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Tuesday 9 July 2024

Lisa Marie 'From Here To The Great Unknown' Lithograph: EPE have posted the Lithograph that will be included with the Lisa Marie / Riley Keough new memoir out in October.
With every pre-order through the Graceland shop of Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough’s new memoir 'From Here To The Great Unknown' this is the lithograph that will be included with every pre-order.

This touching image captures a tender moment between a young Riley and her mother, Lisa Marie.

Each lithograph will be hand-signed by Riley Keough and will be shipped with the memoir.

Pre-order today at ShopGraceland.com.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


New ‘MRS CAMDEN’ Releases OUT NOW: UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) has re-released two packages via its alternate budget label ‘MRS CAMDEN’, at ELVIS dealers this week.

- The Complete 1950’s Studio Masters - 4CD/DIGI
- The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1960-62 - Plus Session Out-Takes - 4CD/DIGI

1.  'The Complete 1950’s Studio Masters'
This 4CD set presented in a Camden digi-pack contains the complete master studio recordings of Elvis Presley from the 1950s.
It includes personal acetates, cut in 1953 and early 1954, all of his early Sun recordings from 1954-55, as well as every RCA studio master and movie studio soundtrack recording made between January 1956 and June 1958.
The set also contains bonus tracks of recordings made at radio stations, as well as alternate movie soundtrack recordings.  

(Click for high-res cover image)

2. 'The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1960-62 - Plus Session Out-Takes'
This 4CD set (previously released as ‘Back in Living Stereo 1960-62’) pays tribute to the recordings Elvis made once he returned home from Germany in March 1960, after his stint as a soldier in the US army (1958-60). These recordings were the first stereo recordings of Elvis issued to the public.
The CDs, presented in a Camden digi-pack, contain remastered tracks of all the 1960 - 1962 master recordings from RCA Studio’s in Nashville. As a bonus, it includes 2 CDs containing rare material of studio session out-takes.

See 'All The Elvis CD News' for more details and all the tracklistings... -- Both selling for around £19 / US$24

See EIN's earlier review of the MRS deluxe CD/Book combo ‘Back in Living Stereo 1960-62’ here.

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


Saturday 6 July 2024

Now available – “Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books”: EIN's Nigel Patterson has published his new book, Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books, as both a “deluxe” hardcover, and a softcover edition. Promotion for the book:
While there are books about how other celebrities (eg. The Beatles, Queen, David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson and Johnny Cash) have been celebrated in sequential art (comic books, graphic biographies, graphic novels, comic strips and caricatures), this week the first book to showcase Elvis' impact in this area was published.

Written by EIN's founding president, Nigel Patterson, it features outstanding page design by Elvis Day By Day's, Kees Mouwen.

While the original concept was a 150 page book, it has ended up being a mammoth 450 page "coffee table" release! There are more than 400 titles showcased with more than 600 images, including book covers, internal artwork, and an eclectic array of comic book ephemera.

Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books highlights how diverse and far-reaching Elvis' impact has been, the themes ranging from biography, superhero, teen interest, crime, and satire, to zombies, vampires, the supernatural, anthropomorphic Elvis, and even a Fairy godmother and Lady Hellvis (Lady Death).

The book also contains a detailed account of Elvis and Captain Marvel Jr., a 20-page "For Mature Readers Only" section, and a tribute to the "Grandfather of Elvis comic art", Ger Rijff.

The book is available as a "deluxe" hardback (from Blurb sites) and softcover (from Amazon sites). If you are ordering from Amazon US it is temporarily discounted by 33%, so be quick to take advantage of this offer!

Initial praise for Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books includes:
-- May I say: an absolute marvel of a book. Highly informative, insightful, colourful and fascinating to see all this all presented together. You don’t have to be into comics to enjoy this book. Highly recommended. "WOW! BOOM! POW!" - Rogier van Luyken, It's Elvis Time

-- This book has it all and for the art loving Elvis fans it's just as essential as an Elvis record guide. I give it 5 stars out of 5 and that's including the awesome design of the book. A winner and an absolute delight! - Gerrit de Jong, author of Elvis Hero of the Comic Book and Elvis Still the Hero of the Comic Book

To purchase go to Amazon.UK / Amazon.com & 'Blurb' for Hardback version
plus Amazon.AU - (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)

sample pages 'Click' for full size preview

In addition the book features various sidebars, which present a more detailed account of a particular title or issue.

The narrative themes found in the releases presented in this book are multifarious, ranging from straight biographies, Elvis as crime fighter, Elvis the super-hero realm, to anthropomorphic Elvis, Elvis parodies/ satire, and Elvis as demon, vampire, and zombie (this is a particularly popular theme).

As a body of work, the comic books, graphic novels and biographies represent a powerful symbol of the incredible impact Elvis continues to have on society and culture..


Friday 5 July 2024 - - - 70 years ago today Elvis' "That's All Right" changed the world - - -
"That's All Right" 70 Anniversary Spotlight: Seventy years ago today Elvis Presley would walk into 706 Union Avenue and by the end of the evening his recording of 'That's All Right' would change the course of music history.
Elvis author Tony Plews' 'Walk A Lonely Street' is a unique book that tells the tale of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and presented as a series of consecutive short stories, it offers a new perspective on Presley’s musical and cultural achievements.
Every Elvis biography has, of course, described the recording of “That's All Right” but none have really captured that special day in such a cool, inspiring, involving and natural way.
In 'Walk A Lonely Street' it’s as if Tony Plews was actually there watching...
On this 70th anniversary every Elvis fan should read this fabulous spotlight about 'That's All Right'.
(Spotlight, Source;TonyPlews/EIN)


Matt Shepherd's 'Golden Years' "That's All Right" Special: BBC's Matt Shepherd has written three books on Elvis and appeared on 24 BBC radio stations talking about Elvis.
His "Golden Years" on-line shows are very popular and this week his Golden Years Show includes yet more Elvis!
Join Matt Shepherd for a special tribute to That's All Right - as Elvis' debut single turns 70 this month (5 July 2024).
The show also features archive BBC interview clips with Scotty Moore, Roy Orbison and Marion Keisker.
Plus a chance to enjoy some of the other legendary Kings of Rock n Roll including Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more.
GO HERE TO LISTEN on MixCloud
The great days are back again!!

Go here for EIN's 2018 interview with Matt Shepherd.
(News, Source;AS/EIN)


'That's All Right' special releases at your Elvis Dealers

ELVIS ‘SUN 209’ LIQUID VINYL 70th Anniv Special OUT NOW: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Elvis’ historic first single release of Sun 209 ‘That’s All Right’/ ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ a very special and totally unique limited-edition release of the recording that changed Rock’n’Roll history will be out in the first week of July 2024.

This special liquid vinyl version of Sun 209 10” playing at 78rpm is restricted to 125 copies worldwide. They contain a 2-colour liquid, nicely matching those notable SUN colors, that moves inside the vinyl.

Each of these unique vinyls are handmade and take an hour to produce each one. They also have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides and are by far the most remarkable SUN replica made.

Only 125 copies were printed and were selling at prices of around 225-250 euros!! - but to EIN it looks as if they are already Sold Out. Check with your Elvis dealer if you want a copy, it may be too late.


'That’s All Right: The Song That Changed The World' OUT NOW: Elvis Files confirm that the box-set 'That’s All Right: The Song That Changed The World'  70th Anniversary Box Set' has been published. Features a beautiful hardbound book packed with information about these songs and, of course, exceptionally beautiful pictures on heavy paper.

Includes mock-up 3D record player with the first 78 printed on top, a 7” 45rpm EP (4 songs - That’s All Right & Blue Moon Of Kentucky recorded by all three artists - Elvis, Arthur Crudup and Bill Monroe), two 12" albums (12 songs on each). The first album focuses on That’s All Right & Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Elvis in the 50’s and 60’s.
On the second we hear multiple versions of Elvis doing That’s All Right from 1970s on black vinyl. Includes sheet-music and more...

Selling for €259 / US$280- See Elvis Files to purchase & more photos

(News, Source;EL/ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS, 70th Anniv special 5 x SUN 78RPM 10” VINYL SUNSPLAT set OUT NOW: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Elvis’ first SUN record releases is a uniquely designed 5 record “SUN-splat” 78rpm vinyl release, out on the first week of July 2024.
These 5 magnificent SUN 10” (inch) singles play at 78RPM and only an extremely low number of these sets have been produced. This is the first time an Elvis SUN replica has been produced like this and designed to play at the original 78RPM speed.
Each of the 5 SUN records have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides with the labels perfect (as the original) in size, accuracy, and colour. The sound quality is excellent matching the original SUN sound recordings (including ‘That’s All Right’), and each are pressed on heavy stock vinyl.
Each set selling for around £175 / US$225 - check your local Elvis Dealer - Out Now
(News, Source;ElvisSunVinyl,ElvisInfoNet)

Tuesday 2 July 2024
'Randy Starr, Presley Style: Lost Elvis Demos' CD Review: Between 1963 and 1968 Randy Starr wrote and produced around 70 songs and 35 of these demos can be found on this CD.
The extensive booklet contains detailed liner notes by British Elvis expert and collector Trevor Simpson, based on interviews he recently conducted with Randy Starr.
This CD features 35 professional demos, yet only six of these are songs that Elvis recorded, ‘Kissin’ Cousins’, ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’, ‘Look Out Broadway’, ‘Datin'’, ‘Adam and Evil’ and ‘The Girl I Never Loved’.
Previous compilations showcasing Elvis’ other collaborators such as Leiber / Stoller or Tepper / Bennett all celebrated their success in getting their songs recorded by Elvis - whereas this intriguing compilation tells the differing story of supplying endless demos with most of them being rejected. And that provides some of the interest to this release.
EIN's Piers Beagley wonders if you can discover anything new from these pile of demos
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Layered Reality ELVIS update: Perhaps due to the recent news regarding ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus 'Pophouse' company being interested in creating an ELVIS avatar, Layered Reality have put out a new press release concerning the forthcoming immersive experience 'Elvis Evolution'.
The 'Elvis Evolution' London opening is delayed to Spring 2025
The press release notes..
Layered Reality has penned a strategic partnership agreement with Technicolor Group, famed for its Academy Award-winning visual effects studios. The partnership will be executed via Technicolor's advertising and experience studio, The Mill which is headquartered in London.
The agreement will see The Mill partner on multiple projects with Layered Reality, including using AI technology to create the most realistic and authentic version of Elvis, led by Layered Reality's newly expanded in-house studio team.
Layered Reality's Simon Reveley stated, "The Mill has a history of being pioneers, innovators and world class artists. We're thrilled to work with them, utilising the latest in Artificial Intelligence to deliver more for our audiences. The integration of AI into The Mill's arsenal of world class VFX tools, in the hands of their global network of award-winning artists, will help us deliver truly magical moments; the kind of moments that take your breath away."
The Mill president Mark Benson added, "We are very excited about the potential for our partnership and helping to put Elvis back in the building. We are tasked with bringing Elvis back digitally by collecting and ingesting images and film archive clips to train AI
models on Elvis's face so we can recreate famous Elvis live performances. The Mill's outstanding creative and tech talent will once again push the boundaries of what is possible, to deliver an extraordinary, authentic and thrilling theatrical event."
In January this year Layered Reality announced they had secured the global licensing rights to create 'Elvis Evolution' from the owners of Elvis' estate ABG. The immersive experience will bring the global musical icon back through the power of AI, live theatre and multi-sensory effects in a celebration of his life and legacy.
Tickets go on sale late 2024 and 'Elvis Evolution' is due to open in Spring 2025.
(News, Source/LR/ElvisInfoNet)

Monday 1 July 2024

'In The Ghetto' MEMPHIS Remaster: The previously released undubbed versions of 'In The Ghetto', without the added orchestration and backing vocals, have always revealed the true emotion of Elvis' vocal. You could hear the sincerity in his singing and why he wanted to record this important song.
Outtake 11 has always been my favourite, first revealed on the early FTD 'Memphis Sessions' release. It is so poignant and very beautiful.
Here, as featured on the up-coming MEMPHIS set, Matt Ross-Spang has stripped back the overdubs of the original single.
It sounds superb. Listen on Headphones
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)

 

Elvis 'Blue Suede Shoes' sell for $150,000: Up for auction last friday, Elvis' original Blue Suede Shoes sold for the princely sum of £120,000 (US$152,000), well over the expected US$130,000.
The legendary singer bought the shoes after performing Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins on his debut album.
The shoes had been verified by Jimmy Velvet, a close friend of Presley and a leading authority on the singer.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: "They are as iconic as they can be. Blue suede shoes, hound dog, these are things that you think of immediately when you talk about Elvis Presley, they almost transcend popular culture.
The shoes, size 10.5, were given to Alan Fortas, a friend of Elvis, after the singer was called up to join the US Army.
Bidding for the shoes began at £55,000 (US$70,600). The shoes were apparently bought by a client from California.
Last year the UK auction house sold a mink coat owned by Elvis for £128,000 also to a US collector.
(News, Source;UK/EIN)


'ELVIS MEMPHIS' RED Double Vinyl SOLD OUT: Two weeks ago Graceland announced their exclusive RED vinyl 2-LP highlight collection of songs, taken from the comprehensive MEMPHIS release, features newly mixed versions of select recordings, pure and without overdubs.

Limited Edition of 1000 copies. This special Graceland Shop version is now SOLD OUT - just on pre-orders.

From SUN records to the Jungle Room sessions it features 24 tracks - see 'SONY / FTD News 2024' for tracklisting.

A regular black-vinyl set is available for pre-order at your local shops or Amazon.

(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


"Missouri con-woman tried to steal Graceland": An amazing twist in the tale with NBC News reporting that a con woman from Missouri was responsible for the recent Graceland scam.
WWJ News explained that the in-depth investigation by NBC revealed that the mastermind behind the scam is allegedly a woman named Lisa Holden, a grandmother/con woman who lives in Branson, Missouri.
Holden is alleged to have decades-long rap sheet of romance scams, forged checks and bank fraud totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, for which she did time in state and federal prison."
The Graceland saga started in May when a Missouri company 'Naussany Investments" claimed it was going to put Graceland on the auction block since Lisa Marie Presley signed a Deed of Trust in 2018 to secure a $3.8 million loan and used Graceland as collateral.
Riley Keough quickly filed a lawsuit to stop the
potential sale, claiming that her mother never borrowed any money from the company and that Naussany Investments was a false entity. At a court hearing for the matter, no one representing Naussany Investments showed up and the sale of Graceland was blocked.
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti launched an investigation saying he wanted to find out why investors threatened one of America's most iconic landmarks.
NBC News went to work, trying to unravel the mystery behind Naussany Investments but found no record of them.
NBC then found other connections to the Graceland scam and this month tracked down Lisa Holden at a trailer park in Branson. "Lisa came out to the porch and for 13 minutes answered questions about the connections between her and Naussany" but said she had "no earthly idea" what the reporter was talking about.
She claimed she must be a victim of identity theft.
A spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office stated that it "looked into the Graceland matter, and it quickly became apparent that this was a matter best suited for federal law enforcement."
An spokesperson for the FBI told reporters that the agency does not comment on investigations or even the likelihood that they exist.
It sure is a true-crime drama. Hopefully all will be revealed before Elvis Week.
(News, Source/NP/WWJNews)

'Always On My Mind' New Import CD: 'Always On My Mind' features Elvis' March / April 1972 Rehearsal & Studio Sessions. Many of these rehearsals have now been officially released, but not all of them.
This release is a collection of officially unreleased songs from these rehearsals as well as various uncut versions where you'll hear just a little more of what happens before and after the song.
In addition, we have completed this release with officially unreleased studio versions from the same period in great sound!!
If you liked our album 1973 - The Memphis Record (which is now sold out) - you will certainly like this album too.
Like our previous releases this album is also an excellent addition to the official releases!
EIN NOTE: A lot of the listed rehearsals are on the Amiga bootleg  'Elvis On Tour - Deluxe Edition' and even 'Elvis - Now In Person'
The Undubbed studio sessions look familiar from old bootlegs 'Pure Diamonds' and Venus' 'Unedited Masters' releases.
Check your collection.

See 'All The CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis: Long Beach, California' Import CD: This new double cd from Paradise Road Records contains 2 live shows recorded live at the Long Beach Arena, November 14 & 15, 1972.
Both shows previously released but are now presented for the first time together on one new double album and in remastered sound.
Both shows are good AUDIENCE recordings but especially the sound of the November 15, 1972 show is very clear.
This is the best show of the two AND what makes this show extra special is that Elvis' daughter is attending an Elvis show for the first time! It is clear that Elvis is proud that Lisa is present at this show. On this day he also gives her a concert scarf signed with a special message. You'll find a photo of this scarf inside the 12 page booklet.
This double album is a great document from Elvis in Long Beach, including great live songs like 'One Night, 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', 'Little Sister / Get Back', 'The Wonder Of You' and others.
EIN Note: Previously available on bootlegs 'Wild Tiger In Concert' (with way too much crowd sound) and 'Return To Long Beach' which was an OK recording.
See 'All The CD News 2024' for tracklistings
(News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


News from earlier last week...

'Elvis News Report July 2024': Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news including...... Details about the upcoming ‘Elvis Memphis’ 5-CD box set, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis concert film is going to happen, Title and cover photo of Lisa’s book, a closer look at FTD’s new ‘Celluloid Sell Out’ book, Terminal Fan is granted a trip to Graceland - and much, much more ....

Runs 19 minutes

Click HERE to YouTube well worth watching....

(News, Source;EM/ElvisInfoNet)


'Las Vegas: On Stage Feb 1973' MRS CD Review: The new MRS 4CD Deluxe-set contains three performances recorded in February 1973, during Elvis’ eighth engagement in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas shows took place weeks after the historic satellite TV show, Aloha From Hawaii, was filmed and broadcast on 14 January.
All shows are presented in stereo for the first time ever.
All shows are presented in stereo for the first time ever.
A bonus CD of remastered rehearsal tracks that were recorded the day before Opening night is also included.
The accompanying booklet includes rare photographs, memorabilia and liner notes which set the scene.
... This latest release from the Memphis Recording Service is an interesting one and manages to shed new light on the post-Aloha Elvis Las Vegas season that many fans have largely dismissed.

EIN contributor Shane Brown reviews this new set, with added comments from EIN's Piers Beagley.
(CD Reviews, Source;ShaneBrown/ElvisInformationNetwork)


Wednesday 26 June 2024

June 26, 1977, Elvis Presley’s Final Concert: June 26th 2024 marks the 47th anniversary of the last ever concert of the King of Rock n’ Roll in 1977. Obviously unplanned, the journey of this legendary artist ends on a whim, with his manager still lining up yet more tours for his worn-out artist.

Collapsing at home after a few weeks rest, Elvis died of heart failure from a cardiovascular disease the day before his scheduled next concert in Portland, Maine. With his tragic death announced on August 16th, 1977 people all around the world, including mass media and communication groups, wept as they reminisced of Elvis Presley’s memories outside Baptist Memorial hospital and Graceland Mansion that night.

In Europe, two radio stations

immediately ceased their regular on-air programs the instance Presley’s death was announced. Radio Luxembourg, with the largest audience in Europe, cancelled their commercials just to play his music non-stop. His Graceland mansion was then for the first time opened to the public for the viewing of his body lying-in-state and an estimate of 50,000 to 100,000 people appear to pay their respects to him.

Although life held such a tragic, ill-fated end to his all-too-short career, Elvis' final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana performed to 18 thousand of

his loving fans was one of his best in months.
After the support acts had warmed up the crowd Elvis exploded on stage to Also Sprach Zarathustra, followed by a punchy See See Rider. While obviously not up to the energy of his earlier 70's performances the set-list featured some nice treats for his ever-loving fans such as Fairytale, It’s Now or Never and Little Sister. A rare Please Release Me was performed plus favourites like I Can’t Stop Loving You and an emotional Bridge Over Troubled Water - sung for the first time in over a month.
During the band introductions Elvis added Early Morning Rain and I Really Don’t Want to Know, before the high power of his more recent single Hurt.
Afterwards Elvis' four minute monologue is emotional as he introduces his father, girlfriend Ginger and all the staff who
have helped him on this (final) tour. Truly heart-breaking is hearing Elvis saying, "If you want to hear us again, we'll be back". Sadly that would never happen.
Closing with the poignant, Can’t Help Falling In Love', leaving the stage he adds, “Until we meet again, God Bless, Adios.”
As Elvis sings in the last song he will ever perform, "Like a river flows, surely to the sea, Darling, so it goes, Some things are meant to be", there is no doubt that Elvis died way too young yet we are all blessed that he left behind such a stunning contribution to the entertainment industry as well as his positive influence on pop culture.
Countless artists and companies continue to revive his legacy by updating his legend and remixing his music, but in the end everything goes back to the originality and power of ELVIS. Elvis Presley may have left the building, but his legacy will never fade away as long as there are new people who
appreciate his art.
The Market Square Arena in Indianapolis was demolished in 2001 but a Memorial to Elvis commemorates that there was once a great artist who performed his finale-on-earth in that very sacred place.
(News, Source:GavinOak/PB/ElvisInfoNet)

EIN Exclusives and News from earlier in June ...
'ELVIS: MEMPHIS': The 5CD box-set is the first fully comprehensive collection of Elvis Presley’s hometown recordings.
Over 111 tracks ‘MEMPHIS’ captures Presley from his earliest sessions at Sun Studio to his final recordings in Graceland’s Jungle Room. Along the way, the Bluff City serves as both home and muse to Presley, playing a pivotal role in the dramatic arc of his artistry as he finds creative rebirth at American Sound in 1969, overcomes personal struggles at Stax in 1973, and brings his most extravagant and spellbinding live show to the Mid-South Coliseum in 1974.
Produced by Ernst Jørgensen with rare material and new liner notes by GRAMMY-winning music historian Robert Gordon, ‘MEMPHIS’ (released in 5CD, 2LP plus digital) gives fresh insight into the bond between Elvis and his eternal home.
From the very first notes of ‘MEMPHIS’ the city’s immense influence on Elvis is clear. At Sun Studio he channeled a heady mix of Beale Street blues, the sounds of Dewey Phillips’ “Red, Hot & Blue” show WHBQ, and the all-night gospel performances he attended at nearby Ellis Auditorium. That distinctly Memphis blend would result in a singular, defining moment in the development of rock n roll.
When Elvis returned to recording in Memphis in 1969, nearly fifteen years later, he sensed a different pulse in the city. Teaming up with legendary producer Chips Moman at American Sound Studio, far from the glitz of Hollywood or the gloss of Nashville, Elvis sought out songs that reflected a more gimlet-eyed worldview, and put down some of the greatest performances of his career. Yielding indelible hits like “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds,” these sessions heralded an earthier sound - and an astonishing comeback for Presley.
With the exception of the Sun recordings, all tracks on ‘MEMPHIS’ were newly mixed by GRAMMY-winner Matt Ross-Spang at Southern Grooves Memphis, with overdubs stripped away - to reveal only what Elvis heard live in the studio. (Please Watch this great video>>)
With this intimacy, new revelations abound - from Elvis’ intuitive chemistry with “The Memphis Boys” at American, to the subtle way he builds his vocal phrasing around his backing singers at Stax or the palpable joy he brings to his final sessions in the Jungle Room. Through it all, the listener is standing next to Elvis - hearing exactly what he is hearing.
 

The STAX sessions of 1973 came during a tumultuous time in Elvis’ personal life. As he wrestled with the dissolution of his marriage and personal demons, the frenetic energy of his day-to-day life came through in the performances. On songs like “Promised Land” that energy radiates, while other selections like Tony Joe White’s “For Ol’ Times Sake” grapple with loneliness in the face of fresh heartbreak. Presley returned to Stax in December of that year revitalized, clearly connecting to material like “I Got A Feeling In My Body” and “Loving Arms” with a familiarly-electric charisma.

In 1974 Elvis was back home On-Stage with a full orchestra and more than 20 musicians accompanying him. Here, he performed songs by many early rock & roll legends - including Jerry Lee Lewis, Lloyd Price, Little Richard and Fats Domino - and also delivered a GRAMMY-winning rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” “It’s always been said that a person cannot return to their hometown,” Elvis says towards the end of the show. “But you have disproven that theory completely.”

Recording his final songs using RCA’s mobile rig at Graceland in 1976, Elvis sings with a passion that defies his poor health.

These stripped recordings strike an emotional chord as he interacts beautifully with his backing vocalists on “Danny Boy” or finds a deep pocket on the swinging “For The Heart.”

In 1960 when asked what he missed about his hometown on his way back from the army, a 25-year-old Elvis answered: “Everything. I mean that - everything.”

OUT August 9. You can now pre-order at Amazon for $71.
(News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)


Polk Salad Annie: As part of the MEMPHIS set Matt Ross-Spang has remixed the audio for Elvis' live 1974 Memphis performance.

Super-fan Johnny-2523 has posted a fabulous video using footage from both TTWII and 'On Tour' to showcase the newly remixed audio by Matt-Ross Spang.

Well-worth watching..

(News, Source;ELVISDINNERSHOW2020)

 

“Elvis Presley Bootleg Discography A - R” New Book: Author Marco Durzu has now published his fourth book “Elvis Presley Bootleg Discography A - R”.
This 550 page book is dedicated to 'Elvis Presley Bootleg Discography (alphabet letters from A to R)'. The book lists all Elvis' bootleg releases (from "alternative" record companies to the official ones) and their catalogs relating to their audio releases of Elvis Presley's music.
This is the sequel to Durzu's previous Elvis' books, “Elvis Presley Concerts and Rehearsals from 1944 to 1977” (2023), “Elvis Presley Songs” (2024) and “Canzoni di Elvis Presley” (2024).
The book features each Elvis Presley's bootleg discography label for a total of 232 labels and 1008 titles.
At the end of the book there is a Guide to listening to Analog/ Digital Music, which illustrates the fundamental theoretical concepts for listening to it, the digital formats used (WAVE, FLAC, DSD, DXD) in their most updated forms in order to listen to the music with the highest possible quality.
In the end I want to thank, with my heart and soul, Elvis Presley, for the unique talent he was able to express through his music, which gives me and many other people and will always give pure joy and happiness.
The book is published in the Apple Book Store, on the Google Play Store and on Amazon Kindle (paperback or hard cover)
Check Amazon here Paperback or Hardcover
(News, Source;Marco Durzu/EIN)

Upcoming book - Rethinking Elvis (Mark Duffett): Now rescheduled for publication on October 28, the cover for the latest academic examination of Elvis has been released.
Edited by Mark Duffett, Associate Professor Communication Screen & Performance at the University of Chester in England, the book contains 384 pages and will be available in both hard and soft cover formats. The book is now available to pre-order from Amazon sites.

It is published by Oxford University Press and is described as:
"Decades after his passing, Elvis Presley remains one of popular music's greatest icons. He was among the most successful, influential, socially significant, and controversial performers of the twentieth century, with a celebrity so indelible that every recent American president has negotiated its orbit. While much of the coverage of Elvis' life concerns his personal history and musical ability, Rethinking Elvis pushes beyond the familiar to address Elvis' branding, historical and geographic reception, heritage, and fan phenomenon. Using Elvis' iconography as a point of departure, popular music scholars and historians contend with issues related to the performer's whiteness, Southern identity, and gender, among others, in turn offering myriad opportunities to pursue new approaches in the emergent field of Elvis studies."

(Read EIN's 2020 interview with Mark Duffett here)
(News, Source:AmazonAustralia/EIN)


Elvis Week 2024 More Guests: EPE have announced some new special guests for this year's Elvis Week. They include
Norbert Putnam, Bass player at numerous Elvis recording sessions including Nashville in 1970, Stax and in the Jungle Room at Graceland.
- at Elvis: Back in Memphis, Aug 13
Jim Murray, Former member of The Imperials who performed both on-stage and in the studio with Elvis.
- Elvis: Return to Vegas, Aug 16 & Elvis: Behind the Music, Aug 17
Mike Moran, RCA recording engineer on several Elvis albums including STAX sessions and Jungle Room sessions.
- Elvis: Behind the Music Aug 17
Ron Strauss, Co-pilot for Elvis’ Lisa Marie airplane.
- Conversations on Elvis, Aug 15
Robert Gordon, Grammy-winning music historian who wrote the liner notes for the newly announced Elvis release MEMPHIS.
- Elvis: Behind the Music, Aug 17

Other guests already announced are Linda Thompson, Sam Thompson, Shirley Dieu (Joe Esposito's girlfriend), Jerome Stump Monroe (drummer for Sweet Inspirations) and Larry Geller.
Once again there is no sign of Priscilla being present at Elvis Week. Linda Thompson is again playing the major role
Go here to EPE for full schedule & tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'Virtual Elvis Week 2024': Once again EPE has announced Virtual Elvis Week 2024 "bringing all the excitement of Elvis Week right to your home". A chance to see the LIVE concerts, tribute contests, and panel discussions that make Elvis Week the best week of the year for Elvis fans round the world.
Once again every event is rewatchable for 10 days after its conclusion. Relive your favorite moments again and again.
Three options...
The Elvis Fan Pass $130 - With access to the 4 marquee Elvis Week Soundstage events happening on August 13-16.
List includes access to watch:
    Elvis: Back in Memphis (Aug 13)
    Elvis Fan Choice Awards (Aug 14)
    Conversations on Elvis (Aug 15)
    Elvis: Return to Vegas (Aug 16)
The Elvis TRIBUTE artist pass S130 - gives you access to watch 5 marquee Elvis TRIBUTE artist soundstage shows, including the two rounds of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition,
The Elvis Super Fan Pass $225 - the biggest experience see Elvis Week 2024 like a Virtual VIP, all nine Soundstage events plus a virtual tour of Graceland Mansion and a "show & tell" with Graceland Archives Angie Marchese.
For tickets and full info see Virtual Elvis Week
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)


'For LP Fans Only / A Date with Elvis - Mono II Stereo' OUT NOW: From the french RDM label - Two classic albums, for the first time in stereo.

'For LP Fans Only' released in February 1959, brought together songs previously released on 45rpm or on EPs, such as the classics 'That's All Right', 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy', 'Mystery Train' or the song 'Poor Boy' from the soundtrack of the film 'Love Me Tender'.

'A Date with Elvis' was released in July 1959 based on the same principle of compiling previously published 45rpm or 'Extended Play' songs from Elvis' past. It contained other Elvis classics such as 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' and 'Good Rockin' Tonight' plus 'Baby, I Don't Care' and the haunting 'Is It So Strange'.

The stereo mixes on this CD, are the latest in our series of Mono-to-Stereo reissues created by producer Anthony Stuchbury, are authentic to original Mono releases but now sound more like the original studio sessions.
Fans can re-discover these 20 classic Elvis songs as if they were mixed in stereo for their initial release.
OUT NOW

Go to RDM for great Sound Samples and to order - Only 15Euros

(News, Source;AS/ElvisInfoNet)


'My Time with Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley' (Mike Stone): Set for release on Amazon in August is a new book by Mike Stone. For those who don't recognise his name he was in a relationship with Priscilla Presley for a number of years from 1972 and was a key figure in the emotional roller-coaster that described Elvis and Priscilla’s lives in the seventies. The author describes his book as:
... Setting the Record Straight: The idea of writing this book has existed for a long time. I write it now with clarity, wisdom, and a clear conscience.
The world has been subjected to untrue sensationalism through the media, gossip shows, and thousands of tabloids for over fifty years. I am telling the truth about my time with Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley. Although our time together was brief, it was filled with love, joy, and happiness.

It only fits that Priscilla and I can set the record straight. I’ve heard that Priscilla has already stated her position on our relationship. For those looking to read trash-talk, name-calling, and accusations, save your money. Haters will find some satisfaction in my stories about the stupid, petty, childish attitudes I demonstrated occasionally. Some people would love for me to find fault with Priscilla or Lisa Marie, but I can’t do it. They were both a joy to be around. What could I possibly say that was negative, disrespectful, or untrue about a beautiful woman who only wanted to create a life of her choosing? What could I say negatively about the loving, pretty, innocent 6-year-old gem that was Lisa Marie? Nothing. If you look closely at the photo of how Lisa and I looked at each other, it’s obvious how we felt about each other.

The only issues I had were never with Priscilla or Lisa Marie but with my naïve ignorance. I had an instinctive dislike for the stupid attitude and mentally bankrupt Hollywood insiders who saw Priscilla as prey. I feared that, in her vulnerable condition, she might jump from the frying pan into the fire. History has a way of repeating itself.

Priscilla is free to choose any lifestyle, but I cautioned her of the consequences of her choices. The past fifty years have revealed the harsh reality, cruelties, and challenges of life with significant loss and sadness. Everyone has the right to choose how they prefer to live. My spirit agreed never to interfere with my choices. Who am I to question anyone else’s choice of how to live? We must allow each soul to walk its chosen path, even if that soul decides to end its own life. Ever notice that the Creator never interferes with a soul who chooses to end its earthly experiences?

I have written about my time with Priscilla and Lisa Marie, remembering the beautiful times and joys we shared. I was truly blessed. I encourage you to read about these experiences. They are meant to reveal, motivate, and inspire you to remember the wonderful times you shared with loved ones and friends.
EIN interviewed Mike Stone in 2021: read the interview here
(News, Source: Elvis Day By Day; EIN)


'Elvis MEMPHIS' CD / VINYL: It is good to see plenty of publicity has been hitting social media and the music press over the new ELVIS MEMPHIS 2024 set.

Sony Music Entertainment has announced the release of 'MEMPHIS' an extensive collection of Elvis Presley's hometown recordings. This definitive and fully comprehensive compilation contains over 111 tracks, showcasing Presley from his earliest sessions at Sun Studio - which occurred 70 years ago this summer - to his final recordings in Graceland's Jungle Room.
‘MEMPHIS’ will be released in 5CD, 2LP and digital configurations, giving fresh insight into the bond between Elvis and his eternal home.

Prices now noted on Amazon
Double-Vinyl: $38 at Amazon.com / £24 at Amazon.uk

CD Box-set: $80 at Amazon.com / £32 at Amazon.uk

See 'SONY / FTD News 2024' for details & tracklists

(News, Source;Amazon/EIN)


'Elvis Week 2024' Memphis events: With the upcoming release of the 2024 ELVIS MEMPHIS set there are two new events that focus on this great release.
and how cool to actually do them in "Memphis"!
- Sony MEMPHIS Listening Party
August 14. 2pm - Guest House Theater
In celebration of the release, fans can attend a MEMPHIS Q&A and Listening Party with Sony during Elvis Week 2024.
More details and special guests to be announced for this event.
Last year, producers Ernst Jørgensen / Roger Semon and recording engineer Matt Ross-Spang were there to talk about the upgraded Aloha release so it would be no surprise if they are also in attendance this year. This event is free, but you must reserve a ticket to attend.

- Elvis: Back In Memphis Concert
August 13. 7pm - Graceland Soundstage
Celebrate the incredible music that emerged from Elvis’ recording sessions at Memphis’ hometown studios in this special Elvis Week concert! From historic recordings that kickstarted Elvis’ career at Sun to
the soulful sounds of American Sound, Stax, and his intimate sessions in the Jungle Room at Graceland, take a journey through some of Elvis’ most beloved music.
Hosted by Andy Childs alongside vocalists Terry Mike Jeffrey and Pat Dunn, joining them will be the musicians and vocalists who were part of these legendary recording sessions to share their memories. Scheduled to appear are from American Sound drummer Gene Chrisman and vocalist Donna (Rhodes) Morris; and from the Jungle Room Sessions, Larry Strickland; with more guests to be announced as they are confirmed.
Go here to EPE Elvis Week schedule to get your tickets
(News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)

Mark James 'Suspicious Minds' Composer Dead at 83: Legendary songwriter Mark James who composed 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Always On My Mind' has died at the age of 83.
The Texas-born musician scored his first major hit in 1968 with the song 'Hooked On A Feeling' by B.J Thomas.
Over the course of his career his compositions were recorded by artists including BJ Thomas, Willie Nelson, Bill Withers, Brenda Lee, Pet Shop Boys and Michael Bublé.
But his most outstanding hits were for Elvis and after 'Suspicious Minds' Elvis would record James' songs, 'Raised on Rock', 'It's Only Love' and 'Moody Blue' and his greatest success 'Always on My Mind' (a collaboration with Johnny Christopher and Wayne Carson) that would be covered by multiple artists.
In 2000 Mark James was named one of the top songwriters of the 20th Century alongside Paul McCartney, Elton John and Holland-Dozier-Holland. He died at his home in Nashville, on 8 June.
In a statement, James's family said "His larger-than-life personality filled any room he was in, and his smile lit it up.

He was a captivating storyteller who had the sweetest smile, the most infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye that never dimmed."
James was born Francis Zambon in Houston in 1940 and gravitated towards music at a young age. By 1959, he was performing locally and had recorded a single called Jive Note but his career was put on hold when he was drafted into the army to fight in the Vietnam War.
On his return he signed to a Memphis publishing company where he helped write songs for fellow Houston native B.J. Thomas including his breakout hit 'The Eyes Of A New York Woman'.
He recorded his own version of 'Suspicious Minds' in 1968 at American Studios with producer Chips Moman, but it failed to chart.
A year later at his 1969 Memphis Sessions Elvis was looking for new material to record and heard 'Suspicious Minds'.
"Elvis wanted to hear the song over and over again, and learned it on the spot," said producer Chips Moman.
Using almost exactly the same arrangement as James's original, Elvis took the song to number one in 1969 - rejuvenating his career.

James talked of meeting Elvis in Vegas, "Elvis invited me to Vegas when 'Suspicious Minds' was charting and I remember he was at a table talking in a long room with Sammy Davis or Andy Williams way across the room. And I came in the room and Elvis stood up and walked clear across the room and said, “Hi Mark. How you been doing?”
I said, “Man, this guy is something else" - He was a classy guy, you know! There's nobody like Elvis. He was one of a kind."

Mark James wrote more than 300 songs in a career that spanned seven decades. 'Always On My Mind' would be recorded by more than 300 other acts and Willie Nelson's 1982 cover earned James a Grammy Award for song of the year. The Pet Shop Boys also covered it in 1987 and it became the UK Christmas number one single and was later named the "best cover of all time" in a BBC poll.
In later years he became more interested in film scores, and studied the discipline at UCLA and the American Film Institute.
James was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014 and was also entered into the New York Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Speaking in 2021, James looked back at his career and said he was "thankful that his songs were still being embraced by new generations of listeners around the world".
(News, Source;Various/EIN)

MRS 'Elvis: The Complete Movie Masters 1960-62' In-Depth Review: This 2024 MRS 'Elvis: The Complete Movie Masters 1960-62 - Plus Session Out-takes' 4CD/Book combo pays tribute to Elvis Presley’s complete master soundtrack recordings made for his movies between 1960-62.
As a bonus two CDs contain rare outtake tracks from these recording sessions and do include unreleased material.
The 140-page book focuses on each of the seven films and is accompanied by informative text, complemented by rare and previously unseen photographs and memorabilia.
In his first two years out of the army Elvis still looked terrific and the book includes a veritable pot-pourii of attractive images for readers to savor.

The set includes the STEREO masters from 'Follow That Dream' that have never been officially released on album, as well as other previously unreleased remastered stereo recordings.
Collectors will not only enjoy the images of Elvis in gorgeous close-up but also nearly five hours of great sixties soundtrack music.

Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this MRS release and check out what's new..

(CD/Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis:King of Bling Vol.1' New Book: A new book by prolific Elvis author Paul Belard.
The book description notes...
In an article in The New York Times Magazine published on August 8, 2023, titled A Brief History of Bling, the author argued that the story of hip-hop could be told “through the stunning and surreal evolution of the jewelry the artists wear.”
According to him, “The word bling, which entered common parlance at the turn of the century, conjures specific sights: small flotillas of twinkling diamonds, gold layered literally to the teeth, watches so gem-encrusted they barely tick.” He adds that, “One beguiling trick of hip-hop production, whether it’s expensive or ersatz, elegant or gaudy, is to convey musically what jewelry signifies visually.”
It is indeed a brief history of bling because Elvis’ name is not even mentioned! Had the word “bling” been in use in the 20th century, Elvis would have outshone the hip-hop genre. Anyone who has seen some of the bling worn by the rappers can credibly say that, compared to Elvis, they are mere amateurs.
Elvis enjoyed wearing flamboyant accessories, from necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings, belts, tie clips, cuff links, watches, and of course clothing, e.g. the gold lame suit. If it is true that the term “bling” entered the vocabulary at the turn of the 2000s, Elvis was the “blinger” par excellence before the word came into use.
Out June 3, 2024 - Paperback:‎ 220 pages. Go here to Amazon.
(News, Source;PB/EIN)

Lisa Marie Memoir Title and Cover: Random House has revealed the title of the much-anticipated Lisa Marie Presley memoir 'From Here to the Great Unknown' scheduled for release on Oct 15.
About The Book: Born to an American myth and raised in the wilds of Graceland, Lisa Marie Presley tells her whole story for the first time in this raw, riveting, one-of-a-kind memoir faithfully completed by her daughter, Riley Keough.
In 2022, Lisa Marie Presley asked her daughter to help finally finish her long-gestating memoir.
A month later, Lisa Marie was dead, and the world would never know her story in her own words, never know the passionate, joyful, caring, and complicated woman that Riley loved and grieved.
Riley got the tapes that her mother had recorded for the book, laid in her bed, and listened as Lisa Marie told story after story about smashing golf carts together in the yards of Graceland, about the unconditional love she felt from her father, about being upstairs, just the two of them. About getting dragged screaming out of the bathroom as she ran towards his body on the floor.
About living in Los Angeles with her mother, getting sent to school after school, always kicked out, always in trouble.
About her singular, lifelong relationship with Danny Keough, about being married to Michael Jackson, what they shared in common. About motherhood. About deep addiction. About ever-present grief.
Riley knew she had to fulfill her mother’s wish to reveal these memories, incandescent and painful, to the world.
'To make her mother known'.
This extraordinary book is composed of both Lisa Marie’s and Riley’s voice, a mother and daughter communicating across the transom of death as they try to heal each other.
Profoundly moving and deeply revealing, From Here to the Great Unknown is a book like no other - the last words of the only child of a true legend.
Hardcover - 272 Pages
Go here to Lisa Marie Book for multiple ordering options
Fans who pre-order through ShopGraceland.com will receive a lithograph, autographed by Riley Keough. $32.00
(News, Source;Various/EIN)

Two New ‘MRS CAMDEN’ Releases: UK Label ‘Memphis Recording Service’ (MRS) will re-release its remastered tracks on 2 upcoming title releases on its alternate budget label ‘MRS CAMDEN’ on 19th July 2024.

- The Complete 1950’s Studio Masters - 4CD/DIGI
- The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1960-62 - Plus Session Out-Takes - 4CD/DIGI


1.  'The Complete 1950’s Studio Masters'
This 4CD set presented in a Camden digi-pack contains the complete master studio recordings of Elvis Presley from the 1950s.
It includes personal acetates, cut in 1953 and early 1954, all of his early Sun recordings from 1954-55, as well as every RCA studio master and movie studio soundtrack recording made between January 1956 and June 1958.
The set also contains bonus tracks of recordings made at radio stations, as well as alternate movie soundtrack recordings.  

(Click for high-res cover image)

2. 'The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1960-62 - Plus Session Out-Takes'
This 4CD set (previously released as ‘Back in Living Stereo 1960-62’) pays tribute to the recordings Elvis made once he returned home from Germany in March 1960, after his stint as a soldier in the US army (1958-60).
These recordings were the first stereo recordings of Elvis issued to the public.
The CDs, presented in a Camden digi-pack, contain remastered tracks of all the 1960 - 1962 master recordings from RCA Studio’s in Nashville.
As a bonus, it includes 2 CDs containing rare material of studio session out-takes.

See 'All The Elvis CD News' for more details and all the tracklistings...

See EIN's earlier review of the MRS deluxe CD/Book combo ‘Back in Living Stereo 1960-62’ here.

(News, Source;MRS/ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Presley: Guitar Man: The '67 / '68 Sessions' FTD: More info on the 'Elvis Presley: Guitar Man The '67 / '68 Sessions'.
Released as a 5CD set it features two Elvis' RCA sessions at Studio B in Nashville. 
September 1967 highlights include Guitar Man, Hi Heel Sneakers, Big Boss Man and You Don't Know Me.
The January 68 sessions highlights include Too Much Monkey Business and U.S. Male. It also included an extraordinary 30 takes of 'Goin' Home'.
The 24-page booklet features rare photos, sessions data, memorabilia and release information.
FTD suggest it will be out in late June
See 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News' for a detailed look at the package and a list of what previously unreleased content it contains.

'Celluloid Sell-Out 1960-61' New FTD book: FTD also announces a new deluxe book by Bob Pakes for July.
This time a follow up to his earlier FTD book 'Celluloid Sell-Out 1956-1958'.

448 pages containing over 2000 images - featuring worldwide Elvis Presley movie memorabilia from 1960-1961. Packed with movie posters, lobby cards and more.

Also includes two cds of movie soundtrack outtakes (all previously released)

 

See 'Elvis FTD / SONY CD News' for more details and tracklist


'Elvis: Stateline SAHARA '74' FTD In-Depth Review: 'ELVIS: Stateline Sahara 1974 Lake Tahoe' released as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak features three previously unreleased performances from Elvis' third Lake Tahoe season - May 19 (Evening show), May 20 (Midnight show) and May 25 (Midnight show).
Just two weeks before this Lake Tahoe season Elvis had been playing to audiences of over 18 thousand at the Los Angeles Forum, so it is understandable if Elvis sounds a little more on ‘cruise-control’ but being less O-T-T is also a positive in that they sound more intimate.

FTD have already released three concerts from this Tahoe season plus five of the best tracks from this set.
Go here as Elvis soundboard super-collector Geoffrey McDonnell & EIN's Piers Beagley investigate what fans may discover in these previously unheard performances

(FTD Reviews, Source:GM/ElvisInfoNet)


ELVIS - 70th Anniversary Special Release - 5 x SUN 78RPM 10” VINYL SUNSPLAT SET: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Elvis’ first SUN record releases is a uniquely designed 5 record “SUN-splat” 78rpm vinyl release, out on the first week of July 2024.
These 5 magnificent SUN 10” (inch) singles play at 78RPM and only an extremely low number of these sets have been produced. This is the first time an Elvis SUN replica has been produced like this and designed to play at the original 78RPM speed.
The images here are an approximate to what each individual vinyl will look like since every copy will be slightly different in the amounts of splatter.
Each of the 5 SUN records have the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides with the labels perfect (as the original) in size, accuracy, and colour. The sound quality is excellent matching the original SUN sound recordings (including ‘That’s All Right’), and each are pressed on heavy stock vinyl.
Because of the strictly low limited number release, they are only available for preorder from selected Elvis dealers and fan clubs.
Click for high res pics - Out first week July 2024
(News, Source;ElvisSunVinyl,ElvisInfoNet)

'Elvis UK - Extended' In-Depth Book Review: UK specialists John Townson and Gordon Minto's new book 'ELVIS UK Extended - The Ultimate Guide to the Elvis Presley's EPs 1957 - 2001' follows on from their previous publications in the Elvis UK series.
The 500 page soft-cover book, extensively illustrated, details the history of Elvis' Extended Play releases, their popularity and subsequent fall from favour.
It includes a chronological list of all the EPs their multiple repressings and all are cross-referenced with its US counterpart and key differences discussed.
Based on 40+ years of research, and with contributions by insiders providing previously unknown perspectives and knowledge on the production, marketing, musical and other aspects of Elvis' UK EP releases.
But can there really be anything new of particular interest in a book about Elvis’ vinyl UK EP releases? Many of us believed they started with the ‘Love Me Tender’ EP and wrapped by 1967 with ‘Easy Come Easy Go’.
That’s only 20 or so EP releases and surely some like ‘Elvis Sails’ or ‘Elvis Sings Christmas Songs’ would only get one original print run and then be deleted. We thought that this smaller UK vinyl theme would be done and dusted in under 100 pages – “mah boy, mah boy” were we wrong!
.. and the book will make you want to spin some vinyl!
The incredible trio Nigel Patterson / Piers Beagley and Kees Mouwen (Elvis Day by Day) combine forces to check out the book.
(Book Review, Source:EIN/ElvisDayByDay)

Interview with authors of 'ELVIS UK - Extended': Co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto recently published 'ELVIS UK Extended - The Ultimate Guide to the Elvis Presley's EPs 1957 - 2001'.
The book, extensively illustrated, details the history of Elvis' Extended Play releases, their popularity and subsequent fall from favour.
It includes a chronological list of all the EPs their multiple repressings and all are cross-referenced with its US counterpart and key differences discussed.

Based on 40+ years of research, and with contributions by insiders providing previously unknown perspectives and background knowledge on the production, marketing, musical and other aspects of "just" 22 original Extended Play's and 3 EP box-sets, this impressive book is the definitive word on Elvis' UK EP releases.

Reason enough for Kees Mouwen (Elvis Day By Day) and EIN's Piers Beagley to sit down with both authors to find out more about the story behind the research and writing of this new book.
The two gentlemen also slipped in some interesting news on future projects.

(Interviews, Source;EDayByDay/ElvisInfoNetwork)


'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.2' MONO II STEREO CD Review: Luckily for inquisitive Elvis collectors, producer Anthony Stuchbury is back with his take on Elvis’ second album ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll No.2’.
Rediscover Elvis Presley's second album and four key 1956 singles with a new STEREO mix!
The stereo mixes newly created for this CD allow you to find the naturalness of the original recordings and give the impression of being in the heart of the studio with Elvis and his musicians.
With Mono II Stereo fans can embrace a new way of listening to old albums, rediscovering 'The Young Man with the Big Beat' all over again.
The Stereo 'Bonus Singles', Love Me Tender, Anyway You Want Me, Too Much, Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, Playing For Keeps, My Baby Left Me, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You all add to the interest
The stunning thing with ‘Mono > Stereo’ is that you can now tune in to parts you have never heard before.
EIN's Piers Beagley investigates what he discovered from these new Stereo versions.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'That's All Right' Deluxe-box-Set: Some further details from Erik Lorentzen - A special 'That's All Right' Deluxe-box-Set - Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind! To be released on July 19TH 2024 - 70 YEARS AFTER. The song that changed the world. . .
Presenting a unique collector’s item like you have never seen before! Housed in a box with a magnetic closure which features a NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN 1954 Blue Light Studio picture on top.

When you open the box, you’ll look at a mock-up 3D record player with the first 78 printed on top, a 7” 45rpm EP (4 songs - That’s All Right & Blue Moon Of Kentucky recorded by all three artists - Elvis, Arthur Crudup and Bill Monroe), two 12" albums (12 songs on each).

The first album focuses on That’s All Right & Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Elvis in the 50’s and 60’s. On the second we hear That’s All Right from 1970 on black vinyl.
TRIVIA: did you know that Elvis sang That’s All Right 294 times during the seventies!? All 294 recordings are mentioned in the book!

Furthermore, a beautiful hardbound book packed with information about these songs and, of course, exceptionally beautiful pictures including printed

for-your-pleasure, and on heavy paper, sheet music from both That’s All Right and Blue Moon Of Kentucky and a rare replica of a Poplar Tunes window card from 1954.

This extremely beautiful set is going to be a collector’s item for every fan and for sure it will increase in value over the years.

This will be one of the most collectable items ever sold in a limited-edition boxset.

PRE ORDER NOW at your local Elvis Dealer

See 'All The CD News 2024' for more details

(News, Source; EL/EIN)


'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books' - hardcover variant: In keeping with the age-old comics book tradition, the hardcover edition of the upcoming book, Elvis Hero of the Comic Books, by EIN's Nigel Patterson, will have this "white" cover variant (compared to the previously announced "red and black" softcover edition).

The fantastic design is again by Elvis Day By Day's, Kees Mouwen.
After reviewing the proof copy there is a little more work to do finalising the book, including adding a "For Mature Readers Only" section.

The nearly 400-pages book features text and imagery for more than 250 comic books, graphic novels, graphic biographies, caricatures, comic strips and comic book ephemera, which are directly about Elvis or feature him in a subsidiary or cameo role. It is the first comprehensive account highlighting the impressive volume and eclectic nature of Elvis' presence and impact through the comic book medium.

Click for high-res cover



(News, Source: EIN)


MRS ‘ON FIRE IN TOLEDO – 1956’ At your Local Dealers: Elvis LIVE in 1956 and ALL tracks PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED! Now delivered to all your local Elvis Dealers.

This stunning set is available in our very collectable combi 7” gatefold 45rpm EP (Extended Play) vinyl single, housed together with a sleeved CD EP single.

This unique packaging, designed and created by MRS, comprises on the inside left panel a CD wallet inserted into a slot and on the right panel a vinyl 45rpm 7” EP single. The 45rpms will be available in both GREEN and PINK vinyl versions.

These are limited editions and are NOT available on mainstream online and stores. A 'Limited Edition' CD single only version is also available.

All tracks published for the first time ever and are previously unreleased.

Recently discovered interview PLUS 3 LIVE TRACKS from Elvis' appearance in Toledo Ohio on November 22nd, 1956.

Although Elvis’ unique performance was very poorly recorded and had distortion and imperfections, our professional engineer’s mastering efforts have made vast improvements including correction of pitch speed, reduction of hiss, removal of radio host Ron Ross talking over while Elvis is performing and overall clarity.

Though every effort has been made to achieve optimum sound quality, priority is given to its historical content.

Check with your Local Elvis Dealer - the set is OUT NOW.

Tracklist - Elvis Presley: On Fire In Toledo – 22 November 1956
45RPM EXTENDED PLAY VINYL
SIDE A
01. Radio WOWO Ron Ross Interviews Elvis
02. Heartbreak Hotel
SIDE B
03. Long Tall Sally
04. Don‘t Be Cruel (Incomplete)

CD SINGLE EP
01. Radio WOWO Ron Ross Interviews Elvis
02. Introduction
03. Heartbreak Hotel
04. Long Tall Sally
05. Don‘t Be Cruel (Incomplete)

ELVIS ‘SUN 209’ 78rpm LIQUID VINYL 70th Anniv Special Release: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Elvis’ historic first single release of Sun 209 ‘That’s All Right’/ ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ a very special and totally unique limited-edition release of the recording that changed Rock’n’Roll history will be out in the first week of July 2024. This is a strictly Limited Edition of only 125 copies

This special liquid vinyl version of Sun 209 10” playing at 78rpm is restricted to 125 copies worldwide. They contain a 2-colour liquid, nicely matching those notable SUN colors, that moves inside the vinyl.

Each of these unique vinyls are handmade and take an hour to produce each one with the original etched numbers included with the appropriate song sides and are by far the most remarkable SUN replica made.

The labels are perfect (as the original) in size, accuracy and colour. The sound quality is excellent, featuring the original Sun recordings with the ‘dry’ ‘That’s All Right’ and pressed on heavy stock vinyl.


'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' Box-Set FTD In-Depth Review: Released last month, 'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' was the eleventh in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. This is the audio-set that was released earlier as part of 'The Making Of Blue Hawaii'. The 8 inch deluxe 4-CD package includes the complete sessions "newly-mixed from the original 3-track tapes", a 24-page booklet with informative flashbacks from musicians, songwriters, session data, memorabilia and global chart information.
The set includes 50 'officially previously unreleased' session outtakes. However most of these have to be 'False-Starts'.
There is however over four hours of Polynesian influenced material to enjoy and lots of studio banter to eavesdrop on. The set also includes all twenty-nine takes of Elvis' classic chart-topper Can’t Help Falling In Love.

Over 5000 words EIN's Piers Beagley investigates in-depth what this new set offers and whether the previously unreleased outtakes add anything to our understanding of this important soundtrack session.....
(FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis in Literature #4 - 'Elvis, Barbra, A Star Is Born, and a girl circling overhead': That Elvis was considered for the co-lead role in A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand, has long been a discussion point among fans. Why didn't Elvis take up the offer? Could he have carried it off?
Ms Streisand recently released her autobiography, My Name is Barbra (Century Books), a mammoth book of nearly 1,000 pages (but unfortunately no index)!!
Streisand's account of discussions with Elvis and Colonel Tom Parker about the role of John Norman Howard is interesting - and her description of meeting Elvis also includes a fascinating and somewhat bizarre account of why Elvis was late in meeting up with her.

Go to 'Elvis in Literature #4' on Barbra Streisand and Elvis for the whole story, photos and excerpts..

 

(Spotlight, Source;Nigel Patterson/ElvisInfoNet)


Preview pages – 'Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books': Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books by EIN’s Nigel Patterson (with striking page design by Elvis Day By Day’s, Kees Mouwen) is inching closer to publication.

The nearly 400-pages book features text and imagery for more than 250 comic books, graphic novels, graphic biographies, caricatures, comic strips and comic book ephemera, which are directly about Elvis or feature him in a subsidiary or cameo role. It is the first comprehensive account highlighting the impressive volume and eclectic nature of Elvis' presence and impact through the comic book medium.

Here are a slection of sample pages: Click on images for full size preview

 

 

 

(News, Source:EIN)

Elvis, Hero of the Comic Books features hundreds of images, the breadth of graphic art is a mix of the impressive, a case of WTF?, and art that some will find confronting. In addition, the book features various sidebars, which present a more detailed account of a particular title or issue.
The narrative themes found in the releases presented in this book are multifarious, ranging from straight biographies, Elvis as crime fighter, Elvis the super-hero realm, to anthropomorphic Elvis, Elvis parodies/ satire, and Elvis as demon, vampire, and zombie (this is a particularly popular theme). There is even a fairy godmother and a Lady Helvis!
As a body of work, the comic books, graphic novels and biographies represent a powerful symbol of the incredible impact Elvis continues to have on society and culture..

'ELVIS: At 3am Sahara Tahoe 1973' MRS CD Review: This Deluxe 2CD set features two shows from Elvis’ May 1973 engagement at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Included is a rare 3am charity performance as well as the midnight show from the previous night.
Both shows for the first time are presented in stereo.
The accompanying booklet includes memorabilia and rare photos along with liner notes that set the scene.
Despite having to perform three concerts in the one evening, Elvis was feeling inspired and although it was 3am he still treated the ‘Mother’s Day’ benefit more like a Closing Night performance. Elvis was in extremely jovial spirits, teasing the band and adding some crazy lyrics. He also added unique live versions of ‘My Way’, ‘Faded Love’, ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ and a rare ‘It’s Over’.
With the cassette hiss removed, the musicians and backing-vocals in stereo and Elvis’ vocal raised to the correct level, this MRS release sounds just like an RCA recorded multi-track and is the best representation of the “real Elvis” live in 1973 that fans could hope for.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley checks out a sensational STEREO Elvis double-pack.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Book Review- 'ELVIS : ALOHA FROM HAWAII - Through The Eyes of Japan': The book is 200 pages and features over 300 photos by Japanese cameraman Yoshiji Kizaki, newly scanned from long-lost negatives. The book features five main chapters focusing on four 1972 Elvis appearances, November 17 1972 Evening Show, Nov 18 A/S and E/S, the Nov 20 Press Conference plus the Aloha main concert.
A lot of Kizaki's colour images are very impressive and so it is no surprise to learn that several of these photographs were used on Japanese vinyl album sleeves. There are some absolute beauties and the delight is that you will have never seen them before!
While this is obviously a photo book it is much more than that and the matching text makes it feel like a very personal journey. This book is actually about how the Japanese team witnessed some of Elvis' greatest performances and became a crucial part in Elvis' most famous live broadcast.
I have seen so few November 1972 on-stage photos before but here we get around fifty images from every concert. In ‘Elvis A Life in Music’ Ernst Jorgensen wrote “By the end of 1972 Elvis was definitely overweight” so it is a surprise that these images show Elvis looking taught and terrific. In fact several from his November 17 concert could easily be mistaken for his iconic Aloha performance!
See EIN's Piers Beagley detailed review
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

Book Review 'The King and The Jester': Elvis author Paul Belard's new "special interest" book all about Elvis and manager Col Parker is out now.
The cover notes, "As this uncultured philistine said of himself, "I did not know what to make of Elvis, or his music. I did not care, but I saw the reaction of the audience says and it was enough for me". Parker promptly realised that Elvis was his own ticket to wealth."
Belard's new 260 page book's twenty three chapters include, 'The Hank Snow Affair', 'The Snowman', 'The Lost Years', 'The Narcissist',  'World Wide Tour', 'What Could Have Been' and 'Exposing The Con Man'.
The author makes his disdain for Parker known from the outset and he does not hold back about what he sees as one of, if not the biggest, travesties and examples of unscrupulous mismanagement, in show business history!
The book is a very strong read and one that is very much a counterpoint to the recently published "rose colored glasses" account, 'Elvis and the Colonel: An Insider's Look At The Most Legendary Partnership In Show Business', by Parker employee Greg McDonald and Marshall Terrill.
Some fans have suggested that Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 ELVIS drama made Parker out to be too much of a cartoon villain but after reading this book the movie looks even more truthful than fans might have believed. ...
Go here and read EIN's detailed review by glimmer twins Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023 Volume 1' UPDATE: This comprehensive new book was due to be published this month but has been delayed due to editing issues and the discovery of more than 70 new titles and/or editions. A revised publication date for the nearly 500-page book will be announced soon. (non-final cover image pictured)

Compiled and written by EIN's Nigel Patterson, the four volumes of Elvis in Print: A Comprehensive Annotated & Illustrated Bibliography 1955-2023 will comprise around 2,000 pages, with listings for more than 4,000 books and around 2,000 images.
Volume 1 is the first of two detailing English language, “non-fiction” releases. It contains close to 500 pages, listings for more than 800+ titles, book covers for more than 500 listings, and interesting Sidebar articles discussing controversial releases and issues in the massive Elvis book catalog.
Sections in Elvis in Print Volume 1 include:
Academic Releases, Biographies, Compendiums: Catalogs, Discographies, Chart Histories, Interviews...  Conspiracy Theories, Elvis and the Colonel, Elvis and the Law, Elvis as Art and Elvis as Religion (including Psychic Experiences and Spirituality)...   
The 'Listings' include original releases, subsequent re-issues , (including digital editions) and a book synopsis.
'Elvis in Print' will be published in hardcover, softcover, and Kindle formats. It will be available from Amazon stores (the hardcover edition will only be available in those countries where Amazon offers this format).
EIN will publish more information soon.
(News, Source;NP/EIN) 


NOW UPDATED (Film Review) Priscilla – film by Sofia Coppola: While Baz Luhrmann’s major hit film in 2022, Elvis, was a colorful narrative and frenetic musical explosion, in 2023, Sofia Coppola’s, Priscilla, is more subdued, but still a colorfully hued and musically expressive story.

Coppola is an acclaimed filmmaker and director. Thematically, her films explore themes of identity, isolation, and the complexities of human relationships, and these underscore, Priscilla.

EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently watched the film that has divided the Elvis world.

Read Nigel’s detailed (2,500 word) review which includes discussion of “the (two) elephants in the room”.

Now updated with EIN READER comments...
We have had plenty of general negative feedback but also some lengthy and rather interesting discussions on the film..
EIN is also interested in hearing YOUR comments on the movie.
(Film Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


MRS CAMDEN reviews: The UK MRS label have re-released 3 CD titles on its new alternate budget label 'MRS CAMDEN'.
- One Night In Pearl Harbor 1CD
- Elvis On Television 1956 - 1960 2CD
- The Complete 1950's Live Recordings 3CD

All three were released late November 2023.
The releases on MRS CAMDEN are scaled-down budget versions priced for the mainstream market. The titles have slight changes from the original MRS deluxe versions and now come in a Digi-Sleeve packs with small booklets.
There are minor upgrades on each release but they still all pack a punch and cover important sections of Elvis' historical journey. Going from 1954 to 1961 it is one incredible rockin’ trip.
EIN's Piers Beagley checks them out as possible Santa bonus treats...
If you are in the UK and order them on Amazon you can still get them delivered by Christmas Day!
(CD Reviews; Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)

UPDATED- CD Review 'The Joan Deary Tapes Vol1' - and has Ernst won the war?’: Two years ago EIN posted an article suggesting that the Elvis bootleg era was over, that FTD and Ernst Jorgensen had truly won the war.
So it was a surprise to many that a new bootleg label ‘Joan Deary Inc’ suddenly popped up two months ago promising a very similar series of releases to the Madison ‘A Legendary Performer’ set.
They promised "Unique content... with never issued before outtakes. Some very different mixes among other glorious sounding tracks. Every track comes in great sound quality and has been remastered for optimal listening pleasure..."
EIN was suspicious from the start - to be honest I saw no need to purchase this CD - but several EIN readers wanted to know more before they put down their hard earned cash.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley investigates to see if there is life in this new series of Elvis bootleg releases...
Please read this before ordering we've done the work so that you don't have to! Now UPDATED with YOUR comments
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)

'ELVIS: Closing Night 1972' MRS CD Review: This MRS 2CD set features a live performance recorded on 4 September 1972,during the last night of Elvis’ seventh engagement in Las Vegas at the Hilton Hotel.
The show is presented in stereo. A bonus CD of remastered rehearsal tracks, recorded days before the engagement began, is also included.
While Elvis is perhaps not as full-blast as on the 'Opening Night' here MRS's 'Studio D' engineer has done some brilliant audio remastering, removing the bad cassette-tape-hiss of all previous releases. Emphasising the instrumentation with this "Stereo remaster" not only elevates Elvis and the musicians' performance but also places the listener right into the audience.
This night Elvis rocked into 'Johnny B. Goode' and even performed the golden-oldies with some real respect.
It's a great show.
Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley discovers something new in this re-release - the near perfect bookend to MRS' examination of Elvis’ 1972 Summer Festival.
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


Elvis in Literature #3 – ''Elvis's Man Friday' by Gene Smith: Continuing EIN’s occasional series of interesting and (hopefully) thought-provoking Elvis excerpts (references/discussions) found in general literature.
Elvis's Man Friday by Elvis' first-cousin Gene Smith is an often forgotten "insider" memoir.
Elvis and Gene were very close from a young age, and Gene later became a prominent member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia.
In his book, published in hardcover (with dust jacket) in 1994, Gene recounted his time with Elvis in linear fashion, in what was a very readable, entertaining and informative release.

In particular, the reader is informed about a number of unusual things and Elvis' idiosyncrasies.
EIN wonders how many readers knew that Elvis and Gene had (for a while) their own secret language?...

Go to 'Elvis in Literature #3' 'Elvis's Man Friday' by Gene Smith for the whole story, photos and excerpts..

(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInfoNet)


'Elvis Forever 2023': Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing? Throughout our lifetimes there are very few dates that resonate with such clarity.
While some key historical events such as 9/11 or the Boxing day 2004 Tsunami are remembered, other unique moments are lost as vague memories.
The day of Elvis' death I was recording a "best of Elvis" cassette for my best friend. A lightning storm was raging through London, the rain pouring down outside when my Mother called upstairs, "Have you heard, Elvis Presley has died?"    - A moment never forgotten.
... I can guarantee you one thing: we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.
The newspapers the next day told the story.
Go here to EIN's 'Elvis Forever 2023' for emotional reminiscences and also those traumatic news headlines ... The world would remember, everything would change, but in 2023 Elvis' legacy still lives on..
(Spotlight, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


(Film Review) Reinventing Elvis: The ’68 Comeback…..”a battle for artistic integrity”: EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently immersed himself at the cinema watching John Scheinfeld’s documentary film, Reinventing Elvis: The ’68 Comeback (based on Steve Binder’s account of the making of Elvis’ legendary Special).
Reinventing Elvis takes a deeper dive into the making of the Comeback Special, featuring interviews from some of the surviving performers and audience members, as well as Presley experts placing it in the context of the times and the singer's career.
Nigel left the cinema after viewing a fascinating and illuminating account full of drama, humor, and ultimately reclamation.
Read Nigel’s full review

Due to the interest in the documentary three other reviews have been submitted to EIN.
Check out the varying thoughts of superfans Emiel Maier, Geoffrey McDonnell and Don Hudson.

(Film Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)


'Elvis On Tour' Box-Set In-Depth Review: The January 2023 'Elvis On Tour' SONY release is a 6CD / 1 Blu-Ray box set comprised of the audio from four of the shows (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour.
Originally recorded for the Elvis On Tour concert film that was released later that year, the set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 previously unreleased tracks, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray.
RCA/Legacy's Elvis On Tour box set is produced by Ernst Jørgensen and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang.
Elvis' April 1972 concerts were magnificent, so hopefully this expensive 50th anniversary release including newly remastered concert performances captures the magnificence and excitement of the movie and Elvis' stunning shows.
After fifty years surely SONY/RCA will get it right.....

EIN's in-depth review by Piers Beagley checks out the positives and negatives in this 4,500 word review ... NOW UPDATED WITH YOUR COMMENTS - HAVE YOUR SAY...
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)


'The Elvis RCA Camden Collection' EIN Spotlight: Most fans have had a love-hate relationship with Elvis' Camden collections. On one hand they are seen as an artistic misstep being released at a time when Elvis was back riding high on the charts saturating the market with a series of albums containing little-known songs. Yet on the other hand many younger fans used these budget collections as a way to enter the amazing world of Elvis’ vast back-catalogue.
The RCA Camdens featured the first release of an Elvis live recording19 previously unreleased tracks and 58 tracks previously unreleased on an album. That is quite impressive even if Col Parker only had his increased revenue as the main goal.

Now updated with Readers' Feedback - Read this fascinating article and tell us YOUR THOUGHTS about Elvis' Camden releases...
EIN contributor Neil Colombari reveals all...
(Spotlight; Source;Neil Colombari/ElvisInfoNet)


(Book Review) Elvis Live At The International 50th Anniversary Edition (Kieran Davis): In 2011, Kieran Davis released the highly praised book, Elvis Live At The International. In 2022, he has published an expanded 50th Anniversary edition…and what an expansion it is!
The latest edition dwarfs the original with 432 pages compared to 172 in the original release.
And the added 250+ pages of additional material is stunning, making the 50th Anniversary release one of the best Elvis books published in 2022.

As its title reflects, the book covers Elvis' appearances at the International Hotel in Las Vegas between 1969 and 1971 (it was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in July 1971). The narrative element is significantly based around fan, Peggy Elzea’s copious diaries, and a bumper array of archival material. Peggy’s experience seeing Elvis in Las Vegas is one every fan will envy.
There is so much fascinating information and so many striking images in the book that it is hard to know where to start in describing it...

Read Nigel Patterson’s detailed 2,700 words review

 

(Book Review, Source:ElvisInformationNetwork)


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)


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) 

Don't forget that EIN's Elvis Facebook page regularly features fabulous RARE newly discovered photos of Elvis. This month EIN celebrates our 45,000 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.


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)

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)

'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)



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)


'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)

'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)


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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'Elvis: Stateline SAHARA '74' FTD In-Depth Review:
'Elvis UK - Extended' In-Depth Book Review:
'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.2' MONO II STEREO CD Review:
'The Blue Hawaii Sessions' Box-Set FTD In-Depth Review:
MRS 'Follow That Dream' / 'Welcome Home Elvis' 45rpm / CD; Review:
'ELVIS: At 3am Sahara Tahoe 1973' MRS CD Review:
Book Review- 'ELVIS : ALOHA FROM HAWAII - Through The Eyes of Japan':
Book Review 'The King and The Jester':
'Elvis: Summer of '76' FTD In-depth Review:
(Book Review) Shake, Rattle and Blue Moon – The Formative Recordings of Elvis Presley 1953-1960 (Alan Tranter):
(Film Review) Priscilla – film by Sofia Coppola:
MRS CAMDEN Budget releases - reviews:
CD Review 'The Joan Deary Tapes Vol1' - and has Ernst won the war?’:
'Elvis Presley Rock ’n’ Roll No.1’ "Stereo" CD Review:
'ELVIS: Closing Night 1972' MRS CD Review:
'ELVIS: August Season in Vegas 1974' FTD Review:
'Elvis UK - Beyond RCA' "Physical Edition" Review:
'Elvis: A Musical Revolution' Sydney Theatre Review:
'Elvis: Houston, Fort Worth, Baton Rouge 1974' FTD in-depth Review:
'Las Vegas Summer Festival 1972' MRS CD Review:
(Film Review) Reinventing Elvis: The ’68 Comeback…..” a battle for artistic integrity”:
(Book Review) 'Fact vs. Fiction in the 2022 ELVIS Movie' (Trina Young):
'Elvis: From King to Legend 72-73' / Spotlight / Review:
(Book Review) 'Elvis Aaron Presley - The Man, The Truth' (by Baby Bird):
'From Elvis at Sun' Stereo CD Review:
(Book Review) Elvis vs Hitler: Elvis Is Alive IV (Robert Mickey Maughon)
'Elvis LIVE 1972' (double-LP) Review:
Book Review: 8mm Elvis - The Story of Elvis on 8mm': 
UPDATED - 'Elvis On Tour' Box-Set In-Depth Review:
'Elvis: Let Me Be There 1974' FTD In-depth Review:
'Elvis UK - Beyond RCA' Book Review:
'Elvis: From Louisiana and Memphis 1976' FTD In-depth Review:
'The Airplanes & The King' In-depth book review:
'ELVIS: Opening Night 1972' MRS CD Review:
(Book Review) Elvis For Vinyl Fans Only Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia * Romania (Piotr Soczynski):
(Book Review) Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind – The Nov 1976 Tour Revisited.
(Book Review) Elvis Live At The International 50th Anniversary Edition (Kieran Davis)
'ELVIS: From Vegas to Tahoe' 1973 FTD Review:
(Book Review) Elvis The King of the Rings Volume 2 (Paul Bélard):
Book Review: 'Elvis Presley, Gospel Singer – An Inspirational Life' (Madeleine Wilson):
'Elvis: Pine Bluff to Madison '76' FTD In-depth Review:
 
Latest Articles (Spotlights)
Elvis in Literature #4 - 'Elvis, Barbra Streisand, A Star Is Born,:
'Elvis Presley's Kind of, Sort of World Tour'- A new look at ALOHA:
Elvis in Literature #3 – ''Elvis's Man Friday' by Gene Smith:
Elvis in Literature #2 – 'Inside Elvis' by Ed Parker:
'Elvis Forever 2023': Where were you when Elvis died?
'Elvis: From King to Legend 72-73' documentary
Elvis in Literature #1 – celluloid jukebox – popular music and movies since the 50s:
Elvis, Ann-Margret, the filming of Viva Las Vegas, the slap heard across Hollywood, (and more):
"'ELVIS' biopic vs 'Agent Elvis' Revisionist History and Reinforcing Negative Stereotypes?'"
Anthony Stuchbury 'From Elvis At Sun' Mono II Stereo discussion
'The Elvis RCA Camden Collection' EIN Spotlight:
ELVIS Forever 2022:
Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, reviews Luhrmann's 'ELVIS':
Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Sydney Premiere:
'This Is Elvis - The Lost Theme Song' EIN spotlight:
(Review) 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' ROCKS Bendigo:
Spotlight - The enigma of "Elvis Cooper":
Spotlight on 'ELVIS' the new Baz Luhrmann movie
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971':
UPDATED- The collapse of the Elvis Bootleg Empire: Has Ernst won the war?’:
'Selling Elvis in 2021' EIN Spotlight:
'Jay Thompson and Elvis Presley' Spotlight:
'The Best Use of Elvis Music in Recent Movies':
EIN Spotlight: Changing Times, Heavy books, Are Fans being ripped-off:
"ELVIS 1969" Documentary - EIN Review:
NOW UPDATED - 'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade:
The Most Dramatic Elvis Film Poster ever released (and other rare posters):
Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969
John Lennon And Elvis: It was "Thirty Years Ago Today"
Elvis or Michael Jackson - who is the bigger star?
Dark Side of the Colonel
 
Latest Interviews
Interview with authors of 'ELVIS UK - Extended':
(Interview) Paul Alner author of 'Elvis On Record The Definitive Guide to UK Record  Releases 1956-1965 Vol.1':
"ELVIS : ALOHA FROM HAWAII - Through The Eyes of Japan" David Ward Interview:
(Interview) Dick Dekker and David Ward, authors of the new book, ‘From Memphis To Tokyo – A Reference Guide To The Absolute Mastery of Elvis’ Japanese Vinyl’:
Paul Belard Interview about Col Parker and Elvis 'The King & The Jester':
(Interview) Shane Brown author of 'Reconsider Baby - Elvis Presley: A Listener’s Guide' talks to EIN:
Trina Young Interview 'Fact vs. Fiction in the ELVIS movie':
Anthony Stuchbury 'From Elvis At Sun' Interview:
Robert Van Beek Interview -author of 'Elvis: Prodigy of SUN':
Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek:
(Interview) Dennis van Tiel... the Netherlands:
(Interview) Robert Elder, author of 'Christmas with Elvis: The Official Guide'
(Interview) David Ward, author of 'From Elvis in Japan: Elvis Presley Japanese LPs 1956-2018':
Trina Young 'Elvis Army Years' talks to EIN:
EIN Interview with Mike Stone:
(Interview) Piotr Soczynski talks to EIN:
Loanne Parker interview - Col Parker's widow talks
Ed Bonja RIP - EIN exclusive Interview
Larry Geller talks to EIN - 2019:
EIN founding President, Nigel Patterson, interviewed by Pop Music Research Blog Spot:
(Interview) Paul Belard talks to EIN:
Dave Hebler Interview Part Two with EIN:
Millie Kirkham  - Bob Hayden Interview for EIN:
Red West Interview: RIP
Sonny West talks to EIN:
Mindi Miller, Elvis' girlfriend, interview with EIN:
'Elvis: One Night In Toronto': Paul Sweeney Interview:
Joe Esposito EIN Interview:
'The World Of FTD' by Keith Flynn Interview:
Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three:
Go here to EIN's exclusive interview with Wayne Jackson - RIP.
EIN Joyce Bova exclusive Interview:
(Interview) Anne E. Nixon answers your questions
Ginger Alden Interview:
Elaine Beckett -Easy Come Easy Go costar- Interview:
Shirley Dieu, author of Memphis Mafia Princess, talks to EIN:
John Wilkinson Tribute & 1972 Interview:
Vernon Presley Interview:
Jerry Leiber Interview for EIN
Elvis Paradise Hawaiian Interview - with Peter Noone
Sam Thompson, Elvis' bodyguard, 2011 Interview
James Burton Interview - Rick Nelson & Elvis:
Elvis Drummer Jerome "Stump" Monroe EIN Interview:
Donnie Sumner Remembers his friend Sherrill Nielsen: 
Lamar Fike EIN Exclusive Interview
Ernst Jorgensen interview about 'The Complete Masters' and more:
Red West Interview:- 2010 Elvis week special
Linda Thompson - Interview Special:
 
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Radio Interview: Vernon & Gladys Presley
Sanja's Elvis Week 2007 Photo Gallery
'EIN's Best of Elvis on YouTube'
The Music of Elvis Presley - Australian Radio Show
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6th Annual Elvis Website Survey
Spotlight on The King
"Wikipedia" Elvis biography
Did You Miss?
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong - the most 'covered' Elvis album of all-time
Spotlight: Elvis Film Posters
FTD Review: An American Trilogy
Book Review: Elvis: A King in the Making
Interview: Vic Colonna - the Dangerous World of Bootlegging Elvis