March 01 - Retro

Due for release on March 31, 2015 from the French Wogram label is the 4 CD set "Elvis Presley The Retro Collection" containing 100 early hits. 

CD 1:
Jailhouse Rock - Hound Dog - Don´t Be Cruel - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Tutti Frutti - Long Tall Sally - Good Rockin´ Tonight - Money Honey - Make Me Know It - The Girl Of My Best Friend - Follow That Dream - I Got Stung - Young Dreams - Working On The Building - We´re Coming In Loaded - What A Wonderful Life - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Mean Woman Blues - One-Sided Love Affair - Lover Doll - A Big Hunk O´ Love - Little Sister - Mystery Train - Good Luck Charm

CD 2:
Blue Suede Shoes - That´s All Right - My Baby Left Me - Heartbreak Hotel - Too Much - One Night - King Creole - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - I´m Left, You´re Right, She´s Gone - G. I. Blues - Frankfort Special - Soldier Boy - A Whistling Tune - I Got A Woman - Flaming Star - Where Do You Come From - You´re A Heartbreaker - Shoppin´ Arround - Steppin´ Out Of Line - Got A Lot O´ Livin´ To Do - Milkcow Blues Boogie - Ready Teddy - Rip It Up - I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Shake, Rattle And Roll

CD 3:
It´s Now Or Never - Return To Sender - (Marie´s The Name) His Latest Flame - Suspicion - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Surrender - I Gotta Know - Trouble - (Now And Then There´s) A Fool Such As I - Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - Pocketful Of Rainbows - Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello - Riding The Rainbow - New Orleans - Don´t Leave Me Now - Something Blue - His Hand In Mine - Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Fame And Fortune - Reconsider Baby - (Let´s Have A) Party - Such A Night - Blueberry Hill - Wooden Heart - Stuck On You

CD 4:
Love Me Tender - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Can´t Help Falling In Love - I Was The One - Love Me - Treat Me Nice - Loving You - (You´re So Square) Baby I Don´t Care -Have I Told You Lately That I Love you - I´m Couting On You - Young And Beautiful - I Love You Because - A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You - That´s When Your Heartaches Begin - Angel - We´ll Be Together - So Glad You´re Mine - That´s Someone You Never Forget - Anything Thats Part Of You - Kiss Me Quick - Blue Moon - She´s Not You - Fever - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - (There´ll Be) Peace In The Valley

Ukulele Play-Along: Volume 36

Released in the Hal Leonard Ukulele Play-Along-Serie is volume 36 containing songs by Elvis Presley. 

Tracks:

Aloha Oe - Blue Hawaii - Can't Help Falling In Love - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) - Love Me - Moonlight Swim - My Way - Rock-A-Hula Baby.

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Aktuell)

February 28 - Released

The French RDM Edition re-issues of "Roustabout (L'Homme à tout faire) - Bande Originale du Film” and “Kissin' Cousins (Salut, les cousins) - Bande Originale du Film" have been released.

Tracks Roustabout (L'Homme à tout faire) - Bande Originale du Film:
Roustabout 2. Little Egypt 3. Poison Ivy League 4. Hard Knocks 5. It's a Wonderful World 6. Big Love, Big Heartache 7. One Track Heart 8. It's Carnival Time 9. Carny Town 10. There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon 11. Wheels on My Heels 12. Roustabout (mono) 13. Little Egypt (mono) 14. Poison Ivy League (mono) 15. Hard Knocks (mono) 16. It's a Wonderful World (mono) 17. Big Love, Big Heartache (mono) 18. One Track Heart (mono) 19. It's Carnival Time (mono)


Tracks Kissin' Cousins (Salut, les cousins) - Bande Originale du Film:
1. Kissin' Cousins (Number 2) (Giant - Baum - Kaye - ) 2. Smokey Mountain Boy (Rosenblatt - Millrose - ) 3. There's Gold in the Mountains (Giant - Baum - Kaye - ) 4. One Boy, Two Little Girls (Giant - Baum - Kaye - ) 5. Catchin' On Fast (Giant - Baum - Kaye - ) 6. Tender Feeling (Giant - Baum - Kaye - ) 7. Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (Benjamin - Marcus - De Jesus - ) 8. Barefoot Ballad (Fuller - Morris - ) 9. Once Is Enough (Tepper - Bennett - ) 10. Kissin' Cousins (Wise - Starr - ) 11. Echoes of Love (Roberts - McMains - ) 12. (It's a) Long Lonely Highway (Pomus - Shuman - ) 13. It Hurts Me (Byers - Daniels - ) 14. Kissin' Cousins (Number 2) (mono) 15. Smokey Mountain Boy (mono) 16. There's Gold in the Mountains (mono) 17. One Boy, Two Little Girls (mono) 18. Catchin' On Fast (mono) 19. Tender Feeling (mono) 20. Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (mono)

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

February 27 - Kissed By ...

Elvis Presley is part of a new Coca Cola campaign "Kissed By" marking the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle. 

"Kissed By" is one of many elements of the global marketing campaign marking the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola bottle. It features Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles being "kissed by" the iconic bottle. The idea? That anyone can be "kissed by" Coca-Cola by simply taking a sip from the iconic glass bottle. The classic images featured in the campaign touch on both the inspirational role the Coca-Cola bottle has played in film, music and social history, and its power to bring people bother.

Inspired by a quote by artist Andy Warhol, "Kissed By" celebrates the specialness of Coca-Cola and the iconic bottle. Coca-Cola connects us across generations and across the globe through the simple act of drinking an icy cold Coca-Cola from the iconic glass bottle, a symbol of refreshment and uplift.

A picture of Elvis Presley between takes at RCA Victor’s Studio 1 in New York in 1956 is used. Elvis Presley laughs as he drinks a Coca-Cola. At the session, Presley and his band recorded both ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t be Cruel’. 

Like Coca-Cola, Marilyn, Elvis and Ray became pop culture icons because of their ability to create happiness for people by way of presence and sensory experience. They're enduringly cool – global stars and street artists alike continue to look to them for inspiration – and they are global, transcending geographical borders

Import Released

The import-releases “The Essential Undubbed Masters” and “Good 'n' Country” were released. The first one contains “the most essential undubbed recordings, all edited to full versions, without the studio banter of false starts” according to the press-release. The second title is “a sublime late 60’s and 70’s country album, full of rare versions, live recordings and outtakes, all tracks are unreleased in this form” according to the press-release. 

US Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #14 to #18 on the Billboard Country Catalog Album Chart for the week ending March 7, 2015. Elvis Presley has no other entries on the Billboard Charts.

European Charts

The CD "Elvis 80" dropped from #84 to #90 on the German Album charts. 
On the Australian Album charts "Elvis 80" dropped from #39 to #56 this week. 

The 6 DVD set "The Elvis Collection" climbed from $34 to $41 on the Music Video chart. 

Australian Charts

The DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #37 to #22 on the Australian Music Video chart. 

(Source: Coca Cola / FECC / Brian Quinn / The King's World / Elvis On CD)

February 26 - Elvis Today Recordings

Continuing the popular Sony/RCA/Legacy releases, the next album in the series of the Kings lifetime album releases is to be Today. The original album's 10 tracks are included and as a bonus on disc one will be the original undubbed session recordings.

The second disc will feature a composite Concert which will be made up of live recordings which Elvis performed in May and June 1975. This was first issued by RCA Records under the title 'Live In Dallas' on the 8 LP box set, Elvis Aron Presley. (The Silver Box).

Elvis Presley Oficially Back In Las Vegas

Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that they will bring the authentic Elvis Presley back to Las Vegas for the first time in 40 years. “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience” will include an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never before displayed outside of Graceland, and live entertainment shows that celebrate the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Graceland Holdings LLC Managing Partner Joel Weinshanker and Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel together made the historic announcement that Elvis will be back in the building, and unveiled specific details of the upcoming exhibition and entertainment, which are scheduled to debut April 23, 2015. The press conference took place on the 46th anniversary of Elvis’ first press event at the construction site of the same venue, then known as the International Hotel, where Elvis performed over 600 record-breaking, sold-out shows.


The first-ever permanent Graceland exhibition outside of Memphis will encompass over 28,000 square feet and include hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world. Visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos will immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances. 

Some of the rare artifacts include Elvis’ high school yearbooks, his first Gold Album, his 1957 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1962 Lincoln Continental, 1971 Stutz Blackhawk, jewelry and iconic stage wear from Elvis’ live performances, including the first outfit worn on stage for his first concert at the International Hotel in 1969. Select artifacts will be rotated regularly with artifacts in the Graceland Archives, to keep the exhibit constantly evolving and fresh. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are priced at $22 plus taxes and fees, and available for purchase now.

The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley International Showroom will present Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976. The debut show will be “The Elvis Experience,” a large-scale production replicating one of Elvis’ legendary Las Vegas shows, starring actor Martin Fontaine and featuring 24 musicians and eight choir members portraying the original musicians and artists on stage with Elvis. The Elvis Experience is scheduled to open with the exhibition on April 23 and perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49 plus taxes and fees. After this limited engagement, the property will feature other limited-run, Graceland-produced live shows in the Elvis Presley International Showroom.

Another exciting feature will be the new, “Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel” which will be the first-ever wedding chapel in Las Vegas to be operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Additional information on the chapel and special packages will be announced in March. The chapel is also scheduled to open on April 23.

The grand opening of the exhibition, live show and wedding chapel will be marked with a star-studded celebration, with Priscilla Presley joining the roster of VIPs and celebrities on the red carpet. Tickets for the exclusive opening celebration and opening weekend are on sale now.

“Elvis is synonymous with Las Vegas and this property, so we are tremendously excited to have this new attraction and live show here to entertain Las Vegas visitors,” said David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts. “It is a true honor to join forces with Elvis Presley’s Graceland to bring Elvis to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. We are thrilled to have Elvis back in the building.” 

“After a 40 year absence, it’s time for the authentic Elvis Presley to return to Las Vegas,” stated Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings LLC. “Elvis redefined live entertainment in Las Vegas, so there’s no better location for this new venture than the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the very site where more people saw Elvis perform live than anywhere else in the world,” Weinshanker said. “The extensive exhibition, live shows and wedding chapel will together create an unprecedented Elvis experience for visitors.”

Elvis - The New Recordings

The CD "Elvis - The New Recordings" containing 26 songs with new instrumental overdubs by Larry Jordan (VoiceMasters) has been released. 

Tracks:
So Glad You´re Mine - She´s Not You - Good Luck Charm - Fame And Fortune - Reconsider Baby - Stuck On You - I Gotta Know - The Girl Of My Best Friend - Just Tell Her Im Said Hello - Fever - Island Of Love - Wild In The Country - Can´t Help Falling In Love - Judy - I Will Be Home Again - Soldier Boy - Love Me Tender - Anything That´s Part Of You - Starting Today - Home Is Where The Heart Is - Gently - Something Blue - It´s A Sin - Just For Old Time´s Sake - Mansion Over The Hilltop - In My Way

(Source: Elvis And His Music / Elvis The Man And His Music Magazine / EPE)

February 25 - Cover-art

Here are the cover-art for Wax Time vinyl re-issue of the “King Creole” soundtrack and the Xtra CD release “Elvis Presley Hymnbook” which are respectively due for release on and March 16, and April 27, 2015.


Tracks Hymnbook:
Peace In The Valley - It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)  - I Believe  - Take My Hand, Precious Lord -  His Hand In Mine - (I'm) Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs - In My Father's House - Milky White Way - Known Only To Him - I Believe In The Man In The Sky - Joshua Fit The Battle - He Knows Just What I Need - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Mansion Over The Hilltop - If We Never Meet Again - Working On The Building.

(Source: Amazon)