Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31 - Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert

The Eternal Flame import-label announced the release of "Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert" on DVD. The DVD has a running time of 150 minutes and is region free NTSC.

From the press-release:
In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of Elvis' passing, this special concert took place at the FedEx Forum in Elvis' hometown Memphis, Tennessee on August 16th, 2012. [Running time 150 minutes. Region Free NTSC]. This 35th Anniversary Concert is the icing on the cake of a very special Elvis week that year. It starts of with spectacular special effects, re-creating Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo and from there the story begins. It takes us from the early '50's to the Movie Years, Gospel, The '68 Comeback Special, The Vegas and On Tour years and the Aloha From Hawaii Special. Special video's were made to announce every chapter of this concert, not to be seen in regular productions of 'Elvis The Concert' or 'Elvis In Concert'. 

This is quite simply the best Elvis Video Concert ever produced filled with many original band members that played with him throughout his career. As a special treat Lisa Marie Presley appears with an amazing duet and touching video of 'I Love You Because'. As a bonus on this DVD you will get the original video in high quality as it was produced for this concert. Other bonus features on this release are several interviews: Lisa Marie & Memphis Jones at Graceland, Priscilla and Lisa Marie on Entertainment Tonight at Graceland, Lisa Marie showing the new exhibitions and Priscilla and Lisa Marie at the Candlelight Vigil. The footage on this DVD is combined from the best available fan footage shot that night and is in great quality and sound. Many different angles were used to produce the best possible impression of this very special concert for your viewing pleasure. It is the most complete DVD production of 'Elvis The/In Concert' ever. 

(Source: Elvis Australia)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30 - Collecting Milestones

Volume 48 in the German Elvis Sammlung series was released by De’Agostini. This edition contains a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for the „Jailhouse Rock”. 


This is the cover-art for the new "Milestones" budget-release which is due December 13, 2013.

Heartbreak Hotel - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Jailhouse Rock - Blue Suede Shoes - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - That's All Right - Too Much - Love Me Tender - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Fever - Surrender - Return To Sender - Suspicious Minds - The Wonder Of You - A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)

(Source: Elvis Sammlung)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29 - Follow That Single

The October 2013 Follow that Dream releases "G.I. Blues Vol. 2" and "On Stage - The Opening And Closing Shows" have been released. These are some previews. 

Christmas Single

Susan Boyle's upcoming charity Christmas single is a rendition of O Come, All Ye Faithful, complete with the voice of Elvis Presley. The single is due from Syco on December 9, 2013, but already available through iTunes. The Scottish singer told ITV News' Nick Thatcher it is a "great honour" to take part in the digital duet.

The Christmas carol is in conjunction with Save The Children, the charity for which Boyle is an Ambassador. Royalties from the release will go directly to the charity. Duetting with Elvis was beyond my wildest dreams. And now that this is able to raise moneyand help children is simply fantastic.

The black-and-white video for the song - which shows a "mini" Elvis dancing alongside the singer - was shot at a Glasgow primary school and features children from the Fast programme.

The charity's chief executive, Justin Forsyth, said he hoped the song would "highlight the plight of children around the world". The single, from Boyle's fifth album, will be released on Sunday December 8. A preview and interview available at >> iTV

Elvis At Radio Recordings

The CD "Elvis At Radio Recorders” is a new release in the Bootleg Series containing outtakes from various recording sessions and an 8 page booklet with photos and recording information.

Track listing:
This Is Living (Take 1 & 3) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 2 & 3) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 4 & 5) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 18) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 4) - I Got Lucky (Take 2 & 3) - This Is Living Take 4 & 5) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 19) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 8) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 9, 11 & 12) - This Is Living (Take 6 & 7) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 5 & 6) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 15, 16 & 17) - Steppin' Out Of Line (Take 1, 2, 3, 6 & 9) - Steppin' Out Of Line (Take 12, 13, 14 + Master) - Tonight's All Right For Love (Original Extended German Mono Master) - Island Of Love (Take 11, 12 & Master) - A Whistling Tune (Take 1 & 8) - I Got Lucky (Take 4 & 5) - Riding The Rainbow (Take 8) - This Is Living (Take 8) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 18 & 19) - Riding The Rainbow (MX Take 1) - This Is Living (Take 9) - Riding The Rainbow (MX4 Take 2, 3 & 5) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 20) - Riding The Rainbow (MX Take 6) - I Got Lucky (MX5 Take 1) - Riding The Rainbow (MX4 Take 7) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 22 & 23) - A Whistling Tune (Take 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 24, 26, 27 & 28) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 29) - Tonight's All Right For Love (Original Extended German Stereo Master)

(Source: FECC / Elvis Australia / iTV)

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28 - Books

Due from Omnibus Press is a German edition of "The Elvis Archives” by Todd Slaughter and Anne E. Nixon.

From the press-release:
An exclusive account of the extraordinary life of Elvis Aaron Presley. This details the undisputed facts of Elvis' life and career and is illustrated with over 100 rare and exclusive photographs. Elvis was often thought to be a recluse, but these photographic records shows Elvis meeting and mixing with some of the most famous and influential people of our time. Pop stars, politicians and presidents all wanted to meet The King and this picture portfolio details many of those exciting moments."

100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die 

Due from Triumph Books on April 1, 2014 is the book "100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know)". 

Polish Biography

Due for release from Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie on November 6, 2013 is the Polish re-issue of Jerry Hopkin’s Elvis Presley biography. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis: Promised Land)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27 - Things Get Loose In Poland

After the release of two essential new soundboard albums in a row ("Houston We Have A Problem" and "The Creeping Crud Express") the Audionics import-label is now back with the third soundboard release of the year. This time the producers selected the Tuscaloosa show from June 3rd 1975, which was previously released on the King label as Deep Down South in 1997. This new release was taken from a different, superior quality tape source which was obtained at the same time as the previously mentioned unreleased soundboards according to the press-release (read it below).

Elvis’ show in Tuscaloosa is a real fun concert that is a delight to listen to. His singing is excellent, he’s in a good mood and he clearly loves the interplay with his fans. His setlist during the June 1975 tour was a rather strong one, with a solid mix of classics and more recent numbers. Most of these were performed really well too, and even the oldies were treated with a bit more respect than usual. Keen observers will note that he dropped the tempo a notch or two on songs like All Shook Up and Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel. The King was truly back, and he really rocked Tuscaloosa with great dynamic performances like Burning Love, Mystery Train / Tiger Man and, just for tonight, a gorgeous Bridge Over Troubled Water.

This CD is presented in beautifully designed deluxe digi-pack with relevant liner notes and a couple of rare photos as taken on the night. Due to the lack of quality photographs from Tuscaloosa, we also used a few photos from the Huntsville, AL, May 31st 8:30 pm show. Elvis only wore the Red Eagle (or Red Phoenix) jumpsuit on these two nights.

We know what you want to ask now…. ‘Is this really a significant sound upgrade?’, and to that we can only answer wholeheartedly, yes! Firstly, because we were able to work from a superior tape source, and secondly, because the sonic improvement of soundboard tapes has made real quantum leaps since 1997. We are very proud of the sound that we got out of this new tape source. And while we can’t “go back and touch the past”, this great new Audionics release is the next best thing to actually being there that special night in Tuscaloosa.

Note: Audionics is planning a special release before the end of this year, with more previously unissued material. While the other import guys appear to be in hybernation, we are only just warming up! You can always count on Audionics to deliver the goods.


I Got A Woman / Amen (incomplete) / Love Me / If You Love Me, Let Me Know / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog / The Wonder Of You / Burning Love / Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians / Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) / Bridge Over Troubled Water / T.R.O.U.B.L.E. / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / An American Trilogy / Funny How Time Slips Away / Little Darlin’ / Mystery Train – Tiger Man / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements.

(Also Sprach Zarathustra, CC Rider and a large chunk of I Got A Woman / Amen were not taped by the sound engineer.)

Bonus: Sports commentator Harold Johnson and Elvis talk live on the radio about the football game at the Liberty Bowl Stadium – August 9th 1975

Polish Photo's

The UK release "Elvis Presley - A Photographic Celebration" was re-issued in Poland as "Elvis Osobisty Album Elvisa Presleya". The book is 208 pages.

(Source: Elvis Memories)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

October 26 - American Gospel Releases

Elvis World Japan mentioned the release of "Moody Blue" as a double CD release in the Follow That Dream’s Classic Album series. Also shown is a cover  for the "From Elvis At American Sound Studio" double CD set that is also due November 2013 (updated with full cover from the FECC forum). The CD is prepared and researched for FTD by Hans Slebos /Robert Frieser / ( 'Forty Eight Hours To Memphis' '3000 South Paradise Road' and Sold Out), this release will be presented in 7" format accompanied by 12-page 4-color booklet.

Elvis' Favourite Gospel Songs

Due for release from the Drive In Records label is a re-issue of the 1977 LP "Elvis' Favourite Gospel Songs - Sung By J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet".

Elvis Has Left The Building - Known Only To Him - His Hand In Mine - These Hands - Walk With Me - Sweet, Sweet - How Great Thou Art - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - I Can Feel The Touch Of His Hand - He Touched Me


Elvis had no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 2nd November, 2013. On the Holiday Album Chart Elvis had the following entries:

'It's Christmas Time' #8
'Merry Christmas Love, Elvis' #10
'Blue Christmas' #46

On the Music Video Sales Chart Elvis had the following entry:
'He Touched Me - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley' (Vols. 1 and 2) #37.

On the Irish Album charts the ”The Real … Elvis” compilation dropped from #49 to #59.

The DVD "The King Of Rock’n’Roll" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #39.

(Source: Elvis World Japan / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin)

Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25 - A Country Biography

Elvis Presley fans had hope that Ginger Alden, Elvis Presley's fiancee and last love finally, would tell here story one day. That day arrived, Publisher Berkley announced the release of her autobiography on August 5, 2014.

From the publisher:
“Elvis, you and I know the truth and unfortunately you’re not here to set the record straight. With this book, I will try to...” 

Elvis Presley and Graceland were fixtures in the life of Ginger Alden, having been born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. But she had no idea that she would play a part in that enduring legacy—as Elvis Presley’s fiancée, and his last great love. For over three decades Ginger has held the truth of their relationship close to her heart. Now she shares her unique story, and while a lot has been written about the King, the Elvis we meet in this long-anticipated memoir is a revelation.

In her own words Ginger details their whirlwind romance—from first kiss to his stunning proposal of marriage. She details his exploration of Eastern religions, his perception of being a “legend,” his devotion to family and friends, and her attempt to know the insular group surrounding Elvis. And for the very first time she talks about the devastating end of it all, and the 50,000 mourners and reporters who descended on Graceland in 1977, exposing Ginger to the reality of living in the spotlight of a short, yet immortal, life.

Above it all, Alden rescues Elvis from the hearsay, rumors, and tabloid speculations of his final year by shedding a frank yet personal light on a very public legend. From a unique and intimate perspective, she reveals the man—complicated, romantic, fallible, and human—behind the enduring myth, a superstar worshipped by millions, and loved by Ginger Alden.

Country Chart

Billboard published an overview of the artist that made it to the Top 10 of Billboard's Country Album chart in the nearly 50-year history of this chart. Wilie Nelson tops the chart while Elvis Presley - not a 100% Country artist - is listed at #9. The acts with the most Top 10's since Top Country Albums premiered the week of Jan. 11, 1964:

46 -- Willie Nelson
41 -- Dolly Parton
40 -- Merle Haggard
39 -- Loretta Lynn
37 -- George Strait
33 -- Johnny Cash
33 -- Conway Twitty
32 -- George Jones
31 -- Elvis Presley
31 -- Hank Williams Jr.

(Source: Billboard / FECC / Elvis Information Network)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24 - The Best Of British Volume 2

Contre Dires has announced a new book in French by author Jean-Pierre Danel entitled "Elvis Presley Intime". Due for release November 4, 2013.

The Best Of Brittish volume 2

Trevor Simpson new book "The Best Of Brittish volume 2" is in the works and should be out around Feb 2014 according to a posting on the FECC forum. This volume will finish off the period ending December 1960. 

For volume 3 the question is if Trevor Simpson should should start in 1961 with just the studio sessions (His Hand In Mine / Something For Everybody / Pot Luck) and leave out the Films? Or should he incorporate the movie recordings and just to continue year by year. Feedback is appreciated and will be reviewed by Trevor Simpson to make a final decision.

Sony To Push New Compilation

Sony UK are getting behind the soon to be released compilation soundtrack that ties in with the ITV1 90 minute TV Special called, 'The Nations Favourite Elvis Song'. The campaign for the album will include:
  • £100 Thousand Pound + TV advertising campaign - From 8th – 15th November
  • Utilising posters (Rail 6 sheets and ASDA 6 sheets) from the 4th
  • Utilising Press ads (The Sun and Express on Sat 9th)
  • Organising Press – reviews and features - all being confirmed at the moment.
  • Making album available in all supermarkets including BHS plus HMV etc.
  • Digital marketing (bingo and gambling plus facebook)
Featuring 60” radio ads on Absolute Radio 60s, Magic 105.4 and Total Smooth Radio from 8th. Having a karaoke roadshow (being announced next week) but going to Blackpool, Birmingham, London and Cardiff.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Express / Elvis And His Music)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 23 - Elvis, Second To MJ

Elvis Presley is listed at #2 on Forbes Best Earning Dead Celebrities list. Michael Jackson is listed at #1. 

Much of Jackson’s money comes from two Cirque du Soleil shows. Immortal, a touring show, has grossed over $300 million since opening last year. One, which opened at the Mandalay Bay in May, is routinely sold out. Both shows feature the usual Cirque du Soleil acrobatics but One comes with a bonus: a hologram-like illusion of Jackson performs “Man in the Mirror” at the end of the show. The King of Pop also still earns from his music and his half of the Sony SNE -1.87%/ATV catalog, which includes hits by The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift among others. 

Ranking second on our list is Elvis Presley with an estimated $55 million in posthumous earnings. The King of Rock n’ Roll may have taken a back seat to the King of Pop, but his estate is still earning steadily thanks to his eternally popular image and his famous home, Graceland. That was enough to convince billionaire Leon Black and his firm, Apollo Global Management, to buy CKX, the parent company of American Idol and the estates of both Elvis and Muhammad Ali, for $509 million in 2011. 

Jackson reclaims the No. 1 spot on our list from his friend Elizabeth Taylor. The movie star, who passed away in 2011, earned an estimated $210 million in the 12 months to October 2012 thanks to a series of lucrative auctions at Christie’s of Taylor’s art, jewels and clothes. This year her earnings dropped to an estimated $25 million, landing her in fourth place.
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks fourth for the second year in a row with $37 million. The Peanuts are still big but Iconix, which now runs the Peanuts license, thinks they could be even bigger. A new movie, starring the whole gang, is in the works at Fox.

Rounding out our top five is Bob Marley with $18 million. The iconic reggae singer might find it strange that his name has become part of a capitalist enterprise. There are Bob Marley speakers and messenger bags as well as a line of Bob Marley drinks that come in “mellow mood” and “one drop” (A.K.A. coffee). 

1. Michael Jackson $160 million
2. Elvis Presley $55 million
3. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $37 million. 
4. Elizabeth Taylor $25 million.
5. Bob Marley $18 million. 

(Source Forbes)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 22 - Reboxed

In the US Walmart re-issued the RCA / Legacy 3 CD box "The Music Of Elvis Presley The 1950's" with the new title "Elvis Presley The 1950’s Box Set Series". The original release from 2009 was a book sized cardboard box, this release seems to be in a regular CD box with 48 tracks.

(Source: Elvis And His Music)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 19 - Weekend Chart

The CD "The Real... Elvis" climbed from #66 to #49 on the Irish Album chart and had been listed for 90 weeks now.

(Source: The King's World)

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18 - Opening And Closing Weekend

FTD have advised that "The On Stage Season: The Opening And Closing Shows, February 1970" will be released next week. This is a new 2 CD release in the 7" Classic Album Presentation. 

The set features two shows from January 26, 1970 and February 23, 1970 and comes with a 16-page 4-color booklet, featuring great photographs from the season and a insightful essay by Ann Moses Marino. 

These historic soundboard recordings were made by Elvis' sound engineer Bill Porter at the request of Tom Diskin. Disc 1 recorded at the opening night show January 26, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas. Disc 2 recorded at the closing night show on February 23, 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas. 'The On Stage Season refers to the fact that Elvis' classic live album, On Stage, Feb 1970 was recorded during this engagement. 

While both shows are of great interest, the second disc is highlighted by a mid concert performance of See See Rider and performances of One Night and It's Now Or Never. Both shows have standouts in Don't Cry Daddy, Kentucky Rain, Let It Be Me. Disc 1 also features True Love Travels On A Gravel Road.

(Elvis Australia)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16 - Collecting Elvis Movies

Volume 47 in the German "Elvis Sammlung" series was released by De'Agostini. This volume contains a magazine, memorabilia reproductions, a mini-poster for the famous "Homecomming" concert and more. 

Elvis Movie

Lisa Marie Presley confirmed that talks for a big screen film about the life of her father Elvis Presley film have begun and she is all for a biopic film about her late father’s life.

Big music makers such as Johnny Cash and Ray Charles have had major hit films made about their lives and contributions to the music industry, so Lisa Marie Presley feels it would only be fitting for her dad, The King of Rock and Roll to have his own big screen film also.

Rumors are circulating that Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones front man has been working on a project about Elvis Presley called “Last Train to Memphis,” which will focus around the early career of Elvis.

Elvis Presley first bust out into the music industry in 1954 began his music career in 1954 and to this day and forever will always remain a music and pop culture icon. On August 16, 1977 Elvis Presley died from heart failure at the age of 42, leaving behind his only daughter Lisa Marie Presley and millions of broken-hearted female fans, many who make a trip to his Graceland home every year on the anniversary of his death to honor the king.

If Lisa Marie Presley gives the green light for a big screen film about her father Elvis Presley’s life, which celebrity male do you believe would be the best to capture the essence of Elvis Presley?

(Source: De'Agostini / Hollywood News Daily)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15 - Free Vinyl

This is free pink vinyl re-issue of Elvis Presley's debut album that was given to by HMV Oxford Street in London celebrating the re-opening of the store. The disc comes from Music On Vinyl. The announcement was for 100 limited edition coloured vinyls of Elvis Presley's 1956 debut album; but the numbers on the FECC forum and eBay ran until 363 copies.

(Source: FECC / eBay)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 13 - Love Me Tonight

Just released is the CD "Love Me Tonight" on the "SR" label featuring an unreleased show from Las Vegas February 13, 1971 Midnight Show. 

From the press-release:
After a long research we finally located a good tape that gives us the possibility to produce another show from Elvis fourth season. As everybody knows SR concentrates its work on Elvis early 70's live period, trying to produce unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. In this new release, we are proud to present the complete show from February 13th, midnight performance of the fourth Elvis’ historical Vegas season.

The midnight show from February 13th, as presented on this CD, .. no surprises in the tracklist, but the show is extremely solid and good, the sound is good and powerful using a straight copy of the original source tape. 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 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.

This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the early season. We have in our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise and trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music. The Tape was unfortunately incomplete, Suspicious Minds last only four minutes for a cut in the middle.

As usually from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe digipack, containing a collection of live photographs from the season and informative liner notes .

01. Opening/That’s All Right, 02. I Got A Woman, 03. I Can’t Help Falling,04.Proud Mary, 05. You’ve Lost Than Loving Feeling06. Polk Salad Annie, 07. Johnny B. Good, 08. Something, 09. How Great Thou Art, 10. Mystery Train/Tiger Man, 11. Love Me,12. Don’t Be Cruel, 13. Heartbreak Hotel, 14. Blue Suede Shoes, 15. Little Sister/Get Back, 16. Hound Dog, 17. *Suspicious Minds, 18. Band Introduction, 19. The Impossible Dream. * Incomplete Approximate Total running time: 47.58 

(Source: FECC)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12 - G.I. Vinyl

Due for release from Waxtime LPs November 12, 2013 is a vinyl re-issue of "G.I. Blues". 

(Source: Amazon)

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11 - Elvis For Free

HMV Oxford Street will give away free vinyl to customers when the store re-opens in London next week. From Monday, 14 October 2013, fans will be able to collect the free releases at the central London store from 8am in the morning. 

The giveaway begins on Monday with 300 free copies of a 7" promo for The Beatles' Live On Air Volume 2, and on Tuesday (15 October) 100 limited edition coloured vinyls of Elvis Presley's 1956 debut album will be available for collection.

Weekend Charts

The CD "The Real... Elvis" dropped from #43 to #66 on the Irish Album chart this week. 

(Source: HMV / The King's World)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10 - Suspicious Milestone Nomination List

Mark James, who wrote "Always on My Mind",  "Suspicious Minds", "Moody Blue", "Raised on Rock" and "It's Only  Love", is nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame". The ceremony is on June 12, 2014. 


Due for release from Sony is a new compilation entitled "Milestones", the CD is due October 25, 2013. 

Heartbreak Hotel / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog / Jailhouse Rock / Blue Suede Shoes (*) / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear / That's All Right (*) / Too Much / Love Me Tender / Are You Lonesome Tonight (lachversie) / Can't Help Falling In Love / Fever / Surrender / Return To Sender / Suspicious Minds / The Wonder Of You / A Little Less Conversaton (JXL Remix).
(*) remastered. "Fever" (Essential Elvis version).

Rock And Roll Landmarks

Rolling Stone Magazine have announced and brought together the ultimate list of the top 52 Rock 'N' Roll landmarks across America. And Elvis has got three locations rightly in the list, starting in Tupelo with the Kings place of birth. Rolling Stone’s list, that includes other Elvis sites like Graceland and Sun Studio, features a litany of significant locations in the history of America’s music. Below are the three locations and what 'Rolling Stone' has to say about them:

Established: 1934
Notable Acts: Elvis Presley
Historical Significance: Located in the northeast Mississippi town of Tupelo,
Presley’s childhood domain stands as a museum open to the public. The two-bedroom, shotgun-style house, with its four front steps and a small porch, was built for $180 by Presley’s father, Vernon, in anticipation of Elvis’ birth. It remained the family’s home until they moved to nearby Memphis when Presley was 13.

Established: 1950
Notable Acts: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis
Historical Significance: Opened by early rock champion Sam Phillips and originally called Memphis Recording Service, this recording studio - later attached to Phillips’ influential label, Sun Records - hosted sessions from some of rock’s earliest icons. Most notable was Elvis Presley, who, in August of 1953, recorded his first official tracks here, including the breakout single "It’s Alright, Mama."

Established: 1939
Notable Acts: Elvis Presley
Historical Significance: Elvis Presley’s former home now serves as a living monument to the artist. It was opened to the public on June 7, 1982, just shy of five years after Presley’s death. During his life, Graceland was the center of the massive Presley machine. In addition to housing his wife and his daughter, the 13.8-acre estate was tended to by a massive staff of workers and hangers-on.

(Source: UEPS / Elvis Memories / Elvis Express / Rolling Stone Magazine)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

October 09 - Follow Me To Cafe Europe

The Follow That Dream collector's label announced that the new CD releases should be available early next week. A double-CD "The On Stage Season" with each complete opening show and closing show of Elvis' second stint in the "International Hotel" in Las Vegas 26 January to 23 February 1970 and "Café Europa - GI Blues, Vol 2" with numerous rare outtakes from the soundtrack for this army themed movie. Both new albums will be presented at the 17 cm large-format with 16-page booklet.

(Source: The king's World)

Sunday, October 06, 2013

October 06 - Colorized Vinyl Classics

The classic movies "Jailhouse Rock" and "Love Me Tender" were re-issued in colorized versions on import DVD. The first title has been transferred from the laser disc. The "Love Me Tender" movie was released in Japan and has Japanese subtitles showing at all times.

Blue Hawaii - Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks

This is the cover-art for the Vinyl Passion re-issue of the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack. The disc contains additional bonus tracks and is due October 25, 2013. 

Side A; 1. Blue Hawaii, 2. Almost Always True, 3. Aloha-Oe, 4. No More, 5. Can't Help Falling In Love, 6. Rock-A-Hula Baby, 7. Moonlight Swim, 8. Steppin' Out Of Line

Side B; 1. Ku-U-I-Po (Hawaiian Sweetheart), 2. Ito Eats, 3. Slicin' Sand, 4. Hawaiian Sunset, 5. Beach Boys Blue, 6. Island Of Love, 7. Hawaiian Wedding Song, 8. That's Someone You Never Forget

Audiobook; ELVIS - Die Audiostory

Lübbe Audio has announced a new CD-audiobook in German; ELVIS - Die Audiostory. The book is read by the author himself; Michael Herden. Due for release on November 22nd.

(Elvis Australia \ Amazon \ Elvis And His Music)

Saturday, October 05, 2013

October 05 - '68 Comeback Remembered Book

Joseph Pirzada has been working on a book on the "'68 Special". The TV special is covered in two books, containing hundreds of unpublished photographs, packed in one slipcase and comes with a free gift surprise. 

Elvis Remembered, Once More

EPE, in cooperation with the Dutch It's Elvis Time, published a Dutch edition of the "Elvis Remembered 1935-1977" book and memorabilia reproduction set. This set was published by 
"Memphis Belle".

(Source: Joseph Pirzada / It's Elvis Time)

Friday, October 04, 2013

October 04 - I Gotta Know More

The Rockwell label announced the re-release of the vinyl picture disc compilation "I Gotta Know". This edition, limited to 1000 copies, comes as a 12 inch disc (the previous release was a 10 inch disc) and contains 12 classic recordings.

Side A: Fever - Like A Baby - I Will Be Home Again - The Thrill Of Your Love - Dirty Dirty Feeling - The Girl Of My Best Friend

Side B: I Gotta Know - Girl Next Door Went A Walking - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Reconsider Baby - Such A Night - It’s Now Or Never

Luxury Box

Didier Carpentier announced a new limited edition re-issue of Jean-Marie Pouzenc "Elvis Un Homme Toute La Musique" books. This limited edition of 900 copies is due late December 2013.

Weekend Charts
  • The "He Touched Me - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley" (volumes 1 and 2) DVD's re-entere the Billboard Music Video Sales Chart at #33 for the week ending October 12, 2013.
  • The "The Real ... Elvis" compilation climbed from #69 to #43 on the Irish Album charts.
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped of the Dutch Mid-price Album chart from last week's #10 position.
  • The CD "Elvis At Stax" dropped off the Belgian Album charts from last week's #163 position.
(Source: Rockwell / Elvis Club Berlin / Brian Quinn / FECC / Dutch Charts)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

October 03 - Streaming The King

According to SoundExchange, a performance rights organization that collects royalties from more than 2,000 digital music services, Elvis Presley ranks as the most frequently streamed artist of the past decade, followed by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

"I find it interesting you've got Elvis Presley, you've got The Beatles," says Marie Knowles, SoundExchange's vice president of communication. "They're among the most listened to on this new platform. These are iconic rock acts, and they've got staying power."

Satellite radio appears to have a particularly heavy influence on the SoundExchange rankings. The top three acts — Presley, Springsteen and Pearl Jam – all have dedicated channels on Sirius XM, as does the Grateful Dead.

SoundExchange, founded in 2003, collects royalty payments for artists and rights holders from the digital music services, which include satellite radio and streaming television services like Music Choice. Internet radio stations such as Pandora and iHeartRadio, as well as Internet music sites like, comprise the majority of the services the organization licenses. The organization's payments are calculated based on how many times the organization receives reports that a user actually listened to a particular track. SoundExchange does not license on-demand services like YouTube and Spotify, where listeners choose to play specific tracks.

The Top 10 digitally streamed artists, for 2003 to 2013.
  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Pearl Jam
  4. Rihanna
  5. Drake
  6. Usher
  7. Lil Wayne
  8. The Beatles
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Grateful Dead
(EPE / USA Today)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

October 02 - Elvis Sammlung

Volume 46 in the german "Elvis Sammlung" was released by De'Agostini and EPE. It contains a magazine, memorabeliareproductions and a mini-poster of the movie "It Happened At The World´s Fair".

Graceland Goes Pink

Graceland is showing its support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by illuminating the Mansion in pink through the end of October. Graceland joins hundreds of famous buildings, monuments and other landmarks around the world that are shining pink lights as symbols of hope and empowerment. The initiative is to remind millions of women and men everywhere of the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.

(Source: Elvis Sammlung / EPE)

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

October 01 - CD Scans

They may not have had the same hairstylist — or maybe they did — but Elvis Presley and Ann Williams made beautiful music together. Margaret Ann Williams died Oct. 1 after a long career as a soul singer, most notably with the Sweet Inspirations, the female group that provided a gospel flavor to Presley’s live shows and many recordings in the late 1960s and ’70s.

Williams joined the group when Cissy Houston left in 1969, and enjoyed a short run with Elvis, including an appearance in the 1970 documentary, “That’s the Way It Is.” She mysteriously left the King’s court during a summer 1971 engagement at Lake Tahoe. Besides Elvis, she sang extensively with Aretha Franklin, who called her “Taurus.”


Soundscan listed their "Top Album Selling Artist" listed on sales since Soundscan started counting U.S. sales in 1991. Elvis Presley is listed at #11 with 35,550,000 albums sold.

The Top 5 

1) Garth Brooks 68,634,000
2) Beatles 64,300,000
3) Mariah Carey 54,000,000
4) Metallica 53,850,000
5) Celine Dion 51,800,000

(Source: Elvis Telegraph / FECC / Soundscan)