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Friday 23 October 2020

'Funny How Time Slips Away', Official Lyric Video: Another promo video for the new 'From Elvis In Nashville' album, the sublime "Funny How Time Slips Away".
This time helping to emphasise Elvis' lyrical interpretation,
Recorded in one single take, Elvis puts his soul into this perfect bluesy rendition of the Willie Nelson classic. Matt Ross-Spring's new remaster adds even more emotion with Charlie McCoy's organ neatly counterpointing James Burton's fine guitar playing.  
If this is representative of Matt Ross-Spring's new remastering then this set is going to be a true stunner.
GO to YouTube to hear the gorgeous 'FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY' -
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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Australian Release Delayed? EIN received this message yesterday, "Thanks for pre-ordering FROM ELVIS IN NASHVILLE, our suppliers have contacted us in regards to this item and unfortunately they have advised that the release date for this title has now been pushed back.
This item is now set for release December 11th, 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Note this may only apply to Australia with the CV19 transportation issues from Europe. We will see.

Paul McCartney New album with "Elvis Easter Egg": The tracklist has not yet been announced but 50 years following the release of his self-titled first solo album McCartney, featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, Paul McCartney will release McCartney III on December 11th.
McCartney hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III: a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II.
He recorded the record earlier this year in Sussex and it’s mostly made up of live takes of Paul on vocals, guitar, piano, drumming and more.
Among the vintage instruments Paul plays is the double bass that belonged to Bill Black, who played the instrument in Elvis’ original trio.
Additionally, the 78-year-old plays his own iconic Hofner violin bass and a mellotron from The Beatles’ recordings at Abbey Road Studios.
McCartney III will feature a previously unreleased track from the early 1990s called When Winter Comes, which Paul co-produced with George Martin.
On McCartney III’s inception, Paul said how he was living lockdown life on his farm with his family when he would pop into his studio every day.
The 78-year-old said: “I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next?
“I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had. Each day I’d start recording with the instrument
I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun.”
About Elvis, McCartney has commented, "I love Elvis so much that for me to choose a favourite would be like singling out one of Picasso's paintings. But 'Heartbreak Hotel' is Elvis' most alarming performance. When I hear it, I always get this image in my head. Elvis is a truly great vocalist, and you can hear why on this song. His phrasing, his use of echo, it's all so beautiful. It's the way he sings it, too. As if he's singing it from the depths of Hell. It's a perfect example of a singer being in command of the song. Musically it's perfect, too."
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie honoring Ben Keough:  Lisa Marie honored her son Ben Keough on what would have been his 28th birthday, last wednesday, Oct 21.
Lisa Marie described the pain of losing her son, via Instagram.
My beautiful beautiful angel,
I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in Heaven. My heart and soul went with you.
The depth of the pain is suffocating and bottomless without you every moment of every day.
I will never be the same.
Please wait for me my love, and hold my hand while I stay to continue to protect and raise your little sisters and to be here for Riley. I know you would want that.
Happy Birthday my sweet sweet Boy. You were much too good for this world. 😞💔
"
Ben Keough was the son of Lisa Marie and ex-husband, singer-songwriter Danny Keough.
The former couple also share daughter Riley Keough, 31. Lisa Marie Presley also shares twin daughters, Harper and Finley, 12, with guitarist Michael Lockwood, whom she was married to from 2006 to 2016.
Riley Keough also posted about her brother "Happy Birthday beautiful angel." .
Ben and Lisa Marie had a special bond, she revealed that Mother's Day 2009 the two got matching Celtic eternity knot tattoos.
In 2012, she featured Keough and his siblings in a music video remaking Elvis' 1954 song "I Love You Because."
Ben Keough died by suicide at the age of 27 on July 12. Elvis' grandson, he also died way too young.
(News, Source;Instagram/ElvisInfoNet)

'Good Times In Vegas' New Import: From the Touchdown label, their new release 'Good Times In Vegas' which contains the previously AUDIENCE Recording of Elvis' midnight show August 9, 1972 but supposedly with improved audio .
The new release of the Las Vegas concert does sound excellent for this kind of recording.
Elvis delighted his audience with a strong setlist and lots of highlights.
As usual the release is accompanied with a 16 page booklet and lots of rare photos and seldom seen memorabilia.

EIN Note: This show was previously released as 'Elvis Still Has It' on the SR label back in 2015 and while Elvis was on good form, the recording was fairly muffled.


Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Tinseltown Troubadour Vol.2' New Import: Lauderdale Records have announced the release of Volume 2 of their series 'Tinseltown Troubadour'.
Following on from their first release this is a limited edition 33-track compilation featuring 'A Fun and dynamic mix of movie versions, studio outtakes, alternate mixes and 'cool movie dialogue', movie dialogue and promo spots. Freshly mixed and edited in glorious mono'.
Tracklist includes, Loving You; Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby; Take Me To The Fair; It Won’t Be Long; Mean Woman Blues; I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here; She’s A Machine; Long Legged Girl; Drums Of The Islands; Long Lonely Highway and You’re The Boss..

Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting

(News, Source;LondonElvisShop/ElvisDaybyDay/EIN)


Monday 19 October 2020

Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Wonder Of You' UK Double-Platinum: Elvis' / RPO 2016 release 'The Wonder Of You' made number in the UK and has now been certified double-platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.
Elvis Presley, 'The Wonder Of You' album, released 21/10/2016, certified Platinum 2X 16/10/2020.
'The Wonder Of You' supposedly features "Elvis' unmistakable voice and most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new orchestral accompaniment by acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick"
Platinum 2X BPI Award now means 600,000 UK copies sold with digital downloads, physical sales and also streaming (the 12 most-streamed tracks with the top two songs down-weighted in line with the average of the rest).
The Irish Examiner review said..
"The best bits here are when the orchestra is scarcely noticeable and Elvis has the floor to himself. It’s when he is shoved aside that the whiff of cash-in becomes hard to ignore.
EIN review said..
"Feels like “If I Can Dream” lite, like the low-calorie version of a great tasting snack with too many obvious production failures that any true Elvis fan could have pointed out to the producers."
Go HERE to EIN's in-depth review.
(News, Source;Fecc/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis The Story, His Treasures (Greg Page and David B L Johnstone): In 2014, the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page published a fully illustrated (in colour) book about some of the items in his extensive collection of Elvis artifacts. The 62 page book is printed using high quality paper stock and each item is accompanied by rigorously researched background information. Co-author of the book, David Johnstone has advised EIN that there are still some copies of the book available.

Price (including postage and packaging inside Australia): A$43.95.
To order or for more information email David here.

(News, Source: EIN)


'From Memphis to Taipeh' New Book: Elvis has always been popular in Asia and now something new for 2021, 'From Memphis to Taipeh' an Asian vinyl reference book by authors Ferry van der Werf and Dick Dekker.
The book containing 500 plus Vinyl releases over 500 plus pages and is set for release early 2021.
The authors also announced that there will be a second volume.

 

 

 


(News, Source;ElvisDayByDay/EIN)


Sunday 18 October 2020

'TTWII Deluxe Set' REPRINT at Dealers Soon: The September re-print of the fabulous 'TTWII Deluxe Set' was unfortunately delayed two weeks - but should be at your Elvis dealer real soon. With the first print run Sold Out this could be your last chance to order this beauty - so don't hestitate. If you can afford it, it really is FTD's best combo published so far.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Elvis performing for the MGM cameras in Las Vegas this deluxe set is a 600 page double-volume book with EIGHT cds featuring the complete rehearsal recordings. Many of which have never been previously officially released.
If you want to know what is on offer in this Deluxe TTWII 50th Anniversary release - go here to EIN's In-depth Review - including plenty of extracts.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Bruce Jackson, On The Road With Elvis' The Lost Album!: Fans have been contacting EIN asking what has happend to this up-coming FTD release. Earlier we noted that “Bruce Jackson: On the Road with Elvis” was postponed to November. But now even that seems uncertain. The original books were stored here in Australia, with the CDs being printed in the EU, so the uncertainty about overseas transport costs and the pricing of the overall package is now an issue.
Most Elvis dealers are no longer offering it for Pre-order while Elvis Australia says it is "Sold Out" - which is ridiculous as it hasn't been released yet, nor even priced.
Combined with a 3CD set, an audio documentary hosted by Jack Mullins (singer/songwriter) plus a soundboard recording of the Sioux Falls 10-18-76, and Atlanta 12-30-76 shows.
Fans will just have to wait for a confirmation from FTD.
A November release seems unlikely.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Ben Keough post-mortem results: Months after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 27, new details have been released about Lisa Marie Presley’s son Benjamin Keough.
Keough was found unresponsive by his girlfriend Diana Pinto in an upstairs bathroom during her birthday party at his family’s home in Calabasas, California. Emergency personnel arrived, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
When detectives arrived, video surveillance showed “a possible verbal argument” between Keough and Pinto that took place just before he took his own life.
The report noted Keough’s history of depression and his abuse of alcohol and drugs. He had attempted suicide six months earlier by “overdosing on alcohol and cocaine.”
Four months before taking his life, Keough spent three weeks in rehab. He also checked into rehab three other times, but never completed any of the programs.
Upon his death Lisa Marie was "heartbroken, inconsolable, and beyond devastated. She adored Ben and he was the love of her life."
Ben Keough was buried in the Meditation Garden at Graceland, alongside Elvis, great-grandmother Gladys Presley, great-grandfather, Vernon Presley, and great-great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley.

Sister Riley Keough wrote,"Mornings are the hardest. I forget you're gone. I can't cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that's new to me. You. There are no words for you. Angel is the closest I could think of. Pure light. Baby brother. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my life. Twin soul. Protector. Too sensitive for this harsh world.
I hope you give me strength to endure the giant hole you've left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you're cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can't believe you've left me. Not you sweet Ben, Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again."

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Cinema Retro (magazine) - Wild In The Country: In late August, EIN reported on the first part of Nicholas Anez’s excellent two-part article about Elvis’ dream of becoming a dramatic actor and what went wrong. Nicholas has now provided us with an advanced transcript of the part two of his article. While the first part focused on Flaming Star (in Cinema Retro #47),  Wild In The Country, Elvis’ only melodrama, is the subject of the concluding part. Anez offers a very strong analysis of why Elvis was not going to achieve his dream, as these two short extracts from Cinema Retro #48, highlight:
    ... These characters and their relationships could have provided the foundation for a compelling movie for adult audiences. Unfortunately, as Philip Dunne reports in his 1980 autobiography, Take Two: A Life in Politics and the Movies, studio executives sabotaged the film. Prior to filming, Fox officials refused to hire Signoret, claiming that she was too expensive, and insisted that a contract player be hired instead. Then they fired Odets before he could finish the script, refusing to pay his weekly salary, and told Dunne that he would have to complete it. And in the midst of filming, they insisted that Elvis sing four songs, despite the objections of both Dunne and Elvis. Dunne attributes these ruinous decisions to studio chief Spyros Skouras and his associate Bob Goldstein but someone else shares the blame. In Elaine Dundy’s 1985 book, Elvis and Gladys, Dunne is quoted as saying: “What I had against Tom Parker was that he was a tasteless man who had power and used it. When he and Skouras put their heads together, I knew some disaster to the integrity of the film was being plotted.”

    Nevertheless, because skilled people were involved, a good part of their vision was able to survive. Dunne and Odets didn’t want to focus on the sexual lives of small-town residents (as popularized by Wald’s 1958 production of Peyton Place) but instead wanted to explore the deep-rooted emotional conflicts caused by loneliness and alienation. The sexual implications of the realistic characters are only symptoms of their raw emotions.

   Visit the Cinema Retro site for more information
(News, Source: Nicolas Anez)

Elvis Presley, Australian Company Director: Australian corporate regulator has admitted that dishonest business owners and their advisers could register Bob Marley, Homer Simpson and Elvis Presley as company directors in order to evade tax and fleece creditors.
Senior staff from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) told a joint parliamentary committee it was not possible to check whether people installed as company directors consented to the appointment, or even existed.
The ABC revealed this month that a Victorian firm of accountants was allegedly recruiting the homeless and people battling drug and alcohol addiction to act as "dummy directors"
of companies, many of which went into liquidation collectively owing tens of millions of dollars to the tax office and other creditors. "The system in Australia for registration of directors is just that, it's a registration system, it's not a checking system," ASIC commissioner John Price said.
Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson asked Mr Price what ASIC does to verify the identity of a director.
In response, Mr Price said: "We don't."
(OddSpot, Source;ABCNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Cartoon: This amusing cartoon is currently circulating on social media sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(News, Source/NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 16 October 2020
'Elvis In Nashville' Graceland Video: EPE have shared a short video about Elvis' time in Nashville.
Archivist Angie Marchese talks about Elvis hotspots in the city to help publicise the upcoming release of 'From Elvis in Nashville' next month.
Starting at Nashville's famous Country Music Hall of Fame Marchese notes, "Not only is Elvis a member, but you can also see his gold Cadillac on display."
She also visits the Ryman Auditorium (original home of the Grand Ole Opry) plus historic RCA Studio B.
Marchese gets her facts wrong ridiculously stating.. "This is not only where Elvis recorded 'Heartbreak Hotel' in January 1956 but went on to record over 250 amazing songs, right here on this property." EIN adds, Elvis' first RCA session & 'Heartbreak Hotel' was at 1525 McGavock St, a Methodist Church TV and Radio centre, not at Studio B!
Graceland are promoting the new Sony CD release of From Elvis In Nashville, which is released on November 20.
Go here to Facebook for the video
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Frank Sinatra's attempt help Elvis: The UK Express tabloid has been posting plenty of gossip about Elvis' untimely death including..
When Elvis and Rock 'n Roll music first arrived on the scene, Sinatra was scathing calling it, "the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear... It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd—in plain fact, dirty—lyrics.. a rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore."
Before he met Elvis, Sinatra also said of the young pretender, "Only time will tell. They said I was a freak when I first hit, but I’m still around. Presley has no training at all. When he goes into something serious, a bigger kind of singing, we’ll find out if he is a singer. He has a natural, animalistic talent."
Sinatra had been a major and respected star since the early 1940s, while ELVIS had only just been catapulted to global success with his first major hit, Heartbreak Hotel, in 1956. Within a few years though Elvis was guest of honour on a special edition of Sinatra's TV show, which celebrated his US return from military service in Germany.
A mutual respect grew between the two men and by the late 1960's both found themselves at the centre of the Las Vegas show scene.
Journalist Chris Hitchens revealed a candid conversation where Sinatra confessed he had tried to save Elvis.
Elvis had been admitted to hospital in August 1975, with liver problems exacerbated by presciption drug use. Friends and family were starting to worry about him, which prompted an minor intervention from his fellow star.
Sinatra said, "When I called the hospital in Memphis, the girl on the switchboard asked: Who’s calling?' and when I replied 'Frank Sinatra' a few seconds later, Elvis came on the line.
I told him he’s got to look after himself and quit fooling around. He’s too young to die, and I told him so."

However one phone call was not going to change Elvis' behaviour despite frequent declarations that he would. Exactly died two years later, too young at only 42. When he heard the news, Sinatra said: "There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis' talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man."

(News, Source:UKExpress/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis October 14, 1956 Live: Back in October 1956 Elvis was performing in front of thousands at San Antonio's Bexar Coliseum. In a hectic 12 months Elvis performed over 230 concerts during 1956.
And during his breakout year of 1956, the future King of Rock & Roll gave six performances, on three different dates, in San Antonio, his last being on Oct 14, 1956 just days after radio stations across the country were playing his latest release 'Love Me Tender'.
That song would be Elvis' fifth No. 1 hit of 1956, and would make teenage girls swoon when Elvis and his band, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and D.J. Fontana, performed two shows at the Bexar County Coliseum.
The anticipation was at a fever pitch, with teenage girls all over the city trying to find out what hotel Elvis was staying. According to Scotty Moore, Elvis and the band stayed at the old Flamingo Motor Hotel on Austin Highway while in San Antonio.
Elvis' set list included songs like "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," and a cover of the Ray Charles classic "I Got A Woman."
Just before the concert, Elvis was given a plaque by fan club members and was interviewed by the press, including Al Hitchcock from Radio KEYS in Corpus Christi. He talked about his upcoming film debut "Love Me Tender."
When told that he'd make a fine actor, Elvis replied saying that "I'm trying to learn. I'm not very good at acting, but I'm sure trying to learn."
(News, Source;SanAntonioNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and Jack Nicklaus: On 6 October we published a news item about Elvis and Jack Nicklaus, teasing of an unlikely friendship between the two legends. Our story was somewhat tongue in cheek. However, it was to draw attention to a little known but very clever series of animated stories, The Elvis and Jack Nicklaus Mysteries, which combine Elvis and the Golden Bear as crime fighting partners.
You can view the entertaining (4-5 minutes) videos here:
Youtube.com/ElvisandJack1
Youtube.com/ElvisandJack2
Youtube.com/ElvisandJack3
Youtube.com/ElvisandJack4
(News,Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jerry Lee Lewis 85th Birthday Livestream: Rock'n'Roll's "Last Man Standing" (along with Don Everly) has announced a 85th Birthday Livestream concert with guest stars including Elton John, Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Tom Jones and Priscilla Presley.
Jerry Lee Lewis actually turned 85 years old on September 29th, a remarkable milestone for one of the hardest-living original rock & roll pioneers. He suffered a serious stroke last year, but regained his ability to play the piano in time to cut a gospel album in Nashville in January.
Belatedly, Lewis will celebrate his birthday with a virtual livestream event on October 27th.
Hosted by John Stamos, the event will feature performances and tributes from friends including Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, and more. The event will also feature a special reunion; Lewis will gather with his famous cousins, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and country legend Mickey Gilley.
The reunion will mark the first time all three cousins have been in the same room in 40 years. Swaggart, Lewis, and Gilley were all born within a 12-month span in small-town Louisiana during the Great Depression.
All three became famous for very different reasons, and their intertwining journeys have been covered in numerous books and films.
The celebration will air at 8 pm ET on Lewis' official Facebook and YouTube channels, plus JerryLeeLewis.com. The event will benefit World Vision, a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty.
Go to Jerry Lee Lewis website for more concert info
See EIN's Elvis vs Jerry Lee Lewis spotlight here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Monday 12 October 2020

‘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)


ELVIS in 'The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time' 2020: Rolling Stone’s list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' was originally published in 2003, with a slight update in 2012. Over the years, it’s been the most widely read and argued over feature in the history of the magazine. But no list is definitive, tastes change, new genres emerge, the history of music keeps being rewritten. So Rolling Stone decided to remake their greatest albums list from scratch. To do so they tabulated Top 50 Albums lists from more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures.
Notably 86 of the albums on the list are from this century, and 154 are new additions that weren’t on the 2003 list.
The classics are still the classics, but the canon keeps getting bigger and maybe better.
The Top Ten are..
1. Marvin Gaye - 'What's Going On'
2. The Beach Boys - 'Pet Sounds'
3. Joni Mitchell - 'Blue'
4. Stevie Wonder - 'Songs in the Key of Life'
5. The Beatles - 'Abbey Road'
6. Nirvana  - 'Nevermind'
7. Fleetwood Mac  - 'Rumours'
8. Prince and the Revolution  - 'Purple Rain'
9. Bob Dylan  - 'Blood on the Tracks'
10. Lauryn Hill  - 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

ELVIS PRESLEY scores three albums in the Top 500.
#78 Elvis Presley, 'The Sun Sessions' - 1976 compile
On July 5th, 1954, at Sun Studios in Memphis, Elvis Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black were horsing around with “That’s All Right,” a tune by bluesman Arthur Crudup, when producer Sam Phillips stopped them and asked, “What are you doing?” “We don’t know,” they said. Phillips told them to “back up and do it again.” Bridging black and white, country and blues, Presley’s sound was playful and revolutionary, charged by a spontaneity and freedom that changed the world. He released four more singles on Sun — including definitive reinventions of Wynonie Harris’ “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train” — before moving on to immortality at RCA. They’re all here on a collection that serves as well as anything out there as a definitive chronicle of the birth of rock & roll.
# 322 - Elvis Presley, 'From Elvis in Memphis' 1969
“I had to leave town for a little while,” Elvis Presley sings on the first track. Along with his 1968 TV special, this record announced he was back. With help from a crack crew of Memphis musicians, Presley masterfully tackles quality material from country (“I’m Movin’ On”), gospel (“Long Black Limousine”), soul (“Only the Strong Survive”), and pop (“Any Day Now”), as well as message songs (“In the Ghetto”). The same sessions also yielded one of Presley’s greatest singles, the towering pop-soul masterpiece “Suspicious Minds.”
#332  Elvis Presley, 'Elvis Presley' 1956
In November 1955, RCA Records bought Elvis Presley’s contract, singles, and unreleased master tapes from Sun Records for $35,000. His first full-length album came out four months later, with tracks drawn from both the Sun sessions and from further recording at RCA’s studios in New York and Nashville. “There wasn’t any pressure,” guitarist Scotty Moore said. “They were just bigger studios with different equipment.” On tracks such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” that meant revved-up country music with the sexiest voice anyone had ever heard.

EIN Notes that on a list like this there is always plenty to argue about and interesting to see The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper' this decade only charted at #24.
To be honest I own a surprising number of the top 500 albums but feel that some of the newer ones included from the past 30 years (Kanye West, Jay-Z etc) will never stand the test of time and what's Paul Simon's Graceland doing at #46!
Go here to Rolling Stone for the full list
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/RS) (click here to comment)

Saturday 10 October 2020

'From Elvis In Nashville' "Mary In The Morning": Another preview track - 'Mary In The Morning' Session Outtakes 3-4 to help publicise the the forthcoming release of 'From Elvis In Nashville' a 4CD collection presenting the long-awaited definitive chronicle of Elvis' mythic 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B in Nashville over the course of an epic five day/night run in June 1970 (with an additional session on September 22), Elvis' performances from those sessions formed the core of three of his most successful studio album releases from the 1970s: 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is', 'Elvis Country' and 'Love Letters from Elvis'.
Now, for the first time, the master recordings from the 1970 Studio B sessions may be enjoyed together as a single official Elvis album.

CLICK HERE to YouTube to hear the gorgeous 'MARY IN THE MORNING' -

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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'TTWII Photo-Folio' New Book: For those that couldn't afford the original five volumes of Erik Lorentzen's "Summer Festival" TTWII books, a "best-of" soft-cover-color-photo-coffee-table book.
Features 250 awesome color photos selected from the previous 5 "1970 Summer Festival" Volumes.

Erik Lorentzen says.. "A must have photo folio coffee table booklet with the best pictures collected from the 'TTWI WAS' book series Vol. 1-5 2019-2020.
We promise to keep our promise . . . Pristine, crystal-clear, jaw dropping photos.

A special "​TTWII soft-cover-color-photo-coffee-table book."


PRE ORDER from our shop for €62 only incl. world-wide shipping.... in your mailbox ─ worldwide ─ all corners ─ from Alaska to Mugamba.

Go here to the 'Elvis Files' website to order

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'From Memphis to Miami' Vinyl EP: A little update....
From the Danish 'Memphis Mansion' label, the new vinyl EP containing the well-known songs from Elvis' 1960 Frank Sinatra TV show plus a brand new interview with Elvis from 1960.
Only 300 copies – Very limited!
It has also been pressed in clear and orange, but only 100 of each of these. Black vinyl - Priced at €20.11
Side A:
1. A newly discovered interview with Elvis from march 22 1960 in Miami (first time released on vinyl)
2. 'It's Nice To Go Travel'ing'
3. Stuck On You
Side B
1. Fame And Fortune
2. Witchcraft
3. Witchcraft (Reprise)

Go here to 'Memphis Mansion' shop to check it out.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/AS/Photo by Dorthe Larsen.)

'Christmas & Gospel Greats' New PD release: From the 'Not Now Music' label a double-CD 'Public Domain' 24-track release combining DISC 1 - Elvis' Christmas Album, DISC 2 - His Hand In Mine.
The publicity notes.. So entrenched was the public perception of Elvis as a hell-raiser, that the announcement he was making a record of Christmas songs sent the world into a tailspin. Released in 1957 Elvis’ Christmas Album, showed that Elvis had created a template for all future Christmas recordings: no rock star had ever undertaken such a project and it was Elvis who paved the way…
Over the years, Elvis would always warm-up in recording studios and before live performances, by singing his favourite Gospel songs. But it was not until 1960, with the release of the LP His Hand In Mine, that the wider world understood the full extent of their rock & roll idol’s fondness for inspirational music.
Enjoy this superb 2CD set including "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", "If We Never Meet Again", "Blue Christmas" and many more...

EIN Note: It's a cute front cover of Elvis in his Jailhouse Rock jumper coloured red and in the snow!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 6 October 2020

'From Memphis to Miami' Vinyl EP: There only 300 copies being printed but EIN sure loves the cool EP cover!
From the Danish 'Memphis Mansion' label, a neat 'Public Domain' vinyl EP containing the well-known songs from Elvis' 1960 Frank Sinatra TV show plus a brand new interview with Elvis from March 22, 1960.
Only 300 copies – Very limited!
Black vinyl - Priced at €20.11
Side A:
1. A newly discovered interview with Elvis from march 22 1960 in Miami (first time released on vinyl)
2. Stuck On You
Side B
1. Fame And Fortune
2. Witchcraft
3. Witchcraft (Reprise)

Go here to 'Memphis Mansion' shop to check it out

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis and his visual representation (iconography): In 2013, EIN interviewed Dr Gary Vikan, author of the book, From the Holy Land to Graceland. One of the many things he discussed was the significance of how Elvis’ qualities are expressed visually.

Iconography is the way in which people are able to give visual representation to the qualities of Elvis that are meaningful. Someone might say "Well Elvis has been photographed and filmed so much why would anyone make their own images of him?" An icon itself is a devotional image, which is given special reverance and respect. In my book I talk about a fan's tattoo where Elvis is shown wearing Christ's Crown of Thorns. It evokes Elvis the martyr and feelings of pain and sorrow.

And I'll never forget when I was at Graceland there was a little shrine that had been put up and it featured a photograph of Elvis which showed him finishing one of his songs in the early 70's, when he would kneel down and bow and he had a cape and he would extend his arms and hold the cape up. It was nothing more than an indication that the song was over, a kind of dramatic exit. Well in this picture they coupled a kind of detail of that photograph just showing his bowed head with the words from "I come to the garden......alone", taken from a Christian hymn.

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The photo by itself had no special meaning but once it was coupled with the words from the hymn and placed in the Meditation Garden it went from the realm of being nothing more than a pictorial record of a moment to becoming iconography. There was a deeper story being told, one where Elvis is in the Meditation Garden with Jesus and if you know the hymn you can kind of hear it in your ear, and the Meditation Garden early in the morning is very quiet and the effect of this piece of iconography is powerful.
Read EIN’s interview interview with Gary Vikan
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969: The second volume in Carlos Ares’ detailed look at Elvis’ career as it played out in Argentina, is due for release in mid-November. Carlos has now put an informative video together for fans to have a look at its content and provide details of how they can pre-order a copy. The first volume Elvis@Argentina 1956/1962 (published in 2018) was an excellent release – colorful, informative, and well designed. Many of the Argentine record titles and film posters are striking.

Link to E@A youtube video:

Contact via Elvis.Shop@gmail.com or facebook "elvis.shop.argentina"

(News, Source: Carlos Ares)


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Elvis and Jack Nicklaus: The Elvis story has always been a complex one - his little known friendships with several other celebrities, such as Mario Lanza, being little known (and often disputed). One of the most unusual is Elvis’ friendship with pro-golf’s greatest, Jack Nicklaus. And it will surprise many EIN readers to know that it was Elvis who coined the term the “Golden Bear” – the name many golfing fans use to refer to their greatest hero.

Next week on EIN we will have links to the only known video footage of the “Teddy Bear” and the “Golden Bear” (incredibly, they met on several occasions).

See EIN spotlight on Elvis and Mario Lanza


(News, Source: EIN)


For readers fluent in Italian – Red Elvis: A new Kindle release by Walter Jon Williams may be of interest to our Italian readers. Red Elvis is described as a funny, science fiction variation on the myth of the great Elvis Presley - the boy knows he had a brother who was just like him, except for the fact that he's an angel. They were twins – identical twins, in fact their toes had the same fingerprints – and the oldest lived while the youngest was stillborn. The boy's mother says that this makes him special, that even before he was born he had made his brother an angel. It begins this way (actually there is a short introductory piece first), with these touching and intriguing phrases, one of the best alternative history tales by Walter Jon Williams, which will then be also taken up in Gardner Dozois's classic annual collection of the best titles that appeared the previous year (it was in 1994). Williams has always been a lover of the "what if", of the infinite possibilities offered by the imagination of science fiction authors. This time he presents us with a human and fascinating portrait of an Elvis Presley, very different from the one we have known. EIN comment: while we can’t comment on the book narrative, the book cover is certainly striking.

(News, Source: Amazon/EIN
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Viva Porthcawl! The Official Story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival: Every year EIN publicises the Welsh Porthcawl Elvis Festival. As we noted last month the Porthcawl Elvis Festival had to be cancelled due to the CV19 pandemic. The festival draws 35,000 visitors from around the world annually and more people come to Porthcawl to celebrate Elvis in September than have recently gone to Memphis for Elvis Week in August.
Now author Emily Price has published "Viva Porthcawl! The Official Story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival".
Emily Price explained, “When asked to write this book I decided right from the start it had to be about the hard working people involved in this fantastic festival. I didn’t want it to be about facts and figures of how many shows take place or how much profit it rakes in, but about how every character is integral to the running of the event. The people involved are what makes the story of the Porthcawl Elvis Festival so unique. Thank you to Peter Phillips for asking me to write this book and letting me meet the people involved. The writing of this book required hours of interviews with key individuals and it was a pleasure talking to all of you.” In the words of Elvis Presley, “Thank you very much..”
Go here to Harris publishers for more info or to purchase
(News, Source;PEF/ElvisInfoNet)


'Atlanta Weekend '76' New Import: The publicity notes.. AudiRec label is back! In November 2018 we released a boxset of 3 Asheville shows from July 22 – 24, 1975. “The Asheville Marathon ’75" was a huge success and sold out. Now we are releasing a similar thematic set dedicated to Elvis great shows in Atlanta 1976. All three Atlanta June ’76 shows were released a very long time ago, but never in such a great sound quality. We have located the original sources recorded by the same person and restored the sound from scratch. All shows were AUDIENCE recordings with two microphones and there is a certain stereo effect making the sound rich and full. The sound of all concerts was re-tuned by professional musician to the correct speed!
We originally planned to release Atlanta, Dec. 30 1976 show too, but this one will be released very soon by FTD label from soundboard source.
Presented in a deluxe triple digipack with a collection of great images taken in Atlanta, GA, June 4 - 6, 1976.
It is an ultimate release of Elvis' magical June ’76 Atlanta shows!
EIN Notes: Do fans really need three AUDIENCE recordings from mid-1976!
FTD released 'Tucson '76' and 'Elvis In West Texas' from soundboard of the same mid-1976 tour and they were pretty depressing.
Newspaper reviews of the June 1976 tour noted, "Once Elvis cared about the songs that he sang, the immense talent that he possessed. Now he tosses off a song like a Dean Martin. Presley once could sing Hound Dog and make your whole body sing but now he throws it over his shoulder into the garbage heap with all the rest. What he has done is to strip the very soul from all these songs. Gone was the anger from Jailhouse Rock. Gone was the sensuality from Don't Be Cruel. Gone was the tenderness from Can't Help Falling in Love. Gone was the urgency from Love Me.
All the rough edge that surrounded Presley's songs immaculately was missing. He sounded like a coiffed cabaret singer in a peach leisure suit singing an Elvis Presley medley."

Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 3 October 2020

New Presley Grave in Meditation Garden: In somewhat sombre news there is a new addition to the Graceland Meditation Garden as Benjamin Storm Presley Keough was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden, October 1, at Graceland with his family including his grandfather, Elvis Presley, great-grandmother, Gladys Presley, great-grandfather, Vernon Presley and great-great-grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley.
Lisa Marie Presley's son, who died at age 27 in mid-July, was buried in Meditation Garden at Graceland.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office ruled on July 14 that Keough's official cause of death was a shotgun wound and the manner of death was ruled suicide.
Lisa Marie's rep said at the time, "She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life."

 

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson), due for 12 Nov release: The 150th release in Bloomsbury Academic’s popular series, 33 1/3, is Eric Wolfson’s examination of what many regard as Elvis’ greatest album, From Elvis in Memphis.
 "I had to leave town for a little while.." with these words, Elvis Presley truly came home to rock and roll. A little over a month earlier he had staged rock's first and greatest comeback in a television program, forever known as "The '68 Comeback Special." With this show, he resurrected himself- at the age of 33, no less - from the ashes of a career mired in bad movies and soundtracks. So where to go from here?
Like a killer returning to the scene of the crime, Elvis came back home to Memphis, where it had all begun. Eschewing the fancier studios of Nashville and Hollywood, he set up shop at the ramshackle American Sound Studio, run by a maverick named Chips Moman with an in-house backing band now known as "The Memphis Boys," and made the music of his life. The resulting work, From Elvis in Memphis, would be the finest studio album of his career, an explosion of mature confidence and fiery inspiration. It was the sound of Elvis establishing himself as a true rock and roll artist--and proving his status as a legend.
Table of contents: Acknowledgments: Prologue: From Elvis in Hell.
1 The Arrival, 2 The Great Advice, 3 The Promise, 4 The Funeral Procession, 5 The Tear-Stained Pillow, 6 The Departure, Interlude: From Elvis in Purgatory
7 The Shaking, 8 The Backroads, 9 The Confession, 10 The Cotton Dress
11 The Beautiful Bird, 12 The Vicious Cycle, The Back Cover: From Elvis in Vegas, Epilogue: From Elvis in Paradise.
The book will be available in softcover and PDF formats. Keep watching EIN for our ‘pre-publication’ review of what is shaping up to be one of the best Elvis books of 2020!
(News, Source: Eric Wolfson/Bloomsbury Academic)

Graceland Mansion Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness:The historic Elvis Presley's Graceland will light up pink each night starting October 1 through October 11 to remind everyone about the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.
To help raise awareness, Graceland joins countless of other famous landmarks, buildings and monuments all around the world that are displaying pink as a symbol of hope and empowerment.
For more information on how you can help raise awareness, visit Cancer.org

See Graceland Cam here..

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Reconstructing Elvis – Albert Goldman vs. Priscilla Presley: In a fascinating essay, Reconstructing the King: Death Narratives of Elvis Presley in the 1980s, Christopher R. Smit offers an intriguing contrast between a number of key books published about Elvis in the decade following his death. Two of those books are Albert Goldman’s mean-spirited, Elvis, and Priscilla Beaulieu Presley’s sentimental, Elvis and Me (1985):

The death of Elvis Presley, like his life, created no less than a catastrophic soundwave which circled the globe. The hero with a dozen faces was no more. He had revolutionised popular music, dragging it from swing to rock. He had created an orgy of musical sexual innuendo and he had at the same time been a sex symbol to the young and a son to the elderly, especially women. How does one explain such a phenomenon, or perhaps more to the point, how does one explain the society in which such a phenomenon burst onto the scene and prospered? Not easily. But to get to the bedrock of the Presley phenomenon is to touch one of the elementals in society. Perhaps to lay bare the heart of Presley alongside the heart of American society is to tell us a great deal about America during the last decades of the twentieth century.

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In 1981, rock critic and professor, Albert Goldman published a strikingly dark interpretation of Presley’s life. Framing Elvis as a Southern degenerate, tainted by sexual deviance and narcotics abuse, Goldman threatened the star’s mythical status in popular culture. To Goldman, Elvis was less a celebrity than a sexually frustrated child whose temper and voracious drug abuse led to his self-destruction.
Goldman’s account of Elvis’ death was written with an abrasive and masochistic tone. His trademark obsession with details was manifested in the horrifically explicit description of the body.
Goldman’s book threatened not only Beaulieu Presley’s role as a wife, but also as a mother. Thus, Elvis and Me was written to protect the most vulnerable part of Elvis and Priscilla’s marriage and separation, Lisa Marie, their daughter. It is in her writing about Lisa Marie, to whom the book is dedicated, that Beaulieu Presley’s book can be clearly seen as a protective piece of writing. Elvis and Me was a way to provide Lisa Marie with an account of who her father really was. Because Lisa Marie was only nine when Elvis died, her memories of her father were minimal. Goldman and other writers were a threat to Beaulieu Presley’s creation of Elvis as a father.
Beaulieu Presley addresses Elvis’ death in the first and last chapters of her book. Such a placement proves her book to be thematically framed by the death of her husband; not only does this focus the reader’s attention, it also sets the reader’s sympathies accordingly. By opening and closing her story with Elvis’ death, Beaulieu Presley ensures an understanding reader, a reader who would always see the helpless Elvis on his bathroom floor before they saw him yelling at or abusing his wife. Beaulieu Presley’s Elvis, from page one, is vulnerable.

(News, Source: Ordinary Reactions to Extraordinary Events, Browne and Neal editors, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2001)

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'A Vegas Treat' New Import CD: The Elvis Concert Fan label presents 'A Vegas Treat'. On this album you'll find many tracks recorded live in Las Vegas from 1970 to 1975, including rare soundboard recordings and a stage rehearsal... An alternate February 1972 live version from 'Never Been To Spain' not used by RCA, 4 alternate live versions from February 1970 also not used by RCA, 6 live versions from March 19, 1975, a stage rehearsal from 1972, and a part of the February 10, 1973 dinner show...  As a special bonus two authentic radio spots from 1969 and 1971 are included + 2 rare backstage recordings. A total of 31 great tracks!
This album is truly A VEGAS TREAT. Enjoy!
Only a part of the February 10, 1973 dinner show was recorded, using a bass-heavy mix, these recordings were first released on "Aloha Jerry" and "Echoes Of Aloha" from Audionics but now presented for the first time in the right order.
EIN Note; Most tracks look familiar from other bootlegs (ie the 19/2/70 tracks from "Rebooked at the International", the March 75 tracks from Madison "A Legendary Performer" etc)
Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'California Holiday' New Import: From the prolific Elvis One label, 39 Alternate Takes From The Soundtrack Album, Songwriter Demos, Radio Spots & More!!!
All official unreleased outtakes of the 'Spinout' soundtrack collected on one cd plus songwriter demos and all 4 original radio spots for the movie! All tracks remastered for the best sound quality.
Including a 12-pages booklet with photos and recording information... The sketches used for the artwork of this album are original continuity sketches from the MGM production 'Spinout'.
Please note that on releases like the boxset 'Stop, Look and Listen - The Ultimate Spinout Recording Sessions' a lot of material is missing like the complete take 7 of 'Stop, Look And Listen', take 6 of 'Never Say Yes', a 2nd screaming girls version of 'Down In The Alley', studio chat and radio spots. If you have the FTD version of the album 'Spinout' then this cd from Elvis One is the ultimate addition to your collection. 
EIN Note: Includes 17 takes of 'Adam And Evil' and five takes of 'Smorgasbord'- yipee!
Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley Sings Leiber & Stoller' New Import: Originally released in 1980, 'Elvis Presley Sings Leiber & Stoller', a classic with all songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller!
20 Great tracks from the original album; the first 16 tracks in mono as on the original album, the other 4 tracks are alternate versions from which 3 are officially unreleased + there are 11 bonus tracks on this cd... including the cd bonus track from 1991 (You're The Boss) in an alternate version, 2 official unreleased alternate versions from 'Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello' and tracks from the movie 'Loving You' and 'Jailhouse Rock'. A very nice compilation presented in great sound. Including a booklet with the original album artwork, photos and recording information.
Instead of the 1991 cd  release (out of print for a very long time) with a colorized photo the original stunning album cover photo is used for this cd - now in great quality. A limited edition of 500 copies only.
Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklisting
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier this week . . .
Mac Davis Dead aged 78: In truly tragic news Mac Davis died Tuesday night (Sept. 29) following heart surgery. He was 78.
Mac Davis’ longtime manager Jim Morey announced his death, “Mac Davis has been my client for over 40 years, and, more importantly, my best friend. He was a music legend, but his most important work was that as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
I will miss laughing about our misadventures on the road and his insightful sense of humor."

In addition to Elvis other artists who recorded his compositions were Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash. But the Grammy nominee saved some of his best work for himself, scoring hits with the Grammy-nominated “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” which he took to No. 1  in 1972, as well as “Stop and Smell the Roses” and “It's Hard To Be Humble." His success, and general affability and charisma, led to his own NBC variety series in 1974, the same year the Academy of Country Music named him entertainer of the year.
Born Morris Mac Davis on Jan. 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas,  Davis was a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. After
relocating to Los Angeles he became a staff writer for Nancy Sinatra's publishing company. He began to get cuts for a number of artists, including "Watching Scotty Grow" for Bobby Goldsboro and "Something's Burning'" for Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, as well as a spate of ELVIS records, including 'A Little Less Conversation,'Memories,' 'Don't Cry Daddy,' and 'In The Ghetto' which Presley took to No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart. The song has been recorded by more than 170 artists, including Parton, whose version reached No. 50 on Hot Country Songs.
Davis noted that, "'Memories' was the first real hit I had. I wrote for Elvis' comeback special. They had asked for a song about looking back over the years, and oddly enough, I had to write it in one night. I stayed up all night at Billy Strange's house in Los Angeles. He had a little office set up in his garage. I wrote it right there."
Whether penning songs for himself or others, Davis seemed effortlessly able to write music addressing any topic from the scourge of racial inequity  in "In the Ghetto" and the pitfalls of fame in the humorous "It's Hard to Be Humble" to the confessional "Texas In My Rearview Mirror."  His lyrics were  often as poignant as they were tongue-in-cheek, but always right on point.
Davis's musical and TV success catapulted him to movies, including 1979's North Dallas Forty with Nick Nolte, 1981's Cheaper to Keep Her and The Sting II with Jackie Gleason in 1983.
He also starred on Broadway in The Will Rogers Follies, and guested on numerous TV shows, including Murder She Wrote, The Muppets, Webster, King of The Hill and Fargo.
His last acting appearance was as a preacher on an episode of Parton's 2019 Heartstrings series on Netflix.
Reba McEntire said, "Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, for letting us know the man to whom you gave the most incredible talent. He entertained and spread joy to so many people. What a wonderful legacy he left all of us with his music. Mac was one of a kind."
Davis is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lise, and sons Scott, Noah and Cody, along with a number of other relatives, including his mother, Edith.
He will be buried in Lubbock, befittingly, given the memorable line from "Texas in My Rearview Mirror"- "And when I die, you can bury me in Lubbock, Texas in my jeans."
(News, Source, Various/ElvisInfoNet)

Interview with Mac Davis - writer of 'In The Ghetto' & 'A Little Less Conversation': Mac Davis was one of Elvis Presley’s most-important songwriters. He wrote several million-sellers for Elvis including the politically significant number one ‘In The Ghetto’, 'Don't Cry Daddy', as well as the song that restarted Elvis’ new renaissance, ‘A Little Less Conversation.’ Ken Sharp author of ‘Writing For The King’ spent a while talking with Mac Davis who revealed not only his inspiration for writing these incredible songs but also the delight he had in spending time with Elvis. He also talked about his relationship with The Colonel, his surprising inspiration behind ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’, going to Elvis’ Bel Air house, how Elvis wanted to appear on Rowan & Martin’s ‘Laugh-In’ TV show, seeing Elvis in Vegas and much, much more. (Source: EIN, March 2007)

'TTWII Photo-Folio' New Book: Here is a neat idea for those that couldn't afford the original five volumes of Erik Lorentzen's "Summer Festival" TTWII books, a "best-of" soft-cover-color-photo-coffee-table book.
Features 250 awesome color photos selected from the previous 5 "1970 Summer Festival" Volumes.

Erik Lorentzen notes that this new "best of" is being released due to the high demand of the first 5 TTWII volumes.

A special "​TTWII soft-cover-color-photo-coffee-table book."


PRE ORDER from our shop for €62 only incl. world-wide shipping.

Go here to the 'Elvis Files' website to order

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis’ 18ct Corum Watch for Auction: A watch fit for a king will go under the hammer next month when Elvis Presley’s 18ct Corum Buckingham goes up for sale at Sworders this autumn.
It is expected to fetch up to US$64,000 as part of the firm’s Fine Jewelry and Watches Online auction on November 17.
The watch, with a square hobnail dial, black hands and cabochon crown, is engraved to the case back in block lettering "To Richard from E.P." Dated to c.1960.
It was given as a gift by Elvis to Richard Davis, his personal valet and the man responsible for the purchase of much of his wardrobe who began working for Elvis in the early 1960s.
It is accompanied by an affidavit from Davis which states: “One day Elvis took the watch off his wrist and said there was something wrong with the back of it. I turned it over and Elvis had inscribed it to me – he said ‘well I guess it’s yours now.”
A second statement by Charlie Hodge confirms the story and adds that this was one of Elvis' favourite timekeepers.
Photographs of him wearing the watch come as part of the lot.
The estimate is £40,000 - £50,000. - go to Sworders website here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969' New book: This new book by Carlos R. Ares shows the impact of Elvis in Argentina between 1963 and 1969, his complete discography and filmography, press clippings, record releases and his film reviews.
In addition, John Kennedy’s assassination aftermath, Argentinean Rock in the 60s, magazines, promotional material, RCA label copies, and everything related to the aforementioned period in our country.
The research for the book took many years.
First 50 pre-orders get numbered and signed copies.
Limited to the first 50 (fifty) numbered and signed copies.
Includes bonus repro of the ultra-rare Record ad from March 1963 to promote the album “Rubias, Morenas Y Pelirrojas” (It Happened At The World’s Fair).
Pre-order now for special deal before October 1st.
Contact via Elvis.Shop@gmail.com or facebook "elvis.shop.argentina"
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

BrewDog's 'Elvis Juice' UK Trademark is Approved: The trademark dispute between BrewDog, a UK-based brewery, and the Elvis Presley estate is well-known and recently Brewdog lost the latest legal battle with EPE when the EU Intellectual Property Office opposed its trademark application for its Elvis Juice beer.
However 'Elvis Juice' UK is trademark Approved.
The issue revolves around the name of one of Brewdog’s best-selling beers, a grapefruit and blood orange IPA it calls ‘Elvis Juice’.
The beer maker launched its “Brewdog Elvis Juice” IPA in 2015 and it has annual sales of £6.4 million in the UK alone.
Bosses were contacted by lawyers from the late singer’s estate who demanded they change the name despite the fact that Elvis is a common first name, and that the trade dress for the brew had nothing to do with Elvis Presley.
After all, Elvis didn't drink beer and didn't like grapefruit!
BrewDog appealed and won, so "Elvis Juice" is a registered trademark in the UK.
But not the European Union where they have been denied exclusive rights to the name in Europe, potentially threatening sales on the continent.
In the case documents, the EU Intellectual Property Office ruled: “…there exists a likelihood of confusion… A likelihood of confusion for only part of the relevant public of the European Union is sufficient to reject the contested application.” Brewdog has also been ordered to pay case costs totaling €1,170.
The ruling means the brewer may have to alter the name of its beer when selling it within Europe.
Luckily we can still buy ELVIS JUICE in the UK. EIN likes beer, grapefruit and Elvis - so it's perfect!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Australian 2021 Parkes Elvis Festival Cancelled: Having initially been moved to March 2021 due to CV19 pandemic now Parkes Shire Council has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Parkes Elvis Festival after considering a number of factors including possible event restrictions and results from the community survey. Most years over 27 thousand fans descend on the small country town to celebrate Elvis' Birthday. It is the biggest Elvis birthday celebration in the world.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said that while the cancellation of the Festival is disappointing and a major setback for the region's economy, it is the right thing to do to keep the community safe.
“We have taken the decision to cancel now in consideration of fans, performers, suppliers, volunteers, businesses, market stall holders and our staff to minimise the impact on them and enable them to plan for 2022."
Festival Director, Cathy Treasure said "The Festival brings thousands of people together to celebrate The King, sing along to his hits, dance and socialise. We want everyone to experience the true spirit of the Festival which would not be possible with social distancing, limiting numbers and all of the other current Covid-safe event requirements."
“It’s been an incredibly tough time for regional NSW who have battled drought, bushfires and dust storms and now Covid-19, however we'll be back in January 2022.”
Parkes Elvis Festival will return from 5-9 January 2022 for the best Parkes Elvis Festival in the 29-year history.
Go here to Parkes Elvis Festival website for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in September ...
Col Parker didn’t want Ann-Margret to have any songs in Viva Las Vegas: Elvis Presley wasn't just The King of Rock n Roll, he made an extraordinary number of hit films over his career. None impacted his personal life as much as Viva Las Vegas. But the director of the film, George Sidney, revealed that Elvis' management didn't want his co-star Ann-Margret to have any songs throughout the film. Presley's relationship with Ann-Margret was well documented over the years. After rumours surrounding the pair's relationship appeared in the press at the time, it was later confirmed through both Ann-Margret and Priscilla Presley's respective autobiographies.
Despite this Director of Viva Las Vegas, George Sidney, spoke out in an interview about how "He" was not happy with how Ann-Margret was getting certain things. Speaking in an interview on Henderson's Film Industries YouTube channel, Sidney explained what it was like working with Presley and Ann-Margret - whom he didn't mention by name.
"We made this picture, no problem," he said, before going on to talk about objections to Ann-Margret getting close up shots in the film. The only problem was "He" didn't want the girl [Ann-Margret] to have any close ups. Elvis was supposed to have all the close ups. To make matters even more confusing”, Sidney went on to say "He" didn't want Ann-Margret to have any songs in the film. “And he didn't want her to have any numbers," Sidney continued. "Well, I said, no that will - I'm directing the picture. I'll do it my way."
Adding to the anecdote, he said: "Well the picture went out and they didn't even put his name up above the picture. They wanted to sue these theatres."
Watch the video of George Sidney talking about Elvis and Viva Las Vegas on YouTube here       
"Elvis was not "Show-business", Sidney  notes, "Elvis in death was much greater than he was in life."
It was eventually revealed how close the pair truly were after the film had wrapped, however. Since Presley's death Ann-Margret has refused to speak ill of the star. And in an interview with Charlie Rose in 1997 she explained why. She confessed: "Our relationship was very strong, and very serious and very real. It was extremely special. It was very strong. We were together for one year and he trusted me. And I would not want to betray his trust in death."
On why she was so adamant she wouldn't say anything bad about Elvis, Ann-Margret emotionally added: "There's been so much written that has been negative about him. I want to celebrate his life and the man that I knew," Ann-Margret added.
In the interview George Sidney notes how he would direct the movie as he wanted to, not as "He / Elvis' team" was trying to overrule.
There  is no doubt that George Sidney is talking about Col Parker wanting Ann-Margret's close-ups reduced, a story that is already well-known.
(News, Source:UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)
 

Rare New Zealand Elvis’ Christmas Album listed on ebay: One of the world’s rarest and most sought after (by collectors) Elvis vinyl albums, the original 1957 release of Elvis’ Christmas Album in New Zealand. The NZ release is famous for its glorious and traditional snowy Christmas cover with an angelic image of Elvis floating in the sky. Copies of the album appear on auction sites irregularly and generally sell for hundreds of dollars.
A copy, with a cover seemingly in far from pristine condition, is now on ebay, with a Buy It Now price of nearly US$1750.00 (A$2482.00).
Best of luck to the seller! Interested buyers can view the listing here.


(News, Source: ebay)


Did The Rolling Stones ever meet Elvis?: According to The Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, they sadly missed out on the honour of getting the chance to meet their idol. On his YouTube show Ask Keith, the guitarist opened up on how influential The King was for him, and how he felt when he did not get the chance to meet him. He said: “I grew up listening to those first Sun Records with Elvis… I grew up and I listened to that stuff and thought, ‘This cat is incredible.’ Those early records were, man, this cat’s got vision.”
Despite his feelings for the star, Keith felt meeting him would have been a big regret for him, as he did not want to come face to face with who he called a “fallen idol.” He continued: “I don’t know he just fell down into the hole but at the same time you will never take away that incredible influence he had on my generation at least. “So I didn’t want to know. I didn’t want to meet a
fallen idol. I realised he really wasn’t his own man.
“When I heard Heartbreak Hotel, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty Moore.
There’s a little jazz in his playing, some great country licks and a grounding in the blues as well. It’s never been duplicated. he was my icon"

In contrast, Sir Mick Jagger shared to MOJO magazine his big regrets about not meeting Elvis, given he had an opportunity shortly before The King’s death. According to the singer, John Lennon had convinced him to meet Chuck Berry instead of Elvis, of whom Sir Mick had been a fan for a long while. While the reasons behind this are unclear, John had a strange relationship with Elvis, having been a megafan of The King while also rubbing him up the wrong way in their only meeting.
Priscilla Presley, said of the meeting, “You could hear a pin drop when they walked in. All they cared about was seeing Elvis. John was shy, timid, looking at him… I really believe that he just couldn’t believe that he was actually there with Elvis Presley."
(News, Source: UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis the King of White Trash Culture: In the challenging book, White Trash Race and Class in America (published in 1997), the final chapter focuses on Elvis, with researcher Gael Sweeney’s stimulating and provocative, The King of White Trash Culture: Elvis Presley and the Aesthetics of Excess. In her article, Sweeney posits:
.. Elvis Presley is an icon of White Trash Culture: a figure of terror and the grotesque to the urban, mostly Northern, arbiters of “good taste” and a spectacle of excess and release for his Southern white fans.
Rock ‘n’ roll is situated in what [Russian scholar] Mikhail Bakhtin calls the “lower body stratum”: the center of procreation and excretion, where humans are reduced to the equality of their bodily functions. The body is the site of the struggle between power and evasion. discipline and liberation. Elvis the Pelvis, embodiment of the lower body stratum, was shown only from the waist up on The Ed Sullivan Show in an attempt to deny the power of the lower stratum, both societal and material. Elvis’ body, when young and beautiful, epitomized the grotesque working class (and, later, the grotesque White Trash) body that reminds the dominant order of the “fragility of (their) disciplinary power”...
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.. The CBS television network executives wouldn’t allow Elvis’ hips to be broadcast, but they could not erase them: Elvis wore his hips in his eyes, on his lips, and within his heart. Even when agitating hips gave way to prodigious belly, Elvis retained the power to trouble the powers that be. The iconography of the sexy Young Elvis of the fifties gives way to the obese Elvis of the seventies, the latter especially stimulating fantasies of the grotesque, hysterical gorging, indulging in food, drink, and drugs, and of living a life larger (literally!) than ordinary human beings.
In 1982, Sam Phillips , Elvis’ discoverer and first producer, told a group of fans in Memphis: “The two most important events in American history were the birth of Jesus and the birth of Elvis Presley. The veneration of Elvis includes elements of Southern Pentecostal and ecstatic religious practices, as well as the collecting of relics (recordings and memorabilia), the display of icons and images (Elvis on black velvet paintings and laminated plaques, busts, plates, and figurines), pilgrimages to Elvis sites (Graceland and the Tupelo birthplace, as well as Las Vegas and Hawaii), and the special phenomenon of Elvis impersonation. Since Elvis’ death the phenomenon of spiritual testaments of Elvis-as angel, detailed in tabloids such as the Weekly World News, and books like Elvis Sightings and Elvis People, recount his return to Earth to heal and guide his believers. Almost seventeen years after his death, Elvis Presley has a hundred-fold more healings to his credit than the average candidate for Roman Catholic canonization. Elvis Presley as the saint of White Trash may be laughable to the Northern intelligentsia, but his denigration by the elite only serves to underline his meaning to his fans. The reconstitution of Elvis’ image into a subculture verges of a neo-chthonic [underworld] religion.

(News, Source: EIN/White Trash Race and Class in America, Matt Wray and Annalee Newitz – editors)

Elvis – Ego or Insecurity?: EIN found this blog item to be thought provoking - One of the myths about Elvis is about his ego, some think he had everything he wanted and could have any girl he wanted and did often, but these people have NO idea exactly who the real Elvis was, he may have portrayed someone full of confidence and bravado, but that was just an act. The real Elvis was shy and humble and very insecure, we have already discussed why he was so insecure, but for some reason people seem to forget it. Elvis once said to Kathy Westmoreland that he thought no one would remember him and he would be forgotten within two years of his death, he thought he had done NOTHING memorable. That is how insecure he was, so insecure sometimes he literally had to be pushed on to the stage, his stage fright was that bad, he was terrified of being rejected, and the same was true of his personal life it's why so many got away with using him, because he desperately needed their friendship and love even though he knew he was buying it.
...  So why would some think that he had all these fictitious lovers is beyond me. He did not.....do not judge Elvis by your standards, because they are not what his were, those who knew him like Marty Lacker have said Elvis wasn’t interested in sex, he was to insecure of what a girl would think of him. Elvis had panic attacks most of his life and nightmares virtually every night, its why he hated sleeping alone. Elvis maybe just about the bravest man ever because he never let his fear stop him from being the very best he could be at everything he did, in fact it was that overwhelming fear of failure that drove him to be a perfectionist in the studio and film set and at karate, he may have played the
clown but most people who play the clown do so to cover for their insecurities.
 So please do not judge Elvis by what you have heard about him, because the man Elvis was is nothing like the image that has been falsely paraded about him!!!

(News, Source: Bobbiej, the Elvis News Page/feed)

 Photographer Captures The Moment Elvis' Face Appears In Wave: A photographer caught the moment a crashing wave took on an uncanny resemblance to Elvis Presley. Now, I bet that is a sentence you didn't think you'd be reading today, isn't it? Jordan Crosby was out taking snaps as the surf was crashing against the Seaham Lighthouse in Country Durham with winds of up to 65mph battering the coast and leaving things all shook up (sorry). He spent around half an hour taking shots and video footage at sunrise on Friday and his efforts paid off with some incredible photos - no more so than one that appeared to show ELVIS looming down over the sea. Jordan says it wasn't until he got home that he noticed he had inadvertently caught a wave that resembled Elvis, in profile,
emerging from the ocean, complete with his trademark quiff.
 Jordan, 26, of Hartlepool, said: "After 30 minutes I headed home to see what the pictures were like. When I put them online somebody said you can see Elvis' face in one of the waves. I thought he was having me on, but once you see it you can't miss it. Sure enough there he was emerging from the sea.
You can see Elvis' quiff really well, then a nose and his face. It's amazing really, everybody loves Elvis so to capture an image of The King was really special."
(News, Source: Claire Reid, ladbible.com)

Australia Box Office Takings for 50th Anniversary Screening of Elvis That’s The Way It Is: The official Box Office Mojo data for August 2020 indicates that the 50th anniversary screening of Elvis, That’s The Way It Is enjoyed a three-weeks run at a very limited number of Australian cinemas.

The film debuted at #13, before slipping to #23 during its second week, and finishing at #32 on the chart in the last week of August.
Surprisingly, despite “selling out” across Australia, the film only received “encore” performances in a few capital cities.

 

 

(News, Source: Box Office Mojo)


New October FTDs: FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' including 'The Wild In The Country sessions'. It will include remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes. This 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package will also feature a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. To be Released late October.

a) "The Something For Everybody Sessions - with 'Wild In The Country'" a 4CD "complete sessions" set.
All the session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 sessions.
The vast majority of these session have already been released but it will include several "new" false start / outtakes from 'Put the Blame On Me',  'Wild In the Country' and 'I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell'.

b) 'Easy Come, Easy Go' Special double-vinyl: FTD Vinyl is pleased to announce a double-VINYL release of Elvis' 1967 Paramount movie 'Easy Come, Easy Go' soundtrack as a double-LP set. As always this is a 'Limited Edition'.
As there was no official publicity portrait session for the movie, the original six-track EP featured a cover shot from Girl Happy. Around the same time as the ECEG EP release, "See The USA The Elvis Way" EP (based on the ECEG EP art design) was released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. For this 2-LP limited edition, we have mirrored this rare design that included a publicity portrait from Spinout. Elvis recorded the songs on september 28 and 29, 1966.

Includes Bonus Songs 'Come What May' and 'Fools Fall in Love' plus alternate takes and instrumentals.
180 Gram Vinyl.

Click here to EIN's 'FTD SONY CD News' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


 'Elvis Presley - Technicolor In Black & White' Book/CD/Vinyl: The Ultimate book about Elvis' Cinematographic career from 'Love Me Tender' in 1957 to 'This is Elvis' in 1981.
This limited Edition 300-page coffee table book is filled with more than 1000 photos and documents rare or unpublished and includes a compact disc and a 10'' vinyl album : 29 tracks (rare and alternate takes)
Written by French fan club President, Jean-Marie Pouzenc, the book is devoted to Elvis' films, mainly focussed on Blue Hawaii and Fun In Acapulco but with several hundred unpublished black and white photos from the Paramount and Cinémonde magazine archives. It's the story of Elvis' entire film career in France, film by film, through photos, French and Belgian posters, lobby cards, synopsis, reviews, advertisements, stories, songs, records, magazine covers, rare French documents ...
Book in French and in English ... with more than 1,000 rare and / or unpublished photos and documents.
Includes 25cm vinyl (with 8 tracks) and CD (29 tracks).
Out October 30TH 2020
See the YouTube Promo here
(News, Source; JMFolliet/ElvisInfoNet)
EIN interview with French fan club President Jean-Marie Pouzenc coming real soon.

More Upcoming Elvis book releases: Recently announced book titles are: 'Elvis Presley In The Valley of the Sun September 9, 1970' (Joseph A. Tunzi, US$69.95 + S&H); and also 'The Comprehensive USA Artwork Guide to Elvis Presley Tapes' (Tunzi) – companion release to JAT’s earlier release, The Definitive Artwork of Elvis Aaron Presley 1956-1977;

Go to JAT publishing to order.

and due out in the EU on 1 November, Elvis I Danmark (Elvis in Denmark) by noted academic, Bertel Nygaard. See more details below...

EIN notes that the recent FTD Deluxe TTWII book features 22 pages dedicated to Elvis' same performance in  Phoenix, Arizona, September 9, 1970.
Also, to EIN, the JAT cover photo of 'Valley Of The Sun' (right) is certainly flipped the wrong way round.

 

 


(Book releases, Source: Elvis Day-By-Day/JAT Publications)

Elvis I Danmark (Elvis in Denmark) by Bertel Nygaard. ... Elvis is eternally current as one of the great popular cultural phenomena of world history that infuriated and fascinated. He was and is at the same time an expression of the Americanization that the entire Western world experienced after World War II. In this book, historian and Elvis expert Bertel Nygaard tells how the dangerous Elvis Presley changed Denmark forever, even though he never set foot in the country, and how he remains an indispensable cultural icon.

 


"His First Christmas Album In Stereo": The "Good Music" label have announced.. For the first time anywhere, hear Elvis’s first Christmas album in STEREO! Using new, state of the art audio technology, the original monaural tracks contained on Presley’s 1957 holiday album have been skillfully transformed into brilliant, lifelike stereo, using the DES (Digitally Extracted Stereo) method. The sound is stunning! You can hear Elvis better and there is richer detail in the music! With total sales of over 20 million copies worldwide, Elvis’s holiday offering remains the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
This new CD brings this wonderful classic to life as never before! There are also 8 bonus tracks converted from mono to stereo with fascinating liner notes plus rare color photos.
This wonderful, historic treasure is a FIRST for Elvis fans. This follows in the tradition of 2020’s widely acclaimed CDs “Elvis Reborn: New Mono To Stereo Mixes” and the sequel, “Elvis Reborn Vol. 2” which contain classic numbers previously available only in monaural but now in glorious stereo. You'll want to add Elvis’s first Christmas album IN STEREO" to your collection!
Go here to YouTube Promo and decide for yourself.
See EIN's in-depth discussion on "Mono > Stereo"  here
Go here for full tracklisting and more details
(News, Source;GoodMusic/ElvisInfoNet)

 Royal (quarantine) treatment for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Although Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has continuously denied that Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks has been getting special treatment in her state, rumours keep proliferating of the actor’s luxury stay in a mega mansion while in quarantine. The actor is in Australia to resume filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, and it was believed he was staying at the plush Rivermead Estate at Guanaba, while others were forced to quarantine in small hotel rooms.
Ms Palaszczuk slammed the rumours, assuring media that Tom Hanks is quarantining in a hotel just like everyone else.
The Rivermead Estate (pictured), where Hanks is rumoured to be staying along with his actress-wife Rita Wilson, boasts 22 hectares of sprawling gardens. The mega mansion is said to have six bedrooms, a billiard room, wine cellar, day spa and sauna, swimming pool and spa, tennis and basketball courts and outdoor teppanyaki bar, as well as a separate pool guesthouse. It can house up to 19 guests.
The property’s website prices nightly accommodation between $4000 and $6000.
But Hanks is staying in a hotel room, according to Ms Palaszczuk. “My advice is that he is staying in a hotel, so I am told that he is not staying in a house,” she said in today’s press conference.
The state’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young admitted that Tom Hanks had initially been given special treatment by being exempted from quarantine hotels. The move was justified on the grounds of “entertainment and film bring(ing) a lot of money into this state”. Ms Palaszczuk confirmed the ELVIS movie was important for the state‘s economy.
“Very few places are producing movies … at the moment, but Queensland is able to do that, we’re able to support the industry and get people back into work,” she said.
EIN comment: It isn’t only Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson who are getting superior quarantine arrangements in Queensland. It is interesting to note that also recently, 400 Australian Football League executives and their families served their quarantine in up-market accommodation by booking out the entire RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast, where they reportedly were able to play golf and "mingle in the pool’'. Other features at the Resort include polished rooms, marble bathrooms with whirlpool baths. There are also 4 restaurants, 2 bars and 2 lounges. Other amenities include a spa, the heated outdoor pool, golf courses, gym, and tennis courts.
(News, Source: Courier Mail/AFL/ElvisInfoNet)

'From Elvis In Nashville' "Patch It Up": RCA / Legacy Recordings have now published another preview track - 'PATCH IT UP' Undubbed master to help publicise the the forthcoming release of 'From Elvis In Nashville' a 4CD collection presenting the long-awaited definitive chronicle of Elvis Presley's mythic 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B in Nashville over the course of an epic five day/night run in June 1970 (with an additional session on September 22), Elvis' performances from those sessions formed the core of three of his most successful studio album releases from the 1970s: 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is', 'Elvis Country' and 'Love Letters from Elvis'.
Now, for the first time, the master recordings from the 1970 Studio B sessions may be enjoyed together as a single official Elvis album.

CLICK HERE to YouTube to hear 'PATCH IT UP' Take 9 - --- it sounds pretty damn fine

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, Dacre Montgomery join ‘ELVIS’: A host of Aussie actors have joined the main cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, including Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham and Dacre Montgomery.
They join the previously announced Austin Butler in the titular role, Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker, Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, and Luke Bracey as Jerry Schilling.
Roxburgh, who has previously worked with Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge!, will play Elvis’ father, Vernon, and Thomson his mother, Gladys. (photo right)
The roles were initially to be filled by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell, but both actors have had to leave the Warner Bros project after it was shutdown and subsequently delayed due to Hanks contracting COVID-19.
Wenham will play Hank Snow and Montgomery TV
director Steve Binder. The biopic will also star Natasha Bassett as Dixie Locke, Xavier Samuel as Scotty Moore, Leon Ford as Tom Diskin, Kate Mulvany as Marion Keisker, Gareth Davies as Bones Howe, Charles Grounds as Billy Smith, Josh McConville as Sam Phillips, and Adam Dunn as Bill Black.
Due to resume shooting on the Gold Coast September 23, Elvis will explore the life and music of Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
On the cast, Luhrmann said: “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we are very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators from Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more.
“With the world as it is right now, our entire company is grateful that we can join together in this creative venture to bring employment and opportunity in front of and behind the camera, and to the community at large.”
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News Magazine #159: The latest magazine from the Danish Elvis Memphis Mansion Fan Club features an interview with Kees Mouwen about his book 'Elvis Day By Day 2019' by EIN's very own Nigel Patterson.
The magazine is printed in Danish.



See EIN's review of  'Elvis Day By Day 2019' here an exclusive look by Elvis super-fan Joan Gansky.

 

 

 

 


(News, Source;Elvis-DaybyDay)


(Book Review) Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium (Paul Belard): The latest photobook from prolific Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium, focuses on one of Elvis’ major passions.  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 narratively comprehensive account, presenting hundreds of Elvis’ guns, knives, holsters, and other associated items, and most of the items are in color.

With interesting background information and a range of rare archival material (including affidavits, auction records, and letters of provenance) this book is an important one which neatly fills a hole in the multi-faceted Elvis story.


Read EIN’s full review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInfoNetwork)


Michael Rose, Elvis Author/Producer has died: Michael Rose who was the author of FTD publication 'Elvis Presley: A Moment in Time: 4 Days in '56' and also the producer of the excellent 'Elvis: Return To Tupelo' documentary has died.
Tupelo historian and EIN contributor Roy Turner posted the sad news...
"Monday morning we lost Michael Rose. He was such a super, magical soul.  We had a long chat a couple of days before his birthday, which I will cherish.  Sail on old friend."
Back in 2008 EIN wrote that Michael Rose's "'Elvis: Return To Tupelo' is one of the best documentaries ever released about Elvis. Anchored by excellent research, its fascinating mix of archival material and firsthand accounts of the young Elvis enrich our understanding of the influences which were integral in shaping the musical style and image of the future King of Rock 'n' Roll. Highly recommended."
Go here to EIN's look at Michael Rose's stunning work and more about Elvis in Tupelo...
Michael Rose R.I.P.
(News, Source;RT/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS on The Ed Sullivan Show in HD:  The Ed Sullivan Show youtube channel  is celebrating the king with a special rollout of Elvis' performances in HD.

Watch all of these Elvis Presley's performances on The Ed Sullivan Show in HD in the playlist.

EIN notes that some of the shows look quite superb - you can clearly see Elvis' acne! - although the earlier Ed Sullivan performances show little improvement.


Check them out for yourselves Go here to Ed Sullivan ELVIS on YouTube

 

(News, Source;ES/ElvisInfoNet)


Interview with Dr. Mark Duffett (Part 2): EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down with Dr. Mark Duffett via the face-to-face magic of Google Hangouts, to discuss his latest book, Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon.
In the concluding part to Mark Duffett’s thought provoking interview with EIN, Mark traverses a wide range of topical subjects, including the politicisation of Elvis and race; the academic, public and media perception of Elvis today; Elvis fandom compared to the fandom for other celebrities such as the Beatles; the Elvis world in 2020, and his next Elvis book (due out in 2021).

Go here for the final part of this fascinating discussion between EIN's Nigel Patterson and author Mark Duffett

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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FTD 'Bruce Jackson, On The Road With Elvis' Delayed: Up-coming FTD “Bruce Jackson: On the Road with Elvis” is now postponed to November. From UEPS, ''FTD Records informed dealers yesterday that the release of the book / cds "On The Road with Elvis" will be postponed until November 2020.
There was some uncertainty about the transport costs of getting the set from Australia, but that has now been cleared up. However, the current stock of the book is limited and there will be no reprint.
We recommend that you place your order as soon as possible with your Elvis dealer."
Combined with a 3CD set! An audio documentary hosted by Jack Mullins (singer/songwriter) plus a soundboard recording of the Sioux Falls 10-18-76, and Atlanta 12-30-76 shows.
In six years with the Elvis Presley Show Bruce Jackson established a close professional and personal bond with Elvis who trusted him implicitly to deliver the best sound possible. Elvis came to respect Bruce Jackson as much as Bruce respected Elvis Presley.

Go here to vimeo to check out the promo video! - Out November.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'TTWII Deluxe Set' at Dealers: Finally after the usual FTD delays the brand new 'TTWII Deluxe Set' has arrived at European Elvis shops and are being posted out to customers right now.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Elvis performing for the MGM cameras in Las Vegas this deluxe set is a 600 page double-volume book with EIGHT cds featuring the complete rehearsal recordings. Many of which have never been previously officially released.
The most expensive FTD set yet released, fans will be super excited about waiting for the mail-man.
If you want a preview Allan Tychsen in Denmark has posted a YouTube, "Unboxing FTD's That's The Way It Is 50th Anniv Collector's Edition Box Set"
The audio is in Danish, but you can see for yourself how gorgeous the set looks.
There is LOTS of text and plenty of great photos - but gee, those large white borders look like a waste of printing
space which could have featured bigger Elvis images. - EIN wonders how long it will take to get to Australia!
Click here to EIN's 'FTD SONY CD News' for more TTWII info
(News, Source;YouTube/ElvisInfoNet) - Thanks Allan!

'From Elvis In Nashville' 'Funny How Time Slips Away': From the new RCA / Legacy Recordings forthcoming release of 'From Elvis In Nashville' another preview, this time a delightful 'Funny How Time Slips Away'.
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B in Nashville over the course of an epic five day/night run in June 1970 (with an additional session on September 22), Elvis' performances from those sessions formed the core of three of his most successful studio album releases from the 1970s: 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is', 'Elvis Country' and 'Love Letters from Elvis'.
Now, for the first time, the master recordings from the 1970 Studio B sessions may be enjoyed together as a single official Elvis album. On 'From Elvis In Nashville', Elvis' studio tracks are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spring (John Prine, etc) without the added overdubs or orchestration appearing on earlier releases - in other words how Elvis would sound if you were in the room with him.
Click HERE to listen to a beautiful undubbed 'Funny How Time Slips Away'
(News, Source;RCA/ElvisInfoNet)


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Virtual Elvis Week 2020
Elvis' Funeral - and Memorial: August 18th 1977, thousands of fans converged on Memphis in the days following Elvis' death, so many that President Carter ordered 300 National Guard troops to the area to maintain order. All city buildings in Memphis immediately lowered their flags to half-staff. Elvis was embalmed at the Memphis Funeral Home and returned to Graceland on August 17, 1977, where a public viewing of the casket, ordered by Elvis' father Vernon was set up in the foyer. Over 30,000 fans were let in.
Elvis Presley's funeral, held on the 18th, was a modest affair, though attended by stars such as Ann-Margret, James Brown, and actor George Hamilton. Pallbearers were longtime friends Lamar Fike, George Klein and Joe Esposito, Charlie Hodge, cousins Billy and Gene Smith, Jerry Schilling, personal physician Dr. George Nichopoulos and record producer Felton Jarvis.
About 200 persons crowded into and out of Elvis’ music room at Graceland to hear remarks by evangelist Rex Humbard, comedian Jack Kahane, and the Reverend C.W. Bradley, pastor of Memphis’ Wooddale Church of Christ. Bradley gave the main eulogy.
Then the caravan, led by a silver Cadillac followed by the white Cadillac hearse with Elvis’ body and 17 white Cadillac limousines, toiled its way past bystanders the two and a half miles to Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown.
A short ceremony followed in the white marble mausoleum where Elvis was entombed at 4:24pm in a six-crypt family chamber.
Vernon Presley stayed with his son after everyone else left the mausoleum and emerged visibly shaken.
Vernon Presley decided to give all the flowers to fans, and at 8:25 a.m. Friday the gates to Forest Hill were opened. By 11:30 the flowers were gone.
Watch this moving video along with Elvis' beautiful American Trilogy on YouTube.
Take a while to think of ELVIS, how he filled our lives, and and what could have been.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

16 August 2020 - 43 years ago today the world lost the greatest entertainer of all time.
"Elvis was God-given, there’s no other explanation. A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.” - Little Richard
“I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.- B.B. King

 

“Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been a Beatles” - John Lennon

"It was like Elvis came along and whispered some dream in everybody's ear, and somehow we all dreamed it."
- Bruce Springsteen

"When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail."
- Bob Dylan

"Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable."
- President Jimmy Carter


Fifty years ago today, August 16 1970, Elvis was in the middle of his Las Vegas International Hotel Summer Season. The MGM cameras that had been filming the TTWII movie had all packed up and left. Elvis could relax and go back to his usual loose-as-a-goose performances, entertaining his loving fans as opposed to focusing on the cameras.
His set-lists were double-dynamite, his energy and focus was astounding. Elvis regularly performed the classic line up of That's All Right, I Got A Woman, Tiger Man, his new single I've Lost You, I Just Can't Help Believin' and Polk Salad Annie - just as the kick-off.

These were awe-inspiring performances.

Elvis was tanned, skinny, healthy, looking more handsome than ever and wearing some sensational jumpsuits. He was happy being back on stage and working hard for his adoring fans - and enjoying every moment. Elvis was in control of his performances, his fabulous musicians, his worshiping fans and his RCA recording sessions.

It is so, so, sad that this could all spiral out of control so quickly.

On August 16 1970 Elvis was like an Olympic athlete at the peak of his performance and on the top-of-the-world. Elvis’ future could not have looked any brighter.
Yet sadly, only 7 years later, it would all end far too soon.

Thank You Elvis, you gave us everything you had - no one could have given more.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in December 2019 'The Elvis Is Back! Sessions' is a 4-CD deluxe set released to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year. Hailed by many as Elvis’ finest recordings, for the first time here are all the songs as recorded in sequence. Included are all the RCA outtakes and masters.
The release includes a deluxe 28-page booklet and fold-out CD carrier adorned with beautiful portraits, rare photos, insightful essay, recording data and classic memorabilia.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, plus essay by Alan Hanson. The set includes new outakes from songs such as 'Make Me Know It' , 'Soldier Boy', 'Mess Of Blues', 'Fame And Fortune' and 'Girl Of My Best Friend'. All the tracks are newly restored and remastered by Sebastian Jeansson.
But with the vast majority of this studio session having already been released by FTD, can yet another 'Elvis IS Back!' set really be worth purchasing all over again?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set and finds plenty of new delights
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'From Elvis In Nashville' Exclusive Graceland VINYL set: EPE have announced a special two-coloured exclusive VINYL release of the forthcoming 'From Elvis In Nashville'. Features highlights of Elvis Presley's mythic 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
On 'From Elvis In Nashville', Presley's studio tracks are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spring (John Prine, etc) without the added overdubs or orchestration appearing on earlier releases - in other words how Elvis would sound if you were in the room with him.
Click HERE to VINYL tracklisting and more .
Release date Friday, November 20, 2020
PRE-ORDER from Graceland Shop here. US$24.98 plus postage.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


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(Book Review): Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon (Mark Duffett): The latest book release from Mark Duffett (author of Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs) was recently published.
In Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon, the author returns to his academic roots and offers readers a fresh and stimulating perspective on how the Elvis Presley phenomenon should be considered in 2020.
Challenging other academic positions, Duffett traverses a rich theoretical terrain, including race, culture, consumerism, and sociological and psychological theory, in presenting his position.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson offers his view on this new book. Read Nigel’s detailed review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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"From Elvis In Nashville" Tracklisting Announced: At last the official RCA Legacy announcement and they say..
... Good things come to those who wait! Now for the first time ever, Elvis Presley's legendary 1970 Studio B sessions will be released as an official album.
On 'From Elvis In Nashville', Presley's studio tracks from the 1970 marathon sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spring (John Prine, Jason Isbell) without the added overdubs or orchestration appearing on earlier releases - in other words how Elvis would sound if you were in the room with him.
'From Elvis In Nashville' will be available in a 4CD boxed edition including two bonus discs of rare and /or unreleased outtakes from the 1970 sessions (also available digitally).
A highlights package will be available in a 2LP 12" vinyl pressing.
Release date Friday, November 20, 2020

> The first two CDs features all forty 1970 Nashville Masters Undubbed
> The second two CDs features 34 "best of" Studio Outtakes including some previously unreleased versions
> The two-LP vinyl release features selected highlights from the box set

See EIN's 'All The SONY / FTD News' for full tracklistings

Graceland Shop Pre-order is US$45 - Go here to SONY ElvisTheMusic News for official publicity.
(News, Source;RCA/ElvisInfoNet)

"ELVIS 1969" PART 2: While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary. Luckily, Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has now followed-up his unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
Released today July 31st, "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" continues Laverty's look at Elvis' Las Vegas "Return-To-Splendour" and much, much more.
The story is told by those who were there, including his band members, backup singers, song-writers, friends and family.
Featuring newspaper articles, home movies, archive footage plus unreleased footage from Elvis' 1970 'That's The Way It Is".
"ELVIS 1969" Part 2, released today includes rare archive interviews including Orchestra Leader Bobby Morris (I'd never see this interview before), George Hamilton, Priscilla, Sammy Shore, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Scheff, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Del Shannon plus some wonderful home-video of Elvis on stage in 1969.
Settle down to another impressive two hours. CLICK HERE TO VIMEO TO VIEW.
While "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" has to feature a lot of 1970 material from TTWII to help explore Elvis' legacy back in 1969, fans can only blame Col Parker for that. How could such a monetary based manager not bother to film even 10 minutes of Elvis' comeback?
EIN THANKS Dennis Laverty for his dedication. WATCH THIS NOW, in case it disappears. We hope you enjoy it.
(Spotlight, Source; DennisLaverty/ElvisInfoNet)

"ELVIS 1969" Documentary - EIN Review: Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has produced a new unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
"ELVIS 1969" Part 1 includes rare archive interviews from Chips Moman, Felton Jarvis, The Memphis Boys, back-up singers such as Donna Thatcher and Jeannie Greene, along with Elvis musicians and also includes interviews and scenes from Elvis' last three 1969 era films.
While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary.
EIN's Piers Beagley takes a look at this unique in-depth four-hour documentary..
(Spotlight; Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Spotlight: Changing Times, Heavy books, and the two-class Elvis world: While a lot of fans believe Col Parker was bad for Elvis the one thing the Colonel usually got right was to look after the fans. From reasonable ticket prices, cheap licensed merchandise and assisting fan clubs, he worked with fans to engender good will and build interest in the latest Elvis releases.

In 2020, the situation is very different. EPE is owned by commercial interests meaning entry costs to Graceland, and buying licensed Elvis merchandise is no longer cheap - and importantly, no longer affordable for many who have been fans since the 1950s.

Another change is Follow That Dream, RCA-SONY, Eric Lorentzen, Venus, etc all now publish expensive "Deluxe" collections. Some costing US$350. Out of reach for most fans, so why is this?
The answer, of course, is money. There is obviously a neat profit in targeting the higher end of the Elvis fan market. In this respect, the proliferation of coffee table Elvis books is similar to the (admittedly) less regular annual Elvis box set extravaganzas from RCA/BMG/Sony. And, of course, plenty of the material in all these publications has usually been previously released but now include a few new additions or "upgrades" to attract customers.

EIN asked you to comment and we received a large number of replies, including a lengthy explanation from Eric Lorentzen. Reader comments include..
- I totally agree. Fans are being ripped-off, there is a money hungry frenzy going on in the Elvis world...
- Even Graceland has become too expensive for the general fan
- Fans are shocked by these new prices, many cannot afford it anymore
- I hope your article resonates with EPE and others that they are ruining it for middle class and poor Elvis fans.

Eric Lorentzen however adds.. "For the money? No way. Fans think that I and others do this only for the sake of money. But have they considered what the purchase of photos, printing, shipping and all other expenses are?"
Go HERE to read these comments in full, - and Have Your Say.
(Spotlight; Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


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Priscilla talks about the death of Ben Keough: Priscilla has for the first time spoken out about the tragic death of her grandson Ben Keough. It is nearly two weeks since Ben was found dead at the LA home of his mother, Lisa Marie.
The LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has since confirmed the death was a suicide. He was 27. Priscilla posted yesterday on Facebook noting that the death has impacted her family greatly... "These are some of the darkest days of my family's life. The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul.
Each day I wake up I pray it will get better. Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben's father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son. Riley, so loving and so close to him; Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death.- "Rest In Peace Ben, you were loved."

Ben was Elvis' only grandson, the only son of Lisa Marie and her ex-husband, Danny Keough.
Also a musician, Ben was adored by his big sister, actress Riley Keough, and younger half-sisters Harper and Finley Lockwood, as well as Priscilla's own son, Navarone Garibaldi.
Riley Keough, Ben's 31-year-old sister, also penned a heartfelt tribute following his July 12 death.

"Mornings are the hardest. I forget you're gone. I can't cry because of the fear that I will never stop. A pain that's new to me. You. There are no words for you. Angel is the closest I could think of. Pure light. Baby brother. Best friend. Wild man. Intellectual. Witness to my life. Twin soul. Protector. Too sensitive for this harsh world.
I hope you give me strength to endure the giant hole you've left in my heart. I hope you give me the strength to eat. I hope you're cradled in love. I hope you feel my love. I hope you feel god. You are god. I can't believe you've left me. Not you sweet Ben, Ben. Anyone but you. I guess this is true heartbreak. I hope we meet again."

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


New TTWII FTD 50th Anniv Deluxe Release - Full Tracklist & Back Cover: FTD author David English has kindly posted the back-cover of the new Deluxe FTD TTWII box-set to help excite those collectors who haven't yet put their pre-orders in. This again confirms the full tracklist.

Several other shops, including Graceland (US$325 plus postage) and Germany's Bear Family Records (US$255 /€221plus postage) have also confirmed their pre-order prices.

The new FTD deluxe release to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Elvis performing for the MGM cameras in Las Vegas will be a 600 page double-volume book with EIGHT cds featuring the complete rehearsal recordings. Many of which have never been previously officially released.

EIN checks out The Good, The Bad and the various Overseas prices - and Click here for better quality back-cover tracklist..

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


JULY 12 - Ben Keough, Elvis' Grandson, Dead aged 27: Elvis' grandson and son of Lisa Marie and musician Danny Keough, Benjamin Keough has died of an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound
Lisa Marie's manager reported that,  "Lisa Marie is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life."
LA media report that Keough died Sunday in Calabasas, Calif., from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Keough also was the brother of actress Riley Keough and son of musician Danny Keough. (Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough divorced in 1994.) His maternal grandmother is Priscilla Presley.
Benjamin Keough at one point tried to follow in his famous grandfather's footsteps signing a $5 million record deal with Universal in 2009 to record up to five albums. It's unclear what came of that deal, but no albums were released.
After that Ben has kept a low profile throughout the years, but is often mentioned for looking very similar to his famous grandfather.
Keough also has twin sisters, Finley and Harper Lockwood, 11, whose father is Lisa's ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Ben reportedly inspired his mother's 2012 song 'Storm & Grace' (his middle name is Storm). The song's lyrics include: "You have the most beautiful heart/That I’ve ever known/It kills me you can’t ever show it/And a shell has been grown."
The vast Presley fortune has dramatically dwindled in recent years, with Benjamin’s mother Lisa Marie claiming her former business manager squandered her entire share of Elvis’ $US100 million ($135 million) fortune.
The most recent photo of Benjamin on his mother’s Instagram account was posted in June of last year. It shows Lisa Marie with her two older children, Benjamin and Riley, alongside her younger twin daughters from her fourth marriage to guitarist Michael Lockwood.
“Mama lion with cubs” she captioned the sweet family group photo.
In 2012, Keough and his siblings all were featured in the video for Lisa Marie's "duet" with Elvis of his 1954 song "I Love You Because” through archival footage.
It featured the Presley children though the ages. Now the lyrics seem all that more poignant..
No matter what may be the style or season,
I know your heart will always be true.
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons,
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you.
The poor family, money and fame do not necessarily bring happiness.
Twenty-Seven is a troubled age for young adults having to deal with fame and fortune, musicians Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Rolling Stones' Brian Jones all died at this age.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

Why We Should Take Elvis Fans Seriously: In what is a wonderful example of people-power, this EIN spotlight shines a light on how Elvis fans united to successfully prevent the demolition of the Lauderdale Courts in 1995.... a proposed demolition which, at the time, was supported by EPE!

Back in 1995, the Memphis Housing Authority proposed to raze Lauderdale Courts, a downtown housing project, as part of a larger “dedensification” program led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The tearing down of Lauderdale Courts proved particularly contentious as it would would render many people homeless but what drew the greatest attention was the fact that a teenage Elvis Presley and his parents had lived at Lauderdale Courts from 1949 to 1953.
Enter three well-informed Memphis-based Elvis fans, Mike Freeman, Cindy Hazen, and Georgia King... now read on to find how one of Elvis' key historic sights was saved by Elvis-Fan-power.

(Spotlight; Source;NP/Academia.edu)


Bud Glass is proud to announce the release of the first episode of his new web-based video series ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE.

“DOUBLE TROUBLE” is the title of episode 1 - and the title is definitely an understatement as to the mayhem that ensues in this exciting, action-packed, true-life story.
As the teaser video stated, “Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction”. This rare glimpse inside the private world of Elvis is based on the intriguing and bizarre facts from first-hand accounts of those who were there, as told to the creator of this series.

An excerpt from the video says it best:
"This story involves Elvis' live-in girlfriend, two jealous sisters, a real bonefied "Cat-fight" and Elvis going completely off the hook, wild-man ballistic, in a frenzied fit of rage so extreme- that it took three grown men to restrain him. The ensuing collateral damage was so substantial that it can be clearly evidenced in one of Elvis' films that he was shooting at the time ...if you know where to look."
Fasten your seatbelts, because it's about to get real!

The story is almost unbelievable enough to begin with (as Elvis says), but there are also more than one occasion when the plot further thickens in mid-stream, as this real-life saga unfolds before your eyes. This is definitely unlike any production on Elvis that you have ever seen before.
More episodes are currently in production and pre-production stages… “this is just the beginning” of this TOTALLY FREE video series that is available for fans to enjoy. Bud only asks that you share it with all of your Elvis friends so they can also share in the fun.

There is only one way to be personally notified as each new episode is released; and that is to subscribe on the official ELVIS: BEHIND THE IMAGE YouTube channel and click the notification bell.
SURPRISE! - WHATEVER YOU DO…. Be sure to watch the video ALL THE WAY TO THE VERY END for a surprise that every real Elvis fan will not want to miss out on!
To see Episode 1: “DOUBLE TROUBLE” and more about this eyebrow-raising new series CLICK HERE.
EIN Notes: This episode runs 40 minutes and features some fabulous rare pictures, interviews and rare footage. A great story - Well Worth a look - and indeed there is a cute Bonus at the very end.
(News, Source;BudGlass/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis 1956 – September 9 First Ed Sullivan Show (Paul Belard): The latest Elvis photo-book from prolific author, Paul Belard, has been published. The “limited edition” first pressing focuses on one of the most significant events in the Elvis story, his first appearance on America’s most popular television entertainment program, The Ed Sullivan Show.

Elvis was reviewed at the time as ..  Anything more outrageously offensive to good taste, is hard to imagine – within the limits of the law. The young man seems devoid of talent, unless one recognises such a thing as a talent for vulgarity.
How then, does he happen to appear again and again on a program allegedly governed by the American family’s sovereign demand for things of good taste?

EIN’s Nigel Patterson has taken a look inside the new book and in a 1,000 word review, offers his view on the rich range of narrative, visual and archival material featured in it.

Read Nigel’s review 

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


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UPDATED- 'Elvis: St Louis & Spokane 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this new FTD set features Elvis at the Kiel Auditorium on March 22 1976 and The Coliseum on April 27 1976.
Both shows were "Closing Nights" of these short 1976 tours where Elvis would often go that little bit further for his loving fans.
Larrie Londin played drums with the TCB band on the March 1976 tour so it will be a treat for collectors to get an official release featuring 'A Different Beat' with Larrie Londin playing at St Louis on March 22, 1976.

Can there really be that much to say about these two concerts, well EIN's coolest reviewers have rustled up over 4000 words.. and check if there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & Piers Beagley check out this new set ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


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)

UPDATED - ‘Elvis Reborn: New Mono to Stereo’ CD In-Depth Review: The publicity notes, "Hear 30 classic Elvis songs like you've never heard them before... in STEREO! These are NOT "overdubs". All of the sounds you hear are the original musicians backing Elvis, but with a clarity that exposes for the first time sounds you never heard before!"
The MONO vs STEREO debate is a fascinating discussion, so we need to get some facts straight before we investigated the possibilities of this new Elvis "Stereo" release.
The earliest recordings of the sound era were recorded in MONO with the singer and orchestra carefully positioned around one microphone. But even in Sun Studios it was actually Sam Phillips who created Elvis' classic mono recordings.
Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys were not playing "mono" - nor were they recorded via one microphone. So listening in "Fake Stereo" can fans really learn anything new about how some of these life-changing songs that Elvis recorded in the studio were created?
Is it truly possible that these "DES Stereo" versions actually sound better than their original classic mono vinyl releases?
- NOW UPDATED with YOUR Comments
EIN's Piers Beagley takes a detailed look into this new compilation and the "MONO vs STEREO" debate.
(CD Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInformationNetwork) - Click HERE and join the 'Mono vs Stereo' debate!

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Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'INSIDE ELVIS' - Book Review: With the world in lockdown now is the perfect opportunity to invest time into some quality and thought provoking reading. 'Inside Elvis' by author Arjan Deelen might be just what the doctor ordered, with insightful interviews from key Elvis musicians such as James Burton, Scotty Moore, Jerry Scheff, Glen D. Hardin, Charlie Hodge, Bob Lanning, Jim Murray, Duke Bardwell and many more.
We can learn what was it like working with Elvis. What was it like being on the road day after day as the world’s most famous entertainer and it all helps us understand more about Elvis’ complicated life story.
The 300-page book also contains over 300 photographs from the collections of various high-profile collectors, and most of these are in color and razor-sharp.
The artwork of the book was done by graphic artist Michael van Werven, who has made it a visually stunning work.
Also included is a Bonus CD with 29-tracks containing various rarities.

EIN's Piers Beagley takes a break and enjoys soaking up time with Elvis and his friends. Go here for his review and check out some example pages along the way.
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis: Live in California' May 1974 FTD Review: The most recent live soundboard 5” double-digipack FTD release which this time focused on Elvis' short Tour of California which went from May 10 to May 13 1974. CD1 features a combination of May 10 San Bernardino Opening Show / Fresno May 12 show while the second CD features May 13 San Bernardino Closing Show.
Best of all, these shows are previously unreleased soundboards.
In 1974 Elvis added the new songs 'Help Me', 'Let Me Be There' and ‘Why Me Lord’ to his set-list plus the old SUN classic ‘Trying To Get To You’ while on this tour Elvis added 'Big Boss Man' which he would then keep performing through to 1977. With 'Polk Salad', 'Steamroller Blues', 'Suspicious Minds', 'I Can't Stop Loving You' and 'An American Trilogy' also in the mix, the set-list was a truly solid selection.
With a mix of fifties oldies, classics hits, new material and some nice surprises fans would have truly enjoyed these shows.
Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley have a close look at this new FTD release .....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'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?

'The Guitar Player Worth A Damn' - The King In Motion Vol. 4 (Venus Productions): Elvis' 1972 'On Tour' performances have been featured in multiple books as well as the official MGM movie / DVD. The latest Venus Productions multimedia set revisits this tour with a composite book, DVD and CD set. The DVD promises a qualified revamp of "Elvis On Tour" compiled from hours of unreleased footage taken from the best sources available - while the CDs include the never-before-released Hampton Roads Afternoon Show from April 9, 1972 plus an unreleased alternate mix of Elvis' Greensboro April 14, 1972 concert.
The main feature is the 200 page hardcover book with loads of rare pictures of the On Tour performances.EIN's Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson recently explored this new release. What did they find? How does the book component compare to other Venus releases? What do the audio-visual elements offer?

Read Piers and Nigel's detailed review featuring plenty of example pages of 1972 Elvis 'On Tour' on-stage action.

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
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'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released by FTD back in March 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is a 3-CD set that the publicity noted included more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts and complete takes!
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson - with all tracks recently remixed and remastered.
A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican ‘Amigos’ at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis.
If you like Elvis, sunny locations, sixties movies packed full of songs and the Latino sound then there is no doubt that Fun In Acapulco must be one of your favourites.
But 56 years after the original album and movie can there really be that much of interest left in the vault unreleased?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates this massive set, discovers all the Previously Unreleased Delights - and wonders if 33 minutes of Guadalajara might be too much for some...
A FTD Deluxe set deserves a proper review and EIN gives you 4000 words plus to see if you really need to add this limited release to your collection!
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

'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)



Larry Geller talks to EIN: Larry Geller, Elvis' personal hair stylist and spiritual confidante, recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about a range of Elvis and Larry related issues. Larry's fascinating and candid interview traverses issues including:

  • Elvis' last few years and his dramatic plans to change his life and career from September 1977new claims about Elvis by Aurelia Dupont Yarbrough and singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer meeting Elvis for the first time - and later working for him"What was Elvis really like?", what Larry tells fans who want to know Elvis and UFOsVernon Presley and the "blue light" over the Presley home in Tupelo the night Elvis was born
  • Larry's new company, Wisdome Organics, based on his Holistic Hair Care Philosophy

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)


'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)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 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.


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!

 

 

 

 



'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from. Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis. However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace. Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

The standard versions are available from under US$18 and £14.99 in the UK.

'The Searcher Collector's Edition' costs $33 from Amazon USA.


UPDATED - ‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
MORE UPDATES with YOUR FEEDBACK - Our review certainly has stimulated great debate with comments from "The two of you haven’t a clue!" to "A great, sobering review" - Now updated with even more of your comments - go here to check out the full review and send EIN YOUR THOUGHTS

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?. Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE. Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018. The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis. To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

UPDATED - Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO film review): EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an in-depth look at Thom Zimny's documentary film about Elvis and his music.

What Nigel finds will surprise many fans. Discover what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary looking at Elvis' music.

Is the film a masterpiece (the definitive Elvis documentary), over-rated or somewhere in the middle?

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat. EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more. For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

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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)


Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read. Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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

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


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

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

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


'Ultimate Elvis' New Electronic Edition: Announced by Elvis sessions expert Keith Flynn for publication November 1 is the brand new concept of the 1750 page super-deluxe Elvis sessions book 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition.
This incredible three volume book will now be available as an e-book on an i-pad or android tablet.
- Created in HTML5
Fully updated e-books will open in any web browser on any operating system, so no need for separate downloads for different operating systems.
- Life-Like 'Flipping' Pages
Flip through pages as if you are reading an actual book, but also being able to zoom-in to view smaller images and captions.
- View as Double or Single pages
View as double pages on a computer or laptop etc, and single pages when viewing in portrait on an i-pad or Android tablet.
- Fully Navigational Table Of Contents
Jump back and forth to the sections of the books you want to read, instead of flipping through numerous pages to find what you want.
PRICED AT - all 3 Volumes for £60 = US$93
On sale from November 1st 2015.
Try Before You Buy - Download free zip-file containing 27 pages from Volume 1, before you decide to buy the complete set. - NOTE - These books are MASSIVE so you will need approximately 1GB of spare disc space for these three volumes, - Click HERE to Keith Flynn's 'Ultimate Elvis' Electronic Edition to try.
Go HERE to EIN's independent review of 'Ultimate Elvis'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Did Elvis Record 'Tiger Man' At Sun?: A question that has puzzled Elvis fans through the years is whether he actually recorded the song ‘Tiger Man’ during his years at SUN studios.
The basic question is why did Elvis refer to 'Tiger man' several times in concert as “The second song that I ever recorded, not too many people heard it”?
And if Elvis DID record it, then why hasn’t any reference to it at SUN or proof of its existence been found?
Elvis would first perform ‘Tiger Man’ in concert at his first 1969 Las Vegas International season and would continue playing it through the years – usually in a medley with Mystery Train - until his last performance at Saginaw on May 3 1977. He would sing it over 150 times on stage!
The thought that there might be an acetate or undiscovered tape of Elvis at SUN singing ‘Tiger Man’ is a mouth-watering concept - but is it an unlikely fantasy or strong possibility?
Go here to our detailed 'TIGER MAN' spotlight as EIN's Piers Beagley puts in the hard yards to check the facts from the fantasy .
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInfoNetwork)

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