October 16 - Four New CD Titles

The Elvis One label announced three new titles; "Past Masters Vol. 2", "Christmas" and "Anthology Part 2". Due from the For Elvis Fans Only label is the CD "Suppose - The Home Recordings Vol. 2". 

Details "Past Masters Vol. 2":
Past Masters - Volume 2 is a collection of 25 tracks from Elvis’ catalogue. The majority of these tracks were not available on his original albums. 
Past Masters consists of A- and B-sides from Elvis’ singles and Extended Play’s (EP’s), very hard to find Long Play (LP) album versions and some previously unreleased versions in great binaural sound. The main part of the single and Extended Play (EP) versions appeared in a different form or sound on his Long Play albums. 

Also included are the full contents of the original ‘TV Guide Presents Elvis Presley’ record (released in September 1956) and the original USA ‘The Truth About Me’ promotional cardboard disc (original US edit as released in November 1956). Again a great collection of rarities! Just like the first volume of "Past Masters".

Tracks: 01. Wild In The Country (Elvis For Everyone RCA UK stereo album version) 1:52 02. Good Rockin’ Tonight (Sun 78rpm version A-side) * 2:13 03. Mama (binaural album master) * 2:17 04. I Want To Be Free (binaural record version) 2:14 05. I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine (Sun 78rpm version B-side) * 2:28 06. Old Shep (take 5, released on some original pressings of Elvis 2nd album) 3:54 07. I Got Lucky (Kid Galahad RCA EP version B-side) 1:55 08. A Whistling Tune (Kid Galahad RCA EP version B-side) 2:46 09. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (Sun 78rpm version, B-side) * 2:27 10. A Big Hunk O’ Love (RCA single version A-side) 2:15 11. Little Sister (Return Of The Rocker RCA album version) 2:30 12. I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Sun 78rpm version, B-side) * 2:37 13. I Want To Be Free (Jailhouse Rock RCA EP master B-side) ** 2:14 14. Treat Me Nice (binaural MGM composite movie version) 2:02 15. King Of The Whole Wide World (Kid Galahad RCA EP version A-side) 2:09 16. Home Is Where The Heart Is (Kid Galahad RCA EP version B-side) 1:51 17. That’s All Right (RCA single version A-side) 1:59 18. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (RCA single version B-side) 2:05 19. Long Legged Girl (With The Short Dress On) (binaural master) * 1:29 20. That’s Someone You Never Forget (RCA mono single master A-side) ** 2:48 21. Baby Let’s Play House (live version, USA RCA single A-side) 2:44 22. Hound Dog (live, USA RCA single version B-side) 3:54 23. The Truth About Me (The Truth About Me USA cardboard disc) ** 2:11 24. Jay Thompson Interview (A Legendary Performer Volume 2) ** 3:21 25. Band 1: “Pelvis” Nickname - Band 2: Adult’s Reaction - Band 3: First Public Appearance Band 4: How “Rockin’ Motion” Started (TV Guide Presents Elvis Presley) ** 2:33 
* Previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company.
** Previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company on cd.

Details "Christmas":
The 2017 Christmas release from the Elvis One label with original mono masters, alternate versions, informal recordings and more! A new way to enjoy these fabulous historic recordings. And a special limited edition release! 

Tracks: 1. I’ll Be Home For Christmas 2. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 3. White Christmas (With studio chat) As first released on the 1985 re-release of “Elvis’ Christmas Album” 4. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 5. Blue Christmas 6. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem (Alternate echo version) 7. Jingle Bells (Informal session) By the “Million Dollar Quartet”, December 4 1956 8. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) 9. Peace In The Valley (Alternate version) Splice of takes 5,6,8 & 9 10. It Is No Secret (Alternate take 12) Binaural stereo version 11. Introduction / Blue Christmas (2017 remake) Overdubbed 12. Christmas Message from Elvis / Silent Night | As first released on the 1982 album “Memories of Christmas” 13. Christmas (homerecording) Private recording from December 1958 14. Christmas Present For Elvis / Elvis Presley Show Souvenir Announcement 15. I Believe  Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 & 15 are the original mono masters.

Details "Anthology Part 2":
Elvis One proudly presents "Anthology Part 2". This new volume includes 40 tracks, 18 previously unreleased and even 25 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company - plus some previously unreleased on cd! Including previously unreleased interviews, rare radio spots from movies like 'Harum Scarum' and 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style' (None of these were previously available on cd), alternate takes, live recordings, rehearsal excerpts and much more! “The Beatles’ Anthology”, Elvis style! “Anthology” from Elvis Presley - the greatest selling recording artist of all time!

Tracks The 50's: 1. Tomorrow Night (Sun master as original released in 1985) 2:59 2. Radio spot Announcement (02-23-55) 1:11 ** 3. Maybellene (live recording, 08-20-55) 2:29 4. Rip It Up (alternate take 17) 2:05 5. Loving You - Road Medley (composite) 1:58 * 6. Don’t Leave Me Now (master with count-in) 2:06 ** 7. Interview at Union Station, Portland (09-02-57) 1:42 * 8. My Wish Came True (master with count-in) 2:41 9. Friedberg, Germany Interview Excerpt (10-01-58) 0:37 *

Tracks The 60’: 10. Stuck On You (mono single master) 2:19 11. ‘Train Journey’ Interview (04-19-60) 1:17 * 12. Frankfort Special (movie version) 2:30 13. Britches (binaural composite master) 1:42 * 14. Can’t Help Falling In Love (mono single master) 3:01 15. Little Sister (take 10 & 11) 2:03 * 16. Good Luck Charm (mono single master) 2:26 17. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (mono single master) 1:57 18. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (movie vocal overdub) 1:20 ** 19. Night Rider (mono single master) 2:07 20. Do The Clam (original length master) 2:44 * 21. Girl Happy (composite master) 2:20 * 22. Harum Scarum Radio Spot #1 1:02 * 23. Wisdom Of The Ages (take 4) 1:57 ** 24. Harum Scarum Radio Spot #2 0:32 * 25. Paradise, Hawaiian Style Radio Spot #1 0:54 * 26. A Dog’s Life (take 1) 2:09 ** 27. Paradise, Hawaiian Style Radio Spot #2 0:27 * 28. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (mono single master) 2:11 29. Down In The Alley (screaming girls version) 3:09 ** 30. Yoga Is As Yoga Does (take 1) 1:56 **

Tracks The 70's: 31. That’s The Way It Is Radio Spot #2 0:11 * 32. That’s The Way It Is Radio Spot #3 0:54 * 33. Fooling Around with Intro of “Memories” 0:43 * 34. Rehearsing I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 0:41 * 35. El Paso (rehearsal) 0:58 36. Radio report about Elvis’ opening night in Las Vegas, December 1975 3:36 * 37. Until Then (live recording) 1:06 * 38. Surrender (remixed version) 1:52 
Bonus tracks: 39. Interview at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California (06-08-56) 6:53 * 
*Previously unreleased | **Previously unreleased by Elvis' record company

Details "Suppose - The Home Recordings Vol. 2":
A companion album to "Suppose - The Home Recordings" (released by RCA/BMG in 1999). This second album contains 22 tracks; all home recordings. Most of them were recorded at various locations in Los Angeles and Germany. Some were recorded in Memphis and a few in other places. Of these 22 tracks, 12 are officially previously unreleased and 2 tracks are very hard to find. For example: the stereo version of '500 Miles'. The version of 'Suppose' on this album was only available on the "Celluloid Rock" boxset from 1998. A great new compilation album with more of the best Elvis' homerecordings, with new edits and were possible, improved sound! A great addition to the '99 RCA/BMG album, in the same style, but now with recordings from the 50's, 60's and 70's... Even if you have all the bootlegs you'll certainly enjoy this great new compilation, and if you don't have all the bootlegs, you'll also find enough new material to enjoy! This collection shares a privilege enjoyed by few: at home with Elvis!

Tracks: 1 Let Me Be The One 2 See See Rider 3 That’s All Right 4 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 5 Spanish Eyes 6 Teardrops 7 500 Miles 8 If I Loved You 9 Suppose 10 She Wears My Ring 11 You’ll Never Walk Alone 12 The Lords Prayer 13 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder 14 Sweet Leilani 15 Blowin’ In The Wind 16 Apron Strings 17 The Fool 18 I Asked The Lord (unedited) 19 At The Hop / Que Sera Sera / Hound Dog 20 Send Me Some Lovin’ 21 Just A Closer Walk With Thee 22 Little Darlin’

(Source: FECC)

October 15 - El Disco De oro

Sony Music Spain released the compilation CD "El Disco De Oro" containing 31 hits.
1. That’s all right
2. Heartbreak hotel
3. I want you, I need you, I love you
4. Hound dog
5. Don’t be cruel
6. Blue suede shoes
7. Love me tender
8. Too much
9. All shook up
10.(Let me be your) Teddy bear
11. Jailhouse rock
12. King creole
13. One night
14. I got stung
15. (Now and then there’s) A fool such as I
16. I need your love tonight
17. A big hunk O’love
18. Stuck on you
19. It’s now or never
20. Are you lonesome tonight
21. Surrender
22. Can’t help falling in love
23. Return to sender
24. Viva las Vegas
25. Crying in the chapel
26. In the ghetto
27. Suspicious minds
28. The wonder of you
29. Burning love
30. Always on my mind
31. A little less conversation (JXL radio edit remix)

October 14 - Dutch Legend

The 2014 book "Elvis the King: The Authorised Book from the Graceland Archives" by EGillian Gaar has been translated into Dutch with the title "Elvis De Legende" (e.g. "Elvis The Legend") ands is available through Librero Publishing.

New (Re)releases

Due November 14, 2017 from the Memphis label are the vinyl albums "Radio Records" and "Music City".

Due from Sony Music on November 29, 2017 are the CDs "His Hand In Mine", "How Great Thou Art", "Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas" and "He Touched Me". All should contain bonus tracks according to Amazon.

Due from Friday Music on January 12, 2018 is a deluxe re-issue of the classic "Back in Memphis" album.

(Source: EM / Amazon US)

October 13 - No Deluxe Box on the Charts

According to the Belgian UEPS fan club Sony / RCA UK pulled the previously announced deluxe box LP/ CD set for the "Christmas" cooperation between Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Charts 

The new "Christmas" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new entry at #22 on the Official UK Album chart with 3,572 copies sold. 

The comment by sales specialist Alan Jones:

Following the template of 2015's If I Can Dream and 2016's The Wonder Of You – both No.1's – the latest Elvis Presley offering comprises newly constructed recordings blending archive vocals with freshly coined orchestral stylings from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This time however, the album – whose title appears to be Elvis Christmas, although the OCC have gone with Christmas With Elvis & The RPO – has a seasonal twist, with the late king's advent audio adventures getting bespoke treatments. It is, of course, still more than 10 weeks to Christmas, so the album can be excused its comparatively low debut position of No.22 (3,572 sales). Several other Christmas albums – including offerings from Gwen Stefani and Fantasia – also dropped last week but Presley's is the only one to chart thus far.
Other European charts:
  • The new "Christmas" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new entry at #10 on the Official UK Physical Album chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" compilation dropped from #41 to #48 on the Official UK Album chart.
  • The new "Christmas" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new entry at #7 on the Official UK Vinyl Album chart.
  • The new "Christmas" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new entry at #11 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The Real ... Elvis" dropped from #24 to #25 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits" compilation dropped from #31 to #34 on the Official Scottish Album chart.
  • On the Belgian Album chart the Christmas" album by Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a new entry at #88.
US Billboard charts
  • The "The Classic Christmas Album" is listed at #7 on the US Billboard Holliday Album chart. 
  • The "It’s Christmas Time" is listed at #13 on the US Billboard Holliday Album chart. 
  • The "Merry Christmas… Love, Elvis" is listed at #25 on the US Billboard Holliday Album chart. 
  • The "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" dropped off the US Billboard Country Album chart. 
  • The "Ultimate Gospel" compilation dropped from #25 to #30 on the US Billboard Christian Album chart. 
  • The "The Wonder of You" dropped from #7 to #13 on the US Billboard Classical Album chart. 
Australian charts
  • The "The 50 Greatest Hits"compuilation dropped from #15 to #21.
(Source: UEPS / Official UK Charts)

October 12 - A Hell Of A Catalogue

Due in 2018 is a book entitled "A Hell Of A Ride - Recollections of a  Remarkable Life Before, During and After Elvis & The Memphis Mafia" by Red and Pat West with Jon W. Sparks. Read the details on the >> Commercial Appeal site.


The EPE Catalogue

Due soon is the book "The EPE Catalogue - a Comprehensive Guide to Vintage Elvis Presley Enterprises Memorabilia" by Erik Lorentzen and Bob Pakes. Not much info at this time but if it deals with the story on all EPE merchandise.



Bob Pakes has been working on for 4 years looking at everything Elvis that has been manufactured by EPE - which started way back in 1956.

(Source: Mike Windgren and 2kisses&3scarfs on FECC)