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Saturday 3 December 2016
"Elvis would have loved it" Elvis-RPO @ O2 concert Review: The UK's Spectator posted a very positive review of the new Elvis / RPO event in London which included...  
Elvis Aron Presley departed this world on 16 August, 1977 so his presence at the O2 Arena was confined to giant screens. Actually present on the stage beneath was the RPO under conductor Robin Smith plus a rhythm section and three backing singers. It’s not the first time something like this has been done, former members of Presley’s band took a similar show around the world and it worked surprisingly well. A friend suggested that the symphonic version would be like ‘a whole orchestra turning up to do karaoke’ and I must confess I had my own doubts, too.
I needn’t have worried. In big arenas you tend to watch the screens anyway, so before too long
Elvis at the O2 felt like any other large-scale concert except for the lack of a faraway figure singing under the spotlight. Instead, the human (if slightly remodelled) face of the show belonged to Priscilla Presley who introduced the orchestra.
This orchestral tour (later in Europe and Australia) follows the release of two albums by Elvis with the RPO. There’s a lot to like about them, too: the orchestral flourishes in ‘Burning Love’ bring to mind ‘I Am The Walrus’ and early ELO, while the stately new introduction to ‘Love Me Tender’ could almost be Elgar.
But put the same concept into a sold-out arena with 20,000 fans and these critical abstractions fall clanking to the ground as the whole thing just takes off and flies.
With no audible join between the rock and classical players this huge but terrific ensemble attacked the songs with such energy and enjoyment it was a joy to be there.
To hear them tear into a grade-A classic like ‘Suspicious Minds’ brought roars of approval and sent shivers down the spine.
Presley’s extraordinary voice, most often heard in a domestic setting, became ever more impressive as it soared over the top of the orchestra. Moments to treasure include the always-surprising full-voiced finale to ‘It’s Now Or Never’, the control and subtlety of ‘Don’t’ (one of 3 early numbers played without a performance on screen) and his playful lyric changes during ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’.
The technical achievement was remarkable. To synchronise a symphony orchestra with a patchwork of recorded vocals and have it all come out with perfect sound quality and bursting with dynamics is no small feat. And the attention to detail in the video sequencing made me smile. When a back-in-the-day guitar solo by James Burton or a piano break by Glen
D. Hardin was featured on the left screen their here-in-the-hall equivalents would pop up on the right one.
It was emotional, too. When the show entered its final stretch after ‘Love Me Tender’ eyes began to glisten all around. For me, this sadder mood was prompted by the increasing poignancy of Presley’s absence. He would, Priscilla had assured us, be with us in spirit, watching over it all with benevolent pride. But what if he’d never had the heart attack that killed him at 42? What if he’d lost some weight, kicked his prescription drug habit and kept performing, finally touring Europe as he’d been planning when he died? Wouldn’t Elvis Aron Presley have just loved to star in a show like this?
It never happened. But the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the band, the singers and everyone else who pulled together this superb entertainment gave us the next best thing.

Full Spectator review here
(News, Source;UKSpectator/ElvisInfoNet)

Sonny West In Desperate Need Of Help: Things are very sadly going worse for Sonny West and his wife Judy with both now diagnosed with cancer and needing our help.
Marty Lacker writes, "Since 2011 Sonny has had nothing but serious medical problems, all unexpectedly. On top of that, because of their combined cancer diagnoses, Sonny's wife Judy is battling breast cancer and their massive medical bills have caused their home to be scheduled to go into foreclosure on December 15. Talk about shitty luck.
Sonny has been a good friend for many years just as he was with Elvis. He was willing to take a bullet for Elvis.
His son Bryan has started a GoFundMe page. I ask that you donate whatever you can to him and Judy to help save their house.
Sonny needs thousands to save it. I will be coming up with something of Elvis' to auction off with all proceeds going to them.
In addition we are trying to put together a concert of artists who we have been associated with to help pay what they owe on their house to save it. This is not the time for them to lose their home while they're both battling dreaded cancer.
If you can help, please do. Thank you."

Bryan has posted, "Both my mom and dad are two of the kindest and loving individuals I know. Both have been in and out of the hospital due to major health concerns. They need your help and I'm asking for your help. If you can find it somewhere in your heart to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated."
PLEASE CLICK HERE, donate what you can, every little bit helps
The US TV programme 'Inside Edition' has also reported about his terrible troubles
.. Speaking from his hospital bed, 78-year-old Sonny West said he is now facing foreclosure this month due to the medical bills associated with his cancer diagnosis.
"I don't want to leave my family behind, penniless, leave them with nothing, I just want to be back to where I can carry the love that I need to carry."

West is currently undergoing treatment for cancer shortly after celebrating five years in remission. His wife of 46 years, Judy Jordan, is also undergoing treatment for cancer and will be admitted into surgery next week.
Because of their mounting medical bills, and debt of nearly $22,000, the couple said they are now facing foreclosure, scheduled later this month.
"I just feel very depressed," West said.
Sonny West started out as one of his bodyguards, and eventually broke into Presley's inner circle, where he remained his good friend for 17 years. He appeared in Presley's 1968 hit film Stay Away, Joe, and Presley reciprocated by acting as the best man at West's wedding.
"I felt good, ambitious, going around the world doing shows, entertaining people, standing up for hours with all my energy and everything," West said.
His lucky streak ended about five years ago, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. West has been on a feeding tube ever since.
To pay off debt they accrued for the various treatments, the couple said they began selling Presley's memorabilia, including the jewelry he gifted West, and a briefcase.
They also started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to pay off their debt. PLEASE HELP - click here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Birthday Celebration Schedule 2017: EPE have announced their schedule for Elvis' Birthday Celebration in Memphis on January 5-8, 2017!
The schedule has been announced and includes the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, the Fan Club Presidents' Event, the Official Graceland Insiders Reception, Club Elvis, "Viva Las Vegas" Sing-A-Long, plus the Auction at Graceland and more.

Their special guests are Gavin and Robin Koon, the twins from "Follow That Dream," who will help us celebrate the movie's 55th anniversary.

 

 

 


Go here to EPE for schedule and tickets - Now on sale.

 


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Joe Esposito RIP: The Memphis Commercial  Appeal has reported, "It was fortuitous for Joe Esposito, that day in 1959 when he met a young soldier in the army who hailed from Memphis.
That young soldier was Elvis, and that chance meeting in Germany turned into a lifetime commitment that saw Esposito become The King's right-hand man.
"I was there when Elvis hired him. They were in the army together. Elvis usually played touch football on Sunday afternoon in Germany. Joe was an accountant in the army office there. One of the other guys said, 'Joe, would you like to meet Elvis? He said 'Yeah.' They went out and played football, and Elvis kinda liked him,"  recalled George Klein.
Esposito, who was Elvis's road manager, his co-best man and a dedicated member of the Memphis Mafia, died Nov. 23 in Calabasas, California. Esposito, who suffered from dementia, was 78.
Jerry Schilling noted, "Me and my wife at the time used to babysit Joe's daughters. I was very close to Joe. It's a big void in my life and in the whole Elvis world, losing Joe Esposito,"
"It was almost a brotherhood thing with him. He was always loyal to Elvis, watching out for him. Honest as the day is long.
Had a great head on his shoulders, helped make Elvis make a lot of big decisions," Klein said.
Esposito appeared in some of Presley's movies, including "It Happened at the World's Fair," and was one of two best men at Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla Ann Beaulieu. A decade later, he was among the first to find Presley's body after Elvis collapsed and died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Esposito broke the news of Presley's death to Priscilla and Col Parker, and was a pallbearer at his funeral.
Said Schilling, "Elvis trusted and depended on him. He was the mainstay of the Memphis Mafia. He kinda kept us in line. We would be having fun in Vegas or whatever, Joe was always the adult in the room. He could have a lot of fun, don't get me wrong. But when push came to shove, Joe was the adult in the room."
After Presley's death, Esposito worked as a road manager for the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson and other artists. His books included "Good Rockin' Tonight" and he was a frequent guest at Presley conventions. He also made numerous trips back to Memphis, particularly during the annual events to commemorate Elvis's death.
Schilling said a memorial for Esposito was being planned, but likely wouldn't take place until early next year.

Go here if you missed EIN's exclusive Interview with Joe Esposito
(News, Source;MComAppeal/ ElvisInfoNet)

Kate Moss to star in the new Elvis video for The Wonder of You: Christmas really has come early for Kate Moss - as she is set to star in a new Elvis Presley music video.
The 42-year-old model is fulfilling a lifelong dream by starring in a video for the late rock legend as his 1970 classic tune The Wonder of You is being re-released for Christmas.
The supermodel is reportedly taking the spotlight in the new video secretly filmed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London which is set to be released this month.
Kate Moss is a huge Elvis fan and the opportunity was simply too good to turn down.
Representing Elvis in an official video is something only dreams are made of for Kate.
The Wonder Of You, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, made chart history last month by becoming The King's record 13th No1 album in the UK.
He overtook Madonna to become the most successful UK solo artist ever having been level pegging on 12 each.
The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios so it was the obvious place to film the video.
The promo will help give the album an extra push in the Christmas sales market and potentially another return to top spot.
Elvis-obsessive Kate has dated a number of rockers since she became one of the world's most famous supermodels in her late teens. She has also appeared videos for Elton John, Primal Scream and Massive Attack.
Kate also had a long running friendship with late musician David Bowie  - wearing his iconic Ziggy Stardust playsuit to accept a BRIT award on his behalf during the 2014 ceremony in London.
Elvis' original 1970 version of The Wonder of You topped the UK Top 40 singles charts for six weeks.
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'12:00 AM' New Import CD: Making its year-end debut is a brand new and exciting, unreleased AUDIENCE RECORDED Elvis show on the brand new Ragdoll label! For the label's maiden outing, the folks at Ragdoll have chosen the Las Vegas midnight show of August 27, 1974. Simply titled, "12am", the newly re-mastered recording finds Elvis in superb form and in fine spirits. From discussing Karate and his relationship with his fans to delivering powerful and rockin' versions of "It's Midnight", "Mountain", "Trilogy, "Big Boss Man" and "If You Talk In Your Sleep" respectively, Elvis is committed to please. The introduction of Red West is most unique with Elvis rattling off the titles of West's song compositions! Ragdoll's debut is a 2-cd set comprising the show in its entirety. Handsomely packaged to include a 8-page booklet featuring rare photos to compliment the sonic clarity, Ragdoll promises a bright future! The sound is good for an Audience Recording.

EIN notes that the Venus bootleg 'Black Angels In Vegas' featured the August 30, 1974 soundboard and there are also plenty from the same 1974 season on official releases.
Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier last week . . .

Joe Esposito EIN Interview: Joe Esposito (RIP) is best known as a key member of the "Memphis Mafia' and one of Elvis' closest friends. Joe met Elvis in 1958 when they were both in the army. They met in Germany and formed a friendship over playing games of football and taking trips to Paris. Before leaving the service Elvis asked Joe to work for him, from then on their friendship would last almost two decades with Esposito's main role being road-manager.

In 2001 EIN's Nigel Patterson met up with Joe Esposito in Canberra. He had agreed to give us 15 minutes of his time, but ended up talking for over an hour. This interview was featured in our EIN Fan Club newsletter but not on-line.
Joe Esposito January 22, 1938 - November 23,2016 - RIP.

Go here for Joe Esposito's delightful stories of sharing his life with Elvis and the special friendship they had.

(Interviews,  Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis & RPO In Concert' Birmingham Review: From the UK Birmingham Mail a wonderful review of the new show.. "So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley appeared to thoroughly enjoy his fully-deserved standing ovation at the NEC's Genting Arena.
He also looked like he'd earned it, with sweat pouring off his brow at the end of a show called Elvis in Concert - Live on Screen with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Often dressed in a white karate-style suit, this was the King at top of his game, a royal ruler who has spawned legions of imitators for four decades but still no successor.
From Burning Love to American Trilogy, from Love Me Tender to In The Ghetto, The Wonder of You, Bridge Over Troubled Water, It's Now Or Never
and Can't Help Falling In Love this concert was the closest any of us will get to seeing Elvis for real in Las Vegas.
And, yes, he performed like he really was inside the NEC's biggest shed. Since the turn of the century, new technology has done Elvis a huge favour.
Arenas are now so big that most shows are augmented by giant screens to the point that you almost end up watching the pictures rather than the stars themselves, particularly if you are more than a third of the way back.
And so with Elvis being beamed around the arena via four screens, you tended to forget he wasn't really there, so gripped were you by THAT voice, the mannerisms and frequent flashes of devilment in his eyes or on the curl end of his lips.
We had all Elvis's here - the lean, mean, hip-swivelling, gyrating-pelvis machine, the chubby ill-
looking star whose demons were taking over and the one who would kneel down for a kiss in return for a garland of flowers.
The moment he came on wearing a slimming, black leather outfit on a set that made him look like was on Top of the Pops, brought an electrifying edge to proceedings for a couple of songs.
Displaying just one still photograph during Don't, a favourite of Priscilla's that he recorded at the age of 21, emphasised a maturity of performance way beyond his years.
Brought up on gospel - it was all he knew from the age of two, according to one caption - Elvis still spans so many musical genres like a colossus.
With or without guitar, with or without his white jump suit, he came across as a contemporary idol who simply hasn't dated.

Watching him on film, home movies or playing concerts, he appeared here to be a larger-than-life, multi-media giant before the term was even coined.
Wearing a stylish indigo dress and sounding like a woman in her 40s, 71-year-old Priscilla introduced the show. Priscilla explained how Elvis had been haunted by self-doubt during his years in the Army only to then wonder again where he stood following the "British invasion of bands like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones."
He was also a man whom she doubted had ever got over the death of his mother, Gladys, in 1958.
Priscilla revealed that "before Elvis passed", in August 1997, he'd been planning to finally visit the UK in 1978, and that he'd dreamed of nights like this.
Whether any shows then would have been better than this one is hard to say given the recent dramatic improvements in sound technology where quality is emphasised over sheer noise.
Here, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra played a blinder to a) authenticate Elvis's back catalogue and b) fill the Genting Arena with a lush sound that was not only entirely audible, but delivered by an orchestra one minute and full on rock band the next. And always in sync with the main man, too.
Of course, no ordinary late singer with collars the size of curtain pelmets and sideburns like matching Velcro doormats could draw a near-capacity crowd to a venue with 15,000 seats.
But there would have been few in the audience who didn't have a really personal song, whether it was a reminder of long gone parents, a lover, or a lyric that meant something in a world frequently touched by sad family events.
The words from American Trilogy - felt particularly apt: "So hush little baby / Don't you cry / You know your daddy's bound to die." So true, in one sense.
Except, in Elvis's case in general, and on this evidence in particular, he is clearly going to live on forever.
Signing herself off stage at the end, even Priscilla was clearly thrilled by the atmosphere she'd just witnessed.

Go here for the full review and more pics
(News, Source;BMail/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ OUT NOW: MRS has released their 2CD/100page book compilation titled ‘Memphis Recording Service: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ - for Only £29.99.
The 100-page book chronicles Elvis’ short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from July 1953 and January 1954) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation. The 2CDs contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953- 1955:  Elvis’ personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored.
There are many highlights on this new release. All of the newly remastered tracks now sound much clearer and crisper. For instance, ‘That’s All Right’ has been taken from the ‘Mother’ master of the original Sun 45rpm. Also, for the first time on CD, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ appears without the false bass RCA added to it in the 1980s when tampering with the master tapes.   Indeed, all previous erroneous mastering faults and miscalculations have been rectified on this release, making it the best collection of these seminal recordings thus far.
Go to 'All The CD News 2016' for full details & tracklisting

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Grammy for 'Jailhouse Rock': In keeping with its ongoing dedication to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its distinctive GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. This year's collection acknowledges a diverse range of both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 25 new titles, the Hall, now in its 44th year, currently totals 1,038 recordings.
Representing an array of tracks and albums, the 2017 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock", the Jackson 5's "ABC" to N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton and also featuring David Bowie's "Changes," " Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Billie Holiday's Lady Sings The Blues, Prince's Sign "O" The Times, and the Beach Boys' "I Get Around." Other inductees include recordings by Louis Armstrong, the Everly Brothers, R.E.M., Sly & The Family Stone, Sonny & Cher, among others.
"Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog and are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis and the RPO' Tour Review: This is the UK review of Elvis and the RPO recent performance in Manchester from the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper.
... There can’t be many artists who would sell out an arena 40 years after their death but then there aren’t, nor have there ever, been many artists like Elvis Presley.
The premise of the show is simple. Take footage of vintage Elvis concert performances, show it on a big screen and get the orchestra to accompany the great man.
In reality it’s a far more complex – and at times – thrilling experience.

It’s all too easy to be skeptical about Elvis, his legacy tarnished slightly by the thousands of karaoke singers and his love of rhinestones and a jumpsuit.
But what this show does is reaffirm his peerlessness as an artist and singer.
Bear in mind that playing live was a full orchestra and at times even they struggled to keep up with the power and the majesty of the King in full cry.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has made two albums accompanying Elvis and many of the songs featured in the two hour show.
Priscilla Presley, resplendent in velvet gown, was on hand to introduce proceedings – she has played a major part in the project getting off the ground.
The setlist wasn’t just a greatest hits either. Highlights include a lesser known song, Don’t, from early in Elvis’ career but it was the blockbusters like In the Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and the emotional American Trilogy which got the best response.
There was a slightly surreal moment – as if watching a dead rock and roll legend perform ‘live’ in front of your eyes isn’t surreal enough – when Priscilla walked along the front row asking stunned audience members their name and where they came from. Faced with a 10-year-old Elvis impersonator in full garb made by his gran, even she was taken aback.
But it was the music that everyone had come for and it didn’t disappoint.
The RPO were magnificent adding power and, when needed, lightness to the songs.
The backing singers did a sterling job and for a rock and roll section it was great to see the musicians singing along and at one point leaping out of their seats and jiving along to the music.
The packed crowd was a mixture of the worshippers, the curious and possibly the skeptics.
By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll – and so much more besides.
(News, Source;JGansky/ElvisInfoNet) & thanks to Dave Woods

'The World Of FTD' Book Covers revealed: Erik Lorentzen has posted great quality images of the three book covers. Keith Flynn is well-known to every serious Elvis collector. He worked with the FTD label itself and is the font-of-all-knowledge regarding Elvis’ musical legacy and his recordings.
Keith Flynn not only co-authored ‘The Ultimate Elvis’ but has also published several articles in the UK magazine ‘Elvis: The Man and His Music’ regarding Elvis’ releases.
Several Elvis collectors have contacted EIN wanting to know more about the up-coming 1,200 pages 'The World Of FTD' deluxe publication and Keith Flynn has kindly agreed to answers their questions, as well as some of our own. Questions such as
- Exactly how many releases have FTD published, and could they not all be fitted into one book?
- What will fans really enjoy about the books?

Go here to see the book covers - plus plenty of preview pages - as well as all you need to know about this exciting new book
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


November 23, 2016- Joe Esposito Has Died, Aged 78: It is very sad to have to confirm the passing of Joe Esposito. He was a good friend of EIN's and a lovely man every time we crossed paths. The photo shows EIN's Sanja Meegin with Joe Esposito in 2011.
Joe Esposito is best known as a key member of the "Memphis Mafia' and one of Elvis' closest friends. Joe met Elvis in 1958 when they were both in the army. They met in Germany and formed a friendship over playing games of football and taking trips to Paris. Before leaving the service Elvis asked Joe to work for him, from then on their friendship would last almost two decades with Esposito's main role being road-manager.
Along with Marty Lacker, Esposito served as co-best man at Elvis' wedding while Esposito's wife, Joan was matron of honor. After Elvis' death in 1977 Esposito went to work for Tour promoter Jerry Weintraub and worked as road manager for multiple stars including Michael Jackson, The Bee Gees, Karen Carpenter and John Denver.
Joe Esposito was a principal consultant for the 1981 movie 'This Is Elvis' and has authored several books on Elvis.
Esposito has 3 children, with one from his second marriage to Martha Gallub. Very sadly Martha died on March 19, 2012, after a long fight with cancer.

The last time EIN had a chance to catch up with Joe was in 2011 when he toured with Australia with Shawn Klush and Donny Edwards and helped raise money for Cancer Awareness.
Joe Esposito died November 23, 2016 after a year of declining health.

It's a truly sad realisation that all these good friends shown in this 1968 photo, Alan Fortas, Col Parker, Elvis, Lamar Fike, Joe Esposito and Charlie Hodge are all no longer with us.

Joe Esposito January 22, 1938 - November 23,2016 - RIP. 



(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis & RPO Tour live in UK: The Elvis with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra tour kicked off at the Hydro, Glasgow on November 17.
Priscilla has been at the concerts to present the introduction and finale.
Reports back from fans are very good so far. Two video screens are used, one in front featuring Elvis close-up while a second larger "Cinema-screen" is used behind the orchestra for extra videos.
The set-list includes several surprises including, 'Don't', 'Love Me Tender' using movie footage and even 'I'll Be Home For Christmas'.
The sound of Elvis and the orchestra was superb.
Brian Quinn will report back for EIN on the London concert. 
Below is the setlist
Overture - If I Can Dream
Welcome - Priscilla Presley
Burning Love
Welcome To My World
Steamroller Blues
Fever
You Gave Me A Mountain
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
I Just Can't Help Believing
Just Pretend
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Don't
It's Now Or Never
I Can't Help Falling In Love
In The Ghetto
How Great Thou Art
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Trouble / Guitar Man
That's Alright Mama
Hound Dog
Don't be Cruel
Heartbreak Hotel
Are You Lonesome Tonight
All Shook Up
Blue Suede Shoes
Memories
Love Me Tender
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Memories: Reprise
The Wonder Of You
Suspicious Minds
What Now My Love
Big Hunk 0' Love
American Trilogy
Click here for YouTube clips recorded by fans
Elvis & RPO at Leeds 2016 Show start & Burning Love
- If I Can Dream (close-up)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water (close-up)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in November . . .
'Spirit Of Jackson, MS' New FTD: A new FTD release for December, featuring two soundboard recordings from the Jackson, State Fair Coliseum on June 9th 1975 and a year later September 5th 1976.
On May 5th 1975, Elvis performed a concert in aid of the McComb tornado victims at the State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi. Elvis raised $108, 860 to help residents who were affected by the devastation. The audio for this show is damaged beyond repair. However 'Spirit Of Jackson, MS' includes two other shows from the State Fair Coliseum. Just over a month after the charity show, Elvis performed in Jackson again and this show is featured on Disc 2. Disc 1 is from September 1976. Spirit Of Jackson, MS is a 2-CD digipack.
Tracklist CD1: 1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 2) See See Rider, 3) I Got A Woman / Amen 4) Love Me 5) Fairytale 6) You Gave Me A Mountain 7) All Shook Up 8) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel 9) And I Love You So 10) Jailhouse Rock 11) Fever 12) America The Beautiful 13) Introductions a) Early Mornin’ Rain b) What’d I Say c) Johnny B. Goode 14) Love Letters 15) Hurt  16) Hound Dog 17) Danny Boy – sung by Sherrill Nielsen 18) That’s All Right 19) Blue Christmas 20) How Great Thou Art 20) Can’t Help Falling In Love 21) Closing Vamp
Go to 'FTD/SONY News 2016' for full tracklists & details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Genuine Elvis Artifacts For Sale: Bud Glass, co-owner of The King's Ransom Museum has some unique Elvis-Owned artifacts for sale. Plenty of items are on offer and this could be a unique chance for Elvis collectors wanting to own something special and with no "auction" involved.
This is for any fan who has serious interest in owning authentic items with prices ranging from only a few hundred dollars all the way up to top-end items.
Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King's Ransom Museum: Personal Treasures of Elvis Presley, and a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis artifacts of all kinds.
In general buyers must be on their guard and they should not trust most of the items that come up for sale, as there are so many fakes and forgeries out there. Although some are legit, it is a crapshoot if you are not versed in all the phases of authentication.
Bud Glass notes that he is not selling off the museum, in fact
his exhibit is bigger and better than it has ever been and will soon be re-opening the museum in a  new location.
Most items have come via other collectors with authentic items who have  been forced to sell their personal items
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The list of items is constantly changing, so there is usually always something you will be interested in.  
Whether you are a collector who is constantly adding to your collection, or just a fan who has always wanted to own an authentic Elvis-owned and worn item, you are
sure to find some exciting artifacts by inquiring
Please contact Bud Glass via email bglass@nettally.com   if you are seriously interested in acquiring an Elvis owned and worn item.
Items on offer include ...
- Gold Plated Cufflinks
Given To Elvis By Alabama State Governor.
These cufflinks were on display in Jimmy Velvets world famous Elvis Presley Museum for several years.
- Massive 2.5 ct Diamond Elvis ring with incredible history
Given by Elvis to Security Guard at the Las Vegas Hilton, Leeland Ricketts.
Diamond Encrusted - 14k Gold- Stage Worn Ring With "EP" Initials Inside (shown at top)
- Authentic Elvis autographs
(including 1968 signed photo, right)
items from inside Elvis' Graceland home
Prescriptions pill bottles
Personal clothing items including Leather jacket
Jewelry
Stage Worn jumpsuit, Original "Elvis In Concert" Stage jacket
Elvis' bible & Books signed by Elvis and personalized to friends
1950's concert used guitar
The last scarf that Elvis ever wore
given to someone in limo after leaving the sage after his performance in Indianapolis on June 26, 1977
...and more - contact Bud Glass via email if interested.
(News, Source;BG/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley's Memphis' Opens March 2017: EPE has announced the official opening date for its new, $45 million, 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art entertainment complex, now named “Elvis Presley’s Memphis", which is currently under construction across the street from Graceland Mansion. March 2-5, 2017 will be the Grand Opening Celebration weekend, as Graceland welcomes visitors from around the world to its largest and most significant expansion since first opening to the public in 1982. The opening four days of Elvis Presley’s Memphis will feature major celebration events each day, including live concerts that will celebrate Elvis’ incredible life and career, and honor Memphis’ rich musical legacy across genres, including Blues, Rockabilly, R&B, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
While the acclaimed Graceland Mansion tour will continue to present the personal and family side of Elvis’ life, “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” will tell the rest of the story, exploring the beginning of the incredible music and pop culture explosion that all started here in Memphis, with the greatest entertainer of all time.
For over 30 years fans and visitors have loved the Graceland experience, but now ‘Elvis Presley's Memphis’ will let fans truly experience all that Memphis offered Elvis, walk through the streets in his footsteps, see what he saw, feel what he felt, live the life of ‘the king.’
At the same time the new “Ultimate VIP” tour experience debuts, Graceland’s most exclusive tour option, will take a small group of visitors on an unprecedented journey through Elvis Presley’s life story and the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Led by an expert tour guide, visitors will tour Graceland Mansion and
explore all of “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” and an exclusive Ultimate VIP Tour Exhibit.
The cornerstone of the “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” experience will be “Elvis: The Entertainer” a 20,000-square-foot museum celebrating Elvis’ incredible music, movie and live touring career. This museum will feature hundreds of artifacts from the extensive Graceland Archives and will be the largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world.
Tickets for “Elvis Presley’s Memphis” are now available for opening weekend & the rest of 2017.
Go to EPE for more info and tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Jimmy Ellis In The Shadow of A King (Book Review): The Jimmy "Orion" Ellis story is an intriguing one with many twists and turns. Born Jimmy Bell in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 1945, his unmarried mother, Gladys Bell (apart from their vocal similarity, Elvis and Jimmy had other things in common), was unable to care for baby Jimmy and gave him up for adoption. The birth certificate listed his father simply as Vernon! (no last name! - more about this later). A talented sportsperson at school, Jimmy's adult life would be inextricably connected to Elvis with a rollercoaster ride dominated by a mask and his vocal similarity to the King. It would also be a life of wild fan adulation and growing resentment on Jimmy's part as he struggled with not being accepted as a talented singer in his own right. Ultimately, his life was cut short in a tragic, double fatal shooting.

EINs Nigel Patterson recently delved into a fascinating account of the late singer's life - read Nigel's in-depth review.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


Major Elvis Presley HBO Documentary confirmed: As EIN first reported on November 3, the new yet-to-be-titled HBO Entertainment documentary about the life and music of Elvis Presley, co-produced by Zach Russo and Ernst Jorgensen, has just ended pre-production and will debut on the HBO network.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television it is directed by Emmy and Grammy winner Thom Zimny, who has work on multiple Bruce Springsteen documentary and video projects, and written by Alan Light, the three-hour, two-part film presentation takes the audience on a comprehensive journey from Presely's childhood through his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976.
The project focuses on the man and his music, deconstructing why Presley's sound and style were so revolutionary, exploring why they made him the world's most legendary musical icon and revealing the cost of the massive success he achieved. The films were produced with the full participation of the Elvis Presley family estate and unprecedented access to Graceland archives. Footage includes shots from inside Presley's iconic home and more than 20 new, primary-source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and others who knew him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide.
"The producers came to HBO and Sony with the idea for a film drawing upon very rare footage that captures Elvis' musicianship in a new and exciting way," reports HBO's Kary Antholis, "The artistry on display in that footage reminded us of the great work by Jon Landau and Thom Zimny on HBO films documenting the studio artistry of Bruce Springsteen, and we are thrilled to have them at the helm to lend their unique cinematic perspectives to this iconic, complex and singular artist."
Jon Landau, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Authentic Brands Group chief Jamie Salter executive produce; Zimny directs and produces; and Zach Russo and Ernst Jorgensen co-produce.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



Being Elvis - A Lonely Life - strong sales on Amazon UK book charts: Ray Connolly's new book, Being Elvis - A Lonely Life, is experiencing strong sales in Britain (the book will be released in the USA in Feb 2017). A few days ago it was ranked:


'The Wonder Of You' in the UK charts: It was fantastic news that Elvis & RPO album 'The Wonder Of You' hit Number One on the UK charts breaking all solo records - and although it is dropping down the charts sales are still fine.
The Official UK Album Top 10 - 18th November, 2016 + other Elvis Entries in the Top 100
1 Olly Murs
2 Emeli Sandé
3 Michael Ball & Alfie Boe
4 Cliff Richard
5. Elvis Presley with the RPO 'The Wonder Of You' 29,647 (Total sales to date: 155,500 units) (GOLD Award)
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53 - If I Can Dream
81 - Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Other Elvis Entries on the UK Charts - 18th November, 2016
'The Wonder Of You' drops from 3 to 5 on the Physical Album Chart; drops from 22 to 32 on the Album Download Chart; drops from 3 to 5 on the Album Sales Chart and rises from 6 to 5 on the Record Store Chart
'If I Can Dream' drops from 43 to 46 on the Physical Album Chart and rises from 47 to 48 on the Album Sales Chart
'The Platinum Collection' drops 63 to 71 on the Physical Album Chart and from 77 to 85 on Album Sales Chart
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' rises from 79 to 74 on the Physical Album Chart and from 83 to 80 on the Album Sales Chart
'The Elvis Collection' rises from 45 to 20 on the Music Video Chart
Yet again Elvis has no entries on the Top 100 Streaming Chart
'The Wonder Of You' remains at 4 on the Scottish Album Chart
'If I Can Dream' rises from 54 to 53 on the Scottish Album Chart
'Elvis: 30 No.1 Hits' drops from 75 to 76 on the Scottish Album Chart
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'The World Of FTD' by Keith Flynn Interview: Keith Flynn is well-known to every serious Elvis collector. He worked with the FTD label itself and is the font-of-all-knowledge regarding Elvis’ musical legacy and his recordings.
Keith Flynn not only co-authored ‘The Ultimate Elvis’ but has also published several articles in the UK magazine ‘Elvis: The Man and His Music’ regarding Elvis’ releases.
Several Elvis collectors have contacted EIN wanting to know more about the up-coming 1,200 pages 'The World Of FTD' deluxe publication and Keith Flynn has kindly agreed to answers their questions, as well as some of our own. Questions such as
- Exactly how many releases have FTD published, and could they not all be fitted into one book?
- Will there be a cheaper E-version of the book?
- What will fans really enjoy about the books?

Go here for plenty of preview pages - as well as all you need to know about this exciting new book
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


'The Wonder Of You' Elvis with the RPO - In-depth CD Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After the massive 2015 success of "Elvis with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" and ‘If I Can Dream’ the follow-up was inevitable and 'The Wonder Of You' recently achieved Number One in the UK album charts.
But can a follow-up really be as impressive - and do the true Elvis fans have to approve of these on-going fake "Revisions"?

Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Files Magazine Issue 18 - Preview Pages: Erik Lorentzen has posted the front cover of the December issue of his Elvis Files Magazine.

Erik Lorentzen reminds everyone that it is time to renew any annual subscriptions.


Issue #18 will feature articles on...
1957, Deke Rivers and Loving You
June 1958, Fort Hood plus the army Nashville Studio B session
August 1973 in Las Vegas
     


Subscribe annually for 4 issues by sending €58
by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions

Issue 18 - FEATURES articles on 50s, 60s and 70s - CLICK HERE to Preview pages & more info


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN Advice - Click straight to 'The Elvis Files' website to order the new ‘Elvis and Ann-Margret; Love In Las Vegas’ book for only EuroE.42  - includes world-wide postage. See book details below.
Some naughty online Elvis shops are, as always, ripping fans off charging EuroE70 (AU$99) plus postage for the same 150-page soft-back book!!!

'Love In Las Vegas' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced 'Elvis & Ann-Margret; Love In Las Vegas' - a beautiful soft cover book with 150 pages (25 x 30 cm) of PURE LOVE was released in Sweden, Saturday at the Elvis Convention in Västerås.
You can't beat the romance, power & lust of 'Elvis & Ann-Margret'.
It’s written in English and is full of articles and great photos of the beautiful couple.
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this book about one of the biggest (Hollywood) romances of the sixties.

More Preview pages - and looking fantastic!

Click straight to 'The Elvis Files' to pre-order for EU42.

 

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review - Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike: Many of Elvis’ inner sanctum (family, friends and the Memphis Mafia) have released one or more books about their experience with Elvis. In 2011 it was anticipated that the larger than life, Lamar Fike, would finally publish his memoir. Publication plans were delayed as Lamar courted interest from Hollywood about a screen adaptation of his book. Then, very sadly, before the book was finished, Lamar passed away on 21 January 2011.

In 2016 it became known that before he died, Lamar had also spent several days with researchers L.E. McCullough and Harold F. Eggers, Jr. discussing his 23 years association and friendship with Elvis. The result of those discussions (400 questions and answers) have now been released in the book, Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond An Intimate Conversation with Lamar Fike Elvis Presley's Closest Friend and Confidant.

In the shadows of late afternoon, EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took off his blue suede shoes and delved deep inside Elvis: Truth, Myth & Beyond, to explore the germane, always interesting and clever mind of the late Lamar Rielly Fike. This is what Nigel found

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


New FTD Releases OUT NOW: The slightly delayed two new FTD releases, 'Elvis Gold Records Vol.4' Classic Album and 'TODAY' album as a special Vinyl release using the Original Studio Session & outtakes are both OUT NOW and at your local Elvis Dealer.
- 'Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 4' (2-CD) 'Classic Album'
It was 10 years after the release of Elvis’ Golden Records in 1958, that RCA Victor released 'Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 4.' It contained seven ‘B’ sides and only five ‘A’ sides. Whether at the behest of Colonel Tom Parker, or RCA, the philosophy of not including tracks that already featured on existing albums weakened what could have been a more powerful and hit-laden compilation. Although omitted from Volume 3 for the same reason, the addition of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “Return To Sender” would surely have enhanced it’s sales potential and the inclusion of “Crying In The Chapel” (albeit included on How Great Thou Art in 1967) should have provided the icing on the cake. However, for dedicated Elvis fans, it was still rewarding to get these songs on a long-playing album for the first time such as “Love Letters”, “It Hurts Me” and “A Mess Of Blues”.

Other hits that could have featured are added to Disc 1 as Bonus Tracks plus some unreleased studio outtakes while Disc 2 features the entire original album in glorious mono!
CD 1– The Original Stereo Album
1. Love Letters 2 Witchcraft 3 It Hurts Me 4 What'd I Say 5 Please Don't Drag That String Around 6 Indescribably Blue 7 Devil in Disguise 8 Lonely Man 9 A Mess of Blues 10 Ask Me 11 Ain't That Loving You Baby 12 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello Bonus Songs 13 Wild in the Country 14 Viva Las Vegas 15 I'm Yours (single version) 16 Come What May 17 Fools Fall in Love - OUTTAKES: 18 Lonely Man – take 3* 19 A Mess of Blues – splice of take 4* & 3 20 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello – take 3 21 Kiss Me Quick – takes 8* & 9* 22 Suspicion – splice of takes 4 & 5* 23 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow take 4* 24 What'd I Say – splice of takes 3* & 4/M
CD 2 - The Original Mono Album
1 Love Letters 2 Witchcraft 3 It Hurts Me 4 What'd I Say 5 Please Don't Drag That String Around 6 Indescribably Blue 7 Devil in Disguise 8 Lonely Man 9 A Mess of Blues 10 Ask Me 11 Ain't That Loving You Baby 12 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello.
- “TODAY – The Original Session Mixes” VINYL 2-LP Set
THE ORIGINAL SESSION MIXES
Side A - 1) Susan When She Tried 2) Woman Without Love 3) Shake A Hand 4) Fairytale 5) Green, Green Grass Of Home
Side B - !) Bringin’ It Back 2) )T-R-O-U-B-L-E 3) Pieces Of My Life 4) I Can Help 5) And I Love You So
THE OUTTAKES
Side C - 1) T-R-O-U-B-L-E - take 1 2) Fairytale - takes 1,2 4:33 3) Susan When She Tried – takes 1,2 4) Shake A Hand - take 1 3:49 5) Tiger Man – informal jam
Side D - 1) Green, Green Grass Of Home – take 1 2) Bringin’ It Back - take 1 3) I Can Help – master 4) Shake A Hand - take 2 5) Susan When She Tried – take 3
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis & Orchestra Australian & NZ Tour - NEAR SOLD-OUT: Despite the 2017 ELVIS tour of Australia and New Zealand "live concert experience" only going on sale last week, the tickets in some venues are already heading towards being SOLD OUT! This afternoon the Melbourne concert had only a handful of backrow tickets left.
The tour features Elvis’ voice and image on the big screen while a 40 piece orchestra play live along to his vocals.
The new orchestral Elvis album, The Wonder of You, is released on October 21 and features new versions of Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, Amazing Grace and Always on My Mind.
The tour is endorsed by Priscilla Presley and EPE and will be launched in the UK next month before the Australian leg next year.
The first album went Number 1 in Australia and EPE hope the concerts will be sellouts
Tickets went on sale October 19. CLICK HERE for ticket info & purchasing
See BELOW for TOUR details & dates

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

'Long Black Limousine' EIN Spotlight: Elvis' fabulous 'Long Black Limousine' was composed by Vern Stovall and Bobby George and first released in 1958 by Wynn Stewart.
Cut at the Memphis Sessions in 1969 Elvis transformed Long Black Limousine from a country ballad to "a vehicle for savage social protest”.
The lyric is complex, the relationship between the narrator and his love remains unclear. The performance Elvis recorded on 13 January 1969 is full of funereal foreboding, arguably his darkest performance since Heartbreak Hotel and How’s The World Treating You?

Go here as respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this powerful song from Elvis' 1969 Memphis sessions...

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInfoNet)


ASK Marty: Today Marty Lacker answers your questions about....

- Did you think Elvis marriage would possibly last at the time
- When was Graceland upstairs restricted access and did any Memphis Mafia guys stay upstairs
- Elvis at STAX, did he take another direction just to please his fans
- Of all the women in his life, who who looked after him the best
- Did Elvis drive a Chevy truck around undercover around Memphis.
- Did Elvis had any income from alternate investments such as real estate
- What was Elvis singing voice like up close and personal

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' for his answers plus how to send in your questions. 

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

 

'The World Of FTD' New Book: Serious fans of Elvis buy every Follow That Dream release and now super-collector and Elvis recordings specialist Keith Flynn has completed a masterpiece about FTD. It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.
The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen - and will be out in time for Christmas.
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.
You can soon pre-order this awesome books from www.elvisfiles.no or from your local dealer.....
Note - 'The World Of FTD' will be published as a hard-cover book, there will be no E-Version.

Click here to Elvis Files
Click here to The Elvis Shop London
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis & Orchestra Australian & NZ Tour dates: Following on from the release of last year’s incredible million-selling album, "If I Can Dream" is the confirmation of the 2017 tour of Australia and New Zealand for this new "live concert experience" featuring Elvis backed by a 40 piece orchestra
The tour features Elvis’ voice and image on the big screen while a 40 piece orchestra play live along to his vocals.
The new orchestral Elvis album, The Wonder of You, is released on October 21 and features new versions of Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, Amazing Grace and Always on My Mind.
The tour is endorsed by Priscilla Presley and EPE and will be launched in the UK next month before the Australian leg next year.
“What an honour for us to be able to produce a live concert experience that evolved out of what has become a very prestigious and beloved album backed by a full and rich symphony orchestra,” Priscilla noted in a statement.
The first album went Number 1 in Australia and EPE hope the concerts will be sellouts
Tickets go on sale 10am, October 19. CLICK HERE for ticket info & purchasing
The Australian & NZ Tour dates so far confirmed.
Friday 26 May 2017 – Perth Arena, Perth
Sunday 28 May 2017 – Adelaide Ent Centre, Adelaide
Thursday 1 June 2017 – Brisbane Ent Centre
Friday 2 June 2017 – ICC Theatre, Sydney
Friday 9 June 2017 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Sunday 11 June 2017 – Derwent Ent Centre, Tasmania
Friday 7 July 2017 – Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Sunday 9 July 2017 – Vector Arena, Auckland

(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

'The Hometown Shows' FTD In-depth Review: FTD's new release 'ELVIS: The Hometown Shows' is another double-CD this time focusing on Elvis' Memphis performance from 1974 / 75.  It features two legendary shows from the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, the March 17, 1974 (Evening show) and June 10, 1975 performance.
The March 17, 1974 ES soundboard is a brand new unreleased show, while June 10 1975 is one of Elvis' best mid-seventies concerts which has been previously out on bootleg. Both are excellent shows and in GREAT sound.
This 1975 concert provided us with the great Ed Bonja cover photo for the 'From EP Boulevard' album so you know Elvis was up for a good time!
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out this new FTD Memphis double-pack and discover both the good and the disappointing facts about this new FTD release
(FTD Reviews, Source;GM/PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) 


'The Wonder Of You/If I Can Dream' Elvis/RPO Double set: Yet another version of the new 'Wonder Of You' album has been announced. A double-CD combining both the new album as well as the previous 'If I Can Dream'. I am not sure why any Elvis fans would need this - but it does have a cute alternate cover. So far you can only pre-order this via Amazon in Germany and Japan.
SEE below for Pre-order info for other CD versions.
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” and a stunning new take on “Always On My Mind.”
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'  VINYL release is presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and pressed on 150g vinyl.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic' DELUXE  Edition includes 3 additional tracks on CD, two, 150 gram LPs in a gatefold package, poster and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x 12” lift off box.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Pre-Order- 'The Wonder Of You' Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: You can Pre-Order the CD or vinyl versions now through Amazon or AmazonUK. EIN has been informed that the "Deluxe box-set" and vinyl versions will however not be released until December 2, 2016
The CD versions will be out world-wide - October 21, 2016
The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads. Featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises, standout tracks include a sultry new version of “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” the heartfelt emotion of “Kentucky Rain” and a stunning new take on the classic “Always On My Mind.” The new album is the follow-up to the global phenomenon 'If I Can Dream' released in 2015.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic'  VINYL release is presented in beautiful gatefold packaging and pressed on 150g vinyl.
'The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic' DELUXE  Edition includes 3 additional tracks on CD, two, 150 gram LPs in a gatefold package, a poster suitable for framing and a 12 page booklet, all housed in a 12”x 12” lift off box.
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US VINYL
UK CD
UK VINYL
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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 20,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.



'Elvis at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show : September 26 1956' - SNEAK PREVIEW: At the printers - the new book from Erik Lorentzen. Having now finished the Elvis Files series, Erik Lorentzen is concentrating on his new "Gold Standard Series" where he will expand on certain pivotal moments in Elvis' life enabling Lorentzen to publish yet more newly discovered and previously unpublished photos.
EIN has seen the pile of unreleased Tupelo concert photos and they are astounding.

Go HERE to EIN's Sneak Preview of twenty pages from this fabulous book.
The book will be published later this month.

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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UPDATED - 'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy - now updated with your comments & more info

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Wonder of You' 2017 European Tour: Already announced for Australia, now in May 2017 'The Wonder of You' live concert experience featuring ELVIS with a full symphony orchestra live on stage is heading to Europe. They will be performing the King of Rock and Roll’s most well-known rock 'n' roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads – with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
The European dates will follow hot on the heels of six arena concerts in the United Kingdom in November 2016 (see info below) - which are all set to be sold out.
The critically-acclaimed "If I Can Dream" release, as well as its successor album, feature archive recordings of the king’s voice, and new orchestral arrangements of some of his biggest hits along with several surprises.
"If I Can Dream" and "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" were both produced by Nick Patrick and Don Reedman and executive produced by Priscilla Presley, Don Reedman and EPE.
"The Wonder of You," live in concert, is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
The new album "The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" is set for release on October 21, 2016.
Tour Dates Europe 2017 - CLICK HERE to buy tickets - Tickets go on sale September 16.
May 10th – Rotterdam, Ahoy
May 12th – Sweden, Malmo Arena
May 13th – Denmark, Herning – Jyske Bank Boxen
May 15th – Germany, Berlin – Mercedes-Benz Arena
May 16th – Germany, Oberhausen – Koenig-Pilsener Arena
May 18th – Switzerland, Zurich – Hallenstadion
May 19th – Belgium, Brussels – Palais 12
May 20th – Germany, Frankfurt, Festhalle
May 21st – Germany, Munich, Olympiahalle
May 22nd – Austria, Vienna, Wiener Stadthalle
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Trevor Simpson talks about "Elvis: His Songs of Praise": Out later this month is the first of two volumes titled "Elvis: His Songs of Praise" from author Trevor Simpson.
The two volumes will combine to over 700 pages chronicling the 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis. Volume 1 promises over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high-quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics as well as a 30-track special bonus CD.

EIN noted that our original 'His Songs Of Praise' tracklisting we posted was not correct. While confirming the track selection EIN's Piers Beagley took the chance to ask author Trevor Simpson some questions about his new book as well as this interesting CD selection.


UPDATED - 'Way Down In The Jungle Room' EIN Review:  Released for August 2016 this SONY Legacy pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ last recording sessions which took place in Graceland’s Jungle Room.
The publicity noted the sessions “have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording” and “includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a ‘fly-on-the-wall experience’ of what the sessions were like".
Elvis' original 76/77 albums were fairly uninspired collections (bar a few fine singles) and on the original LPs it was almost impossible to glimpse any sign of creative input from Elvis through the syrupy overdubs. It wasn't until the release of FTD’s magnificent ‘The Jungle Room Sessions’ that many fans began to understand the raw emotion, close camaraderie and Elvis’ personal feelings that were revealed by these intimate Graceland sessions.
To produce that same kind of revelation for the 'General Public' would be a very tricky project but that is exactly what the new legacy team has done - and to great effect.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers the old Elvis magic and what is special for Elvis Collectors in our in-depth review
Now Updated & Expanded with Your Comments - James Burton talks about the Jungle Room sessions & more
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
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In Australia - buy this great release for only $23 at JBHiFi click here . delivery only $1.70!

Please Do Not be ripped off by other Australian Elvis shops.


UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
(Interviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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'Elvis Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash FTD Book Review: Focusing on Elvis in late 1970 and early 1971, "Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash" is the new FTD Book/CD combo by Flaming Star/FTD.
Produced by David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, this book presents a detailed chronicle of Elvis’ personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
It is a hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis’ life and career over the important four months from October 1970 to January 1971.
The publicity promised hundreds of photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished and new and exclusive interviews.
It also comes with a bonus CD with unreleased versions of studio-tracks plus Elvis’ concert in Portland, Oregon on Nov 11th 1970.

Can it really be as good as promised? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our indepth review featuring plenty of extracts and wonderful photographs.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
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'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' Shipped!: The very final volume of the 'Elvis Files' series 'Elvis Files Vol.8 1976-1977' has finally been packed up and shipped to dealers. The book covers the final years of Elvis' life, the continuous energy-draining treadmill of tours, the final recording sessions and the last CBS TV Special.

Click HERE for exclusive pages in good quality as a special Sneak-Peak from the book.

While Elvis was not a well man in the last twenty months of his life, collectors will surely find this detailed look into these last years not only an emotional ride but also a part of Elvis' history that cannot be ignored.  

Order by sending € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
Or click here to order straight from Elvis Files shop
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'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)


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NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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