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Saturday 28 April 2018
'The Searcher' Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy: The New York Times has published a substantial and very positive review of the new HBO documentary.
It includes.. 
... There are no fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Nor is there a television with a bullet hole in its screen. Drugs, an unavoidable topic, are mentioned in sympathetic tones as an overworked performer's self-medication.
"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" strives to rescue the Elvis Presley story from its tabloid side. Instead, it presents a biography of an artist and musician who was both spectacularly gifted and unconscionably misdirected. Guided by his own ideas and instincts, he transformed 20th-century culture in the 1950s. But afterward, treated by his manager as a commercial workhorse, he spent years making trivial movies and performing as a nostalgia act.
The documentary presents Presley's relationship to African-American music as one of affinity and appreciation, not exploitation. "Elvis and Elvis's music pointed to black culture and said, 'This is filled with the force of life,'" Mr. Springsteen comments. "If you want to be an American, this is something you need to pay attention to." The excerpt chosen from "King Creole," the 1958 Presley film set in New Orleans, shows Presley listening to and then joining African-American street vendors' cries, acknowledging their influence.
  "He did not invent rock 'n' roll per se," Tom Petty bluntly notes, citing Little Richard and Joe Turner. "What he did was different" a fusion of all Presley had absorbed. He was not a copyist. The film and boxed set include enough of Presley's sources to demonstrate how thoroughly he personalized songs like Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky": the two sides, drawn from (black) blues and (white)

bluegrass, of his first single for Sun Records. In retrospect, it was a perfect, archetypal mission statement of how he would defy categories.
(After the army) the rock revolutionary, under Parker's management, was supposed to fall into line as an entertainer. Sadly, he did.
There was no other career map at the time, and the Colonel did not encourage artistic exploration. Through the eventful mid-1960s Elvis was contractually bound to make movies with lame songs and diminishing returns. One of the documentary's most bitterly telling finds is an audio interview with a defeated-sounding Presley, where he says that while he'd like to make "artistic" films, "if what you're doing is doing O.K., you're better off sticking with it."
The documentary seizes on moments,  rehearsals, outtakes, when Presley's grit and fervor blasted away corniness and shtick. It shows him touching down in gospel music at his bleakest times and, near the end, strains to present him as a spiritual figure. Its finale is from that 1968 TV special: his
wrenching performance of "If I Can Dream," longing for equality and redemption during a year of social turmoil. It shows Presley's passion and control, his visceral drama, his mastery. But it can't explain all that he left undone.
Go here to the New York Times for the full review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

Graceland Expansion Proposal: The plans for the Graceland campus expansion shows two exhibit buildings of 80,000 square feet each on either side of the "live Event Center" EPE wants to build on the western border behind its Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex.
The plan and rendering released last Monday by Graceland managing partner Joel Weinshanker, also includes:
* A "Made in USA Outlet" building of more than 64,000 square feet directly across the boulevard from the Guest House at Graceland.
* An aircraft hangar for the two restored jets owned by Elvis Presley.
* A new wing for the Guest House.
Weinshanker also touts 1,000 new jobs to be created by the expansion.
Graceland is now seeking financing for both the arena and exhibit space with approval earlier this month from the Economic Development Growth Engine, the city-county agency that approves economic incentives for such projects.
The EDGE board approved a plan that would specifically increase the flow of city and county property tax revenue through a tax increment financing district, or TIF, to the financing of the Guest House at Graceland and Elvis Presley's Memphis. Graceland would then use the money it now puts toward financing those two projects toward the financing of a 6,000- to 7,000-seat arena estimated to cost $50 million.
Graceland's new legal position is that the OK'd arrangement means it can build the arena and not violate the non-compete agreement the Memphis Grizzlies.
City chief legal officer Bruce McMullen also said he had hoped Graceland and the Grizzlies could work out some agreement without the matter being decided in court.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'Heartbreak Hotel' musical in Chicago: Elvis will soon enter the building when the musical "Heartbreak Hotel" begins its 10-week Chicago run June 30.
The jukebox musical, which traces the first 18 months of Presley's career, from his days as a teen-aged truck driver to his arrival at Sun Studios in Memphis to his life-changing affiliation with Col. Tom Parker and his ascent to superstardom, is the work of writer/director Floyd Mutrux, who, along with Colin Escott, also penned "Million Dollar Quartet'.
'Heartbreak Hotel' will star Eddie Clendening as Elvis (also in "Million Dollar Quartet"), Matt Codina as guitarist Scotty Moore and Beau Sample as bassist Bill Black.
"I've always been a big fan of '50s rock and roll, country, rhythm and blues, and obviously Elvis
was a big part of that," said Clendening. "But ya, I used to get beat up in school for wearing a pompadour and '50s-style clothes, playing a guitar."
For Codina, a seasoned guitarist, it meant locking into Moore's signature style of play.
"I think in part his style came from the people who influenced him ... like Chet Atkins" Codina said. "Scotty had that distinct approach to it."
"That heavy, syncopated thumb that added so much to the backbeat. Nobody really had that style until him," Clendening added.
EIN's US contributors Joan & Paul Gansky highly recommend this musical to Elvis fans.
For tickets, visit broadwayinchicago.com.
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie's Ex-Manager Demands Court Dismiss Lawsuit: Lisa Marie Presley's former business manager claims she squandered millions of dollars of her famous father's fortune, and is asking the court to dismiss her shocking claims against him.
In court documents Barry J. Siegel's attorney said Lisa Marie is blaming Siegel for her uncontrollable spending. The affidavit is a response to Presley's petition filed in Los Angeles Probate Court that alleges her ex-business manager lost her $100 million fortune by investing in American Idol, and left her in $500,000 in credit card debt.
Elvis Presley's daughter accused Siegel of "reckless and negligent mismanagement and self-serving ambition," in court documents filed in February 21 and is suing Siegel for "breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, constructive fraud negligence, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and accounting."
Siegel's attorney, Leon Gladstone, said Presley's motion should not be discussed in probate proceedings, but instead belongs in civil court.
"Presley concedes that, in retrospect, she could and should have 'enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle' and lived 'comfortably' on the $1.5 to $2 million she received annually from 2005 forward," Gladstone wrote in the affidavit. "While the untouched $40 million could have grown as much as $75 million.
In other words, the 2007 transaction effectively set Lisa Marie up to receive a steady, substantial stream of income while she secured a fortune in the tens of millions of dollars- if only she had kept her hands off the $40 million."
The attorney added the bulk of Presley's allegations are contradictory.
Meanwhile, Lisa Marie is due in court this Friday for a hearing on her ongoing divorce battle with ex Michael Lockwood, who is demanding financial support from her.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 25 April 2018
‘Elvis: The Searcher’ introduces a new generation to The King: Another look at the new HBO film from the Daily Dot - It includes..
.. There have been movies about Elvis Presley before, but there’s never been a definitive take on the “King of Rock 'n’ Roll.” Johnny Cash has 'Walk The Line', Ray Charles has 'Ray', but where’s the great Presley biopic?
'Elvis: The Searcher' is a more sensible way to cover Presley’s life and career than a traditional narrative film. Rather than picking over the many details of who he was and what he did for the thousandth time and trying to squeeze a single story out of it, it condenses everything, approaching Presley in a scholarly but streamlined way.
The Searcher comes on the heels of several other HBO docs about American cultural icons, including Arthur Miller: Writer, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, and Andre the Giant.
And yet, unlike any of the other men HBO has profiled recently, Presley holds a certain cultural cache which only a few artists and entertainers from the last century ever achieved. If anything, he remains seen, if not heard.
The popularity of his music may be up for debate, but his status as a staple of Americana remains unchecked. Ask any kid who Presley was, and even if they can’t name one of his songs, they can tell you what he looked like.
It’s the very reason we keep waiting for that great biopic about him, ELVIS is too big. No actor has ever adequately been able to fill the King’s blue suede shoes.
So, yeah, The Searcher had a lot to cover. The film pays special attention his 1968 TV special, using it as a framing device and suggesting that was the moment which forever cemented his legacy as a pioneering television performer. (Presley really did bring the house down with that show.)
Stylistically, The Searcher pieces this information together through a combination of archival footage and voiceover.  
The sheer amount of audio Zimny collected, and how much time he spent collecting it, must be staggering, especially given the haunting snippets featuring the now-deceased Petty.
This artistic choice works for The Searcher.. the use of these disembodied voices does help give the impression that Zimny’s subjects are talking right to you.
Despite all the various perspectives we get on Presley here, all the countless hours Zimny obviously spent collecting stories, I still didn’t come away feeling like I knew much about the man. There’s a line in Ezra Edelman’s fantastic O.J. Simpson documentary, 'O.J.: Made in America', where one of the interview subjects says, “The story isn’t O.J., the story is O.J. and us.” This same principle can be applied to The Searcher. The documentary isn’t so much about Presley, but about the people in his life - how they related and felt toward him.
The film does provide some interesting details.
It explores Presley’s close relationship with his mother, for instance, as well as his exploitative partnership with Colonel Parker. I also had no idea how seriously Presley took acting, how he wanted to be seen as a James Deen or Marlon Brando, to be perceived as more than just a teen heartthrob. I didn’t know that he picked up his pill habit not in the music business, but in the military, where he would take drugs to stay up all night on watch.
What 'The Searcher' covers exhaustingly is Presley’s music. If you’re someone who appreciates discussions of craft, about how the twang of a guitar, the slap of a bass, or the beat of a drum can change a whole culture, then there’s a lot here you’ll love.
However, the film dances around the question of cultural appropriation.... the way Elvis pulled together elements of “Black music” like R&B and “white music” like country to write rock that could cross color lines is indisputable. But there’s something unexplored in The Searcher about how he exploited the music he worshipped.
There’s not a lot of recontextualization going on in The Searcher. The film is full of facts, but none of them are showcased in a new light. - Luckily the music speaks for itself.
Go here to 'the Daily Dot' for the full review -
(News, Source;DailyDot/ElvisInfoNet)
For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

Priscilla Named Liberty Bowl 2018 Most Distinguished Citizen: AutoZone Liberty Bowl has named Priscilla Presley its 2018 Most Distinguished Citizen Award recipient.
She is the first non-sports figure to receive the honor since 2008.
Priscilla Presley as Elvis Presley's ex-wife is the reason Graceland is open to the public to preserve the King of Rock 'n Roll's legacy.
Elvis' Graceland mansion was dragging down his estate with taxes by the early 1980's, leading accountants and bankers to push for selling the house. Priscilla, however, thought her late ex-husband's home could preserve his legacy if it were opened to the public.
Priscilla has said that, "Every time I go in there, I feel like Elvis is going to come down the stairs any minute.  I have no doubt that he's there, somewhere, his spirit. I think people feel that."
With a $500,000 investment secured by Priscilla, the home opened to the public in 1982. It has since became a worldwide tourist draw for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
"Just like Graceland, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl is one of Memphis'

great treasures," said Priscilla adding that she is honored to join the ranks of other people given such a prestigious award.
"Many people have received this award, and I appreciate very much being included on this list," she said.
Priscilla says she will attend the June 24th presentation at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.
A live auction will accompany the award presentation with going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet) 

'The First Time Ever I Lay With You' New Import CD: Out soon from the E. P. Collector label  "The First Time Ever I Lay With You" San Diego, April 24th, 1976 afternoon show AUDIENCE RECORDING.
The San Diego, April 24th, 1976 afternoon show is previously unreleased and moreover, it is completely a new show for Elvis fans – never before in circulation, in any form!
Elvis April ’76 tour was rated as very good one, with longer shows and variable set list. Unlike later that year, when Elvis ended his concerts quickly after introductions of his band, here he gave no less than 9 songs after 'School Day' orchestra solo! Elvis’ drummer Ronnie Tutt was back in band and pianist Shane Kiester was replaced by Tony Brown.
Among the concert highlights there are 'Tryin' To Get To You', 'America', 'Hurt', 'Burning Love' and 'How Great Thou Art'.  One song stands out: rare, heartfelt performance of complete version of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. This song was performed only 3 known times, in 1976.
This concert is taken from a recently found first generation audience recorded cassette tape. The nicely designed digipak has a great collection of quality images taken in San Diego, CA, April 24, 1976.
Go to 'Elvis All The CD News' for tracklist and more details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Looked Into The Wings' New Import CD: The 1976 October tour was another good one, after several problematic tours in the Summer. Our 'Looked Into The Wings' AUDIENCE RECORDING is from October 21, 1976. Elvis had lost some 10-12 kilos and he was able to wear his jumpsuits from 1974 again. He looked much healthier and he was in good mood and in solid voice.
We have released Elvis’ last Kalamazoo concert from April 26, 1977 in 2017. A new tape has been found of much better sound. Unfortunately, new tape was incomplete and middle part was repaired using our old source.  As usual, you may ask your supplier for samples.
Playlist is rather typical for Autumn ’76 shows. Among the concert highlights there are 'Help Me', 'And I Love You So', 'America', 'Love Letters', 'Hurt' and 'Blue Christmas'.
This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak, too.
Note: label E. P. Collector is planning special double CD called 'Black Tornado' with newly found original tapes of Elvis’ concerts in Cleveland, OH, November 6, 1971 (afternoon and evening), which were never before available in good sound! So stay tuned!
Go to 'Elvis All The CD News' for tracklist and more details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 23 April 2018
‘Bicycle Rider: Thoughts on The Searcher’: One of EIN’s most insightful contributors George Smith has written a stunning essay on the new HBO documentary ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’.
In his review ‘George Smith’ captures the essence of the narrative, Zimny’s production decisions and notes the difficulty of having to create a documentary about Elvis’ music and having to keep it under 4 hours.
His review includes,   
“The genius of the documentary though, is in its decision to present Elvis Presley to all viewers in a new and unexpected fashion. For the devotees this is realised through the constant use of new film (professional and amateur) and studio outtakes: it keeps the faithful on their toes and creates the impression of seeing and hearing Elvis anew. This is why Zimny insisted on using the alternative Aloha, the handheld “Trilogy” and “Never Been to Spain”, the “Burning Love” rehearsal, the “If I Can Dream” outtake, the off-air segments from ’68, the non-masters of “Lonely Man”, “Hurt”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Loving You”.. It is a deliberate and clever approach which was much appreciated by this writer.”
Go here to “Bicycle Rider: Thoughts on The Searcher”  this is essential reading.
(Spotlight; Source;GeorgeSmith/ElvisInfoNet)

'Secrets of Vernon's Office' New EPE video: April 10  was Vernon Presley's birthday and to celebrate EPE posted a new episode of the Gates of Graceland where they go inside Elvis' father's office at Graceland.
When guests tour Graceland, they can take a peek inside Vernon's office but now is the chance to see more.

Go inside the office, dig through Vernon's filing cabinets and more - with host Tom Brown and Angie Marchese, Graceland's Vice President of Archives.

It's a cute look inside - runs 20 minutes.

CLICK HERE to YouTube to watch.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis: The Searcher’ In UK Charts: There is no doubt that without the HBO documentary ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher' being shown on TV there is little reason for fans outside the US to get excited about the new CD release. The tracklisting makes little sense unless you have seen the film - as Zimny has stated, "The soundtrack was in my mind from the beginning. The collection of recordings is for a person who saw the film, who wanted to complete the experience. To me, this collection is part of the film."
Unfortunately that lack of TV promotion has caused ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ to already drop out of the UK Top 100 Album Chart.
It appears on various other UK charts as follows:
- ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Album Sales Chart – 74
- ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Physical Album Chart – 56
- ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Soundtrack Album Chart – 6
- ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Scottish Album Chart – 88

In Australia, similarly with no TV promotion there has been dismal sales.
Last week  in Australia it debuted on 16 April chart at #72 then dropped out of top 100 this week.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 21 April 2018 - - - Record Store Day - - - Celebrate Vinyl!
Classic Vancouver 1957 Elvis Photos Found: Elvis' show at the Vancouver Empire Stadium on August 31, 1957 is the stuff of legend, but photos of the gig are as rare as hen’s teeth.
So imagine Rob Frith’s surprise when he recently got a call about some unknown Elvis pix from Empire Stadium.
Frith admits he was “a bit skeptical” about new photos turning up six decades after the show. But he was astonished when he saw them in person.
The photo captures the early Elvis in all his rock ’n’ roll glory, knees bent and wide apart, singin’ and swingin’ in his famous gold lame jacket.
“I was excited I had to have them,” laughs Frith, one of Canada’s top rock poster collectors.
Frith wound up purchasing 14 prints from Andrew Bazan, whose dad Anthony took the shots. Anthony Bazan worked as a portrait photographer, and talked his way into the Presley show by claiming to be a member of the press.
One photo features Elvis with his backing singers the Jordonaires, the rest are solo shots of Elvis in various states of gyration. They’ve never been published, which is hard to believe, because they totally capture his onstage magic.
The show only lasted 22 minutes before some fans rushed the stage and Elvis vamoosed. But it sounds like the King was in full control onstage.
“At one point Dad was about to take a photograph when Elvis turned away,” Andrew Bazan noted, “Elvis realized the situation, turned, faced Dad, smiled and waited for him to take the photo, all while still performing the song.”
The black and white prints are small, four by six inches. The negatives were lost in a fire years ago, but the Bazans kept the prints in pristine condition.
Anthony Bazan died about 10 years ago, and his son inherited the photos.
“I felt the photos belonged in Vancouver, in a good home, hopefully to be enjoyed as I had enjoyed them over the years,” he said.
Most of the existing shots from the gig were by Rolly Ford, who made prints for DJ Red Robinson, who was the MC of the show.
Robinson chuckles when asked about a rumour that Elvis was wearing black pants in the Vancouver show because his gold lame pants were at the drycleaners.
“Elvis tried to wear that gold suit onstage, but with his movement and everything else it cracked,” he said.
“He said ‘I don’t want to wear this (bleep) anymore,’ and took off the bottom and left the top on. It was gold lame, and just split apart.”
Right, Elvis Presley with fan Wendy Braine backstage at Empire Stadium in 1957- a photo featured in the stunning book 'A Touch of Gold Lame'
The Sun sent photographer Bill Dennett to the Presley show, and apparently he took some marvellous shots. But when the crowd rushed the stage, editors decided to run a Ralph Bower photo of the crowd instead of Elvis, which infuriated Dennett.
“He went backstage and did a whole bunch of portrait shots of Elvis with his hand up, with his wristwatch, beautiful shots,” Bower recalls.
Unfortunately the Dennett photos have disappeared from the Sun’s archives, and have never been seen by the public.
Frith can’t believe the Sun didn’t run any Elvis shots from his show, which drew a record crowd of 25,898.
“It was one of the biggest cultural events in the history of the world — Elvis Presley was a big deal!” said Frith.
“How could they not run that? Why wouldn’t you? Do you not want to sell newspapers?”
Go here for the full story - see below for the best book on Elvis rocking out in Gold Lame on stage in '57.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Touch Of Gold Lamé' Book Review: The book from the Elvis Files Erik Lorentzen is an in-depth look at Elvis' fabulous tours of 1957 over 420 pages.
EIN has never seen so many glorious photographs of Elvis on tour in 1957 with so many photographs we have previously not seen in such stunning quality and as glorious full-page images.
The wealth of material in this book is stunning. His single day Ottawa appearance with the first fabulous article “The Pelvis Arrives” and continue over forty-two pages of articles and stunning images. There are 10 articles alone from Ottawa’s various newspapers and two interviews with Elvis. And yet he was there for only one day!
.. "Glittering in an unborn calf skin suit, which was completely covered with 24-karat gold cloth, and 24-karat gold shoes, Elvis seemed to be somewhat groggy as he greeted the record crowd. Assuming his provocative stance, he tilted the microphone, embraced it and began rotating his pelvis....
It is incredible, only twenty-eight Elvis concerts over 400 plus pages and not a jumpsuit in sight!

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this sensational 2015 book about the crucial tours of 1957 that would help cement Elvis' incredible legacy as he headed towards his possible career-changing term in the US Army....
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Drake SUPPOSEDLY tied with Elvis' number of US top-10 singles: The news is that the Canadian rapper Drake has now tied with Elvis Presley for the number of top-10 US Billboard singles.
Drake supposedly tied with Elvis for number of top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 this week after his latest release, “Nice For What,” hit No. 1 on the chart, dethroning his previous No. 1 single, “God’s Plan.”
The rapper has now earned 25 top-10 singles on Billboard’s chart, matching the mark Presley set with 1972’s “Burning Love.”
EIN notes however that this story is totally false as the Billboard 'Top 100' only started in summer 1958 and so the KEY years of Elvis' run of top ten hits, 1956 and 1957 are actually missing from the list!
Without even considering this new age of "instant download" and the distortion that this has created on the charts, ELVIS still dominates everyone who had the same period in the charts.
Elvis had another 13 top ten US hits in 1956/57 making his total actually 38 - the same as Madonna.

So Drake still has a long way to actually match or beat Elvis and also to get close other artists with the most top-10 singles.

Drake's contemporary Rihanna ranks third with 31 – behind The Beatles and Madonna.

Top bands / solo artists with the most Billboard Hot 100 top-10 singles:
Paul McCartney —  23
The Rolling Stones —  23
Elvis Presley —  25 (Actually 38)
Drake —  25
Mariah Carey — 27
Janet Jackson —  27
Elton John —  27
Stevie Wonder —  28
Michael Jackson —  29
Rihanna —  31
The Beatles —  34
Madonna — 38
(News, Source;DodgyStatistics/ElvisInfoNet) (Thanks Freddy S!)

'Elvis: The King In The Ring' for Record Store Day: RCA / Sony's special release for "Record Store Day" April 21st 2018. OUT NOW - A Double Vinyl, 'Elvis Presley: The King In The Ring'
... Elvis Presley re-established himself as the King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen "comeback special" broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show's many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying intimate sets will be released in an individually numbered 2XLP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl.
Tracklist: 1 Heartbreak Hotel 2 Baby What You Want Me To Do 3 Introductions 8pm 4 That's All Right 5 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 6 Baby What You Want Me To Do 7 Blue Suede Shoes 8 One Night 9 Love Me 10 Trying To Get To You11 Lawdy Miss Clawdy 12 Santa Claus Is Back In Town 13 Blue Christmas 14 Tiger Man 15 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 16 Memories
Great Cover shot.
For Record Store Day info go to their website
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘RCA Studio 1 - The New York Sessions’ - Vinyl: Memphis Recording Service new VINYL album ‘RCA STUDIO 1 - THE NEW YORK SESSIONS’ OUT NOW for Record Store Day, 21st April 2018.
The LIMITED EDITON 180 gram vinyl contains the complete New York masters plus outtake session recordings.
With Bonus 4 Page pullout inside.
SIDE A 1. Blue Suede Shoes, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. One-Sided Love Affair, 4. So Glad Your Mine, 5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry, 6. Tutti Frutti, 7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll, 9. Hound Dog, 10. Don't Be Cruel, 11. Anyway You Want Me,   
SIDE B 1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6), 2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 7), 3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 8 & 9), 4. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 11 & 12), 5. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 1-3), 6. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 5-7), 7. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 8), 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 9-11), 9. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Undubbed Edit Master)

For Record Store Day info go to their website

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Poster Sells for US$42,500!: The rare vintage poster of a 1955 Elvis Presley show with Hank Snow in Raleigh has sold at auction.
Believed to be the only one in existence, the poster sold for twice the expected estimate. It sold for $42,500.
Bidding had opened at $5,000, and the final price far exceeded expectations.
"For it to get that high was well beyond everyone's hopes, including the consigner," the auction noted. "They were surprised as well."
The poster advertises a May 19, 1955 concert in Raleigh where Presley was lower on the lineup from Hank Snow, Faron Young and other acts.
Both buyer and seller prefer to remain anonymous, but the buyer is from California.
The poster captures a key edge-of-fame moment for Presley.
Presley was still playing package shows like the "WSM Grand Ole Opry" tour that spring, which would continue into the fall. But his career exploded in early 1956 when "Heartbreak Hotel" became his first No. 1 hit and he made his television debut.
"This is definitely the most I've ever sold an Elvis poster for, and it just backs up his enduring popularity. From the mid-'50s before he was really discovered, that's something collectors really go after."
Back in May 1955 Elvis was on tour as part of the 'All Star Jamboree' with Hank Snow as the main attraction.
Made by Nashville's iconic Hatch Show Print with its signature block lettering and bright colours, the poster is for a May 19, 1955, show. As main headliner, Snow was one of the biggest stars in country music already with five No.1 country hits. Presley, meanwhile, had released just a handful of singles, most recently "Baby Let's Play House" in April 1955.
Click here to Heritage Auctions for info.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 18 April 2018

(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more.

For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'  in UK Charts: Elvis Presley has had more than 50 Top 10 albums, most recently last November, when 'Christmas With Elvis & The RPO' reached No.6. He returns to the chart this week with his 94th Top 40 album, The Searcher, the soundtrack album to the new HBO documentary which aired in America at the weekend.
The new album 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' has 2,507 units sold through UK Chart recognised retail stores and enters the Official UK Top 100 Album Chart at #32.

It has also entered other UK charts.
Physical Albums Chart Top 100  =  NEW Entry #16
Albums Sales Chart Top 100  =  NEW Entry #18
Soundtrack Albums Chart Top 50  =  NEW Entry # 2
Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40  =  NEW Entry # 15
Record Store Albums Chart  =  NEW Entry # 34
Scottish Albums Chart Top 100  =  NEW Entry #12

- 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'  has also charted in the US Billboard charts
- Billboard Top 200 Albums charts at #145
- Billboard Top 200 Album Sales at #45 (3,889 albums sold)
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Tupelo Elvis Festival 2018 June 6-10: Tupelo Elvis Festival is a celebration designed to honor Elvis Presley, Tupelo's native son, and the impact that his music has on the world. The 20th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival will be June 6-10, 2018. Each year's festival features regional, national and local artists along with a Sunday Gospel Concert and a Tribute Artist Contest that serves as a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Fans come from near and far to see who will be chosen to represent Tupelo in Memphis during August. In addition to all of the great music, the festival features a number of local food vendors, a pet parade, 5k run, movie poster exhibit, living history on Main Street, and much more!
Thursday, June 7th has a special Free Event 'Elvis through the Eras' featuring Cody Ray Slaughter, Dwight Icenhower, Dean Z and Aloha from Hawaii with Jay Dupuis.
Over the weekend there are the UETA contests plus the Ultimate Showcase with Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis, David Lee, Dean Z, Dwight Icenhower and Cody Ray Slaughter.
Also Conversations with Tom Brown with special guests
CLICK HERE to Tupelo Festival Website for tickets and info.
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Monday 16 April 2018

'Elvis: Murfreesboro '74'' FTD In-Depth Review: March 1974 was Elvis' ninth tour of the US and included twenty-five performances in under 3 weeks. Freed from the constraints of the Las Vegas Hilton casino crowd, Elvis was in fine form and putting on great shows. The new FTD double-CD features Elvis' two Murfreesboro shows March 14 and March 19 (the penultimate concert before 'Live In Memphis') from this 1974 tour.

FTD have already released four concerts from this tour, the Tulsa March 1 Opening Show, the Memphis March 17 Evening show, the Richmond March 18 concert plus the RCA recorded 'Live In Memphis' March 20 Closing Night.
So do we really need yet another two 1974 soundboards from this March tour? Well, well, well.. the answer is a definite YES!

Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out this new FTD double-pack .....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: The Searcher' a big HIT with fans: Finally Elvis fans with access to HBO in the US got to see the heavily-promoted new documentary over the weekend. The  reviews were unanimously positive bar one or two fans who wanted more and a few others who asked why Billy Smith had not been included.
Ending with Tom Petty singing 'Wooden Heart' also didn't please everyone.
The Media in general also gave it a big thumbs up.
Superfan Keith Alverson who recently released one of the very best photo-books of Elvis in the seventies (Strictly Elvis 73-75) has posted the following review.
.. After watching it twice (first time with Marsha and some friends) and then with just my brother on the early morning replay, on a scale from 1-10 I would have to give it an 8!
I thought the music selection and audio quality was excellent! With over 3 1/2 hours of uninterrupted footage and commentary from various artists and key players in Elvis' life I feel that many very important points in his life was omitted.
For what reasons I do not know... there was plenty of time to cover it all in my opinion. Everything I am referring to could have been touched on in about 10 minutes!
There was too much B/W footage on the roots of his musical influence that could have been used for earlier coverage of actual Elvis instead I believe!
First I feel that after watching the film now ... if I didn't know any better ... Elvis was only involved with one woman in his life! There should have been some mention of Dixie Locke, June Juanico, Anita Wood, and then Linda Thompson that lived with him for over 4 years and Ginger Alden the last 10 months!
Other important events in Elvis' life should have been included also.....
- Elvis was credited with 3 Grammy awards in the 60s .... not mentioned!
- Elvis was acknowledged as one of the Jaycees 10 most outstanding young men in America for 1970 ... not mentioned!
- Elvis went to the White House and met with President Nixon in 1970 ... not mentioned!
- Elvis' only child Lisa Marie ... her birth was not emphasized as it should have been I think. You know his only daughter's birth was or should have been the greatest day of his life! There were a couple of photos/home movies of Lisa but not enough time was given I felt.
- In 1976 Elvis purchased his own personal airplane (The Lisa Marie) justly named after his beloved daughter. This was a very happy event in his last 2 years ... not mentioned!
- The 1969 Las Vegas engagement ... opening night was portrayed with footage from the 1970 summer engagement instead. Fans that are not as keen as others were led to believe they were seeing his first appearance in Vegas instead of footage a year later!
-  There was no mention of key figures in Elvis' personal life in the film. Billy Smith (Elvis' cousin and closest companion) was completely omitted from the film as well as George Klein (another key member of his life since high school)!
- The TCB band's James Burton who did not miss one single concert, well you would think this man would be given some credit in the musical portion of Elvis'  life but there was no mention and not even one individual photo of James Burton included in the film!
In comparison I was very impressed with the narrators chosen for the film. Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen were excellent and honest with their remarks on Elvis' music! Red West was justly included as he was a key player in the early portion of his life! I just wish Tom Petty and Red West could have seen the final version of this documentary.
Of course I still wonder why Elvis' recordings and concert appearances after the 1973 "Aloha from Hawaii" worldwide broadcast are mostly never acknowledged! There was a few minutes in this film that included some home movies of concert footage that I was happy to see.
Honestly, I did enjoy this documentary but still feel it could have been better with a little more effort in recognizing these key events and major characters in Elvis' personal and musical life that I have mentioned.
I think every Elvis fan should watch this documentary and enjoy the music as I did! This film seems to dwell on the dark side of Elvis' latter life but in reality Elvis had a great life and was much happier than these experts portray!
I feel that as long as Priscilla and Jerry Schilling are constantly involved in every project... this is all we can expect in the future!

EIN thanks Keith Alverson for his insightful comments.
(News, Source;KA/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Searcher' "A beautiful way to rediscover the man": The Washington Post writes, 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' is a beautiful way to rediscover the man who became King. Here is Elvis, rehabbed at last and brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man.
Of course, he was never just any man, he was ELVIS - from birth, it seems. The surviving twin of a doting mother, raised up from the Depression dirt of Tupelo and postwar slums of Memphis, opening his mouth in front of Sam Phillips' microphone and seamlessly merging black and white American song traditions into a form that was new and everlasting. He was imbued with the holy spirit of gospel music and landed instead on something faddishly called rock 'n' roll.
With a raft of producers that includes Priscilla Presley, director Thom Zimny's insightful and stirring documentary is a fine demonstration of how the passage of time can help place even the biggest and most over-loved superstars into a blessed relief. The film is a calm and deeply empathetic recounting of Presley's life.
A careful melange of archival film and sonic clarity, "The Searcher" is a fine reassessment of Presley's origins and impact. Its many sources, whether alive or dead (from Elvis himself to Col Parker to writers such as Alan Light and Jon Landau and musicians such as Robbie Robertson and Emmylou Harris) are heard in interviews rather than seen by a camera, which helps maintain a serious focus.
The only place "The Searcher" feels noticeably incomplete is when
the end arrives, perhaps out of deference to Priscilla's involvement or perhaps as a trade-off for access to a trove of archival material. Elvis' death at age 42 in 1977 is seen more as a release from misery than a preventable excess, and there's not one peep about his amazing and profitable afterlife as a dead icon.
The documentary also seems determined to settle old scores with Colonel Parker, who died in 1997 and whose management of Presley's career is portrayed here as cruelly constrictive and creatively tragic, choosing for his client a path strewn with cornball movies and, in the final years, Las Vegas servitude. A suggestive theory sort of hangs there: Even the King was beholden to the man, but still he rises.
The Washington Post
(News, Source;WP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Searcher' - damn near redeeming!: The excellent RogerEbert website also gives "The Searcher" a great review giving it 4 / 5 stars.
The review includes...
...Elvis Presley's image is so omnipresent in the culture it's like a Coca-Cola logo on a billboard in Times Square. Only a few figures have achieved such gigantic posthumous fame. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Judy Garland are all on this pretty short list. The image of the performer is almost completely detached from the details of what the career was actually about. This process occurred while Elvis Presley was still alive, since he became so famous so fast.
"It all happened so fast. I'm afraid to wake up, afraid it's all been a dream." - Elvis Presley, 1956
In the press conference he gave before his Madison
Square Garden concerts in 1972, he was asked if he was satisfied with his public image. Elvis, in a sky-blue suit with a jangling shiny belt, sideburns bristling down his face, replied, "The image is one thing. The human being is another. It's very hard to live up to an image." The image of Elvis shifts, depending on the entry point. What is so refreshing - damn near redeeming  - about HBO's two-part documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," is that the entry point is Presley's art.
... Zimny goes back again and again to the Comeback Special, at times letting the performance run in total. The group narration from Steve Binder, from Priscilla Presley, from Jerry Schilling has set us up powerfully.  "That special is imprinted on my memory forever," says Springsteen.
That's what you see in the comeback special. A man with his soul at stake.
Zimny does a magnificent job leading us through the maze of events in the 1960s to this defining and galvanizing moment, a moment still electrifying today.
.. Musician and writer Warren Zanes observes in "The Searcher," "How do we know when we're listening to a song that someone means it? The people who mean it are generally the ones who are processing some kind of loss through music—and we can hear them negotiating their loss, and we connect to it." This is another way of saying Elvis was a man - from the very beginning - whose "soul was at stake."
Dave Marsh, also interviewed for "The Searcher," closes his great 1982 book on Elvis with this ringing paragraph: "Elvis Presley was an explorer of vast new landscapes of dream and illusion. He was a man who refused to be told that the best of his dreams would not come true, who refused to be defined by anyone else's conceptions. This is the goal of democracy, the journey on which every prospective American hero sets out. That Elvis made so much of the journey on his own is reason enough to remember him with the honor and love we reserve for the bravest among us. Such men are the only maps we can trust."
"The Searcher" shows why these words are not hyperbole.

Go here for full RogerEbert review
(News, Source;RE/ElvisInfoNet

Friday 13 April 2018

Dave Hebler Interview with EIN: Dave Hebler is best known to Elvis Presley fans as being part of the Memphis Mafia and Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Hebler’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
He is also known as a contributor along with Red and Sonny West to the 1977 book ‘Elvis: What Happened’.

EIN's Piers Beagley recently interviewed him to discuss Elvis and what it was like to be part of the Elvis Experience including...
- His best Elvis memory
- His new book out this year
- ‘Elvis: What Happened’
- Protecting Women and Children from Violence
- That Frank Skinner Elvis shirt!

Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Dave Hebler including some cool photos..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"Depressed Elvis killed himself" Tabloid Lies!: This week several bottom-scraping media sites and newspapers have been reporting that "Priscilla says 'Depressed Elvis killed himself'". THIS IS TOTAL RUBBISH.
The story was fabricated by a low-life UK tabloid and since then has been copied to other media sites. The supposed source is a Priscilla quote in the new documentary 'The Searcher'. While in the HBO doco Priscilla does claim that "she and loved ones had failed to try and wean Elvis off (prescribed) drugs" and that Elvis always stated that he knew what he was doing. There is no suggestion of suicide.
While EIN has suggested that Priscilla has created "false-memories" previously to help promote new EPE products, i.e. "Elvis said he wanted to build The Guest House At Graceland" or "Elvis always wanted to record with the RPO", this time we believe this is all tabloid fabricated lies.
In fact Priscilla has now commented on the story..
"I never said Elvis was depressed and killed himself. My words "he knew what he was doing" were totally taken out of context.
This story originated from a UK tabloid.  They credited 'The Searcher' as the source of this fabricated story.
Shame on them! They know what they are doing, trying to sell papers by writing untruths.
Thanks to those who see it for what it is: 'Fake News'
Ginger Alden has also added...
"There is no truth to the new stories being recently spread around. Elvis was looking forward to many things, marriage, more children, serious films and his next tour. He was in a good mood.. He was ready to go back on stage, something he loved with all of his being. The garbage being placed out to the public is wrong, untrue and needs to stop! I encourage all Elvis fans to please know and understand that Elvis Presley would never and did not commit suicide."
Marty Lacker (RIP) was always forthright about the issue and the lies that Elvis' step-brother, Rick Stanley, was peddling.
Marty wrote that, "Elvis was not a weak person he would never try to do that. I wouldn't believe anything any that the Stanleys claim or say."
EIN says that Elvis fans should make sure that the general public are not fooled by this idiotic 'Fake News' and that Elvis' great legacy is not sullied by this rubbish.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 8 April 2018
Bob Pakes 'The EPE Catalog' Interview: Bob Pakes is an early Elvis enthusiast who runs the impressive website 'Elvis Echoes Of The Past'. His first venture into publishing is the incredible 'The EPE Catalog' along with (Elvis Files) Erik Lorentzen.
Over 390 pages 'The EPE Catalog' presents an A-Z guide with over 1,450 images on every weird and wonderful product that was part of the immensely successful 1956 Elvis Presley merchandise train.
Photos from '56 and '57, EPE documents as well as vintage advertisements for EPE products also help capture the magic and excitement of the time when Elvis Presley merchandise was sweeping the nation.
The book is an incredible compendium of why teenage America went crazy for Elvis Presley!
EIN has read nothing quite like this before and wanted to know more about the author Bob Pakes and what made him venture into such an crazy fifties teenage world.
We also discussed plenty of other topics along the way including...
- Col Parker good or bad for Elvis' career
- Did Elvis’ creativity die when he went into the army
- What surprises did he discover during his research?

Go here for a fascinating interview as EIN's Piers Beagley talks-a-plenty with author Bob Pakes..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska ‘74' New FTD: News that FTD has just announced the release of 'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska '74' Double CD for possibly later this month!
'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska ‘74'  features both Elvis performances from June 30 1974, both the Afternoon and Evening show. Hopefully out before next month.
EIN notes that is a crazy suggestion as all their products run a little late!
Disc 1- June 30, 1974, Afternoon show 2:30pm
1 See See Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 All Shook Up, 6 Love Me Tender, 7 Hound Dog, 8 Fever, 9 Polk Salad Annie, 10 Why Me Lord, 11 Suspicious Minds, 12 Introductions, 13 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 14 Help Me, 15 American Trilogy, 16 Let Me Be There, 17 Funny How Time Slips Away, 18 Big Boss Man, 19 Steamroller Blues, 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love, 21 Closing Vamp.
Disc 2 - June 30, 1974, Evening show 8:30pm
1 See See Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 All Shook Up, 6 Love Me Tender, 7 How Great Thou

Art, 8 Hound Dog, 9 Fever, 10 Polk Salad Annie, 11 Why Me Lord, 12 Suspicious Minds, 13 Introductions, 14 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 15 Help Me, 16 Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17 Let Me Be There, 18 Happy Birthday, 19 Funny How Time Slips Away, 20 Big Boss Man, 21 My Way (FS) 22 Steamroller Blues (incomplete).
EIN Notes that the afternoon show has been out on CDR before but the Evening performance is new to us. There is however plenty of home-footage of these shows.
More info when we get it

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 8 April 2018

(Interview) Mark Duffett author of the new book, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs, talks to EIN: In a fascinating interview, Dr. Duffett explains how he approached Counting Down Elvis and offers a thought provoking perspective on related issues including:

  • the difficulties in comparing songs from different genres
  • Elvis' film soundtracks
  • Elvis as a social phenomenon
  • "why" Elvis appeals
  • the importance of contradictions in Elvis' life.


  • (Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'7 Ages of Elvis' Tonight on Australian TV: The 2017 documentary 'The Seven Ages of Elvis', played on SKY UK for the 40th anniversary, is showing tonight on Australian channel SBS.
"All the world's a stage. And one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."
If the world is a stage then - regardless of what you think of his film career - Elvis Presley was its finest performer, his sound and style defined an era.
"Before Elvis there was nothing," said John Lennon. And he was right. Elvis gave our world its first "rise and fall" megastar. No one played the role of "rags to riches" with more aplomb. In the 1950s 'Elvis-mania' became the benchmark for celebrity.
He lived out a larger-than-life comic tragedy of decline, redemption, drug addiction and depression that chased him to an early grave at just 42.
Even after his death, Elvis lives on. He continues to be the highest selling individual artist ever. So what's the secret to his triumphant success? Why are we continually drawn to Elvis? What does he mean and why are we so fascinated by him 40 years after his death? Shortly after his passing in August 1977 one critic remarked, "Elvis is a mystery that'll never be solved" - but perhaps there's a new way to look at the King of Rock and Roll.
EIN Notes - While keen Elvis fans will spot some factual errors, and a lot of cheap video clips are used, the interviews from Steve Binder, Norbert Putnam, Dolores Hart, Mike Stoller, George Klien and Larry Geller are all interesting.
Australian SBS TV Sunday 11.30pm - 01.15am.
(News, Source;MSquair/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Arrested April 3, 1955: Sixty-three year ago on April 3, 1955 a Louisiana State trooper stopped a pink and white Cadillac on U.S. 171 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana for driving 80 mph in a 60-mph zone. The car was being driven by a 20-year-old from Tennessee - Elvis Presley.
The king of rock and roll was taken into custody and brought to the Caddo Parish Jail, where he posted a bond of $25 and was released.

The photo shows Elvis with band mates Scotty Moore and Bill Black.

Elvis would have been racing between gigs and on the road constantly that month, primarily in the southern states.
Elvis played Houston City Auditorium for a Louisiana Hayride Remote Broadcast on April 2 before traveling to Nettleron, AR High School on April 4th and heading on to Charleston MS the following day.


The arrest report shows that the police had to chase Elvis for nine miles before getting the car to stop. Elvis' height is noted as 5 foot 11' while his occupation is "Entertainer".






(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Warhol's 'Double-Elvis' may fetch $30 million: An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley is up for auction with an estimated price tag of around $30 million.
"Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" depicts the hip-swiveling musician holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 movie Western "Flaming Star." A ghostly duplicate image hovers in the background.
The 1963 black-on-silver portrait is being auctioned by Christie's in New York on May 17, alongside Warhol's "Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr."
One of a series of mug shot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World's Fair, it's also expected to fetch "in the region of $30 million," Christie's says.
The portraits are on display at Christie's London showroom from Friday until Tuesday.
Christie's chairman Alex Rotter said the paintings of Elvis are "very memorable and early examples of Warhol's profound understanding of fame."

Back in November 2014 the 'Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)' with three identical images of Elvis in the same gun-slinging pose sold for an astounding US$81.9m


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Rare Elvis / Hank Snow Poster at Auction: Back in May 1955 Elvis was on tour as part of the 'All Star Jamboree' with Hank Snow as the main attraction. Supposedly the only copy of the concert poster is now up for auction with Heritage Auctions. Elvis Presley is shown among the opening acts listed in small print well below Faron Young, headliner Hank Snow, the Wilburn Brothers and others.
A rare piece of rock 'n' roll history bidding starts at $5,000.
Made by Nashville's iconic Hatch Show Print with its signature block lettering and bright colours, the poster is for a May 19, 1955, show. As main headliner, Snow was one of the biggest stars in country music already with five No.1 country hits. Presley, meanwhile, had released just a handful of singles, most recently "Baby Let's Play House" in April 1955.
Presley was listed as one of the "special added attractions" on that year's WSM Grand Ole Opry All Star Jamboree, but he consistently stole the show from that lowly perch. With Presley's star on the rise, crowd response and demands for encores grew night by night.
Elvis would play Raleigh one more time as an opening act in September 1955, but then his career exploded in January 1956 with his TV debut and first No. 1 pop hit, "Heartbreak Hotel." Less than two weeks after that Elvis returned to Raleigh as headliner for a February 1956 show at the Ambassador Theater.
The poster is in remarkably good condition and they are expecting a lot of interest. Close to 700 people have made inquiries, which, for one of these sales is exceptional. Online bidding is open now at entertainment.ha.com. Following that, there will be a live auction in Dallas on April 15.
Click here to Heritage Auctions for bidding.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

(From the EIN Archives) Elvis and Frank - A marriage motivated by the seductive allure of capitalist success:

“His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid-smelling aphrodisiac”.  Frank Sinatra on Elvis, 1950’s

Sinatra seemed to have changed his tune by 1960.  Elvis’ official TV comeback was to be on a Frank Sinatra special that the Colonel had arranged with ABC while Elvis was in Germany.  Known as Welcome Home, Elvis, it was recorded on March 26 and was broadcast on May 12 between 9.30 and 10.30pm.  It was seen by a massive and unheard of 41.5 percent of the country.  Elvis may have been away for two years but this proved that he was certainly not forgotten. -  Source: Elvis A Truly Incredible Life, Igloo Books, 2008/2011, ISBN: 978-087348005)

The Oracle Speaks: Elvis’ ‘welcome home’ appearance with Frank Sinatra was another carefully planned strategic move by the Colonel.  Together with Elvis being “approved” by the King of night-time television, Ed Sullivan; willingly drafted into and dutifully serving in the American Army; plus his upcoming move to inoffensive popcorn selling celluloid travelogues, this appearance was part of the (successful) plan to supplant the 1950s ‘dangerous devil’s music inspiring teenage rebellion’ image of Elvis with an image much more cash register friendly……the shorter hair, boy-next-door and family acceptable Elvis.

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 6 April 2018
The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room. The soundtrack is OUT NOW as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances
(“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and also features two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. -
3CD Deluxe set priced at around $35 - see updated prices below.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.

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'Elvis: The Searcher' Pulls Back the Veil on the King: Rolling Stone published another great article on the new HBO documentary.
The main points noted were..
- The Elvis Presley stories repeated most often these days are rarely flattering. Some emphasize his lethal appetite for fatty foods and prescription painkillers; others dwell on bizarre anecdotes like his meeting with Richard Nixon, where he warned the president that the Beatles had an "anti-American spirit." The overall picture in these tales depicts a sweaty, bloated country bumpkin in a sequined jumpsuit who is quick to fire a gun at his own television set. It's a pathetic, cartoon distortion of the man that has little relation to the musical genius from Tupelo, Mississippi, who played a crucial role in the development of rock & roll in the 1950s and continued to innovate within the art form for the remainder of his career.
- The HBO documentary aims to finally restore the King to his proper place in the rock pantheon as a creative pioneer on par with Chuck Berry, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
Directed by Thom Zimny and produced by Jon Landau and Priscilla Presley, it tells Elvis' life story through his music, utilizing a treasure trove of unseen video, photographs and new interviews with his friends, collaborators and fans, including Bruce Springsteen and, in one of his final interviews, Tom Petty. Zimny notes, "I wanted to attack and shatter the shorthand version of Elvis Presley's life story - that after the Army there was just bad films, bad recordings, bad tours and then his life was over. This was a man driven by music, even at his darkest times."
Pivotally Zimny was given access to the Presley estate's complete audio and visual archive. "He had carte blanche to go into it," says Priscilla. "I wanted him to get whatever he needed to make this documentary truthful." The director also sent his research team to scour the planet for previously unseen items and ultimately had more than 6,000 still images to draw from along with Super-8 footage, 16-millimeter outtakes from newsreels and the complete studio sessions from his entire recording career. "One of the key recordings we found was Elvis' mom singing gospel songs, which had never been released. The landscape of this film is really built upon unseen archival footage that was buried deep in the vault" says Zimny
Rather than recycling the dueling narratives that dominate discussions of his legacy - that he either single-handedly invented rock & roll or merely copied rock pioneers and took all the credit because he was a photogenic white man - The Searcher explores "the complexities of an artist like Elvis". Much time is devoted to Presley's artistic journey and the rich musical terrain he was exposed to as a teenager. "I was aware of the storyline that Elvis took music from other people," Zimny adds. "And it just didn't make sense after having conversations with Priscilla and, most importantly, Dave Porter, who spoke with me of their time on From Elvis in Memphis and explained to me at length how the music of Beale Street influenced Elvis when he was growing up."
- The 1968 comeback special led to a brief period of renewed cultural significance and amazing live shows, but the limitations of Parker's managerial abilities hobbled Presley's career throughout much of the 1970s.
Jon Landau notes, "The second part of his career involved triumph over a lot of adversity. He didn't have a George Martin or someone to push him creatively. Most importantly, the material wasn't what it should have been. When you get the soundtrack to Clambake, there's only so much you can do. Still, Elvis brought his personality to everything that he did. The worst songs he ever recorded, the ones he was the most disinterested in, the signature of his singing was right there."
- The story of Presley's life is fleshed out by the voices of the people who knew him best and some of his most high-profile fans. Among many other interviews, Zimny spoke to guitarist Scotty Moore just a few weeks before he passed away in 2016.  Lifelong Elvis fan Tom Petty sat down with the director for an hour at his home studio shortly before he launched what became his final tour. "Isolation brings on drug abuse," Petty says, in comments that now seem unsettling in the wake of his death. "It had to be very lonely, we know that. There's a point when you have success and you get really wealthy, and there's the day the letter comes that says none of this will make you happy. He knew he had to find something, but I think he gave up. I think he felt outgunned and gave up."
- To showcase Presley's latter years, Zimny zooms in on lesser-known tracks like "Hurt," a gut-wrenching song he recorded in Graceland's Jungle Room about a year before he died. "He was at the end of his life when he sang that song. It depicts his passionate love of music and acknowledges not just his sad loss in the world, but also the power and beauty of his singing voice."

Go here to EIN's Spotlight on 'ELVIS: The Searcher' for all the news and reviews and more
Click here to Rolling Stone for the full article
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Wonder of You' Spain concerts cancelled: The 2018 European tour of 'The Wonder of You' Elvis / Orchestra concerts are due to start on May 30th in Finland (see list below). Originally the concerts also featuring Priscilla, ended on June 8th in the Czech Republic, however extra concerts in Spain, Italy and Switzerland were then added.
EIN has now been informed that both Spanish concerts in Madrid June 11 and Barcelona June 12 have been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
While they still appear on the EPE website, you can no longer purchase tickets.

The Italy and Swiss concerts still have tickets for sale.

(News, Source;TS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition Vol 13' Out Now:  The Official Elvis Collector's Edition magazine is proud to present 'Elvis Presley: His Life in Photos', a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic views of the star, from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name.
Featuring an intro by Priscilla Presley, exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.
It is hard to believe that this issue will contain any stunning photos that fans don't already own, but you never know.

Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition Volume 13 - His Life in Photos. - In good US newsagents now.
Or you can click here  to MediaLab website to purchase on-line. US$ 9.99

While the content may contain little new for serious collectors the front covers always look cool!


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 3 April 2018
Priscilla discusses ‘Elvis: The Searcher’: Recently  Priscilla sat down with TV Channel-Guide to discuss their new project. Highlights of the discussion were..
Priscilla, "My favorite thing about The Searcher is that its backbone is what an ardent student of the human condition Elvis was — human movement, expression, emotion. Tell me about that choice.
People got sidetracked on, let’s say, his jumpsuits, or his movies. They weren’t the best movies and he knew that. But they never really got the depths of him as an artist. That his choice of music, even from a very young age, was way beyond his years. He mixed black and white music, he mixed country and rhythm and blues and even crooning because of his love of music. How about the first song he sang in public "Old Shep?” At that age, who sings “Old Shep,” which is a heart-wrenching story? Elvis. Because that’s how deep he was into music, feelings.
.. Gospel was Elvis' connection to hope, to faith, to someone. Sometimes I think, “What, who did he have to confide in, to really expose himself?” It was gospel music. From the very beginning, he would go to church with his
parents, and it was freedom for him because of the movement. The “holy rollers” would black out, not from just listening to music, but from spirituality. He had that too...  he could not believe that he was being criticized because he moved.
At 14, the music that Elvis played on his record player when I would visit, was music that I never heard of. Country, Rhythm and blues, Gospel. He taught me so much in that time period about music and where his roots were and what he gravitated to and the feelings that he had for songs.
A lot of those songs that he played were connected to things that he felt. Being in the Army. Not having a mother. Being over there alone in Germany on maneuvers. He’d never been out of the United States, I got to see a different side of him.
Regarding the Colonel, we all truly feel that Colonel Parker did love Elvis. It’s just Colonel was, first and foremost, a promoter. He did get Elvis to heights he never would have reached. There were times Elvis would be very embarrassed about him, when he’d get all dressed up in his get-ups. But he was promoting. Elvis was also very loyal, and it was hard to make that break, because he did get him where he wanted to go. Bottom line, Elvis just outgrew Colonel Parker.
Q. A truly gut-punch part of The Searcher is how the musical renaissance that Elvis helped launch passed him by while he was doing one fluff movie after the next.
Priscilla, "He was still doing movies when the Beatles, the British invasion, exploded and he would say he just didn’t know what to do because suddenly he’s the only solo singer. He’s going, “Where do I go? What do I do from here? Do I just give it all up and go to movies and just be an actor?” What the ’68 special did was it gave him confidence that, “I still have it, so now I’m going to start touring and I’m going to go to Vegas.” To do what he loved to do, which is perform in front of an audience.
Elvis truly did have a magnetism like none other... when Elvis walked into a room, it was electrifying. You can feel it before he walks in. I saw him perform in the ’68 special, but that was that was staged. He was really good, but I’d seen him do that at home, jamming. When I saw him in Vegas that first night, I was blown away. It was like slow motion, watching at the end as everybody is standing up. All his peers. Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, all standing. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, all standing up and I’m watching, going, “Oh my God.” And here I was married to him!
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' premieres April 14 at 8/7c on HBO
Click here to ChannelGuide website for the full interview
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Searcher' Deluxe box-set first look: Netherland's 'It's Elvis Time' has been lucky enough to get hold of a promo copy of the 3-CD 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe set.
While there is nothing by Elvis that we haven't heard before he notes that the booklet is very nicely done and that some tracks sound remastered and better than before.

In particular a treat is the Elvis On Tour 'Burning Love' and 'Separate Ways' rehearsals that have been newly mixed by Matt Ross-Spang who did the 'Prince From Another Planet' release.

Tom Petty's comments are featured in the book thoughtfully noting,"You know, God bless him. He was a light for all of us. We all owe him for going first into battle. He had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn't make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music."

EIN THANKS Rogier van Luyken from 'It's Elvis Time' for the great images and info.

Go here to EIN's Spotlight on 'ELVIS: The Searcher' for MORE inside pictures - plus news and reviews

(Note that Elvis Matters have apparently used these unique images without permission!)





(News, Source;RVL/ElvisInfoNet)

Goldmine May Issue features Elvis: The music collector's magazine Goldmine's May 2018 issue features Elvis and gets in-depth on the HBO The Searcher and its soundtrack.
The May issue will be on sale April 9 at select US record stores.

The magazine also notes that Legacy Recordings and RCA Records celebrate the ongoing impact of Elvis Presley, whose all time RIAA certified album sales and streams in the US now top 146.5 million units. Elvis has racked up more Gold Records (101) than any other act and is the only artist still earning RIAA certifications whose connection to the association dates back to its founding.

In 1958, the inaugural year of the RIAA Gold & Platinum program, Elvis' "Hard Headed Woman" became one of the RIAA's first three Gold singles and the very first in Elvis' ongoing string of Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications.  Over the past year, 17 Elvis Presley catalog titles have been awarded RIAA certifications, with 11 of those albums reaching Gold (or Platinum) status for the very first time.




Goldmine notes that "Elvis: The Searcher" debuts in the United States on Saturday April 14 8pm ET on HBO.
A three-hour two-part film directed by Emmy and Grammy award winner Thom Zimny, "Elvis: The Searcher" focuses on the development of Elvis' spellbinding artistry, from his early blues and country roots and influences through his seismic contributions to popular culture to his 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland.

An advance screening of "Elvis: The Searcher" was held at Graceland for family, friends and fans of Elvis with Priscilla Presley accepting a special award from John Jackson, Senior Vice President Legacy Recordings.

Go HERE to the Goldmine website for more info

(News, Source;Goldmine/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Police Dog April Fool!: The Australian Tasmanian Police posted this neat April Fool's post on the Police official Facebook page last Sunday.
.. Tasmania Police is road testing a new type of specialist detection dog, trained to identify high-risk traffic offenders.
Elvis, our highly-trained Hoon Dog responds to octane content and engine decibels to identify hooning cars. While opponents have criticised him for the fact he ain't never caught a rabbit, we're satisfied that he ain't nothing but a Hoon Dog.
Elvis can smell these cars at distances of up to 1km, while travelling in his handler's car with the window open. When he detects hooning he gyrates his hips and wobbles his knees. When his handler sees the tell-tale signals, he immediately engages in urgent duty driving, using Elvis' increasingly frenetic movements to guide him to the offending vehicle. When the hoon vehicle is in the immediate vicinity Elvis curls his lip and gives the look.

(News, Source:LorraineP/ElvisInfoNet)

Sony Legacy Adapts to Streaming: Last week Variety noted  a change in SONY / Legacy management and adapting more to music streaming.
.. During the second half of the 1980s, the arrival of the compact disc turned the music business into a money-spinning juggernaut, with the format moving from essentially zero early in the decade to 400 million units produced in 1988 alone. But that explosive growth was driven less by superstars of the era than by people replacing their old vinyl albums and cassettes with a more convenient format.
The same syndrome has taken hold with streaming: According to BuzzAngle's 2017 year-end report, a whopping 51% of songs consumed are from "deep catalog" (music three or more years old - ie Elvis), with an additional 12.5% coming from "catalog" (18 months to three years old). Which means that for all the discovery opportunities that a virtually unlimited pool of music can offer, people are using it far more to hear music they already know, or to explore previously untraveled corners of a genre or a favorite artist's oeuvre
That trend was not lost on new Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer. For 28 years, the company has been host to one of the most popular catalog labels in the business, Legacy, which has won multiple Grammy Awards for beautifully curated collections from Sony's vast repertoire
which includes Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and many others. But in recent months management found the business to be too oriented toward physical releases, and a major reorganization is under way, a source close to the situation tells Variety. By mutual consent, Legacy president Adam Block agreed to step down earlier this year, and several other staffers have or will leave the company.
Yet Legacy, (part of Sony's Commercial Music Group under the direction of president Richard Story) is also staffing up in the digital space, with nine new roles and more likely to come. The source tells Variety that the company felt renewed urgency in realizing it did not have sufficient staffers specializing in deep catalog (including Elvis), streaming, marketing and analytics. The insider stressed that the company will continue to release lavish boxed sets and other physical product, but it has moved to correct that imbalance.
Promoting catalog on streaming is a dramatically different proposition than pushing physical product, according to a veteran distribution executive. "Format changes have always given catalog a bump," the executive says. "But what's different now is the idea of lifetime value before, you were trying to get people to buy something once, but now you're trying to get people to keep coming back."
Key to that repeat business is discovery, which is generally discussed in terms of new music but is just as relevant for catalog. "When a song or an artist is featured on, say, former President Obama's Spotify playlist, or in film or TV or in a commercial, it can lead to a big boost in streaming numbers."
EIN says, let's hope EPE / SONY keeps licensing Elvis music for commercials and movies.
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

'Tearing 'Em Up!  - The King In Motion Vol.3' New Import: After a short break VENUS PRODUCTIONS is back with some new releases!
We'll kick off with 40 minutes of spectacular footage from the November 1971 Tour.
The footage is digitally remastered from the original sources and has been professionally synced with the Boston November 10th show.
Highlighting this release is a 209 pages hardcover book with loads of rare and unseen pictures of the complete tour!
DVD Tracklist- 2001 Theme - That's All Right - I Got A Woman - Amen - Proud Mary - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - You've Lost That Loving Feeling, Polk Salad Annie - Come Home Baby (Instr.) - Love Me - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - One Night - Hound Dog  How Great Thou Art (Part), Bridge Over Troubled Water - I Can't Stop Loving You - Suspicious Minds - Come Home Baby - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
Featured Shows: Baltimore, Nov 9 - Boston, Nov. 10 - Cincinnati, Nov. 11 - Houston, Nov. 12 - Dallas, Nov. 13 - Tuscaloosa, Nov. 14 - Kansas City, Nov. 15 - Salt Lake City, Nov. 16
For completeness sake, the Boston November 10th show is also included on CD in perfect Sound Board quality.
CD Tracklist (see review of FTD version here)
Plus a BOUNS free CD to promote the upcoming new CD's in our "Unedited Masters" series.
Click here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for full tracklistings and more details.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'At The International 1971' New Import: Touchdown proudly presents another totally unreleased / unheard show Audience recording from the January / February engagement 1971, recorded on the midnight show on February 20, 1971. The tracklisting is quite brilliant and so is Elvis. We worked hard to improve the sound quality and hope that you'll enjoy the result as much as we do.
As usual the CD is accompanied by a full-color 16 page booklet with lots of rare photos and information on the event itself.
Tracklist: 1. That's All right Mama - 2. I Got A Woman - 3. Elvis Welcomes The Audience - 4. Love Me - 5. Mystery Train  6. Sweet Caroline - 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 8. Polk Salad Annie - 9. Something - 10. Johnny B Goode - 11. How Great Thou Art - 12. Don't Be Cruel - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. It's Now Or Never - 15. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 16. Blue Suede Shoes - 17. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 18. Hound Dog - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Introductions - 21. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 22. Elvis Havin' Fun - 23. Just Pretend - 24. Snowbird (incomplete) - 25. Help Me Make It Through The Night (incomplete recording] - 26. One Night - 27. The Impossible Dream
(News, Source;TD/ElvisInfoNet)

E P Enterprises Weinshanker lawsuits: Yesterday the Memphis Business Journal reports on more litigation proceedings against EPE and it seems Joel Weinshanker maybe causing more headaches for the company.
EPE does not think two ongoing lawsuits are relevant to its Graceland expansion plans, but that decision isn't up to EPE. It's up to the EDGE board.
With Joel Weinshanker involved in pending litigation EPE must submit a list of any and all ongoing litigation as a supplement to its latest EDGE application.
It appears that EPE lied in its application with EDGE and Pyramid alleges EPE breached a seven-year contract to manage the Guest House at Graceland.
A holding company of Weinshanker, principal of EPE and manager of Graceland Holdings LLC, is also involved in a lawsuit in Delaware.
For Hastings Entertainment Inc. liquidating trustee Curtis Smith alleges Weinshanker hastened the chain's demise by "using Hastings as his personal piggybank" for additional investments including MovieStop LLC and Sports Images Inc.
"From earlier conversations, EPE maintained that the litigation identified by the MBJ is not relevant to the projects brought before the EDGE board," said Nora Boone, EDGE's director of marketing and communications. "EDGE maintains it is not the applicant's decision to determine the litigation's relevance to the project; but the decision of the EDGE board. EDGE has requested that EPE update and amend the EDGE application with this new information."
James McLaren, who represents EPE, confirmed through email that his client planned to submit a supplement to its original application.
"Although it is my opinion that there is no materially significant litigation with respect to the pending request for EDGE board approval of the financing for the 80,000-square-foot facility by Pinnacle Bank, EPE will be filing a supplement to its bond application,"
The complications and court discussions continue.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 31 March 2018 - - - Easter Greetings from Elvis ! - - -

Book Review: Elvis Presley Concert At Madison Square Avenue In 1977 (Walter Twin): Caveat emptor! - is this minimalist Elvis photo booklet the worst ever released?

(Yes, it is so bad as to be unbelievable!)

EIN's Nigel Patterson reviews this new release.


(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Elvis sunglasses set sale price record: A pair of Elvis Presley’s glasses has sold at auction in Los Angeles for a record-breaking final sum. The 14K, chrome and plastic custom sunglasses,  personally owned by the singer, went for of $159,900 -- the highest price ever paid at auction for a pair of the King’s specs.

Elvis was photographed wearing the glasses on multiple occasions, including on his last summer vacation in Hawaii in 1977.

The Legends of Hollywood & Music Auction saw collectors and fans from around the world frantically bidding both online and by phone. “To our knowledge and research, this is the highest price ever paid at auction for a pair of Elvis Presley’s glasses,” said Brigitte Kruse, owner and lead auctioneer at GWS Auctions, the people who managed the sale. “Our bidders from around the world made this one of the most exciting auctions we have ever held.”

(News, Source: Forbes.com)

“Elvis: The Searcher” Don’t miss it.: The online Memphis Flyer recently published a neat article by Michael Donahue referencing the presence in one documentary sequence of his fellow journalist, Fred Chisenhall author of the famous headline“A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard” published by the Memphis Press-Scimitar at the time of Elvis death.
He writes... I remember getting chewed out big time by the late Fred Chisenhall, assistant managing editor/news at the old Memphis Press-Scimitar. An intern at the time, I misspelled several names of people involved in an art show. I took the names over the phone and I didn’t check any of the spellings. Consequently, the misspelled names got in the paper.
Chisenhall made an impression on me that afternoon. I was much more careful about checking spellings after that. “Chis,” as he was called, was a great newsman. I remember him, later, praising a story I did on an opera “super” - someone who takes bit parts in operas. The story landed on the front page. Chisenhall probably had something to do with that.
I was a copy boy on my last day of vacation the day Elvis died. I returned to work the next day to a much more manic than usual newsroom.
I recently found out that during all the craziness at the paper on Aug. 16 - phone calls coming in from all over the world and reporters scurrying to get the story - Chisenhall wrote the famous front-page Press-Scimitar headline, “A Lonely Life Ends on Elvis Presley Boulevard.”
Well, after seeing “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” the three hour HBO documentary on Elvis’s life produced by Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, that headline really made a new impression on me. I loved this documentary, which is such a wonderful, sad Southern story. At the end of his life, Elvis retreated into Graceland. The haunting shot of the columns that grace the porch Graceland will stick in my memory like scenes from a Tennessee Williams or William Faulkner work.
In one scene in “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” Elvis is at the airport with a bunch of reporters around him. One of the reporters looks like Clark Gable. I couldn’t place the face. Then it hit me. It was Fred Chisenhall. And he was talking to Elvis like they were old friends!
We saw you, Chis.
The first part of “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” will premiere at 7 p.m. April 14 on HBO.  Don’t miss it.

EIN thanks Yvosus (from FECC) for the link
(News, Source;Yvosus/ElvisInfoNet)

Largest Elvis Week Ever Expected at Graceland, Memphis, August 9-18: Fans from around the world will gather at Graceland® in Memphis to celebrate and honor the life of Elvis Presley™ during Elvis Week™ 2018 – which will be the biggest Elvis Week in history. Unprecedented concerts, special performances and guest appearances will take place from August 9 through 18 at Graceland’s new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Among the very special guests will be Lisa Marie Presley, who will appear on stage at the Graceland Soundstage on August 15; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend and Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special performer Darlene Love live in concert, making her first-ever Elvis Week appearance; Gospel and Soul legend and former Elvis back-up singer Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston, also making her first Elvis Week appearance; Elvis’ acclaimed drummer from the TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt; and many more.
Highlights of the week’s events include a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the legendary ’68 Comeback Special, a concert and conversation honoring Elvis’ gospel recordings, a live concert performance with Elvis on the big screen, a special Lisa Marie Presley autograph opportunity and the Candlelight Vigil. Fans will enjoy stories from people who knew Elvis, bid on auction items, and celebrate with special events throughout the week.

Tickets for all Elvis Week events went on-sale this weekend. For additional ticket information, including exclusive Elvis Week packages, visit the Elvis Week ticket page.
Most events will take place at the Graceland Soundstage, a state-of-the-art production and performance space in the heart of Graceland’s new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, directly across the street from Graceland Mansion.
There is limited availability at The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel on select nights during Elvis Week.
Go HERE to EPE's Elvis Week 2018 for tickets and more info
(News, Source;BusinessWire/ElvisInfoNet)
Note that EIN suspects that the 2018 Elvis Week attendance numbers will in fact be "way down" compared to the 40th Anniversary - and with lots of European fans saving money by attending the special "Elvis Week Garden Party" in Randers, Denmark which features a stunning array of guests including, Linda and Sam Thompson, Dick Grob, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Alanna Nash and The Imperials. See details below.

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in March . . .
The Hollywood-Reporter Praises The Searcher: In a recent article the Hollywood Reporter gave a marvelous write up on the new HBO documentary.
The review included... 
Can it really be true that an Elvis Presley documentary as probing and thoughtful as Thom Zimny's 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' doesn't already exist? After decades of home video performance-film releases and docs of varying quality, this two-part, three and a half-hour film feels like a landmark, something that should be welcomed as warmly as the two Elvis books published in the 1990s by Peter Guralnick. Chipping away calcified layers of myth and caricature to address the psychology behind Presley's career, its seriousness and sensitivity is no surprise to those who've followed the series of documentaries Zimny has been making about Bruce Springsteen. Sure to fare well when it debuts April 14 on HBO, it made for a spellbinding big-screen experience at the music-rooted SXSW Film Festival.
Zimny's most obvious big decision here is to keep every one of his interviewees offscreen, using only their voices to accompany vintage photos and clips. He's not the first documentarian to do this, of course, but few filmmakers with access to Springsteen, Tom Petty and Priscilla Presley would dare to hide their faces from fans.
The choice works for many reasons. It lets Zimny include the occasional clip from a pre-existing interview (including, sparingly, those with Presley himself) as if all were speaking directly to us; it establishes a trancelike tone; and it lets him jam in the kind of local-color footage he otherwise would have had to ditch in favor of talking heads.
So now, when we're hearing from Elvis' childhood friend Red West or historian Bill Ferris, we're seeing the world this "most eclectic" music-lover was eagerly consuming: clips of everyone from Howlin' Wolf to sanctified preachers to bluegrass pickers; street scenes from Tupelo, Mississippi, and then Memphis, where the family moved, a place whose vibrant city life made it as exciting as Paris to small-town newcomers. The town was not integrated, but it was diverse, and the Elvis we meet was busy slipping into black nightclubs and houses of worship, picking his influences, magpie-like, as he assembled "his version of himself."
It's a thrill to join the musician in these years, even if only through the accounts of others, and Zimny follows as the young singer has his fateful encounters with Sun Studio's Sam Phillips. Petty tells us that, "for a lot of noble reasons," Phillips had been looking for a white ambassador who could carry the exciting sounds of new black music beyond the "race records" commercial ghetto created by the big record companies. He got more than he could have hoped for in Presley's sound, which, far from just aping Big Joe Turner et al, mixed strains of music few could have imagined would
make sense together. Zimny and his interviewees offer plenty of colorful stories from this period, charting a commercial success that happened quickly but only, as Presley archivist Ernst Jorgensen points out, thanks to an enormous amount of work on the touring circuit.
And then came the Colonel. Zimny and company explain the appeal of Elvis' manager-to-be Colonel Tom Parker: The singer had sincere ambitions to act in movies, he wanted to sell records nationally and Phillips ran a one-man, regional operation that could not give him those things. As Part One moves toward a close, we see the Colonel giving his client everything he wants. On his first movies, Presley was so serious about acting he learned not just his lines, but everyone else's. He didn't even want to sing in them, but producers had different ideas. As did Uncle Sam, who drafted the star and put his career on hold.
Part Two is, of course, a darker experience, but the picture is more complicated than even a fairly serious Elvis fan may understand. Priscilla Presley, who made some appearances in the first part, offers much more here, helping us understand how being forced into making a string of lousy movies was one kind of artistic prison, and then being ensconced in casino hotels for his famous Las Vegas residency was another.
In one of very few expressionist moments, Zimny presents an array of cardboard Elvis cutouts in a hazy room, racking focus from one to another: The man who had so carefully created his original persona was now stuck in the shallow roles others forced him to play.
As difficult as things got for him personally, the film presents Elvis as a man who continued to be driven by the need to create meaningful music. Springsteen and Petty reject cynicism even when it comes to the spangled-jumpsuit years. The latter admires the "audacious craziness" of the size of the band he put together; in tackling material others might call pompous, like the Mickey Newbury medley "An American Trilogy," Springsteen admires Elvis for "trying to be a vessel that could contain the entirety of the American experience."
Elvis also wanted to take that experience to the rest of the world. Having never left the U.S. except with the Army, he wanted to tour Europe and Japan, but the Colonel had reasons to quash such ambitions. Throughout the two-part doc, Zimny has returned to footage from the 1968 "Comeback Special," presenting us with an example of how superstardom could be compatible with authentic artistry. Now, at the end, this motif becomes deeply emotional, connecting Elvis' ideals about racial harmony to the political world around him to the heartbreaks to come. It's enough to make those of us who always preferred Presley's Sun Studio peer Johnny Cash to shed a tear.

Go here to HollywoodReporter for the full review. EIN thanks Yvosus for the link
See EIN's Spotlight on 'The Searcher' for all the news and reviews
(News, Source;Yvosus/ElvisInfoNet) 

'Secrets of Elvis' Motors'  New Graceland Video: Elvis fans can get their motor running with the latest Gates of Graceland video!
Host Tom Brown and Graceland's Director of Archives Angie Marchese showcase some of Elvis' most rock 'n' roll rides in Presley Cycles here at Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland.
Learn about Elvis' favorite motorcycles, as well as his boats, golf carts, trikes and much more.

Runs 14 minutes - EIN recommended

Click here to YouTube to watch


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Sam Theaker / Vic Colonna passed away: For the true fan the Elvis world goes way beyond the endless RCA ‘Greatest Hit’ compiles. In the mists of time these vinyl bootlegs were stunning classics, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, ‘The ’68 Comeback’, ‘From The Waist Up’ and so many more all featuring unreleased classic Elvis recordings. Sam Theaker aka Vic Colonna was one of the great names from this mysterious world that many fans will recall. It was the popularity of Elvis Bootlegs that paved the way for Ernst & Roger to create the ‘FTD’ Fan Club label.
Sam Theaker was an essential part of the ELVIS legacy but sadly has been battling cancer over the last few years and unfortunately never saw his brilliant book about the exciting world of Elvis bootlegs published.
Last week Sam Theaker passed away, a great loss to us all.
Sam was a true character and we always talked about how he could possibly get his "Bootleg" book finally published and enough people to read it. Please see EIN's exclusive 2008 interview with Sam Theaker / Vic Colonna below.
Or read even more stories about him via his close buddy Paul Dowling here. - Sam Theaker / Vic Colonna RIP
(News, Source;Elvis InfoNet)

The Dangerous World of Elvis Bootlegging; Vic Colonna reveals all! For the true fan the Elvis world goes way beyond the endless RCA ‘Greatest Hit’ compiles. The real Elvis musical excitement has always been found in the underworld of bootlegs of officially unreleased material. Of course it is the popularity of Elvis Bootlegs that paved the way for Ernst & Roger to create the ‘FTD’ Fan Club label. In the mists of time these bootlegs were of course vinyl albums with stunning classics as the ‘Behind Closed Doors’, ‘The ’68 Comeback’, ‘From The Waist Up’ etc all featuring unreleased classic Elvis recordings that eventually RCA would issue. Vic Colonna is one of the great names from this mysterious world that many fans will recall. EIN was delighted to discover that Vic Colonna is not only alive and well - but is also writing a book about the exciting world of Elvis bootlegs, and we were more than happy to ask the great man some questions. Go here for his revelations and photos. (Interviews, Source;EIN)

Book Review: Love's Unchained Melody (Robert Evans): EIN's Nigel Patterson recently read the latest novel from author Robert Evans. It is an emotional love story which takes place over two time periods - the mid 1950s' and 1977 to 2003.

Click here to read Nigel's review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

Bill Murray - crashing Elvis Presley's funeral was an 'extraordinary' experience: Actor Bill Murray has no regrets about crashing Elvis Presley’s funeral, because it was a truly “extraordinary” experience. The rock legend died unexpectedly from a cardiac arrest in August 1977, and Murray had a sudden urge to try and attend the memorial service at the singer’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Ghostbusters star, who was a regular on comedy show Saturday Night Live at the time, managed to score a last-minute seat on a flight out of New York, and he headed straight for Graceland.
“I just went right to the house and they just ended the visitation,” Murray recalled on TV's show Today. While there, he ran into a photographer he knew, and joined him the next day at the funeral service.
“I ended up in the bus, in front of the cortege, and it was an amazing thing to see, an extraordinary thing to see – hundreds of thousands of people standing (beside the road) on a really hot day, waiting (to get a glimpse of the coffin)…,” Murray shared.
However, the actor feared he was going to be kicked out after a run-in with the funeral procession’s police escort.
“We got to the cemetery and we were there early, there was sort of a riot, people trying to get in, and I said, ‘I gotta go see that,’ and I started running across the cemetery, and as I ran.., all of a sudden the (police) motorcycles came in, and the motorcycle cops look at me like, ‘If you move, we will kill ya,’ and I just froze,”

“All the cars rolled by and they (mourners) were all staring and pointing at me. I thought, ‘Oh God, I’m busted’, but I realized they were pointing at Elvis’ mother’s grave – I was standing right at her grave site; it was a very interesting moment.”
Murray recounted the story as Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, listened from across the Today show studios, where she was due to be interviewed to promote her new documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
The comedy star admitted he had met Priscilla properly since attending Elvis’ memorial service uninvited, but when asked how they knew each other, he quipped, “Well, we were on Tinder (dating app) together… no! We get along pretty (well), she’s pretty easy to talk to.”
(News, Source: WENN/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Baby, Let’s Play House: On Elvis wooing Shelley Fabares, Sonny West said:

“He went after her from the first picture.  He thought she was adorable.  But she said to him, ‘I’m dating someone,’ and she said it was serious, so he backed off.  But that chemistry was still there.  So the next picture he went after her again.  He said, ‘Are you still goin’ with that same guy?’ She said, ‘No, I’m not.’  Elvis said, ‘Great!’ Then she said, ‘I’m engaged to him now.’ So the final picture: ‘Are you still engaged to that guy?’ She said, ‘No, I married him.’  After a while he said, ‘You were weakening, weren’t you?’  And you had to get married to stop it, right?”

Read EIN's detailed review of Alanna Nash's wonderful book first published in 2010:

Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

HBO The Searcher – Radio Special: Sirius Elvis radio featured a recent one hour special about the new HBO Elvis The Searcher documentary.
Director Thom Zimny, Priscilla, Jerry Schilling, David Porter (STAX) and HBO Producer Kary Antholis were all part of the discussion
While Priscilla tends to dominate the discussion a little too much and makes incorrect statements such as “the documentary goes from Elvis’ start in 1956” there are other interesting points raised.
Jerry Schilling notes that the work started “over seven years ago” and that they “shopped it around” to various companies before getting to HBO who rightly chose Thom Zimny as the director.
Zimny makes the most interesting points including why he chose the style he did and discussion about early Beale Street.
David Porter (of STAX) adds some soul and tells a great story of him and Isaac Hayes jamming with Willie Mitchell at a party for Elvis and Priscilla.
Jerry Schilling seems to defend Col Parker a little too much.  (Where’s Marty Lacker for balance?)
Thom Zimny mentions how he discovered Elvis’ childhood bicycle rusting away at Graceland and how it became a metaphor within the documentary - and also notes how The Searcher is “As close as you can get to the story of Elvis in Elvis’ own words”
CLICK HERE to Soundcloud to listen.
"The Baystar Dude" (from FECC) has kindly offered EIN readers the chance to listen to the one hour special.
Special EIN THANKS to "The Baystar Dude"
(News, Source/BSD/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' New MRS box-set:  Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 5CD / 200-page book ‘THE COMPLETE ‘50s MOVIE MASTERS AND SESSION RECORDINGS’ on May 4th, 2018.
This Limited Edition 5CD/Book set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950s.
The 5 CDs contain the complete works of the master and session studio recordings made for each of Elvis’s movies during the 1950s, and all tracks have been remastered with many audio restoration surprises that have ignored by other labels.
The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958.
The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation.
The five CDs focus on 'Love Me Tender', 'Loving You', 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'King Creole'.
The Jailhouse Rock outtakes feature over three CDs.
Click here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for full tracklisting.
Previous MRS releases have included the best sounding versions of several of Elvis' 50's recordings, including 'Blue Moon', ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’ and 'Love Me Tender' stereo takes, so fans can expect some quality remasters.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

March 24, 1958 -Elvis drafted 60 years ago: Rock'n'roll idol Elvis Presley was drafted into the US army sixty year ago, - he was never the same.
Elvis' stint in the U.S. Army began 60 years ago this week, "Black Monday" March 24, 1958. His service lasted close to two years and it changed him forever.
He served dutifully but it was also a dark period in his life during which he lost his mother and started on a pill-popping addiction that would help lead to his way-too-early death.
Elvis noted, "People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn't take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise. Not only to the people who were wondering but to myself."
His US army service began at what was arguably the height of his career on March 24, 1958.
He was soon deployed with an armoured division near Frankfurt, Germany, as a truck driver for an officer named Captain Russell. Having begun his working life as a truck driver, he was back where he started.
Soon he would be transferred Elvis to a scout platoon led by Sgt. Ira Jones.
In August 1958, Elvis' mother Gladys Presley died of a heart attack, and he went home to Memphis for the funeral. He would later call her death "the great tragedy of his life."
Another major event in Elvis' life was when he met 14-year-old Priscilla, the daughter of an Army officer, who he immediately began dating. The two later married and divorced in 1973.

During this time, a fellow sergeant introduced Elvis to amphetamines, which he began taking almost daily.
"If I didn't have them, I'd never make it through the day myself. But it's okay, they're safe," Elvis reportedly told Priscilla.
While Elvis was partying and quieting his inner demons with prescription medicine, the rock-and-roll scene in the United States was rapidly changing as the biggest names were sidelined by various ailments.
Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens died in a 1959 plane crash. Chuck Berry was in jail for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Jerry Lee Lewis was shunned for marrying his 13-year-old cousin.
But upon his return, Elvis continued producing hits - such as "It's Now Or Never', 'Surrender', 'Return to Sender', 'Crying In The Chapel' and another return to the top with 'Suspicious Minds' in 1969.
He also became one of Hollywood's highest earners, eventually staring in 33 movies

Sadly it's impossible to predict what Elvis' career might have been if he hadn't taken the two-year hiatus in the service. His mother still could have died unexpectedly. He may still have discovered the immediate pleasures and long-term destruction of drugs.

He may have bridged that two year gap with some powerful rock'n'roll releases that might have slowed the move to the smooth "pop" of early sixties.

With no trip to Germany it is likely that Elvis would have made the big decision to start touring the world while still fresh and enthusiastic. Imagine those HUGE crowds that would have been there for his European performances! He also might have even escaped the clutches of manager Colonel Parker.
Elvis certainly could have toured the US more often and invested more of his own time discovering his blues roots, which again might have altered the impact of the British invasion and The Beatles.
Sadly Elvis' time in Germany helped put him on a treadmill from which there would be no escape - until he sadly left us in 1977 aged only 42.
(News, Source/NYT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Searcher' a fan review: One lucky fan, Jukebox (from PHOENIX The Elvis Forum) attended the Graceland premiere of the new HBO documentary.
His conclusion was "The Searcher - I've seen it and I liked it, but . . ." and his review's main points were ...
I'll simply start out by saying that I liked it, but I'm afraid it's not going to satisfy every Elvis fan to the fullest.
I personally give it 4 out of 5 stars... very good, but not excellent.
1. All interviews or voice-overs were done without showing the faces of those speaking.
2. Commentary from Red West was scattered throughout the documentary, which means that Priscilla obviously thought enough of his firsthand accounts to include him in the documentary. There was nothing mentioned about the book Elvis-What Happened? ... a positive for sure.
3. I liked the way they went from the 1950s to the '68 Comeback Special with some effective splicing... especially with the song "That's All Right".
4. The '68 Comeback Special was sort of a centerpiece of the documentary.
5. Albums that were highlighted in a positive light were...
Elvis Presley; Peace In The Valley (EP); Elvis Is Back!; His Hand In Mine; How Great Thou Art; From Elvis In Memphis
6. Some color home movies of Sam Phillips at play from the 1950s were shown... at a beach and such.
7. Some of Elvis' 1950s voice-overs were new to my ears, which was a pleasant surprise!
8. They showed some unreleased footage from the Elvis On Tour mock sessions/rehearsals... "Burning Love" and "Separate Way".
They used some unreleased close-up footage (from his chest up) in very good condition of Elvis performing "An American Trilogy" from 1973 (or '74).

1. The producer lead the unknowing viewer to believe incorrectly that Graceland was the first house/home that Elvis bought.
2. It was stated in the movie that Elvis never played a concert outside of the United States. No mention of Canada 1957.
3. In the early section of Part 2, they made reference to Flaming Star and Wild In The Country as movies that "lost money". I don't think that's accurate.
4. They made the mistake of only saying that Colonel Parker wanted a Christmas song included in the 1968 NBC-TV Special. In truth, which they didn't hit on, was that Colonel Parker originally wanted the entire show to be a Christmas special. I was disappointed with their oversight on that crucial issue.
5. In Part 2 when making reference to the Aloha From Hawaii tv special, they only showed footage from the rehearsal show...
6. I suppose the forthcoming 3-cd set is for complete songs.
One disappointment was that they only showed about 4 seconds of Elvis with Sam Phillips in Memphis from 1961.

Of Great Significance...
The focus of the documentary by the producers was to attempt to give an honest overview and evaluation of Elvis' musical career.
They clearly wanted the viewers to know that Elvis' artistic decline in the mid-1960s was not due to lack of talent, but due to some awkward/poor decision-making by him and his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

One thing they made clear near the beginning of Part 2 (1960) was that Elvis was now in uncharted territory concerning what direction a rock-n-roller's career should take in order to keep him on top after being away in the military for almost 2 years.

They also wanted the viewers to know that his decline in the mid-1970s wasn't from lack of talent on his part.
Therefore, I feel that they did the right thing by letting it be known that Elvis' addiction to prescription medication played a major role in his personal outlook & unconventional decision-making during the last few years of his life.

For the FULL review please go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'
EIN thanks "Jukebox" - from PHOENIX The Elvis Forum.
(News, Source;"Jukebox"/PHOENIX/ElvisInfoNet)

Joe Esposito on ELVIS: A fascinating 14 minute interview with Joe Esposito (RIP) recorded outside Graceland in 2010 - produced by Deja Bernhardt - has been posted on youtube.
It features some of Esposito's home movies and a lot of it is unscripted comments as he appears to be working on an EPE production.
In it he jokes about buying the 'Lisa Marie' jet from a phone call with Elvis and George Klein interviews him for Sirius radio.
There is a real poignancy about the footage which captures a timely sadness of Diamond Joe looking back from 33 years on. Joe talks about the wish to get Elvis off his prescription drug binge and there is a real feel about the impact of when Elvis died.
CLICK HERE to YouTube to see this great documentary

For more on 'Diamond Joe' see our interview below.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

(Interviews,  Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

‘RCA Studio 1 - The New York Sessions’ - Vinyl: Memphis Recording Service new VINYL album ‘RCA STUDIO 1 - THE NEW YORK SESSIONS’ is being released for Record Store Day, 21st April 2018.
The LIMITED EDITON 180 gram vinyl contains the complete New York masters plus outtake session recordings.
With Bonus 4 Page pullout inside.
SIDE A 1. Blue Suede Shoes, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. One-Sided Love Affair, 4. So Glad Your Mine, 5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry, 6. Tutti Frutti, 7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll, 9. Hound Dog, 10. Don't Be Cruel, 11. Anyway You Want Me,   
SIDE B 1. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 6), 2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 7), 3. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 8 & 9), 4. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Take 11 & 12), 5. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 1-3), 6. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 5-7), 7. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 8), 8. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 9-11), 9. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Take 12 Undubbed Edit Master)

For Record Store Day info go to their website

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Files Magazine Issue 23- Out SOON : Erik Lorentzen has now posted some fabulous example pages from the March 2018 issue of his Elvis Files Magazine - and it does promise to be 'Better Than Ever'!

Issue #23 will feature articles on...
1955 - Clarksdale - Unseen photos and untold story
1956 - Tupelo 'The Great Homecoming'
1961 - Kid Galahad - Behind The Scenes
1970 - Houston 1970 - check out the stunning cover photo

 Check the fabulous Houston 1970 and Clarksdale 1955 'The King Was In The Building' example pages below. GREAT rare Elvis Live shots from fifteen years apart!

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

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Speedway' - FTD Soundtrack Album Review: Speedway was Elvis' very last Soundtrack album. With the intention of recreating the dynamic atmosphere of 1963’s Viva Las Vegas, MGM cast hot property Nancy Sinatra as Elvis’ co-star but there was no chemistry between them. The original session took place on the MGM soundstage and the recordings flooded in echo sounded terrible. Luckily the four-track MGM Masters still exist and have been remixed for this release creating the best quality recordings we have to date.
With only ‘Let Yourself Go’ and 'Suppose' as the stand out tracks the album was a very dull affair
However several previously unreleased outtakes of the Bonus songs ‘Mine’ and ‘Goin’ Home’ are also included here, help add interest and make CD 1 a packed 79 minutes.
Remarkably with such lacklustre original material FTD have managed to create a rather worthy classic soundtrack album.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this FTD release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

How Lisa Marie ended up penniless!: Now the tabloids are weighing in about Lisa Marie's bad financial decisions.
Which of course could all be a ruse to stop her ex-husband getting his share of the estate in the bitter up-coming divorce proceedings.

The story includes ...
.... ELVIS is still worth hundreds of millions, but a turbulent personal life and bad decisions have left Lisa Marie Presley virtually penniless as she claims to have just $US14,000 to her name.
Where did it all go wrong for the troubled singer, 50, whose turbulent personal life has been the subject of tabloid fodder for decades?

Elvis Presley placed fourth on Forbes’ annual list of the top-earning dead celebrities last year, earning $US35 million in 2017, 40 years after his death.
On Lisa Marie's 25th birthday in 1993 she inherited her father’s estate, which, thanks largely to the stewardship of her mother, Priscilla, had grown to an estimated $US100 million.
She was owner and chairman of the board until 2005, when she sold 85 per cent of the estate’s business holdings, excluding his expansive property Graceland, which she kept.

Now, Lisa Marie claims her former business manager Barry Siegel swindled her out of the vast majority of her fortune, leaving her with only $US14,000.
In turn Siegel and his company allege it was her own out-of-control spending that led to her perilous financial situation.
According to court documents Lisa Marie owes $US10 million in taxes and $US6 million on her home in England.

Lisa Marie married Michael Lockwood, her forth marriage, in 2006. She filed for divorce after 10-years and with their two twin girls.
Legal documents filed by Presley as part of divorce proceedings paint a picture of an unstable home life, as she battled drug and alcohol problems.

Lisa Marie has stated, "I had to go to rehab several times. I was a mess. I couldn’t stop. The last year of our marriage I was abusing cocaine terribly, it was bad."

Scientology is also being mentioned. Scientology was introduced to Lisa Marie in 1977 by her mother Priscilla. Over the years she rose through the ranks of the mysterious church, becoming an influential and well-respected member, even accepting a Humanitarian Award for her activities within the church.
But in the past decade she is said to have had a growing dissatisfaction with Scientology, and in 2016 officially defected.
But her mother and 28-year-old daughter, actor Riley Keough, are both still devout Scientologists, and are reportedly fighting to get her to rejoin the church.
Elvis himself was deeply sceptical of Scientology saying after a visit, "There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with that son-of-a-bitchin’ group. All they want is my money."
And indeed, Scientology may explain at least some of the Elvis estate’s missing millions: It’s rumoured that Priscilla gave the church a hefty share of his estate.

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' RIAA "Certified" Album Sales More Than 146.5 Million: SONY / Legacy and RCA Records acknowledge the astounding ongoing impact of the music and artistry of Elvis Presley, whose all time RIAA certified album awards in the US now top 146.5 million units. (perhaps more says EIN!)
As Presley's catalog achieves new Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum sales awards as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Elvis continues to inspire, inform and transform popular culture.
Elvis, the second most awarded solo performer and third most awarded act in RIAA history (after the Beatles at #1 and Garth Brooks at #2) has racked up more Gold Records (101) than any other act and is the only artist still earning RIAA certifications whose connection to the association dates back to its founding.
In 1958, the inaugural year of the RIAA Gold & Platinum program, Elvis' "Hard Headed Woman" became one of the RIAA's first three Gold singles and the very first in Elvis' ongoing string of Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications.
Over the past year, 17 Elvis Presley catalog titles have been awarded RIAA certifications, with 11 of those albums reaching Gold (or Platinum) status for the very first time.
HOWEVER there has always been a discrepancy over RIAA's total sales measurements.. 
- The basis for RIAA’s overall artist announcements totally exclude singles - of which Elvis is the true king.
- The RIAA certifications are based on documented sales figures but in the case of Elvis the RCA figures are incomplete, most importantly sales during the 12 months after Elvis' death are unaccounted for.  BILLBOARD wrote in September 1977 that RCA shipped 20 million records a week. They had as many as 40 pressing plants working overtime to cope with the demand. RCA November releas
- Figures are based on "certified" albums sales, but this becomes VERY interesting because neither The Beatles nor Garth Brooks have any albums that have not been certified, Elvis however has more than 200 non-certified albums which combined sales would also have been yet more millions.
EIN published several articles on this in 2001 - with input from Roger Semon & Ernst Jørgensen.

While things have greatly changed over the last 16 years (unlike Garth Books, Elvis has been slack and recorded no new studio material!) the sales numbers for Elvis are however still not the complete picture.
Click here to "Is Elvis the Biggest Selling Recording Artist? - Sorting Out Records Sales Stats & RIAA Rules"
New 2017 and 2018 certifications are shown below...
GOLD - Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, An Afternoon In The Garden, Elvis' Greatest Jukebox Hits, Elvis Rock, The Great Performances, White Christmas.
GOLD Multi-Disc Set: He Touched Me, Artist Of the Century, Peace in the Valley, Christmas Peace, HITstory.
PLATINUM - Heart And Soul, That's The Way It Is, Elvis Ultimate Gospel.
MULTI- PLATINUM - Elvis: A Legendary Performer Vol. 1 (3X), It's Christmas Time (4X), Elvis 30 #1 Hits (6X).
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Donna Butterworth dead at 62: Donna Butterworth who co-starred with Elvis in the 1966 movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” died Tuesday following a long illness - reports the Hawaii Tribune. Donna Butterworth was a child actress and singer, who was actually born in Philadelphia in 1956 but moved to moved to Hawaii with her family aged 3.
She was 9 and already a showbiz veteran when she got the call to film with Elvis. By then, she had performed with entertainer Don Ho; released two singles, “Sailor Boy” and “California Sunshine Boy”, appeared on “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Danny Kaye Show” and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer for her role in the 1965 Jerry Lewis comedy “The Family Jewels.”
In “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” Butterworth played Jan Kohana, daughter of the business partner of Elvis’ character.
Butterworth sang several duets with the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and gained a cult following.

Butterworth recalled filming her first scene with Elvis and running into his arms... “I had only met Elvis a few minutes before

that, so when the director called ‘action,’ I ran up and got in his arms, and his face was about 4 inches from my face. After all the anticipation of meeting "Elvis Presley" and working with him, I just froze. I couldn’t believe I was so close to this beautiful man. All the crew cracked up because they knew I was so enamored. In fact, Elvis laughed the hardest, he just loved to laugh.”
Sadly her acting career was short-lived only remembered for 'A Boy Called Nuthin’'in 1967 for 'Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color' which also starred Ron Howard.
As an adult, Butterworth sang professionally and recorded a CD in Hawaii in the early 2000s.
A private memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Butterworth is survived by her mother and brother.
(News, Source;Hawaii-Tribune/ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD Releases OUT NOW: The three new FTDs, supposedly for the end of February, are now at Elvis Dealers. A double digipack 1974 previously unreleaed soundboard, the previously announced book/cd 'Rebel With A Cause' plus the double-vinyl “Elvis – The Fool Album”. 
- 'Elvis: Murfreesboro ‘74'.
Released as a 5” digipack, this 2-CD set features Elvis in great form at these two shows on March 14th & 19th 1974 at the Murfreesboro Middle State Tennessee University.
The sound quality and performances from Elvis and the band are really powerful.
“Steamroller Blues” will knock your socks off!.
These two soundboards have never been released before not even on bootleg
FTD have previously released five concerts from this tour (check EIN's FTD releases here) and they have all been very fine indeed.
Go here for tracklist

- 'Rebel With A Cause' Book/CD Combo. Written and produced by David English & Pal Granlund it features newly-discovered images scanned for the first time from the original negatives - exclusive to this book.
The book follows Elvis between August 16 and September 30, 1956 from his arrival in Hollywood to his return to Memphis. Produced by David English and Pål Granlund, it includes many rare unpublished photos taken from the original negatives.

The bonus CD features Elvis Presley: Rock ‘N’roll No.2 – an album originally released by HMV in the UK. It also features all 4 songs from Elvis’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 and a recording off the afternoon performance of September 26 in Tupelo Mississipi.

The book is 312 pages and author David English notes that two more unseen photos from September 56, one of which shows Elvis paying to go into Malco Theatre just made it into the book before printing.
The book will include an accompanying cd. See tracklist below.

£59.99 plus postage.


- “Elvis – The Fool Album” VINYL - . Originally released in July 1973, this album’s track listing changed dramatically from RCA’s internal documents circulated just one month before.  Here for the first time, DISC 1 features the LP sequenced as Originally Planned. The LP artwork also replicates the original draft layout before it was amended. DISC 2 includes outtakes from the sessions that contributed to the album.
Highlights include the rare fully orchestrated version of ‘FOOL” and the 11-minute plus version Of “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright.”
DISC 1 The Original Planned Version Of The Album
Side A - 1 Fool, 2 Where Do I Go From Here, 3 Blue Hawaii* 4 Early Mornin’ Rain* 5 It’s Impossible*
Side B - 1 Reconsider Baby (Blues Jam)* 2 Hawaiian Wedding Song* 3 Ku-U-I-Po* 4 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen 5 No Moe*
*Recorded live
DISC 2 The Outtakes And Alternates
Side C - 1 FOOL (with full strings overdub) 2 Steamroller Blues* (single mix) 3 Until It’s Time For You To Go (tks 1 & 2) 4 (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me (tk 9 & 10) 5 I Will Be True (tks 1 & 2)
Side D - 1 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right + (take 2, informal recording) 2 Love Me, Love The Life I Lead (alternate mix) 3 It’s Still Here (takes 4 & 5)

New Elvis Footage of Toronto, April 2 1957: This Elvis footage came to light in the middle of last year but it was hidden within an interview with  DJ Red Robinson and Fred Latremouille about Little Richard.
The clip of Elvis on stage lasts less than one minute but it still gives a wonderful look at the excitement that Elvis generated in 1957.
Now, where is the rest of the footage!


Last year Paul Sweeney published his marvelous book 'Elvis 'One Night In Toronto' April 2 - 1957' - go here to see what the show looked like in stunning highgrade images compared to this short clip.

Click here for the original Little Richard piece.

EIN thanks Steve Johnson for the story.
(News, Source;SJ/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Official Trailer: HBO have posted the official trailer for 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'. Fans will love the fact that it DOES feature plenty of new home-footage that has never been officially released before. Includes some stunning footage from the 50s, 60s and 70s. This looks AWESOME - at last a documentary fit for a king.
With this film, filmmaker Thom Zimny (director of several documentaries for Bruce Springsteen) sought to showcase Elvis Presley in a way that few have seen: past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll to reveal the man and the artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.” Elvis Presley: The Searcher offers unprecedented access to Elvis, featuring new interviews with his collaborators, artists inspired by him (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris) and never-before-seen photos and footage of Presley at work and at play. The result is an intimate look at a performer countless audiences around the world have heard but only few have truly known.

This three-hour doco focuses on the musical icon, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
Premieres in the USA April 14 at 8pm on HBO.
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’ European Tour Dates: Arjan Deelen's very fine concert event "An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians" this year returns as the easier titled ‘THE ELVIS CONCERT 2018’.
The special show will be returning this spring for a 25-date tour of Finland, Holland, Belgium and Sweden.
We will be bringing Elvis’ 1970 drummer BOB LANNING (‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘Polk Salad Annie’, etc) as well as original Imperials member JIM MURRAY, who can be seen in the 1970 movie 'Elvis – That’s The Way It Is'. At each of the shows, there is a meet & greet where you can say hello to the musicians.
YouTube phenomenon 'The Spa Guy', Billy Stallings Jr, will also be joining us on bass.
This is a production that’s done with passion, integrity and authenticity – no jumpsuits! Leadsinger is the vocally impressive Dwight Icenhower, and the band includes top guitarist Carl Bradychok.
Don’t miss out – this is a show that really pays tribute to the man and his music.

Photos: Elvis with Jim Murray, 1971. Elvis at the Astrodome with Bob Lanning on drums, 1970.

Tour Dates
20.4. (Friday) Club Teatria, Tornio (Finland)
21.4. (Saturday) Radisson Blu, Oulu (FI)
22.4. (Sunday) Hyvinkääsali, Hyvinkää (FI)
25.4. (Wednesday) Sellosali, Espoo (FI)
26.4. (Thursday) Tampere-talo, Tampere (FI)
28.4 (Saturday) Podium Victorie, Alkmaar (Netherlands)
29.4 (Sunday) Effenaar, Eindhoven (NL)
30.4 (Monday) Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen (NL)
01.5 (Tuesday) Gigant, Apeldoorn (NL)
02.5 (Wednesday) Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
03.5 (Thursday) Theater de Mythe, Goes (NL)
06.5 (Sunday) 013, Tilburg (NL)
07.5 (Monday) Theater de Veste, Delft (NL)
08.5 (Tuesday) Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL)
09.5 (Wednesday) Hedon, Zwolle (NL)

10.5 (Thursday) Tivoli, Utrecht (NL)
11.5 (Friday) Iduna, Drachten (NL)
12.5 (Saturday) Stadsschouwburg, Antwerpen (Belgium)
13.5 (Sunday) Concertgebouw, Brugge (BE)
14.5 (Monday) Atlas Theater, Emmen (NL)
15.5 (Tuesday) Schouwburg Het Park, Hoorn (NL)
16.5 (Wednesday) Metropool, Hengelo (NL)
18.5 (Friday) Vara Konserthus, Vara (SE)
19.5 (Saturday) Rättvik Arena, Rättvik (SE)
20.5 (Sunday) Royal, Eskilstuna (SE)
Check Individual Venues - Tickets Now On Sale

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 'Garden Party' at Denmark's Memphis Mansion: Henrik Knudsen is planning a special Elvis Extravaganza for Elvis Week 2018.
For three days August 17-19  European Elvis fans can enjoy the delights of Elvis' friends, acquaintances and musicians without the trouble of flying to Memphis.
This will take place at the "Danish version of Graceland" the Randers Memphis Mansion.

Special guests include Linda and Sam Thompson, Dick Grob, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Alanna Nash and The Imperials.

Henrik Knudsen started the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Denmark back in 1990 and by 1993 had opened the first Elvis exhibition in Randers.

Memphis Mansion, Graceland Randers Vej,
Randers SØ,

Go to www.MemphisMansion.DK for more info and tickets.





(News, Source;TonyS/ElvisInfoNet)

HBO's 'Elvis-The Searcher': EIN contributor George Smith has supplied some tremendous thoughts about 'Elvis-The Searcher'  the new HBO documentary.
Whereas some fans have been disappointed with the lack of unreleased Elvis material on the soundtrack compilations, George Smith points out the great positives..
- The very idea of this documentary is thrilling. I've been waiting all of my adult life for a serious and respected music film-maker to assemble the definitive Elvis documentary. Whether this turns out to be that documentary remains to be seen, but it looks very promising to me at the moment.
-It will make judicious use of existing tapes to tell the story of Elvis' journey as a creative artist. It will not contain substantial amounts of rare video and music, instead offering commentary from those who knew, loved, worked with and were profoundly influenced by Elvis Presley.
- The marketing imagery is brave and should be applauded. One of the reasons Elvis has relatively little respect among subsequent generations of music listeners is the often shoddy and cliched use of photographs and typography on his LP covers and advertising. Here there is not one single hint of the iconic Elvis used in the picture. Instead they have chosen a mug shot of an ordinary man. Clearly he is a handsome man, But he is just a man. Not a demi-God or a superstar, just a man.
- 'Elvis-The Searcher' may not necessarily be aimed directly at the keen Elvis collector. Instead, it will serve several purposes: it will draw in serious music fans who, until now, have not shown any interest in Presley's music or career but who respect the opinions of people like Springsteen, Petty, Landau, etc;
- It may possibly draw in the casual music fan who just likes to see a well-made documentary;
- It will hopefully draw very positive reviews from the press and the music press, and may even encourage an editorial or two about Elvis' much overlooked artistry and contribution to civil rights;
- It will at last give fans like me something to point the unenlightened towards when they confess to not liking or understanding Presley or his music.
- The accompanying CD will act as a simple tool to encourage those who "bite" to investigate further. It may not sell millions of copies and is not intended to but the graphics look gorgeous to my eyes, as does the track listing.
- This is potentially the single most exciting event in the Elvis world for the past decade, rivalling even the Tupelo box set.

For more go HERE to EIN's dedicated 'Elvis-The Searcher' page.
and do check out George Smith's marvelous 'Elvis Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' EIN spotlight.
(News, Source/GS/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Murfreesboro '74' FTD will be One of the Best!: Elvis' March 1974 tour was one of the strongest of the year and FTD have already released four concerts from that tour, including the famous Memphis show.
But if you are considering that you don't need yet another 2 concerts from that tour, then "Reconsider-Baby" as FTD contributor Robert Frieser notes that these are two of Elvis' best performances from 1974.
.. The two Murfreesboro shows from March 14th and especially March 19 can be seen as the highlight of the March tour.
These shows can be seen as a prelude to the famous record recording of March 20 in Memphis, the recording of which Elvis received a grammy award for his rendition of How Great Thou Art, counts as one of the best shows of 1974.
The Tour had highlights such as the Tulsa Shows, Houston Astrodome shows but also the Roanoke and Richmond shows were top notch.
The tour was actually a 15 day tour but because of the speed with which the tickets were sold out, more shows were booked.
Elvis who had not toured since July 1973 had first completed a fully booked season in Las Vegas in January & February of 1974. At those shows in Las Vegas there was quite some criticism in the media, but that criticism faded with the shows he did in March. The shows were highly professional and alternating his voice and show attitude was good.
The show of March 14th is a very cool show, vocally Elvis is in top form. During Love Me Tender Elvis is irritated by the feedback. And Elvis asks Felton to do something about the sound. Polk salad Annie is a top version and on Why Me Lord he does the last part of the song again. At the end of Suspicious Minds he does a one-liner of Take These Chains. For Charlie Hodge it's a special evening, Elvis told the audience that the parents of Charlie Hodge are in the audience and therefore he does a duet with Charlie on Help Me.
The sound of the show is of a good sound quality. So we have something to enjoy, Elvis is in good shape and gives people value for their money but the highlight of this release is the show on March 19th. The show of Richmond a day earlier was already a top show and Elvis was pretty loose and in his element.
The show in Murfreesboro is even better, this is because it's the end of the tour and maybe the looking forward of the Memphis record recording, that Elvis keeps getting better and better.
In this show Elvis has even more fun and Elvis is even more loose and vocally even better. This show features a powerhouse performance of Steamroller Blues and also during the introductions, Elvis takes the time to thank Ramada Inn for the good care of the group. before Help Me, Elvis tells us that the song was written by Larry Gaitlin. Sadly the tape ends 40 seconds into Mystery Train. This show was the best show of the tour. A professional show with Elvis very much at ease.
These shows have been on the wish list by ftd for a long time.
EIN thanks Robert Frieser for the input and believe FTD should have been using these as part of their promotion.
Go here to EIN's 'Sony / FTD CD News 2018' for tracklistings and even more info.
(News, Source;RF/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Reno Brothers' New Book: The hard-working Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has announced a new book for this spring in his 'Gold Standard' series.
This time about Elvis' first movie, 'The Reno Brothers / Love Me Tender'.
Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen images.

More info when we get it

His most recent 'Gold Standard' book, 'Elvis; The Movies' was a stunner - see EIN's book review here with plenty of great photos

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER' OUT April 6: This spring, the three-hour, two-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will peel back the legend of The King of Rock and Roll to focus on Elvis' evolution as a musician and a man. The Thom Zimny directed feature uses rare footage and new interviews with those who knew Elvis best to share the stories behind the songs that made him famous.
The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room.
The soundtrack will be available on April 6 as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. - 3CD Deluxe set priced at $40
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.
Disc 1: 1 Trouble / Guitar Man, 2 My Baby Left Me, 3 Baby, What You Want Me To Do, 4 Old Shep, 5 That's When Your Heartaches Begin, 6 That's All Right, 7 Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 8 Fool, Fool, Fool, 9 Tweedlee Dee, 10 Baby Let's Play House, 11 Good Rockin' Tonight, 12 Trying To Get To You, 13 Blue Moon, 14 When It Rains It Pours, 15 Blue Christmas, 16 Heartbreak Hotel, 17 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 18 Money Honey, 19 Hound Dog, 20 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 21 Crawfish, 22 Trouble, 23 Farther Along, 24 Mona Lisa, 25 Hide Thou Me, 26 Loving You (End Title Take 16), 27 Lonely Man (Solo Version), 28 Power Of My Love
Disc 2: 1 Milky White Way,  2 A Mess Of Blues, 3 Fame And Fortune, 4 Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Duet With Frank Sinatra), 5 Like A Baby, 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 7 It's Now Or Never, 8 Wooden Heart, 9 Swing Down Sweet Chariot, 10 Reconsider Baby, 11 Bossa Nova Baby, 12 C'mon Everybody, 13 Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 14 Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 15 Run On, 16 Baby What You Want Me To Do, 17 Suspicious Minds (Take 6), 18 Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal), 19 Words (Rehearsal), 20 That's All Right, 21 Never Been To Spain, 22 An American Trilogy, 23 You Gave Me A Mountain, 24 Burning Love (Rehearsal Version), 25 Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version), 26 Hurt (Take 5), 27 If I Can Dream
Disc 3: 1 Mike Mccready - Dissolution 2, 2 The Blackwood Brothers - Satisfied, 3 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right, 4 Joe Hill Louis - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So, 5 Little Junior's Blue Flames - Mystery Train, 6 Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning, 7 The Blackwood Brothers - Rock-A-My Soul, 8 The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 9 Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats - Rocket 88, 10 The Ravens - Write Me A Letter, 11 Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 12 Eddie Snow - Ain't That Right, 13 Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 14 Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 15 Gladys Presley - Home Sweet Home, 16 Odetta - Blowin' In The Wind, 17 Odetta - Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 18 The Staple Singers - The Weight, 19 The Orlons - Heartbreak Hotel, 20 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Wooden Heart, 21 Mike Mccready - Rebound

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Single CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
This soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – Single CD / Digital - Priced at $12
1. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way, 11. Like A Baby, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 13. It’s Now Or Never, 14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 15. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 17. Hurt (take 5), 18. If I Can Dream.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' 2LP VINYL Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny.
Also released  as a DOUBLE-VINYL set this soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD / Digital - Priced at $25
LP. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, Side 2 - 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way,
LP Two - 1. Like A Baby, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. It’s Now Or Never, 4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Side 2 - 5. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 6. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 7. Hurt (take 5), 8. If I Can Dream
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 'The Searcher' Hits & Rarities Soundtrack: Rolling Stone has run a short news piece for the up-coming The Searcher release.
An expansive soundtrack Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th. The soundtrack features a mix of Elvis hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary's score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order.
Along with the original soundtrack and parts of Pearl Jam's Mike McCread's score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rendition of "Wooden Heart" and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis.
The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs and a note from director Thom Zimny.
Thom Zimny, "From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault. Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."
He added that McCready's score "brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist's journey."
The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th.
The film was made with the cooperation of EPE and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives.
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

'Kissin' Cousins' FTD Soundtrack Review: The final Elvis movie soundtrack album in FTD's Classic Album series.
Kissin’ Cousins was Elvis’ 14th movie release and it was Elvis' first budget movie production.
The 'Kissin’ Cousins' album was released in April 1964 and it was his lowest charting soundtrack album so far.
About the release UK Fan Club President Albert Hand stated, "Here we have an artiste, the finest in the world, being slowly but surely – as a chart prospect – being killed off inches by inches through sheer stupidity”.
Elvis didn't attend the soundtrack session in Nashville and so there is very little available in studio outtakes. FTD however have discovered some previously unreleased material - along with the session backing tracks.

FTD have compiled a packed CD and EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD soundtrack album to discover some fine gems hidden in the old mountain dirt..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Strictly Elvis Vol.2 1976-77' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced that he is working on the second Keith Alverson STRICTLY ELVIS book and that it's a real pleasure to work with all this fantastic photos by Keith Alverson.

It will contain more than 1.200 photos from 1976 - 1977 and more than 1,000 has never been published or even seen before.

Here's the cover of 'STRICTLY ELVIS VOLUME 2' to be released later this year.

Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Keith Alverson

Go here to see our review of 'Strictly Elvis Vol.1 73-75'  one of the BEST Elvis releases from 2017



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: The Movies' Book Review: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.

Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But how could this improve on all the previous 'Elvis movie' books.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new deluxe production and includes some of the book's fabulous Elvis photos
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: The Bicentennial Show' 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements. Apart from the exceptional blast of the final December 1976 Tour the year was the inevitable downward spiral.

However there were some highlights along the way and Elvis collectors have always been keen to hear Elvis' July 4th 1976 Bicentennial performance, as well as RCA's Joan Deary's initial choice for the 1980 box-set of Duluth, October 16, 1976.  

As FTD releases two more 1976 soundboards, will Elvis be back on form and are there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out Elvis' celebrating July 4th 1976 ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Close Up' Boxset Re-Release: The excellent 4-CD set 'Elvis: Close Up'  that was originally issued by BMG back in 2003, is being re-released this year as a new compact box-set.
At the time EIN described it as "With a slight emphasis towards the collector’s market, Ernst & the team have come up with a truly sensational follow up. Possibly the best ‘specialised’ box-set yet released!"
With the 4 discs all having a particular theme there isn’t a weak point on any of them. All four discs are packed full of gems demonstrating the power of Elvis’ music while at the same time including rarities that will delight collectors and give all of us plenty of new material to explore. At the time it featured 89 previously Unreleased tracks.
The four themed Discs are
1. Unreleased Stereo Masters from the '50s
2. Unreleased Movie Gems
3. The Magic Of Nashville
4. Live In Texas 1972

Coming out 6 April 2018 from Sony Music Cmg.
Price £23.99 (= US$34) with FREE Delivery in the UK
Click here to AMAZON UK to Pre-Order
Go here to read our 2003 review '25 Essential reasons to get ‘Close Up’ (with Elvis)!'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Alan Hanson 'Elvis: The Movies' Interview: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.
Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But what does this book offer that other Elvis Movie books don't?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Alan Hanson to find out more..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS ON TOUR - 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' IN-Depth Review: Amiga International's long awaited LIMITED-EDITION boxset featuring 9-CD’s, all remastered, of all known recordings made for the Golden Globe Award-winning concert documentary ELVIS ON TOUR is OUT NOW. It includes the premiere of the complete rehearsal recorded in Buffalo, NY on April 5, 1972, with three previously unreleased performances.
The 13-inch boxset also includes a huge 128-page hardcover book containing detailed essays of the entire April 1972 tour with RARE AND UNPUBLISHED photographs and related memorabilia.

When considering the lack of attention paid to this concert documentary, it seems a shame that so few official releases have emerged. It is for this reason that AMIGA International presents this deluxe package to honor the excellent recordings made for the much neglected "Elvis On Tour" film.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'

Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED - Trying To Get To You: The Truth Behind The Elvis And Roy Orbison Show Rumours: For decades there has always been an unsubstantiated rumour that Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on Roy Orbison's TV show on the local station KOSA.
The Roy Orbison website notes that both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley performed on Roy’s TV show in late 1955.
Respected author Colin Escott wrote in his book Good Rockin’ Tonight about a kinescope of Elvis on the Roy Orbison TV show actually existing.
Some keen Elvis fans have said that they have seen this very kinescope at Elvis Week shows back in the 80s.
But like infamous Pied Piper of Cleveland does this footage really exist and is there any real proof that Elvis did appear on the Roy Orbison TV show?
Shane Brown (author of Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide) has done an immense amount of investigation and thinks he has found the answer.

Go here as EIN contributor & author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy.
(Spotlight; Source;SBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

"The Wonder Of You" 2018 Australia Tour changes: The "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour has been majorly altered by the local producers RCM Touring. They are no longer in April 2018 as planned and the locally-anticipated show in the new venue of Newcastle, NSW has been cancelled completely.
Now there are only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on
stage performing the King's most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis - the highest selling solo artist in history - whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
Melbourne Hisense Arena Saturday 4th August, - Sydney ICC Theatre Saturday 10th August.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets original ticket holders have been informed of the change.
(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) - Exposing the Amazon Elvis Book Rip-Off?: From RCA to Sony Elvis' back catalog has long been exploited at the expense of his legacy. The same thing is now happening regarding Elvis book releases!

Through clever marketing, including the use of different (but suspicious) author names and different book titles for releases which are essentially identical; short and long book editions; and coupling the Elvis story with that of other celebrities, a glut of Elvis related book titles (with repetitive text) only available from Amazon are blatantly misleading fans.

Read EIN's findings in our "exclusive" investigative report

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?- .CLICK HERE.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - FTD - What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?: During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.
The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.
However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.
FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ seventeen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label. - CHECK OUT EIN's table of Studio sessions and LIVE TOURS to see what is left for the FTD label.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Book Review "Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide": Elvis Presley made over 700 recordings during his life. This book by author Shane Brown examines all of them. Session by session, song by song, Reconsider Baby takes the reader on a journey from Elvis’s first recordings in 1953 through to his last performances in 1977.
This significantly expanded and revised edition of 2014’s Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide provides a commentary on Elvis’s vast and varied body of work, while also examining in detail how Elvis and his recordings and performances were discussed in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
The text draws on over 500 contemporary articles and reviews, telling for the first time the story of how Elvis and his career played out in the printed media, and often forcing us to question our understanding of how Elvis’s work was received at the time of release.

Can another detailed examination into Elvis' musical legacy really be worth buying? (Hint, the answer is a big YES!)
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley reviews the newly expanded look into Elvis' musical legacy, including some choice book extracts...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)

Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN: Millie Kirkham was one of Elvis' favourite back-up singers. Upon hearing her vocal on Ferlin Husky’s million selling 1957 hit record 'Gone' Elvis asked her to join in with The Jordanaires at his 1957 recording session. Millie Kirkham would work on Elvis' studio sessions through to 1967 and join him on-stage in Las Vegas for live performances including 1970's 'That's The Way It Is' filming.
As well as working with Elvis, Millie Kirkham worked closely with the Jordanaires on some of the most famous Nashville sessions including records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bobby Vinton, Jim Reeves, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.
Millie Kirkham was a little reluctant at first to do an interview as she had been mis-quoted in the past and had that fear of it happening again. She agreed to the Q & A after she was advised she would not be coming to Australia for the first "Elvis in Concert" tour.
Millie answered every question and seemed to be most happy and full of life for her age at that time.
Go here where Bob Hayden has recently provided his full and detailed interview with Millie Kirkham for EIN.
(Interviews, Source;BobHayden/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75' Book Review: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with Erik Lorentzen was the perfect new publication for Elvis Week 2017.

Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan. With 1,500 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 has the possibilty to be a real stunner.

With the book arriving a little late in Australia EIN's Piers Beagley has at last had the chance to discover whether the book really lives up to its publicity -- Hint - It really does!

Go here to our in-depth review of this stunning book - with plenty of example pages. Now updated with reader comments including super-fan Jeanne P who saw Elvis 19 times in concert.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set: 'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' is the brand new 3-LP set released september 25 in Australia.
Described as "an incredible collection of Elvis' hits highlight his astonishing career.
From the poor streets of Tupelo to world domination via some of the biggest songs ever released, Elvis became the first really global star.
The 50 songs on The 50 Greatest Hits include all the classics, from his first recording at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, "That's All Right (Mama)", through his hits including "All Shook Up", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", through to one of his last hits "Suspicious Minds". The album also includes songs taken from Elvis' film soundtracks including "Return to Sender", "Hard Headed Woman" and "King Creole".

Heavyweight triple LP package on 180gm audiophile vinyl, completed with a stylish black & white info sheet."
Available in Australian JBHiFi stores for only AU$80 - AUSTRALIANS click here to JBHiFi to purchase on-line
The same 'The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set was released in the UK back in 2010 and is still available for £44.79 with FREE Delivery in the UK. >>>
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


More new Elvis Vinyl!

The new Elvis / RPO "Christmas" album  is one of the biggest charting vinyl albums this week on pre-order. Selling in the UK with guaranteed price of £20.70 with FREE Delivery in the UK. - Release date 6 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL is also selling nicely in the UK at £19.99 on Amazon UK.

Who thought that vinyl would fade away!? SONY Australia will open a brand new vinyl factory next year in 2018!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'A Boy From Tupelo' 2017 In-depth Review: Back in early 2012 Ernst Jorgensen published his definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period as a FTD deluxe book/CD package. It had been a project he had been working on for more than a decade.
Now in 2017, RCA/SONY has republished 'A Boy From Tupelo' in a cut-down format and at a price anyone can afford.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
It features all of Elvis' Sun recordings on 3 CDs plus Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert in the best possible sound. The new release also includes a previously officially unreleased "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
Our in-depth 3,000 word review provides a detailed look, with 14 example pages plus additional photos from the book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new slimline version released for the 'General Public'..
For fans who have asked, we also compare the 2012 'A Boy From Tupelo' Deluxe FTD to the new "Mainstream"  release.
(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Australian and NZ fans should go to Amazon UK here >>> and get it for ONLY AU$43.00 including postage to your door..

‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Roustabout' FTD Soundtrack Review: Roustabout was Elvis' 16th movie, it had been five months since Elvis’ last album session and his publishers had a chance to secure soundtrack material from a variety of composers. Eleven songs were needed and while the carnival theme stopped most of them having any inspired lyrics, at least the composers Leiber / Stoller and Otis Blackwell were included in the selection.
Reaching #1 on Billboard in early 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973.
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Packaged in 7" format with a full colour 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material.
So why has it taken FTD so long to release?  It was once noted that only the masters had been located in the vaults, so there was not much to include for a “Classic Album”...  
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new FTD soundtrack release and checks out what's new.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'Elvis - Live in Concert' Returns to Europe June 2018: Hot on the heels of the European tour this May, the reprise of "The Wonder Of You" tour has been announced by EPE for June 2018.
Elvis will return to Europe to visit ten new cities, and to give music fans an opportunity that many have never had before: experiencing the biggest selling solo artist in history in a live concert experience. The 2018 tour will once again feature the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing his most well-known rock 'n roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Following the success of the two orchestral albums and a sold out UK arena tour featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen backed by a full symphony orchestra in November 2016, a very successful European 10 date arena tour has just been completed this May. After rave reviews from fans and media alike, a new European tour has been announced for June 2018, exactly 50 years after Elvis' iconic '68 Comeback special.
Elvis: Live in Concert is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
Tour Dates Europe 2018
May 30 - Finland (Helsinki Ice Hall)
June 1 - Sweden (Gothenborg Scandinavium)
June 2 - Sweden (Stockholm Ericsson Globe)
June 3 - Norway (Oslo Spektrum)
June 4 - Denmark (Copenhagen Forum)
June 6 - Hungary, Budapest (Papp László Sportarena)
June 7 - Poland, Krakow (Tauron Arena)
June 8 - Czech Republic, Prague (O2 Arena)
June 11 - Spain (Madrid Wizink Center)
June 12 - Spain (Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi)
June 14 - Italy (Milan Mediolanum Forum)
June 15 - Switzerland (Zurich Hallenstadion)
Click here to EPE for Tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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)

'Platinum: A Life In Music' Re-Release OUT NOW: Sony UK has re-released the classic 4-Cd set 'Platinum: A Life In Music'- in a small-book format twenty years after its first release in 1997.
The set chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective and it includes 100 performances, 77 of which were previously unreleased in 1997. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.
There is no info on whether this 20th anniversary release includes audio upgrades of all the "77 were previously unreleased takes" which have since been remastered.
The publicity notes, "You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While PLATINUM is far from the first Elvis boxset, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to the Las Vegas era, adding a fresh perspective to each period.
It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions."
Only £18.53 & FREE UK Delivery on Amazon UK orders (see below)
(News, Source;Sony/Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

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)

Marty Lacker RIP : Sadly Marty will no longer be able to answer all your those fascinating questions, but his honesty and openess should not be forgotten.

- Chips Moman (RIP) later thoughts on Elvis
- Being a consultant on 1979 "ELVIS" movie.
- The demonstrations in Memphis this Elvis Week.
- Felton Jarvis as Elvis' Executive Album Producer.
- The Jungle Room sessions
- Elvis might have some illegitimate children
- Why did Elvis never travel to holiday in Europe,
- Is David Stanley, Holy Priest of truth, OR a liar

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 22,000 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.

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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

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

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

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


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

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

'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'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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 .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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Bobby D. talks to EIN about his good friend, Jimmy Ellis (aka the masked man known as Orion):
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Jerry Leiber Interview for EIN
Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone
Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview
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Lamar Fike EIN Exclusive Interview
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
Red West Interview:- 2010 Elvis week special
Linda Thompson - Interview Special:
Alanna Nash
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Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
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6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
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