On the FECC message board the first lucky ones to receive the CDs posted their first reactions on the two new Follow That Dream releases. Here is the first impression:
On the "Double Trouble" soundtrack:
Several of the "Double Trouble" new bonus tracks are in mono ("3 track tapes seem to be lost"), a lot of the outtakes are much rockier, Blue River is 2'10" but seems to be a different edit yet again although I have yet to check.
City By Night outtake much faster tempo, Elvis more aggressive vocal on it, not as bluesy.
Great guitar intro on It Won't Be Long take 1, but track breaks down.
The sound is amazing throughout. "Old MacDonald" never sounded this good.
The package looks great. Some grammatical errors here and there (I haven't read the booklet yet, just swept my eyes over the pages). Running time is a disgrace, though. 53:27 is about twenty-five minutes too short. There is no reason why we shouldn't get more outtakes.
The packaging is just superb!!!
On the "Closing Night" CD:
It's mono, you can hear everything clearly but it ain't hi-fi. It's not difficult to listen to like audience recordings are. There's a bit of distortion because El is too close to the mike. Not sure that Elvis is completely with it actually. I'm just dipping into it but he sounds a bit slurred here and there.
Nice to have Trouble but there's no meat to the delivery.
Oh wow, funny version of Fever. Excellent. Strange echoey stuff going on.
Bizarre - Bridge lyrics sung to Suspicious Minds.
Man, he's out of it. Screws up Bridge and then some weird stuff. You have to hear this.
Starts rambling during the band intros. Has a go at a heckler.
A lacklustre First Time Ever I Saw Your Face but with the mssing verse (ever I lay with you).
Softly As I Leave You - I don't know what to say. I think I'll go and take a whole bottle of pills after listening to this. Geez!
I'll have a listen to the whole thing tomorrow by which time hopefully a few more people will have it. Overall view? Sad.