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FTD Mis-pressing And TTWII CD Release

January 22, 2008 | Music

Ernst Jørgensen and Roger Semon sent out a newsletter. In this newsletter they mention that it has come to their attention that due to an incorrect quark file being used by their manufacturer, the name "Presley" (Presely) is spelt wrong on the spine of their latest release “Wild In The Country.” As the item has already shipped, they will supply quantities of the corrected sleeve as and when requested. All new orders taken for "Wild In The Country" will feature the corrected sleeve.

The label will release a 2 CD version of "That's The Way It Is" in April in the Classic album series (7” digipack with booklet). Track listing is not finalized yet.

Additionally the label will re-release the CD originally included in the "The Way It Was" book as a regular 5” CD. This does not constitute a policy of releasing all book CD’s as separate re-releases though, the label will in each case evaluate the demand and historic relevance for such releases.

Source:Ernst Jørgensen

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FJE wrote on January 22, 2008
Actually I think I would rather have my copy with the wrong spelling. It will be more valuable in "A Hundred Years From Now"!! On the other hand, I am not too excited about the planned 2 CDs mentioned as I already have the 3 CD Special Edition of TTWII and the book, unless any unreleased stuff is included.
Theo wrote on January 22, 2008
Although FTD has recycled previously released tracks before, every cd so far contained at least one track I didn't have. This is the first time they will actually re-release a whole cd. Is there an audience for The Way It Was? Anybody gonna buy this one? I loved The Way It Was at the time, but this will be the first FTD cd I won't buy or put on my wish list. As for the upgrade of TTWII, I also have the 3cd SE, but might still be interested if there's new material (live, rehearsal or studio) on it.
Mofoca22 wrote on January 22, 2008
if dont cry fatty and memories and other rehearsels are on disck 2 i will buy it. but if its the same old already been released stuff i wont buy it i cant afford it ive got better things to do so quit releasing stuff like that FTD. start going back to your orginal purpose of putting out stuff that sony/bmg wont release to the mass market.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 23, 2008
You gotta be kidding about the rehearsals,a 2 cd set would be cool,but ive given up on ideas like that,and all cd's released in books should be released in there own pack,isnt it bad enough they put cd's in digipacks? i dont want my cd stuck in a sleeve at the back ofa book? but thats probally just another complaint from me? dont want anyone to do this right now do we? TTWII in a classic series will probbaly be the original tracks with studio outtakes on cd one and a live show on disc 2? dont like mixed cd's,but since the classic series is there thing now,this is what you get!
Steve V wrote on January 23, 2008
Hmm lets see. How many more ways can u milk the same cow? The well is dry folks and so is my money belt. Unless FTD can get back to the way they used to be, I'm done. And if they cant, so be it. Nothing lasts forever. Ive enjoyed what I bought mostly.
genedin wrote on January 23, 2008
my god do you people read what is posted? track listing not finalized yet. now im not saying it does contain unreleased stuff but you have to at lease be optimistic and have a lil faith. i tell you if i was ftd and read your reviews id be hesitant to put out good stuff just to aggrivate you.
xplaura wrote on January 23, 2008
I for one am happy to hear about TTWIW as I didn't get the book release- it's great that the fans who aren't so well off financially can get their hands on this release, just for the music. I have always loved my TTWII 3-CD set so this will be a welcome release for me.
JerryNodak wrote on January 23, 2008
1. It's nice that they are releasing the "That's The Way It Was" material separately for those who are interested. 2. I'll keep my copy of "Wild In The Country," spine mis-spelling and all. Big deal! 3. Glad to hear about the "Classic" album treatment for thr original "That's The Way It Is." Now, just maybe I'll get to hear the original album in great sound. Something that definitely didn't happen with the 3 disc set years back.
Gabben wrote on January 23, 2008
Totally agree with genedin! Why do people always find something to complaint about? I`ll hope ernst not to often visit this site!
japio wrote on January 23, 2008
I always liked the TTwII album. And now as a classic release. I hope they have some real outtakes and not the "undubbed version" that has released on some cd's and vinyl versions that has been released all trough the years. BUt there are here always the same guys who's complains. Nothing is good for these guys Only negative sounds here. That are the "real Elvis Fans. ? Hey Guys Walk a mile in my shoes, before you accussed ,criticised , ect ect
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 23, 2008
Ftd loves blind loyailty,if ernst and company wont to put out products just to aggervate us,then id think they have some issues? and again its opinions we are giving,i for one dont hang on every word ernst says or wait with excitement news from Ftd,im with steve on this one,if Ftd ever gets therself back on track then fine if not so be it,the Ftd label can do no wrong can be just as annoying as the so called complaint comments,geesh i guess Elvis fans are so use to second best thats the only way they think it should be!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 23, 2008
By the way am i being asked to walk a mile in ernst shoes? i bet those are some super clean shoes? (wink)
Steve V wrote on January 23, 2008
FTD is in a rut just like Elvis was in the movie years and later in the 70's and you know what? The fans dont care again (well some of us do right mature?), they just keep on buying whatever product comes out. For those who want the TTWII cd without the book fine, go for it , but I didnt think it was good enough to stand on its own without the book. As for the classic album series wasn't the 30th anniversary edition (one you could buy in the stores) good enough? I thought it was a fantastic set. The sound was fine to me (now who's complaining). Also there was an FTD release of the 1970 Nashville sessions as well as a regular RCA/BMG release '100 Years From Now'. Also numerous live shows from that season have been released on FTD & RCA/BMG. How much more do you think will be different? As Ive said once to the well too often. Im not complanining just making sense.
Harvey Alexander wrote on January 24, 2008
Why a new TTWII set now? The 3xCD set was only released a few years ago - now we're downsizing to a 2CD set. And the disc in the 'Way It Was' book just isn't good enough to release as a CD on its own. It only has bits and pieces that couldn't be used elsewhere, and the sound is pretty bad in places. Why can't we have a 2CD 'Jailhouse Rock' set? There are lots of unreleased outtakes for that, and lots of fans are asking for it. TTWII has been done to death in recent years. Now isn't the time to revisit it. Maybe in a few years, but not now.
FLY-TROUBLE! wrote on January 24, 2008
Harvey,the TTWII 3 cd set was released 8 years ago and DID NOT contain any studio outtakes. This new 2 cd set WILL. Many.
japio wrote on January 24, 2008
In all those years Bmg Give us some great releases, even better than we get those days thats true, but since Sony comes along. We get not great releases. And thats the problem. But FTd has to release it first you can give opinion. Is there not much outtakes or something. Than its ok. But you can't satisfied eveybody
Tony D. wrote on January 25, 2008
Hopefully, this new TTWII set will be a chance to rectify the poor sound of the original album on the 3 CD set.
Harvey Alexander wrote on January 25, 2008
The version of the original album on the 3CD set was apparently the original mix as prepared for LP release back in 1970. Ernst was pretty adamant that they use it. Do you really believe there are any worthwhile outtakes to add after all the best were used on 'A Hundred Years From Now' and 'The Nashville Marathon'?
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 25, 2008
I have already come to the conclusion a while ago steve that fans are more than happy to lap up anything thrown at them,expecially if it comes from Ftd,cd's like A hundrend years from now should not be duplicated by having them put on the classic series from the boys at Ftd,i dont like buying what i already have,that was the whole point in Ftd,but many will say geesh you get 2 cd's for the price of one,really? im getting what i already have,why not fill those 2 disc with something new,after all you are a collectors label right?but wait a minute you get a booklet,now you can leave out booklets on the digi pack cd's(why not put them in cases?)and no one says anything,but ernst and the boys think the classic series are deserving of booklets,great cd's like nashville marathon ,one in vegas etc comesing in a cardboard case you have to pray doesnt arrive bent,creases on cover? oh yea thats right i would be complaining again right? when Elvis fans start demanding quality maybe just maybe they will get it,im not buying any more Ftd till they get back to being a collectors label,when i hear people say ernst should stop making cd's just to teach us a lesson,i see why Elvis fans and Elvis himself are seen by some people,to steve i salute you for haveing the guts to speak what you really think,there are many more like us but they dont dare speak in fear of upsetting the ernst camp!
JerryNodak wrote on January 25, 2008
I don't know how many new outtakes there'll be, Harvey. Doesn't matter. Yes, I'll be re-buying a lot of what I already own, Mature ep. But the special packaging and the improved sound make it all worth the price to me. You boys just do as you please. Keep those "Classic" album releases coming, Ernst.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 26, 2008
The masters usually dont have improved sound,why do people keep saying they do?
JerryNodak wrote on January 26, 2008
mature ef: I don't know if you bought any of the Double Feature cds years ago, but if you did take a listen to GGG then, and compare the sound to the just recently released FTD version. If you can't hear a drastic improvement in sound quality (includuing masters) you better have your hearing checked.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 26, 2008
Yes some have great sound, some dont,my hearing is fine,(thanks for the concern)but many dont have great sound,again its all or nothing,some projects get plenty of treatment and others are rushed releases,ill never understand this Ftd is perfect argument,i guess another tale of what Elvis fans expect or dont expect from the label!
Steve V wrote on January 26, 2008
Interesting discussion. What gets me is what do you do 5 years from now when (no doubt) some technology will improve the sound again? Do you just keep on buying the same songs over & over because the sound improved and a new booklet is issued? I thought the double features were fine especially when you grew up hearing these songs on a beat up record player. They were also great bang for the buck, something the label has lost sight of these days. Unless something new can be discovered , I'm happy with what I have and see no need to shell out big bucks for same old stuff.
SPK wrote on January 26, 2008
I agree with several here that buying the same stuff over and over again is a shame. We cannot keep shelling out hard earned money for things we own for several years. Another thing is that when the same things are released, it makes the original release worthless. I have been buying every FTD from the start, and I believe they have done a great job. But now, let's not turn back and ruin what is great about the FTD label. We need the Hayride 56 unreleased show, more soundtracks to complete the series, Astrodome 70 without orchestra, early tv shows on dvd like the sullivan set... FTD, please do not release The Way It Was on a seperate CD as it will make the book and cd set pointless. We are true collectors here and do not want the same things. Ernst and Roger and FTD, we appreciate you and what you are doing very much. We have amazing product because of your talents and enthusiasm. The fans just want to be heard now and we look forward to the Sun CD/Book set and many more great releases. Please be careful to release quality not quantity. I would love to hear others thoughts especially Ernst whose opinions and thoughts are greatly valued. From a devoted fan for many years.
JerryNodak wrote on January 26, 2008
Steve V: Here's what I'm doing. I'm buying all the "Classic" album releases (soundtracks included). Once I have the entire series I'm DONE. I won't re-buy. I'll just make sure to have a functioning CD player on hand 'til my dying day. Same with the movies. I bought them all) save for "Elvis On Tour") on regular DVD this year. I'm done. I'll NOT upgrade to Blu-Ray (or whatever comes next.
schemies wrote on January 26, 2008
I just hope the 2nd CD will contain a complete (i.e. unedited) dinner show, since we had all 3 midnight shows recorded by RCA already on other releases. For the 1st CD I hope they will include better bonus tracks than on the 3CD set, e.g.they could include the master of "I Just Can't Help Believing" (August 11, DS) a second time really remastered and without that artificial applause overdub in the beginning. Or at least the August 13th DS version unedited, since the first release on the "Writing for the King" CD was faded about 1.5 minutes before the song was really finished.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 27, 2008
Writing for the king is another example of cashing in,anyone else notise the poor sound on some tracks on the second disc? are fans willing to overlook everything? as for ernst i dont think he likes talking much,unless of course its something hes interested in!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on January 27, 2008
I think books are books and cd's are cd's i dont like book/cd combos it gives the buyer no choice.while i would like a booklet with ALL Ftd(notise i said all)i dont on the other hand need 200 pages of photos,again its all or nothingas for upgrading sound,not intersted,nor am i buying blue ray,its just another greedy way to make a buck,sad that many people buy into these type of things,kinda like the game systems kids want, they always have the better thing right around the corner to make what you have obsolete in no time!
livingstonsn wrote on January 27, 2008
Here in the US, the Wild in the Country release has be pushed back to Feb. 15 due to a "manufacturing error", so those of you who got the misprints have a likely collectors' item on your hands. I for one am pretty disappointed that we're getting yet another edition of TTWII instead of, say, Good Times, Promised Land, How Great Thou Art, or even Elvis Now or Elvis (73) (hodgpodges that they are). I've been more than happy with the 3-CD release from 2000 and, aside from a couple of single tracks from the period, will have a hard time justifiying the new FTD. Just my opinion....
JerryNodak wrote on January 27, 2008
I am very happy that we are getting another version of TTWII. Except for the concert on Disc 2, I didn't like anything about how the 3 disc version was put together. Good choice, Ernst.
livingstonsn wrote on January 27, 2008
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that there is material out there that could use the FTD treatment more than the TTWII material. Releasing another TTWII compilation at this particular time makes about as much sense to me as releasing the Tickle Me CD a couple of years ago did. The overwhelming majority of the 1971 Nashville masters haven't been sonically upgraded since the early 90s. I just think it would have made more sense to address those and other neglected material than to put out yet another rehash of 1970. And don't even get me started on the re-release of TWIW (CD only). It would be really great if FTD went back to its "roots" and started cranking out the soundboards again. I wouldn't even object if they started doing official bootleg releases for those who don't have ready access to the multitude of bootlegs out there. I'm really not trying to knock TTWII. It's definitely one of my favorite periods in Elvis' career. This just smacks of "been there and done that", that's all.
Steve V wrote on January 27, 2008
I was hoping FTD would get into releasing DVDs. That seemed to be the next logical move for the label. We only have Tunzi to rely upon? I agree the TTWII release is just a rehash of stuff we already have. Not interested at all.
whetherman wrote on January 27, 2008
Don't forget that this will be a 2CD upgrade of the original single album of TTWII. and that 90% of that album wasn't anything to do with the movie, it was mostly a collection of early 70's studio masters. Bearing in mind that a lot of people are crying out for 70's outtakes then I would have thought this news would have recieved a far more positive response. I for one am looking forward to this particular Classic Album issue. With regard to The Way It Was re-release I'm in 2 minds. I've already got the CD but would like some professional artwork for it. How about offering just the case or digipack for a couple of quid without the CD. I'd buy one!
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 06, 2008
I didnt think the Thats the way it is set was done right,cd 3 was a mix of not so great rehearsals and a mix of live songs they knew would be released elsewere as the whole concert,do they not have the rehearsals that Fort baxter released? and while i understand they wouldnt put some of it on the main label,i would have thought it would have made a nice Ftd package,maybe a 2 cd set,but i now doubt will get any full rehearsals from FTD,I dontl ike everything coming undelr the classic series,of course i know many dont mind,but Thats the way it is was a strange album to begin with,mixed with live songs and studio which i dont care for,oh well i know many dont agree!