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Elvis was as happy and exhilarated as anyone around him had ever seen'. Once more presented with an artistic challenge, he embraced each day that brought the live show date nearer. He incessantly pondered his intended presentation, emphatically compiling and revising the set-list on a daily basis. Among the musical gems being considered were songs like 'The Wonder Of You
', 'My Babe
', 'The Impossible Dream
', 'Suzy Q
', and 'The Twelfth Of Never
'. These selections were eventually omitted in favor of 'What Now My Love', 'Steamroller Blues', 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'It's Over' and 'My Way'.
Next up in the Sony Music 'Legacy Edition
' series is a
reissue of the 'Elvis Today'
classic. A highlight of this set is the Undubbed 'Original Session mixes' that are almost
worthy of their own release in our opinion. Originally released in 1975. The Today sessions were held in RCA's Studio C, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, March 10–12, 1975, and marked the last time Elvis Presley would record in a studio
Well-known in music circles since the early 1960's as a top songwriter, sideman and producer, Swan's songs have been covered successfully by Elvis Presley
, Waylon Jennings
, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and many others; one of the first he wrote, Lover Please
, was a #7 hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962, and landed a Grammy for Kris Kristofferson
and Rita Coolidge in 1975. Billy Swan's initial hit single I Can Help
sold over one-million copies in Europe and over two million worldwide. Elvis recorded I Can Help
on March 10, 1975 for the Today album.
Jerry Scheff's original TCB necklace has been sold at auction for 11,970 euro ($13,364 USD). Jerry Scheff
, Elvis' bass player, received the 14K gold necklace from Elvis in the early 70s. While this would be something every Elvis fan would like to own, we think the price is a bit steep. ElvisPresleyShop.com
has an identical pendant for sale for a whole lot less
, made from the same mold and identical in size.
On March 8, 1961, Elvis addressed the Tennessee State Legislature and accepted the title of 'Honorary Colonel
'. During this time Ann Ellington, the daughter of Governor Buford Ellington met Elvis and even attended his recording session at Studio B on March 23 when he recorded 'Can't help Falling In Love'. Of Elvis Ann said, 'I think any female who had an opportunity to sit down and meet him, just even for five minutes, you find a love for him that words cannot describe'.
Released by the Follow That Dream label
this is an extended reprint of the book 'Elvis in Texas
' under the title 'Elvis Presley : Rockin' Across Texas'. This book comes in a bigger format than its original, has a hard cover, more pages and a better quality of paper and perfectly matches the theme; Elvis, Scotty Moore
, Bill Black
and DJ Fontana
live on stage in Texas. That's exactly what the book is all about.
The label Rock Legends will release soon the double CD set 'One Week In August 1972' containing two concerts from August 1972, one being a soundboard recording, the second an audience recording. Elvis Kicked out his first Las Vegas August 1972 week with determination and pleasure ... Altogether these two performances recorded during the first week in Las Vegas are an excellent demonstration of what would become the rest of the season.
The MxF label will release soon release Uniondale Hysteria, Final Day, the third volume of a trilogy dedicated to Elvis’ historical performance at Uniondale Nassau Coliseum. This third and final cd is entitled UNIONDALE HYSTERIA,Final Day, featuring the Uniondale, June 24, 1973 8.30 PM Show.
Elvis Presley Live in L.A
. is a combined FTD book and CD release mostly based around Elvis' Los Angeles 11th May 1974 performances, particularly the evening show. The photos come from the Sherif Hannah collection and the soundboard contains most of Elvis' 11th May 1974 evening show + 'You Can Have Her' rare performance from an audience recorded source.
In 1965 celebrated the 10th anniversary of Elvis signing to RCA in November 1955. RCA released an 'anniversary album' with contained many, for that time, unreleased tracks and 1 overdubbed SUN recording. The album was titled 'Elvis For Everyone'. This stunning new 'ELVIS' 65' digipack release
- 'Elvis' 65' RCA 10th Anniversary Album ('Elvis For Everyone' Alternate Album) - contains 20 of the best outtakes and alternate versions of Elvis' 1965 single releases and studio recordings.
'Hollywood Elvis' Volume 6 DVD features 49 clips
from the late sixties, including some rare footage on the set, and hard to find pictures. The bonus section includes some alternate edits and rare outtakes.
'Elvis Something Blue : Love Ballads Of The Sixties' is a really beautiful release with a stunning cover, containing 28 hard to find outtakes of some Elvis' best ballads, recorded in the sixties. The ultimate Elvis LOVE collection. Most tracks are unreleased in this form !! Some highlights are the hard to find version of It Hurts Me without the backing vocals, the original mono version of Home Is Where The Heart Is, the original album mix of Let's Forget About The Stars and the master of What Now, What Next, Where To including the studio count- in.
'A Touch of Gold Lamé' is now 'going to the printers', so in the final stage of production and on schedule foe release this month. This is a 450+ page Hardcover book by Erik Lorentzen author of the Elvis Files books. The book will be the same size and weight (3.5kg / 7.7 pounds) as these classic releases and will cover all you could want to know about Elvis and his 1957 concerts featuring the famous Gold Lame Suit. Preview 8 pages from this book.
have added a third title to be released at the end of June. 'Elvis' Golden Records' is the next release in the FTD Classic Album series
. The release joins the previously announced titles, the double vinyl LP, 'Elvis at American Sound
', and the FTD book 'Change of Habit
Follow That Dream
's 'Promised Land
' completes the STAX trilogy and the 2-CD version is a welcome addition to the growing catalogue of collectors releases. The Promised Land album is indeed a classic but by including the alternate album and 'the making of' – it's now widescreen (so to speak) ... To sum up, Elvis took us on a trip to the promised land that's one hell of a ride ...
Interview with Vernon Presley by Nancy Anderson : Good Housekeeping, January 1978.
Sony Music has a major new CD release, 'If I Can Dream', due out in September. As we understand it the CD will NOT be a 'duets' album, (that has been known to be in consideration for some years, however we have been told this is NOT a 'duets' album), instead it will focus on ELVIS PRESLEY as the 'headline' artist while 'featuring
, many artists including Michael Buble', and remixed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Priscilla Presley
has spoken of the release with; 'Elvis' voice now sounds unleashed while attacking 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with the orchestra fuming. He probably would have loved this album, because it stands where it always wanted to be: the best entertainer on the planet'.
The US Postal Services announced today that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service's Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.
The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland
in Memphis as part of this year's Elvis Week celebration.
'The Last Farewell' 5 CD / Book set is housed in a stunning pewter box 12" x 12" and 2" high. The set is a one-stop collectors delight containing every recording and outtake known to exist from Elvis' last recording sessions at Graceland, February and October 1976. Included is much interesting banter from the 'King', to interest any fan. Then the book, 11" x 11", is a combination of interesting excepts of interviews with musicians, articles (Starting with the vacation in VAIL Colorado) and unseen photo's, never published before of Elvis. Nice additions are the write-ups about each song, some brief, others detailed.
Many years ago, Elvis fans were delighted with videotape releases containing spectacular outakes 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.
For release at the end of July is 'The Sun Sessions
', a compilation of Elvis Presley's recordings at Sun Studios
in 1954 and 1955. The album was origianlly issued by RCA Records in 1976 and featured liner notes by Roy Carr of the New Musical Express. It had been issued and charted as The Sun Collection in the UK the previous year. The album features most of the tracks recorded at Sun studio by Sam Phillips
, the head of Sun Studios. Phillips signed Presley after hearing a song that he had recorded for his mother on his birthday. It includes 'That's All Right' one of the few recordings regarded as 'the first rock and roll record'.
, the woman who gave Elvis his first on-screen kiss is asking for $9 million to restore her crumbling abbey. The most recent version of the renovation plan, dubbed New Horizons, calls for a new chapel (the ceiling is sagging), housing and other environmentally friendly and disabled accessible spaces to live and pray. More than anything, they need more space. In the documentary God Is The Bigger Elvis
she gives them a unique insight into the daily life of the Benedictine Abbey ... Now she hopes now for to be able to help raise more donations to save the abbey for future generations.
The connections between Elvis Presley and Australia are few. He never visited us. He never expressed any particular interest in the land 'down under' He was essentially a Memphis boy who, apart from his brief stint in the army in Germany, liked to stay in the Deep South and to spend his time in Graceland. It therefore comes as a pleasant surprise to learn that Larry Muhoberac, the man who played keyboards for Elvis for ten years, is an Aussie citizen and currently lives in a delightful home overlooking a valley full of gum trees on Sydney's northern beaches.
The Follow That Dream classic album
, or more correctly 'wannabe' classic album 'Elvis Sings Guitar Man
' containing secular masters cut in Nashville, Tennessee between May 1966 and September 1967. In order to proceed we must establish some background to the material included. Coming in the deluxe 7" packaging we've become accustomed to with FTD this release is another stunner. The sound quality is universally excellent throughout. Snap this one up, you won't be disappointed!
The Follow That Dream
(FTD) release 'King Creole
', is out and our order is on the way to us. Continuing with FTDs very popular 'Classic Album
' series, this 2-CD set features the original RCA masters, unique Thorne Nogar live monitor mixes* many of which contain slates, and original song demos. It features a 16-page booklet featuring great photos, behind-the-scenes chronology and memorabilia.
'The Return Of The King' 2 CD Set is a Soundboard recording of the 1997 Elvis In Concert Show in Memphis, August 16, 1997. This double CD set is jam-packed and includes two (2) performances of 'Don't Cry Daddy by Lisa Marie Presley, ELVIS PRESLEY, The Sweet Inspirations sing their hit, 'Sweet Inspiration', Ronnie McDowell and much more. Recorded at the Elvis In Concert Show, Memphis, August 16, 1997
Marty Pasetta produced and directed the Aloha TV special which became the most watched TV program ever, with over 1.5 billion people watching it worldwide. Marty actually told Elvis 'He's got to lose some weight' when they met in Las Vegas. Elvis spent the next three months dieting, taking vitamin injections, and rigorously working out with his Memphis karate instructor, Kang Rhee. Director/producer Marty Pasetta reminisces about pitching his ideas for the Elvis Aloha from Hawaii special, the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite. Following is an interview with Marty and clips from the show.
, best known among Elvis fans as the director of the 'Aloha From Hawaii' TV Special has died age 82 after he was struck by a car he had just exited from. He died at the scene, police said.
In 1979 Joan Deary
had an idea for a unique concept album. The idea was to release an album featuring Elvis' recordings stripped down to basics ... the 'Pure Elvis Sound'. Many fans had commented that Elvis' later recordings suffered from too much overdubbing or 'sweetening', often causing Elvis' vocal performances to be buried beneath lavish, often over-the-top orchestral productions.The 'Our Memories Of Elvis
' series has been long out of print. But now, thanks to the good folks at Follow That Dream (FTD) Records
, Elvis' fans can stroll down memory lane once again with their release, 'Our Memories Of Elvis': Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
Elvis At The Movies
is a 3 CD set of soundtracks from Elvis' early Hollywood years remain fan favorites, and with good reason. From jailhouse rock to barrack block, the action and the music never stops.
Just released is 'The Last Farewell', a new 5 CD box set in a pewter box including a book of 80 pages (28 by 28 cm) with unseen photo's, never published before. The set with a total weight of 1.9 KG
(4 pounds) contains the complete masters and outtakes from the 1976 Graceland sessions in 'Superb Sound Quality', better than ever thought possible.
Elvis was first exposed to Karate in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army
and stationed in Germany. His first instructor was a German shotokan
stylist named Juergen Seydel who taught Elvis at his off-base housing in Nauheim until 1958. One nice thing about the military was that you got thirty days of paid vacation (leave) each year. During his vacation in Paris
he would take private lessons with Tetsugio Murakami, one of Japan's top shotokan stylists, who would help pioneer shotokan in Europe. On one occasion he spent nine straight days studying for several hours each day with Murakami.
'827 Thomas Street' is a very limited box set full of rare and hard to find takes, mixes and live versions. The perfect set to accompany your FTD
'69 releases! As a bonus there is a newly remastered version of 'THE MEMPHIS RECORD', this great album contained alternate mixes and some of the best versions ever heard. Get it while you can and get back to 1969.
American martial arts man Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace who was Elvis Presley's bodyguard and personal trainer from 1974 until his death in 1977 recently talked about his times with the King and gave a rare glimpse of the man behind the legend. 'He was a wonderful person, a nice guy. It was fun working out with him too but you couldn't hit him too hard. You couldn't punch Elvis in the face but it was fun beating up his 'Memphis Mafia
'. He was very good at martial arts, he worked out very hard.
Ever since Good Times
was released by the Follow That Dream
label two years ago I've been looking forward to Promised Land
getting the classic album
treatment as well, and earlier this month it finally arrived. After listening to the two CD's packed with alternate takes and interesting studio dialog as well as some rehearsals and undubbed masters, I can say that it was definitely worth the wait.
The King of Rock 'n' Roll is born: The making of Elvis, behind the scenes Hardcover Book
by Chris Murray (Editor), Alfred Wertheimer
(Photographer), Robert Santelli (Contributor) will be released in June. 'Elvis who?' was photographer Alfred Wertheimer's response when, in early 1956, an RCA Victor publicist asked him to photograph an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. Little did Wertheimer know that this would be the job of his life: just 21 years old, Elvis Presley was - as we now know - about to become a legend.
The World Knows Elvis Presley, but They Don't Know Me Hardcover Book
has been written by a person who conducts Elvis, (and other musical stars), tours and knows what he is talking about. This is a refreshing book on Elvis and a pleasure to read. The author is not one of the 'bash the fat junkie Elvis' writers and you can tell he loves his subject. At the same time he does destroy several myths in his writing and sets the record straight on the Memphis Mafia
and Tom Parker If you are fed up with the usual trash that is on the market about the greatest entertainer that has ever lived and would like to read what he was really like and how his own so - called 'friends' acted towards behind his back and ripped him off then this book is for you. Buy it, read it and have your eyes open.
This concert was released nine (9) years ago as a double CD set titled 'The Elvis Presley Show : Holding Down The Fort' and featured part of the opening acts on the first CD. The original tape had some damages and omissions, and therefore the show was made complete while using the same songs performed a month later at the same venue. It was well edited and runs as a complete show. It isn't most popular period for Elvis' concert but the two shows recorded in Fort Worth, TX turned out to be rather good at the time. The sound engineer Bruce Jackson was on a lucky and bad day altogether, but Elvis' mood turned the situation into a good one for his best sounding man on tour.