October 22 - The Bootleg Series

The two latest titles in "The Bootleg Series" from the One label were released. "Top Notch Nashville - Elvis At RCA's Studio B - Part 4" contains previously officially unreleased tracks, masters and alternate takes from the early 60's, 24 tracks. The "50's Sensation - Studio Masters & Outtakes" CD contains previously officially unreleased tracks and rarities from the 50's, 34 tracks in total.

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / Elvs And His Music)

October 21 - Alfred Wertheimer Passed Away

Pam Wertheimer has just informed fans that Alfred Wertheimer has passed away, just before his 85th birthday on November 15, 2014. The family is writing Al's obituary and will post it in the next couple of days. As most fans know, Al was the photographer of some of the most iconic photos ever taken of Elvis in the early years of the birth of rock and roll, including "the kiss". 

Alfred Wertheimer (Elvis) bio:

In 1956, freelance photographer Alfred Wertheimer was assigned to photograph a 21-year-old singer who RCA was promoting. It was Elvis Presley, a name the 26-year-old Wertheimer did not recognize when he trekked down to New York City's Studio 50 (later to be named the Ed Sullivan Theater) to photograph Presley's appearance on Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show. 

At the time, Elvis had already recorded "Heartbreak Hotel" and was beginning to gain some notoriety, but he was nowhere close to becoming a cultural icon. He could still walk the streets unrecognized, and, because of this, Alfred Wertheimer got the opportunity to shoot reams of film of Elvis both on stage and off, in the last remaining months before Elvis' life would change forever

One day in 1956, a young man from the south came to New York to bring his music to a wider audience. This man, who was himself a force to be reckoned with, was as yet unknown outside of the south. He had come to play on Stage Show, a CBS program produced by brothers and big band leaders, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.

A series of extraordinary photographs document this brief moment in time when the 21-year-old Elvis Presley was on the cusp of national stardom. 

The photographer was Alfred Wertheimer, a young photojournalist, who had grown up in Brooklyn, and attended Cooper Union. He would go on to spend around ten days with Elvis over the next two years, and shoot roughly 2,500 photographs.

The intimate photographs of Elvis are a product of Wertheimer s artistic brilliance and the history of photography. Wertheimer managed to document pivotal moments in the creation of the new rock n roll that would take over the nation, in the vocabulary of an iconic movement in photography.

As Wertheimer tells it, there was a bit of luck involved too. Wertheimer, who looks two decades younger than his 81 years, moves around his office with a sprightly step and a shock of whitish grey hair. He likes to joke around, and he says that he only remembers two things: the day he met Elvis and today. Yet he seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of a wide range of subjects. In 1955, he was sharing a studio with a few other photographers on Third Avenue in New York. 

Among these were Paul Schutzer, who had attended Cooper Union for a year, and Jerry Yulsman, who would go on to become a renowned photographers in their own right. Schutzer s grand dream in life was to be a staff photographer for Life magazine. He would drop any other assignment whenever Life gave him a call. As a result, he happily passed on any other work to his friend Wertheimer, which he would do in addition to his own assignments. And this meant that Wertheimer was in the right place at the right time to take on an assignment that would be the turning point of his life. On March 12th, 1956, the head of PR from RCA Victor, Anne Fulchino, called and asked if he could do a job the following week. She says, I want you to photograph the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Stage Show, Wertheimer says.

He was pleased, as Tommy Dorsey was one of his heroes. But then Fulchino told him that he wouldn't actually be photographing Dorsey: I want you to photograph Elvis Presley, who s playing on Dorsey s program. He explains that there was a silence on his part before he said, Elvis who? Wertheimer accepted the assignment, and that was how he found himself in the same room as Elvis Presley, who was on the verge of becoming a national star. Wertheimer's photographs show a pensive Elvis, just doing what he did: performing, spending time with his family or fans, napping, reading letters and papers, combing his hair, or listening to music.

From a photographer's point of view, he explains, Elvis was unique in that he permitted closeness not six to eight feet away, which was standard, but right up close, three to four feet away. He was so intensely involved with what he was doing: it was as if he were laser focused; whether he was combing his hair or chatting up the girls, he would be himself. 

I didn't realize how unique that was. He thinks about it for aminute, before adding, I put him under my microscope and studied him, only my microscope wasmy camera lens. This desire to document everyday habits and the details of life to be a fly on the wall are a longstanding tradition in east coast American art. In fact, Wertheimer was taking a tried and true trope in photography realism and applying it to a new subject. Realism, in Wertheimer's hands, was not about the down and out, but instead about the up-and-coming.

His photographs are witness to an incredible time in the history of photography, as well as to the birth of a star and newchapter inthehistory of music. He coinedthe term available darkness photography, to explain his philosophy that the darker the place, the easier to capture a person s real nature. He used this technique to portray Elvis in a way that nobody did afterwards. And he was there for the performances that won the heart of America. 

Elvis was conscripted into the military in 1958, and Wertheimer was there to photograph him as he shipped out to Germany. After this, he never saw Elvis alive again. It wasn't until almost 20 years later, upon the death of Elvis in 1977, that there would be a sudden surge in demand for Wertheimer's photographs from this era. Wertheimer s life didn't stop with Elvis. 

He continued to freelance. Eleanor Roosevelt and Nina Simone were among the other people he subsequently photographed. He also spent a great deal of time as a cameraman for well-known programs like Granada's The World in Action, and Mike Wadleigh's film Woodstock. " You have all these experiences", says Wertheimer, "and it becomes part of the collective memory. It takes a while to realize that your perspective is an important ingrediënt."

A New Decade, A New Sound 

Coming out soon is the new Straight Arrow's double-digipak CD release "A New Decade, A New Sound", featuring the February 3, and 5, 1970 Dinner shows and packed in a double digi-pack set and limited to 500 copies

From the press-release:
Looking back at Elvis' final decade of live shows, there are two Las Vegas engagements that stand out: the August '69 one obviously, but certainly also the one in February '70. Whereas the '69 comeback shows were a natural extension of the NBC '68 special with a strong focus on his classic hits, the second engagement From the way he performed these songs, you could tell that he really loved them and genuinely enjoyed the new direction his career was now taking. Most of the oldies were gone from the setlist. It was a very bold move, especially for an artist whose career in the sixties had been marked by boredom and predictability. Released from the chains of the past, Elvis looked and sounded like a man in full control of his career, and he clearly relished the artistic freedom that was now his.

The fact that the music sounded better than before was due in no small part thanks to the two newcomers to the core band; Glen D. Hardin on piano and Bob Lanning on drums. Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Hardin grew up with Elvis' music, seemed to know all the songs, and was able to contribute with a lot of ideas. Just as importantly, he wrote fresh arrangements for several of the new songs in the show. Elvis loved these arrangements, and Hardin quickly became a highly valued member of the band. Lanning was & is a true no-nonsense rock & roll drummer, who cites Earl Palmer as a main influence. No surprise therefore that he refused to be speeded up by Elvis (or by anyone else, for that matter), and instead focused on laying down a solid groove. In retrospect, this goes a long way in explaining why the February 1970 recordings are musically more solid than other live recordings from the 70s. With that in mind, we would like to dedicate this special collectors' release to messrs. Hardin and Lanning. It’s worth mentioning that Bob Lanning was “found” quite recently after a 45-year absence, and he will be part of a special Elvis show that will be touring Europe in May 2015! And no doubt it'll be a sensation to hear his tight & fearless drumming again after all these years!

The February 3rd, 1970 D/S was previously released by the Memory Records label ("Have Some Fun Tonight", 2002). The February 5th, 1970 D/S was released twice from an inferior source and finally by Memory Records ("International Earthquake", 2002). Those Memory Records releases were engineered and mastered using obsolete hardware and software and for some mysterious reason, both shows were even slightly edited.

12 years have passed, and now it‘s time for the ultimate re-release of these special recordings - in a new, crisp, dynamic sound, and with no edits. Straight Arrow’s release of February 3rd and 5th, 1970 Dinner Shows is taken directly from the original tape transfers made in 2001. Every second was digitally restored from scratch to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples.

As every Straight Arrow’s re-release, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies.

Tracks CD 1:
01. Excerpt of Sammy Shore speech - 02. Introduction: Orchestra Instrumental - 03. Opening Vamp - 04. All Shook Up - 05. I Got A Woman - 06. Proud Mary - 07. Don't Cry Daddy - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Long Tall Sally - 10. Let It Be Me - 11. I Can't Stop Loving You - 12. Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto - 13. Kentucky Rain - 14. Sweet Caroline - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Can't Help Falling In Love.

Tracks CD 2:

01. Rick Rennie comments recorded prior the show - 02. Introduction: Orchestra Instrumental - 03. Opening Vamp - 04. All Shook Up - 05. I Got A Woman - 06. Proud Mary - 07. Don't Cry Daddy - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Love Me - 10. C. C. Rider - 11. Let It Be Me - 12. I Can't Stop Loving You - 13. Love Me Tender - 14. Chat with audience - 15. In The Ghetto - 16. Sweet Caroline - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love / Announcement.

(Source: ElvisMatters / FECC)

October 20 - Re-covered

The AudiRec import-label presented the third cover for their debut-release "Elvis At The Hilton". This time a fan-made cover that came from the discussion on the FECC-forum. The double CD-set contains audience-recordings of the September 2, 1973 3 A.M. and Dinner Show performances.

Follow That Dream News

Completely unexpected, the FTD team has announced the Fall releases. Not only is there uncertainty about the content of the first CD, entitled "Elvis In Florida" and the "Something For Everybody Sessions" (2LP) with October 27, 2014 as the release-date. 

Other releases by FTD for the remainder of the year are "Flaming Star" (CD) and "Elvis' Christmas Album" due November 23, 2014

Details "Elvis In Florida":
From the label: This 1-disc 7 inch set features highlights from Elvis’ concerts during April 1975. The performances are taken from Jacksonville (April 25) and Lakeland (April 27/28). The 12-page booklet features great photos by Keith Alverson and memorabilia.

Lakeland (27.05.1975 - 8:30pm):
Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Love Me Tender - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Help Me - Burning Love - Introductions - School Day - My Boy - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - I’ll Remember You - Let Me Be There - Why Me Lord - Hound Dog - An American Trilogy - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

Jacksonville (25.04.1975 8:30pm):
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Big Boss Man - It’s Midnight - Funny How Time Slips Away - That’s All Right - Heartbreak Hotel

Lakeland (28.04.1975 8:30pm):
Hawaiian Wedding Song - Help Me Make It Through The Night

Tracks 24-25 recorded live at Civic Center Arena, Lakeland, Florida. April 28, 1975, 8:30 PM show.

The opening tracks of “See See Rider” and “I Got A Woman / Amen” were not recorded on any of the Floridian shows during the tour.

Details The Something For Everyone Sessions (506020-975072)

Side A:
There's Always Me (Take 2) - Give Me The Right (Take 3, 2) - It's A Sin (Take 1, 2) - Sentimental Me (Take 1) - Starting Today (Take 1) - Anything That's Part Of You (Take 2) - Gently (Take 1, 2).

Side B:
I'm Coming Home (Take 2) - In Your Arms (Take 1) - Judy (Take 4) - I Want You With Me (Take 1) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Low Key) - Little Sister (Take 7, 8, 9) - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Take 3, 4) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Take 11).

Side C:
I Feel So Bad (Take 1) - I'm Coming Home (Take 1, 3) - Gently (Take 3) - There's Always Me (Take 4) - Judy (Take 2, 3) - Good Luck Charm (Take 1) - Put The Blame On Me (Master).

Side D:
Little Sister (Take 6) - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame (Take 10, 11, 12) - Anything That's Part Of You (Take 4, 5) - There's Always Me (Take 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) - Judy (Take 5, 6, 7) - I'm Coming Home (Take 5, 4).

Blue Vinyl

The soundtrack albums "Loving You" and "King Creole" will be re-isued on October 31, 2014 on blue-splattered vinyl once more by the Mischief Music budget-label. 

(Source: FECC / ElvisMatters / Elvis Presley Gesellschaft / Mischief Music)

October 16 - Trying To Get To You In Shape

Expected soon is new CD from the EP Collector import-label entitled ”Trying To Get To Tahoe" containing the May 16, 1974 Opening Show as recorded from the audience at the Lake Tahoe, NV. 

From the press-release:
Opening show. Elvis' spring '74 shows were consistently strong, and the May concerts in Lake Tahoe were no exception. Elvis' shows there were solid and entertaining, and he was in particularly good voice. 

The set lists offered a wide variety of music, and Elvis' commitment and enthusiasm made these intimate shows very memorable for those who were lucky enough to attend them. The show on this CD has never been released in any form, and this very decent, digitally restored audience recording gives you a unique perspective of what it was like to experience him in person in Lake Tahoe during this engagement.

The CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipack with rare Lake Tahoe, May ’74 cover shot and collection of ”Peacock” images taken in Cleveland show on June 21st, 1974. Running time: 60:29.

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Tryin' To Get To You - 05. All Shook Up - 06. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. Steamroller Blues - 09. Hound Dog - 10. Fever - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Why Me Lord? (with reprise) - 13. Suspicious Minds - 14. Band Introductions - 15. I Can't Stop Loving You - 16. Help Me - 17. An American Trilogy - 18. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 19. The Wonder Of You - 20. Big Boss Man - 21. Funny How Time Slips Away - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcement. 

Eiichi Ohtaki's Juke Box: Elvis Presley Selection 

Dus for release on December 3, 2014 from Sony Japan is the compilation CD "Eiichi Ohtaki's Juke Box: Elvis Presley Selection

Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog / King Creole / Lover Doll / G.I. Blues / Doin' The Best I Can / Surrender / Lonely Man / Rock-A-Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love / Return To Sender / Where Do You Come From / Viva Las Vegas / What'd I Say /Do The Clam / You'll Be Gone / Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts Me / Easy Question / It Feels So Right

Coffret 80ème anniversaire d'Elvis

Due for release from Showshank Films on December 4, 2014 is the DVD set "Coffret 80ème anniversaries d'Elvis". The set contains the John Carpenter cult-movie "Elvis" with Kurt Russell, followed by 4 documentaries "Elvis 56 - The Birth of a Myth", "In The Privacy of Elvis" and "The Last Moments Of The King" and "Back to Tupelo."


The compilation "Heart And Soul" drops from #128 to #155 on the Billboard Album Chart for the week ending October 25, 2014. The CD also dropped from #13 to #25 on the Catalog Album Chart.

One Step Closer To A Virtual Elvis
Pulse Evolution Corporation and Authentic Brands Group, LLC. today announced a partnership to produce a virtually animated Marilyn Monroe. Together, they will leverage Pulse's leading human animation solutions to present Monroe to today's audiences in the form of new and exciting entertainment and branding opportunities, including "holographic" performances in theatrical productions, live appearances, mobile apps, commercials and more.

This announcement represents the second partnership between the leading brand development and licensing company, ABG and virtual performance industry pioneer, Pulse Evolution. "Fans and brand partners around the world enjoy holographic and virtual performances as a powerful form of modern entertainment," remarked Jamie Salter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Authentic Brands Group. "We are thrilled to showcase our leading celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to audiences around the world through the gold standard of life-like human animation created by Pulse Evolution."

Among the successes of the executive team are the Virtual Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Virtual Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and the award-winning visual effects for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with supervising roles in high-end visual effects films like Avatar, Divergent, Forrest Gump and more. With the addition of Marilyn Monroe, Pulse Evolution has a virtual performer catalogue that includes Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, representing three of the Top Five highest earning celebrity estates in the world.

Vinyl Re-issues

The Mischief Music (H’ART) label has announced the re-release of nine of their shaped / colored vinyl records. The re-issues are Due for release on October 31, 2014.

1. Swing Low Sweet Chariot – EP / 2. His Hand In Mine – EP / 3. Known Only to Him – EP / 4. King Creole – LP / 5. Sun Singles – EP / 6. Loving You – LP / 7. I'll Be Home for Christmas – EP / 8. Blue Christmas – EP / 9. Claus Is Back in Town - EP

(Source: FECC / Elvis And His Music / Elvis World Japan / ElvisMatters / CNN)

October 15 - Vinyl Forbes Auction

Forbes Magazine has just released their Top Earning Dead Celebrities List for 2014. The Top 5:

1. Michael Jackson - $140 million
2. Elvis Presley - $55
3. Charles Schulz - $40
4. Elizabeth Taylor - $25
5. Bob Marley - $20.

Showroom Internationale 

Sony Legacy announced the release of "Showroom Internationale", a numbered 2LP set, for For Record Store Day's Black Friday on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Elvis Presley - Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl:

The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Palm Springs Auction
A Palm Springs home once owned by Elvis Presley, currently being marketed at $2.59 million, will be sold at auction Oct. 25. The starting bid is still to be established, said Eric G. Meeks of Team Wrubleski Meeks Realtors. The bank-owned house, built in 1946, had been billed as Graceland West before falling on harder times. 

The ranch-style home sits on 1.75 acres with panoramic mountain and desert views. The gated lot has palm trees, a kidney-shaped swimming pool and a separate spa. The 5,040 square feet of living space include a vaulted ceiling living room with a fireplace, a dining room with a wet bar and a barrel ceiling, a 30-foot-by-50-foot entertainment room, four bedrooms and 6.25 bathrooms.

Elvis bought the property in 1970 for $105,000 from McDonald’s honcho Ray Kroc. Singer Frankie Valli also owned the house, selling it in 1981 for $500,000.

Vinyl Releases

Due for release from the Vinyl Passion (Cargo Records) is the vinyl album “Number One Records”.

Side A:
Heartbreak Hotel - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Too Much - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Jailhouse Rock - Hard Headed Woman

Side B:

A Fool Such As I - A Big Hunk O´ Love - One Night - Stuck On You - It´s Now Or Never - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Wooden Heart - Surrender - His Latest Flame - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Return To Sender - Good Luck Charm

Due for release from the Wax-Time label on November 10, 2014 is Elvis debut album "Elvis". Due a week later on 180gr. vinyl is Elvis’ second album “Elvis Presley” with 4 bonus tracks. 

Side A:
Rip It Up - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - Paralyzed - Bonus Song: Too Much - Hound Dog

Side B:
So Glad You’re Mine - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - Anyplace Is Paradise - How’s The World Treating You - How Do You Think I Feel - Bonus Songs: Any Way You Want Me - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

Collecting Elvis

Volume 73 in the German “Elvis Sammlung” was released by De’ Agostini. It contains a magazine, memorabilia reproductions from “Clambake”, Bill Belew and a mini-poster for the  EP “Follow That Dream”.

(Source: FECC / Brian Quinn / Forbes / Elvis Aktuell / ElvisMatters / Sony Legacy)