those bloody rare orange label gold standard 45s

Elvis 1969 Vegas PressConference 1500 crop

WHY ARE THEY SO RARE? When were these records re­leased with these bloody or­ange la­bels? How many ti­tles were re­leased? How many copies of each were man­u­fac­tured? These ques­tions have puz­zled Elvis col­lec­tors for years—they cer­tainly baf­fled me as ed­itor of the O’­Sul­livan Wood­side record col­lec­tors price guides way back when. [Continue reading]

the “haircut” picture sleeves of the sixties

Elvis Spinout lobby card 1600 copy

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? [Continue reading]

elvis compact 33s around the world 1960–1969

Elvis Creole header

AROUND THE WORLD, Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. Oddly, far more Com­pact 33 Dou­bles were is­sued, many of­fering ei­ther unique cover art or con­tent. The Japanese es­pe­cially em­braced this format and kept is­suing them into 1967. [Continue reading]

elvis compact 33s from japan 1961–1967

Elvis 1957 drums 1500 crop

IN JAPAN, the seven-inch, 33 rpm format lasted into the second half of the ’60s. Elvis records were is­sued as Com­pact 33 Sin­gles and Dou­bles there that were not is­sued do­mes­ti­cally. Japanese record buyers were ap­par­ently not even given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ciate the slower speed sin­gles, as I could not find any ref­er­ence to that country re­leasing any sin­gles at 33 rpm. [Continue reading]