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Interview with Bill Belew

Bill Belew has the distinction of having designed Elvis Presley's costumes and personal wardrobe from 1968 until his death in 1977. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York, Belew has also designed costumes for a multitude of entertainers, including Lynne Redgrave, Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Swanson, Sandy Duncan, Victoria Principal, Pia Zadora, Joan Van Ark, Brooke Shields, Jaclyn Smith, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack and Dionne Warwick, as well as Milton Berle among others.

Review | Elvis Now FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set

Perhaps the best part of FTD's 'Elvis Now' is that every song sounds better than it ever has before. If you love Elvis in the 1969 - 1971 era represented by this album and care about audio quality, you will be thrilled with these sound upgrades - particularly on the master takes. Kudos to FTD for much improvement in this area over the years. 'Elvis Now' is a different kind of listening experience than that of 'From Elvis In Memphis' or 'That's The Way It Is'. While those two albums are monumental, their greatness should not take away from the understated achievement that 'Elvis Now' represents.

From Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA + Soundstage Recordings Part 3 CD

Elvis One presents part 3 of 'From Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, California + Soundstage Recordings'. Part 3 contains 25 Tracks including some great movie versions and outtakes. The movie versions with (film) score from 'G.I. Blues' will surprise you as well as the 3 great radio spots from 'Wild In The Country'. These and some other tracks you can hear for the first time on CD! Including a booklet with photos and recording information.

Elvis: Chicas !!! Chicas !!! Chicas !!! CD

Elvis One presents Chicas !!! Chicas !!! Chicas !!! A collection of 43 tracks from the Hal Wallis' production 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'. This CD contains the mono albums masters, unedited masters and outtakes, the Gilda Maiken recordings for the movie (taken from acetate) and 9 radio spots. A great new collection including some official previously unreleased recordings and for the first time on CD nine (9) hard to find promotional radio spots from the movie taken from the original promo record. Including a booklet with photos and recording information.

Elvis 50s CD from Elvis One

Elvis One presents a great CD with 33 tracks from the fifties! On Elvis Presley '50s (The Bootleg Series) CD you can hear for the first time on CD the unedited Elvis performances at The Milton Berle Show from April 3, 1956 and The Steve Allen Show from July 1, 1956, including the full introduction of these shows.

FTD Releases Delayed

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Follow That Dream collectors label has postponed the upcoming releases 'Elvis: St. Louis / Spokane' and 'The Kid Galahad Sessions' to at least the second week of April.
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Elvis Presley 42 Years ... Gone too soon ... Gone too long

Elvis lived 15,561 days. On March 23, 2020, we reached the point when he had been gone the same number of days. That's exactly 42 years, 7 months and 8 days. So he has now been gone longer than he was with us.

Elvis Presley and the Memphis Mafia

The group of friends around Elvis became known as the Memphis Mafia.

Review | Elvis Country FTD Special Edition 2 CD Set

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 recorded country music throughout his career - from classics at Sun sessions in the Fifties to unrepentant schlock. 1971's Elvis Country isn't as famous as his 1969 landmark From Elvis In Memphis but it's one of his most consistent, thematically tight albums, showing off his voice in boundless, effortless form and taking on a set of songs he had a deep connection with.

Last chance to order these Elvis Books ...

We are able to obtain only a few copies of each of the following quality large/heavy hardcover books. Pre-order now for April. Available with the new Stay Away Joe / Speedway Book around Easter.

King Creole Blu-ray

Paramount Pictures announced today that it will introduce a new 'Paramount Presents' label to recognize and celebrate films from the studio's vast and storied library. Among the first three films in the Blu-ray line is be the acclaimed Elvis Presley drama 'King Creole'. The first three titles will be available beginning April 21, 2020.

Elvis and the coronavirus

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus. Both are down in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros.
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Elvis: The Kid Galahad Sessions 2 CD Boxset from FTD

Follow That Dream (FTD) is pleased to announce the release of 'The Kid Galahad Sessions'. This 8" deluxe 2-CD package includes many Remixed and Remastered Unrleleased Studio Outtakes and features a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos.

Elvis: St. Louis / Spokane Soundboard Concert FTD 2 CD

As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis: St. Louis / Spokane. Released as a 2-CD 5" digi-pak, featuring Elvis at the Kiel Auditorium on March 22 and The Coliseum on April 1976.

Freddy Bienstock | Music Publishing and Elvis Presley

Although Freddy Bienstock is not a household name, he is famous to many as the music publisher and plugger for Elvis Presley. But still, even to Elvis fans, he is something of a mystery figure. We know about James BurtonScotty MooreRed West and Colonel Parker, but who can tell you much about Freddy Bienstock? And yet look in the index of any Elvis Presley biography and you will find references to him. He runs through Peter Guralnick's definitive biographies, and, quite clearly, he is an essential component in the Elvis story.

Review | Promised Land FTD 2 CD Classic Album

Follow That Dream's 'Promised Land' completes the STAX trilogy and the 2-CD version is a welcome addition to the growing catalogue of collectors releases. The Promised Land album is indeed a classic but by including the alternate album and 'the making of' – it's now widescreen (so to speak) ... The 1974 released classic album includes: yearning ballads, funk, late night laments – and a burning Chuck Berry cover that could melt speaker grills ... To sum up, Elvis took us on a trip to the promised land that's one hell of a ride ... Elvis takes Chuck Berry's classic 1964 musical travelogue Promised Land and amps it in a rocking tour-de-force - and it's fantastic to hear takes 3, 4, powered by Ronnie Tutt's powerhouse drumming and James Burton's driving guitar.

Preview #2 | Elvis: Behind The Scenes Speedway & Stay Away Joe 400 page Book

View a new six (6) page preview of images from the Erik Lorentzen published 'Elvis: Behind The Scenes Speedway & Stay Away Joe' 400-page Hardcover Book. Due out in April for Easter this large and heavy (3kg | 6.60 Pounds) book contains some awesome and unseen photos from the set of the two films. We are going to be seeing around 250-300 photos that are unseen and most are from Behind The Scenes. Elvis Presley ... Fooling around on the set | Playing with his friends | Playing touch football | Water battles | riding | Singing and racing | Amazing portraits.

Elvis: That's The Way It Is Cinema Re-release | April 2020 | Book Tickets Now

Book tickets now | Trafalgar Releasing has set a re-release for the concert documentary 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is' for April 22, 2020 in 14 countries. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the film's original release by MGM.
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Preview | Elvis: Behind The Scenes Speedway & Stay Away Joe 400 page Book

View a five (5) page preview of images from the Erik Lorentzen published 'Elvis: Behind The Scenes Speedway & Stay Away Joe' 400-page Hardcover Book. Due out in April for Easter this large and heavy (3kg | 6.60 Pounds) book contains some awesome and unseen photos from the set of the two films. We are going to be seeing around 250-300 photos that are unseen and most are from Behind The Scenes. Elvis Presley ... Fooling around on the set | Playing with his friends | Playing touch football | Water battles | riding | Singing and racing | Amazing portraits.

Review | The Return To Vegas 1969 Soundboard Concert CD from FTD

Forty-five years ago, only eleven days after astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous 'one small step' on the moon, Elvis Presley took his own giant leap. On that July 31st night in 1969, the singer stepped onto the stage of the International Hotel in Las Vegas and firmly reestablished himself as one of the world’s most dynamic performers. To commemorate the anniversary, Sony’s Follow That Dream (FTD) collectors label for Elvis fans recently released on CD The Return To Vegas, the earliest known recording from this concert series.

Released | 'Elvis In California' 2-CD Soundboard Recorded Concert Set (FTD)

Follow That Dream has released the CD, 'Elvis In California' and our order is now on the way to us. This 2-CD set in 5" digipak features Elvis touring during May 1974. The shows, taken from the original soundboard tapes, feature concerts from Selland Arena, Fresno (May 12) and Swing Auditorium, San Bernadino (May 10 & 13).

Elvis Presley's Ford Thunderbird | Proud to say he sold a T-bird to The King

Elvis Presley was a Cadillac man and everybody knew it. His taste in cars was especially well-known in his hometown, where folks believed that if you were in the right place at the right time he might suddenly appear out of nowhere and give you the car of your dreams, because that was one of the splendid things about him ...

Fun In Acapulco | Spliced Takes Special CD

'I Think I'm Gonna Like this release...' Last years 'Viva Las Vegas' release was a real winner and included lots of new and fresh sounding tracks with cool edits. Fun In Acapulco | Spliced Takes Special CD is no different and will surprise you with a great new soundtrack which includes 13 (!!) new and unreleased spliced takes. Almost all tracks have a longer running time due to the clever use of different takes. The title track has been re-edited and sounds like a completely new take! The same goes for 'Rhumba In A Sports Car' which has also been extended.
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Jimmy Dean Remembers Elvis Presley

Throughout the years I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness the beginnings of more than one musical legend. One afternoon, we were paid a visit by a young and inexperienced Elvis Presley, who was appearing on an excursion boat, the S.S. Mt. Vernon. Includes Interview with Jimy Dean.

Review | Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

The Memphis Recording Service (MRS), the producers of the 'Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD, boldly state on the front cover that never before have we ever had live film footage (i.e., with synchronized sound) of an Elvis concert from the 50's ... until this time. Well, we certainly do now! Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. 
  • The DVD Audio section gives you sound quality superior to CD
  • The DVD Video Section Contains both Video Film and synchronized Sound
MRS has ingeniously coordinated licensed, professionally shot black and white newsreel footage (taken at the afternoon September 1956 Tupelo homecoming concert) with the amateur recording made of the concert (which has previously appeared on the Elvis Presley Golden Celebration LP/CD box sets) and it blows you away! Not because of the quality of the footage and audio, but because of the combination! You will hardly believe your eyes and ears!

Interview With Elvis Presley | August 28, 1956

Interview With Elvis Presley. August 28, 1956. About the 'Criticism'About the ShowSo I'm Never Nervous, Huh?My Special GirlWhat, No Singing Lessons?The Green ScrapbookMy Greatest AmbitionMy SideburnsMy True ReligionHave I Changed?Who Am I Going to Act Like?Do I Really Play the Guitar?Do I Say All Those Things?On Amusement ParksWhy Do I Sing Like I Do?And Now, What Can I Say?Fan Club Address Change.

Review | Elvis Back In Memphis FTD Special Edition 2 CD Classic Album

Review of the FTD release, Back In Memphis, by Troy Yeary. When I first heard the original 'Back In Memphis', over twenty years ago, I was surprised by my disappointment. After listening to this expanded FTD release of the album, I am surprised yet again. Not by disappointment this time, but by how much I enjoyed it.

Work In Progress | The Guitar Man Album Sessions Volume 1 CD Set

Work In Progress | The Guitar Man Album Sessions Volume 1 CD Set. In 1980 Felton Jarvis, Elvis' record producer for the last decade came to the remarkable idea to freshen up some of Elvis' recordings. The idea was to add totally new backing tracks to Elvis' voice. This resulted in the 1981 record release of 'Guitar Man'.  Felton was convinced Elvis would have loved it. The original album contained 10 songs (which all can be heard in a wonderful newly remastered sound quality on this new 2 CD set). But Felton worked on a bunch of other songs to see if they would suit the project. This special 2 CD set contains many of those unreleased versions that never made it to the record. Also included are some unreleased unfinished versions of tracks that did make it to the final GUITAR MAN album.
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Elvis: 40 Greatest! 'Pink Album' 2 CD Set

The legendary 40 Greatest! 2 CD Set PINK ALBUM is now available on a deluxe double compact disc set. Elvis' 40 Greatest, originally released (on Arcade) in 1974 and UK's biggest-selling album over the Christmas period of that year, but along with all albums on K-tel, Ronco and Arcade, it was ineligible for the UK Albums Chart until 1975 because it was felt that heavy TV advertising and low pricing distorted the charts. It finally reached number one on the UK Albums Chart in 1977, and became the 10th best-selling album of the 1970s in the UK.
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Southbound Luxor LP (August 31, 1976)

Southbound was originally released in 1998 featuring the August 31 1976 show from Macon Georgia. The 7th tour of 1976 is not known as being the best tour in Elvis' career. During this particular show Elvis appeared demotivated. He was definitely struggling to get to the end of this engagement. Most likely the crowd never even noticed this as they go wild like always as Elvis delivered a mediocre performance.
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Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.