The Ultimate Guide to Elvis Presley’s British CD Releases 1983-2005
John Townson & Gordon Minto
Co-authors John Townson and Gordon Minto are pleased to announce the publication of Elvis UK3. This book follows their two previous works – Elvis UK (published in 1987) and Elvis UK2 (published in 2002).
Both books were extremely well-received by collectors, earned critical acclaim, and have become invaluable reference sources for Elvis collectors all over the world.
However, their latest reference work is bigger and more comprehensive than either of their two original works. The new book comprises 1400 pages (containing over a million words), and features 4,000 plus high quality black and white and colour illustrations. It provides the definitive guide to Elvis’s UK compact disc releases and details the development of the medium from the 3 CD set The Legend – the world’s first ever Elvis compact disc in 1983 – in meticulous and unprecedented detail.
Every single, RCA, BMG, FTD and third party album (all 450 of them!) issued up to 2005 are written about individually in fascinating detail, arranged in chronological order, carefully cross-referenced, while charting and describing company and industry developments along the way. It has been painstakingly researched over many years, and features many contributions by former RCA / BMG personnel who helped with key background information.
The book also includes sections on various artist CDs containing Elvis material, as well as company promos, including BMG in-house CDs, etc. The huge song index is presented in forensic detail, indicating exactly where each master (and any known outtakes) can be located and, in the case of live performances, when and where they were recorded. It is a must for serious collectors!
And in what is almost a first for such a project, this incredibly detailed book is presented using Flip technology for use on your own digital device – a computer, laptop, ipad etc. Once you have the link, accessing the whole book is simple. The system allows the reader to access any part of the book in seconds thanks to a very sophisticated - but childishly simple to use - range of navigational tools. Hard-backed specialist reference books of this sort have become extremely expensive to buy (and post) and of course are notoriously difficult to handle and store. Not so with Flip. The book can be accessed on any device and has the advantage of being portable: it can go where you go – and once on your device does not deteriorate at all. Another major advantage is that the price to buy such a book - £50 - is much cheaper than an equivalent hard-copy would have been and as there are no prohibitive post and packing charges to factor in, it is readily available to anyone interested, wherever they are in the world.
You can find more info on the website dedicated to the book.