Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31 - Follow That Blu-ray

The 1962 movie "Follow That Dream" was first released on Blu-ray in 2014 by the California based Twilight Time. The European version was released today by Final Cut Entertainment.

Budget Releases

Also released today are several budget-compilations. On the French Wogram-Label the 4 CD-set "Elvis Presley" containing early studio-recordings  On the Motif-Label the 3 CD-set "The Elvis Show – The Essential Early Elvis" contain well known live and studio-recordings. And finally the the 3 CD -set "All You Need Is Elvis Presley" by the French Wagram label. 

UK Top Shazamed Ads

Sainsbury's has entered The Drum's Shazam chart this week with 'Follow That Dream' by Elvis Presley. The King's 1962 track, from the movie of the same title, provides the score for the supermarket's new Easter campaign – which presents a variety of recipe ideas and urges customers to make more of the holiday. The charts are based on the number of times each ad has been Shazamed over the past week using music identification app Shazam.

Meanwhile, Cuprinol swoops in at number four with American band Nu Shooz's 80s hit 'I Can't Wait'. And 'Come Get it Bae' by Pharrell Williams earns Marks & Spencer's simple 'Summer 2015' spot ninth place. Coca-Cola holds on to the top spot with 'First Time' by Gedina, with Clean Bandit, Tom Odell and The Troggs also making it into the chart.

(Source: The King's World / Elvis Aktuell / The Drum)

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30 - Hot Trot Mansion

The earlier announced Straight Arrow 2CD release "Elvis '70: Hot To Trot! (From “The Rick Rennie master tapes” Vol. 4)" is out. This contains audience recordings of both the Dinner Show and the Midnight Show in Las Vegas August 20, 1970. 

Elvis' House in Palm Springs For Auction
 
Elvis' villa in 845 W Chino Canyon Road will be auctioned in October 2015. Elvis bought the house with Priscilla in 1970 for just $ 105.000. After Elvis' death, Franki Valli bought the house for $ 500.000. The house has 4 bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a pool. The are 15 rooms in total. The house has a panoramic view and a value of 2,5 - 5.0 million euros.

(Source: Elvis And His Music / ElvisMatters)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 29 - The Biggest Shows of 1957


Elvis Information Network has announced a new book; "Lee Gordon Presents Elvis Presley: The Biggest Shows of 1957". 

Description:
In what is the first volume of a trilogy, Bob Hayden provides a detailed examination of the Elvis shows promoter Lee Gordon staged throughout 1957, Elvis' historic performances in Canada and his US tours. Volume 1 is full of wonderful archival material, fan recollections, reviews and rare photos which bring Elvis' live performances and the behind-the-scenes politics vividly to life.

Blue Vinyl

The Art of Music label will release an octagon shaped blue colored vinyl, simply entitled “Elvis Presley”, on April 16, 2015. 

Tracks:
1: Blue suede shoes
2: I'm counting on you
3: I got a woman
4: One sided love affair
5: I love you because
6: Just because
7: Tutti frutti
8: Tryin' to get to you
9: I'm gonna sit right down and cry
10: I'll never let you go (little darlin')
11: Blue moon

12: Money honey

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Elvis And His Music / Sounds)

Friday, March 27, 2015

March 28 - 100 Hits From The Birth Of Rock And Roll



The double feature import-release "Guitar Man" and "Elvis - I Was The One" is out. It contains the tracks of the original albums and additional bonus-tracks.

Birth Of Rock And Roll

Due for release from Taschen is the French version of the 360 page hardcover book “Elvis And The Birth Of Rock And Roll" by Alfred Wertheimer. 

Elvis Seine 100 Besten Hits

Available exclusively from Shop 24 Direct is the CD “Elvis Seine 100 Besten Hits”. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis Memories)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26 - Charts Files

The ballad compilation "Heart And Soul" drops from #17 to #18 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending April, 4 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

Charts

US Charts
The CD "Heart And Soul" drops from 17 to 18 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for w/e 4th April, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

European Charts
The "The Essential Elvis Presley" compilation dropped off the Dutch Mid-price album chart.
The 3-CD-Box "Return To Sender" climbed from #70 to #66 on the Official UK Album chart. 
The Warner Home Video 6-DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #49 to #47 on the Official UK Music Video chart. 
The budget ballad compilation "Elvis Love Songs" dropped from #58 to #64 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
The compilation "Return To Sender" climbed from #89 to #81 on the Official Scottish Album chart.

Australian Charts
The Sony DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More” re-entered the Australian Music Video chart at #39 this week.

The Elvis Files

The seventh and final volume of the Elvis Files story is due August 2015. It  chronicles Elvis Presley's years on tour through the USA, the final Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe seasons through to Elvis' last powerful New Year's Eve concert and finally to the last sad few months of 1977. The book features all events in this Time Frame 1974-1977:
- Every Working Moment.
- The Last Seventies Tours
- The Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Seasons
- Plenty of CANDID Moments
- The Last Recording Sessions
- Plus plenty of previously Unpublished Photos

(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC / Elvis Information Network / Official UK Charts Company / Aria)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25 - Covers

 Here is the cover-art for the ZYX Music CD release “80th Birthday Celebration Box-Set” which is due April 17 2015. 

Due for release from the Dream Covers record label early April 2015 is the CD “Loving You / Jailhouse Rock” and the CD “Elvis Is Back / A Date With Elvis”.

The Ultimate Collection Of Elvis Presley

 Sony Music Japan released the 10 CD set "ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! - The Ultimate Collection Of Elvis Presley" containing ten themed compilations and a book.


CD 1 - Top 20 Hits 1 (1956 - 59) - CD 2 - Top 20 Hits 2 (1960 - 65) - CD 3 - Top 20 Hits 3 (1966 - 77) - CD 4 - Rockin' Elvis 1 - CD 5 - Rockin' Elvis 2 - CD 6 - Pop'n Sweet - CD 7 - Elvis In Screen - CD 8 - Exotic Elvis - CD 9 - Sings Singer-Songwriters und CD 10 - Heartfelt Ballads

Tracks for the new releases: 

Elvis Presley - 80th. Anniversary Celebration
CD 1:
That´s Allright Mama - Blue Suede Shoes - Good Rockin Tonight - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Hound Dog - I Don´t Care If The Sun Don´t  Shine - Tutti Frutti - Mystery Train - Love Me Tender - Baby, Let´s Play House - Paralyzed - I Forget To Remember - Teddy Bear - Milk Cow Blues Boogie - Jailhouse Rock - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - One Sided Love Affair - You´re A Heartbreaker
CD 2:
I Love You Because - Blue Moon - Just Because - I´ll Never Let You Go Little Darlin - Tryin To Get To You - I Got A Woman - Money Honey - I´m Counting On You - I Was The One - My Baby Left Me - So Glad You´re Mine - I´m  Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Shake Rattle And Roll - I Want You I Need You I Love You
CD 3:
Don´t  Be Cruel - Any Way You Want Me (That´s How I Will Be) - We Re Gonna Move - Poor Boy - Let Me - Love Me - How Do You Think I Feel - How´s The World Treating You - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - Old Sheep - Anyplace Is Paradise - Ready Teddy - First In Line - Rit It Up

Tracks Loving You + Jailhouse Rock
Loving You: Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do! - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don’t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So
Jailhouse Rock:  Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don’t Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care - Treat Me Nice - I Beg Of You - Don’t - Playing For Keeps - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Good Rockin’ Tonight - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine
Bonus Songs:
That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - All Shock Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Don’t Be Cruel - Hound Dog -  Love Me Tender

Tracks Elvis Is Back! + A Date With Elvis
Elvis Is Back!: Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - The Thrill Of Your Love - Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - The Girl Next Door Went A´ Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby
A Date With Elvis: Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Young And Beautiful - (You´re So Sqare) Baby I Don´t Care - Milkow Blues Boogie - Baby Let´s Play House - Good Rockin´ Tonight - Is It So Strange - We´re Gonna Move - I Want To Be Free - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
Bonus Songs: It´s Now Or Never - Hands Off (Demo) - Stuck On You - Paralyzed - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

February 24 - Rock The Vinyl Around The Bloch!

The Follow That Dream book /CD combo "Rock Around The Bloch!" is out! The book, written by David English and Pål Granlund, tells the story in text and pictures about Elvis’ benefit concert at Bloch Arena in Pearl Harbor/Hawaii on March 25, 1961. The accompanying CD contains the concert.

Also released is the Follow That Dream re-issue of the classic "Elvis Now", renamed to “Elvis Now … and Again”, as a limited edition 2 disc vinyl set. 


Tracks Rock Around The Bloch:
1. Introduction of Elvis, 2. Heartbreak Hotel, 3. All Shook Up, 4. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I, 5. I Got A Woman, 6. Love Me, 7. Introductions, 8. Such A Night, 9. Reconsider Baby, 10. I Need Your Love Tonight, 11. That’s All Right, 12. Don’t Be Cruel, 13. One Night, 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 15. It’s Now Or Never, 16. Swing Down Sweet Chariot, 17. Hound Dog, 18. Tom Moffatt interviews Colonel Parker and Elvis during the filming of G.I. Blues, June 21, 1960, 19. Press conference and awards ceremony, complete and unreleased, March 25, 1961, 20. Tom Moffatt interviews Elvis on the set of Blue Hawaii, April 1961.

Tracks Elvis Now ... and Again:
Side A: 01. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – take 6 (2:48) 02. Help Me Make It Through The Night – take 3 (3.07) 03. Miracle Of The Rosary – take 1 (1:54) 04. Early Mornin’ Rain – takes 1,2,9 (3:41) 05. Put Your Hand In The Hand – take 1 (3:15) (06. Until It’s Time For You To Go – take 5(4:21)

Side B: 01, Sylvia – takes 3,4,9 (7.04) 02. We Can Make The Morning – master (3:55) 03. I Shall Be Released – informal recording (0.48) 04. It’s Only Love – takes 6,7 (3:02) 05. Love Me, Love The Life I Lead - takes 5,6 (3.45)

Side C: 01. I’m Leavin’ – take 1 (4.07) 02. It’s Only Love – takes 8.9 (5:31) 03. (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me – takes 9,10 (3.21) 04. Help Me Make It Through The Night – take 15 (2.44) 05. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – take 10 (3.08)

Side D: 01. Early Mornin’ Rain – take 11 (3:37) 02. I’m Leavin’ – takes 2,3 (3.48) 03. Lady Madonna (1:45) 04. Help Me Make It Through The Night – takes 8-10 (4.18) 05. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – takes 11,12,14 (5:06) 

(Source: Elvis And His Music)

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23 - Shaking Them Up

The new release from the "SR" label titled "Shaking Them Up" is out now, and features an unreleased show from Jacksonville April 16, 1972 AS. This recording comes from an early generation copy of the master tape. According to the original press-release the sound quality is very good considering the early tour. The sound was restored in matter to remove the background noise and preserving Elvis’ voice and trying to achieve best possible results. This new CD comes in a four-panel digi-pack containing a collection of live photographs from the actual show.


The Best - 80 Years Later

The CD was published in March 2015 in the Italian monthly maganzine "Control", available only at Italian newsstands. "Control" is published by the Saifam Group, which is the biggest Italian record label and production company.

Made by Hilux Technology, Italy

(Source: FECC / Elvis On CD)

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20 - Complete Charts

Due from Valentine Records (H'ART) on April 2, 2015 is the 8 CD set entitled “Complete 1956-62 Albums” containing 200 songs on 8 CDs with an 20-page booklet.

Almost Done, Folks!

The Straight Arrow 2 CD import-release "Almost Done, Folks", containing both the September 1, 1973 Dinner and Midnight show performances, has been released. 

Charts

- The CD "Heart And Soul" drops from 16 to 17 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending March 28, 2015. Elvis has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.
- The CD “Elvis 80” dropped off the Austrian Album charts after a nine week chartroom, peaking at #6. 
- The double CD “The Essential Elvis Presley” re-entered the Dutch Midpice Album chart at #42.
- The Warner Home Video 6 DVD box “The Elvis Collection” dropped from #48 to #49 on the Official UK Music Video chart. 
- The 2013 Music Digital budget-release “Return To Sender“ entered the Official UK Album chart at #70. It also rises from 100 to 40 on the Physical Album Chart.
- On the Official Scottish Album chart “Return To Sender“ this CD is a new entry at #89.
- The “Elvis Love Songs” compilation climbed from #61 to #58. 
- The Warner Home Video DVD "Elvis On Tour" dropped off the Italian Music DVD chart after entering the chart last week at #17. 
    (Source: Amazon / Brian Quinn / FECC / The King’s World / Elvis Aktuell / UK Chart Company)

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    March 19 - Graceland Exhibits

    Two new exhibits, featuring over 125 rare artifacts, are now open at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis. The exhibits, curated by the Graceland Archives team, celebrate Elvis' status as a music pioneer and icon who revolutionized rock 'n' roll music. The two new exhibits at Graceland are:

    "I Shot Elvis" - From the earliest days of Elvis' career, professional photographers and fans captured him in photographs. These iconic images and artifacts give us a personal look at both the man and the icon, and a unique insight into the cultural impact he had, and continues to have, on the world. From a snapshot of a young Elvis just breaking through as a performer, to exhilarating photos of him live on stage, to more intimate moments with family and friends, these powerful images tell the story of Elvis Presley's life and legacy as only great photographs can. In addition to celebrating the photographers and fans who were behind the camera, the exhibit features artifacts seen in the iconic photographs. The exhibit also features a chance for fans to take a selfie with Elvis. 

    "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" at 45 - This groundbreaking feature documentary depicts Elvis as a master showman, following him as he prepares for his big opening night performance in Las Vegas. The film covers Elvis' Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. This was his first documentary film since the beginning of his career in 1956. The exhibit features numerous artifacts seen in the film, and from that period of Elvis' career, including stage costumes, guitars, jumpsuits, contracts, memorabilia and more. 

    The "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" at 45 exhibit, which is a part of the VIP tour experience, will be in place until February 2016, and the "I Shot Elvis" exhibit will be in place until February 2017. 

    (Source: Graceland)

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    March 18 - Collecting Elvis

    Volume 84 in the the German "Elvis Sammlung" series has been released. Besides the usual magazine it contains memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for the single “Stuck on You / Fame and Fortune”.

    King Creole

    The Wax Time Records vinyl re-issue of the "King Creole" soundtrack has been released. It contains the original tracks and the bonus track "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck".


    Auction

    Julien’s Auctions,has announced Property From The Life and Career of Elvis Presley as part of their highly anticipated Music Icons Auction event to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square, New York on May 16th, 2015.

    Collectors and fans will have the opportunity to own a piece of the music icon’s celebrated life, both personal and professional. Amongst the extraordinary is the so-called Elvis Presley TCB Tour Bus. The 1976 MCI Crusader Bus was originally purchased with funds provided by Elvis Presley for his supporting singers and The TCB Band. The bus was custom designed and adorned inside and out with the TCB lightning bolt logo. It has nine sleeping berths, seats twelve and the distinction of being driven by Elvis himself (although this is under discussion). Accompanying the bus are copies of the original $25,000 check provided by Elvis to cover the down payment on the bus. An additional lot contains the original blue prints for the tour bus.

    Other highlights of this outstanding collection include: his personal Stutz Blackhawk with the registration in his name and photographs of Elvis getting into the car,Elvis signed Louisiana Hayride Contract,and an Elvis Presley gifted TLC diamond necklace that he gave to his nurse Letetia Henley Kirk.

    (Source: DeAgostini / Elvis Memories / Elvis Aktuell / ElvisMatters)

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    March 17 - Spring For An Hawaiian Beach Boy

    The Elvis One label has announced two new CDs. "Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album I (Stereophonic Sound Edition)" and "Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album II (Monophonic Sound Edition)."  

    From the label: 

    The CD "Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album I (Stereophonic Sound Edition)"  is number 15 from the very popular "The Bootleg Series". A 2 CD-set – 56 tracks, including masters and outtakes from the movie Blue Hawaii in stereo. Also the movie versions (never before released in this form on cd), the original orchestral music made for the movie (also previously unreleased), 2 songs from The Surfers (recorded for the movie) and 5 bonus tracks! Also including is a 20 pages booklet.

    The CD "Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album II (Monophonic Sound Edition)" contains masters and outtakes from the movie Blue Hawaii in mono, including the original mono album masters. This is number 16 from the very popular "The Bootleg Series". 32 tracks, including masters and outtakes from the movie Blue Hawaii in mono, including the original mono album masters. Also including is a 12 pages booklet.

    Tracklist Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album I (Stereophonic Sound Edition)
    CD 1 The Original Mono Album: 01. Blue Hawaii 02. Almost Always True 03. Aloha Oe 04. No More 05. Can’t Help Falling In Love 06. Rock-A-Hula Baby 07. Moonlight Swim 08. Ku-U-I-Po 09. Ito Eats 10. Slicin’ Sand 11. Hawaiian Sunset 12. Beach Boy Blues 13. Island Of Love 14. Hawaiian Wedding Song - Bonus track: 15. Steppin’ Out Of Line - Mono Masters & Outtakes: 16. Blue Hawaii (take 1 & master) 17. Almost Always True (take 1 & master) 18. No More (take 1 & 3) 19. Can’t Help Falling In Love (master with studio banter) 20. Rock-A-Hula Baby (take 1 & 4) 21. Rock-A-Hula Baby (master with studio banter) 22. Ku-U-I-Po (take 8 & master) 23. Ito Eats (take 3, 6, 7, 8 & master) 24. Slicin’ Sand (take 15, 16 & 17) 25. Slicin’ Sand (take 18 & master) 26. Beach Boy Blues (take 1 & master) 27. Island Of Love (take 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 & 12) 28. Hawaiian Wedding Song (master with studio banter) 29. Steppin’ Out Of Line (take 1, 2, 3, 6 & 9) 30. Steppin’ Out Of Line (take 12, 13, 14 & master) - 
    Movie Masters: 31. Beach Boy Blues (take 3 with studio banter) 32. Ito Eats (tag for movie - take 1 - not used)

    Tracks Hawaiian Beach Boy - The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album II (Monophonic Sound Edition):
    CD 1 The Original Stereo Album: Blue Hawaii 02. Almost Always True 03. Aloha Oe 04. No More 05. Can't Help Falling In Love 06. Rock-A-Hula Baby 07. Moonlight Swim 08. Ku-U-I-Po 09. Ito Eats 10. Slicin' Sand 11. Hawaiian Sunset 12. Beach Boy Blues 13. Island Of Love 14. Hawaiian Wedding Song Bonus Track 15. Steppin' Out Of Line Stereo Outtakes 16. Aloha Oe (take 2, 3 & 4) 17. Aloha Oe (take 5 & 7) 18. Aloha Oe (master of section 2) 19. No More (take 9) 20. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) 21. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 6, 7 & 8) 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 9) 23. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 10, 11 & 12) 24. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 18, 27 & 28) 25. Moonlight Swim (undubbed master with studio banter) 26. Slicin' Sand (take 10) Movie Master 27. Can't Help Falling In Love (take 23 with studio banter)

    CD 2 The Movie Versions: 01. Blue Hawaii (opening) 02. Almost Always True (sung to Joan Blackman in a car) 03. Aloha Oe (sung in a canoe) 04. No More (sung on the beach with Hawaiian friends) 05. Can't Help Falling In Love (a special music box) 06. Rock-A-Hula Baby (sung at a party) 07. Moonlight Swim (sung in a car) 08. Ku-U-I-Po (sung at a luau) 09. Ito Eats (sung at a luau) 10. Slicin' Sand (sung at a luau) 11. Hawaiian Sunset (sung at the Island In) 12. Beach Boy Blues (sung while in jail) 13. Island Of Love (sung during a guided tour) 14. Hawaiian Wedding Song (end title) Orchestral Music For The Movie 15. Ecstatic romance (score) 16. Lovely you and blue Hawaii (score #1) 17. Lovely you and blue Hawaii (score #2) 18. Lovely you and blue Hawaii (score #3) 19. Hawaiian Sunset (score) 20. All about Ellie Corbett (score) 21. Moonlight Swim (score) The Surfers 22. Aloha Oe (master of section 1) 23. Hawaiian Shave & A Hair Cut Guide (movie master #1) 24. Hawaiian Shave & A Hair Cut Guide (movie master #2) Bonus Tracks 25. Tom Moffet on the set of Blue Hawaii (interview with Elvis) 26. Special promo for German cinema's (released in 1962) 27. Angela Lansbury talks about the movie 28. No More (demo by Don Robertson) 29. Blue Hawaii (original version by Bing Crosby - 1954)

    Elvis Spring ‘77


    The Elvis Concert Fan label has announced a new double CD entitled "Elvis Spring ’77 – The Soundboard Recordings Vol. 2". This contains soundboard recordings of the shows in Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977, Ann Arbor, MI. April 24, 1977, Kalamazoo, MI. April 26, 1977 and Alexandria, LA. March 30, 1977. Due for release on March 26.

    From the press-release:
    Elvis Concert Fan har annonsert en ny 2CD; Elvis Spring ’77 – The Soundboard Recordings Vol. 2. Denne inneholder soundboard-opptak fra showene i Toledo, OH. 23. april 1977, Ann Arbor, MI. 24. april 1977, Kalamazoo, MI. 26. april 1977 og Alexandria, LA. 30. mars 1977. Slippes 26. mars.

    From the label; The Elvis Concert Fan label presents his 7th cd release. After “Elvis 1975 On Tour – The Soundboard Recordings Vol.1” the label presents “Elvis Spring ’77 – The Soundboard Recordings Vol.2”. On this brand new cd release you’ll find the soundboard recordings from Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977 – Ann Arbor, MI. April 24, 1977 – Kalamazoo, MI. April 26, 1977 and Alexandria, LA. March 30, 1977. Also including 2 bonus tracks!

    The Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977 recording was first released on the cd “Goodbye Memphis” from the Fort Baxter label (1997). Now released for the second time in a remastered sound. The Kalamazoo, MI. April 26, 1977 show was first released on the cd “Memories From Kalamazoo” by the Vavoom label. Later is was re-released on the cd “Shakin’ Up The Great Lakes” from the Fort Baxter label. On both cd’s this show was edited. On this cd you’ll find for the first time ever the most complete version from soundboard!! Also the other 2 soundboard recordings were released before but now you have all these together in 1 package, in the most complete form and newly remastered!

    Together with “Elvis 1977 – The Final Curtain” this is the only CD (except for official releases) you need to make your Spring 1977 soundboard recordings complete. Including a 16 pages booklet.

    Tracklist: CD 1 - Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977:
    01. O Solo Mio / It’s Now Or Never 3:46, 02. Little Sister 2:23, 03. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 2:14, 04. And I Love You So 3:28, 05. Fever 3:02, 06. Polk Salad Annie 4:18, 07. My Way 4:12, 08. Band Introductons (edited) 0:39, 09. School Days 0:58, 10. Hurt 2:08, 11. Hound Dog 2:01, 12. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:57, 13. Closing Vamp 0:35 - Toledo, OH. April 23, 1977 - Stereo track; 14. My Way 4:10 - Ann Arbor, MI. APRIL 24, 1977; 15. Love Me 1:36, 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 2:54, 17. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:36, 18. Trying To Get To You 2:26, 19. O Solo Mio / It’s Now Or Never 3:39, 20. Blue Hawaii (excerpt) 0:30, 21. Little Sister 1:52, 22. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 2:11, 23. Help Me 2:43, 24. My Way 4:03, 25. Polk Salad Annie 4:08, 26. Hurt (with reprise) 2:50, 27. Hound Dog 2:02, 28. Unchained Melody 2:36, 29. Little Darlin’ 1:53, 30. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:38, 31. Closing Vamp 0:21

    CD 2 - Kalamazoo, MI. April 26, 1977
    01. Love Me 2:43, 02. Fairytale (excerpt) 0:33, 03. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 2:56, 04. You Gave Me A Mountain 4:15, 05. Jailhouse Rock 2:08, 06. O Solo Mio / It’s Now Or Never 3:37, 07. Big Boss Man 3:06, 08. Heartbreak Hotel 1:50, 09. Blue Suede Shoes 1:13, 10. And I Love You So (false start / mike problems) 1:13, 11. And I Love You So 3:19, 12. My Way 4:17, 13. Hound Dog 1:54, 14. Can’t Help Falling In Love 2:19 - Alexandria, LA. March 30, 1977; 15. Love Me 2:35, 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 2:59, 17. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:43, 18. Jailhouse Rock 1:33, 19. O Solo Mio / It’s Now Or Never 3:56, 20. Little Sister 2:01, 21. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 3:01, 22. And I Love You So 3:22, 23. Fever 3:03, 24. Love Me Tender 2:40, 25. Hurt 2:07, 26. Hound Dog 1:53, 27. Danny Boy (by Sherrill “Shaun” Nielsen) 2:33, 28. Walk With Me (by Sherrill “Shaun” Nielsen) 2:13, 29. Blue Suede Shoes 1:10, 30. Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:42, 31. Closing Vamp 0:39 - Norman, OK. March 26, 1977; 32. Love Me Tender 2:26.

    (Source: FECC)

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    March 16 - Budget Releases

    The Hoodoo Records CD "Elvis' Golden Records / 50 000 000 Elvis Fans (Bonus Tracks Edition)" and Not Now vinyl LP release "The Sun Singles Collection" have been released. 

    Don Robertson Dead At 92

    Don Robertson, born December 5, 1922, deceased March 16, 2015. Don was a Grammy nominated writer and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as being an ASCAP songwriter, music publisher, pianist, singer and former recording artist for Capitol Records, RCA Victor and Monument Records.

    Don had a world-wide million-selling record on Capitol Records in 1956 with THE HAPPY WHISTLER. He was the whistler, writer and arranger.

    Elvis Presley recorded 14 of Don's songs, as did country legend, Eddy Arnold. There are over 700 different renditions & usages of Don's songs to date. 

    A few of his 1950's and 60's pop standards were BORN TO BE WITH YOU (The Chordettes), HUMMINGBIRD (Les Paul & Mary Ford); and RINGO, a #1 pop hit for Lorne Greene in 1964. Robertson also wrote, or co-wrote, some of the most beloved country songs of all time: PLEASE HELP ME I'M FALLING (Hank Locklin), I REALLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW (Eddy Arnold) and I DON'T HURT ANYMORE (Hank Snow), also a hit R&B version by Dinah Washington.

    He was nominated for a Grammy award in 1967. That was also the year his name was added to the Walkway of Stars at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where some of his work was put on permanent exhibit.

    Don is credited with originating the piano style known as Country Piano, or Nashville Slip-Note Style, made popular by Floyd Cramer. He also recorded as a singer and pianist for RCA Victor and Capitol Records as well as being a background keyboard player on recordings with Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Duane Eddy, Al Martino and many others. 

    Remixed

    The 2010 "Elvis Presley - New Hits Re-Mix" was be re-issued It Why CD Gold label on March 16, 2015. 

    Tracks::

    Anyplace In Paradise - Blue Moon - Love Me Tender - Any Way You Want Me - Love Me - Money Honey - Blue Suede Shoes - Don´t Be Cruel? - Trying To Get To You - Heartbreak Hotel - Tutti Frutti - Hound Dog - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Blue Suede Shoes (Remix) - Love Me Tender (Remix)

    (Source: Elvis Aktuell / The Tennesean)

    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    March 15 - Peter Verbruggen Died

    With great regret I have to report the death of long standing Elvis Fan Peter Verbruggen. Founder and President of the Elvis Matters Fan Club and above all a friend through Elvis Presley. My condolences go out to his relatives and friends. "Peter Mattered", he will be sadly missed in the Elvis World today.

    (Source: ElvisMatters)

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    March 14 - Bright Coloured Suits

    The two coloured vinyl releases "Jailhouse Rock – The Alternate Album" and "California Fall 1960/1961" have been released. The content of the CD matches the original 2012 Flashlight Records and 2013 Elvis One release. 

    (Source: The King's World)

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    March 13 - Elvis Sings On Vinyl

    The CD "Elvis Sings" will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gram audiophile transparent red vinyl by Music On Vinyl for record Store Day. The disc is packed in a gatefold sleeve with an insert. 

    On "Elvis Sings", the King sings songs by a variety of artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more.

    Tracks
    Side A; 1. Promised Land, 2. What'd I Say, 3. Early Mornin' Rain, 4. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 5. My Babe, 6. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Side B; 1. Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It, 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 3. Help Me Make It Through The Night, 4. Gentle On My Mind, 5. Funny How Time Slips Away - Side C; 1. Sweet Caroline, 2. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, 3. Proud Mary, 4. I Got A Woman, 5. Words, 6. Something - Side D; 1. You Don't Know Me, 2. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, 3. Danny Boy, 4. My Way, 5. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 6. Only The Strong Survive

    Charts
    • The 'Heart And Soul' CD remains at #16 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending March 21, 2015.
    • The 'Elvis 80' compilation rises from #75 to #74 on the Austrian Album Chart.
    • The 'Elvis On Tour' DVD is listed at #17 on the Italian DVD Chart.
    • On the official Scottish Album charts “Elvis Love Songs” climbed from #72 to #61.
    • On the Official UK Music Video charts the “The Elvis Collection” Warner Home Video 6 DVD box dropped from #39 to #48.
    • The 2010 Warner Bros. DVD "Elvis On Tour" re-entered the Italian Music DVD chart at #17. 
    (Source: Record Store Day / Briann Quinn / Aria Charts / Official UK Charts)

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    March 12 - Package Of Summer Memorabilia

    Here is the full package of the "Elvis: Summer of '56 Deluxe Memorabilia Collection" which is due from Madacy / Koch Media on June 2, 2015. 

    Description:
    This four-volume collection tells the story of the cultural and musical icon known as the King of Rock and Roll. The programmes examine the life of the man who swooned his way into the lives of teenage girls across America, from his beginnings at Sun Records to becoming an international star with countless hits on the Billboard chart. Amongst his contemporaries interviewed are guitarist Scotty Moore, drummer D.J. Fontana and backing singers The Jordanaires.

    (Source: Amazon)

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    March 11 - Budget Bootlegs

    Several new budget import re-issues were announced in the "reproduction" series; a four CD box-set for the “Elvis-Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol 1 & 2” and two digi-pack re-issues of “Guitar Man” and “I Was The One”. 

    The first is a 4 CD box slipcase with two double digi-packs with bonus booklet, poster and enveloppe. No track listing available yet. The latter is a double CD digi-pak. 
    Apparently the CD's were produced by the same label as the recent "The Essential Undubbed Masters" and "Good 'n' Country" import releases.

    Details Elvis-Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol 1 & 2 CD 1:
    Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Any Way You Want Me - Too Much - Playing For Keeps - All Shook Up - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - Loving You - Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - I Beg Of You - Don't - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Hard Headed Woman - I Got Stung - A Fool Such As I - A Big Hunk O' Love - Stuck On You - A Mess Of Blues - It's Now Or Never
    Bonus Songs:
    I Beg Of You (Take 1) - I Got Stung (Take 22) - A Big Hunk O' Love (Take 2) - Stuck On You (Take 1) - A Mess Of Blues (Take 2 & 3) - A Fool Such As I (Take 8) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Master)

    CD 2:
    I Gotta Know - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Surrender - I Feel So Bad - Little Sister - Can't Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-hula Baby - Anything That's Part Of You - Good Luck Charm - She's Not You - Return To Sender - Where Do You Come From - One Broken Heart For Sale - Devil In Disguise - Bossa Nova Baby - Kissin' Cousins - Viva Las Vegas - Ain't That Loving You Baby - Wooden Heart - Crying In The Chapel - If I Can Dream - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - Don't Cry Daddy - Kentucky Rain
    Bonus Songs:
    Excerpts From "Elvis Sails'"-Interview - One Broken Heart For Sale (Movie Version) - Viva Las Vegas (Take 1) - Bossa Nova Baby (Long Version) - Suspicious Minds (Backup Vocals)

    CD 3:
    Puppet On A String - Witchcraft - Trouble - Poor Boy - I Want To Be Free - Doncha' Think It's Time - Young Dreams - The Next Step Is Love - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Paralyzed - My Wish Came True - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Lonesome Cowboy - My Baby Left Me - It Hurts Me - I Need Your Love Tonight - Tell Me Why - Please Don't Drag That String Around - Young And Beautiful - Hot Dog - New Orleans - We're Gonna Move - Crawfish - King Creole - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Dixieland Rock
    Bonus Songs:
    Puppet On A String (Take 5, 6, 7) - Doncha' Think It's Time (Take 48) - The Next Step Is Love (Live 10.08.1970) - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (2nd Sitdown) - My Babe Left Me (Live 28.01.1974) - Young And Beautiful (Rehearsal)

    CD 4:
    The Wonder Of You - They Remind Me Too Much Of You - Mean Woman Blues - Lonely Man - Any Day Now - Don't Ask Me Why - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - I Really Don't Want To Know - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - I've Lost You - Let Me - Love Me - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! - Fame And Fortune - Rip It Up - There Goes My Everything - Lover Doll - One Night - Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello - Ask Me - Patch It Up - As Long As I Have You - You'll Think Of Me - Wild In The Country
    Bonus Songs:
    Rip It Up (Take 17) - His Latest Flame (Take 1) - I Really Don't Want To Know (Live 21.06.1977) - Patch It Up (Live 10.08.1970) - There Goes My Everything (Live 27.01.1971) - I've Lost You (Undubbed Master)

    Details Guitar Man / I Was The One:
    Guitar Man - After Loving You - Too Much Monkey Business - Just Call Me Lonesome - Lovin' Arms - You Asked Me To - Clean Up Your Own backyard - She Thinks I Still Care - Faded Love - I'm Movin On
    Bonus Songs:
    Bitter They Are Harder They Fall - For Ol' Time Sakes - Hey Jude (Edited) - Only The Strong Survive - In The Ghetto - Blue Suede Shoes - Burning Love - Kentucky Rain - If You Talk In Your sleep - Long Black Limousine - I'll Hold You In My Heart - I'll Be There - She Thinks I Still Care (Unedited Master) - Hey Jude (Unedited Master)

    CD 2 - "I Was The One":
    My Baby Left Me - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Little Sister - Don't - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Paralyzed - Baby Let's Play House - I Was The One - Rip It Up - Young And Beautiful - Ready Teddy
    Bonus Songs:
    Your Cheating Heart (Take 9 - Bonus Track On UK LP) - Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop & Fly (Overdubbed - Dorsey TV Show 28.01.1956) - Don't Be Cruel (Overdubbed - Ed Sullivan TV Show 06.06.1956) - Heartbreak Hotel (Overdubbed - Dorsey TV Show 12.03.1956) - Hound Dog (Overdubbed - Milton Berle Show 05.06.1956) - The Elvis Medley

    (Source: FECC Forum)

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    March 10 - Almost Done with Budget Releases, Folks!


    Two new releases from the Straight Arrow Import label were announced; "Elvis '70: Hot To Trot!" and "Almost Done, Folks!".

    Elvis '70: Hot To Trot! From „The Rick Rennie master tapes“ Vol. 4

    Coming out soon is the 4th volume of Straight Arrow's „
    The Rick Rennie master tapes“ series - a double-digipak CD release, called "Elvis '70: Hot To Trot!", featuring the August 20th, 1970 Las Vegas dinner and midnight shows. These recordings, last released in January 2004 by Memory records, have not been reissued since then. To achieve the best possible results, Straight Arrow worked from a direct digital transfer of the original 120 minute cassette.

    Roughly a week after MGM had left town, Elvis Presley had finally settled on a format for his show that he felt comfortable with and that resonated with his Vegas audiences. He had tried out many different songs during the first two weeks of his engagement: some worked, others didn't. The shows that are included here capture a confident Elvis who at this stage clearly loved performing in Las Vegas. His powerful voice, warm stage personality & cool sense of humor really shine on these recordings, and give the listener a true sense of what it was like to see the man on stage in his prime. Elvis is clearly in his element, singing a well-balanced set that features both the cream of his recent recordings as well as solid versions of his classics. He even jams with the band on brief versions of 'Memphis Tennessee' and 'More'. As with every Straight Arrow’s upgrade, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies. If you enjoyed our previous volumes of the „
    The Rick Rennie master tapes“ series, you cannot go wrong with "Elvis '70: Hot To Trot!" Ask your local dealer for samples. Newly remastered from the best possible source, these recordings are a real delight for the true Elvis aficionado!

    Tracklist: CD1 – Thursday, August 20, 1970 Dinner Show
    01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I've Lost You - 08. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Introductions cont'd - 14. Introduction Of Ruth Bowen and The Rinky-Dinks - 15. The Wonder Of You - 16. Heartbreak Hotel - 17. Memphis Tennessee (one verse) - 18. One Night - 19. Blue Suede Shoes - 20. Hound Dog - 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 22. Suspicious Minds - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

    CD2 – Thursday, August 20, 1970 Midnight Show
    01. Orchestra Intro (ending only)/Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Playing with laughing box/Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I've Lost You - 08. Sweet Caroline - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 12. Sweet Inspiration - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra continues- 14. Johnny B. Goode - 15. Introductions cont'd - 16. The Wonder Of You - 17. Heartbreak Hotel - 18. Blue Suede Shoes - 19. Hound Dog - 20. More (part only) - 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 22. Suspicious Minds (laughing version) - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.

    Almost Done, Folks!

    Following the remarkable success of our earlier August/September 1973 Las Vegas season releases, Straight Arrow is pleased to announce this new 2CD set, featuring two more previously unreleased shows in topnotch audience recorded quality.

    It was the final weekend of Elvis' 1973 Summer Festival, which meant that there was an extra buzz of excitement in and around the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday 1st September. Elvis pleased his audience with strong renditions of „Steamroller Blues“, „You Gave Me A Mountain“ and „Trouble“. "Bridge Over Troubled Water“ was given the respect it deserved - especially during the Midnight show, when Elvis wasn't satisfied with his rendition and repeated most of the song. He said that when he did something, he liked to get the sound right. Elvis treated fans to his emotive new song, „My Boy“ - a song which was not recorded in studio until December '73. Since Presley Senior was in the audience, Elvis sang one of his father's favourite songs, „The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face“. The grand finale of both concerts was powerhouse „How Great Thou Art“ - with reprised ending. The September 1, 1973 D/S and M/S are previously unreleased. Both shows are taken from 1st generation copies of original audience recorded cassettes, made back in the 70s by English super-fan and collector Rex Martin. Every second was digitally restored, every click manually removed, every drop-out fixed to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples to judge for yourself! Double digipak is filled with (some previously unpublished!) August 1973 photographs and an eye-witness text written by an English fan, who was there!

    Tracklist: CD1 - Saturday, September 1, 1973 Dinner Show
    01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. My Boy - 15. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

    CD2 - Saturday, September 1, 1973 Midnight Show
    01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Love Me - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. Name-check of group of English fans in audience - 15. Release Me - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Introduction of Linda Thompson and Vernon Presley - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.


    Elvis - King Of Rock 'N' Roll

    The Ofertas label released the 6 CD set “Elvis - King Of Rock 'N' Roll” 

    Tracks CD 1:
    Jailhouse Rock - Blue Suede Shoes - Fever - I Need You So - I Got Stung - My Baby Left Me - I Was The One - Old Shep - True Love - Young Dreams - Ain't That Loving You Baby - Doin' The Best I Can - I'm Counting On You - Loving You - Too Much - A Fool Such As I - Any Place Is Paradise - It Feels So Right

    CD 2:
    Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Blue Moon - Don't - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - A Mess Of Blues - All Shook Up - Danny - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Tommorow Night - Don't Ask Me Why - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Mean Woman Blues - Your Cheatin' Heart - Ready Teddy - Hound Dog

    CD 3:
    I Don’t Care If The Sun Don't Shine - I'm Left , You're Right, She's Gone - Peace In The Valley - Don't Be Cruel - Just Because - Trouble - Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Good Rockin' Tonight - New Orleans - Dixieland Rock - Lonesome Cowboy - Love Me Tender - Milkcow Blues Boogie  - Hard Headed Woman - Hot Dog - Lover Doll - Poor Boy - Baby Let's Play House

    CD 4:
    King Creole - Party - We're Gonna Move - Crawfish - It Is No Secret - Let Me - Trying To Get To You - As Long As I Have You - Blueberry Hill - My Wish Came True - Playing For Keeps - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Love Me - Is It So Strange? - Paralyzed - Steadfast, Loyal And True - Young And Beautiful

    CD 5:
    (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Doncha' Think It's Time - How Do You Think I Feel - When It Rains It Really Pours - Baby I Don’t Care - Don't Leave Me Now - How's The World Treating You? - I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - I Beg Of You - Mystery Train - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - I Need Your Love Tonight - Long Tall Sally - Money Honey - One Night - A Big Hunk O' Love

    CD 6:

    First In Line - One-Sided Love affair - That's All Right (Mama) - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Love You Because - I Want To Be Free - Rip It Up - So Glad You're Mine - Wooden Heart - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - I Believe - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry - It's Now Or Never - G. I. Blues - Harbour Lights - Tell Me Why - Treat Me Nice - Tutti Frutti

    (Source: FECC)

    Monday, March 09, 2015

    March 09 - The King and the Horsewoman

    Due for release from the Flashback budget-label is the 3 CD-set "Elvis Presley - The King",

    Tracks CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - Joshua Fit The Battle - Don´t Be Cruel - Rip It Up - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Heartbreak Hotel - (There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Will Be Home Again - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - All Shook Up - I Believe - If We Never Meet Again

    CD 2: Jailhouse Rock - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Love Me Tender - Young Dreams - Mystery Train - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Hound Dog - You´re A Heartbreaker - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Young And Beautiful - Blue Moon

    CD 3: Tutti Frutti - That´s All Right - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It´s Now Or Never - Fever - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Surrender

    Priscilla Presley Named Humane Horsewoman of the Year

    Priscilla Presley was named 2014 Humane Horsewoman of the Year by The Humane Society of the United States at a ceremony held during the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. The award recognizes Presley’s dedication to ending the cruel practice of “soring,” which involves the use of chemicals and other devices to inflict pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses to produce a high-stepping gait for competitions.

    Presley worked tirelessly to raise awareness on the issue through the media and other speaking engagements. She traveled to Washington to urge Congress to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act and finally put a stop to this inhumane training method. Along with Elvis Presley, she owned several Tennessee walking horses and shares a deep appreciation for the breed’s graceful, natural gait.


    Each year, The HSUS offers the award to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s equines. Ending horse soring is one of the organization’s top priorities, along with other campaigns to protect equines from cruelty, neglect and slaughter.

    (Source: Elvis Club Berlin / The Humane Society)

    Sunday, March 08, 2015

    March 08 - All You Need Are Planes?

    This is the cover-art for the "All You Need Is Elvis" 3 CD-set which is due from the Wogram label on March 23, 2015. 

    Book Releases

    Joseph A. Tunzi's JAT Productions released two new books; "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" and "From St. Paul to Fort Wayne". The latter is a photobook on Elvis Presley's performances in St. Paul, Minnesota, October 1974 and Fort Wayne, Indiana from Oktober 25, 1976. 

    Planes Taking Off?

    The two jets that once belonged to Elvis which have been displayed at Graceland for years could be destined for a museum, if the group that owns the planes has its way. OKC Partnership, which owns two once belonging to Elvis Presley, wants to build a museum near Graceland for the planes. 

    OKC Partnership, which owns the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II jets, has applied to the Office of Planning and Development for a planned development to allow a museum featuring Elvis Presley’s airplanes at 3850 Elvis Presley Blvd. The museum would be located on a vacant lot that was formerly home to Covenant Presbyterian Church. 

    Last year, EPE asked OKC Partnership to remove the jets from Graceland by this spring. The partnership and EPE entered into an agreement years ago that gave OKC a share of ticket sales in return for keeping the planes there. But EPE CEO Jack Soden sent a letter to the partnership last year saying EPE was exercising its option to end the agreement and asking the planes’ owner "to make arrangements for the removal of the airplanes and the restoration of the site on or shortly after April 26, 2015."

    (Source: Elvis Information Network / Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

    Saturday, March 07, 2015

    March 07 - Jack White Bought My Happiness

    In January, the first recording by Elvis Presley – a 1953 acetate disc featuring "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" – sold at auction for $300,000 to "an undisclosed buyer." It turns out the secret purchaser wasn't just any deep-pocketed Elvis fan: Jack White has revealed that it was his winning bid that landed the 10-inch recording, and that he plans to reissue the single on vinyl for this coming Record Store Day April 18, 2015.

    Billboard details how a mysterious man with a black briefcase accompanied the "My Happiness" single from Memphis to the Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville, where White told employees about the record's history and his plans to reissue it on Record Store Day. Recorded by an 18-year-old Presley on July 18th, 1953 at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service for $4, the one-copy-only pressing was given to Elvis' friend Ed Leek; over 60 years later, it was Leek's daughter who auctioned off the recording, which White secretly purchased.

    According to the Third Man site, White will go through painstaking details in order to recreate the original 1953 10-inch 78rpm disc, "from reproducing the typewritten labels (printed on the reverse of extra Prisonaires labels that happened to be laying around Sun Records in July 1953) to being packaged in a plain, nondescript, of-the-era sleeve, the utmost attention to detail has been paid in order to create an object so close to the historic original as to almost be indistinguishable from one other." The limited edition reproductions will arrive on Record Store Day, April 18th.

    Later in the year, Third Man will release a widely available version of Presley's single with newly restored sound. "Working from a transfer done by industry expert Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breath-taking," Third Man writes.



    (Source: Rolling Stone / Third Man Records)

    Friday, March 06, 2015

    March 06 - Alternate Fall

    The Mr. Suits label re-issued the LP's "Jailhouse Rock - The Alternate Album" and "California Fall 1960 / 61: Outtakes" on coloured vinyl. Both releases are limited to 300 copies.

    Tracks: Jailhouse Rock - The Alternate Album - Side A:
    Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - I Want To Be Free - Don't Leave Me Now - Young And Beautiful - Baby I Don't Care - Jailhouse Rock (Movie Version 1) - ailhouse Rock (Movie Version 2) - Young And Beautiful (Movie Version 1) - Young And Beautiful (Movie Version 2)

    Side B: Don't Leave Me Now (Movie Version 1) - Don't Leave Me Now (Movie Version 2) - I Want To Be Free (Movie Version) - Treat Me Nice (Movie Version) - Young And Beautiful (Version 3) - Young And Beautiful (Spliced Take) - Young And Beautiful (Take 19) - Baby I Don't Care (Remix) - Jailhouse Rock (Remix #1) - Jailhouse Rock (Remix #2) - One More Day (Mickey Shaughnessy)

    Tracks California Fall 1960 / 61: Outtakes 
    Side A: 01 Lonely Man 02 Wild In The Country 03 I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell 04 King Of The Whole Wide World 05 This Is Living 06 Riding The Rainbow 07 Home Is Where The Heart Is 08 I Got Lucky 09 A Whistling Tune

    Side B: 10 Wild In The Country (Maracas Version) 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 Including 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)

    Elvis: Summer of '56 Deluxe Memorabilia Collection

    Due from Madacy on June 2, 2015 is "Elvis: Summer of '56 Deluxe Memorabilia Collection", starring Elvis Presley and June Juanico. 

    (Source: Elvis Aktuell / Amazon)