May 31 - Elvis Rocks The Garden, Vegas, Tahoe and the Studio!

Originally announced early 2021, the Straight Arrow import record label will finally release the 3-CD set 'Elvis Rocks The Garden'. 

Publicity stated: In 2012 we have released the great June 9th Madison Square Garden NYC concert (CD 'Left a Good Job in The City'). This classic CD has been sold out for many years. Now we have restored this recording from scratch. 

In 2020 we obtained two quality tapes of other NYC concerts from June 10th Evening Show and June 11th Afternoon Show. We have decided to release all three shows in one deluxe 3-CD set.

We are fully aware that the June 10th Evening Show was released several times officially by RCA from the professional multi-track tapes. Nevertheless, we have found an alternative source - an excellent audience-recorded tape! It brings you a whole new listening experience! The incredible audience reaction to every song will blow you away! 

The June 11th Afternoonshow was released in 2010 from an inferior source. Once again, we have found an excellent audience-provided alternative. Unfortunately the last three songs were not recorded by the same person. We have used a bit less-quality secondary source to make the show complete. Both the June 10th E/S and 11th A/S were recorded by the same person, using a reel-to-reel tape deck instead of usual the cassette recorder. These recordings are new to your ears - they were not in the circulation yet! If you have enjoyed our "Left a Good Job in The City" CD, we believe that you will love this one as well. 

Presented in the usual Straight Arrow fashion with the top notch digipack including photos from the three NYC shows and the Daily News press review.

Tracklist CD 1 – Friday, June 9, 1972 Evening Show: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. That's All Right - 03. Proud Mary - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 08. Polk Salad Annie - 09. Love Me - 10. All Shook Up - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 13. Love Me Tender - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. Hound Dog - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. For The Good Times - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Funny How Time Slips Away - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD 2 - Saturday, June 10, 1972 Evening Show: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. That's All Right - 03. Proud Mary - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Love Me - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. Love Me Tender - 13. The Impossible Dream - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Hound Dog - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. For The Good Times - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Funny How Time Slips Away - 20. I Can't Stop Loving You - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp. 

CD 3 – Sunday, June 11, 1972 Afternoon Show: 01. Opening Vamp / That's All Right - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Never Been To Spain - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (with false start) - 06. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Love Me - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. Love Me Tender - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Hound Dogy - 15. I'll Remember You - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 18. For The Good Times - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Funny How Time Slips Away - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.


Follow That Dream July Releases

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the July 2022 releases: the 3-CD-set 'Devil In Disguise - The 'Lost Album' Sessions' and the 3-CD-set 'Elvis: From Vegas To Tahoe'.

Details 'Devil In Disguise - The 'Lost Album': As part of its acclaimed ‘Sessions series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Devil In Disguise - The 'Lost Album' Released as a 3-CD 8-Inch digi-pack. 

Recorded, for the most part, over two days in July 1963, these varied and excellent performances ended up being scattered over several RCA Victor releases between 1963 and 1968. It would not be until 1990 that the songs finally appeared as originally intended on a proper RCA vinyl album. Almost 60-years later, FTD presents all of the masters and outtakes available from the session(s).

CD 1 - June 18, 1963 single: (You're The) Devil In Disguise - Please Don’t Drag That String Around

October 01,  1963 single B-side to 'Bossa Nova Baby': Witchcraft

November 15, 1963 album tracks for 'Fun In Acapulco': Love Me Tonight - Slowly But Surely

February 10, 1964 single B-side to 'Kissin' Cousins': It Hurts Me

April 1964 album tracks for 'Kissin' Cousins': Echoes Of Love - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway

July 14, 1964 single B-side to "Such A Night": Never Ending

September 22, 1964 single A-side to "Ain't That Loving You Baby": Ask Me

July 19, 1965 album tracks for 'Elvis For Everyone': Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers - Memphis, Tennessee

December 14, 1965 single B-Side to 'Tell Me Why': Blue River

Juni 1967 album tracks for 'Double Trouble': What Now, What Next, Where To

May 20, 1964 album tracks for 'Speedway': Western Union


CD 2 - The May 26, 1963 Sessions:Echoes Of Love (Take 1) - Echoes Of Love (Take 2 - 3) - Echoes Of Love (Take 4 - 7) - Echoes Of Love (Take 8) - Echoes Of Love (Take 9 - 10 / Master) - Please Donít Drag That String Around (Take 1) - Please Donít Drag That String Around (Take 2) - Please Donít Drag That String Around (Take 3 - 5) - Please Donít Drag That String Around (Take 6 / Master) - (Youíre The) Devil In Disguise (Take 1 - 3) - (Youíre The) Devil In Disguise (Take 4 - 6 / Master) - Never Ending (Take 1) - Never Ending (Take 2 - 3 / Master) - What Now, What Next, Where To (Take 1 / Master) - Witchcraft (Take 1) - Witchcraft (Take 2) - Witchcraft (Take 3 / Master) - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (Take 1) - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (Take 2) - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (Take 3 / Master) - Love Me Tonight (Take 1) - Love Me Tonight (Take 2 - 4) - Love Me Tonight (Take 5) - Love Me Tonight (Take 6 - 8 / Master)


CD 3 - 27.05.1963 Sessions: Memphis, Tennessee (Take 1) - Memphis, Tennessee (Take 2 / Master) - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (Take 1 - Single Master, B-Side To "I’m Yours") - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (Take 2 / Master) - Ask Me (Take 1) - Ask Me (Take 2 - Alternate Master) - Western Union (Take 1) - Western Union (Take 2 - 3) - Western Union (Take 4 / Master) - Slowly But Surely (Take 1) - Slowly But Surely (Take 2 - 4) - Slowly But Surely (Take 5 / Master) - Blue River (Take 1 - 2) - Ask Me (Take 3 - 4) - Ask Me (Take 5 - 6 / Master)

January 12, 1964 Sessions: Memphis, Tennessee (Take 1) - Memphis, Tennessee (Take 2, 3, 5) - Memphis, Tennessee (Take 6 / Master) - Ask Me (Take 1 - 2) - Ask Me (Take 3) - Ask Me (Take 4 - 7) - Ask Me (Take 8 - 9) - Ask Me (Take 10 - 11 / Master) - It Hurts Me (Take 1) - It Hurts Me (Take 2 - 5 / Master).


Details 'Elvis: From Vegas to Tahoe'As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: From Vegas to Tahoe'. Released as a 3-CD 5-Inch digi-pack, this set features three 1973 midnight shows recorded on January 27 / February 21 (Las Vegas Hilton) and May 12 (High Sierra Theatre, Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe).

Disc 1 - Recorded at the midnight show on January 27, 1973 Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Showroom – Las Vegas, Nevada:

See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Until It’s Time For You To Go - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions By Elvis - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - American Trilogy - Burning Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 2 - Recorded at the midnight show on February 21, 1973 Las Vegas Hilton, Hilton Showroom – Las Vegas, Nevada:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - I’m Leavin’ - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions By Elvis - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc 3 - Recorded at the midnight show on May 12, 1973 Sahara Tahoe, High Sierra Theatre – Lake Tahoe, Nevada:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Shake, Rattle And Roll - I’m Leavin’ - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions By Elvis - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Big Hunk O’ Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.

Note: All the tracks on the 'Devil In Disguise: the ‘Lost Album’ Sessions' except the Take 7 False Start of 'Love Me Tonight' were previously released on FTD's 'Memphis Tennessee' 2008 Classic Album. Take 7 was first released on the Cool Romeo bootleg 'Unsurpassed Masters' (Box 3). Hopefully the album will be presented as a "session" with some  unreleased 'count ins' and snippets of studio banter between the takes.

From the May 12 1973 concert we already had the two tracks 'I'm Leavin'' and 'A Big Hunk O' Love' on the 2003 FTD release ‘Takin’ Tahoe Tonight’.

(Source: FECC / FTD  / Facebook)

May 30 - Patch It Up Again

Released in by the MxF import record label are new Limited Editions of their ‘Patch It Up’ title. Each version limited to 8 copies.


Publicity stated: The Deluxe Edition Digi-pack comes with an LP-sized forex panel, a photo-card (both in four variations) and a Super Deluxe Digi-pack LP-Sized box containing 3 CDs and a DVD. 


The ‘Patch It Up’ Super Deluxe Edition box-set comes with a selection of goodies like a sticker (two variations), an LP-sized digipack holding the 3CD and a DVD, an LP-sized art-card, a 60 x 60 cm poster in two variations, a pair of cotton gloves with the “Elvis Patch It Up’ logo and a t-shirt. 


The audio and video included on this set:   

A cassette containing the August 19, 1970 Dinner Show.

CD: Patch It Up - The Original CD.

CD-R: 'Patch It Up' containing out-takes, live rehearsals and performances of this song.

CD-R: September 06, 1970 Dinner Show. 

                                                    

Bonus DVD-R Audio contains footage from August 10, 12 and 19th 1970 (running time 75 minutes).


(Source: Pascal Matteo on Facebook)

May 29 - Tom Hanks on the Colonel

Author Alanna Nash made an interesting post on Facebook regarding Tom Hanks' knowledge on the Colonel. Listening to this fragment it sounds like Hanks might have just been telling us a nice promo story in the Cannes Film Festival press conference.


Best Elvis Presley Quotes

Josephine Clarke published her 38-page book '200+ Best Elvis Presley Quotes'.

Description: Elvis Presley is regarded as the most iconic face in history of American music and culture. From his swiveling hips to his rubbery legs, Elvis Presley sure had the moves which made him a global phenomenon around the world. 

Just like his music, his work, thoughts, sayings and quotes are till date cherished by people from all walks of life. We all remember him primarily for his great music, but he also spoke eloquently in his interviews, which became his popular quotes. Read through this collection of thoughts and sayings on music, hate, hopelessness, positivity, perseverance, criticism, gospel, God, truth, humor and Ambition. 

(Source: Alanna Nash on Facebook / Facebook)



May 28 - Charts May 2022 Week 4

 The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Elvis returned to the Billboard Top 200 chart and hit the #1 spot in Ireland. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #193 to #194.
  • Billboard Top Country Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #20 to #21.
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #33 to #34.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #45 to #51.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #37 to #39.
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' dropped from #2 to #3. 
  • Official Blu-ray chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' climbed from #49 to #39.
  • Official DVD chart: 'Elvis 7-Film Collection' dropped from #33 to #37.
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: '7 Film Collection' dropped from #48 to #49.
  • Official Film On Disc Chart Top 50 chart: '7 Film Collection' dropped from #34 to #36.
  • Official Americana Album chart: 'Elvis Back in Nashville' dropped from #35 to #39.
  • Official Country Compilations Chart Top 20: 'Elvis Country' remained steady at #13. 
  • Official Country Compilations Chart Top 20: 'From Elvis In Nashville' re-entry at #14.
Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'The Real Elvis' climbed from #22 to #17. 
(Source: Official Charts / UK Mix Forum)

May 28 - Jailhouse Blu-ray

Following the appearance of the 'Viva Las Vegas' Blu-ray set, Amazon now listed the re-issue of the 1957 classic 'Jailhouse Rock' as a Blu-ray, DVD and CD package. 

Description: From the Big House to the Big Time - Elvis-Style

In the 1957 box-office hit that's "Presley Best Film," according to Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, the King of Rock 'n'roll plays Vince Everett, jailed for manslaughter after a bar fight. There, Vince Learns to belt out tunes instead of saloon patrons and, after being paroled, follows a bumpy road to music and movie success. Six songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller spike the story, including "Treat Me Nice," "I Want to Be Free" and the shimmy-shakin' title tune "It's the beast in me," Elvis says adter kissing Peggy (Judy Tyler). It's the best in him too!

Extra Content:

  • Commentary by Steve Pond, Author of Elvis in Hollywood
  • Featurette The Scene That Stole Jailhouse Rock
  • Digitally Remastered for Improved Picture Quality
  • Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well As Original Mono Theatrical Trailer


Movie Vinyl


The U.K. based Musicbank / Khemco record label re-issued the 'Elvis at the Movies' compilation on 180 Gr. vinyl. 


Side A: King Creole - Jailhouse Rock - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Return To Sender - Blue Suede Shoes - G. I. Blues - Trouble


Side B: Wooden Heart - Love Me Tender - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Hard Headed Woman - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.



Award Winning Granddaughter


Outside the main competition, actress Riley Keough won the Caméra d’Or Award for her directorial debut, 'War Pony', which was presented to her and co-director Gina Gammell by Spanish star Rossy de Palma at the same festival that hosted the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic about Keough's grandfather.


Record Store Day CDs


Due for release from June 2022 onwards from the French L.M.L.R. / Culture Factory record label and Elvis My happiness fan club are CD re-issues of the labels past Record Store Day vinyl alternate takes compilations.

The titles are: 'Elvis In Paris', 'Elvis Sings The Mad Professor', 'I Sing All Kinds', 'Le Retour D'Elvis / His Hand In Mine', 'The Forgotten Album' and 'Something For Everybody'.


(Source: Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)














May 27 - New German Magazine and Italian Book

Elvis graces the cover of the new 'Wissen Heute Aspekt' magazine as published by Centennial Media. 
The special 97-page magazine focuses on the new 'Elvis' movie. 

Italian Book

Due for release from Bur Rizzoli on June 7, 2022 is the Italian translation of James L. Dickersons book on the Colonel, 'Elvis e il Colonnello. L'incredibile Vita di Tom Parker, lo Spregiudicato Manager di Elvis Presley'. The 300-page paperback book was translated by Sara A. Benatti.


Spanish Book

Norma Editorial released the 128-page paperback 'Elvis - La Novela Grafica', a Spanish edition of 'Elvis - The Graphic Novel' by Chris Miskiewicz and Michael Shelfer.

Synopsis: The story of the legend. Witness the King of Rock 'n' Roll's humble beginnings in Memphis as an artist struggling to define his voice and break into the music industry. From the famed Sun Records studio to television sets across America, Chris Miskiewicz and Michael Shelfer explore the trials and tribulations of young Elvis Aaron Presley in this gripping graphic novel.


Australian magazine

The June 2022 edition of Vogue Australia was made with Baz Luhrman as the guest-director. Inside interviews with the main acties and the director. The design has "a touch of Baz".

HMV EP
Ikon Video released the classic U.K. HMV EP 'Good Rockin' Tonight' as a 10-inch EP on white vinyl. It contains the tracks from the original EP in mono and stereo. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)













May 26 - Vintage Elvis News Report

Elvis graces the June 2022 edition, volume 57, of the U.K. Vintage Rock magazine. The cover states: 'The King, The Colonel and this year's must-see Hollywood Rock 'N' Roll biopic'. 

Synopsis: In the latest Vintage Rock, as we prepare for the big screen event of the summer and Baz Luhrmann’s hotly-anticipated Elvis biopic, we take an in-depth look at the complex relationship between the King of Rock’n’Roll and his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker.


Best Movies

Austin Butler graces the cover of the Italian Best Movies magazine.

Elvis News Report

Emiel Maier posted his monthly Elvis Presley news wrap-up video, click below to watch the report with extensive coverage of the Elvis movie trailer, the Graceland 'Born To Rock' exhibition and much more.


(Source: UEPS / Vintage Rock / Emiel Maier)


May 25 - Elvis Movie Premiere (Updated)

Director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ movie premieres at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. 

The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, Hollywood veteran actor Tom Hanks as Butler’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. 

Luhrmann attended the premiere along with Butler, Hanks and Olivia DeJonge, who stars in the movie as Priscilla Presley. The movie rocked, rolled and left the audience all shook up. 


The film brings Luhrmann back to Cannes where he made history by being the only director to have two of his films - "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) and "The Great Gatsby" (2013) - as the opening feature at the festival. His 1992 title "Strictly Ballroom" had competed in the Un Certain Regard category at the movie gala's 45th edition.

Baz Luhrmann’s 'Elvis' strutted its way up the Cannes Film Festival red carpet last night for the film’s world premiere which was greeted by explosive applause inside the Palais. 
The crowd got to its feet during the end credits, clapping in rhythm before the lights came up, and remained standing for 10 minutes to mark a 2022 record so far at the festival.

Amid shouts of “Bravo!” from the crowd, an emotional Luhrmann told the audience inside the Lumière Theatre he’d had a “bit of an epiphany” because “30 years ago my wife and I made a little film called Strictly Ballroom and the one exhibitor who had given him one screen said, “That is the worst film I have ever seen!"

So we went up the coast and I thought my film was never really going to work out when I got a phone-call from a Frenchman, who offered me a chance with a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Eventually we showed the film in this Palais cinema … and my life has never been the same."

Luhrmann noted about making ELVIS, “I really believed that we would come to Cannes, but then the Covid came and the film was shut down and it was never going to happen, but for the bravery of Tom Hanks to come back and the bravery of this cast and this crew to go on through Covid and finish this film. And we are back in Cannes. And to see these streets so full of people who love movies of every form of life, every kind of movie, says so much more about what this place means and what it means to be back in the cinema. For that we are eternally grateful, Cannes… All I can say is, merci beaucoup, merci beaucoup.”

The BBC collected the highlights from the first reviews. Go to >>> BBC site for the article

The film will be released by Warner Bros. in North America on June 24, 2022 and in the rest of the world from June 22, 2022.


(Source: Cannes Film Festival / Facebook)

May 24 - Elvis Now 1971 Released

The U.K. based Memphis Recording Service released the Deluxe 4-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents - Elvis Now 1971'.

Publicity stated: The 4 CDs contain a varied selection of live performances drawn from Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel during the early part of 1971.

For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings have been remastered, carefully restored and mixed to True Stereo using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.  

For the first time ever though, the material from these shows is presented in stereo.  The accompanying 40-page booklet which includes rare photographs and memorabilia dating from this and the following summer appearance in August 1971 - also includes liner notes which set the scene.  

CD 1 January 26 1971 Opening Show (Partially Recorded) 

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Can't Help Falling in Love - Make The World Go Away Something

January 27, 1971 Midnight Show (Partially Recorded)

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Only Believe - How Great Thou Art - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Something - Make The World Go Away - Love Me - One Night - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog

CD 2 - January 28, 1971 - Dinner Show (Partially Recorded):

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Something - Release Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - It’s Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - The Impossible Dream

January 28, 1971 Midnight Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions (#1) - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions (#2) - Something - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - One Night - Teddy Bear - Suspicious Minds - Come Home Baby (Instrumental Vamp) - The Impossible Dream

CD 3 - January 29, 1971 Dinner Show

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That's All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - You Don't Have To Say Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Johnny B Goode - Band Introductions - Something - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Teddy Bear - Hound Dog - Snowbird - The Impossible Dream

CD 4 - February 23, 1971 Closing Show (Partially Recorded)

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - Something - Johnny B. Goode - How Great Thou Art - Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Little Sister / Get Back - Hound Dog - Suspicious Minds (Spliced With 28.01.1971 DS).


Happy Birthday

Priscilla Presley celebrated her 77th birthday, Congratulations! 

(Source: Facebook)

May 23 - Soundtrack and Movie Update

Baz Luhrmann released another preview from the 'Elvis' soundtrack: Eminem Ft. Ceelo Green on 'The King and I'.

According to the publicity the soundtrack features "previously unreleased “original songs and recordings” by Presley himself, the film’s star Austin Butler, and a whole bunch more: Tame Impala, Jack White, Stevie Nicks, Eminem & Cee-Lo Green, Chris Isaak, Denzel Curry, Jazmine Sullivan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Måneskin, Swae Lee & Diplo, Yola, and more". 


Also released is the official second trailer.



Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, says the director's upcoming film Elvis moved her to tears, just like it did her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, and grandmother Priscilla Presley.

"It was a very emotional experience. It's very intense to watch when it's your family," said Keough, a first-time director whose debut film, War Pony, premiered at Cannes. "It wasn't like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you're protective over your family."

Congratulations

Linda Thompson celebrated her 73rd birthday, congratulations!

(Baz Luhrman / Entertainment Weekly)

May 21 - Elvis, The Colonel, Priscilla and Austin

The Bauer Media Group announced the June 03, 2022 release of the 96-page book 'Elvis and The Colonel: The Complete Story'.

Description: Besides his father and a few close friends, only one other person was by Elvis’ side for almost his entire career, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. If Elvis stood at the front of the stage, “The Colonel” was a mysterious figure lurking somewhere off to the side. 

The relationship between Elvis and the Colonel is a focus of the new movie Elvis from director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann. Starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as Parker and Austin Butler as Elvis, the film explores the relationship between these two iconic figures more deeply than any other Elvis biopic ever produced. This special collector's edition magazine tells the story of what really happened.


Elvis U.S. Star

Elvis graces the cover of the May 30, 2022 edition of the U.S. Star magazine. Inside the article on Priscilla Presley about "The Only Elvis I Knew" and a "behind the scenes" of the upcoming Elvis movie. 

Cover Star

The Italian Il Venerdi magazine features Austin Butler as Elvis on the cover and inside the article 'Elvis Quelli Vero' ("The Real Elvis").

Paris Match

For French-speaking fans, the This week's French Paris Match magazine features an 8-page report on Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' movie. The director commented exclusively on the pictures from his movie.  

(Source: Amazon / Facebook)




Review Elvis UK Cover Story

Andy Pendl reviewed the new 'Elvis UK Cover Story - The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977by John Townson and Gordon Minto

John Townson an Gordon Minto did it again. After their first digital project - presenting 'Elvis UK3' as e-book using the flip technology - they digitized their first book ‘Elvis UK’, which was out of print for a long time before. While the second edition of their British discography, ‘Elvis UK2’, is still available in print, they have just unveiled a new addition to their existing body of work. 

Is this another release that any collector or any British Elvis fan should " add" to their collection and reference library? 


Design

For those who are not familiar with e-books or have not seen the flip technology on displays, three main advantages over the printed format are a good reason to buy it.

First, the search function allows you to find individual words or numbers very quickly. Second, the book can be updated at any time. Not only are any errors quickly fixed, but additional facts and bonus material can be added, as the authors have previously done with ‘Elvis UK’.

Third, the digital format is cost-effective, as shipping costs are often disproportionately high.

Selected pages can be printed, either to a PDF-file or directly to a printer. If you print all 286 pages (including the front and back covers), you will get a PDF-file with a size of about 564 MB, which will be saved on your device.



Content

Should anyone think that there would be only simple scans of front and back covers, they will not only be surprised, but delighted. Those who know the two experienced authors and have certain expectations will not be disappointed, although some would miss re-issues and cover-variations. 

Following the introduction explaining their thoughts and reasons for this decision, 20 chapters offer exactly what the keywords announce: Adverts / Back Cover Photographs / Corporate Details / Credits / Cut-Outs / For UK Fans Only / Front Cover Fact File / Hidden History / Inserts / Laminated / Non-Standard LP Covers / Printing Companies / Record Shops / Sleeve Manufacture / Sleeve Notes / Spines / Stereo Records / Stickers / Titles / Winning Sleeve.

With this wealth of information and detail, it is particularly striking how meticulously researched it was. For example they do not simply show back cover pictures, but also the original photos from which they were made, along with descriptions. 

By calling the failed cover of the ‘Elvis (Fool)’ album the “winning sleeve” and detailing what mistakes were made they express their criticism in a humorous way.


Conclusion

Without grumbling that there is no print edition and that I would prefer cover pics in bigger size, it’s an awesome work containing plenty of information and astonishing facts no collector could pass!

Knowing these guys, I imagine they won’t stop researching and may offer additional facts, bonus pages, or another volume ... 

This is simply an awesome work no collector could pass!


For more information

'Elvis U.K. - Cover Story' costs just GBP15 and can be ordered via the author's  website at >>> www.elvisukbooks.co.uk.

May 21 - Charts May 2022 - Week 3 - #1 Again

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. Elvis returned to the Billboard Top 200 chart and hit the #1 spot in Ireland. 

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' re-entry at #193.
  • Billboard Top Country Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #26 to #20.
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #39 to #33.

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #53 to #45.
  • Official Streaming Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #37.
  • Official Country Compilations Album chart: 'Elvis Country' climbed from #15 to #13.
  • Official Christian and Gospel Album chart: 'Lovin' Elvis' dropped from #4 to #7.
  • Official Americana Album chart: 'Elvis Back in Nashville' re-entry at #35.
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' dropped from #1 to #2. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'The King of Rock and Roll' re-entry at #36. 
  • Official Blu-ray chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' dropped from #36 to #49.
  • Official DVD chart: 'Elvis 7-Film Collection' dropped from #25 to #33.
  • Official Film On Disc Chart Top 50 chart: '7 Film Collection' dropped from #28 to #34.

Official Scottish charts:
  • Official Scottish Album chart: 'The Real Elvis' climbed from #26 to #22. 

Official Irish IRMA charts
  • Offiical Music DVD chart: 'The Elvis Collection' new entry at #1.

Official Greek IFPI charts:
  • Greek Album Top 75: 'Essential Elvis' dropped from #26 to #63.
(Source: Official Charts / UK Mix Forum / IRMA / IFPI)

May 20 - The Elvis Presley Bootleg Connection

The German Bear Family record label announced the release of volume 3 in the 'The Elvis Presley Connection' series. It features "36 Roots And Covers Of Elvis Presley" and comes with a 36-page booklet. Total playing time approx. 75 minutes.

Third compilation on Bear Family Records® offering original recordings that inspired Elvis, plus rare cover versions of famous Elvis tunes - including some from the UK - and quite a few on CD for the first time.
This edition focuses on songs Elvis recorded between 1962 and '66.
In addition to commercial releases, the CD album provides several demo recordings by Don Robertson and Otis Blackwell, among others.

Cover versions or the original version of songs from Elvis movies, like a Spanish version of Guadalajara from 1949 - sung by Elvis in the 1963 movie 'Acapulco'.
The full color booklet includes rare photos and memorabilia as well as liner notes by German Presley expert Helmut Radermacher!

The third part of our Elvis story
Where did Elvis Presley take his inspirations from? That' s the main question behind the concept for this now third compilation. Elvis' music, his live performances, his Hollywood movies: All of this was unique and influenced generations of musicians. Surprisingly, his influence on the music world of the 1960s hardly diminished, despite the Beatles and Rolling Stones. At the same time, Elvis Presley himself was influenced by other musicians, as this compilation shows! The third edition is dedicated to his creative period from 1962 to 1966, cover versions and originals in chronological order, as Elvis recorded them at the time.

Rarities, demos, film songs
Some of the often rare recordings appear for the first time on CD! We found rare versions of Elvis songs by Rikki Henderson, Les Carle or Wayne Harris on British and American low budget labels. Famous colleagues from R&B (The Coasters, The Clovers, LaVern Baker and Clyde McPhatter), Country Music (Marty Robbins, The Browns) and Rock 'n' Roll (Jerry Lee Lewis, Terry Stafford, The Chavis Brothers and the Elvis-like vocal wonder Ral Donner) are also featured. In addition to rare cover versions by the likes of Skip Arne and The Dukes, a number of rare demos are included that were recorded exclusively for Elvis at the time and are accordingly revealing. Some of them were written explicitly for the soundtracks of his films and recorded by Don Robertson or Otis Blackwell, a.o. 

The CD includes a 36-page full color booklet with many rare pictures and illustrations, as well as an accompanying essay for each song, written by German Elvis Presley expert Helmut Radermacher.

 Sixties and Seventies Boots

Several new Elvis import titles were announced. From the Petticoat import label we got 'It's The Elvis Sound of the Sixties 1966 - 1969' and from an unknown label the 'The 1971 Soundboard Collection and More Vol. 1'.


Publicity stated: Petticoat records is back! This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of late sixties classics.


This high quality album (including bonus CD) featuring 14 rare and hard to find alternate versions of these classics is now available. Great stuff: beautiful ballads as well as some great rockers!


And as always housed in a stunning full color sleeve suitable for framing!This high quality 180 grams virgin vinyl pressing is now available in red or blue vinyl. 

Don't miss out on this wonderful limited edition album. A must have and a great spinner for sure! 

Tracklisting Side A: Fools Fall In Love (Take 4) - Love Letters (Take 2) - Run On (Take 2) - Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Take 2) - Never Say Yes (Take 1 & 2) - The Girl I Never Loved (Take 10 & 11) - Let Yourself Go (Take 5)


Side B: You’ll Never Walk Alone (Take 2) - Rubberneckin’ (Take 1 & 2) - Edge Of Reality (Take 8 / Unedited Master - Vocal & Choir Mix) - I’ll Be There (Take 3 - Undubbed Master) - If I Can Dream (Take 4) - Kentucky Rain (Take 9) - Clean Up Your Own Backyard (Take 6 - Undubbed Master)



The 1971 Soundboard Collection and More Vol. 1 4LP + 3CD Set


This comprehensive deluxe set contains 4 soundboard  recordings recorded during Elvis his first Vegas season of 1971.  The first Vegas season of 1971 started on January 26 and finished February 23.


During these shows Elvis sang some of the tracks from the just released  “Elvis Country” album. Examples are  “Make The World Go Away” ”There Goes My Everything” and “Snowbird”. 


Another example of one of the highlights is the only known live version of the (back in the day)  new song ”only believe”. A studio version would be released in June 1971 on the “Love Letters From Elvis” album, but the song was recorded a year earlier. All shows are remastered and presented in mono just as they were recorded. The fully packed bonus disc included in this set contains no less than 23 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1971. Sit back and enjoy Elvis in 1971. 


Available in Red or Blue vinyl. Strictly limited edition.


Tracks LP 1 - Side A - January 26, 1971 Opening Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Introduction Of Hal Wallis - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Make The World Go Away - Something


Side B - 1971 - Studio Highlights:

Early Mornin’ Rain (Vibes Overdub Master) - That’s What You Get For Lovin’ Me (Take 10 - Unedited) - Help Me Make It Through The Night (Unedited Overdubbed  Master) - Until It’s Time For You To Go (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - Will Be True (Unedited Master) - It’s Still Here (Unedited Master - Extra Dialogue) - I’m Leavin’ (Unedited Overdubbed Master)


LP 2 - Side C - January 27, 1971 Midnight Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - Only Believe


Side D: How Great Thou Art - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Something - Make The World Go Away - Love Me - One Night - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Duet With Ginger Holladay - 26.01.1971 OS)


LP 3 - Side E - January 28, 1971 Dinner Show:

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions (#2) - Something - Release Me - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog


Side F: It’s Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - The Impossible Dream


Bonus Songs: We Can Make The Morning (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - It’s Only Love (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (Unedited Overdubbed Master) - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Unedited Overdubbed Maste)


LP 4 - Side G - January 28, 1971 Midnight Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - Elvis Talks - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions


Side H: Something - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - One Night - Teddy Bear - Suspicious Minds - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - The Impossible Dream - Closing Vamp


CD 1 - January 26, 1971 Opening Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Introduction Of Hal Wallis - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Make The World Go Away - Something


January 27, 1971 Midnight Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right  - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - There Goes My Everything - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - Only Believe - Elvis Talks - How Great Thou Art - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - The Wonder Of You - Something - Make The World Go Away - Love Me - One Night - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog


Bonus Songs: Johnny B. Goode (Unfixed - January 26 - 1971 Opening Show)


CD 2 - January 28, 1971 Dinner Show: You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me Tender - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions (#2) - Something - Release Me - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - It’s Now Or Never - Suspicious Minds - The Impossible Dream


January 28, 1971 Midnight Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - Elvis Talks - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - Something - Introductions - The Wonder Of You - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - One Night - Teddy Bear - Suspicious Minds - Coming Home Baby (Instrumental) - The Impossible Dream - Closing Vamp (26.01.1971 OS)


CD 3 - January 29, 1971 Dinner Show:

Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - I Got A Woman - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Sweet Caroline - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Introductions - Johnny B. Goode - Introductions - Something - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Teddy Bear - Hound Dog - Snowbird - The Impossible Dream

(Source: Bear Family / Elvis Club Berlin / Various)