April 19 - Spliced Charts

The spliced takes import series continues. A new 'fifties' album entitled 'Spliced Takes - Blue Moon' will be out soon. The 30 track set comes in a 'deluxe digipack' and is strictly limited to 500 copies.

From the press-release:
Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album, and they did an even better job , with lots of excellent edits, and surprises. Unlike other “import” labels, they truly were able to produce an album using many incomplete takes , to create beautiful new tracks. Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes. Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll with this fantastic release, some highlights include:

  • That's All Right: Spliced from 2 outtakes, with added echo to re-create the master version. 
  • Shake Rattle And Roll: Includes ALL verses done by our man, 3 different solos, piano, guitar and drums will blow you away! 
  • Let Me; The “master” of this song was also a splice created from take 3 and 4… here they used the same takes, only the opposite parts, so this is the first complete new outtake of this movie song. 
  • Money Honey: Only a shore part of take 10 was found, used here to make a nice new track, spliced with the master takes. 
  • Baby, I Don't Care: Great version, with spliced takes, and new mix to make it and outstanding new outtake. 
  • Blueberry Hill: five takes used here to make a very fresh new version. 

Elvis fans have been spoiled over the years, and they all know.. “the end is near” almost every complete take available has been released, so this is as close as you can get for a “New” album! 

Tracks: That's All Right - Spliced take 2,3 My Baby's Gone Spliced take 6,7,6 Ill Never Let You Go - Spliced take Jailhouse Rock - Spliced take 7,8,7,6/Pick up take 2 Shake, Ratlle and Roll - Alternate Master (long version) When It Rains It Really Pours - Spliced take 8,5 I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine - Spliced take 2,3,1 Money Honey - Spliced take 10,5,6 Paralyzed - Spliced take 12,5 * I'm Counting On You - Spliced take 13,UN,14,13 I Want To Be Free - Spliced take 8,9 Doncha Think It's Time - Spliced take 39,47,40 Playing for Keeps - Spliced take 7 ,18 * Poor Boy - Spliced take 1,3 Lonesome Cowboy - Spliced take 25,20 * Treat Me Nice (1st movie vs) - Spliced take 12,13 I Was the One - Alternate Master Don't Leave Me Now (Record vs) - Spliced take 17,15,18,8 I Love You Because - Spliced take 4,5 Blueberry Hill - Spliced take 6,5,4,7,8 Baby, I Don't Care - Spliced take 4,1 Lover Doll - Spliced EP/LP/EP Version Let Me - Spliced take 3,4,3 (reversed master) Too Much - Spliced take 12/insert take 2 * I Beg of You - Alternate Master Rip It Up - Spliced take 18,17,17 Young and Beautiful (record vs) - Spliced take 1,3 As Long As I Have You (movie vs) - Spliced take 6,7 Harbor Lights - Spliced take 6,7 Blue Moon Spliced take 7,8 

Charts

The Billboard charts for the week ending April 29, 2017. Elvis Presley has no albums on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. 
  • 'The Wonder Of You' remains at 10 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' rises from 22 to 21 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 13 to 14 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; rises from 37 to 29 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and rises from 37 to 29 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 19 to 13 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'The Essential Elvis Presley' is a new entry at 45 on the Top Country Albums Chart and is a re-entry at 21 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
  • 'He Touched Me' (The Gospel Music Of Elvis Presley) (Vols.1 and 2) is a re-entry at 8 on the Music Video Sales Chart
(Source: Brian Quinn / FECC)

April 18 - Lost In The Mail

The Ragdoll import-label announced their second release entitled "Lost In The Mail". It contains another unreleased audience recording of the October 27, 1976 08.30 PM performance, as recorded at  Carbondale, Ill. The CD has a running-time of 66:24 minutes and comes with an 8 page booklet with rare photos from the show. 

Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 0:55 02. C. C. Rider 4:38 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 6:48 04. Love Me 2:37 05. Fairytale 2:26 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:11 07. Jailhouse Rock 1:38 08. Help Me 2:35 09. All Shook Up (incomplete) 0:53 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:59 11. And I Love You So 3:06 12. Fever 3:13 13. America (The Beautiful) 2:38 14. Polk Salad Annie 3:46 15. Band Introductions 2:19 16. Early Mornin' Rain 1:00 17. What'd I Say 0:48 18. Johnny B. Goode 0:52 19. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 1:31 20. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) 1:36 21. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 1:06 22. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) 1:30 23. Love Letters 2:54 24. School Day (incomplete) 0:38 25. Hurt (with reprise) 2:38 26. Hound dog 2:41 announced by Elvis but missing on tape: Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) : Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) : My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (by Kathy Westmoreland) 27. Heartbreak Hotel (part) / Blue Christmas 2:21 28. That's All Right 2:33 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1:36 30. Closing Vamp 0:29.

April 13 - Elvis Up Close (Updated)

Due from Willems Uitgevers is a new Elvis book from the Belgian author Marc Hendrickx. 

The Dutch book, entitled "Elvis Dichtbij" ("Elvis Up Close") covers Elvis Presley's career with additional info and facts on 248 pages. Part of the photo's used in this book are new. 


Platinum US Charts


The Billboard charts for the week ending April 22, 2017. Elvis Presley has no albums listed on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 9 to 10 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'If I Can Dream' drops from 18 to 22 on the Classical Albums Chart
  • 'Elvis: Ultimate Gospel' drops from 10 to 13 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart; rises from 38 to 37 on the Top Christian Albums Chart and rises from 39 to 37 on the Christian And Gospel Albums Chart
  • 'Heart And Soul' rises from 23 to 19 on the Country Catalog Albums Chart
With about 1,00 copies sold this week the 'Heart & Soul' album now qualifies for Platinum award sales with about 1,013,400 sales.

UK Charts

Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts for the week ending April 14, 2017:

  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 58 to 79 on the Official UK Album Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 40 to 46 on the Physical Album Chart and drops from 42 to 59 on the Album Sales Chart
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 99 to 68 on the Physical Album Chart; rises from 19 to 17 on the Indie Albums Chart and is a re-entry at 84 on the Album Sales Chart
European Charts
  • 'The Wonder Of You' drops from 40 to 43 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Platinum Collection' rises from 95 to 79 on the Scottish Album Chart
  • 'The Wonder Of You' rises from 169 to 197 on the Belgian Album Chart
Australian Charts

The DVD 'King Of Rock’n’Roll' jumped from #39 to #29 on the Australian Music DVD chart. 

(Source: Brian Quinn of FECC / Willems Uitgevers / The King's World)

April 11 - Work In Progress In NY

The Elvis One label announced the release of four new titles; "Elvis Presley: Past Masters", "From Elvis In New York - 1956" and volume 3 and 4  in the "Work In Progress" series. 

Elvis One proudly presents a special edition from The Bootleg Series, 'From Elvis In New York - 1956'. With all The Masters recorded in New York 1956, the promo recordings for RCA, the interviews, and 4 selections from his first tv appearances - for the first time together on one great new album. Including 'One-Sided Love Affair' with count-in, 'Hound Dog' in the best sound ever!, 'Lawdy, Miss Clawdy' with count-in and the edited undubbed master of 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'. And ofcourse a booklet with photos and recording information! This is a limited edition of only 500 copies.

Tracks: The Masters:
Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - One-Sided Love Affair (Including Count-In) - So Glad You're Mine - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Tutti Frutti - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Including Count-In) - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Hound Dog (From The Mixing Desk) - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Edited Undubbed Master)

Elvis On TV:
Shake Rattle and Roll / Flip Flop And Fly - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel

Promo Recordings For RCA:
Recording Of Personal Introductions For Latest RCA Victor Albums - RCA Radio Victrola Division Spot (#1) - RCA Radio Victrola Division Spot (#2)

Interviews At The Warwick Hotel:

Robert Carlton Brown interviews Elvis - 'Hy Gardner Calling' (Hy Gardner Interview)

*Previously unreleased by Elvis' record company.
**Previously unreleased by Elvis' record company on CD.


'Elvis Presley: Past Masters' is a collection of 22 songs from Elvis' catalogue that were not available on his original albums. The majority of Past Masters consists of A- and B-sides from Elvis' singles and Extended Play's (EP's), including versions of songs that appeared in a different form on his Long Play (LP) albums. 

Also included are the full contents of the Elvis Sails EP, masters without any overdubs and 'Kiss Me Quick' without backing vocals as released on the 1964 Spanish EP Viva Las Vegas. On this album you can also hear six songs that Elvis recorded at Sun Records in 1954 and 1955, including 'Mystery Train' from the original HMV 78rpm. 

Tracks: Doncha' Think It's Time (RCA Single Version B-Side) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Sun Single Version B-Side) - Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Undubbed Master) - Kiss Me Quick (Viva Las Vegas Spanish RCA EP Version B-Side) - Dixieland Rock (King Creole Vol.2 RCA EP Version B-Side) - Tomorrow Night (Original Master) - Suspicion (Italian RCA Single Version A-Side) - I'm Yours (RCA Single Version A-Side) - It's Now Or Never (Undubbed Master) - Mystery Train (HMV 78rpm Version A-Side) - Tonight's All Right For Love (German RCA Single Version B-Side) - Is It So Strange (Undubbed Master) - You're A Heartbreaker (Sun 78rpm Version B-Side) - Milkcow Blues Boogie (Sun 78rpm Version A-Side) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Undubbed Master) - Lover Doll (King Creole Vol.1 RCA EP Version - B-Side) - Shake, Rattle And Roll (Undubbed Master) - Steadfast, Loyal And True (Undubbed Master) - We're Gonna Move (Undubbed Master) - That's All Right (Sun 45rpm Version A-Side) - Moonlight Swim (Undubbed Master) - Big Boots (Undubbed Movie Master) - Press Interview With Elvis Presley (Extra - Elvis Sails RCA EP A-Side) - Elvis Presley's Newsreel Interview (Extra - Elvis Sails RCA EP B-Side) - Pat Hernon Interviews Elvis In The Library Of The U.S.S. Randall At Sailing (Extra - Elvis Sails RCA EP B-Side)

* Previously unreleased by Elvis' record company.
** As released in it's original 'dry' form.
*** Previously unreleased by Elvis' record company on CD.


Volume 3 of 'Elvis Work In Progress (The Bootleg Series - Elvis One)', is an  album with outtakes from 1960 to 1966. An album with 31 alternate takes and 3 unedited masters, all previously unreleased by Elvis' official record company. All-in the best possible sound. This is a fly-on-the-wall experience… Of course, this album comes with a nice CD-booklet with photos and recording information. All tracks previously unreleased by Elvis' record company.

Tracks: Night Life (Take 14 / Unedited) - Never Say Yes (Alternate Take 3 & 6) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 2, 3 & 6) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Alternate Take 21-23) - Fools Fall In Love (Take 5, Rehearsal) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (False Start Take 15 & Alternate Take 16) - How Great Thou Art (Alternate Take 1 & 3) - Stand By Me (Alternate Take 1, 3 & 4) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Workpart Take 1 & 2) - Stand By Me (Alternate Take 8) - Wild In The Country (Alternate Take 3 - 6) - I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell (Alternate Take 4 & 6) - Wild In The Country (Alternate Take 7) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Alternate Take 24) - Do The Vega (Take 7 / Unedited) - City By Night (Binaural Master) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 7-9) - The Yellow Rose Of Texas / The Eyes Of Texas (Take 9 / Unedited) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 11) - You Gotta Stop (Backing Track) - Indescribably Blue (Red West) - Indescribably Blue (Red West / Edit)


'Elvis Work In Progress: Outtakes From The Sixties! - Volume 4' (The Bootleg Series - Elvis One) is an album with outtakes from 1960 to 1966. An album with 22 alternate takes and 5 binaural masters, all previously unreleased by Elvis' official record company. All-in the best possible sound. This is a fly-on-the-wall experience… Of course, this album comes with a nice CD-booklet with photos and recording information. All tracks previously unreleased by Elvis' record company.

Tracks: It Won't Be Long (Binaural Master) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 10) - Easy Come, Easy Go (Binaural Master) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 12 & 13) - Wild In The Country (Alternate Take 8) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Alternate Take 25) - Britches (Vocal Overdub, Take 6) - Wild In The Country (Alternate Take 9) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Alternate Take 1 & 2) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Workpart, Take 3 & 4) - Where No One Stands Alone (Alternate Take 4 & First False Start Take 2) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Alternate Take 6 & 7) - Summer Kisses, Winter Tears (Binaural Master) - Flaming Star (Binaural Master) - In My Way (Solo, Alternate Take 3 & 7) - Wild In The Country (Alternate Take 15) - Adam And Evil (Alternate Take 15 & 17) - Old MaCDonald (Binaural Master) - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Workpart, Take 6) - Britches (Instrumental Take 1) - I'll Remember You (Red West) - If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Red West) - If Everyday Was Like Christmas (Red West / Original Single Version)

(Source: Elvis One)

April 10 - Original Albums

Due for release from Sony Music CMG on May 26, 2017 is the double CD set "Elvis Presley / Elvis - 2 Original Albums + Bonus Tracks!". 

CD 1: Blue Suede Shoes - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - One-Sided Love Affair - I Love You Because - Just Because - Tutti Frutti - Trying To Get To You - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - Blue Moon - Money Honey - That's All Right - I'm Counting On You - I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - I Love You Because - Shake, Rattle And Roll - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - When It Rains, It Really Pours - I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine - My Baby Left Me - Blue Moon - Good Rockin' Tonight

CD 2: Rip It Up - Love Me - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - First In Line - Paralyzed - So Glad You're Mine - Old Shep - Ready Teddy - Anyplace Is Paradise - How's The World Treating You - How Do You Think I Feel - Rip It Up - Love Me Tender - Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - I Was The One - Too Much - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Old Shep - Mystery Train - Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Playing For Keeps - I Forgot To Remember To Forget

(Source: Amazon / Elvis Club Berlin)