Wednesday, March 03, 2021

March 03 - Christmas Comes Early

Running Press announced the publication of the 144-page book 'Christmas With Elvis: The Official Guide To the Holidays From The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll' by Robert K. Elder.

From the publisher: For Elvis, Christmas at Graceland was a time for family and friends, a respite from the road and the recording studio. It was a time to sing gospel songs around the piano and give out extravagant gifts.

In this spirit, Christmas with Elvis is designed like a Christmas party Elvis himself would have liked. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic music and songs Elvis sang and recorded for his bestselling holiday albums, alongside favorite stories, trivia, and Yuletide cocktails and munchies - all wrapped up with a merry Christmas twist fit for the King of Rock ’N’ Roll. Fully illustrated with color photographs and illustrations throughout."

Elvis - A Medley Of Costumes Volume 1

The Cine8 import label released the DVD 'The 8mm Underground Films - Elvis - A Medley Of Costumes Volume 1'.  

From the press release: Cine8 is proud to present a very special presentation of newly discovered footage. Shot on 8mm and Super-8, you’ll get to see Elvis in a “Medley of Costumes” from Las Vegas to Johnson City.

Everything on this DVD was shot by fans. As most of you know, the majority of these films don’t have complete performances. However, with clever editing, we have assembled a great selection of complete songs. We overdubbed every song with soundboard quality audio, turning it all into a wonderful experience. 

It features footage from February 1972 (Las Vegas), July 1974 (Philadelphia, Niagara Falls and Bloomington), September 1974 (College Park), July 1975 (Richfield and Uniondale) and March 1976 Johnson City and St. Louis). 

As a bonus Cine8 included a 40 minutes split screen edit of Elvis’ performance in San Bernardino on November 13, 1972. 

Tracks : Sweet Inspiration (by the Sweet Inspirations) – See See Rider – I Got A Woman/Amen – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Until It’s Time For You To Go – Polk Salad Annie – Love Me – All Shook Up – Heartbreak Hotel – Love Me Tender – Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel – Blue Suede Shoes – Little Sister/Get Back – I’ll Remember You – How Great Thou Art – Suspicious Minds – Introductions – What Now My Love – Fever – Burning Love – You Gave Me A Mountain – Mystery Train/Tiger Man – Can’t help Falling In Love

Sold Out! Volume 2

The Pyramid import label released volume 2 in the 'Sold Out' 8mm footage series. The label also announced that a third volume is almost ready, with some truly spectacular close-up footage from the concert years. 

Form the press release: Pyramid strikes again! Our first release rocked the Elvis world, in ways that were a surprise even to us. Remarkable 8mm footage, restored with care, truly bringing into focus again what a sensational and charismatic performer Elvis really was, even in his final years. 

It was a surprise for many to see such spectacular footage from concerts that were presumed lost to time. 

Fans contacted us saying how moved they were seeing so much new footage of Elvis on stage, showing his unique interaction with his audiences, his band, being playful, laughing… As one fan wrote: “It’s almost like you brought him back!”.

Now Volume 2 is out, with even more surprises. Almost three hours of Elvis in his prime in Las Vegas from 1970 to 1973, all presented as it was originally recorded. The Rex Martin footage and more. Carefully restored using the latest technology, but without compromising the integrity of the original footage. We also used a few silent clips this time. 

Join us for a unique journey back in time, celebrating Elvis’ artistic rebirth in Las Vegas. People filming at concerts was still in its infancy, and of course there was always the risk of getting caught, and much of the film presented here reflect those realities. But this footage also captures a special moment in time when Elvis was on top of his game, and singing with real fire in his belly. He was clearly excited about performing live again, and his live shows were dynamic and focused. 

Decent footage from the early engagements is rarer than a hen’s teeth, so this is a real treat. A lot of effort was made to present this footage in the best way possible. 

Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1

Hot on the heels of the book 'Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis - Biloxi - New Orleans' Paul Belard announced the release of of the 250-page book 'Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1'. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!

The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.

The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring”.

Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.

Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.

A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in 'Aloha from Hawaii' eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

For more information on his book you can contact the author by >>> email

Elvis Statue

The reconstruction of the "Elvis Bridge" in the German city bad Nauheim - where Elvis lived while stationed in Germany -  was completed. There is only thing missing is the new bronze Elvis statue. This will be unveiled officially on August 13, 2021. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Running Press / FECC / Elvis Information Network / Paul Belard / Elvis In Bronze)