Ernie's Import Lp Corner

Please Release Me


“ Please Release Me” is what this LP did!…and I am sure Elvis fans were grateful!  According to Cotten and DeWitt’s “Jailhouse Rock ” this is most likely the first Elvis bootleg LP ever produced as it was released in 1970.  Supposedly the initial pressing was 1000 copies and it was subsequently counterfeited in 1979, but I’ll get to the differences later on. 

The cover is a simple pen and ink sketch of Elvis.  The back simply has the track listing and rambling liner notes credited to Barry Silver…whomever he is/was.  This LP contains tracks that had not been released to the public in any form at that time. 

Side 1 starts off with cuts 1 and 2 “ Fame and Fortune ” and “ Stuck on You ” from Frank Sinatra’s “ Welcome Home Elvis Party ” which was taped March 26, 1960 and aired on ABC May 8, 1960. Cuts 3 and 4 are “ Teddy Bear ” and “ Got A Lot of Livin’ To Do ” from the “ Loving You ” film soundtrack.  Tracks 5 and 6 are “ Treat Me Nice ” and “Jailhouse Rock ” from the “ Jailhouse Rock ” film soundtrack.  Track 7 is “ Cane and a High Starched Collar ” from the “ Flaming Star ” soundtrack. 

Side 2 continues with “The Lady Loves Me ” duet with Ann Margaret and “ C’mon Everybody ” both from the soundtrack for “Viva Las Vegas. ”  “ Dominique ” is from the “ Stay Away Joe ” film soundtrack.  “ Baby What You Want Me To Do ” comes from the June 27, 1968 6 pm show.  As pointed out in “Jailhouse Rock ”, all the versions on this side were unavailable on officially released movie/TV soundtrack.  The last track is a five-minute radio tribute narrated by Red Robinson, first aired in Vancouver, B.C. in 1966, which contains parts of Red’s interview when Elvis played Vancouver in 1957. 

Most all of this material has been re-released on bootlegs and even official releases since this LP, however this was the original release for all these tracks.  Many of these tracks turned up on subsequent boot LP titles such as “ I Wanna Be A Rock and Roll Star ” and “ The Best Years ”.  The film soundtrack songs sound like they were taken from very clean film prints so the sound quality is very good. 

This LP was counterfeited in 1979 most likely due to demand.  The differences are noticeable.  The original supposedly came from Holland, and as prior experience has shown, this LP cover is printed on think stock as many European releases were.  The counterfeit, which apparently originated in the USA, is printed on thick stock.  The record labels are similar, and though I don’t have a counterfeit to compare directly to, the original has a yellow label with black text and credits “Aaron P.” under which is typed “ Memphis, Tennessee ”.  The matrix numbers in the run-off-wax are type set on the original, the matrix numbers on the counterfeit are hand-written.  The “Jailhouse Rock ” book states that the sound quality of the original is slightly better than the counterfeit, which of course makes sense. 

This is not a necessary LP, but simply a nice one to have for the serious Elvis boot LP collector because of it’s historical significance as the first bootleg Elvis LP and also because it did contain all previously unreleased Elvis cuts in good quality.  Obviously the original pressing is the collectable one; the counterfeit was pressed simply to meet demand that couldn’t be met by the limited initial pressing of the original.  I looked around for several years and passed up several counterfeits till I found an original that I purchased from a lady who purchased it in the early 1970’s.  If you find an original it is certainly a nice piece to have in an LP collection despite its meager artwork.  This one is more for the serious boot LP collector.

Ernie Boyes Jr.