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The G.I. Blues : The Cafe Europa Sessions 4 CD Deluxe Set
lived up to the pre-release publicity, in fact MRS sold themselves short in their description of the set !!! Cafe Europa is genuinely like a hardcover book
with proper binding ... Putting the book 'aside', the four CDs contain nearly 4 hours of Elvis' officially UNRELEASED studio takes from the 'Café Europa' sessions, recorded for the movie ultimately titled G.I. Blues. The audio contained here includes the master recordings from the original soundtrack album 'G.I. Blues' plus, hours of alternate takes of all songs, with all the Elvis studio banter intact and, instilling new insight and live atmosphere into the complete making of this historic movie soundtrack. Video audio preview.
Elvis Presley & the event of 1977. A detailed look at the years events. Updated
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.
When I think about Elvis' movies, I sometimes think back to when I first 'discovered' Elvis Presley (January of 1978) and my first impressions of 'Elvis movies'. What I always recall is initially enjoying these films but cringing when Elvis would start singing, probably nothing against Elvis, just that to my mind movies were for acting not singing, as such I could not stand it when the story was interrupted But then after a while (probably) I learned to love both (So I assume this part) but then it developed (I assume slowly evolved) into actually watching the movies FOR Elvis' singing and as the movies got 'tired' as in I had seen them often I began to lose interest in the actual movie and just watch for the songs. Which (I guess) eventually led to a decline in overall interest.
I have had the most incredible experience
tonight talking with Kris Kristofferson
following his concert at the Palais Theatre. After Kris autographed my copy of one of his recent CD releases, and at the very moment he was pulling away from the fans at the gate having delighted all that braved the cold and waited in hope of an autograph, I asked him, 'Kris, what do you think of Elvis Presley's recordings of your songs?'
between Lisa Marie Presley's
concert performance at the Melbourne Art Centre last night and that at Crown Casino Melbourne 10 years ago
is vast - in short, it was one of the BEST live performances I have ever seen. Lisa's musical progression is remarkable. Largely based on her extraordinary critically acclaimed 'Storm & Grace' album the concert opened with a strong ...
Just wanted to let you know that I received the book
yesterday and I could not be more thrilled. What a gorgeous book, the cover alone is absolutely stunning, out of all the books I have received from you guys, including the Las Vegas
, Fashion and Graceland
books, I think that this is my favorite. I love the pictures and the additional text. The pictures and quality of both the black and white and color are breathtaking.
Elvis Australia members vote their top 5 favourite artists after Elvis. We asked our club members to nominate their top 5 favourite artists after Elvis. As I have come to know over the years, The Beatles are highly regarded and we in fact have a few die hard beatles fans on our list. So it is no real surprise to me that The Beatles top our list not only in over all votes but also well clear in the number of 'first' votes. From 1190 entries, with five votes per entry, we have a 'who's who' list including, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra.
With the release of the Elvis Files Volume 1 we finally have the first volume in this amazing series of books, a series of seven, this is in fact the 5th book issued with volumes 6 and 7 to be released in July and December this year respectively. And perhaps as is to be expected, this is the best production to-date, with many photos dated, mainly in the 1954/1955 section. [For reasons I will explain below]. The book features mostly high quality images and a vast amount of interesting reading via original articles penned for this release along with newspaper reprints from the relevant time. Read the review.
The statistics for our Elvis Presley and Racism : The Ultimate, Definitive Guide are astounding; the page has had just under 4000 page views in the past two weeks alone, since we highlighted the article on March 23, which is remarkable. However what is astounding is the average time spent on the page, 1 hour 12 minutes, so people are really reading the article, we can't recall seeing anything like this before.
In April 1957, Sepia magazine, a white-owned sensationalist monthly for black readers, took up a discussion, 'How Negroes Feel About Elvis', as controversial then as it is today: the case of a white kid - Elvis Presley - who adopted black music and became the most successful artist of his time. When the 'establishment' accused Elvis Presley of being vulgar, of being deliberately sexual, they did not mean this. This was the cover for what was really meant, what was really feared
, and that was that Elvis would lead to equal rights and racial integration
. And not just Elvis any white person singing rock 'n' roll. Carl Perkins was warned to not do his show. Elvis was simply the number one guy and therefore got the most attention. Read more
On first opening Prince From Another Planet
' I was first surprised and then delighted by what I found. While the layout images presented prior to release were very good I was expecting a large 'digi-pack', and while that would have been very nice, the 'box set' presentation that Sony have clearly gone to a lot of trouble to produce is something extra special. Now the important stuff : How does it sound?
Receiving both the Follow That Dream CDs, Back In Memphis and 3000 South Paradise Road on Friday I would have thought that 'Back In Memphis' would have been first into the CD player but possibly taken by the stunning artwork I decided to play '3000 South Paradise Road' and I found that it not only contains a brilliant performance by Elvis but quality sound to match, which in particular did more than surprise me. This is a unique performance by Elvis with stand out songs, What Now My Love, My Way, An American Trilogy and Fever ... of particular interest are Elvis' comments after My Way, where he says 'that's a very good song ... I wouldn't want to associate it with my own personal life ... now the end is near and all that jazz... it's a nice song, it's okay for Sinatra but ... I haven't even ate it up and spit it out yet, still chewing on it ...
We have just received, literally, a few more copies of the now sold-out FTD SUN Book and 3 CD Set, A Boy From Tupelo : The Complete 1953-55 Recordings. This release has received rave 'reviews' from all corners and in a world where 'deluxe' is thrown about so often, this is as accurate a description as you can get to describe this set. 'A Boy From Tupelo' is a solid 4.1 kg [9 pounds] hardcover book with a lift out containing three CDs [4.6 kg together in the solid slip case] with every single second of material known to exist of Elvis' SUN recordings. All the masters, many astonishing outtakes, rare live recordings. The BOOK itself is a masterpiece from Ernst Jorgensen. Read our
Review : A Boy From Tupelo and Buy 'A Boy From Tupelo' ...
As part of the promotion for the Elvis By Request CD, Sony Music Australia organized the 'Elvis By Request Concert Tour' with Anthony Petrucci as Elvis. I went to the Melbourne concert to see what it was really like.
The release was a strictly limited edition release of only 2000 Copies worldwide. Boxcar are now SOLD OUT so we can now only obtain a few copies from suppliers indirectly. The hardback book measuring 12 x 10 inches and weighs over 3 Kilo's and is bound with a hardcover cardboard sleeve slipcase precisely like their previous sold out outing of 'The Final Curtain' from last year.
The book contains 450 pages
and includes over 1000 photos
many of which are never before published with informative text (including Graceland's pre history before Elvis' time), original purchase documents, receipts, blueprints and much much more. It is the most comprehensive book on Graceland to date covering Elvis' time at his residence. Review
Review : King Creole Frame By Frame 400 Page Hardcover Book. 'They' say 'don't judge a book by its cover, but you can with King Creole Frame by Frame, it is a fine book and an equally fine start to the FTD, 'Elvis In Hollywood' book series. This release offers anyone interested in the movie a fantastic photographic and written word account. The book is hardcover, it well researched and well presented - and as the fantastic glossy cover indicates - the book is high quality throughout. The work of true Elvis fans, Erik Lorentzen and Pål Granlund and published by the Elvis Follow That Dream Collectors Label.
We have another
TV ad featuring the music of Elvis Presley
, this time BMW with the launch of their new 3 Series. 'What all winners have in common is joy'. That's the baseline for the new BMW '3 Series' TV ads. The clip that currently promotes the new BMW cars on UK television, comes with the remix of Elvis' A Little Less Conversation
. It just shows once again that you can't keep a good song down. This makes it the tenth in the past year and we congratulate EPE for allowing the use and in effect providing very clever marketing.
I would like to say the MRS
/ JAT Productions
release of The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956
CD is a dream come true but I can't as there was no anticipation something like this would ever be released. For years now we have had the basic el cheapo compilation of the basic tracks but now we have a full CD with a running time of over 75 minutes that gives a very good overview of Elvis in concert in the 1950s.
Billboard have yet again changed the 'rules' applying to the main prestigious Billboard Hot 100 Chart
that was first launched on August 4th 1958
removing ten 
Elvis Presley's number one hits [Not 11 as some have claimed] from his ledger. Now important to proving that Billboard have indeed changed the rules, something denied even by EPE in a message to Fan Clubs this past week is that in April 2008* they ruled that Elvis' classic double sided number one hit single, Hound Dog
/ Don't Be Cruel
would no longer be counted as two separate number ones despite the fact they had done so since 1956
. Read our full report + Feedback
Did Billboard in fact remove all 11 of Elvis Presley's number one hits in July 2008 and we have only just found out in November 2011? Perhaps it does not matter when they did it, we believe we have proven they did it, but the following suggests they did in fact do so in 2008. Was this a response to Elvis fans and even EPE disputing the matter and Billboard deciding to rid themselves of any debate? You can decide for yourself ...
Review : 48 Hours To Memphis Concert CD from FTD.
Among many of Elvis Presley's prized cars was his Stutz Blackhawk's. Elvis was the first in America to own a Stutz, and probably his favouite car of the '70s was his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III.
The July 1, 1974 concert included with the new FTD book release, Fashion For A King proves that you do not have to have a stereo recording to have A grade sound quality. And this soundboard recorded concert is in A grade sound quality and it also may just about present us with Elvis' best concert performance from 1974, to my ears it is anyway. The sound is crystal clear and Elvis is in top vocal form, he certainly gives a far better overall performance, in my opinion, than the famous Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis concert recorded just three months prior ... The book is stunning ... a photo book ... also a tremendous photo book detailing Elvis' jumpsuit's and a detailed information book and then it is of course a great reference book ...
Elvis Presley's Grandfather, Jessie D. McDowell (J.D.) Presley was born on April 9, 1896. We tell his story in great detail and with compassion, and include audio of his two songs he recorded in 1958. For the first time we name Elvis' great-grandfather on his father side and publish a photo of Elvis' great grand-mother, Rosella. Includes
video, of Elvis' Grandfather Jesse D. Presley with his wife, Vera, on CBS TV in 1958 discussing his new record, his singing debut and hopes of becoming a success. Plus
audio of the two songs.
When it was announced that there would be two volumes of Jailhouse Rock in the Classic Album (Movie Soundtrack) series, I wondered how they could make four good CDs out of what was a movie with such few songs. Well after giving both discs of Volume 2 a spin, I can tell you the answer is they sure can.
A look at Elvis' Guitar Man Sessions with Jerry Reed. Jerry Reed immediately took over the session
, you can hear it from the first notes of the first take - Reed is coaching the musicians, encouraging them, egging them on, with Felton happy just to be presiding over some thing that is actually happening. There is a bright, shimmering surface to the music different in many respects from anything Elvis has ever recorded before but providing, at the same time, the kind of churning, driving rhythm that has characterized Elvis' music from the first. There is not the slightest question of Elvis' engagement. There is no self-deprecation, there is no wisecracking; all of the singer's attention is focused on the music. Completely updated
Elvis Presley first appeared on national television in the USA on January 28, 1956, on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in New York. On Monday, January 23, 1956, Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana rehearsed in Memphis for their television debut. Elvis and Colonel Parker flew to New York on Wednesday the 25th. They stayed at the Warwick Hotel on 52nd Street. Elvis ate dinner in the Hickory House restaurant the night they arrived and did some sightseeing on the 26th. Perhaps as an indicator of things to come, Scotty, Bill and D.J. were not afforded a plane trip and drove from Memphis to New York and arrived on January 27th.
Elvis Presley and Jack Lord first met on January 14, 1973 following Elvis' triumphant Aloha From Hawaii television special. Elvis made special mention that Jack was in the audience which completely 'floored' the Lords., 'One of my favorite actors is in the audience, Jack Lord, I gotta say that, you know, Hawaii 5-0'. Afterwards, they went backstage and met Elvis for the first time, and met later at The Lords home facing the ocean on the Oahu side of the island. They met again on February 10, 1973 in Las Vegas.
Sad news for us and those in the Elvis community that knew him, our friend Pete Smith who ran the website Apache Elvis for some years, going back to when many oif the Elvis websites started, has died.
Make no mistake this book is an important release, and essential, and to make it more so it is just one part of what will be a six volume set that no one will ever want to part with, the highlight of any bookshelf.
Inspired by Troy's article, 'Elvis Sings In The Movies: His 25 Best Movie Songs
', here is my latest compilation, it is what I am listening to now : Twenty easy listening fun Elvis movie songs
View some great photos from the Elvis Presley: Images II Photo Book
by Patick Janssen & Constantijn Zantingh. This is a very high quality photo book, with the best quality printing we have seen - Elvis would be very proud of this release, what more can we say? oh, buy it, you won't regret it.) .... Elvis Presley: Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles - October 28 & 29, 1957
(1), Elvis Presley: Greensboro, July 22, 1975
(1), Blue Hawaii, 1961
(1), Paradise Hawaiian Style, 1966
(1). [Plus one more
Having received the photo book Elvis : The King Of Las Vegas, all of 5 pounds (2.3 kg) and 25cm (10") x 30cm (12") of it, I can say I am just amazed, stunned, I went through it page by page, got to the end, and did it all over again, and there are 360 pages! This is without doubt the best Elvis Presley photo book I have seen. It covers in great style, Elvis' life in Las Vegas from 1956 to 1976 in pictures.
The Elvis Presley Sings The Great British Songbook
2 CD provides some surprises amongst a unique track listing. The album features songs that were written by some of Britain's greatest songwriters however the use of live soundboard as well as RCA live stereo recordings makes this surprisingly essential listening.
The set contains several 'rare' soundboard and stereo concert recordings.
The Aloha From Hawaii Deluxe Edition
2 DVD set features many new camera angles resulting in a vastly improved and cohesive concert experience. The sound quality is also greatly improved, with all instruments and backing vocals clearer than ever before. Overall, an exciting set with informative booklet.
'Baby, Let's Play House - Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him
', reading the title, the book sounds good doesn't it? The problem is as the saying goes, you can't judge a book by it's cover, or in this case, by it's title
I have just been listening to two CDR copies (Disc 1 and 2), made directly from the Sony master for Elvis Presley: 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977
, and they sound fantastic. Not just the songs themselves, not just the quality, but to hear each track in the order that they charted, and then getting into the 60s all of a sudden a 50s recording comes on and it's just magic!!! Read more about this historic release
Elvis: Vegas '69 is a quality hardcover book and is without doubt the best book on Elvis Presley produced to-date
... And it is something altogether new .... It is not a photo book ... It is not an information book ... It is not an interview book. Yes it has all three elements
- and in abundance
- but the way it is formatted -- presented -- is completely new, refreshing, easy to read or just to flick though - (when time is limited) - and enjoy some great photos of Elvis, or read some quotes taken from the many interviews Ken has conducted.
Elvis In Gold
does start with it's first chapter showcasing Elvis posing for photos in his new Gold lame' suit -- including one with the suit's creator Nudie Cohen -- and gives us text with the story of the suit. But after these first pages, the book can be said to be a photo book of Elvis in 1957. And a high quality hardcover one at that! Not 100% essential but this is one book that will definitely be finding a home on my bookshelf.
Standing Room Only
is the album that could and should have been released in 1972. Now 37 years later we finally get a concept release from FTD
allowing us to enjoy what could easily have been Elvis' biggest selling album of the 1970s. With these masters - in superb sound quality - we are reminded where Elvis was at musically in the spring of 1972 - with strong commercial potential such as 'Burning Love' and 'Always On My Mind' RCA had enough tracks for the theoretical 'Standing Room Only' album plus for another pre-album single release if needed. And just imagine if 'For The Good Times' was released in 1972 instead of 1996!
How do you follow up an album like From Elvis In Memphis and the singles and follow up album that flowed from the 1969 recording sessions at Chip's Moman's Memphis American Sound Studio's? In February 1970 RCA recorded Elvis live in Las Vegas and released the classic live album, On Stage, but it was not until June of that year that Elvis re-entered a studio to cut an album proper. Elvis Country was the result, released in January 1971, it was Elvis' only real concept album and in my opinion does rate as Elvis best album.
Elvis Presley had a life-long love affair with motor cars. Beginning in the '50s with Cadillacs
, including the Pink Cadillac
that he eventually gave to his mother, to a second hand Volkswagen
and two BMW 507s
in Germany. In the '60s there where more Cadillacs, Ford Lincoln's
and a Rolls Royce
among many others. In the '70s, again Elvis purchased Cadillacs, a Mercedes-Benz 600
, even a Ford T-Bird -
his most prized cars of the 1970s were his Stutz Blackhawk's
. Elvis was the first person to own a Stutz Blackhawk, and there can be no doubt his favourite car of the 1970s was his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III
Elvis' purchased this 1971 yellow De Tomaso Pantera sports car in 1974 for $2,400 as a gift to then girlfriend Linda Thompson. This is the car Elvis shot - on more than one occasion! George Klein, Myrna Smith and Sheila Ryan all tell rather amazing stories about Elvis and this De Tomaso Pantera sports car.
On July 7, 1955 Elvis purchased his second Pink Cadillac, a new 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60
in blue with black roof, to replace the Cadillac that was burned. He had the car repainted by a neighbor who designed a pink color for Elvis and named the color 'Elvis Rose'. This is the one that he gave to his mother, probably the most famous car in the world. Gladys would always proudly point to it as 'her' car.
This week it has been reported that Mariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most No. 1 singles on Billboard's U.S Top 100 chart. EPE (and Elvis Australia) claim that Elvis had, in fact, 18 No. 1 singles, meaning Carey would have simply tied with Elvis.
The confusion lies with the 1956 chart-toppers Don't Be Cruel and Hound Dog
. EPE (correctly) lists the two songs as separate No. 1 singles. In the 1950's and 1960's Billboard counted record sales
and Jukebox plays
of both sides of a single
. Also in the case of Hound Dog and Don't Be Cruel there were two different covers issued allowing for which ever was asked for at the counter. One had Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel the other the reverse Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog.
On December 21 1958, Elvis leased a BMW 507
. The car was a 'used' one, formerly driven by racing ace Hans Stuck. In August 1959 Elvis swapped the sportscar for a red 507
which he drove until October 1959.
On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. With complete refurbishing the total exceeded $600,000. He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie
The Very Best of Elvis Presley
2 CD set is an absolute delight. Mastered from a high a resolution 24 bit master, the sound quality is perfect
and very easy on the ear.