Elvis Presley : A Date with Elvis

Elvis Presley : A Date with Elvis

19.00

RCA 2011

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Blue Moon of Kentucky
A2 - Young and Beautiful
A3 - (You're so Square) Baby I Don't Care
A4 - Milkcow Blues Boogie
A5 - Baby Let's Play House
B1 - Good Rockin' Tonight
B2 - Is It So Strange
B3 - We're Gonna Move
B4 - I Want To Be Free
B5 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget

Recorded in 1954 (A1,4, B1), 1955 (A5, B5), 1956 (B3) and 1957 (A2,3, B2,4) at Radio Recorders Studios in Los Angeles.

Good products are worth their weight in gold when times are a little harsh – and this album was certainly a genially placed stopgap. In 1959, at the time when RCA launched this record on the market, the label’s shining rock star was out of the country doing his military service in Germany. In order to comfort all his fans during his forced absence, the record bosses produced an album with a smartly uniformed Elvis on the cover, smiling widely to let his faithful followers know that he’d be back soon. There was a special calendar too, so that his fans could count off the days until his return. This marketing ploy was extremely successful. The record became a highly desirable collector’s item and even years later illegal dollars still flowed from pirate copies.

The RCA producers kept mum about when and where the tracks were recorded. But who cares about that when listening to Elvis giving the 'blue grass' classic "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" his unmistakable, rockabilly sound? The other titles, all of them performed by a well-proven ensemble of rock-’n’-roll musicians, are filled with the honest, powerful language of the young – or from today’s viewpoint, old – Elvis. Which takes us back full circle to the date. What better way is there to celebrate the 50th birthday of rock-’n’-roll than with this early album by its 'King'?

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com