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
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
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.
The singles are listed by year of release. READ MORE
IN EUROPE, the compact 33 rpm single lasted into 1962, and like the rest of this wonderful world of ours, Elvis records were issued as Compact 33 Singles and Doubles there that were not issued domestically. The records below are almost entirely from Spain with a couple from France. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
IN SOUTH AMERICA, the Compact 33 single format lasted into 1964. Like the rest of this wonderful world of ours, Elvis records were issued as Compact 33 Singles and Doubles there that were not issued domestically.
As I am clueless about the importance and value of most Elvis records from outside of the US, there is no price guide with these entries. READ MORE
IN 1961, RCA Victor released four Elvis singles in the US: Surrender, I Feel So Bad, Little Sister, and Can’t Help Falling In Love. These overlapped with RCA Victor’s experimenting with 7-inch singles that played in mono but at 33⅓ rpm instead of the usual 45. READ MORE
DURING 1961-1962, RCA Victor issued five of Elvis Presley’s new singles as monaural Compact 33 Singles in the US. These are all really rather rare records and their picture sleeves are even rarer! This something that cannot be said about almost any other commercially released Elvis titles. They READ MORE