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Wednesday 24 October
Bud Glass Elvis Super-Collector 2018 Interview: Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King’s Ransom Elvis Presley Museum and is a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds. In the past he published the very popular series of  'ELVIS: Behind The Image' books and DVDs.
Not only does he own one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the world, he is also an Elvis Presley historian, documentary producer as well as a consultant to major collectors.
Glass’ artifacts have been featured on multiple TV shows and he has even loaned artifacts to Graceland.
EIN heard that Bud Glass has recently started a new project - "Elvis Relics" - and we wanted to know more.
Go here as we discuss fake Elvis memorabilia, dodgy Elvis signatures, the death of Elvis' close friends, can one ever own enough “ELVIS  rarities” and much much more
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Monday 22 October
ELVIS All-Star Tribute TV Special: Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, John Fogerty, Mac Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Adam Lambert and more will honour Elvis on a new 50th Anniversary TV Special.
It's been 50 years since Elvis Presley's 1968 TV special aired, and the iconic entertainer will be honored on the anniversary with a new special featuring a host of the biggest names in music all performing tributes to The King.
The special was recently filmed over two days on October 10 and 11 in the NBC studios at the Universal lot in Los Angeles.
Stars performed each night in front of a live studio audience, and night one saw Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes

and Mac Davis take the stage to offer their versions of Presley's classic hits.

Blake Shelton performed Presley's "Suspicious Minds" while Ballerini sang "Always On My Mind," Mendes performed "Hound Dog" and Malone and Urban teamed up for a tribute of their own.

Many of the artists dressed in homage to Presley while Post Malone sported "a banana colored diamond encrusted Elvis look alike suit with crystal bedazzled cowboy boots."
The second night featured a performance by Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies bandmates Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, as well as tributes by Adam Lambert, John Fogerty and Dierks Bentley.

The special will also include pre-recorded songs from Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Yolanda Adams and John Legend.

The old NBC set was re-created with the new performances filmed in the same intimate, in the round setting, with some audience members sitting on the stage exactly as Elvis did back in June 1968.

Rare interviews and footage of Presley will also be included on the broadcast, which will be be partially hosted by the singer's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and granddaughter Riley Keough.


Presley's original special aired on Dec. 3, 1968 and was the first time the entertainer had performed on NBC since 1961.
The special went on to become NBC's highest-rated program of the season

Rather strangely "The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special" is noted in media releases to be going to air early 2019.
This is odd seeing as the 50th Anniversary would be December 3rd 2018.


Photo from The Blast
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis The Searcher Nominated for Critics’ Choice Award: 'Elvis The Searcher' has just been nominated for Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Music Documentary in the Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
The HBO documentary is described as "the definitive film about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll made with the cooperation of his family."
The two-part HBO documentary, which gives fans an inside look at a rarely seen side of Elvis that of a music artist on a life-long search for self-expression, is now available on DVD and Limited Collector’s Edition.
The DVD bonus features includes a conversation with Priscilla Presley, director Thom Zimny, Jerry Schilling, and Grammy Museum Scott Goldman, in which Priscilla expresses her concerns about the documentary.
In the conversation Priscilla notes, “This is a very, very honest documentary. It humanizes Elvis. My fear was that fans see their idol a certain way and will this humanize Elvis too much in a way they don’t want to see him. I was hoping they could see his vulnerability, hoping they could see the man behind the music, seeing his dreams and embrace him even more.”
The three-hour documentary focuses on Elvis, the artist and musician, taking viewers on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
Go HERE to YouTube to see Priscilla interview clip promo.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Worldwide Elvis Rare RCA Vinyl' on Facebook: Elvis super-collector Paul Dowling has created a new facebook group featuring some wonderful 'Worldwide Elvis Rare RCA Vinyl'.
He notes.. I have just started working on Facebook page for Elvis collectors to post RARE Elvis 78's, singles, EP's, LP's and promotional records ONLY ON THE RCA label mainly from the 50's, 60's and 70's.
Please don't bother putting any common releases or current vinyl up as this page has only been started to showcase very rare and unusal records from around the world on RCA ONLY!! Anyone who has any Elvis vinyl from Angola, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Lebanon, Madagascar, Pakistan, Trinidad, Venezuela (especially early releases) would be most appreciated here as not much is known about these countries. Sorry, NO bootlegs, no Chinese, Malaysian, Far East type counterfeits or pirate records on Elvis.

The goal is for collectors to put up VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE RCA releases worldwide. I am not interested in the same old ones that always show up but Elvis vinyl from unusual countries like the ones mentioned above or any other countries that are not the typical US, England, France, Germany, Japan, etc which I'm sure everyone has seen a million times. Sincerely, Paul Dowling
Go here to the WORLDWIDE ELVIS RCA RCA VINYL facebook page.
Fans who like RARE Elvis Vinyl will surely be drooling at the examples posted below from Madgascar, Pakistan and Jamaica! . . . . . "Elvis, That's A Gas!"
(News, Source; Paul Dowling/ElvisInfoNet)

'LAS VEGAS '56' New Book: Just announced a new book from KJ Consulting and the Elvis Files staff...
When "The Atomic Powered Singer" ELVIS PRESLEY was singing Rock'n'Roll, loudly, in Frank Sinatra's Town...

And as always Erik Lorentzen promises plenty of previously unpublished photos

Pre order now and get your GREAT poster surprise.
Send € 115 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

More details as soon as we know

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway For Sale Again: Known as the “House of Tomorrow” the Palm Springs house to which Elvis and Priscilla decamped following their secretive wedding in 1967 has returned to market for $3.26 million.
That’s considerably less than the $9.5 million the Midcentury Modern-style home first listed for, and its $5.9-million asking price last year.
Designed by modernist architect William Krisel, the futuristic-vibe house was built in 1960. A walkway lined in floating spherical stairs sets the tone for the house. Inside, four circular “pod” wings offer stone walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of architectural flair across 5,000 square feet.
Cascading clerestories ring the ceiling in the living room, which is anchored by a fireplace suspended from the ceiling.
All art and furnishings, including some portraits of Elvis and a jukebox, are included in the sale, according to the listing. Out back, a lawn and landscaping surround a spacious swimming pool.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland sues city in federal court: Graceland has sued the city of Memphis again, this time in federal court over an indefinite delay of a zoning change allowing Elvis Presley Enterprises to expand the Whitehaven tourist magnet.
EPE sued the city in U.S. District Court on Oct 16 alleging the delay was retaliation for its Chancery Court lawsuit against the city and Memphis Grizzlies ownership.
Graceland claims its constitutional rights were violated when city officials asked for the rezoning to be tabled pending resolution of the Chancery lawsuit. That case seeks to resolve whether a FedExForum non-compete clause prevents public incentives from going to one of Graceland’s planned improvements a 6,200-seat performance venue.
City chief legal officer Bruce McMullen said the federal lawsuit appears to be a rehash of Graceland’s previous claims. “It is hard to see how the lawsuit is legally sound. Unfortunately, once again it appears EPE is using lawsuits as part of their business strategy.”
The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages based on losses Graceland could suffer from the regulatory delay. EPE had planned to have key parts of the expansion completed by next summer, so it could host a Muhammad Ali exhibit in the new exhibit hall.
EPE submitted an application in August for a new planned development including a new hangar to house Presley’s airplanes, relocating and updating an RV park, and expanding The Guest House at Graceland and adding cabins.
(News, Source; DMemphian/ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 17 October
'The Searcher' DVD vs Collector's Edition: How disappointing for Elvis collectors that the upcoming DVD releases contain no extra outtakes. All those mouth-watering newly-found all-too-short clips in the 3 hour documentary that deserved to be expanded as DVD extras are nowhere to be found.
Ernst Jorgensen told EIN that he had no input in to the final edit of the DVD so it is HBO who are to blame.
It hardly makes the DVD worth buying if you already recorded the show in HD.
With the announcement of pre-orders of 'The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD' we now have it confirmed that both the 'Standard' version and  'Collector's Edition' feature 1 DVD and both run the same time of 205 minutes.
Fans can pay $15 more purely for a bonus 24 page photo booklet (with Introduction by Priscilla Presley!!) along with "access to a digital copy of the content"!
Why would you need this if you already own the DVD?
US Release date yesterday October 16, 2018
EIN reckons this is terrible marketing - even 10 minutes of extra clips would have been a better bonus for 'Collector's Edition'
Prices vary from $44.98 (Collector's) and $34.98 (standard DVD) at the Graceland Shop to $32.99 and  $17.96 for the same product on Amazon.
EIN cannot see this being a big seller that they would hope for.
'The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD'
Elvis Presley: The Searcher HBO dvd includes never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and more than 20 new interviews with Priscilla Presley and the many artists, session players, producers, engineers and directors who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD will only be available while Edition supplies last and includes special Collector's packaging, a 24 page photo booklet that features exclusive content and photos from Graceland Archives and an introduction written by Priscilla Presley. Run Time: 205 minutes
In addition, the Collector's Edition includes BONUS access to a digital copy of the content that is available for viewing until 12/31/19.
A special access code is included within the physical package of the Collector's Edition along with instructions for accessing the digital content.
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher DVD '
Elvis was a boy from Tupelo who grew up to become the biggest star in music.

Along the way, he absorbed a staggering range of influences, creating a revolutionary sound in his lifelong search for self-expression. Following his creative journey from childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions, Elvis Presley: The Searcher includes never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and more than 20 new interviews with Priscilla Presley and the many artists, session players, producers, engineers and directors who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.
Run Time: 205 minutes.

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)
       

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

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

(Go here for the full review) - Click here to Amazon UK to purchase £26.99 with FREE Delivery in the UK
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 1972 Cadillac de Ville for Auction: Elvis Presley loved Cadillacs, compulsively collecting hundreds of them during his lifetime, and what is believed to be the last Cadillac he drove before his death in 1977 is going under the hammer in Austria later this month, the auctioneers said on Friday.
The asking price for the King of Rock’s beige-coloured 1972 Cadillac de Ville Estate – which is being auctioned in Salzburg on October 20 – is 100,000 - 200,000 euros (US$115,500-$230,500), Vienna’s Dorotheum auction house said.
With around 112,000km on the clock, the car was the one Elvis used for his final road trip in December 1976, when he drove 2414 km from Las Vegas back to his home in Graceland.
Elvis died just eight months later.
Originally built as a Deville sedan, it was converted to an estate car by the American Sunroof Company in 1972 and is only the second of its kind ever built.
Equipped with air conditioning, leather upholstery and a radio with eight-track tape, it also has a number of gold-plated fittings, including the wheel spokes.
Elvis originally intended the car as a gift to his manager, Colonel Parker. But he borrowed back himself so frequently that Parker gave it back to him, the auction house said.
The car was repeatedly put up for auction in the 1990s and 2000s, last finding a buyer for just over US$75,000, according to a specialist Canadian website.
Click here to the Classic Cars Auction for more info or to bid.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Avventura In Oriente' New Import: Victrola label is proud to present an ultimate release of Elvis’ ''Harum Scarum' movie soundtrack material.
What makes this new release so special? Most of it has been released before, but never before in such pristine quality!
The outtakes come from a direct copy of a DAT cassette that was made on November 1989 in New York City.
It was a surprise to discover masters that we had not heard in the way before. On this DAT copy there were also other outtakes from other studio sessions. Most of these outtakes have been released before but never before have they been heard in stereo.
The mono masters come from the first English pressing of the UK LP Harem Holiday.
As this release deals with the year 1965, some other songs are included on this release as a bonus features, i.e.:
- Crying In the Chapel and (Such An) Easy Question.
EIN notes that the extra filler 1965 tracks only help show RCA's desperation at the time. They have little to do with 'Harum Scarum'.
See 'All The CD News 2018' for full details & tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond' New Import: The Victrola label also announced a future release called 'Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond' .
The publicity notes... This is follow up to the 'Elvis April 14, 1972 Greensboro' double CD. You can expect same great quality!
The recording that we obtained was again mixed down from the original masters fairly recently and stored back in the vaults.
 We know you will be thrilled when you hear this recording, which has the signature of the best Elvis live mixes released officially thus far.
The wide, dynamic stereo sound is just friggin' unbelievable and puts you right in that Richmond audience.
'Elvis April 10, 1972 Richmond' release will be presented in a deluxe double digipak, accompanied with a 16-page booklet.
More details and track listing will be published soon, so stay tuned!
EIN Notes that these tapes are not the RCA Master tapes as suggested. The recent AMIGA On-Tour Deluxe set also featured a beautiful Stereo version of the same Richmond concert - the best version yet released. - See EIN's review here.
Hopefully FTD / SONY will get their act together before we all die of old age and finally release their planned 'On Tour' box-set.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
 

Sunday 13 October

'50th Anniversary NBC Special Box-Set CD Details': Although still not officially announced by SONY the tracklists of the new 5CD boxset have been confirmed. The disappointment to many collectors is that the five CDs in this special re-release comprise of the 4 CDs from the SONY/BMG 2008 'The Complete '69 Comeback Special' plus CD2 'The Wrecking Crew Sessions' from the FTD 'ELVIS: Original Soundtrack Recording'.
These releases were top-notch releases when they first were released Mixed & Mastered by Vic Anesini / Sebastian Jeansson - but do we need to buy them again?
The draw-card to collectors is the 88 page booklet plus the upgraded BluRay video presentations - albeit a compromise as the original NBC Special was of course recorded as 525 NTSC standard definition TV.
The Sony release of 5-CD/2-BluRay boxset to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 TV Special is out November 2018.
- Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll"
- The original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances

with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream"

- 5CD / 2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program

- BluRay Disc 1 - 229 mins
Original Broadcast Version
Sit-down Show #1
Sit-down Show #2
Stand-up Show #1
Stand-up Show #2
- BluRay Disc 2 - 241 mins
Trouble / Guitar Man TV Show Opener
If I Can Dream TV Show Closer
Gospel Production Number
Guitar Man Production Number

CD1 - Original Album, plus bonus tracks:
It is notable that the track 'A Little Less Conversation' mistakenly thought to have been laid down at the 68 Special is now omitted from the 2018 Re-Release Bonus Tracks
Bonus Tracks: It Hurts Me - Let Yourself Go - Memories (stereo) - If I Can Dream (stereo)
CD2 - First Sit-Down show & First Stand-Up show:
CD3 - Second Sit-Down show & Second Stand-Up show
CD4 - First Rehearsal/Second Rehearsal
Click here to see 2008 Original Release tracklist
CD5 - On the final disc the tracks have been combined to give a less complicated tracklist of 19 songs although the content is in fact the same as the 30 tracks on the FTD - look here at EIN's in-depth review.
New Tracklist 1. Nothingville (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Takes 5 & 6), 2. Guitar Man (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Take 2), 3. Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man's Evil #2) (Take 5 & 7/M), 4. Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man's Evil #3) (Take 7/M), 5. Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) (Takes 1, 2 & 5), 6. Big Boss Man (Escape #3) (Take 2), 7. It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) (Take 5), 8. It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) (Take 3), 9. Guitar Man (After Karate #2) (Take 1), 10. Little Egypt (After Karate #2) (Take 6), 11. Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate #3) (Take 2), Trouble / Guitar Man Medley, 12.  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) (Rehearsal & Take 1) Medley, 13. Up Above My Head / Saved (Gospel #2) (Takes 4 & 7), Medley, 14. Saved (Gospel #3) (Takes 2 & 4), 15. Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening) (Takes 6 & 7) Medley, 16. If I Can Dream (Alternate Take 1), 17. If I Can Dream (Takes 2, 3 & 4), 18. Memories (Takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1), 19. Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental)

'I'm Saved' - Hosted By Elvis Presley' New STAR DVD:
The year is 1968. After several years of making movies without personal appearances things are about to change.
This new release is purely fictional and presents Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special in a totally different way; Elvis is hosting his own TV Special and tells his side of the story.
Elvis talks about his career, first record and Hollywood. His personal life, tragedies, future plans and God, giving you an intimate look at his life and career in a way only he can.
Including rare footage and home movies, original clips from the movies, and some cool vintage commercials from 1968! (Yes, the Big Mac also has its 50th anniversary!)
Presented in "True” widescreen for the first time!
The opening is sensational and has a FULL version of Trouble/Guitar Man, including Elvis' footage from the Discotheque, Supper Club, wearing Black leather as well as the original version all edited to perfection!
After the first "Elvis Speaks" part the show starts with some of his first Sun Records; That’s All Right, Trying To Get To You and Tiger Man get the special really started!
Most clips have been re-edited for watching pleasure, for example the “break up" version of Heartbreak Hotel (second sit down) has been recreated as a full rockin’ version! Same goes for That’s All Right and Blue Suede Shoes; full versions without repeatable parts, making some portions shorter then usual but it all works quite well for the overall “feel” of this Special.
The gospel section also has been re-done including rare alternate footage and performances. All songs have been re-edited.
Elvis talks through the whole special and lots of rare footage accompanies him while doing so.
We already can hear all the critics...."Why include the boring commercials” .. but it is part of the idea of recreating something in a way as if it is 1968 and this special was shown on TV, including commercial breaks. Don’t worry.. you can skip them if you like .. but we advise not to do this the first time you watch it.
All fans must agree that 1968 “Saved” Elvis' career, so no need to explain why the producers of this DVD called it: “I'M SAVED"
Sit back and relax, and let Elvis take you on a musical journey through his Life.
You’ve all heard the stories... Now hear the true ones from the man himself!
Strictly Limited to 500 Copies. - Presented in Deluxe Digipack in full Widescreen! Factory Pressed DVD Region Free.
Click HERE to YouTube to check out the trailer.
EIN thinks that 'The Searcher' might have benefited from some MORE Elvis interviews - so this looks very interesting.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
DVD Tracklist: Trouble/Guitar Man, Elvis Speaks Part 1, That’s All Right, Trying To Get To You, Tiger Man, Elvis Speaks part 2, Little Egypt, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, Elvis Speaks part 3, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, One Night, Love Me, Let Yourself Go, Elvis Speaks part 4, Heartbreak Hotel, Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/All Shook Up/Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, Blue Suede Shoes, Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do, A Little Less Conversation, Elvis Speaks part 5, Love Me Tender, Jailhouse Rock, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Nothingville, Big Boss Man, It Hurts Me, Elvis Speaks part 6, If I Can Dream, Elvis Speaks part 7, Medley: Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Where Could I Go But To The Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved, Memories

Thursday 11 October
Elvis Co-Star Celeste Yarnall Obit: Celeste Yarnall who co-starred with Elvis in 'Live a Little, Love a Little' and who also had a memorable turn on Star Trek as well as donning a loincloth to play "the original flower child" in the cult classic Eve, has died. She was 74.
Yarnall, a "scream queen" who was terrorized by a headless monster in Beast of Blood (1971), died Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, California.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2014 and turned to a crowdsourcing site to help pay her medical expenses.
Her husband Nazim noted "She was magnificent in everything she did. She was my beloved queen."
Yarnall is known to Star Trek fans for her portrayal of Yeoman Martha Landon on the 1967 episode "The Apple," in which Chekov (Walter Koenig) can't help but fall for her.
She had recently been a regular on the COMICON circuit for years.
While attending the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, Yarnall was spotted by producer Harry Alan Towers, who was in search of a girl to star as the jungle goddess in his 1968 film. According to the actress, he yelled and pointed, 'Stop that girl! That's my Eve!'"
She took the role as the scantily clad Eve, who is the long-lost granddaughter of Christopher Lee's character, but later called the film “one of the worst movies of all time.”
In 'Live a Little, Love a Little' Yarnall played Ellen, a girl at a party who reasons she and Presley can't hook up because he's a Sagittarius.
Undeterred, he tries to woo her by singing "A Little Less Conversation" now Elvis' biggest selling hit.
The National Association of Theatre Owners liked what they saw and named her the “Most Promising New Star” of 1968.
A native of Long Beach, Yarnall was discovered by Rick and Ozzie Nelson while she walked past their studio offices on the way to an audition. She appeared on an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet in 1962 and then played college kids in Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor.
She then moved from Los Angeles to New York modeling and doing commercials.
After 'Live a Little, Love a Little' Yarnall played a vampire seductress in Roger Corman's 'The Velvet Vampire' (1971), appeared in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), The Mechanic (1972) and Scorpio (1973) before concentrating on commercial real estate for years.
Yarnall's TV résumé also included Bonanza, Hogan’s Heroes, It Takes a Thief, Captain Nice, Mannix, Bewitched, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the 1971 pilot for Columbo.
Celeste Yarnall was with Elvis when he heard of the assassination of Martin Luther King.
She emotionally explained, "It was during filming and we went back to his dressing room to have lunch. He was so upset and he started by singing 'Amazing Grace' before breaking down and sobbing in arms. Elvis was truly devastated by Martin Luther King's assassination. Elvis felt such an integral part of the Memphis and Black community and that he felt that they had taken a brother from him and it happened in his home-town. We both cried together it was so emotional and wrong. It was a truly touching experience to go through that together and feel the same.
I was so lucky to spend time with Elvis I couldn't believe how much charisma he had and how nice he was with everybody who was working with him. Elvis was so understanding, so kind and so so generous. Meeting and working with Elvis really was one of the highlights of my life.
I'll never forget being with Elvis, he was so special. Elvis hid his feelings from a lots of people but inside he was a very kind and very precious person."

Go here for EIN's interview with Celeste Yarnall
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"September" FTDs OUT NOW!: The new FTDs are two weeks late but are finally at your dealers...
- “Elvis: `What Now My Love” - a live soundboard released as a 5” double-digipack, this set features Elvis in great form from his legendary Vegas shows in August 1972 at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
'What Now My Love' consists of the Midnight Shows on August 11 and 12 1972 . Between Madison Square Garden and Aloha From Hawaii, the Elvis Presley Show was at its peak!
Elvis is in top form with both new and old songs in his repertoire, and especially with the addition of 3 great new songs, “What Now My Love,” “Fever” and “My Way.” In an effort to find the right style for each arrangement, Elvis totally commits himself to each performance. The opening lines of “What Now My Love” will send thrills down your spine! The shows are in above average ‘soundboard quality’ but unfortunately the ending is missing from the second show.
EIN notes that both these concerts have been previously released on fine quality bootlegs, Fort Baxter's 'Elvis At Full Blast' and Madison's 'Hot August Night'. Let's hope the new audio re-master makes it worthy of an official FTD re-release.
Tracklist - DISC 1 August 11, 1972 Midnight Show: 1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 2) See See Rider 3) I Got A Woman / Amen 4) Proud Mary 5) Until It’s Time For You To Go 6) You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 7) Polk Salad Annie 8) What Now My Love 9) Fever 10) Love Me 11) All Shook Up 12) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel 13) Heartbreak Hotel 14) Blue Suede Shoes 15) Little Sister/ Get Back 16) Hound Dog 17) It’s Over 18) Suspicious Minds 19) Introductions 20) My Way 21) A Big Hunk O’ Love 22) American Trilogy 23) Can't Help Falling In Love 24) Closing Vamp - Go here to 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News 2018' for full tracklist and details
- 'Jailhouse Rock Vol.2' Double VINYL: FTD announces the release of “ELVIS – 'Jailhouse Rock Vol.2'  as a limited edition. The album contains excellent BINAURAL outtakes of 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Treat Me Nice', 'Baby I Don’t Care' and others.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album is released in 180 gram format. The album features a fine selection of outtakes
Side.1 1. Jailhouse Rock take 6, 2. Treat Me Nice (first movie version) takes 1-3, 3. Don’t Leave Me Now (2nd version) takes 1-6, 4. I Want To Be Free (record version) takes 1-8,  5. I Want To Be Free (first ending) takes1,2,  6. Treat Me Nice (first movie version) takes 4,5 ,
Side.2 1. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care take 1, 2. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care takes 2-4,  3. Don’t Leave Me Now (2nd version) takes 9,10,  4. Young And Beautiful (Florita club version) take 1,  5. Young And Beautiful (Florita club version) take 2,  6. Treat Me Nice (1st movie version) takes 6-7,  7. Young And Beautiful (jail version) take 1,  8. Young And Beautiful (jail version) tk 3,  9. Treat Me Nice (1st movie version) tks 8,9,
See 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News 2018' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'Glen Campbell Sings For The King' new CD: From 1964 to 1968 in between recording sessions with the Wrecking Crew and recording his own albums Glen Campbell was recruited to record songs for Elvis Presley.
Originally intended as demos for Elvis' ears only, eighteen of these recently unearthed and unreleased gems will be released together on CD, LP and digitally for the first time, more than half a century later, as the lost album Sings For The King on November 16 via Capitol.
'Sings For The King' includes songs written by the songwriting team of Ben Weisman and Sid Wayne. Weisman is significant for having written the most songs recorded by Elvis than any other songwriter in history at 57. Weisman and Wayne turned to Glen Campbell who had perfect pitch and an uncanny ability to match Elvis's key and even mimic his delivery, to record fully fleshed out studio versions that they could present to Elvis as demos. The songs were discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach who found the fifty-year-old recordings on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space belonging to his uncle-in-law, Ben Weisman.
Of the 29 recordings that have been rescued, there are twelve of Glen's recordings that went on to be recorded and released by Elvis including "Stay Away Joe," "Clambake," "Spinout" and "Easy Come, Easy Go".
The variety of the material is striking and ranges from the country-flavored "Any Old Time" to the more rocked-up "I'll Be Back" to meaty ballads like "I'll Never Know." On "I Got Love" Glen begins the song sounding like himself but then subtly shifts into Elvis's trademark tone. The album opens with the gospel song "We Call on Him," which features the two legendary voices fused into a duet, giving a real sense of how Glen's performances teed up these songs for Elvis, and then where The King took them and made them his own.
As noted music journalist and author Alan Light writes in the illuminating liner notes, "With their genre-bending musical exploration and rural Southern roots, it's no surprise that Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley formed something of a mutual admiration society. 'Elvis and I were brought up the same humble way,' Campbell once said, 'picking cotton and looking at the north end of a south-bound mule.' The friendship between the Rhinestone Cowboy and the King of Rock and Roll spanned three decades, and they often orbited each other professionally."
Glen and Elvis first met in 1956, when Elvis performed in Albuquerque, where Glen had recently moved to join his uncle's band, Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. "I saw him in the rough," Glen later said. "He was so electrifying." In 1960, Glen headed to Los Angeles to find work as a session musician and took a regular gig at a club called the Crossbow, where Elvis and his friends would sometimes come watch from a small private room upstairs. As a member of the incomparable group of LA studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, Glen appeared on dozens of immortal hits, from "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' " to "Strangers in the Night." In 1963 alone he added his guitar to almost 600 sessions, including his one recording with Elvis for the "Viva Las Vegas". By 1967, Glen's own career was exploding with the release of his breakthrough albums Gentle on My Mind and By the Time I Get to Phoenix, which both reached Number One on the charts, and made Grammy history by sweeping the Song and Performance awards in both the pop and country & western categories. The following year, By The Time I Get To Phoenix took home the prize for Album of the Year, the first country record to do so. Yet Glen continued to knock out songs for Weisman and Wayne in whatever spare time he had.
The relationship between these two Hall of Famers might have become more extensive: When Elvis was assembling his TCB band in 1969, his two finalists for the lead guitar chair were Glen and James Burton. But while Glen was riding high as a solo artist following the monster hits "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," and "Wichita Lineman," Burton was available since his previous boss, Ricky Nelson, had recently broken up his backing band.
As it turns out, though, there was a deep connection between Elvis and Glen that almost no one was aware of until now, with the release of Sings for the King.
This historic collection casts new light on the quiet influence that one musical giant, and an often-overlooked songwriting team, had on America's greatest rock and roll star.
Tracklist: 1. We Call On Him (A Duet With Elvis Presley) * , 2. Easy Come, Easy Go *, 3. Any Old Time, 4. Anyone Can Play, 5. I Got Love, 6. I'll Never Know *, 7. All I Needed Was The Rain *, 8. How Can You Lose What You Never Had *, 9. Spinout *, 10. Magic Fire, 11. I'll Be Back *, 12. Love On The Rocks, 13. Stay Away, Joe *, 14. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die *, 15. Clambake *, 16. There Is So Much World To See *, 17. Do The Clam *, 18. Restless, * Recorded by Elvis Presley
Listen to Glen Campbell version of "Easy Come, Easy Go" HERE for free.
EIN Notes that "Easy Come, Easy Go" unfortunately sounds as bad by Glen Campbell as it does by Elvis!
Glen Campbell's lost album "Sings For The King," will be released November 16 via Capitol/UMe.
(News, Source;JoanG/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 5 October

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Inside Look: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have now officially announced that they will release the three-hour HBO documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' on DVD October 16 - and 19th November for UK.
The film collects material from the archives of Graceland to present an inside look at a rarely seen side of the King of rock ‘n’ roll, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
Containing never-before-seen footage and music recordings, the film features commentary and interviews from some of the biggest names in music, including Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, music producer Jon Landau and Elvis’ guitarist, Scotty Moore, among others.
Also included is the featurette “In Conversation,” a Q&A with director Thom Zimny, executive producers Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, and Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman.
A limited collector’s edition DVD will include commemorative packaging and a 28-page digibook featuring rare photos from the Graceland archives.

EIN Notes that fans were truly hoping for extra outakes and rare footage which are sadly not mentioned...
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

The HMV UK Exclusive "Special Edition" includes DVD, Blu-ray, CD soundtrack (1 Disc) and a 28- Page Photo Book - costing £39.99 on pre-order -(photo below right)
In the meantime Amazon-UK are offering Pre-Orders for a similar package but without the CD at £16.99
Both have 19th November 2018 as the release date. - More info when all is clarified

Graceland Supports Cancer Awareness: Graceland has the pink spotlights shining for for the first week of October to remind everyone of the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.
Graceland joins hundreds of famous landmarks, buildings and monuments around the world that are shining pink lights as symbols of hope and empowerment.
Graceland goes pink through to Sunday, October 7.

The last few years Graceland has been pink for the whole of October.
Visit Cancer.org for more information on how you can help raise awareness.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Paul McCartney on Meeting Elvis: The Beatles met Elvis Presley only once, at his home in Los Angeles while they were on their second US Tour in August 1965.
Paul McCartney recently told Wired, "It was just like a dream, really, meeting Elvis. We'd fantasized about him since we were kind of young teenagers and here he was in the flesh. So it was great. It was lovely."
They talked and played Elvis's guitars. But McCartney says it was the King's TV he remembers best.
"I think the most amazing thing besides actually just meeting him was he had the first remote television channel changer that we'd ever seen, 'cause you know, it was that year when they came out.
Elvis was just aiming it at the TV, and the channels were changing and we go 'Whoa! He is indeed the mighty God. He can turn the channels without
approaching the television set!' So we were very impressed by that."
And even by 1979, only 17 percent of homes in the US had remote controls for their televisions.
So for McCartney, the TV clicker was a revelation.
To hear the whole interview with Sir Paul click to WIRED
(News, Source;Wired/ElvisInfoNet)

New Graceland Expansion Continues: The multimillion-dollar projects continue at the EPE Graceland compound.
A building permit valued at nearly $12 million was filed Sept. 28 for “shell & core” work at 1032 Craft Road.
EPE noted, “The permit is part of the ongoing expansion at Elvis Presley's Graceland.
In 2016, we opened The Guest House at Graceland; in 2017 Elvis Presley's Memphis; in 2018 the all-new Chapel in the Woods and, in 2019 we will be opening an expanded 80,000 square feet of exhibition space.
This space was originally approved in 2016 and further community input was gathered at several town hall meetings”
In April, the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis & Shelby County approved a bond application that requested financing — not to exceed $20 million — for the planned 80,000-square-foot exhibition building.
(News, Source;MemphisBus/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 1 October

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

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

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

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


Elvis Files Magazine #25: The September 2018 issue of Elvis Files Magazine was at the printers last week and is now being shipped to subscribers.

This issue features articles on every defining Elvis decade
1950s - The Rebel Craze
1960s - Elvis Coming Home
1970s - We Had It All.

Includes a fine selection of high quality images and rare photos that collectors will ahve not seen before and in such quality.

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

Individual issue are available at €15
PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Was Elvis' career almost over when he died?: This interesting question was recently posted on the Quora.com site. Elvis expert Jeff Schrembs provided an answer to the question:

... Man this question made me sad. I was alive during Elvis life/career. It wasn't always cool to be an Elvis fan in the 60's and 70's.

When we look back now and see his triumpful return on the 1968 Special but all during the 60's as his quality of films diminished, and I later learned Elvis did not have script approval so he had to adhere to his 3 movies per year contract, with a few outstanding songs. Don't forget this was the Age of folk and hard rock and Motown.

In 1977 it had been almost 7 years since Elvis had a serious hit song but his voice always stood up.

Starting in 1972 Elvis' health issues multiplied. He took medications to; sleep, go to bathroom, wake up, get up for a concert, lose weight, constant immunity issues, and depression. For it not for Linda Thompson loving and caring for Elvis he would not of lived past 1975.

Elvis lost weight and did a great job on the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii but you can see he doesn't move around but his singing was…exceptional.

But Elvis continued to sell out the largest venues in the United

States for Eight straight years. No one has ever come close to this as the man was worked to death in many ways.

The Elvis of the 1977 TV show Elvis in Concert, which aired after Elvis died and showed an ill and heartbroken Vernon Elvis Presley thanking fans, showed a bloated and sick Elvis Presley. But if you listen to the music without video Elvis voice was flat out… incredible.

These are the facts and there is a case to say Yes or No to your question. Elvis died as it was clearly his time to return to God. Every part of his body was in pain, not functioning, and required the best doctors to treat his illnesses and give him rest.

Fortunately he left behind 3 decades of works and to this day Elvis' career is the standard bearer and icon in many entertainment fields.
Thank you for your question.

(News, Source: quora.com/ElvisInfoNet)



Elvis News from earlier this week...
'From Cover to Vinyl – The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs' New Book: When 'Bootleg Elvis' was published in 2012, it sold out almost immediately, and became an instant favorite of Presley collectors all over the world, most calling it the Bootleg Bible.
Since then, additional rare bootleg titles have been discovered, not to mention many unexpected variations of some classic albums.
So … it seemed to be time for a new and updated look at this world.
Whereas Bootleg Elvis mainly relied on text to tell the story, this new edition chooses to focus on photographs.
Using the 2012 classic as a reference point, we decided to feature scans of every cover, label, piece of vinyl and insert for you.
This will make it easy to identify each and every pressing and variation.
We also decided to split the original book into two volumes. In the first, every known bootleg 7" and 10" record will be noted.
The second will cover all the wonderful 12" releases and is scheduled for a Summer 2019 release.
In Bootleg Elvis, some of the original bootleggers were given space to recount the ins and outs of making their releases a reality.
This time we allow the FBI some equal time, and let you see their side of the story. We were able to lay our hands on a massive collection of FBI files regarding the Presley bootleg industry, and will share the best of that material, for the first time ever, in this book.
For example, in the first volume we’ll show how the FBI prepared for the
infamous August 14, 1980 bootleg raid in Memphis … it soon became known as Black Thursday.
Order via your local Elvis dealer. - 300 Pages:  Weight, 1,6 Kilo
See EIN's review of the first 'Bootleg Elvis' book here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

'50th Anniversary NBC Special Box-Set BluRay': It has been rumoured for a while - and still hasn't been confirmed officially - however Elvis World Japan has now published a possible cover and some details.

Fans are also saying that SONY confirmed this box-set at Elvis Week, though EIN has yet to see the proof.
If a commemorative box-set really is coming out this year then why wasn't it flagged at every possible opportunity at Elvis Week?
Details posted by EWJ.
Sony will a release a 5-CD/2-Blu-ray box set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 TV Special in November 2018.
- Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll"

- The original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream"

- 5CD / 2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program

Elvis Matters website has also posted the following look at the package noting..

The 5CD / 2 Blu-Ray box set offers all the previously released audiovisual materials of the special including rare outtakes, and a luxury book with rare photos and the history of the making of the TV special.



(News, Source:ElvisMatters/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis' Home-Recordings' Bootleg Cancelled: As we noted below several Elvis bootleg suppliers have jumped on the bandwagon offering the newly found Bad Nauheim home-recordings. These recordings discovered by the truly generous Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal have been offered for FREE DOWNLOAD via the Phoenix Elvis Forum.
One company the "3DM audio" label however offered these recordings on CD as a "non-profit base" release.
Others have been priced at US$45 / EuroE40 + postage for the 3cds.
EIN is hoping that these recordings find a home on FTD perhaps on CD 2 of the 'For LP Fans Only' Classic Album.
Today's update is that the "3DM audio" label has now cancelled their"non-profit base" release.
They note, "Due to the push of dealers and producers we are not able to realize our gesture.
It is impossible to give something for free..
if we would have more reactions it can go after all but for now.
We are very, very sorry to inform you that, due to the low response of our offer to GIVE out the home recordings restored
on CD for only production costs, is cancelled.
We need a minimum of 300 orders to break even. At the moment the numbers are too low.
The material is ready with correct facts and background information.
Not like what all announced releases of these home recordings state.
We wanted to enclose the complete fool sessions and a short unreleased conversation from a German fan with Elvis in Germany in 1958 about music with was very informative from Elvis side. As also rare kindly donated unpublished photos.
We realize that an act of generosity less appreciated than asking the full amount.

In the meantime Juan Luis has confirmed, "If I sign something it would be a waiver to Sony/FTD. I am not making money off of this or endorsing anything outside FTD/Sony. I hope that is very clear."
(News, Source;3DM/JLB/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) The Elvis Experience (Dave Hebler): As a member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia, Dave Hebler was part of Elvis' inner sanctum at least until his acromonious sacking, along with Red West and Sonny West, in 1976, and the subsequent publication of the infamous book, Elvis What Happened?.

Over the years, Dave, Red and Sonny West reclaimed respect in the Elvis world, at least with many fans, if not the Presley family and EPE.

Dave Hebler's new book was released during Elvis Week 2018.

The Elvis Experience has a 'fan friendly' feel to it. There are many amusing and fun stories and the author does not shy away from discussing at least some of the not so positive aspects of his experience working for Elvis.

To find out more about "The Elvis Experience" you can read Nigel Patterson's in-depth review here.

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


IT IS A FAKE! Elvis Secret Rehearsal tape! The recent Record Collector magazine features an incredible side-story stating that '68 Comeback percussion player Frank Devito has an unreleased reel-to-reel tape of Elvis rehearsing in a trio.
It sounds way too exciting to be true and hard to believe that a working musician has never thought about the importance of his Elvis rehearsal tape. However Devito is still a working musician so there is a possibility that he has never had time to explore his old reel-to-reels.
Checking session notes unfortunately Claude Williamson is not credited as playing on any Elvis recording session.
It is a fact though that Frank DeVito played bongos.
EIN has confirmed that the tape is a FAKE, with "Elvis" supposedly rehearsing 1970's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' at the June 1968 NBC sessions.
It was always too good to be true.
Devito said that he had no way of playing or checking the reel-2-reel however as a still active musician this is a little hard to believe.
Perhaps Devito believed the story himself? However as EIN Noted, it would be very surprising if Frank Devito had been sitting on this priceless tape for so long without previously trying to sell it to RCA/SONY.
The audio quality is very poor and it is not Elvis.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet).

'The Real Elvis Presley At The Movies' New Boxset: Continuing their "Real Elvis Presley" budget series SONY music have announced the new release 'The Real... Elvis Presley At The Movies' out November 9 2018.
Label: Sony Music Cmg
ASIN: B07GVXDFMK
Features 54 classic tracks from Love Me Tender through to Change of Habit.
Nothing surprising on the track list.  'I Need Somebody To Lean on' is for instance not featured, neither is 'Let Yourself Go' and even 'Little Egypt' is missing.
The 50's movies get 18 tracks while most sixties movies get only two tracks.
Double Trouble, Easy Come, Easy Go, Clambake and Speedway only get one track each.
Priced cheap at US$12
Click to Amazon 'Real...Elvis Presley At The Movies'
For UK at £6.17 The Real... Elvis Presley At The Movies

Go to SONY/FTD CD News 2018 for full tracklisting and details - (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN exclusives and News from earlier in September
Elvis Secret Rehearsal tape! The recent Record Collector magazine features an incredible side-story stating that '68 Comeback percussion player Frank Devito has an unreleased reel-to-reel tape of Elvis rehearsing in a trio.
It sounds way too exciting to be true and hard to believe that a working musician has never thought about the importance of his Elvis rehearsal tape. However Devito is still a working musician so there is a possibility that he has never had time to explore his old reel-to-reels.
Checking session notes unfortunately Claude Williamson is not credited as playing on any Elvis recording session.
He was however a noted Jazz pianist and did play piano for NBC "In 1968 he started working as a pianist for NBC first on The Andy Williams Show, then for Sonny and Cher" (ex wiki). So there is a possibility, albeit slight, that he was around the NBC studios in June 1968.
The NBC orchestra led by Billy Goldenberg who played at the NBC sessions did not include a piano player, it was Don Randi from the Wrecking Crew who played in the band. It is a fact though that Frank DeVito played bongos.
Frank Devito was highly rated drummer who worked with many of the greats such as Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and The Monkees. It would be very surprising if Frank Devito, now aged 88, has been sitting on this priceless tape for so long without trying to sell it to RCA/SONY. Fingers crossed!
EIN's friend, and super Elvis fan, Jamie A Kelley is chasing Frank Devito for the facts.
See the excellent Phoenix ELVIS Forum for more info.
EIN will update this news as soon as we have any confirmation.
(News, source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Record Collector' magazine: The current of the Record Collector magazine has Elvis on its cover. It features, 'The Story of the '68 Comeback Special' as well as articles on Aretha Franklin, swamp-rocker Tony Joe White, Nile Rodgers and more.
It notes, "With the "Comeback Special" memories don't so much sweeten as ferment. "Now I want to make a caveat here. Whoever you interview there's going to be different views on this. You're going to have to decide who's bullshitting you and who's not bullshitting you. I may be the biggest bullshitter you ever talk to. Just so you know that." So Chris Bearde, the co-writer of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special, jovially cautioned me. The Comeback. It's the story of Elvis' 60s and his fall and rise, from his post-Army low serenading infants, livestock and glove puppets in the 24 (mostly) abominations of Tinsel Town tat spewed out between '60 and '68, to his black leather reboot as rock'n'roll in all its ecstatic liberation and raw sex personified. It was always my intention to write a dramatic narrative - more biopic than documentary" - by author Simon Goddard.

Click here to Record Collector for more info

In all good newsagents.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review): Elvis 1960 Seven Days In March (Paul Belard): Elvis researcher, Paul Belard's latest photo-book visually chronicles Elvis' discharge from the Army to his arrival back home in Memphis.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in the visual and archival record of what was an important "turning point" in the complex Elvis story.

Sections include..
Nearly 40 pages covering Elvis leaving his home in Bad Nauheim;
Rare images from Elvis' plane ride back home via Scotland;
Elvis' arrival back in America and being met by Nancy Sinatra;
Elvis’ last Army breakfast and Army discharge:
Elvis' triumphant train ride from Washington to Memphis:

 

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


“Elvis Presley: Stories Behind the Songs” New Book: A new Elvis book for Christmas, 'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind the Songs' from Matt Shepherd a 200-page volume will be released December 3, 2018.
Matt Shepherd has presented several shows for BBC Local Radio on Elvis Presley over the years, including more than 50 with his good friend Freddy Zapp on BBC Radio Cornwall.
Matt who is an EIN contributor has been a fan of Elvis for more than 30 years and over the years has collected a huge collection of hundreds of records and Elvis information.
He has written Elvis-related articles for Elvis publications and has also interviewed many Elvis friends over the past decades, including Jerry Schilling, George Klein, Larry Geller and the late Joe Esposito.
The book starts in 1969 – 50 years ago – when Elvis was re-discovering himself as an artist, after years in the Hollywood wilderness. He had just performed the 68 comeback special – showing that he was still able to excite as a performer. The book looks at those essential 1969 Memphis recordings, it looks at Elvis’ majestic return to the live stage, and the huge concerts at Madison Square Garden and the Aloha Satellite Show from Hawaii. Although many of Elvis’ countless solid gold hits feature in the book, the author is also keen to explore the lesser known album tracks – all of which he feels deserves their special place centre stage. . The book aims to have the reader look at each song in a different light – maybe go back and play the lesser heard songs and appreciate them in a whole different way after reading the story behind that particular track. If it further builds on the fans’ knowledge about Elvis and brings around a bigger appreciation of Presley’s music then the book will have achieved its purpose.
from Libri Publishing. Go here to AMAZON for more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet.com)


Finnish Fan Club booklet "Elvis SUN Singlet": The Finnish Fan Club has produced two neat softcover book(let)s about Elvis: The Elvis Map A Travel Guide (read EIN’s review) released in English language and Finnish text editions and Elvis SUN Singlet (55 pages with Finnish text).

In Elvis SUN Singlet each SUN session is covered with notes about the tracks recorded and either attempted or scheduled for recording.

The booklet, perhaps contoversially, includes discussion of a recording session on 26 June 1954 at which Elvis, Scotty and Bill were to record tracks including the obscure I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Billy Eckstine hit I Apologize, the legendary Rag Mop, and the Dean Martin classic, That’s Amore. The narrative notes that "no recording tape" exists for the session.

The booklet features both sides of each of Elvis’ five legendary SUN singles in full color. There are also numerous rare images of a fresh-faced, young Elvis from the period, including him “live” on stage at various venues across the South. Some of the stand-out photos are Dewey Phillips at his DJ desk at WHBQ in Memphis, a long shot of the front of a pre Memphis Recording Service/SUN Studio building and color images of Elvis' Memphis Recording Service accounts.

There is also a Guide detailing how to assess a vinyl record’s condition for valuation purposes. The page design is very good with good use of white space and the text and photos are printed on quality paper stock. While we are not able to read Finnish, given its pleasing design and the strong production qualities of the Finnish Fan Club’s other booklet, The Elvis Map A Travel Guide, EIN is confident Elvis SUN Singlet is another fan pleasing release. Interested readers can contact the Finnish Fan Club by email or through its website:
http://www.elvisclubfinland.com or elvisclubfinland@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .

 

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

 

an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson

 



SEPTEMBER 12 - New Elvis Home Recordings Discovered: EIN is stunned that another tape has been discovered from Elvis' Home Recordings in Bad Nauheim, Germany late 1958.
HUGE THANKS to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal who has obtained the tape which features Elvis singing at home with Red West, Rex Mansfield, Charlie Hodge and Lamar Fike. Previous songs from the same session have been released such as Earth Angel, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, There's No Tomorrow, and The Fool.
However this second tape features some fabulous incredible performances of 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand In Mine', a very different arrangement of  'Stand By Me' even an amazing home-recording of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' all being performed at home before Elvis recorded them professionally. For full tracklist see my good friend Keith Flynn Sessions website here
EIN gives its greatest thanks to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal for the discovery.
Go to the excellent and friendly Elvis PHOENIX FORUM for all the discussion & download them for free
Elvis Home-Recording New Bootlegs: From the moment that the new Elvis Home-Recording tapes were discovered and offered for free, EIN could hear the bootleggers' computers whirring into life creating "New" bootlegs CD covers.
It was all so inevitable and a little sad - signs of desperation if anything.
At least THREE bootlegs were announced in the following 24 hours and all sadly opportunistic and basically rip-offs.
What did the wily Col Parker say back in the fifties, "How much does it cost if it is FREE!"
Fans can download these fabulous three hours of Elvis jamming at home in Germany for FREE. (click here to the highly recommended Phoenix Elvis Forum)
Please see the tracklists at my good friend Keith Flynn website here.
Any bootlegger rushing out these newly found recordings have obviously done no quality audio remastering work.
Hopefully FTD / Ernst Jørgensen will find a right place to officially release them - possibly CD2 of the future Classic Album 'For LP Fans Only'

Or perhaps MRS may release them in the future once their audio engineer 'Studio D' has worked his wonders.
For a fan's point of view, the more Bootleg versions that are announced then the less that each of them will make from them. Prices have been noted at US$45 / EuroE40 + postage for the 3cds.
Rather strangely "3DM audio" label (above) announced that their release is a "non-profit base" requested by the donor of the recording Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal.
This however was a typical bootleg marketing ruse...
Juan Luis has confirmed, "I am not endorsing anyone or any thing. If I sign something, it would be a waiver to Sony/FTD. I am not making money off of this or endorsing anything outside FTD/Sony. I hope that is very clear. Someone here with connections please let all the Elvis news sites know."
The tracklist of the newly discovered "missing tape" is below
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Newly discovered tape Tracklist: 'He Knows Just What I Need' (multiple versions), Reading The News - Lamar Fike, 'Cool Water', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand In Mine', 'Young Love' - Red West, 'His Hand In Mine', 'Return To Me' , 'Are You Sincere', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?', 'Stand By Me', 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee', 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord', 'Oh, Lonesome Me'.

'All Shook Up' Australian Parkes Festival 2019: 'All Shook Up' is the theme for 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival. The fabulous fifties is the focus of next year’s Australian Parkes Elvis Festival that was officially launched this week.
Elvis Festival director Cathy Treasure announced the 2019 program and some exciting new additions. “I’m quite proud to stand here and confidently can say we have a bigger and better festival again coming up next year.
We have over 200 events at the festival...It is celebrating the 50s, we’re getting All Shook Up, we’ve shaken up a few things which I hope you’ll enjoy.”
Next year’s Parkes Elvis Festival will run from Wednesday, January 9 to Sunday, January 13, where more than 26,000 people are expected to shake, rattle and roll into Parkes for the biggest tribute to The King in the Southern Hemisphere.
The theme is All Shook Up celebrating Elvis' iconic song and all things '50s. Released in March 1957, All Shook Up quickly topped several American charts and became a certified double-platinum and an instant jukebox hit.
Kicking off the festival is the all-new All Shook Up Special – a tribute to the Million Dollar Quartet, featuring Lance
Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis, 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest winner Anthony Petrucci as Elvis Presley, Daniel Thompson as Johnny Cash and Brad Bergen as Carl Perkins.
New to the program are a range of exciting workshops, including ukulele workshops and mini-Elvii can have all sorts of fun at the Kids Talent Workshops, hosted by the yellow Wiggle and all-around Elvis fanatic, Greg Page.
The Parkes Elvis Festival is today recognised as one of the world’s largest Elvis Presley tribute events.
Tickets are on sale now to all events, including the 2019 Feature Concert Series, featuring headline act US Elvis tribute artist, Ted Torres Martin.
For programming and ticketing information, visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au
(News, Source;PCP/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE changes to Elvis Week: Elvis Week 2018 had the lowest fan attendance in over a decade, unsurprisingly seeing as last year's 40th Anniversary was no doubt the last "Massive" Elvis Week.
To try and compensate for this year's low figures EPE has suggested that they are making changes to "make your experience better than ever!"
The biggest change is that fans will no longer pay $28 to visit his grave during the annual candlelight vigil. This was a very unpopular move that caused local US fans to stay away.

Changes are..
1 - There will be no charges or special passes associated with the Candlelight Vigil.

2 - The brand-new 80,000 sq foot Exhibition Space at Graceland will be opening in May. During Elvis Week only, we will be utilizing 10,000 square feet of that space to create a temporary Music Pavilion. The indoor, air-conditioned space will be home to continuous live entertainment.
3 - With the all-new TCB Pass, we have created an incredible value to help you make the most of your week. For $28.75, you will receive unlimited access to Elvis Presley’s Memphis - One pass covers you for the duration of Elvis Week.
4 - The Early Bird Special at The Guest House at Graceland Resort has been extended due to popular demand but is on the verge of selling out. Rooms begin at $299 per night.
EPE state, "Rest assured we are hard at work creating an unparalleled week of shows and events. Stay tuned for more announcements. We look forward to welcoming you back to Graceland to make memories that will last a lifetime."
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) The Elvis Map A Travel Guide: It is always good to see releases from countries not as well associated with Elvis book publishing.

The Elvis Map A Travel Guide is one of two book(let)s released by the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Finland.

The book(let) is a neat, slimline release which allows the reader to “walk a mile” in Elvis’ shoes in both his birth town Tupelo, and his long-time home city, Memphis.

Read Nigel Patterson's full review

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Two New FTDs for September: FTD is pleased to announce two new releases for this month...
- “Elvis: `What Now My Love” - a live soundboard released as a 5” double-digipack, this set features Elvis in great form from his legendary Vegas shows in August 1972 at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
'What Now My Love' consists of the Midnight Shows on August 11 and 12 1972 . Between Madison Square Garden and Aloha From Hawaii, the Elvis Presley Show was at its peak!
Elvis is in top form with both new and old songs in his repertoire, and especially with the addition of 3 great new songs, “What Now My Love,” “Fever” and “My Way.” In an effort to find the right style for each arrangement, Elvis totally commits himself to each performance. The opening lines of “What Now My Love” will send thrills down your spine! The shows are in above average ‘soundboard quality’ but unfortunately the ending is missing from the second show.
EIN notes that both these concerts have been previously released on fine quality bootlegs, Fort Baxter's 'Elvis At Full Blast' and Madison's 'Hot August Night'. Let's hope the new audio re-master makes it worthy of an official FTD re-release.
Tracklist - DISC 1 August 11, 1972 Midnight Show: 1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 2) See See Rider 3) I Got A Woman / Amen 4) Proud Mary 5) Until It’s Time For You To Go 6) You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 7) Polk Salad Annie 8) What Now My Love 9) Fever 10) Love Me 11) All Shook Up 12) (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel 13) Heartbreak Hotel 14) Blue Suede Shoes 15) Little Sister/ Get Back 16) Hound Dog 17) It’s Over 18) Suspicious Minds 19) Introductions 20) My Way 21) A Big Hunk O’ Love 22) American Trilogy 23) Can't Help Falling In Love 24) Closing Vamp - Go here to 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News 2018' for full tracklist and details
- 'Jailhouse Rock Vol.2' Double VINYL: FTD announces the release of “ELVIS – 'Jailhouse Rock Vol.2'  as a limited edition. The album contains excellent BINAURAL outtakes of 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Treat Me Nice', 'Baby I Don’t Care' and others.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album is released in 180 gram format. The album features a fine selection of outtakes
Side.1 1. Jailhouse Rock take 6, 2. Treat Me Nice (first movie version) takes 1-3, 3. Don’t Leave Me Now (2nd version) takes 1-6, 4. I Want To Be Free (record version) takes 1-8,  5. I Want To Be Free (first ending) takes1,2,  6. Treat Me Nice (first movie version) takes 4,5 ,
Side.2 1. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care take 1, 2. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care takes 2-4,  3. Don’t Leave Me Now (2nd version) takes 9,10,  4. Young And Beautiful (Florita club version) take 1,  5. Young And Beautiful (Florita club version) take 2,  6. Treat Me Nice (1st movie version) takes 6-7,  7. Young And Beautiful (jail version) take 1,  8. Young And Beautiful (jail version) tk 3,  9. Treat Me Nice (1st movie version) tks 8,9,
See 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News 2018' for full tracklist
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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


"ELVIS 68 Comeback Special" Top Cinema Music Event of 2018: The Cinema presentation of ELVIS'  'Comeback Special' 50th anniversary was sensational. The great news is that there was such a big fan turnout the 2018 cinema "Comeback Special" was the top performing Fathom music event of 2018 and the top performing music event in cinemas worldwide this year. The event was presented in nearly 700 movie theatres across the U.S. on August 16 and 20. The two-night event attracted more than 70,000 attendees domestically and is estimated to sell more than 165,000 tickets across 1,000 movie theatres internationally.
Both event dates performed in the top 10 at the box office; the first night secured the fourth highest per-screen average attendance and the second night secured the second highest per-screen average attendance.
Each screening included bonus content about the making of the special with audiences taken on a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder, Priscilla Presley and others.
The short documentary was produced by Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, a partner to Fathom and ABG on this successful project.
"Even 50 years after the original premiere of the special, audiences were eager to experience it on the big screen," said Fathom CEO Ray Nutt. "In partnership with ABG and Spencer Proffer, we were able to create a successful campaign creation of new behind-the-scenes content and a promotional screening in New York. Combined, these tactics brought in a whole new generation of Elvis fans."

"We are thrilled with the success of the 50th Anniversary Comeback Special event" said ABG's Marc Rosen, "Building on this momentum, we are working to produce more one-of-a-kind events for theaters around the world featuring a few of our other iconic brands including Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali."

"What strikes me most about the success of the Elvis Comeback event is that despite the torrent of content available on television, audiences are still compelled to leave their homes to experience something unique, and communally, on the big screen," said Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17. "This special was made fifty years ago and it still holds up thanks to Steve Binder's pioneering use of handheld cameras in a concert setting and Elvis at his best - unplugged, playful, raw."


(News, Source;Broadway World/ElvisInfoNet)


Rex Mansfield passed away: It is with real sadness that I have heard that Elvis' army buddy Rex Mansfield passed away Sunday, August 26, morning. He was 83.
Rex Mansfield was inducted into the Army on the same day as Elvis in March 1958 and went through basic training with him in Texas, traveled with him to Germany and became close friends for the next 18 months. Elisabeth Stefaniak (later Mansfield) was a young German girl in 1958 and was hired to answer Elvis' fan mail. Elisabeth became romantically involved with Elvis but was torn between her love for Elvis and her love for Rex – and she eventually chose Rex and they married in 1960.
Both Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield were special guests at Elvis Week this year at the 'Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event'.
While Rex seemed older he did was energetic and talked with fans as he signed copies of his book.

That was only 2 weeks ago, so his death is a real shock.
Rex was a class act, a very fine gentleman and I am thankful I had the chance to know him.
RIP Rex Mansfield - Another sad loss to the Elvis World.
Click here to EIN's exclusive interview with Rex Mansfield
(News, Source;CoryCooper/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis Black and White to Technicolor (Paul Belard and Joseph Krein): The latest release from Paul Belard (with Joseph Krein) is one of the more important Elvis books in recent years. The reason why is that addresses the controversial issue that Elvis was racist. The authors tackle the subject of Elvis' relationship with Black America head on through a balanced and impressive mix of text and image.

Belard and Krein's research has uncovered rare archival material on the issue and the book includes hundreds of comments about Elvis by Black Americans.

 

 

 

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


UPDATED - Keith Alverson 'Strictly Elvis 76-77' Interview: The deluxe hard-back book 'Strictly Elvis: 1976-1977' is the follow up by Keith Alverson and Erik Lorentzen to last year's stunning 'Strictly Elvis Vol 1: 1973-1974 - 1975'.
Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis and from there he went from strength to strength. One of his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was in Atlanta, July 1973, after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage. Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan and it is obvious that the quality of Alverson's photos got better and better as the years went by.
In last year's EIN interview we discovered the background surrounding photographer Keith Alverson as well as how he got to become one of Elvis' most well-known concert photographers.
With Strictly Elvis Volume 2 just published EIN's Piers Beagley tracked down the man - as he packed for Memphis - to ask him more about the last two years of capturing the King in concert....
The book contains over 800 previously unseen photos of Elvis on stage.
We asked him that, as we all know of Elvis' sad decline over these two years, do fans really need to see so many images of an unhealthy Elvis?

To find out click here to Keith Alverson 'Strictly Elvis 76-77' Interview with lots of example pages... UPDATED more photos
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis Week – The Final Day: EIN’s Mandy Squair was sad as yet another Elvis Week came to an end. Sure the fan numbers were way down on last year’s 40th anniversary but there was still a lot of fun to be had and ELVIS music to be appreciated.
The final day started with ‘Brunch with Ronnie Tutt’ and it was wonderful to see him again as I believe he had been ill earlier this year. Ronnie is well-known for being Elvis’ drummer in the 1970s, part of the TCB band. Tom Brown interviewed Ronnie and wonderful to hear his stories.
One lovely story was when Ronnie’s 5-year-old son went to one of Elvis’ concerts in the 1970s. Afterwards, Elvis asked him how he liked the concert and his father’s drumming? Son replied, “I did but you stood in front of my Daddy the whole concert and I couldn’t see him!”


The Elvis Week highlight was the final concert 'Elvis Live in Concert - with an All Star Band' at the Soundstage with Elvis

on the big video screen and the Stamps quartet on the left and Olivia Newton John’s band on the right.
Seeing ELVIS on the Big Screen was a great final night and while it was not as emotional as in the past, when it featured all of Elvis’ TCB original musicians and singers, it was still wonderful. What struck me this week is how old a lot of Elvis’ contemporaries have now become and that so many are missing because they have passed away. How fortunate we all are to have seen them all in previous Elvis Weeks!
Luckily for us for the last 2 songs Ronnie Tutt came on stage and drummed! The crowd exploded with appreciation. What a joy it was to see him back in action and his drumming on ‘An American Trilogy’ was a perfect addition and what a finale for the final night. Afterwards we all felt that Elvis had really left the building – for now.

My last day in Memphis started with my last Morning walk up the Graceland driveway to the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his family are buried.
The crowds were down this year as was expected because it was an off year, but lack of numbers was really noticeable at the Candlelight Vigil. The $28 charge again for locals put many of them off the idea. The Graceland staff I talked to said this charge was being reviewed for next year.
Thanks ELVIS for leaving all your fans with such an emotional and fantastic legacy.

Click here for more final day photos & stories

(ElvisWeek, Source;MandySquair/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Paul Belard talks to EIN: In an eye-opening and fascinating interview, author, researcher and professional book restorer, Paul Belard, recently spoke to EIN's Nigel Patterson about his latest two Elvis books, one of which tackles the issue of Elvis and racism head-on, and informs us that he has dozens more Elvis books on the verge of being published!!

Among other things, Paul also discusses the objective behind his books, the challenges and benefits of self-publishing, a weakness in the recent documentary Elvis Presley The Searcher, and has some strong words to say about the role of Colonel Tom Parker.

Paul Belard Interview with EIN

 

(Interviews, Source: EIN)



'The Steve Allen Show' EIN Spotlight: Much has been written about The Steve Allen Show appearance over the years and with each retelling of the story, much of the information required to give a fair hearing to Allen is conspicuous by its absence. Recent articles in ETMHM as well as Elvis Files magazine still repeat the usual story.
But was Steve Allen really the rock'n'roll hating villain as usually portrayed in the Elvis story?
In the past, this might have been done because some of the information was not available, but with the appearance of online newspaper and magazine archives over the last decade it is much easier to piece together the complete story rather than the fragments of it that have been passed down amongst Elvis fans over the last sixty years.
After all, alongside Parker, Allen has become the second of the pantomime villains in the Elvis story, and it is time to investigate anew in order to see what really happened, and what Allen’s real relationship with rock ‘n’ roll was.
In this fascinating new article, EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the truth behind ELVIS on the Steve Allen show...
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have now officially announced that they will release the three-hour HBO documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' on DVD October 16.
The film collects material from the archives of Graceland to present an inside look at a rarely seen side of the King of rock ‘n’ roll, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
Containing never-before-seen footage and music recordings, the film features commentary and interviews from some of the biggest names in music, including Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, music producer Jon Landau and Elvis’ guitarist, Scotty Moore, among others.
Also included is the featurette “In Conversation,” a Q&A with director Thom Zimny, executive producers Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, and Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman.
A limited collector’s edition DVD will include commemorative packaging and a 20-page digibook featuring rare photos from the Graceland archives.

EIN Notes that fans were truly hoping for extra outakes and rare footage which sadly are not mentioned...
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


'Orgies and Orgasms:  Presley in the Press 1956'- an in-depth Spotlight: By the beginning of 1956, everything was in place for Elvis Presley to burst onto the national and international music scene. Within weeks of his signing to major label RCA he would record Heartbreak Hotel, his first single for RCA and his first to reach number 1 in the U.S. charts, and then, at the end of January 1956, he would appear on national television for the first time.
Despite all of the success that 1956 would bring Elvis, with three singles and two albums reaching the top spot in the U.S. charts, the year would also prove to be a difficult one when it came to his treatment in the national and international press.
Mainstream media published reviews such as...
"Every girl watching him sees herself as Elvis’ partner in his fantastic writhing orgy"
and "Presley is suggesting he is about to have a self-induced orgasm!"
So, let’s go back in time and examine how a single television performance in June 1956 resulted in a change of attitudes towards Elvis within the media from little more than curiosity about the new phenomenon to downright hostility and revulsion.
Go here as EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the phenomenon of Elvis in 1956 - and what the media made of this new, and middle-America shocking, entertainer.
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Movie: Elvis Presley's life and career are set to be the topic in a new movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, the celebrated director behind “Romeo + Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby.”
The project was started way back in 2014 but a production start date has now been confirmed.
With Elvis' unique flamboyant style, sensual croon and iconic outfits, it’s now his turn to be the subject of a major biopic, after figures like Whitney Houston and Freddie Mercury.
Australian director Baz Luhrmann will also write the movie, taking over from previous scriptwriters Kelly Marcel (see below) and Jeremy Donner.
Although no plot details have been released, we know that the movie will be split into two parts – his early success aged 20, and his career from the age of 35.
Two actors (names not yet revealed) have been cast by Kristy Carlson to play the King in these two different eras. Production begins in March 2019.
It was back in May 2014 that EIN first reported that Baz Luhrmann was in negotiations to direct an Elvis Presley biopic at the time being written by Kelly Marcel ('Saving Mr. Banks'). Warner Bros were behind the project and had reportedly scored the rights to Elvis' extensive music catalogue. In 2014 the script was supposedly finished.
Luhrmann at the time promised an "extravagant but truthful" retelling of these years in an as-yet uncast and untitled film for Warner Bros, it WAS due out in 2016. And in April this year Luhrmann was in the news as weighing up which of two projects (a “Chinese-y” western) or the Elvis movie to begin first.
Now it seems Luhrmann's Elvis movie is finally on.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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'Elvis Comeback Special' New Steve Binder Book:  Elvis Comeback Special director and producer, Steve Binder has partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 to publish the definitive table top book on Binder's making of the Special and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event. Here is the official cover.
M17 long time art director, Hugh Syme, designed the stunning look and feel of the 192 page collector's item book which includes commentaries, interviews and never before seen memorabilia presented to Binder by both Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker.
Grammy winning book manufacturing organization, Integrated Communications are handling the printing of the book.
To further propel the book, there will be a highly visible launch at Graceland in Memphis, August 2018 during Elvis week there. Binder will conduct a town hall forum and panel, followed by similar events at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and The Paley Center, in both NYC and LA.
Following the book offering, on a special basis to Elvis fan clubs around the world, there will be podcasts about the Special, a one night theater event in over 800 AMC, REGAL & CINEMARK

screens via Fathom Events in the top DMAs in America.
A spoken word version of the book via Amazon's Audible division, narrated by Binder will follow.
Spencer and Steve plan to bring the book to life in a documentary, to be directed by John Scheinfeld in 2019. It will center on the making of the Special and Binder's role as director/producer, teaming up with Elvis in a true buddy story that helped inform the course of pop music history. The doc will highlight Steve's interface on the production process with Elvis and NBC to accomplish an evergreen and lauded result.

Binder has the most unique and informed perspective on how this landmark show was made and the events which transpired during production. Elvis bravely stood up and supported Binder in order to have the Special completed and broadcast. This never before told perspective will be at the heart of our documentary.

Click here to Meteor 17 for more info. Prices seen so far are €45 or £50 from the UK Elvis fan club .
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


“Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions” New FTD Box-set: FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions”. Out end of July.
This is the ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3CD set which includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes!
All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8”x 8” slipcase replicates an original Session Reel box.
Until now it was thought only two takes of the marvelous 'I Need Somebody To Lean On' existed in the vaults but now we get the whole session up to movie outtake #19.
The 28 page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia, Ann-Margret bio by the late Stuart Colman and Movie overview by Alan Hanson.
The 3 CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
This release is a strictly LIMITED EDITION. Due to manufacturing costs, there will be no reprint.
DISC 1: SOUNDTRACK
1. Viva Las Vegas 2:27
2. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas 2:57
3. The Lady Loves Me 3:46
4. C’mon Everybody 2:21
5. Today, Tomorrow And Forever 3:28
6. The Climb (planned record version - take 3) 2:44
7. What’d I Say 3:06
8. Santa Lucia 1:15
9. If You Think I Don’t Need You 2:07
10. I Need Somebody To Lean On 3:05
BONUS SONGS
11. Night Life 1:52
12. Do The Vega 2:25
13. You’re The Boss 2:49
FIRST TAKES
14. Viva Las Vegas (take 1) 1:48
15. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas (take 7) 2:59
16. The Lady Loves Me (takes 1-2) 4:14
17. C’mon Everybody (take 3) 2:48
18. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (takes 1-3, 5 & 4) 5:46
19. What’d I Say (takes 1-2) 4:00
20. Santa Lucia (v.o. take 1) 1:23
21. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 1-2) 3:16
22. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 1-2) 3:30
23. Night Life (take 2) 2:08
24. Do The Vega (take 1) 2:48
25. You’re The Boss (takes 1-3) 3:34
26. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012 takes 1-2, duet) 5:45
DISC 2: OUTTAKES
1. Night Life (takes 1 & 3) 4:09
2. Night Life (takes 4-8) 3:11
3. C’mon Everybody (takes 1-2 & 4-5/M) 4:36
4. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 3-7) 5:09
5. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 3-5) 3:58
6. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 6-8) 4:42
7. Do The Vega (take 2) 2:41
8. Santa Lucia (track, takes 1-2) 1:55
9. Viva Las Vegas (take 2) 2:50
10. The Climb (takes 1-2 & 4-7) 6:43

11. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas (takes 1-4) 3:58
12. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas (takes 5-6 & 8-9/M) 5:33
13. The Lady Loves Me (takes 3-6) 4:51
14. You’re The Boss (takes 4-8) 4:42
15. You’re The Boss (takes 9-10) 4:32
16. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012 take 6, instru) 3:34
17. Santa Lucia (vocal overdub, take 2) 1:20
18. Santa Lucia (vocal overdub, take 3) 1:20
19. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (movie version, vocal overdub 2016 take 8) 2:38
20. What’d I Say (takes 3-4/M) 5:47
DISC 3: MOVIE TRACKS
1. C’mon Everybody (movie version, take 7 with overdubs) 2:30
2. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (movie version, v.o. take 10, edited) 1:25
3. The Climb (movie version - take 9, edited) 1:38
4. Santa Lucia (v.o. take 6/M, movie version) 1:14
5. Appreciation (Ann-Margret, take 3 & pickup take 2) 4:37
6. My Rival (Ann-Margret) 2:11
OUTTAKES
7. Night Life (takes 9-10) 2:56
8. Night Life (take 11) 2:10
9. Night Life (takes 12-13) 2:46
10. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 8-10) 4:22
11. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 11-13/M) 4:15
12. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 9-15) 7:16
13. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 16-19) 5:12
14. Do The Vega (takes 3-7/M) 4:25
15. Viva Las Vegas (takes 3-7/M) 5:06
16. The Climb (take 8) 2:53
17. The Climb (take 9) 2:53
18. C’mon Everybody (takes 6-7/M, movie version) 2:34
19. The Lady Loves Me (takes 7-9) 6:37
20. You’re The Boss (takes 11-12) 3:23
21. You’re The Boss (takes 13, 15 & 14) 4:09
22. Santa Lucia (vocal overdub, take 5) 1:26
23. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (movie version, 2016 vocal overdub take 10/M) 2:46


'Elvis: Ohama, Nebraska '74' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Omaha on June 30 1974. It was the first time Elvis had played Ohama, Nebraska since 1956 and it was the penultimate city on this 25 performance tour. Elvis played three shows over two days, and a six week holiday was in sight.
Elvis was in a fine mood, did he really...
- Announce that he was  ‘Jimmy Dean’ “I’m here to sell some Pork Sausages”?
- Joke that his first movie was 1972 porn flick ‘Behind the Green Door’?
- Start singing “What a friend we have in Jesus”?
. . . . . You bet he did!

Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - Where No One Stands Alone' New Release: EIN beat Graceland to the official announcement but EPE have now posted....
.. Groundbreaking New Elvis Album features 14 Original Performances of Gospel Songs with Newly-Recorded Instrumentation and Backing Vocals featuring Legendary Presley Alumnae including Darlene Love, Cissy Houston, The Imperials and The Stamps
RCA/Legacy Recordings will release "Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone," a new Elvis album celebrating the artist's everlasting love of gospel music, on Friday, August 10.
Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, "Where No One Stands Alone" introduces newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocal contributions from music legends who'd performed on-stage and/or in-the-studio with Elvis. It also includes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album's title track and spiritual touchstone.
"It was a very powerful and moving experience to sing with my father," wrote Lisa Marie in her notes for the album. "The lyrics speak to me and touch my soul. I'm certain that the lyrics spoke to my father in much the same way."

Background vocalists on the album include: Darlene Love (who first sang with Elvis on his 1968 NBC television special); Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston (who, with The Sweet Inspirations, sang with Elvis on-stage beginning in 1969); Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray (members of The Imperials, who sang on Elvis' How Great Thou Art - with the title song winning the 1967 Grammy for Best Sacred Performance); and Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland (members of longtime backup group, The Stamps).
Pre-Order special- EPE / Shop Graceland will have exclusive, limited edition versions of the album on blue 12" vinyl and cassette configurations.
Fans purchasing the CD, exclusive blue vinyl, and cassette together from ShopGraceland.com will receive a limited edition lithograph signed by Lisa Marie Presley. Click here to pre-order from ShopGraceland.

"Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone" provides new musical perspectives on 14 of the singer's favorite pieces of gospel music, from the reverential to the celebratory, with song selections including Presley's

beloved enduring gospel classics (the 1965 Top 5 smash "Crying In The Chapel," "How Great Thou Art," "You'll Never Walk Alone"), praise-filled gospel-rockers (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Saved") and traditional hymns and spirituals ("So High," "Stand By Me," "In The Garden," "Amazing Grace").
Elvis Presley once said, "Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release." It was Elvis'
explosive mix of styles--blues, bluegrass, country, swing, pop--that generated his iconic world-changing rock n' roll, but it was the hymns, spirituals and church music of his childhood, the deep-seated gospel roots that sustained Elvis and his musical vision throughout his life.
Friends and family would often recall hearing Elvis sing gospel tunes at home and to warm up before concerts. "We do two shows a night for five weeks," Presley said in an interview featured in the documentary 'Elvis On Tour' "A lotta times we'll go upstairs and sing until daylight-gospel songs. We grew up with it... It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine."
Lisa Marie states in the album notes, "This was his favorite genre - no question about it. He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive - whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans."
TrackList 1. I've Got Confidence 2. Where No One Stands Alone (with Lisa Marie Presley) 3. Saved 4. Crying In The Chapel 5. So High 6. Stand By Me 7. Bosom Of Abraham 8. How Great Thou Art 9. I, John 10. You'll Never Walk Alone 11. He Touched Me 12. In The Garden 13. He Is My Everything 14. Amazing Grace
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DJ Fontana Obituary and Interview: D.J. Fontana was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931 and originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954. By his early 20s he performed at strip joints and spent enough time around the “Hayride” that he was hired full time. 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 studio recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.
EIN presents a spotlight on DJ Fontana along with a new interview “I Tell You What, He Loved Gospel Music” by EIN contributor Thomas Melin.
While DJ Fontana created some of the greatest rock'n'roll drumming ever cut on wax he always stated that he liked to "keep things simple" in a way that complemented not just Elvis, but also his other band-mates.
Go here as EIN pay their respects to the charming DJ Fontana.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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)

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

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)


(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)


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.

 

 

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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

‘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)



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.

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'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: 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)


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)

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)


'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)

Some of the better Elvis books released for the 40th anniverary:

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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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

Inside its nearly 400 pages Linda reveals her life as an individual, as a mother and as a partner. We learn of the similarities and differences between the three.

Alternating between the light, dark and shades of life in between, A Little Thing Called Life is an honest and intimate account of the incredible life of an amazing woman, from the three men who shared her life and her family to the highly successful and varied career that she continues to enjoy. (Book Review, Source: EIN)

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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