During Bill Burke's luncheon last week Ernst Jorgensen informed the fans with the latest news updates.
His upcoming book on Elvis' SUN years will be release by the end on 2004 or early next year. The reason is that he does not want to "conflict" with all the other released coming out around the celebration of Elvis' recording of his first single. Bill Burke will assist solving some of the mysteries Ernst could not figure out.
Follow Up To E1 and E2:
There will be a mass-market release to keep Elvis name alive. You can only do that by replacing the standard volumes of "Elvis' Golden Records" with new editions which people don't already know.
On a new single, Ernst answered "how much money do you want to loose?", a #1 hit will cost you $1,000,000. A #1 today is about 70.000 copies while in the seventies it would sell about 2 million copies. There are no current plans for a new remix. The last single did not get airplay, that's where the million dollar comes in to "motivate" people. Also it is hard to get two people at MTV and VH1 to play the single.
For the Gospel set it is the same story as with the Greatest Hits. There will be a new single disk to keep Elvis' name alive and earn him another Gold and Platinum award.
The announced SUN release will contain 19 masters as we know them, no rarities as it is aimed at the general public. They tracked down better sources and a guy spend half a year restoring it. This release should be out this summer.
Memphis 1974 Concert:
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Elvis March 20, 1974 Memphis concert there will be a new remixed edition, containing the songs which were not released on the original LP release. Probably on the FTD label, since he mentioned this release during his update on the FTD label.
On the FTD Label:
The April 1st. release will be a soundboard from January 1971 Las Vegas.
There will also be three soundtracks in May, "Paradise Hawaiian Style", "Spin Out" and "Double Trouble". The outtakes on the last two are more exiting than the originals. Of course there will be more releases during the year.
On the future of the label. They have enough material for the next three to five years, but not enough for ten years. They keep searching for material they know or hope is out there.
You can watch the complete 15 minute broadcast on the Elvis News Network site.