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Stereo '57: Essential Elvis Vol. 2Double LP set cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!
Mastered at Sterling Sound
The discovery of these 2-track masters comprising Stereo '57 - The Essential Elvis Volume 2, is nothing short of a miracle, and this 200-gram pressing cut at 45 RPM from Quality Record Pressings sounds so astonishing, your jaw will hit the floor!
From the moment Elvis began working with a new song, sound engineer Thorne Norgar had the 15 ips mono tape machine rolling simultaneously with a 2-track protection copy. The machines weren't switched to pause until Elvis was satisfied with the take.
A couple of years before the advent of the stereo LP in mid-1958, major record companies were experimenting with stereophonic recordings, often refered to then as binaural. Studios were using the new Ampex 2-track tape recorders for other purposes, such as for recording session back-ups. But few Elvis fans know how close history came to permanently losing these precious audio glimpses of a young Elvis engrossed in the creative process.
Founded in 1933, Radio Recorders of Los Angeles was the preeminent recording studio of its day, and its director of recording, long-time engineer Thorne Nogar, engineered all of the Elvis sessions from 1955 to 1961. Some of popular music's greatest hits: Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Loving You, and Teddy Bear, are just a few of the blockbusters that Nogar oversaw Elvis record at the studios, located at 7000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Elvis would be right in the center of everything, at every recording session, Nogar would later recall. Like with the Jordanaires when he sang, we would set it up with a unidirectional mike, so he would be standing right in front of them, facing them, and they would have their own directional microphone and they would be singing to one another.
The 2-tracks from which this record was pressed could not have sounded better, and there was no one more careful, more experienced and technically skilled to record these historic sessions than Nogar, says Acoustic Sounds' founder and CEO Chad Kassem.
Yet one day years later when Thorne was cleaning out his tapes closet, remarkably, he set these 2-track backup tapes aside, intending to dispose of them. Noted producer Bones Howe had worked for Nogar as a tape operator at Radio Recorders, and thanks to him the tapes were saved from a final resting place in the trash can. Bones took the tapes home with him. He'd put them safely away in a bank vault.
These 2-tracks have erase clearly written on the master log sheets. They're from a January 1957 session at which Presley produced material for two EPs and the film Loving You soundtrack. They're the only known ones surviving from the pre-stereo era.
RCA's Essential Elvis series was a vehicle for the release of Presley's alternate takes. On this double LP set, listeners hear Presley at work, refining band arrangements and working through the nuances of his vocal performance. The LP reveals the Jordanaires voices' sparkling with a natural lifelike sound that's both sonically rich and detailed.
The Jordanaires, a vocal quartet originally formed as a gospel group in 1948, gained fame largely for being Elvis' background singers, both in live appearances and recordings, from 1956 to 1972. If discovering these rare, almost lost recorded treasures weren't enough, the sound reproduction puts this release over the top! When the Jordanaires sing Peace in the Valley, you'll swear you're hearing a melody sent from heaven. An audiophile's prayer come true!
There are a number of first and second takes, during which Presley and his backing musicians make tentative passes at the material. As the record progresses, arrangements take shape and Presley, growing more confident that a keeper take is imminent, sings with more enthusiasm. Throughout, Presley is heard directing the proceedings and demonstrating a lot of aw shucks charm in the process, goofing with band members and laughing through his and others', flubs.
Like other reissues pressed by QRP, this magnificent 200-gram LP is notable for its absolutely silent background. The vocal harmonies are tingle-inducing, life-sized and utterly natural.
For serious Elvis fans and anyone else interested in the creative process, Volume 2 meets the first definition of essential as well as the second: it's indispensable stuff.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I Beg Of You (Take 1)
2. Is It So Strange (Take 1)
3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2)
4. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1,2,3)
5. Blueberry Hill (Take 2)
6. Mean Woman Blues (Take 14)
7. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2,3)
8. Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6)
9. Blueberry Hill (Take 7)
10. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4,5,6)
11. Is It So Strange (Takes 7,11)
12. I Beg Of You (Takes 6,8)
13. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Take 7)
14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12,13)
15. I Beg Of You (Take 12)$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Elvis' Golden RecordsFeaturing 14 of his top charting hit singles Elvis' Golden Records went on to become one of his most memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful rock and roll albums. Thanks to his finest rock smashes like Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel, Hound Dog and Jailhouse Rock, this collection of Elvis Presley's biggest hits originally released in 1958 was another blockbuster for The King as it topped the the pop charts, making this one of his most revered. This 55th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile gatefold vinyl edition is made available again in all its high fidelity glory.Side One
1. Hound Dog
2. Loving You
3. All Shook Up
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Jailhouse Rock
6. Love Me
7. Too Much
1. Don't Be Cruel
2. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
3. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
4. Love Me Tender
5. Treat Me Nice
6. Anyway You Want Me
(That's How I Will Be)
7. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Elvis' Christmas Album (White Vinyl)Another Excellent Installment In Our Exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile White Vinyl Anniversary Release
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Original Gatefold Artwork
Includes Super Rare LP Booklet With The Classic 1957 Images From His Historic Jailhouse Rock Film
Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, he cut some demos at Sun Studios as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.
The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly bought out his contract and signed the legend to a long-term deal, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name.
From the remainder of the 1950's, Elvis would release several more hit albums and number one singles, star in a couple of box office smash films, and prior to spending time in the Army, he recorded his fourth album and what would become one of the most memorable and best loved Christmas LP's of all time, Elvis' Christmas Album.
The 1957 album was a blockbuster as it topped the pop charts for a month, making this one of the biggest albums of his career ultimately selling over 13 Million Units and his first Diamond Award Winning RIAA certified recording. Elvis' Christmas Album truly proved once again that his career was unlike any other in music history.
This holiday classic takes off with the rockin' Santa Claus Is Back In Town and followed by the soulful groove of White Christmas. More Elvis favorites follow with his brilliant interpretation of the melancholy ballad I'll Be Home For Christmas and the blues rocker number one single smash Blue Christmas.
The album also features a nice helping of gospel standards which Elvis made his own with favorites like (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley and It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) , the timeless Silent Night , and of course the heartfelt O Little Town Of Bethlehem . In total, the album showcases twelve important Elvis Presley recordings which have truly gone on to become definitive classics by any measure of popular music.
In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the limited edition 180 Gram Audiophile White Vinyl Anniversary release of the RCA Victor holiday classic Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley. As another excellent installment in our exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its high fidelity glory.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis' Christmas Album will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere! For this limited edition exclusive presentation, we are also including for the first time in decades, the original gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original gatefold LP cover elements as well a super rare LP booklet with the classic 1957 images from his historic Jailhouse Rock film.
We are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape. Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album A history making holiday album from a historic legend, an original monophonic audiophile dream release. artwork not seen in years is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music1. Santa Claus Is Back In Town
2. White Christmas
3. Here Come Santa Claus
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Blue Christmas
6. Santa Bring My Baby Back
7. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
8. Silent Night
9. (There Will Be) Peace In The Valley
10. I Believe
11. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Little HoneyLucinda Williams new Lost Highway release, Little Honey features many songs she has been performing live for years, the original Circles And X's which she initially wrote in 1985 and a legendary duet with Elvis Costello on Jailhouse Tears. The Eric Liliestrand and Tom Overby produced affair also features guest appearances from Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Easton and Charlie Louvin. In support here are Doug Pettibone on guitar, David Sutton on bass, Chet Lyster on guitar, Butch Norton on drums and Rob Burger on keyboards.
Im in a different phase of my life, so there are more happy moments on this album, the singer-songwriter says of her ninth studio set. Darkly introspective, is one phrase people have used to describe a lot of my songs. There are moody songs, but Im looking outside myself a little bit more. These arent boy meets girl, boy leaves girl, girl gets bummed out songs,theres a lot more than that going on.1. Real Love
2. Circles And Xs
3. Tears Of Joy
4. Little Rock Star
5. Honey Bee
6. Well Well Well
7. If Wishes Were Horses
8. Jailhouse Tears
10. Heaven Blues
12. Plan to Marry
13. Its A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna RocknRoll)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now