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Elvis UK3

Elvis UK3

(27 customer reviews)

£50.00

The ultimate reference guide to Elvis’s UK compact disc releases in the UK between 1983-2005.

Remember, Elvis UK3 is a digital download.

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Description

  • Over 4000 illustrations, many of them in colour
  • Full description and detailed account of every mainstream release in the UK (both on album or single) – on RCA, BMG, FTD and third party label releases, each one fully cross-referenced with subsequent – or earlier – releases
  • Full track listing and writer details for every release
  • Additional information added to live releases, including recording locations and times
  • Separate sections dedicated to CD singles, promotional CDs, in-house promos, CD-Rs, etc.
  • Extensive section devoted to various artist CD releases that feature Elvis material, each one discussed separately
  • Each section features full chronological and alphabetical listings
  • A huge song title index detailing writers, recording dates and showing where every version of every song can be found

27 reviews for Elvis UK3

  1. Andy Pendl (Austria)

    At first, I was sceptical, but also curious! When I look at my bookshelf seeing all the other discographies, this volume is missing! Although having mixed feelings, I tried it out…

    Collectors are haptic people, wanting to hold something in their hands, feel something and own it. On the other hand, almost everybody uses smartphones and computers nowadays. If you ain’t an opponent of the new technologies who rejects them, you would appreciate the useful features this format offers. Who buys such books containing detailed information on CDs in these times of lacking interest in this physical media due to increasing downloads and streaming services…? It’s the die-hard fans who want to know more, collectors that look for releases they missed. With this e-book they’ll get it!

    Content

    Everybody who knows the previous books, Elvis UK and Elvis UK2, knows what to expect. The well-known authors, John Townson & Gordon Minto, are experts in this area.

    All officially CDs that were available in Great Britain from the launch of this media in 1983 up to 2005 are listed, described and pictured. It’s about the releases you could buy on the island, no matter where they were made. Most official European Elvis CDs came from BMG’s Sonopress factory in Gütersloh, Germany. The authors included the German book club CDs as well.

    The CDs are divided in four main categories – CD albums, CD singles, promotional CDs and various artists CDs. All titles are presented in chronological order, as being released in Great Britain. An extended song title index, that also includes the recording dates, helps you to find them on which of the listed CDs a certain master, and even outtake, was being released.

    There’s an introduction into the history of this format; the technology is explained and an overview about the various European pressing plants is given. Further you get background information, detailed description to the numbering system and all codes you can imagine or wonder what they stand for: EAN/UPC, ISRC, SPARS, matrix numbers, label and price codes. They explain the problem of stating running times, write about different packages, inlays, booklets, bonus songs, stickers… You find it all!

    It’s not only a discography that lists the titles, numbers and dates, this book offers detalled information about each release, re-release and special edition. They write about the differences to the original albums, to the vinyl editions and name other countries’ releases where necessary.

    Presentation

    Those of you, who read e-books are familiar with the digital presentation on displays. However, trying to read it on small mobile devices would be tedious because the font is too small and you would have to zoom in all the time. Using a computer monitor or laptop increases readability and fun. You also need an Internet access and have to login with your personal password.

    Everybody who gets into it will be excited about the useful functions the flip technology offers. You can simply flip through the pages, but also jump to a specific page. Using the search function thoughtfully, you can find even single words or numbers very fast. You can print the pages you want. Select those you are interested in and print them, either to a pdf file or directly to a printer. Others won’t allow this useful function, here it is free to use. If you downloaded all the 1402 pages (including front and back covers), pdf files with approximately 1,3 GB would be stored on your device.

    Conclusion

    The book delivers what it promises! It’s an amazing work containing all a CD collector would expect, presented in a well considered manner with useful functions for researchers and print possibilities.

    I do recommend this project, but, I’ve got a wish… the authors might consider to invest the earned money in an additional printed book… ;).

    Andy Pendl, Austria

  2. Mal Walsh (UK)

    MAL WALSH (UK)

    Just wanted to say thanks for Elvis UK3, it’s absolutely brilliant, and very informative, and a great companion to the first two volumes, of which I own – buying them on the original day of release! I just can’t stop referring to this book, it’s really helped me organise my UK CD collection and have even re bought some of the missing CDs from years ago, to complete my collection, so you’ve cost me even more money! LOL

    As the majority of my Elvis collection is now on CD, this book is invaluable to me! I have been an Elvis fan since the beginning and at 76 years old, I’m chuffed to bits with this book!
    Once again Guys, thanks for all your hard work, and I look forwards to Vol 4! LOL

    I admit I would have loved a hardback book version, but I hear you re: price and weight etc, and once you get used to it the digital version is very convenient and easy to use! The weight of some of the books and FTD releases now are very difficult to manage on your bookshelves etc:

    Also, thanks for the cd – brilliant!

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