Jerry Lee Lewis Dead at 87: Very sadly "The Last man Standing" rock'n'roll legend "The Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis died yesterday aged 87. He died at his home in Desoto County, Mississippi, with seventh wife Judith Coghlan by his side.
Jerry Lee Lewis achieved dazzling early success along with Elvis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry as a defining hero of rock’n’roll. His SUN recordings with hammering pumpin'-piano helped create rock’n’roll and his wild stage act also rocked the US media. With SUN singles 'Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On', 'Great Balls of Fire' and 'High School Confidential' Lewis created three of Rock'n'Roll's most primal classics.
Jerry Lee Lewis was always defiant, moody, angry and unreliable and the revelation, by UK tabloids, that he (aged 22), had married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown became a notorious scandal that for a while killed his career. The pair would however stay married for 13 years.
Lewis noted, "I never said I was the King Of Rock'n'Roll.. I simply said that I am the best!" Not holding back on his magnificence he also explained to Rolling Stone magazine, “I had created rock & roll before they ever thought about having rock & roll. When Elvis come out, he was rockabilly. When I come
out with ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ that was rock and roll. That’s when the name ‘rock & roll’ was put in front.”
Lewis also courted controversy on the Steve Allen TV show with his dynamic July 1957 performance of 'Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On'. Previously his second single had sold poorly as it had been widely banned for lewdness but after Lewis shook up Steve Allen’s TV show he was a true star with nationwide tours and a million sales. The single made #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 the R&B charts. The glorious 'Great Balls of Fire' and 'Breathless' followed.
Elton John said, “Jerry Lee's the best rock & roll pianist ever. I couldn’t play like him because he’s too fast.”
Offstage, Lewis personified the perceived dangers of rock music too. “I've been very successful, even though I have done a lot of things people have said was wrong.... Nobody's perfect!" Throughout much of his life, he fought addictions to alcohol and pills, once accidentally shot a member of his band, and famously burned a piano onstage when he was asked to play before headliner Chuck Berry. “Burned it to the ground” Lewis explained, “I was supposed to be the star of the show!”
Born in the same year as Elvis, on Sept 29, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana, Lewis grew up poor but began playing piano at age eight. Lewis’ life changed when he and his father drove to Sun Records where Elvis had made Sam Phillips' studio the place
to be for many aspiring musicians. Label head Sam Phillips wasn’t in that day, but chief engineer Jack Clement was, and after hearing Lewis sing and play country songs, he advised Lewis to focus on rock & roll instead. At the end of one of his Sun sessions, Lewis offhandedly suggested he cut a song he’d been playing on stage. With little rehearsal Lewis bashed out “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and the rest is rock'n'roll history.
His famous 1956 SUN records jam session with Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash was also turned into a Broadway musical 'Million Dollar Quartet'.
On the very evening that Priscilla met Elvis at his house in Bad Nauheim, Germany (13 Sept 1959) Elvis was at the piano doing a Jerry Lee Lewis impersonation... "pounding the keys so hard that a glass of water he'd set on the piano began sliding off. When Elvis caught it without missing a beat everyone laughed and applauded."
Other later coincidences with Elvis' life includes Dr. Nick (Nichopoulos) who also supplied Jerry Lee with his "medication" and used to fly on Jerry lee's private jet.
One of Jerry Lee's "comeback" albums on Elektra in 1979, called 'Jerry Lee Lewis', was produced by 'Bones Howe' (of Elvis' 1968 Comeback special) and included musicians James Burton and drummer Hal Blaine.
Sadly in the last 20 years health issues continued to trouble him. In the early 2010 Lewis was hospitalised several times and in February 2019 he suffered a major stroke.
Lewis was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October this year but poor health confined him to his bed and he was unable to accept the award in person.
Jerry Lee once wrote his own epitaph, "When they look back on me, I want them to remember me not for all my wives - although I've had a few - and certainly not for any mansions or high-living money I've made and spent. I want them to remember me simply for my music." RIP Jerry Lee Lewis "Last Man Standing" September 29 1935 - October 28 2022. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis vs. Jerry Lee Lewis' EIN Spotlight: Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis went back a long way. They were both brought up singing the Christian gospel music of the southern Pentecostal churches. From a very early age Jerry Lee would play the piano in church, but by the age of 15 he had been expelled from the Southwestern Bible Institute in Texas for misconduct!
But in 1976 one incident happened which strained their relationship.
Jerry Lee arrived at Graceland - "He was outta his mind, man. He was screamin', hollerin', and cussin'. Jerry Lee demanded "Get on the goddamn phone. I know you got an intercom system. Call up there and tell Elvis I wanna visit with him. Who the hell does he think he is? Tell him the Killer's here to see him." (Spotlight, Source:EIN/MemphisFlyer/June 2005)
'Elvis Presley News Report November 2022: Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news.... includes, Help ELVIS win an AMA award,
Sofia Coppola's new movie, James Burton's health, FTD new releases,
"Prodigy of Sun" new book plus a good discussion about Priscilla - a friend or foe? and much more..
'The Story Behind: Burning Love' EPE Video: The fine people from EPE / SONY have posted a new video today 'The Story Behind: Burning Love'
While their heart may be in the right place.
a) Why do they use such a ghastly voice-over person
This is not the person to attract millennials or new fans
b) Why say 'Suspicious Minds' was released in 1968 - are they that stupid?
(and wouldn't the voice-over person also have a clue)
c) They note that "Burning Love, is a
lesser performed song". But
Elvis sang it over 110 times in concert, around the same number as 'The Wonder Of You'. He sang 'Don't Cry Daddy', also mentioned in the video, less than 30 times (News, Source; RobertV/ElvisInfoNet)
'Elvis On Tour' box-set January 27 Release date: While rumours abound that the SONY 'On Tour' box-set may be delayed until March 2023, Amazon has now updated their official release date for the upcoming 6CD + 1 Blu-ray Elvis On Tour boxset to January 27, 2023.
The FTD Deluxe book/boxset is sadly not expected until much later in the year. It has, after all, only been FIFTY YEARS for these Elvis companies to get their act together!
The set comprises four concerts (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour.
The set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 tracks that have been previously unreleased, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray. (News, Source:Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
ELVIS 'Live 1969' Keeping an eye on the prices.
Amazon UK has just dropped the price £24!
Buy a copy now if you don't own one!
Now $89 <<< US Amazon (another great deal)
UK Amazon - a great bargain >>> £50.00
Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.
'Pop Star Assassin Vol. 1' New Comic: Released today, a new 108 page comic, featuring you-know-who Described as...The year is 1977. The King is dead, and the world mourns. But...When a mysterious briefcase turns up in his dressing room, Bruce, a coke-addled Elvis impersonator finds himself wedged between a Mob boss out to avenge the death of his only son, and a government conspiracy with far-reaching, world-ending ramifications, all in an attempt to discover the true identity of his father's killer. Questioning whether or not his entire life up until that moment has been a lie, Bruce sets out on a mission to discover the truth behind his own identity and that of his father. His mission throws him headlong into the heart of a government conspiracy perpetrated by a shadow agency known as 'The Chamber'. Their endgame: world domination at the hands of an unstoppable army of dead celebrity
Look-A-Like(TM) robot assassins.
From: Behemoth Comics; 1st edition 27 Oct. 2022 - 108 pages -
Go to Amazon for more info (News, Source;ST/ElvisInfonet)
Monday 24 October 2022
'Never Been To Spain' (Live at Richmond, Virginia): Sony have released two new promo tracks from the up-coming 'On Tour' box set. 'Never Been To Spain' is one of Elvis' very best live versions with him neatly ad-libbing “Only made it to Virginia”
These are never-before-officially-released tracks although they have been kicking around for decades on various bootlegs. 'How Great Thou Art' (Live at Hampton Roads) is again a stunning version. (listen here)
Elvis’ Hampton Roads performance is full of a real power and excitement, which is quite a surprise as he had already performed an afternoon show.
Along with Elvis’ TTWII August 12, 1970 midnight show this is one of Elvis best ever performances recorded by RCA
The audio quality shines in comparison to previous unofficial versions (News, Source;SONY/ElvisInfoNet)
Austin Butler’s ELVIS playlist: Austin Butler recently revealed, to UK magazine NME, his key Elvis songs that he listened to while filming the movie.
Seeing his performance in the film Butler pulls off the astonishing task of getting beyond Elvis' omnipresent image and countless imitations. “You need to be incredibly meticulous. I wanted every gesture and everywhere that his eyes go and the way that he moves his entire body to feel as truthful and identical to him as possible but it’s got to feel as though it’s happening for the first time.”
Austin Butler then revealed the key songs that helped him slip into Elvis’ (blue suede) shoes.
– ‘Milkcow Blues Boogie’
“Starting from his early stuff, I’d go for ‘Milkcow Blues Boogie’. I love listening to that song as far as hearing him going from the slow stuff in the beginning to when he kicks it up. Also, hearing Elvis' live performances on ‘A Boy From Tupelo' was helpful, because you hear different qualities, like when he sings ‘Long Tall Sally’ onstage, it has an explosive power, so that helped me a lot for those early performances.”
– ‘(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)’
“Throughout his career, Elvis would go back to spiritual music as his solace so there’s a number of different gospel songs that I would return to, including ‘(There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)’. When we went down to Nashville and recorded all the gospel numbers for the film, getting to be in these small churches listening to gospel being sung for eight hours straight, it sent chills down my spine and I couldn’t help but move.”
- 'Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)’
“There’s a recording of Elvis singing ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ onstage where he can’t stop laughing. He’s almost crying! When I show that to people who haven’t heard it before, they can’t help but fall in love with him because he had one of the greatest, most genuine, open-hearted laughs. I felt like this gave me a window into him.”
– ‘Polk Salad Annie’
“Every day, I listened to two songs while driving to work which were ‘Polk Salad Annie’ and ‘Never Been to Spain’. There’s a live performance of ‘Polk Salad Annie’ he does in 'That’s the Way It Is' which is great because you get to see how dynamic his energy is and how he uses humour in the music.”
- ‘Never Been to Spain’
“It just fires me up. I love to turn it on super-loud in the car and drive. Singing ‘Never Been to Spain’ once on set, my voice went out. I lost the mid-range of my voice for a couple of days. Thankfully, it was on a Friday so we could take the weekend off, so I went on vocal rest and didn’t speak for two days to let the vocal cords rest. It’s a tough sing!”
– ‘Unchained Melody’
“Every time I watch or hear ‘Unchained Melody’, it brings tears to my eyes. It was a tricky one to sing, because at that point, I was quite large and so my breathing was constricted because you’re strapped into the jumpsuit.”
- ‘Separate Ways’
“It’s interesting tracing the songs around the time of his divorce, like ‘Separate Ways’, and knowing that when he recorded it, he just stared up at the ceiling afterwards and shook his head, with tears in his eyes. And would listen to it over and over. You’re hearing the voice of a man going through an incredible amount of pain and there’s such honesty to certain lines he sings, so that made me feel very connected to his soul.”
“That was fiery and exciting! What I loved is you can read a lot of stories about Elvis performing on stage in that small amount of time before he goes into the army and his mother passes away, where he’s at the height of his primal, animalistic power. You can see images of it, but you can’t see a lot of footage, because if he was on television, he didn’t push it quite as far as he would live. There are stories of him spitting on the stage, and rolling around on it,
and completely giving what sounds like a punk-rock show. So it was fun to perform ‘Trouble’ and for it to be at this pivotal point in the story, with real emotional meaning behind it. It’s a moment where he’s rebelling and being true to his own artistic and moral integrity. The way he sings ‘Trouble’ in the ’68 Comeback Special became an influence for the way I performed it in the 1950s scene because he has more grit, and does a growl that became very influential for me.”
and also - Howlin’ Wolf – ‘Smokestack Lightnin’’
“For the most part, I listened to Elvis, but I also listened to Howlin’ Wolf, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Richard and all the other people who are in the film a lot. I was constantly drawn to the passion of Howlin’ Wolf because you can watch videos of him singing and imagine Elvis being in Beale Street, Memphis, and watching him sing and that’s exciting.
Go here for full article (News, Source;NME/ElvisInfoNet)
How the Elvis wedding in Las Vegas became a billion-dollar industry:The Australian ABC recently investigated ..
It began in the 1930s, when Nevada lawmakers relaxed regulations governing marriage licences, doing away with requirements for mandatory waiting periods and blood tests.
As a result engaged couples and amorous acquaintances flocked to Las Vegas, and the city soon became known as the wedding capital of the US.
Today, wedding tourism in Las Vegas is a $2.75 billion industry, with the Clark County Clerk's Office issuing 77,006 marriage licences in 2021. ELVIS is still everywhere as nearly half were officiated by Elvis Presley impersonators, who also preside over many more vow renewal ceremonies each year.
In April 2022, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker were married by an Elvis impersonator in a late-night service after the 2022 Grammy Awards.- (pic below)
However in June 2022, Authentic Brands Group, which controls Elvis Presley's name and image, sent cease-and-desist letters to some Las Vegas wedding chapels using the singer's likeness.
However, the legal scare has not stopped Elvis ministers officiating Las Vegas weddings.
"We take a lot of pride in our Elvis weddings here," says ETA Chad Collins, who won the Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in 2013.
He says if he's unavailable, there are "three or four" fellow Elvis impersonators in town who he's happy to take his place.
"We try to give them the best Elvis we can provide them. I think Elvis Presley Enterprises wants that as well. They want to make sure Elvis is shown in a positive light."
The first Elvis-themed wedding chapel in Las Vegas appeared in 1977, when Gretna Green Wedding Chapel changed its name to 'Graceland Wedding Chapel' to mark Presley's death.
Since then, Elvis impersonators have married couples
in Las Vegas, adding to the legend surrounding the artist known as the King of Rock and Roll.
But even before that, Elvis and the city of Las Vegas had a long and colourful association.
In 1967, Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in a ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and in 1969, Presley signed up for his first Las Vegas residency, a sell-out season of shows at the International Hotel.
It jump-started the second era for Elvis as a live performer through to the 70s … and re-established Las Vegas as this city for entertainment, bringing younger people there again. 45 years after Elvis' death, it's hard to overstate the artist's legacy.
see full ABC story here (News, Source;ABC/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 20 October 2022
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘ELVIS’ receives 9 AACTA technical craft nominations: The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the nominees for its technical awards, with Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS leading the charge in film, nominated in all nine categories. Catherine Martin is also up for both the production and costume design gongs for Elvis.
This year’s AACTA Awards are to be held in Sydney December 7.
The full list of AACTA nominations received by ELVIS:
o Best Casting - Elvis – Nikki Barrett, Denise Chamian
o Best Cinematography in Film - Elvis – Mandy Walker
o Best Costume Design in Film - Elvis – Catherine Martin
o Best Editing in Film - Elvis – Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond
o Best Hair and Makeup - Elvis – Jason Baird, Mark Coulier, Louise Coulston, Shane Thomas
o Best Original Score in Film - Elvis – Elliott Wheeler. (also nominated in this category is Tom Holkenborg for Ten Thousand Years of Longing – Tom is best known by his stage name, Junkie XL….and was responsible for the global hit (Elvis remix) single in 2002, Elvis vs JXL (A Little Less Conversation) - read EIN’s exclusive 2002 interview with Tom
o Best Production Design in Film - Elvis – Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn
o Best Sound in Film - Elvis – David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson,
o Best Visual Effects or Animation - Elvis – Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds, Adam Hammond
Interesting tribute release from Russia: EIN noticed this CD album on Amazon.
With its intriguing cover image and 19 Elvis tracks by Russian artists including the neatly named Moscow Beatballs, Freddie & the Drillers, Ghost Radio, and Gorky Boogie, it would be an unusual and potentially interesting rockabilly, rock & roll and psychobilly inclusion in the music collection of many Elvis fans.
Big Beat Records new 'Elvis' releases: The French Big Beat Records announced the November 18, 2022 re-release of the Limited Edition box sets '1956-1957 In Hollywood Volume 1' and '1957-1958 In Hollywood Volume 2'. The publicity states: Two sets with the "Complete Alternative Album Collection" for the albums 'Jailhouse Rock', 'King Creole' and 'Love Me Tender' and 'Loving You.
The boxes contain two 10-inch LPs, a black vinyl LP and a picture discs, both housed in a gate-fold cover, 2 CDs, and two posters. Nice for collectors, but nothing that hasn't been released before.
Go here to'All The CD News 2022'for all the details (News, Source:ElvisDayByDay)
'Priscilla' New Biopic: Director Sofia Coppola is in pre-production on new her biopic about the journey of the famous Presley couple - as well as Priscilla later as a successful actress and business woman. Jacob Elordi will be filling the shoes as the new Elvis Presley. It will be nigh impossible to beat Austin Butler, but he has already shown his magnetic talent as Nate in the series Euphoria. The 25-year-old actor now seems ready to take his charisma to the next level as a movie star on the silver screen. Cailee Spaeny(Pacific Rim: Uprising) will play the role of Priscilla Presley. Spaeny also worked with Kate Winslet in the HBO mini-series Mare of Easttown. With Priscilla, Cailee Spaeny could very well have signed the role of a lifetime.
The film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola for A24, will be directly adapted from Priscilla's autobiography, Elvis And Me.
Published in 1985, the book topped the prestigious New York Times bestseller list and has remained a bestseller ever since.
Sofia Coppola has joined Instagram in a moodboard dedicated to the film. In doing so, Coppola offers us a glimpse into her creative process. One post featured an original copy of the book Elvis and Me, snippets of the script with handwritten notes and a vintage shot of none other than Priscilla herself.
The film will begin shooting this fall in Toronto.
Wednesday 19 October 2022
'Always On My Mind' Elvis On Tour Interview: A neat promo interview about the upcoming 'Elvis On Tour' box-set.
EIN readers should enjoy this as it features Ernst Jorgensen and audio engineer Matt Ross-Spang listening to the session tapes and talking about why 'Always On My Mind' would have meant so much to Elvis at the time.
Interesting it dates the song incorrectly as 1973! (News, Source;EOT/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis 2023 Birthday Celebration: Graceland announced, join us in Memphis on January 5-8 as we celebrate Elvis' birthday with concerts, movies, conversations and much more!
This year's festivities include our annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra's annual Elvis Pops Concert with Terry Mike Jeffrey, Conversations on Elvis.
It also includes the 'Aloha from Hawaii' 50th anniv concert.
Live on the big screen, featuring vocals by the king himself, backed
by a live band on stage. A 50th anniversary tribute to this landmark concert event!
Tickets and packages go on sale Saturday, October 22.
Go here to EPE for Birthday Schedule and ticket info (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis 1971 Stutz Blackhawk Auction: A Stutz Blackhawk that was originally owned by Elvis Presley is heading to auction in Vegas, November 10-12.
This was the second Stutz Blackhawk bought by Elvis, the first one he had bought was the second prototype ever made and it was crashed shortly thereafter.
Stutz Blackhawks were among the most expensive cars on sale in the USA in the 1970s and 1980s, selling for the modern equivalent of over $250,000.
This car was owned by Elvis for a number of years before he gifted it to one of his personal physicians, Dr Elias Ghanem, who helped Elvis "detoxing".
Dr Ghanem was a throat specialist to the stars, with a roster of patients that included Tom Jones, Roy Clark, Raquel
Welch and Johnny Cash. Pretty soon, Ghanem was earning $300,000 per year from his practice, and owned a share in a seven-plane charter service; Frank Sinatra was one of his clients.
Elvis was very fond of Ghanem, and gifted him this Blackhawk, with a dashboard plaque describing the doctor as “a true friend”.
While Elvis owned the car he had it detailed by famed artiste George Barris with items such as gold wire wheels and wide whitewall tyres. Inside, there’s a Nardi Torino steering wheel and bucket seats. The Stutz currently has 31,856 miles on the clock, and comes with a 1971 State of California New Vehicle ID registered to Elvis Presley.
Mecum Auctions will be put the car under hammer between November 10 and 12, 2022.
Go here for info and to bid (News, Source;NP/ElvisInfoNet)
Priscilla Announces UK speaking tour 2023: Priscilla, actress, businesswoman and one-time wife of one Elvis Presley, has announced a speaking tour of the UK in 2023.
Priscilla, 77, will have an “intimate conversation" with Radio and TV presenter Edith Bowman and will share personal stories from her life and marriage to the King of Rock n’ Roll.
The chat also promises to show audiences never-before-seen home footage of Priscilla and Elvis.
Tickets for An Evening with Priscilla Presley UK Tour go on sale on Friday, October 21.
VIP packages are also available to meet Priscilla backstage and enjoy the best seats in the house. GO HERE for Tickets EIN says, let's hope she remembers Elvis' birthdate is not August 16!
Last time she visited Australia she would not take any spontaneous audience questions. Everything was rather scripted. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Monday 17 October 2022
(Book Review) Elvis For Vinyl Fans Only Vinyl Discography from Eastern Europe Yugoslavia * Romania (Piotr Soczynski): To date, Polish author Piotr Soczynski has published eight (one more to come) Elvis discographies. His first four books were two volumes chronicling Elvis’ demo and acetate records and two volumes detailing his U.S. Army vinyl records.
His most recent books have been discographies of Elvis’ music released in Eastern European countries.
All eight books are high quality “coffee table” hardcovers full of color and information for all fans, but particularly serious collectors.
Elvis Vegas record set to fall... but Barry Manilow still raves about the King: Barry Manilow never met Elvis Presley, but the two are forever linked by the theater Elvis made famous and where Manilow is on schedule to break the King’s record for total performances.
The International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas is the place, 636 is the number. Manilow has just released a new spate of dates in 2023 and the record-breaking show should come in late September.
Manilow notes, “It’s a very big moment for me, such an honor to have been working on a stage that he was on. Elvis was so before my time, you know. I was in high school, but of course you couldn’t get away from Elvis. Being in this room that he sat down in for a residency, just like I have, it’s a privilege. Elvis invented a style of music, which is still popular today. How many people can say that?”
Manilow says he brings up Elvis to other artists and remains astonished at how deep his influence is. “You know, Billy Joel, one of the great songwriters, who doesn’t sound anything like Elvis, you mention Elvis to him and he just goes off. Elvis is also one of his idols.
It just goes on and on, with people and musicians that you never would have expected to have connected with Elvis’ music and style.
And the new Baz Lurhmann 'ELVIS' movie, I loved it. Austin Butler played him beautifully; it was beautiful work.”
Manilow actually showed Lurhmann around the Vegas International Theater in movie pre-production.
Manilow is considering a shuffle of the set list to include an Elvis classic, or more.. “I covered ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ on my ‘Greatest Songs of the 50s’ album, which I like a lot. I also do a pretty interesting arrangement of ‘If I Can Dream,’ another great one. I used to do it here when the hotel was the Hilton, and it went over great. I might do one or both of them.” EIN Note: Elvis’ performances at the International/Las Vegas Hilton occurred between July 31, 1969 and December 12, 1976. Barry Manilow first played Las Vegas in January 1988 - so that's 35 years to achieve what Elvis did in just seven years! - Hardly a record worth noting!
The flip side to Billy Joel's single, Allentown, was Elvis Presley Blvd. (News, Source;JK/LasVegasReview-Journal/ElvisInfoNet)
‘Blowin' In The Wind’ Import CD: As EIN noted last year, the Elvis bootleg barrel is as empty as a Politician's promises. The publicity notes.. Reel-Trax proudly presents: ‘Blowin´ In The Wind’ – 21 great tracks that will blow you away! Remasters, remixes, new edits plus a selection of original recordings that will offer you a totally new listening experience.
‘Blowin´ In The Wind’ offers you songs like the home recording of ‘Fools Rush In’ that now almost sounds like a crystal clear studio recording. Also revealed on this album for the first time is that what is noted on the ‘From Elvis In Nashville’ Boxset as a jam version of ‘Mystery Train’, could actually very well be a slower version of ‘See See Rider’. Also the unique live recording of ‘Where No One Stands Alone’. This version now comes with new overdubs in a similar vein as ‘Unchained Melody’. This and much more is to be discovered on this great new album on the Reel-Trax label.
An entirely new listening experience – you should not miss it!
Includes 'Love Song Of The Year' (Overdub by Voice)! EIN does say "Nice cover"!
Go here to'All The CD News 2022'for all the details (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Billy Stanley talks Elvis: With his new book 'The Faith of Elvis Presley’ recently published, stepbrother Billy Stanley is on a mission to shed light on Elvis' faith.
He recently told CBN’s Faithwire.. “Elvis was a Christian, and most people don’t know that, he was a Bible-carrying Christian … wherever he went, he took the Bible with him. He read the Bible almost every day.
Nobody can really imagine the position Elvis was in … here you have a man that really changed culture. I always thought … he had the devil on one side, and he’s got God on the other side, and there was a constant battle going on inside of his head.
Elvis did his best … whenever he was in trouble, he would always turn to God.”
Elvis was also the most generous giver I’ve ever met my life, giving money, cars and homes … to people he didn’t even know.
One time driving around Memphis with Elvis we passed a homeless man. Elvis did a U-turn and told Stanley to grab his wallet to give money to the man.
"I said, ‘How much money?’ He said, ‘All of it.'” Elvis handed over the cash to the homeless man, who recognized the megastar.
“I still get a little emotional on this. As we were pulling away. The guy said, ‘God bless you, Mr. Presley’ and Elvis looked at him and said, ‘Sir, He already has'”. I’m sitting there crying like a baby, going, ‘This generosity.'”
Another time Elvis helped a woman whose home burned down around Christmastime; the woman and her children escaped but lost their belongings.
“He had one of the guys that worked for him go get an apartment, pay for
six months rent, furnish it, get toys and clothes and everything for the family.
His strict instructions was … if she asked who did this, he said, ‘You just tell her Santa Claus did it.’ He didn’t want the recognition for it.” Stanley also reflected on his final conversation with Elvis, just two days before the singer died. As Elvis was helping his stepbrother bandage up a minor injury in the bathroom, the two looked at one other in the mirror and had a heartfelt conversation.
“Elvis says, ‘Do you believe God forgives us for all our sins?’ I said, ‘Yes,'” He kind of took me off guard with that question. I said, ‘Yes, we’ve read about it many times, and you’ve told me this too, and this is what I’ve learned in church.’ He said, ‘Good. I just want to make sure you know that.'”
“He said, ‘One day, Billy, you’re gonna fall in love with a girl and she will just go and change your whole life,’ and that’s happened,” Stanley said. “Everything he told me that day has happened.” (News, Source;CBN/ElvisInfoNet)
Read for free – Elvis sci-fi/time travel novel….'3 Days To Save A Legend': Subscribers to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited can now read Paul Farmer’s, 3 Days To Save A Legend, for free. The futuristic novel, which is full of neat twists and turns and dollops of humor, is also available as a physical softcover and of course, as a purchasable digital edition. (News, Source: Paul Farmer)
Friday 14 October 2022
FTD Deluxe 'Elvis On Tour' Delayed to 2023: From Elvis The Man & His Music."It's official. Sad but somehow not totally surprising, FTD's 'Elvis On Tour' book / audio package has now been postponed until "the middle of 2023" due to various legal problems with Warner Bros.
The Sony/Legacy version has been moved back to January 2023 but the audio will be available for streaming, thereby protecting the 50-year copyright rule. -
They've only had half a century to sort this all out and they still miss the anniversary.
To quote Tom Ewell in 'The Girl Can't Help It': "Sometimes you wonder just who's minding the store." EIN can only agree. Sadly way too many of our Australian EIN Fan Club
died in the past decade while waiting for this release. The package was truly expected in 2012, the 40th anniversary, and now it misses the 50th.
The On TourHampton Roads concert 'Live in Virginia' Vicky bootleg was released back in 1990. Over 32 years later RCA have still not managed to officially release it. What a joke.
Any 25-year-old Elvis fan who saw 'On Tour' in the cinema first time round will now be over 75. No wonder Elvis collectors feel upset. (News, Source/ETM&HM/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Gold Vinyl) Walmart Exclusive: A neat addition for any Elvis VINYL collector.
ELVIS – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in GOLD Vinyl. Exclusive to Walmart. The music companion to the Warner Bros film ELVIS, from Baz Lurhmann. This critically acclaimed film stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The soundtrack features a sampling of original songs from Elvis’s extraordinary body of work from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, and new recordings celebrating his diverse musical influence and enduring impact on popular artists of today.
The single album with 13 tracks plus the short Elvis "Vocal intro"
Release Date 18 November 2022
Go here to Walmart to order - US$29.97 (News, Source;SM/ElvisInfoNet)
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Angela Lansbury, Dead Aged 96: Beloved actress Angela Lansbury who's lengthy career included five Tony Awards, an honorary Oscar plus 12 seasons of 'Murder, She Wrote' and with Elvis in Blue Hawaii, has died aged 96.
She was a three-time Oscar nominee and received an Emmy nomination for best actress in a drama series for every season of 'Murder, She Wrote' died in her sleep yesterday at her home in Los Angeles.
She was born in London but when her mother joined a touring theatre company in Canada, Lansbury secured a job at a nightclub at age 16.
In 1942 they moved to Hollywood where she was noticed by an MGM executive who cast her as the saucy maid in the
1944 film 'Gaslight'. Aged just 19 she received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for this very first film role.
She was also be Oscar nominated for role in The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Lansbury often played characters much older than herself and in Blue Hawaii she was only 10 years older than Elvis even though she played his Mother.
Her well-known movie roles included her delightful turn as Elvis' mom in Blue Hawaii (1961), a cold-hearted parent in The World of Henry Orient (1964), as a witch in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and as the teapot in the animated Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Warming up for her classic tv series Lansbury starred in two Agatha Christie projects, 1978's 'Death on the Nile' and Miss Marple in 'The Mirror Crack'd' (1980).
It was in 1984 that her classic roles as Jessica Fletcher began in the TV series 'Murder She Wrote'.
The series stayed at the top of the ratings for an unprecedented nine seasons and made Lansbury, also the show's executive producer, one of the country's wealthiest women, with a fortune estimated at nearly $100m.
She appeared in over 20 films in the 1990s including memorable performance in Neil Jordan's cult fantasy 'A Company of Wolves'.
In 2009 she was still onstage in the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit winning her fifth Tony Award.
Of working with Elvis, Lansbury noted, "I was awed by being in his presence but Elvis was an awfully nice young man in those days. He was just out of the army but was a wonderfully nice young man, a very caring person.
Elvis was fit, he was slender and he was top of his form. And he couldn't have been nicer to me.
We had a lovely time, it was a wonderful location. We were on Kauai in the Hawaiian islands. I'll never forget it, it was really wonderful.
On the movie set we sat around and I filmed some wonderful scenes with Elvis and his movie father, Roland Winters.
My character was great fun including her ridiculous reaction to her son who she didn't understand at all. Elvis loved it, he thought it was terribly funny. He was very sweet." (News, Source;/R/BBC/ElvisInfoNet)
Tuesday 11 October 2022
'The Airplanes & The King' OUT NOW:Confirming that the highly anticipated expanded English edition of 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is at your local Elvis shop now.
The book has been been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book. The author notes, 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. In my life every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
The Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team!
After months of delays the book is in stock Internationally.
Now Available at: Elvis Shop London 🇬🇧 / Elvis Matters 🇳🇱 / The Elvis Files Shop 🇳🇴 / TCB-shop.de 🇩🇪 / Museum RockArt 🇳� Culture Factory Shop -France - and more... See EIN's exclusive interview with the authors here (News, Source,ElvisInfoNet)
Graceland Holiday Lighting Weekend Nov 17-19: EPE announces, 'Tis the Season to celebrate the King of Rock' n' Roll's love for Christmas with our annual Holiday Lighting Weekend November 17-19- all here at Graceland!
Graceland officially kicks off the holiday season by flipping the switch to light Elvis' iconic Graceland Mansion on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00PM - Graceland Plaza Green. The public is free to attend. Fans can also watch it live from Elvis' home via our Graceland Livestream page.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Graceland followed by two days of festive events- holiday concerts, Christmas Afternoon Tours, Christmas UVIP Tours, and much more! Elvis Christmas Peace concert on Friday, November 18, at the Graceland Soundstage, will feature singer, songwriter John Paul Keith, along with guest performances by Peedy Chavez, Jesse Kramer, John Nemeth, TN Mass Choir, and others.
Then, Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show will return to the Graceland Soundstage on Saturday, November 19, with his high-energy 10-piece band and the beautiful Dynamite Singers with the best rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, and Christmas classics, guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit!
For a full line-up and ticket info about Holiday Lighting Weekend, go HERE (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
'Destined to Fly: Story of Ron Strauss- From Iowa to Elvis' OUT NOW: From author Sally A. Hoedel (who also published the book 'Elvis: Destined to Die Young') her brand new book is OUT NOW. 'Destined to Fly – The Story of Pilot Ron Strauss' retraces the extraordinary life of an ordinary boy from Iowa as he leaves home and sets out for a life of unknown adventures. What began as a desire to be involved in aviation, quickly turned into a 12-year military career in the United States Air Force. Often choosing an unconventional route, Ron Strauss achieved his dream of becoming a pilot. With Elvis Presley as his boss, he even co-piloted one of the most famous airplanes in existence, the Lisa Marie.
Ron Strauss certainly cannot be reduced to the nearly two years he flew Elvis Presley. His story is more vast than that short period from 1975-1977. However, the book does capture Elvis Presley as a boss and a leader within a very unique organization. Elvis fans discover new information about the Lisa Marie and what it was like to be called up in the middle of the night for an unscheduled destination at the request of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Hoedel examines the eight decades of Ron’s journey thus far. As she explores the roots of his character and the motivating factors behind his successful aviation career, she delivers a portrait of Americana. Aviation enthusiasts will also be inspired as they connect with this timeless story of hard work, perseverance, dreams, love, life, family… and flying. Check out EIN's review of the book here. (News, Source;SH/ElvisInfoNet)
Saturday 8 October 2022
James Burton Back Home!: Positive weekend news for all about the great man James Burton. The TCB Band guitarist has been released from hospital and is already home. EIN sends Best Wishes and prayers for a full recovery.
'Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – Now 1971' New MRS Vinyl: Hot on the tails of the FTD 1971 triple-cd-set announcement, the UK Memphis Recording Service notes that it will release its vinyl 180-gram 2LP version of ‘Las Vegas International Presents Elvis – Now 1971’ on 25th November 2022.
The live performances are from 28th January (Midnight) and the closing show 23rd February 1971 from Elvis’ engagement at the Las Vegas International Hotel.
The 2 albums feature 36 tracks from the two concerts plus six key bonus tracks - There Goes My Everything, Only Believe, Release Me, It’s Now or Never, Snowbird and The Impossible Dream .
This is a Limited Edition sets and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
Please note, the clear vinyl is ONLY available from Elvis fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and will not be available to the mainstream public and stores.
Elvis and Priscilla Honeymoon House on Sale for $5.6 Million: It seems just the other day that Elvis and Priscilla's Honeymoon House was up for sale. In 2017 it was being offered for $5,9Million (see EIN news article below) and a few years before that the asking price was over $9Million. In 2022 the price has dropped again - even after the excitement generated by the new ELVIS movie. This was the custom family home built for Robert and Helene Alexander of the famed Alexander construction company. Look magazine visited in 1962 for a peek into the futuristic design declaring it the House Of Tomorrow.
In 1967 this was the home where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned and in 2022 has officially hit the market for $5.6 million. The couple leased the 4,695-square-foot property for one year just after their wedding in 1967 for a total of $21,000.
The house boasts four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and an at-home spa.
You can buy the house here! Please invite EIN over for your house-warming, we'd love to come along (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
- NOVEMBER 2017 - Elvis' Palm Springs Honeymoon House Going Cheap for $5,9Million!: Now on sale - and featured in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Hot Property Section. The price has now dropped over four million dollars since it was put on the market a few years ago.
Now the "Historic mid-century estate" known as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway is back on the market for $5,9Million! Described as "an iconic treasure designed by the famous modernist architect William Krisel. Quietly situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, with completely privacy, oversized pool, tennis court, and gorgeous scenery of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley. Fantastic for entertaining!" It also features some cute Elvis honeymoon memorabilia. (News, Source;PGansky/ElvisInfoNet)
Thursday 6 October 2022
New FTD Releases: Two new FTD releases have been announced, for early November, a live 1971 soundboard and World's Fair VINYL but surprisingly nothing mentioned about the new 'ON TOUR' deluxe FTD set. 1. 'Las Vegas `71'. FTD's second 3cd set in a row, 'Las Vegas '71' is released as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak and the set features three 1971 concerts recorded at the International Hotel on January 27 / 28 Midnight shows and January 29 Dinner show.
Recorded by Bill Porter, the tapes unfortunately have imperfections, but we have prioritized the historic importance and rarity of these recordings. EIN NOTE: The odd fact is that these three concerts have been out on bootleg for years and have recently been released as "Public Domain" by the MRS label. To FTD collectors there are not rare at all.
Obviously the 50 year EU Public Domain rule expired last year so why FTD did not release them in 2021 makes no sense. FTD are fully aware of PD rules and must be struggling to get their On Tour material out before the end of the year. See full tracklisting here
2. 'It Happened At The World’s Fair': Continuing their series of unique double-vinyl releases, FTD is pleased to announce the release of 'It Happened At The World’s Fair' as a 2-LP LIMITED EDITION.
Taking inspiration from RCA Victor’s originally planned but subsequently aborted deluxe soundtrack release (LOC/LSO 1080), this 180 GRAM double vinyl soundtrack companion features original soundtrack masters and excellent alternative outtakes. The publicity notes, "Bonus tracks include “Witchcraft (takes 3/M)”, “Love Me Tonight (takes 6-8/M)” and “Slowly But Surely (take 5/M)" - although EIN cannot find them on the announced tracklists nor album cover.
'ELVIS: Prodigy of Sun Records' Book Promo: Elvis Files' Erik Lorentzen has posted more details about the new deluxe book to be released by co-author Robert van Beek.
The release date is December 10 2022 and fans can check out two promo clips
Printed as tTwo books on high quality paper as you are used to from The Elvis Files Team. 9 glossy photos to frame, a 10-inch album with 10 songs in the best possible sound quality and many hours of reading pleasure with ELVIS: Prodigy of SUN Records.
We have already delivered big projects in recent years but I can assure you that this release is the icing on the cake. No expense has been spared to make this travelogue a success.
The complete overview from Elvis’ birth until Elvis signed for RCA. 800 pages packed with unique material and documentation plus beautiful photos.
Hundreds of hours of research gives an overall picture of the boy who became a king. Many new and /or higher/better quality photos have been purchased, you will be amazed at the mass of information that has come to light through newspaper articles, through those who befriended Elvis over the years and much more info via the web.
This project is not a photo book but a day-by-day travelogue.
Check out the YouTube promo clips Elvis Presley: Prodigy of SUN Records How Elvis Presley Came to Sing the song "Without You" in 1954 (News, Source;EL/ElvisFiles /ElvisInfoNet)
Austin Butler would be first Best Actor Oscar winner born in the 1990s: Youth may not be wasted on the young. Austin Butler turned 31 in August, and he’s a top Oscar contender for Best Actor for his performance in “ELVIS” If he wins, he would be the first man born in the 1990s to win Best Actor.
It’s relatively common for younger women to claim acting Oscars, but the motion picture academy tends to prefer more seasoned male performers. Only one man ever won Best Actor in his 20s: Adrien Brody was just a few weeks shy of his 30th birthday when he prevailed for “The Pianist” in 2003. So, Butler wouldn’t be the youngest champ in the history of the category.
To date only two people born in the 1990s has won an acting Oscar in any category: Jennifer Lawrence born in 1990, won Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” when she was 22, and Ariana DeBose born in 1991 and won Best Supporting Actress for “West Side Story” when she was 31. Will Butler join them? As of this writing 16 out of 18 Expert journalists we’ve surveyed so far are predicting that he’ll be nominated for Best Actor and two say he’ll win. When you combine the predictions Butler ranks second behind Brendan Fraser, so history is within his and ELVIS' reach. (News, Source: goldderby.com/ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis related Armed Forces 16” Record sells on ebay: In 2021, EIN interviewed Poland's Piotr Soczynski about his series of high-quality Elvis discographies. Two of the books Piotr has published are: ★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1956-1967
★ Elvis Army Vinyl Records 1968-1991
US Army records featuring Elvis are very rare and collectable and are rarely listed for sale. However, one was listed on eBay last week. Featuring I Need Your Love Tonight and A Fool Such As I, plus 11 other non-Elvis recordings, the 16" transcription disc attracted a high level of interest with eight individual bidders making 17 bids, and realising a sale price of US$237.00. Also selling was a US Army record comprised entirely of 10 recordings by Gene Vincent. It received 13 bids and sold for US$350.
(News, Source: eBay/EIN)
One of the most controversial and hated Elvis books finally gets digital (Kindle) release: The infamous “Bodyguard” book, Elvis: What Happened?, written by then Murdoch Corporation journalist, Steve Dunleavy, based on
the accounts of Red West, Sonny West, and Dave Hebler, is now available
in Kindle format.
Together with Albert Goldman’s universally hated, Elvis, this release continues to be (45 years after its initial publication) strongly criticised by fans (arguably it is also one of the most misunderstood – unlike the Goldman release). One of the biggest selling Elvis books of all time with multi-million sales worldwide (by 1988 it was in its 13th edition!).
A no-holds barred account of life with the King: the good times, the funny times, the temper tantrums, the girls, the drugs, and Elvis’s slide in the final years.
The passing of time often softens anger. In the case of 'Elvis: What Happened?' this does not appear to be the case. On Amazon both the softcover and Kindle editions are charting high – on October 3, the Kindle edition was #2 on the Music History & Criticism (Kindle); #30 on the Biographies of Actors & Entertainers (Kindle) chart, and the softcover edition was #4 on the Music History & Criticism (physical books) chart.
See EIN's exclusive interview with Elvis' bodyguard Dave Hebler here
New Book from Japan – '1954-56 The Real Face of Elvis Presley': Written by super-Elvis collector, Funabashi Shunsuke, this 272 page hardcover is being published by Tankoben on October 21.
The book description is somewhat ambiguous: Elvis Presley is considered the most collectible artist in the world….(the author) reveals the secrets why Presley is named “The King” and why he continues to have presence, even today.
This is an Elvis book that is distinctively different from biographies, and reference books with chapters on being an Elvis maniac, a mysterious filled record collection, Elvis’ private life in magazines and advertisements, Elvis’ favorite clothes, the Harleys and Cadillac (the vehicles he loved), and more…
For lovers of Elvis fiction: There is some great reading in these murder and time travel novels involving the King of Rock and Roll:
Wednesday 5 October 2022
James Burton - Health Update: Positive news after the hospital operation from James Burton's family. The TCB Band guitarist had been diagnosed with cancer and it seems that everyone's prayers helped.
Great news, James Burton is a truly respected and lovely man who has also done so much for others.
'Elvis On Tour November 1971 - 50th Anniv Edition' - EXPANDED: Following on from the successful 50th Anniversary edition of his acclaimed release, Elvis Live At the International - 50th Anniversary Edition, author-researcher, Kieran Davis has announced "pre-orders" are open for the mid-November release of the 50th Anniversary edition of another of his best-selling books. On its original release in 2010, Elvis On Tour November 1971 comprised 150 pages. The 50th Anniversary Edition more than doubles that to 368 pages!
Kieran adds.. We are now taking pre-orders for this book, which is expected around the middle of November. As with our expanded edition of 'Live At The International,' much new information and images have been added taking the page count from 150 to 368. As always there is comprehensive text to present the tour in its greatest detail, plus archival documents and memorabilia, colour and b&w photographs, and fan stories.
There is some additional good news in that we are able to price this book lower than 'Live At The International'.
This is partly because of the lower page count, but with the cost of everything going up we decided being able to reduce the price so that more fans can afford our books was the way to go. To do this, however, it means we are no longer going to wholesale our books. As 80% of our books are sold direct to customers it was decided reducing the price overall was more important than being able to offer both retail and wholesale.
To place an order please visit our website and use the paypal links. (News, Source: Kieran Davis)
'ELVIS' Original Soundtrack Vinyl:'ELVIS' director Baz Luhrmann promised a vinyl edition of his original soundtrack and the first announcements have it as a single album with 13 tracks plus the short Elvis "Vocal intro" 'Elvis - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' is the music companion to the Warner Bros. film 'Elvis' This critically acclaimed film stars Austin Butler as Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Vinyl track list is
1 Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2 Vegas- Doja Cat
3 The King and I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
4 Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
5 Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
6 Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
7 Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis Presley & Tame Impala
8 Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis & PNAU
1 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
2 If I Can Dream - Måneskin
3 Power of My Love - Elvis Presley & Jack White
4 I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis & Stuart Price
5 Suspicious Minds - Paravi
6 In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis Presley feat. Nardo Wick
RCA Records. OUT November 18, 2022
Amazon US listed at US$27.98 (News, Source;Amazon/ElvisInfoNet)
In a wide ranging and intriguing interview, Mariusz discusses how Elvis has been viewed in Poland (during and after Communist rule in the country), how difficult it was to obtain Elvis records before Poland’s transition to democracy, the lengths some fans went to in order to listen to Elvis’ music, Polish media and Elvis, Elvis’ biggest selling record in Poland, Mariusz’s three books about Elvis, and more. Read the full interview
James Burton in Hospital: Very sad news from the great man James Burton. The TCB Band guitarist has been diagnosed with cancer and asks for our prayers.
It is the least we can do for such a lovely man. (News, Source;JB/EIN)
'Elvis Presley News Report October 2022: Elvis super-fan Emiel Maier presents all the recent news.... including the newly discovered Elvis 56 footage, Elvis movie sucess, Elvis' Worst Mistake Ever, Auction Results, Rare Elvis possession and much more news!
With large “coffee table” books tending to dominate the Elvis book market, many price conscious fans are always on the look-out for a more cost-effective option.
Does Arjan Deelen’s latest book chronicling one of Elvis’ best tours of 1976 fit the bill?
Amazon sites pushed back release date for the 'Elvis On Tour' box-set: Thanks to Bernard Roughton for alerting EIN to the fact that according to Amazon UK, the release date for the upcoming 6CD + 1 Blu-ray Elvis On Tour boxset has been pushed back to January 20, 2023.
Amazon US is somewhat confusing as it too now lists the release date as January 20, but also states in its listing that the set will be released on December 2, 2022 (the original release date – EIN expects they forget to amend the latter info).
The set comprises the audio from four of the shows (and two rehearsals) that were part of Elvis’ 1972 North American tour.
The set features a total of 145 tracks, including 91 tracks that have been previously unreleased, as well as the award-winning concert film on Blu-ray. (News, Source: Bernard Roughton / Amazon)
'Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind (Rehearsal - Official Lyric Video)': A new promo for the up-coming, possibly delayed, ON TOUR deluxe box-set.
The "Lyric" version of the delightful 'Always On My Mind' Rehearsal.
Little things I should have said and done...
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
ELVIS continues its reign at #1: With its global box office gross now approaching US$286M, on streaming channels the Elvis biopic maintained its #1 status on both HBO and Hulu up to September 28.
Documenting the highs and lows of Elvis’s (Austin Butler) life from childhood to becoming the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through his complicated relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), the movie ousted Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun: Maverick from its recent four-week stint atop the chart.
ELVIS is still Number One!
(News, Source:Box Office Mojo/Flix Patrol/EIN)
(New book set) Elvis Presley Australian Long Play Album Covers: Following on from his Elvis Presley Australian Long Play Record Labels in Catalogue Order set of books, Australian Elvis rock and roll and Elvis researcher, Bob Hayden, has published his latest set of “five” books. The books are targeted at collectors and those other fans wanting to see the wide variety of Elvis LP releases in Australia. The listing in Elvis in Print: The Definitive Reference and Price Guide, states: .... These five volumes (which have attractive, colorful covers) are a narrative and pictorial record of Elvis “vinyl” albums released in Australia. Both the front and back covers (with track listing) of each album, including variations, are shown, and the author provides the necessary information for collectors to identify different pressings/issues. Book 1 features a consolidated listing of all 211 albums chronicled in the five books - comprising RCA (Victor), Camden, Hammard, Image, J&B, KTel, Rainbow, Readers Digest, Starcall, Summit, and Time Life releases - as well as sections showing the various front cover box logos, back cover logos, and back cover writing on bottom of covers. There are also several items of archival material such as the ultra-rare RCA Records “Wills & Co. Pty Ltd” paper sleeve and an AWA Program Services sticker. Book 5 features the non-primary label RCA and other label releases. The track listings can be difficult to read on some of the back cover images. All volumes are staple-bound and they feature an attractive flexi-cover and internally, high quality gloss paper stock which allows the images to shine.
The books measure 20.5 x 29.2 cms (A4) and vary in page size between 52 and 72 pages (totalling 324 pages for the set). They have been published earlier than expected, and show “2023” on the cover. For more information, the author can be contacted by email: email@example.com (News, Source:ElvisInfoNet)
EIN News from earlier last week...
Apologies for recent disturbances with our website. Our server was hacked, hence delays in our EIN updates. All sorted now.
'Elvis: The Man & His Music' #137: EIN's favourite Elvis music magazine 'Elvis: The Man & His Music' September 2022 issue is out now. Sorry, we missed this announcement a few weeks ago.
- The Andreas Enigma Part 1
- A Sky More Blue – Elvis And The Las Vegas Treadmill
- Faith, Hope & Charity
- That Reminds Me…
- CD, DVD & Book Reviews
- Your Letters
- It’s Only Make Believe – ‘Elvis’ movie Review
Interestingly the ETMHM comments & review about the ELVIS movie - "I am unfamiliar with Baz Luhrmann's work" - makes EIN think that they don't get out to the cinemas very often! So it is lucky for all of us that Luhrmann makes fabulous OTT movies for the general public and not boring factual biopics for ETMHM readers! The magazine is however still an excellent read.
Venetia Stevenson actress, Elvis girlfriend, Dead: Venetia Stevenson, a model, actress and daughter of Hollywood luminaries who appeared in films including Darby’s Rangers, Island of Lost Women and Horror Hotel after being labeled “the most photogenic girl in the world,” has died. She was 84. In August 1957 she was romantically linked to Elvis and featured in the papers. Elvis met her off the plane when she flew into Memphis and he took her to a private showing of his new film 'Loving You' at the Strand cinema. In a later interview Elvis admitted to still seeing Venitia and riding with her - "I still see Venetia once in a while. I own three horses, take her riding."
Venetia Stevenson would later marry Don Everly
Stevenson’s parents were Robert Stevenson, the Oscar-nominated director of Mary Poppins and Anna Lee, who starred in How Green Was My Valley and portrayed the matriarch in General Hospital.
The screen siren was married to actor Russ Tamblyn from Valentine’s Day 1956 until their divorce in April 1957 and to Don Everly of The Everly Brothers from 1962-70 and was romantically linked to Elvis as well as Audie Murphy, Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.
Joanna Venetia Invicta Stevenson was born in London on March 10, 1938. Soon after, her dad signed a contract with producer David O. Selznick, and the family was off to Hollywood.
When she was 14, Stevenson was spotted on a beach in Malibu by photographer Peter Gowland, who was famous for his pin-up pictures. She posed for Gowland and his wife and wound up on lots of magazine covers, including one for Esquire.
Her big-screen résumé also included two films with her mom, Jet Over the Atlantic (1959) and The Big Night (1960); Day of the Outlaw (1959; Studs Lonigan (1960), featuring Jack Nicholson; and The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961). She quit acting after marrying Don Everly. (News, Source;HR/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS PRESLEY: Prodigy of SUN Records' New Book: Elvis Files publisher Erik Lorentzen and co-author Robert van Beek announce the new deluxe set 'ELVIS PRESLEY: Prodigy of SUN Records' An 800-page two books formatted as an illustrated day-by-day travelogue and date book chronicling Elvis’ early career and life through newspaper clippings, memorabilia and many unique and rare photos in superb quality ─ out November 2022 ─ over 45 years after Elvis’ untimely demise. 'Prodigy of SUN Records' is set to be the most comprehensive early Elvis bible on the market today.
Many hours of research through digital libraries found new facts and interesting anecdotes from Elvis' early life and career dated ‘35 till ‘55. From Old Saltillo Rd., to the magic of SUN recording studios, the first Louisiana Hayride appearances and everything in between. This book is filled with a string of never-before-seen photos from 1935 till 1955.
BUT WAIT, that’s not all ─ a 10 inch vinyl bonus LP with ten songs also comes with this release!! The early Elvis SUN recordings in the best possible sound. The world's first atomic powered singer mixed blues, pop and hillbilly/country to create an electrifying new music that was called Rock ‘n Roll and changed the influence of music in the world forever. Also 9 glossy early SUN promotional photos – suitable for framing - presented in a printed paper sleeve. A collection of stories: many of Elvis' early childhood friends sharing their memories in these two books. Elvis' time in primary and secondary school is extensively discussed as well as his first loves (not only girls) and his roots for Gospel music. Tupeloans share their stories about their childhood friend who became the future King. A collection of jaw-dropping photos and, of course, the near to complete story from Elvis' birth until his big break in 1955.
An unmissable reference book -
Go to Elvis Files to Pre-order (News, Source;EF/RB/ElvisInfoNet)
What can you expect from this release?
Two books printed on high quality paper as you are used to from the 'Elvis Files'. Nine glossy photos to frame, a 10-inch album - cover shown right - with 10 songs in the best possible sound quality and many hours of reading pleasure with
ELVIS: Prodigy of SUN Records.
Erik Lorentzen has already delivered big projects in recent years but I can assure you that this release is the icing on the cake. No expense has been spared to make this travelogue a success. For you of course, the fans.
The complete overview in word and image from Elvis’ birth until he [Elvis] signed for RCA. 800 pages packed with unique material and documentation interspersed with beautiful photos.
Hundreds of hours of research gives an overall picture of the boy who became a king. Many new and/or higher/better quality photos have been purchased and distributed through these two issues. You will be amazed at the mass of information that has come to light through newspaper articles, through those who befriended Elvis over the years and much more info via the web.
This project is not a photo book but a day-by-day travelogue.
New book/CD 'Elvis 1956' (Peter Guralnick): Due for release on November 18 is this new book from Peter Guralnick. It will contain 88 pages and a bonus CD.
It is described as:
... Deluxe hard-cover 88-page book + audio CD. Elvis' debut album + 19 bonus tracks. In this impressive 88-page book, renowned music critic, author, screenwriter, and Elvis Presley authority Peter Guralnick explores Elvis’ records and experiences from 1956 in great detail. Guralnick explains why it was such a ground-breaking year in the career of the iconic rock & roll star. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1943, Guralnick specializes in the history of early rock and roll and is the author of a classic two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, followed by Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. This book is fully illustrated with rare and never-before published photos, including numerous classic shots of Elvis by photographer Alfred Wertheimer.
Also included inside is a 79-minute-long CD containing 31 of Elvis’ most important songs from 1956 carefully selected by Guralnick to accompany this book.
The author and Sun Records expert, Colin Escott, are also due to publish their book, The Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records, in November 2022. (News, Source: AmazonUK/ElvisInfoNet)
Potentially fascinating new book, 'Alternate Elvis' (Livio Horrakh), to be published in Italy: Elvis Day By Day announced the release of this book which could be a fascinating read (EIN hopes there is an English language edition as the subject matter is certainly different to most Elvis related books):
Due for release from Direct Book is the 180-page Italian book Alternate Elvis In 16 Universi Possibili (1933-2068) by Livio Horrakh. Description: Is Elvis really dead? No, we do not believe he is. Not because he is living in a secret facility in a vegetative state assisted by mechanical supports, or hiding undercover somewhere on this planet, but because of the many "worlds interpretation".
According to physicist Hugh Everett-III, in each circumstance of reality infinite states coexist simultaneously in a sub-quantum cloud of indistinct possibilities. These infinite worlds actualize at each instant in the pluriverse. This could mean that on the night of August 16, 1977, Elvis was rescued in time by ambulance attendants, while in another world Presley is a retired truck driver, and in yet another he was singing in a dance hall with his twin brother or is divorcing his fifth wife, or NASA's first moon landing has resulted in a tragic catastrophe, and the first radio signal from extra-human intelligences is picked up by the Palomar-II telescope or .... (News, Source: Elvis Day By Day /Amazon / Direct Book)
New Elvis based novel - 'The Stars We Wrecked' (Milan Karis): This new novel (available in softcover and Kindle formats) has an intriguing premise described as:
... A beguiling story of espionage and its relationship with the entertainment industry. Penned in Slovakian, translated to English. This is an extremely interesting glimpse into intrigue and its far-reaching initiatives, such as Elvis. "The Stars We Wrecked," takes readers on a journey through the would-be lens of an undercover operative performing clandestine work intended to guide Elvis Presley's selection of music and resultant performances to the betterment of the Nation. A fictional testament to the dark side of fame where politics and personalities warp time and space relative to the talent craved by millions. Using Elvis Presley as an example, Peter – a field agent on a mission to foster sociologically aesthetic musicians – approaches the King to gain his trust. The goal: elevate the minds of listeners. This is a conceptual narrative where the sociological paradigm of entertainment and fame and its resultant fan-pop enter the political and clandestine operations machine. Who will win? (News, Source:Amazon/EIN)
Elvis and Me - tribute song by the legendary, Jimmy Webb): Jimmy Webb is best remembered for writing many of Glen Campbell's top 40 hits, including Wicheta Lineman, By The Time You Get To Phoenix, Galveston, and the underrated, Where's The Playground Susie?
More recently, Jimmy wrote and recorded a tribute song to Elvis.
(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...
"Always On My Mind' ON TOUR Promo: RCA have released another promo 'Always On My Mind (Rehearsal)' for the up-coming much anticipated 'On Tour' box-set.
This is Take 3 from the rehearsals/mock studio session. Previously released on the FTD 'On Tour Rehearsals' where we noted.. .. On previous 'This Is Elvis' version the song was edited short & overdubbed and compared to the 'Great Performances' release it is now in the perfect context. This version is so beautiful it is heartbreaking that Elvis never did sing it live since it would have been a stunner.
Remixed by Matt Ross-Spang and sounding beautiful. EIN can't wait to get this new box set.
'(It's Fun) Having Elvis On Stage' New DVD: A brand new STAR dvd out now, and it is just the thing the fans have been waiting for!
Lots and lots of 'Sold Out' footage has been released in the last months, great stuff to collect, but it is simply no fun watching it due to bad edits, out of sync sound or both. STAR has used some of the best performances out there and combined them into a great new release.
Most of these performances are complete.
We see and hear Elvis do lots of great songs including rarities like "I'm Leavin' ", "Bosom Of Abraham / You Better Run" and "Big Boss Man"
Not only do we get great songs from soundboard, some tracks even have MULTI TRACK audio, like "Fairytale" (Spring Tours) it is a great version and you can see and hear Elvis frustration at the end when there is a problem with the mike, he runs over to Charlie and throws the damn thing on the ground, you can hear it fall.
Other Multitrack recordings include:
"If You Love Me" (Spring Tours), "That's All Right /Proud Mary" (MSG Evening) "Heartbreak Hotel /I’ve Lost You/ Love Me Tender/Words/Sweet Caroline" (August 1970)
The STAR team also wanted to show in this release Elvis connection with the crowd, funny moments, getting gifts etc, to give you the total "Elvis Experience".
Including performances from different tours and years.
It really shows "It's fun having Elvis on Stage"
A total of 33 tracks and some bonus tracks will blow you away!
Limited to 500 copies!
Check out the great trailer here - and Go HERE for full tracklist (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
Elvis biopic #1 on streaming channels and best-selling Blu-Ray charts: The Baz Luhrmann biopic is streaming on HBO in 27 countries and was the #1 streaming film in all 27 over its first week. The countries are Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the US.
Data was not available for the biopic's streaming in the UK on HBO Max. ELVIS was also the #1 film globally on Hulu.
Circa September 16, ELVIS was at #3 on the Amazon US Blu-Ray best-sellers chart behind Top Gun: Maverick (#2) and The Batman (#1).
On the Amazon UK chart, the ELVIS Blu-Ray was #1, ahead of The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion and Top Gun: Maverick.
Downunder, the Blu-Ray was #4 and the DVD edition #5 on the Amazon Australia best-selling films chart.
(News, Source: Flix Patrol, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Australia)
ELVIS biopic Blu-ray released early in Australia: While it was listed for release on Wednesday 21 September, pre-ordered "home delivery" copies (including the 4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray "steel box" edition) from JB Hi-Fi left the warehouse on Saturday 17 September and were delivered on Monday September 19……. EIN's copy arrived just before 7am…
…who can complain about being woken up early on a cold, windy morning, when it's for Elvis!
(News, Source: EIN)
Elvis returns to the stage on America's Got Talent: "Elvis" returned to the stage - thanks to amazing deepfake technology - during part one of the America's Got Talent finale on Tuesday night, when the top 11 acts of Season 17 took the stage one last time. While all of the acts were pretty stellar, one act had all the judges completely blown away.
Metaphysic, a group that uses artificial intelligence technology to create hyper-real content, turned Simon Cowell into a world-class opera singer and then brought Howie Mandel and Terry Crews into the mix..
The AGT judges wondered how the group could possibly outdo themselves for the finals, and on Tuesday, that's exactly what they did when they brought the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and Las Vegas back to life.
Seeing 'Elvis' on stage with Cowell, plus backup singers Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara, performing "You're the Devil in Disguise" was a game changer. - EIN AGREES! See fabulous YouTube clip here. (News, Source:Yahoo/ElvisInfoNet)
Las Vegas International Presents Elvis - NOW 1971 (MRS): In the August-September issue of Britain’s excellent magazine, Vintage Rock (which always has Elvis related content!), reviewer Steve Harnell has rated the recent MRS release at FOUR (out of five) stars. Harnell’s review includes:
... Drummer Ronnie Tutt impresses throughout and Burton’s stinging solos provide the evidence that there was no better backing band anywhere in the world during the early 70sthan those gathered by Elvis here.
…setlist centrepiece Suspicious Minds and The Impossible Dream remain as grandiose as ever. It’s also rather nice to hear Gene MacLellan’s Snowbird get an airing.
Across almost 100 songs there’s plenty of duplication of material, but Elvis completists won’t baulk at that. Instead they can dig in to the King in his peak years as a performer with a stellar backing band burning down the house. ...
Go here to Vintage Rock website. (News, Source: Vintage Rock/EIN)
'ELVIS: From Vegas to Tahoe' 1973 FTD Review: Released in July as a 3-CD 5” digi-pak, this set features three 1973 midnight shows recorded on January 27 / February 21 (Las Vegas Hilton) and May 12 1973 (High Sierra Theatre, Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe).
'ELVIS' DVD, BluRay, 4K OUT Now: Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' movie now released as DVD, BluRay and 4K Blu Ray, out September 13.
The BluRay review includes,, The 1080p transfer offers a very crisp and faithful representation of Elvis' specific appearance. Cinematographer Mandy Walker reportedly shot the entire film .. with custom "Elvis" lenses made from special glass. Meant to evoke the era in which it represents this formula genuinely produces an image evocative of a classic cinematic appearance. With the addition of artificial film grain, the illusion is even more convincing. Still, this is ultimately a purely digital image through and through, and one with a varied color palette that ranges from dark and muted to almost candy-colored in its overall intensity, especially in some of the specific background elements by costume and production designer Catherine Martin. Bonus features include
- Bigger Than Life: The Story of Elvis (22:22) The challenges and joys of adapting Elvis' life for the big screen.
- Rock 'N Roll Royalty: The Music and Artists Behind ELVIS (7:33)
- Fit for a King: The Style of Elvis (8:02) - An overview of the iconic stage outfits and period clothing used in the film.
- Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis (7:26).
- "Trouble" Lyric Video (2:15).
- Musical Moments (19 clips, 46:19 total) All of the music segments. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet/Bluray.com)
'Priscilla' New Movie in production: Another boost to Elvis' legacy with another new Elvis film in production, this time a remake of Priscilla's memoir 'Elvis and Me'. It was previously a 1988 tele-movie.
For the new film 'Priscilla' director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) has teamed with independent entertainment company 'A24' and has already cast Jacob Elordi (from HBO’s Euphoria) as Elvis Presley, while Cailee Spaeny, (Mare of Easttown and Showtime's 'The First Lady') will play Priscilla Presley. In addition to being the film's director Sophia Coppola also worked on Priscilla’s script.
According to Deadline, Sofia Coppola has been looking to tackle Priscilla “for some time” as her follow-up to the Apple TV+ /
A24 movie On the Rocks which starred Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Although Coppola reportedly met with a number of actors for the Elvis Presley role, Cailee Spaeny was the only actress she had in mind to play Priscilla.
The original 'Elvis and Me' memoir which came out eight years after Elvis' all-too-early death detailed how Priscilla met Elvis, their complex marriage and what led to them separating. (News, Source;Various/ElvisInfoNet)
... They say first impressions last! The cover image of Elvis’ famous TCB ring is truly striking and sets the tone for what is an impressive examination of another 100+ rings that Elvis owned during his lifetime.
This is more than a photo-book and while the mostly colour images dominate, the narrative component contains valuable and interesting information...
... Elvis, “The King”, many times said publicly that there is only one King, and that is Jesus Christ. He not only acknowledged the Lord but also worshipped Him and prayed to Him, often. (Madeleine Wilson)
It has been said that the formula of a great tragedy is that a fatal flaw prevents tremendous potential from being realized, and the ending is one of ruin not of joy.
In many ways, the life story of Elvis Presley can be seen as one of tragedy…
'Boston Garden 1971' New MRS Vinyl: The UK Memphis Recording Service will release its vinyl 180-gram LP version of ‘Like A Black Tornado - Live At Boston Garden 1971’ on 21st October 2022.
A captivating performance from one of Elvis’ earliest tours of the 1970s. Performed and recorded in Boston on 10th November 1971, this show demonstrates the raw energy and spirit Elvis displayed when performing away from his Las Vegas engagements, reminding everyone that, finally, he was back!
This is a Limited Edition sets and will be available in both Black and Clear vinyl.
In astonishingly great remastered "stereo" audio the concert sounds better than ever.
Please note, the clear vinyl is ONLY available from Elvis fan clubs and exclusive Elvis dealers and WILL NOT be available to the mainstream public and stores.
'Unchained Melody' Official Video: The emotional climax to Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' movie is Elvis' heart-breaking performance of 'Unchained Melody'.
Previously unknown by the General Public the song has now become one of Elvis' most popular in 2022.
EPE have finally released their new "Official Video" but it has nothing to do with the version in Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' biopic.
Not only that but Elvis doesn't even appear in the video.
His voice is enough. 'Unchained Melody' Official Video - recording from Ann Arbor, MI. (News, Source;EPE/ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS' Soundtrack holds at Number Two: Five weeks after the release of movie's 'ELVIS Original Soundtrack'CD the charts still show excellent sales and chart positions. 45 years on and Elvis is still holding strong at Number 2! UK Official Charts have 'ELVIS' the #2 Soundtrack album(down from last week's #1) 'ELVIS' at #19 Compilation Album chart 'Elv1s 30#1 Hits' at #11 Top 100 Album chart.
USA Billboard charts 'ELVIS' holds at #2 Soundtrack album
'ELVIS' up again to #54 Top 200 Album chart
'Elv1s 30#1 Hits' #44 Top 200 Album chart
'Elv1s 30#1 Hits' sits at #10 on the Irish Official Album charts.
'The Airplanes & The King' OUT NOW: Finally after months of waiting 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti has been published. The delay was due to covid and paper supplies. Published as a deluxe English version the Prologue was written by Elvis expert Carlos R. Ares.
Expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults the book has been on sale at Elvis Week 2022.
The English version is printed - and finally in the shops - as a High quality Hardback book.
The author notes, 'As an Aeronautical Engineer, and a huge Elvis Presley fan, I have always wanted to write a book on Planes and the King. Since my first visit to Graceland, back in 2001, I have been extremely intrigued by Elvis' history with his aircraft and his link to aeronautics in general. In my life every little detail, every short paragraph in a book, every video, every photograph, every little note or information related to Elvis and his planes, was always marked and kept in my personal archive. In 2021 all this information, along with some unique Elvis stories, has now been beautifully arranged in this glorious book, for every Elvis fan."
Parkes Elvis Festival 2023 to celebrate Blue Hawaii: Next year's Parkes (Australia) Elvis Festival will be held between 4 and 8 January and will have a Blue Hawaii theme……. It’s time to start planning your outfit for the 2023 Parkes Elvis Festival, as we celebrate Elvis' 1961 musical film, Blue Hawaii.
Elvis plays the role of Chad Gates who has recently gotten out of the Army and is looking forward to some fun and romance the Aloha State.
The movie's sun, sand and surf mixed with Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, leis, ukuleles and pineapples will give lots of options to dress in theme.
For more info see the Parkes Elvis Festival website. (News, Source:PEF/ElvisinfoNet)
‘ELVIS ON TOUR’ Official Announcement: The official SONY announcement has now been posted. EIN was correct with our news item yesterday and the release date is December 2, 2022
... 'Elvis On Tour' 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.
It includes 3 Unreleased Elvis Concerts plus the San Antonio Concert Remixed, Pre-Tour Rehearsals and 'Best Documentary Film' Golden Globe winner film on Blu-ray Release date Friday, December 2.
Fans can get their first taste with the previously unreleased"Burning Love (Rehearsal 2)"recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood in March 1972.
RCA/Legacy's Elvis On Tour box set is produced by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang.
The original recordings were made by Felton Jarvis and Al Pachucki.
Disc 1 live April 9, 1972, Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 2 live April 10, 1972, Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 3 live April 14, 1972, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, and contains all previously unreleased material. Disc 4 live April 18, 1972, Convention Center San Antonio, TX previously on 2003 'Elvis: Close-Up' remixed for this release. Disc 5On Tour rehearsals, recorded live at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, on March 30 and 31, 1972. The disc is comprised primarily of previously unreleased tracks. (EIN Note: the 2004 FTD 'Elvis On Tour - The Rehearsals' featured some great highlights) Disc 6 completes Elvis' rehearsals with his band at RCA Recordings Studios on March 31, 1972. The disc includes previously unreleased takes on Kris Kristofferson's 'For The Good Times' plus others already released.
As Elvis Presley’s national tour played to sold-out secondary markets across the country in 1972, Elvis was enjoying himself on-stage and finding electrifying new ways of connecting to audiences at every show. Working with a band and set lists of his choosing, Elvis was channeling the music he loved most--from pop and gospel and traditional country to blues and rock and contemporary hits--while transforming his own greatest hits with fresh arrangements, turning nostalgia into an unforgettable concert experience packed with immediacy.
Award-winning filmmakers Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel (Mad Dogs & Englishmen) went on the road with Elvis Presley and his band with all-access passes, cameras and crew to chronicle the
King of Rock & Roll at his on-stage peak in MGM’s Elvis On Tour documentary film. The film captures Elvis, the human being driving the myth, behind-the-scenes backstage with his eyes open and his defenses down. According to MGM's original press release, the Elvis On Tour film "offers the first intimate look at the enigmatic country boy who became the world's most celebrated musician." Both documentary and concert film, Elvis On Tour features
montage sequences supervised by Martin Scorsese. The film was released on November 1, 1972.
The Elvis On Tour box set includes fascinating behind-the-scenes liner notes by Jerry Schilling, a longtime personal friend and member of Elvis' inner circle.
The set also features an illuminating essay by rock historian/musician Warren Zanes, founding member of The Del Fuegos and Professor at New York University. According to Zanes: "The set lists and the performances of the Elvis On Tour period bring a rare thing: a fifties legend working in the early seventies who was still taking his audiences to new places.... "
'Elvis and Steve' New Doco: Steve Binder who produced Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special is now making a documentary about it titled 'Elvis and Steve'.
By 1968 Elvis had gone from America's biggest musical act, the man whose swiveling hips set many young girls' hearts aflame, to a has-been with a floundering career. But that all changed when, on December 3, 1968, Elvis performed in a TV special that would go on to cement his status as The King. And to celebrate the life of a musician whose life has recently been subject to overwhelming public interest, Steve Binder, the man behind the original special is helping to create a new documentary to be titled 'Elvis & Steve: The Making of the '68 Comeback Special'.
The new special will explore the crucial event from a perspective not from the director's point of view. He is also, in part, the subject, as he explains how the critical pop culture event came to be.
He is also, in part, the subject, as he explains how the critical pop culture event came to be. Binder stated, “There’s been so much written and created about Elvis, but when it comes to the 1968 special, I’m truly the only one who can tell the behind-the-scenes story of how it came to be – because I’m the only one who was actually there for all that happened.
This new documentary will take viewers behind the scenes into the making of the special, and the close bond I developed with Elvis – and the courage and strength he found to defy Col. Tom Parker and take his career into a totally different direction, none of which would have been possible without the special. The documentary will show the immense drama and enormous passion that went into the making of it".
Spencer Proffer (The Story of Don McLean’s American Pie) who is producing noted, “Steve opens the vault to share a buddy story that is revealing, poignant and an explosive time capsule that offers a new perspective on the inner workings of Elvis, Colonel Parker and a director who took risks and made history in the process.”
When asked if the Presley estate is cooperating with the documentary Binder said that it’s too early to have had that conversation yet. “I haven’t even opened that door right now. The most important thing is I’ve really got to get in behind the scenes and tell stories that people will be knocked out with.” (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
'ELVIS' Pre-order in Amazon's Best Sellers: Demonstrating the popularity of Baz Luhrmann's 'ELVIS' movie the new DVD, BluRay and 4K Blu Ray are all sitting in Amazon's 'Best Sellers in Movies and TV' and these are purely for Pre-orders as they are not being released until September 13, 2022. 'ELVIS' DVD is even Number One!
The two Blu-Rays are sitting at #8 and #22. This of course does not take into account the future Digital streaming release.
He died 45 years ago but ELVIS is still topping the charts! (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
July 29- 'ELVIS Original Soundtrack' CD OUT NOW: At last the 'ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' CD has been officially released worldwide today - OUT NOW.
The CD is twenty-two tracks, whereas the Digital Release is 36 tracks.
CD priced at Australia AU$22 and UK £10.99 and US$14 "The soundtrack features Elvis's extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, '60s and '70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today."
1. Suspicious Minds (Vocal Intro) - Elvis Presley
2. Cotton Candy Land - Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak
3. Vegas - Doja Cat
4. The King And I - Eminem & CeeLo Green
5. Tupelo Shuffle - Swae Lee & Diplo
6. Baby, Let's Play House - Austin Butler
7. Craw-Fever - Elvis Presley
8. Strange Things Are Happening Every Day - Yola
9. Trouble - Austin Butler
10. Can't Help Falling in Love - Kacey Musgraves
11. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Lenesha Randolph
12. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Jazmine Sullivan
13. Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix) - Elvis & Tame Impala
14. Power of My Love - Elvis Presley and Jack White
15. Polk Salad Annie (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
16. Suspicious Minds (Film Edit) - Elvis Presley
17. Burning Love (Film Mix) - Elvis Presley
18. I Got A Feelin' In My Body - Elvis Presley & Stuart Price
19. Don't Fly Away (PNAU Remix) - Elvis Presley & PNAU
20. If I Can Dream - Måneskin
21. Suspicious Minds - Paravi
22. In the Ghetto (World Turns Remix) - Elvis feat. Nardo Wick
Interview with actor Adam Dunn / Bill Black in 'ELVIS':Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, interviews actor Adam Dunn who plays Bill Black in Baz Luhrmann's movie 'Elvis'.
The interview is particularly of interest as Paul Bélard recently published the first detailed biography of super-bassist Bill Black.
In the interview Adam Dunn reveals.. - how he got the role,
- how he learnt to play double-bass Bill Black style,
- about meeting Tom Hanks and Austin Butler,
- working with Xavier Samuel and Terepai Richmond who played Scotty and D.J.
- the 'trouble' filming the Russwood Park riot
- and much much more...
The book includes a fabulous Elvis-related story about Ron Strauss visiting his bank manager to obtain a home mortgage and the time Ron fell asleep in Elvis’ bed will bring a smile to the reader’s face. Other interesting accounts include Ron’s reaction to Elvis carrying a loaded gun on board (in a pressurized cabin), and many readers will appreciate reading how Ron felt about Linda Thompson and Ginger Alden.
EIN’s Nigel Patterson recently took flight with an advance copy. What Nigel found, not only added appreciably to his knowledge of a rarely written about aspect of the Elvis Presley story and provided greater insight as to who Elvis was as a person, but also offered a wonderfully rich and entertaining account of the life and times of the underappreciated, Ron Strauss.
'Elvis UK Cover Story' Book Review: Elvis experts John Townson and Gordon Minto recently published their new (digital) book 'Elvis UK Cover Story: The Ultimate Guide To Elvis Presley's British EP & LP Sleeves 1956-1977' designed to add to and complement their original 'Elvis UK' book.
It is a 286 page, fully comprehensive book, providing the ultimate guide to Elvis’s EP and LP album sleeves released in the UK between 1956-1977.
Extensively illustrated in full colour and arranged in sections, this book addresses a wide range of topics including back cover photos, printing companies, sleeve notes, etc.
There are extended sections including 'Front Cover – Fact File', and 'For UK Fans Only' an in-depth study of those albums that originated in the UK, or were only ever available in the UK.
It includes a wealth of background info incorporated into the text.
It is a downloadable digital flip-book stored on your own device.
Reading through this fact-filled investigation, the amazing thing EIN discovered was just how many sleeve variations, UK only releases, and cheap RCA / Parker design decisions there were.
For the world’s biggest superstar some of their marketing decisions were truly bewildering. And some of their design choices total madness.
Elvis author-researcher, Paul Bélard, reviews Luhrmann's 'ELVIS':Prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard, wrote down his detailed thoughts after watching the Elvis biopic. His energetic review is great reading and starts..
...Well, I came, I saw, I was conquered! What a wild and unpredictable rollercoaster ride it was. I often had goosebumps and I must confess tears welled up in my eyes when Elvis appeared in all his sorrowing condition at the end of the movie, but still singing his heart out with a voice that never left him, a solemn testament to the music he had always cherished. It brought home the irreparable loss we suffered upon his untimely death.
- For added interest EIN has also assembled a “baker’s dozen” of review excerpts from a variety of other reviews for the new Elvis biopic...
(UPDATED Review) 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' ROCKS Bendigo: If you're yet to visit Australia's exclusive exhibition 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' you better get in quick as it closes soon on JULY 17. EIN’s Nigel Patterson checked out the biographical 'Elvis: Direct from Graceland' exhibition in the Victoria, Australia, city of Bendigo.
Included in the more than 300 items on display are personal treasures and a diverse array of artefacts from Elvis’ performance and film career.
As the Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager, Lauren Ellis explained, "Elvis intoxicated the nation’s youth and provoked vicious backlash from conservative personalities, Elvis Presley invented himself piece by piece. The more I discovered about Elvis' life– the more I wanted to know. "
'Aloha From Hawaii' Deluxe FTD indepth Review: When seeking Elvis' key career highpoints, if one goes by the sales and the audience viewing numbers, there is only one answer. Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite. RCA’s double album of the show was released throughout the world in February 1973 and shot to the #1 spot in many countries including the U.S. It is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
While in 2013 RCA/ Legacy released the '40th Anniversary edition' sadly the audio of the main concert left much to be desired.
In 2022 FTD released this upgraded 'Aloha From Hawaii' set with Matt Ross-Spang remixing the original broadcast - plus including the full after-concert 3am 'Insert Song' session in a 3-CD set. In 'large-size 8" format with 24 page booklet it is a stunning package.
(Interview) Alanna Nash talks to EIN: With the recent reissue of her best-selling book, 'The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley', renowned author, Alanna Nash, took time out of her busy schedule to discuss Elvis, the Colonel and other related issues with EIN’s Nigel Patterson, Elvis Day By Day’s Kees Mouwen, and prolific Elvis author, Paul Bélard.
In her candid interview, Alanna provides insightful commentary about the Colonel’s early years before coming to America, when he lost his way in promoting Elvis, the controversial source Byron Raphael, Lamar Fike’s finding about the rumor the Colonel was involved in the death of a woman in Holland, why Elvis didn’t take more control of his career, the new Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' biopic and much, much more...
Another Elvis #1....this time in books: Congratulations to acclaimed author, Alanna Nash, as the re-issue of her book, The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, is the #1 selling book in Amazon USA's Popular Music (Books) category. Amazon also has it ranked #2 in both Music History (Books) and Criticism and Music Business (Books).
"ELVIS" Behind The Scenes: A neat seven minute clip from Screen Australia about Behind The Scenes of the new ELVIS movie.
Baz Luhrmann, Designer-Producer Catherine Martin and producer Schuyler Weiss talk about their experience making Elvis, from filming on the Gold Coast, the effects of COVID on production and why Luhrmann continues to return to Australia to make his films.
"Elvis in the studio"- excerpt from the critically acclaimed recent book, 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early recordings': ... Surviving outtakes make it abundantly clear that it's the 21-year-old Elvis Presley, not ostensible producer Steve Sholes, who's in control. Even when Sholes pronounces a take satisfactory, Elvis, if not happy, overrules him and insists on doing it again. And if one of the musicians makes a mistake, forcing a new attempt, Elvis remains nonplussed. "In his own reserved manner," as recalled in Elvis '56, In the Beginning, a journalist on hand to view the session would write, "he kept control, he made himself responsible. When someone else made a mistake, he sang off-key The offender picked up the cue. He never criticised anyone, never got mad at anybody, but himself. He'd just say, "Okay, fellas, I goofed." (News, Source:EIN) Read EIN's detailed review of 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley'
Read EIN's revealinginterview with the author, Gary Parker
'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition' - New Release: To be released next week to coincide with the new Baz Luhrmann ELVIS movie, Sony Music is repackaging 'Elvis'
30#1 Hits' together with 'Second To None' creating 'ELVIS 30 #1 Hits Expanded Edition'
Released date is next week June 24, 2022.
Priced at UK £12.99.
This twin set was previously released in 2013 as a double pack '30# 1 Hits / 2nd To None' selling in the US for US$16. see below for details..
Either way it is a great double-set at a good price.
ELVIS 'Austin Butler Pre-Production Test Footage': This is a sensational clip. Forget all those average Elvis Impersonators you might have seen, here Austin Butler truly inhabits Elvis character showing what he could do
at a pre-production jam.
As 'Depper' rightly comments, "Austin was a brilliant choice as there are millions of new young Elvis fans just based on the trailers alone. Many more will join us in the Elvis fanbase as soon as the movie drops. This movie successfully explains the contributions to music of Elvis Presley, to today's current generation. Elvis' legacy has been given a tremendous boost, and will help young people understand that he was a force of good for American music and humanity." (News, Source;EIN)
'ELVIS' EIN movie review: Keith Richards said, "Elvis hit like a bombshell ... it was like the world went from black and white to Technicolor." While those words apply to Elvis Presley they could similarly apply to Baz Luhrmann's style of film direction. Compared to the regular Hollywood output Baz Luhrmann movies have a similar feel of busting out of jail and going from black-and-white to technicolour. They are loud, brash, super-colourful, fast-edited and exciting, they have their own language and style.
The full-bore soundtrack, the glowing colour, the revelation of Austin Butler's truly stunning performance and the real excitement of the fast editing really does make it feel that Luhrmann has grabbed Elvis' true spirit. The film not only tells Elvis’ life but has the genuine excitement of the real Elvis, something that I've never felt from any previous Elvis Bio-Pic.
The incredible fact is that while the movie includes so many snatches of real Elvis (Hy Garner interview, Lisa Marie, Al Dvorin etc) yet Austin Butler has one so enthralled in playing Elvis' character that you can hardly spot the difference.
However typical of a Luhrmann movie you can see why fans' overly detailed fact-checking needs to be left at the door - and knowledgeable Elvis fans should just enjoy the ride. Go here for EIN Piers Beagley's exclusive and detailed review
Baz Luhrmann ELVIS Sydney Premiere: The Sydney Premiere of Baz Luhrmann's ELVIS movie was presented in the glorious Sydney State Theatre where Luhrmann's first film 'Strictly Ballroom' was featured thirty years ago at the 1992 Sydney Film Festival.
The evening was part of Sydney's VIVID festival and before the actual Premiere, director Baz Luhrmann spent an hour in conversation discussing his life in movies as well as his thoughts on ELVIS.
The Sydney Media were out in force to celebrate the international cast of the movie, including Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Australia's Olivia DeJonge, along with Director Baz Luhrmann.
EIN's Piers Beagley was lucky enough to be part of the ELVIS celebration - and who knew that his night would include an Elvis sing-a-long with Tom Hanks! Go here for the Baz Luhrmann discussion and plenty of Premiere pics.
(Book Review) 'The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley: A Critical History of the Early Recordings' (Gary Parker):‘For Elvis Presley, stardom was the promise, and he made the trip, but at an extraordinarily high cost’. This is one of the thought provoking themes in Gary Parker’s latest book which critically examines in thoroughly researched detail, Elvis’ seminal recordings in the 1950s (as well as more briefly discussing Elvis’ post Army recordings).
Noting that... "Elvis' clever manipulation of his numerous interests remains one of the music world's great marvels. Presley, with one foot in delta mud and the other in a country hoedown, teamed with Scotty Moore and Bill Black to fuse two distinctly American musical forms -- country and blues -- to form what would come to be known as 'rockabilly'". This is a book with plenty to discuss.
In their 2,100 words collaboration, EIN’s Nigel Patterson and Piers Beagley, review what they have found to be one of the best, and most important, Elvis book releases of 2022. Read the full review here (Book Review, Source: ElvisInformationNetwork)
Baz Luhrmann 'ELVIS' movie posters for 50s/ 60s/ 70s - plus a great shot of Austin Butler
'This Is Elvis - The Lost Theme Song' EIN spotlight: With all of the hype surrounding Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic, ELVIS, many fans will fondly recall the first official movie of Elvis' life, 1981's 'This Is Elvis', which, for better of worse, is the benchmark against which all subsequent attempts are measured.
One of the well-known names involved with This Is Elvis was Jerry Schilling, who was hired as a Consultant on the film - and who was involved in getting the long-lost theme song written and recorded by Beach Boy Carl Wilson and Sweet Inspirations Myrna Smith..
Another delight is discovering that Beach Boy Carl Wilson had a great love of Elvis.
Book Review - Elvis: The Quest For An Oscar (James Turiello): Many will find it surprising that someone could write more than 500 pages detailing the case why Elvis deserves to receive an Honorary Academy Award, but
author James Turiello has achieved this with his latest book.
EIN's Nigel Patterson spent a weekend exploring the author's argument.
Can someone who appeared in Kissin' Cousins, Harum Scarum and Clambake really be Oscar worthy?
In a detailed review, Nigel discusses what the book has to offer and provides his assessment of whether or not the author successfully makes his case that Elvis is deserving of an Honorary Oscar.
'The Pot Luck Sessions' Deluxe FTD Review: Released back in December 2021, 'The Pot Luck Sessions' was the eighth in FTD’s “complete sessions” packages. An 8 inch deluxe 5-CD package featuring a 28-page booklet with an insightful essay, record and session data, memorabilia and rare photos. The set includes remastered complete RCA sessions from Elvis' June 25 and October 15 1961 and March 18-19 1962 recording sessions.
The set features a good number of previously unreleased outakes and EIN also uncovers plenty of Elvis studio discussions that had been previously edited out on earlier "Classic Album" releases such as Elvis saying, “Here we go already. How do like that
arrangement, Red?” an important question to his friend Red West who
had composed the song 'That’s Someone You Never Forget'.
Gary kindly took time to discuss what we can expect in his new book, Jethro Tull, and things in-between.
Elvis’ Sun recordings vs. RCA early recordings, the muddy Mississippi delta plains, Elvis’ swirlingly innovative mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry.
MRS 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo 1956' CD Review: At the end of last year the UK based MRS label released their Double CD/ Book 'Elvis: Mono To Stereo - The Complete RCA Studio Masters 1956'.
The set contains the complete 1956 RCA studio master recordings in mono and (DES extracted) stereo versions. These were thirty classic RCA recordings that would help change the future of popular music.
The accompanying 20-page booklet includes photographs and memorabilia plus introductory notes.
While 'DES Stereo' remastering can sometimes reveal new details about classic MONO studio recordings, trying to create believable stereo from echoey mono masters is not that easy, even when using "highly advanced sound processing techniques".
Can classic mono tracks such as 'Hound Dog', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'My Baby Left Me' and 'Heartbreak Hotel' really sound better in DES stereo?
'Elvis: South Bound- Tampa / Atlanta '75' FTD in-depth Review: Mid 1975 found Elvis back in good form and having fun on stage. This 5" digipack double-soundboard features two more concerts from Elvis' 1975 Spring Tour. The Tampa April 26, 1975 Afternoon show at Curtis Hixon Convention Center plus Atlanta Omni Coliseum May 2, 1975 Evening Show.
Unfortunately soundboards from the start of this tour all have the same inherent 'problem' a HEAVY bias towards Piano tracks, there was often very little drums or orchestra in the mix. So can this release show us anything new?
But while collectors are right to be a little reticent about “Afternoon Shows” this soundboard is surprisingly enjoyable...
(Book Review) 'Don't Be Cruel, Elvis: The Bill Black Story': It is easy to forget that, in the beginning, Elvis was only one part of a trio put together by Sam Phillips, which included Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar.
The unique sound that emerged from their early sessions was the result of a close collaboration of like-minded musicians and an engineer who wanted to generate something as yet unheard. Bill Black's contribution to Elvis’ success went beyond the bass playing. His antics on stage — twirling his bass, riding it as if it was a bronco to be tamed, trading corny jokes with Elvis — delighted the audiences. Scotty confirmed that, “If it hadn’t been for Bill, we would have bombed many times in the early days.”
Memphis Mansion’s Henrik Knudsen fortuitously befriended Bill Black's family and was entrusted with the family’s treasured scrapbook.
Using this key source, plus the investigative power of author Paul Belard, key rock'n'roll bassman Bill Black finally gets the biography he deserves with this impressive 260 page book.
Packed full of rare photos, great stories and interviews, EIN's Piers Beagley spent some quality time enjoying this very fine tribute to "Blackie" a great musician and a true character ... go here to find out more.. (Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Interview 'The Airplanes & The King' with Carlos Varrenti & Robert Van Beek:As promised a few months ago, the extremely well-received spanish book 'The Airplanes & The King' by Carlos Varrenti is now being republished as an English version.
Not only that but it has now been expanded to an amazing 400 pages with a lot of unreleased material from Elvis Files' vaults!
The English version is printed as a High quality Hardback book.
Printed and distributed by The Elvis Files Team, EIN has seen some preview pages and it is an absolute stunner.
EIN is delighted to be able to talk with the author Carlos Varrenti - as well as Elvis Files designer Robert Van Beek to find out more.
We find out more about Carlos Varrenti's Argentinian background, how he came to be involved with designer Robert Van Beek and The Elvis Files for the expanded reprint, what highlights are in the book and what new stories fans will be able to discover within the covers. Go here as EIN's Piers Beagley asked the questions..
"Elvis Back In Nashville" 8/10 Review: It's great to see the mainstream music press already giving truly positive reviews to the new "Elvis Back In Nashville" box-set that comes out next week. UNCUT uk music magazine have already reviewed it noting.... "The King's final recordings in the country music capital"
Elvis Presley was more ambitious than his late career output might suggest.
During his 1971 sessions in Nashville, he cut tracks for his dream project: a folk-rock record featuring songs by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kris Kristofferson and others. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, and tracks from those sessions were scattered across cookie-cutter collections throughout the'70s. 'Elvis Back In Nashville' collects those recordings in one place, showcasing his stylistic range (gospel, carols, standards... you name it) and offering a glimpse of what might have been.
Despite being sold as a nostalgia act, Elvis was absolutely devoted to whatever he song he was singing. He immersed himself in the story and invested each line with nuance and character, whether it's the casually funky "Put Your Hand In The Hand" or the delicate "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (recorded while he had the flu). Box-Set rates 8/10. Extras: 6/10. Archival photos and liner notes by David Cantwell.
'Think Twice: Elvis in The Studio 1971': The forthcoming 'Back In Nashville' boxset is going to shine the spotlight on Elvis' 1971 sessions which have traditionally been ignored by the official label. In this fascinating and detailed article EIN contributor Shane Brown examines these all too easily dismissed Nashville sessions and discovers some real gems.
It’s very easy to look at the March, May and June 1971 recordings out of context. While the recordings are certainly not up to the standard of those from June 1970, it’s also true to say that Elvis was in a very different place personally by spring 1971.
In June 1970 Elvis was riding the crest of a wave with his recent successes but by January 1971 he was in the newspapers due to an ongoing paternity suit.
The Presley’s marriage was on the rocks and Elvis was having problems with his eyes. However despite all of this there was something very interesting going on during the 1971 sessions. Find out more as Shane Brown investigates these controversial 1971 Nashville Sessions....
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
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.
"On Tour" 50th Anniversary - FTD vs Lorentzen release:
In the same way that the FTD 'TTWII' Collectors Edition had to include similar photos to Erik Lorentzen's 'TTWII' Summer Festival publication, a debate among Elvis collectors has already started regarding the two new 'On Tour' editions and which one to purchase.
Lorentzen promises the earlier publication this year, whereas FTD are still gathering documentation and unseen images for their 2022 release.
Trouble has also started as Lorentzen has stated about his book, "Unique in this 1200 page edition is that for the first time the complete and very extensive information of all shows and sessions" yet now Ernst Jørgensen has posted that his personal session notes are being used without permission.
It will be difficult for fans to decide which to buy, or both, especially with the extra wait for the David English / Pål Granlund 50th Anniversary FTD 'On Tour' project. Ernst Jørgensen posted the following statement.. "It has come to my attention that some of my personal recording notes are being used in Erik Lorentzen’s forthcoming Elvis On Tour book.
This is disappointing; as Erik has been notified that this information is private and confidential, and prior to publication permission is required, which has not been granted.
Pål, David and myself are working on an 'Elvis On Tour' FTD release for 2022, this information will be included with this release."
We do however also know that FTD will be including audio cds with their publication, the audio content however has not been finalised as yet. (Note: Both images are of course not the actual book covers!) (News, Source; ElvisInfoNet)
Book Review - 'ELVIS UK3': Recently published 'ELVIS UK3' The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley's British CD Releases 1983-2005' by John Townson and Gordon Minto comprises 1400 pages with over a million words plus 4,000 plus illustrations.
This examination of Elvis’ British releases is an incredibly detailed narrative and visual record of his CD releases in the UK from 1983 to 2005.
The first Elvis CD, 'The Legend' (3CD), was released in the UK in December 1983. Reflecting the fledgling nature of the format, UK fans had to wait another 12 months until the release of not one, but three, Elvis albums, in December 1984. By that time, the flood gates for the CD medium were starting to strain.
As with the authors’ earlier two volumes on Elvis UK vinyl releases, the information in Elvis UK3 is exhaustive.
To say that Elvis UK3 was well-researched would be a serious understatement. There is so much information in this book that it is difficult to comprehensively review it all. While many collectors will be most interested in the technical details for each entry, the author’s narrative is excellent.
Released using the flipbook format EIN tested Elvis UK3 on four platforms - a 28” computer monitor, 14” tablet, iPad 8 and a 6.5” android mobile phone. EIN's Nigel Patterson has spent plenty of time reading through this massive work and here presents his in-depth review ...
(Book Review, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Elvis "BACK ON DVD!": Paramount have re-released three classic Elvis movies this month on DVD. 'G.I. Blues'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1960... 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' - BACK ON DVD! The year was 1962... 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'- BACK ON DVD! The year was 1966...
From Paramount Pictures.-
Release date: March 12, 2021.
From Amazon for $14.99. (News, Source;ElvisInfoNet)
‘From Elvis in Nashville’ Box-set EIN In-Depth Review:
A 4CD collection presenting the definitive chronicle of Elvis' 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats".
Recorded live in RCA's Studio B over the course of an epic five day run in June 1970 now, for the first time, the sessions are presented in pristine audio, newly mixed by acclaimed engineer Matt Ross-Spang without the added overdubs appearing on earlier releases.
Elvis’ 1970 Nashville session was very different from the previous Memphis sessions or even Elvis’ later sessions. Nashville was a real mix of Elvis recording RCA supplied demos along with one-take spontaneous favourites Elvis threw into the mix.
As Elvis noted, "It don't take much to get these guys going, boy, I'll tell you…. Just give them a "well..." and they're gone. That's what I call 'Sittin' on ready". EIN's Piers Beagley explores this new box-set to discover one of the best Elvis releases in years..
(CD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
US CD box-set
UK CD box-set
‘TTWII 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition’ FTD Book Review: FTD's most expensive set ever published, David English and Pal Granlund bring the complete background story of 'Elvis: That's The Way It Is'. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie's 1970 release, this ultimate collector's edition includes two hardback books, eight cds with over 450 minutes of music,
including newly discovered unreleased performances.
With access to 2,000 original negatives and 35mm slides, restored and repaired, many of which have never been seen before, the book also contains items from the MGM and RCA archives including paperwork, documents, memos and recording information.
Two books, 600 pages, plus all the MGM recorded rehearsals - including 70 tracks officially unreleased.
FTD's most expensive set but with the vast majority of the rehearsals already out on bootleg, can it really be worth the US$270 plus postage. Initially Sold Out and already into its first reprint what makes it so desirable? EIN's Piers Beagley investigates and discovers plenty .. Go here to our 6000 word review including plenty of extracts and stunning images. (FTD Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
Amazon Deals on ELVIS Blu-rays - Beware of excessive prices at some Elvis dealers.
'ELVIS In The 2010s' A Personal Review of the Past Decade: Rather like Elvis’s own career, each decade since Elvis’s death appears to have had a theme or identity of its own. Clearly the late 1970s were difficult for RCA as they struggled to find the right direction with which to take their posthumous releases, and so it was the 1980s that was the decade when the company slowly but surely learned how to look back at Elvis's legacy and start to make some sense of it.
The 1990s were when that reached a peak, with the decades boxed sets, and the Elvis in the 90s series, thus bringing virtually the whole catalogue back into print in a coherent way.
The 2000s were when errors of judgement at retail level started to occur (despite huge successes like Elv1s), but also when FTD came into its own and flourished. And so what will we make of Elvis releases of the 2010s when we look back on them from the future? Go here for EIN contributor Shane Brown's personal take on the highs and lows of Elvis product that has come our way over the last decade....
ELVIS 'Live 1969'
Keeping an eye on the prices.
Now $88 (down from $105) <<< US Amazon
UK Amazon >>> £73.00
Both with FREE Delivery
Check deals at other sites.
Elvis LIVE Aug 23, 1969 Album Review + Elvis Concert Review 1969: ..."The atmosphere throughout the entire hotel was nail-bitingly electric! It is difficult for me to describe and paint a true portrait of attending in person this unique occasion - Elvis' Return to Splendor LIVE in 1969 - but I'll try my best. I want, and hope, you will understand the excitement of what has to be the pinnacle of Elvis' career to date!" Joan Gansky was lucky because not only was she in the audience for Elvis' TV musical renaissance of the '68 NBC Special but she also saw Elvis at his most dynamic - first at his August 22nd 1969 Midnight Show and then the following night at his August 23rd Dinner Show. Joan Gansky has written this insightful and emotional article for EIN in 2019, fifty years later, looking back at this special event from 1969 as well as providing her review of the new RCA vinyl album of the August 23rd Dinner Show. One of EIN's most important articles we have ever published- Go here for Joan and Paul Gansky's incredible articles and exclusive photos
'Elvis - Made In Germany’ In-Depth Review: The new MRS 'Elvis - Made In Germany – The Complete Private Recordings’ 4CD set contains more than 3 hours of the private recordings Elvis made while off duty in Germany when he was serving as a soldier in the US army during the 1958 -1960 period and, includes rare tracks from a recently discovered tape comprising over an hour of unheard personal recordings. The 152-page hardback book contains rare photographs and documents plus a comprehensive text provided by Gordon Minto, which discusses each of Elvis’ RCA studio (non-film) recording sessions held during 1957-58, before focusing on the private recordings he made in Germany.
The BONUS CD features the essential RCA studio masters from 1957-58.With such an expansive book, along with hours of Elvis jamming with his friends in Germany, there is plenty to discuss as well as finding out what extra material this set contains over the official releases. Go here as EIN's Nigel Patterson & Piers Beagley provide an in-depth review of this new MRS release
(Book Reviews, Source;ElvisInformationNetwork)
'What was Elvis searching for?' EIN Spotlight: The question is raised – but never answered – in the title of HBO’s recent absorbing, imperfect documentary 'Elvis Presley: The Searcher'.
At the start it seems clear what the teenage Elvis was searching for – an escape from the oblivion of poverty in the American South. Yet his quest was cultural as well as financial.
Later Elvis read obsessively, seeking out such books as The Impersonal Life, Joseph Brenner’s guide to self-discovery and Kahil Gibran’s book of fables, The Prophet. In his copy of Gibran’s tome, Elvis jotted down the line: “A singer can sing his songs but he must have an ear to receive the song”.
So what exactly was Elvis searching for? In this fascinating EIN Spotlight respected author Paul Simpson takes a close look at this all important question which, for some reason, was basically ignored in the recent HBO documentary..
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.
Official Elvis CD Box-sets at bargain prices through Amazon UK
'Marty Lacker: A Life Well-Lived' & Elvis at American Studio's Interview: It was with immense sadness that last month EIN had to report on the death of our great friend - and a true friend to Elvis - Marty Lacker. We will miss him dearly. Marty is well-known as one of the key members of the Memphis Mafia and also co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding. He was known for both his honesty and being forthright with his opinions. He was the only member of the Memphis Mafia who still watched and commented on recent Elvis News. He had no issue with holding people to account (especially ones who would inflate their importance within Elvis' legacy) and would regularly ask EIN to add his comments or to correct any inaccuracy. Elvis fans often ask about Marty Lacker's background, how he came to meet Elvis, as well as his involvement in the music industry outside of working for The King.
As a prelude to Ken Sharp's fascinating interview with Marty Lacker and a discussion about Elvis' famous American Studio' Memphis sessions, EIN presents "Marty Lacker: a life well-lived" in which Marty tells of his life in the music industry, his friendship with Elvis along with his dislike of the over-controlling Col Parker. Go here to learn all you need to know about Marty Lacker as well as Elvis outstanding Memphis American Sound sessions in 1969. (Spotlight; Source,KenSharp/ElvisInformationNetwork)
'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.
UPDATED - Paul Dowling EIN Interview Part Three: Paul Dowling is without doubt one of the major names in the Elvis World. He started collecting and selling Elvis vinyl over 40 years ago and has one of the world's largest Elvis Presley record collections. He started his "WorldWide Elvis" shop back in the seventies, way before the internet, where fans could get hold of rare Elvis records and memorabilia.
With such a fascination with Elvis, Dowling not only became a big name in the early years of Elvis bootlegs but later became friends with Ernst Jorgensen and helped RCA with various official releases.
In the final part of our fascinating interview Paul Dowling discusses .... - Dodging the FBI agents that were sent after him
- Unreleased Elvis material that still hasn’t come out
- Why does Ernst Jorgensen doubt this claims
- His BMG project 'For The First Time Ever' - what happened
- The true story of obtaining the Million Dollar Quartet tape
- His thoughts on Paul Lichter, Sean Saver, Sherif Hanna, Rex Martin
- Spending time with Alan Fortas
- Jim Curtin, newly added story
'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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