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Book/CD Review- FTD 'TTWII' Deluxe Set
Friday 25 September 2020

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

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

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

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

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


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This limited Edition 300-page coffee table book is filled with more than 1000 photos and documents rare or unpublished and includes a compact disc and a 10'' vinyl album : 29 tracks (rare and alternate takes)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the book is devoted to Elvis' films, mainly focussed on Blue Hawaii and Fun In Acapulco but with several hundred unpublished black and white photos from the Paramount and Cinémonde magazine archives.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

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

Go to JAT publishing to order.

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

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

 

 


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

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

 


Tuesday 22 September 2020

New October FTDs: EIN is waiting for official confirmation that the up-coming new FTD releases (as announced on FECC) are. . .
a) "The Something For Everybody Sessions - with 'Wild In The Country'" a 4CD "complete sessions" set.
All the session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 sessions.
The vast majority of these session have already been released but it will include several "new" false start outtakes from 'Put the Blame On Me',  'Wild In the Country' and 'I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell'.
b) 'Easy Come, Easy Go' special double-vinyl release.


More info as soon as when we get it

 

(News, Source;FECC/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

Saturday 19 September 2020

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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



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

 

 

 

 


(News, Source;Elvis-DaybyDay)


Wednesday 16 September 2020

(Book Review) Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium (Paul Belard): The latest photobook from prolific Elvis author/researcher, Paul Belard, Elvis Firearm & Weapon Collector An Illustrated Compendium, focuses on one of Elvis’ major passions.  Elvis’ love of guns (and other weapons) is well known, but until now there has not been a detailed narrative and visual record of this passion. Belard has managed to compile a visually impressive and narratively comprehensive account, presenting hundreds of Elvis’ guns, knives, holsters, and other associated items, and most of the items are in color.

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


Read EIN’s full review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInfoNetwork)


Aussie fans to note - Blue Hawaii on Australian free-to-air TV: After a regular four months run of Elvis films on the Prime network in Australia, 9 GEM is occasionally showing Elvis movies not offered by Prime.
Arguably the best of Elvis’ early-mid 1960s “travelogue” films, Blue Hawaii, screens at 3.25pm this coming Saturday, 19 September.


If you're an Elvis fan and have never seen Blue Hawaii don't miss it!
Spoiler - Elvis sing a few tunes and, in the end, gets the girl!



See EIN's in-depth look at Blue Hawaii here - "the movie that Elvis fans hate to love. It’s the movie that sowed the seeds of Elvis’ Hollywood demise and pulled him away from his roots."

 

 


(News, Source:YourTV/ElvisInfoNet)


Al Kasha, Composer Died: Al Kasha who co-composed Elvis' “Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby” died last Monday, aged 83.
Al Kasha is best remembered for writing (with Joel Hirschhorn) Oscar-winning songs such as 'The Morning After' a Billboard #1 ballad from disaster epic “The Poseidon Adventure”.   
He also composed music and lyrics to songs for 'The Towering Inferno' (1974) and earned the songwriting duo two Academy Awards for best song.
Mr. Kasha was already a seasoned songwriter and music producer before making his way to Hollywood in the late 1960s. A veteran of Manhattan’s Brill Building pop factory, he churned out songs that were recorded by artists including Elvis Presley (“Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby”), Charles Aznavour (“The Old Fashioned Way”), Aretha Franklin (“Operation Heartbreak”) and later Donna Summer (“I’m a Fire”).
“The Morning After” was later released as a single by Maureen McGovern, then an unknown singer and slowly climbed to the top of the Billboard charts after winning the Oscar in 1973.
Interestingly Mr. Kasha, who was born Jewish, also focused on spiritual music. Some of his songs reflected his turn toward Christianity, which began during a period of
intense agoraphobia in the late 1970s. He became an ordained minister and, together with his wife, Ceil, founded a church known as Oasis Christian Fellowship. Their ministry grew out of a weekly Bible study the Kashas hosted at home, meeting with actors, dancers and, in Mr. Kasha’s telling, Bob Dylan, who was then on the verge of a gospel music phase.
Kasha noted, “Dylan wrote his whole entire ‘Slow Train Coming’ album in front of our fireplace. We gave him a key to the house because we were songwriters and songwriters feel a sense of spirit in a room. I heard the guitar playing some nights, but I wouldn’t bother him.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis and Priscilla's Monovale Drive Home sells: A historic property in L.A.’s Holmby Hills neighborhood that recently sold for nearly $30 million previously belonged to none other than the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Elvis purchased the home at 144 Monovale Drive in December 1970, three years before he and his wife, Priscilla, divorced. Priscilla lived at the home with daughter Lisa-Marie following her and Elvis' separation in February 1972 until the home sold in July 1975. Technically speaking, the famous family only owned the main house, which sold for $20 million, but the neighboring parcel, which features a koi fish pond and a traditional Japanese teahouse, sold to the same buyers for an additional $9.3 million.
Historic building records note that the architect originally intended for the seven-bedroom mansion to be built in a New England style, but the structure has undergone numerous aesthetic

changes throughout the years. The Presleys, for instance, spent tens of thousands of dollars changing up the home’s interiors, completely redoing the kitchen and updating the second-floor bathroom, among other upgrades. They also installed French doors in place of the pre-existing living room windows. Other changes to the main house over the years include the addition of a faux-Tudor-style wood framework on the front of the property.
The 2.35-acre compound also has a full-size tennis court with an adjacent viewing pavilion and a swimming pool.

In August this year, Priscilla put her own long-time Beverly Hills home on the market for $15.995 million.
(News, Source:adigest.com/ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 13 September 2020
Luhrmann's ELVIS movie Re-Start soon: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis movie finally has a new date to start filming. The director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby has announced that the musical drama about the King's life will begin shooting in Queensland on September 23 after Tom Hanks finishes quarantine.
Pre-production was shut down in March when Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with COVID-19.
The two-time Oscar winner is playing manager Colonel Tom Parker with Austin Butler as Elvis and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla in a movie for Warner Bros.
Hanks flew into the state on a private jet last Tuesday night and is staying at a Gold Coast hotel that is not one of Queensland Health's designated quarantine hotels, with security paid for by the production.
While details had been scant to date, Elvis will cover the dynamic between Presley and Parker over 20 years "against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America".
Luhrmann said in a statement , "We're back to, as Elvis liked to say, 'Taking Care of Business!' I cannot emphasise enough how lucky we feel in the current climate that the state of Queensland, and Queenslanders in general, have been so supportive of this film."
Luhrmann thanked the state government and Queensland Health "so that we can be an example how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large".
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told Queensland parliament that Hanks and others were allowed entry into the state under the screen industry's COVID-safe plan.
"Under that plan they have to stay in the place for two weeks just like everybody else and they will have random checks by the police," she said.
Hanks' hotel had been approved by Queensland Health and his quarantine would be "subject to the same standard of supervision and testing as all other travellers" arriving in Queensland.
"Our production has very strict COVID workplace plans, including for quarantine of cast and crew entering Queensland from overseas, compliant with all Queensland Health requirements."
Note that in the six months of CV19 pandemic Queensland (5.1 million) has only had 1,150 cases total and only six deaths.
In comparison Florida, USA, with a similar climate and 20 million population, has had  662,000 cases and 12,600 deaths.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Luke Bracey joins ELVIS biopic as Jerry Schilling: More Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic news as Australian actor Luke Bracey, best known for his role in 'Little Fires Everywhere' and movies Point Break and The Best Of Me, has joined the cast to play the role of Memphis Mafia's Jerry Schilling.
Jerry Schilling first met Elvis playing football in Memphis and later became a core part of the "Memphis Mafia." Schilling also went on to manage the Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, and eventually Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.
The cast also includes Tom Hanks plus Maggie Gyllenhaal as Gladys Presley, Rufus Sewell as Vernon Presley and Austin Butler as ELVIS.
Director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gastby) wrote the screenplay with Craig Pearce.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

‘Tinseltown Troubadour vols 1 & 2’  New Import: From Lauderdale Records, ‘Tinseltown Troubadour vols. 1 & 2’ are two new releases with a difference. Both offer a wild ‘n’ crazy joyride through Elvis’ movie years, in a fresh and exciting new way. Both CDs contain 30+ tracks, with each CD containing an 80-minute blast of movie versions, studio outtakes and alternative mixes, as well as rare promo spots and memorable movie dialogue. Everything has been freshly edited and mixed in glorious mono, and you’ll notice right away that these songs sound way groovier this way. There are surprises a’ plenty on these releases, including a cleverly edited version of ‘Angel’ that begins solo, but then slowly turns into a full band version, as well as a truly gorgeous ‘As Long As I Have You’. And remember, all the elements used are original. Packaged in beautiful digipacks with rare color pix they promise two  smooth-groovin’, fast-movin’, hip-shakin’, shagadelic collections of Elvis Movie Magic that you just gotta have! “That ain’t cheap tactics, honey. It’s just the beast in me”.
Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklistings & Volume 2 as well...
(News, Source;AD/ElvisNews/ElvisInfoNet)

'Smooth Chicago Nights' New 1976 Import: The 'MxF' label announces for the first time in vinyl, both shows of Chicago 14th & 15th of October 1976 and the ambiance recording of the complete second Chicago show included as a bonus. VINYL Double Set & CD
The publicity notes... After shedding some extra weight the man as suggested by the title presents himself in the best way possible considering the past year.. surprising even the journalist to be able to fit again in his 1975 jumpsuit. The Chicago nights are the first stop of the October tour and for the first time in the year, Elvis presents himself at the top of the game. At the same time, we are glad to include as a bonus CD an unreleased AUDIENCE Recording of the complete concert of the second day in Chicago. The sound is decent.
The shows are very enjoyable with Elvis's performance very easily delivering soft and sensitive ballad like “And I love You So” and You Gave Me A Mountain or great rock blues songs like “Steamrollers Blues” and Polk Salad Annie at the end of the second show also a real surprise with the attempt to the classic Blue Christmas.
Go to "All The CD News" for full tracklistings & details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla's $16Mill Beverly Hills Home For sale: On August 21 Priscilla put her vast Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $16 million, marking the first time the house has been for sale in over four decades.
Priscilla has a net worth of more than $50 million, oversees EPE Inc and is very close to her children and grandchildren.
She decided to make some changes in her life when she recently put her vast Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $16 million, marking the first time the house has been for sale in over four decades.
When Priscilla first met Elvis, he already owned Graceland, a property he bought in 1957. During their six-year marriage, the couple bought a number of houses in California. When they first married in 1967, they purchased the 1174 Hillcrest home for $400,000.
The Presleys went on to acquire other houses in or near Beverly Hills, and once the couple divorced, the
properties were divided up as assets. Priscilla went on to buy a house of her own.
Presley purchased an Italian-style villa in Beverly Hills a few years after her divorce. She and Elvis maintained an amicable relationship after their split, and she wanted to live close to make it easier for him to visit their daughter, Lisa Marie. Elvis then lived nearby in Holmby Hills.
Listed by Hilton & Hyland in August for $16Mill the home is described as a “private enclave” that sits on one acre.
It features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, and tennis court and “nearly every room opens out to lush gardens, terraces and rolling lawns.”
Priscilla said she loved there because, "Elvis stayed in the Holmby Hills home I found for us and I wanted to make sure his house was near to our daughter, Lisa Marie."
Go here to House/Beautiful for a look inside Priscilla's home.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 8 September 2020

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

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

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


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

 

(News, Source;ES/ElvisInfoNet)


Porthcawl, Welsh Elvis Festival Cancelled: Elvis has left the building and everyone in Porthcawl wonders how the town that loves The King will cope without 35,000 visitors from around the world this year
More people come to Porthcawl to celebrate Elvis in September than have recently gone to Memphis for Elvis Week in August.
On a grey and blustery day in Porthcawl, it’s hard to imagine that the seaside town hosts the biggest Elvis convention in Europe.
For three days only, the promenade and seafront is more Viva Las Porthcawl than the usual donkey rides and sandcastles.
With the final Bank Holiday weekend of the 2020 summer behind it and the grey beach imperceptibly merging into an even greyer sea, the only similarities with Las Vegas are the neon lights of the Spar, the Wimpy and the Coney Beach pleasure park rising from the concrete and sand.
Yet every September, for the past 16 years, this very same sandy stretch attracts 35,000 Elvis-mad visitors without fail.
But not this year; the Elvis Festival is just another victim of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's all about location, says festival organiser Peter Phillips, adding the seaside spot is an integral part of its charm yet the town has no connection with Elvis whatsoever.
"You can’t get away from Elvis here. Every pub, chip shop, café and hotel puts on its own mini Elvis festival for the weekend. It is wall-to-wall Elvis."
Peter is worried how the town, which has come to "take the festival for granted" since he started it in 2004, will survive. The Elvis Festival gives many businesses a good slug of profit coming in that will see them though the winter until Christmas and then Christmas sees them through til Easter which gets them back to summer season.
"Elvis stood for peace and love and his message, through his music, lives on and perhaps more now than ever we should all pause and think about his message during what has been and will be a difficult time for us all."
(News, Source;PorthcawlElvisFestival/ElvisInfoNet)

Australian Parkes Elvis Festival moves to March 2021: The biggest Elvis festival in the southern hemisphere, Australia's Parkes Elvis Festival, is held every year in the second week in January, coinciding with Elvis Presley’s birthday and draws a crowd of over 27,000 Elvis fans.
Now however in its 29th year, the Festival have moved to March so our fans can continue to enjoy more than 200 events across five fabulous, fun-filled days.
It’s funny how time slips away and with January coming around faster than you can say ‘Speedway‘ and COVID-19 restrictions changing any day now, we just can’t help believin’ that this is happening!
Always on my mind are the Festival fans who are getting all shook up saying it’s now or never, wanting to know if the Festival will go ahead in January 2021.
We don’t want to leave you with any moody blues,
so are doin’ the best we can and moving the dates to 10-14 March 2021. Come what may, we’ll keep an eye on the situation and make a final call by the end of September if the Festival is proceeding.
The Festival team have been up to their beehives rubberneckin’ the situation ensuring that fans, artists, staff, volunteers and the community will stay safe. So c’mon everybody, walk a mile in our shoes, be optimistic and join us in wishing for a good luck charm that will send COVID-19 return to sender so we can enjoy the Festival.
So if you don’t come back in March it wouldn’t be the same without you.
Go here to the Parkes Elvis website for more info
(News, Source;Parkes/ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 4 September 2020
Graceland Wall Cleaned of graffiti: While it is sad to see all our loving messages to Elvis removed, fans were delighted to see the Graceland wall shiny and clean after the recent graffiti attack.

The graffiti covered up many of the hundreds of tributes to the music icon handwritten by fans on the wall over the years.
By mid-morning on Tuesday, workers with power-wash equipment were removing the slogans and by Wednesday it was all cleaned and removed.
Priscilla Presley expressed her disgust at the vandalism.
“Concerning the graffiti at Graceland, I’m absolutely horrified that those in our own city disgraced the walls surrounding Graceland.

I’m saddened by acts like this and appalled by this behavior.
We were able to clean all the graffiti off thanks to our dedicated crew.”

Elvis’ step-brother, Billy Stanley said: “This is totally uncalled for. One of the saddest days of my life."

Graceland has put on extra security to protect the wall from vandals...

 

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis 'Hits From His Movies' Import Vinyl: EIN rather likes joke comparison to Col Parker's old "Hits From The Movies" albums that usually didn't feature proper hits!

"Miracle Surface" offer this cool slice of good looking vinyl, offering binaural versions and alternate takes. And since when was Britches or Black Star, Hot Dog or Mama a hit from any Elvis movie!

 

 

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisNews.com)


Wednesday 2 September 2020

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

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

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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Rockhurst Elvis Auction Results: The Rockhurst "Elvis Presley BIG 50 Auction" ended last weekend 27 August, 2020.
Nobody bought the "Elvis' Childhood Home from 1241 Kelly St. in East Tupelo, Mississippi - Yes The Whole House!" which had a minium bid of $40,000 but plenty of other genuine Elvis memorabilia did sell and for good prices.
Top sellers included..
- 'Elvis Presley Stage-Worn 18K Gold Watch with 26 Diamonds Gifted to J.D. Sumner' - one of the most significant and well-documented pieces of Elvis Presley stage-worn jewelry to ever be offered at public auction. The watch has an extra, engraved section of the band that was added for J.D.'s larger wrists (he stood 6'5" tall!) that reads "From Elvis to J.D. Sumner 1974."
What this treasure also has is period photographic and documentary proof that details the story of Elvis gifting the watch to J.D.
Included is the full page feature story about J.D. Sumner from the December 27, 1974, issue of The Nashville Banner newspaper where J.D. recounts the story of Elvis giving him the watch, and the features story includes two full-color photos of the watch on J.D.'s wrist. - Sold for $195,500
- 'Elvis Presley Owned Gold Ring with Large Lapis Lazuli Stone and 14 Diamonds', gifted to Joe Esposito. A gold ring with 14 diamonds and a large lapis lazuli center stone was owned by Elvis Presley, and he gave it to Memphis Mafia member Joe Esposito. The ring was sold to Elvis by his Memphis jeweler Lowell Hays, and interestingly, Joe Esposito eventually sold the ring back to Lowell Hays in the late 1970s.
Elvis was fond of a variety of stones and gems with the enchanting blue of lapis lazuli being one. Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone that has been prized since ancient times for its celestial blue color. Since lapis lazuli is a symbol of royalty, no stone is more fitting to adorn the finger of the King than the offered 14-karat yellow gold ring with a deep blue, oval lapis lazuli stone. - Sold for $23,000
- 'Elvis' Heavily Notated and Underlined Copy of Cheiro's Fate In the Making', gifted to Larry Geller. This might be the most heavily written-in book owned by Elvis Presley that has ever become available! The book is also signed by the author in 1931, the year of publication.
Elvis has underlined on 20 pages of the book and actually written on four of those pages! - Sold for $9,775
Elvis' handwritten notations include the following:
"WHAT IS EVIL BUT GOOD TORTURED BY ITS OWN HUNGER AND THIRST"
 (numerology) 13=4 / 4+4=8
"CHEIRO = SHERLOCK HOLMES & COLUMBO"
and "BEAUTY IS KIND AND GENTLE, NAY BEAUTY IS A THING OF MIGHT AND DREAD"
Go HERE to ROCKHURST Auctions for full results
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Wall vandalized with BLM and other graffiti: Graceland's wall was hit overnight with "Defund the Police" and "BLM" (Black Lives Matter) graffiti.
The protest slogans were found spray-painted in black and orange on the stone wall surrounding the King’s mansion, a signature Memphis landmark and major tourist draw.
"Defund The Police", “Abolish ICE” and “F–k Trump” were also among the spray-painted phrases.
The graffiti covered up many of the hundreds of tributes to the music icon handwritten by fans on the wall over the years.
By mid-morning on Tuesday, workers with power-wash equipment were removing the slogans.
A Graceland spokesman declined to comment on the vandalism.

Vandals also struck the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, spray-painting scrawled obscenities also "tagged" overnight by vandals was the large "I (Heart) Memphis" mural on Cooper Avenue at York, near the Memphis Made Brewing brewery. Created by artist Brandon Marshall, the mural was commissioned by the UrbanArt Commission and Memphis Tourism as part of a series of Memphis-boosting public artworks.
Sadly the USA is very politically divided as it heads towards the November Presidential  Election


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis News from earlier this week ...

ETM&HM #129 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis The Man & His Music' September 2020 issue is out now.

Articles include
+ Tony DeCaprio, Las Vegas guitarist, Interview
+ Elvis and The Golden Gate Quartet - Luther Moore investigates
+ Young Dreams
+ That’s The Way It Is
+ Readers’ Letters
+ CD Reviews

Go here to NDT to subscribe

 

 

 



(News, Source;NDT/ElvisInfoNet)


No feud between Elvis and the Beatles: Recently the The Herald Scotland ran a typical tabloid oft-repeated article "How Elvis betrayed the ‘filthy’ Beatles to the FBI".
This interesting letter by Gerry McDade appeared in response to the article... "Journo Straun Stevenson is in error regarding his article on the famous "'summit" between Elvis Presley and The Beatles in 1965 ("How Elvis Presley betrayed the ‘filthy’ Beatles to the FBI"). His contention that John Lennon's first involvement was to pin his anti-war credentials to the mast by denouncing President Lyndon Johnson plays to a tired narrative that casts the Beatle as a crusading dove to which, in 1965 and with the MBEs on the way, is mischievously premature by, at least four years.
There was no "all the way with LBJ" lamp in the Presley house and this has been confirmed by many members of the so-called "Memphis Mafia". The supposed call to Hoover "After their one and only meeting in 1965, Elvis contacted J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director" never took place and the Nixon incident happened five years later. Even then, Elvis denounced the 'hippy culture" as a whole in a barely-concealed attempt to gain favour for an official narcotics badge.
And yes, that is ironic.
As to the "feud"? Lennon (right with Yoko) turned up
backstage at an Elton John concert in 1973 sporting an Elvis badge that he wore on many occasions throughout the period and only one month before his own tragic death in 1980, had contacted an Elvis magazine enthusiastically looking for some original photographs of his hero.
I realise that none of the aforementioned is as dramatic as Mr Stevenson's anti-Elvis article but it happens to be the truth and not based on a fantasy."
(News, Source:GerryMcDade/HeraldScotland)

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

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

Elvis Meets The Beatles: It was 55 years ago, on August 27th 1965, Elvis welcomed four very special guests from Liverpool to his home in Bel Air and The Beatles made it clear that if it wasn’t for Presley then they wouldn’t be where they were.
The Beatles were in awe of Elvis and, even though he was living away from the public eye at this point, hanging out with The Fab Four was a request that even Elvis couldn’t turn down. The band had initiated contact when they saw the gap in their diaries and to their elation, Elvis agreed.
Priscilla Presley comments, “Elvis respected them. Mostly he respected the way they had achieved their artistic freedom. He saw how they did whatever they liked to do. On Perugia Way in Bel Air, there were nearly as many security men outside as fans. This was definitely treated as a summit. The fact that Elvis greeted them with studied casualness didn’t mean he didn’t care. He did. He was simply affirming his role as Original King. The Beatles respected that role enormously.”
The two iconic acts ended up jamming, with Elvis taking up duties on the bass while The Beatles were more than happy to play second fiddle.
According to what Priscilla commented about the evening, the two legendary figures spoke more with the language of music than any deep discussions about life.
The following day The Beatles played at San Francisco’s Balboa Stadium, local radio DJ, Jerry G. Bishop was aware of their meeting with The King the night before and managed to capture their immediate reaction to meeting one of their biggest heroes.
When asked if he felt like the meeting lived up to his expectations, McCartney revealed, “I think Elvis was exactly like I imagined, yeah. I didn’t quite know what to expect when we went there, you know. I mean, I thought that he’d be the same, but I didn’t know how the atmosphere or anything would be in the place. But it was good, ‘cuz it was all old mates around. Old mates of his, you know, and we brought quite a few of ours. And so we just had a bit of a ‘do.”
This sentiment was backed up by Lennon, “Elvis just seemed normal to us, you know. And we were asking him about just making movies and not doing any personal appearances or TV. And he seems to enjoy it, you know. I
think he enjoys making movies so much. We couldn’t stand not doing personal appearances. We’d get bored quickly. He says he misses it a bit, you know. He’s just… Elvis was great. He was just how I expected him.”
It’s a true travesty that no recordings exists of this meeting but that was exactly the beauty of it, with both sides agreeing that they didn’t want this union of giants to be ruined by having it documented in the press and wanted it to be as pure as possible.
The Beatles and Elvis were at very different stages of their career and didn’t go on to have a long friendship but this night will live long in the history books.
For the full story go here to EIN's 'Elvis Meets The Beatles'
(News, Source;FarOut/NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Cinema Retro (magazine)- Elvis’ dream of becoming a dramatic actor: EIN thanks Nicholas Anez for letting us know that the first instalment of his two-part article examining Elvis’ dream of being a dramatic actor and what went wrong - is available to read in issue #47 of the popular film magazine, Cinema Retro.


Visit the Cinema Retro site for more

 

 

 

 

 


(News, Source: Nicholas Anez/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis in the 1950’s- Riots, the little finger, and ‘Moral Panic’: In his fascinating research paper, The High Priest of Rock and Roll: The Reception of Elvis Presley in Denmark, 1956-1960, Danish academic, Bertel Nygaard (pictured), examines how Elvis was received in Denmark and contributory aspects of him as an international cultural phenomenon. As part of his treatise, Nygaard records the foundational incident for the ‘moral panic’ which characterised the establishment’s attitude to Elvis and contributed to his function as a socio-cultural agent. It also highlights how the media, in this instance non-American media, added, quite fancifully, to mythical elements in the Elvis story. This is absorbing reading:
... On May 13, 1955, a young Elvis Presley performed at the new baseball stadium in Jacksonville Florida as part of the Hank Snow All Star Jamboree. After the show, dozens of teenage girls entered his makeshift dressing room, touching him and tearing off most of his clothes to carry home as souvenirs. Mae Boren Axton, who was there as part of the management crew, later recalled discovering the singer “on top of one of the showers looking sheepish and scared, like ‘What’d I do?’ and his shirt was shredded and his coat was torn to pieces (...), he was up there with nothing but his pants on and they were trying to pull at them up on the shower” (quoted in Guralnick). As riots go, this was a miniature. Nobody was really harmed, the room was peacefully cleared by the arriving police officers in a few moments, and the incident was little noticed by the press in the following days, since Elvis’s fame was still limited to a few southern US states. But when such incidents became regular at later Presley performances, the Jacksonville incident of May 1955 began to seem foundational to the legends of rock and roll and Elvis Presley in particular: the first occurrence that revealed the basic choreography of a true Presley fan riot.
This narrative of the May 1955 Jacksonville incident as a foundational event became obvious about a year later, in August 1956, when Elvis was performing in Jacksonville once again, greeted by a judge threatening to arrest him if he did not immediately modify his body movements on stage. Elvis obliged, standing still during his evening performance of August 10, while occasionally wriggling his little finger to emphasize the high points of rock-and roll energy. The response was wilder than ever (Guralnick 321-22). Another piece of the Elvis legend was born immediately. A feature article on Elvis Presley in Life Magazine a fortnight later combined both Jacksonville events (“Elvis – A Different”). Along with his string of hit records and TV performances during the same year, such sensational, illustrated stories published in mass-circulated magazines secured his swift rise to fame throughout the United States. But there were repercussions abroad, too. In late September 1956, a local newspaper in the faraway Danish small town of Nykøbing Falster introduced its readers to the most recent – and most shocking – American teen idol.

The centerpiece of the article was a highly inflated account of the events in Jacksonville sixteen months before: “We are ashamed to report more about Presley, but some things should be brought to light as an example. When he appeared in Jacksonville, a small city in Florida, practically all of his female listeners took off their clothes in hysterical fits, attempted to storm the stage to get a scrap of his clothing or a lock of his hair, and caused so much commotion that the authorities had to intervene. Afterwards, the young people gathered in the Methodist church to pray for his soul.”

(”Amerikansk”) With its bizarre, cultish scene of lustful, naked teenage girls’ yearning for their male idol, this newspaper article provides an example of how early fearful narratives of Elvis were transferred and rewritten, sometimes even amplified, beyond the US. While retaining a basic conception of the cultural and social meanings of Elvis Presley – obscenity, female physical desire, a basic challenge to preordained roles of men and women, musicians and their audiences, etc. – the anonymous Danish journalist also altered these meanings to fit dominant European perspectives.

This fanciful contemporary retelling of an important piece of the Elvis narrative of 1956, containing all the ingredients of what is often sociologically labelled a ‘moral panic’, may also indicate a gap in our current understanding of Elvis Presley as a part of the cultural history of the twentieth century. There are numerous valuable interpretations of Elvis as a part of the cultural history of the USA, particularly in the context of the race relations of the South.
This fanciful contemporary retelling of an important piece of the Elvis narrative of 1956, containing all the ingredients of what is often sociologically labelled a ‘moral panic’, may also indicate a gap in our current understanding of Elvis Presley as a part of the cultural history of the twentieth century. There are numerous valuable interpretations of Elvis as a part of the cultural history of the USA, particularly in the context of the race relations of the South.

Other themes in Nygaard’s paper include discussions of Elvis’ gender ambiguity, how rock and roll was perceived in Denmark in the 1950’s, and the four interacting factors the author considers paved the way for the relatively rapid de-demonization of Elvis. And btw, in the paper, Elvis is not considered to be the High Priest of Rock and Roll.
(News, Source:Bertel Nygaard, Pop Music and Society, 2018 /NP/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in August ...
"Lee Dawson has left the building": Some devasting news for the Elvis community, Lee Dawson of Elvis Express Radio died on Monday August 23, unexpectedly after being rushed to hospital.
An absolute tragedy, he was only 48 years old.
His wife Lana posted...
"Lee absolutely loved doing the show and editing the website, finding out all the latest news, and sharing everything with every single one of you.
Lee started doing the show in 2000, and has had many different co-hosts along the way, every one of them amazing! especially Jo Krein his bro from another mo.
He was able to post one last show before he passed, singing along tapping away, honking his horn, ringing the bell, and a lot of laughs and chats.
We want to thank you all for always requesting, listening, and donating so that he could keep the show going for so many years!
As he would say...
"Remember to TCB for EAP"

EIN had a great friendship with Lee Dawson and we shared a lot in common, sense of humour, politics, having to deal at times with the same "crazies", plus the love of Elvis.
We send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. He will be truly missed.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) - Elvis Express Radio

Wacko Jacko, Losing it!: Recently some Michael Jackson 1987 letters have been found where the UK Tabloids state he "Blasts the Beatles along with Elvis Presley in scathing letters about his anger over racial inequality."
The singer, who passed away in 2009, also blasted MTV and other American media outlets for shunning Black performers
The letters were written in 1987, at the height of his fame, and unearthed by UK's The Sun.
The never-before-seen letters illustrated how he used his anger over prevalent racism in the music industry to fuel his stardom.
'Throughout history, white men have always branded the pages of history with Great White Hopes putting whites over Blacks like nobles like Elvis being the King of Rock and Roll, Springsteen being The Boss and The Beatles being the best,' Jackson said.
And in a shot at the Fab Four, adds: “Yes these guys were good, but they weren’t better singers or dancers than the blacks.”
Jacko declares he will one day rule as ‘the King’, declaring: “I am not prejudice, it’s just time for the first Black King now
I will change this NOW with the power of my songs and dance and looks and total reclusiveness and mystery world. I will rule as the King,' he added.
Jackson added that Elvis is 'not King' and he will 'show Springsteen who's boss' adding he was 'very angry' and had to prove himself and 'change things.'
He added that he wanted to be King so 'white children can have Black heroes so they don't grow up prejudice.'
My goal is to become so ‘Big’, so powerful. To become such a hero, to end prejudice,' Jackson added.
'To make these little white kids love me by selling over 200,000,000 albums,' the singer continued. He also said he 'hated inequality in record business' adding that 'blacks weren't able to be on MTV.'
The troubled megastar, who collapsed and died aged 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest, ended his rambling thoughts with the message: “I want what’s fair. I want all races to love as one.”
EIN Notes: Michael Jackson was certainly troubled and we understand his concern about "prevalent racism in the music industry".
However the fact is that Elvis has always been praised for his stand against racism and even stranger is the fact that Jacko would go on to marry Lisa Marie a few years later.
Perhaps worse is that fact that Jackson bleached his skin making him look whiter as they years went by. That always made little sense for a proud black performer.
Both Elvis and Jackson of course died due to an over-prescription of drugs enabled by their doctors
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See - > 'Elvis was not a Racist'- A Spotlight Revisited:
See - > All the Michael Jackson / Elvis Presley News stories
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: That’s The Way It Is' No.1 on UK box office! What a fantastic celebration for this CV19 Lockdown year, as the 50th anniv one-night-only release of 'Elvis: That’s The Way It Is' shot to the No.1 spot at the UK box office and in Australia was the highest per-cinema take of any film this week. With the UK cinemas finally reopened the distributor Trafalgar Releasing had plenty to celebrate.
Elvis' re-released classic 1970 documentary concert film debuted in 260 UK cinemas on Thursday (August 13), taking over £94,000 in box office takings, making it No.1 for the day. According to Trafalgar, that also makes it the UK’s biggest popular music concert release of 2020.
It was Trafalgar’s first release since UK cinemas were allowed to reopen on July 4, and shows the appetite for concert experiences despite live music’s lengthy hiatus.
“We are pleased to see one of the world’s most successful recording artists return to No.1 with Elvis: That's The Way It Is, 50 years after its initial release,” said Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing. “The attendance numbers show the continued appetite from fans to come together and celebrate the musicians they love, demonstrating further opportunities for music to thrive in cinemas.”
The movie also played in over 200 cinemas internationally, and pulled in the highest per-cinema average take of any film in Australia.
There are still MORE SCREENINGS happening worldwide - Click here to TTWII to check cinemas near you
(News, Source;UKMusicWeek/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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


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Unreleased 'Guitar Man' Jerry Reed / Elvis Duet: In January 1980 Felton Jarvis decided to "update" some of Elvis' previous recordings to make them sound "more contemporary". Looking back though, 1980 was NOT a good period in progressive rock unless you were part of the "New Wave" such as Talking Heads, The Police or Elvis Costello etc.
Felton Jarvis' overdubs were definitely not "new wave"! He did however manage a 28 Billboard hit with the re-working of "Guitar Man".
Composer Jerry Reed was at the re-recordings to add a new guitar part. The duet version was then recorded as an overdub but never officially released.
The non-duet version of the same recording was released on FTD's 'Too Much Monkey Business' release as well as the original 1980 LP (or course)
Felton Jarvis must have liked the concept as he also brought in Carl Perkins to add a duet to Blue Suede
Shoes and  Tony Joe White to add his vocal to For Ol Times Sake' again these were not officially released.
However they have made them out on bootlegs over the years. (see Import news below!)
- GO HERE to YouTube and enjoy this unreleased duet for free.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) - THANKS to Bob Dalziel for the word-up.

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

Double-Dynamite Fifty Years Ago Today: Las Vegas August 19th 1970, Elvis was on top form, he was pure dynamite! Elvis' vocals and showmanship at the time were on full-throttle and at the midnight show he was even better. Both these August 19th concerts were bootlegged from fine audience recordings, first released as Rock Legends' Double-Dynamite and more recently as Straight Arrow's 'Loose As A Goose!' It is Elvis at his mightiest, rockinest, a unique insight into Elvis performing live in his element and at the peak of his considerable powers.
Reviews from the time noted, "If 'Double Dynamite' was taken from a soundboard tape, one would have to call these recordings indispensable"
Elvis rocks the hell out of the showroom with the opening triad of 'That's All Right', 'I Got A Woman' and 'Tiger Man' as exciting as anything he ever did on stage in the 1970's. Elvis delivers a lovely rendition of 'I've Lost You' and a simply gorgeous 'I Just Can't Help Believin'' that is classic Presley, while 'Polk Salad Annie' retains some of the delicious swampiness from February '70. The night also includes soaring, majestic versions of 'The Wonder Of You' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and even the silly, self-mocking intro to 'Hound Dog' works, being funnier than the usual Elvis versions.
(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)
Click here to YouTube and check out the August 19th, 1970 Midnight Show
Click here to YouTube and check out the August 19th, 1970 Dinner Show

James Burton - It’s so hard to believe it’s been 43 years today since we buried my friend, Elvis.

What a heart-wrenching three days we had that August in 1977.
I’ll never forget flying out of L.A to Las Vegas that morning of the 16th, then we headed out from Vegas to our first show in Maine when we got word to turn around. None of us knew why.
We stopped to refuel in Colorado to head back to Las Vegas when we heard the news that Elvis had passed.

My first question was, “Is this a joke?”
Unfortunately….it wasn’t.

My wife Louise and I immediately met up in Memphis to go to Graceland to check on Elvis’ Dad, Vernon. As you can imagine, he was just heart broken.

On August 18th, they held a private service for Elvis’ family and close friends.
We could hardly talk to each other, we were in so much shock. So many people that loved him showed up.
James Brown spent hours in there with Elvis, as did so many others.
Louise and I sat there with Vernon and did our best to comfort him.
We loved that man.

Thousands of fans lined the streets of Memphis on the day of the funeral to say goodbye to the king.
Thousands! We had never seen anything like it, man. Royalty had never seen anything like it.
We were honored to ride in the third or fourth white limo in the procession that day and were amazed at all the love people showed and how people came together in such a short amount of time to honor him from all over the world.

Elvis constantly gave to those around him and that was such an inspiration.

Yes, he was a legend….but Elvis was also my friend.
His talent, style, sense of humor and ‘in the middle of the night’ phone calls just to talk.
He is dearly missed, and I know he’s in Heaven singing and playing with my Son, Jeffrey…
and I’m looking forward to seeing them both again someday and we’ll all jam together.

We want to thank the fan clubs and websites, Priscilla, Lisa Marie, Jack Soden, Graceland, the EPE family and Joel Weinshanker for all of the hard work in keeping Elvis’ legacy alive and we love the fans and friends who loved Elvis as much as we do.

Make each day count and love one another!
GOD BLESS YOU!
James

(as posted by James Burton on his facebook page)


Elvis Specials - by Matt Shepherd: BBC Radio's Matt Shepherd has produced some Elvis Specials that have just gone live on Mixcloud to mark 43 years since Elvis’ passing.
These specials have been produced so as to get lots of people from all around the world listening in as we all remember the amazing Elvis Presley 43 years on – we won’t ever forget him.

EIN notes that the four "Elvis Talks Elvis" specials where our main-man “presents” are well-worth tuning in to.
Also remember Elvis with the 'Golden Years Tribute To The King'


All available for free to stream now on Mixcloud - Click here.

 

(News, Source;MS/ElvisInfoNet)


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

 

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

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

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

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


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

These were awe-inspiring performances.

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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Watch the Candlelight Vigil REPLAY: It is saturday night in Memphis but this year - 2020 - instead of the regular thousands of Elvis fans usually gathered to honour the life and legacy of Elvis at the annual Graceland Candlelight Vigil the terrible CV19 pandemic has forced EPE to limit the number to less that 800.
But despite the social distancing the longstanding tradition could not be stopped and with fans watching from all over the world Elvis' untimely passing was still emotionally remembered.
Fans from around the world are invited to join us via Graceland's Livestream page to be part of this very special evening honoring the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. CLICK HERE TO WATCH via LiveStream REPLAY

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Mark Duffett talks to EIN: EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down with Dr. Mark Duffett via the face-to-face magic of Google Hangouts, to discuss his latest book, Elvis Roots, Image, Comeback, Phenomenon.
In the first installment of his intriguing two-part interview, Mark discusses the genesis for the book and a wide range of issues, including where he thinks other researchers have got Elvis wrong, Elvis and race, how Elvis “ripped up genre boundaries”, the commodification of Elvis, considering Elvis in the context of Sigmund Freud’s Oedipal Complex, and the concept of the “real Elvis”.

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

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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EIN Exclusive: Alicia Kerwin Speaks!: Courtesy of author/researcher, Darrin Lee......... Darrin Lee's August 2020 edition of the 192-page 'ELVIS and ALICIA – A Mystery Solved. Alicia Cecilia Kerwin… For The Record' is available in Amazon bookstores worldwide.
In this EIN Exclusive announcement, Elvis fans now have an opportunity to hear the voice of Alicia Cecilia Kerwin!
The author has uploaded a video on his YouTube channel that features Ms. Kerwin speaking about (1) why she didn't wish to see Elvis and (2) her memories of Ginger Alden circa April thru June '77.
Click here to YouTube >> "Alicia Cecilia Kerwin Speaks! A 1977-era "Elvis World" exclusive by Darrin Lee!"
(News, Source: Darrin Lee/ElvisInfoNet)
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Only 720 fans to attend pared-down Candlelight vigil: Fans have been battling for key 720 reserved spots to attend a pared-down candlelight vigil later tonight to mark the anniversary of Elvis' death.
Every year in mid-August, normally thousands of Elvis devotees from around the world descend on the Graceland to remember the world's biggest super-star on the anniversary of his death.
Thousands of fans would normally line-up for hours to carry candles as they walk past his grave at the mansion where he died on Aug. 16, 1977.
This year Graceland has limited the number of people who will be allowed to attend the vigil in person, in observance of safety precautions and social distancing protocols brought about by the coronavirus outbreak.
Graceland reserved 720 spots for fans to attend the Saturday vigil in person, and all have been filled, said Alicia Dean, Graceland events specialist
The event also will be live-streamed - Click here.

(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)


Virtual Elvis Week Hightlights: More video highlights well-worth watching at Virtual Elvis Week 2020
- Insider's Conference - PART 2-
In part two of the 2012 Insiders Conference, you can enjoy interviews with Wanda Jackson, June Juanico, Marlyn Mason - plus a special segment on Elvis & Nixon with Jerry Schilling and Egil "Bud" Krogh.
- Conversations On Elvis #2
Something new for 2020, all new interviews! Hosted by Elvis Week host Tom Brown, enjoy newly-recorded interviews with TCB Band's James Burton; former member of The Stamps Quartet Richard Sterban; bassist Norbert Putnam, and Larry Strickland, former member of The Stamps Quartet.
- 2012 MEMPHIS BOYS Salute Concert
From 2012 the Memphis Boys Salute Concert with Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey joining The Memphis Boys on stage for an incredible evening of music. Additional performers include the Holladay Sisters – Ginger Holladay and Mary Pederson.
Go to the EW 2020 Announcements page to watch the highlights
(News, Source;VEW/ElvisInfoNet)


Virtual Elvis Week Photo Highlight: Yesterday "Conversations On Elvis" host Tom Brown‎ posted this fabulous story... Hey Elvis friends. During my talk with Mother Dolores Hart, I mentioned riding with her from the Peabody Hotel to Graceland the morning of our interview during Elvis Week 2013. As we drove down Union Avenue she asked if Sun Studio was nearby. I said it was and so we pulled up. She wanted to see where it all started.
I just found the picture I took from the backseat of the car and I wanted to share. She is one of the most amazing and inspiring people I have ever met. Truly one of a kind. — at Sun Studio. - Tom Brown

'Dolores Hart' made her movie debut as Elvis' love in 1957's 'Loving You' later also appearing in the fabulous 'King Creole'. In 1963 she quit acting to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis monastery in Connecticut.
Make sure you join Virtual Elvis Week to catch up on all these lovely stories
(News, Source;VEW/ElvisInfoNet)


'Bruce Jackson, On The Road With Elvis' New FTD Release: FTD are publishing “Bruce Jackson: On the Road with Elvis” available with a 3CD set! An audio documentary hosted by Jack Mullins (singer/songwriter) plus a soundboard recording of the Sioux Falls 10-18-76, and Atlanta 12-30-76 shows.
Raised in Sydney, audio engineer Bruce Jackson dropped out of university course in 1968 to build stroboscopes, amplifiers and more for the emerging psychedelic concert culture. Little did he know that in just three years he'd be on the road managing Elvis Presley's sound and poised to change forever how live concert sound was presented. In six years with the Elvis Presley Show Bruce established a close professional and personal bond with Elvis who trusted him implicitly to deliver the best sound possible.
Bruce's inventions and technical advances were adopted by the entire live concert touring industry.
'I mixed and ran the sound for Elvis for six years until his death on August 16, 1977. I was 22 when I started working for him. It didn’t seem like a big deal
at the time, working strange hours and constantly on the road to the next city or town. I did hundreds and hundreds of shows with Elvis across mainland United States and Hawai'. - Bruce Jackson
The book delivers an intimate, engaging narrative of Bruce's extraordinary life, up close with the world's top performer.
After Elvis died, Elvis-fan Bruce Springsteen hired Bruce Jackson, saying 'I've got Elvis' guy...Elvis' man is working for me in the house'.
Years of work have gone into making this book a fitting tribute. Bruce's first-person narrative and contributions by friends and colleagues plus the eye-witness perspective of his brother Gary come together for an extraordinary insight. This is, incredibly, a new look at Elvis by someone who
worked with him in a professional relationship that evolved into a personal friendship. Elvis came to respect Bruce Jackson as much as Bruce respected Elvis Presley.
Go here to vimeo to check out the promo video! - Out late September.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

‘Elvis: That’s the Way It Is’ in Sydney was SOLD OUT!: How nice to find that the cinema event “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is” that showed in Sydney, Australia tonight - August 13 2020 - was SOLD OUT!
While CV19 and required social distancing meant that every other row of the cinema had to be empty there was still a fabulous buzz of excitement in the air as ELVIS TTWII blasted out to his adoring Sydney fans. Watching on the very night that 'In The Ghetto' and 'The Wonder Of You' were filmed by MGM exactly 50 years ago made it all the more poignant.
Lovely to see Elvis get a huge round of applause from the 2020 cinema audience as the film ended. There was plenty of crowd excitement all the way through - as if we didn't know what Elvis would do next! As the recent review noted.. "Mixes fascinating rehearsal footage with electrifying performances"
- BBC Film Review.

At the end EIN suggested, "Let's watch it all over again!" and the crowd cheered. We love Elvis fans!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Fifty Years ago TODAY Click here to watch 'The Wonder Of You' August 13, 1970

Elvis "Non Stop Erotic Cabaret": Fifty years ago Elvis’ performance from the midnight show at the Las Vegas International on August 12, 1970 has been described by his record company as "Probably the best live concert ever recorded by Elvis Presley."
This stunning performance has been released by SONY on the 2014 "That's The Way It Is' Deluxe box-set as well as the June 2000 BMG 'That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition' 3cd set.
When he decided to investigate in-depth author George Smith discovered however that this 1970 Midnight performance was not just "the best live concert ever recorded by Elvis Presley"; it is an almost spiritual experience. But, like most great albums and concerts of that nature, it cannot be rushed: one must sit and listen to the show in its entirety. Then, and only then, can the genius of Elvis the performer be fully appreciated.
The show takes the form of a metaphorical sexual act with Elvis wooing, loving, and then ravishing his audience before twice taking it to an exhausting musical peak.
(Spotlight; Source;GeorgeSmith/ElvisInfoNet)  

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

CLICK HERE to Vevo to watch the short promo video

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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


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


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Elvis Sessions with Nashville Cats on ‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Set: Rolling Stone magazine published a feature article on the new Elvis Nashville set.
They wrote... In June 1970, Elvis Presley made the trip east from his Graceland home in Memphis to Nashville, where he holed up in RCA Studio B on Music Row for five days of recording. Presley, who was in the midst of his Las Vegas comeback, was joined by Music City sessions players like Charlie McCoy and Norbert Putnam — the legendary “Nashville Cats.” The result came to be known among fans as the “marathon sessions.”
Now, a new four-disc compilation assembles the masters from those halcyon days and captures Presley at his energetic best. 'From Elvis in Nashville' will be released November 20th via RCA/Legacy Recordings. The announcement arrives with a blistering nearly six-minute jam on Cowboy Joe Babcock’s “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water,” which finds Presley and his band, including James Burton on guitar, in peak form.
What makes the From Elvis in Nashville recordings so special is their purity. Grammy-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang remixed the recordings, stripping them of added orchestration and overdubs. They’re fiery and humanizing, showing Presley’s raw power as a performer.

(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

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

'From Elvis In Nashville' New 4CD Set: RCA / Legacy Recordings is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of 'From Elvis In Nashville' a 4CD collection presenting the long-awaited definitive chronicle of Elvis Presley's mythic 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B in Nashville over the course of an epic five day/night run in June 1970 (with an additional session on September 22), Elvis' performances from those sessions formed the core of three of his most successful studio album releases from the 1970s: 'Elvis: That's the Way It Is', 'Elvis Country' and 'Love Letters from Elvis'.
Now, for the first time, the master recordings from the 1970 Studio B sessions may be enjoyed together as a single official Elvis album. On From Elvis In Nashville, Presley's studio tracks from the 1970 marathon sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spring without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
From Elvis In Nashville will be available in a 4CD boxed edition including two bonus discs of rare and/or unreleased outtakes.

A highlights package will be available in a 2LP 12" vinyl pressing.
At the close of the 1960s, Elvis Presley, the atomic-powered singer of the 1950s, put his stamp on the rock revolution decade, reestablishing himself as a musical and cultural force to be reckoned with. His electrifying Elvis '68 Comeback special made television history and his long-awaited return to non-soundtrack recordings at Chip Moman's American Sound Studio in Memphis, January-February 1969 – yielded major chart hits including 'In The Ghetto', 'Don't Cry Daddy', 'Kentucky Rain' and 'Suspicious Minds' and well as a pair of acclaimed 1969 album releases, From Elvis In Memphis and 'Back In Memphis'.

From Elvis In Nashville serves as a mirror and companion to his earlier Memphis recordings, bringing fresh fire, exuberance, humor and emotional resonance to the Studio B sessions.
For his first recordings of the 1970s, Elvis revisited the blueprint that made his American Sound sessions so successful. Because he hated doing overdubs, he wanted to cut loose live in the studio with a band in sync with his sensibility. Freed from obligations to music publishers, Elvis was able to pick and record songs that were contemporary, relevant and meaningful to him, from covers – including his transcendent interpretation of 'Bridge Over Trouble Water' – to the epic material then powering his Las Vegas residencies and return to live performing.
If the American Sound recordings in Memphis opened the door for Elvis' return to the stage and top of the charts, his next recordings – the fabled 1970 Nashville Marathon Sessions – would lay the groundwork for another revolution in pop music. Under the direction of producer Felton Jarvis, Elvis joined forces with one of the most potent studio ensembles ever assembled to create an often underrated chapter in Presley's rich legacy. Working with the fabled "Nashville Cats" for his first album of 1970, Elvis Presley connected to a circle of contemporary musicians that included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, George Harrison and others.
In June 1970, Elvis returned to RCA Studio B to create a new sound for a new decade. From 1958-1971, Elvis recorded more than 200 tracks at Studio B, beginning with five classic songs, including 'A Fool Such As I' before shipping off to Germany with the US Army. He recorded Elvis Is Back!, his first post-army album, at Studio B in March-April 1960 and many more throughout the sixties
For his 1970 Nashville sessions, Elvis was able to handpick his own repertoire and, delve into the rich variety of American music in his marrow, combining elements of bluegrass, honky tonk, Western swing and the rockabilly he'd virtually invented with contemporary pop, ballads and epic showstoppers. Bringing a fresh and vital new approach to pop and country music, Elvis' performances on From Elvis In Nashville presaged and encompassed emerging trends from countrypolitan and Americana to outlaw country.
These sessions are widely recognized as among Elvis' best because of the undeniable chemistry between Elvis and his astonishing studio band comprised of multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy (Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson), bassist Norbert Putnam (Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, J. J. Cale, Tony Joe White, etc) and pianist David Briggs (Dean Martin, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tony Joe White, George Harrison, among others).
Known colloquially as the "Nashville Cats" this finely-honed studio ensemble, like Elvis himself, connected the worlds of pop, rock and country music. For the June sessions, Elvis brought in his longtime on-stage guitarist James Burton; with Eddie Hinton in September. Elvis plays acoustic guitar throughout the June sessions.
The five-day "marathon" sessions yielded a wide variety of material including a spirited rendition of Willie Nelson's 'Funny How Time Slips Away', the heartrending 'I've Lost You' and the powerful 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. A wild, single-take version of 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' was a highlight of the September 22 session.
The music Elvis created in his 1970 "marathon sessions", presented here without layers of overdubbing heard on the original releases, stands among Presley's best and has proven immensely influential. It established musical directions he pursued the rest of his career, predicted his late-in-life pop- and-country radio successes, and modeled sounds for countless country stars to come.
From Elvis In Nashville provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Elvis and the way he made music that lasts forever.
No tracklisting has yet been announced. The release date appears to be November, 2020.
(News, Source;Amazon/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)- CLICK to 'All The SONY FTD News' for more info and mp3 sample


Billy Goldenberg "Comeback" Musical Director Dead at 84: Billy Goldenberg who was musical director for Elvis' 68 “Comeback Special”, The Ann-Margret Show, An Evening with Diana Ross and others. He also worked on scores of TV shows ranging from The Young and the Restless to Columbo, Kojak, and Steven Spielberg’s Duel, has died. A two-time Emmy-winning composer and 21-time nominee he was 84.
Goldenberg also scored several movies including Elvis' “Change of Habit,” Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam,” "The Last of Sheila,” and “Reuben, Reuben.”
In 1968, he was set as musical director for NBC’s Presley program that would come to be known as the ’68 Comeback Special. A few years later, Goldenberg would work with up-coming legend Spielberg, on his seminal TV movie Duel.
“A composer should be sensitive to what’s happening on the screen,” Goldenberg told the L.A. Times. “It’s better to
underplay and understate, even though it often becomes a personal struggle for me because I’m very emotional, always ready to pour my heart out.”
He quit television in the late 1990s and returned to New York, although he went on the road with Bea Arthur, playing piano for her one-woman show “…And Then There’s Bea” in the early 2000s. He is the subject of a documentary currently nearing completion.
At the time "Comeback" director Steve Binder chose Billy Goldenberg as a last minute replacement for arranger Billy Strange who wasn't working out.
Goldenberg explained that for his arrangements he wanted to find a path to "Elvis' subconscious character, the things that were going on that he didn't say, but did. I wanted to bring Elvis into the new 60's era and make his music valid.
Elvis was tender and lovely and polite. Although I also noticed at that time there was a lot of rage within him. There was a lot of raw primitiveness, and a lot of sexuality in Elvis. And if course there is the tender side."
Photo Right, EIN's Mandy Squair talked with Billy Goldenberg at Elvis Week 2018
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 31 July 2020 - - - The Day Elvis Rocked The International Las Vegas - - -
"ELVIS 1969" PART 2: While the 50th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning return to live performances was officially celebrated last year, disappointingly there was no related documentary. Luckily, Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has now followed-up his unique in-depth look at 'Elvis in 1968' with this new special, an exclusive two-part documentary focusing on Elvis' stunning year of 1969.
Released today July 31st, "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" continues Laverty's look at Elvis' Las Vegas "Return-To-Splendour" and much, much more.
The story is told by those who were there, including his band members, backup singers, song-writers, friends and family.
Featuring newspaper articles, home movies, archive footage plus unreleased footage from Elvis' 1970 'That's The Way It Is".
"ELVIS 1969" Part 2, released today includes rare archive interviews including Orchestra Leader Bobby Morris (I'd never see this interview before), George Hamilton, Priscilla, Sammy Shore, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jr, Jerry Scheff, Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Del Shannon plus some wonderful home-video of Elvis on stage in 1969.
Settle down to another impressive two hours. CLICK HERE TO VIMEO TO VIEW.
While "ELVIS 1969 Part 2" has to feature a lot of 1970 material from TTWII to help explore Elvis' legacy back in 1969, fans can only blame Col Parker for that. How could such a monetary based manager not bother to film even 10 minutes of Elvis' comeback?
EIN THANKS Dennis Laverty for his dedication. WATCH THIS NOW, in case it disappears. We hope you enjoy it.
(Spotlight, Source; DennisLaverty/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


 

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in July ...
JULY 13 - Ed Hill Has Died: Ed Hill of The Stamps sadly passed away July 13, 2020. Edwin Lee Hill, son of a minister, was born in St. Louis, MO, and started singing at the early age of 15 with a group called “Humble Hearts” followed by The Prophets Quartet which would become regulars on the Gospel Singing Caravan TV series with the LeFevres, the Blue Ridge Quartet and the Johnson Sisters.
After Ed retired The Prophets, he enjoyed a lengthy tenure with Hovie Lister and The Statesmen. J.D. Sumner of the Stamps Quartet asked Ed to manage his talent agency and music companies, and in 1973 was asked to sing baritone temporarily until a permanent voice could be acquired. This "'temporary” would become five years fulltime with the Stamps Quartet and with Elvis Presley.
In 1987, J.D. Sumner reorganized the Stamps Quartet from his existing Master’s V group, and J.D.
again asked Ed to become a member of his group. According to J.D., Ed was “one of the best quartet men I ever worked with.”
Ed, along with The Stamps were permanent members of the Elvis Presley Show until Elvis’ death in 1977.
Around 1974 Ed Hill took over Al Dvorin's roll of announcing the end of every show.. “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night!” . . . it was none other than Ed Hill himself.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

(Spotlight; Source;NP/Academia.edu)


'Elvis: That's the Way It Is' BluRay 2020 Re-Release: The 2014 combined version of  "Elvis: That's the Way It Is: 2001 Special Edition [BluRay] & 1970 TTWII Original [DVD]" is being re-released for the 50th Anniversary as a cheaper "Archive Collection" priced at only $22.
This set was originally released at Elvis Week August 12, 2014, this year it is being re-released August 11, 2020.

The product details note: Elvis was a legend unlike any other. After years of making movies, Elvis made a triumphant return to the stage, including a stint of celebrity packed shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1970. Now, see the backstage footage from rehearsals to relaxing at the hotel and the performances in one of the most intimate looks at Elvis captured on film. Included here are both the 1970 theatrical version (DVD 108 mins) and the 2001 special edition (Blu-ray 95 mins), with the songs, the fans, the love and most of all...the King himself.
Studio: WarnerBrothers
BluRay/DVD Release Date: August 11, 2020
Total Run Time: 203 minutes

 


(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Nigel’s review 

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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


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

'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

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

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

(Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
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ELVIS Forever - 2019: - August 16th, 1956, Elvis arrived on board an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles International airport in order to start work on his first film role, The Reno Brothers soon to be renamed 'Love Me Tender'.
Elvis was only 21 years old and at the start of his incredible trajectory to become the world's biggest superstar.
Little did Elvis know that he was already halfway through his all too-short life on earth.
In the same month Elvis would tell fans, "I've been lucky. You know something? I just feel sometimes like it's all a dream, like I'll rub my eyes and wake up and it will be over. I hope not. I hope it never happens. I hope it never ends"
Sadly, just 21 years later, it would end far too soon.
Forty two years on we all are once again thinking about tragic end to Elvis' incredible life and how much he did for us in his all too short life-time.

In 2019 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is still so important to us - along with memories of Elvis from Jerry Schilling, Linda Thompson, Alan Fortas, George Klein, Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, Lamar Fike and Larry Geller
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

Ken Sharp Interview 2019: Ken Sharp is a New York Times best-selling writer who has published an astounding number of books about musicians such John Lennon, David Bowie, Kiss, Cheap Trick, LA's Wrecking Crew as well as Elvis Presley.
He authored the stunning FTD book 'Writing For The King' as well as the unique 'Elvis Vegas 1969' and has published a multitude of interviews with key Elvis acquaintances in major music magazines such as Goldmine, he has also supplied sleeve notes for some major Sony ELVIS releases.
Packed full of unique interviews, fans have asked EIN whether "Elvis Vegas '69"is being republished for the 50th anniversary. It has been a while since EIN has caught up with Ken Sharp - and with the 50th anniversary of Elvis' 1969 Las Vegas Return-To-Splendour about to be celebrated we thought it was about time to find up what he was up to.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions.. and YES you can get copies of 'Elvis Vegas 1969' now at a special price for the 50th anniversary.
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)


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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 29,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

Now with over thousands of great photos, News and with more added every day – including YouTube footage.

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


The VINYL Boom: Over 7.6 million vinyl LPs were sold in the USA during the first half of 2018, a 20% increase from the previous year, while in Australia vinyl sales increased by $3 million, the same increase of 20%. In the same period CD sales however dropped by 15%.
Elvis vinyl is still selling very nicely with ‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ recently in the UK Top ten VINYL charts.
And there is plenty of Elvis Presley vinyl on offer....

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits’ GOLD Vinyl Double LP.

'ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits' is a must-have release for any Elvis Presley fan.

The Official 'A Boy From Tupelo' Vinyl album is still selling, while there are some interesting Public Domain Vinyl releases out in the UK including 'Jailhouse Rock' with 16 tracks even including 'Lonesome Cowboy'! Also the rather odd CD called 'Girls! Girls! Girls! + Loving You' with thirty tracks including Bonus tracks such as 'Is It So Strange' and even 'Good Luck Charm' out 29 October 2018 from Hoo Doo Records!

 

 

 

 



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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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


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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



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

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

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

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

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


Mindi Miller Interview with EIN: Mindi Miller was a working actress when she met Elvis in early 1975. She was interested in karate (she performed all her own movie stunts), exploring spirituality and the Bible and so they had a lot in common.
Mindi Miller and Elvis bonded over their common interests and soon afterwards he asked her to go on tour with him in April 1975.
She stayed friends with Elvis through the years - along with members of the 'Memphis Mafia' - and attended his funeral.

EIN's Sanja Meegin recently caught up with Mindi Miller to talk about her close friendship with Elvis over the years.
In this fascinating interview she discusses. . .
- Her first night with Elvis
- How Elvis persuaded her to cancel her overseas movie & modelling plans
- Their mutual interest in Karate
- Graceland and meeting Lisa Marie
- Attending Elvis' funeral 
. . . and much much more...
Go here for EIN's Sanja Meegin and her intimate and detailed discussion with the delightful Mindi Miller - Now with Reader Feedback.

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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