rockinrebel wrote:I don't think FTD are obliged to release both June 1977 shows in their entirety just because they are a collectors label.
In Person & On Stage were released in their original format with appropriate bonus material. Of course there was enough material left over for additional releases in both cases, but these performances showcase Elvis at the top of his game, so it made sense to revisit the recordings for more than one project.
People collect different things for different reasons. I was happy to see the UK compilation Hits Of The '70's released by FTD, and I wouldn't be against an FTD re-issue of the Welcome To My World album either. Both are albums that I enjoy playing, but I guess that experience is lost on people that leave everything in the shrink-wrap.
It is pointless to continue the trend for years to come by ignoring EIC. FTD has released concerts that are equal, or worse, to the performances of EIC. And then to think Houston 1976 was planned for release, by FTD. The hype surrounding EIC is exhausting and outdated. A label like FTD perfectly suits a release like EIC. Aimed at a small group of collectors, who know how things really work, and Elvis' image will hardly be negatively affected in this way, if ever. Although its quite naive, actually. You can eat your heart out, just by typing ''Elvis CBS 1977'' on Google. What is left to protect 1977's Elvis?
A release like ''Hits of the 70's'' was useless. I don't know if its true, but its been said that ''Hits of the 70's'' was a personal favorite of EJ. Either way, it contributed nothing, all the more because it was released through a collector's label. So leave out ''Welcome to my World'', and focus more on the damaged image of FTD.
I'm pretty sure it was Roger's decision for FTD to issue Hits of the '70's as he was working for RCA UK at the time of the original vinyl release. From a collector's standpoint the decision might have proved more popular if FTD had included the original mono single masters as per the UK vinyl release.
I don't see how FTD have a damaged image though. People collect different things for different reasons. Nobody is going to be pleased with every new release, and nobody is obliged to buy each new release either. I'm certainly happy to pick and choose - but over the years they have served us well.
Quite a few releases are starting to reprise previously released material, and this is inevitable as most of the out takes have already been issued, and FTD don't appear to have many live soundboards from the early part of the touring years.
So, it baffles me what people are now expecting from them in terms of new material?
The sessions releases appear to be popular with most fans, but in some cases they only offer a few minutes of previously unissued material. So, clearly 'new' material is not the priority for all collectors, and if the demand is there, the series will surely continue.
Personally, I don't expect FTD to re-issue Welcome To My World or any other '70's or '80's compilations, I was just making the point that such a release is something I would probably buy.
However, given that we could expect a proposed re-issue of the album to include a second disc of live & out take performances, it could possibly include more previously unreleased material than the recently released His Hand In Mine Sessions....food for thought.
Finally, I'm not suggesting that FTD shouldn't release the CBS recordings, and I'm certainly aware of what is already out there. I was simply giving an opinion of what they could do, should they revisit the tapes. And making the point that some fans would still welcome an upgrade of the original EIC album master, as the old '90's CD album could certainly be improved upon, and the title isn't likely to be given a mainstream re-issue any time soon.