Thursday, January 19, 2012

FTD: What Now, What Next, Where To?

The last couple of days I've browsing my favorite Elvis sites regularly, looking for news about which new titles will be released from the Follow That Dream label (FTD).

Yesterday I noticed that Ernst Jorgensen had posted a comment related to an ongoing discussion taking place on the FECC forum that there would be "some very special news from the FTD people." Ernst denied this, saying that "an announcement will be made in early February - and it's just a regular announcement." So now I've stopped looking, bidding my time until next month.

That leaves room for a couple of more days of speculating and guessing, though. A year ago I wrote a post about which titles we could expect to see in the FTD Classic Album series, and here's what happened (I've crossed out the titles that were released during 2011):
  • Peace In The Valley EP (including all the binaural outtakes from 1957)
  • G.I. Blues
  • A What If Album featuring Nashville recordings from 1966-1968 (partially)
  • From Elvis In Memphis
  • Back In Memphis
  • He Touched Me
  • Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas
  • Promised Land
  • From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Moody Blue
  • Elvis In Concert
Now, taking into account some wise comments I got from Troy Y. (running The Mystery Train Elvis Blog) when I published the list, as well as some more speculation on my part, I present the following updated version:
  • Peace In The Valley EP (including all the binaural outtakes from 1957)
  • G.I. Blues Vol. 1
  • G.I. Blues Vol. 2
  • Flaming Star (one CD like Wild In The Country)
  • A What If Album featuring studio/movie recordings from 1968 and 1969
  • From Elvis In Memphis
  • Back In Memphis
  • On Stage - February 1970
  • Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden (including the afternoon show)
  • Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite (including the rehearsal show as well as the post-concert songs)
  • From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Moody Blue
  • Elvis In Concert
This list actually includes more titles than the one I wrote a year ago, so if I'm anywhere near the truth there's still material for three or four years worth of releases (If FTD continues with their ordinary release schedule of four classic albums a year).

As for more live material, there's still a couple of professionally recorded shows from the 1969 and 1970 summer engagements in Las Vegas that haven't been released yet. And let's not forget the concerts recorded for the movie Elvis On Tour, many fans are waiting for those too, me included. More soundboards are without doubt also on their way.

Finally, I'd love to see an FTD box collecting all the material from The 68' Comeback Special (after all, I don't see how a classic album treatment in the 2 CD format is possible for that one). Oh, I almost forgot, there's also the SUN project...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Reading this now, in light of MSG being planned as a box and a couple of these being released since January, it really does illustrate how well FTD have done. I'd argue that maybe Aloha is more suited to a mainstream release in 2013 than an FTD. I'd love to see a classic album FTD of the Comeback Special, but I'd prefer if they focused on the studio recordings instead of just re-re-repeating the sit-down and stand-up shows or the rehearsals. We've gotten those in complete form in the 4 disc box (or nearly complete in the case of one of the rehearsals that FTD has already released complete).

We really are within 2-3 years of finishing the Classic Album series - hopefully FTD will continue with 5" soundboards even beyond that, giving us all that On Tour material, and the rest of the 1969/70 multi-tracks.

I really enjoy reading your blog, keep up the great work!