Friday, February 02, 2024

February 02 - Follow That Vinyl Dream

The U.K. based Memphis Recording Service record label announced the early March 2024 release - exclusively to Elvis dealers - of two very collectable titles both comprising a 7-inch gatefold 45 RPM vinyl EP single housed together with a sleeved CD EP single. 

Publicity stated: This unique packaging, designed and created by MRS, comprises on the inside left panel a CD wallet inserted into a slot and on the right panel a vinyl 45 RPM 7-inch EP single. The 45 RPMs will be available in both black and crystal-clear vinyl. 

Since these two titles will not be available on mainstream internet sites and stores, these releases are in extremely limited numbers. These two uniquely designed EPs are, ‘Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home Elvis’ and ‘Follow That Dream’.

Details' Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra - Welcome Home Elvis': Throughout his career, Elvis only performed one live duet with another artist - in this case, Frank Sinatra, another great icon of his time which was recorded on 26 March 1960 in Miami. 

The show itself, ‘The Frank Sinatra Timex Show’ was broadcast on 12 May 1960. Taken from a recently discovered original acetate, this historic recording has been carefully remastered and is presented here in the best quality ever. 

Tracks 45 RPM Extended Play Vinyl - Remastered Acetate:
Side A: Fame and Fortune / Stuck On You.
Side B: Introduction / Medley Witchcraft - Love Me Tender / Love Me Tender (Reprise)

CD-Single EP: It’s Nice to Go Travelling / Fame and Fortune / Stuck On You / Introduction / Medley Witchcraft - Love Me Tender / Love Me Tender (Reprise) / Frank Sinatra and Nancy say farewell to Elvis.

For this exceptional compilation the Memphis Recording Service also will release a CD single only version that will be available to mainstream internet sites and stores.

Details 'Follow That Dream': For the first time ever, the master tracks from the Elvis movie 'Follow That Dream' (1961) are now available in true living stereo and have been mixed to the recordings that were originally conceived. 

At the time of the studio session the crucial stereo masters were lost, which meant that subsequently only mono versions have ever been released. Until now.


Tracks 45 RPM Extended Play Vinyl - In Living Stereo
Side A: Follow That Dream / I’m Not The Marrying Kind / Sound Advice.
Side B: What A Wonderful Life / Angel.

CD-Single Extended Play:  Follow That Dream / I’m Not The Marrying Kind / Sound Advice / What A Wonderful Life / Angel. 
Bonus track: Sound Advice (Takes 2-5)

Go here to check out the great sounding YouTube STEREO song samples - put on your headphones!



Stateline Sahara 1974

Due for release from the Follow That Dream collectors label in March is the 3-CD set 'Stateline Sahara 1974' with 3 previously unreleased shows, although some tracks have been released.

'Spanish Eyes', ' Steamroller Blues' and 'How Great Thou Art' from CD 1, 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'I'm Leaving' FROM CD 3 were previously released by FTD.

Publicity stated: Released as a 3-CD 5-inch digi-pack, this box set includes three excellent concerts in Lake Tahoe, Nevada: May 19 (Evening Concert), May 20 (Midnight Concert), and May 25 (Midnight Concert). Recorded in mono.

Disc 1 - May 19, 1974 Dinner Show: See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Steamroller Blues - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Help Me - Spanish Eyes - How Great Thou Art - Let Me Be There - Big Boss Man - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp - Closing Vamp 0:38

Disc 2 - May 20, 1974 Midnight Show: See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me  - 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 - The Wonder Of You - Big Boss Man - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Disc 3 - May 25, 1974 Midnight Show: See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Johnny B. Goode - Hound Dog - Fever  - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord - You Gave Me A Mountain - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can’t Stop Loving You - I’m Leavin’ - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There - The Wonder Of You - Big Boss Man - Funny How Time Slips Away

Tape runs out before the closing song 'Can’t Help Falling In Love'. 

Released at the same time according to Elvis Presley FTD Australia, as part of its ongoing 'Sessions' series, Follow That Dream (FTD) is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis Presley - The Blue Hawaii Sessions'. 

Released as a 4-CD SET, It features the complete soundtrack sessions newly-mixed from the original 3-track session tapes. The 24-page booklet features informative flashbacks from musicians and songwriters. session data, memorabilia and global chart information.

Greg McDonald Died

Bruce Frieser posted on Facebook: I’m crushed to report that Greg McDonald, who forged a culture of appreciation for Elvis Presley and Col. Tom Parker in this desert, died Friday after a short battle with cancer. 

He was 74 and a book he released Nov. 28, “Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider’s Look at the Most Legendary Partnership in Show Business,” was just beginning to achieve his dream of rehabilitating the reputation of Presley’s brilliant but infamous manager.

Greg was this community’s liaison to Elvis – when this was Frank Sinatra’s town. Col. Parker moved here around 1960 and he played Santa Claus at Sinatra’s Christmas parties. The late journalist Gloria Greer told me she didn’t know Elvis had leased a place in Palm Springs until syndicated gossip columnist Rona Barrett broke the news that Elvis was going to honeymoon there in 1967.

Greg met Elvis in 1965 while fixing his air-conditioner. Elvis saw so many similarities between him and the Colonel, he told Parker to check him out. Greg went on to work for the Colonel. He even moved in with him for a while. Through Parker’s connections, Greg became Rick Nelson’s manager and, a few months after Nelson’s tragic death on New Year’s Eve 1985, Greg and his wife, Sherry, emerged from a real estate quagmire as the owners of Elvis’ house on Chino Canyon Drive -- the only house Elvis owned at the time of his death besides Graceland. 

Greg created an Elvis cottage industry in Palm Springs in the 1980s and ‘90s. He started his own Sun Studios, where he recorded the likes of Eric Burdon and The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks. He purchased stars on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for Elvis, Nelson and the Colonel, and booked concerts by Elvis’ contemporaries, including Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Carl Perkins. He was one of Sonny Bono’s two mayoral campaign managers and he booked Sonny into concerts at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Palm Springs Stadium.

He moved to Florida to help manage the Backstreet Boys and ’N SYNCH for the now-incarcerated Lou Pearlman. He returned a few years ago to again promote Elvis and the Colonel.

I first met Greg in early 1981 when he drove a flashy red sports car into The Desert Sun’s old strip mall parking lot to tell me about Rick Nelson doing a benefit to “save” the Palm Springs High School sports program. I thought he was a bit full of himself. He reveled in being a “snow man” in the tradition of Col. Parker. But he was always interesting. 

He encouraged me to write a book about Elvis in Palm Springs, and my pursuit of that goal changed my life. I never got a publishing deal, but I taught a UC Riverside, Palm Desert class on “Elvis in Palm Springs” and interviewed about 100 Elvis sources. I even got an official Elvis TCB pendant. After I left The Desert Sun, he asked me to write a book with him on Parker, but he insisted on creative control. He asked me to write a documentary on Elvis in Palm Springs, but my attorney advised me not to sign his contract.

A friend once told me Greg was a great guy to hang out with but a bitch to do business with. And it was so true. He once asked me to write liner notes for an LP he was producing. When I asked how much he’d pay he replied, “Well, most people do it for the honor.” That was Greg. But he was a great hang. We’d often talk for hours on the phone, just swapping stories.


Biography

Ema Barker published the 74-page paperback 'Biography of Elvis Presley'.

Publicity stated
: Embark on an immersive exploration of the life and legacy of the legendary Elvis Presley. From his humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to the global phenomenon he became, this book unravels the intricate chapters of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's life. 

Delve into the rebellious spirit that defined his music, the challenges he faced, and the triumphant moments that solidified his iconic status. Beyond the music, discover Elvis's impact on fashion, language, and popular culture. Through heartfelt narratives and captivating insights, this book pays homage to the enduring legacy of a cultural icon.

Note: AI generated book.


Cover Covers

The iconic cover of Elvis' debut album graces the cover of the cultural Mint magazine, edition 2/2024. 

Inside the 25-page feature 'From Homage to Copy' with 50 variations on the original classic, including the history behind these album covers.

(Source: Memphis Recording Service / Pascal Matteo / UEPS / Elvis Presley FTD Australia / Anthony Stuchbury)