December 30 - Charts (Updated)

The "Christmas with Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #17 on the Official UK Album Chart for the week ending December 29, 2017. The "The Wonder Of You" album is is #82 on that list. Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts:
  • The "Christmas with Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #76 on the Album Download Chart; #16 on the Album Sales Chart; #35 on the Album Streaming Chart; #16 on the Physical Album Chart and #28 on the Record Store Album Chart.
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album is #67 on the Album Sales Chart and #63 on the Physical Album Chart.
  • The "If I Can Dream" album is #99 on the Album Sales Chart and #89 on the Physical Album Chart
  • The 'If Every Day was Like Christmas" album is #31 on the Album Streaming Chart while the "The 50 Greatest Hits" album is #88 on the Album Streaming Chart.
  • The "Long Live The King" album is #10 on the Indie Albums Chart while "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' is #49 on the Indie Albums Chart.
  • The "Blue Christmas" song is a re-entry at #75 on the UK Singles Chart and #44 on the Singles Audio Streaming Chart.
  • The "The Elvis Collection" DVD set is #13 on the Music Video Chart.
  • The “If I Can Dream” album dropped off the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The “Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More” DVD dropped from #21 to #27 on the Official UK Music DVD Chart. 
European Charts
  • The "Christmas with Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #19 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" album is #33 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album is #87 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic orchestra" album is #21 on the Irish Album Chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #21 on the official Irish Album chart. 
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation dropped off the Official Irish Album chart. 
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #78 on the official Swiss Album chart. 
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #84 to #72 on the Belgian Ultrotop Album chart. 
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is listed at #49 on the Belgian Ultratop Mid-price Album chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #85 on the official Dutch Album chart. 
  • The “Elvis Christmas Album” is a new entry at #45 on the official Dutch Mid-price Album chart. 
(Source: Brian Quinn of FECC / The King's World)

December 29 - 2017 EPE Fanclub Presidents CD


Here is the Christmas card / CD that EPE sends to registered fan-clubs as a “Thank You” for their efforts keeping the memory of Elvis Presley alive. It comes with a message from Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley. The CD contains the tracks “Peace In The Valley”, “On A Snowy Christmas Night” and “Winter Wonderland”.

(Source: eBay / EM / Elvis On CD)

December 25 - Christmas Award

The song “Burning Love” was awarded a Silver Award in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 200,000 copies. 

(Source: Brian Quinn on FECC)

December 24 - Rebel With A Cause '56

Due for release February 2018 is a new book from the Follow that Dream collectors label in cooperation with the Norwegian Flaming Star fan-club. The book is entitled "Rebel With A Cause '56" featuring newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book. The book is written by David English and Pal Granlund and it comes with a CD which coordinated by Ernst Jorgensen.

(Source: David English on  FECC)

December 22 - On Stage And On Tour Revisited (Updated)


Due for release is the 4 LP import-set set "On Stage - January & February 1970 Revisited". The content is taken from the 2011 Backdraft release, "Rebooked At The International - January/February 1970".

On Stage - The Album - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix

1. See See Rider (Feb. 18; Ds) 2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ms) 3. Release Me (Feb. 18; Ms) 4. Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16; Ds) 5. Elvis Talks (Feb. 18; Ds) 6. The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18; Ds)

LP 1 - Side B

1. Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18; Ms) 2. Elvis Talks (Feb. 16; Ds) 3. Proud Mary (Feb. 16; Ds) 4. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19; Ms) 5. Let It Be Me (Feb. 17; Ms) 6. I Can´T Stop Loving You (Feb. 19; Ms)

LP 2 - Side A - Opening Show - January 26, 1970

1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up 2. That´S All Right 3. Elvis Talks 4. Proud Mary 5. Don´T Cry Daddy 6. Teddy Bear/Don´T Be Cruel 7. Long Tall Sally 8. Let It Be Me 9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto

LP 2 - Side B

1. I Can´T Stop Loving You 2. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 3. Sweet Caroline 4. Polk Salad Annie 5. Introductions 6. Kentucky Rain Suspicious Minds 7. Can´T Help Falling In Love

LP 3 - Side A - Dinner Show - February 18, 1970

1. Long Tall Sally 2. Elvis Talks 3. Don´T Cry Daddy 4. The Wonder Of You 5. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 6. Release Me 7. Polk Salad Annie

LP 3 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970

1. Proud Mary 2. Don´T Cry Daddy 3. Kentucky Rain 4. Let It Be Me 5. I Can´T Stop Loving You 6. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 7. Release Me 8. See See Rider

LP 4 - Side A Closing Show - February 23

1. Opening Vamp/All Shook Up 2. I Got A Woman 3. Long Tall Sally 4. Don´T Cry Daddy 5. Hound Dog 6. Love Me Tender 7. Kentucky Rain 8. Let It Be Me 9. I Can´T Stop Loving You

LP 4 - Side B - Dinner Show - February 19, 1970

1. See See Rider 2. Sweet Caroline 3. Polk Salad Annie Blueberry Hill (Elvis At The Piano) 4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 5. Heartbreak Hotel 6. One Night 7. It´S Now Or Never 8. Suspicious Minds 9. Can´T Help Falling In Love

Elvis on Tour 9 CD Box Set




The Amiga International import-label announced the release of a new Deluxe 9 CD Box set entitled "Elvis on Tour - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition". This 13-inch boxset contains all known recordings made for the concert documentary "Elvis On Tour" and comes with a huge 128-page hardcover book. Due for release on December 28th 2017.

From the press-release

Amiga International releases a long awaited limited edition boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary "Elvis On Tour". This will include the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances. The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with rare and unpublished photographs and related memorabilia. When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that Amiga International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film. The audio / visual experience is undeniably the quintessential overview of the making and scrutiny of this extraordinary glimpse of Elvis as master of his art. This highly anticipated boxset will be released on December 28th 2017

CD 1 - The Mock Up Studio Session (30.03.1972 - RCA´s Studio C, Hollywood, California):

Burning Love (Take 1) / Here We Go Again (One Liner) - Burning Love (Take 2) - Burning Love (Take 3) / The Lord´s Prayer (One Liner) - Sweet Sweet Spirit (One Liner) - For The Good Times (Reheasal) - For The Good Times (Take 1) - For The Good Times (Rehearsal) - For The Good Times (Take 2) - For The Good Times (Take 3, False Start) - For The Good Times (Take 4) - Anytime (One Liner / Dialogue) - For The Good Times (Take 5) - For The Good Times (Take 6) - For The Good Times (Take 7) - Dialogue / El Paso (One Liner) - Johnny B. Goode (Take 1, False Start) - Johnny B. Goode (Take 2, False Start) - Oh, How I Love Jesus (One Liner) - Johnny B. Goode (Take 3) - A Big Hunk O´ Love (False Start / Dialogue) - Always On My Mind (Rehearsal) - Always On My Mind (Take 1) - Always On My Mind (Take 2) - Separate Ways (Take 1) - Separate Ways (Take 2)

CD 2 - Rehearsal (31.03.1972 - RCA´s Studio C, Hollywood, California - Part 1):

Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain (2 False Starts) - Until It´s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Teddy Bear / Don´t Be Cruel - Hound Dog - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (2 False Starts) - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - A Big Hunk O´ Love - A Big Hunk O´ Love - See See Rider - For The Good Times - For The Good Times (2 False Starts) - For The Good Times - Studio Rehearsals - Funny How Time Slips Away (2 False Starts) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Burning Love

CD 3 - Rehearsal (31.03.1972 - RCA´s Studio C, Hollywood, California - Part 2):

Burning Love - Help Me Make It through The Night - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Young And Beautiful - Young And Beautiful - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Release Me - I´m Leavin´ (Partial, Studio Talk) - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - The Lighthouse - When it´s My Time - I, John - Bosom Of Abraham - You Better Run (With False Start) - Lead Me, Guide Me - Sweet Sweet Spirit - Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone (Partial) - Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee

CD 4 - Rehearsal (05.04.1972 - “The Rendezvous“ At The Hilton Statler Hotel, Buffalo, NY):

Studio Talk - Burning Love (Instrumental) - Burning Love - Studio Talk - Burning Love (Inclusive False Start) - Cattle Call - For The Good Times - Somewhere Over The Rainbow (One Liner) - See See Rider - Studio Talk - Never Been To Spain (Partial) - You Gave Me A Mountain - I´ll Remember You (Rehearsal) - Until It´s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me (One Liner) - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - A Big Hunk O´ Love - I Can´t Stop Loving You (Inclusive 2 False Starts) - American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away (With Reprise) - The Lighthouse - I, John - I Need Your Lovin´ Everyday

CD 5 - Hampton Roads, Virginia (09.04.1972 E/S):

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Until It’s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - For The Good Times - Introductions - An American Trilogy - Love Me Tender - A Big Hunk O’Love - How Great Thou Art - Sweet, Sweet Spirit (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet) - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Bonus Songs:

I Got A Woman / Amen - You Gave Me A Mountain

CD 6 - Richmond, Virginia (10.04.1972 E/S):

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It’s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Love Me Tender - It’s Over - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - For The Good Times - I Can’t Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Incomplete) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 7 - Greensboro, North Carolina (14.04.1972 E/S):

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It’s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - A Big Hunk O’Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Love Me Tender - Introductions - For The Good Times - An American Trilogy - Burning Love - Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 8 - San Antonio, Texas (18.04.1972 E/S):

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It’s Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - How Great Thou Art - I Can’t Stop Loving You - Love Me Tender - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - For The Good Times - Burning Love - An American Trilogy - Funny How Time Slips Away - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 9 - Bonus CD - Interviews Recorded For the Movie "Elvis On Tour":

Interview With Elvis (Part 1 - 31.03.1972 - Hollywood, CA) - Interview With Vernon (31.03.1972) - Interview With George Klein (31.03.1972) - Interview With Elvis (Part 2 - Date Unknown)

The sources for the Elvis On Tour: 45th Anniversary Edition:

CD1: 3-30-1972 (Los Angeles)
- Hillcrest Blues, Madison CD, 2008
CD2: 3-31-1972 (Los Angeles) 
- Sunset Rundown, Madison CD, 2008
CD3: 3-31-1972 (Los Angeles) 
- Rock My Soul, Madison CD, 2009
CD4: 4-05-1972 (Buffalo rehearsal) 
- Lost On Tour The Sequel, Bilko CD, 1989
- Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 1, Vicky CD, 1990
- Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 2, Vicky CD, 1990
- Between Takes With Elvis, Elvis Unlimited CD, 2003
- Alternative opinion is that the April 5th rehearsal doesn't appear to be combined from several sources rather they appear to be sourced from a tape.
CD5: 4-09-1972 ES (Hampton Roads, incomplete) 
- The Hampton Roads Concert, Triangle CD, 2004
- Elvis On Tour, MGM DVD, 2010
CD6: 4-10-1972 (Richmond) 
- Red-Hot In Richmond, Madison CD, 2008
CD7: 4-14-1972 (Greensboro) 
- A Greensboro Revolution!, Madison CD, 2008 or probably the Triangle Greensboro release because the mix sounds very similar (also it's in mono) thou it has more punch on this release.
CD8: 4-18-1972 (San Antonio) 
- Elvis Close Up, RCA/BMG Heritage CD, 2003
CD9: Bonus Interviews (Los Angeles + Culver City) 
Elvis #1 (3-31-1972) - Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 2, Vicky CD, 1990
Vernon Presley (3-31-1972) - Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 3, Vicky CD, 1990
George Klein (3-31-1972) - Complete On Tour Sessions Volume 2, Vicky CD, 1990
Elvis #2 (7-20-1972) - All That I Am, Mystery Train CD, 2005

Weekly Chart Round-up


UK Charts

  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #9 to #12 on the Official UK Album chart selling 31,179 copies. 
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album is #50 on the Official UK Download chart.
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album is #12 on the Official UK Album Sales chart. 
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album is #11 on the Official UK Physical Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album is #37 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart.
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album is #20 on the Official UK Record Store chart.
  • The “The Wonder Of You” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra climbed from #98 to #71 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder Of You” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #65 on the Official UK Album Sales chart. 
  • The “The Wonder Of You” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #62 on the Official UK Physical Album Sales chart. 
  • The “If I Can Dream” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #96 on the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The “If I Can Dream” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #84 on the Official UK Album Sales chart. 
  • The “If I Can Dream” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic is #62 on the Official UK Physical Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album remained steady at #33 on  the Official UK Vinyl Album chart. 
  • The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" dropped from #11 to #12 on the official UK sic DVD chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #27 to #21 on the Official UK Music DVD chart.
  • The "Long Live The King" is #23 on the official UK Indie Album Chart.
European Charts
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #13 to #19 on the Official Irish Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #13 to #15 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” album climbed from #34 to #31 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder Of You” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra climbed from #88 to #73 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “If I Can Dream” album by Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #89 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The Platinum Collection" is #99 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation is a re-entry at #38 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #79 to #84 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #33 to #25 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #66 to #71 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #79 to #84 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" remained steady at #21 on the Spanish Album chart. 
Canadian Chart
  • On the Canadian Album Top 50 the “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album rises from #35 to #31.
  • On the Canadian Album Top 50 the “White Christmas Album” rises from #47 to #41.
Chart Down Under
  • On the Austrian Album Chart the “Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album rises from #33 to #25.
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" remained steady at #11. 
  • the "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #8 to #7 on the New Zealand Album chart. 
Billboard Chart.

  • On the Billboard Album Top 200 Elvis Presley is listed 3 times: "It’s Christmas Time" at #52, "The Classic Christmas Album" at #120 and "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" at #150.
  • On the Billboard Album Sales Chart "It’s Christmas Time" is listed at #46, "The Classic Christmas Album" at #51 and "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" at #53.
  • On the Billboard Country Album Chart "It’s Christmas Time" is listed at 11, "The Classic Christmas Album" at #18, "The Essential Elvis Presley" at #48 and the Walmart compilation "Ultimate Christmas" at #49. 
  • On the Rock Album Chart the "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #13.
  • On the Christian Album Chart "Ultimate Gospel" is listed at #4. 
  • On the Classical Album chart "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" dropped from #3 to #4 while "Elvis With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Wonder Of You" remained steady at #16
  • On the Holiday Album Chart "It’s Christmas Time" is listed at @12, "The Classic Christmas Album" at #31 and "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" at #34.
  • The "Blue Christmas" is listed at #31 on on the Holiday Song Chart while "Here Comes Santa Claus" is listed at #60.
(Source: Elvis Express / FECC / Elvis Club Berlin / Official Chart Company / Ultrapop / Brian Quin on FECC / The King's World)

December 21 - Rebirth Of Elvis

Three new import releases were announced by the Elvis One label; "Pure And Simple" with Elvis without backing vocals or overdubs, and in the Genre Collection the "Gospel" and "Rock And Roll" alternate takes compilations.  

Details "Elvis Pure And Simple":
It's time for change, in the same style as the albums 'If I Can Dream', 'The Wonder Of You' and 'Elvis Christmas' comes the album 'Elvis Pure & Simple' showcasing Elvis Presley without backing vocals or overdubs, the pure sound of Elvis Presley.
The album contains original masters but also some alternate versions. In most of the studio sessions the backing musicians were there with Elvis and Elvis was singing along with them – yet here these vocals are faded out if they were present. A total of 15 stunning songs! Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information. Just Elvis singing as he did in the recording studio, the pure Elvis without additional accompaniment.

Tracks "Pure And Simple":
Pocketful Of Rainbows - Love Me Tender - Anything That's Part Of You - Fever - I'm Falling In Love Tonight - Blueberry Hill - Lover Doll - Suppose - Young And Beautiful - Met Her Today - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - That's Someone You Never Forget - Where Do You Come From - Is It So Strange - Blue Moon

Details "Gospel" and "Rock And Roll":
Two new titles in the Genre Collection from the Elvis One label; 'Gospel' and 'Rock & Roll". Including original album and single masters, alternate versions, live recordings and home recordings.

Tracks "Gospel"
Intro / Take My Hand, Precious Lord - I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Single Version - Original Mono Mix) - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - Joshua Fit The Battle (Single Version - Original Mono Mix) - Known Only To Him (Single Version - Original Mono Mix) - I Believe - Milky White Way (Single Version - Original Mono Mix) - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Single Version - Original Mono Mix) - Sing You Children (Binaural Unedited Master) - Mansion Over The Hilltop - In My Father's House (Original Mix) - I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (Original Mix) - His Hand In Mine - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Binaural Master) - He Knows Just What I Need (Take 9) - If We Never Meet Again (Original Mix) - Working On The Building - What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live Show Excerpt) - I Asked The Lord (He's Only A Prayer Away) (Homerecording) - The Lord's Prayer (Homerecording)

Tracks "Rock And Roll":
Jailhouse Rock - Blue Suede Shoes - I Got Stung (Original Mix) - Tutti Frutti - Hard Headed Woman - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Take 9) - That's All Right - Ready Teddy - Rip It Up (Take 17) - Long Tall Sally - (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care - Hound Dog -  Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I Need Your Love Tonight - A Big Hunk O' Love (Original Mix) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Take 7) - Blue Suede Shoes (1960 Version / Original Mix) - At The Hop / Que Sera / Hound Dog (Homerecording) - Maybellene (Live - 20.08.1955) - Little Mama (Live - 05.03.1955) - That's All Right (WHBQ Radio - Recreation Of Elvis First Time On The Radio)

Elvis: The Rebirth of the King

The BBC announced a four hour documentary entitled "Elvis: The Rebirth of the King" for December 12, 2017:

"The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that The Vegas Period was the nadir of his career but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak, both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth.


Elvis: Rebirth of The King, tracks this five year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jumpsuits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time!"

(Source: email / Elvis Club Berlin. / FECC)

December 20 - Return of the Dragon

Here ia s new cover for the upcoming JAT Publishing release “Elvis Return Of The Dragon” by Joseph A. Tunzi. The book book which picks up where the previous book "Elvis Enter The Dragon" ends. It contains over 150 unreleased images from Elvis Presley’s 1974 and 1976 concert performances at South Bend Indiana according to the press-release.

(FECC)

December 19 - The 1972 Elvis Experience

Due for release from the Rock 'N' Roll Majesty import-label is the 4 CD longbox "The 1972 Elvis  Experience". As with all Rock N Roll Majesty releases, this set contains us copies of previously released concerts

CD1: January 26, 1972, opening show, Las Vegas, Nevada: previously released on Opening Night 1972, 2001 label, 1997.
CD2: August 11, 1972, midnight show, Las Vegas, Nevada: previously released on Elvis At Full Blast, Fort Baxter, 1995 + The Elvis Summer Festival Continues At Full Blast, Gravel Road Music, 2010.
CD3: August 12, 1972, midnight show, Las Vegas, Nevada: previously released on Hot August Night, Madison, 2008 + One Week In August 1972, Rock Legends, 2015.
CD4: Newly edited bits And pieces from multitrack tapes.


CD 1 - 26.01.1972 O/S:
See See Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - Little Sister / Get Back - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - One Night - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O'Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - American Trilogy - Introductions - I'll Remember You - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Bonus - 03.09.1973 C/S:
Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Softly As I Leave You (Spoken Version)

CD 2 - 11.08.1972 M/S:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman - Proud Mary - Until It's Time For You To Go - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - Little Sister / Get Back - Hound Dog - It's Over - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Way - A Big Hunk O'Love - American Trilogy - Can't Help Falling In Love

CD 3 - 12.08.1972 M/S:
Also Sprach Zarathustra (11.08.1972 D/S) - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - Until It's Time For You To Go - You've Lost That Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - What Now My Love - Fever - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - For The Good Times - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - My Way - American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O'Love - Tiger Man (Opening Only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 4:
"Newly edited bits And pieces from multitrack tapes".

(Source: The Music of Elvis Presley)

December 18 - Auction

It is the season for celebrating, and Graceland Auctions would like to invite you to commemorate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley during the 2018 Elvis Birthday Celebration. January is a time to remember the talented life of Elvis Presley and the many gifts he gave to the world. He shared his musical and acting talents on the stage and screen and showered family, friends and fans with tokens of his kindness and generosity. Graceland Auctions is honored to offer an amazing array of artifacts representing both the skills and selflessness of the king of rock ’n roll. 

With a cornucopia of authenticated artifacts on offer in the auction, we are confident that every collector will discover a treasure or two of interest. Highlights include rings, TCB and TLC necklaces, personal clothing and sunglasses, furniture and decorations from his homes, stage and screen advertising, awards and so much more! There is truly something for each and every collector so please enjoy the treasure trove of Elvis Presley rarities!  

This January 6th “Auction at Graceland” live auction event will be held in the theater at the Guest House at Graceland and everyone is welcome.

Auction highlights include:

Impressive Diamond and Platinum Ring Gifted to Linda Thompson from Elvis Presley, Estimate $30-40,000
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn TCB Necklace Gifted to Dean Nichopoulos, Estimate  $20-30,000 
Elvis Presley’s Grand Prix Chrome "TCB" Sunglasses with "EP" on the Bridge - Gifted to Ed Parker and Shown in His Book "Inside Elvis," Estimate $20-30,000
1954 Elvis Presley Earliest Known Concert Performance Poster - Eagle’s Nest, Estimate $15-20,000
“TLC” Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley to Dr. Nick’s Wife Edna Nichopoulos - Given on the Day He Received His 1970 Ten Most Outstanding Young Men Award, Estimate  $15-20,000
Elvis Presley’s Leather Rocking Chair from the Jungle Room at Graceland, Estimate  $10-15,000
Elvis Presley Signed Title to His Circle G Ranch, Estimate  $10-20,000
Elvis Presley’s Personal Massive Wooden Desk from His Home Office in Palm Springs, Estimate  $10-20,000
Elvis Presley Owned 1922 Colt “Police Positive” .32 Caliber Revolver with Ornate Engraving and Ivory Inlaid Grip by Edward H. Bohlin - Gifted to Tour Promoter Tom Hulett, Estimate  $5-10,000

Additional highlights include artifacts from the Trude Forsher Archive, Jerry Hopkins Archive, Sandi Pichon Collection and several artifacts originally offered in the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction.

Mississippi Arts+Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame

Elvis Presley had the honor of being a part of the inaugural class of The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX)'s Hall of Fame.

The MAX, opening in Spring 2018, will showcase Mississippi’s legacy in every area of the arts, honor Mississippi’s worldwide legends in arts and entertainment, and inspire tomorrow’s artists to follow their own creative passions. 

The 2017 Hall of Fame Class includes Elvis, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Jim Henson, Eudora Welty, B.B. King, James Earl Jones, Leontyne Price, William Faulkner, Walter Inglis Anderson, Morgan Freeman, Sela Ward, John Grisham, Muddy Waters, Jimmie Rodgers, George Ohr, Richard Wright and Tennessee Williams. 

At Saturday's induction ceremony in Meridian, Mississippi, Elvis' friend Bill Morris accepted the award on the King of Rock 'n' Roll's behalf. Bill, a former Mayor and Sheriff of Shelby County, was close friends with the King of Rock 'n' Roll and has shared his Elvis memories during Elvis Week.


Elvis is a member of many Halls of Fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

(Source: EPE)

December 16 - Elvis White Knabe Piano is Back

The famous white Knabe Baby Grand Piano that was originally purchased by Elvis for the home in 1957 was, has been brought back home. The piano can be seen in the mansion's Music Room starting this weekend now restored to its original 1960s-era appearance including the white piano. 

On May 28, 1957, Elvis purchased the piano built by Wm. Knabe & Co. 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. The original Knabe piano was placed in storage in 1968 and was sold in 1976 to Ted Sturges.

(Source: Graceland)

December 15 - Weekend Chart (Updated)

Here are the Official UK Weekend charts:
  • 'Christmas' - Elvis and the RPO is remained steady at #9 on the official UK Album chart. 
  • 'Christmas' - Elvis and the RPO is #27 on the Download Chart; #9 on the Album Sales Chart; #9 on the Physical Album Chart; #37 on the Vinyl Album Chart and #13 on the Record Store Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' is #82 on the Album Sales Chart and #80 on the Physical Album Chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' is #91 on the Album Sales Chart and #87 on the Physical Album Chart
  • 'Long Live The King' is #36 on the Indie Album Chart
  • 'The Elvis Collection' is #11 on the Music Video Chart
European charts
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is #13 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Real Elvis' is #34 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' is #88 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is #13 from #11 on the Irish Album Chart
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" compilation is a new entry at #75 on the Irish Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #42 to #33 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #82 to #66 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #92 to #79 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" compilation climbed from #30 to #21 on the Spanish Album chart. 
The Billboard charts
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album climbed from #66 to #55 on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation climbed from #161 to #113 on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #73 to #139 on the Billboard Album Top 200 chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album climbed from #54 to #45 on the Billboard Album Sales chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation climbed from #72 to #52 on the Billboard Album Sales chart.
  • The “Ultimate Christmas” compilation from Walmart  climbed from #95 to #86 on the Billboard Album Sales chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #27 to #53 on the Billboard Album Sales chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” album climbed from #20 to #11 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Christmas” compilation climbed from #48 to #45 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album remained steady at #11 on the Billboard Country Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation climbed from #24 to #18 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Christmas” compilation climbed from #44 to #41 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” album ris listed at #39 on the Billboard Christian Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation climbed from #24 to #18 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #2 to #3 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” cooperation by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #14 to #16 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album  climbed from #13 to #12 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Classic Christmas Album” compilation climbed from #29 to #28 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #17 to #39 on the Billboard Holiday Album chart.
  • The “Blue Christmas” song dropped from #20 to #33 on the Billboard Holiday Song chart. 
  • The “Here Comes Santa Claus” song climbed from #64 to #62 on the Billboard Holiday Song chart. 
The charts Down Under
  • 'Christmas' - Elvis and the RPO climbed from #8 to #7 on the New Zealand Album chart.
Most Streamed Artists

Amazon Music Unlimited has now revealed its most popular tracks and artists of the year in the UK. The Amazon data reveals the strength of catalogue and heritage artists on the platform, which may well be partly driven by its growing Echo voice control user base. The most streamed songs and artists on Amazon Music Unlimited are listed below:

1. Ed Sheeran2. The Beatles
3. Elvis Presley
4. Coldplay
5. Eminem

(Source: FECC / Official Chart Company / Music Week / The King's World / Billboard)

December 12 - Mike Leech Died

Posted on the late Scotty Moore website is a posting that Mike Leech, member of the The American Sound Studio Band a.k.a. The Memphis Boys, passed away after a long illness on December 12, 2017. 

Sorry to hear and to report of the passing of Mike Leech. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends and family. Mike as you all may remember was a member of the Memphis Boys at American Sound. A bassist, arranger, producer and songwriter he started in Memphis and later moved to Nashville.”

Mike Leech was bass player and arranger at the American Sound Studio. The American Sound Studio Band reigned at the time in Memphis, where Reggie Young, Gene Chrisman, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmon, Mike Leech and Tommy Cowbell played a lot of famous hits like "Sweet Caroline", "Always on My Mind", "Good Time" Charlie's Got The Blues", "Suspicious Minds", "In The Ghetto","Kentucky Rain", and a lot of other hits.

(Source: Scotty Moore’s Website) 

December 11 - Blue Suede Vinyl Re-issues

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

All The Best

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

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

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

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

Suzanna Leigh Died

Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style, has died. She was 72. Her daughter, actress Natalia Leigh, announced her death Monday in a Facebook post. 

"My warrior and my heart died at 5:30PM, on her terms," Natalia wrote. "It was time for JESUS to take her home. The world will forever be a little less light and magical. And my life has now and will be forever changed. I personally died a little today as she was my everything and I will never be the same."

Her agent, Melanie Novy, said that she died in Winter Garden, Florida.

Leigh had been fighting Stage 4 liver cancer since September 2016, and a GoFundMe page had been set up in her name to assist with medical expenses.

In Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Presley romances Judy Hudson, played by Leigh, and along the way sings nine new songs, including "Scratch My Back (Then I'll Scratch Yours)," "A Dog's Life" and "Queenie Wahine's Papaya." 

"Elvis and I were both under contract to Hal Wallis, who was known as the star maker," Leigh once recalled. "I remember the day that Hal said that I would be making my next movie with Elvis. I was an incredible fan of his, and then he said you'll be filming it in Hawaii. Wow. Elvis was a fabulous actor, very underrated by a lot of the conventional theater people."

(Source: Le Chant Du Monde / Amazon / FECC / Hollywood Reporter)

December 10 - Follow That Dream Releases Shipped To Dealers

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

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

(Source: UEPS / Roger Semon)

December 09 - Lovin' Elvis

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

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

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

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

(Source: Amazon / Proper Music)

December 08 - Silver Award (Updated)

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

UK Charts

  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #9 on the Official UK Album chart selling 27,206 albums. 
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #90 on the Official UK Album chart.
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #35 on the Official UK Download Chart; #9 on the Album Sales Chart; #9 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart; #37 on the Official UK Vinyl Album Chart and #16 on the Official UK Record Store Chart
  • The "The Wonder Of You" album is #72 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #69 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "If I Can Dream" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic orchestra is #97 on the Official UK Album Sales Chart and #89 on the Official UK Physical Album Chart
  • The "Long Live The King" album is a new entry at #37 on the Official UK Indie Album Chart
  • The "The Elvis Collection" is #10 on the Official UK Music Video Chart
European Charts
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #12 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Real Elvis" is #40 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is #81 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is #11 on the Irish Album Chart.
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #42 on the Austrian Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is a new entry at #82 on the Swiss Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis Presley - Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #70 to #92 on the Belgian Album chart. 
  • The 20-CD-Box "Elvis – 20 Original Albums" dropped from #23 to #41 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart. 
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" is listed at #30 on the Spanish Album chart.
Charts Down Under
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped from #10 to #11 on the Australian Album chart.
  • The "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD climbed from #31 to #27 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
  • The "Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album dropped remained steady #8 on the New Zealand Album chart.
Canadian Charts

Two Christmas compilations albums with the same title on the Canadian Album chart.

  • The “Elvis Christmas With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album climbed from #77 to #35 on the Canadian Album chart.
  • The “White Christmas” album climbed from #59 to #47 on the Canadian Album chart. 
  • The “White Christmas” album climbed from #67 to #49 on the Canadian Album chart. 
Pontiac Silverdome Demolished


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

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

Reprints Delayed

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


(Source: FECC / Reuters / Elvis Information Network)

December 07 - Straight Arrow Released

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

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

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

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

Details Breakdown In Baltimore 40 Years After Vol. 3

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

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

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

Details Rockin' And Lovin' In Las Vegas

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

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

(Source: FECC)