Elvis Presley fans are gearing up for a busy October with three new releases covering different aspects of his incredible career.
The most high profile collection is Christmas With Elvis And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be released on October 6th — with a deluxe edition coming on November 24th. The set, which follows the massively successful orchestral collections — If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its followup, The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — spotlights material from “The King’s” 1971 Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas set and 1957’s four-week chart-topper, Elvis’ Christmas Album.
Also coming next month, and now available for pre-order through the official FTD (Follow That Dream) collectors series, is Elvis: The Last Movies, which features the songs and outtake recordings from Elvis’ final three movies, all released in 1969 — Charro!, The Trouble with Girls (And How To Get Into It), and his 31st and final acting role, Change Of Habit. Due to the scarcity of music in the films, back in the day, none of the films were given their own soundtrack albums. Songs included on the set are the themes to Charro! and Change Of Habit, “Ruberneckin,” “Let Us Pray,” “Have A Happy,” “Let’s Be Friends,” “Swing Down Sweet Chariot,” “Clean Up Your Own Back Yard,” and others.
Also seeing release next month is Lake Tahoe ’74, featuring Elvis’ May 25th and May 26th, 1974 concerts at the High Sierra Room at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.
Highlights on Lake Tahoe ’74 include: “Trying To Get To You,” “All Shook Up,” “Love Me,” “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” “Hound Dog,” “Fever,” “Suspicious Minds,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “An American Trilogy,” “Big Boss Man,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “I Can’t Help Falling In Love,” among others.
Elvis’ longtime bandleader and lead guitarist James Burton told us that if Elvis had his druthers he would have never had time off of the road: “We would go out on tour for, like, a couple of weeks and then maybe have a couple of weeks off. He would just pull his hair out in between those two weeks, because he was ready to go back to work.” .”
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