Mid December FTDs

Here is the information for the upcoming FTD releases, scheduled for mid December. The vinyl version of From Elvis In Memphis is postponed until January 2014.

Moody Blue

Moody Blue

AS part of its CLASSIC album series, FTD is pleased to announce the release of Elvis’ last official studio album during his lifetime, MOODY BLUE. Taken from the original session multi-tracks, it features the masters, unreleased outtakes, rough mixes and un-dubbed songs. The 16-page booklet 4-color booklet contains very rare memorabilia and photographs. DISC 1 THE ALBUM / SIDE ONE: Unchained Melody; If You Love Me (Let me know); Little Darlin; He’ll Have To Go; Let Me Be There SIDE 2: Way Down; Pledging My Love; Moody Blue; She Thinks I Still Care; Its Easy For You. THE ALTERNATE ALBUM: Unchained Melody - undubbed master, If You Love Me (Let Me Know)undubbed master; Moody Blue - take 6 She Thinks I Still Care - take 2B; My Way (live); Way Down - undubbed master; Little Darlin - undubbed master; He’ll Have To Go - rough mix; Pledging My Love - composite of rehearsal take 3; It¹s Easy For You - take 1 BONUS TRACKS:
She Thinks I Still Care - takes 1, 2A; America The Beautiful; Softly As I Leave You. DISC 2: THE SESSIONS: Way Down - rehearsal, take 1; Way Down - take 2A; She Thinks I Still Care - takes 3,4; Moody Blue - take 1; Pledging My Love - takes 1,2; Pledging My Love - take 3; It’s Easy For You - takes 3,4; It’s Easy For You - undubbed master; She Thinks I Still Care - takes 7,9; She Thinks I Still Care - take 10; Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - unedited rough mix of master; Moody Blue - takes 7,5; Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - rough mix of master; Pledging My Love - takes 4-5; Pledging My Love - undubbed, unedited master; Way Down - take 2B; Way Down - rough mix of master; Moody Blue - takes 8,9; Moody Blue - master unedited rough mix; She Thinks I Still Care - take 15; 21. America - composite of single master and the surviving ending of the erased studio version

From Elvis At American Sound Studios

From Elvis At American Sound Studios

Following on from the success of FTD’s CLASSIC album versions of FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS and BACK IN MEMPHIS, FTD presents the remaining recordings from his legendary sessions at American Sound in Memphis recorded in1969. Finally, these great tracks are issued as a stand-alone album with unreleased outtakes, un-dubbed versions and instrumentals. ELVIS at AMERICAN SOUND STUDIO completes the 69 Memphis trilogies, and fittingly gets the FTD CLASSIC album treatment to complement the other two releases. DISC 1: Kentucky Rain; I’ll Be There; Mama Liked The Roses; If I’m A Fool (For Loving You); Don’t Cry Daddy; Rubberneckin’; Hey Jude; My Little Friend; Who Am I?; BONUS TRACK: Memory Revival - instrumental (4:05) FIRST TAKES: Kentucky Rain - takes 1, 2, 3; I’ll Be There - takes 1, 2, 3/M; If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) - takes 1, 2, 3 Rubberneckin - takes 1, 2/M; JANUARY OUTTAKES; Come Out, Come Out (Wherever You Are) - instrumental take 2/M; You¹ll Think Of Me - take 7 (4:51); Poor Man¹s Gold - take 12/M with abandoned vocal overdub; Mama Liked The Roses - track with alternate vocal overdub; In The Ghetto - take 19; Hey Jude - take 1; I’ll Be There - takes 4, 5, 6 (3:15) DISC 2: FEBRUARY OUTTAKES: It’s My Way / This Time / I Can¹t Stop Loving You – jam; True Love Travels On A Gravel Road - take 5; Do You Know Who I Am? - takes 3, 5; Kentucky Rain - takes 5, 6, 7; Kentucky Rain - take 8; Kentucky Rain - take 9; Only The Strong Survive - takes 8, 11, 12; Any Day Now - takes 5, 6/M; UNFINISHED MASTERS: Long Black Limousine - take 9/M with vocal repairs; Don¹t Cry Daddy- take 3/M with vocal overdub; Mama Liked The Roses - track with vocal overdub (3:22); My Little Friend - track with vocal overdub; Hey Jude - takes 3, 5, 6, 7/M I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) - take 1/M; Kentucky Rain - take 10/M; If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) - takes 6, 7, 8, 9/M; Who Am I? – un-dubbed master (3:27)

Source: The OEPFC of Great Britain / Updated: Nov 12, 2013 

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TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2013report abuse
kink56 wrote - "I want every original album and soundtrack (EP or LP) represented on the FTD Classic album series."
I agree! Just a few more to go concerning the soundtracks...
Love Me Tender (possibly included with an FTD release of Elvis' second album "ELVIS")
Flaming Star
Roustabout/Kissin' Cousins
Live A Little, Love A Little/The Trouble With Girls/Charro!/Change Of Habit
TCB 65 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2013report abuse
These both look good to me - definitely be investing in these - keep 'em coming!
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2013report abuse
Absolutely right, Dazman - that clown knew a lot of raw facts, but abused this website with the most , pompous and venomous arrogance imaginable. Both these FTD releases look very, very good. I do hope they strip the canned audience from Let Me Be There though.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2013report abuse
A lot of people pick on Tickle Me FTD. I was THRILLED when it came out. Yes, I want every original album and soundtrack (EP or LP) represented on the FTD Classic album series.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2013report abuse
Capt. Canary ?? Please let's not dredge up the dark past. Don't get me wrong, he's done nothing to me and he's really raised and discussed alot of intelligent artistic points on Elvis, but when push came to shove he (and a few other toadies) came out with the most horendous and vile attacks on others he couldn't disagree agreeably with. If he's allowed back then we'd better not see that side from him again, otherwise he's lost my trust on that alone.
VivaLasDavies (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
What gets priority isn't the issue. Carry on as before, a mixture of stronger and weaker releases. I know the early single disc soundtracks have outtakes by the way, I've got them. If I can draw a parallel, a lot of people (myself included) are re-buying early soundboard bootlegs not so much for improvements in sound but for the vastly superior packaging. They are usually priced roughly the same as an FTD but are 5" and often single disc.
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Thanks Memphisfan for the correction. It still proves my point though.
Viva: those single disc FTD's all had one thing in common, they still had new outtakes to justify releasing them. Even if they eventually released your albums in question there are still quite alot more live and studio outtakes and rehearsals which are yet to see the light of day which deserve more priority.
Orion: I second your list except on the 68 comeback. Rather than use the stand-up shows like the Heritage label did in their 2008 set, I'd be emphasising the unreleased outtakes of the production numbers such as the gospel medley, Trouble/Guitar Man and It Hurt's Me outtakes not used on the 'Let Yourself Go' CD. Otherwise the EIC and 'On Tour '72 shows are no-brainers. My soundboard agenda would be the Dec 13, '75 M/S, Aug 11, '72 M/S, Aug 12, '70 D/S, all 3 Memphis bootlegs and the Montgomery AL and Charlotte Feb '77 shows to name some.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Dazman wrote - " I really dig the cover shot of a 34yo Elvis still with the youth of a Justin Bieber."
That's a cover shot of a 33-year old Elvis, Dazman.
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As for the possibility of future FTD releases... C'mon doubters, if TICKLE ME can get an FTD issue, that should open the door for the remainder of the soundtracks. There are a few things that could be done by Ernst Jorgensen to spice things up. . . An FTD issue of ROUSTABOUT would include (for the first time) "I'm A Roustabout" and could also include the MONO version of the soundtrack as it was released in 1964 on LPM-2999. The stereo & mono of KISSIN' COUSINS could be on Disc 2 (packaged as Elvis' 1964 albums... LSP-2999/LPM-2999/LSP-2894/LPM-2894). There are also a few vocal-overdubs that could be included along with any other tidbits that Ernst might have up his sleeve. SPEEDWAY could also get the stereo/mono treatment and include any acetates that exist.
VivaLasDavies (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Yes really. Put them out, if they sell it means those people want them. If they don't sell, so what. Look at the early FTD classic albums, some were single discs and fairly thin on content. Besides, FTD has evolved in various directions since its inception, putting out the remaining albums in basic form is not a major issue. And quite a few people here advocate NOT putting things out which I don't get at all. Pick and choose what YOU want, from as wide a variety of product as possible.
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Viva- It's not "people advocating" - it's just me and me giving my opinion. I applaud what Ernst has done, and how he has stuck to his word about updating the sound on the releases (albeit with Lene that's questionable), and adding relevant and unreleased outtakes to compliment the release. Just releasing a title for the sake of adding it to the FTD line-up is defeating the original intents and purposes of the label itself. Viva - you mean you'd pay $40 just to get the soundtrack to "Roustabout" (which you can buy for $8 at Wal-Mart and get the latest Vic Ansini mastering) in the FTD packaging with nothing but the original 23 mins. (give or take) of music ? Really ?
VivaLasDavies (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Yet again people advocating FTD do not release certain titles because of a lack of extra material. Some of us STILL want these albums in the 7" format so what's the problem. Sony constantly release Elvis CDs which I choose not to buy but I accept others want them (like the current Favourite Elvis songs or whatever it's called). Is it more a case of not wanting to feel compelled to buy them if they're out there? By the way ALL releases are issued to make money, haven't we all bought this stuff countless times already, so what's the difference?
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
MEMPHISFAN - I hate to disagree with your list, but I hopeful that several of your suggestions are NEVER apart of FTD releases UNLESS they have unreleased material to augment them. We've all read the posts about milking the cash cow, I cannot help but think that a release of "Roustabout" or "Speedway", and "Kissin' Cousins" (where the session reels are missing) on the FTD label would be just that. Same goes for the "Gold Records" series. From your list, I only see the following releases making sense (unless Ernst is ready to walk out in his bibs with a milking can and stool):

1. Flaming Star Soundtrack
2. ELVIS NBC-TV Special - the "Stand-Up shows"
3. 1968-69 movie soundtracks (Live A Little, Love A Little; The Trouble With Girls; Charro! and Change Of Habit)
4. "Elvis On Tour" - Could be a 2 volume set with rehearsal disc & concert disc for each volume
5. "Elvis In Concert" (original 1977 album remastered WITH OUT FAN COMMENTS PLEASE, and complete June 21st Rapid City show remixed/remastered)
Then, as you said, other soundboards from various tours. By the time, all of this is released, FTD will have been around LONGER than Elvis recorded for RCA. To that I say to Ernst, Good Ride Cowboy.
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
I understand all the bit**ing about "Let Me be There", being on the "Moody Blue" album, but I recall that there was a great deal of talking (maybe even a few promo 45's pressed) of "Let Me Be There" being released as a single back in '77. I'm sure someone knows why it wasn't, but I'm sure that's why it was added to the album in the first place. At the time the song was a fan favorite (hence the thunderous reprise to the song). I recall the audience ate it up at his show in Cincinnati in '76 - me being one. Yes, the recording was three years old when it was added to "Moody Blue", but it's better than having "Suspicion" being released almost 15 years after it recorded like it was in the UK. Had it been released, I think "Let Me Be There" would have been another top 10-15 country hit like most of his mid 70's output.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
I like and agree with your list TheMemphisFan!! And I would include A Boy From Tupelo without the book, just the 3 CDs. Same with King Creole--no book just the CD. Vols 3 and 4 of Gold(en) Records, and Elvis' Christmas Album. I miss Capt Canary!
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
As for 'American..' apart from the singles material and "Hey Jude" and the alternates with them, the remaining cuts from these sessions offer little. Mama Liked The Roses has one of the most depressing melodies Elvis ever laid a vocal to. But apart from that I can't not have the unreleased instrumentals. I really dig the cover shot of a 34yo Elvis still with the youth of a Justin Bieber
Dazman (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
I'm a bit surprised of the non-inclusion of "Fire Down Below" after-all if Elvis recorded it we wouldn't have had "Let Me Be There", however a live version of "My Way" should suffice. The inclusion of a couple of undubbed/rough mixes from the 'Boulevard' album, the B-side soundboards and the America composite makes for a bit of a hodge-podge of material but I suppose the original "Moody Blue" concept wasn't much different. I just can't see what relationship 'America' and 'Softly...' has with the album. I'd prefer to see some remaining Spring tours material such as alternates of 'My Way', 'Help Me' and 'Big Boss Man'. On the positive side it's the undubbed/unedited rough mixes that I'm waiting with baited breath for and lets hope that there's maybe 1 or 2 more complete and unheard outtakes from the October session.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
Hmmm going back to the American Studios cover, I did a better one than that when I made my own compilation! But as someone said photos from the actual session will be on the booklet inside. I'm looking forward to these releases anyway.
For future releases I hope the NBC Special album will have songs in correct order (ie Its Hurts Me) and follow the fuller song list of the directors cut. After all we have had the original album list quite a few times now.. And for albums without alternates will we have them in the 6" format for completion ?
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2013report abuse
kink56, as for the completely undubbed 45rpm single version of Unchained Melody from June 21, 1977...
it will more than likely be included (appropriately) on an "Elvis In Concert" FTD treatment.
. . . Let's hope that FTD has at least 3 more years to go with loose ends still needing to be tied...
1. ELVIS (2nd album) with "Love Me Tender" soundtrack as a bonus
2. A '57 Stereo release (as mentioned by marty)
3. Elvis' Golden Records (as a companion to the already released - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong)
4. For LP Fans Only / A Date With Elvis
5. Flaming Star
6. Roustabout / Kissin' Cousins (the '64 albums)
7. Elvis For Everyone!
8. Speedway
9. ELVIS NBC-TV Special
10. 1968-69 movie soundtracks (Live A Little, Love A Little; The Trouble With Girls; Charro! and Change Of Habit)
11. "Elvis On Tour" material
12. A few more various 1970s soundboards
13. Elvis - A Legendary Performer, volumes 1,2,3,4 (with bonus tracks)
14. "Elvis In Concert" (original 1977 album remastered, and complete June 21st Rapid City show remixed/remastered)
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 14, 2013report abuse
Captain Canary? maybe he is ernst,same personality,as for why they released this or that its because ernst rewrites history,hes that good.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 14, 2013report abuse
I wish they had included the completely undubbed 45RPM single version of Unchained Melody from June 21st, the one on Great Performances (which has minimal over dubbing compared to the Moody Blue version). I do not think I have ever heard the June 21st version sans ALL overdubs.
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 14, 2013report abuse
Looking forward to these superb new FTD's! I think the American Studios cover is appropriate, a picture taken close to the actual season and it looks good. Better than having another picture from NBC TV special, or Vegas '69! One of the few photos from the recording season that exists has already been used previously by FTD. And with these two releases, what's next? Very few, if any, studio recordings to look forward to. I can only think of a 'Stereo '57' release and hopefully some of the Elvis On Tour concerts! Other studio recording that haven't been released simply are not available (e.g. Hound Dog sessions, Roustabout etc). There's plenty of soundboards but they do not exite me... Is the end of FTD approaching? I am really glad for the new releases but also sad that the end seems to be near. 36 years since he died it is day dreaming to still expect new material to emerge. Thanks FTD for the journey so far...
AmyD (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 14, 2013report abuse
Those of you who remember the incredible Captain_Canary writing here, will recall his comments about America, when he said there definitely existed a version which was spliced between the live and Studio versions, looks like he was right! So the question becomes was/is Captain Canary someone much closer to Sony than he admitted to being?
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
I'm surprised to see with both these tentative releases for December 2013 some tunes that don't belong on the "Moody Blue" CD and quite a few on the "Clean-Up CD" as pertains to the Memphis recordings which, I think, should have been included on the "Elvis In Memphis" prior FTD release or did we run out of room as to fitting them within said Memphis CD? In any event, I actually look forward to both of these FTD releases but I do suspect we've hit rock bottom here as to any future FTD releases.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
Nice!!! Looking forward!!
kenny (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
You are so right Tony. This will be a superb release, and the three releases from American Sound Sessions is in my top 10 list of all the FTD`s.
Tony C (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
I don't know where this obsession over cover photo's comes from, this one is from the right era. We also have to take into account the quality of photo's taken and how they will reproduce when enlarged to the size of the cover. Regarding this release, the people that complained about these songs being missing from the previous two Memphis FTD collections have gone very quiet. A third collection was the obvious way to go.
kenny (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
mephisfan and claunath82, why the negative focus on the cover to the american sound release? how many good pictures have you seen from american sound sessions? not many, but the ones we have seen, have been used a million times in magasins, so we all know it. The picture used on that release is taken a few months before Elvis started recording in american sound, so i cant see anything wrong in using that. Look at the Moody blue release, a 1972 pictures used on a album that have songs from 74 and 77, now thats a nice thing.....
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
Great releases planned for the Christmas season! The tracks for Moody Blue look interesting. I am surprised to see America The Beautiful on the list, and then again as a "composite" later on. The un-dubbed version of Unchained Melody is pretty sad. Listening to it, it's no wonder why Sherill Neilsen had to over dub the crescendo. Too bad Felton didn't record Unchained Melody from the New Year's Eve Concert in Philadelphia. That version was flawless! Anyway, Moody Blue has always been one of my favorites, so I am excited to hear the "working version" and the "alternate" of this album.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2013report abuse
claunath82 wrote -- " Elvis at the american studio with a picture from LA while there are some beautiful pictures of Elvis at these sessions in the sound studio!! " I totally agree! I can understand maybe using that L.A. pic for the cover of the booklet, but not for the front cover! Sometimes Ernst moves in mysterious ways!
Orion (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
The release of "Moody Blue" on FTD almost makes me come full-circle in terms of buying Elvis' releases. I remember rushing out to the mall on Sunday morning after seeing Elvis the night before in Cincinnati. He sang "Unchained Melody" at that show, and I couldn't wait to hear it on record. Even after watching him from the 3rd row that night, I would have never guessed this would be the final release in his lifetime or that I'd never see another of his concerts. A bittersweet release, but I'm looking forward to it - esp. the undubbed master of "It's Easy For You." Gawd only knows what Felton did to that song... Looking forward to closing out another great year of FTD with these two releases.
In-A-Flash (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
The Eastern egg from the FTD Jungle Room Sessions is explicitly mentioned this time... were those last 15 seconds all that survived or will we get more this time?
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
claunath82 ernst gets confused sometimes,be thankful for ftd,or you ernst might get mad at not release anything,
claunath82 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
Good to have the Moody blue in the classic serie but where is the instrumental "There's A Fire Down Below " ?
claunath82 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
Elvis at the american studio with a picture from LA while there are some beautiful pictures of Elvis at these sessions in the sound studio !!
lray (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 12, 2013report abuse
Great to finally have the track list. All looks good to me. As I thought for America Sound Studios they picked up a few alternates from FEIM and EBIM. Can't wait to get these and the last two, GI Blues and On Stage Sessions.

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