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Now available to order is 'The Elvis Files' Volume 7
(1974-1975), due for release in August.
'Elvis the King: The Authorized Book from the Graceland Archives
' by Gillian G. Gaar tells the personal story of Elvis and his relationships with those near and dear to him and contains more than 75 colour and black and white photographs from the Graceland archives, accompanied by insightful text.
Sony Music will release the 4 CD box set, 'Elvis Live In Las Vegas
' on September 18 packaged in a hard back book format case similar to recent releases of 'Young Man With The Big Beat
', 'Today, Tomorrow and Forever
', 'The Complete '68 Comeback Special
' and 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes
'. 'Live In Las Vegas' is a 4CD set compiling a comprehensive collection of Elvis’ legendary appearances in Las Vegas from 1956 -1975 and includes 89 recordings, a detailed 32 page booklet and plenty of rare photos.
Elvis Presley Hymnbook
is a single CD featuring the very best of Elvis' spiritual recordings. Elvis began singing in a church and had a lifelong love of inspirational music. These recordings taken from the beginning of his career illustrate the power of Elvis' devotion and his gospel roots.
'Elvis Love Songs' 3LP Gatefold 180g Red Vinyl
has just been released following the 'Love Songs 3 CD Set
' earlier this year. The Elvis recordings collected here have now retained their appeal for over half a century. As Eighties chart-topper and confirmed Presley fan Huey Lewis says, 'The best way to appreciate his greatness is just to go back and play some of the old records. Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis' keep getting better and better.' In other words - if you love music, you'll love Elvis' love songs ... especially on this superb 3LP gatefold edition on glorious red vinyl!
Charlie Hodge began his musical career at age 20 in a gospel quartet with Bill Gaither. He went on to be the lead singer for the Foggy River Boys. At 5'3", the guitarist had to stand on an empty Coke crate to reach the microphone. Elvis Presley first met Hodge backstage after the group performed in Memphis, Tennessee. Charlie Hodge
.... I said, 'Hello, Is Elvis there? This is Charlie Hodge'. And Lamar said, 'Charlie Hodge?' And I heard Elvis yell, 'Yeah, Charlie, come on up'. And so, that's how we got together ...
Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber helped give birth to rock and roll when they wrote Hound Dog
in 1952. Their list of hits sounds like the very history of rock and roll almost from the moment of its birth, with classic songs recorded by everybody from Elvis Presley
to the Drifters to John Lennon
As you can tell, most of the songs on Elvis Sings Memphis, Tennessee are top-notch recordings that deserved better than being used as B-Sides and album fillers. If you think of 1963 and 1964 as wasted years in Elvis' recording career due to the movie soundtracks, then this album may come as a revelation to you. Despite the movie tunes, Elvis was also busy cranking out great material in Nashville.
The following interview with Sonny West took place in Sydney Australia, on May 4th, 2005. If you think you know Sonny and his motivations over the years, you may want to think again after reading this interview.
Interview with Bill Belew, who has the distinction of having designed Elvis Presley's costumes and personal wardrobe from 1968 until 1977.
In 1963 Cissy Houston and three other singers formed a backup group that became known as the Sweet Inspirations and performed around the country with various headliners. It was during Cissy Houston's soprano obbligato on 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' that Elvis started laughing at the mid night show on August 26, 1969.
Whitney Houston : 'You don't actually MEET Elvis, you just have to LOOK at Elvis'. She goes on to explain that her mother Cissy Houston (who sang with the gospel group Sweet Inspirations), used to sing back up for Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin for many years. [Cissy Houston was actually only with Elvis for his opening shows in 1969] and how they were sitting in a room backstage and Elvis walked in with his mink (real fur), glasses on, and she just looked at him and could not say anything (star struck).
Out now on CD is 'Elvis Blue'. Originally released in Australia on the Starcall label in 1983 as a 19-track LP, with a beautiful painted Elvis portrait on the front sleeve, as the title suggest all tracks on this album had the word ‘Blue’ in it. The album was a great success, but it was never released on silver pressed CD. Until now! Housed in sealed cardsleeve, this is a stunning miniature vinyl-look CD release, that also includes some special bonus tracks! A LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 400 COPIES !!!
Out now on CD in beautiful sealed cardsleeves, a great collection of classic Camden / RCA albums. From 1968 to 1975, RCA Camden issued a series of compilation albums. This output primarily consisted of repackaging of Elvis Presley's 1960s-era movie soundtrack recordings. These albums were very successful, due to the low budget price and the great gatefold album sleeves. For many (young) fans these albums were their introduction to the music of Elvis Presley. Although these albums did not always contained the very best of Elvis’ recordings, The Camden albums taught many customers one valuable lesson: you may find gold, when you least expect it 'The Elvis Presley Collection' contained 3 volumes. Looking like miniature vinyl albums, these releases will bring back many of the happy memories from the good ol’ days. A LIMITED EDITION OF ONLY 400 COPIES !!!
Elvis Coming Home’ features a mixture with Elvis' songs and videos highlighting the fascinating late-sixties period. Since the first pressing sold out very fast, many Elvis fans missed out on it, so here is your chance to obtain this great release, which now features 5 bonus tracks, the rarest is the 68 medley: During the show NBC used one hand-held camera (ISO cam) to fill in the gaps made during the live control room switch, although the quality is less then we are used to you will get a live experience like never before!, with lots of surprises along the way.
The U.S. Postal Service will issue the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp and together with Sony Music's RCA/Legacy Recordings an exclusive music CD titled 'ELVIS FOREVER' that includes an Elvis song, as you've never heard it before. The CD will be available in select Post Offices beginning August 12.
When I was with Voice, those were moments when I was actually in there. You sit on the couch around in the house with Elvis. And he'd come and we'd gather around the piano. We'd sing old spirituals and stuff. And he'd play -- he loved to play the piano. And he actually played pretty good. I learned from being in Voice what kind of a guy he really was which is basically just a good southern guy who happened to be really handsome and really could rock the world, you know.
Big Boss Man represents Elvis' 18th March
- 1st April 1975 Las Vegas season. What we get is a full CD with parts of 3 shows from that season, giving us some rarely performed songs. While 5 songs have been previously released on 'Live in Las Vegas' 4 CD set, the 8 bonus songs are very nice additions to an essential CD representing a great Las Vegas season.
.. 'By Most Accounts
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 'Elvis Today'
. 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.
Priscilla Presley interviewed by Larry King August 16, 2007.
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Despite performing more than 1,000 shows between 1969-1977, there are several concerts which stand out among Elvis fans for one reason or another. One of those concerts was a one-time only performance in Boston during the fall of 1971. For many years, this historic and rare concert made the rounds on the import release circuit in varying degrees of sound quality. But thanks to the good folks at the 'Follow That Dream' (FTD) Collector's Label, Elvis fans can now enjoy the ultimate release of this fine performance.
Big Boss Man provides us with a complete concert
(77 minutes of mostly unreleased material) plus eight bonus songs from Elvis' twelfth season in Las Vegas, 18th March - 1st April, 1975, a year that would have many highs and lows for the forty year old superstar. A valuable bonus inclusion is Elvis' only known recording of Bobby Darin's You're The Reason I'm Living - a true rarity, the song is charming and unrehearsed. The tracklisting provides a great overview of Elvis' return to live performances following a five-month absence. This CD is worth acquiring, as very few soundboards are available from this engagement. 'Big Boss Man' reveals a dedicated entertainer in strong voice doing what he loves best ... you will not be disappointed.
... For all of these reasons, and many more which I could spend all day talking about: Promised Land is now my all-time favorite Elvis album. It has taken almost 35 years to get here, but it was well worth the wait! ...
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.