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- Baz's 'ELVIS' Movie - Updated October 2023
Sunday 25 February 2024
‘The King is cool again’: The UK magazine TimeOut reports that "The King" is cool again - how London fell hard for Elvis.'
The article looks at how ABG have worked hard to get the younger generations on-board. Major points noted are...
In 2017 a YouGov poll found that 29 percent of British adults aged 18 to 24 had never listened to an Elvis song. At the same time the value of Elvis memorabilia had dropped significantly.
So the latest bout of Elvis mania is no accident. It’s the result of a wildly calculated campaign by EPE /ABG to make the King cool again. Or at the very least, profitable.
Three years ago, ABG chief exec Jamie Salter declared that 2021 would be ‘probably the biggest year in the history of Elvis Presley’.
ABG created a Snapchat filter to get the oil-slicked quiff and sideburns on teen radars and there were reportedly even discussions about downplaying anniversaries of the musician’s death so people don’t get hung up on the fact that Elvis would be a geriatric by now.
Last year Netflix released ‘Agent Elvis’ a cartoon sitcom that follows Elvis (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) leading a double life as a rock ‘n’ roll legend and US government spy. He’s got a chimp for a sidekick and fights bad guys while tripping on LSD.
Then came the Baz Lurhmann biopic ELVIS which came with a soundtrack that melded old-school Elvis with current stars like Doja Cat and Måneskin.
After launching in Australia the ‘Direct from Graceland’ exhibition was enlarged and opened in London. With 450 original Elvis artefacts, including loads of stuff that’s never been seen before it
gives seasoned Elvis fans and post-Austin Butler newcomers an intimate window into each and every stage of the crooner’s life. It was recently extended thanks to its immense popularity.
Later this year London will also host the ‘world’s first Elvis immersive experience’ featuring a hologram that brings the star to life.
Unlike ‘ABBA Voyage’, ‘Elvis Evolution’ won’t be so much a concert as an all-encompassing walk through Elvis’ life and career, from what it was like to live in the deep South to the role that gospel music played in shaping his music. But don’t panic fans: it will still end with a ‘concert finale’.
Elvis was the first influencer and you still see the ripple effects from the seismic impact he had on popular culture even 70 years after 'That's All Right'
Elvis’ brand has endured for more than four decades, spread across multiple continents and seeped into popular culture generation after generation.
While the Brits sadly have missed out on being serenaded by The King I-R-L, 2024’s Elvis mania should surely provide a little compensation.
Go here to full timeout article
(News, Source;TO/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis, Memphis and Other Local Artists" Auction: Memphis' photography company API/ API Cine' has finally closed its doors after 75 years. They have photographed/filmed celebrities from Elvis Presley to Tom Cruise and many in-between! The auction closes Tuesday, February 27 2024 contains many items that will thrill any Elvis Presley fan, complete series of John Grisham, including a signed copy some of William Speer's lifetime collection.
William Speer photographed Elvis for iconic early portraits in 1954 and 1955. And with Elvis' shirt off!
Auction Highlights
- The most famous pictures of Elvis that were taken and signed by William Speer, from the photographers personal collection.
-Hungerford Furniture of Memphis bedroom suite. Hungerford selected Elvis for the promotion of this suite, but soon pulled it. Only one known suit was sold,to the Carriers', which is in this auction.
-Some of William Speer's lifetime personal collection. William Speer also photographed many other celebrities after becoming famous for the Elvis collection. After his death, many of Speer's photographs, proofs and negatives were given to the owners of API, The Carriers'.
Go here to the auction website for more info and To Bid.
(News, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

'Steamrollin' On Tour' New DVD: The publicity states... Cine8 is proud to present the second volume in our 8mm underground films series aptly titled "Steamrollin' On Tour" once again making use of recently found 8mm footage in great quality.
Shot on 8mm and Super-8, you’ll get to see Elvis in in a variety of shows ranging from 1971 to 1977! from Las Vegas to Abeline, TX Everything on this DVD was shot by fans. the majority of these films don’t have complete performances but with clever editing, we have assembled a great selection of complete songs once more coupled with soundboard and multi-track audio.
On this DVD you will find fantastically edited versions of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" "T-R-O-U-B-l-E", "Burning Love", "Steamroller Blues", a completely filmed "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" from 1977 among so much more.
If you enjoyed our first volume "A Medley Of Costumes" you will enjoy this too!.
Ask your local dealer for this wonderful release and get it now!

 


(News, Source;Cine8)


French Record Store Day ELVIS VINYL; The French VPI label is releasing two Elvis albums (Public Domain) for Record Store Day April 20, 2024.

'Elvis Presley - I'm Counting On Them': This album brings together two songwriters, both pianists, who have contributed remarkably to the work and career of the King. If Otis Blackwell excelled in rock'n'roll of which he was one of the great artisans (he gave Elvis no less than three number 1s), Don Robertson was a master in the art of the ballad (several of his compositions will appear on the B side of successful singles). Two exceptional artists who deserve to be included in the Pantheon of Music!...
Limited Edition 1500 copies in various colours
Also being released on CD

'Elvis Presley - Elvis Styles'
In 1960, the famous composer Leonard Bernstein said: "Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force of the 20th century... He introduced rhythm to everything and he changed everything, the music, the language, the clothes, it's a whole new social revolution from which the 60s came from." And it’s true that Elvis knew how to sing EVERYTHING! This triple album offers 54 tracks, the vast majority of which are alternatives. A unique compilation, never before made, exceptional in every way, on the different facets of the artist.
Limited Edition 1500 copies in various colours
Also being released on CD

Go here to Culture Factory to order or for more details

Go here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;CF/ElvisInfoNet)


70.72.73.Fragments / The Rehearsal Tapes' New CD: The 'Elvis ONE' Bootleg Series is back with three new releases. Their publicity notes..
- 70.72.73.Fragments / The Rehearsal Tapes: A great collection of rehearsals recorded in 1970, 1972 and 1973, including some unedited and officially previously unreleased versions!
For the first time together on one great double album with many highlights! Tracks like Oh Happy Day, A Fool Such As I, Froggy Went A-Courtin’, Portrait Of My Love, Hava Nagila, Peter Gunn (instrumental)
Limited edition release with an 8 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

EIN NOTE: These rehearsals all appear to have been copied off other bootlegs such as 'Plugged In And Geared Up' / 'TTWII - The Complete Works' or even public domain releases such as the MRS 'Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals'.
Check the facts before purchasing.

Go here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;EONE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Legendary Elvis' New CD: The publicity notes... Elvis One presents 'Legendary Elvis' - a 50's album compilation like never before... Newly remastered, including 2 radio spots for Elvis shows available in the best sound ever! The same goes for the original and rare radio spots for the movies "Love Me Tender" and "King Creole" - they never sounded better than on this album! Including for the first time all 7 radio spots for "Love Me Tender"!!!!
Also included are two interviews never before released on cd and some rare 50's recordings including undubbed masters together with the overdubbed masters, some instrumental tracks, and more!
A very nice 50's collection for Elvis fans and collectors. A limited edition of 500 copies only!

EIN NOTE; Includes various 50's movie outakes, Baby I Don’t Care, Treat Me Nice, Let Me, We’re Gonna Move, etc plus a pile of radio adverts. If you need seven adverts for Love Me Tender then this CD is for you!
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;EONE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album' New CD: The publicity notes... a special limited edition release from The Bootleg Series: 'Fun In Acapulco - The Alternate Album'.
37 Tracks! Including acetate recordings from 'Mexico', 'Bossa Nova Baby' and 'El Toro' (movie versions), Guadalajara (track overdub), radio spots and demos that were not officially released.
The 9 radio spots were taken from the original 33 1/3 RPM 12-inch LP. This record with nine radio commercials was produced by Paramount to promote 'Fun In Acapulco' and was never available before on cd.
Also included are some complete alternate takes including the funny take 3 from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady'. A very nice compilation and a nice addition to the complete sessions.
Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information.

EIN NOTE: Surely FTD's fabulous 'Fun In Acapulco The Complete Sessions' is what movie fans need. The "funny take 3 from 'The Bullfighter Was A Lady'" was included on the FTD release.
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;EONE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome' New CD: The publicity notes... Paradise Road Records presents 'Elvis - 1970 - At The Astrodome' featuring the complete February 28, 1970 (2:00 pm) show, 3 original radio reports, the Houston press conference from February 25, 1970 (including an additional 36 seconds that misses on most releases) + additional live recordings from the February 27 and March 1 shows.
These Houston shows were not professionally recorded and we know the sound quality is not great but with this release you'll get the best sounding recordings on one great compilation album. A very nice and affordable audio souvenir cd from these shows!

EIN NOTE: The echoey audience recordings are certainly "Not Great". This set was recently bootlegged as 'Elvis At The Astrodome' by Tupelo Productions.
Check audio quality before purchasing.

Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;PR/ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 23 February 2024
Shelby County buys Elvis’ 2414 Lamar Avenue home: Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has revealed that the county bought one of Elvis' old homes with the prospect of opening it as a museum. On WREG morning show Harris explained, “Elvis Presley had several childhood homes in Memphis as they moved around quite a bit. One of their childhood homes for a few months in 1955 was at 2414 Lamar Avenue and Shelby County owns that home. So we're really optimistic that we'll be able to do a new kind of showcase that represents Elvis’ childhood in Memphis. We know Graceland tells the story of his adulthood and his fame as a rock and roll star, but what about his childhood and what about those early influences and a lot of
black musical heritage that influenced Elvis Presley when he was not a superstar.
We want to think about how to tell that story, Shelby County wants to show an Elvis Presley home and we're going to do the best we can tell the story of the musical influences that we know as part of the legacy of this community.
In the show Mayor Harris also announced major funding for a hospital, medical school and academic centres.
Photo - Mike Freeman. Go here for YouTube TV clip
(News, Source;FECC/WREG/EIN)

New Books Overpriced and lacking well researched content: The plethora of sub-standard Elvis "AI" publications continues. In the past fortnight there has been a raft of more than 10 new “AI generated” Presley family (Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie) biographies.

Two of the “stand-out books to avoid” are AI Genie on “The Pelvis” Elvis (Steffy Sota) and PRISCILLA PRESLEY: From Teenage Bride to Queen of Rock (Lucy C. Flint).
AI Genie contains only 42 Kindle pages but costs around US$20.00 while the Priscilla Presley biography contains only 43 pages and costs around $13.00.
Both books feature superficial text and do not live up to their promotional hype.

(News, Source: AmazonAu/EIN)


'Elvis Presley – Loving You' EP: A vinyl taster for the up-coming Memphis Mansion 'Loving You / Jailhouse' Mono II Stereo soundtrack CD produced by Anthony Stuchbury.

Memphis Mansion Label presents a new 45RPM release, set to be released in mid-March! For the first time in Stereo!
A1: Loving You
A2: Hot Dog / Jailhouse Rock
Mono II Stereo
In Colored Vinyl.


Go here to MM shop to Pre-Order.

 

 

(News, Source;AS/MM/EIN)


Jeff Hamilton and Fraser Crawley - Elvis Presley 3d Leather Artwork: Juliens Auctions this week had this artwork for sale.
Created in 2015, in couched leather and aerosol on shaped plywood, signed to the lower right, "Art Lord" by Crawley, and to the lower left by Hamilton
68.75 x 32 inches

The estimated sale price was US$800.00 – $1,200.00. As of Feb 22 there had been an opening bid of $200, but it finally sold for $260! – way under the expected price.


Go to Juliens for more info

 

 

 


(News, Source: JuliensLive/EIN)


Tuesday 20 February 2024

'The King and The Jester' OUT NOW: Paul Belard is known for his day-by-day series of Elvis photobooks, but his brand new "special interest" book all about Elvis and manager Col Parker is OUT NOW.
The cover notes, "As this uncultured philistine said of himself, "I did not know what to make of Elvis, or his music. I did not care, but I saw the reaction of the audience says and it was enough for me". Parker promptly realised that Elvis was his own ticket to wealth. In addition he soon realised that the naive young man and his unsophisticated father will be no match for his dubious ploys."

The book is a very strong read and one that is very much the "counterpoint" to the recently published "rose colored glasses" account, 'Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look At The Most Legendary Partnership In Show Business', by Greg McDonald and Marshall Terrill.
... You can read EIN's interview with Paul Belard's about the book, and his views on Col Parker here.

Go here to buy the book via Amazon uk or AMAZON.COM $70

or order directly from Paul Belard contact him here -
(News, Source: Paul Belard/EIN)


'Elvis Day By Day 2023' GREAT PROMO TRAILER: The 2023 edition of Kees Mouwen's 'Elvis Day by Day' yearbook is out now, published in both paperback and hardback versions. The book is available via www.PoplarTunes.com and also worldwide through Amazon.
EIN's good friend Kees Mouwen puts so much time and energy into creating these great looking books that it is wonderful to see this very funny promo trailer. It features "our hero" and a great look at the book. The clip was created by Alan Barbara. - Check it out!
Check all the details here at www.PoplarTunes.com
(News, Source;ElvisDaybyDay)
 

Saturday 17 February 2024
‘Elvis Presley - Rock‘n’Roll No. 2’ Mono II Stereo’: From the RDM label........ Rediscover Elvis Presley's second album with a new stereo mix! Simply titled "Elvis", it is presented here with the addition of eight singles, and is the second in a series of new mono-to-stereo mixes of classic Presley albums, created by producer Anthony Stuchbury. The cover art for the British version of the album, titled "Elvis Presley No.2", released via HMV in April 1957, was significantly different from the American version. A mustard yellow background was added to a black and white photo from September 1956, while a font similar to that used on the first album completed the rock 'n' roll vibe. Following the expiration of HMV's license in 1958 for Presley's Uk recordings, this title was removed and quickly became a highly sought-after collector's item. RCA UK would return to the American cover for its reissue of the album in December 1962. However as the album was affectionately nicknamed "Rock 'n' Roll No.2" in British fan circles we have used the same subtitle.
This new Mono II Stereo CD edition pays homage to the now legendary British cover and allows you to rediscover 20 songs that have marked the history of rock! - Out April 2024.
Go HERE to RDM for Stereo Sound-Samples and to Order.
(News, Source;ASP/ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla Presley sues Priscilla Presley: Priscilla Presley is being sued by Priscilla Presley Partners (PPP) the company, which this week won the first round in a lawsuit filed last October.
The lawsuit alleges that in 2022 Presley was broke and sought help from an auctioneer, Brigitte Kruse, who agreed to help her exploit her name and likeness. For several years the two had been developing a relationship as Kruse helped Presley auction off some Elvis memorabilia. But then, the lawsuit says, Priscilla asked Kruse to take on even more responsibility and the two of them formed PPP in January 2023, with Kruse as majority owner.
The timing seemed good, as Kruse says in her complaint that she helped negotiate the movie project Priscilla, based on her memoir Elvis and Me, which was being produced by A24 and directed by Sofia Coppola. But months later, as the film was about to come out, Kruse alleges that Presley suddenly cut off her and PPP, excluding her from the
film premiere and any other opportunity to do business.
According to the complaint, in 2022 Kruse was also granted power of attorney. Upon assuming the position, Kruse says she learned that Presley was roughly two months away from insolvency on top of facing a bill for roughly $700,000 in unpaid taxes.
Among the reasons for Presley’s alleged financial position was that she sold her rights and interest to her surname nearly 20 years ago to ABG, limiting PPP with the ability to exploit her first name only.
The suit alleges that Kruse has spent a significant amount of her own money in developing various products and other intellectual property that was intended to launch alongside Priscilla. Kruse is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.
(News, Source;HollywoodReporter/Various/ElvisInfonet)

‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’ OUT NOW: EIN has received plenty of interest about the new MRS release - the deluxe 2CD set ‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’.
MRS confirm that the release date was always "on-track" and that it is already at your Local Elvis Dealer. Out Now.
The CD features live performances of both the Midnight and 3:AM concerts from Elvis’ May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
The shows are presented in STEREO for the first time ever.

The accompanying booklet - featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and includes liner notes that set the scene.
The LP version is only of the 3:AM show and is available in black and clear (the clear only Elvis dealers) versions.

EIN Note: The design is a stunner and the audio samples we have heard are brilliant.

See 'All The CD News 2024' for details and tracklists - and check with your local Elvis dealer...
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Presley (A Little Golden Book Biography): Due out on September 25, the cover image for Elvis' entry in the popular Little Golden Book series has been released. The book is described as:
Dream big with a Little Golden Book biography about the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley! Little Golden Book biographies are the perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers—as well as fans of all ages!

This Little Golden Book about Elvis Presley— legendary movie star and the King of Rock and Roll thanks to songs like "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Hound Dog"—is an inspiring read-aloud for young children and fans of any age.


Many thanks to our good friend, Elvis Day By Day's Kees Mouwen, for alerting us to the news. 

 

(News, Source: EDBD; Amazon)


Elvis German EPs Record Guide – “English language” edition: Author-researcher, Heinz-Otto Zimmerman has advised EIN that he still has some copies of the English text edition of his exhaustive (nearly 600 pages!) hardback book about Elvis' German EP's (extended play 7” vinyl).

Originally published in the German language, Heinz advised:
“Last year I translated the catalog into English. Like the German catalog, it has 596 pages. It contains two additional records and is probably complete. Additionally, I fixed some bugs. The catalog costs 99 euros + postage.”

EIN has seen the book and it is an excellent one.

Collectors and vinyl recordphiles will be particularly interested.
Heinz can be contacted by email: heozim@web.de

 

 


(News, Source: HOZ)


'Elvis has (not) left the building': Mathias Dorn's German-language novel is about the Marshal, an interpreter with a drinking problem, who is supposed to interpret at an event in Memphis on the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death. However, the mission turns into a fiasco for the passionate Elvis fan. He drowns his frustration in alcohol and finally ends up – together with his new acquaintance, the "madman" – for three breathless days and nights at the Elvis estate Graceland, where the master of the house is already waiting for them.

Mathias Dorn works as a freelance simultaneous interpreter for the English language. With a twinkle in his eye, he points out that all parallels to his character in the novel are purely coincidental.

The novel was published last year and contains 248 pages. 

 

 

(News, Source:AP/NP)


'Stage Power Vol 3' 7CD Import: On August 10th 1970 Elvis Summer Festival started and thousands of people and stars flocked to see the main attraction in Las Vegas! MGM was present during the start and filmed what we all know and love as "Elvis - That's The Way it Is': Elvis never looked better! After MGM wrapped up the filming, Elvis loosened up and relaxed more on stage.
But, even if the camera crews left, the fans with tape recorders didn't....
Now, experience Elvis at the peak of his career
- Elvis Summer Festival 1970!
7 CD Set / Booklet / Deluxe Packaging/ Remastered Sound With Latest Technology...
EIN NOTE: These are all good Audience Recordings released multiple times before most recently by Straight Arrow
Aug 19 DS / MS  - Double Dynamite /  Loose As A Goose
Aug 20 DS - A Dinner Bell In Vegas / Elvis '70 : Hot To Trot
Aug 20 MS - A Bright Midnight With Elvis /  Elvis '70 : Hot To Trot
Aug 21 DS - From Vegas To Macon / Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town
Aug 21 Ms -You've Lost That Lovin Feelin / Ol' Snake Hips is in town

Go to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2024' for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 14 February 2024 - - - - Happy Valentine's Day - - - -
Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! Elvis means romance, Elvis means lust! If you are a true Elvis fan then surely you feel a tightness in your chest and teardrops in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song and ELVIS can truly fill you with love on Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has with so many songs featuring love and heartache.
In today's competitive modern world and media dominated by the likes of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo and Drake what people miss out on is the softer qualities of love, romance and angst of separation which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation and now do not find much of a chance to survive.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on.
Put on your favourite Elvis compile, relax and feel the true emotion of classics such as 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Always on My Mind', 'Love Me Tender', 'I Just Can't Help Believin', 'I Need Somebody To Lean On', 'The Thrill Of Your Love' or 'Let It Be Me'. . . . . - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.

'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' New Book- The Cover : A new book, out soon from EIN's Nigel Patterson.

Note: New material has been discovered so the launch date has been delayed a few weeks to make sure the book is as up-to-date as possible.

It will be published as hardback, softcover and digital (Kindle) editions.

From 'Red Panda Publishing'

EIN will have more details very soon

.. 'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' is the first comprehensive record of Elvis Presley as found in comic books, graphic novels, graphic biographies, and (select) comic strips.
Inside this book you will find information on more than 200 titles of comic and graphic novel/biography books directly about Elvis, those in which he has a cameo role, and others that were inspired by him.
Also included is artwork from a variety of releases and an eclectic range of Elvis related comic book ephemera.
Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books features more than 200 images, the breadth of graphic art is a mix of the impressive, a case of WTF?, and art that some will find confronting. In addition, the book features various sidebars, which present a more detailed account of a particular title or issue.
The narrative themes found in the releases presented in this book are multifarious, ranging from straight biographies, Elvis as crime fighter, Elvis clones and Elvis in the super-hero realm, to anthropomorphic Elvis, Elvis parodies/ satire, and Elvis as demon, vampire, and zombie (this is a particularly popular theme). There is even a fairy godmother and a Lady Helvis!
As a body of work, the comic books, graphic novels and biographies and comic strips, represent a powerful symbol of the incredible impact Elvis continues to have on society and culture, nearly 50 years after his passing.

‘Elvis Presley - Rock ‘n’ Roll No. 2’ Mono II Stereo’ Tracklist: Audio engineer Anthony Stuchbury has released the tracklist to his follow up to the RDM label excellent 'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ - ‘Elvis Presley - Rock ‘n’ Roll No. 2’ Mono II Stereo’.
This is the mock up, cover art is by David Parker.

The first 'Elvis Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ was outstanding.
Following on from the first volume, the CD will feature the Original Album plus other Bonus Sides.
- Original Album: Rip It Up / Love Me / When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again / First In Line / Paralyzed / So Glad You're Mine / Old Shep / Ready Teddy / Anyplace Is Paradise / How's The World Treating You / How Do You Think I Feel.
Bonus Single Sides: Love Me Tender / Anyway You Want Me / Too Much / Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel / Playing For Keeps / My Baby Left Me / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.

More RDM release info soon
(News, Source;AS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis on Tour March 1974' REPRINT OUT NOW!: From author Kieran Davis, the original print run of his new book 'Elvis on Tour March 1974' sold out. The Reprint is NOW OUT!
The book covers Elvis' March 1974 tour and is the same format as our previous books - hard back, colour, large format etc.
There are 336 pages which include the usual mix of photos, memorabilia and documents plus an exhaustive text on the tour.
The five Memphis shows are especially of note as all the official documents relating to the shows are included.
The front cover image shows Elvis wearing a cape at one of his Tulsa shows - a true rarity.

The price is £100 / US$123 with worldwide shipping included, regardless of your geographical location.

Luckily for fans who missed the original ordering deadline the second printing of this book is now out.

EIN has got our copy and the book is a STUNNER! We will post a review asap.

Price £100 including worldwide shipping.
To ORDER the reprint Click Here

(News, Source;KD)


Tuesday 13 February 2024
Pre SuperBowl ELVIS Commercial: The US SuperBowl is watched by  over 100 million viewers.
In fact SuperBowl 2024 was the Most-Watched telecast of-all-time with 123.4 million viewers!
So how neat that one of the Pre SuperBowl commercials featured ELVIS.
The cool advert showed FedEx agents tracing a highly sensitive package that had interesting ties to Elvis Presley - and it is a true story.
Hopefully 100 million people were singing along to Burning Love.
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for the word-up.
(News, Source;DL/ElvisInfoNet)

 

Recently Discovered ELVIS footage: Newly discovered 1958 video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas to accompany a news story about Elvis Presley stopping in Fort Worth on his way to Hollywood.
Elvis gets asked, "Would you rather be a lover or a fighter?"
Elvis, "It's just according to what the situation is, you know what I mean? Sometimes you'd have to be both."

Runs 3 minutes but well worth viewing
Thanks to FECC's The Fool
(News, Source;TexasHistory/ EIN)

 

FTD 'Moody Blue' Sparkly Gold Vinyl: There must be still "gold in the mountain" as FTD announce a reprint of their 2015 'Moody Blue' double-album this time in Gold Sparkle!  
... FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of Elvis’ last studio album in Limited Edition Gold Sparkle 180-Gram vinyl.
This individually numbered gold collectible is limited to 4000 Worldwide.
Apart from outtakes of “Way Down” and “Moody Blue”, this 2-LP deluxe edition includes “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)”, “Pledging My Love”, He’ll Have To Go” plus two undubbed versions of his now legendary emotional interpretation of “Unchained Melody”..

EIN was disappointed first time around (see FTD 2015 releases here) that it did not include the full-length version of 'Pledging My Love'. Sadly it still doesn't.

See 'FTD / SONY Releases 2024' for tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/EIN)


'Elvis UK – Extended' book Update: From UK specialists John Townson and Gordon Minto's their new book 'Elvis UK – Extended: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British EPs 1957-2001'
The authors are pleased to announce that this new book of 500 pages will be only available in paperback and will once again, be sold exclusively through Now Dig This / Elvis The Man And His Music.
It is now available to order and will be available early March, priced at  £58 for UK buyers includes post and packing, next day delivery, tracked and signed for. Overseas customers will have to check for postage rates.
The ULTIMATE guide to Elvis’ EP releases issued in the UK between 1957-2001.
This new volume:
• Complements previous Elvis UK publications.
• Is extensively illustrated in full colour throughout, including a range of images of Elvis himself
• Details the history of extended play releases, their popularity and subsequent fall from favour
• Features a wealth of background information, revealing exciting new details and information regarding tax codes and price changes as shown on labels – as well as tabling chart positions
• Offers technical but clear details regarding manufacturing, along with matrix numbers and their significance
• Where appropriate, each EP release is cross-referenced with its US counterpart and key differences discussed
• Includes a chronological list of all the EPs included

• Discusses each extended play album individually, in a detailed and forensic way, while the extensive text is amply illustrated with scans of every known cover and label variation, relevant photographs, and scans of contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles and adverts
..... In short, as readers have come to expect from each of the previous Elvis UK publications, this book is intended to be the last word on its subject – in this instance, the much-loved extended play record format as seen in the UK.
Please note: Go to Now Dig This / Elvis The Man And His Music to order.
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 10 February 2024
"ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII - The Eyes of Japan" March Publication: An update on the much anticipated new Aloha book.
... After printing the “Aloha-Japan” book, we discovered some serious color problems.
So we have re-scanned all photos from the original negatives and are making every effort to try and get the book published in March 2024.
The EP society of Japan says "Please wait for a while".

Meanwhile check out this 3rd video trailer which explains the issue.
 
Deluxe Size 290mm x 235mm, 1.5kg, hard cover color/ b&w 200 pages, text translated by David Ward.
Also please check out EIN's Interview with David Ward plus some stunning example pages
(News, Source;ElvisSocietyofJapan/EIN)

'Elvis Presley Concerts and Rehearsals from 1944 to 1977' E-Book Update: Only published a few months ago the very-detailed book 'Elvis Presley Concerts and Rehearsals from 1944 to 1977' has just been released as its seventh update, Version 1.7.
...This book contains information relating to Elvis Presley’s concert activity currently known from 1944 to 1977, reporting the shows and rehearsals of the shows, with detailed information on the audio recordings of the same, in particular original CDs and bootlegs.
Furthermore, the shows that were canceled during Elvis Presley’s lifetime are also indicated.
- 1902 Shows and Rehearsals of which 1867 performed and 35 canceled from 1944 to 1977 !!!
- 818 Shows recorded of 1867 Shows and Rehearsals performed from 1944 to 1977 (43,81 %) !!!
I chose to report the shows in chronological order, year by year, from 1944 to 1977, following a progressive numbering also for the tours.
Now updated with:
a chapter dedicated to the television appearances and films that Elvis Presley made from 1956 to 1977, containing detailed information on the audio and video recordings of the same.
- 31 Films (1956 - 1969) - 2 Films during 1970 and 1972 Shows !!!
- 19 TV Shows/Interviews (1956 - 1977) !!!
- a chapter on the complete Elvis U.S.A. Discography (1956 / 2024).
- 268 Extended-Plays / Studio-Albums / Soundtrack-Albums / Live-Albums / Spoken-Word-Albums / Compilation-Albums / Budget-Albums / Box-Set-Albums / Posthumous-Albums / Remix-Albums!
a chapter on the complete Elvis FTD. Discography (2009 / 2024) - 213 titles !!!
a chapter on the complete M.R.S. Discography (2007 / 2024) - 28 titles !!!
At the end of the book there are statistical tables relating to all the information reported in it and a Guide to listening to ANALOG / DIGITAL MUSIC. .
In the end I want to thank, with my heart and soul, Elvis Presley, for the unique talent he was able to express through his music, which gives me and many other people and will always give pure joy and happiness.

Purchase options below - as an E-Book your purchase should auto-update.
(News, Source;MarcoD/EIN)
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Lisa Marie Memoir Update: The Closer has recently posted a few teasers about the upcoming Lisa Marie Memoir.
... In her childhood bedroom Lisa Marie liked to sing along to 45s on a little record player. Lisa Marie recalled, “My dad would catch me. I’m sure he got a kick out of it. He’d put me up on the coffee table in front of everybody and make me sing.”
Lisa Marie’s memories of her doting father, Elvis Presley, will be among the sweetest anecdotes in her posthumous memoir, due out October 15.
An insider told Closer, “Lisa Marie had been working on her book for years, it was 90 percent finished. Lisa Marie didn’t want to hold anything back.”
The life of the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley drew gossip and speculation from the moment of her birth, in 1968. Sometimes it sounded like a fairy tale, yet there were other, less innocent Graceland secrets that Lisa Marie kept quiet about.
One of her prime motivations for writing her memoir was defending her father’s legacy from the hangers-on who spread unsavory stories about him after his 1977 death.
Of the Memphis Mafia she said, “They scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. I remember seeing the Playboys, the drugs, the women, I watched it all, and I watched them. I know the real story behind all of them.”
She also doesn’t hold back on her complicated relationship with mom Priscilla - as well as her marriages to Danny Keough, Michael Jackson, Nicolas Cage and Michael Lockwood, either.
A few bombshells from her two year marriage to Jackson are

included in the memoir, too. Lisa Marie revealed that Michael wanted to have a baby with her.
It’s likely that Lisa Marie would be gratified to finally be allowed to tell her life story her own way. “I don’t like talking about myself,” she said, adding that it was hard to erase the decades of “speculation and tabloid stuff ” that has been written about her family.
“I didn’t ask for all the attention, so I have a phobia against it. But at the same time, I would never take back any part of who I am or where I came from. I would never want to be part of anything else. I’m honored and proud of my family and my dad.”

Go here to Closer for the full article
(News, Source;Closer/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 8 February 2024

'Elvis: Summer of '76' FTD In-depth Review: This new FTD set features three 1976 concerts, Charleston A/S July 24, Springfield E/S July 29 and Hampton Roads A/S August 1.
Things started going terribly wrong for Elvis in 1976. The beauty and on-stage power that he still exuded the previous year was fast fading away. Elvis' third tour of 1976 was one of his worst. Starting just 10 days after Elvis fired Red, Sonny West and Dave Hebler he was not in a good way.
Despite already releasing 27 concerts from this rather sad year, FTD have released yet another three 1976 performances and they are not good.
Collectors of course will appreciate that FTD have included two previously unknown soundboards here and they do help us explore what state our hero was in for his 1976 summer. However Elvis was obviously not in a good way which makes them rather sad....
Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell along with EIN's Piers Beagley explore this new FTD 1976 triple- pack to see whether fans could learn anything new...
(FTD Reviews, Source;GM/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Eric Wolfson discusses Elvis' Memphis Session: Back  in 2020 author Eric Wolfson published a detailed book about ‘From Elvis In Memphis’ in the well-respected 33 1/3 Classic Album Series. EIN reviewed it as "one of the most important examinations of Elvis’ music ever released."
When Elvis came back home to Memphis he set up shop at the ramshackle American Sound Studio, run by a maverick named Chips Moman with an in-house backing band now known as "The Memphis Boys" and made the music of his life.
- Washington Library have organised for a number of authors to be
interviewed about their books and you can now enjoy Eric Wolfson’s one about Elvis.
Go here to YouTube - it runs 75 minutes.
Eric Wolfson works at the Performing Arts Division of the US Copyright Office. He is the only employee in the agency whose desk has a shrine to Elvis.
And Don't miss - EIN's 2019 interview with Eric Wolfson about his book and his thoughts on Elvis
(News, Source;IanA/ElvisInfoNet) - EIN thanks Ian A for the word-up

Mojo Nixon “Elvis Is Everywhere” has died: Mojo Nixon, the cult rockabilly musician best known for his novelty hit “Elvis Is Everywhere” died on Feb 7 while aboard the Outlaw Country Cruise. He was 66 years old.
Mojo Nixon suffered a “a cardiac event,” according to a statement provided by his family..
“Mojo Nixon was full-tilt, wide-open rock hard, root hog, corner on two wheels + on fire…, Passing after a blazing show, a raging night, closing the bar, taking no prisoners + a good breakfast with bandmates and friends. A cardiac event on the Outlaw Country Cruise is about right… & that’s just how he did it, Mojo has left the building.
Since Elvis is everywhere, we know he was waiting for him in the alley out back. Heaven help us all.”

Mojo Nixon was born Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on August 2nd, 1957. Together with his collaborator Skid Roper, Mojo Nixon recorded six albums during the 1980s. They’ll be most remembered for their Elvis tribute song “Elvis Is Everywhere” which became an unexpected hit on MTV in 1987.
Since 2008, Mojo Nixon had hosted a radio show for SiriusXM, including on Steven Van Zandt’s Outlaw Country channel. At the time of his death, Mojo Nixon was serving as a host aboard the Outlaw Country Cruise.
Go to YouTube to remind yourself that “Elvis Is Everywhere”
(News, Source;Mojo/Elvisinfonet)

Tuesday 6 February 2024

‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’: EIN has received plenty of interest about the new MRS release - the deluxe 2CD set ‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’.
MRS confirm that the release date is "on-track" and that dealers might be getting copies from early next week.
Official release date is 23rd February 2024.
The CD features live performances of both the Midnight and 3:AM concerts from Elvis’ May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
The shows are presented in stereo for the first time ever.

The accompanying booklet - featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and includes liner notes that set the scene.
The LP version is only of the 3:AM show and is available in black and clear (the clear only Elvis dealers) versions.

EIN Note: The design is a stunner and the audio samples we have heard are brilliant.

See 'All The CD News 2024' for details and tracklists - and check with your local Elvis dealer...
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Greg McDonald, Col Parker associate, has Died: ElvisDayByDay report that... Greg McDonald who forged a culture of appreciation for Elvis Presley and Col. Tom Parker in this desert, died Friday after a short battle with cancer. (as reported by Bruce Frieser in Palm Springs)
McDonald was 74 and had just released the book "Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look at the Most Legendary Partnership in Show Business."
Greg was Palm Springs liaison to Elvis - when this was Frank Sinatra's town. Col. Parker moved here around 1960 and he played Santa Claus at Sinatra's Christmas parties. Greg met Elvis in 1965 while fixing his air-conditioner. Elvis saw so many similarities between him and the Colonel, he told Parker to check him out. Greg went on to work for the Colonel. He even moved in with him for a while.
McDonald eventually took over Parker’s All Star Shows production company and was the president of the label that signed the Backstreet Boys and ’NSync. He also owned Col Parker’s likeness and image.
EIN was hoping to interview Greg McDonald, about his new book, sadly we never managed to link up.
Greg McDonald was however interviewed in this episode of Gates of Graceland. Host Tom Brown chats with Charles Stone and Greg McDonald, who worked with Parker and Elvis, and the guys share their memories of working with the two men. Charles and Greg recall meeting Elvis and discuss Col. Parker's reputation and how he handled Elvis' career.
Go here to YouTube for the Graceland interview
(News, Source;EDaybyDay/ElvisInfoNet)

'Surviving Elvis' New David Stanley book: Elvis' stepbrother David Stanley has announced a new book for later this year. Previous David Stanley books include.. The Elvis Encyclopedia, Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, Conversations with the King: The Enduring Spiritual Legacy of Elvis Presley, Raised on Rock: Growing Up at Graceland and 1986's 'Life with Elvis'.
Surviving Elvis is the sequel to his book My Brother Elvis: The Final Years published in 2016.  
He writes...  The new book is the true story of my life after Elvis. The book features insights on what really caused Elvis’s death in August of 1977.  It reveals the facts about the Doctors who killed him and the controversy that followed concerning the official cause of his death.
The book also puts attention on the book Elvis: What Happened written and released in 1977 by three of Elvis former bodyguards. It was this book that crushed him and had a direct impact on his untimely death.
In addition Surviving Elvis will cover Priscilla’s role in Elvis’s life both then and now. It also examines the media frenzy that followed Elvis death and the lies that were told and published by several members of the Memphis Mafia.
Lisa Marie and her relationship with both Elvis and Priscilla is also a focus in 'Surviving Elvis'.  The book begins with Lisa passing and the profound effects that rippled throughout the world and family as a result of that dreadfull day.
'Surviving Elvis' is this and much much more. It is a book thats both brash and unapologetic. It is a book that reveals
Elvis’s tormented soul and addresses the demons that drove him to an early grave. It is the unbridled truth that the world of Elvis is so desperately seeking and to this day has been denied.
Written with compassion for Elvis, 'Surviving Elvis' is not a tell all exposé of the king's life. It is the story that David lived and helplessly experienced first-hand and through his faith barely survived.
Coming out December 2024
EIN has interviewed David Stanley several times over the years - for more stories go here.
(News, Source;DStanley/EIN)

Donald Trump thinks he looks like Elvis!: Something to brighten your day ...  Donald Trump posted an odd question for his supporters over the weekend, asking them if they think he looks like Elvis.
“For so many years people have been saying that Elvis and I look alike,” the former president wrote on his Truth Social website, then posted a split image showing half of his face alongside half of the King of Rock and Roll.
“Now, this pic has been going all over the place,” he added. “What do you think?” Donald Trump's post was on on Truth Social.

Trump has however made the claim before.
“When I was growing up they said I look like Elvis,” he said at a 2018 rally in Elvis’ hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.

His critics didn’t buy it then.
And they’re not buying now, either:
Comments included,
"There is quite literally no resemblance"
and the rather neat...
"Trump's brain has left the building."

(News, Source;Yahoo)  EIN thanks Larry C for the word-up


Saturday 3 February 2024
'Elvis: Stateline Sahara 1974' New FTD: As part of its ongoing live series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: Stateline Sahara 1974'.
Released as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak this set features three great concerts from Lake Tahoe, Nevada: May 19 (Evening show), May 20 (Midnight show) and May 25 (Midnight show). Recorded in mono.
This was Elvis' third season in Lake Tahoe which featured 22 performances in two weeks.
EIN NOTE: FTD have previously released 'Spanish Eyes', 'Steamroller Blues' and 'How Great Thou Art' from May 19 plus 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'I'm Leaving' from May 25.
All of these full concerts are previously unreleased.
EIN noted in our review of FTD's 'High Sierra' ....
Spanish Eyes (May 19 DS) is a request "We made a promise to somebody that we'd do this" - not rushed and a concert highlight! One of the BEST ever performances.
I'm Leavin' (May 25 MS) is really superb version, conveying the sadness of the lyrics. The audio quality sparkles and this is possibly the first time Elvis sang this on-stage in 1974 before bringing it back as a regular for his Vegas summer season.

Go to 'FTD / SONY News' for tracklistings
(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 2 February 2024

New MRS special 'Vinyl EP/CD' Releases: Exclusively to Elvis dealers only, next month MRS will release two very collectable titles both comprising a 7” gatefold 45rpm vinyl EP single housed together with a sleeved CD EP single.
These are expected to be released early March 2024.
This unique packaging, designed and created by MRS, comprises on the inside left panel a CD wallet inserted into a slot and on the right panel a vinyl 45rpm 7” EP single. The 45rpms will be available in both black and crystal-clear vinyl.
Since these two titles will NOT be available on mainstream internet sites and stores, these releases are in extremely limited numbers.

These two uniquely designed EPs are, ‘Elvis Presley & Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home Elvis’ and ‘Follow That Dream’.

- Elvis Presley & Frank Sinatra – Welcome Home Elvis
Throughout his career, Elvis only performed one live duet with another artist – in this case, Frank Sinatra, another great icon of his time which was recorded on 26 March 1960 in Miami. The show itself, ‘The Frank Sinatra Timex Show’ was broadcast on 12 May 1960.

Taken from a recently discovered original acetate, this historic recording has been carefully remastered and is presented here in the best quality ever.
45RPM EXTENDED PLAY VINYL – REMASTERED ACETATE
SIDE A
1. Fame and Fortune
2. Stuck On You
SIDE B
1. Introduction
2. Medley - Witchcraft/Love Me Tender
3. Love Me Tender (reprise)

CD SINGLE EP
1. It’s Nice to Go Travelling
2. Fame and Fortune
3. Stuck On You
4. Introduction
5. Medley - Witchcraft/Love Me Tender
6. Love Me Tender (reprise)
7. Frank Sinatra and Nancy say farewell to Elvis

NOTE: For this exceptional compilation MRS will also release a CD single only version - shown right- that will be available to mainstream internet sites and stores.

- Follow That Dream
For the first time ever, the master tracks from the Elvis movie Follow That Dream (1961) are now available in true living stereo and have been mixed to the recordings that were originally conceived.

At the time of the studio session the crucial stereo masters were lost, which meant that subsequently only mono versions have ever been released. Until now...



Go here to check out the great sounding YouTube STEREO song samples - put on your headphones!

Note that the YouTube sound samples are compressed compared to the actual MRS releases. They still sound fabulous in stereo.

45RPM EXTENDED PLAY VINYL - IN LIVING STEREO
SIDE A
1. Follow That Dream
2. I’m Not The Marrying Kind
3. Sound Advice
SIDE B
1. What A Wonderful Life
2. Angel



CD SINGLE EXTENDED PLAY
1. Follow That Dream
2. I’m Not The Marrying Kind
3. Sound Advice
4. What A Wonderful Life
5. Angel
Bonus Track
6. Sound Advice (Takes 2-5)

To be released next month. Contact your local Elvis dealer..

(News, Source;MRS/EIN)


‘Elvis Presley - Rock ‘n’ Roll No. 2’ Mono II Stereo’: Audio engineer Anthony Stuchbury has announced that his follow up to RDM label's excellent 'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ will be (no surprise here) ‘Elvis Presley - Rock ‘n’ Roll No. 2’ Mono II Stereo’.
This is the mock up, cover art is by David Parker.

The first 'Elvis Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ was outstanding.
EIN NOTE: The original tracklisting for HMV's 'Rock 'n' Roll No. 2' was..
... Rip It Up, Love Me, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, Long Tall Sally, First In Line, Paralyzed, So Glad You're Mine, Old Shep, Ready Teddy, Any Place Is Paradise, How's The World Treating You and How Do You Think I Feel.
None of these tracks featured on the first RDM release and there are other tracks to consider such as Too Much, My Baby Left Me, Don't Be Cruel and Hound Dog.

More RDM release info soon
(News, Source;AS/ElvisInfoNet)


Newly Expanded Lisa Marie Exhibit Opens: Graceland have opened the newly-expanded 'Lisa Marie: Growing Up Presley' exhibit yesterday in honor of her 56th birthday. The exhibit’s expansion further delves into the multifaceted life of Lisa Marie Presley as a loving mother, passionate musician, and guardian of her father’s legacy.
The exhibition features items from her early childhood including her baby footprints, personal golf cart, record player, roller skates and clothing, plus shares stories and memories through home movies and photos. The expansion takes you through Lisa Marie’s adult life with an extensive display of 45 outfits and other never-before-seen items including personal cards, stationery, never-before-seen photos, and more.
Go here to Graceland for more info
New exhibit highlights include:
- Outfits worn by Lisa Marie and friend Jerry Schilling to the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, her last public appearance
- Never-before-seen, first professional headshots of Lisa Marie in her early 20s, on loan from Jerry Schilling
- Framed family photos that Lisa Marie displayed in her home  
- Her personal tambourines used on-stage throughout her music career
- Handwritten song lyrics for the song “Weary” from her 2012 album “Storm & Grace”
- Gold Record for her 2003 album To Whom It May Concern
- Lisa Marie’s personal wallet from the late 1980s
Joel Weinshanker noted, “Lisa was born in Memphis and had always called Graceland home. I remember her first seeing a quote from her dad from the original exhibit that said she was the greatest thing that had ever happened to him, and her emotional reaction will forever be etched into my brain.”
(News, Source;EPE/EIN)

'Elvis: A Musical Revolution' returns to Sydney this weekend: Elvis will be back in the building. Following its world-premiere August 2023 season in Sydney Australia followed by a lengthy season in Melbourne, 'Elvis: A Musical Revolution' returns to the Sydney State Theatre this Sunday February 4, 2024 for previews - to be followed by a national tour.
The return season features a series of enhancements including ..
- Additional chart-topping Elvis hits such as Return To Sender, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Teddy Bear, and Good Luck Charm.
- Introduction of new captivating dance numbers and exciting moments.
- A streamlined runtime, ensuring a faster-paced show infused with heightened energy throughout.
Opening Night is Friday 9 February and now by demand, extra added performances between 6 March through to 10 March have just gone on sale.
Be the first to secure the best seats - GO HERE before they are released to the public.
(News, Source;ETM/ElvisInfoNet)


''The 1973 Soundboard Collection and More' Import Box: The publicity states... This comprehensive deluxe 8 CD set (no label owns up to this) contains all known soundboard recordings recorded during live performances at the Las Vegas Hilton & Lake Tahoe in 1973.
All shows are painstakingly remastered, and presented as they were recorded: in glorious mono sound.
The included bonus disc set contains 23 rare and official unreleased versions of studio tracks recorded in 1973. This disc includes alternate takes, unedited masters, unreleased mono masters and further unreleased alternate recordings.
Get this ultimate deluxe edition while it's available; it'll round up your collection.
EIN NOTE: These are all previously released and we imagine that everyone who reads EIN will already own them
CD1- February 2, 1973 MS - previously on bootleg 'A Hilton Double Shot'
CD2 - February 3, 1973 DS - on bootleg 'It's A Matter Of Time'
CD3 - February 3, 1973 MS - on FTD 'I'll Remember You'
CD4 - May 12, 1973 MS Tahoe - FTD 'From Vegas to Tahoe' CD3
CD5 - May 13, 1973 3.00AM - FTD 'Takin' Tahoe Tonight'
CD6 - September 3, 1973 - Showroom - FTD 'Closing Night'
CD7 -  February 10, 1973 DS - on bootleg 'Echoes Of Aloha'
Note that May 12 / 13 '73 concerts are soon being released in STEREO by MRS
.. ‘At 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’
Go to 'All The CD News' for tracklistings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Rocks Milwaukee' Import Vinyl: The publicity states... Petticoat records return with a fantastic vinyl album full of classic live performances recorded on June 28, 1974 at the Milwaukee Arena.
This high quality album (including bonus CD) featuring this powerful live performance is now available.
And as always housed in a STUNNING full color sleeve suitable for framing!
This high quality 180 grams virgin vinyl pressing is now available in Blue or Red vinyl.
Don't miss out on this wonderful limited edition album.

EIN NOTE: Previously released on soundboard by Memory Records 'In Dreams Of Yesterday'


Go to 'All The CD News' for tracklistings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier last week...

New book - 'Elvis – The Hero in the Comic Books': Ahead of volume 1 of 'Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023', Mandarin Duck Publishing is releasing Elvis – The Hero in the Comic Books, written and compiled by EIN’s Nigel Patterson.

The book features information and cover images (most in full color) for more than 125 comic books and graphic novels devoted to or featuring Elvis, plus internal artwork for many listings and a section on comic book/graphic novel resources. It will be published as hardback, softcover and digital (Kindle) editions.

'Elvis - The Hero in the Comic Books' will be released in February.

EIN will have more details next week.

 

(News, Source: EIN)


'Elvis News Report February 2024': Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news including...... Announcement of Elvis in A.I. in London, Baz Luhrmann shares details about his 2 Elvis projects, Graceland buys (fake) acetate for permanent collection, Lisa-Marie’s book release date, Elvis' chart success for and much much more.......

Runs 15 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


"'From Elvis at Sun' Mono II Stereo" LP: Just announced by Memphis Mansion in Denmark is ‘From Elvis at Sun’ Mono II Stereo on vinyl!
The album contains the original ten songs released by SUN records, with others later released by RCA.

The bonus tracks on this vinyl album are ‘I Love You Because’ (RCA edit master) and ‘That’s All Right’ live from the Louisiana Hayride, 16th October 1954.
These two tracks were not available on the CD release of this album.

Go here to the Memphis Mansion shop


See EIN's review of the stunning release 'From Elvis At Sun' CD here

 

(News, Source:AS/EIN)


'Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023 Volume 1' UPDATE: This comprehensive new book was due to be published this month but has been delayed due to editing issues and the discovery of more than 70 new titles and/or editions. A revised publication date for the nearly 500-page book will be announced soon. (non-final cover image pictured)

Compiled and written by EIN's Nigel Patterson, the four volumes of Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated & Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023 will comprise around 2,000 pages, with listings for more than 4,000 books and around 2,000 images.
Volume 1 is the first of two detailing English language, “non-fiction” releases. It contains close to 500 pages, listings for more than 800+ titles, book covers for more than 500 listings, and interesting Sidebar articles discussing controversial releases and issues in the massive Elvis book catalog.
Sections in Elvis in Print Volume 1 include:
Academic Releases, Biographies, Compendiums: Catalogs, Discographies, Chart Histories, Interviews...  Conspiracy Theories, Elvis and the Colonel, Elvis and the Law, Elvis as Art and Elvis as Religion (including Psychic Experiences and Spirituality)...   
The 'Listings' include original releases, subsequent re-issues , (including digital editions) and a book synopsis.
'Elvis in Print' will be published in hardcover, softcover, and Kindle formats. It will be available from Amazon stores (the hardcover edition will only be available in those countries where Amazon offers this format).
EIN will publish more information soon.
(News, Source;NP/EIN) 


EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in January ...

Nashville Elvis Festival - March 21-24: Join fans from around the world for the 8th annual Nashville Elvis Festival - March 21-24, 2024 celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley.
Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more!

The performers include, Dean Z, Cote Deonath, Bill Cherry, Ben Thompson, Alex Mitchell, Michael Cullipher, Riley Jenkins and Jeff Lewis.
With very Special Guests, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. The legendary group is the best-known name in Gospel music history! Elvis grew up listening to their music and named them his favorite gospel quartet. The 8-time GRAMMY winners have recorded over 200 albums and sold over 50 million records. They are currently nominated for a GRAMMY Award for their latest Elvis-inspired album, Tribute to the King.
Nashville Elvis Festival is hosted by Tom Brown.

Go here for tickets, highlights such as "Elvis Gospel Live" with The Blackwood Brothers are sure to sell out


(News, Source;NF/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley's Kind of, Sort of World Tour': EIN's good friend Robert C. Gilbert has posted a new examination and detailed essay about 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite'.
... The Honolulu concert, which was broadcast live to much of Australia and Asia on January 14 1973 and on tape delay to much of the rest of the world was arguably the last event in which Elvis truly pushed himself and the last time he would be on television during his lifetime. Aloha From Hawaii was positioned as a way for the singer to perform outside of the United States without actually having to leave the country (something that had a lot to do with Colonel Tom Parker being an illegal alien).
The concert is good but falls short of the heights of his shows in Las Vegas in 1969 and 1970 as well as his performances at Madison Square Garden in June 1972. That being said, the music is an interesting way to consider, what one must always do when writing about Elvis, the compromises and choices that the singer made.
... Bejeweled and bedecked in jumpsuits, complete with cape, Elvis was a thoroughly American superhero. A personifacation of the decadent outpouring that often bursts forth upon the attainment of the American Dream.
The immensity of what was taking place is staggering even from the distance of 52 years. Imagine what it would have been like to see in the flesh.
And yet, like much of the art that centres around the American Dream, the cost extracted from Elvis was exorbitant.

Go here to read Robert C. Gilbert 'Listening Sessions' on Aloha - EIN highly recommended
(News, Source;RC/EIN)

'The King and The Jester' New Book: Paul Belard, known for his day-by-day series of Elvis photobooks, is finishing work on his latest "special interest" release which will be heading to the printer very soon. The front and back cover images for The King and the Jester have been released.
The cover notes, "As this uncultured philistine said of himself, "I did not know what to make of Elvis, or his music. I did not care, but I saw the reaction of the audience says and it was enough for me". Parker promptly realised that Elvis was his own ticket to wealth. In addition he soon realised that the naive young man and his unsophisticated father will be no match for his dubious ploys."
The book is a very strong read and one that is very much the "counterpoint" to the recently published "rose colored glasses" account, 'Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look At The Most Legendary Partnership In Show Business', by Greg McDonald and Marshall Terrill.
... You can read EIN's interview with Paul Belard's about the book, and his views on Col Parker here.
More details soon.
(News, Source: Paul Belard/EIN)

Lisa Marie Presley’s memoir – due out this year!: Riley Keough is collaborating on release of her mother's memoir for later this year. Lisa Marie Presley started writing the book before she died and Riley Keough has completed it.
One year after Lisa Marie's unexpected death, Random House revealed that the singer was writing a memoir about her high-profile and complicated life as the sole child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. In a shared statement the publisher said that Presley asked her daughter to help finish the book before she died.
Lisa Marie died on Jan. 12, 2023, at 54 after she suffered a cardiac episode at her Calabasas home. The L.A. County Medical Examiner determined in July that Presley died from complications of a small bowel obstruction, which was linked to previous bariatric surgery.
Keough, star of “Daisy Jones & the Six” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” initially held off on collaborating on the book but picked up where her mother left off after Presley died.
“Riley carried a guilt that the world would never know the loving, joyful, and caring woman that she knew and grieved,” the statement said.
To complete the memoir, Keough listened to hours of Presley’s recordings, which touched on her father’s love, her complex mother-daughter relationship with Priscilla, her highly publicized romantic relationships and the 2020 death of her son Benjamin Keough.
The contents of the book are unknown, but what Random House calls Presley's "tumultuous" life certainly was eventful enough for

a provocative, thoughtful, and revealing memoir.
Described as the “most intimate look at the Presley family to date,” the yet untitled memoir is set to publish Oct. 15.
Keough said, “I was lucky to have had that opportunity and working on preparing her autobiography for publication has been a privilege, albeit a bittersweet one. I’m so excited to share my mom now, at her most vulnerable and most honest, and in doing so, I do hope that readers come to love my mom as much as I did.”
The publisher stated: "Born to an American myth and raised in the wilds of Graceland, Lisa Marie Presley was never truly understood . . . until now'

Editions of the book will also be translated into eight other languages including Spanish, German and Portuguese.
An audiobook version of the memoir will also be released, read by Riley Keough and including "never-before-heard recollections in Lisa Marie’s own voice."

EIN Note: The history behind Lisa Marie’s memoir is quite confusing.
Lisa Marie signed her book deal with Gallery Books (a subsidiary of Simon & Shuster) in 2019. Reportedly, she received an advance of US$1M. In 2020, Penguin Random House made a bid for Simon & Shuster, but the sale was blocked, and a private equity firm, KKR ended up acquiring Simon & Shuster for US$1.6B.
News of Lisa Marie’s memoir first broke earlier this week, but two days before the formal announcement by Random House. Initially, the book was listed as being published Macmillan (a subsidiary of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group). Following the formal announcement, the publisher listing was changed to Random House.
It is unclear how Penguin Random House attained the rights to Lisa Marie’s memoir.

See 'LisaMarieBook' for more details and to preorder

(News, Source: Alexandras del Rosario, LA Times; John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal, Random House, Jim Milliot, Publisher’s Weekly, and EIN)


Trevor Simpson, Elvis author, Passed Away: Sad news that Trevor Simpson has passed away - the news was posted by his family yesterday.
Trevor had been unwell for a while with ongoing cancer complications - but he was, of course, still making his DJ-ing spot on Calder Valley Radio!
Simpson was a wonderful Elvis historian and author with his work sold world-wide. He published multiple FTD books including 'His Songs Of Praise, Volumes 1 & 2' and two books on 'The Best Of British' - HMV' and ''The Best Of British - RCA' .
Trevor also wrote regularly for the 'Essential Elvis' magazine
Away from Elvis, Trevor Simpson was also a massive football fan and an official referee.
The photo shows him another Elvis fan!
He explained, "I met Priscilla who is who is a dear, lovely lady. She has my books and knew quite a bit about me and she is to be applauded for all she has done to keep the magic alive."
EIN was delighted to interview him back in 2016 about his first book 'Elvis: His Songs Of Praise'
(News, Source;FB/ElvisinfoNet)

Friday 12 January 2024

In remembrance of Lisa Marie Presley, taken from her friends and family way-too-early one year ago, last January 12, 2023.

Lisa Marie Presley Has Died: In absolutely shocking news, Lisa Marie Presley only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died at the age of 54, after suddenly being hospitalised on Thursday January 12, 2023.
Her 77-year-old mother confirmed Presley’s death later that night.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us
She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known.
We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss.
Thank you for the love and prayers.
At this time there will be no further comment.”

Lisa Marie was rushed to hospital from her home in Calabasas, California, following a cardiac arrest.
Priscilla asked fans to keep her daughter in their prayers in a statement issued when the news first broke.


(News, Source;AP/Presley)

Taken from us way too early: Back in 2003 Lisa Marie talked about her life and Elvis with Rolling Stone, 'I go to Graceland and nothing has been touched. It's exactly the same. There was a whole life in that house. It's a beautiful sadness. It's either really painful or it's very comforting- it can go either way. The carpet is the same. My room is exactly the same. Nothing has been touched. Upstairs, which has never been open to the public, is my room and his room, next to each other, and an attic. It's pretty creepy. It's a shrine'
Usually I go up there alone. 'It's very comforting for me, The books, the videos, everything is there still. The Godfather, Citizen Kane, Pink Panther, Bruce Lee - all of his videos are still there. All of his records'.
'In my eyes Elvis was, to me, so overwhelmingly grand and powerful - and sometimes dark, depending on mood. And there was that for the first nine years of my life. Maybe I have been in search of something like that.
It's very hard to compete with that in my mind. That's what he was to me as a child, this huge, electrifyingly powerful, grand, beautiful presence."

Lisa Marie was her father's daughter, similarly a powerful, grand and beautiful presence.
And a beautiful soul all too sadly taken from us way too early.

Priscilla pays Tribute to Lisa Marie: Priscilla honored her late daughter Lisa Marie on the anniversary of her death.

Priscilla, 78, took to Twitter to mourn her daughter...

 

(News, Source;X/EIN)


'Elvis Day By Day 2023' Out NOW: The 2023 edition of Kees Mouwen's 'Elvis Day by Day' yearbook is out now, published in both paperback and hardback versions. The book is available via www.PoplarTunes.com and also worldwide through Amazon.
Well-known Elvis UK's Gordon Minto wrote a thoughtful foreword for this 6th volume in the series, sharing his perspective on the state of the Elvis world today.
This latest volume covers everything from 2023 on no less than 480 pages, the biggest edition in the series yet. Gone for 47 years, Elvis' legacy is still resonates today, as this book proves.
It covers all the news, including coverage of the unexpected death of Lisa Marie Presley one year ago and Riley Keough taking care of business at Graceland and Elvis' legacy. But also the many great moments and new titles 2023 brought us to enjoy.
The 80+ in-depth reviews by Elvis experts and fans like you and me, will help you find the titles to add to your collection, and which ones to skip, like the many AI generated "books". All the main releases have a place in this volume: the books, the movies - including 'Priscilla' - on DVD and Blu-ray and all the official and bootleg music, in mono and stereo, on CD, colored vinyl or presented as lavish box-sets, as well as several novelty titles.
With this 2023 edition you are completely up-to-date, including reviews of the latest FTDs like 'Elvis - In Person 1972', 'Elvis: Summer of '76'.
Check all the details here at www.PoplarTunes.com and see the EIN preview below
(News, Source;ElvisDaybyDay)

"ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII - The Eyes of Japan" Delayed: Disappointing news for Elvis collectors that the new book "ELVIS : ALOHA FROM HAWAII - Through The Eyes of Japan" has been delayed. It was supposed to be out in time for Elvis' birthday.
The publishers state, "We apologize for the inconvenience, but after printing and preparing to ship the Aloha book, a serious color problem occurred. We are currently trying our best to find a solution.
For fans who have pre-ordered please wait for a while.
We will post an update as soon as possible."

Fifty years after Elvis’ legendary concert Japanese cameraman Yoshiji Kizaki's valuable, long-lost negatives have been discovered.
Mr. Kizaki is one of the few photographers who photographed not only the actual show in January 1973, but also the three Aloha performances and press conference held in November 1972.
At last, they will be reprinted from the original negatives carefully rescanned and finally published as a gorgeous photo-book!
Includes the treasured photos of the people involved, as well as newspaper and record company documentation from the time.
Deluxe Size 290mm x 235mm, 1.5kg, hard cover color/ black & white 200 pages, text in English translated by David Ward.
Please see our EIN Interview with David Ward plus some stunning example pages
(News, Source;ElvisSocietyofJapan/EIN)

'Direct From Graceland' London Exhibit Extension: Good news for European fans as 'Direct from Graceland' the largest retrospective exhibition ever to leave the gates of Graceland, has been extended until April 14, 2024
After a 10-week run at Arches London Bridge the promoter announced on Elvis' Birthday that the show will continue to April 14, 2024. The decision was announced via livestream at Elvis' 89th birthday proclamation at Graceland.
EPE's Angie Marchese said, “We are thrilled with the overwhelming success of the Direct from Graceland: Elvis exhibit’s run at Arches London Bridge and excited to announce the exhibition’s extension. Elvis is a true icon. He is still as relevant today as he was nearly 70 years ago when he shook up the world with his first commercial release, That’s All Right. Being able to share the stories, rare artifacts, and items from the Graceland Archives with the fans in the UK is beyond special.”
This extension offers an additional six weeks for visitors to immerse themselves in Elvis' musical history, captivating life, and lasting impact of global icon Elvis Presley.
See TOTALROCK's excellent review ...
Go here to get London ELVIS tickets
The 'Direct from Graceland' exhibition was originally in Australia - see EIN's in-depth review here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 8 January 2024 - - - - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS ! - - - -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS

EIN wishes Elvis all the best, where ever he is, celebrating his 89th Birthday.

 

Sixty-two years ago today in 1962 Elvis celebrated his 28th birthday at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas - (photo right).

  

Elvis was there with Memphis girlfriend Bonnie Bunkley as well as Joe Esposito & friends. Elvis also met up with one of his favourite songwriters Don Robertson.
President Nigel Patterson of the Elvis Information Network Fan Club (Australia's oldest Elvis fan club) was also there to present Elvis with a special Birthday cake. 

'Conversations On Elvis' 2024: Yesterday's Elvis' Birthday Celebration 'Conversations On Elvis' featured TV personality Wink Martindale, Memphis Boys drummer Gene Chrisman and the Holladay Sisters, along with movie extra Sandra Gimpel.
Wink Martindale is now 90 years old but was on fine form.
He talked about his career and hearing 'That's All Right' on the air for the first time when it was spun July 1954 by fellow deejay, Dewey Phillips on WHBQ radio.
He said, "That was the beginning of Presleymania, and I just happened to be there at night".
He said the Elvis song caused such a "commotion" that he was charged with calling Gladys and Vernon Presley at home, to get them to bring Elvis to the studio, to talk on the air about the song that was driving listeners wild.
Elvis was at Suzores Theatre and we found him sitting all by himself watching a Western movie. We told him about the excitement over 'That's All Right' being played on the radio and so he came down to the station. Then Dewey put him on the air and that was Elvis' first interview.
"I met him that night, and he remained my friend until the day he died," Martindale said.
 He later hosted TV's Top 10 Dance Party on WHBQ-TV and in 1956 Elvis appeared on the show, for free. Wink noted, "that was much to the chagrin of Colonel Parker, who never spoke to me again!"
 
Martindale was then presented with a 'Beale Street Walk of Fame' Brass Note.
Mary and Ginger Holladay spoke about recording with Elvis at the American Sound Memphis Sessions in 1969. Ginger Holladay who was only 17 when came to Memphis and recorded with Elvis said that, "You never forget meeting Elvis for the first time. He came in and shook everyone's hand saying "I'm Elvis Presley" it was so sweet. The American studio was downtown and rather "funky" in more ways than one. You could see rats in the ceiling, a lot of times they'd have to stop the session, and we had to wait 'til they got settled."
Gene Chrisman didn't seem to mind the rats but said he didn't really enjoy Elvis' nocturnal hours. Elvis would show up about 5pm and play until about 5am the next morning. Even though the results were priceless (Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto etc) when the sessions ended two weeks later Chrisman told everyone he thought "Boy, I'm glad this is over - that was too many hours for me, boy!"
Dancer Sandra Gimpel appeared in 15 Elvis movies. She got her start in the 1961 film The Pleasure of His Company starring Fred Astaire and then danced in fifteen Elvis movies. She became one of Elvis' five main dancers noting "Elvis was such a great guy. He'd arrange lunch for everybody and we'd sit around and sing songs and he'd play the guitar or play the piano"
She also used to hear Elvis practice in the MGM rehearsal hall. "I was so blessed it wasn't even funny.”
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet) - See the Memphis Commercial Appeal for more

'Elvis Evolution' Can only be good for Elvis Impersonators: In a god-help-us-all article by UK's Guardian they suggest that 'Elvis Evolution' "Can only be good" as Elvis tribute acts embrace the hologram Presley!
At the recent Birmingham 'European Elvis Championships' where impersonators compete to become that year’s king of rock’n’roll, there was one particular Elvis on everyone’s lips – hologram Elvis, set to make his debut in an “immersive concert experience” in London in November.
For all the Presley mega-fans in the room, this week’s announcement had caused a loud buzz, and there was little concern that a digital recreation of the man himself would steal the limelight from the ETA acts.
“It can only be good for tribute acts really, because it’s
introducing Elvis to a new generation, and that new generation could come and support us. Anything that’s Elvis and is good, I’m quite happy for it to steal the limelight,” said Kev Wright, 70, who has been performing his Elvis act for seven years. “Obviously, most of the people here haven’t been able to see Elvis because he died so many years ago, and that’s as near as you’re going to get to the real thing these days.”
The Elvis tribute acts (known as ETAs) competing over the three-day event, which culminates on Sunday, said they had seen a growing number of young people getting involved in the tribute scene off the back of the 2022 film, Elvis, starring Austin Butler, and the recently released Priscilla, and the hologram concert would only build on that interest.
“We don’t claim to be Elvis or anything like that, we’re just tribute acts doing something that we love doing to cheer people up. I don’t think a hologram Elvis will ruin what we have here. People will still come to these shows. There’s going to be people to continue this legacy long after we’re gone, that’s what it’s all about. I think Elvis is going to be the last person to die on the planet.”
But could The Guardian have chosen a worse looking bunch of Elvis imitators!
Let's hope that 'Elvis Evolution' is SO GOOD that Hologram Elvis reigns supreme
See Guardian article here
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfonet)

'Elvis Evolution' More details: More details emerge about the new AI Elvis show coming to London and it will not be just a newly created live performance...
The publicity notes... Elvis Presley fans who missed out on seeing their hero when he was alive will be able to catch a glimpse of the King of Rock 'n' Roll later this year, thanks to virtual reality.
Layered Reality the immersive entertainment company that is creating the show stated that "Elvis Evolution will use AI and holographic projection, augmented reality and live theatre to recreate events in Presley's life and music."
 
Layered Reality CEO Andrew McGuinness explains, "It's going to be a joyous celebration of Elvis's life; the man, the music, and his cultural legacy. Visitors will be taken on a journey from Tupelo, Mississippi, where Presley was born in 1935, to Memphis, Tennessee, home of Graceland, and Las Vegas.
The crescendo of the experience is an AI performance by Elvis," he said.
Layered Reality struck a deal with Authentic Brands Group, owner of EPE, to develop Elvis Evolution.
The British company was given access to thousands of the star's personal photos and hours of home-videos to create the new performances using AI.
The show will use AI and holographic projections of ELVIS created from thousands of his personal photos and home-video footage.
The show is set to open in London, November 2024 before moving to Las Vegas, Berlin and Tokyo.
It follows the success of 'Abba Voyage' a virtual concert with avatars of the Swedish pop band.
See more on this YouTube clip
(News, Source;AK/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' New FTD: Hopefully for the end of this month FTD's 'Elvis Presley: The Blue Hawaii Sessions' 4-CD-set.
This is the earlier promised "audio release" of the music from the Deluxe 'The Making Of Blue Hawaii' Book/CD combo.
Released as a 4-CD set, it includes the complete soundtrack sessions newly-mixed from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 24-page booklet features informative flashbacks from musicians, songwriters, session data, memorabilia and global chart information.
The original album spent 20 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Pop LPs chart. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1961, it became the 2nd most successful soundtrack album of the 60s only losing out to West Side Story!
Footnote: Audio previously released in the FTD book “The Making of Blue Hawaii”.
Priced at around £55 /US$70 / AUD$100
See "FTD CD News" for tracklistings
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon – The Formative Recordings of Elvis Presley 1953-1960 (Alan Tranter): This new book by Alan Tranter is not a biography, it is more accurately a chronicle of Elvis' growth; his visits to the recording studio, his first movies, his record releases, his influences, his live performances, his TV appearances, all of which paint a picture of the artist who became, and remained, King.

Need to brush up on your knowledge of Elvis’ earliest recordings or are a new fan wanting a solid account of Elvis in the studio circa 1950s?
If so, Alan Tranter’s new book is a fresh and satisfying release, chock full of background on individual songs, recording information and neat analysis of Elvis in the studio.

 Read Nigel Patterson’s full review  

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



NOW UPDATED (Film Review) Priscilla – film by Sofia Coppola: While Baz Luhrmann’s major hit film in 2022, Elvis, was a colorful narrative and frenetic musical explosion, in 2023, Sofia Coppola’s, Priscilla, is more subdued, but still a colorfully hued and musically expressive story.

Coppola is an acclaimed filmmaker and director. Thematically, her films explore themes of identity, isolation, and the complexities of human relationships, and these underscore, Priscilla.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently watched the film that has divided the Elvis world.

Read Nigel’s detailed (2,500 word) review which includes discussion of “the (two) elephants in the room”.

Now updated with EIN READER comments...
We have had plenty of general negative feedback but also some lengthy and rather interesting discussions on the film..
EIN is also interested in hearing YOUR comments on the movie.
(Film Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS CAMDEN reviews: The UK MRS label have re-released 3 CD titles on its new alternate budget label 'MRS CAMDEN'.
- One Night In Pearl Harbor 1CD
- Elvis On Television 1956 - 1960 2CD
- The Complete 1950's Live Recordings 3CD

All three were released late November 2023.
The releases on MRS CAMDEN are scaled-down budget versions priced for the mainstream market. The titles have slight changes from the original MRS deluxe versions and now come in a Digi-Sleeve packs with small booklets.
There are minor upgrades on each release but they still all pack a punch and cover important sections of Elvis' historical journey. Going from 1954 to 1961 it is one incredible rockin’ trip.
EIN's Piers Beagley checks them out as possible Santa bonus treats...
If you are in the UK and order them on Amazon you can still get them delivered by Christmas Day!
(CD Reviews; Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’ MRS Press release: UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will release a deluxe 2CD set, and an LP  titled ‘AT 3:AM – LAKE TAHOE 1973’ both on 23rd February 2024.
The CD features live performances of both the Midnight and 3:AM concerts from Elvis’ May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
The shows are presented in stereo for the first time ever.
The accompanying booklet - featuring rare photographs, memorabilia and  includes liner notes that set the scene.

The LP version is only of the 3:AM show and is available in black and clear (the clear only Elvis dealers) versions.

EIN Note: A new high-res image of the front cover was provided and you can see that the design is a stunner.

See 'All The CD News 2023' for details and tracklists
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis on Tour March 1974' REPRINT!: From author Kieran Davis, a brand new book on 'Elvis on Tour March 1974' - and the first print run is already SOLD OUT!
The book covers Elvis' March 1974 tour and is the same format as our previous books - hard back, colour, large format etc.
There are 336 pages which include the usual mix of photos, memorabilia and documents plus an exhaustive text on the tour.
The five Memphis shows are especially of note as all the official documents relating to the shows are included.
The front cover image shows Elvis wearing a cape at one of his Tulsa shows - a true rarity. Plus check out detailed sample pages below

The price is £100 / US$123 with worldwide shipping included, regardless of your geographical location.

Luckily for fans who missed the original ordering deadline a second printing of this book is coming! Due to the Christmas holidays they will not be available until late January at the earliest.
Rather than take payment this early please just send us an email if you would like a copy and we will invoice you nearer the time.
Price £100 including worldwide shipping. Out late January / February 2024.
For details to preorder Click Here

(News, Source;KD)


UPDATED- CD Review 'The Joan Deary Tapes Vol1' - and has Ernst won the war?’: Two years ago EIN posted an article suggesting that the Elvis bootleg era was over, that FTD and Ernst Jorgensen had truly won the war.
So it was a surprise to many that a new bootleg label ‘Joan Deary Inc’ suddenly popped up two months ago promising a very similar series of releases to the Madison ‘A Legendary Performer’ set.
They promised "Unique content... with never issued before outtakes. Some very different mixes among other glorious sounding tracks. Every track comes in great sound quality and has been remastered for optimal listening pleasure..."
EIN was suspicious from the start - to be honest I saw no need to purchase this CD - but several EIN readers wanted to know more before they put down their hard earned cash.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley investigates to see if there is life in this new series of Elvis bootleg releases...
Please read this before ordering we've done the work so that you don't have to! Now UPDATED with YOUR comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis UK – Extended' New book for 2024: From UK specialists John Townson and Gordon Minto's their new book 'Elvis UK – Extended: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British EPs 1957-2001'
This soft-backed book, a newly written 490 page, fully comprehensive text, follows on from our previous publications in the Elvis UK series, each of them acclaimed by collectors, and provides the ULTIMATE guide to Elvis’ EP releases issued in the UK between 1957-2001.  
This new volume:
• Complements - and extends considerably - information relating to these particular releases included in our original books Elvis UK, published in 1987, and Elvis UK2, published in 2002 (for example, the EP section in Elvis UK (1987) was a mere 46 pages; 'Elvis Extended' runs to 490 pages)
• Is extensively illustrated in full colour throughout, including a range of images of Elvis himself
• Details the history of extended play releases, their popularity and subsequent fall from favour
• Features a wealth of background information, revealing exciting new details and information regarding tax codes and price changes as shown on labels – as well as tabling chart positions
• Offers technical but clear details regarding manufacturing, along with matrix numbers and their significance
• Where appropriate, each EP release is cross-referenced with its US counterpart and key differences discussed
• Includes a chronological list of all the EPs included

• Discusses each extended play album individually, in a detailed and forensic way, while the extensive text is amply illustrated with scans of every known cover and label variation, relevant photographs, and scans of contemporaneous newspaper and magazine articles and adverts
• Features a header block for each album release comprising information about the songs or spoken word material included, release dates, along with details about the writers, as well as showing the record mode
• Includes hitherto unpublished information from company files, including first-hand input from some of those who worked directly on certain important releases e.g. The two EP Collections
• Incorporates historically significant events of the period throughout the narrative
• Chronicles and dates all changes to various company logos used
• Includes a detailed Song Index, showing recording dates, which album(s) each song has been featured on, along with details of outtakes used, as well as a Spoken Word Index referencing when and where the material was recorded
• A short but important section dealing with demo EPs which includes a discussion about potential fakes
..... In short, as readers have come to expect from each of the previous Elvis UK publications, this book is intended to be the last word on its subject – in this instance, the much-loved extended play record format as seen in the UK.
Please note: while there is no definite price for this book as yet, we can assure our loyal customers and fellow collectors that we’re doing all we can to keep the retail price affordable.
We fully expect this book to be printed and available in the early spring of 2024.. Look out for more details soon!
Check out our review of their recent 'Elvis UK - Beyond RCA' Book Review: 
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann discusses ELVIS as a TV show - "completely different" from the movie: In another interview Baz Luhrmann discusses more on his "new" Elvis project.
Over a year after his masterpiece ELVIS hit the big screen, director Baz Luhrmann now wants to return to the King of Rock and Roll’s life story, but this time perhaps in a TV show format.
In a conversation with CinemaBlend about his series 'Faraway Downs', Luhrmann now revealed he is now planning to do the same to Elvis, but it will differ from the movie. “I really would love to do the episodic version of Elvis. And I'll take a completely different storytelling style than I would if I'd done it for the cinema.”

Luhrmann’s 2022 epic starring Austin Butler earned eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, so why after all of the success would Luhrmann want to turn the story into a different format?

He explained, “Now, okay, why would I be so stupid? Well, like when an iconic, popular musician does a song and they perform it in concert and they do, you know, let's say it's a dance cut, they do a heavy metal version. I think of the dexterity of music, and the ability to take the same piece and reinterpret and rediscover.
It keeps the artist engaged. But it also keeps decoding and recoding the story, and keeps it alive in the moment. So that's why I would do it. And I think I would do it with Elvis.”

Thinking about Elvis’ life story as a musical ensemble is certainly fitting, as his life story can certainly be interpreted in many different ways. Luhrmann's movie focused on the star's rise to fame and his troubling relationship with shady manager Col Parker, whereas Sofia Copolla’s 2023 movie Priscilla tells the Elvis tale from his wife’s perspective. With the musician's illustrious career both on and off the stage, we are sure that Luhrmann’s Elvis only just scratched the surface, and there is so much more to tell about one of the most famous men to ever live. We for one cannot wait to see what Luhrmann does with it all next!
(News, Source: Megan Garside, gamesradar.com)

Riley Keough on Lisa Marie and Graceland: With the success of NBC's 'Christmas At Graceland' Riley Keough appeared on SiriusXM radio to discuss the TV special and thoughts about her mother, Lisa Marie.
Keough was on SiriusXM show 'Inside Graceland' speaking with host Joel Weinshanker, who as the managing partner and majority owner of EPE and friend of Lisa Marie is very familiar with Elvis' legacy.
During the show Keough admitted that she found it "crazy" that her mum didn't enjoy the attention that comes from being a part of a famous family.
Weinshanker noted that it odd that Priscilla loved being in the limelight while her mother was exactly the opposite.
Keough explained, "I think, you know, everybody's different. My mother - Lisa Marie - wasn't somebody who liked attention. She didn't like being in the public eye, which is a crazy situation that she was born into for somebody who doesn't like attention.

She didn't like being in the public eye, which is a crazy situation that she was born into for somebody who doesn't like attention.
But she loved coming to Graceland, she loved the fans, and she loved being with the original generation of Elvis fans. And my grandmother (Priscilla), for so many years obviously dedicated her whole life to Elvis' legacy.
I don't really know where I exist on that spectrum. I love being involved, because it's my family and I care about them, and we'll see how that works out in the future. But this recent show (Christmas at Graceland) has been a nice experience".

Riley is now the owner of Graceland as well as the managing partner and majority owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises.

EIN notes that the feedback from our readers has been overwhelmingly positive for how well 'Christmas at Graceland' had been produced. Riley Keough performed very well as the host and also as co-producer.
It seems Graceland and Elvis' legacy is in good hands.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ "Stereo" CD Review: Back in May I reviewed ‘From Elvis at Sun’ “Mono II Stereo” compilation and at the time was hoping for more of the same.
Luckily for inquisitive Elvis collectors, producer Anthony Stuchbury is back with his take on Elvis’ first album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll No.1’ - this time on the French RDM label.
Elvis’ very first LP had two key variations, the well-known classic RCA album and also the UK HMV version. This compilation starts with the 12 tracks from the RCA album then the extra five cuts from the HMV version plus the life-changing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ single.
It’s a stunning selection of nineteen brilliant Elvis recordings.
“Mono II Stereo” remixing needs a producer who understands what Elvis’ sessions were all about and Stuchbury is not only a super-collector but also a man who really knows his Elvis recordings.
His work here is truly impressive.
With The Beatles releasing their early singles in DES stereo for 2023 Doncha' Think It's Time for RCA / SONY to do the same for Elvis.
EIN's Piers Beagley checks out the wonders of Elvis' first album in stereo
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS: Closing Night 1972' MRS CD Review: This MRS 2CD set features a live performance recorded on 4 September 1972,during the last night of Elvis’ seventh engagement in Las Vegas at the Hilton Hotel.
The show is presented in stereo. A bonus CD of remastered rehearsal tracks, recorded days before the engagement began, is also included.
While Elvis is perhaps not as full-blast as on the 'Opening Night' here MRS's 'Studio D' engineer has done some brilliant audio remastering, removing the bad cassette-tape-hiss of all previous releases. Emphasising the instrumentation with this "Stereo remaster" not only elevates Elvis and the musicians' performance but also places the listener right into the audience.
This night Elvis rocked into 'Johnny B. Goode' and even performed the golden-oldies with some real respect.
It's a great show.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers something new in this re-release - the near perfect bookend to MRS' examination of Elvis’ 1972 Summer Festival.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

       

'Elvis January 6 1957' New Book: A new publication from hard-working Elvis author Paul Belard - 'Elvis January 6, 1957. Third Ed Sullivan Show'.
This book includes 200 pages purely about Elvis' third appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, it features some lovely rare pictures and is printed on glossy paper. The foreword notes...
... Elvis’ third visit to Sullivan’s show, January 6th, 1957, would prove to be his last. Some have advanced that the astronomical fees his manager Tom Parker asked for future television appearances - $300,000 with the promise of two guest spots and an hour long special - effectively killed any request from TV stations.
A huge and raucous audience turned up in to hear “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and “Don’t Be Cruel”, as well as newer material such as “Too Much” and “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”, and “Peace in the Valley”.
During the final sequence, Mr. Sullivan urged viewers to contribute to a Hungarian refugee relief fund Elvis supported.
The man who just a few months before had sworn not to have Elvis on his show, closed this evening by saying:
... I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy, and wherever you go, Elvis, we want to say we’ve never had a pleasanter experience on our show with a big name than we’ve had with you. So now let’s have a tremendous hand for a very nice person!

Order via Amazon or the author direct at pbelard@hotmail.com
(News, Source;PB/ElvisInfonet)

"ELVIS : ALOHA FROM HAWAII - Through The Eyes of Japan" David Ward Interview: Fifty years after Elvis’ legendary concert in Hawaii, Japanese cameraman Yoshiji Kizaki's valuable, long-lost negatives have been discovered.
Mr. Kizaki is one of the few photographers who photographed not only the actual show in January 1973, but also the three Aloha performances and press conference held in November 1972.
At last, they will be reprinted from the original negatives carefully rescanned and finally published as a gorgeous photo-book!
The book also includes contributions from people involved in the live satellite broadcast and record release.
Includes the treasured photos of the people involved, as well as newspaper and record company documentation from the time.
Deluxe Size 290mm x 235mm, 1.5kg, hard cover color/ black & white 200 pages, text in English translated by David Ward.
While this exciting new book won't be published until January 2024, the cut-off date for Pre-orders with a free set of stunning photocards is next Monday, November 20.
It is the perfect time for EIN's Piers Beagley to ask David Ward some key questions about the book.
Go here for the interview and some stunning PREVIEW pages.
DON'T MISS OUT it's a limited print run.
(Interview, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

ELVIS #2 Highest Paid Dead Celebrity 2023: Forbes annual list of the highest earning deceased celebrities for 2023 has been released - and without even leaving his secret hideaway ELVIS is back up to second place!
Compared to last year the top 10 deceased A-listers on Forbes’ annual ranking of the highest-paid dead celebrities earned some $470, a 70% decrease from the record-breaking $1.6 billion grossed in 2022. This was in part due to the drop in massive music catalog and merchandising sales. This year only Ray Manzarek, late keyboardist for the Doors, achieved massive money through acquisitions of their intellectual property.
Without catalog sales inflating the earnings of Manzarek, the top earners on this year’s list are familiar afterlife performers. Michael Jackson returns to #1 spot for the first time in four years with an estimated $115 million in earnings, followed by Elvis Presley at No 2. Two beloved artists round out the top five with Dr. Seuss #4 and Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz at #5.
.. Forbes notes that there are now a growing number of artists who cash in while they’re still alive. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Dr. Dre are just some of the musicians who sold their music rights this year, each for upwards of $200 million. After all, it's better to have the money while still alive!
However some stars are still finding new life after death, such as recently departed Jimmy Buffett who will earn big money in 2024. The billionaire “Margaritaville” singer died in September from cancer and had the first No. 1 hit of his career a few weeks later.

TOP TEN 2023
1 Michael Jackson $115 million
2 Elvis Presley  $100 million  
3 Ray Manzarek  $45 million
4 Dr. Seuss   $40 million
5= Charles M. Schulz $30 million
5= Prince $30 million
5= Whitney Houston $30 million
8 John Lennon $22 Million

Last year, due to merchandising deals, J.R. Tolkien took first place with $500 million, then followed #2 Kobe Bryant $400 million, #3 David Bowie $250 million and Elvis forth with $110 Million earnings, then James Brown $100 million and Michael Jackson $75 million.
So while ELVIS may have "left the building" he is still an economic powerhouse this year generating $100 million in income 46 years after his death.

As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Read the original article here
(News, Source:Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: August Season in Vegas 1974' FTD Review: A triple-CD focusing on Elvis' Las Vegas 1974 Summer Season. Three previously unreleased soundboards Aug 27 Dinner Show, Aug 29 Midnight Show, Aug 30 Dinner Show.  
For Elvis 1974 was an emotionally turbulent year. This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla. Yet this inner turmoil helped produce the most fascinating Las Vegas season of his career.
It seems all too obvious that someone was prescribing Elvis some ‘Little-Helpers’ to get over the 'flu - and this put him in a chatty and distracted mood.
So while there is little doubt that collectors will be very glad to have these previously unreleased soundboards from this exciting season where Elvis truly enjoyed his newer material, it is only a shame that there was too much talking and all too many complete throwaway performances....
Elvis super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review..
(FTD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Interview) Dick Dekker and David Ward, authors of the new book, ‘From Memphis To Tokyo – A Reference Guide To The Absolute Mastery of Elvis’ Japanese Vinyl’: With the release of this book imminent, EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen, went treasure hunting in the land of the rising sun to discover what gems can be found in Dick Dekker and David Ward’s new discography about Elvis’ Japanese vinyl (and learning a few new Japanese words in the process).
Discover the delight of Japanese Elvis vinyl...
... The authors discuss the love the Japanese producers put into their releases. Making alternate, high quality and adoring covers for their records, that fascinate Elvis vinyl collectors.
... Virtually every record has something about it that’s different to the equivalent release in another country, whether it be different artwork, different songs or extras like a lyric sheet. That’s what makes the Japanese releases interesting objects for both Elvis and vinyl collectors...
Read Dick and David’s fascinating interview
(Interview, Source: EIN/EDBD)


Elvis in Literature #3 – ''Elvis's Man Friday' by Gene Smith: Continuing EIN’s occasional series of interesting and (hopefully) thought-provoking Elvis excerpts (references/discussions) found in general literature.
Elvis's Man Friday by Elvis' first-cousin Gene Smith is an often forgotten "insider" memoir.
Elvis and Gene were very close from a young age, and Gene later became a prominent member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia.
In his book, published in hardcover (with dust jacket) in 1994, Gene recounted his time with Elvis in linear fashion, in what was a very readable, entertaining and informative release.

In particular, the reader is informed about a number of unusual things and Elvis' idiosyncrasies.
EIN wonders how many readers knew that Elvis and Gene had (for a while) their own secret language?...

Go to 'Elvis in Literature #3' 'Elvis's Man Friday' by Gene Smith for the whole story, photos and excerpts..

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Paul Belard Interview about Col Parker and Elvis 'The King & The Jester': EIN recently discovered that prolific author Paul Belard is researching a new book about Elvis and Col Parker. Due out in 2024 the book has the provisional title 'The King & The Jester'.
Belard explains... Nearly forty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley remains equally famous and easily recognized around the world. For most of the entirety of his adult life, the man who made all the major decisions of Elvis’ career was Tom Andrew Parker, who, himself, became a celebrity by association. Why is Elvis’ manager so well-known? The author is clearly not the only one who cannot name Sinatra’s manager, nor Johnny Cash’s, the Rolling Stones’, Springsteen’s or Beyoncé’s.
On the positive side, Tom Parker was a hard worker, a gifted promoter, a skillful negotiator, and a keen judge of character. Aside from the gifted promoter, which he undoubtedly was, the other traits, put in the wrong hands, can easily become negative qualities....

A new book on Col Parker? EIN wanted to know more about how Paul Belard chooses his topics, his views on wily old Col Parker - as well as the recent 'ELVIS' and 'Priscilla' movies...
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Shane Brown author of the critically acclaimed (and finally published in hardback) 'Reconsider Baby - Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide' talks to EIN: With the hardcover edition of 'Reconsider Baby – Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide' now available, EIN’s Nigel Patterson put a wide-ranging set of twenty-five questions to author, Shane Brown.

The topics include did Elvis’ music decline when he moved from Sun to RCA, “who” triggered the media and public moral outrage about Elvis in the 1950’s, Elvis’ film recordings (particularly in the 1960s), the connection between Elvis’ films and those of Mario Lanza, singles that failed to be major hits, Elvis’ mid-60’s soul-infused recordings, the quality of Elvis’ albums after From Elvis in Memphis, the artistic value of Elvis’ RCA Camden albums, Shane’s views on 10 particular Elvis songs, Elvis remixes, can Sony have another hit Elvis album?, and a lot more...

Shane Brown has strong, well-reasoned views on many “things Elvis”, and they offer a lot for readers to think about and possibly reevaluate their views on various issues.
Don't miss this fascinating interview for 2023.

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

       

'Elvis: A Musical Revolution' Sydney Theatre Review: 'Elvis A Musical Revolution' has been playing in Sydney Australia since early August. Described as.. The Icon. The King. The story of a man who gave the world a musical revolution. Featuring over 40 hit songs, Elvis: A Musical Revolution celebrates the extraordinary life of cultural icon, Elvis Presley.
Let me declare that I like the genuine Elvis Presley. I really don’t like theatre musicals, so it was with slight trepidation that I found myself close to the front of the stalls for this new Elvis "jukebox musical".
However as they say, “Elvis was in the building” and with a cleverly designed functional set and some high-energy performances it was a most enjoyable celebration of The King.
The Australian producer is David Venn and there is no doubt that Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS has spurred some monetary investment into this show and the presentation is highly professional.
The show begins with australia lead Rob Mallett as '68 Elvis in silhouette - but just as you anticipate a massive start Elvis’ doubts and fears kick-in and he wonders if he still has it. At this point a young child Elvis appears to offer advice. And it is this clever device that creates that special edge to the overall performance as well as a stunning cast.
Go here for EIN Piers Beagley's full review
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Forever 2023': Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing? Throughout our lifetimes there are very few dates that resonate with such clarity.
While some key historical events such as 9/11 or the Boxing day 2004 Tsunami are remembered, other unique moments are lost as vague memories.
The day of Elvis' death I was recording a "best of Elvis" cassette for my best friend. A lightning storm was raging through London, the rain pouring down outside when my Mother called upstairs, "Have you heard, Elvis Presley has died?"    - A moment never forgotten.
... I can guarantee you one thing: we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.
The newspapers the next day told the story.
Go here to EIN's 'Elvis Forever 2023' for emotional reminiscences and also those traumatic news headlines ... The world would remember, everything would change, but in 2023 Elvis' legacy still lives on..
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Film Review) Reinventing Elvis: The ’68 Comeback…..”a battle for artistic integrity”: EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently immersed himself at the cinema watching John Scheinfeld’s documentary film, Reinventing Elvis: The ’68 Comeback (based on Steve Binder’s account of the making of Elvis’ legendary Special).
Reinventing Elvis takes a deeper dive into the making of the Comeback Special, featuring interviews from some of the surviving performers and audience members, as well as Presley experts placing it in the context of the times and the singer's career.
Nigel left the cinema after viewing a fascinating and illuminating account full of drama, humor, and ultimately reclamation.
Read Nigel’s full review

Due to the interest in the documentary three other reviews have been submitted to EIN.
Check out the varying thoughts of superfans Emiel Maier, Geoffrey McDonnell and Don Hudson.

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Las Vegas Summer Festival 1972' MRS CD Review: This 4CD set contains a varied selection of live performances drawn from Elvis’ seventh engagement in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel during Elvis’ summer festival in the month of August 1972.
It features the 11 August Dinner and Midnight Show plus 12 August Dinner and Midnight Show. For the first time ever these performances are released in "Stereo". Bonus rehearsal tracks, recorded days before the engagement began, are also included.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia and liner notes help set the scene.
Key songs include My Way, Fever, Its Over, Until It’s Time For You To Go, American Trilogy, What Now My Love, Little Sister/ Get Back, Never Been To Spain, For The Good Times and A Big Hunk O' Love'.
Elvis was in superb form and with more new songs in his set-list sounding even better with the new MRS audio remaster it is a power-packed set.

Go here - EIN's Piers Beagley provides an in-depth review of this recent MRS release.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) 'Fact vs. Fiction in the 2022 ELVIS Movie' (Trina Young): EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down to read Trina Young’s fourth book about Elvis. Given its core intent, Fact vs. Fiction in the 2022 ELVIS Movie is not a standard narrative, but rather, an illuminating treatise assessing degrees of fact and fiction in what was the most successful non-franchise movie of 2022, Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular assault on your visual and auditory senses, ELVIS.

For the core section of the book, Ms Young rates each scene based on four different criteria (note that for each scene it's time in the film is included). The author then provides narrative details for each of the last three criteria, the Storyline information often running to several pages. Her ratings for historical accuracy (truth) can be truly enthralling.

Read Nigel’s 1,750-word review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis, Ann-Margret, the filming of Viva Las Vegas (aka 'Love in Las Vegas'), the slap heard across Hollywood, (and more): The story of the behind-the-scenes filming of Elvis’ best and highest grossing film, Viva Las Vegas (released in 1964), is colorful, and one that had repercussions for Elvis’ subsequent films as well as a rare loss for Colonel Tom Parker.
Drawing on a wide range of sources, EIN’s Nigel Patterson takes a reflective look at the drama between star, manager, Ann-Margret, Viva Las Vegas film director and what it all meant.

Read the full article

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

 

'From Elvis at Sun' Stereo CD Review: A new ‘From Elvis at Sun’ “Mono II Stereo” release from the Danish Memphis Mansion label.
The compilation includes the five classic SUN SINGLES plus the other nine alternate cuts that RCA would purchase from Sam Phillips.
Keen Elvis fans must surely have a serious fascination about how Elvis' early ground-breaking recordings were created.
Why do Elvis' classic rock’n’roll singles sound so good, especially given the low quality recording equipment of the time? And how were they laid down in the studio?
One way to discover the wonders of 50’s rock’n’roll inventiveness is to examine "stereo" versions of the old mono recordings and it is only since the creation of the cutting-edge audio process DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo) that we can do this.
Previous Mono <> Stereo versions have not quite made their mark. So is it possible that this new 2023 set can help fans appreciate the real magic and brilliance of Elvis at SUN?
EIN's 2,600 word review by Piers Beagley looks in-depth at whether new upgrades in "DES" software can help create something special from these old SUN classics...
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis On Tour' Box-Set In-Depth Review: The January 2023 'Elvis On Tour' SONY release is a 6CD / 1 Blu-Ray box set comprised of the audio from four of the shows (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour.
Originally recorded for the Elvis On Tour concert film that was released later that year, the set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 previously unreleased tracks, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray.
RCA/Legacy's Elvis On Tour box set is produced by Ernst Jørgensen and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang.
Elvis' April 1972 concerts were magnificent, so hopefully this expensive 50th anniversary release including newly remastered concert performances captures the magnificence and excitement of the movie and Elvis' stunning shows.
After fifty years surely SONY/RCA will get it right.....

EIN's in-depth review by Piers Beagley checks out the positives and negatives in this 4,500 word review ... NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS - HAVE YOUR SAY...
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

       

'The Elvis RCA Camden Collection' EIN Spotlight: Most fans have had a love-hate relationship with Elvis' Camden collections. On one hand they are seen as an artistic misstep being released at a time when Elvis was back riding high on the charts saturating the market with a series of albums containing little-known songs. Yet on the other hand many younger fans used these budget collections as a way to enter the amazing world of Elvis’ vast back-catalogue.
The RCA Camdens featured the first release of an Elvis live recording19 previously unreleased tracks and 58 tracks previously unreleased on an album. That is quite impressive even if Col Parker only had his increased revenue as the main goal.

Now updated with Readers' Feedback - Read this fascinating article and tell us YOUR THOUGHTS about Elvis' Camden releases...
EIN contributor Neil Colombari reveals all...
(Spotlight; Source;Neil Colombari/ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) Elvis Live At The International 50th Anniversary Edition (Kieran Davis): In 2011, Kieran Davis released the highly praised book, Elvis Live At The International. In 2022, he has published an expanded 50th Anniversary edition…and what an expansion it is!
The latest edition dwarfs the original with 432 pages compared to 172 in the original release.
And the added 250+ pages of additional material is stunning, making the 50th Anniversary release one of the best Elvis books published in 2022.

As its title reflects, the book covers Elvis' appearances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas between 1969 and 1971 (it was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in July 1971). The narrative element is significantly based around fan, Peggy Elzea’s copious diaries, and a bumper array of archival material. Peggy’s experience seeing Elvis in Las Vegas is one every fan will envy.
There is so much fascinating information and so many striking images in the book that it is hard to know where to start in describing it...

Read Nigel Patterson’s detailed 2,700 words review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.

EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies.
In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including...
- Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography

EIN was delighted to be able to finally talk with the man and find out more. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game.
Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end...
And EIN wants YOUR SAY - Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more...
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 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 "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK

'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly.
Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy.
Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker.
Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969.
(Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! 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.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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 
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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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