Friday, March 31, 2023

March 31 - News Report

Here is the April 2023 Elvis News Report video, as uploaded to You Tube by Emiel Maier. Elvis It covers the main news from March 2023 with newly found footage and the honest story about Elvis' 2nd Lockheed Jetstar, some interesting book news on that subject and much more. 

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

The 380-page book 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' by Otto Fuchs has been released as paperback and hard cover book by Austin Macauley.

(Source: Emiel Maier / Rockwell / Amazon)

Thursday, March 30, 2023

March 30 - The 1972 Movie Files Revisited

The Petticoat import record label announced the release of ‘The Movie Files’ Volume 2. 

Publicity stated (exactly the same as on all other releases): Petticoat records is back! This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of movie classics. This high quality album (including bonus CD) / featuring 18 rare and hard to find alternate versions is now available. 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.


Side A Follow That Dream - Take 3 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Follow That Dream’) / Clean Up Your Own Backyard - Undubbed Master (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘The Trouble With Girls (And How To Get Into It) / Don’t Leave Me Now - 1st Piano Version - Take 1 (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Jailhouse Rock’) / Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby - Master Without Backing Vocals (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Speedway’) / Petunia, The Gardener’s Daughter - Take 1 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Frankie & Johnny’) / This Is Living - Take 8 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Kid Galahad’) / We’re Gonna Move - Take 4 (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Jailhouse Rock’) / Do Not Disturb - Take 27 (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Girl Happy’) / Pocketful Of Rainbows - Version 1 Take 8 (From The Paramount Motion Picture ‘G.I. Blues’).


Side B Moonlight Swim - Take 2 (From The Paramount Motion Picture ‘Blue Hawaii’) / Riding The Rainbow - 1st Version - M4 Take 6 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Kid Galahad’) / Sing You Children - Take 19 (From The Paramount Motion Picture ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’) / We’ll Be Together - Take 10 (From The Paramount Motion Picture ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’) / A Whistling Tune - Take 3 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Follow That Dream’) / Frankfort Special - Fast Tempo - Take 7 (From The Paramount Motion Picture ‘G.I. Blues’) / It Won’t Be Long - Take 2 (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Double Trouble’) / Dominic - Take 2 (From The MGM Motion Picture ‘Stay Away Joe’) / How Can You Lose What You Never Had - Take 2 (From The United Artists Motion Picture ‘Clambake’).


The CD contains the exact same tracks. 



1972 Revisited - The 1972 Multitrack Collection and More 


The Redemption import record label announced the release of of ‘Elvis 1972 Revisited - The 1972 Multitrack Collection and More


Publicity stated: This comprehensive deluxe set contains all known multitrack recordings recorded during live performances at the Showroom of the Las Vegas Hilton in 1972. All shows are painstakingly remastered with wonderful results. Also, all available stage rehearsals are featured on this set. Among many others you hear Elvis sing songs like ‘Never Been To Spain’, ‘It’s Over’, ‘It’s Impossible’ and ‘The Impossible Dream’. During the stage rehearsals Elvis sings songs like ‘Faded Love’, ‘Any Day Now’, ‘Something’, ‘My Babe’ and ‘Until It’s Time For You To Go’.

As an absolute highlight you hear Elvis sing Mat Monro’s ‘Portrait Of My Love’. A beautiful ballad which must be heard. 


Also included is the August 4 opening performance. Although this is a show recorded by a lucky attendee, this recording is of outstanding quality and it shows the result of what Elvis was working on during the rehearsals earlier that day and week. The included fully packed bonus disc contains no less than 16 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1972. This disc features alternate takes, unedited masters, undubbed and overdubbed masters and further unreleased alternate recordings. 


Disc 1: The Multitrack Recordings February 14, 1972 Dinner Show 01. Hound Dog February 14, 1972 Midnight Show 02. Never Been To Spain 03. Love Me 04. Little Sister / Get Back 05. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 06. A Big Hunk O’ Love 07. An American Trilogy February 15, 1972 Dinner Show 08. All Shook Up 09. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 10. Hound Dog 11. A Big Hunk O’ Love February 15, 1972 Midnight Show 12. Also Sprach Zarathustra 13. See See Rider 14. Proud Mary 15. Never Been To Spain 16. You Gave Me A Mountain 17. Love Me 18. All Shook Up 19. Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 20. Hound Dog 21. An American Trilogy 22. Can’t Help Falling In Love 23. Closing Vamp February 16, 1972 Dinner Show 24. Never Been To Spain 25. You Gave Me A Mountain 26. An American Trilogy 27. Can’t Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp 


Disc 2: The Multitrack Recordings & More February 16, 1972 Midnight Show 01. Never Been To Spain 02. You Gave Me A Mountain 03. It’s Impossible 04. A Big Hunk O’ Love 05. The Impossible Dream 06. An American Trilogy 07. It’s Impossible - Incl. False Start 08. The Impossible Dream - Unedited February 17, 1972 Dinner Show 09. It’s Over 10. A Big Hunk O’ Love 11. It’s Over - Unedited Mono Section: ‘Unedited Versions’ February 16, 1972 Midnight Show 12. You Gave Me A Mountain 13. A Big Hunk O’ Love 14. It’s Impossible 15. The Impossible Dream 16. An American Trilogy February 17, 1972 Dinner Show 17. Never Been To Spain 18. It’s Over February 16, 1972 Midnight Show Official Master Mixes: 19. Never Been To Spain 20. You Gave Me A Mountain 21. A Big Hunk O’ Love 22. It’s Impossible 23. The Impossible Dream 24. An American Trilogy February 17, 1972 Dinner Show 25. It’s Over 26. Never Been To Spain - Unedited Mono Version 


Disc 3: August 1972 Rehearsals August 2, 1972 01. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 02. Any Day Now 03. Something 04. I’m Leavin’ August 3, 1972 05. Faded Love 06. The Wonder Of You 07. My Way 08. I’ll Remember You 09. It’s Over 10. Anytime You’re Feeling Lonely / True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 11. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Part 13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Part + Dialogue 14. Steamroller Blues 15. Fever 16. I’ve Got To Go 17. Portrait Of My Love 


Bonus Tracks From Alternate Source 18. Fever 19. I’ve To Go 20. Portrait Of My Love August 4, 1972 21. My Way - 3 Attempts The Twelfth Of Never 


Disc 4: August 1972 Rehearsals August 4, 1972 01. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 02. Until It’s Time For You To Go 03. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 04. Burning Love 05. What Now My Love # 1 06. What Now My Love # 2 07. My Babe 08. For The Good Times 09. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 10. Fever 11. Blueberry Hill 12. Little Sister / Get Back 13. I’ll Remember You 14. An American Trilogy 15. Something 16. Faded Love 17. You Gave Me A Mountain 18. I’m Leavin’ 19. My Way / Don’t (Part) / My Way My Way 


Disc 5: August 4, 1972 Opening Show 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. A Big Hunk O’ Love 04. Never Been To Spain 05. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 06. Love Me Tender 07. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 08. What Now My Love - Performed For The Very First Time 09. Love Me 10. Little Sister / Get Back 11. Blue Suede Shoes 12. One Night 13. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 14. Hound Dog 15. My Way - Performed For The First Time 16. My Babe - Performed For The Last Time 17. Introduction Of Sammy Davis Jr. 18. Can’t Help Falling In Love 19. Closing Vamp Missing Recordings From Inferior Source: 20. The Wonder Of You 21. Band Introductions 22. An American Trilogy 


Bonus Tracks 23. Elvis Accepts Award - August 4, 1972 24. Tony Prince Interview - September 4, 1972 25. Press Announcement Aloha From Hawaii September 4, 1972 - Complete 26. Press Announcement Aloha From Hawaii September 4, 1972 - Different Source 27. Knbc Report Of The Aloha From Hawaii Press Announcement - September 1972 


Disc 6: 1972 Studio Highlights 01. Separate Ways - Take 25 02. Separate Ways - Brass & Strings Overdubbed Master 03. For The Good Times - Harmony Vocal Overdubbed Master 04. Where Do I Go From Here - Undubbed Master 05. Burning Love - Unedited Take 4 & 5 & Take Call 6 06. Burning Love - Unedited Master 07. Fool - Unedited Take 1 08. Fool - Brass & Strings Overdubbed Master / Unedited Master 09. Fool - Faded Overdubbed Master 10. Always On My Mind - Take 2 11. Always On My Mind - Take 3 12. Always On My Mind - Unedited Brass & Strings Overdubbed Master With Unedited Piano Intro 13.It’s A Matter Of Time - Take 5 Undubbed Master With Backing Vocals 14. It’s A Matter Of Time - Unedited Brass And Strings Overdubbed Master Masters Overdubbed In 1972 15. I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen - Master From Acetate 16. I’ John - Master.

Help Needed


Hello everyone, i'd like to call on the help for Jordan Richie, the man who keeps the For Elvis CD Collectors Forum, Keith Flynn's Elvis Recording Page and other available for us to enjoy every day. Most of you know that he's been unwell as of late, and despite him doing a bit better step by step (He's home!) But he still has a lot to work through, with what he's been going through the bills pile up and he asked if we could please share a gofundme he started with our very own members, he hates to call for help, but he does need it! 

To read more about the issues Jordan has been facing please read the description on the webpage

Jordan also had a personal message to share: "Thank you so much to everyone who's been concerned about my situation, I'm alive and kicking and every bit helps! Anything you guys can donate would be greatly GREATLY appreciated and help out a great deal. 
Thank you everyone!"' – Jordan

(Source: Pascal Matteo)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

January 29 - Follow That Dream April 2023 Releases

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the April 2023 releases: the 3-CD set 'Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' and the book / CD / vinyl set 'The Making Of Blue Hawaii' by David English and Pal Granlund.

Description 'Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden': After Elvis completed a hugely successful and sold-out tour filmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the 1972 documentary 'Elvis On Tour' in April, confidence was high in the Elvis camp with all four shows at New York's Madison Square Garden sold out, as did the rest of the June tour. Any reservations Elvis might have had about performing in the Big Apple were quickly dispelled as the noise from the MSG crowd was deafening. The New York Times 'Arts and Leisure' headline summing up the triumph read 'Like a Prince From Another Planet'.

Elvis As Recorded at Madison Square Garden with the evening show of June 10 was a rush release later in the month and sold a million copies in the US in just a few weeks. Total US sales to date exceed 3 million, achieving triple platinum status. The afternoon show was eventually released by RCA as An Afternoon In The Garden in 1997, 20 years after Elvis' death.

This belated FTD 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates these legendary shows with remixed versions of both shows by Memphis recording engineer Matt-Ross Spang. Disc 3 contains the original press conference, recorded at the New York Hilton on June 9th.

Packaged in our 8-inch 'Sessions' slipcase, this deluxe 3-CD includes a 20-page color booklet, great photos, memorabilia, press conference transcript and reminiscences of the late Phil Gelormine.

CD 1 - June 10 1972 Evening Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That´s All Right - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - The Impossible Dream (The Quest) - Introductions - Hound Dog - Suspicious Minds - For The Good Times - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 2 - June 10 1972 Afternoon Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra - That’s All Right - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Until It’s Time For You To Go - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Blue Suede Shoes - Reconsider Baby - Hound Dog - I’ll Remember You - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - For The Good Times - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 3 - June 09 1972: Press Conference (20:31 - Recorded By PΓ₯l Granlund).

Details 'The Making of Blue Hawaii': FTD Books Following on from the success of ‘The Making of Jailhouse Rock”, FTD Books announces the release of “The Making of Blue Hawaii”.

Movie book: Hardback coffee table style deluxe book, containing 387 pages with many newly discovered photographs, details on deleted scenes, pages from the script, the shooting schedule, memos, contracts, as well as memories from the cast and crew.

Music book: Containing 85 pages of photos, documents and detailed session information, including pages from a newly found recording session log.

4 CDs: Featuring the soundtrack recording sessions, which include 50 unreleased takes. The audio has been newly mixed from the original 3-track tapes to stereo and feature 50 unreleased takes. The songs have been sequenced in recording order for the first time. 

Vinyl: A special collector's vinyl 33rpm compact double EP with picture sleeve.

The recording sessions audio will be issued later this year as an FTD audio only release. Author David English posted two pictures on the FECC Forum of the packaging, click to enlarge.

Burning Love Video

EPE announced the premiere of the new animated music video for 'Burning Love'! This new 'Agent Elvis' animated video should be out tomorrow at 10am ET on Elvis' YouTube channel.

Elvis Week 2023 Schedule

EPE also announced the schedule for Elvis Week 2023, tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 5 2023. 

It is time to make your plans for an unforgettable Elvis Week filled with live music, panels, contests, screenings and more! 

Elvis Week 2023 highlights include the August 16 Aloha from Hawaii 50th Anniversary Concert featuring Elvis on the big screen backed by a live band; ’68 Special Enhanced Screening with Elvis bigger than life in black leather; the annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and performances by many of EPE's past Ultimate winners; Conversations on Elvis, with those who knew Elvis best sharing memories and stories; A Celebration of Lisa Marie Presley with Jerry Schilling; and the cornerstone event of the week, the annual Candlelight Vigil on August 15 where fans gather in quiet remembrance of the king. 

Special guests and performers include Linda Thompson, Sam Thompson, Jerry Schilling, Glen Hardin, Spencer Sutherland, Mike Deasy, Tanya Lemani George, Terry Mike Jeffrey, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, 10 Ultimate Elvis tribute artists, among others! Plus more exciting guest and event announcements yet to come! 

(Source: FTD / UEPS / Facebook / Elvis Club Berlin Forum / EPE)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

January 28 - James Doing Better

James Burton's family posted an update on his recovery, an he is doing better.

He is back playing great with friends at home. 🎸😎

He is still not eating or drinking enough so he is on infusions 3 times a week at Vanderbilt.  We know by the ✝️ Grace of God ✝️ with prayer πŸ™ is the only reason he is here.

Thanks all for your prayers!!! πŸ₯°πŸ˜‡

The James Burton Family

Monday, March 27, 2023

March 27 - Debut Vinyl

The 20th Century Masterworks re-issue of Elvis Presley's debut album on green colored 180 Gr vinyl is out, almost 67 years after the original release on March 13, 1956. This Limited Edition contains six Elvis classic as bonus tracks. 

Side A: Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because.

Bonus Songs: Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender.

Side B: Tutti Frutti - Tryin´ To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You - I'll Never Let You Go - Blue Moon - Money Honey.

Bonus Songs: Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Heartbreak Hotel.

(Source: Various / Facebook)

Sunday, March 26, 2023

March 26 - Long Live The King

Due for release from Lighthouse Productions on April 14, 2023 in Germany is the musical documentary DVD 'Elvis Presley - Long Live The King' featuring a collection of interviews, statements, private footage and music clips. The running time is 60 minutes.

The 28 chapters include Elvis´ Answering Machine, Intro Blue Moon Of Kentucky, Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis & June In Biloxi 1956, Shake Rattle & Roll, Baby Let's Playhouse, Army Induction 1958, Heartbreak Hotel, Army Footage 1958, Money Honey, Elvis Takes Germany 1958, Blue Suede Shoes # 2, Elvis In Paris 1959, Tutti Frutti, Elvis & Nancy Sinatra 1960, I Want You I Need You I Love You Elvis Army Press Conference 1960, Heartbreak Hotel # 2, Elvis Press Conference In His Father's Office 1960 Fame & Fortune, Elvis Press Conference Continue, Stuck On You, Hound Dog, I Got A Woman, I Was The One, Good Rockin' Tonight and more.

(Source: JVC)

Saturday, March 25, 2023

March 25 - Charts March 2023 - Week 4 - Back at No. 1

The weekly global Elvis Presley chart update. In the United Kingdom and Scotland the 'The Real Elvis' budget compilation dropped dramatically after last week's re-entry on the charts. The good news? Elvis returned to #1 in the U.K. on the Film chart!

The two Double Platinum certifications for 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' prove that Elvis' music is still very much alive on streaming services. 

In Ireland, 'ELVIS' lost the top spot on the video chart. In Scotland, Elvis dropped off the chart.

In the United States Elvis' music still climbs on the charts, most one spot this week.  

U.S. Billboard charts:

  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #124 to #123. 
  • Billboard Catalog Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #49. 
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack' dropped from #14 to #13.  
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack' remained steady at #16. 
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #24 to #22.  
  • Billboard Top Rock Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #19 to #18. 

Official U.K. charts:

  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #22 to #24. 
  • Official Compilation Album chart: 'ELVIS' soundtrack dropped from #64 to #91.
  • Official Download Album chart: 'ELVIS' soundtrack dropped from #36 to #65. 
  • Official Download Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #46 to #67. 
  • Official Download Album chart: '50 Greatest Hits' climbed from #64 to #70.
  • Official Album Sales chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #84 to #83. 
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #19 to #22.
  • Official Physical Album Sales chart: 'The Real Elvis' dropped from #24 to #100. 
  • Official Soundtrack Album chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack dropped from #3 to #7. 
  • Official Country Compilations Album chart: 'From Elvis In Nashville' climbed from #18 to #17.
  • Official Christian and Gospel Album chart: 'Where N One Stands Alone' climbed from #16 to #15. 
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #3 to #1. 
  • Official Christian and Gospel Album chart: 'Where No One Stands Alone' dropped from #14 to #16. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' dropped from #2 to #4. 
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #2 to #4. 
  • Official Blu-ray chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #6 to #13. 
  • Official Films On Disc chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #2.
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'The King of Rock and Roll' dropped from #34 to #50. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' climbed from #23 to #6.
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'The Elvis Collection' is a re-entry at #31.

Irish IRMA charts:

  • Official Irish Album Top 100 chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #37 to #39. 
  • Official Irish Soundtrack Album Top 100 chart: 'ELVIS' Soundtrack climbed from #27 to #21.  
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #1 to #3. 
(Source: Official Chart Company / UK Mix Forum / Billboard / IRMA)

Friday, March 24, 2023

March 24 - Come What May at the World's Fair

Due for release on May 8, 2023 in the United Kingdom from Warner Bros. is the Blu-ray of 'It Happened at the World's Fair', directed by Norman Taurog and starring Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tu and Yvonne Craig.

This Blu-ray was previously released as part of Warner Bros. 'Archive Series' in 2021 in the United States.

Description: Fun, music and Elvis all happen in this romp boasting one of the best backdrops of any Elvis Presley movie: the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, with its showpiece Space Needle, monorail and more. The King of Rock 'n' roll plays pilot-for-hire Mike, whose hope of starting his own flying business is grounded by the gambling of his copilot Danny (Gary Lockwood). The two hitch to Seattle, where Mike finds romance, Danny finds easy marks and both find problems prior to a "Happy Ending". Kurt Russell, star of 1979's biopic Elvis, plays the child who wallops Mike in the shins. And among the 10 songs are "I'm Falling in Love Tonight", "Relax" and the gold record "One Broken Heart of Sale".

Double Platinum

The British Phonographic Industries certified the singles 'Suspicious Minds' (released November 14, 2004) and 'Can't Help Falling In Love' (released January 10, 2005) 2X Platinum for selling over 1,200,000 copies (streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales). These certifications mark the 4th and 5th B.P.I. awards for Elvis in 2023.

Come What May - The Lost 1966 Album

The Reel Trax import record label announced the release of the double CD-set ‘Come What May - The Lost 1966 Album’, to be followed by an single disc LP later this year.  

Publicity stated: Many people, in concerns of music, sports, politics and many more genres just love to ask: What If…..? Elvis fans do that as well! So let´s get to the point: What If RCA had released an LP album like our brand new Reel Trax release in November of 1966? 

We don't know for sure of course, but we assume that the view on Elvis' career in the sixties would probably be significantly different. But since this obviously did not happen the way we wish it had, Elvis is mainly being remembered in this decade as a celluloid artist. His last studio album that had nothing to do with “typical” movie songs had been 'Pot Luck' and it had been released way back in 1962. In the meantime the majority of Elvis' album releases had clearly been dominated by his movie soundtracks (which showed in releases on singles and EPs as well – plus we all know that there could have been that so-called “lost album” in 1963, which never materialized). 

It seemed to be a perfect formula to maximize financial success by releasing movie soundtrack after movie soundtrack. Even considering taking the risk to lose  the credibility of the performer, who once was known a “rebel”, a man who changed just about everything in contemporary pop music business, just ten years earlier.

Lost Album, Missed opportunity?

Tracks 1 to 12 are taken from the forthcoming Reel Trax vinyl release 'Come What May' (LSP 3718), which deals with a so-called “Lost Album” theory for November 1966. All other songs used for this CD release are mainly based on international 45 RPM single releases of 1966. While some of the titles are well known single release from RCA (like 'Tell Me Why' and 'Blue River'), the 'Girl Happy' songs 'Do Not Disturb' and 'Spring Fever' were single releases in India. The 'Paradise Hawaiian Style' LP tracks 'Drums Of The Islands', 'This Is My Heaven', 'House Of Sand' and the movie title track were only released on single releases in the Philippines (on the RCA record label).

By the mid-1960's it was time to reflect on Elvis' musical career, to think about changes, to have respect for new influences in terms of songs and sounds. History learns us that this never happened. And still, there were opportunities to bring back some of that old magic from a couple of years earlier. One of those "chances" was in May 1966 when Elvis returned to Studio B in Nashville for a recording session with enough material for two albums! One of them would become the Grammy-Award winning gospel album'How Great Thou Art' The other one could have been similar to the one you hold in your hands. Elvis was highly motivated to do the sessions and he did a mighty good job on the material, which consisted of gospel songs and well chosen covers ranging from Folk to Rhythm and Blues titles.

The 'How Great Thou Art' LP became a Gold Album and Elvis was very proud of it. But what about the remaining songs from the May 1966 sessions? What happened to the possible second album? Well, there was no second album! The songs, which could have been used for another pretty solid and more artistic album, were scattered over various singles and used as bonus songs on various soundtrack albums. Again we would like to ask the question "what if ...?"

To give these recordings a new fresh ambience, the best, and most interesting Alternate Takes for the songs have been chosen for this release. The second disc comprises more complete and partly Spliced Outtakes of the titles from the fisrt disc. Discover a stand-out and never before released version of 'God's Gonna Cut 'Em Down' (also known as 'Run On') which features a splice of Takes 1 and 6. Also included are the original demos of four songs sung by Bobby "Red" West, two of them were even written by him!

Disc 1: 
01. Come What May (Take 2)
 02. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Take 2) 
03. Love Letters (Take 7)
04. Fools Fall In Love (Take 4)
05. Beyond The Reef (Take 2 - Rejected Master) 06. Tell Me Why* (Master)
 07. Down In The Alley (Take 1)
 08. I'll Remember You (Take 2) 
09. All That I Am (Take 2)
 10. God's Gonna Cut 'Em Down (Take 2) 
11. Indescribably Blue (Take 1)
 12. If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Take 2) 13. Joshua Fit The Battle (Take 1) 
14. Blue River (Take 2) 15. Spinout (Take 2) 
16. Known Only to Him (Take 2) 
17. Milky White Way (Take 5)
 18. Frankie And Johnny (Take 1) 
19. Please Don't Stop Loving Me (Take 3 - lower key) 20. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Take 3) 
21. How Would You Like To Be (Take 1)
 22. Do Not Disturb** (Take 27) 
23. Spring Fever** (Take 4) 
24. This Is My Heaven*** (Take 3)
 25. Drums Of The Islands*** (Take 5)
 26. Paradise Hawaiian Style*** (Take 1) 
27. House Of Sand*** (Take 3) * Unreleased Stereo Version
** Released by RCA India on 45 RPM
*** Released by RCA Philippines on 45 RPM 

Disc 2:
01. God's Gonna Cut 'Em Down (Take 1 & 6 - Spliced) 02. Come What May (Takes 3, 4)
 03. Fools Fall In Love (Take 5 - Master) 
04. Love Letters (Take 2) 
05. Down In The Alley (Take 6)
 06. Spinout (Takes 3-5 M) 
07. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Take 3 - Master) 
08. Beyond The Reef (Take 1 & 2 - Undubbed) 
09. I’ll Remember You (Take 1) 
10. All That I Am (Take 4)
 11. Joshua Fit The Battle (Take 2) 
12. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (Take 1).

BMW Upgrade

The BMW 507 from Elvis Presley received a new life and a new home at the BMW museum in Munchen Germany. Elvis' former sportster has a new room where visitors learn more about the history of this car. 

Over 50 years of eventful history had left their mark and the car suffered lots of modifications, but a few years back the BMW Group Classic took on the restoration project and transformed Elvis' BMW 507 to its former glory. 

The Best of Elvis 

The Memphis Mansion announced the May 2023 re-release of the 10-inch U.K. HMV LP 'The Best of Elvis'. The 10-track compilation features newly created Mono-to-Stereo mixes by the album's producer Anthony Stuchbury. The liner notes were written by David Parker.

Side 1: Heartbreak Hotel / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine / Blue Moon / Tutti Frutti / All Shook Up.

Side 2: Hound Dog / Too Much (With The Jordanaires) / Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) / Don't Be Cruel / Playin' For Keeps.

Elvis Week 2023

Graceland / Elvis Presley Enterises revealed the logo for Elvis Week 2023 on social media.

EPE stated: Save the dates for August 9-17 and stay tuned next week for the Elvis Week schedule to be revealed, special guests and more!

More Hits

The new Continent record label will re-issue their 2021 32-track compilation CD 'The No. 1 Hits' on May 26, 2023.

Tracks: Mystery Train / Heartbreak Hotel / Want You, I Need You, I Love You / Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel / Blue Suede Shoes / Love Me Tender / Too Much /All Shook Up /(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't / Jailhouse Rock / Hard Headed Woman / Big Hunk O'love / Stuck On You / It's Now Or Never / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Surrender / Can't Help Falling In Love / Good Luck Charm / Return To Sender / (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame / Trouble / That's All Right Mama / Little Sister / One Night / Good Rockin' Tonight / Love Me Tender / Tryin' To Get To You / Treat Me Nice / A Mess Of Blues / She's Not You.

(Source: Warner Bros. / Elvis Shop London / B.P.I. / EPE / Graceland / Various)

Thursday, March 23, 2023

March 23 - Heroes of History

Volume 302 of the Dutch It's Elvis Time magazine featured a review of 'Elvis Day By Day 2022'. In the magazine Rogier van Luijken stated: 

"You only have to blink your eyes once and another year has passed. But that also means that a new yearbook will be released by Kees Mouwen, the driving force behind these books as well as his website Prior to that, he was also one of the co-founders of the well-known - but recently defunct - website 

We have previously written about Kees' yearbooks. And once again, the I had the honor to make a modest contribution to this year’s publication, so writing a review requires an objective view to inform you as honest as possible. Fortunately, Kees makes it very easy for me, because even without my contribution, this voluminous, 400+ page edition is another finger licking book. And if I may say so, this 2022 edition is the best of all Yearbooks to date."

This marks the 7th positive review of the 2022 edition of 'Elvis Day By Day 2022'. Read the full review in the magazine, available at >>> It's Elvis Time or at >>>

Heroes of History

Rob Green published his 61-page paperback 'Heroes of History: Elvis Presley'.

Description: Embark on a thrilling journey into the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, with this captivating and engaging biography designed for young readers. This incredible book will transport you into the world of Elvis, revealing the incredible story of how a boy from humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, became a worldwide sensation who forever changed the landscape of music and popular culture.

Packed with fascinating stories, this biography offers an immersive and accessible look at the life and career of the legendary Elvis Presley. From his early love for music and his meteoric rise to fame, to his unforgettable performances and enduring impact on generations of artists, this book brings the magic of Elvis to life for a new generation of fans.

Not only will readers discover the extraordinary tale of Elvis's journey, but they will also learn about the broader historical and cultural context in which he lived and worked. This biography provides valuable insights into the transformative era that shaped Elvis's music and his lasting legacy, offering young readers a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the world that gave birth to the King of Rock and Roll.

Perfect for budding music enthusiasts, history buffs, and Elvis fans of all ages, this engaging biography is sure to captivate and inspire readers. With its compelling storytelling, relatable writing style, and eye-opening look at the life and times of Elvis Presley, this book is the ultimate guide to the incredible story of a true musical pioneer and cultural icon.

Don't miss out on the chance to introduce young readers to the amazing world of Elvis Presley! Grab your copy of this unforgettable biography today and embark on an adventure that will spark curiosity, ignite a love for music, and inspire a whole new generation of fans to discover the magic and legend of the King of Rock and Roll.

Viva Las Video

An official 'Agent Elvis - Official Animated Music Video' for 'Viva Las Vegas' was released today.

(Source: it's Elvis Time / Amazon)

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

March 22 - Elvis Live 1972

The Limited 50 Anniversary Edition LP 'Elvis Live 1972' was released by Sony's Legacy Recordings. The first lucky fans received their copies of this double LP, containing a selection of favorites from the recent 'Elvis On Tour' CD / Blu-ray set. It comes housed in a gatefold cover.  

Side A - April 09, 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 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 & 09.04.1972 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.

(Source: Amazon / Facebook)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

March 21 - The Crowning of A King

Frank R. D'Onofrio published his 331-page book 'Elvis: The King of Rock and Roll: Book1: The Crowning of A King' as both a paperback and hardcover book. 

Description: Did you see the Laz Buhrmann movie "Elvis"? This Book focuses on things the film should have addressed. It answers the question, Is Elvis, The King of Rock & Roll? Yes, he is! 

There is no reason for debate, it is a fact, without Elvis, there could be no Rock and Roll music as we know it. Elvis' impact on culture, music and the societal implications point to something no one has ever considered. Who else could have done it?

Why is Elvis: The King of Rock & Roll? The distinction becomes more blurred by only looking at the definition from today's perspective. History was never meant to be told from today's perspective. It must be experienced in the context of the time it happened. You cannot decide based on "Elvis the end result."

Talking about this 60 years later illustrates a culture seeking to rewrite the history of what happened. Believing people at the time should have today's perspective and could do it better. Why Elvis was given, the title harbors fierce debate, and racial tensons. Some take it personally, believing he should not have it and never earned it. This book seeks to end the debate once and for all. Starting with the premise: Music /artists of the time bear little resemblance to the music/artists playing today. After Elvis stepped into the future on July 5th, 1954, accidentally singing "That's Allright Mama." everything changed.

Elvis "The End Result" happened after his coronation on September 9th, 1956. Prior to that, Rock and Roll did not exist. Elvis sold America Rock and Roll Music. He started in 1954. The answer is in the facts of what happened between 1954 - 1956.

It is why John Lennon said, "Before Elvis, there was nothing."; Leonard Bernstein said: "Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes; it's a whole new social revolution – the '60s comes from it."

Elvis Presley unwittingly altered a trajectory of history in a single moment the night of July 5th, 1954. Igniting a spark and starting a firestorm. This Book illustrates what happened. Steps Elvis Presley took to move from obscurity and poverty to superstardom. This could never be explained in today's context or terms.1954 is different compared to today. Destiny was no accident! The world was a different place.

The firestorm Elvis caused, transformed the definition of what popular music represented. Elvis went on to transform the music/entertainment industry landscape; along with it, changed our culture. He transformed the world, and how we see one another. Elvis and Rock and Roll Music became a catalyst for change. My objective: place the reader in the shoes of a young 19-Year-old Truck driver from Memphis. Recreating and describing people and moments defining a young Elvis. His audition failing, the moment, he and Rock and Roll Music became his destiny.

The Baz Luhrmann film "Elvis" was an important, Like Elvis himself, it was an exciting visual and musical film experience. But it left out his whole story. The people and environment that defined him. The initial stir was not Elvis' shaking. That came a year later. It was THE MUSIC he created causing a revolution. People reacted initially to his music. His effect on music and pop culture occurred before the world had ever seen him perform!

The film focused only on Elvis' physical attributes, leaving out his contribution of creating Rock and Roll music experience. Not showing his true genius as the man who virtually transformed Rhythm and Blues into Rock and Roll. With Television catapulting him to international stardom.

Within two years, Elvis went from the brink of a failed audition to the largest-selling recording artist in the world. He sold Rock and Roll Music to mainstream America. This is Elvis' journey from local Truck driver to his coronation as The King of Rock and Roll. I Hope you will experience the journey again with me as your guide.

Things You Didn’t Know Or Have Forgotten

T.G. Patching published the 131-page paperback 'Elvis Presley: Things You Didn’t Know or Have Forgotten … And Some Things You Wish You’d Remembered or Liked to Forget!'

DescriptionElvis Presley, known as the "King of Rock and Roll," was one of the most influential and popular musicians of the 20th century. His legacy as a cultural icon has been immortalized in numerous biographies, documentaries, and hagiographies that celebrate his life and impact.

This book explores all parts of the Elvis story, from his personal struggles to his great success. It includes many stories and information you won't know, have forgotten, or maybe want to forget.

Note: the book appears to be written using public sources like Wikipedia.

Elvis, Man and God Paperback 

Estelle Hough published her 331-page paperback 'Elvis, Man and God'. 

DescriptionThere really is only one thing that needs to be said here: The only reason you are not mesmerized by Elvis Presley is because you don’t know enough about him.

If you are new to Elvis, this book is for you. If you are a long-standing fan, you may be surprised, this book is also for you. Links are provided to YouTube videos. Writing in normal script is true as far as can be ascertained by cross-referencing biographies, memoirs, interviews and videos about Elvis. Script in italics is sometimes based on truth, sometimes fantasy. Expect some hagiography and spiritual references – they are difficult to avoid when dealing with Elvis.

An Elvis favorite quote: ‘Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free’.

The Name Code 

Australian Christopher Byrnes Matthews re-published his books 'The Name Code 1: The God Of Elvis' (554 Pages), 'The Name Code 2: The God Of Elvis' (533 Pages), 'The Name Code 3: Hidden Messages In The Bible and Koran' (647 Pages) and added a 4th volume titled 'The Name Code 4: The Path To Graceland'  (481 pages).

Summary: Based on the Hebrew language, hundreds of long-hidden messages are to be found scrawled like graffiti throughout the holiest texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They infect every book, epistle, and Gospel like a deadly virus. Wherever they are found, the avalanche of messages cross-reference each other, continually restating their stunning claims. 

Hundreds of precisely placed messages are encoded in the names of Elvis Aron Presley and eight generations of his well-recorded ancestors. The eloquent biographic messages prophesy the King's future glory as a world-famous singer. The accompanying network of biblically themed messages makes many other far more startling revelations. Manifest in the flesh, the singing rock idol Elvis Presley was God on Earth. He was the real Messiah Son of David. Rock-idol Elvis was the immaculately conceived son of the real God of Creation, the ancient rock-idol Bull-God, El-Baal. 

In all, more than 2,000 examples of name-code messages are provided both in Hebrew text and in English translation. Inexorably all the messages lead one to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee. The four books total more than 2,000 pages. 

Note: “Please don’t shoot the messenger!” These books are arguably an controversial, challenging and incredibly dense Elvis book set, and not “something for everyone”

(Source: Amazon)

Monday, March 20, 2023

March 20 - Elvis Remembered

Due for release from Firefly Books on October 7, 2023 is the 240-page hardcover book 'Elvis Remembered: Intimate Interviews from the Elvis International Archives, with the People Who Knew Him Best' by Shelly Powers. 

Description: When Shelly Powers was 7, she told her mother that she'd marry Elvis Presley when she grew up. She did, though he was an impersonator, a tribute artist she met in Las Vegas. But over her 12 years living in Vegas, she joined an Elvis fan club. After a few Elvis conventions she met Presley's personal photographer, Ed Bonja, and with him made her first Elvis Interview.

What started as one interview became many more, and with them many more friendships with people in Elvis' circle. Each of the 11 of Elvis' intimates interviewed here has a good story to tell. Each is accompanied by period photographs of Elvis and the friend, movie posters, concert memorabilia, and unusual memories that every fan or Elvis will want to read.

Interviewees include:

  • Ed Bonja, Tour manager and official photographer 1970-1977.
  • Cynthia Pepper, Co-star in the movie 'Kissin' Cousins'.
  • Darleen Thompkins Worked with Elvis on 'Blue Hawaii' and remained close till his death.
  • Patti Perry, Met Elvis when she was 17 and only female member of "Memphis Mafia".
  • Myrna Smith, Elvis backing singer 1969-1977.
  • Joe (Diamond Joe) Esposito, Lifelong friend, body guard and best man when Elvis married Priscilla.
  • Sonny West, Lifelong friend of Elvis and bodyguard,
  • Jerry Schilling, Lifelong friend and managed the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis and Lisa Marie Presley.
  • Larry Geller, Spiritual advisor and personal hair stylist. Shaped Elvis' look.
  • Jimmy Velvet, Friend for 20 years and ran an Elvis memorabilia museum in Memphis.

Packed with remarkable photographs, this will be a memorable fans' resource and enjoyable reading for anyone.

Postpone Hearing Lisa Marie's Trust

According to Radar Online Priscilla Presley has pleaded with the court to postpone the first scheduled hearing on her petition to be named trustee of her late daughter Lisa Marie’s trust to mid-May, as her feud with granddaughter Riley Keough intensifies.

Back in January, Priscilla filed a petition in court demanding an alleged amendment to the trust not be enforced. Elvis’ ex did not provide any details on why she needed additional time.

In court documents, Priscilla said the trust was created in 1993 and amended in 2010. She said she was named the co-trustee along with Lisa Marie’s ex-business manager Barry Siegel.

Recently, Priscilla revealed Barry intends to step down as co-trustee. She said per Lisa Marie’s will that meant Riley would take over his spot. She believed that both she and Riley should serve as co-trustees. However, Priscilla noted there was an alleged 2016 amendment that was floating around. The amendment removed her as co-trustee and appointed Lisa Marie’s daughter Riley and son Benjamin as co-trustees. Benjamin died in 2020.

Elvis Presley and America

Samuel Walter published his 61-page book 'Elvis Presley and America: The Impact of the King on Pop Culture and Society'. 

Synopsis: Discover the Man Behind the Legend: Elvis Presley and His Impact on Pop Culture and Society! Elvis Presley was more than just a legendary performer with a sultry voice and gyrating hips. He was a cultural phenomenon that left a lasting impact on American society.

In this fascinating book, we dive into the life and career of the King of Rock and Roll to explore his influence on pop culture and society. Here are just a few of the things you'll learn:

  • Elvis's childhood and family background that shaped his music and personality
  • The emergence of rock and roll in the 1950s and how Elvis became the face of the movement
  • The role of television in catapulting Elvis to stardom
  • Elvis's impact on youth culture and rebellion
  • How he challenged racial barriers in music and entertainment
  • The ups and downs of his film career and the impact it had on his music
  • The evolution of his sound and style in the 1960s and beyond
  • The enduring legacy of Elvis on American culture and society

Whether you're a die-hard Elvis fan or just curious about the man behind the music, this book is a must-read. Get ready to be inspired by Elvis's life and career and the lessons we can learn from his journey.

The Faith of Elvis 

Thomas Nelson announced the November 7, 2023 release of a 256-page paperback edition of 'The Faith of Elvis' by Billy Stanley and Kent Sanders.

Description: Behind the glamour and the crowds. Beyond the movies and the records. Apart from all who knew him, wanted to know him, or just wanted to be near him. Billy Stanley knew Elvis Presley as a brother—and as a man of deep faith.

From the day Billy Stanley arrived at Graceland and received a bear hug from the King of Rock and Roll to the last conversation they ever had, one thing stayed the same: Elvis’s passion for sharing God’s love with as many people he could.

In The Faith of Elvis,Billy illuminates Elvis’s Christian journey, from the notes Elvis made in his beloved Bible to his struggles with sin as his fame increased to his remarkable generosity toward fans and movie stars alike.

Through this first-hand account, you will find touching family stories of the Elvis that pop culture doesn’t know; a keen look into how Elvis intricately wove his faith into every part of his life, insights into the ups-and-downs the four brothers experienced while at home and on the road together and examples of Elvis’s profound influence on others—from those closest to him to his cherished fans and, ultimately, the world at large.

Here you will find your own faith strengthened and your heart turned more toward heaven, or as Elvis would say, toward the only true King.

Includes a photo insert and discussion and reflection questions for group or individual use.

(Source: Amazon / Radar Online / MSN)