Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 30 - Christmas Comes Early

The Follow That Dream Collectors Label announced the August 2014 releases; "Best Of British - The RCA Years 1957-1959 with CD", "Elvis For Everyone!" in the Classic Album series and a vinyl re-issue of the FTD release "Hot August Night". The details:

Best Of British - The RCA Years 1957-1959 w/CD: 
This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. As a companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful ‘Elvis: The Best Of British - The HMV Years’, this book contains the full history of over fifty iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued. Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of ‘The RCA Years’ moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs. Within these 500 pages and amongst many formerly unknown fascinating facts, you will discover: The English pub that inspired an Elvis song! Exactly where and when Elvis learned to play piano! The real life characters contained within the lyrics of Jailhouse Rock! 

The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine! ‘The RCA Years (1957 - 1958)’ chronicles the meteoric rise in Great Britain of the ‘Sun King’ to the man who would ultimately be crowned ‘Artist Of The 20th Century’. Elvis innovated, others imitated! 

The CD first RCA single (RCA-1013): JULY 1957 1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - 1:51 2. Loving You - 2:16 

SOUNDTRACK SELECTION OF MAGICAL MOVIE MOMENTS 3. Loving You - Movie Trailer - 1:12 4. Road Medley (Party / Teddy Bear / Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do / Hot Dog) - 2:04 5. Mean Woman Blues (Unedited stereo master) - 2:22 6. Party (Alternate movie lyrics) - 1:16 7. Lonesome Cowboy (Composite) - 3:06 8. JAILHOUSE ROCK - Movie Trailer - 2:05 9. Jailhouse Rock (Movie production version) - 2:59 10. Treat Me Nice (Laurel 101 - Take One) - 2:07 11. Don't Leave Me Now - (Everett demo #2 - Take One) - 1:29 12. Young And Beautiful - (Movie end version) - 2:21 13. KING CREOLE - Movie Trailer - 2:34 14. Turtles, Berries And Gumbo / Crawfish (Unedited movie opening medley) - 4:11 15. Steadfast Loyal And True - (Movie dialogue version) - 0:46 16. Lover Doll (EP version) - 2:15 17. New Orleans (Live nightclub version) - 2:01 THE RCA SINGLES * 18. Doncha' Think It's Time - 2:00 19. Don't - 2:51 20. I Beg Of You - 1:54 21. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - 2:16 SUN RECORDINGS: FIRST ISSUED ON RCA IN 1958 22. I Love You Because (RCA LP version) - 2:45 23. You're A Heartbreaker - 2:12 24. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - 2:26 BONUS TRACKS: SONGWRITER DEMO RECORDINGS 25. Teddy Bear (Vocal: Otis Blackwell**) - 2:01 26. Don't Ask Me Why (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove***) 2:08 27. Trouble (Singer unknown****) - 2:08 28. Hard Headed Woman (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove**) - 2:06 29. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Vocal: Gus Coletti*****) - 2:12 CHRISTMAS SONGS: ISSUED ON ALL THREE FORMATS (45rpm, EP & LP) 30. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - 1:54 31. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - 2:25 32. Elvis in Germany (October 1st 1958) and Interview edit - 1:32 33. Elvis' Answer Machine - :16

Hot August Night (180 gr. vinyl):
Side A 01 Blue Suede Shoes 2:25 (Carl Perkins) 02 I Got A Woman 2:43 (Ray Charles) 03 All Shook Up 1:54 (Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley) 04 Monologue 1:14 05 Love Me Tender 2:28 (Vera Matson/Elvis Presley) 06 Jailhouse Rock/Don’t Be Cruel 3:05 (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)/(Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley) 07 Heartbreak Hotel 2:22 (Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley) 
Side B 01 Hound Dog 4:48 (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) 02 I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:37 (Don Gibson) 03 My Babe 2:28 (Willie Dixon) 04 Mystery Train/Tiger Man 4:18 (Junior Parker/Sam Phillips)/(Joe Hill Louis/Sam Burns) 05 Baby, What You Want Me To Do 2:05 (Jimmy Reed) 

Side C 01 Runaway 2:16 (Max Crook/Del Shannon) 02 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:04 (Roy Turk/Lou Handman) 03 Words 2:42 (Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb) 04 Yesterday/Hey Jude 5:58 (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) 05 Introductions 4:35 
Side D 01 In The Ghetto 2:48 (Mac Davis) 02 Suspicious Minds 7:20 (Mark James) 03 What’d I Say 3:49( Ray Charles) 04 Can’t Help Falling In Love 2:11 (Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss) Recorded live on stage at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Midnight Show, August 25, 1969.

Elvis For Everyone - Classic Album Series:
This 2-disc 7” set celebrates 1965’s classic album “ELVIS FOR EVERYONE.” The original press release posted by RCA in August 1965 says, “This is the first Elvis Presley album since 1962 [POT LUCK] that is not a movie soundtrack album.” In this new album, Presley demonstrates great versatility by singing a wide range of songs, familiar and unfamiliar, slow ballads and hard-driving rock’’n’rollers. Only one of these songs has ever been issued before (“Summer Kisses, Winter Tears”). The lead off-song, “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Is the title song of the new movie based on the life of Hank Williams., currently playing throughout the country … ..Varied repertoire and Elvis in top form make this really Elvis For Everyone.” Although it was complied from previously unreleased recordings, it appeared like a breath of fresh air to Elvis fans that had become somewhat tired of the formulaic soundtracks. 

The LP hit to the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. This 2-CD classic edition features insightful essays, rare memorabilia and great outtakes! It also features the rare overdubbed version of “Wild in The Country” that featured maracas and additional bass guitar. Although, the source remains a mystery to this day, it was supplied to RCA-UK for its stereo version of the album as a replacement for “Summer Kisses.” This track had been issued two months before on RCA-UK’s unique album, Flaming Star And Summer Kisses. Apart from OPTIONAL MASTERS that could have been used, DISC 2 contains 23 Previously Unreleased Outtakes from the ‘60s.

01 Your Cheatin’ Heart 
02 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears 
03 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers 
04 In My Way 
05 Tomorrow Night 
06 Memphis, Tennessee 
07 For The Millionth And The Last Time
08 Forget Me Never
09 Sound Advice
10 Santa Lucia
11 I Met Her Today
12 When It Rains, It Really Pours

13 Flaming Star
14 Wild In The Country (U.K.stereo LP version)
15 Lonely Man
16 Mama
17 Plantation Rock
18 Night Life
19 Do The Vega
20 Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas
21 What Now, What Next, Where To
22 Western Union
23 Blue River
24 Tell Me Why 

01 For The Millionth And The Last Time – take 2
02 Lonely Man – take 9
03 I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell – take 10
04 No More – take 9
05 Slicin’ Sand – take 10
06 I’m Not The Marrying Kind –splice of takes 5&6
07 For The Millionth And The Last Time – take 6
08 I Met Her Today – take 7
09 King Of The Whole Wide World – take 6
10 Home Is Where The Heart Is – take 12
11 RidingThe Rainbow – take 6
12 This Is Living – take 8
13 Something Blue – takes 5&6
14 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow – take 6
15 I Feel That I’ve KnownYou Forever – take 2
16 Fountain Of Love – take 6
17 Happy Ending – take 9
18 I’m Falling In Love Tonight – take 5
19 How Would You Like To Be – take 1
20 Bossa Nova Baby – takes 4&5 (2:34)
21 I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here –remake take 15
22 Vino, Dinero Y Amor – take 1

23 The Bullfighter Was A Lady – remake take 10

Christmas Comes Early

Here is the cover-art for the vilyl re-issue of the classic "The Elvis Christmas Album" on the vinyl label. This re-issue is due September 29, 20914 and comes with a download of the album.

(Source: The Elvis Shop London / FECC / Amazon)