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Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Elvis - The Movies': The Ultimate Elvis movie book by Alan Hanson and 'Elvis Files'  Erik Lorentzen.
Kj Consulting Are Proud To Present:
Elvis - The Movies
New book in the Gold Standard Series from KJ Consulting is heading to the printers.
Written by one of the best writer in the Elvis world, Alan Hanson.
432 pages with some sensational unseen photos.
Be sure to get your copy.

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



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Hologram Show Delayed: This week a US a federal court ordered Pulse Evolution to pay $524,196 to Darren Bagert, a Broadway producer, for breaching their deal to develop a new Elvis Presley Hologram musical.
Pulse Evolution specializes in making lifelike holograms for concerts and films. It previously resurrected rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012, and breathed new life into singer Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014.
In 2014 Pulse Evolution next acquired the rights to create a virtual version of Presley from EPE. It hoped to put him back on stage in a 90-minute show, and brought in Darren Bagert, a producer of An American in Paris and Dear Evan Hansen, to oversee the $15 to $25 million project.
Note that although Priscilla has recently stated that EPE were "not interested in a Hologram show" Simon Fuller is still working on the show haven been given the rights by EPE! 
According to their agreement, Bagert had to assemble a creative team, build a budget, and attend meetings with potential investors. Pulse Evolution, in return, had to give him advances against a production fee, a slice of the net profits, and 200,000 shares of its common stock.
However after Bagert fulfilled his obligations, Pulse Evolution announced a new partnership with the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller and stated that he would focus on developing the Elvis Presley hologram show.
“That was a game-changing moment for us,” recalled Bagert, emphasizing that “two producers were attached to the same project.”

The Broadway producer continued to work on the show behind the scenes. But, last October, he had enough, and decided to bring Pulse Evolution to arbitration. He claimed that Pulse Evolution never paid him some of the advances against the production fee, and the shares that he received were all restricted stock, meaning that he could not sell them on the open market.
Pulse Evolution chose not to defend the matter in arbitration and Bagert was awarded $500,000, finding that the Pulse had breached their agreement.
Bagert then sued to enforce the arbitration award in federal court, and Pulse Evolution, once again, decided not to defend the matter. The court has now ordered it to pay up.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'Virginia Loves Elvis' New Import DVD: A new digitally remastered DVD from the STAR label 'Virginia Loves Elvis'
Recorded live at Hampton Roads Coliseum, April 9, 1972. (8.30 pm). Hampton, VA
Long awaited brand new STAR release is finally ready, and it was worth the wait!
This digitally remastered set has been re-edited from scratch, including new angles and rare outtakes, presented in deluxe digipack, and full WIDESCREEN.
This is your "must have" christmas present!
Some highlights are the COMPLETE versions of "An American Trilogy" and "Love Me Tender" and
probably the winner would be "How Great Thou Art" presented in MULTI ANGLES with some very
rare footage, it brings it more "alive" since you see both Elvis and The Stamps Quartet harmonizing the song!
Tracklist,  Also Sprach Zarathustra, C. C. Rider,  I Got A Woman / Amen, You Gave Me A Mountain, Polk Salad Annie, Love Me, All Shook Up, Teddy Bear, Don't Be Cruel, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, I Can't Stop Loving You, For The Good Times, An American Trilogy, Love Me Tender, A Big Hunk O' Love, How Great Thou Art, Sweet Sweet Spirit, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, Can't Help Falling In Love, Closing Vamp
Release Date October 18, 2017

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 

Four New Import/PD CD releases: For Elvis CD collectors, four new Import/Public Domain CD releases from the 'Elvis One/ Bootleg' label - search for them on Amazon if you are interested. While they are interesting compilations they contain little that hasn't been out before on FTD or other bootleg labels.
Past Masters - Volume 2 is a collection of 25 tracks from Elvis’ catalogue. The majority of these tracks were not available on his original albums.
Past Masters consists of A- and B-sides from Elvis’ singles and Extended Play’s (EP’s), very hard to find Long Play (LP) album versions and some previously unreleased versions in great binaural sound. The main part of the single and Extended Play (EP) versions appeared in a different form or sound on his Long Play albums.
Also included are the full contents of the original ‘TV Guide Presents Elvis Presley’ record (released in September 1956) and the original USA ‘The Truth About Me’ promotional cardboard disc (original US edit as released in November 1956). Again a great collection of rarities! Just like the first volume of "Past Masters".
The 2017 Christmas release from the Elvis One label with original mono masters, alternate versions, informal recordings and more! A new way to enjoy these fabulous historic recordings... And a special limited edition release!
Includes Christmas Message from Elvis / Silent Night | As first released on the 1982 album “Memories of Christmas” 13. Christmas (homerecording) Private recording from December 1958 14. Christmas Present For Elvis / Elvis Presley Show Souvenir Announcement 15. I Believe
Elvis One proudly presents ANTHOLOGY | PART TWO. This new volume includes 40 tracks, 18 previously unreleased and even 25 previously unreleased by Elvis’ record company - plus some previously unreleased on cd! Including previously unreleased interviews, rare radio spots from movies like 'Harum Scarum' and 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style', alternate takes, live recordings, rehearsal excerpts and much more! “The Beatles’ Anthology”, Elvis style! “Anthology” from Elvis Presley - the greatest selling recording artist of all time!
A companion album to ELVIS - THE HOME RECORDINGS (released by RCA/BMG in 1999). This second album contains 22 tracks; all home recordings. Most of them were recorded at various locations in Los Angeles and Germany. Some were recorded in Memphis and a few in other places. Of these 22 tracks, 12 are officially previously unreleased and 2 tracks are very hard to find. For example: the stereo version of '500 Miles'. The version of 'Suppose' on this album was only available on the "Celluloid Rock" boxset from 1998. A great new compilation album with more of the best Elvis' homerecordings, with new edits and were possible, improved sound! .. Even if you have all the bootlegs you'll certainly enjoy this great new compilation, and if you don't have all the bootlegs, you'll also find enough new material to enjoy!
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2017' for more info and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 14 October 2017

'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)

'Girl Happy' Graceland podcast: EPE are covering all of Elvis' movies via their Podcast. You can learn more about the making of 'Girl Happy' as well as movie trivia, on this week's episode.
EPE' Savannah Faircloth and Sheena Barnett discuss Elvis' 17th movie, the romantic comedy "Girl Happy." Learn about Elvis' co-stars, Shelley Fabares and Mary Ann Mobley, as well as the making of the movie. Savannah and Sheena also share Elvis fans' favorite scenes, songs and dialogue.
Click here to the EPE podcast - runs 13 minutes

Perhaps read EIN's spotlight on 'Girl Happy' first!

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Spotlight on 'Girl Happy': Elvis’ 17th movie Girl Happy was made solely to generate revenue. There was no artistic intent on behalf of the stars, the producers, the director, the writers and the studio. Its plot only intermittently makes contact with reality. Some sexist attitudes are expressed on the screen and its depiction of college age sexuality is dated.
Such a venture was well beneath the talents of its star, one of the most vital performers in 20th century American popular culture.
So how can anyone like or even love this ridiculous piece of cinematic fluff?

On the 45th anniversary of its release EIN contributor Harley Payette takes a fascinating look at this often unloved film.

(Spotlight, Source;HarleyPayette. May 2010)

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)

Tuesday 10 October 2017
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)

Weinstein Elvis Biopic Series Cancelled: It was back in 2016 that a new TV biopic series was being planned by Weinstein Television to tell the life-story of Elvis. The programme was planned to be an 8 to 10-part television series and had the support of Priscilla and EPE.
Today Apple TV have terminated this projected Elvis biopic from The Weinstein Company - it was slated to debut on Apple Music TV - after today's news that multiple women have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. He has been removed from the TWC company.
Weinstein TV had been granted music rights and access to Presley's estate, including his Graceland home, automobiles, clothes and jets. The series was based on the 1982 biography ‘Elvis’ by David Marsh, and was noted as "a dream come true for Harvey" previously behind such gems ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Cold Mountain’.
At the time Priscilla said “I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s films. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him on this show and tell the story of how Elvis changed the culture of music and initiated a revolution that changed the world.”
TWC could still sell the series to another bidder.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Auction starts to Unravel?: It seems that the "Aloha jumpsuit" that was claimed as one of Elvis' originals has been pulled from the auction after it was shown to be fake. EIN hopes that the general public will be checking the facts very closely before spending any of their hard-earned cash on these dodgy looking items that have recently been publicised in the general media.
"Elvis' Childhood Home" is still up for auction but now called "NOT THE BIRTHPLACE" and altered to "A home Elvis Presley spent some of his childhood years in".
As the news item rightly states "The below information about the items in the auction has not been verified."

In addition to the home, Elvis' 1957 pink Cadillac is still up for auction.
... . . (see details at http://www.gwsauctions.com)
BUT we know that Elvis' famous Pink Cadillac is in the Graceland Car Museum
The flimsy tabloid news story continues, "Florida collectors are selling off their treasure trove of ELVIS memorabilia worth millions, Bill Kinard and his wife Linda have decided to sell off their extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia"
Fans may remember that Bill Kinard was previously involved in the attempted sale of other Elvis memorabilia that didn't go so well.
The suggestion is that "what Bill claims is Elvis's 1957 Cadillac could sell for up to $3 million at auction"
It all sounds way too far-fetched to us and that a possible scam is being tried out in a last-ditch effort for cash.
Surely with genuine Elvis artefacts potentially "worth millions", anyone would go through EPE's Auctions where the big-spenders go and which guarantee authenticity?
As with all auctions BUYERS BEWARE.

(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'Rocks The Garden' Deluxe LP Double Set &CD Import: The SR label is releasing a special combo LP&CD, featuring  the live soundboard from Boston Garden, Boston MA , November 10, 1971 coupled from the unreleased live AUDIENCE recording from Houston November 12, 1971.
The SR attitude is to present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt the November 1971 tour presents  Elvis at his top. Both vocal and physical. “Elvis appears better than ever” delivering incredible shows with a wider repertoire to the previous tour, but overall the man is on the music. The Boston concert is great, but without doubt the Houston concert is better, is the pick of the tour..
The limited edition box set includes:
- a double vinyl edition of the album with the remastered show from Boston November 10, 1971
- a cd with an unreleased show from Houston November 12, 1971.
- as Bonus content a poster, CD card  and a large Sticker!
The cd, including we think the best show of the tour, Houston November 12, 1971. (EIN says check audio before buying as it has been out on CDR before and is not great quality)
Go to 'All The Elvis CD News 2017' for more info and details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 6 October 2017
Tom Petty's Top Ten Elvis Songs: With the sad passing of the respected Tom Petty we look back at when Rolling Stone asked him to pick his ten favorite songs for their special playlist series.
In 1962 Petty’s uncle got a job on the film set of Presley’s film ‘Follow That Dream‘ and Petty had an opportunity to stop by for a visit. “He arrived in a fleet of white Cadillac’s and people were screaming, handing records over a chain-link fence for him to sign. I remember his hair was so black that the sunshine was glowing off of it,” recalls Petty. That moment was pivotal for Petty and it lit a fever in him to get every Presley record he could.
Petty seems especially impressed by the fact that Presley knew some of the old songs he later made his own, such as the obscure ‘That’s All Right’ by Arthur Crudup and ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’. Petty prefers the pre-Army Presley and states that ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ could have been the national anthem.
Petty has fond memories of being a young kid and hearing the lyrics “She kiss so hard she bruise my lips/ Hurts so good my heart just flips,” in ‘Mean Woman Blues’ and he describes ‘One Night’ as “heavenly.” Rightly so, given Presley changed the lyrics of Smiley Lewis’s version from “One night of sin is what I’m paying for” to “One night with you is what I’m now praying for.”
As Petty says, “Elvis became the soundtrack of my early years.”
Tom Petty’s 10 Favorite Elvis Presley Songs:
1.’That’s All Right‘ – 1954, 2.’Baby, Let’s Play House’ – 1955, 3.’Heartbreak Hotel’ 1956, 4.’Hound Dog’ – 1956, 5.’Mean Woman Blues’ – 1957, 6.’One Night’ 1958, 7.’Santa Claus Is Back In Town’ – 1957, 8.’Can’t Help Falling In Love’ – 1961. 9.’A Mess Of Blues’ – 1960. 10.'(Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame’ – 1961.
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet) 

Possible Fakes in the Elvis Auction World: EIN hopes that the general public will be checking the facts very closely before spending any of their hard-earned cash on these dodgy looking items that have recently been publicised in the general media.
Last week the story was that "Elvis' Childhood Home" was up for auction. This looked extremely suspicious to EIN and we would seriously need hard-proof that Elvis lived there. It looked like an old shack in Tupelo to us.
Today the story has strangely been altered to "A home Elvis Presley spent some of his childhood years in" that is now up for auction.
As the news item rightly states "The below information about the items in the auction has not been verified."
The story reads..
A Tupelo property belonging to Elvis' grandparents will be auctioned off on November 11, along with some other legendary memorabilia.
The 16.5-acre property includes a house built by his father Vernon and uncle Vester.
A Presley family member's affidavit affirms that the young Elvis and his mother Gladys briefly lived in the modest home.

EIN guesses that the "family member" is not Lisa Marie, Priscilla or Billy Smith.
And surely anyone willing to buy a HOUSE with Elvis connections needs more than a general affidavit as proof.
In addition to the home, Elvis' 1957 pink Cadillac and "Aloha" jumpsuit will be auctioned off.
Oh dear, oh dear. . . . . . (see details at http://www.gwsauctions.com)
The famous Pink Cadillac is in the Graceland Car Museum, and Elvis had two "Aloha" jumpsuits made - both of which are confirmed to be in the Graceland Archives.
So what is this alternate Aloha Jumpsuit?
The flimsy tabloid news story continues, "Florida collectors are selling off their treasure trove of ELVIS memorabilia worth millions, Bill Kinard and his wife Linda have decided to sell off their extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia"
Fans may remember that Bill Kinard was previously involved in the attempted sale of other Elvis memorabilia that didn't go so well.
The suggestion is that "what Bill claims is Elvis's 1957 Cadillac could sell for up to $3 million at auction"
It all sounds way too far-fetched to us and that a possible scam is being tried out in a last-ditch effort for cash.
Surely with genuine Elvis artefacts potentially "worth millions", anyone would go through EPE's Auctions where the big-spenders go and which guarantee authenticity?
As with all auctions BUYERS BEWARE.
(News, Source;Tabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

Three New Graceland Books: Three new books were published for Elvis Week 2017. Each around 100 pages and costing $25.
- Elvis Presley's Graceland: The Official Guidebook - Hardcover Edition
The Official tour book of Elvis Presley's Graceland.
This collectable hard cover tour book is filled with Elvis and Graceland photos and information making it a must have for all Elvis fans and Graceland visitors. This photo based guidebook tells the story of Elvis' life and career in addition to giving the reader an extensive tour of Graceland, it's history and the accompanying exhibits and attractions.
Includes: Glossy front and back photo cover
Beautiful photos of Elvis' beloved Graceland (interior and exterior)
Over 20 full page Elvis Presley photos
Hardback Dimensions 9" x 12" Approx 112 pages
- Elvis Presley Iconic Stagewear - Hardcover Book
From the Graceland Archives. This full-color hardcover book takes the reader on an extensive & up-close tour of Elvis' famous stagewear collection and provides an all new look into the King of Rock 'n' Roll's style evolution. Full-page, full-color photography of Elvis' wardrobe, including his amazing jumpsuits, is paired with style details, facts, quotes, original designer sketches, and more! - 110 pages
- The Candlelight Vigil - Hardcover Book
From the Graceland Archives. This full-color hardcover book takes the reader on a look back at nearly 40 years of Elvis Week Candlelight Vigils. Photography, images of mementos and newspaper clippings from the Graceland Archives fill the pages of this tribute style guide starting with the first Candlelight Vigil in 1978.
100 pages- Hardcover
Go here to EPE SHOP to order $25 each.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Tuesday 3 October 2017

'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.

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Tom Petty has Died aged 66: Tom Petty has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The singer, aged 66, was rushed to hospital unconscious. The iconic artist had suffered a full cardiac arrest in his Malibu home Sunday night and was found unconscious and not breathing.
Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida on Oct. 20, 1950, into a rough childhood. He lived in poverty with an abusive, alcoholic father.
An encounter with Elvis Presley in the '50s saw him gain an interest in rock music. Aged 17, he dropped out of school to play in a band. He would later rise to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1970s. The band's self-titled album dropped in 1976, eventually going Gold and with two classic rock anthems, “Breakdown” and “American Girl”.
It was the band's third album, 1979's Damn the Torpedoes!  which saw the band enjoy their breakthrough to mainstream success. The album went triple Platinum, producing two US top 20 hits with “Refugee” and “Don't Do Me Like That".
They continued to perform over the past four decades, and played a sold-out show at BST Hyde Park in London this year.
Petty's final concert was last week at the Hollywood Bowl concluding their 40th anniversary tour. He told Rolling Stone that he thought this would be the group's last tour together.
(News, Source;JM/ElvisInfoNet)

How Elvis changed Tom Petty's life: Tom Petty is a well-known US singer and guitarist who has produced numerous hit singles such as 'American Girl', the #7 hit 'Free Fallin', the #12 hit 'I Won't Back Down', and a 1981 #3 with Stevie Nicks on 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.' In 2002 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Elvis changed Petty's life when one summer morning in 1961, an 11-year-old Tom Petty sat on pine straw in his front yard, wondering how he was going to spend his day. By the end of the afternoon, he knew how he would spend his life. The difference made by that afternoon added another notch to rock 'n' roll history, and a tantalizing addition to Florida lore. For, by the end of the day, the young Petty would encounter none other than Elvis Presley, the swivel-hipped sensation who had already been crowned "The King of Rock 'n' Roll." And by that evening, the Gainesville youngster would be forever fascinated - and hooked - on rock 'n' roll. "I caught the fever that day and I never got rid of it," says Petty. "I learned all of those early Elvis songs, and having that kind of background in rock 'n' roll, of where it had come from, has served me to this day. It became an invaluable thing to have. So for that, I thank him." Click here to read the full story in our 2007 EIN spotlight. (Spotlight, Source; Gainesville.com)

New Elvis Children's Book - by Priscilla!: Priscilla Presley is keeping Elvis Presley's legacy alive with younger generations by releasing a children's book. Priscilla has revealed that she was inspired by her young grandchildren to write 'Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender' inspired by Elvis' classic 1956 ballad.
"The twins know much about their grandfather, how famous he is, his love of Graceland, his movies and his songs. They can hear one of his songs on the radio and right away know that's his voice. I can't imagine them not liking the book.
"First of all, they will instantly recognise the title and secondly it's a feel-good story of love and accepting and a happy ending. Isn't that what children want?"
The picture book hits stores on 13 November 2017 and Priscilla is eager to see how children will react to it. The 72-year-old reveals Harper and Finley, her young grandkids from daughter Lisa Marie's marriage to musician Michael Lockwood, are always eager to read books to her.
"Both Harper and Finley enjoy going to bookstores and picking out books, they love fairy tales. When they started to read it was more them wanting to read to me."
Harper and Finley spent time with grandma Priscilla earlier this year, while Lisa Marie was locked in her bitter divorce battle.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

Jack Good, TV Producer & Elvis co-star has died: Legendary television producer Jack Good has died. He was responsible for bringing Rock n Roll to British audiences through programmes like the Six Five Special and Oh Boy.
Good then took his magic to America producing the show Shindig.
Jack Good was the undisputed champion on rock 'n' roll on British TV.
Jack's show "Oh Boy" was a fast moving action packed show lasted under half an hour but crammed plenty of excitement into each minute.
There were lots of songs, with most lasting under a minute.
Before that Good had produced a show for the BBC called the "Six Five Special".
He took his magic formula to America where he lit up the screens stateside with the show "Shindig".
He ventured into the movies, starring in the Elvis Presley film "Clambake" as Hathaway the snooty hotelier. It was a fantastic cameo.
Jack Good later produced the musical "Elvis". Premiered in London's West End in 1977, the play featured three leads: Timothy Whitnall as young Elvis, Shakin' Stevens as the mature rocker, and P.J. Proby as the Las Vegas incarnation. The reappearance of the wayward Proby, who had once sung demos for Presley, represented a masterpiece of casting.
His later life was quieter - he turned his attention to art - but would sometimes revisit his former life - including an appearance at the unveiling of the Billy Fury statue in Liverpool.
In an online tribute this week Vince Eager described Jack Good as "the man who gave Britain Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s"...
EIN thanks BBC's Matt Shepherd for the info.
(News, Source;MattShepherd/ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Supports Cancer Awareness: Graceland will light up pink during the month of October to remind everyone of the benefits of early detection in the battle against breast cancer.
Graceland joins hundreds of famous monuments, buildings and landmarks around the world that are shining pink lights as symbols of hope and empowerment.

Graceland will go pink starting tonight, October 2, and will remain pink during the month of October.
Visit Cancer.org for more information on how you can help raise awareness.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 1 October 2017
How 'Suspicious Minds' found its way to Elvis: In USA Today Tennessean 'Suspicious Minds' composer Mark James recently expanded about how his classic composition got to be recorded by Elvis.
Mark James: I recorded the song first in 1968 for Scepter Records, working with Chips Moman. They loved it, up at Scepter Records. They said, “Smash!” Chips and I went up there and we had a big party, a big promotional thing, 25 promotional people were there. They all said "smash, smash, smash" and they even gave Chips a Rolls Royce for producing that. … It was a small label and maybe they didn’t know how to market it like Atlantic or other people. Anyway, it never happened.
The title 'Suspicious Minds' came to me one night. I was playing organ bass pedals at an apartment I was living in and I was getting kind of a riff thing, same riff, and I was getting the groove of it, playing bass pedals. And then when I got a certain portion, I went to the studio and finished it up on grand piano. And when Chips heard it, he said, “Man, I want to cut that on you,” and he was real excited.
But, let me skip to when Elvis arrived at American Sound.  Don Crews was the publisher, and every time I’d go back to American Studios he’d say, “Well, you capture anything for Elvis yet? You know he’s coming in in a week and a half.” And I said, "No, not yet, not yet.".. l hadn’t come up with anything. (Don) says, “What about your old catalog?”
He said, “What about 'Suspicious Minds'?” I turned around in the chair and it was like seeing a golden number one and I knew that was the song I’d been looking for. And of course, I said, “That’s the song I’m looking for, that’s the song!” And I felt like telling George Klein, Marty Lacker, I felt like even shaking Elvis and saying, “This is a great one for you, man, to record.” But I knew probably everyone in the world had probably said that to him. So all I could do is tell all the guys around him, “Get him to cut this, this is a great one for him!”
… Sure enough, when Elvis came in, he played it for him and Elvis said, “Let’s hear that again.” And I wasn’t there. And sure enough, he got it several times, liked it so much Chips made a tape for him. He took it home.
I stayed away from the recording session, but I went to the studio one time. I went upstairs and I heard they were taking a break. … I was curious and at the same time I said, “Is he really Elvis and is he going to cut ‘Suspicious Minds’?”, that’s the main reason I went in there. And I went in there and he happened to be leaning up against the baffle. It’s real funny, I said, “Hey Elvis, I heard you might cut ‘Suspicious Minds.’ ” And he said, “Hey Mark, been thinking about it,” you know, just like Elvis would say it. ... But, I mean, this was a great guy.
Elvis invited me to Vegas when “Suspicious Minds” was going up, and I remember he was at a table talking in a long room with Sammy Davis or Andy Williams, two people, way across the room. And I came in the room and he walked, stood up, walked clear across the room and said, “Hi Mark. How you been doing?”
I said, “Man, this guy is something else, y’all.” Classy guy, you know?
(News, Source;USATennessean/ElvisInfoNet)

'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: 'Suspicious Minds' was released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary EIN looks back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; EIN)

Miley Cyrus reveals how ELVIS inspired her new album: Miley Cyrus says that her new album Younger Now was inspired by her love of Elvis Presley - and the fantasies she had about him.
And the singer was so obsessed with him that she used to rewind one of his movies just to hear Elvis say her name.
The 23-year-old's new album dropped today and she's confessed that track A Week Without You was very-much inspired by her Elvis fantasies.
She noted that, "I was inspired by Blue Hawaii. Elvis' girlfriend's name is Miley. (EIN note - it was actually Maile). I used to watch this movie over and over and over again because he would say 'I love you, Miley' and I would rewind it just so I could hear Elvis tell me that he loved me.
I really wanted to create a song that kind of felt like Elvis... whether it's Jailhouse Rock or whatever. It is just kind of being able to take some of that Elvis spirit and put it onto a song."
Miley also paid tribute to Elvis in her music video for single Younger Now with her quiff hairstyle and rhinestone embellished outfits.
Miley dramatically changed her style for her 2013 album Bangerz, but her latest album has seen a return to her country roots.
The single Younger Now appears to reflect on Miley’s shocking past when she sings: “Feels like I just woke up. Like all this time I've been asleep. Even though it's not who I am. I'm not afraid of who I used to be."
(News, Source;NP/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)

Chasing Bernstein - Giving Elvis His Due: One of the most famous quotes about Elvis was made by distinguished American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein. While Bernstein’s observation that Elvis “is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century” is widely reported, it is usually not sourced beyond Bernstein’s name.

EIN decided to investigate where and when Bernstein made his famous statement. While our investigations led to a number of dead ends, the following passage in Pulitzer Prize winner David Halberstam’s riveting account of the 1950’s, appropriately called the Fifties, gave much needed clarity to the origin of Bernstein’s words.

In chapter 31 of his 1993 New York Times bestseller, Halberstam discusses the events that signified the break between the older, more staid America and the new, fast-paced America. The first of these was around segregation and the second was Elvis Presley. Halberstam wrote:

In cultural terms, his coming was nothing less than the start of a revolution. Once, in the late sixties, Leonard Bernstein, the distinguished American composer and conductor, turned to a friend of his named Dick Clurman, an editor at Time magazine. They were by chance discussing political and social trends. "Elvis Presley," said Bernstein, "is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century."

Clurman thought of the sultry-faced young man from the South in tight clothes and an excessive haircut who wiggled his body while he sang about hound dogs. Bernstein’s statement seemed a bit much. “What about Picasso?” he began, trying at the same time to think of other major cultural forces of the century. “No,” Bernstein insisted, and Clurman could tell he was deadly serious, “it’s Elvis. He introduced the beat to everything and he changed everything–music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution–the Sixties came from it. Because of him a man like me barely knows his musical grammar anymore.”

Or, as John Lennon, one of Elvis’s admirers, once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.”

If he was revolutionary, then he was an accidental one, an innately talented young man who arrived at the right place at the right time. He had no political interests at all, and through his music symbolized the coming together of black and white cultures into the mainstream in a way that had never happened before…

More recently, coinciding with Elvis Week 2017 (and the fortieth anniversary of Elvis’ passing) Time.com published an excellent article by Jon Meacham, Elvis In the Heart of America, which included the Bernstein-Clurman discussion.

References: (i) the Fifties, David Halberstam, Villard Books, 1993, ASIN: B00RWS8UDW; (ii) Time.com Article originally published by EIN in 2002

News from earlier this week ...

Recent eBay Elvis sale price bucks well and truly downward trend: One of the most sought after Elvis albums is the original Elvis’ Christmas Album (LOC 1035)  which was released in New Zealand in 1957.

Interest in the scarce album is due to its fantastic color cover with Elvis’ image hovering above a wintery, festive scene.

In recent years it has appeared on ebay once or twice a year and sold for prices between US$125 and US$250 with sale prices generally declining with each sale since 2015.

However, earlier this month a copy of the album in VG+/VG+ condition sold for a whopping US$500 (A$628)!

The album attracted 31 bids from 10 individual bidders.

Meanwhile, the downward trend in sale prices for Elvis bootleg vinyl and collector’s plates continues. Copies of The Legend Lives On (which once regularly sold for over $100) have recently struggled to achieve a $50 sale price while even the once most desired collector’s plate, Elvis at the Grates of Graceland, which used to sell for over $100, is failing to sell at even US$10 on eBay.

There are currently 100 Elvis collector’s plates listed on eBay ranging in price from $9.95 to $165 (plate set). Many are being offered at ‘Buy It Now’ prices way below their original sale price and most are unlikely to sell anytime soon.

With literally thousands of collectible Elvis items for sale, younger fans not particularly interested in Elvis memorabilia and most older fans no longer interested in adding to their collections (many in fact are those selling on eBay!), it will become increasingly harder to sell general items for their original purchase price let alone make a profit. The market place has changed dramatically.

EIN remembers how around the 10th anniversary of Elvis’ death in 1987 fans were clamouring to buy whatever they could but at that time few fans/collectors wanted to sell. Today the reverse is true - which confirms the old adage, "timing is everything!"

The exceptions are of course the truly collectible items such as original Sun singles, early and ultra-rare RCA releases and items owned or worn by Elvis – these will continue to be bought and sold at impressive prices. (News, Source: EIN/eBay)

Shure announce the release of the Pitch Black Super 55 Deluxe ‘Elvis’ Mic: A sleek black version of the iconic Super 55 Deluxe microphone. Like the original Super 55 Deluxe, ‘Elvis’ is primarily designed for vocals with a supercardioid cartridge and 60 Hz to 17 kHz frequency response range. Boasting a new matte black finish with complimentary foam, the mike also comes complete with an integrated swivel mount.

Described by Shure itself as 'a modern take on our classic design', ‘Elvis’ will be available in limited quantities. 

Named after one of the iconic pop legends that cemented the status of Shure’s original Model 55 Unidyne mic in the 1950s, the Pitch Black Super 55 Deluxe 'Elvis' represents an ode to the history, success and legacy of Shure’s equipment. Introduced to the world in 1939, the popularity of the Shure Model 55 Unidyne mic has seen it updated and reissued by the company many times since. Shure is distributed in Australia via Jands.


(News, Source: Jacob Colliver, MixedDownMag)

Elvis' Own Personal Drug War: The Mises Institute (a school of individual freedom, honest history, and international peace) has posted the following article about Elvis.
... When Elvis Presley died in 1977 from drug abuse, he was an official, badge-carrying federal agent for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, an honorary appointment granted by President Richard Nixon.
To say that Elvis Presley had a respect for law enforcement is to drastically understate his enthusiasm. In another life, he would have liked to have been a police officer, and he was obsessed with collecting police badges and uniforms.
When he would perform shows around the country, he always made an effort to obtain a badge from the local police force, sometimes by using his celebrity status and other times by donating money to police functions. In some cases, he would offer a $5,000 donation to a police ball in order to procure a badge. He was also known to give expensive cars to local sheriffs, including Sherriff Bill Morris of Memphis who gratefully deputized Presley after receiving a gift of a Mercedes-Benz.
His generosity was so lavishly offered to members of the Denver police that it actually brought about suspicions of graft and corruption after the King’s death. Along with Cadillacs and Lincoln luxury cars, he paid for officers to take high-class vacations and gifted them with pricey jewelry. He purchased his own Denver police uniform and was made an honorary captain of the Denver Police Force. He would have been a police officer, Elvis once confided, but “God blessed him with a voice.”
Elvis Becomes a Drug Warrior- In 1970, California senator George Murphy promised to get Elvis a meeting with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) director John Ingersoll. In both cases, Elvis was hoping that a generous private donation would be enough to buy him a federal badge from each of these departments.
Elvis never did get to meet Hoover, he spoke instead to the number-two man of the Bureau, Deputy Director John Finlator. The deputy director was not swayed by Elvis’s fame or money and informed him that his department could neither accept donations nor issue honorary badges. Elvis’s offer was spurned.
Undeterred, Elvis penned a hand-written letter to President Nixon. In the letter, Elvis expressed his concerns for the “drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS [Students for a Democratic Society], Black Panthers, etc.” Offering his services as a celebrity communicator to the president, Elvis went on to say, “I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal Agent at Large.”
To help the president wage his war against the drug users, the hippies, and the communists, Elvis said, “all I need is the Federal credentials.”
On December 21, 1970, President Nixon agreed to meet the King. In full form, according to an interview given by Egil Krogh, Nixon’s aide who received Elvis, he arrived “in a purple jumpsuit and a white shirt open to the navel with a big gold chain and thick-rimmed sunglasses.” The meeting with the president got off to an awkward start, with Elvis complaining to Nixon about the difficulties of performing in Las Vegas and expressing his anger for The Beatles.
Finally, Elvis revealed his agenda. “Mr. President,” he said, “can you get me a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs?”
This is what Egil Krogh was worried about. He knew that Elvis had already been turned away by the BNDD on this exact matter. Nixon turned to Krogh, calling him by his nickname: “Bud, can we get him a badge?”
“Well, Mr. President,” Krogh answered, “if you want to get him a badge, we can do that.”
Nixon gave the order to get the King a badge, which elated Elvis so much that he crossed to the other side of the desk and gave the president a bear hug. Elvis then had his body guards bring in the gifts he had brought with him, which he lavished on the president and his aides, including jewelry for their wives. Before leaving, Nixon and Elvis posed for one of the most famous photographs ever taken in the Oval Office.
Elvis was now a badge-carrying drug warrior, and he carried his badge with him for the rest of his life, until he died seven years later from a drug overdose.

(EIN Note: The discussion regarding Prescription Drugs v Illegal drugs is totally lacking which is disappointing in a supposedly informed article) 
Go here to 'Mises University alumnus' for the original article
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in September . . .
'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 last week 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)

Welsh Elvis festival attracts 35,000 fans: This weekend about 35,000 Elvis fans have descended on Porthcawl for the Welsh largest festival celebrating the king of rock'n'roll.
Some festival-goers took part in a six-day charity walk along the Wales Coast Path ahead of the event.
Fears about if it would go ahead were allayed as traders had worried they may not have been able to sell anything.
This year's Porthcawl Elvis festival sees Elvis impersonators having their faces scanned by police in a bid to catch troublemakers and criminals. South Wales Police is using facial recognition technology to seek out wanted criminals and known troublemakers.
EIN points out that facial recognition could be tricky if you check out the look of the visitors!
A new addition to this year's line-up was a Welsh-language day entitled Diwrnod I'r Brenin (Day Fit for a King) held on Thursday.
Other activities include the Best Elvis competition and a fringe festival hosted by 20 additional venues around Porthcawl.
Research estimates that the Porthcawl Elvis Festival generates £6.7m for the local economy.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland Abandons 6,200-seat Arena plan: EPE have abandoned their new proposal for their new 6,200-seat Arena  - see EIN news item below- due to objections from the Memphis Grizzlies.
“At the time that we started this discussion I made sure everyone was aware of the fact that the Memphis Grizzlies in their use agreement for the FedExForum have a noncompete and non-participation agreement. The Grizzlies have raised an objection and in order to be good corporate citizens of Memphis my client has agreed to alter the proposal,” attorney James McLaren told the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County.
Graceland has used public incentives over the past three years to build a luxury hotel and a new visitor attraction, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. It recently asked the EDGE board to sweeten one of its incentives to cover the addition of a 50,000 to 75,000 square foot events center at a cost of $40 million to $50 million.
A lawyer for EPE told economic development officials that the new EPE plan is for a multipurpose facility with no permanent seating, limited to 3,500 spectators and events produced by Graceland and affiliates.
The center could provide a larger space for the kind of entertainment productions that EPE has in the pipeline.
Graceland last week announced the first-ever on-campus holiday concerts in December productions at the Graceland Soundstage, a 1,700-seat venue at Elvis Presley’s Memphis, will include “An Elvis Gospel Christmas – Live at Graceland” and “Elvis Live in Concert – with an All-Star Band.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

New FTD October Releases: FTD is pleased to announce three new releases for October 2017.
- 'Elvis: The Last Movies'  Classic Soundtrack Album.
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.
Tracklist: 1. Change Of Habit 2. Rubberneckin’ 3. Let’s Be Friends 4. Have A Happy 5. Let Us Pray 6. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard  7. Almost 8. Charro 9. Let’s Forget About The Stars 10. Let’s Forget About The Stars (rough mix)* 11. Charro (rough mix)* 12. Clean Up Your Own Back Yard (undubbed master) 13. Almost (undubbed master) 14. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (movie version) 15. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (female vocals and brass overdub)  16. Signs Of The Zodiac (duet with Marlyn Mason)  17. College Songs Medley (Far Above Cayuga’s Waters* / Boola Boola* / Dartmouth’s In Town Again* / The Eyes Of Texas* / On, Wisconsin* / The Whiffenpoof Song / Fair Harvard* / Notre Dame* / Violet) 18. Almost (takes 1-3*)  19. Almost (takes 4* & 6)  20. Almost (takes 10*-11)  21. Almost (take 13*)  22. Almost (takes 14-16*)  23. Almost (takes 22-25*)  24. Almost (takes 27-28*)  25. Almost (take 29*)  26. Let Us Pray (alternate vocal overdub)  27. Let Us Pray (M/vocal only) * Previously unreleased
- 'ELVIS: Lake Tahoe ‘74' Following on from the recent (”Las Vegas ’74” and ”Elvis In Atlanta”, releases, FTD’s '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.
FTD have previously released 'High Sierra' from May 21, 1974, Midnight Show (see review here)
While 'Spanish Eyes' is a popular bootleg of May 24, 1974, Midnight Show.
The setlist at Lake Tahoe was fine, the May 25, 1974 Dinner Show has been out as an audience recording while the May 26, 1974 Dinner Show is unreleased.
EIN contributor Ciscoking notes that "In May 26 Dinner Show Elvis introduced 'The Jackson 5', Lisa Marie was there, too ... very fateful."
Tracklist: Disc 1 May 25, 1974 – Dinner show
1 See See Rider  2 I Got A Woman / Amen  3 Love Me  4 Trying To Get To You  5 All Shook Up  6 Love Me Tender  7 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me  8 Johnny B. Goode  9 Hound Dog 

10 Fever  11 Polk Salad Annie  12 Why Me Lord  13 Suspicious Minds  14 Introductions  15 I Can’t Stop Loving You  16 Help Me  17 An American Trilogy  18 Let Me Be There  19 I’ll Remember You  20 Big Boss Man  21 Heartbreak Hotel  22 Can’t Help Falling In Love  23 Closing Vamp
All tracks recorded live at the High Sierra Room at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada
For full tracklistings go to 'FTD/ SONY CD News 2017'

- 'Roustabout' - VINYL 2-LP limited edition. Pre-release sales of FTD’s recent 'Roustabout' Classic Soundtrack Album exceeded all expectations reflecting the appeal of the original #1 album. The release of this limited edition 2-LP set will be no exception. It contains STEREO Remixes of the Soundtrack, outtakes and MONO masters.
Mastered at Abbey Road, London, the180 Gram discs feature reproductions of the original RARE RCA ‘Hollywood’ pressing plant LP labels.
Featuring all the tracks from the recent very fine CD release - go here for vinyl tracklisting
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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Elvis and the Girl from Vienna (documentary) - Aussie fans can watch it now!: On 10 September, Australia's multicultural television broadcaster screened the new documentary, Elvis and the Girl from Vienna, which tells the story of Trude Forsher and her relationship with Elvis when she was Colonel Parker's office manager/personal secretary as Elvis broke nationally and internationally.

Australian fans can catch up on this very interesting one hour documentary on the SBS On Demand online streaming service. It is available until the second week of October.

Trude Forsher's diary notes of the period were released in book form as The "Love Me Tender" Years Diary. The book is an insider's behind the scenes account of what it was like as Presleymania unfolded and Elvis became a movie star (see Amazon order link opposite).

(News, Source: Bob Hayden/EIN)

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)

'Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra' Official Announcement: EIN posted the news 2 weeks ago now, finally, SONY has officially announced the new Elvis album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - will be released October 6 via RCA Records and Legacy Recordings.
The album 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.
A deluxe edition of the album, containing four bonus tracks (new symphonic versions of material from Elvis’ Peace In The Valley EP) will follow shortly after 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. Both reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
If 'Christmas with Elvis' follows suit, his UK chart record of holding the most chart-toppers for a solo male artist will be further extended to 14.
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.
Material from "Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" will be featured in this November’s Elvis In Concert U.K. tour, a six-date engagement occurring November 23-30 in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
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)

"Reconsider Baby: Elvis: A Listener's Guide" OUT NOW: Since Elvis' death in 1977, thousands of books have been written about Presley, but very few concentrate on the most important thing: the music.
Elvis made over 700 recordings during his life and this book 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 also examines 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’ work was received at the time. Go here to our recent interview with author Shane Brown
EIN will be reviewing his new book next week.
(Interviews, 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)

'Moody Blue' 40th Anniversary Vinyl: Mid October has now been mentioned as the date that Sony will be releasing a 40th anniversary Clear-Blue-vinyl release of Elvis' final album Moody Blue. Originally September 1st has been noted.
With Sony Music Entertainment just announcing they will be manufacturing new vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years at a plant outside of Tokyo, Japan. September will see Sony/Legacy will be releasing a special 40th Anniversary vinyl edition of Elvis' last "NEW" album, 'Moody Blue' originally released in July 1977.
The album was a mixture of live and studio work, and included the 4 tracks from Elvis' final studio recording sessions in October 1976 and two tracks left over from the previous Graceland session in February 1976.
"Moody Blue" was previously recorded at the earlier Graceland session and held over for this album. Also recorded at the February session was "She Thinks I Still Care".
"Way Down" became a hit upon Elvis' death less than one month after the album was released. 'Moody Blue' was certified Gold and Platinum on September 12, 1977 and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 by the RIAA.
Sony hasn't released the final cover or the tracklisting, but one possible suggestion is that Sony could release the FTD double Vinyl edition through their mainstream label which featured the original masters and on the second album was several outtakes. EIN will have the cheapest purchase deal for you as soon as possible
(News, Source;ElvisExpress/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' White Knabe piano Coming back to Graceland: Three weeks ago EIN reported the Ebay sale of Elvis White Knabe Piano for $375,000 after 117 bids. We now discover that it was EPE who bought back Elvis' famous piano, which will be returned to Graceland 60 years after it was first purchased by Elvis for the home in 1957.
For the first time ever, the public will be able to see this legendary Knabe branded piano on display in its Graceland home. The music room at Graceland will be restored to its original 1960s-era appearance including the white piano, and will be unveiled on December 16, 2017. Other items returning to the famous music room include original white and blue draperies, and a gold couch that was part of the room’s décor in 1964.
The white piano is the most significant Elvis owned piece to come home to Graceland since the Mansion opened for tours in 1982.
Prior to Elvis purchasing and refurbishing the 1912 instrument, it was the house piano at
Memphis' legendary Ellis Auditorium from the early 1930s through 1957 which hosted the greatest local and national touring musical acts of the period, including W. C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and many others. This was the very piano played by his favorite gospel and blues performers in shows that Elvis attended as a boy, during which, as an enthralled member of the audience, he dreamed of his own future stardom.
It was on May 28, 1957, Elvis purchased the piano built by Wm. Knabe & Co. of Gallatin, Tennessee, (serial number 70545) from Jack Marshall Pianos-Organs in Memphis for $818.85. Elvis refurbished the piano in white and placed it in the music room at Graceland where it remained until 1968. During those years, the piano was the musical focal point of many hours spent rehearsing and entertaining guests and was played constantly by Elvis as well as visiting celebrities. Elvis enjoyed playing and singing alone in private moments, but especially enjoyed gathering family and friends in the music room as they ran through a broad repertoire of favorite songs – particularly gospel and R&B.
The original Knabe piano was placed in storage in 1968 and was sold in 1976 to Ted Sturges, owner of the Sturges Recording Studio in Memphis where it was used in recording over 50 albums by various artists including Jerry Lee Lewis who reportedly played the piano with Elvis when visiting Graceland.
The 1960s-Era Graceland Music Room to be Unveiled December 16th as Part of Graceland's First-Ever Holiday Concert Weekend when Elvis fans will be able to have their photo taken with the piano before it is placed on display in Graceland’s restored music room.
This opportunity will be available December 15 for holiday concert weekend VIP package ticket holders only.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS - THE MOVIES’ New Book: From the Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen and KJ Consulting, a new publication in their GOLD STANDARD SERIES - ‘ELVIS - THE MOVIES’.
Written by one of the best writers in the Elvis world, Alan Hanson, it will be 400 pages with some sensational unseen photos.
If it is anything like their previous ‘One Night In Toronto’ it will be yet another real winner.

Be sure to get your copy.
Pre Order Now - Send € 128 By Paypal To: sales @elvisfiles.no - Including shipping all over the world..


More info and previews soon ...


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)

'Frankie and Johnny' (Blu-ray) Out Now: Released on Blu-Ray last month Elvis' 1966 movie 'Frankie and Johnny' from the Kino Lorber label.
Featuring Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan, Nancy Kovack, Directed by Frederick de Cordova
"The Mississippi River's never seen as many wild twists as in this spirited and extravagant riverboat ride which stars the King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley with the lovely Donna Douglas (TV s The Beverly Hillbillies) and featuring hilarious support from Harry Morgan and eleven original Presley tunes, Frankie and Johnny is a sure-fire romp with pretty girls, toe-tapping score and Elvis all the way. Presley is Johnny, a riverboat singer whose life, according to girlfriend and singing partner Frankie (Douglas), has become "one great big roulette wheel." And he's so obsessed with that wheel of misfortune that when a gypsy woman prescribes a redhead to be his good luck charm, Johnny sets out to find one. Trouble is, Frankie is most definitely a blonde... and a jealous blonde at that.
Purchase at Amazon for only US$20 - Click here >>> - watch out for unscrupulous Elvis dealers charging over $60! - CHECK REGION CODE
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)   

Clambake (Blu-ray) Out Now: Released on Blu-Ray last month Elvis' 1967 movie 'Clambake' from the Kino Lorber label.
Featuring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Bill Bixby, Will Hutchins and Directed by Arthur H. Nadel
"Rock n Roll legend Elvis Presley sizzles as a lovelorn million-heir in this riveting and romantic musical romp with eight original Elvis tunes. Vying for the attentions of the lovely Shelley Fabares (Girl Happy, Spinout), Elvis finds himself caught up in a rivalry with playboy Bill Bixby (TV s The Incredible Hulk) against a tuneful background of comedy, romance and speedboat racing. Clambake is pleasing escape entertainment and the wildest party to hit the beach since they invented the beach ball. Gary Merrill (All About Eve) co-stars in this fun-filled comedy musical.
Special Features: Audio commentary by Videodrome (Gideon Kennedy, Matt Owensby and John Robinson).
Purchase at Amazon for only US$20 - Click here >>> - watch out for unscrupulous Elvis dealers charging over $60! - CHECK REGION CODE
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thom Gilbert EIN Interview: Hasselblad Master, Thom Gilbert talks to EIN about his life as a successful photographer, Memphis music and his new visually stunning new book, one of 2017's premier Elvis releases:
. 'Blue Suede Shoes: The Culture of Elvis'
In this fascinating interview we learn about:

  • what was hidden for decades in one of Elvis' velvet jackets
  • what actress Cynthia Pepper learned about Elvis while filming Kissin' Cousins
  • the rarest Elvis ID badge in the world
  • the tightly controlled process for photographing Elvis artefacts housed in Graceland's extensive archives
  • how the legendary and recently deceased comedian, Jerry Lewis, put Thom in his place
  • Memphis Soul music........ and a lot more
  • (Interviews, Source;NP/ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis In Hawaii November 1957' New Book: A self-published new book has been announced 'Elvis In Hawaii November 1957' by Paul Bélard.
Described by 'MikeFromHolland' on FECC, "168 page book featuring some 160 pictures and they all deal with the two weeks Elvis spend during his trip to and his stay in Hawaii from November 5 to November 13, 1957.
A new book that solely deals with those two very interesting weeks. The dedication makes it a pleasure to read and flip through. No analysis, just pictures and articles from the time, as if we're stepping into a time machine.
Not all pictures are of fantastic quality, and some are plain screen shots from footage, but it's all to give us a feel of how it must have been those days. How Elvis looked and moved, and how fans reacted. They have historical value, even the blurry ones.
A soft cover book with matt printed pages, 8.50 x 11.00 Inch.
To my understanding, this book is a one man's project with the aim of showing as much photos and articles about a short period of time as possible.
If you're interested in the book, you can get in contact with the author directly by mail: pbelard@hotmail.com
(News, Source;MikeFECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Seeker King' - Book Review: A woman in the audience once handed Elvis a crown saying, "You're the King." "No, honey," Elvis replied. "There is only one king -- Jesus Christ. I'm just a singer."

In his 2013 book 'The Seeker King: a spiritual biography of Elvis Presley' author Gary Tillery presents a coherent view of Elvis's thoughts through such anecdotes and other recorded facts. Elvis came to believe that the Christ shines in everyone and that God wanted him to use his light to uplift people. And so he did. Elvis's excesses were as legendary as his generosity, yet, despite his lethal reliance on drugs, he remained ever spiritually curious. This intimate, objective portrait inspires new admiration for the flawed but exceptional man who said, "All I want is to know and experience God. I'm a searcher, that's what I'm all about."

EIN book reviewer Susan MacDougall explores this interesting book and questions that since so much has been written about Elvis' including at least a dozen books about his spiritual search, is there anything new to say? Go here to read her detailed review to find out! 
(Book Reviews, Source;SMacDougall/ElvisInformationNetwork) 

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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)

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - - - - FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY - - - -

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 And Me' Australian Tickets on sale Now: Priscilla Presley, the original first lady of Rock n Roll, has stories to share. Be captivated by Priscilla as she tells us about her teenage years, being romanced by Elvis, their marriage and life inside the gates of Graceland. Hear how she raised a daughter during the rise of the tabloids and how she coped with Elvis’ passing. From being named as co-executor of the Elvis estate to her stint on the number one hit television series Dallas, to the Naked Gun franchise, be riveted by Priscilla as she takes us on a journey through her fascinating life. Audiences will feel invited into her living room as she shares intimate stories and hand-picked
pieces from her private collection of home movies and photos. For the first time, Priscilla will answer your questions directly.
Priscilla Presley, philanthropist and actress, mother and business woman,  live and on stage. Do not miss this opportunity to join this intimate and once in a lifetime open conversation!
Saturday 4 November 2017 - The Star, Gold Coast
Monday 6 November 2017 - Crown Theatre, Perth
Thursday 9 November - Crown Palladium, Melbourne
Sunday 12 November - Star Event Centre, Sydney

Click here to RCM Touring for tickets and more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Keith Alverson Interview - 'Strictly Elvis: 1973-74-75': Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with KJ Consulting (with Erik Lorentzen as editor) is at the printers.
The publication date will be in August, 2017 during the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death!
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 to be a real stunner. Even better the photos have been newly scanned straight from the original negatives.
Beyond his stunning photographs of Elvis live in concert, very little is known about photographer Keith Alverson and so EIN's Piers Beagley tracked down the man to asked him more about his background, times with Elvis and his exciting new publication...
Go here to our interview and plenty of PREVIEW pages from this great book
Plus USA ordering details & how to get a signed copy at ELVIS WEEK!

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

JULY 18 - Red West has Died, aged 81: Terrible news as Red West, yet another of Elvis' very best friends, has died.
Red West died Tuesday night after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital. He was 81.
Born in Bolivar,  Tennessee, the athletic Robert Gene "Red" West befriended Elvis at Humes High School, where the 6-foot-2 redhead protected the smaller pre-fame Elvis from bullies on at least a couple of occasions, according to Presley lore. He worked for Elvis for some 20 years, occasionally taking small roles in such films as “Flaming Star” and writing or co-writing such memorable Elvis songs as the 1972 hit 'Separate Ways,' 'If Every Day Was Like Christmas', 'That's Someone You'll Never Forget' and the masterpiece of infidelity, 'If You Talk in Your Sleep,' recorded at Stax in 1973.
Red West also composed or contributed to songs recorded by other artists, including Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone and Johnny Rivers.
An ex-Marine, Golden Gloves boxer, karate instructor and genuine tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold (at least in his later years), West said it was his protective streak that motivated him to co-write "Elvis: What Happened?" a tell-all best-seller published only two weeks before Elvis' death.
As Elvis' friend, driver and bodyguard, Red West was among Presley's closest associates during the singer's meteoric rise, Army tour of duty, Hollywood stardom, late 1960s so-called comeback and 1970s decline. West's father, Newton West, died the same day as Elvis' mother, Gladys Presley, which only strengthened the men's bond.
When Elvis was in the Army, West traveled to Germany to be nearer the singer, at Presley's request. Elvis attended Red West's wedding (photo right), but was too late to act as best-man as planned.
Red West, Elvis and others would frequently spar at the old Tennessee Karate Institute, co-owned by West. "He was a tough son of a gun," said former kickboxing world champion Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, one of the studio's co-owners.
Prior to being fired in July 1976, Red West and some of Presley's other bodyguards had received some criticism for heavy-handed tactics in attempts  to protect Elvis.
West always defended his work for Elvis, while Vernon Presley said the firings were an attempt to cut Presley's expenses.
Post-Elvis, West became a full-time actor, earning a regular role opposite star Robert Conrad in the late 1970s series “Black Sheep Squadron" about a squadron of World War II fighter pilots.
West's most famous role was in the 1989 Patrick Swayze cult classic “Road House,” but major critical acclaim eluded him until late in life, when he landed his first top billing in the acclaimed independent drama “Goodbye Solo” (2008), which critic Roger Ebert labeled "a masterwork" and The New York Times called "a near perfect film."
“It took me 59 years to be an overnight success,” West told The Commercial Appeal, in a 2009 interview timed to the local release of the movie, in which he portrayed a taciturn
old-timer contemplating suicide.
“I started out in this business as a stuntman, and it’s taken its toll on me,” West added. “I’ve had knee replacements, and I’ve got big calcium deposits in my neck from falling on my head so many times. So this is just in time.”
“Goodbye Solo” director Ramin Bahrani said of West: "I wish Clint Eastwood would quit casting himself and realize that this guy's better."
Red West also appeared in the movies Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker”, Ira Sachs’ “Forty Shades of Blues,” both shot in Memphis, as well as Robert Altman’s made-in-Mississippi “Cookie’s Fortune,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” Bahrani’s “At Any Price” (with Dennis Quaid), the horror sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and the true-sports story, “Glory Road.”
On TV he appeared in episodes of “Mannix,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,””Magnum P.I.” and  “The A-Team.” A 2015 appearance in the series “Nashville” was his final credit.
In a 2011 episode of "Memphis Beat" a TNT crime series set but not shot in Memphis, West played a cancer-stricken inmate serving time for the murder of the father of the series' star, an Elvis-impersonating police detective played by Jason Lee.
Red West and his wife, acting coach Pat West, had celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on July 1. A Messick graduate who met her husband while she was
working as a secretary for Elvis, Pat West said Red had complained of pains Sunday afternoon and was taken to Baptist Hospital. Early Tuesday he died after suffering what she described as an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
“From the very start, we had a bond that was just unusual,” Pat West said of her husband. “He was just a straight shooter.”
Pat West said she and her husband usually skipped "Elvis Week," but they had been planning to participate in some activities organized this year by friend and longtime Elvis associate George Klein. "We wanted to go this year, this special year," she said, referring to the 40th anniversary of Presley's death.
According to most sources Red West was born on Nov. 20, 1936, which would make him 80 at the time of his death. But Pat West said his actual birthday was March 8, 1936.
West is survived by two sons, actor John Boyd West, Brent West, brother Harold West of Olive Branch; and six grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home will handle services.
(News, Source;CommAppeal/ElvisInfoNet)

Red West Interview: Red West was one of Elvis' closest friends. He first met Elvis in High School and went on to work for Elvis as a bodyguard until 1976. Elvis and Red West became close friends when Red volunteered to help drive Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana around the southern US states for their early tours of 1955-1956.  Red West is also a talented composer and actor who still appears in award-winning movies. 

In 1999 Red West was the main guest at the Elvis English Fan Club Convention where he opened up to fans like never before, revealing his true love for Elvis. It is certainly one of the longest and the best interviews with Red West - and at times devastatingly honest.

EIN added this fascinating interview for Elvis Week 2010.

(Interviews; Source;OEPFC)

UPDATED - 'ELVIS & The Colonel' Book Review: Published in March 2017 from author Darrin Lee Memmer, 'ELVIS & The Colonel' is an A4 format, 200-page project.
The publicity noted, "Rest assured that this is no whitewash or rose-colored approach to biography; nah, just the most contemporaneously-rich, fair-minded & engaging collection of material about Colonel Parker to be assembled in one place."

There is no doubt that "ELVIS & The Colonel" is one of the strangest books EIN has ever read.
Darrin Lee truly enjoys challenging Elvis myths. His most famous publication so far is in fact 'Desert Storm; The Shattering of a Myth' about Elvis' emotional roller-coaster ride of mid-1974.
So while the book about Elvis and Col Parker promises NOT to be a "whitewash" you can expect that it will be. 

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley spends some time soaking up the author's controversial thoughts and finds the book a challenge to the reader that will certainly getting one involved and feeling argumentative - which is not necessarilly a bad thing.

Now with READER FEEDBACK + a note from Geoffrey McDonnell

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

"The Colonel" New Film: A new biopic is being planned  about "Colonel" Tom Parker, the Dutch undocumented immigrant turned carnival huckster who became Elvis' manager.
The film is being co-produced by Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker who helped free the "West Memphis Three" with a trilogy of documentaries about the infamous 1993 murder case. 
Tentatively titled "The Colonel," the film will be adapted from Alanna Nash's 2003 book, "The Colonel: The Extraordinary Life of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley."
In 1977, Alanna Nash, a feature writer for various publications, was one of the few journalist allowed to view Presley's remains, which perhaps prepared her for a career in Elvis postmortem investigation: Some of her other books include "Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia" and "Baby Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him."
According to reports Berlinger and Nash will develop the screenplay, with Berlinger as director. The producing team will include Berlinger; Spencer Proffer, a longtime composer, music producer and specialist in music projects; and Steve Binder, producer-director of the so-called "'68 Comeback" special, the NBC program broadcast on Dec. 3, 1968, that helped reestablish Elvis' credibility in the wake of the British invasion and the psychedelic Summer of Love.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Dark Side Of Colonel Parker' - EIN Spotlight: June 26th 2009 was a special date that commemorated four unique events of the Elvis World.
1. The 100th Birthday of Colonel Parker.
2. The 32nd Anniversary of Elvis' final concert in Indianapolis.
3. The 30th Anniversary of the death of Elvis' father, Vernon Presley.
4. The 30th Anniversary of the revelation to Elvis’ estate that Colonel Parker was still fleecing his client.

Although comedian Nipsy Russell stated that "Every entertainer should go to bed at night and pray he finds a Colonel Tom Parker under his bed when he wakes up in the morning" - is that really the truth?
It is a fact that after Elvis' death an official investigation found that "both Colonel Parker (and RCA) acted in collusion against Presley's best interests. Colonel Parker was guilty of self-dealing and overreaching and had violated his duty to both Elvis and to the estate."
While there is no doubt that Elvis and The Colonel's story is extremely complex, in this in-depth Spotlight EIN takes a look at the darker side of Colonel Tom Parker - and includes plenty of insights from Elvis’ colleagues and friends.
. Go here for this fascinating investigation- and also Have Your Say.
(Spotlight, Source;EIN)

"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)

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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)

Book Review - 'Elvis: One Night In Toronto'; The new book from Paul Sweeney, Jean-Marc Carisse and Erik Lorentzen 'Elvis Presley In Person 'One Night In Toronto' April 2 - 1957' has caused a great deal of interest among Elvis fifties collectors with the discovery of over 300 previously unpublished photos and some delicious promises ...
A historical document - for the 60th Anniversary.
* interviews
* backstage stories
* private moments
* hundreds of never before published photos
* Photos taken from original negatives

... and there is no doubt that this new book of Elvis in 1957 in all his gold-lame glory kicks major goals on several levels over its 352 pages....

Go here to read EIN Piers Beagley's in-depth review to see whether a book about just one day in Elvis' life in 1957 can really be that good.... - (Hint: Yes, It Is!) - along with some stunning close-up images from the book

(Book Reviews; Source;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

'The Wonder Of You' Elvis RPO UK Tour 2017: Following the sellout British arena tour last year and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis Presley returns to the UK for a live concert experience like no other backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The six date UK arena tour kicks off in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro on November 23rd, taking in Leeds First Direct Arena (24th), Newcastle First Direct Arena (25th), Birmingham Genting Arena (27th), 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.
If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You (Elvis' 13th No.1 album in the UK!) were produced by Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and EPE. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows.
These shows will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren't enough and who continues to break records.
Go here to EIN's exclusive review of the Elvis / RPO 2016 London Concert
  Tour Dates: - ON SALE NOW - click here for tickets
November 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 24 Leeds First Direct Arena
November 25 Newcastle First Direct Arena
November 27 Birmingham Genting Arena
November 28 Manchester Arena
November 30 London O2 Arena
(News, Source;BQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

(Book Review) 'Being Elvis - A Lonely Life': The latest Elvis biography is authored by noted rock writer, Ray Connolly. Media reviews have suggested that... "Perhaps because we all know how it ends, it’s those early years that make for the hardest reading. The decisions Elvis makes all seem to be omens of what’s still to come for the young man."...

EIN's Nigel Patterson offers his observations on a release which searches below the surface to reveal how Elvis' insecurity and loneliness were exacerbated by the unique situation that he experienced as the world's first truly global superstar.

Go here to Nigel's review of this new biography

(Book Review, Source: EIN)

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 22,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

So Elvis fans don't miss out on these rare and exciting photographs.

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


'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
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'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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