July 21 - Elvis Rocks!

An upgraded re-release of the original 1989 Bilko bootleg release "Elvis Rocks Little Rock" will be re-issued on CD. According to the press-release "This is the best Elvis 1956 live album!". 

This re-issue comes with the completely remastered May 16, 1956 concert as original recorded and now remastered and speed corrected. Also, the story behind this recording as told by disc jockey Ray Green and the complete dressing room interview by Ray Green, the Don Davis interviews Elvis (March 1956). 

The set itself comes with a 12-page booklet, original art-work and is limited to 500 copies. 

16.05.1956 Little Rock / Arkansas:
Heartbreak Hotel - Long Tall Sally - I Was The One - Money Honey - I Got A Woman - Blue Suede Shoes - Hound Dog
The Story Behind This Recording As Told By Disc Jockey Ray Green -  Ray Green Backstage (Including Part Of "Hound Dog" - Elvis Dressing Room Interview - Ray Green Again (Concert Extracts)
15.12.1956 - Louisiana Fairgrounds, Shreveport:
Heartbreak Hotel - Long Tall Sally - I Was The One - Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - Love Me - I Got A Woman - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Paralyzed - Hound Dog
Don Davis Interviews Elvis In March 1956

(Source: Essential Elvis)

July 20 - Some Call It Folk

A new import-release, entitled "Some Call It Folk" is due for release soon. 

From the press-release:
Elvis’ 1970 Country album was a great idea, but it’s a shame that with Elvis’ interest in contemporary folk music he didn’t release a “Folk” themed album. For the May 1971 session Elvis had even used folk group The Nashville Edition as backing singers and selected some interesting songs to record.

However, from a marketing perspective we can hardly see an LP called Elvis Folk appealing to his fans in 1971, and let’s face it Elvis wasn’t recording what the general public would consider Folk. Instead the sound was more of a spontaneous “unplugged acoustic” feel as opposed to the more recent big ballads or soulful stew of the Memphis sessions.  But still… some call it folk.

Now for the very first time we finally have an Elvis ‘Folk’  album. Housed in a stunning 3-panel digipack, this is a top notch Elvis CD release.

Fools Rush In (unedited master) /I’m Leavin’ (unedited master) /Tomorrow Is A Long Time (take 2) /Until It’s Time For You To Go (take 7) /Early Morning Rain (take 11) /I Will Be There (take 2) /Put Your Hand In The Hand (unedited master) / The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (overdubbed master – differend mix) /Snowbird (take 2) /It’s Still Here ( unedited master) /Help Me Make It Through The Night (take 3) /Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (take 2 – edited) /It’s Only Love (unedited master) /(That’s What You Get) For Loving Me (take 10) /500 Miles (home recording) /Blowin’ In The Wind (home recording) /I’m Leavin’ (recorded live, 21/08/1974) /Early Morning Rain (recorded live, 21/06/1977).

(Source: Essential Elvis)

July 19 - Elvis: That’s the Way It Is Trailer

As EPE get ready to celebrate Elvis Week and the world-premiere of the recently remastered "Elvis: That's The Way It Is," Elvis fans can now check out the new movie trailer for the "Elvis: That’s the Way It Is" Blu-Ray release which is due this august. 

(Source: Elvis Aktuell / USA Today)

July 18 - Elvis, The New Leader In Vegas

Essential Elvis UK will publish a 144 page book entitled "Elvis: The New Leader In Vegas" containing rare and unseen pictures of Elvis in 1969 according to the press-release. It will be printed on luxury paper and the hardcover book wil have a cardboard slipcase. Included is an 8x10" glossy photo signed by Joe Esposito.

(Source: Essential Elvis)

July 17 - Graceland Auction Charts

The "Heart And Soul" compilation drops from #166 to #177 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for the week ending July 26, 2014.

Graceland Authenticated Auction

Graceland has recently announced the first-ever “Auction at Graceland,” which will take place on August 14, featuring Elvis artifacts authenticated by Graceland Authenticated LLC. The official catalog of the auction is now available for purchase and features over 70 pages of stunning images and descriptions of the items that will be included in this first-ever event. 
In addition, the catalog includes beautiful images of Elvis Presley himself, plus two special bonus ticket replicas– one from Elvis’ 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert and one from Elvis’ 1961 concert at Bloch Arena at Pearl Harbor -- direct from the Graceland Archives. This official, inaugural catalog offers an up-close look at these special pieces of Elvis history and is a wonderful collector’s item. Domestic shipping of the catalog is free. 

(Source: Brian Quinn FECC / Graceland)

July 15 - Christmas Vinyl With A Big Beat

Due from the "vinyl"  label on September 29, 2014 is "The Elvis Christmas Album" on vinyl. 

The box-set "Young Man With The Big Beat" will be re-issued as a 5 CD budget edition by Sony on September 15, 2014.

Unreleased Elvis

Officially "back," Elvis Presley spent the summer of 1969 and February of 1970 in Las Vegas, playing well over 50 shows at the International Hotel. On July 14th, 1970 – 34 years ago today – he went to the MGM lot in Culver City, California, to start rehearsals for his third run, scheduled to begin on August 10th and be filmed for a new documentary, Elvis: That's the Way It Is.

This fall, that documentary and the album of the same name will be getting another reissue, blown out across eight CDs and two DVDs. These include the original album, outtakes, the film's theatrical release and 2000 extended reissue and six discs of live sets. Disc two, for instance, contains opening night, and disc five contains the August 12th dinner show. Below, you can stream the previously unreleased take on "I Just Can't Help Believin'" that Elvis sang mid-way through this latter performance.

In his Rolling Stone review of the 2003 That's the Way It Is reissue, Tom Nawrocki wrote, "Drawing inspiration from the Kris Kristofferson singer-songwriter movement that was encroaching on Nashville in the early Seventies, That's the Way It Is may be Presley's most grown-up collection of songs: Love affairs are negotiated around unpaid bills and babies crying at 6 a.m."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-elvis-unreleased-just-cant-help-believin-live-from-vegas-20140714#ixzz37lImX6Zd 

(Source: Amazon / FECC / Billboard)