April 16 - Collecting Platinum

Due for release from Not Now Music on May 19, 2014 is a 3LP white vinyl gatefold set entitled “The Platinum Collection”. 

That’s Allright

A few weeks back it was reported that Elvis Presley’s copy of “That’s All Right” was missing from the line-u of the five SUN singles. An EPE staff member replied "That's out on loan to another Museum." 
Finally EPE Archives Staff replied “No it's not out "on loan."  It is on the media tour with our staff that we do each year to promote our new exhibits.  It will be home next week to re-join the 60 Years of Elvis exhibit."

Collecting Elvis

Volume 60 in the German “Elvis Sammlung” was released by De’Agostini. This volume contains a magazine, memorabilia reproductions and a mini-poster for the “Blue Hawaii” soundtrack. 

(Source: Elvis Express / Amazon / Elvis Sammlung)

April 15 - Golden Vinyl

The vinyl re-issue of "Elvis Golden Records: Volume 2" from the Friday Music Records label was released.  Contrary to the original this edition comes with a fold-out cover.

A Big Hunk O' Love , My Wish Came True , (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I, I Need Your Love Tonight , Don't , I Beg Of You , Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) Party , Paralyzed , One Night , I Got Stung , King Creole , Wear My Ring Around Your Neck. Doncha' Think It's Time.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / Amazon)

April 14 - Walkin' Talkin' Glitz City Blues

Coming out soon is the new Straight Arrow CD release titled "Walkin' Talkin' Glitz City Blues", featuring the August 23rd, 1972 Dinner show. 

From the press-release:
It is taken from an original mono audience recording in remarkably good sound. Yes, we used the original actual cassette that was used to record this concert in the first place, and we were able to improve the sound-quality noticeably. 

It’s unlikely that anyone who saw Elvis Presley on stage during the Summer ’72 engagement came away disappointed. Presley looked fabulous: he had a nice tan, he was slim, and both the jumpsuit and the jacket / pants combinations that he was experimenting with looked rather good on him. His shows that season were tight and highly professional, and truly offered something for everybody. The setlist was largely based on the MSG one, with new additions like ‘What Now My Love’ and ‘My Way’ adding extra spice to the show. The dinner show from August 23rd, 1972 is a topnotch performance. He’s right in the middle of the engagement, with still about two weeks left, but he delivers the goods and puts his soul especially into the power ballads. It’s not unlikely that he may have wanted to impress journalist Joe Delaney, a reviewer for the Las Vegas Sun and an old friend of the Colonel’s, who was in the audience that night.
It should be noted that the August 23, 1972 Dinner show is completely new, even for die-hard Elvis fans. This concert has never been in circulation in any form. Unfortunately the tape ran out before the finale of "My Way". The producers decided to use (great sounding) original tapes of the August 22nd, 1972 M/S and the August 23rd, 1972 M/S from their vaults, to fill out the missing part.
This release is presented in Straight Arrow‘s traditional deluxe digipack, designed by one of the best graphic artists in the Elvis world, rare photos from this engagement (he actually wore the blue swirl at this show) as well as intelligent liner-notes that give you the low-down on this show.

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental Intermezzo / Monologue - 09. What Now My Love - 10. Fever - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. Little Sister / Get Back - 15. All Shook Up - 16. Love Me Tender - 17. Hound Dog - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner and The Stamps) - 20. Suspicious Minds - 21. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 22. Introduction of journalist / reviewer Joe Delaney - 23. My Way* - 24. A Big Hunk O' Love** - 25. Mystery Train*** / Tiger Man** - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love** - 27. Closing Vamp** 
* spliced with August 23, 1972 D/S version 
** recorded on August 23, 1972 D/S 
*** spliced with August 22, 1972 M/S version


Due from RCA International on May 27, 2014 is the compilation "Playlist: The Very Best Of Elvis Movie Songs". 


Love Me Tender - We're Gonna Move - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do! - Jailhouse Rock Baby I Don't Care - Trouble - Frankfort Special - Follow That Dream - Can't Help Falling In Love - I Need Somebody To Lean On - Viva Las Vegas - Return To Sender - Clean Up Your Own Backyard.

Good Rockin' Tonight

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of the song "That's All Right", VPI announced the release of a Special Collector's Edition of the most sought after Elvis French 10 inch LP's "Good Rockin' Tonight". It was originally released in 1957 and considered for a long time as the only album to include the SUN recordings in their original unaltered sound. The album is available april 18, 2014 in an exclusive and limited edition re-issue of 1000 numbered copies on 12 inch blue colored vinyl. It contains 19 remastered tracks: 8 original songs plus 11 bonus tracks (alternate takes and rare tracks).

Side A (Original tracks and bonus track)
1. Good Rockin' Tonight
2. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
3. That's All Right
4. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
5. Baby Let's Play House
6. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
7. Milkcow Blues Boogie
8. You're A Heartbreaker
9. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Live) - Bonus Track

Side B (Bonus Tracks)
1. I Forgot To Remember To Forget 
2. Mystery Train 
3. I Love You Because 
4. Blue Moon 
5. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') (Alternate Track)
6. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
7. Just Because 
8. Tryin' To Get To You
9. Little Mama (Live)

Elvis Released

Out Now from the Spanish Wax Time Label is the vinyl re-issue of Elvis Presley's second album "Elvis" (1956) The album contains the eight original tracks and four bonus tracks. 

Rip It Up (1:56) 02. Love Me (2:46) 03. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (2:23) 04. Long Tall Sally (1:56) 05. First In Line (3:24) 06. Paralyzed (2:29) 07. So Glad You're Mine (2:23)  08. Old Shep (4:13)  09. Ready Teddy (1:59) 10. Anyplace Is Paradise (2:28)  11. How's The World Treating You (2:27) 12. How Do You Think I Feel (2:15)

Unique poster on TV show

The popular tv show Antiques Roadshow is in Kansas City, Missouri, where host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Daile Kaplan at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to learn about the photography of Dorothea Lange. Highlights include a 1955 Elvis Presley concert poster, with Presley billed at the bottom. It's a very remarkable find, and only a few posters have surfaced. In fact, a few years ago, one of those posters sold voor 25,000.00 $US on eBay.

(Source: FECC / Elvis My Happiness / ElvisMatters / Elvis Aktuell)

April 13 - Follow That Blu-ray

The movie "Follow That Dream" will be released on Blu-ray by Twilight Time in the U.S. as a limited edition of 3000 copies. The release-date for the movie is July 14, 2014, distribution will most likely be supplied from MGM.


The DVD "The King Of Rock ’n’ Roll" climbed from #16 to #10 on the Australian Music DVD chart.

(Source: FECC / ARIA)

April 12 - Recorded Live On Vinyl

The Music On Vinyl label announced a 40th. Anniversary Edition vinyl re-issue of the classic "Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis". It contains the original concert, with the Richmond Show and rehearsals from August. This release comes on 4 discs 180 gram vinyl, a 3-fold gatefold sleeve, a 16 page booklet and re-mastered audio. Due for release on May 12, 2014.

Product information:
Following the artistic success of his 1973 'Stax Sessions' and the global phenomenon of the 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite' album (both also available on vinyl) and broadcast the same year, Elvis opened 1974 with a 15 city tour routed to end in Memphis and a state-of-the-art concert recording. When originally released as a single LP, 'Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' reached #1 on the Country charts and featured 'How Great Thou Art', the track that would bring Elvis his third Grammy win. 

This luxury quadruple vinyl reissue contains a previously unreleased 'Test Run' of the entire show recorded with a live audience at the Richmond Coliseum a few days before the legendary concert. The remarkable 'test run' performance was recorded in MONO, drenched in the reverb Elvis preferred, and provides new insight into the magic of Elvis. 

As a special added bonus for Elvis aficionados, also included are five intimate tracks (three of them previously unreleased) cut at the RCA Studios in Hollywood on August 16, 1974. Originally intended as reference recordings for an upcoming Las Vegas engagement, the performances, which include 'Down In The Alley', 'Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues', 'Softly As I Leave You', 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and 'The Twelfth Of Never', provide a rare fly-on-the-wall glimpse into Elvis' consummate backstage artistry as he prepares these songs for concert.

'Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis' includes a 16 page booklet featuring rare photos, previously unseen memorabilia, new liner notes, press clips and more.

Memphis Mafia Princess 

Shirley Dieu lived with Joe Esposito for five years and travelled with him on all of Elvis' tours and vacations as well as Graceland. She was also a good friend to Elvis and remains close to this day to Joe, Priscilla, Jerry, and David Stanley and others as well. Shirley notes.... 

My book 'Memphis Mafia Princess: Living In 'The Elvis World'' will be not like any other Elvis book out there. The thing that makes it so different, is that it is all about the "good times" and all of the wonderful things that all of us did together with Elvis. The funny little things that he did. Things that he laughed at and the things that we laughed at with him. The vacations, the crack-ups and the truth about a lot of things that so many others have never told. (Or that they have told completely opposite of what really was) Especially in the final years. There were some great times in the final years, unfortunately no one ever talks about those times. But I do in 'Memphis Mafia Princess'.

Shirley Dieu has been working on her book since 2012 but it will hopefully be ready later this year.

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis Aktuell / Elvis Information Network)