July 25 - (To Be) Released

The 4 CD import release “Elvis 1969 in Person – August 25th & 26th” has been released by the Rock And Roll Majesty label. The three concerts and studio recordings have all been released before. 

Vinyl

Due for release from the French VPI label on August 12, 2016 in their vinyl / CD "Signature Collection" is the EP “Live”.  

Elvis Presley

Due for release from the Sony Music CMG label on October 7, 2016 is another re-issue of Elvis Presley’s first recordings entitled "Elvis Presley". 

Tracks disc: 1
  1. Blue Suede Shoes
  2. I'm Counting on You
  3. I Got a Woman
  4. One-Sided Love Affair
  5. I Love You Because
  6. Just Because
  7. Tutti Frutti
  8. Trying to Get to You
  9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You)
  10. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
  11. Blue Moon
  12. Money Honey
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. I Was the One
  15. My Baby Left Me
  16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
  17. Shake, Rattle and Roll

Tracks disc: 2
  1. Rip It Up
  2. Love Me
  3. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
  4. Long Tall Sally
  5. First in Line
  6. Paralyzed
  7. So Glad You're Mine
  8. Old Shep
  9. Ready Teddy
  10. Anyplace Is Paradise
  11. How's the World Treating You
  12. How Do You Think I Feel
  13. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  14. Hound Dog
  15. Don't Be Cruel
  16. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)
  17. Too Much
  18. Playing for Keeps
  19. Love Me Tender

(Source: Elvis On CD / Elvis Aktuell / Amazon)

July 24 - Graceland Auction Preview

Alvin Lansky died Sunday at 86, leaving a legacy of fashion and style befitting one of the brothers who helped outfit Elvis Presley and other rising stars.

Mr. Lansky grew up one of nine children of South Memphis storekeepers Samuel Louis Lansky and Anna Sarah Lansky. Like many of his siblings, he worked at Lansky Brothers, a Beale Street landmark where brothers Bernard and Guy Lansky became known as "Clothiers to the King" (of Rock 'n' Roll).


Mr. Lansky recalled in a 2011 interview that he had the honor of teaching young Presley how to tie a necktie. Mr. Lansky made his final mark on Memphis business selling fedoras, fezzes, Panamas and other headwear at Mister Hats.

Graceland Auction

Here is a preview of some of the items which will be featured in the upcoming Graceland auction during Elvis Week.  


January 8, 1935 Elvis Presley Birth Record Document from Delivering Physician Dr. Robert Hunt - Also Details the Birth of His Twin Brother Jesse. Estimate: $80,000 - 100,000
1973-74 Elvis Presley Signed American Express Card - The 

Finest Elvis Credit Card in Existence - He Never Left Home Without It! Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000

Elvis Presley Owned 1971 Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum Revolver - With Unimpeachable Provenance. Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000

1971 Mathey-Tissot Custom-Made Watch with “ELVIS PRESLEY” on the Bezel - Gifted by Elvis to Producer Felton Jarvis to Commemorate Elvis’ “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America” Award Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

J.D. Sumner’s Diamond-Studded TCB Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley.  Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Elvis Presley's Signed and Inscribed Guitar Case (Possibly One of His First). Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

1957 8mm Film of Elvis Presley Performing at the Chicago Amphitheatre - Nearly 5 Minutes of Unpublished Footage of Elvis in his Famous Gold Lamé! Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000 

Incredible Terry Wood Photography Archive Chronicling Elvis Presley’s September 26, 1956, Concert in Tupelo, MS - Including 43 Original Medium- and Large-Format Negatives (Most Never Published). Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000

Boots Worn by Elvis Presley in the Film "It Happened at The World’s Fair." Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000 

1960's Elvis Presley Owned Electric Guitar Gifted to Graceland Maid and Cook Nancy Rooks' Husband. Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Elvis Presley Worn Black Star Sapphire Ring Gifted to Al Strada. - With Strada’s Backstage Pass. Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

1969 Elvis Presley Screen-Worn Blue Dress Shirt from "The Trouble with Girls." Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000

Circa 1969 Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Black Shirt, Black Pants and Gold Metal Belt. Ensemble.  Estimate: $12,000 - 15,000

“’68 Comeback Special” Foreign Distribution Contract Signed by Elvis Presley. - Includes MGM Cover Letter Sent to Colonel Parker’s Office Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000

Elvis Presley’s Custom Karate Gi Used to Design the McCormick “Elvis Karate” Bourbon Decanter and Accompanied by Original Decanter in Box. Estimate $ 20,000-30,000
(Source: Commercial Appeal / Graceland)

July 23 - Start Spreading The News

A new Follow That Dream / Flaming Star cooperation is due for the book June '72. It will focus on Elvis at his fabulous Madison Square Garden concerts and his June 72 tour.  

Pål Granlund was in New York in 1972 for the MSG concerts and there are photographs of him meeting Elvis backstage, so the book will no doubt feature his personal stories (in the same way that The Elvis Files feature Erik Lorentzen's recollections) and much, much more. No more details available yet.  
Preview of the “Way Down in the Jungle Room” CD

Here are three small previews from the “Way Down In The Jungle Room” booklet and on-line campaign. The set is due for release early August 2016 on CD and vinyl. 

(Source: FECC / Elvis memories)





July 22 - A Paralized Soldier Boy


The UK based Rockwell Records released two new colour vinyl titles. "Soldier Boy" on white vinyl and "Paralized" on gold vinyl. The first one is available as a limited edition of 150 copies, the latter is limited to 175 copies.  

Tracks Soldier Boy - 1958 (part II), 1960 (part I)
A 12" vinyl record album featuring Elvis’s final recordings from 1958, together with his first recordings made after his return from duty in 1960. 

Side one: Young Dreams / King Creole / Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha Think It’s Time / I Need Your Love Tonight / (Now And Then Theres) A Fool Such As I / A Big Hunk O’ Love / I Got Stung
Side two: Make Me Know It / Soldier Boy / Stuck On You / Fame And Fortune / It Feels So Right / A Mess Of Blues.

Tracks Paralized - 1956 (part III):
This album concludes Elvis’s studio recordings from 1956 (part III).

Side one: Love Me / How’s The World Treating You / How Do You Think I Feel / Playing For Keeps / Too Much / When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again / Long Tall Sally 
Side two: Old Shep / Paralyzed / Anyplace is Paradise / Rip It Up / First In Line / Ready Teddy / Let Me / Poor Boy.

Elvis Presley - Holding His Own Audience Recordings

The Straight Arrow import releases “ “Elvis Presley - Holding His Own In Tahoe!”, containing of the May 8, 1975 Midnight Show performance and volume 8 int eh "From The Booth Tapes" entitled “One For The Ladies”, containing the February 10, 1972 Dinner and Midnight show performances, have been released. Both titles are aidiencerecordings. 


(Source: Rockwell Music / Elvis On CD)

July 21 - Signature Film Collection

The third volume in the French VPI label vinyl “Signature Collection” has been released, this volume is entitled “Film”. 

Side A: Jailhouse Rock - King Creole
Side B: Flaming Star - Follow That Dream

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)

July 20 - Elvis Back At #1 On The Charts

Due for release from Sony Music CMG on October 7, 2016 is a 2 CD edition of “On Stage”. 

Tracks: CD 1: See See Rider - Release Me - Sweet Caroline - Runaway - The Wonder Of You - Polk Salad Annie - Yesterday - Proud Mary - Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Let It Be Me - Don't Cry Daddy - Kentucky Rain - Long Tall Sally - The Wonder Of You

Tracks CD 2: Blue Suede Shoes - Johnny B. Goode - All Shook Up - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Hound Dog - I Can't Stop Loving You - My Babe - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Words - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - Can't Help Falling In Love - I Got a Woman - Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Reconsider Baby - Funny How Time Slips Away

Charts

Elvis has no entries on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending July 30, 2016.
  • The CD “If I Can Dream” rises from #9 to #6 on the Classical Album Chart.
  • The DVD “He Touched Me - The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley (Vols.1 and 2)” rises from #17 to #1 on the Music Video Chart.
  • The compilation DVD “Love Me Tender” (The Love Songs) rises from #11 to #10 on the Music Video Chart.
  • The "He Touched Me" CD is listed at #164 on the Top Album Sales chart selling 1.723 copies.
The "If I Can Dream" CD dropped from #45 to #49 on the Australian Album chart.

The CD "The Real… Elvis – 60’s Collection" climbed from #5 to #4 on the Belgian Mid-price Album chart.

(Source: FECC / Brian Quinn / Laser Freak / The King's World)