EIN E-Alert #256 ... FEBRUARY 2010

All the recent Elvis News and more..

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to the full FEBRUARY 2010 E-Alert packed with amazing photos, reviews and news.

Our first EIN E-Alert in a very long time!  Unfortunately the rigours of keeping the site updated combined with our increasingly busy home and work lives leaves little time for preparing the E-Alert. 

However this means that the full February E-Alert is PACKED with even more recent exclusive EIN Elvis news, interviews, reviews, unique photos - and an abundance to read!

RECENT ELVIS news items on the site now include:
* Viva Elvis (Cirque du Soleil) – the first review of its stunning debut in Las Vegas
* Alanna Nash interview – Part 3 – Alanna’s new book is mandatory reading for anyone interested in discovering the ‘real’ Elvis
* Elvis My Best Man (Book Review): Susan MacDougall goes inside the pages of George Klein’s new book
* EIN’s popular Conspiracy page updated
* Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis in danger of closing
* Elvis, the Cherry Girls of Biloxi and the Beer Barrel Polka
* Elvis Presley 50 Australian Top Ten Hits 1956-1977 (CD Review) - A Case of What Could Have Been!:

* On Stage: Legacy Edition 2-Disc CD Revisits Elvis’ Historic Return to Public Concerts in Las Vegas: It was at the International Hotel in Las Vegas where – after eight years of non-stop movie making that left no room for live performance tours – Elvis and his manager Colonel Tom Parker finally staged his triumphant return to public concerts in 1969. As if making up for lost time, Elvis unleashed a torrent of pent-up energy at the International, picking up where his black-leather NBC-TV “comeback” special of December 1968 left off.

* Elvis Presley’s Gold Cadillac Tour of Australia (Book Review)

* Finally….Elvis the Movie starring Kurt Russell (extended edition) set for DVD release

***   PLUS all the latest news and new releases…………………

and don't forget to check out the website for all your Elvis news.

Have an great Elvis Month!
Piers & Nigel


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Recent EIN Exclusives & Highlights:

  • "Dr. Nick" talks exclusively to EIN: Dr. George Nichopoulos was Elvis' personal physician for many years. In the Elvis story it appears that "Dr. Nick", along with Priscilla Presley, are figures either loved or hated by fans. There does not appear to be any in-between.

    In a fascinating and revealing interview, Dr. Nick talks about many issues of interest to fans, from the powerful themes of trust and betrayal to Elvis' death, (including the issues of polypharmacy and bone cancer), Elvis' major medical conditions, the "other" doctors Elvis used, being Jerry Lee Lewis' road manager!, and Elvis' autopsy.

    Read the interview

  • 'Off Duty with Private Presley' Book/CD Review: 'Off Duty with Private Presley' is released by the Memphis Recording Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s discharge from the army in 1960. The 100-page book includes many rare and stunning photographs, many of which are unreleased and seen here for the first time. The accompanying CD contains recordings made during Elvis’ time off duty whilst in the army, including classics such as 'A Big Hunk O’ Love' and 'A Fool Such As I'. It also features 30 Unreleased tracks privately recorded by Elvis while stationed in the US and Germany. These recordings are released officially for the first time to the public. READ the Review

  • Praise for new Alanna Nash book, Baby, Let's Play House Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him:

    "Baby, Let’s Play House is a previously unopened window into Presley’s pain, his humor and his appeal."  -- Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

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

    Alanna Nash talks to EIN


  • 'Ernst Jorgensen talks about Elvis Presley': Two very interesting interviews with Ernst Jorgensen from the TCM movie channel feature on YouTube.
    In Part 1 Ernst talks about his early discovery of Elvis as well as missing tapes & discovering Elvis' private gospel recordings.
    "To really appreciate music today, you need to know where it came from. That's a fascinating road."
    Click here for Part 1 - 10 minutes

    In Part 2 Ernst talks about rare discoveries from Elvis movies, Priscilla playing Ernst 'My Happiness' for the very first time and why Elvis is the most important of them all.
    "I don’t think we ever got to see Elvis as an actor in a proper setting."
    Click here for Part 2 - 10 minutes.

    Go here for EIN's exclusive interviews with Ernst Jorgensen.







  • Happy Birthday Elvis!!! EIN's 75th Birthday Special Round-Up: Jan 8th 2010 marks what would have been Elvis’ 75th birthday. The world’s media has again risen to the occasion and a significant number of Elvis articles, reviews and stories have been published in the lead up to 8 January. EPE marked the milestone with a special commemoration ceremony at Graceland on "Elvis Presley Day" in Memphis and Sony has released a fitting 4CD tribute box set: Elvis 75 Good Rockin’ Tonight.

    EIN hopes you enjoy this special set of news, commentary, articles and photos we have saved to mark what is a special Elvis birthday. Where Elvis goes in the remaining 25 years of his first century is a story yet to be told but today we can all reflect , smile, and enjoy the wonderful music, memories and personal impact that Elvis has had on each of us and the world at large. Thanks Elvis!

    Click here for all the 2010, Elvis 75th Birthday stories & photos.

  • 'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: 'Suspicious Minds' was released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary EIN looks back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

    Go here for this fascinating spotlight

  • Don't Miss these Rare Madison Square Garden Photos - sold for $1,100: Check out this recent Ebay sale of 18 original slides. (examples below)
    As described on Ebay,"These eighteen original, vintage, June of 1972 colour slides show Elvis Presley during a live performance (unknown location and photographer). The 6 unshown are similar to the 12 shown. They will arrive in their original Kodak Colour Slide Box. The "Ektachrome Transparency Processed by Kodak" mounts, each dated June 72, and images are in excellent undamaged condition."
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  • Elvis 75 Good Rockin' Tonight (CD Review): Is this set really as good as the critics say??

    In a searching 4,000 word review, EIN's Nigel Patterson gives you the detailed lowdown on Sony's 4CD box set release commemorating what would have been Elvis' 75th birthday.

    From the 100 tracks and Vic Anesini's remastering, to Billy Altman's essay and a number of illuminating sidebars, you will discover all you need to know about Elvis 75 Good Rockin' Tonight.

    EIN's review also incorporates the full track listing and the 13 key tracks identified by music journalist, Robert Hilburn, that best illustrate Elvis's artistic progression.

    Read EIN's review of Elvis 75 Good Rockin' Tonight

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  • VOTE for Elvis as your favourite!: In the "All-time Favourite LoveSongs Artists" poll Elvis has increased his lead to third place. Of course Michael Jackson fans are taking over and he has recently overtaken earlier top-place John Denver. BUT as talented and loved as Michael is, he is NOT the all-time best love song singer!
    You know that, we all know that...AND we all know who IS the best.
    SO why not continue the fantastic job that Elvis fans have all been doing voting for ELVIS and please if you know anyone who will help in the voting, pass this along to them !
    If "50,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" then surely we can find 1,000 votes to put Elvis in the lead.
    Click here to vote. Thanks from Bette.


  • AND not to forget these great videos if you missed it...
  • 'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube' Festive Season Update:  Still in the festive season, EIN presents a fabulous selection of Elvis Christmas clips & lots of holiday fun! EIN's clip of the month is 'Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)' live, Blue Christmas with Martina McBride,plus there is a sensational 'If I get home on Christmas Day', 'Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees' videos and lots more seasonal fun. And don't miss our great selection of Bonus clips including 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' Laughing version LIVE, lots of On Tour rehearsals the rockin' ‘Johnny B Goode’ plus 'Put Your Hand In The Hand' live at Aloha, and a very moving 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. Not to forget the fabulous 'Stranger In The Crowd' Rehearsal. Updated with more than 250 clips - enjoy your holidays with some great Elvis viewing. ('EIN's Elvis on YouTube', Source: EIN/YouTube)

Click HERE to EIN - for all the up-to-date ELVIS News you may have missed.

'JAILHOUSE ROCK' NEW FTD Limited Edition 12” VINYL: Following on from the success of previous releases, FTD is pleased to announce the release of JAILHOUSE ROCK - a special 2-DISC 180-gram 12” vinyl set. To be released in April. 
Supplied in a high quality gatefold sleeve, the album features the original masters and many outtakes from this great movie.
• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• Contains many Stereo and Binaural outtakes
• Features original movie opening version of “Jailhouse Rock” in stereo!
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

FYI: Blue Hawaii and Standing Room Only – only very limited stock still available.

'ELVIS NOW' new FTD Classic Album release: The next release in the classic albums series is ELVIS NOW. 'Elvis Now' is a 2-DISC SET in the CLASSIC ALBUM series. Originally released in 1972, this great album features the single “Until It’s Time For You To Go”/ “We Can Make It In The Morning”. Bonus tracks include “I’m Leavin’”, “It’s Only Love” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”.
In addition to the masters, it features many great outtakes. The 7” inch digi-pack format features a 12-page booklet with great photographs and RARE memorabilia.
Tracklist: ELVIS NOW - The Original Album
01 Help Me Make It Through The Night
02 Miracle Of The Rosary
03 Hey Jude
04 Put Your Hand In The Hand
05 Until It’s Time For You To Go
06 We Can Make The Morning
07 Early Morning Rain
08 Sylvia
09 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
10 I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

Bonus Songs - The Singles
11 I’m Leavin’
12 It’s Only Love
13 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Jam
14 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (udedited master)
15 Help Me Make It Through The Night – takes 8- 10
16 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – takes 11,12 &14
17 Lady Madonna
DISC 2- fatures Nineteen Outtakes - Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen & Roger Semon
Mastered by Vic Anesini

A fan studying the recent London ELVIS Photo exhibition.

Elvis fan remembers Elvis in Minnesota: Coinciding with the 'Elvis In A Minnesota Minute' MRS book and the FTD ‘A Minnesota Moment’ CD release, Elvis fan Terrie Counter sent us her special memories of being at the very concert.
>>> This is my story of being there the Elvis concert in Minneapolis on October 17,1976......it is how I remember seeing Elvis - Terrie Counter.

When the news broke Elvis was going to be in Minneapolis to do a concert, I immediately called my sister who lived 250 miles away to tell her. I am sure in the back of my mind, I wanted to make her jealous since she was really the Elvis fan in the family. I actually was not an Elvis fan at the time.

Once it came out in the paper we could send for tickets, I did just that. Much to my disappointment, I got a letter back saying “THE ELVIS CONCERT WAS SOLD OUT”- Fortunately, a neighbor of mine had sent for tickets and so had her brother. They had two extra tickets and sold them to me....surprisingly for what they paid for them...which if memory serves me correctly, it was $12.50 each.

The night we walked into the auditorium you could feel something in the air.....it was like there was a charisma.....I now know why and what fans mean when they say they feel it.

When Elvis walked out on stage, it was the most exciting and incredible feeling one could ever experience.

I actually did not think I was going to like Elvis....I thought he would act like.....here I am..... I was totally blown away..... I was so impressed with how he treated his fans. He acknowledged everyone that hollered something out to him.....he could not always do what they wanted him to do, but he acknowledged them. Elvis never forgot who put him where he was.

Elvis did a fabulous show and I walked away from that concert an Elvis fan and have been one ever since.

After seeing him in Minneapolis, I wanted more and wanted to see him in Vegas. A group of us were going to go see him September 1977 in Vegas but we all know that did not take place. I do feel very fortunate though that I got to see him when I did.

The ironic part of this is my sister, as I said, was the true Elvis fan and she always wanted to see Elvis and I wanted to go to Hawaii......I saw Elvis and she went to Hawaii....crazy, huh? -TCB 4 NOW, Terrie, January 2010.

(Right:Elvis fan Terrie Counter & the FTD ‘A Minnesota Moment’)


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Book reveals Elvis' relationship with women

Lack of emotional maturity impacted his art and his life

By Peter Cooper • THE TENNESSEAN • February 2010


Elvis Presley died in 1977. He was remarkable for many reasons, chief among them the fact that his music had altered the world's history and culture. Also, there was the oddity of his age: Presley was among the nation's few 42-year-old teenagers.

"He never really grew up, and he always resorted to teenage activity," said Alanna Nash, whose Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him is a 609-page exploration of how Presley's lack of emotional maturity impacted his art and his life.

"He wanted to be around 14-year-old girls, because he felt like a 15- to 17-year-old boy," Nash said. "With those girls, he wasn't challenged. He was idolized and he spoke their language. This is a man who ate burgers and fries his whole life, when he could have had anything. And he was terrified of full-grown women."

In Nash's book, Presley is often revealed as a frightened and immature person who appeared to all the world as a dashing rock 'n' roll lothario. Though Nash doesn't spare intimate details of his love relationships, the end result is as troubling as it is titillating.

"I knew some people would find this book very explosive," she said. "In many ways, it's contradictory to the way the faithful like to view him. And if you just open it up to certain passages instead of reading all the way through, it may seem sensational. But when people read it with an open mind, I think they understand him better. I know I understand him better now. Mostly, I wanted people to understand his suffering."

Baby, Let's Play House makes clear that Presley didn't suffer in the opportunity department. He moved through scads of women in his 42 years. But the only truly adult relationship he seemed to have was with actress Ann-Margret, and the only love of his life was his mother, Gladys, who died when Presley was 22. Much of Nash's book finds Presley engaging with female fans who were much too young for respectability's sake.

In the late 1950s, agent-in-training Byron Raphael often procured girls for Presley, took them to his bedroom and ushered them out later. In the book, Raphael recalls finding Presley asleep in his underwear with three young girls in his arms, his own record playing in the background.

"With some of the younger ones, he'd be like the tooth fairy, slipping hundred-dollar bills in their schoolbooks," Raphael told Nash.

Still, the Presley in Nash's book doesn't come off as predatory so much as lost, as he seeks to protect and mold young girls into womanhood (as was the case with wife Priscilla Presley), all the while enjoying unhindered dalliances on the road.

"We hear about Priscilla as the love of his life, but I think there were many women who meant as much to him as Priscilla," Nash said. "But she's the only one who had his child. It's hard to imagine what she went through. At 14, she meets him and it's a whirlwind. At 16, he installs her at Graceland and then he's rarely there. He's in California, falling in love with Ann-Margret and Priscilla is reading about that in movie magazines. He's denying constantly that he's involved with other people, yet he's hitting on everybody he sees, and Priscilla is a child who doesn't know whether Elvis will fulfill his commitment to marry her. He wanted to mold her, but not to fulfill that commitment. But he also wanted a family."

Nash has written books about Presley's confidants (Elvis and the Memphis Mafia) and about his manager (The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley), but the fact-checking and study hasn't dimmed her appreciation for the singer. Baby, Let's Play House is a previously unopened window into Presley's pain, his humor and his appeal.

"He had the looks for two and the talent for two," Nash said of Presley, whose twin brother died at birth. "In many ways, he led a tabloid life. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. . . . Elvis is where we got that. He revered women, and he craved their attention and their approval. But he never found the relationship he wanted, and he couldn't allow himself to settle down."

What A stunner!


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