June 24 - Unheard Vinyl Book Updates

The “Roustabout” soundtrack will be re-issued by the Friday Music label on August 19, 2016. It comes on 180 gram audiophile translucent orange vinyl as a “Limited Anniversary Edition” in a gatefold cover.

Book Updates

Erik Lorentzen has announced more details about the first of his series of books called the “Gold Standard Series”. These books will focus on highlights in Elvis’ wonderful career in the same way that 'A Touch Of Gold Lame' did.

Two books will be released later this year, both celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the events covered in the books. “Elvis In Person - The Florida Tour Of August 1956” with a worldwide release  on August 3, 2016. “At The Mississippi Alabama Fair And Dairy Show” on September 26, 1956 Tupelo. 

Volume 8 in the “Elvis Files” series should be out soon. This marks the last chapter in this series and it covers the years 1976 and 1977 from the 1976 new year eve concert in Pittsburgh until the last months of Elvis Presley’s life in 1977.

Unheard Way Down in the Jungle Room sessions

In early May, we reported some interesting Elvis Presley happenings afoot at the Phillips Recording Service. 
Although details were vague, officials from Sony/Legacy - the custodians of the Presley catalog - and longtime Elvis TCB band members were on hand at Phillips to work on tracks for an upcoming project. Though unconfirmed officially, the work was reportedly for a 40th anniversary package marking the King's 1976 home recording sessions at Graceland's Jungle Room. 

We mixed 18 tracks from the Jungle Room sessions, and the really cool thing is James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Ronnie Tutt - all those guys who played with Elvis came to town and hung out while I mixed, says Ross-Spang. It's pretty interesting mixing with James Burton standing over your shoulder. Ross-Spang's work offers a sparer-sounding version of the Jungle Room material. 

Those songs were originally done on 16-track at the house, but afterward, (Elvis producer) Felton Jarvis took the tracks back to Nashville and added strings and horns and overdubs. Which was cool, but it's really great just to have the original kind of swamp-y tracks, real bare bones. I think that's where some of the material really shines.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / FECC / Amazon)