Elvis On CD
Two years after the first Compact Disc (CD) was released, RCA issued an
Elvis Presley CD. In 1984, when the CD-box entitled ‘The Legend’ became
available in German stores, the triumphal procession of ‘Elvis on CD’ became
Worldwide, no other artist has matched the number of Elvis-CDs released,
counting both official releases and un-authorised ones.
Many of these CDs are still available today. Older releases are being
revised and updated to today’s state of the art sound technology, so ‘Elvis on
CD’ may be re-discovered by fans.
The official publisher* (RCA / BMG / Sony) have released more than 700
different Elvis audio CDs. In addition, there are special releases of CD-series
such as the rare ‘German Bertelsmann Club Edition’ and authorised publications
by other companies (e.g. ‘Time Life’ or ‘Reader’s Digest’).
Nowadays, some of these CDs have gained collector’s item status and
become very valuable. Sought-after collectibles include the original first
releases of CDs such as ‘Elvis’, ‘Elvis Presley’ or ‘Elvis’ Golden Records’.
More recent releases have also become rarities, because they were issued in
limited number or in only a few countries, making them difficult to find.
Fans also value bootleg-CDs** (also called ‘import-CDs’), because these
releases give the Elvis-fan access to hitherto unknown live- or studio material.
In 1988, the first ‘bootleg’-CD appeared on the market. Fans discovered
previously unpublished material on the bootlegs ‘Hot and Tight’ and ‘The
Hollywood Sessions’. Since then, more than 1200 bootleg-releases have been
published. Every year more CDs are launched into the market. Due to today’s
technology, previously unknown concert recordings are available in improved
On our websites, we offer CD-releases by RCA / BMG / Sony, also by the
official collector’s label ’Follow That Dream’ (FTD), plus promo CDs (CDs
released for promotional purposes) and, of course, bootleg CDs as well.
Much more is waiting for you on our web pages.
Have fun with ‘Elvis on CD’.
Holder for perfomance rights:
The very first compact disc with Elvis was released in April 1984 under the RCA
label. RCA was then bought in 1986 by the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). In 2003
BMG made a joint venture with Sony. From 2004 until 2008 Elvis CDs were released
under the label Sony-BMG. In August 2008 BMG sold their music catalog to Sony.
From that date we have the new Elvis label 'Sony Music Entertainment'.
**) Bootlegs are illegal.
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make sure that you obtain the releases via legal channels, ensuring that future
material in improved quality is fully funded.
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