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Destination USA

February 08, 2014 | Music

After the rumours last week it is now definitive: the upcoming FTD is dedicated to the Las Vegas engagement visited by the OEPFC from the UK. Destination USA covers the September 4, 1972 Dinner Show. The 2CD set is researched by Robert Frieser and will contain also never before released tracks from the February gig and stage rehearsals from August 2 & 3.

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Ronaldv wrote on February 08, 2014
Only cd 2 is interesting... The first cd is well known since 1998 on soundboard.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on February 08, 2014
Dont mix multi tracks with soundboards!!!!!!! Now you have multi tracks from feb.72 spread across 3 releases,those songs should have went on one cd and then been packaged together with material from american trilogy release(what a title) for a great 2cd set. I like things in neat little packages and getting bang for my buck at the same time.
Tony C wrote on February 08, 2014
This release will mean a lot to fans of a certain age in Europe, that first trip to Vegas was big news to us as we followed the events closely. A trip was planned in 1968 but cancelled, but the 1972 trip held much more promise, rather than just being a sightseeing trip, those lucky people were promised the treat of seeing Elvis in concert. As we now know, some of them even got to meet him. The trip was called Destination USA, hence the title of the CD. More 1972 tracks on the second disc are a nice bonus and I welcome them.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 09, 2014
I'm really excited about this upcoming FTD two disc release "Destination USA". It's going to be great to have a third Elvis soundboard concert from Elvis' tremendous Summer 1972 Las Vegas season via FTD. Elvis' second RCA album "Elvis" will also be getting the two disc FTD treatment at the exact same time. The ShopElvis USA online store says that they expect to begin shipping out these two upcoming FTD releases on or around March 28th. I will be buying both of these upcoming FTD releases from the ShopElvis USA online store in early April. Both of these upcoming FTD releases are already available for pre-order on the ShopElvis USA online store.
Lou A wrote on February 09, 2014
So, is this release from soundboard, multi -track, or a combination of both? In any case, it looks good, and I'm very excited about the second album being released in the Classic Album Series .
Dazman wrote on February 09, 2014
At the end of the day, I think it's a safe bet that 'Destination USA' will be a very satisfying release, given it's 7" status and the personnel behind it . Since Felton only recorded about 6 songs from each show in February, coupling some from 1 or 2 dates with Disc 1 you're actually killing two birds with one stone. Hopefully FTD will consider the same concept when they release the August 11 M/S. But my burning question is where is the Closing show from September 4th ? It's certainly listed as being in BMG's SB archives in JAT's 'Sessions III' book, so therefore it would make more sense to use both the Dinner and Closing Shows from the same date for the same project.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 09, 2014
Lou, the September 4, 1972 Dinner Show is a soundboard recording and it's been released on bootleg twice. It's on the bootleg cd's "I'll Remember You" and "A Hilton Double Shot". I don't have any bootleg cd's in my collection though. The previously unreleased February 1972 recordings on Disc #2 are multi-track recordings. The rehearsals from August 2nd and August 3rd of 1972 on Disc #2 are taken from an audio cassette and are said to be of sub-standard sound quality.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 09, 2014
In my opinion, the "Destination USA" FTD release will be vastly superior than the "Elvis" FTD release because of the amazing amount of officially unreleased recordings on it. The "Elvis" FTD release will not include anything that is previously unreleased because no new outtakes have been located and the already officially released Shreveport, Louisiana concert from December 15, 1956 is the only material on Disc #2. I have every FTD cd only release that there's ever been and that tradition will continue.
JerryNodak wrote on February 09, 2014
I would have bought this release IF the concert on disc 1 was multi-track, but it's a soundboard. Soundboards and I don't keep company. No sale. Oh. I almost forgot. I'm not buying "Elvis" (2nd album) FTD either. Next batch, please.
Elvis316 wrote on February 09, 2014
I have both releases on preorder because I support the FTD brand and I don't have this show, and it will be interesting to hear the unreleased tracks on disc 2. Elvis 2nd album is a must for me cause I love the 50's and it fits nicely with the 1st album in the classic series. It does have a few new outtakes of Rip It Up, but I don't think much is left from that session. I do have YMWABB so I know what I am expecting. Thank you FTD 2 more excellent releases.
Orion wrote on February 09, 2014
Well...Well..Well. I'm not so sure about this release. It's such a mixed bag of performances in varying degrees of quality that I don't know what to think of it. First, the choice of the September 4, 1972 Dinner Show is a great choice for UK fans that made the trip as well as for the fans who do not have its release on import. It is an excellent show with many fine performances. I'm sure it won't disappoint those who have never heard the show. As for the show, I am baffled as to why FTD is including "Walk That Lonesome Road" by JD Sumner & the Stamps when FTD is known for omitting performances by Sherrill Neilson & Kathy Westmoreland on its releases. Not that I'm complaining, but it does come as a bit of a head scratcher. Second, I can understand the rehearsals being included, but in terms of making sense how does one think that left-overs from February '72 make sense on this release other than they are from 1972? Also, the sound from a sub-standard cassette of rehearsals going to multi-track is going the be a bit harsh on the ears. Honestly, I've seen better compiled bootlegs.
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 09, 2014
Excellent concept and release by FTD...just a pity they didn't be able to put Tony Prince and John Wilkinson 1972 interviews with fans on this release as their is way to much empty space left on Disc#2
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 10, 2014
It really doesn't make much sense for FTD to include recordings from February '72 with this set... unless they're not planning to release anymore February '72 Las Vegas material in the future.
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 10, 2014
well their actually won't be too many Feb 72 recordings left unreleased after this batch and again just repeats of known songs so i'll take this now thanks~! FTD
Dazman wrote on February 10, 2014
Not very fond of the front cover. Bit too distant for my liking, however 7 inches of it might look better than it does on a PC. Re the February tracks I thought FTD had their chance when 'Standing Room Only' came out. They should've used more live stuff as bonus tracks instead they could only put 48 minutes worth on disc 1. Anyway, better late than never.
Dazman wrote on February 10, 2014
Orion: what I actually can't fathom is that they still include Sherrill's 'O Sole Mio' on the '76/'77 SB releases. Something I personally can do without.
Smile:-) wrote on February 10, 2014
Regarding the February '72 recordings, the "An Amwerican Trilogy" FTD-release should have been given the 2CD 7 inch treatment back then: multi-track recordings on disc 1 and the complete opening show on disc 2 (in stead of mixing a couple of soundboard songs from the opening show with the multi-tracks, dragging the whole output down). Maybe that will emerge some day too? :-)
VivaLasDavies wrote on February 10, 2014
All I can say is, thank god they didn't include "interviews with fans". Has anyone seen "Elvis In Concert"? As for previous releases of this concert, they are bootlegs not "imports". No need for pointless euphemisms.
harriemuskee wrote on February 10, 2014
Interviews are after two times annoying
VivaLasDavies wrote on February 10, 2014
Make that EVERY time.
You Dont Know Me wrote on February 11, 2014
OK so you dislike 'interviews' but we could have had MORE 1972 rehearsals- why are some left out?? and we could have had more unreleased Feb 1972 recordings(albeit of same song titles!~) so plenty of unused time on both discs!~
Lefty wrote on February 11, 2014
A nod to our friends from the UK. That's great! I think FTD's "Hits of the 70's" was a shout out to our UK friends also, if memory serves. As for this release, it is important because of the OEPFC visit and because it's a new official release. It is not a re-release of a bootleg! And though it may be hard to believe, bootlegs cater to a very small, exclusive market. Many die hard fans have never been able to buy bootlegs. So for those of you that have this show on bootleg, consider yourself lucky, or formerly lucky, depending on your point of view. I am going to let this one pass me by. I've tired of soundboards. I guess my ears just ain't what they used to be....and if I am going to listen to something, I need it to sound top notch. 1972 is my very favorite Elvis year. I was very disappointed in Standing Room Only, and I am even more disappointed that the On Tour shows, except for one, have yet to be released on (officially) on CD. I have all the excellent boots, thank goodness. Anyway, I still dream of seeing On Tour get the treatment it deserves. One can only hope.
VivaLasDavies wrote on February 11, 2014
My point was, if it's a bootleg, call it that. No one's claiming this is a "re-release" of a bootleg. I bought it years ago and now I'll be buying this new FTD release. My only small complaint is the 7" format. This should be kept for the classic albums, albums that should have been and maybe significant multi-track live shows. This run of the mill soundboard would be better issued as a 5" as they used to be.
marty wrote on February 11, 2014
I never was a fan of bootlegs or imports, whichever way one wants to call them, and have only bought very few through the years, so this show is new to me. On the other hand I want to have a very good sound quality to really enjoy the same songs over and over again and soundboards don't have a great in sound quality. I will only buy this for the (few) unreleased stereo tracks and to support the great FTD label. PS I really like the cover. It is unusual and gives us the view from the seats, a glimpse of what those who made the trip might have been able to see. Whoever designed the cover made the right choice in my opinion.
Johnny2523 wrote on February 12, 2014
This is from a different source... Possibly reel to reel. Also Sprach Zarathustra runs longer and on this release Cant help Falling in love is complete..where as Its incomplete on the bootleg releases.. Expect better sound on this release
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 14, 2014
I'll buy this FTD only if the reviews/opinions are mostly favorable after it gets released.