November 22 - His Finest Photo's

Volume 12 in the "Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition" magazine series is out. 

This volume, entitled "His Finest Photo's" is a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic views of the star, from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name according to the product information.
Featuring exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.

Charts

US Billboard Charts (for the week ending December 2, 2017)
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is a new entry at #156 on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" climbed from #36 to #29 on the Top Country Album chart.
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is a new entry on the Top Country Album chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation climbed from #69 to #57 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" climbed from #83 to #66 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart.
  • The "Elvis: Ultimate Christmas" is a new entry at #88 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped off the the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart. 
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #42 to #47 on the Top Christian Album chart.
  • The "It's Christmas Time" dropped from #12 to #13 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" dropped from #18 to #21 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Ultimate Christmas" is a new entry at#34 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #29 to #40 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" dropped from #40 to #47 on the Holiday Album chart.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" remained steady at #4 on the Classical Album chart.
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from 14 to #16 on the Classical Album chart.
Canadian Chart
  • The "White Christmas" compilation is listed at #93 on the Canadian Album chart.
(Source: FECC / On Newsstands Now / Billboard)

November 21 - 1956 Recordings

Two new vinyl compilations have been released by the UK based Memphis Recording Service; "Radio Records - The Complete '56 Sessions" and "Music City - The '56 Nashville Recordings".  These two albums are limited editions, cover Elvis Presley's debut recording session at Radio Recorders in Hollywood Ca. Both albums are pressed on 180 Gr. vinyl and packed in a gatefold cover with a 4 page photo insert. 

Tracks Radio Records - The Complete '56 Sessions:
Side A: 1 Rip It Up 2 Long Tall Sally3 Anyplace Is Paradise 4 First in Line 5 Ready Teddy 6 Paralyzed 7 Too Much 8 Love Me 9 Old She
Side B:  1 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold 2 How Do You Think I Feel 3 How's the World Treating You 4 Playing For Keeps 5 Old Shep (Take 5) 6 Rip it Up (Takes 10 – 14) 7 Rip it Up (Take 15) 8 Rip it Up (Take 16) 9 Rip it Up (Take 17) 10 Rip it Up (Take 18)

Music City - The '56 Nashville Recordings:
Side A:  1 - I Got a Woman 2 - Heartbreak Hotel 3 - Money Honey 4 - I'm Counting on You 5 - I Was the One 6 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 7 - I Got a Woman (Unknown Take) 8 - I Got a Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take) 9 - Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4) 10 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5) 11 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6) 12 - Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10)
Side B: 1 I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version) 2 I'm Counting on You (Take 13) 3 I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 14) 4 I Was the One (Takes 1 & 2) 5 I Was the One (Take 3) 6 I Was the One (Take 7) 7 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13) 8 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14) 9 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15) 10 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16)

You can order both albums on the Memphis Recording Service website by clicking on the banner on the right.

(Source: Memphis Recording Service)

November 20 - From Black and White to Technicolor

A new book by Paul Belard and Joseph Krein entitled "Elvis: Black and White to Technicolor"is due soon. This new book is about Elvis Presley's true relationship with African-Americans. The first edition is a limited edition of 50 copies.

From the press-release:
Over the years, rumors would surface that Elvis was nothing but a racist who stole black culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. Famed African-American Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers said: "Elvis was a
great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all
."

Available to order by email from author: 
pbelard@hotmail.com


(Source: Elvis Express / FECC)

November 19 - The King Strikes Back

The Audionics import-label announced a new, comprehensive 10CD project, dedicated to Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas Summer ’74 season entitled "The King Strikes Back". All concerts were already released on the official Follow that Dream and import-releases. 

From the press-release:
For the first time ever, all rehearsal and live soundboard recordings are presented in best possible sound quality and in one box! As you know, these recordings were released through the years by various bootleg labels and by the official collectors FTD label, too. Nevertheless, many of these original releases are hard to find nowadays, including several already deleted FTD CDs! For some of these recordings we have used audio tapes (master cassettes) as a source, rather than existing CD releases. We have spent dozens of hours in studio, to restore and enhance them. As usual, every recording was treated individually and restored from scratch, using today's advanced technology to achieve the best possible sound quality for your optimal listening pleasure.

Each disc is placed in individually designed cardboard sleeve and there is a 16-page booklet, full of high quality August/September 1974 photos (including several rare ones) and reproductions of fan reviews, published in the hard-to-find Rex Martin “Elvis News Service Weekly” magazine, back in 1974. These reviews are special, because they were published shortly after the concerts and those memories are immediate and fresh.


This is the first-ever Audionics comprehensive box. It’s a special set which deserves a place in any serious Elvis collection! Audionics is planning new CD releases in 2018, and additionally, this label will be releasing several special vinyl projects! So stay tuned!


The concerts:

16.08.1974 rehearsal - approx 82 minutes
16.08.1974 rehearsal binaural - approx 58 minutes
19.08.1974 Opening show - approx 60 minutes
20.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 67 minutes
20.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 69 minutes
21.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 67 minutes
22.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 8 minutes
24.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 59 minutes
27.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 16 minutes
28.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 9 minutes
29.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 22 minutes
30.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 85 minutes
02.09.1974 Midnight closing show - approx 91 minutes

CD1 - August, 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:
01. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1- 02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 03. Promised Land #1- 04. Promised Land #2 - 05. Down In The Alley #1 - 06. Down In The Alley #2 - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You #1 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. Softly As I Leave You #2 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 12. I'm Leavin' - 13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 14. Proud Mary - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3- 17. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #4. 
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas

CD2 -  August 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:
01. The Twelfth Of Never - 02. Faded Love - 03. Just Pretend.
Binaural rehearsal tracks:
04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1 (previously unreleased version) - 05. Promised Land -06. Down In The Alley - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Proud Mary 13. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 14. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3 - 16. The Twelfth Of Never - 17. Faded Love - 18. Just Pretend.
Bonus:
19. The Twelfth Of Never (1995 original single version) - 20. The Twelfth Of Never (1994 version overdubbed by David Briggs).
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas

CD3 - August 19, 1974, Opening show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / Big Boss Man - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Down In The Alley - 04. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 05. Never Been To Spain - 06. It's Midnight - 07. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 08. I'm Leavin' - 09. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 12. Love Me Tender - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Introduction of Gunther Gebel-Williams - 16. Promised Land - 17. Introduction of Telly Savalas - 18. My Baby Left Me - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Fever - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights

CD4 - August 20, 1974 Dinner show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Proud Mary - 07. Trying To Get To You - 08. Big Boss Man (incomplete) - 09. Fever - 10. Promised Land - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. All Shook Up - 13. I'm Leavin' - 14. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 15. Hound Dog - 16. You Gave Me A Mountain - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 20. Why Me Lord - 21. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (incomplete) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song (incomplete) - 23. Let Me Be There - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 2

CD5 - August 20, 1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Trying To Get To You - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. All Shook Up - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (incomplete) - 17. Introduction of Freddy Cannon / Higher & Higher (one line) / Introducion of Jackie Wilson - 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 19. Why Me Lord - 20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. Heartbreak Hotel - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 24. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 1

CD6 - August 21 + 22, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
21 August 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Dialogue / Stop The World (And Let Me Off) (one line) - 11.  I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Take These Chains From My Heart (one line) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Why Me Lord - 19. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
22 August 1974 Midnight show:
25. Suspicious Minds / The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, excerpt)- 26. Help Me (with Sherrill Nielsen).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights 

CD7 - August 24, 1974 & August 27, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
August 24, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. The Wonder Of You - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Spanish Eyes (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. You Gave Me A Mountain - 16. Polk Salad Annie - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep.

27.08.1974 Midnight show:
19. The Wonder Of You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Monologue / We Shall Overcome (excerpt) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Monologue  - 24. It's Now Or Never.
Previously released on FTD It's Midnight

CD8 - August 28, 1974 & August 29, 1974 Dinner shows & first part of 30.08.1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
August 28, 1974 Dinner show:
01. Help Me - 02. My Boy - 03. How Great Thou Art.
August 29, 1974 Dinner show:
04. Why Me Lord? - 05. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 06. How Great Thou Art - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 09. Early Morning Rain - 10. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
12. Opening Vamp / C. C Rider - 13. I Got A Woman / Amen - 14. Love Me - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 16. It's Midnight - 17. Big Boss Man - 18. Fever - 19. All Shook Up - 20. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 21. Hound Dog - 22. An American Trilogy - 23. Introduction of Dean Nichopoulos - 24. Suspicious Minds.
Previously released on Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)

CD9 – second part of Autust 30, 1974 Midnight show & first part of 02.09.1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Monologue (about karate) - 03. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 04. Dialogue (about karate) - 05. Introduction of Kang Rhee - 06. Help Me - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. How Great Thour Art (with reprise) - 09. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 10. You Gave Me A Mountain - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
Previously released on the bootleg Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)
September 2, 1974 Closing show:
12. Microphone Dialogue - 13. I Got a Woman / Amen - 14. Dialogue (about karate) - 15. Until It's Time For You To Go - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 17. It's Midnight - 18. Big Boss Man    - 19. You Gave Me a Mountain.      
previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

CD10 – second part of September 2, 1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Dialogue (about Priscilla) - 02.Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen)  - 03. Hound Dog - 04. An American Trilogy - 05. It's Now Or Never #1 - 06. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 07. Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 08. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 09. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 10. Piano Solo (Glen D Hardin) - 11. I Couldn't Live Without You (Voice) - 12. Bringing It Back (Voice) - 13. Aubrey (with Voice) - 14. Introduction of Vikki Carr, Bill Cosby - 15. It's Now Or Never #2 - 16. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Monologue (about drug rumours) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Dialogue (about jewelry) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

(Source: FECC)

November 18 - EPE to Court

The saga of EPE's proposed 6,200-seat venue on its Graceland campus took another turn Wednesday. Officials from EPE Inc. filed a declaratory judgment action asking the Chancery Court of Shelby County to declare that the development of the venue would not violate the non-compete and non-participation covenants in the FedExForum use and operating agreement between the City of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies.

In its statement, EPE wrote, "It is, and always has been, EPE's position that the FedExForum Use and Operating agreement does not prohibit the City of Memphis and Shelby County from extending tax incentives to support the development of the 6,200-seat venue in the same manner that the city and county regularly extend such incentives to other qualifying commercial enterprises."

The statement goes on to read, "Despite EPE's good faith negotiations and its proposal to substantially change the development and to agree to limitations on the use of the multi-purpose facility, EPE was not able to reach a reasonable business agreement with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Grizzlies."

On Aug. 22, EPE presented its original plans for the concert and event facility to Memphis City Council and asked them to support an increase in the tax increment financing from 50 to 65 percent to fund the venue. The Memphis Commercial Appeal takes a rather negative view saying "EPE takes on Memphis and the Grizzlies with a misguided lawsuit"

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Commercial Appeal)

November 17 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

The Official UK and Scottish Album charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The 6-DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #26 to #23 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #25 to #32 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #59 to #76 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” climbed from #92 to #91 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #96 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
Australian Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #50 to #42 on the Australian Album Chart at #50. 
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #76 to #85 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #21 to #23 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
US Billboard Charts (for the week ending December 2, 2017)
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is listed at #69 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 3391 copies sold this week. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2831 copies sold this week.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #115 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2293 copies sold this week.  
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" album is listed at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 1915 copies sold this week.  
  • The “The Essential Elvis” compilation dropped from #30 to #45 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album is a new entry at #36 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation remained steady at #42 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #5 to #4 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” dropped from #9 to #14 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album dropped from #9 to #12 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #29 on the US Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #40 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 

(Source: Official Chart Company / FECC / Aria Chart)

November 16 - Chief ME Investigator in Elvis Presley's Death Died

It would be one of the biggest cases to go through the Shelby County Medical Examiner's office, but it was one Dan Warlick handled with aplomb, said Dr. Jerry Francisco, his former boss. Warlick was the chief investigator for the medical examiner when on August 16, 1977, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley died. Shortly thereafter, Warlick would leave to become an attorney. He died on November 16 at his home in Nashville. Warlick was 69.

"Certainly there was a tremendous level of interest worldwide and that always causes a problem because you have to keep up with things," said Francisco, the medical examiner when Presley died.

But Warlick, who worked extensively with law enforcement at Graceland, handled the investigation into the death of one of the world's greatest entertainers with confidence, said Francisco, who has since retired. "Dan never got rattled," he said.

(Source: Commercial Appeal)

November 15 - Spliced Love Letters

The CMT import-label released another volume in their series on spliced takes' "Love Letters From Elvis - Spliced Takes Special". 

From the press-release:
Fans of the series know what to expect, and this release is among their best yet! Some songs don't have complete outtakes and the STAR team managed to present an album with full versions only! Rare snippets and rehearsals were used and it works like magic. Including 14 "spliced" tracks from the 1970 recordings, all tracks from the original album and three bonus tracks. Presented in high quality card sleeve.

Tracks:
Love Letters (Spliced Take 3, 1) - When I'm Over You (Spliced Master) - If I Were You (Spliced Take 2, 3, 5, 5) - I Got My Mojo Working (Spliced Rehearsal) - Heart of Rome (Spliced Take 2, 2, 1) - Only Believe (Spliced Take 1, 3, Rehearsal) - This is Our Dance (Spliced Take 6, 8, 8, 11) - Cindy, Cindy (Spliced Take 2, 3) - I'll Never Know (Spliced Take 2, 3) - It Ain't No Big Thing (Spliced Take 1, 2, 6) - The Sound of Your Cry (Spliced Take 1, 3, 6) - Sylvia (Spliced Take 4, 3, 9) - Mary In The Morning (Spliced Take 1, 2, 4, 4, 4) - Life (Spliced Take 1, 2)

Graceland Excursions

Tour like the king! Elvis Presley’s Graceland now offers expertly-guided, luxury motorcoach tours of major music landmarks and museums as the ideal complement to the Graceland tour experience in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Initial tours will include trips to Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, and the Mississippi Delta region -- known as the birthplace of the Blues.  The luxury coach ride to and from each destination will be a big part of the experience, as Graceland tour guides and Archives staff take guests on a fun musical journey, celebrating the music that influenced Elvis Presley, the greatest entertainer of all time. Graceland Excursions will preview with select dates in December 2017 and early January 2018, with an official launch of its regular, weekly schedule beginning January 12, 2018.  

These newly-created tours of Tupelo and the Mississippi Delta are designed to trace Elvis Presley’s musical roots, featuring the influences that inspired Elvis and other artists, to begin mixing blues, country, gospel and R&B to create an entirely new sound – dubbed Rock ‘n’ Roll – which was brought to life in Memphis, Tennessee over 60 years ago. Graceland Excursions are available to the general public and available separately from the Graceland attraction tour experience.  

Christmas Time

The holidays have officially arrived at Graceland. On Thursday Elvis Presley's home was lit up for all to enjoy. "It really looks like we're going back in time," said Elvis' longtime friend George Klein. "Elvis really loved Christmas. It was his favorite holiday." Klein goes way back and remembered lighting up the  Whitehaven home with Elvis for the very first time in 1957. "We used a broomstick as part of the light switch," he said. Since then the tradition has grown and attracted people from all over the world. The extensive Christmas display at Elvis' home includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more.

(Source: email / EPE)

November 14 - The Elvis Presley Film Collection

Due for release from the UK based HMV record stores is the exclusive 14 DVD set “The Elvis Presley 14 Film Collection”.

From the press-release:
This carefully selected collection of films celebrating the cinematic output of the King himself, Elvis Presley, provides the perfect portrayal of the icon's unrivalled contribution to American rock'n'roll culture. 

These 14 timeless tales include portraits of the iconic, quintessential Elvis the world knows and loves with classics such as Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock, alongside characters you may not be so familiar with, like the gun-slinging anti-hero from the gritty western Charro.

With countless special features, including trailers, remastered soundtracks, and behind-the-scenes documentaries, there's something for every collector, fan, cineaste and lover of rock'n'roll! Get swept away by the romance of It Happened at The World's Fair and belt out the blues as the ultimate rock'n'roll legend dazzles the screen again and again.

The movies:
Jailhouse Rock - It Happened at the World's Fair - Kissin' Cousins - Viva Las Vegas - Girl Happy - Harum Scarum - Spinout - Double Trouble - Stay Away, Joe - Speedway - Live a Little, Love a Little - Charro - The Trouble With Girls - Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition

The extras:
  • It Happened at the World's Fair - Elvis Presley Trailer Gallery
  • Kissin' Cousins - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Smokey Mountain Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Girl Happy - New Digital Transfer of Complete Original Theatrical Version with Startin' Tonight Song Sequence Now Back in the Film & Theatrical Trailer
  • Stay Away, Joe - Theatrical Trailer
  • Live a Little, Love a Little - Theatrical Trailer
  • Charro - Theatrical Trailer
  • Elvis: That's the Way it Is - Special Edition - Soundtrack Remastered In Dolby Digital 5.1, Behind-the-scenes Documentary Patch It Up: The Restoration Of Elvis: That's The Way It Is, Theatrical Trailer.
(Source: HMV)

November 13 - Elvis His(s)tory

The Dutch artist Jarod published three Elvis Presley posters entitled "Elvis His(s)tory". The three poster are a pictorial overview of the life and career of Elvis Presley. Divided in three decades that co-incidentally represent very different stages in Presley's life. Through symbolic and more factual illustrations the story of the King of Rock and Roll is told. All posters come with a detailed guide to all the details portrayed.

Website: Jarod Art.









November 12 - Divorce Papers For Christmas

Divorce papers signed by Elvis Presley and his ex-wife Priscilla have sold for £20,000 at auction. The papers include details of the divorce after the couple, who married in 1967, started living apart in 1972. As part of the settlement, Elvis signed over to Priscilla his 1971 Mercedes Benz, 1969 Cadillac Eldorado, Harley-Davidson motorbike and $100,000.

The papers were sold to a phone bidder from USA at the Henry Aldridge Auctioneers in Devizes. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the 12 papers were a "fabulous piece of show business history". The papers, from 15 August 1972, have been signed three times by Elvis and four times by Priscilla.


Mr Aldridge said: "These are exceptional examples of Elvis's signature, being both bold and large. "It is extremely rare to have Elvis sign in his full name, Elvis Aaron Presley, and also Aaron with two AAs, as it was written on his tombstone.

"Each of the 12 pages contains fascinating details and offers the reader a snapshot into the details involved between both parties that only legal documents can give. "This document offers a collector the chance to own something from one of the most important episodes in Elvis's life." 

Walmart Christmas


The US Walmart store re-issued their 2015 Elvis Christmas compilation "Elvis Ultimate Christmas". The previous edition came in a cardboard sleeve, this one with new cover-art in a jewel box. 

CD 1: If Every Day Was Like Christmas - Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Blue Christmas - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Here Comes Santa Claus - Silver Bells - O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Merry Christmas Baby - The Wonderful World Of Christmas - O Come All Ye Faithful - Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - On A Snowy Christmas Night - I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) - Christmas Message From Elvis / Silent Night

CD 2: Blue Christmas (With Martina McBride) - I'll Be Home For Christmas (With Carrie Underwood) - Here Comes Santa Claus (With LeAnn Rimes) - Santa Claus Is Back In Town (With Wyonna Judd) - Silent Night (With Sara Evans) - White Christmas (With Amy Grant) - Merry Christmas Baby (With Gretchen Wilson) - O Little Town Of Bethlehem (With Karen Fairchild And Kimberly Sclapman) - Silver Bells (With Anne Murray) - O Come All Ye Faithful (With Olivia Newton John) - The First Noel (2008) - If I Get Home On Christmas Day (2008) - Winter Wonderland (2008)

(Source: BBC / FECC Forum / Elvis Club Berlin)

November 11 - Weekend Charts

The Elvis One label announced four new titles; "Night And Day In Nashville", "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3" and "Elvis Army Days Revisited" parts one and two.

Details "Night And Day in Nashville"

"Night And Day in Nashville" is a sampler of material recorded by The King in Nashville from ‘56 to ‘66. A total of 22 tracks, including 20 alternate recordings and original mixes (15 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company). It’s a great new album, with (almost) only complete takes, and this time no studio banter or false starts (as they are available through other releases from the Elvis One label). Enjoy these fantastic recordings over and over again. Including a 16 pages booklet with photos and recording information. 

Tracks: 1. I Got A Woman (Alternate Take) 2:25 2. I’m Counting On You (Take 13) 2:29 3. I Got Stung (Original Master) 1:49 4. Fame And Fortune (Spliced Take) 2:32 Splice of take 12 and take 7 5. Thrill Of Your Love (Original Master) 3:01 6. He Knows Just What I Need (Take 10) 2:14 7. There’s Always Me (Spliced Take) 2:17 Splice of take 3 and master 8. I’m Coming Home (Original Mix) 2:24 9. Kiss Me Quick (Take 7) 2:49 10. Anything That’s Part Of You (Take 3) 2:10 11. Good Luck Charm (Original Mix) 2:29 12. I Met Her Today (Spliced Take) 2:43 Splice of take 5, take 7 and take 6 13. Night Rider (Original Mix) 2:11 14. Something Blue (Take 6) 3:00 15. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow (Take 6) 2:32 16. Just For Old Time Sake (Original Mix) 2:10 17. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (Try-out) 0:58 18. So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 3) 2:57 19. Wisdom Of The Ages (Take 4) 1:54 20. Down In The Alley (Take 7) 2:00 21. Come What May (Take 1) 1:36 22. I’ll Remember You (Take 3) 4:06



Details "The Elvis Presley Movie Album Vol. 3":
Volume 3 contains 22 alternate tracks, all complete versions! Including outtakes, movie versions and unedited masters presented in the best possible sound. A great alternate movie experience! Of course this album is a limited edition, just as volumes 1 and 2.

Tracks: 01. Doin’ The Best I Can (take 12) 3:14 02. Shoppin’ Around (take 10) 2:18 03. Pocketful of Rainbows (take 14) 2:31 04. Flaming Star (take 5) 2:19 05. I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (take 9) 1:34 06. No More (take 9) 2:22 07. Can’t Help Falling In Love (take 9) * 1:58 08. This Is Living (take 8) 1:47 09. Girls! Girls! Girls! (unedited master) * 2:39 10. Earth Boy (movie version - overdub) * 2:42 11. I’m Falling In Love Tonight (take 5) * 1:54 12. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (remake, take 15) 2:26 13. Hard Knocks (movie master) 1:42 14. Please Don’t Stop Loving Me (take 9) * 2:10 15. Everybody Come Aboard (take 5) * 1:48 16. Sand Castles (KO take 3) * 2:57 17. This Is My Heaven (FOV, take 5) * 2:36 18. All That I Am (take 6) * 2:22 19. Old MacDonald (vocal only) * 1:57 20. Easy Come, Easy Go (unedited master) 2:21 21. She’s A Machine (take 14) * 1:35 22. Sing You Children (unedited master) 2:13 * Previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company.



Details "Elvis Army Days Revisited" part one and two:
"Elvis Army Days Revisited | Part One & Part Two" contains all German A and B sides of Elvis singles released during his time in the Army, all known recordings of interviews and press conferences from March 1958 to March 1960, newsreels and more! Including some previously unreleased material. You can hear these historic recordings in the best possible sound all together for the first time ever on 2 CDs! Each CD comes with a 12 pages booklet.

***Single versions: including the original "You're A Heartbreaker" (faster and with more reverb)***
***Unedited version of Elvis 'Swearing In' to the US Army (1:24 instead of 0:28)***
***Unedited part of the Brooklyn press conference (Elvis' interruptions were edited for the 'Elvis Sails' EP)***
***Every known recording of interviews and press conferences in Germany - Plus 1 from Paris, France***  

Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part One:

The German Singles April 1958 - February 1959: 
01. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 2:17 02. Doncha Think It’s Time 1:59 03. Hard Headed Woman 1:57 04. Don’t Ask Me Why 2:08 05. Dixieland Rock 1:50 06. Lover Doll 2:16 07. King Creole 2:11 08. One Night 2:34 09. I Got Stung 1:51 10. Young And Beautiful 2:05

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word March 1958 - June 1959:
11. Newsreel ‘GI Elvis Presley Loses Sideburns For “New Role”’ 0:45 
12. Newsreel ‘Elvis Enters The Army’ 0:31 
13. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 1:24 Memphis Draft Board, Memphis, Tennessee 
14. Interview by Jim Kell (03-24-58) 0:42 Fort Chaffee Barracks, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas 
15. Newsreel ‘Elvis Off To Germany’ 1:13 
16. Press Conference excerpt #1 (09-22-58) 13:35 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
17. Press Conference excerpt #2 (09-22-58) 5:26 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
18. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 6:27 Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, New York 
19. Interview by Pat Hernon (09-22-58) 2:15 Library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
20. Ankunft in Bremerhaven (10-01-58) 2:58  Bremerhaven, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt #1 (10-02-58) 1:07 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
22. Press Conference excerpt #2 (10-02-58) 0:37 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
23. Interview by Dick Clark (01-30-59) 4:27 ‘Telephone Call’ from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
24. Interview by Hannelore Krab (06-15-59) 3:49 Bayrischer Hof Hotel, Munich, Germany 
25. Interview by Mario Delagarde (06-17-59) 2:03 Prince De Galles Hotel, Avenue de George V, Paris, France 
26. Promo for KPOY Radio in Hawaii (06-59) 0:52 27. Interview by Tom Moffatt (06-59) 5:41 Telephone Call from Hawaii ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to Germany 
Bonus tracks:
28. ‘Swearing In’ to the US Army (03-24-58) 0:28 Edited - As released on the album ‘This Is Elvis’ 29. Press Conference excerpt #3 (09-22-58) 2:21         Edited - As released on the ‘Elvis Sails’ EP


Tracks Elvis Army Days Revisited Part Two:
The German Singles - March 1959 - March 1960
01. (Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I 2:38 02. I Need Your Love Tonight 2:05 03. That’s All Right 1:59 04. You’re A Heartbreaker 2:06 05. A Big Hunk O’ Love 2:14 06. My Wish Came True 2:37 07. White Christmas 2:26 08. Silent Night 2:25 09. Stuck On You 2:19 10. Fame And Fortune 2:30

The Army Days - Elvis Word for Word June 1959 - March 1960
11. Interview by Don Owens (06/07-59) 2:55 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
12. Interview by Dick Clark (08-59) 3:34 Telephone Call from USA to Bad Nauheim, Germany 
13. Interview by Wink Martindale (09-58) 3:55 Dance Party KHJ TV Telephone Call to Friedberg, Germany 
14. Interview by German Interviewer (59) 3:42 library of the USS Randall, Brooklyn, New York 
15. Interview by Dick Clark (01-08-60) 3:35 Telephone Call from USA to Friedberg, Germany 
16. Newsreel ‘Elvis Quits U.S. Army’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 1:21 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
17. Newsreel ‘US53310761’ | Press Conference excerpt (03-01-60) 2:04         Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
18. Press Conference excerpt #2 (03-01-60) 0:52 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
19. Inteview (Interviewer unknown) (03-01-60) 1:46 Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
20. Interview by Johnny Paris (03-01-60) 10:55 ‘AFN Interview’ Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany 
21. Press Conference excerpt (03-03-60) 6:55 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
22. Press Conference excerpts (03-03-60) 0:53 Fort Dix, New Jersey 
23. Press Conference (03-07-60) 12:39 Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee 

Chart Round-up


The European charts:

  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #100 to #90 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped off the Official UK Album chart.
  • The “The Real … Elvis” compilation dropped from #21 to #25 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic. Orchestra” climbed from #62 to #59 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” is a re-entry at #92 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “20 Original Albums - The Perfect Elvis Presley Collection” is a new entry at #28 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a re-entry at #176 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The “Disco de Oro” climbed from #19 to #11 on the Spanish Album Top 100.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #45 on the Greece Album chart. 
The US Billboard Charts:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #4 to #5 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” remained steady at #9 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The “The Essential Elvis Presley” double album climbed from #34 to #30 on the US Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The “The Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #50 to #42 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” compilation climbed from #14 to #9 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation dropped from #8 to #14 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Merry Christmas … Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #20 on the US Billboard Holiday Album chart.
Australian Chart:
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed 25 spots to #50 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The ’50 Greatest Hits” compilation dropped from #61 to #76 on the Australian Album chart.
(Source: Official Charts Company / Ultrapop / Billboard / FECC)

November 11 - Kissin' Cousins At The Bicentennial Show

The Follow that Dream collectors label announced the release of the double CD set "Elvis - The Bicentennial Show" containing the July 4, 1976 02.30 PM show as recorded in Tulsa, and the October 16, 1976 show from Duluth. 

The label also announced the release of the "Kissin' Cousins" soundtrack in their "Classic Album" series. It features unreleased outtakes, rarities and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia, movie trivia and photos. Due to the small amount of existing outtakes (as Elvis didn’t record with the band) it includes instrumental masters recorded at the RCA Studio in Nashville that show the great musicianship of the players. 

Due end November 2017 is the LP version of "Roustabout". Finally the label announced the reprint of the "Elvis In Atlanta" and "Elvis Las Vegas" albums. 

Tracks CD 1 - Tulsa (1976/07/04 02:30 PM): 
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - America - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Jailhouse Rock - Fever - An American Trilogy - Introductions / Early Mornin’ Rain - What’d I Say (Incomplete) - Love Letters - School Days - Hurt - Help Me - Hound Dog - Funny How Time Slips Away - How Great Thou Art - Little Darlin’ - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp 

Tracks CD 2 - Duluth (1976/10/16): 
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Fever - Steamroller Blues - Introductions / Early Mornin’ Rain - What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode - Love Letters - School Days (Incomplete) - Hurt - Hound Dog - It’s Now Or Never - How Great Thou Art - Blue Christmas - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp 
Bonus Songs - 1976/10/19 8:30 PM / Madison: Hawaiian Wedding Song - Steamroller Blues - America - Love Me Tender - Blue Suede Shoes 

Tracks Kissin' Cousins: The Original Album: 
Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) - Smokey Mountain Boy - There’s Gold In The Mountains - One Boy Two Little Girls - Catchin’ On Fast - Tender Feeling - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) - Barefoot Ballad - Once Is Enough - Kissin’ Cousins - Echoes Of Love - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway 

Outtakes, Unedited Masters, Tracks & Instrumentals: Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (Unedited Master) - Catchin’ On Fast (Unedited Master) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Vocal Overdubed Take 2 / Alternate Master) - Kissin’ Cousins (Hillbilly Vocal) - Kissin’ Cousins (Regular Vocal) - Barefoot Ballad (Vocal Overdub, Take 2 & Pickup Take 4 - Partial) - Barefoot Ballad (Instrumental) - There’s Gold In The Mountains (Instrumental) - Pappy Won’t You Please Come Home (Dolores Edgin Vocal, Take 6 / Master) - There’s Gold In The Mountains (Track, Take 1 - 2) - One Boy Two Little Girls (Track, Take 2) - Once Is Enough (Track, Take 1) - Tender Feeling (Track, Take 1) - Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (Track, Take 1) - Smokey Mountain Boy (Track, Take 1 - Intro & Take 4 / Master) - Catchin’ On Fast (Track, Take 1 & Ending Take 2) - Barefoot Ballad (Track, Take 2) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Track, Take 4) - Kissin’ Cousins (Track, Take 1) - Tender Feeling (Vocal Only, Take 1 / Master) 

(Source: Elvis Telegraph / Essential Elvis)

November 08 - Complete 1956-1962 Albums

 Due for release from Valentine Record on November 24, 2017 is the 8 CD set "Complete 1956-1962 Albums" containing 17 classic albums on 8 discs. 

(Source: Amazon)

November 06 - Still A Legend

The MxF import-label announced the release of  it's second special product dedicated to 1976, entitled "Still A Legend" featuring the unreleased evening show from May 27, 1976 as recorded at the University of Indiana, Bloomington Indiana and the June 26, 1976 evening show as recorded at the Civic Center in Providence Richmond.

From the press-release:

The new product respects the previous one present Elvis moving toward the third and fourth tour of the year. Carrying the weight of his problems but still unbelievable concentrate in his music as a final product to delivery to his fans ... through the tape, and maybe thanks to its limitation is possible to feel the incredible enthusiasm of the crowd ... For sure Elvis is still a legend.

In the Bloomington show, Although Elvis was not looking good and In spite, the lack of renewal, in the repertoire are still included some strong numbers to make the concerts of a very good quality. Surprisingly in some of the more demanding artistically songs, Elvis builds his show, He is still able to delivery in the right way, songs like You Gave a Mountain, America the Beautiful, Burning Love, Polk Salad Annie and last single Hurt. Without a doubt, this is the focus of the show and the audience appreciated that, making the concert atmosphere still incredible experience..


Moving to Providence we are instead in the middle of the fourth 1976 tour , the show is shorter respect to the previous one (Elvis performed even an afternoon show on the same day), also the repertoire is very basic, some of the rockers like Burning Love and Polk Salad Annie have been dropped, but the show remains surprisingly well performed in all the songs… and the participation of the public is incredible. Elvis is still a legend!!


The sound is very good for an ambient recordings, considering that this kind of recording is coming from a big hall no the intimate Las Vegas showroom… We have on our hands the original mono tapes of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out a simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound balancing the channel and put at the right speed the tape. The result a pretty dynamic tapes with a great definition of the background music and for sure you can live the atmosphere of a Elvis’ concert in the seventy.


This is the fourth special product for this label. This new double set will be housed in a deluxe four panel digipack, containing a 6 pages booklet with focus and details on the tour shows, including a collection of live photographs, newspapers clips plus a high quality glossy poster on 135 gram paper (50x26 cm.) and a high glossy art card on quality paper (25x13 cm).


To make it a special collector item, the 400 copies will be presented with four different sleeves variations. All the copies will come hand numbered and individually sealed so there will be four deluxe editions with exclusive content. Each one limited to 100 copies. 


Tracks recorded live in Bloomington IN. University of Indiana May 27, 1976  (73.00 minutes):

01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me 06. You Gave A Mountain 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 09. Steamroller Blues 10. And I love You So 11. Fever 12. Polk Salad Annie 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Morning Rain 15. What’d I Say 16. Drum Solo 17. Bass Solo 18. Piano Solo 19. Electric Piano Solo 20. Love Letters 21. School Days 22. Hurt 23. Burning Love 24.Funny How Time Slips Away 25. Little Darlin’ 26. It’s Now Or Never 27.Hound Dog (cut ,fade out ) 28. Can’t Help Falling In Love (missing)

Tracks recorded live in Providence RI. Civic Center June 26, 1976 ES:

01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me 06. You Gave A Mountain 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 09. And I love You So On 10. Jailhouse Rock 11. Fever 12.America The Beautiful 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Morning Rain 15. What’d I Say 16. Johnny B Goode 17. Drum Solo 18. Bass Solo 19. Piano Solo 20. Electric Piano Solo 21. Love Letters 22. School Days 23. Hurt 24. It’s Now Or Never 25. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Running-time approximate 60.00 minutes).

Straight Arrow Releases

Due for release from the Straight Arrow import label are three new titles: "Rockín''and Lovin' in Las Vegas" containing the August 17, 1972 Dinner Show Performance, "Stormy Weather Ahead", containing the September 2, 1974 Dinner Show performance and ""Breaking Down Baltimore" containing the May 29, 1977 performance at the Civic Center, Baltimore, MD.

Details Stormy Weather Ahead:

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.

CD1: 01. Orchestra intro (taken from different source/same show) - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Until It’s Time For You To Go - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. The Wonder Of You - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) -11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. You Gave Me A Mountain - 13. It's Now Or Never.

CD2: 01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Introduction of Steve Allen, Charlton Heston, John O’Grady - 03. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 04. Introduction of Ed Parker - 05. Why Me Lord (with reprise) - 06. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 07. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 08. Can't Help Falling In Love - 09. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Details Breakdown In Baltimore:

The second release is called “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.

The Baltimore, May 29th, 1977 show was first released in 1994, on the poor sounding, incomplete CD ”Send Me The Light ... I Need It Bad” In 2011, it was released again in better sound on the 2CD-set ”Baltimoral Nightfall”. Now the Straight Arrow label comes with the ultimate release of this historic night. This concert was never before available in such good sound quality!

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.

Tracks CD1: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. That’s All Right - 05. Are You Lonesome Tonight - 06. Blue Christmas - 07. Heartbreak Hotel - 08. Love Me - 09. Jailhouse Rock - 10. You Gave Me A Mountain - 11. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 12. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Elvis leaves the stage - 14. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps) - 15. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland).

Tracks CD2: 01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (by Charlie Hodge) - 02. Early Mornin' Rain (sung by John Wilkinson) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton, instrumental) - 04. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton, instrumental) - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - 09. School Day / Elvis returns - 10. Hurt - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Help Me - 13. Unchained Melody - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. The Wonder Of You (part only) - 16. One Night - 17. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 18. Can't Help Falling In Love - 19. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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!


Tracks 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B Goode - 04. Until It’s Time For You To Go - 05. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - 06. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental Intermezzo - 09. What Now My Love - 10. Fever - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes - 13. One Night - 14. All Shook Up - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. Little Sister / Get Back - 17. Hound Dog - 18. I’ll Remember You - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 21. My Way - 22. A Big Hunk O’ Love - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp

(Source: FECC / FECC Forum)