Tuesday, August 16, 2022

August 16 - The Sapphire Bootleg Label Collection

Graceland released the 'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection', honoring the 45th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. The limited edition set comes with a US$ 600,00 price-tag.

According to the original press release from Graceland: The ELVIS 45: The Sapphire Collection is a truly unique offering, with only 500 being offered during this special time in history. The six Elvis 45 rpm records will be hand-numbered and authenticated with custom Sapphire Collection record jackets that will be only available via this offering.

In addition, three of the records will be custom pressings, with a one-of-a-kind A/B side combination that is unavailable anywhere in the world! The collection also includes a swatch of Elvis’ personal wardrobe that was used as part of a 1971 bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2. The clothing swatches, enclosed in the original RCA Records envelopes, are currently housed inside the Graceland Archives, and will be pulled exclusively to be included as part of this anniversary collection.

All purchasers are invited to pick-up their 'ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection' (carrying case, records, and other collectible items) during Elvis Week 2022 during an exclusive Conversations on Elvis event on August 16 open only to purchasers of this special collection. All purchasers who are unable to attend the event, will be able to opt to have their collections shipped to them following Elvis Week.

The Graceland Annual Pass is digital and available for use starting January 1, 2022 – and throughout the duration of 2022.

The ELVIS 45: Sapphire Collection includes:

  • 2022 Graceland Annual Tour Pass good for one Elvis Experience Tour per day January 1 – December 31, 2022 (valid from January 1, 2022).
  • Collectible ELVIS 45 Record Carrying Case
  • Six exclusive 45 RPM Records in Custom Collection Record Jackets, hand-numbered 1-500: Can’t Help Falling in Love - Rock-a-Hula Baby / Jailhouse Rock - Treat Me Nice / Suspicious Minds - You'll Think of Me /  Memphis, Tennessee - That's All Right / Blue Christmas - Merry Christmas Baby and I'll Be Home for Christmas - Peace in the Valley.
  • Sapphire Blue 45 Adapter
  • Graceland 40th Anniversary Opening Day Poster, signed by EPE President and CEO Jack Soden, hand-numbered 1-500.
  • RCA Records Envelope featuring a Swatch of Elvis’ Personal Wardrobe; used in 1971 as a bonus inside Elvis’ album Worldwide Gold Award Hits Vol. 2; Direct from the Graceland Archives with a Certificate of Authenticity (swatches will vary by collections).
  • Exclusive Access to a Conversations on Elvis Event during Elvis Week 2022.

American Sound - From The Acetates 

The Madison import record label announced the release of the limited edition CD 'American Sound - From The Acetates'. 

Publicity stated
: Madison is back once more and happy to present a brand new limited edition CD release containing some fantastic acetate recordings. 

Fans have frequently expressed a strong wish to hear Elvis as he sounded in the studio, undiluted by overdubs and excessive vocal backing, and now is your chance to hear exactly this. 

Madison is bringing you the first  of a series containing rare acetates, this first volume contains tracks recorded between the 1970 Nashville sessions to the 1976 Jungle Room sessions, these songs have had plenty of releases over the past decades from their respective master tapes but the acetates have remained mostly in private collections.

On this disc you are provided with a unique listening experience, the acetates and their different mixes will take you back to the time Elvis was listening to these. 
Listen to some fantastic tracks like the unedited full length version of 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right' which has a different mix compared to previous official outings, and the stereo acetate of the undubbed version of 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' the stunning 'Loving Arms' and lonesome 'Hurt', and the stand out track is most definitely 'Miracle Of The Rosary' which features Elvis his full length vocal overdub, which has not been released before in this form. 

This Limited Edition CD is presented in optimum sound quality, with respect for the historical content.  And as always with the Madison releases, it is presented in a jewel case with a 16-page booklet containing liner notes and some fantastic photos. 

01. Heart Of Rome [Undubbed Master] 2:52
02. Don't think Twice, It's All Right [Unedited Master] 9:21
03. Lead Me, Guide Me [Master] 2:42
04. Miracle Of The Rosary [ With Harmony Vocal by Elvis] 1:52
05. Seeing Is Believin' [Unedited Master] 3:02
06. Help Me Make It Through The Night [Undubbed Stereo Master ] 2:49
07. It's Still Here [Unedited Master] 4:40
08. I Will Be True [Undubbed Master] 2:37
09. Help Me [Undubbed Master with Vocal Overdub] 2:29
10. My Boy [Undubbed Master] 3:03
11. Loving Arms [Undubbed Master] 2:52
12. I Got A Feeling In My Body [Undubbed Master] 3:36
13. It's Midnight [Undubbed Master] 3:22
14. If You Talk In Your Sleep [Undubbed Master] 2:30
15. Hurt [Undubbed Master] 2:52

Elvis Presley Australian Long Play Record Labels in Catalogue Order 

Australian Elvis expert and collector, Bob Hayden, released his five volumes set of pictorial books chronicling the labels of all of Elvis' LP records released in Australia as the five book set 'For Elvis Collectors - Elvis Presley Australian Long Play Record Labels in Catalogue Order'

Publicity stated: All known variations of each title are included and the books have been printed using high quality gloss paper stock. While the visual element dominates, the full color images are supported by what serious collectors want, information identifying placement of text, label color(s), style of information, etc, for each label. 

(Source: Graceland / FECC / Elvis Information Network / Bob Hayden)