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Sunday 27 June 2010 -

Fans mark anniversary of Michael Jackson Death: Fans across the globe are paying tribute to singer Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death at the age of 50. There was an expectation that thousands of people were likely to gather at the Los Angeles cemetery where the musician is at rest, along with members of his family. Jackson's mother Katherine is expected at the family home in Gary, Indiana, where tributes will be paid. A monument has also been dedicated to the star at London's Lyric Theatre.
In New York, the Apollo Theatre - where Jackson and his brothers won a talent contest and were subsequently signed to Motown Records - there will be a commemoration of his life.
In Tokyo (right) flowers have been left in tribute to the late star, where 50 fans spent the night in an exhibition of his possessions. Jackson devotees gathering at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California said they had come to both grieve and celebrate his life.
Early this morning however only 30 fans lined up outside Forest Lawn cemetery to visit Michael Jackson's grave site on the one-year anniversary of his death. Some had been there since 3am, even though the cemetery does not open until 8 a.m.
This was a marked contrast in numbers to similar devoted fan tributes to Elvis Presley, where 50,000 fans have been known to gather at Graceland - Presley's Memphis home - to mourn the singer's passing decades after his death on August 16th 1977. Michael Jackson was previously married to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
In the past year law enforcement officials have spent months focusing on how Jackson died. They removed prescription drugs and medical evidence from the rented Holmby Hills home where he died. The entertainer had a history of drug addiction -- and an early focus was that drugs played a role in his death.

The L.A. County Coroner's office found that Jackson had high levels of a propofol, a strong anaesthetic used during surgery, in his body when he died.
L.A. prosecutors charged his doctor, Conrad Murray, with giving him the drugs. Murray has denied any wrongdoing.
Jackson's children are now living with the pop star's mother, Katherine, at the family's Encino estate.

Lisa Marie Dedicates a song to Michael Jackson: Lisa Marie commented on the first anniversary of the singer Michael Jackson's death, "The Song" Sunshower" by Chris Cornell says more than anything I could say" said Lisa Marie.
"Dark as roses, and fine as sand, I feel your healing in your sting again
I hear you laughing and my soul is saved, On forgotten graves you cry
Crawl like ivy up my spine, Through my nerves and into my eyes
Cuts like anguish, Or recollections of better days gone by
But it's alright
When you're all in pain, And you feel the rain come down
Oh, it's alright,
When you find your way, Then you see it disappear,
It's alright
Though your garden's grey, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower, In the sweet sunshower
Eyes like oceans so far away, Feathered trails to a better way
Worried mornings turn into days, And into worried nights
But it's alright
When you're all in pain, And you feel the rain come down
Oh, it's alright
When you find your way, Then you see it disappear
It's alright,
Though your garden's grey, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower
In the sweet sunshower, I know all your graces
Someday will flower, In the sweet sunshower
And it's alright, All you feel you are today
It's alright.

Go here to all things Lisa Marie
(News, Source;Google)

Dean Martin’s daughter: "Elvis Called My Dad ‘The King of Cool’": You know you’re a lucky kid when Elvis Presley thinks your father is the greatest thing since sliced focaccia. And that’s precisely what Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin came to realize one day during the swinging ’60s, as she recounts this week.
 "Elvis adored Dean Martin," Deana (below, as a teen, at a recording session with Dino).
“Elvis was doing a movie at Paramount, and so was my dad. I went to visit dad at the studio and we were standing outside [dad's] dressing room. And in those days, you rode around the studio on bicycles,” Deana - who like her legendary father, is a big-band crooner.
“And Elvis Presley comes riding up on his bicycle. And he gets off the bike when he sees my dad… And he says hi to my father. And dad introduces me,” continues Deana, whose new CD is titled Volare.
“He says, ‘Deana, this is Elvis Presley. And, Elvis, this is my daughter Deana.’
“And Elvis leans down to me and says, ‘Deana, they call me the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. But your dad is the King of Cool.’
“And I thought, Oh my gosh. It must be true. Elvis Presley said so!”
Elvis with Deana (above left) and her siblings.
Later in the show, Deana chats about hanging out with her dad in Las Vegas during his Rat Pack days, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. would join them after and sometimes during Dino’s performances.
“They’d walk out into the casino and deal. My dad would take over for one of the blackjack dealers. And he would deal.
“And people would come up to the table and go, ‘Are you Dean Martin?’
“And he’d go, ‘Nope. I’m the dealer.’”
To hear Deana’s full interview, click here.
Go HERE for EIN's Spotlight on Influences on The King - ' Dean Martin and Elvis':
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Goes Red, White and Blue for the US Soccer Team: Graceland showed its support of the U.S. National Soccer Team when the mansion was illuminated in red, white and blue. The lights were switched on by Memphis area youth, ranging from ages 8 to 12 years old, who play in the Mid South Futbol Club.
The patriotic colors will stay lit through the July 4th holiday in honor of the United States National Soccer Team and their success in World Cup competition. The United States National Soccer Team plays Ghana on Saturday in Rustenburg, South Africa, for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Go here for more on the Mid South Futbol Club singing the national anthem.

(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Lodewijk Rijff - Elvis fan and author - 1944-2010: On June 10, Dutch journalist and fan since the early days Lodewijk Rijff, passed away after a short fight with cancer. He was only 65 years of age.
From the early 70s till the 90s he wrote countless Elvis stories for the Dutch music press and was editor for Muziek Parade, PopBiz and Veronica weekly.

Among the Dutch fans he will be remembered best for his book "Elvis, De Biografie van een Fenomeen", published in 1977.

Rock on in peace, brother.
Ger Rijff, June 17, 2010


(News, Source;Ger Rijff)

Elvis Presley's Graceland to get look-a-like in Denmark: Builders in Denmark laid the first brick Tuesday of a copy of Elvis Presley's famous estate Graceland, to open next year as part of a museum devoted to the "King" of rock'n roll, organizers said.
More than 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) from Elvis's estate in Memphis, Tennessee, the Danish Graceland is being built in the small western town of Randers, as a star addition to the town's prized Elvis museum.
"This exact copy of Graceland will include some 6,000 original possessions of the King like clothing, boots, guitars, letters, contracts and other diverse objects," museum director Henrik Knudsen, 46, told AFP.
When Randers' original Elvis museum opened 15 years ago it was "the only permanent museum on the King outside the United States," said Knudsen, who says he "became an Elvis fan at the age of eight after hearing 'Burning Love'."
It now receives around 25,000 visitors a year.
The Graceland look-a-like will display "thousands of Elvis artifacts currently on show at the museum in town, in addition to a large number of other items that are being stored in the cellar due to lack of space," Knudsen said.
It will also feature a shop, a restaurant and a cinema screening films about Elvis on a loop.
Set to open in April next year, it will be financed by three private investors and a local bank and is expected to cost a total of 26 million kroner (€3.5 million, $4.3 million).
Knudsen, who also operates musical-themed tours, said he was sure the Graceland museum would be a success and that one British tour operator was ready to bring around 10,000 tourists each year to the pilgrimage site.
The town's tourist office expects the Danish Graceland to attract between 75,000 and 125,000 visitors each year, mainly from Europe.
(News, Source:SanjaM)

Elvis History to Repeat Itself at the Las Vegas Hilton: There is a new ELVIS show in Las Vegas, The 'Heart of the King' Elvis Fans' Festival, Convention, Contest and Concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. The property is arguably one of the most historic locations in the career of Elvis Presley. This event is in celebration of the anniversary of Elvis' Las Vegas performances as well as the 75th Birthday Year of the Greatest Entertainer of All Time. Forty years ago, Elvis' performances at the Hilton were the subject of the documentary film and live album "Elvis, That's The Way It Is." One of the highlights of the festival will be to celebrate those historic performances portrayed in the documentary in a concert titled 'That's The Way It Was' on July 17th. The show will include much of Elvis' original cast, such as Elvis' Imperials, the Sweet Inspirations, comedian Sammy Shore and many more along with special guest, Elvis' drummer and Rock N Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana. Elvis' closest friend Joe Esposito, will host the events. The concert will feature Shawn Klush (right), Graceland's Official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and the BBC's 'World's Greatest Elvis' in the same room Elvis made history.
Highlights of the festival and convention will include:
A large scale Elvis Tribute Artist Competition and concert with major cash prizes
A Celebrity Fan Forum/Meet & Greet with Elvis' friends, co-workers and co-stars
An Elvis memorabilia and vendor Fair
Tours of Elvis' suite, dressing rooms and more.
Anniversary Concert - That's the Way it Was starring Shawn Klush and original cast members. 
When: July 14-18th, 2010. Click here for more information.
(News, Source:SanjaM)

Alternate Masters - Complete Studio Outtakes Sides 4, 5 & 6 new import CD - Out Now! The Press release states, "No false starts or incomplete takes but over 3 and a half hour pure Elvis Music! Like the previous 3 volumes, sound is upgraded and more unreleased “spliced takes’’ are used.  Just listen to the incredible alternate Heartbreak Hotel, which has echo just like the master.
87 complete tracks in the best possible sound quality.
Released as before as cardsleeves with protective plastic sleeves to avoid damaging, and the cds have actual grooves you can see and feel!!
SIDE 4 tracklist features - 1. Gently - take 2, 2. In The Ghetto - take 1, 3. The Next Step is Love - take 10, 4. I Was the One - take 2, 5. That's When Your Heartaches Begin - take 6, 6. I Need Somebody To Lean On - take 8, 7. Talk About the Good Times - take 3, 8. Bossa Nova baby - take 2, 9. It Feels So Right - take 2, 10. She's A Machine - take 13, 11. What's She Really Like - take 13, 12. In Your Arms - take 1, 13. Flaming Star - take 2, 14. Fountain of Love - take 2, 15. I'm Coming Home - take 3, 16. I'm Not the Marrying Kind - take 6, ,17. It's Now Or Never - take 1, 18. She's Not You - spliced take, 19. Never Ending - take 1, 20. Wisdom of the Ages - take 9, 21. Snowbird - take 2, 22. Do You Know Who I Am - spliced take, 23. For Lovin' Me - take 10, 24. Never Again - take 11, 25. This is the Story - take 2, 26. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues - take 8, 27. It Hurts Me - take 1, 28. Lonely Man - take 4, 29. Today, Tomorrow and Forever - take 4, 30. Little Sister - take 9

Go here for full tracklist of other CDs

(News, Source;EPGold)

Saturday 26 June 2010 - Weekend Update Part 1 -

Graceland Announces more plans for Elvis Week 2010: EPE have announced new Elvis Week events that include the finals for the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a special screening of “Elvis on Tour” featuring a newly-remastered version of the award-winning concert documentary, fan club events, charity fundraisers, celebrity guests and more.
Elvis Week 2010 will feature several new special events and concerts, including a screening experience of the newly-restored and remastered Blu-ray and DVD versions of “Elvis on Tour” from Warner Bros. (see more below) This exclusive event on Saturday, August 14, will feature a screening of the 1972 Golden Globe Best Documentary winner and a specially-produced, retrospective from Priscilla Presley. In addition, the premiere event at The Orpheum Theatre will also include raw, never-before-seen Elvis tour footage from the Warner Bros. vault as well as montage sequences produced by Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese, special celebrity guests and a short concert by backup singers who performed in “Elvis on Tour” as part of J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet.
The highly-popular and entertaining Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will be held again this year with competitors from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.
A new element to the contest this year includes a semifinal round position that will be filled by a tribute artist selected by fans in an online vote at ElvisWeek.com. Individuals can vote for the Elvis tribute artist that they would like to see compete during the semifinal round of the contest on Thursday, August 12, at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. The top ten semifinalists on Thursday will then move on to compete for the top spot of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2010 on Friday, August 13, during the final round of the competition.
"Conversations on Elvis", one of the most popular Elvis Week events, returns this year on Saturday, August 14 with two different sessions featuring many of Elvis’ friends and associates who worked with him during his career. Joining host Tom Brown of Turner Classic Movies for session one at 10:00am will be Donnie Sumner and Bill Baize, backup singers who performed as part of J.D. Sumner & and the Stamps Quartet in “Elvis on Tour,” along with Joe Guercio, Elvis’ musical director and conductor from 1970-77. During session two at 1:00pm Michael Lollar Commercial Appeal writer and contributing author for the new book “Elvis Presley’s Memphis,” will be on hand to take guests behind-the-scenes and share what he discovered when researching for the book. Joining Michael will be longtime Memphis supporter and former mayor Bill Morris and Elvis' friend Joe Esposito to share stories about their experiences with Elvis and his love for the city of Memphis.
Plus two new outdoor concert events. On Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m., fans will enjoy a celebration of the gospel music Elvis loved during the Classic Sunday Morning Gospel Music Singin’. Bill Baize, Larry Strickland, Ed Hill and Donnie Sumner, who performed on stage with Elvis as part of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet, will perform many of the gospel hits Elvis loved. Also performing that morning will be gospel group Soul City from First Assembly of God, Memphis, which was Elvis’ home church for many years.
Then, on Monday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m., the Elvis Week Finale Celebration Concert will be the perfect way to end an amazing Elvis Week when Jamie Aaron Kelley, along with Brad Birkedahl and Joe Fick, formerly with The Dempsey’s, will perform Elvis’ hits in their unique style. Another Elvis fan favorite, Terry Mike Jeffrey, will also be on hand to perform his favorite Elvis music.
GO HERE for all the info plus tickets.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

Singer Jimmy Dean dies, aged 81; Jimmy Dean the american singer and actor best known for his hit 'Big Bad John' has died aged 81.
Dean composed the song as a dramatic monologue, the heroic story of a coal miner who "stood six foot six and weighed two forty-five" and held up a collapsing roof until his fellows had escaped, but could not save himself. Hammer-rings punctuate the recording, which ends with the epitaph: "At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man – Big Bad John."
In an interesting coincidence in the UK charts 'Big Bad John' was only just held off the top spot by Elvis' 'His Latest Flame'. In the US, however, it reached No 1 on both country and pop charts, receiving a Grammy award as best country and western recording.
Dean was raised in what he called dirt-poor surroundings in the small west Texas town of Seth Ward, near Plainview. After leaving the armed forces in 1948, Dean began to make his name as a country singer around Washington DC, then a nexus of country music activity, thanks in part to the promoter Connie B Gay. In 1953 he had a regional hit with Bummin' Around, for the independent label 4 Star.
Dean than secured a spot on radio at WARL in Arlington, Virginia, then, from 1960, on television, hosted the show Town & Country Jamboree, which was quite widely syndicated. In 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on his TV show and Jimmy humorously recounted what a hard time he had getting anything out of Elvis other than a 'yep' or a 'nope'.
He noted it went as follows,
Jimmy Dean: So, you're gonna be on the S.S. Mt. Vernon tonight, are you, Elvis?
Elvis: Yep.
Jimmy: Have you ever worked on a boat before?
Elvis: Nope.
Jimmy: I imagine you're looking forward to this, aren't you?
Elvis: Yep.
And that was it. "Yep, nope... " and that was all he would say.
Dean stated that years later Elvis apologised profusely for leaving me hanging on that interview, telling Dean that "Elvis said that hHe was so sorry about that - but I was scared to death".
Dean noted that, "It's hard to believe that Elvis could be shy or afraid of anything, but I guess even 'The King' had those days in the beginning."
In the late 1960s, Dean entered the meat business, which he knew well – his family had been in the trade. In the early Nineties, his fortune was estimated at $75 million (£50m). Having watched other stars lose their fortunes, Dean said he had learned to be careful with his money. "I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune," he said. "They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something … no-one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean."
In February, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was to have been inducted in October.
Dean is survived by his wife, Donna, three children and two grandchildren.
(News, Source;SanjaM/EIN)

'Elvis on Tour' 75th Anniversary Celebration in Theaters in July: After they filmed "Elvis: That’s the Way It Is," Elvis and his team were eager to follow that success with another captivating concert documentary. How could they make it different? By going backstage and on the road. Now, for only one night, you can experience the excitement of what it was like to tour with Elvis. On Thursday July 29, 2010 in select US movie theaters you can see the masterpiece "Elvis on Tour." 
Click here to find exclusive complete list of US theaters and to purchase tickets before the general public.
This one night event will feature much of the last film footage shot with Elvis, a specially produced, exclusive retrospective featuring Priscilla Presley, and never-before-seen Elvis footage. More than 25 numbers spotlighting Elvis Presley’s talent, range and showmanship fill this lively chronicle of his multi-city 1972 series of concerts. Plus montage sequences (supervised by Martin Scorsese) showcase Presley’s early career in music and movies. The unique split-screen presentation conveys the whirlwind, “you-are-there” energy and performance thrills of "Elvis on Tour." The result of this different look at the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll™? Fan euphoria – and a Golden Globe® for Best Documentary.
The presentation of "Elvis on Tour" will be specially formatted to preserve the exact aspect ratio of the film as first seen by audiences in 1972.
Sydney, Australia is also planning its own special 'ON TOUR' exclusive cinema presentation. Stay tuned for details soon.
(News, Source,EIN)

'How Great Thou Art' new Classic Album FTD Out Now: Ernst Jorgensen has told Elvis Unlimited that the new FTD release will be shipped out last week when FTD releases its deluxe edition of Elvis’ GRAMMY AWARD winning album 'How Great Thou Art'.
Originally released in 1967 it was Elvis' second Gospel album. The original album featured a collection of thirteen sacred songs including the hit single "Crying In The Chapel".
In addition to the masters, the Classic Album FTD will feature many great outtakes.
The 7" inch digi-pack format includes a 12-page booklet with great photographs and RARE memorabilia.

Go here for more info and full tracklisting.

(News, Source;ElvisUnlimited)

'Elvis On Tour' book from JAT: Joe Tunzi Publishing will release the photo book, 'Elvis On Tour' in July to coincide with the Elvis On Tour DVD and Blu-ray releases.

As previewed earlier on EIN the book will be a dynamic release with many unreleased photos.

This hardback edition will have over 130 pages and feature over 250 photographs, color and black & white.


Go here to Pre-Order Now: 


(News, Source:JAT)

Melissa Etheridge Performs with the Cast of Million Dollar Quartet: Melissa Etheridge joined the cast of Million Dollar Quartet for a quick performance recently and did an incredible Elvis tribute.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, a new musical inspired by the actual event, is currently in previews at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre with an official opening on Sunday, April 11.The cast includes Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Hunter Foster (Sam Phillips) and Elizabeth Stanley (Dyanne).
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll,” who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
Go here to Melissa Etheridge video & MDQ production information
(News, Source;EIN)

'Never Ending Demand' Import CD Out Now: Rainbow Records have now released their new CD set (two separate cds) called “Never-Ending Demand” Vol.1 + Vol.2, featuring the complete performances of February 16, 1977 Montgomery, AL (Vol. 1) and February 17, 1977 Savannah, GA (Vol. 2).
From the press release: The newspaper headlines titled it "Emperor Elvis Still Has It: Memphis Music. Vegas Touch" and "Elvis Wows 'Em" – can you ask for more? The Montgomery performance has never been released in its entirety until this day. Only a handful of songs were released in 1999 on the CD "Coming On Strong" featuring the rare performance of "Where No One Stands Alone". For the new Rainbow Records release (Vol. 1) the producers obtained a first generation tape that has never circulated before and unlike all other audience recordings from this date features "My Way" as an uncut, complete version and includes the complete Opening Act by the Stamps Quartet. The quality of the audience recording is very clear and even the fans that usually avoid audience recordings should give this CD a try – they won’t be disappointed. The booklet features also a review by the person who taped the show plus some interesting and official paperwork from the tour itself. 
Go here for tracklist & more info.
(News, Source;Rainbow)

Snoop Dog Visits Viva ELVIS: Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis at Aria in MGM’s CityCenter has become the must-see for celebrities on Las Vegas trips, including non other than Snoop Dogg, who saw the show on June 21 with his daughter. Snoop took her to the show for her birthday, and they loved it! Not only were they waving the Elvis flags that they caught during the finale but Snoop and his daughter posed with the cast after the show.
After the show, the family went backstage where Snoop was greeted with shouts and cheers. He posed for photos and then his daughter joined the group. The cast and Snoop sang Happy Birthday to her.
Snoop praised the cast, saying this was the best show he’s ever seen and "Jailhouse Rock" was his favorite song. On his way out, he was heard saying “Man, this was a defining moment in Snoop history!”
"You ain't nothin' but a Hound Dizzle" says the Snoop.
(News, Source;SnoopyDogg)

Sunday 13 June 2010

CD Review:

Elvis Presley Electro Cover Compilation ~meets KORG DS-10~

(Gerule, Japan, 2010, BRGA-0032, Running Time: 43’ 02”)

Are you tired of listening to the same old Elvis recordings released for the umpteenth time or being sucked in by some lame remix version? 

If yes, then this latest album release may just be the revitalising tonic you are looking for! 

Elvis Presley Electro Cover Compilation is a contemporary electro mix of house, dance floor and ‘nue vogue’ pop sensibility with neat twists of retro lounge and swing which will challenge even the most progressive, musically aware fan.

Read EIN's track by track review

Solid Gold Elvis

The complete Collectors Guide to the recorded music of Elvis Presley

Fourth Edition Now Available

Available Now on CD Rom Book Format.

Available Now in Color printed format

Black and White Volume One (Live Shows, Sessions, Singles, Extended Plays) Laser Printed Version $145.00

Black and White Volume Two (Albums, Films) Laser Printed Version $145.00

Color (Live Shows, Sessions, Singles, Extended Plays) Volume One Laser Printed Version $285.00

Color (Live Shows, Sessions, Singles, Extended Plays) Volume Two Laser Printed Version $285.00

CD Rom Version $40.00

Nearly 875 pages and more than 1700 pictures!!!

  • Live Concert Chapter listing every live show and songs
  • Sessions Chapter - A detailed breakdown of every session
  • Singles Chapter- Every U.S. Single is pictured with re-issues
  • EP Chapter- Every U.S. Extended Play is pictured with re-issues
  • Album Chapter-Every U.S. album is pictured and every re-issue
  • Film Chapter-Every film and VHS, Beta, CDC, and DVD is pictured with re-issues
  • All American chart position and awards
  • Many important foreign pressings with material needed for collectors

Absolutely the most detailed and complete guide to collecting Elvis' music ever done!!!

Available Soon The Radio shows and Various Artist Albums Book Up to December 2007

To order Email: petrel313@aol.com or call 303-799-7747 Only $40.00 including postage anywhere in the US

Visit the Solid Gold Elvis website

Elvis On Tour DVD news: Thanks to Brian Quinn who told EIN: "According to EPE the new version of 'Elvis On Tour' DVD is Region 1 (U.S.A. and Canada Only) whereas the Blu-Ray Edition is Region Free."

June 2010 Issue - Production Profile
Viva ELVIS! The King Gets the Cirque Treatment

Written by Kevin M. Mitchell


Everything about the new Cirque du Soleil show is Rock Concert, capital R capital C. It's Viva ELVIS, after all, and it required a sound design that is a departure for the prolific French-Canadian troupe and Sin City mainstay.

The goal is a fusion of dance, acrobatics and Live Music (also capital L, capital M). The sound took on new importance because it needed to be a major piece of a suitable tribute for the star who was not only (arguably) the King of Rock ‘n' Roll but (arguably) Las Vegas' King.
The creative team of Cirque once again turned to sound designer Jonathan Deans. His credits include Fosse, Ragtime, EFX and Parade, to name a few, and he's currently at work on Bono and The Edge's Spider-Man show on Broadway.

Cirque built the 1,840-seat theater, and it is certainly not "in the round" like most of their shows. Its proscenium measures 80 feet wide by 50 feet tall and holds 176 audio speakers with 36 subwoofers, 20 of which are buried in the floor. It boasts the largest single-ring, fiber-optic audio transport system in the world. The video system includes four front projectors and two overhead projectors plus a 30-foot-by-40-foot LED wall that can split into eight separate columns. It's all intricately fused to support new arrangements of old songs that aim to inspire new fans as well as satisfy old.

"Viva ELVIS is more of a concert," Deans explains. "The musicians are on stage 80 percent of the time, and the main focus 50 percent of the time. They have an onstage presence, which is a fantastic thing."

A Different World

The creatives got the rights to bring Mr. Presley "back" to Vegas and were immediately faced with a quandary: How do you take on something that is larger than life?

Thirty of Elvis' songs are used in the production, and like the Cirque's previous big splash, the Beatles-themed Love, there are remixes designed to accentuate and boost the emotional charge of his original performances. Elvis' voice is the only male singing voice in the show, joined occasionally by live female singers and the band.

Armand Thomas, director of creation, has been with Cirque since 1996, though this was his first show as a creator. "We didn't want to repeat, that's for sure," he says. "So we started off looking at the theater itself, and steered away from it being in the round like Love." They also wanted to distant themselves from the use of characters within a song.

But like Love, the music came first: "The traditional Cirque way is to create an act, then fill in the song. But with these big iconic songs, we did the reverse."

The show is presented in quasi-chorological order, starting off with the early days and ending in (appropriately) his Vegas years. There's no envy in picking what songs made it in the show, though: "In the Elvis collection there are at least 750 songs, and you can easily toss out 600," Thomas says. "But that initial list we came up with had 100 songs, then we kept whittling it down." Coming up with the final selection, even when some songs were not performed in their original length, was daunting.

They wanted Elvis's actual voice as much as possible, which proved challenging. "We wanted to extract his voice and put it in a new arrangement that would be completed by live musicians. Sometimes we bit the bullet and decided that a recording made with one mic in the middle of a room in Tennessee recorded decades ago was too tough to clean up."

Thomas adds a personal thrill: The creative team got to travel to the famed Iron Mountain vault in Pennsylvania and hear the original masters. "We spent three days listening to all the songs we were considering, and sometimes there were up to 25 takes," he says. "It was fun listening to the banter between the songs." Technically, however, it was an audio engineering nightmare: Those tapes were in four or five different formats.

For Deans, Cirque's permanent theaters and its big top are two quite different worlds when it comes to sound design. "There are different technical demands, but as far as the texture and the layering of the music and sound are concerned, it's the same," he says. "My work is to create a unique environment for every production. And whatever the environment is, I need to make sure that sonically the audience members know they are entering a different world."

Not Bigger...Grander

Deans has done 13 Cirque shows, seven in Vegas. "I'm very honored by Cirque for getting to do so many," he says. "If I can be so bold, I've grown with the company." His work took on special meaning for this one. His previous work, Love placed extra importance on the music, but there was no live band.

"After doing Love, I too wanted to reinvent myself and not copy my own design," he says. Three years were spent on building the theater and the production. "The concept was to create a concert sound system, with left/right concert speakers, and then split clusters over the proscenium arch that allowed for us to pull [audio] focus left or right as needed."

A surround system was built into the theater that is especially responsive. He's able to switch off the FOH main speakers and have sound coming just out of the side that's powerful enough to go well past ambient and into something that can broaden the field of music. "Here we have a big production, so I tried to make it wider, yet keep focus in the audio sense. I'm not talking just bigger dynamics, but grander."

With so much experience working with the creative team, there was little guesswork. "I knew what I wanted to do, and am fortunate enough to have the experience to know how it would turn out." One bit of boldness that required some experimentation was the decision to bury 20 subwoofers in the floor under the orchestra level. "There was no way one could forecast how that would work, but I had a hunch of what it would mean," he says. "I'm pleased to say that with Elvis' music having updated arrangements created by Erich [Van Tourneau, musical director/arranger], the extra power that the subwoofers provide really create a unique concert experience. It's a concert experience without hammering people, but they do feel the theater move."

The subwoofers used are passive with no processing, and since they were literally being buried and nearly impossible to get too, they had to be maintenance-free. He chose Danley Sound TH-115TH to give the buried treasure treatment to, and says they work extremely well.

The rest of the speakers are all Meyer, Deans' speaker of choice. "When you take the product out of the box, they always work. When you take two of the same products out, they work exactly alike. That's important, because I hang speakers in ridiculous positions, and want to move sound around a lot, so they must always have the same voice."

Even in the CAD stages, he says when he's placing speakers, virtually walking around the 3D version of the auditorium, he can hear with great accuracy in his head exactly what Meyer speakers will be delivering for him.

"The board is LCS (Level Control Systems), which has recently been acquired by Meyer," Deans says. "It's a board that Cirque has used for 20 years, and it's a mixing board that never tells the designer ‘no.' There are no limits." He provides the analogy of sound traveling like a driver from New Jersey to Manhattan. The driver must go through the dark, narrow confines of the Lincoln tunnel before emerging again in the light. "With LCS, there is no tunnel."

All the musicians are wireless, of course, and the team went with Sennheiser to supply the system. Deans notes that because of the white space nightmare that we all now live in, combined with the interference complexity of CityCenter where the theater is housed, they were restricted, and making sure the gear and the PMs are working properly is a nightly challenge. "This is not the fault of Sennheiser, but a problem with the CityCenter," he states emphatically. "But the sound team is fantastic, and they pull the show out of the bag 10 shows a week. I'm incredibly proud and tip my hat to Kevin Owens [head of sound] and Aaron Beck [sound project manager] and the rest of the operations crew."

Otherwise, he says he's in awe of the sound source: the musicians. A highlight for him is the "Burning Love" number. "All the musicians are spread across downstage, and while there are movie clips playing above, it's really just about the band. They are playing with this tremendous energy, and it's just fantastic. The percussionist is right on the edge, practically in the front row, and the musicianship is astounding."

The sound/video/communications consultant was Auerbach Pollock Friedlander's Matthew Ezold, CTS. Solotech served as installation company, with Bob Barbagallo and Mario St-Onge playing key roles. The associate sound designer was Jason Rauhoff. The sound operations crew includes Dave Robertson, Whitney Day, John Kessler, Jason Bauer and Ezra Fowler.

FOH/Monitor Consoles:
Meyer Sound LCS LX-300 (Each console consisting of 11 frames - all AES/EBU.)
Meyer Sound LCS Cue console (Each console consisting of 4 fader, 3 meter and 1 transport module)
24 channel Meyer Sound Wild Tracks playback system
2 TC Electronic 6000
8 TC Electronic M-One XL
24 Mac and PC show computers (to control all parts of the production)
Custom console furniture by Sound Construction & Supply, Nashville, Tenn.

Speaker System: (total 208 enclosures)
Main left, right, center left and center right arrays (12 Meyer Sound Mica array speakers - total 48 speakers)
Main left and right subs - 8 Meyer Sound 700HP subwoofers
Main center subs - 8 Meyer Sound M3Ds
Bunker subs (below concrete slab) -
Danley Sound TH-115THs
Front fill speakers - 9 Meyer M1-SMs
Side front fill speakers - 2 Meyer UP Junior and 4 M'elodie array speakers
Front overhead surround - 5 Meyer Sound MTS-4As
Center overhead surround - 5 Meyer Sound CQ-1s
Rear overhead surround - 5 Meyer Sound UPJ-1Ps
Side surround - 8 Meyer Sound MSL-4s, 8 Meyer Sound UPQ1-Ps, 10 Meyer Sound UP Juniors
Rear surround - 14 Meyer Sound M1-SMs, 6 Meyer Sound M'elodies, 6 Meyer Sound UPJ-1Ps, 11 Meyer Sound UPJ-1Ps
Stage monitors - 10 Meyer Sound M1-SMs, 2 Meyer Sound CQ-2s

Speaker Notes: All speakers on RMS loudspeaker monitoring system
Fiber optic audio transport system provided by Optocore
Audio network consisting of 504 inputs and 776 outputs
2 different show files for live show and playback with 128 input Nuendo multi track version for sound checks and rehearsal
21 IDs on the synchronous, redundant, optical ring
13 DD32E, 3 DD2FE, 2 LX4AP, 3 YG2, 1 YS2, 8 X6-16 Out, 3 X6P-16 In, 3 X6P-8/8
2 channels of MIDI transport over the fiber ring

Wireless System (123 total frequencies)
40 Channels of Sennheiser EM 3732 UHF
29 Sennheiser SK 5212 bodypack trans-
7 Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld trans-mitters
4 SKP-3000 plug on transmitters
30 channels of Sennheiser SR350 IEMG2 PMs with EK300IEMG receivers
10 Telex BTR 800 wireless intercom base
stations with 40 Telex TR-800 transceivers
intercom, paging and video system
Dynacord Proannounce paging system and EV Netmax N8000 digital matrix
Clear-Com digital intercom - Eclipse
Median with 96 ports
32 Clear-Com V Series user control stations

4 different drum kits and 4 different percussion kits
92 microphones for drums and percussion alone
6 Neumann TLM-170s
32 Neumann KM140s
24 Sennheiser MKH 40s
12 Audio-Technica 4040s
12 Audio-Technica 4041s
5 Audix DP-7 drum microphone kits
12 DPA 4099 horn, sax and guitar microphones
6 DPA 4066 headset microphones
16 Radial direct boxes
12 Little Labs red eye guitar reampers
Misc. other Shure, AKG, Radial microphones and direct boxes
Misc. K&M and AKG microphone stands and hardware

Breakout/Snake Assemblies and Power Distro:
8 Whirlwind USA Audio W6 Series 28 channel multi cables
Motion Labs power distribution equipment
6 custom band snakes (2 AC & 12 Fiber in 1 Jacket) by Clark Wire & Cable. (News, Source: Brian Quinn)


Friday 11 June 2010

'Viva Las Vegas!' book Out Now: The latest book from Paul Lichter and JAT Productions is out now. JAT have received their copies and will ship them Friday, Saturday and Monday. Viva Las Vegas! is a hardback book featuring unreleased world premiere photographs in stunning color and beautiful black and white. Relive the glory and excitement of Elvis and Ann-Margret on the set and on the town! Swinging, singing action shots and exciting up-close and personal candids.

Go here to watch the trailer advertising the book.


(News, Source:JATPublishing)

"Images - A Photo Documentary - Vol 2" Out Now : Also recently released is this new high quality hardcover book with more than 200 glorious images of Elvis, the greatest entertainer of all time, and mostly unpublished. All photos are from the unique collection of Patrick Janssen. We're proud to present this second volume with again many (unpublished) crystal clear Elvis images in B&W and COLOR from the 50's to the 70's taken mainly from negatives and transparencies. - 250+ images and 200+ unpublished to be exact.
Including: Reflections of the 50's - Elvis At Sun - Tupelo, Mississippi - The Army Years - Welcome Home Elvis - Wild In The Country - Girls! Girls! Girls! - Viva Las Vegas - Stay Away Joe - The Comeback Special - That's The Way It Is - Madison Square Garden - Aloha From Hawaii - Houston 1974 - Last Vegas Season - and many others!!!
This beautiful 120-page photo documentary is printed on high quality paper.

Including free limited edition bonus photocards with the first orders.
Retailing for US$59,95. Check site for details! 
Click here for trailer & more information.
(News, Source;elvismagazine)

Wednesday 9 June 2010

Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'On Stage' and Elvis' Legacy in 2010: Back in March 2010 the pop culture website Popdose published yet another fascinating in-depth interview with the Ernst Jorgensen the keeper of Elvis' musical legacy.
In the interview Ernst discusses the importance of changing people’s general perception of declining "Elvis In Vegas" as well as the influence of Colonel Parker, the new Cirque Du Soleil show and future soundtrack record, the pressure of Elvis playing Vegas, and 'Yoga Is as Yoga Does'!

Click here to this fascinating interview by Popdose's Jon Cummings.

(Interviews, Source;Popdose)

Ed Leek had died: Elvis' Memphis school friend Ed Leek has died. According to friend Maurice Colgan, Ed Leek had been valiantly fighting cancer for two years but recently was feeling more positive and cheerful.
Back in July 1953 Elvis cut his first acetate combining "My Happiness" with "That's When Your Heartaches Begin". Elvis was very excited by his new record and after playing to his parents he then played it to his school friend Ed Leek with whom it remained until its `rediscovery' in 1988. It was licensed by RCA for inclusion in its new fifties box-set.
In a recent Humes High Class of 1953 interview Ed Leek explained..
"I gave Elvis $4.00 to make his first Dub at Sam Phillip's Sun Records. It took him two months to get up the courage to do it. Elvis was very unsure of himself in the early days of his career. I had a good time traveling, double dating, etc. with him until he went into the Army. He would call me to 'round up' the bunch opf about 16 of us in total to come to where ever he was performing. He was afraid there wouldn't be anyone there if we didn't come.
He is still the only singer I listen to. I own the original Acetate along with the music rights to it. I have allowed RCA and Disney to publish the music so the fans can hear the two songs, which I feel are very good. The record has all the elements that later developed into his personal style. I also have the first commercial disk out of the labeling machine at Plastic Products on Chelsea Ave. ('That's All Right' and 'Blue Moon'), which Elvis signed for me. I have always enjoyed my souvenirs, along with my Elvis memories."

Ed Leek became a successful airline pilot Captain Edwin Leek Jnr. for TWA, & American Airlines. (Right:Elvis at Humes High)
(News, Source;EIN/KingsCourt)

'Elvis On Tour' DVD + BluRay releases: According to the pre-order information on the EPE website the new version of 'Elvis On Tour' DVD is Region 1 (U.S.A. and Canada Only) whereas the Blu-Ray Edition is Region Free.
EIN has been told an Australian (Region 4) DVD will be released after the US version. Warners have mentioned a delayed October release in Australia. This is to be confirmed, although an earlier Sydney 'On Tour' special cinema event and promotion for July was cancelled by Warners.

Go here to win tickets to the MEMPHIS August 14, 'Elvis On Tour' special Orpheum Theatre screening.

(News, Source:BrianQuinn/EIN)

'Opening Night 1971' import CD Out Now: Flaming Phoenix Productions has released their first CD simply titled Opening Night 1971. This album features the opening show of Elvis' fourth appearance in Las Vegas as recorded from the soundboard on January 26, 1971.
For the first time EVER all the recordings from this show are assembled together on one CD, including some previously unreleased performances such as '' Johnny B. Goode '' and '' The Wonder Of You '' .
This set will be presented in a digipack . The 1971 recordings from the mixing desk are scarce and less documented than any other year between 1969 and 1977.
Here's your chance to acquire one of those rare moments with The King!
Tracklist 1- Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2-That's All Right; 3-Mystery Train/Tiger Man; 4-Love Me Tender; 5-You Don't Have To Say You Love Me; 6-Sweet Caroline; 7-You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'; 8-Polk Salad Annie; 9-How Great Thou Art (with a false start); 10-Introductions;
11-Johnny B. Goode; 12-Introductions; 13-The Wonder Of You; 14-Introducing Hal B. Wallis; 15-Can't Help Falling In Love; 16-Make The World Go Away; 17-Something; 18-Heartbreak Hotel; 19-Blue Suede Shoes; 20-Hound Dog; 21-One Night; 22-Teddy Bear; 23-Suspicious Minds; 24-The Impossible Dream/closing vamp.
Unfortunately due to recording difficulties this concert was only partly recorded, and needed to be completed with songs from two other shows from the same season. Tracks 5-10 January 27, 1971 MS. Tracks 18-24 Jan 28, 1971 MS.
(News, Source;Email)

Monday 7 June 2010

'High Sierra' FTD Review: On May 16th 1974 Elvis kicked off his 22-concert season at the Sahara Tahoe hotel, his third season at Lake Tahoe. 'High Sierra' features the previously unreleased Elvis Midnight concert of May 21 1974, and more as bonus tracks. It was only eight weeks since Elvis' had completed his 1974 spring tour of the southern states that had cumulated in the famous 'Live On Stage in Memphis' March 20th 1974 concert & album. This CD captures a different mood, along with some delightful surprises including possibly the best version of "Spanish Eyes" ever released.

Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out the highs and lows of this new FTD release.

(FTD Reviews, Source;EIN)

'How Great Thou Art' new FTD Classic Album. On June 21st, FTD will be releasing a deluxe edition of Elvis’ GRAMMY AWARD winning album HOW GREAT THOU ART. How Great Thou Art is the 2-DISC SET in the Classic Album series.

Originally released in 1967 it was Elvis' second Gospel album. The original album featured a collection of thirteen sacred songs including the hit single "Crying In The Chapel".

In addition to the masters, the Classic Album FTD will feature many great outtakes.

The 7" inch digi-pack format includes a 12-page booklet with great photographs and RARE memorabilia.

1 How Great Thou Art
2 In The Garden
3 Somebody Bigger Than You And I
4 Farther Along
5 Stand By Me
6 Without Him
7 So High
8 Where Could I Go But To The Lord
9 By And By
10 If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side
11 Run On
12 Where No One Stands Alone
13 Crying In The Chapel
14 You’ll Never Walk Alone
15 We Call On Him
16 If Everyday Was Like Christmas
17 How Great Thou Art – takes 1 & 2
18 Somebody Bigger Than You And I – takes 1,3,11
19 Stand By Me – takes 1 & 2
20 Without Him – take 1
21 So High – take 1
22 By And By – take 4
23 If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side – take 1
24 Run On – takes 1 & 2
25 Where No One Stands Alone – takes 1 & 4 s/p
26 You’ll Never Walk Alone – take 1
27 We Call On Him – takes 1 & 2

1 Run On – takes 3-6
2 Stand By Me – takes 5-7
3 Stand By Me – takes 9 & 10
4 Where No One Stands Alone – takes 2, 3 & wp 1
5 Where No One Stands Alone – wp takes 2, 3 & 5
6 So High – takes 2 & 3
7 Farther Along – takes 1& 2
8 By And By – takes1, 2, 3, 4 (fs), 5 & 7
9 By And By – takes 8 & 9
10 In The Garden – takes 1-3
11 Somebody Bigger Than You And I – take 12
12 Somebody Bigger Than You And I – tks14 (fs), 15 & wp 5
13 Without Him – takes 4 & 8
14 Without Him – takes 11, 13 & 14
15 If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side – takes 2-4
16 If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side – take 6
17 If Every Day Was Like Christmas – takes 1 & 2 (undubbed master)
18 We Call On Him – takes 4 & 5
19 We Call On Him – take 7
20 We Call On Him – take 8
21 You’ll Never Walk Alone – take 2
22 You’ll Never Walk Alone – takes 3, 4, 6 & 8
(News, Source;FTD)

Blue Hawaii FTD Vinyl LP Deleted: The recent 'Blue Hawaii' FTD Vinyl edition is to be deleted. A truly delightful presentation, this recent 'Blue Hawaii' double-album will become an Elvis collector's item as soon as stock is used up.

Check out your dealers for final copies.

(News, Source;FTD)

Sunday 6 June 2010

Rare Louisville footage: Thanks to Thomas Melin from the Elvis Today Blogspot for this link.

The video footage runs for around 30 minutes!!

Elvis' love life told tenderly - 'Baby, Let's Play House' tells of Elvis Presley's passion, heartbreak (Book Review): In the hands of a lesser writer, a book about Elvis Presley's love life might have been an unmitigated, vulgar disaster. In the well-informed, creative hands of author Alanna Nash, we are thankfully given a journey that informs us as much about ourselves as it does about Elvis and his love life.

Let's be honest, Elvis was all about sex from the start: It was the repressed sexuality of the '50s that seemed to melt in heat waves emanating from his swiveling hips, the innocent screaming teen desire that surrounded him onstage and the housewife whose drudgery was relieved if but for a moment by fantasies of this unusual new artist with the bedroom eyes.

Nash pulls from this heated miasma a frank and fascinating portrait of an essentially lonely man. That she does so with grace and intelligence instead of tabloid vulgarity speaks both of her respect for the material and her own talents as an artist: When I read her phrase " ... the cantilevered poetry of Elvis's swiveling midsection ... " I knew I was in good hands. That description, like the book itself, is the work of a master.

Author Nash is wise to assume that the reader comes to the Elvis story fresh. Readers who are unfamiliar with all but the most basic Elvis narrative will find the Elvis story told from birth, but in a manner likely not used before: from the point of view of the women, as presaged by the book's subtitle.

There are dozens of stories -- both sweet and lurid -- to enthrall anyone with a fascination of the depths of stardom only achieved by a very few, among them Elvis Aaron Presley. From his youth to his tragic death, from lean, loose-hipped newcomer to thick, aging superstar, women adored this honey-voiced Southerner and the aura of sex that surrounded him.

There is no little amount of space spent trying to "explain" Elvis and his interactions with women -- including his mother. That seemed almost unnecessary to me. The stories and their telling are fascinating enough to need no deeper exploration; readers will draw their own conclusions, anyway. What Nash does is remind the reader that Elvis was influential, talented, and -- above all -- human. After decades of hearing Fat Elvis jokes, one cannot help feeling a tinge of guilt when shown the depth of Elvis's talent, his generosity and his warmth, and reminded that the manner of his death was truly heartbreaking. The women in his life -- loyal to a fault -- still remember him with great passion, as if each felt she was the love of his life. After reading this book, I suspect that, in one way or another, each of them is right. (Source: Scott Coffman, Courier-Journal.com)

Read EIN's detailed review of Baby, Let's Play House

Read EIN's three part interview with author, Alanna Nash

New bid expected for CKX/EPE: Music industry titan Irving Azoff has decided to back Allen Shapiro's fight to buy "American Idol" franchise owner CKX Inc. Azoff, while not putting up any money immediately, is ready to pony up as much as $200 million for a minority stake in the company -- between 25 percent and 33 percent -- should the Shapiro-fronted bid prevail, sources said.

Shapiro's bid is backed by JPMorgan Chase's private-equity arm, One Equity Partners. The group has bid $550 million to $560 million. It is battling a group headed by Simon Fuller, who helped expand the "American Idol" franchise in its early years and later sold his company, 19 Entertainment, to CKX in 2005 for $300 million.

Fuller, who created the Spice Girls and is still an advisor to CKX, has made a $600 million bid, according to reports. Both Fuller and Shapiro are in the hunt for the publicly listed company, which is valued at around $460 million. In addition to Idol, CKX owns rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

Azoff wants a "deal for exploiting the management of the [American Idol] acts and the tour," said a source familiar with the situation. The 62-year-old executive chairman of Live Nation, which is promoting the Glee tour, feels he could be valuable in helping to market future Idol tours, the source said. A representative for Azoff had no comment. Shapiro and Greg O'Hara, who runs One Equity Partners, have been in New York this week for meetings with CKX to outline their offer, which would involve Shapiro moving in as CEO of CKX, sources said.

Shapiro also runs the TV Guide channel and helped facilitate a leveraged buyout of Dick Clark Productions.

Fuller is in partnership with former Barclays Capital executive Roger Jenkins. One wrinkle in the proceedings is former CKX CEO Robert Sillerman -- who exited the company unexpectedly a few weeks ago. Some say Shapiro had a hand in forcing out Sillerman -- who had been working with One Equity Partners in its bid.

Sillerman, 60, described as a "wounded bear," has a 20 percent stake in CKX. He was replaced by CEO Michael Ferrel. Both bidders would also have to convince other CKX shareholders, including Presley family members, of the benefits of their bid. A spokesman for CKX had no comment.

Another source close to proceedings said he would bet on a Shapiro win. "They don't have all the sturm and drang that the others have," said this financial executive. The strength of the bids imply that the Fox hit "American Idol" still has plenty of life left even as the latest finale ratings were down compared to previous years, and key judge Simon Cowell is leaving. Cowell's departure has prompted a torrent of speculation about who might replace him. Bret Michaels, the rock singer and the winner of "Celebrity Apprentice 3," is among names that have surfaced in the press.

Idol remains the top-rated show on TV helping Fox to win its sixth-straight season in the key advertiser demo of 18-49 year olds. This year's finale was watched by 24.2 million viewers. (Sale of EPE, Source: Elvis Matters) 

Rock Around the Clock book/CD: A new release in Holland/Belgium is this Dutch book with 4 CDs and 100 hit recordings: "Rock Around The Clock".

The book and CD set focusses on the carreers of rock giants such as Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Pat Boone, Fats Domino and many others. Written in Dutch, though. (News, Source: Elvis News/Elvis Matters)

Aussie chart update: On tomorrow's ARIA Music DVD Chart, Elvis The King of Rock 'n' Roll rises 2 spots to #36. It is certified 3xP and has been on the chart for 108 weeks with a high position of #4.


Friday 4 June 2010

'A Tribute to Elvis' Michael Jarrett CD Review: Michael Jarrett, a key performer in the "Original Elvis Tribute Show " show that recently rock'n'rolled through Europe, has recently released a CD of not only his compositions but also other songs as a "Tribute To Elvis."
Jarrett was part of the band ‘Kenny Brewer and The Volcanoes’ as far back as 1959 and spent time on tour with Jerry Lee Lewis so he has certainly done his time on-the-road and with the musical greats. Hearing sixties musicians bringings the true heart and soul to their own songs often adds a new heart-breaking emotion that can carries the listener to another level.

Southern-Soul music lover Piers Beagley checks out this enticing mix of songs - and wishes he had been at the concerts!

(CD Review, Source;EIN)

'Tupelo Elvis Festival' - this weekend: The international festival in honour of Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Mississippi's native son, The Tupelo Elvis Festival is on this weekend June 3-6, 2010. The Tupelo Festival started in 1999 and includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Round as part of the event. Elvis fans are going to be thrilled as the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Ultimate ETA contest winners will return to the Lyric in Downtown Tupelo for this year's show. Bill Cherry, Brandon Bennett and Shawn Klush will all be performing along with the EAS Band. Other events include Queen for a King Beauty Pageant, Elvis Festival Parade, Elvis Movie Poster Exhibit and Sunday Gospel Concert.
(News, Source;EIN)

'Elvis the Man & His Music' #88 Out Now:  Our favourite Elvis music magazine 'ETM&HM' #88 is out now - and for the first time features plenty of colour pages inside!
This contents include articles on - Audience-Recorded exclusives! songs that only exist as Audience Recordings, Rare photos of Elvis and Ann-Margret, Rare Japanese EP Covers, Myrna Smith and Estelle Brown Of The Sweet Inspirations Interviewed By Arjan Deelen, CD & Book reviews plus a fascinating article by Keith Flynn on ‘Remasters’ The Sources Used For recent Elvis Releases plus lots more.
EIN rather liked the review of Alanna Nash's controversial book, 'Baby, Let's Play House' that includes,, "Good books about Elvis are hard to find... Occasionally though something turns up and proves itself worthy of some serious attention. In my view, 'Baby, Let's Play House' is one of them. ..This is serious attempt to review an aspect of Elvis' life which, hitherto, has been dealt with superficially (often pruriently by lesser writers) and with little attempt to explain beyond the obvious: that Elvis was an enormously talented and charismatic Lothario who could pull most chicks with a flutter of his sexy eyes. Self evidently, there was more to his sexuality and relationships with the opposite sex than this.... "
And Elvis music fanatics should not miss Keith Flynn's exhaustive work on the recent SONY/BMG Remasters.  
On the recent Franklin Mint release who would have spotted this..

"The original master of 'Rags To Riches' is Take 4 with a vocal repair on "cuss me" (changed to "kiss me"), spliced with the line "tell me you're mine ever more" from Take 3, along with a piano 'intro' overdub. For the release of 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' ('70s box) they used just the repaired Take 4, without the line from Take 3. Curiously it is also missing some backing vocal overdubs and the piano. For the new remaster they have created a completely new splice. Again it's mainly Take 4, but they have now used a splice from "...that I'm living for, hold me and kiss me, and tell me you're mine ever more" from Take 3. I hate to admit it, but it actually sounds better this way!"

Go here to subscribe to the great magazine to get all the finer details and reviews...

Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with author Alanna Nash
(News, Source;EIN)

'Back In Memphis' Elvis Week Concert: Elvis Unlimited are bringing their acclaimed 'Back In Memphis' concert to Elvis Week on August 12th, 2010 with a brand new show featuring several musicians who worked with Elvis including Billy Swan and Reggie Young


You can order your tickets now and VIP ticket holders will get a chance to meet & greet with the musicians backstage before the show!

Go here for tickets and information. 


(News, Source;ElvisUnlimited)

Thursday 3 June 2010

'The Elvis Files Vol. 3' Book Review: 'The Elvis Files Vol. 3' 1960 – 1964 contains over 1200 stunning photos in its 470 pages and all in quality printing. It includes all ELVIS events in "1960 to 1964", Every Working Moment, over 200 newly discovered photos, multiple interviews, the Hawaii and Memphis 1961 Shows with Rare Pictures and all the movies from G.I. Blues up to 1964 are covered in great detail.

There is no doubt that this is a labour of love for Norwegian Erik Lorentzen, author and long time Elvis fan, who has found a ton of images and information never before published.

But it isn't a cheap book and many fans want to know what it really includes and what format it takes.

(Book Reviews, Source;EIN)

'Growing Up With Elvis in Britain' - New e-Book: Author Nigel Goodall and digital distributors Andrews UK Limited are pleased to announce the exclusive digital only release of Growing Up With Elvis in Britain, a unique and personal biography of the Elvis Presley phenomenon in Britain from 1962 to 1967, which examines the influence that Elvis had over millions of British teenagers during an era when Elvis could only be seen on the big screen and heard on the radio under a blanket at night.
Goodall, an ardent fan since he was 12 years old, will present his book in the spirit of the excitement that was present just six months before he was a teenager… from having to queue up to buy Elvis’s latest record to bunking off school to go and see his latest movie, and from secretly swapping Elvis bubblegum cards in the school playground to sneaking Elvis Monthly into the classroom to read under his desk and in between lessons.
Spanning five years of Presley, the book will offer a chance for every Elvis fan and reader to reminisce or discover what it was like to be an Elvis fan in Britain in the 1960s - from both the fan perspective and that of Elvis’s career. It will also offer up an insightful recounting of the British pop scene at the time, and how Elvis maintained his place as the top pop star in Britain with a string of movies that were mostly built around a largely archetype formula of exotic locations, songs and girls.
From the moment the author went to see Elvis’s tenth film, ‘Kid Galahad’, and despite not knowing much about who Elvis really was, he left the cinema enough of a Presley fan to know when he grew up, that is who he wanted to be like.
Growing Up With Elvis In Britain will offer a personal account of how the author was swept along on a journey by the sounds and images of Elvis during the 1960s. Drenched in humour, passion and musical history, the book will also examine how Elvis rode the storm of Beatlemania - and survived the onslaught during a decade that threw up some of the biggest frustrations and pitfalls of Elvis’s career.
It will be the first time a book on Elvis would offer an explanation on how a fan’s fanaticism paralleled Elvis’s own fanatical frustrations towards the same films that were now packing teenagers into hundred of cinemas across Britain, and will reveal information about the 1963 abandoned tour, cancelled film and lost album.
Set to premiere in the winter of 2010 on iTunes and Amazon, and two weeks later, at over 240 global retail outlets and libraries, this exclusive eBook and MP3 audiobook will illustrate the lasting impression Elvis left on the author and millions of other fans in Britain. It would also be the first to recapture the excitement of what it was really like to see Elvis on the big screen in the early 60s amidst complete and total frenzy inside a cinema, where girls were literally screaming, standing up and pulling their hair out every time Elvis was on screen, sang a song, or jiggled a little.
EIN will carry more exclusive news soon - plus excerpts from this great book.
(News, Source: Nigel Goodall)

Excellent Reviews For ‘The ORIGINAL ELVIS TRIBUTE 2010’: This May, ’The Original Elvis Tribute 2010’ took Europe by storm, with 10 amazing shows in Spain, Holland, Finland, Italy, Belgium and Poland. Sold-out shows, excited audiences and fantastic performances made these shows truly memorable. We are now getting the first reviews in, which also reflect the impact that these shows made.
Stefania Pruszyńska  of ‘Gazeta Autorska IMPRESJee’ in Poland wrote: „Robert Washington was incredibly close to Elvis Presley, both vocally and performance-wise. His splendid performance left a very strong impression. It was almost like Elvis himself was rocking the audience. There was a remarkable naturalness about him.
During the break, one lady could be overheard saying that it had always been her ambition to see Elvis in person, and she added that this concert had almost fulfilled her dream. (...) The band was superb too, excellent craftsmanship with a great deal of artistry, passion and love for Elvis Presley. (...) Audiences at theatre shows here usually barely show emotions, usually only displaying their appreciation with an extended applause at the end, however in this case the verdict for the artists from the other side of the Atlantic was various standing ovations!”.
Heidi Kojonen from the cultural webzine ‘Webbop’ in Vaasa, Finland observed: “Suddenly we were transported to Las Vegas and the whole room vibrated. This is as far from a cheap imitation as it gets. Robert Washington was virtually the embodiment of Elvis. His voice was sometimes eerily close, and there was no mistaking those hip movements. (…)  Robert Washington is the King of Vaasa, and this tribute show is the best way to celebrate The King at present. (…) The presence of Michael Jarrett and Duke Bardwell gave the concert extra weight, but these men don’t live on their old merits only. Bardwell did an excellent bluesy re-interpretation of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ that gave the concert extra dept”, while Frantic Franky of the Dutch rootsmusic webzine ‘Boppin’ Around’ noted that the show is,  “An excellent Elvis night with more than its fair share of rock ‘n’ roll. Not one second of pathetic imitations, and that’s the way it should be”.
’The Original Elvis Tribute’ will be returning to Europe in 2011.
(News, Source;elvisnews.dk)

New Colonel Parker book from ElvisMatters: Called 'The Travel Log - In Search of Colonel Parker' for the first time ever, the Van Kuijk Family opens its archives to ElvisMatters. The result is the new book with private pictures of the Colonel at his home, and the COMPLETE picture report of the only visit to the US by the Colonel's brother Ad in 1961. See pictures of the Colonel at his house, with a huge wall of gold and silver records. Read the documents, and follow the footsteps of the Colonel’s brother when he “went to see Elvis and the Colonel”. Needless to say that the picture that Elvis signed for the Colonel’s brother will be included in the book too. As a free bonus, there's the single recorded by Ad van Kuijk (the Colonel's brother) while visiting the USA. Limited edition of 500 copies.
There will be a special launch for the book on June 26th 2010. ElvisMatters invites all Elvis fans to attend this special Elvis-evening in Breda for free! June 26th, 8 pm, Breda (Holland). Address: Centrale bibliotheek, Molenstraat 6, 4811 GS Breda. GO HERE for details
(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

'Our Memories of Elvis Vols1&2'  and 'Faded Love' Out Now: Both new import titles have now been released.

Go HERE to EIN's '2010 CD releases' page for tracklisting and details.


(News, Source;EMail)

Sweets Inspirations looking for temporary replacement for Myrna: According to Elvis Matters it looks as if the Sweet Inspirations will continue to tour, even though Myrna is forced to take a break. Estelle Brown and Portia Griffin are trying to get another person to work in her place. Myrna is doing well, although she says the kidney treatments are really draining. She does take them three times a week at three hours per session. Hang in there Myrna, we're thinking of you!

(News, Source; Elvis Matters)

Tuesday 1 June 2010

'Elvis Coming Home' STAR DVD review: The STAR label has just released their ‘ELVIS: Coming Home’ DVD which features an all new mixture with brand new edits of Elvis' songs and videos highlighting the fascinating late-sixties period.

Running 70 minutes and with 25 tracks some of the featured songs include Going Home, Just Call Me Lonesome, Fools Fall in Love, A Little Less Conversation, It Hurts Me, Let Yourself Go, Power of My Love, Tomorrow is A Long Time, Singing Tree, I’m Movin’ On, Come What May, All I Needed Was the Rain, Almost in Love, U.S. Male, Too Much Monkey Business, Stay Away and Almost.

STAR have created NEW video clips using all the Elvis footage available. This includes TV footage, rare photographs, movie clips and personal Home Videos. 

EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new release and discovers some true creativity, fun and sexiness along the way,, Go here to the handsome 'US Male!'

(Celluloid Review, Source;EIN)

Dennis Hopper, 74, deals his final card: Dennis Hopper, whose portrayals of drug-addled, often deranged misfits in the landmark films “Easy Rider,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet” drew on his early out-of-control experiences as part of a new generation of Hollywood rebel, died last Saturday May 29 at his home in Venice, California. He was 74.
Dennis Hopper first won praise in Hollywood as a teenager in 1955 for his portrayal of an epileptic on the NBC series “Medic” and for a small part in the James Dean film “Rebel Without a Cause.” He confirmed his status as a rising star the next year, as the son of a wealthy rancher played by Rock Hudson in “Giant,” the epic western also starring Elizabeth Taylor and Dean.
Soon Hopper was traveling in social circles with James Dean and, like Elvis, he also had a romantic liason with Natalie Wood. (see photo below)
Dennis Hopper married five times including one of eight days in 1970 to the singer Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. He is survived by four children.
On March 26, surrounded by friends like Jack Nicholson and director David Lynch, Hopper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Looking frail, he began his brief acceptance speech by sardonically thanking the paparazzi for supposedly distracting him and causing him to lose his balance and fall the day before. He continued, “Everyone here today that I’ve invited — and obviously some that I haven’t invited — have enriched my life tremendously.”
In 1994 Dennis Hopper spoke on the BBC about his time knowing Elvis.
Dennis Hopper: Elvis came and knocked on my door ... He was the biggest star in the country and I was living in a duplex apartment, and he came and knocked on the door and I opened the door and there was standing Elvis Presley, and he introduced himself and I said, "I know who you are".
Elvis said, "I hate to bother you like this, but ... er ... you knew James Dean and I'm really interested in what James Dean was like. May I come in?"
I said "Sure, come in." So we spent a couple of weeks together. He wanted to see where he lived, he wanted to see various places... I showed him around Hollywood and this is before he had all of his cousins with him, all of his bodyguards - the big entourage. We got to know each other pretty well for the two weeks. He was a very sweet and innocent, naive kind of guy.
Elvis was nice. He was a tremendous star at the time. He was a big, big star. He was making a million dollars for 'Love Me Tender', which nobody made.
... at the time.. he was very, very naive. But it's unfortunate, I think he could have been a really wonderful actor if he hadn't of... I don't know, he got involved in this singing-actor number and did these strange little movies which made a lot of money, but I think that if Elvis had ever done a serious role and been directed properly... he could have been quite marvellous.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/ETMHM)

'The Original Elvis Tribute 2010'- An Elvis band on Tour: The Original Elvis Tribute 2010 rock'n'rolled through Holland, Poland, Finland, Spain, Italy and Belgium last month. This year the band featured incredible Robert Washington on lead vocals, Chris Casello on guitar, the lovely Sue Moreno on vocals, Duke Bardwell on bass, Michael Jarrett on keyboards, and Maxwell Gantt Kees Jr. on drums. 

Arjan Deelen produced and managed the tour. In this fascinating spotlight he reflects on the passion, power and magic that an ELVIS show can create - plus the highs and lows of being on the road...

Go here to this fascinating insider's look at this recent 2010 European Tour featuring plenty of Video Clips and rockin' photos.


(Spotlight, Source;EIN/Arjan Deelen)

Marty Lacker replies to Paul Lichter's comments -"I'm assuming Lichter was speaking of me as the so-called Memphis Mafia member who has made those comments about him not knowing Elvis....."
- Go here to the Paul Lichter interview with Marty Lacker's detailed response -

Elvis third on the Rolling Stone "500 Greatest Songs" List: The latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine presents the 2010 list for the "500 Greatest Songs of All-Time" – an updated edition of a list that came out back in 2004.
This year Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' was the #1 song of all-time.
No surprise that The Beatles were top with 23 as the most songs on the list, The Rolling Stones second with 17 songs. Our man ELVIS was third with 11 songs - not bad for a perfomer who died 32 years ago!

Fans must remember that Rolling Stone magazine started in 1967 well after Elvis' most creative period.

The surprise is that The Beatles only just scraped in to the Top Ten with 'Hey Jude' at #8!
Elvis' top song was 'Hound Dog' at #19.

Here is the Top Ten - plus all of Elvis' placings.
1. "Like a Rolling Stone" – Bob Dylan
2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – The Rolling Stones
3. "Imagine" – John Lennon
4. "What's Going On" – Marvin Gaye
5. "Respect" – Aretha Franklin
6. "Good Vibrations" – The Beach Boys
7. "Johnny B. Goode" – Chuck Berry
8. "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" – Nirvana
10. "What'd I Say" – Ray Charles

Click here for the full list of 500 songs.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

19. "Hound Dog" – Elvis Presley
45. "Heartbreak Hotel" – Elvis Presley
67. "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley
77. "Mystery Train" – Elvis Presley
91. "Suspicious Minds" – Elvis Presley
113. "That's All Right" – Elvis Presley
200. "Don't Be Cruel" – Elvis Presley
361. "All Shook Up" – Elvis Presley
403. "Can't Help Falling in Love" – Elvis Presley
430. "Blue Suede Shoes" – Elvis Presley
444. " Love Me Tender" – Elvis Presley

"Rare Elvis Volume 5 - Celluloid Treasures" now available!!!: The latest volume in the popular Rare Elvis series has been released. Silver pressed CD (not a CDR!) with many highlights!! (see full track listing below)

After the enourmous success of RARE ELVIS VOLUME 4, which was sold out within a week,  there was great demand for a follow up. And here it is. RARE ELVIS VOLUME 5 - CELLULOID TREASURES, focuses on, as the title suggests,  Elvis´ movie career, from the 50s thru the 60s.

Among the 25 tracks on this SILVER PRESSED CD ( NO CD-R!!) there are many highlights, tracks that are rarely available elsewhere. One of the tracks, ROUSTABOUT, has been a recent news item in ElvisWorld as this is a very rare outtake, that sold lately for a little over 1,100 $US on ebay, and was only available on the ´Memphis Tennessee´ 1982 bootleg LP but.... in incorrect speed. Now on this CD you´ll hear it as it was recorded, in the best ever sound quality. A real must have!!

Other highlights includes the COMPLETE version ( with intro and extra verse!!) of I´ve Got To Find My Baby´ , never released on CD before, and a stunning unreleased harmony version of ´Could I Fall In Love´ , the undubbed master of ´Theres Gold In The Mountains´ ( which circulated in the bootleg circuit for many years, but is here available for the first time in an unheard beautiful sound quality), the much sought after ´Love Me Tender´ stereo version, hilarious outtakes of both ´Shake That Tambourine´ and ´Britches´ and.....many many more, including  4 UNRELEASED TRACKS for the first time available on CD!!

If you liked volume 4 of RARE ELVIS and all previous volumes,  we are most certain that you will enjoy this new volume 5 and will play it over and over again. CD comes in a stunning jewel case with 4- page booklet packed with lots of great and rare pics! LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies

Tracks: Love Me Tender - Stereo version; We’re Gonna Move – take 9 stereo; Treat Me Nice - (2nd movie version) take 7 ; What’s She Really Like - take 8/ Insert take 20; Pocketful Of Rainbows – take 25; Britches – take 1,2,3,4 + insert edit.; King of the Whole Wide World – take 25; Home is Where the Heart is – take 20; This is Living – take 8; Viva Las Vegas – take 2; There’s Gold In the Mountains – undubbed master; Kissin’Cousins – hillbilly vocal overdub; Roustabout – alternate take, correct speed *; I’ve Got to Find My Baby – unreleased uncut version ( with extra verse )*; Shake that Tambourine – spliced take (break up version)*; Wisdom of the Ages – take 2; Sand Castles – take 9; Am I Ready – take 2; Could I Fall in Love – alternate harmony take *; I’ll Take Love – take 2B; The Girl I Never Loved – take 8,10, 11; Stay Away – take 12,13; Wonderful World – vocal overdub master (take 17); Rubberneckin’ – take 1,2 (undubbed master); Let us Pray – alternate master. * unreleased (News, Source: Email)

NOTE: EIN suspects the ‘Gold In The Mountains’ undubbed Master is the usual ‘left audio channel only’ version.
See EIN's 'Elvis ~ A Legendary Performer Volume 7' Madison review here - they tried the same trick!

 “Geraceland” (CD Review) - rap beats and cool grooves re-energise the Elvis legacy: Leading Australian Elvis stylist, Mick Gerace, has spent the last year recording his latest album, the cleverly titled Geraceland.  Featured on the album are the legendary James Burton, Sweet Inspirations and Aussie hip hop artist, Tone Z.

Together Mick and the group have produced a masterful concoction which contemporarises the Elvis catalog with a heady mix of rap beats, cool grooves and engaging vibe.  The music traverses rich territory including a blistering My Babe, funky blues Polk Salad Annie and a sublime rap take on Stranger In My Own Home Town.  Geraceland is a vibrant aural experience which impresses with its modern sound but familiar lyrics.

Read EIN’s full review

Paul Lichter talks exclusively to EIN: Noted publisher of numerous deluxe, limited edition coffee table books on Elvis, Paul Lichter, opens up to EIN about his involvement with Joe Tunzi on the Viva Las Vegas! release and also Paul's own release, Paul Lichter Presents Elvis in Vegas.

In addition, Paul discusses his amazing Elvis collection; his Internet/mail order organisation, Elvis Unique; controversy surrounding the release of both the Forever Young Forever Beautiful album and Paul's Eddie Fadal audio material; and his friendship with Colonel Parker, including one particularly amusing and business savvy proposal.

Paul also announces the upcoming opportunity for 5 lucky EIN readers to win a numbered copy (001 to 005) of his Viva Las Vegas! release with Joe Tunzi! (Interview, Source: EIN)

'Elvis Presley In Concert' returns for 2011 Tour: The Stig Edgren Events website shows that the 'Elvis In Concert' video screen show will keep touring again next year. The producer of the shows indicates that the tour will hit the road again in the fall of 2011.

‘Elvis Presley In Concert‘ will hit international shores again in 2011. Further details and 2011 dates are not posted as yet. The major concert series with the TCB Band has recently complete a tour of Europe.


Go here to STIG Events & the promo poster.

(News, Source;SEG/BrianQuinn)

'Our Memories Of Elvis Vol.1 & 2' new import release: Revisiting the 'Our memories of Elvis' albums (a.k.a. 'More of the pure Elvis sounds') from 32 years ago, we came to realize that Joan Deary did have a vision well ahead of time. Nowadays we're craving for recordings like this.
Unfortunately, at the time most fans didn't understand the concept of these two albums. These weren't ever intended to be 'undubbed recordings'. Both 'Our Memories Of Elvis' and 'Our Memories Of Elvis - volume 2' are mainly the masters which were completely remixed and edited. Most overdubbed recordings and in a few cases also parts that were recorded at the original sessions were left out of the mix to get more out of Elvis' voice. Obviously, in some instances this left gaps in the sound, so the engineer had to remix it! With these releases, Joan Deary showed that her musical vision was right… Most songs sound much better in their stripped form.
The main reason for this project was that there were many requests at the time from fans complaining about the fact that Elvis' voice was buried under the many instruments and backings. 'Can we have a more pure Elvis…' - well, that's what they got in 1979.
Purists complained that it is tampering with 'original' recordings. (Would it have been okay if it had been done a few years earlier?). Many forget the purpose of making music… In order to survive as an artist, you need to go along with your time and the music will stay in the mainstream. Elvis is an artist who, if treated well, will survive the new eras also.
This release is a must-have and a rare one at the same time. SONY-BMG/ FTD decided that this is not an essential release, simply because it was done in 1979. They focus on the masters "as is", and the undubbed takes. This leaves out these essential remixes, which are not done anymore with the multi-track recordings. Only minor adjustments are being made these days, without the intention to redo the old job for a new / more up-to-date version of a song. Many lesser-known artists have re-releases with updated sound, why not Elvis, the King of Music himself!
We seriously remastered these two albums in detail from newly discovered Joan Deary reference tapes which included an unreleased track, "It's easy for you", which was cut out of the Volume 2 because of the total running time - likely because of the long jam "Don't Think Twice It's All Right."
The song selection is well-chosen within his concept. The slightly longer silences between the songs give you comfortable time to get into the next song.
The words that can describe this release are breath-taking, magical, intimate, perfect … PURE ELVIS. Brilliantly remastered and incomparable to any other previous release! This new release is perfect introduction to a more personal encounter with Elvis.
1. Are You Sincere (2:06)
2. It's Midnight (3:26)
3. My Boy (3:00)
4. Girl Of Mine (3:45)
5. Take Good Care Of Her (2:58)
6. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (3:47)
7. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming (2:55)
8. Spanish Eyes (2:29)
9. Never Again (2:56)
10. She Thinks I Still Care (3.56)
11. Solitaire (4:45)

12. I Got A Feelin' In My Body (3:41)
13. Green Green Grass Of Home (3:41)
14. For The Heart (3:35)
15. She Wears My Ring (3:29)
16. I Can Help (4:08)
17. Way Down (2:41)
18. There's A Honky Tonk Angel (3:11)
19. Find Out What's Happening (2:46)
20. Thinking About You (3:32)
21. Don't Think Twice It's All Right (8:41)
22. It’s Easy For You (3:30)
(News, Source;Victrola)

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