Classic Movies & Songs Collection: Released earlier this year is the movie and CD package "Classic Movies And Songs". It contains the three movies "Clambake", "Kid Galahad" and "Frankie & Johnny" combined into one package with the "Movie" CD from BMG's "Genre" series. (News, Source: Elvis News)
30th Anniversary Edition Collector: Released on the MBL / AAmc label on November 20, 2007 in France is the 4 CD long-box set entitled "Elvis Presley: 30th Anniversary Edition Collector".
CD 1: Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - Tutti Frutti - That´s All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Good Rockin´ Tonight - I Don´t Care If The Sun Don´t Shine - Milkow Blues Boogie - You´re A Heartbreakter - Baby Let´s Play House - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone
CD 2: Mystery Train - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - I Love You Because - Just Because - Trying To Get To You - I´ll Never Let You Go - Blue Moon - I´m Counting On you - I Got A Woman - One Side Love Affair - I´m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry - Money Honey
CD 3: Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Lawdy, Mis Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Me Baby Left Me - Love Me Tender - Let Me - Poor Boy - We´re Gonna Move - Rip It Up - Love Me
CD 4: When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - Paralysed - So Glad You´re Mine - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - Anyplace Is Paradise - How´s The World Treating You - How Do You Think I Feel - Too Much - Any Way You Want Me (News, Source: Elvis News)
"The King of Rock 'N' Roll" DVD/CD/Book: Released in Germany November 11, 2007 is the DVD / CD / audiobook set entitled "The King Of Rock 'N' Roll". The DVD is region code 2. (News, Source: Elvis News)
ETA in Belgian comic: For what it's worth... Elvis impersonators seem to be everywhere, even in the popular Belgian cartoon 'Kiekeboe' - as you can see by this excerpt from 'Gazet Van Antwerpen'. It's not the first time that author Merho finds his inspiration in Memphis. A few years ago, he took the liberty of using the Lisa Marie Airplane in one of his books. (Almost Elvis, Source: Elvis Matters)
"Elvis A Legendary Performer Vol. 13" release: The Wolf Call label has announced this album.
Track listing: Bossa Nova Baby (Take 2) - Girl Happy (Take 13, Take 4 Of Ending) - He (Monovale Drive, Hollywood 1960 Autumn) - Heart Of Rome (Take 1) - Hi Heel Sneakers (Take 5) - Hide Thou Me (Februar 1966, Rocca Place, Hollywood) - Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 7) - If I Loved You (Februar 1966, Rocco Place, Hollywood) - I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day (Take 9) - O Come All Ye Faithful (Take 2) - Reach Out To Jesus (Unkown Take) - Roustabout (Take 8) - Seeing Is Believing (Unkown Take) - Sound Advice (Take 5) - Spanish Eyes (Duet S. Nielsen April 1974 Palm Springs California) - Speedway (Master) - The First Noel (Remixed Version) - The Sound Of Your Cry (Take 3) - U. S. Male (Take 10) - Whole Lotta Shakin´ Goin´ On (Overdub) (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/EP Gold)
Wednesday 26 December 2007..................................................only 365 more sleeps until Christmas!
XRCD releases in Asia: Released in Asia are the double XRCD editions of the “Elvis Viva Las Vegas” soundtrack and the “The Essential Elvis” compilation.
The Extended Resolution Compact Disc (XRCD) from JVC brings the listener higher fidelity and improved audio quality by enhancing the process of mastering and manufacturing compact discs. All of this is done within the current CD standard, so no special CD player or decoding box is needed to hear the benefit of the XRCD.(News, Source: Elvis News/eBay)
"The Ultimate Elvis Presley": Released in Italy is the 2 CD / book set “The Ultimate Elvis Presley”. Track listing:
CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / Tutti Frutti / Shake, Rattle & Roll / Don't Be Cruel / Rip It Up / Long Tall Sally / Ready Teddy / Heartbreak Hotel / Love Me Tender / Blue Moon / My Baby Left Me / I Won't Be Rockin Tonight / That's Allright / Paralysed / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
CD 2: Money Honey / Mystery Train / Poor Boy / Love Me / How Do You Think I Feel / I Got A Woman / How's The World Treating You? / I Love You Because / I Was The One / I'll Never Let You Go / Baby, Let's Play House / Milkcow Blues Boogie / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Good Rockin Tonight / Just Because. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 4" DVD: Coming in late Spring ......Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 4 featuring over 50 minutes of unreleased footage...from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Everybody Come Along and celebrate 20 years of JAT PRODUCTIONS with this ultimate DVD. Stay tuned as more productions will be coming on this 20th Anniversary year long Celebration. (News, Source: JAT Productions/FECC)
Tuesday 25 December 2007...............................................................It's Christmas time pretty baby!
to all EIN readers and their families
"The Very Best of Love" tin can CD release: This is the cover of the "The Very Best Of Love" tin-can CD which was released by Madacy / SBME Special MKTS (SONY / BMG) on December 18, 2007 and is due for release January 2008 with an additional bonus DVD. The content of the DVD is not yet available. (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Elvis Forever" Limited Edition?: According to the U.K. branch of Amazon BMG will release a limited 2CD edition of the "Elvis Forever" set on January 8, 2008. But the track listing shown will not fit on the two discs this set is supposed to contain. Track Listing:
Disc 1: 1. My Baby Left Me 2. Heartbreak Hotel 3. Blue Suede Shoes 4. Hound Dog 5. Love Me Tender 6. Got a Lot O' Livin' to Do! 7. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 8. All Shook Up 9. Don't 10. Hard Headed Woman 11. King Creole 12. Jailhouse Rock 13. Big Hunk O' Love 14. I Got Stung 15. One Night 16. Stuck on You 17. Too Much 18. Loving You 19. Treat Me Nice 20. I Beg of You
21. Ain't That Loving You Baby 22. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 23. Such a Night 24. Mess of Blues 25. I Gotta Know 26. Kiss Me Quick 27. Little Sister 28. No More 29. I Feel So Good 30. King of the Whole Wide World
31. (Such An) Easy Question 32. Bossa Nova Baby 33. Mexico 34. Witchcraft 35. What'd I Say 36. Kissin' Cousins 37. Viva Las Vegas 38. Ask Me 39. It Hurts Me 40. I've Lost You 41. I Just Can't Help Believin' 42. Love Letters 43. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me 44. Wonder of You 45. Burning Love 46. My Way 47. Blue Moon
48. Money Honey 49. I Got a Woman 50. Tutti Frutti 51. Long Tall Sally 52. Blueberry Hill 53. Mean Woman Blues
54. Your Cheatin' Heart 55. Dixieland Rock 56. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I 57. Lover Doll 58. Doncha' Think It's Time 59. Make Me Know It 60. Fame and Fortune 61. Girl of My Best Friend 62. Lonely Man
63. Blue Hawaii 64. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame 65. Anything That's Part of You 66. Aloha Oe 67. Night Rider 68. Suspicion 69. She's Not You 70. Santa Lucia 71. (It's A) Long, Lonely Highway 72. Please Don't Drag That String Around 73. Memphis Tennessee 74. Little Egypt 75. Do the Clam 76. Indescribably Blue 77. Gentle on My Mind 78. Any Day Now
Disc 2: 1. Fever 2. It's Now or Never 3. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 4. Wooden Heart 5. Surrender 6. Wild in the Country 7. Rock-A-Hula Baby 8. Can't Help Falling in Love 9. Good Luck Charm 10. Return to Sender 11. Your the Devil in Disguise 12. Crying in the Chapel 13. Guitar Man 14. In the Ghetto 15. Suspicious Minds 16. There Goes My Everything (News, Source: Elvis News)
Friday 21 December 2007......only 4 more sleeps ... The Christmas tree is ready, the candles all a-glow..
'Dear Ole Humes - The Humes High Class of 1953' book published: EIN has received this delightful self-published book recalling stories and comments from Elvis' friends and school colleagues. Although this has been locally printed, mainly for Humes classmates, the 160-page book is well worth investigating for people interested in Elvis' very early years. As the editor/author Rose Howell - Klimek notes in the inscription,"The idea of doing a book about the Humes Class of 1953 came to me when I was taking a creative writing class at the University of Memphis and became a goal after I took a statistics class at the University of Tennessee. Although our class is known for having Elvis as a member, it actually was full of special people. During the 50th Class Reunion in October 2003, we had fun talking about the good old days. But, we also realized that out of a class of about 200, more than 50 members were deceased and many more couldn't be located. It became apparent eye needed to rite down our memories soon, or they would be lost forever."
Of course while many students had little to do with Elvis a surprising number tell some wonderful tales. While they are all "small" high-school stories it is their innocence and honesty that makes them so delightful.
For instance from classmate Ann Billie Banks, - "I thought of when the English class read MacBeth. Miss Jennie Allensworth assigned the part of Macbeth to Elvis Presley, who promptly said, "Aw, Miss Jenny, you know I can't read." Of course,
you know who was assigned Lady MacBeth. I was embarrassed about the part and the words I had to read. Nevertheless, we both survived it. Elvis was much better in his role than I was. There was another Elvis memory about 10 years after graduation. I took a group of junior cheerleaders, including my sister Donna, to Graceland. Elvis came out on the porch to greet us, and the cheerleaders did their "Elvis shake" (the old Humes High shake) for him. I had my annual, and he asked to borrow it. When he returned it, he wrote, "To Billie Ann, Many Thanks, from Elvis Presley." when asked, I coyly smile and never tell why he was thanking me."
Of course this book was compiled for the Humes High School families themselves and not for Elvis fans - but perhaps that is what makes it all the more honest and interesting to read.
EIN will publish a full review of this book in the New Year - however if any readers have an interest in getting a copy of the book, please Click Here. Note all monies received for the book will go toward the cost of printing and to charities only. Elvis would approve, in fact I could only think of what fun Elvis would have had reading all these little memories. Go here for more Elvis '53 stories and information (News, Source; EIN/Gansky)
Thursday 20 December 2007........only 5 more sleeps until you'll be popping those Christmas crackers!
"Elvis The Biography (Book Review): The first serious Elvis biography (Elvis A Biography) was published in 1971. Reaching the top of numerous best seller lists around the world, Jerry Hopkins biography of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was irresistible reading for millions of Elvis’ fans and those simply wanting to understand more about the 20th century‘s pre-eminent cultural icon. It was followed in 1980 by a sequel (Elvis The Final Years), completing the remaining years of Elvis’ extraordinary but flawed life. The 2007 edition of Elvis The Biography combines revised editions of the earlier two volume biography and adds new material advancing the Elvis story to the sale of EPE in 2005 to entrepreneur, Robert Sillerman.
Read EIN's review of arguably the definitive one volume Elvis biography
Tuesday 18 December 2007........only 7 more sleeps until that jolly old man in a red jumpsuit arrives
"Elvis, Sherlock & Me" (Book Review): Michael Hoey's account of growing up, working in, and meeting the stars of Hollywood is a wonderfully rich memoir and history of the film business covering the decades from the 1940’s to the present. Hoey deftly weaves among illuminating anecdotes about the industry and at times revealing profiles of some of its biggest stars including Elvis (Hoey wrote the screenplay for six of Elvis' films). There are two chapters about Elvis including some great anecdotes and interesting insights!
Throughout his memoir, Hoey maintains a colorful picture of a vibrant, multi-layered “Tinseltown” from its golden years to the, in its own way, equally fascinating culture of contemporary filmmaking. Hoey's prose evokes dazzling images of the dramas, highs and lows, and stars of a magical industry which occupies the minds, bookshelves and DVD collections of most people. Elvis, Sherlock & Me will appeal to both Elvis fans and lovers of film. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Elvis DVD boxset: (G.I. Blues - Blue Hawaii - Roustabout - Paradise Hawaiian Style - Fun In Acapulco - King Creole - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Easy Come, Easy Go)
Release date August 7, 2007
Region code: 2
Elvis At Sun Records: Two disc DVD & CD. Release date November 12, 2007
Region code: 2 (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/EP Gold)
Two new Elvis fan magazines out this month: Elvis Unlimited's Christmas issue ElvisNews #101 from Denmark features news, reviews plus interviews with Elvis security staff Dick Grob and Sam Thompson. From France 'Elvis My Happiness' fan club magazine #62 is out with a great cover photo. Printed in French, the magazine includes reviews, news plus new interviews with the TCB Band from their 2007 European tour.
(News, Source: Various)
Saturday 15 December 2007........................only 10 more sleeps ... Here comes santa claus.....
M.R.S 'Elvis New York Sessions' Album at the centre of UK Copyright Row: According to Billboard, U.K. distributor Cargo Records has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley release after Sony BMG Music Entertainment in the U.K. sent out a letter threatening legal action. In one of the clearest signs to-date of Sony BMG's tough policy of enforcing the copyright of its vintage Presley works -- even though some sound recordings have become part of the public domain -- the music major put pressure on Cargo to withdraw the release, "New York: RCA Studio 1: The Complete Sessions." Sony BMG disputed that a handful of outtakes on the album, which was released by Memphis Recording Service, were public domain.
Cargo now won't touch the Memphis release, and the CD has no support from traditional retail outlets. An executive with the distributor, who declined to be identified, described the Sony BMG letter as a "warning" of further action to come. "To save us the risk of legal action, we decided we wouldn't distribute the item,"
the Cargo executive adds. Memphis Recording Service director Joseph Pirzada told Billboard.biz
that he responded on behalf of Cargo on three occasions since the letter was received five or six weeks ago, but heard nothing in response. "I've not received a letter, an email, or any telephone calls. I told Sony BMG they were wrong, and that the outtakes on the CD were recorded before June 1, 1957. Which means it is in the public domain." He adds, "I'm not worried and I haven't been worried," and notes that his company continues to sell the product. But he admits Sony BMG's action had "thrown a spanner in the works."
A Sony BMG spokesman declined to comment in depth on the issue, other than to confirm "that we are in correspondence with them" on the matter. The spokesman adds, "it is our policy to keep close scrutiny on any third parties who are thinking of releasing Elvis recordings assuming them to be in the public domain when they may in fact not be." Memphis Recording Service became headline news in the summer when its
Presley release "My Baby Left Me" entered the Official U.K. U.K. Singles Charts at No. 19, becoming the first out-of-copyright recording to be a U.K. Top 40 hit. The song was originally recorded by Presley in 1956, so entered the public domain on Jan. 1 2007.
Despite furious lobbying from the music industry, the U.K. government recently backed the Gowers Review, which recommended the copyright term for sound recordings should remain at 50 years. The "My Baby Left Me" single was meant to set-up the launch of the now-disputed "New York" sessions album, says Pirzada, and has since sold 20,000 copies worldwide, about half of which came in the U.K. with the single sold exclusively through HMV. The Cargo-M.R.S relationship remains in tact. "We still distribute the label and other titles," says the Cargo executive, "and we will distribute the title next year when the 'offending' material is removed from the product." Pirzada says M.R.S will relaunch the product in February. "They put a spanner in the works for us before Christmas," he says. "All its done is delay us for few weeks." The new version with a release date of 25 February 2008 is now featured on the Cargo Records Web site. (News, Source: EIN/Billboard)
'Rock Back The Clock' new CD update: The "Straight Arrow" label will release a 2CD-set at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK". It will be a special release of Elvis' infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan. The producers are aware that this concert was previously issued from another source, but in the case of this release they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK". The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system.
The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds.
We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape"...is, what else - "professionally remastered" and of course - with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16-page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The "Straight Arrow" label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous "Straight Arrow" CD releases (See 'Pieces Of My Life'), then you know what to expect in design and sound quality. This new 2CD-set will contain a 24 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, the sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The "Straight Arrow" team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release! Tracklist: CD-1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Monologue #1 (Elvis splits his pants) - 05. Love Me - 06. Tryin' To Get To You - 07. And I Love You So - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. One Night - 12. You Gave Me A Mountain - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Monologue #2 (Elvis leaves the stage to change suit) - 15. Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D. Sumner & The Stamps). Approximate running time: 43:35 CD-2: 01. Band Introductions - 02. What'd I Say - 03. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 04. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 05. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin - for the very last time on stage with Elvis) - 06. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 07. School Day - 08. My Way (with break) - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Monologue #3 / New Year Countdown - 11. Auld Lang Syne - 12. How Great Thou Art (with reprise of the finale) - 13. It's Now Or Never - 14. America (The Beautiful) - 15. Monologue #4 (Elvis thanks / Introductions of Charlie Hodge, Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley) - 16. Hound Dog - 17. Wooden Heart (part only) - 18. Can't Help Falling In Love - 19. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Bonus tracks: 20. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #1 (Seattle, WA, April 26, 1976, 8:30 P.M.) 21. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #2 (Atlanta, GA, June 05, 1976, 8:30 P.M.) Running time: 42mins - Total time: 85mins (News, Source: S.A)
"Elvis The Originals" CD release: The cover art of "The Originals" budget compilation which is due for release February 11, 2008.
This 2 CD compilation on the Performance label contains 47 originally recorded remastered tracks. (News, Source: EP Gold)
"Welcome Home Elvis" Special 2DVD release: The Frank Sinatra "Welcome Home Party" will be re-issued on January 14, 2008 by WHE Europe Limited as a 2 DVD Box-set.
The bonus contains the "Elvis In Germany" DVD with a 32 page booklet. (News, Source: EP Gold)
"Elvis Presley - The Music And The Legend" 4DVD set: Edgehill Publishing will release the 4 DVD Box-set "Elvis Presley - The Music And The Legend " on February 18, 2008. The total running time is 210 minutes. (News, Source: www.amazon.co.uk/www.elvisnews.com/www.epgold.com)
'King of the Road'- Tennessee OK's new Elvis plate: Elvis Presley will take to the highways in February when the new Elvis specialty license plate is expected to be ready for distribution through the Tennessee Revenue Department. The plate was first proposed in 2005 and took two years to gather enough buyers and work its way through the state approval process as a fund-raising tool for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and its Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center. Spokesman Michael Scruggs said about 1,160 Tennesseans ordered the specialty tags, exceeding the minimum order of 1,000 plates needed to justify production. The Med will receive about $20 of each $35 specialty license fee, while hoping to increase sales of the plate once they go on sale in February. The plate features a classic Elvis pose from a photograph taken during a 1955 concert in Tampa, just before the release of his first No. 1 hit 'Heartbreak Hotel' in 1956. The plate becomes one of more than 150 specialty plates in production in Tennessee. The most popular is a "Friends of Great Smoky Mountains" plate. (News, Source: Commercial Appeal)
Wednesday 12 December 2007..............only 13 more sleeps.... Well, It's Christmas time little baby...
EPE 2007 Fan Club Presidents CD: This is the nice looking cover to the 2007 Christmas Elvis Fan Club Presidents CD. It features Elvis 1966 recording 'If Every Day Was Like Christmas'. These rare official CDs are always a favourite for collectors.
(News, Source: Joseph Krein)
Mucho "Love" releases from Elvis in 2008: 'Very Best Of Love' a new CD/DVD on the Madacy Label has been announced for Jan 15th 2008 release no details are however supplied. Also available for pre-order is a CD called "Mucho Love" on the USA Fania label. Although featured on other websites, EIN knows that this label specialises in Latin musicians and Salsa music (such as the great Celia Cruz) so the CD is very unlikely to feature Elvis! (News, Source: CD Universe)
'Elvis Presley - From His Roots' DVD CD release: A 3CD boxset along with an additional DVD entitled "Elvis Presley - Rock And Roll Royalty" is to be released December 7, 2007. Called 'Elvis Presley - From His Roots' this compilation was originally released in 2004 as a BMG 3CD Boxset. It contains 3CDs with 12 tracks on each, representing The 50s, The 60s and The 70s.
(News, Source: Various)
New live Orion CD released: A new live recording of Jimmy Ellis aka "Orion" has been released by Dradco Records. Live At The Pigeon Forge Grand Hotel contains a professionally recorded concert from July 5th 1986 with one of the best Elvis-soundalikes ever. Many will probably remember him as the masked singer that created headlines in the late seventies / early eighties when he recorded for Sun Records. Jimmy performs a great set of songs from his own career and also covers from famous country artists and of course some Elvis songs. The CD comes with an 8 page full colour booklet with many rare and unreleased photos of Jimmy, memorabilia and an informative text about his career during this period. A fun note for the Elvis fans are that D.J Fontana's son David played drums on this recording. Go here to EIN's fascinating Spotlight about Jimmy "Orion" Ellis.(News, Source: ElvisUnlimited)
Tuesday 11 December 2007........................only 14 more sleeps.... here comes Santa Claus...
M.R.S 'My Baby Left Me' to Enter into Guinness Book of World Records: Joseph Pirzada received a call today informing him that the UK M.R.S CD Single release of ‘My Baby Left Me’ released in August 2007 only through HMV Stores is to enter into the 2009 Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. This is on the basis that it took nearly 52 years from the time it was recorded to be a hit. This is the longest time it has taken any recorded song to become a chart hit. The MRS single release of ‘My Baby Left Me’ entered the UK chart at #19 and has since sold over 20,000 copies. Go here for EIN's review of the single.(News, Source:JP)
'A Wild Weekend in Huntsville! - Volume Two' new CD: The Madison label will release their latest CD featuring the June 1, 1975 Huntsville afternoon show soundboard recording in January 2008. From their press release: The previous matinee performance in Huntsville was one of the best from this tour, and this one is as good if not better. The sound quality is also superior to the first volume with a fresh, dynamic, lively rocking sound. This show was possibly the longest recording from this May/June '75 tour, none of the concerts were recorded in their entirety. They started to record over one minute before the start of 'I Got A Woman/Amen' and ends with the very last note of 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. The show was completed for your listening pleasure. There were two songs previously released from this June 1, 1975 AS performance, and for the very first time the complete performance will be available on CD.
This new outing from Madison will come with the usual professionally designed 16-page full color booklet, relevant liner notes and photographs from the actual performance that afternoon in Alabama. If you enjoyed the first volume then don't miss out A Wild Weekend in Huntsville! Volume Two. Tracklist: 1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 2-C.C. Rider * 3- I Got A Woman/Amen 4- Love Me 5- If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 6- Love Me Tender (with false start) 7- All Shook Up 8- Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 9- The Wonder Of You (with false start) 10- Heartbreak Hotel* 11- Burning Love 12- Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band 13- Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) 14- Drum Solo (Ron Tutt) 15- Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) 16- Piano solo (Glen Hardin) 17- Introductions by Elvis 18- School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) 19- Release Me* 20- T-R-O-U-B-L-E 21- Why Me Lord? 22- How Great Thou Art 23- Let Me Be There 24- Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) 25- Little Darlin' 26- Can't Help Falling In Love 27- Closing vamp/announcement *. All tracks previously unissued except (*) 10, 19 and Tracks 1 (Murfreesboro, May 6) 2 (Murfreesboro, May 6 -> first 3:28 only) 27 (Dallas, June 6) Total Time = 65:44 EIN Note: The best of Elvis' Huntsville performances were included on FTD's excellent 'Southern Nights' CD, go here for EIN review.(News, Source:FECC)
'Elvis: The Man And His Music' December issue #78 out now: If you are interested in Elvis' music and in-depth articles this is the essential magazine for you. This issue features a rare 1965 Elvis Interview from Graceland, Interview with 'Tickle Me' co-star Ed Faulkner and Keith Flynn's 'It Takes One To Know (Take) One - Part 4' all about the peculiarity of Elvis' multiple takes and releases. The magazine also contains a fascinating article 'The Way It Was In Ottawa, April 3rd 1957' with an interview with Arni May who played drums when Elvis visited Canada, plus a fascinating 1987 Colonel Parker interview along with CD, DVD & Book Reviews. Go here to purchase and for more information.
(News, Source EIN)
No Upstairs footage of Graceland on the new DVD: Updating yesterday's news item which said that the new Graceland DVD "will not only show the downstairs part of the mansion, but also the upstairs", Todd Morgan of EPE now admits that "The new tour DVD does not include any footage of the upstairs of Graceland Mansion and there is no intention at all to suggest otherwise." Sadly it was only the bathroom of the racquetball building that was being referred to. The only way to see Graceland Upstairs footage is still via the documentary movie 'This Is Elvis' which was re-released this year. (News, Source: Various)
'If I Can Dream' McFarlane new figurine: The United E.P. Society have announced that this new McFarlane "Elvis Gospel" figurine will be released in March 2008. Based upon Elvis' 'If I Can Dream' 1968 performance it actually looks much better than most other Elvis figurines.
(News, Source: The United Elvis Presley Society)
Elvis Matters fan-club magazine Volume 19 out now: This 68 page full-colour edition printed in Dutch contains news, reviews and articles on the club's US trip, the European Tour of the TCB Band, Joe Esposito, Elvis jumpsuits and more. The magazine also features interviews with Richard Moreno who did security for Elvis in the Hilton and Ron Feuer who played the keyboard for Elvis at that and other venues.
(News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Monday 10 December 2007........................only 15 more sleeps until Santa comes to town!
Alan Hanson talks to EIN: Elvis' tours in 1957 were his last before entering the Army. Alan Hanson, author of Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours recently sat down to talk with EIN about this incredible year in the Elvis story.
In his stimulating and highly informative interview, Alan discusses what is in his critically acclaimed book, the height of Presleymania and the controversy around it, the Nudie Gold Suit designed for Elvis, why the Montreal concert was cancelled, the little known concert Elvis did essentially for military personnel and a lot more about Elvis on tour in 1957. (Interview, Source: EIN)
Friday 7 December 2007.............only 18 more sleeps until Santa comes down your chimney!
"High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited"- An audio sensation: As announced last month, Elvis’ possibly best concert in 1976 from Birmingham December 29th is about to be released from soundboard - and for the first time in Stereo! This is an upgrade from an old import favorite ‘Burning In Birmingham’. Many hardcore fans however have been recently disappointed by other re-issues with so-called ‘audio upgrades’ and have told us that they had just wasted their money. So EIN called AUDIONICS to see if they can justify their new claims – and we were very impressed with what we heard.
With a chance to compare the new ‘High Voltage 76’ with our old beloved ‘Burning In Birmingham’ playing side-by-side, it’s like chalk and cheese. It sounds much better than the audio improvements on both re-releases ‘Shaking Up The Great Lakes’ and ‘One Night Only’. For a start it is pretty impressive stereo, which is not easy to do with a binaural tape. No wonder they feature the two original tracks at the end for comparison! Audionics have achieved this with the best possible audio engineering hardware and software - this is no "home made job"! (You know who you are, ‘Legendary Performers Volumes 100’ etc"). Over 150 studio hours have been spent on this re-master, whereas the old bootlegs would often take only 3 hours of studio time. Audionics also promise that they are cleaning up even the smallest glitches, clicks and audio dropouts! Although I loved the original ‘Burning In Birmingham’ it did have a lot of background audio hiss and the sound spectrum was pretty flat and dead, especially when compared with Elvis’ dynamic performance.
"I Sing My Own Kinds": The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle January, is titled "I Sing My Own Kinds" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 10, 1971 Dinner Show + part of the Midnight Show. As everybody knows SR concentrates its work on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to always produce unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his ability. In this our eighth release, we are proud to present two very rare shows, one complete and part of the second to give you a more complete view of the day. Three songs from August 10th dinner were already present as bonus on the first SR release “Trying to Get to Memphis” here you have the possibility to listen the complete concert. Elvis' love of singing is clear in these tapes and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to them.
The Dinner show from August 10th, as presented on this CD, represents just one of the best shows of the season. If we look closely at the early Vegas act of August 1971 we can see that Elvis concentrates on the music to produce great shows. Elvis singing straight to the audience without pauses or jokes, the performance is solid and rough; the basic track listing is presented superbly. Songs like Proud Mary, You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling or Polk Salad Annie never sounded better; Elvis is still dynamic on stage especially in songs like Suspicious Minds. He presents the best of his repertoire from the last two years. The only new song is the single I’m Leaving, heavily promoted during all of 1971 and sang until 1974.
The man looks, sings and moves in a great way. Elvis is still performing at the height of his ability despite the presence of the golden cage of Vegas and the mediocre management, Elvis is still into his music. His focus, the attitude and his relationship with the music are still evident which enables him to deliver a great show. This level remains throughout the season These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is very good considering the season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure. For the second time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the August season and some informative liner notes.
Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 1.15-02. That's All Right Mama 2.33-03. Proud Mary 2.57 -04. Jailhouse Rock 1.43-05. You Don't Have To Say You love Me 1.59-06. You've Lost that Loving Feeling 4.23-07. Polk Salad Annie 5.18-08. It's Over 2.22-09. Love Me 1.34-10. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' 1.30-11. Heartbreak Hotel 1.37-12. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 1.52-13. Love Me Tender 2.36-14. Hound Dog (false starts) 2.47-15. Hound Dog 1.11-16. Suspicious Minds 5.46-17. Band Introduction 2.02-18. Mike Stone' introduction 1.13-19. I'm Leaving 3.22-20. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 1.29-21. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5.35-22. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.43-23. Closing Vamp 0.23 TIME 57.24
Bonus tracks: 24. That's All Right, Mama 2.43-25. Proud Mary 3.16-26. Jailhouse Rock/Amen 2.45-27. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2.07-28. You've Lost The Loving Feeling 4.29-29. Polk Salad Annie 4.25-30. Johnny B. Good 1.58 TIME 21.86
Approximate Total running time: 79.10 (News, Source: FECC)
The Memphis Flash: Recently released in the U.K. is a budget compilation containing 30 early performances entitled “The Memphis Flash.
Track listing: One Sided Love Affair / My Baby Left Me / Love Me / Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be) / I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone / I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine / So Glad You’re Mine / I Was The One / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / Paralyzed / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / How Do You Think I Feel / I’m Counting On You / Mystery Train / I Forgot To Remember To Forget / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / I Got A Woman / Trying To Get To You / Money Honey / Shake, Rattle And Roll / You’re A Heartbreaker / Long Tall Sally / We’re Gonna Move / Just Because / Ready Teddy / Milkcow Blues Boogie / Tutti Frutti / Good Rockin’ Tonight / How’s The World Treating You / Baby Let’s Play House (News, Source: Elvis News)
Thursday 6 December 2007......only 19 more sleeps until your Elvis stocking is a rockin' and a rollin'!
New MRS release to outdo “Inside Graceland”:After a series of stunning releases, the MRS group is hard at work on its latest project, “Elvis’ Graceland – The Way It Was”.
This time it is a high quality, coffee table hardcover book showcasing images of Elvis’ beloved mansion, Graceland. EIN is told that the book will contain hundreds of pages and many hundreds of rare and/or previously unpublished photographs all from original negatives and transparencies, including visuals of not only the mansion, but Elvis, Linda Thompson, Elvis’ cars, the Trophy Room, even the bedroom.....and a lot more.
The book will continue the MRS tradition of providing fans high quality releases at an affordable price! The release date for “Elvis’ Graceland - The Way It Was ” is yet to be finalized. More details shortly.
(News, Source: MRS)
New photo book from Japan: The Japanese music critic and journalist Yoshiji Kizaki has joined forces with the Japanese Elvis fanclub. The result is a 100 page picture book with over 200 black-and-white photos and 6 color shots, focussing on the press conference of November 20th at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the three shows in Honolulu on the 17th and 18th of November – the so called “pre rehearsal shows”. Due for release in mid January 2008. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Wednesday 5 December 2007
"Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" ABC TV soundtrack release: This is the tracklist and cover art for the ABC "Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" soundtrack CD. The ABC TV special is nominated for an Emmy Award and also a Golden Globe in the category "Best Editing For A TV Documentary". The CD features six Elvis originals and seven tracks by other artists. The release date is first week January 2008.
Tracklist: 1.Jailhouse Rock - Miranda Lambert, 2.Suspicious Minds - Daughtry, 3.Love Me Tender - Chris Issak/Brandi Carlile, 4.Mystery Train - Toby Keith/Joe Perry, 5.Peace In The Valley - Faith Hill, 6.Love Me - Norah Jones/The Little Willies, 7.Viva Las Vegas - Bruce Springsteen, 8.Mystery Train - Elvis, 9.Love Me Tender - Elvis, 10.Love Me - Elvis, 11.Peace In The Valley - Elvis, 12.Jailhouse Rock - Elvis, 13.Viva Las Vegas - Elvis, 14.Suspicious Minds - Elvis, 15.Looking For Elvis - Patti Scialfa. Click here for EIN's review of the TV programme.(News, Source:Various)
'Inside Graceland' out next week: Elvis Unlimited's upcoming book 'Inside Graceland' will be published next week. Last week EIN previewed 6 photos showing how different many of the rooms were at Graceland back in 1975 when Elvis lived there. Here are another 4 pictures of Linda Thompson posing in various places inside and outside the house. Inside Graceland is a 112 page full-colour book that takes the reader back to the winter of 1975. It features over 100 never before seen pictures of the Ludwig XV style red carpet living room, piano room, foyer and dining room. Also great photos of the kitchen, the jungle room, the TV room, the pool room, the trophy room and even upstairs rooms at the racquetball building. Click here to pre-order from Elvis Unlimited:GO HERE for full images.
The 2007 UK Single Charts: Next week the 2007 'Elvis The King' singles campaign ends with the final re-release 'Burning Love'. This week the penultimate release 'An American Trilogy' entered the UK singles chart at number 12, making it the highest new entry for the week. Unfortunately none of the 2007 singles have managed to reach the top ten. The highest entry being 'Suspicious Minds', released on the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death getting to chart position #11. Somewhat of interest is that 'Viva Las Vegas' actually charted higher in 2007 making # 15 when it only reached number 17 back in 1964.
English websites suspect that the lower chart positions are due to a large number of fans buying the complete box-set, released this month, rather than purchasing each single individually. EIN however believes that the inclusion of downloads into the British charts (the teenage preferred way of buying music) better reflects the modern era but at the same time also stops the chart impact that was a feature of the of "collectability" effect of the 2005 singles. UK chart positions of the 2007 singles.
Heartbreak Hotel - not eligible; Suspicious Minds-11:: Blue Suede Shoes-13:: Hound Dog-14:: Party-14; Don't-14 Hard Headed Woman-15:: King Creole-15:: A Big Hunk O' Love-12:: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck-16:: If I Can Dream-17:: Viva Las Vegas-15:: In The Ghetto-13:: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me-16:: Always On My Mind-17:: An American Trilogy-12:: (News, Source:EIN/Elvis.co.uk)
'Christmas With Elvis' new CD: In association with with Platinum Legends, Sony/BMG in the US release yet another Elvis Christmas CD featuring the regular 15 tracks. A similar Hallmark version was announced months ago.
(News, Source: Barry McLean)
Sunday 2 December 2007
'She Is The King: Comeback' new CD released: Female ETA 'She Is The King' brand new CD released on iTunes and in shops now. Describing the album as "My personal tribute to the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen" the CD features the classic hits: Viva Las Vegas, Bossa Nova Baby, Burning Love along with lesser appreciated songs such as My Boy, Long Black Limousine and I’ve Lost You. The entire project took about 18 months. EIN's personal favourites are 'Clean Up Your Own Backyard' (a great 'live in the studio feel'), and an outstanding version of 'I've Lost You'. Full EIN review soon.
Interested fans should watch this video interview with the Herald Sun newspaper including video clips. Plus you can read EIN's She Is The King in-depth interview with EIN here.
Fans in Sydney do not miss out on SHE IS THE KING official debut album launch when she is joined by Australia’s top Elvis tribute artists Paul Fenech, Danny Tupelo and Elias2Elvis for a one-off exclusive concert, ELVIS LIVES (The 30th Anniversary Tribute) at the Roxy, Parramatta Sunday December 16th. Go here for more concert information. ( News, Source:EIN)
'It's Now Or Never' Robert Gordon/Chris Spedding CD review: Robert Gordon doing Elvis Presley sounds like a natural. People have been asking for it since Robert's Private Stock days, but Robert was always afraid of being tagged another "impersonator". Over the years, he has sporadically done Elvis covers, and they served as tantalising glimpses of what we could expect from a Robert Gordon "Elvis" album. EIN contributor Arjan Deelen spins the CD to see if Robert Gordon can really cut it on this new tribute to Elvis.
'ELVIS Viva Las Vegas': BMG CD review: While BMG’s 'The King' was the key focus of this year's BMG Elvis marketing blitz, the real highlight for true fans of The King had to be this fantastic double CD. From the concert opening, "Well, It's One for the money, Two for the show" through to the smart finale of "Well, I gotta go.." Elvis sings his heart out to a fine set-list, displaying a real enthusiasm for his oldies as well as showing off his new material. As a double package featuring a brand new 1969 concert with Elvis at his most energetic, along with a superb selection of greatest live hits in pristine audio quality - Who could ask for more 30 years down the track? EIN's Piers Beagley cranks it up, rocks with The King and discovers exactly why every Elvis fan must buy this CD. (CD Review, Source: EIN, November 2007)
'From Jailhouse To Graceland - The Complete 1957 Recordings': new 2008 CD: A new CD with a 14 Jan 2008 release date from the Xtra music label. 2007 saw a plethora of Elvis 1956 "public domain" CDs swamping the market. Can we expect 2008 to bring us the same number of 1957 re-releases? The publicity states "Original recording remastered" but what is their source material as they certainly don't have the studio Master tapes. If it is BMG's recent Kevan Budd re-issues (ie the 'Loving You' FTD) then there could be troubles ahead as the UK public domain issue heads into legal murkiness.
The laugh is of course that their CD is NOT by any means "The Complete 1957 Recordings" as the Christmas Album songs are missing along with tracks like 'Is It So Strange', 'One Night' etc plus 'How Do You Think I Feel?' and 'Hows The World Treating You?' were 1956 songs. It's pathetic exploitation - Where's The Colonel?! - (Go here forcomplete list of 2007 Elvis CD releases)
Tracklist: 1. Jailhouse Rock 2. All Shook Up 3. Party 4. Teddy Bear 5. Treat Me Nice 6. Too Much 7. You re So Square(Baby I Dont Care) 8. Got A Lot O'Livin' To Do 9. Don't Leave Me Now 10. Hot Dog 11. Mean Woman Blues 12. Blueberry Hill 13. I Want To Be Free 14. How Do You Think I Feel? 15. I Need You So 16. Take My Hand Precious Lord 17. Peace In The Valley 18. Lonesome Cowboy 19. Hows The World Treating You? 20. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? 21. True Love 22. Young & Beautiful 23. Loving You (News, Source:EIN)
Friday 30 November 2007
HIGH VOLTAGE - Birmingham '76 Revisited: As Recorded live from mixing desk in Birmingham, Alabama, Jefferson Coliseum, on December 29, 1976.
The two leading import labels have now joined forces, and are proud to present the first results of this very special partnership, a strictly limited edition release of the classic December 29th , 1976 concert in Birmingham, Alabama, under the title "High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited".
Some of you may recall that this concert was originally released in mono on “Burning In Birmingham” back in ’98, and that it quickly became a firm favorite. In fact, many fans preferred this show over the legendary Pittsburgh concert from two nights later, as Elvis’ performance in Birmingham was far more relaxed and authoritive, and particularly Elvis’ intense reading of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was a great surprise to many.
For this reissue, we worked directly from the first generation DAT, and we were able to make significant audio improvements. After a long and painstaking process of repairing and enhancing the original binaural recording, we were able to mix it down to genuine stereo, thus ensuring a much more satisfying listening experience. Originally, the left channel consisted of all the vocals and nearly all of the instruments, while the right channel featured the (isolated) keyboards. To give you an idea of how the tape originally sounded in binaural, we added two bonustracks “as recorded”.
This release is neatly packaged in a 16-page full color booklet with ultra-cool design, relevant liner notes and a collection of stunning pix taken during Birmingham show.
'Audionics / 2001' hope that this special joint-production will satisfy all those fans who have been clamouring for a reissue of this much sought-after title. A great deal of care and thought went into this release, and we promise you that the improved sound will blow you away. In a time where you constantly see bugball labels ripping off classic titles with cheesy equalizer-jobs, it’s becoming harder to do quality releases, but we will continue as long as you want us to. The original 2001 people want to thank everybody for their loyalty, and add that, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!”. And with this little gem of a CD, she finally has a good reason to sing with joy. This CD is scheduled for late December release.
Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Early Mornin' Rain (complete) - 14. What'd I Say - 15. Johnny B. Goode - 16. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 19. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day - 22. Funny How Time Slips Away - 23. Hurt (with last part reprise) - 24. Hound Dog - 25. For The Good Times (with false start, last live version) - 26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (last live version) - 27. Unchained Melody (Elvis at the piano) - 28. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30.Closing Vamp. All tracks mixed to stereo.
Bonus tracks in original binaural sound - as recorded: 31. You Gave Me A Mountain - 32. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (last live version). (News, Source: Email)
Status of DVD release of "Elvis On Tour": Recently Elvis Australia asked EPE for comment on a possible DVD release of the only outstanding Elvis film yet to be so released. EPE's Todd Morgan replied:
"Elvis: That's the Way It Is, Special Edition was very successful. There's no truth to any rumor to the contrary. There's also no truth to the rumor that Warner Brothers has cancelled their plans for the release of Elvis on Tour on DVD. We should see that come along from them in a couple of years or so. Until Warner Brothers is ready to share more details publicly, we aren't at liberty to say anything more regarding what they have let EPE know about their plans so far.
We have suggested to Warner Brothers on several occasions the possibility of their someday licensing to EPE the Elvis, That's the Way It Is and Elvis on Tour footage for us to produce special additional DVD releases or partnering with us on such special releases as Andrew Solt did with us on last year's Elvis/Sullivan DVD set. Nothing like that is actually in the works with Warner and EPE at this time, but it remains open for consideration in our ongoing and very good relationship with Warner Brothers. In whatever scenario it might happen, we just hope there will be special additional DVD releases of material from the two Elvis MGM concert films."
EIN Comment: Having spoken with officials in Warner Bros (WB) at the time of the original release (2001) of Elvis That's The Way It Is (SE) (ETTWI) we were informed sales were below expectations. This should be considered in the context of the money invested by WB in a Special Edition release. In 2007 (and with ongoing reissue of the DVD) the release should now be in profit.
Had ETTWI sold more than respectably on original release, logically you would expect the organisation to, by now, have also released Elvis On Tour.
New book - Inside Graceland: A special addition to the “Inside” series from Elvis Unlimited (EU) will be a book titled Inside Graceland. It will be released in early December 2007. EU says:
Inside Graceland is the book that every Elvis fan has been waiting for.
Inside Graceland bring you on a pictorial journey back to the time when Elvis Presley - the biggest entertainer in the history of popular music lived in the mansion.
What you can find on the 112 pages of never before seen pictures is that the foyer, the living room, the dining room and even the jungle room has changed a lot since Elvis died. What you will see here for the fist time in print is the red Ludwig XV style rooms that were installed in 1974.
More than half of the pictures were shot in 1975. Elvis’ girlfriend from 1972-75 Linda Thompson takes the photographer on a tour through the house. The rest of the pictures were shot after August 1977, with several of them right after Elvis died and around the time of the opening of Graceland.
The pictures in the book are from the collection of the mega Elvis collector Sherif Hanna. The well informative text in the book has been written by Megan Murphy. You will also find quotes from well know persons like Linda Thompson, Sandi Miller, Larry Strickland and others.
Apart from the unique pictures the book is also filled with quotes from the people who were there in the 1970’s.
Don’t miss this unique chance to travel back in time and visit Elvis’ home in the 1970’s. Welcome inside Graceland! (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited)
Elvis, The King Of Rock 'N' Roll(30 Hit Performances And More) - Region 2 DVD release in Japan on 8 Jan 2008. Note: All region release of Elvis #1 Hit Performances already available in Japan. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
Elvis, Very Best Of Love (+ Bonus DVD): Combo CD + DVD due for release from Madacy in US and Japan on 11 December. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
The Holiday Collection Package: This is the complete "Holiday Collection" package released by BMG Canada on November 13, 2007 containing Elvis' original 20 Chritmas songs as well as 10 additional sacred performances in a collectable tin can. (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)
DVD reissue: The DVD "The Legend Lives On" will be re-issued on January 21, 2008 in the UK. It contains several of Elvis early television appearances, some clips from movies like "Treat Me Nice" from Jailhouse Rock and clips for "My Baby Left Me", "Trying To Get To You" and “Blue Moon” made with photo stills and various footage.
Also included are tributes by Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins and unfortunately an impersonator (Rio) too. (News, Source: Source: Play/Elvis News)
....still no word on the release of this film on DVD. First Look Studios continues to show it as "now available" but without a link for purchasing the DVD....
New Christmas CD in China: Many thanks to It's Elvis Time for this artwork and news:
First of all, as everyone can see, this may be the most attractive promotional cd package that Sony/ BMG China has released! Well, actually it's not out yet but will be in early December. It is interesting because, since the Chinese don't celebrate Christmas but do enjoy gospel songs, they have titled this a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Very odd but who cares as it's a REAL BEAUTY! Rumors are that there are some alternate takes and outtakes on this although it is not known how many and if they have already been issued.
Tracklist: Reach Out To Jesus; How Great Thou Art; Rock My Soul; Lead Me, Guide Me; Let Us Pray; In The Ghetto; Joshua Fit the Battle; Mansion Over The Hilltop; I'm Gonna Walk them Golden Stairs; True Love Travels On A Gravel Road; Follow That Dream; Somebody Bigger Than You And I
Elvis Straight Up! series discontinued: The Elvis Straight Up! series has been officially discontinued. The topics reserved for Elvis Straight Up! will from this point on be incorporated into the Celebrate Elvis series.
For more information about Celebrate Elvis or how to obtain a copy visit:
"Celebrate Elvis Volume 2" released: Darwin Lamm advises:
I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the long awaited and highly anticipated Celebrate Elvis Vol.2 is now available. In this edition Joe Esposito has answers some of the following questions.
What Really Happened?
Reporter: Is it true that Milton Prell was the front man to the Detroit Mob, who secretly controlled Elvis, through the Colonel, by way of his gambling debts?
Ask Joe: How did the Elvis and Priscilla wedding rings show up for an auction sale? Joe, how could Priscilla do this?
Ask Joe: Joe, what was up with that jar of peanut butter we can see Elvis holding when he was coming out of a building before heading towards a waiting limo? Was that a regular habit of his?
The answers to some of these questions are quite revealing.
Celebrate Elvis Vol.2 incorporates all of the insights from Joe Esposito along with interviews with fans from all over the world. Starting with Vol. 2 Celebrate Elvis will now include topics that were originally reserved for the discontinued Elvis Straight Up series.
Elvis pays tribute to the blues: Released on the Saga Blues label on November 22, 2007 is the 2CD "Blues Vs. Rock And Roll - Elvis Pays Tribute To The Blues". It contains tracks from artists (CD 1) which were later recorded by Elvis (CD 2).
CD 1 - Various Artists: That's All Right (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup) - Good Rocking Tonight (Roy Brown) - Milk Cow Blues (Kokomo Arnold) - Baby Let's Play House (Arthur Gunter) - Mystery Train (Junior Parker) - My Baby Left Me (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup) - Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton) - Tutti Frutti (Little Richard) - I've Got A Woman (Ray Charles) - Money Honey (Clyde Mcphatter & The Drifters) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) - Shake (Rattle And Roll (Big Joe Turner)
CD 2 - Elvis Presley: That's Alll Right Mama - Good Rockin' Tonight - Milk Cow Blues Boogie - Baby Let's Play House - Mystery Train - My Baby Left Me - Hound Dog - Tutti Frutti - I Got A Woman - Money Honey - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Shake (Rattle And Roll) (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
Double Features DVDs: This is the cover art for the Paramount double feature DVD sets "Blue Hawaii / Paradise Hawaiian Style" and "King Creole / G.I. Blues" which will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2008. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
Wednesday 21 November 2007
January 2008 FTD will be "Wild In The Country": The Follow That Dream label will release the “Wild In The Country” soundtrack in the classic albums series in early January 2008. As usual it will be in the 7” digipack format, with a booklet.
Due to the number of songs recorded for the movie, this will be a single disc release. All tracks have been remixed and remastered for this release and sound truly beautiful according to the FTD newsletter.
Original Soundtrack: 1. Wild in the Country 2. Lonely Man 3. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell 4. In My Way 5. Forget Me Never 6. Lonely Man (solo) 7. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell (low key)
Artwork opposite is indicative only
Outtakes 8. Lonely Man (take 1) 9. Wild in the Country (takes 1,2) 10. Wild in the Country (takes 10,11)
11. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell (takes 1,2,3) 12. Lonely Man (solo, take 1) 13. In My Way (take 1) 14. Forget Me Never (takes 2,1) 15. Lonely Man (take 4)16. Lonely Man (solo, takes 2,3) 17. In My Way (take 2) 18. In My Way (takes 4,5,6/8) 19. Wild in the Country (takes 12,13) 20. Wild in the Country (take 14) 21. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell (takes 7,8,9) 22. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell (take 11) 23. Lonely Man (takes 6,7,8) 24. Lonely Man (takes 11,12) 25. I Slipped I Stumbled I Fell (takes 14,15,16) 26. Wild in the Country (take 16) (News, Source: Follow That Dream)
Zero Tolerance For (Public Domain) Bootlegs: Ernst Jorgenson, driving force behind the ‘Follow That Dream’ releases, leaves no doubt about zero tolerance for bootlegs. In the latest FTD newsletter to FTD sellers he writes:
"Unfortunately Sony BMG’s legal department has informed us about several of you selling illegal records, and apparently there is more to come. As the guilty ones know, it’s both unpleasant and expensive to be caught, and for the future there will be a ”no tolerance” policy. Any customer getting in trouble with the authorities on this issue will automatically be dropped by FTD.
One of the key reasons for the development of FTD was to give the fan clubs legal product to sell in order to substitute the sales of bootlegs that escalated in the nineties. Not only are these illegal activities potentially hurtful to your business, but they also put the whole future of FTD in jeopardy.
We have heard many absurd excuses over the years for selling product that wasn’t legal (Czech republic releases is just one example), but all of you are experienced Elvis dealers, and it is your responsibility to know if the product you are selling is legal or not. As some will know, the so-called P.D. releases in many instances are not P.D. at all. Original masters recorded AND released more than 50 years ago are public domain (free for all), but masters and outtakes released within the 50-year period are not automatically P.D. Selling illegal P.D. recordings is exactly the same as selling bootlegs. Don’t let yourself down!!" (News, Source: Follow That Dream /Elvis News)
EIN Comment: The loss of royalties due to bootleg product is a serious issue. However, as is being mentioned on the various Elvis messageboards, there is apparently an element of hypocrisy in the FTD statement.
Tuesday 20 November 2007
Remix versions of Baby Let's Play House geared to youth market!: As mixed views of the latest Baby Let's Play House remixes are discussed on the various Elvis messageboards, EIN congratulates the remixers who have produced pulsating, bass infused mixes which should appeal to many in the youth market. In particular, EIN liked the remix by Glen Vincent.
However, we'll leave the last words to one of the iconic identities of the Elvis world, Tallhair2 (aka Ger Rijff), who posted this message on the FECC board:
'Is Elvis or Rock n Roll sacred? Listen to what Sam and the boys did to Monroes Blue Moon Of Kentucky, way back in 54?! The weeping vocals and tiny mandolin heard on the original were blasted away by electric guitar and gutso vocals. Or the version of Blue Moon, from Broadway musical to... yes, to what exactly? It was so different! I felt good when at a school party, years ago, I watched my son and other 8 year olds jumping up and down to ALLC in the class room! And I hope, with Play house, kids once again will party to this remix, and if some will afterwards remember the singer was one Elvis Presley, than thats 2 bonus points. My son is 13 now. Elvis is never discussed in class.... He's not part of their lives. Of course not! Sinatra wasnt part of mine when I discovered Elvis in 57...! So let the remixers do what they want, and let the kids decide if it rocks! Its ONLY entertainment after all. Nothing more, nothing less.' (Comment, Source: FECC)
"You Ain't Ain't Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog" CD: Another new audience CD release is "You Ain't Ain't Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog" from July 29th, 1976 Springfield, Mass.
Here the tracklisting: 2001 Theme / See See Rider/ I Got A Woman / Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me Let Me Know / You Gave Me A Mountain / Help Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Jailhouse Rock / America The Beautiful / Polk Salad Annie / Elvis introduces his band / Love Letters / Hail, Hail Rock & Roll / Hurt - repeat / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love (News, Source: FECC)
"Elvis Presley: The Life and Times of the King" book release: Due for release from Taschen Publishers in the Movie Icons series is the 192 pages book "Elvis Presley: The Life and Times of the King" by F.X. Feeney (Author), Paul Duncan (Editor). The languages available are German, French and English (ISBN-10: 3822823236 / ISBN-13: 978-3822823231)
Synopsis (The New York Times Book Review): Elvis Presley would have been the first to laugh at the mad, godlike status he attained after death, but he would have surely identified with the human, gospel-haunted need such adoration rises out of. He shared that need, and courted it. He could sing and move with a spellbinding violence and grace. Yet his nature was also marked by a startling passivity - an eerily contented lack of ambition at his essence that kept him from growing after his first fiery years of success. That early fire still burns, nevertheless, and his mythical figure remains an omnipresent fixture today.
In "The Movie Icon" series, people talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, "Taschen" shows you. "Movie Icons" is a series of photo books that feature the most famous personalities in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.More bang for your buck! "...a fast-food, high-energy fix on the topic at hand." (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk /Elvis News)
Elvis Viva Las Vegas: Official Soundtrack: Announced on Amazon as a release for January 8, 2008 is a CD entitled "Elvis Viva Las Vegas: Official Soundtrack". No other details available yet. (News, Source: Amazon.com/Elvis News)
''Elvis - Greatest Hits Volume Two'' CD: A new Import CD entitled ''Elvis - Greatest Hits Volume Two'' will be released soon. This is reminiscent of the original volume one released by RCA with a similar artwork. The compilation is aimed to Collectors, and pressed in very limited quantity.
Track listing: 1- My Boy 3:02 ( undubbed master ) ; 2- When I'm Over You 3:31 ( unedited undubbed master ) ; 3- Steamroller Blues 3:01 ( Memphis, TN March 16, 1974 AS ) ; 4- It's Midnight 3:13 ( Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1974 CS ) ; 5- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:05 ( Macon, GA April 24, 1975 ) ; 6- For The Good Times 3:03 ( Richmond, VA April 10, 1972 ) ; 7- I Just Can't Help Believin' 4:56 ( rehearsal, July 24, 1970 ) ; 8- Little Sister 1:55 ( Alexandria, LA March 30, 1977 ) ; 9- America The Beautiful 2:12 ( Charlotte, NC March 20, 1976 ) ; 10- Make The World Go Away 3:36 ( undubbed ) ; 11- Patch It Up 3:33 ( rehearsal, August 10, 1970 ) ; 12- Hurt 2:09 ( Johnson City, TN March 17, 1976 ) ; 13- Down In The Alley 2:08 ( rehearsal, August 16, 1974 ) ; 14- And I Love You So 2:25 ( West Palm Beach, FL February 13, 1977 ) ; 15- Just Pretend 3:38 ( rehearsal , July 24, 1970 ) ; 16- It's Now Or Never 2:16 ( rehearsal, July 29, 1970 ) ; 17- Never Been To Spain 3:25 ( Richmond, VA April 10, 1972 ) ; 18- Loving Arms 2:52 ( undubbed master ) ; 19- Suspicious Minds 5:15 ( rehearsal, July 24, 1970 ) ; 20- Return To Sender 1:56 ( Hampton Roads, VA August 1, 1976 AS ) ; 21- That's All Right 1:48 ( Memphis, TN July 5, 1976 ) ; 22- I'm Leavin' 3:15 ( Boston, MA November 10, 1971 ) ; 23- Polk Salad Annie 4:30 ( Las Vegas, NV February 1970 ) ; 24- Love Letters 2:34 ( San Francisco, CA November 28, 1976 ) 25- Unchained Melody 2:25 ( Montgomery, AL February 16, 1977 ) Running time 76:55 (News, Source: EP Gold)
Saturday 17 November 2007
'The Essential Elvis Presley‘ vs ‘The King’:Two very similar double CD Elvis ‘Greatest Hits’ compiles were released by BMG in the first half of 2007. Continuous release of these same old compiles is exactly why The Beatles & Garth Brooks garner so many recognised "RIAA Gold Sales" and dominate Elvis in the gold sales statistics - when of course Elvis in absolute total must have sold more. EIN wonders if everyone in BMG/SONY marketing is related to Colonel Parker as they still continue to flog the same old horse. If ever there was a prima-facie case of BMG/RCA pumping out too much of the similar Elvis product, then the releasing of ‘The Essential Elvis Presley’(40 Greatest tracks) within a few months of their 30th Anniversary "key" marketing release‘The King’(52 Greatest hits) must be exhibit number One. EIN's Piers Beagley investigates.
'The Essential Elvis Presley': CD review: Released by BMG/SONY at the start of 2007 in order to add Elvis to Sony's "Essential" artist series. With the overall packaging, sleeve notes, good photos and the "a little different" track selection 'The Essential Elvis Presley' can be rated as a fine companion to their series. The audio sparkles and the CDs present a good, if brief, look at Elvis’ musical legacy. However as always there is more to consider and wonder about when it comes to marketing Elvis' greatest hits. (CD Review, Source: EIN, November 2007)
'The King': CD review: Released by BMG/SONY as their 30th Anniversary Elvis "key" marketing release , one would have hoped that some thought and inspiration could have been used by their Project Directors. But why bother? - Of course, due to the timing and marketing ‘The King’ became an international number One – and so why should fans complain? As always there is more to consider and wonder about when it comes to marketing Elvis' greatest hits - and you get the feeling that BMG/SONY will be laughing all the way to the bank with this one. EIN's Piers Beagley investigates. (CD Review, Source: EIN, November 2007)
Quality import labels unite to release reissues: The quality import labels Audionics, 2001 and Fort Baxter announced to join forces to produce several limited edition re-issues from their classic bootleg catalogue. These upgraded re-issues will be remastered with a new additional booklets. This way fans won't have to buy rip-off re-issues. The CDs will be released under the coproduction labels "Audionics / 2001" and "Audionics / Baxter".
Titles announced for re-issue are: "Burning In Birmingham", "A Hot Winter Night In Dallas", and Elvis' March 22, 1975 midnight show (from the "A Profile - The King On Stage" Box 2 set). The first title should be available before the end of this year as "High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited" the other two titles should be available early 2008. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Baby Let's Play House 2007 remix: The classic "Baby Let's Play House" has been remixed and will be released in Europe as a single on December 10, 2007. The mix is already available on iTunes, and will be released on CDvinyl, a special compact disc playable in a normal CD player but also by a traditional 33rpm turntable. The packaging of this original Elvis Presley CDvinyl, will also be very special and will resemble that of a 12" vinyl.
Baby Let's Play House - Radio Edit
Baby Let's Play House - Extended Version
Baby Let's Play House - Original Version
Baby Let's Play House - Ringtone
Baby Let's Play House - Video Clip
The video is already available on YouTube (News, Source: Elvis News)
Book Description: When in June 1968, clad in black leather, a nervous Elvis Presley made his television "Comeback Special", Alan Fortas was one of the five friends asked to be on stage with him.
Fortas ultimately spent nearly twelve years working for Elvis, having been asked to join his fraternity of bodyguards and close buddies that came to be known as "The Memphis Mafia" back in 1958. He lived, travelled and played hard with Elvis during that time, watching Elvis become increasingly disillusioned with the endless stream of movies he was forced to act in, saw him become increasingly reliant on drugs, and witnessed Elvis's colourful sex life.
The only other memoir of Elvis that can offer such genuine inside knowledge and intimacy is Elvis and the Memphis Mafia, by three other members of his bodyguard fraternity, which Uncut magazine acclaimed as "the best Elvis book written to date", and which Aurum has already re-published and seen reprint four times.
Now it re-issues Alan Fortas' book, which has been out of print for over ten years. Written in collaboration with Elvis authority Alanna Nash, who also collaborated on Memphis Mafia and wrote the definitive biography of Elvis's sinister manager, Colonel Tom Parker, it is a must for every Elvis fan.
About the Author: Alan Fortas subsequently worked as an investment banker in Memphis, and died in 2004. Alanna Nash is the acclaimed author of The Colonel, a biography of Colonel Tom Parker (also published by Aurum, 978 1 84513 025 1), and co-author of Elvis and the Memphis Mafia. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
New double album pack: Many thanks to Barry McLean for the following artwork:
Friday 16 November 2007
No plans for official DVD release of "Elvis On Tour": Despite all the rumors that are flying around on the internet and specialized Elvis sites, there are no plans for a DVD-release of the 1972 rocumentary “Elvis On Tour”.
EPE’s spokesman Todd Morgan has just clearly given their view on the matter. Elvis Presley Enterprises is willing to work together with Turner/Warner, but there’s no project in the pipeline for now.
Therefore, and for the time being, “On Tour” will only be available on homevideo, not on DVD – let alone a DVD with a bonus disc and unreleased footage. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Elvis 2007 CD Releases update: As we head towards the end of 2007 EIN has logged 23 official BMG/FTD Elvis releases this year - and around 43 bootlegs CDs. Amazingly this large number does not include the multiple budget fifties releases, official and public domain, that have also flooded the market.
Thirty years after Elvis' death more than one Elvis CD has been released for every week of this year! It's enough to make one's head-spin - especially as Elvis only released around 70 official albums in his lifetime. How many have you purchased this year?
Elvis Presley The Official Holiday Collection: Many thanks to Barry McLean for the images of this new 3CD set from Sony BMG:
From Jailhouse to Graceland: Due for release from Xtra Records on January 8, 2008 is the CD "From Jailhouse To Graceland - The Complete 1957 Recordings". (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk/Elvis News)
"The King of Rock and Roll" CD: Released October 19, 2007 on the Forever Gold label is the budget CD "The King Of Rock And Roll" featuring the now standard budget compilation content. (News, Source: Amazon.com/Elvis News)
"The Beginning of Rock 'n' Roll" boxset: Elvis graces the cover of a ten CD box featuring hits from Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other artists who contributed to the birth of Rock And Roll. This CD was released October 1, 2007 on the Weton label. (News, Source: Amazon.com/Elvis News)
Tuesday 13 November 2007
MRS release another winner!: The MRS organisation has done it again. Its Elvis Presley New York RCA Studio 1 The Complete Sessions DVD/CD/book (digipack) package is chock full of sublime audio, visual and narrative treats.
"And if they'd only known what was about to happen, most of the big brass RCA would likely have keeled over from heart attacks." (from the 'Elvis Presley New York RCA Studio 1' book)
The CD offers remastered and restored by Real Bouwman from high quality 24 bit/94k resolution!!! The album features 11 Master tracks, Elvis interviewed by Don Davis, and 24 intriguing session takes. The music is glorious, at times resonating with the searing power and energy of rock 'n' roll's King and at other times beautifully tender.
The recordings range from Blue Suede Shoes and Anyway You Want Me to Tutti Frutti, Don't Be Cruel and So Glad You're Mine. Also in the mix is Hound Dog, My Baby Left Me, One Sided Love Affair and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry Over You; and when supplemented by 12 takes each of Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Shake Rattle and Roll listening is an absolute aural delight.
The CD also includes three bonus tracks: My Baby Left Me and So Glad You're Mine performed by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup; and Hound Dog from Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys.
The DVD-Audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital features the same tracks (bar the three bonus tracks) as the CD, remastered in high quality 24 bit 96 kHz sound accompanied by rare photographs. For those who have experienced the earlier DVD-Audio releases from MRS you know the very high quality on offer. For those who haven't experienced DVD-Audio this is your opportunity to listen to Elvis as you've never listened to him before!!!
The 68 page book features strong design and high quality paper stock. There are many rare photographs from the famous Alfred Wertheimer Elvis Archives as well as some from the Joseph A. Tunzi Archives; archival session material; and a blow by blow account of Elvis' recording process in the studio.
The visuals are a stunning mix of b&w and color including a knock-out color shot - watch the female fans swoon (page 13) and a hauntingly expressive double page b&w image (pages 56-7).
EIN will publish a full review of Elvis Presley New York RCA Studio 1 The Complete Sessions shortly.
Monday 12 November 2007
New JAT book announced: JAT Productions next project right after Elvis In Tickle Me will be a book titled Elvis - Portraits. Celebrating twenty years of JAT Productions this special project will be a hardback ALL COLOR BOOK. This new book is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008. (News, Source: FECC)
New unofficial CD release: From the makers of "The Lord is my Shepard", Tigerman Anthology series, new Legendary performer and other releases comes "Springtime Elvis".
Here are the details:
Springtime! is a new CD release from a new label: Memphis. The CD contains a newly remastered soundboard recording of the Elvis Presley show, April 10, 1972 (from the original Elvis On Tour mastertapes) and Elvis recorded live at Eddie Fadal's home in Waco, Texas, May 27, 1958. Both recordings are for the first time available in this quality! The cd release with the Texas homerecording recording was very poor.
SONGS: SOUNDBOARD RECORDING - ELVIS RECORDED LIVE IN RICHMOND, APRIL 10, 1972 1. See See Rider 2. Proud Mary 3. Never Been To Spain 4. You Gave Me A Mountain 5. Until It's Time For You To Go 6. Polk Salad Annie 7. Love Me 8. All Shook Up 9. Bridge Over Troubled Water 10. Love Me Tender 11. It's Over 12. Introductions of musicians and backup vocalists 13. For The Good Times 14. An American Trilogy 15. Elvis Walks & Talks 16. Funny How Time Slips Away 17. Can't Help Falling In Love 18. End Theme 19. Elvis has left the building / souvenir announcement
HOME RECORDING - ELVIS RECORDED LIVE IN WACO, TEXAS, MAY 27, 1958: Elvis - Anita Wood - Eddie Fadal - Janice Fadal 20. I Understand Just How I Feel 21. Dialogue 22. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 23. Dialogue 24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) 25. Dialogue 26. Who's Sorry Now 27. Who's Sorry NOw 28. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 29. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 30. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 31. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 32. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 33. Dialogue 34. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds 35. Baby Don't Ya Know 36. Tomorrow Night 37. Tomorrow Night (by Elvis) 38. Little Darlin' 39. Monologue 40. Just A Closer Walk With Thee. (News, Source: FECC)
New Elvis line: There's no end to the creativity of the marketing department of Graceland, it seems. We already had Elvis coffee, Elvis sweets, Elvis wine and Elvis barbecue sauce - but here's the brand new Elvis Hot Chocolate. Available in two flavors (for now): milk chocolate with a creamy taste, and a blend of vanilla and caramel flavors. Packed in 10 oz. containers. (News, Source: Elvis Matters/EPE)
STAR´PROUDLY PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE 2007 SEASONS´ GIFT: Elvis- The Definitive Christmas Collection.......and favourite spirituals. This new box set has been sent out last week Friday and is now in stock at the dealers!!! 3 CDs - 70 tracks!! Christmas and Spiritual masters, outtakes, live songs and many more rare recordings!
1 DVD - 20 clips!! With 'Star' you know you´ll get THE VERY BEST brand new VIRTUAL Christmas and Gospel clips!
Hear and see Elvis sing ´If Everyday Was Like Christmas´ and many others!! Never before seen, this will bring your holidays to a higher level!! FREE ELVIS CHRISTMAS CARD!! - Only available in this box set. Limited Edition Only. PRICE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL SET: ONLY 20,00 EURO ! (and that's a present already).
Shown opposite: Boxset cover
TRACKLIST: CD 1: Elvis´ Christmas Message / I´ll be home for christmas ° White Christmas ° Here Comes Santa Claus ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ° Peace In The Valley ° Blue Christmas ° Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me ° O Little Town Of Bethlehem ° Silent Night ° Known Only To Him ° If Everyday Was Like Christmas ° In The Garden ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ° Where No One Stands Alone ° Mama Liked The Roses ° O Come, All Ye Faithful° The First Noel ° An Evening Prayer ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ° Winter Wonderland ° A Thing Called Love ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ° It Won´t Seem Like Christmas Without You ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( master)° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ° If That Isn´t Love ° If I Get Home On Christmas Day ° Merry Christmas Baby ° Silver Bells ° I´ll Be Home On Christmas Day( take 10, remake )
TRACKLIST: CD 2: Blue Christmas ( live, 1968 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 11 ) ° It Wont Seem Like Christmas ( take 6 ) ° Silver Bells ( take 1) ° Oh Holy Night/The First Noel ( remix ) ° A Thing Called Love ( take 1 ) ° I´ll Be Home On Xmas Day ( take 3 ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( unedited complete master ) ° Santa Claus Is Back In Town ( live, 1968 ) ° Where No One Stands Alone ( spliced take )° Life ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( takes 1,2 ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 4 ) ° The Wonderful Wold Of Christmas ( unedited master ) ° If I Get Home On Xmas Day ( take 1 ) ° We Call On Him ( take 5 ) ° Listen To The Bell ( informal recording) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1975 ) ° Winter Wonderland ( undubbed master ) ° How Great Thou Art ( take 4 ) ° I´´ll Be Home On Christmas Day ( take 9, remake )
TRACKLIST: CD 3: Mama Liked The Roses ( undubbed master take 10 ) ° O Come ,All Ye Faithful (extended version ) ° Merry Christmas Baby ( overdubbed ) ° Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees ( take 8 ) ° Known Only To Him ( spliced take ) ° I´ll Be Home On X,as Day ( take 2, remake) ° On A Snowy Christmas Night ( remix ) ° It Won´t Seem Like Xmas ( take 3 ) ° Silver Bells ( remix, take 2 ) ° You´ll Never Walk Alone ( take 2 ) ° Stand By Me ( take 10 ) ° Somebody Bigger Than You And I ( take 15 ) ° I´ll be Home On Christmas Day ( take 4, remake ) ° Blue Christmas ( live, 1977 ) ° Auld Lang Syne ( live, 1977 ) °
BONUS TRACKS: The Elvis Christmas Medley ( unreleased ) ° The Wonderful World Of Christmas ( vocal overdub ) ° If Everyday Was Like Xmas ( demo, sung by Red West ) ° Silent Night ( sung by Lisa- Marie ) ° Jingle Bells / White Christmas ( informal SUN recording, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet) (News, Source: EP Gold)
"When All Was Kool" CD release: This is a new limited edition album from the Mystery Train label with original & alternate recordings. Interesting album artwork and PICTURE DISC. Appears to be a reissue.
That's When Your Heartaches Begin (1953 version)
That's When Your Heartaches Begin (1956 version)
Elvis In Canada (Radio broadcast, April 4, 1957)
Live In Toronto : Heartbreak Hotel (part one)
Toronto Teenagers talk about Elvis
Heartbreak Hotel (part two) (April 2, 1957)
About the EP show
Elvis talks to Mac Lipson in Ottwawa (April 3, 1957)
How Do You Think I Feel (Sun Studio rehearsal - Scotty Moore, Johnny Bernero, Elvis - Date unknown)
Radio Promo June 3rd, 1956 concert in Oakland, California
Elvis live at the Milton Berle show
Complete & unedited Elvis performances
(April 3, 1956, San Diego, California)
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Blue Suede Shoes
Radio spots for March of Dimes (January 2, 1957)
Elvis talks to "happy " on NBC (Late 1956)
Million Dollar Quartet radio spot
I Shall Not Be Moved (with Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins)
"Blue Christmas" ringle: Here is the cover art for the "Blue Christmas" ringle which is due for release on November 20, 2007 from Sony. Other ringles available are "Love Me Tender" and "Suspicious Minds".
Track listing Blue Christmas
1 Blue Christmas
2 Santa Claus Is Back In Town
3 Blue Christmas
4 Blue Christmas (News, Source: Amazon.com /Elvis News)
Ancestors of "Elvis Aaron Presley" 50 Generations The Unofficial Genealogy: Lorina Bolig has written a terrific book about Elvis' ancestors - tracing his genealogy back a very impresive 50 generations!
EIN will shortly publish our review of what is a very different Elvis book, but one all Elvis historians will want to have in their library. (News, Source: Lorina Bolig)
New CD boxset with booklet & posters: Elvis Presley The Lowdown commemorates the short life but huge impact of Elvis on a 2 CD set, and features rare interviews - many previously unpublished - undertaken with the man himself throughout his career, and a full spoken word biography and audio celebration of Elvis's life.
Packaged with the collector in mind the set features two booklets with rare photos, two inner slipcases and two Elvis posters! Released by Video Music, Inc. last month. (News, Source: eBay/Amazon)
This collection of wonderful performances by the King of Rock 'n' Roll showcases 15 of his #1 US and UK hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, concert films and television specials - from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career - this is Elvis at his best.
See Elvis perform "Heartbreak Hotel," his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single's release. Marvel at his Ed Sullivan Show performances of "Hound Dog" and (from the waist up only) "Don't Be Cruel." See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, "Can't Help Falling in Love," and sing and dance in one of rock music's all-time greatest production numbers, "Jailhouse Rock." Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of "Suspicious Minds" and in Hawaii performing a version of "Burning Love" for a global television audience and many more from film and TV.
Press Release "Elvis ...A Generous Heart" DVD: October 30, 2007-Ventura, CA-Following the great success of the DVD Elvis Presley…From Beginning To End, the Collector’s Edition Volume 2 has arrived-Elvis A Generous Heart. Elvis’s accomplishments as an entertainer have been well documented and they continue to be with an endless stream of music and live performances.
Because of his popularity long after his death, new material is continually unearthed and created to fill the demand. Marshall Blonstein, president of Morada Music, the parent company of Tangiers Entertainment, and his creative team have put together a new and unique and never before seen perspective on Elvis.
The media unfortunately prefers to focus on sensationalism and all the negative things stars do. Elvis A Generous Heart focuses on the King’s charity to organizations, friends, and total strangers. Everyone knows that Elvis was the most successful entertainer in the world. We have heard of all the riches he attained because of that success.
Little has been reported about what a great man he was and the way he freely shared his wealth, his “generous heart”. Elvis loved to make people happy; he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, jewelry and cars away just to see people light up.
This revealing DVD takes you through the history of Elvis from being a poor sharecropper’s son with little more than basic daily subsistence to the most beloved, wealthy and famous entertainer in the world. Even though he reached such great heights, he remained a humble country boy always ready to share his love and treasures with friends, family, and even complete strangers. There are many reasons the world mourned his death back in 1977 and it was more than for the joy he brought to people in live performances, movies and recorded music. Many of the unknown events include the legendary Aloha From Hawaii concert in 1973 that raised more than $75,000 for cancer research and in 1964 Elvis purchased the FDR presidential yacht and donated it to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, who in turn raised $55,000 for research upon its sale. People who were the closest to Elvis do in depth interviews on the DVD to tell some now celebrated and new stories of his generous heart.
Elvis A Generous Heart is a wonderful tribute to an artist that recorded timeless music that remains as popular today as when it was released. His stature as performer on stage, in the studio and in films remains unrivaled. Thanks to this DVD so does the man’s generous heart.
Contact: Marshall Blonstein
Company: Audio Fidelity
Address: 870 East Front Street, #3, Ventura, CA93001
"Rock Back The Clock" says Straight Arrow: The "Straight Arrow" label will release a CD at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" (SA 2007-8-02). It will be a special release of Elvis’ infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan.
The producers are aware that this concert was previously released from another source but in the case of this release, they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK".
The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system.
The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds.
We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape"…is, what else - "professionally remastered" and of course – with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16-page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The “Straight Arrow” label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous “Straight Arrow” CD releases, then you know what to expect in design and sound quality.
This new CD will contain a 20 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The “Straight Arrow” team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release!
Tracks: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - Monologue (Elvis split his pants) - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - And I Love You So - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - Heartbreak Hotel - One Night - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis left the stage to change the jumpsuit - Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D Sumner & The Stamps) - Band Introductions - What'd I Say - Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin - for the last time with Elvis on stage) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - My Way (with break) - Love Me Tender - Monologue / New Year Countdown - Auld Lang Syne - How Great Thou Art (with last part reprise) - It's Now Or Never - America (The Beautiful) - Elvis thanks / Introduction of Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley - Hound Dog - Wooden Heart (part only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. (News, Source: FECC)
New Elvis books in Canada: Due for release in Canada is the book "Elvis Presley, Le Livre Des Trésors". This book by Robert Gordon and Anne Bleuzen comes with a CD containing ten original interviews. The publisher is K&B, the release date December 1, 2007 (ISBN-10: 2915957339 / ISBN-13: 978-2915957334).
The illustrated paperback biography by Collectif has been translated from the German to the French language ("Elvis Presley: La Biographie En B.D.") and will be published by Petit à Petit on November 19, 2007 (ISBN-10: 284949111X / ISBN-13: 978-2849491119).
Announced for March 2008 is the book "Elvis Presley (Reliure Inconnue)" by F. X. Feeney (Auteur) and Paul Duncan (Direction). The 192 pages book will be published by Taschen in the French, German and English langueage (ISBN-10: 3822823236 / ISBN-13: 978-3822823231) (News, Source: Amazon.ca)
"Elvis - Blue Suede Collection" DVD boxset: This is due for release in the USA on 27 November. The 8 films in the set are: Elvis That's The Way It Is; This Is Elvis; Jailhouse Rock; Viva Las Vegas; Girl Happy; It Happened At The World's Fair; Kissin' Cousins; Live A Little Love A Little.(News, Source: Amazon)
Special Editions of Comeback Special & Aloha for release in Japan: The single disc Special Editions of these TV specials will be released by Sony BMG in Japan on 21 November. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
"Love Me Tender" DVD re-issue in Japan: Fox will re reissue Elvis' first feature film, Love Me Tender, in Japan on 21 December. (News, Source: Elvis World Japan)
Synopsis: Since his death in 1977 Elvis Presley has become an even greater cultural icon than when he was making records and consuming deep-fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches.
IN SEARCH OF ELVIS sees Charlie Connelly set off on a journey to discover what makes Elvis so significant today and how his spirit is being kept alive more than half a century after he changed popular culture for ever.
Charlie's odyssey takes him to Finland to meet an academic who performs Elvis songs in long-dead languages - while wearing a kilt; to Canada to find the orthodox Jewish Elvis tribute artist, Schmelvis; to Scotland to get fitted out with the Presley tartan; and culminates in Memphis, where Charlie stays at the Heartbreak Hotel (which is at the end of Lonely Street) and records a song in Sun Studio, the very room where Elvis arguably invented rock'n'roll. Hilarious yet informative, and written with Charlie Connelly's customary wit and charm, this book will appeal to Elvis fans of all ages. (News, Source: Amazon UK)
Saturday 27 October 2007
"What'd I Say" error on new single: Apparently the the "Viva Las Vegas" re-issue single contains the wrong version of "What 'd I Say". The original B-side contained the 1964 version of "What'd I Say" and not the 1970 version from the Platinum box set as the preview copy our reader received contained. What happened to quality control? (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Studio Stars Collection" DVD: This is the cover art of the Elvis Presley DVD box set in the "Studio Star" series from Fox. This set is due for release November 19, 2007.
Synopsis: He was the King of Rock and Roll. Talented, heart-breakingly handsome and charismatic – a natural for the big screen. The 33 movies he left behind serve as a constant reminder of a unique artist who was adored by millions and who was undoubtedly one of the most important fi gures in 20th century popular culture.
FOLLOW THAT DREAM: Elvis Presley is at his dreamboat peak in this musical comedy that finds the sexy star crooning fi ve original songs in an amusing and fast-paced romp boasting a delightful mixture of songs, romance, humour and good old homespun warmth! When his scheming pop decides to 'homestead' the family on a public beach, Toby Kwimper (Presley) digs the exotic setting - but hates the attention he is suddenly receiving. Though he just wants to play his guitar, Toby fi nds himself up to his baby blues in trouble with government bureaucrats, crime bosses and even two smitten 'kittens' - an adopted little sister who feels more than sisterly love for him, and a social worker with more than his welfare on her mind!
FLAMING STAR: In the years after the Civil War, western Texas is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures: one white, the other Native-American. Elvis stars as Pacer Burton, the son of a white rancher (John McIntire) and his beautiful Kiowa wife (Dolores Del Rio). When fi ghting breaks out between the settlers and natives, Pacer is pulled into the deadly violence despite his peace-making efforts.
LOVE ME TENDER: In his fi lm debut, singing idol Elvis Presley stars in this action-fi lled romance set in the aftermath of the Civil War. After hearing his older brother (Richard Egan) has been killed in combat, a young Texas farmer (Presley) marries the man's sweetheart (Debra Paget). But his brother returns, sparking a bitter sibling rivalry and tragic confrontations with Union soldiers.
WILD IN THE COUNTRY:
Presley specialised in playing the bad boy, and this is Elvis at his baddest! 'Wild In The Country' features one of Elvis’ greatest and most overlooked roles; a rebellious backwoods delinquent gifted with a rare literary talent. Hope Lange is the sympathetic psychiatrist who tries to help Elvis, Tuesday Weld is the King's seductive cousin, and Millie Perkins portrays his childhood sweetheart. Boasting a screenplay by Clifford Odets, this is perhaps the sexiest and most passionate of all Presley films, and features a quartet of hit songs, including; 'I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell', 'Lonely Man', and 'Wild In The Country'. It's Elvis at his wildest, his baddest and his best.
Catalogue number: 3751401000
Original language: English
Product format: DVD
Colour format: Colour and Black/White
DVD region: 2 - Europe and Japan
DVD special features: None Listed.
Primary genre: Feature Film
Secondary genre: Musical(News, Source: Virgin Mega Store/Elvis News)
100th edition of "Elvis News" magazine: Elvis Unlimited just put out the 100th edition of their Elvis News magazine. Congratulations guys! This edition contains news, reviews, interviews, this time with a young female fan and a look at the Elvis link with Miami.
One warning though, opening the envelope leading ETA, Doug Church stares at you, but fortunately that was the back cover, our man featured the front cover.(News, Source: Elvis News Denmark /Elvis News)
New "Greatest Hits" CD: Here is the cover art of the 2CD Greatest Hits compilation that was released on the Promo Sound label on October 2, 2007.(News, Source: Amazon.com/Elvis News)
Friday 26 October 2007
New Sony-BMG Elvis yuletide album from Hallmark stores: Courtesy of Barry McLean here is the cover artwork for the latest Sony/BMG Elvis Christmas album pressed for Hallmark stores. The album has 15 tracks:
Tuesday 23 October 2007
"Elvis: A King In The Making" (Book Review):The Alfred Wertheimer photo archives is arguably the most famous Elvis visual collection in the world. And while the master photographer was only with Elvis for a relatively short time, the visuals he captured offer a timeless exposition of the young King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis at his peak.
And finally, Wertheimer's magnificent photographs have been released in a way which does them proper justice.
Elvis: A King In The Making was recently released in Australia and New Zealand. What EIN found was the best photo-journal release of 2007 and one of the strongest Elvis book releases in many years!Read our full review
"The Spirit of Sound Hifi" series: Universal Music in Hong Kong just released in their "The Spirit Of Sound Hifi" series a 2 CD set in the best quality with 51 Elvis songs. The 2 CD set comes in a special slipcase for protecting the disc from scratches.
It's not the regular release like in the US and Europe with the live songs, but a "Dolby Digital Compact Disc". It comes with a 6 page booklet with all the Elvis songs in English. (News, Source Peter Haan/FECC)
Saturday 20 October 2007
More "golden disc" reissues?: The booklet of the first "Golden vinyl edition" of Elvis' debut album, "Elvis Presley", mentions several new releases in this format. Titles for 2007 are "Elvis" and "For LP Fans Only". New titles for 2008 should be "Loving You, "Elvis Christmas Album", "Elvis Golden Records" and "A Date With Elvis".(News, Source: ElvisNews.com)
"Big Boss in Trouble" CD: The new import label EPB76 records announce its first release entitled titled "Big Boss In Trouble".
This release features Elvis June 6, 1976 show as recorded from the audience in Atlanta. The CD is due for release early November and runs for 80 minutes.
From the press release: This release is taken directly from original master tape and professional remastered with a great audio-quality. Its a full length show , the best of the June tour. It's a very good performance with Elvis in good mood and strong voice, the highlights of the concert are surely the rare last live version of “Shake A Hand” and an outstanding performances of “America", "Hurt" and "Big Boss Man”.
The CD contains a de-luxe 16-page full color booklet with 16 rare photos mostly unreleased taken from the original concert in a very professional layout.
Extract from the inside note: Atlanta, June 6th and the end of a tour of 13 shows where the last four were just in Atlanta. In spite of a passable tour with Elvis often not in good condition, slow in his movements and lacking concentration in some songs. Despite this the tour was completely sold out and with the public full of enthusiasm. The last show, presented here lasts 80 minutes. We decided to leave out the solos because the audio quality was very bad in respect to the rest of the tape and overall to keep the concert to one CD of purely Elvis.The Show is good the repertoire result very interesting without doubt is no the classic boring concert of the last period of Elvis' live activity. Elvis sings 19 songs with a great mood with a great public reaction, here is almost possible to breath the atmosphere of the Elvis' performance. The electricity that Elvis generates in the attendance is possible to touch with our hands what mostly considering the limitation of the audience tape here is the winner element…
Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra- 02. C.C. Rider- 03. I Got A Woman/Amen- 04. Love Me- 05. If You Love Me- 06. You Gave Me A Mountain- 07. All Shook Up-08. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel- 09. Help Me- 10. Jailhouse Rock- 11. Fever- 12. America The Beautiful- 13. Band Introductions- 14. Love Letters- 15. School Days/Hurt #1- 16. Hurt #2- 17. Burning Love- 18. Big Boss Man- 19. Shake A Hand- 20. Funny How Time Slips Away- 21. Mystery Train- 22. Tiger Man- 23. Can't Help Falling In Love- 24. Closing Vamp/Announcements. (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Any Way You Want Me" contains 15 studio recordings from 1956 and is a limited edition release of 2000 copies.(News, Source: Rockwell Records)
Release of "Elvis The Movie" (Kurt Russell) update: After our news item yesterday, Elvis Australia contacted First Look Media. First Look said that release of the Kurt Russell "Elvis" biopic on DVD is "to be advised".
Wednesday 17 October 2007
Christmas Peace "slipcase" issue from Sony-BMG Canada: Thanks to Barry McLean for these scans of the cover artwork for this new 20 track CD release:
"It's Tahoe Time" CD released: The CD "It's Tahoe Time" from the Rainbow Records import label has been released.
This release contains the complete October 13, 1974 show from Lake Tahoe.
Tracklisting: (Running Time: 56:00)
01 - See See Rider [02:44] (traditional) 02 - I Got A Woman / Amen [06:40] (Charles / traditional) 03 - Love Me [01:24] (Leiber - Stoller) 04 - All Shook Up [00:58] (Blackwell) 05 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [02:28] (Mann-Low / Blackwell-Presley) 06 - Heartbreak Hotel [01:25] (Axton - Durden) 07 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) [02:45] (Rostill) 08 - Fever [03:05] (Davenport - Coole) 09 - Big Boss Man [02:42] (Smith - Dixon) 10 - It's Midnight [03:06] (Wheeler - Chesnut) 11 - Hound Dog [01:52] (Leiber - Stoller) 12 - Band Introductions [04:37] (instrumental, public domain) 13 - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy [03:11] (Price) 14 - Why Me, Lord? [02:38] (Kristofferson) 15 - I'm Leavin' [03:04] (Jarrett - Charles) 16 - Johnny B. Goode [02:07] (Berry) 17 - Hawaiian Wedding Song [01:58] (King - Hoffman - Manning) 18 - Can't Help Falling In Love [01:42] (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore) 19 - Bonus: Music Makers "Guitar" feat. James Burton [07:12] (instrumental, public domain) (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited /Elvis News)
Tuesday 16 October 2007
The Susan Doll "3 pack" book release: A 3 book package from Susan Doll which will be officially released in the US in November at a price of US$29.95. It contains the books "The Secret Life Of Elvis", "The Essential Elvis" and "The Music And Movies Of Elvis". (News, Source: Bill Burk's Elvis World)
Monday 15 October 2007
Weekly Elvis magazine series being released in Australia: The publication group DeAgostini is releasing a weekly Elvis magazine series in Australia.
The memorabilia storage box and cover of issue #1 are shown opposite
Maria Simone advises EIN that:
"I don't think the DeAgostini site has the just-released Elvis series added as yet because it is still fairly new.
However if collectors decide to subscribe they will receive 2 issues with their first shipment and 4 issues every other 28 days. They will also receive 5 gifts for their subscription:
*An Elvis print with the first delivery
*'68 Comeback Special DVD with second delivery
*Free binder to collect the booklets in with third delivery
*Elvis wall clock with fourth delivery
*Framed Elvis film cell with fifth delivery
They can cancel subscripion at any time but these gifts mentioned above are only available to subscribers, as opposed to people who buy their copies from the newsagency each time. One issue per week. The magazines are $7.95 each and every 14 days buyers have an option of paying $19.95 instead of the regular $7.95 so they can receive a free DVD. A special collector's case is available for the DVDs. The line includes some of Elvis' films, for instance Viva Las Vegas and performances suh as 'The Way It Is'.
The first part of the collection is only priced at $2.95 and comes with the magazine, the special box to collect the memorabilia the publication comes with, and a guide to this collector's edition. The binders are $14.95 to order from De Agostini. Excluding of course the one that is sent for free to subscribers with the third shipment. DVD cases priced the same.
Each issue will feature music and movie memorabilia from Elvis' career. Letters, greeting cards, concert tickets and personal items such as social security card and third grade school report, all reproduced from the originals are among the collectors' items. A buyer/subscriber receives 5 of these artefacts with each purchase. One piece of the memorabilia per issue will be a mini poster (a miniature reporduction of original posters from events in Elvis' career - screen & pefomances).
The magazine itself, features various aspects of Elvis' life and career. Issue 1 includes:
*Elvis' family roots - reference to 'life story' and displays family tree up to Elvis's great grandfather and great grandmother
*Elvis Presley - musical history
*Dressed to thrill - covers King's wardrobe
*A secret visit to the white house - Elvis meets Nixon
*Reference to artefacts for collection
*'68 Comeback Special with brief reference to its filming.
The booklets are printed on quality paper, similar to concert programmes and document Elvis' life with narrative and nice photos".(News, Source: Maria Simone)
New Larry Geller book hits #1: Sales of pre-publication copies of Larry Geller's new book, Leaves of Elvis' Garden, have propelled it to #1 on the online sales outlet Quick Pick Distribution. Read EIN's review of Leaves of Elvis' Garden
Friday 12 October 2007
Official announcement and ad for the latest MRS project:
Elvis At The Hayride: Here is the cover art for the "Elvis At The Hayride" CD which was released by CBUJ Entertainment September 18, 2007.
Disc 1: 1. Intro 2. That's All Right Mama 3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
4. Narrative 5. Hearts Of Stone 6. That's All Right Mama 7. Tweedle Dee
8. Narrative 9. Money Honey 10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 11. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 12. That's All Right Mama
Disc 2: 1. Narrative 2. Good Rockin' Tonight 3. I Got A Woman 4. Narrative
5. Tweedle Dee 6. Narrative 7. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 8. Narrative 9. Baby Let's Play House 10. Maybellene 11. That's All Right Mama
12. Narrative 13. I Was The One 14. Love Me Tender 15. Narrative
16. Hound Dog 17. Elvis Has Left The Building 18. Telegram Elvis And Colonel 19. Narrative (News, Source: Source: CD Universe/Elvis News)
Wednesday 10 October 2007
Tiger Man Volumes 8 & 9: The profit hunters behind the "Tiger Man - An Alternate Anthology" still can find enough fools to buy their product. Thus they magically compiled two new volumes, the eighth and the nineth, on their pc.
Tracks #8: Blueberry Hill (Take 8) - King Of The Whole Wide World (Uncut Master - Take 4) - I’m Falling In Love Tonight (Take 6) - So Close Yet So Far (Take 4) - Easy Come Easy Go (Unedited Master - Take 9) - Suppose (Long Version Master - Take 1) - Let Yourself Go (Master - Take 5) - Edge Of Reality (Master - Take 8) - Little Less Conversation (Master - Take 16) - Almost In Love (Single Version) - Gentle On My Mind (Differend Mix) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Differend Mix) - Kentucky Rain (Differend Mix) -
Cindy Cindy (Undubbed Master) - The Fool (Undubbed Master) - The Sound Of Your Cry (Extended Version) - It’s Your Baby You Rock It (Undubbed Master) - How The Web Was Woven (Undubbed Master) - Don’t Cry Daddy (Rehearsal X Rated) - Until It’s Time For You To Go (Undubbed Master) - We Can Make The Morning (Undubbed Master) - Burning love (Rehearsal) - You Dont Have To Say You Love Me (On Stage) - America The Beautiful (On Stage - Mixed Master) - Return To Sender (On Stage) - Unchained Melody (On Stage) Tracks #9: Relax (Take 12 & 13 - Unedited Master) - I’m A Roustabout - So Close Yet So Far (Take 5) - Who Are You (Take 6) - Five Sleepy Heads (Take 3) - Suppose (Short Version - Take 7) - Blue Suede Shoes (Remix For "This Is Elvis") - Jailhouse Rock (Spliced Version) - Let’s Forget About The Stars (Undubbed Master) - In The Ghetto (Mix) - It’s Keep Right On A Hurtin’ (Mix) - Who Am I (Mix) - You’ll Think Of Me (Single Version) - Let’s Be Friends (Undubbed Master) - Don’t Cry Daddy (On Stage) - I’ve Lost You (On Stage) - Little Cabin Home On The Hill (Undubbed Master) - Mary In The Morning (Undubbed Master) - I’ll Never Know (Undubbed Master) - Make The World Go Away (Take 3) - Rags To Riches (Take 4) - Fools Rush In (Undubbed Master) - It’s Only Love (Undubbed Master) - An American Trilogy (From "This Is Elvis") - Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Rough Cut Mix) - For The Heart (Undubbed Master) - Blueberry Hill (On Stage)(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
Sunday 7 October 2007
New York RCA Studio 1: The Complete Sessions (CD with Bonus DVD-A & Book): Details of the next project from Memphis Recording Service (Joseph Pirzada) are now available. Play UK is selling the release for £16.99. Release date is 16 November 2007.
My Baby Left Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Bonus Track)
Hound Dog - Freddie Bell And The Bell Boys (Bonus Track)
So Glad You're Mine - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (Bonus Track)
"36 Greatest Hits" CD: A new budget double CD compilation entitled "36 Greatest Hits" has been released on the Dutch Weton Wesgram label. It contains 36 fifties hits. (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Heartbreak Hotel" budget CD: A 14 track budget compilation entitled "Heartbreak Hotel" has been released by the Dutch Weton Wesgram label. (News, Source: Elvis News)
High Sierra Fever: Here is the cover art of the forthcoming release High Sierra Fever from the Straight Arrow label.
This CD will feature the Lake Tahoe, May 7th, 1973 Midnight show as taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape.
Compared to the January/February 1973 Las Vegas shows, Elvis was in better voice in Lake Tahoe, and his shows were more engaged and playful again.
This concert includes classy performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "I'm Leavin' ", "What Now My Love", "I'll Remember You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "A Big Hunk O'Love".
As a bonus, an excerpt of "Surrender" and the seldom performed "It's Over", recorded during the Midnight Show the previous day were added. Both mastertapes were recorded by the same person, and they are of equal sound-quality. This recording comes from a 1st generation copy of the original tape. As you’ve come to expect from us, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And it's not necessary to emphasize another Straight Arrow label tradition – this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live- and candid photographs from April, May and June 1973, rare Lake Tahoe memorabilia, informative liner notes as well as details about Elvis' Lake Tahoe 1973 season. This CD is set for release in late September. Don't miss your opportunity to spend an unforgettable hour with The King in High Sierra!
Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Love Me - 09. Blue Suede Shoes - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 12. I'm Leavin' - 13. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 14. Fever - 15. What Now My Love - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. I Can't Stop Loving You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Special bonus (recorded in Lake Tahoe, May 06, 1973 Midnight show): 25. Surrender (excerpt) / It's Over Approximate running time: 60:00 (News, Source: FECC)
A Wild Weekend In Huntsville: The new release A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - volume one from the Madison label is out now.This CD features the concert from May 31, 1975 afternoon show in Huntsville, AL. Some tracks has been previously released but this show is available for the very first time unedited, and as recorded from the mixing board that day at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL.
All the Huntsville shows from the May / June 1975 tour were pretty good and among the best from this period. Elvis is in good form, humor, spirit and it shows throughout the performance. Unfortunately the show has not been recorded in its entirety and starts early during '' Love Me ''. The sound quality is excellent and this new CD comes with a 16 page full color booklet. Watch out soon for Volume Two featuring the afternoon performance recorded the following day in Huntsville, AL
Tracks:1- Love Me ( incomplete ) 2:03 ; 2- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) 3:08 ; 3- Love Me Tender 2:47 ; 4- All Shook Up 1:57 ; 5- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:09 ; 6- The Wonder Of You ( w/ false start ) 2:25 ; 7- Burning Love 3:28 ; 8- Introduction of the vocalists, John Wilkinson., James Burton 1:37 ; 9- What I'd Say ? ( featuring James Burton ) 0:52 ; 10- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) 1:25 ; 11- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) 1:26 ; 12- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) 1:02 ; 13- Introduction of Charlie Hodge, Voice, Joe Guercio and his orchestra 0:39 ; 14- School Day ( featuring Joe Guercio & orchestra ) 1:14 ; 15- Trouble 0:54 ; 16- T-R-O-U-B-L-E 3:39 ; 17- Hawaiian Wedding Song 2:14 ; 18- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) 3:21 ; 19- An American Trilogy 5:04 ; 20- Funny How Time Slips Away 2:47 ; 21- Blue Suede Shoes 1:22 ; 22- For The Good Times 3:11 ; 23- Little Darlin' 2:34 ; 24- Can't Help Falling In Love 1:39 ; 25- Closing vamp 0:35
Bonus : 26- Elvis at the WFL football game August 9, 1975 0:31. Tracks 15-17, 21-22 and 26 are previously released! (News, Source: FECC)
Elvis In Concert - 30th Anniversary - bootleg DVD edition: The legendary TV Special filmed on Elvis Presley’s last concert tour has now been released on DVD - but only as a bootleg. The publicity says that this new remastered edition is the best DVD version that has surfaced so far.
Synopsis: “We’re here to entertain you, and to make you happy. So just enjoy yourself, and leave the driving to us” said Elvis to an adoring crowd on his last tour. Elvis had been doing just that for over 20 years - entertaining his fans and making them happy.
Two shows were filmed by CBS on what was to be Elvis’ last concert tour. The June 19 appearance in Omaha, Nebraska and the June 21 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Only three songs were used from the Omaha performance in the final special, which was broadcast on October 3, 1977.
“If you haven’t guessed by now, you’re on television” Elvis said with a characteristic grin to the audience at the June 21 show. “Don't let the lights and cameras throw you, and try not to throw the lights and cameras if you can help it.”
Elvis In Concert was Elvis’ first filmed production in four years after the blockbuster Aloha From Hawaii television special. The contrast in his appearance between the two shows is striking. He was obviously way overweight, said Elvis’ friend Joe Esposito, a few years after Elvis’ death.
Although he did look ill during the filming was the magic still there. Elvis was also still singing great! Just hear Elvis singing thru touching and powerful performances of songs like How Great Thou Art and his latest RCA single Hurt. Playing time 55 min. Director: Dwight Hemion Writer: Annett Wolf (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited/Elvis News)
"Elvis: The Biography" for 'downunder' release: Just in time for Christmas, Jerry Hopkin's revised one volume tome about the Elvis story is to be released in Australia and New Zealand in December. The 350 page softcover is published by Plexus Publishing (ISBN-13: 9780859653916). RRP A$42.95/NZ$49.99(News, Source: Bookwise Australia)
Friday 5 October 2007
"Faux Elvis" (Book Review): The world of Elvis fiction is a particularly rewarding one in which the recent release Faux Elvis is an intelligently constructed and valuable addition. Its themes and believable characters have a broad appeal - from the casual fan to conspiracy theorists who want to debate the events of August 16, 1977.
Faux Elvis is also unusual in that it is a work of historical fiction, where fact and fiction are blended together. The result is a most satisfying one.
Delightfully written, Faux Elvis is an entertaining and absorbing read. (Book Reviews, Source: EIN)
'She Is The King' interview with EIN: 'She Is The King' is the only woman ever to be selected by EPE to compete in the first ever worldwide sponsored Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. There is no doubt that since her performance at Elvis Week this year she is also rapidly building a cult-following not only in Australia but also in the US. EIN had the opportunity to catch up with her recently, listen to some songs from her new album, as well as ask her some challenging questions such as, 'Shouldn't fat ETAs in bad jumpsuits be banned?!' Her answers were illuminating, and her new album tracks sound very fine indeed. Go here for the interview and more photos. (Interviews, Source; EIN)
French triple CD pack: Here is the 3 CD package containing the albums "Elvis Presley", "Aloha From Hawaii" and "Moody Blue" which was released October 2, 2007 in France.(News, Source: Amazon.com /Elvis News)
"Destination Vegas" DVD: MVD has set a October 30th release for Elvis Presley Destination Vegas DVD in the US. Here is some pr about the release: To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, this unauthorized critical review uses previously unseen private footage of Elvis Presley, and classic original songs, to tell the story of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Many documentaries have told the story of the early life of Presley, his army career or his death, but Destination Vegas is the first and definitive documentary to tell the story of Elvis's residency in Vegas, a town that was to become synonymous with him. Using previously unseen and unknown private footage, we peel away from the facade of the formal camera to explore a defining, yet controversial chapter in Elvis' life, which not only stifled him, but also defined him as the superstar that he would forever be known.
Bonus Materials: Recordings of private and public conversations Elvis had around the Vegas years • Elvis photo gallery. (News, Source: Antimusic.com)
"Gold vinyl" CD release: Elvis' debut album will be the first Elvis release to be released as a "gold vinyl" CD. It comes packaged as a deluxe digipack with 20 a page fully illustrated booklet containing all song lyrics. This CD contains the original tracklisting plus bonus songs.
Original Album Tracks: Side One - Blue Suede Shoes; I'm Counting On You; I Got A Woman; One-sided Love Affair; I Love You Because; Just Because
Original Album Tracks: Side Two - Tutti Frutti; Trying 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
Bonus Material: Shake Rattle And Roll (undubbed Master); Shake Rattle And Roll (performing Live On The Air, 1955); I Got A Woman (march 19, 1955); Heartbreak Hotel (radio Station Recording, 1956); One-sided Love Affair (with Countdown); I'm Counting On You (newly Remastered & Remixed Version); Yippee Yi Yo Yippee Yi Yay (with Imagene Coca, Andy Griffith & Steve Allen, July 1 1956); At The Dance Party (Memphis TV Station) (News, Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum /Elvis News)
Elvis Interview Record now on CD: The Elvis Presley Interview Record originally released on vinyl in 1984 will be released for the first time on CD. This release will be limited to 300 copies only and will contains the original artwork & tracks!
The 1956 interviews
Elvis Presley-excerpt from a TV guide interview 1956
Colonel tom parker-excerpt from a TV guide interview 1956
Vernon & Gladys Presley Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept. 26, 1956
Elvis Presley Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept 26, 1956
* Recorded at the Mississippi-Alabama fair & Dairy Show - Tupelo, Mississippi, Sept. 26, 1956.
The 1960-61 interview
Image change since discharge from the army-by accident or design?
Elvis talks about his mother
How does Elvis view himself?
Does he enjoy his work?
How does he relax?
Does he have any time to read? If so, what does he read?
Does he like himself? 0:43 8-does he like to work?
If he were starting out again (in 1961) would he do anything differently? Does he have any specific goals for the future?
Does he think he has changed much as a person? How does he view the criticism that has been leveled at some of the people surrounding him?
If he were a father and could only give his child one piece of advice, what would that be?(News, Source: Elvis News)
Tuesday 2 October 2007
"Elvis Rules on TV": Today we publish a major update to our popular Spotlight article "Elvis Rules on TV". From the article:
To date there have been few serious examinations of Elvis themes on television and most listings of Elvis on television have focused on US programming. What follows is arguably the most comprehensive listing of Elvis themes, reference points and motifs on the small screen, taking in programs from the US, UK, Europe and Australia.
In this update we have added more than a dozen substantive entries, added a new category, and also provide details of programs known to be available on DVD.(Spotlight, Source: EIN)
Sunday 30 September 2007
"Jailhouse Rock" - artwork for HD DVD release:
Stars: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy Other Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Dean Jones, Jennifer Holden, Glenn Strange, Percy Helton, Peter Adams Director: Richard Thorpe
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (modest violence) Run Time: 01h:36m:55s Release Date: September 18, 2007 UPC: 012569798441 Genre: musical
"Janis and Elvis" reissue on CD: Now 50 years on from the legendary original issue, El Toro Records offers a new CD version to mark the golden anniversary of the brief union of Janis Martin and Elvis Presley, boosted with 18 additional tracks to take advantage of the CD medium.
Synopsis: One of the rarest and most sought-after record releases from the last half-century of Elvis Presley collectibles, South Africa's 10" LP 'Janis and Elvis' was issued in 1958 through Teal Records, the company who had the local license to issue RCA records in South Africa at the time. The elusive original LP now commands figures in excess of $5,000.
Featuring just four songs apiece from the two artists featured (the first eight tracks of this CD), the Elvis selection was inexplicably drawn entirely from his Sun recordings with Scotty Moore and Bill Black – specifically from his third and fourth Sun singles from 1955 – while Janis Martin's tracks were gleaned from her second and fourth RCA singles from 1956. Amazingly, although it had formed half of her third release, Janis's now famous early tribute to the Hillbilly Cat - 'My Boy Elvis' - was not even considered for inclusion on the LP.
A sad postscript. After years out of the music scene, in recent times Janis - "The Female Elvis", as she'd been dubbed by RCA - was back in business, performing and recording a new album produced by Rosie Flores. She'd been due to appear at an Americana Festival in Britain earlier this year and then again at the Rhythm Riot, Camber Sands, this coming November. Shortly before the first event she fell ill, by late August she'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer, within two weeks she passed way on 3rd September. This CD release was of course planned long before the rapid and tragic turn of events. R.I.P.
Track listing: 1. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone-Elvis 2. Ooby-Dooby-Janis 3. Milk Cow Blues Boogie-Elvis
4. Let's Elope Baby-Janis 5. Baby Let's Play House-Elvis 6. One More Year To Go-Janis 7. You're A Heartbreaker-Elvis 8. Barefoot Baby-Janis 9. Mystery Train-Elvis 10. Good Rockin' Tonight-Elvis 11. Will You, Willyum-Janis 12. Trying To Get To You-Elvis 13. I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'-Elvis 14. Little Bit-Janis
15. How Do You Think I Feel?-Elvis 16. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)-Elvis 17. Drugstore Rock And Roll-Janis 18. Paralyzed-Elvis 19. I'm Counting On You-Elvis 20. My Boy Elvis-Janis 21. Anyplace Is Paradise-Elvis 22. Playing For Keeps-Elvis 23. Little Bit-Janis [Alternative Take] 24. My Baby's Gone (I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone-Elvis [Alternative Take] 25. First In Line-Elvis 26. How's The World Treating You-Elvis(News, Source: HMV U.K. /Elvis News)
Hallmark group to release "Christmas With Elvis": In The UK Hallmark released the Christmas compilation "Christmas With Elvis".
Track listing: 1. Winter Wonderland 2. Here Comes Santa Claus 3. Blue Christmas 4. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 5. If Every Day Was Like Christmas (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley 7. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day 8. Silver Bells 9. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 10. "I'll Be Home For Christmas 11. O Come, All Ye Faitful 12. White Christmas 13. Merry Christmas Baby 14. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees 15. Silent Night (with clipped intro) (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Rare Broadcasts" CD/DVD: Here is the track listing of the "Rare Broadcasts" CD + DVD set from the Storming Music label. This CD is due for release October 22, 2007.
Track listing DVD: Baby Let's Play House - Tutti Frutti - Money Honey (Stage Show 1956) - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes (Milton Berle Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Ed Sullivan Show 1956) - I Want You I Need You I Love You (Steve Allen Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show 1956) - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy (Ed Sullivan Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Steve Allen Show 1956) - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show 1956) - Too Much - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Peace In The Valley (Ed Sullivan Show 1957)
Track listing CD: Baby Let's Play House - Tutti Frutti - Money Honey (Stage Show 1956) - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes (Milton Berle Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Ed Sullivans Show 1956) - I Want You I Need You I Love You (Steve Allen Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show 1956) - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy (Ed Sullivan Show 1956) - Hound Dog (Steve Allen Show 1956) - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show 1956) - Too Much - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Peace In The Valley (Ed Sullivan Show 1957)(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
Track listing for "Elvis Golden Records Vol. 1" LP: Sony/BMG will release the classic album "Elvis' Golden Records, Volume 1" on 12 inch vinyl on October, 8, 2007. This release was originally announced as a 2 disc release.
The track listing:
Hound Dog/Heartbreak Hotel/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me/Don't Be Cruel/Love Me Tender/Treat Me Nice/Anyway You Want Me/I Want You I Need You I Love You/Loving You/All Shook Up/Too Much/That's When Your Heartaches Begin/Teddy Bear (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited /Elvis News)
Thursday 27 September 2007
Elvis bonus stamps with Big Hits Japanese CD: An additional attraction to the new BMG JAPAN release 'Big Hits In Japan' (see EIN news Sept 15th for images) is the additional 30th anniversary stamp sheet. Available from the Japanese Love Me Tender shop website.
Blending elements from the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre and classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, the plot of this low budget feature is described as:
"A Chainsaw wielding, psycho-impersonator from hell -- on a conquest tour of terror!"
Read EIN's full review of this offbeat 'B' grade film, a film with a scorching rock 'n' roll soundtrack...but does it live up to its pr as a "Southern Gothic Musical"...or is it something even more sinister?
Rated NR for Nauseating Repulsive, this is a film which gives new meaning to the ETA phenomenon!! Blair Witch cohorts...move over! (DVD Review, Source: EIN)
Tuesday 25 September 2007
"Leaves of Elvis' garden (Book Review): On her return from Elvis Week 2007, Susan MacDougall sat down to delve inside the latest book from Larry Geller, one which looks at Elvis' spiritual search. What Susan found was both interesting and challenging, as these excerpts from her insightful review attest:
Behind the distorted image of a hard-living rock and roll sex symbol and super star is revealed a vulnerable man with a thirst for understanding and enlightenment.
Elvis believed that there is one God who is within us all..........At the same time, Elvis never rejected his religion, only its rigid adherents and their intolerance of any deviation from the accepted word, remaining a Christian his whole life, but not a Christian to the exclusion of anything else.
In closing her review Susan observes: "Leaves of Elvis' garden" provides a whole different side to the public image of a celebrity. Geller was never the Memphis Mafia's favourite person, but they can't deny his existence and his access to Elvis. I wonder what certain members of the MM will make of this book? I challenge them to read it. Read full review (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Monday 24 September 2007
'The American Way Vol.5 - Goin' Home To Memphis': CD SNEAK PREVIEW : Last week EIN received a test pressing of 'The American Way Vol.5: Goin' Home To Memphis' the final instalment in this great series from the Southern Comfort label. Elvis' 1969 ‘American Studio’ sessions are featured in the first half of the CD and include some fabulous and unknown "Rough Mixes". We also get to hear Elvis Live in 1970, while the amazingly rare outakes of the 1968 'Goin Home' sessions fill the CD up to the brim. To be honest my house has been rockin' with the funk all week - and I have also been laughin' my *** off. Does an Elvis reviewer's life get any more fun than this! Although this is not the absolute final product, please enjoy our special Sneak Preview. Make sure you don't miss out. (CD Review, Source: EIN, September 2007)
"God Is My Shepherd" CD": Due for release from the Wolf Call label is the CD "God Is My Shepherd". This compilation contains alternate takes of 18 of Elvis' gospel recordings.
Track listing: A Thing Called Live (Spliced Take)
An Evening Prayer (Unknown Take)
By And By (Takes 3 and 4)
Father Along (Takes 1 and 2)
He Knows What I need (Take 9)
He Touched Me (Take2)
I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Take 1)
I John (Spliced Take)
If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side Take 4)
If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side Take 6)
Reach Out To Jesus (Alternate Take)
Seeing Is Believing (Take 4)
Stand By Me (Takes 3, 4 and 2)
Stand By Me (Takes 9 and 10)
Where Did They Go, Lord (Take 8)
Without Him (Take 1)
Working On The Building (Take 1)
You'll Never Walk Alone (Spliced Take) (News, Source: Elvis News)
New Elvis novel: Michael Hodjera has released his third Elvis novel, The Fear Merchant. It is published by iUniverse and has 392 pages. Available from Amazon
"October Encore in Lake Tahoe" CD:The forthcoming "MEMORY Records" label CD release is entitled "October Encore In Lake Tahoe " (CD MR 2055-2). As most die-hard fans know, in Elvis did a short eight-show stint in Tahoe, more or less as an encore, to fulfill his contract after the cancellation of the May 1973 engagement.
There are only two recordings available from this engagement, and the only other known tape is that of the mediocre October 13th midnight show. The tape with the Dinner show, presented on this CD, is of very good sound quality. Elvis performed in high gear, thrilling the crowd with a funny version of Fever, a poignant "It's Midnight " and the absolute showstopper, a great reading of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Three songs got the last verse reprised, too.
This is a rare, previously unavailable recording. We were able to obtain the 1st generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. The sound was transferred in its original mono format, and all tracks were digitally restored for best possible sound reproduction. The CD contains 8-page booklet (not so common for MEMORY Records) with many photographs taken during the Lake Tahoe October 12th dinner & midnight shows and the October 14th dinner show. We hope you will enjoy this CD as a presentation of an unique October 1974 performance of The Elvis Presley Show which, until this historic release, has not been previously represented in good sound quality!
Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. All Shook Up - 06. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 07. Heartbreak Hotel - 08. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 09. Fever - 10. Big Boss Man - 11. It's Midnight - 12. Hound Dog - 13. Band Introductions - 14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 15. Celebrity Introductions - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with reprise) - 19. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love- 21. Closing Vamp.
Bonus (Recorded in Lake Tahoe , October 13, Midnight show): 22. Why Me Lord - 23. I'm Leavin'. (News, Source: Memory Records)
As you read Contract with the King you find emotional challenges and emotional highs and lows which have personal resonance. At times humorous, at times symbolic, from the opening few pages you know you are in for an entertaining ride.
The key narrative premise, the kidnapping of Elvis Presley, is so well realised that the reader....Read full review (Book Review, Source: EIN)
"Elvis #1 Hit Performances" DVD: Here are cover arts for the "Elvis #1 Hit Performances" compilation DVD. In North America it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances - a 15-song collection of videos of Elvis peforming some of his #1 US and UK hits.
Internationally it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances and More - the same content as the North American release plus 15 additional performances of songs that were either #1 in the US or UK, or are simply Elvis classics.(News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis World Japan/ Amazon)
Track listing U.S. Release:
Heartbreak Hotel (Stage Show)
Don't Be Cruel (Ed Sullivan Show)
Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show)
Love Me Tender (Ed Sullivan Show)
All Shook Up (68 Comeback Special)
Teddy Bear (Loving You)
Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock)
Stuck On You (Frank Sinatra Show)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (68 Comeback Special)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Blue Hawaii)
Return To Sender (Girls! Girls! Girls!)
In The Ghetto (That's The Way It Is)
Suspicious Minds (That's The Way It Is)
The Wonder Of You (That's The Way It Is)
Burning Love (Aloha From Hawaii)
Additional 15 songs - International Release:
That's All Right (68 Comeback Special)
Blue Suede Shoes (Paramount Screen Test)
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Steve Allen Show)
Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show)
Too Much (Ed Sullivan Show)
Treat Me Nice (Jailhouse Rock)
Trouble (King Creole)
One Night (68 Comeback Special)
A Big Hunk 'O Love (Aloha From Hawaii)
Wooden Heart (G.I. Blues)
Rock-A-Hula Baby (Blue Hawaii)
Bossa Nova Baby (Fun in Acapulco)
If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special)
Don't Cry Daddy (That's The Way It Is)
An American Trilogy (Aloha From Hawaii)
Target Australia heavily discounts "Elvis A King In The Making": The best Elvis book release of 2007 has been heavily discounted by Target Australia. Until Wed 26 September you can buy "Elvis A King In The Making" for only A$34.95! The RRP is A$59.95.
The book (released in the US as "Elvis At 21: From New York To Memphis") is simply stunning. A large sized coffee table release which includes several fold-out images of Elvis.
This is the best book to date showcasing the famous Alfred Werheimer Elvis photo archives.(News, Source: Target Australia)
The promos for the program raised Elvis' fans expectations since it promised "never before seen footage", as well as the idea of a re-evaluation of Elvis' triumphs in Vegas between 1969 to 1976 - as the program noted "in 1969 Vegas was a haven for has-beens."
In the end however it comes across as more of a pretty good overall view of Elvis for the general public rather than any revelation for the hard-core Elvis fan.
The program starts with a historical update on Elvis' past. His creation of 'Rock'n'Roll' in SUN through to the terrible mid-sixties movies. The commentators are the usual EPE suspects, (Priscilla, Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito) but it was good to see enthusiastic fans such as Chris Isaak, Faith Hill, 50 Cent and Beyonce involved. Fans will also spot erroneous dismissive statements like "In 1968 Elvis hadn't had a hit record in seven years." Read EIN's full review and your feedback about the program
"Eternal Flame" new Elvis novel: Patricia Garber's novel based around Elvis has the King as a guardian angel. Can there be love between a mortal and an angel?
Released by Xlibris the 179 page book comes in hardback and softcover format. Buy now (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Tuesday 18 September 2007
'The American Way, Vol 5 - Goin' Home To Memphis' new CD release:After four fantastic volumes, number 5 of "The American Way", subtitled "Goin' Home To Memphis" will be released in a couple of weeks.
This volume will be a mix of the (same) American Sound Studio sessions, some live tracks and many takes of "Goin' Home" (1968). The cover will be the "1968 version", but for those that liked the "1970 version" better: that one will be on the back, so you can turn the booklet and make your favourite the front. This is what Southern Comfort has to say about its next release:
"There was a time, not too long ago, when an import CD accompanied with a nice bonus photo booklet meant value for money. "Remastered from best possible tape source", was not just a bag of hot air... Nowadays, just about every import label buries you, the potential buyer, under an endless and often meaningless list of 'PR' rap. Southern Comfort doesn't need cheap promises to sell their product. We're the best. And we have 4 volumes to prove it. Volume 5 is on its way. We hope you will enjoy the results of our labour. The expected release date is early October."
Tracks: "WITHOUT LOVE" SESSION: 01. Without Love - takes 1, 2, 3 (complete take + 2 x false start)...
02. Without Love - take 4 (complete take).........03. Without Love - take 5 (complete master take)......All tracks mono.
"ROUGH MIX TAPE": 04. Gentle On My Mind (vocal overdub, master take - number unknown).......05. Just A Little Bit Of Green (undubbed master take 3).......06. Wearin' That Loved On Look (partially overdubbed master take 15).......07. Suspicious Minds (vocal overdub, master take 8)......08. I'll Be There - takes 5, 6 (false start + complete take with vocal echo).......09. Hey Jude (longer running undubbed master)......10. You'll Think Of Me (vocal overdub, master take 23).....11. Inherit The Wind (partially overdubbed master take 4)......12. This Is The Story - takes 1, 2 (false start + complete master take vocal overdub).......All tracks mono.
"LAS VEGAS 26.01.1970 OPENING SHOW"***:...13. Sammy Shore's end of sketch / Opening Riff.....14. All Shook Up.....15. Don't Cry Daddy....16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto (medley)....17. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (with false start, the only known live version)....All tracks mono.
"GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 1 - ACETATE SOURCE): 18. Goin' Home - takes 3, 4 (studio chat + 2 x false start).....19. Goin' Home - take 5 (complete take)......20. Goin' Home - exact take numbers unknown (3 x false start)......21. Goin' Home - takes 12, 13, 14 (2 x false start + long false start + take 15 announcement only)
........All tracks mono.
"GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 2)***: 22. Goin' Home - takes 16, 17, 18 (long false start + 5 x false start)....23. Goin' Home - takes 19, 20, 22 (long false start + 2 x false start).....24. Goin' Home - takes 23, 24 (complete take with cut + "I Got A Woman" excerpt + false start including "Heartbreak Hotel" excerpt)......25. Goin' Home - takes 25, 26, 27, 28 (false start + complete take with cut + 2 x false start).....All tracks stereo. *** new sources (News, Source: Southern Comfort)
"Elvis - Most Wanted" track listing: Here is the track listing and additional information of the upcoming import release "Elvis - Most Wanted"; a collection of the most requested Elvis songs. It features both the Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley duet on "Don’t Cry Daddy" and the Elvis and Celine Dion duet "If I Can Dream".
Track listing: 1. My Happiness (Acetate 1953) 02:33/2. That’s All Right (Sun 1954) 01:57/3. Hound Dog (TV Show 1956) 02:40/4. Old Shep (Elvis 1956) 04:12/5. When The Saints Go Marching In (Million Dollar Quartet 1956) 02:13/6. I'll Take You Home Kathleen (Germany 1959) 01:20/7. Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) (G.I. Blues 1960) 03:21/8. In My Fathers House (His Hand In Mine 1960) 02:05/9. Datin’ (Paradise Hawaiian Style 1965) 03:16
10. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Elvis TV Special 1968) 01:50/11. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing version 1969) 02:54/12. The Wonder Of You (Live 1970) 02:41/13. Gospel Medley - I John/Bosom Of Abraham/14. You Better Run/Lead Me, /15. Guide Me / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God to Thee (Rehearsal 1972) 11:02/16. Always on My Mind (Studio 1972) 03:42/17. My Way (Aloha From Hawaii 1973) 04:01/18. My Boy (Good Times 1974) 03:22/19. You Gave Me A Mountain (Live 1974) 03:21
20. American Trilogy (Live 1974) 04:00/21. Bitter They Are Harder They Fall (Jungle Room 1976) 05:12/22. Unchained Melody (Live 1977) 03:23
Special Bonus Duets: 23. Don’t Cry Daddy (Duet with Lisa Marie Presley) 03:39/24. If I Can Dream (Duet with Celine Dion) 03:18 (News, Source: Elvis News)
"Remember the King" new book release: This book contains poems about the King of music by Mike Abrahamian.
In addition, it contains facts, comments, pictures and more Elvis related information.This book is perfect for a die hard Elvis fan. It shows how special a human being he really was.
Printed: 160 pages, 6" x 9", casewrap-hardcover binding, black and white interior ink
"The Gospel Side of Elvis" CD: Megaphon Importservice released a CD with the original title "The Gospel Side Of Elvis" on September 13. The disc contains (mainly) gospels by The Imperials and The Stamps Quartet that were also sung by Elvis.
Tracks: How Great Thou Art - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Where Could I Go - Peace In The Valley - So High - Bosom Of Abraham - Hid Hand In Mine - I've Got Confidence - Lead Me, Guide Me - He Touched Me - Sweet Spirit - Blue Christmas(News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
Saturday 15 September 2007
"Protecting The King" (DVD Review): EIN's Nigel Patterson recently warmed up his home theater to view David Stanley's directorial film debut, "Protecting The King". It is the story of Stanley's coming of age, his loss of innocence after becoming one of the King's bodyguards while still a teenager.
With a mixed emotional element but several very powerful scenes and flashes of important insight, "Protecting The King" proves to be a strong directorial debut by Stanley.
At times the film has a brutally frank edge, and this is unlikely to endear it to some fans. However, it will have merit for those wishing to better understand life around Elvis with its incredible pressures and temptations; and for fans interested in exploring the human frailties and weaknesses which often afflict those thrust into such a surreal existence. (DVD Review, Source: EIN)
To say Bill was less than impressed is an understatement. Bill found the book to be riddled with errors and he says 99.99999% of the photos have been released before. Also, several of the photos are incorrectly identified and there are no one-on-one photos of George with Elvis during their Humes High years when George became Elvis' best friend. (News, Source: Bill E. Burk)
Best Hits In Japan CD: A closer look at the BMG Japan released that we announced last month. It features 29 Japanese favourites selected by Tomoaki Ogura. There is a bonus 'Not For Sale' promo disc with early pressings featuring 3 tracks. 'A.L.L.C' radio edit remix, 'Rubberneckin' ' remix plus 'The Elvis Medley'. (News, Source; Barry McLean)
"Time To Dare" CD release: The MxF label will release its third CD entitled ''Time To Dare'' featuring the September 02, 1974 Closing Show recorded in Las Vegas.
Synopsis: Although this concert were released in two different imports years ago here you have the opportunity to listen it complete and in a really different and improved sound. The use of an early generation soundboarding mono tape gives us the possibility to focus our works
in reduction the loud plosives and low frequencies noise trying to get a more clear sound and give new life overall to Elvis voice, keeping the Elvis’ vocal power up in the central mix and in the same time to give a new definition to the background music.
Closing night Vegas August 1974, a very famous night widely bootlegged since the 1980's vinyl releases. In spite high energy and surprisingly good and is a fairly long show mostly remember this show for the “DRUG” Dialogue. During the years we have heard and read a lot about that, mostly trying to put in every way in bad light Elvis, forgetting like often happened in Elvis’ life: the MUSIC. Here you have the possibility to listen the show in complete way, a show 96 minutes long and we think the crowd definitely got their money's worth that evening!
Elvis' performance is superb, Elvis is still to the top if his possibility he deliveries a long show very intense, a freshness that cannot be denied , Elvis was on stage in very energetic way full of enthusiasm he sang with power and the sensitive way, spacing overall in a solid and felt repertoire like the new song It’s midnight and the classic You gave me a Mountain here sang in splendid way.
In the same time he worked heavy in rock songs like Big Boss Man and the show stopper If you talk in your sleep. This season will be remember for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues but from the superb music too, Elvis appear fantastic and is clear that in spite all the music keeps is brain active.
The packaging will come with a 16 page booklet professional edited, picture disc, relevant liner notes and over 20 photographs mostly never released from Elvis two-piece leather suit used in this specific closing night. All the pictures have been digitally restored in the matter to obtain the best video quality. This is not a new show...but the package, the 95,40 minutes of superb music give us definitely something different a different kind of product ! The Definitive one in reference to Elvis from August 1974. An unbelievable SOUND, A fantastic booklet with Elvis rarely in so such great shape;
Tracklist: CD 1 time 49.03 - *01. 2001 Theme; 0.57-*02. C, C Rider; 3.41 - 03. Dialogue; 3.02 - 04. I Got A Woman/Amen; 6.41 - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go; 4.45 - 06. If You Love Me Let Me Know; 2.48 - 07. It's Midnight; 3.13 - 08. Big Boss Man; 2.43 - 09. You Gave Me A Mountain; 3.13 - 10. Dialogue; 6.29 - 11. Softly As I Leave You; 2.55 - 12. Hound Dog; 2.02 - 13. American Trilogy; 3.56 - 14. It's Now Or Never; 2.29
CD 2 time 46.14 - 01. Band Introductions; 8.50 - *02. I Can't Live Without you (by Voice); 4.50 - 03. Bringing It Back(By Voice); 3.05 - 04.Aubrey (By Voice); 3.46 - 05.Celebrity introductions ; 4.17 - 06. It's Now Or Never; 2.40 - 07. Let Me Be There; 3.40 - 08. If You Talk In Your Sleep; 3.33 - 09. Dialogue; 5.08 - 10.Hawaiian Wedding Song; 2.42 - 11. Dialogue; 1.46 - 12. Can't Help Falling In Love; 1.50
Total Time 95.17
* Denotes audience recording source. In attempt to complete the tape missing (about 8.50 min) MxF used a early copy of an audience mono recording tape of the same show of very good quality.(News, Source: FECC/Elvis News)
"The Birth of the King" CD release: The CD "The Birth Of The King 54-56" was relesased on August 20, 2007 by Universal Music France S.A.S. in their "All Star" Series.
Track listing: That´s All Right Mama / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Good Rockin´ Tonight / I Don´t Care If The Sun Don´t Shine / Milkow Blues / You´re A Heartbreaker / Baby, Let´s Play House / I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone / Mystery Train / I Forgot To Remember To Forget / Heartbreak Hotel I Was The One / My Baby Left Me / I want You, I Need You, I Love You / Hound Dog / Don´t Be Cruel. (News, Source: Source: EP Gold)
"The Original Hit Albums" box set: Here is a new 3 CD budget set entitled "The Original Hit Albums". It contains Elvis' SUN early RCA recordings. Label and release date are not available yet. This cover was also used for the "The SUN Years" budget compilation released on the Not Now Music label in February this year.
Disc 1 - That's Alright/Blue Moon Of Kentucky/Good Rockin' Tonight/I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine/.Milkcow Boogie Blues/You're A Heartbeaker/Baby Let's Play House/I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone/I Forgot To Remember To Forget/Mystery Train/I'll Never Let You Go/Just Because/Trying To Get To You
Disc 2 - Blue Suede Shoes/I'm Counting On You/I Got A Woman/One-Sided Love Affair/I Love You Because
Just Because/Tutti Frutti/Trying To Get To You/I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry/Blue Moon/Money Honey
Heartbreak Hotel (Bonus Track)/I Was The One (Bonus Track)/She, Rattle And Roll (Bonus Track)/My Baby Left Me (Bonus Track)/Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Bonus Track)/I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Bonus Track)
Disc 3 - Rip It Up/Love Me/When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold/Long Tall Sally/First In Line/Paralyzed/So Glad You're Mine/Old Shep/Ready Teddy/Anyplace Is Paradise/How's The World Treatin' You/How Do You Thing I Feel?/Hound Dog (Bonus Track)/Don't Be Cruel (Bonus Track)/Any Way You Want Me (Bonus Track)/Too Much (Bonus Track)/Playing For Keeps (Bonus Track)/Love Me Tender (Bonus Track) (News, Source: Play /Elvis News)
"Our Memories Of Elvis" booklet:
Available Now- OUR MEMORIES OF ELVIS by Dr.George & Nichopoulos with Joe Russo.
High quality, color 20-page souvenir book filled with rare and interesting photos, memories and personal memorabilia. Not sold in stores! Available only from the official Dr. Nick website:www.elvisdoctor.com(News, Source: FECC)
'Elvis Karaoke' new CD: The Elvis 30th Anniversary marketing continues with this Karaoke promo CD from the Madacy Entertainment Company. Featuring only 8 tracks with "on-screen lyrics and booklet included", the CD states that it is "The only label licensed to distribute Elvis' biggest hits in Karaoke format". However it then adds, "The recordings contained on this disc are not the original recordings by Elvis Presley." The Elvis world is an amazing place! (News, Source; EIN/Barry McLean/EIN)
'Elvis Home For The Holidays' new CD package: A new US release, a tin-can package with a CD and other goodies, including a hand-painted candle in the shape of an Elvis '68 Special guitar plus a 32-page biographical booklet. Issued by Sony/BMG & marketed by Madacy Ent. Tracklist: Blue Christmas, Silent Night, White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I'll Be Home For Christmas, If Everyday Was Like Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, Santa Bring My Baby Back, Mama Liked The Roses. It does seem a little early for Christmas to us! (News, Source; EIN/Barry McLean)
Elvis Presley (Graphic Biography): Here is the cover artwork for an early 2008 book release we first mentioned a while ago. A graphic children's biography of Elvis. The 32 page soft cover book will be published in January 2008 by Saddleback Educational Publications as part of its historical figures series. (News, Source:www.sdlback.com /www.elvisclubberlin.de/www.epgold.com )
'The American Way Vol.5; Goin' Home To Memphis', new CD release:After months of anticipation Southern Comfort announce the final CD in their highly sort after 'American Way' series. The CD is to be called "The American Way Vol.5, Goin' Home To Memphis" however two different cover designs have been sent to EIN. Southern Comfort say the final design has not be decided and that the track listing is also still being worked on. It is obvious that the complete takes of the 'Without Love' session are featured however the first cover boasts "Rare and unreleased Studio and Live recordings" while the second cover states the rather intriguing "Coming Soon, Volume Six, 'Glimmers of Hope'".
Although the final tracklist should be announced next week, Southern Comfort have promised that the CD will feature more material from the American Sound Studios sessions, plus some very rare outtakes of 'Goin' Home' from 1968. These never-before-heard takes from the first half of the 'Goin' Home' session - with lots of laughter and clowning around - capture the sound of Elvis having fun in the studio, as he heads away from his movie contracts and towards those crucial recording sessions of 1969. So which cover would you choose? - Click here for EIN's review of 'The American Way Vol. 4; Sound of the City' - (News, Source: Southern Comfort)
More Elvis vinyl: Due for release from Speakers Corner / RCA on 180 gram vinyl are the titles "For LP Fans Only" (October 2007), "Elvis Christmas Album" (November 2007) and "Elvis Presley Golden Records" (TBA).
For LP Fans Only - Along with "A Date With Elvis", "For LP Fans Only" is one of the most important special productions of the young King of Rock 'n' Roll. Because Elvis had been conscripted into the US Army, no new recordings could take place, and so record producers delved deep into the sound archives and dug out a few singles from his Sun Records days, mixed them with a couple of early RCA songs and a number from the "Love Me Tender" soundtrack, and, presto! a new Elvis LP was born. The overwhelming success of this album is not solely confined to the stylistic homogeneity of this collection of fresh, youthful songs. Far more, it's because for many fans the record offered the only substitution for the highly coveted but rare original singles "That's All Right," "Mystery Train" and "My Baby Left Me."
Selections:1. That's All Right;2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy;3. Mystery Train;4. Playing For Keeps;5. Poor Boy;
6. My Baby Left Me;7. I Was The One;8. Shake, Rattle And Roll;9. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone; 10. You're A Heartbreaker
Elvis Christmas Album - While most of the songs selected for this fourth album by Elvis Presley on RCA Records were traditional Christmas fare, such as "White Christmas" and "Silent Night," two new songs by regular suppliers of material for Presley were commissioned. One selected by Elvis to open the album, a blues-based rock and roll number "Santa Claus Is Back In Town," was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Also featured on this Christmas album are three gospel numbers along with the pop/spiritual hit "I Believe".
Selections: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town;2. White Christmas;3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane);4. I'll Be Home For Christmas;5. Blue Christmas;6. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me);
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem;8. Silent Night;9. (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me);10. I Believe;
11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord;12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
Elvis Presley Golden Records - Welcome to "Elvis Golden Records Vol 1". This album is packed with all Elvis' early hits including such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel" (No2 UK, No.1 US '56), "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel" (No.1 US, No.2 UK, '56), "Love Me Tender" (No.1 US, No.11 UK '56), "Too Much" (No.1 US, No.6 UK '57), "All Shook Up" (No.1 US & UK '57), "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" (No.1 US, No.3 UK '57) and "Jailhouse Rock" (No.1 US & UK '58) just to name a few among many others.
Selections: 1. Hound Dog;2. Loving You;3. All Shook Up;4. Heartbreak Hotel;5. Jailhouse Rock;6. Love Me;7. Too Much;8. Don't Be Cruel;9. That's When Your Heartaches Begin;10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear;11. Love Me Tender;12. Treat Me Nice;13. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be);14. I Want You I Need You I Love You;15. My Baby Left Me;16. I Was The One;17. That's All Right;18. Baby, Let's Play House;19. Mystery Train;20. Blue Suede Shoes. (News, Source: Elusive Disc /Elvis News)
'Elvis - The Hollywood Collection Vol. 1' DVD review: In August 2007 Warners released their DVD box-set 'Elvis: The Hollywood Collection Vol. 1'. Featuring the 6 movies Charro, Girl Happy, Kissin' Cousins, Live a Little Love a Little, Stay Away Joe and Tickle Me. The six titles in this set were only on VHS until now. Charro was previously available on dvd but in very poor quality. Two of the DVD covers state that they are new digital transfers of the complete original theatrical version, however all of them are in excellent colour and sound. Having a quality version of 'Charro!' after all these years is a real pleasure. Here independent reviewer Dave Lifton from blogcritics gives a witty overview of all these Elvis features. With each movie title there is a bonus set of 4 pictures plus 1 mini movie poster. Click here for review and images.
100% Elvis magazine issue #39: From the Portuguese fan club this is the latest edition of their magazine '100% Elvis'. This edition is filled with news and articles from back to back. The main articles are on Ann Margret, an interview with Red West from 1999, Elvis and racism plus of course news and reviews.
(News, Source; Elvisnews)
Saturday 8 September 2007
'It's Tahoe Time' new import CD release: Coming soon from Rainbow Records is their second CD titled 'It´s Tahoe Time', containing Elvis' Oct 13th, 1974 Midnight Show at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe. Until today there has never been a CD release of any of the 8 performances of this very little-known engagement at Lake Tahoe in autumn 1974. The CD is taken from an early generation audience recorded Cassette-Tape which has been professionally mastered. This presents one of only two known recorded performances of Elvis´ October 74 Tahoe concerts and is described as being in good and listenable sound-quality. Presented with a 16-page booklet which contains all the information about the engagement, including a special report by a female fan who saw all eight shows, written just a few days after this engagement was over. At the show Elvis was wearing his then brand new 'Mexican Sundial' jumpsuit which would only reappear in 1977.
The producers suggest that this shhould be a very interesting performance for fans as Elvis is in good mood and delivers a mixture of both his early and his later classics. The concert includes classy versions of songs like 'It´s Midnight', 'Big Boss Man', 'I´m Leavin´' and an impromptu version of 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'. As a bonus you can hear James Burton playing his guitar and giving an impression of how it sounded when he was at his very peak in 1973. The seven minute long 'Music Makers' Special has been taken from the original ´73 vinyl-album 'Guitar' and is a real rarity.
Tracklist: See See Rider, I Got A Woman/Amen, Love Me, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, If You Love Me (Let Me Know), Fever, Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Hound Dog, Introductions, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Why Me Lord?, I'm Leavin', Johnny B. Goode, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Can't Help Falling In Love. Bonus: Music Makers "Guitar" feat. James Burton. (Running Time: 56:00)
Remember Elvis: The two CD's "Elvis Rocks - Through His Early Years" and "Elvis Rocks - Blue Suede Shoes" have been coupled with a new cardboard slip cover by the DISKY label. The first title contains 10 tracks, the latter 20. (News, Source: Elvis Corner /Elvis News)
The Blues Roots of Elvis Presley: Here is the cover of the "Blues Roots Of Elvis Presley" compilation which is due for release on the Complete Blues label on September 24, 2007. It features "Elvis tracks" by other artists. (News, Source: Virgin Mega Store/Elvis News)
Elvis: That's The Way It Is (2007 DVD): Whether you are a long time Elvis fan, or just interested in the music and showmanship of the King of Entertainers, this is a nice collection! Filmed in 1970, backstage, on stage, during rehearsals and with a wealth of celebrities in attendance, these performances are from a time many consider to be at the height of Elvis’s career.
In the summer of 1970, a slim strong-voiced Elvis performed a live show for four weeks at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The result was that the world fell in love again with Elvis and his music. He gave his fans the show of a lifetime in these performances, including songs from his beginnings such as All Shook Up, and Hound Dog, all the way to his final #1 hit Suspicious Minds.
Mixed with the stage numbers are footage of rehearsals, on-stage ad libs, and moments that are simply Elvis lore. First released in theaters in 1970, this feature was re-released with special additions in 2001.
The DVD is a two disc set, with an accompanying art photo booklet composed of images from the time.
Disc one is the 2001 re-release of the feature and includes Restoration Featurette Patch it Up: The Restoration of Elvis: Presley Career Highlights: Director/Restorer Filmographies and Theatrical Trailer. Running time is 96 minutes, and there are English and French subtitles available. The opening credits inform the viewer that footage that was not used in the final film of 1970’s is now available in this disc. An exciting prospect!
Disc Two is the 1970 Original Theatrical Version, and has a “Dozen Never-Seen Outtake Songs/Non musical sequences. Running time for this disc is 108 minutes with English and French subtitles available for the feature.
This feature film is still great fun. Originally, it was interesting and a novelty to see a performer of Elvis’s caliber in rehearsals and as a confident showman, and real person. Now, it is great to see how the music is still familiar, is holding up well in the 21st century, and that Elvis’s performances continue to work a kind of magic on the viewer. Not only of interest because of the performer and the music, this film is a time capsule, of styles, attitudes, pleasures and problems of the time.
Bright patterned polyester shirts, amazing Afro hair do’s and my gosh, Elvis’s incredible sideburns vie for attention along side music, and stories, jokes and unforgettable moments. Fans didn’t have internet, DVD’s or videos to watch in those days, they had feature films such as Elvis - That's the Way It Is (Two-Disc Special Edition) to bring their favorite performers to life.
Elvis - That's the Way It Is (Two-Disc Special Edition) is now available at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release date for the UK. (DVD Review: Source: dvd.monstersandcritics.com)
Thursday 6 September 2007
New pic disc vinyl: I WAS THE ONE - a beautiful 12” picture disc album release, limited to just 2000 COPIES worldwide. Featuring The King’s earliest studio recordings from 1954,1955 and 1956. This picture disc is stunning and is highly likely to become a valuable collectors item in the future.
Ordering through this site is easy and secure with PayPal’s debit / credit card processing. I WAS THE ONE costs just £13.99 and if you order any five or more albums at one time from this website, postage and packing is absolutely FREE to anywhere in the world. I WAS THE ONE - he most certainly was. Watch out for further releases.Order from Rockwell Records
Elvis Presley (Saddleback Graphic Biographies): Due for publication in the US in January 2008 is this softcover graphic bio targeted at primary school children aged 9 to 12 years. ISBN-13: 988-1599052212. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Wednesday 5 September 2007
November 2007 FTD track listings announced plus news on distribution and release dates:
Important information about distribution and release dates:
When we release new product we are bombarded with E-mails and phone calls from many of you. We do understand that, as one of our customers humorously put it, “The natives are getting restless”.
However we are one of the smallest customers with both the factory and the distribution, and whereas both companies do their best to keep the deadlines, we will always have to wait if some bigger release gets in the way. This could cost us up to a week with both situations.
Running a company with such low sales figures, we have to be cost efficient, so the service we get from the distribution is geared towards that. We do not automatically get tracking numbers, specific shipping dates for each customer. The transport companies have a 3-5 day delivery guarantee. This means we cannot tell you the exact date you get your order. We try to send to far away countries first, but we can only control it in the first stage. To upgrade these services would be quite costly.
As you have noticed the two new releases are described as “Shipping date early November”. This is a consequence of several situations:
1) We are both under enormous work pressure from our “daytime jobs”. FTD is something we do on weeknights and weekends, and in this case it means that we have not had the time to get anything ready for October 1st.
2) The vague term early November is a consequence of all of the above. It’s an illusion to guarantee specific dates with so many uncontrollable elements involved. You need to tell your customers this – if for no other reason, at least to keep your incoming phone calls and E-mails under control
At this time no decisions have been made in relation to the next releases. We hope to have something ready for January – if not definitely for February. We will be able to tell you by mid-late October. Roger & Ernst(News, Source: FECC/It's Elvs Time)
On October 19, 2003, renowned Elvis stylist, Terry Mike Jeffrey, took to the stage in Kunstmin, Dordrecht, The Netherlands to deliver a powerhouse show to an appreciative audience at the "Elvis 2nd To None" Convention organised by the Dutch fan club, It's Elvis Time.
Accompanying Jeffrey were one time bass player for Elvis, Duke Bardwell, and Elvis' "scarves and water man", Charlie Hodge.
"An Elvis Tribute Album" is a strong show which delicately moves between foot stomping rockers and poignant ballads to soul stirring gospel standards. Read full review (CD Review, Source: EIN)
"King For A Day" (book release):A new photo book capturing Elvis' spirit is being released this month. Through a deeply personal photographic study, Erin Freinberg focuses on the diverse range of culture, fashion, and persona that Elvis imnpersonators embrace.
The 192 page photo essay is being in published hardcover format (ISBN13: 9878-1-933108-14-8) by Speck Press. (News, Source: Media Release, Speck Press)
Friday 31 August 2007
Elvis upgraded DVDs going cheap in Australia: Target stores in Australia are offering the newly upgraded Warner & Paramount DVD releases for the fabulous price of just AU$8.99. Including 'Blue Hawaii', 'Jailhouse Rock' and the 'Viva Las Vegas Deluxe edition' EIN suggests that Aussie Elvis fans check out their local store asap since the sale ends September 5th. During Elvis Week we saw these same DVDs for sale in Graceland stores for the rip-off price of US$23. For this price it might even be worth purchasing a new copy of 'Harum Scarum'! Note: K-Mart also has the Elvis DVDs for $8.99.
(News, Source: EIN)
New Portuguese Elvis children's book:'Elvis: O Rei Do Rock' is the name of this new Portuguese children's book about Elvis. The book by author José Jorge Letria is being released in September and will be launched at Lisbon's Hard Rock Café. It costs 13 euros.
(News, Source; Burning Star)
New 'Elvis Is Alive' book - 'The Resurrection of the King': A new book called 'The Resurrection of the King: The Most Compelling Elvis Is Alive Story Ever Told' by author Bruce L. Kearns is soon to be released by publishers Booksurge Llc. The novel blends fact and fiction over its 208 pages. The book will intrigue conspiracy theorists, of which there are still a surprising number. If you feel the need to know more, visit EIN's Conspiracy section.
(News, Source; Amazon)
Wednesday 29 August 2007
'In The Ghetto' duet now released worldwide: As expected the Lisa Marie/Elvis duet of 'In the Ghetto' has now been released worldwide by iTunes, as well as in the USA. In Australia it costs $1.69 for the song and $3.39 for the video, while in the UK prices are 79p for the song and the video at £1.89. Proceeds go to the Presley Charitable Foundation benefitting homeless families in New Orleans. So to purchase please click here and search for 'In The Ghetto'.
(News, Source EIN)
New BMG Japan 30th Anniversary release: BMG Japan has released a special CD for the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death. The compilation 'Best Hits In Japan' features 29 Japanese favourites selected by Tomoaki Ogura. There is a bonus 3-track disc with early pressings. It is interesting to see the inclusion of 'All That I Am', yet nothing from Elvis' 1969 session featured on the disc.
Tracklist: Heartbreak Hotel; I Want You, I Need You, I Love You; Hound Dog; Don't Be Cruel; Love Me Tender; Jailhouse Rock; Wear My Ring Around Your Neck; It's Now Or Never; Are You Lonesome Tonight; GI Blues; Surrender; Crying In The Chapel; Blue Hawaii; Can't Help Falling In Love; Follow That Dream; Suspicion; Return To Sender; Devil In Disguise; Viva Las Vegas; All That I Am; I've Lost You; Bridge Over Troubled Water; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; I Really Don't Want To Know; An American Trilogy; Always On My Mind; My Boy; My Way; Blue Christmas.
Bonus CD: A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit remix); Rubberneckin' Paul Oakenfold Remix; The Elvis Medley. (News, Source;HT Long)
Elvis' 2007 Worldwide Chart success: According to Elvis news this is Elvis' recent 2007 worldwide chart successes. It is interesting to see that some countries marketed this year's earlier compile 'Essential Elvis' getting it to the top of the charts before the more recent (BMG suggested major release) 'The King.'
Canada is the odd one out with 'Introducing Elvis' (opposite) a 3CD compile with only 30 tracks (of Elvis in the fifties) getting a major marketing push getting it to Number 2.
Worldwide At #1
Sweden (The Essential)
France (The Essential)
Germany (The King)
UK (The King)
Netherlands (The Dutch Collection)
Austria (The King)
Two new European Elvis fifties CD compiles released: 'Elvis Presley the collection' (left) is a 47 track, 3CD set featuring all the regular fifties public domain songs from SUN and RCA. 'Elvis Presley Icons' collection (right) features the same 47 tracks as a 2CD set.
More new Elvis UK Vinyl releases: Following on from our review of the M.R.S. issued 'My Baby Left Me' yesterday, here are the covers of the other British vinyl RCA/BMG releases 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Suspicious Minds', together with the M.R.S. 10" cover. (News, Source; EIN)
New Elvis postage stamps released for 30th Anniversary: Popular with collectors these are the new Elvis stamps from St Kids released for the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death.
(News, Source: ElvisMatters)
Lisa Marie Presley Interview: She's the daughter of music's biggest icon, a singer-songwriter in her own right, a mother of two and the head of one of the world's biggest tourist attractions. Lisa Marie Presley is also very outspoken. On the week of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, which she commemorated by filming a new duet of 'In the Ghetto', she shared with Spinner her candid opinions on the commercialization of his music, her distaste for young Hollywood and why she doesn't need fans to remind her how wonderful her dad was. With the new single entering the charts and her upset about the 'Viagra' TV campaign (see below) it is fascinating to hear Lisa's recent views. (Interview, Source: Spinner.com)
Friday 24 August 2007
Elvis and Lisa Marie's duet of 'In The Ghetto' enters the Billboard charts at #83; The charity duet version of Elvis' No.1 hit from 1969 as premiered at the 30th Anniversary Fedex Concert is available from iTunes for a limited time. Proceeds go to the Presley Charitable Foundation benefitting homeless families in New Orleans.
Lisa Marie also issued this comment on her website. "Calling all troops! In order to stem the tide of the public (illegally) watching the 'In the Ghetto' video on YouTube and other video sites, we've made a movie that will hopefully persuade the viewers to go to iTunes and purchase it, and thereby.... HELP END HOMELESSNESS! You can help tremendously by downloading the movie, then UPLOADING it to YouTube and any other video site you can think of. Go nuts. Flood the world. End suffering." Click here to see the video. For more Lisa Marie information go here to EIN's special Lisa Marie news page. (News, Source;EIN)
New UK budget CD release 'The Blues Roots of Elvis Presley': Announced on Amazon from the Complete Blues label is 'The Blues Roots of Elvis Presley'. Sadly this will not be the definitive Elvis Blues CD that we are all waiting for, instead it will be a rehash of those budget public domain 1955/1956 songs. To be released September 24.Click here for EIN's spotlight on Elvis Blues. (News, Source; EIN/Amazon)
New 'La Légende Du King' French budget CD: This is the cover of the new French budget release 'La Légende Du King' recently issued on August 20. The package contains a CD with the regular selection of budget 1956 tracks, plus one documentary DVD.
(News, Source; Amazon)
Thursday 23 August 2007
'My Baby Left Me'/'One Sided Love Affair' HMV CD/Vinyl single review: Elvis' earliest UK releases were on the EMI label 'His Master's Voice'. These early Elvis releases are very rare and there is something extremely appealing about their purple and gold labels. Owning an HMV original is a real treat for Elvis collectors.
In a very smart marketing move the M.R.S label has released another 'His Master's Voice' collectable, in collaboration with HMV UK stores. Released on August 20th on both 10" vinyl and enhanced CD, this collector's HMV version of 'My Baby Left Me'/'One Sided Love Affair' is a real pleasure. Go here for our full review.
(News, Source; EIN)
Tuesday 21 August 2007
New MRS project revealed: Accompanying the new MRS single, My Baby Left Me (see above), is promotion announcing "New York RCA Studio 1 - The Complete Sessions" as the latest MRS project. Joseph Pirzada talks about both the New York and My Baby Left Me releases in part 2 of his interview with EIN (coming soon). (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)
New Elvis book release in Spain: The book “Elvis Corazon Solitario” (Elvis Lonely Heart), by Javier Márquez, hit the Spanish bookstands August 16th 2007. The book is published in Spain by Editorial Almuzara. The target of this book is taming the different versions known of Elvis Presley with a pinch of that passion which is needed to understand the man that mainly lived his life to make those around him happy, with a song if possible.
Synopsis: Most probably the boy from Tupelo has more written history about him than any other artists of the 20th Century, maybe with the exception of The Beatles.
The bigger problem facing this task is the surplus of information, which makes it too diffused and exploited, and, thus, the details worth of consideration are lost in the sea of information.
For this particular reason this book does not shed a new light into all what has been said and written in the hundreds of books devoted to Elvis Presley published through the world.
The main target of this book is to filter all the existing information, the testimonies of family and friends, the discoveries made by dedicated historians; and mesh it with a critical analysis of his, mainly, musical and cinematographic career with a pinch of that passion that he had. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch/EP Gold)
Thursday 16 August 2007..................Day of remembrance.................
Elvis Aaron Presley: Jan 8, 1935 - Aug 16, 1977
It was 30 years ago today............and millions still care! Therein lies the secret.The music, the warmth, the passion.......they all still resonate around the world.
....And the candles continue to burn brightly in the warm night air.....
Lisa Marie's 30th anniversary project revealed - new duet with Elvis!: A new video of Lisa Marie Presley singing "In the Ghetto," accompanied by her late father, Elvis Presley, will be posted Friday on the AOL Internet site Spinner.com, a company spokesman said Tuesday. To mark the 30th anniversary of her father's death, Lisa Marie Presley's voice was added to the original version of her father's hit song from 1969. The video duet also features images of her late father.
Spinner.com will post the video along with the transcript of an interview with Lisa Marie Presley, AOL spokesman Kurt Patat said. In the interview, Lisa Marie Presley said the project was emotionally stirring.
"We had two hours to lay down my vocals," she says. "So the next morning, I heard the rough ... and ... I've never cried when I've done anything ... ever ... but I just lost it when I heard it.Lisa Marie Presley also talks in the interview about how she was offended to see her father's song "Viva Las Vegas" used in a Viagra commercial. "I find that revolting," she said. "Some songs we have no control over. I know we didn't license that one."Proceeds from the new song and video will be used to help build temporary housing for the homeless in New Orleans, she said. The project is to be similar to Presley Place, a 12-unit apartment building for the homeless built in Memphis by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. in 2001. At the time, Elvis Presley Enterprises was owned by Lisa Marie Presley. She sold 85 percent of the company two years ago to CKX Inc., which now controls the worldwide business in marketing Elvis' name and image.Elvis Presley died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on Aug. 16, 1977, and thousands of fans are in town this week for the 30th anniversary of his death.Lisa Marie Presley, 39, is scheduled to attend a concert Thursday in Memphis that will feature her father performing on video, with live support from his former backup singers and band members. Her most recent album of her own music was "Now What" in 2005, but she said in the interview that she hopes to put out a new album soon.
"I'm definitely going to do it," she said. "I just have to figure out the right way. I'm on a clean slate right now — I just got off my label (Capitol Records). So I'm figuring out my next route." (News/Lisa Presley's World, Source: Christine Bamford)
Voting in - here is "Elvis The Dutch Collection": Sony BMG will release the ultimate Dutch Collection on August 16, 2007. Dutch fans voted on the tracks for the compile selecting from list of 150 songs. More than 10,000 votes were received and below are the 50 songs that will be on the 2CD set. With one or two exceptions, the voting just goes to show that Sony BMG gets it right with their Elvis greatest hits compiles!
The first copy will be handed over to Wanda Jackson on the Memorial Concert in Valkenburg (NL) on August 16.
Tracks: CD 1: Suspicious Minds/Always on my mind/In The Ghetto/Are You Lonesome Tonight?/American Trilogy Can't Help Falling In Love With You/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender/My Boy/It's Now Or Never/My Way I Just Can't Help Believing/Wooden Heart/Blue Suede Shoes/(You're The) Devil In Disguise/If I Can Dream The Wonder Of You/Burning Love/Don't Cry Daddy/Crying In The Chapel/Return To Sender/One Night/You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling/How Great Thou Art - Live 1974/Don't Be Cruel
CD 2: Bridge Over Troubled Water/You Gave Me A Mountain/(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Memories/Just Pretend/(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/A Little Less Conversation/ Heartbreak Hotel/Guitar Man/(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I/Polk Salad Annie/Kiss Me Quick/Viva Las Vegas/You Don't Have To Say You Love Me/That's Allright Mama/Loving You/I'll Remember You/Don't/All Shook Up/Suspicion/Kentucky Rain/Such A Night/Hound Dog/I Can't Stop Loving You/Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing version) (News, Source: EP Gold/Elvis News)
Long box releases: Here are two long box releases. The first one contains "Viva Las Vegas" from the ABC TV Special coupled with "Elvis At The Movies" which contains 24 of Elvis's movie hits.
Also available in a longbox is the "Essential Elvis" collection with 40 tracks on two disc. (News, Source: Elvis News)
New dance remix will appeal to long time fans: Leading Australian ETA, Mick Gerace, launches his new remix single on August 16 ahead of its release by Sony BMG Australia. The recording is a "dance" remix of the sublime but little known Elvis track, (I Got A) Feeling In My Body. Backing Gerace is none other than the Sweet Inspirations.
As is needed to bring Elvis' music to a new generation, "(I Got A) Feeling In My Body" has very competently used current production techniques and styles to give a classic track a contemporary feel and vibe. Read full review and hear sample of the song (CD Review, Source: EIN)
Walmart "Viva Las Vegas": Here is the artwork for the "exclusive" 2CD edition of 'Viva Las Vegas' being sold by Walmart stores in the US. (News, Source: Barry McLean)
"Elvis Presley Most Wanted" CD: Due for release in September is the CD "Elvis Presley Most Wanted" featuring rarities including the Celine Dion - Elvis Presley duet of "If I Can Dream" and the Lisa Marie - Elvis duet of "Don’t Cry Daddy". Both in great quality according to the information we received. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Artwork for CD releases: Here are the covers of two "Elvis And Friends" compilations which were released on April 30, 2007. The Cheapolata label released a 5 disc "Elvis And Friends" compilation while the Legends & Co label released a single disc compilation.
"Don't Be Cruel" is a 2 CD set released on the Black Box label on April 30, 2007 featuring just Elvis. (News, Source: Elvis News)
Tuesday 7 August 2007
Ernst Jorgensen responds to October FTD rumours: Apparently the British Fan Club has published that the October FTD releases are Girls! Girls! Girls! (single CD) and Pot Luck (2CD). Andylon Lensen from EP Gold contacted Ernst who has indicated decisions are yet to be made on the October releases. He also said there will be no soundboard album in October. Stay tuned. (News, Source: EP Gold)
Elvis feature in Record Collector magazine: The October 2007 edition of the UK published Record Collector includes a 12 pages feature on The King. (News, Source: Maurice Colgan/EP Gold)
Two "Suspicious Minds" CD singles: There will be two CD-single editions of the "Suspicious Minds" single reissue, one vinyl reissue and an iTunes exclusive download.
Standard CD: cat no 88697122372 (9) released Thu 16 Aug – Numbered limited edition:
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me
3. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
10” : cat no 88697122371 (2) released Thu 16 Aug – Numbered limited edition
A. Suspicious Minds
B1. You'll Think Of Me
B2. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
2 Track CD : cat no 88697147212 (7) released Thu 16 Aug – Not limited
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me (Alt take 7)*
iTunes Exclusive : G10001218458M / 88888239365 / released Mon 13 Aug
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me
3. Suspicious Minds (Alt. take 7)
4. Do You Know Who I Am (Alt. take 5)* (News, Source: Noble PR/Elvis News)
Another "Early Years" album: The Dutch Kruitvat chain of drug stores added another budget compilation to their site. For 3.89 euro can get get the 3 CD set "Early Years".
CD 1:1. Love Me Tender 2. Any Way You Want Me 3. Rip It Up 4. Love Me Tender 5. Long Tall Sally 6. Paralyzed 7. So Glad You're Mine 8. Old Shep 9. Poor Boy 10. Ready Teddy 11. Anyplace Is Paradise 12. How's The World Treating You 13. How Do You Think I Feel 14. We're Gonna Move 15. Tutti Frutti
CD 2:1. Just Because 2. I'm Counting On You 3. One Sided Love Affair 4. Trying To Get You 5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry 6. I'll Never Let You Go 7. I Love You Because 8. Blue Moon 9. Money Honey 10. I Want You I Need You I Love You 11. My Baby Left Me 12. Hound Dog 13. Don't Be Cruel 14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 15. Shake, Rattle And Roll
CD 3:1. That's All Right Mama 2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3. Good Rockin' Tonight 4. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 5. Milk Cow Blues Boogy 6. You're A Heartbreaker 7. Baby Let's Play House 8. I'm Left You're Right She's Gone 9. Mystery Train 10. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. Let Me 13. Blue Suede Shoes 14. First In Line 15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (News, Source: Source: Kruidvat Entertainment /Elvis News)
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ELVIS! Collection: Paramount Home Entertainment / $76.99 - Elvis Presley didn't so much inhabit a character as amble through it. No matter the part, he resolutely portrayed the country kid who made good, his hair a slicked, unyielding coif, his gyrations and self-satisfied sneer irresistible to every woman who crossed his path.
The formula is solidly evident in eight Presley movies set for release Tuesday on DVD to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death: King Creole (1958), G.I. Blues (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Roustabout (1964), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967).
In most of his 31 films, panned at the time but profitable, the ever-cool, photogenic Presley breaks into song at every opportunity, usually backed by a band he has ostensibly just encountered but with which he manages somehow to perform flawlessly.
In King Creole, at least, Presley - playing a poor busboy who gets mixed up with the New Orleans mob - stretches his acting chops, no doubt because of the prodding of director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca).
But in Girls! Girls! Girls!, filmed partly on location in Hawaii and partly - and very obviously - on a well-lighted soundstage, Presley flounders as a fishing-boat captain who spends as much time warbling tunes as he does casting for shrimp and bickering with his two love interests. (There were always at least two.) Special features: There are no special features in this set of movies packaged in a box swathed in faux blue velvet. (News, Source: baltimoresun.com)
Elvis in Now Dig This: The August edition of Now Dig This magazine features a ten pages feature on Elvis to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. It includes Gordon Minto reflecting on how Elvis was marketed over three decades, people choosing their favourite Elvis records, some photos and an interview with Chuck Wiginton who played just one show with Elvis in 1957.
It also has the 3 April 1957 interview in from Ottawa Canada. (News, Source: FECC board)
Saturday 4 August 2007
"Presleyana VI" now available: The latest edition of the Jerry Osborne's acclaimed discography & price guide, Presleyana - The Elvis Presley Record, CD & Memorabilia Price Guide (Sixth Edition), is now available.Presleyana documents his music and memorabilia in much greater detail than any other book — including all speeds and formats of records, CDs, Tapes, and Non-Recorded Memorabilia to this new Edition. Presleyana VI is completely revised from cover to cover! Included in its 344 pages are MANY never-before published photos — over 90% being new. Perhaps you have already noticed the gorgeous Elvis photo, standing in front of Graceland in 1960, as one you have never seen before. It is in print here for the very first time ever! Price: $34.95. No charge for postage and handling on USA orders. (News, Source: Dan Martin)
More "A Legendary Performer" volumes: Just released are the volumes 10 and 11 in the "Legendary Performer" series. Originally this series was started by RCA in the seventies.
A few years ago the Madison label produced an additional four quality volumes after which the Wolf Call label took over with volume 9, containing material copied from other releases. Now volumes 10 and 11 have been added.
Track listing "A Legendary Performer" volume 10: All That I Am (Take 2)/Any Day Now (Take 1)/Big Boss Man (Take 2)/Blueberry Hill/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Live 23/2-70)/Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 2)/Bringing It Back (Take 1)/Chesay (SP take)/City By Night (Alternate take)/Just Pretend (Take 2)/Kentucky Rain (Live laughing version)/Let’s Be Friends (Solo)/Let Yourself Go (Duet with The Blossoms)/Love Letters (Live 14/12-76)/Loving You (Take 3)/One Night (Live 23/2-70)/Rags To Riches (Live 31/12-76)/Shoppin’ Around//Such A Night (Live 25/3-60)/Suspicion (Without Jordaniares)/This Is The Story (Take 2)/The Girl Of My Best Friend (Take 3)/The Love Machine (Take 6)/Welcome To My World (Live 16/8-02)/What Now My Love (Live 16/8-02)
You Don’t Know Me (Movie version)
Track listing "A Legendary Performer" volume 11: A House Of Sand (SP take)/A Little Bit Of Green (Remaster long version)/A Mess Of Blues (SP take)/Adam And Evil (SP take)/C. C. Rider (Live 19/2-70)/Could I Fall In Love (Alternate harmony)/Earth Boy (SP take)/Fools Rush In (Take 9)/His Latest Flame (Take 9)/I Miss You (Take 1)/I’ve Lost You (Take 1)/Life (Take 10)/Lonely Man (Solo take 1)/Power Of My Love (Remix)/ Rubberneckin’ (Extended mix)/So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise) (Take 1)/Solitaire (Take 3)/Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Take 2)/That’s All Right (Live 10/8-70)/Where Do I Go From Here (Take 5 extended)
Where No One Stands Alone (Take 1)/Working On The Building (Take 4)/You’ll Be Gone (Take 1) (News, Source: Elvis News)
New edition of "Essential Elvis" CD in France: Released in France is a French edition of the "Essential Elvis" compilation. This release comes in a slipcase with completely different tracklisting, the same as the U.K and German "The King" compilation, from the standard edition of this "Essential Elvis".
CD 1:1. Suspicious Minds 2. Blue Suede Shoes 3. Jailhouse Rock 4. Love Me Tender 5. Don'T Be Cruel 6. King Creole 7. Hard Headed Woman 8. All Shook Up 9. Hound Dog 10. Too Much 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 13. (Let'S Have A) Party 14. That'S All Right 15. One Night 16. (Now And Then There'S) A Fool Such As I 17. A Big Hunk O'Love 18. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 19. Crying In The Chapel 20. Stuck On You 21. Wooden Heart 22. Viva Las Vegas 23. (You'Re The) Devil In Disguise 24. Guitar Man 25. A Little Less Conversation (Jxl Single version) 26. Welcome To My World (Bonus Track)
CD 2: 1. In The Ghetto 2. Burning Love 3. Always On My Mind 4. The Wonder Of You 5. I Just Can'T Help Believin' 6. There Goes My Everything 7. You Don'T Have To Say You Love Me 8. An American Trilogy 9. Are You Lonesome Tonight ? 10. My Boy 11. Green Green Grass Of Home 12. Can'T Help Falling In Love 13. Rock A Hula Baby 14. Return To Sender 15. Don't 16. (Marie'S The Name) His Latest Flame 17. Good Luck Charm
18. Surrender 19. She'S Not You 20. A Mess Of Blues 21. It'S Now Or Never 22. Fever 23. Moody Blue 24. Way Down 25. My Way 26. If I Can Dream (Bonus Track) (News, Source: Elvis Corner/Elvis News)
"Vegas Variety" released: The Rainbow Records label release " Vegas Variety" has been released. This 2 CD contains Elvis’ 90 minutes dinner show from September 1, 1974 as recorded in Las Vegas and bonus material.
CD 1: 01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Strauss) 02 - See See Rider ( Traditional ) 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen (Charles / Traditional) 04 - Talking About GI BLues (Elvis talks) 05 - Love Me ( Leiber / Stoller) 06 - If You Love Me (Rostill) 07 - It's Midnight (Wheeler - Chesnut) 08 - Big Boss Man (Reed) 09 - Fever (Porter) 10 - I'm Leavin' (Jarrett - Charles) 11 - Softly As I Leave You (deVita - Sharper) 12 - Hound Dog (Leiber - Stoller) 13 - Polk Salad Annie (White) 14 - Band Introductions (traditional) 15 - Monologue (Elvis talks) 16 - If You Talk In Your Sleep (West - Christopher)
CD 2:01 - Karate Monologe (Elvis talks) 02 - Help Me (Gatlin) 03 - Why Me Lord (Kristofferson) 04 - Let Me Be There (Rostill) 05 - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon) 06 - Hawaiian Wedding Song (King - Hoffman - Manning) 07 - Can't help Falling In Love (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore) 08 - Closing Vamp (Traditional) 09 - Voice & Elvis - I Couldn't Live Without You (Hallin) 10 - Voice & Elvis - Bringin' It Back (Gordon) 11 - Voice & Elvis - Aubrey (Gates - Griffin) 12 - Strung Out Monologue (Elvis Talks) 13 - Strung Out Mix (Elvis Talks) 14 - Karate Monologue15 - Ed Parker Talks About Elvis (News, Source: Elvis News)
Thursday August 2 2007
'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley' DVD version out now: Containing the sensational recently discovered LIVE footage of Elvis' 1956 Tupelo concert, the DVD-only version has just been released. The DVD also includes further unseen footage backstage, evening show, parade and many more. Plus a never before released Elvis interview at the 1957 Tupelo show. The DVD Audio section contains 21 tracks of the two shows from Tupelo 1956 concerts. Region 0, plays worldwide. Go here for EIN's in-depth review of the DVD/Book. (News, Source; MRS)
'That's The Way It Is' 2-DVD 2007 Edition: The new 'special edition' 2007 version of TTWII is not quite as special as some fans would have hoped for. Disc 1 is the same as the TTWII SE 2000 version, and somewhat disappointingly the original TTWII film on Disc 2 is in mono.
The extra "outtakes" on disc 2 run around 40 minutes and are also in mono. The added bonus tracks are; You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Eating sequence, Cattle Call/Baby Let's Play House/Don't, Farther Along, Oh Happy Day, I Just Can't Help Believin', Walk A Mile in My Shoes, I've Lost You, Sweet Caroline, Little Sister, Stranger in The Crowd, After-show party. Priced at around $16 it still seems good value for money. (News, Source; EIN/FECC)
'Elvis: The Biography' 2007 reissue: Jerry Hopkins' book 'Elvis: The Biography' will be republished in September. The publicity notes, "Elvis Presley is the biggest single entertainment personality in the history of American popular culture. Thirty years after his death in August 1977, he remains the undisputed King of Rock'n'Roll. His talent, charisma, and good humour endeared him to millions. Known the world over by his first name alone, he remains the foremost iconic figure in popular music. Jerry Hopkins has interviewed all those who were close to Elvis; from high school teachers, classmates, old girlfriends, movie directors, agents, recording engineers and disc jockeys; to close friends, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, his doctor, dentist and personal jeweller, to present a comprehensive portrait of this iconic super-celebrity. "Elvis: The Biography" recounts the complete story of Elvis' rise, fall and posthumous legacy; from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi, through his musical development and emergence as the first pop superstar, to his ultimate ascension to the throne of rock'n'roll. This work explores Elvis' unique appeal, his massive influence on contemporary popular culture and recounts many anecdotes and events that combine to provide a matchless impression of an artist who was - and remains - a genuine legend."(News, Source; Amazon)
'Elvis' 40 Greatest' re-released on Import: Here's an image that will be familiar to most Elvis fans and should also bring back some fond memories. Doing the rounds on the bootleg circuit is this CD reissue of the classic UK Arcade chart-topping compilation "Elvis' 40 Greatest". The new cover is a stylish mini double-album slipcase, with the CDs resembling the original two vinyl discs.
(News, Source; EIN/e-mail)
SHE IS THE KING new Elvis single: 'Edge Of Reality/If I Can Dream' the new single from Australia's SHE IS THE KING will be released on August 7th. SHE IS THE KING is the only female Elvis Presley interpreter to have been invited to compete in the first-ever EPE sponsored Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. She will perform at Graceland Crossing this August 2007 to commemorate 30 years since Elvis' passing. The second single from her highly anticipated album - "EDGE OF REALITY" - is being released to coincide with this milestone anniversary. The album will be out October 2007. Go here for more information. (News, Source;EIN/SITK)
'Growing Up In The Shadow Of A King' new book. Released July 16, 2007 is a book from Roger Loyd, son of the late Harold Loyd who was a security guard at the gates of Graceland from the early sixties until he retired in the early 90's. The book is entitled "Growing Up In The Shadow Of A King". From the press release: "My fathers mother and Elvis' mother were sisters. Dad spent most of his life growing up with Elvis and his parents in Tupelo before they all moved to Memphis. Needless to say they were very close. Elvis was even the best man when my parents were married. The book contains many great stories about Elvis that have never been told. Stories such as: The time my mom hit Elvis in the head while they were picking cotton, The time when an older Elvis broke a gumball machine in downtown Memphis, then ran to my dads aprtment to switch clothes, or visiting with Elvis at Graceland while he was watching the gameshow "The Price is Right". There are too many wonderful stories to fit in this one letter, but I know you will enjoy all of them. I titled my book "Growing Up In The Shadow of a King". It also contains never before seen family photos at Graceland and at Elvis' ranch. (News, Source;ElvisNews)
Tuesday 31 July 2007
'PEZ Elvis Gift Set: New on the market is this 3-track Promo CD which is only available with the 'ELVIS GIFT SET' from PEZ Candy in the US. Presented in a smartly designed tin-can, this is well-worth searching out as it is sure to be a collector's item in the future.
(News, Source; EIN/Ron Lacourse)
Monday 30 July 2007
Kurt Russell "Elvis" biopic for DVD release: The critically acclaimed 1979 Elvis biopic starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter finally sees its official release on DVD next month. The 171 minute movie is released by First Look Media in the US on 7 August.
Film description" Kurt Russell portrays The King from his beginnings as a 35-dollar-a-week truck driver to one of the most popular music and film stars the world has ever seen. As the film opens Elvis is about to return to the stage in his heroic Las Vegas comeback show. Alone in his hotel room Elvis flashes back to his past, a lifetime away. He remembers his rebellious youth at Humes High School in Tupelo, Mississippi, his early days in Memphis, and then his meteoric rise to fame and fortune and the one true love of his life…Priscilla. Elvis also features Shelley Winters in a strong performance as his beloved mother Gladys, Kurt's dad Bing Russell as Elvis' dad Vernon, and Pat Hingle as his shady manager, Colonel Parker. Country singer Ronnie McDowell does an uncanny job of recreating Elvis' singing vocals. (News, Source: First Look Media/FECC)
Sunday 29 July 2007
Wertheimer book reissue: As we originally reported some time ago, the 1994 book release by Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis '56: In The Beginning, was reissued on July 5. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News/EIN)
"My Baby Left Me" - MRS/HMV Single release - Official Announcement:
"Roots Revolution" reissue: The Hayride compilation "Roots Revolution" will be reissued by the Tomato Records label on July 30, 2007. This release contains the well known Hayride material with additional instruments. (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk)
"Elvis Presley - The Lowdown": Due for release in the Chrome Dreams label on August 27, 2007 in the U.K and October 9 in the U.S. is the CD "The Lowdown". Synopsis: Elvis Presley The Lowdown commemorates the short life but huge impact of Elvis on a 2 CD set, and features rare interviews - many previously unpublished - undertaken with the man himself throughout his career, and a full spoken word biography and audio celebration of Elvis' life. Packaged with the collector in mind the set features two booklets with rare photos, two inner slipcases and two Elvis posters! (News, Source: Amazon.co.uk)
Thursday 26 July 2007
"Elvis live at Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe" book: With Elvis Week still ahead of us, another book has been announced for 2008. “Elvis at Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe” promises to be a book on the King’s performances in Lake Tahoe, generally known as America’s second Las Vegas. Author Sue McCasland got help for this project from Joseph Krein. Published by Praytome, Germany. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
"Elvis On Tour '75" book released: Sandi Pichon's book "Elvis on Tour '75" has been sent the last couple of days to all the dealers Worldwide!
Friday 27 July 2007 is the official street date for customers - available from your local Elvis store. (News, Source: EP Gold)
Wednesday 25 July 2007
MRS to release Elvis single exclusively through HMV UK: One of Elvis Presley's best recordings from 1956 is being released as a limited edition single, EXCLUSIVE to HMV stores.
My Baby Left Me has been digitally remastered and features the original look of the HMV label and inner-sleeve.
The NEW single is being released on 20 August and will be available in both CD and Vinyl formats. The organisation behind the release is the Memphis Recording Service, whose previous releases have been the acclaimed MRS volumes and most recently Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley.
Each CD and 10” vinyl copy will be numbered and Joseph Pirzada has told EIN only 15,000 CDs and 10,000 vinyl copies are being produced.
The CD will come with a bonus film of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ filmed in Tupelo on the afternoon of September 26th 1956. This can only be viewed by computer using Quicktime.
CD Tracks: 01. My Baby Left Me
02. One Sided Love Affair
Bonus Video Track
03. Don’t Be Cruel (Afternoon Tupelo Concert Sept 26th 1956)
Vinyl Tracks: 01. My Baby Left Me
02. One Sided Love Affair
03. Don’t Be Cruel (Evening Tupelo Concert Sept 26th 1956)
The single will also be available to download via HMV and i-Tunes. Joseph Pirzada will be issuing a full press release in the next few days.
This release is exclusive to HMV, and will be cheaper than the BMG single releases. This release is expected to sell out quickly and could potentially give Elvis another #1 hit in the UK. (News, Source: Joseph Pirzada)
Tuesday 24 July 2007
"Elvis 57 - The Final Fifties Tours" book release: Alan Hanson's examination of Elvis' tours in the 1950s has been released by iUniverse (ISBN-13: 978-0595431229).
Elvis '57 recalls that magical year when the King played to audiences a quarter of a million people strong, and controversy and pandemonium accompanied him wherever he went. Alan Hanson takes us for a rollicking ride through eighteen major cities in the United States and Canada as he chronicles the most exciting tours of Elvis's career.
In Chicago, Elvis wore his famed gold lame suit and thirteen girls fainted in an effort to reach him. In Vancouver, British Columbia, thousands left their seats and rushed the stage, forcing him to abruptly end the show. Drawing on first-hand accounts from the disc jockeys on the front lines of Elvis's exploding career and fans who attended the '57 concerts, Hanson sweeps you back to the year that forever changed the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Available from Amazon(News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
Monday 23 July 2007
Track listing "Elvis 30 #1 Hits" DVD:Elvis World Japan has published the track listings of the upcoming "30 #1 Hits" DVD. The release will be a 15 track single disc in the US and a 30 track 2DVD release outside the US:
Later this year, Sony BMG will distribute a DVD release that could serve to introduce Elvis to new audiences of all ages, perhaps prompting their first Elvis purchase, and encourage some casual Elvis fans to get more serious.
In North America it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances - a 15-song collection of videos of Elvis peforming some of his #1 US and UK hits. In the UK it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances and More - the same content as the North American release and 15 additional performances of songs that were either #1 in the US or UK or are simply Elvis classics. This is sort of a DVD version of the concepts for the ELV1S 30 #1 Hits and ELVIS 2ND To None CDs of 2002 and 2003. The content is doubled for the UK version primarily because music publishing clearances are standardized in the UK for DVD releases like they are for CDs. In the United States, music publishers can hold the songs they own or represent for ransom because DVD clearance rates are not standardized as they are for CDs.
Release dates to be announced. These are expected to come out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2007, timed nicely for holiday gift sales.
Disc - 15 Songs - USA Release
Heartbreak Hotel (Stage Show)
Don't Be Cruel (Ed Sullivan Show)
Hound Dog (Milton Berle Show)
Love Me Tender (Ed Sullivan Show)
All Shook Up (68 Comeback Special)
Teddy Bear (Loving You)
Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock)
Stuck On You (Frank Sinatra Show)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (68 Comeback Special)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Blue Hawaii)
Return To Sender (Girls! Girls! Girls!)
In The Ghetto (That's The Way It Is)
Suspicious Minds (That's The Way It Is)
The Wonder Of You (That's The Way It Is)
Burning Love (Aloha From Hawaii)
Additional 15 songs - International Release
That's All Right (68 Comeback Special)
Blue Suede Shoes (Paramaount Screen Test)
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Steve Allen Show)
Love Me (Ed Sullivan Show)
Too Much (Ed Sullivan Show)
Treat Me Nice (Jailhouse Rock)
Trouble (King Creole)
One Night (68 Comeback Special)
A Big Hunk 'O Love (Aloha From Hawaii)
Wooden Heart (G.I. Blues)
Rock-A-Hula Baby (Blue Hawaii)
Bossa Nova Baby (Fun in Acapulco)
If I Can Dream (68 Comeback Special)
Don't Cry Daddy (That's The Way It Is)
An American Trilogy (Aloha From Hawaii)
Sunday 22 July 2007
MCFARLANE TOYS SALUTES 'THE KING' WITH A TRIO OF RELEASES:Elvis may have left the building, but he lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of fans. "The King" gets the royal treatment from McFarlane Toys as we announce the release of three Elvis-centric products.
'68 COMEBACK SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOXED SET - Seen as both a career milestone for the 'King' and a watershed moment in TV history, the '68 Comeback Special featured Elvis onstage with his guitar, surrounded by an audience on all sides. Regarded by many as his artistic resurrection, Elvis returned to glory, reminding the world why he was indisputably the 'King' of rock 'n' roll.
This commemorative figure is re-released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the passing of one of history's greatest recording artists. IN STORES NOW!
ELVIS ON TOUR 3-D WALL ART - This commemorative piece celebrates one of the many highlights in Elvis' prolific career. McFarlane's Pop Culture Masterworks re-creates the original movie poster from the 1972 documentary of concert and offstage footage. The 8 ½ x 12 ¼ x 2-inch format can be displayed on a wall or any flat surface. Coming to stores in November.
ELVIS LAS VEGAS COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOXED SET - In 1969, Elvis opened at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and performed a 57-show engagement that that broke all attendance records in Las Vegas history. In 1970, he returned to the Vegas circuit a second time to break his previously established attendance record. This 6-inch figure is a re-release of one of our most popular Elvis figures. Coming to stores in November. (News, Source: TMP International, Inc./ Spawn.com/Elvis Express Radio/FECC)
Saturday 21 July 2007
'Inside The Dream' The Jimmy Velvet Story: Jimmy Velvet's brand new book will be specially shipped to Memphis for Elvis Week. Printed on quality paper and with 288 pages it features more than 1000 never published photos as well as 100 Radio Station Charts explaining Jimmy's musical career. 'Inside The Dream' is delightfully described as "An over-sized coffee table book that pulls the reader personally into each decade of this historical blast from the past. You’ll find yourself saying over and over, 'I remember when….' as you turn each page and watch the past 50 years of entertainment history come back to life." Jimmy Velvet was a friend to Elvis as well as his father Vernon. The book cover alone features 91 stars that Jimmy came to know. To meet Jimmy Velvet during Elvis Week - with a chance to buy his book and personally signed photos of him and Elvis - get to the main lobby of the Clarion Hotel near Graceland. Read EIN's interview with Jimmy Velvet here and for more info go to the 'Inside The Dream' website. (News, Source; EIN/Jimmy Velvet)
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley "DVD only" update: The last of the Ltd Edition versions of ‘Tupelo’s Own Elvis Presley’ has now been sold and has now been deleted.
The new DVD only version released 30th July will come in a smaller designed digipack and comes with a 16 page booklet. The content on the disc is the same as the previous release although there is now, a new menu system making it much easier to view around.
This release is available in all good stores in theUK and is available now for pre-order from HMV. (News, Source: MRS)
More DVDs from Russia: Here are several covers of Russian DVD releases (region 5). The titles which will become available are "Wild In The Country", "Viva Las Vegas", "Fun In Acapulco", "Flaming Star", "Girl, Girls, Girls" and "Jailhouse Rock". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
French DVD releases: Due for release in France are two new DVDs; the first one is "Toute L'histoire Du King Du Rock´n´Roll". The second DVD is a 4 DVD set entitled "Elvis Collector: Sa Vie, Sa Carrière" which is due for release August 20, 2007. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin/Elvis News)
New CD in France: Due for release on August 20, 2007 in France is a CD / DVD package entitled "La Légende Du King". (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
Friday 20 July 2007
'The American Way Vol.4 - SOUND of the CITY': CD review: Released by Southern Comfort this CD continues their look at Elvis' astounding 1969 sessions at Chips Moman's American Studios in Memphis. ‘Sound Of The City’ features multiple takes of songs that all present a different emotion which the down-town streets of Memphis often generate. This is Elvis creatively revitalised, working at his peak and all beautifully presented with complete versions no fade-outs and some nice eavesdropping on the group at work. A revealing fly-on-the-wall documentary of Elvis as he rediscovers his musical roots. EIN's Piers Beagley digs deep and explains how a 10 seconds "whoompa" from Elvis’ musical legacy can make him shudder with their true magnificence. (CD Review, Source: EIN, July 2007)
Susan MacDougall offers her views on Ms Juanico's impressive memoir. With subjects as diverse as food, sex and how Colonel Parker tried to sabotage their relationship, Elvis: in the twilight of memory is a thoughtful, well-written book giving us a window onto events in a pivotal year of Elvis's life when he was on the brink of fame and fortune. (Book Review, Source: EIN)
Limited edition Elvis statue for sale: Here is another something you may want to spend your money on… The Italian art designer Gabriele Scollo has made 100 identical and numbered Elvis statues. Each statue weighs 23 kilos, is 50 cm high, 41 cm wide and another 50 cm ‘thick’. The material uses is bronze only. This limited edition of 100 is available for 3500 euro, each. Info: Gabriele.firstname.lastname@example.org(News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Elvis helps sell kitchens: Good taste or not? - the "Elvis Is Everywhere" hype seems to grow by the day. The Belgian kitchen specialist 'Bertels' is selling kitchens with the help of Elvis. The baseline for the Summer campaign is: "Our prices are Legendary" and who else but Elvis is the ideal pick to emphasize that...?(News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Thursday 19 July 2007
"Our Memories of Elvis" reissued with bonus tracks: Yes, it's unbelievable, but there is another CD out now. This time the Our Memories Of Elvis Vol. 1 & 2, that was also released by the Dutch fanclub "It's Elvis Time" several years ago. Back then they released both albums on 1 CD, but these producers are releasing this on 2 different cd's with of course some extra bonus tracks.
Our Memories Of Elvis - Volume 1: 1. Are You Sincere / 2. It’s Midnight / 3. My Boy / 4. Girl Of Mine / 5. Take Good Care Of Her / 6. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again / 7. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming / 8. Spanish Eyes / 9. Never Again / 10. She Thinks I Still Care / 11. Solitaire / Bonus Tracks: 12. Sweet Angeline / 13. Mr. Songman / 14. It’s Midnight (2nd Version)/ 15. My Boy (2nd Version) / 16. Girl Of Mine / 17. I Will Be True / 18. It’s Still Here / 19. I’ll Take You Home Kathleen / 20. It’s A Matter Of Time
Our Memories Of Elvis - Volume 2: 1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body / 2. Green Green Grass Of Home / 3. For The Heart / 4. She Wears My Ring / 5. I Can Help / 6. Way Down / 7. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) / 8. Find Out What’s Happening / 9. Thinking About You / 10. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right* / Studio Jam Session / Bonus Tracks: 11. Shake A Hand / 12. If You Don’t Come Back / 13. If You Talk In Your Sleep / 14. Talk About The Good Times / 15. Help Me / 16. Loving Arms / 17. Thinking About You (2nd Version) / 18. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues (News, Source: FECC)
2007 Summer of Elvis will be a hot one:Throw your blue suede shoes in your suitcase and and make your way to Memphis or get your computer all shook up for a summer that has become the largest celebration of Elvis in history. From race cars to candy bars and in a multitude of new movies, music offerings, products and promotions, fans all over the world can experience Elvis like never before in history.
In July, TV Land and the city of Honolulu, Hawaii will honor Elvis during the 30th anniversary year with a life-sized bronze sculpture. This TV Land Landmark will commemorate the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert. The sculpture will grace The Neal S. Blaisdell Center, formerly The Honolulu International Center, site of the historic Aloha from Hawaii event. August will be Elvis Month on TV Land, which will feature numerous Elvis movies, specials and documentaries.
Reese’s Peanut Butter & Banana Creme Cups featuring Elvis Presley are available through December 2007 in standard, miniatures and “The King” sizes at grocery, drug and convenience stores nationwide. With the Reese’s Elvis “Live Like the King” promotion, Elvis fans can instantly win one of more than 10,000 prizes, including a trip to Graceland in Memphis, a scarf owned by Elvis Presley, Elvis sunglasses, Elvis license plates and more.
For the ultimate grand prize, the Reese’s brand has teamed up with Boyd Coddington of TLC’s “American Hot Rod” to create an authentic Elvis tribute car. The 1957 pink Cadillac has been custom built to look just like the Cadillac Elvis used to drive and upgraded to include all the features of a 2007 custom hot rod car. Three episodes of “American Hot Rod” on TLC will chronicle the transformation of the grand prize Cadillac.
There will also be a special Reese’s and Elvis-branded paint scheme on the Kevin Harvick No. 29 Chevrolet on July 29, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Warner Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment are pooling their DVD sales and marketing resources to release a total of 24 Elvis films. The lead titles in the promotion are Deluxe Editions of Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock and 2 Disc Special Editions of Elvis: That’s the Way It Is and This is Elvis, making its DVD debut.
"Elvis - Muziek Mens Mythe" box set announced: The "Elvis Bible" 'Elvis - Muziek Mens Mythe' by Belgian author Marc Hendrickx will be available in two versions, both in Dutch. Both books are identical (700 pages, hard cover, hundreds of pictures and a news-update to July 2007, including future plans), but the packaging is different.
The Deluxe edition (see picture) comes in a special box with a hologram-like picture and contains the book, the 2DVD set 'The Early Years' and the documentary 'The Last 24 Hours'. While the Dutch book stores will only have the Deluxe edition, the Belgian buyers can choose between the box set and just the book. Target prices are 36 euro for the book and 49.95 for the box.
Both versions are waiting for delivery, and are available later this week. Be warned: one particular website mentions that the books have already been released. This, of course, is absolute nonsense. The books haven't left the stock room at the printer's yet. (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
Tuesday 17 July 2007
'Best Of Elvis Presley' new Canadian budget CD: The 2007 Elvis CD releases keep on coming out! Elvis now joins the Canadian budget 'Collections' series with this 12 track CD. A June 2007 release.
(News, Source; EIN/Barry McLean)
'Introducing Elvis ' Canadian 3CD Gold Metal Box set: From BMG/SONY Canada this is a 3-CD set that will be issued in a stunning Gold Metal Box. Release date is August 14th. The BMG publicity states, "Introducing Elvis is a brand new 3 CD collection of original Elvis classics pakaged in a stunning Gold metal box. This set focuses on the early stages of The King's career, and includes many of the songs that helped him breakthrough to the mainstream, like 'Love Me Tender', 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel' & many more!! All 30 songs are taken from the Original RCA Masters, with no re-recordings or live track filler. Accept no substitutes. This is the King when it all began - young, fresh and ready to take on the world."
Tracklist;CD1- Love Me Tender.
1. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 2. Trying To Get To You 3. Love Me 4. 1 Love You Because 5. Paralyzed 6. 1 Want You, I Need You. I Love You 7. Anyplace Is Paradise 8. Too Much 9. I'm Counting On You 10. Love Me Tender
CD2 - Shake, Rattle & Roll
1. Shake, Rattle & Roll 2. That's All Rlght 3. Blue Suede Shoes 4. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 5. Baby, Let's Play House 6. Hound Dog 7. Long Tall Sally 8. I Got A Woman 9. Mystery Train 10. Blue Moon Of Kentucky CD3 - Heartbreak Hotel
1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. Don't Be Cruel 3. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 4. My Baby Left Me 5. I Was The One 6. I Forgot, To Remember To Forget 7. Harbor Lights 8. That's When Your Heartaches Begin 9. Any Way You Want Me 10. Blue Moon (News, Source: EIN/Barry McLean)
Warner DVD box set: Here is the cover art of the upcoming Warner Bros. 11 disc DVD set. This set is due for release in Europe August 13, 2007 and contains reissues of:
This Is Elvis (2 DVD Set)
Elvis That's The Way It Is (2 DVD Set)
Viva Las Vegas
New to DVD:
Stay Away Joe
Live A Little, Love A Little (News, Source: Noble PR /Elvis News)
"A Hot Night at Paradise Rd." CD.: A Hot Night at Paradise Rd. and features an audience recording of the August 6, 1972. D.S. Here is the tracklisting: The Sweet Inspirations / Move On/A Gift Of Love / 2001 / C. C. Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You've Lost That Loving Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel / Little Sister/Get Back / Hound Dog / A Big Hunk O’ Love / My Way / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / What Now My Love/ American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp. (News, Source: FECC)
"A Dinner at the Hilton" CD: Another new album featuring an audience recording from February 16, 1973 D.S. Here is the tracklisting: 2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me Tender / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / Steamroller Blues / You Gave Me A Mountain / Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / What Now My Love / Johnny B. Goode / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / I Can't Stop Loving You / American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love (News, Source: FECC)
Life size Elvis singing robot head: Just when you thought it was safe to go outside...You may remember seeing this slightly disturbing animatronic robot of Elvis Presley from WowWee shown off at CES 2007, and now you can get your own to take home and sing with ’till your tender hearts’ content. You won’t be seeing any Blue Suede Shoes though since this singing robot is only a life-size bust replica of Elvis Presley and comes complete with microphone, which is actually a wireless IR remote control.
Using the microphone remote you can control the Elvis robot in four different modes. The “Alive” mode is for conversation, “Monologue” will have Elvis tell you stories, the “Song” mode will bring on one of eight songs and of course our favorite “Sing Along” lets you sing with the King, karaoke-style (you’ll need your own mic).
The Alive Elvis Animatronic Robot can run on regular AC power or get All Shook Up with you on the road running on eight “D” batteries. You can pick up your singing Elvis robot head from The Sharper Image for just under $300.(News, Source: SlipperyBrick.com)
"Elvis Presley No. 2" CD: Elvis' second album in the UK ( LPM 1382 in the USA ) was released in April 1957 on the HMV label with a different LP cover.
This is now available on CD for the first time with this different cover as a Limited Collectors Edition. (News, Source: Barry McLean, FECC)
"Elvis Is Back" book set released:The book is made like the two “Inside” boxes. It comes in a box including a vinyl single, dvd, post cards and a certificate. The book is 152 pages. That is 40 more than the two previous ones.
Elvis Is Back is all about Elvis’ return to the music scene in 1960. This year was a bittersweet one for Elvis. He was being discharged from the Army. Music had changed in two years and he was a little insecure about his music career. Yet he enters the sessions with such ambition and determination.
He delivers a new mature diverse voice. “It's Now Or Never” and “Surrender” are truly challenging for Elvis. He proofs himself to be a truly talented singer and not just a flash in the pan. These recording sessions will forever stand out in Elvis’ history.
It’s almost as if Elvis hit the ground running upon his return. The Colonel had been busy preparing for Elvis' return for a very long time. Not only were the recording sessions lined up, an appearance on the ABC televised Frank Sinatra Special and the filming for “G.I. Blues” were immediately following.
His appearance on the Sinatra Special is warmly received by the public. Elvis innocently steals the show from Sinatra. Yet the repertoire between the two performers is very apparent. “G.I. Blues” is a very successful film for Elvis although Elvis hates being in uniform again.
During this year, Elvis is also experiencing many changes in his personal life. Elvis has met Priscilla while in Germany. But he returns to his long time girlfriend Anita Wood. They continue their relationship where it left off before Elvis left for Germany. Vernon marries Dee, which is hard on Elvis because of the loss of his mother. Elvis also brings many of his friends from Germany home and the Memphis Mafia is formed.
But still the most important thing during the year 1960 is the amazing recording sessions. We have two incredible albums from this year, “Elvis Is Back” and “His Hand In Mine.” Elvis truly proves his ability as a performer. He conquers every challenge he is faced with and proves Elvis is back!
"Elvis Is Back" includes many never before seen pictures from this period. There is even some very interesting ones from the filming of "G.I. Blues". Those were not used in the "Inside G.I. Blues" book.
The insightful text was again written by Megan Murphy.
DVD releases in Australia to retail at under A$10.00: The following single edition DVD releases will all be available in Australia for A$9.92 from Ezy DVD on 8 August. (News, Source: EzyDVD)
The Trouble With Girls
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Easy Come, Easy Go
It Happened At The World's Fair
This Is Elvis (2DVD)
Fun In Acapulco
Elvis That's The Way It Is (SE) (2DVD)
Live A Little, Love A Little
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Artwork for upcoming Blue Ray and HD DVD releases: Here are the Blue Ray and HD DVD packages of "Jailhouse Rock" and "Viva Las Vegas" which are due for release from Warner Bros on September 18, 2007. (News, Source:Amazon.com)
New audiobook: Due for release September 14, 2007 in Germany is the audiobook "Romono Elvis Presley". It is the audiobook version of the book "Elvis Presley" from Alan and Maria Posener which was released several years ago. The book is read by David Nathan, who does the German voiceover for stars like Johnny Depp. (News, Source: Elvis Club Berlin /Elvis News)
"Elvis The King" Aussie release: The Australian release of "Elvis The King", a 2-disc CD set, will contain the bonus tracks "Welcome To My World" on disc 1 and on dDisc 2 the live version of "If I Can Dream". The latter recently has seen exposure from the US TV duet performance with Celine Dion.
Disc 1: 1 Suspicious Minds 2 Blue Suede Shoes 3 Jailhouse Rock 4 Love Me Tender 5 Don't Be Cruel 6 King Creole 7 Hard Headed Woman 8 All Shook Up 9 Hound Dog 10 Too Much 11 Heartbreak Hotel 12 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear 13 Party 14 That's All Right 15 One Night 16 (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I 17 A Big Hunk O' Love 18 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 19 Crying In The Chapel 20 Stuck On You 21 Wooden Heart 22 Viva Las Vegas 23 Devil In Disguise 24 Guitar Man 25 A Little Less Conversation (JXL) Bonus track – Welcome To My World
Disc 2: 1 In The Ghetto 2 Burning Love 3 Always On My Mind 4 The Wonder Of You - Version from 2006 "Elvis Live" CD 5 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 6 There Goes My Everything 7 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 8 An American Trilogy 9 Are You Lonesome Tonight (Laughing Version) 10 My Boy 11 Green Green Grass Of Home 12 Can’t Help Falling In Love 13 Rock A Hula Baby 14 Return To Sender 15 Don’t 16 (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame 17 Good Luck Charm 18 Surrender 19 She’s Not You 20 A Mess Of Blues 21 It’s Now Or Never 22 Fever 23 Moody Blue 24 Way Down 25 My Way Bonus track – If I Can Dream
In Australia (and the UK) the DVD "Elvis #1 Hit Performances and More" will be released although the release date still has to be announced. These are expected to come out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2007, timed nicely for holiday gift sales. The content will be the same content as the North American release and 15 additional performances of songs that were either #1 in the US or UK or are simply Elvis classics. (News, Source: ein)
More DVD releases: 'Elvis Presley The Last 24 Hours' will be re-released in the US on 31 July 2007. In Australia the excellent documentary film, 'Altered By Elvis', gets its R4 release on 6 August 2007. (News, Source: Elvis Australia/Elvis News/EzyDVD/EIN)
"Elvis #1 Hit Performances DVD!!!:Later this year, Sony BMG will distribute a DVD release that could serve to introduce Elvis to new audiences of all ages, perhaps prompting their first Elvis purchase, and encourage some casual Elvis fans to get more serious.
In North America it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances - a 15-song collection of videos of Elvis peforming some of his #1 US and UK hits. In the UK it will be Elvis #1 Hit Performances and More - the same content as the North American release and 15 additional performances of songs that were either #1 in the US or UK or are simply Elvis classics. This is sort of a DVD version of the concepts for the ELV1S 30 #1 Hits and ELVIS 2ND To None CDs of 2002 and 2003.
The content is doubled for the UK version primarily because music publishing clearances are standardized in the UK for DVD releases like they are for CDs. In the United States, music publishers can hold the songs they own or represent for ransom because DVD clearance rates are not standardized as they are for CDs.
Release dates to be announced. These are expected to come out sometime in the fourth quarter of 2007, timed nicely for holiday gift sales.
Below is an advance look at the first draft of the back-of-the-box text for both releases and the first draft of the liner notes describing the contents are in a separate article.
ELVIS #1 HIT PERFORMANCES (1 Disc – 15 Songs – USA Release)
What an outstanding introduction to the magic of Elvis Presley! This collection of 15 wonderful performances by the King of Rock 'n' Roll showcases some of his #1 US and UK hits. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, and concert films and television specials -- from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career -- this is Elvis at his best.
See Elvis perform Heartbreak Hotel, his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single's release. Witness the raucous rendition of Hound Dog that got him into trouble with the press and the morally concerned. See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, Can't Help Falling in Love, and sing and dance in one of rock music's all-time greatest production numbers, Jailhouse Rock. Marvel at his "from the waist up only" Ed Sullivan Show performance of Don't Be Cruel. Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of Suspicious Minds and in Hawaii performing a version of Burning Love for a global television audience. Also included: Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, Stuck on You, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Return To Sender, In the Ghetto and The Wonder of You.
ELVIS #1 HIT PERFORMANCES AND MORE (1 Disc, 30 Songs – International Release)
What an outstanding introduction to the magic of Elvis Presley! This collection of 30 wonderful performances by the King of Rock 'n' Roll showcasing 21 of his #1 US and UK hits and 9 other classics. Culled from his TV guest appearances, movies, and concert films and television specials -- from 1956, the year his star ascended, to the 1970s when he reached the pinnacle of his career -- this is Elvis at his best.
The #1 Hits - See Elvis perform Heartbreak Hotel, his first gold record award winner, shortly after the single's release. Witness the raucous rendition of Hound Dog that got him into trouble with the press and the morally concerned. See the matinee idol croon one of his greatest love ballads, Can't Help Falling in Love, and sing and dance in one of rock music's all-time greatest production numbers, Jailhouse Rock. Marvel at his "from the waist up only" Ed Sullivan Show performance of Don't Be Cruel. Experience Elvis in Las Vegas with an energetic delivery of Suspicious Minds and in Hawaii performing a version of Burning Love for a global television audience.
More #1 hits: Love Me Tender, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, Stuck on You, Are You Lonesome Tonight?,Return To Sender, In the Ghetto, The Wonder of You, One Night, A Big Hunk o' Love, Wooden Heart, Rock-a-Hula Baby, Too Much, and I Want You, I Need You, I Love You. Additional Elvis classics: That's All Right, Blue Suede Shoes, Love Me, Treat Me Nice, Trouble, Bossa Nova Baby, Don't Cry Daddy, An American Trilogy, and If I Can Dream.
EIN Note: EIN understands that the original concept for this release was "Elvis 30 #1 Hits, ie. to mirror the highly successful CD of the same name. The DVD had an on again-off again history until the powers that be recognised the success of the Elvis-Celine Dion video duet of "If I Can Dream". Tentative release date is late October 2007. (News, Source: EPE/Sony BMG)
"Vegas Variety" CD: The brand new Rainbow Records label will release a double CD set entitled "Vegas Variety".
This release contains a complete and nearly 90 minutes long performance of Elvis Presley´s September 1st, 1974 Dinner Show recorded from the audience in Las Vegas.
From the press release: The recording of this show has been taken from the original first generation (audience recorded) Cassette-Tape and it has been carefully worked on in a professional studio. So the Producers are able to present exactly what their aim for this project stands for: one of the best performances of Elvis´ August/September 74 concert series at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in best possible sound-quality, rounded off by a great 16 page booklet containing all necessary information regarding the show – and lots of pictures.
We truly believe that this is a great show with an extremly talkative Elvis (including a nearly 10 minutes long monologue about the difference between kung fu and karate) who delivers a bunch of his later classics (the only 50´s throwaway-style-sung title in this show is "Hound Dog", no more „timekillers“!). Hear Elvis, who is clearly in a relaxed mood, doing classy versions of songs like „It´s Midnight“, „Big Boss Man“, „I´m Leavin´“, „If You Talk In Your Sleep“ (introducing a series of karate moves) and „Bridge Over Troubled Water“.
As a bonus you can hear recordings from the September 2, 1974 „Closing Night“, taken from the soundboard – including some rare dialogue of Elvis while „Voice“ Pete Hallin is preparing himself before singing „I Couldn´t Live Without You“. The „Strung Out Mix“ is a nice and funny gem and finally, you can hear Ed Parker talking about the King in an excerpt from a late 70´s radio show called „The Elvis Hour“.
Disc 1 (Running Time: 59:18)
[00:51] 01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Strauss)
[03:24] 02 - See See Rider ( Traditional )
[08:01] 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen (Charles / Traditional)
[03:13] 04 - Talking About GI BLues (Elvis talks)
[01:52] 05 - Love Me ( Leiber / Stoller)
[02:50] 06 - If You Love Me (Rostill)
[03:20] 07 - It's Midnight (Wheeler - Chesnut)
[02:37] 08 - Big Boss Man (Reed)
[03:37] 09 - Fever (Porter)
[03:17] 10 - I'm Leavin' (Jarrett - Charles)
[03:03] 11 - Softly As I Leave You (deVita - Sharper)
[02:34] 12 - Hound Dog (Leiber - Stoller)
[04:05] 13 - Polk Salad Annie (White)
[09:06] 14 - Band Introductions (traditional)
[02:46] 15 - Monologue (Elvis talks)
[04:42] 16 - If You Talk In Your Sleep (West - Christopher)
Disc 2 (Running Time: 52:29)
[09:42] 01 - Karate Monologe (Elvis talks)
[02:47] 02 - Help Me (Gatlin)
[02:40] 03 - Why Me Lord (Kristofferson)
[03:33] 04 - Let Me Be There (Rostill)
[04:35] 05 - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon)
[03:23] 06 - Hawaiian Wedding Song (King - Hoffman - Manning)
[01:41] 07 - Can't help Falling In Love (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore)
[00:45] 08 - Closing Vamp (Traditional)
[06:25] 09 - I Couldn't Live Without You (Hallin)
[02:57] 10 - Bringin' It Back (Gordon)
[03:43] 11 - Aubrey (Gates - Griffin)
[04:59] 12 - Strung Out Monologue (Elvis Talks)
[02:11] 13 - Strung Out Mix (Elvis Talks)
[00:34] 14 - Karate Monologue (Elvis Talks)
[02:34] 15 - Ed Parker (Ed Parker Talks) (News, Source: Elvis News)
Tuesday 10 July 2007
July FTD albums released - remaining track listings: According to Elvis Unlimited the July FTDs are just released. The tracks of "I Sing All Kinds" were available for a while, and here are the tracklistings for both "Raised On Rock" and "Easy Come, Easy Go".
Track listing - "Raised On Rock": CD 1: Raised On Rock; Are You Sincere; Find Out What’s Happening; I Miss You; Girl Of Mine; For Ol’ Times Sake; If You Don’t Come Back; Just A Little Bit; Sweet Angeline; Three Corn Patches
Session Highlights: I Miss You (Take 10-11); Find out What’s happening (Take 6); It’s Different Now (Rehearsal, unedited); Three Corn Patches (Take 1-2); If You Don’t Come Back (Take 5); Girl Of Mine (Take 9); I Miss You (Take 5); Three Corn Patches (Take 13-14); Are You Sincere (Take 2); Find Out What’s Happening (Take 8, 7); For Ol’ Times Sake (Take 4)
Instrumental Tracks: Color My Rainbow; Sweet Angeline
CD 2: Rough Mixes: For Ol Times Sake; If You Don’t Come Back; Find Out What’s Happening
Raised On Rock; Three Corn Patches (Including FS)
Session Outtakes: If You Don’t Come Back (Take 1-3); I Miss You (Take 1); Girl Of Mine (Take 1); Find Out What’s Happening (Takes 1,2,4,5); Three Corn Patches (Take 4-6); For Ol’ Times Sake (Take 5-7); I Miss You (Take 10); If You Don’t Come Back (Takes 8, 6); Find Our What’s Happening (Takes 8, 7); Are You Sincere (Take 1); Girl Of Mine (Take 3-6); Three Corn Patches (Take 9-10); I Miss You (Take 12-15)
Instrumental: The Wonders You Perform; Good, Bad But Beautiful
Track listing "Easy Come, Easy Go": Easy Come, Easy Go: The Love Machine; Yoga Is As Yoga Does; You Gotta Stop; Sing You Children; I’ll Take Love; She’s A Machine; The Love Machine (Take 1-3); Sing You Children (Take 1); She’s A Machine (Take 5-7); Easy Come, Easy Go (Take 10); The Love Machine (Takes 4, 5, 11); I’ll Take Love (Take 1, 2 A); She’s A Machine (Take 10); Sing You Children (Take 18-19); Yoga Is As Yoga Does (Take 5-6); The Love Machine (Take 13-14); She’s A Machine (Take 13 – Movie master)
I’ll Take Love (Take 2 B); You Gotta Stop (Instrumental take 5); Leave My Woman Alone (Instrumental take 5) (News, Source: Elvis Unlimited /Elvis News)
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley "DVD only" available for pre-order: Due for release on July 30th in the UK is the single DVD edition of the superb 'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley'.
If you could not afford the limited edition DVD and Book release which is being deleted very soon then this is for you. Priced at just £10.99 on the HMV website it is ideal for fans on a budget or for those who want to keep the limited edition version in mint condition and have this available for easy access. Click to pre-order your copy from the HMV website just click(News, Source: Joseph Pirzada/EIN/Elvis Express)
"Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours" book release: Released in June by iPublishing is the book "Elvis '57: The Final Fifties Tours" by Alan Hanson. "Drawing on first-hand accounts from the disc jockeys on the front lines of Elvis’s exploding career and fans who attended the ’57 concerts, Hanson sweeps you back to the year that forever changed the King of Rock ’n’ Roll" according to the publishers website.
Book description: In 1957, Elvis Aron Presley was still a one man phenomenon with six titles on the charts, one movie to his credit, and two movies soon to follow. But while he pursued his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor, the military draft threatened to shatter it along with his wildly successful rock ’n’ roll career. Elvis couldn’t resist the excitement he found performing on stage before swarms of shrieking teenage girls, and in that final year before he entered the U.S. Army, he went back on the road for three short tours.
Elvis ’57 recalls that magical year when the King played to audiences a quarter of a million people strong, and controversy and pandemonium accompanied him wherever he went. Alan Hanson takes us for a rollicking ride through eighteen major cities in the United States and Canada as he chronicles the most exciting tours of Elvis’s career. In Chicago, Elvis wore his famed gold lame suit and thirteen girls fainted in an effort to reach him. In Vancouver, British Columbia, thousands left their seats and rushed the stage, forcing him to abruptly end the show.
Drawing on first-hand accounts from the disc jockeys on the front lines of Elvis’s exploding career and fans who attended the ’57 concerts, Hanson sweeps you back to the year that forever changed the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. (News, Source: Elvis Presley: A Life In Books)
King and Queen coin: Starting this month, the British 'Legends Jewelry' will offer a series of 12 silver coins. For the first time ever, 'The King and Queen': Elvis and Queen Elizabeth II, will be portraied on one coin.
Allthough the coin is a legal payment method, coincollectors, Elvis fans and Royalty fans will be pleased to add this to their collections.
Each month of the next year will have a new release with a new theme. The first one is called 'That's All Right'. People who would like to collect this money... should have a lot of money: at the end of the series, the 12 coins ($ 99 each) will come to a total of $ 1188 (€ 879). (News, Source: Elvis Matters)
UK Singles set track listing: Here are the track listings of all the UK reissue singles. Each classic single will be released in a limited edition numbered CD single and 10” vinyl format, beautifully packaged utilising the original U.S. and U.K. sleeve and label artwork:
1. Suspicious Minds
2. You'll Think Of Me
3. Suspicious Minds [Alt. Take 7]
Blue Suede Shoes
1. Blue Suede Shoes
2. Tutti Frutti
3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy [Alt. Take 1]
1. Hound Dog
2. Don't Be Cruel
3. Any Way You Want Me [Master]
2. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do!
3. Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! [Movie Master Take 17]
Hard Headed Woman
1. Hard Headed Woman
2. Don't Ask Me Why
3. Steadfast, Loyal And True [Undubbed Master]
1. King Creole
2. Dixieland Rock
3. King Creole [Alt. Take 18]
1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
2. Loving You
3. Loving You [Farm Version Alt. Take 6]
2. I Beg Of You
3. I Beg Of You [Alt. Take 5]
In The Ghetto
1. In The Ghetto
2. Any Day Now
3. In The Ghetto [Alt. Take 3]
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
1. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
2. Patch It Up
3. Patch It Up [Alt. Take 9]
A Big Hunk Of Love
1. A Big Hunk O' Love
2. My Wish Came True
3. A Big Hunk O' Love [Alt. Take 1]
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
1. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
2. Doncha Think It's Time
3. Doncha Think It's Time [Alt. Take 48]
If I Can Dream
1. If I Can Dream
3. If I Can Dream [Alt. Take 1]
Always On My Mind
1. Always On My Mind
2. Separate Ways
3. Always On My Mind [Alt. Take 2]
Viva Las Vegas
1. Viva Las Vegas
2. What'd I Say
3. Viva Las Vegas [Alt. Takes 1 & 2]
An American Trilogy
1. An American Trilogy
2. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
3. An American Trilogy [Aloha Version]
1. Burning Love
2. It's A Matter Of Time
3. Burning Love [Alt. Take]
...Paul walked into Dave’s dark bedroom and paused, waiting for his tired eyes to adjust—tired from staring at the road and rearview all the way from Memphis. He stretched the stiff muscles in his back and neck then sat in an old armchair beside his roommate’s bed. A burnt-orange University of Texas curtain reached out from an open window. The faint smell of stale marijuana smoke ascended from a mound of dirty clothes between Dave’s desk and bed. A page in an open medical book fluttered.
“Dave, wake up.” Paul rubbed the goose bumps from his tanned arms then combed his fingers through his curly brown hair. The early morning breeze was unusually cool for Austin in March, but he knew it would not last. KLBJ had predicted a high of 86º. The alarm clock on Dave’s nightstand read 3 a.m. As Paul watched Dave sleep, he wished he, too, was snuggled in bed, drifting off to dreamland, but before he could even think of sleep, he had one more important task to complete. He shook Dave’s shoulder. “Dave, wake up.”
Paul, Dave, Brooks, and Rob, the Four Musketeers, had met in third grade but had not become close friends until junior high and high school, a time when forever friendships are formed. While growing up, they had reveled in numerous exploits, from painting zebra stripes on the Buckholzs’ prize-winning bull, to setting the town dump on fire, but they were now 24-year-old college students, embarking on what might prove to be greatest adventure of their lives. The others had already joined the game, and now it was time to invite Dave, the cautious one, the one Paul had wisely saved until last. “Dave, I did it. I got him.”
Dave stared at Paul’s blurred image through half-open eyes. He reached for his wire-rimmed glasses then peered at his alarm clock. He pushed himself up on one elbow, brushed back his sandy-brown hair, and stared at his friend. “Paul, you’ve got to stop smoking that pot. We’ve both got to stop, or we’ll never get through this semester alive. I bet you smoked all the way from DeSoto.”
“Dave, you know I don’t smoke anymore, and I didn’t go to DeSoto. I went to Memphis. I pulled it off, Dave. I nabbed the King. We’ve got him hidden in Detox. Tara and Brooks are keeping the first watch. He’s not lookin’ too good, Dave. We’re going to need your help.”... Buy "Contract with the King"
MGM honors The King: The King may (or may not) be dead, but the legacy of rock legend and matinee-idol Elvis Presley will live forever. Honoring the pop culture icon and hip-swinging heart-throb in time for the 30th anniversary of his tragic and untimely death - August 16, 1977 – MGM Home Entertainment brings the sequin-studded hero to DVD with the Elvis Presley MGM Movie Legends Collection and the outrageous Bubba Ho-Tep Limited Edition.
A rebel armed with a six-string and a mean fusion sound, Elvis had already changed the face of American music before conquering Hollywood with his signature sneer and perfectly-coifed pompadour. Celebrating the early screen work of the man who would be King, the four-disc Elvis Presley MGM Movie Legends Collection arrives on DVD July 24 for the suggested retail price of $39.98.
The collection includes Clambake (1967), which finds a young oil tycoon posing as a water-ski instructor in an effort to find someone who doesn’t love him just for his money; Kid Galahad (1962), a musical/boxing picture and a departure from Elvis’ frothy cinematic fare; Follow That Dream (1962), the fun-loving fable about an unorthodox family setting up a community on the side of the highway… much to the chagrin of the officious state supervisor; and Frankie And Johnny (1966), a red-hot dramatic tale of jealousy and murder.
Elvis Presley MGM Movie Legends Collection is now available for pre-order at Amazon. As of yet, there is not a release date for the UK. Visit the DVD database for more information.
The Shady Rest retirement home is about to get a new resident: a broken-down and eccentric old geezer claiming to be the King of Rock N Roll himself!
Cult icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Trilogy, Spider-Man 3) stars as Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep, returning to DVD on August 7 in a new Special Edition - with new collectible packaging based on Presley’s own white leather Campbell swings his feeble hips and joins forces with the late, great Ossie Davis (Grumpy Old Men, Do The Right Thing) – who plays a decrepit and black President John “Jack” Kennedy – to combat a blood-sucking mummy in this “wildly creative amusement” (Premiere) from screenwriter/ director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, The Beastmaster).
Based on the Bram Stoker Award-nominated short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-Tep garnered Second Place for Best International Film at the Fant-Asia Film Festival and was nominated for Best Screenplay by the Online Film Critics Society.
The Bubba Ho-Tep (Special Edition) features commentary by Coscarelli and Campbell, as well as a separate
commentary by “The King” himself, Joe R. Lansdale reading from his own short story, deleted scenes with
optional commentary, animated photo gallery and production featurettes.
jumpsuit.(News, Source: M&G / Elvis Express Radio)
Friday 6 July 2007
Jeanne LeMay Dumas talks to EIN: Jeanne LeMay Dumas, Linda Thompson's best friend and author of the RECENT RELEASE, "Elvis, Linda and Me", talks to EIN about her new book and times with Elvis and Linda.
From the fun times to Elvis' mood swings, Jeanne offers many insights about life around The King. (Interview, Source: EIN)
"Reflected Glory - The Elvis Legacy" book announced: Another upcoming book is "Reflected Glory: The Elvis Legacy". Apparently it is a critical examination of the phenomenon of how members of the Memphis Mafia, TCB Band and ETA's continue to make a living out of their direct and indirect association with The King. Due out in 2008. (News, Source: ElvisBookResearch)
"Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3" DVD: Volume 3 of Joe Tunzi's "Hot Shots And Cool Clips" is available for pre-order at Amazon. If you want to know what to expect, read our reviews of the first two volumes.
Synopsis: Elvis Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 captures never before seen footage of classic Elvis Presley moments. Including signing his M.G.M. movie contract in 1962, his 1957 performance in Chicago, arriving for the films Blue Hawaii and Girls! Girls! Girls!, Elvis with Frank Sinatra and Barbara Stanwyck, Elvis in Nashville, complete 1970 Houston Press Conference and Lost Holy Grail Jailhouse Rock Screen test, plus much more. (News, Source: Amazon.com /Elvis News)
"Elvis Thru The Years" DVD: A new DVD from Legend has been announced, the title "Elvis Thru The Years". This 76 minutes "collector's edition" release is due for release August 14, 2007.
Actors: Elvis Presley
Format: Collector's Edition, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
Run Time: 76 minutes. (News, Source: Amazon.com / Elvis News)
Thursday 5 July 2007
Larry Geller new interview with EIN: From 1964 until the very final days Larry Geller was a close friend to Elvis. Perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style and managed to shake off the excessive demands of Colonel Parker. With the 30th Anniversary fast approaching Larry was kind enough to answer a lot of questions that fans have raised with EIN and to also tell us something about his new book. Larry has multiple projects happening at this very moment, so EIN extends its sincere thanks to him for sparing us the time for this interview. (Interviews, Source: EIN, June 2007)
"Elvis At The Forum"additional artwork: Here is more artwork from the new album "Elvis At The Forum", the unreleased complete afternoon show May 11th 1974 in Los Angeles.
Released by Graceland Records. The recording has been digitally transferred to a24 Bit / 96 khz (in normal language high end quality) to get the best possible sound from this 33 year old (original) tape.
Track listing: Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman/Amen - Love Me - Trying To Get To You - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - You Can Have Her - Steamroller Blues - Hound Dog – Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me, Lord? - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can't Stop Loving You - Help Me - An American Trilogy - Let Me Be There (reprise) - Funny How Time Slips Away - Big Boss Man - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp – Announcer: Elvis has left the Building - Souvenir Announcement (News, Source: EP Gold)
Sunday 1 July 2007
"The Complete Sun Sessions" reissue: Due for rerelease on July 10, 2007 by Chrome Dreams is the "Complete Sun Sessions" CD. This release contains a booklet, photos and a picture disc packaged in a deluxe card slipcase.
Synopsis: Including every finished song and surviving take recorded at Sun during 1954 and 1955 (after which Presley signed with RCA) by Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black, these are the recordings made as Rock N' Roll was invented. There's little else to say, except that virtually record made since has in some direct or indirect way been hugely influenced by the contents of this astonishing collection. Also features the complete 'Hayride' live recording from '54 and '55 (Louisiana's version of the Grand Ol' Opry), and the 1953 recordings Elvis made at Sun as a present for his mother. (News, Source: CD Universe /Elvis News)
"Elvis 40 Greatest Hits" CD: Due for release on July 3, 2007 is the CD "40 Greatest Hits" which comes in a LP sleeve. This compilation comes from Spannish "Greatest Hits" label. This release is not to be confused with the mega selling UK release of the same name.
Track Listing: 1. Blue Suede Shoes 2. Hound Dog 3. That's All Right 1:58 4. Just Because 2:34 5. Long Tall Sally 6. Blue Moon 7. Money Honey 8. Tutti Frutti 9. Good Rockin' Tonight 10. Paralyzed 11. Mistery Train 12. Ready Teddy 13. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 14. Too Much 15. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone 16. Milkcow Blues Boogie 17. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 18. One-Sided Love Affair 19. Baby Let's Play House 20. Shake, Rattle And Roll 21. Rip It Up 22. Don't Be Cruel 23. Heartbreak Hotel 24. How Do You Think I Feel 25. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 26. Love Me Tender 27. Anyplace Is Paradise 28. Trying To Get To You 29. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 30. My Baby Left Me 31. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
32. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 33. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine 34. Playing For Keeps
35. I Was The One 36. So Glad You're Mine 37. I'm Counting On You 38. You're A Heartbreaker 39. I Got A Woman 40. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)(News, Source: CD Universe/Elvis News)