Wednesday, January 31, 2024

January 31 - Happy Birthday

Jerry Scheff, Elvis' longtime bass-player, celebrated his 83rd. birthday, congratulations!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

January 30 - Elvis 83

Released by the Belgian ElvisMatters fan-club is the CD 'Elvis 83'. The CD was part of the delayed Elvis 83 fanclub magazine and features tracks related to the content of the magazine.  

Tracks
: Always On My Mind (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) / Memories (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) / How Great Thou Art / He Touched Me
How Great Thou Art (live, March 20, 1974) / My Boy (live, August 22, 1973 DS) / My Boy (live, August 22, 1973 MS) / Bouke Rocks Elvis - Introducing Jo Guercio - Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll / An American Trilogy (by Bouke Scholten) / Elvis Christmas Commercial / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Elvis' Christmas Message - I'll Be Home For Christmas. 


Getting to Know Elvis

Richard Rossini published the 153-page book 'Getting to Know Elvis' and a 160-page Portugese edition titled 'Conhecendo Elvis'.

Publicity stated
: Elvis Presley was not what we call a normal man. He is one of those rare individuals whose lives have been transformed into legend. However, public knowledge about Elvis's life is much more based on the stereotype crafted around him than on the true understanding of his story. 

What everyone thinks they know about Elvis is this: he was born in a small town, recorded a record for his mother Gladys, was discovered by a small record label, and became the king of rock. After a period of glory, drugs, overwork, and personal issues eventually led to his melancholic death, unworthy of all the success he achieved. This is what laypeople think they know about Elvis, but in reality, it's a distorted story of the life of a special man. 

In this book, we aim to introduce the life and career of Elvis to a new generation of young people who currently lack idols with a strong impact on society. Nowadays, singers and bands are disposable, emerging and disappearing in the blink of an eye without leaving any mark on the world. Getting to know Elvis will ignite your curiosity and passion for the legend of the King of Rock and Roll.

(Source: Elvis On CD / Amazon)

January 29 - More High Spirits In Milwaukee

An unknown import record label released the 8-CD-set 'The 1973 Soundboard Collection and More'. 

Publicity stated: This comprehensive deluxe 8-CD-set contains all known soundboard recordings recorded during live performances at the Las Vegas Hilton and Lake Tahoe in 1973. All shows are painstakingly remastered, and presented as they were recorded: in glorious mono sound. 

The included bonus disc set contains 23 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1973. This disc includes Alternate Takes, Unedited Masters, Unreleased Mono Masters and further Unreleased Alternate recordings.

CD 1 - February 2, 1973 MS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Until It’s Time For You To Go - Sweet Caroline - 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 - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 2 - February 3, 1973 DS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / 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 - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 3 - February 3, 1973 MS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: See See Rider - I Got A Women / 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 - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 4 -  May 12, 1973 MS - High Sierra Room - Sahara Tahoe: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / 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 / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - I’m Leavin’ - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Bridge Over Troubled Water - A Big Hunk O’Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp - Announcement

CD 5 - May 13, 1973 3.00AM - High Sierra Room - Sahara Tahoe: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / 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 / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - My Way - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Funny How Time Slips Away - It’s Over / Release Me - Faded Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 6 - September 3, 1973 DS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Guadalajara / Trouble

September 3, 1973 CS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Mama Don’t Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Fever - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds / Bridge Over Troubled Water - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Boy - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O’Love - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Speech About Mario - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - How Great Thou Art - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Softly As I leave You - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 7 -  February 10, 1973 DS - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton: You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - Johnny B. Goode - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. Recording from the soundboard with Jerry Scheff’s bass in the spotlight. Sadly, it is of inferior quality.

CD 8 -  Studio highlights: You Asked Me To (Take 2a/ Unfaded) - Promised Land (Take 1) - It’s Midnight (Rehearsal & Take 10 / With Backing Vocals) - Are You Sincere (Take 1/ Complete) - Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (Take 8/ Unfaded) - If That Isn’t Love (Take 1) - If That Isn’t Love (Rehearsal & Take 2) - If You Don’t Come Back (Take 4) - I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (Rehearsal) - I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (Take 6 & 7) - Three Corn Patches (Take 2/ Unfaded) - It’s Midnight (Take 11 / With Backing Vocals) - Thinking About You (Rehearsal & Take 4) - You Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (Take 4 / Unedited) - I Miss You (Take 10 / Complete) - There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) (Take 1, 2 & 3) - It’s Midnight (Mono Master) - If You Talk In Your Sleep (Mono Master) - My Boy (Mono Master) - Raised On Rock (Mono Master) - For Ol’ Times Sake (Mono Master) - Help Me (Mono Master) - Promised Land (Mono Master)

Elvis Rocks Milwaukee

The Petticoat records import label released the LP 'Elvis Rocks Milwaukee'. 

Publicity stated
: Petticoat records is back! This time with a fantastic Limited Edition LP, filled with classic live performance as recorded on June 28, 1974 at the Milwaukee Arena. 
This high quality album features this powerful live performance is now available on 180 Gr. blue and on red colored vinyl, as always housed in a stunning full color sleeve suitable for framing. The set comes with a bonus CD featuring the same concert, contrary to the LP, the CD contains the introductions.

Side A: See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Turn Around Look At Me (Excerpt) - Love Me - Tryin’ To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord

Side B: Suspicious Minds - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - Steamroller Blues - Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Bonus-CD: See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Turn Around Look At Me (Excerpt) - Love Me - Tryin’ To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - Funny How Time Slips Away (With Reprise) - Big Boss Man - Steamroller Blues - Can’t Help Falling In Love -  Closing Vamp


High Spirit In Birmingham

The VV import record label released 7 Test Pressings of their 'High Spirit In Birmingham' set as double LP, albums, housed in the original gatefold cover.

These LPs come with: 
Exclusive OBI seven different representations of the colors of the two vinyls contained with print numbered.
Exclusive poster 60x60 cm
Exclusive certificate with printed number
Exclusive art card, each copy is sealed and hand-numbered.

(Source: Pascal Matteo / FECC)

Saturday, January 27, 2024

January 27 - Elvis: The Hero of the Comic Book vol. 1

Nigel Patterson announced the February 2024 release of the book 'Elvis: The Hero in the Comic Books'.

Publicity stated: Ahead of volume 1 of 'Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023', Mandarin Duck Publishing is releasing Elvis - The Hero in the Comic Books, written and compiled by Nigel Patterson, editor of the Elvis Information Network website.

The book features information and cover images (most in full color) for more than 125 comic books and graphic novels devoted to or featuring Elvis, plus internal artwork for many listings and a section on comic book/graphic novel resources. It will be published in hardback, softcover and digital (Kindle) formats. 
Pictured: a few covers of the titles featured in the book.

Nigel Patterson delayed the release of 'Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated & Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023' due to editing issues and the discovery of more than 70 new titles and/ or editions. A revised publication date for the nearly 500-page book will be announced soon. The Elvis Information Network website will publish more information soon.


Heartbeat Of The King

Steven M. Wagner published his 116-page biography 'Heartbeat Of The King:  Unveiling the Legend and Legacy of Elvis Presley'.

Publicity stated
: Step into the extraordinary life of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll with 'Heartbeat of the King: Unveiling the Legend and Legacy of Elvis Presley.' 

In this captivating biography, venture deep into the untold stories, intimate moments, and the mesmerizing voyage of the man behind the music. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo to conquering the world stage, this book unravels the enigma of Elvis, investigating the passion, talent, and complexities that characterized his iconic career. 

Immerse yourself in the cultural revolution ignited by the King's soul-stirring voice and magnetic charisma. Discover the man beyond the rhinestones and jumpsuits – his triumphs, struggles, and enduring impact on music and popular culture. 'Heartbeat of the King' is a riveting tribute that exposes the heart and soul of a legend, ensuring Elvis Presley's legacy continues to reverberate through the centuries.


Elvis Presley News Report 2024

Emiel Maier posted his February 2024 Video News Report, wrapping up the main Elvis Presley news from January 2024. This latest edition features news on the announcement for a virtual Elvis Presley live show in London, Baz Luhrmann sharing details about two Elvis projects, Graceland buying acetate for permanent collection, Lisa-Marie’s book, Elvis' chart success for and much more.

(Source: Nigel Patterson / Emile Maier)

January 27 - Charts January 2024 - Week 4 (Updated)

In the U.S. all of Elvis' listings on the chart dropped a few spots 

In Ireland 'Elvis The Searcher' made a re-appearance on the Music DVD chart at #5. 

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' climbed from #52 to #48. 
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #43 to #41.
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #10 to #24. 
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #24 to #23. 
  • Official Blu-ray chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #31 to #35. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' dropped from #26 to #29. 
  • Official Films On Disc chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #24 to #25. 
Billboard charts:   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #118 to #136. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #21 to #23.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #24 to #28.  
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #19 to #22. 
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' climbed from #72 to #71.
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' makes a re-entry at #26. 
  • Official Music DVD chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' makes a re-entry at #5. 
(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard/ Irma / Marten)

Friday, January 26, 2024

January 26 - For Colored LP Fans Only

The Music On Vinyl record label re-issued Elvis' 1959 'For LP Fans Only' album as a Limited edition of 2,500 individually numbered copies on translucent blue colored 180 Gr. vinyl, housed in a heavyweight sleeve with gloss laminate finish.

Description: After Elvis Presley was drafted into the army in 1958, it was not possible for him to do any new live film performances for two years. His manager and record company had to get creative and collected various singles from the period 1954 to 1956 and put out many of these songs on 12" for the first time. The result was an amazing overview, titled For LP Fans Only, of some of Elvis' best moments of the 1950's with songs like "That's All Right" and "You're A Heartbreaker".

Mono II Stereo

The Memphis Mansion record label announced the release of a vinyl edition of ‘From Elvis at Sun - Mono II Stereo'.

The album contains the original ten tunes released by SUN records, with others later released by RCA.

The bonus tracks on this vinyl album are ‘I Love You Because’ (RCA edit master), and ‘That’s All Right’ live from the Louisiana Hayride, 16th October 1954. Those two tracks were not available on the CD release of this album.

The label also re-issued their edition of the 'Million Dollar Quartet' on colored vinyl.

Elvis Presley: The King's Legacy Unveiled 

Diane S. Shivers published her 168-page biography 'Elvis Presley: The King's Legacy Unveiled (Beyond the Spotlight: Where Fame Meets Purpose)'. 

Publicity stated: Step into the captivating world of rock 'n' roll royalty with 'Elvis Presley, the King's Legacy Unveiled.' In this groundbreaking book, we unravel the mystique surrounding the iconic Elvis Presley, delving deep into the man, the myth, and the enduring legacy that continues to captivate hearts worldwide. 

Prepare to be enthralled as we journey through the life of the King of Rock and Roll, exploring the highs and lows of his unparalleled career. From the electric energy of his groundbreaking performances to the intimate moments that shaped his extraordinary life, this book is a front-row seat to the Elvis experience like never before.

Unveiling exclusive insights and untold stories, 'The King's Legacy Unveiled' provides a fresh perspective on the man behind the music. Discover the relentless passion that fueled Elvis's meteoric rise to stardom and the challenges he conquered along the way. Gain a profound understanding of the genius that made Elvis a cultural icon, transcending generations.

This isn't just a book; it's a celebration of the King's impact on the world. Immerse yourself in the charisma that defined an era, and witness the timeless influence that still echoes in today's music landscape. Whether you're a dedicated Elvis aficionado or a newcomer to his legendary realm, this book promises an exhilarating journey through the life and legacy of a true musical pioneer.

But 'The King's Legacy Unveiled' goes beyond nostalgia; it's a testament to Elvis's enduring relevance. Seamlessly blending history, entertainment, and cultural analysis, this book highlights how Elvis Presley's influence extends far beyond the realm of music. As we navigate the evolution of his career, we draw connections to contemporary artists who have been inspired by his groundbreaking style.

In the pages of this meticulously crafted narrative, you'll find a persuasive case for why Elvis Presley remains an unrivaled force in popular culture. The confidence in our exploration of his legacy is grounded in thorough research and a genuine appreciation for the King's impact on society.

Indulge your senses in a symphony of words that pays homage to the legacy of Elvis Presley. 'The King's Legacy Unveiled' is not just a book; it's an invitation to witness the magic, understand the genius, and embrace the enduring legacy of an artist who forever changed the face of music.

Are you ready to embark on a journey through the life and times of the King? Join us in this immersive experience as we peel back the layers of Elvis Presley's legacy, revealing the man behind the crown and the everlasting impact of his reign. 'Elvis Presley, the King's Legacy Unveiled' is not just a book; it's your backstage pass to the heart and soul of an American legend.

(Source: Music On Vinyl / Amazon)


Thursday, January 25, 2024

January 25 - Elvis The Biography

Plexus re-issued the Revised Edition of 
Jerry Hopkins' 360-page 'Elvis: The Biography' as a paperback edition. This edition, which includes 60 photos, was last re-issued in 2022.

Description: Elvis Presley is the biggest single entertainment personality in the history of American popular culture. Nearly thirty years after his death he remains the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. Known the world over by his first name alone, he is the foremost iconic figure in popular music. 

Featuring a wealth of firsthand interviews, Elvis: A Biography combines Jerry Hopkins two previous classic bestselling Elvis biographies with all-new material to give the definitive detailed account of Presley s fantastic life.


Priscilla, Elvis I Ja

Due for release on February 14, 2024 from Znak is 'Priscilla. Elvis I Ja', the Polish edition of 'Elvis and Me' by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon.

Publicity stated
I invite you to read the book Priscilla. 'Elvis and Me' (release February 14) by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon and to cinemas to see the film Priscilla (release February 9). Based on the book, it was directed by Sofia Coppola and starred Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi.

Look at Presley through Priscilla's eyes. In a painfully honest book, Priscilla Presley reveals the secrets of her relationship with the king of Rock and Roll. She met him when she was fourteen. He was already the king of the stage and one of the most listened to musicians in the world. The teenage fan quickly lost her mind for him. How will we assess their relationship from today's perspective?

'Priscilla, Elvis and Me' is a gripping, detailed story of a woman who experiences her first, and perhaps greatest, love. What is it like to love a sex icon and live in a world of glamor where everything is at your fingertips?

History and countless fans remember Elvis' impeccable image, cheerful character and innate go-getter. Is it possible that the idol of thousands could turn into an explosive, offensive, self-important egomaniac in an instant?


The Biography

Due for release from the United Library on March 1, 2024 are English and Spanish editions of the 54-page biography 'Elvis Presley: The biography of the Legendary King of Rock and Roll from Memphis, his Life, Rise, being Lonely and Last Train Home'.

Description
: Step into the extraordinary life and legacy of Elvis Aaron Presley, the undisputed "King of Rock and Roll," in this comprehensive exploration of his iconic career and cultural impact. Born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis's journey from a small-town upbringing to global stardom is a testament to his unparalleled influence on the 20th century.

Delve into the early days of Presley's music career, ignited in 1954 at Sun Records under the guidance of producer Sam Phillips. With his classic quartet featuring guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley pioneered rockabilly, a dynamic fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. His breakout single, "Heartbreak Hotel," released in 1956, quickly soared to number-one, marking the beginning of a musical revolution. Despite initial controversy surrounding his performative style and the integration of African-American influences, Presley's success skyrocketed with chart-topping records and electrifying television appearances.

Explore his transition to Hollywood, where he starred in films like "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Hawaii," and "Viva Las Vegas." Witness his triumphant return to the stage in the 1968 television comeback special, leading to a Las Vegas residency and global tours. However, Presley's health took a toll due to prescription drug abuse and unhealthy habits, culminating in his sudden death at Graceland estate in 1977, leaving behind an enduring legacy. With approximately 500 million records sold worldwide and a multitude of records and awards, Elvis Presley's impact on music and pop culture remains unparalleled.

Note: An AI generated book.

(Source: Amazon / Plaxus / Gazeta Powiatowa)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

January 24 - Stand Up Releases with Elvis and Randy Starr

The Reel Trax import record label announced the release of 'Elvis '68 Unleashed' on classic red and transparent red colored vinyl. 

Publicity stated: Reel Trax is back with its first release on vinyl! After the great success of our recent CD release from December 2023 which has been inspired by the celebration of the 55 the Anniversary of Elvis' legendary NBC-TV Special (aired December 3, 1968) we decided to release the soundtrack of the CD - now carefully remastered for vinyl - on a stunning looking 12-inch 2-LP set and for even better sound results to be played at 45 RPM!

Vinyl collectors are well aware that two RPMs are widely available now: 33 ⅓ and 45 revolutions per minute. 45 RPM records have better sound quality than 33 ⅓ RPM records do. This is because they offer more space for deeper grooves for the turntable's needle to read so it can express the more complex and nuanced sound patterns with a better listening experience as a result.

Step back in time and relive the extraordinary talent of Elvis Presley. 'Elvis Unleashed '68' pays tribute to a musical icon who lives on forever in the hearts of millions of fans around the world. We revisit the probably most vibrant scenery of the so-called '68 Comeback. 

Reel Trax is bringing back the magic with a brandnew 2-LP release. Carefully curated and remastered in great-sounding Stereo in a highly valued professional studio in Europe, the legendary Stand Up shows are coming to new life. The sensational looking double album complete with liner notes from those who were there in 1968 (and written especially for this release!) is a real eye-catcher and informative as well. This album captures the raw and unrestrained energy of Elvis Presley like never before. It transports you directly to the iconic standup shows of The King, recorded in June 1968.

After a period of absence from the stage, Elvis made a triumphant return to the spotlight with a short series of unforgettable concerts before a close audience. Meant to be shown in parts in the then upcoming TV-Special simply called 'ELVIS' it was a sensational appearance in its own. In general it was a time when he rediscovered his musical roots while filming the special and he delivered his art with pure passion. 

With an impressive collection of timeless classics, breathtaking vocal performances, and spontaneous interactions with the audience, 'Elvis Unleashed '68' reveals the true essence of a legendary artist at the peak of his power.

LP 1: Recorded June 29, 1968 (6:00 PM) at Burbank Studios, CA

Side 1: Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up / Can’t Help Falling In Love  / Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel / Blue Suede Shoes.
Side 2: Love Me Tender / Trouble Baby, What you Want Me To Do / If I Can Dream.

LP 2: Recorded June 29, 1968 (8:00 PM) at Burbank Studios, CA

Side 3: Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel / Blue Suede Shoes.
Side 4: Love Me Tender Trouble / Guitar Man Trouble / Guitar Man / If I Can Dream.


Randy Starr: Presley Style

The Bear Family record label announced the release of the CD 'Randy Starr: Presley Style - Lost Elvis Songwriter Demos Vol. 1'.

Publicity stated: After the great success of P.J.'s CD album Proby with demo recordings, Bear Family Records releases further, lavishly produced demos recorded exclusively for Elvis.

Between 1963 and 1968, Randy Starr wrote and produced approximately 70 songs in New York City, 35 of which are included on this CD, songs of which Elvis selected and recorded six for the soundtracks of his feature films! 

The illustrated and extensive booklet contains detailed liner notes by British Elvis expert and collector Trevor Simpson, based on interviews he recently conducted with Randy Starr.

Randy Starr, born in 1930, successfully completed his dental training at Columbia College in 1954. At the same time, he wrote songs that were recorded by Jackie Wilson, Connie Francis, the Kingston Trio and Kay Starr, among others. In 1957 he appeared for the first time on the American Bandstand with his hit After School, and in 1959 he entered the Billboard charts with The Enchanted Sea as the singer of the Islanders, reaching position 15.

However, his greatest success as a songwriter came with a total of 12 compositions personally selected by Elvis Presley, which became part of the soundtracks of Elvis films. In order to give Elvis an accurate picture of the songs, Randy Starr produced highly professional recordings between 1963 and 1968 in top studios in New York with hand-picked musicians and often himself as the singer.
 
On two CD albums, Bear Family released around 70 of the recordings, 12 of which Elvis took over. This first of two CDs contains 35 songs, including six that can be heard in the Elvis version in feature films: Kissin' Cousins ('Kissin' Cousins'), The Yellow Rose Of Texas ('Viva Las Vegas'), Look Out, Broadway ('Frankie And Johnny'), Datin' ('Paradise, Hawaiian Style'), Adam And Evil ('Spinout'), and The Girl I Never Loved ('Clambake'). Only one of these demo recordings has been released before, 34 of these songs are now appearing on a recording medium for the first time! In order to achieve the high sound quality that is typical of Bear Family Records, we commissioned an experienced sound engineer to master the original sources. The result sounds excellent!

Of the 35 demo songs on this album, Randy Starr sang 14, 13 times the singer is called Kenny Karen, on the remaining recordings either Malcom Dodds or Jerry Keller, the same Jerry Keller who sang in 1959 with the legendary Here Comes Summer, sings Made it to number 14 on the Billboard charts.

The British Elvis collector and expert Trevor Simpson maintained close contact with Randy Starr for years. We owe him the extremely competent liner notes, which are based on many interviews conducted with Randy Starr. 
Unfortunately, Trevor passed away in January 2024 and was unable to see the release of these two albums. We dedicate the Randy Starr CDs to this extraordinary person and expert.

Tracks: Kissin Cousins (Malcolm Dodds) - Viva Las Vegas (Malcolm Dodds) - The Yellow Rose Of Texas (Randy Starr) - Lady Luck Is A Gypsy (Malcolm Dodds) - Look Out, Broadway (Malcolm Dodds) - Kissing In The Rain (Kenny Karen) - Three Wishes (Randy Starr) - Bring On The Dancing Girls (Randy Starr) - A Thousand And One Night (Malcolm Dodds) - Polynesian Paradise (Jerry Keller) - Datin' (Jerry Keller) - Adam And Evil (Kenny Karen) - Never Say Forever (Kenny Karen) - Easy Come, Easy Go (Kenny Karen) - Wheel Of Love (Kenny Karen) - I'll Take Love (Randy Starr) - Love On The Rocks (Kenny Karen) - Clambake (Randy Starr) - he Girl I Never Loved (Kenny Karen) - Let Her Go (Randy Starr) - You Can Do It (Randy Starr) - Handle With Care (Randy Starr) - Better And Better (Randy Starr) - From Riches To Rags (Kenny Karen) - Little Girl (Kenny Karen) - Big Bright, Beautiful World (Randy Starr) - Head For The Hills (Randy Starr) - Strange Vibrations (Randy Starr) - Come Hell, Come Sundown (Kenny Karen) - Charro! (Randy Starr) - The Chautauqua (Kenny Karen) - We Can See Him Everywhere (Kenny Karen & Mimi Roman) - Don't Stand Under The Mistletoe (Randy Starr) - My Christmas Won't Be Merry This Year (Kenny Karen and Mimi Roman) - Let's Have A Christmas Party (Kenny Karen and Mimi Roman).

The CD is available from the >>> Bear Family webshop.


The King's Harmony

Life Narratives Inc. published the 127-page biography 'The King's Harmony: Unveiling the Untold Rhythms of Elvis Presley Paperback'.

Description
: Step into the enchanting world of the one and only Elvis Presley with "The King's Harmony" – an extraordinary exploration into the untold rhythms that defined a musical era!

Discover the secrets behind the legendary Elvis Presley's music in a way you've never experienced before. This isn't just a book; it's a journey into the heart and soul of the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself.m

Immerse yourself in the captivating narrative that unveils the hidden stories behind Elvis's iconic tunes, from the early bluesy beats to the electrifying stage performances that shook the world. "The King's Harmony" transcends the conventional biographies, offering you an insider's perspective on the man behind the music.

Step back in time and witness the magic of Elvis Presley's rise to stardom, as each page takes you on a melodic adventure. You'll find yourself tapping your feet and humming along as the narrative weaves through the creation of timeless classics like "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "Jailhouse Rock."

What sets "The King's Harmony" apart is its exclusive access to rare interviews, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes stories, providing an intimate portrait of the man who revolutionized the music industry. Revel in the highs and lows of Elvis's life, and gain a deeper understanding of the creative genius that shaped a generation.

Don't miss your chance to own this definitive guide to the unparalleled legacy of Elvis Presley. "The King's Harmony" is not just a book; it's a symphony of emotions, a celebration of music, and a testament to the enduring impact of an extraordinary artist.

Act now and be part of history. Let "The King's Harmony" be the soundtrack to your journey through the life and music of the one and only Elvis Presley. This is your invitation to experience the magic – order your copy today and let the harmonies of the King resonate in your soul!

(Source: Real Trax / Bear Family)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

January 23 - The King In Motown City (Updated)

Set for release from the E.P. Collector import record label is a new CD titled 'The King In Motown City featuring the April 22, 1977 performance as recordex from the audience in Detroit. 

Publicity stated: The E.P. Collector Label is back this Year with another unique release of Elvis show in Detroit, April 23, 1977. The CD is titled The King In Motown City. 

Yes, it was the very last show that Elvis played in Detroit, primarily known as the center of the automobile industry, where three major car manufacturers operate - Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, hence the nickname Motown ("motor city").

The April 22nd, 1977 concert was previously released in 2006 on the extremely poor sounding CD 'The King Has Landed', (actually one of worst sounding Elvis CDs ever) with several tracks being incomplete. This show was never available in solid, listenable sound - until now! So throw your old CD into garbage can and enjoy 'The King In Motown City!' 

The new tape was obtained from an American fan and has been carefully restored and mastered in January 2024, with a focus on preserving the integrity of the original recording. Hence, some minor hiss may be present; we felt it more important to keep the high frequencies and natural ambience of the original recording for historic reasons. The sound is very good for an off line recording - ask your CD dealer for audio samples! As usual the CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with local press review. All images used for the artwork were taken during April 1977 tour including real Detroit photos.

Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Thats All Right - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Blue Christmas - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Jailhouse Rock - O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / Its Now Or Never - Little Sister - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Dont Be Cruel - Fever - My Way - Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - Whatd I Say - Johnny B Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff ) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - School Day - Hurt (With Reprise) - Hound Dog - Cant Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Note: The promotional text refers to the April 22nd. show.

(Source: Facebook)

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Unboxing Elvis Day By Day 2023

Here is a new unboxing video of the paperback edition of 'Elvis Day by Day 2023'. The book has been out for 10 days, and copies have shipped to almost all countries in Europe and overseas to all corners of the world like Canada, America, Australia and Japan. #proud!

This is also the moment to thanks all those friends who helped to create a bigger and better edition. Thank you, thank you very much Nigel Patterson, Piers Beagley, Robert Schwarzgruber, Volker Christensen, Robert van Doorn, Trina Young, Paul Bélard, Giuseppe Castiglia, Robert C. Gilbert, Rogier van Luyken, Geoffrey McDonnell, Andy Pendl, Michael Sander, Bill Shute, Dick Dekker, Robert Frieser, Sargon Franse, Pascal Matteo, Anthony Stuchbury, Gordon Minto and Pal Granlund. 

I couldn't and I wouldn't have done it without you!


Your annual wrap-up of the past Elvis year can be ordered from >>> Poplar Tunes and from various fan clubs and webshops. The 'Day By Day 2023' softcover edition is also available on-line at: 

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.co.uk.

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.com

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.de

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.ca.

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.co.jp.

>>> Paperback edition from >>> Amazon.com.au.

January 20 - Charts January 2024 - Week 3

In the U.S. the 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed the charts after re-entering them last week.  

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 #51 to #52. 
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #41 to #43.
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #14 to #10. 
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #24. 
  • Official Blu-ray chart: 'ELVIS' climbed from #39 to #31. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' climbed from #27 to #26. 
  • Official Films On Disc chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #23 to #24. 
Billboard charts:   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from $142 to #118. 
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #26 to #21.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #31 to #24.  
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #24 to #19. 
Irish IRMA charts:
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' climbed from #70 to #65.
(Source: Official Charts / U.K. Mix / Billboard)

Friday, January 19, 2024

January 19 - The Best Of Stereo!

Due for release from the Classics record label on February 16, 2024 is the CD 'The Best Of The 50's: First Time 100% Stereo!' featuring original mono recordings in new stereo mixes. 

Tracks: That's All Right - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Anyway You Want Me (That's How It Will Be) - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Too Much - Playing For Keeps - All Shook Up - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice - Don't - I Beg Of You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Doncha' Think It's Time - Hard Headed Woman - Don't Ask Me Why - One Night - I Got Stung - (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - I Need You Love Tonight - A Big Hunk O'Love - MY Wish Came True.


Elvis Week

Elvis Presley's Graceland sent out a save-the-date for ElvisWeek 2024. Join us in celebrating the legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Elvis Week 2024, happening August 9-17! Mark your calendars NOW and stay tuned for the schedule and ticket on-sale dates!

For more details visit >>> Graceland.com/Elvis-Week


Award for Riley

Riley Keough is a star, and now she has an IMDb award to prove it. 

The actress, who was recently nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her rock-star role in the series Daisy Jones & the Six, received the IMDb “Fan Favorite” STARmeter Award while at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival on Friday. 

David Beckwith Died

David Beckwith, longtime publicist for Elvis Presley’s Graceland, passed away Friday. He was 67. His work with Graceland started in 1982 by managing hundreds of media attending the press conference announcing Graceland was opening to the public and continued through his passing last week. For 42 years, David was an integral part of protecting Elvis' legacy in the media and sharing the story of Graceland with the world. 

David was not only a colleague, but a dear friend to so many of us and a beloved member of our Graceland family. His wit, sassiness, laughter, and kindness will live on in the hearts of those who knew him well - and his contribution and dedication to the Elvis legacy will forever be remembered.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Underground Sounds / Graceland / Entertainment Weekly)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

January 17 - The Biography

Mallin Published the 64-page paperback 'Elvis Presley: The Biography'.

Description: Elvis Presley, born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, rose to fame as the "King of Rock and Roll." His early musical influences blended gospel, blues, and country. Elvis's breakthrough came in the mid-1950s with hits like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog," defining a new era in popular music.

His charismatic stage presence and unique voice made him a cultural icon. Despite facing challenges in his personal life, including military service and struggles with fame, Elvis continued to dominate the music scene with hits like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love."

Elvis Presley's impact extended beyond music; he starred in numerous films, such as "Love Me Tender" and "Blue Hawaii." His influence on the entertainment industry and popular culture remains profound, making him one of the most significant figures in the history of music. Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977, but his legacy endures through his timeless contributions to rock and roll.

In this book, you'll discover
  • Elvis Presley Early Life and Childhood
  • Rise to Fame in the 1950s
  • Challenges and Controversies
  • Death and Aftermath
And much more.

Note: An AI generated book.

(Source: Amazon)

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

January 16 - The King and the Jester

Paul Belard, known for his day-by-day series of Elvis photobooks, is finishing work on his latest special interest book 
The King and the Jesterwhich will be heading to the printer very soon. The front and back cover images have been released. 

The cover notes: "Tom Parker was an Army deserter who was discharged as a psychopath, a fact that Parker’s apologists conveniently omit or make too little of it; once a psychopath, always a psychopath. He was also an illegal alien, a liar who claimed to be born in West Virginia, a deceitful individual who cheated his partner Hank Snow, and an addicted gambler.
 
He could furthermore be described as a bully, a manipulative, uncaring and narcissistic individual who could also turn on the charm at will, all psychopathic traits.
 
Parker was a hard worker, a gifted promoter, at times a skillful negotiator, and a keen judge of character. Intuitive and astute as he was, it did not take him long to recognize Elvis’ potential for easy money. 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 audiences and it was enough for me.” He promptly realized that Elvis was his own ticket to wealth. In addition, he soon realized that the naïve young man and his unsophisticated father would be no match for his dubious ploys.
 
Parker’s style of management was first and foremost self-serving. It squandered a large portion of Elvis’ talent and left an even larger share untapped. Because of Parker’s indifference to his charge’s genius, we only saw and heard the tip of the iceberg of Elvis’ God-given gift.  
 
“It takes either a blind person or a villain to be that close to the most talented entertainer in the 20th century and absolutely miss it.” Dave Marsh, American music critic.

The Elvis information Network noted: "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'c by Greg McDonald and Marshall Terrill." More details soon. 

Impactful Television Moments

Riley Keough was present at the 75th Emmy Award Show. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for here role in 'Daisy Jones and the Six' in the category 'Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie', but lost to 'Beef'. The series did however win two awards for 'Outstanding Sound Mixing' and 'Outstanding Period Costumes'. 

The series was also nominated too, in the category 'Outstanding Limited Series', but lost to Ali Wong's performance in 'Beef'.

In celebration of the Emmy Awards' 75th Anniversary, the Emmy organization compiled 
the Top 75 Most Impactful Television Moments from the past 75 years. Based on the impact on the viewing public, the list offers an exciting look at the television experiences that have shaped our culture and society.

Elvis' September 9, 1956 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show is listed at 11.

The Top 3:
  1. 1960s News Item After Apollo 11 landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong proclaims "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
  2. 2000s News Item Live coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.
  3. 1960s The Ed Sullivan Show The Beatles performance.
(Source: Nigel Patterson / Elvis Information Network / FECC / Emmy / CNN)

Monday, January 15, 2024

January 15 - Elvis - The Remarkable Story

Published by Star Facts is the 42-page paperback 'Elvis Presley Biography: The Remarkable Story of an American Actor and Singer in the 20th Century'. 

Description: "The King Reimagined: Unveiling the Life of Elvis Presley"

Discover the extraordinary journey of Elvis Presley, the iconic American actor and singer whose charisma and voice captivated the world in the 20th century. This comprehensive biography delves deep into the man known as "The King of Rock and Roll," exploring his humble beginnings in Mississippi, his meteoric rise to fame, and the dramatic ups and downs of his personal and professional life.

Uncover the stories behind his groundbreaking music, unforgettable performances, and influence on the cultural landscape. This book offers an intimate look at Presley's complex relationships, struggles with fame, and lasting legacy in music and film.

Packed with fascinating details, rare insights, and captivating anecdotes, this biography is a must-read for fans and newcomers alike. It's not just a story about a legendary performer; it's about the man behind the legend, his passions, his challenges, and his enduring impact on generations.

Take the chance to delve into the life of one of the most influential figures in entertainment history.

Note: An AI generated book.

(Source: Amazon)

Aloha From Hawaii Listening Session

With writer and music critic Robert C. Gilbert I wrote a detailed review of the 2023 re-issue of the 'Aloha From Hawaii' Satellite Special CD and LP sets for 'Elvis Day by Day 2023'. Robert published an adaptation on his 'Listening Sessions' website titled 'Elvis Presley's Kind of, Sort of World Tour'. Click here to visit the >>>Listening Sessions article.

Besides this article, the site contains many thoughtful writing on great music, well worth checking out!

Thanks for the cooperation Robert, I already look forward to the next joint "Listening Session Review". 

The original article is published in the new 'Elvis Day by Day 2023' book, and available from >>> PoplarTunes.com.