Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Elvis Presley, Live 1969 (RCA/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada) RCA and Legacy celebrate Elvis Presley's triumphant return to live performing at Las Vegas' International Hotel with a new 11-CD box set. All of The King's exhilarating performances from August 21 to August 26, 1969 will be presented on Legacy's new box . Some of the concerts have been previously issued in the last decade on various BMG and Follow That Dream
Real Gone Music continues to mine the vaults for overlooked classics and will present two exciting titles on August 9: a color vinyl reissue of The Strangeloves' I Want Candy (presented in mono and back on vinyl for the first time in three decades), and a new compilation of '80s country songstress Janie Fricke's best-sellers entitled It Ain't Easy: The Complete Hits (1979-1988). Originally released on Bert Berns' Bang label in 1965, The Strangeloves' I Want Candy wasn't what it seemed.
Even if you don't know the name of Bert Berns, chances are you know the songs he wrote ("Twist and Shout," "I Want Candy," "Hang On, Sloopy," "Piece of My Heart"), produced ("Under the Boardwalk," "Baby I'm Yours," "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Here Comes the Night") and oversaw as head of Bang Records ("Cherry, Cherry," "Solitary Man" and the rest of Neil Diamond's earliest recordings). Though Berns died in the final days of 1967 at just 38 years of age, a year hasn't gone by since when his songs haven't