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7/19/2017

TEXAS TORNADO (longbox)

A 4 CD box will soon to be released: Texas Tornado.

There's not much info about this longbox but the material is well known and almost every EP fan already have these concerts in their collection.

The content of this box:

concert 1:
June 15, 1974 afternoon show as recorded at the Tarant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.
previously released as "The Man In White" by the Lonestar label in 2002.

concert 2
June 2, 1976 show as recorded at the Grand Hall Civic Center at El Paso, Texas.
previously released as "El Goes El Paso" by Audionics in 2004.

concert 3
June 3, 1976 show as recorded at the Tarant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.
previously released as "Holding Down The Fort" by the Madison label in 2006. If that's the case, i'm curious if the pre-show is also released here.

concert 4:
July 3, 1976 
show as recorded at the Tarant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. 

previously released on FTD Rockin' Across Texas.

It has now been confirmed that this box is from the Rock N Roll Majesty label. This releases of this label are simply a "copy and paste" from other official and non-official releases.

7/16/2017

GREENSBORO '77

1-CD RAGDOLL)  
COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC, USA, 21-04-1977
AUDIENCE RECORDING

Coming out soon is an unreleased audience recording from Greensboro, April 21, 1977 on the Ragdoll label. This show is one of his better shows from 1977. It is coming with an eight page booket with rare photos from the actual concert.


Tracklisting:
Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / I Got A Woman / Love Me / If You Love me Let Me Know / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / My Way / Introductions / Early Mornin' Rain / What'D I Say / Johnny B Goode / Introductions (Incomplete) / Hurt (With Reprise) / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / How Great Thou Art / Little Darlin' / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp


I must admit, the artwork of these so called "import" CD's are getting better each time, I think that the official FTD label can learn something about these "import" labels. But despite the attractive artwork, the sound isn't usually good. The two Ragdoll releases we've had before (12.00 am & Lost In The Mail) weren't that good soundwise. 

Update: the sound is awful Listen to a sample here

7/04/2017

BREAKING NEWS, ELVIS SEEN IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN



E.P. COLLECTOR, 1 CD, DIGIPACK
Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 26, 1977
AUDIENCE RECORDING

Our new CD is titled "Breaking News - Elvis Seen In Kalamazoo, Michigan!" (label E. P. Collector, catalogue number EPC 2017-12) recorded live from the audience in Kalamazoo, MI, April 26th, 1977.

Among the concert highlights are ”Big Boss Man“, „Heartbreak Hotel“, ”And I Love You So”, ”My Way” and “Early Morning Rain”.

This is a previously unreleased recording, taken from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape. Portions of the Kalamazoo concert were released from a soundboard tape previously, but this show has never been available on CD in its entirety before. You may ask your supplier for samples.

The CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak filled with a concert review from the local press and a collection of images taken on April 26th, 1977 in Kalamazoo, MI.
If you have enjoyed our May 1977 release called "Road To Nowhere" then you will surely enjoy our latest release, too.

Tracklist:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. medley: I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale (part only) - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Jailhouse Rock - 09. medley: O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen / It's Now Or Never - 10. Big Boss Man - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Blue Suede Shoes - 13. And I Love You So (with false start) - 14. My Way - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Early Mornin' Rain - 17. What'd I Say - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Battle Of New Orleans - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - 22. School Day - 23. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland) - 24. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 25. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.

EVERYBODY LET'S ROCK

E.P. COLLECTOR, 2CD Set, DIGIPACK
Las Vegas, August 5, 1972 Dinner Show + Midnight Show
AUDIENCE RECORDING


Recorded live from the audience in Las Vegas, NV, August 5th, 1972, D/S and M/S, this 2CD-set is subtitled "From Japan With Love Vol. 3" because it was recorded by a member of a Japanese fan club.

The Las Vegas, August 5th, 1972 Dinner show was first released in 2008 on the CD "Directly From The 1972 Elvis Summer Festival". This earlier CD was taken from different, inferior source tape. Our new recording is of much better sound quality. The Las Vegas, August 5th, 1972 Midnight show is previously unreleased.

There is no need to discuss the fact that ALL shows from August/September 1972 are excellent! Natural highlights are especially ballads like "What Now My Love", ''An American Trilogy", "My Way" or "For The Good Times" and rock’n’rolls like „A Big Hunk O’Love” or "Johnny B. Goode" One song from Midnight show stands out: a cool, one-off of "Jailhouse Rock"! Needless to say that this is a rarity for 1972, and what a great version it is too - it easily beats all other 70's versions.
Both concerts are taken from a recently found first generation copies of original audience recorded cassette tapes. They were never before available in listenable sound, until now! You may ask your supplier for samples.
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed double digipak with great collection of quality images taken in August 1972.
If you enjoyed some of our other releases such as "Rock & Soul… And Some Mighty Fine Rock’n’Roll" and "The Make The World Go Away", then you sure to enjoy our latest release.
As with all our releases, this CD is a labour of love and hope you enjoy it. We are planning another CD taken from those "Japanese" tapes. So stay tuned!

Tracklist:

CD1:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Proud Mary - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. What Now My Love - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. medley: Little Sister / Get Back - 11. A Big Hunk O'Love - 12. The Wonder Of You - 13. Hound Dog - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. My Way - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Band Introductions - 18. Introduction of actor and comedian Dick Shawn - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp.

CD2:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Proud Mary - 04. Never Been To Spain - 05. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. What Now My Love - 08. Fever - 09. Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (one liner) / Love Me - 10. medley: Little Sister / Get Back - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. The Wonder Of You - 13. Hound Dog - 14. Jailhouse Rock - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. A Big Hunk O'Love (with false start) - 17. For The Good Times - 18. My Way - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Band Introductions - 21. Johnny B. Goode - 22. Band Introductions continues - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.

6/30/2017

SPLICED TAKES "NASHVILLE REVISITED "

1 CD (STAR/CMT) DIGIPACK

Another "must have" release in this great series, this time even more edits/splices were done to make an exceptional album, where tracks sound so much different then what is out there, no fake overdubs , but some tracks have been overdubed, using snippets from the actual "recording sessions" 

Devil In Disguise for example does not fade out, but has a great new ending, including two guitar solos.

Gold In The Mountains has been overdubbed with a more fuller drumbeat on some parts, and has been extended.

Like A Baby "you do the intro" Elvis said during the session, but here, we have Elvis himself playing it, and on the end, the guitar has been included once more.

Dirty, Dirty Feeling sounds so much different since lots of parts from the session have been included, and it's Elvis who does the ending "Gone..." instead of Ray Walker.
Stranger In The Crowd , no complete outtake of this song excists, here we get an extended "rehearsal" version, which sound wonderful

It Ain't No Big Thing,  again our man does the intro, and a very different version is made.
I'll Never Know here outtakes are combined with the master overdubs.

On the first "Nashville" most tracks were from the sixties. Here we get a good portion of seventies selections, and well as a fifties track... all recorded in Nashville....

Full tracklisting:

Devil in Disguise - Alternate Master
Please Don't Drag That String Around - Spliced take 3,4,5,5  
Gold in the Mountains - Spliced overdubbed master
Like A Baby - Alternate Master
Soldier Boy - Spliced take 2,7
Thrill of Your Love - Spliced take fs,2,1,3,1
I Got Stung - Spliced take 18,20
She's Not You - Spliced take 3/WP 5 (overdub)
Put the Blame on Me - Spliced take fs,fs,fs,2
Dirty, Dirty Feeling - Alternate Master
Kiss Me Quick - Spliced take 5,6
Western Union - Spliced take 2,3,1,2
His Latest Flame - Spliced take 10,12
By and By - Spliced take 1,3,4
Joshua Fit the Battle - Spliced take 3,2
I Believe in the Man in the Sky - Spliced take 3,4,1
Big Boss Man - Spliced take 5,9
It Ain't No Big Thing - Spliced take 1,2,6
Just Pretend - Spliced take 1,2
Stranger in the Crowd - Spliced Rehearsal
Cindy Cindy 1,2,1,1
Heart of Rome - Spliced take 3/ workpart 1
I'll Never Know - Alternate "Overdubbed" Master
It Hurts Me - Spliced take 3,4,5
I John - Spliced take 1,1,2
Padre - Spliced take 8,11 (undubbed)
Amazing Grace - Spliced take 1,2
In The Garden - Spliced Take 2,3
Early Morning Rain - Alternate Master
Until It's Time For You To Go - Spliced take  7,8

6/16/2017

COUNTRY MEMORIES

(1-CD DELUXE DIGIPACK)  

This great country CD, housed in 6 panel digipack, is based on the 1978 RCA vinyl album. It had some strange selections for a country album ( like How Great Thou Art and Baby Let's Play House ) but it sold like hot cakes, almost a year after Elvis' passing.
This CD contains rare alternate and live versions of all 20 original tracks.

I'll Hold You In my Heart ( overdub version )
Welcome To My World ( live, january 12, 1973 )
It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' ( take 2 )
Release Me ( live, february 18, 1970 )
Make The World Go Away ( take 2, undubbed )
Snowbird ( take 2 )
Early Morning Rain ( january 14, 1973 )
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry ( live, january 12, 1973 )
Funny How Times Slips Away ( undubbed )
I'm Movin' On ( undubbed )
Help Me Make It Throught The Night ( unedited master )
You Don't Know Me ( film version, take 10 )
How Great Thou Art ( live, december 6, 1975 )
I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water ( undubbed )
I Forgot To Remember To Forget ( stereo version )
Your Cheatin' Heart ( album version )
Baby Let's Play House ( stereo version )
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ( undubbed )
Gentle On My Mind ( track replacement overdubs )
For The Good Times ( take 3 )

PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE, DRUMS OF THE ISLAND

(LIMITED EDITION 3 CD BOX, EACH CD COMES IN OWN CARDBOARD) 

A sublime 3 CD boxset with the most complete Paradise Hawaiian Style recording sessions including many tracks unreleased by Elvis’ official record company. This stunning box also includes the complete film versions and original mono album. Plus a newly discovered demo recording of a song rejected by Elvis and the Colonel and written by Dolores Fuller. Unfortunately never recorded by Elvis.
The box comes with a full color booklet.

REEL 1

THE STEREO ALBUM

01 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE
02 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA
03 SCRATCH MY BACK (THEN I’LL SCRATCH YOURS)
04 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS
05 DATIN’
06 A DOG’S LIFE
07 HOUSE OF SAND
08 STOP WHERE YOU ARE
09 THIS IS MY HEAVEN
10 SAND CASTLES

THE OUTTAKES

11 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (AOV) / TAKE 1
12 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (AOV) / TAKE 2
13 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (AOV) / TAKE 3
14 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (AOV) / TAKE 4-5
15 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (AOV) / TAKE 6

16 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 1-2
17 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 3
18 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 4
19 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 5
20 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 6
21 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 7
22 THIS IS MY HEAVEN (FOV) / TAKE 8

23 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 1
24 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 2-3
25 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 4-5
26 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 6
27 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 7-8
28 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 9
29 SAND CASTLES (KO) / TAKE 10


REEL 2

THE ORIGINAL MONO ALBUM

01 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE
02 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA
03 SCRATCH MY BACK (THEN I’LL SCRATCH YOURS)
04 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS
05 DATIN’
06 A DOG’S LIFE
07 HOUSE OF SAND
08 STOP WHERE YOU ARE
09 THIS IS MY HEAVEN
10 SAND CASTLES

THE OUTTAKES

11 SAND CASTLES (KOV) / TAKE 1
12 SAND CASTLES (KOC) / TAKE 1 & TAKE CALL TAKE 2

13 SCRATCH MY BACK (COV) / TAKE 1 & TAKE CAL TAKE 2

14 STOP WHERE YOU ARE (DOV) / TAKE 1
15 STOP WHERE YOU ARE (DOV) / TAKE 2
16 STOP WHERE YOU ARE (DOV) / TAKE 3

17 HOUSE OF SAND (HOV) / TAKE 3

18 HOUSE OF SAND (H1V) / TAKE 1-10

19 A DOG’S LIFE (EOV) / TAKE 1
20 A DOG’S LIFE (EOV) / TAKE 4
21 A DOG’S LIFE (EOV) / TAKE 5-6

22 DATIN’ (BOV) / TAKE 1-4
23 DATIN’ (BOV) / TAKE 6-8
24 DATIN’ (BOV) / TAKE 11-12

25 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JOV) / TAKE 1-2
26 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JOV) / TAKE 3
27 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JOV) / TAKE 4
28 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JOV) / TAKE 5
29 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JOV) / TAKE 6


REEL 3

THE MOVIE VERSIONS

01 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE / OPENING VERSION
02 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA
03 SCRATCH MY BACK
04 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS
05 A DOG’S LIFE
06 DATIN’
07 A HOUSE OF SAND
08 STOP WHERE YOU ARE
09 THIS IS MY HEAVEN – DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS – BULA MELEYA

THE OUTTAKES

10 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (GOV) TAKE 1
11 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (GOV) TAKE 2-3
12 PARADISE, HAWAIIAN STYLE (GOV) TAKE 4

13 A DOG’S LIFE (EOV) TAKE 7
14 A DOG’S LIFE (EOV) TAKE 8 & TAKE ALL TAKE 9

15 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (TAG A1V) REH / TAKE 1-2
16 DRUMS OF THE ISLANDS (TAG A1V) TAKE 3
17 STOP WHERE YOU ARE (D1OV) / TAKE 2-5
18 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (J1V) / TAKE 1-2 (PART CUT FROM TAPE)

19 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JO) / TAKE 1-2
20 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JO) / TAKE 3
21 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JO) / TAKE 4-5
22 QUEENIE WAHINE’S PAPAYA (JO) / TAKE 6
(vocals by neal matthews)

23 BILL BAILEY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME?
(vocals by Donna Butterworth)

REJECTED SONG WRITTEN FOR THE MOVIE BY DOLORES FULLER

24 KAMEHEMEA

25 NATIVE CHANT (FROM THE MOVIE)
26 DATIN (SCORE)
27 SCRATCH MY BACK (SCORE)

RADIO SPOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

28 VERSION 1
29 VERSION 2
30 VERSION 3
31 VERSION 4

32 THEATER TRAILER
33 PETER NOONE INTERVIEWS ELVIS ON THE MOVIE SET