December 04 - 8mm to January (Updated)

Vince Wright updated the information on his '8mm Elvis - The Story of Elvis on 8mm Film' book. 

The book should be out January 2023,  For now we have the cover-art, more news coming soon.



James Burton Update

James Burton's family posted an update on Elvis' former bandleader and guitar player.

He is now in the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehab Hospital. He is still bed ridden and his one kidney is still struggling, but God says, I am the Lord who heals you!

Exodus 15:26

God said Behold, I am the Lord your God!

Is there anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus said, Your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease ✝️

Mark 5:34

A friend sent us these Godly signs and we read and believe the Bible✝️πŸ˜‡

Please keep praying for a complete healing πŸ™✝️πŸ˜‡πŸŽΈ

Thank you for your prayers and everyone that prays for me. 

God hears your prayers❤️

Note: could that guitar in the corner be a good sign? 

Update December 05:

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the James Burton Foundation if you choose & the foundation will send a Get Well Soon card to James with notice of your donation 🎸

They also will be displayed in his room. 

And the foundation will give more guitars to those who need them ❤️🎸😎

Thank you so much for your kindness!πŸŽΈπŸ’

http://www.jamesburtonfoundation.org/

(Source: Anthony Stuchbury / 8mm Elvis / James Burton Foundation)

December 03 - Elvis: Prodigy Of Sun Records Out Next Week

Erik Lorentzen and Robert van Beek informed us that the 'Elvis: Prodigy Of Sun Records' book / vinyl set should be out next week. 

Publicity statedHundreds of hours of research gives an overall picture of the boy who became a king. Many new quality photos have been purchased, you will be amazed at the mass of information that has come to light.

Many hours of research through digital libraries emerged new facts and interesting anecdotes from Elvis' early life and career. From Old Saltillo Rd., to the magic of SUN recording studios, the first Louisiana Hayride appearances and everything in between. This book is filled with a string of never-before-seen photos dated from 1935 till 1955. 

But wait, that’s not all, a 10 inch vinyl bonus LP with ten songs also comes with this release!! The early Elvis SUN recordings in the best possible sound. The world's first atomic powered singer mixed blues, pop and hillbilly/country to create an electrifying new music that was called Rock ‘n Roll and changed the influence of music in the world forever. 

Many of Elvis' early childhood friends share their memories in these two books. Elvis' time in primary and secondary school is extensively discussed as well as his first loves (not only girls) and his roots for Gospel music. Tupeloans share their stories about their childhood friend who became the future King. A collection of jaw-dropping photos and, of course, the near to  complete story from Elvis' birth until his big break in 1955. 
An unmissable reference book for all fans.

Go to the >>> ELVIS FILES to place your order now and have a chance to win a free promo single. 

Our friends from the Elvis Information Network will publish an interview with author Robert van Beek on what to expect from this set soon. 

(Source: Elvis Files / Elvis Information Network)

December 03 - Charts December 2022 - Week 1 (Updated)

The weekly Elvis Presley chart update. The 'King of Christmas Songs' is back on the Billboard charts. 

Not featured on this overview are the charts of the many on-line retailers where Elvis is ruling the various DVD and Blu-ray charts with Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS'. 

New statistics will be added over the weekend when available.




U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' re-entry at #107. 
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack re-entry at #115. 
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #114 to 193. 
  • Billboard Hot Recurrent chart: 'Blue Christmas' re-entry at #20.
  • Billboard Top Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack re-entry at #49. 
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' makes a re-entry at #41.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #14 to #28. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' climbed from #28 to #19. 
  • Billboard Top Country Streaming Songs chart: 'Blue Christmas' re-entry at #15.
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album chart: the 'ELVIS' Soundtrack climbed from #7 to #4. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' re-entry at #18. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack re-entry at #21.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' dropped from #21 to #43. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' re-entry at #13.
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack re-entry at #16.
  • Billboard Top Current Album Sales chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack re-entry at #32.
  • Billboard Holiday 100 chart: 'Blue Christmas' dropped climbed from #40 to #22. 
  • Billboard Holiday 100 chart: 'Here Comes Santa Claus' climbed from #93 to #88. 
  • Billboard Holiday Digital Song Sales chart: 'Blue Christmas' re-entry at #30. 
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' climbed from #15 to #14.
  • Billboard Holiday Streaming SongsS chart: 'Blue Christmas' climbed from #45 to #21. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #43 to #45.  
  • Official Compilation Albums chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack dropped from #19 to #40.  
  • Official Compilation Vinyl Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack makes a re-entry at #19.  
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #24. 
  • Official Soundtrack Album 100 chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album climbed from #11 to #2.   
  • Official Country Compilations chart Top 20: 'From Elvis In Nashville' dropped from #10 to #12. 
  • Official Americana Album chart: 'Elvis Back In Nashville' climbed from #37 to #24.
  • Billboard Artist chart: Elvis Presley makes a re-entry at #62.
  • Official Film Chart Top 40 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #4 to #2. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2. 
  • Official Blu-ray Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' movie dropped from #6 to #9. 
  • Official DVD Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2.
  • Official Film on Disc Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from#4 to #3. 
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The Searcher' climbed from #47 to #45. 
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The King of Rock and Roll' remained steady at #50.

Official Irish IRMA charts:

  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #57 to #64. 
  • Official Irish Compilation Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album dropped from #7 to #12. 
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' remains steady at #2.

(Source: Official Chart Company / IRMA / UK Mix Forum)


December 02 - Elvis On Tour, Digitally, on Vinyl and Video

The new 'Elvis On Tour' set has been released on digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, the six physical discs and Blu-ray of the movie are set for release January 2023.

The sound is amazing! Join The King as he journeys through his iconic 1972 tour across North America with Elvis on Tour and hear never-before-heard live recordings of classic hits you know and love. A great way to start the weekend, enjoy! 

Here is a preview of the complete set: 

Sony Music also released another promotional video for the 'On Tour' set; 'Never Been to Spain' in the Elvis On Tour Interviews series. Listen to Ernst Jorgensen and matt Ross-Spang discuss this song.






Opening Night 1972

According to a new pre-order option on Amazon U.K. the U.K. based Memphis Recording Service will release the CD 'Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis - Opening Night 1972' on January 27, 2023.

Description
: CD contains a thrilling new show - featuring a revised setlist - from Elvis’ Opening Night at the Las Vegas Hilton on the 26 January 1972. The soundboard recording has been remastered and restored using the most sophisticated technology available, and - for the first time ever - presented in true stereo. 

Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - Little Sister / Get Back - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - One Night - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O' Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - An American Trilogy - Introductions - I'll Remember You - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling in Love

The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia along with introductory notes.

Details Elvis Live 1972

Available on January 27, 2023 is the RCA Legacy double LP 'Elvis Live 1972'.

It features live performances from the Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia (April 9, 1972), Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia (April 10, 1972), Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina (April 14, 1972) and San Antonio Convention Center Arena (April 18, 1972).

Side A - April 9, 1972 - Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia: 
Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie.

Side B - April 10, 1972 - Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia:
Love Me - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Love Me Tender  - It's Over - Suspicious Minds.

Side C - April 14, 1972 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina:
Introductions - For The Good Times - American Trilogy - Burning Love - Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)  - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.

Side D - April 18, 1972 Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas and 
April 9, 1972 - Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virgina:
Proud Mary - How Great Thou Art - I Can't Stop Loving You - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - A Big Hunk O' Love - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.

Tracks 1-3 recorded April 18th, tracks 4-6 recorded April 9th 1972.

(Source: Apple / Spotify / Bear Family / Elvis Club Berlin)

 

December 01 - Tampa Wave Preview

The Millbranch records import record label posted a promotional video on YouTube for their upcoming 'Tampa Wave' CD / DVD release. 

Watch the opening sequence in HD:


Update on James Burton

James Burton's family posted another update on James' health. 

James is in the Vanderbilt hospital rehab as of yesterday.πŸ˜‡
He is doing better but his kidney is still struggling but his blood levels are gradually getting better. 
However, with Rehab he is in more pain.😞
He is so excited to be exercising now.  He’ll be walking again soon with your Prayers for complete recovery and playing better than everπŸ™✝️🎸
He knows how important your prayers are and wants you to know he is working HARD to play & see you again soon 🎸😎
Thank you so much, God bless you all and please share...the Burton Family.

(Source: Your Favourite ELVIS CD, LP, DVD & Book on Facebook / James Burton)




November 30 - Elvis On Tour In The U.K.

Elvis will go back "On Tour" in the United Kingdom with the "The Best Of Elvis In Concert - Live On Screen". He will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7 for the dates.

Publicity stated: The King is back! One of the most unique concert experiences of recent years is set to return for 2023 having won the hearts of critics and fans a-like, as Elvis is set once again to be back, in an arena near you!

The full-scale concert brings the King up close on screen alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known “rocking” songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads, with a special guest to be announced in due course. A show like no other, expect an overwhelmingly encapsulating and enthralling evening!
This is the only chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music, selling an unparalleled 1 billion records worldwide, his popularity unwavering as the critical and commercial success of the Baz Luhrman produced biopic Elvis showed us in cinemas this year!

The collaboration between the music of Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has spearheaded an incredible phenomenon, with new orchestral arrangements of the music of the most legendary artists of all time being presented with the original recordings of the artists’ own voice which led to three huge-selling and critically acclaimed albums ('If I Can Dream', 'The Wonder of You', and 'Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra').

With Elvis never having toured the United Kingdom, or performing with a full sized orchestra as were two of his dreams, these shows are a chance to both honor the legacy of an icon who has defined popular culture for over half a century, and for fans to see ‘The King’ live, who never had the chance to before.

The Tour Dates (tickets available from December 2, 2022): 
25 October – Glasgow OVO Hydro
26 October – Manchester AO Arena
27 October – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
28 October – Newcastle Utilita Arena
29 October – Leeds First Direct Arena
31 October – London The O2
01 November – Cardiff International Arena

ELVIS, A Directors’ Assembly

Think this comment is proof enough that there will be no "BAZ ON TOUR" re-edit. "Baz Luhrmann knows that fans have a “Burning Love” for Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis Presley." The “Elvis” director confirmed to IndieWire at the 2022 Gotham Awards that there eventually will be a concert cut of the musical biopic.

Speaking at a recent Q&A, Luhrmann said, “As this film grows in its kind of, I suppose, success ––the fact that young audiences have come to see it, 15 and 16-year-olds are a big part of our audience, real Elvis fans, but people who go, ‘I knew nothing about Elvis, I don’t care about Elvis,’ have gone into his life––I thought it would be great for you guys to have the experience only we had, which is to watch Austin do the entire concert. So I can’t say exactly when because I have got to get through this, but I can say one thing: there will be a day when we do that concert version.”

“It’s a directors’ assembly. It’s not a cut. There’s a whole lot of material that adds up to four hours, but I have gone on record now to say not today, not tomorrow, but at some point I would do [it],” Luhrmann said. “Because Austin did his concerts full out. He did all the numbers. Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to watch him do those full concerts, so one day I will cut those full concerts together.” Luhrmann continued, “We just had all the cameras. [Cinematographer] Mandy Walker even got the lenses reproduced from the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s to match exactly everything.”

As for which concert it may be, Luhrmann didn’t reveal, though one could presume the Las Vegas show considering how prominently it’s featured in the film. “The way that we approached every [concert performance] was, for one, Baz and I early on decided that when I was on stage, we weren’t going to have a moment where suddenly we’re talking about acting,” Butler said during the film’s press tour. “So I would come on stage, like in Vegas, do the entire concert, curtain comes down, I walk off. So every time the audience is getting the experience of the show. And if we would cut for any reason, I would entertain the crowd as Elvis. It was the same thing as him having to make jokes to keep everyone entertained.”

Chicago Blues

Joseph Tunzi published the cover-art for his upcoming book 'The Chicago Blues - Elvis Encore Performance VII'. 

Publicity stated: This book will feature photos from Elvis' performance at the Chicago Stadium on June 17, 1972. It comes with a bonus 2023 "pocket" Elvis calendar.

(Source: Facebook / Elvis Information Network / Indiewire / The Film Stage)

November 29 - Elvis Live 1972 and 1976

Due for release from RCA / Victor on March 24, 2023 is the double LP 'Live 1972'. More information when available. 

Shooting Star In Largo

The Straight Arrow import label announced the release of the double CD ‘Shooting Star In Largo’ containing the June 27, 1976 Afternoon and Evening show performances, as recorded from the audience in the Landover Capital Center, Largo, MD.

Following the remarkable success of our ‘The Moon Is Falling’ CD, it is time to move on to yet another exciting project. Straight Arrow is pleased to announce this new double CD set, featuring two concerts from the June 1976 Bicentennial tour, in topnotch audience recorded quality.

As all die-hard fans know 1976 was a somewhat problematic year for Elvis, nevertheless the June concerts from Largo are examples of really solid Presley performances, with The King sounding clear and enthusiastic and most important - in good voice. 

It is worth mentioning that Elvis met Elton John prior to his evening show in Largo. Before he left, the British singer asked Elvis to sing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ (which Elvis did), and informed him that his parents would also be in the audience. Elton and Presley said goodbye cordially and Elton was escorted once again to his seat in the arena, but not without posing for a picture with an illustrious fan: Lisa Marie, the daughter of his idol.

Both shows were taken directly from recently found original audience-recorded master tapes and they were recorded by a famous photographer of many Elvis 70’s concerts, American superfan Harold Jean Newton (July 23, 1939 - June 10, 2009). These historic concerts were never before available in the good sound quality - until now!

The June 27th, 1976, 2:30 PM show was previously released on CD called ‘Beltway To Largo’ (2002) from an inferior and slightly incomplete source. The July 27th 8:30 PM show is previously unreleased. Every second was enhanced to achieve the optimal listening experience. The sound was remastered to the correct speed. If you have enjoyed our previous 1976 releases i.e. ‘Ononda Nights’ 2-CD, we believe that you will love this one as well. 

This special release is presented in de-luxe double digipack, accompanied with local press review. All images used for this project were taken on stage during Elvis' 1976 Largo concerts. Photos from June 27th 8:30 PM are black and white and they are rare. A couple of them have been added in spite of the problematic quality, for historic reasons.

Tracks: CD1: Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Early Mornin’ Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues, Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt - 25. Hurt - 26. Help Me - 27. Hound Dog - 28. Funny How Time Slips Away - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30. Closing Vamp and Announcements. All tracks recorded live from the audience on June 27th, 1976 Afternoon Show.

(Source: Amazon / Pascal Matteo)

November 28 - Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon

Alan R. Tranter published his 267-page book 'Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon: The Formative Recordings of Elvis Presley 1953-1960'.

Description: In 1953, Elvis Presley made his very first recording, paying around $4 for two sides of a demonstration disc at the Sun Studios in his hometown of Memphis.

It was a humble beginning, but a significant one. This book traces what came next; the local success that within a couple of years would explode into worldwide stardom, which would endure for the rest of his life, and beyond.

It is not a biography, it is more accurately a chronicle of Elvis' growth; his visits to the recording studio, his first movies, his record releases, his influences, his live performances, his TV appearances, all of which paint a picture of the artist who became, and remained, King.

When Elvis completed his National Service, in 1960, he emerged almost anew. In this book, the author draws a line from that fledgling artist to the 25 year old that emerged, poised to take on the decade that would usher in so many (as yet unknown) musical (and social) changes.

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Amazon)


November 26 - James Burton Hurt (Updated)

James Burton’s family posted more sad news on Facebook.

“James has slipped and fell and broke his hip on Thanksgiving morning. They had to do a hip replacement at Vanderbilt in Nashville and the surgery was successful. The problem he has now is very serious, we need everyone's prayers for complete healing at this time.
The remaining kidney is struggling to process all the heavy medication that he has been given through 3 surgeries now and we're close to critical. Please pray today for a complete healing for James. We really appreciate your prayers, friendship and love. May God bless you all... the Burton Family.”

Get well soon James!

Update November 28:

When the prayers startedπŸ™his blood levels stop taking a critical dive and STOPPEDπŸ›‘!!!!!! turned around and started to go UP✝️πŸ™✝️πŸ™✝️ THANK YOU JESUS✝️ THANK YOU❤️❤️❤️ Please, please continue prayers and please share...thank you all so very much...the Burton Family.

(Source: The Burton Family)

November 26 - Charts November 2022 - Week 4

The weekly Elvis Presley chart update. The soundtrack album for the 'ELVIS' movie makes a big jump on the charts in the United Kingdom. 

In the United Stated Billboard messes things up again; the 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' compilation suddenly disappeared from all charts and 'The Essential Elvis Presley' set makes a re-appearance on those some charts ...  

Not featured on this overview are the charts of the many on-line retailers where Elvis is ruling the various DVD and Blu-ray charts with Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS'. 

New statistics will be added over the weekend when available.


U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #114. 
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #39. 
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album chart: the 'ELVIS' Soundtrack remained steady at #7. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #14. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' makes a re-entry at #28. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #21. 
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: the 'The Essential Elvis Presley' makes a re-entry at #16.
  • Billboard Top Holiday Album chart: 'The Classic Christmas Album' dropped from #14 to #15. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #35 to #43.  
  • Official Compilation Albums chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack climbed from #94 to #19.  
  • Official Compilation Vinyl Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack makes a re-entry at #19.  
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #21 to #24. 
  • Official Soundtrack Album 100 chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album climbed from #11 to #2.   
  • Official Country Compilations chart Top 20: 'From Elvis In Nashville' climbed from #15 to #10. 
  • Official Americana Album chart: 'Elvis Back In Nashville' is a re-entry at #37.
  • Official Film Chart Top 40 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #6 to #4. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #3 to #2. 
  • Official Blu-ray Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' movie climbed from #10 to #6. 
  • Official DVD Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2.
  • Official Film on Disc Chart Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from#4 to #3. 
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The Searcher' re-entered the chart at #47.
  • Official Music Video Chart Top 50: 'Elvis The King of Rock and Roll' remained steady at #50.

Official Irish IRMA charts:

  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #44 to #57. 
  • Official Irish Compilation Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack album climbed from #35 to #7. 
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2.

(Source: Official Chart Company / IRMA / UK Mix Forum / IFPI)

Review Las Vegas international Presents: Elvis Now 1971

Following the May 2022 release of the 4-CD-set ‘Las Vegas international Presents: Elvis Now 1971’ we get the 2-LP version. 

 

Design

 

As we have come to expect from the U.K. based Memphis Recording Service record label the design is top notch again. A strong picture of a slim Elvis in his Turquoise Concho suit against a black background with a touch of the “Elvis In Vegas” typography in the title. It looks both authentic and modern at the same time. 


Opening the gate-fold the design inside is more simple, just 7 pictures from the various shows. On the back we get the songs and basic information with a again a nice picture of our man. Overall it is a great looking package that will catch your eye when you see it on display in a record-store. 

 

The music is presented on traditional black and on clear vinyl. I’m spinning the latter, and although it looks great, my advice is not to look at it too much while playing the disc, you might get dizzy! The vinyl itself is good, almost no crackling sound or ticks whatsoever.

 

Content

 

The 2-LP features a selection from the original 4-CD-set, focusing on the January 28, 1971 Dinner Show performance and February 23, 1971 Closing Show. Added to that are 6 bonus tracks from the January 27th Midnight Show, the January 28th and 29th Dinner Show performances which are not part of the set-lists of the main shows on this double LP. Smart and good additions that really complete the set.

 

I’ve been playing these two discs a few times now, and they don’t disappoint. They contain great music, and upbeat Elvis, who is in control of the show and the TCB band, having fun with the musicians but at the same time directing them to deliver the music how he wants it to sound.

 

The music is presented in newly created stereo and that is what you hear while playing the album, there is enough separation between the channels and the audio sounds good. On some tracks there is a little distortion due to errors in the original tapes / CDs used to create this set. Just listen to the great ‘Johnny B. Goode’ or ‘That’s All Right’ these were recorded a little too loud and you hear it. But as they really rock, I can easily overhear that as I’m enjoying the performances! If you listen to the acapella opening of ‘How Great thou Art’ with The Imperials, you hear the mix and audio-quality are good. 

 

If you like this new stereo presentation of the original mono recordings will always be a matter of taste which I’ll leave up to each listener. Read my review of the original CD for the details and more in-depth reviews of the concerts. 

 

Conclusion

 

This double LP is a great looking and sounding representation of this first 1971 Vegas engagement that gives us a strong Elvis performing a very entertaining selection of classic hits. 

 

Go >>> here for the review of the CD edition.


The 2-LP is available from the >>> Memphis Recording Service website and Amazon.


 

November 25 - Danish Christmas News Report (Updated)

Due for release next week is the vinyl box 'Christmas: The Singles Collection' on red and on green colored vinyl.  

Publicity statedNow available is this remarkable box set containing 8 gorgeous 45RPM singles plus a bonus CD. Actually 5 of these are extended plays. All your favorite Christmas songs are featured on this set. 

Many of these Christmas themed tracks were never issued before on a 45RPM.cReady to be played in jukeboxes or on your record player under the Christmas tree. A great collection of Christmas masterpieces. All tracks are also available on the included bonus CD.

Record 1: Blue Christmas / White Christmas (With Count In) / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Silent Night.

Record 2: Winter Wonderland ( Take 7 + Master) / O Come, All Ye Faithful (Take 2).

Record 3: The Wonderful World Of Christmas (Binaural Master Incl. Count In) / Silver Bells (Take 1) /I'll Be On Christmas Day (Remake Take 3).

Record 4: O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / I'll Be Home For Christmas.

Record 5: It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) (Take 3) / If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 1).

Record 6: Merry Christmas Baby (Edited Undubbed Master) / Blue Christmas (Live December 13, 1975)

Record 7: Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 2) / The First Noel (Alternate Mix From Mastertape) / On A Snowy Christmas Night

Record 8: If Everyday Was Like Christmas (V.O Take 1&2 -Undubbed Master) /Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Live 1968 June 27 8.00 Pm) / Blue Christmas (Live 1968 June 27 6.00 Pm)

Tracks CD: Blue Christmas / White Christmas (With Count In) / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Silent Night / Winter Wonderland ( Take 7 + Master) / O Come, All Ye Faithful (Take 2) / The Wonderful World Of Christmas (Binaural Master Incl. Count In) / Silver Bells (Take 1) / I'll Be On Christmas Day (Remake Take 3) / O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / I'll Be Home For Christmas / It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) (Take 3) / If I Get Home On Christmas Day (Take 1) / Merry Christmas Baby (Edited Undubbed Master) / Blue Christmas (Live December 13, 1975) / Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees (Take 2) / The First Noel (Alternate Mix From Mastertape) / On A Snowy Christmas Night / If Everyday Was Like Christmas (V.O Take 1&2 -Undubbed Master) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Live 1968 June 27 8.00 Pm) / Blue Christmas (Live 1968 June 27 6.00 Pm)


Elvis News Report 

Emiel Maier published the December 2022 Elvis News Report on his YouTube chanel. It wraps-up most of the news from November 2022 with Elvis' earnings of 2022, Graceland messing up Elvis legacy, auction news, correcting some "fake news" previews from the "Priscilla" movie, the passing of Jerry Lee Lewis and more. 


Elvis 1956

The 20th Century Masterworks (H'Art)record label released the Deluxe 31-track edition of Elvis Presley's debut album as 'Elvis 1956'. It comes with 19 bonus tracks and is presented as a 88-page hardcover booklet with specially prepared liner-notes by Elvis biographer and renowned music critic Peter Guralnick in which he explores Elvis’ records and experiences from 1956 in great detail. 

Publicity stated
: Guralnick explains why it was such a groundbreaking year in the career of the iconic Rock and Roll star. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1943, Guralnick specializes in the history of early rock and roll and is the author of a classic two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, 'Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley', followed by 'Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley'. 
The booklet is fully illustrated with rare and never before published photos, including numerous classic shots of Elvis by photographer Alfred Wertheimer.

More Debut Album Releases

The Vip Vop record label announced the November 25, 2022 release of a Limited Edition 10-inch pink and green colored LP of Elvis Presley's self-titled debut album. 

Publicity stated: This new Limited Edition of Elvis' debut album contains 11 remastered tracks, pressed on pink green colored vinyl. 

As a bonus it contains a 7-inch sized 16-page booklet with rare photos and liner notes by Mojo writer and author Max Decharne and a fold-out poster of the original uncropped photo from the album cover. 

Danish Releases

The Danish Memphis Mansion shared the first images of te pink colored 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' and 'Danish Singles Collection Volume 4' LPs which should be available this week. The Christmas album will also be released on cassette-tape. 

Added to the vinyl announcement is the release of the CD featuring the volumes 3 and 4 of the 'Danish Singles Collection' LPs.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / Emiel Maier / Anthony Stuchbury)

November 24 - Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis (Updated)

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the December  / January 2022 release of the 4-CD set 'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis'. 

Publicity stated: As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis'. 

Released as a 4-CD set, housed in a 5-inch digi-pack, this set features three 1976 concerts recorded at Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana July 1, 1976, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 2, 1976 and the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee July 5, 1976. 

Every effort has been made to optimise the audio of these original soundboard recordings. Priority is given to historical content.

Disc 1 1 Also Sprach Zarathustra 0:52 2 See See Rider 4:34 3 I Got A Woman / Amen 5:17 4 Love Me 2:46 5 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 2:57 6 You Gave Me A Mountain 3:20 7 All Shook Up 1:01 8 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 2:07 09 And I Love You So 3:22 10 Jailhouse Rock 1:44 11 Fever 3:34 12 America 2:37 13 Polk Salad Annie 4:05 14 Introductions/Early Mornin’ Rain 2:54 15 Introductions / What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode 7:12 16 Love Letters 3:11 17 School Days 0:58 18 Hurt 3:49 19 Hound Dog 1:59 21 Funny How Time Slips Away 3:03 22 Happy Birthday 0:25 23 It’s Now Or Never 3:00 24 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:38 25 Closing Vamp 1:23 Recorded live at Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana July 1, 1976.

Disc 2: Baton Rouge 1 Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:05 2 See See Rider 3:34 3 I Got A Woman / Amen 7:44 4 Love Me 2:26 5 Fairytale 3:13 6 You Gave Me A Mountain 3:28 7 All Shook Up 1:24 8 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 2:08 09 And I Love You So 3:23 10 Jailhouse Rock 1:30 11 Fever 2:59 12 America 2:22 13 Polk Salad Annie 4:09 14 Introductions/Early Mornin’ Rain 3:51 15 Introductions / What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode 5:06 16 Love Letters 3:15 17 School Days 0:55 18 Hurt 3:12 19 Funny How Time Slips Away 2:25 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:39 21 Closing Vamp 0:50 Recorded live at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 2, 1976.

Disc 3: Memphis 1 Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:08 2 See See Rider 4:44 3 I Got A Woman / Amen 7:16 4 Love Me 2:29 5 Fairytale 2:40 6 You Gave Me A Mountain 3:19 7 All Shook Up 1:03 8 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 2:05 09 And I Love You So 3:26 10 Jailhouse Rock 1:35 11 Fever 3:19 12 America 2:48 13 One Night 2:37 14 That’s All Right 1:47 15 Blue Christmas 1:42.

Disc 4: Memphis (continued) 1 Introductions/Early Mornin’ Rain 4:54 2 Introductions / What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode 6:48 3 Love Letters 3:25 4 School Days 1:01 5 Hurt 3:53 6 Hound Dog 2:24 7 Funny How Time Slips Away 3:56 8 Help Me 2:49 9 How Great Thou Art 3:24 10 Softly As I Leave You 4:31 11 Polk Salad Annie 4:11 12 Jambalaya 0:20 13 It’s Now Or Never 2:18 14 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:36 25 Closing Vamp 1:50 Recorded live at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee July 5, 1976.


1968 Fender Rosewood Tele For Sale

A 1968 Fender Rosewood Tele built for and played by Elvis Presley has been listed for sale on Reverb.

The guitar is a sister six-string to George Harrison's iconic Rosewood Tele – and currently boasts a price tag of US$295,000. 

A prototype 1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster built for Elvis Presley has been listed for sale on Reverb.

According to the music marketplace, the electric guitar is one of six prototypes, and a sister six-string to the Rosewood Tele beloved by George Harrison, who used his during the Beatles’ iconic 1969 rooftop gig atop the Apple Corps headquarters in London.

The listing states that the King of Rock and Roll used the ‘68 Rosewood Tele “intermittently” for a period of a few months, but at 9lbs and 9oz, Elvis ultimately deemed it too heavy for him, and so sent it back to Eddie Miller, Fender’s Nashville rep at the time.

Currently listed for $295,000, the guitar looks to share the same spec sheet as George Harrison’s Rosewood Tele, with a chambered rosewood body and maple veneer center with a poly finish, rosewood neck and fretboard, two single-coil pickups – the bridge with staggered pole pieces and the neck featuring a chrome-plated cover – and controls pots dating back to 1964.

The guitar also comes with a letter written by Eddie Miller dated September 16, 1969, verifying its provenance, as well as its original hardshell case and additional photo documentation.

For more information about the listing, head to >>> Reverb

Following George Harrison’s championing of the Fender Rosewood Tele, regular production of the guitar commenced in 1969, with a few changes from the prototype models. These alterations included a bolder mid-’60s ‘transition’ logo, instead of a black CBS-era decal, which was trickier to see against dark rosewood.


Vintage Rock

Elvis Presley has a small spot in volume 60 of the Vintage Rock magazine which features Jerry lee Lewis on the cover. Inside the Elvis article 'Elvis In 1972: At The Peak Of His Onstage Powers'. 




TCB Elvis

Afnil Published the 193-page paperback 'TCB Elvis' by Laura De Simone

Synopsis: Laura De Simone, a passionate Elvis Presley fan, takes you into a colorful and illustrated universe to rediscover the legend of this not-to-be-missed music icon. Each page is a unique rendez-vous, where you will willingly stick around to contemplate Elvis from an original artistic angle.

The author relies on her own experience, drawing from her personal collection which started in her childhood and was then enriched by her travels in the footsteps of Elvis and her encounters with those close to the singer, such as Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, John Wilkinson, James Burton, Glen Hardin, Terry Blackwood, J.D. Sumner, Joe Esposito, Richard Davis, Kang Rhee, and many others.

From Tupelo to Memphis, passing through Las Vegas, this biography full of rare and little known anecdotes, sounds like a vibrant tribute to the great Elvis, the one and only king of Rock 'n' Roll, the one we still call the King.

Note: Buyer beware, the book looks like a home-made scarp-book. 


Elvis Photo Book

Clyde Colley published the 24-page 'Elvis Presley Photo Book'. 

Note: buyer beware, another fake author quick cash grab release.  

(Source: FTD / Guitar World / Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)

November 23 - Pot Luck

Due for release from the Not Now re-issue label is 'Pot Luck'. This re-issue comes on 180 Gr. grey colored vinyl. 

Publicity stated: Following his discharge from Army Service in 1960, Elvis Presley and his Manager Colonel Tom Parker had eschewed live performance and concentrated instead on Elvis’s burgeoning film career. A steady stream of record releases kept Elvis’s worldwide audience of fans happy, and June 1962 saw the release of this non-soundtrack LP. 'Pot Luck' reached No.1 in the U.K. and No. 4 in the U.S.A. due to the compositions 'Kiss Me Quick', 'Suspicion' (which went on to become one of his outstanding songs of the period), 'I’m Yours' and 'That’s Someone You Never Forget' (co-written by Elvis with Red West). 

By the end of 1962, Elvis was set to remain at the top of the tree. But this was the year which saw The Beatles and Bob Dylan make their recording debuts. The times were, indeed, a-changin’!

Side 1: Kiss Me Quick / Just For Old Time Sake / Gonna Get Back Home Somehow / (Such An) Easy Question / Steppin’ Out Of Line / I’m Yours.

Side 2: Something Blue / Suspicion / I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever / Night Rider / Fountain Of Love / That’s Someone You Never Forget.


Tracklisting Sold Out 18

Here is the content for volume 18 in the 'Sold Out! Ultimate 8MM Collection' series. Click on the image to enlarge.

(Source: Amazon / Not Now Music / Bear Family)