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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

Elvis Destination USA (FTD)
ELVIS DESTINATION USA
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 most likely be corrected by FTD, anything else would be surprising to say the least!

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)
ELVIS
This is the Legacy edition of "Elvis" from 1956. Containig 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 on paper.

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Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphs [Legacy]
ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE IN MEMPHIS
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)
MOODY BLUE
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)
FROM ELVIS AT AMERICAN SOUND STUDIO
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
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
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)
HOT AUGUST NIGHT
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)
SOLD OUT
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)
AS RECORDED LIVE IN MEMPHIS - Vinyl
To be released August 2013.

Stay Away, Joe (FTD)
STAY AWAY, JOE
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)
FROM ELVIS IN MEMPHIS
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
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 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
ALOHA FROM HAWAII - LEGACY - SONY 88765 43389 2
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
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)
BACK IN MEMPHIS
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 from 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)
FROM ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD
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)
HITS OF THE 70'S
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
ON STAGE
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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