THE PLUS OF QUORA is that it gives me prompts for a series of answers there that I can turn into short articles here. There’s nothing like a blog being constantly fed fresh content to keep readers and search engines happy! The minus of Quora is that it keeps me from other, lengthier projects, some of which have been gathering virtual dust for some time. READ MORE
THE QUORA FORUM’S question and answer set-up has been keeping me busy of late. Despite what people think about Elvis and the Internet, there seems to be an abiding interest in the man both personally and artistically. While some of the questions are silly—some are just plumb dumb!—most are well-considered and deserve a similar answer.
IN THE YEAR 2000, instead of Y2K we got THE BEATLES 1, an album that collected Beatles’ number one hits around the world. Despite recycling endlessly recycled sides, it sold more than 10,000,000 copies in its first twelve months of release! And then it kept on selling: it is certified by the RIAA for sales of 11,000,000 in the US alone. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Lawdymissclawdy, but I accidental like pushed “Publish” instead of “Save Draft” and so I sent this article out onto the worldwide web well before it was completed. So I have to apologize and tell you that I’ll finish it lickety-split and get it back up here where it belongs!
PS: When the finished piece is published, this post here will be linked directly to the new article …
ELVIS DIED WITH ONLY 28 GOLD RECORDS. That is, he collected only twenty-eight official RIAA Gold Record Awards during his career. He also moved to that mansion on the hill without a single Platinum Record Award on his wall! Neither he nor Colonel Parker nor RCA Victor showed any real enthusiasm for the awards while he was alive. READ MORE
EVERY FEW YEARS the folks in charge of Elvis Presley’s recordings either get it right or just get lucky with their handling of the archival material. The big one was 30 #1 HITS, which hit #1 on the Billboard LP chart in 2002. It sold over 5,000,000 units in the US and at least that many more worldwide, making it one of the best-selling Elvis Presley albums ever released! READ MORE
IN 1976, the Gold Standard Series was revamped for the fourth and final time with a new ‘retro’ look. Along with the rest of the RCA catalog, the modern look and layout of the previous orange and red labels was jettisoned and the company opted for a retro look: black was back and so was Nipper! But the effect was cheesy: the paper used for the labels seemed of a lesser quality—a dull black rather than the high gloss stock of the past. READ MORE
IN 1969, the Gold Standard Series was changed for the third time: the visually lifeless orange label was replaced by a more attractive bright red label. (The orange label remain as the primary label for RCA’s standard catalog singles and albums.) Otherwise, the layout and the typeface remained the same from the previous to the newest.
In 1968, RCA had switched from its classic black label to a more ‘modern’ orange label for all its records. READ MORE