ELECTRONICALLY REPROCESSED STEREO. What is it and why do so many Elvis fans hate it? And what is “rechanneled stereo” and Duophonic stereo and why does everyone hate them, too? Before addressing these questions, I want to mention a few things about stereo records. Most people—including music historians and record collectors—take stereo for granted, but it has a lengthy and interesting past. READ MORE
IN TWO RECENT ESSAYS here on A Touch Of Gold, I addressed issues regarding Elvis Presley’s 1959 album ELVIS’ GOLD RECORDS VOL. 2 (RCA Victor LPM-2075). Specifically, I examined how the record was titled in its Wikipedia entry, where it is referred to as by the phrase “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” as if that was the record’s title. READ MORE
THAT’S CORRECT, all of the Elvis Sun EPs are bootleg EPs. Fortunately, most collectors seem to know that they are not legitimate, and few sellers advertise them as anything other than boots. But they are nice looking records and most serious Elvis collectors own them, so if you have been looking into them and wanting some information, look no further! READ MORE
EVERY RECORD COLLECTOR should be familiar with some if not all of the many colorful picture sleeves that accompanied Elvis Presley records in the 1950s, many collectors may not be aware that not all Presley Product was issued with such a sleeve. All of them are collectable and I would argue that almost all of them are truly under-valued in truly near mint condition (NM), even harder than THAT to find in mint condition (M)! READ MORE
ACCORDING TO MY BABY BOOK—and I don’t know if that is a Catholic tradition or what but I don’t meet a lot of people who know what they are—when I was 5-years old, my favorite song was Sh-Boom. (“Life could be a dream sh-boom sh-boom.”) That would have been the Crew Cuts’ version, of course.
Growing up in Beaver Cleaver’s Perfect (White) America, few of us white folk heard much of the music made by our fellow black folk on the radio. READ MORE
HARD UP FOR NEW RELEASES while their cash-cow was in the Army, in 1959-1960, RCA Victor issued three volumes of EP albums titled A TOUCH OF GOLD. I had always liked that title and had subsequently used it as the title for my second Elvis Presley price guide. And now it is recycled yet again as the title of this blog for Elvis fans and collectors. READ MORE