Monday, February 28, 2011

Unreleased Tracks On FTD Vinyl

Reading the latest issue of Elvis The Man And His Music that arrived with the mail today, I was a bit disappointed to learn that FTD's vinyl version of Viva Las Vegas included two previously unreleased tracks. Although not mentioned in pre-release publicity, the LP edition features "The Lady Love Me" (take 2) as well as "If You Think I Don't Need You" (take 2).

Apparently I'm not the only one who feels a bit cheated. Another reader who, just like me is a loyal supporter of the FTD CD's, a Mr Gary Thompson from Cambridge, calls it "cheap tactics to try and sell their over-priced vinyl."

I have to agree, at least to a certain point. If you own the FTD CD version, that should be enough. You shouldn't have to buy an expensive vinyl album just to get two unreleased takes not found on the CD. Hey, many fans don't even own a record player.

Speculating a bit, maybe the problem is that many of the soundtracks were released on just one CD in the classic album series, as opposed to the the non-soundtrack albums that came later on. As I discovered a while back, a lot of outtakes were missing on the FTD Kid Galahad CD, and this probably has to do with the limited space a one CD release offers.

In all fairness, the Viva Las Vegas CD is packed with music, running for almost 79 minutes. But a look at the track listing reveals that a lot of takes seems to be missing here as well, as verified, at least to a certain point, by the two unreleased takes recently released on the LP edition.

So isn't it a good thing that a couple of more outtakes are made available to the fans? Sure, but I for one still feel that the price to obtain them is to high. Why don't sell them individually on iTunes as well? That, I can afford.

1 comment:

Greg Nolan Jr. said...

I don't have a problem with it.

The FTD records are gems that belong in every hard -core fan's collection.

Despite some caveats, they put the CDs to shame in presentation and that hard-to-define "experience."

Too young ( or too wrong-headed if you're older and gave them up to "upgrade" to CDs as I did in part for a time)' get yourself a record-player. There's good reason for the vinyl comeback. Thanks otherwise for the well-done blog.