Sunday, March 31, 2024

March 31 - Easter Greetings

Easter Greetings from Elvis Day By Day to you all.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

March 30 - Elvis Reprinted

The first two volumes of the book 'Hurry Home Elvis' by Donna Lewis have been reprinted by the EP Boulevard Pawn Shop. 

Jon Daly posted: "Great News!! We are ahead of schedule ... Hurry Home Elvis Volume 1 and 2 by Donna Lewis are printed and signed copies will available online next week."


Beyond Heartbreak Hotel

Samantha B. Steward published the 180-page book 'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel: The Music and Legacy of Elvis Priestley Paperback' 

Publicity stated: An immersive journey into the life, music, and lasting influence of one of the most famous personalities in music history can be found in 'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel: The Music and Legacy of Elvis Priestley'. 

Going behind the scenes of Elvis Priestley's smash tunes, this engrossing book reveals the amazing tales of the guy who changed the landscape of rock 'n' roll.With his thrilling live performances and beautiful voice, Elvis Priestley won over millions of hearts during his incredible journey from modest origins in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his quick ascent to superstardom. However, his impact went much beyond the stage, influencing 20th-century culture and leaving a lasting impression on succeeding generations.

'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel' provides readers with a unique window into the personal and professional lives of this renowned artist via extensive research and private interviews with people who knew him best. This book explores the highs and lows of Elvis Priestley's incredible career, from his early hardships to his victorious return, providing fresh insight into his lasting impact.

However, 'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel' is a celebration of the music that never stops inspiring and touching people all over the globe, not simply a biography. This book displays the breadth of Elvis Priestley's genius and the effect of his creativity by exploring the richness and variety of his musical output, which includes timeless masterpieces like "Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" as well as lesser-known treasures.

For lovers of Elvis Priestley and music history in general, 'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel' is a must-read because of its captivating narrative, vivid imagery, and knowledgeable analysis. This book will inspire, amuse, and pique your curiosity about the ongoing legacy of one of music's greatest giants, regardless of whether you are an avid fan or are just getting into his music for the first time.

Seize the opportunity to explore the fascinating realm of Elvis Priestley. Get a copy of 'Beyond Heartbreak Hotel' right now and discover the music's power for yourself.

Note: The spelling of Elvis' last name as "Priestley" sys enough about this AI generated book. 

(Source: EP Boulevard Pawn Shop / Amazon)

March 30 - Charts march 2024 Week 5

 Looking at the Official UK and Irish IRMA charts the 'ELVIS' movie dropped off the movie charts while 'Elvis The Searcher' found its way up after last week's re-entry. 

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 #53 to #51.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #43 to #40. 
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #10 to #15.  
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #67 to #68. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' dropped from #74 to #82. 
  • Official Music Video chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' climbed from #32 to #22.
Irish IRMA charts: (to be updated)
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' remained steady at #76. 

Billboard charts:
   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #180 to #181.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #29 to #30.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #44 to #42. 

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

Friday, March 29, 2024

March 29 - April 2024 Vinyl News Report

Third Man Records, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment and the Sun Label Group, released its 59th Vault package: 'Elvis Presley at 706 Union Ave: The Sun Singles 1954-55'. 

Publicity stated
: Celebrating the seventieth anniversary of these monumental recordings, this collection includes faithful reproductions of all five of Presley’s original 7-inch 45rpm singles on Sun, pressed in a hypnotic yellow and black marble colored vinyl. Additionally, a bonus 7-inch EP of four Elvis songs recorded at Sun which didn’t see release until later are collected in a prime pretty picture sleeve and pressed on yellow and black “sun ray” splattered vinyl.

To further accentuate the set, Third Man has included two linen-style postcards in the box, one depicting the classic, unassuming facade of the Sun storefront and the other showing, in glorious detail, the beauty of sound absorbing acoustic tile. Also added here is a name-tag styled patch spiritually inspired by the accoutrement of Presley’s truck-driving job at Crown Electric, extolling the titular hook of that first Elvis a-side. And finally, a substantive, milled nickel 45 adaptor, featuring the iconic rooster emblazoned on all those early singles.

Beyond that, ONE lucky customer will receive a package that contains original 1950s pressings of all five Elvis Presley singles on Sun. Sought after by collectors for decades, these records’ value align more with precious metals than molded plastic. A true golden-ticket opportunity. 


March FTD's Released

The Follow That Dream March 2024 releases 'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' and 'Stateline Sahara' arrived with the first dealers. The LP Moody Blue will be delivered as soon as it is released. 






Un Fenomeno Mondiale Nelle Cronache Italiane

NovAntico published the 184-page paperback 'Elvis Presley - Un Fenomeno Mondiale Nelle Cronache Italiane Volume 3 - 1965-1969' by Luca Castellino and Ernesto Zucconi.


Video news Report

Emiel Maier posted the April 2024 Video News Report, looking back on last month's news with subjects like the extension of the London Elvis Exhibition into the summer, the auction of Elvis's 1969 Cadillac Eldorado and other auctions, new CDs and books and news about another dubious acetate and so much more news items. 


(Source: Emiel Maier / TCB Shop / Third Man Records)

Thursday, March 28, 2024

March 28 - Vinyl To Riches

The Millbranch Music import record label announced the release of the double LP '
Rags To Riches'. 

Publicity statedMillbranch Music is excited to introduce the (limited to 300 copies) vinyl edition of our acclaimed album “Rags To Riches”, a continuation of the success from last year's CD release. This special edition honors Elvis Presley's legendary June and September 1970 Nashville sessions, where he collaborated with a distinguished group of musicians to produce some of the most heartfelt and enduring music of his career. 

During the June 1970 sessions, Elvis worked with legendary guitarist James Burton, whose electric guitar licks enhanced tracks such as "Patch It Up" and "I've Lost You", as well as the talented Norbert Putnam, whose bass lines provided the foundation for "The Next Step is Love". The September sessions saw Elvis collaborating with the same high caliber musicians, including the gifted pianist David Briggs, whose contributions helped to define the sound of songs like "I Really Don't Want To Know" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". 

This vinyl release includes special printed inner sleeves with liner-notes titled “Designed to Be Beautiful”, exploring the reasons why these sessions capture some of Elvis' most beautiful and mature work, a creative peak in his career. Also, the black vinyl edition includes a bonus CD, and a bonus photo from the "That's The Way It Is" motion picture, providing a visual complement to the music. 

Our goal with this vinyl edition is to present the music as it was intended, highlighting the distinct qualities of the mono mixes, the special mastering done for this vinyl edition cements that sentiment. This release is a celebration of Elvis’ legacy, the talented musicians who worked with him, and the timeless music they created together. Now available at your favorite dealer, this edition invites fans and newcomers alike to experience Elvis Presley's music in a format that pays homage to the artist's significant contributions to music, underscored by the exceptional talent of the session musicians from those pivotal Nashville sessions.

Tracklist LP 1 - side A: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On (Master Recording) - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Without Harmony Vocal Overdub) - I Really Don't Want To Know (Original Single Version) - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Original Single Version) - There Goes My Everything (Original Single Version) - Mary In The Morning (Master Recording)

Side B: Stranger In The Crowd - I've Lost You - Patch It Up (Original Single Version) - How The Web Was Woven (Undubbed Master, Acetate Source) - Sylvia (Take 9, Alternate Master) - The Next Step Is Love (Master Recording)

LP 2 - side C: Rags To Riches (Master Recording) - Only Believe - The Fool - Where Did They Go, Lord - Twenty Days and Twenty Nights

Side D: I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On (Mix With Horns) - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 1) - Got My Mojo Working / Hands Off Of It 

(Source: Millbranch)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

March 26 - New Netflix Elvis Special

Singer Darlene Love, who provided backing vocals with the Blossoms for the gospel segments of Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special, mentioned a new Elvis documentary on her Facebook account: 

"Forgot to mention that I was invited by Priscilla Presley a few months ago to participate in a documentary series about Elvis Presley that will air on Netflix in the coming months. I’ll keep you all posted once an air date is confirmed."

More information when we have it.


New Museum

The Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame have purchased the former Hard Rock Cafe at 126 Beale Street for $5 million. It will be the new home of the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum. And much more.

J. W. and Kathy Gibson, Mike and Linda Curb, and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis are the largest donors who stepped forward to make the purchase a reality, says Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum director John Doyle.

“We found out about this opportunity eight months ago when Hard Rock Cafe vacated,” Doyle says. “That’s when we knew the possibility was happening. Memphis Music Hall of Fame was in that building. We stepped forward. That $5 million was raised in eight months and we were able to purchase the building.”

The building, which was home to the original Lansky Bros. clothing store, is known as “The Historic Lansky Building,” Doyle says. “Someone could have bought it and torn it down. It was where Elvis used to shop for his clothes. Isaac Hayes shopped there. B. B. King shopped there. Jerry Lee Lewis shopped there. And Johnny Cash bought his first black coat there from Bernard Lansky on the second floor where the Memphis Music Hall of Fame exhibit is.”

Priscilla Presley, a strong supporter of the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum as well as the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Beale Street, will host a press conference and then christen the building at 2 p.m. March 28th.

That’s when Doyle says they will tell the full story “about the impact that we look forward to making for students and musicians, and working with Beale Street.”

(Source: Darlene Love / FECC / Memphis Flyer)

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Review Through the Eyes of Japan

In front of us we have the recently published book ‘Elvis Through the Eyes of Japan - Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite’. It was supposed to be released in January, but due to a print error, a complete reprint of the book had to be done. Fortunately the Japanese Elvis Presley Society Took Care of “Books” so we did not have too long to hold this Deluxe book in our hands. 

Collectors worldwide know that Japan guarantees gorgeous vinyl releases. Often with extra’s like lyric sheets, a poster or a booklet. If you don’t know and are curious, just visit David Ward’s YouTube channel Elvis Presley in Japan and / or get a hold of a copy of his latest book ‘From Memphis to Tokyo’ which he co-wrote with Dick Dekker. David also contributed to this new book, so that should already be a guarantee that we are in for a treat. You can read an interview with him on the >>> Elvis Information Network website. 

Does this Japanese book release match the Japanese vinyl releases and is it worth buying for those lucky enough to own a, nowadays hard to find, copy of the 2008 predecessor book titled ‘The Day Elvis Came Closest to Japan’, which also features the photos by Yoshiji Kizaki? Well, we are lucky to own both books - and a few others - on the ‘Aloha Special’ so let’s compare them in this review.

By Robert van Doorn and Kees Mouwen.


Design

The 200-page photo-book is presented as a Deluxe book with a printed hardcover inside an appealing glossy dustjacket weighing 1.5 Kg. Divided in 5 chapters, the book covers the November 17 and 18th shows, followed by the press conference, closing with the ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ broadcast show. 

It comes with circa 20 pages of text with additional information on the events, the concerts and the creation and promotion of both the TV-Special and the record release. All written by people who played a role in the broadcast, production and rush release of the concert LP in Japan. Very interesting to read these inside perspectives from a business-side by people who became fans during the process. 

The lay-out is pleasant to the eye, with many full-page images. The flow of the book is good, but not as it should, more on that later. A big minor in this photo-book is that many pictures are unsharp and look grainy. Based on previous ‘‘Aloha From Hawaii’ books we had expected more high-resolution pictures. 

As a bonus, the book comes with 5 color cards with pictures by Yoshiji Kizaki.


Content

‘Through the Eyes of Japan’ is the second book on Elvis’ Hawaiian concert in November 1972 and January 1973 that features photos of Mr. Yoshiji Kizaki. Those of you collecting Japanese vinyl will undoubtedly be familiar with his photo’s as they graced some Japanese LP covers or were used as bonus posters for several releases.

Kizaki opens the book opens with a foreword in which he looks back at the 1972 and 1973 Hawaiian concerts he attended, and he asks himself “Is it a dream?”. And we as readers will probably answer “yes, a dream come true!”. To us these photographs prove that dreams can come true. Because that is what this book does, it documents the photographs and memories of Yoshiji Kizaki, so he can hold the proof in his hands.

The photographer wrote “It’ll be too dark with this lens, if only it were a bit brighter, it’d be out of focus” and “it would be a waste just to let the sound of this live singing voice go in one ear and out the other … I was snapping away with three cameras while this was going on”. And to be honest, that is what this photobook reflects 50 years later, even when the pictures are reprinted from the original negatives.

You can’t compare this book to the Boxcar ‘Elvis: Aloha Via Satellite’ hardback book, which focuses on the broadcast show (with better lightning), or Erik Lorentzen’s ‘Elvis King of Hawaii’ book. 

The Japanese authors decided to use “all” of Kizaki’s photographs - shot with the 3 camera’s hanging around his neck - the good the bad and the vague. This isn’t particularly a bad choice, but just like some of Lorenzen’s books, you have to look for the good pictures in between the slightly blurred or soft-focus ones. 

Fortunately there are plenty of good pictures in this book, many new to our eyes. For some reason, the unsharp pictures make the good ones stand out more, and add to the concert experience. 


(Unboxing video from the Elvis Presley Gesellschaft)

The designers decided not to put the pictures in chronological order, so sometimes Elvis does and sometimes doesn’t have his belt on, and he ends some concerts with Charlie Hodge hanging a cape on his neck instead of opening the concert wearing a cape. This also happened in the previous outing of Kizaki’s photographs and is a little confusing, especially when we see pictures with and without a belt next to each-other. In the 16 years since the first book, this should have been corrected.

The Thunderbird (November 17th) and Aztec Star (November 18th) suits really look like a casual overall without the belts. And since they are a bit ‘tight around the waste’ not too flattering for our man, who was a little overweight at the end of 1972.

The belts definitely are the finishing touch. This is less visible with the Black Conquistador and the American Eagle suits that Elvis wears for the other two shows. 

For us, the pictures of the November 18 concert with the many close-ups and action pictures stand out from the other 1972 shows. While it is usually hard to get good pictures of Elvis wearing a black suit - remember the Boston Garden 1971 pictures? - here the suit really shines compared with the other two suits Elvis selected for his performances, even without a belt. 

Some of the best and very close-up pictures were taken during the November 20 press-conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The 20 pages contains also a transcript of Elvis of the press conference, confirming that “I would like to come over there, I would like to get over to Japan” … if only! 

‘The Day Elvis Came Closest to Japan’ was a 98-page softcover book, published in 2008 in Japan. Apparently these book only saw the light of day after a very long lobby with Mr. Kizaki, trying to convince him to publish his photographs. The book featured 30 color and 66 black and white photographs, 4 short stories both in English and Japanese, a Japanese only essay and 4 pages with black and white scans of newspaper articles about the ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ show. 

Word is that after the book was published, Mr. Kizaki regretted the fact that so many photos were published in black and white, as the majority of the photos he took were shot in color. 

Fast forward 16 years, to the book ‘Elvis Through the Eyes of Japan’. This time we get 200 pages filled with 168 color photos and 78 black and white photographs. 

Also, we get a couple of new very interesting stories on the Hawaiian concerts, TV-Special and LP release. All “through the eyes of Japan”. We read eye-witness reports from people involved in the LP release, and what effort had to be made to have a release out just one week after the concert. But also on the promotion and broadcast of the concert in Japan and other parts of Asia - which may explain the timing of the broadcast - and the problems they met as the setlist for the special was changed from the rehearsal to the broadcast show. We never knew that a contribution of US$730,000 from NTV-Japan made this special possible. 

We especially enjoyed the story of Akiko Takahashi, RCA's Japanese director of Western Pop Music, on how she was in charge of securing copy of the LP master for the Japanese rush release of the album. 

She flew in from Japan, joined the producers in the studio in Los Angeles where the album was mixed overnight - with James Burton joining them, new to us too - getting a copy before the UK and other important Elvis countries received theirs, simply by making the effort to fly in. Can you imagine, she had the tapes in her luggage flying back to Japan … but she made it and two weeks later the LP topped the charts. A great story! 

In the book you will find photos of all 3 November 1972 concerts Elvis did in Hawaii, complete with setlists, the November press conference, including a complete transcript, and photos of the January 14, 1973 Aloha show. All concerts are covered on 35 to 40 pages.

A big upgrade from the first book is the publication of Japanese memorabilia - for the concert, the production, marketing and LP release - in color. A feast for the eyes.

If you already own ‘The Day Elvis Came Closest to Japan’ and are wondering whether to buy this new book, the answer would be a big “yes”. The first book was aimed at Japanese fans, but this new book has been written for fans worldwide. It is not a copy of the first book. It is not even a 2.0 version, it is a 4.0 version. It has the double amount of the pages, six times as many color photographs and 12 more black and white ones. But also new, interesting stories and lots of memorabilia. 

If you are a collector of Elvis Japanese releases and / or a fan of the Aloha show, the decision to buy this book is a no-brainer, and you can stop your search for the first book. For all the other Elvis fans, this probably is one of the many book new releases for 2024. 

To help you decide if you should add this book to your collection, we’ll compare it with various books on Elvis and Hawaii in our library. 

The first one is ‘Elvis ’73 Hawaiian Spirit’ by Joseph A. Tunzi. This 103-page softcover book, published in 1992, features black and white photo’s only (yes, all are sharp) of the September 5 press conference, the January 10 helicopter arrival, the rehearsal show, a rare photo of Elvis on stage for a rehearsal on January 13 and of course the Aloha show. All photo’s seem to be in the right sequence in that book.

Number two is’ Elvis in Hawaii’ by Jerry Hopkins. This 88-page softcover book, published in 2002, features stories and photos of all the Elvis events from the November 10, 1957 concerts in Honolulu (which only happened because the year before Elvis received 21,000 Christmas cards from Hawaii) until Elvis’ last vacation in March 1977. Stories in this book include a chapter called ‘How Hawaiian Was He?’, a chapter about James Shigeta (Elvis’ co-star in ‘Paradise Hawaiian Style’), one chapter about Kui Lee, and a chapter about memorabilia titled ‘How Much Is That Hound Dog in the Window?’. You will also find a copy of the handwritten setlist for the Aloha show and a photo of journalist Bruce Spinks with the Elvis cape he caught at the end of the Aloha show.

Number three is also by Jerry Hopkins, and it is called ‘Aloha Elvis’. It is a little hardcover book with dustjacket book published in 2007. This 100-page book is smaller than the A5 format. It is not a copy of the 2002 release. Although this book also covers all Elvis event that took place in Hawaii, it features different stories. It start with foreign influences on Hawaiian music and it ends with the Elvis scene in Hawaii post 1977. 

Erik Lorentzen’s 384-page hardback photobook ‘Elvis King of Hawaii’ was published in 2011. Like the Jerry Hopkins books, it covers all the events in Hawaii from November 1957 till March 1977. Every chapter start with a story which is followed by loads of great photos. Most of them come in great quality. But for the chapter on the 1972 concert, you will find some out-of-focus photo’s too. Also from Lorentzen, is the book ‘Elvis Files 1971 - 1973’ where we just find a few of Elvis’ three November 1972 show. This new book adds a serious number of new pictures of these shows to our library. 

The ‘Elvis Aloha via Satellite’ book from Boxcar, with additional input from Joseph Tunzi and Steve Barile, focuses on the Aloha broadcast show the may high quality color and black and white photographs, including photos by Yoshiji Kizaki from the press conference, but not in the quality we see in this new book. Also, the pictures in this new book were not featured in the Boxcar book. 

Conclusion

Is there room for this new ‘Through the Eyes of Japan’ book, with at least 5 other books about Hawaii already released? In our opinion Yes. This book offers a unique insight of the contribution of the Japanese television company NTV Japan, the RCA record company and of course the Japanese Elvis fans. For them it really was the “concert of the century” as Billy Morokawa writes in the final chapter of the book. 

By documenting the Japanese contribution to this TV Special and preserving Yoshiji Kizaki photographs, the Elvis Presley Society of Japan added an interesting and visually attractive book to the ever growing Elvis Presley library. Looking back, we think it would have been great if the club could have joined forces with the Follow That Dream collectors label in 2023, to create a real 50th Anniversary ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ box, adding a photobook like this with the 2023 Anniversary release. 

For us it only confirms that we made the right choice to add this book to our collection. Leafing through the pages of this book we can only be jealous of Yoshiji Kizaki, having witnessed all these Hawaiian performances. We end with saying “Thank You for sharing, Thank You very much!”.

For more information and to order the book go to the >>> Elvis Presley Society of Japan site. 

The book is also available from >>> Bennies Fifties

Note: the images are taken from previews and screenshots of the promovideo's, the quality of the images in the book is much higher of course. 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

March 24 - Eternal Flame

Jessica H. Aguilar published her 122-pahe book 'Eternal Flame: The Cinematic Journey of Elvis Presley From Graceland to Glory'.

Publicity for this book stated
: Enter the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll with 'Biography of Elvis Presley.' From his modest upbringing in Tupelo, Mississippi, to his swift ascent to fame as a cultural icon, this painstakingly researched biography delves deeply into the heart and soul of Elvis Aaron Presley. 
Through compelling storytelling and personal anecdotes, explore the highs and lows of his unmatched career, his electrifying performances, and the enduring impact he left on music, fashion, and popular culture. 

Get to know the man behind the legend, his passions, his struggles, and the profound influence that made him a global phenomenon. Whether you've been a lifelong fan or are just getting to know Elvis for the first time, this definitive biography offers a compelling journey through the extraordinary life of a true musician.

Note: Another AI generated book.

(Source: Amazon)

Saturday, March 23, 2024

March 23 - Elvis Live Sound Booth Anthology and More

A new import LP set has been announced, 'Live Anthology 1973'. The Deluxe Gatefold LP set will be available on clear, blue and on red colored vinyl. 

Publicity stated
Now available is this double vinyl album full of highlights recorded during live performances at the Las Vegas Hilton and Dell Webb’s Sahara (Lake Tahoe) hotel in 1973. 

All tracks are painstakingly remastered, and presented as they were recorded: in glorious mono sound. This fantastic double album is presented as a deluxe gatefold album and available on clear, red or blue colored vinyl. This strictly limited edition vinyl release also includes a bonus CD featuring the LP tracks. 

 

Tracklisting Side A

01. Trouble (September 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

02. Help Me Make It Through The Night (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

03. I’m Leavin’ (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

04. Johnny B. Goode (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

05. My Way (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

06. What Now My Love (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

07. My Boy (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

 

Side B

01. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

02. Steamroller Blues (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

03. Until It’s Time For You To Go (February 2, 1973 Midnight Show)

04. Sweet Caroline (February 2, 1973 Midnight Show)

05. Bridge Over Troubled Water (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

06. A Big Hunk O’love (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

07. You Gave Me A Mountain (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

  

Side C

01. Suspicious Minds (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

02. I’ll Remember You (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

03. I Can’t Stop Loving You (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

04. An American Trilogy (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

05. Funny How Time Slips Away (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

06. It’s Over / Release Me (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

07. Faded Love (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

  

Side D

01. Suspicious Minds & Bridge Over Troubled Water (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

02. Bridge Over Troubled Water (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

03. Suspicious Minds (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

04. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

05. Speech About Maitre D’ “Mario” (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

06. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

07. How Great Thou Art (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

 

CD:

01 Trouble (September 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

02 Help Me Make It Through The Night (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

03 I’m Leavin’ (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

04 Johnny B. Goode (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

05 My Way (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

06 What Now My Love (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

07 My Boy (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

08 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

09 Steamroller Blues (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

10 Until It’s Time For You To Go (February 2, 1973 Midnight Show)

11 Sweet Caroline (February 2, 1973 Midnight Show)

12 Bridge Over Troubled Water (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

13 A Big Hunk O’love (May 12, 1973 Midnight Show)

14 You Gave Me A Mountain (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

15 Suspicious Minds (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

16 I’ll Remember You (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

17 I Can’t Stop Loving You (February 3, 1973 Dinner Show)

18 An American Trilogy (February 3, 1973 Midnight Show)

19 Funny How Time Slips Away (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

20 It’s Over / Release Me (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

21 Faded Love (May 13, 1973 3:00 Am)

22 Suspicious Minds & Bridge Over Troubled Water (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

23 Bridge Over Troubled Water (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

24 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

25 Speech About Maitre D’ “Mario” (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

26 Mystery Train / Tiger Man (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)

27 How Great Thou Art (September 3, 1973 Closing Show)



The 1973 Sound Booth Collection and More Vol. 1
  
This comprehensive deluxe 6 CD set contains so-called sound booth recordings recorded during 6 live performances at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1973. Sound booth recordings are recordings made with one microphone (mono) or two microphones (stereo) placed directly on stage.  All shows are painstakingly remastered, and presented as they were recorded: in glorious ‘mono’ or ‘stereo’ sound. 

The included bonus disc set contains 24 rare or official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1973. This disc includes vocal overdubs, and superb unedited and undubbed masters. Get this ultimate Deluxe Edition while it's available; it'll round up your collection.
 
CD 1 - January 27, 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 - Introducing / Hound Dog - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Burning Love - Can’t Help Falling In Love. As Recorded In Glorious Mono
 
CD 2 - February 13, 1973 Ds - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (One-Liner) - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - 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 - Announcement. As Recorded In Glorious Mono
 
CD 3 - February 21, 1973 Ms - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - I’m Leavin’ - 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. As Recorded In “Stereo”
 
CD 4 - February 23, 1973 Cs - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Love Me Tender - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I’ll Remember You - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Talk About The Flute Player And Jerry Scheff’s Goodbye - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. As Recorded In Glorious Mono
 
CD 5 - August 11, 1973 Ms - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton (Parts Of Two Shows Are Presented On One Disc)
See See Rider - I Got A Women / Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trouble - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally  / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Mama Don’t Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Hound Dog - Love Me Tender - Fever - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Incomplete). As Recorded In Glorious Mono
 
August 19, 1973 Ms - Showroom - Las Vegas Hilton
Also Sprach Zarathustra 13 See See Rider 14 I Got A Woman - Amen 15 Love Me 16 You Gave Me A Mountain 17 Love Me Tender 18 Blue Suede Shoes 19 Long Tall Sally - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - Mama Don’t Dance - Flip, Flop And Fly - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On 20 Fever 21 What Now My Love 22 Suspicious Minds 23 Introductions Browse Archive 24 Help Me Make It Through The Night 25 An American Trilogy 26 A Big Hunk O’love 27 How Great Thou Art 28 Can’t Help Falling In Love 29 Closing Vamp. As Recorded In Stereo
 
CD  6 -  Studio Highlights: Vocal Overdubs: It’s Midnight (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Help Me (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Promised Land (Harmony Vocal Overdub) - Sweet Angeline (Vocal Overdub To Track)

Undubbed Masters: Take Good Care Of Her (Undubbed Master/ Take 6) - I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby (Undubbed Master) - Girl Of Mine (Undubbed Master) - I Got A Feelin’ In My Body (Undubbed Master/ Take 3) - It’s Midnight (Undubbed Master/ Take 19) - You Asked Me To (Undubbed Master) - If You Talk In Your Sleep (Undubbed Master/ Unedited Take 9) - Mr. Songman (Undubbed Master) - Love Song Of The Year (Undubbed Master) - Help Me (Undubbed Master/ Take 1) - My Boy (Undubbed Master/ Take 3) - Loving Arms (Undubbed Master/ Unedited Take 3) - Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (Undubbed Master/ Unedited Take 9) - Talk About The Good Times (Undubbed Master/ Take 4) - Promised Land (Undubbed Master/ Take 6) - Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming (Undubbed Master/ Unedited Take 9) - There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Undubbed Master) - If That Isn’t Love (Undubbed Master) - Spanish Eyes (Undubbed Master) - She Wears My Ring (Undubbed Master)

 

Nashville Ballads


The Petticoat record label released the release of the LP ‘Nashville ballads’. 


Publicity stated: Petticoat records is back! This time with a fantastic vinyl album full of ‘Nashville Ballads’. This high quality album (including a bonus CD) featuring 20 rare and hard to find alternate versions is now available. Great stuff: beautiful ballads and as the title of this album already tells, all tracks are recorded (or in the case of ‘Suppose’ overdubbed) in Nashville Tennessee!

And as always housed in a stunning full color sleeve suitable for framing!


This high quality 180 grams virgin vinyl pressing is now available in red or white vinyl. Don't miss out on this wonderful Limited Edition album.

 

Side A: Thrill Of Your Love (Take 2) - Are You Lonesome Tonight (Take 2) - Fame And Fortune (Take 5) - Something Blue (Take 6) - Starting Today (Take 2) - I Met Her Today (Take 2) - Love Me Tonight (Take 4) - Angel (Stereo Master) - There's Always Me (Take 9) - That's Someone You Never Forget (Take 1)


Side B: Anything That's Part Of You (Take 5) - Ask Me (Take 3) - It Hurts Me (Take 1) - Love Letters (Take 8) - Anyone (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub) - Indescribably Blue (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 3) - I'll Remember You (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Mine (Take 13) - Suppose (Nashville Master)


Bonus CD: Thrill Of Your Love (Take 2) - Are You Lonesome Tonight (Take 2) - Fame And Fortune (Take 5) - Something Blue (Take 6) - Starting Today (Take 2) - I Met Her Today (Take 2) - Love Me Tonight (Take 4) - Angel (Stereo Master) - There's Always Me (Take 9) - That's Someone You Never Forget (Take 1) - Anything That's Part Of You (Take 5) - Ask Me (Take 3) - It Hurts Me (Take 1) - Love Letters (Take 8) - Anyone (Take 2 - Vocal Overdub) - Indescribably Blue (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 3) - I'll Remember You (Take 1 - Vocal Overdub) - Mine (Take 13) - Suppose (Nashville Master)



Moody Blue Delayed


According to Elvis Australia FTD has advised dealers that 'despite their best efforts' the FTD Vinyl release of Elvis' last studio album, 'Moody Blue' as a Limited Edition on Gold Sparkle vinyl 180-Gram vinyl, has been delayed until late April (estimate). 


This individually numbered gold collectible is limited to 4,000 copies Worldwide. Apart from outtakes of 'Way Down' and 'Moody Blue', this 2-LP deluxe edition includes 'If You Love Me (Let Me Know)', 'Pledging My Love', He'll Have To Go' plus two undubbed versions of his now legendary emotional interpretation of 'Unchained Melody'.


(Source: Facebook / Elvis Australia)

March 23 - Charts March 2023 - Week 4

Looking at the US Billboard, the Official UK and Irish IRMA charts there is little movement for Elvis releases. 

Still good to see our man in the charts every 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 #52 to #53.
  • Official Streaming Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #41 to #43.
  • Official Film chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #10 to #15.  
  • Official Film Download chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #13. 
  • Official DVD chart: 'ELVIS' dropped from #59 to #67. 
  • Official Video Chart Top 100: 'ELVIS' dropped from #59 to #74. 
  • Official Music Video chart: 'Elvis The Searcher' makes a re-entry at #32.
Irish IRMA charts: (to be updated)
  • Official Irish Album chart: 'ELV1S 30#1 Hits' climbed from #78 to #76.
  • Official Irish Video chart: 'ELVIS' remained steady at #25.

Billboard charts:
   
  • Billboard Top 200 Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' climbed from #184 to #180.
  • Billboard Top Country Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' remained steady at #29.
  • Billboard Top Rock and Alternative Album chart: 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits' dropped from #43 to #44. 

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

Friday, March 22, 2024

March 22 - From Elvis In Memphis Vinyl

Released by an unknown import record label - probably the Memphis Sound (Studio) - is the 3-LP-set 'From Elvis In Memphis'. 

Available on black and clear vinyl, this limited edition - of 200 copies - celebrates the 55th Anniversary of 'From Elvis In Memphis'. Click on the image for the details.

LP 1 - Side A - The Alternate Album: Volume 1: Wearin' That Loved On Look (Draft Tape Mix) - Only The Strong Survive (Take 3) - I'm Moving On (Fully Overdubbed, Take 2) - I´ll Hold You In My Heart - Long Black Limousine (Vocal Repair Master, Take 9) - It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' (Harmony Vocal Overdub Master)

Side B: Power Of My Love (Take 6B) - Any Day Now (Unrepaired Undubbed Master, Take 6) - After Loving You (Unedited Master, Take 4) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 3) - Gentle On My Mind (Vocal Overdub Master, Take 3) - In The Ghetto (Partially Overdubbed Master, Take 22)

LP 2 - Side A - The Alternate Album: Volume 2: Inherit The Wind (Fully Overdubbed, Vocal Overdubbed #2) - Kentucky Rain (Take 9) - Rubberneckin' (Partially Overdubbed, Take 2) - Do You Know Who I Am (Take 2) - A Little Bit Of Green (Unedited Unrepaired Master, Take 3) - Don't Cry Daddy (Acetate Version In Mono)

Side B: This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You (Studio Jam) - Mama Liked The Roses (Harmony Vocal Overdubed Master) - The Fair´s Moving On (Vocal Overdubbed Master, Take 1) - Poor Mans Gold (Take 1 With Vocal Overdub) - An The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Unrepaired Undubbed Master) - Suspicious Minds (Extended Master Without Fade)

LP 3 - Side A - The Alternate Album: Volume 3: Baby, What You Want Me To Do (26.08.1969 MS) - I Can't Stop Loving You (24.08.1969 MS) - This Is The Story (26.08.1969 MS) - Loving You / Reconsider Baby (23.08.1969 MS) - Inherit The Wind (26.08.1969 DS) - Rubberneckin' (26.08.1969 MS) - Memories (25.08.1969 DS) - Kentucky Rain (15.02.1970)

Side B: Mystery Train / Tiger Man (22.08.1969 MS) - Don't Cry Daddy / In The Ghetto (13.08.1970 DS) - Yesterday / Hey Jude (24.08.1969 MS) - Suspicious Minds (24.08.1969 MS) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (26.01.1970)


New Books

Not yet announced, but already listed on the Elvis Files website are no less than five books by Erik Lorentzen and Robert van Beek. The titles are: 'That's All Right', 'ELVIS Prodigy of RCA Records', 'ELVIS Portraits: A Life in Photos Vol.II 50's', 'ELVIS Portraits: A Life in Photos Vol.III 60's' and 'ELVIS Portraits: A Life in Photos Vol.IV 70's'. More information when available.


Elvis Week

The Elvis Week schedule for 2024 is officially out, and we couldn't wait to share it with you! Mark your calendars for August 9-17 and get ready to join us in Memphis for a week filled with unforgettable Elvis experiences.
 
Whether you can join us for a few days or the entire week, we've got a jam-packed schedule lined up with panel discussions, concerts, fan meetups, competitions, tributes, and even an awards show! This will be an unforgettable Elvis Week you won't want to miss! 
 
Confirmed special guests include Linda Thompson, Jerry Schilling, Sam Thompson, Larry Strickland, Shirley Dieu, Jerome Stump Monroe, Larry Geller, Gene Chrisman, and Terry Blackwood and several with Ultimate Elvis winners, plus Tom Brown, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Andy Childs, Elvis Radio DJ Argo, among others! 

Don't forget to bring your checkbook though some events have a very hefty price-tag:
- Platinum tour US$2070
- Linda Thompson US$1250
- Jerry Schilling US$1250
- Guesthouse 9-17 US$4040
All without taxes.


(Source: Pascal Matteo / Elvis Files / Graceland)

Thursday, March 21, 2024

March 21 - Elvis Law

Tennessee recently entered the spotlight for becoming the first American state to implement legislation that protects musicians from threats posed by artificial intelligence.


State Governor Bill Lee met with the late musician Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla on Monday to celebrate enacting the Ensuring Likeness Voice and Image Security (ELVIS) Act. 

It was signed into law on March 21 at the Robert’s Western World saloon in Nashville alongside country music stars Luke Bryan and Chris Janson.


“We employ more people in the music industry here than any other state,” Lee told reporters in Nashville.


The state’s music industry contributes US$5.8 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and employs over 61,000 people.


Several organizations such as the Academy of Country Music, the Christian Music Trade Association and the Songwriters of North America supported the new legislation. It prohibits the unauthorized use of an artist’s voice without their consent. Those who violate it can receive hefty fines and other penalties.

“We applaud Tennessee’s swift and thoughtful bipartisan leadership against unconsented AI deepfakes and voice clones,” Recording Industry of America Chairman Mitch Glazier said last month in a government news release. 


“Today, the ELVIS Act becomes the first-of-its-kind law to protect musicians from AI-generated synthetic media,” Tennessee Senator Jack Johnson added.