Ernie's Import Lp Corner
To Know Him is to Love Him
This is one of the more interesting LPs to have seen release. And in fact, one of the
most counterfeited for some reason. "To Know Him is to Love Him" was released in 1978 on
the Black Belt Records LP-1 label. The cover has a nice action photo taken July 19, 1975
a the matinee performance in Uniondale, NY (thanks again Claude). The photo is rather
grainy due to the fact that it was probably blown-up quite a bit to fit onto the LP
cover. However, the graininess of the photograph, unintentionally obviously, gives the
cover a more "artist" feel than if the photo were crisp and clear. Somehow LP's lent
them selves to big artwork, which makes a "big" impression when compared to CDs.
I purchased my first copy of this a few years back and had hopes of it being the original
pressing on "blue/black" vinyl…as advertised "gimmickly" on the LP cover. Upon inspection
I was disappointed to find that it was just one of the black vinyl issues. According the
"Jailhouse Rock" book by Lee Cotton Howard DeWitt, the LP was reissued the same year on
black vinyl and also the same year a special issue was pressed on swirl green/orange
vinyl. (For some reason the thought comes to mind of someone barfing after drinking
orange juice and eating lawn grass :>) On both these reissues, the cover retained the
statement regarding blue/black vinyl. Also, the same year the first counterfeit of the
LP was released, a second counterfeit in 1979, and a third counterfeit in 1980…all on
black vinyl, each time the artwork becoming progressively blurry. The material on this
LP must have caused this LP to sell well. Though the Jailhouse Rock book states the 15
tracks are from 1969-70; that is not the case. A downside to this LP is that there is no
track info or liner notes what so ever. A quick spin on the turntable reveals tracks
that span 1970-76. A quick run down helps a little as some are easily identifiable. The
sound quality varies as the selections are taken from varying sources.
Side 1 opens with "2001" though not mentioned in the track listing. The first three cuts
are "Trouble", "Raised On Rock" and "Steamroller Blues". I think he only even did
"Raised" live once on Aug 6, 1973 in Vegas. Given that "Trouble" and "Steamroller" are
in the track listing for this show and that these three cuts sound like they are from the
same source, I'd have to chalk them up to this date. That complete show is in audience
form on the "Fire in Vegas" import CD. Track 4 "Sweet Inspiration" is taken from the Aug
20, 1970 MS. Track 5 "Help Me Make it Through the Night"…I have no idea when this is
from though I'm guessing 1972. Track 6 "More/Suspicious Minds" are again from Aug. 20,
'70 MS. Track 7 "Please Release Me" sounds like 1976-77. Track 8 is "I, John" is pretty
muffled, just a guess 1976-77. It's defiantly not the "On Tour" rehearsal version as
there is bass guitar and female backing vocals.
Side 2 opens with "Folsom Prison Blues/I Walk the Line" from the Aug 14, 1970 MS. Track
2 "Until It's Time For You To Go"…probably 1972 is a very nice live version. Track 3
"Fever" is a very good stereo audience recording, so I'd have to say 1976-77. Track 4
"I'm Leavin'" is probably 1971-72. Track 5 is "Memphis, TN" the sound is muffled pretty
bad; again no idea of the date though probably after '72. On track 6 Elvis introduces
Bobby Darin and sings "My Way". They seem to be from the same show, though "My Way" is
not listed on the LP. After being informed so kindly that Mr. Darrin passed away in
1973, obviously this must date from 1973 or earlier. And finally "Can't Help Falling In
Love" sounds like 1972.
Over all the sound quality is listenable; we've had worse on CD and given the interesting
track listing, I guess that's why this LP went through so many pressings in the
pre-soundboard era. In my search for the original pressing and the blue/black vinyl, I
purchased a second copy about a year ago and was again disappointed to find that it
appeared to be the black/vinyl second pressing. However, upon handling the LP, I got a
light source between my eyes and the vinyl and noticed a dull glow filtering through the
vinyl!! Upon holding it up against a direct source, the LP was in fact blue/black splash
vinyl. Well, the thought occurred…could the first copy I purchased have gone unnoticed?
Upon inspection, it did in deed!! It as well is the blue/black splash vinyl. The moral
of the story is: "it could be blue/black splash vinyl, but you won't know till you hold
it up to the light!"
Ernest Boyes Jr.