Album Title : Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3
Catalogue Number : LPM - 2765
Year Release : 11th August 1963
Side 1 : It's Now Or Never - Stuck On You - Fame And Fortune - I Gotta Know - Surrender - I Feel So Bad
Side 2 : Are You Lonesome To-night? - (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Little Sister - Good Luck Charm - Anything That's Part Of You - She's Not You
Brief History :
Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 is a greatest hits album by American rock and roll icon Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor, RCA Victor LPM-2765, on August 11, 1963. The record was the third volume of a five volume collection. It is a compilation of hit singles released in 1960, 1961, and 1962.
The album was originally released as a mono and stereo LP record and was reissued several times. It was certified Gold on 11/1/1966 and Platinum on 3/27/1992 by the R.I.A.A.
Colonel Parker envisioned a marketing strategy of alternating soundtrack albums with independent studio recordings, accompanied by singles. By mid-1963, Presley's studio albums had struggled while the soundtrack albums had all done brisk business. Sessions in late May had failed to produce material cohesive enough for a regular album, those tracks surfacing on singles and pell-mell on soundtracks and the Elvis for Everyone compilation. The immediate solution was another compilation of hit singles, the sales numbers proving the success of this interim strategy.
Golden Records Volume 3 comprises eight Top Five A-sides along with four b-sides which also made the Top 40, "Fame and Fortune," "I Gotta Know" "Little Sister," and "Anything That's Part of You." Five A-Sides, "Stuck on You," "It's Now or Never," Are You Lonesome Tonight?," "Surrender," and "Good Luck Charm" went to #1. "It's Now or Never" had been adapted from the 1898 Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio," and "Are You Lonesome Tonight," a ballad from 1926, had been a rare request to Elvis from the Colonel for his wife. As with the other titles in the series, all singles in this compilation are certified by the RIAA as attaining gold status with sales of at least 500,000 copies.
Original recordings produced by Steve Sholes, Joseph Lilley, Chet Atkins, Urban Thielmann, Jeff Alexander, and Hans Salter.
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Catalogue number bottom left. Logo top right.
Rear Cover : Advert for 3 other albums. Catalogue number top right Mono LPM 2765 Stereo LSP 2765. Printed in U.S.A. bottom left just below "for your collection".
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top.
Side 1 : MONO at bottom.
Side 2 : MONO at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Indianapolis
Matrix Number Side 1 : PPRM - 4168 - 10S A4 (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : PPRM - 4169 - 1S A1 (Machine Stamped)
*NOTE* The above 16 page full colour folio with a giant size pin up inside was given away at record stores with this release. On a further note in photo 6 (page 5) of the folio they listed Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 as LPM / LSP 7117 which is incorrect. In photo 16 (page 15) they have listed it incorrectly also. The folio was released with 2 corrections after this (page 15) see above 3 like for like photos. This folio also came with a giant size poster stapled inside.