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Coming soon to EIN: Interview with Gillian Gaar (Return Of The King) - PLUS Desiree Presley, whose mother, Lucy de Barbin, wrote the best-selling book, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, about her long relationship with Elvis and the daughter he never knew - the "poem" Elvis allegedly wrote to Lucy is being put up for auction.
Saturday 15 December 2018

Interview with hypnoanalyst Bill Ronan: Bill Ronan is the author of the intriguing book, Psychological Autopsy of Elvis Presley. Bill recently talked with EIN's Nigel Patterson about the motivation for his book and the major psychological conditions which he considers may have influenced Elvis' death at an early age.

In his interview Bill discusses, among other things:

  • the major psychological causes for Elvis' death
  • the little known conditions Walking Zombie Syndrome and Ponce de Leon Syndrome
  • provides his view on whether or not Elvis was schizophrenic
  • the impact on Elvis of his feeling he had communicated with God.

Read the interview ........(Interview, Source: EIN)


Graceland New Major Live Music Partnership: Graceland has announced the desire to become the top live music destination in the region. In partnership with Live Nation, Graceland Live will bring year-round live music and live entertainment events to the Graceland Soundstage and Graceland Guest House Theater, two new state-of-the-art venues, with built-in sound, lights and video, located on the campus of the most famous music destination in the world.
Beginning in early 2019, Graceland Live will host icons, national touring artists and rising stars across the spectrum of musical genres. The Graceland Guest House Theater gives fans a powerful, yet intimate experience with its leading-edge sound and light capability and 464-seat capacity. Across the street the Graceland Soundstage is an extremely flexible venue - both venues will give fans a phenomenal setting to enjoy an amazing array of artists that not only represent the ever-expanding influence of Elvis, but reflect his love of all music.
"Memphis was the epicenter of a number of musical genres, and with this announcement, we plan to bring Memphis back to its rightful place as the center for live music," said Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner, Graceland Holdings, LLC.
The first group of shows being announced in the coming weeks
Fans of live music are encouraged to sign up for LiveFeed (click here to EPE) to get information on shows and exclusive promotions
Graceland Soundstage is the centerpiece of Elvis Presley's Memphis, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex featuring a full city block of museums, restaurants, and shops dedicated to the legend of Elvis Presley. less than 15 minutes from downtown Memphis.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


What happened when Glen Campbell played football with Elvis?: Between 1964 to 1968, when he wasn't busy recording sessions with famed LA group The Wrecking Crew or recording solo albums,  Glen Campbell had a sideline: recording songs for Elvis Presley. Campbell was originally hired by songwriter Ben Weisman, a man whose songs Presley recorded more frequently than any other. Impressed by Campbell's perfect pitch and ability to mimic Presley's  style, he was asked to record songs that would then be presented to Elvis for his consideration. 

Now 18 of these songs – discovered by Executive Producer Stephen Auerbach on long-forgotten reel-to-reel tapes in a storage space – have been released for the first time. 

In a recent video, songwriter and producer Jerry Fuller, who played alongside Campbell in a late version of The Champs (famed for their 1958 hit  Tequila) talks about introducing Campbell to the music scene in Los Angeles, and reveals what happened when they met Elvis and played football with him and Ricky Nelson.

"It was supposed to be flag football," say Fuller. "But it got kinda rough. People ended up with black eyes." (News, Source: loudersound.com)


EPE loses Memphis arena lawsuit: After announcing the new live concert expansion (see above) EPE then received some not-so-good news. A Shelby County chancellor again smacked down EPE's lawsuit seeking a declaration that Memphis and Shelby County can support a proposed 6,200-seat Graceland arena without violating a FedExForum use agreement. After the ruling, Memphis Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen did a little end-zone celebrating:
"We're not surprised by Court's ruling as we doubted the merits of Elvis Presley Enterprises' (EPE) complaint from the beginning. EPE wants the City of Memphis to use tax dollars to build its new arena. This would violate our contract with the Memphis Grizzlies to operate FedEx Forum. We don't think litigation is the answer. We are and have always been hopeful that all parties can sit down and work out an agreement."
But EPE attorney James McLaren told the Memphis Business Journal that his client "believes that the Chancellor's ruling is incorrect and plans on appealing." -- In other words: EPE is looking at this loss as a setback, not the end of the game. However, McMullen is right: litigation isn't the answer. Or, if it's an answer, it's not the best one. Outside of EPE building its arena with its own money, the best solution is for EPE and the Grizzlies to do a little soul-searching about what is best for Memphis as a whole. If an arena would cut the legs from under the FedExForum, EPE should step away. If the scuttling of the FedExForum is unlikely, then the Grizzlies should make concessions. Unfortunately, EPE has made all of this very personal, threatening to fund a competitor to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland in 2019 and who knows what else.
If a Graceland arena makes Memphis more of a concert destination, the FedExForum could very well benefit. It's time for less me-first and more Memphis-first.
(News, Source: Commercial Appeal)

How Elvis saved one fan's life: To the casual observer, Elvis can seem like just another pop culture brand. Like Coca-Cola, McDonald's or Jordan shoes. But to die hard Elvis fans like Bobbie Sue Clark, he's a lifesaver.

One night many years ago while living in Oklahoma, Bobbie Sue's husband was driving her to the emergency room. She was having complications with her breathing. Her husband noticed her doing something on the phone and asked what she could possibly be doing at a time like this?

"I said I'm buying a house in Memphis! He said no you're not! And I said yeah, I am and I did! And before we got to the hospital, we owned the house," said Clark. 

So, if you ever find yourself questioning the staying power of Elvis and his empire, all you need to do is visit one of the many annual events hosted at Graceland. You might even meet one of Elvis's disciples like Bobbie Sue Clark if you're lucky. If you'd like to learn more about events happening this holiday season, visit: www.graceland.com.

(News, Source: Parker Hays, LocalMemphis.com)



Wednesday 12 December 2018
Four New FTD Releases OUT NOW: The four new FTD releases are OUT NOW and at your local dealers.
- 'ELVIS: “HOLIDAY SEASON IN VEGAS (Hilton 1975)'. Live double-soundboard release from Elvis' 14th Las Vegas season from the Hilton Holiday Season shows in December 1975.
The two concerts Midnight Show, December 13 and December 6 1975 (which show is not noted)
The shows are ‘soundboard quality’ but FTD note the AUDIO has sonic imperfections as from the original source tape.
Disc 1 MIDNIGHT SHOW – DECEMBER 13
1 C.C. Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 And I Love You So, 6 All Shook Up, 7 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel, 8 You Gave Me A Mountain, 9 Help Me Make It Through The Night, 10 Polk Salad Annie, 11 Introductions, 12 Just Pretend,, 13 How Great Thou Art, 14 Burning Love, 15 Hound Dog, 16 Softly, As I Leave You, 17 America, 18 It’s Now Or Never, 19 O Solo Mio, 20 Little Darlin’, 21 Little Sister, 22 Can’t Help Falling In Love..
The December 13th 1975 Dinner Show was previously out on FTD as 'Dinner At Eight'
The less energy December 14th 1975 show was released on 'Fashion For A King'  
The Dec 13th 1975 Midnight Show has been out on bootleg and is a truly excellent show - see review here
For full tracklisting and details go to 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'
- 'FOR LP FANS ONLY' Classic Album. Finally Elvis' 'FOR LP FANS ONLY'  gets a FTD 'Classic Album' release. This legendary album released in 1959 while Elvis was serving his time for the US Army in Germany, now features bonus tracks including RADIO and TV performances from the ‘50s and the quality highlights from the recently discovered Bad Nauheim German home recordings.
Great performances from the Milton Berle Show, Stage Show and the Steve Allen Show are complemented by intimate recordings of Are You Lonesome Tonight, His Hand In Mine and He Knows What I Need.
Released in 7” gatefold format it also contains a 16-page booklet. FOR LP FANS ONLY was nominated for best album art of 1959.
DISC 1 features the The Original Album plus Bonus Tracks That’s All Right (Takes 1-3), Harbor Lights (Take 7), I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Slow Version Takes 4 & 5/M), When It Rains, It Really Pours, along with 'For Radio Fans Only Live Performances 1954-1955' from The Louisiana Hayride, Eagles Hall and Radio Acetates of Fool, Fool, Fool and Shake, Rattle And Roll.
DISC 2 features "FOR TV FANS ONLY Live Performances"
The Dorsey Brothers Shows, The Milton Berle Shows plus The Steve Allen Show along with newly found German Home Recordings Bad Nauheim, He Knows Just What I Need, Cool Water (Fragments), Like A Baby (1 Verse), Return To Me (Fragments), Her Hand In Mine, His Hand In Mine, Her Hand In Mine, If I Didn’t Care, Are You Sincere, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and Stand By Me (Fragments).
Click here to for all sixty tracks and details 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'

- 'ELVIS – “CAFÉ EUROPA – G.I. BLUES VOL. 2' VINYL limited edition.
The album contains more great outtakes from the G.I Blues soundtrack sessions.
Double album of G.I. Blues session outakes
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios - 180 gram format.

DISC 1 Side 1 - 1 G.I.Blues (take 6), 2 Tonight Is So Right For Love (take 8 ), 3 What’s She Really Like (takes 14-16), 4 Frankfort Special (remake, takes 9-10/M), 5 Pocketful Of Rainbows (version 1, take 17), 6 Tonight’s All Right For Love (take 6), 7 Wooden Heart (‘Gramafunken version’- instr.)
Side 2, 1 Doin’ The Best I Can (takes 10-12), 2 Shoppin’ Around (takes 1,2), 3 Whistling Blues (instrumental), 4 Pocketful Of Rainbows (version 1, takes 26-28), 5 Tonight’s All Right For Love (takes 7-8), 6 Big Boots (fast version, takes 6,5)

For DISC 2 tracklisting and and details go to 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'

- 'THE WILD ONE ’56' Book / CD Combo.
Following on from the excellent 'REBEL WITH A CAUSE' FTD book release earlier this year is 'THE WILD ONE ’56' by David English and Pål Granlund. It consists of 228 pages and features great photographs, including 60 recently discovered shots taken from the original negatives.
A bonus CD is included that features the 2nd ED Sullivan Show and The evening Tupelo Fair performance.
All of these should be available on Pre-Order from your local Elvis dealer

If you have pre-ordered them they should be delivered perfectly in time for Elvis Christmas presents.

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet.com)


'Elvis On Tour October 1976' New Kieran Davis book: Elvis specialist Kieran Davis has published some of the very best researched Elvis books in the last few years.
Over a year ago he announced that he was working on a book looking at 'Elvis On Tour October 1976' and he has informed EIN that his new book, 170 pages, hard bound, colour is finished and available soon - (no cover image yet)
However at present he is just doing a 100 copies of the book for returning customers.
The wholesale publishing via dealers etc will be done later once he has sorted out the best method with his publisher.
Interested customers should go to his website here - and follow the 'Contact Us' button for his personal email.
Fans will know what to expect from his previous excellent publications.
Kieran Davis is also working on an update to 'November 1971' which will be about 100 pages longer than the first edition.
Eventually a tour from both 1972 and 1974 will also get the full treatment but they won't be published until sometime in 2019.

NOTE: the book is 'available soon' as Kieran Davis' store will be closed over Christmas and won't be processing any new orders. He doesn't want people to be disappointed that the books are not going to be there for Christmas. His website will be fully updated in the new year
FTD of course released 'A Minnesota Moment' from October 17th 1976 - as well as 'Chicago Stadium' from mid October 1976 as show in picture above...
Click here to see EIN's reviews of previous Kieran Davis Elvis books
(News, Source;KieranDavis/ElvisInfoNet)

Celebrate Christmas at Graceland This Weekend: Merry Christmas, baby - it's time for Graceland's Holiday Concert Weekend! Three special concerts.
Legendary guitarist James Burton of Elvis' TCB Band will be our special guest at the Elvis Live in Concert event.
- Christmas with Elvis at Graceland - With Live Orchestra led by Renown UK Conductor, Robin Smith
Friday, December 14 at 8pm at Graceland Soundstage
- An Elvis Gospel Christmas - Live at Graceland starring the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet
Saturday, Dec 15 at 5pm. at the Graceland Soundstage
An inspirational and uplifting concert featuring Elvis' favorite gospel and Christmas classics
- Elvis Live in Concert - with All-Star Band featuring TCB Guitarist James Burton
Saturday, Dec 15 at 8.30pm. Graceland Soundstage
An unforgettable concert experience featuring Elvis live in concert and on the big screen.
There's no place more magical than Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas.
Anyone attending these concerts will receive free admission to Elvis Presley's Memphis at 3:00 pm that day where they can visit two newly expanded exhibits: ICONS and Presley Cycles.
There will also be a special screening of the Hallmark's "Christmas at Graceland" in The Guest House Theater.
Click here to EPE for tickets and more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'First Time In Huntsville' VINYL Import: Out now is the new VV release 'First Time In Huntsville' a special deluxe LP Double Set & CD, featuring for the first time label for the first time in vinyl both the shows of the second day in Huntsville, AL May 31, 1975, included as a bonus the unreleased ambiance recording from the opening show of the tour, Huntsville AL May 30, 1975.
There will be 3 different editions:
The standard will be limited at 300 copies… the first 100 copies will be presented as a deluxe edition with exclusive contents
- Standard includes Double Black Vinyl 180 Grams!!+ Cd
High Quality Matt Paper Poster 90x60 Cm Both Side Printed.!!!!!
Each Copy Hand Numbered And Individually Sealed.
- First 100 Copies LIMITED Set includes
Glossy Sticker, Double Marble Green Colored Vinyl, Flexi-magnet and Glossy Poster.
Special Deluxe Boxed Edition 100 Copies Limited Set Includes,
Stickers, Marble Blue Colored Vinyl, 44 page book and even a T-Shirt. Also for CASSETTE lovers an exclusive Cassette Featuring The Unreleased Ambiance Opening Tour.
Please check with your dealer for all the options.
EIN cannot believe there are so many Elvis vinyl collectors who would want all these versions.
FTD have released the excellent Huntsville, May 31 & June 1 1975 shows on 'Dixieland Delight' double-pack.
Go to 'Elvis- All The CD News 2018' for full details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 10 December 2018

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

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

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

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

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



Elvis stopping traffic in Germany: Elvis has left the building -- and headed onto the streets of Germany. Traffic lights featuring the King's likeness have been installed in the German town of Friedberg, just north of Frankfurt, Deutsche Welle reported.
A red image of Presley standing at a microphone tells residents and tourists to keep their blue suede shoes parked firmly on the sidewalk, while a green silhouette of the singer showing off his signature gyrating moves lets people know that it's time to rock 'n' roll.
The idea was to create an eye-catching feature for visitors to the town, local politician Marion Götz told regional newspaper Wetterauer Zeitung. Götz said the initiative cost around €900 ($1,020).

Presley was stationed in Friedberg while serving in the US Army, between 1958 and 1960.

And the town can't help falling in love with the music legend -- it already has a square named after him.
The nearby town of Bad Nauheim has also held an annual Elvis Presley Film Festival since 2002.
(News, Source: CNN)

Sunday 9 December 2018
Matt Shepherd ('Elvis: Stories Behind The Songs') Interview:  BBC Local Radio presenter and EIN contributor Matt Shepherd has published his first book looking at some of Elvis' biggest hits and lesser known treasures.
'Elvis Presley: Stories Behind The Songs' the first of a two volume book, starts in January 1969, almost 50 years ago, when Elvis recorded in Memphis for the first time in 14 years.
Shepherd notes, "I started my book in 1969 as it was a crucial crossroads for Elvis, he had proved in the 68 Special that he was still a dynamic performer. However the 69 sessions would go on to show Elvis was still a major chart force, able to select and record hit making and relevant songs.
"Had these Memphis sessions not been the great success they were, Elvis could well have spent the rest of his life as a nostalgia act. So it was essential he got it right."

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

Deconstructing 'Letters from Elvis' by Gary Lindberg - A critical review.
DO NOT MISS tomorrow on EIN our 7,000 word examination into the new book 'Letters from Elvis' by Gary Lindberg
It sure looks like bullshit to most Elvis fans but EIN's super-book-collector Nigel Patterson decided this new out-there book was worth a proper investigation - after all the publicity it was getting was way-out-weighing the crazy subject matter.
EIN goes where no other Elvis website can be bothered to criticise or properly examine.
We examine the following questions...
- How the supposed letters came to light
- Who is this Carmen Montez (deceased)
- Is the handwriting analysis genuine
- Forged documents and relevance to Letters from Elvis:
- Copyright law and the absence of reproductions of the letters
- The contents of the letters.. The claims
- Vernon Presley was not Elvis' biological father - it was his twin brother, Virgil
- Elvis being held captive in his home in 1968 and sodomised by film producer/director, Sam Katzman's"gang"
- Elvis and Priscilla having an argument which led to a driveway incident at his LA home resulting in the loss of an unborn child
-  Elvis and Marlon Brando friends in LA.
- Elvis’ suicide attempts
-  Priscilla agreed to have eight children with Elvis
- Elvis’ lost love, Jeni Pearson (who was behind her death?)
And MUCH MUCH MORE...

Everything will be revealed tomorrow at EIN, the Elvis website with more in-depth reviews and exclusive interviews than any other Elvis website.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers' New Import CD: Now the story gets very interesting. 'Virginia Is For Elvis Lovers' is the new release from the Black Diamond label - it features Elvis' stunning Richmond show from April 10, 1972. This is the same show that is coming out soon on the VICTROLA label but according to Black Diamond  they have a far superior sound quality.
New label BLACK DIAMOND kicks off with it´s first release of a show originally recorded for the 1972 movie "ON TOUR“. This show has been taken from a digital copy of a rough stereo mix made from the original multitrack tapes some years ago.
The sound on this CD has been professionally remastered to achieve optimum audio quality.
We are aware that this show will also be released by the VICTROLA label (see news below) ... BUT.. after listening to their previous release of the Greensboro show, we think that the remastering has not been done properly. It simply was a digital overkill with way too much compression, muffled sound and a lack of separation. You can expect the same digital overkill on their forthcoming Richmond release! Our competitors even swapped the stereo channels which means that the piano comes out of the right speaker.... Which is completely wrong !
Please note that Black DIAMOND remastered this show from a digital copy of the very same source tape that our competitors used for their release. We are sure the difference is amazing.
On BLACK DIAMOND the sound is crisp and clear with all instruments clearly audible. And Elvis´ voice sounds much more natural than on the other label. They achieved a some kind of artificial sound. Not very enjoyable...
So if you want to add this show to your collection in the best quality ever then BLACK DIAMOND should be your choice. You won´t be disappointed!
CHECK with your Elvis Dealers for audio sample comparisons between the sound on Victrola and Black Diamond. Or please judge for yourself with a S Minds sample here - Go to 'Elvis- All The CD News 2018' for full details
EIN Notes - WOW, and we were happy with the recent AMIGA upgraded version!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Friday 7 December 2018
'Elvis All-Star Tribute Special' to air Sunday, Februry. 17: NBC will mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 “Comeback Special” on US TV with the new “Elvis All-Star Tribute Special,” to air on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Participating artists have not yet been totally confirmed, other than host Blake Shelton.
The original “Singer Presents…. Elvis” special aired on Dec. 3, 1968 fifty years ago this week and was sponsored by the sewing machine company. Later known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” the appearance marked Presley’s first live television performance since 1961 and featured the iconic artist, dressed in a black leather jumpsuit, accompanied by his band in the famed, intimate “boxing ring without ropes.” It was shot in front of a studio audience, in-the-round 360-degree style.
“I’ve always wanted to do a tribute to these shows, and the 50th anniversary marks the perfect occasion,” says veteran Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich. When mega-attorney John Branca approached him a year ago with the idea, Ehrlich jumped right in. “There are only a few moments in television history as iconic,” he says, having previously helmed a special on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
And while the official line-up of performers won’t be announced until next week, expect plenty of the kind of unique stylistic and artist pairings that Ehrlich has become used to.
“We’ve really tried to be as authentic as we could to that original look,” says Ehrlich, who slightly enlarged the original production’s 12 x 12-foot stage on NBC’s Burbank lot to 14 x 14. “I’ve used that in-the-round look on many occasions in my career,” hinting he might even use the technique on this year’s Grammys.
The likes of original director Steve Binder (who is interviewed during the program) and songwriter Mike Stoller were among the invited guests to view the tapings on a sound stage at Universal last month, which was supplemented by set pieces that evoke the original gospel and opera segments, as well as the famous scene set against that flashing neon-lit ELVIS backdrop.
So far artists Post Malone, Keith Urban plus Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Adam Lambert, Dierks Bentley, the Pistol Annies, and John Fogerty have all been mentioned for the upcoming show with some co-hosting by Elvis’ only child, Lisa Marie Presley, and her actress daughter Riley Keough.
The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special, which was recorded in Los Angeles over two days last October, also includes pre-taped sets performed by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Alessia Cara, and Yolanda Adams, who all chose classic Elvis cuts for the tribute.
In addition, rare clips and interviews with Elvis himself will air as part of the TV event. The 50th anniversary of Elvis’ famed ’68 comeback also included a Fathom Events theatrical run last August, and Sony Legacy’s just-released box set, “’68 Comeback Special (50th Anniversary Edition),” a five-CD, two Blu-ray package that collects all known audio and video for the first time in one place.
(News, Source;JG/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis The Man And His Music' Issue 122: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis The Man And His Music' celebrates it's 30th anniversary at the same time as the '68 Comeback Special celebrates it's 50th!

 'Elvis The Man And His Music' #122 includes articles on ..
+ 30th Anniversary Issue!!!
+ Writing To (And About) Elvis
+ Let Yourself Go - Susan Henning Interview
+ 50 Facts About The '68 Special
+ Sitting On Top Of The World - Elvis' 1954 / '55 Stage Repertoire
+ Talking Elvis - The Art Of The Recitation
+ CD, Blu-ray & Book Reviews



Click here to ETM&HM to subscribe

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Michele Carey, Elvis' Co-Star, died aged 75: Elvis' "Live a Little, Love a Little" co-star Michele Carey, 75, died of natural causes in Newport Beach, California, on Nov. 21.
Carey starred as Bernice, an eccentric artist, in "Live a Little, Love a Little," which was released 50 years ago.
Carey began her career as a model and went on to acting, starring in films like "El Dorado," "The Sweet Ride" and "Dirty Dingus Magee."
She also guest starred in television shows like "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," "The Wild Wild West," "It Takes a Thief" and "Mission Impossible." Carey retired from acting after starring in the 1986 film "In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro."
Carey was born as Michele Henson on Feb. 26, 1943, in Annapolis, Maryland, but later moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and then Fort Collins in 1956, her father who passed earlier this year was the oldest living NCAA wrestling champion and served as Fort Collins' first surgeon.
At Fort Collins High School she studied drama and later earned a professional contract with Denver's Powers Modeling Co.
She moved to Hollywood at age 21 to pursue her acting career.
Carey is best known to Elvis fans for her role in the 1968 film 'Live a Little, Love a Little' but also for for her role as Josephine (Joey) MacDonald in the 1967 John Wayne western 'El Dorado'.
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Vote for Graceland as Best Holiday Historic Home Tour: Graceland has once again been nominated for an award this time for Best Holiday Historic Home Tour in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards!
Each holiday season, Graceland turns into a winter wonderland complete with decorations both inside and outside of the mansion. Elvis' original Christmas decorations from the '50s and '60s, such as the life-size Nativity scene and Santa with his reindeer, are on display on the lawn, with gorgeous blue lights lining the drive way. Inside, Christmas trees are found in the Dining and Living Room, with beautiful fresh poinsettias throughout the mansion.
Voting ends Monday, December 10, and you can still vote once per day per device.
CLICK HERE to Vote now - and keep voting all weekend to December 10!

(News, Source/EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 3 December 2018 - - - It was FIFTY YEARS AGO today - - -
‘Behind The Music- Elvis 68 Television Special’: It was FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY - that Elvis' stunning 68 NBC Television Special was broadcast in the USA. The programme would become one of the highest rated of the year, Elvis re-discovered his roots, Col Parker was stunned by the reception and Elvis was empowered to choose Memphis' American Sound Studio for his next serious recording session. A string of top-ten Billboard Hits beckoned and his life and ours would never be the same.
EIN contributor Dennis Laverty has compiled a unique documentary called “Behind The Music- Elvis 68 Television Special” to celebrate this great day.
It tells the story of the 'Comeback Special' by those that were there examining the How and Why Elvis career came to this creative point where he desparately needed to do the show. There is discussion of production numbers, sit down, standup shows, the '69 rebirth plus much more.
This special includes ELVIS interviews from 'On Tour'
and features Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Chris Bearde, Steve Binder, Billy Strange, Tanya Lemani Little Egypt, Anita Mann (choreographer), Bill Belew, Earl Brown plus plenty of old compiled interviews from all too many who have sadly passed away.
EIN thanks Dennis Laverty for the input.
Click here to Vimeo. - Sit Back And Celebrate this special day - The video runs around 2 1/2 hours.
(Spotlight, Source;DL/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

Click here for EIN's 2008 full article.

 

(Spotlight, Source;EIN/JoanGansky)


Steve Binder Recalls the '68 Comeback Special: Elvis author and EIN contributor Ken Sharp has published a new interview with "Comeback Special" director Steve Binder for the Rock-Cellar magazine website.
Ken Sharp's interview includes...
Rock Cellar: Recount your first meeting with Elvis.
Steve Binder: What happened is Elvis came over to our offices. He came with his entourage, but he left them out in the lobby while he came into my office. I think Bones and possibly Allan Blye and Chris Beard, our writers on the special, were there. When he walked in he said, “Hi Steve” and I said, “Hi Elvis.” I never put Elvis on a pedestal. Fortunately, I had a few credits behind me. I had worked with pretty major stars over the time frame thanks to my Steve Allen experiences, The T.A.M.I. Show and Hullabaloo. Having done the two specials, I’d really formulated what I wanted to do and the people that I worked with, those specials were the birth of our little family, the Billy Goldenberg’s, the Earl Brown’s and the Bill Belew’s. I accumulated all of these people going back to Hullabaloo, which I directed.
Q-What did the conversation center upon?
Steve Binder: We didn’t talk about the special. We just kind of talked about life more than that. He did ask me what I thought of his career and I said, “Aside from all the publicity I think your career’s in the toilet” and he laughed. He said, “Why did you say that?” And I said, “Well, I haven’t seen any of your records on the music charts.”
Since Bones and I were really mainstream in the music business at the time I was following Billboard and Cashbox pretty closely every week. Elvis’s career was on a downturn. At that point the movie studios had burnt out on his movies. They weren’t paying him a million dollars to do these movies. So at the time Elvis’s career was at a critical stage. And I think the Colonel recognized that. That’s why he wanted to get another movie going and that’s why he made the deal with NBC and Sarnoff.
Q- Can you characterize the bond you forged with Elvis?
Steve Binder: I think Elvis appreciated my candor and honesty. I think that was the real strength of our relationship. The Colonel thought that everybody had a price tag. You could get anybody to do anything as long as you paid ‘em. But the truth of the matter is there wasn’t anything I wanted, I loved directing and producing and the family of people that I worked with but it wasn’t anything I had to have or had to do.
Q- Elvis was extremely nervous about doing the show, right?
Steve Binder: Elvis said to me early in one of our discussions that he was terrified of television because he hadn’t performed in front of a live audience to almost ten years. And he wasn’t sure they would accept him anymore. I told him that what he did know how to do was make records and he could forget about television and pictures. I said, “You make an album and I’ll make a television show.”
After we were in production and he was really feeling good and comfortable, he said to me, ‘You may not be aware of it, Steve, but when you told me the first time we met that I didn’t have to worry about making a television show I totally relaxed and trusted you.” But in that meeting with Elvis he expressed his fear of television. In the fifties he was treated on televisions as if he were a novelty act. So there was a reluctance for him to do a television show to begin with.
Q- While working on the special, Elvis became so committed that he stayed overnight at NBC.
Steve Binder: Yes. From the start, when we did the special Elvis would live at NBC. So we cleared out Dean Martin’s dressing room and we literally made living quarters with a bed for him to spend all his time day and night at NBC while we were in production. What I noticed is that starting on the first day when we actually either would finish rehearsal or we got into production and started taping he would go into his dressing room and the key members of his entourage, the Charlie Hodges and so forth, would just jam for hours.
Elvis would lead the way strumming his guitar. What he was doing in his dressing room was more exciting than what we were doing on the show. That was where he was sweating and his hair was messed up. He was just having a great time.
This was something you’d never seen of Elvis, this raw power. I was bound and determined to capture that in the dressing room. That was my real intent. It wasn’t until I hounded The Colonel and got on his nerves every single day that finally out of frustration he said, “Okay, I’ll tell you what to do. Recreate it out onstage if you want to but you’re not getting into the dressing room with your cameras.” So that’s what I did.
Q- What was Elvis’ reaction seeing the special for the first time?
Steve Binder: Well, after the show was finished, I showed him the master tape and we sat and watched it with his entourage. Then the second time he asked that just he and I sit in the room and watch it again. He said, “I’m never gonna sing a song that I don’t believe in again” and he also said “I’m never gonna do a movie I don’t believe in.” There was a lot of conversation between us. I said to him and it was just my gut reaction, “I hear you and I know you mean it Elvis but I’m not sure you’re strong enough to do that.” It turned out, unfortunately, to be very profound because I really don’t think Elvis ever stood up to The Colonel, for whatever reason.
The last time I saw Elvis was when we’d gone to Bill Belew’s apartment. We were gonna have pizza and beer and it was a momentous decision for Elvis to say he wanted to come and be a part of it. So we drove into Hollywood and got to Bill’s apartment. Unfortunately, Bill and Earl (Brown) and Jena McEvoy, the set designer, were out getting the pizza and beer and as a result nobody was home when we got there. So we waited around a little bit and Elvis said, “Well, I better take off,” and we said goodbye and he crushed a piece of paper in my hand. I said, “What’s this?” and he whispered to me and said, “That’s’ the number you can reach me at.”
Elvis rediscovered himself on the ’68 special. The ’68 Comeback Special made Elvis come out of his shell and do what he loved doing, which was performing for live audiences. That directly inspired him to get back on the stage.
CLICK HERE to Rock-Cellar for the complete interview
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Estelle Brown to be inducted to Northwest Louisiana Walk of Stars: The last surviving long-term member of the Sweet Inspirations Estelle Brown is to be inducted into the Northwest Louisiana Walk of Stars at Shreveport Municipal Auditorium December 6. Estelle Brown is a Shreveport resident and worked with the Sweet Inspirations who sang vocals with Elvis Presley at every tour from 1969 until his death in 1977.
Brown, who continues to perform live, will be a part of the James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The public is invited to attend Brown's Northwest Louisiana Walk of Stars induction ceremony.
The ceremony will take place inside of the museum located in the lobby of Shreveport Municipal Auditorium at 705 Elvis Presley Avenue in Shreveport.
Admission is free.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis - April 10 1972, Richmond' New Import CD: The Victrola label announces Elvis’ powerhouse concert in Richmond Coliseum on April 10th 1972. A fantastic double CD album taken from the original 8 and 16 track master tapes!
The April 10, 1972 Richmond, VA concert was released several times by various labels. Only two releases stands out: original 1995 Vicky label CD ‘Carry Me Back To Old Virginia’ - first ever release of this show in mono and 2008 Madison label CD ‘Red Hot In Richmond’ - first release in original 1972 narrow stereo (complete).
EIN Notes: The wonderfully upgraded audio of the recent Richmond ’72 AMIGA release is for some reason missed out here!
Richmond concert was never available in professionally remixed quality - until now! For the first time, these are actual multi-track master recordings that have been used as a source for this show.
Critics, predictably, will point out that this can’t be true because ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ is still incomplete and therefore Victorola can’t be having an original recording and mix of this show.
EIN notes that the Victrola publicity goes on and on, seemingly over-justifying this release. EIN still do not believe these are from RCA Multitrack Mastertapes. The previous ‘Greensboro, April 14, ‘72’ was good but it still wasn’t Master-tape quality.
For the complete publicity spiel go here to 'Elvis- All The CD News 2018' for full details & tracklistings
(News, Source;Vict/ElvisInfoNet)

Saturday 1 December 2018

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

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

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

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

(DVD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

Elvis finally gets the documentary he deserves: With lesser expectations, the newspaper The Irish Sun has chosen the Elvis documentary 'The Searcher' as one of its top new DVDs.
The review by Clive Andrews notes... Elvis Presley He may be the King of Rock 'n' Roll but, amazingly, there has never been a definitive documentary about Elvis Presley.
The Searcher is an attempt to plug that Blue Suede Shoe-sized gap with the help of hours of unseen footage from the Graceland vaults.
It's an epic three-and-a-half hour sweep through the icon's life told by a starry line-up of commentators including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and ex-wife Priscilla.
The focus is kept firmly on Elvis's music and cultural impact - so anyone hoping for the usual pill-popping,
junk-food-scoffing cliches will have to look elsewhere.
But what emerges is a lovingly curated study that strips away the lardy jumpsuited caricature to show a prodigiously talented performer struggling to cope with unprecedented levels of fame.
More than 40 years after his death, Elvis has finally got the documentary he deserves.

4 out of 5 stars - ★★★★☆
(News, Source;IrishSun/ElvisInfoNet)

Keith Urban / Post Malone Elvis Presley special Duet: More news about the upcoming all-star 50th anniversary '68 Comeback' Elvis Presley TV tribute.
Country star Keith Urban has formed an unlikely duo with rapper Post Malone for this Elvis Presley TV tribute recorded back in October at the original NBC studios.
The two artists are among a host of top musicians invited to pay homage to the late King of Rock and Roll and his famed 1968 TV special, which was performed live, and Keith reveals he really hit it off with the rockstar hitmaker.
Keith Urban noted, “He’s the real deal, He’s so eclectic. So steeped in all kinds of music. I love him.”
Post Malone’s taste in tunes wasn’t the only thing Keith admired about his new pal: “I wanted his suit,” Nicole Kidman’s husband laughed. “It was so bad-ass.”
It’s not known which Elvis song the pair collaborated on, but Post and Keith will feature alongside Shawn Mendes, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Adam Lambert, Dierks Bentley, the Pistol Annies, and John Fogerty on the upcoming show, which will be co-hosted by Elvis’ only child, Lisa Marie Presley, and her actress daughter Riley Keough.
The 50th Anniversary of the Elvis Comeback Special, which was recorded in Los Angeles over two days last October, also includes pre-taped sets performed by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Alessia Cara, and Yolanda Adams, who all chose classic Elvis cuts for the tribute.
In addition, rare clips and interviews with Elvis himself will air as part of the TV event, which is expected to be broadcast in early 2019.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates 50th Anniv of Elvis 'Comeback Special': On Dec. 3, 1968, Elvis Presley performed live on TV for the first time in years. The nationally broadcast concert came to be known as the ’68 Comeback Special, and it effectively relaunched the King of Rock’s career. To mark the event's fiftieth anniversary, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, will host a series of special events this weekend and on Monday.
Throughout the weekend, the Foster Theater will feature special highlight reels featuring archival footage about Elvis from the Rock Hall’s vault.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday and at 11 a.m. on Monday, a Stories of Rock presentation held by Rock Hall experts will take place at the Elvis Presley exhibit in the Main Exhibition Hall.
You can learn about his "trendsetting innovations" and compete to win prizes.
Steve Binder, who directed the TV special, will appear at the Rock Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a special screening of the program.
He’ll also participate in a Q&A and sign copies of his book, Comeback '68/Elvis: The Story of the Elvis Special.
A general admission ticket to the museum is required to access the interview and special film screening.
The ’68 Comeback Special (film only) will also be shown at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Click here to the R'n'R Hall Of Fame for info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


FTD 'Loving You' Classic Soundtrack release reprint: Elvis' third RCA LP from 'Mean Woman Blues', through 'Blueberry Hill' to 'I Need You So' was a great release. This FTD Soundtrack Classic album - originally released in 2006 - runs over 2 hours 15 mins and includes 5 new "alternates" that are essential for anyone's collection, along with a fabulous booklet.
Chris Giles (London Elvis Shop) notes that FTD have now reprinted their 'Loving You' Classic Soundtrack release with RCA's "nipper" dog logo on the cover.
This now reflects the original RCA album cover. There are no other changes as far as EIN is aware.
The question is whether hard-core Elvis collectors need to buy yet another copy of the great release!


Click here for EIN's original detailed review from 2006.

 

(News, Source;FECC/ElvisLondonshop/ElvisInfoNet)


Donald Trump claims people said he looked like Elvis: Elvis has been getting more Presidential media reporting than since the story broke about him visiting President Nixon back in 1970!
And things are getting All Shook Up like a man in a fuzzy tree. Visiting Tupelo, Mississippi, President Trump took the opportunity of visiting Presley’s birthplace as an excuse to recall a questionable anecdote.
The President’s latest claim, “Other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis… I always considered that a great compliment. We love Elvis.”
Video footage of Trump making the Elvis comparison – which drew plenty of laughs – while addressing a rally of his supporters in Tupelo is now online.
Earlier this month, Presley was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump.
The White House explained that Presley had been chosen to receive the award because he “defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Fusing gospel, country, and rhythm and blues, he created a sound all his own.”
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis News from earlier this week...

'68 Comeback Special' (50 Anniv) Australian Deal:  The upcoming 'Elvis: '68 Comeback Special (50th Anniv)' out later this week is being offered at a great price of $151.41 from Amazon Australia and includes free postage..
The 7-Disc definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV '68 special called Elvis and takes you behind the scenes in audio and remastered 4:3 Blu-ray video
Contains ALL KNOWN recordings/rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC-TV videotapes
80-page book includes a new, oral history on the special, crafted from interviews with producer Steve Binder, recording engineer Bones Howe, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Scotty Moore conducted for Thom Zimny's 2018 documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher." 

The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data..

Over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny.
Other Australian prices for the deluxe boxset are JBHiFi at $200, Sanity at $215 and Elvis Australia for $180 but none including free postage.
Thanks to EIN member Bob Poole for the info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'From Cover to Vinyl – The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs' Out Now: The new book 'From Cover to Vinyl – The Artistry of Elvis Bootlegs' which focusses on photographs and details of the original vinyl bootlegs is out now and soon to be shipped.
Using the 2012 classic 'Bootleg Elvis' book as a reference point, we decided to feature scans of every cover, label, piece of vinyl and inserts for dedicated Elvis collectors.
This will make it easy to identify each and every pressing and variation.
We also decided to split the original book into two volumes. In the first, every known bootleg 7" and 10" record will be noted. The
second will cover all the wonderful 12" releases and is scheduled for a Summer 2019 release.
 In 'Bootleg Elvis' some of the original bootleggers were given space to recount the ins and outs of making their releases a reality.
This time we allow the FBI some equal time, and let you see their side of the story. We were able to lay our hands on a massive
collection of FBI files regarding the Presley bootleg industry, and will share the best of that material, for the first time ever, in this book.
For example, in the first volume we’ll show how the FBI prepared for the infamous August 14, 1980 bootleg raid in Memphis …
it soon became known as Black Thursday.
Contact your local Elvis dealer to ensure your copy of this very limited release!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'The Elvis Years' Anthem Magazine series: From Anthem publishing (Vintage Rock) 'The Elvis Years' is a three-volume collection that follows the life and career of Elvis Presley from the hip-swinging days of early rock'n'roll through to his final days spent within the confines of Graceland. In each volume of The Elvis Years we take a look at Presley's life and music as he went from the Sun Records upstart that pioneered the rockabilly sound to Hollywood's main attraction and to his iconic days from the 68 Comeback Special to life as a superstar of the 70s.
In this series we explore the high points of Elvis's musical output across the years, we profile his vital collaborators and sidemen, and we shed light on some of the lesser-known tracks in his discography via an alternative Top 20 for each era.
Volume 2 is in Australia Newsagents now.
Volume 3 is out in good UK book stores.
Click here to Anthem publishing UK for more info and to order.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in November ...
'What Now My Love' FTD in-depth Review: The most recent live soundboard FTD 5” double-digipack release, this set features Elvis in great form from his legendary Vegas shows in August 1972 at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
'What Now My Love' consists of the Midnight Shows on August 11 and 12 1972 . Between Madison Square Garden and Aloha From Hawaii, the Elvis Presley Show was at its peak!
Elvis is in top form with both new and old songs in his repertoire, and especially with the addition of 3 great new songs, “What Now My Love,” “Fever” and “My Way.” In an effort to find the right style for each arrangement, Elvis totally commits himself to each performance.
Both concerts have previously been out on bootleg so do Elvis collectors really need to purchase them all over again - (YES!)
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley check out the details of this new FTD double-pack .....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Elvis Files Magazine #26 at the printers: Out soon is The Elvis Files Magazine #26 December 2018 issue.
No need to explain what it is all about ...
'Still The Greatest Show On Earth'

Can one ever have enough Comeback Special photos?
 
Subscriptions (4 issues) Send € 58 by PayPal for your subscription to: sales@elvisfiles.no

If you want to order only this issue, send € 15 by PayPal to:
sales@elvisfiles.no

 

 

 

 


(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


'​​Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis' New Book: Bruce Jackson was Elvis Presley's touring soundman for six years. On July 5, 1976, in Memphis at the end of a tour, Elvis gave Bruce a gold TCB necklace and welcomed him to the inner circle, adding that it was long overdue.
Bruce Jackson came from Sydney, Australia. In about 1971, when he was just 22, he became the sound engineer for Elvis Presley. Bruce revolutionised Elvis Presley's sound. He was the first person to put the speakers up off the ground, and fly them from scaffolding. After Elvis died in 1977 he then became Bruce Springsteen's front of house guy. A lot of the sound and techniques in common use today come from elements that Bruce Jackson developed.
'​​Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis' is a large format (240 X 315mm, 222 page) beautifully presented hardback book printed on premium, semi-matt art archive paper and comes in a custom made slipcase. This original story, with not only an account of a remarkable Australian's life but also a fresh, new insight into the life of Elvis Presley, will be welcomed by fans who may have thought everything on Elvis's life and career had already been said. Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis features many original, never-before-published photographs from the Jackson family collection.​
Raised in a castle overlooking Sydney Harbour, Bruce Jackson dropped out of university course in 1968 to build stroboscopes, amplifiers and colour-organs for the emerging psychedelic light show culture.
Little did he know that in just three years he'd be on the road managing Elvis Presley's sound and poised to change forever how live concert sound was presented. In six years with the Elvis Presley Show Bruce established a close professional and personal bond with Elvis who trusted him implicitly to deliver the best sound possible. Bruce's inventions and technical advances were adopted by the entire live concert touring industry.
"Bruce was killed flying his own plane in Death Valley, California in 2011. He was a keen collector of memorabilia and left a haunting day to day record of his life on the road in postcards, letters and talking tapes. I've used them plus interviews with his colleagues and my own experience as his younger brother to write a fitting tribute to both men. The book delivers an intimate, engaging narrative of Bruce's extraordinary life, up close with the world's top performer. After Elvis died, Elvis-fan Bruce Springsteen hired Bruce Jackson, saying "I've got Elvis's guy... Elvis's man is working for me in the house." - Gary Jackson
Years of work have gone into making this book a fitting tribute. Bruce's first person narrative and contributions by friends and colleagues plus the eye-witness perspective of his brother Gary come together for an extraordinary insight. This is, incredibly, a new look at Elvis by someone who worked with him in a professional relationship that evolved into a personal friendship.
Elvis came to respect Bruce Jackson as much as Bruce respected Elvis Presley.
Click HERE to the '​​Bruce Jackson On The Road With Elvis' Facebook page for all the details.
(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis 68 Comeback Special BluRay Promo clips: Out next week on November 30th the new "Definitive" 50th Anniversary Box Set.
While the CD content will already be in most hard-core Elvis fan's collections many will be buying the set once again for the brand new "HD" quality 2 Blu-ray discs.

While fans have to remember that the original footage was all shot on regular NTSC 525 line standard definition, hopefully the Blu-Ray upgrade can make it shine like never before.
The newly-restored Blu-ray video was also overseen by Thom Zimny (producer of The Searcher HBO release)


Fans can check out the HD promo videos for the new set on YouTube.
"Elvis Presley – ’68 Comeback Special Promos " - Click HERE to YouTube

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's most famous live NBC TV performance 'The '68 Comeback Special.
Featured clips include
'Baby, What You Want Me To Do (Alternate Cut)'

also

'Tiger Man ('68 Comeback Special 50th Anniversary HD Remaster)'

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) Psychological Autopsy of Elvis Presley The Elvis Analysis: The Role of Suggestion in the Etiology of Psyhcosomatic Disorders (Willliam J. Ronan): Why did Elvis die? In a technically complex and thought provoking exploration of Elvis' death, William Ronan, Clinical Member of AAMH and American Psychotherapy Association Diplomat, presents his case for considering causative factors - principally how cumulative personal loss and its associated trauma led to Elvis' loneliness, depression and addiction, factors which affected his physical state and ultimately contributed to his death.

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



 

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

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

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

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

 

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


Larry Geller releases new holistic hair care system: Elvis' hairdresser and spiritual adviser, Larry Geller, has a new website and hair care range. The home page starts with an intriguing question:

What do Salvador Dali, Roy Orbison, Peter Sellers, and Elvis Presley have in common? - Fascinatingly the answer is Larry Geller!

Larry says: Please visit www.wisdomeorganics.com to see what I'm up to, and be sure to download my free e-book "Healthy Life, Great Looks, Healthy Hair!"

 

(News, Source: Larry Geller)


Larry Geller in-depth interviews with EIN: From 1964 until the very final days Larry Geller was a close friend to Elvis. Perhaps Elvis might have lived longer had he paid more attention to Geller's healthy life-style and managed to shake off the excessive demands of Colonel Parker. With the 30th Anniversary fast approaching Larry was kind enough to answer a lot of questions that fans have raised with EIN and to also tell us something about his new book. Larry Geller has always been generous with his interviews - so EIN extends its sincere thanks to him for sparing us the time for these interviews. (Source: EIN, June 2007)


Elvis Awarded the Medal of Freedom: President Donald Trump yesterday awarded Elvis Presley posthumously with the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.
Elvis' velvety voice actually filled the White House briefly when a recording of one his songs was played at a ceremony hosted by the president to honour the king of rock 'n roll.
Presley was part of an eclectic group of seven Americans being awarded the Medal of Freedom, including the late baseball legend Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative Supreme Court justice
Mr Trump's homage to Presley - whose meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970  is the stuff of legend - paused for a recording of Elvis singing his classic version of 'How Great Thou Art'.
Mr Trump said that playing music was his idea but when the richly toned performance stopped after just a few seconds, the disappointed president complained that staff organising the event "have no promotional ability."
Mr Trump also recalled that he had attended an Elvis performance himself decades ago, where overexcited fans were "ripping the place apart, screaming. They were going crazy."
The White House stated, “Elvis Presley defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world. Elvis fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, selling more than a billion records. Elvis Presley remains an enduring American icon 4 decades after his death.”
Jack Soden, CEO of EPE / Graceland accepted the award. “On behalf of the Presley family, Elvis’ friends and millions of fans, it will be a great honor to accept this award. Elvis loved his country, served proudly in the U.S. Army and would no doubt consider this one of the great honors of his life. We look forward to displaying it proudly at Graceland so the millions of visitors from around the world will be able to see it up close."
Surprisingly no members of Elvis' family were in attendance. 
Other recipients were retiring Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, Alan Page ex NFL player and Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
White House spokesperson noted that, the award is given to individuals "who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
The ceremony can be viewed on YouTube here - Elvis' presentation is right at the end - when Trump misquotes surely one of the classic sayings of all time - "Elvis has left the building" - as "Elvis has left the house"! If he was at an Elvis concert we know that his phrase was never used.
(News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)

'Bring Back the King' Book Review: Scientists are seriously debating the possibility of bringing back T-Rex or the Woolly Mammoth via DNA cloning, so what makes it so difficult to "Bring Back the King".
The idea seems a genuine possibility in the future.
Helen Pilcher's 'Bring Back the King - The New Science of De-extinction' was published last year and raises some interesting questions.
Pilcher is uniquely qualified to explain the cutting-edge science that makes the resurrection of extinct animals a very real possibility, while acknowledging the serious and humorous aspects of giving a deceased animal a second chance to live. If you could bring back to life a person who would you choose? Pilcher highlights her own choices from eras gone, including the King of the Dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, and the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley.
From dinosaurs to dodos and Neanderthals, BRING BACK THE KING reveals how the burgeoning field of DNA science is being used to help resurrect individual animals and assesses the ramifications of how these genetic Lazaruses might fare in their brave new world.
EIN contributor Susan MacDougall once again does the detective work that most Elvis fans tend to ignore and tracks down yet another Elvis phenomenon.
Click here to  Susan MacDougall's review of  BRING BACK THE KING to see whether the book and the idea are worth considering.
You never know who might just be knocking at your front door in the future!
(Book Reviews, Source;SM/ElvisInformationNetwork)

FTD 'THE WILD ONE ’56' Book / CD Combo: A closer look at the new book release from FTD.
Following on from the excellent 'REBEL WITH A CAUSE' FTD book release earlier this year is 'THE WILD ONE ’56' by David English and Pål Granlund. It consists of 228 pages and features great photographs, including 60 recently discovered shots taken from the original negatives.
A bonus CD is included that features the 2nd ED Sullivan Show and The evening Tupelo Fair performance.
All of these should be available on Pre-Order from your local Elvis dealer

Hopefully out early December just in time for Elvis Christmas presents.

 

 

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet.com)


'Letters from Elvis' New Book: EIN has refrained from publishing news about the new book 'Letters from Elvis' from author Gary Lindberg.
It has been my belief that this is a load of B.S. sadly ripping off susceptible Elvis fans. I cannot believe Elvis Presley wrote all these letters as his life has been so closely documented day-by-day that any whacky stories such as these would have come to light before now.
The book tries to tell stories of a) Elvis sodomized by a hot poker, b) Tom Jones getting shot at a party and other ludicrous tales.
With Elvis already sharing his spiritual quest with Larry Geller and Daya Mata, why have we not heard of Carmen Montez before now?
The real trouble is that NOT ONE of Elvis' supposedly "verified" letters is actually shown in the book the excuse being "copyright laws prevent reproduction", however this seems a ridiculously lame excuse as one can find Elvis' hand-written letters openly on the internet and in books such as Alan Fortas and Anita Woods' book, even 'Elvis Day By Day'!
The publicity notes,
Letters from Elvis may be the most important and revealing book ever written about ‘The King.’ It is based on material contained in hundreds of handwritten and authenticated letters that Elvis and his friends—Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Tom Jones - secretly wrote to their spiritual guide, Carmen Montez. Never has such an intimately revealing collection of letters surfaced about such a well-known celebrity.
Letters from Elvis is an explosive revelation of Elvis’s inner life, an exposé of heinous Hollywood crimes that targeted Elvis, a touching tale of

friendship, an eerie ghost story, and a series of startling new Elvis mysteries. Because rigorous copyright laws prevent direct publication of the actual letters, the book also tells the story of the author’s thirty-year struggle to bring this new information about Elvis to light.
     “Thinking about Elvis Presley and this extraordinary book, Letters from Elvis, I wonder actually if his ‘unveiling’ will not increase his popularity instead of harming it—which of course his fans will fear. The sensitive victim he became will open people’s eyes to what a generous and deeply spiritual man he was instead of a vacuous and vain beau, albeit gifted performer. The performer was adored, now it is the man who is being reclaimed. This book may actually be a deeply redeeming act and gift, one ordained from above for Elvis, and our benefit—so that we may receive the privilege of seeing the humanity behind the image.” - Marilène Phipps, author, Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Later-day Saints.

EIN's super-collector Nigel Patterson will be reviewing this book soon.
CLICK HERE to the book's website for more
(News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)

Four New FTD Releases: FTD have announced four new releases for (hopefully) early December.
- 'ELVIS: “HOLIDAY SEASON IN VEGAS (Hilton 1975)'. Live double-soundboard release from Elvis' 14th Las Vegas season from the Hilton Holiday Season shows in December 1975.
The two concerts Midnight Show, December 13 and December 6 1975 (which show is not noted)
The shows are ‘soundboard quality’ but FTD note the AUDIO has sonic imperfections as from the original source tape.
Disc 1 MIDNIGHT SHOW – DECEMBER 13
1 C.C. Rider, 2 I Got A Woman/Amen, 3 Love Me, 4 Trying To Get To You, 5 And I Love You So, 6 All Shook Up, 7 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel, 8 You Gave Me A Mountain, 9 Help Me Make It Through The Night, 10 Polk Salad Annie, 11 Introductions, 12 Just Pretend,, 13 How Great Thou Art, 14 Burning Love, 15 Hound Dog, 16 Softly, As I Leave You, 17 America, 18 It’s Now Or Never, 19 O Solo Mio, 20 Little Darlin’, 21 Little Sister, 22 Can’t Help Falling In Love..
The December 13th 1975 Dinner Show was previously out on FTD as 'Dinner At Eight'
The less energy December 14th 1975 show was released on 'Fashion For A King'  
The Dec 13th 1975 Midnight Show has been out on bootleg and is a truly excellent show - see review here
For full tracklisting and details go to 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'
- 'FOR LP FANS ONLY' Classic Album. Finally Elvis' 'FOR LP FANS ONLY'  gets a FTD 'Classic Album' release. This legendary album released in 1959 while Elvis was serving his time for the US Army in Germany, now features bonus tracks including RADIO and TV performances from the ‘50s and the quality highlights from the recently discovered Bad Nauheim German home recordings.
Great performances from the Milton Berle Show, Stage Show and the Steve Allen Show are complemented by intimate recordings of Are You Lonesome Tonight, His Hand In Mine and He Knows What I Need.
Released in 7” gatefold format it also contains a 16-page booklet. FOR LP FANS ONLY was nominated for best album art of 1959.
DISC 1 features the The Original Album plus Bonus Tracks That’s All Right (Takes 1-3), Harbor Lights (Take 7), I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (Slow Version Takes 4 & 5/M), When It Rains, It Really Pours, along with 'For Radio Fans Only Live Performances 1954-1955' from The Louisiana Hayride, Eagles Hall and Radio Acetates of Fool, Fool, Fool and Shake, Rattle And Roll.
DISC 2 features "FOR TV FANS ONLY Live Performances"
The Dorsey Brothers Shows, The Milton Berle Shows plus The Steve Allen Show along with newly found German Home Recordings Bad Nauheim, He Knows Just What I Need, Cool Water (Fragments), Like A Baby (1 Verse), Return To Me (Fragments), Her Hand In Mine, His Hand In Mine, Her Hand In Mine, If I Didn’t Care, Are You Sincere, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and Stand By Me (Fragments).
Click here to for all sixty tracks and details 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'

- 'ELVIS – “CAFÉ EUROPA – G.I. BLUES VOL. 2' VINYL limited edition.
The album contains more great outtakes from the G.I Blues soundtrack sessions.
Double album of G.I. Blues session outakes
Mastered at Abbey Road Studios - 180 gram format.

DISC 1 Side 1 - 1 G.I.Blues (take 6), 2 Tonight Is So Right For Love (take 8 ), 3 What’s She Really Like (takes 14-16), 4 Frankfort Special (remake, takes 9-10/M), 5 Pocketful Of Rainbows (version 1, take 17), 6 Tonight’s All Right For Love (take 6), 7 Wooden Heart (‘Gramafunken version’- instr.)
Side 2, 1 Doin’ The Best I Can (takes 10-12), 2 Shoppin’ Around (takes 1,2), 3 Whistling Blues (instrumental), 4 Pocketful Of Rainbows (version 1, takes 26-28), 5 Tonight’s All Right For Love (takes 7-8), 6 Big Boots (fast version, takes 6,5)

For DISC 2 tracklisting and and details go to 'Elvis FTD / Sony News 2018'

- 'THE WILD ONE ’56' Book / CD Combo.
Following on from the excellent 'REBEL WITH A CAUSE' FTD book release earlier this year is 'THE WILD ONE ’56' by David English and Pål Granlund. It consists of 228 pages and features great photographs, including 60 recently discovered shots taken from the original negatives.
A bonus CD is included that features the 2nd ED Sullivan Show and The evening Tupelo Fair performance.
All of these should be available on Pre-Order from your local Elvis dealer

Hopefully they will all be out early December just in time for Elvis Christmas presents.

(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet.com)


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

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

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

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


Elvis is Back! as #2 Top-Earning Dead Celebrity: Once again, due to clever publishing deals, Michael Jackson tops Forbes magazine's annual list of the highest-earning deceased celebrities with an estimated $400 million for the 12 months ending October 1.
However after a couple of years lowerdown in the charts Elvis Is Back earning a cool $40 million - moving up two spots to No. 2 - helped by the expanded Elvis Presley's Memphis museum and RPO tours.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer drops down a slot to No. 3 with $35 million while "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz, with $34 million, drops a spot to No. 4.
Rounding out the top five is reggae icon Bob Marley ($23 million), whose products include headphones and, even more closely associated with his brand, Marley Natural cannabis and smoking accessories.
New entry Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died in September 2017 at age 91, hits No. 7 with $15 million.
David Bowie who was 11th last year drops out of the list.

Top Ten Forbes magazine Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 2018.
1. Michael Jackson $400 million
2. Elvis Presley $40 million

3. Arnold Palmer $35 million
4. Charles Schulz ('Peanuts' creator) $34 million.
5. Bob Marley $23 million.
Also - 6. Dr. Seuss $16 million, 7. Hugh Hefner - $15 million, 8. Marilyn Monroe - $14 million, 9. Prince - $13 million, 10. John Lennon - $12 million.

As Gore Vidal once noted, "Death is a good career move"!
Elvis left the building 41 years ago - will Michael Jackson still be in the list in 30 years' time? - EIN truly has its doubts.

(News, Source;Forbes/ElvisInfoNet)


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

General release November 30th
Great Cover shot.

(News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)

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

Great prices at Amazon.

$23 in the USA

And in the UK £18.05

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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 


Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend December 14-15: EPE are planning three concerts to celebrate Elvis and the Christmas Season.
- Christmas with Elvis at Graceland - With Live Orchestra led by Renown UK Conductor, Robin Smith
Friday, December 14 at 8pm at Graceland Soundstage
- An Elvis Gospel Christmas - Live at Graceland starring the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet
Saturday, Dec 15 at 5pm. at the Graceland Soundstage
An inspirational and uplifting concert featuring Elvis' favorite gospel and Christmas classics
- Elvis Live in Concert - with All-Star Band featuring TCB Guitarist James Burton
Saturday, Dec 15 at 8.30pm. Graceland Soundstage
An unforgettable concert experience featuring Elvis live in concert and on the big screen performing the King of Rock 'n' Roll's greatest hits,
There's no place more magical than Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas. On December 14 and 15, 2018, Graceland will host a special weekend of holiday music and activities highlighted by three incredible live concerts on the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex:
Anyone attending these concerts will receive free admission to Elvis Presley's Memphis at 3:00 pm that day where they can visit two newly expanded exhibits: ICONS and Presley Cycles.
There will also be a special screening of the Hallmark's "Christmas at Graceland" in The Guest House Theater.
Click here to EPE for tickets and more info
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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

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

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

 

(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'The Searcher' DVD vs Collector's Edition: How disappointing for Elvis collectors that the upcoming DVD releases contain no extra outtakes. All those mouth-watering newly-found all-too-short clips in the 3 hour documentary that deserved to be expanded as DVD extras are nowhere to be found.
Ernst Jorgensen told EIN that he had no input in to the final edit of the DVD so it is HBO who are to blame.
It hardly makes the DVD worth buying if you already recorded the show in HD.
With the announcement of pre-orders of 'The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD' we now have it confirmed that both the 'Standard' version and  'Collector's Edition' feature 1 DVD and both run the same time of 205 minutes.
Fans can pay $15 more purely for a bonus 24 page photo booklet (with Introduction by Priscilla Presley!!) along with "access to a digital copy of the content"!
Why would you need this if you already own the DVD?
US Release date yesterday October 16, 2018
EIN reckons this is terrible marketing - even 10 minutes of extra clips would have been a better bonus for 'Collector's Edition'
Prices vary from $44.98 (Collector's) and $34.98 (standard DVD) at the Graceland Shop to $32.99 and  $17.96 for the same product on Amazon.
EIN cannot see this being a big seller that they would hope for.
'The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD'
Elvis Presley: The Searcher HBO dvd includes never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and more than 20 new interviews with Priscilla Presley and the many artists, session players, producers, engineers and directors who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher Collector's Edition DVD will only be available while Edition supplies last and includes special Collector's packaging, a 24 page photo booklet that features exclusive content and photos from Graceland Archives and an introduction written by Priscilla Presley. Run Time: 205 minutes
In addition, the Collector's Edition includes BONUS access to a digital copy of the content that is available for viewing until 12/31/19.
A special access code is included within the physical package of the Collector's Edition along with instructions for accessing the digital content.
'Elvis Presley: The Searcher DVD '
Elvis was a boy from Tupelo who grew up to become the biggest star in music.

Along the way, he absorbed a staggering range of influences, creating a revolutionary sound in his lifelong search for self-expression. Following his creative journey from childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions, Elvis Presley: The Searcher includes never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, stunning atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland, Elvis’ iconic home, and more than 20 new interviews with Priscilla Presley and the many artists, session players, producers, engineers and directors who knew him or who were profoundly influenced by him.
Run Time: 205 minutes.

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

The Searcher DVD - OUT NOW

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

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


'50th Anniversary NBC Special Box-Set CD Details': Although still not officially announced by SONY the tracklists of the new 5CD boxset have been confirmed. The disappointment to many collectors is that the five CDs in this special re-release comprise of the 4 CDs from the SONY/BMG 2008 'The Complete '69 Comeback Special' plus CD2 'The Wrecking Crew Sessions' from the FTD 'ELVIS: Original Soundtrack Recording'.
These releases were top-notch releases when they first were released Mixed & Mastered by Vic Anesini / Sebastian Jeansson - but do we need to buy them again?
The draw-card to collectors is the 88 page booklet plus the upgraded BluRay video presentations - albeit a compromise as the original NBC Special was of course recorded as 525 NTSC standard definition TV.
The Sony release of 5-CD/2-BluRay boxset to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 TV Special is out November 2018.
- Definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV special that helped Elvis Presley reclaim the title of "The King Of Rock and Roll"
- The original Special included spirited "sit-down" performances

with Elvis and original band members Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana plus then-new material, including the classic "If I Can Dream"

- 5CD / 2Blu-Ray box set offers all previously released audiovisual material from the special including rare outtakes, plus deluxe book with rare photos and a newly-compiled oral history of the making of the program

- BluRay Disc 1 - 229 mins
Original Broadcast Version
Sit-down Show #1
Sit-down Show #2
Stand-up Show #1
Stand-up Show #2
- BluRay Disc 2 - 241 mins
Trouble / Guitar Man TV Show Opener
If I Can Dream TV Show Closer
Gospel Production Number
Guitar Man Production Number

CD1 - Original Album, plus bonus tracks:
It is notable that the track 'A Little Less Conversation' mistakenly thought to have been laid down at the 68 Special is now omitted from the 2018 Re-Release Bonus Tracks
Bonus Tracks: It Hurts Me - Let Yourself Go - Memories (stereo) - If I Can Dream (stereo)
CD2 - First Sit-Down show & First Stand-Up show:
CD3 - Second Sit-Down show & Second Stand-Up show
CD4 - First Rehearsal/Second Rehearsal
Click here to see 2008 Original Release tracklist
CD5 - On the final disc the tracks have been combined to give a less complicated tracklist of 19 songs although the content is in fact the same as the 30 tracks on the FTD - look here at EIN's in-depth review.
New Tracklist 1. Nothingville (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Takes 5 & 6), 2. Guitar Man (Guitar Man's Evil #1) (Take 2), 3. Let Yourself Go, part 1 (Guitar Man's Evil #2) (Take 5 & 7/M), 4. Let Yourself Go, part 2 (Guitar Man's Evil #3) (Take 7/M), 5. Guitar Man (Escape #1, fast) (Takes 1, 2 & 5), 6. Big Boss Man (Escape #3) (Take 2), 7. It Hurts Me, part 1 (Escape #4) (Take 5), 8. It Hurts Me, part 2 (After Karate #1) (Take 3), 9. Guitar Man (After Karate #2) (Take 1), 10. Little Egypt (After Karate #2) (Take 6), 11. Trouble / Guitar Man (After Karate #3) (Take 2), Trouble / Guitar Man Medley, 12.  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Gospel #1) (Rehearsal & Take 1) Medley, 13. Up Above My Head / Saved (Gospel #2) (Takes 4 & 7), Medley, 14. Saved (Gospel #3) (Takes 2 & 4), 15. Trouble / Guitar Man (Opening) (Takes 6 & 7) Medley, 16. If I Can Dream (Alternate Take 1), 17. If I Can Dream (Takes 2, 3 & 4), 18. Memories (Takes 3 & 4/vocal overdub #1), 19. Let Yourself Go (Closing Instrumental)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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

Read part 1 of the interview

Pop Research Links . . .

 

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

 

an interview with EIN's Nigel Patterson

 



SEPTEMBER 12 - New Elvis Home Recordings Discovered: EIN is stunned that another tape has been discovered from Elvis' Home Recordings in Bad Nauheim, Germany late 1958.
HUGE THANKS to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal who has obtained the tape which features Elvis singing at home with Red West, Rex Mansfield, Charlie Hodge and Lamar Fike. Previous songs from the same session have been released such as Earth Angel, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, There's No Tomorrow, and The Fool.
However this second tape features some fabulous incredible performances of 'He Knows Just What I Need', 'Like A Baby', 'His Hand In Mine', a very different arrangement of  'Stand By Me' even an amazing home-recording of 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' all being performed at home before Elvis recorded them professionally. For full tracklist see my good friend Keith Flynn Sessions website here
EIN gives its greatest thanks to Juan Luis Gonzalez Brugal for the discovery.
Go to the excellent and friendly Elvis PHOENIX FORUM for all the discussion & download them for free
Elvis Home-Recording New Bootlegs: From the moment that the new Elvis Home-Recording tapes were discovered and offered for free, EIN could hear the bootleggers' computers whirring into life creating "New" bootlegs CD covers.
It was all so inevitable and a little sad - signs of desperation if anything.
At least THREE bootlegs were announced in the following 24 hours and all sadly opportunistic and basically rip-offs.
What did the wily Col Parker say back in the fifties, "How much does it cost if it is FREE!"
Fans can download these fabulous three hours of Elvis jamming at home in Germany for FREE. (click here to the highly recommended Phoenix Elvis Forum)
Please see the tracklists at my good friend Keith Flynn website here.
Any bootlegger rushing out these newly found recordings have obviously done no quality audio remastering work.
Hopefully FTD / Ernst Jørgensen will find a right place to officially release them - possibly CD2 of the future Classic Album 'For LP Fans Only'

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


'Orgies and Orgasms:  Presley in the Press 1956'- an in-depth Spotlight: By the beginning of 1956, everything was in place for Elvis Presley to burst onto the national and international music scene. Within weeks of his signing to major label RCA he would record Heartbreak Hotel, his first single for RCA and his first to reach number 1 in the U.S. charts, and then, at the end of January 1956, he would appear on national television for the first time.
Despite all of the success that 1956 would bring Elvis, with three singles and two albums reaching the top spot in the U.S. charts, the year would also prove to be a difficult one when it came to his treatment in the national and international press.
Mainstream media published reviews such as...
"Every girl watching him sees herself as Elvis’ partner in his fantastic writhing orgy"
and "Presley is suggesting he is about to have a self-induced orgasm!"
So, let’s go back in time and examine how a single television performance in June 1956 resulted in a change of attitudes towards Elvis within the media from little more than curiosity about the new phenomenon to downright hostility and revulsion.
Go here as EIN contributor Shane Brown investigates the phenomenon of Elvis in 1956 - and what the media made of this new, and middle-America shocking, entertainer.
(Spotlight, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

(Review, Source: EIN)


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

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

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

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

NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Read Nigel's review here

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

Read Nigel's detailed review

(Book Review, Source: EIN)



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

(Spotlight, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)



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


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

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

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Book Reviews, Source,ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

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



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

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

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

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review


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

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

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


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

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

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