August 26, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/26/2021

Offered is a most-likely unique test pressing of Elvis Presley's 1972 LP Elvis As Recorded at Madison Square Garden where one side used the original inner sleeve artwork from the album, but the OTHER SIDE uses artwork from Elvis' 1973 live LP Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii. It's possible that the crew at the RCA Indianapolis plant was testing a picture disc idea for the Aloha release. The production of these special picture disc vinyl pressings, and other colored vinyl examples, are normally attributed to Ernie Ruggeri, VP of Manufacturing for RCA. He famously had a hand in the Moody Blue LP and 45 colored vinyl pressings. These special pressings would have been done as tests or as gifts for executives and VIPs. There are reports of Indianapolis Pressing Plant employees striking a few colored vinyl records of several titles in the days that followed Elvis’ death. Whatever the case, what we're left with is a remarkable and rare artifact of Elvis' recording career. The matrix numbers indicate the original plates from the Indianapolis plant were used to make this test pressing--they match the original commercially produced pressing that came out of the plant in June of 1972 when the album was released. The album measures 12 inches in diameter and presents in VG+ condition. Plays well.

1972 Picture Disc Test Pressing for Elvis Presleys Live LP <em>Elvis As Recorded at Madison Square Garden</em>
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $920
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
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