April 18 - Record Store Day Vinyl

Part of the Record Store Day 2015 releases are a 180 gr. red vinyl re-issue of the compilation “Elvis Sings” featuring tracks from a variety of artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Bee Gees, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more. Limited to 1.500 copies. 

Also due for re-issue is Elvis Presley’s first personal recording of “My Happiness”, which was recently bought at the second Graceland Auction by the White Stripes frontman Jack White for $300,000, on his Third Man Records label. 

The label and store in Nashville owned by rocker Jack White, said it would release Elvis Presley's rare first single -- "My Happiness," a version of a popular 20th century US song, with the B-side "That's When Your Heartaches Begin." 

The record label said that it has done its utmost to preserve the feel of the original 1953 recording, including packaging it in a plain sleeve with a typewritten label as was then the fashion. 

"The audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it without losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breathtaking," the label said. The 10-inch, 78-rpm record will be sold in a limited edition at the Nashville store on Record Store Day. The label said it would release the single widely later this year in a seven-inch, 45-rpm version. 

ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! 

The 10 CD set "ELVIS! ELVIS! ELVIS! - The Ultimate Collection of Elvis Presley" was released. Disc 1: Top 20 Hits 1 (1956-59) Disc 2: Top 20 Hits 2 (1960-65) Disc 3: Top 20 Hits 3 (1966-77) Disc 4: Rockin' Elvis 1 Disc 5: Rockin' Elvis 2 Disc 6: Pop'n Sweet Disc 7: Elvis in Screen Disc 8: Exotic Elvis Disc 9: Sings Singer-Songwriters Disc10: Heartfelt Ballads 

Love Vinyl 

The UK based Vee-Tone Records released the 12 Inch album “Love Me”, containing the UK HMV singles from the years 1956 to 1957 on pink and black vinyl. Both limited to 500 copies. Golden 

Elvis Files

Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen announced some new book titles for 2015 and 2016. Firstly the news that the final volume of "The Elvis Files" series of books has had to be split into two, due to the fact that Elvis was so busy touring during his last years. There are so many stunning photos available - so it was just not possible to do justice to Presley's final four years in just one volume. 

The first book 'The Elvis Files Vol. 7 1974-1975' is planned for August 2015 publication. 'The Elvis Files Vol. 8 1976-1977' is planned for Spring 2016. 


Also another new book underway, "Greater Than Ever - A Touch Of Gold Lame" an in-depth look at Elvis tours of 1957. Here is a preview. 

(Source: Record Store Day / Third Man Records / Wild Honey Records / Elvis Information Network)

April 17 - Birthday Celebration Charts

The 3 CD-set "Elvis Presley - 80th. Birthday Celebration" has been released by the German ZYX label. It contains the usual public domain tracks.

Weekend Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation rises from #20 to #19 on the US Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for  the week ending April 25, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

After a big jump from #45 to #16 last week “The Essential Elvis Presley” made an even bigger drop of 29+ spots, off the Dutch Mid-price album chart.

(Source: Amazon / FECC / Brian Quinn / Dutch Charts)

April 16 - Second Day Hysteria

The MxF label announced the release of the second volume of a trilogy dedicated to Elvis’ historical performance at Uniondale Nassau Coliseum. This second CD is entitled "Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day" and contains the Uniondale, June 23, 1973 8.00 PM Show.

From the press-release:
The June Tour represent the second and last tour of the year, Elvis on tour means Elvis at the top of his possibilities. Uniondale is the third step of the tour, in the Nassau coliseum Elvis performs four shows in three days. The show here presented is the third one…The begin of the 1973 presents an Elvis still at the top, no more a rocking singer, He deliveries with enthusiasm the classic repertoire post-72... 

The year was begun with the glorious Hawaii TV satellite Show and after a pale useless Vegas season, Elvis recuperated from the fatigue, started the first tour of the year in a different mood … the second tour is even better with our man very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sings with power delivering a solid and long show, with the classic repertoire of the 1973 including a incredible “Steaming rolling blues” version, together the really dramatic What Now My Love and the classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. In this second day Elvis seems more relaxed and even more focused on the songs ... in spite he skips two more recent tunes like I’m leaving and I’ll Remember You, replacing them with two classic from fifties as Heartbreak hotel and All Shook Up the show sounds better.  On stage is an impressive figure in the Fire jumpsuit, the rocker attitude still intact, the voice great, the atmosphere enormous, the demand terrific, 16.500 lucky people attended at the show.

The show is unreleased and complete, here we present the show directly from a first generation copy of a privately-recorded 60-minute cassette. The sound was restored trying to remove the background noise trying to let intact the feeling of the concert and overall your listening pleasure. The sound quality here is good, considering it was taped from the audience in a big hall. Elvis and overall the band is loud and clear, the sounds is very powerful in very good balanced mix the audience is never too intrusive giving instead the real feeling of the concert.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful four panels digipack with a collection of photos taken during show.. As bonus the first 500 copies will come with a 12x12 card, represent a terrific live shot from the show. All the photos come from the Steve Rino and Bob Rush book, "Elvis June 1973 Tour".

The recording good quality and the superb show give to Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day the status of unique. Don’t miss it!

Tracks: As recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, June 23, 1973 8.00 PM:
01.2001 Theme 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman /Amen 04.Love Me Tender (+ 1 false start) 05.Steamroller Blues 06.You Gave Me A Mountain 07.Love Me 08.Blue Suede Shoes 09.Rock Medley 10.Heartbreak Hotel 11.Bridge Over Troubled Water 12.Fever 13.Hound Dog 14.What Now My Love 15.Suspicious Minds 16.Band Introductions 17.All Shook Up 18.I Can’t Stop Loving You 19.An American Trilogy 20.A Big Hunk Of Love 21.Can’t Help Falling In Love 22.Closing Vamp / Announcement

Released

The “Hawaiian Beach Boy” CD’s have been released by the Dutch Elvis One label. The CD’s “Hawaiian Beach Boy – The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album I - Stereophonic Sound Edition“ and “Hawaiian Beach Boy – The Expanded Blue Hawaii Album II - Monophonic Sound Edition“ contain all 14 tracks featured on the original soundtrack album in mono, stereo and out-take versions and several bonus tracks. The set comes with a 12 page booklet. 

The blue vinyl octagonal shaped re-issue of "Elvis Presley“" has been released by the UK based Art Of Music Records.

To Be Released

The compilation "Elvis In Love" will be released by the Vinyl Passion label on vinyl on May 8, 2015.

The original albums “Elvis Is Back” (gatefold), “Girls! Girls! Girls!” and “Loving You” will be re-issued on May 11, 2015 by the Wax Time label. The original albums come with respectively four, two and three bonus tracks.

Volume 4 in the original "Gold Records" series will be re-issued by Speakers Corner Records on 180gr. vinyl on May 8, 2015. 

Deleted

The Follow That Dream collector's label announced that three more titles will be deleted from the catalogue.
  • Books "King Creole - The Music" and "King Creole Frame By Frame".
  • CD: "In A Private Moment", "Dragonheart", "Polk Salad Annie", "Hot August Night" and "Sold Out!"
(Source: FECC / The King’s World / Amazon / UEPS) 

April 15 - Follow The Vinyl Elvis Files

The Follow That Dream Collectors label announced the release of three new titles. The book / CD combo “Change Of Habit”, the soundtrack “King Creole” in the “Classic Album series and on vinyl “American Sound Studios - FTD 2 LP Ltd Edition”. 
Change Of Habit

From Pål Granlund and David English comes this new deluxe hardback book in the same size as ”Something for the Girls”. ”Change of Habit” is published by FTD/FS with more than 450 pages and over 150 unpublished photos from the movie, on the set, plus candids from the same period, it captures Elvis at his very best. Elvis reported at Universal 10th of March and the filming started on the 12th. Elvis was dismissed from the movie on the 29th of April. The CD included with this book includes the album ”Let’s Be Friends” plus the bonus tracks ”Rubberneckin’” and ”Let Us Pray”. The LP was released April 1970 and peaked at chart position: #105 Pop.

Tracks Let’s Be Friends CAS-2408:
01 Stay Away, Joe October 1, 1967. RCA Recording Studios (Studio B), Nashville 02 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) February 20, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 03 Let’s Be Friends March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City 04 Let’s Forget About The Stars October 15, 1968 at Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood 05 Mama March 28, 1962. Radio Recorders, Hollywood 06 I’ll Be There January 22, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 07 Almost October 23, 1968. United Western Recorders, Hollywood 08 Change Of Habit March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City 09 Have A Happy March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City BONUS TRACKS 10 Rubberneckin’ January 20, 1969. American Sound Studio, Memphis 11 Let Us Pray March 5 & 6, 1969. Decca Recording Studio, Universal City

King Creole 

FTD’s “Classic Album” series continues with “King Creole”. This 2-CD set features the original RCA masters, unique Thorne Nogar live monitor mixes* many of which contain slates, and original song demos. It features a 16-page booklet featuring great photos, behind-the-scenes chronology and memorabilia. The CD will be released in May.


Disc 1 The Album 
01 King Creole 02 As Long As I Have You 03 Hard Headed Woman 04 Trouble 05 Dixieland Rock Side 2 06 Don’t Ask Me Why 07 Lover Doll 08 Crawfish 09 Young Dreams 10 Steadfast, Loyal And True 11 New Orleans Bonus track 12 Danny 

Thorne Nogar Live Mono Mixes:
13 Hard Headed Woman (take 10 – master) 14 Trouble (take 5 – master) 15 New Orleans (take 5 – master) 16 King Creole (first version – take 3) 17 King Creole (first version – take 18) 18 Crawfish (take 7 – unedited master) 19 Dixieland Rock (take 14 – master) 20 Lover Doll (take 7 – unedited/undubbed master) 21 Don’t Ask Me Why (take 12 – master) 22 As Long As I Have You (take 10 – master) 23 Muskrat Ramble (instrumental) 24 Steadfast, Loyal And True (first version – take 6) 25 As Long As I Have You (short version – take 4) 26 As Long As I Have You (long version – take 8) 27 King Creole (revised version – take 13 – master) 28 Young Dreams (take 8 – master) 29 King Creole (main title – instrumental – take 8 – master) Recorded at Paramount 30 Steadfast, Loyal And True (undubbed record master) 31 Steadfast, Loyal And True (movie version) 

Disc 2 Demos and Acetates (not featuring ELVIS on vocal): 
01 King Creole 02 Trouble 03 Dirty, Dirty Feeling 04 New Orleans 05 Hard Headed Woman 06 Dixieland Rock 07 Crawfish 08 As Long As I Have You 09 Danny 10 Don’t Ask Me Why 11 Lover Doll 12 Young Dreams 13 Steadfast, Loyal And True 14 Turtles, Berries, Gumbo 15 Banana

American Sound Studios

Elvis at American Sound, Memphis, Tennessee” is a Limited Edition vinyl 2-disc set on 180 gram vinyl. Mastered at Abbey Road, London, ”Elvis at American Sound” completes the successful American Sound trilogy. ”From Elvis In Memphis” and ”Back In Memphis” are still available with limited stock. The set will be out in May 2015.

Disc 1 Side A:
01 Kentucky Rain – take 8 3:32 02 My Little Friend – master 2:49 03 Rubberneckin’ – takes 1,2/M 2.50 04 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) – master 2:46 05. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road – take 5 (2.55) 06. Hey Jude – take 1 (4.34) 

Side B:
01 I’ll Be There – takes 1, 2 3M 4.40 02 Kentucky Rain – takes 5, 6, 7 6.06 03 Who Am I? – undubbed master 3:25 04 Memory Revival – instrumental 4:05 

Disc 2 Side C:
01 If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) – takes 1, 2, 3 5:56 02 Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are) – instrumental take 2/M 2:47 03 Mama Liked The Roses – alternative vocal overdub 2:30 04 Kentucky Rain – take 9 3:58 05 In The Ghetto – take 19 3:08 

Side D: 
01 Poor Man’s Gold – take 12/M with abandoned vocal overdub 3:38 02 I’ll Be There – takes 4, 5, 6 3.15 03 Do You Know Who I Am? – takes 3, 5 6:59 04 Only The Strong Survive – takes 8,11, 12 5:55

Elvis Files Volumes 7 And 8


The Elvis Files team are now working on The Elvis Files Volume 7 and it's planned for a release in August. It will also be a Elvis Files Volume 8. Elvis was so busy touring his last years so it's not possible to make this four years into just one volume.

This the cover for Volume 7 and some pages from the famous LA concerts in 1974. The cover photo is taken by Keith Alverson.

Elvis Files in Soft Cover


Elvis Files has announced a soft cover edition of their 1720 page "Ultimate Elvis" book set. The hardback box set is already sold out from the dealers, and this soft cover set will be offered at a special lower price.

(Source: FECC / The Elvis Shop London / Elvis And His Music)

April 14 - Loving Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley Enterprises published the first information on Elvis Week 2015; including the new logo. Elvis Week 2015 will take place August 8-16, 2015, at Elvis Presley's Graceland. 

From the press-release:
There's no better place to celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, than in Memphis during Elvis Week. Our schedule of events includes the Candlelight Vigil, Conversations on Elvis, Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event, the Auction at Graceland, Elvis Presley 5K Run, Elvis-themed concerts and much more! And unfortunately the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is part of the celebrations too ...

Budget Releases

The Dream Covers release "Loving You + Jailhouse Rock" and "Elvis Is Back! + A Date With Elvis" have been released. Both double album packages come with six additional tracks. 

Tracks Loving You: Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do! - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party - Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don’t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So

Jailhouse Rock: Jailhouse Rock - Young And Beautiful - I Want To Be Free - Don’t Leave Me Now - (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care - Treat Me Nice - I Beg Of You - Don’t - Playing For Keeps - Shake, Rattle & Roll - Good Rockin’ Tonight - I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine

Bonus Songs: That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - All Shock Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Don’t Be Cruel - Hound Dog -  Love Me Tender

Tracks Elvis Is Back!: Make Me Know It - Fever - The Girl Of My Best Friend - I Will Be Home Again - Dirty, Dirty Feeling - The Thrill Of Your Love - Soldier Boy - Such A Night - It Feels So Right - The Girl Next Door Went A´ Walking - Like A Baby - Reconsider Baby

A Date With Elvis: Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Young And Beautiful - (You´re So Sqare) Baby I Don´t Care - Milkow Blues Boogie - Baby Let´s Play House - Good Rockin´ Tonight - Is It So Strange - We´re Gonna Move - I Want To Be Free - I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Bons Songs: It´s Now Or Never - Hands Off (Demo) - Stuck On You - Paralyzed - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

(Source: EPE / Elvis Aktuell)