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all the elvis sun EPs are bootleg EPs

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] “all the elvis sun EPs are bootleg EPs”

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elvis presley bootleg picture sleeves 1954–1956

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] “elvis presley bootleg picture sleeves 1954–1956”

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dissemination is the name of the game

IN REAL ES­TATE, the mantra is Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! Lo­ca­tion! It has been as­so­ci­ated with that busi­ness for so long that it feels like it was in­vented along with the con­cept of the re­altor. And of course, while the lo­ca­tion of a house isn’t every­thing, it can seem that way when as­saying prop­erty values or checking out a place to raise one’s family. [Read more] “dissemination is the name of the game”

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It hurts me to be a kissin’ cousin

THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is a web­site that I stum­bled over some­time last year. There John Ross writes about rock & roll and Elvis and books and movies and even about critics with their arses up their heads. I was im­pressed with writing, in­sights, ar­gu­ments. So I sent him a mes­sage and that was more or less it. [Read more] “It hurts me to be a kissin’ cousin”

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In The Ghetto discography & price guide

THIS DISCOG­RAPHY and price guide to In The Ghetto is a listing of var­ious press­ings of the record and its ac­com­pa­nying pic­ture sleeve from around the world. It is a follow-up to “The im­por­tance of In The Ghetto” and “On the im­por­tance of In The Ghetto part 2.″ This piece is sec­ondary to those two: it is a gallery of im­ages of re­leases of the record the pic­ture sleeve for In The Ghetto from around the world. [Read more] “In The Ghetto discography & price guide”

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the importance of “in the ghetto” – part 2

THIS SECOND PART of “The Im­por­tance of ‘In the Ghetto’ ” is a follow-up to the pre­vi­ously pub­lished “The im­por­tance of In The Ghetto.” This piece here is a sort of ad­dendum of bits and pieces that can be as­so­ci­ated with In The Ghetto the record. It in­cludes an ac­count of my pur­chase of the record in April 1969, an in­tro­duc­tion to the song as Mac Davis con­ceived it and Elvis recorded it, and my re­sponses to some of John’s key points. [Read more] “the importance of “in the ghetto” – part 2”

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on the importance of “in the ghetto”

IN EARLY 1969, fol­lowing the as­sas­si­na­tion of Martin Luther King Jr and the Holy Week Up­rising and then the as­sas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy and the po­lice riot at the De­mo­c­ratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion, Elvis Presley chose to record a mes­sage song about racism. It turned out to be one of the most im­por­tant records in his ca­reer, al­though it is rarely rec­og­nized as such.  [Read more] “on the importance of “in the ghetto””

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the “haircut” picture sleeves of the sixties

MY RE­SPONSE when first seeing the pic­ture sleeve for Elvis Pres­ley’s new single Spinout / All That I Am in the summer of ’66 was be­fud­dle­ment. He looked ridicu­lous and al­most didn’t look like Elvis Presley! His face was puffy and round, he was wearing make-up, and he had the most out­landish, “retro” hair-do imaginable? [Read more] “the “haircut” picture sleeves of the sixties”

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the dawning of the age of cut-out albums

ELVIS CUT-OUT AL­BUMS began ap­pearing in the mid-1970s. The dawning of the age of Elvis cut-outs opened with a handful of ti­tles from a few years ear­lier that had been deleted due to di­min­ishing sales. This ar­ticle is an overview of the cut-out bins of the ’70s and the Elvis al­bums that found their way to them. [Read more] “the dawning of the age of cut-out albums”

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