September 20 - Weekend Charts

The ballad compilation "Heart & Soul" dropped from #110 to #114 on the US Billboard Album Top 200 this week.

The hit compilation "ELV1S 30 #1 HITS" dropped off the Irisch Album chart after it's re-entry at #60 last week. 

The "Young Man With The Big Beat" budget box entered the Dutch Album charts at #87. 

The 10 disc CD/DVD-Box "Elvis – That’s The Way It Is – Deluxe Edition" dropped from #76 to #142 on the Belgian Album charts. 

"The Real... Elvis" compilation re-enterd the Italian Album charts at #94. 


(Source: The King's World / Elvis Memories / Dutch Chars / UltraPop)

September 19 - That's Living The Pain

The SR import-release "Living the Pain", featuring the unreleased February 21, 1972 show from Las Vegas, has been released. The CD comes in a new kind of deluxe long four panel digi-pack, containing a collection of live and candid photographs from early 1972. The concert has a running-time of 49 minutes.

From the press-release:
As everybody knows SR concentrates it's work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. With the new release, we are proud to present the complete show from February 21th midnight show,a rare show from a Vegas winter season always poor of official and unofficial releases. Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it.

The midnight show from February 21th, as presented on this CD, represents just one of the best shows of the season, If we look closely at the first Vegas act of 1972 we can see that Elvis concentrates on the music to produce great shows. The in-between song chat and banter have gone and each number is delivered promptly without even a pause for applause. The 'NEW' songs introduced do reflect the mood of the man and for sure the rocking days are over but the rendition of the early seventies repertoire is solid and sung with great ability.

Talking of these new additions we see some great songs, representative of his life from this stage on. Naturally we are referring to songs such as 'You Gave Me A Mountain' which has an autobiographical theme of a man who no singing the pain, but living it and 'An American Trilogy' which demonstrates his personal beliefs and patriotic views. Elvis also worked hard to promote his new single 'Until It's Time For You To Go.' Here are also included rare performance of Help Me Make It Through The Night together the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water..

This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the early season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to hear it with pleasure.

Tracks
01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. Proud Mary 04. Never Been To Spain 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 06. Until It’s Time For You To Go 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. Love Me 09. All Shook Up 10. Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel 11. Hound Dog 12. A Big Hunk Of Love 13. Help Me Make It Through The Night 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 15. Suspicious Minds 16. Band Introductions 17. An American Trilogy 18. Can’t Help Falling In Love 

That’s The Way It Is Viny-Box

The 4 LP re-issue of the "That’s The Way It Is" album has been released. It comes on 180 Gr. vinyl and a triple fold-out cover with 16 page booklet.

Lp 1 and 2: Original Album 
Side 1 1. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights 3. How The Web Was Woven 4. Patch It Up 5. Mary In The Morning 

Side 2 1. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 2. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 3. I’ve Lost You 4. Just Pretend 5. Stranger In The Crowd 

Side 3 1. The Next Step Is Love 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water The Original Singles 3. I’ve Lost You (Single Version) 4. The Next Step Is Love (Single Version) 5. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Single Version) 6. Patch It Up (Single Version) 

Side 4 The Outtakes : 1. How The Web Was Woven (Take 1) 2. I’ve Lost You (Take 1) 3. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2)  4. Patch It Up (Take 1) 5. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 1) 

Lp 3 and 4: August 12 – Dinner Show 

Side 5 1. That’s All Right * 2. I Got A Woman * 3. Hound Dog * 4. Heartbreak Hotel * 5. Love Me Tender * 

Side 6: 1. I’ve Lost You * 2. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ * 3. Patch It Up 4. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights 

Side 7: 1. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ * 2. Polk Salad Annie * 3. Introductions * 4. Blue Suede Shoes * 


Side 8:1. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water 3. Suspicious Minds * 4. Can’t Help Falling In Love * * Previously Unreleased.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Akuell)

September 18 - Elvis For Christmas

Cargo Records will re-issue the 2012 release "Elvis Presley - Songs For Christmas" on CD and vinyl on November 14, 2014. 

Side A:
Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Here Comes Santa Claus - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Blue Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

Side B:
O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Silent Night - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - I Believe - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

(Source: Amazon)

September 17 - Collecting Elvis Covers

The earlier announced book "Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll" by Allen Wiener is out soon! Here is the cover art.

From the Publishers
Based on more than a decade of research, dozens of fresh interviews, and careful review of hours of television and other footage, this book focuses on Elvis' TV career and the role it played in creating, sustaining, and reviving his unrivaled popularity. Only television captured the full arc of the King's career, from his initial steps on the national stage and highly anticipated return from the U.S. Army, to his resurrection in the wake of some lame recordings and lousy movies, renewed acclaim as a concert artist, and premature, self-inflicted 1977 exit. Television captured it all. 

And Elvis Presley's TV appearances also provided us with the most extensive visual record of this incredible man doing what he loved best: performing live. Elvis Presley was a virtual unknown when, in 1956, he strutted his stuff in front of a national television audience for the very first time. By year’s end, following a dozen TV appearances, he was an international superstar. Over the next two decades, Elvis turned to TV whenever his career required a boost or a complete makeover. 

Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock 'n' Roll takes a close-up look at his 20-year career through the unique lens of television. Featuring the insights and observations of some of his closest associates, Channeling Elvis: How Television Saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll places the reader behind the camera as well as in front of the small screen to explore one of the most fascinating and revealing aspects of a legendary career.

Vinyl Art


These are the covers for the previously announced Waxtime vinyl re-issues of the "Elvis’ Christmas Album" (Camden 1970) and "His Hand In Mine". Both are due for release on October 13, 2014.

Tracks:
Elvis’ Christmas Album: Santa Claus Is Back In Town - White Christmas - Here Comes Santa Claus - I'll Be Home For Christmas - Blue Christmas - Santa Bring My Baby Back - Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem - Silent Night - Peace In The Valley - I Believe - Take My Hand, Precious Lord  - It Is No Secret


His Hand In Mine: His Hand In Mine - (I'm) Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs - In My Father's House - Milky White Way - Known Only To Him - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Joshua Fit The Battle - He Knows Just What I Need - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Mansion Over The Hilltop - If We Never Meet Again - Working On The Building - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) - You'll Never Walk Alone - Who Am I

Collecting Elvis

Volume 71 of the German "Elvis-Sammler-Edition" was released by De' Agostini. This volume contains the usual magazine, memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for "Frankie And Johnny".

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis Aktuell)

September 14 - Elvis On Tour 1970

Due for pre-order is "Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 2" from Kieran Davis. According to the site it is a "comprehensive review of the November tour of 1970. With140 pages, many new and unpublished photographs, and new fan stories".

From the website:
Elvis On Tour 1970 Volume 2' is in the final proofing stage and will be available shortly. If you would like to place an order for this book then be sure to let us know as once 
again the initial print run will be limited to less than 500 copies.

The book is the same length and format as On Tour November 1971 (140 pages) and all our other books, with the same quality printing and contents. If you have our other books you know exactly what to expect. There are new photos and new stories, plus a great 'California Adventure' describing the quest to get tickets and see all of Elvis' shows that were held in California in November of 1970.

Contract For Sale


Up for auction from "Got To have It" auctions is the contract used in the purchase of the Graceland Mansion. 

From the site:
This original contract used in the purchase of Graceland, is signed by Elvis Presley's father Vernon Presley. The original contract was created to acknowlege the use of two brokers, each is named on the contract. Each page measures 8 X 14. 

The agreement shows that Elvis (Vernon) put down a $1000.00 deposit on the purchase of Graceland, and that the purchase price was a total of $102,500.00. This was ultimately made up of a $10,000.00 cash payment, the trade of the Presley’s Audubon Drive home for $55,000.00, and a mortgage over Graceland. 

On Saturday, March 17, 1957, Vernon Presley called local Memphis real estate agent, Virginia Grant, and asked her what properties she had that they could look at to purchase on behalf of their son, Elvis Presley. Grant wasted no time, and showed them two properties that day, leaving Graceland to last. By 6pm, she had drawn up a provisional sales agreement for Vernon to sign and the deal was put in place for what has become as much a part of Elvis as anything else you will see.

More Auctions

Julien's announced the exclusive fall online Entertainment Auction 2014. The catalogue features Elvis Presley on the cover. 

Synopsis:

Julien’s Auctions presents a unique online only entertainment auction that will occur twice a year in the Spring and Fall prior to our premier live auctions. This timed auction will run from Friday, September 5th through Monday, September 22nd, 2014. This wide-ranging sale includes items from vintage and contemporary Hollywood, Rock n’ Roll, and everything Entertainment! You will have an opportunity to bid on Marilyn Monroe photographs, Phyllis Diller original artwork, Michael Jackson signed memorabilia, Jackson 5ive, Elvis Presley, David Hasselhoff, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Greta Garbo personal and professional items, Rick Griffin artwork, Frank Sinatra, Fran Drescher, and much more!

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Presley Show / ElvisMatters / Gotta Have It / Julien's)