 11. In My Father's House (including workpart take 1)* 12. His Hand In Mine 13. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 14. Known Only To Him (including false start)* 15. I Believe 16. Milky White Way (including false start)*
Private Home Recordings:
17. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 18. I Asked The Lord (version 1) 19. He 20. The Lord's Prayer / An Evening Prayer 21. You'll Never Walk Alone (incomplete) 22. I Asked The Lord (version 2)
Studio Outtakes:
23. He Knows Just What I Need (take 9) 24. Peace In The Valley (take 5, 6 & 8)
Stereo Masters:
25. Peace In The Valley 26. It Is No Secret 
27. Peace In The Valley 28. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot 29. Ave Maria (one line only) 30. What A Friend We Have In Jesus (one line only)
Special Bonus Tracks:
31. Interview excerpt (1957) 32. Interview excerpt (1972) 33. Peace In The Valley (Pearl Harbor Memorial Version) 
*Complete version, including count-in. 

The End Is Near For The Hillcrest House
Another 'historic building' will soon be gone. The new owner of the King's famous mansion in Beverly Hills has decided to demolish it and replace it by a new, modern style house. The document below says it all. Elvis bought the home at 1174 N Hillcrest Rd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 for $400,000 in 1967, the same year he married Priscilla.

(Source: FECC / ElvisMatters)

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10 - The Greatest Mood Swings

The Rock Legends import-label announced the release of "Mood Swings" featuring the infamous closing show recorded from the soundboard in Las Vegas, NV on September 2, 1974.

From the press-release:
The third release from Rock Legends is '' Mood Swings '' featuring the infamous closing show recorded from the soundboard in Las Vegas, NV on September 2, 1974. The sound quality is a major improvement over the first issue and will contain too the first song performed by Voice titled '' I Couldn't Live Without You '' that was missing on the original. We didn't want the show to start with dialogue instead of music we have spliced in a version of '' C.C. Rider '' recorded less than a month after this one. Elvis' mood swings were legendary during this period of time, and perhaps a bit over the edge on this one. The sound improvement makes it more pleasant as a muffled sound always make a recording sounding less than it was in reality. It will never be his best concert but definitely one of his best representation. As a bonus the second CD features the complete August 20, 1973 M.S., a totally different mood and one of the best ever audience recordings released, and superior to many soundboard recordings.
Track list

CD #1
1 C.C. Rider 2 Microphone Dialogue 3 I Got A Woman / Amen 4 Karate Dialogue 5 Until It's Time For You To Go 6 If you Love Me ( Let Me Know ) 7 It's Midnight 8 Big Boss Man 9 You Gave Me A Mountain 10 Priscilla Dialogue 11 Softly As I Leave You 12 Hound Dog 13 An American Trilogy 14 It's Now Or Never 15 Band Introductions 16 I Couldn't Live Without You ( performed by Voice ) 17 Bringing It Back ( performed by Voice & Elvis sings Bass ) 18 Aubrey ( performed by Voice & Elvis recites the words) 19 Band & Celebrity Introductions 20 It's Now Or Never 21 Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) 
Track 1 - College Park, Maryland Sept. 27, 1974 evening 
Tracks 2-21 - Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1974 C.S.

CD #2 
1 If You Talk In Your Sleep 2 Drugs Dialogue 3 Hawaiian Wedding Song 4 Jewerly Dialogue 5 Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 
Las Vegas, NV August 20, 1973 M.S. 6 Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 7 C.C. Rider 8 I Got A Woman / Amen 9 Love Me 10 Steamroller Blues 11 You Gave Me A Mountain 12 Trouble 13 Blue Suede Shoes 14 Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shaking Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog 15 Love Me Tender 16 Fever 17 What Now My Love ? 18 Suspicious Minds 19 Band introductions and introducing Bob Hope 20 My Boy 21 Release Me 22 An American Trilogy 23 Mystery Train / Tiger Man 24 Help Me Make It Through The Night 25 How Great Thou Art 26 Can't Help Falling In Love 27 Closing vamp /announcements 
Tracks 1-5 - Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1974 C.S. Tracks 6-27 - Las Vegas, NV August 20, 1973 M.S.

This third release by Rock Legends is a limited edition presented in a full color digipack with photos related to the time when both shows were recorded. Another high quality set from Rock Legends you don't want to miss!

The Greatest 

The Not Now Music budget-label released the compilation "Elvis Presley The Greatest" containing 75 hit recordings.

Elvis Forever

The Blaricum budget-label re-issued the 2007 Portugues 25 track compilation "Elvis Forever".

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

June 08 - Follow That Blog

The June 2013 CD releases "Hot August Night" containing a concert recording from the August 25, 1969 Midnight Show, "Sold Out!", a 2 CD set featuring the March and June concerts in 1974 from Tulsa and Cleveland, and  the vinyl re-issue of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" should be out June 24, 2013.


Three and a half year ago I started this blog for fun; today I made the 1111th. posting; Elvis Presley seems very much alive :-) 

(Source: Elvis Australia)

Friday, June 07, 2013

June 07 - A Boxcar Reprint From Hawaii

The "Elvis: Aloha Via Satellite" deluxe hardcover book was released by Boxcar and should be in stock at the Elvis Presley dealers early next week. 

From the press-release:
The book is a massive and most comprehensive 450 page volume packaged and housed the same as their previous outing of 'Elvis Presley's Graceland through the Years'. The text book comprises of hundreds upon hundreds of photographs many of which have never before been seen. Also collected here exclusively are scores of historical memorabilia and the Colonel's original internal documents and scripts. This is intended to create a 'time-travel' experience of sorts documenting the most groundbreaking event in the annals of television history.

A complete extensive review is available on >> The Elvis Information Network.

Tupelo's Own Re-Print

Due to popular demand the UK based Memphis Recording Service are re-printing a limited number of the highly popular Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD. Originally released in 2007 this new re-print will be out on June 18. it has been a constant selling title. However this re-print will likely be the last once sold out. As before it will be housed in a DVD-case size digipack format with 16 page booklet.

(Source: ElvisAustralia)

Thursday, June 06, 2013

June 06 - The (Ch)art

When FTD announced the new titles for this month, the coverart for the 2LP vinyl release of 'Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis' was just temporary (the same as the original release). Since the FTD vinyl records all have alternative covers, we can now show you the official cover art for this upcoming release. The new titles are due for release by the end of this month.

Billboard Charts

Elvis had no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending June 15, 2013. The "Elvis Uncovered" compilation dropped off the chart after only one week at #192. The following albums appeared on the Catalog Album Chart as follows:
  • 'An Afternoon In The Garden' rises from 140 to 118 selling some 1,439 units. Total sales to date: 556,889 units. It also rises from 198 to 189 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,439 units. Total physical sales to date: 555,890.
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 158 to 124 selling some 1,414 units. Total sales to date: 648,622 units. It also drops from 187 to 195 on the Physical Album Chart selling some 1,414 units. Total physical sales to date: 648,051 units.
  • 'The Very Best Of Love' drops from 120 to 142 selling some 1,326 units. Total sales to date: 363,135 units.
  • 'Elvis Country' (Compilation) rises from 167 to 163 selling some 1,227 units. Total sales to date: 185,705 units.
  • 'Viva Las Vegas' remains at 62 on the Top Soundtrack Album Chart selling some 380 units. Total sales to date: 58,511 units.
  • In addition to the above the official U.S.A. Soundscan total sales for 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' is 4,860,303 units.

Irish Chart

The Sony budget compilation "The Real... Elvis" drops from#59 to #77 on the Irish Album chart while the "ELV1S 30 # Hits" compilation fell off that chart this week.

Australian Charts

The "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" DVD dropped off the Australian Music DVD chart from last week's listing at #37.

(Source: ElvisMatters / Brian Quinn / Aria)

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

June 05 - Budget Shape

The "Go Enteretain" budget-label announced the release of the 3-CD set "Elvis: Original Recordings" with July 1, 2013 as the relese-date.

Shaped Vinyl 

The Mischief budget-label announced their third shaped-vinyl outing "7 - Purple" with July 1, 2013 as the release-date. 

(Source: Amazon)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

June 04 - City Of Golden Bootlegs

The Verve importlabel announced the release of "Elvis - City Of lakes '76" containing a live recording from October 17, 1976 as recorded in Minneapolis. Some additional tracks, to complete the concert, were recorded November 30, 1976 in Anaheim

From the press release:
The October tour in 1976 wasn't by far the best of Elvis, but it showed that he made a step in the right direction. His physical appearance had much improved since summer when he probably looked his worst ever. Much more important was the quality of his concerts also changed for the better. During the tour in fall '76 he gave some good shows with some strong versions.

Unfortunately the original release from FTD "A Minnesota Moment" left a lot to be desired. It sounded flat, muffled, lifeless and very hissy. The sound quality was disappointing as was the 'artwork' which showed on top an outrageous bad done photoshop job with Elvis' left hand.

The Verve Team did everything to improve the overal sound and as a result you'll get to hear a soundboard recording that should have sounded in the first place. Now you can hear the show for the first time in the best possible soundquality. Hopefully you can enjoy the concert now as much as we do while reading and flipping the sixteen pages of the booklet.

Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Elvis Welcomes The Audience / Love Me / If You Love Me, Let Me Know / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don‘t Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Steamroller Blues / Band Introductions / Early Mornin‘ Rain / What‘d I Say/ Johnny Be Goode / Ronnie Tutt Solo / Jerry Scheff Solo / Tony Brown Solo / David Briggs Solo / Love Letters / School Days* / Hurt* / Hound Dog / One Night / It‘s Now Or Never / Mystery Train – Tiger Man / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can‘t Help Falling In Love.

All tracks recorded on October 17, 1976 in Minneapolis, except those marked with a '*' which were recorded on November 30, 1976 in Anaheim.

Elvis Gold

The DTP Entertainment label re-issued the 2011 DVD "Elvis Gold Edition" 

(Source: FECC / The King's World)