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

elvis compact 33s from japan 1961–1967

IN JAPAN, THE COMPACT 33 LASTED INTO 1967, 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. Japanese record buyers were apparently not even given the opportunity to appreciate the slower speed singles, as I could not find any reference to that country releasing any singles at 33 rpm. But they certainly embraced the Compact 33 Doubles EP albums, at least as far as Presley was concerned! Below find a list of almost four dozen titles that kept the format afloat into the second… Continue Reading elvis compact 33s from japan 1961–1967

elvis compact 33s from south america 1961–1968

IN SOUTH AMERICA, THE COMPACT 33 LASTED INTO 1964, 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. 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. I have records from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay listed below, but one country dominates the listing . . . Compact 33 singles Argentine: She’s Not You / Just Tell Jim Said Hello (1962) I… Continue Reading elvis compact 33s from south america 1961–1968

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