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· ELVIS PRESLEY - ELVIS IS BACK – MONSTROUSLY RARE ORIGINAL ‘LIVING STEREO’ 1960 RCA VICTOR RECORDS STEREO LP LSP-2231
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· THIS IS THE MIGHTY RARE FIRST VERSION OF THE COVER WITHOUT SONG TITLES LISTED ON THE FRONT PANEL ; INSTEAD, THE RARE (FIRST VERSION) OF THE 'SONG TITLES' STICKER, LISTING THE SONG # 4 ON SIDE 'B' UNDER ITS ORIGINAL TITLE ("THE GIRL NEXT DOOR ") IS APPLIED TO THE FRONT PANEL
· EXTREMELY RARE STEREO PRESSING, MANY TIMES RARER THAN MONO (THIS WAS THE FIRST ELVIS’ ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN TRUE STEREO)
· THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY FIRST VERSION OF THE COVER (WITHOUT ANY TRACKS LISTED) AND THE FIRST VERSION OF THE LABEL WITH THE FOURTH TRACK ON SIDE 2 LISTED AS “THE GIRL NEXT DOOR" (NOT “THE GIRL NEXT DOOR WENT A-WALKIN”.)
· ORIGINAL BLACK RCA VICTOR STEREO LABEL WITH "SILVER TOP" [RCA VICTOR’S NAME IS IN SILVER LETTERS], ‘DOGGIE; LOGO ON TOP CENTER OF THE LABEL, AND "LIVING STEREO" BANNER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LABEL
· DEEP GROOVE PRESSING
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL GATEFOLD COVER, MADE OF THICK CARDBOARD (AMERICAN STYLE) , WITH A SMALL NAIL HOLE ON ONE SIDE (LIKE A CALENDAR), WHICH WAS INTENDED TO ALLOW THE BUYER TO HANG THE COVER ON THE WALL (SIMILAR TO 'A DATE WITH ELVIS' ALBUM)
· AN INTERESTING MISPRESSING ON THE COVER: THE PAPER SLICK WITH BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS OF ELVIS ON THE INSIDE GATEFOLD IS TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN (ORIENTED THE WRONG WAY RELATIVE TO THE OUTSIDE COVER)
· COVER HAS A NIFTY ORANGE STICKER STILL AFFIXED TO THE WRAP.
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· ULTRA-RARE FIRST VERSION OF THE LABELS, WITH THE SONG # 4 ON "B" SIDE LISTED UNDER ITS ORIGINAL NAME "THE GIRL NEXT DOOR" (LATER CHANGED TO 'GIRL NEXT DOOR WENT A-WALKIN')
· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-1S/-4S'. ON SOME LABELS, SUFFIX '–1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING)
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
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Although they have common recording origins, two of the three singles, "It's Now or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight," were very quirky by the standards of Elvis songs at the time -- the former inspired by Elvis's admiration for Tony Martin's 1949 hit "There's No Tomorrow," while the latter was recorded at the request of Col. Parker as a favor to his wife. They add to the diversity of sounds on this record, which shows a mature Elvis Presley. "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" and "It Feels So Right" showed he could still rock out and challenge authority and propriety, while "Reconsider Baby" and "Like a Baby" offer some of his best blues performances; but "The Thrill of Your Love" (a very gospel-tinged number), "Soldier Boy," "Girl of My Best Friend," and "Girl Next Door Went a' Walking," also displayed the rich, deep vocalizing that would challenge critics' expectations of Elvis Presley playing rhythm guitar throughout. He also comes off better than on any of his other albums since arriving at RCA, as a musician as much as a "star" (he'd always had a lot more to say about running his sessions than the critics who loathed his RCA years indicated). [The 1999 remastering of this classic album features the complete contents of the March 20, 1960, RCA Hollywood session plus the dawn-to-dusk April 2 Nashville session that rounded out the album, for a total of 18 songs, including the three singles and their B-sides from those sessions. The sound is extraordinarily close yet natural, giving the listener full value for the presence of Scotty Moore, Hank Garland (who also plays bass on a few tracks), D.J. Fontana, Boots Randolph, and Floyd Cramer.]
(REVIEW REPRINTED COURTESY OF BRUCE EDER, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
"RCA Living Stereo" recordings - mostly classical, but also a handful of pop and easy listening titles - were made under the supervision of the most knowledgeable technicians and engineers on earth. The sound is simply amazing. On mint or near mint copies , quiet passages are so quiet - and the surface noise so conspicuously absent - that you will not even realize that your stylus has hit the surface of the record until the music starts. The highs are high, and the lows are very low. You are going to need a subwoofer and a hypersensitive tweeter to express some of these tonal ranges appropriately. This is the music for the ears, heart, soul, mind and guts alike.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG NEAR MINT. The original luster is very much intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
(b) The record has a "deep groove" (an indent in the label about 1/2-inch from the edge of the label, which on SOME labels is associated with very early or first pressings).
(c) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!