Friday, April 15, 2022

April 15 - Blue and White and 45 RPM Vinyl

The Music on Vinyl record label re-issued 'Elvis at STAX' as a 2-LP set on 180 Gr. blue colored Audiophile vinyl. The album comes housed in a deluxe heavyweight sleeve with leather laminate finish. 

Publicity stated: Riding high on the success of Aloha From Hawaii, Elvis did something remarkable. He decided that his next recording project would be on his home turf Memphis, Tennessee. The most desirable studio in town was the red-hot STAX - the launching pad of such greats as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Isaac Hayes. 

In 1973, Elvis assembled the very best musicians in town - members of Booker T. and The MGs, The Memphis Boys and his own TCB band to create the ultimate band and he searched for fresh new material that would reflect his new path. Songs as 'I Got A Feelin’ In My Body' and 'Loving Arms' demonstrate an artist looking to broaden his palette and his reach.

 All of the Stax material has been collected on Elvis At Stax and tells the great story of Elvis’ new path. The album is available as a limited edition on solid blue coloured vinyl. 

Side A: 1. Promised Land 2. I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby 3. If You Talk In Your Sleep 4. Raised On Rock 5. Help Me 

Side B: 1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (Take 4) 2. For Ol’ Times Sake (Take 4) 3. Talk About The Good Times (Take 3) 4. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (Take 8) 

Side C: 1. You Asked Me To (Take 3A) 2. Loving Arms (Take 2) 3. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (Take 4) 4. Spanish Eyes (Take 2) 

Side D: 1. It’s Midnight (Take 7) 2. Find Out What’s Happening (Takes 8-7) 3. Three Corn Patches (Take 14) 4. My Boy (Take 1).

Elvis 45

Here is the cover-art for the Elvis 45 give-a-way singles, all limited to 1,000 copies:

May 07, 2022: 'Suspicious Minds / You'll Think of Me'.
September 01, 2022: 'Memphis, Tennessee / That’s All Right'.
November 17, 2022: 'Blue Christmas / Merry Christmas Baby'.
December 10, 2022: 'I’ll Be Home for Christmas / Peace in the Valley'.

Publicity stated: As part of our Elvis 45 celebration, Graceland will be giving away 1,000 special ELVIS 45 RPM records. 

How to guarantee you will receive a record? All guests who purchase tickets at least 48 hours in advance, up to 1000 tickets, automatically qualify to receive a record when they visit, subject to availability. Remaining records will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis for walk-up ticket purchasers, subject to availability. 

An Inspirational Life

Shalom Publishing released the 370-page book 'Elvis Presley, Gospel Singer: An Inspirational Life' by Madeleine Wilson.

Synopsis: Elvis was known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, but he was also a Gospel Singer. He received three Grammy awards for his recordings, all of which were for his gospel songs.

Elvis, “The King”, many times said publicly that there is only one King, and that is Jesus Christ. He not only acknowledged the Lord but also worshipped Him and prayed to Him, often.

This book looks at Elvis’ life, particularly his Christian faith and the inspiration that he has been, and still is, to so many people. There is no doubt that Elvis is an enigma, but hopefully this book clarifies a side of Elvis that is often neglected. I believe it is a ‘good read’ which will be a revelation to many and, I hope, a blessing to all. 

The Many Faces of Elvis

Set for release from the Music Brokers record label on June 17, 2022 is the white colored double LP 'The Many Faces of Elvis'. Although it features Elvis on the cover, this set only contains only six tracks that feature performances by Elvis himself or as part of the Blue Moon Boys or Million Dollar Quartet. 

The set was previously available in various CD variations.

(Source: Music On Vinyl / Music Fan Shop / Facebook)