April 24 - The #1 Hits And DVD

Due for release on May 30, 2018 from the New Continent label is the "The #1 Hits" LP. This title comes on 180 Gr. vinyl and packed in a gatefold cover. 

Elvis Presley (Tupelo, Mississippi, January 8, 1935 Memphis, Tennessee, August 16, 1977) was rock & rolls first real star and one of the most important cultural forces in history a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. 

Included on this set are Elvis greatest hits from the period 1955-62, among them all of his King singles that reached number one on the U.S. pop charts between 1956 and 1962. 

Among other smash hits, our release includes both sides of the single Hound Dog/Dont Be Cruel (the most successful Elvis single release, with 11 weeks on the charts), Elvis second RCA single, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, and the classic rocker Heartbreak Hotel (which peaked at number one and remained on the charts for eight weeks after extensive television exposure following its release). 

The killer Rock and Roll tune, All Shook Up (9 weeks at number one), has also been added here, as well as classic ballads like Dont and Are You Lonesome Tonight? and the two popular Italian ballads Its Now or Never (English version of O Sole Mio) and Surrender (English version of Torna a Surriento). Without a doubt, this is the material upon which Elvis Presleys legend was built.


The Searcher DVD

Available May 2018 from a UK fan-club is the DVD "The Searcher" containing the two episodes from the special.


Charts

The '2nd week' of sales for "The Searcher" on the US Billboard chart (sale week from April 13 to April 19, 2018 / chart week from April 22 to April 28, 2018).

  • Billboard 200: #183 (#145)
  • Billboard Top 200 Album Sales: #? (#45 -3,889 sold albums)
  • Billboard Top Album Sales: #72 (#46)
  • Billboard Top Rock Albums: #32 (#27)
  • Billboard Rock Album Sales: #? (#12)
  • Billboard Top Country Albums: #30 (#17)
  • Billboard Country Album Sales: #? (#12)
  • Billboard Soundtracks (Top 25): #8 (#9)
  • Billboard Soundtrack Album Sales: #? (#4)
  • Billboard Tastemaker Albums (Top 25): #15 (#23)
  • Billboard Internet Albums (Top 25): #? (#21)
  • Billboard Top Current Albums: #? (#44)
No chart entry for The Searcher in the Canadian Top 100 Albums! (The album 40 Years On ist listed as well in the week before at #73.)



(Source: Amazon / FECC / Elvis Presley Fan Club / Laser Freak)

April 23 - The First Time Ever I Looked Into The Wings

The E. P. Collector import-label announced two new titles; "The First Time Ever I Lay With You" and "Looked Into The Wings". The label is planning special double CD called "Black Tornado“ with newly found original tapes of Elvis’ concerts in Cleveland, OH, November 6, 1971 (Afternoon and Evening shows), which were never before available in good sound according to the press-release.

Details "The First Time Ever I Lay With You":

Now, when majority of Elvis import labels is only re-releasing old stuff in new packages, E. P. Collector label is coming with another surprise! The San Diego, April 24th, 1976 afternoon show is previously unreleased and moreover, it is completely a new show for Elvis fans – never before in circulation, in any form!

Elvis April ’76 tour was rated as very good one, with longer shows and variable set list. Unlike later that year, when Elvis ended his concerts quickly after introductions of his band, here he gave no less than 9 songs after “School Day“ orchestra solo! Elvis’ drummer Ronnie Tutt was back in band and pianist Shane Kiester was replaced by Tony Brown.

Among the concert highlights there are “Tryin' To Get To You”, “America (The Beautiful)”, “Hurt”, “Burning Love” and “How Great Thou Art”.  One song stands out: rare, heartfelt performance of complete version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. This song was performed only 3 known times, in 1976.

This concert is taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette tape. You may ask your supplier for samples.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak with great collection of quality images taken in San Diego, CA, April 24, 1976. If you have enjoyed our other April ’76 tour release called “The Beat Is Back“, then you are sure to enjoy our latest release, too. 

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. America (The Beautiful) – 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. Hurt - 20. And I Love You So - 21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 22. Burning Love - 23. How Great Thou Art - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away (with false start and reprise) - 25. Little Darlin’ - 26. It's Now Or Never - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp.

Details Looked Into The Wings:

October tour was another good one, after several problematic tours in the Summer. Elvis lost some 10-12 kilos and he was able to wear his jumpsuits from 1974 again. He looked much healthier and he was in good mood and in solid voice.

We have released Elvis’ last Kalamazoo concert from April 26, 1977 in 2017. Now we have decided to release its prequel. We had complete original tape of this show in our vaults since late 90s, but we have considered it not so good for release because Elvis was distant and wild audience reaction too prominent. Now new tape turned out, of much better sound. Unfortunately, new tape was incomplete and middle part was repaired using our old source.  As usual, you may ask your supplier for samples.

Playlist is rather typical for Autumn ’76 shows. Among the concert highlights there are “ Help Me“, “And I Love You So“, “America (The Beautiful)“, “Love Letters“, “Hurt“ and “Blue Christmas“.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak, too. Since there were no suitable photographs from the Kalamazoo performance, all images used for this project were taken in Cleveland, Ohio just two days later, on the 23rd where Elvis wore the same 'King of Spades' jumpsuit.

Tracklist: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. Help Me - 09. All Shook Up -10. medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America (The Beautiful) - 14. Band Introductions - 15. Early Mornin' Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt (with reprise) - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Blue Christmas - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.

(Source: FECC)

April 22 - Sold

A rare vintage poster for a 1955 Elvis Presley show in North Carolina has sold at auction for more than double the expected price. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the poster for a show on May 19, 1955, in Raleigh sold this month for $42,500. Giles Moon of Texas-based Heritage Auctions says he had expected the poster to sell for about $20,000.

The poster advertises a concert in Raleigh where Presley was on the lineup below Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts. Moon says both the buyer and the seller prefer to remain anonymous. He says the buyer is from California. The poster was made by the iconic Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Source: News & Observer of Raleigh / Billboard)

April 21 - Record Store Day

It is Record Store Day 2018. Elvis Presley releases that are due today: "Elvis: RCA Studio 1", "The King in the Ring" (double LP red vinyl), "Loving You" (slightly different cover and blue vinyl), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (slightly different cover and red vinyl),  "Shake Rattle and Roll/Fool Fool Fool" (picture single) and "Johnny - Elvis: Quand Johnny Reprend Elvis" (originally released in 2016).

Buy the "Elvis: RCA Studio 1" album >>> here directly from The Memphis Recording Service.

(Source: Record Store Day)









April 21 - Loving Weekend Charts

Due for release from Pan Am-Records on July 5, 2018 is the LP "Loving You" containing the original tracks from the LP with three additional bonus songs  

Side A:
Mean Woman Blues - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Loving You - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do - Lonesome Cowboy - Hot Dog - Party
Bonus Song:
 Is It So Strange
Side B:
Blueberry Hill - True Love - Don´t Leave Me Now - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - I Need You So Bonus Songs:
Treat Me Nice - All Shook Up

Weekend charts

The Official UK and Scottish Chart Company Charts (chart week April 20 to April 26, 2018)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums #- (#32)  (Sales: less than 1,070 units)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Albums Sales #74 (#18)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Physical Albums #56 (#16)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Record Store Top 40 #- (#34)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Soundtrack Albums #6 (#2)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Vinyl Albums Top 40 #- (#15)
Scotland:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Top Albums: #88 (#12)
Other European results:
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Flanders): #47 (#47)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Belgium (Wallonia) #87 (#97)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Germany #-- (#58)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Ireland #100 (#49)
  • Elvis The Searcher: Netherlands #-- (#81)
Australia 

The Searcher (OST), which debuted at #72 on April 16, is no longer in the Top 100 Albums Chart after its second sales week.

There is also Down Under a well-known greatest hit compilation issue more pleasant. The cd album The King (88697118042), former #4 highest position and meanwhile certified for 140,000 sold units with double platinum is still in the Top 100 Albums, rising from #87 to #80 next chart week (commencing April 23, 2018).


By the way... The dvd (88697174959) The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - 30 Hit Performances And More (same artwork but not identical content with the 2 cd) also continues to be exemplary in the corresponding chart (Music DVDs): ranked at #20 (dropped from #15) in now 282nd chart week for the former #2 and five-time platinum (75,000) certified video.

Rare Elvis Pictures Discovered

Elvis Presley’s show at Empire Stadium on Aug. 31, 1957 is the stuff of legend. But photos of the gig are as rare as hen’s teeth. So imagine Rob Frith’s surprise when he recently got a call about some unknown Elvis pix from Empire Stadium.

Frith admits he was “a bit skeptical” about new photos turning up six decades after the show. But he was astonished when he saw them in person.

“Look at this,” he said this week, pointing to a photo of Elvis in full pelvis mode. “That’s just killer! It’s the classic pose.” Indeed it is. The photo captures the early Elvis in all his rock ’n’ roll glory, knees bent and wide apart, singin’ and swingin’ in his famous gold lame jacket.

“I was excited — I had to have them,” laughs Frith, one of Canada’s top rock poster collectors.

“I was worried they would disappear. The guy (was moving) and one of his boxes gets lost and that’s it, they’re gone.”

Frith wound up purchasing 14 prints from Andrew Bazan, whose dad Anthony took the shots. Anthony Bazan worked as a portrait photographer, and talked his way into the Presley show by claiming to be a member of the press.

One photo features Elvis with his backing singers the Jordonaires, the rest are solo shots of Elvis in various states of gyration. They’ve never been published, which is hard to believe, because they totally capture his onstage magic.

The show only lasted 22 minutes before some fans rushed the stage and Elvis vamoosed. But it sounds like the King was in full control onstage.

“(At one point) Dad was about to take a photograph when Elvis turned away,” Andrew Bazan said in an email.

“Elvis realized the situation, turned, faced Dad, smiled and waited for him to take the photo, all while still performing the song.”

The black and white prints are small, four by six inches. The negatives were lost in a fire years ago, but the Bazans kept the prints in pristine condition. Anthony Bazan died about 10 years ago, and his son inherited the photos. He decided to sell them when he moved to Peterborough, Ont.

“I felt the photos belonged in Vancouver, in a good home, hopefully to be enjoyed as I had enjoyed them over the years,” he said.

Frith was a logical person to sell them to — he owns Neptoon Records on Main Street, and is Vancouver’s top rock poster collector. Bazan had also dealt with him before.

“Apparently when his mother died he called me and I bought her records, like 20 years ago or something,” said Frith. “I think he (also) saw me on that Rockinitis (cable TV) show.”

Most of the existing shots from the gig were by Rolly Ford, who made prints for disc jockey Red Robinson, who was the MC of the show. Robinson chuckles when asked about a rumour that Elvis was wearing black pants in the Vancouver show because his gold lame pants were at the drycleaners.

“Elvis tried to wear that gold suit (onstage), but with his movement and everything else it cracked,” he said.

“He said ‘I don’t want to wear this (bleep) anymore,’ and took off the bottom and left the top on. It was gold lame, and just split apart.”

The Sun sent photographer Bill Dennett to the Presley show, and apparently he took some marvellous shots. But when the crowd rushed the stage, editors decided to run a Ralph Bower photo of the crowd instead of Elvis, which infuriated Dennett.

“He went (backstage) and did a whole bunch of (portrait) shots of Elvis with his hand up, with his wristwatch, beautiful shots,” Bower recalls.

“He had an idea of selling them as a big promotion (in the paper). He must have had about a dozen good shots.”

Unfortunately the Dennett photos have disappeared from the Sun’s archives, and have never been seen by the public. Frith can’t believe the Sun didn’t run any Elvis shots from his show, which drew a record crowd of 25,898.

“It was one of the biggest cultural events in the history of the world — Elvis Presley was a big deal!” said Frith.

“How could they not run that? Why wouldn’t you? Do you not want to sell newspapers?”

(Source: Amazon / Laser Freak / Vancouver Sun / Elvis Club Berlin)

April 20 - Cover Art

Here is the cover-art for the upcoming release “When We Were Kings” which is due from the Le Chant Du Monde label May 18, 2018. It comes as a single LP and as a 5 CD box. 

This is the cover for the upcoming limited edition album “G.I. Blues” from the Reel To Reel label. This clear vinyl disc is due May 18, 2018. 

(Source: Sounds Delft)