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Monday 19 June 2017
'Elvis Sun 78rpm Vinyl' Special Release: With the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’ passing comes a really special limited edition release that we think will become a sure fire must have addition to any collectors want list.
Record players sold today are increasingly adding the 78RPM speed to the norm and these 5 magnificent Sun 10" (inch) replica singles play at 78RPM.
This is the first time since Elvis Sun replicas produced in the 1970’s, that have been made to play the original 78RPM speed. Since then some were only made at 45rpm.
Each of the five Sun replica 78s have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides and are by far the most authentic original 10 inch Sun 78 Records yet produced. All the labels are perfect (as the original) in size, accuracy and color.
All the singles come in the same type sleeves as sold with the original releases. The sound quality is excellent with the original Sun sound recordings (including That’s All Right) and is pressed on heavy stock vinyl.
This is a strictly low limited number release and an extra low limited number release of a CRYSTAL-CLEAR version in a clear polybag. These are a first-time-ever high quality release for any Elvis Sun single replicas.
Track down your Elvis dealers if you need a copy.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: The Man & His Music' June Issue Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis: The Man & His Music' June 2017, #116 is out now.

Features include. . .
* Marty Harrell Interview
* Going Underground - The 'alternative press' of the late '60s / early '70s
* Elvis UK (1956 - '86) Revisited - 30 Years On
* "God Don't Die" - August 1977 In Quotes
* Readers' letters
* CD & Book Reviews


Go here to NDT to purchase & for more info

 

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Drums Of The Islands' PHS Box-Set: Soon to be released is the bootleg 'Drums Of The Islands - Ultimate Paradise Hawaiian Style Recording Sessions' box-set. The publicity suggests "a sublime 3cd boxset with the most complete Paradise Hawaiian Style recording sessions, incl. many tracks unreleased by Elvis' official record company. This stunning box also includes the complete film versions and original mono album!
Plus a newly discovered demo recording of a song rejected by Elvis and the Colonel and written by Dolores Fuller. Unfortunately never recorded by the man himself.
Including a great full color booklet !
EIN is confused as why fans would want so many versions of 'Queenie Wahine’s Papaya' etc when Elvis so disliked the music that he sang most of them as vocal overdubs...  (and fans want them in Mono as well - really!).
I guess it could be a guilty pleasure for some, but truly hard to justify...
Go here to 'All The 2017 CD News' for tracklist & more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis In The '60s' 3CD Box set: It is a complete con of course - a Public Domain UK release with nothing on it later than 1962 but with a fabulous cover from 1963.

It's the same old stuff  from all of Elvis' early sixties albums priced at £6.99 - for sixty regular tracks that you already have.
Out 16 June 2017 on the Public Domain "Not Now Music" label!


Nice cover though....

 

 

 



(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 15 June 2017
“Elvis/Orchestra Live in Concert” US Tour: As EIN predicted, not only is the Elvis/Orchestra concert the "Main Event" at Elvis Week 2017 but a short US tour is also now on-sale. EPE have announced the US debut of “Elvis: Live in Concert,” an all-new concert production featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra, coming to 12 US cities this August. 
The concert tour features Elvis Presley as he has never been heard or seen before – with remastered vocals and the full, rich sound of a live orchestra, as well as performance footage rarely seen on the big screen.  The production features many of Elvis’ biggest hits, as it celebrates the music, life and legacy of the greatest entertainer of all time.  
Starting with its world debut in the United Kingdom last November, its recent tour throughout Europe and its current tour throughout Australia, this production has received rave reviews from the media and audiences worldwide. 
Tickets now on sale - Tour Dates:
August 2  - Akron, Ohio (Goodyear Theater)
August 3 - Cincinnati, Ohio (PNC Pavilion)
August 4  - Huber Heights, Ohio (Rose Music Center at the Heights)
August 6 - Uncasville, Connecticut (Mohegan Sun)
August 9 - Montclair, New Jersey (The Wellmont Theater)
August 11 - Baltimore, Maryland (Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric)
August 12 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
August 13 - Brooklyn, New York (Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk)
August 16 - Memphis, Tennessee (FedexForum)
August 17 - Atlanta, Georgia (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
August 18  - Clearwater, Florida (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
August 19  - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Broward Center for the Performing Arts)
Go HERE to EPE to purchase USA Tour tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: The Wonder of You" Glorified end to Australian Tour: The Australian "Elvis: The Wonder Of You" tour ended  its capital city run last weekend with stunning reviews and packed houses. Close to forty years since Elvis checked out of Heartbreak Hotel, The King was back in the building and rocking Australian audiences at every venue.
The review from Elvis' last stand in Melbourne included..
Elvis Presley is a legend and although it’s almost been 40-years since his death, his music is still just as powerful and unfortunately for Australians, he never had the opportunity of touring Australia until now. Using past footage of Elvis from concerts and his films plus the live music from an orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is a true concert spectacular that almost makes it feel like the King is actually performing.
The Master of Ceremonies for this leg of the tour is Jerry Schilling who had a very close friendship with this music icon who helps set the scene of this
performance. Although Elvis is no longer with us, Schilling creates a link for the audience. Matched with the exceptional orchestra and back-up singers, Elvis Presley the Wonder of You is quite a powerful performance which also tugs at your emotional heartstrings. Given that, it’s quite a loud experience!
Hearing Elvis performing American Trilogy with the live orchestra was definitely a wow moment and there’s plenty of them throughout the concert. Seeing the actual footage of Elvis on the giant screens not only showcased the talent of this man but also his wide range of vocals that becomes quite an immersive experience from start to finish. Songs such as Always On My Mind and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin are lifted to a new level thanks to the live music that not only pays homage to the original songs but creates a new experience for both new and old.
So as you become drawn into the music and
imagery, at times you could be mistaken in thinking that Elvis is actually live on the stage and that is where Elvis Presley the Wonder of You succeeds in creating the unthinkable and the illusion that one of the greats was actually performing right here in Melbourne Australia.
Go here to EIN's exclusive detailed original 'The Wonder Of You' concert review from London.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' Pre-Order: Photographer Keith Alverson's new book with KJ Consulting (with Erik Lorentzen as editor) is getting ready for printing.
The publication date will be in August, 2017 during the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death!
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 from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
His outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan.
With 1,400 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 it has to be a real stunner.

Four preview pages are shown below - EIN will have plenty more examples.. coming soon.

You can Pre-order the book here from Erik Lorentzen at Elvis Files - €125 including shipping Worldwide - Not USA.

Back in 2000 Elvis Unlimited previously published Keith Alverson's 'Elvis on Stage' book, however that was only a 110 page book and this new high-quality production will surpass any previous release.

(News, Source;KA/ElvisInfoNet)

'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' 2017 Release Tracklisting: SONY have now officially announced the release of 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" for the 40th Anniversary celebration - Out Friday, July 28.
Distilled from the fabulous FTD deluxe release 'A Boy From Tupelo' 530 page book / CD combo (see EIN indepth review here) this mainstream release - 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' includes - for the first time ever officially - on 3 CDs every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio - and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously officially unreleased recording of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
On this "MSM" release the Mae Boren Axton interview with Elvis has been removed (from the original FTD tracklistin) with the new 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget' now added as the final track on CD 3. Go here to for the new tracklistings..

The accompanying 120-page book compiled by Elvis authority Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It details the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a succinct narrative. Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the rights to Elvis' Sun tapes officially expire and the singer leaves Sam Phillips and Sun Records to record for RCA Victor.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.

(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

'All-American Boy' New PD Release: Nothing that isn't available elsewhere, but an interesting compilation from the Elvis One label and with a stunning cover photo.
... 'All-American Boy' represents Elvis Presley from the early years, with recordings from 1953 to 1960, including alternate takes and original masters complete with studio banter. Also included are 3 different versions from the song "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" from 1953, 1956 and 1957.
This album also contains great to hear and rare Elvis tribute songs and recordings from "break-in" records from the fifties and sixties. Plus an answer song ("Yes, "I'm Lonesome Tonight") to "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" from 1960. A nice collection from and about The All-American Boy... Including a 12 pages booklet with photos and recording information, with the history of "break-in" records...
1. All Shook Up (including count-in), 2. Don’t (including count-in), 3. My Wish Came True (including count-in), 4. Don’t Leave Me Now (02/1957, including count-in), 5. Treat Me Nice (including count-in), 6. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1957), 7. Old Shep (alternate take 5), 8. Blue Suede Shoes (1960, including count-in), 9. Rip It Up (alternate take 18 + master),
10. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1956 - Informal recording), 11. Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 12. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (1953 - demo recording), All About The All-American Boy: 13. All About Elvis (An Interview With P.Q. Rock ‘N’ Roll - Milt Oshins) Part 1 (1956) 14. All About Elvis Part 2,  15. This Was Your Life, Elvis Presley Sid Lawrence - Part 1 & 2 (1957), 16. Dear Elvis - With love from Audrey (1956), 17. My Boy Elvis (by Janis Martin, 1956), 18. Hey, Mr. Presley (by Pete Debree, 1958), 19. The Elvis Blues (by Otto Bash, 1956), 20. Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight (by Dodie Stevens, 1960), 21. Dear 5 3 3 1 0 7 6 1 (by The Threeteens, 1958), 22. The All-American Boy (by Bobby Bare, 1959).
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 12 June 2017
Three New FTD Releases: FTD have announced three releases for late June.
- 'Roustabout' (1-CD)
53 years after its original release FTD is pleased to announce the long awaited "Classic Album" version of "Roustabout". Reaching #1 on Billboard in February 1965, it would Elvis’ last chart topping album until "Aloha From Elvis Via Satellite" in 1973. Packaged in 7" format with a full color 16-page memorabilia booklet, it contains previously unreleased material.
- Album Sales Tips From RCA Victor: (Special album release for November 1964)
We’ve had original soundtrack recordings by Elvis in the past and we needn’t dwell on their great success, but the new "ROUSTABOUT" album is undoubtedly on of the finest we’ve had! "It’s A Wonderful World" and "Big Love Big Heartache" are delivered smoothly to a smooth Latin-flavored accompaniment. Most of the tunes however, are the hard-rocker variety, especially "Hard Knocks and "There’s A Brand New Day On The Horizon." We’ve got great music, a great cover, the movie tie-in, advertising and promotion support.
The FTD includes the previously unreleased tracks 'Hard Knocks' (take 4, movie version), 'Its A Wonderful World' (take 17, instrumental), 'It’s Carnival Time' (movie version) and newly discovered 'Roustabout' (takes 1-5,7, 10-16 & movie version). Go to 'FTD/ SONY News 2017' for full tracklisting

"Start Spreading The News" Elvis At Madison Square Garden (Book And CD)
The Ultimate book about Elvis’ appearances in the Big Apple, June 1972. The book comes with a bonus CD - audience recording - containing the opening night, June 9th, 1972 show.
Pål Granlund was in New York in 1972 for the MSG concerts and there are photographs of him meeting Elvis backstage, so the book will no doubt feature his personal stories and much, much more.
Elvis At Madison Square Garden, NY City June 9 1972
1) Also Sprach Zarathustra 0:47 2) That's All Right 2:15 3) Proud Mary 2:39 4) Never Been To Spain 3:43 5) Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 6) You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:02 7) You've Lost That Loving Feeling 4:16 8) Polk Salad Annie 3:05 9) Love Me1:37 10) All Shook Up 1:08 11) Heartbreak Hotel 1:42 12) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 1:56 13) Love Me Tender 1:46 14) Blue Suede Shoes 1:29 15) Hound Dog 2:05 16) Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:10 17) Suspicious Minds 4:50 18) Introductions by Elvis 1:19 19) For The Good Times 3:08 20) American Trilogy 4:45 21) Funny How Times Slips Away2:49 22) Can't Help Falling In Love 1:40 23) Closing Vamp 1:23
An audience recording

Click here for promo video on Facebook.

Too Much Monkey Business" (2-LP Limited Edition)
Based on the original 1981 "Guitar Man" album, FTD Vinyl’s new release contains all the tracks featured on the FTD CD release from 2000. The 2-LP features full overdub session data insert. Pressed on 180 Gram heavyweight vinyl, it’s availability is strictly limited as all previous releases.
SIDE 1 - 1) If You Talk In Your Sleep 2) Just Call Me Lonesome 3) I’ll Be There 4) Too Much Monkey Business 5) After Loving You 6) You Asked Me To
SIDE 2 - 1) Faded Love 2) Clean Up Your Own Backyard 3) Lovin’ Arms 4) Guitar Man 5) Kentucky Rain 8) In The Ghetto
SIDE 3 - 1) Burning Love 2) I’ll Hold You In My Heart 3) Only The Strong Survive 4) She Thinks I Still Care 5) Long Black Limousine SIDE 4 - 1) I’m Movin On 2) Hey Jude 3) Blue Suede Shoes BONUS SONGS 4) Paralyzed* 5) The Elvis Medley+ Jailhouse Rock - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear) Hound Dog - Don’t Be Cruel Burning Love - Suspicious Minds 6) Wear My Ring Around Your Neck* *Taken from the album "I Was The One," 1983. + Taken from the album "The Elvis Medley, " 1982

Go to 'FTD/ SONY News 2017' for full details


Elvis Files Magazine Issue 20: Erik Lorentzen has posted the front cover of the June issue of his Elvis Files Magazine.

Issue #20 will feature articles on...
1953/54: Elvis, The Early Days
1961: Ocala residents remember the day Elvis came to town
1962: Elvis in Seattle September 1962
     

It's the best Elvis magazine around for high-quality and rare Elvis photos.

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

Or also €15 for a single issue

or click here to Elvis Files subscriptions

 

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


‘Elvis A Celebration’ Vintage Rock Magazine: The special UK 'Vintage Rock' ELVIS 40th Anniversary magazine is out in the UK at all good newsagents.
... Here’s a legend of rock’n’roll past who’s now likely worth well over $400 million, and there’s no signs that his flourishing afterlife is set to diminish one iota. Presidents may come and go, but Elvis, it seems, will always be among us.
Graceland in Memphis, attracts over half a million pilgrims a year (second only to the White House in visitor numbers); there are now more Elvis impersonators than ever before, and Presley memorabilia is still very much on the up and up.
He may not be living on the moon, but for all intents and purposes Elvis Presley is still alive and kicking. And whilst every exacting detail about his mammoth catalogue is out there, from all the various outtakes through to the minutiae behind every song, there are still plenty of layers to be peeled back to reveal the human being living within the shell of the ‘King Of Rock’n’Roll’.
How much of Elvis’ life was out of his control? How many of his choices were actually his own? In this special tribute, we attempt to unlock the complex machinations of a man whose fame had entirely taken over his existence; a man who seemed to be in search of something bigger – and a man who relied on a network of others, whether he wanted to or not.
From his relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker to his various band members, his infamous Memphis Mafia clique and beyond, we explore the inside stories that shed light on the inner workings of Elvis Aaron Presley.
Click here to the Vintage Rock Uk website for ordering details
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 8 June 2017
'ELVIS: Las Vegas ‘74' FTD Review: A double set featuring both Dinner and Midnight shows from August  20, 1974 from Elvis' legendary 1974 Summer Season at the Las Vegas Hilton. 
For Elvis 1974 was an emotionally turbulent year. This was his sixth season singing to the Las Vegas casino audiences, still doing two shows a night, and he was really feeling the loss of Priscilla. Yet this inner turmoil helped produce the most fascinating Las Vegas season of his career. He gave some of his longest performances and with a varied set-list including great new songs It’s Midnight, Promised Land, If You Talk In Your Sleep and Help Me.
One of the fascinations of this new double-pack is that it presents Elvis' second and third concerts by which time Elvis was back once again to the old regular set-list routine. Whatever the reason for Elvis' backwards step, fans can consider whether these concerts capture Elvis' happiness at being back pleasing his audience with the regular set-list.
Go here as super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new release.
(FTD Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'A Boy From Tupelo: The Sun Masters' VINYL: On July 28th Sony Legacy Recordings will also release a single disc 12" vinyl package that chronicles the rise of Elvis Presley before he became The King of Rock and Roll. Recorded with producer Sam Phillips, guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black during his first incredible year as a professional recording artist (July 1954-July 1955), this collection includes Elvis' complete single A and B-sides for Sun Records, plus additional songs recorded at Sun Studio and released on his landmark self-titled debut album in 1956.
Side 1, That’s All Right, 2. Blue Moon of Kentucky, 3. Good Rockin' Tonight, 4. I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine, 5. Milkcow Blues Boogie, 6. You’re a Heartbreaker, 7. Baby Let's Play House, 8. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone, 9. I Forgot to Remember to Forget.
Side 2, 1. Mystery Train, 2. I Love You Because (RCA LP version), 3. Blue Moon, 4. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’), 5. Just Because, 6. Tryin’ to Get To You, 7. Tomorrow Night, 8. Harbor Lights
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' New 40th Anniv SONY Release: As EIN reported last Sunday, SONY have now officially announced the release of 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" for the 40th Anniversary celebration in one comprehensive package. Out Friday, July 28.
Distilled from the fabulous FTD deluxe release 'A Boy From Tupelo' 530 page book / CD combo (see EIN indepth review here) this mainstream release - 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' includes - for the first time ever officially - on 3 CDs every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio - and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously officially unreleased recording of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
The accompanying 120-page book compiled by Elvis authority Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It details the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a succinct narrative.

Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the rights to Elvis' Sun tapes officially expire and the singer leaves Sam Phillips and Sun Records to record for RCA Victor.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.

Essential to the understanding and appreciation of Elvis and his explosive impact on pop music and culture, this presents - in the best possible sound- every known Presley recording from his early career, when the world's first atomic singer fused blues, pop and hillbilly country swing to create an electrifying new music that changed the world.
(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)

"Elvis: 'The Wonder of You' Melbourne June 8 show SOLD OUT!: Despite being the second extra concert added to Melbourne, Australia in the 'Wonder Of You' tour, the concert has now sold out! The local reviews have been stunning..
...  "Elvis: 'The Wonder of You' is a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley and his music. I attended the first sublime show of this national Australian tour.
Elvis Presley appeared on state-of-the-art screens that have been specially designed for the arena tour and was backed by a full 40-piece symphony orchestra with one of Australia's foremost musical directors, Chong Lim.
This show was a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley, his work and his music and it was presented in a unique way!
Elvis has sold an amazing one billion records worldwide and this figure is still going up despite the fact that some of the teenagers nowadays have not heard of him!
The show features the most recognisable voice of all time, along with the full symphony orchestra live on stage performing with the King of Rock and Roll's most well-known songs.
The actual videos were not clear and were grainy, however, this really served to make them seem more genuine, .. Elvis: 'The Wonder of You', live in concert is a show well worth attending!
EIN has been informed that there are a final few tickets left for the last two Australian concerts - in Melbourne for this Friday and Saturday June 9, 10 - go here for the few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

'Hot Summer in 1973' Import CD: Out soon from the "SR" label is 'Hot Summer in 1973' featuring the audience recorded unreleased show from Las Vegas August 19, 1973 DS.
This recording is a first generation of original audience recorded tape. The afternoon show is previously unreleased show.
August 1973, Elvis Is back for his last summer season.. The 1973 was begun in the better way, with the Aloha special at least commercial talking… But the things turned immediately toward the wrong direction..
The August 19 present Elvis in positive mood, the show is solid and well performed... Elvis deliveries some killer version of My Boy and You Gave Me a Mountain, keeping steady part of the show the two classic Suspicious Minds and An American Trilogy and delighting the audience with the with the two early rocker Mystery Train/Tiger Man & Trouble.
Talking about the show , the show is solid and well performed no too long in accord with the classic Las Vegas show, we have 46 minutes only, but Elvis worked hard performing 19 songs, classic representation of his best repertoire of Vegas..
EIN says buyers beware - check audio samples first.
Go here to 'All The 2017 CD News' for tracklist & more info
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Sunday 4 June 2017
'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' New 40th Anniv SONY Release: A classic release from SONY for the 40th Anniversary celebrations 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings" is the definitive collection of Elvis' Sun-era recordings in one comprehensive package.
Distilled from the fabulous FTD deluxe release 'A Boy From Tupelo' 530 page book / CD combo (see EIN indepth review here) this mainstream release - 'A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings' includes on 3 CDs every surviving Elvis Presley Sun master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid with his own money to record, as well as all known radio- and concert performances from the period. Many of these recordings are rare demos, session takes, and live performances including a newly discovered and previously officially unreleased recording of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" from a 1955 Louisiana Hayride performance.
The accompanying 120-page book compiled by Elvis authority Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It details the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a succinct narrative.

Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the rights to Elvis' Sun tapes officially expire and the singer leaves Sam Phillips and Sun Records to record for RCA Victor.
This is the story of Elvis Presley before he becomes world-famous, and how this amazing young man readies himself for stardom, achieving success on a level that no one could have dreamed possible.


Amazon has announced this release, it seems a little early for SONY's liking.
There are no details on how to pre-order as yet or exact date of release

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis at Madison Square Garden' New FTD Book: Way back in July 2016 publisher Pål Granlund announced a new book "Coming soon" from FTD / Flaming Star.

It was going to focus on Elvis at his fabulous Madison Square Garden concerts and his June 72 tour.  However the plan has changed with the book now focussing only on 'Elvis at Madison Square Garden'.

The book comes with a bonus CD - audience recording - containing the opening night, June 9th, 1972 show.
Pål Granlund was in New York in 1972 for the MSG concerts and there are photographs of him meeting Elvis backstage, so the book will no doubt feature his personal stories and much, much more.

The book will be released for Elvis Week 2017.

Click here for promo video on Facebook.



(News, Source;FS/PG/ElvisInfoNet)


'Sun Records' TV Drama cancelled: EIN is disappointed to report that there will be no second season of the 'Sun Records' TV drama for CMT. While we realise that the show strayed from the "real story", it was fun, the characters were interesting and the music, albeit sparse and incomplete, was great.
See EIN 'Sun Records' TV show review here
The 'Sun Records' story is ending with one season and has already been removed from the press site. The series is set in Memphis, Tennessee, during the early days of the Civil Rights movement and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.
A music business drama featuring Sam Phillips and Elvis Presley, Sun Records starred Chad Michael Murray, Billy Gardell, Drake Milligan, Kevin Fonteyne, Christian Lees, and Jonah Lees.
CMT’s head of development Jayson Dinsmore noted, “Originally we had planned for it to be a three-night events, and we morphed the development into a limited-run series. It did extremely well but there are no current plans for additional episodes. We may revisit. You never know, because it did quite well.”
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Presley Special Collector's Edition Vol.10' In stores now: The Elvis Presley Special Collector's Edition is proud to present the 10th installment in its ongoing celebration of the King of Rock & Roll: Elvis Presley: Words He Lived By.

In this exclusive, 100-page collector's edition, fans of Elvis can find rare quotes and interviews, photos from Graceland, on the road and behind the scenes of his films and performances, and an introduction from Priscilla Presley herself. Words He Lived By is a must-have inclusion for any Elvis collection.

Click here to MediaLab books for purchase info or track down in your local US newsagent

 

 


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Thursday 1 June 2017

Exclusive EIN Report: A Night in the Presley Family Apartment: Author Zoey Goto recently visited Memphis where she stayed overnight in the Presley family apartment at Lauderdale Courts.

In a great narrative-visual account (exclusively for EIN readers), Zoey provides an in-depth report of one of the lesser known places for Elvis fans to stay when visiting Memphis. Zoey's article is accompanied by stunning and exclusive color photos.

Who wouldn't want to sleep in the bedroom occupied by the teenage Elvis?

Go here to check out a treat that no Elvis fan should miss out on..

(Review, Source: Zoey Goto/EIN)


"Elvis: 'The Wonder of You' is a triumph": Another fabulously positive independent review of the 'Elvis: 'The Wonder of You' show touring in Australia.
...  "Elvis: 'The Wonder of You' is a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley and his music. I attended the first sublime show of this national Australian tour.
Elvis Presley appeared on state-of-the-art screens that have been specially designed for the arena tour and was backed by a full 40-piece symphony orchestra with one of Australia's foremost musical directors, Chong Lim.
This show was a triumphant celebration of Elvis Presley, his work and his music and it was presented in a unique way!
Elvis has sold an amazing one billion records worldwide and this figure is still going up despite the fact that some of the teenagers nowadays have not heard of him!
One of his sayings was "A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favourite part of the business, live concerts".
The show went on for about 2½ hours with the show brilliantly orchestrated with Chong Lim as Musical Director. Chong Lim is one of Australia's most respected musical directors, his compositions have been performed at both main ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Chong Lim has done a fantastic job in bringing together the music of the 40 piece Symphony Orchestra who did such a good job - it was so well done, with the timing being perfect for all the songs that were on the screen. On backing vocals were Lindsey Field, Susie Ahern and Michelle Serret-Cursio.
Jerry Schilling was the Master of Ceremonies for this Event. He presented some of his personal movies of Elvis and his family and recounted some of the stories about Elvis, their friendship, career,
as well as some stories about Elvis' family.
The show features the most recognisable voice of all time, along with the full symphony orchestra live on stage performing with the King of Rock and Roll's most well-known songs.
The actual videos were not clear and were grainy, however, this really served to make them seem more genuine, as some of them would have been nearing 50 years old when film clips were nothing like the high standard they are today.
Elvis: 'The Wonder of You', live in concert is a show well worth attending!

Go here to weekendnotes for the full review
(News, Source;IH/ElvisInfoNet)
Australian Elvis fans, if you didn't win tickets in EIN's competition and still want to go to the up-coming concerts in Sydney this Friday June 2 and June 3 - or the three concerts in Melbourne June 8, 9, 10 - you can still get a few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

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Tupelo "Re-creating a legend": The Tupelo Elvis Fan Club is bringing a new wrinkle to this year’s Elvis Festival.
The club will present a re-enactment of Elvis purchasing his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware. Tuesday, actors portraying key players in that event, including Presley himself, were rehearsing the show they will put on for guests this weekend in Tupelo.
In the photo, Alison Cayson, portraying a longtime Tupelo hardware employee Forrest Bobo, shows a young Elvis Presley (Tanner Palmer) how to play a cord on the guitar while Jennifer Collins (Elvis' mother Gladys) watches as they rehearse their re-enactment of the day Elvis and his mother walked in to Tupelo Hardware and purchased his first guitar.
There will be re-enactments at 1, 2pm and 3pm this Friday, as well as 11:30am and 12:30pm Saturday.
Go here for more Tupelo Elvis info
(News, Source;DJ/SM/ElvisInfoNet)


Promised Land - a wild ride through doomed America in Elvis' Car (Cannes Film Festival - Documentary Review): Credit where it is due. Eugene Jarecki wanted to make a movie about absolutely everything, and what sounded goofy in the Cannes marketing material turned out to be a worthy on-ramp.

Promised Land threatens at first to be a two-hour documentary about Elvis Presley’s car, but Jarecki shrugs that notion off after a few moments. And not without a degree of self-awareness. “This is a metaphor for Elvis, and the human condition,” someone chuckles from the backseat when the 1963 Rolls Royce breaks down.

He even allows a bit of criticism. Writer/producer David Simon smirks, “you should have gotten one of his Cadillacs – an American car,” as mechanics try to revive the lumbering heap of damaged glitz which, by this point in the film, has become a rolling symbol of the doomed American experiment.

Jarecki uses Elvis Presley’s career and influence to help us make sense of fame, power, corruption, self-destructive behaviour and pretty much all the other ills of the world. Why in the hell did poor people vote for that greedy skunk Donald Trump? Many have tried to explain this (and will for a long long time) but few have done so with so many toe-tappin’ clips.
Elvis Presley, as I’m sure you know, grew up dirt poor in the rural south. (“Welcome to the Birthplace,” a Mississippi tour guide, standing on the porch of a small shack, says with a zealot’s tinge in her voice.) He moved to Memphis, admired and absorbed the gospel and R&B of his black neighbours, mixed it with bluegrass and country and changed popular culture and the entertainment economy forever. It was an act of inspired genius (and really good marketing) and also the most blatant example of cultural appropriation in American history. (Yes, Chuck D is in the movie – he hasn’t altered his position, but does have nice things to say about The Beastie Boys. Go figure.)
Does that make Elvis a bad person? Take a step back and ask a bigger question: is America a good country? Hell, go even further: why do human beings believe the obvious lies from powerful forces? Oh, man, I thought this was gonna’ be a road trip down Route 66 in Elvis’ car!
Read full article here
(News, Source;Guardian/ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier this week . . .
Elvis’ Private Jet Sold for US$430,000!: The private jet once owned by Elvis sold for an incredible $430,000 at a California auction on Saturday.
The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has sat on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico for 35 years and has no engines and an unrestored cockpit.
The person who bought it and the buyer's plans for the plane have not been released, however it did not sell for the hoped-for US $2 > 3 million!. (EIN wonders how as we would like to see photos of Elvis in the actual plane to make it worth visiting!)
The 1962 red Lockheed JetStarOne which Elvis purchased in July 1976 (via a trade-in on his previous investment in a Dessault-Falcon airplane) eventually became the center of a long drawn-out FBI investigation "Operation Fountain Pen" where Elvis and Vernon were swindelled in an aircraft refurbishment deal. Despite the auctions' suggestion that the cool-looking red velvet interior was designed for Elvis, the previous owner has stated that this is not the case.
Though it is unclear where the buyer of the jet lives, the plane will have to be disassembled to be shipped.
Untouched since Elvis owned it, the jet is the only plane once owned by the legendary singer that is privately owned. Two other Elvis owned planes, including the Lisa Marie, are already displayed at Graceland in Memphis.
(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet).

'The Wonder Of You'  Perth Review: The music.com.au website has posted a general review of the first Elvis 'Wonder Of You' Australian concert in Perth, they wrote..
... A fitting instrumental rendition of Elvis Presley’s 'If I Can Dream' kicked off the Australian debut of The Wonder Of You, led by a rousing sax solo and renowned conductor Chong Lim; an early sign that the swelling talent onstage was going to deliver a compelling performance.
A screen was lowered and Presley appeared, donning his iconic white jumpsuit, and Perth Symphony Orchestra kept the ball rolling with Burning Love. Unlike most other performances, the best seats were from the middle of the arena back, with those near the front truly unable to experience the show in all the glory of the 40-piece orchestra and amazing band onstage. The inability to take in

both at the same time was a major downfall of the setup.
The evening’s MC Jerry Schilling, who had a close 23-year friendship with the music icon, made the occasional appearance to introduce songs and tell stories of his time with Presley, and while his associate with the King gave the authenticity it needed, that’s really all he added. His anecdotes and crowd banter lacked any real punch or excitement.

(EIN notes that this was the first time Jerry Schilling had taken over Priscilla's usual role and that he was more relaxed by the second Adelaide concert - see the fabulous photo below).
Luckily, neither the MC or stage setup could undermine the execution of the songs themselves and charming talents of Presley on the screens as his isolated vocals from a handful of live shows mesmerised the room.
Songs like 'You Gave Me A Mountain' were elevated to new heights while new depths and emotions were added to classics such as 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''.
Overall, the show is charming and uplifting, and once you lose yourself in the surprisingly immersive concept, it’s a powerful experience.

(News, Source; music.com.au/ElvisInfoNet)
Australian Elvis fans, if you didn't win tickets in EIN's competition and still want to go to the up-coming concerts in Brisbane this Thursday June 1, Sydney June 2 and June 3 or the three concerts in Melbourne June 8, 9, 10 - you can still get a few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

'Elvis Presley / Elvis' New Budget CD- OUT NOW : From SONY music a double CD combining Elvis' key early recordings.
Both CDs are based on his first two albums but expanded with relevant tracks to 24 tracks on each CD.
Only £8.45 from  Amazon UK.

Hard to believe that Elvis fans would need to buy these two classic albums all over again, however the double package is out now.


Click here to Amazon UK for full track info and to order

 


(News, Source;Sony/ElvisInfoNet)


'The Wonder Of ELVIS' Hits Australia: The Australian 'The Wonder Of You' concerts kicked off with their first performance in PERTH last night.
EIN competition ticket winner Michael Pezzali reviewed it as
.. "The concert was outstanding.  It had a totally different feel with the orchestra compared to the other Elvis in Concert tours with the TCB band.
The orchestra and the conductor were really tight and they worked perfectly with the rhythm section and you could not find any fault with the way the music was presented.
There were two standing ovations for the orchestra, one after “American Trilogy” and also after “If I Can Dream” which closed the show.
Some Elvis fans will always find faults with any type of show like this, but we must remember that Elvis has been gone for 40 years and a lot of the film clips

are between 45-60 years old, but what the producers achieved by blending the old with the new, in my opinion was a great achievement and the crowd of around 14,000 people would have left feeling happy about the night.
In the absence of Priscilla, Jerry Schilling hosted the night and his story telling and sense of humour was a real treat as he put Elvis’s music and life into perspective.
Overall it was a great night and I know all the other Australian Elvis fans you will enjoy the show just as much as I did at their up-coming concerts"

Go here for EIN's detailed review of 'The Wonder Of You' concert in the UK
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Australian Elvis fans, if you didn't win tickets in EIN's massive competition and still want to go to the up-coming concerts in Adelaide this Sunday night May 28, Brisbane Thursday June 1, Sydney June 2 and June 3 or the three concerts in Melbourne June 8, 9, 10 - you can still get the few remaining tickets from RCM Touring - CLICK HERE for Australian ticket info.

‘Elvis RPO Christmas/ Gospel’ album for Xmas 2017: As EIN reported back in December 2015, UK producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick were already working on the ‘Elvis RPO Christmas / Gospel’ album before the team, including Priscilla, decided on following up with the second ‘The Wonder Of You’ release and world-wide concert tour.
This was no doubt due to the massive success of the first 'If I Can Dream' album which the previous 'Christmas Duets' experimental album had not achieved.
With yet another Number One album in the UK and the “RPO” concert event ending Elvis Week 2017, EIN believes the delayed ‘Elvis RPO Christmas / Gospel’ album will now be announced for Christmas 2017 release. (Right: an EIN suggested cover)
Watch this space for confirmation..
As you can see below, producer Don Reedman has now moved on to a similar RPO overdub project but this time with Roy Orbison.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Elvis' producers & 'Roy Orbison RPO' album: The producers of Elvis' Royal Philharmonic Orchestra albums are now releasing a new Roy Orbison album combining archival vocal performances with newly recorded orchestral accompaniment. It will be released on November 3.
'A Love So Beautiful' Roy Orbison with The RPO features 15 tracks, including newly created versions of classics songs spanning from Orbison's early-'60s heyday through his late-'80s comeback.
It is also produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. Among the many memorable tunes on the record are "In Dreams," "Crying," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "It's Over," "Dream Baby," "Only the Lonely," "I Drove All Night" and "You Got It."
On select tracks Orbison's three sons, Alex, Wesley and Roy Jr. contribute additional instrumental backing.
"If ever there were a singer whose body of work benefits from a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic it would be Roy Orbison," says Orbison youngest son, Alex. "During the course of his career and after his passing it was constantly noted that his transcendent vocal ability made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock and that, in

another life, he would have taken the classical music/opera world by storm."
"Soon, we'll all be able to experience that 'life' with the release of this project," he adds.
Tracklist, "In Dreams", "Crying", "I'm Hurtin'", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "It's Over", "Dream Baby", "Blue Angel", "Love Hurts", "Uptown", "Mean Woman Blues", "Only the Lonely", "Running Scared", "I Drove All Night", "You Got It", "A Love So Beautiful".
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet) 

Elvis Week 2017 Tickets On Sale Now: With expectations of crowds over 80,000 Elvis fans have the chance to buy tickets for EPE events at Elvis Week 2017 starting today.  Elvis Week will celebrate the King of Rock 'n' Roll like never before, with special events such as Elvis: The Wonder of You Concert Event, the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, The Auction at Graceland, Elvis 101, The Official Graceland Insiders Conference, A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis Concert and much more. Our special guests include Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, songwriter Mac Davis, Lisa Marie pilot Ron Strauss, Elvis' "Easy Come, Easy Go" co-star Pat Priest and more.

See below for Elvis Week Highlights

Go HERE to EPE for ELVIS WEEK 2017 Schedule ticket info and more details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

'On Fire In Florida' New Import: Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new 2CD audience recording dedicated to Elvis' February ’77 tour. The Hollywood, February 12th, 1977 show was first released in 1994, 23 years have passed since then and now is the right time for a proper re-release. Straight Arrow went back to the original cassette and restored it from scratch. The West Palm Beach, February 13th, 1977 show has been previously released from an incomplete soundboard source.
Our COMPLETE recording has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded mastertape.
In spite of Elvis’ unhealthy look especially at the beginning of tour, his concerts were solid and playlists were variable, incl. some rarely performed songs, actually, it was best tour of 1977.
As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes photos taken in Hollywood and West Palm Beach and newspaper reviews of both concerts.
EIN is somewhat surprised that an Elvis 1977 concert can be described as "On fire", surely that would be 1955 in Florida!
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis In Concert: No Comments' Import CD: “If You Haven’t guessed by now... it’s been 40 years!” CMT is back with an outstanding release! It’s been 40 years since RCA released “Elvis in Concert” , still a favorite after all these years, not only for historic reasons, cause although not in good health Elvis voice was still incredible! The producers have done a new approach on these recordings, and decided to make a more enjoyable version by cutting out all the fans comments, and edit the performances to one live concert, using 24Bit 96KHZ audio for the best possible sound. Most edits sound better then the original ones ... Including all songs from the original double album, plus five rare MULTI track bonus recordings, including a rocking “Mystery Train/Tiger Man” bringing the total to 33 tracks! (EIN notes, Can this 1977 concert really be called "Outstanding"?!)
Presented in six panel digipack, with artwork matching the original release (what no 1977 pictures?), including beautiful rare pictures.
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN exclusives and News from earlier in May . . .

May 25 - Sonny West - has died: With great sadness EIN has learnt that Sonny West has died. It was last year that Sonny West was confirmed to have stage 4 lung cancer - although he had been battling with serious medical issues over the last 5 years. In a twist of bad luck Sonny’s wife Judy was also suffering with breast cancer.

Sonny West told EIN, "Elvis was a substantial part of my life, and one that I truly enjoyed living. I didn’t handle the news of Elvis’ death well at all. I was devastated and just fell apart. - Elvis should never had died so young. Why should someone so talented, with so much still to offer the world in music and movies have to die so early in his life with so much left to give. If that old saying, “only the good die young” is true. Elvis is that personified.
Elvis knew there was something special about him being who and what he was. He just didn’t know what or why. But I am sure he, just as the rest of us, never expected it to be this overwhelming, and for this long with no end in sight. It is truly something very special."

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Sonny West talks to EIN: Sonny West needs no introduction to Elvis fans. As one of the members of the iconic Memphis Mafia, Sonny was a close friend to Elvis over many years. Accordingly, Sonny has many great stories to share with fans and many rare insights to offer about the real Elvis Presley, not to mention Sonny's own very interesting life since Elvis' death in 1977.
In part 1 of a long and exclusive interview with EIN in 2007, Sonny talks about:
- his book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business
- the Sonny West story
- why he Red, and Dave Hebler wrote Elvis: What Happened?
- Priscilla and Ann-Margret
- recounts experiences of life around Elvis
- did Elvis have a self-destructive personality?
- the film offer by Barbra Streisand
- his last contact with Elvis
-  Elvis and those racism rumors

(Source: EIN, 8 Aug 2007)


EIN's 'The Wonder Of You' Australian ELVIS 2017 Tour competition has now closed. All sixty pairs of concert ticket winners will be informed by email tomorrow. . Thanks for all the entries ..

"So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley appeared to thoroughly enjoy his fully-deserved standing ovation ..
He also looked like he'd earned it, with sweat pouring off his brow at the end of a show called Elvis in Concert - Live on Screen with the RPC Orchestra
Often dressed in a white karate-style suit, this was the King at top of his game, a royal ruler who has spawned legions of imitators for four decades but still no successor.... "

It will be a great night of ELVIS Big-Screen action for all the winners.


"ELVIS: The Wonder of You" Confirmed as Elvis Week Finale: As EIN has been stating for months, EPE have now confirmed  "ELVIS: The Wonder of You" as the Elvis Week 2017 '40th Anniversary Celebration Concert Event with Full Symphony Orchestra'. (Australians can win tickets to the same event here through EIN!)
The new, critically-acclaimed concert event which has sold out arenas across the world is coming to Memphis to celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley during the 40th anniversary. The concert will feature a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley plus other surprise guests. This production is inspired by the award-winning, chart-topping Elvis / RPO album releases. Join us for this historic night as we salute the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
8PM. FedExForum, downtown Memphis.
Tickets for the show range from $300 to $65.
Go HERE to Ticketmaster for tickets sale starts Friday May 26.
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet
)

Elvis Week 2017 Schedule of Events: EPE have announced the 2017 Elvis Week Schedule of Events. Elvis Week 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary since Elvis' passing. EPE are hoping for this to be the largest Elvis Week ever with fans from around the world making the ultimate pilgrimage in August to be in Memphis during this very special celebration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Ticket general on-sale begins Friday, May 26.
Highlights are ..
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
- Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents' Event
10:00 AM. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley's Memphis.
Special guest speaker Larry Geller.
- The Auction at Graceland, 2PM. Guest House Theater
The Auction at Graceland will include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the king and his career.
- The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert, 8PM Graceland Soundstage A.
Special guest performers Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet; Terry Blackwood, Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor of Terry Blackwood and The Imperials; plus musician Terry Mike Jeffrey.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
Elvis 101. 10am Graceland Soundstage A,
Elvis 101 features scholars, authors and those who have spent hundreds of hours studying Elvis Presley, special guests include author Peter Guralnick, Ernst Jorgensen and Tupelo historian Roy Turner.-
- A Salute to Sun Records Hosted by John Paul Keith. 8pm Graceland Soundstage A.
Featuring special guests Jerry Phillips and Sun studio drummer J.M. Van Eaton with some of Memphis' top musicians.
MONDAY, AUGUST 14
- Official Graceland Insiders Conference 9am & 12:30pm Graceland Soundstage A,
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include: Bill Wallace, Elvis' friend and karate champion; Sam Thompson, Charles Stone, Dick Grob, Lisa Marie co-pilot Ron Strauss;
- A Band of Legends Remembers Elvis 8PM. Graceland Soundstage A
Unique concert event with special guests Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman plus guitarist Kerry Marx.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
- Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Family & Friends 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Bill Medley, Bill Morris plus childhood friend Guy Harris.
Songwriters Showcase 3PM. Graceland Soundstage A
Hosted by Andy Childs, confirmed guests include Mac Davis, and Mike Stoller.
- Candlelight Vigil  8:30 PM. Graceland Front Gate
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
- Conversations on Elvis: In the Studio, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A.
Hosted by Tom Brown, special guests include: DJ Fontana, back-up singers Mary Holladay Pederson and Ginger Holladay and Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen
- "ELVIS: The Wonder of You" Elvis Week Concert Finale:
8PM. FedExForum, downtown Memphis.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
- Conversations on Elvis: Elvis in the Movies, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A.
Hosted by Tom Brown, confirmed guest include Marlyn Mason, Pat Priest, - more guests to be announced soon.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Showcase, 1PM. Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland.
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round, 7pm. Graceland Soundstage A,
See more than 20 of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world perform on stage in the Semifinal Round of the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
- Conversations on Elvis: The Elvis Connection, 10AM. Graceland Soundstage A,
This special event will feature musicians, actors and entertainers sharing their story on how they have been influenced by Elvis and what the King of Rock 'n' Roll means to them. Special guests to be announced.
- Inside the Archives: 3PM Guest House Theater, The Guest House at Graceland. Free.
Take a look inside the Graceland Archives. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The Ultimate Return, 7PM. Graceland Soundstage A,
Past Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winners return for an unforgettable concert.
Performances by Shawn Klush, Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Justin Shandor, Cody Slaughter, Ben Portsmouth, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, David Lee and Dwight Icenhower.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
- Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Final Round, 7.30PM. Graceland Soundstage A
10 Elvis tribute artists from the Semifinal Round compete for the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest title.
Go HERE to EPE for ELVIS WEEK 2017 Schedule ticket info and more details
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

The Guesthouse at Graceland Gala August 14: Strictly Elvis (UK) are holding a fabulous gala night in the fantastic new Guesthouse at Graceland.
If you're in Memphis this August for Elvis Week 2017, then come and party with us and the Elvis Family at what promises to be one of the biggest and best events of the week.
Featuring two live music acts, all the way from the UK Rockin' Dave Riley, the amazing Brad Birkendahl plus an all-Elvis disco with one of the UK's best Elvis DJs - Paul Downie, this is one event you will not want to miss!
As always with Strictly Elvis events, we keep the cost low but the quality high - and this is going to be a seriously high quality and classy event.
And as ever - we have invited lots of special guests to be part of the night, you never know who'll turn up!
Monday AUGUST 14 8pm > Midnight
Tickets in advance are just £24 ($30) per person and you can get your tickets now.


Click here for tickets and more info.
EIN recommended

 

 

 

(News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)


"Why Elvis' posthumous popularity is plummeting": The UK Guardian has now followed up on the previous "Why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value" story (see below) with another swing at Elvis asking if "With a third of young adults having never heard an Elvis song and the value of his merchandise sinking, is the king of rock'n'roll destined to be remembered as nothing more than a goofy tribute act?"
EIN would first like to comment that. . .
a) As we stated before, Elvis general memorabilia prices have to be dropping purely due to initial fans getting older & selling off their collections.
This does not mean that genuine RARE Elvis items are reducing in price as shown by recent EPE  auctions.
b) Elvis died nearly 40 years ago yet in 2016 he had the UK's 5th BEST SELLING Album -
above superstars David Bowie and Beyonce (The Beatles at a sad #93 spot!)
In 2015 he had the UK's 4th BEST SELLING Album -
above "new sensations" such as  Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift
Perhaps the new "Elvis RPO" albums do not appeal to the younger generation but there is also no denying the success of the new concert tour as well.
Not bad for a guy who last set foot in a studio back in 1976!
c) It has been 15 years since Elvis' 'ALLC' remix kicked him back in to the charts and re-introduced him to the new generation. Another similar re-start is all that is needed.

The Guardian article includes,,,
... Forty years since his death, Elvis Presley's image remains one of the most iconic in music history. The same cannot be said for his songs, however: according to a snap YouGov poll of 2,034 British adults, a hefty 29% of 18- to 24-year-olds said they had never listened to an Elvis song, with none of this age group listening to him daily and only 8% listening monthly. Asked what they thought of other veteran stars, about twice as many said they liked the Beatles (23%) and David Bowie (25%) "a lot" compared with the King (12%).
Even if there's evidence of dwindling reverence among millennials, the YouGov data clearly shows Elvis's popularity among older generations. Despite this, with the value of rare Elvis merchandise in freefall, his Graceland estate will be acutely aware of the financial repercussions of failing to connect with younger audiences, even as the 40th anniversary of his death approaches.
There's no denying Elvis maintains posthumous popularity: Spotify reveals he achieved 382m streams in 2016. Yet compare this to other deceased stars such as Bowie (who clocked in at more than 600m), Michael Jackson (also more than 600m), or the long-disbanded Beatles (1.3bn), and these numbers look less impressive.
Elvis has fallen to the status of "novelty act", according to David Hesmondhalgh, an author and professor of music, who says that any musician whose image transcends their music will ultimately fade away: "If you ask a small child about Elvis, the fact he died on a toilet through
overeating or wore a silly suit is all that registers. The music has become far less important than the caricature. His image has been cheapened."
"Any fat bloke can throw on an Elvis costume and sing stupidly down the pub for £100," agrees Lee Arthur, the founder of A1 Star Tributes.  "I don't know about America, but it's really damaged demand over here." Elvis tribute acts were once big business, but with so many cheap knock-offs, Arthur says punters are now more interested in Gary Barlow and Michael Bublé lookalikes.
Elvis' golden period was arguably between 1956 and 1960, when his televised "snake hip" dance routines induced a trance-like euphoria among American teenagers. During this period, he dominated the charts, clocking up 12 No 1s.This dominance came before the emergence of the concept album in the mid-60s, when LPs such as Rubber Soul and Pet Sounds would evolve the idea of modern pop music. "Elvis was an excellent singles artist," explains Hesmondhalgh. "He emerges before the formation of rock culture as we know it, so the mythology of the original rock album was lost on Elvis. He doesn't have anything near a Sgt Pepper for young people to connect through."
William Kaufman, professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, says Elvis's image suffered from allegations of racism and cultural appropriation.
(See EIN article 'Elvis was Not A Racist')
By the time Elvis attempted a comeback in the 70s, music had moved on. "For the Hawaii comeback show, Elvis looked great," says Kaufman. "But too much of those late shows starred an Elvis who was prepared to parody himself and let old women throw underwear at him. The rawness had gone. With TV sets, those images left a lasting impression."
Kaufman adds that Elvis's early death prevented him from reinventing his image, in the manner of Johnny Cash's darker late work with the producer Rick Rubin
Over recent years there have been various embarrassing attempts to repackage the Elvis brand, the low point being a hologram duet with Celine Dion. But dig deeper through the Elvis catalogue and there are undeniable gems waiting to be rediscovered.
>From Elvis in Memphis (1969) marked his return to non-movie soundtracks, with songs such as In the Ghetto retaining their gritty sense of social realism nearly 50 years later. During this period, a more mature Presley effortlessly tackled gospel, soul, country and pop, and was backed by such faultless studio musicians as bass guitarist Jerry Scheff, who was later pinched by the Doors to stamp his mark all over their blues masterpiece LA Woman.
 "While I can't see black culture ever embracing Elvis, there is certainly the potential for a hipster-led revival. In the era of Trump, the idea of Elvis as an absurd camp figure could also work well," he adds. "But equally, maybe we should just accept that Elvis's moment has passed."
(Go here for the full article - although fans may find it a little annoying!)
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Remix That Changed Culture: Unbelievably it is already 15 years since Elvis rocked the new millennium with "A Little Less Conversation" putting him back at the top of the charts worldwide, twenty-five year after his death. It was an astounding resurrection that introduced Elvis Presley to a brand new generation as well as putting him back into dance-clubs for the first time since the early sixties.
Dance-music specialist Angus Harrison has written a lengthy article about  "A Little Less Conversation" for Thump magazine.
The article includes..
...  In the churning tumult of the present, it can be easy to forget the past. It can be easy to forget the ephemera we held dear, the stories we told, and the music we danced to. It can be easy to forget that for a solid year in 2002 the most commonly heard song in the world was a big-beat remix of an Elvis Presley record.
It all started with the upcoming World Cup, a Nike commercial, and a Dutch producer who became the first artist outside of the Elvis Presley estate authorized to remix one of the King's songs. The resulting work - bombastic reimagining of "A Little Less Conversation" - was a number 1 in Britain, before becoming a top ten hit in a further 17
countries, hitting the top spot in at least 10 of them. It soon became a goal compilation staple, gaining further notoriety on the official soundtrack albums of movies like Shark Tale and Bruce Almighty. Its legacy is wide-reaching and varied; it revitalized London's lindy hop scene, was the campaign song for George Bush's 2004 re-election trail, and more.
To honor the 15th birthday of the track we've asked some of our favorite writers to reflect on the song's importance. How ElvisvsJXL shaped them and shaped the world we live in today.
-- Alex Horne: It's hard to overstate just how much Junkie XL's A Little Less Conversation did for the spirit of humanity at the turn of the century. Like an extraterrestrial hero it came from out of nowhere to save us from ourselves.
In early 2002, we were a cowed people, but when the first dings of Conversation's cowbell rang across the post 9/11 landscape we knew we'd be alright. As The King crooned to us from the past, his mouth sounding more full of boiled eggs than ever, the world grew more confident that the storm could and would be weathered. "Come on, come on! Come on, come on!" became a mantra for the new millennia, urging us onwards into an uncertain future.
To the younger generation this JXL classic is just another funky
number for the discotheque, but to those of us a bit older and a bit wiser it represents so much more. Not only the origins of the electro-swing revival, but the origins of hope.
That's why I still hear echoes of that swinging rhythm in the #Resistance, and I recognize those stonking horns in the hacktivisim of Anonymous. It brings me joy that after all these years this aggravation still ain't satisfactioning the youth of today.
--- Tristan Cross: When asked to reflect on the 15-year anniversary of "...Conversation," at first I thought: good tune. Something I'd blast while trying to pull off Joga Bonito skills in my bedroom, wanging a tiny World Cup ball I won from a Pringles competition against my wall and ceiling, damaging the paintwork and devaluing my mum's house with the finesse and grace of Eggy Davids having 2,000 volts pumped through his body. All in all: just a damn good tune.
But then I thought: hold on a second. "A little less conversation, a little more action… please"? Why did this resonate so much in 2002? And how has this informed everything since? Could you not apply its fundamental message - an invocation to do now, discuss later- to the Iraq War? To the global financial crisis? To responding to the looming prospect of humanity's impending
climate-change-caused obliteration by sticking our fingers in our ears and our iPods into the mains? To Sachsgate? To Brexit? To Donald J XX Drumpf?! Have we not spent the best part of this millennium recklessly careening from one avoidable disaster after another without a solitary pause for thought, all on the advice of an Elvis sample?
Then I remembered that I work in content, and that there isn't a single event in the history of the 21st Century that hasn't been meticulously poured over, re-evaluated, re-appraised and re-contextualized by myself and my peers. If anything, we've steadfastly ignored Elvis' pleas. We've discussed everything, without doing anything. I wanted to change the world, but I ended up penning a love letters to The Simpsons Hit & Run for helping reconcile me with my absent father. Damn, son. But then I looked over the 300 words of utter drivel I'd written and thought: this is an awful lot of conversation. And so I put the song on again.
And then I thought: good tune.

EIN first heard this astounding song while, of all things, working for the World Cup in Korea. We reviewed it as "Musical dynamite for the now generation! - This is Elvis' most important single since 'Suspicious Minds'. Buy the CD single; Buy the 12" Vinyl too!" Go here to our 2002 review
(To read the very lengthy Thump discussion go here)
(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

'ELVIS In Atlanta' New FTD:  'ELVIS In Atlanta'  contains two legendary 1975 shows from the Omni Coliseum on April 30th and May 1, 1975 retrospectively.
This soundboard release is a 5" 2-CD digipack.
The digipak features great photos taken by Keith Alverson.
The CDs are mastered by Jan Eliasson
EIN notes that three Atlanta tracks were released by FTD on one of our favourite's "Southern Nights". Hopefully the thin-ish sound on that released has been improved by Jan Eliasson.
EIN's friend Ciscoking comments, "Elvis and Atlanta always was something very special.... Elvis loved Atlanta... Atlanta loved Elvis... he once called it "my second home".. and he always delivered great shows there. The Southern crowd went nuts as soon as he moved his little finger and our man got standing ovations for 'How Great Thou Art' or 'American Trilogy'. Being there must have been a fantastic experience - the King at his best. This will be a most welcome addition for FTD collectors."
The opening numbers of '2001 Theme', 'See See Rider' and 'I Got A Woman / Amen' were not recorded at either shows.
Ex  soundboard recordings, FTD notes there are several flaws on the original source tapes.
Go here to 'Elvis FTD/ SONY News 2017' for tracklisting
(News, Source;FTD/FECC/ElvisInfoNet)

'Spliced Takes - Blue Moon' New Import CD: The series continues, by popular demand with a “fifties” album! Again the STAR team has done all the edits on this album with lots of excellent surprises. Unlike other “import” labels, they truly were able to produce an album using many incomplete takes, to create beautiful new tracks. Their professional edits will blow you away, and will make you believe these are unreleased takes. Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll with this fantastic release, some highlights include:
THAT’S ALL RIGHT: Spliced from 2 outtakes, with added echo to re-create the master version.
SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL: Includes ALL verses done by our man, 3 different solos, piano, guitar and drums will blow you away!
LET ME; The “master” of this song was also a splice created from take 3 and 4… here they used the same takes, only the opposite parts, so this is the first COMPLETE new outtake of this movie song.
MONEY HONEY: Only a shore part of take 10 was found, used here to make a nice new track, spliced with the master takes.

BABY, I DON’T CARE: Great version, with spliced takes, and new mix to make it and outstanding new outtake.
BLUEBERRY HILL: FIVE takes used here to make a very fresh new version.
Elvis fans have been spoiled over the years, and they all know.. “the end is near” almost every complete take available has been released, so this is as close as you can get for a “New” album!
The set comes in a “Deluxe Digipack” with beautiful artwork, limited to 500 copies! This will be sold out soon!
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings and more details.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Studio Sessions '56' MRS Box set: Memphis Recording Service will release a Limited Edition 3CD / book ‘ELVIS STUDIO SESSIONS ‘56’ on June 16th.
The set pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s first recordings made for the RCA label in 1956. The 172-page book focuses on each of Elvis’ studio recording sessions during his first year of national stardom - from the first one in January, held in Nashville, then later in New York, before finishing his final session of the year in Hollywood in September. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and pieces of documentation.
The 3CDs contain the complete archival master and session studio recordings of Elvis Presley from 1956, along with bonus interviews. All 90 tracks have been remastered and restored to their original sound quality. Also for the first time on CD is the complete ‘The Truth About Me’ from an original US 45rpm flexi-disc. Although this has been claimed complete by FTD and other past official releases, they all had a missing sentence that was on the original disc. Included also are all the out-takes from this interview.
Click here to 'All The CD News 2017' for tracklistings and more details.

It is available for pre-order on Amazon UK here > Elvis Studio Sessions 56 - The Complete Recordings (3CD + 172 Page Book) - £32.22 & free delivery in the UK.

(News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)


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)


May 1 2017- ELVIS - 'The Wedding' EIN Spotlight- 50th anniversary: Whatever people's own personal feelings are toward Priscilla, Elvis clearly loved her. We can debate whether he was ‘pushed’ in to marriage by outside forces or whether Elvis who belonged to the women of the world should have married at all, but the fact is that Elvis did marry Priscilla 50 years ago today. May 1st 1967 was no ordinary day in Elvis' life.
There were however some odd choices to the day and the ‘last minute’ exclusion of some of those who grew-up with Elvis was a particularly bad and hurtful.
Marty Lacker was Elvis' co-Best Man at the wedding and he has kindly given EIN permission to publish his story of what happened on that famous day.
Go here to Marty Lacker's story with some great Elvis & Priscilla photos

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Tupelo Elvis Festival Line-up:  The 19th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival, June 1-4 will feature several acts to help celebrate Tupelo's native son.
Musical genres influenced by Presley will be showcased at the BancorpSouth Arena and Fairpark stage.
Friday, June 2, will feature LUTHI and Amasa Hines, with headliner Lee Fields and the Expressions.
Saturday, June 3, will feature Futurebirds and Dylan LeBlanc and the Pollies, with headliner J Roddy Walston and the Business.
The Fairpark stage will kick each night off with an Elvis Tribute Artist. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night can be purchased separately for $12.50 each.
Music at the Mill will be a new event to this year's Elvis Festival. The event will celebrate up-and-coming Mississippi musicians on Thursday, June 1, from 6pm.
Music at the Mill will feature Silas, Light Beam Rider and Rock Eupora, with headliner The Weeks.
The Tupelo Cotton Mill is an old cotton factory newly renovated by attorney Greg Pirkle.
Go to Tupelo Elvis Festival website for info.
(News, Source;TEF/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis On Television 1956-1960' MRS Special Double Vinyl OUT NOW & Preview: Saturday April 22nd was Record Store Day and this year's Elvis vinyl treat is out. 'Elvis On Television 1956-1960: The Complete Sound Recordings' is a 2LP 180 gram with 24-page gatefold photo album. EIN has a great look at the beautiful packaging. You can buy this beauty through your local Record Stores - or as under RSD rules any leftover copies can be purchased from next week through local Elvis dealers.
This Limited Edition 180 gram double-album set contains for the first time ever, the complete archival sound recordings of all of Elvis Presleys television appearances from 1956 – 1960.
All the 40 tracks herein are restored re-mastered using the most sophisticated technology.
The bonus 24-page gatefold photo album contains many rare photographs & listings of Elvis TV appearances. EIN thanks our UK buddy Tony S for the photos.

GO HERE to check out this beautiful double gatefold vinyl release of Elvis' early TV performances.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Book Review - 'Elvis: One Night In Toronto'; The new book from Paul Sweeney, Jean-Marc Carisse and Erik Lorentzen 'Elvis Presley In Person 'One Night In Toronto' April 2 - 1957' has caused a great deal of interest among Elvis fifties collectors with the discovery of over 300 previously unpublished photos and some delicious promises ...
A historical document - for the 60th Anniversary.
* interviews
* backstage stories
* private moments
* hundreds of never before published photos
* Photos taken from original negatives

... and there is no doubt that this new book of Elvis in 1957 in all his gold-lame glory kicks major goals on several levels over its 352 pages....

Go here to read EIN Piers Beagley's in-depth review to see whether a book about just one day in Elvis' life in 1957 can really be that good.... - (Hint: Yes, It Is!) - along with some stunning close-up images from the book

(Book Reviews; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Strictly Elvis 1973-75' New photo-book: Photographer Keith Alverson has announced that he is excited and proud to announce that KJ Consulting (Erik Lorentzen - Editor) are publishing his long anticipated 'Strictly Elvis 1973 - 1975' photo book.
The publication date will be in August, 2017 during the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death!
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 from there he went from strength to strength. One his first Elvis' concerts was Elvis in Atlanta, July 1973 after which he saw Elvis over 80 times live on stage.
His outstanding photos of Elvis in his "Phoenix" jumpsuits are known by every Elvis fan.
With 1,400 photos this book concentrating on Elvis from 1973-1975 it has to be a real stunner. The volume is interestingly subtitled "Through The Lens of Keith Alverson Volume One".
More updates to come later!

Back in 2000 Elvis Unlimited previously published Keith Alverson's 'Elvis on Stage' book, however that was only a 110 page book and this new high-quality production will surpass any previous release.

 

(News, Source;KA/ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

'The Wonder Of You' Elvis RPO UK Tour 2017: Following the sellout British arena tour last year and the No.1 multi-platinum album The Wonder Of You, Elvis Presley returns to the UK for a live concert experience like no other backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The six date UK arena tour kicks off in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro on November 23rd, taking in Leeds First Direct Arena (24th), Newcastle First Direct Arena (25th), Birmingham Genting Arena (27th), Manchester Arena (28th), with the finale at London's O2 Arena on November 30th.
Last year's run gained critical applause including, the Lancashire Telegraph's "By the end, the show left no-one in any doubt. Elvis is and always will be the king of rock and roll - and so much more besides".
Featuring a special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley, the shows will once again give fans a chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music.
If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You (Elvis' 13th No.1 album in the UK!) were produced by Don Reedman, Priscilla Presley and EPE. Priscilla Presley will be also be making a very special appearance at the arena shows.
These shows will be a musical celebration of the legend for whom superlatives weren't enough and who continues to break records.
Go here to EIN's exclusive review of the Elvis / RPO 2016 London Concert
  Tour Dates: - ON SALE NOW - click here for tickets
November 23 Glasgow SSE Hydro
November 24 Leeds First Direct Arena
November 25 Newcastle First Direct Arena
November 27 Birmingham Genting Arena
November 28 Manchester Arena
November 30 London O2 Arena
(News, Source;BQuinn/ElvisInfoNet)

'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)

Australian Elvis Presley Stamp in 2017: Back in 2009 EIN sent a proposal to Australia Post that they consider issuing an Australian set of four Elvis Presley postage stamps in 2010 to commemorate four decades of Elvis having Australian number one hits - 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 2000s.  EIN suggested that an Elvis stamp issue in Australia would fit Australia Post's criteria, in that Presley remains a subject of outstanding international interest and significance, enjoying widespread popular acclaim, both within Australia and worldwide. We noted that Australia Post had already established a precedent of issuing stamps with overseas icons, for example, the Star Wars stamps
At the time Australia Post's response to EIN was “thanks, but no thanks”, a case of Star Wars being OK to be celebrated but that Elvis Presley was not.
Now in 2017 Australia Post has announced "The Elvis Presley stamp pack" which comprises of three sheetlets of stamps featuring 25 x $1 red-rose heart stamps from the Love to Celebrate stamp issue. There are 25 stamp-tabs in total featuring images of Elvis throughout his career. For sale in Aussie Post Offices March 14.
Australia Post comments - Gifted and charismatic, Elvis Presley blasted the status quo when he sashayed onto the American music scene in the early 1950s. His career was launched when Memphis studio Sun Records divined his musical genius and pressed his version of “That’s Alright” in 1954, with “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on the flip side. Within a few short years, and picked up by RCA Victor, Elvis had wooed legions of fans worldwide. His distinctive voice, smouldering good looks, provocative style and independent spirit were a magnet for youth, and the musical rebel ignited a revolution in popular culture during the staid 1950s.
Born in 1935 into a humble church-going family in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis was influenced in his music-making by his immediate world. From the Assembly of God’s gospel song to Beale Street’s r&b, the “King of Rock and Roll” deftly wove these musical touchstones into his own distinct sound, challenging mores and expectations in the process.
Over his career, Elvis’s music earned him gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards in American sales, and his global record sales have topped more than one billion. He achieved three Grammys from his 14 nominations, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides his musical accomplishments, the King extended his influence on popular culture through both the big screen and the small, appearing in 33 films during his lifetime.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

‘ELVIS: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’ Review: MRS newest release, a 2CD/100page book compilation ‘MRS: The Complete Works 1953 – 1955’. The 100-page book chronicles Elvis’ short recording career there, from its humble beginnings (his personal acetate recordings from 1953) through to the final Sun sessions in 1955. The full and comprehensive text is complemented by rare photographs and unseen pieces of documentation.

The 2CDs contain the complete archival studio recordings from 1953-1955, Elvis’ personal acetates, the Sun masters, along with rare session outtakes. The tracks have been painstakingly remastered and restored. The set includes for the first time ‘That’s All Right’ taken from the ‘Mother’ master of the original Sun 45rpm.

But how does it differ from previous volumes about the same topic and is the audio any better?
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new volume from MRS to find what is on offer.

(Book Review: Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Book Review) 'Being Elvis - A Lonely Life': The latest Elvis biography is authored by noted rock writer, Ray Connolly. Media reviews have suggested that... "Perhaps because we all know how it ends, it’s those early years that make for the hardest reading. The decisions Elvis makes all seem to be omens of what’s still to come for the young man."...

EIN's Nigel Patterson offers his observations on a release which searches below the surface to reveal how Elvis' insecurity and loneliness were exacerbated by the unique situation that he experienced as the world's first truly global superstar.

Go here to Nigel's review of this new biography

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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)


'Elvis On Tour' boxset for 2017?: It would make sense to tie in the 2017 long-awaited 'Elvis On Tour' box-set with the already announced 'Elvis On Tour: 1972' FTD book. 2017 is also the 45th Anniversary of 'Elvis On Tour' and what a treat for Elvis collectors for the 40th Anniversary year.
Now the rumours look even more likely as Memphis audio-engineer Matt Ross-Spang (who did such a good job on the "Way Down in the Jungle Room" legacy release) recently announced to music magazine 'Tape Op' that "Now (Sony) have got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from Elvis' live shows."
What other shows could they be with rehearsals that need multitrack re-mixing?
Matt Ross-Spang also commented.. that since moving in to Sam Phillips' Memphis studio, "I've been mixing Elvis in here, which is funny. He got tired of recording in Nashville, so he demanded they record him at home. He'd done the record at American Sound Studio, obviously with From Elvis in Memphis. So then Felton Jarvis bought a bread truck, turned it into a mobile studio, and drove it down to Memphis. It promptly broke down in Jackson, Tennessee, so they towed it to Graceland, where it stayed until after Elvis died. We found one picture of the
outside, but we've been trying to find pictures of the inside of the truck. They recorded a bunch of dates in Graceland's Jungle Room, so I mixed a lot of that.
They put out the original masters, as well as all my mixes of the unreleased music [Way Down in the Jungle Room - see EIN review here]. Now they've got me mixing some live shows, and rehearsals from the live shows.
- (Hearing Elvis' voice) It's amazing! The studio banter is incredible too, because you hear Elvis completely relaxed in his "element." He really controlled the sessions musically, as well. He really pushes the band to get the feeling he wants. When I was mixing, they brought the guys down, so James Burton [guitar], Ronnie Tutt [drums], and Norbert Putnam [bassist] were there.
- (Ronnie Tutt) He's like Animal (from the Muppets) on the drums; just endless energy, especially with that double bass drum! Mixing the Elvis tracks has really inspired me with the artists I have been working with lately. Those Elvis records had incredible arrangements, with horns, strings, and The Stamps Quartet that really make choruses huge and the songs feel so cinematic. I really love the impact that they have on his records, so I've been stealing that idea!

Go here to the full article --- (Cover above is an EIN suggestion!)
EIN thanks Johnny van der Geld for the LINK
(News, Source;JVG/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN review - 'Elvis & RPO In Concert' London: The general media have been very positive in their reviews of the new 'Elvis & the RPO' UK concert tour. It is amazing that almost 40 years after his death, Elvis Presley is still getting fully-deserved standing ovations at packed arenas.
Cleverly put-together, the interaction between an On-Screen Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra works better than many expected.
Once again the new Elvis shows have such an impact that reviews note, "So realistic fans felt Elvis really was in the building! "
Elvis super-fan and EIN contributor Brian Quinn was at the London O2 concert and reports back in detail on the lengthy concert.
Go here for the review, concert photos and more 

(Spotlight; Source;BQ/ElvisInformationNetwork)



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EIN's Elvis Facebook page this week celebrates its 20,000 members! - including several of Elvis' own friends and colleagues

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

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

Click here to Facebook - Elvis Information Network group.


Book Review: 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


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

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


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

(Book Review) Elvis on Television 1956-60 - new Boxcar deluxe production another winner!: Joseph Pirzada and his Boxcar organisation return with their new deluxe, coffee table examination of Elvis' early television performances. Elvis On Television 1956-60 impacts the reader on several levels – it not only informs, but it entertains and also delights as a potent narrative-visual record of Elvis on 50s-early 60s TV, highlighting its importance in propelling his career beyond being contained only to a regional footprint.

Read Nigel Patterson's detailed review of another winner from Boxcar - including some great Elvis photos !

(Book Review, Source: EIN)


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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)


'ELVIS - NBC TV Special' FTD CD Review: Elvis’ NBC TV Special was such a high point in his career - his musical renaissance and the sound of him kicking open the door to his prison cell of movie contracts and dreadful scripts - that can there really ever be enough compilations to satisfy us all?
'ELVIS - Original Soundtrack Recording From His NBC TV Special' is finally released as an FTD "Classic Album" with a 16-page booklet and remastered audio.
The first disc includes the original album plus the expected Bonus Cuts, while Disc 2 contains a full 80 minutes of Elvis' studio sessions of June 21-23 with LA session band 'The Wrecking Crew'.
The vast majority of the session outtakes however have been previously released, so can this FTD Classic Album really offer anything new?
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers that it is one of FTD's best releases of all time!
Go here for our in-depth review
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS On Television The Complete Sound Recordings' Review: The 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first appearance on national television is celebrated with this 2CD/100-page set.
The new MRS box-set was publicised as containing the complete archival recordings of Elvis Presley’s television appearances from 1956-60. For the first time ever, these tracks been painstakingly remastered and restored.
The recordings contain all song tracks, comedy sketch routines and interviews including the extended Wink Martindale interview.
The 100-page book is a chronological photo journey following Elvis from the very first in 1956, to his appearance on The Frank Sinatra show in 1960. It contains liner notes accompanied by many rare and new unpublished photographs.

In the individual chapters Gordon Minto provides the main details and highlights of each TV performance. Matching the text, each chapter features around 15 pages of significant photographs, a surprising number of the in colour.

Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out this new MRS CD/Book package with an in-depth review along with some scans from the book showcasing some excellent Elvis images.

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NOW UPDATED - 'Elvis Presley - The Album Collection' EIN Review: This 60th Anniversary 60-CD Deluxe Edition celebrates RCA Victor's signing of Elvis Presley. It features nearly all of the albums Elvis recorded and RCA released in his lifetime: studio, soundtrack, and live.
It includes a 300-page deluxe fully illustrated hard cover book with complete insightful commentary, discography and recording session data. Elvis Presley-The Album Collection represents a level of artistic achievement unparalleled to this day.
Elvis collectors have bought these Elvis albums time and time again - so can this new set really offer anything more..
Go here as Elvis author Shane Brown investigates the new deluxe box-set and and discovers the good, the bad and truly great value package ...
Now Updated- EIN Contributor David Tinson add his comments on the two classic albums NBC-TV Special and Memphis To Vegas, Vegas To Memphis
(CD Reviews; Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInfoNet)

'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 .
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