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Friday 30 November 2012

'Prince From Another Planet’ In-Depth Review: Of all the live concert recordings released by RCA during Elvis Presley’s lifetime, none carried the historic significance of his long-awaited New York City shows at Madison Square Garden and now the two RCA recorded concerts and newly found fan-filmed video footage been released in one deluxe package for the 40th Anniversary Edition.

"PRINCE? MAKE THAT KING!" - Go here as Arjan Deelen reviews the new Sony ‘Prince From Another Planet’ package.

It’s been a while since a new Elvis release generated as much publicity as ‘Prince From Another Planet’ - But is it as good as our high expectations?

(CDReviews, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'The Bicentennial King Vol. 5' New Import CD: The fifth release by the Millbranch Music label is another complete performance by Elvis Presley in the year of 1976. From May 6, 1976, this very long show (more than 90 mins) would not fit on one cd so this release simply has to be a 2CD set.
Out by December 7, 2012 this will be factory pressed, limited to only 300 copies with an 8 page booklet containing lots of photos and information regarding Elvis´ last concert series in Lake Tahoe. The sound is very good for an audience recording and Elvis is delivering a decent show with some rare songs, being in good spirits. This concert has NOT been released yet on factory pressed cd. All you fans out there know what to expect from Elvis´ 76 Lake Tahoe performances - so if you are interested be advised to get your copy as soon as you can.
EIN Note- Super-collector CiscoKing comments.... One of the best Spring 1976 shows with many rarities and Elvis being in a good mood. A highlight from this time.... We have 2 sources on cdr.. one in a bit better sound and slightly incomplete during the intros.. the other one a hair worse and complete..
The source here seems complete and the sound should be fine, too (for an audience recording) as I have heard.

Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FECC/Millbranch/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Love Me’ New Vinyl EP!: Coming soon a ‘Compact 33 EP’ that could have been released in December, 1960. Supposedly everything was ready for this release back then. There is recently discovered official RCA paperwork - ‘RCA Listing Notice’ – that shows the preparation for the release, assigning catalogue number ‘LPC-123’ to the release. For reasons still unknown the release was withdrawn at the very last moment. The title track ‘Love Me’ was obviously well chosen to be released just before the Christmas of 1960. The other tracks ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and  ‘Jailhouse Rock’ are of course huge hits for and by Elvis, adding excitement to the release. Now, 52 years later, this EP is finally released to and for the Elvis fans! A fantastic produced release in a stunning and wonderful looking full color sleeve. The EP is available in traditional black colored vinyl but also in special blue colored vinyl.
Check out your local dealers. This is selling for a higher price than 'Prince From Another Planet'! - a real collector's item!
(News, Source;ElvisTime/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 28 November 2012

US Congress considers 'Elvis Presley Day': While official Washington is preoccupied with such serious matters as averting sharp tax increases and severe government spending cuts Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) is focusing his efforts on passing an official declaration to observe Jan. 8 as “Elvis Presley Day.”
The resolution introduced this week is cosponsored by eight House Democrats and a lone Republican, and would recognize Presley’s birth in Tupelo, Miss. in 1935.
“Elvis Presley remains one of the most famous American entertainers of all time whose influence on music and whose cultural impact continues today,” the resolution said.
The legislation also notes that in addition to Presley’s vast catalogue of work — 750 songs and one billion records sold worldwide — the King of Rock and Roll also served honorably in the Army.
“Whereas Elvis Presley often shared his success with the less fortunate through benefit concerts and contributions to charity … (he also) exemplified the American dream by pulling himself up from poverty through hard work and personal talent,” the resolution said.
“Whereas in a time when the trade deficits of the United States continue to grow, the sustained export of American music and culture is a uniquely American product that can never be replaced by foreign competitors,” the resolution said.
Presley’s home Graceland is designated as a National Historic Landmark while iin 1993, the Post Office issued a first class stamp featuring Presley’s likeness, and is one of the most popular stamps sold.
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for consideration, but with only a few weeks left in the congressional session, it does not stand a strong chance of passage.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Humes High School to Close: It was announced this week that six Memphis city schools will be closed because of the low student occupancy.
One of the schools is the former Humes High School that Elvis, Marty Lacker and Red West attended back in the 50's.  For the past decade or more it was changed to Humes Middle School and no longer a high school.
(Photo right: Elvis in class, is the kid at the back distracted with a comic book!)
Humes, on the National Register of Historic Places for famous graduate Elvis Presley, is the face of an exodus in North Memphis running its course since the '80s when International Harvester, Kimberly-Clark and Firestone left town.
Like Elvis, Humes once served students who lived in densely populated public housing development. By 1999, fewer than half of the 450 units at Hurt Village were occupied; at Lauderdale Courts, the fraction was much smaller. As early as last spring, Cash anticipated Humes would be closed or repurposed. The sixth grade was moved to Gordon this fall, taking 140 students.
Marty Lacker comented to EIN that.. "The Mayor announced that the plans for the building will be changed to a school for the performing arts.  How fitting is that."
(News, Source/MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Cliff Richard and Elvis Duets Album: Sir Cliff Richard (now aged 72) would like to record a Cliff and Elvis 'Duets' Album and has already contacted EPE but they appear to have turned it down. He even has the album cover ready.
Early on he was known as Britain's answer to Elvis Presley but emerged as a superstar in his own right. It's estimated that Cliff has sold 250 million records over his career, from early on with The Shadows to his hugely successful solo career.
Cliff Richard talked about this and other matters on Australian ABC radio while he is downunder on tour. (Click here to listen)
EIN contributor Brian Quinn comments... Personally, I cannot see him ever getting permission for a whole album, however, he may be one of the artists likely to be featured on the rumoured 'Elvis Duets' Album which is still being considered.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'THE FAITHFUL: The King, the Pope, the Princess' new documentary: 'The Faithful' is a new documentary by Annie Bergman Director/Co-Producer that is in pre-production is asking for you to help with 'KickStarter' funding.
The 'The Faithful' is a meditation on art, religious expression, commerce, and copyright. It interweaves trips to Graceland, the Vatican, and Kensington Palace; and examines the complexities that bind us to celebrities, images, religion, and one another.
Participants include everyday people like Joe Passos, an Elvis fan who shares his Elvis traditions with his family; Maria Lindberg, a Princess Diana fan from Florida; Rockin’ Robin Rosaaen a lifelong Elvis collector from California; Jerry Engelby and Annie Schmutzler, (‘the pink and black Elvis gals”) from Missouri, who never miss an Elvis Week; Margaret Tyler, one of the world’s largest collectors of Diana memorabilia; and the youth who pilgrimage to World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II. Theorists involved are Larry Lessig, the founder of the Creative
Commons; Erika Doss, author of Elvis Culture; Jude Davies, author of Diana A Cultural History and Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican.
For more information and if you would like to help CLICK HERE.
(News, Source;Annie Bergman/ElvisInfoNet)

Alanna Nash Elvis book nominated: "Elvis and the Memphis Mafia," by Alanna Nash with with Billy Smith, Marty Lacker and Lamar Fike, has been nominated by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in its salute to 100 Great Stories by the school's alums. The University has noted, "For the launch of our centennial year, the J-School curated a list of 50 great stories that illustrate the excellence and historic sweep of Columbia journalists’ work. The collection is intended not as a list of the best work, but a representative snapshot of your achievements over the past century."
This is for the culmination of the Journalism School’s centennial in April 2013.
Go here for EIN's interview with Alanna Nash and reviews of her books
(News, Source,MartyLacker/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis and Sinatra" - Honeymon Hideway THIS WEEKEND: Ted Torres and Vaughn Suponatime star in a historic concert, a Palm Springs FIRST, as the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway proudly brings together two of this city's greatest legends ELVIS and FRANK SINATRA!! Saturday, December 1st at the ELVIS HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY
Celebrity Guests are Elvis confidant and hairstylist Larry Geller and Rockabilly Hall of Famer and friend of Elvis Glen Glenn!
Loosely based on Welcome Home Elvis televised special of 1960, here is your opportunity to enjoy a recreated concert of these two Palm Springs giants in Elvis Presley's own living room.
Enjoy our vintage holiday decorations, our Elvis Christmas tree and fun door prizes!
Last few tickets on sale now - they are selling out!
Click HERE for more info and tickets.
(News, Source; www.ElvisHoneymoon.com/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 26 November 2012

Elvis FilesVol.1 '53-'56. Sneak Preview: A Special EIN Sneak preview looking at Erik Lorentzen's up-coming The Elvis Files Vol.1 1953 - 1956. The first volume of the Elvis Files story, chronicling Elvis' rise from his pre SUN discovery to becoming the world's biggest new sensation - over more than 500 pages & 1,200 photos... Featuring All Elvis Events from 1953-1956, Every Working Moment, The Early Tours, The first Las Vegas trip, Recording Sessions, The TV Shows and lots of UNSEEN and UNPUBLISHED images.

The publication date is scheduled for December 2012.

Go here as EIN has some exclusive preview and STUNNING Elvis photos.

(News, Source;EricL/ElvisInformationNetwork)

..Elvis Presley jerked his tenuous way across the stage, "sang" 8 or 10 songs, thumped on a guitar, fell to the floor, knocked over microphones and set off a din of teenage squealing unparalleled since the heyday of Sinatra.
At matinee and evening performances before nearly full houses on each occasion (the auditorium holds 10.000). Elvis the Pelvis started each show with a small tiny belch and on each occasion brought the house down. It was that kind of show.
When police started to move in, Elvis jerked his way back to the center of the stage and comparative safety of the trio which backs him up. He flings his limbs about and quivers in such a way as to make one think he might have a trick knee or hip, possibly from an old war injury, but this is not the case. This is just Elvis Presley.
------- Go here as EIN has some exclusive preview and STUNNING Elvis photos.

John Wilkinson Back Home: Great News about TCB Band guitarist John Wilkinson from Lee Dawson of Elvis Express radio. They have heard the news from John Wilkinson's wife that he is at last back home after a 6 month long stay in ICU and various hospitals.

It's been a long six months and EIN wishes him all the very best - and Welcome Home!

(News, Source;ElvisExpressRadio/EIN)

NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - EIN Review: 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' is subtitled “Arjan Deelen talks to the musicians, singers, songwriters and producers who helped create the ‘Presley Sound’”.
Arjan Deelen's interviews were carried out over a 14-year period and he interviewed everyone from Scotty Moore & D.J. Fontana and the TCB Band through to Shaun Nielsen, Jim Murray & Terry Blackwood, The Memphis Boys, Mary & Ginger Holladay and many, many more.
The book is publicised as a feast for the eye, with almost 300 rare and unpublished photos of Elvis, in some cases sourced from the original negatives and dias. These photos cover the whole spectrum of Elvis’ career, from 1954 to 1977.

The book has finally arrived in Australia and EIN's Piers Beagley has an In-Depth look to see whether it lives up to its expectations..
Go HERE for the review, NOW UDATED with EIN Readers Feedback interview excerpts, rare photos and much more.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

Elvis Rolex - A FAKE!: Elvis Matters have just announced that the Rolex for auction at Christie's (see below) is a fake. Elvis Matters received an email from Loanne Parker. The Rolex was never given to Elvis by the Colonel, nor did Elvis ever wear it. She noted..
1 - The last thing Colonel would give Elvis was jewelry. Colonel was appalled at the amount of money Elvis spent on jewelry.
2 - Colonel never referred to himself as Elvis' "pal". That was not their relationship.
3 - A gift would not be engraved "Col. Tom Parker". He would have used simply "Colonel" or the nickname Elvis called him.
It would be interesting to know who is claiming this is an authentic item.
Your friend, Loanne.
EIN hopes Christie's properly investigates yet another Elvis scam. It has been withdrawn from the auction.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters)

Sunday 25 November 2012 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

Elvis' Rolex for Auction: A Christie's specialist displays a watch showing the engraving, given to Elvis Presley by his manager for Christmas in 1976. The watch, estimated to sell for $9,500 or more, is a diamond-set Rolex given to Presley in 1976 by his longtime manager Tom Parker. It is engraved, "Elvis Merry Christmas your pal Col. Tom Parker." It was the last Christmas for Presley, who died the following year.
The watch estimated at $9,500 to $12,750 will go on sale in the Pop Culture auction on Nov. 29 in London.
Also up for auction is Madonna's corset worn on her 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour. Designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier it is of green silk with conical cups and beaded fringe, embroidered with candy stripes of opalescent sequins and peppermint bugle beads. Christie's estimates that the corset will sell for at least $16,000.
The Christie's auction is next Thursday.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elvis Today Blog Volume 2' New Book: The second volume of The Elvis Today Blog is now available, collecting 230 posts from January 8, 2010 to August 16, 2012. A special bonus post features a previously unreleased interview with Elvis’ first drummer D.J. Fontana. The foreword is written by Michael Jarrett, who wrote "I’m Leavin’" and "I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day" for Elvis.
"When I started the Elvis Today Blog on August 16, 2007, I had no idea it would result in a book. And certainly not in two," says author Thomas Melin, a public relations officer living in Sweden.
The most common reaction Thomas gets from friends and colleagues when they learn that he runs an Elvis blog is, "What is there to tell?" And it’s a justified question. After all, Elvis has been gone for 35 years now.
"So I start to explain. I tell them about all the albums with unreleased material that the official collectors label Follow That Dream Records keeps pouring out. I also mention the shows touring Europe with former members of Elvis’ band members. And I talk about the books that continue to be written."
That’s the stuff Thomas writes about. And he tells it from his perspective, what he thinks of a certain album, a concert or a book. He also uses the blog to share some of the many Elvis memories he’s had over the years.
"The interest in Elvis is as high as ever, certainly as big as when I became an Elvis fan over 30 years ago. And being a fan is as fun today as it was then. So was writing the posts that ended up becoming The Elvis Today Blog Volume 2, running from post number 271 right up to post number 500. I hope that fans have as much fun reading it," says Thomas Melin.
The Elvis Today Blog Volume 2 (328 pages) is available on blurb.com for US $14.45 Click HERE for info.
(News, Source;ElvisToday/ElvisInfoNet)

Sanja's Sunday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN V-P Sanja Meegin.

Go HERE to EIN's Rare Photos page.

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

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Elizabeth Montgomery, Elvis and her Tumultuous Life: Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery could get anything she desired with the magical twitch of her nose but struggled to find happiness off-screen, a startling new book has revealed.
The book claims that the blonde beauty ran through four tumultuous marriages and bewitched many of Hollywood’s leading men. One of the sexiest and most desirable women in Hollywood cast a spell on stars like Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Gary Cooper.
She was on-set while Elvis was filming 'Kid Galahad' co-staring her second husband Gig Young. "He was married to Elizabeth Montgomery, and when she would come up on the set, Elvis would just go bananas. God she was beautiful. This was a boxing picture, and Elvis would get up in the ring and dance up and down on the ropes, just cooing over her." noted Elvis' friend Lamar Fike. She also had that Ann-Margret vibe.
However the daughter of movie legend Robert Montgomery seemed drawn to troubled men, not nice guys. She was always looking for the ‘bad boy’, which may have been part of her rebellion against her father. Though she had her Bentleys and Beverly Hills mansion and made millions from Bewitched, ultimately she had a dark side to her. In the early sixties, the actress became a close friend of President John F Kennedy.
Montgomery became a star as Samantha Stephens, the bubbly, nose-twitching housewife witch of ‘Bewitched’ yet her four marriages were as troubled as her affairs.
For more about Elizabeth Montgomery new book go here.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Saturday 24 November 2012

Lisa Marie on Elvis' Massive UK Singles Success: To round off the UK Official Singles Chart 60th anniversary celebrations, they spoke to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the most successful solo artist in UK chart history - Elvis!
Elvis Presley, or The King Of Rock And Roll as he would become to be know, made his UK chart debut in 1956 when his track Heartbreak Hotel peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart. Later that same year, he landed his first Number 1 single with All Shook Up. This would prove to be the first step on the way to setting the record for the most amount of Number 1 singles in British history. To date, Elvis has had 21 Number 1s., and has sold over 21.7 million singles in the UK alone.
Despite his tragic and untimely death in 1977, Elvis’ legacy remains incredibly strong in the UK. Over the last decade he has sold over 5.7 million albums and 2.2 million singles (this includes 1.3 million digital track downloads). In the last 18 months alone he has sold an incredible 317,000 albums and 333,000 track downloads.
“I think he would be surprised by his lasting legacy,” Lisa Marie tells
OfficialCharts.com. “Any artist that I’ve ever know of, including my father, wouldn’t believe that they would be as appreciated as they are today because in life, they weren’t always.
“Here in the UK, there’s a real genuine adoration for him, and also just for music, which I why I ended up gravitating here,” she adds. “I feel a deep appreciation for my father and that has inspired me. It made me feel really, really proud. I think America sometimes loses sight of it’s own roots (laughs) and I am saying that as an American! “I’m sure he’d be absolutely moved, surprised, shocked, flattered and honoured!”
Click here for the full interview.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Aloha" 2013 in Belgium: If you are in Europe - and not Hawaii - then maybe you would like to celebrate Aloha Elvis-Matters style! Dear Elvis friends, as we all know, January 13th 1973 was another milestone for Elvis Presley. 40 years later the fan club Elvis Matters recreates the entire Aloha from Hawaii Concert in Mol, Belgium. This will be a milestone celebration NO fan will want to miss. Among the any activities that day are, Aloha Picture Exhibit by Ed Bonja, Live show with Bouke and live Band plus the ‘New’ Aloha From Hawaii on a Big Screen.

Go here to Elvis Matters for more info

(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

'Left A Good Job In The City' New Import CD: Straight Arrow is very proud to present 'Left A Good Job In The City', Elvis’ First Show In New York, June 9, 1972. We couldn’t believe our luck when we were offered an original tape as recorded by a member of the audience that special night. For many years there was a recording in circulation that was basically unlistenable. With great anticipation we purchased this new tape, and imagine our excitement when we could hear for ourselves that this tape is indeed much better and clearer, and with a good bass definition. This must be the most historically important audience tape to have turned up in recent years from the concert years. The MSG Garden shows were a true career highlight for Elvis, and opening night on June 9, 1972 was The Night. Moments before this recording started, Jackie Kahane was booed off the stage, but all that was forgotten once Elvis stepped on stage. He gave New York a night to remember. In fact, this may well be the best of the four MSG shows. Elvis’ performance is super-tight and his voice is just incredible. THIS is the show that the New York media all attended; and now, after 40 years, you can finally hear the actual performance that got him so many glowing reviews.
The recording was carefully enhanced by some of the best audio people in the business. By the way, the show includes a stunning ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ – the only time he sang it in New York. Presented in the usual Straight Arrow fashion with topnotch 16-page booklet with photos from all four NYC shows as well as a terrific essay, this new release is a beauty that you can’t afford to miss.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for full tracklist and more information.
(News, Source;StraightArrow/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: The following appeared on the Billboard charts.
- 'It's Christmas Time' drops from 60 to 64 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 1st December, 2012 with sales of 8456 units. Total sales to date: 1,416,367 units. It also drops from 3 to 5 on the Catalog Album Chart but remains at 9 on the Holiday Album Chart.
- 'The Classic Christmas Album' jumps from 174 to 152 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and from 26 to 22 on the Country Album Chart with sales of 4,007 units. Total sales to date: 9026 units. It also jumps from 142 to 126 on the Top Current Album Chart (top 200 minus catalog albums) and is on Holiday Album Chart at 33.
- 'Blue Christmas' jumps from 19 to 17 on the Holiday Songs Chart.
- 'Prince From Another Planet' debuts on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 187 and 148 on the Top Current Album Chart (Top 200 minus catalog albums) with sales of 3423 units.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

Deep Purple's lead singer rates Elvis The Best: In a recent interview with Ian Gillan of the group Deep Purple when asked 'Who in your opinion is the greatest'? he noted...
Ian Gillan: It’s all very different. I don’t think it’s a science but if you were ask me who had the greatest voice in rock music of all time I would have to say a young Elvis Presley, without a doubt. He was the Pavarotti of rock music. I remember listening to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa a few years ago on the BBC and the presenter asked her who she thought was the greatest voice she had ever heard. I was expecting her to say something like Caruso, Joan Sutherland or Pavarotti, but she said the young Elvis. He touched us all, he got through to us, his personality. Technically Elvis was perfect, his pitch and tone were absolutely wonderful and his sense of rhythm, something came deep inside him that literally did touch us all. That’s a secret of greatness.
Q. You have been screaming rock music for over 40 years. How do you do it?
IG: I think it’s quite natural, I do a lot of it, and so I keep myself fairly fit. My mates who were singers they quit to enjoy their success or raise families and they didn’t continue. Then they tried to come back years later but it was very difficult because vocal cords, unlike guitar strings, are unforgiving, you can’t change them.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Chicago Double-Strike' New Import CD: Out next week is the new Straight Arrow release "Chicago Double-Strike", which contains both Chicago May 1 and May 2 1977 concerts from a newly uncovered audience recordings which have not been in distribution previously (completely different tapes from previous Chicago ’77 release). The sound-quality is surprisingly good and you will feel that you are right in the middle of the crowd, cheering Elvis on as he delivers two solid, no-nonsense shows with plenty of highlights. His voice was strong and he was particularly impressive on songs like ‘Fairytale’, ‘Trying To Get To You’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Hurt’, with his voice really soaring on the high notes. Whatever the reason may have been for Elvis ‘upping his game’ on those two nights – some have suggested that it may have been due to the presence of several CBS execs – the Chicago ’77 concerts now stand out as genuine highlights from those final, sad months in the life and career of Elvis Aaron Presley. Both recordings have a tremendous ‘you are there’ feel to them. Presented with true quality, don’t miss this terrific release that will bring you back to those final glimpses of greatness of the greatest entertainer ever.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for full info.
(News, Source;StraightArrow/ElvisInfoNet)

'Snoopin´ Round My Door (1955 – 1977)' new 3CD Import set: 1956 is without any doubt the most crucial year of Elvis’ career. The Hillbilly Cat became the King of Rock & Roll during that year. Elvis was the first true rock star, and 1956 is the year where the whole thing just exploded for him. With a fresh RCA Victor recording contract in his pocket, an ambitious new manager named Thomas A. Parker promoting him, and nationwide television exposure to look forward to, the year looked very promising right from the outset. Even though some of the RCA Victor execs expressed concern about the quality of the material recorded at the January 1956 session in Nashville, the first single from that session, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, became a huge hit thanks to his appearances on the Dorsey Brothers ‘Stage Show’. From that point onwards, Elvis could do no wrong. He recorded so many great, classic songs that year, that it’s quite a task to list them all: ‘I Was The One’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘My Baby Left Me’, ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Too Much’, ‘Love Me’, ‘Paralyzed’… the list goes on and on. These recordings define Elvis’ greatness: they are the reason why we still listen to him today, more than 35 years after his death.
Instead of using the regular versions, we wanted to dig a little deeper.
So we searched out alternate versions from jam sessions, rehearsals, live shows, and in one instance, a re-recording. Most are complete versions, some are fragments, a few are mere one-liners – but they all help in explaining the importance that these songs had on the remainder of Elvis’ career. These songs were so crucial to him that, like it or not, he had to do them on stage. Much has been made of the sloppiness with which he performed some of them in his final years, which is undeniably true, but there are also numerous examples where he did very credible versions of these songs or where he tried to reinvent them.
Instead of telling you what to listen out for and what to enjoy, we felt it would be more fun to make you do the exploring. The fun of releases like this is the surprise of hearing something that you weren’t expecting.
FOR THE FIRST TIME ON CD we present, I Want You I Need You I Love You, July 1971 Lake Tahoe – Old Shep, May 1973 Lake Tahoe – Don´t Be Cruel, February 1971 Las Vegas – Hound Dog (original lyrics), August 1971 Las Vegas – When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, March 1975 Las Vegas - Love Me, February 1971 Las Vegas and many more.
This three CD set goes from 'Shake, Rattle And Roll' Live Jan 6, 1955 through to 'Love Me Tender' June 24, 1977.
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for full tracklist and more information.
(News, Source;Victrola/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 21 November 2012 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - EIN Review: 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' is subtitled “Arjan Deelen talks to the musicians, singers, songwriters and producers who helped create the ‘Presley Sound’”.
Arjan Deelen's interviews were carried out over a 14-year period and he interviewed everyone from Scotty Moore & D.J. Fontana and the TCB Band through to Shaun Nielsen, Jim Murray & Terry Blackwood, The Memphis Boys, Mary & Ginger Holladay and many, many more.
The book is publicised as a feast for the eye, with almost 300 rare and unpublished photos of Elvis, in some cases sourced from the original negatives and dias. These photos cover the whole spectrum of Elvis’ career, from 1954 to 1977.

The book has finally arrived in Australia and EIN's Piers Beagley has an In-Depth look to see whether it lives up to its expectations..
Go HERE for the review, interview excerpts, rare photos and much more.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

"What the Beatles thought about Elvis" Not Quite So!: - Marty Lacker has written to EIN pointing out the major error in the recently reported story (see below) about a new interview with The Beatles discussing Elvis.
This week's media report stated.... "Bishop was given unparalleled access to the band after building a strong rapport with John, Paul, George, Ringo and their entourage. Presley, though a hero of theirs, was scorned after they first met in Memphis that year."
As Marty correctly notes..
... The Beatles didn't ever meet Elvis in Memphis, the one and only time all 4 of them met him was in August,1965 at his Perugia Way house in Bel Air, California.
I do agree with them about his shifty records from '63 to '69 which were mainly the crummy movie songs that Parker and the movie producers got him to sing in the films.  They primarily came from Hill & Range writers who were influenced by Parker and Freddy Bienstock of H&R who didn't give a damn just as long as
they had the publishing on the songs so that they could personally make money.  Elvis' recording career suffered because of it.  That is why I wanted him to cut at American studios in Memphis with Chips Moman and the American Studio band because I wanted him to return to have #1 and top 10 records that he was capable of and so richly deserved.  The American sessions records stood out even more because they were far superior to the crummy movie songs of the 60's. - Marty Lacker.
(News, Source;Marty Lacker/ElvisInfoNetwork)

The Elvis Files Magazine, Volume 2 - Sneak Preview: What a STUNNING cover for the new Elvis Files Magazine Issue #2. The new quarterly magazine dedicated to The King - featuring new articles and photos - Plenty of brand new articles and all the featured pictures are unreleased and not in previous Elvis Files books.

Go HERE for a larger preview of this fabulous cover and more details

Go HERE for more info and to purchase.
More info and extra ordering details soon.

(News, Source;ErikLorentzen/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 19 November 2012

'Elvis Presley Music and Photos' SONY UK release for 2013: Sony UK have announced a new release "Music & Photos" for February 4th 2013, reports our friends at Elvis Express Radio.
This new deluxe Elvis package includes two CDs containing 51 of Elvis' greatest songs from 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Blue Suede Shoes' through to 'My Boy', 'Moody Blue', 'Way Down' and 'Blue Christmas'.

Also included are ten large 11"x 12.5" photo prints all housed in a beautiful "LP sized" hardcover book.
While there is nothing new for current fans, this does look like a smart collection and is priced for pre-order at £16.99.


(News, Source;ElvisExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

'Top Notch Hollywood' New CD: An album of Elvis at Radio Recorders Studio from Elvis One ("Top Notch Nashville - Part 1 & 2"). Features 43 official unreleased alternate takes!
Includes, Instrumental Muskrat Ramble (from King Creole), Two #1 hit recordings, 1957 RCA commercial, and more!
All tracks remastered for this cd release. Including 8 pages booklet with photos and recording information.
Tracklist - 01 Mean Woman Blues (master) 02 I Beg Of You (take 2, 3, 4, 6 fs only + master) 03 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 1) 04 Blueberry Hill (take 1 & 4) 05 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 7) 06 I Beg Of You (take 7, 9 & 10) 07 It Is No Secret (take 4) 08 Peace In The Valley (take 5, 6, 8 + master) 09 Take My Hand, Precious Lord (master) 10 All Shook Up (master) 11 Blueberry Hill (take 5 + master) 12 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 3, 4 & 5) 13 Is It So Strange (take 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 + master) 14 Blueberry Hill (take 8) 15 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (take 8, 9, 10, 11 & 14) 16 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 8 & 9) 17 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 10 & 11) 18 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (master)
19 That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (take 12 & 13) 20 It Is No Secret (take 6, 7, 8 + master) 21 It Is No Secret (take 9, 10, 11 & 12) Bonus tracks: 22 Don’t (master) 23 Lover Doll (LP master) 24 Doncha’ Think It’s Time (LP master) 25 Lover Doll (EP master) 26 Doncha’ Think It’s Time (Single master) 27 Muskrat Ramble (Instrumental) 28 1957 RCA Commercial
Go here to EIN's 'All the Elvis CD News 2012' for more release info.
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

Latest Billboard Album Charts: The following appeared on the Billboard charts.
'It's Christmas Time' jumps from 87 to 60 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for w/e 24th November, 2012. It also remains at 3 on the Catalog Album Chart and remains at 9 on the Holiday Album Chart.
'The Classic Christmas Album' is a new entry on The Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 174 and jumps from 56 to 26 on the Country Album Chart with a 'Pacesetter Award' for the greatest sales gain.
No other catalog chart information available at present.

We are waiting for this week's chart to see how 'Prince From Another Planet' has officially done.

(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Brilliant Elvis: Up Close & Personal' New CD: Here's another oddity - Elvis looking cool in 1969 on the cover but a CD with all its content being Public Domain home recordings from 1960 and 1958.
The majority are the Eddie Fadal, Waco Texas home recordings.
Supposedly it also features... "the 1960 Los Angeles California recordings in STEREO. These recordings come from a recently discovered unique stereo tape which sounds better (it s in stereo!!)"
Release date 17 Dec 2012.
From the ubiquitous Flashlight Records Public Domain label.
You can find this on Amazon UK - Price: £9.00

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

"Brilliant Elvis: The Collection" New PD box-set: An 8 CD box-set once again recycling all of Elvis' Public Domain songs in various forms.

Nothing new here except that this label is supposedly "Cath Clothes Records" - yet sure looks like Flashlight records again.
Supposedly a 'Limited Edition' Price: £32.00
Release date 17 Dec 2012.
You can find these on Amazon UK should you need them.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 16 November 2012 - - - 2nd News Update - - -

Bernard Lansky Dies Aged 85: Bernard Lansky, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, has died. He was 85.
Julie Lansky, the clothier's granddaughter, said he died Thursday at his Memphis home.
Bernard Lansky and his brother Guy started a retail business in Memphis in 1946, with help from a $125 loan from their father, Samuel.
After World War II, the store started selling Army surplus goods on Beale Street. When the supply dried up, they opened a high-fashion men's store, where Bernard Lansky established his reputation as a natural salesman and storyteller.
Lansky Bros. ended up supplying Presley with the pink and black shirts and other outfits.
"It's a statement to say that he dressed one of the most influential entertainers of all time," said Julie Lansky, "He knew that for any entertainer, they had to look different."
Even though his style of dress changed over the years — including sparkling jumpsuits — Presley shopped at Lansky Bros. the rest of his life. Lansky even picked out the white suit and blue tie that Presley wore when he was buried.
"I put his first suit on him and his last suit on him," Lansky was fond of saying.
By the early 1950s, Lansky's shop was known as a place where a man with a taste for flash could find the styles Lansky referred to as "real sharp."
At the time, Beale Street was a hot spot for blues, rhythm and blues and jazz, and drew a colorful parade of musicians, gamblers and hustlers from the Mississippi Delta.
Presley began hanging around Beale Street as a teenager and picked up quickly on its music.
Lansky first met the future King of Rock 'n' Roll when Presley was just a teenager working as an usher at a nearby theatre and liked to window shop at Lansky's.
After Elvis' success the Lansky brothers often opened the store at night so Presley could avoid drawing crowds and took outfits to Graceland for him to check out.
Lansky dressed him for the "Louisiana Hayride" and his first TV spots on the Tommy Dorsey and Ed Sullivan shows.
See BELOW for EIN's exclusive and fascinating interview with Bernard Lansky.
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Bernard Lansky talks to EIN: EIN's Piers Beagley chews the fat with a man instrumental in Elvis' fashion sense, the great Bernard Lansky. Bernard talks candidly about Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, the clothes he made for Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nicolas Cage and more in a fascinating interview.

In 2002 Lansky doesn't hold back on his views and heading towards 80-years old he can sure say what he likes! the interview certainly captures Bernard's fabulous spirit and energy - Parental guidance advised.

Go HERE to this very amusing interview with a great character of the Elvis World.

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Watch Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony Live TONIGHT: Experience the magic of the holiday season when the holiday lights come alive for another year at Graceland in Memphis TONIGHT Friday, November 16, at 6:00 p.m. CST = Midnight Friday UTC/GMT
The Graceland lighting ceremony will feature special guest Skylar Laine, top ten finalist from the 11th season of American Idol, who will "flip the switch" and officially light the Graceland property and kick off the holiday festivities. In addition to flipping the switch, Skylar will perform a few songs, including some holiday favorites.
For live broadcast from 6pm in Memphis CLICK HERE.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley's Conquest of NYC: Billboard has also grabbed onto the publicity for the new RCA release. >>> It was June of 1972. Though his career had enjoyed more triumphs than most any other in showbusiness, there was one city that Elvis Presley wanted to conquer: New York City. It had been over fifteen years since the "King of Rock & Roll" had performed there -- and he had not forgotten how he felt.
"He was back in a city that a few years earlier had caused him the most ridicule -- which actually turned out to be good," explained "Memphis Mafia" member Jerry Schilling. "He was really put down in New York for the TV shows, especially Milton Berle," he said of his controversial early performances. "It was a very strange environment for him. Being from the south, and being around Sam Phillips, New York was a scary place for a young boy from the south -- especially if you're in the spotlight and you're 21 or 22 years old."
However, this time around, Presley exerted his power over the Big Apple. The evidence can be heard on "Prince From Another Planet," released this week.
In addition to Schilling, legendary musician / journalist Lenny Kaye was there. Originally there to review the show for Cavalier, he told Billboard that reminiscing about it brought back a wave of memories. "I was small in the 50s when I first heard Little Richard, then Elvis. I know how much that music energized me, and helped me decide who I wanted to be when I grew up. To witness some of the greats as they showed themselves to the world is a great blessing, and I'm very happy to have witnessed Elvis in the flesh."
  Kaye, who also contributed a 5,000 word essay to the liner notes of the project, also commented on the uniqueness of a Presley New York performance. "New York is not the south. When he was touring regularly, his base was the southern quadrant. He never played much live in the 50s. I think the Colonel moved him to movies and merchandising, and kept him away from his audience. I think that toward the end of the 60s, it started to get to him. He thought his movies were very formulaic and not challenging. No matter how much he was complicit in this, I think he had the heart of a performer. At the end of the decade, I think he put his foot down. But he never played New York -- even in the 50s. When he came here, it was to do a television show."
It was a packed house that witnessed the Presley magic at the Garden -- including many of his contemporaries. Paul Simon, George Harrison and a young Bruce Springsteen -- who had just signed with Columbia that week -- were all noted at the show. "Many of his fellow musicians wouldn't have missed the opportunity to see him -- especially if it was just a subway ride away," said Kaye. "David Bowie even took a plane from England to see the show. Here's one of the most iconic and most inspirational figures in music, and of course, you'd want to be there."
  Forty years later, Schilling still marvels at the artist Presley was. "When he went out on tour again, not only was he still a rebel, but he had developed vocally, as well as his stage presence," he says. "I think of all that when I look back on that time. His playing Madison Square Garden -- possibly the most well known venue in the world for the first time -- was so exciting. It was very emotional for him in a lot of ways."
Go here for the full article
(News, Source;Billboard/ElvisInfoNet)

New Footage Shows Elvis Saying He'd Like to Play England: And from VVN Music....  Elvis Presley famously never played a show in England, much to the chagrin of his British fans. Now, newly unearthed footage shows that the U.K. was, indeed, on his mind for a possible future stop.
A spectacularly rare press conference by Elvis Presley accompanied by his dad Vernon Presley, that took place the day before his legendary four nights at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1972, has been included for the very first time as part of the release of Elvis Presley: Prince From Another Planet, released today on Sony Music.
In one of the last press conferences that Elvis Presley would do, just five years before he died, Elvis spoke of his desire to perform in Britain. When asked if he would play abroad Elvis said "I've never been to Britain, I'd like to, very much, I've never been out of this country except in the service."
The rare footage has been unearthed and added to a brand new anniversary edition of Prince From Another Planet, as recorded live at Madison Square Gardens. As well as the two CD's which feature the Saturday show of his long-awaited New York residency, the bonus DVD features hand held film of his afternoon show and an incredible documentary. This legendary 1972 concert was the first time that Elvis Presley had played in New York, despite his career starting 15 years earlier. It would also be his last.
Rarely is unseen footage of Elvis in concert discovered, footage of the Saturday afternoon show, captured on hand-held camera by a fan is a rare treat. The film is a revealing portrait of a physically commanding Elvis and his powerhouse TCB Band, background vocalists, and orchestra.
Go here for the full article
(News, Source;VNM/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 13 November 2012

'What the Beatles thought about Elvis' newly found interview: He was the King of Rock'n'Roll, who could reduce millions to a swooning frenzy with a flick of his hips. They were the Fab Four, who drove legions of girls to a screaming, hysterical frenzy with a shake of their mop-tops. For the cameras, the King and the Fabs were all mutual bonhomie and back-slapping. But a newly discovered interview reveals how the Beatles, at the height of their fame, slate Elvis for not playing live and pour scorn on their roots, their films and even some of their fans.
Given to a US DJ called Jerry G Bishop over a series of weeks as the group travelled around the States on their 1965 summer tour, the previously unreleased interviews have remained in the hands of an LA record executive – until now.
One interview reveals snide put-downs on everything from the Cavern Club ("a dirty old cellar") to musicals ("they're boring") and some of the band's fans, who only turned up at gigs "to riot". Even their own films don't escape. On Help! John Lennon admits: "It's a bit of a let-down when it gets to the Bahamas ..."
Bishop was given unparalleled access to the band after building a strong rapport with John, Paul, George, Ringo and their entourage. Presley, though a hero of theirs, was scorned after they first met in Memphis that year.
A cocky McCartney dismisses the King's 1960s output: "Yeah, well of course, since when I was 16, I've loved his records. We used to do a lot of his songs until we started doing our own … but I don't like the new stuff half as much – we told him that last night."
Presley had all but given up making music in the mid-60s and had become something of a recluse, shunning personal appearances and spending most of his time making films.
In another honest assessment of Elvis, Lennon said he quizzed him on why he only made films: "We were asking him about just making movies, and not making any personal appearances, and I think he enjoys making movies so much ... We couldn't stand not doing personal appearances – we get bored quickly." (EIN note, The Beatles stopped touring themselves the following year!)
When asked by Bishop whether a joint Elvis/Beatles album was in the pipeline, Lennon retorted: "None of us have ever liked those albums where they put two people together. I'd hate an album like that."
The tape is expected to fetch up to £35,000 when it is sold at auction in London at the end of this month.
Ted Owen, CEO of auctioneers Fame Bureau, said: "This master tape is totally un-edited and we hear for the first time in interview the Beatles' comments the night after meeting Elvis"
Go HERE for the full article and a 1965 clip with Paul McCartney telling how the Beatles tried to persuade Elvis Presley to start releasing rock and country music again, after meeting him for the first time on their US tour.
(News, Source;TheIndependent/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Prince From Another Planet' in Wall Street Journal: Great to see the new MSG release getting main steam coverage and publicity.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran the article "When Elvis Played New York — Nervously."
Uneasy in his chair behind a long table at the New York Hilton, Elvis Presley listened as a reporter asked why he had decided to resume touring. "Just as soon as I got out of the movie contracts, I started to do live performances again," Presley said. "There are so many places that I haven't been yet. I've never played New York."
Presley's news conference on June 9, 1972, occurred just hours before the start of his sold-out, four-concert run at Madison Square Garden—the only New York City arena shows of his career. Colour video of his 20-minute media Q&A is part of the new "Elvis Presley: Prince From Another Planet" (RCA/Legacy) 3-disc set OUT TODAY. RCA recorded the afternoon and evening shows on June 10 and released a double LP nearly two weeks later to beat bootleggers to the punch.
Don Lance, a fan, surreptitiously filmed the afternoon performance on the new set's DVD.
"A well-connected friend got a bunch of us tickets in the fourth row, center," said Mr. Lance, who was 24 at the time. "My girlfriend snuck my camera into the Garden in her shoulder bag along with six rolls of film. To steady the camera during the show, I put it on a tripod I had brought in strapped to my leg. Each time I went to film, friends on either side blocked security's view."
Mary Malin, daughter of Joe and Carmel Malin, both of whom played violin at the Garden behind Presley—attended one of the concerts. "I was 17 years old and wasn't really into Elvis—most kids my age weren't listening

to him then," she said. "But my mother had tickets for great seats and insisted I go, calling it 'a happening.' So I took my girlfriend. By the end, we were both standing on our seats and screaming like everyone else."
Presley certainly felt pressure. Many rockers showed up for the concerts, including George Harrison, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and members of Led Zeppelin. It also didn't help that Jackie Kahane, Presley's warm-up comedian, ran into trouble on opening night.
"Poor Jackie was booed off the stage—the audience wanted Elvis and that was it," recalled Joe Guercio, Presley's musical director. "When Elvis began to walk out on stage, he was nervous. As he passed me, he gave me one of those million-dollar glances that said, 'Let's do it.' Then a shower of camera flashbulbs went off, the crowd loved him, and he was at ease."
Instead of flying in Presley's horn and string players who were based in Las Vegas, Mr. Guercio turned to Joe Malin, a local New York violinist and music contractor, who hired the necessary musicians. "He brought in top studio jazz guys to play behind Elvis," Mr. Guercio said. "So as I'm conducting, I'm looking at greats like Al Cohn, Sonny Russo, Wayne Andre and Al DeRisi."
Go here for FULL article.
The Daily Mail in the UK reported the same article as "Never-before-seen video shows Elvis's only gig in New York – shot by fan who sneaked into concert with a hidden camera and a tripod taped to his leg."
(News, Source;WSJ/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Mary Smiley (of 'Elvis Underground') is Dead: Mary Smiley passed away last month (October 15), aged 80 from heart disease. A name not well known to most Elvis fans, Mary was one of the major players in the "Elvis Underground", a secretive world of "believers" that Elvis didn’t die in 1977. While Gail Brewer-Giorgio started the "believers" movement and operated captured worldwide attention and big sales with her first few books about Elvis possibly having faked his death, Mary Smiley operated below the radar in a largely closed world of an often maliciously charged, ever changing network of newsletters and message boards.
Mary published her hardcopy newsletter, ‘The Elvis Beat’, for a number of years from the late 1980s and from the late 1990s presided over several covert message boards including the House of Lanterns, The Elvis Beat and Mary’s Private Board. 
--- Regardless of what some may think of Mary, this grandmother was a colourful and formidable character who played a vital and important part in the "believers" movement. It is EIN’s view Mary was the most important person in the movement behind Gail Brewer-Giorgio (who disappeared from things Elvis around 2000), as Mary was there from the beginning, never left
its ‘grass roots’environment and was matriarch of its last potent phase as an intricate web of covert discussion forums.
Mary’s husband, Joe Sr., passed away three years ago from cancer.  Mary is survived by her son, Joe Jr. and daughter, Shannon.
Showing the resilience of Elvis fans, the "Elvis Underground" still exists today, albeit on a much smaller scale as a generally impotent force compared to its peak from the late 1980s to early 2000’s.
EIN Note: A number of examinations of the "Elvis Underground" have characterised it as a cult or sect. An excellent academic study of the theories, characters and politics of the "Elvis Underground" is the fascinating book, True Disbelievers: The Elvis Contagion (Transaction Publishers, 1995, ISBN: 1-56000-186-0) by Professors R. Serge Denisoff and George Plasketes.
Visit EIN’s Elvis Conspiracy page for more information
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Presley Blvd. will soon receive face lift: Elvis Presley Blvd., the street thousands of fans visit every year, is getting a face lift. And in the coming months you will see some $43 million in improvements along the blvd.
Renovations you can look for include upgrades to traffic signals, street lights and landscaping. A series of public meetings helped residents and business owners get a better understanding of what Elvis Presley Boulevard will look like in the future.
You know, everyone wants to live somewhere they are proud of - and if it looks nice they feel a lot better about being here, about supporting the businesses here, and living here," said Misty Rosser, Businesswoman.
"In government, we all like to have our finger or our signature on something, and I'd like to think this project was a signature for the council and those who represent that area," said a Memphis City Councilman.
An old church and apartment complex have already been demolished by property owners anticipating the positive improvements.
And you probably won't have to wait long to see the new changes. Contractors on the project will get special incentives if they finish on time.
(News, Source;SanjaM/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Rebel and The King' featured in Huff Post: The Huffington Post yesterday featured an article on the Nick Adams / Allyson Adams book. The article mentions.. 'Walking In Memphis'; Adams writes glowingly of the loving interaction between Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, when he accompanied The King to Memphis as Elvis prepared for his Sept. 26, 1956, homecoming concert in Tupelo.
He stayed at the family home at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis for a week. (It wasn't until the following year that Elvis bought what would become the famous Graceland mansion).
"I never felt so welcome before in my whole life," said Adams, who describes the Presley parents as

wonderful, sincere and honest.
Adams details the gargantuan breakfasts Gladys prepared for her famous son and other sumptuous meals and snacks, including, yes, those famous peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches Elvis so craved.
Here, the sense of Elvis as pop icon and homeboy-done-good roar through. Everywhere he and Adams go, they are mobbed -- at the fairgrounds where they won teddy bears for people by throwing baseballs at milk bottles, in a toy store and along the road after Elvis was flagged down by well-wishers who repeatedly ask him, "What's it like in Hollywood?" Hundreds lined the fence outside the home every day just to get a glimpse of him.
"It just read like a circus ride through Memphis," Allyson said, noting that the two alternately indulged in and escaped from the attention Elvis' fame brought them.
For the complete Huff Post article click here.
Go HERE for EIN's exclusive interview with Allyson Adams.
(News, Source;HuffPost/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sunday 11 November 2012

The '3000 South Paradise Road' new FTD: New flyers have been produced for the '3000 South Paradise Road' new August 1972 special double FTD release.
EIN has been informed that the audio from the August 12 Dinner Show soundboard has been vastly improved upon from its original 'Blazing Into The Darkness' bootleg release. Elvis was very focused and motivated at this engagement which is a surprise at his seventh Las Vegas season.

Our friend Rock Legend also reports that the rehearsal CD is pretty decent audio and better than expected.
Treats are a very relaxed ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘My Babe’ with a very different James Burton guitar solo not heard in other versions and ‘True Love Travels On A Gravel Road’ is not the rehearsal that we know but a better version, closer to the original release.
Robert Frieser and Hans Slebos have collected some stunning and rare photos (EIN notes - Isn’t it great to see Elvis not in jumpsuit for a change!) plus tons of memorabilia and documents which make the whole package a real winner. Don’t miss out on this one.

Go here for more info and flyers.

(News, Source;RockLegend/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Bruce Springsteen Names Elvis as Inspiration: Bruce Springsteen credits Elvis for being his musical inspiration in a new biography featured in The New York Times. The article looks at the ups and down of the pop icon and names him a worthy heir to Elvis Presley.
"We witness the rental of a first guitar after Mr. Springsteen saw Elvis on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'"
Springsteen has often credited Elvis as the beginning of a new language in popular culture. In a speech at the Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Springsteen said his "genesis moment of inspiration" was in 1956 when he watched Elvis perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Bruce Springsteen's black leather jacket is featured at the "ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley" Exhibit at Graceland.
Recently Springsteen also talked of his own life and experiences with music from Elvis Presley to soul to punk and country music, he said, "Whatever the genre, it's all about how you're putting what you do together. There is no right way, no pure way of doing it, there's just doing it."
Paraphrasing famed rock critic Lester Bang's Presley obituary, "Where Were You When Elvis Died?", Springsteen said, "Elvis was probably the last thing we were all going to agree on… We would never see eye to eye again."
Back on April 30, 1976 Bruce Springsteen hopped the fence at Graceland hoping to get to meet his idol. At 3am in the morning 26-year-old Springsteen and E-Street Band's Steve Van Zandt visited Graceland. When he saw lights blazing inside the mansion, Springsteen climbed over the wall and ran to the front door. But just as he was about to ring the doorbell, he was intercepted by security. Explaining who he was, Springsteen begged to be let inside but instead the unimpressed guards told him that Presley was out of town (which was true) and escorted him promptly to the sidewalk.
Springsteen proudly bears an Elvis fan club button on his successful 'Born to Run' album cover.
Read the entire New York Times article about the biography of Bruce Springsteen Click Here.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNetwork)

New Aloha Fan Mosaic, See Where You Are: Elvis fans from around the world have continued to declare their enthusiasm for new kinds of Elvis marketing, including an EIN member or two! EPE is now excited to reveal the brand new Aloha fan mosaic that they helped design.
Over 7,000 Elvis fans uploaded their photos to be included in the Aloha Elvis fan mosaic celebrating the 40th Anniversary Celebration of "Aloha From Hawaii." You can now check out the final design and use your email address to locate where your image fits into the big picture.
Countries represented in the design include fans from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Norway, Bermuda and more.
Click HERE to see where your photo fits.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Australia’s special ELVIS CRUISE 2012 leaves Sydney today: Due to the overwhelming popularity of the 2011 Elvis Tribute Cruise, Music Cruises Australia are running this cruise again in 2012 - especially for ELVIS fanatics! Two thousand Elvis fans will be rockin' on the high seas, for four days of Elvis fun!
Once again this cruise will be jam-packed with award-winning entertainment performed by some of the world's favourite ELVIS tribute artists. Featuring four special ETA guests from the UK,

Chris Connor, Rob Kingsley, Pete Storm and Andy Wood. In August Pete fulfilled a lifetimes ambition by visiting Graceland in Memphis USA and whilst out there he won the `Images of Elvis` World Championships. Australia's Mark Andrew, Mark Anthony and She Is The King will be there amongst many others. There will be 14 Elvis tributes on board.
The ship departs Sydney at 10.00pm today and returns on 14th November 2012.
Go here if you want more information about this cruise.
(News, Source;ElvisCruises/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 9 November 2012

More 'Prince From Another Planet' previews: In anticipation of the official release of "Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition," TIME Magazine has now also revealed more never-before-seen video of Elvis' performances at Madison Square Garden in 1972, including a clip of Elvis performing "That’s All Right." - Go Here -
Of all the live concert recordings released by RCA during Elvis Presley’s lifetime, none carried the historic significance of his long-awaited New York City shows at Madison Square Garden in June 1972. Now, a pair of hour-long performances have finally been coupled in one package for the first time with "Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition." This deluxe 2-CD+DVD box set will released Tuesday, November 13.
"The wide-ranging set list—from 'Proud Mary' to 'Can’t Help Falling In Love' to 'Blue Suede Shoes' showcased why he was the king." - Go HERE to TIME INCs article & videos.
Go HERE for EIN's 'Prince From Another Planet' info and great purchase deals.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 1976 Setlist up for Auction: Elvis Presley’s set list scribbled on the back of an envelope is set to fetch a King’s ransom at auction. Fuelled by adrenaline, Elvis grabbed the first scrap of paper to hand to scribble down his set list before a show in Las Vegas. Today that hastily-written scrap, actually an envelope, is tipped to sell for £4,000.
The King jotted down the running order of 15 of his hit songs ahead of the 1976 concert. On the reverse he jotted down the words 'Introduce Engelbert (Humperdinck) and Roy Orbison’.
This was a reminder for him to give a shout out to the two famous singers who were in the audience at the gig at the Hilton Hotel in Vegas. Elvis’ stage director and musician Charlie Hodge afterwards found the envelope lying around backstage after the concert and kept hold of it. The piece of paper is now to be sold at auction accompanied by a letter of provenance from Hodge, who died in 2006.
Hodge wrote, 'I served as Elvis’ stage director and personal aide. I would hand Elvis his scarves and water while on stage, help him with his set lists and also sang harmony on stage with Elvis. This Las Vegas Hilton envelope was a list of songs that Elvis had written out in his own hand for one of the shows at

the Hilton... for Elvis’ last engagement there ever in December 1976. It was my job to keep track of how much time we had been on stage and this list of songs was kind of a way to keep track.'
Auctioneer Darren Julien said: 'This item comes with very solid provenance. The handwriting is perfect and undoubtedly that of Elvis. This simple document gives us a fascinating insight into how Elvis almost chose at the last moment which songs he was to sing and in what order almost hours before he went on stage. On the reverse Elvis wrote "Introduce Engelbert, Roy Orbison" who were evidently in the audience for his performance.'
The item is to be sold at Julien's auction on December 1. Go HERE to the auction for info and pictures
See more EIN news about the auction below.
(News, Source;DailyMail/ElvisInfoNet)

Sony Elvis Impersonators Downunder in TROUBLE?: Our good friend Lee Dawson at Elvis Express UK is troubled. He says.. Just what are the team over at Sony Australia thinking? Their official promotion campaign for the CD 'Elvis By Request' involves IMP-ing the King! Sony hired Elvis IMP Anthony Petrucci to carry out a national tour which will be ending on November 24th. The live tour has the IMP performing the songs that feature on the 2 CD album & he then signs the albums for the fans in attendance... talk about how to ruin a good Elvis album! Sony Australia do state that If this campaign is a success, then more impersonator shows will be likely for future releases.... Now wait one cotton pickin' minute. What's wrong with ELVIS, you do remember him right!
What a great opportunity for Sony Australia to seek out a strong live band to perform with either Elvis on a screen (a small scale concert as we get now) or get the hologram set up, then the future of Elvis promoting his albums would be amazing. With this new technology, the need to use IMPS will be a thing of the

past as a computerised Elvis will bring so much potential to promote his future albums. So come on Sony / Australia pull your finger out and dump these IMPS you like to use - Lee Dawson.
(And to think EIN was troubled by the Sydney Harbour Bridge event!)
(News, Source;ElvisExpress)

Wednesday 7 November 2012

FTD December Releases: Three new FTD releases for December.
- '3000 South Paradise Road' - A two disc 7" "Classic Album" type release with 16-page booklet. It takes a closer look at Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton in August of 1972. The main disc is the excellent Dinner show on August 12, and the second disc is culled from the rehearsals on August 4th, the date of the opening of the engagement.
As with '48 Hours To Memphis' this release has been prepared by Robert Frieser and Hans Slebos, who once again has done a fabulous job of collecting information and materials for the project. There will be additional information in the next few weeks.
'3000 South Paradise Road' provides a unique experience of Elvis rehearsing, 6 hours before the opening night at the Las Vegas Hilton on August 4, 1972. As disc 2 is captured on a personal tape recorder, the sonic quality is below standards, but historical significance more than compensates for its audio limitations. Disc 1 is a soundboard recording.
This is a great Las Vegas dinner show from August 11, 1972 with Elvis in a confident mood, giving excellent performances on almost every song, and enjoying being back on stage. Elvis wore a cool range of two piece suits and was up for lots of karate action and with lots of energy. Previously released as the bootleg 'Blazing Into The Darkness'.

Disc 2 - THE REHEARSAL: 1) You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2) Until It's Time For You To Go 3) You've Lost That Loving Feeling 4) Burning Love 5) What Now My Love (version 1) 6) What Now My Love (version 2) 7) My Babe 8) For The Good Times 9) True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 10) Fever 11) Blueberry Hill 12) Little Sister – incomplete 13) I’ll Remember You 14) An American Trilogy 15) Something 16) Faded Love 17) You Gave Me A Mountain 18) I’m Leavin’ 19) My Way (version 1) 20) My Way (version 2)
Go here to our FTD page for full tracklist and for more info.

- 'Back In Memphis' - In our Classic Album double-album series we dive into the 1969 sessions in Memphis with the release of 'Back In Memphis' featuring 'Suspicious Minds' as a bonus track.
DISC 1 The Original Album 1) Inherit the Wind 2) This Is the Story 3) Stranger in My Own Home Town 4) A Little Bit of Green 5) And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind 6) Do You Know Who I Am? 7) From a Jack To A King 8) The Fair’s Moving On 9) You’ll Think of Me 10) Without Love (There Is Nothing) Bonus Song 11) Suspicious Minds - First Takes 12) Inherit the Wind (take 1, rehearsal, take 4/M with v.o. #1) 13) A Little Bit of Green (take 1) 14) And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind (takes 1-3, 5) 15) Do You Know Who I Am? (take 1) 16) From a Jack to a King (takes 1-3) 17) You’ll Think of me (takes 1-6) 18) Without Love (There is Nothing) (take 1) 19) Suspicious Minds (takes 1-5) 20) Suspicious Minds (take 6)
DISC 2 The Rehearsals plus January & February Outtakes and Unfinished Masters - Looks like a GREAT set!
Go here to our FTD page for for full tracklist and info.

'G.I. Blues' – Special Limited Edition 2-DISC VINYL Set- features a "companion album" of alternate takes. As always DMM Mastering by Abbey Road Studios.
Side 1 – The Companion Album 1. Tonight Is So Right For Love (take 4) 2. What’s She Really Like (takes 12, 13) 3. Frankfort Special (version 1, take 12) 4. Wooden Heart (takes 2-4M) 5. G. I. Blues (take 5) 6. Tonight Is So Right For Love (instrumental) (Barcarolle from "The Tales Of Hoffman" by Jacques Offenbach) 7. Tonight’s All Right For Love (alternative version, take1) 8. Big Boots (medium tempo version)
Side 2 – The Companion Album 1. Pocketful Of Rainbows (version 1, take 10) 2. Shoppin’ Around (version 1, take 5) 3. Big Boots (slow version, takes 2, 3) 4. Didja’ Ever (take 1) 5. Shoppin’ Around (instrumental, take 4) 6. Doin’ The Best I Can (takes 1-3) 7. Doin’ The Best I Can (takes 4-7)
Side 3 and Side 4 Original Album plus Bonus tracks.
Go here to our FTD page for for full Album tracklist and info.
(News, Source:ItsElvisTime/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis On Tour – The Alternate Movie' STAR DVD: Forty years years after the original movie premiered, STAR releases an alternate version! This time you will get a completely new approach to the movie Elvis On Tour. With little to no talk, this is the one you will play over and over! The original movie still is a fan favourite, but the multiple screens spoil a lot of the actual performances. Now you can enjoy FULL SCREEN, and will discover angles not seen before!
Some songs are presented with Elvis wearing multiple suits. All songs are brand new edits, and cannot be compared to previous star releases like Through My Eyes and BTR. Better sources are used to make this must-have Christmas release! As a little Christmas bonus the new duet clip I Love You Because with Lisa Marie is included, in excellent quality.
Tracklisting: - Johnny B. Goode (The original version re-edited with footage of the rehearsal) / See See Rider (Live – multiple suits) / Proud Mary (Live – different camera angles used) / Never Been to Spain (Live – different camera angles used) / Always On My Mind (Newly found source, excellent clip!) / Where Do I Go From Here (New clip, Elvis travelling footage) / Suspicious Minds (An INCREDIBLE live edit using multiple suits and footage taken from the original movie) / For the Good Times (Live version re-edited) / Burning Love (Brand new clip, using the single version with multiple ‘live’ and ‘rehearsal’ performances) / That´s All Right (Elvis On Tour 1971) / I Got A Woman (Elvis On Tour 1971
combined with ’72 footage) / A Big Hunk O´ Love (Re-edited rehearsal clip) / Until It´s Time for You to Go (Live version, multiple suits – three different ones) / Polk Salad Annie Live (Different camera angles) / Love Me (Live version re-edited) / Teddy Bear-Don´t Be Cruel (Live version, re-edited) / Heartbreak Hotel (Newly found rehearsal edit) / Hound Dog (Newly found rehearsal edit) / Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Live version, re-edited) / I Can´t Stop Loving You (Live version, re-edited) / Release Me (Live version, re-edited) / Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live, different camera angles) / Lead Me, Guide Me (New clip, audio is the studio version) / How Great Thou Art (Live, different camera angles) / An American Trilogy (Live, different camera angles used – with reprise).
(News, Source;STAR/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 5 November 2012

‘Greatest Live Hits of the 50s’ MRS CD Review:  This 24 track CD is the most varied compilation of Elvis LIVE in the 1950's to date, containing only the best live performances, making the ultimate live set list of the 1950’s. It features the 8 new recently discovered live fifties rarities plus the CD also contains the unreleased live version of ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ from October 1955.
It’s been a longtime since those first cheap "Hayride" compilations arrived in our record shops and EIN can still remember the excitement of not only hearing the first Elvis Hayride recording but also discovering their first non-RCA Hayride release. Things have come a long way in 25 years and now we are really spoilt.
Any "Best Of" Elvis LIVE must crackle with the power and stunning performances of Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS/JAT release.
(CD Reviews, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Hot Shots and Cool Clips Vol. 6' OUT NOW : The Tunzi DVD release "Elvis Hot Shots And Cool Clips Vol. 6" is OUT NOW . This volume is housed inside of the legendary rare 1975 Hilton Showroom Menu. The DVD includes Las Vegas 1972, Kansas City 1972, Chicago 1972, afternoon show and more.

Go here to EIN's extensive interview with Joe Tunzi where he discusses his DVD releases and much, much more.

(News, Source;JAT/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis moves Killers Brandon Flowers: Mormon rocker Brandon Flowers from band The Killers was shown a sacred text previously belonging to Elvis Presley and was stunned to see notes and messages from the rock 'n' roll icon written inside.
The Killers frontman was the face of his church's high-profile advertising campaign last year and as a reward for his patronage, religious leaders gave him permission to peruse some of the artifacts housed at their headquarters in Utah.
One item he discovered was a Book of Mormon which had belonged to Presley - and Flowers was fascinated with the handwritten notes made by the Heartbreak Hotel hit-maker.
He tells Q magazine, "Elvis wrote, 'There can be only one King'. He didn't like being called The King because, to him, Jesus Christ was The King. It was so cool that I got to see that."

(News, Source;ContactMusic/ElvisInfoNet)

Bob Holton author of 'The King is Dead' Dies: A notification we missed back in August - Author Robert R. "Bob" Holton, 89, was a journalist and author, he passed away mid-august. He was the founding editor of Common Sense (later The West Tennessee Catholic), the weekly newspaper of the diocese of Memphis. Mr. Holton wrote two books, an account of the funeral of Elvis Presley, The King is Dead (1998) and an autobiographical record of "a journey with three bishops", In the Beginning (1982).
Holton’s book was the story of the funeral director involved, Robert Kendall (Memphis Funeral Home). It answered several questions rampant in the ‘Elvis is alive’ story but of course those believers didn’t want to know.
Born in Reading Pennsylvania in 1923, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1942. In 1954 he and his family moved to Manhattan, where he reported for the AP until 1966. His family moved to Memphis in 1975.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Memphis back in August.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 3 November 2012

'Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden' Vinyl 2 LP: Being released on November 13, 2012 to coincide with the DELUXE CD/DVD 'Prince From Another Planet' - the new double-vinyl LP repressing of Elvis "As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" will ONLY feature the June 10th EVENING performance by Elvis.
Some Elvis websites are still carrying the confusing information that the 2012 Vinyl release features both the June 10, 1972 evening and afternoon concerts over the 2 LPs. - Amazon has it for sale for $23.48 CLICK HERE >.Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
Touted as his first live shows in New York since the '50s, this live set was taped at the evening performance and released a week later. Initially, the album was released as a single LP but is now properly released as a double LP vinyl.

Go HERE to EIN's 'Prince From Another Planet' spotlight & info page, featuring video and sound samples plus cheap purchase options - Deluxe version now only $25!. - VINYL Tracklist below:
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Side A
1. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra
2. That's All Right
3. Proud Mary
4. Never Been To Spain
5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
6. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Side B
1. Polk Salad Annie
2. Love Me
3. All Shook Up
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Medley; (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear\Don't Be Cruel
6. Love Me Tender
Side C
1. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
2. Introductions by Elvis
3. Hound Dog
4. Suspicious Minds
5. For The Good Times
Side D
1. American Trilogy
2. Funny How Time Slips Away
3. I Can't Stop Loving You
4. Can't Help Falling In Love
5. End Theme (Orchestra)

"Elvis Duets" Dvdr: Now on dvd a colorful collection of Elvis songs with the theme: ‘Duets’. During his movie career, Elvis recorded a vast amount of songs together with other vocalists. The result is a wide variety of songs and video clips out of the many well known Elvis movies. An entertaining collection that is nice to watch. Rare are the images of the 1960 ‘Welcome Home Elvis’ Frank Sinatra Tv-Special; they remain a unique momentum to see. Other rare performances include Lisa Marie’s duet with Elvis on ‘In The Ghetto’ during a Oprah Tv-show, complete with Gospel Choir. It is beyond anyone’s guess why this never turned in to a big hit; great performance. Also: Celine Dion’s duet with Elvis on ‘Amercian Idol’ and Martina McBride appearing – with Elvis on screen – on a tv-show to promote the ‘Christmas Duets’ album. The odd one out is a clip from ‘Beyonce & Jay-Z’. A nice produced dvdr with a special selection of songs and images.

EIN notes that it is a shame Celine Dion's name is spelt wrong on the cover!


(News, Source;DuetsDVD)

 'An Afternoon In The Garden' soon to hit GOLD: Going on previous rate of sales for 'An Afternoon In The Garden' and 'The Essential Elvis' (2CD) EIN contributor Brian Quinn has made a conservative extrapolation and estimate their sales as of this week are:
'An Afternoon In The Garden' - 498,098 Units. Estimated GOLD qualification within 2 weeks.
'The Essential Elvis' (2 CD) - 972,734 Units (including double sales under RIAA rules). Estimated PLATINUM qualification around March, 2013.
The 'Christmas Duets' sales are difficult to predict but as of 8th September, 2012 were 490,322 Units.
Of course, as already stated these figures are merely guestimates.

Interesting as "Prince From Another Planet" will soon give both Madison Square Garden shows the upgrade they truly deserve.
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Sanja's Saturday Rare Elvis Photos - added to EIN today:

Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs - from EIN V-P Sanja Meegin.

Go HERE to EIN's Rare Photos page.

Now with over 5,300 photos and with more added every week – including YouTube footage.

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'Spring Spirit ´74' New Import CD: Here´s the next new release from Showroom Rec. The title is "Spring Spirit ´74" It is an audience recorded Dinner Show from February 9, 1974 in Las Vegas and comes in a 16 page booklet.
Tracklisting: 1 See See Rider 2 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 3 I Got A Woman / Amen 4 The Lord's Prayer (one line) 5 Love Me 6 Trying To Get To You 7 Sweet Caroline 8 Love Me Tender 9 Fever 10 Johnny B. Goode 11 Hound Dog 12 Polk Salad Annie [incl. false start] 13 Killing Me Softly [Voice]  14 Spanish Eyes 15 Why Me Lord [Voice] 16 Suspicious Minds 17 Band Introductions 18 Introduction of Pierre Adidge  19 I Can't Stop Loving You  20 Help Me 21 An American Trilogy  22 Let Me Be There [incl. reprise] 23 Can't Help Falling In Love  24 Closing Vamp

EIN notes that the FTD release 'I Found My Thrill' featured Elvis' Jan 27th Dinner Show from this first 1974 season in Las Vegas. This season was well received and it was here that Elvis added the new songs 'Help Me', 'Spanish Eyes' and 'Let Me Be There' to his set-list. Go HERE for the 'I Found My Thrill' review for more info.

'A Matter Of Duty' New Import CD: Out soon from the Management label, 'A Matter Of Duty' is audience recorded live on stage in Mobile, Alabama on August 29,1976 Evening Show and comes with a 12 page booklet.
Tracklisting - 1 Also sprach Zarathustra 2 See See Rider 3 Elvis talks 4 I Got A Woman / Amen 5 Elvis talks 6 Love Me 7 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 8 You Gave Me A Mountain 9 All Shook 10 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel  11 And I Love You So 3 12 Jailhouse Rock 13 Fever 14 America The Beautiful  15 Band Introductions  16 Early Morning Rain  17 What'd I Say 0 18 Johnny B. Goode  19 Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt]  20 Bass Solo #1 [Jerry Scheff] 1 21 Bass Solo #2 [Jerry Scheff]  22 Piano Solo [Tony Brown]  23 Electric Clavinet Solo [David Briggs]  24 Love Letters 25 School Days 26 Hurt #1 27 Hurt #2 28 Hound Dog  29 My Heavenly Father [Kathy Westmoreland] 30 Elvis talks 31 That's All Right  32 Mystery Train / Tiger Man  33 Can't Help Falling In Love  34 Closing Vamp
total playing time 72:21
Bonus Tracks 25.11.1976 ES, Eugene / Oregon 35 It's Now Or Never 36 Hurt  37 Hawaiian Wedding Song
EIN contributor and super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell notes, "The Dinner Show of February 9, 1974 is 'complete standard fare' with zero surprise. The Mobile E/S 29th August 1976 is an improvement upon the terrible A/S but not that much really. Elvis didn't up his performance on this poor 1976 tour until 4th September onwards. Take note there is no info on what the sound quality is like for either of these two release."
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNetwork)

Elvis Presley is Dead!: A homeless man who died last week when he was run over while sleeping outside a garage in San Francisco's South of Market area was identified Monday as Elvis Presley of San Francisco, according to the medical examiner. The dead man was Elvis Presley. (NO photo of the homeless man was provided as yet)
Presley, 55, was sleeping outside a garage on the 500 block of Third Street around 7 a.m. on Oct. 23 when a 28-year-old woman pulled her car forward out of the garage and drove over him, said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. Presley died at the scene. The death was found to be an accident.
Presley was well known to neighbours and others in the area and often told people he was related to the famed singer, but authorities were not able to find records that indicated he was, the medical examiner's office said.
(Odd Spot; ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 2 November 2012

"Aloha from Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Screening Tickets on sale today: Tickets for the Elvis Presley "Aloha from Hawaii" 40th Anniversary Screening go on sale today Friday, Nov2 in the US. The enhanced screening will take place at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. All tickets not included in the exclusive "Aloha from Hawaii" 40th Anniv package holders special floor section are $35 and can now be purchased through Ticketmaster.
This experience will feature incredible re-mastered video projected on multiple screens with audio presented in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The original performance has been edited to re-create the excitement of being there in-person 40 years ago and will include special footage filmed exclusively for this event.
"Aloha from Hawaii" was beamed live via satellite and seen in over 40 countries by supposedly close to 1.5 billion people. It is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.Go HERE for concert tickets & info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

New Rock'n'Roll Auction: Juliens is holding another live auction of Icons & Idols 2012 memorabilia on December 1, 2012. There are several great Elvis items up for grabs.
- A group of five candid color photographs of Elvis Presley. The photographs are affixed to paper along with 13 other vacation photographs. The photographs are from a flight to Hawaii. Captions are written on white border of each photograph. Estimate $400 - $600
- A Fender XII Lake Placid Blue electric 12-string guitar used by Elvis Presley in the film Clambake (UA, 1967) and for the title track of the same name. The guitar was given to actor Lance LeGault by Leo Fender in 1966. $20,000 - $40,000
- An Elvis Presley owned and gifted copy of the book The Infinite Way by Joel S. Goldsmith. The book has a note in Presley's hand on pastedown end paper that reads "E.P. Copy," and on loose end paper the book is inscribed "To Aunt Delta May God Bless you always Elvis Presley." This copy bears Presley's own handwritten notes and underlining throughout the book. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Presley's aunt, Delta Biggs. - $1,000 - $2,000
- An Elvis Presley twice signed promotional flyer. Flyer reads "International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada Presents Elvis 1970 in Person." With a black and white image of Presley on verso. Inscribed on the front "Sorry you couldn't make it Elvis Presley" and signed on back in lower left corner. - $1,500 - $3,000
- An Elvis Presley owned and studio used microphone engraved "Elvis" on stem. The microphone is an Eltro-Voice RE16 microphone stamped with serial number "8552." Accompanied by two letters of authenticity. $4,000 - $6,000
- And some Elvis handwritten set-lists.
Click here to the Auction for more info and pictures.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Meanwhile on EBay..Fake Elvis Shirt sells for $3,750: On Ebay recently was a "ELVIS PRESLEY owned and worn Suede Shirt from Colonel Parker" which sold for $3,750 after 22 bids. While no photos of Elvis accompanied the auction and surprisingly little information, there was a supposed "signed and dated letter from Colonel Parkers Office attesting to it authenticity."
Sadly it looks like this was yet another fake.  
Col Parker's widow Loanne Parker notified Elvis Matters, "I saw the item on ElvisMatters web site regarding whether the Elvis shirt COA was actually signed by Colonel. IT WAS NOT! August 8, 1978 Colonel was in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel. When there, he used the Hilton office stationery and I typed the letters. My initials (at that time "lm") were always at the bottom of the letters. The stationery used for that letter was Box 417 and
at one time that was the PO box number for his office, but by 1978 it had been changed and 417 was no longer used. Most of all the style of this letter was not one Colonel would have used AND he did not sign his name that way on letters. That letter is not authentic. Loanne Parker"
As EIN has always said - BEWARE of supposed "Elvis owned" auctions unless there is genuine proof.
PSA/DNA Authentication Services note that "Only six percent of all autographed Beatles memorabilia is authentic, less than 20 percent of Elvis Presley signatures are genuine."

Go HERE for the Ebay sale
Thanks to Elvis Matters for the update.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Alfred Wertheimer's "The Kiss" Featured in New Book: The man who captured Elvis during his rise to stardom is currently featured in a new book dedicated to the most notable photographers of our time. In a new article titled "The Faces Behind the Lens," Alfred Wertheimer is seen with his famous photo "The Kiss."
According to the Daily Mail, photographer Tim Mantoani reveals the faces behind some of the most memorable photos of the last generation. Wertheimer's "The Kiss" portrays 21-year-old Elvis in a passionate kiss with a woman backstage at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia on June 30, 1956.
In this new coffee table book titled "Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends," Mantoani has compiled 153 portraits of the world's most famous photographers and their most iconic images.
"My hope is that this project will become a way for future generations to not only appreciate the photography of our time, but the photographers as well."

Go HERE to EIN's Spotlight on Alfred Wertheimer.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'I Love You Because' Lisa/Elvis New video NOW: Lisa Marie Presley premiered her new video 'I Love You Because' an emotional duet with her late father Elvis on CMT - but it was soon removed from YouTube by the Internet police.
The single 'I Love You Because' was out October 16th, and the full video was available on iTunes this weekend. Lisa Marie also announced she will hit the road for two weeks in November in support of her new album "Storm & Grace," starting November 1 in Tunica, Miss. and ending November 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.
The video was a personal project for Lisa Marie, in which she introduces her four children as the continuation of her father’s legacy.
CLICK HERE to see the Re-instated OFFICIAL video on YouTube - well worth watching.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

Jordanaire Louis Nunley passed away at 81: It is with great sorrow that we have to let you know that Louis Nunley who was with The Jordanaires for several years passed away last night at the age of 81. Louis Nunley (right, next to Gordon Stoker and Ray Walker) never worked with Elvis but was a familiar face to most fans. The Jordanaires lineup consisting of Gordon Stoker, first tenor and manager, Neal Matthews, second tenor and lead, Hoyt Hawkins, baritone, and Ray Walker, bass, would be the group's most stable lineup, lasting throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The group changed again in 1982, when Hoyt Hawkins died. His replacement was Duane West, formerly of Sonny James' backup group, the Southern Gentlemen. The lineup remained constant for another two decades, with West leaving due to illness in 1999 (he died in 2002). In 1999 his replacement was baritone Louis Nunley, formerly of the Anita Kerr Singers. Neal Matthews died the next year. He was replaced by new lead Curtis Young. Hugh Jarrett died at 78 on May 31, 2008, from injuries sustained in an auto accident in March. And now Louis Nunley is gone too... R.I.P.
(News, Source;ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 26 October 2012

'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' - Arjan Deelen Interview: The new book 'Elvis: Walk A Mile In My Shoes' is subtitled “Arjan Deelen talks to the musicians, singers, songwriters and producers who helped create the ‘Presley Sound’”. It’s an essential book that for once focuses on the music and the music-making process in Elvis’ career.
Several of the interviews in the book such as with Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff and Michael Jarrett are widely regarded as the best and most revealing interviews ever with these gentlemen. There’s also a strong sense of honesty about the book, because these interviews are presented precisely as they were conducted – so no editing or other manipulation afterwards. ‘Straight from the horses’ mouth’, so to speak.
The book is also a feast for the eye, with almost 300 rare and unpublished photos of Elvis, in some cases sourced from the original negatives and dias.

EIN has had several readers wanting to know more about this new book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley posed the questions to author Arjan Deelen.
(Interviews; Source;Elvis Information Network)

"Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train" - New Book: Out in July 2013 is the newly revised & updated release of 1997's 'That's Alright Elvis' now called "Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train" by Scotty Moore and James L. Dickerson. No cover image yet available.
Description.. When Elvis Presley first showed up at Sam Phillips's Memphis-based Sun Records studio, he was a shy teenager in search of a sound. Phillips invited a local guitarist named Scotty Moore to stand in. Scotty listened carefully to the young singer and immediately realized that Elvis had something special. Along with bass player Bill Black, the triorecorded an old blues number called "That's All Right, Mama." It turned out to be Elvis's first single and the defining record of his early style, with a trilling guitar hook that swirled country and blues together and minted a sound with unforgettable appeal. Scotty was there every step of the way as both guitarist and manager, until Col Tom Parker, pushed him out. Scotty and Elvis would not perform together again until the classic 1968 "comeback" television special. Scotty never saw Elvis after that. With both Bill Black and Elvis gone, Scotty Moore is the only one left to tell the story of how Elvis and Scotty transformed popular music and how Scotty created the sound that became a prototype for so many rock guitarists to follow. Thoroughly updated, this edition delivers guitarist Scotty Moore's story as never before. 
ISBN: 1617038180: 304 pages  Out July 2013.
(News, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

More news and EIN exclusives from earlier in October

Elvis Presley still Third Highest Earning: While Elizabeth Taylor tops the Forbes 2012 List Of The Top-Earning Dead, it is still hard to beat Michael Jackson at this year's #2. The pop singer, who died in 2009 at the age of 50, still raked in more than any living artist in the past 12 months, $145M - but still a notable $25Mil drop from last year.
Jackson's earning are also due to the 50% stake in Sony's ATV catalog, which features artists such as The Beatles, Lady Gaga etc, 
But this year that wasn’t enough to keep Jackson at the top of the list, as beating him to the No.1 spot is his old friend Elizabeth Taylor (right, with Elvis in 1957). The estate of the glamorous actress, who was 79 when she passed away last year, earned a staggering $210 million last year.
Most of that money came from the record-breaking Christie’s auctions of the star’s jewelry, costumes and art work, which brought in $184 million. Every one of the 1,800 lots sold. The most expensive item was an 1889 Van Gogh painting that went for $16 million.
Elvis Presley however still had $55 million in earnings pulling in the same amount as he did in 2011. As with Jackson, Cirque Du Soleil launched a whole show around Presley’s music in 2010, Viva Elvis, at MGM’s Aria casino in Las Vegas. But with ticket sales flagging, MGM asked Cirque to bring down the curtains at summer’s end. Luckily for Elvis, traffic was brisk at Graceland this year, making up for the lost revenue from the show.
Elizabeth Taylor won't really be in the top competition next year and Jackson's earnings will no doubt continue to drop and will eventually fall below Elvis'. Elvis left the building 35 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 31 years time? - EIN truly has its doubts.
Top six Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities:
1. Dame Elizabeth Taylor ($210 million)
2. Michael Jackson ($145 million)
3. Elvis Presley ($55 million)
4. Cartoonist Charles Schulz ($37 million)
5. Bob Marley ($17 million)
6. John Lennon ($12 million)
Go HERE to EIN's spotlight Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star in death?
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNetwork) - - - - and yes the above photo is unfortunately a fake

October FTD Releases OUT NOW: The three new FTDs due for October release are OUT NOW and at your local dealers. 
1. 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard' Classic Album.
Featuring a large number of officially unreleased Jungle Room outtakes, it comes with the usual 12-page booklet featuring Behind The Scenes and memorabilia.
2. 'Hits Of The 70's' the 1974 UK album as a "Classic Album" double 7" release.
3. 'Elvis Country' FTD VINYL special Limited Edition 2-album release.
Go here for full tracklist and info.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"If I Can Dream" Elvis & Celine Dion Duet Released: As we noted below, the new compilation album, "The Best Of Celine Dion & David Foster," features the 'If I Can Dream' duet with Elvis.
The album is currently available for preorder on Amazon.com and will be released internationally on October 30, but is available in Asia already as a download.
Celine Dion first performed alongside Elvis in a virtual duet on the American Idol TV special "Idols Give Back", a charity show broadcast in April 2007 to help raise funds for poverty relief programs in America and Africa.
GO HERE for the new Studio version of the duet.

Click here to see the original DUET TV performance.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Allyson Adams 'The Rebel and The King' Interview:  Elvis Presley had just exploded on the American scene and was filming his first movie 'Love Me Tender' when he introduced himself to Nick Adams on the backlot of 20th Century Fox.
Nick was infamous for writing articles about inside Hollywood and now the posthumous publication of Nick Adams raw, unedited manuscript details Nick Adams close friendship with Elvis Presley and the whirlwind eight days in Memphis during the famous singer’s Tupelo Homecoming the summer of 56.
Nick Adams daughter Allyson Adams recently discovered this hidden manuscript and collected research and photos to go into the book.
Not only did Allyson Adams get to sit on Elvis' lap but Colonel Parker was also her godfather! - Read the interview and get your own signed copy of the book.
EIN's Piers Beagley wanted to know more about this fascinating story and sat down with author Allyson Adams to hear all about this amazing discovery.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Aloha From Hawaii 2012: In August this year Sanja Meegin returned to Memphis for her 14th electrifying Elvis Week. Ten days of burnin' non-stop fun, meeting up with some of Elvis' best friends and soaking up the fabulous atmousphere. So where else to go afterwards for the perfect wind-down but a week in beautiful Hawaii?
Go here as Sanja brings us her fascinating Aloha Hawaii report and once again searches out some fabulous Elvis destinations - including Elvis' 1977 holiday house, the famous "Chinaman's Hat" palm tree, inside the HIC arena and even his Aloha dressing room!
As always the locals have some secrets and stories to tell about Elvis.


Newly found 1957 TV Ad for Elvis' Christmas Album: Here's a fabulous 1957 US TV commercial featuring Elvis' Christmas album. Discovered as "One of the 16mm films I got when I found an old projector at an antique store!"

As FECC's Memphis Flash nicely comments, "Watch the last few seconds, it looks like a piece of concept art hanging in the tree"!

Only runs 1 minute but well-worth watching - Click HERE.

(News, Source;FECC/YouTube/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Complete 50's Masters [Box set]' 2012 Budget release: The original 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters' box-set was released in 1992 and started a new era for Elvis collectors. Described as "The best place to start your Elvis Presley collection. Every single song he recorded and released during the 1950s plus a fifth disc full of alternate takes and rarities. You'll see why his talent dwarfed all the other great 50s artists. As good as they were, none could hold a candle to Elvis. A warning though to any potential buyer, once you get this set...you'll be on the road to buying lots more Elvis!!"

The set has now been given the UK budget re-release and what great value it is. Five CDs for £13 or US$21
The 5-cd set out on MONDAY - 22 Oct 2012.

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Now Updated - Once Upon A Time: Elvis and Anita (Memories of My Mother) - Book Review: The 'fairytale' story of Elvis' relationship with his first very serious girlfriend, the strikingly attractive Anita Wood (Brewer) - a favorite of Gladys Presley's - has been published.

Written by Anita's daughter, Jonnita Brewer Barrett, Once Upon A Time: Elvis and Anita Memories of My Mother, is a wonderful record of a rollercoaster time in music history..... grounded at its heart by a love story......which, had Elvis not been drafted into the Army, quite possibly would have seen Anita become Mrs Elvis Presley!

Read EIN's review of this long overdue release

'I Am An Elvis Fan' vs 'Elvis By Request' VS 'La Collection': The two USA and Australia fan-voted compilations were released to celebrate the 35th Anniversary in 2012. NOW France's RTL collection joins the review! Click here as these 3 compilations come under EIN scrutiny
(CD Reviews: Source;EIN)

MRS 'Greatest Live Hits of the 50s' Now on Amazon USA: The next MRS release in association with JAT Productions ‘Greatest Live Hits of the 50s’ will be officially released 22nd October 2012. The 24 track CD is the most varied compilation to date, containing only the best live performances, making the ultimate live set list of the 1950’s. And at a Great Price - Only GB£8 or via Amazon USA for only US$20 direct.

For the first time on General Release, it has 8 new live tracks that have all been re-mastered and are now significantly and noticeably improved, than before. Additionally, the CD also contains for the first time, an unreleased live version of ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ from October 1955.
Go HERE for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Files Magazine: Not only is Erik Lorentzen releasing his beautiful Elvis Files books but now an associated quarterly magazine is available - and issue #1 recently arrived in Australia. Lorentzen's collection of Elvis articles and exclusive photos is so extensive that he has more than he can ever fit into his books.

EIN recently asked Erik Lorentzen a few questions to clarify a few points for magazine subscribers and to find out more.

We also feature a review of the magazine and some delicious example photographs.

Click here to find out about this great magazine.

(BookReviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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