Elvis Presley 45 RPM Record Guide (US) Gold Standard Series Matrix 

Modified: February 26, 2015

This is the Elvis Presley 45 RPM Record Guide (US) Gold Standard Series Matrix. The RCA Victor Gold Standard Series are re-releases of the original RCA catalog. The re-releases have been re-cataloged and had changed labels throughout their release history. Early Gold Standard Series records were black label dog on top, later black label dog on side, to orange, red, and back to a black label in 1976. This matrix or cheat sheet is compiled through years of research searching the Internet, eBay, various discographies, and price guides. The prices are expressed in US Dollars and were assessed around 2008. The intent of the prices is to demonstrate the rarity of these records. Where there are no prices, these records either do not exist or have yet been accounted.1

Sometime ago, I read an article on the Internet about a large collection of baseball cards from the turn of the 20th century that was recently discovered. A major card dealer flew to the source and was amazed at the find. The quality and quantity of the collection was spectacular. Variations such as player poses and colors were discovered and cataloged for the very first time. This was a most complete set of cards of that era. The dealer had lists of collectors whom may be interested in cards of that era to complete their respective sets. For the most part, price guides listed the majority of the cards identified from that collection. Regardless of condition, the major stars or known lesser printed cards valued into the high $100s to $1000s where the remaining cards considered as commons. The dealer obtained want lists from major collectors and dealers from around the world. When compiling the want lists together an interesting pattern emerged. Cards that were once considered common are actually quite rare, perhaps some of the rarest in the set. Some of these cards were to be found on each of the want lists. This of course, starting bidding wars. The purpose of this story is this. The Gold Standard Series records were all released in a series. 447-0600 through 447-0685 over a period spanning the late 1950s through the late 1970s. It has generally been accepted that one may find a similar quantity of one catalog number as would find of another, meaning that the price range would be similar. However, I contend that this is NOT the case. Since this site began in 2009, many collectors have offered their collections as scans for all to see. Internet searches, eBay searches, and communicating with other collectors with collections both great and small, it has become clear that there are some catalog numbers that are NOT available regardless of the label, and in some cases label dependent. Case in point, 447-0612! After five years, I have seen my first copy of 447-0612. A black-label, dog on top example at that. This is also listed in the guides as being pressed with black-label, dog on side, orange label, red label, and black-label, dog near top. With all of those pressings, you would think this is more readily available. It is in my opinion, that the guides have this one wrong, and a hand full of others too. Another example 447-0641 black-label, dog on top! Very difficult to find. The other labels for that catalog number are also difficult to find, but not as much as the black-label, dog on top. Happy hunting!

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BLK DOT (1958), BLK DOS (1965), ORANGE (1968), RED (1970), and BLK DNT (1977)

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(ca. 1958)        ( ca. 1971)               (1974)            (1976)   

Although, the Gold Standard Series collection were more likely to have been originally issued with the first two sleeve, generic sleeves may also have been used. Through the years, later pressings would have been issued with the later sleeves as shown.

DateReleaseTrack ListingsBLK
9/30/1958447-0600I Forgot To Remember to Forget / Mystery Train12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0601That's All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0602Good Rockin' Tonight / I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0603Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0604I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone / Baby Let's Play House12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0605Heartbreak Hotel / I Was The One12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0607I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0608Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0609Blue Suede Shoes / Tutti Frutti12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0610I Got A Woman / I'm Counting On You12-25
9/30/1958447-0611I'll Never Let You Go / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry12-25
9/30/1958447-0612I Love You Because / Tryin' To Get To You12-25
9/30/1958447-0613Just Because / Blue Moon12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0614Money Honey / One - Sided Love Affair12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0615Shake, Rattle and Roll / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0616Love Me Tender / Anyway You Want Me12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0617Too Much / Playing For Keeps12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/30/1958447-0618All Shook Up / That's When Your Heartaches Begin12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0619Treat Me Nice / Jailhouse Rock12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0620Teddy Bear / Loving You12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0621Don't / I Beg Of You12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0622Wear My Ring Around Your Neck / Doncha' Think It's Time12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0623Hard Headed Woman / Don't Ask Me Why12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1959447-0624One Night / I Got Stung12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0625(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0626A Big Hunk O' Love / My Wish Came True12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0627Stuck On You / Fame and Fortune12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0628It's Now Or Never / A Mess Of Blues12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0629Are You Lonesome To-night? / I Gotta Know12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0630Lonely Man / Surrender12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
2/20/1962447-0631I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
10/9/1962447-0634(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
10/9/1962447-0635Can't Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
10/9/1962447-0636Good Luck Charm / Anything That's Part Of You12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
5/14/1963447-0637She's Not You / Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
5/14/1963447-0638Return To Sender / Where Do You Come From12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
4/14/1964447-0639Kiss Me Quick / Suspicion12-2530-50100-15012-153-5
9/8/1964447-0640One Broken Heart For Sale / They Remind Me Too Much Of You20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
9/8/1964447-0641Devil In Disguise / Please Don't Drag That String Around20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
9/8/1964447-0642Bossa Nova Baby / Witchcraft20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
4/6/1965447-0643Crying In The Chapel / I Believe In The Man In The Sky20-3012-153-5
4/6/1965447-0644Kissin' Cousins / It Hurts Me20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
4/6/1965447-0645Such A Night / Never Ending20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
4/6/1965447-0646What'd I Say / Viva Las Vegas20-2530-5075-12512-153-5
10/26/1965447-0647Santa Claus Is Back In Town / Blue Christmas40-5075-12512-153-5
10/26/1965447-0648Do The Clam / You'll Be Gone40-5012-153-5
10/26/1965447-0649Ask Me / Ain't That Loving You Baby40-5012-153-5
10/26/1965447-0650Puppet On A String / Wooden Heart40-5012-153-5
2/15/1966447-0651Joshua Fit The Battle / Known Only To Him40-5015-253-5
2/15/1966447-0652Milky White Way / Swing Down, Sweet Chariot40-5015-253-5
11/8/1966447-0653(Such an) Easy Question / It Feels So Right40-5075-12512-153-5
11/8/1966447-0654I'm Yours / (It's a) Long Lonely Highway40-5075-12512-153-5
1/23/1968447-0655Tell Me Why / Blue River40-5012-153-5
1/23/1968447-0656Frankie and Johnny / Please Don't Stop Loving Me40-5075-12512-153-5
1/23/1968447-0657Love Letters / Come What May40-5075-12512-153-5
1/23/1968447-0658Spinout / All That I Am40-5075-12512-153-5
7/15/1969447-0659Indescribably Blue / Fools Fall In Love100-15012-153-5
7/15/1969447-0660Long Legged Girl / That's Someone You Never Forget40-50
7/15/1969447-0661There's Always Me / Judy20-253-5
7/15/1969447-0662Big Boss Man / You Don't Know Me12-153-5
7/15/1969447-0663Guitar Man / Hi-Heel Sneakers12-153-5
7/15/1969447-0664U.S. Male / Stay Away12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0665You'll Never Walk Alone / We Call On Him12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0666Let yourself Go / Your Time hasn't Come Yet Baby12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0667A Little Less Conversation / Almost In Love12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0668If I Can Dream / Edge of Reality12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0669Memories / Charro12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0670His Hand In Mine / How Great Thou Art12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0671In The Ghetto / Any Day Now12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0672Clean Up Your Own Backyard / The Fair Is Moving On12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0673Suspicious Minds / You'll Think Of Me12-153-5
12/1/1970447-0674Don't Cry Daddy / Rubberneckin'12-153-5
4/14/1971447-0675Kentucky Rain / My Little Friend12-153-5
4/14/1971447-0676The Wonder of You / Mama Liked The Roses12-153-5
4/14/1971447-0677I've Lost You / The Next Step Is Love12-153-5
10/25/1971447-0678You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / Patch It Up12-153-5
10/25/1971447-0679I Really Don't Want To Know / There Goes My Everything12-153-5
10/25/1971447-0680Where Did They Go, Lord / Rags To Riches12-153-5
10/25/1971447-0681If Everyday Was Like Christmas / How Would You Like To Be12-153-5
3/22/1972447-0682Life / Only Believe12-153-5
3/22/1972447-0683I'm Leavin' / Heart of Rome12-153-5
3/22/1972447-0684It's Only Love / The Sound Of Your Cry12-153-5
3/7/1973447-0685An American Trilogy / Until It's Time For You To Go12-153-5

Gold Standard 45 Key

1958BLK DOTBlack label - Dog on Top
1964BLK DOSBlack label - Dog on Side
1968ORANGEOrange label
1970REDRed label
1977BLK DNTBlack label - Dog Near Top
The years are a generalization as to the the first year the majority of the singles were originally released with the label described.
  1. Originally published on www.megocollector.com, March 20, 2008.