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CD Review: MRS' new release ‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’
Tuesday 11 May 2021

MRS ‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ new 3-CD Set OUT NOW: The MRS new 3CD Deluxe set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ is OUT NOW via Amazon and other on-line shops.
This three CD set contains a selection of captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
This technology is not available to the major record label industries and the tracks have NOT been electronically processed and nothing has been added to make these tracks to true stereo.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
A sample sound showing "true stereo" from the 3 shows can be downloaded CLICK HERE
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

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'Kansas City Revisited' New Import CD/DVD: The Millbranch Music label announces, a great 3-Disc Digipack release for every serious collector!
Introducing our first “Soundboard” release on the “MM” label here are two performances by Elvis and his exciting group of musicians (Afternoon and Evening show from the same day) at his fabulous early Summer 1974 Tour. Kansas City was the place to go on June 29, 1974, because Elvis was willing to deliver two extremely entertaining shows of high standard – and he did!
The evening show of this day has been released a couple of times already, but never before in such great sound quality. The afternoon show from the same day is NOT released yet in any form. Until now……..
We believe that the pairing of these two Kansas City shows alone already make a very nice package – but we would not talk about a “great” release if it was just “nice to have”, so we decided to make it kind of “perfect” and added a third disc and that is a DVD!
You will have the best possible visual accompaniment for the two shows of June 29, 74 – perfectly synched.
EIN Note: We and other collectors are stunned by this
announcement. This would be a brand new unreleased 1974 soundboard (totally unknown) plus the fine Evening show combined with quality 8 mm films and bonus material. It almost sounds too good to be true. EIN awaits some samples to check.
The Evening Show was released by Fort Baxter back in 1995 on 'A Profile. The King On Stage Vol.1'
Let's see if Millbranch Music can deliver the goods.
- Selling for around US$40
See 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau' New DVD: Having announced the CD of Elvis' TV "Welcome Home" show with Frank Sinatra the Memphis Mansion label now announces the 'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau' DVD.

The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of May, 1960.
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality!
Comes from a newly found acetate.
We are going to guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show of this kind of way!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!


Go here to MM website for Pre-Order details- €20.00

(News, Source;AS/ElvisInfoNet)


‘SOLD OUT’ Vol.5 DVD: The publicity states..  In recent months, the ’Sold Out!’ DVD series has been on everybody’s lips. Given the uniqueness of the 8mm footage, and the controversy over its release, that’s no surprise.
No doubt these limited-edition collectors’ releases will be selling for crazy prices on Ebay a few years from now, so collect these while you still can!
Volume 5 is a salute to the original filmers, thanks to whom we can now enjoy these fantastic clips of Elvis on stage.
In the liner notes, one of these original filmers describes the excitement of seeing the man in concert, and the challenges of filming him and not getting caught. Several of these filmers later experienced getting scammed by certain collectors for their material, an unfortunate situation that Pyramid is now trying to correct by reaching out to the original filmers and paying them for the use of their footage.
Volume 5 is a real humdinger of a release, this time presented in beautiful deluxe digipack with extensive notes and rare original photos.
And the contents are just spectacular, and even include a full unreleased concert performance.
If you enjoyed vols. 3 and 4, then you will LOVE volume 5!
As always, everything is presented precisely as it was originally recorded, and carefully restored without altering anything.
This is the real deal. Get it today!!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 9 May 2021

'The Searcher' on Netflix: After playing on various Free-To-Air channels worldwide and other streaming platforms, 'ELVIS: The Searcher', the 2018 two-part documentary is now streaming on Netflix worldwide.
"In this docuseries, archive footage and interviews with icons shed new light on the life, passions and pain of music legend Elvis Presley."

It is hard to believe that any real Elvis fan won't have already seen this excellent documentary but being repeated on Netflix will definitely help promote Elvis and his music to the general public.

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Go HERE to EIN's in-depth spotlight on 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' - The Publicity and all the Reviews...

Includes:
- ‘Bicycle Rider: Thoughts on The Searcher’: George Smith's stunning essay on the new HBO documentary ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’.
- ‘Elvis: The Searcher’ Deluxe CD boxset Review: 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
- 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher' Movie Review: EIN's Nigel Patterson in-depth look - what's The Good and The Bad about this new documentary.


Lloyd Price, RocknRoll star dead at 88: Lloyd Price one of the earliest pioneers of Rock'n'Roll died on May 6, 2021, aged 88.
One of the "Last Men Standing", Lloyd Price composed and recorded the classic 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' back in 1952 at his first recording session, working with Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
The song became one of the biggest selling R&B records of 1952 and was recorded by a variety of artists including Elvis Presley.
His 1950s hits included 'Stagger Lee', 'Personality' and 'I'm Gonna Get Married.'
Born March 9, 1933, in Kenner, La, Price released a few other sides for Specialty that made the R&B top 5 but entered the Army in 1954. By the time he was discharged, rock 'n' roll music was in full swing, with Specialty label mate Little Richard acknowledged as one of the music's seminal figures. Price continued to record, and in 1957 his single 'Just Because' was picked up by ABC Records, rising to #3 on the R&B chart but only #29 on the main Billboard singles chart.
The final song on John Lennon's 1975 album Rock 'N' Roll was a cover version of Lloyd Price's 'Just Because'.
It was 'Stagger Lee' in 1958 that truly put Lloyd Price on the
map taking it to #1 on both the R&B and pop charts.
Elvis also tried out 'Stagger Lee' at his 1970 rehearsals for his TTWII shows.
'Personality' co-written by Price and Harold Logan also went to #2 pop and #1 R&B.
Price took on the nickname "Mr. Personality" as a result of the popularity of his hit, and it stuck throughout the rest of his career.
Price continued to place singles on the chart via ABC Records into early 1962 but never reached  the top 10 again.
Price also took part in various oldies package tours, singing his hits well into the 21st century.
Lloyd Price was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
In 2011 he published his memoir "The True King of the Fifties: The Lloyd Price Story."
(News, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis PORTRAITS ─ A Life In Photos' OUT NOW: After a little delay the new monster project by Erik Lorentzen is OUT NOW. Erik squeezed every last drop out of his hard drive, consulted his online comrades and conjures up a beautiful book from his sky-high digital photo collection.
Here you will see more than 400 beautiful publicity photos spread over approximately 400 pages, taken from 1953 to 1977. The best photo material from the greatest and most famous photographers such as: Alfred Wertheimer, William Speer, Sean Shaver, Virgil Apger aso. Elvis up-close and personal.
As usual with Erik, these photos come out best when printed on high-quality glossy paper. An average book by Lorentzen weighs about 3 kilos and measures 25x30 cm. The photos are almost all printed full page, resulting in a beautiful photo book.
From the flyer up below you can see that the photos are not commonplace and that makes this book a valuable copy that you must have in your collection. NOW is the time to create space on your bookshelf for this mammoth photo book. Only the best high-quality photos deserve a place in this book.

€115 (US$140) incl shipping - OUT NOW buy from Elvis Files website and see sample pages > www.theelvisfiles.com
(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


New “Kindle” novel – Elvis On Patrol: According to its Amazon listing, "Elvis On Patrol" is an exciting novel that tells the story of the nights that Elvis rode as a Dayton Police Officer.
Get ready an exhilarating journey filled adventure and crime. This book provides an inside look into nights with the Dayton Police Force, as Elvis joins the force and experiences what it's like to serve and protect the community.
After twenty-five years of active service, the author masterfully weaves personal experience with creative storytelling to share this unforgettable story.
Published 10 May.
(News, Source:NP/ElvisInfoNet)
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Finding Elvis in London: Apparently the King is not hard to find in London, as a recent article on londonist.com explains.
From the top of Steptoes and Sons and the Famous 3 Kings Pub, to Elvis Road (co-located with Lennon Road and Marley Way) and a pavement stone on Fleet Street, Elvis really is everywhere in England’s capital city.
Sadly 'The Elvis Barber' at 70 Commercial Street only lasted for a few months in 2019 before changing to the more prosaic City Barbers. Whether the Presley Estate clamped down on unauthorised use of his name we don't know.

Footnote: Elvis never officially visited London, though rumours persist that he took a secret car journey around the capital in 1958, with Tommy Steele as his tour guide.
Steele has confirmed the story, but suspicious minds might need more evidence.

(New, Source: londonist.com)


'Elvis Is Back In Atlanta' New Import: BJ Records is proud to present ''Elvis Is Back In Atlanta!''
For years fans have been wanting a release of the soundboard of this show that took place on december 30th 1976, however when it was released the sound wasn't up to snuff.
We worked very hard in achieving the optimal sound quality, and balancing everything out. it doesn't get much better then this!
Combining the audience recording and the recently released soundboard ex FTD we achieved a good result, a so called matrix-recording, giving back some depth to a show that deserves it.
Newspapers were raving about this show with The Atlanta Journal stating ''This Thursday show at the Omni was tops, the best possible year-end present for his Atlanta fans'' and ''His vitality is restored and he was full of pep. Furthermore, he was in a good mood. He was giving his best adding a wonderful aura to the show.''
The show consists of great renditions of ''Fairytale'' ''Reconsider Baby'' ''That's All Right'' and the highlight of it all .. ''Such A Night'' which was only performed twice live.
EIN Notes: The FTD soundboard was particularly bad audio quality so Check Before Buying
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Wednesday 5 May 2021

'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight: In April 1956 Disc-jockey Jay Thompson, from Breckenridge radio station KSTB, interviewed a young Elvis Presley while he was touring through Texas on a string of one-night stands. In that 1956 interview Elvis interestingly revealed that he was previously training to be an electrician, that his first movie would be The Rainmaker and that he did not know Bill Black or Scotty Moore before their Sun session.

In 1982 Elvis fan Scott Wheeler befriended and interviewed Jay Thompson about the experience. Although Jay never actively participated in Elvis-related events or productions in later years he also never sought notoriety for the interview either. However we believe it's important that Jay Thompson be well remembered for his valuable contribution to the history of Elvis.

Go here to our special Spotlight - plus Elvis' Wichita Falls Interview - by Scott Wheeler / Piers Beagley...
(Spotlight; Source;SW/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Bobby Morris, Vegas Conductor, Dead Aged 93: Bobby Morris was not only Elvis Presley’s original conductor with his own 48-piece orchestra at the International Hotel’s opening season in July 1969 but also a well respected drummer.
Morris passed away peacefully on May 1, 2021 aged 93.
Morris was born on June 30, 1927 in Wilno, Poland and came to America in 1937 at the age of 10, not knowing a word of English. On the streets of New York, he shined shoes and mowed lawns to earn enough money for a weekly drum lesson. While honing his skills as a drummer at the Catskill Mountains resorts, he toured with several big bands before discovering a “little town” out west called Las Vegas in 1950.
He became the driving force on all the Capitol recordings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, even creating his own signature drumbeat, henceforth known as “The Morris Shuffle.”
Bobby later played drums for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Bobby Darin, and was chosen by Buddy Rich to perform with his band. He worked with dozens of stars on the Las Vegas Strip including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Robert Goulet, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Danny Thomas and Elvis.
He ran the successful Bobby Morris Agency, Inc. from his own building in Las Vegas since1965 and was involved in management, booking, and entertainment direction of many major hotels on the Strip.

His favourite story about working with Elvis was explaining to The King how to stay calm on the Opening Night.
"As I'm walking with Elvis since my dressing room right was right next to his, he asked me who was out there and I said 'Elvis you wouldn't believe the world every star is out there'. Elvis said to me, 'Well, I'm kind of nervous Bobby' and I told him to just think of everybody out there with no clothes on! And it worked!"
Bobby Morris worked with Elvis as a conductor of his own 48-piece orchestra during the opening seasonJuly 1969 with the Sweet Inspirations and The Imperials at the International Hotel.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis Statue for Bad Nauheim: Elvis Presley is set to return to a German town where he lived in the late 1950s as a U.S. Army private, in the form of a nearly 6-foot-tall bronze statue.
The statue will be placed by August in Bad Nauheim on a pedestrian bridge spanning the aptly named Usa River, where Presley took part in a photo shoot in March 1959.
To prepare for the statue’s arrival, the bridge’s vertical, postwar railings were replaced with decorative wrought-iron ones similar to what was there when the pictures of Presley were taken.
The statue will be on the bridge in time for Bad Nauheim’s annual Elvis festival, when the usually quiet spa town is transformed into what it describes on its website as “a sea of Cadillacs, petticoats and Elvis quiffs,” with rock ‘n’ roll as the soundtrack.
The photo shows Elvis fans Meike Berger and Angela Storm with the life-size bronze statue of Elvis Presley at the Rincker foundry in Sinn, Germany.
They initiated a GoFundMe page to raise money to produce the statue, modeled after a photo of Presley, that will be
placed on a bridge in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
The celebration of the life and music of Bad Nauheim’s most famous former resident was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this year's festival is scheduled for Aug. 13-15, health conditions permitting, the organizers have said. It’s always held around the anniversary of Presley’s death in Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 16, 1977.
Two German fans of the King, Angela Storm and Meike Berger, raised more than $42,000 to pay for the statue, which was made based on a 3D rendering of the 1959 image of Presley on the bridge. The 440-pound statue has been cast by a foundry and was presented to the media last month. It will remain on the bridge after the August festival.
Presley was already a star when he received his draft notice from the Army in December 1957 but got a deferment to to finish work on the movie “King Creole” and reported on March 24, 1958.
The statue coming to Bad Nauheim isn’t the only memorial to Presley in the region.
The lights at a crosswalk in Friedberg flash images of Presley, and there’s a statue of him in a traffic circle across from where the main gate to Ray Barracks used to be.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'The Matrix Recordings' New Import Set: Coming later this month is a 4 CD set titled "The Matrix recordings" and it's a limited release of 300 copies only
Combining the soundboard recordings with audience recordings to give more atmosphere.
CD1) August 21, 1974 (MS) Las Vegas
CD2) March 17, 1976, Johnson City, TN
CD3) April 23, 1977 Toledo, OH
CD4) April 24, 1977 Ann Arbor, MI

EIN Note: In 1976 and 1977 Elvis' concerts certainly needed more crowd atmosphere to add to the excitement - not Elvis' best years.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'ELVIS 25' - Essential Sixties Splices Vol.1' New Import: CMT is proud to present the first in their new series "Elvis 25" , this incredible release includes brand new, unreleased spliced takes and focusses on 1960; Elvis was 25 when he recorded all these great tracks.
As always, expect some nice surprises, since a lot of the tracks sound very different then what has been released before.
Some highlights are the remade opening for "Stuck on You", an extended version of "Make Me Know It", "It's Now Or Never" includes a rare "harmony" part and a breathtaking new approach has been done on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" which starts of with the spoken part.
Also the new version of "Lonely Man" sound very different and includes both the main version and the solo version.
Limited to 500 copies this one will be sold out soon, pre order now!

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

(News, Source;CMT/ElvisInfoNet)

'Out In Hollywood Vol.4' New Import: The MTP label announces 'Out In Hollywood Vol.4' another Hollywood collection including 22 rare tracks.
This series needs no further introduction and continues to deliver some rare and hard to find complete takes in the best available sound!
If you bought previous volumes, be sure to get this one, since it is "Meant to be played"
Includes 'Young Dreams' and 'Don’t Ask Me Why - take 12' the Thorne Nogar Mixes.

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

(News, Source;CMT/ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 1 May 2021

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ 3-CD Set OUT NOW: The MRS label's new release a 3CD Deluxe set titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’  is at your Elvis dealer now.
This three CD set contains a selection of captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered, carefully restored, and remixed to true stereo using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
These recordings have NOT been electronically processed and nothing has been added to make these tracks to true stereo.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
A sample sound showing "true stereo" from the 3 shows can be downloaded CLICK HERE - See Tracklist here.
EIN Note: All these 3 soundboards have been previously released by FTD but in mono. They were not RCA multitrack recordings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set 'Summer Festival 1970: The Rehearsals' was released last month.
The CDs contain rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. With remastered audio and accompanying 40-page booklet the package is aimed at the general public, plus Elvis collectors who could not afford last year's FTD fan club deluxe release.
Elvis’ glorious rehearsals on 24 July at RCA studios are the real key to this release. Twenty seven classic performances and with Elvis not only rehearsing the familiar songs we would all come to know from the MGM movie but also songs he would never perform on stage.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover some neat surprises along the way.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Gord Atkinson, Ottawa DJ Dies at 94: Legendary Ottawa radio broadcaster Gord Atkinson has died at the age of 94.
Starting his radio career in Toronto in 1948, Gord was hired in 1954 to serve as Entertainment Editor with CFRA. With CFRA, he hosted two highly successful programs – Gord Atkinson’s Showbill and Campus Corner.
As Ottawa’s most listened to disc jockey during the late 50s and early 60s, Gord met and interviewed many of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, including Elvis Presley, whom Gord introduced on stage at the Ottawa Auditorium on April 3, 1957. Through Campus Corner Gord provided a platform for local entertainers. Both Rich Little and Paul Anka, long-time friends of Gord, were introduced on Campus Corner.
In 1967, Gord was appointed Station Manager of CFMO. Among the legendary entertainers Gord met and interviewed were Jimmy Stewart, Fred Astaire, George Burns, Dinah Shore, and Harry Belafonte. Gord treasured his life-long friendship with Bing Crosby. One of the greatest moments of his professional life was serving as Master of Ceremonies in 1981 for the unveiling of the Bing Crosby memorial statue at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
In 2017 Paul Sweeney interviewed Gord Atkinson for his book, 'One Night In Toronto' .. see more here.
Gord noted, “Elvis was a prisoner of his young fame, he couldn't leave the building, literally, so they had him in the old hockey arena.. It was really incredible when I went to meet him.."
(News, Source;PS/ElvisInfoNet)

'King Creole' Vol.3 VINYL EP: The Memphis Mansion label has announced VINYL collectable.
The 'King Creole' Vol.3 EP - six tracks in "Stereo" and in Orange Vinyl - a 'Compact 33 1/3 EP'

Side A
King Creole
Trouble
Lover Doll
Side B
Young Dreams
Dixieland Rock
As Long As I Have You


With a nice stylish cover. - €20.00
Go here to M Mansion to order.

 

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


Alice Cooper Talks Elvis: Seventies rocker Alice Cooper recently recalled his first meeting with Elvis Presley and the bizarre moment when he pointed a loaded gun at him.
Cooper recalled Elvis being a major musical and theatrical influence, as were the many Southern blues musicians who influenced other top rock acts of the 1960s and '70s.
"I had a great relationship with Elvis," Cooper said, "... In 1971, I was in Las Vegas, and I get a call: Elvis wants to meet you ... I went to the Hilton, got in an elevator and in the elevator is Liza Minnelli, Chubby Checker, Linda Lovelace and me ... We get up there and Elvis comes walking in and says, 'Hey man, you're the kid with the snake, right? That's cool man. I dig that makeup, dig that whole thing.' 
Elvis takes me into the kitchen and says, 'I want to show you how to take a gun out of somebody's hand.'
Cooper recalled "As I held a loaded .38 revolver on Elvis Presley, the little devil on my shoulder said, 'Shoot him. What a great story. Don't kill him, just shoot him.'"
The King of Shock shooting the King of Rock'n'roll in 1971 would have, no doubt, made international headlines.
But seconds later, Cooper said, he found himself on the floor in Elvis' hotel suite kitchen, the gun knocked far away and Elvis saying, "That's how you take a gun out of somebody's hand."
"Elvis and I had this very strange kind of mutual admiration kind of thing for each other," said Cooper, who took shocking audiences to levels of which Elvis probably never dreamed. "Elvis liked that I was doing something he had done - shock the kids, shock the audience. He loved the fact that somebody was still doing it."
Cooper is still doing it, still entertaining audiences with elaborate theatrical performances.
Concluding Cooper added, “He was an amazing character. Very funny guy. But he was Elvis.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Graceland 'All-American 4th July Weekend': EPE announces, there is nothing more American than Elvis, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fireworks, and BBQ. And we’ve put them all together so that you can join us in Memphis and celebrate our nation’s independence at Graceland! In honor of the holiday, Graceland will host several special events and parties, and the iconic Graceland Mansion will be beautifully lit in red, white, and blue all weekend long.

Some of the All-American 4th of July Weekend highlights include an Ultimate Elvis Tribute concert, special "Hidden Graceland" tours, a Gospel Brunch, a never-before-offered BBQ on the Graceland grounds, and an epic Fireworks Extravaganza set to Elvis music!

Go here to EPE to check out details and tickets

 


(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley News Report May 2021: From Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier, here is the Elvis Presley News Report of May 2021, includes a great section on Elvis and stripper Tempest Storm - it is a very funny story and with some stunning old footage!

Runs 11 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube

well worth watching.


(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


Tupelo Council Protecting Elvis Presley Birthplace: This week Tupelo City Council unanimously approved an agreement to purchase the land on Elvis Presley Drive for $60,000 in taxpayer funds. This means the city council will own nearly all the property surrounding the birthplace. The Elvis Presley Birthplace Foundation agreed to pay another $10,000 to complete the purchase.
The city will now own all property in the general area of the birthplace, except one small plot of land, where a residential house is currently located.
The city’s chief operations officer said they were primarily purchased to prevent other houses or development from coming into the area and clashing with the overall mission and tone of the birthplace.
“You wouldn’t have other development coming in there.”
This should give the Elvis birthplace foundation more room to operate the attraction more efficiently.
(News, Source;TupeloNews/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier in the week...
MRS June VINYL Releases: The UK Memphis Recording Service will release 3 separate vinyl releases in June 2021.
These are strictly Limited Edition sets and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
Please note, the clear vinyl is ONLY available from Elvis fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and WILL NOT be available to the mainstream public and stores.
The 3 vinyl releases are as follows:

SUMMER FESTIVAL 1970 - THE REHEARSALS
(3LP 180g GATEFOLD)
This triple album set contains rehearsal highlights from one of the most memorable periods in Elvis’ career - his captivating performances at The International Hotel Las Vegas in the summer of 1970. These truly historical recordings, remastered and restored, capture the raw and early development of songs that were performed weeks later in Las Vegas and which were recorded by the MGM cameras for Elvis' stunning TTWII movie.

The album features 48 recordings from Elvis' rehearsals at MGM Culver City 15 July 1970 as well as his stunning session at RCA Studios, Hollywood, 24 July 1970.

 

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ELVIS – JANUARY THRU FEBRUARY 1970
(2LP 180g GATEFOLD)

This double LP contains Elvis’ second engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in January & February 1970.

The first LP features Elvis Opening Show, 26th JANUARY 1970, the second album features the season's Closing Show, 23rd FEBRUARY 1970

 

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

 

LAS VEGAS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ELVIS – AUGUST 1969
(Single LP 180g)
This single album contains the earliest known recorded performance from Elvis’ first engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel in August 1969.

Capturing Elvis at his energised best weeks before the RCA mobile van arrived to record his later 1969 performances that would be compiled into his classic 'In Person' album.

 

Go to 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist and details

 



'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau' New CD: The Memphis Mansion label announces a brand new CD release, 'Elvis Presley Recorded Live At The Fontainebleau'.
This features 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special with Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, jr., Joey Bishop, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford'.
Recorded 26th of March, 1960. Shown on television for the first time on the 12th of May, 1960.
For the first time ever, you will hear the show in a completely magical sound quality! Comes from a newly found acetate.
We guarantee that you have NEVER heard this show in this kind of HiFi quality!!
If you want to give yourself a blast of a new Elvis experience, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this release!
Go here to Memphis Mansion to Pre-order and full tracklisting - €13.75.

(News, Source;MM/ElvisInfoNet)


Joanna Lumley Talks Elvis: UK actress Joanna Lumley recently talked about her love of Elvis to Uk's Woman & Home Magazine.
Joanna Lumley, now 74, said she would love to seduce rock n' roll legend Elvis Presley in the afterlife, joking the crooner is "obviously waiting" for her on the other side!
The actress went on to reveal that she even explained her love of Elvis to Priscilla when they met.
"I've talked to Priscilla about this. I said, ‘Do you know if Elvis had met me, your life would have been very different?'
(Photo right, Joanna Lumley in 1969 looking exactly like Elvis' type of girl!)
"The world has been in love with Elvis, forever and ever and ever."

The Absolutely Fabulous, and travel documentary TV star went on to say she isn’t sure if she’d be married if she hadn’t met Steve.
She noted that, "The thing is a long marriage is staggeringly difficult to accomplish".

Joanna Lumley believes you either get Elvis or you don’t. She still remembers the day that she got him.
“I was 10 and staying with my aunt in Kent when Blue Suede Shoes came out. We played it on a gramophone and I became besotted!
“I’d never heard anything like that and what a magic voice he had. Back then I hadn’t seen a film of Elvis in action because I didn’t have a television. But I remember seeing a photograph with his slick of hair and just falling in love.”
“The thing about being a fan of Elvis is that you just love everything about him. I loved the way he looked, the way he sang, the way he dressed, the photographs of him, the way he performed on stage…
Her favourite Elvis place is Sun Studio where Elvis made his first record, That’s All Right' in 1954. “The thought of him politely going in there and putting down his $4 and saying to the woman at the desk that he didn’t sound like anyone else… And he was right!”
In 2015 Joanna Lumley made the documentary "Elvis And Me" for the BBC.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in April ...
Tempest Storm, exotic dancer, dead at 93: Tempest Storm ‘The Last Queen of Burlesque’ and one-time Elvis girlfriend has died, April 21, aged 93.
In the 1950s, when striptease artists were regularly featured in the popular magazines, Tempest Storm may have been the most famous exotic dancer of them all.
In 1956 Tempest Storm signed a 10-year contract that paid her a minimum of $100,000 a year. Her breasts were reportedly insured for $1 million. She caused a stampede of 1,500 male students when she appeared at the University of Colorado.
Storm commented, “They must have been shut up for months without women. They rushed me like a herd of cattle.”
Her Hollywood friends included Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Her many paramours included Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy.
About Elvis she commented, "Meeting Elvis for the first time even with his dark skin, he blushed deeply when he saw me.  I could tell he was trying not to look at my plunging neckline as he said in a deep but boyish voice tinged with a southern accent, “Hello, Miss Storm.  Your show is the greatest". After several photos, I put one hand on the upper part of his bare chest above the opening in Elvis' silk shirt.  Still, he didn’t look at me.  I finally called a halt to the picture session and turned to leave.  “I’ll see you soon,” Elvis said as we parted."
For more than 25 years, Ms. Storm’s name appeared on the marquees of a nationwide network of burlesque theaters, a relic of 20th-century entertainment now vanished into the past. In Washington alone, she performed at such places as the Casino Royale, Silver Slipper, Gayety Burlesk and Le Crazy Spot.
She trained with a choreographer, sewed her outfits herself and dyed her hair a fiery red.
Ms. Storm found her niche in show business after fleeing rural poverty in her native Georgia. Divorced twice by the time she was 16, she made her way to Los Angeles and was working as a cocktail waitress when a customer suggested that she consider dancing at a nearby burlesque theater, the Follies.
During the 1950s, Ms. Storm appeared in a number of racy burlesque films, with titles such as “Paris After Midnight,” “Striptease Girl,” “Buxom Beautease” and “Teaserama,” which also featured cheesecake model Bettie Page. Ms. Storm first performed in Las Vegas in 1951 and was the headliner of “Minsky’s Follies” in 1957, the city’s first topless revue.
That same year, she began her romance with ELVIS who once climbed an eight-foot wall to reach her hotel suite.
Years earlier in Washington, Ms. Storm had met the young Kennedy, long before he was elected president in 1960.
When asked what she and Kennedy talked about during their rendezvous, she said, “It sure wasn’t politics.”
Throughout her career, Ms. Storm emphasized that she always left something to the audience’s imagination in her performances. Even so, she was arrested several times for violating laws against nudity and topless dancing.
She was still a headliner in Las Vegas when she was 59 and formally retired at 67. She continued to make occasional appearances until she was 82, when she fell onstage and broke her hip.
In later years, Ms. Storm organized burlesque tours around the country, appeared at fan festivals and became a mentor to a younger generation of performers.
See EIN's Spotlight on Elvis and Tempest Storm below
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

The King and the Burlesque Queen: As Presleymania raged in 1956, Elvis did a promotional photo shoot with the Queen of Burlesque, the statuesque Tempest Storm. But did an unlikely relationship between the two stars subsequently blossom?

Read excerpts from Tempest Storm's fascinating, autobiography, The Lady Is A Vamp. In her book, Tempest decribes a hot affair which was eventually derailed by their busy careers and an interferinsg manager.

.........Even with his dark skin, Elvis blushed deeply when he saw me.  I could tell he was trying not to look at my plunging neckline as he said in a deep but boyish voice tinged with a southern accent, “Hello, Miss Storm.  Your show is the greatest.”…….

Click here to read the excerpts and view more photos

(Spotlight, Source: EIN, May 2010)


'Murder of an Elvis Girl' New Book: Out Now, 'Murder of an Elvis Girl: Solving the Jenny Maxwell Case' by author Buddy Moorehouse.
The publicity notes.. It's one of the most brutal unsolved murders in the Elvis Presley universe - the 1981 slaying of his beautiful "Blue Hawaii" co-star, Jenny Maxwell. It was reported at the time that the murder was part of a botched robbery in Beverly Hills, but that's not at all what happened. Forty years after the murder, thanks to this book, it's finally been solved. Who killed Jenny Maxwell, and why? For the first time, the truth is revealed, and the truth is incredible. Jenny Maxwell was one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood in the early 1960s, and she became best known as an Elvis Girl, playing the bratty Ellie Corbett in the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii." The performance made her one of the most memorable Elvis Girls ever and endeared her to generations of the King's fans. She appeared in dozens of TV shows, as well - everything from "Bonanza" and "My Three Sons" to "Father Knows Best" and "The Twilight Zone." In the 1960s, Jenny Maxwell's career was red-hot. She was friends with Sharon Tate and Peggy Lipton and dated a slew of young Hollywood stars.Off the screen, though, her personal life was a mess. She married film director Paul Rapp when she was just seventeen and became a mom at nineteen. Her marriage and her motherhood fell apart thanks to a lifestyle of Hollywood parties, drugs and sex. In an effort to win back her son, she quit Hollywood altogether in 1968 and married Ervin "Tip" Roeder, a high-powered and mobbed-up LA divorce attorney who was twenty years her senior. Roeder was at Jenny's side that fateful day in Beverly Hills, as they were both gunned down by the assassin outside her condo. Jenny Maxwell shared the screen with the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Robert Conrad, Joey Bishop. Bob Hope and Joan Crawford. She rubbed elbows with Frank Sinatra and Sandra Dee. And biggest of all, she was an Elvis Girl. - Written by Buddy Moorehouse, a longtime journalist and Jenny Maxwell's first cousin once removed.
Independently published, 261 pages.
(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)

Two New FTD May Releases: For release next month, FTD have announced a 1973 Las Vegas double-concert pack plus a new Pål Granlund / David English looking at Elvis' first movie Love Me Tender.
1) 'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘73' - double 5” digi-pak.
As part of its ongoing live on tour series, FTD announces the release of ELVIS: LAS VEGAS ‘73.
Released as a 2-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis from two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton; August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM).
EIN Notes: The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality. As FTD do not state that these are both soundboards it is a good possibility that CD1 is the same booth recording but upgraded.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) is previously unreleased.
Elvis was not happy at this Las Vegas season. He walked on stage at the final concert with a monkey on his back and was in a bad mood with both Col Parker and the Hilton.
The cover photo (see 'Elvis - Caught in a Trap' by Arjan Deelen & Laurens Van Houten) features Elvis with the monkey peeping over his shoulder.
The incredulous Closing Show was released by FTD back in 2004. While not a "great" concert it is totally fascinating for Elvis' powerful, no holds bared, comments and performances.  See EIN review here.
2) 'Love Me Tender – Through The Lens Of Robert Vose' Book / CD Combo. FTD Books is pleased to present “Love Me Tender – Through The Lens of Robert Vose”.
Pål Granlund and David English visited the 20th Century-Fox Studios archive several years ago which proved to be an amazing experience. These stunning photographs captured by Robert Vose – the majority of them unseen and unpublished since September 1956 – reveal life on the movie set with Director Robert D. Webb, his cast and crew.
Accompanying the book are two CDs.
Disc 1: The original EP, Outtakes, Stereo Masters and The Truth About Me interview.
Disc 2: The 13 recordings made at Radio Recorders between September 1-3, 1956. (EIN Notes: These were for Elvis' second LP 'Elvis' already released as an FTD Classic Album)
Go here to SONY / FTD Releases 2021 for Tracklist and Details
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)


Anne Helm Talks Elvis: Canadian actress Anne Helm played Elvis' love interest Holly Jones in the movie 'Follow That Dream', filmed in Florida in the summer of 1961.
Helm was an up-and-coming actress who had worked as a model and had danced professionally at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City.
Elvis of course denied having any romantic relationship with his co-star however the photos of the two of them implied something more and in a 2010 interview Anne Helm did confirm they did in fact have a relationship.
Helm confirmed, "We did have a romance, it was quite wonderful while we were on location in Crystal River. Elvis was away from the madding crowd, it was like a shipboard romance.
I met him in a very small community. It was a motel, basically. There were about 50 or 60 of us on location, the crew and everyone else involved in the movie.
In those days we were very promiscuous and of course I knew he was having a lot of affairs, but we really adored one another."
Helm was only 19-years-old at the time revealed how serious she was about being with 26 year old Elvis.
“I mean, I really loved him. I just sensed that his life was very compartmentalised. It was a more innocent time.
We were very young… Everyone knew about Priscilla, although he didn’t talk a lot about Priscilla to me, but it was rumoured they were going to be married.
We used to hang out with his friends (The Memphis Mafia), Elvis loved to hang out with the guys. They made his word good. No one questioned what Elvis wanted. It wasn’t that his demands were out of line. He just didn’t want to put up with any nonsense.
Elvis had a lot of patience. He was always very polite, but he wanted things a certain way. It wasn’t my idea of a fun date after a while.
It was just me and the guys. It was just never quite comfortable for me. It's abnormal to have a relationship with seven or eight guys around. Naturally, they disappeared when we had romance, but then they came back again. That’s sort of a strange way to spend your evenings with a person you care about.
I really fell for Elvis, I mean, who wouldn’t? But being the celebrity that he was, it was difficult. He was loved by so many people.
When Elvis visited the Florida mermaid show, thousands of fans showed up and they were kept behind a wire fence just to keep them away from him. I was really overwhelmed by it because I'd never seen such madness for someone... But Elvis was so sweet, he sent me back to the motel and he stayed on signing autographs for about three or four hours for his fans and I was so touched by that. He really revered his fans and he was so kind to them. I was very impressed.
I did continue to see him when we came back to Hollywood, but it was very difficult, Elvis had so many women around him. It wasn't like Crystal River where I had him all to myself every night."
Go here for EIN's 50th Anniv Spotlight on Follow That Dream
(News, Source;UKTabloids/ElvisInfoNet)

(Interview): Joe Shooman (author of An A-Z of Elvis: Infrequently Asked Questions) talks to EIN: Joe Shooman’s new book is unlike any other Elvis book you’ve read. Its subject matter (presented in encyclopedic style) is offbeat and at times confronting, with amazing beliefs from the outer limits of the Elvis world.

In his interview with Nigel Patterson, Shooman notes, "I'm a journalist above all so I tend to dwell on things that are factual, but as a fan of Elvis I am also drawn toward the rich and wonderful theories that abound in pop culture...."

Join EIN to find out why the author chose such an unusual theme for the book and be intrigued as he reveals information that challenges our usual understanding of the Elvis story, such as British pop star, Tommy Steele, taking Elvis on a tour of London in 1958, the “elusive” Presley (Commission) Report, and Vernon Presley not being Elvis’ biological father.


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


“Skin on skin. I think it was good’ – my night with Elvis: Gael Greene is a name not instantly recognisable in the Elvis story. Ms Greene is a highly celebrated American restaurant critic, author and novelist. And, if we are to believe the account in her easily digestible and nourishingly satisfying memoir, Insatiable Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess (2006), her name should be one we well know. Variously described as being audacious, sensuous and with fierce wit, Insatiable is a fulsome read....” a plateful of pleasure without any guilt”.
(EIN can attest to the unending and moreish delights of Ms Greene’s life as recorded in her book – for the record, it appears she believes ‘the best lover turns into a pizza at 3 am’)
The opening chapter, The Fried Egg and I, is about Ms Greene’s encounter with Elvis.
It is deliciously tasty to say the least (and we are only providing one tantalising morsel of the salivating information on offer). An aspiring journalist, but yet to be employed by any newspaper, Ms Greene wrote to the Colonel in 1956 asking to interview Elvis, and managed an invite to his official press conference where she was befriended by Lamar Fike (who likely realised the lithe and attractive Ms Greene, would be to Elvis’ taste).
As the story unfolds, she was led to the bedroom by Elvis where things became a blur because of the moment and the incessant noise from the street below where young teen girls were chanting: “We want Elvis. We want Elvis.” Ms Greene’s post-coital account is nutritionally amusing, and reveals the culinary significance of the fried egg.
While the chapter is only three and a half pages long, its placement as the entrée to her wonderfully moreish life, is tastefully telling.
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis slunk directly toward me, “And who are you?”
I babbled something.
Elvis didn’t seem to be listening. Silently, he took my hand, and led me to a bedroom. I was thinking, Oh my God … this is Elvis… . I am going to do it with Elvis. I am not going to be coy. I will not make him talk me into it. He didn’t ask. I didn’t answer. He closed the door, dropped his pants ...
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(Interview) Evangelos Proiou, President of the official Greek Elvis fan club talk to EIN: In the past year EIN has interviewed several Elvis fan club presidents from around the world (Jean-Marie Pouzenc - France and Carlos Ares – Argentina). 

In our latest interview, we talk with Evangelos Proiou. Evangelos, and his wife, Anna, have been running the Elvis Forever Fan Club of Greece for more than four decades.
Evangelos discusses a range of topics including Elvis’ most successful records and films in Greece, rare Greek releases, and promotion of Elvis in Greece.


Read Evangelos’ full interview

(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Something For Everybody Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released Released back in November 202, 'The Something For Everybody Sessions' (ft 'The Wild In The Country Sessions') was another in FTD’s “complete sessions” releases. An 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and movie data, memorabilia and rare photos. It includes remixed and remastered unreleased studio outtakes - all the RCA session takes from Elvis' RCA November 7 / 8, 1960 and March 12 / 13, 1961 recording sessions.
On close investigation we discover various Elvis comments that had been previously edited out such as, “I’m gonna’ get this son-of-a-bitch” on ‘Give Me The Right’ - while the frustration of the repetitive 'Wild In The Country Sessions' also becomes obvious.

But it there really enough previously unreleased material to makes this session worth purchasing all over again?
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new Deluxe set and discovers some hidden delights for session collectors....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Book Review 'An A-Z of Elvis': Joe Shooman’s new book 'An A-Z of Elvis... Infrequently Asked Questions' is an offbeat look at various parts of the Elvis story.
As the author notes, "This isn’t your bog-standard rehash of the same old Elvis tropes, instead we decided to look for the weird and wonderful…"

The A-Z entries are a diverse, eclectic collection, from the well-known to the weird and controversial. Each entry is afforded a paragraph or two up to a page of interesting text, with many of the entries complemented by impressive contemporary, hand drawn, artwork.

Our review discovers that at times, there is an almost punk sensibility in the narrative as author Joe Shooman dredges the darkest recesses of the multi-layered Elvis story and occasionally assaults the reader’s conception of Elvis Presley reality....


Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson checks out this fascinating sounding publication.

 

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis UK3' Book UPDATE: Elvis collectors will be interested to know that the new on-line book 'Elvis UK3' by John Townson and Gordon Minto has already undergone its first update.

They note.. "Following the launch of 'Elvis UK3' in February, as promised, we have carried out the first of our planned (and periodic) updates - taking the opportunity to correct some minor typos at the same time, also.
This update had been held back pending the release of FTD’s 'The His Hand In Mine Sessions', and this information has now been added to the text in the appropriate places.
All subscribers will have immediate access to the changes seamlessly - they don’t need to do anything!"


EIN is impressed that the work can be updated so quickly in this ever-expanding Elvis world.

Go here for EIN's in-depth review and page samples

(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis 'Just Pretend': Need a quality blast of Elvis to get you to the weekend?
Check out this lovely High-Res YouTube clip of Elvis' classic Just Pretend.
Filmed at his Midnight show August 11th 1970.

How easy it is to forget that 'Just Pretend' was not included in the original 1970 TTWII theatrical release.

CLICK HERE to YouTube for 4 minutes of pure Elvis magic

 

 


(News, Source;RobV/ElvisInfoNet)


'On Stage with Elvis Presley' Mini-Review: The Backstage Stories of Elvis’ legendary TCB Band, as told to Stuart Coupe: This new book may be slimline but it offers many great stories/anecdotes.
You may have heard many of the stories recounted in this book before, but it is neat to have them all recorded in one release for easy reference. It is interesting that the author apparently spoke with James Burton, Ron(nie) Tutt, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff, and orchestra maestro, Joe Guercio, in Australia when Elvis The Concert toured “downunder” in 1999. Why it has taken two decades for those discussions to be published is puzzling.

Life on the road has its ups and downs, and the memories recorded in 'On Stage with Elvis Presley' hold the reader’s interest:

... For every member of the T.C.B. Band there’s no question that Elvis’ series of shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1972 was the highlight of their time together as a band.
... “That was one of the highlights of my life,” recalls Joe. “We had The Sweet Inspirations and Jackie Kahane, but the audience didn’t want to hear any comedy.
They wanted Elvis Presley and that was it, so they were heckling Jackie. It finally came to the second half of the show and I started the Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you could feel the audience. I don’t think I’ll ever get that experience again. There was this huge rumble, rumble, rumble and by the time we hit a note where Elvis came out so many flash bulbs were going off from cameras that there were moments where it seemed like the entire Madison Square Garden was lit up It was like someone had turned up the house lights, but it was just the blare from flashbulbs.”

Ronnie Tutt observed about Elvis’ performances:
... “What stands out about the concerts were the incredible highs and lows,” he says. “Elvis was a very spontaneous performer so you would have these incredible nights where it was just roaring. People were packed to the ceilings and were responding wonderfully, and they’d get the show of their life”……
”But if people were sitting on their hands and the acoustics were bad, or it was cold in the building, or we were in a real conservative town, it wouldn’t be that great.”

(Mini-Book Review, Source: NP/ElvisInfoNet)

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“Monogamy wasn’t in Elvis’ DNA!”: So says Elvis’ long-time partner, Linda Thompson. Ms Thompson also admitted that ‘she would always forgive’ Elvis.
Linda continued: “In his defence, women were far too readily available to him, and monogamy just wasn’t in his DNA.
I always chose to forgive him, because I loved him and because he truly needed
Linda also wrote: “Elvis was the king of cool as well as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. He had an enormous heart, an unbridled generosity, an innovative talent, a loving, affectionate nature, and a profound sensitivity.
“He was an original. He was complex in his simplicity, and he was very human.
The world lost an icon over 43 years, but Elvis still lives in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”
- Go HERE for EIN's exclusive Interviews with Linda Thompson - and Sam Thompson

(News, Source: GSimpson, UKTabloids/EINet)


Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005. The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone.
EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD.
'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960...
'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962...
'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.- Release date: March 12, 2021. From Amazon for $14.99.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies': In the first two decades after his untimely death it was rare to hear an Elvis song in a new feature film - and certainly not in a TV advert.
EPE / BMG seemed reluctant to licence Elvis' music which is strange considering the amount of sub-standard Elvis products they were pumping out to fans. But everything changed in 2002 with ‘ALLC' hitting number one all around the world .
So with Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS biopic in production it's a good time to revisit some of the best use of Elvis music in recent movies.
Film producers have discovered that using ELVIS in recent movie soundtracks can be a powerful and positive idea.
From the cartoon Lilo & Stitch to the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 and the Elton John biopic Rocketman, the use of Elvis songs in the soundtrack can add that something special.
EIN lists Movie blog Screenrant's recently posted Top Ten and also adds EIN readers favourites.
Visit our EIN spotlight and also send us YOUR THOUGHTS on your favourite use of ELVIS in modern films.
(Spotlight, Source;SR/ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis Day By Day 2020' Book Review: 2020 is a year none of us will forget. But as we all tried to adapt to a "new normal" the wonderful world of Elvis Presley provided a very fine distraction. 2020 brought us several great Elvis releases on CD and vinyl (lots of it!), many new books, movie releases on DVD, Blu-ray and in cinemas around the world. We had to say good-bye to friends from the Elvis world and there was the Covid-19 pandemic, which had a huge impact on the Elvis world too.

Everything Elvis Presley from 2020 is captured in this comprehensive, day-by-day yearbook. Fully illustrated, with new in-depth reviews, articles and interviews on the main - and odd-ball - releases of the year. The good, the bad, the funny and the sad, and even the news and reviews you may have missed. All packed in one comprehensive book to revisit 2020 as it happened.

The book is.. "Impeccably written, in an attractive and easy to read composition, it is peppered with facts accompanied by high quality B&W and color pictures. It demonstrates in detail that Elvis is still present and influential."
Go here to Elvis author Paul Belard's full review..
(Book Reviews, Source;PB/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review – 'Elvis 1956 July 5 to July 31 (Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans)': Paul Belard’s latest photobook is another strong release. Focusing on a month in 1956 when Elvis actually got to take vacation.
Starting on July 5, 1956 (the day after Elvis’ triumphant concert at Russwood Park in Memphis - this will be covered in another volume), the hundreds of photos (many candid shots) show a different side to Elvis than normally associated with books about Elvis during the height of Presleymania.

.. July 1956, Elvis days off were spent deep sea fishing and relaxing before Elvis returned to Memphis on the 20th, where photographer, Lloyd Shearer, was on hand to take a slew of photos of Elvis around the city. At the end of the month Elvis returned to Biloxi....

The images are nicely complemented by a diverse and fascinating collection of archival materials.


Go here to read EIN’s detailed review from Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Interview: 'ELVIS UK3' authors John Townson & Gordon Minto: Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations.
It is a massive undertaking that provides the definitive guide to Elvis's UK compact disc releases from the ' The Legend' - the world's first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 - in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way.
With such a massive book EIN readers have asked questions such as..
- Who is this book actually aimed at?
- Did you learn particular new insights into RCA's marketing on Elvis?
- How important was Roger Semon in changing Elvis' musical legacy
- Was 'The King Of Rock n Roll' box-set the true turning point?
- Should RCA have stuck to 'The Beatles' approach of only one essential release per year?
- Why is it a digital release and not a hard-back?

EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed authors John Townson and Gordon Minto to find out more about this amazing work ...
Go here to their fascinating and detailed interview
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 1 (Paul Belard): Hot on the heels of Elvis July 1956 July 5 to July 31 Memphis-Biloxi-New Orleans (EIN’s review will be published next week), prolific photo-journal publisher, Paul Belard will shortly release, Elvis King of the Rings Volume 1.

The book description: Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems. Like Elvis himself, they were at times dazzlingly tasteful and things of beauty, and at other times flashy, ostentatious, in your face.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”
Elvis’ entourage had this line down pat: “Elvis, this ring is beautiful.” And Elvis would remove it from his finger and give it away. Was he taken advantage of? The answer is yes, as quite a few of the rings that show up at auctions were gifted to members of his coterie.

Elvis’ penchant to give things away is sometimes difficult to understand, even taking in the fact that Elvis was not materialistic. When he was in Las Vegas, he saw a doctor whose name was Elias Ghanem. Elvis lavished upon him a $32,000 Stutz car, a Mercedes, watches, rings, including the one he wore in Aloha from Hawaii.

A list of the gifts to this individual comes to a staggering total more than fifty items. The value of the item was of no concern to Elvis. The horseshoe ring he wore in Aloha from Hawaii eventually sold at auction in 2017 for $204,800.

EIN has seen an advanced draft of this 250 page book, and the hundreds of full-color images and supporting background text for each of the rings featured, is visually and narratively impressive. And because Elvis bought so many rings during his life, there will be a second volume!


(News, Source: Paul Belard/ElvisInfoNet)


Graceland plans in-person events during Elvis Week: Publicity is ramping up with media reporting that 'Elvis Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person activities during the annual Elvis Week this summer in Memphis, Tennessee.'
On the 44th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, fans will get to celebrate the musician once again at the annual Elvis Week event in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley's Graceland is preparing to host visitors and offer in-person events for Elvis Week from Aug. 11 through Aug. 17. Organizers said public health protocols will be in place, including the requirement of masks, temperature screenings and socially distanced seating.
The event will feature appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, parties, bus excursions and the Elvis tribute artist contest. The keystone event, once again, will be a candlelight vigil as fans visit his grave.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elvis Week events were mostly held online last year.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;AP/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) The Jewish World of Elvis Presley (Roselle Kline Chartock): The latest Elvis related book by an academic draws attention to an issue many fans will have been unaware of – the strong affinity Elvis had with Jews and how it influenced his life. Jews were disproportionately represented in Elvis’ life and inner circle – for instance, five of the Memphis Mafia were Jews. Was it just coincidence that there were so many Jews in Elvis’ life or was there something more at work?

Roselle Kline Chartock (Professor Emerita of Education) has written an absorbing and accessible account of the importance of Jews in Elvis’ life from his Jewish roots to the many personal friendships and professional relationships he enjoyed with them.
In so doing, the author reveals that what has previously been seen as a series of anecdotes, is actually a coherent and important theme in the Elvis story.
Read Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInfomationNetwork)

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'Elvis Week' Tickets On Sale Now: Elvis Week 2021 will mark the 44th anniversary of Elvis’ passing and Graceland is hoping for the gathering of thousands of Elvis fans and friends.
Taking place August 11-17, Elvis Week is an annual, multi-day gathering celebrating Elvis’ life and legacy. Hopefully CV19 restrictions will be sorted by mid-summer.
It has become a pop-culture phenomenon and an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from around the world.
Events include appearances by celebrities and musicians, live concerts, panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, parties, fan events, the usual Elvis Impersonator / Tribute Artist Contests, special bus excursions around Memphis and to Tupelo, and much more.
Events and special tours will be held at the Mansion, the entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the Guest House at Graceland hotel, and the Graceland Exhibition Center, home to the Jungle Room Bar.
Tickets for all Elvis Week events are on sale now!
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS WEEK 2021 Schedule Announced: Graceland has just announced the Elvis Week 2021 schedule and we cannot wait to welcome fans back to Memphis in August for a celebration like no other!
It will be a great time to gather again with friends to celebrate the music, movies, and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Week 2021 highlights include a 50th anniversary concert celebrating Elvis’ Nashville recording sessions, Blue Hawaii Luau, Ultimate ETA Contests and concerts, exclusive tours, first-time experiences, Elvis in concert on the big screen, and much more! An Elvis Week not-to-be-missed!
Tickets and Packages go on Sale Friday, February 12
Note - COVID-19 Protocols will be in place for all events. This includes the requirement of masks, temperature screenings, and socially distanced seating.

EIN Note: Many of the events are what were planned for Elvis Week 2020, let's hope the COVID-19 situation has calmed down by August.

The two Highlights for EIN would be ...
- Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniversary Concert - August 13
Celebrate Elvis’ Nashville Marathon Sessions at Nashville’s Studio B in 1970 and 1971 with musicians James Burton, Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, and Charlie McCoy, who shared the studio with Elvis during these legendary recordings. Joined by vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Dean Z, this concert will feature an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling. From fan favorites songs such as “Just Pretend” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to “I’ve Lost You” and “Stranger in the Crowd” – enjoy a very special night of Elvis music at the Graceland Soundstage.
- Elvis In Concert - August 16th
Celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Graceland during this live concert experience featuring amazing on-screen performances by Elvis himself, backed on stage by a live band with special guest appearances by TCB Band members guitarist James Burton and piano player Glen Hardin, plus Terry Blackwood and The Imperials. A not-to-be-missed concert event!
- ‘Down In The Jungle Room’ – is once again a special Event at $750 per ticket!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
- Also this year ‘Hidden Graceland Tours’ yours for only $500!
Only 10 tours available on each date; Limited to two tours per purchaser.
Go HERE to EPE for full schedule and Ticket info.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Brandon Yip (author of Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada): Elvis only performed outside the USA on five occasions – all shows in Canada in 1957. Canadian born and bred writer and author, Brandon Yip, formed an obsession about Elvis’ Canadian concerts.
Dissatisfied with the information he had read about the shows, particularly Elvis’ final Canadian performance in Vancouver, Brandon went in search of more information, tracking down and interviewing people who were lucky enough to see Elvis “live” in Canada.

The result of his research is his new book, Elvis Presley “All Shook Up” in Canada. It includes first-hand accounts by fans and legendary Canadian radio DJ, Red Robinson.

Brandon recently took time out to talk with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about his book and what he found.

Read the full interview here


(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


Tony Plews - 'Walk A Lonely Street' - INTERVIEW: Recently published author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”.
The book, Walk A Lonely Street, spans over one hundred years and involves scores of singers and their songs, it uncovers the truth, placing events in context, and revealing the astonishing depth of Presley’s artistic vision and achievements.
It is unlike any Elvis book that you will have read before.
EIN wanted to know some answers such as.....
- Part biography, part investigation, part reference and part thriller, how did he come up with the concept
- Why does a book about "Heartbreak Hotel" start in 1865
- How did he find connections to Mae Boren Axton, Tommy Durden and even Delta Pinney (who shot that lonely man) and what did they think when he came calling?
EIN's Piers Beagley interviewed author Tony Plews to find out how he came up with such an incredible concept for his first book - and what discoveries he made along the way...
(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Inventing Elvis – An American Icon in a Cold War World (Mathias Haeussler): The latest academic examination of the Elvis Presley story explores his relationship in the context of a rising trans-national youth culture and Cold War politics. Assistant Professor Mathias Haeussler has written a powerful account of how Elvis’ role in each of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was an evolutionary one, reflecting the broader socio-cultural and political changes of each decade.
The subject matter is diverse, ranging from Elvis’ image as a threat to the morals of youth in the 1950s (in a sense mirroring the threat of communism), to the cultural imperialism reflected his 1960s movies (while American culture and political influence was spreading globally), and Elvis’ decline in the 1970s (at a time when America was reeling from its own excesses including the disastrous Vietnam War).

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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(Book Review) Elvis@Argentina 1963-1969 (Carlos Ares): The second volume in Carlos Ares’ series of “coffee table” books detailing Elvis’ reception in Argentina is another high quality production. With a great balance between informative text, colorful images and impressive archival artefacts, it is a worthy inclusion in any fan’s Elvis library.

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


'Walk A Lonely Street' Book Review: Recently published Tony Plews, 'Walk A Lonely Street: Elvis Presley, Country Music & The True Story of Heartbreak Hotel' is a unique volume that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame as viewed through the lens of his era-defining first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”. Presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements, and reveals the true and dramatic saga behind the breakthrough song that changed the world.
In EIN Piers Beagley's detailed review he discovers that.. the true joy of this book is Tony Plews’ delightful and engaging writing style. His detailed research and his mix of facts and imagination blend together to create an emotional narrative that really draws the reader in. At times he also adds a nice British, somewhat droll, sense of humour that can make you laugh out loud. A totally enthralling musical journey, Tony Plews writes with a truly engaging, colourful and passionate style. If your love of Elvis is based upon his amazing musical legacy then this is the book for you....
Go here to EIN's 'Walk A Lonely Street' in-depth review
Coming Wednesday.. EIN interviews author Tony Plews
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review: A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready".
EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

US CD box-set
US Vinyl
UK CD box-set
UK Vinyl
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(Book Review) 'Technicolor to Black & White' (Jean-Marie Pouzenc): The latest ‘coffee table” multi-media” (book, CD and 10” vinyl) set from Jean-Marie Pouzenc continues his history of producing fan pleasing, high quality, releases!
Focusing on Elvis’ film career in France it is a wonderfully expressive record of its subject and offers a neatly balanced package between its narrative, visual, archival and audio elements.

Elvis didn’t incarnate almost supernatural heroes, he was you and he was all of us. He played an everyday guy, an ordinary character with a job....(Jean-Marie Pouzenc)

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) Destined to Die Young (Sally Hoedel): Could Elvis’ death at the young age of 42 have been avoided? This question is answered in Sally Hoedel’s thought provoking book, Destined to Die Young.

The book is the result of exhaustive research by the author who found a key factor which was to affect Elvis throughout his life – one which meant that regardless of his diet and overuse of prescription medication, he was destined to die young. The narrative is full and colorful, and its depth of detail reflects the extent of research undertaken by the author.

In her introduction, the author establishes an important context for Elvis’ longevity (or lack of longevity) and health issues, this being his family tree....  Hoedel identifies the genetic disorder as Antitrypsin Deficiency, a condition which can result in lung and/or liver disease. In this respect, her discussion of the life and death of Gladys Presley is thought provoking..

Go here to read EIN Nigel Patterson's detailed review

(Book Review. Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) From Elvis in Memphis (Eric Wolfson): The 150th volume in the popular Bloomsbury Academic 33 1/3 series of music history and criticism books is Eric Wolfson’s From Elvis in Memphis (due out on 12 November).
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently sat down and submerged himself in what is the first (and long overdue) extensive examination of any Elvis album.
What Nigel found was a deeply considered, strongly written, and thought provoking analysis of what many regard as Elvis’ finest album.

.. "In 1968, Elvis Presley was worse than dead – he was irrelevant. After helping to establish rock and roll as a cultural force and becoming its biggest star in the 1950s, he now found himself eclipsed by the music. New artists like the Beatles and Bob Dylan blew the mid-1960’s rock landscape wide open.. Elvis, once the epitome of the young and exciting rock and roll star, had become old and stale.
From the moment that From Elvis in Memphis begins with a rock and roll Odysseus returning home after “a little while”, the album refuses to settle. Over the course of the record, people drive eight-wheel locomotives, ride in long black limousines, and soar like beautiful birds...."

Read Nigel’s detailed 3,000+ words review of From Elvis in Memphis

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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Jean-Marie Pouzenc Interview: Jean-Marie Pouzenc is one of Europe's most well-known identities in the Elvis fan world. He is the founder and long-time president of the celebrated Elvis My Happiness fan club and publishes one of the best Elvis magazines in the world.
Jean-Marie has also written a number of acclaimed Elvis books including his latest coffee table release, Elvis Technicolor in Black & White.
In this fascinating interview Jean-Marie Pouzenc, now 77 years old, discusses...
- How and when he became an Elvis fan
- What changes he has noticed in the Elvis world since 1956
- Elvis' popularity in France
- His new publication 'Elvis Technicolor in Black & White'
- Elvis in Paris
. . . . and much, much more

Go here - EIN's Nigel Patterson ask the questions

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music, including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images.
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Arlo Guthrie 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You': A marvelous story for CV19 lockdown.
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (son of legend Woody Guthrie) tells a truly wonderful life-affirming story of singing Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love With You' at a European folk festival, to 30,000 folk music lovers!
He jokes about choosing a song made popular by 'The King of Folk Singers' Elvis Presley. 
Arlo Guthrie teases fellow musician Pete Seeger about him being a core "Folkie" and exactly how Elvis' music fits into the whole equation.
After all everyone knows Elvis' music and the world is a better place if you are an ELVIS fan.
Live at Wolftrap, August 8, 1993
Go here to YouTube for a life-affirming 9 minutes.
EIN HIGHLY recommended
with big THANKS to our friend James Bracken
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
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'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished.
And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future?
Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)
One of EIN most popular recent articles - NOW UPDATED with YOUR comments - Have YOUR SAY - do you agree with Shane's comments? What were YOUR favourite releases and why?

ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.

Now $105 (down from $160) <<< US Amazon

UK Amazon >>> £73.00

Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.


Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ... "The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best.  I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!"
Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show.
Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show.
One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published - Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
(Review/Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of 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.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus 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 features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



'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)



Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This week celebrated our 30,000 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.


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!

 

 

 

 


'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)


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)

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)


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

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

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

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


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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'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
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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?
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