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HOW I SPENT FOUR DAYS IN THE RCA VAULTS AND LIVED!
By GER RIJFF
"Good news travels fast" sang that mean of Louisiana mutherhumper, The
Killer on one of his Elektra albums of a decade ago. I know that as an opener
for an Elvis article this line is questionable, but "Have you heard the news,
there's good rockin' tonight" has been done to death and, knowing the Editor's
taste in music, I'm sure I can get away with it! The good news is, of course,
that we - Roger Semon (BMG UK), Ernst Jorgensen (BMG Denmark), Erik Rasmussen
(one of the co-authors of 'Recording Sessions') and Yours Truly - visited the
RCA vaults in New York last November. By now you've probably read something
about this already but I'm sure you won't mind a little more info on the tracks
we unearthed in the Big Apple. Sometime last September, Ernst rang and told me
plans were underway to visit the vaults with the hope of locating material
needed for 'Essential Elvis Vol.3'.