This is the final installment of the “Reprocessed Stereo” Elvis Presley CD series, which began in December 2009. Below are links to the first three installments.

Part 1: Elvis’ Golden Records
Part 2: Elvis Presley
Part 3: Elvis

In this final entry dedicated to the rare “Reprocessed Stereo” Elvis Presley CDs, we look at the compilation, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2.  The original version on CD was released by RCA under catalog number PCD1-2075.  Like the other three Elvis titles in this series, this first issue was released in stereo and bears the statement “STEREO EFFECT REPROCESSED FROM MONOPHONIC” on the inserts.  Also following the format of the other three “fake stereo” Elvis CDs, the catalog number suffix for 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2, 2075, is derived from the original RCA LP catalog number.

The fake stereo issue was in print for only a short period before being replaced by a mono version bearing catalog number PCD1-5197.  The inserts with this more common mono issue state “RESTORED TO ORIGINAL MONO DIGITALLY REMASTERED”.  Seeing as the mono version was in print for many years, it is found as a Japanese Denon pressing and several later U.S. pressings.  By contrast, the stereo version only exists as a Japanese Denon pressing since it was in print for a limited time.  Copies of the stereo release are also often found with a cut-out mark on the back insert.

Shown below is the cover, back insert, and CD for the fake stereo issue of 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2.

 

The cover for the “fake stereo” CD issue of 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2 (RCA, catalog number PCD1-2075).  This cover is identical to the one used for the subsequent and more common mono issue.  Note the early RCA CD logo.  This front insert is just a card rather than a booklet.  The reverse side lists the tracks and is similar to the back insert shown below.

 

The back insert for the “fake stereo” CD issue of 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2 (RCA, catalog number PCD1-2075).  Note the statement “STEREO EFFECT REPROCESSED FROM MONOPHONIC” in the bottom left corner above the CD format logo.  A cut-out mark is also visible in the top left corner.  As can be seen along the bottom, this insert was printed in the U.S.  Note that this stereo release used a black-and-white photo of Elvis Presley, while the more common mono issue shows the same photo in color.

 

The rare “fake stereo” 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong — Elvis’ Golden Records, Vol. 2 CD (RCA, catalog number PCD1-2075).  The disc was pressed in Japan by Denon.  The matrix code is “PCD-12075 1A1 48” and appears in the common Denon “dot-matrix” matrix code font.  Note that the character groups “PCD-12075” and “1A1 48” are separated by 180 degrees in the mirror band.

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