April 2010 FTDs

FTD's next release in the classic albums series is Elvis Now. This will be issued with Jailhouse Rock – special limited vinyl edition on April 1.

Elvis Now is a 2-disc setin the classic album series. Originally released in 1972, this great album features the single Until It’s Time For You To Go/ We Can Make It In The Morning. Bonus tracks include I’m Leavin’, It’s Only Love and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

In addition to the masters, it features many great outtakes. The 7” inch digi-pack format features a 12-page booklet with great photographs and rare memorabilia.

Elvis Now

DISC 1

Side 1

01 Help Me Make It Through The Night
02 Miracle Of The Rosary
03 Hey Jude
04 Put Your Hand In The Hand
05 Until It’s Time For You To Go

Side 2

06 We Can Make The Morning
07 Early Morning Rain
08 Sylvia
09 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)
10 I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

Bonus Songs - The Singles

11 I’m Leavin’
12 It’s Only Love
13 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The Jam

14 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (udedited master)

Outtakes

15 Help Me Make It Through The Night – takes 8- 10
16 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – takes 11,12 &14
17 Lady Madonna
 

DISC 2

Outtakes

01 Help Me Make It Through The Night – takes 1-3
02 Early Mornin’ Rain – Takes 1,2 & 9
03 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - takes 5 & 6
04 Until It’s Time For You To Go - takes 1-5
05 I’m Leavin’ – take 1
06 It’s Only Love - takes 1-4
07 I Shall Be Released
(Bob Dylan)
08 It’s Only Love - takes 6 & 7
09 Help Me Make It Through The Night -takes 4-7
10 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) - takes 8 & 9
11 Put Your Hand In The Hand – take 1
12 It’s Only Love –takes 8 & 9
13 Miracle Of The Rosary – take 1
14 Until It’s Time For You To Go - takes 6 & 7
15 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread) – take 10
16 Early Morning Rain – take 11
18 Help Me Make It Through The Night - take15
19 I’m Leavin’ –takes 2 & 3

Album produced and art directed by Ernst Mikael Jørgensen & Roger Semon
Mastered by Vic Anesini
Additional mastering and editing: Sebastian Jeansson (disc 1) Lene Reidel (disc 2)
Audio consultant: Sebastian Jeansson
Original A&R: Felton Jarvis

vinyl Jailhouse Rock

Following on from the success of previous releases, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Jailhouse Rock - a special 2-DISC 180-gram 12” vinyl set.

Supplied in a high quality gatefold sleeve, the album features the original masters and many outtakes from this great movie.

• Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
• Contains many Stereo and Binaural outtakes
• Features original movie opening version of “Jailhouse Rock” in stereo!
• DMM Copper Mastering
• 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
• Strictly limited pressing

 

Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Feb 16, 2010 

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Sidfan (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2010report abuse
Too bad my fav song nor its outtakes won't be on this FTD (We can make morning) but I can't help but count the days to be able to buy it. Well done E&R at the FTD-Team. Now I desperately await his second album plus outtakes and bonus songs (You're a heartbreaker, Too much, Playin for keeps a.o.) and KCreole. Hurry Ernst, man don't go slow ! My hearing is getting worse...Release it still this summer during the 75th Celebration ! Perfect iming boys. Yes, I'd buy also HGTArt as gift when you bring it out at end of this year OK. Guaranteed success, but what about the non-religeous songs that were recorded during that session (and I'll remember you) ???
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 1, 2010report abuse
Herman - It's all about costings. The difference in cost to manufacture a CD with 5 tracks as opposed to 20 is negligible, therefore it is highly unlikely that FTD will be able to reduce the sale price of a release for say Live A Little with half a dozen tracks to what would be considered acceptable to the purchaser. Printing & distribution costs will remain the same. Even if it was sold for around £12, people would still say it was a rip off.
Gellerpower (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2010report abuse
Agree Kink and Herman, but I wonder also re. outtakes, altern. versions, rehearsals of EP during
57 when he recorded for his 2nd album. Are there any original tapes available at RCA ?? I'd love to get those of GRTonite, BLet'sPHouse, So glad y m, One-sided l aff, I was 1, Anyplace is Par. ??
That's why we need that long awaited FTD doduble CD classic second album, right Steve, Ton and others (mature fans)?? Does someone have knowledge of those session's data ?
Gellerpower (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2010report abuse
Also one of my favourite albums this one is. Yet, agree: I'm also waiting for Elvis' 2nd album and
the KCreole movie outtakes on FTD + Pr Land + EPBlvd. When ?? Hope this summer. Sugest How great thou Art FTD to be released on FTD "NOT" this summer but rather in Nov 2010 (fantastic year end present/gift).
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2010report abuse
I agree about the cost OurKing4life, so they have to make another price for these movie soundtracks. As you know, there is no price difference at all at this time. If it's a 5 inch or a 7 inch cd , 1 cd or 2 cd set. So it is possible to make another price. And you're right about songs like Violet but as you understand I am a collector and I like it all complete. Do you think that there are really people listen to disc 2 of Loving You ? 50 Times the same song ! Also funny, you want Elvis' second album on FTD and I want Elvis'' last album (In Concert) on FTD. So we are both great Elvis fans, only with a different taste !
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2010report abuse
Well OurKing4life, you want EP's last five movies, all on two CDs on FTD label ? I do not hope that. Every movie should be separate on cd, and if there only a few songs on the cd..........so what ? Then we have a short cd. By the way, in the 60's it was normal that an album was 20 or 25 minutes (Roustabout not even 21 minutes !) It's nicer to have every movie soundtrack separate. The same for Moody Blue, if they dont have enough outtakes, fill the disc with live tracks like the three first tracks of the Moody Blue album. Ernst, every album separate please. It also looks much nicer in the cupboard: Elvis first album - until his last.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 24, 2010report abuse
What I THINK Classic Album series is, has nothing to do with the merits of a particular album, but it is a reissue of one of the original Elvis album, or theroetical album (such as Memphis Tennesee or Tickle Me) as oppose to a regular FTD release such as a soundboard recording or a unique collection like Studio B or Nashville Marathon. So, if I am correct, even an album as dismal as Now or Easy Come, Easy Go qualifies as a "Classic Album
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2010report abuse
OurKing4life, I don't see secular songs being added to How Great Thou Art. HGTA is a classic, a true classic in the deepest sense possible and it will take a 2 cd sets to cover it entirely. As for songs like Fools Fall In Love and others, FTD will do another 2 cd classic release, covering 1966 to 1968, like Tomorrow Is A Long Time some years ago. The only things that is a headache is how they are going to cover short recording sessions like "Stay Away Joe". In this very case they might want to squeeze it within such a double set. It would make sense since SAJ's songs were recorded in Nashville with the same band at RCA Studio B. They will follow the same partern they did with Memphis Tennessee (or the Lost Album) that gathered all the songs recorded in May 1963. It's not a big problem.By the way, how do you know that FTD is working on HGTA? One of my favorite album. I know it's more than probable and surely welcome to me
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
Well everybody will listen different to music and there is nothing wrong with being a vinyl fanatic, I am a music and a women fanatic (joke)! As long as everybody is happy about how they listen to music !
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
Herman it's not only the sound but also the feeling,so i also agree with livingtons,that is should be
from the mastertapes. CD sounds kinda flat,but you're right i am an vinyl fanatic.
livingstonsn (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
I'm not interested in any vinyl which contains 20 or 30 takes of the same song, which means that I will not be purchasing any FTD release on vinyl. That said, I typically prefer the sound of vinyl over CD IF THE VINYL IS MASTERED FROM ANALOG. I'm very skeptical about the FTD vinyls. Are they mastered from the original tapes or from the digital files used to master the CDs? My guess would be the later.
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
I am sorry but "no cd can touch vinyl sound" ? I don't agree and I am also an audiophile and spend a lot of euro's, so i know the difference also. I am sorry but I guess that only vinyl fanatics say someting like this. I prefer CD, no doubt about that.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
I prefer vinyl above cd anytime.I have all his albums on vinyl and cd,but no cd can touch vinyl sound.
Yeah,i am an audiophile and spend more than 30000 euro,so i know the difference.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2010report abuse
Yes, it was an album that was just thrown together, but it's always been a fave of mine. Looking forward to it. Bring on the Elvis (Fool) FTD deluxe edition, Ernst.
Erika Freiburger (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
I'm not interested in vinyl,though.
Martin DJ (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
It's fair to assume that decisions like where to put what are being made years ahead, based on an investigation of what's in the vaults and on tape. It seems they've opted for putting the maximum amount of music on each disc, which is why we find anomalities such as Don't think twice on the Now album instead of on Fool, and the outtakes of Sylvia on Love Letters instead of on Now (though it seems odd they've also out the master of Sylvia on Love Letters). As for those who demand to hear complete performances sans a fadeout: most songs were probably faded out by the technician during te recording (you can hear Elvis yell during Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 'Fade it out, man!)
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
Tornado - it would appear that FTD consider every Elvis album a classic. It's not worth losing sleep over i know but why even use the word in the re-issue programme if that's the case?
Erika Freiburger (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
Elvis Now is a favorite of mine. I love it. It will be nice to have new alternate takes. Love,Erika
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
Sorry tcb 76, but did you ever hear the 9:33 version ? Sounds different to me, but of course I could be wrong also, let's hope there are more versions.
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
This album was weak.Only left overs. But it's still a listenable album.Not a srong album
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
FTD, for go or bad reasons decided to give a very large definition of what's classic in Elvis. Let's not compare Elvis musical legacy with the Beatles who were like many groups back then in the making of albums, not merely songs. Elvis rather recorded songs, a list of songs that he likes (not talking about the movie here wich were commanded) and RCA or Colonel Parker or somebody would make a line up for an album release. The formula paid almost all the time, except toward the end. I would assume that basically to release everything in a classic series, FTD had to have a broader view of what is a classic. For Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, a classic album is naturally very different than a classic album for FTD's goal. Completitst wanted everything, well FTD is delivrering it in a way we might not agree with, but you know I feel we should be thankful to get everything and that's what's count at the end.
livingstonsn (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
Calm down, TCB. Seriously, it's outbursts like this that give Elvis fandom the bad reputation it has.
tcb 76 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2010report abuse
don't think twice it's all right was recorded may 16, 1971 and it was recorded only one time! there was close to a twelve minute jam that was caught on tape! that version was then edited down to a short version included on the Fool album in 1973; then in 1979 R.C.A released almost 9 minutes on the memories of elvis volume 2 album, then when the 70's masters came out, there was another edit of the song! there was never a date where Elvis re-recorded the song! it was one time and one time only! just to answer to the last reply that said he recorded it at another session also! the session books do not list a second recording of this song! research does help when elvis music is the question!
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2010report abuse
Don't worry, all of Elvis' classic albums will be on FTD, also the "Fool" album. The reason that they put Don't think twice on this album could be that there is another version of this song from another date. I think that Ernst don't want that those two extra very long songs on one FTD. This jam is too good to do it just once without rehearsal, there has to be more versions. At least, that's what I think. Ernst help us out and give us the answers please.....
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2010report abuse
I agree. For FTD it is another story. Keep them separate. And fill them to the brim with outtakes etc:)
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2010report abuse
I'm very sorry Deano1 but I don't like the idea for combining albums. An album is an album, if you dont like an album, so don't buy it. Even for the movie soundtracks, let's keep every movie seperate and no combines. You are right when they should release it for the big public, that's a good idea like they did with the '69 Memphis songs but please not for FTD.
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2010report abuse
Thanks for your support Deano:) Like for all major artists, the classic back-catalogue should be available to anyone. The music buying public, Elvis-fans and Elvis himself deserve it! The physical product is not dead yet (look at the vinyl revival). An "Elvis original classics" campaign could manifest/steer future online purchase behaviour and eliminate buyer confusion (which I believe must be present with all the cheap compilations flooding the market). Also the main label are guilty in confusing the buyers with all the re-packaging and "modern" collections... It seems like we're back in the horrible 80's again...

When a music lovers go to a download shop on the net to buy Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Dylan, Nirvana, Beatles or Metallica, what do they go for? They will most certainly search for the classic albums or just a selection of songs. Elvis has 700 songs to chose from, and not 40 like many buyers are led to believe... Awareness about these 700 songs comes with the knowledge about Elvis' back-catalogue. We are talking about a HUGE unexploited potential!

To re-introduce Elvis' classic back-catalogue to the mass marked is necessary. It must be performed with carefulness and requires extreme focus on detail and quality though. The strategy must be long term (we are talking lifetime positioning and earnings here...). I don't like the recent Legacy editions, to be honest. They are nice offers to the casual fan/music lover today, but not the right product in the long term. They contain too much "noise". Keep it clean, keep it simple. Keep it original!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
While I don't think this is a classic LP (as I stated earlier), it is not dismal. I enjoyed the LP (except "Hey Jude") the first time I heard it, in the late 70's (several years after it was released), but it was an uneven effort and as "dgirl" mentions, it does not have any flow to it. It is just like the album "Elvis" (1973) in that respect. The classic albums should be treated as classics and "That's The Way It Is" and "Elvis Country" are true classics in every definition of the word. The secondary albums, such as "Elvis Now" and "Elvis" should have been combined on one release for $35. They could have included all the original art work of both albums and as was brilliantly mentioned earlier make it an album of the 1971 non-Christmas and non-sacred music. I think FTD should have combined the albums "Raised On Rock", "Good Times" and "Promised Land" into one release and called it the Stax Sessions or the 2nd Memphis Sessions or something. They combined "Moody Blue" and "EP Boulevard" once on a standard release and the outtakes on the "The Jungle Room Sessions". We need a little more bang for our buck! Don't touch the true classic albums, but don't charge us $35 for basically 14 songs that we have purchased several times in the past and some alternate unreleased versions that were meant to be unreleased by the artist himself.
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
looks like he has confused you for me dgirl lol. of course there will be editing. if elvis spent 8 hours in the studio do you seriously want to listen to the full 8hrs? pity thou tornado, that stuff like yoga is as yoga does both master and outtakes didnt walk out the studio for good and never heard again !!
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Elvis is unique in many ways. I don't think there is another artist that had his recording so much taken away or stolen. Or is there? Oh maybe the Beatles, but as far as I know their master tapes and alternates takes were much more protected and secured,since the begining. Better managment I guess.Unfortunaly for us, putting aside the 'walking tape boxes" from the vautls, there was also some tapes, plainly erased or rerecorded over. And the legacy is what it is today. It's a shame, that the Roustabout session tapes are almost all missing today. Where are they? What Happened? How come they were not secured in RCA's vault at the time? Go figure! We're already lucky to have found the acetate of I'm A Roustabout. The thrill would obviouslly be to find the original master tape of that superb song. The same apply for the NOW albums. A masterpiece like We Can Make the Morining is without any outtakes actually and it seems we'll have to live with that situation forever NOW. As for "fake" classics, Nashville 66-68 will have to come out this way. I'm with you livingstonsn on this.
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
dgirl- first of all - I don't know if rehearsals (by this I don't mean alternate takes but Elvis communicating/interact with his band or listening to demo's) of songs from Elvis Now are ever recorded or deleted.. But regardless from Sunset to Vegas, a rehearsal of a song for album recording purpose won't be included in its entirety by FTD. There's no space for this on a 2cd release and it won't benefit a good listen of a cd. If you listen at several FTD's the inclusion of 'rehearsal' material (of classic albums) was cut and shortened. So in case of we can make the morning: there is no such material or it is regarded as unworthy/unnecessary (so far) to release..
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Very few Elvis albums can claim to be a 'classic' and this is not one of them. That aside this does contain one of my fav Elvis tracks, 'Early Morning rain'. I would have prefered something along the lines of what Jamie suggested a few posts ago. The 1971 recording sessions over 3 or 4 CD's.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Can someone tell me about the duplication of outtakes ? Before I will say something about this release...I have the feeling that we all ready have a lot of outtakes of this release...
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
what do you mean rehearsals are too long and unappealing to be released by FTD? they have just put out a 2cd release from sunset to las vegas almost 2 cds worth of rehearsals. if your talking about studio rehearsals jailhouse rock has a cds worth which make for great listening. i think davrid was referring to weathermans claim of there being no outtakes of we can make the morning. how would anyone know without access to the session logs?
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
We Can Make The Morning was one of his best 70's efforts, but this is a very poor LP, with maybe the worst flow ever on an Elvis album. Much worse than Love Letters or even Raised on Rock. You cant have a good LP when the songs span 3 years of recordings and a throwaway like Hey Jude was put on ther to fill space. Elvis Now couldnt have been a more unsutiable title. More like Elvis Then, Elvis Then & Elvis Now fits it better. 35.00 for this? I think not.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
definitely going to buy Elvis Now. I love the songs "We can make the morning", Early morning rain" "Until its time" and "It's only love".
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Hello, 'Elvis Now' was a dismal release in which Elvis's inability to record good contemporary songs led RCA to package a handful of credible country songs with dregs from the archive. 'Hey Jude', for example, is an informal studio throwaway polished up for official elease. It makes the greatest popular singer of all time look like he had a funny voice and could barely sing in tune. 'Put Your Hand in the Hand' is primary school material. 'Elvis Now' is an utter anachronism and I would have liked FTD to have considered how to completely repackage the Nashville 1971 recordings for the modern age.
Eap54 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
everyone has their opinion on these albums, but I myself enjoy them because this is Elvis' work. This is he liked country and pop at that time. I admire his work. I'm looking forward tothis album as too others from FTD.
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
yes davrid you are right but rehearsal stuff is often too long und unappealing to a wide audience to get released by a label such as FTD..
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
I'm sitting here reading all these comments - both pro and con for this one - and have to say that both sides are making some excellent points. I agree that I'm happy to have an "official" unedited release of "Don't Think Twice", but I really don't know how many times I'll listen to almost 12 minutes of the same verse and chorus over and over and over.. but, it does give James an chance to show off his superb acoustic picking. I never really cared for "Help Me Make It Through The nIght", but this set will give me a chance to hear Elvis develop the song over 8 new unreleased attempts and outtakes. Maybe his passion for the song (he even sang it as late as Dec. of '76 in Vegas) will shine through and I'll become a believer. This set even gives us 6 new unreleased outtakes and attempts of "Until It's Time For You To Go" which was a mainstay of his live shows in '72.
One of my favorites ("Early Morning Rain"), arrives with 3 outtakes. Since the master was a SP, I am sure this is the best Ernst and co. could deliver. So, I'll take it. There are 8 takes of "Fools Rush In" (Elvis must have wanted to do better than his old friend Ricky Nelson) of which 6 are new to my ears. So, maybe I'll come to enjoy this one. Six is also the magic number of outtakes of "It's Only Love". That leaves me with two outtakes of "I'm Leavin'" - sadly that's all there is in the can, so I'll enjoy what there is of it. Maybe legally, FTD couldn't get Temple or Mary (?) signature to release the duets. I'm puzzled why they are left. This would be the ideal place to release them. Maybe Ernst will do another Q & A in the future and someone will ask.
As far as sound, I'm glad to see that Vic Anesini and Sebastian Jeansson are a part of the team that put this one together. In my other post, I said I was on the fence, but after looking closely at what it has to offer, I think I'm on board for this one.
One other thing, I, too, am looking forward to a "fake" of the 1968 sessions with "Guitar Man", "US Male", "Too Much Monkey Business" etc.. call it "Before the Storm" or something. It'd be a great set. Would Ernst have the "marbles" to actually release "The Prisoner's Song" .. ? lol
Michael.W. (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
I always loved the song "Sylvia"!One of my all time favourites.Actually,when i was in my teens i was looking for a girl named Sylvia just to play the song to her:-)!
davrid (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Just because a first take is assigned as the master does not necessarily mean there are no other takes - and who is to say how many attempts were made on a particular song unless, of course, you have the entire session log or tapes.
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
thank you, although I already knew that. but unfortunately an undubbed version without fade out for instance is not included either..
whetherman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Can I just point out to some people that if a song is recorded in one take i.e. We Can Make The Morning, then there are simply no outtakes to be included on the Classic Album disc. Thank you.
livingstonsn (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
I'm just fine with this release. In fact, I was hoping for this over Promised Land since I have the 2000 remaster of Promised Land and think it sounds just fine. Most of the tracks on Elvis Now have not been remastered since the early 90s. In my opinion, the "cleanest" way to do the Classic Album series is to try to stick with the original track listings and add bonus tracks as appropriate and try to stay away from making up "fake" albums.

The "fake" classic albums such as Memphis and, to a lesser extent, STO were the exception since tracks from those sessions were scattered over many releases (I expect that there will be a "fake" 1966-1968 classic album at some point). In fact, it could be argued that the '72 studio tracks could have been added to Elvis (Fool Album) as bonus tracks (which would have been my preference)

It just makes sense from a historical standpoint to keep the original album configurations when possible. Plus, I'm really happy to finally have upgraded versions of "We Can Make the Morning", "I'm Leavin'" and "Early Morning Rain". This FTD is a keeper in my book.
drjohncarpenter0117 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
FTD-you either love em or hate em but for me they do feel a gap and are trying.....still? to fulfil what the label was originally set up to do?.........lessons need to be learnt and they may be reasons why certain things are ommitted from releases......if only Ernst and co would give reasons for the track listings........it may calm the masses??.....anyway i look forward to this and How Great Thou Art which will be here this year.
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
I for one, thought that an innovative album made only of 71' secular songs would have been nice. But FTD is dedicated also to historical releases and this whole headache was finally resolved by going back to the original albums, inspite of their erratic line ups. If "Don't Think Twice" is on NOW and not on Fool (as it was originally released) it's probably that this was the best option to put out something as interesting in Fool when it will come out, (next years I guess).The sad fact is that some tapes are missing or were erased back then. When Fool, He Touched Me and The Wonderful World Of Christmas will come out, it will all make sense. We all know how Elvis wasn't so enthusiast to go back in the studio as the 70's were growing, once there then he performed well and even masterfully in many cases, but Ernst said in many interviews that Elvis could get easily excited with a song or a project and as quickly becoming uninterested anymore. Maybe with another manager he could have done it better. But Colonel Parker was all money not arts. So let's not rewrite history too much here. As for Don't Think Twice, the complete take is interesting for collectors only, the edit done for the 70's box was artistically the best version. Meanwhile just a BIG thank you to Ernst. It's been a long time coming but then here it is.
burninglove92 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
very excited for elvis now, shame there isn't outakes of we can make the morning. bring on stage classic album, and release a boxset of all the on tour shows!.
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
To me, titles in the FTD Classic album series that surely never will hit the streets have an increased value. I am thinking of titles like E.P.Boulevard, Elvis (Fool), In Concert and the remaining soundtrack albums. I hope to see Elvis In Concert restored on disc 1 and a complete multi-track show on disc 2 soon. Elvis' last show should be released on a normal FTD (hopefully on soundboard).
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
looking forward to both of these but Elvis Now should have been three discs.
Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
I'd love to know why certain fans want an even longer version of 'Don't Think Twice It's Alright'? He didn't know the words so just sang the same thing over and over. Is two extra minutes of what we've already had going to set the world alight? I think not.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Still remember so well the disappointment when this one came out. In my book there are quite a few "outtakes" here out of only ten songs. Did not in ANY WAY match his phenomenal success at the time. But then on the other hand they seldom missed the opportunity to do things wrong when it came to the release of records. But I agree that we Elvis folks are really totally spoilt by FTD! Fantastic!
Smile:-) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
For us (the die-hard fans), this is good news:) As always when we receive a new FTD release, it is a treat. Even if we are spoilt, we have to admit that we are very lucky. Right? How the general mass market and music fans world wide are treated, is another (sad) story (thinking about the availability of Elvis' classical albums). Not even Elvis Is Back! is available these days...

When we are talking about the 1971-72 studio recordings, RCA/Camden/BMG/FTD/Sony/Legacy have never got it right. They tried with Now, various Camden releases, the Fool album, Burning Love, Standing Room Only etc. All 1971-72 studio recordings should simply be put on one single disc of an upgraded version of the Now album. No religious, Christmas, live or 1969-70 tracks allowed of course! Then we finally would have a decent classic album with all 1971-72 tracks collected. It would be a favourite of mine (even with Padre included...). I'll skip the FTD version and wait for the mass-market upgrade version;-)
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
good times has surprised us i think with its outtakes. the extended good time charlie is worth buying the set for alone but overall they have improved a poorly received album when it was released. it certainly puts the stax sessions in a new light, not quite the letdown as has been reported over the years. im looking forward to promised land.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Good call tornado. I too am looking forward to getting this but mainly because of the outtakes. If I was EJ I'd be taking the opprtunity to make an album upgrade of "Now". I would eliminate the 3 non-'71 tracks, replace them with the singles, leave out the 'Don't Think Twice Jam' which belongs on the "Fool" album and use the best of the undubbed masters to give this set better credibility like they did with "Raised On Rock". I don't think this will come near the standard of "Good Times" but any improvement on his 1971 secular albums which were hotch-potches would be most welcome.
tornado (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
Since NOW and FOOL will be released to cover the secular songs from 1971, it's seems to me that My Way will be on Fool, and so the second version of Until It's Time For You To Go. As for the missing alternates of We Can Make The Morning, I believe they were never found finally up to this day. And we can assume that if there are no alternates for The First Time I Ever Saw You Face, there is no other reason than it's because they are missing also. I don't see why Ernst would hold them back. He always delivers what's in the archives up to the maximum space on a cd.. Let's not get paranoîd here. As for the duets versions, they probablly only exist on acetate I'm gladly looking foward to this next Classic. And for me it's a Classic in the sense that it was an official albums released during Elvis's lifetime, inspite of the erratic line up, still, there are some great songs in there.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2010report abuse
The release date is april 1st,how ironic and if you think Ftd is all about the fans then i have 2 words for you Lene Reidel!
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
I also hope for the longer version of Don't think twice. if not maybe on FTD Elvis (Fool). Until now we have not only the 8:34 version but also the 9:33 (another date ?). And there is also a 7:13 version , same as the 8:34 but shorter. Thanks for this release, I like it.
Sirbalkan (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Guys C'mon ! This guy's been dead for 33 years and you want too much releases per year. Do you know anyone in music industry releasing too much albums/ imports like Elvis? NO INDEED !!!So be patient and cherish those FTDs... ALWAYS EL...
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
What will be the running time of "Don't think twice, it's all right" ? The complete jam is 11'25" but until now the longer version is 8'30" ("Our memories of Elvis, vol. 2").
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
i too hoped for something stronger like promised land or jailhouse rock 2 or how great thou art. perhaps it would be better to release this along with a stronger album as on its own its abit of a let down as its not one of his best. even gi blues beats this.
schemies (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Where is the incomplete "Johnny B. Goode" jam we had on "I sing all kinds" ? And me, too, I hope "Don't think twice" is really complete, without any fade at the end. "The Lord's Prayer" as released on Essential Vol. 4 is also missing, but this could be released on the Classic album "Fool". I actually hoped more for "Promised Land" and "Jailhouse Rock Vol.2".
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
I'm on the fence for this one - If it contained the duet versions on "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", it would've been a no-brainer... but, now I'm not sure. I would've rather had "Promised Land", but I guess all things come in time.
Jerome-the-third (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
because I love I'm leavin' so much I will probably buy it. but I am dissapointed that there is no undubbed of we can me the morning- and those few lines of I shall be released is totally unnecessary for this cd..
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
For some reason I bought this in the Japaneese Paper Sleeve Edition. One of Elvis weaker 70's efforts. However it is a Classic if you compare it to Moody Blue or the Blvd. albums.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Too bad there are no extra takes of we can make the morning,even if it was done in 1 take there must be an undubbed version. That's one of my all time favourite song.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Yawn & pass. One of his worst albums
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
No On Tour Show,another non classic in the classic album series,more outtakes i have already,whoo hoo!
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Is "Lady Madonna" a full run through? What can we expect from "I Shall Be Released" is it that same short bit we had on the 70's box back in the ninetees? Would be great to have a full version...unlikely I guess
xyz123 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Again two nice additions to the FTD collection. I hope "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" actually is the complete version that runs about 11 minutes. If so, "Elvis Now" is definitely worth getting for me.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Yes, I really like the Christmas LP from 1971...I think "On a Snowy Christmas Night", I'll Be Home On Christmas Day", "If I Get Home On Christmas Day", "Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees", and "It Won't Seem Like Christmas" are outstanding and "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "The First Noel" are top notch renderings of the Christmas standards and you couple that with before mentioned "Merry Christmas Baby" and the passable title track and you have a great LP. "Silver Bells" and "Winter Wonderland" are breezy and the worst two tracks, but far better than "Hey Jude" or "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago" . I think a classic should be decided by content, sales and lasting appeal. At last check this was his top selling LP that was released in the 70's, the LP has never been discontinued (it might be now with the inclusion of all the material on other Christmas releases, but I did see this one in stores as recently as two years ago) and at least in my book, contained some great music.

Compare that to "Elvis Now" which was out of print for a long time, sold around 500,000 copies and contained mostly mediocre material.
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
i never really liked hey jude either until i heard it on the recent memphis anthology. elvis sings the wonderful world of xmas a classic? are you sure? only merry xmas baby had any meat to it.
djm (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
those piano songs will be out on the ftd fool release i would presume. im not sure about this one. think i will wait for few reviews, esp regarding help me make it thru the night. wish he could have a better job on it. along with the fool lp one of the worst 70's albums. along with fool and love letters not really an album was it? just a bunch of leftovers thrown together.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
I like almost all of Elvis' music, but even I can not call the album "Elvis Now" a classic. The original album only had 10 songs and if an album of 10 songs is going to be a classic there had better not be lackluster material such as "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago" and "Fools Rush In" (album filler) and a bad version of "Hey Jude" Of the remaining seven tracks, "Until It's Time For You To Go" is outstanding and there are four good, but far from classic tracks ("Put Your Hand In The Hand", "We Can Make The Morning", "Help Me Make It Through The Night" and "Early Morning Rain". The other two songs "Sylvia" and "Miracle Of The Rosary" are mediocre. In the song "Sylvia", Elvis takes a poorly written song and makes something out of it, but not a classic. The inclusion of "I'm Leavin'", "Don't Think Twice", "It's Only Love" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" would have been welcome on the original release, especially if "Hey Jude" had been dropped. This original album would have also been improved with "Sound Of Your Cry", "I Will Be True", "It's Still Here" and "I'll Take You Home, Kathleen" as opposed to three or four of the songs which made the cut. Heck, even "Love Me, Love The Life I Lead" would have been an improvement over Elvis' mocking version of "Hey Jude". Also, since they included the folksy sound of "Early Morning Rain", "For Lovin' Me" would have been a nice addition to the original set.

Here is what I think the Elvis Now LP should have looked like when it was released in 1972..."Help Me Make It Through The Night", "I Will Be True", "It's Only Love", "It's Still Here", "Put Your Hand In The Hand" and "Until It's Time For You To Go" and Side B would have been "We Can Make The Morning", "Early Morning Rain", "Sound Of Your Cry", "I'm Leavin", "For Lovin' Me" and "Don't Think Twice". I did not incluce "The First Time..." since RCA and Elvis were holding it for a single release and at the time had no idea the single would flop commercially ("An American Trilogy the A side peaked at a dismal #66). Still not a classic when compared to the likes of "From Elvis In Memphis", That's The Way It Is", "Elvis Country" and "Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas", but a very good LP as compared to a mediocre one that was released.
Marten (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2010report abuse
Elvis Now looks OK, although I had hoped for a "fake" 1971 album with all 1971 pop songs. (Standing Room Only was a good way to collect all new tracks from 1972, although it was an album that never came out). It's strange that Don't Think Twice is here, but not the "Elvis at the piano" selections from the same "Elvis (Fool)" album. I also miss the duet version of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, released on the Rough Cut Diamonds bootleg in the mid 80's. And I would have preferred the religious song as bonus songs on a He Touched Me FTD CD ... Anyhow, I will definately buy it.

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