The American Way Volume 5 - Goin' Home To Memphis

Here is the latest information from the "Southern Comfort" import label on the upcoming volumes in their "American Way" series. Volume five is entitled "Goin' Home To Memphis". Its not yet decided by the label which of the two designs will be their choice for the front cover. One of the covers mentions a volume 6, "Glimmers Of Hope" The CD features more material from the American Sound Studios session plus some amazingly rare outtakes of "Goin' Home" from 1968. "These are part of the never before released first half of the session". The final tracklist should be available soon.
Source: Email / Updated: Sep 12, 2007 
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mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 25, 2007report abuse
Greg i never was one to follow the crowd,so there you are! (joking)
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2007report abuse
I guess I admire your self-restraint and various likes and dislikes, but as for me (and most of us), I'l have what they're serving up...! We can't say no to rare and quality Elvis releases! We like it all! Bon appetit!
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2007report abuse
Again i applaud the effort,as for loving you,im just not a big 50's fans,as for releasing alternates,i like that,as well as soundboards,i also believe that without the importers FTD wound never have happened,so hats off to the makers of such fine products,theres planty out there who will snatch them up!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2007report abuse
You guys can make whatever excuses you like (I'm kidding) , but these are undeniably "top tier" releases of the Elvis import world. Sure, there is such as thing as "too much of a good thing," but given that Elvis' recordings are finite, we should welcome such "completist" sets, including FTD's "LOVING YOU." Few recommend sitting down and hearing them in one sitting but what's the alternative? Not releasing alternates? Are we now asking that of importers and FTD? These volumes of "AMERICAN WAY" are achievements to be applauded. Every hard-core fan should have these sessions as presented so beautifully in this premium set of releases.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 19, 2007report abuse
Although i might like some more of the in between song banter that jerry,i pretty much agree with everything else,70 sessions are my fav!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2007report abuse
Greg: I'm not jaded about these sessions. I like them. Great music. But I'm not a true completist. I don't need every take of every song. And certainly very little of the banter in between. It's the way I am. I'll be more than content with whatever Ernst puts together when FTD releases their version(s) of these sessions.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2007report abuse
Yes they know how to make a product,but i personally dont feel the need for these cd's.i bought the first 3 volumes and then moved on,i have already priased them for there artwork,people say ftd wont match these releases,but for some of us,we dont need every take,never mind the language that tends to annoy me after awhile,as for ftd releasing full sessions,the loving you cd set was boring to say the least,i miss the essential series,those were fun to listen to,for those who loves these releases then enjoy!
Greg Nolan (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2007report abuse
This is an essential series and we'll be hard-pressed to see Sony/BMG ever release the Memphis sessions (and the extras in the last volume) in such a full fashion. After all, never mind the occasional profanities, Ernst has made clear that he is not releasing *complete* sessions. (Incidentally, the "blue" words are pretty rare in the big scheme of the sessions...)

Even the best FTD "classic albums" ("His Hand In Mine" "Raised On Rock" etc.) are still short of being complete - by design, perhaps. The emphasis is instead on listenability with various groupings of songs ("first takes," etc.). A few, like "Loving You" and "50,000,000 Fans Can't Be Wrong" are more like this great Southern Comfort series, but they are the exceptions, just speaking off the top of my head. That's not to say you'll always want to hear these complete sets at one sitting (I prefer to cue up one song and give that 20 minutes or so complete attention and then shelve it and come back another day to hear another song worked on- or to hit the "random" button. ..) All in all, it's great we have this finally.

EJF, as "baggypants" said, you should look for this series on sites like E-Bay and other sites. Like Audionics, Fort Baxter Classics or Madison, don't expect to find a website! These are "imports" -which means they are not officially sanctioned by Sony/BMG. So the hunt for them is part of the fun! Jerry and Mature, I don't get where your jadedness is coming from about these sessions, but I assure you, even if you want to go easy on having imports, these top-class, "must-have" sets that sit very nicely next to official releases on FTD and Sony/BMG.

I wouldn't hold my breath to see them match Southern Comfort anytime soon, and besides, we ought to reward those who put out such classy volumes! Trust me on this, if you can afford them (or find them): you won't be disappointed. They are total *class.*
JK (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2007report abuse
And you won't get them as complete as this series. You don't know what you are missing! Try to buy. For me it's one of the best series ever, and I'm a fan for quit a very long time. (33 years)
baggypants (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2007report abuse
Yes, maybe you will get them one day from ftd? But you will still be missing out on the 5 American Way booklets ( thats a total of 80 pages!) and you wont get the Goin' Home takes, simply because ftd do not have them. Its not the end of the world, but fun nevertheless. And for those who can't find the 4 released volumes: try on e-bay. Ive seen them being offered quite frequently.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2007report abuse
Sooner or later I'm sure FTD will get around to releasing "From Elvis In Memphis" and "Back In Memphis" in some form as part of the "Classic" series. We'll get the original tracks, singles and outtakes. That'll be enough "Memphis Sessions" for me.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2007report abuse
True that ftd probally wont release totally uncensored sessions,although personally im not intersted in this cd, i give them alot of credit for great artwork and giving nice booklets with info on whats on the cd,ftd needs to take this approach as well,and in my oppion have fans vote on what the releases will be!
Elvisnites (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2007report abuse
Does anyone have an internet address where these can be ordered? I cann't find them in the USA.
baggypants (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2007report abuse
Mature, knowing from earlier posts , youre not too excited when Elvis is making "unusual" conversation during studio sessions, the language handled during the Goin' Home recording is, at times, quite "racey". I remember one remark from the man himself, in where he threatens "to start playing with his..." Yep, that one...! An official release of this material is out of the question. It's too racey, plus FTD dont have this part of the Goin' Home session in their vault.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2007report abuse
EJF,it is kind of amusing part of Elvis cd collecting,one that i have for most part given up on,im really hopeing ftd steps it up and betters there quality and content,stop releasing books and start releasing box sets etc!
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2007report abuse
iene miene mutte... the left one! Definitely it fits better in the series.
FJE (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2007report abuse
It's frustrating reading all the rave reviews and comments about this fantastic series and not being able to buy them! Can anyone please direct me to someone who is able to sell me the whole series? Help!
par1704 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2007report abuse
Yep, definitely September 1970. The evidence can be found at candid-central.
baggypants (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 14, 2007report abuse
...In front of his hotel in Detroit, september 9, 1970. But I prefer the 68 cover myself.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 13, 2007report abuse
I'd put the photo around mid to late '69 ie after the sessions were done. The one on the right is a great pic, but the one on the left is more in line with remainder of the series.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 13, 2007report abuse
definitly the right cover. Much cooler and its I think a photo from 1969 and not september 1970
pasa-ryu (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 13, 2007report abuse
i cannot wait to get volume 5(i was thinking that they was'nt gonna release vol.5?)..i prefer the colour pic on the left too!-it fits with the previous "american way" series..the 'going home' song sounds great and cannot wait to get my copy and finaly complete this superb collection1(rca/ftd/ should be ashamed of themselves for not releasing such great releases as the "american way" collection)who knows/,maybe one day we will get an officaila release of the complete 1969 american sounds studio session recordings in deluxe box set with all the studio banter and xrated lyrics??..for now we welcome releases such as the amercan way series!
par1704 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 13, 2007report abuse
Great photo on the right, but I think that it dates from the September 1970 tour.
Elvisnites (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
I agree with JK. The other looks like he's going back to Vegas.
JK (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
Close call, but I have a light preference for the left cover. I think it fits better with the 4 other volumes as a whole.
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
Though im not intersted in this series anymore,its nice to see people who know what artwork should look like!( hint hint ftd)
vonSemering (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
They are both much better than the cover of volume 4. During the late 60s Elvis was so good looking and there are so much nice pics. So there was no need to use a 50's pic for the previous volume.
ElvisBR (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
Right Cover
Ciscoking (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
I am going for the right cover. The Going Home outtakes haven`t been availible on any release before. they were just floating around on CDR. so a great new addition to any collection.
loftmanuk (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 12, 2007report abuse
Think I prefer the one on the right, but to be honest they are both good. Sounds like the cd is going to be a goody too. This "American way" series has been pretty outstanding.

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