Upcoming FTD Release Date

The next batch CDs from the Follow That Dream label should be released December 1, 2006 according to an update from Ernst Jorgensen. There is still no confirmation on the the releases themselves.
Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Oct 23, 2006 
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Mystery Rider (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 3, 2006report abuse
to See See Rider, stores dont stock because its 2 expensive to keep running mall rent is Very High, Sam Goody was a King of the Late 60's into the early 80's now he's a dinosaur, Fye will soon be the same because of on line dealers, which is great for the consumer bad for the re-tailer
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 3, 2006report abuse
Stores today don't have a good music Dept. like they used to, they just carry enough to get by on and that's about it. Since most eveyone these days owns a computer, more people are shopping online, which is why I think stores have dwindled down on their music. We just had a new F.y.e. put in our local Mall, and they have a very good music selection, alot better than the other store that was in there, which was Sam-Goodys.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2006report abuse
I finally just got sick and tired of running all over town looking for Elvis releases/re-releases and hardly ever finding them. So now I just save myself all the aggrevation by doing my shopping on the internet.
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2006report abuse
This discussion made me wonder just how many copies those FTD releases do sell. I have all of Elvis' official RCA albums in one form or another (LP or CD), but only a few of the FTDs. Maybe the day of the real cd is over, but sales are only down 5% (according to Billboard) this year. At the local Kmart where I work, our cd sales are up 34%. It's a very small store, but I thought that number was very encouraging. Sales would be even better if distributors would send us more copies of the new cds as they are released. We did get the 'new' Elvis Christmas album and all the Camden cds except "You'll Never Walk Alone". We did not get the 'new' Blue Christmas cover.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2006report abuse
All good points. YEs, the Tower Records by me has big 'Going Out Of Business' signs on it. It was my weekly Saturday stop. The local CD stores where I used to go are long gone. I love to browse & buy CDs in person, but I dont like going to Best Buy, Walmart, etc. I like music stores. Alas, that leaves mail orders and FTD. I must really want to have the FTD release to order it. They are very expensive and I consider them a treat once in while. Man I hate to think this is going to be the only way to get good quality Elvis releases till the end of time. The fun of going to the store is gone.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2006report abuse
While im not a fan of the classic series,i am a fan of being able to buy cd's in person,which is something thats becoming harder and harder to do, i find myself more and more having to order too many things,i can get a better selection of elvis at walmart than best buy which is suppose to specialize in music!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 2, 2006report abuse
Steve, your points are mostly well-made, but I would only add that you should recall that all of this is going on at a time of decline in record (CD) stores, so even a good marketing campaign may not now save Elvis' best albums as well as the less-well received (but still kind of under-rated) later albums. A year ago or more I was going nuts about the main label policy of compilations, but now with all the stores closing (Tower being the biggest, saddest thud) I now have pretty much come around to Ernst Jorgensen's position.
Even since 2002's "E1," the stores one could buy that in are literally closed, in my experience anyway in several major US markets, from various "Virgin" or "HMV" or "Tower" shops etc.. So I view the "genre" sets as a last ditch desparate fire sale of the catalogue...all before the concept of a hard-copy Elvis album goes defunct. Retail Elvis cds now will most move in Wal-Marts, Target, K-Mart (even those are down-graded lately), Best Buy, Costco, etc. The specialized record store seems really dead now. I hate that.
So he bottom has fallen out of the retail CD market and it "can't get up." Perhaps deluxe versions of Elvis albums might have worked as recently as the late '90s, but even the idea of building a CD collection has fallen away, as so-called music lovers (once "record collectors") are very quick to say "Hey, I could have all this space...." as they go I-Pod...
Sadly...Pathetically. So, onward with FTD. However many of us there are (700? 7000?), getting a new FTD is as if the idea of the Elvis record never died... Those of us who are left (mostly you all) are thrilled that on this and a few other "Elvis islands" of fans, imports and FTD still make it a treat to be an Elvis fan in 2006.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 1, 2006report abuse
When I stated the FTD classic album series is a marketing tool, I meant it in way that they know the die hard collectors will buy them. I too agree the countless theme compliations just hurt the catalog but I think BMG feels they appeal more to the casual cd buyer. I'm afraid the original ELvis catalog will never be all released to the general public again save for a few albums such as the 50's Kevin Budd remasters. Hopefully some more great studio albums will follow, but the whole catalog? Doubtful. Elvis' studio albums after 1971's Country LP were not very good or well received. Elvis Now, Raised On Rock, the Fool LP, The Boulevard LP -subpar albums that would have no general appeal anymore. They didnt sell much back then! These will probably wind up on some FTD deluxe package someday and the fans that want them, will buy them. I'm afraid in your local CD store, you will never see them again. A few years ago when Elvis Is Back, Something For Everybody was available with expanded tracks, was a great time for the cd buyer to discover some great Elvis material. Why they went out of print is anyone's guess. Poor marketing to make way for endless compilations.
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 1, 2006report abuse
I disagree with the fact that the "Classic Album" series is considered a marketing tool to sell the same old songs when in fact (and it is a fact) that they keep rehashing the same collections time & time again Christmas, Gospel etc, that's a marketing tool..or releasing a CD with one alternate/outtake and the rest of the Cd with songs one already has just so you'll go out and by it..that's a marketing tool. The classic album series in my opinion would be all the actual albums that were released in Elvis's lifetime, and without those, there wouldn't be anything except those collections. I myself don't want to see 10 different collections of the same songs or themes released over and over again, I mean, how many Christmas CD's does one need? I would like to see all the albums released wether it be on the actual RCA label or FTD..it don't matter, with a slew of alternate/outtakes to go along with it. But the problem with that is, most of those albums are now out of print now why..because RCA would rather release collections than release the actual albums. Without the actual albums..ones collection isn't complete, and that can be said with any artist.
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 29, 2006report abuse
I agree that we all have to draw the line in terms of how much we are interested in outtakes or even how much we can afford them, but to many of us, the obsessiveness of FTD (and yes, including the "Loving You' FTD, which I finally got this week) is just fine. I agree I won't be spinning disc two repeatedly, but I love hearing the King at work, and to have it all is for many of us obsessives, just fine. Factor in Kevan Budd's great remastering and you have a perfect package. The "Writing for the King" FTD cd/ book is a novel way of understanding his talents. I don't think anyone is any less of a fan for not wanting to buy everything, but I'm glad we have the option to do so. I hate the main label lately, but FTD has been doing a bang-up job.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2006report abuse
Regarding loviong you cd by ftd, ive never even played mine,and had it since its release,i dont want to sit through any outtakes of loving you and surely not 10 or more,there is still stuff they can release,id sure be more willing to buy soundboards than books on peoples stroy of writing for the king,i will save my money for seomthing that i might actually play!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2006report abuse
There's really nothing left unless there have been new discoveries. Another live show? ho-hum. I agree the classic album series is just a merketing tool to sell the same old songs and many of the outtakes have been available on other cds. Outtakes are only mildly interesting at this point unless the song is done completely different. How many times can u sit thru 40 takes of Loving You? FTD does not have to keep releasing CDs just for the sake of releasing them. They should only do it when there is something worthwhile. The ultimate Sun package is a good idea.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2006report abuse
Regarding any studio out-takes of "Hound Dog", we are all looking for them including BMG. They are, as yet, undiscovered. The belief is that they were destroyed in 1959.
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2006report abuse
Outtakes are only so interesting. If they do them in the context of a classic album release, then that makes them more interesting to me. Live recordings...hmmm...one can only listen to so many. The shows are pretty similar. I really like the 1977 concerts--despite what the popular legend is...I think they're excellent! Also...the first Vegas shows are exciting as well. I'm really longing for the definitive Sun collection! Hopefully they will have located "Satisfied"...and maybe "Uncle Penn" and "Tennessee Saturday Night". "TSN" was listed as a possible cut on 'Elvis for Everyone'...so, does it really exist????
untamedhawk (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 25, 2006report abuse
I agree with them giving up the Classics, but how else can they re-sell the same old songs once again unless it's done through the RCA Bootleg (FTD).............. Pretty smart I'd say considering the packaging is prettier. Oh well, it is Elvis - they will get back to the better releases soon, and I'm sure they'll throw in the once in awhile gold chip we're all looking for. p.s. I'm still looking for just 1 Hound Dog alternate (not live) I've read that there are many of those to add to new CD's as a single song bonus "hint" LOL
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2006report abuse
Its almost november and there not sure yet? anyways hope its nashville 71 or as mentioned a concert from something like witchita,wish they would just keep the releases to outtakes and soundboard and give up this classic series,just me oppion
see see rider (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2006report abuse
As long as I get my daily dose of Vitamin E ..I don't care what they release as long as they get on with it..Elvis is Elvis as far as I'm concerned.
DJB (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2006report abuse
Could it be the song-writers book project or 'His Hand In Mine' (sessions or 7-inch re issue)or both judging from an update given not long ago. Whatever the outcome aren't FTD due to put out an anniversary release of the 'Boulevard' album and a 1976 soundboard concert?? Just think of it - a CD of the Witchita concert from December 27 under the '06 Christmas tree!!!
MarkE (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2006report abuse
haha yeh i agree with Jimmy, they need to sort themselves out hehe! i hope its one of Elvis' better classic albums
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2006report abuse
That's all? Well, there's another news for you: next year we'll have more FTD's coming out.

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