Jun­gle out there?

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - MUSIC -

Elvis Pres­ley and Sam Phillips were re­united this past week in Mem­phis. Based on a few vague but still re­veal­ing so­cial me­dia posts and tweets, it ap­pears that of­fi­cials from Sony/ Le­gacy — the cus­to­di­ans of the Pres­ley cat­a­log — and long­time Elvis band mem­bers were on hand at Phillips Record­ing Ser­vice to work on tracks for an up­com­ing Elvis pro­ject.

Pressed for de­tails, Sony/ Le­gacy VP of A&R Rob San­tos (who, along with sev­eral other high-rank­ing Elvis pro­ject pro­duc­ers, was in the Bluff City) said he could not com­ment specif­i­cally. But im­ages from Twit­ter and In­sta­gram showed mem­bers of the Phillips fam­ily — Jerry, Jud and Hal­ley Phillips — pos­ing with mem­bers of Pres­ley’s TCB Band.

Now, Aus­tralia-based web­site Elvis­pres­leynews is re­port­ing that the TCB Band “worked in se­cret” on ma­te­rial that is pre­sumed to be part of a forth­com­ing 40th an­niver­sary pack­age to mark Elvis’ fi­nal ses­sions.

The Fe­bru­ary 1976 ses­sions were recorded in Elvis’ Grace­land home, in the den area known as the the Jun­gle Room. Some of these Jun­gle Room ses­sions have been pre­vi­ously re­leased in a lim­ited edi­tion from the Elvis-ded­i­cated im­print Fol­low that Dream.

Elvis­pres­leynews noted that last week, in ad­di­tion to their visit to Phillips, “gui­tar player James Bur­ton, pi­ano player David Briggs, drum­mer Ron­nie Tutt and bass player Nor­bert Put­nam were at Grace­land, and in par­tic­u­lar in the Jun­gle Room. Ex­pec­ta­tions are that a new al­bum will be re­leased by Sony Le­gacy Record­ings … a spe­cial re­lease around the Jun­gle Room Ses­sions to cel­e­brate the for­ti­eth an­niver­sary of the leg­endary record­ings.”

Elvis typ­i­cally is the sub­ject of an an­nual box set, archival pro­ject or reimag­ined re­lease each Au­gust around the an­niver­sary of his death. It’s un­clear whether these ru­mored “fi­nal ses­sions” from the Jun­gle Room will be com­pleted by then, or fall into the 2017 Elvis re­lease sched­ule.

Reign­ing Re­u­nion

In May 2014, the Buc­ca­neer bar hosted what was billed as a solo con­cert by Reign­ing Sound/obli­vians singer Greg Cartwright and lo­cal band Toy Trucks, fronted by for­mer Reign­ing Sound bas­sist Jeremy Scott. As it turned out, Cartwright, Scott and drum­mer Greg Rober­son de­cided to de­liver a spur-of-the-mo­ment three-quar­ters re­u­nion of the orig­i­nal Reign­ing Sound (pi­anist Alex Greene was ab­sent) much to the de­light of a small, sur­prised cadre of fans.

The set — which fo­cused on ma­te­rial off the first three Reign­ing Sound stu­dio al­bums, 2001’s “Break Up, Break Down,” 2002’s “Time Bomb High School,” and 2004’s “Too Much Gui­tar,” with a few odds, ends and choice cov­ers thrown in as well — was sur­pris­ingly sharp given its im­promptu na­ture.

Two years later, the group’s full orig­i­nal lineup (with Greene) will per­form a pair of shows this week­end in Mem­phis. The gigs will mark the orig­i­nal Reign­ing Sound’s sec­ond real re­u­nion ef­fort since 2003 (they pre­vi­ously ap­peared at the 2010 An­tenna Club re­u­nion).

The band will head­line a con­cert as part of the River Se­ries at the Har­bor Town Am­phithe­atre at 6:30 p.m. Satur­day, fol­low­ing open­ing sets by Robby Grant and DJ Hot Tub. The am­phithe­atre is lo­cated across from Miss Cordelia’s on the cam­pus of the Maria Montes­sori school, at 740 Har­bor Bend Road. A $5 do­na­tion is sug­gested, and pro­ceeds go to ben­e­fit the school.

The band will fol­low with a Sun­day night set at the P&H Café. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with DJ sets from An­drew Mc­calla and Cartwright. Cover is $10 at the door.

Vis­i­ble Re­leases

Lo­cal la­bel Madi­son Line Records is ramp­ing up with a pair of re­leases this month.

The non­profit Chris­tian mu­sic la­bel owned and op­er­ated by Vis­i­ble Mu­sic Col­lege — the mu­sic and wor­ship school head­quar­tered in Down­town Mem­phis —just put out the self-ti­tled de­but from The Vis­i­ble Col­lec­tive. The four-song EP of con­tem­po­rary pop-rock comes from a group based out of the Vis­i­ble Mu­sic Col­lege’s Chicago cam­pus.

Next week, the la­bel will put out “We Are,” the lat­est al­bum by the Mem­phis cam­pus ensem­ble Vis­i­ble Wor­ship, a vo­cal-har­mony-in­fused rock out­fit. The group will be tour­ing in sup­port of the disc this sum­mer, play­ing a va­ri­ety youth events, fes­ti­vals and churches across the coun­try. They’re cur­rently rais­ing funds to sup­port the tour via Indiegogo.

Both re­leases will be avail­able from Madis­on­linere­cords.com and all ma­jor dig­i­tal re­tail­ers.

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the orig­i­nal lineup of Mem­phis garage-rock­ers Reign­ing Sound re­unites for a pair of shows this week­end.

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