Essential Elvis - Vol. 6
Here's the tracklsiting of Essential Elvis Vol. 6 (Such a Night: The Stellar Nashville Sessions,
1960 - 1964) that is scheduled for February 8th, 2000
Such a Night/ Make Me Know It/ Stuck on You/ Fever/ The Girl of My Best Friend/ Soldier
Boy / Surrender/ I Believe in the Man in the Sky/ Give Me the Right/ I'm Comin' Home/
There's Always Me/ Little Sister/ I Met Her Today/ Gonna Get Back Somehow/ Night Rider/
(Such An) Easy Question/ Suspicion/ Please Don't Drag That String Around/ Memphis,
Tennessee/ It Hurts Me.
The Home Recordings
Here we have the new BMG release "The Home Recordings" (BMG 07863 67676 2) that
contains the recordings at Elvis' home. I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this cd, but
it changed dramatically, I really love this CD. Here we hear Elvis' love and joy, and that's
making music with his friends. For a homerecording, the quality is very good, and one of the
highlights are "What now my love" (sample can be found on my Real Audio Section), "Mary
Lou Brown". This is a highly recommended cd, and enjoy the private Elvis at this best!!.
When the saints go marching in/ I understand just how you feel/ I asked the Lord/ I'm
beginning to forget you/ Mona Lisa/ Hands Off/ Make believe/ If I loved you/ What now my
love/ Tumblin' Tumbleweeds/ San Antonio Rose/ Tennessee Waltz (not the Platinum version)/
Show me thy way, O Lord/ After loving you/ I've been blue/ Mary lou Brown/ It's no fun being
lonely/ Suppose/ Indescribably blue/ Write to me from Naples/ My heart cries for you/ Dark
Here we have the new BMG release "Sunrise", a 2 CD set which contains the material from
Elvis' sun period.
Sunrise (RCA 07863 67675 2)
Disc 1) That's All Right; Blue Moon of Kentucky; Good Rockin' Tonight; I Don't Care If The
Sun Don't Shine; Milkcow Blues Boogie; You're A Heartbreaker; Baby Let's Play House; I'm
Left, You're Right, She's Gone; I Forgot To Remember To Forget; Mystery Train; I Love You
Because; Harbor Lights; Blue Moon; Tomorrow Night; I'll Never Let You Go; Just Because;
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone (slow version); Tryin' To Get To You; When It Rains It
Disc 2) My Happiness; That's When Your Heartaches Begin; I'll Never Stand In Your Way; It
Wouldn't Be The Same Without You; I Love You Because (alt. take); That's All Right (Mama)
(alt. take); Blue Moon Of Kentucky (alt. take); Blue Moon (alt. take); I'll Never Let You Go
(alt. take); I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine (alt. take); I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
(slow version) (alt take); Fool, Fool, Fool; Shake, Rattle & Roll; I'm Left, You're Right, She's
Gone (live); That's All Right (live); Money Honey (live); Tweedle Dee (live); I Don't Care If
The Sun Don't Shine (live); Hearts Of Stone (previously unreleased live)
The main track on this release is of course "the song "It wouldn't be the same without you",
but overall this release is a little disapointing to me. Click here for a detailed review.
Elvis- the concert '99
Out now, is the new 2-CD set "Elvis - The Concert 1999" (BMG 74321 64429 2) , on occasion
of the european Tour of "Elvis- The Concert". The set is released in a limited edition of 25.000
copies. It contains all the songs appearing in "Elvis - The Concert" (including two unreleased
songs) in the same order:
(CD-1) See see Rider / Burning Love / Steamroller Blues / I Can't Stop Loving You / Johnny B.
Goode / You Gave Me A Mountain / Polk Salad Annie / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' /
Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / Just Pretend (studio-version)/ Make The World Go Away
(studio version) / In The Ghetto (Unreleased) / How Great Thou Art / Bridge Over Troubled
(CD-2)Trouble-Guitar Man / Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel / All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel /
One Night / Love Me Tender / The Wonder Of You / Lawdy Miss Clawdy /Funny How Time
Slips Away / Suspicious Minds (Unreleased)/ I'll Remember You / A Big Hunk O' Love / My
Way / An American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love.
This nice looking CD comes in a 16 page booklet, the sound quality is pretty good, and I guess
that this will be a collectors item soon for only 25.000 copies were made.
Elvis in Rock (Spain)
The latest release from Spain is "Elvis in Rock - Sus Grandes Canciones De Rock 'n' Roll" (see
artwork). From this release also a promotional CD has been issued that seems to be very hard
to get, will add this one as soon as I have a copy. (Thanks to Joaquin Luque. Vice-president of
Spanish Fanclub "Club Elvis" for the info.
Aloha via Satellite
This CD (DCP 12214) is/was included as an extra bonus CD with the Tunzi's book "Aloha via
Satellite" (see Elvis news). It features 5 tracks from the latest BMG release "Aloha from
Hawaii" welcome to my world/ What now my love/ Steamroller blues/ It's over/ dialogue-I'll
remember you in a gatefold cover.
Promo "Artist of the century"
Here we have the first promo CD to promote Elvis as the artist of the century. This promo
(RCA 74321 619112) contains 7 tracks, and these are "Hound dog" (taken from the album
"Artist of the century", "Mystery train" taken from the album "Sunshine", "Santa Claus is
back in town" (taken from the album "Tiger man"), "Gospel Medley" (taken from the album
"Memories"), "After loving you - outtake"(taken from the album "Suspicious minds"), "Talk
about the good times" (taken from the album "Rhythm and country", and "Make believe -
unreleased" (taken from the album "Private Elvis").
1960-61 Romantique & 1960 films
Two new releases from the La legende sequels is the "1960 films", featuring songs from the
movies "Flaming star & Wild in the country. Also including the outtakes such as Black star &
Summer kisses, winter tears. The other one is the "1960-1961 Romantique" feauturing the
ballads from 1960, and also both CD's contains a beautiful full color magazine.
Memories; The '68 comeback special
Here we have the new BMG product "Memories" (BMG 07863 67612 2), a 2 CD set that
contains one of Elvis' best period ever (of course the 1968 comeback ;-)). BMG treated us with
22 unreleased tracks, and my favourite is the outtake of "A little less conversation", and
"when it rains it really pours" from the dress rehearsal, that was released before on the "From
Burbank to Vegas", and finally now on a BMG product. It comes with a 24 pages booklet, with
linears note from Colin Escott. This is an essential release, you'll get the the king at his best!!.
Click here for a full review by Lex Raaphorst.
Vino, Dinero Y Amor
Here we have "Vino, Dinero Y Amor" the follow-up of the Mexican promo "Alle en El Rancho
Grande", and again this promo comes in a picture disc and a very different artwork. This time
we have two tracks, namely "Vino, dinero Y amor" & "Fun in Acapulco". It's a nice
collectible for the CD Collectors.
From BMG the latest release is "Tigerman", featuring the complete and unedited 8PM sit
down show. For the non-import collectors this is a must, here we have 7 unreleased
performances. The Import collectors already have this material for a long long time in their
collection, so, I'm not very excited about this, but the sound quality is pretty good. The
tracklisting is as follows;
Heartbreak hotel/ Baby what you want me to do/ introductions 8pm/ That's all right/ Are you
lonesome tonight/ Baby what you want me to do/ Blue suede shoes/ One night/ Love me/ Trying
to get to you/ Lawdy miss Clawdy/ Santa Claus is back in town/ Blue Christmas/ Tigerman/
When my blue moon turns to gold again/ Memories.
Here's a review of the BMG Tigerman release by Johnny Savage, click Tigerman
Rhythm and Country
Here we have the long awaited 5th volume of the very popular Essential Elvis releases. And
this time BMG treated us with 16 previously unreleased performances from the July &
December 1973 recording sessions from the Stax Studios. I'm not a big fan of the Stax
material, except for a few songs like Promised land etc.., but I do like the compilation of this
release that is made in the same formula as "Essential Elvis Vol. 4" (studio chats, a lot of
clowning/cursing etc. !!! It starts off with the 1st take of "I got a feeling in my body", and it
seems that he really had the feeling in his body, for it's sounding pretty good for it's first
attempt. Follows is one of the better songs from these sessions "Loving arms" (take 2), and one
of my wife's all-time favourite "I've got a thing about you baby" (take 14).
Other songs are "She wears my ring" (take 8), "You asked me too" (take 2) , "There's a honky
tonk angel" (take 1), "Good time Charlie's got the blues" (take 8), "Find out what's
happening" (take 6), "For ol' time sake" (take 3), "Promised land" (take 4), "Thinking about
you" (take 4), "Three corn patches" (take 14) arghhhh, "Girl of mine" (take 9), "Your love's
been a long time coming" (take 4), "Spanish eyes" with Spanish countdow (take 2), "Talk
about the good times" (take 3), "If that isn't love" (take 1). Overall this is a nice compilation,
and of course a must for the 70's fan. For a complete review of "Rhythm & Country", click
Alle en El Rancho Grande
A new promo CD from mexico, and in a really weird artwork is "Alle en El Rancho Grande"
featuring "Alla en el Rancho Grande", "Guadalajara" & "Mexico". The latest what I heard
that this will also be released in Columbia, I only have this Mexican promo, but if someone can
give me more info about the Columbian CD, please let me know.
Promo Elvis '68
Here we have the new promo "Elvis '68 - NBC TV Special 30th anniverary sampler from the
forthcoming releases "Tigerman (07863 676112) & Memories (07863 67611 2). The tracks on
the promo are;
Trouble-guitarman/Trying to get to you/ Tigerman/ Baby what you want me to do/ Jailhouse
rock/ If I can dream.
A nice detail is this version of "Jailhouse rock" will be only available on this promo, and not on
the official release.
La Legende's continues
Here we have two more of the La legende series from France. This time we have the "En
concert" Aloha from Hawaii - Volume 2, including the bonus songs "Ku-U-I-po", "No more",
"Hawaiian wedding song" and Early morning rain". And the other title is "1957-1960
romantique" with 15 ballads from the 1957-1960 era.
1958 Films & En concert
From France 2 new volumes from the La Legende collection, and again like the other 2 titles it
comes with a full colour magazine. The new volumes are the "1958 Films" featuring 16 tracks
from the "King Creole" movie. The alternate takes of "As long as I have you" & "King
Creole" is also included, and also the undubbed version of "Lover doll" and the instrumental
track of "King Creole".
The other volume "En concert" is really not interesting, it's featuring the songs from the
"Aloha from Hawaii" concert, and it's incomplete too!!!.That's really weird.
Blue suede shoes - The ultimate Rock 'n Roll
This release from the U.K. is indeed an Ultimate Rock collection, it's featuring 33 tracks, and I
think it's a great compilation. A lot of my favourite songs are included like "Mystery train,
Memphis Tennesee", but of course this is hardly essential for the Elvis collectors, but again, I
love the compilation of the songs. The artwork is beautiful.
For the fans who are still considering buying the new Aloha from Hawaii CD, maybe the
review of Wolfgang Pesch can make it a little easier for you to decide, click on Aloha review
and then buy this, or not :-).
Elvis Aron Presley Box
Out now (sooner then expected) is the Elvis Aron Presley box (a.k.a. the silver box). This CD
box was released orginally as an 8 LP box in 1980, and it's so good to have this on CD now. It's
a thrill to hear the 1961 Honolulu Benefit concert on CD, that will be my favourite part of this
set, together with the Las Vegas years. Also great to have on CD is the beautiful capella version
of "Thanks to the rolling sea". For many fans who don't have the CD "Live in Dallas" (special
BMG products from Holland) that was released years ago, will enjoy the 1975 concert on disc
4. This all in a very attractive longbox like the Platinum & Golden celebration box, and the
booklet is superb deluxe with full color photos and a review of every track on this CD. Well
A new compilation hits CD from France (BMG/Edition Atlas) is "La legende" and now on the
market is the "1954-57 Romantique" & "1956-57 Rock 'n' Roll". The songs that has been put
on the the album are the familiar stuff, but what makes this CD releases interesting is that each
volume comes with a full color 32 pages magazine.
Can't help falling in love
A new CD single release from Spain to promote the CD "Elvis 20 aniversario" is the 1 track
promo CD "Can't help falling in love". This is a very highly collectible since only 100 copies
The movie years & A Mi Manera
BMG Australia released a new promotional CD "The Movie years" (PROCD21104) featuring
10 moviesoundtracks, and BMG Argentina came out with a promo CD single "A Mi
Manera" (AR 002) featuring a live version and studio version of "My way"
Out in Hollywood
Here we have the 2nd release of the Follow that Dream Collectors label (again in digipack) and
this time they treated us with 22 movie outtakes. It's true that a lot of tracks was released
before on Import cd's, but not in this sound quality. The vocal overdub of baby I don't care
and I need somebody to lean on is for me the highlights on this CD. The songs from Viva Las
Vegas sounds like it was taken from the original 3 track masters. Here's the tracklisting with
Mexico (take 7) - Cross my heart and hope to die (take 6) - Wild in the country (take 11) -
Adam and Evil (take 16) - Lonely man (take 4) - Thanks to the rolling sea (take 3) - Where do
you come from (take 13) - King of the whole wide world (take 3) - Little Egypt (take 21) -
Wonderful world (take 7) - This is my heaven (vocal overdub take 4) - Spinout (take 2) - All
that I am (take 2) - We'll be together (take 10) - Frankie and Johnny (take 1) - I need
somebody to lean on (take 8) - The meanest girl in town (take 9) - Night life (take 3) - Puppet
on a string (take 7) - Hey little girl (take 1 & 2) - Edge of reality (take 6) - Baby I don't care
(vocal overdub take 6)
Can't help falling in love
A new compilation CD release from BMG Europe is "Can't help falling in love" (RCA 07863
67873 2) featuring 22 tracks from his movie years. Only interesting for the die-hard fans for it
contains nothing new. Tracks;
Jailhouse rock/ Loving you/ Hard headed woman/ Teddy bear/ King creole/ Treat me nice/
Love me tender/ Shoppin' around/ Wooden heart/ Rock a hula baby/ Follow that dream/ King
of the whole wide world/ Easy question/ Return to sender/ One broken heart for sale/ Bossa
nova baby/ Viva las Vegas/ Kissin' Cousins/ Roustabout/ Puppet on a string/ Clean up your
own back yard/ Can't help falling in love.
Artist of the Century (vinyl)
A new BMG special products from Castle Music "Artist of the Century" is expected any
moment now. It features 5 albums pressed on a 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, and will have 5
different covers (three of them is the same as in the CD version). including is a 22 pages
booklet. More details later!!
New single releases BMG Holland
BMG Holland issued three different CD singles of Suspicious minds (that is chosen to be his
Dutch Fans as the absolute number one song ever (mine vote was not included ;-)), the 1st one
(a two track) comes in a cardboard sleeve and contains an outtake of " Shake rattle and
roll" (take 2) that was never released before. The 2nd contains four tracks with In the ghetto,
Reconsider baby, and an outtake of Little Egypt that was previously released on the Time Life
cd's. The third and last one is a real beauty, this one is a two track shaped CD that features an
outtake of Snowbird (previously released on Time Life).
Artist of the Century
This is a CD title that speaks for itself, and our man deserved this title with no doubt. The
three CD box (BMG 07863 67732 2) is a great compilation CD of Elvis' best songs, and this CD
is a must have for the reason that the sound is so superb, it's really amazing how they
remastered the songs for this album. Buy an extra copy and give it away to a friend's birthday.
More new re-releases from BMG are Burning Love (BMG 07863 67742 2) features a great
compilation of songs from Elvis' 1971-1972 era including some unreleased songs such as Little
sister/get back (Feb 14, 1972). Other new re-releases are Elvis (RCA 07863 67736 2) incl. 6
extra bonus tracks, Something for everybody (RCA 07863 67738 2) also incl. 6 bonus tracks,
and Pot Luck (RCA 07863 67739 2) again with 6 extra 6 bonus tracks. The sound of all these
cd's are digitally remastered, but I guess that this all cost a lot of money for BMG, so they sell
it for full-price. Oh well, I'm not blaming, for I enjoy the Artist of the Century Box too much.
Here we have the first BMG/Follow That Dream collectors label with the title "Burbank '68".
As you can see the artwork is exact the same as the German promotional CD "Elvis '68" that
was issued in 1998 to promote the double CD-set "NBC TV Comeback special". The dress
rehearsals (track 1-12) is in a great sound quality, with some great highlights such as Tigerman
(love the ending) ,Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and Elvis trying to get the high notes on Blue moon of
Kentucky. And a big part of the 2nd stand-up show (June 29th, 8 PM) is something we don't
have on CD yet. The CD close with an alternate vocal splice of "If I can dream", and an
instrumental version of Let yourself go. Well, as we all know this new label can only survive as
we will buy this release, and the first release is a very good start and we really have to thank
Ernst Jorgensen for his dedication to the Elvis Fans, otherwise there won't be a Follow that
A Mi Manera
The classic A Mi Manera Lp originally released in 1980 and re-issued in 1987 for the 10th.
Anniversary is coming out on CD with (6) bonus tracks!!! A compilation showcasing
Argentina's most requested Elvis ballads.
Tracklisting is: 1. Yesterday; 2. Hey Jude; 3. Something (1970 version); 4. In The Ghetto
(alternate take); 5. Fever; 6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (alternate take); 7. The Impossible
Dream; 8. If I Can Dream (alternate take); 9. Help Me Make It Through The Night (alternate
take); 10. Green Green Grass Of Home (alternate take); 11. And I Love You So (alternate
take); 12. Unchained Melody (overdubbed); 13. What Now My Love; 14. My Way.
BONUS TRACKS: 15. My Way (studio); 16. Runaway (alternate live version); 17. You Don't
Have To Say You Love Me (alternate live version); 18. You've Lost That Lovin'
Feelin' (rehearsal); 19. Sylvia; 20. Suspicion.
Shipping date is August 2nd., 1999.
You can order this CD directly from Carlos Ares, his e-mail address is email@example.com
or visit his great website at http://www.elvis.com.ar
I forgot to add this release from Argentina, sorry Carlos. But here it is. The long-awaited
ELVIS LA PELVIS CD (66392-2) is finally out. Shipping date: April 30th., 1999. It contains
the original 17 songs plus 9 bonus tracks!!!
1. Ain’t That Loving You Baby (complete fast version) 2. Trouble 3. Blueberry Hill (stereo) 4.
All Shook Up 5. Jailhouse Rock (alternate take) 6. Loving You (three slow versions) 7. I Need
You So 8. When It Rains It Really Pours (1957 version) 9. Blue Christmas 10. Loving You (two
fast versions) 11. Treat Me Nice (mono movie version) 12. Tell Me Why 13. Your Cheatin’
Heart (alternate take) 14. Santa Claus Is Back In Town 15. Is It So Strange (stereo – includes
false start) 16. Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do (end title version) 17. Baby I Don’t Care
BONUS TRACKS: 18. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1953 version) 19. That’s When
Your Heartaches Begin (1956 version) 20. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1957 version)
21. Treat Me Nice (mono single version) 22. Treat Me Nice (stereo movie version) 23. Mean
Woman Blues (dub version) 24. Mean Woman Blues (stereo) 25. Party 26. Party (alternate
You can order this CD directly from Carlos Ares, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit his great website at http://www.elvis.com.ar
4 New BMG Releases
Out now "On Stage" (7863 67741 2), digitally remastered incl. 7 bonus tracks. "Tomorrow is a
long time" (07863 67740 2) with 18 tracks from the period 1966/1968, "Elvis is back" (07863
67737 2) digitally remastered incl. 6 bonus tracks, and Elvis' first album "Elvis
Presley" (07863 67735 2) digitally remastered incl. 6 bonus tracks. The most (to me) interesting
is the On stage CD, it sounds great, and love the piano on Long Tall Sally. Nothing can beat
Elvis live in 1970, (except Elvis live in the 50's). "Tomorrow is a long time" is a complete new
CD title that covers Elvis musical comeback 66-68. "Elvis is back" sounds superb, and this
album is also considered as one of Elvis' best album he ever made. And the bonus songs should
be included on the original release in 1960 too, for it would have sold much much better. Enjoy
the 4 new CD releases from the artist of the century!!!!
Always Elvis - King of Belgium Vol. 2
A CD that has been released by our Southern neighbour country Belgium is "Always Elvis -
King of Belgium Vol. 2" (BMG 74321 656692) that contains 21 well known tracks, but the
interesting part is that also a limited edition has been issued that comes with an extra free
bonus promo CD "Elvis, artist of the century" . So, now we have three different versions of the
Artist promo (Dutch, German and now the Belgium version). The lay-out is very nice, and the
booklet is also very nicely done and it is written in two different languages (Dutch and French).
(By Lex Raaphorst)
Finally after 30 years BMG made it to release an album better than "From Elvis in Memphis".
It's a heavy start for a review, but I thought let's say the obvious first... After waiting one day
beneath the mailbox in vain I finally got it today. I have a pretty tough flu at the moment but
this thingie really made me feel better. Of course I started with Disc 2, which contains the
outtakes. A lot of them can already be found on several bootlegs, but not in this near perfect
soundquality. And... finally we have the vocals of Poor Man's Gold, all 18 seconds of them ;-).
A fire-engine got Elvis out of the mood of something that started pretty promising. Next to the
alternates Disc 2 contains several underrated ballads (IMHO), like If I'm a Fool, Do You Know
Who I Am, This Is the Story, Inherit the Wind, oops, I'll do the tracklisting on one of my other
Disc 1 contains the earlier mentioned "From Elvis in Memphis"-album, completed with the
singles, Stranger in My Own Home Town and Without Love. Again in superb soundquality (of
The finishing touch of this CD is made by Peter Guralnick. Another great coverage of what
happened by one of the best Elvis-authors there is. My wife often says that Elvis is about the
only thing that gets me emotionally involved (which isn't true, but she's allergic for the other
one - just kidding :-)), and indeed reading this booklet I had to use one of my sleeves every now
and then... These two nicely packaged discs brought me to my early conclusion that this is a
better album than "FEIM", mainly because it's longer - not long enough for me, but we can
hardly blame BMG/RCA for that. Elvis shouldn't have spoiled the 60's with those mediocre
movies... Unfortunately we can't turn back the clock and maybe that's one of the charms of the
sessions: when everybody thought Elvis wasn't able to do something valuable anymore he
showed he still was the best.
The waiting is now for volume 2: The masters without the overdubs - especially the damned
violins on Stranger, which are irritating me for about 25 years now - and more outtakes of
I think I have to add to Lex' review that the I'm movin' on is the highlight on this CD, and this
song alone is well worth to buy this CD.
The two cd's (see pictures) are Mexican releases with a best of collection. I'm not sure if
they are new releases, but I just received them. The Baladas collection (CDL-1088)
features 15 ballads, and the Pop-hits collection (CDL-1090) also contains 15 hits. There's
another volume from that collection with the title "Collection, Rock 'n' Roll".
It's now or never
A new CD-single release from Spain is "It's now or never/ A mess of blue (RCA
74321549142). This is the 2nd CD-single release from Spain, a few months ago we had
the "In the ghetto/ anyday now".
Normally I don't pay attention to the greatest collections releases, but the new BMG
release "Love songs" (RCA 07863 67595-2) contains an alternate mix of "Kentucky
rain". The rest is filled with the very well known songs we all have a thousand times in
A golden celebration
Out now is the long awaited 4 CD box "A golden celebration" that was originally
released as a 6 LP set in 1984. It's a thrill to hear the Stage Shows" now on CD,
personally my favourite from this box. The package is the same as the "Platinum" box
set, including a beautiful 32 page booklet.
Santa Claus is back in town
At last, I was lucky to get myself a copy of this rare CD single "Santa Claus is back in
town", this was sent to the Fanclubs (1 copy each) for Christmas 1997 by the Elvis
Presley Enterprise. This will be a very rare collectors Item.
25 Grandes Exitos
The "25 Grandes Exitos" (74321-49055-2) is now available for the countries outside
Argentina, this CD features 25 hits. The CD also mentioned that the stereo master of
Follow that dream was included, but that is not the case. The promo version of this cd
contain an error error on the backsleeve, because track 23 was not mentioned, but
actually it's the song "The wonder of you", also a very rare promo of "25 grandes exitos
is the 4 track release, only 50 copies were pressed of the two promo's.
Elvis Latino reconfigurado!
A new re-release of "Elvis Latino" is scheduled for February for the countries outside
Argentina. In this re-release they replaced the 3 songs "Stay away" (slow version) for
"All that I am", "Do the Vega" for "I'll take love" and "It's Impossible" for "Alle en el
"Rancho Grande". This re-release was very disappointing to me, they also changed the
disco version of Bossa Nova Baby with the regular version.
24 karat hits
A new BMG release that was out a few weeks ago, but forgot to update is "24 karat hits"
on a 24 karat gold disc. The tracks have been released hundreds and hundreds times
before, but the quality on this release is amazing. This release is a little expensive, but it's
worth the money, listen to the songs by headphone and you know why. On the booklet
you can read a great article by Recording Engineer "Bill Porter", you can read the
superb story here . (enjoy)
Single from Spain
A new CD single release from Spain is "In the ghetto/ Anyday now", a new attempt from
BMG Spain to get Elvis back in the charts again.
Disco De Ouro
A new release from BMG Brasil is the "Disco De Ouro", a compilation of 14 well known
songs such as "Tutti frutti, All shook up", Surrender". Nothing new on this release, but
for the collectors quite interesting.
Elvis is back
Finally I received my copy of the new re-release "Elvis is back" in a 24 karat gold disc ,
that's been released in the orginal artwork, and the sound quality is improved when
comparing with the other "Elvis is back" releases, and I stated earlier that the sound
quality is the same as the 60's master box, but after a second play with headphones, I
have to admit it is slightly better then the songs on the 60's master box.
A new release from BMG Japan is the "Mega Elvis - The essential collection" that comes
in a beautiful digipack cover with a fold out picture. The art work is super deluxe, and
the CD itself feautures 27 greatest hits, but the Artwork alone is worth to buy this CD.
The black single box
A new 5 CD box singles release from BMG special products is a black box with no title
with a beautiful cover (see picture above). It contains 5 CD singles and only approx. 500
were pressed and is sold through the Plusmark card & co. Happy hunting
Shake, rattle and roll
A South African release only is the CD "Shake rattle and roll" from BMG Redband
music, featuring 16 well known rockers such as Long Tall Sally, C'mon everybody.
Thanks Randall for the trade.
Special Dutch promo
This special promo CD was giving away to every visitor of the Elvis/ back to the 50's &
60's convention. On this rare promo a 22 minutes biography of Elvis with snippets of
songs from his career. It's a nice collector's item indeed.
Shaped Love me tender CD single
Also BMG U.S.A did release a shaped CD single version, with only one song "love me
tender", it's a nice collectible, but my favourite is still the Dutch Shaped CD single.
Elvis forever in love
Released on july 28th is a new double cd set from BMG: Elvis forever in love, with
Wooden heart (take 3) and For the millionth and the last time (take 6).
Three new CD singles from BMG Holland
BMG Holland released three different versions of the CD single "Always on my mind",
the shaped CD version (see above) with two tracks "Always on my mind/seperate ways
(take 25), in a very limited edition of 2000 copies, a 2 track (Picture CD), and a 3 track
(Picture CD) with the "Bad Nauheim medley". The package of all three versions are
fantastic. Great work BMG Holland!!!!
Platinum box "The day after"
After one day of it's release this box still give me the shivers. I have now listened to the
whole box now and there are many highlights on this box. The ones that's stick in my
mind are ofcourse the beautiful song "I'll never stand in your way" with a young Elvis
who desperately want to be discovered, A great outtake of "I got a woman", a superb
outtake of "Rip it up" that became one of my favourites on this box, "When the saints go
marching in" a homerecording with Elvis and Red West having a ball around Christmas
1956 in an amazing good quality. A great cover of Fat's "Blueberry hill" . A very
different take of "Bossa nova baby". Also the quality of the 60's homerecordings are
amazing good, I really love the "Tennessee waltz" and "Blowin in the wind" as Elvis
sung this version in a bass voice. The "That's the way it is" rehearsals sounds much
better then the bootleg releases, "What'd I say" is in one word Superb, what a great
version it is. Also a treat to hear are the alternate takes from the '70's, Yes, also "Are you
sincere" is just great, just like I said before ,the Platinum box is the best release ever
done by BMG, Music wise, soundwise, and the art work is amazing.
"Elvis Raw - Early Live Recordings"
This CD features Baby Let's Play House, Blue Moon of Kentucky, I Got A Woman,
Good Rockin Tonight, and Thats All Right, also two interviews with Bill Collie and
Scotty Moore. The live recordings are from the Eagle Hall performance on March 19,
1955. The sound quality is very good. The CD label is Outwest (BMG Special products). I
don't have this CD yet,but it seems like this is a reprint of Vintage Elvis '55.
Blockbuster 30th Anniversary
A new CD sampler that is very interesting is an exclusive product from the "Blockbuster
Video Chain", It contains six songs: The Fool (from A Golden Celebration), America
The Beautiful (from Elvis Aron Presley), Burning Love (the alternate take from
Platinum - A Life In Music), Can't Help Falling In Love (the movie version from Blue
Hawaii - Collector's Edition), Jailhouse Rock, and All Shook Up (Both from Platinum).
The "Always Elvis- The Dutch album" is a new release from my homeland Holland, it
contains a compilation of Elvis' greatest hits in Holland. The art work and the picture
disc is fantastic. The total pl`ytime of the 28 tracks is 75:22 minutes.