Wednesday, August 11, 2021

August 11 - Sinatra and Elvis Colorized

The Danish Memphis Mansion released two limited editions of the 'Welcome Home Elvis - The Acetates' box-set, featuring Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra and Peter Lawford as recorded on March 26 1960. 

The new editions come as 100 copies on red and 100 copies on lime colored vinyl. 

Available at >>> Memphis Mansion.

Exclusive Christmas

Walmart will release an exclusive edition of the 'Merry Christmas Baby' compilation on Winter Wonderland Swirled vinyl. This LP has October 29, 2021 as the release-date.

Christmas on Wax

Here is the track listing if the 'Elvis' Christmas Album' re-issue from the Waxtime on Color which is due for release September 24, 2021.

Side A: Santa claus is back in town / White christmas / Here comes santa claus (right down santa claus lane) / I'll be home for christmas / Blue christmas / Santa bring me my baby back (to me) / Wooden heart

Side B: Oh little town of bethlehem / Silent night / (there'll be) peace in the valley (for me) / I believe / Take my hand, precious lord / It is no secret (what god can do) / Don't.

Virtual Elvis Week Started

For fans who are unable to visit Memphis during Elvis Week 2021, Graceland offers you the chance to tune in to Virtual Elvis Week 2021 - Live from Graceland from August 11th to  August 17th. 

From the Elvis Week WebsiteCelebrate the legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll through an amazing, never before offered online experience with live concert events, incredible fan experiences, and conversations with special celebrity guests such as Priscilla Presley, James Burton and more! Highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Elvis in Concert on the big screen, and more! 

We are pulling out all the stops for Virtual Elvis Week 2021, with concerts and events at the Soundstage at Graceland live streamed in pristine HD with soundboard audio! Unlike last year’s Virtual Elvis Week where all the content was pre-recorded or pulled from archival footage, this year you’ll have the chance to experience Elvis Week as it’s happening and feel the electricity of the live shows, just as if you were in Memphis! 

Visit the >>> Elvis Week website.

Book Buyer Beware!

Several years ago more than 50 cheap Elvis book titles were published and available from Amazon and B&N. Each title was based on publicly available information on Wikipedia and the Internet generally.

After a quiet period it appears a new group of books have been released with similar content. Most in both softcover and ebook (Kindle / Nook) format. Bizarrely, the Kindle editions are listed with a different author name! Unlike the earlier Internet sourced books, the new releases are at least much better written. Each book is priced under US$15.00. The titles are:

  • The Day The Beatles Met Elvis Presley: Ultimate Classic Rock (Kathleen McMurdo)
  • When The Beatles Met Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Biography (Michael Duensing) (softcover)
  • When The Beatles Met Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Biography (Drucilla Dreibelbis) (Kindle)
  • Elvis and The Beatles: What They Thought Of Each Other (Anderson Cowder) (softcover)
  • Elvis and The Beatles: What They Thought Of Each Other (Aplpha Weisberger) (Kindle)
  • Elvis and Me: The True Story (Tamie Hoffhines)
  • Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley (Cristal Krivonec) (softcover)
  • Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley (Dallas Makarewicz) (Kindle)
  • Elvis Presley: Songs, Death & Daughter, Vaughn Maturi (softcover) - features cover image which is not Elvis
  • Elvis Presley: Songs, Death & Daughter, Ray Bequillard (Kindle) - features cover image which is not Elvis

The three Elvis-Beatles books all contain 251 pages and the content in each is the same! Similarly, the other three titles contain 132 pages and their content is the same.

The Elvis-Beatles books are a reissue of the Trina Young 2018 release, 'Elvis And The Beatles: Love And Rivalry Between The Two Biggest Acts Of The 20th Century'.

The Elvis Information Network capsule review in 2018 was that the book is well written and features a significant amount of interesting material, for example:

"When Elvis was receiving criticism in 1956, [Sophie] Tucker came to his defense saying, “I hear he’s a real nice boy. Some people may not like his style and may not listen again, but they should hear him once and make up their own minds.”

Sophie Tucker sent Christmas cards to Elvis, and Elvis and The Colonel reciprocated. In addition, The Colonel sent several telegrams wishing her well on upcoming performances".

The non Beatles titles are a compilation of recollections by those who knew or worked with Elvis, including Bob Neal, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Boots Randolph, Cliff Richard, and Brenda Lee.

Buyer Beware! And always do some research before purchasing.

(Source: Memphis Mansion / The Elvis Shop London / Sounds Haarlem / Graceland / Elvis Information Network)