July 03 - Charts

The 2013 DVD box "Music Legends: Elvis Presley" climbed from #5 to #4 on the Irish Music DVD chart this week.

The "Heart And Soul" compilation CD rises from #22 to #21 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending July 11,2015. Elvis Presley  has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

(The King's World / Brin Quinn FECC)

June 02 - Elvis Stamp

The MoCd label has announced a new CD; "Fun In Acapulco". This contains the original album tracks from 1963. This is due for release on July 6, 2015.

Fun In Acapulco - Vino Dinero Y Amor - Mexico - El Toro - Marguerita - The Bullfighter Was A Lady - (Theres) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car - I Think Im Gonna Like It Here - Bossa Nova Baby - You Can't Say No In Acapulco – Guadalajara - Bonus Songs: Love Me Tonight - Slowly But Surely

USPS Stamp And CD

The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp today and joined with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an exclusive music CD titled “Elvis Forever” that includes an Elvis song, as you’ve never heard it before. The CD will be available online and in select Post Offices beginning August 12 — on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.

Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet about this news using #ElvisForever.

The Postal Service is proud to announce the offering of an exclusive CD of 18 Presley hits titled, ELVIS FOREVER, which includes a new performance of Elvis’ inspiring song “If I Can Dream” as you’ve never heard it before. “If I Can Dream” has been selected from a forthcoming Fall 2015 Elvis Presley album release. Customers can get this track first by picking up a copy of “Elvis Forever” at their local Post Office location or pre-order the stamps and the commemorative $9.99 CD now at this link for delivery shortly after August 12.

Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees were Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year’s inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The King of Rock and Roll™
Elvis Presley is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. Known worldwide as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” his music and unique performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences, made him enormously popular. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire many of today’s artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

During his lifetime, Presley starred in 33 films, recorded 18 number one singles, and racked up 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. He sold out every one of the 1,140 concerts he performed after serving in the Army. To date, no one has ever surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114. Presley is the first recording artist to have sold more than one billion albums, cementing his status as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.

This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA,” is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, also is featured along the right side of the stamp.

The square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve.

An image of Presley performing was shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side (above) of the stamp pane. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as the art director and designed the stamp pane with Leslie Badani, also of Alexandria, VA.

The following text borders the block of 16 stamps:
“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds.”

Presley left an indelible mark on American pop music, inspiring and influencing thousands of rock musicians. Nearly 40 years after Presley’s death, more than 600,000 people still visit his Graceland home in Memphis every year.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The track-listing on the Elvis Presley Forever CD is:
1. That's All Right – 2. Heartbreak Hotel – 3. Hound Dog – 4. Don't Be Cruel – 5. Jailhouse Rock – 6. It's Now Or Never – 7. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – 8. Little Sister – 9. Can't Help Falling In Love – 10. Return To Sender – 11. Bossa Nova Baby – 12. Viva Las Vegas – 13. In The Ghetto – 14. Suspicious Minds – 15. Burning Love – 16. The Wonder Of You – 17. If I Can Dream (From Upcoming Fall 2015 Release. Previously Unreleased) – 18. What Now My Love (Exclusive to USPS Release, Elvis Forever. Previously Unreleased).

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis The Music)

July 01 - For Vinyl Fans Only

Due for release from the LP772080 label on September 18, 2015 are vinyl re-issues of “Jailhouse Rock” and “For LP Fans Only”. Both come on 180 Gr. vinyl with 4 additional bonus-tracks. 

(Source: Amazon)

June 29 - Giving All You Got For Rock And Roll

 The VV label has announced a new double vinyl / CD combo; Rock Is Back. This contains an audience recording of the Midnight Show in Las Vegas on August 15, 1969. Due for release in September.

From the press-release:
To be released soon (early September) from the "VV" label an unreleased show from the magical Elvis’ first Las Vegas season titled "ROCK IS BACK" and will feature the Las Vegas August 15, 1969 Midnight Show. We are glad and overall happy to have the possibility to produce a show from Elvis very first season.
VV label for his seventh release is proud to present the complete show from August 15th midnight performance of the first Elvis’ historical Vegas season.

The midnight show from August 15th, as presented on this double vinyl set, represents one of the best show of Elvis’ first and maybe best Vegas season, Elvis’ first Vegas act is incredible, like a wild animal free from his cage, Elvis gave life to a memorable first season. Dressed in black tunic, Elvis stepped in the stage shaking, gyrating like nothing was changed in the last 9 years of his absence from the stage, He performed the best of his past hits and the new two singles from the Memphis 1969 sessions. The music is the focus of the season, Elvis appear better than ever, concentrate and strong He delivered a long show with no surprises in the track list respect the season, but pure dynamite from the begin to the end of the show.

This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is very good considering the first season. We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music. The Tape is almost complete, missing a little part of the Life Story dialogue , while we have been able to include Can’t help falling in Love from a different source of the same show in the matter to give to the show the deserved completeness. So enjoy our work and realize: this is one of the best possible audience recording of this season you can find all around! In spite the RCA recording of the last week of the season; here you have the chance to listen to a solid and powerful Elvis in an almost complete show far away from nervousness of an opening night or a professional recording.

As usually We try always to give more release after release at least something different, this new LP comes with an classic sleeve as our last release with a new beautiful concert giving an unique view. The bonus cd comes with expanded tracklist with included a few tracks from an alternate source , the same used to complete the concert with the song Can’t help Falling in Love . We decide to include expanded booklet Lp sized to complete this beautiful package. Limited to 500 copies.

Side A: Opening Theme / Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - All Shook Up - Love Me tender - Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel
Side B: Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Memories - Mystery Train / Tiger Man
Side C: Life Story - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Yesterday - Hey Jude
Side D: Band Introduction & Elvis Introduced Jerry Lee Lewis - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - What‘d I Say - Can’t Help Falling Love

Opening Theme / Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Memories - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Life Story - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Yesterday - Hey Jude - Band Introduction & Elvis Introduced Jerry Lee Lewis - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - What‘d I Say - Can’t Help Falling Love – Bonus Tracks: Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds

Giving You All I Got

 The SR label has announced a new CD; Giving You All I Got. This contains an audience recording of the Midnight Show in Las Vegas on August 10, 1972. To celebrate 10 years in business the label has included a booklet, a poster and EP as bonus. Limited to 500 worldwide.

From the press-release:
The forthcoming release from the "SR" label is titled "Giving You All I Got" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 10, 1972 MS. This will be the second volume dedicated on August 1972 Vegas season and it will see the light at the begin of September.
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 August 10th midnight show, a great show from one of the best Las Vegas season,... Elvis' love and joy in the singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. After an incredible June tour with the four historical New York performances…Elvis is back in Las Vegas for the classic Summer Season…. The seventh season presents maybe for the last time Elvis at his best. Elvis still able to delivery a show in continue development with a very large range of musical tastes delivered at the best of the man possibilities. The show here presented consist is a collection of songs of quality which was the very best Elvis had ever performed on stage.

This recording come from an early generation copy of the master tape, the sound quality is excellent considering the early Vegas Season. It sounds incredible to get such audio quality from a tape of 43 years ago, so we proud of to be able to give the chance to you listen the show like you were one of the lucky people who attended the real show. The sound was restored in matter to remove the background noise and preserving Elvis’ voice and delivering it at the right speed.

As the previous release the SR to celebrate the 10 years of activities this new release will be housed in a special large digipack 7” (17,5x17.5 cm) with inside a six pages booklet&poster +bonus card each one sealed individually. Due the extreme success of the previous initiative we decide to give you more!! For this new CD all the 500 copies will be accompanied from a bonus EP vinyl 33 rpm speed including four songs from the show.

2001 Theme - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Proud Mary - Until It’s Time For You To Go - You’Ve Lost Than Loving Feeling - Polk Salad Annie - What Now My Love - You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Love Me - Blue Suede Shoes - Heartbreak Hotel - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Hound Dog - For The Good Times - Suspicious Minds - Band Introduction - My Way - An America Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Bonus EP:
Side A:Until It’s Time For You To Go - You’Ve Lost Than Loving Feeling
Side B: Polk Salad Annie - For The Good Times.

(Source: FECC)

June 28 - Jack Carter dies at 93

Comedian Jack Carter, who starred as himself in the Elvis Presley 1964 film Viva Las Vegas, died on 28 June at the age of 93. Carter was known for his caustic comedy style and had a career on stage and television that lasted for more than 50 years. He starred in shows such as Baywatch, Murder She Wrote and Family Guy, has died.

(Source: ElvisMatters)