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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.
In an interview for 'Daily Mail' (UK), Nancy Sinatra
was asked who her dream dinner date would be. She said: 'Elvis. He always made me laugh. He was silly, funny and such a lovely guy to be around. When we did our movie (Speedway
) he had a tandem made for the two of us. He'd say: 'Nancy, let's go for a ride', and then we'd go off and within seconds all these Elvis fans would descend on us and we wouldn't get more than a few minutes cycling done. But it was fun. He loved life. He loved to laugh.
Friday, August 21st, 1970 Dinner & Midnight Shows, Las Vegas International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2015-32-02 Coming out soon is the 5th volume of Straight Arrow's 'From 'The Rick Rennie master tapes' series - a double-digipak CD release, called 'Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town!', featuring the August 21st, 1970 Las Vegas dinner and midnight shows.
Good Times marked the second album released from Elvis' 1973 sessions at Stax studio in Memphis. This version from the Follow That Dream collectors label includes all ten tracks from the original album and thirty-seven additional tracks of alternate takes and undubbed masters. FTD's Classic Album series
serves as the best possible format for this album, with sound quality in most cases as good or better than previous releases. FTD's version of Good Times
turns out to be a fine upgrade of the original album.
Scott 'Mac' Davis was born Jan. 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. During his early years in the music business, he lived in Atlanta, where he played in a rock & roll band and worked as a regional manager for Vee-Jay Records. Although he had enjoyed a measure of songwriting achievement before, his big breakthrough occurred in 1969-70 when Elvis Presley turned three of his songs into pop hits.
The Canadian based company Remstar Films has acquired the Canadian rights to the new film Elvis & Nixon. The film is about the meeting between Elvis and President Nixon on December 21, 1970
at the White House. Elvis wrote a letter to President Nixon while on a plane headed to Washington seeking a meeeting so he could ask to be a federal 'DEA' agent. Elvis & Nixon shows what happened during this intimate moment in the Oval Office. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey playing the lead roles as Elvis and the president. They are currently filming in Los Angeles and New Orleans.
The forthcoming release from the 'SR' label is titled 'Elvis Still Has It' and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 09, 1972 MS. As everybody knows SR concentrates its work on early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to produce always unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his possibilities. With the new release, we are proud to present the complete show from August 9th midnight show, a great show from one of the best Las Vegas season,... Elvis' love and joy in the singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it.
Elvis Presley's jet-airplanes, 'The Lisa Marie
' and 'Hound Dog II
', will remain permanent fixtures at Graceland
. EPE issued a statement on Sunday confirming the news after 10 months of public wrangling
over a new payment deal with the planes owners, triggering an uproar among loyal Elvis fans worldwide.
'A Touch of Gold Lamé' a 450+ page Hardcover book by Erik Lorentzen is scheduled for release in June. The book will be the same size and weight (3.5kg / 7.7 pounds) as the Elvis Files books and will cover all you could want to know about Elvis and his 1957 concerts featuring the famous Gold Lame Suit.
There's a great moment
on CD-2 of the new FTD 'Moody Blue
' release - two fabulous rehearsals of the funky 'Way Down' start the disc - with Elvis and his band joking amid jamming and a throbbing bass guitar. Take 1 is reminiscent in feel to the funky jam intro to, 'I Got A Feeling In My Body' (Elvis At Stax
3-CD). After the first breakdown, Elvis say's: 'When Briggs fingers start bleeding' see, we know we've got it!' Ronnie Tutt's
thumping drums herald take 2A, followed by David Briggs
electric piano, and Norbert Putnam's supercool bass - fabulous! Again Ernst Jorgensen
and the Follow That Dream
team deserve credit for this magnum opus - 'Moody Blue' is the sound of the mature Elvis. Most highly recommended.
One of the most recorded guitar players of all time, Reggie Young has played on hundreds of hit songs in multiple genres. His career spans over 50 years and between the years 1967 thru 1971 alone his guitar was on 120 Top 40 pop and R&B hits. He's recorded with Elvis and opened for The Beatles
along with playing guitar on several hundred different artists recordings, playing rockabilly, R&B, rock, pop, country and jazz with some of the greatest of all time: ... Do you have a special memory with Elvis? Well, it's all a special moment. But especially American, the one on one, when we were just sittin' around talking and you know, after the fact I look back and say, man I was just sittin' around talking to Elvis.
Following the huge success of the Deluxe slipcase bound hardcover Edition
comes the 'Ultimate Elvis : Soft Cover Edition : The Complete & Definitive Recording Sessions
' is a three-volume
set that not only comprises all the recording session details that are available to date, with the help of the fantastic Keith Flynn and his superb research. It also includes detailed discographies, reviews of every single, EP and album release, original release dates, facsimiles of RCA's paperwork, session logs, listing notices, letters from Colonel Parker's
office and RCA's archive, the reproduction of original sheet music covers, a huge index and a host of other things. And the icing on the cake is a wealth of stunning photographs - approximately 1500 of them! - many of them previously unseen, relating to the time period in question.
Welcome to TNT Records' brandnew CD release, 'Bicentennial Superstar Elvis Volume 2'. Again with a little help from our friends at 'Audionics' - most likely THE premium and still active label when it comes to rare recordings in best possible sound - we decided to release Volume 2 of our very well received series 'Bicentennial Superstar'. It is going to be presented in our usual high quality standard. The recording is taken straight from the soundboard and there is a 16-page booklet containing all the information you need to know regarding the concert and the whole tour.
With a little help from our friends at 'Audionics' we are able to present another fine CD release by TNT Records - this time it's the show in Murfreesboro/Tennessee from May 7th 1975. Here we go with an audience recording
concert (recorded from the soundboard) that has coincidentally its 10th year anniversary related to its first release on - you guessed it - Audionics. For this new release the guys from 'Audionics' have remastered their 2005 Version and out comes a significantly better sound - you will like it! The concert is COMPLETE and this is rare (if not unique!) for an SB recording from April/May 75.
AudiRec proudly presents: 'Elvis Opening Night 1975' a brand new CD Set which will be released shortly. It includes an audience recording
of the complete performance from March 18, 1975 - well known as the 'Opening Night' for Elvis' March/April Las Vegas 75 Season.
The MxF label will release soon the second volume of a trilogy dedicated to Elvis' historical performance at Uniondale Nassau Coliseum. This second cd is entitled Uniondale Hysteria, Second Day, featuring the Uniondale, June 23, 1973 8.00 PM Show, audience recording
Follow That Dream
(FTD) have recently sold out
of the following title (meaning they are therefore deleted and unavailable); King Creole : The Music
(book), King Creole Frame By Frame
(book), In A Private Moment
, Polk Salad Annie
, Hot August Night
and Sold Out!
For release in May from Follow That Dream (FTD Books), Pål Granlund and David English is 'Change of Habit' a new deluxe hardback book with more than 450 pages and over 150 unpublished photos from the movie 'Change Of Habit', on the set, plus candids from the same period, it captures Elvis at his very best. The book will be the same size as the FTD release, 'Something for the Girls'. The book includes a bonus CD with the album 'Let's Be Friends' plus bonus ...
Follow That Dream
(FTD) will release 'King Creole
', continuing with their 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 CD will be released in May.
will release 'Elvis at American Sound
', a 2 LP audiophile grade 180gram vinyl set, mstered at Abbey Road, London, in May. 'Elvis at American Sound' completes the successful American Sound trilogy.
, the 25-year-old daughter of Lisa Marie Presley
is featured on the cover of the May edition of Vogue magazine in Australia, with her best friend and supermodel and actress Abbey Lee Kershaw.
As many fans are waiting on the release of the Elvis Files Volume 7, expected in August, and as the last book in the series, news just in is that there will be now an eighth volume covering 1976-77 released in 2016, with volume 7 1974-75.
Due for release this month is 'Love The Album
' a special edition CD limited to 500 copies only, that features 31 great tracks including original masters, alternate and Original Mono single versions and includes 8 previously unreleased versions (by Elvis' Record Company) ...
Due for release this month is 'Love The Blue Album
', a special edition CD limited to 500 copies only, that features 30 great tracks including original masters, alternate and Original Mono single versions and includes 5 previously unreleased versions (by Elvis' Record Company).
Due for release this month is 'Steppin' Out Of Line : The Pot Luck Recording Sessions 1961-1962
' a special edition 2 CD set limited to 500 copies only from 'The Bootleg Series
' with 58 great tracks, including the original Stereo and Mono album masters, outtakes (not released by Elvis' record company*) and Movie Versions from the 'Pot Luck' album all on one double CD. Includes a booklet with recording information. (*with the exception of the outtakes released on the 'Elvis For Everyone
On March 15
we reported that Jack White, an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. bought the My Happiness
of acetate at the Graceland
auction on January 8 this year. Now the latest update we have is that on February 26, White took his $300,000 acetate to Alan Stoker, a specialist from Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, to digital transfer the acetate. You can now view a video clip
showing the beginning of the work, looking at and playing the acetate. White will release the acetate again for Record Store Day in America on April, 18, and later a 7" version will be released.
Two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, 'The Lisa Marie
' and 'Hound Dog II
', could be moved from Graceland to a location down the street under a plan approved Thursday by a county board.
Elvis was in fine form on this 'Hot August Night' of the 25th of August 1969, a performance perhaps never to be beaten. For those that only read the summery of reviews, I can be quite clear, this concert is without doubt the best live recording released to-date of Elvis Presley in 1969, and is one of the best concerts Elvis Presley ever performed - both in sound quality and performance! Why? I could say, listen to it and you will agree, but I offer you an interesting fact, it was from this concert that RCA chose to use seven  of the tracks to make up the original 12 track 'Elvis In Person' album in 1969. This is 58% of the albums tracks. And this is from the good number of concerts recorded of which several have been released on CD by FTD. So crystal clear stereo sound and a great performance.