December 11 - Blue Suede Vinyl Re-issues

Due for release from the French Le Chant Du Monde label on January 19, 2018 is the double vinyl compilation "Blue Suede Shoes". 

All The Best

Due January 26, 2018 is the re-issue if the 3 CD set "Elvis Presley - All The Best". 

CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - Joshua Fit The Battle - Don´t Be Cruel - Rip It Up - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Heartbreak Hotel - (There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Will Be Home Again - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - All Shook Up - I Believe - If We Never Meet Again

CD 2: Jailhouse Rock - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Love Me Tender - Young Dreams - Mystery Train - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Hound Dog - You´re A Heartbreaker - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Young And Beautiful - Blue Moon

CD 3: Tutti Frutti - That´s All Right - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It´s Now Or Never - Fever - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Surrender

(Source: Le Chant Du Monde / Amazon)

December 10 - Follow That Dream Releases Shipped To Dealers

The last batch of Follow That Dream releases should be n it's way to the dealers. 

The releases are the "Kissing' Cousins" soundtrack in the Classic Album series, the double CD set "The Bicentennial Show" containing the July 4, 1976 2:30 PM show as recorded live at Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma and the October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM show as recorded live at Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM (with four additional tracks recorded live at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 at 8:30 PM). And finally the limited edition double vinyl re-issue of the "Roustabout" soundtrack containing stereo mixes of the soundtrack, outtakes and mono masters. 

(Source: UEPS / Roger Semon)

December 09 - Lovin' Elvis

Due for release from the Big 3 label is the 3 CD compilation "Lovin' Elvis", 60 tracks packed in a digital-pack showcasing the softer side of "The King"" according to the press-release. 

CD 1: Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - Teddy Bear - Now And Then There's (A Fool Such As I) - Loving You - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - One Night - Love Me - I'm Counting On You - Don't - Too Much - I Was The One - Tryin' To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Anyway You Want Me - How's The World Treating You? - Playing For Keeps - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - True Love

CD 2: Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Treat Me Nice - It's Now Or Never - I Need Your Love Tonight - Stuck On You - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - Such A Night - I Need You So - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Don't Leave Me Now (1) - Young And Beautiful - I Beg Of You - Don't Ask Me Why - As Long As I Have You - Young Dreams - A Big Hunk O' Love - My Wish Came True - Fever - The Thrill Of Your Love - It Feels So Right

CD 3: Can't Help Falling In Love - The Girl Of My Best Friend - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Wooden Heart - Good Luck Charm - Return To Sender - A Mess Of Blues - Surrender (Torna A Surriento) - What's She Really Like? - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Tonight Is So Right For Love - Doin' The Best I Can - I Gotta Know - There's Always Me - It's A Sin - Starting Today - In Your Arms - Gently - Blue Hawaii - She's Not You

(Source: Amazon / Proper Music)

December 08 - Silver Award (Updated)

The UK B.P.I. awarded the "Christmas With Elvis And The and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album a Silver Award for 60,000 copies sold (digital streams plus digital downloads plus physical sales) in the U.K. since it's release a few months back.

UK Charts

  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #9 on the Official UK Album chart selling 27,206 albums. 
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #90 on the Official UK Album chart.
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #35 on the Official UK Download Chart; #9 on the Album Sales Chart; #9 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart; #37 on the Official UK Vinyl Album Chart and #16 on the Official UK Record Store Chart
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album is #72 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #69 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra is #97 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #89 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "Long Live The King" album is a new entry at #37 on the Official UK Indie Album Chart
  • The "The Elvis Collection" is #10 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
European Charts
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #12 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" is #40 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #81 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #11 on the Irish Album Chart.
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #42 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #82 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #70 to #92 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The 20-CD-Box "Elvis – 20 Original Albums" dropped from #23 to #41 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" is listed at #30 on the Spanish Album chart.
  • Now (chart week commencing December 11, 2017) the album is back in the ARIA Top 100 Albums > #83.
Australian charts
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #10 to #11 on the Australian Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD climbed from #31 to #27 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

Pontiac Silverdome Demolished

One day after explosive charges failed to bring down part of the Pontiac Silverdome, a repeat attempt did the trick Monday afternoon. The implosion was the long-awaited beginning of the end for an obsolete landmark that hosted Elvis Presley concert, a Super Bowl, World Cup, plus hundreds of Lions and Pistons games.

The building opened in 1975 and cost $55.7 million. It featured performances from Elvis on New Year’s Eve 1975 and Pope John Paul II in 1987 and the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event at WrestleMania III 1987. But the stadium fell into disrepair after the Lions left in 2002 and moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit.



Reprints Delayed

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced that the reprint of the recently deleted titles "Elvis In Atlanta" (containing two legendary shows from the Omni Coliseum in 1975 on April 30th and May 1), and "Elvis Las Vegas '74" (containing two Legendary Shows From The Hilton Hotel On August 20, 1974) has been delayed until 2018. They will now be with the first releases of 2018.

(Source: FECC / Reuters / Elvis Information Network)

December 07 - Straight Arrow Released

The Straight Arrow import -releases "Stormy Weather Ahead", "Breakdown In Baltimore" and "Rockin' And Lovin' In Las Vegas" have been released. 

Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new double CD dedicated to Elvis' August/ September '74 season. This recording was taken directly from a recently found new source, a 1st generation copy of an original audience-recorded mastertape, never before in circulation! This fascinating, previously unreleased concert was never before available in such excellent sound quality!
The penultimate show in Elvis' August/September '74 season was a memorable occasion, especially for British and European fans in attendance. Certain issues in Elvis' personal life influenced what took place on stage at that Labor Day performance.

The set list included several songs unique to this season: "It's Midnight", "Big Boss Man" and "If You Talk In Your Sleep", the latter with a karate demo midway. His song selection demonstrated his expertise in a great variety of musical genres: the sexy 'torch' styling of "Fever"; the sing-a-long "The Wonder Of You"; the poignancy of "You Gave Me A Mountain"; and the feel-good "If You Love Me Let Me Know" and "Let Me Be There". Most of all, perhaps, Elvis touched first base musically with the stirring "How Great Thou Art".
In between songs, he related stories ranging from the amusing to serious topics - the circumstances surrounding his divorce and the overblown stories in the movie magazines. Along the way, Elvis' emotions ranged from undisguised anger (the drug stories) to tenderness - introducing Priscilla and their six-year old daughter Lisa Marie. Usually a private person, it was the presence of his ex-wife that prompted Elvis to speak about his divorce, while making it clear that he and Priscilla were still close.

The liner notes are written by an English fan, who was there. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August/September 1974.

Details Breakdown In Baltimore 40 Years After Vol. 3

The second Straight Arrow release is called “Details Breakdown In Baltimore”. It is a new double CD dedicated to Elvis' May '77 tour. This recording was taken directly from a recently found original audience recorded mastertape, taped by Elvis fan Linda from Washington. 

When The King made his last visit to Baltimore 40 years ago, no one knew he would be dead less than three months later. But many suspected that something was wrong. The Elvis Presley who took to the stage at the Civic Center on May 29, 1977, was not the Elvis most of his fans knew. Presley was no longer the sexy, virile, electric presence that revolutionized both the recording industry and live performing in his heyday. Still, his voice and charisma were present.
As usual, Elvis opened the show with “See See Rider,” kicking off a set that included many of the classics, including “That’s All Right”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” a rare attempt at “The Wonder of You” and “It’s Now or Never.” It was reported that Elvis left the stage for 30 minutes, actually it was barely 20 minutes and after his return, Elvis performed knock-out versions of “Help Me”, “Hurt” and the song of the evening: a fantastic version of “Unchained Melody”.

The liner notes are taken from recent article, published on Aug. 10th, 2017 in the Baltimore Sun. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes rare photos taken in Baltimore. Another essential SA release, providing a fresh insight into what must have been a difficult night for Elvis. Despite obvious health issues, Elvis does his best to ‘deliver the goods’ to the fans, and especially the final part of the concert is both moving and heart-warming… He must have felt terrible, but still he pulled out all the stops to be Elvis Presley for his audience. A must, and a unique insight into the man’s will-power and love for his fans.

Details Rockin' And Lovin' In Las Vegas

Finally, the third and last 2017 Straight Arrow release is a single CD with the previously unreleased August 17, 1972 Las Vegas Dinner show. It was taken from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette, made back in the 70s by English super-fan and collector Rex Martin. Once again the sound quality is great! Rex taped many shows and usually, his recordings were of very good sound quality. He also filmed portions of shows with 8mm camera. From his memories: “17th August Dinner and Midnight shows - I went in with a couple of UK friends. After also tipping the waiter $30 more, we got seated right down on the front tables next to the stage. I taped the shows from August 17th to the 22nd and even filmed parts of the concerts.”

The August 17th Dinner show was another great performance by Elvis. Elvis performs a solid and very entertaining shows. His vocals are outstanding. The liner notes are taken from recent Rex Martin August 1972 personal notes. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipak that includes rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August/September 1972. If you liked Straight Arrows previous 1972 releases - then brace yourself, because this is another keeper!

(Source: FECC)