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Monday 11 December 2017
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)
Now Updated with more detailed discussion and EIN reader feedback

''The King" Elvis doco renamed for US Market: It was first released in Europe as 'Promised Land' but now the Elvis documentary - by director Eugene Jarecki and Executive Producer Steven Soderbergh - is being renamed now "THE KING"  for the US market. .... Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire. Cast: Alec Baldwin, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers.
The film received 4-star reviews when released in Europe 'Promised Land' Cannes Film Festival - Documentary Review'

"Promised Land" threatens at first to be a two-hour documentary about Elvis Presley’s car, but Jarecki shrugs that notion off after a few moments. And not without a degree of self-awareness. “This is a metaphor for Elvis, and the human condition,” someone chuckles from the backseat when the 1963 Rolls Royce breaks down. He even allows a bit of criticism. Writer/producer David Simon smirks, “you should have gotten one of his Cadillacs – an American car,” as mechanics try to revive the lumbering heap of damaged glitz which, by this point in the film, has become a rolling symbol of the doomed American experiment.

Jarecki uses Elvis Presley’s career and influence to help us make sense of fame, power, corruption, self-destructive behaviour and pretty much all the other ills of the world. Why in the hell did poor people vote for that greedy skunk Donald Trump? Many have tried to explain this (and will for a long long time) but few have done so with so many toe-tappin’ clips.
Elvis Presley, as I’m sure you know, grew up dirt poor in the rural south. (“Welcome to the Birthplace,” a Mississippi tour guide, standing on the porch of a small shack, says with a zealot’s tinge in her voice.) He moved to Memphis, admired and absorbed the gospel and R&B of his black neighbours, mixed it with bluegrass and country and changed popular culture and the entertainment economy forever. It was an act of inspired genius (and really good marketing) and also the most blatant example of cultural appropriation in American history. (Yes, Chuck D is in the movie – he hasn’t altered his position, but does have nice things to say about The Beastie Boys. Go figure.)
Does that make Elvis a bad person? Take a step back and ask a bigger question: is America a good country? Hell, go even further: why do human beings believe the obvious lies from powerful forces? Oh, man, I thought this was gonna’ be a road trip down Route 66 in Elvis’ car!
Read full article here
(News, Source;Guardian/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Alternate Today' New Import CD: After the success of "The Alternate Moody Blue" Hepcat records releases "The Alternate Today"
Elvis' last real studio sessions took place on March 10-13, 1975 and resulted in the Today album. Nearby 43 years later Hepcat records releases "The Alternate Today".
This deluxe 10 inch boxset contains a 10 inch vinyl record, a 45 RPM single and a fully packed CD.
The 45 RPM features the unique combination "Fairytale" & "Susan when she tried".
A companion double vinyl album will be released in 2018 for the album lovers.
Available on black and blue vinyl.
EIN can only wonder who collects these?
Check out what is available on FTD before purchase!

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2017' for details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 


'The Intimate Elvis' New Import CD: The best way to spend the dark and cold winter days is with this 'intimate Elvis' CD release.
(EIN suggests the best way might be compiling your own romantic collection as most of these have been released officially!)
Housed in a beautiful 6 panel digipack, this release contains 18 hard to find outtakes of some of Elvis' best and most intimate recordings.
1. In The Ghetto (take 13), 2. Early Morning Rain (take 11), 3.  In My Way (take 2), 4. I'll Never Know (take 1), 5.  Almost (take 11)
6.  Lonely Man ( solo, take 3 ), 7. Starting Today (take 1), 8.  Do You Know Who I Am (take 4), 9. Could I Fall in Love ( undubbed ),
10. Stand By Me (take 2), 11. Relax (take 7), 12. For  Ol' Times Sake ( rough mix), 13. Big Boots (extended version - unreleased), 14. I Miss You (take 1), 15. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (take 1 ), 16. Forget Me Never (take 1), 17. Suppose ( remixed master )
18. Danny Boy ( take 9 ),
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Rock 'N' On" Volumes 1+2 New Import CD: Housed in a stunning slipcase are two Australian albums, "Rock 'n' On" volume 1 and volume 2. In the late 1980's these albums where released on CD, but the sound quality was not great, and they did not have the original artwork. These cds are very hard to find now.
Now, for the very first time, both volume 1 and volume 2 are released in a 6 panel digipack with the original artwork from the original vinyl releases ! And..... each volume contains lots of hard to find outtakes and alternate versions !

A superb collection for every Elvis fan. The perfect christmas gift !

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2017' for full tracklists and details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 


Friday 8 December 2017
Johnny Hallyday: France's 'Elvis Presley' dies at 74: France's biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.
The singer sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in a career that began in 1960.
The French simply called him "Our Johnny", however, outside France Hallyday was virtually unknown.
Hallyday, whose real name was Jean-Philippe Smet, decided he wanted to be a singer after seeing Elvis Presley on screen in 1957. Hallyday was nicknamed the "French Presley" by his numerous fans.
His children, Laura and David, wrote a joint statement, saying: "Today we lost our father," and thanking fans for the outpouring of support.
Reacting to the news, French President Emmanuel Macron said "There is a little bit of Johnny in all of us." "Across generations, he carved himself into the lives of French people. He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots."
Fans gathered outside the star's home in the town of Marnes-la-Coquette, west of Paris.
Tributes rolled in from his peers in the entertainment industry.
Brigitte Bardot, French film icon, wrote that she was "in shock". "Johnny is a monument. He is France," she said in a social media post alongside a photo of her hugging the singer.
Among those outside of France to pay tribute was American guitarist Lenny Kravitz.
Despite his success at home, he failed to crack the lucrative American or any English-speaking market.
The USA Today newspaper once described him as "the greatest rock star you never heard of".
Hallyday was known for his hard work and almost non-stop touring. But he was also famous for his wild rock star antics, both on and off stage.
Heavy drinking, drug-taking and five marriages all contributed a sometimes chaotic lifestyle.
He was made a Chevalier of the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
Want to know more? - Go HERE to a fabulous UK Independent article."Johnny Hallyday: How the French Rock 'n' Roll singer became France's Elvis Presley"
- Inspired by Elvis Presley and James Dean, this leather-clad rebel split from the French "chanson" tradition and adopted the clothes - and attitude - of his US idol.
Rock critic Serge Kaganski noted: "He embodies the emergence of French youth culture and rock 'n' roll". Journalist Philippe Le Corre once said: "He introduced rock and roll to France. He's one of the few singers about whom people say that he's an animal on stage... he's quite incredible. People of all ages like him."

Elvis On the UK Charts: After last week's highpoint 'Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' has dropped three places to No.9 on the UK Album Chart for this week.
It has sold approximately 67,384 (all formats) to date and has been awarded a Silver Disc by the British Phonographic Institute for sales over 60,000.

Other Elvis Entries On The UK Charts - 8th December, 2017:
- ''Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' is No.35 on the Download Chart; No.9 on the Album Sales Chart; No.9 on the Physical Album Chart; No.37 on the Vinyl Album Chart and No.16 on the Record Store Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' is No.72 on the Album Sales Chart and No. 69 on the Physical Album Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' is No.97 on the Album Sales Chart and No.89 on the Physical Album Chart
- 'Long Live The King' is a new entry at 37 on the Indie Album Chart
- 'The Elvis Collection' is No. 10 on the Music Video Chart
- ''Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' is No.12 on the Scottish Chart
- 'The Real Elvis' is No.40 on the Scottish Album Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' is No.81 on the Scottish Album Chart
- ''Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' is No.11 on the Irish Album Chart
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)


Pontiac Silverdome Demolished: One day after explosive charges failed to bring down part of the Pontiac Silverdome, a repeat attempt did the trick Monday afternoon.
The implosion was the long-awaited beginning of the end for an obsolete landmark that hosted Elvis Presley concert, a Super Bowl, World Cup, plus hundreds of Lions and Pistons games.
Sunday morning’s initial implosion attempt left thousands of eager onlookers feeling deflated. While puffs of smoke emerged around the 400,000-square-foot structure during the nine-second “show,” the Silverdome’s upper columns remained stubbornly intact.
The building opened in 1975 and cost $55.7 million. It featured performances from Elvis on New Year’s Eve 1975 and Pope John Paul II in 1987 and the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event at WrestleMania III 1987.
But the stadium fell into disrepair after the Lions left in 2002 and moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Palm Springs Honeymoon Hideaway Going Cheap $5,9Million!: The publicity keeps ramping up .. “It’s Now or Never” to buy the iconic Palm Springs house where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned immediately after their 1967 wedding in Las Vegas. The King of Rock N’ Roll began renting the home in 1966.
Before that, the 5,000-square-foot mid-century spread appeared in Look Magazine, where it was called the “House of Tomorrow.” Renowned architect William Krisel, who just passed away this year, designed the unique home that was extremely modern for its time.
Upon entrance, it’s clear this home was designed for entertaining, circle shaped living areas and bedrooms give the pad a distinctive 1960s feel, which is undoubtedly part of its charm. Massive windows allow for endless mountain and desert views throughout. Sitting on 1.16 acres of land, the grounds offer a
tennis court, large pool, and fruit orchard.
The 5-bedroom, 5-bath abode was last listed in 2014 for $9.5 million, but has now reappeared on the market for a steeply discounted $5.9 million. It also features some cute Elvis honeymoon memorabilia. - Go here to bid!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 5 December 2017 - - - 2nd News Update - - -
'Elvis:The Last Movies' FTD in-depth Review: Charro!, The trouble with girls, Change Of Habit, finally Elvis’ last soundtrack recordings are brought together in a cohesive release that works as a companion set for the FTD 7” Classic Album series.
“The Last Movies” contains outtakes and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia and photos.
In this period Elvis' voice had matured and the sound of ‘68/’69 was a great musical turning point for Elvis with the NBC TV special and the Memphis sessions. While some of the movie compositions were not as good as he deserved, with Elvis sounding vocally great at this time what does this new Classic Soundtrack have to offer?
The one disc contains previously unreleased material, including "rough mixes" and also multiple outtakes from 'The Trouble With Girls' 'Almost' session.
EIN contributor Ian Garfield checks out this new FTD Classic soundtrack album release....
(FTD Reviews, Source;IanGarfield/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis on Tour' exhibition rocks London: The O2’s Elvis on Tour exhibition hosts a stunning collection of over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977.
In this youtube AP interview Priscilla Presley "Actress/BusinessWoman!" discusses the new tour and some of the stunning artefacts on display
Elvis' road case still remains exactly as Elvis packed it.
Priscilla notes, “This particular road case was found in our warehouse, these are the scarves that he would hand out to his fans. It was all packed and ready to go for the tour that he was going on before he passed".
The O2’s Elvis on Tour exhibition hosts a stunning collection of over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977.
Click here to see the YouTube Priscilla interview.
From November 3, 2017 Tickets: Adult £25 / Child £12 / Concessions £18.
To book, please visit: www.elvisontourexhibition.co.uk Opening times: 9:30am > 7:30pm
Go here to EIN's exclusive 'Elvis ON Tour' exhibition - Interview with Angie Marchese, Graceland Director of Archives:
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

The Million Dollar Quartet - 61 years ago today: On December 4th, 1956 RCA's newest sensation Elvis Presley turned up unexpectedly at his old stomping ground of SUN studios at the moment Carl Perkins was recording some new material accompanied by his two brothers and drummer W.S. Holland. By chance newcomer Jerry lee Lewis had been brought in by producer Sam Phillips to add some piano to the session. Elvis was accompanied by girlfriend Marilyn Evans. Elvis picked up a guitar, the three SUN artists started jamming together and magic was in the air. Johnny Cash also happened to be present (he said he was there to check out Carl Perkins' session), the photographs were taken, engineer Jack Clement started the tapes recording and an iconic moment in rock'n'roll's legacy was captured forever.
"The passage of time, the accumulated force of history and the awesome shadow Presley has cast over popular music have conspired to make December 4th, 1956, a holy day on the rock & roll calendar. The Sun gods were, for the first and last time, all together in Phillips' rockabilly laboratory with the tapes rolling...
There is still much to marvel at here, a rare post-Sun glimpse of the King momentarily free of the golden shackles of stardom
and the manipulative grasp of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. His singing, especially on the gospel numbers, is natural and relaxed, minus some of the trademark mannerisms of his official RCA releases. Obviously comfortable in the company of his then heirs apparent, Presley also speaks freely between numbers, dropping a few minor revelations in the process." - David Frike, Rolling Stone.
Back in 2006 the 50th Anniversary of  this stunning event  was celebrated with the re-mastered 'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet' at last featuring the missing 12 minutes, along with the songs being in the correct order and with audio restoration by expert Kevan Budd. (See review below)
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet' CD review: To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, RCA re-releases 'The Complete Million Dollar Quartet.'

Here at last we have the missing 12 minutes, along with the songs being in the correct order and with audio restoration by expert Kevan Budd. On December 4th 2006 EIN's Piers Beagley re-examined this holy day of rock 'n' roll. Is there really all that much to get excited about? - Damn right there is!

(CD Reviews; Source: EIN)


Elvis' Madison Marker Damaged: As reported recently in the Journal Sentinel, the marker that shows where Elvis Presley in a karate stance stopped a fight in Madison in 1977 is now damaged.
As 40 years have passed, people sometimes use words like legend or myth about the time Elvis Presley jumped from his limousine at a Madison intersection, assumed a karate stance and halted a fight he spotted at a gas station.
"It really did occur. I was an eyewitness," said Bruce Frey, who was 20 years old on that night of June 24, 1977. Now he's 60 and a retired Madison Police Department detective.
Sadly in 2017 the metal plate bearing a description of what happened that day has been pried from the stone and taken away. But an image of Elvis, guitar in hand and a thank-you-very-much sneer on his lips, remained on the marker, suggesting to passers-by that he did something at that spot.
The marker has been at the spot for just 10 years, the actual gas station was closed and demolished a decade ago.
Elvis was a peacekeeper with perfect timing that night. And 53 days later, he was dead. See EIN's spotlight below.
(News, Source;JS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Madison 1977 - The Gas Station Incident': Bruce Frey witnessed Elvis stopping a brawl at a Madison Gas Station in June of 1977 - the very last time Elvis would be on tour.
Kathy Westmoreland was on tour with Elvis in June 1977 and got to hear Elvis' story first-hand about how he stopped the fight at the Madison Gas Station in June of 1977.
Thanks to Bruce Frey EIN has received permission from Kathy Westmoreland to tell her side of this famous story. It’s her version of what happened that night and helps explain how Bruce Frey happened to run into him because he went out a back gate and got ahead of everyone!
Go here for this EIN Exclusive by Bruce Frey - and to find out what Elvis told Kathy Westmoreland that night
 
(Spotlight, Source;BruceFrey/ElvisInfoNetwork)

'Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley & Human Dignity' New Book: Controversial author Darrin Memmer has published a new book "Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley & Human Dignity: Lights Out In Memphis", A4 format and 268 pages of groundbreaking interviews, depositions and Aug. 16th, 1977 documentation - now available worldwide ($14 U.S. dollars • 14 € • 14 £) + shipping.
The stunning content is 99% identical to "Elvis, Miley Cyrus & Human Dignity: Miley's TLC For EP And HH" (same publication date), ladies and gentlemen. And for good reason! Read on...
Lisa Marie Presley is presented with useful knowledge and asked to permit Rebel DNA to guide her in a defense on behalf of her father's dignity. Your author is shipping a personalized copy of each book to Miley Cyrus and Lisa Marie. The question to be answered: "Will Miley or LMP be the first to act in a restoration of Human Dignity to Elvis Aaron Presley?"
Featured amongst the unpublished material are: Ginger Alden, Dr. Jerry T. Francisco, "Chief Medical Investigator For The State Of Tennessee" Daniel D. Warlick, Dr. James S. Bell, Dr. Nick, Kathy Westmoreland, Marian Justice Cocke, Larry Geller, and Ulysses S. Jones, Jr. (MFD).
This time Darrin Memmer suggests  "exclusive statement issued by Ginger Alden to the author, in addition to Darrin's exclusive interview with The Chief Medical Investigator Daniel Warlick, prove that Ernst Jørgensen and Peter Guralnick's allegation (in "Elvis Day By Day") that places Elvis Presley "lying facedown in a pool of vomit" on August 16, 1977, is patently false; thus, a desecration. It is a disgrace.
This degrading falsehood deprives Lisa Marie's father, who can no longer defend himself, of a fundamental element of Human Dignity: dignity in death. This cannot continue!- With LMP joining Miley Cyrus and you, fellow Elvis fans, I shall end this desecration... with the TRUTH!
"Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley & Human Dignity: Lights Out In Memphis" features photographs from the collections of Bob Heis (EP with Vernon during his final stage performance), Keith Alverson (Ms. Myrna Yvonne Smith), and Phil Gelormine (the beautiful LMP shot on the cover).
Available now on Amazon - click here
(News, Source;DM/ElvisInfoNet)

Britney Spears' Elvis Birthday Performance: Britney Spears marked her 36th birthday this week by sharing a unique rendition of Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling In Love' that was filmed in her festive home.
Britney noted, "I’ve always wanted to do a performance like this, singing in a pretty little black dress, with a simple 360, one take shot!"
"I figured since it was my birthday, why not go for it?!" "So boom... When the clock struck 12:00, I did it!!!"
The video showcased Spears' sleek fashion sense and beautifully decorated home, which included a glistening Christmas tree, tinsel-covered pillars, and hundreds of garden fairy lights.
Britney Spears is a known Elvis fan and has previously imitated Elvis' white rhinestoned jumpsuit image.
Click here to YouTube for Britney Spears' version of 'Can't Help Falling In Love'
While acapella, which makes it difficult, she certainly can't compete with Elvis' original.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 3 December 2017

'Elvis: Christmas with The RPO' Goes Top Ten!: The deluxe edition of the new Elvis/RPO Christmas came out on November 24 and at last the TV commercials have started with the album finally doing some true chart action after a terribly disappointing start.
This week 'Elvis: Christmas with The RPO'
#6 in the Official UK Album chart
#10 on Australian ARIA Album Chart
#8 "New Entry" on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart


Click HERE to view the TV commercial on YouTube


(News, Source/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: The Rebirth of the King' on BBC TV: The new documentary 'Elvis: The Rebirth of the King' (originally suggested for August 2017) will be shown on UK's BBC Four TV over the Christmas period.
The publicity notes..  The widely accepted Elvis narrative is that The Vegas Period was the nadir of his career but this film argues that Elvis reached his peak, both as a singer and performer in the first few years of his Vegas period. He became, in those short years, the greatest performer on earth.
Elvis: Rebirth of The King, tracks this five year renaissance with some of his key musical and artistic collaborators of the period, including the creator of his most memorable jumpsuits, to celebrate the greatest pop reinvention of all time!

"Christmas 2017 on BBC Television - A feast for all the family to enjoy across the Christmas season"
EIN will post the TX date as soon as we know.

 

(News, Source;BBC/ElvisInfoNet)


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

Elvis Entries On the UK Charts: As happens every year, Christmas season means that Elvis is back in the UK charts!
As well as 'Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' being at #6 in the Official UK Album chart

Here are other UK charts listings for 1st December, 2017
'Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' No.5 on the Physical Album Chart; No.18 of the Download Album Chart; No.21 on the Vinyl Album Chart and No.12 on the Official Record Store Chart.
- 'The Wonder Of You' No.78 on the Physical Album Chart and No.85 on the Album Sales Chart.
- 'If I Can Dream' is No.96 on the Physical Album Chart and No.98 on the Album Sales Chart
- 'The Elvis Collection' is No.11 on the Music Video Chart
'Elvis: Christmas with the RPO' is also No.9 on the Scottish Album Chart and No.12 on the Irish Album Chart
- 'The Real Elvis' is No.35 on the Scottish Album Chart
- 'If I Can Dream' is No.88 on the Scottish Album Chart
- 'The Wonder Of You' is No.91 on the Scottish Album Chart
(News, Source;BrianQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'Still A Legend' Import CD:  New from the MxF label "Still A legend" double AUDIENCE RECORDING of Elvis in Bloomington, Indiana May 27, 1976, and Providence RI June 26, 1976 ES.
A double-set housed in a deluxe Long Digipack (25x13cm, containing 6 page booklet with focus and details on the TWO shows including a collection of live photographs newspapers clip and memorabilia plus a high-quality glossy poster.
There are 4 variations and each are a limited to only 100 copies.
The 2 CD set features both the unreleased shows performed from Elvis in Bloomington IN University of Indiana May 27, 1976, and in Providence RI Civic Center June 26, 1976, ES.
The new product respects the previous one present Elvis moving toward the third and fourth tour of the year. Carrying the weight of his problems but still unbelievable concentrate in his music as a final product to delivery to his fans... For sure Elvis is still a legend.
The sound is very good for an ambient recordings, considering that this kind of recording is coming from a big hall no the intimate Las Vegas showroom... We have on our hands the original mono tapes of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out a simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound balancing the channel and put at the right speed the tape. The result a pretty dynamic tapes with a great definition of the background music - EIN says be sure to get AUDIO SAMPLES before purchasing.
Go here to 'All The CD Release News 2017' for full details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 

Friday 1 December 2017

'Elvis - The Movies' Out Now: The Ultimate Elvis movie book by Alan Hanson and 'Elvis Files'  Erik Lorentzen with Kj Consulting 'Elvis - The Movies' is OUT NOW and heading to dealers.
It's a new book in the Gold Standard Series from KJ Consulting/ Erik Lorentzen.
Written by one of the best writer in the Elvis world, Alan Hanson.
432 pages with some sensational unseen photos.

Order Now - for €128 including shipping all over the world..
Click here to Elvis Files to order

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


ETM&HM #118 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis magazine focusing on his music, ETM&HM December 2017 issue is out now.
More exclusives and heaps of stuff you won't find elsewhere - 'The Future of FTD' is sure to be an essential interview for EIN readers.

Includes these interesting articles
- Chance Meeting on Sunset Boulevard in June 1968
- The Future of Follow That Dream with Ernst Jorgensen

- Hits Of The '80s - El's chart placings 1980 - '89
- From Madison Square Garden to...Sheffield!
- Cincinnati '77 - I Feel My Temperature Rising
- Elvis UK Revisited Part Three
- Readers' letters
- CD, Book & Blu-ray reviews

Go here to NDT to subscribe

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


The ELVIS FILES Magazine' ISSUE 22: The new December issue of the Elvis Files magazine features articles on...

- Elvis and Fats Domino (RIP)
- 1961, On the Set of Blue Hawaii
- 1957, On The Set of Loving You


And as always with a lot of unseen photos.
Yearly subscriptions (4 issues) is €58
Or €15 for a single issue


Go here to order >> www.elvisfiles.no

 

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


When Elvis played Europe: While we all know Elvis was banned by Col Parker from performing any official concerts whilst over in Germany for his tour of Army duty, there are rumours that he did sing a couple of songs for some local workers at Micky Bar, Grafenwoehr. It is described in a recent article "Elvis’s only GI European concert" and a little display has been created in remembrance.
The articles from 'The Stars And Stripes' includes..
The German Grafenwoehr Training Area is known today as the largest U.S. Army training area in Europe, a place where artillery manoeuvre and fire alongside tanks and infantry.
Elvis Presley spent several weeks training on base here in 1958 after he was drafted into the Army. He returned for an encore to do manoeuvre training in 1960.
Elvis’s time in Grafenwoehr wasn’t spent only on training. The King left a lasting legacy on base and off, and he is still remembered as the most famous person to visit the area.
This month, Grafenwoehr’s Culture and Military Museum hosted a special exhibit on Elvis’ time in the area, complete with dozens of photographs of the King working with fellow soldiers at Camp Algiers, where he was based.
Elvis explained in an interview at the end of his stint, “People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another. They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise, not only to the people who were wondering, but to myself.”
In doing so, Elvis earned the respect of his fellow soldiers, including veterans of World War II, who previously viewed him as frivolous.
At Grafenwoehr, he sought to avoid the perception he was receiving special treatment, gaining a reputation for doing more than was asked of him.
According to a 1950s Stars and Stripes article, he began his first manoeuvre training in Grafenwoehr on Nov. 3, 1958, trading his suite near the base for a standard-issue GI tent, and roughing it in the field with the other soldiers. At the time, Pvt. Presley was a scout jeep driver for the 3rd Armored Division.
Yet, as much as the singer sought to be just a regular soldier, news of his presence spread to the surrounding area.
Waves of fans gathered at the base gates, hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous soldier.
Martin Hossl, who worked as a painter at the barracks, met Elvis. Despite his complaints about the girls, he got several autographs from Presley.
The Elvis exhibit at the Grafenwoehr museum featured a re-creation of Micky Bar, where the King performed his only concert outside North America.
A happening place where international bands performed, Micky Bar was run by the local Feiner family, who allowed Elvis’ father and friends to stay in the apartment upstairs.
As a way to say thank you, Elvis performed a private concert for the Feiner family and German workers at Micky Bar, singing such hits as “Hound Dog” and “My Happiness.”
Go here to Stars And Stripes for the full article.
(News, Source;S&S/ElvisInfoNet)


Priscilla visits new Elvis-On-Tour London Exhibition: This week Priscilla was in London, for her contribution to the Elvis/RPO concert - and while there posed for photos at the recently opened 'Elvis On Tour' exhibition at the 02.
Posing for the tabloids she was even photographed holding one of Elvis' guitars.
Priscilla posed with some of the 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives that are on display, covering the touring-years of the King of Rock and Roll's life from 1969 to 1977.
Priscilla has been enjoying a rushed tour of London, promoting the new Christmas compilation Elvis/RPO album and tour on TV.

She also discussed the classic hit 'Blue Christmas' causing hysteria amongst parents and pastors when it was released in 1957.
She noted, 'When this was released in 1957 it wasn't received very well, it was seen that it was outrageous and degrading...
Now the album is revered because the teens of the day made it go to the top of the charts but parents told them they couldn't buy it.
Elvis didn't do it on purpose but he said when he was releasing it, it would be a little rock'n'roll."

Discussing how shy Elvis was, Priscilla added: 'He lived in his own world, we lived in his world, he often felt uncomfortable going out... but on stage that's the Elvis everyone saw.'

 

 

(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



News from earlier last week . . . .
Don't miss out on one of EIN's most popular articles for 2017 - now updated
UPDATED - 'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today': Elvis is no longer with us but his spirit lives forever. Elvis fans always discover something quite magical when they get the chance to “Walk-a-mile-in-his-shoes”. Graceland, when not overrun by crowds, feels very special indeed. Standing in the quiet you can almost feel the spirit of Elvis still inhabiting his home. The feeling in Memphis’ Sun Studios can bring fans to tears.
One of the places that Elvis spent a large part of his life is the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel – now the Westgate. Elvis performed a stunning 636 concerts in the Hilton showroom and the impact of his incredible legacy can still be felt. - NOW with more great Hilton photos - plus EIN Readers Feedback.
Arjan Deelen recently returned to the classic hotel to investigate “Elvis Hotspots” and discovered that behind the showroom stage it is relatively unchanged.
(Spotlight, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNetwork)

The Music Diaries – Rock, Roll, Religion – Elvis Presley’s Gospel Side Overlooked: Elvis Presley's early life and upbringing were grounded in poverty, after being born into a poor sharecropping family in Tupelo Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His depression-scarred father struggled to feed the family, and eventually had to move north in search of greener pastures in Memphis. It was there that Elvis became hooked on the music of pioneering black artistes being played on the radio, got immersed in black Memphis blues clubs, and absorbed the music of local impoverished black communities.

A roll call of Presley's close musical associates shows James Brown, bluesman B.B. King, Fats Domino, Sammy Davis Jr, Ray Charles, Rufus Thomas, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Brook Benton, Billy Ward, Roy Hamilton and Mahalia Jackson - all negro artistes who have been photographed with Presley, and who have vouched to his non-racist leanings.

The real Elvis Presley was a deeply religious individual who had a compelling propensity for singing hymns and recording gospel songs.
I'll bet that the flooding of the Memphis airwaves with both black and white gospel, and Presley's early attendances at gospel concerts, must have influenced his decision to get into the recording studio to do gospel songs.

His triple-CD compilation album of 2000, Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings debuted at number 13 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian album chart in January 2001. Among his early gospel releases were Take My Hand Precious Lord, It Is No Secret, If We Never Meet Again and Crying In The Chapel - all done between 1956 and 1960.
Although the Rock 'n' Roll King achieved so much in that genre, ironically, his only Grammy awards were for gospel, in the category of Best Sacred Performance. They were How Great Thou Art (1967), He Touched Me (1972) and a concert recording of How Great Thou Art (1974). (Article, Source: Jamaica-Gleaner.com)

‘Promised Land’ Video Clip: What reason do you need to watch a stunning edit of Elvis performing at his in-concert best.
Neatly expanding on the short ‘This Is Elvis’ version this is a cracker.

Recommended by EIN before, but well-worth watching again


Click HERE to YouTube.

 

 



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis' Palm Springs Honeymoon House Going Cheap for $5,9Million!: Now on sale - and featured in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Hot Property Section. The price has now dropped over four million dollars since it was put on the market a few years ago.
Now the "Historic mid-century estate" known as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is back on the market for $5,9Million! Described as "an iconic treasure designed by the famous modernist architect William Krisel. Quietly situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, with completely privacy, oversized pool, tennis court, and gorgeous scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. Fantastic for entertaining!" It also features some cute Elvis honeymoon memorabilia. - Go here to bid!
(News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis: Official Elvis Collector's Vol.12 Out Now:  The Official Elvis Collector's magazine is proud to present Elvis: His Finest Photos, a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic views of the star, from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name.
Featuring exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.


For sale in the US for $9.99.
Click here to "On Newsstands Now' to purchase and for series info.

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


EIN exclusives and News from earlier in November . . .
'The Wonder Of You' Elvis UK Tour 2017 back in full swing: Following the sellout British arena tour in 2016 and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis Presley's return to the UK ''The Wonder Of You' live concert experience is back in full swing.
The six date UK arena tour kicked off in Glasgow last Thursday before taking in Leeds and getting to Newcastle Arena last night 25th, while tomorrow it hits Birmingham Genting Arena (27th), then Manchester Arena (28th), with the finale at London's O2 Arena on November 30th.
Last year's run gained critical applause including, the Lancashire Telegraph's "By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll - and so much more besides".
Featuring a special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley, the shows will once again give fans a chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music.
Go here to EIN's exclusive review of the Elvis / RPO 2016 London Concert
November 27 Birmingham Genting Arena
November 28 Manchester Arena
November 30 London O2 Arena
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

DELUXE 'Christmas with Elvis and The RPO'Out Now: The deluxe edition of the new Elvis/RPO Christmas album album, containing four bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) is now available at your local record stores from November 24. The deluxe version features this cool red cover.
It's the third album of orchestral re-workings of tracks performed by Elvis, following 2016's The Wonder Of You and 2015's If I Can Dream, the latter of which has sold over 1.1 million copies.
Priscilla Presley, executive producer, said, "I hope you’ll enjoy this new Christmas album. The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I’m positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making.”
Songs from Christmas with Elvis will feature in his upcoming UK tour this November, which runs between November 23 - 30.
This holiday season also marks the 60th anniversary of "Elvis' Christmas Album" the perennial classic that's become the top-selling holiday album of all-time.
Tracklist: 1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town, 2. White Christmas, 3. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 4. Merry Christmas Baby, 5. Blue Christmas, 6. I’ll Be Home For Christmas, 7. Winter Wonderland, 8. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me), 9. Silver Bells, 10. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, 11. O Come, All Ye Faithful, 12. The First Noel, 13. Silent Night - Deluxe edition tracks: 14. (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), 15. I Believe, 16. Take My Hand, Precious Lord, 17. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

The Best Uses of Elvis Presley Songs in Movies or TV: The TVOvermind website recently posted 'the Best Uses of Elvis Presley Songs in Movies or TV'
... ELVIS PRESLEY, The King, is simply too big for words. His acting wasn’t that great but he was what many people would call a god among rock and roll. He didn’t conform to the desires of those that wanted to see something clean cut or family friendly. He went out and rebelled just like any other rocker and he did things on his own terms. His legacy that was left behind was one that has people still talking about him, listening to him, and sees his songs still being used in pop culture for maximum effect. He is and will always be the King.
Here are a few movies that made good use of his songs.
At NUMBER ONE- 'Blade Runner 2049' - 'Can't Help Falling In Love'
Yes, in 2049 ELVIS is still relevant! His great musical legacy continues and his holographic image is still playing in Las Vegas
As Harrison Ford comments, "Listen to this, this was my favourite Elvis song"
Was this because, as a replicant he couldn't feel love?
6. Passengers - A Little Less Conversation
Imagine being stuck on an interstellar relocation cruise liner and being the only one that wakes up after the ship runs afoul of a meteor storm that the autopilot somehow missed. Ah well. You’d have virtually everything you’d ever want provided that you could somehow find a way to access it. Of course you’d be alone, but that would only be an issue after a few months, or years.
5. The Conjuring 2 - I Can’t Help Falling In Love
It seems like such an odd thing to see a song this positive stuck into a horror movie, but okay. The chances are good, I haven’t seen the movie, that this scene was intended as a way for the Warren’s to get to know the children they were there to help and put them a little more at ease so that they wouldn’t be so tense. If your home was haunted would you really care about a guy playing guitar? Just sayin’…
4. Forrest Gump - Hound Dog
Forrest Gump points out a lot of things throughout history that were in fact all caused or somehow came from the mind or actions of this one character. It’d be interesting if any of it were true but
the film is such a playful and well-written piece that no one seemed to care that it was all staged and set up to make it look like Forrest had influenced so many aspects of history.
3. American Idol - Burnin’ Love
When just one won’t do, get another, maybe two, or maybe three more to perform an Elvis medley that will drive the crowd wild. Even after all this time and all that’s transpired since Elvis’ passing, yes, he is really gone, people still absolutely love his music. There’s a lot of reasons why after all and one of them is that he’s just that good, or was. Believe it, he’s gone folks.
2. The Blues Brothers - Jailhouse Rock
It’s hard to improve on a classic and I won’t say that the Blues Brothers manage to do that entirely, but this cover is pretty good. The Blues Brothers is a movie that is so utterly ridiculous and over the top that it couldn’t help but be funny. It’s one of the classics that people either love or can’t stand and has obtained a cult following for good reason.
Hail to the King baby.
Go here to the original article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

Elvis' Dr Feelgood Elias Ghanem: Elias Ghanem was a doctor to both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson (need we say more?). He later became the chairman of Nevada's State Athletic Commission.
Dr. Ghanem was originally a Lebanese immigrant who went from being an emergency room doctor to a "physician to the stars". His patients also included Bill Cosby, Ann-Margaret and Barron Hilton.
Ghanem's part in Elvis' downfall is often overlooked due to the extreme focus being placed on Dr Nick.
Recently The Spa Guy has posted an interesting youtube video which takes you to the grave of Elvis' Dr Feelgood Elias Ghanem in Las Vegas and discusses the influence he had on Elvis.
The video features discussions with Richard Crofts, Arjan Deelen, Andy Norman and Jeff Carlson.
Click here to YouTube to view the 13 minute feature

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)


Interview - Elvis 02 Exhibition - Angie Marchese, Graceland Director of Archives: Following the success of the 2014/15 Elvis at the O2 exhibition, which attracted a staggering 200,000 visitors, Graceland have decided to return to London’s O2 Arena with the Elvis on Tour The Exhibition. The focus this time has been narrowed down to the period from 1969 – 1977 and over 200 items are included from the Graceland archive, including over 35 outfits, costume sketches and guitars that Elvis used onstage.

Zoey Goto, author of Elvis Style: From Zoot Suits to Jumpsuits visited the exhibition to meet with Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese to discuss how the show was put together and Elvis’ unique style. Angie also discusses who had creative control of Elvis' on-stage fashions, the "must-see" item of the Exhibition and other artists that have been influenced by Elvis' striking fashion sense.

(Interview, Source: Zoey Goto/EIN)



Dan Warlick Nashville attorney dies at 69: Dan Warlick (right) was the chief investigator for the medical examiner when on Aug. 16, 1977, rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley died. Shortly thereafter, Warlick would leave to become an attorney. He died on Nov. 16 at his home in Nashville.
Before relocating to Nashville, the former chief investigator for the Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner resided in Memphis, where he was on duty the day Elvis Presley's body was found.
After arriving at the hospital to confirm Presley was dead, Warlick "went directly to Graceland" and joined homicide detectives as they photographed and investigated the scene.
Warlick, in medical school at the time, also participated in Presley's autopsy with medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco.
Dr, George Nichopoulos and his attorney, Dan Warlick, said drugs in Elvis' system were not at "toxic or lethal levels" when he died. "He died a natural death," said Warlick.
After beginning to work at a medical malpractice law firm in Memphis, Warlick eventually moved to Nashville, where he met Yarbrough.
In 1999 he sued Tammy Wynette's doctor for her wrongful death, "Of course, Dan was perfect for that type of case, because he knew the medical side and the legal side," Yarbrough said.
Warlick was described as someone with "a tremendous sense of humor" who "really enjoyed life,"
Yarbrough noted Warlick's "brilliant mind and a deep concern for his clients."
Go HERE for EIN's exclusive 2010 interview with Dr, George Nichopoulos
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Lake Tahoe '74' FTD In-Depth Review: 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' features another value-for-money double pack with two Dinner Shows from May 25 and May 26 1974. This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe this season was fine, and while the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording, the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is totally unreleased.
Although both concerts are "Dinner Shows" on May 26, with The Jackson 5 in the audience, Elvis was inspired and included several rarities - and pushed the band on with unexpected reprises.
Both concerts create a good combination - making this a great two-for-one release from FTD.

New FTDs 'Kissin' Cousins' & 'The Bicentennial Show': Follow That Dream have announced their next two releases - and the big surprise is the long-awaited release of the 'Kissin' Cousins' Classic Soundtrack Album.
A double soundtrack album from 1976 is also coming out with concerts from 4th July 1976 & October 16th 1976.
- 'Kissin' Cousins'  - As part of its Classic Soundtrack Album series FTD is pleased to announce the release of the original soundtrack album. It features unreleased outtakes, rarities and an informative illustrated 16-page booklet with rare memorabilia, movie trivia and photos. Due to the small amount of existing outtakes (as Elvis didn’t record with the band) it includes instrumental masters recorded at the RCA Studio in Nashville that show the great musicianship of the players.
The one CD features the Original Album plus the following extra tracks-  13 Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (unedited master)*, 14 Catchin’ On Fast (unedited master)*, 15 Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (v.o. take 2/alternate master)*, 16 Kissin’ Cousins (hillbilly vocal)*, 17 Kissin’ Cousins (regular vocal)*, 18 Barefoot Ballad (vocal overdub, take 2 & pickup take 4 - partial)*, 19 Barefoot Ballad (instrumental)*,
20 There’s Gold In The Mountains (instrumental)*, 21 Pappy Won’t You Please Come Home (Dolores Edgin vocal, take 6/M)*, 22 There’s Gold In The Mountains (track, takes 1-2)*, 23 One Boy Two Little Girls (track, take 2)*, 24 Once Is Enough (track, take 1)*, 25 Tender Feeling (track, take 1)*, 26 Kissin’ Cousins (Number 2) (track, take 1)*, 27 Smokey Mountain Boy (track, take 1-intro & take 4/M)*, 28 Catchin’ On Fast (track, take 1 & ending take 2)*, 29 Barefoot Ballad (track, take 2)*, 30 Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (track, take 4)*, 31 Kissin’ Cousins (track, take 1)*, 32 Tender Feeling (vocal only, take 1/M)*.
- 'ELVIS: The Bicentennial Show' - FTD is pleased to announce the release of the legendary 'ELVIS: The Bicentennial Show'
This a 2-CD 5” digipack release.
DISC 1: Recorded live at Mabee Center, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma July 4, 1976 at 2:30 PM
Disc 2: Recorded live at Duluth Arena, Duluth, Minnesota
October 16, 1976 at 8:30 PM

Bonus tracks 24-28 Recorded live at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin October 19, 1976 at 8:30 PM
Go here to FTD / SONY CD News 2017 for full details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS Christmas' with the RPO' - Shane Brown Review: The new Christmas album supposedly brings together the legend’s yuletide performances from both his 1957 and 1971 Christmas Albums, re-imagined with new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Shane Brown, author of the new book 'Reconsider Baby' and Elvis music expert, has written a fascinating and thought-provoking review. He raises the issue that fans should be genuinely concerned what these "Re-Imagined" versions are doing to Elvis great musical legacy.
The REAL ISSUE could be that the desperation to earn a quick "Christmas" buck may lead to Elvis' musical legacy being diluted by overdubbed tacky M-O-R versions that have nothing to do with Elvis' original recordings.
He suggests, "All good things must come to an end. Thankfully, all bad things must come to an end, too – and the new Christmas release should prove to be the end of the road of the RPO albums with Elvis."
Read Shane Brown's incisive review and send us YOUR feedback.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


Elvis' Birthday Celebration Graceland: EPE have announced their schedule for Elvis' Birthday celebrations January 5-8 2018. The schedule of events includes an Elvis Birthday Brunch, Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, Club Elvis and much more. Our special guests include Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield, who met Elvis during his time in the Army; Evelyn Helms, who was Elvis' junior high school classmate; and two of Elvis' co-stars, Larry Domasin and Victoria Paige Meyerink.
One of the highlights is "Graceland Evening Tour and Reception" - a special event featuring a private evening tour of Graceland decorated for the holidays plus a reception across the street at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The reception will be a progressive event moving throughout the new complex. The special evening tour of Graceland Mansion will include the iPad tour and Elvis Christmas music playing throughout the mansion grounds. Special guest appearances will include: Larry Domasin, who co-starred in “Fun in Acapulco”; Victoria Paige Meyerink, who co-starred in “Speedway”; Rex Mansfield, who served with Elvis in the Army; and Elisabeth Mansfield, Elvis' secretary while he was stationed in Germany. Tickets are $65.00 for adults,
Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 6.
Go here to EPE for info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Raquel Welch talks Elvis: The gorgeous Raquel Welch is now 77-years-old and is still on TV as Rosa on UP TV’s family-friendly sitcom “Date My Dad.”
Keen Elvis fans will remember Raquel Welch worked with Elvis in 1964 in his movie “Roustabout”. (right in photo)
In 2017 Welch tells how she was surprised by Elvis when she met him on set.
“I first saw him when I was 14 in a concert performance in San Diego, along with a whole bunch of screaming teenagers, he was pretty irresistible. I was just all a flutter as a young girl. But when I finally did meet him on set, he just didn’t look the same. It looked like they cleaned him up.
"It was like white bread or something. It was not at all his kind of sassiness that he exhibited on stage. The way he wore his hair, the kind of clothes he wore, the way he moved. It was just all very polite now… What happened to the rebellious, sexy guy? I was so in love with him as a teenager.”
Welch would later see Presley again in Las Vegas, where he underwent another transformation.
“Later in Vegas Elvis was wearing a lot of studded jumpsuits. That was not the Elvis I was crazy about.

He still sounded like Elvis, but there was such a difference about it. He didn’t sound like he was 100 percent. It was more like he was doing it for all his fans. He enjoyed the adulation, obviously. But it didn’t seem to me like his involvement in the earlier part of his career was there. He didn’t have the passion anymore. He just performed a tremendous amount.”
Welch wondered if his non-stop performing schedule contributed to his early demise.
"They just had him on a treadmill all the time, repeating every wonderful thing that he did. And you could tell it was not fun for him anymore. It was a sad, sad thing that happened to him... I just think he was a nice Southern boy.”

(Right: Raquel Welch in the movie Roustabout)

(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNet)


2017 - Elvis Presley #4 Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: It is the second year running that Elvis has been placed fourth in Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities.
Michael Jackson tops the list of highest-paid celebrities for the fifth year in a row, with earnings of $75 million. However this pales in comparison to his 2016 earnings of  $825 million, the highest annual total for any entertainer dead or alive, mostly due to the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue. Jackson's $75 million tally puts him on par with the 17th best-paid living entertainer, Bruce Springsteen.
Elvis Presley finishes fourth with $35 million almost #10 million up from last year’s $27, thanks to the new $45 million Memphis entertainment complex and recently opened hotel The Guesthouse at Graceland.
Others on the list are Golf legend Arnold Palmer up to the No.2 spot with $40 million. Barely a year after his death, more than 400 stores still sell Palmer-branded apparel in Asia, and AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million, MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019.
  Bob Marley rounds out the top five. Tom Petty who only died last month is (very sadly) at #6 with $20 million.
Other musicians also feature Prince at #7 and David Bowie at #11.
Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2017.
1. Michael Jackson - $75 million
2. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
3. Charles Schulz - $38 million
4. Elvis Presley - $35 million
5. Bob Marley - $23 million

Last year - Top five Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2016.
1. Michael Jackson - $825 million

2. Charles Schulz - $48 million
3. Arnold Palmer - $40 million
4. Elvis Presley - $27 million
5. Prince - $25 million

There is no doubt that things will change next year as EPE will have to push hard to make as much as in the "40th Anniversary" year - plus Jackson's estate keep working on new concepts such as CBS's "Michael Jackson’s Halloween". Let's hope that Elvis' HBO special and associated marketing can keep our man in the charts.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


New London Exhibition, 'Elvis on Tour' Opens Tomorrow: Elvis Presley will be returning to The O2 in London with a new exhibition, Elvis on Tour, opening tomorrow November 3, 2017.
Following the mammoth success of 'Elvis at The O2 exhibition' which was visited by over 200,000 people, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will showcase more than 200 artifacts from the Graceland archives many of which will be in the UK for the very first time.
This new exhibition covering the years 1969 – 1977 will provide an in-depth look at the world that was Elvis on Tour, offering a unique insight into exactly what drove the audiences wild in the ’70’s – the chance to see the King in concert as he toured America.
Bringing together dozens of examples of Elvis’ costumes and stage wear along with the guitars, jewellery, posters and - for the first time - unique interviews with Elvis’ touring band.
Providing an insight into what went on backstage, the planes, the clothes and of course the music, Elvis on Tour The Exhibition will bring fans as close as possible to the experience of seeing the King live for themselves.
Artifacts showcased in Elvis on Tour The Exhibition and leaving Graceland include:
  Over 35 jumpsuits and costumes worn by Elvis between 1969-1977
 Elvis Guitars from tours played during the period, including the Gretzch Country Gentlemen Guitar from 1969
 Tour trunks including one still filled with silk scarves that Elvis gave out to audiences at his concerts during 1969-1970
 Original acetate of ‘An American Trilogy’ – brought by Priscilla
 Original costume sketches designed by Elvis’s designer Bill Belew
Gold Belt given to Elvis in 1969 by the International Hotel to mark his record breaking live performance attendance in the City

Priscilla Presley will be making a very special appearance in London on November 30, 2017, joining the RPO on stage at The O2 as part of the Elvis in Concert – Live on Stage UK tour.
Opens November 3, 2017 Tickets: Adult £25 / Child £12 / Concessions £18.
To book, please visit: www.elvisontourexhibition.co.uk Opening times: 9:30am > 7:30pm
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


MRS New 1956 Vinyl: The MRS label has new two VINYL releases coming out in November focusing on Elvis' "1956 Sessions":  Firstly 'Radio Recorders: The Complete 56 Sessions' 180gram vinyl LP album, plus 4-page pull-out poster as a Limited Edition.
Tracklist:
Side A
1 Rip It Up
2 Long Tall Sally
3 Anyplace Is Paradise
4 First in Line
5 Ready Teddy
6 Paralyzed
7 Too Much
8 Love Me
9 Old Shep
Side B
1 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold
2 How Do You Think I Feel
3 How's the World Treating You
4 Playing For Keeps
5 Old Shep (Take 5)
6 Rip it Up (Takes 10 – 14)
7 Rip it Up (Take 15)
8 Rip it Up (Take 16)
9 Rip it Up (Take 17)
10 Rip it Up (Take 18)
Also 'Music City: The 56 Nashville Recordings' 180gram vinyl LP album, plus 4-page pull-out poster. Side A
1 - I Got a Woman
2 - Heartbreak Hotel
3 - Money Honey
4 - I'm Counting on You
5 - I Was the One
6 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
7 - I Got a Woman (Unknown Take)
8 - I Got a Woman (Incomplete Unknown Take)
9 - Heartbreak Hotel (Incomplete Take 4)
10 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 5)
11 - Heartbreak Hotel (Take 6)
12 - Money Honey (Incomplete Take 10)
Side B
1 - I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 2 Dry Version)
2 - I'm Counting on You (Take 13)
3 - I'm Counting on You (Incomplete Take 14)
4 - I Was the One (Takes 1 & 2)
5 - I Was the One (Take 3)
6 - I Was the One (Take 7)
7 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 13)
8 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Incomplete Take 14)
9 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 15)
10 - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Take 16)
Both albums out November 24, 2017.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN: Millie Kirkham was one of Elvis' favourite back-up singers. Upon hearing her vocal on Ferlin Husky’s million selling 1957 hit record 'Gone' Elvis asked her to join in with The Jordanaires at his 1957 recording session. Millie Kirkham would work on Elvis' studio sessions through to 1967 and join him on-stage in Las Vegas for live performances including 1970's 'That's The Way It Is' filming.
As well as working with Elvis, Millie Kirkham worked closely with the Jordanaires on some of the most famous Nashville sessions including records by George Jones, Patsy Cline, Bobby Vinton, Jim Reeves, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn.
Millie Kirkham was a little reluctant at first to do an interview as she had been mis-quoted in the past and had that fear of it happening again. She agreed to the Q & A after she was advised she would not be coming to Australia for the first "Elvis in Concert" tour.
Millie answered every question and seemed to be most happy and full of life for her age at that time.
Go here where Bob Hayden has recently provided his full and detailed interview with Millie Kirkham for EIN.
(Interviews, Source;BobHayden/ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75' Book Review: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with Erik Lorentzen was the perfect new publication for Elvis Week 2017.

Keith Alverson first saw Elvis in concert in the early 70s when he secretly smuggled in his small pocket camera to sneak a few photos of Elvis from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts where he was able to get quality photos of Elvis in concert was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
Alverson's outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan. With 1,500 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 has the possibilty to be a real stunner.

With the book arriving a little late in Australia EIN's Piers Beagley has at last had the chance to discover whether the book really lives up to its publicity -- Hint - It really does!

Go here to our in-depth review of this stunning book - with plenty of example pages. Now updated with reader comments including super-fan Jeanne P who saw Elvis 19 times in concert.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The EPE Catalog' New Book: A new book announced from Erik Lorentzen / KJ Consulting and authored by Bob Pakes 'The EPE Catalog - a comprehensive guide to vintage Elvis Presley Enterprises memorabilia'.
Bob Pakes is a dedicated ELVIS collector who runs the website  www.elvisechoesofthepast.com - a site dedicated to "the glorious 50’s - with interesting, entertaining, and / or just plain cool collectables"

'The EPE Catalog' is a book packed full of Elvis memorabilia that Bob Pakes has been working on for 4 years looking at everything Elvis that has been manufactured by EPE - which started way back in 1956.

No publishing date as yet - should be in a month or two - Full details and more info soon.
(News, Source;BP/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Hell Of A Ride' New book by Red West: In a surprise announcement the recent 'Memphis Magazine' has published details of an autobiography by Red West that he had been working on before his tragic death last July.
Co-author Jon W. Sparks has opened up on a few details.
... Red West and Elvis were friends ever since the day in high school when Red broke up a plan by some punks in the boys room to give shy outsider Elvis an unwanted haircut with a pair of scissors. The events between that moment and Red’s death in this past July could fill a book, and that’s just what he and his wife Pat were finishing up when an aortic aneurysm felled the man who was not only a friend and confidant to Elvis, but also someone who had carved out his own career as an acclaimed songwriter and film and television actor. I’ve had the privilege of working with Pat and Red to tell their story. There are hours of interviews, detailed notes, and memorable photographs
going into the forthcoming book about this couple who have had the experiences of a lifetime.
In the early 1950s, of course, not a soul could have imagined that Red would become the first member of what would become the Memphis Mafia, that Elvis would become a global phenomenon, and that their relationship would have the ups and downs of the Zippin Pippin.
They were together in Germany when Elvis was drafted into the US Army.. “One day I walked into the living room in the house we were renting. Nobody else was around and Elvis was sitting in there alone, quiet and staring at the floor. I told him he looked like he’d had a rough day and asked if everything was all right.
“He looked up at me and said, ‘Red, I reached the top, man. I had it made and suddenly it was snatched away. I was drafted into the Army, then my mother dies while I’m in boot camp and
I’m shipped to Germany and my father’s screwing a sergeant’s wife while the man’s away on duty freezing his ass off. I’m sick of this shit. I’m here and my career is finished. It’s hard to handle.’
Go here to Memphis Magazine for more
'A Hell Of A Ride: Recollections of a Remarkable Life Before, During and After Elvis & The Memphis Mafia' by Red and Pat West with Jon W. Sparks, will be published next year.
This book will be essential for all Elvis fans
(News, Source; JeanneP(thanks)/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend December 15-16, 2017: Celebrate the holiday season with a very special weekend at Graceland featuring three festive live concerts at the Graceland Sound Stage at Graceland's new Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex. These are the very first holiday concerts ever to take place on the Graceland campus.
Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m., Christmas with Elvis at Graceland - with Live Orchestra will feature a live concert orchestra presenting Elvis' biggest Christmas hits, featuring live material for the first time in the U.S. from the new release, "Elvis - Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."
Then, on Saturday, December 16, two themed concert events on one night:  An Elvis Gospel Christmas, featuring the legendary Terry Blackwood and the Imperials, who toured with Elvis from 1969 to 1971, and the acclaimed Blackwood Brothers Quartet; and the second show: Elvis Live in Concert with an All-Star Band, featuring Elvis on the big screen with a live band of incredible musicians who will bring Elvis' concert tour to life in a stage show that celebrates the music and legacy of the greatest entertainer of all time.   
 Saturday, December 16 at 5pm -An Elvis Gospel Christmas - Live at Graceland
This show will feature two legendary gospel groups - Terry Blackwood and The Imperials and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet - performing some of Elvis' favorite Christmas and gospel songs. Terry Blackwood was a member of The Imperials and toured with Elvis from 1969 to 1971 and recorded with Elvis for his GRAMMY
Award-winning gospel album, "He Touched Me," in 1971.  The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, led by James Blackwood, sang at Gladys Presley's funeral at the special request of Elvis and Vernon Presley.  James' younger son Billy Blackwood now continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy.
Saturday, December 16 at 8:30pm - Elvis Live in Concert - with an All-Star Band
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits with Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, in the tradition of Elvis' legendary, live concert tours.  A live, rock 'n' roll band of all-star greats will accompany Elvis and bring this stage production to life for the first time at Graceland.  A not-to-be-missed concert event.
In addition to the holiday shows, Graceland will also unveil on December 16 a white, Knabe baby grand piano that was originally purchased by Elvis for the home in 1957. The piano will be placed back in the famous music room, which will be restored to its original 1960s-ear appearance including the white piano.
Go here to EPE for tickets and details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Wonder Of You' Australia Encore 2018 ON SALE NOW: Back By Popular Demand - Australian ELVIS fans will have a chance that many have never had before - to experience the man who changed the course of popular music in THREE SPECIAL ENCORE SHOWS in April 2018, including new venue in Newcastle, NSW. The Official show, direct from Graceland with ELVIS live on screen, with a full 40 piece Orchestra on stage.
Elvis will beam down from 'state of the art' video screens to give fans the closest possible experience to seeing The King "ELVIS" perform live.
After the sellout success of the Wonder of You concert series this year, the King of Rock ‘n Roll is back in Australia due to overwhelming public demand. Direct from Graceland Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will see the King performing on state-of-the-art screens where audiences can enjoy the passion and excitement of this charismatic rock ‘n roll icon.
Elvis Encore Shows 2018 will feature the 40-piece Chong Lim symphony orchestra live on stage performing the King’s most well-known songs and ballads. Experience the enchantment and wonder of Elvis – the highest selling solo artist in history – whose musical genius helped to inform and shape a generation of fans and performers.
CLICK HERE to Ticketek Australia for tickets

(News, Source;RCM/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


 

More new Elvis Vinyl!

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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Australian and NZ fans should go to Amazon UK here >>> and get it for ONLY AU$43.00 including postage to your door..


Parkes Elvis Festival 2018 Program: Primp that pompadour, start swivelling those hips, and get ready to rock 'n' roll, the Australian Parkes Elvis Festival is back! From Wednesday Jan 10 to Sunday Jan 14, 2018, over 25,000 people will shake, rattle and roll into the small NSW country town of Parkes to celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival program is jam-packed including the headline Feature Concert Series, Elvis Gospel Service, Street Parade, non-stop free entertainment at the Cooke Park Main Stage, Miss Priscilla Dinner, competitions and plenty more!
Starting out at as a small get together between likeminded Elvis fans in 1993, the festival has grown today into an internationally renowned phenomenon endorsed by EPE.
This year's festival theme is the '68 Special, in celebration of 50 years since the king appeared on television in a special unplugged style performance that helped re-launch his. Expect plenty of pomade and loads of black leather.
Festival Director Cathy Treasure said, "The festival is back and bigger than ever, celebrating the 50-year anniversary of one of the truly great television moments in music history and Elvis' resurgence into the music industry. We have all your festival favourites and also for the first time two fantastic rail services to get you into Parkes in style."
Tickets are on sale now to all events including the 2018 Feature Concert Series featuring multi-award winning UK Elvis tribute artist Ben Thompson for the first time in Australia. Ben will perform four high-energy shows at Parkes Leagues Club, showcasing the king's greatest hits.
A new train service, the Blue Suede Express, will join the Elvis Express this year, featuring luxury heritage passenger train the Blue Zephyr and plenty of onboard entertainment. The 2018 Miss Priscilla Dinner on January 11 will feature a special performance by Parkes' 2016 ETA winner Jack Gatto, and will see the crowning of the 2018 Miss Priscilla.
The 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival will see celebrated Elvis Tribute Artists converge for five days of incredible live music. Aussie ETAs Mark Andrew and Dean Vegas will return as well as "She is the King" Jacqueline Feilich.
The preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest also returns 2018.
For the first time you can purchase tickets online.
For info & tickets go here www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Money Honey' - EIN Spotlight: Released as the final track on Elvis' dynamic first album, Jesse Stone's 'Money Honey' has always been noted as a classic Elvis recording.
“You know the landlord ring my front door bell” has to be one of the most memorable entrances Elvis ever made into a song.
Elvis' take on Money Honey is unique, unforgettable and unalloyed genius. It is also an object lesson in what you might call the misunderestimation of Elvis.
With Bill Black on bass, Scotty Moore on lead guitar, D.J. Fontana on drums and Floyd Cramer at his sharpest on piano, Elvis’s Money Honey rocks hard.

In this EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this classic track from Elvis' first album ...

 

(Spotlight, Source;PSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


"Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide" 2017- Shane Brown Interview : Since Elvis's Since Elvis' death in 1977, thousands of books have been written about Presley, but very few concentrate on the most important thing: the music.
Shane Brown's 2014 'Elvis Presley: A Listener's Guide' was a first in its very detailed look into the remarkable and yet often frustrating musical legacy that Elvis left behind.
Now in 2017 Shane Brown has revisited his original Elvis guide expanding it to include even more detailed insights - as well as including a large number of recently unearthed contemporary reviews from the time.
EIN was fascinated by the idea of an even bigger examination of Elvis' musical legacy and Shane Brown kindly agreed to be tell us all about his new expanded look at Elvis' music -
Questions we ask include..
- What expanded insights does this new edition provide?
- Why do a second edition?
- How many contemporary reviews from the time have you unearthed?
- Do you think that the Media understood Elvis' musical ambitions?

Go here to our detailed interview - EIN's Piers Beagley asks the questions...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

ELVIS WEEK 2017 - FINAL- EIN exclusive report: ‘C’mon Everybody’ and watch out Memphis because Sanja Meegin, EIN's roving reporter, is back in the Promised Land once again to give us all the inside scoops on Elvis Week 2017.

Today she reports on her final two days in Memphis - before bidding farewell. She meets plenty of famous Elvis friends at Vernon's house get-together including Billy Smith and Mindi Miller, visits Forest Lawn Cemetery, checks out some fine music with Jamie Aaron Kelly, meets with Elvis' grandson Ben Keough and does her final visit to the Meditation Garden to say her thanks. What a way to end Elvis Week 2017.

EIN is the only website with these exclusive Sanja Meegin Elvis Week 2017 reports, click here & don't miss her great photos

(Elvis Week 2017, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Sun 78rpm Vinyl' - Review: So how did EIN spend the day of August 16, 2017? - well spinning some of Elvis' most important singles ever released - the SUN 78rpms.
This is the first time since Elvis Sun replicas produced in the 1970’s, that have been made to play the original 78RPM speed. Since then some were only made at 45rpm.
The publicity promised that each of the five Sun replica 78s have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides and are by far the most authentic original 10 inch Sun 78 Records yet produced. All the labels are printed as the originals in size, accuracy and color.


How good do they sound, how fine do the look?
Check out EIN's turntable as we commemorated the sad fortieth anniversary of Elvis' passing by spinning his first five singles as they should be played. - Go here for our review.

(Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Forever Elvis - Forty Years On: In his all too short career Elvis managed to achieve more than any other entertainer, the birth of rock 'n' roll, his career renaissance after two years in the army, the family entertainment of his sixties movies, the powerful musical comeback of 1969, the on-stage live return-to-splendour of the 70s, the power of his musical creativity throughout his whole career, his unbelievable generosity and more than anything, the love he gave to his devoted fans.
Forty 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 2017 EIN's Piers Beagley looks back at why the legacy of ELVIS is so important to us all forty years on - - along with memories of Elvis from Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker and Larry Geller

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

"Elvis: The Wonder of You" Glorified end to Australian Tour: The Australian "Elvis: The Wonder Of You" tour ended  its capital city run last weekend with stunning reviews and packed houses. Close to forty years since Elvis checked out of Heartbreak Hotel, The King was back in the building and rocking Australian audiences at every venue.
The review from Elvis' last stand in Melbourne included..
Elvis Presley is a legend and although it’s almost been 40-years since his death, his music is still just as powerful and unfortunately for Australians, he never had the opportunity of touring Australia until now. Using past footage of Elvis from concerts and his films plus the live music from an orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is a true concert spectacular that almost makes it feel like the King is actually performing.
The Master of Ceremonies for this leg of the tour is Jerry Schilling who had a very close friendship with this music icon who helps set the scene of this
performance. Although Elvis is no longer with us, Schilling creates a link for the audience. Matched with the exceptional orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is quite a powerful performance which also tugs at your emotional heartstrings. Given that, it’s quite a loud experience!
Hearing Elvis performing American Trilogy with the live orchestra was definitely a wow moment and there’s plenty of them throughout the concert. Seeing the actual footage of Elvis on the giant screens not only showcased the talent of this man but also his wide range of vocals that becomes quite an immersive experience from start to finish. Songs such as Always On My Mind and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin are lifted to a new level thanks to the live music that not only pays homage to the original songs but creates a new experience for both new and old.
So as you become drawn into the music and
imagery, at times you could be mistaken in thinking that Elvis is actually live on the stage and that is where Elvis Presley the Wonder of You succeeds in creating the unthinkable and the illusion that one of the greats was actually performing right here in Melbourne Australia.
Go here to EIN's exclusive detailed original 'The Wonder Of You' concert review from London.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘74' FTD Review: A double set featuring both Dinner and Midnight shows from August  20, 1974 from Elvis' legendary 1974 Summer Season at the Las Vegas Hilton. 
For Elvis 1974 was an emotionally turbulent year. This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla. Yet this inner turmoil helped produce the most fascinating Las Vegas season of his career. He gave some of his longest performances and with a varied set-list including great new songs It’s Midnight, Promised Land, If You Talk In Your Sleep and Help Me.
One of the fascinations of this new double-pack is that it presents Elvis' second and third concerts by which time Elvis was back once again to the old regular set-list routine. Whatever the reason for Elvis' backwards step, fans can consider whether these concerts capture Elvis' happiness at being back pleasing his audience with the regular set-list.
Go here as super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new release.
(FTD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Available from Amazon US and UK:
       

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

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

Go here to 'ASK MARTY' to remember the great man.

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words!

The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

Unfortunately the book has not arrived in Australia yet so I have not seen the final product!
Go here to see his very detailed review - plus more new preview pages - EIN thanks Mike Lodge for the review
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Book Review: A Little Thing Called Life: Finally, Linda Thompson's memoir has been published.....and it has been well worth the wait! Linda's life, not only with Elvis, but with two other global icons and her own amazing career is an engrossing and revealing read.

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

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

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

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


UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
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- 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
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- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
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- Jim Curtin, newly added story 
Go here - Don’t Miss Part Three of our exclusive EIN interview - an essential read for Elvis collectors.
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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)


NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
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'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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