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Coming soon to EIN ...
- 'The Comeback: Elvis And The Story Of The 68 Special' (Simon Goddard) Book Review
- Bud Glass - interview - what's new in his Elvis World.
Monday 24 September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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


Appeals court settles dispute over Elvis’ guitar: The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has  affirmed judgment in favor of the National Music Museum: America's Shrine to Music, in a dispute over who owns the guitar Elvis Presley played during his final tour in 1977. 

Memorabilia collector Larry Moss had counter-sued his once friend, memorabilia broker and blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson for ownership of the Martin D-35 guitar that Elvis played during a show in St. Petersburg, Fla. Elvis had dropped the guitar during his performance and gave the damaged piece to an audience member, and Johnson purchased it in 2007.

Moss had claimed that Johnson reneged on a deal in 2009 that involved the purchase of four guitars for $120,000 in two separate transactions. In 2010, Johnson proposed that the two enter a partnership over the Martin D-35, but Moss refused, saying he got "screwed" on the four-guitar transaction.
However, the appeals court noted that "Moss did not ask Johnson to deliver the guitar, he did not enforce the contract, and he did not tender the $50,000 that was due on delivery of the Martin D-35 and Sonny Burgess guitars."
Johnson donated the Martin D-35 in 2013, after which Moss emailed the museum claiming that he was the rightful owner.
According to the Sept. 14 appeals court decision, Johnson sued Moss in chancery court in Shelby County, Tenn., alleging libel and defamation. Moss's counter suit alleged that he was "ready, willing and able to consummate" the second half of the purchase agreement in 2009.

In January 2015, the Tennessee court ruled for Moss, but a South Dakota federal court ruled in favor of the museum in its declaratory judgment action.
"We conclude that the Museum is not bound by the Tennessee judgment and that the federal district court properly reached the merits of the present case," the ruling states.
(News, Source: Sam Knef, St. Louis Record)


Saturday 22 September 2018
‘Where No One Stands Alone’ In-Depth Review: It is forty years since Elvis Presley entered a recording studio and he seems very reluctant to record anything new. So in terms of releasing a "new" album of Elvis material the topic has always been a tricky one. After commercial failure of the last Elvis / RPO album that concept has been dropped in favour of an Andy Childs led “Re-Vamp” of some Elvis Gospel.
Recorded over fifty years ago there is no doubt that some of Elvis’ Gospel songs might benefit from some sensitive modern production. And, after all, there is an interesting selection of tracks to work with. Not only that, but Lisa Marie was also involved in the recording.
So can a new ‘Re-Vamp’ of Elvis Gospel really work and can we recommend it to Elvis collectors?
Click here as EIN's Piers Beagley and Bryan Gruszka are back again to cause "Double-trouble" and supply a very detailed review, discovering what's good and bad...
And HAVE YOUR SAY - what do you think of the new album? Are we wrong in our opinions?
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

Click here to Record Collector for more info

In all good newsagents.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' Import Box-set: Recently announced was a 7-CD set containing all Elvis' material from his "On Stage' recordings.
The publicity notes.. A beautiful 7 CD deluxe boxset 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' Elvis On Stage' fully packed with awesome multitrack recordings from:
JAN 26 1970 - opening show, FEB 15, 1970 -- midnight show, FEB 16, 1970 - dinner show, FEB 16, 1970- midnight show, FEB 17, 1970 - dinner show, FEB 17, 1970 - midnight show
FEB 18, 1970 - dinner show, FEB 18, 1970 - midnight show, FEB 19, 1970 - dinner show, FEB 19, 1970 - midnight show, FEB 23, 1970 - closing show, PLUS many Bonus Tracks.
These recordings were made for the 1970 'ON STAGE" album release.
This is Elvis at his best! - 7 CDS + full color booklet.
EIN notes - The set features nothing new gathering all its material from official releases as well as previous bootlegs such as 'Elvis Rebooked'. The bootleggers are struggling to make a buck. Checking the tracklist they have taken the recent FTD 'OFF STAGE' release and re-sequenced it to the two correct concerts.
Other material is such as FTD's 'Polk Salad Annie' Feb 15th show.
It all combines to makes 7CDs, albeit the two 16th & 17th shows being only the 6 / 7 songs released by FTD so are super short.
I guess it is comparatively cheaper than buying every release individually but then again, nothing new and no nice booklets photos. Fans should support official releases.
EIN's good friend Keith Flynn's fabulous Elvis Sessions website shows where everything comes from.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Three new Straight Arrow CD releases:
'Rumble In Rhode Island' - Out first "Rumble In Rhode Island: Musical Chairs at The King's Lair". This is Straight Arrow's very first release from Elvis' June/July 1974 tour and the Providence concert is easily one of the best of the tour!
The Providence, June 22nd, 1974 3pm is a completely new show, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form! Our CD is taken directly from an original audience recorded mastertape source. It was recorded by the same guy who taped those other Providence concerts on June 26, 1976 (afternoon) and the May 23rd, 1977 shows. The sound quality is very good for an off-line recording in a big auditorium. Highlights include a pounding 'Big Boss Man', and a truly dynamite 'Trying To Get To You'. 'Help Me' is sung with great warmth and sincerity.
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak.
See 'All The CD News 2018' for full details
'My Wish Came True': It was the 1st tour of 1977 and in spite of his unhealthy look, Elvis was in solid voice - especially near the end of the tour. February 20 1977 is one of best shows of the tour and was the first time that Elvis attempted his recent single "Moody Blue".
Our release has been taken directly from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape, as recorded by Claude Baker (aka Crazy Canuck), who passed away in September 2016. Claude attended, and recorded, all of Elvis' shows during the February tour of 1977.
Portions of the Charlotte concert were previously released from a soundboard tape on the official 'Follow That Dream' label, but this show has never been available on CD in its entirety before. Note: This is the very last audience-recorded show from the February 1977 tour that is still unreleased. The sound quality is very good. There are highlights a-plenty, including a soulful 'You Gave Me A Mountain', strong versions of 'My Way' and 'How Great Thou Art', and a truly gorgeous 'Unchained Melody'.
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak
'There's A Sweet Spirit In This Place' - A new special find. But just weeks ago we were suddenly able to obtain this very interesting recording in excellent sound - and complete. We are aware of the fact that there is a so-called May 4th, 1976 D/S in circulation, but it presents only half of the show in average sound. It was even spliced with about 30 minutes of May 2nd, 1976 D/S! What we are releasing now is the real McCoy, folks!
So now for the first time ever - in excellent audience recorded sound, and complete from beginning to the end! The show is a true delight - Elvis is in a relaxed mood, singing remarkably well... Best show & best sound of the season!
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with a collection of photos taken in Lake Tahoe, May 1976 as well as an original pre-season promotional article.
See 'All The CD News 2018' for full details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Wednesday 19 September 2018

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

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

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

 

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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


"Graceland On the Line" #1 on Indie Charts: Australian music legend, Marty Rhone, recorded a great tribute to Elvis to mark the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death, Graceland On the Line.

The poignant ballad about lost love subsequently garnered significant airplay in the US and Australia and hit #1 on the Indie Singles charts. It is well worth a listen.

Rhone is best known in his home country for the disco era hits, Denim and Lace and Mean Pair of Jeans. An interesting piece of trivia, in the late 1980s he was also the business manager for Australian boxing champions, Dean, Guy and Troy Waters. - Watch the official music video for Graceland on the Line (News; Source;EIN)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .

 

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

 

an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson

 



Sunday 16 September 2018
'50th Anniversary NBC Special Box-Set BluRay': It has been rumoured for a while - and still hasn't been confirmed officially - however Elvis World Japan has now published a possible cover and some details.
Fans are also saying that SONY confirmed this box-set at Elvis Week, though EIN has yet to see the proof.
If a commemorative box-set really is coming out this year then why wasn't it flagged at every possible opportunity at Elvis Week?
Details posted by EWJ.
Sony will a release a 5-CD/2-Blu-ray box set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 TV Special in November 2018.
- Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll"
- The original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream"
- 5CD / 2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program
(News, Source:ElvisWJapan/ElvisInfoNet)

Shreveport photographer Jack Barham dies: He may not be a household name but Shreveport photographer Jack Barham documented some of Elvis' most important moments as he headed for stardom.
Jack Barham, chief photographer for the Shreveport Journal died Friday aged 92.
Barham, a World War II combat photographer, worked for the Journal from three days after he came home from the the Second World War until March 1991 when it closed.
In addition to his World War II photography, Barham’s photography took him to 20 foreign countries.
Often, Barham became personal friends with celebrities after photographing them, and those friendships lasted throughout their lives.
When a young singer named Elvis Presley made several appearances on KWKH’s popular radio show, The Louisiana Hayride, Barham was there to photograph him.
The two became friends, and Jack often would tell stories of the young Elvis to young reporters as he developed photos in his lab at the back of the Shreveport Journal newsroom.
Barham also photographed and became friends with Bob Hope and John Wayne during their visits to Shreveport.
When Wayne filmed the Civil War movie, The Horse Soldiers in 1959, he asked Barham to take the publicity shots.
Barham’s photographs often appeared in newspapers across around the world through the Associated Press and have also shown up in National Geographic and Encyclopedias.
He’s been recognized by the AP Managing Editors Association, the state of Louisiana, and won photography awards in competitions throughout the years.
Barham donated 30,000 photographs to Noel Memorial Library at LSU-Shreveport, so his work will live on for generations to come.
Even if you don't know his name Elvis fans will certainly know his work
(News, Source:ShreveportNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 13 September 2018
New Elvis Home Recordings Discovered: EIN is stunned that another tape has been discovered from Elvis' Home Recordings in Bad Nauheim, Germany late 1958.
HUGE THANKS to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal who has obtained the tape which features Elvis singing at home with Red West, Rex Mansfield, Charlie Hodge and Lamar Fike. Previous songs from the same session have been released such as Earth Angel, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, There's No Tomorrow, and The Fool.
However this second tape features some fabulous incredible performances of 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand In Mine', a very different arrangement of  'Stand By Me' even an amazing home-recording of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' all being performed at home before Elvis recorded them professionally. For full tracklist see my good friend Keith Flynn Sessions website here
EIN gives its greatest thanks to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal for the discovery.
Go to the excellent and friendly Elvis PHOENIX FORUM for all the discussion & download them for free
(See earlier details below)
Elvis Home-Recording New Bootlegs: From the moment that the new Elvis Home-Recording tapes were discovered and offered for free, EIN could hear the bootleggers' computers whirring into life creating "New" bootlegs CD covers.
It was all so inevitable and a little sad - signs of desperation if anything.
At least THREE bootlegs were announced in the following 24 hours and all sadly opportunistic and basically rip-offs.
What did the wily Col Parker say back in the fifties, "How much does it cost if it is FREE!"
Fans can download these fabulous three hours of Elvis jamming at home in Germany for FREE. (click here to the highly recommended Phoenix Elvis Forum)
Please see the tracklists at my good friend Keith Flynn website here.
Any bootlegger rushing out these newly found recordings have obviously done no quality audio remastering work.
Hopefully FTD / Ernst Jørgensen will find a right place to officially release them - possibly CD2 of the future Classic Album 'For LP Fans Only'

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

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

James Burton Christmas Elvis Concert: From Leadbelly in the early 1900's Shreveport's best known son has to still be is legendary rock guitarist James Burton.
Burton is best known for his time playing with Elvis but also with Ricky Nelson's band and his list of accomplishments are too many to name.
The James Burton International Guitar Festival made a huge holiday announcement, they will be putting on a special Christmas concert at Margaritaville in December.
"The James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis" show will take place at the Paradise Theater on Saturday December 8th.
Not only will James be on hand to play, but Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations, who toured with Elvis from 1969 until his death in 1977, will preforming as well.
Plus James Burton is teasing about other special guests.
The super group will be performing a Christmas set of some of Elvis' favorite songs plus some classics from the iconic singer as well.
Tickets are $30 each for general admission, and $100 each for VIP featuring a Q&A session with Elvis’ close friends, James Burton, Estelle Brown and Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and Linda Thompson’s brother.
Hear personal stories regarding Elvis and have a chance to ask YOUR questions to the panel.
Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14, 2018, at 10 AM.
For Ticket and info go here to the Margaritaville website.
(News, Source;JB/ElvisInfoNet)

Jerry Lee Lewis and Mick Jagger at Sun Studios: Posted yesterday was a photo of the great Jerry Lee Lewis along with Mick Jagger and author Peter Guralnick outside the legendary Sun Studios.
Back in 2013 we reported that director Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland) was on board to direct the Elvis Presley biopic “Last Train to Memphis” based on the Peter Guralnick biography however the movie has been in development ever since.
The film would chronicle Elvis' early years and his transformation from a high school kid to an overnight sensation credited with ushering in a radical new era in music.
Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman were announced as produces through their Jagged Films banner. John Fusco was adapting the script.
Since then Jagger produced the sensational biopic about James Brown along with a documentary DVD follow up.
Let's hope this shows that more 'A Little More Action' is happening.
Baz Lurhman has also announced that HIS movie about Elvis is now in production. (see news below)
(News, Source;BS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

Tuesday 11 September 2018
New Elvis Home Recordings Discovered: EIN is stunned that another tape has been discovered from Elvis' Home Recordings in Bad Nauheim, Germany late 1958.
HUGE THANKS to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal who has obtained the tape which features Elvis singing at home with Red West, Rex Mansfield, Charlie Hodge and Lamar Fike.
Previous songs from the same session have been released such as Earth Angel, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, There's No Tomorrow, and The Fool.
However this second tape features some fabulous incredible performances of 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand In Mine', a very different arrangement of  'Stand By Me' even an amazing home-recording of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' all being performed at home before Elvis recorded them professionally.
In the soliloquy Elvis sings different lyrics, "The stage is bare, I'm standing there, in the part of a broken heart, And if you won't come back to be they will bring the curtain down"
The audio quality is (mostly) excellent and this is certainly a far more important find than the recent Gladys Presley singing 'Home Sweet Home'. These unreleased songs would have been GOLD had they been used in 'The Searcher'.
For full tracklist see my good friend Keith Flynn Sessions website here
EIN gives its greatest thanks to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal for the discovery. And congratulations from all Elvis fans. Now it is up to Ernst Jørgensen to find a good place for a release. 'For LP Fans Only' Classic Album extra disc perhaps.
Go to the excellent and friendly Elvis PHOENIX FORUM for all the discussion & download them for free
(News, Source:Phoenix/ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 9 September 2018

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

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

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

Elvis' 1960s Mobile-Home Sold for US$67,000: Late last month Elvis and Priscilla's iconic 1960s Delta mobile home hit the block in GWS "Legends: Iconic Film & Music Memorabilia Auction" and sold for more than $67,000!
A man named Max Wiggins from Kemah, TX paid $67,650 — though he said he "would have paid any price for it because it belonged to Elvis" — for the 60 feet long and 12 feet wide mobile home once owned by Elvis and Priscilla. The two bedroom abode had been recently restored to the condition the couple left it in, which included a lavish gold sink and bathtub.
The late King of Rock and Roll and his then wife previously used the mobile home as a vacation getaway and placed it on the 163-acre grounds of their famous Circle G Ranch, which is located 10 miles south of Graceland where they spent part of their honeymoon there after tying the knot in May 1967.
Since it is thought that Elvis spent many of his happiest years at Circle G Ranch and in his Delta mobile home, buyer Wiggins now plans to return the house trailer to Mississippi so fans can enjoy it. He also hopes to turn it into an Elvis exhibit and possibly make it available for fans to rent for special occasions.
The original paperwork from the property's purchase, was included.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Queen / Adam Lambert cover Elvis: Queen with Adam Lambert kicked off their 3 week Las Vegas residency cleverly including Elvis' Heartbreak Hotel in their set-list.
Adam Lambert has always noted his appreciation of The King and in 2010 was heavily involved in American Idol's "Elvis" night.
Queens' new Las Vegas killer set-list included a projection of the late Freddie Mercury
Queen and Adam Lambert kicked off their three-week Las Vegas residency with a setlist packed with classics from throughout the band’s career, and a cover of Elvis Presley.
Titled ‘Crown Jewels’ the show opened appropriately enough with an image of an imposing metal vault bearing Queen’s insignia revealing the band who launched their way into a fast version of ‘We Will Rock You’.
Of Lambert singing 'Heartbreak Hotel' Priscilla Presley commented, “First and foremost Lambert's very talented,” “He's a full-fledged entertainer and he isn't afraid to take risks. He's a showman from the inside and out. Yes, Elvis would have liked him." - Click here to see the clip on YouTube
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Summer Festival – Spliced Takes' New Import CD: The STAR label announces a new release, 'Elvis Summer Festival – Spliced Takes' . Another great album in this fine series, containing some very rare tracks from the “That’s the Way It Is” era... This time some amazing splices were made from some of the rehearsals for the actual movie, since they were for rehearsal purposes the actual listening pleasure is missing in some way, because of the many breaks and repeating parts... until now..... Next to the rehearsals, excellent studio splices are also included as well as a great live version of “Just Pretend” with reprise!
Fans of the series know what to expect, and will not be disappointed in this new release!
Includes different versions of I Just Can’t Help Believing, Twenty Days and Twenty Nights, How the Web Was Woven, Patch It Up, Mary in the Morning, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ etc. – July 24, rehearsal (funny version)
See 'All The CD News 2018' for full details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 6 September 2018
'The Comeback: Elvis And The Story Of The 68 Special' New Book: Out today yet another new book about Elvis' stunning 68 resurrection, 'The Comeback: Elvis And The Story Of The 68 Special' by Simon Goddard - "possibly the most original Elvis book ever written". "A Technicolor drama with scripted dialogue ... a picture, not a lecture."
The publicity notes.. 1968. A year of riots, revolution and world-changing Rock'n'roll. Except for Elvis Presley. The King of the Fifties had become the Clown of the Sixties, churning out bad music in dismal films, a humiliating spectre of his former glory. In the words of the hip young director assigned to his first TV special, Elvis' reputation was "in the toilet." However the same director, Steve Binder, was now about to save it. Together they would embark on the biggest creative fight of Elvis' life. Overcoming insecurity, paranoia, a failing marriage, network censors, drugs, the over-protective Memphis Mafia, the sabotaging whims of manager Colonel Tom Parker and the heat exhaustion of his soon-to-be iconic black leather suit, with his '68 TV Special Elvis gave the defining performance of his career. He never sang harder, rocked wilder or blazed sexier. This was Elvis, The Resurrection.
Hardcover: 256 pages, from Omnibus Press
First review has noted, "Brilliantly written against the backdrop of the Kennedy assassinations, Martin Luther King, The Watts Race Riots and Presley's extremely complicated love life, the book tells how he eventually wrested back control of his career from The Colonel to triumph again."
EIN Nigel notes "Far from everyone’s 'cup of tea' but a whirlwind ride." - Our full EIN review will be posted soon.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Where No One Stands Alone' Down the Charts: Elvis' "new" album in multiple formats has sadly dropped down the charts worldwide on its third week of release.

In the UK - 'Where No One Stands Alone'
#29 (last week #28 on UK Official Album Chart
It drops off the UK Vinyl Album Chart

On the Scottish Album charts it is up again to #17 - its highest Scottish chart placing was at #6

In Australia it is down to #42 (last week #34) on the official Aria Album Charts

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


Fit for the king: Elvis' Fashion Legacy: There has been a recent spike in media interest in our hero, due to both The Searcher as well as the off-beat movie 'The King'.
UK's Guardian recently featured an article "Fit for the king: Elvis Presley's fashion legacy"
... As a new film, The King, explores Elvis's cultural impact on the US, we take a look at his style highlights, and continued influence.
Only six key images feature however they do include some interesting comments.
Looking at Elvis in 1956 they comment...
"Before he was a symbol for American excess - all slick quiff and skintight jumpsuits in Vegas - Elvis Presley could be found in more laid-back, rockabilly attire. Among the singer's early go-tos were Cuban collars and penny loafers, Americana staples that have endured and evolved via New England prep (such as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren) and Riviera charm (think Call Me By Your Name)"
Of his ALOHA get up, "Although gaudy and maximalist in the 70s, Elvis' style remained influential, with his signature studded jumpsuits undoubtedly inspiring the likes of Michael Jackson, Elton John and David Bowie"

Click here to The Guardian for the pictures and story


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Sunday 2 September 2018

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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's full review

(Book Reviews, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

'Where No One Stands Alone' Down the Charts: Elvis' "new" album in multiple formats has sadly dropped down the charts worldwide on its second week of release.
For US fans it is disaster to see it drop on the Billboard Top Album charts to #155 after entering last week at #22.
It is still however #1 on the Billboard Christian Album Chart

In the UK - 'Where No One Stands Alone'
#28 (last week #9) on UK Official Album Chart
#11 on UK Physical Album charts (ie CD)
#25 on UK Vinyl Album Chart

In Australia it is down to to #34 (last week #15) on the official Aria Album Charts

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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



ETM&HM Issue 121: EIN's favourite music magazine, Elvis: The Man And His Music September issue #121 is out now.

Articles include...
- The Pied Piper Enigma - Separating Fact From Fiction
"EMM sorts the facts from the bullshit regarding the enigma that is 'The Pied Piper Of Cleveland'"
- D.J. Fontana Tribute
- The Story Behind That 'Searcher' Footage
- The Giles Files - The RCA Magnetic Tape Cartridge
- The 1974 TV Special That Never Was
- Elvis In Person
- CD & Book Reviews
- Readers' Letters

Click here to NowDigThis to subscribe

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis becomes the voice of UK's Poundland for a month: Shoppers at UK's Poundland supermarket may be "all shook up" when their self-checkout machine starts talking to them in the voice of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The Black Country-based budget store chain has installed the voice of Elvis on all the checkouts at more than 400 stores nationwide.
EIN - says 'Watch-Out' when EPE discovers a supermarket is using Elvis' voice to increase sales! It may be one pound but EPE will still want 10%!
To mark the national roll-out the company turned its Kings Heath store in Birmingham into Graceland for a day, complete with Elvis impersonators and lookalikes rocking up in their Blue Suede Shoes and donning the diamanté for the event.
The chosen stores will now have Elvis voiced self-checkouts offering more than A Little Less Conversation, as they begin to surprise shoppers expecting to hear the standard till point instructions from

now until the end of September.
Poundland’s UK & Ireland managing director Barry Williams said: “It was Always on My Mind to bring Elvis to Poundland. We are excited to see the reaction in store. Elvis’ voice is instantly recognisable, and we hope Poundland’s playful humour is too.”
(News, Source:SimonPenfold,expressandstar.com/ElvisInfoNet)


'Unedited Masters - Life' New Import CD: After a short break VENUS PRODUCTIONS continues their very successful series Unedited Masters Once again, we managed to present you unreleased-/ unedited-/ alternate tracks. All tracks are digitally transferred from the original studio tapes to guarantee you the best possible sound you’ll ever gonna get. Highlight of this release are, without a doubt, the unreleased takes of LIFE. Get ready for some great surprises!
EIN notes that if the song 'LIFE' outtake is a highlight then the bootleggers are surely scraping the bottom of the barrel!
Tracklist: Mary In The Morning* alternate mix (Take 4) - I Really Don’t Want To Know* alternate mix (Take 4) - I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water** Complete master, overdubbed (Take 1) – LIFE* unreleased (Take 17) - 20 Days And 20 Nights Take 6,7*,8 - Stranger In The Crowd Take 1 & 7* - Funny How Time Slips Away* alternate mix (Take 1) – Little Cabin On The Hill* longer / from better source (Take 1) – Rags To Riches from better source (Take 2) – Just Pretend from better source (Take 1,2) – The Sound Of Your Cry from better source (Take 4,5,6) – I’ll Never Know from better source (Take 4) – Tomorrow Never Comes from better source (Master) – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On
from better source (Take 2) - Life* masturbator version (Take 18,19) - Power Of My Love* Master no overdubs (Take 7) - My Little Friend* Vocal overdub of January 16 - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road* Master different mix (Take 11) - Power Of My Love Master alternate mix (Master) * Unreleased ** Officially unreleased
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Perfect 1' New Import CD: The publicity states.. We’d like to present to you a collection containing Elvis’ first takes, recorded throughout the 60's and 70's. We at Gladyson consider these first takes to be on par and sometimes even better than the master recordings. Elvis in the studio did some magnificent first takes, but as sessions tend to go, the songs keep evolving, and everything gets perfected, but some of the magic seems to dissapear with each passing take. We have chosen the best first takes and collected them in this 40 track, 6 panel digi-pack. We have left some dialogue in where fitting, and are pleased with the results. ALL TAKE 1.
Disc 1: 1. Such A Night 2. Make Me Know It 3. Fever 4. I Met Her Today 5. I Believe In The Man In The Sky 6. Joshua Fit The Battle 7. Lonely Man (Solo) 8. Forget Me Never 9. In My Way 10. In Your Arms 11. Anything That's Part Of You 12. Please Don't Drag That String Around 13. Memphis, Tennessee (1963 Version) 14. Down In The Alley 15. You'll Never Walk Alone 16. Wonderful World 17. It Hurts Me (1968 Version) 18. If I Can Dream 19. Without Love 20. Power Of My Love
Disc 2: 1. Cindy, Cindy 2. Bridge Over Troubled Water 3. How The Web Was Woven 4. Heart Of Rome 5. Snowbird 6. Where Did They Go Lord 7. Miracle Of The Rosary 8. I've Got Confidence 9. Put Your Hand In The Hand 10. He Is My Everything 11. Fool 12. Girl Of Mine 13. I Miss You 14. I've Got A Feelin' 15. My Boy 16. Loving Arms 17. And I Love You So 18. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 19. It's Easy For You 20. Moody Blue
Back in 2003 EIN published an article called "'The First Cut Is The Deepest' Elvis on the Creative Edge'" about the importance of Elvis' first takes. The article was later published by the magazine ETM&HM.
Soon after that FTD started featuring 'The First Takes' on their classic Album Series
The subject is indeed an interesting one, however no collector surely needs to buy a bootleg of what they can compile themselves!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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


(News, Source;Broadway World/ElvisInfoNet)


Diana Goodman recalls passionate love affair: Promoting her new book, Elvis' girlfriend in 1975 Diana Goodman has been publicising her story.
Diana Goodman, the Southern belle who became Miss Georgia USA and would later appear in the popular variety show “Hee Haw,” revealed how her life forever changed in the new book “Hollywood Lights, Nashville Nights."
Before Goodman made her mark on TV she was involved in a passionate affair with Elvis Presley that ended in heartbreak.
The then-25-year-old first met Elvis shortly after she became Miss Georgia in 1975 and was visiting Memphis on a media trip for the pageant.
In the book, Goodman candidly described how she was easily captivated by the rock ’n’ roll icon. And while Presley couldn’t resist the blonde beauty from the Deep South, he had specific requirements for his special lady.
“I like long hair,” Elvis allegedly told Goodman. “I like long nails too. But you know what I don’t like? Jeans. You see, growing up, we were real poor and the only kind of clothes my mama and daddy could afford to buy me were dungarees, so blue jeans remind me of that, and I don’t like thinking about being poor, so I’d rather see you in something else when we’re together.”
Goodman insisted Presley was an unforgettable lover.
“… I’d never felt safer than right there, with Elvis holding me while I trembled like a virgin bride on her honeymoon,” she wrote. “… He kissed me like he wanted to eat me up, and made love to me like he could never get his fill.”
And while Elvis was “a creature of the night," his days away from the stage were surprisingly ordinary, involving pancakes with along with a generous serving of “The Price is Right.”
The relationship ultimately came to an end after the singer planned on sending Goodman back home temporarily while he focused on his non-stop schedule without distractions.
Still, Elvis allegedly checked in on Goodman while he was away.
But Elvis ultimately moved on to a new girlfriend, 20-year-old Ginger Alden, who later became his fiancée.
"Elvis was so larger than life, He was hard to put together. The superman and the reality of him as a human being. Although she knew he was probably killing himself with the unhealthy life he lived… there was something supernatural about him. So you certainly didn’t expect death.”
Goodman claimed there was no sense of closure.
Click here to Fox News for the full article
(News, Source;FoxNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Collingwood Elvis Festival To End?: Could the 25th year be the last for the Canadian Collingwood Elvis Festival? Will Elvis be leaving the building next year?
Collingwood’s draft parks, recreation and culture master plan, which was presented last week, is calling for the town to “reposition or retire” the Collingwood Elvis Festival. The town has approved the festival for its 25th year, but not for the 26th.
“We asked for the mandate to get to the 25th year, because in our minds that seems like an achievement, a goal to set,” said director of parks, recreation and culture Dean Collver.
“Part of it is understanding where the Elvis Festival is in its lifespan. Collver said the recommendation made in the plan will force council to have a discussion about the festival’s future.

The numbers for the 2018 festival haven’t been released but in 2017, the estimated attendance was about 16,760 in 2017. The economic impact to the community was about $1.5 million. The net cost was $124,000.
While its future hasn’t been decided yet, a group of Elvis fans are looking to secure its future.
Elena Chisholm has started an online petition calling on the town to continue the event past its 25th year.
“The Collingwood Elvis Festival is known worldwide. It has brought so much talented ETAs to us and many friendships have been created which we now consider them as the Elvis family.”
Linda Sutherland believes the festival should continue. “It is a lot of fun and I have met some great people and have become good friends with most of them,” she wrote.
CLICK HERE to the Petition and sign it for the Festival to continue -
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Lisa Marie's Good Day In Court: Lisa Marie finally had a good day in court when a judge ruled this week that she does not have to pay one single cent to her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, in their acrimonious divorce.
Last week, Lockwood had argued in court that the post-nuptial agreement that the couple signed in 2007 should be torn up because he didn't read it and his attorney didn't explain it to him. Wow, he sounds like a special kind of stupid. The 2007 agreement simply stated that Lisa Marie would have no rights to Lockwood's property or spousal support and Lockwood would have no rights to Lisa Marie's property or spousal support in the event of a divorce.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman ruled: "The Court finds that the post-nuptial agreement signed by the parties November 28, 2007 is valid and enforceable in whole. If Respondent Lockwood elected not to read the post-nup and accept the consequences that it would be upheld, that is also his choice."
In February, Lisa Marie was ordered to pay nearly $100,000 of Lockwood's legal fees. Lockwood's attorney Jeff Sturman, argued that his client had received death threats when he split from Lisa Marie and that she'd turned him into a pariah in the music industry.
The biggest issue in their divorce proceedings was the validity of the post-nuptial agreement. Lisa Marie wanted the post-nup enforced. She claimed Lockwood ran up millions on her credit card. Lockwood wanted the judge to throw the post-nup out on the grounds that he didn't read it before he signed it because it "didn't interest him."
Presley's attorney Gary Fishbein told the court: "I have been doing this for 38 years and I have never heard of anyone asking a court to void an agreement on the basis of saying, 'I didn't read that agreement', following it by saying, 'I wasn't interested in it. Lockwood freely and voluntarily entered into the post-nuptial agreement. He acknowledged that he was not threatened, Miss Presley did not threaten to divorce him if he didn't sign. Mr. Lockwood said that he didn't read a single word of the post-nup because it was not interesting to him. Frankly that is mind-boggling."
In 2006, the year they got married, Lockwood made $245,000 a year as Lisa Marie's musical director. In 2007, the year they signed the post-nup, he made $150,000.
Lockwood tried to claim that Presley hid her wealth from him. However, Lisa Marie's attorney pointed out that a statement of her assets and liabilities was attached to the 2007 post-nup (the one Lockwood could not be bothered to read) and it listed her net worth at the time at $62 million.
Lockwood's attorney told the court that if he doesn't get any money from Presley he'd be living on a poverty level income and be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Lisa Marie revealed in court documents that she is $16 million in debt, $10 million of that is back taxes that she owes. In February, she filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Barry Siegel, her former business manager. She is accusing him of charging her $700,000 a month while losing her $100 million trust fund.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


We need Elvis now more than ever: In this charming article, from US Time magazine, Ace Atkins suggest that the USA needs Elvis now more than ever.
The article 'Memories From the South: In Elvis We Trust' includes...
... Growing up in Georgia and Alabama in the 1970s and ’80s, I always felt that the bad old days of Southern prejudice and ignorance had passed, that we were entering a new South built upon hard-won racial equality, charity and the sense that no one was better than anyone else. The country had a long way to go, but if the South had come so far in just a generation, then nothing could stop progress.
I’m not so sure anymore. Lately, I feel like our moral compass has been broken, spinning to intolerance, greed, hypocrisy and a meanness that’s as thick as the humidity in July.
In times of trouble, I put my faith in Elvis Presley, who represented the South’s better angels. He was a hard worker, and although he lived the high life, he never forgot that he had been born into poverty. I don’t think you’ll ever hear an interview with the man when he didn’t express gratitude and humility for all that life had given him.
And he was a self-made talent, perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time, born in a two-room shack in Tupelo, Miss., in 1935. I’ve been to that small shotgun house many times, reflecting on what it says about America. Greatness can be born anywhere.
Elvis was famous for his generosity–ultimately to a fault–giving away cars, expensive gifts and other handouts to anyone who needed a leg up.
The house still looks like a shack. But it was nicer than what many other families in Tupelo, in Mississippi and around the South had in 1935.
Politicians had a hard time demonizing the poor in the 1930s and ’40s. That doesn’t seem to be the case today. Today demagogues and charlatans court Southern crowds with messages that exalt the rich and powerful and dismiss the poor and marginalized as being somehow deserving of their fate.
I still believe in my heart that most Southerners are still more like Elvis than the President. We are most likely to pull over and help someone stranded on the roadside. Most of the people I know in my Mississippi town would give you the shirt off their backs. Most Southern preachers don’t spend Sundays in the pulpit spewing hatred and intolerance. Most people agree that racism and white supremacy are evil.
Even preschoolers know it’s always better to tell the truth and take your lumps than lie and evade.
And yet here we are. We know right from wrong, but most of us down here voted for wrong.
As Elvis once said, “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
Click to TIME website for the full article
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

Nashville Elvis Festival - March 28-31, 2019: Elvis Week 2018 has past and so the publicity is now ramping up for future Elvis festivals.
Join fans from around the world for the 3rd Annual Nashville Elvis Festival - March 28-31, 2019. Nashville Elvis Festival is a premier Elvis event unlike any other, celebrating the music and legacy of Elvis Presley. Join us for a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more! Nashville Elvis Festival is hosted by Tom Brown.
From EIN's point of view the 2019 Nashville festival looks very light on genuine Elvis acquaintances and very heavy with Elvis Impersonators.
There are two "TCB SESSIONS" special VIP Events with very limited seating at the Paragon Studios however the real TCB Band do not seem to be involved
TCB Session 1 - Brandon Bennett recreates the June 1970 recording session at RCA Studio B that has come to be known as the "Nashville Marathon.
TCB Session 2 - 2013 UETA Dean Z recreates a legendary American Sound recording session.
Each session with VIP entry costs $149!
Terry Blackwood of The Imperials does appear at the Sunday 10am "ELVIS Gospel Live" event

EIN loves this year's Festival poster!
Click HERE to the Nashville Elvis Festival website for tickets and schedule.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Australia's unique Elvis Presley memorial: It was the world's first memorial erected after Presley's death, but Elvis never visited Melbourne, or even Australia - so what is it doing here?
Wayne Hawthorne is the president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club of Victoria and every year on August 16th he gets up early and heads to the Melbourne General Cemetery to cleanse of "promotional rubbish" the memorial to the singer he commissioned 41 years ago.
"People try to make a buck out of Elvis (with impersonators) but these people have nothing to do with the club who built the monument; they're just trying to make money out of this time of year" says Hawthorne.
The Melbourne General Cemetery has been operational since 1852 and houses prestigious monuments to Malcolm Fraser, Sir Robert Menzies and Burke and Wills. For 100 years, the 36-tonne Burke and Wills monument was the most visited spot in the cemetery - until the Elvis Presley memorial was erected. It's still believed to be the only authorised Elvis Presley memorial outside of the US. But what is it doing in Melbourne?
Hawthorne, who joined the fan club in 1964 and became president in 1971, remembers receiving a phone call out of the blue from an Elvis fan, who suggested that Hawthorne's fan club commission a memorial.
"I said, 'Well excuse me, where do you think we're getting the money from?' and he said, 'That's taken care of. I will pay for it. You arrange it'."
The donor asked to remain anonymous, and provided the funds required to commission prominent stone masons, Giannarelli & Sons. Hawthorne insists that to this day, he's the only one who knows the fan's true identity.
"He didn't want any publicity; he wanted it for Elvis, to tell you the truth, I can't tell you if he's even alive now."
The fan club secured permission from Elvis' father, Vernon, to erect the world's first monument to his son's death, unveiled by "Australia's king of rock", Johnny O'Keefe, on 26 November 1977.
It was erected before even the monument in Memphis, Hawthorne says, and Elvis fans flocked to the Melbourne cemetery.
"The Fan Club wanted a shrine where they could go regularly, play out their grief and show their respects," explains Dr Celestina Sagazio, historian for the Cemeteries Trust. "I see more people in front of Elvis's memorial than anything else ... I've seen people crying in front of it - it's certainly taken seriously."
The perfect storm of mysterious elements came together to create one of the strangest, and rarest, monuments of the world.
"At the time a lot of people didn't even believe that Elvis had died - it was a funny period," Hawthorne says. "It happened so quickly that I sort of take it for granted now. But it was incredible. This was put up basically within three months of Elvis dying. I'm grateful to the gentleman who funded it for the rest of my life."
Go here to the Guardian for the full story
(News, Source;G/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in August. . . and ELVIS WEEK NEWS . . .

 'Where No One Stands Alone' BillBoard #22 Top Album: Elvis' "new" album in multiple formats has hit the charts worldwide - as it should after so much publicity!
For US fans it is great to see it enter the Billboard Top Album charts at #22. 

It is also
#1 on the Billboard Christian Album Chart
#1 on the Billboard Physical Album Chart
#1 on the Billboard Vinyl Album Chart

Rather strangely it does not feature on the Top Gospel album charts.

Let's hope it can go even higher on the Billboard main chart next week.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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


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


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

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

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

Click here for more final day photos & stories

(ElvisWeek, Source;MandySquair/ElvisInfoNet)


Cinema ''68 Comeback Special' fans Rave: Finally after 50 years Elvis fans got the chance to see the sensational 'NBC Comeback Special' in the cinema.
It was pure joy to know that Elvis fans worldwide could celebrate such an emotional ELVIS experience at the same time.
Event TV / EPE / Fathom Events must be commended for organising such a great tribute.

As Arjan Deelen noted in his review (see below)
"The 75-minute special showcases Elvis at his best. The ’68 Comeback Special has never looked nor sounded better. Clearly, a lot of effort went into the transfers, and it looks like they went back to the original masters to get the best quality. It’s clear that everybody involved really went to town to make this screening something memorable for the fans, and this is also a great showcase for Elvis’ enduring talent and charisma. Go out and see this, and bring a friend. You won’t regret it."

Australian fans were lucky enough to have the NBC TV special showing in every major town, in Sydney it was shown in over 10 cinemas.

A lot of fans have written to EIN saying how much they enjoyed the event and we agree that the experience was emotional and totally involving with fans applauding afterwards.

EIN's Jim Mcrae noted, "Fans appreciated Priscilla mentioning the recent passing of D.J. that was a really nice touch. The film was crystal clear and the sound superb - seeing it on the big screen really made it so much more enjoyable. The audience loved it and gave a very warm round applause at the end. The King rocked."

The event was best summed up by Evan Hunter . . .
"I knew that ELVIS was great, but hearing his voice on cinema speakers, I never realised just how great that man could sing. Watching Elvis on the big screen enabled me to see many things that I have missed in the numerous times that I have watched it on my own big screen TV.
Elvis was funny, entertaining, good looking and his legs were like the Pistons on a V8! I don't think that I can ever listen to the soundtrack again unless it's on a great sound system and up really loud.
Elvis '68 Comeback 50th Anniversary Special, was it good enough to get a 10/10? No... IT DESERVES AN 11/10!!!!!"

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis in UK's Big Issue: UK's 'The Big Issue' last week (the street magazine that helps people in poverty) featured a fine article on Elvis and also puts our man on its cover.
The main article is "Elvis Presley, the '68 Comeback Special and the radical rocker that never was".
The feature includes some comments from Uk's Todd Slaughter.
He notes, "I first went to the States to see Elvis in 1972 and he was fine. His health suffered drastically from 1975. We took the final trip to see Elvis in concert in Cincinnati and Indianapolis in 1977. Our group saw the last two shows Elvis performed.
In the very last CBS Special Elvis in Concert, you can see a man, only 42, who had not fared well. But when you see the film of me and Elvis he's laughing. There was not that horror presented to me at that time. During that last show in Indianapolis, he was on stage for an hour and a half, which was unusual because he usually only did 50 minutes. Elvis included his own hits, pertinent covers and classic rock 'n' roll, and there was a crescendo of gospel which was always a showstopper.
It was a special show. He sang his heart out. Having only seen Elvis on stage in Las Vegas in previous years in front of an audience of 2,000 people the atmosphere was equally electrifying in front of 15,000, and the whole audience erupted when he announced that in the audience there were 250 Brits.
The '68 Comeback Special is Elvis in the raw. Seeing it 1,000 years from now could be rather like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls - but more visual. Elvis did very little television so it really was a special Special."

For the full story please support The Big Issue - Click Here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

Paul Belard Interview with EIN

 

(Interviews, Source: EIN)


Boulevard Souvenirs - the Last of the Elvis Independents: Before EPE became heavily corporatised, Elvis Presley Boulevard was home to many independent shops selling Elvis merchandise. Today, only one, Boulevard Souvenirs, is left.

Memphis' Commercial Appeal recently published an interesting article about this outlet - click here to read the full article

 

 

(News, Source: Commercial Appeal)



 'Where No One Stands Alone' Top Ten in the Charts: Elvis "new" album in multiple formats has hit the charts worldwide as it should after so much publicity!
It has entered the Top Ten in the UK Official Album Charts (Elvis' 53rd UK Top Ten album! and in the Netherlands it made #1 on the Vinyl Chart. 

'Where No One Stands Alone'
#9 on UK Official Album Chart
#4 on UK Physical Album charts (ie CD)
#7 on UK Vinyl Album Chart
#5 on UK Album Sales Chart

In Australia it is #15 on the official Aria Album Charts
#15 on Dutch Official Album Chart
#1 on Dutch Vinyl Album Chart

In Ireland it is #27 on the Album Charts
In Germany it is #37 on the Album Charts
In Belgium it is #34 on the Album Charts

However putting on a positive spin EPE state that "Where No One Stands Alone" is
#1 on the Billboard Christian Album Chart
#1 on the Billboard Physical Album Chart
#1 on the Billboard Vinyl Album Chart
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 16 August 2018 - - - - - FORTY ONE YEARS AGO TODAY - - - - -

LONG LIVE ELVIS: In his all too short career Elvis managed to achieve more than any other entertainer, the birth of rock 'n' roll, his career renaissance after two years in the army, the family entertainment of his sixties movies, the powerful musical comeback of 1969, the on-stage live return-to-splendour of the 70s, the power of his musical creativity throughout his whole career, his unbelievable generosity and more than anything, the love he gave to his devoted fans.


On this special day let's remember how much he did for all of us in his all too short life-time.

 

Elvis lived to make people happy, and he himself was happiest when he brought joy to someone else. I wish there was a way all the good he has done with his gifts throughout the world could be measured.
Four decades after his death, Elvis Presley still reigns unchallenged as the King of rock 'n' roll, the greatest superstar the world has ever known.
All the tabloid reporting and ugly rumours can't change the fact that there never was anyone like him and there never will be another again.
The comfort and enjoyment his music still brings to millions every day is impossible to comprehend. His influence as a performer and as a humanitarian has touched untold millions of people. We can never compile exact statistics, but I believe Elvis Presley will forever remain one of the most inspirational and influential men the world will ever know. Elvis was the most extraordinary ordinary man. -
Joe Esposito

Lisa Marie this week revealed that she still feels a deep closeness to her father 41 years after his death.
“When recording the new duet with Elvis' voice playing in my headphones I felt really emotional. It’s never pleasant to sing and cry. You just can’t do that in a good way. I had to keep my composure, but I felt very connected to him and to the song.”
“I wouldn’t say I still talk to him … I just remember everything. I can sort of pull out of the files whatever memories I have and stuff like that. And occasionally ask for help. Which was the case with this record. I just felt like a hand come down to me, it felt like that a little bit.”

Lisa Marie still says she feels most comfortable when she’s upstairs in the living quarters of Graceland by herself.
“I recently discovered a quote by Elvis as I was leaving the new Graceland exhibit, it said something like, ‘Becoming a father is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’ I had never seen it before. I knew there was a great love there, there was a really strong connection there since the minute I can remember. "
Elvis died of a heart attack on Aug. 16, 1977, when he was 42 years old. Lisa Marie was just 9 years old at the time of his death

Watch Video of the 2018 Candlelight Vigil - REPLAY: Rather disappointingly there were an extremely low number of Elvis fans at this year's annual Candlelight Vigil - the lowest in decades.
The ceremony for the 40th anniversary is organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club.
This year's nominated theme song was Elvis' "Thinking About You". Lisa Marie and Priscilla did not make an appearance. With the usual rule that Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so the gate were clear by 10.15pm whereas last year fans were filing still through until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis' passing.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH REPLAY
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2018: Elvis Week hits the emotional time of remembrance as fans gather for the Candlelight Vigil and EIN's Mandy Squair is there.  The Candlelight Vigil was tonight from 8.30 marking the 41st anniversary of Elvis’ death. The service at the Graceland gates was first and all out special candles are lit. Then everyone walked up the driveway of Graceland to the Meditation Garden where Elvis is buried. The line of candles up the driveway is very moving. The Elvis Country Fan Club this year selected "Thinking About You" as the theme. They also played the video of Lisa Marie singing her new duet with her father - the gospel song “Where no one stands alone” with all Elvis loving fans gathered together this felt very special. There were not many people this year compared to last year and everyone was through the gates by 10.15 pm.
Click here to Elvis Week 2018 for more photos and stories
(ElvisWeek, Source;MandySquair/ElvisInfoNet)

Aretha Franklin Had Died, August 16, 2018: Aretha Franklin who was born in Memphis has coincidentally died on August 16th at home in Detroit. She was 76.
Aretha Franklin became a singing legend and in the mid-sixties was crowned the Queen of Soul, selling 75 million records and inspiring generations.
Franklin died on Thursday at 9:50am at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones.
Franklin was known for her powerful voice and for many hits, including Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools and Think.
Elvis had several of Franklin's albums in his own record collection, including 1972's 'The Gospel Soul Of Aretha Franklin'
Elvis' backing group The Sweet Inspirations sang backing vocals on many of Aretha Franklin's hits including the stunning (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain of Fools.

Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and became the first female performer inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Musicians around the world have made emotional tributes to Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul”.
Lady Gaga wrote that Franklin was an “angel of music”.
Elton John called her death “a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists.”
Cher said Franklin’s “one of a kind voice will be with us forever”.
Paul McCartney called her “the Queen of our souls” and said “the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.”
Willie Nelson said "Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel"
RIP Aretha Franklin  25 March 1942 - 16 August 2018
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

First Review of ‘ELVIS ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL’ Cinema Screening: EIN contributor Arjan Deelen has seen the new special 50th anniversary screening.
.. CinemaxX Denmark was kind enough to invite me to a special pre-screening of ELVIS ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL, in preparation for the official screening tomorrow.
No matter where you live, I suggest that you make the effort to go and see it. I was impressed with what I saw.
... The screening starts with a mini-documentary featuring Priscilla and Steve Binder. They visit the studios where it all took place 50 years ago. This was filmed fairly recently, since Priscilla makes a reference to D.J. Fontana’s passing. Her role is mostly that of an interviewer, while Steve shares many interesting insights on the special. He is clearly a very perceptive guy, and it’s very interesting to listen to his observations on both Elvis and the Colonel, and his account of what took place behind the scenes. Steve found it tough to deal with Parker’s posturing, and credits Bob Finkel for ‘sacrificing himself’ by keeping the Colonel busy during the shooting of the special, so that he, Elvis and the crew could focus on the job at hand. He also credits Allan Blye and Chris Beard for going out and buying all of Elvis’ records, listening to them all, and making a list of what songs should be in the special. Steve adds that this list is pretty much what ended up being the special.
This mini-documentary is interspersed with fragments from the special.

This is followed by the main event, the actual special. Or actually, a 75-minute edit of the special. (The 2006 'Special Edition DVD edit)

There have been a number of variations of the special over the years, and this one is new to me. One thing that surprised me is that the ‘Trouble’ / ‘Guitar Man’ opening is followed by ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ from one of the sitdown shows.
Other surprises include ‘Trying To Get To You’ and ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ from the sitdown shows, as well as ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ from one of the standup shows.
Even though I have seen this special numerous times over the years, I was once again blown away by Elvis’ talent and charisma. This special showcases him at his best, and this edit works especially well. I really hope that we will get this on Blu-Ray, as per the rumor.
One minor disappointment is that the first part of ‘One Night’ is missing.
The ‘Let Yourself Go’ scene works better on the big screen than on television, and the body language between Elvis and Susan Henning leaves little to the imagination. On the other hand, the ‘It Hurts Me’ scene with the fight sequence still feels a bit hokey, and is actually reminiscent of Elvis’ poorer films.
Elvis’ voice sounds so powerful throughout the special, but never more so than on ‘If I Can Dream’. It’s a very fitting conclusion to the special.
Instead of the usual closing credits with Elvis playing ‘fake’ guitar on an instrumental ‘Let Yourself Go’, we get ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and new production credits.
I know that some of you are curious about the quality of the footage and the audio. What is important to remember is that the special was made for television 50 years ago, and not for the big screen. Since then, the footage has been stored on videotape, which obviously has some serious limitations. With all of that in mind, I was very impressed with what I saw. The ’68 Comeback Special has never looked nor sounded better. Clearly, a lot of effort went into the transfers, and it looks like they went back to the original masters to get the best quality.
Following the special, we get a 10-minute ‘Having fun with Elvis at Burbank’, which is an entertaining and well-edited compilation of outtakes & cool moments from the recording of the special. A nice surprise, and one that I for one didn’t expect.
It’s clear that everybody involved really went to town to make this screening something memorable for the fans, and this is also a great showcase for Elvis’ enduring talent and charisma.
Go out and see this, and bring a friend. You won’t regret it.

(News, Source;ArjanDeelen/ElvisInfoNet)

'I'm Left, You're Right' New False Start Discovered: FTD audio engineer Kevan Budd has spotted a previously unknown SUN recording 'False-Start' for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" on the acetate offered for auction this week at Graceland Auctions.
Kevan Budd contacted Graceland auction for a sample from the acetate and was surprised by discovering a never-before heard false-start for "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" .
The ever vigilant Kevan Budd has informed Ernst Jorgensen, although where and when this might be officially released is anyone's guess.
The SUN Acetates ended up selling for $3,625.
The pair of Sun Records acetates were recordings for Sun Records 216 and the side B songs from Sun 217.
Sun 217 is the Elvis Presley single release for "Baby Let's Play House" (matrix 143) and side B "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (matrix U-142) which was Elvis' fourth single release of five with Sun Records. "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" was recorded in March 1955 and the single with "Baby Let's Play House" was released in April 1955.
Click here to SUN Acetate auction page.

It's great for Elvis fans to know that experts are still out there looking for unreleased material.
Kevan Budd was the key player in the restoration of Elvis' SUN sides for the revelatory 'Elvis At Sun'.
Back in 2006 EIN interviewed Kevan Budd about his work with RCA / FTD.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Ben Thompson Wins 2018 UETA: Congratulations to 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Ben Thompson!
Ben Thompson, who represents the Hard Rock Cafe Contest, receives a contract to perform with EPE and a cash prize of $20,000.
Ben has been an Elvis fan since he was a child. He became an Elvis tribute artist at the age of 15 and has performed in many venues around the world.
It was Ben Thompson who starred as Elvis in the award-winning 'Bladerunner 2049' alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Aged 24 Ben is touring demonstrating his ability to be one of the only few ETA's that can successfully portray all eras of The Kings Career
This will be his sixth Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and he feels it is a great privilege to be a part of the contest.
Congratulations to second place winner Diogo Light and third place winner Cote Deonath, and top five finalists Al Joslin and Nick Perkins.
Since 2007 winners have come from Alabama, Illinois, Arkansas, Louisiana (2), Michigan, Missouri and three from the United Kingdom.
Need to know more please visit EPE website for Elvis Tribute info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

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


Lisa Marie Presley New Interview:The NBC Today show featured the first TV interview with Lisa Marie in four years.
In this cool 4 minute interview NBC's Jenna Bush Hager talks with Lisa Marie about the new album, her troubled years and recovering from drug addiction as well as recording with Elvis for the new album.
It’s been 41 years since Elvis' passing but last Friday his fans are able to get their hands on a new album featuring Presley’s favorite gospel songs. The album, “Where No One Stands Alone” was co-produced by Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
The NBC's Today show was at Graceland to discuss her relationship with music, her fight with drug addiction and her fondest memories of her father..
CLICK HERE to YouTube to see the interview
(News, Source;NBC/ElvisInfoNet)

   

'The Making of' 'Where No One Stands Alone'': With the new Elvis album's worldwide release today the "Making Of" video is a delight as it shows The Stamps and The Imperials, Darlene Love and Cissy Houston all working in Nashvillle's RCA Studio B recording new backing tracks for the new Gospel album. Lisa Marie also adds her vocal duet and talks about the importance of Elvis' love for Gospel music.
It's a great video clip - Click here to YouTube.
'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 it introduces rare alternate vocals from Elvis and new backing vocals. Hundreds of hours of went into upgrading and enhancing of the original multi track vocals resulting in the richest, most vibrant Elvis vocals on these tracks that have ever been released.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - Where No One Stands Alone' OUT TODAY: The groundbreaking "new" Elvis Album featuring 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 is OUT TODAY.
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 (NBC TV special); Dr. Emily "Cissy" Houston (Sweet Inspirations), Terry Blackwood,

Armond Morales and Jim Murray (members of The Imperials) 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 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, and includes "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"

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

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


"Elvis Relics" new Elvis collectors Site: Bud Glass (The King’s Ransom Museum) is a well-known authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds as well as the author of the respected 'Elvis Behind The Image' book/DVD series.
In addition to personally securing the acquisition of several million dollars’ worth of rare and iconic artifacts over the years, Glass is an Elvis Presley historian, author and documentary producer; as well as a consultant to major collectors, celebrities and prestigious auction firms.
Bud Glass’ Elvis collection has featured on David Letterman’s Late Show, Entertainment Tonight, Geraldo Rivera, CNN, Univision and The History Channel to name a few, including local news broadcasts across America and throughout Europe. Select artifacts have been on loan to Graceland at their request for their Australian exhibition in 2017.
In addition to the incredible King’s Ransom Museum collaboration with partner Russ Howe, Bud Glass maintains his own private trove of Elvis memorabilia, now he’s proud to unveil Elvis Relics as a showcase offering many of these unique Elvis-owned artifacts for purchase.

A wide variety of items are available and can be viewed providing an opportunity for Elvis collectors to expand their personal collections with artifacts offered by a reputable source.
Items range from small to large, from entry-level collectibles to prized museum-quality pieces.
Prices start at just a few hundred dollars, priced so that anyone who loves Elvis might have a personal keepsake of their very own.
Click here to ELVIS RELICS website
or check out the new facebook page www.facebook.com/elvisrelics

Coming Soon to EIN: an Interview with EIN where Bud Glass explains what this is all about. Can he better the EPE Auctions?


(News, Source;BG/ ElvisInfoNet)


'The Viva Las Vegas Sessions' OUT NOW: The highly anticipated 'The Viva Las Vegas Sessions' deluxe 3xCD is OUT NOW and heading to dealers.
If you haven't already ordered it, you best do so asap, this one will sell-out.
EIN recommends both these two UK shops
ElvisTM&HM/NowDigThis
Or The Elvis Shop London.
EIN notes for US fans that the Graceland shop also has this on Pre-Order - it will ship around mid-August.
US$49.98 - hopefully they will fulfil all orders. The ultimate "Viva Las Vegas" 3CD set includes more than an hour of previously unreleased material - comes in 8”x 8” Session Reel box
See below for full details
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'Orgies and Orgasms:  Presley in the Press 1956'- an in-depth Spotlight: By the beginning of 1956, everything was in place for Elvis Presley to burst onto the national and international music scene. Within weeks of his signing to major label RCA he would record Heartbreak Hotel, his first single for RCA and his first to reach number 1 in the U.S. charts, and then, at the end of January 1956, he would appear on national television for the first time.
Despite all of the success that 1956 would bring Elvis, with three singles and two albums reaching the top spot in the U.S. charts, the year would also prove to be a difficult one when it came to his treatment in the national and international press.
Mainstream media published reviews such as...
"Every girl watching him sees herself as Elvis’ partner in his fantastic writhing orgy"
and "Presley is suggesting he is about to have a self-induced orgasm!"
So, let’s go back in time and examine how a single television performance in June 1956 resulted in a change of attitudes towards Elvis within the media from little more than curiosity about the new phenomenon to downright hostility and revulsion.
Go here as EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the phenomenon of Elvis in 1956 - and what the media made of this new, and middle-America shocking, entertainer.
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

Steve Binder revisits Elvis ’68 Comeback Special: Rolling Stone has a feature on director Steve Binder looking back, as the concert film makes its way into theaters for a special re-release.
The article includes... When Elvis Presley was filming the intro to his fabled “’68 Comeback Special,” the program’s director had an unusual problem. “I ended up having too many Elvises in the background,” filmmaker Steve Binder tells Rolling Stone. “I hate to fire anybody, so I decided to use them all. We were afraid the scaffold was not gonna hold the weight. We were sure we were gonna have a major lawsuit if it collapsed.”
Today, the image of the King, flanked by dozens of Elvises and wearing black clothing and a tough look on his face, has become iconic. The special, known then simply as "Elvis" relaunched his singing career and proved that, after nearly a decade of making movies, he was still one of the most thrilling performers around. Now Binder is hoping the film reaches a new audience when the special gets a theatrical release this month to mark its 50th anniversary.
Binder says that part of the reason the special was
such a success was because he was able to put Presley at ease. Leading up to the show, the King was nervous so Binder made it so that Presley didn’t have to think about much more than performing. “My biggest contribution was saying, ‘Elvis, you just make an album and I’ll put pictures to it, and I don’t want you to be aware of where the cameras are,'” he says. “With television concerts up to that point, you put a piece of tape on the floor and told the artist to stand there, and you shot it all from the front. I was determined to make it like a real concert and three-dimensional.” He also worked with his production staff to make Elvis look larger than life, dressing him in bespoke costumes and erecting the giant E-L-V-I-S sign behind him (taking inspiration from The Judy Garland Show).
When they were rehearsing, Presley asked to move into the studio to shorten his commute. “He said, ‘Maybe if I get a dressing room big enough, I can put a bed in there,'” Binder recalls with a laugh. “That’s what we did, and that was the reason I did the acoustic improv sequence. Every day after rehearsal or taping, he would go into the dressing room, and here was this incredible performer who was totally relaxed, all mussed up, having fun and sharing stories with everybody.” He brought the idea to the Colonel who stuck his nose up at it but eventually relented, leading to a memorable summit of Presley’s friends and early collaborators, like Fontana. It was loose and fun, it showed off the King’s sense of humor and it allowed him to cut loose on “Hound Dog,” “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” “I knew it was really the heart and soul of the show,” Binder says.
Ultimately, Binder ended up with too much good material and went rogue, cutting his own 90-minute version of the special and begging NBC to expand it from an hour-long broadcast. At the time, the execs said no, but after Presley’s death, they ran the longer cut that is now the best-known version. The special would subsequently become one of the King’s defining moments.
When he thinks back on the struggles he faced to make it, Binder is especially happy about the special’s longevity. “I did it in 1968 and thought it was gonna air one time for 48 minutes and that was the end of it. So I’m thrilled it’ll come back 50 years later.”

Go HERE to Rolling Stone for the full article.
The article includes a 3 minute preview of the special feature that will accompany the Cinema screenings.
 (News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

beloved enduring gospel classics (the 1965 Top 5 smash "Crying In The Chapel," "How Great Thou Art," "You'll Never Walk Alone"), praise-filled gospel-rockers (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller's "Saved") and traditional hymns and spirituals ("So High," "Stand By Me," "In The Garden," "Amazing Grace").
Elvis Presley once said, "Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release." It was Elvis'
explosive mix of styles--blues, bluegrass, country, swing, pop--that generated his iconic world-changing rock n' roll, but it was the hymns, spirituals and church music of his childhood, the deep-seated gospel roots that sustained Elvis and his musical vision throughout his life.
Friends and family would often recall hearing Elvis sing gospel tunes at home and to warm up before concerts. "We do two shows a night for five weeks," Presley said in an interview featured in the documentary 'Elvis On Tour' "A lotta times we'll go upstairs and sing until daylight-gospel songs. We grew up with it... It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine."
Lisa Marie states in the album notes, "This was his favorite genre - no question about it. He seemed to be at his most passionate, and at peace while singing gospel. He would truly come alive - whether he was singing just for himself and me at home, or on stage in front of thousands of fans."
TrackList 1. I've Got Confidence 2. Where No One Stands Alone (with Lisa Marie Presley) 3. Saved 4. Crying In The Chapel 5. So High 6. Stand By Me 7. Bosom Of Abraham 8. How Great Thou Art 9. I, John 10. You'll Never Walk Alone 11. He Touched Me 12. In The Garden 13. He Is My Everything 14. Amazing Grace
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DJ Fontana Obituary and Interview: D.J. Fontana was born in Shreveport Louisiana on March 15 1931 and originally began backing Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore when he worked at the Louisiana Hayride as early as 1954. By his early 20s he performed at strip joints and spent enough time around the “Hayride” that he was hired full time. Sun Records Sam Phillips originally assembled Elvis' Blue Moon Boys without a drummer and so it wasn't until the key RCA session of January 10 1956 that DJ Fontana joined the band on studio recordings.
That session produced 'Heartbreak Hotel' and the music world would never be the same.
EIN presents a spotlight on DJ Fontana along with a new interview “I Tell You What, He Loved Gospel Music” by EIN contributor Thomas Melin.
While DJ Fontana created some of the greatest rock'n'roll drumming ever cut on wax he always stated that he liked to "keep things simple" in a way that complemented not just Elvis, but also his other band-mates.
Go here as EIN pay their respects to the charming DJ Fontana.
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Click here for EIN's 2008 full article.

 

(Spotlight, Source;EIN/JoanGansky)


'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.


'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)



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

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


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

(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



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


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


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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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


 

More new Elvis Vinyl!

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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



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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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