June 27 - Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker. Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder. 

The screenplay will be based on Alanna Nash’s book, “The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley,” published by Simon & Schuster and one of four Presley books she authored. The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay. Parker became Presley’s manager in 1956 shortly before the singer broke out with the single “Heartbreak Hotel.” He remained the manager until Presley’s death in 1977.  
“I have wanted to work with Joe for years, given his unique filmmaker’s eye toward marrying music-anchored stories with dramatic storytelling,” said Proffer. “Given that I am a big fan of his Metallica and Paul Simon films, plus Joe’s award-winning crime documentaries, he became my first choice to direct this evergreen and important film. Parker’s story has such a dark edge, and this is precisely why Berlinger’s combo of crime and music documentaries lends the perfect tone for the film.” 

Binder’s credits include producing and directing the 1968 NBC special “Elvis.” “I look forward to working with Spencer, Joe, and Alanna on the making of this film. The Colonel’s ‘real’ story has never been told, and I promise it will have you on the edge of your seat. I was there and I knew the Colonel. 

Move over P.T. Barnum, the ride is about to begin!” Berlinger was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for 2011’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” and has received seven Emmy nominations. His credits include “Brother’s Keeper,” “Metallica: Some King of Monster,” “Crude,” “Under African Skies,” and “Intent to Destroy.” “Throughout my career I have tackled unexpected and surprising stories, going beyond the easy headline to get to the truth of the real story,” Berlinger said. “And in ‘The Colonel,’ I see the same exciting opportunity.” Berlinger is currently in pre-production for the feature film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron. 

(Source: Variety)

June 26 - A Clear Surrender To Vinyl

The UK based Rockwell Music label announced another edition of their 'Surrender' compilation. This time a limited edition of 140 copies on clear vinyl. 

Side One: Summer Kisses, Winter Tears / Flaming Star / Milky White Way / His Hand In Mine / I Believe In The Man In The Sky / He Knows Just What I Need / Surrender / Mansion Over The Hilltop 

Side Two: In My Father’s House / Joshua Fit The Battle / Swing Down Sweet Chariot / I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs / If We Never Meet Again / Known Only To Him / Working On A Building / Lonely Man / Wild In The Country / I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell

(Source: Rockwell)

June 25 - Hot Summer Release

The SR label import-release 'Hot Summer in 1973' has been released. It features the previously unreleased Dinner Show performance from August 19, 1973 as recorded from the audience in Las Vegas. The CD comes in various packages and has a running-time of 46 minutes. 

Tracks Las Vegas August 19, 1973 DS:

01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 06. Trouble 07. Blue Suede Shoes 08. Rock Medley 09. Love Me Tender 10. Fever 11. What Now My Love 12. Suspicious Minds 13. Band Introductions 14. I Can’t Stop Loving You 15. Suspicious Minds 16. Band Introductions 17. My Boy 18. Release Me 19. An American Trilogy 20. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp.

(Source: various)

June 24 - Elvis On Fire

The Straight Arrow import-release 'On Fire In Florida' has been released. It contains audience recordings of Elvis presley's performances of the February 12 and 13, 1977 08.30 pm shows respectively recorded at the Sportatorium in Hollywood and West Palm Beach Auditorium. Both shows were released previously on CD as 'Hot Time In Miami' and 'Coming on Strong'. 

Also released is volume seven in the AudioRec 'Elvis-Hilton Showroomimport-series has been released. This CD, limited to 300 copies, contains contains an audience-recording of the February 17, 1972 dinner-show performance as recorded at the Hilton Showroom in Las Vegas. 

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)


June 23 - Elvis Symphonique

Due from RCA on August 4, 2017 in France is the double CD ’Elvis Symphonique – Elvis Presley Avec Le Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’. It contains the ’The Wonder of You’ and ’If I Can Dream’ albums by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It comes with a 20 page booklet.

(Source: Amazon / Cultura)