Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10 - I Can't Help Alternate Love Letters

Two new import re-issues were released; "I Can Help 30 Anniversary" and "The Alternate Love Letters". Both albums come as digi-pack. The last is presented as "the perfect addition to your FTD album" and comes in a six panel digi-pack.

This year it’s 30 years ago that the compilation album ‘I Can Help And Other Great Hits" was released in the UK. It was one of the most succesfull Elvis albums of the early 1980’s. It was even released on picture disc and on single (both ‘I Can Help’ and ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ housed in a poster bag) Strangely enough it was never released on CD. We are proud to present the entire album on CD for the first time, including some very hard to find bonus selections including the unreleased 12 inch version of I Can Help. Housed in a stunning 3 panel digipack (with unseen photo’s of Elvis from the mid 1970’s ) this is a real ‘must have’ for all Elvis CD and photo collectors.

Tracks The Alternate Love Letters From Elvis:
Love Letters (Undubbed Master, Roughmix) - When I´m Over You (Strings Overdub Master) - If I Were You (Undubbed Master Take 9) - Got My Mojo Working (Brass Overdub Unedited Master) - Heart Of Rome (Brass & String Overdub Take 3 & Workpart Take 1) - Only Believe (Brass & String Overdub Master Featuring Horns) - This Is Our Dance (Undubbed Master) - Cindy, Cindy (Backup Vocals Overdub Master) - I’ll Never Know (Undubbed Master) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Browing) (Strings Overdub Master) - Live (Additional String Overdub Master) - When I´m Over You (Undubbed Master, Roughmix) - Got My Mojo Working (Brass & String Overdub Master) - Cindy, Cindy (Brass & String Overdub Master) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) (Brass & String Overdub Master) - When I´m Over You (Backup Vocals Overdub Master) - Got My Mojo Working (Rehearsal 16.07.1970) - Heart Of Rome (Rehearsal 24.07.1970) - Love Letters (Live 20.10.1976) - Only Believe (Live) - I´ll Never Know (Brass & String Overdub Master With Original Backing Vocals) - It Ain´t No Big Thing (But It’s Growing) (Undubbed Master) - I´ll Never Know (Brass & String Overdub Master) - Life (Undubbed Master Take 20)

Tracks Elvis I Can Help - 30th Anniversary Album
I Can Help - Moody Blue - If You Talk In Your Sleep - Sweet Angeline - Only The Strong Survive - Hurt - Promised Land - My Boy - Green Green Grass Of Home - Raised On Rock - Fool - Way Down - T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - Take Good Care Of Here

Bonus Songs:
I Can Help (10” Version) - My Boy (Take 1) - Sweet Angeline (Vocal Overdub) - Promised land (Hrmony Version) - Way Down (Undubbed) - Fool (Alternate Mix) - Hurt (Take 3)

Weekend Charts

  • The CD “The Real… Elvis” climbed from #84 to #81 on the Italian Album Top 100.
  • The CD "The Nation's Favourite Elvis Songs" dropped off the Official UK Album Top 100 (to #134). 
  • The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" dropped from #12 to #19 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis

The Music On Vinyl released a 4 LP vinyl edition of the 40th Anniversary edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" including the Richmond Show and August rehearsals.

George Klein on CD
Memphis based DJ George Klein released a book about Elvis a few years ago, and is now selling another Elvis linked product: a CD with "the best of" interviews he did for Sirius Radio. George is selling these spoken CDs for 39,95 $US each.

A Man At The Top

The VV importlabel has announced a new Vinyl/DVD release due late May 2014; “A Man At The Top”. This contains the a soundboard recording of the August 10, 1970 Opening Show on vinyl and DVD. 

From the press-release:
To be released shortly (late May) on the VV label will be their fifth release entitled "A Man At The Top!" featuring the complete live soundboard recording on August 10th 1970 Las Vegas opening show . The double vinyl will be accompanied from a DVD with the best video possible of the show . After the success of the first four releases We decided: to give you more.….. so we decided to not only bring you the best audio , but also the best video quality possible.
The producers are aware of the fact that the opening night show, as one of the best Elvis Presley concerts ever, has been previously released in different imports. But Here we give you the chance to listen to the show in its entirety for the first time in a double high valued collector heavy vinyl set. At the same moment for the first time as bonus will be included a DVD of the show giving to this release the status of “unique”.

“A Man At The Top” wants to give you a unique perspective of the man and his music during this August 1970. This will be the first STEP of a wider project, in fact the producers’ intention is to accompanied this first volume with other three volumes, in the way to cover all the soundboard recordings of August 1970.

The Vegas third season allows Elvis, after the June studio session, to demonstrate his true abilities in a wider range. We see the best of Elvis in songs that will become the fulcrum of the Elvis show until 1972, Here you can hear the complete opening night. The audio has been carefully remastered from the original source and is complete from the beginning to the end. The vinyl will make the rest, providing to the listener an unforgettable experience!! The opening night is surely a great challenge for Elvis, the shooting of a movie and the rehearsal of a large quantity of new stuff gives the possibility to the man to delivery if no the best show something really different and unique to the audience. The opening show presents 8 new songs, including both the sides of his next two singles! …. the rest is history……

About the Vegas opening night has been already said a lot a words, so We like spend some words on the DVD here presented…. A lot s of DVD floating in the previous years including footage from the different quality and the missing audio….some time ago the producers acquired a three dvd set with included all the footage shot from the opening night, directly from the same source in a very good quality. All the different camera angles have been edited to create a real professional movie. All the footage has been digitally restored in matter to achieve the best result of image quality. All the footage includes matching audio from the original concert in the way to get a perfect sync between audio and image with speed correction of the original footage. Although the show is no complete , the result believe us is very impressive, Elvis as you never seen… the best quality to date

The double LP set comes on 180 Gr. vinyl, it never sounded better. It is a limited to 500 hand-numbered 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 Newspapers clips and with many photographs of the opening night., giving to the reader an unique document to read, listen and see, with Elvis at his best… A Man At The Top of his possibilities.

VV label added a DVD cover, as a bonus, so each customer can decide by themselves if they will want to keep the DVD inside the book or inside a proper single DVD case. We hope you can enjoy this fifth product in the way to give life to the next volume soon as possible. 
You can place your order at your favorite dealer from now on. 

LP August 10, 1970 Opening Night Live soundboard recording running time 62,00 minutes
  • Side A: 01 Opening Theme 02 That’s All Right 03 Mystery Train/Tiger Man 04 Monologue 1 05 I Can’t Stop Loving You 06 Love Me Tender
  • Side B: 07 The Next Step Is Love 08 Words 09 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 10 Something
  • Side C: 11 Sweet Caroline 12 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 13 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 14 Polk Salad Annie 15 Introductions
  • Side D: 16 I’ve Lost You 17 Monologue 2 18 Bridge Over Troubled Water 19 Patch It Up 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp (*Tracks previously released soundboard recording).
DVD Las Vegas Opening Night August 10, 1970 show (Running time 47 min)
The Show; 01.Opening Vamp /That’s All Right 02.Mystery Train/Tiger Man 03.I Can’t Stop Loving You 04.Love Me Tender 05.Next Step Is Love/(part only) Words (part only) 06.Something (part only) 07.You’ve Lost The Loving Feeling 08.You Don’t Have To Say 09.Polk Salad Annie 10.Patch It Up 11.Can’t Help Falling Love 12.Backstage/After Show Party (Approx running time 36.00 min).
Bonus features: 01 Dressing Room and Backstage Approx. Time 11 min. 02 VV Label Back Catalogue approx. time 1 minute (Total time 48 minutes).

(Source: Music Of Elvis Presley / The King's World / Elvis Aktuell)