A Slew of Unreleased Elvis Presley Material From 1969 Is on the Way
Elvis Presley fans might feel all shook up when they get a load of the music coming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The King's eventful 1969.
The focus is Presley's Las Vegas debut, his return to the stage after an eight-year absence at the International Hotel for 57 sold-out shows with his TCB band, a full orchestra and two vocal groups, the Imperials and the Sweet Inspirations. On Aug. 9 RCA/Legacy will release Live 1969, an 11-disc set featuring 11 full shows from the run; Two, from Aug. 22 and 25 of that year, have been completely unreleased, while nearly all of the other shows contain previously unreleased performances. The shows began a long relationship with Sin City that continued up to Presley's death in 1977 and included his hits and a selection of covers -- including Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" and a Beatles medley of "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude." They also marked the live debuts of "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto" from the From Elvis in Memphis album that came out the previous June.
The 52-page booklet accompanying Live 1969 includes rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history of the Vegas stand featuring comments from Presley, his manager Colonel Tom Parker, Tom Jones, Fats Domino, band members and others.
Live 1969 will be joined by the two-LP Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Aug. 26 1969 features his complete midnight show. A limited-edition hot pink and yellow vinyl version of the album will be sold exclusively through Shop Graceland.
Then on Aug. 25., three days before the golden anniversary of the "Suspicious Minds" single, RCA/Legacy will release American Sound 1969, a digital collection featuring more than 90 rare and unreleased tracks from the American Sound Studio sessions that yielded From Elvis In Memphis. The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Country Albums chart and was certified gold, and it's still regarded as one of Presley's top studio albums.
Pre-order information and updates about all the releases can be found at www.ShopElvis.com.