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Coming soon to EIN ...
- Our update with Dave Hebler on his new book
- Strictly Elvis 1976-1977 Keith Alverson interview
- 'Off-On Stage' Elvis 1970 - FTD Review
Saturday 21 July 2018
New "Chapel in the Woods" At Graceland: EPE have announced a brand-new Chapel in the Woods. The newly constructed chapel (see pic right) will feature a grand ceiling and windows throughout to allow the beautiful surroundings of the Graceland woods to be the back drop for couples to be married or renew their vows. Located just steps from The Guest House at Graceland, the Chapel in the Woods makes for the most iconic and memorable wedding destination.
To christen this new chapel, Graceland is hosting a day of love,(??) featuring couples whose love were inspired by Elvis, whether on a visit to Graceland or during Elvis Week. The Chapel in the Woods will be hosting one special wedding and an amazing ten vow renewals on August 13, 2018.
For the last 18 years, nestled in the woods beside Elvis Presley's Graceland, stood the original Chapel in the Woods.
The quaint wedding venue, (below pic looking oh so cute) located on the iconic property of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, has been host to almost 2,000 weddings, dedications, and vow renewals. The all-new chapel features modern design by HBG Design (Guest House at Graceland). Maintaining the intimate feel, 75 guests can be hosted at this charming new location.
During Elvis Week 2018, fans and friends are invited to an open house at the new chapel from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on August 16, 2018, when celebratory wedding cake will be served.
Marking the 2,000th wedding at Graceland, the first wedding in the new chapel will be between Julie and Marc, who met three years ago at Elvis Week 2015.
Ccouples who met at Graceland or Elvis Week and would like to take part in a group vow renewal on August 13, 2018 ..Click here to Graceland website for info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2018 Special Guests: EPE is pushing the publicity for Elvis Week with less than one month to go.
This year's Special Guests include ...
August 11 - Lisa Marie Presley new Elvis gospel album "Where No One Stands Alone" special listening party.
August 11 - Ultimate ETA Contest champs Gordon Hendricks, Cody Slaughter and Bill Cherry at 'ELVIS: The Greatest Hits' ETA Show
August 12 - Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield at Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event.
August 13 - Elvis' bass player, Norbert Putnam at Elvis Fan Reunion.
August 14 - Darlene Love live in concert plus she'll be a special guest at the Conversations on Elvis: Co-Stars on August 14.

August 14 - Millie Perkins (Wild in the Country), Michael Dante (Kid Galahad), Ginny Tiu (Girls!Girls!Girls!) Conversations on Elvis: Co-Stars

August 14 - 'The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert' with Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, and Elvis' Imperials, featuring Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor. They will be joined by Jim Murray and Armond Morales and "Cissy" Houston at 'Conversations on Elvis: Gospel' August 15.
August 16 - Steve Binder, writer Allan Blye, guitarist Mike Deasy, music director Billy Goldenberg and dancer Tanya Lemani at 'Conversations on Elvis: '68 Special'
August 17 - Ann Moses "Tiger Beat Magazine"(see Ann Moses EIN interview here), TG Sheppard; Donna Rhodes Morris, Billy Blackwood (Voice), Mark Kogan (Tour promoter) 'Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Connections'.
August 18 - Ronnie Tutt at 'Elvis Week Brunch' plus 'Elvis Live in Concert - with an All Star Band' along with former members of the Stamps Quartet.

To check out the full schedule and for tickets go here to EPE website
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Fan & Collector Show' at Elvis Week: Every year at Elvis Week there are bonus activities not arranged by EPE and some are free!
The 'Elvis Fan & Collector Show' is the longest running continuous Elvis Convention/ Festival/ Event in Memphis.
This year is the 40th continuous Elvis event during August.
There is lots of activity all over the hotel for several days and nights.
Jimmy Velvet will be there along with Ronnie McDowell.
Ace photographer Keith Alverson will be there to sign copies of both of his glorious photo books.
There is a chance to check out a vast amount of Suzanna Leigh (RIP) personal autographed items. Includes movie posters, books and autographed photos from Paradise Hawaiian Style and other film promo photos. "RIP dear friend."
See poster for details

Go here to their facebook page for more

FREE Admission to the Elvis Fan & Collector Show during Aug. 10th thru 14th.

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


See 'The Comeback Special' in Memphis: While there is an opportunity to see “The '68 Comeback Special” at Elvis Week there is also an opportunity for the general public to see it at Malco cinemas.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary Malco Cinemas will show a program dedicated to one of the singer’s most iconic performances next month. The screening is part of a two-day cinema event happening nationally and internationally to celebrate Presley during the annual Elvis Week, marking his death.
Fathom Events and ABG will present “ELVIS 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” at some 500 U.S. movie theaters. The screenings will take place on Aug. 16 and Aug. 20. Theaters in Oxford and Little Rock will have screenings on both dates; the lone Memphis public presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. August 20 at the Malco Paradiso.
As part of the “Elvis 50th Anniversary Comeback Special” event, organizers have confirmed each screening will include “an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from Binder and others influenced by Presley, his music, and this iconic event.”
In a statement, Binder added he hopes “Elvis fans and music lovers everywhere will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the King through a unique yet personal lens captured in this content.”

Click here to MALCO website to book US cinema tickets
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 17 July 2018
Elvis '68 Comeback Special At AUSTRALIAN Cinemas: Great news as the BIG 50th Anniversary celebration of the Elvis '68 Comeback Special hits cinemas worldwide, including Australia announced this week.
Fathom Events, ABG and Event Cinemas are thrilled to bring the Elvis '68 Comeback Special to the big screen in celebration of the special's 50th Anniversary - A special cinema event on August 17 @ 7pm

See the iconic television special starring singer Elvis Presley, that originally aired on December 3, 1968. It marked Elvis Presley's return to live performance and re-launched his singing career.

This anniversary event includes the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC sound-stage with insights from producer Steve Binder and Priscilla Presley.

Showing everywhere, including 22 NSW cinemas, 26 QLD, in WA, ACT, SA and as far as Darwin in the NT.
VIC and Tasmania showings are through Village cinemas
To check locations and BOOK TICKETS
Click here to EVENT Cinemas bookings and for Village Cinemas Click here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
For EIN UK readers you can check out the movie around the country at UK ODEON cinemas - click here

'The Viva Las Vegas Sessions' - biggest FTD preorder!: As expected with the announcement of no second printing Elvis Fan Clubs have now had more pre-orders for the forthcoming 'The Viva Las Vegas Sessions' deluxe 3xCD set than any other FTD release.
This Limited Edition should be out in early August. - If you haven't already pre-ordered it, you best do so asap
EIN recommends both these two UK shops
ElvisTM&HM/NowDigThis
Or The Elvis Shop London.
The ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3CD set includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes!
All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes come in 8”x 8” Session Reel box
See below for full details
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Sony Backs the new 'Heartbreak Hotel' musical: Sony/ATV Music has finally joined up as co-producer and investor in the new Elvis Presley stage musical 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
A prequel to the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet, 'Heartbreak Hotel' recounts the astonishing early life of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll whose pioneering recordings with record producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records unleashed a music revolution and propelled Presley to worldwide fame and adulation.
The new musical is written and directed by Million Dollar Quartet co-creator Floyd Mutrux and is a partnership between Heartbreak King Productions and ABG owner of EPE.
It will premieres in Chicago this week.
The good news is that Sony/ATV has agreed to license more than a dozen Presley songs to the production.
Sony/ATV Music CEO Martin Bandier said: "Elvis Presley is the ultimate music icon who not only totally transformed music but changed the world. I am proud that Sony/ATV is now involved as a co-producer and investor of 'Heartbreak Hotel', which will not only serve as a fantastic reminder to everyone like me who grew up with Elvis just how unique and special he was, but will be a terrific way for a new audience to discover the music and life of The King of Rock 'n' Roll."
This will be a good push to get 'Heartbreak Hotel' as a worldwide touring production in the same way as Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie to tour with Elvis hologram? No!: Once again it only goes to show the media interest in Elvis' legacy as the US National Enquirer (the same mag that published "Abraham Lincoln Was A Woman")  has now published a story that Lisa Marie is planning to head out on a tour featuring her late father Elvis Presley as a hologram.
Supposedly Lisa Marie will "bring the magic of Elvis back to life in a hologram tour featuring herself and Elvis singing duets together of all of Elvis' most popular songs."
The supposed reasons for the tour are that her financial situation is in dire straits and that she is willing to do just about anything to make a living these days, especially since she can no longer count on her mom, Priscilla Presley for money.
The truthful bit is that Lisa Marie has a new duet she has recorded with Elvis adding her voice to a gospel track "Where No One Stands Alone." - The rest of the story was supplied by unnamed "Close Sources"
Ah, you gotta love those tabloids!!!
(News, Source;NE/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 12 July 2018

'Strictly Elvis 1976-77' - at the Printers: The long awaited sequel to Keith Alverson's stunning 'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' "Through the lens of Keith Alverson - Volume 2" is at the printers and will be published this month in time for Elvis Week.

Erik Lorentzen notes that it will be around 450 pages.
Featuring a stunning 1,200 photos from 27 concerts including 1,000 previously unpublished images.

The quality of the photos are stunning.

You can order now and get this free poster.

Keith Alverson's STRICTLY ELVIS VOL 2 1976 - 1977
Europe and rest of the world outside USA:
Send € 125 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no
or visit: www.elvisfiles.no

For US Citizens get direct from Keith Alverson
Send $113,95 (Includes shipping)
To PayPal.Me/alverson52


EIN will be publishing a new interview with Keith Alverson about this book very soon.

 

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'Was Elvis Presley Racist?' Chuck D talks: Much has been made in the past about Public Enemy's Chuck D statement in their song 'Fight The Power' that Elvis was "Straight up racist". EIN has discussed this before however now filmmaker Eugene Jarecki also talks to Chuck D in his new film 'The King'.
“The King” celebrates Elvis as a symbol of the American dream but argues that America is in its late stage Elvis and his period of decline.
Jarecki believes America can save itself, but only by confronting its economic inequality and racism.
When Chuck D agreed to an interview, Jarecki said, he had assumptions about what he might say, based on his lines in “Fight the Power.” But Chuck D surprised him.
Jarecki notes, “I suppose I thought I would get a deep answer. But I could never have imagined the depth of
Chuck D’s thinking on this matter because I had never heard anyone think so deeply on this matter.
The way he thinks about what racism in that lyric means is far from what a superficial glance at the song might lead one to believe. Chuck has developed a way of understanding his outrage, which is a continuing outrage that any of us should feel about the crimes committed against Black America, and yet at the same time there’s an incredible magnanimity he actually has for Elvis as an artist.”
Chuck D shows that you can come at The King, score a hit, and still have the generosity to separate the artist from "the racism" that boosted his career.
Go HERE to EIN's in-depth spotlight - "Elvis was NOT a Racist"
(News, Source;TheWrap/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Tender Side Of Elvis' "Newly re orchestrated" CD: WOW, if you thought the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra overdubs ruined Elvis' marvellous originals, you haven’t heard anything yet!
From the publicity... He was the King of Rock 'n' Roll, but Elvis Presley could also sing a tender love song as well, as he clearly demonstrates on this CD. "The Tender Side of Elvis" culls 30 of this iconic artist's best, most intimate recordings and presents them remixed and/or re-orchestrated for a fresh appeal. The sound quality is exquisite!
It's a unique listening experience (EIN notes - Sure is!). Get this collectible while it lasts!

For EIN this "new" album slaps syrupy, badly arranged strings and overdubs straight over Elvis' original recordings turning them all in to middle-of-the road outdated stinkers!
However if you want Elvis' fabulous blues of "Give Me the Right' transformed to a syrupy mess, then maybe this is for you.
Of course all the songs are "Public Domain". Even Priscilla wouldn’t authorise this!
Click here for samples! Hooly Dooly!
The album is from "Good Music" - they have got to be kidding!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

One Direction's Zayn Malik covers 'Can't Help Falling in Love': One Direction's Zayn Malik has covered Elvis Presley's 'Can't Help Falling in Love'. Zayn continues to surprise fans by putting his spin on classic jams and his version features a photo of Elvis on the cover, and is likely to appear on his second solo album.
Zayn was formerly part of the boyband One Direction, but has since gone on to score a successful solo career.
Elvis first recorded the song in 1961 for his movie Blue Hawaii. It has been covered by many artists since, including a 1993 number one from UB40.
Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love” is almost unrecognizable in this vibey version of the song. By morphing the iconic tune into a more atmospheric track, Zayn has really made it his own.
The unique cover has received mixed reviews from people torn on whether they appreciate the originality or wish it was just a straightforward, sing-along style cover. Either way, the cover is undeniably Zayn.
CLICK HERE to YouTube to listen
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Hail to 'The King,' an Elvis movie with a difference: The debate over the new political Elvis documentary The King continues.
The film opens this week in Memphis and the Commercial Appeal reports...
.. Described as "devastating" (Time), "wildly ambitious" (The New York Times), and "a hunka hunka burning zeitgeist" (National Public Radio), "The King" is unlike any of the dozens of Elvis Presley documentaries, dramas, spoofs and pastiches that have preceded it.
Leading moviegoers on a King's Tour of America from inside a 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V formerly owned by Presley, director Eugene Jarecki ( known for political documentaries) transforms the milestones of the standard rags-to-riches-to-arrhythmia Elvis biography into the tissue samples of a biopsy on a country in decline.

The film suggests that America, like Elvis, has squandered its potential and betrayed the promise of its glorious beginning. As Harlem rapper Immortal Technique tells Jarecki in the film: "If Elvis is your metaphor for America, we're about to O.D."
Jarecki's "The King" is essentially a filmed essay, with musical interludes and commentary provided by guest artists (Emmylou Harris, Chuck D), journalists (Dan Rather) and celebrities (a seemingly irrelevant but quite eloquent Mike Myers), many of whom discuss Elvis and America from the back seat of the large luxury car, purchased at auction for the production. (Entering the Rolls in Nashville, musician John Hiatt breaks into tears, struck by how "trapped" Elvis must have felt.)
Unlike the recent HBO documentary epic, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," the film dives deep into the contentious
issue of "cultural appropriation" and gives a platform to Elvis skeptics and true believers both. Its candor and novelty are refreshing, even if some viewers may be perplexed by a finale that breaks into a frantic rapid-fire montage of post-Elvis images — "Scarface," O.J., 9/11, Barney the dinosaur that seems intended to evoke the nervous breakdown of an electorate that would put a reality television star into the White House.
Jarecki, who is based in New York, said he and his crew shot some 2,600 hours of footage for the film, "and a huge amount of it was in Memphis."
"We took our time in Memphis, it's the epicenter of trade and music between the North and the South. So much comes home to roost in Memphis about the meaning of America."
At one point in the film, Presley biographer Peter Guralnick extravagantly yet convincingly connects Elvis, Herman Melville and the Declaration of Independence. "Elvis is a living metaphor for any picture of America you might want to draw," enthuses Guralnick, suggesting that Elvis embodies the promise of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" that is unique to what a historian in the movie calls "the American experiment."
Said Jarecki: "Elvis is a cautionary tale. If you love him, you don't want what happened to him to happen to us."

Go here for the lengthy article in the Memphis Comm Appeal
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 9 July 2018
Elvis Week 2018 - starts one Month from today!: Elvis Week 2018 runs from August 9-18, ten days celebrating the Music, Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley.
Among the very special guests will be Lisa Marie Presley, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legend and Elvis' '68 Comeback Special performer Darlene Love live in concert, making her first-ever Elvis Week appearance; Gospel and Soul legend and former Elvis back-up singer Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston, also making her first Elvis Week appearance; Elvis' acclaimed drummer from the TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt; and many more.
Highlights of the week's events include a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the legendary '68 Comeback Special, fans can join Lisa Marie Presley for an exclusive launch party for the "Where No One Stands Alone" album on Saturday, August 11, a live concert performance with Elvis on the big screen, a special Lisa Marie Presley autograph opportunity and the Candlelight Vigil held on the evening of August 15.
Other guests include Michael Dante, who co-starred with Elvis in "Kid Galahad"; Former members of The Stamps and Armond Morales, Tanya Lemani George, belly dancer "Little Egypt" Plus army buddies Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield. Click here to EPE Elvis Week 2018 schedule.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis, Beatles Memorabilia at Hard Rock Atlantic City: Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce, the suits the Beatles wore on their first US tour, Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless faded denim jacket and Michael Jackson's famous glove are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino.
There are outfits worn by Lady Gaga, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and shoes from Elton John, Buddy Holly and Gene Simmons of Kiss. Guitars in all shapes, sizes and colors, including ones played by Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Slash, are there, too.
At the front entrance is Elvis' cream-colored Rolls that supposedly was used to pick up the Beatles from the airport in Los Angeles, surrounded by mannequins wearing the similarly hued collarless suits in which the
Beatles used to perform in the early days.
Alongside is a vintage Springsteen stage outfit and a glass display case includes autographs from all four Beatles, sunglasses worn by Roy Orbison. There's a a purple guitar played by Prince, and John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Imagine" on a fading piece of white lined paper.
An upstairs room is devoted to New Jersey artists including Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Debbie Harry of Blondie, as well as Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston.
Still to arrive at the Atlantic City Hard Rock are items including a Hendrix guitar, Frank Sinatra's piano, and the shoe-shine chair that James Brown used as a 12-year-old.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Jim Malloy, RCA recording engineer dies: Jim Malloy, the Nashville recording engineer who worked with Elvis in the late 60s died last Thursday.
Jim Malloy was born in Dixon, Illinois in 1931 and in his career worked with dozens of greats, including Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, Henry Mancini and Mahalia Jackson.
Malloy originally worked alongside Chet Atkins in Nashville but truly began his work with Elvis when Felton Jarvis started as Elvis' producer on his May 1966 'How Great Thou Art' sessions.
The Tennessean reported that Elvis called him the "best engineer anywhere as far as I'm concerned".
Malloy also worked on the 'Guitar Man', 'Clambake' & 'You'll Never Walk Alone' sessions
Malloy won a Grammy in 1964 for engineering Mancini's "Charade" and was nominated for five more Grammys that decade for his work on Presley's "How Great Thou Art," Eddy Arnold's "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me," "Pink Panther" and "The Addams Family Main Theme."
Malloy engineered several records for guitar great Duane Eddy in
Hollywood but moved to Nashville with Chet Atkins in the mid-1960s. In Nashville, he worked with Atkins from January 1965 to November 1968, then went to Monument Records.
In the early 1970s, Malloy produced country singer Sammi Smith's chart-topping "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and started DebDave Music. DebDave songs included Eddie Rabbitt's crossover hits "Drivin' My Life Away," "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Step By Step."
In 1968 it was Al Pachucki who took over as Felton's RCA engineer on Elvis' Nashville sessions
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Kellie Pickler in 'Christmas at Graceland' Movie: Elvis Presley's Graceland will have a starring role in the upcoming Hallmark original movie, "Christmas at Graceland.'
The movie stars country star and 2018 Emmy Award nominee Kellie Pickler, who currently hosts CMT's daytime talk show, "Pickler & Ben."
Pickler stars as Laurel, an executive from Chicago who travels to Memphis with the hopes of purchasing an old family-owned bank. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with her ex-boyfriend, Clay, a local music promoter. Though Laurel tries to focus on her business acquisition, Clay is persuasive and reminds her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom.
"Christmas at Graceland" will film at Graceland beginning today July 9, and it will feature Elvis music.
Country star Kellie Pickler got her start as a contestant on "American Idol." She's topped the charts with hits like "Red High Heels," "Best Days of Your Life," "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" and "I Wonder." She and dancer Derek Hough won the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2013.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN says - Beware of dodgy bootlegs !
'The Alternate "TODAY" 2 LP Bootleg: From the Hepcat label this looks like a dodgy bootleg.
The publicity notes, Elvis' last real studio sessions took place on March 10-13, 1975 and resulted in the Today album.
Now 43 years later Hepcat records releases :
'The Alternate "TODAY" as a deluxe 2 LP set.
Now released and it is a true beauty!
Available in black or blue virgin vinyl in a deluxe gatefold cover.
This is a very limited edition so get it while you can.

This Hepcat album features the "Undubbed Masters" plus various outtakes.
EIN notes that the bootleggers must be really scraping the barrel as this "new" double album is almost identical to FTD's - "TODAY - The Original Session Mixes" VINYL 2-LP Set released back in November 2016.
Even the outtakes are similar takes.
Why not buy the real deal - and with a classier album label that's not pink!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Summer Festival' Bootleg Rip-off: Advertised elsewhere a new Elvis bootleg "Elvis Summer Festival" featured the publicity...
..."A fantastic special Summer Release, this cool looking 6 panel digipack CD contains 18 rare and hard to find outtakes. All tracks are unreleased in this form !
Have yourself a wonderful summer with this excellent collection ! Limited Edition only!!

EIN thinks this is one of the crappiest rip-offs we have seen in quite a while.
The tracklist is - Fountain Of Love (Take 6), For The Millionth & The Last Time (Take 7), Slicin' Sand (Take 10), Sand Castles (Take 1), Riding The Rainbow (Stereo Master), I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (Take 13), Wonderful World (Take 6), Night Rider (Take 5) Island Of Love (Take 8), Take Me To The Fair (Take 7), No More (Take 9), Home Is Where The Heart Is (Take 14), You'll Be Gone ( Take 4), Mexico (Take 6), Where Do You Come From
(Take 13), Rock A Hula Baby (Take 3), Happy Ending (Take 9), What A Wonderful Life (Take 6).
EIN notes that all these tracks are officially released on the FTD label, at least five of them on FTD's 'Elvis For Everyone' in superb audio quality including Fountain Of Love (Tk 6), Slicin' Sand (Tk 10), Happy Ending (Tk 9) and No More (Tk 9)! What a rip-off. Buy the real deal.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 7 July 2018 - - - 2nd News Update - - -
“Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions” New FTD Box-set: FTD is pleased to announce the release of “Elvis: The Viva Las Vegas Sessions”. Out end of July.
This is the ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3CD set which includes more than an hour of previously unreleased false starts, break downs, and complete takes!
All tracks have been recently remixed and mastered from the original 3-track session tapes.
The 8”x 8” slipcase replicates an original Session Reel box.
Until now it was thought only two takes of the marvelous 'I Need Somebody To Lean On' existed in the vaults but now we get the whole session up to movie outtake #19.
The 28 page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia, Ann-Margret bio by the late Stuart Colman and Movie overview by Alan Hanson.
The 3 CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
This release is a strictly LIMITED EDITION. Due to manufacturing costs, there will be no reprint.
DISC 1: SOUNDTRACK
1. Viva Las Vegas 2:27
2. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas 2:57
3. The Lady Loves Me 3:46
4. C’mon Everybody 2:21
5. Today, Tomorrow And Forever 3:28
6. The Climb (planned record version - take 3) 2:44
7. What’d I Say 3:06
8. Santa Lucia 1:15
9. If You Think I Don’t Need You 2:07
10. I Need Somebody To Lean On 3:05
BONUS SONGS
11. Night Life 1:52
12. Do The Vega 2:25
13. You’re The Boss 2:49
FIRST TAKES
14. Viva Las Vegas (take 1) 1:48
15. Yellow Rose Of Texas/ The Eyes Of Texas (take 7) 2:59
16. The Lady Loves Me (takes 1-2) 4:14
17. C’mon Everybody (take 3) 2:48
18. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (takes 1-3, 5 & 4) 5:46
19. What’d I Say (takes 1-2) 4:00
20. Santa Lucia (v.o. take 1) 1:23
21. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 1-2) 3:16
22. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 1-2) 3:30
23. Night Life (take 2) 2:08
24. Do The Vega (take 1) 2:48
25. You’re The Boss (takes 1-3) 3:34
26. Today, Tomorrow And Forever (2012 takes 1-2, duet) 5:45
DISC 2: OUTTAKES
1. Night Life (takes 1 & 3) 4:09
2. Night Life (takes 4-8) 3:11
3. C’mon Everybody (takes 1-2 & 4-5/M) 4:36
4. If You Think I Don’t Need You (takes 3-7) 5:09
5. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 3-5) 3:58
6. I Need Somebody To Lean On (takes 6-8) 4:42
7. Do The Vega (take 2) 2:41
8. Santa Lucia (track, takes 1-2) 1:55
9. Viva Las Vegas (take 2) 2:50
10. The Climb (takes 1-2 & 4-7) 6:43

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


'Strictly Elvis 1976-77' - New Book: The long awaited sequel to Keith Alverson's stunning 'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' "Through the lens of Keith Alverson - Volume 2" will be published next month in time for Elvis Week.
Heading to the printers soon, Erik Lorentzen notes that it will be around 450 pages.
Featuring a stunning 1,200 photos from 27 concerts including 1,000 previously unpublished images.

EIN will be publishing a new interview with Keith Alverson about this book very soon.

 


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


‘The King’ Is a One-of-a-Kind Documentary That Holds Elvis Up to the Haunting Light of Today: EIN realises that Eugene Jarecki's new documentary 'The King' is a real challenge to many Elvis fans. Rather than being a story about "THE KING" it is much more a political dissertation on the state of the USA today - with Elvis' amazing journey being the vehicle to hang the story-line on. Confronting as that may be the documentary is getting plenty of positive media reviews.
Variety this week writes.. Eugene Jarecki's film is a majestic meditation on Elvis and America.
.. It’s always good news when a documentary finds a major audience. There is one new documentary that’s hiding, just a bit, in the shadows, and it’s one that I passionately urge you to see, because it’s a one-of-a-kind movie that leaves a deep and lasting imprint.
“The King,” directed by Eugene Jarecki, is a nonfiction chronicle of the life and career of Elvis Presley, but it’s really a documentary-meditation-essay-rhapsody, one that captures, as almost no film has, what’s happening, right now, to the American spirit.
Elvis, of course, was “the king of rock ‘n’ roll,” but the film’s short and sweet title plays up the way that he was royalty in a grander sense. Remember how in high school English class, you learned that the heroes of classical tragedy, from the Greeks through Shakespeare, were nearly always royal figures because they had to represent the pinnacle of what a human being could be? That’s what made their downfalls defining and devastating. You watch “Hamlet,” and within three-and-a-half hours a prince has descended into the darkness to become a murderer.
So what does that say about the rest of us?
In “The King,” we watch an inky-haired young rebel, who may have been the most handsome man of the 20th century, bring a vibratory erotic-ecstatic energy into the world and in doing so he changes the world overnight. He tilts it on its axis.
The movie takes in Elvis’s rise and fall — or, rather, his multiple falls, which were harder to see when they were happening because they were always tied to (and camouflaged by) his success. Yes, he churned out mediocre fluff movies like pastel sausages, but only because he signed the most lucrative contract in the history of Hollywood. He made a self-parodying joke of himself in Las Vegas, but only because enthralled audiences never stopped lining up to see him. And even that easy-to-ridicule phase — the jewels, the blubber, the karate moves — became so iconic that it spawned a never-ending industry of reverent impersonators. Through all the kitsch and the dross, of course, Elvis never completely stopped making great music.
The Elvis saga is old news, but what’s new — and revelatory — about “The King,” apart from the soulful dazzle of Jarecki’s filmmaking, is that it asks, at every turn, a haunting question: When you take a step back and really look at what happened to Elvis Presley…
What does it say about the rest of us?
It says a tremendous amount. In a way that no film has before it, “The King” captures how Elvis, while he was blazing new trails as an entertainer, was being eaten alive by forces that were actually a rising series of postwar American addictions.
The American experiment was to democratize happiness — or, at least, the pursuit of it. And Elvis Presley acted that out with every sexy-cherubic smile and jolt of his body and crystal-clear tremolo he sang. “The King” lets you hear that. And then it asks: How, in a culture devoted to the pursuit of happiness, with an artist like Elvis as its king, did we begin to lose sight of how to achieve our own happiness? And how can we get that back? “The King” ends with a brilliant montage set to an astonishing piece of footage: Elvis, right at the end, when he’s a pale mess, seated on stage at the piano singing “Unchained Melody.” It’s wrecked, and it’s transcendent. We hear, all at once, what Elvis was, what he became, and what he could have been. To watch “The King” is to feel, about America, that same fusion of memory and loss, devastation and hope.
This is edited - go here if you want to read the full article in Variety
(News, Source;Variety/ElvisInfoNet)

Collingwood ELVIS Festival this Month: The 24th annual Collingwood Elvis Festival is July 27-29 in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
Enjoy live concerts, a storyteller event, ETA performances and, of course, an Ultimate ETA Contest preliminary.

Click here to the Collingwood Elvis website for info and tickets

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Celebrate Elvis Down Under this Month: Australia's VIVA Surfers Paradise is Asia Pacific’s ultimate legends tribute festival, celebrating the life and music of rock legends with a focus on Elvis Presley as the king of rock 'n' roll.
The event runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 July, 2018 and will feature an exciting line-up of entertainment including live tribute shows, classic car displays and the ever-popular ETA Contest.
VIVA Surfers Paradise 2018 is shaping up to be the best one yet!
The top 3 contestants will receive the following prizes:
1st place: $5,000 cash + a place in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis (as part of Elvis Week)
2nd place: $3,000 cash, 3rd place: $1,500 cash
Go here to Elvis Surfer's Paradise website for tickets and info
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 5 July 2018

‘’68 Comeback Special’ hits Denmark Cinemas: Great news that the '68 Comeback on the big screen is also being celebrated in Danish cinemas.
CinemaxX in Denmark will be showing the '68 Comeback on the big screen in the three main cities there. The presentation is by EIN contributor and Elvis tour producer Arjan Deelen.

Dates + ticket info are as follows: Click each link for tickets and information. 
CinemaxX - Copenhagen
August 16th 6:30 PM
August 19th 2:00 PM
 
CinemaxX - Odense
August 16th 6:30 PM
August 18th 2:00 PM
 
CinemaxX - Aarhus
August 16th 6:30 PM
August 19th 2:00 PM

Don't miss Arjan Deelen's last two fascinating articles.
Elvis / Orchestra Copenhagen 2018 Concert Review
'ELVIS: That's The Way It Was & This Is How It Is Today'

(News, Source;AJ/ElvisInfoNet)


'The King' and the decline of the American Dream: The LA Times recently published a lengthy article on the new Eugene Jarecki Elvis documentary 'The King' in US cinemas now.
The article included the following points....
Eugene Jarecki doesn’t do small stories his previous documentaries focussed on the "War On Drugs" and the US prison system. In his latest film, “The King,” which opened Friday in Los Angeles, the system in question is America itself. Jarecki fashions an associative, collage-like narrative about the meteoric rise and perceived decline of the American Dream – told largely via the story of Elvis Presley.
Sitting behind the wheel of Elvis' old Rolls-Royce the filmmaker zigzags the country from Tupelo, Miss., to Hollywood, picking up along the way an assortment of talking heads –
Greil Marcus, Chuck D and Ashton Kutcher are among the eclectic crew – who opine on Presley’s iconic power, the politics of race, and the ravages of neoliberal capitalism.
In conversation, Jarecki remained enthralled by his film’s central metaphor. “Almost every movie I’ve made is passionately focused on the state of the American Dream. Who is more definitive of the American Dream than Elvis Presley?”
Though he sees the film as a “loving portrait” of the singer, Jarecki said that the trailer for “The King” has already provoked a “vitriolic and hateful and angry” response. Presley, of course, has been the subject of countless films and documentaries, most of them more traditional than Jarecki’s, including the three-hour “Elvis Presley: The Searcher".
“We delude ourselves a lot about who we are and what we’re up to. We’ve been doing outrageous things all along, alongside beautiful and majestic things, and Elvis
is all wrapped up in that – the beautiful, the ugly, the extraordinary, the pedestrian.”
But Presley isn’t the whole story. “The King” organizes itself around another bigger-than-life figure, one who lords over all the gaudy excesses of our post-democratic society. He is currently the president of the United States, and though he appears in “The King,” Jarecki would rather not refer to him by name.
Jarecki noted, "Even if Trump hadn’t won “The King” would be relevant today, because no country that is healthy could possibly have come close to ending up with this guy.”
“The King” originally premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival under the title “Promised Land.” In the intervening year, the director re-cut it into “a vastly different film,” and despite the erasure of the patriotic-sounding title, he said it’s a decision born of optimism.
“I’m not in the business of doing an autopsy on the American Dream,” he said. “I’m in the business of promoting healthy democracy, if I can."
Go here to the LA Times for the full article.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lana Del Rey sings "Elvis": Million selling, Gammy nominated Lana Del Rey has unearthed decade-old demo for the new Elvis documentary "The King". (see above)
The singer's 2008 demo 'Elvis' was never officially released until now when Lana Del Rey thought it perfect for Eugene Jarecki's new documentary The King.
Del Rey has noted Elvis as one of her musical influences and looks astonishingly like a young Priscilla at times.
Fans of Lana Del Rey's music will know that she wasn't always called Lana Del Rey and back in 2010 was recording music under her own name Lizzy Grant. Her "Elvis" demo comes from before that in 2008.
In February 2018 Del Rey visited Memphis and took the Elvis Presley tour of Graceland as well as Phillips and Sun Studios. Lana is a big fan of Presley and even references his "one for the money, two for the show" lyrics from 'Blue Suede Shoes' in her track 'Million Dollar Man'.
Regarding her Memphis visit Del Rey posted, "Met lots of new friends and I even got my new (Elvis) license and served us up some coffee at Sun."
Lana Del Rey debut album 'Born To Die' sold 3 million units and celebrated over 300 weeks on the Billboard charts. She is the third woman in history to have a solo record survive that long on the charts after Carole King (Tapestry) and Adele (21).

This weekend Del Rey tweeted a clip of her song "Elvis"
You can check out Del Rey's ELVIS demo on YouTube here
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Actress Liliane Montevecchi Dies aged 85: Liliane Montevecchi, the French-born actress, singer and dancer who played Forty Nina with Elvis in King Creole - singing the song "Banana" - as well as being Tony Award winner died last  Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 85.
Liliane Dina Montevecchi was born in Paris on Oct. 13 1932, taking ballet lessons when she was 9 or so and appearing onstage soon afterward. At 18 joined Les Ballets de Paris, where she became a prima ballerina. After she made her film debut in a small role in "Femmes de Paris" (1953), Hollywood called. She did two 1955 films, "The Glass Slipper" and "Daddy Long Legs," both starring her countrywoman Leslie Caron.
MGM signed her to a seven-year contract, but American movies largely wasted her. Over the next three years, she appeared in an odd assortment of small roles in seven films, including the war drama "The Young Lions" (1958), with Marlon Brando, the Jerry Lewis comedy "The Sad Sack" (1957) and the Elvis Presley movie "King Creole" (1958) as a saucy, skimpily clad club performer in New Orleans.
After a few TV roles in series like "77 Sunset Strip" she returned to dancing, her first love, joining the Folies-Bergère in Las Vegas in 1964 where she stayed for nine years.
Ms. Montevecchi was 50 when she finally won her Tony Award for playing Nina in "Nine" the 1982 Broadway musical drama about a film director's midlife crisis, based on Fellini's film "8½."
Basking in her new Broadway acclaim, she began her cabaret career in 1982 and in her solo shows, she sang in both English and French, exuding confidence and style and nailed the double-entendres for decades.
Ms. Montevecchi who was never married said in a 1982 TV
interview "I'm set in my ways, and I've lived all my life alone. I don't trust people a lot."
Ms. Montevecchi never truly retired from cabaret performances but appeared on stage for the last time in 2016.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Ferris-Wheel has left the foreshore: The ferris-wheel that Elvis rode in his 1964 movie Roustabout has been based in Port Adelaide, Australia since 1999 but has now finally closed because of safety concerns.
The vintage ferris wheel, located in Semaphore, Port Adelaide was ruled by SafeWork engineers to be too old to keep running, leading to its final ride last week.
The ferris wheel featured in the 1964 movie Roustabout, where Elvis appeared working for a struggling carnival.
Former owner Doug Runholm imported the ferris wheel from Hawaii to Semaphore in 1999.
Its current owner, Peter Blum, said old age and seaside conditions had taken their toll on the ride and it could no longer be registered.
“I will dearly miss the old wheel,” Mr Blum said, “It’s a very popular icon of Semaphore.”
Mr Blum has lodged plans with Port Adelaide Enfield Council for a “more modern style ferris wheel”.
“Hopefully within a summer season or two, I will have another one rotating on the coast at Semaphore,” he said.

In a 1999 interview Mr Runholm said he had to import the ferris wheel because they were no longer made in Australia.
“In the movie, Elvis actually rode in carriage number two and the wheel can be seen in the background of other scenes,” he said.


In on-line posts fans noted, "Thank god for that! That Ferris wheel was SO incredibly rusty, I couldn’t believe it was running last summer."
And also there was disappointment noted, "It is very sad that we are losing vintage rides like this because owners don't want to maintain them. It is classic piece of Elvis memorabilia "

 

(News, Source;JGansky/ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 1 July 2018
'They lost their heads! What happened to Washington’s teeth, (Elvis' wart) and other famous body parts' Book Review: Proving that EIN keeps a watch out for ELVIS in nearly every publication we start July 2018 with Susan MacDougall's review of 'They lost their heads! What happened to Washington’s teeth, Einstein’s brain, (Elvis' wart) and other famous body parts' by Carlyn Beccia.
The publicity notes that.. From the kidnapping of Einstein's brain to the horrifying end of Louis XIV's heart, the mysteries surrounding some of history's most famous body parts range from medical to macabre. Carlyn Beccia explores the misadventures of noteworthy body parts through history and springboards to exploring STEM topics such as forensics, DNA testing, brain science, organ donation, and cloning. The engaging tone, wonderfully creepy subject matter, and delightfully detailed art are sure to capture even the most reluctant readers.
So what has this to do with our Hero Elvis?
EIN book reviewer Susan MacDougall explores this weird book aimed at Children to check out whether Elvis will get a fair representation after all these years...
(Book Reviews, Source;Susan MacDougall/ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition Vol 14: The new issue of 'Elvis: The Official Collector's Edition' Volume 14 "The Very Best of the King of Rock & Roll" is out now in good US stores.
.. The Official Elvis Collector's Edition is proud to present The Very Best of the King of Rock & Roll, a one-of-a-kind issue showcasing the best and most iconic moments from the star's life, spanning from the early days of rock & roll to the marquees of Las Vegas blazing his name.

Featuring Priscilla Presley's favorite photos, exclusive images, performance stills, family photos and stories from those who knew him best, it's a fitting tribute to the man who revolutionized entertainment as we know it today: the one, the only, Elvis Presley.
Costs US$ 9.99

Click here to NewsStandsNow-USA website to purchase.

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis and The Memphis Horns -Graceland Blog: You know the Memphis Horns, even if you think you don't. This magical musical duo, made up of saxophonist Andrew Love and trumpeter Wayne Jackson, played on countless hit songs for decades. The pair played on soul, blues, R&B, country and rock 'n' roll hits, always adding that special Memphis sound to each and every recording.
In 1969 The Memphis Horns found themselves working with a host of stars such as Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas and Elvis Presley.
Their magical sound features on a wide range of classic LPs and singles from that era, including Otis Redding's Otis Blue , 'Dock OF The Bay', Eddie Floyd's 'Knock On Wood' and Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man'. The Memphis Horns also played on three of Elvis' hits: "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain."
Go here to Graceland Blog, to learn more about these guys, who provided an incredible sound for so many legendary artists, including the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Wayne Jackson was a good friend of EIN's so please read our exclusive Interview with Wayne Jackson below
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

The Memphis Horns' Wayne Jackson - the EIN in-depth interview; Wayne Jackson has played with all the greats from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond to Elvis Presley. He knew Elvis from an early age, and not only played on some of Elvis' greatest songs including 'Suspicious Minds' but was also a friend & a visitor to Graceland - and he has some great insights into Music and Elvis.

Jackson's distinctive trumpet is recognizable on so many classics such as Otis Redding's 'Dock OF The Bay', Eddie Floyd's 'Knock On Wood' and Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man'.
Wayne has played on over 300 Number 1 records and still is one of the nicest people you could ever meet.

(Source: EIN, October 2006)


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

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

ELVIS 'One Night With You': Melbourne, Australia celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 68’ Comeback Television Special with Mark Andrew as 'Elvis – 50th Anniversary Tour' July 20 – 21 The Palms At Crown, Melbourne.
Elvis One Night With You is coming back to the Palms at Crown this month with Australia’s Best Tribute Mark Andrew reenacting segments of this unforgettable Show. Elvis In Black Leather in his prime, re invented himself in front of a live audience again , the first of many concerts to come.
With a cast of musicians, singers and dancers Mark Andrew has produced a show that even Elvis Presley’s own entourage endorsed.
"I'm very impressed, you do great justice to my Good Friend's Legacy, and I don’t say that very often" Jerry Schilling, Elvis’s closest friend
“I’m really impressed Mark, Elvis would be pleased !” Linda Thompson , Elvis’ long time girlfriend.
‘It was like wathching the ’68 Special” Glenn A Baker.
Hosted by Darren James don’t miss out on this fabulous Show with performances such as, Trouble/Guitar man, Gospel Medley & If I Can Dream- go here to TicketMaster website for tickets
(News, Source;MA/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis Comeback Special" Cinema Event US / Canada Tickets On Sale: Fathom Events, ABG and Cineplex Events are thrilled to bring the Elvis '68 Comeback Special to the big screen in celebration of the special's 50th Anniversary for a special cinema event starting on August 16!
See the iconic television special starring singer Elvis Presley, that originally aired on December 3, 1968.
It marked Elvis Presley's return to live performance and re-launched his singing career.

This 50th anniversary event includes the legendary television special, plus an exclusive look at the making of the special, featuring a walkthrough of the NBC soundstage with insights from producer Steve Binder and Priscilla Presley.

Tickets went on sale June 15, 2018 for the theater showings of "Elvis '68 Comeback Special."
The event is scheduled to be 2 hours long.

It is playing in USA cities as well as some Canada venues

CLICK HERE to Cineplex website to check if it is showing in your city and to book tickets.

Also be sure to check for the event in your local AMC and REGAL theatres as well as it supposed to be playing at over 800 venues.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Comeback Special' New Steve Binder Book:  Elvis Comeback Special director and producer, Steve Binder has partnered with Spencer and Meteor 17 to publish the definitive table top book on Binder's making of the Special and all activities that led up to, were part of and happened, as a result of the landmark television event.
M17 long time art director, Hugh Syme, designed the stunning look and feel of the 279 page collector's item book which includes commentaries, interviews and never before seen memorabilia presented to Binder by both Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker.
Grammy winning book manufacturing organization, Integrated Communications are handling the printing of the book.
To further propel the book, there will be a highly visible launch at Graceland in Memphis, August 2018 during Elvis week there. Binder will conduct a town hall forum and panel, followed by similar events at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and The Paley Center, in both NYC and LA.
Following the book offering, on a special basis to Elvis fan clubs around the world, there will be podcasts about the Special, a one night theater event in over 800 AMC, REGAL & CINEMARK
screens via Fathom Events in the top DMAs in America.
A spoken word version of the book via Amazon's Audible division, narrated by Binder will follow.
Spencer and Steve plan to bring the book to life in a documentary, to be directed by John Scheinfeld in 2019. It will center on the making of the Special and Binder's role as director/producer, teaming up with Elvis in a true buddy story that helped inform the course of pop music history. The doc will highlight Steve's interface on the production process with Elvis and NBC to accomplish an evergreen and lauded result.
Binder has the most unique and informed perspective on how this landmark show was made and the events which transpired during production. Elvis bravely stood up and supported Binder in order to have the Special completed and broadcast. This never before told perspective will be at the heart of our documentary.
Before the Book becomes available to the general public the team will offer the book, DVD of the Special and other never before available items, through Elvis fan clubs around the world followed by a heavily promoted home shopping campaign.
Click here to Meteor 17 for more info. No pricing details as yet.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' gold ring sells for US$44,300 at auction: Elvis Presley's gold lion-head ring, with diamonds for eyes, was sold at UK auction earlier this month for US$44,300.
It was worn by the singer at his home in Graceland in 1972, and was damaged when somebody accidentally trod on it.
Presley's first Las Vegas contract, from 1956, also sold for US$37,000.
They were part of a UK auction of memorabilia at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire. Both were bought by US collectors.
Andrew Aldridge from the auctioneers said, "The prices achieved reflect the importance of their history with regard to the king of rock and roll."
The William Morris Agency contract was for a
two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, in 1956.
It was signed by Presley, who initialled "EP" on the rider for the stage show and shows Elvis was paid $7,500 per week for the Las Vegas shows
Elvis was said to have been attracted to the lion ring as it is "the king of the beasts".
A certificate of authenticity, signed by his friend Jimmy Velvet, explained how the 14-carat gold ring was damaged. It reads: "One night at Graceland, Elvis dropped the ring on the floor and one of his Memphis Mafia members accidentally stepped on it and smashed it. "The ring was never repaired."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' Lockheed Jet up for Sale again: The Lockheed jet once owned by Elvis that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.
The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane with red velvet seats had returned the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000.
A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.
The plane was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley.
It has been privately owned for 36 years and is still sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.
Photos of the plane also show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn.
A previous owner disputed an auction house's claim the king of rock 'n' roll designed its red velvet interior.
Roy McKay told KOB-TV that he designed the interior himself. McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and "kind of looked like a casket."
But the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet. Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said. IronPlanet is accepting online bids for the plane until July 27. - Click here to bid!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis news from earlier last week...

'Strictly Elvis 1976-77' - New Book: The long awaited sequel to Keith Alverson's stunning 'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' "Through the lens of Keith Alverson - Volume 2" will be published next month in time for Elvis Week.
Heading to the printers soon, Erik Lorentzen notes that it will be around 450 pages.
Featuring a stunning 1,200 photos from 27 concerts including 1,000 previously unpublished images.

EIN will be publishing a new interview with Keith Alverson about this book very soon.


Meanwhile 'Strictly Elvis 73-75' Volume 1 is a must-have for any Elvis seventies concert fan.
Go here to check out this amazing book with some stunning photos of Elvis live on stage.

 

 

 

 



(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis 'Last Concert' Plaque to be Rededicated: June 26 1977 was the date Elvis said his final "Adios" to his loving concert fans. In memory a special marker in downtown Indianapolis will be honored once again tomorrow, June 26.
 Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties and the Taking Care of Presley Memorial Benefit Committee will rededicate the Elvis Presley Memorial Plaque, which had been moved for safekeeping during the construction of the 360 Market Square mixed-use development.
The plaque honors Elvis Presley's final concert at Market Square Arena on June 26, 1977. It was originally dedicated at the site of the former arena in 2002 and also includes a time capsule that features various items such as a cassette recording of the final concert.
"Elvis Presley continues to be a significant part of music and our culture, even 40 years since his passing," says Kay Lipps, who co-founded the Taking Care of Presley Memorial Benefit Committee. "I am pleased that the marker is being rededication to commemorate Elvis’ final performance at Market Square Arena and in our city."
Flaherty & Collins developer Vice President Jim Crossin says having the plaque located near the property is exciting because it is "important to honor and acknowledge the history of the site."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Las Vegas 'Neon Museum' Installs Elvis Star: The Las Vegas Neon Museum announces the recent installation of Elvis Presley’s star on its Electric Promenade donor’s walk, which leads from the La Concha visitor’s center to the main Neon Museum Boneyard. The star that was originally part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars was donated to the Neon Museum by the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Fan Club in 2015.
Created as part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in front of the now-demolished Riviera Hotel & Casino, the Elvis star was sponsored by the Viva Las Vegas Club in 2008. The club raised the required $15,000 to fund its induction into the Walk of Stars with donations coming from fans, fan clubs, tribute performers and friends of Elvis from the United States, Europe, Brazil and elsewhere. Installed on Sept. 26, 2008, the star reads: “Elvis Presley – A Legendary Performer, Singer/ Actor/ Humanitarian – Las Vegas.” The star came with official certificates and a plaque, which were given to the Graceland archives in January 2009. The star’s plaque was originally on display inside Graceland’s trophy room.
When the Riviera’s sidewalk portion of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars was dismantled in early 2015, the Viva Las Vegas Club received possession of the Elvis star.
Since this star was slightly damaged, a new star was created and reinstalled along the Walk of Stars. Members decided to donate the original star to a Las Vegas organization that would preserve its history while giving the public an opportunity to see it. They selected the Neon Museum as an ideal location for the star’s reinstallation, and the museum’s board of directors happily accepted the donation. The museum is also home to several retired signs from the Riviera.
“We are grateful for the Viva Las Vegas Club’s support of the Neon Museum’s mission and vision — to collect, preserve and display Las Vegas’ fabulous history for years to come,” said Brenda Bogue, director of development, Neon Museum. “It’s an honor to be able to celebrate Elvis Presley, a global entertainer who also happens to be a beloved Las Vegas icon, on our Electric Promenade.”
Added Susan Lorenz, president, Viva Las Vegas Club, “The mission of our club is to promote the memory and history of Elvis in the Entertainment Capital of the World. As such, we couldn’t have found a better home for his original Las Vegas Walk of Stars granite marker than among the historic Las Vegas signs at the Neon Museum.”
While Elvis’s star provides the focal point of the Neon Museum’s Electric Promenade, a limited number of commemorative paver stones are also available for public purchase. Funds raised from the sale of paver stones go directly toward the museum’s mission of collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting the signs in the museum’s collection. Located just outside the museum’s La Concha visitors center, the Electric Promenade is seen by thousands of visitors each year.
Click here to Neon Museum website for more info - It is well worth visiting.
EIN thanks Susan Lorenz, president, Viva Las Vegas Club for the update
(News, Source:Neon Museum/ Viva Las Vegas Club/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Madonna and her son cover Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’: Superstar Madonna took to Instagram to share a sweet clip of herself singing at home along to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with her son David.
Madonna, 59, played guitar along to the much-loved track, while 12-year-old David accompanied her on the piano while singing backing vocals.
Despite the pair stopping and starting a few times social media users took to the comments section to praise the mother and son duet.
Madonna captioned it “Lisbon Living Room Sessions!”
The cover, a fun living-room jam, at the end has Madonna saying she wants to ‘do it again’.
Previously her brother-in-law, singer songwriter Joe Henry has stated that "Madonna felt the spirit of Elvis Presley pass through her when he died"
Watch Madonna perform the Elvis cover here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla gets 2018 "Most Distinguished Citizen" Award: The AutoZone Liberty Bowl honored Priscilla Presley as its 2018 Most Distinguished Citizen Award Recipient.
In the 60th year, Presley is the first non-sports figure to receive the honor since 2008.
Elvis Presley’s ex-wife is the reason Graceland is open to the public while preserving the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s legacy.
“It’s not only us at Graceland, but it’s for the city, and that’s what I’m really most proud of as well. I think we’ve been able to bring commerce in," said Presley. "We’ve been able to economically help out. Those were never in the plans when we opened up Graceland. Obviously, we were there wondering if we were ever gonna make it out."
Attendees got the chance to mingle before the presentation during a live silent auction and cocktail hour. All the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital..
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

beloved enduring gospel classics (the 1965 Top 5 smash "Crying In The Chapel," "How Great Thou Art," "You'll Never Walk Alone"), praise-filled gospel-rockers (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Saved") and traditional hymns and spirituals ("So High," "Stand By Me," "In The Garden," "Amazing Grace").
Elvis Presley once said, "Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release." It was Elvis'
explosive mix of styles--blues, bluegrass, country, swing, pop--that generated his iconic world-changing rock n' roll, but it was the hymns, spirituals and church music of his childhood, the deep-seated gospel roots that sustained Elvis and his musical vision throughout his life.
Friends and family would often recall hearing Elvis sing gospel tunes at home and to warm up before concerts. "We do two shows a night for five weeks," Presley said in an interview featured in the documentary 'Elvis On Tour' "A lotta times we'll go upstairs and sing until daylight-gospel songs. We grew up with it... It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine."
Lisa Marie states in the album notes, "This was his favorite genre - no question about it. He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive - whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans."
TrackList 1. I've Got Confidence 2. Where No One Stands Alone (with Lisa Marie Presley) 3. Saved 4. Crying In The Chapel 5. So High 6. Stand By Me 7. Bosom Of Abraham 8. How Great Thou Art 9. I, John 10. You'll Never Walk Alone 11. He Touched Me 12. In The Garden 13. He Is My Everything 14. Amazing Grace
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Join Lisa Marie Presley at Elvis Week Album Launch: Fans can join Lisa Marie Presley at Elvis Week for an exclusive launch party for the "Where No One Stands Alone" album on Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 pm at Graceland.
Celebrate this "once in a lifetime" moment with Lisa Marie as we listen to this powerful and emotional duet with her father of the album's title track for the first time.

Lisa Marie, who co-produced the album, will be joined album co-producers Joel Weinshanker and Andy Childs, along with John Jackson (Senior Vice President, A&R, Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment) to discuss the making of this incredible new album celebrating Elvis' love for gospel music.

 

Go here to EPE EW 2018 Schedule book tickets.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Files Magazine Issue 24- Out SOON : Erik Lorentzen has now posted news that the June 2018 issue of his Elvis Files Magazine is at the printers and being posted out.

Issue #24 features articles on...
- Elvis In New York City
- Elvis & Ali People's Champion
- Kid Galahad - Behind The Scenes
- Elvis on TV 1956 - with Milton Berle
 

Subscribe annually for 4 issues by sending €58 by PayPal to: sales@elvisfiles.no

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'My Baby Left Me' new animation: Some Elvis fun for the weekend, a great little animation of Elvis singing 'My Baby Left Me' - one of EIN's favourite numbers!.
Animator Frederico Wladimir (Fred - Cartoonist) notes that "This is my tribute to Elvis in 1956! I made this animation on my own .. It was 6 months of work and a year of much study .. It was done with great affection and respect to Elvis and his band in 1956.  Hope the Elvis fans enjoy it"

EIN's notes the great likeness of the late DJ Fontana keeping the up beat behind The King
Nice work.

Runs 2 minutes.
Click here to YouTube -



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Lisa Marie' Aircraft gets fresh Coat of Paint: EPE have announced that both of Elvis' air-crafts on display in Memphis are being spruced up for Elvis Week 2018.
With all her financial woes one suspects that Lisa Marie herself might like a shiny spruce-up as well.
Elvis' "Flying Graceland," the Lisa Marie jet, is getting ready for summer - and Elvis Week! - with a fresh coat of paint.
The Lisa Marie and Elvis' smaller Lockheed Jetstar, the Hound Dog II, are in the process now of being repainted. The paint job will be completed soon.
Elvis purchased the 1958 Convair 880 in April 1975 and named it Lisa Marie after his daughter. He spent more than $800,000 having the jet remodeled. The customized jet features a living room, conference room, sitting room, and private bedroom, as well as gold-plated seat belts, suede chairs, leather covered tables, 24-karat gold-flecked sinks and more.
The Lockheed Jet Star, customized by Elvis with a yellow and green interior, was primarily used for taking Elvis' manager and his staff from city to city during his concert tours.
Both planes are on permanent display at Graceland.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie claims she is Broke (again): In the on-going court cases with both her former business manager, as well as her ex husband Michael Lockwood, Lisa Marie is again claiming her former business manager squandered her entire share of Elvis‘ $100 million fortune partly due to bad investment in 'American Idol'.
With the Lockwood case, Lisa Marie previously claimed she was $16 million in debt, $10 million of which was back taxes alone.
Perhaps the new Elvis Gospel album of which she is co-producer will help alleviate her financial woes
In new court documents Lisa Marie alleges that Barry Siegel assured her that her finances were in “good shape” while he whittled her $100 million trust down to just $14,000 in poor investments, including a hefty investment in the “American Idol” holding company, which went bankrupt after the show’s initial run ended in April 2016.
In her filing, Presley alleges that Siegel and Provident Financial Management billed her $4.9 million to manage her $100 million trust, amounting to a salary of just over $700,000 per year for Siegel.
“Had Siegel disclosed the trust’s true financial condition to Presley and restricted spending to the trust’s ‘income’ rather than its principal assets, Presley would have lived comfortably on an annual budget of between $1.5 and $2 million per year, after taxes,” the documents claim.
She accuses Siegel of liquidating the trust’s assets after the “Idol” investment failed to generate income in order to accommodate her lifestyle, alleging that he recommended she spend twice her annual post-tax income. That spending reportedly includes a $9 million estate in England with a balloon payment of $6.5 million in 2015 that the trust didn’t cover. She also claims that mortgages on her Hidden Hills, CA and Hawaii homes were worth more than the properties themselves by 2010.
Siegel and Provident Financial Management scoffed at Presley’s allegations, claiming in a countersuit that her money problems are simply due to her own exorbitant spending.
They are seeking $800,000 in damages and argued that because Lisa Marie is going through a difficult time with her divorce from fourth husband Michael Lockwood, she’s pinning her troubles on them.
Michael Lockwood has demanded $40,000 in spousal support from Lisa Marie but a  judge ruled that while she doesn’t yet need to shell out monthly spousal support to the unemployed musician, she would have to pay $50,000 to his attorney towards his court fees.
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

'Where No One Stands Alone' New SONY release: There have been rumours going around about Lisa Marie working with the Elvis/RPO producers and recording a new Elvis / Lisa Marie duet.
This is one of the likely reasons Lisa Marie has such prominence in the 2018 Elvis week celebrations.
'Where No One Stands Alone' - Elvis "new" re-imagined Gospel CD (as first noted by EIN back in 2016!) has now been unofficially announced - and with a release date of August 10th 2018

... "Where No One Stands Alone" celebrates the power and passion of Elvis Presley's gospel recordings. Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Lisa Marie Presley and Andy Childs, "Where No One Stands Alone" introduces newly-recorded instrumentation, rare alternate vocals from Elvis, and backing vocal contributions from music legends who'd performed on-stage and/or in-the-studio with Elvis such as, Darlene Love; Cissy Houston; Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales and Jim Murray of The Imperials; and Bill Baize, Ed Hill, Donnie Sumner and Larry Strickland of The Stamps Quartet.

The album also includes a reimagined duet with Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, on the album's title track and spiritual touchstone.
"Where No One Stands Alone" provides new musical perspectives on 14 of the singer's favorite pieces of gospel music, from the reverential to the celebratory, with song selections including Presley's beloved enduring gospel classics (the 1965 Top 5 smash "Crying In The Chapel," "How Great Thou Art," "You'll Never Walk Alone"), praise-filled gospel-rockers (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Saved") and traditional hymns and spirituals ("So High," "Stand By Me," "In The Garden," "Amazing Grace").
"Since I was two years old," Elvis Presley once said, "all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release." It was Elvis' explosive mix of styles--blues, bluegrass, country, swing, pop--that generated his iconic world-changing rock n' roll, but it was the hymns, spirituals and church music of his childhood, the deep-seated gospel roots that sustained Elvis and his musical vision throughout his life.
"This was his favorite genre - no question about it," says Lisa Marie in her album notes. "He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive - whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans."

Tracklisting: I've Got Confidence, Where No One Stands Alone (with Lisa Marie Presley), Saved, Crying In The Chapel, So High, Stand By Me, Bosom Of Abraham, How Great Thou Art, I, John, You'll Never Walk Alone, He Touched Me, In The Garden, He Is My Everything, Amazing Grace.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet;EWJ) with our special THANKS to Michael.Q

DJ Fontana Obituary and Interview: D.J. Fontana was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931 and originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954. By his early 20s he performed at strip joints and spent enough time around the “Hayride” that he was hired full time. Sun Records Sam Phillips originally assembled Elvis' Blue Moon Boys without a drummer and so it wasn't until the key RCA session of January 10 1956 that DJ Fontana joined the band on studio recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.
EIN presents a spotlight on DJ Fontana along with a new interview “I Tell You What, He Loved Gospel Music” by EIN contributor Thomas Melin.
While DJ Fontana created some of the greatest rock'n'roll drumming ever cut on wax he always stated that he liked to "keep things simple" in a way that complemented not just Elvis, but also his other band-mates.
Go here as EIN pay their respects to the charming DJ Fontana.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

D.J. Fontana Has Died aged 87: EIN has terrible news as DJ Fontana, Elvis' legendary drummer, has died aged 87.
The last of the 'Blue Moon Boys' has now left to join his fellow musicians - the creators of the Rock'n'Roll big-bang.
Dominic Joseph Fontana passed away in his sleep last night.
His son David Fontana, wrote: “My dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight June 13. He was very comfortable with no pain. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers.”
Fontana, who was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931, originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954.
Sun Records Sam Phillips originally assembled Elvis' Blue Moon Boys without a drummer and so it wasn't until the key RCA session of January 10 1956 that DJ Fontana joined the band on recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

(EIN Thanks Scott Wheeler)


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

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

The '68 Special - the Anniversary Celebration: How lucky in life would you be to get to the recording of Elvis' 68 TV Special and also make it to the recent 40th Anniversary screening in L.A? EIN's correspondent Joan Gansky is one of those few very fortunate fans. Joan Gansky not only met Elvis multiple times - but being at the original NBC recording of the 68 Special truly changed her life! Here are her unique recollections of attending the recent 40th Anniversary celebration - as well as her thoughts on being there back in June 1968.

This EIN exclusive features comments by Steve Binder, Priscilla, Bones Howe as well as great close-up photos by Paul Gansky.

Click here for EIN's 2008 full article.

 

(Spotlight, Source;EIN/JoanGansky)


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

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

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

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

(Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

 

This week celebrates our 23,800 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

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

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

 

 

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


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

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

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


UPDATED - EIN review ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset: If your main interest in Elvis is his music then HBO’s ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ will probably become your favourite documentary ever produced about our hero.
The companion 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances and rare outtakes plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including several early singles that inspired Elvis.
Thom Zimny said, "To live with the music of The Searcher over a period of years was more than a privilege. It changed my thinking about the emotional life of songs, both for those who make them and those who listen to them."
While keen Elvis fans may already own all the chosen songs Director Thom Zimny's selection is so eclectic that there is still plenty to enjoy and discover. But does the box-set really work without having seen the film?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley provides an indepth review and investigates how the new box-set works compared with the HBO documentary.... Now updated with YOUR Comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
EIN is interested in what other fans think of this box-set - please Click Here and send us YOUR Thoughts

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


(Book Review) Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Songs (Mark Duffett): Given Elvis recorded around 700 songs during his lifetime, compiling a list of his 100 finest recordings is no mean feat.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently submerged himself in Mark Duffett's latest book and found a wonderfully woven narrative full of intriguing analysis and musical surprises as it counted down to #1 and then offered 100 more.

For lovers of Elvis' music this is an essential read.

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



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

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

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


Dave Hebler Interview with EIN: Dave Hebler is best known to Elvis Presley fans as being part of the Memphis Mafia and Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. As an integral part of Elvis’ personal and professional life, Hebler’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations.
He is also known as a contributor along with Red and Sonny West to the 1977 book ‘Elvis: What Happened’.

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

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



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

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

 

  • (Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Deluxe 3CD Release: The 3-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis’ career as heard in the film including familiar hit recordings, powerful vocal performances
(“That’s All Right,” “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” “Trouble/Guitar Man”) and rare outtakes (“Suspicious Minds,” “Separate Ways”), plus a bonus disc of additional recordings relevant to the film - including singles that inspired Presley (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s original version of “That’s All Right,” Odetta’s gospel version of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow is a Long Time”) and also features two original instrumental pieces composed for the documentary by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. -
3CD Deluxe set priced at around $35 - see updated prices below.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (Original Soundtrack) Deluxe includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producer's note from film director Thom Zimny.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis Mansion, Graceland Randers Vej,
Randers SØ,
Denmark

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

 

 

 

 

(News, Source;TonyS/ElvisInfoNet)



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

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

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'

Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



FTD will NOT end in 2019:  A fair number of uninformed supposed Elvis "insiders" (even some Fan Club Presidents) have been publishing fictional stories that the FTD label is planning to close in 2019.
Ernst Jorgensen had strongly denied this story stating, that FTD has plans to continue for the foreseeable future.
In an interesting interview about 'The Future of FTD' - with Trevor Cajiao in the recent ETM&HM magazine - Ernst Jorgensen's main points were....
1. FTD will not be closing in 2019
2. The 'Classic Albums" series is nearly complete but there are more to come, noting 'Aloha' and 'Madison Square Garden' are still to be done.
3. Expanded "complete session tapes" releases are being considered
4. Plenty more soundboards to come
To read the complete story including answers about FTD deletions and other future ideas please read the December issue of ETM&HM.
For what's left for FTD check out our detailed listing
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)



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

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

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

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



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


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


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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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


 

More new Elvis Vinyl!

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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



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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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


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

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

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

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

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