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Interview With Ernst Jorgensen

February 21, 2007 | People
Ernst Jorgensen did an interview with the Brazilian Elvis Collectors site. He gave a few glimpses into the future of the Follow That Dream label which he sees active for the next 5 years.

The FTD label is working on more book projects, the first one being a book about Elvis' time at Sun, a bigger project about the seventies is at an early planning stage but definitely won't be ready until next year.

The remainder of the Stax sessions material from 1973 will probably be released on three Classic Album reissues. There will probably be a another release with outtakes from the Nashville 1971 outtakes, but it's not one of the next releases.

The label is working on several other ideas; one of the favourite ideas is a box of the best bootlegs and there will be another August 1974 release since BMG has almost all the shows.

And finally on sound improvement, for the general public Ernst commends "We always try and upgrade the sound, but I don't think anybody supports to SACD format anymore".

You can read the complete interview in English on the Elvis Collectors Brazil website through the link in the right menu.
Source:Elvis Brasil

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Rob V wrote on February 21, 2007
Is it available to read in English? I have checked the site and it's all in South American.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 21, 2007
On tour is long over due,Do any of you really think an updated version of on tour will find its way to dvd? At least release something from it on cd!
Doug wrote on February 21, 2007
Hey foks, see "Related Links" in this web page (right). There is a link to English Interview.
John4126 wrote on February 21, 2007
Question - what makes an album a classic?
elvisfreak wrote on February 21, 2007
A classic album is an original album that Elvis or an artist released during their actual career. As far as the Stax material goes your going to see "Promised Land", "Good Times" and "Raised on Rock" released because those three albums (specific material from them) was recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis. FTD has already released classic albums like "Elvis Presley", "Elvis is Back" and "Harum Scarum" etc. Hope this helps with the outlook of what they plan to release.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 22, 2007
Original albums should be in print and any outtakes should be on the regular quartely releases from ftd!
JerryNodak wrote on February 22, 2007
Yes, the original albums should be in print on the main label, but that decision has been made by the suits for better or worse. So, we have the Classic Album Series. I'm okay with that as long as I get the music one way or another. Thank goodness for FTD. Keep up the good work, Ernst.
Tony D. wrote on February 22, 2007
It does look like we will be getting "Elvis (fool)", "Promised land", "Raised on rock" and "Good times" eventually on FTD. My only concern is that will the sound quality be as good as on the recent 20/24bit Japanese remasters, or the bad, muffled sound as on standard European releases and '70's box set?! (This applies maily to "Fool" and "Raised on rock" albums).
Rob Wanders wrote on February 22, 2007
sounds very promissing. Specially the Nashville 71 cd that will come in the (hopefully not so far away) future. Thank you, Ernst.
JerryNodak wrote on February 22, 2007
Tony Dobb: I think it likely that the mastering of the albums you mention will be done at Tacano by Lene R. So, I'm NOT holding out hope for great sound (I hope I'm proven wrong).
Matthias Kuenzer wrote on February 22, 2007
"Box of the best bootlegs": aka "500 Elvis fans can't be wrong". The question in the interview can be summarised to "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More! More! More!". I liked it.
MarkE wrote on February 22, 2007
its a shame theyve lost the Roustabout / Girls Girls Girls / Speedway sessions, I was looking forward to them on the FTD classic album series :-(
I Saw the Light wrote on February 22, 2007
I like 'the best bootlegs set' idea. Only if they can keep Lene Reidel out of it.
Christer wrote on February 22, 2007
I think they should go directly for "classic albums" with the Nashville 71 material (double CD versions of The wonderful world of Christmas, He touched me, Elvis now an Elvis). Otherwise we will have to buy the outtakes twice (or more) as usual.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 22, 2007
Hopefully for me anyways, they will at least put out a nashville 71 disc by itself and not put everything on the classic series(which i hate)and jerry thats just it with the classic albums series the sound is not very good ,only the outtakes have great sound, so why bother and put them on the classic series in the first place?,anothjer question i have is why the movies soundtracks dont have more outtakes, like the spinout ftd,why is it not 2 cd's? we know that many more takes are out there as they were out out by the bootleggers, im sorry but $30 is not cheap ,and although i dont like the classic series or really the movies soundtracks ,what are those outtakes being held for?
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 22, 2007
I fully agree(having heard the Japanese 24 bit masters..) SOUND on these 'classic albums' REALLY MUST be made Paramount! NO 'sloppyness here- as its got to be done 'right' or why bother?
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 23, 2007
Thanks finally someone gets it lol, take a listen to the japan edition of elvis today then listen to the original album tracks on the ftd version,why is kevan not taking care of all this instead of just the 50's?
ranskal wrote on February 23, 2007
That was a great interview with Ernest. What I wouldn't give to hang out with him for a few days!! It's too bad there isn't enough unreleased material for a follow up to the Jungle Room Sessions. I am real excited about the Stax material...there are some really good songs from those sessions.
FLY-TROUBLE! wrote on February 23, 2007
It's good to hear that the FTD label is still strong and stable and hopefully will exist even in the early 2010's. However,i was surprised when Ernst told that they can't release another show from the great march-april '75 Vegas season,unless new tapes turn up. According to Jordan Ritchie's site,BMG own one of the Fool's Day shows and also the great 03/22/75 M/S,which is officially unreleased in its entiretely. Ranksal wrote: "It's too bad there isn't enough unreleased material for a follow up to the Jungle Room Sessions." -There's enough material for a J.R.S. vol. 2.!!! Remember that there are some unreleased takes of "She Thinks I Still Care","Solitaire", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Danny Boy", "Never Again" etc. But that would be a quite depressing compilation, so the remaining outtakes will end up on the deluxe editions of " From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee" and "Moody Blue", which means that hopefully we don't have to buy those outtakes twice.
Mr. Songman wrote on February 23, 2007
Enough material for five more years sounds good to me. I'm very much looking forward to the Stax material. Great job, Ernst. We very much appreciate what you do.
Dixieland Rock wrote on February 23, 2007
Excellant work FTD!!!!!! Keep up there great job.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 23, 2007
You would like to hang out with him? you wouldnt get much info (haha) Are you planning a boxset for on tour within the next 2 years ernst. ernst answer) maybe we are and maybe we aint (haha)
Ruthie wrote on March 03, 2007
Ernst is one hell of a guy! Out of all the people out there supposedly doing the work of keeping Elvis alive, he is the only one taking care of the music - the most important part of what Elvis is all about. I know we all agree on that. Now, Ernst, if you ever see this, can you resurrect Elvis' old Sun recording of "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine"? My old scratch 45 is not long for this world!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on March 13, 2007
Would someone let ernst know that the sound on writing for the king cd,the live recordings had bad sound on some tracks, can they not let the dude who knows how to do this actually take care of all releases instead of just certain ones,theres no reason for the sound on the cd from this book release, when they were recorded in multi track!