May 22 - The King Trailer

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey. Here is the trailer.



Cancelled

Despite the "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour being pared back to only two shows - these have now been cancelled, presumably due to lack of ticket sales. There were only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates had already been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week. Now Cancelled - Despite the best efforts of the Promoter we were not able to rectify the situation .... 

(Source: FEC C / YouTube / Elvis Information Network)

May 20 - Weekend Charts (updated)

The Elvis Presley weekend charts:

United Kingdom (Official Chart Company week May 18 to 24, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Album chart: The Searcher  #16 (from #15)
Belgium - Flanders (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Albums Top 200 chart: The Searcher  #111 (from #108)
Belgium - Wallonia (Ultratop chart week May 19 to 25, 2018):
  • Mid Price Album Top 50 chart: The Essential Elvis Presley #48 (from #22)
Australia (ARIA chart week May 21 to 27, 2018)
  • Physical Albums (Top 100):  The King  #84 (dropped from #61)
  • Music DVDs: Elvis: King Of Rock 'n' Roll  #37 (dropped from #20)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 19 - Elvis Years



A heavily embellished white leather belt worn by Elvis Presley during a performance in November 1972 in Hawaii and gifted to actor and friend Jack Lord has been sold for $354,000. The estimate for this item was $20,000-40,000. 

The belt is adorned with faux turquoise, lapis lazuli, and coral, all set in gold-toned metal pieces. The buckle has a dragon-like resemblance, and three dangling brass chains are affixed to the bottom. Presley wore the belt with at least two different ensembles, including his well-known heavily jeweled “Thunderbird.”


It was one of fifty-nine Elvis Presley items sold during Julien's Music Icon's Auction. Other items that gained high bids were a ring given by Elvis to a fab ($100,000) and an 1968 Fender Telecaster Prototype (115.200 dollar).

The Elvis Years

Due for release from Anthem Publishing on May 24, 208 is volume one in a three volume series entitled "The Elvis Years". The first volume is entitled "From Tupelo To Stardom", the second "From fort Hood to Hollywood", due August 23, 2018 and volume 3 is entitled "From Comeback to Final Years". The latter is due November 11, 2018. 

Synopsis:
The Elvis Years is a brand new three-part series that celebrates the life, music and legacy of the one and only Elvis Presley.

For Volume 1 of The Elvis Years, we track the beginnings of Elvis's incredible career: from his birth and humble upbringing in Tupelo, to his pivotal move to Memphis and Sun Records fame. Beyond Sun, we then return to the studio sessions where Elvis made his mighty RCA major label debut.

Further in, we profile Elvis's original band, the Blue Moon Boys: guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black and drummer DJ Fontana. Plus we take a look at his harmonious vocal backing quartet The Jordanaires. There's also an in-depth investigation into two of Presley's main collaborators from the period: Sun Records producer and label boss Sam Phillips and prodigious songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Other Volume 1 features include a look at 50s rockabilly Mecca the Louisiana Hayride, Elvis's first pop No. 1 single Heartbreak Hotel, the heralded Million Dollar Quartet session – with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash – and a sightseeing trip to Presley hot spots in Tupelo.

His first four seminal Hollywood film roles – Loving You, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole – are also given due attention, as are his fascinating connections to the UK. Lastly we feast our eyes on Presley's lavish 50s wardrobe and take a listen to a few of his lesser-spun wonders from the era. So join us as we retrace the King’s footsteps, from Tupelo to Stardom…

(Source: FECC / Anthem Publishing)

May 18 - New Elvis Vinyl

Due for release from Sony Music Canada on June 26, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the “Elvis Is Back” album. This edition comes on 180 Gr. Vinyl, packed in a gatefold cover. 

Due for release from the Bad Joker label on May 21, 2018 are the LPs "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions” and “Elvis Presley: Sun Singles 1950 - 1956: The Early Steps Of The King Of Rock And Roll”.

Tracks "Elvis: 1960 - 1961: The California Sessions”:
Side A: Lonely Man - Wild In The Country - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell - King Of The Whole Wide World - This Is Living - Riding The Rainbow - Home Is Where Heart Is - I Got Lucky - A Whistling Tune
Side B: Wild In The Country (Maracas Version) - In My Way (Solo, Take 3 & 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 4, 5 & 6) - Wild In The Country (Take 3) - Wild In The Country (Take 7) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 10) - Wild In The Country (Take 8) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 12 & 17) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Master - Take 1) - Wild In The Country (Take 9) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 15, 17 & 18) - Wild In The Country (Take 19)

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 17 - Chart Update

The US Billboard chart (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)  
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #193 (#179) 1,189 sold albums from May 04 to 10, 2018
  • Country Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #23 (#29)
  • Country Catalog Albums (Top 25): Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #20 (#13)
  • Rock Album Sales (Top 50): The Searcher #43 (#40)
  • Soundtracks (Top 25): The Searcher #14 (#16)
  • Top Christian Albums: Elvis: The Ultimate Gospel #27 (#24), marking the  150th. week on the chart.
Billboard Canada (chart week May 13 to 19, 2018)
  • Canadian Albums (Top 100): 40 Years On #79 (#60)
(Source: Laser Freak)

May 15 - NBC Chart Update

In the current Australian chart week (May 14 to 20, 2018) Elvis isn't listed in the Top 100 Albums chart. The CD "The King" (last week at #86) dropped out of the chart and is this week at #109. 

Currently also not in the charts but Elvis' second best selling greatest hits compilation in Australia is the album "The 50 Greatest Hits": end of April at #229 climbed this CD for the first week of May at #155.

The DVD "Elvis: The King Of Rock 'N' Roll" climbed from #24 to #20 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

Greece (IFPI chart week 18): 
  • The Searcher (last week at #71) dropped out of the Top 75 Albums Sales Chart.
50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special

NBC announced a two hour TV  special entitled "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special". 

About the show
We all know Elvis Presley as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but it was his '68 comeback special on NBC that truly secured his reign. In that one thrilling special, donning iconic black leather and performing some of his most unforgettable hits, Elvis reclaimed his glory and put himself back at the top of the charts. This season, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic evening, an all-star group of music's superstars will pay tribute in Nashville, Tennessee, recreating the spectacle - even the staging - of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, we'll see rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the '68 comeback special, including Director Steve Binder. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.

Production Company: Ken Ehrlich Productions
Executive Producer: Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards," "Elton John: I'm Still Standing," "A Grammy Salute," "Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Salute").

Saturday Night Fever

The Ragdoll import-release "Saturday Night Fever" has been released. It contains the near complete March 30th dinner show, which was previously released incomplete on ''Live From Las Vegas'' by the lf2 label, however this was a simple copy and paste job from vinyl source, and missed several songs (including "My Boy" and "I'll Remember You"). However the Ragdoll label was able to obtain a new source, which included the near complete show (the tape ran out near the end of ''Hound Dog''). Despite being incomplete the producers were able to get another tape of this show to complete this release, which was the source used for the "The Live Years" 3-LP set by the Astra label, back in the mid 80's, this time finally from tape source and not from a needle-drop. The sound is ambient and very good, the only song left incomplete is ''Can't Help Falling In Love''.

(Source: Laser Freak / NBC / FECC)

May 14 - Elvis Off Stage

The May 2018 releases from the Follow That Dream collectors are "Elvis: Off-On Stage" and a double vinyl LP entitled "The Last Movies".

Tracklist (* Previously unreleased)

I Got A Woman (16.02.1970 M/S) - Long Tall Sally (16.02.1970 M/S) - Let It Be Me (Je T'appartiens) (16.02.1970 M/S) - Don't Cry Daddy (17.02.1970 D/S) - I Can't Stop Loving You (17.02.1970 D/S) - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (17.02.1970 D/S) - Sweet Caroline (17.02.1970 D/S) - Kentucky Rain (19.02.1970 D/S) - Polk Salad Annie (17.02.1970 D/S) - Proud Mary (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Polk Salad Annie") - Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Polk Salad Annie") - See See Rider (19.02.1970 D/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "Elvis - Today, Tomorrow and Forever") - The Wonder Of You (18.02.1970 M/S - Previously Released In A Different Mix On "ELVIS 30 # 1 Hits"

Bonus Songs:
Don't Cry Daddy (16.02.1970 M/S) - Kentucky Rain (3:17) (16.02.1970 M/S) -  Love Me Tender (16.02.1970 M/S

Here are the tracks from the double LP "The Last Movies": 


Side A:
A Little Less Conversation (Take 11, 12, 16 - Single Master) - Wonderful World (Take 16, 17 - Master) - Edge Of Reality (Take 8 - Master) - Almost In Love (Track 2006 Take 4 And Vocal Overdubs 2012 Take 2, 3 - Master)

Side B:
A Little Less Conversation (Take 1, 2) - Wonderful World (Take 2, 3) - Edge Of Reality (Take 3) - Wonderful World (Take 7 - Movie Master) - A Little Less Conversation (Take 10 - Album Master) - Edge Of Reality (Take 5, 6 - Alternate Master)

Side C:
Charro - Letís Forget About The Stars (Rough Mix) - Clean Up Your Own Back Yard - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Female Vocals And Brass Overdub) - Almost - Signs Of The Zodiac (Duet With Marlyn Mason) - College Songs Medley (Far Above Cayuga’s Waters / Boola Boola / Dartmouth’s In Town Again / The Eyes Of Texas / On, Wisconsin / The Whiffenpoof Song / Fair Harvard / Notre Dame / Violet)

Side D:
Change Of Habit - Let’s Be Friends - Have A Happy - Let Us Pray (Alternate Vocal Overdub) - Rubberneckin’ - Almost (Take 29) - Charro (Rough Mix)

(Source: FECC / EM / FTD)

May 13 - Sold!

A watch gifted to Elvis Presley by RCA Records to celebrate his sale of 75-million records sold at an auction in Geneva today for $1,812,500. The watch was bought by the OMEGA Museum in Biel / Bienne. It will be displayed in their Omega museum. It was estimated to sell for between $54,000-$108,000. It is the highest price ever paid for an Omega watch.

The watch is 18k white gold with a caseback engraved: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60. It contains the manual-wound Omega Caliber 510, stamped with the OXG import code for the United States. The bezel is set with 44 round brilliant diamonds, and the dial contains no numerals, only markers, with a small seconds on the subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock. The story behind the watch is that Elvis was sitting in a restaurant when he was approached by a man who said, “nice watch.” Elvis glanced at the man’s watch, a diamond-set Hamilton, and replied, “I like your watch too. Do you want to trade?” It was consigned to auction by the man’s nephew.

(Source: Forbes)

May 12 - Another Return of the Pelvis

The VV import-label released a limited edition of 50 copies of their "The Return of the Pelvis" title. Like previous variations of this individually numbered release from the same label this edition comes with exclusive content too. 

An exclusive glossy large art sticker  (Four Different)
Exclusive heavy boxset (32x32x3,5 CM)  
Exclusive 300 Gr. glossy oversleeve (hand numbered)
Sealed standard edition vinyl set (individually numbered)
Exclusive high quality 300 Gr. paper art card (individually numbered)  
Exclusive high-quality T-Shirt (Sizes L and XL)
Exclusive 5 inch glossy paper 110 Gr. sticker
Exclusive cassette, red colored containing the actual show.

May 10 - Charts (Updated May 13)

The latest chart updates for Canada, the United States and Greece:

Canada (Billboard chart week from May 6 to 12, 2018):
  • Albums Top 100: 40 Years On #60 (climbed from #73)
USA (Billboard chart week from May 6 to 12, 2018):
  • Rock Album Sales: The Searcher #40 (re-entry) 
  • Sondtracks: The Searcher #16 (dropped from #14)
  • Top Christian Abums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #24 (#24)
  • Top Country Albums: The Searcher #47 (dropped three places)
  • Top Country Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #48 (re-entry)
  • Top 200 Album Sales: The Searcher #179 (1,301 sold albums)
  • Country Album Sales: The Searcher #29 (dropped from #21)
  • Country Catalog Albums: Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #13 (one place climbed)
  • Country Catalog Albums: ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #20 (climbed from #23) 
  • Soundtrack Album Sales: The Searcher #14  (dropped from #9)
Greece (IFPI week 17)
  • Top 75 Albums Sales: The Searcher (#71 re-entry, 3rd chart week)
Belgium - Wallonia (chart week from May 12 to 18, 2018):
  • Top 200 Albums: The Searcher  #135 (four places dropped) 
  • Mid Price Albums: The Essential Elvis Presley  #22 (climbed from #41)
  • Mid Price Albums: Top 40 Elvis - His Ultimate Top 40 Collection  #33 (re-entry)  
Belgium- Flanders:
  • The Searcher is a re-entry at 108 in the Ultratop 200 Albums.
UK (chart week from May 11 to 17, 2018):
  • Soundtrack Albums: The Searcher  #15 (dropped from #9)
(Source: Laser-Freak)

May 09 - The Comeback LP

Due for release from the Friday Music label on July 6, 2018 is a vinyl re-issue of the classic 1968 "Elvis (TV Special)". This edition comes in 180 Gr. red vinyl packed in a gatefold cover.

Tracks Side A: Trouble - Guitar Man - Lawdy,Miss Clawdy - Baby,What You Want Me To Do - Dialogue - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - All Shook Up - Can't Help Falling In Love - Jailhouse Rock - Dialogue - Love Me Tender

Side B: Dialogue - Where Could I Go But To The Lord - Up Above My Head - Saved - Dialogue - Blue Christmas - Dialogue - One Night -  Memories -  Nothingville - Dialogue - Big Boss Man - Guitar Man - Little Egypt - Trouble - Guitar Man - If I Can Dream.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin)

May 08 - The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley

After a wait of over two years, the re-release of the JAT Publishing book "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" is finally due. 
JAT Publishing completed the work updating the book and it will go to the printers after the June release of the new book about "Harum Scarum" featuring over 150 unreleased photos from the 1965 movie. 

For "The Definitive Vinyl Artwork of Elvis Presley 1956-1977" book, JAT found some newer images and documents and art boards. The book contains most of the original photography for the albums, singles and extended plays released in Elvis Presley's lifetime. Many of the photos are the full gorgeous images as they were originally photographed with many never before seen in their entirety according to the press-release. 

(Source: JAT Publishing)

May 07 - The Reno Book

The "The Reno Brothers" book from the Norwegian author Erik Lorentzen on Elvis Presley's debut movie "Love Me Tender" (originally entitled "The Reno Brothers") is ready and has gone to the printers. 

(Source: EM)

May 05 - Four Classic Albums Plus

Due for release from the Avid Rock N Roll label on June 1, 2018 is the double CD set "Four Classic Albums Plus" containing the orginal albums "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii", "Girls, Girls, Girls" and as a special bonus the 7 Inch EP "Jailhouse Rock". 

Product description:
AVID Rock N Roll continues with its Four Classic Albums plus series with a re-mastered 2CD second set release from Elvis Presley complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. 'King Creole'; 'G.I. Blues'; 'Blue Hawaii', 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and as a special bonus the 7'' EP 'Jailhouse Rock'. 

We could have called our second Elvis set, 'Elvis At The Movies', or 'Elvis Goes to the Movies', or 'A Movie Date With Elvis' or 'Movies Right Along With Elvis'... err, perhaps not that last one... but, well, you get the picture!


It's time to forget what you may have read about the string of movies that the King made in the late 50s and 60s regarding the questionable quality of some of them. This release is about the music, and after all is said and done, that is what made Elvis, the King in the first place! So leave your celluloid prejudices at the door and step inside the auditorium and take a listen to some great music from Elvis Presley. After all, you are going to hear some of these fine Elvis classics, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Wooden Heart, Blue Suede Shoes, Return To Sender, You're So Square alongside some classic songs you may have forgetten you loved all along! Maybe your eyes were elsewhere while you watched the movies way back when! Can't imagine where?

Tracks CD 1 - King Creole:
King Creole - As Long As I Have You - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Dixieland Rock - Don’t Ask Me Why - Lover Doll - Crawfish - Young Dreams - Steadfast, Loyal And True - New Orleans

G. I. Blues:
Tonight’s So Right For Love - What’s She Really Like - Frankfort Special - Wooden Heart - G. I. Blues - Pocket Full Of Rainbows - Shoppin’ Around - Big Boots - Didja’ Ever - Blue Suede Shoes - Doin’ The Best I Can

CD 2 - Blue Hawaii:
Blue Hawaii - Almost Always True - Aloha Oe - No More - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Rock-A-Hula Baby - Moonlight Swim - KU-U-I-Po - Ito Eats - Slicing Sand - Hawaiian Sunset - Beach Boy Blues - Island Of Love - Hawaiian Wedding Song

Girls, Girls, Girls:
Girls! Girls! Girls! - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - Where Do You Come From - I Don’t Want To - We’ll Be Together - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Song Of The Shrimp - The Walls Have Ears - We’re Coming In Loaded

Jailhouse Rock (EP):
Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don’t Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care

The Weekend Chart Update

Australia:
  • Albums Chart (Top 100): The King #86 (Dropped From #82)
  • Catalogue Albums:  The King #42 (One Place Dropped; 40th Chart Week)
  • Music DVD Chart (Top 40): Elvis: King Of Rock N Roll #24 (Climbed From #40)
Belgium Wallonia (Chart Week May 5 To 11, 2018)
  • Albums (Top 200): The Searcher #131 (Dropped From #121)
  • Mid Price Albums (Top 50): The Essential Elvis Presley #41 (dropped from #6)
Belgium Flanders (Chart Week May 5 To 11, 2018)
  • Mid Price Albums (Top 50): Top 40 Elvis: His Ultimate Top 40 Collection #46 (Re)
Greece (IFPI Chart Week 16)
  • Albums Sales Chart (Top 75): The Searcher dropped out of the chart after new entry at #50 in last week.
Ireland (Official Irish Chart Week May 4 To 10, 2018)
  • Albums Chart (Top 100): ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #99 (Re)
United Kingdom (Official UK Chart Week May 4 To 10, 2018)
  • Physical Albums: The Searcher #91 (Re)
  • Soundtrack Albums: The Searcher  #9 (climbed from #14)
  • Record Store (Top 40) : The King In The Ring #11 (climbed from #26)
(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak)

May 04 - Bankrupt

The two "Elvis In Concert - The Wonder of You" concerts with Priscilla Presley, large orchestra and Elvis on big screen in Madrid and Barcelona have been cancelled. Originally fans thought it was due to poor ticket-sales, but it appears that the promoter Crazy Music Productions SL is bankrupt. Fans who bought a ticket should be reimbursed for 75% of their ticket-price with the money that is available in the bank account of the company. The remaining percentage is included in the list of debtors and included in the bankruptcy process. The new The Wonder Of You tour will start in Finland on 30 May. 

(Source: Cray Music / EM)

May 03 - News Report April 2018

The April 2018 Follow That Dream release "Omaha, Nebraska '74" has been released and arrived at the first dealers in Europe. This double CD features both the June 30 1974 Midnight and Evening shows.

Charts

The Australian Charts for the chart week running from April 30, to May 6, 2018:
Album Chart Top 100: The King #82 (dropped 2from #80)
Catalogue Albums: The King #41 (dropped from #34.)
Music DVD Chart Top 40: Elvis: The King of Rock And Roll #40 (dropped from #20).

News Report

You could read it here, now you can watch the Elvis News wrap-up from April 2018 on-line.




(Source: EM / Lasser Freak / Emiel Maier / YouTube)

May 01 - Billboard Charts (Updated)

The Billboard Chart for the week April 29 to May 5, 2018:

King In The Ring (O.S.T.) - First Week
  • Top 200 Album Sales #121 (2,366 Sold Albums) 
  • Country Album Sales #17
  • Rock Album Sales #43
  • Top Current Albums #83
Top 200 Album Sales 
  • The Searcher #167 (1,910 Sold Albums; 8,167 in total since release)
Country Album Sales 
  • The Searcher #21 (Dropped From #17)
Top Country Albums
  • The Searcher #44 (Dropped From #30)
Country Catalog Albums
  • Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #14 (Dropped From #12)
  • ELV1S 30 #1 Hits #23 (Dropped From #19)
Soundtracks 
  • The Searcher #14 (Dropped From #8)
Top Christian Albums 
  • Elvis: Ultimate Gospel #24 (Dropped From #23)
Canadian Albums
  • 40 Years On Is The 3rd Chart Week At #73

Croatia
  • The King In The Ring (OST) is listed at #24 on Croatian Album Chart (Foreign Artists).
(Source: Laser Freak)

April 29 - Weekend Charts

The European Elvis Presley charts:
  • The "The Searcher" is a new entry at #50 on the Greek Album chart ((IFPI week 15).
  • The "The Searcher" dropped from #47 to #59 on the Flandern Album chart (Belgium)
  • The "The Searcher" dropped from #87 to #121 on the Wallonian Album chart (Belgium)
  • The "The Essential Elvis Presley" dropped from #5 to #6 on the Wallonian Mid-price Album chart (Belgium)
The UK and Scottish chart (Official Chart Company chart week April 27 to May 3, 2018):
  • The "The King In The Ring" LP is a new entry on the Official UK Album Sales chart: #92
  • The "The King In The Ring" LP is a new entry on the Official UK Physical Album chart: #77
  • The "The King In The Ring" LP is a new entry on the Official UK Record Store chart: #26
  • The "The King In The Ring" LP is a new entry on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart: #31
  • The "The King In The Ring" LP is a new entry on the Official Scottish Album chart: #81 
(Source: Laser Freak)

April 28 - Being Re-issued

The book "Being Elvis - A Lonely Life" by author Ray Connolly will be re-issued August 3, 2018 by  Liverright. This edition comes with a new cover and 416 pages, 48 pages more than the original edition. 

From the publisher:
"Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and new way of expressing male sexuality, which simply blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America.In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world’s most loved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world.

For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way.Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis’s amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the late 1950s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end.

With a narrative informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others, Connolly creates one of the most nuanced and mature portraits of this cultural phenomenon to date.What distinguishes Being Elvis beyond the narrative itself is Connolly’s more subtle examinations of white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame. As we reach the end of this poignant account, Elvis’s death at forty-two takes on the hue of a profoundly American tragedy. The creator of an American sound that resonates today, Elvis remains frozen in time, an enduring American icon who could “seamlessly soar into a falsetto of pleading and yearning” and capture an inner emotion, perhaps of eternal yearning, to which all of us can still relate.Intimate and unsparing, Being Elvis explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, ultimately offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life."

Complete 1956-62 Albums


Due for release from the Valentine Records (H'Art) label on Juli 8, 2018 is a re-issue of the "Complete 1956-62 Albums" 8 CD bod-set. 

Graceland Expansion Proposal

The plans for the Graceland campus expansion shows two exhibit buildings of 80,000 square feet each on either side of the "live Event Center" EPE wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex.

The plan and rendering released last Monday by Graceland managing partner Joel Weinshanker, also includes:

A "Made in USA Outlet" building of more than 64,000 square feet directly across the boulevard from the Guest House at Graceland.
An aircraft hangar for the two restored jets owned by Elvis Presley.
A new wing for the Guest House.
Weinshanker also touts 1,000 new jobs to be created by the expansion.
Graceland is now seeking financing for both the arena and exhibit space with approval earlier this month from the Economic Development Growth Engine, the city-county agency that approves economic incentives for such projects.

The EDGE board approved a plan that would specifically increase the flow of city and county property tax revenue through a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to the financing of the Guest House at Graceland and Elvis Presley's Memphis. 

Graceland would then use the money it now puts toward financing those two projects toward the financing of a 6,000- to 7,000-seat arena estimated to cost $50 million.

Graceland's new legal position is that the OK'd arrangement means it can build the arena and not violate the non-compete agreement the Memphis Grizzlies.

City chief legal officer Bruce McMullen also said he had hoped Graceland and the Grizzlies could work out some agreement without the matter being decided in court.

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Amazon / Elvis Information Network)

April 27 - Saturday Night Fever

The Ragdoll import-label announced the release of "Saturday Night Fever", a new CD containing the near complete March 30th dinner show performance. 

From the press-release:
Ragdoll is proud to present their latest release ''Saturday Night Fever'', In march of 1975 Elvis gave 29 performances, he opened this season on March 18, 1975, and the crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton saw a rejuvenated performer, as well as a rejuvenated setlist, Elvis just got done recording his new album Elvis Today, and took some of this material with him to Las Vegas, songs like ''Green Green Grass Of Home'' ''And I Love You So'' and ''Fairytale'' would be introduced, with the latter two staying in the setlist for most of those shows, Elvis also re-introduced some songs that haven't been sung regularly for 2 years, including ''My Boy'' ''Burning Love'' and ''I'll Remember You'', the latter one having been sung only once the year before in Lake Tahoe. Here on this disc you will find for the first time, the near complete March 30th dinner show, which was previously released incomplete on ''Live From Las Vegas'' by the lf2 label, however this was a simple copy and paste job from vinyl source, and missed several songs (including a fantastic version of ‘’My Boy’’ and a serious version of ''I'll Remember You''), however Ragdoll was able to obtain a new source, which included the near complete show (the tape ran out near the end of ''Hound Dog'') which was in very good sound quality. Despite being incomplete we were able to get another tape of this show to complete this release, which was the source used for the ''The Live Years'' 3-LP set by the Astra label, back in the mid 80's, this time finally from tape source and not from a needle-drop. The sound is ambient and very good, the only song left incomplete is ''Can't Help Falling In Love''. 

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me Let Me Know - And I Love You So - Big Boss Man - Love Me Tender - Burning Love - Introductions - What'd I Say (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - Piano Solo - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Electric Keyboard Solo (David Briggs) - School Days (With Reprise) - My Boy - I'll Remember You - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - How Great Thou Art (With Reprise) - Hound Dog (Spliced With 2nd Source) - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (2nd Source) -  Can't Help Falling In Love (2nd Source, Incomplete)

(Source: FECC)

April 26 - Released!

The UK based Memphis Recording Service have released the Limited Edition 5CD/200-page book "The Complete '50s Movie Masters And | Session Recordings". This Limited Edition 5CD/Book set pays tribute to Elvis Presley's complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950s.

The 5 CDs contain the complete works of the master and | Session studio recordings made for each of Elvis's movies during the 1950s, and all tracks have been remastered with many restoration surprises ignored by other labels.

The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording | Sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958. The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation.

Click on the cover on the top right to buy the set.

(Source: Memphis Recording Service)

April 24 - The #1 Hits And DVD (Updated April 26)

Due for release on May 30, 2018 from the New Continent label is the "The #1 Hits" LP. This title comes on 180 Gr. vinyl and packed in a gatefold cover. 

Elvis Presley (Tupelo, Mississippi, January 8, 1935 Memphis, Tennessee, August 16, 1977) was rock & rolls first real star and one of the most important cultural forces in history a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. 

Included on this set are Elvis greatest hits from the period 1955-62, among them all of his King singles that reached number one on the U.S. pop charts between 1956 and 1962. 

Among other smash hits, our release includes both sides of the single Hound Dog/Dont Be Cruel (the most successful Elvis single release, with 11 weeks on the charts), Elvis second RCA single, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, and the classic rocker Heartbreak Hotel (which peaked at number one and remained on the charts for eight weeks after extensive television exposure following its release). 

The killer Rock and Roll tune, All Shook Up (9 weeks at number one), has also been added here, as well as classic ballads like Dont and Are You Lonesome Tonight? and the two popular Italian ballads Its Now or Never (English version of O Sole Mio) and Surrender (English version of Torna a Surriento). Without a doubt, this is the material upon which Elvis Presleys legend was built.

Side A: Mystery Train - Heartbreak Hotel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Blue Suede Shoes - Love Me Tender - Too Much - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Don't

Side B: Jailhouse Rock - Hard Headed Woman - A Big Hunk O'Love - Stuck On You - It's Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Surrender - Can't Help Falling In Love - Good Luck Charm - Return To Sender


The Searcher DVD

Available May 2018 from a UK fan-club is the DVD "The Searcher" containing the two episodes from the special.

Charts

The '2nd week' of sales for "The Searcher" on the US Billboard chart (sale week from April 13 to April 19, 2018 / chart week from April 22 to April 28, 2018).
  • Billboard 200: #183 (#145)
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: #? (#45 -3,889 sold albums)
  • Billboard Top Album Sales: #72 (#46)
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums: #32 (#27)
  • Billboard Rock Album Sales: #21 (#12)
  • Billboard Top Country Albums: #30 (#17)
  • Billboard Country Album Sales: #17 (#12)
  • Billboard Soundtracks (Top 25): #8 (#9)
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales: #7 (#4)
  • Billboard Tastemaker Albums (Top 25): #15 (#23)
  • Billboard Internet Albums (Top 25): #-- (#21)
  • Billboard Top Current Albums: #57 (#44)
The other US charts
  • The “ELV1S 30 # 1 Hits“ compilation re-entered the US Billboard Country Album Chart at #44. 
  • The “Ultimate Gospel” compilation climbed from #27 to #23 on the Billboard Christian Album Chart 
  • On the Classical Album Chart The “Elvis With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Wonder Of You“ dropped from #6 to #8 
Other worldwide charts
  • No chart entry for The Searcher in the Canadian Top 100 Albums! (The album 40 Years On ist listed as well in the week before at #73.)
  • No '2nd week' for the album “The Searcher” in Austria (Top 75) as well as Switzerland (Top 100).
(Source: Amazon / FECC / Elvis Presley Fan Club / Laser Freak)

April 23 - The First Time Ever I Looked Into The Wings

The E. P. Collector import-label announced two new titles; "The First Time Ever I Lay With You" and "Looked Into The Wings". The label is planning special double CD called "Black Tornado“ with newly found original tapes of Elvis’ concerts in Cleveland, OH, November 6, 1971 (Afternoon and Evening shows), which were never before available in good sound according to the press-release.

Details "The First Time Ever I Lay With You":

Now, when majority of Elvis import labels is only re-releasing old stuff in new packages, E. P. Collector label is coming with another surprise! The San Diego, April 24th, 1976 afternoon show is previously unreleased and moreover, it is completely a new show for Elvis fans – never before in circulation, in any form!

Elvis April ’76 tour was rated as very good one, with longer shows and variable set list. Unlike later that year, when Elvis ended his concerts quickly after introductions of his band, here he gave no less than 9 songs after “School Day“ orchestra solo! Elvis’ drummer Ronnie Tutt was back in band and pianist Shane Kiester was replaced by Tony Brown.

Among the concert highlights there are “Tryin' To Get To You”, “America (The Beautiful)”, “Hurt”, “Burning Love” and “How Great Thou Art”.  One song stands out: rare, heartfelt performance of complete version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. This song was performed only 3 known times, in 1976.

This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape. You may ask your supplier for samples.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with great collection of quality images taken in San Diego, CA, April 24, 1976. If you have enjoyed our other April ’76 tour release called “The Beat Is Back“, then you are sure to enjoy our latest release, too. 

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. America (The Beautiful) – 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. Hurt - 20. And I Love You So - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Burning Love - 23. How Great Thou Art - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away (with false start and reprise) - 25. Little Darlin’ - 26. It's Now Or Never - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp.

Details Looked Into The Wings:

October tour was another good one, after several problematic tours in the Summer. Elvis lost some 10-12 kilos and he was able to wear his jumpsuits from 1974 again. He looked much healthier and he was in good mood and in solid voice.

We have released Elvis’ last Kalamazoo concert from April 26, 1977 in 2017. Now we have decided to release its prequel. We had complete original tape of this show in our vaults since late 90s, but we have considered it not so good for release because Elvis was distant and wild audience reaction too prominent. Now new tape turned out, of much better sound. Unfortunately, new tape was incomplete and middle part was repaired using our old source.  As usual, you may ask your supplier for samples.

Playlist is rather typical for Autumn ’76 shows. Among the concert highlights there are “ Help Me“, “And I Love You So“, “America (The Beautiful)“, “Love Letters“, “Hurt“ and “Blue Christmas“.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak, too. Since there were no suitable photographs from the Kalamazoo performance, all images used for this project were taken in Cleveland, Ohio just two days later, on the 23rd where Elvis wore the same 'King of Spades' jumpsuit.

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. Help Me - 09. All Shook Up -10. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America (The Beautiful) - 14. Band Introductions - 15. Early Mornin' Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt (with reprise) - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Blue Christmas - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.

(Source: FECC)

April 22 - Sold

A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.

The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts. Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California. The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Source: News & Observer of Raleigh / Billboard)

April 21 - Record Store Day

It is Record Store Day 2018. Elvis Presley releases that are due today: "Elvis: RCA Studio 1", "The King in the Ring" (double LP red vinyl), "Loving You" (slightly different cover and blue vinyl), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (slightly different cover and red vinyl),  "Shake Rattle and Roll/Fool Fool Fool" (picture single) and "Johnny - Elvis: Quand Johnny Reprend Elvis" (originally released in 2016).

Buy the "Elvis: RCA Studio 1" album >>> here directly from The Memphis Recording Service.

(Source: Record Store Day)









April 21 - Loving Weekend Charts

Due for release from Pan Am-Records on July 5, 2018 is the LP "Loving You" containing the original tracks from the LP with three additional bonus songs  

Side A:
Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party
Bonus Song:
 Is It So Strange
Side B:
Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don´t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So Bonus Songs:
Treat Me Nice - All Shook Up

Weekend charts

The Official UK and Scottish Chart Company Charts (chart week April 20 to April 26, 2018)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums #- (#32)  (Sales: less than 1,070 units)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Albums Sales #74 (#18)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Physical Albums #56 (#16)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Record Store Top 40 #- (#34)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Soundtrack Albums #6 (#2)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Vinyl Albums Top 40 #- (#15)
Scotland:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums: #88 (#12)
Other European results:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Flanders): #47 (#47)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Wallonia) #87 (#97)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Germany #-- (#58)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Ireland #100 (#49)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Netherlands #-- (#81)
Australia 

The Searcher (OST), which debuted at #72 on April 16, is no longer in the Top 100 Albums Chart after its second sales week.

There is also Down Under a well-known greatest hit compilation issue more pleasant. The cd album The King (88697118042), former #4 highest position and meanwhile certified for 140,000 sold units with double platinum is still in the Top 100 Albums, rising from #87 to #80 next chart week (commencing April 23, 2018).
By the way... The DVD (88697174959) "The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - 30 Hit Performances And More" (same artwork but not identical content with the 2 cd) also continues to be exemplary in the corresponding chart (Music DVDs): ranked at #20 (dropped from #15) in now 282nd chart week for the former #2 and five-time platinum (75,000) certified video.

Rare Elvis Pictures Discovered


Elvis Presley’s show at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957 is the stuff of legend. But photos of the gig are as rare as hen’s teeth. So imagine Rob Frith’s surprise when he recently got a call about some unknown Elvis pix from Empire Stadium.

Frith admits he was “a bit skeptical” about new photos turning up six decades after the show. But he was astonished when he saw them in person.

“Look at this,” he said this week, pointing to a photo of Elvis in full pelvis mode. “That’s just killer! It’s the classic pose.” Indeed it is. The photo captures the early Elvis in all his rock ’n’ roll glory, knees bent and wide apart, singin’ and swingin’ in his famous gold lame jacket.

“I was excited — I had to have them,” laughs Frith, one of Canada’s top rock poster collectors.

“I was worried they would disappear. The guy (was moving) and one of his boxes gets lost and that’s it, they’re gone.”

Frith wound up purchasing 14 prints from Andrew Bazan, whose dad Anthony took the shots. Anthony Bazan worked as a portrait photographer, and talked his way into the Presley show by claiming to be a member of the press.

One photo features Elvis with his backing singers the Jordonaires, the rest are solo shots of Elvis in various states of gyration. They’ve never been published, which is hard to believe, because they totally capture his onstage magic.

The show only lasted 22 minutes before some fans rushed the stage and Elvis vamoosed. But it sounds like the King was in full control onstage.

“(At one point) Dad was about to take a photograph when Elvis turned away,” Andrew Bazan said in an email.

“Elvis realized the situation, turned, faced Dad, smiled and waited for him to take the photo, all while still performing the song.”

The black and white prints are small, four by six inches. The negatives were lost in a fire years ago, but the Bazans kept the prints in pristine condition. Anthony Bazan died about 10 years ago, and his son inherited the photos. He decided to sell them when he moved to Peterborough, Ont.

“I felt the photos belonged in Vancouver, in a good home, hopefully to be enjoyed as I had enjoyed them over the years,” he said.

Frith was a logical person to sell them to — he owns Neptoon Records on Main Street, and is Vancouver’s top rock poster collector. Bazan had also dealt with him before.

“Apparently when his mother died he called me and I bought her records, like 20 years ago or something,” said Frith. “I think he (also) saw me on that Rockinitis (cable TV) show.”

Most of the existing shots from the gig were by Rolly Ford, who made prints for disc jockey Red Robinson, who was the MC of the show. Robinson chuckles when asked about a rumour that Elvis was wearing black pants in the Vancouver show because his gold lame pants were at the drycleaners.

“Elvis tried to wear that gold suit (onstage), but with his movement and everything else it cracked,” he said.

“He said ‘I don’t want to wear this (bleep) anymore,’ and took off the bottom and left the top on. It was gold lame, and just split apart.”

The Sun sent photographer Bill Dennett to the Presley show, and apparently he took some marvellous shots. But when the crowd rushed the stage, editors decided to run a Ralph Bower photo of the crowd instead of Elvis, which infuriated Dennett.

“He went (backstage) and did a whole bunch of (portrait) shots of Elvis with his hand up, with his wristwatch, beautiful shots,” Bower recalls.

“He had an idea of selling them as a big promotion (in the paper). He must have had about a dozen good shots.”

Unfortunately the Dennett photos have disappeared from the Sun’s archives, and have never been seen by the public. Frith can’t believe the Sun didn’t run any Elvis shots from his show, which drew a record crowd of 25,898.

“It was one of the biggest cultural events in the history of the world — Elvis Presley was a big deal!” said Frith.

“How could they not run that? Why wouldn’t you? Do you not want to sell newspapers?”

(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak / Vancouver Sun / Elvis Club Berlin)