elvis compact 33s around the world 1960–1969

AROUND THIS WONDERFUL WORLD OF OURS, Elvis records were issued as Compact 33 Singles that were not issued domestically. Oddly, far more Compact 33 Doubles were issued, many offering either unique cover art or content. The Japanese especially embraced this format and kept issuing them into 1966. The singles are listed by year of release. The doubles are listed by country and then year of release, and where I can’t understand the language nor the dates, they are in order of the earliest photo of Elvis. I have located more than twenty different singles issued as Compact 33 Singles with… Continue Reading elvis compact 33s around the world 1960–1969

elvis compact 33s from europe 1961–1962

IN EUROPE, THE COMPACT 33 LASTED INTO 1962, and like the rest of this wonderful world of ours, Elvis records were issued as Compact 33 Singles and Doubles there that were not issued domestically. The records below are almost entirely from Spain with a couple from France. Elvis compact 33s from Spain embraced both formats and released several interesting singles with picture sleeves and EPs with new artwork. As I am clueless about the importance and value of most Elvis records from outside of the US, there is no price guide with these entries. I am just presenting a gallery of images here… Continue Reading elvis compact 33s from europe 1961–1962

Wooden Heart compact 33 single and picture sleeve

IN 1961, THERE WERE FOUR ELVIS SINGLES IN THE US: Surrender, I Feel So Bad, Little Sister, and Can’t Help Falling In Love. These overlapped with RCA Victor’s experimenting with 7-inch singles that played in mono but at 33⅓ rpm instead of the usual 45. Five of Elvis Presley’s new singles as Compact 33 Singles in the US. These are all really rather rare records and each has its own chapter on this website! This something that cannot be said about almost any other commercially released Elvis titles. In the rest of the world, a another single was issued during the same… Continue Reading Wooden Heart compact 33 single and picture sleeve

Elvis By Request compact 33 double EP album

DURING THE TWELVE MONTH PERIOD of February 1961 to February 1962), RCA Victor issued five of Elvis Presley’s new singles as monaural Compact 33 Singles in the US. These are all really rather rare records and their picture sleeves are even rarer! This something that cannot be said about almost any other commercially released Elvis titles. They also released one unique title . . . The first Elvis record to be released on the new format was not a single, but an EP, or Compact 33 Double. Released in February 1961, RCA Victor LPC-128, ELVIS BY REQUEST, was an odd duck: it… Continue Reading Elvis By Request compact 33 double EP album

Good Luck Charm compact 33 single and picture sleeve

GOOD LUCK CHARM WAS ELVIS’ EIGHTH SINGLE of the new decade, and was a worldwide smash in early 1962. At this time (1961–62), RCA Victor issued five of Presley’s new singles in the US as both standard 45 rpm records and also as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the company dubbed “Compact 33 Singles.” Good Luck Charm / Anything That’s Part Of You was one of those five. All five of these Compact 33 Singles are rather rare records and their picture sleeves are even rarer! This is not something that can be said about many… Continue Reading Good Luck Charm compact 33 single and picture sleeve