January 18 - Elvis Releases

Due for release from Sony Music CMG is the 4 CD set “Elvis Close-Up”. This is probably the budget edition re-issue of the original release of this set. 

Already Released

The Bounty label 4 DVD set “Elvis Collection”, containing the movies “The Early Years”, “The Rock n Roll Years”, “Up, Close & Personal”, “Aloha From Hawaii” and “The Later Years”.

The Friday Music vinyl re-issue of the classic “Back In Memphis” album has been released on 180 Gr. audiophile translucent gold colored vinyl. This re-issue comes with and additional poster. 

Side A: 1. Inherit The Wind 2. This Is The Story 3. Stranger In My Own Home Town 4. A Little Bit Of Green 5. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
Side B: 1. Do You Know Who I Am 2. From A Jack To A King 3. The Fair’s Moving On 4. You’ll Think Of Me 5. Without Love (There Is Nothing)

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

January 17 - Really ... Elvis Cup

A few years back we had the Elvis Cup Guy, now there Elvis Cup Girl? A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Oklahoma is up for auction, and bids have already surpassed $1,200. North Carolina resident Wade Jones is a collector of all things Elvis. He tells the Tulsa World that the crumpled blue-and-white Dixie cup was snagged by a fan in April 1956, after Elvis performed at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Jones says a fan named June allegedly retrieved the cup the day after the performance, right before Elvis left town for a show in Oklahoma City. A letter accompanying the collector’s item says June had asked to keep the cup “as a little memento.” Bids for the now-yellowed paper cup had surpassed $1,280 on eBay by mid-day Wednesday. Jones says the auction closes Sunday evening.

From the eBay listing:
You are bidding on an authenric Dixie Cup that Elvis Presley drank from on
April 19th, 1956 at 10:30 am at the corner of 3rd and Boston in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Elvis had performed the night before in Tulsa (April 18th, 1956).
This cup was obtained from Elvis Presley the following morning (April 19th) at 10:45am after he left his hotel. He ate and went shopping that morning before heading to Oklahoma City for his concert there later that night.

Winning bidder will receive the cup the box it's been stored in since 1956
letter of authenticity notebook full of "research" that had been collected related to the events surrounding the Cup. 

(Source: Associated Press)

January 14 - Q&A with Ernst Jorgensen

Ernst Jørgensen did a Q&A on January 13, 2018 in Oslo at an event organized by the Norwegian Flaming Star fan-club.

Asked about future projects he says the "big" thing happening in 2018 will be "The Searcher". He also had this to say about the future of FTD: "There is from time to time rumours that FTD is going to stop. But that is something I don't know anything about." 


He said there is always an anniversary for something in the Elvis world and that this year it is the 50th anniversary for the '68 Special and next year for 1969. Both big years for Elvis. We could maybe take that as a hint for one or two future releases? He did confirm a 3 CD set of “Viva Las Vegas” according to a posting on the FECC forum. 


He talked about "Elvis On Tour" and "Elvis In Concert" without revealing any plans for either one of those specials. Regarding "Elvis On Tour" there are several parties (Warner, SONY and EPE) that need to talk to each-other for that to happen, and there is a costly project of transferring the old film footage and restoring it which means there is very little money to be made. The film company, not RCA, paid for the audio recordings, that's why they can't release it without their consent. He said it's possible that they will release the concerts on CD but it won't be in 2018 or 2019. 


Other topics he talked about:

  • Ernst talked at length about the 50's box set from 1992. BMG in Germany believed in the project from the start, but the American record label thought it might sell 10,000 at most. It ended up selling 400,000 in the US, and 600,000 in the rest of the world.
  • Will there be an updated version of "A Life In Music". Ernst doesn't really answer this, he says he doesn't want to do it just to make money, there has to be a real good reason to publish a new edition.
  • Any surprises? Ernst says no, but that sometimes things turn up like the wire recording of "I Forgot To Remember To Forget". He also says that when they acquire new unreleased material, they will try to release it as soon as possible, and mentions "Live A Little", "Speedway" and "Kissin' Cousins" as examples. An unreleased Elvis recording is no longer a sensation, it will not make headlines, so it makes no sense to keep secrets from the fans - if he finds anything, we will know about it.
  • "Elvis In Concert" - Lisa Marie doesn't ever want it released and they respect her wishes. Ernst has no wish to release the concerts on audio, because of the bad shape Elvis was in. So that seems to rule out an FTD release.
  • The "Aloha" and "Madison Square Garden" LP:s will eventually be releases in FTD:s classic album series.
The Q&A was done in Danish and Norwegian, for those who understand those languages here is the Q&A from YouTube. 




DVD and Blu-Ray re-issues


Due for release from Koch Media GmbH on February 8, 2018 in Germany are DVD and Blu-Ray re0-issues of “Frankie and Johnny” and “Follow that Dream” (“Ein Sommer in Florida”). 

Due from Alive - Vertrieb und Marketing on April 27, 2018 is a DVD re-issue of "Loving You" ("Gold aus heißer Kehle"). 


Edwin Hawkins Died


Award-winning gospel singer Edwin Hawkins, best known for a hit arrangement of “Oh Happy Day”, has died at the age of 74. Credited with being one of the founders of modern gospel music, Hawkins died Monday at his California home after battling pancreatic cancer, US media reported, quoting the artist's publicist, Bill Carpenter.


“Oh Happy Day" is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn. It became an international hit in 1969. Hawkins' arrangement quickly became a “standard” and has been recorded by hundreds of artists including Elvis Presley in 1970. Elvis Presley never made a studio recording of "Oh Happy day," but he sang it occasionally in concert and thought about using it in his 1968 TV special.

(Source: Flaming Star / FECC / Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)

January 13 - The King As Seen on TV and on the Charts (Updated)

Due for release from the Wax Love label on January 23, 2018 is the vinyl album “The King As Seen on TV! - The Dorsey Brothers Show & The Ed Sullivan Show 1957“. 

Synopsis:

In his first nationally televised appearance, on the big band leaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's TV variety show, Elvis Presley shocked the country with his sultry and sensational version of all-time classics like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes". And, although the Dorsey Bros. show might have been his first national appearance, it was the legendary Ed Sullivan performance that truly put him on the map, so to speak. 

Tracks side A: Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly - I Got A Woman - Baby, Let's Play House - Tutti Frutti - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Money Honey


Side B: Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy - Love Me - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - Too Much - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)


UK Charts

  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the main UK Album chart. 
  • The “The Wonder of You” cooperation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra dropped from #74 to #80 on the Official UK Physical Album Sales chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” album dropped from #54 to #88 on the Official UK   Physical Album Sales chart. 
  • The 6-DVD-Box “The Elvis Collection” dropped from #35 to #50 on the Official Uk Music DVD chart. 
European Charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the main Irish Album chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” album climbed from #53 to #44 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
  • The “The Platinum Collection” is a re-entry at #96 on the Official Scottish Album chart. 
Billboard charts for the week ending January 13, 2018
  • The Elvis Presley Christmas releases dropped off the US Billboard Album Top 200 chart and all other charts.
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation climbed from #41 to #28 on the Billboard Country Album chart. 
  • The “ELV1S 30 #1 Hits” compilation climbed from #49 to #41 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. 
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation dropped from #20 to #22 on the Billboard Christian Album chart. 
  • The “Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Elvis Presley” compilation climbed from #44 to #28 on the Billboard Christian Album chart
  • The “The Classic Christmas Album” climbed from #34 to #16 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #23 to #25 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album  chart.  
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #4 to #6 on the Billboard Classical  Album  chart.  
  • The “The Wonder of You” cooperation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra remained steady at #13 on the Billboard Classical  Album  chart.  
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the Austrian and Swiss album chart.
  • The "Elvis – El Disco De Oro" compilation dropped from #22 to #28 on the Spanish Album chart. 
Canadian Charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is listed at #34 on the Billboard Canadian Album chart. 
  • The “40 Years On - Greatest Hits And More” is listed at #59 on the Billboard Canadian Album chart. 
Charts Down Under
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #12 to #127 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The “Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll” DVD climbed from #32 to #9 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the New Zealand Album chart.
Colonel Parker Has Left The Building

The former house of Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Park at 1215 Gallatin Road South, Madison Tennessee, has been demolished to make space for a carwash. 




Graceland Closed


Talking about closing, due to the snow in Memphis the Graceland Mansion was closed for most of January 12th. and will also be closed January 13, 2018. 


(Source: Official Chart Company / Billboard / Banquet Records / Graceland)

January 12 - Released

Several import albums have been released. The “Rock 'n' On - Volume 1 + 2”, re-issue of the original Australian two volume compilations containing several out-takes. The “The 1972 Elvis Experience” four CD set from the Roll Majesty import-label containing the January 26, 1972 Opening Show, August 11, 1972 Midnight show, August 12, 1972 Midnight show performances and a fourth CD with newly edited bits And pieces from multitrack tapes. And finally the “The Intimate Elvis Presley” compilation from the producers of the Elvis One label with eighteen out-takes. 

(Source: Elvis On CD / Elvis Aktuell)