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 new format was… Continue Reading about those electronically reprocessed stereo albums

fifty generations of elvis fans can’t be wrong

THE TERM “ELVIS 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, but when fans discovered… 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’ ROLL – THE 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 by its ranking on… 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-matinee-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 ’50s.) Golden caricatures volume… Continue Reading elvis’ golden caricatures volume 6 (wild in the ’60s)

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, and will usually… Continue Reading introduction to a touch of gold

another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis

A MESS OF BLUES seems to be the song that sums up many of the entries on Wikipedia for rock & roll in general and Elvis Presley in particular. Their article on the soundtrack album for the 1968 NBC-TV Special ELVIS is so error-ridden as to be not only not useful, but to be downright harmful! It’s yet another mess of blues about Elvis on Wiki. And it’s amazing how much misinformation the Wiki writers can slip into a few paragraphs about a topic that involves popular music of the past sixty years. In many fields, Wiki is often spot on… Continue Reading another mess of blues with wikipedia and elvis