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Gillian Gaar (Elvis Author) Interview - EIN asks the tricky questions
Monday 18 March 2019
"Chick" Crumpacker Dead at 91: RCA executive "Chick" Crumpacker was one of RCA's driving forces in getting Elvis first signed up with the label.
Crumpacker was working in RCA's C&W section when he happened to see Elvis performing in Richmond, Virginia in May 1955and noted, "Elvis was shocking, he was wild, - the effect was galvanic! I was astounded by the reaction". Crumpacker also knew Col Parker through his connection with Hank Snow. He subsequently bought all of Elvis' SUN records to take back to his boss Steve Sholes.
Crumpacker would also write the wonderful sleeve notes for Elvis' second RCA album "ELVIS" which tried to supply a proper musical explanation for this crazy thing others called Rock'n'Roll.
Chauncey "Chick" Crumpacker went on to be a  three-time grammy-nominated producer and executive for RCA Victor. He died on Tuesday aged 91.
Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Crumpacker's career in music began in 1953 in RCA Victor's A&R department shortly after moving to New York City. As well as Elvis he also tried to bring Johnny Cash to RCA but was ultimately unsuccessful after the label failed to support the move.
Crumpacker stayed with RCA for 57 years, eventually moving into producing, working with a wide range of artists including
Chet Atkins, Harry Nilsson, Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte.
He was nominated for three Grammy awards including best historical reissue 'The Best of Fats Waller'.
After 50 years of working at RCA, Crumpacker received a plaque from the company reading, "78s, 45s, LPs, 8 Tracks, Cassettes, Compact Disks and DVDs. You've been a part of the greatest sound developments of the 20th century. Producer, Promoter, Author, A&R Executive, Composer and Archivist. Your Talent knows no bounds. Knowing you is a pleasure. Working with you is a dream come true. Thanks for making history."
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set OUT NOW: The second FTD "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set is OUT NOW and at your local dealer. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that 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 RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

- 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New Book. OUT NOW
After FTD's new book with 'Flaming Star' was delayed it is also now OUT NOW and at your local Elvis dealer. 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.
A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


"Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" Special E-Book Offer: Rated as EIN's "Best E-Book for 2018" - the FTD book "Elvis: A Moment in Time - 4 Days in '56" by Michael Rose is now a Special E-Book Offer from Water-Street-Press for loyal members of Elvis fan clubs worldwide.
The offer is at a crazy $6.99 instead of full-price $9.99. Surely a price any fan would pay - CLICK HERE - limited time only.
While producing a documentary about the early years of Elvis Presley, Michael Rose discovered a cache of photos from 1956 that had been hidden away and forgotten.
These never-before-seen photos track the tail end of Elvis Presley’s spring tour in 1956. The photos capture “A Moment in Time” just before his rocket takes off and he becomes the icon we still know today.
It’s an intimate look at life backstage, on stage, with his band, his fans, and his family during the most important year of his life. We tell this story through the first person accounts of people who were there including his band members, musicians, disc jockeys and from the newspapers that reported on the Elvis phenomenon as it made its way across the country.
Initially published as a lavish coffee table book for collectors, this intimate look at Elvis in now available as an ebook.

One look at these amazing photos and you'll see why Elvis will live forever.
And, if you want more after you have a look inside, you can order framed prints of many of the photos as well.
(News, Source;WSP/ElvisInfoNet) 

Friday 15 March 2019
'The Meaning of Elvis' Spotlight: First published in Australia's Quadrant magazine, author Scott A. McConnell examines what it was that made ELVIS such an icon.
... From shotgun shack to Graceland mansion. From driving a truck to flying in his own jet. From singing in a country church to performing for one billion people. The only recording artist to sell a billion records. The American who Leonard Bernstein proclaimed as “the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything—music, language, clothes—it’s a whole new social revolution.” The world’s most popular and influential entertainer: Elvis Aaron Presley.
Presley remains - forty-two years after his death and eighty-four years after his birth - an icon. Each year 600,000 fans visit Graceland and many new CDs of his music are released. Presley biographer Peter Guralnick reports that the recording company RCA “would discover that Elvis was as great a sales phenomenon in death as in life”. Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2017 earned $35 million, making it the fourth-highest-earning estate of a deceased star.
A 2009 CBS News Poll found that Presley’s popularity had not

dropped in the previous ten years and that 42 per cent of Americans describe themselves as Elvis fans. A 2012 ABC News poll found that “38 per cent of Americans name Elvis Presley as the greatest rock ’n’ roll star ever. Of the 128 performers named, no one else even breaks single digits.”
Each of us is born into a historical context, a specific place and time embodied by certain values, virtues and beliefs. Elvis was born into a poor family in America’s South in 1935 and exploded into fame some twenty years later. During his formative years, Presley was influenced by his devoted parents, who taught their only child to have good manners, to be optimistic, to dream. The young Elvis attended church, where he began his lifelong yearning for mystical answers to the meaning of life. He grew up beside radios and jukeboxes, absorbing the rhythms and beats of American blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, pop and country music. He breathed in post-war America, a time of great comic-book adventures, celebrated war heroes, movie stars whose exploits conquered all frontiers, and in his later home town of Memphis, of flamboyantly dressed black singers belting out the blues on Beale Street.
But the meaning of Elvis is more than an American rags-to-riches story, much more than his unrivalled and enduring influence and popularity. Why is Elvis Presley an icon?


Go HERE to LinkedIn for the full article.

(Spotlight, Source;Scott A. McConnell/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis drummer Hal Blaine dead aged 90: What do Blue Hawaii's Rock-A-Hula Baby, A Little Less Conversation and the NBC 68 Comeback special all have in common? The answer is the brilliant tight drumming of LA session musician Hal Blaine.
He was a sort-after member of LA’s “Wrecking Crew", musicians who worked on hundreds of pop greatest hits in the sixties. Without realising it everyone knows his tight drumming style from  Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, the outstanding Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’, Mamas and Papas ‘California Dreamin’, the Byrds ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, Barry McGuire ‘Eve of Destruction’, Sonny and Cher ‘I Got You, Babe’, Frank Sinatra ‘Strangers in the Night’, Simon and Garfunkel ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and multiple Phil Spector hits such as the explosive ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronnettes.
Hal Blaine’s driving beat was the foundation of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” and he was an important collaborator with Brian Wilson on the The Beach Boys recording including their influential ‘Pet Sounds’.
Blaine’s first session with Elvis was for Blue Hawaii at Radio Recorders
in March 1961, then Girls, Girls, Girls, in 1962, Fun In Acapulco, Roustabout and other movie soundtracks. Blaine worked on ‘Live A Little, Love A Little’ so his drumming is the core beat for Elvis’ massive hit ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and more importantly the NBC Comeback Special - employed as part of the 'Wrecking Crew team. This would be his last Elvis session.
Hal Blaine also appeared in the movie 'Girls, Girls, Girls' as the drummer of the Pirates Den nightclub. He is on stage with Elvis for the classic 'Return To Sender'.

EIN contributor / Elvis author / Ken Sharp knew Hal Blaine and yesterday told EIN, "Hal Blaine was a real character with a great sense of humor, very genial and a kind man. Having played on hits records from Elvis to Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys to the Mamas & the Papas and thousands of others, Hal was an extraordinary musician blessed with a consummate and intuitive skill to deliver the perfect part for a song and often his drum fills were major hooks in a song, witness “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes or “Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere and The Raiders. Hal had a real sense of gratitude for being afforded the opportunity to play on so many hit records “
Blaine worked across all the LA studios such as Gold Star, Sunset Sound, RCA and Western and he kept drum kits
permanently set up to his specification in several of the studios.
Born Harold Simon Belsky he took drum lessons with Roy Knapp, who had taught jazz drummer Gene Krupa. Session musicians made good money in the 60s and his colleagues included such famous names as Glen Campbell, Billy Strange, Tommy Tedesco, Don Randi, Leon Russell, and Larry Knechtel.
Blaine gave the "Wrecking Crew" their name, a reference to the older musicians who feared that the new generation would usurp their opportunities and destroy their comfortable living.
Talking about Elvis, Blaine said, "Elvis paid top dollar and he was the nicest guy in the world. Elvis came to see me in Las Vegas when I was with Nancy Sinatra at Caesar’s Palace. When you come off a stage with all the bright lights, it’s very, very dark for a few moments. All of a sudden, someone grabbed me from behind and kind of lifted me up like they were doing the Heimlich maneuver, and it was Elvis. It was really exciting."
Blaine was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. (photo right with pianist Don Randi at a 2015 Grammy discussion on The Wrecking Crew)
Blaine eventually took on the lucrative additional role of studio contractor, relied on by producers to hire the right musicians for each individual session. The Wrecking Crew’s motto was TTMAR: “Take the money and run.” But they – and Blaine not least – seldom closed the studio door behind them without having left something of themselves on the recording tape. Luckily there is still plenty of great music to remember him by.
Hal Blaine R.I.P. 5 February 1929 - 11 March 2019
(News, Source;PaulGansky/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS APRIL 2019 VINYL Releases- Close to SOLD OUT: MRS have announced two special VINYL products to be released on Record Store Day 13th April 2019. Both titles will be Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP sets with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures. MRS note that Pre-orders have been unprecedented and both VINYL sets are close to SOLD OUT. Check with your Elvis dealers now.

The titles are ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany and ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ containing all the movie masters and movie versions from the 1950’s.

The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology. Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.

‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.

 



Click here to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings and details.

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story' VINYL Import: The Madison label is back but this time with their first ever vinyl release titled ‘Vegas ’69 - This Is The Story’ just in time for the 50th anniversary of these special shows.
Presented as a stunning double LP set, in three different colors (Clear, Gold, and Red), and naturally on black vinyl. You’ll have the ultimate compilation of this very special time in history, Mixed as one long show, hear Elvis sing his heart out, with songs like My Babe, I Got A Woman, Reconsider Baby, Funny How Time Slips Away, This Is The Story and many more! As a bonus we added a CD in its own period cardboard sleeve, for those who like to listen in their car or just for easy playback.
This release will be an exclusive limited edition of 200 copies of each color only! Get them while you can!
In 1969 Elvis made his triumphant return to live performances following his recent and successful TV
special, Elvis returned with a passion that had been gone for quite some time. Elvis would perform an almost month long engagement from July 31st until August 28. Elvis showed the audience that he was still as great as ever.
Nice for Vinyl collectors although nothing that hasn't been released before.
Click here to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings and details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Blue Hawaii' Spliced Takes Special New CD: CMT is proud to present their latest addition to this great series.
All 15 tracks are unreleased in this format!
New splices and edits gives you a feeling you have a complete new album!
“Can’t Help Falling in Love" has been made just like the master with the “reprise”,
“Slicin’Sand" includes 3 different guitar solos and rocks the sand out of your speakers!
“Ito Eats” has a very different ending.
We could go on, but “No More" ... just make sure to order your copy now!

 

Click here to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Tuesday 12 March 2019
'Counting Down Elvis' Finest 100' Spotlight: Dr. Mark Duffett's 'Counting Down Elvis His 100 Finest Recordings' recently won EIN's joint-prize for 'Best Elvis Book of 2018' .
The book is far, far more than a simple look at Duffett's 100 favourite Elvis songs and each chapter delves deep into Elvis' legacy with the book being a much deeper exploration that you might first think.
Elvis' timeless music ultimately stands on its own and speaks for itself. Listen again to the recordings, and Elvis amazes. Think about what they mean, and he astounds. Another person emerges...
Author Mark Duffett has offered EIN an excerpt from his splendid book so that EIN readers can check out his fine exploration of Elvis' musical legacy.
EIN has chosen a random selection - one from Elvis' classic fifties SUN sessions, a sixties Gospel classic, and a seventies rocker.
If you enjoy these three excerpts than you are surely going to enjoy the whole book.
Go here for our special EIN Spotlight prepared by Piers Beagley.
(Spotlight, Source;MarkDuffett/ElvisInfoNet)

ELVIS at GWS Auctions: A racquetball used by Elvis just hours before his death is heading for auction in the US this month.
The blue rubber ball may possibly fetch up to $8,000 when it goes up for sale on March 20, as part of GWS Auctions' Archives of Hollywood & Music sale. The ball originates from the personal collection of Presley's cousin Billy Smith, who shared the racquetball court with him during his fateful final hours on August 16, 1977.
The GWS Auction offers numerous other pieces of Elvis memorabilia, including jewelry, clothing and personal items. Notable lots will include Elvis' tuxedo from the 1969 film Trouble With Girls; his Martin D-18 Blonde Face acoustic guitar; his Smith & Wesson Chief Special .38 handgun, engraved with his own 'TCB' logo; and a pair of his iconic 1970s custom Gold & Silver 'TCB' sunglasses.
Among the more unusual items up for grabs are Elvis' Schick Pro 1200 hair dryer; a pair of his Smith and Wesson police-issue handcuffs; his black Maglite flashlight; and his personal set of President Nixon Re-Election bumper stickers.
EIN would truly enjoy these highlights
- Elvis Martin D-18 Blonde Face Acoustic Guitar
- US$5,000 min bid
Elvis Presley's Martin D-18 Blonde Face Acoustic Guitar W/Notarized COA Signed by Charlie Hodge - This stunning blonde face Martin D-18 acoustic guitar once belonged to Elvis Presley, who likely used it during the early 1970s. The guitar was later purchased by collector Mike L. Moon in 1982 and exhibited and/or stored at his Elvis Museums for over 30 years.  
- Elvis 1975 Custom Gold & Silver TCB Sunglasses- US $2,000
These large gold frame sunglasses were personally owned and worn by Elvis Presley while at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1975. The glasses have a heavy, gold colored frame with silver TCB logos on each arm, gradient orange lenses which appear to have Elvis' light prescription. According to the accompanying letters of authenticity, these sunglasses were given by Elvis to Fabian Juarez, who was working as an usher at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis was known to give away many personal items as gifts. The glasses are accompanied by a letter from Juarez which states in part, "That evening after the show, I was back stage when Elvis came up to me and told me he had planned to give me a gold watch that evening but had run into someone previously and gave that watch away and took his glasses off of his face and handed them to me saying 'here, these are for you'." Juarez kept these glasses in his possession from when he was given them in 1975 until 2014 when he then gifted them (in true Elvis fashion) to Elvis tribute artist Bill Cherry.

- Elvis Presley's MGM Custom Navy 3-Piece Tuxedo Made for "Trouble With Girls" - US $7,500
This iconic piece is a 3-piece suit which was designed by the MGM wardrobe department for Elvis Presley to be worn in his last film, Trouble With Girls. The suit includes: navy blue wool jacket with black satin trim, satin lining, three outside and one inside pocket, and an interior MGM label with "E. Presley" and production number "1875" hand written in black ink; navy blue wool pants with black satin trim on each leg; and a black and navy satin vest. This suit was previously sold at auction in 1981 where it was misidentified as being from the 1967 Elvis Presley film Double Trouble, and it was actually from the 1969 film Trouble With Girls verified by the production number on the accompanying MGM promo photos which have the production number hand written in the corners. The suit will be accompanied by a copy of the original auction listing from 1981 and reference photos from the film, along with a letter of authenticity indicating that the offered piece was among the items purchased from the Mike Moon collection in 2018.
CLICK HERE to GMW Auctions for more info and to bid

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis: Aloha The Ultimate Experience (2019) BACK ON YOUTUBE!: The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan. Now Back On YOUTUBE here


Nashville Elvis Festival 2019: At the end of this month Elvis fans from around the world will gather at 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.
There is a weekend of live music performances, celebrity appearances, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition and more!
EIN notes that in the past Elvis' musicians and acquaintances have been part of this festival but this year it seems to be totally driven by Elvis Impersonator performances.
At least in ELVIS Gospel Live! Terry Blackwood of The Imperials is part of the concert with special guests: Dean Z, Diogo Light, Cote Deonath, Michael Cullipher, Riley Jenkins, Jeff Lewis.
Other highlights are on Thursday, March 28, 2019
The TCB Session #1: Nashville Marathon Recording Session Recreation At Paragon Studios. Hosted by Tom Brown Featuring Brandon Bennett with the EAS Band
Step back in time as ETA Brandon Bennett recreates the June 1970 recording session at RCA Studio B that has come to be known as the "Nashville Marathon.” The extensive session yielded 30+ recordings, including "Bridge Over Troubled Water,” "Love Letters," "Just Pretend" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."
TCB Session #2: American Sound Recording Session Recreation At Paragon Studios
Hosted by Tom Brown Featuring Dean Z.
In January and February of 1969, Elvis recorded an extensive number of tracks at American Sound Studio in Memphis including significant hits like "In the Ghetto," "Suspicious Minds," "Don't Cry Daddy" and "Kentucky Rain.” Join us ETA Dean Z recreates a legendary American Sound recording session.
Sadly none of Elvis' actual musicians are involved.
Click here to the Nashville website for FULL SCHEDULE
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 9 March 2019

New 'Suspicious Minds' LIVE single!: RCA / Legacy have released a great promo for their new RSD VINYL 1969 concert release (see below) in a NEW SINGLE - digital only.

It teams 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' both brand new, unreleased, one a new digital single via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc.

Taken from the never-before-released-in-any-form August 23, 1969 Dinner Show as recorded in Las Vegas.
Both are described as "single edits".


Click here for 'Suspicious Minds' on YouTube


Click here for 'Mystery Train / Tiger Man' on YouTube

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


ETM&HM #123 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine, Elvis The Man and His Music March issue #123 is out now.


Articles include
- Gee, It's Great...To Be In That Fiftieth State
- Texas, 1958 - The Eddie Fadal Home Recordings
- Southern Knights - Elvis And Jimmy Carter
- Singing For The King - Glen Campbell's Demos
- "Let Bardwell Sing!" - Lake Tahoe, October 1974
- Presley Press - 'Record Whirl'
- Reader's letters
- CD and Book Reviews

 

Click here to ETMHM to subscribe


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 8 March 2019

'Made In Germany' Deluxe set OUT TODAY: The final details have been announced for MRS' new special celebration of Elvis' home recordings in Germany.
MRS new 4CD/152-page book entitled ‘Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ is out today 8 March 2019.
The CD set contains more than 3 hours of all the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
Although the original tapes were damaged with noise, hiss and distortion, for the first time ever, all of Elvis’ recordings made in Germany, have now all been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology. 

The 152-page hardback book contains rare unpublished photographs and documents, complemented by a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.

The BONUS CD included features the essential RCA studio masters from the 1957-’58 period (also lovingly restored and remastered by MRS) and includes - together for the first time - studio banter AS WELL AS the count-ins on ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ and ‘White Christmas’.
The ELVIS Made in Germany CD set is available for preorder from your local Elvis dealer now.
Also, watch out for the announcement in the coming weeks for the Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP/24-page VINYL gatefold version, containing the best of the home recordings Elvis made in Germany!

CD1 features Elvis recording at home Guitar Reel 1 plus relevant September 1958 Interviews
CD2 features recently discovered Guitar Reel 2 including home recordings of 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine' and 'Cool Water'

CD3 features Piano Reel including home recordings of 'Earth Angel', 'Soldier Boy', 'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen' and 'I Asked the Lord'.
Bonus Disc CD4 features 'The Essential RCA Studio Masters 1957 & 1958' with count-ins and studio banter.
Click here to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis: Aloha The Ultimate Experience (2019) Update: The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan.

It has been edited together in a split screen fashion to feature all available footage. This version features extra footage, the complete visuals - including new close-ups, different camera angles as well as crowd footage - it somehow makes Elvis more human as he sings his songs to a massive
EIN says this is essential viewing!
Some EIN readers were upset that the YouTube edit had been removed - If so - you need to look here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


- 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New Book. - OUT NOW
FTD have said that their book with 'Flaming Star'. 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.
A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Week 2019: EPE have announced the Elvis Week 2019 logo (although ours below was better)
EPE says, Mark your calendars, Elvis fans - Elvis Week 2019 is August 9-17, and tickets are on sale now.
There are so many fun and exciting events for all Elvis fans at Elvis Week! The week kicks off with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and several ETA performances. Then, we celebrate important anniversaries in Elvis' career, such as his American Sound sessions and Las Vegas residency, with concerts and panels.
Other fun events include the Elvis Week Bash, Gospel Brunch, Fan Celebration Event and much more.
After last year's disastrously low crowd numbers EPE have decided that there will be no charges or special passes associated with the Candlelight Vigil.
Surely one of the best reasons to go (no, not the ETA contests!) has to be...
- American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert. August 14, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage.
An incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary recording sessions at Memphis' American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guest Mac Davis,
Click HERE TO EPE for their updated schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Best (and Worst) Books of 2018: What were the best Elvis books published in 2018? The worst? The most incredulous?

EIN's Nigel Patterson, with help from Piers Beagley, has compiled an extensive list of the best and worst Elvis books of last year.

The 14 award categories include the best:

  • general biography
  • "subject specific" release
  • composite (book/CD and/or DVD) release
  • "insider" memoir
  • photo-journal
  • fiction release
  • ebook
  • book for younger readers
  • non-english text
  • re-issue
  • fan club/fan publication
  • most incredulous release

Plus EIN names its top two Elvis books of 2018!

To find out what they are (and why) and read about more than 70 other Elvis books published in 2018 click here..(Spotlight, Source: EIN)


'The Best Of The '68 Comeback Special' CD Review: The original NBC TV Special featured Elvis playing with so much passion that it inspired a career renaissance
Released to cash-in on the recent “Elvis All-Star Tribute” one can only hope that the mass of Post Malone and Ed Sheeran fans will consider Elvis’ amazing musical legacy worth checking out.
Elvis never looked cooler than in the 68 Special and this surely has got to help.
The original ELVIS NBC soundtrack vinyl album was obviously the very first selected ‘Best Of’ while BMG’s marvellous 1998 “Memories” double-album was an expanded version. This new ‘Best Of’ has presumably been selected by Rob Santos and John Jackson.
Elvis was SO DAMN GOOD performing for the NBC TV special that any alternate edit has to be enjoyable so EIN thought it worth giving the new set a spin. With all of Elvis’ USA sales getting a positive bump after the new TV show we know that this new set is being played in a fair few homes.  
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates, can another '68 ComeBack Special compilation really be worth buying all over again?
and Have Your Say! Does this really help Elvis' great legacy...  
(CD Review, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' RSD Vinyl: Great news for Elvis VINYL collectors a brand new PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1969 Las Vegas performance is being released for Record Store Day - April 13, 2019.
Better news for all Elvis Fans is that this unreleased August 23, 1969 Dinner Show is a taster for the '1969 LIVE Deluxe Box-Set' that is being released mid-year for Elvis week to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' return to live performance - the Return to Splendour.   
RCA recorded at twelve Elvis concerts in 1969 (for the 'Elvis In Person' project) of which seven performances have been released in full so far by FTD/RCA.  Presumably the new Deluxe Box Set will feature all of RCA's multitrack concert recordings.
'Elvis Presley - Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969'  2 LP Vinyl
Label: CMG / Legacy
Following his triumphant comeback special for NBC at the end of 1968, Elvis Presley made a highly-publicized return to live performance in 1969, booking an exclusive engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis treated audiences to a raucous rock set inspired by the recent sessions for his just-released studio album From Elvis In Memphis, backed by vocal groups The Imperials
and The Sweet Inspirations as well as an early version of his famed TCB Band. Live In Las Vegas 1969 showcases this incredible, important phase in Elvis' career with a previously unreleased set from the first of many engagements at The International Hotel.
SIDE A: 1. Blue Suede Shoes 2. I Got A Woman 3. All Shook Up 4. Love Me Tender 5. Jailhouse Rock 6. Heartbreak Hotel 7. Hound Dog SIDE B: 1. Memories 2. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 3. Monologue
SIDE C: 1. Baby What You Want Me To Do 2. Runaway 3. Are You Lonesome Tonight 4. Yesterday/Hey Jude 5. Introductions SIDE D: 1. In The Ghetto 2. Suspicious Minds 3. What'd I Say 4. Can't Help Falling In Love
The edition is limited to 3000 copies.
Click here to RSD for more details
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

EPE Jack Soden CEO of The Year Award: Every year Inside Memphis Business magazine honours four CEOs who have proven to be exemplary in their fields, leading their companies to success on local, regional, national, and international stages.
Inside Memphis Business is perennially proud of its CEO of the Year awards. It's a chance to highlight some of the best aspects of leaders, businesses, and the city.
The 2019 CEO of the Year Awards Breakfast, presented by eBiz Solutions, was held on January 25th at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
This year's awards honoured the following CEO's:
- 1,000+ employees: Meri Armour - Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
- 200-1,000 employees: Jack Soden - Elvis Presley Enterprises
- 50-200 employees: Nathan A. Bicks - Burch, Porter & Johnson
- 1-50 employees: Jonathan and Jarrett Logan - Castle Black Construction
 
Jack Soden's accomplishment include "revitalizing Graceland into a must-see attraction for Memphians and tourists.
They note, "The future of EPE is happening now. In 2013 Joel Weinshanker acquired an ownership interest in Graceland, took over management of Graceland operations and started the current expansion that Soden had been hoping to get done for years, including a first-rate 450-room hotel, a permanent "Elvis the Entertainer" exhibit, a soundstage, a proper visitor complex, exhibition space, a concert development deal, and other elements to keep Graceland vital.
Much has been done or is happening, and not just to showcase all things Elvis.
Soden is optimistic that attractions on a grand scale can bring blockbuster crowds to Memphis and Graceland. - And if Soden is optimistic about it, then you'd best pay attention."

Click here for the full article about Jack Soden
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis LP in Amazon Australia's Top 100: While Elvis The Best of the 68Comeback Special isn't setting any album charts on fire, it was interesting to see a 2005 Elvis vinyl release quietly bubbling away in the bottom part of Amazon Australia's "fluid" Top 100 CD & Vinyl sellers (initially we discovered it at #84, but it quickly dropped to #95).

 

 

 

 

(News, Source: Amazon Australia)



Saturday 2 March 2019

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

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

Read Larry's interview

(Interview, Source: EIN)


Elvis March 1956 (Paul Belard): The latest book in Paul Belard's massive (40+ books) undertaking to archivally record Elvis' life and career in essentially visual (pictures) format has been released (another two books are nearing completion).

Here is EIN's mini-review of Elvis March 1956:

Another day-by-day account of a month in Elvis’ life. This time author-researcher Belard details (essentially in photos) what Elvis did in March 1956, a very busy and important month in his career. The month featured three appearances by Elvis on television, three performances on the Louisiana Hayride, and a mid-month tour of Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and Washington D.C. Late in March 1956 Elvis also flew to Los Angeles for his first screen test and on his return home to Memphis he moved home from 1414 Getwell to 1034 Audoban Drive.

The myriad of photos (a mix of candids and professionally captured) are mostly in b&w with a number of color images including the ‘colorised’ image of Elvis on motorcycle used for the May 1956 issue of The Enthusiast and color images of Elvis during his television appearances.

The book also features a variety of interesting archival material/reproductions and each day is introduced with text setting the scene. Most of the images are of good quality, a few reflect their age and are included due to their historical importance/rarity.

The cover image is a great color shot of Elvis on stage.
More more information and ordering details:  - email Paul Belard
(News, Source: EIN)

Spatial Audio App to launch at SXSW with Immersive Elvis Experience: Forget VR headsets - the next frontier for immersive storytelling may be your headphones, thanks to a new spatial audio platform that New York-based Vrai Pictures is set to unveil at the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas this month. Traverse, as the platform is called, allows users to map their surroundings with the help of mobile augmented reality (AR) technology, and then explore immersive audio experiences in their own living rooms.

One of the first experiences to be powered by the new platform is called “From Elvis in Memphis.” It allows users to experience the music of the King of Rock and Roll by walking through a physical space, with Traverse’s app making it spatially sound like they’re in the studio with Elvis himself.

“In the middle of a performance, you can walk right up to him. You can also walk up to any of the other band members,” said Vrai Pictures founder Jessica Brillhart.

“The music suddenly shows a dimensionality that was always there but couldn’t be experienced. It just needed the creative insight, the right platform, the tools, and the technology to be realized.” (News, Source: variety.com)

Elvis has left the building – missing 1976 photos are a mystery: Elvis, if you’ll pardon, has left the building. You might call this the Elvis photographs caper.

“I’m looking forward to see what you find out about the Elvis photos that are no longer on display at the Crown arena [North Carolina],” Phil Barnard was saying recently about those large photos that once were displayed in the arena hallway and had been snapped when Elvis Presley performed on Aug. 3, 4 and 5 of 1976, in the 5,500-seat arena along U.S. 301.

The photos were a reminder of the arena’s greatest draw – the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – and fans lined up all night for tickets. And when the first concert sold out, Elvis agreed to do a second performance the next evening. And when tickets went like the wind for that 2nd show, Elvis agreed to stick around for a third concert.

Today, the photographs no longer are on exhibit.

“I am unaware of any Elvis Presley photos at the arena,” says Jim Grafstrom, general manager for the Crown Complex that operates under Spectra Venue Management. “They must have been removed prior to November 2013, when we assumed management duties of the Complex.”

Karen Long managed the complex prior to Grafstrom.
“Karen let me know that those photos were removed prior to her taking over as GM of the Crown, when Paul Beard was the GM,” Grafstrom says. “No one here seems to be aware of where the pictures are located, if they exist.”

Oh, those photos exist. Or, once they did. Jack Shands, the arena’s first manager who spent two years luring Elvis to this city, put ‘em on the hallway wall, and Shands’ successor, Wilson Rogers, will tell you they were there, too.
“They were there the entire time,” Rogers, 74, says of his tenure from 1981 to 1990. “It was incredible that Elvis played in that building. That was a coup for Jack.”
A coup for this community, too. Elvis belonged to us for not just one night, but three, after the former soldier learned Fayetteville was near neighboring Fort Bragg and many military families would be turned away.

“Thus Spake Zarathustra” told the audience that Elvis was in the house on Aug. 3, 1976, as the arena lights darkened and suddenly there he was decked out in the blue jumpsuit with sequins and being led to the stage by six body guards. Camera bulbs were flashing and women were screaming and jumping and crying and couldn’t control their emotions of the moment.
Elvis was 41, heavier no doubt, but still handsome with his long hair and that Elvis smile and that rich voice that belted out hits from “C.C. Rider” to “Jailhouse Rock” to “Dixie” to “Love Me Tender” to “I’m Hurt” to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”

Kendall Wall, who took over as manager for Rogers, remembers the Elvis photo exhibit.
“When I left Fayetteville the pictures of Elvis were still hanging the arena,” says Wall, who managed the arena and theater from 1990 to 2001 and now manages the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama. “The sun had taken its toll, but they were still a main attraction.”
And now they’re missing.
“That is completely inexcusable,” Barnard says. “To me, the old arena is sacred ground when you consider all of the legends that appeared there in years gone by. And Elvis is at the top of that legends list.”
(News, Source: Bill Kirby Jr., The Fayetteville Observer)

Elvis pro-wrestler to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame: If you saw Elvis in the wrestling ring recently you may not be dreaming. The WWE announced on Tuesday that professional wrestler Wayne Farris — better known as The Honky Tonk Man — will be inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Farris was one of wrestling's best-known heels in the late 1980s and was the WWE's intercontinental champion for a record 454 days. Farris' wrestling career took off after he adopted his evil Elvis impersonator persona. He was known for carrying a guitar into the ring, which he would use as a weapon against his opponents.

(News, Source: CBS Sports/ElvisInfoNet)



(Mini Book Review) Elvis Is King! (Jonah Winter, Illustrated by Red Nose Studio): This new book, released on what would have been Elvis' 84th birthday, covers Elvis’ life from birth to early 1956. The narrative is minimalist and it is the visual element which dominates with stunning imagery full of deeply rich color captured from claymation/stop motion animation type models.

Each page has a title theme. The themes include The Moment in the African American Church; Beale Street Blues; Shazam! A Blond Boy Turns into a Black-Haired Teenager!; High School Talent Show; and Arrival of the Screaming Teenage Girls.

The author has taken some journalistic licence:

Driving down the street, he screeches to a halt, jumps out of the car, and yells “I’M GONNA BE THE BIGGEST STAR IN THE WORLD!”

As a "value add" feature, the book dust jacket features the section How the Art Work Was Made on its inside pages.
Publishing details: Schwartz & Wade Books, USA, 2019, H/B (with dj) (24 x 29cms), Unpaginated, Illustrated, ISBN-13: 978-0399554704

Verdict: Elvis Is King! will entrance and delight young readers (pre-school to grade 3) with its stunning artwork. The minimalist text is sufficient to ensure the reader gets a real appreciation for Elvis’ beginning in Tupelo to his breakout as a national (and international) phenomenon with Heartbreak Hotel. This is a neat entry in the “Elvis for younger readers” sub-catalog of the ever-bourgeoning Elvis library. It is the perfect present for any fan's young grand children, nieces and nephews. (Book Review, Source: Nigel Patterson, EIN)


Elvis News and articles from earlier in the week....
Apology, since posting the news below about 'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' it seems that someone at EPE has spotted the new recut and have banned it from YouTube despite the producer rightly noting - If you do not own Aloha From Hawaii support EPE and buy the official version but please enjoy this new recut.
Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience (2019): The 46th anniversary release of 'Aloha From Hawaii' where new camera angles have been combined from all available versions together with a brand new audio mix.
This historic concert by Elvis Presley was recorded live on January 14th, 1973.
'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii - The Ultimate Experience' took a year to complete and is made by a big Elvis fan.

It has been edited together in a split screen fashion to feature all available footage. The original was captured with 5 to 10 standard definition colour broadcast cameras that were mixed and recorded on three tape machines. In this this version all the segments are placed in correct time and place, and along with the extra footage, the complete visuals - including new close-ups, different camera angles as well as crowd footage - it somehow makes Elvis more human as he sings his songs to a massive world-wide audience.
My goal with this new audio mix was to give you a more direct experience with Elvis' vocal upfront and a clearer mix. Hopefully it may get official release one day
The YouTube post notes - If you do not own Aloha From Hawaii support EPE and buy the official version but please enjoy this new recut.
Click here to YouTube to watch. - Runs 72 minutes.
EIN says this is essential viewing!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Presley News Report; The monthly Elvis Presley News Report is posted on YouTube by The Netherland's Emiel Maier.
It features some great news clips and video footage you might not see elsewhere.

This month's Elvis News Report features a fine look at the great George Klein (RIP) as well as some cool preview clips from “Elvis All-Star Tribute” for those fans who have not yet had it broadcast in their country
CLICK here to YouTube to view - runs 11 minutes.


(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


How Elvis’ Most Famous Costumes from  ’68 Comeback Special were Saved from Destruction: Here is a great story from the 'Elvis Relics' blog.
Truly unbelievable and well-worth the read..
Elvis’ manager, Colonel Parker was a mastermind at the art of marketing, and in early 1971 he devised a plan to include a small Swatch of clothing from Elvis’s personal wardrobe with every record set of an upcoming release that would be called Elvis Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2
Personal articles of Elvis’s clothing would be collected and box by Elvis’s father Vernon Presley and sent to the Colonel’s office at MGM in Hollywood – there they would be sorted and placed into shipping trunks and sent to RCA in New York.
In the memo from his office at MGM dated March 24th 1971 the Colonel outlined strict guidelines for the operation. Trunks containing Elvis’s clothing were to contain shirts, pants, ties, scarves and coats.  They were to be shipped air-freight only in lots of at least six trunks at a time and insured for $1,000. per trunk. The memo read in part;  “…this project must be treated in the same way as if we did a tour made a picture or TV show.  It will most likely be the most important project for income this year so let’s not be sloppy with it.  I must be able to call for and receive an up-to-date project report on this at all times.”  One week later the Colonel signed a contract with RCA that outline the agreement with his company known as All-Star shows RCA agreed to pay $3.50 per sold unit of the first 150,000 LP disc packages - which included all artist royalties a special Elvis Presley picture on a Swatch of Elvis Presley’s clothing. RCA agreed to advance payment on the first 100,000 units with the first $75,000 to be paid before June 10th 1971. 
The Colonel signed on behalf of Elvis, who was still recovering from his eye infection.
Back in Memphis, boxes of Elvis’s clothing that were awaiting shipment were scattered all over the front foyer, living room and dining room at Graceland. About that time Mike McGregor- who is in charge of Elvis’s ranch in Mississippi, and his horses at Graceland, happen to come by and walked inside the mansion from the back. He saw the clothing in the boxes everywhere and asked Elvis what he was doing with all those clothes.  Elvis said “RCA wants them they’re going to cut them up for a big promotion that they’re doing.” 
Mike said “that’s a lot of nice clothes going to waste!” Elvis replied  “…Well hell Mike, go through them and take what you want – they’ll never know the difference”.
Twenty-five specially-prepared trunks filled with 790 articles of Elvis’s clothing arrived at RCA headquarters in New York. The inventory list was an impressive reflection of the fashion styles of Elvis Presley- mainly from the 1960s.   As per the Colonel’s instructions, the clothing was cut into 2 x 3 inch swatches.  According to the Colonel’s personal inventory list, this collection of clothing also included three of Elvis’s jumpsuits.
Little did anyone know at the time, but Mike McGregor’s  random, chance encounter with Elvis, just as he was going through his wardrobe items at Graceland – would ultimately have a tremendous effect on the preservation of rock and roll history.
CLICK HERE to 'Elvis Relics' to read the whole story and see more great pics.
(News, Source;BG/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' Deluxe Set: FTD announces their second "complete sessions" 3-cd box-set. 'The Fun In Acapulco Sessions' is the ultimate 'Fun In Acapulco' release, a 3-CD set that 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 RCA Victor's vault-stored session reel box.
The 28-page booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia, session data, Movie Trivia and an updated overview of the movie by Alan Hanson.
The 3-CDs are housed in a CD carrier adorned by original tape box documentation.
Fortunately for us (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car was recorded in a single take, but there are lots of never heard before session outtakes for instance Bossa Nova, Baby Takes 6, 7, 8, 9 10, Marguerita Takes 1-5, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Takes 2-6 and masses of Guadalajara!
Click here to EIN's 'Elvis FTD/SONY CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
The London Elvis Shop is offering a Bonus postcard set with pre-orders.
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Week 2019 Schedule Update: EPE notes that there's no better place to honor the King of Rock 'n' Roll than Elvis Week! Elvis Week 2019 features an exciting line-up of concerts, panels, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and, of course, the Candlelight Vigil.
Graceland Insiders Ticket pre-sale begins at 8:30am CT February 27, General Tickets on-sale at noon CT February 27.
Surely one of the best reasons to go (no, not the ETA contests!) has to be...
- American Sound Studio 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert.
August 14, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage.
An incredible night of music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary recording sessions at Memphis' American Sound Studio. Join Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who were members of the legendary house band at the American Sound Studio, along with special guests Mac Davis, who wrote "In the Ghetto" and "Don't Cry Daddy" which Elvis recorded at American Sound; the Holladay Sisters, who sang back-up during the sessions; plus lead vocalists Andy Childs and Terry Mike Jeffrey; for a special concert event featuring performances of some of Elvis' hits from American Sound, as well as songs from the many other stars that recorded at the legendary Memphis studio.
Click HERE TO EPE for their updated schedule
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in February ...
'Elvis: St Paul To Wichita: Oct 1974' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack this time focussing on Elvis' Tour 12 which went from September 27 to October 9.
Two concerts St. Paul, Minnesota October 3, 1974 and Wichita, Kansas October 7, 1974 are included with three bonus songs from October 4, 1974.
Best of all these are both previously unreleased soundboards.
While Elvis had performed some memorable shows earlier in 1974, the September-October 1974 tour was not one of his best, with highlights sparsely dotted across the shows. The infamous College Park performance was during this tour, but by October 3 it was clear Elvis was up and enjoying himself.
In high energy and good humour Elvis at one point jokes, "By God, you might have been wrong for so long, but you were right tonight J.D!"
The soundboard audio quality is excellent.
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out Elvis' performance
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 


“Elvis All-Star Tribute” - Good Review: While a large number of Elvis fans were disappointed with the promo clips of the new Elvis Tribute, it was nice to see the actual show well produced, explain the importance of ELVIS even 50 years later and hopefully inspiring some new younger fans.
The Commercial Appeal gave it a nice review including...
.. Like some sort of Grammy-powered Super Friends, Post Malone, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton, John Legend and more than a dozen more of what NBC touted as the “greatest stars of our time” joined forces Sunday for the prime time TV special “Elvis All-Star Tribute.”
The two-hour event doubled the original broadcast time of its inspiration, the so-called “‘68 Comeback Special”.
Host Blake Shelton announced, “I’m here tonight because 50 years ago a King returned”, the original special "often
imitated but never surpassed - and which changed the game forever in music and television."
The special may prove to be something of a game changer itself for Post Malone, the platinum-selling rapper/musician whose hit 2018 album “Beerbongs & Bentleys” obviously was not aimed at adult Elvis fans.
Auditioning for the mainstream audience-of-all-ages that now embraces the post-meat dress Lady Gaga, Post Malone - joined by Keith Urban on guitar - wore sparkly silver cowboy boots and a banana-colored Nudie-style suit embroidered with images of feathers to perform a faithful cover of Jimmy Reed’s blues classic, “Baby What You Want Me to Do.” He was affable and apparently happy and proud to have been invited to join the party.
The union of Post Malone and Urban demonstrated that the show's mission, in large part, was to affirm the idea of Elvis' universal appeal. The roster of performers included rock, pop, R&B, country and gospel "All-Stars."
Shot on a NBC Studios sound stage in October, the "Elvis All-Star Tribute" more or less recreated the
format of the original special by presenting performers in what "'68 Comeback Special" director Steve Binder called "a boxing ring without ropes": a small square stage surrounded by fans, creating a fairly intimate setting for the straightforward interpretations of the songs.
Sometimes, performers were backed by a recreation of the famous sign from the original special that spelled out "ELVIS" in giant red-light-bulb letters
Carrie Underwood joined Yolanda Adams to perform a gospel medley of Elvis songs.
Wisely the producers were not stingy with footage from the original special, using vintage Elvis moments to restart the show after each return from a commercial break.
For the opening number, a medley of "Trouble" and "Guitar Man," Shelton's "cover" was intercut with footage of Elvis' performance from 1968, creating a sort of call-and-response duet. The "If I Can Dream" finale also was edited so that Elvis traded verses with various "All-Stars."
In addition, brief on-camera testimonials from Binder and Priscilla Presley, discussing the power of Elvis and the impact of the 1968 special, were placed strategically throughout the show, like garnish on a dinner plate.
A highlight of the two hour broadcast was Mac Davis' solo rendition of "Memories," a song he wrote (with the late Billy Strange) for the Elvis special. As host Shelton said, when introducing Davis: “You know what’s cool? Singing great Elvis songs. You know what’s even cooler? Writing great Elvis songs."
Davis, 77, the elder statesman of the performers shared a poignant memory of holding the infant Lisa Marie during a visit to Elvis' Bel Air home. Mac Davis was later joined by John Legend, who sang a Davis composition that has emerged as one of Elvis' biggest hits, "A Little Less Conversation."
Others on the show included Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban, Pistol Annies and Little Big Town.
Lisa Marie Presley did not perform, but introduced a gospel medley segment featuring Carrie Underwood and Yolanda Adams; similarly, actress Riley Keough, Lisa Marie's daughter, introduced Dierks Bentley, who contributed the rocker, "Little Sister."
The "Elvis All-Star Tribute" marked the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "Comeback Special," which helped inspire Elvis to return to meaningful music-making after years of increasingly irrelevant movie soundtracks.
Click here to the Commercial Appeal full review.
(News, Source;CA/ElvisInfoNet)

'If I Can Dream' new Duet "Sucks" say EIN readers! We asked what you thought of the new 'If I Can Dream' All-Star Tribute new duet. Unsurprisingly everyone agreed that the new artists vocal performances were very lame.
Plenty noted that the clip only goes to show how DAMN GOOD Elvis was in the Comeback Special.
Typically fans wrote "This highlights why Elvis is the King" as noted Patricia Ramsay.
Our favourite reply was this...
"I am a pretty tolerant & an open-minded Elvis fan, enjoying most of the remixes that from time to time springs out on the market. Some are so good that have a
life of their own along side with the unbeatable originals.
I was out there to buy & enjoyed the album 'Guitar Man' when it did hit the markets, even if now it sounds out of date, I still think it was a good effort.
Even the American Idol 2007 duet of 'If I Can Dream' with one of my most hated singers, Celine Dion, I thought wasn’t too bad.
But this new version really sucks!
It takes away the power & the emotion of Elvis’s brilliant rendition & it washes down with heartless vocals done by useless singers. - Al Corvini.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley: A Moment in Time" Now on Kindle: We are not sure how we missed this news but the FTD book 'Elvis Presley: A Moment in Time: 4 Days in '56' by Michael Rose was published as a Kindle edition back in Decemeber 2018.
- If you couldn't afford the postage from Europe you can now download the book as a cheap E-book.
At the time the book featured a cache of never-before-seen Elvis photos from his late spring tour in 1956. These remarkable photos show the singer as he was just on the cusp of becoming a star. They’re wonderful candid shots of him performing, meeting his fans, relaxing between shows at a local arcade and at home with his family in Memphis.
–Ernst Jørgensen stated about the book, “In the 20 years I have been privileged to work with Elvis Presley CDs and books there have been a number of great discoveries. One was when I was approached by Michael Rose, who said that he had found a treasure of photos from 1956. I was absolutely not prepared for the quantity and quality of these historic images. It was one of these situations where you forget all about financial logic, and just KNOW that this has to be shared with all the fans."
Publisher: Water Street Press - out December 5, 2018.
Only US$8.65 on Amazon.com. - Click here.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Holiday Season In Vegas: 1975' FTD In-Depth Review: A live soundboard 5” double-digipack release featuring Elvis back in Las Vegas for his 14th season in December 1975.
Elvis always preferred the Midnight concerts to the Dinner Shows and Elvis' December 13 Midnight Show with Linda Thompson and her parents in the audience was one of his very best Vegas shows.
Elvis asked, "Did you decide to go crazy?" and the set that follows has far more energy and excitement than most of Elvis' later Vegas shows. It was a Saturday Night 1975 and Elvis sure was back!
However since most Elvis collectors will already have a bootleg copy, the previously unreleased December 6th concert - spliced from both Dinner & Midnight Shows - has to be the draw-card here. BUT the poor sound quality and Elvis' lacklustre performance is a possible let-down...
Click here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the reality of this new FTD double-pack and question how essential it really is?
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 


Thursday 14 February 2019 - - - Valentine's Day - - -
Make Your Valentine's Day, "ELVIS Day"! Elvis means romance, Elvis means lust! If you are a true Elvis fan then surely you feel a tightness in your chest and teardrops in your eyes when you listen to a sublime Elvis song. In 2019 there are too many sad people in this world who don't realise that ELVIS can truly fill you with love on Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is the ultimate celebration of love, the most precious of human feelings, personified by Elvis as no one else has with so many songs featuring love and heartache.
In today's competitive modern world and media dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Katy Perry and Drake what people miss out on is the softer qualities of love, romance and angst of separation which endeared Elvis and his music to a generation and now do not find much of a chance to survive.
It is sad that whole new generations are really missing out on something which generations of parents and grand parents were granted to experience but have no real means of passing on.
Put on your favourite Elvis compile, relax and feel the true emotion of classics such as 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'Always on My Mind', 'Love Me Tender', 'I Just Can't Help Believin', 'I Need Somebody To Lean On', 'The Thrill Of Your Love' or 'Let It Be Me'. . . . . - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.


Julie Adams (Tickle Me) Dead at 92: Julie Adams will be remembered by Elvis fans for her appearance in 1965's 'Tickle Me' however her most famous role was as the love object of the "Gill Man" in the 1954 monster horror film “The Creature From the Black Lagoon'. She died last Sunday, February 3rd, aged 92.
Last year's Oscar winning “The Shape of Water” was heavily influenced by 1954's "Gill Man" film and director Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to the actress, writing, “I mourn Julie Adams passing. It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim.”
During her career Julie Adams appeared in 50 films and even more television episodes. Along with “Creature From the Black Lagoon, which catapulted her film career, she starred alongside Elvis Presley in 1965’s 'Tickle Me', worked with Dennis Hopper in 1971’s “The Last Movie,” and appeared with Jimmy Stewart in “Bend in the River.” Her other movie roles include “The Private War of Major Benson,” “Mississippi Gambler,” “Bright Victory,” and “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”
Born Betty May Adams on Oct. 17, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa, Adams spent her formative years in Arkansas before moving to California. She took acting lessons while working as a secretary before landing her first film role, 1949’s “Red Hot and Blue” for Paramount, which she followed up with a number of Westerns. She changed her name to Julie by the early ’50s after signing with Universal.
In 1951 she gained a Universal contract, she lost her southern accent while the studio had her legs insured for $125,000, with the intention of exposing them as much as possible.
Adams married actor-director Ray Danton, her co-star in the 1955 action film “The Looters.” They also appeared together in 1958’s “Tarawa Beachhead” and 1975’s horror flick “Psychic Killer” before divorcing in 1981. The couple had two children, Steve Danton and Mitchell Danton.
One noteworthy appearance in television history was as the only client of the defence lawyer Perry Mason ever to be convicted in the 60s series. More recently, Adams had a role in 'Murder, She Wrote' as an estate agent, Eve Simpson, and sometime-helper of amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury (1987-93).
Among the roles in the few feature films she made following the end of her Universal contract was the “older” woman who makes a play for rodeo star Elvis in Tickle Me (1965), and she was effective as cop John Wayne’s ex-wife in McQ (1974).
Her autobiography 'The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon' which she co-wrote with her son
Mitchell, was published in 2011.
On TV Julie Adams appeared in series such as “CSI: New York,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “General Hospital,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Colgate Comedy Hour,” and “Melrose Place.”
Of working with Elvis, Julie Adams said, "I am from the South so I felt very at home with Elvis because he was a really charming young Southern gentleman. Elvis was always very prepared. In the one nightclub scene we did a singing number and I was in awe because I watched him and he did it in one take! He had to walk around the set and to a playback but he he was perfect. That was amazing. I enjoyed working with him very very much. Tickle Me was a lovely experience."
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Best of The '68 Comeback Special' OUT TOMORROW: The new companion album to NBC's "Elvis All-Star Tribute" titled 'The Best of The '68 Comeback Special' will be released worldwide by RCA/Legacy Recordings on February 15, 2019.
Described as "An ideal set for long time Elvis fans and newcomers, 'The Best of The '68 Comeback Special' comprises the Elvis recordings and performances that inspired the upcoming tribute and showcases a new version of the legendary closing number, "If I Can Dream" as heard in the new special - featuring Elvis' original vocals alongside new performances by Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton. The album features 15 Elvis performances from the "stand-up" and "sit-down" shows filmed for the '68 broadcast, plus three original studio recordings (A Little Less Conversation, Suspicious Minds, Burning Love) to represent other songs that appear in the new special.
The original special, recorded over several sessions in June 1968, featured Elvis playing the songs that mattered most to him, in his first live performance since 1961. When it aired on December 3, 1968, the special was the week's highest-viewed television program, re-establishing Elvis as a driving force in popular music.

See below for tracklisting: includes Prevously Unreleased new "Duet" "If I Can Dream" - Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton
CD priced $12 in USA,  £9.99 in UK, JbHiFi in Australia AU$19. 
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Gary Puckett's great story on meeting Elvis: Gary Puckett and the (latest incarnation of the) Union Gap (dressed in their customary Union Army uniforms) are currently touring Australia.

Many EIN visitors will remember the group’s string of big hits in the late 60s including Woman Woman, Young Girl, Over You, Don’t Give In To Him, Lady Willpower, This Girl Is A Woman Now, and Let’s Give Adam and Eve Another Chance.

Gary, who at 76 years of age, still has a powerful vocal range (albeit with a deeper tone than in his heyday), engaged a very receptive audience in Canberra (the national capital of Australia) and shared many interesting anecdotes about his life and career.

Gary saved the best for last with around a five minute account of his encounter with Elvis one night at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Gary and the Union Gap were playing in the lounges at the International along with Ike and Tina Turner and the “bluest”

stand-up comedian of the time, Redd Fox (of Sanford and Son TV show fame). Gary stated that he was always a big Elvis fan and that Elvis touched his heart with his singing. He never expected he’d meet Elvis or that Elvis would even know who he was.

However, one night, he got out of the life and was confronted by a group of 12 or 13 guys walking toward him, all huddled together. They didn’t look like staff at the International and Gary took them to be musos. As they got close to him they parted and Gary found himself face to face with the tall and very handsome Elvis Presley. Becoming tongue tied and a little star struck, Gary finally managed to say “Hi Elvis, I’m Gary Puckett” to which Elvis, gave him that Elvis smile with the curled upper lip, and said “Yeah man, I know. I like your music”.

Gary chatted with Elvis for a short period and Elvis said he would come to see him and the Union Gap perform. Gary thought Elvis was just being polite but during his show the maitre d’ whispered to him that “E is here”. Gary thought about announcing Elvis’ presence to the audience but decided that would bring his show to a premature end, so he waited until he had sung the last song. As soon as Gary told the audience Elvis was present and pointed to him, instantaneously the crowd rose from their seats and scrambled to get close to Elvis.

Years later, Gary met Priscilla Presley who told him that Gary was one of Elvis’ favorite three singers, Roy Orbison being number one. Gary commented that Roy was for him too….”well….after Elvis”. Immediately following his anecdote about Elvis, Gary’s penultimate song in his Canberra show was a fine version of Elvis’ An American Trilogy. (News, Source: NP, EIN)

Watch video of Gary Puckett telling his Elvis story at Epcot 2004

Listen to Gary Puckett and the Union Gap singing This Girl Is A Woman Now


George Klein’s recollections of Elvis: Following the recent sad news of George Klein’s passing, EIN thought it appropriate to highlight some of George’s recollections about Elvis.

These recollections are from a 1986 interview George did with EIN’s Nigel Patterson at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street in Memphis (George was dee-jay at the club).

At the time of the interview, George also owned a night club called In Cahoots which was located on the outskirts of the city, to which he invited two intrepid Aussies to be his guests for the night......but that is another story. All I will say about that night is flimsy red under-shorts, no shirts, a packed nightclub of rowdy Americans, 20 empty Budweiser bottles and a video camera.

EIN: George, along with Red, you were friends with Elvis since high school. What do you remember about Elvis at high school?

GK: Elvis was always outside the 'in-group'. He dressed differently and his hair and sideburns were longer than what was normal at the time. Despite being different Elvis a nice young man and he was fun to be around. Some people thought it funny that he and I became friends but, you know, we just connected.

EIN: What about Elvis's stage presence, his charisma?

GK: Charisma is right on. Elvis had tons of it. Even when he started out fans were drawn to him on stage. He was raw, exciting and incredibly talented.

EIN: When he first started out, did you think he was going to become a superstar?

GK: I knew Elvis was different and very talented and I thought he would be a big star. But I don't think any of us could foresee just how big he would become, let alone the biggest star in the world.

EIN: What are your memories of Elvis performing at the height of his popularity in the 50s?

GK: Man it was scary, real scary. Those were wild times and sometimes I wondered how Elvis survived it. The fans, especially the girls, went crazy every time he moved any part of his body. The noise was incredible and very quickly the Colonel had to arrange extra security for Elvis' concerts. It's sad there isn't more visual record of Elvis' live shows from the 50s. If there was it would blow you away, just how wild it all was. I'll never forget it.

EIN: George, for you what was the greatest thing about having Elvis as a friend?

GK: Elvis's generosity and kindness. When you had Elvis as a friend you had a real friend, a friend for life. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you. And he helped all of us out at one time or another. You could have an argument with Elvis but when the chips were down he was always your friend. Man, his loyalty to you was special. (Interview, Source: EIN)


Feb 5 - George Klein Dead at 83: Very sadly EIN learnt that George Klein has passed away, as confirmed by Elvis' nurse Marian Justice Cocke. He was 83.
Klein met Elvis Presley in 1948 at Humes High School in Memphis and they were close friends until the rock 'n' roll icon died in 1977.
Klein was part of "Memphis Mafia" and enjoyed telling stories about the times he and Presley spent together.
Klein died yesterday, Tuesday, at hospice in Memphis. Priscilla Presley noted that Klein had been suffering from illness, including pneumonia, for about two weeks.
Elvis' nurse Marian Justice Cocke, Priscilla, Jerry Shilling and other close friends have been in constant contact with Klein during his illness.

Priscilla noted that Elvis loved Klein's outgoing personality, his loyalty, and his sense of humor. She called their friendship a "guy's thing," with their own inside jokes and "their own language."
Elvis used to affectionately call Klein "GK."

"Their friendship was golden, truly golden, I don't think I've ever heard George say anything bad about anybody."
Presley served as Klein's best man, and Klein was a pallbearer at Presley's funeral. Klein also appeared in his friend's film, "Jailhouse Rock."
When Presley was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, Klein made the acceptance speech.
"Personally, Elvis was a great friend to me," Klein said in the speech. "You know, I never saw Elvis refuse an autograph. I never saw Elvis refuse a handshake. I never saw Elvis refuse to take a picture with anyone."
Klein hosted a radio show featuring ELVIS music on Sirius XM. He had also hosted radio and television shows in Memphis dating to the 1960s. Klein was known throughout the city, speaking at charity events for no pay.
Klein published several books about Elvis including 'Elvis Presley: A Family Album' and 'Elvis: My Best Man'.
In recent years several key friends of Elvis - Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Red West, Marty Lacker, Sonny West and Joe Esposito have died.
Priscilla said she has thought about that, and called it "a reality check."
"It hits home" she said. "George Klein is the last of our history in many ways."
Funeral arrangements have not been released.
Marian Cocke wrote, "You are in God's hands, my friend.. GOD BLESS and TLC"
(News, Source;MJC/ElvisInfoNet)

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

In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS APRIL 2019 VINYL Releases: MRS have announced two special VINYL products to be released on Record Store Day 13th April 2019.

Both titles will be Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP sets with a 24-page photo spread gatefold with stunning pictures.

The titles are ‘Made in Germany – Private Recordings’ which features the best of the remastered private recordings Elvis made in Germany and ‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ containing all the movie masters and movie versions from the 1950’s.

The audio from Elvis' private recordings has been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology.

Elvis vinyl fans can now enjoy these truly historical recordings including the newly found 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine', 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' and 'Cool Water' for the very first time.

‘The Complete ‘50s Movie Masters & Alternate Recordings’ features one side of vinyl dedicated to each one of Elvis' four fifties movies and includes gems such as the STEREO 'Love Me Tender' recordings, 'Treat Me Nice' and 'Jailhouse Rock' in STEREO as well as the delightful 'Crawfish' Movie Master Edit from King Creole.

 


Something to look forward to on Record Day 2019.


Click here to 'ELVIS: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings and details.

 

 


(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Two New FTD Releases OUT NOW: FTD's two new releases a 1974 double-soundboard & special double-VINYL of 'Kissin Cousins' are OUT NOW. The book has been delayed.
- "ELVIS: St. Paul to Wichita - October '74".
Released as a 5" digipack, and taken from the original soundboard source, this 2-CD set features Elvis in excellent form from the fall tour of 1974.
Elvis' 1974 September / October tour saw him on a post Desert-Storm emotional and physical roller-coaster. Some shows were particularly poor. However FTD promise that "Elvis was in great form and using a variety of repertoire."
Neither show has previously been released, even on bootleg, so it will be very interesting to discover how Elvis performed these nights.
Disc 1: 1 See See Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Blue Suede Shoes, 5 Until It's Time For You To Go, 6 Big Boss Man, 7 Fever, 8 If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 9 Love Me Tender, 10 Hound Dog, 11 Introductions including: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, 12 All Shook Up, 13 Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel,
14 The Wonder Of You, 15 Why Me Lord, 16 Heartbreak Hotel, 17 Let Me Be There, 18 Hawaiian Wedding Song, 19 American Trilogy, 20 Johnny B. Goode, 21 You Gave Me A Mountain (Rest of show is missing on the source tape)
Disc 1 recorded at Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. Oct 2, 1974 - Click to SONY / FTD 2019 releases for more info
- 'Kissin' Cousins' Double-Vinyl Limited Edition.
FTD promises that this special double-album contains great alternative versions of songs from the film soundtrack sessions and related tracks.
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
Released in 180 gram format.
LP1, SIDE 1:1 Kissin' Cousins (# 2) (unedited master), 2 Smokey Mountain Boy (track, take 1-intro & take 4/M), 3 Catchin' On Fast (unedited master), 4 There's Gold In The Mountains (track, takes 1-2), 5 Kissin' Cousins (track, take 1), 7 One Boy Two Little Girls (master), 8 Pappy Won't You Please Come Home (Dolores Edgin vocal, take 6/M)
SIDE 2 1 Kissin' Cousins (hillbilly vocal), 2 Anyone (Could Fall in Love with You) (v.o. take 2/alternate master),  3 Barefoot Ballad (instrumental), 4 There's Gold In The Mountains (instrumental), 5 Smokey Mountain Boy (master), 6 Once Is Enough (master), 7 Tender Feeling (track, take 1), 8 Catchin' On Fast (track, take 1 & ending take 2)
- Click to SONY / FTD 2019 releases for more info

- 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New Book.
FTD have said that their book with 'Flaming Star' has been delayed until end of February. 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.
A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


New format - Elvis Presley (Experimental Release 6) High Definition Music Card (Blu-ray): Have you heard about the new format that will replace the music CD and revolutionize the music industry as you know it? Let us introduce to you the new High Definition Music Card. If you love music, then you have a lot of sources to choose from today.

But, if you REALLY love music, you're probably not satisfied with the sound quality of what you are listening to. Your frustration is comparable to a viewer watching a movie in IMAX and 3-D at the local theater, and then seeing the same recording on their Smartphone... wow, what a difference.

See, the High Definition Music Card is based on an advanced technology that places each sound in a unique 3-D location in space. Well, now you can get that 3-D type of experience in music by using The High Definition Music Card.

Developed by Alexander Goldberg Jero, winner of prestigious Surround Music Awards, The High Definition Music Card is a new USB format device for delivering music content that features the latest advances in surround sound reproduction that compares with no other format in the world.
The release features 11 Elvis tracks licensed from Sony Music plus a swag of bonus extras. Available only on a pre-order basis so if you are interested you'd be wise to order quickly. 
EIN NOTE: Please investigate the new technology before purchasing. Back in 2002 David Bendeth produced the rather fine 'Surround Sound' 5.1 version of 'Elvis 30#1 Hits'. While the multitrack Elvis recordings (ie Memphis Sessions onward) sounded fantastic, the manipulated 3 track stereo or mono recordings were trickier fare.
From the tracklist it looks that newer 'Where No One Stand Alone' overdub versions could be in this playlist. There is no way that the recordings come from "7.1 / 5.1 surround sound configuration" original RCA masters.

(News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) A time for LOVE (Micheal Lawerence Isles): While its title is true, Micheal Lawerence Isle's new Elvis themed book is much more than a love story.

Mixing its titular theme with adventure, mystery, Elvis, and the dusty environs of outback Australia, the author has penned an entertaining tale with nicely developed characters and a surprise ending.

Read EIN's full review and Nigel Patterson's mini-interview with the author

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


Sunday 13 January 2019 - FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY - - - -

The Memphis Sessions - 50 Years ago Today: It seems impossible that it was fifty years ago this month that Elvis walked into American Studios in Memphis and started work on what are probably his most celebrated sessions, maybe even better than those made at Sun.
Not as influential, of course, but certainly deeper and darker from both the point of view of lyrics and Elvis’s emotional involvement. He was no longer a (relatively) innocent teenager singing about love to his sweetheart, but someone who had really experienced love as an adult.
Elvis could also sing about loss in a way he couldn’t fifteen years earlier, he had lived, and he seemed to pour all of his experiences into the recordings at America, and didn’t care about laying bare his soul. In fact, he knew he had to.
This was make or break....

In this fascinating article EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the importance of The Memphis Sessions and the press reaction from the time...
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)


'Suspicious Minds' - Elvis' Greatest Single?: It was FIFTY YEARS AGO, in the early morning hours of January 23, 1969, that Elvis recorded the song that would guarantee his true musical renaissance would last through until his all-too-early demise almost a decade later.  'Suspicious Minds' would be released on August 26th 1969. While the NBC '68 TV Special, along with the single 'In the Ghetto' had pushed Elvis back to the forefront of popular culture, it would be the release of Elvis' last US Number 1 single that would ultimately prove to all the critics that Elvis was a still relevant contemporary musical force.

Back in 2009 EIN celebrated the 40th anniversary of this Number One single and looked back in detail at the history of this classic song, including new interviews with Marty Lacker and Bobby Wood, as well as insights from composer Mark James and producer Chips Moman.

Go here for this fascinating spotlight

(Spotlight, Source; ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS 'Made In Germany' Deluxe set: The final details have been announced for MRS' new special celebration of Elvis' home recordings in Germany.
MRS will release the 4CD/152-page book entitled ‘Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ on 8 March 2019.
The CD set contains more than 3 hours of all the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
Although the original tapes were damaged with noise, hiss and distortion, for the first time ever, all of Elvis’ recordings made in Germany, have now all been painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored, using the most sophisticated technology. This means that, finally, these truly historical recordings now provide for a complete and enjoyable listening experience.
Over the coming weeks, prior to the release date, MRS will be releasing previews of our high restoration techniques through the various collectors forums and channels, providing audio comparisons with all the previous poorly

mastered versions - including those included on the recent FTD release which we acknowledge contains some of the tracks also contained in this set.

The 152-page hardback book contains rare unpublished photographs and documents, complemented by a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD included features the essential RCA studio masters from the 1957-’58 period (also lovingly restored and remastered by MRS) and includes - together for the first time - studio banter AS WELL AS the count-ins on ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ and ‘White Christmas’.
The ELVIS Made in Germany CD set is available for preorder from your local Elvis dealer now.
Also, watch out for the announcement in the coming weeks for the Limited Edition 180-gram 2LP/24-page VINYL gatefold version, containing the best of the home recordings Elvis made in Germany!

CD1 features Elvis recording at home Guitar Reel 1 plus relevant September 1958 Interviews
CD2 features recently discovered Guitar Reel 2 including home recordings of 'Like A Baby', 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'His Hand in Mine' and 'Cool Water'

CD3 features Piano Reel including home recordings of 'Earth Angel', 'Soldier Boy', 'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen' and 'I Asked the Lord'.
Bonus Disc CD4 features 'The Essential RCA Studio Masters 1957 & 1958' with count-ins and studio banter.
Click here to 'Elvis: All The CD News 2019' for full tracklistings
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

Duke Bardwell performs for Elvis at Lake Tahoe 1974: Elvis bassist Duke Bardwell has recently toured in Arjan Deelen's "An Evening with Elvis' Friends and Original Musicians" production.
While talking about his time with Elvis it has become the stuff of legend that one night in late ’74, a tired Elvis Presley asked his bassplayer Duke Bardwell to do a song. Duke, initially taken a bit aback, then got a guitar from Charlie Hodge and performed John Prine’s ‘Please Don’t Bury Me’… and rocked the house. It’s a great story, but until now, there was no documentation whatsoever: no photos, no recordings….
Finally over 40 years later evidence has been uncovered. (photo right)
Duke Bardwell explained to Arjan Deelen, “We had done something that we had not done before. We had gone out on a relatively short tour, and then we went to Tahoe for about five days. I still don't know why the Colonel had it lined up like that, but we did it.
By the time we got towards the end of our stay there, Elvis was worn out. It was obvious to all of us on stage. He was sluggish and obviously tired. He didn't have his real vocal power and he was running out of gas, but he wanted to give them their money's worth. He got all the singers individually to do a song ... Elvis was still looking for something to do. Of course, all the musicians knew that I play and sang, because I always was playing and singing at all of our parties, after the shows in the dressing room, at the hotels ... They knew some of my songs. Elvis was obviously hesitating and thinking of something else to do, and Ronnie said: 'Let Bardwell sing'. He just went, 'Yeah, right ...'. And Guercio said, 'No, really. You wanna do something else, let him sing, because he can sing'. So Elvis went, 'Ladies and gentlemen, my bassplayer is going to sing now'. So Charlie Hodge gave me his guitar and I got Charlie's mike. Charlie was holding another mike on the guitar, for me to play it. And I didn't know what to do. I mean, how am I going to follow Kathy Westmoreland doing 'My Heavenly Father'? And Donnie Sumner said, 'Do the Hurricane song'. You know, 'Please Don't Bury Me' by John Prine. It's one that they all thought was funny, and they all knew how it went. I started that song, and by the time I got to the first chorus, the whole band got in it. By the time I got to that chorus, the singers that knew the song were
doing the harmony parts to it. He looked a bit unsettled, you know, 'Hey, wait a minute ... You all know this. How come I don't know anything about it?'. It got to the last verse of the song that's a bit off color, and he really enjoyed that part. We were going from 'My Heavenly Father' to 'Kiss My Ass Goodbye', and it just took everybody by surprise. Elvis really got off on it. He really didn't know it – they didn't know who John Prine was. That was a really good moment, because I had shown him a part of me that he didn't know of. He knew that what we had just done was showbusiness, and it was good showbusiness, because it was entertaining.
I went back to the dressing room after the show, and Tom Diskin knocked on the door. We let him in, and he said, 'I have a message for you from the Colonel'. And I'm going, 'I'm a fired bassplayer because I had sang 'Kiss My Ass Goodbye' right after a gospel song, in front of everybody'. The Colonel wouldn't speak to any of us ... NEVER spoke to any of us. I mean, you could say, 'Hello Colonel, how are you doing, nice to see you ...'. He wouldn't even acknowledge that you were there. So I figured that I was fired when he sent Tom Diskin into the dressing room, but he said, 'The Colonel wants me to tell you that that's one of the funniest things he's ever seen at an Elvis Presley show'. I was thrilled with that. If I didn't do anything else I had done that. That was fun”.

Arjan Deelen comments.. It was a remarkable story, and I really wanted to be able to find some sort of documentation that would support the story. I asked various collectors, but nobody had anything: no recording, no photos…. After a couple of years it began to seem like there truly was nothing.
Then, around New Year’s Eve, a photo suddenly popped up! It’s blurry and taken from a distance, but nevertheless you can see Duke performing a song while he accompanies himself on guitar. Charlie is standing next to Duke. Elvis, dressed in his Sundial suit, watches the proceedings.
The photo is far from perfect, but nevertheless it’s an amazing find. I am sharing it with you here.
I sent the photo to Duke, and he quipped: “… I was beginning to wonder if I had made the whole thing up!! I really appreciate this, Arjan!”.
(News, Source;Arjan Deelen/ElvisInfoNet)

'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington' New FTD Book: As noted below FTD/ Flaming Star will issue a following up from the excellent 'Rebel With a Cause' and 'The Wild One' in 2018, with 'Through the Lens of Phillip Harrington'. The book includes more than 350 photos, with over 150 unpublished from the original negatives of Phillip Harrington.

A bonus CD features Elvis live at Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.

Right is the fabulous cover shot - below are a couple of Harrington's iconic Elvis images.

EIN notes that Phillip Harrington photographed Elvis in May 1956 (some of his photos are truly iconic) and 83 of his images can be checked out and bought at the Fine Art gallery. - Click here to Fine Art America

 

(News, Source/FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


January 9- Rick Stanley, Elvis' step-brother, has died: Ricky (Richard, Earl) Stanley was six years old when Elvis' father Vernon married his mother Dee Stanley in 1960 thus becoming Elvis' step-brother. He was the middle son to his brothers David and Billy Stanley and started working with Elvis in 1971 after he quit school. Elvis nicknamed him "Reckless Rick". After Elvis’ death Rick became a Evangelist, sharing his powerful testimony “From The King of Rock & Roll to the King of Kings’ around the world.
His brother David Stanley posted.. My brother Ricky is going home tonight to be with the Lord. He is moments from passing. His daughters are with him. They put the phone to his ear and I said my final goodbyes. I’ve never been this sad. I love you Ricky. Gods open arms are waiting to welcome you home my big brother. - David Stanley
His brother Billy Stanley posted...
.... Rick passed away at 1:45am this morning. Rick was special, he had a way with people, everyone loved him..Elvis saw this in Rick, he wanted Rick around him, that's why he took Rick on the road with him first.
Jo Smith and I talked about this yesterday. She and I said

there were 2 people Elvis always wanted with him... Billy Smith and Rick... Elvis wanted his family with him at all times...
When Elvis passed away, Rick took it very hard, we all did... But, Rick blamed himself... He said, it happened on my watch. If I hadn't gone to sleep, Elvis never would have gotten the last pills, early that morning. he never forgave himself for it... I know, for a fact..
Rick changed when Elvis died, he became a preacher. He was doing something that Elvis always wanted to do, himself... Rick led many people to Christ... Donnie Sumner said, Rick had a black belt in preaching.
Rick will be missed by many but Rick is with family now.
He leaves a legacy of a loving father, a great brother, and a faithful servant of God... Rest In Peace, my brother... We love you...

Click here to his facebook Remembrance page
(News, Source/SM/Stanley/ElvisInfoNet)

In 2010 EIN's Sanja Meegin caught up with Billy and Ricky Stanley (right) during Elvis Week, although it was  Billy Stanley who got Sanja Meegin onto the back of his Harley Davidson! (look here)

(Book Review) Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth (Matthew Martin): October 2018 saw the release of a new but little known Elvis book, Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth.

In hardcover format (with dust jacket) and containing more than 400 pages, EIN's Nigel Patterson decided to explore what author Matthew Martin had to offer.

Is Elvis Presley Music Movies Myth simply another run-of-the-mill biography, or does it offer the reader something more substantial?

What Nigel found in a book few have heard of, was a pleasant surprise.

Read Nigel's detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



(Critical Review) Letters from Elvis (Gary Lindberg): In his latest book, author/researcher Gary Lindberg claims that Elvis wrote 65 letters to his "spiritual adviser", Carmen Montez.

This controversial book is incensing many fans with claims including that Elvis had close friendships with Marlon Brando and Harry Belafonte and Elvis was abducted and sexually assaulted.
Other claims that have received next to nil coverage are that Vernon Presley was not Elvis' biological father and that Elvis' "lost (true) love" disappeared under mysterious and violent circumstances.

EIN's Nigel Patterson takes an extensive and critical look inside Letters from Elvis in a 7,000+ word critical review.

Nigel's review covers a lot of interesting and relevant issues, both technical and Elvis related. It dissects major claims in the book, examines the role of forensic document examination and graphoanalysis, outlines copyright law around letters, examines third party records in relation to several of the claims, and identifies another celebrity "letters" case - one where the letters were initially authenticated, but later revealed to be an elaborate hoax - this case may be instructive in considering Letters from Elvis.

Contributing to Nigel's review are comments from Elvis' known "spiritual adviser", Larry Geller. (Book Review, Source: EIN)



Matt Shepherd ('Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs') Interview:  BBC Local Radio presenter and EIN contributor Matt Shepherd has published his first book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' the first of a two volume book, starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
Shepherd notes, "I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis, he had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."

EIN wanted to find out more about this new volume..
- How will your book compare to recent books about Elvis’ music?
- Elvis movie songs are they what was required or tripe that never should have been recorded?
- At what point should Elvis had said "NO, I am not recording this crap”? Can you name a particular song?
- What was Col Parker’s biggest musical mistake?
-  What do you think of Elvis’ “remixes” or the new fake duets? Are they a necessary evil?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the tricky questions..
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

The '68 Special - the Anniversary Celebration: How lucky in life would you be to get to the original 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 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)


'Elvis: The Searcher - Additional Stories' Spotlight: Like all too many serious Elvis fans Dennis Laverty felt let-down by the lack of seventies content in the HBO 'Elvis The Searcher' documentary. Luckily for us he has produced a lovely documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher - Additional Stories Not in the Original Film" that anyone can view on Vimeo.
He writes, "I really enjoyed The Searcher documentary, but after watching I wished they would have made it 4 hours. The 1950's skipped what pushed Elvis over-the-top when he appeared on TV, two of his best films and soundtracks (Loving You & Jailhouse Rock), and the backlash he took with his rock and roll Christmas Album. The 1960s unfortunately glossed over American Sound, especially Elvis taking a risk with 'In The Ghetto'.
The 1970s disappointed when nothing was discussed about Elvis' only concept album (Elvis Country), nor 'He Touched Me' (they could have included unreleased Elvis on Tour footage of gospel segment) and finally with David Porter one of the Execs of the film from Stax Records that nothing was discussed about Elvis' returning to Memphis and STAX to record three key albums.
My goal was just to highlight those stories in some way.
Obviously I don't have access to the Elvis archives at Graceland, but I hope you enjoy.
The following are 10 segments that I thought could have fit into the film.
"
... EIN totally agrees and thoroughly recommends this 37 minute video.
This is the type of material that should have been in the DVD Extras     
CLICK HERE to VIMEO to watch
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for his input.
(Spotlight, Source;Dennis Laverty/ElvisInfoNet)

 

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

This week celebrated our 25,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

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

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

 

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


Book Review - 'Elvis The Gospel Singer' (Paul Belard): Paul Belard has a quest to present the Elvis story in chronological visual form. To date he has released seven books with another 40+ at an advanced stage. In Elvis The Gospel Singer Belard moves from his chronological account of the Elvis day-by-day biography and offers a subject specific chronological account of Elvis' favourite music: gospel.

Over an impressive 300+ pages the author offers a full account of the gospel artists and music influencing Elvis and provides the lyrics for, and often background information to, all of Elvis' gospel recordings.

With more narrative than usual Belard delves deep into Elvis and his love of gospel music and includes rare historic material, and some unusual but valid song choices.

Read Nigel Patterson's review of Elvis The Gospel Singer.
(Book Review, Source; ELvisInformationNetwork)


'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniv Release: The 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's groundbreaking 1968 NBC "Comeback Special" is also being celebrated with the 2LP vinyl presentation of "The King In The Ring." Originally released on a red vinyl limited edition run for Record Store Day this 2LP set showcases the standout, intimate "sit down" sets from the '68 special. These laid-back live performances were recorded in the round before a small audience and featured a powerful ensemble, including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis' original classic backing band.
... In 1968 Elvis Presley re-established himself as the King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the "comeback special", to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS both electrifying intimate "sit-down" sets will be released in the 2LP package with a beautiful gatefold sleeve.

General release November 30th
Great Cover shot.

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

'The King In The Ring' VINYL 50th Anniversary Release - Double LP.

Great prices at Amazon.

$23 in the USA

And in the UK £18.05

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 



'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary' deluxe box-set.

Priced at around US$150 and £95.40 in the UK.

Not cheap if you already own the DVDs and CD box-set but the Blu-Rays are still pretty tempting.

'68 Comeback Special - 50th-anniversary': More publicity out for the new box set.
... '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) is set for release on November 30 and includes five CDs of music plus two Blu-ray discs featuring video content.
After spending most of the decade in Hollywood making forgettable movies and mostly boring music to accompany those films, Presley staged a comeback in 1968 with a TV special that was simply called Elvis and aired on Dec. 3.
Part of that program featured Presley singing some of his old hits, as well as a few new songs, surrounded by a lavish, Hollywood-style backdrop. But another section of that show spotlighted Presley, decked out in black leather and armed with a guitar, sitting on a stool on a spare stage that also included guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, two-thirds of the trio that catapulted Presley to fame in the mid '50s with their work on the Sun sessions and early RCA recordings.
That "sit-down" performance included raw takes of some of their best records, including "That's All Right" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
There were also scorching versions of "Baby, What You Want Me to Do" and "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" that pretty much signalled Presley's return to rock 'n' roll.
The Comeback Special, as it was later called, opened the door to Presley's terrific Memphis records from 1969 and his renewed success in the '70s until his death in 1977.
The '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition) collects all of the existing audio and video from the show plus rehearsals and sessions recorded with the Wrecking Crew.
The CD Track-listing is a previously noted by EIN - see below.
The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data
There is over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.

Blu-ray Disc 1:
- Elvis NBC TV Special originally broadcast on December 3, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #1 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Sit-Down Show #2 - June 27, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #1 - June 29, 1968
- Black Leather Stand-Up Show #2 - June 29, 1968

 

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

Blu-ray Disc 2:
- Trouble/Guitar Man TV Show Opener - June 30, 1968 - All Takes and Raw Components
- If I Can Dream TV Show Closer - June 30, 1968 - All Takes
- Huh-Huh-Huh Promo - June 30, 1968
- Elvis Closing Credits Without Credit Roll - June 30, 1968
- If I Can Dream Special Music Video 2004 - June 30, 1968
- Gospel Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Guitar Man Production Number - All Takes and Raw Components
- Blu-ray Special Feature Re-Cut

Bud Glass Elvis Super-Collector 2018 Interview: Bud Glass is the co-owner of The King’s Ransom Elvis Presley Museum and is a world authority on locating and authenticating rare Elvis Presley artifacts of all kinds. In the past he published the very popular series of  'ELVIS: Behind The Image' books and DVDs.
Not only does he own one of the largest collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the world, he is also an Elvis Presley historian, documentary producer as well as a consultant to major collectors.
Glass’ artifacts have been featured on multiple TV shows and he has even loaned artifacts to Graceland.
EIN heard that Bud Glass has recently started a new project - "Elvis Relics" - and we wanted to know more.
Go here as we discuss fake Elvis memorabilia, dodgy Elvis signatures, the death of Elvis' close friends, can one ever own enough “ELVIS  rarities” and much much more
EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' DVD Review: For fans of Elvis’ music there is no doubt that the HBO documentary “Elvis Presley The Searcher” was one of the best programmes ever made about Elvis and where his inspiration and music came from.

Fans were therefore pleased to know that the documentary would be released on DVD. The vision quality is excellent and it is a joy to slow-mo through some of the newly found clips and historical footage of Elvis.

However, how can such a fine documentary feel like such a let down as fans discover there are no DVD extras included that look deeper into Elvis' search?
EIN's Piers Beagley looks at the recent Australian DVD releases to find a good value-for-money documentary is also one of the biggest Elvis marketing failures in years and a disgrace.

Go here for the full review, a look at the "Questions & Answers" bonus material plus the special 20-page booklet. Is it really what Elvis fans wanted in this special DVD release?

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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


(Book Review) The Comeback - Elvis and the Story of the 68 Special (Simon Goddard): The past two months have been a busy period regarding Elvis' legendary '68 Comeback Special. Marking its 50th anniversary, the Special was shown in cinemas and two new books were published, one by Steve Binder (Director/Producer of the Special) and the other by noted rock music analyst, Simon Goddard.

EIN's Nigel Patterson recently took a few deep breaths and submerged himself in the Simon Goddard release.

Having previously read a number of the author's cerebrally challenging books, he was not surprised to find that Goddard's treatise on Elvis' legendary Comeback Special is one hell of an intellectively challenging and dizzy rollercoaster of a ride....... a journey most rewarding for those brave enough to go the distance.

Read Nigel's detailed review (Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

 



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)



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: 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


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

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)


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)

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

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

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



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

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

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

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


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



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)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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


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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