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Silver Cover Wins Hands Down
The "Silver cover" is preferred by an enormous majority of the Elvis fans. Not less than 78% of 750 voters prefer it above the'"half face" cover. Now that it is out, our next quickpoll question is "Is '2nd To None' the right sequel to 'ELV1S 30 #1 Hits'.
Updated: Oct 5, 2003
Ernst, having read all the criticism that is always being levelled at the FTD releases, ( from certain quarters ) be it either regarding cover design or content. Does it ever get you down, and do you think why do I bother? ( There were numerous negative remarks about the cover design of Dragonheart )
++ It certainly gets me down, but that goes with the job. I love making records, so I don't ever think of giving up. Thanks for the concern.
(Thanks to the For Elvis CD Collectors Only web site - Q&A session with Ernst Jorgensen)
To be honest Jim Semple, I've been reading the comments on this web site for a long time but I only posted my first ever comment last week because I just felt I had to respond to yet another one of your petty, negative remarks. As far as I'm concerned Elvis has the best, most loyal and supportive fans in the world and I am proud to count myself as one of them. Where on earth you get off accusing me of belittling them I have no idea. All I said was I find it strange that some people get so annoyed over something as unimportant as a CD cover, surely it's the music that counts? "Never judge a book by its cover" and all that! Fair enough voice an opinion if you don't like it but to suggest that an Elvis fan wouldn't buy a particular release because of the colour of the cover, to me doesn't give a good impression of Elvis fans. Would a real fan stop supporting a football team because they didn't like their new strip? So much criticism is aimed at the Follow That Dream releases for lack of sleeve notes and choice of covers, etc. and yet we should be so grateful for each and every one. Admittedly, some are more musically essential than others but how many artists in the world can justify having a label set up purely to release concert recordings and studio outakes? It saddens me to see some of the abuse Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon get sometimes and you have to wonder what will happen if they decide enough is enough. I just think sometimes we could be more supportive to all concerned and keep our (constructive) criticisms to the times when they are justified. Sorry if you don't feel that way.
The content and the packaging are fine.The follow up single should perhaps have been 6 months earlier but the real problem as always is exposure and buzz. 2nd to None is n't really registering with journalists and reviewers, the impetus has not been built. BMG did a great job last year and it was always going to be difficult to sustain the energy and the budget but you do need to get out and about and talk to the industry. All the magazines and the newspapers here in England are already getting excited about the Beatles new Let it Be album and their potential remix single slated for November. They work the journalists very cleverly with personal contact.
Grow up ccrider - all the success this year goes down to all the fans who have paid hard earned money to see Elvis get where he is. If you don't like criticism then it's too bad.
Elvis has a world wide top ten hit 26 years after his death. A new hits compilation with a real chance of denting the charts and extending his legacy to those who may have dismissed him in the past. The songs have all been re-mastered from the original recordings and we have a never before released song. Yet, the only thing I see again is complaints, "don't like the colour of the cover", blah, blah, blah! My God!, when you think of some of the releases we had during the 1980's and 1990's! Someone who would be put off buying this CD purely because they don't like the cover has no right to call themselves an Elvis fan.
The Silver Cover may have won but unfortunately silver still equates to second place in most competitions. With the title including the word 2nd, the cover being silver I believe that BMG are giving out the wrong impression and inviting critics to make negative comparisons to 30 no 1's from the outset. At least the "half face" cover looked more positive and would appeal to the ALLC and Rubberneckin' fans.. What next a "bronze" issue with substandard film songs. It's just as well I'm a Roustabout "turned up" or many fans would be giving this issue a miss.
On the whole yes: but if RCA had a younger "target Audience" in mind : check out the language they used for promotions ;"Crib" and whatever else ...then they have the wrong song selection.You put in stronger/ catchier tunes like "Guitar Man" or "Mystery Train" rather than "Triology" etc. But RCA have always made their money with the "Something for Everybody" and the famous "unreleased bait" policy: this time with "I'm a Roustabout".
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