The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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“The jazz phenomena to end all phenomena: the record-breaker to end all record-breakers is a slim six-footer from Mississippi, U.S.A., named Elvis Presley.” So begins the liner notes on the back of the offered British example of Elvis Presley’s first full length album, Elvis Presley. The record was released in England on “His Master’s Voice,” RCA’s British record label. By the time the offered album hits the British shelves in October 1956, Elvis’ stature as the biggest recording artist in the world was quickly rising. The liner notes benefit from this later release date, as they put him in a more proper perspective than the writings on the US release from seven months earlier. “In his first year as a recording artist, this good looking 21-year-old has sold well over ten million discs—three releases alone, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, and Hound Dog each selling over a million copies in the States. When Presley appeared on TV he drew a bigger audience, on one channel, than President Eisenhower drew at the same time on three channels.” Another way in which the “HMV” issue is considered far superior to its American counterpart is in its song lineup. It includes several Sun releases, “That’s All Right,” “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone,” and “Mystery Train,” and songs that weren’t yet released when the US album was launched, “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” (Discuss amongst yourselves…) The standard “flipback” style laminated British album sleeves are notoriously poor survivors, but the offered example presents intact with bold colors and sharp contrast in the cover photo of Elvis belting out a tune on stage. A very desirable example. The album measures 12 1/4 inches (31.12 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The record presents with several small scratches and some minor scuffing. VG condition. The sleeve presents with moderate edge wear and a few areas of separation, but remains intact with few serious cracks for which these examples are known. VG condition.
1956 Elvis Presley “His Master’s Voice” British Version of His First LP <em> Elvis Presley</em>
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $312.50
Estimate: $400 - $600
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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