July 31 - Charts

'Heart And Soul' rises from #184 to #182 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending August 9, 2014. It also rises from #46 to #39 on the Catalog Album Chart.

The Best Of Elvis Presley


The TCB Limited label will release the CD / DVD-set "The Best Of Elvis Presley" containing the usual public domain hits and a documentary DVD.

Inhalt - CD 1:
Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - I Want You I Need You I Love You - Hound Dog - I Believe - Tutti Frutti - Love Me Tender - Treat Me Nice - Rip It Up - Too Much - All Shook Up - Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Mystery Train - Big Hunk O' Love, A

CD 2:
There's Good Rockin' Tonight - Loving You - Hot Dog - As Long As I Have You - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Paralysed - Party - Jailhouse Rock - Don't Be Cruel - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - I'm Counting On You - King Creole - Long Tall Sally - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - One Night

DVD:
The Journey.

(Source: FECC \ Brian Quinn \ Elvis Club Berlin)

July 30 - Christmas Comes Early

The Follow That Dream Collectors Label announced the August 2014 releases; "Best Of British - The RCA Years 1957-1959 with CD", "Elvis For Everyone!" in the Classic Album series and a vinyl re-issue of the FTD release "Hot August Night". The details:

Best Of British - The RCA Years 1957-1959 w/CD: 
This is Elvis, with the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. As a companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful ‘Elvis: The Best Of British - The HMV Years’, this book contains the full history of over fifty iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued. Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of ‘The RCA Years’ moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs. Within these 500 pages and amongst many formerly unknown fascinating facts, you will discover: The English pub that inspired an Elvis song! Exactly where and when Elvis learned to play piano! The real life characters contained within the lyrics of Jailhouse Rock! 

The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters’ demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine! ‘The RCA Years (1957 - 1958)’ chronicles the meteoric rise in Great Britain of the ‘Sun King’ to the man who would ultimately be crowned ‘Artist Of The 20th Century’. Elvis innovated, others imitated! 

The CD first RCA single (RCA-1013): JULY 1957 1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - 1:51 2. Loving You - 2:16 

SOUNDTRACK SELECTION OF MAGICAL MOVIE MOMENTS 3. Loving You - Movie Trailer - 1:12 4. Road Medley (Party / Teddy Bear / Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do / Hot Dog) - 2:04 5. Mean Woman Blues (Unedited stereo master) - 2:22 6. Party (Alternate movie lyrics) - 1:16 7. Lonesome Cowboy (Composite) - 3:06 8. JAILHOUSE ROCK - Movie Trailer - 2:05 9. Jailhouse Rock (Movie production version) - 2:59 10. Treat Me Nice (Laurel 101 - Take One) - 2:07 11. Don't Leave Me Now - (Everett demo #2 - Take One) - 1:29 12. Young And Beautiful - (Movie end version) - 2:21 13. KING CREOLE - Movie Trailer - 2:34 14. Turtles, Berries And Gumbo / Crawfish (Unedited movie opening medley) - 4:11 15. Steadfast Loyal And True - (Movie dialogue version) - 0:46 16. Lover Doll (EP version) - 2:15 17. New Orleans (Live nightclub version) - 2:01 THE RCA SINGLES * 18. Doncha' Think It's Time - 2:00 19. Don't - 2:51 20. I Beg Of You - 1:54 21. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - 2:16 SUN RECORDINGS: FIRST ISSUED ON RCA IN 1958 22. I Love You Because (RCA LP version) - 2:45 23. You're A Heartbreaker - 2:12 24. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - 2:26 BONUS TRACKS: SONGWRITER DEMO RECORDINGS 25. Teddy Bear (Vocal: Otis Blackwell**) - 2:01 26. Don't Ask Me Why (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove***) 2:08 27. Trouble (Singer unknown****) - 2:08 28. Hard Headed Woman (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove**) - 2:06 29. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Vocal: Gus Coletti*****) - 2:12 CHRISTMAS SONGS: ISSUED ON ALL THREE FORMATS (45rpm, EP & LP) 30. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - 1:54 31. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - 2:25 32. Elvis in Germany (October 1st 1958) and Interview edit - 1:32 33. Elvis' Answer Machine - :16

Hot August Night (180 gr. vinyl):
Side A 01 Blue Suede Shoes 2:25 (Carl Perkins) 02 I Got A Woman 2:43 (Ray Charles) 03 All Shook Up 1:54 (Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley) 04 Monologue 1:14 05 Love Me Tender 2:28 (Vera Matson/Elvis Presley) 06 Jailhouse Rock/Don’t Be Cruel 3:05 (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)/(Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley) 07 Heartbreak Hotel 2:22 (Mae Boren Axton/Tommy Durden/Elvis Presley) 
Side B 01 Hound Dog 4:48 (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) 02 I Can’t Stop Loving You 2:37 (Don Gibson) 03 My Babe 2:28 (Willie Dixon) 04 Mystery Train/Tiger Man 4:18 (Junior Parker/Sam Phillips)/(Joe Hill Louis/Sam Burns) 05 Baby, What You Want Me To Do 2:05 (Jimmy Reed) 

Side C 01 Runaway 2:16 (Max Crook/Del Shannon) 02 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 3:04 (Roy Turk/Lou Handman) 03 Words 2:42 (Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb) 04 Yesterday/Hey Jude 5:58 (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) 05 Introductions 4:35 
Side D 01 In The Ghetto 2:48 (Mac Davis) 02 Suspicious Minds 7:20 (Mark James) 03 What’d I Say 3:49( Ray Charles) 04 Can’t Help Falling In Love 2:11 (Hugo Peretti/Luigi Creatore/George Weiss) Recorded live on stage at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Midnight Show, August 25, 1969.

Elvis For Everyone - Classic Album Series:
This 2-disc 7” set celebrates 1965’s classic album “ELVIS FOR EVERYONE.” The original press release posted by RCA in August 1965 says, “This is the first Elvis Presley album since 1962 [POT LUCK] that is not a movie soundtrack album.” In this new album, Presley demonstrates great versatility by singing a wide range of songs, familiar and unfamiliar, slow ballads and hard-driving rock’’n’rollers. Only one of these songs has ever been issued before (“Summer Kisses, Winter Tears”). The lead off-song, “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Is the title song of the new movie based on the life of Hank Williams., currently playing throughout the country … ..Varied repertoire and Elvis in top form make this really Elvis For Everyone.” Although it was complied from previously unreleased recordings, it appeared like a breath of fresh air to Elvis fans that had become somewhat tired of the formulaic soundtracks. 


The LP hit to the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. This 2-CD classic edition features insightful essays, rare memorabilia and great outtakes! It also features the rare overdubbed version of “Wild in The Country” that featured maracas and additional bass guitar. Although, the source remains a mystery to this day, it was supplied to RCA-UK for its stereo version of the album as a replacement for “Summer Kisses.” This track had been issued two months before on RCA-UK’s unique album, Flaming Star And Summer Kisses. Apart from OPTIONAL MASTERS that could have been used, DISC 2 contains 23 Previously Unreleased Outtakes from the ‘60s.

DISC 1 THE ORIGINALALBUM
01 Your Cheatin’ Heart 
02 Summer Kisses, Winter Tears 
03 Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers 
04 In My Way 
05 Tomorrow Night 
06 Memphis, Tennessee 
07 For The Millionth And The Last Time
08 Forget Me Never
09 Sound Advice
10 Santa Lucia
11 I Met Her Today
12 When It Rains, It Really Pours

THE OPTIONAL MASTERS
13 Flaming Star
14 Wild In The Country (U.K.stereo LP version)
15 Lonely Man
16 Mama
17 Plantation Rock
18 Night Life
19 Do The Vega
20 Yellow Rose Of Texas/The Eyes Of Texas
21 What Now, What Next, Where To
22 Western Union
23 Blue River
24 Tell Me Why 

DISC 2 THE OUTTAKES
01 For The Millionth And The Last Time – take 2
02 Lonely Man – take 9
03 I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell – take 10
04 No More – take 9
05 Slicin’ Sand – take 10
06 I’m Not The Marrying Kind –splice of takes 5&6
07 For The Millionth And The Last Time – take 6
08 I Met Her Today – take 7
09 King Of The Whole Wide World – take 6
10 Home Is Where The Heart Is – take 12
11 RidingThe Rainbow – take 6
12 This Is Living – take 8
13 Something Blue – takes 5&6
14 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow – take 6
15 I Feel That I’ve KnownYou Forever – take 2
16 Fountain Of Love – take 6
17 Happy Ending – take 9
18 I’m Falling In Love Tonight – take 5
19 How Would You Like To Be – take 1
20 Bossa Nova Baby – takes 4&5 (2:34)
21 I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here –remake take 15
22 Vino, Dinero Y Amor – take 1

23 The Bullfighter Was A Lady – remake take 10

Christmas Comes Early

Here is the cover-art for the vilyl re-issue of the classic "The Elvis Christmas Album" on the vinyl label. This re-issue is due September 29, 20914 and comes with a download of the album.

(Source: The Elvis Shop London / FECC / Amazon)

July 29 - Words, Pictures And Blitz

The book "Elvis His Life In Words Pictures And Music" by Michael Heatley and Deke Leonard is due for release from Chartwell Books on September 4, 2014. The book comes with a 12 track CD. 

Blitz

The August edition of the Blitz magazine in Portugal has Elvis Presley on the cover and inside 13 pages dedicated to our man.


That's All Right

The Not Now Music vinyl re-issue of Elvis Presley's debut single "That’s All Right" / "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" was released.


(Source: Elvis Club Berlin / Elvis Clube "Burning Star")

July 28 - Out In Hollywood

The Elvis One "import" release "Elvis In Hollywood" was released. This CD contains mono-masters and outtakes from the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" movie-soundtrack with additional radio trailers and promo’s.

Tracks:
Complete Masters & Alternate Takes (Part 1): Where Do You Come From (Master Take With Count In) - Mexico (Dubbed Film Version) - The Bullfighter Was A Lady (Take 9) - I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here (Take 10) - El Toro (Take 2) / Original "Girls! Girls! Girls!" 

Mono Masters: I Don’t Want To - We’re Comin’ In Loaded - Thanks To The Rolling Sea - Where Do You Come From - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Return To Sender - Because Of Love - The Walls Have Ears - Song Of The Shrimp - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - Earth Boy - I Don’t Wanna Be Tied - We’ll Be Together

Complete Masters & Alternate Takes (Part 2): If You Think I Don’t Need You (Take 9) - Earth Boy (Undubbed Film Version) - Plantation Rock (Take 17 + Vocal Repair) - If You Think I Don’t Need You (Take 10) - Blackstar (Composite Master take 13 &  Insert #1 Take 5)

Movie radio Trailers And Promo’s: Double Trouble - Live A Little, Love A Little - Charro! (Audio Featurette) - Charro! (#1) - Charro! (#2) - Charro! (#3) - Charro! (#4) - Charro! (#5) - The Trouble With Girls (#1) - The Trouble With Girls (#2)

Bonus Songs: Guadalajara (Backing Group And Choir) - Marguerita (Instrumental Take 6) - Shoppin’ Around (Instrumental Take 2 And 3) - Shoppin’ Around (Instrumental Take 4) - Plantation Rock (Instrumental).

James Shigeta Died

James Shigeta, who co-starred with Elvis in "'Paradise, Hawaiian Style" died at the age of 81. Hawaiian-born, he was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected the country's changing interest in films with East Asian themes, but, when called upon, he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor T.V. guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. 

In the 1966 Paramount movie 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', James Shigeta played Danny Kohana, along side Elvis who played Rick Richards, and together they set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way Elvis makes some friends, romances some girls and sings a few songs.


James passed away on 28 July 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA aged 81.

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis Express)

July 27 - That's The Way The Outtakes Are

Warner Brothers Senior Vice-President of Catalog Marketing George Feltenstein has provided more details on the 12 outtakes included as special features on the "Elvis: That's The Way It Is : Two Disc Special Edition" Blu-ray due out on August 12. As suspected, the content mirrors that of the 2007 2-DVD set, except with a new twist. On DVD, the outtakes were presented in abysmal quality, but on Blu-ray, they will be pristine. 

"The Blu-ray has high-definition, incredible new presentation, [and an] all-new master, but we also have, with really impressive quality, additional songs that were not included in the Special Edition. They were on a prior DVD but with, really, not very impressive quality because that’s the best that we had at the time, and it really was disappointing to fans.

So, we were unable to locate the actual master tapes that had the outtakes that we intended to use in 2007, and, finally, now, that tape was located, and that is now on the Blu-ray. So people will be able to see the – I think there are about ten – additional performances, and they’re going to look and sound much better than they did on the 2007 DVD – which was really a heartbreaker for us because we always want to give the consumers the best thing we can, and now we can do that, and it’s very, very exciting. We are always looking for new ways to make Elvis fans happy".

The outtakes are:
01) 'You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me' (Rehearsal-July 14)
02) Eating Sequence (July 14)
03) 'Cattle Call', 'Baby Let’s Play House,' and 'Don’t' (Rehearsal-July 29)
04) 'Farther Along' (Rehearsal-August 4)
05) 'Oh Happy Day' (Rehearsal-August 7)
06) 'I Just Can’t Help Believin’' (Live-August 11 Dinner Show)
07) 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' (Live-August 11 Midnight Show)
08) 'I’ve Lost You' (Live-August 12 Dinner Show)
09) 'Sweet Caroline' (Live-August 12 Midnight Show)
10) 'Little Sister' / 'Get Back'* (Live-August 12 Midnight Show)
11) 'Stranger In The Crowd' (Live-August 13 Dinner Show)
12) After Show Party (August 10 Opening Show)

*The 'Get Back' portions of this live medley were edited out of the 2007 DVD release. It is unclear as of yet whether they have been restored for the 2014 Blu-ray release. 

Elvis' Smashed Guitar Strikes Sour Note
 
An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between the South Dakota museum that currently displays it and a collector who insists the instrument never should have ended up there. Now a federal judge must sort out whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson even technically owned the broken instrument last year when he donated it to the National Music Museum along with one of Bob Dylan's harmonicas, a guitar made for Johnny Cash and two other items.


The museum - based in Vermillion, N.D. - insists in a lawsuit that it is the legal owner of the Martin D-35, which the rock-and roll king played during his 1977 tour and gave to a fan in St. Petersburg, Fla. after he broke it when a strap and string snapped.

But Larry Moss - who has a long history of litigation against Johnson - contacted the museum, arguing that Johnson agreed to sell the guitar to him before it was donated. Johnson and Moss, both of whom live in Memphis, Tenn., are each listed as defendants in the museum's complaint.

The museum in court filings argues that even if Moss was the owner of the Elvis guitar before Johnson donated it to the facility, his ownership ended when the museum acquired it. The complaint states that if Moss believes he was wronged, he should sue Johnson for damages.

"There are significant issues with his claim including the fact that this guitar was apparently on display for an extended period of time in his hometown and he made no effort to go get the guitar," the museum's attorney, Mitchell Peterson, said Thursday. Johnson, who played with singer Isaac Hayes and The Who's John Entwistle's side project, Ox, in the 1970s, donated the Elvis guitar and other items to the museum in April 2013 and in exchange received $250,000 for his 1967 Gibson Explorer Korina wood guitar. That instrument was formerly owned by Entwistle.

Moss's attorney, Randall Fishman, moved this week to transfer the case from state court to federal court. Moss did not return phone messages left at his businesses and Fishman declined to comment about the specifics of the suit. Records for a libel and defamation lawsuit filed by Johnson against Moss in state court in Tennessee in January 2014 shed light on the collector's dispute over the guitar.

The lawsuit's exhibits include a payment agreement signed by both collectors in 2008, in which Moss agreed to pay Johnson $120,000 for various guitars including the one now on display at the museum. Those records also include an email Moss sent to the museum in December 2013 claiming ownership.

"Johnson did not have the right to transfer ownership of that guitar in any way, via sale, via donation, via trade, via loan, or any other method," the email stated. "(I) will not yet claim that the guitar is stolen, but I paid him for that guitar 5 years ago, and have been trying to get possession ever since." In an affidavit filed in the federal lawsuit in South Dakota, Moss claims that the value of the Elvis guitar is "well in excess of $75,000."

(Source: Warner Bros. / ElvisMatters)