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Lot 47: Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!

The Auction at Graceland - October 29, 2016

by The Auction at Graceland

29 October 2016

Memphis, TN, USA

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  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
  • Complete Set of Elvis Presley's RCA Victor 45 RPM EPs - All 29 Releases from 1956-“67!
   
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In November 1955, RCA bought Elvis' contract from Sun Records. In March 1956, RCA released Elvis' first full-length album, simply titled Elvis Presley, which sold more than 350,000 copies in just over a month. RCA simultaneously released two 45 EPs of the same title that together included all 12 tracks available on the LP. Extended Plays, commonly referred to as EPs, were created in the 1950s and contained more than the traditional two tracks on most 45s. By releasing both the LP and EPs at the same time, RCA was assuring saturation of its new star in a market that used record players with varying capabilities. RCA's strategy proved victorious, with the EPs selling even more copies than the LP. The success of Elvis Presley made it the first in music history to sell more than a million copies, and Elvis became the first RCA single artist to reach a million dollars in sales. The album reached number 1 on the Billboard charts and launched Elvis' long career with RCA.  This complete set of 45 RPM EPs (and one "Compact 33 Double") includes:

1956
ELVIS PRESLEY  (EPA-747)
ELVIS PRESLEY  (EPB-1254 [2 EPs])
HEARTBREAK HOTEL  (EPA-821)
ELVIS PRESLEY (EPA-830)
THE REAL ELVIS  (EPA-940)
ANY WAY YOU WANT ME  (EPA-965)
ELVIS, VOL. 1  (EPA-992)
LOVE ME TENDER  (EPA-4006)
ELVIS, VOL. 2  (EPA-993)

1957

STRICTLY ELVIS  (EPA-994)
PEACE IN THE VALLEY  (EPA-4054)
JUST FOR YOU  (EPA-4041)
LOVING YOU, VOL. 1  (EPA-1-1515)
LOVING YOU, VOL. 2  (EPA-2-1515)
JAILHOUSE ROCK  (EPA-4114)
ELVIS SINGS CHRISTMAS SONGS  (EPA-4108)

1958

KING CREOLE, VOL. 1  (EPA-4319)
KING CREOLE, VOL. 2  (EPA-4321)
ELVIS SAILS  (EPA-4325)
CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS  (EPA-4340)

1959

A TOUCH OF GOLD, VOL. 1 (RCA Gold Standard Series) (EPA-5088)
A TOUCH OF GOLD, VOL. 2 (RCA Gold Standard Series) (EPA-5101)

1960

A TOUCH OF GOLD, VOL. 3 (RCA Gold Standard Series) (EPA-5141)

1961

ELVIS BY REQUEST - FLAMING STAR (LPC-128 [Compact 33 Double])

1962

FOLLOW THAT DREAM  (EPA-4368)
KID GALAHAD  (EPA-4371)

1964

VIVA LAS VEGAS  (EPA-4382)

1965

TICKLE ME  (EPA-4383)

1967

EASY COME, EASY GO (EPA-4387)

Each EP comes with its original sleeve. This complete collection of EPs is a remarkable example of the popularity of Elvis and RCA's ability to capitalize on his star power and unique sound. The collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Condition Report: The records range in condition from lightly played to very clean, with some exhibiting distresses related to normal use, including faint scratches, scuffs, etc. Excellent condition overall.

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