First FTD Reactions

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. S.O.B! comment. 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.
Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Forum / Updated: Oct 8, 2004 
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RTiger (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2004report abuse
I hope that this new Double Trouble FTD will not be as disappointing as the Paradise Hawaiian one. Remember: we waited for days and years for the release of the take 4 of Paradise Hawaiian Style (as Elvis sang it differently); and what did they do???? We just found half of this track, mixed with the take one and not in order: half of take 4 first and then take one!! If FTD begins to do the same dirty job as RCA with the songs of Elvis, it's really tragic!!
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2004report abuse
Rob_Irish - I am so happy to hear that there is another who's like me who loves the Elvis Movie Soundtrack. There is just something that's unique and very special in those Elvis Soundtrack album. I hope Ernst will keep bringing out more of the 7" Soundtracks Especially looking forward to: Kid Galahad, Girls!Girls!Girls, Kisin' Cousins, Speedway & Roustabout.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2004report abuse
I would just like to say a big thankyou to ERNST JORGENSEN for putting the insight time and effort into these movie "Follow that dream" releases. To me they are a dream come true. I am one of those weirdos thats love the Elvis 60's soundtracks.
Double Trouble has always been a favourite of mine. It has something to do with that he was so close to recording gems such as Clean up your own backyard and Big boss man and the like that you can kind of hear the beginings of the change in elvis from the mid sixties to the late sixties.
Anyway a fantastic release althought i would have loved to have heard alternate versions of Blue River, Never Ending, Baby if you'll give me all your love and more more of the title track. These releases take me back to when i bought my first Elvis albums, just superb!!
harmston (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 11, 2004report abuse
Double Trouble is passable but Closing Night is simply dire - Elvis is clearly 'out of it' seemingly losing the ability to sing in tune and in the right key. Why on earth has has this been released? Should have been buried for ever.
glynalone (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2004report abuse
Is this the original mix of the "Double Trouble" album. I remember the harmony vocal on Could I Fall In Love being split onto the right hand channel, rather than both vocal tracks being centred as they are now (& on Double Features). I used to use it as a demonstation of the wonders of stereo on my first stereo record player. Or is time and memory playing tricks. I've still got the record - but no record player to play it on!
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2004report abuse
I'd like to take this opportunity to once again Thanks ERNST JORGENSEN for making all these FTD CDs available. If you are reading this - We appreciate what you've been doing for the Elvis fans all these years. Without You we would have nothing.
frenchguy (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2004report abuse
Question to someone who has the Double Trouble package yet:is the City by night outtake really faster and not as bluesy ? If yes, it is very interesting because till then,it was said Elvis had overdubbed his voice on the orchestral track. So do you think this is really a different version, or does only Elvis vocal differ ?
I agree, CD King, can't wait for Kid Galahad and Follow that dream too ! (although we have many outtakes from these soundtracks)...but what about Roustabout and Girl!Girls!Girls! ? Even Kissin Cousins (although only different Elvis vocals do exist but it doesn't matter, it would be great !) I use this opportunity to express my deep thankfulness to Ernst and his staff for the wonderful job they do for Elvis and for us. I'm a fan since the early sixties and I appreciate the big change in Elvis products' management in fans' direction since Ernst's arrival and the only think I can say is, keep going on !
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 10, 2004report abuse
Double Trouble is a Superb Album on FTD 7" Format. Can't wait for Kid Galahad and Follow That Dream in November -wow!
bennie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2004report abuse
I've listened to both cd's now. closing night: Standard show in means of songs. In the first part elvis is fooling around too much. He probably got bored singing the same songs for a month (day after day en sometimes twice, and the day before this recording even 3 shows). After the introductions it gets interesting. Songs are different and Elvis is more focust on the songs. In all a standard show with a great second part.
Double trouble: as the Film FTD releases already. Nice Package. Elvis doing his best to make the best of it. It doesn't matter that some outtakes are in mono. Still a great package of songs. Keep making them, can't wait for the next release.
E.J.F... (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2004report abuse
Glynalone, I've had the long single version of "Blue River" on CD since "The Lost Album" came out! I just did what the engineers had done for the single and original Double Trouble Soundtrack releases. I spliced take 2 (master) from 0:00-1:25 to 0:44- 1:31 of the same take - and hey presto, you have a 2:10 (long!) version!!
glynalone (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2004report abuse
Nice to have the extended 2:10 version of Blue River we grew up knowing, rather than the short version on "For The Asking" and "60's Masters". First time on CD for this one?
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 9, 2004report abuse
I fully agree with Ryan 97!
DarrenCavanagh (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2004
Invisible because there were too many capitals in the text
foxmulder (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2004report abuse
I just received the CD and although some performances indeed are pretty average the show itself stands out songwise. I rather have a meatless, rare Trouble then a good but interchangeable version of, say, you gave me a mountain. Elvis goofs around a bit too much I guess, but all in all it is aa fun release and nice to have. But I must admit, it will not be one that will I play regularly. All in all, keep 'em coming!

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