The restored vinyl of Elvis Presley’s first single will go on sale next month for Record Store Day (April 18), to bolster independent retailers.
The event was established in 2008 and is credited with helping revive interest in vinyl and in local record stores, which have faced brutal competition in the past decade as many consumers buy or listen for free to digital music.
More than 400 new records, including first-time releases and reissues of classics will be part of the latest Record Store Day at stores across the world, said the organisers.
A record label and store in Nashville, USA, said it would release Elvis Presley’s rare first single, ‘My happiness’, a version of a popular 20th century US song, along with song, ‘That’s when your heartaches begin.’
The record label said that it has done its utmost to preserve the feel of the original 1953 recording, including packaging it in a plain sleeve with a typewritten label, as was then the fashion.
“The audio will be as clean as modern technology can make it, without it losing the feeling and soul that makes these two songs both haunting and breathtaking,” a spokesperson from the label said.