August 2008 is Sony BMG month on EIN

In August 2008 Sony BMG celebrates the 31st anniversary of Elvis' passing with a great new boxset release:

The Complete '68 Comeback Special boxset

- a deluxe 4 CD set with booklet

( available in stores......)

During a career of invention and re-invention, the '68 Comeback Special is perhaps THE pivotal performance of Elvis' career. He was back from the movie career that had kept him away from the live arena throughout most of the 60's and he looked and sounded amazing.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this release is a box set that features the whole story of the performance form the rehearsals to the finished show, outtakes and rarely heard gems.

View full track listing

Win an Elvis CD courtesy of Sony BMG:

As part of EIN's Sony BMG Elvis month we are pleased to offer readers the opportunity to win one of 6 Elvis CDs courtesy of Sony BMG.

The CDs are: Elvis The Complete '68 Comeback Special (4CD set); Elvis Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection); and Elvis Presley Original Album Classics (5 album set).

To enter simply click this link and tell us the name of your favorite Elvis album. It couldn't be easier. The competition closes on 14 September 2008.

Also available NOW from Sony BMG

Both the Elvis - Greatest Hits CD - Steel Box Collection and the five CD set Elvis Presley Original Album Classics were released on 26 July 2008.

The Elvis - Greatest Hits CD - Steel Box Collection contains 16 tracks and comes in a stylish 'steel' case. The track listing is:


Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, All Shook Up, I Got A Woman, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, A Big Hunk O' Love, Mean Woman Blues, It's Now Or Never, Fever, Return To Sender, That's All Right, Treat Me Nice, My Baby Left Me, Hard Headed Woman, Mystery Train

The Elvis Presley Original Album Classics set contain's the following albums; Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You, Elvis Is Back and G.I. Blues.

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Interview: Sony BMG's Roger Semon talks to EIN

Roger (right) with fellow Sony BMG executive, Ernst Jorgensen

Sony BMG to release "Elvis Christmas Duets" album in October 2008

On October 14, 2008, SONY BMG Music Entertainment, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., will release the “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets” CD, which is the first Elvis Presley duet recordings album and the first Christmas compilation of its kind ever produced. This release marks yet another milestone in Elvis Presley’s legacy, 31 years after his death.

The CD will feature many of today’s biggest country artists, including Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Sarah Evans and LeAnn Rimes singing classic Elvis holiday songs with Elvis Presley.

“There has been tremendous excitement from the many artists contributing their voices to these Elvis Christmas classics. We believe Elvis fans will truly enjoy these unique collaborations while introducing Elvis' holiday classics to the many fans of his duet partners,” says Joe Galante, Chairman, SONY BMG Nashville.

"In order to create these classic “duets” Sony BMG used the most advanced and sophisticated audio technology available. For songs that were recorded on one track, mono, musical beds were created to perfectly match the instrumentation and arrangements contained on the originals. In the case of songs that have been recorded in multi-track where Elvis' vocal is isolated on a single track, the vocal was simply dropped for a given verse or chorus, making room for the duet artist. To be as faithful as possible to the original recordings, the fabled RCA Studio B in Nashville - the same studio that Elvis recorded the 1971 original Christmas session in, was used.

“This is an excellent example of the innovative ways in which we keep Elvis’ catalog fresh and continue the history of creating, preserving and celebrating great music,” says John Ingrassia, President of the SONY BMG Commercial Music Group.

e are so pleased that these accomplished artists are collaborating with Elvis in this unique way to make exciting new versions of his Christmas songs. I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them," says Priscilla Presley.

Elvis is one of the biggest-selling artists every holiday season, although he only recorded 20 Christmas songs, his various holiday albums have sold over 25 million copies in the US alone. His existing Christmas releases are seen on the holiday charts year after year.

Partial track listing (not in sequence):
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" with Carrie Underwood
"Blue Christmas" with Martina McBride
"Here Comes Santa Claus" with LeAnn Rimes
"Silent Night"with Sara Evans
"Merry Christmas Baby" with Gretchen Wilson
"Silver Bells" with Anne Murray
"White Christmas" with Amy Grant
"O Little Town" with Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town
“Santa Claus Is Back In Town” with Wynonna Judd

Aussie Elvis Christmas Duets album: According to an ad from BMG Australia a duets album featuring Sony/BMG artists with Elvis on his Christmas songs isset for release for Christmas 2008 under Sony /BMG’s “Hits & Stars ”campaign. The ad mentions Olivia Newton John, Cliff Richard, Adam Harvey, Guy Sebastian, Shanon Noll, Jessica Simpson, Leann Rimes and Carrie Underwood as persons who recorded a duet for the album.

Sony BMG Australia has advised EIN that it is currently proposed the Australian version of the album will comprise the tracks on the US release PLUS extra tracks from the artists mentioned in the flyer below. (News, Source: Sony BMG Australia/  FECC)


Sony BMG's Ernst Jorgensen talks to EIN



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