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Friday 19 April 2019
Graceland ‘King of the Street Bike Weekend': We really only posted this news update as it is such a GREAT photo of Elvis on a bike.
EPE have announced a Motorbike weekend..
From his first Harley Model 165 to his beloved 1956 Pepper Red Harley-Davidson KH, there is no denying that Elvis Presley loved motorcycles, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host its first-ever ‘King of the Street Bike Weekend at Graceland’ May 31 – June 2, to bring motorcycle enthusiasts and Elvis fans together for an incredible experience.
Throughout the weekend, guests can experience activities celebrating the power and passion of the riding life. Guests will also be among the first to experience the brand-new Graceland Exhibition Center (Opening May 2019) featuring the debut A Century of the American Motorcycle exhibit, which features a one-of-a-kind collection classic bikes curated by the legendary Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
“If you’ve ever seen the Presley Cycles’ exhibit in Elvis Presley’s Memphis, it’s obvious Elvis had a love for all things on two wheels, and we’re excited to recapture that same passion that comes with riding life.”
The weekend will also feature the GRAMMY-nominated Christian-metal band STRYPER live in concert on Sunday, June 2.
Go here to EPE website for full details.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'Wedding at Graceland' New Hallmark Movie: Last year's 'Christmas at Graceland' was Hallmark’s highest-rated film of 2018 and the production on the sequel 'Wedding at Graceland' is already underway with much of the principal photography taking place in Graceland.
'Wedding at Graceland' reunites stars Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown as Laurel and Clay, the former Memphis sweethearts who rekindled their romance during "Christmas at Graceland."
Expect the nuptials to take place in the Graceland Wedding Chapel in the Woods, which opened during Elvis Week last year. The sequel also features a cameo by Priscilla whose appearance will see her share fond memories of her 1967 wedding to the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The honeymoon will continue as it is confirmed that Kellie Pickler will also return for the third Elvis-inspired Hallmark movie set for December. The third movie will be shot later in the year.
"Wedding at Graceland" will be the centerpiece of what Slay calls the Hallmark Channel's "'June Weddings' franchise." This
"franchise" is an attempt to build a slate of original summer movies to match the appeal of the network's "Countdown to Christmas," an eight-week ratings juggernaut of romantic wish-fulfillment that now makes Hallmark the top network in December, and if that helps push Elvis' marketing appeal to a new generation of romantics there is nothing bad about that.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Rocks in 1975' Import Box-set: From the 'Graceland' label a 4CD set of Elvis live in 1975.
Featuring a selection of Elvis concerts from 1975 this bootleg includes nothing that hasn't been released before on bootlegs such as 'From Vegas To Macon' 24 April, 'A Damn Fine Show' 25 April, 'We'll Make You Happy' 28 April and even FTDs 'Big Boss Man' 31 March, and 'Southern Nights' (various).
CD1: 19.03.1975 M/S - Las Vegas & 04.05.1975 E/S Lake Charles.
CD2: 24.04.1975 - Coliseum, Macon, Georgia:
CD3: 25.04.1975 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida:
CD4: 31.03.1975 M/S - Las Vegas & 28.04.1975 E/S Lake Charles.

Click to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Sings The Harmony' New Import CD: Is this the sound of the barrel being scraped or Elvis singing "The Harmony"! For some reason the Reel Trax label is happy to be back, after more than a decade, with an album you could have compiled yourself.
It would have been a more professional job if the designer had a better grip of English!
Their publicity promises.. Elvis´ love for singing harmony has its roots in his love for gospel choirs. It is absolutely common and even necessary to be able to sing harmony when you do gospel songs, unless you are always on lead vocals. From the very early stages of his career the "King" never really needed to do any harmony part. He had his beloved "Jordanaires" with him who did a great job all of the time. Later on there were plenty of other background singers who always could do the job (and did it of course) absolutely fantastic! The one which is best known is certainly the legendary 1969 recording "Suspicious Minds".
Click to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' if you need to know more (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 16 April 2019
'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' 1975 new FTD: A new FTD double-soundboard release 'Elvis: From Georgia To Florida' has been announced featuring two concerts from April 1975.
Released as a 5" digipack, a 2CD set features Elvis in great form from his shows at the Coliseum in Macon on April 24, 1975 and previously unreleased Lakeland April 27, 1975 Afternoon Show.
The set-list is fine including Big Boss Man, It's Midnight, Promised Land, Burning Love, Help Me, My Boy, T-R-O-U-B-L-E and I'll Remember You.
EIN notes: If this looks familiar to fans it is because FTD released 'Elvis In Florida April 1975' back in 2014 which featured the Lakeland April 27, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano. On the 'Elvis In Florida' release we noted that some of the tracks sounded almost a capella with only piano and backing-vocalists as accompaniment - there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix.
Three tracks from Disc 1 Macon, April 24, were also on the
excellent FTD compilation "Southern Nights" however these had far from the best audio quality.
Our review noted, "The 3 tracks from Macon suffer from poorer audio but are obviously included for the powerful trilogy of 'Big Boss Man', 'It's Midnight' and 'Promised Land'. It is odd that Kathy Westmoreland's rather dominant vocal shows a clarity that is actually needed for the whole band! 'Promised Land' in particular suffers from the lack of rhythm section."
Sadly with the barrel of unreleased Elvis material getting near empty collectors have to be pleased that we get anything new at all.

Go here to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2019' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 15 April 2019
'Elvis Live at the International, Aug 23, 1969” a Variety RSD Top Choice: Variety has nominated their 25 Best Record Store day releases and Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” is one of them.
Record Store Day 2019 has brought music fans 401 brand new slabs of vinyl, some will be available for months, and some were released in such limited quantities that even joining your local Record Store line at dawn is no guarantor of success.
The total list (see RSD website) of over 400 releases is mind-boggling so Variety selected their 25 highlights including releases from ELVIS, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and Elton John.
They noted..
Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” (2xLP, 3000 copies)
Elvis’ so-called comeback special is rightly revered. What came immediately after, a little less so. But there’s a forthcoming CD box set devoted to the very first run of shows he did in Las Vegas, when he was still riding high off that network special, that represented his first real live gigs in 11 years, that aims to make the case that Elvis in Vegas was initially a beautiful thing, however sour things went before his demise.
In advance of the new 1969 box-set, they’ve issued one complete live show as a two-LP set just for RSD, and the prototype for the TCB Band is as smoking as the still-in-fighting-trim Presley.
Some other releases mentioned were
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “Purse” (EP, 3000 copies) "Everyone should have both Elvises in their lives."
Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks — Original New York Test Pressing” (LP, 7500 copies) "The raison d’etre, the catnip, the holy grail of this year’s Record Store Day"
Jeff Tweedy, “Warmer” (LP, 5000 copies)
Van Morrison, “Astral Weeks Alternative” (EP, 9000 copies)
Fleetwood Mac, “The Alternative Fleetwood Mac” (LP, 12,500 copies)
John Lennon, “Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)” (LP, 5500 copies)
Pink Floyd, “A Saucerful of Secrets (Mono)” (LP, 6500 copies)
Go here to Variety for the full story
(News, Source;V/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Staying in Memphis - despite EPE threat: In the midst of a dispute with the city of Memphis, managing director of EPE apparently made an extraordinary threat: Graceland might leave Memphis and find a new place to dwell.
“We had an offer ten days ago to move Graceland to Japan,” Joel Weinshanker said. “We had two offers to move to the Middle East and one to move to China. They offered us more profit than we could ever make in Memphis.”
The idea that Graceland could be dismantled and shipped overseas, like the old London Bridge that was sent to Arizona, has been forestalled, however, by an expected deal that would grant tax incentives on a $US100 million expansion.
There would be a hangar for Elvis’s planes, an enlarged guesthouse for visitors and a club modelled on the Jungle Room, an eccentrically decorated living room in Elvis’s mansion.
The city council is expected to approve the deal this month.
It had been held up by concerns over a 6000-seat concert arena planned in the expansion.
The city had previously agreed that it would only allow for the use of public funds on a single concert venue, an arena that is also the home of the local basketball team.
Mr Weinshanker said that Graceland already had a soundstage where it could hold concerts and a 500-seat theatre inside a newly built guesthouse. The concert arena “will be done by 2022”,
In the end Weinshanker acknowledged that it was rather unlikely that Graceland would have been moved.
“No matter how famous Elvis got, no matter how much money he made, he always came back to Memphis,”
“The truth is that we can’t continue to expand without reasonable incentives that make sense, but we’ve never threatened to move Graceland,” he said.
Weinshanker blamed the misunderstanding on “misdirection by a small number of politicians who don’t care about the city, they care about themselves.” He did not name the politicians.
Graceland is seeking incentives to build a separate, 6,200-seat concert arena. A lawsuit about the concert venue is ongoing, but it is not part of the expansion plan to be voted on by the council.
(News, Source;Ap/ElvisInfoNet)

Rock Lovers Bid Farewell to Brown County Arena: Rock'n'roll lovers bid farewell to the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena at its final show before the concert venue will be demolished to make way for a $93M expo center.
Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena's six-decade reign as a concert venue came to an end recently in much the same way it's forever etched in so many memories — in a dark haze of loud rock and blazing pyro with sticky floors, sweaty bodies, long lines and enough energy to make the place feel like it was bouncing with the beat.
When Elvis Presley came to arena on April 28 1977, there were tears, screams, and only 6,532 tickets.
Shirley Romsos wasn’t just there when Elvis Presley played Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, she was in the front row. She didn’t just stand in line to get tickets for what would go down as most famous concert in the arena’s 60-year history.
She was the first in line.
News that ELVIS was coming to Green Bay was so incredible that Romsos said she could hardly believe it. She wasn’t alone. The arena received more than 3,000 calls the day the concert was announced.
There would be 6,532 tickets available; 800 of them for $12.50 and the rest for $15. They were expected to be gone in three hours and in 1977 there was no online sales, no presales, not even any phone sales. It was in-person at the box office only. Cash only. Four tickets per person.
Presley flew into Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport on his private jet 'Lisa Marie'. Hundreds were gathered to get a glimpse of him as he stepped off.

The rock legend was 42 when he performed a 90-minute show at the arena. His health had begun to deteriorate but Presley could still sing — a moving version of Paul Anka’s “My Way” was mentioned as a standout — but he wasn’t the famous showman of old.
Presley had twisted his ankle the night before. There was “no fabled pelvis,” just a “faint swivel of the hips.”
For fans, however, he was still “The King.” They threw roses, teddy bears and hats at his feet, and at least a few women made it up onstage before they were quickly hustled off by security.
“It was a great night. I still remember it like it was yesterday,” said Romsos, now 70. “There was nothing rowdy. It was just a lot of screaming. When he shook, they just went wild. It was just like your heart was beating a mile a minute. It was fun. It was so fun.”
Elvis reached out and grabbed Romsos’ hand as he moved across the stage, and she got one of the souvenir scarves he tossed to fans. That treasured memento was lost in a house fire a few years later. The tickets she stood in line for nearly a day to get were spared, still safely tucked away in her purse.
Less than four months after he sold out Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, Elvis had died of heart failure.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland ‘Fabulous 50s Weekend’: On June 21-23, Elvis Presley’s Graceland will celebrate one of the most exciting decades in pop culture history - the 1950s. Graceland’s Fabulous 50s Weekend is a trip down memory lane packed with 50s-themed activities, including a sock hop, an after-hours dinner in Presley Motors museum, movie marathons, trivia and games, parties, and more!
The weekend will be highlighted by two incredible live shows, a “Salute to the King” by acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist Victor Trevino, Jr and the legendary Chubby Checker live on the Soundstage at Graceland.
“When you think ‘50s,’ Elvis, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Graceland just fit together so perfectly,” said EPE's CMO Debbie Miller. “We know our guests will absolutely love everything we’ve planned for our first-ever ‘Fabulous 50s Weekend,’ and we’re thrilled to have the amazing Chubby Checker live in concert as a highlight for this destination weekend. With so many national travel publications calling Memphis a can’t-miss destination in 2019, this summer is the perfect time to visit Graceland.”
In addition to all the 50s-themed events, attendees will enjoy touring Graceland like a king! They’ll visit the iconic mansion that Elvis called home; Elvis Presley’s Memphis – a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex filled with museum exhibits, shops and restaurants; and Elvis’ custom jets.
Guests will also be able to explore the brand-new Graceland Exhibition Center (Opening Summer 2019) that will feature exhibits on Muhammad Ali, Memphis Music Icons and History of the American Motorcycle.
Packages for Graceland’s ‘Fabulous 50s Weekend,’ June 21-23, including discounted rates at the Guest House are on-sale now.
Click here to the EPE website for more information and schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 13 April 2019 - - - Record Store Day 2019 - - -
MRS ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters' VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ for Record Store Day 2019.
The double LP set features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes additional gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.
This was a neat idea, one side for each movie with a couple of extra bonus tracks, nice audio mastering plus a stylish 24-page massive inside booklet.
We get ‘Love Me Tender’ on one side with 7 tracks, ‘Loving You’ on Side B, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as a sensational Side C and to my surprise all of ‘King Creole’ fitting neatly into the final side and with a cool Bonus Track not on the original RCA vinyl.
With the 24-page album-size gatefold booklet it truly is a stunning presentation.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.
EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs and checks out the sumptuous packaging
(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

MRS ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ VINYL Review: The MRS label released ‘Made in Germany: Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany, for Record Store Day 2019.
The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.
Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.
Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP set with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures and with several photos not featured in the recent MRS Book/CD combo.
Released on 180grm Vinyl and with quality audio remastering.

EIN's Vinyl-lover Piers Beagley spins these new discs of Elvis' German Private Recordings and checks out the sumptuous packaging...

(VINYL Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' OUT TODAY: Great news for Elvis VINYL collectors a brand new PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1969 Las Vegas performance was released today for Record Store Day.
'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969'  2 LP Vinyl
Label: CMG / Legacy
Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions for his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.
Click here to RSD for more details
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Two new book releases from Paul Belard: Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, has published the latest photobooks in his ongoing project to present a comprehensive pictorial record of Elvis' life. His new titles are Elvis 1956 January-February and Elvis September 1958 - Germany Bound.

Paul has numerous other titles nearing completion including Elvis May 1956; Elvis October 1958, and Elvis November-December 1958, as well as the thematic volumes, Elvis A Humanitarian; Elvis Badges, Cops and Guns; and Advertising Elvis.

Contact Paul Belard for purchase information

Other titles from Paul Belard already published are:

Elvis In Hawaii November 1957
Elvis March 1956
Elvis April 1956
Elvis December 1956
Elvis The Gospel Singer
Elvis Las Vegas April - May 1956

John Stamos and son dress in marching "Aloha eagle" jumpsuits: Major Elvis fan, actor John Stamos (Full House) celebrated his son Billy's first birthday by dressing up as one of his musical idols."

One year ago tonight, our little King was born," Stamos captioned a father-son Instagram pic of the pair decked out in adorable matching Elvis Presley costumes on Wednesday.

Read full story here at NBC Today

 

 

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 11 April 2019
'Elvis LIVE UK Tour 2019': A new tour showcasing Elvis Presley's greatest hits has been announced.
Elvis' Greatest Hits tour will hit six arenas across the UK in November/December 2019.
As well as performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this time the show will also feature the TCB Band.
Priscilla Presley and long term associate Jerry Shilling will also appear on stage at each date, sharing stories, personal photos and rare home movies.
The 2019 tour marks 50 years since Elvis made a triumphant return to live performing with a Las Vegas residency in 1969. Priscilla noted, "We're BACK and better than ever!"
"I am thrilled and honoured to be returning to the UK. Please join me live on stage to present this brand new show backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Elvis' TCB Band, never before seen new footage of Elvis and more surprises, including, Jerry Schilling and myself on stage sharing our stories. This will be a once in a lifetime show... you won't want to miss."
Tickets for Elvis's Greatest Hits tour go on sale on Friday, April 12. Dates are:
November 25 - Manchester Arena
November 26 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
November 27 - Birmingham Resorts Arena
November 28 - Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
November 29 - Glasgow Hydro
December 1 - London O2 Arena
UK Elvis in Concert tickets are available from 12 April, 9am go to Ticketline.co.uk, bookingsdirect.com or ticketmaster.co.uk
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Now In Person' New Book: Details are scant but there is news out that Erik Lorentzen (The Elvis Files) is working hard to finish his new 'Gold Standard' series book 'Elvis: Now In Person' celebrating Elvis' 50th Anniversary of his return to live concerts in Las Vegas.

It features over 400 pages with new articles, plus plenty of photos including Elvis at the construction of the International Hotel, Elvis’ Vegas Press conference plus a detailed look at Elvis' fantastic 1969 Summer Season performances from 31 July to 28 August 1969.



The book is available for Pre-Order through the Elvis Shop London.

Editor Paul Sweeney has provided some very fine example pages - shown below-

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Collingwood Council Stops Funding Elvis Festival: Collingwood council voted unanimously to put an end to the Collingwood Elvis Festival as a municipally run event.
The Collingwood Elvis Festival in Ontario, Canada is an annual event that has been going since 1995 and one of the largest Elvis festivals in the world attracting over 15 thousands Elvis fans.
Recently however the council has been funding the Festival to around $80,000 money that could be spent elsewhere.
"I think the people have spoken, and they don't want the Collingwood Elvis Festival to be a municipally funded event anymore," said Councillor Bob Madigan.
The future of the festival is uncertain, however. The town did receive an unsolicited proposal from a private enterprise, Gardhouse Inc., interested in taking over the festival and running it in Collingwood beginning in 2020.
A staff recommendation before council Monday night suggested supporting the transition of the festival to the private enterprise by sharing information and helping them plan the event.
Coun. Kathy Jeffery said she wanted more information and more time to make a decision on who would take over the festival and how that transition would work.
"This is a very valuable brand," said Jeffery. "There is an Elvis brand, and there is also a Collingwood brand. There's a huge amount of goodwill that has already been established and has a value."
The council are now making a decision on where to spend the money saved by not funding the festival.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 6 April 2019
'From The Vault' 3CDs get Digital Release: The 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' released in 2016 included three extra 'Bonus' CDs featuring special tracks 'From The Vaults'. These have now been released on your favourite digital platform.
... Elvis Presley released nearly 60 albums and placed a record-setting 115 singles in Billboard’s Top 40 during his lifetime - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as these three collections showcase. Compiled for The Album Collection box set in 2016, Elvis fans of all stripes can discover exciting rarities and outtakes from his incredible
career, featuring treasures from the Sun years, rare home recordings, duets, and late-period covers.
Click here to SONY for the links..
EIN's review of the 2016 box-set was however not impressed by these strange collections.
..Reviewer Shane Brown noted, "From The Vaults" should have been single-only sides and masters released after Elvis's death. And they would have been a fun listen. As it is, these final discs are a truly unmitigated mess, switching from poor sounding TV recordings to stellar sounding studio recordings to distorted private recordings and then back again. Fans already have this material, and the more general buyer is not likely to have any interest in it.. Go here for our full ''Album Collection" review and tracklisting
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS a PARIS’ 60th Anniversary Book: The first edition of the book ‘Elvis in Paris’ was published by French fan club Elvis My Happiness back in 1999 for the anniversary of the 40th anniversary of his first visit.
A second edition was published in 2007.
For this new, 2019 ultimate release, the book is a luxury edition with better images, more text and stylish design. It features new documents and more interviews than previous editions. It also explains the essential role played by Elvis in France and includes English text.
The 25x25 book brings together more than 400 photos, documents and memorabilia.
It is accompanied by a VINYL album plus a 20 track CD including multiple outtakes plus an interview given in Paris by Elvis. Added to this is a large format reproduction of a photo taken in front of the Prince De Galles Hotel.
Go here to Elvis My Happiness for the complete info.

EIN thanks Elvis Day-By-Day for the word-up.
(News, Source;EMH/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Arrested April 3, 1955: Sixty-four years ago on April 3, 1955 a Louisiana State trooper stopped a pink and white Cadillac on U.S. 171 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana for driving 80 mph in a 60-mph zone. The car was being driven by a 20-year-old from Tennessee - Elvis Presley.
The king of rock and roll was taken into custody and brought to the Caddo Parish Jail, where he posted a bond of $25 and was released.

The photo shows Elvis with band mates Scotty Moore and Bill Black.

Elvis would have been racing between gigs and on the road constantly that month, primarily in the southern states.
Elvis played Houston City Auditorium for a Louisiana Hayride Remote Broadcast on April 2 before traveling to Nettleron, AR High School on April 4th and heading on to Charleston MS the following day.

 


The arrest report shows that the police had to chase Elvis for nine miles before getting the car to stop. Elvis' height is noted as 5 foot 11' while his occupation is "Entertainer".

 

 

 

 

 

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


'I Sing All Kinds' Vinyl RSD: Another special Elvis album out for next week's Record Store day, 'I Sing All Kinds' is another French release this time on white Vinyl.
Featuring a pile of Alternate takes all remastered and on 180g
Check your Elvis dealer for copies.

Side A: 1. That's All Right (Take 3) 2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Take 9) 3. RIp It Up (Take 17) 4. Old Shep (Take 5) 5. Let Me (Solo) 6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas 7. True Love 8. New Orleans
Side B 1. A Fool Such As I (Take 5) 2. Like A Baby (Take 2) 3. The Girl Of My Best Friend (Take 6) 4. Wooden Heart (Take 1) 5. I Believe In The Man In The Sky (Take 1) 6. Surrender (Take 9) 7. Follow That Dream (Take 4) 8. Hound Dog (LIVE, December 15TH, 1956).

 

EIN thanks Elvis Day-By-Day for the word-up.
(News, Source;EMH/ElvisInfoNet)


The ‘Elvis Is Alive’ conspiracy is Back!: The UK Tabloids have suddenly re-discovered the 1990 Gail Brewer-Giorgio "The Elvis Files: Was His Death Faked?" after the 1991 TV show was posted on YouTube.
And every week we are seeing another "Elvis Is Alive" story.
It only goes to show the crazy media interest in ELVIS 42 years after his untimely death.
The tabloids write that "ELVIS Presley was involved in FBI operations after his supposed death and there is proof, a documentary has sensationally claimed.
The official coroner’s report ruled his cause of death as a heart attack, but wacky conspiracies have swirled ever since that The King of Rock and Roll faked his death.
So-called “sightings” of Elvis, “discrepancies” with his funeral corpse and a selection of recordings are among the pieces of evidence that theorists use.
One of the most astonishing conspiracies behind why The King apparently “faked” his death is because he was in the FBI.
The theory was explored in 1990 documentary The Elvis Files, which has recently been re-posted to YouTube.
One section of the shows sees host Bill Bixby revealing what he claims are FBI documents pertaining to Operation Fountain Pen, that were centred on events from 1976-1982.

One of EIN's favourite proofs that Elvis was still alive is that a hand-writing
expert found documents "with handwriting that matches Elvis' very, very closely”!!! WTF!
EIN Notes that - The Elvis Conspiracy theories is a fascinating area and in its golden period there were numerous books and around a dozen ”underground newsletters” to foster interest. However every conspiracy has all been said and counter-argued time and time again. There is nothing new today.
For more go here as EIN presents a brief timeline history of the "is Elvis alive?" phenomenon
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 2 April 2019

'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)


Elvis Files Magazine New Issue March 2019: In the post a superb looking new issue of The Elvis Files Magazine Issue #27. A "New look" is being promised and with Elvis author Paul Sweeney as editor the magazine goes from strength to strength. (The last issue on Elvis 68 Comeback Special was one of the very best).

This issue includes
- A special on George Klein (RIP)
- Elvis in Vegas 1970
- Yvonne Lime and Elvis
- Englebert Humperdinck and Elvis
-  Elvis Live in Buffalo April 1957

Subscriptions (4 issues) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no

 

 

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis In Paris - 60th Anniversary' RSD Vinyl: Earlier news missed by us - a great looking new VINYL release from France for Record Store Day - April 13.
'Elvis In Paris - 60th Anniversary' celebrates Elvis' visit to Paris in 1959. The vinyl is released in (red, white & blue) the colours of the French flag.
It also contains a 12 page booklet. Limited Edition
Side A 1. King Creole (Take 18), 2. I Need Your Love Tonight (Take 10), 3. Don't, 4. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Take 22 undubbed), 5. My Wish Came True, 6. I Got Stung (Take 10), 7. One Night, 8. A Big Hunk O' Love (Take 2),
Side B: 1. I Beg of You (Take 11 - 13/1/57), 2. A Fool Such as I (Take 3), 3. Doncha' Think It's Time (Take 40), 4. White Christmas, 5. Hard Headed Woman,6. Tonight Is So Right For Love (Take 9), 7. Almost Always True (Take 5), 8. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Take 13), 9. Extract Of Press Conference 1958, 10. Press Conference 1959.

What a stunning cover!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Tom Hanks to play Col Parker!: Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros biopic about ELVIS. Variety broke the news this week. EIN first reported the news of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic back in May 2014! While Parker helped launch Elvis’ huge career, he of course also hindered it in many ways. Because he himself was Dutch-born and did not have a US passport, he never allowed Presley to tour internationally.
Luhrmann will direct the movie. He also penned the script with Craig Pearce.
Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
While Luhrmann always envisioned a star for Parker’s part, he wants a newcomer for the role of Presley. The director has begun meeting with talent for the part.
Insiders say a budget is still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann hopes to get the pic into production sometime this year.
Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life figures like astronaut Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13,” Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips,” and Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
In previous productions about Elvis' life, Parker has been portrayed by actors including Beau Bridges, Randy Quaid and Gene Jones.
With Hanks’ talents as an actor and Luhrmann’s skills in making epic, music-focused films such as Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom there’s now every reason to start getting excited about this new Elvis biopic.
(News, Source;Varity/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Now In Person' New Book: Details are scant but there is news out that Erik Lorentzen (The Elvis Files) is working hard to finish his new 'Gold Standard' series book 'Elvis: Now In Person' celebrating Elvis' 50th Anniversary of his return to live concerts in Las Vegas.

It features over 400 pages with new articles, plus plenty of photos including Elvis at the construction of the International Hotel, Elvis’ Vegas Press conference plus a detailed look at Elvis' fantastic 1969 Summer Season performances from 31 July to 28 August 1969.

More details when we get them.

The book is available for Pre-Order through the Elvis Shop London.

 

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis News from earlier in the week....
'Ghetto Power: Spliced Takes' New Import CD: The perfect alternate power-packed Double-CD to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' Memphis Sessions - this will be the must-have 1969 release for its 50th anniversary!
With (almost) all of the 1969 Memphis outakes already officially released how can Elvis fans find something new for the 50th anniversary celebration? CMT provides the answer with all the stunning 69 tracks recorded and presented in a way as if it is one long session without pauses, this kicks some serious Ass.
New splices create some extremely rare portions and extended versions and make them all sound brandnew!
Disc one starts with a five minute stunning version of "Long Black Limousine" just listen to the emotion in his voice!
"This is the Story" has been created from the undubbed master, with some portions of the normal master, gives a totally new feel to the song.
A Little Bit of Green (4:28 minutes!) has an unusual rehearsal version spliced with some alternate takes so you can enjoy a really different performance!
"Rubberneckin" rocks like never and the extra chorus at the end
of "Without Love" gives the song (if possible) an even more emotional "load"
"Suspicious Minds" includes a spliced version, some rehearsal portions and at the end we get the original master hit version... .
We could go on, but almost all the tracks on this smash release sound new and fresh, and although every Elvis fan probably has at least 10 releases of these sessions.. This is the one we've been waiting for..... for 50 years!
Click to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full details and the 2CD tracklist.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Country Music" New Ken Burns doco: Standing in the small anteroom just outside the famed Sun recording studio at 706 Union Ave, Jerry Phillips son of Sun founder Sam Phillips looked up at a wall of framed portraits of Carl Perkins, Conway Twitty, Little Milton, Sonny Burgess, Junior Parker and Elvis, and said: "None of those guys sounded like anybody else but themselves."
Phillips' observation helped explain why famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns made a pilgrimage to Sun Records during a publicity tour for his upcoming PBS series "Country Music," an eight-episode saga that continues the Burnsian exploration of American art, history and culture previously manifested in such epics as "The Civil War," "Baseball" and "Jazz."
"The fourth episode brings Johnny Cash to the doorstep of Sun, literally," said Burns, 65, as he stood in the doorway of Sun, literally.
Set to premiere Sept. 15 on PBS stations "Country Music" is like past Burns efforts a wide-ranging and essentially chronological history of its subject.
After Sun, the group made a short dogleg trek to the Sam Phillips Recording Service at 639 Madison, the studio Phillips founded 10 years after Sun.
Joining the filmmakers and Jerry Phillips were Mayor Jim Strickland and Graceland CEO Jack Soden.
Among the 100 or so others present were Grammy-winning recording engineer Matt Ross-Spang; Texas troubadour turned Memphis transplant Dale Watson; Memphis and Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler.
Still, mortality is much on the minds of the filmmakers. Dunfey said 20 of the 101 people interviewed for "Country Music" have died since the project began many years ago, including the documentary series' first two interview subjects, performer Little Jimmy Dickens and guitarist-entrepreneur Harold Bradley, both filmed in in Nashville in 2012.
Burns said he hopes "Country Music" sculpted to its completed 16-hour form from some 175 hours of footage will demonstrate that great works of art "obliterate the borders" of race and class that the overall culture often seeks to preserve.
Go here for full CommAppeal article
(News, Source;CA/ElvisInfoNet)

'How Great Thou Art' Carrie Underwood Elvis Tribute: Carrie Underwood recently performed 'How Great Thou Art' as part of the 'Elvis All-Star Tribute' and you can now see the performance in its entirety. Underwood's performance is one of several songs that aired, with artists like Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Post Malone and more taking part in the broadcast.
"How Great Thou Art" was not Underwood's only performance of the night. She also collaborated with Shelton, Darius Rucker, Eva Mendes and Post Malone in singing "If I Can Dream," with a recorded version of Presley singing along.
Underwood has performed "How Great Thou Art" several times throughout her illustrious career, including a version with Vince Gill that has garnered almost three million views.
"This song to me, it's such a special song in a time that I think people need to be reminded to love one another. The message of "Love Wins" is to spread love instead of hate, and embrace what unites people instead of their differences".
Click here to YouTube to view
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Return Of The King' Gillian Gaar Interview: Gillian Gaar is the author of the book 'Return Of The King: Elvis' Great Comeback'. With the recently celebrated 50th anniversary of the 1968 Comeback Special as well as the all-important 50th anniversary of Elvis' return in January 1969 for The Memphis sessions it is the perfect time to revisit this fantastic book.
EIN wanted to find out more of author Gillian Gaar's thoughts on Elvis' great legacy

In this detailed interview Gillian Gaar discusses...
- Who she interviewed for 'Return Of The King'
- Elvis, Nixon and what Egil “Bud” Krogh had to say
- Colonel Parker - good manager or just monetarily self-interested?
- How she compares Elvis' 1960 comeback to his return to splendour in 1968-69?
- EPE's refusal to acknowledge Elvis’ work post Aloha.
- Was Felton Jarvis purely a “Yes” man or a positive driving force?
- Her opinion of The Searcher.
- The possible release of the CBS 'Elvis In Concert'
and much more...

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


EIN exclusives and News from earlier in March ...
MRS 'Made In Germany - The Private Recordings' & 'The Complete 50s Movie Masters And Alternate Recordings' VINYL Preview:
As EIN noted below the pre-orders of the two latest MRS vinyl albums planned for Record Store Day have been unprecedented. The MRS store sold out of all its copies within days of orders being placed by International vinyl shops and Elvis dealers.
With it's official release day being set for April 13th, Elvis Express Radio have posted some fantastic photos to give fans a look at how stylish these two double albums really are..
Each vinyl side has a matching label image for each movie and with the great photos in the booklet the ' 50s movie masters collection' along with the MRS release, 'Made In Germany - The Private Recordings' are both a fabulous addition to any Elvis VINYL collection.
With thanks to Tony Stuchbury for the images.
Click here to Elvis Express Radio Facebook Page k for the complete set of photos
If you want these beauties get in touch with your Elvis dealer asap
(News, Source;ElvisExpressRadio/ElvisInfoNet)

"Bobby Morris My Las Vegas - With Elvis... " New Book: Bobby Morris was Elvis' Las Vegas conductor at his first 1969 season. His new book 'Bobby Morris My Las Vegas - With Elvis, Sinatra, Streisand, Darin, Prima & more' is out in May 2019.
The publicity notes, "My Las Vegas is the incredible life story of BOBBY MORRIS, who arrived in the U.S. from Poland at age ten, where he shined shoes and dreamed of being a drummer, and rose to become a music legend both behind the drums and in the Vegas entertainment industry. Leaving home as a teenager during the height of the Great Depression, Morris witnessed the birth of bebop coming from Harlem, and is himself credited with laying down some of the very first beats of rock n roll. Hearing about a little town out west called Las Vegas, Morris arrived there in 1950 and proceeded to carve out a niche for himself in the music and entertainment management worlds, ascending to accompanist to the greatest stars of all time: Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher and dozens of others.
Achieving fame as the drummer for Louis Prima's Witnesses during a golden age in Vegas, Morris eventually became the conductor and friend of Elvis Presley. He rubbed elbows with American presidents, playing the Kennedy Inauguration and befriending a young actor named Ronald Reagan. This, his autobiography, is the inspiring and nearly unbelievable story of one man achieving his dreams and rubbing elbows with the greatest personalities of the twentieth century in the process.
Hardcover: 232 pages; Hudson Music, May 1, 2019
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla / Elvis Burial fantasy story: The story has been doing the rounds in the tabloids but Priscilla Presley has now responded that the recent reports regarding her funeral plans are completely bogus and in fact, she has no plans what-so-ever to be buried next to Elvis.
Earlier tabloid reports claimed that Elvis' former wife has planned her own funeral and has recently made all the appropriate instructions to be buried at Graceland next to Elvis.
Priscilla Presley, "This is the Enquirer folks...  please don’t believe everything you read. Don’t plan my funeral just yet, I’m very healthy. Never planned on being buried next to Elvis. What will they come up with next!?"
Radar Online had recently reported that Priscilla, 73, reached out to Graceland’s trustees and all the plans were finalized revealing that the final resting place plans were a done deal.
“Priscilla still thinks of herself as Elvis’ widow and her rightful resting place is next to him,” a source told Radar Online going on to say that Priscilla wants an “elaborate funeral” and when her time comes she wants all of Elvis’ music to be played and to be completely surrounded by photos of herself and Elvis.
It is also claimed that Priscilla previously underwent a complicated surgery removing deadly skin cancer from her face. The ordeal
allegedly got Cilla thinking about tying up all her loose ends and ironing out her last wishes.
“Priscilla feels that she played a defining role in Elvis’ life and that he was her only true love. Even though they divorced four years before his death in 1977, she believes they shared a loving bond until the day he died — and beyond the grave.”
However, Priscilla is calling this total BS and feels she has a lot of living to do yet.
As previously reported Priscilla Presley’s 2019 total net worth is somewhere around $100 million while her and Elvis‘ only daughter Lisa Marie Presley is next to nothing.
A lot of Elvis’ dedicated fans have been pretty upset by the financial circumstances concerning Lisa Marie and all the legal and personal battles she has been undergoing for the past few years following her divorce proceedings from her fourth husband Michael Lockwood.
They reportedly believe that Elvis’ baby girl should in no way be suffering financially while ex-wife Priscilla Presley continues to rake in a massive yearly income all of these years later riding on her famous husband’s namesake.
(News, Source;VariousTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

"Chick" Crumpacker Dead at 91: RCA executive "Chick" Crumpacker was one of RCA's driving forces in getting Elvis first signed up with the label.
Crumpacker was working in RCA's C&W section when he happened to see Elvis performing in Richmond, Virginia in May 1955and noted, "Elvis was shocking, he was wild, - the effect was galvanic! I was astounded by the reaction". Crumpacker also knew Col Parker through his connection with Hank Snow. He subsequently bought all of Elvis' SUN records to take back to his boss Steve Sholes.
Crumpacker would also write the wonderful sleeve notes for Elvis' second RCA album "ELVIS" which tried to supply a proper musical explanation for this crazy thing others called Rock'n'Roll.
Chauncey "Chick" Crumpacker went on to be a  three-time grammy-nominated producer and executive for RCA Victor. He died on Tuesday aged 91.
Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Crumpacker's career in music began in 1953 in RCA Victor's A&R department shortly after moving to New York City. As well as Elvis he also tried to bring Johnny Cash to RCA but was ultimately unsuccessful after the label failed to support the move.
Crumpacker stayed with RCA for 57 years, eventually moving into producing, working with a wide range of artists including
Chet Atkins, Harry Nilsson, Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.
He was nominated for three Grammy awards including best historical reissue 'The Best of Fats Waller'.
After 50 years of working at RCA, Crumpacker received a plaque from the company reading, "78s, 45s, LPs, 8 Tracks, Cassettes, Compact Disks and DVDs. You've been a part of the greatest sound developments of the 20th century. Producer, Promoter, Author, A&R Executive, Composer and Archivist. Your Talent knows no bounds. Knowing you is a pleasure. Working with you is a dream come true. Thanks for making history."
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set OUT NOW: The second FTD "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set is OUT NOW and at your local dealer. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes! All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

- 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New Book. OUT NOW
After FTD's new book with 'Flaming Star' was delayed it is also now OUT NOW and at your local Elvis dealer. 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.
A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


"Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" Special E-Book Offer: Rated as EIN's "Best E-Book for 2018" - the FTD book "Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" by Michael Rose is now a Special E-Book Offer from Water-Street-Press for loyal members of Elvis fan clubs worldwide.
The offer is at a crazy $6.99 instead of full-price $9.99. Surely a price any fan would pay - CLICK HERE - limited time only.
While producing a documentary about the early years of Elvis Presley, Michael Rose discovered a cache of photos from 1956 that had been hidden away and forgotten.
These never-before-seen photos track the tail end of Elvis Presley’s spring tour in 1956. The photos capture “A Moment in Time” just before his rocket takes off and he becomes the icon we still know today.
It’s an intimate look at life backstage, on stage, with his band, his fans, and his family during the most important year of his life. We tell this story through the first person accounts of people who were there including his band members, musicians, disc jockeys and from the newspapers that reported on the Elvis phenomenon as it made its way across the country.
Initially published as a lavish coffee table book for collectors, this intimate look at Elvis in now available as an ebook.

One look at these amazing photos and you'll see why Elvis will live forever.
And, if you want more after you have a look inside, you can order framed prints of many of the photos as well.
(News, Source;WSP/ElvisInfoNet) 

'The Meaning of Elvis' Spotlight: First published in Australia's Quadrant magazine, author Scott A. McConnell examines what it was that made ELVIS such an icon.
... From shotgun shack to Graceland mansion. From driving a truck to flying in his own jet. From singing in a country church to performing for one billion people. The only recording artist to sell a billion records. The American who Leonard Bernstein proclaimed as “the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything—music, language, clothes—it’s a whole new social revolution.” The world’s most popular and influential entertainer: Elvis Aaron Presley.
Presley remains - forty-two years after his death and eighty-four years after his birth - an icon. Each year 600,000 fans visit Graceland and many new CDs of his music are released. Presley biographer Peter Guralnick reports that the recording company RCA “would discover that Elvis was as great a sales phenomenon in death as in life”. Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2017 earned $35 million, making it the fourth-highest-earning estate of a deceased star.
A 2009 CBS News Poll found that Presley’s popularity had not

dropped in the previous ten years and that 42 per cent of Americans describe themselves as Elvis fans. A 2012 ABC News poll found that “38 per cent of Americans name Elvis Presley as the greatest rock ’n’ roll star ever. Of the 128 performers named, no one else even breaks single digits.”
Each of us is born into a historical context, a specific place and time embodied by certain values, virtues and beliefs. Elvis was born into a poor family in America’s South in 1935 and exploded into fame some twenty years later. During his formative years, Presley was influenced by his devoted parents, who taught their only child to have good manners, to be optimistic, to dream. The young Elvis attended church, where he began his lifelong yearning for mystical answers to the meaning of life. He grew up beside radios and jukeboxes, absorbing the rhythms and beats of American blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, pop and country music. He breathed in post-war America, a time of great comic-book adventures, celebrated war heroes, movie stars whose exploits conquered all frontiers, and in his later home town of Memphis, of flamboyantly dressed black singers belting out the blues on Beale Street.
But the meaning of Elvis is more than an American rags-to-riches story, much more than his unrivalled and enduring influence and popularity. Why is Elvis Presley an icon?


Go HERE to LinkedIn for the full article.

(Spotlight, Source;Scott A. McConnell/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis drummer Hal Blaine dead aged 90: What do Blue Hawaii's Rock-A-Hula Baby, A Little Less Conversation and the NBC 68 Comeback special all have in common? The answer is the brilliant tight drumming of LA session musician Hal Blaine.
He was a sort-after member of LA’s “Wrecking Crew", musicians who worked on hundreds of pop greatest hits in the sixties. Without realising it everyone knows his tight drumming style from  Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, the outstanding Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’, Mamas and Papas ‘California Dreamin’, the Byrds ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, Barry McGuire ‘Eve of Destruction’, Sonny and Cher ‘I Got You, Babe’, Frank Sinatra ‘Strangers in the Night’, Simon and Garfunkel ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and multiple Phil Spector hits such as the explosive ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronnettes.
Hal Blaine’s driving beat was the foundation of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” and he was an important collaborator with Brian Wilson on the The Beach Boys recording including their influential ‘Pet Sounds’.
Blaine’s first session with Elvis was for Blue Hawaii at Radio Recorders
in March 1961, then Girls, Girls, Girls, in 1962, Fun In Acapulco, Roustabout and other movie soundtracks. Blaine worked on ‘Live A Little, Love A Little’ so his drumming is the core beat for Elvis’ massive hit ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and more importantly the NBC Comeback Special - employed as part of the 'Wrecking Crew team. This would be his last Elvis session.
Hal Blaine also appeared in the movie 'Girls, Girls, Girls' as the drummer of the Pirates Den nightclub. He is on stage with Elvis for the classic 'Return To Sender'.

EIN contributor / Elvis author / Ken Sharp knew Hal Blaine and yesterday told EIN, "Hal Blaine was a real character with a great sense of humor, very genial and a kind man. Having played on hits records from Elvis to Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys to the Mamas & the Papas and thousands of others, Hal was an extraordinary musician blessed with a consummate and intuitive skill to deliver the perfect part for a song and often his drum fills were major hooks in a song, witness “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes or “Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and The Raiders. Hal had a real sense of gratitude for being afforded the opportunity to play on so many hit records “
Blaine worked across all the LA studios such as Gold Star, Sunset Sound, RCA and Western and he kept drum kits
permanently set up to his specification in several of the studios.
Born Harold Simon Belsky he took drum lessons with Roy Knapp, who had taught jazz drummer Gene Krupa. Session musicians made good money in the 60s and his colleagues included such famous names as Glen Campbell, Billy Strange, Tommy Tedesco, Don Randi, Leon Russell, and Larry Knechtel.
Blaine gave the "Wrecking Crew" their name, a reference to the older musicians who feared that the new generation would usurp their opportunities and destroy their comfortable living.
Talking about Elvis, Blaine said, "Elvis paid top dollar and he was the nicest guy in the world. Elvis came to see me in Las Vegas when I was with Nancy Sinatra at Caesar’s Palace. When you come off a stage with all the bright lights, it’s very, very dark for a few moments. All of a sudden, someone grabbed me from behind and kind of lifted me up like they were doing the Heimlich maneuver, and it was Elvis. It was really exciting."
Blaine was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. (photo right with pianist Don Randi at a 2015 Grammy discussion on The Wrecking Crew)
Blaine eventually took on the lucrative additional role of studio contractor, relied on by producers to hire the right musicians for each individual session. The Wrecking Crew’s motto was TTMAR: “Take the money and run.” But they – and Blaine not least – seldom closed the studio door behind them without having left something of themselves on the recording tape. Luckily there is still plenty of great music to remember him by.
Hal Blaine R.I.P. 5 February 1929 - 11 March 2019
(News, Source;PaulGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS APRIL 2019 VINYL Releases- Close to SOLD OUT: MRS have announced two special VINYL products to be released on Record Store Day 13th April 2019. Both titles will be Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP sets with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures. MRS note that Pre-orders have been unprecedented and both VINYL sets are close to SOLD OUT. Check with your Elvis dealers now.

The titles are ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany and ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ containing all the movie masters and movie versions from the 1950’s.

The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology. Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.

‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.

 



Click here to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings and details.

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Counting Down Elvis' Finest 100' Spotlight: Dr. Mark Duffett's 'Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Recordings' recently won EIN's joint-prize for 'Best Elvis Book of 2018' .
The book is far, far more than a simple look at Duffett's 100 favourite Elvis songs and each chapter delves deep into Elvis' legacy with the book being a much deeper exploration that you might first think.
Elvis' timeless music ultimately stands on its own and speaks for itself. Listen again to the recordings, and Elvis amazes. Think about what they mean, and he astounds. Another person emerges...
Author Mark Duffett has offered EIN an excerpt from his splendid book so that EIN readers can check out his fine exploration of Elvis' musical legacy.
EIN has chosen a random selection - one from Elvis' classic fifties SUN sessions, a sixties Gospel classic, and a seventies rocker.
If you enjoy these three excerpts than you are surely going to enjoy the whole book.
Go here for our special EIN Spotlight prepared by Piers Beagley.
(Spotlight, Source;MarkDuffett/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis: Aloha The Ultimate Experience (2019) BACK ON YOUTUBE!: The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan. Now Back On YOUTUBE here


 

March 9 - New 'Suspicious Minds' LIVE single!: RCA / Legacy have released a great promo for their new RSD VINYL 1969 concert release (see below) in a NEW SINGLE - digital only.

It teams 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' both brand new, unreleased, one a new digital single via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc.

Taken from the never-before-released-in-any-form August 23, 1969 Dinner Show as recorded in Las Vegas.
Both are described as "single edits".


Click here for 'Suspicious Minds' on YouTube


Click here for 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' on YouTube

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Week 2019: EPE have announced the Elvis Week 2019 logo (although ours below was better)
EPE says, Mark your calendars, Elvis fans - Elvis Week 2019 is August 9-17, and tickets are on sale now.
There are so many fun and exciting events for all Elvis fans at Elvis Week! The week kicks off with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and several ETA performances. Then, we celebrate important anniversaries in Elvis' career, such as his American Sound sessions and Las Vegas residency, with concerts and panels.
Other fun events include the Elvis Week Bash, Gospel Brunch, Fan Celebration Event and much more.
After last year's disastrously low crowd numbers EPE have decided that there will be no charges or special passes associated with the Candlelight Vigil.
Surely one of the best reasons to go (no, not the ETA contests!) has to be...
- American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert. August 14, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage.
An incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary recording sessions at Memphis' American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guest Mac Davis,
Click HERE TO EPE for their updated schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Best (and Worst) Books of 2018: What were the best Elvis books published in 2018? The worst? The most incredulous?

EIN's Nigel Patterson, with help from Piers Beagley, has compiled an extensive list of the best and worst Elvis books of last year.

The 14 award categories include the best:

  • general biography
  • "subject specific" release
  • composite (book/CD and/or DVD) release
  • "insider" memoir
  • photo-journal
  • fiction release
  • ebook
  • book for younger readers
  • non-english text
  • re-issue
  • fan club/fan publication
  • most incredulous release

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

To find out what they are (and why) and read about more than 70 other Elvis books published in 2018 click here..(Spotlight, Source: EIN)


'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' RSD Vinyl: Great news for Elvis VINYL collectors a brand new PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1969 Las Vegas performance is being released for Record Store Day - April 13, 2019.
Better news for all Elvis Fans is that this unreleased August 23, 1969 Dinner Show is a taster for the '1969 LIVE Deluxe Box-Set' that is being released mid-year for Elvis week to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' return to live performance - the Return to Splendour.   
RCA recorded at twelve Elvis concerts in 1969 (for the 'Elvis In Person' project) of which seven performances have been released in full so far by FTD/RCA.  Presumably the new Deluxe Box Set will feature all of RCA's multitrack concert recordings.
'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969'  2 LP Vinyl
Label: CMG / Legacy
Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions for his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials
and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.
SIDE A: 1. Blue Suede Shoes 2. I Got A Woman 3. All Shook Up 4. Love Me Tender 5. Jailhouse Rock 6. Heartbreak Hotel 7. Hound Dog SIDE B: 1. Memories 2. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 3. Monologue
SIDE C: 1. Baby What You Want Me To Do 2. Runaway 3. Are You Lonesome Tonight 4. Yesterday/Hey Jude 5. Introductions SIDE D: 1. In The Ghetto 2. Suspicious Minds 3. What'd I Say 4. Can't Help Falling In Love
The edition is limited to 3000 copies.
Click here to RSD for more details
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


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 1977
  • new 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 UFOs
  • Vernon 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)


Elvis March 1956 (Paul Belard): The latest book in Paul Belard's massive (40+ books) undertaking to archivally record Elvis' life and career in essentially visual (pictures) format has been released (another two books are nearing completion).

Here is EIN's mini-review of Elvis March 1956:

Another day-by-day account of a month in Elvis’ life. This time author-researcher Belard details (essentially in photos) what Elvis did in March 1956, a very busy and important month in his career. The month featured three appearances by Elvis on television, three performances on the Louisiana Hayride, and a mid-month tour of Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and Washington D.C. Late in March 1956 Elvis also flew to Los Angeles for his first screen test and on his return home to Memphis he moved home from 1414 Getwell to 1034 Audoban Drive.

The myriad of photos (a mix of candids and professionally captured) are mostly in b&w with a number of color images including the ‘colorised’ image of Elvis on motorcycle used for the May 1956 issue of The Enthusiast and color images of Elvis during his television appearances.

The book also features a variety of interesting archival material/reproductions and each day is introduced with text setting the scene. Most of the images are of good quality, a few reflect their age and are included due to their historical importance/rarity.

The cover image is a great color shot of Elvis on stage.
More more information and ordering details:  - email Paul Belard
(News, Source: EIN)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set: FTD announces their second "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes!
All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8"x 8" slipcase replicates RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
The London Elvis Shop is offering a Bonus postcard set with pre-orders.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: St Paul To Wichita: Oct 1974' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack this time focussing on Elvis' Tour 12 which went from September 27 to October 9.
Two concerts St. Paul, Minnesota October 3, 1974 and Wichita, Kansas October 7, 1974 are included with three bonus songs from October 4, 1974.
Best of all these are both previously unreleased soundboards.
While Elvis had performed some memorable shows earlier in 1974, the September-October 1974 tour was not one of his best, with highlights sparsely dotted across the shows. The infamous College Park performance was during this tour, but by October 3 it was clear Elvis was up and enjoying himself.
In high energy and good humour Elvis at one point jokes, "By God, you might have been wrong for so long, but you were right tonight J.D!"
The soundboard audio quality is excellent.
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out Elvis' performance
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 


'Holiday Season In Vegas: 1975' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack release featuring Elvis back in Las Vegas for his 14th season in December 1975.
Elvis always preferred the Midnight concerts to the Dinner Shows and Elvis' December 13 Midnight Show with Linda Thompson and her parents in the audience was one of his very best Vegas shows.
Elvis asked, "Did you decide to go crazy?" and the set that follows has far more energy and excitement than most of Elvis' later Vegas shows. It was a Saturday Night 1975 and Elvis sure was back!
However since most Elvis collectors will already have a bootleg copy, the previously unreleased December 6th concert - spliced from both Dinner & Midnight Shows - has to be the draw-card here. BUT the poor sound quality and Elvis' lacklustre performance is a possible let-down...
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the reality of this new FTD double-pack and question how essential it really is?
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 


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

In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Sunday 13 January 2019 - FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY - - - -

The Memphis Sessions - 50 Years ago Today: It seems impossible that it was fifty years ago this month that Elvis walked into American Studios in Memphis and started work on what are probably his most celebrated sessions, maybe even better than those made at Sun.
Not as influential, of course, but certainly deeper and darker from both the point of view of lyrics and Elvis’s emotional involvement. He was no longer a (relatively) innocent teenager singing about love to his sweetheart, but someone who had really experienced love as an adult.
Elvis could also sing about loss in a way he couldn’t fifteen years earlier, he had lived, and he seemed to pour all of his experiences into the recordings at America, and didn’t care about laying bare his soul. In fact, he knew he had to.
This was make or break....

In this fascinating article EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the importance of The Memphis Sessions and the press reaction from the time...
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: It was FIFTY YEARS AGO, in the early morning hours of January 23, 1969, that Elvis recorded the song that would guarantee his true musical renaissance would last through until his all-too-early demise almost a decade later.  'Suspicious Minds' would be 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.

Back in 2009 EIN celebrated the 40th anniversary of this Number One single and looked 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

(Spotlight, Source; ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth (Matthew Martin): October 2018 saw the release of a new but little known Elvis book, Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth.

In hardcover format (with dust jacket) and containing more than 400 pages, EIN's Nigel Patterson decided to explore what author Matthew Martin had to offer.

Is Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth simply another run-of-the-mill biography, or does it offer the reader something more substantial?

What Nigel found in a book few have heard of, was a pleasant surprise.

Read Nigel's detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



Matt Shepherd ('Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs') Interview:  BBC Local Radio presenter and EIN contributor Matt Shepherd has published his first book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' the first of a two volume book, starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
Shepherd notes, "I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis, he had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."

EIN wanted to find out more about this new volume..
- How will your book compare to recent books about Elvis’ music?
- Elvis movie songs are they what was required or tripe that never should have been recorded?
- At what point should Elvis had said "NO, I am not recording this crap”? Can you name a particular song?
- What was Col Parker’s biggest musical mistake?
-  What do you think of Elvis’ “remixes” or the new fake duets? Are they a necessary evil?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the tricky questions..
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

The '68 Special - the Anniversary Celebration: How lucky in life would you be to get to the original recording of Elvis' 68 TV Special and also make it to the recent 40th Anniversary screening in L.A? EIN's correspondent Joan Gansky is one of those few very fortunate fans. Joan Gansky not only met Elvis multiple times - but being at the original NBC recording of the 68 Special truly changed her life! Here are her unique recollections of attending the 40th Anniversary celebration - as well as her thoughts on being there back in June 1968.

This EIN exclusive features comments by Steve Binder, Priscilla, Bones Howe as well as great close-up photos by Paul Gansky.

Click here for EIN's 2008 full article.

 

(Spotlight, Source;EIN/JoanGansky)


'Elvis: The Searcher - Additional Stories' Spotlight: Like all too many serious Elvis fans Dennis Laverty felt let-down by the lack of seventies content in the HBO 'Elvis The Searcher' documentary. Luckily for us he has produced a lovely documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Additional Stories Not in the Original Film" that anyone can view on Vimeo.
He writes, "I really enjoyed The Searcher documentary, but after watching I wished they would have made it 4 hours. The 1950's skipped what pushed Elvis over-the-top when he appeared on TV, two of his best films and soundtracks (Loving You & Jailhouse Rock), and the backlash he took with his rock and roll Christmas Album. The 1960s unfortunately glossed over American Sound, especially Elvis taking a risk with 'In The Ghetto'.
The 1970s disappointed when nothing was discussed about Elvis' only concept album (Elvis Country), nor 'He Touched Me' (they could have included unreleased Elvis on Tour footage of gospel segment) and finally with David Porter one of the Execs of the film from Stax Records that nothing was discussed about Elvis' returning to Memphis and STAX to record three key albums.
My goal was just to highlight those stories in some way.
Obviously I don't have access to the Elvis archives at Graceland, but I hope you enjoy.
The following are 10 segments that I thought could have fit into the film.
"
... EIN totally agrees and thoroughly recommends this 37 minute video.
This is the type of material that should have been in the DVD Extras     
CLICK HERE to VIMEO to watch
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for his input.
(Spotlight, Source;Dennis Laverty/ElvisInfoNet)

 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis.

This week celebrated our 25,000 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.


Book Review - 'Elvis The Gospel Singer' (Paul Belard): Paul Belard has a quest to present the Elvis story in chronological visual form. To date he has released seven books with another 40+ at an advanced stage. In Elvis The Gospel Singer Belard moves from his chronological account of the Elvis day-by-day biography and offers a subject specific chronological account of Elvis' favourite music: gospel.

Over an impressive 300+ pages the author offers a full account of the gospel artists and music influencing Elvis and provides the lyrics for, and often background information to, all of Elvis' gospel recordings.

With more narrative than usual Belard delves deep into Elvis and his love of gospel music and includes rare historic material, and some unusual but valid song choices.

Read Nigel Patterson's review of Elvis The Gospel Singer.
(Book Review, Source; ELvisInformationNetwork)


'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniv Release: The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's groundbreaking 1968 NBC "Comeback Special" is also being celebrated with the 2LP vinyl presentation of "The King In The Ring." Originally released on a red vinyl limited edition run for Record Store Day this 2LP set showcases the standout, intimate "sit down" sets from the '68 special. These laid-back live performances were recorded in the round before a small audience and featured a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original classic backing band.
... In 1968 Elvis Presley re-established himself as the King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the "comeback special", to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS both electrifying intimate "sit-down" sets will be released in the 2LP package with a beautiful gatefold sleeve.

General release November 30th
Great Cover shot.

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniversary Release - Double LP.

Great prices at Amazon.

$23 in the USA

And in the UK £18.05

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!

 

 

 

 



'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary' deluxe box-set.

Priced at around US$150 and £95.40 in the UK.

Not cheap if you already own the DVDs and CD box-set but the Blu-Rays are still pretty tempting.

'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary': More publicity out for the new box set.
... '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is set for release on November 30 and includes five CDs of music plus two Blu-ray discs featuring video content.
After spending most of the decade in Hollywood making forgettable movies and mostly boring music to accompany those films, Presley staged a comeback in 1968 with a TV special that was simply called Elvis and aired on Dec. 3.
Part of that program featured Presley singing some of his old hits, as well as a few new songs, surrounded by a lavish, Hollywood-style backdrop. But another section of that show spotlighted Presley, decked out in black leather and armed with a guitar, sitting on a stool on a spare stage that also included guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, two-thirds of the trio that catapulted Presley to fame in the mid '50s with their work on the Sun sessions and early RCA recordings.
That "sit-down" performance included raw takes of some of their best records, including "That's All Right" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
There were also scorching versions of "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" and "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" that pretty much signalled Presley's return to rock 'n' roll.
The Comeback Special, as it was later called, opened the door to Presley's terrific Memphis records from 1969 and his renewed success in the '70s until his death in 1977.
The '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) collects all of the existing audio and video from the show plus rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew.
The CD Track-listing is a previously noted by EIN - see below.
The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data
There is over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

Blu-ray Disc 1:
- Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968

 

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Blu-ray Disc 2:
- Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components
- If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes
- Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968
- Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968
- If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968
- Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

Bud Glass Elvis Super-Collector 2018 Interview: Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King’s Ransom Elvis Presley Museum and is a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds. In the past he published the very popular series of  'ELVIS: Behind The Image' books and DVDs.
Not only does he own one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the world, he is also an Elvis Presley historian, documentary producer as well as a consultant to major collectors.
Glass’ artifacts have been featured on multiple TV shows and he has even loaned artifacts to Graceland.
EIN heard that Bud Glass has recently started a new project - "Elvis Relics" - and we wanted to know more.
Go here as we discuss fake Elvis memorabilia, dodgy Elvis signatures, the death of Elvis' close friends, can one ever own enough “ELVIS  rarities” and much much more
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'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.


(Book Review) The Comeback - Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special (Simon Goddard): The past two months have been a busy period regarding Elvis' legendary '68 Comeback Special. Marking its 50th anniversary, the Special was shown in cinemas and two new books were published, one by Steve Binder (Director/Producer of the Special) and the other by noted rock music analyst, Simon Goddard.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took a few deep breaths and submerged himself in the Simon Goddard release.

Having previously read a number of the author's cerebrally challenging books, he was not surprised to find that Goddard's treatise on Elvis' legendary Comeback Special is one hell of an intellectively challenging and dizzy rollercoaster of a ride....... a journey most rewarding for those brave enough to go the distance.

Read Nigel's detailed review (Book Review, Source: EIN)


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)


EIN founding President, Nigel Patterson, interviewed by Pop Music Research Blog Spot: EIN recently interviewed Dr Mark Duffett and reviewed his excellent book, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs.

Due to Nigel's keen interest in "Elvis world" history and the socio-cultural aspects of the Elvis legend, Dr Duffett decided to "turn the tables" and interview Nigel for his insightful pop music research blog.

In a three-part interview Nigel discusses a wide range of topics including:

  • what the Elvis world was like in the 1970s;
  • the most important "landmarks" (changes) in the Elvis world since August 1977;
  • answers the question: "Do Elvis fans have a shared, collective ethics or morality?";
  • Elvis' unfairly maligned film canon;
  • Elvis as a socio-cultural force;
  • an attempt to establish a national fan club in Australia in the late 1990s;
  • the issues that most divide Elvis fans;
  • the biggest myths that still persist about Elvis;
  • what Elvis' interests in reading say about him as a person;
  • have those closest to Elvis been straight with fans about what he was really like; and
  • a lot more......

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .

 

... some of the best in popular music research compiled by Dr Mark Duffett

 

an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson

 



Documentary 'The King' set for DVD and Blu-ray release: Eugene Jerecki's 'road trip' across America in Elvis' Rolls Royce Phantom V will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 2 October in the US.

The film suggests that America, like Elvis, has squandered its potential and betrayed the promise of its glorious beginning. As Harlem rapper Immortal Technique tells Jarecki in the film: "If Elvis is your metaphor for America, we're about to O.D."

Jarecki's "The King" is essentially a filmed essay, with musical interludes and commentary provided by guest artists (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), journalists (Dan Rather) and celebrities (a seemingly irrelevant but quite eloquent Mike Myers), many of whom discuss Elvis and America from the back seat of the large luxury car, purchased at auction for the production. (Entering the Rolls in Nashville, musician John Hiatt breaks into tears, struck by how "trapped" Elvis must have felt.) News, Source: EIN/Amazon)



Dave Hebler Interview Update with EIN: Dave Hebler is best known to Elvis Presley fans as being part of the Memphis Mafia and Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Hebler’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
After our April interview with Dave Hebler he has completed his new book 'The Elvis Experience' which is now available through Amazon. (see below)

EIN's Piers Beagley wanted to find out more about the book - released just in time for Elvis Week - and giving Hebler a chance to answer a few EIN readers questions..

Go here for EIN's exclusive catch-up with Dave Hebler including some cool photos..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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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)


UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.
Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, 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)



FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/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)

'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware) - Exposing the Amazon Elvis Book Rip-Off?: From RCA to Sony Elvis' back catalog has long been exploited at the expense of his legacy. The same thing is now happening regarding Elvis book releases!

Through clever marketing, including the use of different (but suspicious) author names and different book titles for releases which are essentially identical; short and long book editions; and coupling the Elvis story with that of other celebrities, a glut of Elvis related book titles (with repetitive text) only available from Amazon are blatantly misleading fans.

Read EIN's findings in our "exclusive" investigative report

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)


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...

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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)


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'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 liar

Go 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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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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