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David English author of the FTD book release; Welcome Home Elvis has contacted us with some extra - and very interesting - information about the book. In regard to the CD we were most interested to learn that the mono CD of Elvis Is Back, was recently found in the UK. There has been plenty of speculation as to exactly what the master was. Then we have four  new pages of sample text from the book. As David explains; 'The idea first came to me to write an article about the Elvis Is Back Sessions, which then became too large, and it then expanded over a period of two years. This originally consisted of mainly text of each song having a detailed history, with songwriters, musicians, (in the form of the book 'Writing for the King') The book then expanded further to include the Sinatra Timex show and now consists of the journey to Miami using original newspaper articles and photos which have probably not been seen since they were originally written.
James Brown and Elvis Presley were good friends and admired each others talents. James Brown said of Elvis: 'I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him ... I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother'.
Eric Bana says he's not playing Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon, the directorial debut of Cary Elwes. 'I'm not doing that. I was attached for a while, but I'm no longer attached', Bana told The Hollywood Reporter at Sunday's screening of his latest movie, Deadfall, at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Top Notch Nashville : The Bootleg Series Volume 1 & 2 : Elvis at RCA's Studio B. : Two new CD releases. Volume 1 contains 33 official unreleased alternate takes. Volume 2 contains 15 officially unreleased alternate takes. All in great sound quality! Each CD includes an 8 page booklet with photos and recording information.
Soon to be released is Elvis is Back : Special edition 2 CD Set. It is a Double CD digipack with a 20 page booklet, extensive liner notes, mastered from 24bit/96khz master recordings.
In 1979, RCA Records producer Joan Deary had an idea for a unique concept album. The idea was to release an album featuring Elvis' recordings stripped down to basics ... the 'Pure Elvis Sound'. Many fans had commented that Elvis' later recordings suffered from too much overdubbing or 'sweetening', often causing Elvis' vocal performances to be buried beneath lavish, often over-the-top orchestral productions. The 'Our Memories Of Elvis' series has been long out of print. But now, thanks to the good folks at Follow That Dream (FTD) Records, Elvis' fans can stroll down memory lane once again with their release, 'Our Memories Of Elvis': Volumes 1, 2 & 3.
Singer Norah Jones says she finds inspiration from Elvis Presley and his Graceland home in Memphis, US, for her music. The 33-year-old is a huge fan of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll and says everyone should visit Presley's Graceland home at least once in their lives for inspiration.