LSP-2256 G.I. Blues 

Modified: December 29, 2015

         Release: RCA Victor LSP-2256 G.I. Blues (LP)
              Artist: Elvis Presley
Release Date: 10/1960

Track Listings: (click here to expand / collapse)

Side 1

Tonight Is So Right For Love
What's She Really Like
Frankfort Special
Wooden Heart
G.I.Blues

Side 2

Pocketful Of Rainbows
Shoppin' Around
Big Boots
Didja' Ever
Blue Suede Shoes
Doin' The Best I Can

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Cover Front: RCA Victor logo upper right corner. Catalog number upper right corner. With1 or without "Wooden Heart" sticker. The KDAY sticker is a promotional sticker applied by the radio station not RCA.2
Cover Back: Catalog number lower left corner.

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Sticker
Red or pink heart shaped sticker3 with the words "Featuring Wooden heart LPM/LSP-2256".

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Insert / Coupon
Some copies may have an insert with the title, Get your copy of the new RCA VICTOR MUSIC AMERICA LOVES BEST CATALOG. It continues to read "Now available ... A complete 128-page catalog of all Red Seal, Popular and Children's Records - LIVING STEREO and Regular L.P. Only 25c each. The world's greatest artists ... the world's most complete catalog of recorded entertainment. An important guide for every record collector! Full details on reverse side of this coupon." The back of the coupon contains the mailing adress. It measures 6 1/16" x 3 1/8".

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Disc: (1960) Stereo. Black label, RCA logo is silver, "LIVING STEREO" at bottom. "STEREO ORTHOPHONIC" HIGH FIDELITY on right side. Title in small print. Song credits in last name. Side 1, tracks 3 and 5 on one line. Side 2, tracks 5 and 6 on one line. (from the Hal Wallis prod "G.I. Blues" a Paramount film) on two lines. Note that prod is abbreviated and lower case, there is no comma after Blues, and film is not capitalized. On side 1, with The Jordanaires on one line.

Matrix numbers
Side 1: L2PY-3659-1S A2 / Side 2: L2PY-3660-1S B1 (Indianapolis pressing)4
Side 1: L2PY-3659-1S C1 / Side 2: L2PY-3660-1S B4 (Indianapolis pressing)

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Disc: (1960) Stereo. Black label, RCA logo is silver, "LIVING STEREO" at bottom. "STEREO ORTHOPHONIC" HIGH FIDELITY on right side. Title in large print. Song credits in full name. Side 1, tracks 3 and 5 on two lines. Side 2, tracks 5 and 6 on two lines. (from the Hal Wallis Production "G.I. Blues," a Paramount Film) on one line. Note that Production is spelled out and capitalized, there is a comma after Blues, and Film is capitalized. On both sides, with The Jordanaires on one line.5

Side 1: L2PY-3659-3S / Side 2: L2PY-3660-3S (Hollywood pressing)6

A Hollywood pressing with original cover without the catalog number on back of the cover sold on eBay for $80 on January 27, 2012.7

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Cover Front: RCA Victor logo top right corner. Catalog number upper right corner.
Cover Back: Catalog number lower left corner. The later back has RE lower left corner. RCA Stereo Records box upper left corner. Catalog number upper right corner.

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Disc: (1963) Stereo. Black label, RCA logo in silver at top and "STEREO" at bottom.

Matrix numbers
Side 1:
L2PY-3659-3S / Side 2: L2PY-3660-3S (Hollywood pressing)

A silver STEREO copy sold on eBay on March 17, 2013 for $7308

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Disc: (1964) Stereo. Black label, RCA logo is white, other label print is silver. Elvis Presley credited above the Jordanaires on bottom. Side 1, track 1 on one line. Side 1, tracks 3 and 4 on two lines. Side 1, track 5 credits below title, (from the Hal Wallis Production ...) on one line. Side 2, track 5 on two lines. Side 2, track 5 credits below title, (from the Hal Wallis Production ...) on one line.

Matrix numbers
Side 1: L2PY-3659-3S / Side 2: L2PY-3660-3S (Hollywood pressing)

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Disc: (1964) Stereo. Black label, RCA logo is white, other label print is silver. Elvis Presley credited above spindle hole below G.I. Blues. Side 1, track 1 on two lines. Side 1, tracks 3 and 4 on one line. Side 1, track 5 credits next to title, (from the Hal Wallis Production ...) on two lines. Side 2, track 5 on one line. Side 2, track 5 credits below title, (from the Hal Wallis Production ...) on two lines.

Matrix numbers
Side 1: L2PY-3659-7S A1 / Side 2: L2PY-3660-8S A1 (Rockaway pressing)
Side 1: L2PY-3659-9S A1 / Side 2: L2PY-3660-11S A1 (Indianapolis pressing)
Side 1: L2PY-3659-10S A1 / Side 2: L2PY-3660-10S A1 (Rockaway pressing)

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Disc: (1968) Orange label. Rigid vinyl.

Matrix numbers
Side 1:
L2PY-3659-3S / Side 2: L2PY-3660-3S (Hollywood pressing)

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Disc: (1970) Orange label. Non-flexible vinyl.

Matrix numbers
Side 1:
L2PY-3659-10S A3B / Side 2: L2PY-3660-12S A1B (Rockaway pressing)

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Cover Front: RCA and catalog number upper left corner. Victor upper right corner.
Cover Back: Catalog number lower left corner. The later back has RE lower left corner. RCA Stereo Records box upper left corner. Catalog number upper right corner.

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Disc: (1971) Orange label. Flexible vinyl. Large font.

Matrix numbers
Side 1:
L2PY-3659--9S B2 / Side 2: L2PY-3660 15S A1 (Indianapolis pressing)

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Disc: (1971) Orange label. Flexible vinyl. Small font.

Matrix numbers
Side 1:
L2PY-3659-14S / Side 2: L2PY-3660-3S (Hollywood pressing)

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Disc: (1976) Tan label.

Matrix numbers
Side 1: L2PY-3659--9S C1 / Side 2: L2PY-3660--15S A1 (Indianapolis pressing)

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Disc: (1977) Black label, dog near top.

Matrix numbers
Side A: L2PY-3659--9S C1WW / Side B: L2PY-3660--15S A1JJJ (Indianapolis pressing)
Side A: L2PY-3659--16S / Side B: L2PY-3660--15S (unknown pressing Z)

Unusual Cover Variation
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Cover Front: RCA and catalog number upper left corner. Victor upper right corner. With AFL1-2556 under the AYL1-3735 sticker and gold Best Buy stamp over the stickers.
Cover Back: RE lower left corner. RCA Stereo Records box upper left corner. Catalog number upper right corner. Stickers wrapped from other side, upper right corner.

It would seem that this particular record did not sell in 1977 as LSP-2256. Nor did it sell as AFL1-2256 when it was re-cataloged. Then it was re-branded again as AYL1-3735 with Best Buy stamp in 1980.

Inner Sleeves
To identify the inner sleeve that is most appropriate for each release, look at the Inner Sleeves page on this site.

Also released in monaural as LPM-2256 G.I. Blues.

  1. The Wooden Heart sticker on this cover is a mockup
  2. Mockup of image from the collection of Roberto.
  3. The pink Wooden Heart sticker is a mockup
  4. Matrix numbers from the collection of Roberto.
  5. Images from the collection of PIOTRULA (of Poland)
  6. Matrix numbers from the collection of PIOTRULA (of Poland)
  7. eBay reference 220936724620 (January 27, 2012)
  8. eBay reference 350736869509 (March 17, 2013)