Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30 - The February 1977 Tour

The Rock Legends importable announced the release of "The February 1977 Tour - An Audiovisual Documentary - Volume I".

From the press-release:
Rock Legends is proud to announce a new series of concert themed volumes that would make perfect companions to your FTD book collection. The first book of this series is mainly about the first tour of 1977. The February, 1977 Tour is an audiovisual document exploring the first shows of 1977 in a photographic manner along with several performances recorded live during some of the events which are featured on the bonus CD.
The book also takes a brief glimpse into the last tour of 1976 with rare photos of the five related shows and then an overview of two shows from the first 1977 tour, focusing on West Palm Beach, Fl. and Montgomery, AL. Finally, a more in-depth insight to the Charlotte, North Carolina concert in the way of rare photos and a live CD recording!

This photographic document features many unpublished images throughout that will be appreciated by photo collectors and fans around the world. This first volume of the February 1977 tour is 24,5 x 24,5 cm, 192 full color pages with a matt laminated hard cover binding, professional 150 grams silk paper and superb design.

New 'On Tour' Footage on eBay


A mouth-watering offer - Brand New unreleased footage from Elvis On Tour! The seller notes that "I will be listing over 70 boxes of 16mm and 35mm from this estate".
On Ebay - This is a one of a kind reel of film here! 400ft Kodachrome silent. This is original lost 16mm film footage shot for the Golden Globe winning 1972 Elvis On Tour film but not in the final cut of the film. Below is a watermarked video of the film that was shot with an iphone during projection. The quality will of course be much higher when professionally transferred. The commercially released version of the film used a split screen format which used footage from multiple cameras at the same time. The film leader is marked "White costume Elvis on stage J2/33 59063-805 Elvis head roll 46.

This footage has not been transferred and the winning bidder will have a one of a kind piece of Elvis memorabilia.  - This was obtained from the estate of Emmy nominated John Detra.

Charts
  • The "Heart And Soul" album re-enters the Billboard Top Catalog Album Chart at #50 for the week ending October 10, 2015. It also rises from #18 to #13 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.
  • The "Forever Elvis" CD drops from #16 to #23 on the Top Country Album Chart.
  • The CD “The Real… Elvis” climbed from #93 to #77 on the irish Album chart. 
  • The re-issue of the “Elvis Live In Las Vegas” 4 CD set entered the Dutch Album charts at #63. 
  • The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" climbed from #40 to #27 on the Australian Music DVD chart.The 6-DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" re-entered the Official UK Music DVD chart at #44.
(Source: FECC / Elvis Information Network / Aria Charts / The King's World / Official UK Chart Company) 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29 - The 1960 Gospel Bootleg Album

The Elvis One label announced the release of "Elvis Presley : The 1960 Gospel Album" in their "Bootleg Series". 

From the press-release:
'Elvis Presley : The 1960 Gospel Album' (Mono & Stereo) is a special edition from 'The Bootleg Series' contains both the original mono album masters from Elvis' first gospel album 'His Hand In Mine' (for the first time on cd!). Also including is the alternate stereo album, including masters with false starts, count-ins and alternate versions, plus 9 bonus tracks! A great addition to the FTD edition of 'His Hand In Mine' - The ultimate 1960 Elvis Gospel experience! Also a 12 page booklet!

His Hand In Mine : The Original Mono Album
1. His Hand In Mine
2. I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
3. In My Father's House
4. Milky White Way
5. Known Only To Him
6. I Believe In The Man In The Sky
7. Joshua Fit The Battle
8. He Knows Just What I Need
9. Swing Down Sweet Chariot
10. Mansion Over The Hilltop
11. If We Never Meet Again
12. Working On The Building

His Hand In Mine : The Alternate Stereo Album
13. His Hand In Mine (master)
14. I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (master with count-in)
15. In My Father's House (take 8 + workpart take 1)
16. Milky White Way (master including false start)
17. Known Only To Him (master including false start)
18. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (master including count-in)
19. Joshua Fit The Battle (master including count-in)
20. He Knows Just What I Need (take 9)
21. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (master with count-in)
22. Mansion Over The Hilltop (master including false start)
23. If We Never Meet Again (master with count-in)
24. Working On The Building (master with count-in)

His Hand In Mine : Bonus Tracks
25. In My Father's House (original composite master)
26. His Hand In Mine (unedited take 3 + count-in take 3)
27. His Hand In Mine (original stereo album mix)
28. I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (original stereo album mix)
29. He Knows Just What I Need (master including count-in)
30. Milky White Way ('87 edited master)
31. Swing Down Sweet Chariot ('87 edited master)
32. Joshua Fit The Battle ('87 edited master)
33. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (live version, Pearl Harbor, March 25 1961)

(Source: Elvis Australia)

Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28 - Christmas

The French V.P.I. Records, Inc. will re-issue the original French album "Elvis' Christmas Album" on 180 Gr. white vinyl  on December 18, 2015. This re-issue is limited to 500 copies, remastered and comes with four bonus tracks and detailed liner-notes.

Tracks:
1. Santa Claus is back in town
2. White Christmas
3. Here comes Santa Claus
4. Ill be home for Christmas
5. Blue Christmas
6. Santa bring my baby back (to me)
7. (Therell be) Peace in the Valley (for me) (Prise 7) (Titre Bonus)
8. It is no secret (what God can do) (Prise 5) (Titre Bonus)
9. Oh little town of Bethlehem
10. Silent Night
11. (Therell be) Peace in the Valley (for me)
12. I believe
13. Take my hand, Precious Lord
14. It is no secret (what God can do)
15. (Therell be) Peace in the Valley (for me) (Million Dollar Quartet) (Titre Bonus)
16. I just cant make it by myself (Million Dollar Quartet) (Titre Bonus)

More Christmas

Due for release from the Edition Christkind budget-label on October 05, 2015 is the CD "The Christmas Album" containing eleven Christmas and gospel recordings by Elvis Presley and five Christmas tracks by Gene Autry, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby And The Andrew Sisters an The Drifters.

(Source: Amazon France)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27 - Best Of British


The Follow That Dream release "The Best Of British, Vol. 3" has been released. This book / CD set by author Trevor Simpson documents and illustrates the UK RCA releases for the years 1959 and 1960 on 500 pages with over 1100 pictures. 

(Source: Follow That Dream)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26 - Complete And Rare Recordings

The Rock And Roll Majest import label released the 4 CD box set "The Complete 50's Live Recordings". It contains live recording from 1954 to 1960, all lifted from official and / or unofficial CDs.

Tracks CD 1 - The Complete 50's Live Recordings - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD

October 16, 1954 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride
01. Louisiana Hayride tingle / Introduction [00:58]
02. That's All Right [02:36]
03. Blue Moon Of Kentucky [02:21] 

January 6, 1955 - Lubbock, Texas - KDAV Radio
04. Shake, Rattle And Roll [02:21]
05. Fool, Fool, Fool [01:54] 

January 15, 1955 -Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride
06. Hearts Of Stone [02:02]
07. That's All Right [02:07] 
08. Tweedle Dee [02:34] 

January 19, 1955 - Florence, Alabama - W101 Radio
09. Shake, Rattle And Roll [02:20] 

January 22, 1955 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride
10. Money Honey [02:43]
11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky [0206]
12. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine [02:31]
13. That's All Right [01:51] 

March 5, 1955 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride
14. Tweedle Dee [02:17]
15. Money Honey [02:18]
16. Hearts Of Stone [01:34]
17. Shake, Rattle And Roll [01:37]
18. Little Mama [02:02]
19. You're A Heartbreaker [02:03] 

March 19, 1955 - Eagles Hall, Houston, Texas - Grand Prize Jamboree
20. Good Rocking Tonight [02:33]
21. Baby Let's Play House [02:25]
22. Blue Moon Of Kentucky [01:47]
23. I Got A Woman [0303]
24. That's All Right [02:14] 

April 30, 1955 - High School Gymnasium, Gladewater, Texas - Louisiana Hayride
25. Tweedle Dee [02:44] 

May 26, 1955 - Junior College Stadium, Meridian, Texas - Jimmy Rodgers Memorial Festival
26. That's All Right [02:35]
July 2, 1955 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana -Louisiana Hayride
27. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone [02:50]

August 20, 1955 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride 
28. Baby Let's Play House [03:19) 
29. Maybellene [03:17] 
30. That's All Right [02:37] 

October 29, 1955 - Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana - Louisiana Hayride 
31. I Forgot To Remember To Forget [03:24]

January 28, 1956 CBS Studios, New York - Stage Show #1
32. Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly [02:42] 
33. I Got A Woman [0314]

CD 2 - The Complete 50's Live Recordings - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD

February 4, 1956 - CBS Studios, New York - Stage Show #2
01. Baby let's Play House [02:29] 
02. Tutti Frutti [02:35]

February 11, 1956 - CBS Studios, New York - Stage Show #3 
03. Blue Suede Shoes [02:16] 
04. Heartbreak Hotel [02:57] 

February 18, 1956 - CBS Studios, New York - Stage Show #4 
05. Tutti Frutti [02:33]
06. I Was The One [02:55] 

March 17, 1956 - CBS Studios, New York - Stage Show #5 
07. Blue Suede Shoes [02:42] 
08. Heartbreak Hotel [02:16] 

March 24, 1956 - CB5 Studios, New York - Stage Show #6
09. Money Honey [02:46] 
10. Heartbreak Hotel [01:54] 

April 3, 1956 - U.S.S. Hancock, San Diego, California - Milton Berle Show #1
11. Shake, Rattle And Roll [00:15] 
12. Heartbreak Hotel [02:43] 
13. Blue Suede Shoes [02:18] 
14. Blue Suede Shoes - reprise [03:29] 

May 6, 1956 - New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
15. Heartbreak Hotel [03:11] 
16. Long Tall Sally [01:57]
17. Blue Suede Shoes [5:27] 
18. Money Honey [02:48] 

May 16, 1956 - Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas 
19. Heartbreak Hotel [02:34] 
20. Long Tall Sally [02:09] 
21. I Was The One [03:14] 
22. Money Honey [02:19] 
23. I Got A Woman [03:21] 
24. Blue Suede Shoes [4:09] 
25. Hound Dog [02:47] 

June 5, 1956 - NBC Studios, Los Angeles, California - Milton Berle Show #2 
26. Hound Dog [03:19] 
27. Elvis meets Debra Paget [03:03] 
28. Milton Berle sketch [01:33] 
29. I Want You, l Need You, I Love You [03:35]
  
CD 3 - The Complete 50's Live Recordings - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD

July 1, 1956 - Hudson Theatre, New York Steve Allen Show 
01. Introductions [01:54] 
02. I Want You, l Need You, I Love You [03:07] 
03. Hound Dog [01:43] 
04. Comedy Skit - Range Round Up [7:07] 

August 6, 1956 - Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida (song fragments during Col. Tom Parker interview) 
05. Heartbreak Hotel [02:08] 
06. Lang Tall Sally [01:11] 
07. I Was The One [00:29] 

September 9, 1956 - CBS Studios, Los Angeles, California - Ed Sullivan Show #1 
08. Introductions [01:27] 
09. Don't Be Cruel [02:51] 
10. Love Me Tender [02:40] 
11. Ready Teddy [02:58] 
12. Hound Dog [00:46] 

September 26, 1956 - Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, Mississippi - Afternoon Show 
13. Heartbreak Hotel [03:05] 
14. Lang Tall Sally [02:10] 
15. Introductions [02:39]
16. ! Was The One [03:16]
17, I Want You, 1 Need You, 1 Love You [02:51] 
18. Announcements [00:34] 
19. I Got A Woman [02:53] 
20. Don't Be Cruel [02:05] 
21. Ready Teddy [02:15] 
22. Love Me Tender [02:57] 
23. Hound Dog [02:46] 

September 26, 1956 - Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, Mississippi - Evening Show 
24. Love Me Tender [01:49] 
25. I Was The One [02:47] 
26. I Got A Woman [02:56] 
27. Dialogue [01:12] 
28. Don't Be Cruel [02:39] 
29. Blue Suede Shoes [02:35] 
30. Dialogue [01:02] 
31. Baby Let's Play House [02:51] 
32. Hound Dog [03:52] 
33. Dialogue [01:39]

CD 4 - The Complete 50's Live Recordings - Elvis Presley Bootleg CD

October 28, 1956 - CBS Studios, Los Angeles, California - Ed Sullivan Show #2
01. Don't Be Cruel [02:24] 
02. Love Me Tender [03:43] 
03. Love Me [03:34]
04. Hound Dog [03:18]

December 15, 1956 - Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana 
05. Heartbreak Hotel [01:47] 
06, Long Tall Sally [02:38] 
07. I Was The One [03:09], 
08. Love Me Tender [03:29] 
09. Don't Be Cruel [03:25] 
10. Love Me [03:09] 
11. I Got A Woman [03:22] 
12. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again [03:07] 
13. Paralyzed [02:48] 
14. Hound Dog [4:21] 

January 6, 1957 - CBS Studios, New York - Ed Sullivan Show #3
15. Introductions [01:17] 
16. Hound Dog [00:51] 
17. Love Me Tender [01:17] 
18. Heartbreak Hotel [01:04]
19. Don't Be Cruel [02:51] 
20. Too Much [02:51] 
21. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again [03:36] 
22. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) [01:49] 
23. Ed Sullivan speaks [01:10] 

April 2, 1957 -Toronto, Canada [only excerpts of the songs] 
24. Heartbreak Hotel [01:19] 
25. Hound Dog [00:17] 

August 31, 1957 - Vancouver, Canada [only excerpts of the songs] 
26. Heartbreak Hotel [00:17] 
27. I Was The One [00:41] 
28. I Got A Woman [00:05] 
29. That's When Your Heartaches Begin [00:47]

Bonus Tracks: 
March. 26, 1960 - Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida - ABC's Frank Sinatra Timex Show 
30. It's Very Nice To Go Traveling [03:09] 
31. It's Very Nice To Go Traveling / Introductions [03:24] 
32. Fame And Fortune [02:24] 
33. Stuck On You [03:30] 
34. Love Me Tender / Witchcraft + reprise [02:37]


Rare Elvis Royal Collection

The 4 CD import box "Rare Elvis Royal Collection" has been released by an unknown label (TCB?). 

CD 1:
Ready Teddy (Remix Version) - Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Informal Recording - New Edit) - Don't (Remix Version) - Your Cheatin' Heart (Take 9) - Ain't That Loving You (Spliced Alternate Take - Full Version) - Frankfort Special (Take 7, 8) - Tonight's All Right For Love (Extended Stereo Version) - Judy (Take 1) - Good Luck Charm (Take 1) - Bossa Nova Baby (Original 1987 - Extended Version) - Please Don't Stop Loving Me (Take 17) - 500 Miles (Informal Home Recording) - Just Call Me Lonesome (Take 6) - Stay Away, Joe (Take 5, 6, 8) - Blue Suede Shoes (Spliced 1968 Version) - Let's Forget About The Stars (Original Mix With Piano Overdub) - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Brass Overdub) - Stranger In My Own Home Town (Alternate Mix) - The Sound Of Your Cry (Extended Version) - Havana Gila (29.07.1970 - New Edit) - Something (23.02.1971) - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Duet With Temple Riser) - I've Got A Thing About You Baby (Short Version) - Let Me Be The One (Informal Recording) - Mr. Songman (Undubbed Master) - Promised Land (Harmony Version)  - You Gave Me A Mountain (02.09.1974) - Wooden Heart (13.12.1975) - Solitaire (Undubbed Master)

CD 2:
Love Me Tender (Stereo Version) - We're Gonna Move (Stereo Version - Take 9)  - Treat Me Nice (2nd Movie Version - Take 7) - Doin' The Best I Can (Take 9) - G. I. Blues (Take 7) - What's She Really Like (Take 8 + Insert Take 20) - Pocketful Of Rainbows (Take 25) - Britches (Take 1, 2, 3, 4 + Insert Edit) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 25) - Home ls Where The Heart Is (Take 20) - This Is Living (Take 8) - (It's A) Long Lonely Highway (Single Version) - Viva Las Vegas (Take 2) - What'd I Say (Stereo Version) - There's Gold In The Mountains (Undubbed Master) - Kissin' Cousins (Hillbilly Vocal Overdub) - Roustabout (Alternate Take) - l've Got To Find My Baby (Uncut Full Version) - Shake That Tambourine (Spliced Take - Break Up Version) - Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 2) - A Dog's Life (Take 1) - Sand Castles (Take 9) - Am I Ready (Take 2) - Could I Fall In Love (Alternate Harmony Vocal) - I'll Take Love (Take 2b) - The Girl I Never Loved (Take 8, 10, 11) - Stay Away (Take 12, 13) - Wonderful World (Vocal Overdub) - A Little Less Conversation (Single Version) - Rubberneckin' (Take 1, 2 - Undubbed Master)  - Let Us Pray (Alternate Master)

CD 3 - The Rough Studio Mixes:
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights - Stranger In The Crowd - When I'm Over You - I Really Don't Want To Know - The Next Step Is Love - Funny How Time Slips Away - Love Letters - If You Don't Come Back - Three Corn Patches - Just A Little Bit - For Ol' Times Sake - Never Again - He'Il Have To Go

The Rough Live Masters:
The Wonder Of You - Let Me Be There - Welcome To My World / Softly As I Leave You - America The Beautiful - Fairytale (False start) / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Unchained Melody - Little Darlin'

Bonus Songs:
Steamroller Blues (12.011973) - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (12.011973) - I've Got A Thing About You Baby (Different Mix #1) - l've Got A Thing About You Baby (Different Mix #2)

CD 4 - The Complete Masters:
Girls! Girls! Girls! - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Return To Sender - Song Of The Shrimp - Speedway - Suppose (Long Version) - Let Yourself Go - Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby - Five Sleepy Heads - Who Are You - He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad - Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man - If I Can Dream - Suppose (Short Version)

Original Album Mix:
Let's Forget About The Stars

The Undubbed Masters:
Baby If' You'll Give Me All Of Your Love (Binaural Mix) - Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Almost

The Outtakes:
A Dog's Life (Vocal Overdub - Take 1) - Am I Ready (Take 2) - It Hurts Me (Section 4 - Take 1) - I'm Falling In Love Tonight (Take 7, 6) - Spring Fever (Take 2, 3, 4) - Please Don't Stop Loving Me (Take 8, 9) - Saved (Alternate Take)

The Single Versions:
You'll Think Of Me - Life - Almost In Love
 
(Source: Elvis On CD)

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 - Las Vegas Voice 2 Released

The Rock Legends import release "Las Vegas’ Voice: Volume Two", containing the complete February 2, 1974Midnight Show performance as recorded at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, has been released. 

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Trying To Get To You - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Johnny B. Goode - 09. Hound Dog - 10. Fever - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Killing Me Softly (featuring Voice) - 13. Spanish Eyes - 14. Why Me Lord? - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. Help Me - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with two reprises) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.

Cissy Houston gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Grammy-winning gospel great Cissy Houston, mother of late Whitney Houston will be honored at a gospel-music awards show in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend.

The first Gospel Image Awards will bestow its first Lifetime Achievement Award on Houston, who turns 82 next week, for her contributions to the musical genre that combines praising God with sophisticated entertainment values.

Houston was in the well-known vocal group, the Sweet Inspirations, who performed alongside artists like Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. 
The original Sweet Inspirations featured Cissy Houston, Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell and Estelle Brown. Elvis' infamous "Laughing" 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' was from the Vegas August 26 1969 midnight performance and it was Cissy Houston who kept on singing the soaring, perfect "soprano obbligato" as Elvis fell apart with unstoppable laughter. Houston left the Sweet Inspirations in late 1969.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Information Network)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24 - Christmas With Lisa Marie And Friends

A new CD was released by the Golden Masterwork (Bellaphon) is the 19 track Christmas / Gospel compilation simply entitled “Christmas”.

The Many Faces Of Elvis Presley

The 3 CD Box “The Many Faces Of Elvis Presley” is due for release on October 30, 2015. In contains oldies by Elvis Presley, songs that inspired him but also “In The Ghetto” by Lisa Marie Presley. 

Charts

The Sony / USPS release "Elvis Forever" dropped off most of the various Billboard for the week ending October 03, 2015, it was listed on. It is listed at #16 on the Country Album chart and #37 on the Top Rock Album chart.
  • The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops one spot on the Country Catalogue Chart; from #17 to #18. 
  • The "Music Legends: Elvis Presley" DVD Box re-entered the Irish Music DVD chart at #3.
  • The 2013 compilation "The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs" dropped from #76 to #91 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The "The Elvis Collection" is a re-entry on the Official UK Music Video Chart at #50.
  • On the Official Scottish Album Chart "The Nations Favourite Elvis Songs" dropped from #84 to #97. 
  • The "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" fell of the Official Scottish Album Chart from last weeks listing at #100. 
  • The 2011 compilation "The Real... Elvis" dropped from #89 to #93 on the Irish Album chart. 
  • DVD-Charts: Ausscheiden von Elvis in Gro├čbritannien aber neuerliches Comeback in Australien.
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock And Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" re-entered the Australian Music DVD chart at #40. 
(Source: Amazon / FECC / Irish Recorded Music Association / The Official UK Charts Company / The King's World)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23 - Vinyl Doo Wop Honors

Singer, songwriter and actor Mac Davis will be honored as a BMI Icon during the 2015 BMI Country Awards, which will be held on November 3, 2015 in Nashville.

According to the BMI website, the Icon Award is given to songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Davis, who had hits on both the pop and country charts, will join a distinguished list of Icon recipients that includes Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and several others.

Davis, a member of both the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the national Songwriters Hall of Fame, wrote or co-wrote several songs recorded by Elvis Presley, including “In the Ghetto,” “Memories,” “Don’t Cry Daddy” and “A Little Less Conversation.” 


Sings The Hits Of Doo Wop

Due October 23, 2015 from the Spanish El Toro label is the 7 inch vinyl single "Elvis Sings The Hits Of Doo Wop". 

Tracks: Soldier Boy / Money Honey / Little Mama (Live - Shreveport, Louisiana, March 5, 1955) /  Fool, Fool, Fool (Radio Station Demo - KDAV Radio, Lubbock, Texas, January 6, 1955).

Loving Cover Art

Here is the cover-art for the upcoming vinyl re-issue of the classic "Loving You" soundtrack on the Wax-Time label which is due October 23, 2015. 

Heartbreak Hotel Torn Down

Elvis Presley Enterprises plans to revitalize the area surrounding Graceland, and tonight residents in that Whitehaven community got to take a sneak peek at what the future holds. 

At the meeting, residents gathered to listen to the President and CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Jack Soden. Diagrams outlined what is to come on the west side of Elvis Presley Blvd. Gone are the days of old and tired facilities. In their place will be brand new, state-of-the-art buildings that will include a soundstage, a car museum and two restaurants.

FOX13 learned tonight the Heartbreak Hotel will be knocked down. In its place, more parking will be added.

(Source: Amazon / ElvisMatters / Elvis Club Berlin / Fox 13 / My Fox Memphis)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 22 -New Releases

Due for release from the Dol label is the vinyl album “Live at the Louisiana Hayride”.

Due for release from the Bellaphon (K-tel International Switzerland) on October 2, 2015 is the CD “Christmas”. 

(Source: Amazon)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19 - Released!

The import-release "Elvis Recorded At Graceland’s Jungle Room – 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tenn. 38116" has been released by an unknown label. It contains out-takes from the February and October 1976 Jungle Room sessions at Graceland. Nothing new on this release.

The Impulsis / Amalfi International  label double budget compilation "Greatest Gospel & Christmas Songs" has been released. 

(Source: Elvis On CD / Elvis Aktuell)

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18 - Burning Hot Vinyl From Onondaga

The Straight Arrow import release “Elvis - Burning Hot Tonight”, containing an audiendce-recording of the August 24, 1972 Dinner Show performance at the Hilton Hotel Las Vegas and the “Onondaga Nights” containing an audience-recording of the July 27 and 27 1976 Evening show at the Syracuse / New York, Onondaga War Memorial, have been released. 

If I Can Dream Single

The track “If I Can Dream / Bridge Over Troubled Water” will be released on October 20, 2015 in Germany. Contrary to the “wrinkled” paper cover for the UK single this cover is “new”.

Russian Tsar

Elvis' famous double headed eagle "Russian Tsar" crest claw ring. This unique ring has incredible history and impeccable provenance, with well over 100 photographs of it being worn by Elvis.
The ring originally belonged to Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, who wore it often in 1972 and 1973. The earliest photo of Elvis wearing it are from his opening performance at the Las Vegas Hilton on 26th January 1972. During the early part of 1974 Elvis 'borrowed' the ring again to wear on stage and wore it many times thereafter.

Some two weeks before Elvis was due to perform in Mobile Alabama on August 29th 1976, local man Tommy Milham was first in line to buy tickets at the Municipal Auditorium, where he took his place early in the evening and stayed in line all night until the doors opened in the morning. The same evening the staff from the Mobile press came out and interviewed him for the newspaper reporting how he waited in line with hot drinks, lunch and a portable chair to sleep on. Mr Milham sat in the front row for the concert and when Elvis spotted him waving the newspaper with the headline 'First In Line With Patience' , Elvis approached him and took the newspaper. He read the headline, and thanked the fan by asking if he'd like a scarf. Mr Milham pointed at the huge ring Elvis was wearing and shouted "No, I want that ring!" Elvis told him that he couldn't give his ring away and handed him a scarf instead. Mr Milham shouted again, demanding the ring. Elvis finally shrugged his shoulders and with an embarrassed look he slipped the ring from his finger and handed it to Mr Milham.


The incredible gesture made the New York Times and some television coverage too. Years later the story appeared in Becky Yancey's book My Life With Elvis

The current owner recalls... "Being an avid Elvis collector, I've had some nice pieces of his jewellery in the past, but most weren't pieces that Elvis would have remembered. The items simply weren't close enough to Elvis for me and I wanted to own something that was very meaningful to him, something that he loved and something he knew extremely well.

On August 9th 2003, whilst surfing the internet, I came across this ring for sale. The reserve price of $70,000 (£39,600) was not met and I immediately contacted Mr Milham and made him an offer, but it was refused. Months passed by and I kept in contact with Mr Milham, who refused to drop the price. In February 2004 he finally backed down and accepted my offer. On March 19th 2004 I headed for the USA on a short three day visit to pick up the ring in person. I met Mr Milham at his bank, where he had kept the ring in a vault for 28 years. I handed him the funds and he gave me the ring, and I was back in England the following day. To document the trip I've kept the flight ticket, bankers draft receipt, my hotel receipt and travel agent details. I even made sure I got a photograph of Mr Milham and myself during the transaction.

At its widest point the 14ct gold ring measures 25mm and features 52 diamonds on a blue lapis stone. Since the current owner purchased the ring directly from Mr Milham in 2004, he has stored it safely away in his safe for all these years. He has carried out an incredible amount of research and collated a huge amount of paperwork, articles and photographs relating to the ring. The lot includes the numerous newspaper clippings, a vhs tape, dvd and a cd from the 1976 concert, a legal affidavit from Tommy Milhan and further research into the provenance of the ring, including a detailed catalogue of around 100 concerts when the ring was worn in public by 'The King' together with folders of photographs.

(Source: Elvis On CD / Elvis Memories / The Sale Room)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 17 - Vinyl Impor Charts

Due for release from the Wax-Time label on September 21, 2015 are vinyl re-issues of “Jailhouse Rock” and “For LP Fans Only”. 
Due for release from the Disconforme label on October 12, 2015 is the title “Loving You”. 

Chart

The US Billboard charts for the week ending September 26, 2015. The USPS "Elvis Forever" CD in its fourth week remains at #6 on the Country Album chart, is at #15 on the Rock Albums chart, at #44 on the Album Sales chart, #17 on the Country Catalogue Chart and at #129 on the Billboard 200. 

The DVD-Box "Music Legends: Elvis Presley" dropped off the Irish Music DVD chart. 

The TV CD "The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs" climbed to #76 after last week's re-entry on the Official UK Album chart. 

On the Official Scottish Album Chart "The Nations Favourite Elvis Songs" rises from 91 to 84 and 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' drops from 85 to 100.

The 6 DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" re-entered the Official UK Music video chart at #50.

The 2011 compilation "The Real... Elviswhich was awarded Gold in the UK earlier this month, dropped from #81 to #89 on the Irish Album chart. 

Elvis Unedited: Studio Highlights 1970 - 1976 - Volume 1 & 2

The Von Dynagrave Records import release “Elvis Unedited: Studio Highlights 1970 - 1976 - Volumee 1 and 2” has been released. The CD contains unedited and undubbed master and out-take recordings. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis On CD / Amazon / The King's World)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16 - Elvis Anthology From the Von Santa Monica Boulevard

Announced for release by the Elvis One label in the “The Bootleg Series” is the CD “Elvis Anthology Part One”. The CD contains 41 Great tracks with many previously unreleased by Elvis' official record company. Some recordings presented for the first time on CD. Also: the record store day version from 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' and an uncleaned version from 'My Happiness'.

The 50's
1. That's All Right (original Sun master) 2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (original Sun master)  3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (master with count-in) 4. Don't Be Cruel (stereo mix) 5. Love Me Tender Radio Promo #1 6. Love Me Tender Radio Promo #2 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (stereo mix) 8. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do (movie version) 9. Loving You (farm version, with instrumental overdubs) 10. Hot Dog ('Loving You' movie version) 11. One Night (stereo mix) 12. KSHE Radio 'Uncle Buck' Ron Pipe Interview 13. Jailhouse Rock ('Jailhouse Rock' movie version) 14. Steadfast Loyal And True (movie version)

The 60's
15. It's Now Or Never (original single version - mono) 16. Didja' Ever (original stereo album version) 17. Black Star (take 5) 18. A Cane And A High Starched Collar (take 6) 19. Lonely Man (record version, take 9) 20. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (higher key, take 10) 21. Riding The Rainbow (M4, uncut take 7) 22. King Of The Whole Wide World (original mono master) 23. Suspicion (original Spanish EP version) 24. Elvis' message to his fans in the UK 25. Wild In The Country (1965 album version) 26. Clambake (radio promo) 27. Speedway (radio promo) 28. His Hand In Mine (single master - mono)

The 70's
29. That's The Way It Is (radio promo) 30. Sweet Caroline (rehearsal) 31. Love Me Tender (rehearsal) 32. Reading Telegrams - Opening Night (rehearsal) 33. Madison Square Garden 'Elvis' Radio Promo 34. Softly As I Leave You (spoken live version) 35. Young At Heart / Let Me Be The One (homerecording) 36. WCCO Radio Report, August 16, 1977 37. This Is Elvis (radio promo)

Private Demo Recordings
38. My Happiness (uncleaned version) 39. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (record store day version) 40. I'll Never Stand In Your Way 41. It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You

Elvis: Von Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, California

Announced for release by the Elvis One label in the “The Bootleg Series” is the CD “Elvis: Von Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, California”. The CD contains 43 tracks, including alternate takes, movie versions and original radio spots, many previously unreleased by Elvis record company. Also including is a 12 pages booklet. Also includes all of the songs Ann-Margret recorded for 'Viva Las Vegas'.

Studio Outtakes & Movie Versions
01. What'd I Say* (take 3) 02. C'mon Everybody* (composite movie version with Blues ending) 03. Little Egypt* (overdubbed movie version) 04. Bossa Nova Baby (take 4 & 5) 05. Hard Knocks* (movie version, vocal overdub) 06. Roustabout* (movie version, edited/overdubbed take 9) 07. I Need Somebody To Lean On* (movie version, longer fade with prominent saxophone) 08. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die* (take 8) 09. Spring Fever (take 1, 2 & 3) 10. There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon* (acetate, undubbed movie version) 11. There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon* (movie final) 12. Marguerita* (take 7) 13. Vino, Dinero Y Amor (take 1) 14. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (remake, take 15) 15. The Bullfighter Was A Lady (take 10) 16. The Meanest Girl In Town (take 4, 5 & 6) 17. Roustabout* (acetate, take 13) 18. Girl Happy* (acetate, original composite) 19. I've Got To Find My Baby (acetate, unedited vocal overdub take 1) 20. Girl Happy* (movie version, end title)

Bonus Tracks
21. My Rival (sung by Ann-Margret ) 22. Appreciation* (sung by Ann-Margret) 23. The Climb* (take 3, sung by George McFadden) 24. It's A Wonderful World* (take 17) 25. Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce* (acetate, unused alternate master track, take 5) 26. Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce* (acetate, master track, take 7) 27. Today, Tomorrow And Forever* (acetate, master track, take 4) 28. I've Got To Find My Baby* (unused alternate master track, take 1)

Radio Spots
29. Viva Las Vegas 30-33. Girl Happy #1* #2* #3* #4 34-43. Roustabout #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10

(Source: Elvis Australia / Elvis Aktuell)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15 - 30 #1 Gold Records On Vinyl

Sony Music has announced a re-release of the 2002 collection ELV1S - 30 #1 Hits on vinyl. This time with a slightly different cover. Due for release on October 10.

Th classic “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2)” will be released in a limited edition gold vinyl pressing exclusively for the “Elvis At The 02 Arena” exhibition in London.  

Description: 
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (Elvis' Gold Records - Volume 2) was originally released back in 1959. In the two years that Elvis had by then spent in the army, the world of Rock'n'Roll had changed dramatically; Buddy Holly and Richie Valens had died in a plane crash, Little Richard had quit, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry had fallen from grace and Jimi Hendrix bought his first electric guitar. 

This album was meant as a pacifier for Elvis' fans in the two year hiatus he would be unable to record any new songs. It worked; after Elvis' return he was more popular than ever, which proved that all his fans had, indeed, been right all along. 

This release also contains a number of songs Elvis recorded for his Christmas album and a number of in-demand movie songs, totalling ten extra songs on this 180 gram audiophile vinyl! 

Side A
1. Big Hunk O' Love
2. My Wish Came True 
3. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I 
4. I Need Your Love Tonight 
5. Don't 
6. I Beg Of You 
7. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 
8. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 
9. (Let's Have A) Party 
10 Paralyzed

Side B
1. One Night 
2. I Got Stung 
3. King Creole 
4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 
5. Doncha' Think It's Time 
6. Mean Woman Blues 
7. Playing For Keeps 
8. Hard Headed Woman 
9. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! 
10. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)

(Source: FECC / Elvis At The 02 Arena)

Monday, September 14, 2015

September 14 - Fever

Here is a link to the new Elvis Presley and Michael Buble duet-version of the classic "Fever". The track is featured on Presley's upcoming posthumous album, "If I Can Dream", due October 30, 2015.



(Source: People)



Sunday, September 13, 2015

September 13 - If I Can Dream About Promo's

Here is a promotional CD for the upcoming “If I Can Dream” CD by Elvis Presley and The Philharmonic Orchestra. It sold on eBay UK for over 100 UK Pound.  

(Source: FECC / eBay)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12 - It's A Sin At Fayetteville


The UK based Rockwell Music announced the release of  a clear yellow edition of the "It's A Sin" compilation containing tracks from 1961. The set is limited to 150 copies. The previous version of this compilation was released on clear white vinyl.

Side One: Feel So Bad / Its A Sin / Give Me The Right / There's Always Me / In Your Arms / I'm Comin' Home / Gently / I Want You With Me

Side Two:Starting Today / Sentimental Me / Judy / Put The Blame On Me / No More / Aloha-Oe / Ku-U-I-Po / Hawaiian Sunset / Slicin Sand

Next Stop Fayetteville


The Graceland Records import 3 CD release “Next Stop Fayetteville” has been released. It  contains the August 3, 4 and 5 1976 8.30 PM shows as recorded at the Cumberland County Memorial Fayetteville, NC. This special summer set is presented in 3CD-digipack, in slipcase, with great 44-page booklet filled with many rare photos (some are presented for the very first time) of Elvis on stage in Fayetteville.

(Source: Rockwell Music / Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11 - Tracks Live A Little, Love A Little

Here is the track listing for the Follow That Dream re-issue of the "Live A Little, Love A Little" soundtrack. 

As speculation on the various boards have suggested, we did manage to find the session tapes for this movie, and we believe we have a very attractive release here.  The search also revealed that what the “clever people” thought, and that will definitely include me (Ernst), was wrong. The vocal for A Little Less Conversation on the version used for the re-mix single, was not recorded for the TV special – it’s actually take 2 of the song with the ending repaired. You can always learn something new!

Unfortunately, these tapes were the only ones we found from the MGM movies, and whereas proving something exists, is easy, it’s not easy to do the opposite. At this time we have exhausted our options to find these tapes – they would be in private hands if they survived. Meanwhile, here’s something to look forward to

Tracks Live A Little, Love A Little:

01 Wonderful World (2:15) (Guy Fletcher/Doug Flett) 
02 Edge Of Reality (3:19) (Bill Giant/Bernie Baum/Florence Kaye) 
03 A Little Less Conversation (2:18) (Billy Strange/Scott “Mac” Davis) 
04 Almost In Love (3:08) (Luiz Bonfa/Randy Starr) 
05 Wonderful World – take 1 3:02 06 A Little Less Conversation – takes 1, 2 2:40 07 Edge Of Reality – takes 1, 2 4:18 08 Almost In Love (2005) – takes 1, 4-6 5:45 09 Wonderful World – takes 2, 3 2:54 10 Edge Of Reality – take 3 3:52 11 A Little Less Conversation – takes 4-9 5:16 12 A Little Less Conversation – take 10 (album master) 2:28 13 Almost In Love – high key version instrumental track, rehearsal 3:23 14 Wonderful World¬ - take 7 (movie master) 2:35 15 Edge Of Reality – takes 5, 6 4:38 16 Almost In Love high key version – 2007 take and vocal overdub 2011 take 4 3:16 17 Wonderful World – takes 14, 15 3:16 18 A Little Less Conversation – takes 11, 12, 16 (single master) 5:27 19 Edge Of Reality – take 8 (master) 3:59 20 Almost In Love – track 2006 take 4 and vocal overdubs 2012 takes 2, 3 (master) 5:52 21 Wonderful World – takes 16, 17 (master) 3:18

Recorded for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Live A Little, Love A Little on March 7, 1968 at Western Recorders (Studio 1), Hollywood

Session hours: 7PM-3AM
Elvis’ vocal overdubs possibly recorded March 11, 1968
Arranger/session leader: Billy Strange
Engineer: Chuck Britz
Musicians: Joseph Gibbons, Neil Levang, Charles Britz, Alvin Casey: guitar; Larry Knechtal, Charles Berghofer: bass; Hal Blaine, Gary Coleman: drums; Don Randi: piano; B.J. Baker, Sally Stevens, Bob Tebow, John Bahler: vocals Lou Raderman, Sidney Sharp, Leonard Malarsky, Ralph Schaeffer, William Kurasch, Tibor Zelig, Jerome Reisler, James Getzoff, Harry Bluestone, Arnold Belnick, Bernard Kundell, Stanley Plummer: violin; Harry Hyams, Joseph Di Fiore, Leonard Selic, Louis Kievman, Gareth Nuttycombe, David Burk: viola; Jesse Ehrlich, Armand Kaproff, Joseph Di Tullio, Victor Sazer, Frederick Seykora, Harold Bemko: cello; Lew Mc Creary, Thomas Shepard, Richard Leith, Dick Hyde: trombone; Roy Caton, Oliver Mitchell: trumpet; James Horn: sax

Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael J├Şrgensen & Roger Semon Mastered by Sebastian Jeansson and Vic Anesini 

Charts

With the "Forever Elvis" CD sold out it should be no surprise it has had a big fall on Billboard's 200 Albums chart, and it is this week at #56 in its third week. On the Album Sales chart it dropped from #13 to #22. On the Rock Album chart it dropped from #5 to #6. On the Country Album chart it dropped from #3 to #6. 
  • The vinyl re-issues of “Elvis Presley” and “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” which entered the UK Vinyl Album chart last week dropped off the last after only one week. 
  • The CD version of the “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” also dropped out off the Official UK Album chart after it’s re-entry last week. 
  • The compilation “The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs“ re-entered the chart at #94.
  • The 2007 “The Essential Elvis Presley“ compilation dropped off the Beilag Mid-price Album Chart from last week’s listing at #45.
  • The 2011er CD “The Real... Elvis" climbed from #88 to #81 on the Irish Album chart. 
  • The DVD-Set “Music Legends: Elvis Presley” dropped from #2 to #3 on the Irish Music DVD chart.
  • The 6-DVD-Box "The Elvis Collection" dropped off the UK Music Video chart.
  • The CD "The Essential Elvis Presley" dropped off the Australian Catalogue Album charts.
Gold For Elvis!

Another UK Gold Album award for Elvis. The Sony Music Compilation “The Real … Elvis” was certified Gold. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis Australia)