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'Best Of British : The RCA Years 1957-1959' Hardcover book + 2 CDs

By: Elvis Australia
Source: FTD
September 13, 2014
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FTD have released the 'Best Of British : The RCA Years 1957-1959' book and CD set. This release is the continuation of the British story now detailing his RCA releases from 1957 - 1958. This book and CD release is a follow-up companion to the critically acclaimed and highly successful 'Elvis: The Best Of British : The HMV Years', [now sold out with just a few copies remaining] this book contains the full history of over FIFTY iconic Elvis songs initially released by RCA in Great Britain. Again, each song has been thoroughly researched to the same high standards and is graphically catalogued.

Containing over 1000 illustrations, unpublished photographs and charts, together with rare items of memorabilia, this volume of 'The RCA Years' moves the story forward to explicitly reveal previously unknown facts and additional British connections to the songs.

Within these 500 pages and amongst many formerly unknown fascinating facts, you will discover:

The English pub that inspired an Elvis song! Exactly where and when Elvis learned to play piano! The real life characters contained within the lyrics of Jailhouse Rock!

The CD included with this book features many first-time officially released Elvis tracks. Here, amongst his classic songs, are the songwriters' demo recordings as Elvis first heard them, plus the message he recorded on his home answer machine!

'The RCA Years (1957 - 1958)' chronicles the meteoric rise in Great Britain of the 'Sun King' to the man who would ultimately be crowned 'Artist Of The 20th Century'.

Elvis innovated, others imitated!

'Best Of British : The RCA Years 1957-1959' Hardcover book + 2 CDs

Best Of British : The RCA Years 1957-1959

FTD 210 (506020-975081) BAR CODE: 5060209811

The CD

First RCA Single (RCA-1013): July 1957

1. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - 1:51
2. Loving You - 2:16

Soundtrack Selection Of Magical Movie Moments

3. LOVING YOU - Movie Trailer - 1:12
4. Road Medley (Party / Teddy Bear / Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do / Hot Dog) - 2:04
5. Mean Woman Blues (Unedited stereo master) - 2:22
6. Party (Alternate movie lyrics) - 1:16
7. Lonesome Cowboy (Composite) - 3:06
8. JAILHOUSE ROCK - Movie Trailer - 2:05
9. Jailhouse Rock (Movie production version) - 2:59
10. Treat Me Nice (Laurel 101 - Take One) - 2:07
11. Don't Leave Me Now - (Everett demo #2 - Take One) - 1:29
12. Young And Beautiful - (Movie end version) - 2:21
13. KING CREOLE - Movie Trailer - 2:34
14. Turtles, Berries And Gumbo / Crawfish (Unedited movie opening medley) - 4:11
15. Steadfast Loyal And True - (Movie dialogue version) - 0:46
16. Lover Doll (EP version) - 2:15
17. New Orleans (Live nightclub version) - 2:01

The RCA Singles *

18. Doncha' Think It's Time - 2:00
19. Don't - 2:51
20. I Beg Of You - 1:54
21. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck - 2:16

Sun Recordings: First Issued On Rca In 1958

22. I Love You Because (RCA LP version) - 2:45
23. You're A Heartbreaker - 2:12
24. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - 2:26

Bonus Tracks: Songwriter Demo Recordings

25. Teddy Bear (Vocal: Otis Blackwell**) - 2:01
26. Don't Ask Me Why (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove***) 2:08
27. Trouble (Singer unknown****) - 2:08
28. Hard Headed Woman (Vocal: Jimmy Breedlove**) - 2:06
29. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (Vocal: Gus Coletti*****) - 2:12

Christmas Songs: Issued On All Three Formats (45rpm, EP & LP)

30. Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - 1:54
31. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - 2:25

32. Elvis in Germany (October 1st 1958) and Interview edit - 1:32
33. Elvis' Answer Machine - :16

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Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.