September 24 - French Vinyl

Released on the French Big Beat Records are several CD and vinyl compilations packs; “Elvis Rocks The Blues”, “King Creole”, “Loving You” and “Love Me Tender” as "alternate albums". The vinyl comes one side as black vinyl, one side as a picture disc.

Tracks King Creole - side A:
King Creole (Take 13) - Crawfish (Take 7 - Unedited Master) - Hard Headed Woman (Take 10 - Master) - As Long As I Have You (Take 8 - Long Version) - Trouble (Take 5 - Master) - Don´t Ask Me Why ((Take 12 - Master) - Dirty, Dirty Feeling (Prevously On Soundtrack Not Kept) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Movie Version) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Undubbed Record Master)
Tracks King Creole - side B: King Creole (Take 3 - First Version) - Danny (Unedited) - Dixieland Rock (Take 4 - Master) - Lover Doll (Take 7 - Unedited Undubbed Master - Movie Version) - New Orleans (Take 5 - Master) - Young Dreams (Take 8 - Master) - King Creole (Take 18 - First Version)

Elvis - Rocks The Blues - side A: I Got A Woman - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Shake Rattle And Roll - Heartbreak Hotel - So Glad You´re Mine - Money Honey - My Baby Left Me
Elvis - Rocks The Blues - side B: Stuck On You - Mess Of Blues - I Feel So Right - Such A Night - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

(Source: FECC / Big Beat Records)

September 23 - Kissin' Cousins

A new double CD release appeared on Discogs and the FECC forum; “Kissin' Cousins - The Original Soundtrack Album - 2 CD's Deluxe Edition”. This set has no producing label. It contains the original stereo album, movie versions, original mono album and alternate undubbed mono album. The latter appears to be home-made according to postings on the FECC forum.

Tracks CD 1:
Kissin’ Cousins N°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) (On Album But Omitted From Film) - Barefoot Ballad - Once Is Enough - Kissin’ Cousins - Echoes Of Love (On Album But Not On Film) - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (On Album But Not On Film) - It Hurts Me (Single’s B-Side / Not On Film) - Kissin’ Cousins (Unreleased Version With Alternate Vocal Take) - Kissin’ Cousins N°2 (Movie Version) - Smokey Mountain Boy (Movie Version) - There’s Gold In The Mountains (Movie Version) - One Boy Two Little Girls (Movie Version) - Catchin’ On Fast (Movie Version) - Tender Feeling (Movie Version) - Pappy, Won’t You Please Come Home (Performed By Glenda Farrell, On Film But Not On Album) (Movie Version) - Barefoot Ballad (Movie Version) - Once Is Enough (Movie Version) - Kissin’ Cousins (Movie Version) - Kissin’ Cousins (End Title - Movie Version) - Theatrical Trailer (Movie Version)

CD 2:
Kissin’ Cousins N°2 (Mono) - Smokey Mountain Boy (Mono) - There’s Gold In The Mountains (Mono) - One Boy Two Little Girls (Mono) - Catchin’ On Fast (Mono) - Tender Feeling (Mono) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Mono) - Barefoot Ballad (Mono) - Once Is Enough (Mono) - Kissin’ Cousins (Mono) - Echoes Of Love (Mono) - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (Mono) - Kissin’ Cousins N°2 (Without Piano, Saxophone & VO) - Smokey Mountain Boy (Without Banjo) - There’s Gold In The Mountains (Without Piano & Saxophone) - One Boy Two Little Girls (Without Piano) - Catchin’ On Fast (Without Saxophone & Organ) - Tender Feeling (Without VO) - Anyone (Could Fall In Love With You) (Without Guitar & VO) - Barefoot Ballad (Without Violin & VO) - Once Is Enough (Without Piano & Saxophone) - Kissin’ Cousins (Without Saxophone) - Echoes Of Love (Without Piano) - (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (Single Master)

(Source: FECC/  Discogs)

September 22 - Elvis Countdown for the Right to Rock

Due from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers on February 15, 2018 is the 270 page book "Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs" by Mark Buffett.

From the publisher:
Over the course of his career and since, Elvis Presley has sold over a billion records; his music has touched nearly every modern listeners. But few are book-length assessments of his music instead of his life. In Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Finest Songs, Mark Duffett urges us to put aside the misleading stereotypes and rumor-filled debates about mythical Elvis and listen once again to musical genius who emerged from the Memphis music scene.

As Duffett illustrates, Elvis Presley had a unique approach to music, one that was powerful and versatile. In a career stretching across more than two decades Presley changed the face of popular music by drawing together genres--from country and blues to contemporary folk to even opera--and then putting his unique stamp on them all. Counting Down Elvis: His 100 Best Songs explores the full range of Presley recordings, from his earliest number to his end-of-career (and even posthumous) hits, combing through gold record hits and unpolished gems to distill the best Presley had to offer his generation, his successors, and listeners today.


Fighting for the Right to Rock (Rebels with a Cause)

Due for release on January 15, 2018 in the "Rebels with a Cause" series the children's book "Elvis Presley: Fighting for the Right to Rock" by John Micklos.

From the publisher:
This biography revisits an all American classic; the King of Rock and Roll. The original rock-n-roll rebel, Elvis Presley revolutionized the music industry. His hip-shaking performances made young fans scream, television censors scramble, and parents furious. But Elvis was far more than a sex symbol. Over a period of two decades, he had nearly 40 Top 10 hits. His music influenced The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and many others. Elvis showed remarkable range as a singer, excelling at rock songs, ballads, rhythm and blues, country, and even gospel. Elvis died of heart failure in 1977 at the age of 42, but his legend and music live on.

(Source: Amazon)

September 21 - Elvis Rocks On 100 Hits On Vinyl

Due for release from the Not Now Music label on October 13, 2017 is the 4 CD set "Elvis 100 Hits".

Due for release from the Vinyl Lovers label on October 20, 2017 is the vinyl album "Elvis Rocks". 

US Charts

The "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" compilation dropped from #35 to #42 on the US Billboard Album chart. 
The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation climbed from #28 to #22 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
The "The Wonder Of You" cooperation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra dropped from #2 to #7 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 

European charts

The double album "Elvis Presley – The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #17 to #19 on the Official UK Album chart. 
The double album "Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" dropped from #13 to #13 on the Belgien Mid-price Album chart. 
The "Elvis Symphonique" dropped off the Swiss Album chart from last week's #96 spot.

Australian charts

On the Australian Album Chart "The 50 Greatest Hits" is a new entry at # 14.

(Source: Amazon / Billboard / The King's World)

September 20 - Follow That Dream Releases

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the new October 2017 releases; the single CD "The Last Movies" in the 7 inch "Classic Album" series, the double album "Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74" as a five inch double CD and the double vinyl album "Roustabout". The May 25, 1974 – Dinner show on disc 1 has been previously released on '''Big Boss Man In Lake Tahoe'' as audience recording thou missing ''Heartbreak Hotel'' The May 26, 1974 Dinner show on disc 2 is totally unreleased.

The Last Movies


The FTD label is pleased to announce the release of "The Last Movies". Finally, Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7 inch Classic Album series. “The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos. 

Tracks "The Last Movies": 
01 Change Of Habit (3:21) 02 Rubberneckin’ (2:15) 03 Let’s Be Friends (2:45 04 Have A Happy (2:23) 05 Let Us Pray (3:02 06 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (3:11) 07 Almost (1:52) 08 Charro (2:47) 09 Let’s Forget About The Stars (2:29) 10 Let’s Forget About The Stars (rough mix)* (2:27) 11 Charro (rough mix)* (3:07) 12 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (undubbed master) (3:17) 13 Almost (undubbed master) (1:55) 14 Swing Down Sweet Chariot (movie version) (2:30 15 Swing Down Sweet Chariot (female vocals and brass overdub) (2:16) 16 Signs Of The Zodiac (duet with Marlyn Mason) (2:30) 17 College Songs Medley (3:15) (Far Above Cayuga’s Waters* / Boola Boola* / Dartmouth’s In Town Again* / The Eyes Of Texas* / On, Wisconsin* / The Whiffenpoof Song / Fair Harvard* / Notre Dame* / Violet) 18 Almost (takes 1-3*) (3:01) 19 Almost (takes 4* & 6) (3:33) 20 Almost (takes 10*-11) (2:11) 21 Almost (take 13*) (1:58) 22 Almost (takes 14-16*) (4:17) 23 Almost (takes 22-25*) (4:31) 24 Almost (takes 27-28*) (2:21) 25 Almost (take 29*) (1:50) 26 Let Us Pray (alternate vocal overdub) (3:09) 27 Let Us Pray (M/vocal only) (3:07) 
* Previously unreleased

Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74



Following on from the recent (”Las Vegas ’74” and ”Elvis In Atlanta”, releases, FTD’s ”Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74” features shows from May 25 and May 26. This a 2-CD 5 inch digipack release.

Tracks "Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74" disk 1 May 25, 1974 – Dinner show:

02 I Got A Woman / Amen 6:20 03 Love Me 1:35 04 Trying To Get To You 2:13 05 All Shook Up 1:17 06 Love Me Tender 1:44 07 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 2:208 Johnny B. Goode 1:42 09 Hound Dog 1:46 10 Fever 3:06 11 Polk Salad Annie 4:27 12 Why Me Lord 2:51 13 Suspicious Minds 3:48 14 Introductions 1:47 15 I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:21 16 Help Me 2:47 17 An American Trilogy 3:58 18 Let Me Be There 3:06 19 I’ll Remember You 2:30 20 Big Boss Man 3:18 21 Heartbreak Hotel 1:47 22 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:38 23 Closing Vamp 0:46

Tracks Disc 2 - Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74 May 26, 1974 Dinner show:

01 See See Rider 1:51 (starts late) 02 I Got A Woman / Amen 5:59 03 Love Me 2:08 04 Trying To Get To You 2:06 05 All Shook Up 1:05 06 Love Me Tender 2:11 07 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 2:04 08 Hound Dog 1:20 09 Fever 3:07 10 Polk Salad Annie 5:31 11 Why Me Lord 2:53 12 You Gave Me A Mountain 3:17 13 Suspicious Minds 3:50 14 Introductions 2:32 15 I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:48 16 Help Me Make It Through The Night 2:33 17 Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:20 18 Let Me Be There 3:35 19 Big Boss Man 3:59 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:40 21 Closing Vamp 0:54 
All tracks recorded live at the High Sierra Room at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada

Roustabout



Pre-release sales of FTD’s recent “Roustabout” Classic Album exceeded all expectations reflecting the appeal of the original #1 album. The release of this Limited Edition 2-LP set will be no exception. It contains stereo remixes of the Soundtrack, outtakes and mono masters. Mastered at Abbey Road, London, the180 Gram discs feature reproductions of the original rare RCA ‘Hollywood’ pressing plant LP labels.

Tracks "Roustabout" side 1 

01 Roustabout — NOV take 9 (movie version) (2:14) 02 Little Egypt — AO take 15/M (record version) (2:33) 03 Poison Ivy League — BO take 7/M (2:19) 04 Hard Knocks — CO take 11/M (record version) (1:53) 05 It’s A Wonderful World — DO take 13/M (2:07) 06 Big Love Big Heartache — EO take 17/M (2:17) 07 Roustabout — NOV takes 14-16 (2:58) 08 Roustabout — NOV take 17/M (record version) (2:15) 

Tracks "Roustabout" side 2 

01 One Track Heart — FO take 5/M (2:25) 02 It’s Carnival Time — HO take 2/HOV take 9/M (record version) (1:50) 03 Carny Town — JO take 9/M (1:29) 04 There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon — KO take 5/M (2:13) 05 Wheels On My Heels — LO take 7/M (1:28) 06 Roustabout — NOV takes 1-5, 6 (7:21) 07 It’s A Wonderful World — DO take 17 (instrumental) (2:02) 

Tracks "Roustabout" side 3 

01 I’m A Roustabout (2:13) 02 Hard Knocks — COV take 4 (movie version) (1:55) 03 Roustabout — NOV takes 7, 8 (3:00) 04 Little Egypt — revised, AO take 21 (part used for movie version) (2:52) 05 It’s Carnival Time — (HO take 2/HOV take 12, movie version) (1:50) 06 Roustabout — NOV takes 10-12 (4:47) 07 Roustabout — NOV take 13 (2:10) 

Tracks "Roustabout" side 4 - The Mono Soundtrack Album 

01 Roustabout (2:01) 02 Little Egypt (2:21) 03 Poison Ivy League (2:05) 04 Hard Knocks (1:45) 05 It’s A Wonderful World (1:51) 06 Big Love Big Heartache (2:03) 07 One Track Heart (2:18) 08 It’s Carnival Time (1:35) 09 Carny Town (1:13) 10 There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon (2:03) 11 Wheels On My Heels (1:25) 

(Source: FECC / Follow That Dream)

September 19 - Return of the Dragon To Australia

Here is the cover-art for the new Joeseph Tunzi book "Elvis Return of the Dragon". it features over 150 unreleased images from his performances in south bend, Indiana in 1974 and 1976 according to the advertisement. 

Here is a preview, but be warned, strobe light effect in video,watch at your own risk :-)


The Wonder of Australia

The "The Wonder of You" toured Australia earlier this year. It is due for an encore in 2018. 

(Source: FECC / JAT Publishing / RCM Touring)

September 18 - Way Down

The latest advertising campaing for the Morrison's supermarket features Elvis Presley's "Way Down" to illustrate that "prices are Way Down".

(Source: FECC)


September 16 - Nashville City Limits

Due for release from the UK based Rockwell Records is another re-issue of their "Nashville City Limits". This time on yellow vinyl and limited to 135 copies. 

Side A: I Want You, I Need You, I love You / Money Honey / I Was The One / A Fool Such As I / Ain’t That Loving You Baby / Soldier Boy / It Feels So Right

Side B: Dirty, Dirty Feeling / The Thrill Of Your Love / The Girl Next Door Went ‘Walking / Working On A Building / In Your Arms / I Want You With Me / Starting Today

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

September 15 - Charts - Updated

On the Official UK Album charts the "50 Greatest Hits" re-issue dropped from #10 to #17 on it's fifth week on the chart. Selling 3.292 copies this week.
The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" re-entered the Official UK Music DVD chart at #43.

The "The Real ... Elvis" compilation is listed at #17 on the Official Scottish Album chart.

The "The Platinum Collection" album is listed at #69 on the Official Scottish Album chart.

European Charts


  • The Dutch "Top 40 Elvis - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" double album dropped from #5 to #12 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Symphonique" double album dropped from #53 to #96 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis On Tour" dropped from#6 to #9 on the Belgian Music DVD chart. 
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album dropped from #24 to #41 on the French Album chart. 

Australian Charts

  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #11 to #16 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

Billboard Charts
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album climbed from #3 to #2 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" hit compilation climbed from #40 to #35 on the US Billboard Country Album chart. 
  • The "Gospel" compilation remained steady at #28 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
(Source: FECC / Billboard / Official UK Charts / The King's World)

September 14 - Deluxe Christmas

Here is the cover-art for the "Deluxe Edition" of the upcoming cooperation between Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra "Elvis Christmas" which is due for release from RCA/Legacy on November 24, 2017.

From the press-release:
RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 2017 holiday season with the release of Elvis Presley – Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, October 6.

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brings together Elvis Presley’s best-loved yuletide performances from Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971) re-imagined with sublime and exquisite new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman and recorded at Abbey Road Studio 2, Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra follows in the phenomenal worldwide success of 2015’s If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (which has sold more than 1.5 million copies) and last year’s The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (which sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide).

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats on Friday, October 6. A deluxe version of the album contains 4 bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) and will be released on CD and digital formats Friday, November 24.

“I hope you’ll enjoy this new Christmas album,” writes Priscilla Presley, executive producer of Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in her liner notes for the record. “The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making. Merry Christmas to all….”

This holiday season also marks the 60th anniversary of Elvis’ Christmas Album, the perennial classic that’s become the top-selling holiday album of all-time. Elvis’ signature interpretations of secular and sacred holiday classics have become an integral musical component of Christmas round-the-world. Elvis’ Christmas Album topped the Billboard 200 for four weeks in 1957 and 1958 and has remained a constant chart fixture for years after, selling more than three million copies. A reissue on RCA’s Camden label was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, becoming Elvis’ single bestselling album and the bestselling holiday album of all time.

Material from Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be featured in this November’s Elvis In Concert U.K. tour, a six-date engagement occurring November 23-30 in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Tracks Elvis Christmas Deluxe Edition:

Santa Claus Is Back In Town / White Christmas / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Merry Christmas Baby / Blue Christmas / I'll Be Home for Christmas / Winter Wonderland / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Silver Bells / Oh Little Town of Bethlehem / O Come All Ye Faithful / The First Noel / Silent Night.

Bonus tracks (The Peace In The Valley EP):
(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
I Believe
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

(Source: FECC / Amazon / Sony Legacy)

September 13 - Elvis From South America

Due from Carlos R. Ares this year is the book “Elvis @ Argentina 1956-1962”. The author describes the impact of Elvis in Argentina in the years 1956 to 1962. His influence on local artists, the complete discography and filmography, press clippings, records and films reviews, magazines, promotional material, RCA label copies and everything related to the aforementioned period in Argentina. 

The book contains hundreds of records, documents, posters, RCA label copies never before on print!!! Over 200 pages of ultra-rare Argentinean collectors items on display. 

Elvis Made In Chili

Due from Jorge M. Vergara later this year is the book “Elvis Made In Chili - Complete Discography And More”. 

From the publisher:
The book is a detailed journey of the presence of the artist in Chile covering the beginning, the albums released by the RCA Victor Chili, inserts, promotional material, publications in newspapers and magazines and more. For the first time the discography is ordered and presented chronologically with exact dates. 

Original promotional publications let you check the dates of each release. The book comes as a limited deluxe edition hardcover book, printed in full color on 180 grams paper.

(Source: FECC)

September 12 - New Blu-Ray, Book And CD Releases


Due for release November 13, 2017 in France on DVD and Blu-ray is the movie “Le Cavalier Du Crepsucule”. Also available on Blu-ray is “Les Rodeurs De la Plaine”.  

The Definitive Guide To The King of Rock And Roll

Due for release from Igloo books on February 6, 2018 is the 304 page book “Elvis: The Definitive Guide To The King Of Rock 'n' Roll”. 

From the publisher:
Introducing Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll! Learn all about his life from humble beginnings in East Tupelo to his premature death that shook the world.
With fantastic photographs, first-hand accounts from the people who knew him best, plus lots of interesting facts on his music and movies, this book has it all.

100 Jours Avec Elvis

Due from Cherche Midi on October 16, 2017 is the 248 page book “100 Jours Avec Elvis” (100 Days With Elvis”) from author Patrick Mahé. 

Heartbreak Hotel 

Due for release from the Echo (Da Music) label is the double CD “Heartbreak Hotel”. 

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon)

September 11 - Sensational Opening Ninght In Tahoe

Expected soon from the E. P. Collector import-label is another exciting new release entitled "A Sensational Opening Night - From Japan With Love Vol. 4"

From the press-release:
Recorded live from the audience in Las Vegas, NV, August 4th, 1972, Opening show, this CD is subtitled "From Japan With Love Vol. 4" because it was recorded by a member of a Japanese fan club.
The Las Vegas, August 4th, 1972 Opening Night was first released in 2003 on the CDs „No Fooling Around“ and „Another Opening Night“. Those CDs were taken from a different, incomplete source tape. Our new recording is great sounding and, for the first time, 100% complete.

Elvis started his 7th season in Las Vegas with a fairly dynamic opening night. It was reported that Elvis was suffering from a headache, and he kept the opening show short with minimal in-between songs talk. He did not perform his usual showstopper „Suspicious Minds“, but he was on stage for 50 minutes, singing his heart out with a passion and energy not seen since August 1970. Compared to the previous Vegas season and the following tour in April, Elvis was in great physical shape, tanned, slim and full of energy. He was in a much better mental shape too, because his new girlfriend, model Linda Thompson accompanied him for the whole first week of this engagement. This concert is a good example of Elvis at his best, mixing rock’n’roll with ballads and blues, singing old and new songs, and looking great.

This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of original audience recorded cassette tape. You may ask your supplier for samples. This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with great collection of quality images taken in August 1972, including real Aug. 4th, Opening night photos! If you have enjoyed our other August 1972 releases such as "Rock & Soul… And Some Mighty Fine Rock’n’Roll" and "Everybody Let’s Rock", then you are sure to enjoy our latest release. 

As with all our releases, this CD is a labour of love and we hope you enjoy it. We are planning another CD taken from those "Japanese" tapes. So stay tuned!

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. A Big Hunk Of Love - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 06. Love Me Tender - 07. medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Love Me - 10. medley: Little Sister / Get Back - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. The Wonder Of You - 13. One Night - 14. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - 15. Hound Dog - 16. My Way (premier version) - 17. Band Introductions - 18. My Babe (performed for the last time) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Introduction of Sammy Davis Jr & Paul Anka - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.

A Song For Sheila

Expected soon from the E. P. Collector import-label is another release entitled "A Song For Sheila".

From the press-release:
Elvis Presley opened his 11th Las Vegas season on August 19th, and he performed a total of 27 shows, closing on September 2nd. Once again, Elvis revisited his live repertoire based on previous seasons and he included several tracks from the December ’73 recording sessions, and he also added songs like "Softly As I Leave You” and „If You Love Me (Let Me Know)“. Elvis' new love, the beautiful Sheila Ryan was present and Elvis sang the rarely performed „Early Morning Rain“ for her. He sings the complete song.

The Las Vegas, August 29th, 1974 Dinner show is previously unreleased except for 7 songs released from a soundboard source by the FTD label („It’s Midnight“ CD). This concert is taken from an early generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape. This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with a great collection of quality images taken in August 1974. As with all our releases, this CD is a labour of love and hope you enjoy it.

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Elvis talks, introduction of red West and Sonny West - 05. Love Me - 06. If You Love Me (Let me Know) - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Big Boss Man - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. All Shook Up - 12. The Wonder Of You - 13. Softly As I leave You (with reprise) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Band Introductions / monologue - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Elvis talks about karate - 19. Why Me Lord - 20. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. Introduction of Vernon Presley and Sheila Ryan - 24. Early Morning Rain - 25. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 26. Elvis talks, introduction of Bill Cosby - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp

Tahoe '73

Coming out soon from the Ragdoll import-label is an unreleased audience recorded show from Lake Tahoe titled "Tahoe '73". This show is the midnight show, May 9th, 1973. This one is a good solid show according to the press-release.

Tracks Lake Tahoe May 9, 1973 Midnight show:
01. Opening Riff / C. C. Rider 02. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen 03. Love Me Tender (with false start) 04. You Dont Have To Say You Love Me 05. Steamroller Blues 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Love Me 08. Blue Suede Shoes 09. Heartbreak Hotel 10. medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Flip Flop And Fly / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 11. I'm Leavin 12. Hound Dog 13. What Now My Love 14. Suspicious Minds (with edit, perhaps due to turning of cassette in recorder) 15. Band Introductions 16. I'll Remember You 17. I Can't Stop Loving You 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water 19. A Big Hunk O'Love 20. Can't Help Falling In Love 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements


Terry Wilkinson Died
 

Terry Wilkinson, the widow of Elvis Presley’s rhythm guitarist, died.

(Source: FECC / EM)

September 10 - Reconsider Baby

A new version of the 2014 referencebook "Reconsider Baby: Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide" is due. Author Shane Brown revisited his original Elvis guide expanding it to include even more detailed insights - as well as including a large number of recently unearthed contemporary reviews from the time. There will be both a paperback and a Kindle edition available  and it should be coming out mid-September and available through Amazon. 

Christmas Bonus

The Deluxe Edition of the "Elvis Christmas" cooperation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will contain three bonus tracks accoring Elvis World Japan: "Peace In the Valley", Take My Hand Precious Lord" and "It's No Secret".

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Elvis World Japan / FECC)

September 08 - Charts

The French monthly magazine "ROCK&FOLK features an 23 page Elvis Presley special in their September 2017 edition. It deals with Elvis, The Million Dollar Quartet, Sam Phillips and Graceland.  

Charts


On the Official UK Album chart the "50 Greatest Hits" compilation dropped from #6 to #10 this week, selling 4.469 copies. This marks the 4th week of this album in the UK Album Top 10.

  • The "50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #4 to #7 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #90 to #97 on the Official UK Album Streaming Chart
  • The "The Platinum Collection" dropped from #82 to #90 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart
  • The "The Platinum Collection" dropped from #56 to #69 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart 
  • The "The Platinum Collection" dropped from #18 to #23 on the Official UK Indie Album Chart
  • The "The Elvis Collection" dropped from #11 to #31 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
  • The "'68 Comeback Special" dropped from #27 to #44 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
  • The 3 DVD Box “The Elvis Collection” dropped off the official UK Music DVD chart.
  • The DVD “Elvis: ’68 Comeback – Special Edition” dropped off the official UK Music DVD chart.
European charts
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #4 to #8 on the Official UK Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" rises from #15 to #14 on the Official Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Platinum Collection" dropped from #83 to #94 on the Official Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Top 40 - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection" dropped from #3 to #5 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The 3 CD Box “Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings” re-entered the Belgian Album chart at #168. 
  • The “Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection” double CD dropped from #3 to #5 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The DVD “Elvis On Tour” re-entered the Belgian Music DVD chart at #6. 
US Billboard Chart

  • The "The Wonder Of You" climbed from #4 to #3 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped from #32 to #40 on the US Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation dropped off the US Billboard Album Top 200.
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" album dropped from #26 to #28 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
Australian Chart
  • The DVD “Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More” dropped from #9 to #11 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
(Source: FECC / UEPS / Ultrapop / Billboard / The King's World)

September 07 - Original Graceland Piano Returns Home


Due for release from the V180 label on October 23, 2017 is the LP simply entitled “Christmas”. It comes on 180 Gr. white vinyl and is limited to 1000 copies.

Side A: Santa Claus Is Back In Town / White Christmas / Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / I’ll Be Home For Christmas / Blue Christmas / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)


Side B: O Little Town Of Bethlehem / Silent Night / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) / I Believe / Take My Hand, Precious Lord / It Is No Secet (What God Can Do)

Due for release on October 20, 2017 from the Cornbread label are vinyl re-issues of the original albums “A Date With Elvis” and “Elvis Presley”. Both albums come with a digital download.

Tracks A Date With Elvis:
Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Young And Beautiful - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Milkcow Blues Boogie - Baby Let's Play House - Good Rockin' Tonight - Is It So Strange - We're Gonna Move - I Want To Be Free - I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Tracks Elvis Presley:
Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because - Tutti Frutti - Tryin' To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Blue Moon - Money Honey

Original Graceland White Knabe Piano Returns Home

Elvis Presley's Graceland has announced the acquisition of one of the most significant pieces of Elvis’ musical history, which will be returned to Graceland 60 years after it was first purchased by Elvis for the home in 1957 – a white, baby grand piano with gold accents and a custom-made, gold, metal bench designed by Elvis with a white, leather cushion. For the first time ever, the public will be able to see this legendary Knabe branded piano on display in its Graceland home. The music room at Graceland will be restored to its original 1960s-era appearance including the white piano, and will be unveiled on December 16, 2017. Other items returning to the famous music room include original white and blue draperies, and a gold couch that was part of the room’s décor in 1964.

The white piano is the most significant piece of original furnishings to come home to Graceland since the Mansion opened for tours in 1982.

Prior to Elvis purchasing and refurbishing the 1912 instrument, it was the house piano at Memphis' legendary Ellis Auditorium from the early 1930s through 1957 which hosted the greatest local and national touring musical acts of the period, including W. C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and many others. This was the very piano played by his favorite gospel and blues performers in shows that Elvis attended as a boy, during which, as an enthralled member of the audience, he dreamed of his own future stardom. Coincidentally, Ellis Auditorium’s North Hall (then called Memphis Auditorium) was the venue for Elvis’ first sold-out shows on Sunday, February 6, 1955.


In the spring of 1957, then 22-year-old Elvis Presley purchased Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, just a year after he shot to super-stardom and worldwide fame. While he could have afforded any piano on the planet for his new home, when Elvis heard this sentimentally-valuable piano was for sale, he jumped at the chance to own it. On May 28, 1957, Elvis purchased the piano built by Wm. Knabe & Co. of Gallatin, Tennessee, (serial number 70545) from Jack Marshall Pianos-Organs in Memphis for $818.85. Elvis refurbished the piano in white and placed it in the music room at Graceland where it remained until 1968. During those years, the piano was the musical focal point of many hours spent rehearsing and entertaining guests and was played constantly by Elvis as well as visiting celebrities. Elvis enjoyed playing and singing alone in private moments, but especially enjoyed gathering family and friends in the music room as they ran through a broad repertoire of favorite songs – particularly gospel and R&B.


The original Knabe piano was placed in storage in 1968 and was sold in 1976 to Ted Sturges, owner of the Sturges Recording Studio in Memphis where it was used in recording over 50 albums by various artists including Jerry Lee Lewis, who reportedly played the piano with Elvis when visiting Graceland.


From there it changed hands several times and was last refurbished by the C.B. Coltharp Piano Service who maintained it at Graceland and referenced photos and record jacket snapshots to restore the piano to its authentic, original 1957 appearance. Pictures of Elvis with this piano were featured in the first issue of Mid-South Magazine in 1965 giving readers a rare look inside Graceland.


(Source: Graceland / Amazon / Elvis Aktuel)

September 06 - Spliced Takes Still in Memphis

The CMT import-label announced the next volume in their "Spliced Takes" series entitled "Spliced Takes: "Still in Memphis". This volume is another cooperation with the producers from the STAR import label. 

From the press-release:

Fans know what to expect with this series, some highlights are mentioned here, but in fact the whole CD is one big highlight. This one won't leave your player before Christmas. Details on the tracks:
  • Way Down - Starts of with the band fooling around, Elvis joins the fun and it runs straight into the song! 
  • Wearin' That Loved On Look - Over six splices make a very different version, with extra verses and piano solo. 
  • I'm Movin' On - This splice includes all verses done by Elvis , and runs longer then other versions. Same goes for "Hey Jude", which also sound very fresh. 
  • She Thinks I Still Care - One of the highlights probably, Here Elvis start of with the slower version, James takes over and off they go into the faster version, this works very good, and maybe should have been released like this! 
  • Good Time Charlie's Lost His Mind - The title was renamed for fun, and that's what we are getting here, a nice complete take with lots of fooling around. 
  • Suspicious Minds - What's a "Memphis" release without this classic, because some rare parts are used, this one again sound very different to previous releases outtakes. 
  • Do You Know Who I Am - Just listen to the "harmony" ending, very nice to hear two different sounding Elvis voices. 
Full tracklisting:
Way Down - Alternate Master For the Heart - Spliced take 1,4 Wearin'That Loved On Look - Spliced Take 12,13,14,15,13,9 I'm Movin'On - Alternate Master If You Don't Come Back - Spliced take 8,6,3 For Ole Time Sake - Spliced take 5,6,7,4 I've Got A Thing About You Baby - Spliced take 8,10,8,11,14 Hey Jude - Spliced take 5,1,7,7 Promised Land - Alternate master There's A Honky Tonk Angel - Spliced take 6,7,1 Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - Spliced take 3,5,6 She Thinks I Still Care - Spliced take 7,15 Help Me - Spliced take Fs/Undubbed Master Girl of Mine - Spliced take 3,6,9 In the Ghetto - Spliced take 2,3 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' - Spliced take 1,2 Good Time Charlie's Lost His Mind Never Again - Spliced take 1,9 The Last Farewell - Spliced take 1,5 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Spliced take 1,2,4 She Wears My Ring - Spliced Take 7,4,8,8,8 Inherit the Wind - Alternate Master Suspicious Minds - Spliced take 2,1,4,6 Do You Know Who I Am - Alternate Master.

New Vinyl

Due for release from the Bellevue (Major Babies) label on October 27, 2017 are the vinyl albums “The King of Rock 'n' Roll”, “Elvis in Love” and “Elvis Christmas Album”. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon)

September 04 - Elvis The Movies

Due from KJ Consulting in their "Golden Standard" series is the book "Elvis - The Movies" It is written by Alan Hanson and should contain 400 pages with some sensational unseen photos. 

Elvis Blu-ray

Due for release from Sidonis on November 13, 2017 in France on Blu-ray are classic movies “Les rôdeurs de la plaine” (“Flaming Star”) and “Le cavalier du crépuscule” (Love me Tender”). 

Released this week by Kino Lorber on blu-ray are the Elvis classics “Clambake” and “Frankie And Johnny”. 

(Source: FECC / Amazon France)









September 03 - Christmas With Elvis

Due for release from RCA / Legacy on October 6, 2016 is the album"Christmas With Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra". This is the cover-art and track listing for the vinyl version.

Tracks

Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Merry Christmas Baby - Blue Christmas - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Winter Wonderland - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - Silver Bells - Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem - O Come All Ye Faithful - The First Noël - Silent Night.

According to the Official UK Elvis Presley fanclub on Facebook planned formats are: a single CD, a single vinyl edition and a double CD with the bonus of a dozen re-worked gospel favourites. 


(Source: Amazon / Official UK Elvis Presley fan club)

September 02 - The Final Curtain DVD Box

A re-issue of the legendary "The Final Curtain" bootleg set has been released; "The Final Curtain DVD Collection" contains 7 DVD's with footage from the last tours of Elvis Presley. The DVD's are fully packed with best quality material available showing Elvis before, after and during his final TV special according to the short press-release.

Content:
DVD 1: 8 mm footage from the May 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, ,28 & 29 concerts in various cities & 8mm footage from the June 1 show. 
DVD 2: 8mm footage from the June 18, 24, 25 & 26 shows. Bonus clips are from the february 20, May 1 & 2 shows in Charlotte and Chicago.
DVD 3: The (almost) complete show from June 19, 1977 concert in Omaha, Nebraska.
DVD 4: The (almost) complete show from June 21, 1977 concert in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Both concerts were filmed for the "Elvis In Concert June 1977" CBS TV Special.
DVD 5: Elvis In Concert, the CBS TV special.
DVD 6: "Elvis Is Dead", a collection of news reports from local and major TV stations on the passing of Elvis Presley, recorded in august 1977.

DVD 7: Elvis In Concert the alternate TV Special.

(Source: e-mail)

September 01 - Charts (Updated)

Elvis Presley is listed at #6 on the Official UK Album chart with the “50 Greatest Hits” compilation. The album dropped from #2 with 7.497 copies sold this week. 

  • The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" dropped from #11 to #31 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The"Elvis: ’68 Comeback – Special Edition" DVD dropped from #27 to #44 on the  Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis Lives – The 25th Anniversary Concert" dropped off the  Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “50 Greatest Hits” dropped from #1 to #6 on the Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” compilation dropped from #14 to #15 on the Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" compilation dropped off the Irish Album chart.
  • The "The Wonder Of You" dropped from #4 to #14 on the French Album chart. 
  • The “Top 40 - Hit Ultimate Top 40 Collection” dropped off the Dutch Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #14 to #40 on the Dutch Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “Top 40 - Hit Ultimate Top 40 Collection” dropped from #2 to #3 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The double album "Elvis Symphonique" climbed from #30 to #28 on the Swiss Album chart. 

US Charts
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #164 to #200 on the US Billboard Album chart. 
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #31 to #45 on the US Billboard Rock Album chart. 
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped from #27 to #32 on the US Billboard Country Album chart. 
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #27 to #26 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder Of You” dropped from #3 to #4 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
Australian charts
  • The “Elvis - The King of Rock And Roll” DVD dropped from #2 to #9 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
(Source: Official Charts / Dutch Charts / Ultrapop / The King's World)