Last year, Friday Music was planning to release the full cadillac vinyl re-issue. Limited Edition. Audiophile. 180 gram. Mastered from the original RCA tapes. Gatefold cover. Picture booklet of the King included (same as the booklet included with the original, featuring images from "Jailhouse Rock"). And, in this case, mono. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it made its scheduled release. In any case, it's back on this year's schedule, due August 30. They say it's a 55th anniversary release, but, somehow, that math isn't adding up for me.
Whether or not they were planned that way, originally, there are even more re-issue versions of "Elvis' Christmas Album" from Friday Music currently showing a release date of October 7. These will also be limited edition audiophile 180 gram vinyl, with the gatefold cover and (I'm presuming) the picture booklet. Listings don't yet say whether they will be mono or stereo, but I'm guessing mono. The big difference, here, is the color of the vinyl. Or should I say "colors". These new listings come in RED, WHITE, GREEN and BLUE vinyl. Pick your favorite color or collect the whole set, right? And, me, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if more colors are coming. Where's the "CLEAR" vinyl, huh? Purple? You gotta have purple (it's very regal). Translucent yellow (call it "gold")? Check our List for purchase links for the colors we know about. Or check with your favorite online retailer.
I honestly don't mean to get snotty about the King. But, geez, if you bought them all, you wouldn't have a dime left over for anything new. And wasn't there an audiophile color vinyl release of this like 2 years ago? Oh, right, that was only 140 gram. Shame on me.
Just because the King has been gone for nearly 40 years doesn't mean he's not still issuing new records. Remember "Christmas Duets"? I'm told that, officially, that record is considered a commercial "flop". But that's no reason to stop trying. This time, it's the latest in (what I'm told is) an ongoing series featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Trying to make the King sound classy, are we? This album, tentatively titled "Elvis At Christmas" will contain both the King's Christmas recordings and some of his Gospel recordings, too. Look for this holiday release from Elvis and the RPO in November.