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Review of Elvis At Stax by Oven Egeland
Review of A Boy From Tupelo from Sergio Biston
Review of Elvis Sings Guitar Man (FTD) from Matt Worsley
New comments on Elvis Fool (FTD) from Michael Sander

Live A Little, Love A Little (FTD)
The recently announced release for October. Even though it features only 4 songs one one disc, it is one of the releases from FTD with highest amount of unreleased material!

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Elvis In West Texas (FTD)
The recently announced soundboard release for October. FTD likes to add "Texas" to their titles...This evening Odessa show, yes from Texas, is previously unreleased in complete form. FTD used 'Love Letters' on their Tucson '76 release many years ago. 'See See Rider' is taken from the afternoon show the same day, and was also released on the mentioned Tucson '76 CD.

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Elvis Today (Legacy)
Another Legacy album from Sony has been announced. This time Elvis Today get the dobule CD legacy treatment. On CD-1 we find the original album and then undubbed masters as bonus. CD-2 sport the compilated - mostly Dallas, June 6 - concert from May/June tour in 1975, first released on Elvis Aron Presley (Silverbox).

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Elvis Golden Records (FTD)
Announced is the double CD version of "Elvis Golden Records". Contentwise it is a mixture of the named album and the much later "Essential Elvis Vol. 2".

While CD-1 contains the original album, plus some bonus songs, CD-2 focus on the binaural session from January 1957. Here we get all takes of 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You', 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin', 'Blueberry Hill' and 'I Beg Of You'.

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and session discography.

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King Creole (FTD)
Released now is another FTD version of focusing on "King Creole".

While CD-1 contains the original album, plus alternate mixes of masters and a few outtakes, CD-2 simply contains demos that were handed to the session before recording started.

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and session discography.

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This Is Elvis (FTD)
This is this double CD version of "This Is Elvis". First released on LP back in 1981. The LP is represented on CD-1, while CD-2 sports music tracks from the expanded home video version released some years later.

It must be an error when Hound Dog from CD-2 is the same version as found on CD-1, sans overdubbing from 1980.

The sound quality is lackluster, and in general it seems that very little effort and care characterize this FTD version. A pity!

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and session discography.

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Rock Around The Bloch (FTD)
A 288-page hardback book with over 100 unpublished photographs of Elvis in the Bloch Arena, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on March 25, 1961 and a newly-discovered recording of the complete press conference and awards ceremony held on March 25, 1961.

The book also includes the concert on CD, first released on Elvis Aron Presley in 1981.

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Elvis' Christmas Album (FTD)
A classic version of Elvis' Christmas Album sounds absolutely right in December.

Unfortunately there is little new on this single CD release, as the session tapes are lost - for ever it seems.

Some outtakes of 'Peace In The Valley' and 'It Is No Secret' distinguish it from a straight re-run.

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and session discography.

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Flaming Star (FTD)
Flaming Star got the classic album treatment in December 2014.

One CD containing masters and several outtakes. This sure will a tough listen. Numerous versions of turkeys like 'Summer Kisses Winter Tears', 'Britches' and 'A Cane And A High Starched Collar'. Even the best numbers are weak in this movie, but we get some new outtakes of 'Flaming Star' and the alternate 'Black Star' too!

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and session discography.

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Elvis In Florida (FTD)
Elvis In Florida focus on Elvis in April 1975.

Mainly featuring what was recorded on soundboard tape from Lakeland, April 27 - a new soundboard - added with several tracks from Jacksonville April 25 and a few from Lakeland, April 28.

It is worth noting that two tracks from Jacksonville were not featured on the bootlegs release of this show from middle 90's. (A Damn Fine Show).

It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos. Unfortunately several of the tracks cuts the intro, becuse there is an error on the CD index. Sloppy!!

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Elvis For Everyone (FTD)
Elvis For Everyone is the latest in the Classic Album series from FTD.

CD-1 contains the original album, plus an optional version of the same album. CD-2 contains several outtakes from 1961 to 1963, all of them previously unreleased officially (sans For The Millionth And The Last Time (1) as found on the first version of Elvis Latino in the middle of the 90's). With this release (CD-2) we will have all takes available of a large number of songs from this period. It has been 7 and 8 years since last time we got new outtakes from these sessions!

The takes from Fun In Acapulco sessions are not even bootlegged before. It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos, lyrics and session discography.

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That's The Way it Is (Legacy)
THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (Legacy deluxe)
Sony has now released a monster package of material from That's The Way It Is, containing both audio and film material. On 10 disc, 8 CD and 2 DVD, this deluxe edition includes every recorded show from August 10 Opening show to the August 13 Dinner show. The DVD's inlcudes the original That's The Way It Is documentary from 1970 (DVD #1) and the updated version from year 2000 (DVD #2).

Audiowise, we are presented with two full shows not officially released before. These are the dinner show from August 11 and the dinner show from August 12. Both have been bootlegged, but comes here in glorious sound.

The price of the box is extraordinary high, meaning that many good Elvis fans will have to skip it. A pity!

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That's The Way it Is (Legacy)
This is the Legacy edition of "That's The Way It Is". Released at the same time as the deluxe edition containing 8 CD's and 2 DVD's. This is however the classic 2 CD edition, where CD-1 contains the original album and selected outtakes.

CD-2 contains the before official unavailable recording of the dinner show from August 12 1970. It has been out in great sound on several bootlegs, most importantly on Twenty Days And Twenty Nights by Audionics.

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The Return To Vegas (FTD)
Follow That Dream finally decided to release the first ever recording from Elvis in Las Vegas 1969.

This soundboard recording (or other source?) has been released by bootlegs many times earlier, first out was Fort Baxter with their Opening Night. A fantastic concert in good sound quality, originally planned for release by RCA in the 80's.

The source for the FTD release is most likely the album master from that time, as it contains "LP" fade outs. However, the sound quality is miles better than earlier found on bootlegs. Actually it reminds much of a multi-track recording, just a bit more hissy and of course in monoral.

I always appreciate when the official label beats the bootleggers in sound quality. Not happening everytime, but this time most certainly!

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Love Me Tender (FTD)
The Classic Album upgrade of Love Me Tender. Never a full LP album originally, here it comes as a 2 CD version.

CD-1 contains masters in mono and stereo, and some available outtakes. Just snippets are previously unreleased.

CD-2 contains both live concert from Tupelo, Sept 26 1956. First released on A Golden Celebration in 1984.

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Elvis Destination USA (FTD)
Out is this double CD package from Follow That Dream.

Sporting the dinner show from September 4 in 1972, taken from reel to reel soundboard tape. This show has been released on bootleg (I'll Remember You) many years ago.

Unfortuately it contains an embarrising error. 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' and 'See See Rider' is from Tulsa two years later!! After 'See See Rider' Elvis starts to jam on 'I Got A Woman' (again from Tulsa), before 'Johnny B. Goode' from (Las Vegas) starts. Phew! This will be corrected by FTD!

On the second CD we find several multi-tracks recordings from February 1972 - all previously unreleased. Also more cassette tape recordings from rehearsal held at both August 2nd and 3rd the same year.

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Elvis (FTD)
This is the Legacy edition of "Elvis" from 1956. Containing masters and some bonus takes not on original album. Also contains several takes of 'Rip It Up', a few not previously released.

CD-2 contains the live concert from Shreveport, December 15 1956. Previously released several times, and currently available as a stand alone - cheap - CD release. This inclusion seems a little bit strange. Not a very strong release.

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Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphs [Legacy]
This is the Legacy edition of "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis". The concept took a lot of fance by surprise. I guess few were expecting a legacy treatment of this LP, at least not at this time. As with the rest of the legacy CD's from Sony, also this is a double CD package. Believe it or not, on CD-2 you will find a "soundboard" recording!

CD-2 sports the monaural recording of the Richmond show on March 18, just 2 days before the main concert. Previously released on FTD's 48 Hours To Memphis. Strange choice. Coupling it with the better recording of Elvis' very first show in Memphis for many years, the one on March 16, would have made so much (more) sense.

The interesting bit, however, is that the same guys that mixed Elvis At Stax, have re-mixed and mastered the main concert. For the first time - it is presented with the respect it deserves! A little bit too dry sound on Elvis' vocal, otherwise it is so close to perfect as ever possible! Elvis would have loved it, as his voice is not dominating the sound picture totaly! Kudos!

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Moody Blue (FTD)
This is the classic album upgrade of Moody Blue. Moody Blue was Elvis last studio album before he died. Due to lack of studio masters, Felton Jarvis also added four live tracks on it. Three from spring 1977 and one track from 1974.

This double CD gives masters, undubbed master, rough-mix masters and several outtakes. Interestingly there are two more takes of 'It's Easy For You' (take 3 and 4). However, they are both false starts. This release also gives two previously unreleased takes of 'Way Down', take 1 and take 2B. They are both long false starts, but proves that the final master is take 2c. Even more; take 2A is the same take as first released on Platinum. This inclusion proves that the Platinum version has been both edited and overdubbed. Perhaps it was considered an alternate master back in 1977?

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From Elvis At American Sound Studios (FTD)
This double CD, presented like the classic album upgrades, contains tracks that were not suited for, or had to be axed from, the previous Classic Album upgrades of both From Elvis In Memphis and Back In Memphis.

Containing several new outtakes, even some not already available unofficially! Always a goodie!

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The On Stage Season
This 2 CD release from Follow That Dream contains soundboard recordings from Elvis' second season in Las Vegas. Featuring the opening show on January 26 and the closing show on February 23, both have been heavily bootlegged starting 30 years ago!

The sound quality on this release is technically better than on previous bootlegs. However, that doesn't necessarily means an easier listening experience. Especially the opening show has severly microphone overload on Elvis' vocal, which is more prominent on this new release than on Madisons Opening Night 1970.

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G. I. Blues Vol. 2
Cafe Europa - G. I. BLUES VOL. 2
Volume 2 in the G. I. Blues.

Containing both masters and outtakes, this album also aim to give the Elvis collector tracks not already released officially before.

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Elvis At Stax
Out late July 2013 was this new Sony Legacy release. Released both as a single CD and a triple CD in the same style as "Prince From Another Planet" some months ago.

It contains all the masters from the Stax Sessions in Memphis, both July and December 1973. In addition it also contains several outtakes previously released (mostly on Essential Elvis Vol. 5). These tracks have been both re-mixed and re-mastered severely.

A decent release from Sony.

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Hot August Night (FTD)
Released July 2013. This is another multi-track recording from late August 1969. This time we get the midnight show from August 25. Interestingly this show produced many of the live masters later used for Elvis In Person. Overall it is also one of the best shows professionally recorded. Of minor details I especially like the long intro to a powerhouse version of 'Suspicious Minds".

It is nice to the the show in its complete from. Although much from this concert have already been released in good sound before, there are still unreleased gems to be found. Mixed in a vintage style, but better then Elvis In Person back in 1969 and later Sony/FTD issues handled by Vic Anesini.

It's absolutely PERFECT sonic- and mixingwise! And comes in a 7" deluxe package!

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Sold Out (FTD)
This 2 CD release from Follow That Dream contains a soundboard recording from both Tulsa, March 1 and Cleveland, June 21 1974. Both shows are previously unreleased, although 'Sweet Caroline' from Tulsa was issued on Forty Eight Hours To Memphis.

The sound quality is really good on both soundboards. The Tulsa one from March is my favorite, but even the otherwise dull June soundboard from 1974 sparkle here. I believe that som good care must have been taken on both soundboards.

Prepared by the same guys (Frieser and Slebo) that made the above mentioned Forty Eight Hours To Memphis. It comes as a 7" deluxe edition with relevant photos and lyrics.

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As Recorded Live In Memphis (Vinyl) (FTD)
To be released August 2013.

Stay Away, Joe (FTD)
Released in May 2013. Focusing on the Stay Away, Joe sessions and featuring several outtakes of the title track.

Also containing some new outtakes of 'Goin' Home' and 'Dominic', while large portions of new outtakes otherwise are mostly false starts only.

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Back In Memphis (FTD)
This double CD, classic album upgrade from FTD came out May 2013.

On two full CD's we get the original album, previously released outtakes and some new outtakes. Also contains a batch of undubbed masters.

The sound quality is great, but perhaps even more stellar on Back In Memphis released some months ago.

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Summer Of '61
This FTD/Flaming Star book and CD combo looks at the summer months of 1961. Main focus is on the making of "Follow That Dream", filmed on location in Florida.

The book presents original newspaper articles, new interviews from the cast and crew, plus details about scenes deleted from the final print.

Contains 200 unpublished photos taken from the original negatives and a CD with final masters from the movie, plus two demo recordings of 'What A Wonderful Life'.
The Best Of British
The book contains over 1000 rare and unpublished photographs, the illustrations connected to the songs, the recordings and the promotion of Elvis by HMV in Britain.

Included are every Elvis track released by HMV. Added to these are bonus songwriter demos and Elvis outtakes to complete the audio story upon which the foundation of the global popular music culture and industry was built.
Aloha From Hawaii - Legacy
Released in March 2013 is the double CD legacy edition of "Aloha From Hawaii".

CD-1 contains the main show, while CD-2 contains the "rehersal" show. This is the first release of this concert in normal sound quality, as the 1988 release was mixed to a strange output using computers preferences more than human ear-preferences.

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3000 South Paradise Road
This 2 CD release from Follow That Dream contains a soundboard recording from August 12 dinner show 1972. It has previously been out on bootleg (first on Blazing Into The Darkness). The sound quality is a tad better on the official release.

CD-2 contains a cassette recording of a rehearsal held August 4. This is previously unreleased in any form or shape, kudos for that. The sound quality is acceptable, to be compared with the quality of From Hawaii To Las Vegas, released summer 2012.

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Back In Memphis (FTD)
This double CD, classic album upgrade from FTD was released in December 2012.

On two full CD's we get the original album, previously released outtakes and new outtakes. Even outtakes still not made available on bootlegs.

Great sound quality! Really a surprisingly good release. Even though most all of the content have been available on bootlegs for many years, these two CD gives the songs better justice. I especially like the undubbed masters that concludes CD-2.

Highly recommended!

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From Elvis Presley Boulevard (FTD)
This double CD, classic album upgrade from FTD offers two full CD's with the original album, previously released outtakes and new outtakes.

Also outtakes still not made available from bootlegs. The sound quality is good.

Something you gotta own!

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Hits Of The 70's (FTD)
This double CD, classic album upgrade from FTD was released in October 2012.

On two full CDs we get the original album and bonus songs. The first FTD release offering nothing previously unreleased or even alternate takes.

A strange choice of a release, indeed. Most likely funded on a one mans dream.

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Prince From Another Planet
This is a 2-CD/1-DVD combo focusing on Elvis in Madison Square Garden June 1972. Both shows from June 10 on CD, while the DVD contains footage from the afternoon show and the press conference on June 9.

The flyer says that both shows have been remixed from the original tapes. The mix does not really support that. It is close to the original one, although it is clearly mastered differently. It displays the same track sequence as originally released, which seems strange compared to all other shows Elvis held at that time.

Otherwise the release is to be saluted!

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A Boy From Tupelo
For over five years Ernst Jorgensen has been working on the definitive Elvis at Sun Records. It includes rare pictures, recording data and the real story behind Elvis' time at Sun.

The release features every known SUN master and outtakes from Elvis, plus two private records and radio / concert performances from the period. This 3-CD package also features 10 previously unreleased live cuts.

The book contains 512 pages including more than 500 photos, many previously unpublished. The combo comes in a slip case like “Young Man With The Big Beat”.

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G. I. Blues Vol. 1
Finally, then! Volume 1 in the G. I. Blues combo is out.

Focussing on the main album and then generally outtakes from the April sessions, this double CD contains many tracks not previously released. Officially that is, as these sessions must be one of the most bootlegged ever.

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From Hawaii To Las Vegas
Another stage rehearsal from FTD. This time - unfortunately - taken from a cassette recording of so-so quality. One track was already released on the first CD of this sort, aptly titled; Stage Rehearsal.

On the repertoire are well-known songs from this era, but also some interesting. 'Separate Ways' is rehearsed twice and 'Faded Love' is rare, while 'I'm Leaving It Up To You' is a short break in the otherwise predictable setlist.

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Another Saturday Night
FTD decided to yet again focus on a June 1975 concert. This time we get an almost complete recording from the evening show in Shreveport, June 7.

In general these concerts displays an artist in a good and cheerful mood. Sometimes almost too much. However, these summer concert should all be labeled as "good".

Kudos to FTD for bringing out a show not yet already bootlegged.

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Welcome Home Elvis
Flaming Star and FTD has published this 260-pages book about the vital weeks in 1960, where Elvis regained control over his career. The format is the same as the well-known FTD book format.

The book includes more than 300 photos, text by David English and a CD with the original mono master for ELVIS IS BACK.
Our Memories Of Elvis
Finally we got an official CD release of Our Memories Of Elvis. Previously only available on CD from a fan-club release over 20 years ago.

On two full CD's we get the original albums, a planned Vol. 3 and other tracks worked on by Joan Deary.

Of most interest is the complete master take of 'Moody Blue'. Sound quality is acceptable, but nothing more.

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On Stage (FTD)
This is the classic album upgrade of "On Stage" from FTD.

On two full CD's we get the original album, previously released outtakes and new outtakes. It also feature several tracks not available on bootlegs.

Pristine sound quality!

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