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Thursday 28 October 2021

MRS 'Sept 1970' & 'Final Rehearsals' VINYL Out Now: After some delay the VINYL versions of the recent MRS new book-set release ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' have been released.

Split into two single albums you can buy them individually.
MRS ‘Elvis In Person September 1970' and 'Elvis Final Rehearsals 1970'

Go here for all the tracklist info and more. - Each album selling for £29.95 at the MRS shop.
See below for our in-depth review of the MRS book/cd set.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

DVD 'Sold Out Vol. 10': The publicity states... 'Sold Out volume 10' is something special… Ever since the inception of Pyramid, we’ve been inundated with requests to release a volume focusing on the final year. We all know that the last year was difficult for Elvis. And for those of us who love the man and his music, it’s still hard to see footage from some of those shows. But there were also those nights where he could pull it together and blow everybody away with the power and might of his voice: performances like “How Great Thou Art”, “Fairytale” and “Hurt” are a testament to that fact. “Sold Out volume 10” has plenty of those moments. And some truly great close-ups of the man giving his all on stage.
One of the advantages of footage from the final year is that it’s often more complete, and indeed one of the shows on this release even clocks in at over 54 minutes. And there are various cool concert rarities including “Funny How Time Slips Away” as the third song in the show, a solid “Until It’s Time For You To You”, a neat “Steamroller Blues”, a back-to-the-basics “That’s All Right Mama”, and more. There’s also plenty of light moments where he is in a playful mood, teasing Charlie and J.D., hiding behind Jerry, etc.
We’ve once again included several fascinating behind-the-scenes films, of Elvis in his penguin outfit, the band & singers arriving at a venue, fans waiting in line, shots of the Lisa Marie at night, etc.
This is a release you can’t afford to miss. The liner notes were written by original backing vocalist Carol (Sonja) Montgomery, who provides a fresh perspective on the Nashville ’71 session where Elvis walked out. (News, Source;DC/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland announces Holiday Season plans: EPE have announced their Winter Holiday Season plans.
Activities include the Traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Special Tours and Holiday Themed Concerts by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ultimate ETA Dean Z, and other holiday shows at the Soundstage including The Beach Boys.
This holiday season at Graceland will be filled with more festive events than ever to celebrate one of Elvis' favorite times of the year.
Festivities include.
- Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Weekend November 18-20. The weekend kicks off with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, which will feature  internationally renowned songwriter and producer David Porter, along with students from the Stax Music Academy,  “flipping the switch” to light Elvis’ iconic Graceland Mansion
for the holiday season. Round out the weekend with Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show on Saturday, Nov 20.
- Special afternoon Christmas Tours (December 1-20) featuring live tour guides sharing holiday stories throughout Graceland Mansion. The tours allow guests to explore Graceland decorated for the holidays after-hours, hear stories of what it was like to spend Christmas with the king at Graceland and tour the grounds to see the beautiful lights and up-close looks at the festive lawn decor that was part of Elvis' annual decorating tradition. Each tour is limited to eight guests with an expert guide and will include a holiday photo ops both inside and outside Graceland Mansion.
There will be a 'Graceland Virtual Tour: Christmas Edition' on December 20 for those that can't make it to Memphis. COSTS US$98.50 ! Angie Marchese, Vice President of the Graceland Archives and Exhibits, will be leading a behind the ropes look at Graceland decorated for Elvis’ favorite holiday. Angie will share stories of how Elvis spent the holidays around the mansion and show the holiday décor he handpicked and left up all the way through his birthday on January 8.
Graceland will be decorated for the holidays from November 18 through January 9, 2022. Visitors during this time will be able to enjoy Elvis' holiday decorating traditions throughout the grounds of his home, Graceland Mansion. Outside, are the traditional lights including hundreds of blue Christmas lights lining the driveway, a life-size nativity scene, Elvis’ Santa and his sleigh lawn decorations, and more. The interior of Graceland is beautifully decorated with Christmas décor that includes his traditional red velvet drapes, Christmas trees throughout, and Presley family Christmas artifacts on display.
GO HERE to EPE for Ticket prices and all the details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: Little People, BIG DREAMS' New book for 2022: From 'Little People, BIG DREAMS" book series from author Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Ana Albero (Illustrator) is their book on ELVIS. - Hardcover - out May 17, 2022
The publicity notes... In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Elvis was born into poverty in North Mississippi, a place where opportunities were a rare thing to see. Still, he felt that someday, somehow, something amazing would happen. When he sang in a school talent show, he realized that singing was all he wanted to do with his life.
He had just finished high school when he plucked up the courage and walked through the doors of Sun Studios, ready to record his first song. After this came hit after hit, and he popularized a new genre of music that mixed all kinds of different styles. That genre was Rock 'n' Roll, and it would take the world by storm!
All the great artists that came after him still look up to little Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, the unique and irreplaceable artist who changed the course of music history. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back.
Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
Go here for more info about this series of books
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 25 October 2021

MRS presents 'ELVIS: September 1970' in-depth Review: MRS's new 2CD deluxe set features a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD that covers the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans. Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand-new previously unknown concert captures Elvis feeling 'loose-as-a-goose' yet still performing with a real intensity. His live versions of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' were truly exceptional this evening.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and enjoy a hilarious ride-with-the-king.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' for Victoria, Australia: The Australian southern state of Victoria has scored and unprecedented Elvis Presley exhibition for early 2022.
This major new biographical exhibition exploring one of the most iconic and influential figures of the 20th Century. Elvis: Direct from Graceland, will open on 19 March 2022 at Bendigo Art Gallery.
Exclusive to Bendigo, VIC, the exhibition will explore Elvis’ stellar career, his larger-than-life persona, lesser-known aspects of his early years, interests and personal life, and his radical sense of style.
In a major coup the Gallery has been able to secure unprecedented access to the Graceland archives to present a comprehensive exhibition on the world’s greatest and most popular artists.
Elvis: Direct from Graceland will feature around 300 authentic artifacts owned by Elvis direct from the icon’s Graceland home - including his military uniforms, his 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson, and an amazing array of his famous jumpsuits to personal items like Lisa Marie’s baby clothes, Elvis’ first job application and the 1st grade crayon box he took to school. Visiting Australia for the first time ever is a bright red convertible 1960 MG from the movie Blue Hawaii, the only car from his films that Elvis actually owned and had brought to the Hawaii location to get around in his free time.
The exhibition will also feature many items that rarely travel beyond the Graceland gates, including Elvis’ wedding tuxedo and Priscilla’s wedding dress, two costumes from the acclaimed television performance known as the ‘68 Comeback Special, and garments from his eclectic home wardrobe.
Graceland's Angie Marchese stated, "While Elvis was never able to visit Australia himself, it brings us great pride at Graceland to know that his legacy and music lives on there. We look forward to sharing a glimpse into Elvis’ life with the fans in Australia.”
Key periods in Elvis’ life and career will be covered, including his early years living in the ‘shotgun shack’ in Tupelo, Mississippi, his break-out Sun Studios hit, U.S. Army service, his time in Hollywood, his unforgettable ’68 Special performance, and the glamorous Vegas years.
The exhibition also moves beyond the familiar story of his musical and acting career to present his more private side, his devotion to his parents, his love of books, motorcycles, horses and karate and the haven he created in Graceland for his friends and family.
The exhibition includes garments and jewellery worn by Elvis throughout his life, personal items from Graceland, as well as vintage Elvis-branded merchandise, costumes and scripts from the Hollywood movies and much more.
Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot said, “We are so excited to be able to bring this iconic collection to Australia at a time when international travel has been limited.
This is the latest in the international series of exhibitions presented by Bendigo Art Gallery that pay homage to the great style icons of our recent history."
Victoria Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula said: “Landing this exhibition is a major coup for Bendigo and Victoria and thousands of Elvis fans will be marking the dates in their diaries right now.
Whether people come for the jumpsuits, the Harley or just to celebrate one of the great figures in recent history, the benefit will extend to cafes, restaurants and hotels across the region.”
Elvis Presley: Direct from Graceland runs 19 March – 17 July 2022
Tickets on sale now at bendigoartgallery.com.au
(News, Source;BendigoArtGallery/ElvisInfoNet) - EIN will have more details soon-

Priscilla pays tribute to Ronnie Tutt: Priscilla Presley also recently paid tribute to drummer Ronnie Tutt, who died on October 16.
Ronnie Tutt was a longtime member of Elvis' TCB Band, which backed the King of Rock and Roll during the last decade of his life. Tutt, a prolific studio drummer who also performed with Billy Joel and Neil Diamond, was 83.
Priscilla posted on Instagram, "Rest In Peace my friend. Your sweet soul and great talent captured us all.
Elvis always bragged how you intuitively could keep up with his stage moves. Even when he tried to trick you...
My heart goes out to you Donna for your loss.
And to the TCB band members, James and Glenn.
You will be forever missed."

She included a recent photo she took with Tutt.
Tutt's wife Donna confirmed that he had died of natural causes at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, surrounded by his family.
He chose not to be hospitalized, as he knew doctors could do nothing more for his heart condition.
Donna said that "his body had had enough, he couldn't play another drum lick...."

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Brandi Carlile’s Gale-Force Debut on SNL invokes Elvis: For her first-ever performance on Saturday Night Live, country singer Brandi Carlile launched right into her defiant heartland jam, “Broken Horses,” wearing a gleaming Elvis-inspired gold lamé suit.
But for all the glam, the energy of the music was straight barroom rock and roll. Carlile wielded her burnished guitar like she was steering a colt, her streaky brown hair hanging loosely around her face.
Carlile has previously acknowledged that Elvis was part of the inspiration for her 2018 album 'By the Way, I Forgive You' .. "listening to Elvis' music and understanding the emotion and intensity Elvis put into his recordings".
Carlile returned to the stage to perform her swelling country-rock drama, “Right on Time,” the lead single from her stunning new album, In These Silent Days.
This time, Carlile wore a glittering black-and-white suit, appearing alone on a darkened stage, playing the opening verse on piano. The crowd gasped as she turned to the camera and sang the end of the verse in chilling a cappella.
Then, Carlile picked up her guitar and rejoined the rest of her band at the front of the stage, bringing the song about two embattled lovers to its soul-melting crescendo.
(News, Source:Rolling Stone/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Las Vegas Record set to be broken: Barry Manilow, now aged 78, is set to break a long running Las Vegas record set by Elvis Presley.
Of all the performers still working it was always likely that Manilow might be the artist to conquer Vegas.
From the time he hit the airwaves with “Mandy” through “Copacabana” and “I Write the Songs” up to the Central Park rain drenched “Welcome Back New York” concert, his fans adore him.
Manilow is returning to Vegas October 14th with a bunch of shows, then more in 2022 and 2023.
All the shows are at the legendary Westgate Las Vegas Resort (formerly International / Vegas Hilton).
Manilow stated, “I love it there. Westgate Las Vegas is my home away from home and I look forward to performing there for a long, long time.”
Elvis basically lived at the International / Hilton after it opened in 1969. At the time it was the largest hotel / casino in the world.
Elvis performed 837 consecutive shows at the International Theater over seven years with the theater often packed with stars like Cary Grant and Carole Channing. His last show was in December of 1976.
No performer since then has played more shows. Barry should hit that mark in 2023.
But note that Barry Manilow first played Las Vegas in January 1988 - so that's 35 years to achieve what Elvis did in just seven years! - Hardly a record worth noting!
(News, Source:Showbiz/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Presley's own Brigitte Bardot": Before Elvis went to Germany, he declared in a press conference that he wanted to meet Brigitte Bardot! Instead of meeting the French actress, he found his own lookalike in Germany. 

Go here to Find out more!  

and read EIN's interview with author Trina Young here

(Source: Trina Young)


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Saturday 23 October 2021
“I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen” New Promo Video: The new 50th Anniv release 'Elvis Back In Nashville' is out next month, Nov 12.
On May 20, 1971 in the early hours of the morning, having laid down a few tracks for his up-coming Gospel album, Elvis sat down at the piano on his own and trying to relive the emotion of singing alone in Graceland, Elvis sang three old favourites for his studio friends.
These were two by Ivory Joe Hunter 'It's Still Here' and 'I Will Be True' plus an old classic 'I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen'.
Elvis singing alone playing piano in Studio B was a totally unique situation and was luckily recorded by RCA.
Elvis only sang the one take. This would be overdubbed by Felton Jarvis for album release -Go here to YouTube to watch.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956' New MRS release: The UK based Memphis Recording Service announced the release of the Deluxe Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
Out November 26, 2021.
The set contains the complete 1956 master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions.
CD 1 Stereo: I Got A Woman - Heartbreak Hotel - Money Honey - I'm Counting On You - I Was The One - Blue Suede Shoes - My Baby Left Me - One-Sided Love Affair - So Glad You're Mine - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - Tutti Frutti - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Shake, Rattle And Roll - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Hound Dog - Don't Be Cruel - Anyway You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - Playing For Keeps - Love Me - How Do You Think I Feel - How's The World Treating You - Paralyzed - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - Long Tall Sally - Old Shep - Too Much - Anyplace Is Paradise - Ready Teddy - First In Line - Rip It Up - Old Shep (Alternate Version - Take 5)
CD 2 Mono Versions same tracklist
(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)
- EIN previously ran an extensive piece about Elvis Mono > Stereo DES versions, some work, some do not -

Tuesday 19 October 2021

(Book Review) Elvis June 1956: June 1956 was another busy month for Elvis Presley and author Paul Bélard captures the frenzy and excitement of Elvis' rocket-to-stardom in this new photo-book, ‘Elvis June 1956’.
Elvis' 1956 juggernaut was picking up strength during the month with a series of dynamic live shows across America, appearing on Wink Martindale’s ‘Dance Party’ TV show, violating segregation laws in Memphis, outraging media critics and many parents with his burlesque show rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ on The Milton Berle Show and rehearsing for his appearance on The Steve Allen Show as the highlights.
The book includes some wonderful archive material such as..
- “Singing Sensation Causes Near Riot Here”
- “Writhing Singer Has Long Beach Soxers Wailing”
- "Elvis Sends 6,400 Here Into Frenzy”
- “Presley Leaves You In A Blue Suede Funk”
· “The Presley Problem”

This graphic biography illustrates how our man worked hard getting his career off the ground. All this packed on 220 pages.
Go here as Nigel Patterson and Kees Mouwen check out this look at one of Elvis' key months of his career
(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

The BBC reports on the death of Ronnie Tutt: Yesterday the BBC noted the death of the legendary Ronnie Tutt..
... Ronnie Tutt, the drummer who backed Elvis Presley from 1969 until his death eight years later, has died aged 83.
EPE broke the news on its website on Saturday, saying it was "deeply saddened".
Dallas-born Tutt also worked with Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Jerry Garcia in a career that spanned six-decades.
His work can be heard on Joel's Piano Man, Elvis Costello's King of America and the Gram Parsons albums GP and Grievous Angel.
Tutt joined the King of Rock 'n' Roll for his 1969 live renaissance with guitarist James Burton and other musicians to perform with Elvis at his famous Las Vegas opening.
In an interview Tutt said, "Once you met Elvis and you
understand the charisma that the man had, you just can't help but love what he does.
We immediately had a great rapport. Visually, our eyes were constantly watching each other."

On occasion in between songs, Presley would jokingly mimic karate moves on stage in time with Tutt's drumming.
He would also introduce Tutt to the crowd and indulge him as he entertained them with rollicking drum solos.
The sticksman continued working with Presley until his death in 1977, and played with TCB band members for years after.
A prolific live performer, he was also called upon by Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell and Roy Orbison.

UK Actor / Comedian Rob Brydon posted,
"So sad to hear that the great Ronnie Tutt has died. What a drummer. I was lucky enough to work with him on the Neil Diamond at The Palladium show we did for ITV. I still have the drumsticks he gave me as he came offstage. #RIP"
Roy Orbison's family added..
"Saddened to learn about the passing of Ronnie Tutt yesterday
Ronnie played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977.
Ronnie Tutt was also the drummer for Roy Orbison’s “Black and White Night” concert.
Thank you for the music Ron."

(News, Source;BBC/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 17 October 2021
Ronnie Tutt has died Aged 83: Very sad news for all Elvis fans today, finding out that the incredible TCB Band drummer Ronnie Tutt has died aged 83.
Graceland posted a heartfelt tribute...
.."All of us at EPE were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ronnie Tutt. In addition to being a legendary drummer, he was a good friend to many of us here at Graceland. We enjoyed each time he joined us here to celebrate Elvis Week, Elvis' Birthday and many other special occasions. Ronnie was an amazing ambassador to Elvis' legacy - sharing his memories of working with Elvis with fans - as well as bringing Elvis' music to arenas around the globe through later "Elvis in Concert" shows and performances.
Ronnie Tutt played drums for Elvis as part of the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977. He was part of the band put together by James Burton for Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas opening - and stayed with Elvis until his death in 1977.
Ronnie later toured with Neil Diamond's band. He also recorded and performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks, Michael McDonald, among others.
Our hearts go out to Donna, his family, his fellow TCB Band members - and to his fans around the world.
He will be deeply missed by all of us."
- Ron Tutt was born in 1938 in Dallas, Texas and was considered a "Child Prodigy" by many as by the age of three he was already enrolled in voice and tap dance classes. He was soon playing violin in his school orchestra, then trumpet and finally playing drums in his final years at school.
He later studied music at North Texas University before moving to Los Angeles as a professional drummer.
Ronnie said, "The two greatest music influences on my life were Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. Elvis for the flashy, explosive, slightly out of control, style of playing that he needed and Neil for wanting the opposite and a very disciplined drummer."
Ronnie Tutt was a true gentleman, a friend to all, and a delightful person to talk to.
He will be missed by all.
R.I.P 'Ronnie Tutt' 12 March 1938 - 16 Oct 2021
EIN recommends this delightful interview with Ronnie Tutt at NAMM 'Oral Histories'
Also see the Ronnie Tutt page at Drummer World
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

James Burton posted....

RONNIE TUTT - We are in shock 😭 💔.
Top of the list drummer, amazing work with any top recording artists and live shows.
The James Burton and Friends show in Nashville, to our knowledge, was the last show that Ronnie played and it was truly an honor to have him give of his talents to the James Burton Foundation to give guitars to kids and vets.  His playing on this show was INCREDIBLE.   ⚡️TCB⚡️
Playing together over the years was so much fun, it was like a hand in a glove.  We knew exactly how to play off each other.
You bet I will always miss him!!! 🥁🎸
The wonderful thing is that we know for sure Ronnie is in heaven with God and his family, Elvis and friends.
What a joy for his family to have this knowledge and we love all of them so much. 🙏✝️😇
- The James Burton Family

ELVIS Birthday Celebration 2022: Graceland is getting in early with an update about ELVIS' Birthday Celebration in January 2022.
... Join us in Memphis on January 6-9, 2022, for Elvis' 2022 Birthday Celebration.
Enjoy four days of birthday festivities surrounding the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s birthday!
The celebration includes
- Elvis Birthday Bash and Evening Christmas Tour
- Elvis Gospel Dinner
- Elvis on Tour late night movie screening
- Conversations on Elvis

Founders and Insiders will be contacted directly about pre-sale opportunities.
Go here to EPE for all the details

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Another pile of barrel-scraping bootlegs. EIN was banned from commenting on FECC and Phoenix Elvis forums about "The Collapse of the Bootleg Empire" yet these new ridiculous releases below are still being flogged by the 'Usual Suspects'. You know who you are. We know who you are. - Buyers Beware.  
‘Doncha' Think It's Time' A new 1958 Album’ New Import: A brand new "58" cd with amazing new spliced takes and remastered masters.
On the FTD album "King Creole" new mixes of the studio masters were released, these were done by Thorne Nogar and had studio snippets, like small talk and counting of to the takes, although it is nice to have it does not play as it should. Here presented for the first time are those masters without that.
Also included are some new and unreleased "spliced takes of other songs from 1958 as well as some "essential" home recordings, also edited for your listening pleasure.
The highlight of this album must be both "reversed" masters of the title track "Doncha Think It's Time" for both masters four takes were used, on this album the same four takes are used, but this time they used the parts that were not released at the time so you get two COMPLETE new versions of this great song.
Also not to be missed is the new "Ain't That Loving You Baby" which starts of with the slow version and ends with the rockin' version.
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis 27 - Essential Sixties Splices Vol.3’ New Import: The series continues and focuses on1962;
Elvis was 27 when he recorded all these great tracks.
Amazing new tracks are created for your listening pleasure
One of the highlights is "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" which has been created using different keys througout the whole track, it sounds like a brandnew song!
"Return To Sender" sounds very different and has a new opening.
Another gem is the version of "Because of Love" and although there are no outtakes of this song it does sound different then the master, listen to the first words and judge for yourself.
Most songs have been extended using different takes which mean just like previous volumes you get more of the songs without using the same portions.
Limited to 500 copies this one will be sold out soon!
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis - 68/69 Sessions’ Bootleg Vinyl: Paradise Road Records presents ‘Elvis - 68/69 Sessions’ on CLEAR vinyl.
Featuring alternate recordings from the phenomenal 1968 Elvis Presley television special, ‘Elvis’, the 1969 American Sound Studio Sessions and more. All performances have been remastered.
This is an extreme limited edition! (EIN is not surprised)
So order fast before it's sold out!

Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘February, 1970 - On Stage - The Alternate Recordings’ Bootleg Vinyl: Paradise Road Records presents ‘February, 1970 - On Stage - The Alternate Recordings’ on red vinyl.
Featuring Alternate recordings from February 1970. The first 6 selections are soundboard recordings, all other selections are AUDIENCE recordings. All performances have been remastered.
This is an extreme limited edition! (EIN is not surprised)
So order fast before it's sold out!

Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Book Review 'From Elvis in Japan': David Ward's 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018' is the a very detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”. It covers Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs.

The discography contains information on 131 Elvis LPs released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).

Japan also pressed plenty of unique compilations such as 'Elvis Presley Special 24', 'Elvis on Screen', 'Elvis Presley The Complete Singles (11 LP box set)' and 'Elvis Presley By Request of Japanese Fans'.

Go here and discover even more as EIN's Nigel Patterson reviews this fascinating look at Elvis' Japan releases.

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

Framed under glass Elvis Summer Festival (1970) banner up for auction – starting bid price, a cool US$680,000.00: File under Elvis' nickname "crazy" - but now on ebay check out the "Orange satin banner from the International Hotel' Framed with wood and glass that measures 24 x 42 inches and the banner measures 11 x 28 inches. The photo was taken outdoors and the trees and sky are just a reflection and are not included."

While the banner is certainly a rare collector’s item, the starting bid price is particularly optimistic.
Not even signed by Elvis! - Just what an Elvis fan needs for their lounge-room wall.

Do you have US$680,000 to spare? - Look here on Ebay.


(News, Source:ebay/ElvisInfoNet)

Who was the other girlfriend Elvis said goodbye to in Germany?: When The King of Rock and Roll got drafted into the army, Anita Wood was not the only girlfriend Elvis said good-bye to -

Go here to an extract from Trina Young's new book to find out about the other girl Elvis Presley left behind when he joined the army.



(News, Source: Trina Young/EIN)


Elvis related novel wins Victoria Children’s Book Prize (Canada): The winners of the 2021 Victoria Book Prizes have been announced. Leslie Gentile won the $5,000 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize for her book 'Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer' (Cormorant Books, Dancing Cat Books).

In their citation, the jury noted Gentile’s “first-rate storytelling, with a surprising plot twist, a twist on the twist, and a believable happy ending.”
Read the Q&Q full review here

(News, Source:Quill & Quire/ElvisInfoNet)

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Book of poetry opens with passage from Elvis song: Katherena Vermette prefaces the opening section in her second collection of poetry, river woman, with an epigraph from Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

This may seem like a counterintuitive choice for the poems that follow, until one remembers that Elvis was repeatedly castigated for appropriating the music and styles of other cultures to turn a profit. This sort of cultural theft – by white Europeans at the expense of a racialized minority – is very much on the poet’s mind in river woman.



(News, Source: Steven W. Beattie, Quill & Quire)

'Elvis vs. Lenin': A Superpower Confrontation on Canvas: An exhibition in Berlin examines the differences, and surprising confluences, between Cold War-era paintings from the United States and the Soviet Union. The exhibition opens with an obvious juxtaposition: Andy Warhol’s iconic “Elvis Presley (Single Elvis)” from 1964, with the singer brandishing a gun and dressed like a cowboy, is hung near an early-1980s portrait of Vladimir Lenin by the Russian artist Dmitri Nalbandyan, which shows the Soviet leader in his library. Both are clichés, but they jolt viewers into thinking about their own preconceptions.
Other old tropes run through the show, too: It pits Western Pop Art that glories in commerce
against Eastern propaganda in the service of Communism, and Abstract Expressionism against Socialist Realism. But despite these expected binaries, there is nuance and depth, and lesser-known works, especially from the Soviet Union, fill in art-historical gaps. - Read the full article here at NYTimes
(News, Source: Kimberly Bradley, New York Times

New line of Elvis inspired jewelry: “If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special man in your life, we’ve got something that could prompt him to say, “thank you... thankyouverymuch!”
Elvis Presley fans will be all shook up over Zales’ new collection which features 23 styles of men’s jewelry with designs inspired by the man known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Elvis Presley Collection includes bold curb link chains, statement diamond rings, and cufflinks.
The pieces give a playful nod to Elvis’ legacy, with “TCB,” short for his hit song “Taking Care of Business,” and “King” featured on gold plates and rings.
The collection also has horseshoes and other equestrian details, an ode to the many horses on his famous Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
Available in yellow and white 10-karat gold with diamond accents, the pieces range in price from US$1,249 to US$4,249.
The collection is available exclusively on Zales’ website.

At last Santa knows what to get Nigel Patterson for Christmas!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 11 October 2021

“Get the jab” - Elvis being used to promote getting the COVID vaccine: The 'Health24' South-African based health information website is using Elvis as an example to encourage people to get vaccinated. They feature '6 tips for speaking to the unvaxxed'..
#4 Don’t be afraid to drop a name or two.
If Elvis could do it, so can you. In 1956, rising rock ’n roll star Elvis Presley appeared on public television getting his polio shot at a time when vaccine uptake was precariously slow. The Elvis effect seemed to have helped to spur US teenagers to launch campaigns to recruit their friends. Vaccinations surged, and by the next year active cases of polio had dropped from 15,140 to 5,485. Five years later, by 1962, fewer than 1,000 cases were reported. Studies about social influence on boosting the uptake of flu vaccines suggest that talking about other people getting their shots might help to improve the uptake for Covid-19 vaccines, too. It need not only be social influencers– even examples from within a peer group can help to nudge people to get on board.

A small percentage of people say they will never get the jab — and studies suggest that chances

are slim that they will change their minds. The uptake among vaccine-ready people can change over time, but hardline anti-vaxxers almost never change their minds. So it is more effective to focus on people who are vaccine-ready and receptive to new information.
(News, Source;Health24/ElvisInfoNet)

Baz Luhrmann Taking Care Of Business!: ELVIS movie director Baz Luhrmann has announced a weekly ELVIS DAY when he will share pictures to get fans involved in his upcoming biopic.

Luhrmann tweeted.. "Still taking care of business here... Thought we’d make Monday, ‘Elvis Day’, dropping you some favorite pics as we go through our journey."

Next summer his new ELVIS biopic will hit cinemas, charting the life and career of The King of Rock and Roll. But with less than a year to go we still haven’t had our first look at Austin Butler as Elvis or Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker, let alone a trailer.

The first set of pictures featured Elvis posing and performing back in the 1950s. The second set yesterday featured the comment, "To Understand The Elvis phenomenon you must first understand the Colonel".

The weekly pictures are on Baz Luhrmann Twitter feed.

(News, Source:NP/UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Sings For Children' FTD Style: EIN's good friend Thomas Melin has posted an amusing update considering Col Parker's demoralising idea of 'Elvis Sings For Children And Grownups Too'..
He writes,, "In an alternative universe a fourth album was added for an FTD December release with the following announcement:
43 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the Classic Album version of Elvis Sings For Children And Grownups Too! Packaged in 7" format with a full color 16-page memorabilia booklet, this 1-CD set also includes a previously unknown master tape featuring the second volume in the series.

Go HERE to 'Elvis Today Blog'

What tracks would you select?
EIN would choose 'Beach Shack'- with Elvis saying, "It's gotta be the silly hour! What you think I am?" with the backing singers replying "Dumb, de dumb de dumb"! (see Spinout FTD)
(News, Source;TM/ElvisInfoNet)

Caveat Emptor! (Buyer Beware!): Amazon sites currently have around 200 “print on demand” (generic) Elvis items across four categories of printed product: 2022 Calendars – Notebooks – Diaries/Journals – Coloring Books.

Many in each category are likely to have the same internal design (differentiated only by a different cover image, some of which are not even Elvis! – see calendar image).

The quality of these items may also be much lower than similar commercially released products by recognised publishers such as Hallmark and Danilo.



(News, Source: EIN)

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Saturday 9 October 2021
Three New FTD Releases for November: After a few quiet months - see FTD fire story below - FTD announce three new releases for next month. The long-awaited "Pot Luck Sessions" as a 5cd set, a Spring 1975 double- soundboard from Tampa and Atlanta (both previously unreleased) and the 'Raised On Rock' double VINYL.
- 'Elvis: The Pot Luck Sessions' 5cd box-set: FTD’s acclaimed series continues with one of the most commercially successful recording sessions of Elvis’ career 'The Pot Luck Sessions'.
It is without doubt the ultimate triumph for Hill & Range’s song plugger Freddy Bienstock. Superbly crafted hits like “Little Sister”, (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame”, “Good Luck Charm” and She’s Not You” dominated pop charts throughout the world in the early ‘60s and Elvis’ flawless performances accompanied by Nashville’s finest musicians still resonate today some 60 years later.
If “Easy Question”, “Suspicion” “I’m Yours” and “Kiss Me Quick” had been released as 45 rpm singles during this fertile period, and not years after, undoubtedly each could have matched the chartbusting success of the others.
This remastered 5-CD boxed set includes a 28-page booklet featuring an insightful essay, rare photographs, memorabilia, and recording data
Go here to all the FTD / SONY News 2021 for full tracklist
- 'Elvis: South Bound' 2cd Soundboard: As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'Elvis: South Bound Tampa / Atlanta ‘75'.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis' two shows: Curtis Hixon Convention Center, Tampa, April 26, 1975 (2:30 PM) and Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, May 2, 1975 (8:30 PM)
Both soundboards are incomplete with both concerts starting after 'I Got A Woman' with Elvis' third song 'Love Me'...
EIN Note: in 2017 FTD released 'Elvis In Altanta' two of his three 1975 shows that he performed in this tour. At the time we noted that the audio mix left a little to be desired "The sound quality is what we expect from this tour with VERY prominent Piano and Voices but with everything else - drums, guitar, orchestra - way in the background. The benefit is you can easily hear Elvis" but we also noted "There is no doubt that he was well loved by his adoring audiences in Atlanta. The Omni ‘Opening Night’ captures a great crowd reaction and Elvis truly enjoying himself on stage. Worth playing several times." lets hope his final Omni performance is as good.
Go to FTD/ SONY 2021 news for tracklists

- 'Elvis: Raised On Rock' Double-VINYL: Following on from the recent success of Girls! Girls! Girls! Release, FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce the release of “Raised On Rock: I’ve Got Rhythm In My Soul" on 180 Gram Limited Vinyl Edition”.
The album contains masters, rough mixes and alternative versions of great songs recorded at Stax Studio in 1973 such as “Find Out What’s Happening”, “Just A Little Bit”, “For Ol’ Times Sake” and “If You Don’t Come Back”.
Also included are the instrumental tracks for “The Wonders You Perform”, “Sweet Angeline”, “Color My Rainbow”, “Good, Bad But Beautiful, and the rehearsal take of “It’s Diff’rent Now”.
The album kicks off with the excellent 'Find Out What’s Happening', 'For Ol’ Times Sake' and 'Raised On Rock' "Rough mixes"
Go here to all the FTD / SONY News 2021 for full tracklists

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

FTD Fire Down Below: The original September FTD release news we were expecting suddenly never happened. It seemed that something had gone wrong - and indeed we have the terrible news confirmed today that there has been a fire at the Denmark Impulse warehouse where all the FTD stock is stored.
FTD's Roger Semon has said that the fire was a few weeks ago and a lot of older stock - "almost the entire FTD catalogue" according to some - has been destroyed.
The fire luckily did not go through the whole factory. Fingers crossed that some stock may be recovered.
EIN is not sure if this has affected release of the new FTD 'Making Of Jailhouse Rock' book from David English.
" .. It is with regret that due to another major fire at Impulse, FTD will be unable to distribute or supply any back catalogue items for the foreseeable future. It will be sometime before an in-depth assessment can be made regarding saleable product. We will obviously update as and when possible."
Roger & Ernst. - News from FTD Dealers.
(News, Source;MM/UEPS)

Friday 8 October 2021

Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS biopic: It has been revealed that at its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona, Warner Bros rocked out with a brief first-look at Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS and screened some behind-the-scenes footage from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore, providing a bit of fresh insight into both projects.
Elvis was also in the building, sort of, with this first-look at Luhrmann’s musical biopic. The film explores the life and music of the King of Rock and Roll (portrayed by Austin Butler), as seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks). The footage included a look at Hanks as Parker and Butler as Elvis, interspersed with stills and set against the backdrop of some of Presley’s music.
In a video message, Luhrmann described the film as Parker’s take on Elvis.

Luhrmann began his creative journey on the film with 18 months spent in an office barn at The King’s home of Graceland. There he had access to the Presley archives to research the movie before shooting in his native Australia with Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as The Colonel.

“I saw this story of the Colonel and Elvis as a really great prism through which to explore the latter part of the 20th century.
Elvis represents what happens when a kid lives in one of four designated white houses in a black community.
Something new comes about, a fusion between country and African-American music, gospel and country-and-western music....
Col Parker represents another quality in America 'The Big Sell'"

It’s currently in post-production in Australia and is set for release in June next year.

(News, Source:Deadline/ElvisInfoNet)

Change of Habit Blu-Ray release: Kino Lorber is releasing a Blu-ray edition of William A. Graham's Change of Habit (1969), starring Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Edward Asner, and Jane Elliot.
The release is scheduled for release on October 19.
The company originally released the film on Blu-ray in Germany a year or so ago, however, the new release is for the (native) English speaking countries (English text cover).
The extras include a new audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson, the theatrical trailer and optional English subtitles.

(News, Source: EDBD/Amazon/EIN)


Priscilla reveals singers Elvis liked and didn’t like: Priscilla Presley revealed that Elvis had strong opinions on many contemporary artists and not all of them were positive. For example, he felt some contemporary singers deserved more acclaim. On the other hand, he couldn’t stand a certain type of singer.
Priscilla said, “Elvis could spot talent instantly. In Las Vegas, we regularly took in lounge acts featuring various up-and-coming artists, and if Elvis liked the show, he patronized the club. encouraging the entertainers to pursue their careers, infusing them with confidence and enthusiasm.”
Priscilla said Elvis liked mainstream performers and more obscure performers.
“Some of his favorites were Ike & Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, dancers Tybe and Bracia, and old-timers Fats Domino and the Ink Spots, all talented people deserving acknowledgment in their craft. Elvis of course admired the singing prowess of Tom Jones particularly 'Green, Green Grass of Home'.
Tom Jones was Elvis' friend, as was Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Elvis sang their 'Unchained Melody' and 'You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’'.
"Elvis had some other very special favorites, Arthur Prysock, John Gary, opera star Robert Merrill, Brook Benton, Roy Orbison, and Charles Boyer’s recording ‘Where Does Love Go?”. The album of the same name reached #148 on the Billboard Album chart in 1966 and the 'spoken-word' album became one of Elvis' favourites.
The album included 'What Now My Love' and 'Softly As I Leave You', songs also recorded by Elvis.
Priscilla said her husband stood out from other artists because he was happy to see other people succeed. She said other musicians she knew didn’t act that way.
Priscilla also added that Elvis didn’t like a certain kind of singing. “He couldn’t abide singers who were, in his words, ‘all technique and no emotional feeling’ and in this category, he firmly placed Mel Tormé and Robert Goulet. They were both responsible for two television sets being blown away with a .357 Magnum.”
(News, Source:Cheatsheet/Priscilla Presley/ElvisInfoNet)

Some Elvis goodies from Amazon UK
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Tuesday 5 October 2021
(Interview) Robert Elder, author of (recently released) 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll' talks to EIN: All fans know how important Christmas was to Elvis. Elvis and Christmas are the subject of a delightful new book by celebrated author, Robert K. Elder. Arranged with the assistance of EPE, the book is informative, colorful, and “party” fun.
Robert recently took time out of his hectic schedule (promoting the book) to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Robert’s interview covers a range of subjects:
    - what is in the book
    - why Christmas was so important to Elvis
    - the assistance he got from not only EPE, but also two other well known authors
    - the Christmas with Elvis Bobblehead set; and
    - there are also appearances by Kurt Russell, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, U2, and Ernest Hemingway.

Read Robert’s full interview
(Interview, Source: Robert K.Elder/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide': Out Now from author Robert Elder, 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide to the Holidays from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll'
Written in collaboration with EPE, the book helps you Celebrate Christmas with the King of Rock n' Roll!
In this spirit, Christmas with Elvis is designed like a Christmas party Elvis himself would have liked. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic music and songs Elvis sang and recorded for his bestselling holiday albums, alongside favorite stories, trivia, and Yuletide cocktails and munchies, all wrapped up with a merry Christmas twist fit for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

Go here as EIN’s Nigel Patterson investigates more...

(Book Reviews, Source;/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Airplanes & The King' English Re-Publication: As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version. The Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
The author notes, 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. In my life every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team!
.. Coming December 2021
Pre-Orders starting soon via The Elvis Files.
EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
(News, Source;CV/ElvisInfoNet)

'How Great Thou Art - The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley' comes to Rock Island, Illinois: Fans in the Rock Island region are in for a great night out this month - In addition to being adored for his rock, pop, blues, and seasonal hits, Elvis Presley was, of course, one of the world's most beloved interpreters of gospel, and much of The King's iconic output will be heard when the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse (Rock Island IL) hosts two October 14 (1 pm and 7.15 pm) performances of How Great Thou Art: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, a thrilling touring production boasting the talents of famed impersonator Robert Shaw and his Lonely Street Band.
From the earliest days of his boyhood until his untimely death, gospel music always held a special place in Presley's heart, and before he became the most famous entertainer the world had ever known, Elvis, as a young man, wanted nothing more than to sing bass in a gospel group. It goes without saying that Presley eventually got
his wish beginning with the release of his fifth studio album His Hand in Mine.
An Indiana native, Shaw studied at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, performed with both the Chicago and New York casts of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, and has performed nationally in multiple venues -GO HERE for ticket info.
(News, Source: rcreader.com/circa21.com)

Sunday 3 October 2021

'Amazing Grace (Takes 1-2)' Promo: Don't miss out on this third official newly remastered promo for the new 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' deluxe set.

'Amazing Grace (Takes 1-2)' - Engineer Matt Ross Spang brings out the delightful ambience of Elvis and the band as they capture the pure soul of this classic gospel song

GO HERE TO YOUTUBE to see the delightful video.


(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet

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'Elvis Presley News Report October 2021: Once again Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier wraps up all the Elvis news from last month. While it was a relatively quiet month for our hero, seeing the live Auction for Elvis' MQG jumpsuit is well worth it. And someone also buys a jar of Elvis' hair!

Runs 14 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 1 October 2021

(Interview) David Ward, author of 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018': A new e-book by David Ward chronicles more than 100 Japanese Elvis LPs in great narrative detail and full color images.
Long-time collectors will be very aware of how different many Japanese Elvis records were.

In a fascinating and entertaining interview with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, David discusses:
    - the extra effort RCA Japan put into Elvis’ LP releases
    rare albums
    - what you can find in Japanese obi strips on Elvis LPs
    - the Elvis LP obi strip doubling as a poster
    - Elvis’ record sales in Japan
    - the single you need to hold up to the light
    - some very funny Japanese transcriptions of English lyrics, and a lot more.

There is also a shout out to Ernst Jorgensen!

Read David’s full interview - & check out the great covers..

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis The Army Years Uncovered (Trina Young): EIN thanks our good friend, Kees Mouwen (administrator of the best Elvis blog on the Internet....Elvis Day By Day), for allowing us to publish his informative review of Trina Young’s latest book.

Despite what some fans may think, Elvis’ Army years were eventful, full of interesting and sometimes sad, incidents.
Those two years in the Army were important in shaping Elvis as a person.
As Kees notes in his enlightening review, in her book, Trina Young “goes behind the superficial public relations story of Presley’s army years”.

Read Kees’ detailed review

(Book Review: Source: Kees Mouwen)


Australian fans to note - Elvis 2022 Calendar: A new 16 months calendar (Sept 2021 to December 2022) includes Australian public holidays and religious dates.

Priced at AU$17.95

Click here to Amazon.com.au




(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis' Christmas Sessions' VINYL Release: The Danish Memphis Mansion label have announced a neat version of Elvis' 1957 Christmas Album.
'Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me): The Christmas Sessions' The eleven track album has been compiled and mastered by EIN contributor Anthony Stuchbury.
The coloured vinyl album features a very cool retro cover design.
"A must have in your Christmas collection" - cost €34
A1 Treat Me Nice
A2 Blue Christmas
A3 My Wish Came True
A4 White Christmas
A5 Here Comes Santa Claus
A6 Silent Night
B1 Don’t
B2 O Little Town of Bethlehem
B3 Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
B4 Santa Claus Is Back In Town
B5 I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Recorded September 5-7 1957

Go here to MM for pre-order
(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

New Finnish "Elvis Coin" set: After the Dublin Mint "Elvis Coin" set released earlier this year it seems that EPE are venturing further a-field. Now Finnish company Suomen Moneta is also offering an Elvis coin, officially licensed by EPE/ ABG.
This "free" first coin comes with an album. The coin is also available as 24 carat Fairmined gold plating for 19.95 Euros.
In the album there are places to six 24 carat Fairmined gold plated Greatest Hits collection coins.
Every coin has real Gibraltar pound value, which banking code is GIP.
The first coin's value is half crown and rest five collection coin's values are one crown.
In the album there are places for five 24 carat Fairmined gold plated

Greatest Hits collection coins, the first coin's name is "Jailhouse Rock".
It costs 19.00 Euros with the other four coins @ 29 Euros each.
Worldwide number of coins are 500,000 including 100,000 Fairmined gold plated coins.
The whole set comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Go here to Finnish language site: Virallinen Elvis Presley™ Rock and rollin kuningas -raha
(News, Source;P.Makkonen/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier in the week...
'Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector' Re-Release: Back in August 2020 prolific author Paul Belard published 'Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector: An Illustrated Compendium'
Elvis’ love of guns (and other weapons) is well known, but until now there has not been a detailed narrative and visual record of this passion. Belard has managed to compile a visually impressive and comprehensive account, presenting hundreds of Elvis’ guns, knives, holsters, and other associated items, and most of the items are in color.
Includes interesting background information and a range of rare archival material - including affidavits, auction records, and letters of provenance.
EIN reviewed the book noting, "Yet another strong release from the author, offering excellent balance between its visual and narrative elements and rare, value-add, archival material. Paul Belard is to be congratulated on sourcing around 200 images of and information about Elvis’ not as well-known interest in firearms and weapons. Due to the comprehensive record it provides, the book is a mandatory inclusion
in any library collection concerned with the full story of Elvis Presley." - see EIN original review here.
Due to its popularity Memphis Mansion are now republishing the book - Go here to purchase   - €54
(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Was A Spy for Richard Nixon!: The UK Guardian recently ran one of its satirical "Pass Notes" about Elvis.
And the story brought a smile to EIN's face.
In it The Guardian claims that progressive BBC DJ Bob Harris - of the "Old Grey Whistle Test" TV series - recently confirmed that The King really did spy on John Lennon for Richard Nixon!
Recently speaking on the Rockonteurs podcast, Bob Harris said that "Nixon had detailed Elvis to gather as much information about John Lennon as he could”.
“Nixon loathed Lennon, he really did,” due to the latter’s outspoken criticism of the Vietnam war. By 1972, Nixon was trying to get Lennon deported from the US.
Elvis and Lennon also disliked each other when they met in 1965. “It was hate at first sight,” said Harris.
But is this story about Elvis spying for Nixon true?
Harris claimed that Nixon and Elvis were great friends, and while that may be an exaggeration, it is true that the King and the president had a famously weird meeting at the White House in 1970.
The article humorously continues... Elvis doesn’t really strike us as the undercover type. How do you suppose he’s managed to keep such a low profile over the years?
Go here for the Guardian article.
Note that at the time the BBC's "Old Grey Whistle Test" was the only regular outlet for non-chart music on television, it provided many seminal musical moments for its dedicated viewers, with performances from artists as diverse as Bob Marley, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Roxy Music and Randy Newman.
(News, Source; AlisonKey/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Sold Out Vol.9' DVD Out Soon: Elvis Presley genuinely loved his fans. And it went beyond the usual ‘appreciate that you like my work’ type of admiration. It was a real love affair that went both ways. It was always fun to see that special connection during shows, and on our latest release, there are plenty of those special ‘Elvis moments’. During one of the shows on Sold Out volume 9, Elvis receives a ‘kissing permit’ from a fan. His reaction is classic Elvis! In another clip, the stage gets stormed by excited women, including one in a bikini, and it takes the full force of the Memphis Mafia to help Elvis out of that situation! And in yet another clip, he receives a poster of the classic Tampa ’55 publicity shot, and he laughingly says, “I was a spastic weirdo back then!”. Classic Elvis moments that put a smile on your face.
And once again there’s plenty of superb footage that remind us of his greatness as a live performer. Chicago ’72 really captures the electricity and excitement of Elvis on stage - with a sensational karate demonstration to boot. The fantastic Baltimore footage is some of the best from the November ’71 tour, and it now comes with newly added, superior sound. You will love this!!
Liner notes were written by one of the most respected authorities in the Elvis world, Trevor Cajiao, editor of the excellent ‘Elvis – The Man And His Music’ magazine. Trevor relates a neat story about his old pal Ger Rijff seeing Elvis in Las Vegas for the first time. Wonderful stuff.
‘Sold Out’ volume 9 is now available and vol.10 is preparing for lift-off!
(News, Source;DC/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in September ...

Easton Press Signed First Editions – A Collector’s Paradise: For those fans interested in collecting rare editions of Elvis books, one option is the Easton Press signed limited edition series.

They are gloriously appointed limited editions including leather bound covers, gold lettering, printed using specially milled acid paper, and gilded page edges.

Want to have a book personally signed by Priscilla?

Read EIN’s spotlight article to discover more and view these collectable editions..



(Spotlight, Source:Nigel-P/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Latest release from Paul Belard – Elvis June 1956: Paul Belard’s latest Elvis photo-journal, Elvis June 1956, will be published shortly. Its 220 pages are filled with background information on Elvis; activities that month, rare archival material (reviews, press ads, etc) and hundreds of photos including several colorized images showing Elvis on stage wearing an impressively stylish red jacket.
From the book Preface:
... The 1956 juggernaut is picking up strength during this month. On the 3rd, Elvis gave a concert in Oakland. The next day, he flew to Los Angeles to rehearse his second ap pearance on the Milton Berle show which took place on the 5th. Elvis’ legendary rendition of “Hound Dog” delighted the fans, and enraged the crit ics. One described his exhibition as “tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos.” Another explained with a hint of racism that Elvis “makes up for vocal shortcomings with the weirdest and plainly sugges tive animation short of an aborigine’s mating dance.” The reaction of the Catholic church was predictable. In an article titled “Beware of Elvis Presley”, it wrote: “If the agencies (TV and others) would stop handling such nauseating stuff, all the Presleys of our land would soon be swallowed up in the oblivion they deserve.” It did not happen! Concerts followed through the 10th.

 .. The following day, Elvis was back in Memphis. On the 16th, he

appeared on Wink Martindale’s “Dance Party” show on WHBQ TV. He did not sing, but promoted the July 4 charity show in Memphis. On Tuesday, June 19, Elvis attended “colored night” celebrating Juneteenth, the old est known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. By choosing to attend the black-only event in one of the most racially divided cities in America, he demonstrated his close affinity with African-Americans. It led local newspapers to report that Elvis had violated segregation laws when he attended the Memphis Fair grounds amusement park on ‘“colored night” only. On the 21st, he embarked on a 7-day tour of Georgia, North and South Carolina. The month culminated with a rehearsal for his appearance on the Steve Allen show, which would take place on July 1st, and a concert in Richmond on the last day of the month.

'Elvis June 1956' will be available from Amazon sites soon.
(News, Source: Paul Belard)

(Mini Book Review) 'The Elvis Film Collector An Introductory Guide to Collecting UK Film Memorabilia 1956-1977' (Harry Carrington): Already in its 2nd printing, this is an impressive large hardcover release with 282 pages, which you will browse through time and time again. With great page design offering neat balance and placement between text and image, and good use of white space, it offers a treasure trove of narrative, photo, and many rare archival treats. While largely descriptive, the narrative is interesting and offers the occasional surprise, such as this in the Fun In Acapulco section:

... Elvis' records had been banned from Mexico's radio in 1957 and for complete sale in shops in 1959 after Ernesto Peralta Uruchurtu, a powerful politician had spread the rumour that Elvis had said he “found the country distasteful as a whole and would’ve preferred to kiss three African Americans than a single Mexican.”

Elvis had not said this, and it was later revealed it was the politician’s revenge for Elvis not agreeing to do a private concert for his daughter’s fifteenth birthday.

There is also background information on both each film and its soundtrack, UK screening dates, lobby cards, press ads, Cinema and Press Information Sheets, and some great film posters. Each of Elvis’ narrative and concert films has its own chapter and there are also sections on the 1975 Grand

National Film Distributors (Elvis) Releases, 8mm Films, UK Television Premieres, Selection of Newspaper Advertisements, magazine covers, and more.
The book measures 21.8 x 30.5 cm, is gloriously illustrated in color and b&w (more than 800 images), and contains Index and Acknowledgements sections.
It is only available from Elvis Shop London.
(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

Bob Moore, Elvis bass-man, Dead at 88: Bob Moore one of the key "Nashville A-Team" who played on Elvis' sessions from June 1958 (A Big Hunk O' Love) to January 1968 (US Male) died yesterday, aged 88.
Bob Moore played on recordings, often at RCA's Studio B, with artists from Patsy Cline to Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Brook Benton and Elvis. In the 1960s he had a string of hits with his own band including the instrumental “Mexico.”  Bob’s bass playing helped blend country music and rock and roll to form the Nashville Sound along with fellow A Team members Boots Randolph, Harold Bradley, Floyd Cramer, Buddy Harman and producers Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins.
Bob Moore was born in Nashville and by age 15 he was playing double bass on a tent show tour with a Grand Ole Opry musical group. In 1950 producer Owen Bradley hired Moore to perform on a direct-to-disk transcription which was recorded via cable from the stage of the Ryman Theatre. Moving to become as session musician Bob Moore then went on to perform on over 17,000 officially documented recording sessions.
In June 1958 he played on his first of many Elvis Presley sessions at RCA Studio B. The following year he teamed up with Fred Foster to establish Monument Records, where, as the label's musical director, he created arrangements for Roy Orbison. In 1960 he formed the Bob Moore Orchestra and recorded an album which included 'Mexico' a 1961 single that went to #7 on the Billboard charts. Bob Moore also plays the bass intro on the Roger Miller hit "King of the Road".
Moore recorded with such diverse recording artists as Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Page,
Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Wayne Newton, Quincy Jones, Burl Ives, Roger Miller, even French singer Johnny Hallyday.
Moore played live with Elvis at his March 25, 1961 Hawaii Benefit show. (photo above)
When asked about working with Elvis, Moore noted, "Elvis was a nice guy. Elvis called me ‘King.’ It was his ‘buddy’ name for me. This was, of course, long before he came to be referred to as ‘The King.’ Elvis was a good person. A genuine, likeable person. He had a beautiful voice. He was very serious about his music. Dedicated. But not a boring stick in the mud. We always laughed and had a good time in the studio. Elvis loved hanging with the guys and being part of the creative process. Looking back, I’m sure those years were the happiest years of Elvis’ life. It hurts me deeply to know his life ended so tragically."
Please go here to Art-Of-The-Slap-Bass for an insightful interview with Bob Moore
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis books rank well on Amazon Children’s Rock Music (CRM) Top 100 Sales Chart: On the 19 September Amazon CRM Top 100 chart, Elvis had eight titles. Highest placed was the softcover book, Who Was Elvis Presley? (Geoff Edgers) at #2 (The Story of Rock was #1). This release is part of a “Who is/was/were?” series and others in the Top 100 Chart included editions for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. Geoff Edgers’ book also ranked at #34 for its Kindle edition and #46 for the Audible Audiobook release.  At #32 on the chart was an allegedly “Official” 2022 Elvis Calendar (as it is independently published, EIN has a suspicious mind about it being an “official” calendar), #56 was Elvis is King (Jonah Hill - hardcover), #73 Elvis and the Talent Show (Charles Weaver - softcover), #76 Elvis The Story of the Rock & Roll King (Bonnie Christenen – hardcover), and at #96 was the Kindle of edition of Elvis is King (Jonah Winter).

EIN found it a major positive that Elvis books are appealing to a young audience.

With Christmas fast approaching they could make a novel addition under the Christmas tree or in the Christmas stocking.

(News, Source: EIN/Amazon)

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Elvis, the Big Loser in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time 2021: This week Rolling Stone magazine has compiled another debate-triggering list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time'.
There are some truly sublime and life-changing artists featured in their Top Ten - but unbelievably NOT Elvis Presley.
Apparently 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac and 'Hey Ya!' by Outkast are much greater songs than Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Suspicious Minds and That's All Right!
Interestingly Rolling Stone magazine reviewed 'Dreams' when first relased by Fleetwood Mac on their 1977 album as.. "'Dreams' is a nice but fairly lightweight tune, and Nicks nasal singing is the only weak vocal on the record." How hilarious is that.
EIN thinks someone's been drinking the kool-aid!
Aretha Franklin with her fantastic take on Otis Redding's 'Respect' is voted the 'greatest song of all time'.
Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' apparently not worthy of the top 300 back in the previous 2004 list is now voted #2. Sam Cooke's brilliant 'A Change Is Gonna Come' is third.
There is something very strange going on.
2021 Top Ten - (Go here to RS for the full article)
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin (2004 position #5)
2. Fight The Power - Public Enemy (#322)
3. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke (#12)
4. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (#1)
5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (#9)
6. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (#4)
7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles (#76)
8. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott (N/A)
9. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (N/A)
10. Hey Ya! - Outkast (#180)

The latest version of the top 500 is notable for the top three acts all African American, all singing songs of respect, revolution, and rights.
Maybe the list reflects more of the US political situation in 2021 than the best, most creative, music of all-time
Sadly Elvis is one of the biggest losers in the 2021 list.
In 2004 he had 11 entries, the 2021 list features just three by the King, with Hound Dog being the only song in the 2004 top 30 to not appear in the 2021 list.
In 2004 'Hound Dog' was at #19 and 'Heartbreak Hotel' at 45
This year's placings  #70 - 'Suspicious Minds', #216 - 'Jailhouse Rock', #347 - 'Heartbreak Hotel'
at 319 is Big Mama Thornton and the original 'Hound Dog'
In 2021 The Beatles go from 23 entries to 12, The Rolling Stones from 14 to seven, Bob Dylan from 12 to seven.
Also worth discussing the following songs from the 2004 Top Ten that dropped out in 2021...
.. Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones, Imagine - John Lennon, Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys, Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry, Hey Jude - The Beatles and What'd I Say - Ray Charles
Let the discussions begin!
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

Trailer for Elvis Files '68 The Gospel & Bordello Sequence' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has posted a promo trailer for the new "photo-folio" book 'ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968'.

The description is 'ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968. The return of Elvis to TV in 1968 with photos that failed the sponsor's approval.
Too offensive for puritan America! He helped bring the pop world from illusion to reality.
He was the catalyst for making youth pop into a medium alive with sexuality and urgency.'

EIN thought Erik Lorentzen's original 'Elvis-The King Of The Jungle' 545-page book was sensational.

If you wonder what new photos Lorentzen has found for this expanded version the trailer helps explain...

Go HERE to YouTube to check it out

(News, Source EL/ElvisInfoNet)

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Trina Young talks to EIN: Music journalist, Trina Young’s latest Elvis book, Elvis: The Army Years Uncovered: Behind the Scenes of the Two Years That Changed The King of Rock and Roll's Life, is now available.

Trina recently took time out to speak with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about her new book, her earlier Elvis books, the concerning issue of plagiarism of her works, and more.


Read Trina’s full interview



(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' PREVIEW: MRS will release the most anticipated 'new' ELVIS concert of the year with 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' on 24th September 2021.
The formats include a 2CD deluxe that will feature a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD, that will cover the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand new Las Vegas show truly captures that 1970 excitement.
Other formats include 2 separate 180-gram LPs of the above and a very limited-edition cassette of the September show.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
Now go HERE to Juno records to PREVIEW 20 seconds of every track - It is a true gem and will be hard to beat as THE new release for 2021.

Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet) EIN Thanks Geoff-The-Chef for the word-up.

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Black market Elvis recordings in the U.S.S.R. (RIBS/Bones/x-ray records/roentgenizat): One of the most unusual and least known genre of illegal Elvis records are those clandestinely produced in Russia and its associated eastern European countries from the 1950s to early 1970s. As western popular music was banned in the USSR (home production of western recordings were officially banned in 1958), the only way to hear new American and British songs was to have an original record smuggled in and individual copies made.
Variously known as music on ribs, bones music, and x-ray records, they flourished on the black market. Each record was individually pressed on discarded x-ray films sourced from waste bins at Russian hospitals.
Bones records are highly collectable and due to their fragility, are very hard to find.

EIN contributor, Ruben Beekmans, is lucky enough to have a number of Elvis RIBS records in his collection and wrote a fascinating article for EIN about them.
(Spotlight, Source:Ruben Beekmans/ElvisInfoNet)

Sam Bell, Elvis' childhood friend, Dead at 85: Sam Bell who is well-known to Elvis fans as a friend from his Tupelo days, has died at 85.
Sam Bell was also known for breaking racial barriers through his athletic prowess and local community leadership.
He died on September 6, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Sam Bell was a close childhood friend of Elvis' and shared many stories of his friendship with Presley.
Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum in Tupelo, said he met Bell in the 1980s when the two were working in human resources.
They saw each other from time to time, but he didn’t find out about Bell’s connection to Presley until Guyton came to work at the Birthplace.
Bell was invited to all of the Birthplace's events and participated in many fan appreciation days alongside fellow friend of Presley, Guy Harris.
"There are all sorts of stories. Sam and Elvis used to go to Black churches and listen to their singing on Sunday nights. They used to play together. It's a great loss."
Sam Bell commented about Elvis, "We had a swimming hole and go fishing together in the creeks. We'd go down to the fairgrounds and
play baseball out there. He'd end doing a concert there later on.
It hurt so bad when he had to leave (for Memphis).
His Mother Gladys used to make the best cool-aid and she always trusted Elvis being with us.
Elvis was a different kinda' guy, he wasn't boastful but he wanted to do better. We were surprised when the family left. - I'd liked to have seen him again, spent more time with him"

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Until It's Time for You to Go' New Promo Video: RCA have released their second teaser for the new "Elvis: Back In Nashville" upcoming 50th Anniversary 4-Cd set to be released in November.

This time it is the beautiful "Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)"

GO HERE to YouTube to listen
and it includes some great 1971 pictures of our hero.
Don't miss it.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Five new "Photo-folio" books from Elvis Files: Despite the fact that Erik Lorentzen said that he was going to retire after his "Elvis In Person 1969" book two years ago, the Elvis Files team are back again with yet another announcement, this time five more "Photo-folio" books of 150 pages - each selling for €54 = US$64.

The Elvis Files team and KJ Consulting announce...

The TEF team goes a step further. Not one softcover book with 150 pages of excellent photos, but 5 pieces in large format ─ 25x30 cm.

The standard KJ Consulting format in the quality you are used to.
Hundreds of unseen photos in superb quality in every book.
Printed on high-gloss paper, as always.
Here you see an almost complete TV show or concert in pictures.
Always Elvis on our minds . . . books available from the 1st week of October.

Erik Lorentzen and the TEF team present...

ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968. The return of Elvis to TV in 1968 with photos that failed the sponsor's approval. Too offensive for puritan America! He helped bring the pop world from illusion to reality. He was the catalyst for making youth pop into a medium alive with sexuality and urgency.

ELVIS; Opening Night Las Vegas July 31, 1969. Many fans know this series of photos from the interweb but here you will see previously unpublished shots of Elvis on stage. He performed at the International in a 2,000-seat room and every show was a sell-out. He was a bigger smash than any other high powered Las Vegas attraction. ELVIS; Las Vegas Season 2 at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. January 26 ─ February 23, 1970. Elvis on and off stage in super quality. "I've never seen anything like it," said Emilio, the obviously delighted maitre d' at the International and an 18-year veteran of Vegas showrooms. "The phones ring all day and people begin lining up at 10 a.m. for reservations. It was very exciting. I think anybody would be excited. And there's prestige involved, which gives you a good feeling.

ELVIS; One Night in Boston, November 10, 1971. You have never seen such high quality photos before. Elvis Presley walked on stage. A huge cheer arose from the audience. Here was the King of Rock and Roll. Embodied in this man’s life was the whole story of a musical and cultural revolution. The crowd ate this up. He actually looked like a king.
ELVIS; Anaheim Convention Center, November 30, 1976. Every picture tells a story. Elvis had lost quite a bit of weight for this tour and the photos show this. His mood was good and so were the shows. A lot of interaction with the audience beautifully captured in this book. All photographs and text accompanied by Elaine Christan
Go to the ELVIS FILES website for ordering information - Order separately or get all five for only €238
(News, Source;Elvis Files/EIN)

'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas... “John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And I’m from Tupelo, Texas."
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' Promo: Kees Mouwen's new book 'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' is out now from Poplar Tunes Publishing.
It is the third volume in the 'Elvis Day By Day' series and covers 'Everything Elvis Presley from 2018' on over 300 pages including 40+ in-depth reviews, interviews and articles.
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, Rogier van Luyken and Andreas Pendl plus other keen fans.
The book comes in two editions, softcover and hardback.
- I may be slightly biased but my copy of the book has arrived in Australia and it is a real stunner. A very eye-catching design and reading back through some 2018 articles made me want to revisit some all-too-soon forgotten books, vinyl and DVDs. A very nice addition to the collection. - PB
Go here to YouTube to check out a quick promotional look at the book.
(News, Source;EDbD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes.
However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions.
Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
(Spotlight; Source;ShaneBrown/EIN)

New MRS VINYL Review: What Elvis playlist do you listen to on August 16th ever year? Mine is always some recent new VINYL.
There is something so tactile and visual about VINYL that not only does it feel more "genuine" but it also reminds me of when Elvis was alive and everything we listened to was on vinyl.
This year 2021 - while in CV19 lockdown - my most recently acquired vinyl were the three recent MRS VINYL releases and what fine and innovative albums they are.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – August 1969' - Single album.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – January Thru February 1970' - Double album.
- 'Elvis Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' - Triple album.
Featuring three concerts of Elvis at the height of his Las Vegas return-to-splendour power, plus a triple album of Elvis' TTWII rehearsals, all packaged as stunning vinyl releases - these were certainly a neat way of celebrating Elvis Week.

EIN's Piers Beagley spins the discs and checks them out.
(Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993

Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases.
Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Back In Nashville' Vinyl tracklist: RCA/Legacy Recordings will release Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Presley's May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions on Friday, November 12.
The 4 CD collection presents 82 pristine Studio original recordings, free of overdubs.
Graceland is also offering an exclusive 2LP 12" color vinyl collectors pressing of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville'.
A standard 2LP 12" vinyl version of the album will also be available.
The vinyl tracklist features the best selection of outtakes and remixed original recordings
Elvis: Back In Nashville Graceland 2LP 12" vinyl edition is available for pre-order from EPE here. US$24.98

Go HERE to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2021' for the tracklist
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Selling Elvis in 2021' EIN Spotlight: One of the most common questions asked of EIN is "how do I sell my Elvis records?"
Sadly, the market for Elvis’ recorded material is a shadow of what it was in the decade following his death. The exceptions are high quality original Sun Studio singles and various obscure releases such as test pressings, demos and acetates.
The best time of the year to sell anything ELVIS related is, of course, now around "Elvis Week" in August.
In 2021, demand for Elvis records generally continues to diminish as the sheer volume of Elvis records pressed means most collectors already have what they want, older fans are passing away, and younger fans are not as interested in physical records.
Highlighting the situation, a recent edition of the excellent Vintage Rock magazine featured a fascinating article discussing how the market for 50s vinyl has dipped and which artists and recordings are maintaining buyer interest.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson puts a spotlight on the declining vinyl market
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformatoinNetwork)

‘Elvis: Back In Nashville’ Out Friday Nov 12: The official RCA/SONY announcement..
RCA/Legacy Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Final Nashville Sessions with release of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' on Friday, November 12
The 4 Disc Collection presents 82 pristine Studio Original Recordings, free of overdubs.
Like its predecessor 'From Elvis In Nashville' from last year, 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' is designed to showcase Elvis Presley and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis’ 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, Elvis: Back In Nashville offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.
Given the prolific output of great recordings created by Elvis during the fabled 1970 marathon sessions that may be heard on From Elvis In Nashville, RCA and the Elvis camp decided to stick with the winning combination of tight band, seasoned studio, well-chosen repertoire and relaxed spontaneous Elvis behind the microphone and record as much material as possible over a short period of time.
With Elvis’ upcoming concert activities increasing, future studio time would be limited and so the goal of these sessions was to generate perhaps a year’s worth of new songs. RCA and the Colonel let Elvis know they’d like a new Christmas album, a gospel album, a pop album, and “several new singles for summer and fall releases” and so, Elvis’ music coordinator/producer Felton Jarvis booked a whole week of all-night sessions starting March 15, 1971 and brought on the same band he’d used the year before.
Elvis Presley’s return in 1970 to recording in Nashville had been revelatory. Those sessions, on the heels of his Memphis recordings and a return to the stage, had done more than simply sustain a comeback. They also introduced Elvis to a great new rhythm section and gifted Elvis with a great new sound. Bassist Norbert Putnam, drummer Jerry Carrigan, and pianist David Briggs had helped transform country music rhythms in the sixties after they transplanted their R&B-indebted style from F. A. M. E. studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Nashville session work. When producer Felton Jarvis teamed Elvis with the Muscle Shoals boys, along with session guitarist Chip Young, jack of all musical trades Charlie McCoy, and Presley’s bandleader James Burton, they together created the belatedly acclaimed Elvis Country in the process providing Elvis with a country-soul template he’d trace often in the last years of his life.
Music critic Dave Marsh once wrote that, even with his acclaim, “Elvis Presley was probably the most underrated singer of all.” Overdubs removed, what’s revealed on Elvis: Back In Nashville is some of the most compelling singing of Presley’s career.
Disc 1 features 18 tracks and includes The Country/Folk Sides (an unrealized Elvis project featuring songs by Ewan McColl, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Bob Dylan), The Piano Recordings (raw Elvis singing Ivory Joe Hunter with piano accompaniment) and The Pop Sides (classic pop compositions including “Padre,” “Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread,” “My Way,” “I’m Leavin'” and more).
Disc 2 features 25 tracks divided between The Religious Sides (classic and contemporary gospel) and The Christmas Sides (sacred and secular seasonal holiday music).
Disc 3 features 19 tracks and picks up on the country pop repertoire adding some rock ‘n’ roll with a variety of cuts including impromptu performances of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Lady Madonna,” an epic take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, (It’s Alright)”, fresh interpretations of “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “Early Morning Rain” and more.
Disc 4 features 20 tracks and includes The Religious Outtakes and The Christmas Outtakes
(News, Source;RCA/ElvisInfoNet)

'I'm Leavin'' Take 1 - Promo New Mix: Don't miss out on this first official audio promo for the new 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' deluxe set.

Engineer Matt Ross Spang brings out the delightful ambience of Elvis and the band as they rehearse and then try out the exquisite June 1971 single 'I'm Leavin''

The song made #23 in the UK charts but only #36 in the US.


Hopefully the rest of the sessions glow in this golden light!


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

'ELVIS: Las Vegas Hilton ‘73' FTD Review: Released last month as double 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis in two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM) - in his 9th Las Vegas season.
The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) however is previously unreleased - and it is great fun!
After the earlier traumas Elvis’ health had improved by his 1973 Las Vegas Summer Season and while there is a slight feeling of boredom (which can be no surprise after the peak of Aloha) Elvis was enjoying himself teasing the audience and playing pranks. He would also add new songs ‘Trouble’ and ‘My Boy’ to the setlist while still feeling the freshness of ‘Steamroller Blues’.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & Piers Beagley check out this new set ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970': MRS will release a series of special releases titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' on 24th September 2021.
The formats include a 2CD deluxe that will feature a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD, that will cover the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival with great technological improvements upgrades.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews from his concerts captured the excitement..
"Elvis Presley, head thrown back, feet wide apart, reaching out for adoration - the frantic screams reached the rafters of the building and hung there - an umbrella of screams.
At 35, Elvis is still youthful and trim, the jaw firm, hair jet black and long.
The main difference in Elvis today from the young man in the fifties is a mellowness. There is less arrogance in the man and more humor.
During his fine performance last night, he smiled often and laughed at his own antics.
But, even in all-white jump suit with white shoes
and Indian belt, there is still a touch of the "grease" in Elvis. If there is a raw power in the man, there also is great sensitivity.
An Evening with Elvis Presley will make a television viewer realize how much Tom Jones has copied Elvis' style and that the real product is so much better."

This brand new Las Vegas show also captures that 1970 excitement.
Other formats include 2 separate 180-gram LPs of the above and a very limited-edition cassette of the September show.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Antonella Santovincenzo, author of the new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito, talks to EIN: Author and Elvis researcher, Antonella Santovincenzo recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk to EIN about Elvis in Italy and her new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito. As we announced about Antonella’s book last month:
... This new book in Italian looks to be very interesting. Its Introduction translates to: 'When Elvis smiled the sun started to shine.' Thus expressed Joe Esposito. The importance of a smile. Like the one, one of the last, that Elvis did during the interpretation of the song Unchained Melody on June 21, 1977 and which impressed Antonella Santovincenzo so much. The smile of a tired and suffering man, still capable, however, of creating indissoluble bonds in space and time. It is precisely by chasing this smile that Antonella leads us to discover Elvis as a man, beyond the myth, drawing an extremely private, almost intimate portrait of him. Retracing the places where the artist lived, and visited by the author, the book manages to probe all the character aspects of Elvis: loneliness, generosity, insecurity, versatility, moods, charisma, intelligence, ambition, aesthetic sense, talent, patriotism, spirituality."

In this very interesting and wide ranging interview, the issues Antonella discusses, include:
    - Elvis’ popularity in Italy,
    - how she became a fan,
    - the genesis for her book,
    - traveling to Tupelo and Memphis,
    - how Elvis can help us in understanding our lives, and
    - highlights in her book.

    (Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 44,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis November 1956: As fans, we do not always realize that what we think we know about Elvis’ life, happened in short periods of time. Paul Belard’s visual biography series illustrates how hectic Elvis’ life and rise to fame was.
The latest release in Paul Belard’s series of photobooks, covering just one month in 1956, highlights just how much happened.
It was a busy time, Elvis spent time with his girlfriend Natalie Wood and buddy, Nick Adams on his new Harley Davidson. He did a small tour in the south with Scotty, DJ and Bill making stops in Toledo, Cleveland, Troy and Louisville, Kentucky. And managed to squeeze in a 10-day holiday with Bitsy Mott, Gene Smith and Richard Dougher to Las Vegas, returning to the New Frontier Hotel.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen joined forces to provide a detailed review of the narrative, visual and archival highlights from what was a a very busy month for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)

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'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review


(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson


(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $105 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.

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

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)

The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ on GOLD Vinyl: ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits was re-released by Sony Music on GOLD Vinyl on 12 October. UK's Entertainment-Focus have posted this cute review.
... What is there to say about Elvis Presley that hasn’t already been said?
It may be 41 years since the icon died tragically at only 42 years old but his music continues to live on, and likely will forever. It’s actually mind-blowing to think that his music has survived for almost as long as he was alive. In 2002 Sony Music released a new greatest hits collection titled ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits, which dominated charts across the world and sold millions and millions of copies. 16 years on from its original release, ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits has been reissued on 2LP vinyl.
Taking inspiration from the album cover, the release has been pressed on gold vinyl making the whole package feel very special.
Presley was an incredibly prolific artist so getting this collection down to 31 tracks was no easy feat. It also includes the ALLC Junkie XL remix.
 What was achieved with ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits though, is a

collection that gives you all the highlights you need from The King’s career to showcase the incredible impact he had on music. The album opens with Heartbreak Hotel and there isn’t a single filler track here.
It’s actually near impossible to pick out highlights across the 2LPs because every single one of these songs is a classic.
Of course no Elvis collection would be complete without Suspicious Minds and that track is near the end of the track listing on the final side.
The release features the artwork from the original 2002 release and it’s a beautiful, high-quality gatefold. I mentioned earlier about the gold vinyl but what I’ve not commented on yet is the sound. The CD version was a little patchy given that the songs were all recorded at different times. It’s not as noticeable on the vinyl release and the quality is crystal clear. The warm crackle of vinyl adds to the overall feel too.
ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan. While he had plenty of great songs that aren’t featured here, this collection truly is the definitive one to own. There’s not a single bad song here and it’s lengthy enough to give you value for money. The whole vinyl package is fantastic and it looks as good as it sounds.
They don’t make artists like Elvis anymore and they probably never will again.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!





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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

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

UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses ....
- Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
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'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
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Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
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