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Spotlight: “Elvis Presley: Exodus” - 1971 the 50th Anniversary
Collecting Elvis - Easton Press Signed First Editions
Monday 20 September 2021
Elvis, the Big Loser in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time 2021: This week Rolling Stone magazine has compiled another debate-triggering list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time'.
There are some truly sublime and life-changing artists featured in their Top Ten - but unbelievably NOT Elvis Presley.
Apparently 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac and 'Hey Ya!' by Outkast are much greater songs than Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock, Suspicious Minds and That's All Right!
Interestingly Rolling Stone magazine reviewed 'Dreams' when first relased by Fleetwood Mac on their 1977 album as.. "'Dreams' is a nice but fairly lightweight tune, and Nicks nasal singing is the only weak vocal on the record." How hilarious is that.
EIN thinks someone's been drinking the kool-aid!
Aretha Franklin with her fantastic take on Otis Redding's 'Respect' is voted the 'greatest song of all time'.
Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' apparently not worthy of the top 300 back in the previous 2004 list is now voted #2. Sam Cooke's brilliant 'A Change Is Gonna Come' is third.
There is something very strange going on.
2021 Top Ten - (Go here to RS for the full article)
1. Respect - Aretha Franklin (2004 position #5)
2. Fight The Power - Public Enemy (#322)
3. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke (#12)
4. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (#1)
5. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (#9)
6. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (#4)
7. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles (#76)
8. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott (N/A)
9. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (N/A)
10. Hey Ya! - Outkast (#180)

The latest version of the top 500 is notable for the top three acts all African American, all singing songs of respect, revolution, and rights.
Maybe the list reflects more of the US political situation in 2021 than the best, most creative, music of all-time
Sadly Elvis is one of the biggest losers in the 2021 list.
In 2004 he had 11 entries, the 2021 list features just three by the King, with Hound Dog being the only song in the 2004 top 30 to not appear in the 2021 list.
In 2004 'Hound Dog' was at #19 and 'Heartbreak Hotel' at 45
This year's placings  #70 - 'Suspicious Minds', #216 - 'Jailhouse Rock', #347 - 'Heartbreak Hotel'
at 319 is Big Mama Thornton and the original 'Hound Dog'
In 2021 The Beatles go from 23 entries to 12, The Rolling Stones from 14 to seven, Bob Dylan from 12 to seven.
Also worth discussing the following songs from the 2004 Top Ten that dropped out in 2021...
.. Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones, Imagine - John Lennon, Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys, Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry, Hey Jude - The Beatles and What'd I Say - Ray Charles
Let the discussions begin!
(News, Source;RollingStone/ElvisInfoNet)

Trailer for Elvis Files '68 The Gospel & Bordello Sequence' New Book: Erik Lorentzen has posted a promo trailer for the new "photo-folio" book 'ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968'.

The description is 'ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968. The return of Elvis to TV in 1968 with photos that failed the sponsor's approval.
Too offensive for puritan America! He helped bring the pop world from illusion to reality.
He was the catalyst for making youth pop into a medium alive with sexuality and urgency.'

EIN thought Erik Lorentzen's original 'Elvis-The King Of The Jungle' 545-page book was sensational.

If you wonder what new photos Lorentzen has found for this expanded version the trailer helps explain...

Go HERE to YouTube to check it out

(News, Source EL/ElvisInfoNet)


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Saturday 18 September 2021

Trina Young talks to EIN: Music journalist, Trina Young’s latest Elvis book, Elvis: The Army Years Uncovered: Behind the Scenes of the Two Years That Changed The King of Rock and Roll's Life, is now available.

Trina recently took time out to speak with EIN’s Nigel Patterson about her new book, her earlier Elvis books, the concerning issue of plagiarism of her works, and more.

 

Read Trina’s full interview

 

 

(Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


New book release - From Elvis in Japan (David Ward): The latest detailed and visually attractive Elvis “discography”, is David Ward’s, From Elvis in Japan. Covering Elvis LP (vinyl) releases in Japan between 1956 and 2018, the e-book is full of interesting information about each release and stunning images of the LP covers and discs. The author’s description well covers what his book offers:
..... In 1987, a Japanese Elvis Discography was published, containing colour photographs of nearly every one of his record releases: LPs, EPs and singles. While I have spent many enjoyable hours thumbing through that book, it is far from perfect: it only shows front covers and there is very little information on each release. My goal with this book is to pick up where the Japanese Elvis Discography left off, although I have limited the book to LPs only.

David Ward’s discography contains information on 131 Elvis LP’s released in the “land of the rising sun”, a complete song index, and “value add” sections such as How to Read Elvis’ Name in Japanese, Japanese Albums with US Artwork, and English Lyrics (the translations are often outrageously funny!).

EIN will publish a comprehensive review of From Elvis in Japan and interview with David Ward shortly.
(News, Source: EIN/David Ward)


Elvis Presley Signed Mantlepiece!: The UK tabloids sure publish some rubbish about our hero. However the fact that Elvis features almost every day in their news does prove how Elvis' legacy is still burning bright.
Recently spotted by EIN contributor Paul Clarkson was the Uk Daily Mail article showing Sharon Osbourne in her Hollywood mansion with an ELVIS PRESLEY signed fireplace!
The article stated.. Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon seem to be in a great place. Sharon proudly walked through her Los Angeles mansion and pointed out the wall-to-wall display of Ozzy's gold and platinum records which line red lacquered walls into their home theater.
The red velvet screening room is a piece of Hollywood history as Sharon explained that, once upon a time, it was used by the original homeowner to record an old radio show.
Guests like Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, Alex Trebek and Nancy Sinatra were among the many who signed the mantle which Sharon and Ozzy left intact.
These days the room is being used by the Osbournes to record their own series.
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EIN as always had Suspicious Minds.
As a chalkboard / mantelpiece it looks too unspoilt to be 60 years old, but if it is a fake why would anybody fake signatures like Nick Adams or Judi Meredith. It certainly seems a fifties re-creation.
Perhaps some of the signatures are real but others have been added "for fun".
Checking against real signatures Mel Torme's looks fake as does Natalie Wood along with Rudy Vallee, however Nancy Sinatra's looks real.
And how the hell would ELVIS' signature get to be at the top? Did Elvis really pop over and stand on a ladder!
If you know the answer please contact EIN!
(News, Source;PaulC/DM/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 16 September 2021

Sale of 'Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain' UPDATE: Last month (25 August) EIN posted news that the famed British fan club was up for sale at “auction”. Britain’s Daily Mail posted this news update: For, despite his huge popularity in Britain, and strenuous efforts to get him to perform here, Elvis never returned. Regardless, the enthusiasm of the British fans has never been in doubt — and none has been more devoted than Todd Slaughter, the owner and organiser of The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain for nearly six decades. Only now, at the age of 76 and in poor health, has Todd decided to retire: as soon, that is, as he has found the right person to become custodian of Elvis's legacy in Britain.
This week, the fan club, comprising stock, database, office equipment, social media accounts and more, was put up for sale by Omega Auctions in Merseyside, which specialises in music memorabilia.
But the bidding reached only £32,000 — nowhere near the estimate of £50,000 to £100,000 — so Todd's hunt for a successor goes on. There were several keen buyers, but when they realised that running the fan club was a full-time job taking up at least 40 hours a week, they melted away.
Before the internet, joining a club was the only way that devotees could keep up to date with and interact with their idol. But now, although the website gets 50,000 hits a week, these don't translate into the money needed to keep the club going.
At its peak, soon after Elvis' death in 1977, the club had 36,000 members. Now, there are just 3,000.
You don't have to be a jumpsuit-wearing Elvis fanatic to join. Most members are 'normal people', says Todd. 'They don't dress as Elvis or walk around with quiffs.'

The club holds regular conventions around Britain where fans gather at a holiday park for a week of Elvis-themed fun.

Todd Slaughter met Elvis for the final time in June 1977 when he took 200 British fans to what turned out to be Elvis' last two concerts, in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
Todd told him, 'You are going to have to come to England to see your fans,'
'One day, I will,' Elvis assured him.
He presented Todd with an award for having been president of the UK fan club for ten years.
Elvis noted, 'Both the Colonel and I appreciate what you do for my English fans. Enjoy the show, Todd.'
Todd noticed that Elvis looked tired and pale. Six weeks later, he heard the scarcely believable news: Elvis had died from heart failure on August 16, 1977, aged just 42.

Go here to Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain website
(News, Source;DM/EPGB/ElvisInfoNet)


MRS ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' PREVIEW: MRS will release the most anticipated 'new' ELVIS concert of the year with 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' on 24th September 2021.
The formats include a 2CD deluxe that will feature a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD, that will cover the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews of his concerts wrote about the excitement and fun Elvis was having back on-stage.
This brand new Las Vegas show truly captures that 1970 excitement.
Other formats include 2 separate 180-gram LPs of the above and a very limited-edition cassette of the September show.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
Now go HERE to Juno records to PREVIEW 20 seconds of every track - It is a true gem and will be hard to beat as THE new release for 2021.

Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet) EIN Thanks Geoff-The-Chef for the word-up.

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“Mod Squad’s” Peggy Lipton and Elvis: In the late 1960’s, b was a pop culture icon, lighting up the TV screen as Julie Barnes in the hit and hip, TV show, The Mod Squad, with Michael Cole and Clarence Williams III.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently read Ms. Lipton's engaging autobiography, Breathing out (St. Martins Press, 2005, ISBN-13: 978-0312324131). Ms Lipton (who died in 2019) was married to famed record producer, Quincy Jones, from 1974 to 1989. In her absorbing autobiography, she devotes 11 pages to her romance, circa 1971, with the “sacred monster of rock ‘n’ roll”, Elvis.

Her account is respectful and honest, its ending recorded as:
'His way of life scared me. I didn’t want to go that far ever again. The people around him, the drugs, the claustrophobia, the insanity before and after his performances – combined with my own obsessive use of cocaine – had all been disorienting and disturbing. A mistake. In my mind the weekends blurred together into a series of distorted and scary images. I didn’t care about any of it. The only thing I cared about was his beautiful soul, but I wasn’t going to be able to save him – nobody was. Besides, I had problems of my own. Who was I to save anybody?'...
(News, Source: ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis Whiskey launch - Grain & Barrel’s Elvis Presley whiskeys: The South Carolina-based spirits producer, Grain & Barrel, has sourced and distilled a line of whiskies in Elvis’s home state of Tennessee. The 45% alcohol per volume whiskey’s will be available online in selected USA states.
They were created in collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises, the company set up by the singer’s wife to manage his assets and estate. The expressions will roll out across selected off-premise outlets in the US in the coming weeks.

Though based in South Carolina, Grain & Barrel sourced and blended the expressions in Presley’s home state of Tennessee.
“Given our expertise within premium whiskey, the Elvis expressions are a natural fit for Grain & Barrel Spirits,” said the company’s founder, Matti Anttila. “We look forward to launching the brand, which is sure to be a highly sought-after collector’s item.”

 


(News, Source: Rhodri Morgan, JustDrinks.com)


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Monday 13 September 2021

Black market Elvis recordings in the U.S.S.R. (RIBS/Bones/x-ray records/roentgenizat): One of the most unusual and least known genre of illegal Elvis records are those clandestinely produced in Russia and its associated eastern European countries from the 1950s to early 1970s. As western popular music was banned in the USSR (home production of western recordings were officially banned in 1958), the only way to hear new American and British songs was to have an original record smuggled in and individual copies made.
Variously known as music on ribs, bones music, and x-ray records, they flourished on the black market. Each record was individually pressed on discarded x-ray films sourced from waste bins at Russian hospitals.
Bones records are highly collectable and due to their fragility, are very hard to find.

EIN contributor, Ruben Beekmans, is lucky enough to have a number of Elvis RIBS records in his collection and wrote a fascinating article for EIN about them.
(Spotlight, Source:Ruben Beekmans/ElvisInfoNet)


Sam Bell, Elvis' childhood friend, Dead at 85: Sam Bell who is well-known to Elvis fans as a friend from his Tupelo days, has died at 85.
Sam Bell was also known for breaking racial barriers through his athletic prowess and local community leadership.
He died on September 6, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Sam Bell was a close childhood friend of Elvis' and shared many stories of his friendship with Presley.
Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum in Tupelo, said he met Bell in the 1980s when the two were working in human resources.
They saw each other from time to time, but he didn’t find out about Bell’s connection to Presley until Guyton came to work at the Birthplace.
Bell was invited to all of the Birthplace's events and participated in many fan appreciation days alongside fellow friend of Presley, Guy Harris.
"There are all sorts of stories. Sam and Elvis used to go to Black churches and listen to their singing on Sunday nights. They used to play together. It's a great loss."
Sam Bell commented about Elvis, "We had a swimming hole and go fishing together in the creeks. We'd go down to the fairgrounds and
play baseball out there. He'd end doing a concert there later on.
It hurt so bad when he had to leave (for Memphis).
His Mother Gladys used to make the best cool-aid and she always trusted Elvis being with us.
Elvis was a different kinda' guy, he wasn't boastful but he wanted to do better. We were surprised when the family left. - I'd liked to have seen him again, spent more time with him"

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

"Circle G" Official Marker Erected: On September 8 2021 the new 'Historical Marker' at Elvis’ Circle G Ranch was officially erected to commemorate Elvis’ time at the Circle G and his link with the City of Horn Lake.
The Circle G Foundation note that it literally is a SIGN that Elvis Presley’s devoted fans from around the world care about his Circle G Ranch in Horn Lake Mississippi!
Elvis fans have united to sponsor the new State Historical Marker for the ranch…the FIRST Mississippi State marker to be sponsored internationally.
The Mayor of Horn Lake Mr Alan Latimer represented the City of Horn Lake and Elvis’ first cousin Donna Presley, who lived at the ranch for a time, was in attendance.
Ms Presley spoke about her time at the ranch and how much the property meant to Elvis.
The Historic Marker was sited with the assistance and permission of the State of Mississippi.
Elvis purchased the ranch in February 1967 and owned it until 1972.  Although a relatively short period of time, he purchased it at a very significant period in his life….a newly married man, an expectant father and approaching a life changing crossroads in his career. 

Elvis found tranquility at the ranch and a place to escape from the pressures of ‘being Elvis Presley’.
Priscilla Presley is quoted as saying she believes he “found peace there”.
The Historical Marker Initiative has been spearheaded by The Circle G Foundation, a non-profit organisation run by Elvis fans, established in 2010 and whose Mission Statement is to commemorate Elvis’ tenure at the Circle G, celebrate and continue his charitable and humanitarian legacy.

Thank you to all of you who continue to support our efforts to celebrate and commemorate Elvis’ time at The Circle G Ranch.
Go HERE to the Circle G Foundation Facebook page
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Friday 10 September 2021

'Until It's Time for You to Go' New Promo Video: RCA have released their second teaser for the new "Elvis: Back In Nashville" upcoming 50th Anniversary 4-Cd set to be released in November.

This time it is the beautiful "Until It's Time for You to Go (Take 5 - Official Lyric Video)"

GO HERE to YouTube to listen
and it includes some great 1971 pictures of our hero.
Don't miss it.

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Five new "Photo-folio" books from Elvis Files: Despite the fact that Erik Lorentzen said that he was going to retire after his "Elvis In Person 1969" book two years ago, the Elvis Files team are back again with yet another announcement, this time five more "Photo-folio" books of 150 pages - each selling for €54 = US$64.

The Elvis Files team and KJ Consulting announce...

The TEF team goes a step further. Not one softcover book with 150 pages of excellent photos, but 5 pieces in large format ─ 25x30 cm.

The standard KJ Consulting format in the quality you are used to.
Hundreds of unseen photos in superb quality in every book.
Printed on high-gloss paper, as always.
Here you see an almost complete TV show or concert in pictures.
Always Elvis on our minds . . . books available from the 1st week of October.

Erik Lorentzen and the TEF team present...

ELVIS; The Gospel & Bordello Sequence NBC TV Special June 28, 1968. The return of Elvis to TV in 1968 with photos that failed the sponsor's approval. Too offensive for puritan America! He helped bring the pop world from illusion to reality. He was the catalyst for making youth pop into a medium alive with sexuality and urgency.

ELVIS; Opening Night Las Vegas July 31, 1969. Many fans know this series of photos from the interweb but here you will see previously unpublished shots of Elvis on stage. He performed at the International in a 2,000-seat room and every show was a sell-out. He was a bigger smash than any other high powered Las Vegas attraction. ELVIS; Las Vegas Season 2 at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. January 26 ─ February 23, 1970. Elvis on and off stage in super quality. "I've never seen anything like it," said Emilio, the obviously delighted maitre d' at the International and an 18-year veteran of Vegas showrooms. "The phones ring all day and people begin lining up at 10 a.m. for reservations. It was very exciting. I think anybody would be excited. And there's prestige involved, which gives you a good feeling.

ELVIS; One Night in Boston, November 10, 1971. You have never seen such high quality photos before. Elvis Presley walked on stage. A huge cheer arose from the audience. Here was the King of Rock and Roll. Embodied in this man’s life was the whole story of a musical and cultural revolution. The crowd ate this up. He actually looked like a king.
ELVIS; Anaheim Convention Center, November 30, 1976. Every picture tells a story. Elvis had lost quite a bit of weight for this tour and the photos show this. His mood was good and so were the shows. A lot of interaction with the audience beautifully captured in this book. All photographs and text accompanied by Elaine Christan
Go to the ELVIS FILES website for ordering information - Order separately or get all five for only €238
(News, Source;Elvis Files/EIN)

Thursday 9 September 2021

'Elvis: Fort Worth, Texas 1974' FTD in-depth Review: This FTD double-pack features two concerts from Elvis’ third tour of 1974, both performances from Father's Day in Fort Worth, Texas, June 16 1974. Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock. Reviews included, "Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand".
In fine humour, at the evening show Elvis jokes that the whole band are from Texas... “John Wilkinson from Waco Texas, Ronnie Tutt from Dallas Texas, Duke Bardwell from Abilene Texas, Charlie Hodge from Decateur Texas, Voice from Nashville Texas and Joe Guercio with the all-Texas choir band! And I’m from Tupelo, Texas."
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley give you the complete low-down on this new FTD double-pack ....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Jar of Elvis' hair auctioned for US$72,500: While the real news was Elvis' Madison Square Garden jumpsuit selling for over US$1million, the true power of the legacy of the world's Greatest Entertainer is perhaps even better illustrated by the sale of some Elvis hair for over US$70 thousand!
Kruse GWS Auctions based in L.A. who also sold the MSG jumpsuit states that the "Elvis Presley jar of hair with extensive documentation" sold for US$72,500 at the auction.
The auction house said the baseball-sized clump of hair was collected over the course of multiple haircuts by Homer Gilleland, Presley's personal barber for more than two decades.
The hair was kept in a plastic bag by Gilleland, who gifted it to Thomas Morgan, a close friend of both the barber and the singer.
The "extensive documentation" included with the hair, which has since been transferred to a sealed jar, includes plane tickets from occasions when Presley brought Gilleland on the road with him to cut his hair and a certificate of authenticity signed by John Reznikoff of University Archives, "the world's most trusted authority in the field of hair collecting."
And now the DNA can be used to clone another King of Rock'n'Roll.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis book oddity - missing cover image: A book oddity recently sold on ebay... it was a copy of Robert Gordon's excellent photo-journal, The King On the Road. While the book dust jacket had the title and sub-title, it was missing the Elvis and Scotty Moore photo image.

The book has been reprinted numerous times with different cover images, but this edition appears to be a "one off" printing error.

(News, Source: EIN)

 

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Monday 6 September 2021

Elvis MSG Jumpsuit sells for $1Million+: Elvis Presley is still the King! The Elvis' iconic "Eyelet Jumpsuit" and Cape from his 1972 Madison Square Garden performances in New York sold for US$1,012,500 with Kruse GWS Auctions reporting it as a world record price.
The ensemble, designed by Bill Belew, became one of the most-photographed and iconic costumes of Elvis’ career. It was at Elvis' first Madison Square Garden performce that he wore it for the first time - looking like "A Prince From Another Planet". The eyelet jumpsuit and cape has been in a private collection for more than 30 years prior to it going to auction.
Elvis performed four sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden, the only New York City arena shows of his career
Other Elvis memorabilia also was a hit at the weekend auctions. Highlights include an Elvis Presley Jar of Hair with extensive documentation, sold for $72,500; Elvis Presley’s racing helmet from the film Viva Las Vegas, sold for $23,750; the Elvis Presley tuxedo tailcoat from the film Frankie & Johnny sold for $75,000; Elvis personal and stage-worn boots sold for $28,750; Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special Sheet Music sold for $15,000; Elvis Presley’s Schick electric razor sold for $3,000; and an Elvis Presley Custom Eagle Belt made by Mike McGregor sold for $25,000.
“We are thrilled to have hosted such an exciting auction this weekend where fans and collectors from around the globe bid on extraordinary memorabilia from the life and career of Elvis Presley,” said Brigitte Kruse, rounder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions “The outstanding sale of his iconic 1972 Madison Square Garden eyelet jumpsuit and cape represents not only a world record price, but is a true testament to the legendary reverence and love people still feel for him.”
(News, Source;GWS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' Promo: Kees Mouwen's new book 'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' is out now from Poplar Tunes Publishing.
It is the third volume in the 'Elvis Day By Day' series and covers 'Everything Elvis Presley from 2018' on over 300 pages including 40+ in-depth reviews, interviews and articles.
The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, Rogier van Luyken and Andreas Pendl plus other keen fans.
The book comes in two editions, softcover and hardback.
- I may be slightly biased but my copy of the book has arrived in Australia and it is a real stunner. A very eye-catching design and reading back through some 2018 articles made me want to revisit some all-too-soon forgotten books, vinyl and DVDs. A very nice addition to the collection. - PB
Go here to YouTube to check out a quick promotional look at the book.
(News, Source;EDbD/ElvisInfoNet)

Thursday 2 September 2021
Michael Jarrett reacts to "I'm Leavin' Nashville promo: EIN's good friend Thomas Melin (ElvisTodayblog) was enthralled by the new 'Elvis Back In Nashville' promo Take 1 / rehearsal of the stunning 'I'm Leavin''.
He contacted the songwriter Michael Jarrett to get his reaction on listening to the first take of "I'm Leavin'" which includes a new rehearsal part. Judging by Michael Jarrett's comments, it was also a thrill for him.
His reaction included.. "Amazing! Truly amazing for this older songwriter to be like a fly on the wall in the studio listening to these great players 'carving out' my song.
Actually, it's not very often that songwriters get a peak behind the curtains at the making of a song they've labored over to get just right in presenting to an artist or producer for recording consideration. .. Thinking back fifty years, oh my! ..""

Please go to 'ElvisTodayblog' to read his full reaction..
(News, Source:TM/ElvisInfoNet)

This beautiful single made #23 in the UK charts but only #36 in the US. GO HERE TO YOUTUBE to listen.


Elvis The Man And His Music #133 Out Now: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine September 2021 issue is out now


Articles include..
+ Larry Strickland Interview
+ Truly, Madly, Legendary!
+ That Reminds Me…
+ Presley Press – 1965
+ Shout It Out!
+ CD, DVD, Blu-ray & Book Reviews

 

 


Go here to NDT for subscriptions and to purchase

 

(News, Source;NDT/ElvisInfoNet)


The 10 Greatest Mississippi Artists of All Time: Rolling Stone recently published an article on the great artists that came from Mississippi.
... What makes Mississippi the birthplace of America’s music? Arguably no other state has contributed as much to American music and culture as Mississippi. Situated smack in the middle of the Americana music triangle, whose anchor points are Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans, Mississippi is the cradle of blues, country and rock & roll music.
Mississippi is where the beat was born. Before there could be Chicago blues, there was Delta blues.
Before Nashville became the center of country music, there was Jimmie Rodgers. And before Sam Phillips made Elvis a household name, there was Elvis Aaron Presley, who got his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware.
They list the 10 greatest Mississippi artists of all time.
Elvis Presley
They don’t call him the King of Rock & Roll for nothing. One of the single biggest cultural icons of the 20th century, Tupelo son Elvis Presley has sold upward of 500 million albums and earned 18 No. 1 hits in the U.S. Presley’s musical style drew from R&B, blues, country, and gospel music, and ignited the rock & roll revolution started by black artists Ike Turner (another Mississippian), Chuck Berry, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Presley also conquered Hollywood, appearing in 27 films in the 1960s. His dozens of hits are universally known and part of the American songbook.

B.B. King - Riley “Blues Boy” King didn’t invent the blues, but he took it farther than any of his peers or predecessors dreamed possible.
Robert Johnson - To some, the blues began when Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for his guitar-picking skills.
Faith Hill - The “Mississippi Girl” from Star really was a country music hitmaker right out of the gate
also.. Charley Pride, Jimmy Buffett, Leontyne Price, Bo Diddley, Jimmie Rodgers, Tammy Wynette
EIN Notes that for some reason, blues giant Muddy Waters (from Mississippi) did not make the list.
Go here to RS for the full article.
(News, Source;RS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Kansas City '74 Revisited - Afternoon Performance (Stereo / Mono Version)' New Import: From Millbranch Music a release of a limited edition 2cd version of their recent 'Kansas City '74 Revisited' the June 29, 1974 Afternoon Show in (newly created) stereo and as the original mono soundboard recording.
Released only four weeks ago the premium package 2CD / DVD-set 'Kansas City Revisited' has already sold out! As quite a few fans requested the release of the previously unreleased Afternoon Show in its original form (in "glorious mono sound, directly from the soundboard) we decided to release a Special Limited 2-CD Edition featuring exactly this "raw tape" version along with the stereo version as featured on our first release of this concert.
Listen to the exciting performance by Elvis from his fabulous early Summer 1974 Tour. Kansas City was the place to go on June 29, 1974, because Elvis was willing to deliver two extremely entertaining shows of high standard - and he did!
The unreleased Afternoon Show now here as a great stereo and original mono version, this is the set for you.
see 'All The CD Release News 2021' for full tracklist
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis Presley News Report August 2021: Once again Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier wraps up all the Elvis news from last month. This month's topics are Deep Fake Elvis, the new RCA Back In Nashville Box plus the new Elvis Statue in Bad Nauheim.

Runs 13 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching and also very funny this month!

 

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


Elvis News from earlier in the week...
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes.
However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions.
Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
(Spotlight; Source;ShaneBrown/EIN)

'ELVIS: The Army Years Uncovered' New Book: Trina Young has published her new book. The publicity notes.. Has the full story of Elvis Presley's military service ever been told?
... Elvis Presley served in the U.S. Army for two years and while most biographical accounts seem to quickly skim through the "army years," author Trina Young argues that this period was perhaps the most significant and life-changing time in The King of Rock and Roll's life.
Captivating untold stories have been coming out over the years involving the highs and lows Presley experienced as a soldier away from the public eye. The truth is many aspects of Presley's time in the army were never reported or never made it into the history books. Now, looking back with the benefit of hindsight and years of research, more stories and insights to Presley's life and times as a soldier are constantly emerging.

Finally, we are able to go behind the scenes in the life of the most famous U.S. army soldier of all time in ELVIS: The Army Years Uncovered. Come take a journey into the life of Private Presley, who rose to the rank of Sergeant, with the stories of many women, nightclubs, strippers, death rumors, secret concerts and fan encounters to name a few.
This biographical account by music journalist Trina Young who has been writing about Elvis for over a decade offers a behind-the-scenes look into the two years that Presley served in the military with stories ranging from the most raucous to the most warm-hearted.
Learn fascinating facts about the two years that changed Elvis Presley's life including the answers to these questions:

- Who were the German girls that Elvis dated?
- Where were the secret concerts that Elvis gave in Germany?
- What happened between Elvis and a famous German actress?
- What incited multiple death rumors while Elvis was in Germany?
- Who was Elvis dating when he met Priscilla?
- Did Elvis have more than one close call with death in Germany?
- How much danger was Elvis in during his military service?
- Who did Elvis meet at the nightclubs in Paris and Munich?
- What lifelong hobby did Elvis start in Germany?
- What special treatment did Elvis get while he served in the army?
- Who spilled the beans that Elvis and Priscilla were dating?
The book also includes an 8-page photo section and an Elvis Army Timeline.

Go here for more info and to purchase.
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


Actor Ed Asner dies aged 91: Ed Asner the American actor who was best known for playing Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Sunday aged 91.
Ed Asner is known to Elvis fans for appearing in the 1962 movie Kid Galahad (Asner's movie debut) and again as Lt. Moretti in 'Change of Habit'.
After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Asner had his own TV series Lou Grant (1977-82).
Asner was a consummate working actor throughout his career up until his death including the 2009 film 'Up' also 'Elf', TV mini-series Roots, and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Grace and Frankie.
On top of his acting work, Asner served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1981 to 1985. He was an outspoken activist for labor unions and animal rights, he was also a fierce critic of the War in Iraq.
Asner was born November 15th, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, became interested in drama at a young age. His acting career really started after moving to L.A in the Sixties.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran for seven seasons, and Asner won seven Emmys over the years.
Along with his scores of television and film roles, Asner did regular voiceover work on an array of animated shows, from Batman and Spider-Man to American Dad and The Boondocks.
When interviewed about his work with Elvis, Asner stated, "Elvis was very nice to work with. During Kid Galahad his hands were bandaged and bruised because he was going through a karate stage at the time and showing the crew how he could break bricks. But Elvis always worked hard and was a delightful young man to be around. By 1969 and 'Change of Habit' he was more concentrated on being a serious actor."
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

DVD ‘SOLD OUT Vol 8’: The frontcover on ‘Sold Out volume 8’ really says it all: this is a man who loves what he is doing. More than anything, Elvis was a live performer. He did his finest work in front of audiences. The fans loved him, and he knew it. Elvis needed to feel that love in order to create, especially in his later years.
That’s why ‘Sold Out’ is such an essential DVD series.
‘Sold Out’ volume 8 brings you almost three hours of unreleased concert film, including plenty of clips from 1970 – 1972, when he was performing at his peak and every show was a knockout. The great tours are represented well: November ’71, April ’72, March ’74… and much, much more. This is another deep dive into the collector vaults, and even though each release is a true ‘escape’, it’s a real pleasure to be able to bring you this rare footage. Keep supporting us and we will release some genuine surprises that will make your heads spin!
It’s always an honor for us to get the approval from those who actually worked with the man, and to hear from them that they are enjoying the series, and that watching the footage brings back a lot of memories. We are thrilled with the fact that Mr. JIM MURRAY of THE IMPERIALS wrote exclusive liner-notes for this new release, in which he looks back on his friendship with Elvis and also describes beautifully what made Elvis so special, both as a man and as a performer. As many of you know, Murray worked extensively together with Elvis and he can be seen in the ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ film from 1970.
Packaged in a beautiful digipack with relevant notes and photos, ‘Sold Out volume 8’ is a true must-have for the serious collector. Order your copy today... Volume 9 coming soon!
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in August ...

New MRS VINYL Review: What Elvis playlist do you listen to on August 16th ever year? Mine is always some recent new VINYL.
There is something so tactile and visual about VINYL that not only does it feel more "genuine" but it also reminds me of when Elvis was alive and everything we listened to was on vinyl.
This year 2021 - while in CV19 lockdown - my most recently acquired vinyl were the three recent MRS VINYL releases and what fine and innovative albums they are.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – August 1969' - Single album.
- 'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – January Thru February 1970' - Double album.
- 'Elvis Summer Festival 1970 - The Rehearsals' - Triple album.
Featuring three concerts of Elvis at the height of his Las Vegas return-to-splendour power, plus a triple album of Elvis' TTWII rehearsals, all packaged as stunning vinyl releases - these were certainly a neat way of celebrating Elvis Week.

EIN's Piers Beagley spins the discs and checks them out.
(Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


New glut of Wikipedia/Internet sourced books: Several years ago more than 50 cheap Elvis book titles were published and available from Amazon and B&N (see EIN article: Exposing the Amazon Elvis Rip-Off?).
Each title was based on publicly available information on Wikipedia and the Internet generally.
After a quiet period it appears a new group of books have been released with similar content. Most in both softcover and ebook (Kindle/Nook) format.
Bizarrely, the Kindle editions are listed with a different author name!
Unlike the earlier Internet sourced books, the new releases are at least much better written particularly the Elvis-Beatles books.
 The titles are:
    The Day The Beatles Met Elvis Presley: Ultimate Classic Rock (Kathleen McMurdo)
    When The Beatles Met Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Biography (Michael Duensing) (softcover)
    When The Beatles Met Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Biography (Drucilla Dreibelbis) (Kindle)
    Elvis and The Beatles: What They Thought Of Each Other (Anderson Cowder) (softcover)
    Elvis and The Beatles: What They Thought Of Each Other (Aplpha Weisberger) (Kindle)
    Elvis and Me: The True Story (Tamie Hoffhines)
    Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley (Cristal Krivonec) (softcover)
    Elvis Memories: The Real Elvis Presley (Dallas Makarewicz) (Kindle)
    Elvis Presley: Songs, Death & Daughter, Vaughn Maturi (softcover) - features cover image which is not Elvis
    Elvis Presley: Songs, Death & Daughter, Ray Bequillard (Kindle) - features cover image which is not Elvis

Each book is priced under US$15.00.

The three Elvis-Beatles books all contain 251 pages AND the content in each is the same!
Similarly, the other three titles contain 132 pages and their content is the same.
The Elvis-Beatles books are a reissue of the Trina Young 2018 release, 'Elvis And The Beatles: Love And Rivalry Between The Two Biggest Acts Of The 20th Century' (which is a very good book) - EIN will have an interview with Trina Young shortly.
EIN’s capsule review in 2018 was that the book is well written and features a significant amount of interesting material, for example:

When Elvis was receiving criticism in 1956, [Sophie] Tucker came to his defense saying, “I hear he’s a real nice boy. Some people may not like his style and may not listen again, but they should hear him once and make up their own minds.”
Sophie Tucker sent Christmas cards to Elvis, and Elvis and The Colonel reciprocated. In addition, The Colonel sent several telegrams wishing her well on upcoming performances.

The non Beatles titles are a compilation of recollections by those who knew or worked with Elvis, including Bob Neal, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Boots Randolph, Cliff Richard, and Brenda Lee.

The books are currently listed on several Amazon sites including Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.
As EIN always states 'Buyer Beware' - always do some research before purchasing.
(News, Source: EIN/Amazon)

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MRS 'Elvis September 1970' CD Sampler: "It's been a long time baby" since EIN has got hold of a promotional 'CD Sampler' for a new Elvis release.
Samplers do become real collectables, so perhaps RCA/FTD should be thinking about one for their future 'On Tour' release.
MRS however have released a very impressive new five track sampler for their  ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' which will be out on 24th September 2021.
The sampler runs 12 minutes and gives a unique insight into this previously unreleased 2nd September Las Vegas Dinner show.
The first thing of note is that the audio quality is extremely good for a soundboard.
Not only that but MRS are releasing a "digitally extracted" stereo version.
And there is no doubt at all that Elvis was up for some fun that night.
He plays with the band and teases the audience to great effect. RCA sure haven't released this show!
It sounds more like Elvis' good humour often shown in his Midnight concerts rather than the more sedate Dinner shows. - And what a stylish CD design too!
Truly a collector's delight.
EIN gives you the opportunity to check out two
tracks - please note that these are MP3 and not the true quality.
Listen > - 'Elvis talks about 'Heartbreak Hotel' - "I'm gonna leap off the stage"
Listen > - 'One Night'
You can preorder the live set via Amazon UK - and also directly via the MRS shop
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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'Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain' For Sale: Want to buy a Elvis fan club? Have US$100,000 to spare? Described by the Omega Auction website as...  An incredible opportunity to purchase the world famous 'Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain'.
This is a very healthy and fully functioning fan club that has been operating for nearly 70 years, with a dedicated membership base of around 3000, that has been grown carefully under the stewardship of founder and current owner Todd Slaughter.
At the age of 76 and due to recent ill health Todd has now decided to take a back seat and hand over the legacy and fantastic commercial opportunity to somebody new.
With a bonanza of "Elvis" events in the pipeline including the 45th anniversary, the Tom Hanks "Elvis & The Colonel" film and the release of numerous TV documentaries, Elvis is set to be in the headlines.
This offers fantastic scope to develop and expand the online presence and fan base whilst adding to the regular social events and affinity holidays in the UK, the USA and across Europe that occur every year. The club also hosts a weekly Elvis Hour on Radio Caroline Flashback.
The fan club generates significant income via a number of channels including online shop sales of CDs, vinyl LPs, books, DVDs and membership fees.
Turnover has reached £250k+ in recent years although this has been affected over the past four years due to health issues and exacerbated by Brexit and the recent pandemic. Now, however, there has never been a better time to embrace revenue opportunities from travel, events and tactical marketing.
Included in the sale: all current stock held by the fan club valued at £37k (detailed inventory available), database/mailing list with 5,000 names, website (see here), all current social media accounts (48k fans across Facebook and Instagram), any and all office equipment currently in use at their office in Cheadle, Staffs along with 7 decades of goodwill. The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Great Britain – the global brand
Estimate: £50,000 - £100,000 Go HERE to bid - to Tuesday 14 Sep 2021
(News, Source;EPGB/ElvisInfoNet)

'For Vinyl Fans Only – Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe': Earlier this month, EIN published its interview with Elvis researcher, Piotr Soczynski, who has released five of 2021’s best Elvis books:
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993
★ For Vinyl Fans Only - Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, Hungary and Russia)
Piotr has two more volumes due later this year and in 2022:
★ For Vinyl Fans Only - Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (Yugoslavia and Romania) (expected late 2021)
★ For Vinyl Fans Only - Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (Poland and Soviet Union) (expected 2022)

The first four volumes sold out quickly, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast.
The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan.
Piotr has kindly provided EIN with the cover images for the remaining two volumes.
Piotr can be contacted via his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/elvis.presley.from.eastern.europe
Go here for EIN's interview with Piotr Soczynski, along with some great images from the books
(News, Source;PS/ElvisInfoNet)

AUGUST 21- Don Everly dies aged 84: Don Everly, who with his brother Phil became 'The Everly Brothers' and the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, has died at the age of 84, at his Nashville home.
A family spokesperson confirmed his death in a statement, without revealing the cause.
In one of life's major mysteries this leaves Jerry Lee Lewis as rock'n'roll's "last Man Standing".
Don Everly's death comes seven years after the death of Phil Everly who died in 2014, aged 74.
In 1986, they were one of the first acts to be elected to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1997. (Don, left in photo)
You could argue that while Elvis Presley was the king of rock`n'roll, Phil and Don Everly were its troubled princes. They sang dark songs hidden behind deceptively pleasing harmonies and were perfect interpreters of the twitchy hearts of millions of baby boomer teens coming of age in the 1950s and `60s looking to express themselves beyond the simple platitudes of the pop music of the day.
During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Everly Brothers had nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.”
It was when the Everly Brothers were taken up by the Cadence record label that their careers began to take off. In 1957 they recorded Felice and Boudleaux Bryant’s 'Bye Bye Love' on which Phil and Don played guitars alongside Chet Atkins. The song was an immediate hit, and established the brothers as the first successful pop act to come out of Nashville. They followed this success in the same year with 'Wake Up Little Susie', 'All I Have

to Do Is Dream' and 'Devoted to You' and by were one of the most famous pop acts worldwide along with Elvis, Pat Boone and Ricky Nelson.
After the release of 'Let It Be Me' in 1959, the Everlys moved to Warner Bros Records. 'Cathy’s Clown' remained at No 1 in America for five weeks in 1960 selling more than eight million copies worldwide.
Elvis was well-aware of the delight of the close harmonies of The Everly Brothers recordings. When he arrived at Nashville's RCA StudioB on March 20th 1960 for his 'Elvis Is Back!' sessions, just 2 days earlier Elvis' new studio band (Nashville’s outstanding 'A Team') had just worked with The Everlys recording their #1 pop classic 'Cathy's Clown’.
In his personal record collection Elvis owned the Everly's 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', 'That'll Be the Day' and the 1967 single 'Bowling Green' if not more.
In 1970 Elvis recorded his own version of their magnificent 'Let It Be Me' for his 'On-Stage' album - while the Everly's key composers Felice and Boudleaux Bryant also wrote 'How's The World Treating You' and 'She Wears My Ring' which Elvis would also record. 
Coincidentally in the fifties Elvis also dated Hollywood starlet Venetia Stevenson (photo right) who would later marry Don Everly in 1962.
The Everly Brothers were admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 1997 received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


Happy Birthday James Burton: It was only a few days ago that TCB guitar legend James Burton was regaling Elvis fans at Elvis Week with his still-cutting, chickin-pickin', guitar riffs.

His stunning guitar solos on 'Funny How Time Slips Away' (Nashville Marathon 50th Anniv concert)  along with the brilliant 'Steamroller Blues' (Elvis In Concert) were highlights of the Elvis Week 2021 concerts.

Incredibly this musical legend celebrated his 82nd Birthday last Saturday, August 21st.

Back in 2003, nearly 20 years ago, EIN's Piers Beagley coincidentally called James Burton up for an Interview - again on his birthday.

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMES" as Elvis would sing!

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

James Burton opens up to EIN: The TCB Band ventured downunder for a successful string of shows in December 2003.

Before their visit to the sunny shores of Australia, guitar maestro James Burton chewed the fat with EIN's Piers Beagley.

He talked about his times with Elvis, early days motor-cycling with Ricky Nelson, Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent and much more.

Go here to find out more..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformation Network)


Don't miss out on one of EIN's most-viewed and controversial interviews of all-time - Mike Stone tells all.

EIN Interview with Mike Stone: Mike Stone has had a long and successful career in athletics, in the entertainment business, as an author, sports instructor, bodyguard and personal fitness trainer.
Mike Stone was also a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla Presley's lives in the seventies.
In this exclusive EIN interview Priscilla's ex-partner, karate champion and author talks about his amazing life, including...
- Meeting Elvis and Priscilla
- Hawaii, Elvis and Karate
- Being Phil Spector's bodyguard
- Sitting next to John Lennon recording
- Priscilla and karate
- Fans blaming him for Elvis' marriage split-up
- Elvis putting a "Hit" out on him
- Finding peace in the Philippines
- His new autobiography

EIN was delighted to be able to finally talk with the man and find out more. EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..

(Interviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' OUT NOW: The book 'Elvis: Day By Day 2018' from author Kees Mouwen is out now from  Poplar Tunes Publishing.
It is the third volume in the 'Elvis Day By Day' series and covers 'Everything Elvis Presley from 2018' on over 300 pages including 40+ in-depth reviews, interviews and articles.

The book was compiled and written by Kees Mouwen with additional contributions by Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, Rogier van Luyken and Andreas Pendl plus other fans from around the world.
The book comes in two editions, softcover and hardback.

The softcover version of the book is available from multiple Amazon sites.

The hardback version can be ordered from 'Blurb.com' here.

Signed editions can also be published from the author

Photo right shows Kees Mouwen presenting the very first copy to his daughter outside the Danish Memphis Mansion

Go HERE to ElvisDaybyDay for all the order information - as well as preview pages

 

 

(News, Source;EDbyD/ElvisInfoNet)


16 August 2021- 44 years ago today the world lost the greatest entertainer of all time.
"Elvis was God-given, there’s no other explanation. A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.” - Little Richard
“I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.- B.B. King

ELVIS Forever 2021: Four decades after his death, Elvis Presley still reigns unchallenged as the King of rock 'n' roll, the greatest superstar the world has ever known.
All the tabloid media reports and old rumours can't change the fact that there never was anyone like him and there never will be an other again.
Elvis was the most extraordinary ordinary man.
Joe Esposito would be with Elvis to the very end...
EIN looks at Joe Esposito's final memories and ELVIS Forever, forty-four years on.

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

 

“Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been a Beatles” - John Lennon

"It was like Elvis came along and whispered some dream in everybody's ear, and somehow we all dreamed it."
- Bruce Springsteen

"When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail."
- Bob Dylan

"Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable."
- President Jimmy Carter


Watch Candlelight Vigil REPLAY: Tonight the world honours the life and legacy of Elvis Presley and observe the annual Candlelight Vigil at Graceland on August 15.
The annual Candlelight Vigil and to celebrate the life and legacy of the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
The ceremony for the 43rd anniversary is organized as always by the Elvis Country Fan Club.
You can now watch the vigil replay anytime

WATCH REPLAY via LiveStream

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

Priscilla addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for being so devoted to Elvis.
The Elvis Country Fan Club selected 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' as this year's theme song. Disappointingly they then played the RPO "remix' version and not Elvis' original! 

(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN: While serious collectors will be familiar with Piotr Soczynski’s phenomenal work in documenting little known parts of the Elvis recording catalog, most fans will not. This is a great pity, as Piotr, who lives in Poland, has already published five of the best Elvis books in 2021, with two more volumes due later this year and in 2022. These books are:
Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1953-1965
★ Elvis U.S. Demo and Acetates 1965-1993

Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 1
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 2 (late 2021)
Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe, Part 3 (expected 2022)
The first four volumes sold out quickly earlier this year, while the more recent first volume of Piotr’s Eastern Europe vinyl trilogy is selling fast. The depth of information, glorious visuals, and strong, clean book design have resulted in fascinating “coffee table” releases which will please (amaze) both collectors and the general fan. Piotr recently took time out to discuss Elvis in Poland and his series of books which are an important narrative-visual record of little understood Elvis vinyl releases.
Read Piotr’s full interview with Nigel Patterson and marvel at some great page visuals from the various volumes
(Interview, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis: Back In Nashville' Vinyl tracklist: RCA/Legacy Recordings will release Elvis: Back In Nashville, the definitive presentation of Presley's May-June 1971 Nashville studio sessions on Friday, November 12.
The 4 CD collection presents 82 pristine Studio original recordings, free of overdubs.
Graceland is also offering an exclusive 2LP 12" color vinyl collectors pressing of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville'.
A standard 2LP 12" vinyl version of the album will also be available.
The vinyl tracklist features the best selection of outtakes and remixed original recordings
Elvis: Back In Nashville Graceland 2LP 12" vinyl edition is available for pre-order from EPE here. US$24.98

Go HERE to 'Elvis FTD / SONY News 2021' for the tracklist
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Selling Elvis in 2021' EIN Spotlight: One of the most common questions asked of EIN is "how do I sell my Elvis records?"
Sadly, the market for Elvis’ recorded material is a shadow of what it was in the decade following his death. The exceptions are high quality original Sun Studio singles and various obscure releases such as test pressings, demos and acetates.
The best time of the year to sell anything ELVIS related is, of course, now around "Elvis Week" in August.
In 2021, demand for Elvis records generally continues to diminish as the sheer volume of Elvis records pressed means most collectors already have what they want, older fans are passing away, and younger fans are not as interested in physical records.
Highlighting the situation, a recent edition of the excellent Vintage Rock magazine featured a fascinating article discussing how the market for 50s vinyl has dipped and which artists and recordings are maintaining buyer interest.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson puts a spotlight on the declining vinyl market
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformatoinNetwork)

‘Elvis: Back In Nashville’ Out Friday Nov 12: The official RCA/SONY announcement..
RCA/Legacy Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Final Nashville Sessions with release of 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' on Friday, November 12
The 4 Disc Collection presents 82 pristine Studio Original Recordings, free of overdubs.
Like its predecessor 'From Elvis In Nashville' from last year, 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' is designed to showcase Elvis Presley and his core band as they sounded during the actual sessions without orchestral overdubs and vocal accompaniment. A key difference between Elvis’ 1970 and 1971 Nashville sessions is that many of the 1971 recordings included backing singers; therefore, Elvis: Back In Nashville offers a variety of song performances both with and without vocal augmentation.
Given the prolific output of great recordings created by Elvis during the fabled 1970 marathon sessions that may be heard on From Elvis In Nashville, RCA and the Elvis camp decided to stick with the winning combination of tight band, seasoned studio, well-chosen repertoire and relaxed spontaneous Elvis behind the microphone and record as much material as possible over a short period of time.
With Elvis’ upcoming concert activities increasing, future studio time would be limited and so the goal of these sessions was to generate perhaps a year’s worth of new songs. RCA and the Colonel let Elvis know they’d like a new Christmas album, a gospel album, a pop album, and “several new singles for summer and fall releases” and so, Elvis’ music coordinator/producer Felton Jarvis booked a whole week of all-night sessions starting March 15, 1971 and brought on the same band he’d used the year before.
Elvis Presley’s return in 1970 to recording in Nashville had been revelatory. Those sessions, on the heels of his Memphis recordings and a return to the stage, had done more than simply sustain a comeback. They also introduced Elvis to a great new rhythm section and gifted Elvis with a great new sound. Bassist Norbert Putnam, drummer Jerry Carrigan, and pianist David Briggs had helped transform country music rhythms in the sixties after they transplanted their R&B-indebted style from F. A. M. E. studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Nashville session work. When producer Felton Jarvis teamed Elvis with the Muscle Shoals boys, along with session guitarist Chip Young, jack of all musical trades Charlie McCoy, and Presley’s bandleader James Burton, they together created the belatedly acclaimed Elvis Country in the process providing Elvis with a country-soul template he’d trace often in the last years of his life.
Music critic Dave Marsh once wrote that, even with his acclaim, “Elvis Presley was probably the most underrated singer of all.” Overdubs removed, what’s revealed on Elvis: Back In Nashville is some of the most compelling singing of Presley’s career.
Disc 1 features 18 tracks and includes The Country/Folk Sides (an unrealized Elvis project featuring songs by Ewan McColl, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Bob Dylan), The Piano Recordings (raw Elvis singing Ivory Joe Hunter with piano accompaniment) and The Pop Sides (classic pop compositions including “Padre,” “Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread,” “My Way,” “I’m Leavin'” and more).
Disc 2 features 25 tracks divided between The Religious Sides (classic and contemporary gospel) and The Christmas Sides (sacred and secular seasonal holiday music).
Disc 3 features 19 tracks and picks up on the country pop repertoire adding some rock ‘n’ roll with a variety of cuts including impromptu performances of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Lady Madonna,” an epic take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, (It’s Alright)”, fresh interpretations of “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “Early Morning Rain” and more.
Disc 4 features 20 tracks and includes The Religious Outtakes and The Christmas Outtakes
(News, Source;RCA/ElvisInfoNet)

'I'm Leavin'' Take 1 - Promo New Mix: Don't miss out on this first official audio promo for the new 'Elvis: Back In Nashville' deluxe set.

Engineer Matt Ross Spang brings out the delightful ambience of Elvis and the band as they rehearse and then try out the exquisite June 1971 single 'I'm Leavin''

The song made #23 in the UK charts but only #36 in the US.

GO HERE TO YOUTUBE.

Hopefully the rest of the sessions glow in this golden light!

 

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


"Putts" Memories of Elvis' Nashville Sessions: One Elvis Week special event will feature some of the greatest players to ever back up the King. Elvis or no, any show with musicians like James Burton, David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, and Norbert Putnam on one stage would be notable, for they are some of the famed Nashville Cats, hitmakers for countless stars in their day. Naturally, that’s the crew Elvis would call on when he worked in Nashville, as he did for the legendary June 1970 “marathon sessions” plus the follow-up 1971 sessions in RCA Studio B.
This Friday fans can hear those very players recreate some of those songs live.
Luckily for us, bassist Norbert Putnam, who Elvis called “Putt,” remembers those sessions like they were yesterday.
The Memphis Flyer rang him up at his hometown of Florence, Alabama to chat: Those few sessions in 1970 were prolific. They must have proceeded at a whirlwind pace.
Norbert Putnam: I think we recorded 39 sides and they kept 35, in five nights. And they named it the marathon sessions, which makes it sound like we were struggling the whole time. But it was easy. A lot of times, Elvis would get it on the first take. He was so sharp.
He was such a quick study.
We were all trained to grab a legal pad and start writing when the demo started playing. We would have a chart, literally, in four minutes. And Elvis might play that vocal by the demo singer, sometimes four or five times. Then he’d turn around and say, “You guys have that? Well, let’s run it down.” Jerry Carrigan would count it off, and this band would play it flawlessly. Elvis would say,“‘How do you do that?!”
The only bad thing about working with Elvis was that he was nocturnal. He got up at 5 in the afternoon, had breakfast at 6. At 10pm, when he says, “Let’s record,” I had already been working for 12 hours! By 4am, it was all I could to keep my eyes open. When we did “Merry Christmas, Baby,” I was just trying to stay awake. Elvis sang it; then he starts singing it all over again, without stopping. Now I’m dying. It’s over seven minutes. He says to James Burton, “Take it, James,” and James starts playing. Two bars later, Elvis yells, “Wake up, Putt!” He’d probably been watching me with my eyes shut all the way through the song. But he continued to hire me!

The Nashville Marathon Sessions 50th Anniv Concert takes place Friday, August 13, 7 p.m., Soundstage at Graceland
Go here to MemphisFlyer for the whole interview
(News, Source/MF/ElvisInfoNet)

August 7 - New FTDs OUT NOW: The two new FTDs announced last month, a double 1974 soundboard plus 'Girls!, Girls!, Girls!' on VINYL are OUT NOW
1.“ELVIS: FORT WORTH, TEXAS ‘74”. FTD's soundboard “ELVIS: FORT WORTH, TEXAS ‘74”- June 16, 1974. is released as a 5” digipack, and taken from the original soundboard source, this 2-CD set features Elvis in excellent form from the summer tour of 1974.
Elvis was in great form at the two shows on Father’s Day! Songs include “Big Boss Man”, “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “How Great Thou Art” and “Help Me”.
These two performances have never been released on Soundboard before.
While the setlists were very similar Elvis did perform the rare-for-on-tour-1974 'How Great Thou Art' at the evening show.
EIN Adds: Elvis performed four shows at the 14,000 seater Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. These were the first four shows of Elvis' Tour #11 so he was ready to rock.
The Opening Show newspaper review included,
"Elvis put on one sharp, uptown and professional show here Saturday afternoon. Wrapped skintight or loosely white bellbottoms and waist-length jacket. Elvis had the show in the palm of his hand.
He moved smoothly through a few Elvis oldies and wheeled into heavier stuff ...'Why Me Lord' and 'Suspicious Minds'.
Elvis was relaxed, comfortable before an obviously warm audience. His easy rapport with backup musicians and singers buoyed the show."

FTD have previously released five shows from this tour #11 all very enjoyable listening.
Rockin' Across Texas (CD1) June 19, Sold Out! CD2 June 21, ELVIS: Omaha Nebraska '74 CD1&2 June 30 (both shows), Fashion For A King (CD1) Omaha July 1.
While the setlists were very similar Elvis did perform the rare-for-on-tour-1974 'How Great Thou Art' at the evening show.
Go to 'SONY / FTD News 2021' for tracklists
2. 'GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!' – Limited Double VINYL
FTD VINYL is please to announce the release of 'GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!' – 180 Gram Limited Double VINYL Edition.
The design is inspired by the original European RCA Victor ‘60s release.
The album contains masters and alternative versions of several songs from the soundtrack sessions.
“Plantation Rock” and “Dainty Little Moonbeams”/ ”Girls! Girls! Girls!” End Title are here in their rightful place at last!
EIN Adds: As most fans are aware most of the session reels have been lost. This means FTD have little to work with and the albums included multiple versions of 'Mama' - three tracks on Side 4 are various versions of 'Mama'!
Recorded March 26-28, 1962 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood.
Go to 'SONY / FTD News 2021' for tracklists
(News, Source;FTD/ElvisInfoNet)

UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’: Back in 1999 Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon convinced BMG to let them start the FTD collectors label in order to counteract the Elvis bootleg companies which had been selling unreleased material to fans since the very first vinyl bootleg 'Please Release Me' was issued back in 1970.
Of all the bootleg labels that have come and gone the 'Madison' label was one of the very few that always produced high-quality releases and which happened to start at the same time as FTD. The designs were top-notch and with detailed sleeve notes they easily competed with the legal Elvis releases.
In 2021 ‘Madison’ have returned with the new bootleg ‘A Legendary Performer Volume 9’ but all is not what was promised. The Elvis bootleg vaults are empty and FTD appears to have won the game.
Go here as EIN’s Piers Beagley checks out the lack of new material and considers the bootleg era at an end...
And EIN wants YOUR SAY - Our article is now updated with YOUR FEEDBACK - and more...
(Spotlight; Source;ElvisInformationNetwork) 

'ELVIS: Las Vegas Hilton ‘73' FTD Review: Released last month as double 5” digi-pak, this set features Elvis in two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, August 20 (midnight) and September 2nd (3AM) - in his 9th Las Vegas season.
The August 20, 1973 (Midnight Show) is an old favourite that was released as a Fort Baxter bootleg back in 1995 on 'A Profile The King On Stage Vol 1'. It was a "stereo sound booth audience recording" in pretty good quality.
The September 2, 1973 (3AM show) however is previously unreleased - and it is great fun!
After the earlier traumas Elvis’ health had improved by his 1973 Las Vegas Summer Season and while there is a slight feeling of boredom (which can be no surprise after the peak of Aloha) Elvis was enjoying himself teasing the audience and playing pranks. He would also add new songs ‘Trouble’ and ‘My Boy’ to the setlist while still feeling the freshness of ‘Steamroller Blues’.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & Piers Beagley check out this new set ....
(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)

MRS ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970': MRS will release a series of special releases titled ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – September 1970' on 24th September 2021.
The formats include a 2CD deluxe that will feature a new previously unreleased soundboard from 2nd September 1970 and a bonus CD, that will cover the final rehearsals at the International Hotel on August 10th before the start of the summer festival with great technological improvements upgrades.
In September 1970 Elvis was still excited to be back on stage and performing for his fans.
Newspaper reviews from his concerts captured the excitement..
"Elvis Presley, head thrown back, feet wide apart, reaching out for adoration - the frantic screams reached the rafters of the building and hung there - an umbrella of screams.
At 35, Elvis is still youthful and trim, the jaw firm, hair jet black and long.
The main difference in Elvis today from the young man in the fifties is a mellowness. There is less arrogance in the man and more humor.
During his fine performance last night, he smiled often and laughed at his own antics.
But, even in all-white jump suit with white shoes
and Indian belt, there is still a touch of the "grease" in Elvis. If there is a raw power in the man, there also is great sensitivity.
An Evening with Elvis Presley will make a television viewer realize how much Tom Jones has copied Elvis' style and that the real product is so much better."

This brand new Las Vegas show also captures that 1970 excitement.
Other formats include 2 separate 180-gram LPs of the above and a very limited-edition cassette of the September show.
The accompanying 40-page booklet of the CD deluxe includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.
Go to 'All The CD News 2021' for the full details and tracklist.
(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis is back, but this time with his “streaming” channel':  Nice to see the 2022 launch of "The Elvis Presley Channel" getting into the mainstream media.
Guardian Daily recently reported...
... Famous singer and actor Elvis Presley, one of the most important stars in American music of the twentieth century, will once again be in the music scene, but this time, through his new channel.
The creation of this channel will be made possible thanks to the agreement reached by Cinedigm and the star’s heirs via Elvis Presley Enterprises, the former said in a statement.
The new service will exclusively broadcast the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” movie and TV shows along with music documentaries and films by other artists.
The Elvis Presley Channel, is expected to launch in early 2022, and can be available in the US and Canada for line platforms and on
network-connected TVs, as well as other digital devices, according to Cinedigm.
“There are few people more famous than Elvis Presley, and he transcends time, gender, and medium,” Eric Obika, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in the statement.
“The opportunity to create a brand channel around Elvis opens up streaming possibilities for a whole new demographic in the fastest growing segment of advertising. The channel will allow a whole new audience to experience Elvis, while also giving its fans a deeper look into their idol.”

(News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

Linda Thompson reunites with David Stanley: Linda Thompson recently reunited with David Stanley, Elvis' step-brother, and visited some of their old haunts.
In her Instagram post Linda wrote..
.. What a great few days & nights in Vegas! It was so nostalgic getting to revisit the city where I lived for 9 months of the 4 1/2 years Elvis and I were together!
I had a lovely lunch & sweet visit with Elvis’ stepbrother David Stanley at the old Hilton international which is now the Westgate.
She also commented on another Elvis fan, superstar Bruno Mars, "I'm leave the door open” for more 24 karat magic after seeing Bruno Mars in concert! What an astonishing performer! He is an amalgamation of Prince, James Brown, Elvis & Michael Jackson - yet uniquely his own style & magic! "

Linda Thompson apparently then also visited Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi and stopped by Graceland in Tennessee.

Go here to read EIN's exclusive interview with Linda Thompson

Go here to read EIN's exclusive interview with David Stanley

(News, Source;IG/ElvisInfoNet)


(Interview) Antonella Santovincenzo, author of the new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito, talks to EIN: Author and Elvis researcher, Antonella Santovincenzo recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk to EIN about Elvis in Italy and her new book, Elvis Aaron Presley L’Uomo Dietro Al Mito. As we announced about Antonella’s book last month:
... This new book in Italian looks to be very interesting. Its Introduction translates to: 'When Elvis smiled the sun started to shine.' Thus expressed Joe Esposito. The importance of a smile. Like the one, one of the last, that Elvis did during the interpretation of the song Unchained Melody on June 21, 1977 and which impressed Antonella Santovincenzo so much. The smile of a tired and suffering man, still capable, however, of creating indissoluble bonds in space and time. It is precisely by chasing this smile that Antonella leads us to discover Elvis as a man, beyond the myth, drawing an extremely private, almost intimate portrait of him. Retracing the places where the artist lived, and visited by the author, the book manages to probe all the character aspects of Elvis: loneliness, generosity, insecurity, versatility, moods, charisma, intelligence, ambition, aesthetic sense, talent, patriotism, spirituality."
 

In this very interesting and wide ranging interview, the issues Antonella discusses, include:
    - Elvis’ popularity in Italy,
    - how she became a fan,
    - the genesis for her book,
    - traveling to Tupelo and Memphis,
    - how Elvis can help us in understanding our lives, and
    - highlights in her book.

   
    (Interview, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 44,000 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.


"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project.
Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement..
"It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."

We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet.
(Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!)
(News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)

The Elvis Presley Thread Shop: Recently announced by Sony / ABG, a brand development offering a variety of Elvis Presley products and merchandise, including newly-designed apparel, on the Amazon Elvis Presley store.
The Amazon Elvis store offers fans a wide variety of merchandise including apparel, accessories, toys, books, movies, music (streaming and physical product) and more. The Thread Shop has created an exclusive line of Elvis apparel for the store with newly-designed pieces including t-shirts, tank tops, V-necks, raglan sleeves, crew sweats, hoodies and more.
The Thread Shop designs, manufactures and markets fashionable and functional merchandise and lifestyle goods that reflect the vision and aesthetic of its artist and brand partners. It offers artist-specific product lines, limited-edition customized merchandise and full-scale tour merchandising through a variety of online and physical retailers, as well as through artist e-commerce sites and pop-up retail environments in tour venues and stores.
GO to AMAZON TO Check it out.
(News, Source;ABG/ElvisInfoNet)

(Book Review) Elvis November 1956: As fans, we do not always realize that what we think we know about Elvis’ life, happened in short periods of time. Paul Belard’s visual biography series illustrates how hectic Elvis’ life and rise to fame was.
The latest release in Paul Belard’s series of photobooks, covering just one month in 1956, highlights just how much happened.
It was a busy time, Elvis spent time with his girlfriend Natalie Wood and buddy, Nick Adams on his new Harley Davidson. He did a small tour in the south with Scotty, DJ and Bill making stops in Toledo, Cleveland, Troy and Louisville, Kentucky. And managed to squeeze in a 10-day holiday with Bitsy Mott, Gene Smith and Richard Dougher to Las Vegas, returning to the New Frontier Hotel.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen joined forces to provide a detailed review of the narrative, visual and archival highlights from what was a a very busy month for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

(Book Review, Source:EIN & EDayByDay)


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'Elvis UK' Book Re-Issue: Following the successful release of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005' as a Flip book in February 2021, co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce that their original book – the long out-of-print Elvis UK – published in 1987 – is now to be made available using the same digital technology but with an additional 60 pages of ‘bonus material’.
Our prime reason for making this book available is due to the constant requests for hard copies as it went out of print in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, a physical reprint was not an option, owing to extremely high production costs – just as it wasn’t for Elvis UK3.  However, unlike the latter project - which we wanted to be able to update when required  – 'Elvis UK' will be available as a download.  The document will not be held on a digital platform and accessed via the internet, but will be available on the buyer’s own device.
Importantly though, the original book appears exactly as it was in 1987 as it has not been possible to make any textl amendments as the book did not exist in a digital form.
The original Elvis UK was a 565 page hard-backed reference book, published by Blandford Press, dealing with the then hitherto largely unexplored subject of Elvis Presley’s UK record releases from March 1956 through to 1986, nine years after Presley’s death. The digital copy of Elvis UK features:
    Every individual record release – singles, EPs and LPs issued on HMV, RCA and third party labels between 1956-86 – in great detail and in chronological order
- Each entry included detailed track info as well as writers’ names, release dates, and chart entry positions
    Every release and re-release carefully cross-referenced
    Label and sleeve variations identified and dated
    Introductory sections which include background to the issuing companies, comprehensive information about details printed on labels and the process of how records were made
    Chronological and alphabetical listings of all main sections, including catalogue numbers and release dates   
A various artist section which featured one or more Elvis tracks
    A section detailing promotional records
    Hundreds of illustrations
    An Interview and spoken word index
    A full list of every song showing where it appeared, cross-referenced with page numbers
- Plus - 60 pages of bonus material – which includes the following:
    The Making Of Elvis UK
    Golden Grooves
    Mastering
    LP Re-issues

Fortunately, in transferring Elvis UK into the Flip format none of the original search features have been lost. On the contrary, the comprehensive contents and indexing system built in to the original book has been accentuated by the highly intuitive navigational features offered by Flip.  Searching is much easier and quicker.
In our view, this move represents the only sensible and cost-effective way of making this valuable and much-sought after reference work available to a much wider audience – but at the reasonable and affordable price.  The download version of 'Elvis UK', complete with 60 pages of bonus material section costs just £20. 
More about this release (and others in the series) and how to order it can be found on our website – www.elvisukbooks.co.uk
(News, Source;GM/ElvisInfoNet)
See EIN review of 'Elvis UK3 The Ultimate Guide To Elvis British CD 1983-2005'- highly recommended

‘Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ In-Depth Review: MRS's new triple-CD set ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - The First Engagements 1969-70’ was released last month. The CDs contain three captivating performances drawn from Elvis’ first two engagements at the Las Vegas International in August 1969 and January thru February 1970.
For the first time ever, these soundboard recordings (formerly in mono) have been remastered and remixed to true stereo with outstanding expertise using the most sophisticated technologies to achieve the best possible sound.
The accompanying 40-page booklet includes rare photographs and memorabilia taken during these engagements along with introductory notes.

EIN's Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley check out this new collection and discover just how good these concerts sound in stereo - a perfect concert package for any Elvis fan.

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Book Review: 'Elvis The King of the Rings Vol 1': Author-researcher Paul Belard has released the latest installment in his ongoing Elvis day-by-day biography series, visually (and narratively) documenting Elvis Presley's life and times. Unlike previous volumes, this book doesn’t cover a specific period of time, it covers a “shiny” part of our man's life, his love for big and glittery jewelry, specifically rings.
Elvis liked expensive things: cars, motorcycles, clothes, and jewelry. His jewels befitted a king. He wore sumptuous pendants hung on heavy gold chains; huge lavish rings dripping of rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli, and emeralds; bracelets of gold and precious gems.
The singer Robert Goulet described Elvis’ penchant for generosity: “I remember once we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, “That’s a beautiful ring you have there.” He said, “You like it?” I said, “It’s beautiful!” He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring.”

Belard's new book features 254 pages dedicated to Elvis’ love of rings.
The photos include close-ups of so much glorious "Bling" along with stories of Elvis wearing them on-stage and even where they ended up.
Go here to read our review by Kees Mouwen and Nigel Patterson
(Book Review, Source:DayByDay/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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


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

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

(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

Read EIN Nigel Patterson's in-depth review

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

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

It is available in English and Spanish text editions.

Read EIN Nigel Patterson’s detailed review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInfoNetwork)


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


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

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

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

Read EIN’s detailed review by Nigel Patterson

 

(Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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


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

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

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

'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings.
The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases.
Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release

(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)



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

(Spotlight, Source;PaulSimpson/ElvisInformationNetwork)



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

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

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

(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


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

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


Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley supplies a 5,000 word indepth review - includes stunning photos and discovers that this AMIGA 'On Tour' box-set is the BEST deluxe Elvis release since the 2012 FTD 'Boy From Tupelo'Includes plenty of example photos demonstrating the massive size of this deluxe coffee-table book.


(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


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

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

(Interviews, Source;SMeegin/ElvisInformationNetwork)


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

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

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

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

(Ask Marty, Source;ML/ElvisInfoNet)


'The World of FTD' In-Depth Review: The new deluxe book 'The World Of FTD' has been received by some lucky fans and Elvis collector Mike Lodge has provided EIN with a very detailed review - of well over 3 thousand words! The book was authored and designed by Keith Flynn with input from a large number of other Elvis specialists including EIN's Piers Beagley, EM&HM's Trevor Cajiao, Geoffrey McDonnell, Gordon Minto and many others.
It is 1,200 pages, hardbound three book set, chronicling every release by FTD.The book also features 100s of high-quality photos from the collection Erik Lorentzen
KJ Consulting are proud to publish this Box Set which weighs 8 kilos.

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


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

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

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

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