Elvis News

5. feb, 2018

Straight Arrow has announced a new CD; Philadelphia Freedom. This contains an audience recording of the show in Philadelphia on June 28th, 1976.


Straight Arrow har annonsert en ny CD; Philadelphia Freedom. Denne inneholder et publikumsopptak av showet i Philadelphia den 28. juni 1976.


From the label: Our first release in 2018 is titled “Philadelphia Freedom”.  It's the summer of 1976, and America is celebrating its bicentennial. What could be more patriotic than seeing America’s greatest entertainer in the city where the countries' Declaration of Independence was formed and signed? Straight Arrow team has been looking for a recording of this particular concert for a long time… and finally succeeded. Compared with July and August 1976 concerts, performances in June were of a much better standard and the Philadelphia concert is no exception. Elvis did a fine show that night. The Philadelphia, June 28th, 1976 show is previously unreleased. Until now, this show was not available in acceptable sound. The only existing tape was in horrible quality. Our release has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from Pennsylvania. This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in  Philadelphia, PA, June 28th, 1976 and with great liner notes written by the fan who taped the show!

Tracklist: Part of pre-program: 01. Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky - by Joe Guercio & The Hot Hilton Horns) - 02. Black Sunday (by Sweet Inspirations) - 03. If You Leave Me Now (by Sweet Inspirations) - The Elvis Presley show: 04. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 05. C. C. Rider - 06. I Got A Woman / Amen - 07. Love Me - 08. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 09. You Gave Me A Mountain - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. And I Love You So - 13. Jailhouse Rock - 14. Fever - 15. America The Beautiful - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt, incomplete) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (Tony Brown)  - 23. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 24. Love Letters - 25. School Day - 26. Hurt #1 - 27. Hurt #2 - 28. Hound Dog - 29. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) - 30. Can't Help Falling In Love - 31. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

(The pre-program was taped in Philadelphia, PA, May 28th, 1977 by the same guy who recorded the 1976 show. Straight Arrow planned  to release the May 28th, 1977 show too, but another label released it recently from another tape source.)

Source: E-mail from label

5. feb, 2018

Straight Arrow has announced a new CD; Rippin' It In Cincinnatti. This contains an audience recording of the show in Cincinnati on March 21st, 1976.


Straight Arrow har annonsert en ny CD; Rippin' It In Cincinnatti. Denne inneholder et publikumsopptak av showet i Cincinnati den 21. mars 1976.


From the label: Our second release is titled „Rippin’ It In Cincinnati“. It was the1st tour of 1976 and some of Elvis’ key musicians were replaced. Unexpectedly, the result was a surprisingly fresh sound, with keyboards and drums prominent. During this rather short tour, Elvis performed 8 solid and entertaining shows in 4 cities. The Cincinnati, March 21st, 1976, 2:30pm show is previously unreleased. Once again, this show was not available in acceptable sound thus far. The only existing tape in circulation was in subpar quality. This was the show where Elvis ripped the seat of his blue Bicentennial suit during “Polk Salad Annie”, and finished the show dressed in the Rainfall suit. It is one of the very few shows where Elvis left the stage for awhile (another example is Baltimore, May 29, 1977, released on our 2CD “Breakdown In Baltimore”). Our release has been taken directly from a first generation copy of a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by Elvis super fan John Herman, who also taped the legendary Pittsburgh 1976 New Years Eve show, widely released by bootleggers and by the official FTD label. As usual, this release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in Cincinnati and local press reviews. A couple of unpublished John Herman snapshots were added, too.

Tracklist: 01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen  - 04. Love Me - 05. Let Me Be There - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Polk Salad Annie / Elvis leaves the stage to change the jumpsuit - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (by J. D. Sumner) - 13. What'd I Say (James Burton, instrumental) - 14. Drum Solo (Larry Londin) - 15. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Elvis returns - 16. Piano Solo (Shane Keister) - 17. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. And I Love You So - 20. Hurt (with reprise) - 21. Burning Love - 22. America The Beautiful - 23. Funny How Time Slips Away - 24. Heartbreak Hotel - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Source: E-mail from label

5. feb, 2018

Straight Arrow has announced a new CD; He's The One In '71. This contains an audience recording of the dinner show in Las Vegas on August 28, 1971.


Straight Arrow har annonsert en ny CD; He's The One In '71. Denne inneholder et publikumsopptak av middagsshowet i Las Vegas den 28. august 1971.


From the label: Our 3rd CD in this batch, and some might say, the best. Straight Arrow is very pleased to bring you  this rare concert recording from Elvis’ Summer 1971 festival. It is always a delight to find new, fresh tapes from this year, and from this particular season -- especially when it's in very good sound quality. This is an excellent recording of the August 28th dinner show. Elvis' previous engagement there had shown signs of his high performing standard slipping, but here he sounds like he's back on track again. Late August shows are tight, no-nonsense affairs with Presley in good voice and in strong form. He performs with focus and professionalism, and he sings a fantastic variety of music. The Las Vegas, August 28th, 1971, Dinner show is previously unreleased. The only existing tape/CDR in circulation is of very poor quality. Our release has been taken directly from a recently obtained first generation copy of an original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from France, Marie Chantal Rivière, who also taped other August 1971 Las Vegas shows. We have released Marie Chantal Rivière's recordings of the August 27th & 29th dinner and midnight concerts on the 2CD “Solid As Rock” (SA/SP 2015-37-02) and the CD “Last Stint At The International” (SA/SP 2016-38-02). If you like those releases, you cannot go wrong with “He’s The One In ‘71”! This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in August 1971 and press reviews.

Tracklist: 01. Orchestra Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. That’s All Right - 04. I Got A Woman - 05. Proud Mary - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 09. Johnny B. Goode - 10. It’s Impossible - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On / Blue Suede Shoes - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. Hound Dog - 15. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 18. I’m Leavin’ - 19. Introduction of Ed Parker - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Source: E-mail from label

5. feb, 2018

Hepcat records has announced a new Box set; Behind Closed Doors. This 10-inch sized boxset contains 2 CD's, a 10-inch record and a bonus 45 RPM record.


Hepcat records har annonsert en ny boks; Behind Closed Doors. Denne 10-tommers boksen inneholder 2 CD-plater, en 10-tommers vinyl og en vinyl singel.


From the label: After the success of "The alternate moody blue" & "the alternate today" Hepcat records releases "BEHIND CLOSED DOORS" in it's newly launched special products series. Behind Closed Doors has always been a fan favorite, the beautiful lp box set issued by the AUDIFÖN label in 1979 was a groundbreaking release. Most material was unreleased and the quality was pretty good. HEPCAT started this project after locating some of the original acetates & a (partly usable) tape used to create the original lp masters.  After a short investigation we realized this set deserved a proper re-release. Especially with the acetates & tape in hand! Obviously during the years a lot of material was issued officially in the right quality but also some of the tracks are not yet available on other releases or in the form as presented on the original boxset.  (Besides a terrible sounding cd release in the 90's). For example STEPPIN' OUT OF LINE take 19 & 8 which were only released as a spliced version. On this set you will find the proper versions, in an awesome quality. The outtakes of the TAG for DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS are another example of beautiful quality on this set. Same counts for WILD IN THE COUNTRY / BEACH BOY BLUES take 1 & 3 and so on. This set offers too much to mention and will sure bring back some memories. Also for the 70's lovers there is enough to enjoy on this set, for example the SUSPICIOUS MINDS spliced live version and POLK SALAD ANNIE from February 16, 1970 are presented here in a quality as never before. Also the extended version of DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT is in a quality you will certainly enjoy. For IT'S YOUR BABY YOU ROCK IT it was mostly thought that the undubbed master on the original lp box was skipping, actually it was a bad edited version as it appeared on the tape, a better source was not available at the time and still is not available. We decided to put the edited version the way it was presented on the tape & original lp box as it is still way better then the second acetate source, which is also presented as a bonus track. Die hard vinyl spinners might even be able to sing along with the edited version. All tracks are digitally remastered and speed corrected where necesarry. Now for the first time this legendary LP boxset is re-released in this beautiful 10 inch sized boxset. Containing 2 CD's , a 10 INCH record and a bonus 45 RPM record containing GENTLE ON MY MIND (vocal repaired undubbed master) & TOMORROW NEVER COMES (take 11). Only available in red vinyl.

Track list: 10 INCH - SIDE A: LONELY MAN (Solo Take 1), IN MY WAY (Take 1), MOONLIGHT SWIM (Take 2), KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (Take 31), HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS (Take 7), I GOT LUCKY (MX5 Take 2) - SIDE B: FADED LOVE (Alternate Master / Take 3), DON’T CRY DADDY (Live February 17, 1970 midnight show), KENTUCKY RAIN (Live February 17, 1970 midnight show), FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY (Unedited Undubbed Master)

COMPACT DISC 1: 01. LONELY MAN - SOLO TAKE 1, 02. I SLIPPED, I STUMBLED, I FELL - TAKE 14 & 15, 03. I SLIPPED, I STUMBLED, I FELL - TAKE 16, 04. WILD IN THE COUNTRY - TAKE 1, 05. WILD IN THE COUNTRY - TAKE 15 & 16, 06. IN MY WAY - TAKE 1, 07. FORGET ME NEVER - TAKE 1 & 2, 08. HAWAIIAN WEDDING SONG - TAKE 1, 09. ISLAND OF LOVE - TAKE 5,7 & 8, 10. STEPPIN‘ OUT OF LINE - TAKE 19, 11. STEPPIN‘ OUT OF LINE - TAKE 8, 12. ALMOST ALWAYS TRUE - TAKE 4 & 5, 13. MOONLIGHT SWIM - TAKE 1, 14. MOONLIGHT SWIM - TAKE 2, 15. CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE - TAKE 20-22 & 24, 16. BEACH BOY BLUES - TAKE 1 & 3 (MONO), 17. KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD - TAKE 31, 18. THIS IS LIVING - TAKE 3, 19. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS - TAKE 7, 20. I GOT LUCKY - MX5 TAKE 2, 21. A WHISTLING TUNE - TAKE 3-7, 22. DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS - A1V TAKE 1-3, 23. THIS IS MY HEAVEN - FOV TAKE 3, 24. SWING DOWN SWEET CHARIOT - MOVIE VERSION UNDUBBED MASTER TAKE 10, 25. ALMOST - MOVIE VERSION UNDUBBED MASTER TAKE 31, 26. SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC - MASTER TAKE 9, 27. THE WHIFFENPOOF SONG / VIOLET

COMPACT DISC 2: 01. GENTLE ON MY MIND – MASTER, 02. FADED LOVE - ALTERNATE MASTER / TAKE 3, 03. I GOT A WOMAN - LIVE AUGUST 26 1969 DINNER SHOW, 04. SUSPICIOUS MINDS - SPLICED LIVE VERSION AUGUST 22 1969, DINNER SHOW & UNKNOWN LIVE VERSION, 05. DON’T CRY DADDY - FEBRUARY 17 1970 MIDNIGHT SHOW, 06. KENTUCKY RAIN - FEBRUARY 17 1970 MIDNIGHT SHOW, 07. POLK SALAD ANNIE - FEBRUARY 16 1970 MIDNIGHT SHOW, 08. IT’S YOUR BABY, YOU ROCK IT - UNDUBBED MASTER TAKE 5 - LP VERSION, 09. TOMORROW NEVER COMES - COMPOSITE MASTER, 10. FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY - UNEDITED UNDUBBED MASTER, 11. I WASHED MY HANDS IN MUDDY WATER - UNEDITED UNDUBBED MASTER, 12. THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE - DUET WITH GINGER HOLLADAY - TAKE 12, 13. DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT - EXTENDED VERSION - BONUS: 14. ISLAND OF LOVE - TAKE 7 & 8 – STEREO, 15. BEACH BOY BLUES - TAKE 3 – STEREO, 16. DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT - FULL VERSION - MAY 16/17 1971, 17. IT’S YOUR BABY, YOU ROCK IT - UNDUBBED MASTER TAKE 5

45 RPM: SIDE A: GENTLE ON MY MIND - Vocal Repaired Undubbed Master - SIDE B: TOMORROW NEVER COMES - TAKE 11

Source; elvis-collectors.com

5. feb, 2018

DAE has announced a vinyl/CD combo of the midnight show in Las Vegas on August 24, 1969.


DAE har annonsert en ny vinyl/cd kombo av midnattsshowet i Las Vegas den 24. august 1969.


From the label: 23 years after the first DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS release "old times they are not forgotten" the DAE team has joined together for some very special releases. But first a little bit of Elvis history: All recordings on the DAE label were never released before in any form. Due to the many copies ( read: "counterfeits" of the originals) that were made from the original DAE releases it did not make much sense to do another run of the original releases at the time. This is maybe also a good opportunity to state that DAE never did a reissue of any kind. At the time there was the original run and a reprint was never issued. Most copies that appear from time to time on the market are therefore not the original DAE issues and have nothing to do with the original label. With as a lowpoint the humiliating release of "the very best of diamond anniversary". Till now it is the first time the DAE team has joined forces again for this very special release. Back in the old days of the 90's vinyl was out of fashion and compact discs were the new medium. Therefore the request for cd's was so much higher and after locating the shows they were only released on cd. Now with the revival of vinyl, DAE decided to give the shows a well deserved re-release on vinyl. The first title chosen is actually the 5th cd release : HERE I GO AGAIN. Containing the August 24 1969 midnight show. Back in the days the tape was wrongly dated and it was released as being the August 23 dinner show. This new release of HERE I GO AGAIN is completely updated and remastered and for the biggest part sourced from multitrack sources plus the original tape used for the cd release. We realize our friends from Gravel Road Music have also reissued the show with a little bit of help from the original DAE tapes but they left out some tracks of the original show, which were replaced by other versions. And the so called "raw material" did not add much to the package as we believe even the original cd release is sounding way better. We believe this new updated double album is the best outing of this show till now! And of course the show is included on cd too. This release is very limited and is available in red or blue vinyl presented in a gatefold sleeve. Get it while you can and add this awesome DAE product to your collection.

Source; elvis-collectors.com