Tuesday, February 06, 2024

February 06 - Exclusive Yellow Vinyl From Spain

Due for release from the Reel Trax import record label late February 2024 is an Exclusive 2-LP Edition of the ''68 Unleashed' NBC-TV Special on yellow colored 45-RPM vinyl. This edition is a "Bennies Fifties" exclusive.

Tracks 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.


Available for pre-order from >>> Bennies Fifties



Elvis In Spain

The second volume of 'Elvis In Spain - A Critical look 1970 - 1990' by Rubén Olivares Rosell has been announced. The book should be available after the summer of 2024. A reprint of the first volume will be available then too. 

Publicity stated
This second volume about Elvis Presley in our country, occupies the time period from 1970 to 1990. The vision we have of Elvis in Spain is just as confusing and biased as that of his greatest fame, with the peculiarity that Presley is He is already pigeonholed as a character from the past, in an exercise in modernity that is so typical of our country. The final touch will be the appearance of an infectious and infamous book, written by Gaspar Fraga in 1974, which will be refuted page by page from this book.

Despite this, musical publications see the light of day that not only value his legacy and the records of the time, but also great journalists in the country dedicate articles and comments on records to him.

The premiere of "That's the Way It Is" in 1971 will appear in its pages, a year after its premiere in the United States, the rebroadcast of "Aloha From Hawaii" and the problems that occurred during its broadcast in our country, the treatment given in the Spanish newspapers to the death of Elvis, the premiere of the musical dedicated to him in 1978 and the decline of his figure that did not recover until 1987, with a review of his legacy by both RCA and of radio and television stations (although in dribs and drabs).

In this book of study and documentation, Rubén Olivares Rosell makes a portrait of the Spain of 1970 that received Elvis' records and films, the news that was written about him in the local newspapers, contrasting and refuting the preconceived ideas and stereotypes that "El Rey" has a complete discography, including albums by artists who covered him in the 70s and 80s and, above all, a passionate defense of his artistic legacy and his music.


Record Lost

The rockband Grateful Dead breaks the record for most top 40-charting albums in the nearly 68-year history the Billboard 200 chart. The group’s latest archival live release, 'Dave’s Picks, Volume 49: Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford U., Palo Alto, CA (4/27/85 & 4/28/85)', debuts at No. 25 on the chart dated February 10. It’s the 59th top 40-charting set for the band, surpassing the 58 top 40s earned by both Elvis Presley and Frank 


Congrats

Jerry Schilling, former member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, celebrated his 82nd. birthday. Congrats!

(Source: Bennies Fifties / Rubén Olivares Rosell / FECC / Billboard)