December 21 - Chip Young Died

According to a post by Eddie Pennington, Chip Young died last night. From his Facebook post:

"He played on so many hit records that there is no way facebook would hold all of it. He came to Nashville with Jerry Reed, and was close to him until Jerry passed. He recorded with Elvis from 1965 until he passed away. He played the guitar part on Dolly Parton's Joline. He did the thumbpicking on Vern Gosdin's Way Down Deep Inside My Soul. He produced many records and Billy Swan's I Can Help was one of Chip's."

Another one of the greats gone. R.I.P. Chip.

In the picture from the recording-sessions at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville Tennessee, June 1970 Chips Young is sitting below, second from the left.

(Source: FECC / Gretch Page)

December 20 - Classic!

The Elvis Radio / Elvis Unlimited CD "Always Elvis: The Classics" has been released in Denmark. This is a limited edition, available for a short time. Part of the profit made on this CD goes to TrygFondens family house in Skejby.

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis Unlimited)

December 18 - Newsweek Charts

Celebrating 80 years of Elvis Presley, this Newsweek Special Edition is a guide to all things the King, from his early life in Mississippi through the creation of rock & roll in Memphis to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing with his name. Featuring exclusive interviews and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.

US Charts

'It's Christmas Time' drops from 52 to 53 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 27th December, 2014; remains 6 on the Catalog Album Chart; drops from 10 to 12 on the Holiday Album Chart and drops from 43 to 49 on the Top Album Sales Chart.

'Merry Christmas, Love Elvis' drops from 112 to 132 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart; drops from 17 to 21 on the Catalog Album Chart; drops from 23 to 27 on the Holiday Album Chart and drops from 80 to 98 on the Top Album Sales Chart.

'The Classic Christmas Album' rises from 118 to 105 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart; rises from 20 to 12 on the Catalog Album Chart and rises from 88 to 80 on the Top Album Sales Chart.

'Blue Christmas' rises from 23 to 22 on the Holiday 100 Chart; rises from 24 to 22 on the Holiday Airplay Chart and rises from 31 to 24 on the Holiday Digital Songs Chart.

'Here Comes Santa Claus' rises from 89 to 83 on the Holiday 100 Chart.

Elvis drops from 53 to 58 on the Artist 100 Chart.

European Charts

On the Dutch Mid-price Album chart "The Classic Christmas Album" drop from #2 to #3 in it’s third week on the chart. "The Essential Elvis Presley" climbed from #17 to #14 on that same chart. 

The compilation "The Real Elvis" climbed from #69 to #65 on the Italian Album charts. 

Good Times

The German Good Times music magazine celebrates the 80th anniversary of Elvis Presley with an Elvis Special. 

Vintage Rock Magazine #15 is out!

Issue 15 of Vintage Rock is an Elvis 80th birthday special, complete with four special edition covers to collect.

(Source: Newsweek / FECC / Brian Quinn / Elvis And His Music / The King's World)

December 17 - Comeback At The City Of Angels

In January 2015, Audionics will release something special entitled "Elvis: City Of Angels"; a 120-page hardback book with two CDs, featuring both shows which Elvis performed on May 11th, 1974 at The Forum (Inglewood) in Los Angeles, CA. 

From the press-release:
Audionics is aware that these shows were released before (by the Graceland Records label, 2007 and official Sony/FTD label, 2007). To bring out the ultimate sound quality, Audionics worked with direct transfers of the original master tapes.

Compared with its previous release, the evening show is vastly superior in sound. It was not taken from the same compact cassette source you have heard on the FTD soundboard release 'Live In L. A.', but comes from an original reel-to-reel soundboard tape transfer! The sound difference is like night & day. The afternoon show has much improved sound too, coming from the original audience recorded mastertape. The sound (although not excellent) is clearer than before and most of disturbing distortion is gone.

In recent years, some younger fans claimed that Elvis' performances in LA were mediocre. Nevertheless, fans who were present always mentioned these were "kick-ass performances". It's worth mentioning that these shows were attended by a few members of the hard-rock band 'Led Zeppelin' as well as by Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones bass player.

The 120-page book is filled with many brand new photos of great quality (both b/w and colour) and what’s most important, more than 120 images have never before been published anywhere! The accompanying text was written by an infamous author. This special audiovisual set will mark the ultimate release of Elvis Presley's live appearances at the Los Angeles in May ’74. Every second was digitally restored to achieve the best possible result. This is the first-ever Audionics real audio-visual presentation. It’s a special set which deserves a place in any serious Elvis collection!

CD1 - 11.05.1974 2:30 PM: 
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin' To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. You Can Have Her - 10. Steamroller Blues - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Fever - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Why Me Lord - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. Help Me - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. Funny How Time Slips Away - 22. Big Boss Man - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp / Announcements

CD2 - 11.05.1974 8:30 PM: 
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me (with reprise) - 05. Trying To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Steamroller Blues - 10. Hound Dog - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Why Me Lord - 14. Suspicious Minds - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 16. I Can't Stop Loving You - 17. Help Me - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 20. Funny How Time Slips Away - 21. Big Boss Man - 22. Can‘t Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements
Tracks 21-23 were recorded on May 10th, 1974 in Swing auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, 8:30 PM 
23. Robert Plant talks about meeting Elvis - 24. Big Boss Man - 25. Can‘t Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp / Announcements 

Tracks 24-26 were recorded from audience on May 11th, 1974 E/S and they are used for historical reason. 

Meet Me ... At Del Webb´s Sahara Tahoe!

The Straight Arrow import-release "Meet Me ... At Del Webb´s Sahara Tahoe!", containing the May 26, 1974 Midnight Show performance as recorded at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel. 

Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - All Shook Up - Hound Dog - Fever - Polk Salad Annie - Why Me Lord (With Reprise) - Suspicious Minds - Introductions Of Singers, Musicians, Orchestra - I Can’t Stop Loving You (With False Start) - Help Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Let Me Be There - Big Boss Man - The Wonder Of You - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Elvis 68 Comeback Special DVD Vol. 1 

The import DVD "Elvis, '68 Special Edition Vol. 1 DVD" containing a recut of the "'68 Comeback Special" has been released. 

Many years ago, Elvis fans were delighted with videotape releases containing spectacular outtakes of the famous ’68 Comeback Special featuring sensational camera angles and performances of Elvis during one of his finest moments in his career. Over the years since, most of the footage has seen the light of day in various official releases.

So why then this DVD production? Well, this DVD series takes the ’68 Comeback Special to a whole new level, in a fantastic split screen production combining all the available footage and capturing all the excitement – making watching the ’68 Comeback Special a whole new experience.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Aktuell)

December 16 - Hard Knocks Magazine

The Venus import label announced the release of the CD "Hard Knocks".

From the press-release:
Venus Productions is proud to present a new CD with more than 70 minutes of Elvis in the ‘60s! As a follow-up to our respected “Unedited Masters Series” we’re offering you 14 unreleased takes in the well-known Venus sound quality on these ‘60s movie songs. This will be a great addition to your Elvis collection. 

1 Easy Come, Easy Go,Take 10 - 2 I'll take Love, Takes 1-2A and take 3 * - 3 Sing You Children, Takes 18-20 * (take 20 take call only) - 4 She's A Machine, Take 14 * - 5 She's A Machine, Take 15 (master - record version) – 6 The Love Machine, Take 13 - 7 The Love Machine , Take 14 (master - movie version) – 8 Yoga Is As Yoga Does, Take 1 * - 9 Yoga Is As Yoga Does, Take 2 * - 10 Yoga Is As Yoga Does, Take 3 * - 11 Yoga Is As Yoga Does, Take 4 * - 12 Hard Knocks, Take 11 Master – 13 Little Egypt , Take 21 (Master - movie version) – 14 It's A Wonderful World, Take 17 * Track only - 15 Mexico, Takes 1-2 – 16 Marguerita, Takes 7*, 6 - 17 The Bullfighter Was A Lady, Take 10 (remake) - 18 Wisdom Of The Ages, Take 4 * - 19 Wisdom Of The Ages, Take 5 (Master) - 20 Kismet, Takes 1-2 - 21 Kismet, Takes 3*, 4*, 5 (Master) - 22 Hey Little Girl, Takes 1-2 - 23 Shake That Tambourine, Takes 14 * - 24 Shake That Tambourine, Takes 15*, 17,18,19, 20, 16 – 25 What I'd Say, Takes 1,2 – 26 What I'd Say, Take 3 * - 27 What I'd Say, Take 4 (Master) * unreleased.

You always thought that all movie soundtracks sounded bad? Taken from the original tapes, these recordings will prove you wrong!

Love Me Tender

Due from MCP Sound & Media GmbH on January 2, 2015 is "Love Me Tender" a CD and DVD Edition double CD set.  Doppel-CD.

Rolling Stone Cover

The next edition of the German "Rolling Stone" magazine (01/2015) features Elvis Presley on the cover and comes with a replica vinyl single of Elvis Presley's debut single "That's All Right". The magazine is available December 18, 2014.

(Source: FECC / Elvis Memories / Amazon)