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I thought it was time to throw some holiday cheer into keithhirsch.com with a Christmas CD…or two!  Described here are two rare Elvis Presley Christmas discs.

In 1984, RCA issued the Elvis Presley Merry Christmas album on CD in the U.S. and Europe.  Although one might expect this album to be a staple in the Elvis catalog, it is long out of print.  Merry Christmas was issued in the U.S. under catalog number PCD1-5301, and the disc was pressed in Japan by Denon.  In Europe, Merry Christmas was released under catalog number PD85301, and the disc was pressed in West Germany at the Polygram and PDO (Philips-DuPont Optical) plants.  The U.S. version was in print for only a very short time and is extremely rare.  It draws considerable attention from collectors in online auctions.  The European issue stayed in print longer, and while more common than its U.S. counterpart, is still quite rare.

Shown below are scans of the two versions of Merry Christmas along with the cover and back insert.  Happy Holidays!

 

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The U.S. issue of Elvis Presley Merry Christmas (RCA catalog number PCD1-5301). This disc was pressed in Japan by Denon for release in the U.S. in 1984 and is very rare, as it went out of print quickly.

 

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The European issue of Elvis Presley Merry Christmas (RCA catalog number PD85301). This disc was pressed in West Germany for release in Europe. This particular copy has “MADE IN W. GERMANY BY PDO” stamped on the play side in the hub area.

 

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The cover for the U.S. issue of Elvis Presley Merry Christmas (RCA catalog number PCD1-5301). The cover for the European issue is very similar.

 

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The back insert for the U.S. issue of Elvis Presley Merry Christmas (RCA catalog number PCD1-5301). The back insert for the European issue is very similar.

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