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- 'The EPE Catalog': For fifties Elvis fans, an incredible compendium of why teenage America went crazy for Elvis
- 'Counting Down Elvis His Finest Songs': One of the BEST books ever published about Elvis' recordings
- 'Dave Hebler Interview': Elvis' bodyguard and Karate teacher an EIN exclusive.
- 'The Complete '50s Movie Masters': For fifties Elvis Movie fans.
- 'Kissin' Cousins' FTD Soundtrack Album: for sixties movies fan - the final FTD Soundtrack release.
- 'Tearing ‘Em Up! Elvis Live 1971': For seventies Elvis LIVE fans & jumpsuit junkies!
- 'Elvis The Searcher': Check EIN's documentary review and send us your opinion.
- 'Elvis The Searcher DELUXE CD set': Yes it truly does work - but only if you understand the HBO film.
- 'COME ON FTD!: a discussion on whether FTD's quality control is slipping, and send us your opinion.
Thursday 14 June 2018
D.J. Fontana Has Died aged 87: EIN has terrible news as DJ Fontana, Elvis' legendary drummer, has died aged 87.
The last of the 'Blue Moon Boys' has now left to join his fellow musicians - the creators of the Rock'n'Roll big-bang.
Dominic Joseph Fontana passed away in his sleep last night.
His son David Fontana, wrote: “My dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight June 13. He was very comfortable with no pain. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.”
Fontana, who was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931, originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954.
Sun Records Sam Phillips originally assembled Elvis' Blue Moon Boys without a drummer and so it wasn't until the key RCA session of January 10 1956 that DJ Fontana joined the band on recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.

Fontana's key input would be his solid beat creating the stunning impact on songs such as 'Hound Dog' and 'Jailhouse Rock'.
Elvis, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana continued to play and record together throughout the 1960s.

Fontana played on over 400 of Elvis RCA recordings as well as appearing in several films.
Lead guitarist Scotty Moore sadly passed away back in 2016.
Original bassist Bill Black died back in 1965 and never played with Elvis' band again following the 1958 break-up.

DJ Fontana was instrumental in Elvis career revival of the 1968 'Comeback Special' although it would be the last time he performed with Elvis.
Of the NBC TV Special Fontana said, "We had a lot of fun doing it.  Elvis looked great . . . he was real nervous, but once he started it was like he'd never been away."
"Elvis was just a nice guy, even though he was so young. He always treated people like he wanted to be treated. You know, we worked hard. We just tried to cut good records. But we knew that if it wasn't for Elvis, we wouldn't have done anything."

DJ Fontana R.I.P.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


D.J Fontana Interview: D.J Fontana was Elvis' drummer from 1955 to 1969. Elvis first met Fontana when he appeared at the 'Louisiana Hayride' on October 16, 1954. In fact Fontana became the first person to play drums on the 'Louisiana Hayride' doing so behind a curtain since percussion accompaniment to "real" Country Music was still frowned upon. After joining Elvis' band Fontana played drums on around fifty Elvis recording sessions between 1956 and 1968. After 1969 Fontana became a session musician in Nashville. Fontana also appeared in several Elvis movies such as Loving You and Jailhouse Rock.
 
Earlier this year D.J. Fontana was still on the road performing in Crowley, Louisiana where he talked about his time with The King.
And in 1998 DJ Fontana was interviewed by EIN contributor Arjan Deelen.
 
 
(Interview, Source;EIN/ArjanDeelen)

'7 Ages of Elvis' TOMORROW night on Australian TV: Due to the success of 'The Searcher', Australian TV channel SBS is repeating the 2017 documentary 'The Seven Ages of Elvis', this Friday night JUNE 15 at 10pm - on SBS TV.
"All the world's a stage. And one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."
If the world is a stage then - regardless of what you think of his film career - Elvis Presley was its finest performer, his sound and style defined an era.
"Before Elvis there was nothing," said John Lennon. And he was right. Elvis gave our world its first "rise and fall" megastar. No one played the role of "rags to riches" with more aplomb. In the 1950s 'Elvis-mania' became the benchmark for celebrity.
He lived out a larger-than-life comic tragedy of decline, redemption, drug addiction and depression that chased him to an early grave at just 42.
Even after his death, Elvis lives on. He continues to be the highest selling individual artist ever. So what's the secret to his triumphant success? Why are we continually drawn to Elvis? What does he mean and why are we so fascinated by him 40 years after his death? Shortly after his passing in August 1977 one critic remarked, "Elvis is a mystery that'll never be solved" - but perhaps there's a new way to look at the King of Rock and Roll.
EIN Notes - While keen Elvis fans will spot some factual errors, and a lot of cheap video clips are used, the interviews from Steve Binder, Norbert Putnam, Dolores Hart, Mike Stoller, George Klien and Larry Geller are all interesting.
Australian SBS TV Friday 10pm - Midnight.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Man & His Music' June Issue Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine Elvis The Man & His Music #120, June 2018 issue is out now,

Articles include ...
- The Searcher - full review plus interview with director Thom Zimny
- James B. Sikking - interviewed about his role in 'Charro!'
- When The Killer Came A-Knockin' - Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis
- Three Of The Best - the 'Rockin' Rebel' bootlegs
- The Steve Allen Show - revisited
- Readers' letters
- CD & book reviews

Interestingly the magazine gives both The Searcher HBO documentary and the SONY CD releases rather poor reviews.

Go here to 'Now Dig This' website to subscribe

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 10 June 2018

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' October DVD release: As we all hoped the HBO documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' will be getting a DVD release by SONY Pictures on 16th October 2018.
(How odd that it is not during Elvis Week).
The DVD is noted as being a "Collectors Edition" so hopefully it will contain lots of extras that fans have been waiting for.

"Elvis and Elvis's music pointed to black culture and said, 'This is filled with the force of life,'" noted Bruce Springsteen, "If you want to be an American, this is something you need to pay attention to."
The documentary seizes on moments, rehearsals, outtakes, when Presley's grit and fervor blasted away corniness and shtick. It shows him touching down in gospel music at his bleakest times and, near the end, strains to present him as a spiritual figure. Its finale is from that 1968 TV special: his wrenching performance of "If I Can Dream," longing for equality and redemption during a year of social turmoil. It shows Presley's passion and control, his visceral drama, his mastery.


The price and content have not yet been confirmed.
We will post more info as soon as we have it.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

Dave Hebler New book Details & Pre-order Special: Elvis' bodyguard and Senior Grandmaster / Founder of American Kenpo Karate is working on his new book. Habler tells EIN that he has now finished the first draft of his manuscript and has a special early pre-order offer for fans. His book 'The Elvis Experience' is coming out in August - possibly earlier.

Although the manuscript is not yet finalised Dave Hebler has provided some new details to EIN.
- The final page count will be around 170 pages.
There will be plenty of pictures in the book. Many will of course will be those that collectors have already seen.
The pictures of Elvis and Hebler in the Karate uniforms kneeling are excellent quality (from the owner of the negatives).
The fabulous photos of Elvis in the turban photos should be in excellent quality. These are Dave Hebler's favorite pictures because the two young ladies on either side of Elvis are his daughters.
- The book will be published by Amazon in two versions
As an Ebook, priced at $9.99 USD
As a print book that you can put on your bookshelf. Price for this one will be US$19.95 plus S&H.

Currently he is taking pre orders for the book.
As a SPECIAL DEAL, the first 250 people to pre order will get an inscribed (signed) and numbered copy.

Only the first 250. - The pre order price is $24.95 plus S&H.
You will also receive an autographed picture of Elvis and Hebler ($26 value) for free with your order.
To pre order please contact Dave Hebler through his website and email - CLICK HERE.
This is a special deal - you cannot pre-order in any other way.
(News, Source;DH/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis’ first Las Vegas contract for Auction: Described as “an exceptionally iconic piece of Las Vegas and music history,” Elvis’ first Las Vegas contract with William Morris Agency contract is signed by Elvis in two places and is up for auction June 16.

The contract covers Presley’s two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in Vegas during late April and early May 1956.
The shows came at the start of Presley’s career and his performances in front of an audience of largely middle-aged men did not generate the level of hysteria associated with his later shows.

“This was still the early part of 1956 and Presley was on the verge of greatness, up until now Elvis had performed in front of screaming teenagers but things would be different in Las Vegas,” explained the auction house, “Compared to the usual teenage hysteria, however, Elvis had a lukewarm acceptance from the middle-aged audience.”
A number of teenagers, however, did get to see and meet Presley in a special matinee performance on Saturday April 28, which was described as a resounding success.
Presley was paid $7,500 per week for his engagement at the New Frontier Hotel. When he returned to perform in the city 13 years later in 1969, he was a global superstar.
The contract, which has an Elvis Presley Museum COA has a pre-sale estimate of $33,476 to $40,171.
The auction will take place on Saturday June 16. Click here for details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Don't mess around with me, I'M EVIL' New Import CD: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Elvis legendary "Comeback Special".
Since the performances cannot be beaten, the best thing for us to do would be to present them in the same way as they were recorded... but since that has been done over and over (and over and over) CMT is proud to present this STAR production , which is the best release containing the 1968 recordings..... in 50 years!!
Much time and effort went into this release, some live tracks have been "spliced" from different shows, some studio tracks have been re-created and sound breathtaking!
The live tracks are blended very cool, so you get the feeling you are listening to a complete show.
Probably THE highlight is the "complete" version of Trouble/Guitar Man, cool edits make this work very well and makes the track even more "Evil"
Some tracks have been shortened to make it a different listening experience, "That's All Right" for example is presented just like the original 1954 version, with no repeating versus and chorus.
"Let Yourself Go" has been spliced with the instrumental version and sounds very different. The "Gospel" segment has been re-created from scratch containing clever splices to make it sound just like the original version, only different ..."Blue Suede Shoes" (Stand up) has been re-edited and kicks some serious ass.
Throw in some more spliced takes , a rare rehearsal version of Blue Moon of Kentucky (spliced) and some cool live edits, turn up to volume and enjoy this excellent release
Presented in a six panel digipack, limited to 500 copies, this one will be gone soon!
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for tracklisting and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'3764 - The Final Recordings' New Import CD: Another new CD from CMT/STAR. Includes all tracks from both "Elvis Presley Boulevard" and "Moody Blue"
He'll Have To Go has been remade into a very different sounding track, it starts off with Elvis singing "He'll Have to Ho" James throws in a lick, and then our man bursts into "Put your sweet lips...."
"Love Coming Down" has been extended but there are no repeatable parts.
"Danny Boy" has been spliced with the live version, and America starts and ends with short studio parts, filled with a live version, also recorded in Memphis!
Named above are only a few highlights, fans of the series know what to expect and will not be disapointed by this latest addition.
Beautiful artwork matching the original release.
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for tracklisting and details

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 5 June 2018
Elvis / Orchestra Copenhagen 2018 Concert Review: The first 'Elvis & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' concert tour initially kicked off in England back in 2016. It was amazing that almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley was still getting fully-deserved standing ovations at packed arenas.
Now in 2018 the 'Wonder Of You' Video-Screen returns to Europe for another tour.
In this EIN exclusive Arjan Deelen describes "Moments Of Promise, Moments Of Frustration" as the EPE tour keeps trying to make an impact but without any genuine Elvis musician connection.
The 2016 reviews suggested that it was "So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building!" yet recently some Elvis fans came away disappointed especially when compared to previous "TCB Band" events.
Go here as EIN contributor Arjan Deelen checks out the 2018 Copenhagen presentation...
(Spotlight, Source;AD,ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Author Jerry Hopkins Dead at 82: Jerry Hopkins, well-known Rolling Stone journalist, who published 1971's 'Elvis: A Biography' and later 'Elvis: The Final Years' (1981) and more then thirty other books died in Bangkok, Thailand on June 3rd after a long illness. He was 82.
Hopkins is also known for his Jimm Morrison / Doors biography 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' which topped the New York Times bestseller chart and was credited by many with helping kick-start The Doors' revival and was used as the basis for Oliver Stone's 1991 movie.
"It's sad to say goodbye," says Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. "Jerry was from the founding generation of Rolling Stone. He was a good friend."
In the aftermath of the 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' success Hopkins turned his attention nearly full-time to books, writing nearly 40 biographies on everyone from David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix to Don Ho.
Hopkins lived in Hawaii for a period and also published 'Elvis In Hawaii' in 2002 (review here).
While Hopkin's original Elvis biography is often regarded as one of the very best books about Elvis (there is some great research in it and Hopkins has a very nice writing style) EIN was a little upset by the 2007 updated re-release which was still full of factual errors that had been discredited years before.

While "Elvis: The Biography" is still an essential read - fans should beware. (see EIN review here)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN reader Scott Wheeler wrote a charming note to EIN which included..
.. Sadly we've now past the major deaths of Scotty Moore & Joe Esposito... Charlie Hodge several yrs ago.. as well as Sam Phillips, etc etc. And so now Jerry Hopkins - the first author of Elvis' life is himself gone now too.
In 1970 inaccuracies in his "Elvis: A Biography" would be forgivable since Elvis was still living & so much was kept secret back then plus it was his personal life. In the years since Elvis' death, it's gradually become less personally relevant to the family & friends & more strictly a matter of historic record. Further, information is obviously far more easily obtained nowdays - especially for a serious author.
So yes, all the inacurracies in the 1970 book are easily forgiven. Hopkins is entitled to his rightful honored spot in Elvis history due to being the first & only serious biographer of Elvis prior to 1977- so that makes his book a serious collectable. Actually i find it fascinating to flip thru the book realizing that Elvis surely saw all of that for himself!

(EIN Thanks Scott Wheeler)


15 New Guests Added to Elvis Week 2018: Graceland has just added more than 15 new guests to the Elvis Week 2018 lineup for August. The list includes first-time guests to Elvis Week, as well as an amazing ’68 Special Conversations line-up, past UTA Contest winners, and a new afternoon concert for August 18!
Elvis Week is coming up soon August 9-18.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary, ’68 Comeback Special director/producer Steve Binder, musical director Billy Goldenberg, writer Allan Blye and guitarist Mike Deasy will talk in-depth about Elvis’ landmark television special during 'Conversations on Elvis: ’68 Special' on Thursday, August 16.
The Imperials’ Terry Blackwood and Jimmy Murray will join Imperial Armond Morales, along with former Stamps’ Ed Hill, Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize and Larry Strickland, and Dr. Emily “Cissy Houston,” who was a member of
The Sweet Inspirations” for Conversations on 'Elvis: Gospel' on Wednesday, August 15.
Other special guests include Ginny Tiu, Elvis' "Girls!Girls!Girls!" co-star; Elvis' "Wild in the Country" co-star Millie Perkins; and Elvis' friend and country star TG Sheppard, who will share his memories of the king and perform at The Guest House at Graceland.
Click here to EPE to see Elvis Week 2018 schedule.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Tupelo Elvis Festival This Week: The Tupelo Elvis Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary - starting tomorrow with a king-sized celebration June 6-10, 2018 in Tupelo, Mississippi - Elvis' birthplace.
Events will be held throughout Downtown Tupelo. One of the festival highlights is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round.
Highlights of the Tupelo Elvis Festival include:
Wednesday, June 6
Elvis Homecoming: Where It All Began celebrating the life of Elvis on the Elvis Presley Birthplace lawn
The excitement truly kicks off Thursday, June 7
Elvis’ Homecoming Parade through Downtown Tupelo
Elvis Through the Eras concert in Fairpark
Friday, June 8
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition at the BancorpSouth Arena
Conversations with Tom Brown at the historic Lyric Theatre
Tupelo Winners Concert featuring past ETA winners- Bancorp Saturday, June 9
Living history demonstrations and Live Broadcast with Argo and Big Jim of Elvis Sirius Radio in Downtown Tupelo
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition Finals and Showcase at the BancorpSouth Arena
Sunday, June 10
Gospel Sunday Concert at the BancorpSouth Conference Center
For more information, go to tupeloelvisfestival.com
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 3 June 2018
'Elvis: The Searcher' Part2 on Australian TV tonight: Music is the primary focus in 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'. It follows the evolution of Elvis’s sound from mixing up gospel, blues and country in the '50s through to the movie musicals and Vegas crooning in the '60s. And while the question of whether Elvis was a cultural appropriator of black music or merely its champion/messenger may have been settled in the minds of many, the doco goes to great lengths to show us that neither are really true.
'Elvis: The Searcher' Part 2 is on Australian TV tonight on SBS TV.
Tom Petty noted, "Elvis was a light for all of us. We all owe him for going first into battle. He had no road map, and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. We shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist by all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting. Which was that great, great music.”
Of course, Elvis’s legacy isn’t just as a creator of great music. He’s “The King of Rock and Roll”. He single-handedly took popular culture into a new and exciting direction, leading John Lennon to famously say, “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
But there was actually quite a bit before Elvis.
And while the issue of whether he explicitly “stole” anything may not be as fiery a topic.. it’s an important part of how we appreciate Elvis’ significance.
In the early '50s, black performers like Little Richard, Joe Turner, Ike Turner, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown and Fats Domino were already making "R&B" / rock'n'roll, some white performers were too. 1951’s “Rocket 88” by Ike Turner (on 'Elvis The Searcher' Deluxe set) is now more widely considered the first rock and roll song than “That’s All Right”, which is a cover of an Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup song.
But in pre-Civil Rights America, when black artists were marginalised as creators of what was called “race music” and largely ignored by the white mainstream audience, who were more interested in balladeers like Tony Martin and Johnnie Ray. At least, they pretended to be. There’s evidence that white audiences listened to black music
privately, even though it wasn’t socially acceptable to do so publicly.
Elvis helped change that.
And Elvis seemed to only have glowing praise for his contemporaries, giving credit where credit was due.
Elvis stated, "The coloured folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doing now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them. Down in Tupelo, Mississippi, I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, and I said if I ever got to the place where I could feel all old Arthur felt, I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw."
Go here to SBS TV for the full article.
Go HERE to EIN's important spotlight 'Elvis was NOT a Racist'
(News, Source;SBS/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS NBC TV SPECIAL' Audiophile Limited Anniversary Edition: While it seems strange that this is not a SONY Legacy release, Friday Music have announced a limited edition "ELVIS Comeback special" special RED VINYL release for July 2018 - with a Gatefold sleeve!

Coloured RED Vinyl, 180 gram, Gatefold

Release Date: July 6, 2018
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Friday Music
ASIN: B07CXBXQ2W

More info when we have it

 

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 1 June 2018
Elvis '68 Comeback Special' in US Cinemas This August: Elvis Presley's legendary television special Elvis, better known as the "'68 Comeback Special," will be screened in US movie theaters this summer to mark the 50th anniversary of its airing. The screenings will take place on Presley's death, August 16th, and again on August 20th.
Clad in black leather and backed by his original sideman, the King reclaimed his crown with one of the greatest performances of all time
EPE / ABG is arranging the screening with Fathom Events. They have yet to announce the screening times.
"Seeing Elvis onscreen is one of the most memorable and influential brand experiences and we look forward to bringing this special and future events to audiences around the world," ABG's senior vice president, Marc Rosen, said in a statement.
"ABG is recognized as a global leader in the brand space and aligns perfectly with Fathom's dedication to providing our audiences with exclusive memorable cinema events," Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said.
Presley's comeback special came at a time when the King had been appearing in movies rather than performing live. It opened with footage of him dressed in a slick, black leather jumpsuit – curling his lip the way his fans remembered–and included a loose, "sit-down" set where he played his early hits with members from his backing band in the Fifties.
"Elvis was hardly ever nervous – but he was then," drummer D.J. Fontana noted, "We played a couple of songs, and it got loose after a while, and it turned out fine. He just had been out of the public eye for a long time."
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

The '68 Special - the Anniversary Celebration: How lucky in life would you be to get to the 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 recent 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)


Dave Hebler New book Pre-order Special: Elvis' bodyguard and Senior Grandmaster / Founder of American Kenpo Karate is working on his new book.
Habler tells EIN that he has now finished the first draft of his manuscript and has a special early pre-order offer for fans.
His book 'The Elvis Experience' is coming out in August - possibly earlier.

Currently he is taking pre orders for the book.
As a SPECIAL DEAL, the first 250 people to pre order will get an inscribed (signed) and numbered copy.
Only the first 250.

The pre order price is $24.95 plus S&H.
You will also receive an autographed picture of Elvis and Hebler ($26 value) for free with your order.
To pre order please contact Dave Hebler through his website and email - CLICK HERE.
This is a special deal - you cannot pre-order in any other way.

EIN will have more details about the book content asap.


(News, Source;DH/ElvisInfoNet)


Tupelo Elvis Festival This Week: The Tupelo Elvis Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a king-sized celebration June 6-10, 2018 in Tupelo, Mississippi - Elvis' birthplace.
Events will be held throughout Downtown Tupelo. One of the festival highlights is the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round.
Highlights of the Tupelo Elvis Festival include:
Wednesday, June 6
Elvis Homecoming: Where It All Began celebrating the life of Elvis on the Elvis Presley Birthplace lawn
Thursday, June 7
Elvis’ Homecoming Parade through Downtown Tupelo
Elvis Through the Eras concert in Fairpark
Friday, June 8
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition at the BancorpSouth Arena
Conversations with Tom Brown at the historic Lyric Theatre
Tupelo Winners Concert featuring past ETA winners- BancorpSouth Arena
Saturday, June 9
Living history demonstrations and Live Broadcast with Argo and Big Jim of Elvis Sirius Radio in Downtown Tupelo
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition Finals and Showcase at the BancorpSouth Arena
Sunday, June 10
Gospel Sunday Concert at the BancorpSouth Conference Center
For more information, go to tupeloelvisfestival.com
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Stay Tuned: Rock on TV' at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Since exploding onto the scene in the post-war 40s, television and rock & roll have reflected social values, shaped the youth culture and created icons.
In its early days, they sat at opposite ends of the table, with tv showcasing the normalcy of nuclear family and strong moral lessons, while rock & roll questioned the establishment with a rebellious attitude. But as television sets became a household fixture, advertisers sought to reach the booming youth and teenage demographic and their expendable pocket money, cracking the door for rock & roll’s acceptance into the mainstream through shows like American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
In the new multi-floor multimedia exhibition, 'Stay Tuned: Rock on TV' visitors to Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will also
see the birth of the music video, how it reached its pinnacle with the launch and domination of MTV plus its technology to push music and artistry to new heights.
... In 1956, Elvis Presley got $400 for his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show.''
A replica of the check is part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's new exhibit which opened to the public last week. It's just one of more than a hundred artifacts that take up the top three floors of the museum.
Elvis' blue chair from "Singer Presents Elvis" is also there.
Step off the escalator on the fourth floor, and you're confronted by a massive replica of an old-style television - one with 13 channels on the main dial and a VHF knob for those local stations we all loved.
Step around the corner, and Herman has found the original "American Bandstand'' logo, the one that hung from Dick Clark's studio for all those years as he welcomed the people who eventually would be enshrined in the Rock Hall.
There's a stage-door sign for Sullivan's show, plus the tiny Rickenbacker guitar John Lennon played on the Beatles' debut on "Sullivan."
There is fascination in the the contracts, like Presley's $400 signup to return to the Sullivan show, or the $155 Little Richard got to appear on American Bandstand in 1965. And James Brown's contract that called for him to be paid $210 for an appearance, but $250 for his wardrobe.
The wealth of artifacts will be on view for about a year - and then it will become a traveling show.
Go here to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for info
Go here to Cleveland.com for review and great photos.
Stay Tuned: Rock on TV - Admission: $14 to $26
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘Queen of the groupies’ Missed Out!: ‘Queen of the groupies’ Pamela Des Barres says that she has bedded some of the biggest names in the music business, including Mick Jagger and Keith Moon and loved Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page but missed out on Elvis supposedly because it was too dangerous!
Promoting her book's reprint Pamela Des Barres now 69 noted, "I’ll never forget that night at the Elvis concert — or the hours spent with Jimmy afterwards on a huge bed up on a pedestal.”
Des Barres said the now 74-year-old British musician happily took “Miss Pamela” on tour with him.
“One time I was on the side of the stage as Jimmy entranced 80,000 fans with his guitar playing. From my vantage point, sitting on Jimmy’s amp, I almost felt like one of the group.
Girls in the audience looked up at me and wondered which one I was sleeping with, and I was so proud. I was exactly who I’d aspired to be — the girlfriend of the lead guitar player in the world’s biggest rock and roll band.”
Des Barres exposed all her shocking escapades 31 years ago in her 1987 memoir, I’m With the Band.
She had a more lighthearted encounter with Jimi Hendrix. She appeared in a short film dancing for his band.
“Hendrix hit on me and it’s impossible to describe his charisma, it was huge. I didn’t sleep with him though — I was only 17 and way too young.”
But she didn’t think twice when it came to Doors front man Jim Morrison.
“I remember thinking, ‘This is the most beautiful man I have ever seen. He was so gorgeous, everything about him was just perfect.”
Des Barres married musician Michael Des Barres in 1973. They had a son named Nicholas in 1978. However, the couple divorced in 1991.
These days, Des Barres is looking to make her own film focusing on her fling with Jagger.
And there was also that opportunity with ELVIS. Except it is a NON-Story!
She states, “I could have met Elvis and spent time with him. I declined that because I had gotten engaged to the man I married. I thought I shouldn’t get caught up with Elvis.”
EIN notes that she married in 1973 so actually went out with Jimmy Page after that - so that is no excuse that she failed to get involved with Elvis!
Yet again ELVIS' legacy is so big that he becomes a feature of a "non-story" to promote a book.

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Australian RCM Touring Liquidated: The company behind the recent Elvis / Orchestra and Priscilla tours is being liquidated.
RCM Touring has denied owing over $120,000 to a fellow touring company, after an application to have the organisation liquidated was filed in the Federal Court Of Australia.
Big Deal Touring has accused RCM, operated by talent agent Ralph Carr, of failing to pay thousands of dollars in invoices, totalling $120,300, for work involved in a number of tours which took place in 2017, including Roy Orbison’s Australian hologram tour, which was cancelled last month.
RCM Touring’s solicitors state there is no substance to Big Deal’s claim.
Since RCM Touring Pty Ltd has long since ceased trading our instructions are not to incur
the costs of appearing to fight this in Sydney on 1 June 2018. All our attempts to settle this matter on a commercial basis were rejected out of hand.
The 2018 "Return Tour" for Elvis and the Orchestra was cancelled back in March, after venues were changed.
Other tours in documents filed by Big Deal included the Elvis Presley tour and Priscilla Presley speaking tour.
(News, Source;musicfeeds/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier last week
Bob Dylan and Elvis: May 24 was Bob Dylan's 77th birthday. The Shelia Variations website posted a cute article about these two great musicians.
Bob Dylan has stated that, “When I first heard Elvis Presley’s voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.”
and “The highlight of my career? That’s easy, Elvis recording one of my songs.”
Elvis recorded Dylan’s song “Tomorrow is a Long Time” in 1966. Dylan had written it, and recorded a demo of it in the early 60s. He played it in his concerts, and others started recording it. Elvis heard it through Odetta's recording - as featured on the new Elvis: The Searcher Deluxe set (click here for review)
Elvis’ cover was buried on the soundtrack album for the movie Spinout, and it didn’t make a splash of any kind at the time but recently was part of the thread used within The Seracher documentary.
Elvis sang a couple of other Dylan songs during his live
kick-arounds in the 70s, “Don’t Think Twice,” and “I Shall Be Released” – and he liked “Blowin in the Wind”, and would sing it around the piano with his buddies, even though it seems like Elvis and Dylan would have had nothing in common, especially socially/politically.
But “Tomorrow is Such a Long Time” is the best of all of these. It’s haunting, eerie, with Chip Young providing an understated lead guitar. Dylan officially released the song in 1971, I believe, after a decade of performing it live, and a decade where everyone and their grandmother had recorded it. It was one of those songs.
Dylan's “Nobody was going to be my boss” is one of my favorite comments from a fellow musician on the impact Elvis had. There’s also this from Keith Richards’ great memoir.
"But (Elvis was) the one that really turned me on, like an explosion one night, listening to Radio Luxembourg on my little radio when I was supposed to be in bed and asleep, was “Heartbreak Hotel”. That was the stunner. I’d never heard it before, or anything like it. I’d never heard of Elvis before. It was almost as if I’d been waiting for it to happen."
go here to The SheilaVariations for the full article
Go here to our EIN article on 'ELVIS: In The Early Morning Rain' - The missed folk album
(News, Source;SV/ElvisInfoNet)

'The King' Elvis Themed Doco Opens in June: Fans should realise that this new doco/film is not about ELVIS (even if his image is in the poster) but rather using Elvis' life and legacy as a exploration of where the US is now.
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki road trips across the United States in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce, examining the musician's complicated legacy for the new documentary, The King.
In the film, Jarecki traces Elvis' rise and fall, using the rock pioneer's career as a metaphor for America. The new trailer teases the rosy-eyed view of Elvis with fans lining up to admire his Rolls and singing his classic songs. But it also uses the most problematic aspects of Elvis' music and career – including his drug use and thorny relationship with race and cultural appropriation – to explore larger American ills.
The King boasts interviews with an array of
musicians and cultural figures including Alec Baldwin, Baldwin, Chuck D – who recites his infamous "Fight the Power" line about Elvis – Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Van Jones, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Lana Del Rey, Ethan Hawke, Greil Marcus, David Simon and Ashton Kutcher.
The movie opens June 22nd.
Click here to YouTube for the Trailer -
beware some fans may find the analogy disturbing.
Reviewed when it was at the Sundance film festival ... A documentary as sprawling and brilliant and flawed as the country it traverses, Eugene Jarecki’s “The King” is a fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline. In the process, it’s also: a biography of the 20th century’s most famous musician; a story about how a man became king of a democratic nation; a nuanced analysis of cultural appropriation
in a multi-racial society; a southern-fried rock n’ roll performance piece; a horrifyingly sober look at the rise of Donald Trump; a closed-casket funeral service for The American Dream; the best recent film about how the hell we got here; and more. So much more.
“The King” steers into the fact that the United States can mean whatever people want it to mean.
...Jarecki doesn’t argue that the American Dream is dead; he argues that it was never alive in the first place — that we were all lobsters in a pot full of water that was boiling too slowly for any of us to notice. And now it’s time for dinner. Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Elvis has left the building.
Grade: A- (click here to full Indiewire review)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Big ELVIS bids at Auction: Julien’s Auctions made history May 19 with the record-breaking sale of Elvis Presley’s “Thunderbird” ensemble belt, a heavily embellished white leather belt worn in a 1972 performance in Hawaii, gifted to actor and friend Jack Lord as it sold for an astounding US$354,400 (estimate $40,000). It is the top-selling belt sold at auction worn by “The King,” achieving a price normally reserved for his jumpsuits. (see below)
The star-shaped diamond ring that Elvis Presley gave to a female fan at a 1975 concert sold for US$120,000.
Donna Lewis was 20 when the King handed her the sparkler – in white gold and featuring 50 stones.
Julien’s Auctions sold over $6 million total in the Music Icons sale, including Property from the Life of Prince.
One of the highly anticipated items a 1965 Fender Telecaster owned by The Band’s Robbie Robertson sold for $490,000. The auction event sold over 600 lots and was held live at Hard Rock Cafe New York.
The historic guitar was played by Bob Dylan on his Going Electric 1966 tour, in addition to Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm and George Harrison and numerous notable recordings and performances from Dylan’s Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat to The Band’s legendary set at Woodstock.
Another top-selling guitar was George Harrison’s first electric guitar, a Hofner Club 40, sold for an astounding $430,000. Harrison played it in the early day when The Beatles performed as The Quarrymen. It is considered one of the most historically important guitars as it marks the chapter in music history.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in May . . .

'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' In-Depth Review: This MRS 'The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters And Session Recordings' 5CD/Book combo pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete music recordings made for his movies during the 1950s.
The 5CDs contain the complete works of the master and session studio recordings made for each of Elvis’ movies during the 1950s, and all tracks have been remastered.
The 200-page book focuses on each of the recording sessions held for the four motion pictures made between August 1956 and March 1958.
The comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and documentation.

So what surprises will collectors discover in this new set, what is in this new collection that FTD have missed and how good will the audio sound.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


"The Wonder Of You" 2018 Australia Tour CANCELLED: Despite the "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour being pared back to only two shows - these have now been CANCELLED, presumably due to lack of ticket sales. What a shame.
There were only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates had already been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week.
Now Cancelled - Despite the best efforts of the Promoter we were not able to rectify the situation ....
Tickets purchased online or via telephone using credit cards will be refunded in full and you do not need to take any action. Please allow up to 15 working days for the refund.
(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: The Searcher' on Australian SBS TV: Good news for all Australian Elvis fans as the free-to-air broadcaster SBS TV are showing 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' documentary.
'Elvis: The Searcher' Part 1 on Sunday 27 May 8:30pm - 10:30pm
'Elvis: The Searcher' Part 2 on Sunday June 3 8:30pm - 10:30pm

In fact it is a good weekend for ELVIS on Australian TV as FOXTEL is also broadcasting a "Elvis TRIPLE movie special" plus a repeat of 'Elvis & Nixon'
FOX Classics is showing
- Kissin' Cousins Sun 27 May 12:00pm - 1:40pm
- Speedway Sun 27 May 1:40pm - 3:15pm
- King Creole Sun 27 May 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Masterpiece movie channel
- 'Elvis & Nixon' late at night Mon 28 May 12:15am - 1:40am


Thanks to EIN fan club member Peta Garriga
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

NBC celebrates 50th Anniversary of the ELVIS Comeback Special: NBC in the US have announced that they will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The ELVIS Comeback Special.
They advertise "Coming Soon" Take a trip to Nashville for a unique restaging of Elvis' legendary 1968 comeback special.
We all know Elvis Presley as the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," but it was his '68 comeback special on NBC that truly secured his reign. In that one thrilling special, donning iconic black leather and performing some of his most unforgettable hits, Elvis reclaimed his glory and put himself back at the top of the charts. This season, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic evening, an all-star group of music's superstars will pay tribute in Nashville, Tennessee, recreating the spectacle
- even the staging - of that legendary night of song. In addition to the musical performances, we'll see rare Elvis footage, outtakes and interviews from those involved in the '68 comeback special, including Director Steve Binder. Whether you're a lifelong fan or just getting to know Elvis, this is an event not to be missed.
A Two-hour special - with "Grammys" Ken Ehrlich as Executive Producer.
No programme date is noted as yet.
(News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie at Elvis Week Update: Fans who making plans for Elvis Week specially to see Lisa Marie being interviewed need to note that she has changed her itinerary and will now be on August 11.
EPE states, Due to a schedule change, Lisa Marie Presley's appearance at Elvis Week 2018 has been moved from August 15 to a special appearance and interview for the launch of a new project to be announced soon.

Lisa Marie event will now be held on Saturday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m. at the Graceland Soundstage.

EPE notes that more details on this project will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Tickets for the Lisa Marie special appearance and interview event are $30 and on sale now.
Click here to EPE to see Elvis Week 2018 schedule.


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Celebrate the Holiday Season at Graceland: Do you feel that there is not enough Elvis after Elvis Week has ended? Well don't fear as following last year's successful, inaugural Holiday Concert Weekend, the celebration will continue December 2018 at Elvis Presley's Graceland!
The 2018 Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend is December 14-15, and it will feature three festive live concerts at the Graceland Soundstage at Graceland's new Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex.
On Friday, December 14, enjoy a live concert featuring Elvis' biggest Christmas hits. Then, on Saturday, December 15, it's two themed concerts on one night: an Elvis Gospel Christmas concert and an Elvis Star-Studded Rock 'n' Roll show.
Go here to EPE for more Christmas/Holiday info
(News, Sources,EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

(Multimedia set review) - Tearing 'Em Up! 1971 - The King In Motion Vol. 3 (Venus Productions): Elvis' 1971 tour has been well served by a number of very strong book releases. The latest Venus Productions multimedia set revisits the tour with a composite book, DVD and CD set.

The DVD includes 40 minutes of concert footage from the November 1971 Tour. The footage has been professionally synced with the Boston November 10th show.
The main feature is the 209 page hardcover book with loads of rare pictures of the complete tour! 

EIN's Piers Beagley and Nigel Patterson recently explored this new release. What did they find? How does the book component compare to other releases on the tour? What do the audio-visual elements offer?

Read Piers and Nigel's detailed review featuring plenty of example pages of 1971 Elvis on stage action.

(Review, Source: EIN)


UPDATED - COME ON FTD! Let's Speed Things Up A Little!: EIN has very strongly supported the FTD label from the start even though their quality control has slipped at times.
Recently this seems to have got worse, perhaps due to the producers Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon's extra work with mainstream SONY releases.
The last couple of FTD live soundboards have notably run slow dragging down the pace of Elvis' performance. This has also been an issue on some previous concert releases.
On ELVIS LAS VEGAS '74' FTD the dates were wrong with the two shows reversed from what the cover indicated.
Do FTD collectors deserve better or should we be happy to have anything released with faults and all?
Go here as EIN contributor & Elvis author Shane Brown investigates.
Now updated with YOUR COMMENTS - Are you a FTD collector - we want to know YOUR THOUGHTS
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneB/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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)


MAY 15 - Two New FTD releases: FTD has announced two new releases for early June 2018.
- 'ELVIS: OFF - ON STAGE' single CD 7" digipack.
This 1CD set features Elvis in great form from his legendary shows in February 1970 at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.
The album is a compilation of tracks from various performances. Twelve tracks are unreleased performances while 4 are newly remixed tracks.
On a positive note Bob Lanning Elvis' drummer at the shows and author /concert producer Arjan Deelen were both involved with FTD on this collection.
As a 7" digipack it should be a fine addition to our collection.
Tracklist: 1 I Got A Woman Feb 16, Midnight Show, 2 Long Tall Sally Feb 16 MS, 3 Let It Be Me Feb 16 MS, 4 Don't Cry Daddy Feb 17 Dinner Show, 5 I Can't Stop Loving You Feb 17 DS, 6 Walk A Mile In My Shoes Feb 17 DS, 7 Sweet Caroline Feb 17 DS, 8 Kentucky Rain Feb 19 DS, 9 Polk Salad Annie Feb 17 DS, 10 Proud Mary Feb 19, DS#, 11 Release Me Feb 19, DS#, 12 See See Rider Feb 19, DS+, 13 The Wonder Of You Feb 18 MS%,
Bonus Songs: 14 Don't Cry Daddy Feb 16 MS, 15 Kentucky Rain Feb 16 MS, 16 Love Me Tender Feb 16 MS.
All previously unreleased except.
# = Previously released in a different mix on Polk Salad Annie FTD
+ = Previously released in a different mix on 'Today, Tomorrow And Forever'
% = Previously released in a different mix on ELVIS 30 # 1 HITS
- 'ELVIS - THE LAST MOVIES' FTD double VINYL.
This album collects the soundtrack recordings from 'Live A Little, Love A Little', 'Charro!', 'The Trouble With Girls' and 'Change Of Habit'.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, on 180 gram vinyl..
EIN's review of the FTD CD version can be seen here.
SIDE 1: 1 A Little Less Conversation (tks 11, 12, 16), 2 Wonderful World (tk 16, 17), 3 Edge of Reality (tk 8 Master), 4 Almost in Love (#2006 take 4, vocal o/ds 2012 tks 2, 3 Master)
SIDE 2: 1 A Little Less Conversation (tks 1, 2), 2 Wonderful World (tks 2, 3), 3 Edge of Reality (tk 3), 4 Wonderful World (tk 7 Movie Master), 5 A Little Less Conversation (tk 10 Album Master), 6 Edge of Reality (tks 5, 6 Alt Master),
SIDE 3: 1 Charro, 2 Let's Forget About the Stars (rough mix), 3 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard, 4 Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (female vocals / brass overdub), 5 Almost, 6 Signs of the Zodiac (duet with Marlyn Mason), 7 College Songs Medley
SIDE 4: 1 Change of Habit, 2 Let's Be Friends, 3 Have A Happy, 4 Let Us Pray (Alt vocal overdub), 5 Rubberneckin', 6 Almost (take 29), 7 Charro (Rough mix).
Go here to 'Elvis SONY FTD News 2018' for all the details
(News, Source;FTD;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Reno Brothers' At Printers: The hard-working Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has announced that his new book 'The Reno Brothers' in his 'Gold Standard' series has gone to the printers.
This book focusses on Elvis' first movie, 'The Reno Brothers / Love Me Tender'.
Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen images.

THE RENO BROTHERS
"ELVIS - In The Story He Was Born To Play
"
ORDER NOW!
Send € 120 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

and get this beautiful color poster shown below in awesome quality with the book.


His most recent 'Gold Standard' book, 'Elvis; The Movies' was a stunner - see EIN's book review here with plenty of great photos



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


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

 

This week celebrates our 23,800 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.


Elvis Week 2018 Tickets on Sale Now: Elvis Week 2019 runs from August 9-18, ten days celebrating the Music, Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley.
Among the very special guests will be Lisa Marie Presley, who will appear on stage at the Graceland Soundstage on August 15; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend and Elvis' '68 Comeback Special performer Darlene Love live in concert, making her first-ever Elvis Week appearance; Gospel and Soul legend and former Elvis back-up singer Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, also making her first Elvis Week appearance; Elvis' acclaimed drummer from the TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt; and many more.
Highlights of the week's events include a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the legendary '68 Comeback Special, a concert and conversation honoring Elvis' gospel recordings, a live concert performance with Elvis on the big screen, a special Lisa Marie Presley autograph opportunity and the Candlelight Vigil held on the evening of August 15.
Other guests include
Michael Dante, who co-starred with Elvis in "Kid Galahad";
Former members of The Stamps and Armond Morales,
Tanya Lemani George, belly dancer "Little Egypt"
Plus army buddies Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield.
Click here to EPE to see Elvis Week 2018 schedule.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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?

 

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The EPE Catalog' Book Review: Bob Pakes' 'The EPE Catalog' presents an A-Z guide, 390 packed pages, with over 1,450 images on every weird and wonderful product that was part of the immensely successful 1956 Elvis Presley merchandise train.
The book contains an unbelievable number of photographs and documents showing how much product EPE tried to flog to the fans.  Anyone want an Elvis Presley hot-plate or some mittens!?
The book is an incredible compendium of how teenage America went crazy for Elvis Presley and the clever exploitation of their teenage cravings by one Col Parker via Hank Saperstein.
Incredibly around 80 different Elvis licensed products in all different colours and sizes were rushed out over this amazingly short period. Elvis Badges/ Buttons including everything from ‘I Like Elvis’ to ‘I Hate Elvis’ buttons, and featured over 18 pages of the book, is just one of those 80 products! It is an intense and fascinating story.
Teenagers in the 1950s were the first generation to really have any spending money and Tom Parker wanted to grab his share!

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this fabulous book - with plenty of example pages..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS ‘Complete 50s Film & Soundtrack Sessions digital erratum! Author Gordon Minto who wrote the very detailed text for the new MRS release ‘Complete 50s Film & Soundtrack Sessions' would like to point out an editing mistake that made in through to the final manuscript.
Minto would like to acknowledge the simple error before the 'Elvis Fun Police' want him castigated.
On page 54 the sentence is inadvertently printed as "Love Me Tender after earning millions ...ironically was the only film Elvis made for 20th Century Fox."
The sentence was of course meant to have said "Love Me Tender after earning millions ...ironically was the only film Elvis made for 20th Century Fox in the fifties".
Two pages later Minto actually notes in the bok that Elvis did make two more films for 20th Century Fox.
Minto tells EIN "I have never shied away from admitting my mistakes which is why I wanted to get it out there as soon as the book is officially released. It would be a sort of digital erratum!"
Click here to 'All The Elvis CD News 2018' for all the details and full tracklisting.
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)

(New book) Spirit of the '60s: A Film and Television Photo Album: Elvis, Batman, Doctor Who, Gerry Anderson, Irwin Allen (a fun 4 fans history)In 2014-15 EIN had the pleasure of interviewing pop culture and prolific author Jon Abbott and reviewing his excellent book, The Elvis Films. Jon has a new book release featuring a chapter on Elvis that will be of interest to many fans. Jon told EIN:

"I thought I would drop a quick line to notify you about a new publication of mine that includes a nod to Elvis. 

 
It is different from my usual text-heavy books in that it is primarily a photo album, in colour, around 140 pages, with the theme of 1960s film and TV. Basically I was looking for a way to use some wonderful Batman and Doctor Who pics that came my way and I needed a general theme that justified the use of the pictures for their intended purpose (promotion), so I put together this book titled Spirit of the ’60s that features specific chapters (including Elvis, Gerry Anderson, and Irwin Allen) that make up a visual history to hopefully encourage further investigation by the young and a nudge to re-watch for the nostalgic.

It is important for me to make clear that there are only seventeen pages of Elvis pics, many undoubtedly familiar to your audience......"

Given Jon Abbott's knowledge of popular culture and entertaining and informative writing style, EIN has no doubt his latest release will delight many readers, especially those of us who grew up on a heady dose of not only Elvis, but also 1960's pop culture.

Nearly 150 pages of glorious, indulgent nostalgia of memories that refuse to go away…Elvis, Batman, Lost in Space, Thunderbirds, Doctor Who… What a decade for popular culture. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. 

Read EIN's review of Jon Abbott's book The Elvis Films

Read EIN's interview with Jon Abbott


EIN Note: Our French and Italian readers may be interested in the first and fourth books above. The second and third titles are part of a series of note books with an Elvis related cover.
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)
EIN is interested in what other fans think of this box-set - please Click Here and send us YOUR Thoughts

'The Searcher' Separates the Trailblazer From His Tragedy: The New York Times has published a substantial and very positive review of the new HBO documentary.
It includes.. 
... There are no fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Nor is there a television with a bullet hole in its screen. Drugs, an unavoidable topic, are mentioned in sympathetic tones as an overworked performer's self-medication.
"Elvis Presley: The Searcher" strives to rescue the Elvis Presley story from its tabloid side. Instead, it presents a biography of an artist and musician who was both spectacularly gifted and unconscionably misdirected. Guided by his own ideas and instincts, he transformed 20th-century culture in the 1950s. But afterward, treated by his manager as a commercial workhorse, he spent years making trivial movies and performing as a nostalgia act.
The documentary presents Presley's relationship to African-American music as one of affinity and appreciation, not exploitation. "Elvis and Elvis's music pointed to black culture and said, 'This is filled with the force of life,'" Mr. Springsteen comments. "If you want to be an American, this is something you need to pay attention to." The excerpt chosen from "King Creole," the 1958 Presley film set in New Orleans, shows Presley listening to and then joining African-American street vendors' cries, acknowledging their influence.
  "He did not invent rock 'n' roll per se," Tom Petty bluntly notes, citing Little Richard and Joe Turner. "What he did was different" a fusion of all Presley had absorbed. He was not a copyist. The film and boxed set include enough of Presley's sources to demonstrate how thoroughly he personalized songs like Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right" and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky": the two sides, drawn from (black) blues and (white)

bluegrass, of his first single for Sun Records. In retrospect, it was a perfect, archetypal mission statement of how he would defy categories.
(After the army) the rock revolutionary, under Parker's management, was supposed to fall into line as an entertainer. Sadly, he did.
There was no other career map at the time, and the Colonel did not encourage artistic exploration. Through the eventful mid-1960s Elvis was contractually bound to make movies with lame songs and diminishing returns. One of the documentary's most bitterly telling finds is an audio interview with a defeated-sounding Presley, where he says that while he'd like to make "artistic" films, "if what you're doing is doing O.K., you're better off sticking with it."
The documentary seizes on moments,  rehearsals, outtakes, when Presley's grit and fervor blasted away corniness and shtick. It shows him touching down in gospel music at his bleakest times and, near the end, strains to present him as a spiritual figure. Its finale is from that 1968 TV special: his
wrenching performance of "If I Can Dream," longing for equality and redemption during a year of social turmoil. It shows Presley's passion and control, his visceral drama, his mastery. But it can't explain all that he left undone.
Go here to the New York Times for the full review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
For all 'The SEARCHER' News and Reviews go to EIN's spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'

‘Bicycle Rider: Thoughts on The Searcher’: One of EIN’s most insightful contributors George Smith has written a stunning essay on the new HBO documentary ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’.
In his review ‘George Smith’ captures the essence of the narrative, Zimny’s production decisions and notes the difficulty of having to create a documentary about Elvis’ music and having to keep it under 4 hours.
His review includes,   
“The genius of the documentary though, is in its decision to present Elvis Presley to all viewers in a new and unexpected fashion. For the devotees this is realised through the constant use of new film (professional and amateur) and studio outtakes: it keeps the faithful on their toes and creates the impression of seeing and hearing Elvis anew. This is why Zimny insisted on using the alternative Aloha, the handheld “Trilogy” and “Never Been to Spain”, the “Burning Love” rehearsal, the “If I Can Dream” outtake, the off-air segments from ’68, the non-masters of “Lonely Man”, “Hurt”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Loving You”.. It is a deliberate and clever approach which was much appreciated by this writer.”
Go here to “Bicycle Rider: Thoughts on The Searcher”  this is essential reading.
(Spotlight; Source;GeorgeSmith/ElvisInfoNet)


(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: Murfreesboro '74'' FTD In-Depth Review: March 1974 was Elvis' ninth tour of the US and included twenty-five performances in under 3 weeks. Freed from the constraints of the Las Vegas Hilton casino crowd, Elvis was in fine form and putting on great shows. The new FTD double-CD features Elvis' two Murfreesboro shows March 14 and March 19 (the penultimate concert before 'Live In Memphis') from this 1974 tour.

FTD have already released four concerts from this tour, the Tulsa March 1 Opening Show, the Memphis March 17 Evening show, the Richmond March 18 concert plus the RCA recorded 'Live In Memphis' March 20 Closing Night.
So do we really need yet another two 1974 soundboards from this March tour? Well, well, well.. the answer is a definite YES!

Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out this new FTD double-pack .....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


Dave Hebler Interview 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.
He is also known as a contributor along with Red and Sonny West to the 1977 book ‘Elvis: What Happened’.

EIN's Piers Beagley recently interviewed him to discuss Elvis and what it was like to be part of the Elvis Experience including...
- His best Elvis memory
- His new book out this year
- ‘Elvis: What Happened’
- Protecting Women and Children from Violence
- That Frank Skinner Elvis shirt!

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


Bob Pakes 'The EPE Catalog' Interview: Bob Pakes is an early Elvis enthusiast who runs the impressive website 'Elvis Echoes Of The Past'. His first venture into publishing is the incredible 'The EPE Catalog' along with (Elvis Files) Erik Lorentzen.
Over 390 pages 'The EPE Catalog' presents an A-Z guide with over 1,450 images on every weird and wonderful product that was part of the immensely successful 1956 Elvis Presley merchandise train.
Photos from '56 and '57, EPE documents as well as vintage advertisements for EPE products also help capture the magic and excitement of the time when Elvis Presley merchandise was sweeping the nation.
The book is an incredible compendium of why teenage America went crazy for Elvis Presley!
EIN has read nothing quite like this before and wanted to know more about the author Bob Pakes and what made him venture into such an crazy fifties teenage world.
We also discussed plenty of other topics along the way including...
- Col Parker good or bad for Elvis' career
- Did Elvis’ creativity die when he went into the army
- What surprises did he discover during his research?

Go here for a fascinating interview as EIN's Piers Beagley talks-a-plenty with author Bob Pakes..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska ‘74' New FTD: News that FTD has just announced the release of 'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska '74' Double CD for possibly later this month!
'ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska ‘74'  features both Elvis performances from June 30 1974, both the Afternoon and Evening show. Hopefully out before next month.
EIN notes that is a crazy suggestion as all their products run a little late!
Disc 1- June 30, 1974, Afternoon show 2:30pm
1 See See Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 All Shook Up, 6 Love Me Tender, 7 Hound Dog, 8 Fever, 9 Polk Salad Annie, 10 Why Me Lord, 11 Suspicious Minds, 12 Introductions, 13 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 14 Help Me, 15 American Trilogy, 16 Let Me Be There, 17 Funny How Time Slips Away, 18 Big Boss Man, 19 Steamroller Blues, 20 Can’t Help Falling In Love, 21 Closing Vamp.
Disc 2 - June 30, 1974, Evening show 8:30pm
1 See See Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 All Shook Up, 6 Love Me Tender, 7 How Great Thou

Art, 8 Hound Dog, 9 Fever, 10 Polk Salad Annie, 11 Why Me Lord, 12 Suspicious Minds, 13 Introductions, 14 I Can’t Stop Loving You, 15 Help Me, 16 Bridge Over Troubled Water, 17 Let Me Be There, 18 Happy Birthday, 19 Funny How Time Slips Away, 20 Big Boss Man, 21 My Way (FS) 22 Steamroller Blues (incomplete).
EIN Notes that the afternoon show has been out on CDR before but the Evening performance is new to us. There is however plenty of home-footage of these shows.
More info when we get it

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview) Mark Duffett author of the new book, Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs, talks to EIN: In a fascinating interview, Dr. Duffett explains how he approached Counting Down Elvis and offers a thought provoking perspective on related issues including:

  • the difficulties in comparing songs from different genres
  • Elvis' film soundtracks
  • Elvis as a social phenomenon
  • "why" Elvis appeals
  • the importance of contradictions in Elvis' life.

 

  • (Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

April 6 - 'ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER' OUT NOW: The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room. The soundtrack is OUT NOW as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The 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
(“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and also features two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. -
3CD Deluxe set priced at around $35 - see updated prices below.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.

VINYL .. << USA Orders
 Deluxe  VINYL .. << UK Orders
Australian Elvis fans do not pay the over-priced AU$65+ price being charged by JBHiFi or your local Elvis dealer - Click here to Amazon UK Elvis Presley : The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) [Deluxe]and get it for less than $45 with free postage to your door

Largest Elvis Week Ever Expected at Graceland, Memphis, August 9-18: Fans from around the world will gather at Graceland® in Memphis to celebrate and honor the life of Elvis Presley™ during Elvis Week™ 2018 – which will be the biggest Elvis Week in history. Unprecedented concerts, special performances and guest appearances will take place from August 9 through 18 at Graceland’s new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Among the very special guests will be Lisa Marie Presley, who will appear on stage at the Graceland Soundstage on August 15; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend and Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special performer Darlene Love live in concert, making her first-ever Elvis Week appearance; Gospel and Soul legend and former Elvis back-up singer Dr. Emily “Cissy” Houston, also making her first Elvis Week appearance; Elvis’ acclaimed drummer from the TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt; and many more.
Highlights of the week’s events include a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the legendary ’68 Comeback Special, a concert and conversation honoring Elvis’ gospel recordings, a live concert performance with Elvis on the big screen, a special Lisa Marie Presley autograph opportunity and the Candlelight Vigil. Fans will enjoy stories from people who knew Elvis, bid on auction items, and celebrate with special events throughout the week.

Tickets for all Elvis Week events went on-sale this weekend. For additional ticket information, including exclusive Elvis Week packages, visit the Elvis Week ticket page.
Most events will take place at the Graceland Soundstage, a state-of-the-art production and performance space in the heart of Graceland’s new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, directly across the street from Graceland Mansion.
There is limited availability at The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel on select nights during Elvis Week.
Go HERE to EPE's Elvis Week 2018 for tickets and more info
(News, Source;BusinessWire/ElvisInfoNet)
Note that EIN suspects that the 2018 Elvis Week attendance numbers will in fact be "way down" compared to the 40th Anniversary - and with lots of European fans saving money by attending the special "Elvis Week Garden Party" in Randers, Denmark which features a stunning array of guests including, Linda and Sam Thompson, Dick Grob, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Alanna Nash and The Imperials. See details below.

Elvis Week 'Garden Party' at Denmark's Memphis Mansion: Henrik Knudsen is planning a special Elvis Extravaganza for Elvis Week 2018.
For three days August 17-19  European Elvis fans can enjoy the delights of Elvis' friends, acquaintances and musicians without the trouble of flying to Memphis.
This will take place at the "Danish version of Graceland" the Randers Memphis Mansion.

Special guests include Linda and Sam Thompson, Dick Grob, James Burton, Glen D Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Alanna Nash and The Imperials.

Henrik Knudsen started the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Denmark back in 1990 and by 1993 had opened the first Elvis exhibition in Randers.

Memphis Mansion, Graceland Randers Vej,
Randers SØ,
Denmark

Go to www.MemphisMansion.DK for more info and tickets.

 

 

 

 

(News, Source;TonyS/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Reno Brothers' New Book: The hard-working Erik Lorentzen (Elvis Files) has announced a new book for this spring in his 'Gold Standard' series.
This time about Elvis' first movie, 'The Reno Brothers / Love Me Tender'.
Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unseen images.

More info when we get it


His most recent 'Gold Standard' book, 'Elvis; The Movies' was a stunner - see EIN's book review here with plenty of great photos



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)



'ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SEARCHER' OUT April 6: This spring, the three-hour, two-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher will peel back the legend of The King of Rock and Roll to focus on Elvis' evolution as a musician and a man. The Thom Zimny directed feature uses rare footage and new interviews with those who knew Elvis best to share the stories behind the songs that made him famous.
The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions in the Jungle Room.
The soundtrack will be available on April 6 as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP & a 3CD deluxe version which adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home.

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. - 3CD Deluxe set priced at $40
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.
Disc 1: 1 Trouble / Guitar Man, 2 My Baby Left Me, 3 Baby, What You Want Me To Do, 4 Old Shep, 5 That's When Your Heartaches Begin, 6 That's All Right, 7 Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 8 Fool, Fool, Fool, 9 Tweedlee Dee, 10 Baby Let's Play House, 11 Good Rockin' Tonight, 12 Trying To Get To You, 13 Blue Moon, 14 When It Rains It Pours, 15 Blue Christmas, 16 Heartbreak Hotel, 17 Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 18 Money Honey, 19 Hound Dog, 20 (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 21 Crawfish, 22 Trouble, 23 Farther Along, 24 Mona Lisa, 25 Hide Thou Me, 26 Loving You (End Title Take 16), 27 Lonely Man (Solo Version), 28 Power Of My Love
Disc 2: 1 Milky White Way,  2 A Mess Of Blues, 3 Fame And Fortune, 4 Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (Duet With Frank Sinatra), 5 Like A Baby, 6 Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 7 It's Now Or Never, 8 Wooden Heart, 9 Swing Down Sweet Chariot, 10 Reconsider Baby, 11 Bossa Nova Baby, 12 C'mon Everybody, 13 Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 14 Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 15 Run On, 16 Baby What You Want Me To Do, 17 Suspicious Minds (Take 6), 18 Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal), 19 Words (Rehearsal), 20 That's All Right, 21 Never Been To Spain, 22 An American Trilogy, 23 You Gave Me A Mountain, 24 Burning Love (Rehearsal Version), 25 Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version), 26 Hurt (Take 5), 27 If I Can Dream
Disc 3: 1 Mike Mccready - Dissolution 2, 2 The Blackwood Brothers - Satisfied, 3 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right, 4 Joe Hill Louis - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So, 5 Little Junior's Blue Flames - Mystery Train, 6 Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning, 7 The Blackwood Brothers - Rock-A-My Soul, 8 The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 9 Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats - Rocket 88, 10 The Ravens - Write Me A Letter, 11 Bill Monroe - Blue Moon Of Kentucky, 12 Eddie Snow - Ain't That Right, 13 Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain, 14 Lloyd Price - Lawdy Miss Clawdy, 15 Gladys Presley - Home Sweet Home, 16 Odetta - Blowin' In The Wind, 17 Odetta - Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 18 The Staple Singers - The Weight, 19 The Orlons - Heartbreak Hotel, 20 Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Wooden Heart, 21 Mike Mccready - Rebound

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Single CD Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.”
This soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – Single CD / Digital - Priced at $12
1. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way, 11. Like A Baby, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 13. It’s Now Or Never, 14. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, 15. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 16. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 17. Hurt (take 5), 18. If I Can Dream.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' 2LP VINYL Release: The new multi-part documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny.
Also released  as a DOUBLE-VINYL set this soundtrack features 18 songs as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings (“Heartbreak Hotel,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”), powerful vocal performances (“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”).
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) – CD / Digital - Priced at $25
LP. Trouble / Guitar Man, 2. My Baby Left Me, 3. That’s All Right, 4. Baby Let’s Play House, 5. Heartbreak Hotel, Side 2 - 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 7. Hound Dog, 8. Crawfish, 9. Mona Lisa, 10. Milky White Way,
LP Two - 1. Like A Baby, 2. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 3. It’s Now Or Never, 4. Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Side 2 - 5. Suspicious Minds (take 6), 6. Separate Ways (rehearsal version), 7. Hurt (take 5), 8. If I Can Dream
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

'Kissin' Cousins' FTD Soundtrack Review: The final Elvis movie soundtrack album in FTD's Classic Album series.
Kissin’ Cousins was Elvis’ 14th movie release and it was Elvis' first budget movie production.
The 'Kissin’ Cousins' album was released in April 1964 and it was his lowest charting soundtrack album so far.
About the release UK Fan Club President Albert Hand stated, "Here we have an artiste, the finest in the world, being slowly but surely – as a chart prospect – being killed off inches by inches through sheer stupidity”.
Elvis didn't attend the soundtrack session in Nashville and so there is very little available in studio outtakes. FTD however have discovered some previously unreleased material - along with the session backing tracks.

FTD have compiled a packed CD and EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD soundtrack album to discover some fine gems hidden in the old mountain dirt..
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Strictly Elvis Vol.2 1976-77' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has announced that he is working on the second Keith Alverson STRICTLY ELVIS book and that it's a real pleasure to work with all this fantastic photos by Keith Alverson.

It will contain more than 1.200 photos from 1976 - 1977 and more than 1,000 has never been published or even seen before.

Here's the cover of 'STRICTLY ELVIS VOLUME 2' to be released later this year.



Go here for EIN's exclusive interview with Keith Alverson

Go here to see our review of 'Strictly Elvis Vol.1 73-75'  one of the BEST Elvis releases from 2017

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: The Movies' Book Review: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.

Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But how could this improve on all the previous 'Elvis movie' books.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new deluxe production and includes some of the book's fabulous Elvis photos
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis: The Bicentennial Show' 1976' FTD In-Depth Review: 1976 is not an easy Elvis live-in-concert year to review. There were no major set-list changes, no dramatic "emotional roller-coaster" of 1974 and no high-flying "Huntsville" 1975 excitements. Apart from the exceptional blast of the final December 1976 Tour the year was the inevitable downward spiral.

However there were some highlights along the way and Elvis collectors have always been keen to hear Elvis' July 4th 1976 Bicentennial performance, as well as RCA's Joan Deary's initial choice for the 1980 box-set of Duluth, October 16, 1976.  

As FTD releases two more 1976 soundboards, will Elvis be back on form and are there any surprises in store..
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell checks out Elvis' celebrating July 4th 1976 ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: Close Up' Boxset Re-Release: The excellent 4-CD set 'Elvis: Close Up'  that was originally issued by BMG back in 2003, is being re-released this year as a new compact box-set.
At the time EIN described it as "With a slight emphasis towards the collector’s market, Ernst & the team have come up with a truly sensational follow up. Possibly the best ‘specialised’ box-set yet released!"
With the 4 discs all having a particular theme there isn’t a weak point on any of them. All four discs are packed full of gems demonstrating the power of Elvis’ music while at the same time including rarities that will delight collectors and give all of us plenty of new material to explore. At the time it featured 89 previously Unreleased tracks.
The four themed Discs are
1. Unreleased Stereo Masters from the '50s
2. Unreleased Movie Gems
3. The Magic Of Nashville
4. Live In Texas 1972

Coming out 6 April 2018 from Sony Music Cmg.
Price £23.99 (= US$34) with FREE Delivery in the UK
Click here to AMAZON UK to Pre-Order
Go here to read our 2003 review '25 Essential reasons to get ‘Close Up’ (with Elvis)!'
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Alan Hanson 'Elvis: The Movies' Interview: Respected Elvis author Alan Hanson, along with Erik Lorentzen, has just published 'Elvis - The Movies', 432 pages examining all of Elvis' movies and including some sensational photos.
Elvis Presley's dream was to become a movie star, and the dream started well for him. His acting ability developed steadily throughout his first four movies. But, alas, it was the music which first gave him access to Hollywood, that proved the undoing of his acting career. The inevitable result was a long series of films with weak plots in which only the music mattered.
Author Alan Hanson chronicles Elvis' cinematic career, combined with hundreds of stunning photos from Erik Lorentzen's exclusive collection. But what does this book offer that other Elvis Movie books don't?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Alan Hanson to find out more..
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Secrets and Lies: Getting to the Truth about Elvis' Christmas Album': Probably more than any other album of his career, Elvis’ Christmas Album is generally regarded as having created the most controversy.
Some would argue that the first album in 1956 did this, but actually there was relatively little backlash against it or Elvis in the press prior to the second Milton Berle appearance. Elvis’ Christmas Album, however, has stories of it being banned by radio stations, firings of DJs, and an irate Irving Berlin all attached to it.
These events make for great stories, have been often repeated, and only add to the legend of the boy from Tupelo taking on the establishment and coming out with #1 album.
But are they really true?
Go here to this fascinating EIN spotlight where author Shane Brown investigates and checks the facts and the fantasy

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'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)

"The Wonder Of You" 2018 Australia Tour changes: The "Back By Popular Demand" 2018 'Wonder Of You' Australian tour has been majorly altered by the local producers RCM Touring. They are no longer in April 2018 as planned and the locally-anticipated show in the new venue of Newcastle, NSW has been cancelled completely.
Now there are only the two shows in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have been moved to August 2018, presumably to help link up with the excitement of Elvis Week.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on
stage performing the King's most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis - the highest selling solo artist in history - whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
Melbourne Hisense Arena Saturday 4th August, - Sydney ICC Theatre Saturday 10th August.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets original ticket holders have been informed of the change.
(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)

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)


UPDATED - 'ELVIS Christmas with the RPO' CD Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from his 1957 Christmas Album and Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas from 1971, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream both reached Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
But can producers Nick Patrick, Don Reedman and Priscilla Presley really keeping milking the money-making Elvis cow or will they turn out an overdone Christmas turkey?
Do the "new" Producers even care about Elvis' fabulous musical legacy?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Brittany Edwards go into the Listening Booth to cause "Double-trouble" and try and discover what's good and bad...
NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR FEEDBACK - do you think this was a good idea- do you agree with our review?- .CLICK HERE.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - FTD - What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?: During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.
The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.
However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.
FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ seventeen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label. - CHECK OUT EIN's table of Studio sessions and LIVE TOURS to see what is left for the FTD label.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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)


'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set: 'Elvis Presley's The 50 Greatest Hits' is the brand new 3-LP set released september 25 in Australia.
Described as "an incredible collection of Elvis' hits highlight his astonishing career.
From the poor streets of Tupelo to world domination via some of the biggest songs ever released, Elvis became the first really global star.
The 50 songs on The 50 Greatest Hits include all the classics, from his first recording at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, "That's All Right (Mama)", through his hits including "All Shook Up", "Viva Las Vegas", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love", through to one of his last hits "Suspicious Minds". The album also includes songs taken from Elvis' film soundtracks including "Return to Sender", "Hard Headed Woman" and "King Creole".

Heavyweight triple LP package on 180gm audiophile vinyl, completed with a stylish black & white info sheet."
Available in Australian JBHiFi stores for only AU$80 - AUSTRALIANS click here to JBHiFi to purchase on-line
The same 'The 50 Greatest Hits' VINYL 3-LP set was released in the UK back in 2010 and is still available for £44.79 with FREE Delivery in the UK. >>>
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


 

More new Elvis Vinyl!

The new Elvis / RPO "Christmas" album  is one of the biggest charting vinyl albums this week on pre-order. Selling in the UK with guaranteed price of £20.70 with FREE Delivery in the UK. - Release date 6 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL is also selling nicely in the UK at £19.99 on Amazon UK.

Who thought that vinyl would fade away!? SONY Australia will open a brand new vinyl factory next year in 2018!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'A Boy From Tupelo' 2017 In-depth Review: Back in early 2012 Ernst Jorgensen published his definitive look at Elvis during his sensational and creative Sun Records period as a FTD deluxe book/CD package. It had been a project he had been working on for more than a decade.
Now in 2017, RCA/SONY has republished 'A Boy From Tupelo' in a cut-down format and at a price anyone can afford.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.
It features all of Elvis' Sun recordings on 3 CDs plus Elvis LIVE, on the radio, and in concert in the best possible sound. The new release also includes a previously officially unreleased "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
Our in-depth 3,000 word review provides a detailed look, with 14 example pages plus additional photos from the book.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new slimline version released for the 'General Public'..
For fans who have asked, we also compare the 2012 'A Boy From Tupelo' Deluxe FTD to the new "Mainstream"  release.
(Book/CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
 

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‘ELVIS: Studio Sessions 1956' In-Depth Review: MRS newest release, a massive 3CD/172 page book compilation "Elvis Studio Sessions ‘56 The Complete Recordings". The 172-page book, with text by Gordon Minto, focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Also included are all the out-takes from this interview.

Once again MRS release a first putting all of Elvis' key 1956 Studio Session masters onto one disc, with the addition of two other fully-packed cds of 1956 material and a stunning 172 page book. But what does this set offer over other previous releases
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer. Includes stunning example photos & a detailed audio investigation.
(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Roustabout' FTD Soundtrack Review: Roustabout was Elvis' 16th movie, it had been five months since Elvis’ last album session and his publishers had a chance to secure soundtrack material from a variety of composers. Eleven songs were needed and while the carnival theme stopped most of them having any inspired lyrics, at least the composers Leiber / Stoller and Otis Blackwell were included in the selection.
Reaching #1 on Billboard in early 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973.
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Packaged in 7" format with a full colour 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains some previously unreleased material.
So why has it taken FTD so long to release?  It was once noted that only the masters had been located in the vaults, so there was not much to include for a “Classic Album”...  
Go here as EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines this new FTD soundtrack release and checks out what's new.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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'Elvis - Live in Concert' Returns to Europe June 2018: Hot on the heels of the European tour this May, the reprise of "The Wonder Of You" tour has been announced by EPE for June 2018.
Elvis will return to Europe to visit ten new cities, and to give music fans an opportunity that many have never had before: experiencing the biggest selling solo artist in history in a live concert experience. The 2018 tour will once again feature the most recognizable voice of all time with a full symphony orchestra live on stage performing his most well-known rock 'n roll songs and his tender, heart-wrenching ballads with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley.
Following the success of the two orchestral albums and a sold out UK arena tour featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen backed by a full symphony orchestra in November 2016, a very successful European 10 date arena tour has just been completed this May. After rave reviews from fans and media alike, a new European tour has been announced for June 2018, exactly 50 years after Elvis' iconic '68 Comeback special.
Elvis: Live in Concert is produced by EPE. The European concert tour is produced by GEA Live.
Tour Dates Europe 2018
May 30 - Finland (Helsinki Ice Hall)
June 1 - Sweden (Gothenborg Scandinavium)
June 2 - Sweden (Stockholm Ericsson Globe)
June 3 - Norway (Oslo Spektrum)
June 4 - Denmark (Copenhagen Forum)
June 6 - Hungary, Budapest (Papp László Sportarena)
June 7 - Poland, Krakow (Tauron Arena)
June 8 - Czech Republic, Prague (O2 Arena)
June 11 - Spain (Madrid Wizink Center)
June 12 - Spain (Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi)
June 14 - Italy (Milan Mediolanum Forum)
June 15 - Switzerland (Zurich Hallenstadion)
Click here to EPE for Tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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)


'Platinum: A Life In Music' Re-Release OUT NOW: Sony UK has re-released the classic 4-Cd set 'Platinum: A Life In Music'- in a small-book format twenty years after its first release in 1997.
The set chronicles the outstanding career of Elvis Presley (1954 to 1977) from a unique perspective and it includes 100 performances, 77 of which were previously unreleased in 1997. This historic overview traces his development as an artist and emphasizes how Elvis' music always returned to its unshakable core values. This 4-CD box set contains a 48-page book and consists mostly of previously unreleased alternate takes of Elvis Presley's hits.
There is no info on whether this 20th anniversary release includes audio upgrades of all the "77 were previously unreleased takes" which have since been remastered.
The publicity notes, "You probably think you've heard all there is to hear from The King, what with countless Elvis retrospectives, anthologies, and reissues flooding the market. While PLATINUM is far from the first Elvis boxset, it's unique in that it's composed largely of previously unreleased material. Four discs cover every phase of Presley's career, from young Memphis hip-shaker to the Las Vegas era, adding a fresh perspective to each period.
It's both an education and a kick to hear alternate versions of songs as ingrained in the public consciousness as 'That's All Right', and others from Elvis' legendary Sun sessions."
Only £18.53 & FREE UK Delivery on Amazon UK orders (see below)
(News, Source;Sony/Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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



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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 22,000 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: 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)

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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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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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Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube'
The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show
Reference
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Graceland - The National Historic Landmark
How & where do I sell my Elvis collection?
Is Elvis the best selling artist?
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Marty's Musings
Online Elvis Symposium
Parkes Elvis Festival 2009 (Australia)
Presley Law legal archives (Preslaw)
Presleys In The Press
Sale of EPE (Archives)
6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
Did You Miss?
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis