Monday, February 26, 2024

Video Review Elvis Day By Day 2023

Ed Hess did a video review of the 'Elvis Day by Day 2023' yearbook for his The King's Court YouTube channel. 

Have a look and find out what he has to say about the 2023 Elvis yearbook. 


(Source: Ed Hess)


Sunday, February 25, 2024

February 25 - Elvis Fantasy

Graphic artist Alan Barbara announced the release of the DVD 'Elvis Fantasy: As Real As It Gets', which should be available around Christmas 2024 or January 2025 for the celebration of what would have been Elvis' 90th anniversary. 

Publicity stated
: Step into the mesmerizing world of 'Elvis Fantasy: As Real As It Gets' on DVD, where incredible and lifelike performances, including the soul-stirring 'You'll Never Walk Alone', await you.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Elvis Presley's unparalleled talent, with astonishingly realistic renditions of his iconic hits. 

This DVD not only captivates with spellbinding performances but also unveils the untold side of Elvis's story through an insightful documentary. Don't miss the chance to experience the legend in a way that feels as authentic as ever, a must-have for any Elvis fan.


The King Is Cool Again

The UK magazine TimeOut reports that "The King" is cool again - how London fell hard for Elvis.' The article looks at how ABG have worked hard to get the younger generations on-board. Major points noted are: 
  • In 2017 a YouGov poll found that 29 percent of British adults aged 18 to 24 had never listened to an Elvis song. At the same time the value of Elvis memorabilia had dropped significantly.
  • So the latest bout of Elvis mania is no accident. It’s the result of a wildly calculated campaign by EPE /ABG to make the King cool again. Or at the very least, profitable.
  • Three years ago, ABG chief exec Jamie Salter declared that 2021 would be ‘probably the biggest year in the history of Elvis Presley’.
  • ABG created a Snapchat filter to get the oil-slicked quiff and sideburns on teen radars and there were reportedly even discussions about downplaying anniversaries of the musician’s death so people don’t get hung up on the fact that Elvis would be a geriatric by now.
  • Last year Netflix released ‘Agent Elvis’ a cartoon sitcom that follows Elvis (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) leading a double life as a rock ‘n’ roll legend and US government spy. He’s got a chimp for a sidekick and fights bad guys while tripping on LSD.
  • Then came the Baz Lurhmann biopic ELVIS which came with a soundtrack that melded old-school Elvis with current stars like Doja Cat and Måneskin.
  • After launching in Australia the ‘Direct from Graceland’ exhibition was enlarged and opened in London. With 450 original Elvis artefacts, including loads of stuff that’s never been seen before it
  • gives seasoned Elvis fans and post-Austin Butler newcomers an intimate window into each and every stage of the crooner’s life. It was recently extended thanks to its immense popularity.
  • Later this year London will also host the ‘world’s first Elvis immersive experience’ featuring a hologram that brings the star to life.
  • Unlike ‘ABBA Voyage’, ‘Elvis Evolution’ won’t be so much a concert as an all-encompassing walk through Elvis’ life and career, from what it was like to live in the deep South to the role that gospel music played in shaping his music. But don’t panic fans: it will still end with a ‘concert finale’.
  • Elvis was the first influencer and you still see the ripple effects from the seismic impact he had on popular culture even 70 years after 'That's All Right'
  • Elvis’ brand has endured for more than four decades, spread across multiple continents and seeped into popular culture generation after generation.

While the Brits sadly have missed out on being serenaded by The King in real life, 2024’s Elvis mania should surely provide a little compensation.

Go >>> here for the full timeout article

(Source: Alan Babara / TimeOut / Elvis Information Network)

Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24 - Charts February 2024 - Week 4

In the United States Elvis' recordings found their way up on the charts.

In the United Kingdom Elvis' made a re-appearance on the Country Compilation chart while the 'ELV1S 30# Hits' climbed on the streaming Album chart.

Other charts will be updated over the weekend when the updates are published on the various chart-websites.





Official U.K. charts:
  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #54 to #60.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #46 to #44.
  • Official Country Compilation Album chart: 'From Elvis in Nashville' made a re-entry at #19.
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #20 to #30.

Irish IRMA charts: (to be updated)
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' dropped from #74 to #80.
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #18 to #26. 

Billboard charts:
   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #165 to #163. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #30 to #28.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #41 to #34.

(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard/ IRMA) 

Review Elvis Day By Day 2023

U.K. author Vince Wright, who wrote the original 2023 book '8mm Elvis - The Story of Elvis On 8mm Film' wrote a short review on the 2023 edition of 'Elvis Day By Day'. 

This year, for the first time, I bought the book Day by Day (2023) by Kees Mouwen. To be honest, I only bought this one because I knew a review of my book, 8mm Elvis, would be included. I had read the review on line and was thrilled to see it in its entirety across a two page spread in this excellent book.

But that’s not all - I have found it to be an essential read reviewing many items I did not buy this year but am interested in. 

Many of the “V.I.P.” entries included are ones that I had sadly missed. There are also reviews of CDs and books which had passed me by and box sets I could only dream of buying. The Lisa tribute is very fitting and the pictures are of top quality.

The layout and size of this massive book reminds me of the “Kays Catalogues” we had in the UK in ‘70s and ‘80s.

I have not read it from front to back but I love flicking through and finding hidden gems. My only criticism is that it has left me with a massive shopping list and I have the 2024 edition on the top of that list already!


For more information on 'Elvis Day By Day 2023' visit >>> www.PoplarTunes.com.


For more information on '8mm Elvis' visit >>> www.8mmelvis.com.

Friday, February 23, 2024

February 23 - New Bootleg Titles

Several new import titles have been announced. In the ElvisOne 'Bootleg Series' the 2-CD-set '70... 72... 73... Fragments | The Rehearsal Tapes', 'Legendary Elvis' and 'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album'. These titles should be out early March 2024.

From the same producers, but on their alternate Paradise Road Records label the CD 'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome'. 

Publicity stated
: From The Bootleg Series: Fragments | The Rehearsal Tapes: A great collection of rehearsals recorded in 1970, 1972 and 1973, including some unedited and officially previously unreleased versions! 
For the first time together on one great double album with many highlights! Limited edition release with an 8-page booklet with photos and recording information.

CD 1: A Big Hunk O’ Love - I’m Leaving It All Up To You - Faded Love - Oh Happy Day (Ending Only) - (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I - Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (Unedited) - Such A Night - Johnny B. Goode - The Lord’s Prayer (Unedited) - Burning Love (Ending Only) / I’ve Got To Go - I’ve Lost You (Incomplete) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Blueberry Hill - I’ve Got To Go - Portrait Of My Love - “Roll Out The Barrel” - Something - Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - Polk Salad Annie (#1 - Unedited) - The Wonder Of You - My Way - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Any Day Now - Burning Love - Talking / Oh Happy Day (One Line)

CD 2: Hava Nagila (Unedited) - Runaway (Unedited) - It’s Now Or Never (Unedited) - Peter Gunn (Instrumental) - Talking With The Sweet Inspirations - Something (Start Only) - Talking “Sick On Stage” - Talking “Mary In The Morning” - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - The Twelfth Of Never (Part Only) - My Way (Unedited) - Separate Ways - Can’t Help Falling In Love (#1) - Can’t Help Falling In Love (#2) - Burning Love / Talking - My Babe - I’m Leavin’ - Something - I’ll Remember You - It’s Over - Faded Love - Fever - Steamroller Blues - Polk Salad Annie (#2 - Unedited) - I’m Leavin’ (Part) / Talking - That’s All Folks (Warner Bros. Theme).

Note: These rehearsals all appear to have been copied off other bootlegs such as 'Plugged In And Geared Up' / 'TTWII - The Complete Works' or even public domain releases such as the Memphis Recording Service 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' release.

Elvis One presents 'Legendary Elvis', a 50's album compilation like never before... Newly remastered, including 2 radio spots for Elvis shows available in the best sound ever! The same goes for the original and rare radio spots for the movies "Love Me Tender" and "King Creole" - they never sounded better than on this album! Including for the first time all 7 radio spots for "Love Me Tender"!

Also included are two interviews never before released on cd and some rare 50's recordings including undubbed masters together with the overdubbed masters, some instrumental tracks, and more! A very nice 50's collection for Elvis fans and collectors. A limited edition of 500 copies only! 
 
Radio Spot For April 8, 1956 Show (Coliseum, Denver, Colorado) - Radio Spot For June 3, 1956 Show (Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California) - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Track, Master Take 16) - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (1st Vocal Overdub / Vocal Only / Edited) - Treat Me Nice (Undubbed Movie Master) - Treat Me Nice (Overdubbed Movie Master) - Let Me (Track, Master Take 2) - Let Me (Take 3 / Vocal Only) - Let Me (Take 4 / Vocal Only) - We’re Gonna Move (Backup Vocal Overdubs) - We’re Gonna Move - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Edited Undubbed Master) - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Original Released Master / Backup Vocal Overdub Of Edited Master) - Ron Ross WOWO Radio Interview (22.11.1956) - Lover Doll (Solo Version / EP Master) - Lover Doll (Overdubbed / LP Master) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Solo Version) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Overdubbed / LP Master) - Doncha’ Think It’s Time (Single Master) - Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP Master) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Master) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Overdubbed Master) - Is It So Strange (Undubbed Master / Mono) - Is It So Strange (Repair / Backup Vocal Overdub) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #1) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #2) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #3) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #4) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #5) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #6) - Love Me Tender (Radio Spot #7) - King Creole (Radio Spot #1) - King Creole (Radio Spot #2) - King Creole (Radio Spot #3) - King Creole (“Teenage” - Radio Spot) - King Creole (“Star Dramatic” - Radio Spot)

Bonus: WBAP Interview, Fort Worth, Texas (11.01.1958)

A special limited edition release from The Bootleg Series: 'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album'. 37 tracks in total, including acetate recordings from 'Mexico', 'Bossa Nova Baby' and 'El Toro' (movie versions), Guadalajara (track overdub), radio spots and demos that were not officially released.

The 9 radio spots were taken from the original 33 1/3 RPM 12-inch LP. This record with nine radio commercials was produced by Paramount to promote 'Fun In Acapulco' and was never available before on CD. Also included are some complete alternate takes including the funny take 3 from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady'. A very nice compilation and a nice addition to the complete sessions. Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

Introducing Mike Windgren (Movie Excerpt) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Remake - Movie Version, Take 14) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #1) - Mexico (Acetate Recording / Vocal Overdub - Movie Version) - Bossa Nova Baby (Acetate Recording / Movie Version) - El Toro (Acetate Recording / Movie Version) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 4) - Marguerita (Take 1) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 2) - Mexico (Take 3) - Bossa Nova Baby (Take 6) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 5) - Guadalajara (Vocal Overdub, Take 8) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Take 3) - Marguerita (Take 4 & 5) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 3) - Mexico (Take 4) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Remake - Movie Version, Take 14 & 15) - Guadalajara (Track Overdub) - Mexico (Instrumental, Master Take 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigo’s - Bridge To Club Version, Master Take 4) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (The Amigo’s - Boat Version, Master Take 3) - Vino, Dinero Y Amor (Instrumental Version)

More Radio Spots: Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #2) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #3) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #4) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #5) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #6) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #7) - Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #8)

Unfinished And Demo Recordings: Malaguena (Track) - Fun In Acapulco (Demo) - Bottoms Up (Demo) - Make My Marquerita (Demo) - Me And Mi Amigo (Demo) - Fun In The Sun (Demo).

Note: The "Funny Take 3" from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady' was included on the FTD release 'Fun In Acapulco The Complete Sessions'.
 
Bonus: Fun In Acapulco (Radio Spot #9)

Paradise Road Records presents 'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome' featuring the complete February 28, 1970 (2:00 pm) show, 3 original radio reports, the Houston press conference from February 25, 1970 (including an additional 36 seconds that misses on most releases) plus additional live recordings from the February 27 and March 1 shows. 

These Houston shows were not professionally recorded and we know the sound quality is not great but with this release you'll get the best sounding recordings on one great compilation album. A very nice and affordable audio souvenir CD from these shows!

February 25, 1970: Press Conference At The Houston Air Terminal - Press Conference At The Houston Air Terminal (#2) - Radio Report (#1)* - Radio Report (#2)*.

Recorded Live At The Astrodome February 28, 1970 (2:00 PM): Announcement - Opening - All Shook Up - I Got A Woman - Long Tall Sally - "Welcome To The Astrodome" - Don't Cry Daddy - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Kentucky Rain - Release Me - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - In The Ghetto - I Can't Stop Loving You - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling In Love - Outro - Love Me Tender (Instrumental) - Elvis Fan Comments.

Additional Live Recordings: Blue Suede Shoes*** / I Got A Woman*** / One Night*** / I Can't Stop Loving You*** / Blue Suede Shoes*** / Don't Cry Daddy** / 'Come And See Charley Pride' - The Easy Part's Over (Excerpt)** / Can't Help Falling In Love** / Outro** / Announcement - Love Me Tender (Instrumental)** / Radio Report (3) 0:23.

* Original Radio Reports, 1970.
** Recorded March 1, 1970 (7:00 PM) 
*** Recorded February 27, 1970 (2:00 PM)

Note: The echoey audience recordings are certainly "Not Great". This set was recently bootlegged as 'Elvis At The Astrodome' by Tupelo Productions.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / FECC)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

February 22 - Shelby County Bought Elvis' Childhood House

Major Lee Harris of Shelby County revealed that the County has bought Elvis' former childhood home at 2414 Lamar Avenue. 

On the WREG morning show Harris explained, “Elvis Presley had several childhood homes in Memphis as they moved around quite a bit. One of their childhood homes for a few months in 1955 was at 2414 Lamar Avenue and Shelby County owns that home. So we're really optimistic that we'll be able to do a new kind of showcase that represents Elvis’ childhood in Memphis. We know Graceland tells the story of his adulthood and his fame as a rock and roll star, but what about his childhood and what about those early influences and a lot of black musical heritage that influenced Elvis Presley when he was not a superstar. 

We want to think about how to tell that story, Shelby County wants to show an Elvis Presley home and we're going to do the best we can tell the story of the musical influences that we know as part of the legacy of this community." 

Go all the way to 4.50 in the clip. 


(Source: FECC / WREG / Elvis Information Network)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February 21 - Steamrollin' On Tour

The Vine8 import label announced the release of the DVD 'Steamrollin' On Tour

Publicity stated: Cine8 is proud to present the second volume in our 8mm underground films series aptly titled "Steamrollin' On Tour" once again making use of recently found 8mm footage in great quality. 

Shot on 8mm and Super-8, you’ll get to see Elvis in in a variety of shows ranging from 1971 to 1977! from Las Vegas to Abeline, TX. Everything on this DVD was shot by fans. the majority of these films don’t have complete performances but with clever editing, we have assembled a great selection of complete songs once more coupled with soundboard and multi-track audio. 

On this DVD you will find fantastically edited versions of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" "T-R-O-U-B-l-E", "Burning Love", "Steamroller Blues", a completely filmed "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" from 1977 among so much more. 

If you enjoyed our first volume "A Medley Of Costumes" you will enjoy this too!.
Ask your local dealer for this wonderful release and get it now!


Living Legend Award

Actress and singer Ann-Margret accepted the Living Legend Award at the Women's Image Network's 25th Women's Image Awards.

She was a hit, and Hollywood soon came calling. Her role in 1963’s Bye, Bye Birdie made her a star before she costarred with Elvis Presley (her one time paramour) in the next year’s Viva Las Vegas.

“Legend means you haven't just shared a screen with Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson, and Jack Lemon, you've dominated it. And it's not their performances people are talking about decades later, it's yours. With five Golden Globes, an Emmy, and two Oscar nominations to prove it,” she said.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / People)

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20 - The King and the Jester

Paul Belard is known for his day-by-day series of Elvis photo-books, but his brand new "special interest" book all about Elvis and manager Colonel Tom Parker, titled 'The King and the Jester', has been released. 

The cover notes, "As this uncultured philistine said of himself, "I did not know what to make of Elvis, or his music. I did not care, but I saw the reaction of the audience says and it was enough for me". Parker promptly realized that Elvis was his own ticket to wealth. In addition he soon realised that the naive young man and his unsophisticated father will be no match for his dubious ploys."

The book is a very strong read and one that is very much the "counterpoint" to the recently published "rose colored glasses" account, 'Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look At The Most Legendary Partnership In Show Business', by Greg McDonald and Marshall Terrill.

Go here to >>> buy the book via Amazon uk or order directly from Paul Belard >>> contact him here.


Double Feature Stereo Releases

Memphis Mansion announced the March 2024 release of the 45 RPM Maxi-single titled 'Loving You'. The disk is a promotional release for the label's forthcoming ‘Mono II Stereo’ 'Elvis Double Feature' CD. It contains the songs 'Loving You', 'Hot Dog' and 'Jailhouse Rock'.

The CD will contain the soundtrack recordings of 'Loving You' and 'Jailhouse Rock' produced in stereo by Anthony Stuchbury. The artwork was done by Soren Karstensen. The full tracklisting will be released later. 

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Anthony Stuchbury)

Saturday, February 17, 2024

February 17 - A Little Golden Book Biography

Here is thew cover art for the children's book 'Elvis Presley: A Little Golden Book Biography' by Lisa Jean Rogers (Author), Luke Flowers (Illustrator). The 24-page hardback book for children aged 4 to 8 is due for release on September 26, 2024 from Golden Books.

Description: Dream big with a Little Golden Book biography about the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley! Little Golden Book biographies are the perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers, as well as fans of all ages!

This Little Golden Book about Elvis Presley, legendary movie star and the King of Rock and Roll thanks to songs like 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Hound Dog', is an inspiring read-aloud for young children and fans of any age.

The book is available for pre-order from >>> Amazon (Associate Link)

(Source: Amazon)


February 17 - Charts February 2024 - Week 3

In both the United States and the United Kingdom all of Elvis' listings dropped a few spots on the charts. 

Other charts will be updated over the weekend when the updates are published on the various chart-websites.









Official U.K. charts:
  • Official Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #53 to #54.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #46. 
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #20 to #30.
  • Official Film Download chart: 'Elvis' dropped from #28 to #35.
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #24 to #51. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' dropped from #27 to #53.  
  • Official Films On Disc chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #23 to #42.
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' dropped from #74 to #80.
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #18 to #26. 
Billboard charts:   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #164 to #165. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #28 to #30.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #39 to #41.
(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard/ Irma)

Friday, February 16, 2024

February 16 - French Stage Power

The Tupelo Productions import record label released the third volume in their 'Stage Power' multidisc CD series. The volume is subtitled 'Let's Go Back and Touch the Past'. 

Publicity stated: On August 10th 1970 Elvis Summer Festival started and thousands of people and stars flocked to see the main attraction in Las Vegas! MGM was present duting the start and filmed what we all know and love as'Elvis - That's The Way It Is'. Elvis never looked better! After MGM wrapped up the filming, Elvis loosened up and relaxed more on stage. But, even if the camera crews left, the fans with tape recorders didn't ... 

Now, experience Elvis at the peak of his career - Elvis Summer Festival 1970 with this Deluxe 7-CD-set / booklet. The audio was remastered using the latest technology. 

Shows included in this set are the August 14, 1970 Midnight Show, the August 19, 1970 Dinner and Midnight Shows / the August 20, 1970 Dinner and Midnight Shows, and the August 21, 1970 Dinner and Midnight Shows. 

These shows are good audience recordings and were originally recorded by Rick Rennie. They have been released multiple times before, most recently by the Straight Arrow import record label: 
August 19 both shows: Double Dynamite and Loose As A Goose.
August 20 DS: A Dinner Date With Elvis and Elvis '70 : Hot To Trot.
August 20 MS: A Dinner Bell in Vegas and Elvis '70 : Hot To Trot.
August 21 DS: From Vegas In Memphis and Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town.
August 21 MS: You've Lost That Lovin Feelin' and Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town.


Silver Award

The British Phonographic Industry certified the single 'Viva Las Vegas' Platinum for selling over 200,000 copies sold since November 14, 2004 in streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales


Record Store Day Releases 2024

The French V.P.I. record label continues its tradition with Record Store Day releases. This year the label will release 'I'm Counting On Them: Otis Blackwell and Don Robertson Songbook' on blue vinyl with a "galaxy effect" colored vinyl and on CD. Also set for release is the triple LP and double CD-set titled 'Elvis Styles' on clouded neon-pink colored  vinyl, clouded backs and white colored vinyl and clouded translucent vinyl. Both vinyl releases are limited to 1,500 copies each.

Details 'I'm Counting On Them
: Otis Blackwell and Don Robertson Songbook': This album brings together two songwriters, both pianists, who have contributed remarkably to the work and career of the King. 

If Otis Blackwell excelled in Rock 'n' Roll of which he was one of the great artisans (he gave Elvis no less than three number 1s), Don Robertson was a master in the art of the ballad (several of his compositions will appear on the B side of successful singles). Two exceptional artists who deserve to be included in the Pantheon of Music!

Side A: Don’t Be Cruel - Paralyzed- All Shook Up - Make Me Know it (Take 18) - Fever (Take 1) - (Such An) Easy Question (Take 3) - We’re Comin’ In Loaded - Return To Sender - One Broken Heart For Sale (Take 1, Movie Version). 

Bonus Song: One Broken Heart For Sale (Demo).

Side B: I’m Counting On You (Take 13) - There’s Always Me (Take 4) - No More (Take 7) - Starting Today (Take 2) - I’m Yours (Take 5) - Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 2) - I Met Her Today (Take 16) - I’m Falling In Love Tonight (Take 6) - They Remind Me Too Much Of You (Take 4).

Bonus Song: There’s Always Me (Demo).

Pre-order the album at the >>> Culture factory webshop.

Details 'Elvis Styles': In 1960, the renowned composer Leonard Bernstein said, "Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force of the 20th century... He introduced rhythm into everything and changed it all—music, language, clothes. It's an entirely new social revolution from which the '60s emerged."

And it's true that Elvis could sing anything! This triple album features no less than 54 tracks, the majority of which are alternate versions. A unique compilation, never before realized, that is truly exceptional, showcasing the various facets of the artist.

LP 1 - Side A - Blues: Santa Claus Is Back in Town (Take 7 / Master) - One Night Of Sin - It Feels So Right (Take 3) - A Mess Of Blues (Take 3) - Like A Baby (Take 2) - I Feel So Bad (Take 1) - Give Me The Right (Take 2) - Beach Boy Blues (Movie Version) - Reconsider Baby (25.03.1961, Pearl Harbor).

Side B - Country: Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Take 13) - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (Take 10 / Master) - Old Shep (Take 5) - Your Cheatin' Heart (Take 9) - A Fool Such As I (Take 3) - Just for Old Time Sake (Take 4) - I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (02.07.1955, Louisiana Hayride) - I Forgot To Remember To Forget (October 1955 Louisiana Hayride).

LP 2 - Side C - Gospel: (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (Take 7) - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Take 5) - His Hand In Mine (Take 4) - I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (Take 5) - Milky White Way (Take 5) - I Believe in The Man In The Sky (Take 1) - Joshua Fit The Battle (Take 2) - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Take 3) - Working On The Building (Take 4).

Side D - Films: Mean Woman Blues (Take 7, Version 2) - Baby I Don’t Care (Take 1) - King Creole (Take 17, First Version) - Blue Suede Shoes (Take 1 / Master, Movie Version) - Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 3) - What A Wonderful Life (Take 2) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 1) - Girls ! Girls ! Girls ! (Take 3 / Master) - One Broken Heart For Sale (Take 1, Movie Version).

LP 3 - Side E - European: Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 7) - Wooden Heart (Take 1) - Tonight's All Right For Love (Take 8) - It's Now Or Never (Take 4) - Surrender (Take 6) - Can't Help Falling In Love (Take 26, Movie Version) - Almost Always True (Take 5) - No More (Take 11) - Silent Night (Take 9 / Master).

Side F - Latino: How Do You Think I Feel (Take 7 / Master) - Ito Eats (Take 2) - Kiss Me Quick (Take 4) - For The Millionth And The Last Time (Take 7) - You’ll Be Gone (Take 4) - Fountain OF Love (Take 9) - We’ll Be Together (Take 10) - The Walls Have Ears (Take 12 / Master) - Mama (Take 9).

Pre-order the album at the >>> Culture Factory webshop.

The French record label re-issued the two French EP's 'Le Cavalier Du Crépuscule' - available on black, transparent, red, yellow and blue-green colored vinyl and 'Noël Avec Elvis' - available on black, transparent, red, yellow and orange colored vinyl. 
All colors limited to 200 copies each.

Tracks 'Noël Avec Elvis':
Side A: White Christmas / Silent Night.
Side B:  I Believe / Blue Christmas.

Tracks 'Le Cavalier Du Crépuscule':
Side A: Love Me Tender / Let Me.
Side B: Poor Boy / We're Gonna Move.

Pre-order >>> 'Le Cavalier Du Crépuscule' and >>> 'Noël Avec Elvis' at the Culture Factory website.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / V.P.I. / Elvis Club Berlin / DisquaireDay / RecordStoreDay)

Thursday, February 15, 2024

A Well Known Elvis Day By Day 2023 Reader Says ...

The talented graphic artists Alan Barbara created a very original video for 'Elvis Day By Day 2023'. Just listen to who has something to say about this new yearbook. Thank you Alan, this must be the most original Elvis promovideo out there!


To see more of Alan's work, visit his >>> Facebook or his >>> Elvis Fantasy YouTube page. 


February 15 - A Stereo Preview

The French RDM-Edition added sound samples to their site for the upcoming 'Elvis Presley - Rock 'n' roll No. 2 - Mono II Stereo' album. 

Publicity stated: Rediscover Elvis Presley's second album with a new stereo mix! Simply titled, ‘Elvis,’ it is presented here with the addition of eight standalone single sides, as the second in a series of newly created Mono to Stereo mixes of classic Presley albums by Producer Anthony Stuchbury. 

The cover art for the U.K. version of the album; ‘Elvis Presley No.2’, which was released via HMV in April 1957, was significantly different to that of its U.S. counterpart. A mustard yellow background was added to a black and white candid shot from September 1956, whilst a similar typeface to the one used on the first album completed the rock ‘n’ roll vibe. 

Following the expiration of HMV’s license to release Presley recordings in the U.K. during 1958, this title was deleted and quickly became a much sought after collectible. RCA U.K. would revert to the U.S. cover artwork for their December 1962 re-issue of the album. However, as the album was affectionately referred to as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll No.2’ in U.K. fan circles by this point in time, this subtitle was added at the bottom right-hand corner of the sleeve.

This new Mono II Stereo CD edition pays homage to the now legendary British cover and allows you to rediscover 20 songs that have made rock history!

Visit the >>> RDM-Edition website for the previews.

(Source: RDM-Edition)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

February 14 - Signed 1974 Elvis Cartoons For Valentine

Nigel Patterson pushed back the release of his upcoming book 'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' to March 2024. 

The update on Facebook stated
: After announcing the upcoming publication of 'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books', I received numerous leads and references for Elvis related comic books and graphic novels. As a result, the book is being expanded from 150 to around 250 pages with the addition of 30 to 40 new entries, additional information, and many new cover and archival images!

More than 200 comic books, graphic novels, graphic biographies, comic strips and comic related ephemera will be featured in the book. This includes publications directly about Elvis, those where he has a minor (cameo) role, and others that were inspired by him.

The covers for the book are "almost" finalized thanks to great design work by Elvis Day By Day's Kees Mouwen.

In order to add and format the new additions, publication of the book has been pushed back to March. I will publish several page images in the coming week.

Description: 'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' is the first comprehensive record of Elvis Presley as found in comic books, graphic novels, graphic biographies, and (select) comic strips.

Inside this book you will find information on more than 200 titles of comic and graphic novel/biography books directly about Elvis, those in which he has a cameo role, and others that were inspired by him. Also included is artwork from a variety of releases and an eclectic range of Elvis related comic book ephemera.

'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' features more than 200 images, the breadth of graphic art is a mix of the impressive, a case of WTF?, and art that some will find confronting. In addition, the book features various sidebars, which present a more detailed account of a particular title or issue.

The narrative themes found in the releases presented in this book are multifarious, ranging from straight biographies, Elvis as crime fighter, Elvis clones and Elvis in the super-hero realm, to anthropomorphic Elvis, Elvis parodies/ satire, and Elvis as demon, vampire, and zombie (this is a particularly popular theme). There is even a fairy godmother and a Lady Helvis!

As a body of work, the comic books, graphic novels and biographies and comic strips, represent a powerful symbol of the incredible impact Elvis continues to have on society and culture, nearly 50 years after his passing.


Yours, Elvis Presley

Velvis Enterprises announced the May  2024 release of the the book 'Yours Elvis Presley - The Definitive Collection of Elvis Presley Autographs Volume 1' by Stephen M. Shutts.

Publicity stated
: An in-depth look at approximately 100 plus authentic autographs from Elvis Presley, inclusive of approximately 75 never before published photos of Elvis from 1955 to 1976. From Stephen's personal collection and from selected respected peers in the Elvis collector community. 
 
This hardback, collector's edition book serves a two-fold purpose. One, it provides never before told stories about Elvis, by the fans who met him and obtained a coveted autograph in person. Secondly, it presents itself as a study guide on Elvis autographs in order to avoid secretarial and forged signatures when collecting.
Enjoy reading previously untold, heartfelt stories about Elvis and the places he frequented or was spotted at, stories from adoring fans who spent a cherished moment in time with him and left with the ultimate souvenir...an autograph.

Learn about Elvis' diverse handwriting characteristics during his career, as explained by leading authority and historian, Stephen M. Shutts. Shutts has spent the majority of his life pursuing all aspects of Elvis Presley's iconic career.

This collectors edition book is limited to only 400 copies. All editions will be signed and include a a unique documented piece of memorabilia from Elvis's Graceland.

For more info: rockologynashvilletn@gmail.com


Where The Heart Is

The Vinyl Passion record label re-issued their 'Where The Heart Is' "Valentine's Day' compilation on gold - purple colored vinyl. 

Description
: This is a collection of twenty-two of Elvis' heartfelt ballads recorded in the fifties dealing with love. 

From the very early "Love Me Tender" to the 'Kid Galahad' movie ballad "Home Is Where The Heart Is", this whole collection just shines. No one could sing a romantic song as 'The King.

There are some rarer songs here that are really great like "Doin' The Best I Can", "Young And Beautiful" and of course the Top Ten hits "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "Love Me," "Don't," and "Can't Help Falling in Love," as well as such Presley standards as "Are You Lonesome Tonight?." 'The King' is dead but 'The King' lives on forever!


Elvis On Tour March 1974

The re-print of Kieran Davis' 'Elvis on Tour March 1974' is out.

Description
: The book covers Elvis' March 1974 tour and is the same format as our previous books - hard back, colour, large format etc.

There are 336 pages which include the usual mix of photos, memorabilia and documents plus an exhaustive text on the tour. The five Memphis shows are especially of note as all the official documents relating to the shows are included. The front cover image shows Elvis wearing a cape at one of his Tulsa shows - a true rarity. 


Priscilla Presley Sued By ...

Priscilla Presley is being sued by Priscilla Presley Partners (PPP) the company, which this week won the first round in a lawsuit filed last October.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2022 Presley was broke and sought help from an auctioneer, Brigitte Kruse, who agreed to help her exploit her name and likeness. For several years the two had been developing a relationship as Kruse helped Presley auction off some Elvis memorabilia. But then, the lawsuit says, Priscilla asked Kruse to take on even more responsibility and the two of them formed PPP in January 2023, with Kruse as majority owner.

The timing seemed good, as Kruse says in her complaint that she helped negotiate the movie project Priscilla, based on her memoir Elvis and Me, which was being produced by A24 and directed by Sofia Coppola. But months later, as the film was about to come out, Kruse alleges that Presley suddenly cut off her and PPP, excluding her from the film premiere and any other opportunity to do business.

According to the complaint, in 2022 Kruse was also granted power of attorney. Upon assuming the position, Kruse says she learned that Presley was roughly two months away from insolvency on top of facing a bill for roughly $700,000 in unpaid taxes.
Among the reasons for Presley’s alleged financial position was that she sold her rights and interest to her surname nearly 20 years ago to ABG, limiting PPP with the ability to exploit her first name only.

The suit alleges that Kruse has spent a significant amount of her own money in developing various products and other intellectual property that was intended to launch alongside Priscilla. Kruse is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

(Source: Nigel Patterson / Amazon / Yahoo News)

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

February 13 - Elvis UK Extended Tracklisting

Authors John Townson and Gordon Minto announced that this new 500-page book 'Elvis UK - Extended: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British EPs 1957-2001' will be available early March 2024. 










The book is available for pre-order, exclusively through >>> Now Dig This / Elvis The Man And His Music for UK£58. 

This new volume in the 'ELVIS UK' series contains:
  • Complements previous Elvis UK publications.
  • Is extensively illustrated in full colour throughout, including a range of images of Elvis himself.
  • Details the history of extended play releases, their popularity and subsequent fall from favour.
  • Features a wealth of background information, revealing exciting new details and information regarding tax codes and price changes as shown on labels – as well as tabling chart positions.
  • Offers technical but clear details regarding manufacturing, along with matrix numbers and their significance.
  • Where appropriate, each EP release is cross-referenced with its US counterpart and key differences discussed.
  • Includes a chronological list of all the EPs included.
  • Discusses each extended play album individually, in a detailed and forensic way, while the extensive text is amply illustrated with scans of every known cover and label variation, relevant photographs, and scans of contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles and adverts.
In short, as readers have come to expect from each of the previous 'Elvis UK' publications, this book is intended to be the last word on its subject, in this instance, the much-loved extended play record format as seen in the United Kingdom.


Rock and Roll No. 2

Audio engineer Anthony Stuchbury released the tracklisting for the upcoming 'Rock and Roll No. 2 - Mono II Stereo' CD. The album, featuring his newly created Stereo Masters is set for release by the French RDM Edition late March or early April 2024. 

Original Album: Rip It Up / Love Me / When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again / First In Line / Paralized / So Glad You're Mine / Old Shep / Ready Teddy / Anyplace Is paradise / How's the World Treating You / How Do You Think I Feel.

Bonus Single Sides: Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me / Too Much / Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel / Playing For Keeps / My baby Left Me / I Want You, I need You, I Love You. 

Icons

Elvis Presley graces the cover of the Australian Women's Weekly Icons Magazine (issue 2024/2) with inside the article 'How The King Got His mojo Back'. 

(Source: John Townson / Gordon Minto / Pascal Matteo)

Monday, February 12, 2024

Review For LP Fans Only

The Dutch Music On Vinyl re-issued the classic ‘For LP Fans Only’ as a limited edition of 2,500 individually numbered copies on translucent blue colored vinyl. A good reason to give this hit compilation a spin.

Design

When I opened the package I couldn’t help but smile back at Elvis, just look at this friendly handsome guy looking you in the face. The glossy finish gives this album a real deluxe touch. 

The cover is a faithful recreation of the original album art, with only Nipper missing for the usual copyright reasons. Another oddity is that probably someone at Sony provided the Music on Vinyl label the artwork used for the Friday Music release of this album (the prefix is "FRM 1990"). On the back the promotional picture showing Elvis in his army uniform, “suitable for framing” for all the girls he left behind. 

The album comes on solid blue vinyl, flat as it should be with great sound, probably using the digital masters. 

Content

The album was originally released as a placeholder to keep Elvis’ name before the public for the two years he served his country for Uncle Sam. As there was no possibility to get Elvis in the studio and no opportunity to record live performances or movies, RCA and Colonel Parker had be creative. 

They pre-recorded material for five single releases, and as Elvis scored in the albums market, RCA also wanted to cash in with another album by their hot commodity. They created a compilation from previously released material from various sessions for RCA and 20th Century Fox and Sam Phillips’ SUN records. 

The result is an awkward compilation of  RCA single and EP tracks - the bonus track ‘Poor Boy’ from the movie ‘Love Me Tender’ - and four SUN songs that were previously issued as singles by Sun Records. As those originally had a limited release, they were very difficult to come by outside of the south, although RCA released them on single when they bought Elvis’ contract with SUN records.

The smooth Elvis on the cover is actually a little deceiving. Listening to this LP you could say that this is more a Rockabilly album than anything else, even when by this time, Elvis had moved on to a more smooth Rock and Roll sound. The raw edge from his early recordings on this compilation make them sound bluesy and sexually charged. Listen to Elvis tearing up ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’ and the carnality to his growl on ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’. For many fans this would be the only place they could listen to the SUN recordings on LP until 1976 next to the SUN tracks on his debut album.

Fortunately you can still hear this on his first RCA recordings like ‘My Baby Left Me’, a shameless reworking of his first local hit ‘That's All Right’, and his smoldering performance of ‘I Was the One’, the B-side of his debut single. Just two songs fall out-of-tone, the before mentioned ‘Poor Boy’ as an upbeat, but light composition and the audio of ‘You’re A Heartbreaker’. 

Conclusion

Even though the songs were compiled from various recording sessions over a two-year period, combining raw and raunch with smooth(er) recordings, the resulting album works very well as a whole. And while the LP did not sell as well as Elvis’ first albums (stalling at #19 on Billboard's album chart, where his previous LPs hit the Top 3), it is still a great compilation 55 years later. The only complaint I have that it is too short!

This re-issue by the Music on Vinyl record label is an enjoyable, good looking and good sounding upgrade if your original copy is worn out.

The LP is available from >>> Amazon U.S. (Associate Link).