February 12 - Last Stint At The International

The earlier announced import CD Last Stint At The International from Straight Arrow is out! This contains audience recordings of both the Dinner and Midnight show in Las Vegas on August 29, 1971. This release is presented in a de-luxe digi-pack, filled with rare images taken at the Las Vegas International hotel in August, 1971.

From the press-release:
This Las Vegas season is still poorly documented, so we know that many fans will be delighted with this release. Elvis delivers the goods with two no-nonsense shows, from an engagement that marks the end of an era. From '69 until this point, Elvis had created so much magic with his shows at the International. Not long after this engagement, the International was sold to the Hilton group. The hotel was renamed, and, oddly enough, some of the magic that was synonymous with Elvis at the International disappeared. From this point onwards, his performances in Vegas became very much a case of 'hit and miss'. Let's go back and touch the past, put the CD in the player and let's enjoy one more dose of the original magic of Elvis at the International.

Tracks: Sunday, August 29, 1971 Dinner Show:
01. Orchestra Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. That’s All Right - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Proud Mary - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 09. Johnny B. Goode - 10. It’s Impossible - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Blue Suede Shoes - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - 15. Love Me Tender - 16. Hound Dog - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. I’m Leavin’ - 20. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp.

Tracks: Sunday, August 29, 1971 Midnight Show:

23. Orchestra Intro - 24. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 25. That’s All Right - 26. I Got A Woman / Amen - 27. Proud Mary - 28. Sweet Caroline - 29. Polk Salad Annie - 30. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 31. Johnny B. Goode - 32. It’s Impossible - 33. Love Me - 34. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Blue Suede Shoes - 35. Heartbreak Hotel - 36. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - 37. Love Me Tender. 

European Charts

The "If I Can Dream" CD dropped from #14 to #16 on the Official UK Album chart this week. 
The album drops from #9 to #12 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from #20 to #12 on the Vinyl Albums Chart. It completely drops out of the Top 100 Download and Streaming Album Charts.

  • 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' DVD rises from #49 to #34 on the Music Video Charts.
  • 'The Elvis Collection' rises from #47 to #46 on the Music Video Charts.
  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from #14 to #17 on the Scottish Album Charts.
  • 'Elvis - Love Songs' is a re-entry at #77 on the Scottish Album Charts.

(Source: Elvis And His Music / FECC / FECC / Brian Quinn)

February 11 - Splattered Vinyl

Due for release from the Mr. Suit label on February 11, 2016 is the splattered green - yellow vinyl set "Elvis Presley - The Dorsey Brothers Show1956 / The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 - 1957".

Synopsis: In his first nationally televised appearance, on the big band leaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's TV variety show, Elvis Presley shocked the country with his sultry and sensational version of all-time classics like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes". And, although the Dorsey Bros. show might have been his first national appearance, it was the legendary Ed Sullivan performance that truly put him on the map, so to speak. This hand numbered limited edition splatter vinyl LP includes both of those legendary appearance in one place!

Tracks Side A (The Dorsey Brothers Show 1956): Shake, Rattle And Roll / Flip, Flop And Fly - I Got A Woman - Baby, Let's Play House - Tutti Frutti - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - I Was The One - Money Honey

Side B (The Ed Sullivan Show 1956 - 57): Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Talks - Love Me Tender - Ready Teddy - Love Me - Hound Dog - Heartbreak Hotel - Too Much - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)

Due for release from the Mr. Suit label on February 18, 2016 is the splattered red - black vinyl set Elvis Presley Live At The Alabama Fair & Dairy Show, Tupelo" from September 26, 1956. 

Synopsis: One of the most iconic moments in Elvis' legendary career took place on September 26, 1956, when Elvis returned, as a newly minted star, to perform in his own hometown of Tupelo, MS - playing live at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show. He played two sets that will go down in history as some of the most heartfelt and rollickingly rocking performances in a storied career. Essential early live material from the King himself in a limited edition hand numbered splatter vinyl version.

Tracks side A: Heartbreak Hotel - Long Tall Sally - I Was The One - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Talks - I Got A Woman - Don't Be Cruel - Ready Teddy - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog

Side B: Love Me Tender - I Was The One - I Got A Woman - Announcement - Don't Be Cruel - Blue Suede Shoes - Announcement - Baby, Let's Play House - Hound Dog - Announcement.

Released on clear yellow multicolor splatter vinyl is the "Elvis Presley Live at the Louisiana Hayride 1955". This set is limited to 300 copies and comes in a clear sleeve. 

Synopsis: The King made his television debut on the legendary Louisiana Hayride, March 3, 1955. Running through his classic tunes in fine fashion, this edition is presented in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies on clear yellow vinyl with multicolor splatter in a transparent sleeve.

Tracks side A: That's Alright Mama / Blue Moon of Kentucky / Heartbreak Hotel / Long Tall Sally / I Was the One / Money Honey / I Got a Woman

Side B: Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / Baby Let's Play House / Maybellene / There's Good Rockin Tonight / Tweedle Dee

(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / ELlusive Disc)

February 10 - Elvis In Concert With Orchestra?

Priscilla Presley posted a tweed in which she confirmed there are talks of a concert of Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

US Charts

Elvis Presley has no entries on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending February 20, 2016.
  • The "If I Can Dream" drops from #3 to #4 on the Classical Albums Chart.
  • "Heart And Soul" remains at #10 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart selling around 1884 units.
  • "Playlist: The Very Best Of Elvis Presley Movie Songs" rises from #25 to #18 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart.
(Source: Priscilla Presley / Brian Quinn / FECC)

February 09 - Live In The 50's

The Memphis Recording Service label has announced yet another double vinyl; Live in the 50s – The Complete Tour Recordings. This will be released on April 16 together with the earlier announced vinyl releases from the same label; The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives and Such A Night In Pearl Harbor.

This limited edition 180 gram 2lp set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival live tour recordings of the 1950’s by Elvis Presley. All of the 34 tracks are re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology and includes a bonus track of recently discovered material. The bonus 24 page gatefold photo album has many rare and unreleased photographs and every show listing (including the Louisiana Hayride) of the 1950’s. Limited To 1000 Contains. The Complete Live Tour Recordings Of The 1950’s by Elvis Presley. Includes 34 Re-Mastered Tracks, A Bonus Track Of Recently Discovered Material, And A Bonus 24 Page Gatefold Photo Album.

LP 1: 19th March, 1955 - Eagles Hall, Houston, Texas - 1. Good Rockin’ Tonight 2. Baby Let’s Play House 3. Blue Moon Of Kentucky 4. I Got A Woman - 5. That’s All Right - 6th May, 1956 - New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 6. Heartbreak Hotel 7. Long Tall Sally 8. Blue Suede Shoes 9. Money Honey - 16th May, 1956 - Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, AR - 10. Heartbreak Hotel 11. Long Tall Sally 12. I Was The One 13. Money Honey 14. I Got A Woman 15. Blue Suede Shoes 16. Hound Dog - 26th May, 1955 - Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival, Meridian, Mississippi - 17. That‘s All Right (Bonus Track)

LP 2: 26th September, 1956 - Mississippi - Alabama Fairgrounds, Tupelo, MS (Afternoon Performance) - 1. Heartbreak Hotel 2. Long Tall Sally 3. I Was The One 4. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 5. I Got A Woman 6. Don’t Be Cruel 7. Ready Teddy 8. Love Me Tender 9. Hound Dog 10. Love Me Tender 11. Hound Dog - 26th September, 1956 - Mississippi - Alabama Fairgrounds, Tupelo, MS (Evening Performance) - 12. Love Me Tender 13. I Was The One 14. I Got A Woman 15. Don’t Be Cruel 16. Blue Suede Shoes 17. Baby Let’s Play House 18. Hound Dog - Vancouver Fragments 31st August, 1957 - 19. Heartbreak Hotel/ I Was The One/ I Got A Woman/ That's When You Heartaches Begin.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / FECC)

February 08 - Selfies

Due for release May 2016 is the book "Elvis Selfies - Candid Pictures Taken By Elvis Fans”. A collection of photographs of fans taken with Elvis collected by the author. This is a unique hardback book featuring unique happy-snaps of Elvis Presley with or by his adoring fans from all over the world. 

It comes with a vinyl re-issue of the original Italian 7 inch single “Kissin Cousins'  / It Hurts Me”.  What makes this so exciting is that the wrong tape was supplied to RCA Italy with Elvis singing without the Jordanaires - just to a piano accompaniment.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)