The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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An incredibly insightful monologue spoken extemporaneously by Elvis in which he talks for over 13 minutes without pause on side 1 about his views on life and everything from being considerate to people, his experiences in life, the tragic loss of his mother, his thoughts on family, his love of football and rugged sports, philosophy and entertaining, what it’s like to mature naturally and so much more! This is an amazing peek into the innermost thoughts of the King himself. What is presented here as a monologue has alternately been presented as a question-and-answer session elsewhere. It was recorded in August 1962, and also it was later published in the book Elvis: Word for Word. Side 2, just over 13 minutes, opens with an announcer (whom Elvis later refers to as Mr. Martin) who introduces “RFCA’s pride and joy in his last performance—a fine young lad and fine talent” and welcomes Elvis Presley. Elvis opens with “Heartbreak Hotel” and sings several other songs with funny interludes between each. He sings “Long Tall Sally” after describing it as “Plum Pitiful.” After another jovial digression, he sings “Blue Suede Shoes” and closes with “Money Honey.” Elvis mentions it being his last night in Las Vegas in one of these amusing interludes.

Offered is a 12-inch RCA Indianapolis test pressing initialed and approved by Joan Deary on 12 Jun 1980 on which these amazing recordings reside. This test pressing of record 8 in the silver box set Elvis Aron Presley CPL8-3699-1A and CPL8-3699-1B is contained in a white sleeve with a red “RCA ROCK RADIO 12” ROCK CAPITOL of AMERICA” sticker on the upper right corner. The white center label, which reads “Indianapolis Test Pressing,” is stamped in black and appears on both sides of the record, along with “Apprvd 6/12/80 JD” written in black ballpoint pen on both labels. “CPL8-3699-1A-3S” appears both on the label, written in black ballpoint, and stamped into the vinyl of one side. “CPL8-3699-1B-3S” appears on both the label and vinyl on the other side. Elvis Presley’s signature is stamped into the vinyl on both sides. A test pressing is generally the first vinyl discs made at the factory to evaluate the quality of the disc before production. The uninterrupted monologue on side 1 is as intimate and candid as it gets, and hearing Elvis’ innermost thoughts in his own voice is unparalleled! Over 26 minutes of pure Elvis will confirm why he is the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The sleeve measures 12 3/8 by 12 3/8 inches (31.43 x 31.43 cm) and the sticker label measures approximately 4 x 3 inches (10.16 x 7.62 cm). Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Vinyl is in overall excellent condition with typical signs of age and very minor scratching to the surface. Both labels are in excellent condition overall.
Intimate Recorded Elvis Presley Monologue and Live Performance - 12-Inch RCA Indianapolis Test Pressing Initialed by Joan Deary
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $812.50
Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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