May 20 - New Import Releases

Three new import titles appeared on eBay; 'Great Moments With Elvis', 'Elvis' and the 5 CD set 'TeeVee Treasures: The '68 Comeback Special' . The details from the listing on eBay.

'Great Moments With Elvis'
A superb collection of 17 rare early 1960's outtakes, housed in a 60's style 6 panel digipack. Most tracks are unreleased in this form (no false starts, studio chats or unfinished takes, but the full versions) and hard to find on CD .

1. Swing Down, Sweet Chariot - take 3 2. Surrender - take 9 3. Shoppin' Around - take 5 4. Make Me Know It - take 18 5. Lonely Man - sol - , take 3 6. Milky White Way - take 6 7. Little Sister - take 6 8. There's Always Me - take 9 9. Memphis, Tennessee - take 5 10. I Met Her Today - take 13 11. Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - take 6 12. Something Blue - take 6 13. If You Think I Don't Need You - take 7 14. Western Union - take 3 15. They Remind Me Too Much Of You - take 7 16. Suspicion - spliced takes 4,5 17. Witchcraft - take 2

'Elvis' 
This great 6 panel digipack CD release (with the stunning cover !) is based on the original ‘Elvis’ Australia vinyl LP compilation album released in 1975 thru the RCA label. (Australian Only Orange RCA Victor label compilation - Australian Fan Club Release SP-106-G ). A fantastic collection of 19 rare outtakes, many of them unreleased in this form on CD by Elvis' official record company.

1. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (Undubbed Version) 2. Easy Come Easy Go (Take 10) 3. Almost In Love (Original Single Version) 4. Today Tomorrow & Forever (Take 4) 5. Edge Of Reality (Take 6) 6. King Of The Whole Wide World (Take 6) 7. Let's Be Friends (Original Album Version) 8. I'll Take Love (Take 2B) 9. Long Legged Girl (Take 6) 10. US Male (Take 11) 11. Angel (Take 2) 12. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Live, August 22, 1969) 13. I'm Not The Marrying Kind (Take 6) 14. C'mon Everybody (Take 7) 15. This Is Living (Take 8) 16. Follow That Dream (Take 2) 17. Flaming Star (Channel Mix Master) 18. A Whistling Tune (Take 3) 19. You'll Never Walk Alone (Take 2 - Edited)


TeeVee Treasures: The '68 Comeback Special

With 5 individual jewelcases, packed in lp sized box including oversized booklet this set will bring you back to the old days of cd/vinyl packaging. Something deluxe. This exclusive 5 cd box set contains approx 5 hours of rare and unreleased material from the legendary 1968 NBC TV SPECIAL. Many for the first time available on CD. Listen to how the musical content for the special develops and how this became a turning point in Elvis’ career, as well as one of the most iconic music specials in TV history. We take you back to 1968! Hear: Trouble / Guitar man / Memories / If i can dream / Let yourself go / Big boss man / It hurts me / Nothingville / Little Egypt and many more.

Disc 1: The Original Mono Album
01 Trouble / Guitar Man  02 Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Baby What You Want Me To Do / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / All Shook Up / Can’t Help Falling In Love  Jailhouse Rock / Love Me Tender  03 Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Up Above My Head / Saved  04 Blue Christmas / One Night  05 Memories  06 Nothingville / Big Boss Man / Guitar Man / Little Egypt / Trouble / Guitar Man 07 If I Can Dream The Outtakes / June 20 1968nothingville / Guitar Man (Part 1)  Guitar Man’s Evil Section 1 08 Warming Up 09 Take 1  10 Take 5 & 6  Let Yourself Go (Part 1)  Guitar Man’s Evil Section 2 11 Take 1  12 Take 2-5  13 Take 6  14 Take 7 (Master)  Guitar Man (Part 2) / Escape Section 1 (Fast)  15 Take 1-3  16 Take 4-5  17 Take 6-8  Calliope Carnival / Escape Section 2  18 Take 1 Big Boss Man / Escape Section 3  19 Take 1-2  It Hurts Me (Part 1) / Escape Section 4  20 Take 1  21 Take 2-4  22 Take 5  23 Take 6-7 (Master Take Call Only) 

Disc 2: It Hurts Me (Part 2) / After Karate Section 1 / June 21 
01 Take 1  02 Take 2-3  03 Take 4-5 (Tape Cut)  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I  Go But To The Lord / Yes, Yes, Yes / Up Above My Head  (Intro) / Gospel Section 1 / June 21  04 Rehearsal & Take 1  Up Above My Head / I Found That Light / Saved (Intro)  Gospel Section 2 / June 21  05 Take 4 & 7 Trouble / Guitar Man / Guitar Man Opening / June 22  06 Take 1  07 Take 2-3  If I Can Dream - Record Version / June 23  08 Take 1  09 Take 2-4  10 Take 5 (Master)  Memories - Vocal Overdub / June 24  11 Track Only Take 3 & 4 With V.O Take 1 It Hurts Me - Vocal Overdub & Playback Amusement Pier Part 2 / June 27  12 Take 1-3  13 Preparation For Next Take  14 Take 4  15 Take 5  16 Take 6-8  17 Take 9-10 (Master)  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Of  After Karate Section 3 Track / June 29 6.00 Pm Show  18 Trouble / Guitar Man  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Of After Karate  Section 3 Track / Guitar Man With Road / June 29 8.00 Pm  19 Take 1-3  20 Take 4  21 Preparation For Next Take  22 Tiptoe Through The Tulips / Macarthur Park  23 Take 5  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Road #2 / June 30  24 Take 1  25 Take 2 (Master)  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub Road #3 / June 30  26 Take 1  27 Take 2  28 Take 3  29 Take 4  30 Take 5  31 Take 6 (Master)  32 If I Can Dream - Dubdown Of June 23 Master 

Disc 3: If I Can Dream - Vocal Overdub / June 30 
01 Take 1-2  02 Take 3  03 Take 4 (Master)  Trouble / Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub & Playbackopening Section #1 / June 30  04 Take 1  05 Take 2  06 Take 3-5  07 Take 6 08 Take 7 (Master)  Guitar Man - Vocal Overdub / Alley / June 30  09 Take 1  10 Take 2  11 Take 3-5  12 Take 6 (Master) Little Egypt / Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Nightclub  June 30  13 Take 1  14 Take 2 (No Take)  15 Take 3  16 Take 4 (Master)  Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Disco / June 30 17 Take 1  18 Take 2 (Master)  Trouble - Vocal Overdub / Supper Club / June 30 19 Take 1  20 Take 2  21 Take 3 (Master)  Bonus: Memories - Vocal Overdub  22 Memories / June 27 6.00pm Sitdown Show  23 Memories / June 27 8.00pm Sitdown Show Saved (Part 1) / Preach For The Sky / Saved (Part 2)  Gospel Section 3 / June 22  24 Take 6 - Incomplete Used For Spliced Master  25 Let Yourself Go - Alternate Master  26 Memories - Mono Master  27 Memories - Stereo Master  28 If I Can Dream - Record Version Mono Master  29 Let Yourself Go - Spliced ‘91 Version  30 Let Yourself Go - Closing Instrumental Dubdown 

Disc 4 The Soundtrack Versions 01 Trouble / Guitar Man (Incl. Scratch)  02 Gospel Medley  03 Road Medley Road Medley Composite  04 Complete Version  05 Original Album Version - Unedited  Gospel Medley Composite  06 Complete Version  07 Complete Version - Unedited  08 It Hurts Me - Spliced Master  09 Saved - Spliced Master With Edited Intro  10 Trouble / Guitar Man - Stereo Version  11 Tag - Uh Uh Uh / June 30 


Disc 5
The Original Singer Commercials
01 Singer Introduces The Nbc Tv Special #1
02 Singer Introduces The Nbc Tv Special #2
03 Singer Commercial #1
04 Singer Commercial #2
05 Singer Commercial #3
06 Singer Commercial #4
07 Singer Commercial #5
08 Singer Commercial #6
09 The ‘68 Comeback Radio Special

One-Hour Radio Special Which Premiered In August 2008 Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of Elvis Presley’s ‘68 Comeback Special.

Original program director Steve Binder, guitarist Scotty Moore and others look back on how this became a turning point in Elvis’ career, as well as one of the most iconic music specials in TV history. Hosted by singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell this interesting special is put together by the same team behind the acclaimed 2007 Elvis Specials 'The Early Years', 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'He Touched Me'.  Total Running Time : 59.05

(Source: FECC / eBay)

May 19 - New Releases

Due from the Real Gone Music budgetlabel on June 16, 2017 is the 4 CD set "At the Movies Vol. 2". Box set

Due from the Friday Music label on July 14, 2017 is the classic "Elvis Is Back" album. This re-issue comes on 180 Gr. audiophile translucent blue vinyl in a gatefold cover. 

Due from RCA Legacy on July 28, 2017 is the vinyl album "A Boy from Tupelo: the Sun Masters".

(Source: Amazon)

May 18 - Packing The Arena

The MfX import-label announced the release of a new CD set entitled 'Packing The Arena' featuring both shows performed on on April 25, 1976 at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach CA. The label decided to produce longbox digi-pack with five different sleeve variations of 100 copies each. The first cover will be a deluxe edition with exclusive content.

The 16 page booklet contains information on both shows including a collection of live photographs newspapers clips, memorabilia and poster (40x30 cm) on glossy 135 gram paper. Each version comes with one of four different posters and a copy of the original newspaper clip (20x40 cm). Addition to the first 100 numbered copies:

  • Four large art-stickers 
  • Exclusive A4 size digi-pack
  • Two sleeve variations (50/50 copies)
  • Exclusive 12 page booklet
  • Exclusive fridge-magnet (7x5 cm)
  • Exclusive tote bag in two different variations
  • Exclusive poster on high glossy 135 Gr. paper (40x30 cm)
  • Exclusive certificate of authenticity (21x29 cm) on glossy 300 Gr. paper.
  • Copy of the original newspaper clip (20x40 cm) on glossy paper.

May 17 - Elvis On Bootleg Record

The AudiRec import-label announced the release of volume 7 in the "Elvis - Hilton Showroom" series. This volume is due at the end of May 2017.

From the press-release:

Welcome to Volume 7 of our AudiRec “Las Vegas Series” which concentrates on Elvis´ concerts in Sin City. This time we have chosen to release the Dinner Show from February 17, 1972 and it is the first time that this show is available on a “real” CD. Since there aren´t too many “listenable” recordings from this Las Vegas season made by fans who were there in the audience, bringing their own, non-professional recording equipment, it is more than likely good to have another one that is pretty good in sound!

In his 6th Hilton appearance Elvis received quite some rave reviews, especially in comparison to some critics and fans comments which did not sound too enthusiastic when talking about the “King´s” August 71 engagement in Las Vegas. Elvis did a total of 57 shows, starting on January 26 and ending on February 23. RCA was there to do some live recording and because of that and some other reasons Elvis changed his setlist significantly to the benefit of some “big” and “dramatic” ballads.


“Variety” told his readers on February 9, 1972 about Elvis in Vegas: “This time out is the best one yet for Presley. His format is taut, he pays attention to his songs and audience, the karate exercises are quite vigorous and his ringside kissing technique is like a dozen midway attractions rolled into one. He has almost ceased the pelvic sex symbolism, retaining a wee bit of the guitar’s phallic thrust near the top of his vocalistics … Wearing a white cape, orange scarf and white jumpsuit studded with brass buttons and open nearly to his mid-section, he comes on ready and belting strong. Par for his course is about 20 tunes, big, bigger, biggest, either in his own or the general pop catalog. If he keeps up his opening pace there will be no need for repeat of grumbles, heard at the close of his August 1971 month, that Presley was sliding by, generally goofing off and otherwise acting bored with the whole thing.”


Please be aware that this new release is limited to 300 copies only! Be sure to get your copy if you are interested. Once you have it in your hands, we hope your spare time will allow you to sit back, put your headphones on, flip through the accompanied 16-page booklet and listen to the Dinner Show from February 17, 1972. It´s Las Vegas! It´s the Hilton Hotel Showroom! It´s Elvis! Enjoy!


Tracklisting Dinner Show - February 17, 1972:

Opening Riff / C. C. Rider - Proud Mary - Never Been To Spain - You Gave Me A Mountain - Until It's Time For You To Go - Polk Salad Annie - Love Me - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - A Big Hunk O'Love - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - Introduction Of Johnny Tillotson - An American Trilogy - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Elvis On Record


A new book from P. Alner is due, 'Elvis On Record - A Comprehensive Guide To UK Record Releases' It is  exclusively available from The Elvis Shop London. 

Synopsis:
A 450 page full colour hardback book with all you need to know about Elvis Presley's UK record releases from 1956 - 2017. Supplemented with sheet music, ads, charts and articles from the time. Every known 78 RPM, 45 RPM, Extended Play EP and album are included and every relevant issue is illustrated in colour.


Billboard Charts 


Elvis Presley has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending may 27, 2017. 

  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 6 to 5 on the Classical Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 27 to 30 on the Top Christian Album Chart;drops from 27 to 30 on the Christian And Gospel Album Chart and is a re-entry at 25 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 19 to 17 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' rises from 21 to 20 on the Country Catalog Album Chart
  • 'Crying In The Chapel': Hymns And Gospel Favourites is a re-entry at 42 on the Christian and Gospel Album Sales Chart
Belgian Chart

After re-entering the Belgian Mid-price Album charts last week the two alums 'The Essential Elvis Presley' and 'Top 40 Elvis – His Ultimate Top 40 Collection' dropped off the chart. 

Elvis In Duch

The book "Elvis Dichtbij("Elvis Up Close") from author Marc Hendrickx has been released. The Dutch book covers Elvis Presley's career with additional info and facts on 248 pages. Part of the photo's used in this book are new. 

The YouTube clip features an interview with the author.

Due for release on June 1, 2017 is the Dutch translation of "Being Elvis" (Elvis, Een Eenzaam Leven") from author Ray Connolly. 


(The Elvis Shop London / FECC / Brian Quinn / Marc Hendrickx)





May 16 - Presley Meets Cash

A new series of 10 inch vinyl records has been announced. It will focus on the connection between Elvis Presley and other music legends. Elvis Presley sang songs which were made famous by them or the other way around. This new limited edition series will start of with 'Presley Meets Cash' on yellow and black vinyl, both limited to 200 copies. 
 
Tracks Johnny Cash:
I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Alternate Take)
Folsom Prison Blues (Alternate Take)
I Walk The Line (Alternate Take)
I Love You Because (Alternate Take)
A Thing Called Love (Master)
Frankie’s Man Johnny (Master)

Tracks Elvis Presley:
I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Live October 1955)
I Love You Because (Take 2)
A Thing Called Love (Take 1)
Frankie & Johnny (Take 1)
Folsom Prison Blues / I Walk The Line (Live, August 14 1970)

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