November 20 - From Black and White to Technicolor

A new book by Paul Belard and Joseph Krein entitled "Elvis: Black and White to Technicolor"is due soon. This new book is about Elvis Presley's true relationship with African-Americans. The first edition is a limited edition of 50 copies.

From the press-release:
Over the years, rumors would surface that Elvis was nothing but a racist who stole black culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. Famed African-American Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers said: "Elvis was a
great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all
."

Available to order by email from author: 
pbelard@hotmail.com


(Source: Elvis Express / FECC)

November 19 - The King Strikes Back

The Audionics import-label announced a new, comprehensive 10CD project, dedicated to Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas Summer ’74 season entitled "The King Strikes Back". All concerts were already released on the official Follow that Dream and import-releases. 

From the press-release:
For the first time ever, all rehearsal and live soundboard recordings are presented in best possible sound quality and in one box! As you know, these recordings were released through the years by various bootleg labels and by the official collectors FTD label, too. Nevertheless, many of these original releases are hard to find nowadays, including several already deleted FTD CDs! For some of these recordings we have used audio tapes (master cassettes) as a source, rather than existing CD releases. We have spent dozens of hours in studio, to restore and enhance them. As usual, every recording was treated individually and restored from scratch, using today's advanced technology to achieve the best possible sound quality for your optimal listening pleasure.

Each disc is placed in individually designed cardboard sleeve and there is a 16-page booklet, full of high quality August/September 1974 photos (including several rare ones) and reproductions of fan reviews, published in the hard-to-find Rex Martin “Elvis News Service Weekly” magazine, back in 1974. These reviews are special, because they were published shortly after the concerts and those memories are immediate and fresh.


This is the first-ever Audionics comprehensive box. It’s a special set which deserves a place in any serious Elvis collection! Audionics is planning new CD releases in 2018, and additionally, this label will be releasing several special vinyl projects! So stay tuned!


The concerts:

16.08.1974 rehearsal - approx 82 minutes
16.08.1974 rehearsal binaural - approx 58 minutes
19.08.1974 Opening show - approx 60 minutes
20.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 67 minutes
20.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 69 minutes
21.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 67 minutes
22.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 8 minutes
24.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 59 minutes
27.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 16 minutes
28.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 9 minutes
29.08.1974 Dinner show - approx 22 minutes
30.08.1974 Midnight show - approx 85 minutes
02.09.1974 Midnight closing show - approx 91 minutes

CD1 - August, 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:

01. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1- 02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 03. Promised Land #1- 04. Promised Land #2 - 05. Down In The Alley #1 - 06. Down In The Alley #2 - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You #1 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. Softly As I Leave You #2 (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 12. I'm Leavin' - 13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 14. Proud Mary - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3- 17. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #4. 
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas


CD2 -  August 16, 1974, RCA's Studios, Hollywood, CA, rehearsal:
01. The Twelfth Of Never - 02. Faded Love - 03. Just Pretend.
Binaural rehearsal tracks:
04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #1 (previously unreleased version) - 05. Promised Land -06. Down In The Alley - 07. It's Midnight - 08. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming 09. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Proud Mary 13. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 14. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3 - 16. The Twelfth Of Never - 17. Faded Love - 18. Just Pretend.
Bonus:
19. The Twelfth Of Never (1995 original single version) - 20. The Twelfth Of Never (1994 version overdubbed by David Briggs).
Previously released on FTD From Sunset To Vegas

CD3 - August 19, 1974, Opening show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / Big Boss Man - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Down In The Alley - 04. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues - 05. Never Been To Spain - 06. It's Midnight - 07. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 08. I'm Leavin' - 09. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 10. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 11. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 12. Love Me Tender - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Introduction of Gunther Gebel-Williams - 16. Promised Land - 17. Introduction of Telly Savalas - 18. My Baby Left Me - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Fever - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights

CD4 - August 20, 1974 Dinner show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Proud Mary - 07. Trying To Get To You - 08. Big Boss Man (incomplete) - 09. Fever - 10. Promised Land - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. All Shook Up - 13. I'm Leavin' - 14. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 15. Hound Dog - 16. You Gave Me A Mountain - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 20. Why Me Lord - 21. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (incomplete) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song (incomplete) - 23. Let Me Be There - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 2

CD5 - August 20, 1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Trying To Get To You - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. All Shook Up - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (incomplete) - 17. Introduction of Freddy Cannon / Higher & Higher (one line) / Introducion of Jackie Wilson - 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 19. Why Me Lord - 20. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 21. Heartbreak Hotel - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 24. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on FTD Las Vegas '74, disc 1

CD6 - August 21 + 22, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
21 August 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Dialogue / Stop The World (And Let Me Off) (one line) - 11.  I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Hound Dog - 14. You Gave Me A Mountain - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Take These Chains From My Heart (one line) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Why Me Lord - 19. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
22 August 1974 Midnight show:
25. Suspicious Minds / The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, excerpt)- 26. Help Me (with Sherrill Nielsen).
Previously released on FTD Nevada Nights 

CD7 - August 24, 1974 & August 27, 1974 Midnight shows, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
August 24, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. All Shook Up - 10. The Wonder Of You - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Spanish Eyes (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. You Gave Me A Mountain - 16. Polk Salad Annie - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep.

27.08.1974 Midnight show:
19. The Wonder Of You - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Monologue / We Shall Overcome (excerpt) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Monologue  - 24. It's Now Or Never.
Previously released on FTD It's Midnight

CD8 - August 28, 1974 & August 29, 1974 Dinner shows & first part of 30.08.1974 Midnight show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV):
August 28, 1974 Dinner show:
01. Help Me - 02. My Boy - 03. How Great Thou Art.
August 29, 1974 Dinner show:
04. Why Me Lord? - 05. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 06. How Great Thou Art - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 09. Early Morning Rain - 10. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
12. Opening Vamp / C. C Rider - 13. I Got A Woman / Amen - 14. Love Me - 15. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 16. It's Midnight - 17. Big Boss Man - 18. Fever - 19. All Shook Up - 20. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 21. Hound Dog - 22. An American Trilogy - 23. Introduction of Dean Nichopoulos - 24. Suspicious Minds.
Previously released on Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)

CD9 – second part of Autust 30, 1974 Midnight show & first part of 02.09.1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:August 30, 1974 Midnight show:
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Monologue (about karate) - 03. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 04. Dialogue (about karate) - 05. Introduction of Kang Rhee - 06. Help Me - 07. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 08. How Great Thour Art (with reprise) - 09. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 10. You Gave Me A Mountain - 11. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp (incomplete).
Previously released on the bootleg Black Angels In Vegas (Venus Productions)
September 2, 1974 Closing show:
12. Microphone Dialogue - 13. I Got a Woman / Amen - 14. Dialogue (about karate) - 15. Until It's Time For You To Go - 16. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 17. It's Midnight - 18. Big Boss Man    - 19. You Gave Me a Mountain.      
previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

CD10 – second part of September 2, 1974 Closing show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV:
01. Dialogue (about Priscilla) - 02.Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen)  - 03. Hound Dog - 04. An American Trilogy - 05. It's Now Or Never #1 - 06. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 07. Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 08. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 09. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 10. Piano Solo (Glen D Hardin) - 11. I Couldn't Live Without You (Voice) - 12. Bringing It Back (Voice) - 13. Aubrey (with Voice) - 14. Introduction of Vikki Carr, Bill Cosby - 15. It's Now Or Never #2 - 16. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 17. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 18. Monologue (about drug rumours) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Dialogue (about jewelry) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.
Previously released on the bootleg Desert Storm (Fort Baxter) and others

(Source: FECC)

November 18 - EPE to Court

The saga of EPE's proposed 6,200-seat venue on its Graceland campus took another turn Wednesday. Officials from EPE Inc. filed a declaratory judgment action asking the Chancery Court of Shelby County to declare that the development of the venue would not violate the non-compete and non-participation covenants in the FedExForum use and operating agreement between the City of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies.

In its statement, EPE wrote, "It is, and always has been, EPE's position that the FedExForum Use and Operating agreement does not prohibit the City of Memphis and Shelby County from extending tax incentives to support the development of the 6,200-seat venue in the same manner that the city and county regularly extend such incentives to other qualifying commercial enterprises."

The statement goes on to read, "Despite EPE's good faith negotiations and its proposal to substantially change the development and to agree to limitations on the use of the multi-purpose facility, EPE was not able to reach a reasonable business agreement with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Grizzlies."

On Aug. 22, EPE presented its original plans for the concert and event facility to Memphis City Council and asked them to support an increase in the tax increment financing from 50 to 65 percent to fund the venue. The Memphis Commercial Appeal takes a rather negative view saying "EPE takes on Memphis and the Grizzlies with a misguided lawsuit"

(Source: Elvis Information Network / Commercial Appeal)

November 17 - Weekend Charts (Updated)

The Official UK and Scottish Album charts
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped off the Official UK Album chart. 
  • The 6-DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from #26 to #23 on the Official UK Music DVD chart. 
  • The “The Real … Elvis” dropped from #25 to #32 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” dropped from #59 to #76 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Platinum Collection” climbed from #92 to #91 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a re-entry at #96 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
Australian Chart
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" climbed from #50 to #42 on the Australian Album Chart at #50. 
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" dropped from #76 to #85 on the Australian Album chart. 
  • The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" dropped from #21 to #23 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
US Billboard Charts
  • The "It's Christmas Time" compilation is listed at #70 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 3391 copies sold this week. 
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #84 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2831 copies sold this week.
  • The "Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" album is listed at #115 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 2293 copies sold this week.  
  • The "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" album is listed at #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Sales chart with 1915 copies sold this week.  
  • The “The Essential Elvis” compilation dropped from #30 to #45 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album is a new entry at #36 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation remained steady at #42 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart.
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” climbed from #5 to #4 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “The Wonder of You” dropped from #9 to #14 on the Billboard Classical Album chart.
  • The “It’s Christmas Time” album dropped from #9 to #12 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “The Classic Christmas Album” dropped from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” is a new entry at #29 on the US Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
  • The “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” set dropped from #25 to #40 on the Billboard Top Holiday Album chart. 
(Source: Official Chart Company / FECC / Aria Chart)

November 16 - Chief ME Investigator in Elvis Presley's Death Died

It would be one of the biggest cases to go through the Shelby County Medical Examiner's office, but it was one Dan Warlick handled with aplomb, said Dr. Jerry Francisco, his former boss. Warlick was the chief investigator for the medical examiner when on August 16, 1977, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley died. Shortly thereafter, Warlick would leave to become an attorney. He died on November 16 at his home in Nashville. Warlick was 69.

"Certainly there was a tremendous level of interest worldwide and that always causes a problem because you have to keep up with things," said Francisco, the medical examiner when Presley died.

But Warlick, who worked extensively with law enforcement at Graceland, handled the investigation into the death of one of the world's greatest entertainers with confidence, said Francisco, who has since retired. "Dan never got rattled," he said.

(Source: Commercial Appeal)