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Surrender compact 33 single in living stereo

SURRENDER was Elvis’ fourth single of the new decade, and was a world­wide smash. At this time (1961–1962), RCA Victor was is­suing Pres­ley’s new sin­gles in the US as both stan­dard 45s and as 33⅓ rpm records. The latter was a new format that the com­pany dubbed Com­pact 33 Sin­gles. Sur­render / Lonely Man was one of five.

Sur­render is unique among Elvis records: it was the only se­lec­tion that was is­sued as a Compact-33 Single in stereo!

All five of these Com­pact 33 Sin­gles are rather rare records and their pic­ture sleeves are even rarer! This is not some­thing that can be said about many Presley records that were com­mer­cially re­leased by RCA. These records are also very poorly un­der­stood as col­lec­tables by most buyers and sellers.

De­spite the fact that the market for Presley plat­ters is con­sid­ered “dead” by many (un­en­light­ened? cyn­ical?) wheelers and dealers, col­lec­tors should keep in mind a few points:

•  Compact-33 records com­mand prices up to sev­eral hun­dred times as much as their 45 rpm coun­ter­parts!

 Compact-33 pic­ture sleeves are even rarer and more valu­able than the records!

 

The Com­pact 33s are an im­por­tant part of any Elvis Presley col­lec­tion and the Sur­render / Lonely Man single and pic­ture sleeve in “Living Stereo” should be on every Elvis col­lec­tors want-list.

 

In fact, the Compact-33 pic­ture sleeves are among the most valu­able of all Elvis Presley record-related col­lec­tables! The rarest sleeves sell for thou­sands of dol­lars even in less than NM con­di­tion.

In fact, should one want to buy a copy of the record and pic­ture sleeve to Sur­render / Lonely Man in NM con­di­tion today, one might find the values listed here rather con­ser­v­a­tive com­pared to what a seller of such col­lec­tables would de­mand.

 

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Sug­gested NM value for the record is $500-1,000.

 

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RCA Victor 68-7850 was not is­sued with a pic­ture sleeve, a very odd oc­cur­rence for an Elvis record since ’56. In­stead, it was shipped in a sleeve like the one above. Sleeves of this nature—uncoated paper with a die-cut hole and the record com­pa­ny’s name or logo—are often re­ferred to as ‘fac­tory sleeves.’ They have only nom­inal value to most col­lec­tors.

Compact 33 singles in living stereo

Re­leased in Feb­ruary 1961, RCA Victor 68-7850, Sur­render / Lonely Man, is a one-of-a-kind record for Elvis: a Com­pact 33 Single in Living Stereo! Other Presley sin­gles had been is­sued in Living Stereo be­gin­ning in 1960, but they were oth­er­wise stan­dard 45s. Alas, this hy­brid of two ex­per­i­mental for­mats met the same com­mer­cial fate as the others and is a rather rare record these days.

The record and the pic­ture sleeve are listed and valued sep­a­rately. All values rep­re­sent copies of the record and the sleeve in Near Mint (NM) con­di­tion. The values that I have as­signed are es­ti­mates based on re­cent sales re­ported on the Pop­sike and Col­lec­tors Frenzy web­sites com­bined with forty years of ex­pe­ri­ence. 1

Vari­a­tions for this record exist as each RCA pressing plant used local printers for their la­bels. There­fore, each plant’s records can usu­ally be iden­ti­fied by the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of each plant’s label. Most of the dif­fer­ences are in type-face and the sizing of that type.

There are other dif­fer­ences: copies can be found with or without RCA Vic­tor’s “Stereo Or­tho­phonic High Fi­delity” motto. At this time, there is no es­tab­lished dif­fer­ence in the value be­tween the two press­ings. 2

 

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POSTSCRIPTUALLY, many Elvis col­lec­tors shunt these records to the side, con­sid­ering them ex­tras as they are not part of Presley’s stan­dard cat­alog of 78 and 45 rpm sin­gles and EPs and 33⅓ rpm LPs. But that is a mis­take: these were com­mer­cially re­leased and ap­par­ently sold tens of thou­sands of copies.

They are an im­por­tant part of any basic Elvis Presley col­lec­tion and the Sur­render com­pact 33 single in living stereo should be on every Elvis col­lec­tors want-list.

Fi­nally, Lonely Man is a sound­track record taken from his cur­rent movie in early 1961, Wild In The Country. It is a fine side, al­though one that one would hardly think of as A-side ma­te­rial.

 


FOOTNOTES:

1   Should you do some re­search on Pop­sike or Col­lec­tors Frenzy, you will see that re­gard­less of the grades given the items, the photos in­di­cate that few if any of the sleeves are truly NM. I have to as­sume that many of the records are also over-graded, hence the rel­a­tively modest prices fetched for these items on eBay and else­where on the In­ternet.

2   This can be also be done by looking at the iden­ti­fying code of each plant that is etched into the trail-off vinyl (or ‘dead wax’ among older, aging, de­crepit col­lec­tors like my­self) of each record.

 

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Extra cool. Copies pressed at the In­di­anapolis plant are tough enough to find, but you also pic­ture a Hol­ly­wood copy. Those are very rare.

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