June 27 - Elvis Presley Manager Biopic The Colonel in Development

In September of this year, Marvel Comics begins to paint the close ties between music lovers and comic readers by publishing five comics under the name of Marvel Rock. A unique and limited collection, each giving tribute to a classic rock band or artist. One of the covers for Mighty Thor is based on the very first album, Elvis Presley, which released RCA in March '56.

Greatest Alternate Hits

Due for release on August 9, 2017 from the French VPI label is the vinyl double album '40th Anniversary  Best of Singles A & B' containing 32 hits in alternate versions. This release comes on 180 Gr. vinyl and is limited to 1000 copies. 

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic The Colonel in Development 

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker. Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder. 

The screenplay will be based on Alanna Nash’s book, “The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley,” published by Simon & Schuster and one of four Presley books she authored. The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay. Parker became Presley’s manager in 1956 shortly before the singer broke out with the single “Heartbreak Hotel.” He remained the manager until Presley’s death in 1977.  

“I have wanted to work with Joe for years, given his unique filmmaker’s eye toward marrying music-anchored stories with dramatic storytelling,” said Proffer. “Given that I am a big fan of his Metallica and Paul Simon films, plus Joe’s award-winning crime documentaries, he became my first choice to direct this evergreen and important film. Parker’s story has such a dark edge, and this is precisely why Berlinger’s combo of crime and music documentaries lends the perfect tone for the film.” 

Binder’s credits include producing and directing the 1968 NBC special “Elvis.” “I look forward to working with Spencer, Joe, and Alanna on the making of this film. The Colonel’s ‘real’ story has never been told, and I promise it will have you on the edge of your seat. I was there and I knew the Colonel. 

Move over P.T. Barnum, the ride is about to begin!” Berlinger was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for 2011’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” and has received seven Emmy nominations. His credits include “Brother’s Keeper,” “Metallica: Some King of Monster,” “Crude,” “Under African Skies,” and “Intent to Destroy.” “Throughout my career I have tackled unexpected and surprising stories, going beyond the easy headline to get to the truth of the real story,” Berlinger said. “And in ‘The Colonel,’ I see the same exciting opportunity.” Berlinger is currently in pre-production for the feature film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron. 

Elvis: Las Vegas April - May 1956

There is a new book out by Paul Berlard entitled 'Elvis: Las Vegas April - May 1956'. The book is a soft cover and has 235 pages. 

On April 23, 1956. Elvis and his band - Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ. Fontana - began a two week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in Los Vegas. Freddy Martin and his orchestra had been scheduled for a while, as was comedian Shecky Green. Elvis was a belated added attraction.

He was referred to as the "Atomic Powered Singer", since Nevada was where the first atomic bombs were developed. Elvis' manager probably thought the name would be catchy? What he had not figured on was how an older nightclub crowd react to Elvis.

It has been widely reported that Elvis bombed in Las Vegas, even that his contract was canceled after a week. That the middle-aged audience that could afford to visit Las Vegas at the time reacted coolly to Elvis is true enough, but his contract was never broken. 
Elvis dutifully soldiered on for the contracted two weeks, closing with his last performance on May 6, 1956.

It was Elvis' manager who bombed, proving early on that he had no clue about what made Elvis so popular. "Heartbreak Hotel" was a number one hit, his first 
album Elvis Presley was on its way to becoming a million seller. Still what escaped Parker was the reality that the single and the album were not bought by the people who come to see an orchestra playing tunes from the Broadway show 'Oklahoma' or a comedian's shlick.

(Source: Variety / UEPS / Elvis Express / EM)

June 26 - A Clear Surrender To Vinyl

The UK based Rockwell Music label announced another edition of their 'Surrender' compilation. This time a limited edition of 140 copies on clear vinyl. 

Side One: Summer Kisses, Winter Tears / Flaming Star / Milky White Way / His Hand In Mine / I Believe In The Man In The Sky / He Knows Just What I Need / Surrender / Mansion Over The Hilltop 

Side Two: In My Father’s House / Joshua Fit The Battle / Swing Down Sweet Chariot / I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs / If We Never Meet Again / Known Only To Him / Working On A Building / Lonely Man / Wild In The Country / I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell

Elvis Presley - Une Flamme √Čternelle

Released by the French Camion Blanc publisher is the 296 page book 'Elvis Presley - Une Flamme √Čternelle' by Robert Roman. 

Le Soir

The French newspaper Le Soir will publish a special magazine on the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death this August. 

(Source: Rockwell / Elvis Club Berlin / UEPS)

June 25 - Hot Summer Release

The SR label import-release 'Hot Summer in 1973' has been released. It features the previously unreleased Dinner Show performance from August 19, 1973 as recorded from the audience in Las Vegas. The CD comes in various packages and has a running-time of 46 minutes. 

Tracks Las Vegas August 19, 1973 DS:

01. 2001 Theme 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 06. Trouble 07. Blue Suede Shoes 08. Rock Medley 09. Love Me Tender 10. Fever 11. What Now My Love 12. Suspicious Minds 13. Band Introductions 14. I Can’t Stop Loving You 15. Suspicious Minds 16. Band Introductions 17. My Boy 18. Release Me 19. An American Trilogy 20. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp.

(Source: various)

June 24 - Elvis On Fire

The Straight Arrow import-release 'On Fire In Florida' has been released. It contains audience recordings of Elvis presley's performances of the February 12 and 13, 1977 08.30 pm shows respectively recorded at the Sportatorium in Hollywood and West Palm Beach Auditorium. Both shows were released previously on CD as 'Hot Time In Miami' and 'Coming on Strong'. 

Also released is volume seven in the AudioRec 'Elvis-Hilton Showroomimport-series has been released. This CD, limited to 300 copies, contains contains an audience-recording of the February 17, 1972 dinner-show performance as recorded at the Hilton Showroom in Las Vegas. 

(Source: Elvis Aktuell)

June 23 - Elvis Symphonique

Due from RCA on August 4, 2017 in France is the double CD ’Elvis Symphonique – Elvis Presley Avec Le Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’. It contains the ’The Wonder of You’ and ’If I Can Dream’ albums by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It comes with a 20 page booklet.

(Source: Amazon / Cultura)