May 26 - Memphis Reissue Service

Due for release August 3, 2016 from the Memphis Recording Service are "Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album" and "The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 - 1956". 

Tracks Blue Hawaii - The Expanded Alternate Album:
Blue Hawaii (Take 1FS Take 7M) - Almost Always True (Take 1FS Take 8M) - Aloha Oe (Take 4FS & SPM) - No More (Take 1FS Take 13M) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 27FS Take 28FS Take 29M) - Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 4FS Take 5M) - Moonlight Swim (Take 3M) - Ku ui po (Take 8LFS Take 9M) - Ito Eats (Take 6FS Take 7FS Take8FS Take 9M) - Slicin’ Sand (Take 18LFS Take 19M) - Hawaiian Sunset (Master) - Beach Boy Blues (Take 1FS Take 2M) - Island of Love (Take 11FS Take 12FS Take 13M) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (Take 2M)

The Alternate Outtakes: No More (Take 3LFS) - No More (Take 9) - Rock-A-Hula Baby (Take 1FS) - Ito Eats (Take 1MM Take 3FS) - Slicin’ Sand (Take 15FS Take 16FS Take 17) - Beach Boy Blues (Take 3MM) - Island of Love (Take 3FS, Take 5FS, Take 10FS) - Aloha Oe (Take 2) - Aloha Oe (Take 3) - Aloha Oe (Take 5SPM) - Aloha Oe (Take 7SPM) - Aloha Oe (MASTER OF SECTION 2) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 1FS Take 2FS Take 3FS Take 4FS) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 5LSF) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 6FS, Take 7FS) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 8LFS) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 9) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 10FS Take 11FS Take 12FS) - Cant Help Falling In Love (Take 18FS Take 23MM)

Tracks The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954 - 1956:
First Louisiana Hayride Show - 16.10.1954:
Hayride Begins Jingle - Introduction / That's All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky
15.01.1955: Hearts Of Stone - That’s All Right - Tweedle Dee
22.01.1955: Money Honey - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine - That’s All Right
30.04.1955: Tweedle Dee
16.07.1955: I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone
20.08.1955 Baby Let’s Play House - Maybellene - That’s All Right
Last Louisiana Hayride Show - 16.12.1956:
Heartbreak Hotel - Long Tall Sally - I Was The One - Love Me Tender - Don’t Be Cruel - Love Me - I Got A Woman - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Paralyzed - Hound Dog - Elvis Has Left The Building - Hayride End Jingle
Bonus Songs: June Carter Talks About Elvis On The Hayride - Maybellene (Tunzi Remix).

(Source: Memphis Recording Service / Elvis Aktuell)

May 25 - Taking Care of Vinyl Covers

It appears the cover upcoming "Taking Care of Business" book from FTD / Flaming Star received an update. The top image is the first cover, the second one is the new image found on the The Man And His Music website. 

This 430-page illustrated hardback book will detail Elvis’ personal life and public career between October 1970 and January 1971. Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and EMM’s very own Paul Richardson, the book will be accompanied by audio from the November 1970 tour.


Vinyl

Due for release on June 3, 2016 from the Socadisc label is a vinyl re-issue of "Blue Hawaii", "Elvis in Love", "Number One Hits", "Rocks on", "Sings Songs from His Movies" and "Gospel Times". The latter with The Jordanaires.

(Source: FECC / Now Dig This / Amazon France)

May 24 - Import-releases

The AudiRec import-releases "Opening Night At Lake Tahoe" containing an audience-recording of the April 30, 1976 Opening Show and "Hilton Showroom Volume 3" containing an audience-recording of the December 6, 1975 Dinner Show performance have been released. 

(Source: Elvis On CD)

May 23 - The Profile

Due for re-release from The Profile Collection label on August 12, 2016 is the 2CD biography interview set "The Profile".

(Source: Amazon)

May 22 - Sold!

A Gibson guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father has sold for $334,000 (£230,000) at at an auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. It is thought that Vernon Presley changed the finish on the Gibson Dove to black after his son earned a black belt in karate. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Elvis Presley's first piano, a Stroud piano from 1911, sold for $140,000. Elvis Presley bought the piano at the age of 20 at O.K. Houck Piano Company Inc. Memphis, on September 30 1955 for $ 281.75. Presley paid $ 50 as deposit, and the balance was paid over 11 months. Later the piano stood in the room of Joe Esposito at Graceland. Eventually Christine Strickland, his cook, get the piano. After her death, the piano was sold to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum in July 1992, where it was on display until 1999. In October of that year the piano was sold at auction in Las Vegas. Today, the piano was offered at Julien's Auctions. 

(Source: BBC / Julien Auctions / Elvis Matters)