What now, What next, Where to – What’s left?

A look at the FTD label and future releases

- EIN Spotlight by Ian Garfield / Piers Beagley -

During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances.

The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1CD or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version.

However as noted with the recent "ELVIS" second LP release there are less and less outtakes and studio sessions left in the vaults.

FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ fifteen years ago, so with all the past releases and packaging what is left for the collector?

EIN contributor Ian Garfield examines what has been released and what is left for the FTD collectors label..


October 2014 - Now Updated

What now, what next, where to – what’s left?

During Elvis’ lifetime, RCA released a total of between 60 – 70 albums, consisting of dedicated recordings, movie soundtracks and live performances. The exact number cannot be defined as some countries issued different versions, there were cheaper releases, and general compilations. However some compilation albums did have significance. The list below does not contain all releases but does feature all the significant ones, as well as including other noteworthy categories that could documented by FTD.

The FTD label has been doing an excellent job at looking at the recording anthology of Elvis Presley and releasing every significant LP or recording session on a 1 or 2CD ‘Classic Album’ version. These usually feature the original album plus alternate takes and sometimes present their own "alternate version" of Elvis’ original LP. I have found these releases essential in re-discovering Elvis’ music catalogue along with and the fascination of re-examining his musical creativity in choosing his material and singles.

FTD’s first release was ‘Burbank ’68’ fifteen years ago, so with all these new releases and packaging what is left for the collector?


Now Updated with Reader's Feedback and Suggestions - See Below

I have listed below the most significant of releases and the prospect for future releases. There are some duplication with the excellent Legacy editions, however the FTD still offers more insight and tracks with their offerings.

1950’s. Amazingly for the explosion of Elvis onto the music scene and the requirement for new product, the care of these historic recordings by RCA was shameful. Multiple session tapes were discarded or not properly archived for prosperity. This is mainly due to the poor knowledge and management on how to properly record and deal with the ever-changing technology of the day. The attitude was that if you had a master on the album and it was released then why keep the alternate takes and recording sessions. At the time tapes were not cheap and so why keep outtakes when you could easily erase and use the tape again. Similarly RCA dumped thousands of tapes as landfill when they did their great archive clean-out in 1959. What a tragedy! This is not the case for all the sessions, but does apply to some major historic sessions.

Elvis’ second LP "Elvis" suffered from this treatment and FTD has limited resources to work with when compiling its recent "Classic Album" release. Love Me Tender has finally been released (along with the 1956 Tupelo concerts) while the Television and other concert appearances are yet to be released. We know that RCA/FTD have them as they have previously been released on LP or CD box sets. Elvis’ Christmas Album is now to make an appearance as a Classic Album for Christmas 2014 on the FTD label. King Creole sadly suffered the fate of missing tapes and the few outtakes available were released with their book/CD combo. The compilations "For LP fans only" and "A Date with Elvis" will probably never be released by FTD as their material has been covered with A Boy from Tupelo, Elvis Presley, Elvis, Loving You and Jailhouse Rock.

1960’s. We have some real disappointments here, with the yet to be discovered missing tapes of Kissin’ Cousins, Roustabout and Speedway. If these tapes are not found but FTD still proceeds with 7" releases, I could only suggest the set be collated with the available takes, remixes and possibly the movie soundtracks taken directly from the movie, as these do have some additional orchestral overtones. Flaming Star is yet to be released. This has now been confirmed as a future FTD release for November 2014.

The 10th anniversary LP "Elvis for Everyone" has now been released as a Classic Album FTD release. This was surprising as it was a mish mash of leftover songs from as far back from the Sun days and the only unreleased song from FTD would be ‘Summer Kisses, Winter Tears’ from the above mentioned Flaming Star - however it was more cleverly used to "mop up" some previously unreleased outtakes on the second CD. The LP "Elvis sings Flaming Star" does rate a mention, as both "Flaming Star" and "Wonderful World" are yet to have a FTD release. During March 1968 to March 1969 Elvis recorded songs for the film soundtracks of "Live a Little, Love a Little", "Charro", "The Trouble with Girls" and "Change of Habit". There is 16 possible tracks amongst this group. I believe there are not many alternate takes to these songs, so it may have a release very similar to the "Double Features" CD released in 1995. However the format, Elvis has an incredibly strong voice during this period and it does deserve a re-engineered release with any possible outtakes.

1970’s. Sadly there is not much left for FTD to release from this period. I can’t really see "Having Fun On Stage" making an appearance! There are only 3 LPs left to be released – the "Let’s be friends" and "Almost in Love" compilations rate a mention, but these tracks would be covered by the 1968-69 previously mentioned and did get their own recent BMG versions. That leaves us with "Elvis In Concert". I think this will make an appearance, as they have pushed out "Our Memories of Elvis", "Guitar Man" and "Hits of the 70’s" I hazard to guess "Elvis in Concert" may be the finale FTD issue and could be a double disc with the original LP included along with both concerts in their entirety that made up the TV special.
 
Holy Grails – leftovers? There are a few tracks left from the Guitar Man sessions. The "This Is Elvis" movie soundtrack could also be released, as it did have some alternate short takes and overdubs. "Elvis On Tour" has yet to be delved into and has been in the pipeline for years. Elvis’ Hampton Roads concert from April 9, 1972 was one of his very best and has been often bootlegged so there is some great potential there. However the fact that the "Elvis On Tour" box-set was not released for the 40th Anniversary is a mystery.

From now on Elvis' live performances will have to become the focus for FTD. As you can see from the table below there are still over fifteen Tours and Seasons still not covered by FTD who wanted to document each one with at least one release.

The Holy Grail of Elvis concert recordings does lie in a warehouse in the USA. Will FTD be able to get the soundboard tapes from the Bruce Jackson Estate? Elvis performed over 1,000 concerts during his lifetime, so there is still a wealth of material from various sources to explore. The Last Concert – rumours suggest there may be a better quality source although if there is a soundboard no doubt it is held by the Bruce Jackson Estate. Surely the true finale for FTD has to be Elvis’ very final performance.
 
So, there are a possible 15 original LPs that could be released. This is something to look forward to, along with any additional gems they may find over the years. Maybe a complete collection of home recordings?

No matter how much is left, the journey that FTD has taken on so far has been great re-acquainting the music of Elvis Presley. Thanks to Ernst, Roger and the FTD team.

- Ian Garfield, May 2014 (since updated)

Year

RCA

FTD ---- (BMG)

1953-55

(The Sun Sessions)

Elvis At Sun
A Boy From Tupelo

BMG
Deluxe Book

1956

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (& Big Beat and Legacy)

Classic Album

Elvis

Elvis (& Big Beat and Legacy)

Classic Album

Love Me Tender EP

Love Me Tender (& Tupelo concerts)

Classic Album

?Television appearances

 

 
 

?Concert appearances

Love Me Tender (& Tupelo concerts)

 

Million Dollar Quartet

The Complete Million Dollar Quartet

BMG

1957

Peace In The Valley EP

   
 

Loving You

Loving You

Classic Album

Jailhouse Rock EP

Jailhouse Rock Vol 1
Jailhouse Rock Vol 2
Classic Album
Classic Album

Elvis' Christmas Album

 Confirmed for November 2014 release

Classic Album

?Television appearances

 

 

?Concert appearances

? Big Beat & Tupelo on 'Love Me Tender'

 
1958
Elvis' Golden Records (all tracks covered elsewhere)  

 

King Creole

 King Creole

FTD Book/CD

1959

For LP fans only

   

A Date With Elvis

   

50,000,000 Fans Can't be Wrong

50,000,000 Fans Can't be Wrong

Classic Album

1960

Elvis Is Back!

Elvis Is Back! (& Legacy)

Classic Album

G.I. Blues

G.I. Blues Vol.1
G.I. Blues Vol.2
Classic Album
Classic Album

His Hand In Mine

His Hand In Mine Classic Album

1961

Flaming Star EP

 Confirmed for Nov 2014 release

 

 

Something for Everybody

Something for Everybody (& Legacy)

Classic Album

Hawaii Benefit Concert

Released & remastered by MRS

 

Wild in The Country

Wild in The Country

7" Single CD

Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii

Classic Album

1962

Pot Luck

Pot Luck

Classic Album

Follow That Dream EP

Follow That Dream

7" Single CD

Kid Galahad EP

Kid Galahad

7" Single CD

Girls, Girls, Girls

Girls, Girls, Girls

7" Single CD

1963

It Happened at The World's Fair

It Happened at The World's Fair

7" Single CD
  Elvis' Golden Records Vol.3 (all tracks covered elsewhere)  

Fun in Acapulco

Fun in Acapulco

7" Single CD
    Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee Classic Album

1964

Kissin' Cousins

no outtakes

 

Roustabout

no outtakes

 

Viva Las Vegas EP

Viva Las Vegas

7" Single CD

1965

Girl Happy

Girl Happy

7" Single CD

Tickle Me EP

Tickle Me

7" Single CD

Elvis For Everyone

Elvis For Everyone (Includes other session alternate 60s outakes)

Classic Album

Harum Scarum

Harum Scarum

7" Single CD

1966

Frankie and Johnny

Frankie and Johnny

7" Single CD

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Paradise, Hawaiian Style

7" Single CD

Spinout

Spinout

7" Single CD

1967

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art

Classic Album

Easy Come, Easy Go EP

Easy Come, Easy Go

7" Single CD

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

7" Single CD

Clambake

Clambake

7" Single CD

Guitar Man

Classic Album
1968
Elvis' Golden Records Vol.4 (all tracks covered elsewhere)  

 

Speedway

no outtakes

 

Flaming Star (Singer/Camden)

 

 

Elvis TV Special

Tiger Man (June 27 8pm sit-down show)
Burbank '68
Let Yourself Go
BMG Memories (compilation)
BMG The Complete '68 Comeback Special
BMG CD
5" Single CD
5" Single CD
Double CD
Deluxe Box-set

Live a Little, Love a Little

 

 

Stay Away, Joe

Stay Away, Joe

7" Single CD
 

Charro - Trouble with Girls -

 

 

1969

From Elvis in Memphis

From Elvis In Memphis (& Legacy)
BMG Suspicious Minds (69 Anthology)
The Memphis Sessions (compile)
Made in Memphis (compile)
*The Memphis Record (features Rick Rowe alternate mixes inc 'I'm Movin' On', 'Wearin' That Loved On Look', 'Inherit The Wind' plus 'Suspicious Minds' without Brass overdub & fade out/fade in)
Classic Album
BMG compile
5" Single CD
5" Single CD
*BMG 1987 compile

Change of Habit

 

 

Elvis in Person

Elvis in Person

Classic Album

Back in Memphis

Back in Memphis

Classic Album

 

American Sound Studio (left-overs)

Classic Album

1970

Lets Be Friends

 

 

On Stage

On Stage (& Legacy)

Classic Album

Almost In Love

 

 

That’s the Way It Is

That’s The Way It Is (2014 Deluxe box-set & Legacy 2CD)
That’s The Way It Is (BMG 30th)
That’s The Way It Is
The Way It Was
Box-Set 8CD
Legacy 2CD
Box-Set
Classic Album
FTD Book/ CD

1971

Elvis Country

Elvis Country (& Legacy)

Classic Album

You'll Never Walk Alone

 

 

Love Letters

Love Letters

Classic Album

Elvis sings the Wonderful World of Christmas

Elvis sings the Wonderful World of Christmas

Classic Album

1972

Elvis Now

Elvis Now

Classic Album

He Touched Me

He Touched Me

Classic Album

Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden

Prince From Another Planet (SONY)

Deluxe Set
    Standing Room Only Classic Album

(Elvis on Tour)

 

 

1973

Aloha from Hawaii via satellite

Legacy 40th Anniversary

Double CD

Elvis (Fool)

Elvis (Fool)

Classic Album

Raised on Rock

Elvis At Stax - legacy 40th compile
Raised on Rock

Deluxe Set
Classic Album

1974

Good Times

Elvis At Stax - legacy 40th compile
Good Times

Deluxe Set
Classic Album

Elvis As Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

Recorded live on Stage in Memphis (Legacy 40th)
Recorded live on Stage in Memphis

Deluxe Set

7" Single CD

Hits of the 70's UK LP

Hits of the 70's UK LP

Classic Album

Having Fun with Elvis on Stage

 

 

1975

Promised Land
Elvis At Stax - Legacy 40th compile
Promised Land
BMG Promised Land (2000)
Deluxe Set
Classic Album
BMG compile

Today
Today
Elvis 6363 Sunset Compile
Classic Album
5" Single CD

1976

The Sun Sessions

 

 

From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

From E P Boulevard
The Jungle Room Sessions (compile)
Classic Album
5" Single CD

1977

Moody Blue

Moody Blue
The Jungle Room Sessions (compile)
Classic Album
5" Single CD

Elvis in Concert

 

 

1981

Guitar Man

Too Much Monkey Business

5" Single CD

This is Elvis

 

 

1983

Our Memories of Elvis Vol 1 & 2

Our Memories of Elvis Vol 1, 2 3

5" Double CD

Note that early FTD compilations such 'Out In Hollywood', 'Fame and Fortune', 'So High', 'Long Lonely Highway' etc which have been superseded by more thorough "Classic Albums" investigations into the same recording sessions and so have not been included.

Several of Elvis' budget Camden albums such as 'Elvis Sings Flaming Star' and 'Almost in Love' were remastered and re-released with their original paltry selection of tracks - back in 2006 by BMG.

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Elvis BMG & FTD LIVE Concert Releases

Over ten years ago Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon outlined what release plans to expect from FTD.

Ernst: Our ambition is to, good or bad, document every major Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe season or concert Tour by one CD - not by a row of CDs. Although we pretend that we don’t care about bootlegs we try to, if we can, release a show that is better than what is out on a bootleg or different.

Below the table highlights the missing Tours and Seasons that have still not been documented by FTD.

On the missing ‘On Tour’ material.
Ernst: ‘On Tour’ is a little bit complicated. The reason why we haven’t put out anything on either FTD or RCA at this time is that we would ideally like to do it with a DVD re-release. We will release the material that we have which is pretty substantial. Nothing that you can’t guess what it is.
There is a lack of confidence in ‘Elvis On Tour’s commercial potential but it’s a shame as, maybe Elvis doesn’t look as good as in TTWII material, but there is an hour’s worth of Elvis in a recording studio and a lot of people would like to see that.  

1969 1969    
Las Vegas SEASON 1
July 31 - Aug 28    
Elvis In Person
The Return To Vegas
BMG Viva Las Vegas (2007, CD2)
Elvis In Person
Elvis at the International
BMG Live in Las Vegas (boxset CD1)
Writing For The King
Hot August Night
Live In Las Vegas
All Shook Up

Original Compile
Aug 3 (possibly)
Aug 21 MS
Aug 22 DS
Aug 23 MS 
Aug 24 DS
Aug 24 MS (10 tracks only)
Aug 25 MS
Aug 26 DS
Aug 26 MS
RCA Stereo
Soundboard
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
Legacy/FTD
FTD 7" set
BMG Double CD
FTD Classic CD2
FTD
BMG
FTD Book/CD
FTD
FTD
FTD
1970 1970    
Las Vegas SEASON 2
Jan 26 - Feb 23    
The On Stage Season
Polk Salad Annie
On Stage
On Stage
Jan 26 Opening & Feb 23 MS
Feb 15 MS
Original Compile + 
Feb 18 DS & MS, Feb 19 MS
Soundboard
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
FTD
FTD
FTD/Legacy
FTD Classic 2CD
Houston Astrodome
Feb 27 - March 1    
       
Las Vegas SEASON 3
Aug 10 - Sept 7    
One Night in Vegas
TTWII Deluxe box-set 2014
BMG Live in Las Vegas, CD2
TTWII Deluxe box-set 2014
BMG That's The Way It Is, CD2
The Wonder Of You
August 10 Opening Show
August 11 DS
August 11 MS
August 12 DS
August 12 MS
August 13 DS
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
FTD
SONY
BMG
SONY
BMG
FTD
Tour 1
Sept 9 - Sept 14
   
       
Tour 2
Nov 10 - Nov 17    
       
1971 1971
Las Vegas SEASON 4
Jan 26 - Feb 23
The Impossible Dream
Jan 28 DS & extras
Soundboard FTD
Lake Tahoe SEASON - 1
Jul 20 - Aug 2
   

     
Las Vegas SEASON 5
Aug 9 - Sept 6    
       
Tour 3
Nov 5 - Nov 16    
Elvis As Recorded At Boston Garden
Nov 10 Soundboard FTD
1972 1972
Las Vegas SEASON 6 Jan 26 - Feb 23    
An American Trilogy
.
.
BMG Live in Las Vegas, CD3
Feb 15 MS & 14-17 (RCA Compile) Plus 7 Bonus Songs 26 Jan Opening Show (s/b)
9 tracks 14,16,17 Feb
RCA Stereo +
Soundboard
.
RCA Stereo

FTD

BMG

Tour 4
April 5 - April 19    
?? Elvis On Tour ??      
BMG Close Up CD4 San Antonio, TX - April 18 RCA Stereo BMG
Tour 5
June 9 - June 20    
SONY - Prince From Another Planet
BMG An Afternoon In The Garden
BMG As Recorded At M Square Garden
MSG, NY - June 10 AS & ES
MSG, NY - June 10 AS  
MSG, NY - June 10 ES
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
Legacy
BMG
BMG
Las Vegas SEASON 7
Aug 4 - Sept 4    
Summer Festival
Destination USA CD1
3000 South Paradise Road
Aug 11 DS
Sept 4 DS
Aug 12 DS
Soundboard
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD
FTD (2cd set)
FTD (2cd set)
Tour 6
Nov 8 - Nov 18    
       
1973 1973    
ALOHA From Hawaii Jan 12 - Jan 14    
SONY - Aloha From Hawaii (40th)
BMG Alternate Aloha
BMG Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite
Jan 12 & 14
Jan 12 
Jan 14
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
RCA Stereo
Legacy
BMG
BMG
Las Vegas SEASON 8
Jan 26 - Feb 23    
I'll Remember You
Feb 3 MS Soundboard FTD
Tour 7
April 22 - April 30
   
       
Lake Tahoe SEASON 2
May 4 - May 20
   
Takin' Tahoe Tonight
May 13 3am show
Soundboard FTD
Tour 8
June 20 - July 3
   
       
Las Vegas SEASON 9
Aug 6 - Sept 3    
Closing Night
Closing Sept 3 MS Soundboard FTD
1974 1974    
Las Vegas SEASON 10
Jan 26 - Feb 9    
I Found My Thrill
Jan 27 OS
Soundboard FTD
Tour 9
March 1 - March 20
   
Sold Out! CD1
Forty Eight Hours To Memphis
Recorded live on Stage in Memphis
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mar 1
Richmond, VA, Mar 18
Memphis, TN, March 20 
Soundboard
Soundboard
RCA Stereo
FTD (2cd set)
FTD 7" set
FTD 7" set
Tour 10
May 10 - May 13    
Live In LA
LA, May 11 ES
Soundboard FTD
Lake Tahoe SEASON 3
May 16 - May 27
   
High Sierra
May 21 MS
Soundboard FTD
Tour 11
June 15 - July 2    
Rockin' Across Texas (CD1)
Sold Out! CD2
Fashion For A King (CD1
)
Amarillo, Texas - June 19
Cleveland, Ohio, - June 21
Omaha, Nebraska - July 1
Soundboard
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD (2cd set)
FTD (2cd set)
Book/CD combo
Las Vegas SEASON 11
Aug 19 - Sept 2    
Nevada Nights, 2CDs
It's Midnight
From Sunset To Las Vegas (CD2)
Aug 19 OP + Aug 21 MS
Aug 24 MS
Aug 20 - Sept 2 compile
Soundboard
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD (2cd set)
FTD
FTD (2cd set)
Tour 12
Sept 27 - Oct 9    
Dragon Heart
South Bend, IN - Oct 1
Soundboard FTD
Lake Tahoe SEASON 4
Oct 11 - Oct 14
   
       
1975 1975    
Las Vegas SEASON 12
March 18 - April 1    
Big Boss Man
Mar 28 MS
Soundboard FTD
Tour 13
April 24 - May 7    
Elvis In Florida April 1975
.
Southern Nights
Dixieland Rocks
Jacksonville April 25 + Lakeland April 27 & 28.
April / May compilation
Murfreesboro, TN, May 6
Soundboard
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD
FTD
FTD
Tour 14
May 30 - June 10    
Dixieland Delight 2CDs
BMG Elvis Aron Presley CD4
Another Saturday Night
Huntsville, May 31 & Jun 1
Dallas, TX, June 6
Shreveport, June 7 ES
Soundboard
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD (2cd set)
FTD
FTD
Tour 15
July 8 - July 24
   
       
Las Vegas SEASON 13
Aug 18 - Aug 20    
       
Las Vegas SEASON 14
Dec 2 - Dec 15    
Dinner at Eight
Fashion For A King (CD2)
Dec 13 DS
Dec 14
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD
FTD
New Year's Eve
Dec 31
   
       
1976 1976    
Tour 16
March 17 - March 22    
       
Tour 17
April 21 - April 27    
America
Omaha, NE, April 22
Soundboard FTD
Lake Tahoe SEASON 5
Apr 30 - May 9    
       
Tour 18
May 27 - June 6    
Tucson '76
Tucson, AZ, June 1
Soundboard FTD
Tour 19
June 25 - July 5    
Rockin' Across Texas CD2 Fort Worth, TX, July 3
Soundboard FTD (2cd set)
Tour 20
July 23 - Aug 5    
New Haven
New Haven, CN, July 30
Soundboard FTD
Tour 21
Aug 27 - Sept 8    
       
Tour 22
Oct 14 - Oct 27    
Chicago Stadium
A Minnesota Moment
Chicago, Oct 14 & Oct 15
Minneapolis, Oct 17 & 2 Sioux Falls, Oct 18 & 3 tracks Anaheim Nov 30 (next tour)
Soundboard
Soundboard
FTD (2cd set)
FTD
Tour 23
Nov 24 - Nov 30    
       
Las Vegas SEASON 15
Dec 2 - Dec 12    
       
Tour 24
Dec 27 - Dec 31    

Showtime! (Double CD)

New Year's Eve 1976

Birmingham AL, Dallas TX- Dec 28 + Dec 29
Pittsburgh, PN, Dec 31
Soundboard
Audience tape
FTD (2cd set)
FTD
1977 1977    
Tour 25
Feb 12 - Feb 21    
Unchained Melody
Charlotte, NC, Feb 20
Soundboard FTD
Tour 26
March 23 - April 3    
Amarillo '77
Amarillo, TX, Mar 24
Soundboard FTD
Tour 27
April 21 - May 3    
Spring Tours '77
Mar 26 - May 3 (compilation)
RCA Stereo
FTD
Tour 28
May 20 - June 2    
       
Tour 29
June 17 - June 26    
RCA Elvis In Concert
June 21 & 19
RCA Stereo
RCA

Note that the Aug 24 MS 1969 tracks from FTD's Live compilation 'Writing For The King' are included above - but not the few taken from the different August 70 & Feb 72 shows. See EIN's review 'Writing For The King' for details.

Similarly the BMG compilations which feature only a few live tracks such as 'Platinum', 'Elvis Aron Presley' and 'Today, Tomorrow and Forever' are also not included.

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Spotlight by Ian Garfield - with additions by Piers Beagley.
--Copyright EIN MAY 2014
EIN Website content © Copyright the Elvis Information Network.

 

READER'S FEEDBACK

From Ken Jensen,
The list is very nice if a bit flawed in places (sometimes it lists the bonus tracks on live CDs, sometimes not). As far as I know, there are ten tracks from August 24 on Writing for the King, not nine. There is no mention of the opening night soundboard bonus tracks on An American Trilogy (unless I’m blind). Under the ’68 Comeback section, there’s no listing of Tiger Man. Should The Memphis Record be mentioned on grounds of unique mixes? Anyway, a very good overview it is, as Yoda might have put it.
EIN notes - THANKS, corrections and additions made. Re the "bonus tracks" the article is more a pointer to what might be released in the future. We included the more important "bonus tracks" as a guide - as opposed to everything released. That is another topic entirely.
 
If you are interested in this topic Ken Jensen (who is involved with FTD) has written an amazing 4,000 word article 'FTD: Covered versus Uncovered' in incredible detail about what has been released and what FTD may release in future. Please Click Here to the FECC messageboard to read it.

From: Rob Greco
I have recently purchased a very large amount over the past 2 years of the incredible 2 cd FTD classic albums.
The one that I’m waiting for (hanging) as mentioned by you is Elvis in Concert 2cd (or more) classic FTD….
I was thinking that this might come out for the 40th on Legacy but that would not be until 2017???
Too long to wait??...remastered, remixed and great booklets…

Just from me… I like to say a BIG thank you to the FTD team for keeping the music alive and amazingly fresh to our ears… what I have as well as millions of others around the world is priceless memories to revisit time and time again…thank you, thank you very much!
Cheers, Rob.

From: Rogier
Looking at the recording sessions at what has been released and what not it is clear that Ernst is saving outtakes. My personal view is that Ernst is saving those for one more big boxset release. If that will be a general public or FTD release, time will tell. Elvis 80th birthday would make a perfect – if not the only occasion to complete the Boxset releases. With Silver, Gold and Platinum released, only one options remains: ‘Diamond’.
 
It is my feeling that Ernst/Sony still have a couple of surprises left in the vault. The live recording of ‘I Forgot To Remember To Forget’ that turned up last year is one of them for sure is in their hands. ‘Rock Around The Clock’ is a title also said to be in the hands of Ernst/Sony but the acetate is too damaged to be heard. Other sources mention some studio versions of the early sixties to exist not heard as of yet (alternate takes of known titles not heard before). One or two unheard movie song(s) - never before heard titles/versions - might also be in the vaults. Then there are homerecordings of the sixties with some titles not yet heard. Some tapes from the ’70 studiosessions (’71 & ’76) are missing and who knows might turn up one day.

There are still some live shows they do need to cover, such as the July 1975 tour. But FTD is running out of other options. On the other hand: who would have ever thought we would be treated to high quality releases for fifteen years that made a lot of dreams come true? When the time has come that FTD has nothing more to offer to us we can turn to our collections and relive all those wonderful releases. Till then; fingers crossed for a couple of more great releases by FTD.

 

From: Theo
The EP Peace In The Valley is listed in the article, but only outtakes of Peace In the Valley and It Is No Secret exist, so that will probably be a quite short cd. What I'm missing though, are the secular binaural recordings from January 1957. There are binaural outtakes of I Beg Of You, That's When Your Heartaches Begin, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Blueberry Hill and Is It So Strange. They could be combined with the FTD's Peace In The Valley, but the "Just For You" EP from August 1957 featured (the masters of) the latter three songs. So FTD could release a Classic Album version of this EP and release the outtakes of I Beg Of You and That's When Your Heartaches Begin on that CD as well.
Best regards, Theo H

From: Carlo
There are two Elvis recordings which have yet to see an official release and that seems to be ignored by everybody: The alternate long version with extra-verses of “Wolf Call” and “I’ve Got TO Find My Baby” from “Girl Happy”.
We’ve had them many years ago on bootleg vinyl albums with a “phone-line” effect sound. I was sure I would have found them on the “Girl Happy” FTD release, so I was very disappointed to find out they were not included.
I can hardly believe Ernst Jorgensen doesn’t know who has the original tapes and hasn’t been able to get them.
(EIN believes the original tapes are missing in the same way FTD do not have the first session reel for Blue Hawaii's 'Can't Help Falling In Love')
My best regards, Carlo S

From Ken Jensen
Don't be surprised if 'A Date with Elvis' and 'For LP Fans Only' are released on FTD. I know exactly what should be on those albums to make them worthwhile 2-CD sets. So does Ernst.
There's even a way to release the rest of the Golden Records series. The first volume could contain the remaining 1957 sessions, sans the gospel outtakes, which obviously belong on the Christmas album. The two volumes from the '60s could contain leftover studio and/or soundtrack outtakes.
The Christmas Album maybe released toward the end of this year.

From Keith Richards, Jr
There are lots of Classic Album releases (including soundtracks where few outtakes exist) and other things to put out. The February '72 live recordings need a proper home, we could get some "On Tour" shows, etc.
(EIN note - several fans have suggested a Las Vegas February '72 live double-set)


From: Bryan Gruszka 
The future from FTD is a subject I often ponder and I’ve summarized my thoughts below. I’ve only concentrated on the studio material, as I think FTD could potentially keep releasing concerts for many years to come. 

Definite:
Elvis in Concert
 
Logical (in my view):
Flaming Star EP
Live a Little, Love a Little
Charro
Trouble with Girls
Change of Habit               
(I’m not sure what format these would be released in, but it makes sense that something would come out, given that there are outtakes from all (and in some cases more outtakes than the recently released Elvis LP) and that nothing from these sessions has appeared on other FTDs (leaving aside earlier movie compilations))
 
This is Elvis
(Never released on CD in US; contains versions not included on other releases (e.g. - American Trilogy); precedent for posthumous releases set with Too Much Monkey Business/Our Memories 1-3)
 
Elvis TV Special
Elvis on Tour Material
50's Television appearances

               
Potential:
Elvis' Christmas Album
For LP fans only
A Date With Elvis
Kissin' Cousins
Roustabout
Speedway
Elvis' Golden Records
Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 3
Elvis' Gold Records Vol. 4
Elvis' Gold Records Vol. 5
Elvis For Everyone
Greatest Hits Vol. 1

 
In my view, the release of "Elvis" and now "Love Me Tender" were tests to see if there was a market for 50’s releases with little or no new material. If this is true, then it opens up the possibility that other 50’s albums will be released. Personally, I would have no problem with a 2CD set of Elvis’ Golden Records or For LP Fans Only, despite all of the material having been released elsewhere. Is it overkill? Certainly, but if Elvis and Love Me Tender are viable releases, then why not these?

Thanks again for a great article! - Bryan

From: Luc Lepage
A very interesting article. I tend to agree with author. 
With FTD my goal is to complete my collection of  original RCA albums plus of course On Tour and others that need to be adressed like the TTWII leftover shows (complete) and rehearsals.
Whatever is available I see Elvis Christmas album, King Creole and the Sun session released for the 50's. Same for the 60's: Flaming Star,  Kissin Cousins, Roustabout, Speedway could be on their own. Elvis For Everyone could be upgraded with all kind of outtakes from that decade yet unreleased (eg: Fountain Of Love). This Is Elvis could have also  things like The Elvis Medley + the I Was The One album 50's overdubbed songs. I suspect The Trouble With Girls could be on it´s own too. Something will have to be planned for LLLL and Charro. 

I know Ernst has to please fans and collectors of all kind, but to me priority should go to professionaly recorded songs.

From Craig Dunlevy
Hi there are a few live versions & movie songs that hasn't seen the light of the day, they are "Trouble / Raised On Rock" , "Cryin' Time", "Down In The Alley (Screaming girls version)", "Pot Pourri" (not sure of spelling), "Spring Fever" (Medley with Shelley Fabares), "This Is My Heaven / Drums Of The Islands", "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" (1st. version), "Snowbird" (Different live version), "Don't Cry Daddy" (Rehearsal with Elvis changing lyrics), "I Got A Woman / Amazing Grace", "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Susie Q", "Spanish Eyes" (Home version with Sherrill Nielsen), "You'll Never Walk Alone" (Live), "Shake A Hand" (Live), "Such A Night" (Live), "Devil In Disguise" (Demo).
EIN notes that there are plenty of unusual Elvis unique live versions, but sadly most of the interesting ones (such as 'Pieces Of My Life' only available via audience recordings. 'Down in The Alley' (screaming girls version) is of course a fake and although a fun oddity wouldn't be released on FTD

 


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