An Introduction to A Touch Of Gold

THIS WEBSITE/BLOG ti­tled "Elvis – A Touch Of Gold" in­cludes ar­ti­cles on Elvis’ records and the ses­sions that made them pos­si­ble As an in­tro­duc­tion, I also ad­dress Presley's movies, tele­vi­sion and con­cert ap­pear­ances, and even some memorabilia—mostly the ’50s EPE nov­el­ties like charm bracelets, lip­stick, and other yucky stuff for girls. Here I will pri­mar­ily ad­dress the music and the records of Elvis Pres­ley, es­pe­cially those that were re­leased as 78, and 45 rpm sin­gles and 45 and 33 rpm al­bums (EPs and LPs, re­spec­tively) on vinyl dur­ing his life­time. Each ar­ti­cle will con­tain facts, com­men­tary, and opin­ion,… Con­tinue Read­ing An In­tro­duc­tion to A Touch Of Gold

the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

THE ORIG­I­NAL RIAA GOLD RECORDS were in­tro­duced in 1958, and there were only two awards: a Gold Record for sin­gles, and a Gold Record for LPs. To qual­ify, a sin­gle must have sold a min­i­mum of one mil­lion (1,000,000) copies, while an LP album must have sold one mil­lion dol­lars ($1,000,000) at the manufacturer's whole­sale price. There were no "unit" sales re­quired for LP cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and there were no Plat­inum Record Awards. The Record In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (orig­i­nally R.I.A.A., now the pe­ri­od­less RIAA) stepped in to offer in­de­pen­dently au­dited and cer­ti­fied 'of­fi­cial' awards in place of the com­mon awards… Con­tinue Read­ing the orig­i­nal RIAA gold stan­dard was based on units of one mil­lion

moody blue – facts and fallacies about elvis' final album as a collector's item

AU­GUST, 17, 1977, WAS THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL: Elvis Pres­ley died. Very few fans were aware of his de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health and we were un­pre­pared for our own re­sponse to his death. Fans were aware of Elvis in gen­eral: his lat­est album, MOODY BLUE, had been re­leased four weeks ear­lier and was sell­ing bet­ter than usual. In the months after his death, his final album be­came one of his best sell­ing al­bums ever. Due it being his final album, MOODY BLUE holds a spe­cial place in the Elvis canon, de­spite it's being a rel­a­tively undis­tin­guished album, even by… Con­tinue Read­ing moody blue – facts and fal­lac­ies about elvis' final album as a collector's item

country music fans were always divided on elvis

IN A RE­CENT AR­TI­CLE, I broke Elvis fan­dom down into sev­eral dis­tinct groups, or gen­er­a­tions. In re­sponse, Nondis­pos­able­johnny (the enig­matic over­seer of The Round Place In The Mid­dle web­site) posted a pair of ob­ser­va­tions in the Com­ment Sec­tion. I started to an­swer his points in that sec­tion, but re­al­ized that I had a bit to say on the sub­jects. Al­ways di­vided be­tween im­me­di­acy and ex­po­si­tion, I opted for the lat­ter and here we are. Aside from ad­dress­ing Nondisposablejohnny's (NDJ) points, I get to ram­ble on about re­lated and even pe­riph­eral is­sues. In "Fifty Gen­er­a­tions Of Elvis… Con­tinue Read­ing coun­try music fans were al­ways di­vided on elvis

about those electronically reprocessed stereo albums

WHAT IS ELEC­TRON­I­CALLY RE­PROCESSED STEREO and why do so many Elvis fans hate it? What is rechan­neled stereo and Duo­phonic stereo and why does every­one else hate them? Be­fore ad­dress­ing these ques­tions, I want to men­tion a few things about stereo records. Most peo­ple, in­clud­ing music his­to­ri­ans and record col­lec­tors, sim­ply take stereo for granted—but it has a lengthy and in­ter­est­ing past. In 1957, the stereo long-playing album was in­tro­duced to the mar­ket­place by a pair of small in­de­pen­dent record com­pa­nies. In 1958, most of the major com­pa­nies fol­lowed with their own stereo re­leases. By 1959, the… Con­tinue Read­ing about those elec­tron­i­cally re­processed stereo al­bums

fifty generations of elvis fans can't be wrong

THE TERMELVIS FAN” is gen­er­ally ban­tered about as if it de­scribes one large group that has been more or less the same for sixty years. There are many gen­er­a­tions of fans, from those who fell in love with Elvis the Pelvis in the '50s, to those who grew up with "the King" through the Jump­suit Years of the '70s. Of course there weren't fifty gen­er­a­tions of Elvis fans—that's just an al­lu­sion! 1 As this ar­ti­cle is not an at­tempt at so­ci­ol­ogy, it sim­ply iden­ti­fies five basic gen­er­a­tions. These gen­er­a­tions are not based on age,… Con­tinue Read­ing fifty gen­er­a­tions of elvis fans can't be wrong

from nashville to memphis with heaven in between

THE FIRST DELUXE ELVIS boxed compact-disc set was KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLLTHE COM­PLETE 50's MAS­TERS, is­sued in 1992 to great fan­fare. It con­tained five discs that fea­tured the com­plete stu­dio record­ings of Pres­ley from 1954–1958. More than 100 record­ings in gen­uine, hon­est­ta­gawd mono seemed like a gift from Heaven! The set also in­cluded an in­for­ma­tive book­let with an ac­cu­rate ses­sionog­ra­phy and an in­tel­li­gent bi­o­graph­i­cal essay. It was well re­ceived by crit­ics and fans and an im­me­di­ate hit with disc-buyers, quickly mov­ing mil­lions of units around the world. 1 But you'd never know that… Con­tinue Read­ing from nashville to mem­phis with heaven in be­tween

elvis' golden caricatures volume 6 (wild in the '60s)

FROM 1960 THROUGH 1968, the image that Elvis Pres­ley pre­sented to the pub­lic was some com­bi­na­tion of boy-next-door and movie-matinée-idol. In fact, the Elvis of these years comes close to re­al­iz­ing the goody two-shoes/mama's-boy image he was sad­dled with in some quar­ters! Among car­i­ca­tur­ists, there isn't as much in­ter­est in re-imagining this Elvis as there is in the Elvis the Pelvis of the '50s and the jump-suited Elvis of the '70s. Nonethe­less, I found an­other twelve fan­tas­tic pieces of art for this sec­ond vol­ume of Elvis in the '60s—and the sixth vol­ume over­all. (The first four were Elvis in the… Con­tinue Read­ing elvis' golden car­i­ca­tures vol­ume 6 (wild in the '60s)