A Date With Vinyl

The L.P. "A Date With Elvis" has been released on 180 gram vinyl on September 4, 2004. From the Speakers Corner website: "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 good old 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'?"
Source: Speakers Corner / Updated: Sep 8, 2004 
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Rusty (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2005report abuse
Is this available to buy anywhere I have not heard anything about this release before or seen it anywhere on sale.
glennd (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 7, 2004report abuse
I bought it last week. It is fantastic. Added is a calender from 1960. It´s still sealed. I must boght another one to look at the calender. This Lp is one of the best releases from RCA. I still like to hear it and so I did yesterday, but only on Cd. TCB.
Tony Clapson (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2004report abuse
I wonder where the information about pirate copies of this LP comes from? If it were ever bootlegged, it's news to me. Original copies have always been fairly easy to come by, and even today, they fetch lower prices than other original fifties LP's.
Elsno1 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2004report abuse
Yes it is a great LP. I have it and if anybody would like to talk to me about buying it I would be glad to hear from you. Its just like brand new, I will be checking the news letter to see if anybody would like to have it.
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 8, 2004report abuse
This was a great RCA "compilation" album that was released when Elvis was in the army. It is one of those nice original album releases. It is an artifact from the 1950s. It is a great release from the Army Years period. RCA mixed the old Sun singles with the RCA releases. It was a nice compilation album for that time. The nice thing about it was the inclusion of the Sun singles on an RCA LP. Also, RCA had a really daring approach. Instead of panicking, RCA made use of Elvis' army experience to promote a new release and to build momentum for when Elvis would return. It was a great strategy and it worked. Elvis was bigger than ever in 1960 when he returned. "A Date with Elvis" is a nice artifact from 1959. It also has a nice collection of songs on it. This is a must-buy for record collectors.

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