Four new FTD Releases : November 29 : Promised Land : The Wonderful World Of Christmas

By: Elvis Australia
Source: FTD
October 25, 2011 - 9:47:21 PM
FTD News, Elvis CD News, Vinyl Records, Elvis News


On November 29, FTD will release 4 new titles. Two are CDs in the 7" digipack 2 CD Classic albums series: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas & the much anticipated Promised Land. Plus as Elvis Australia first announced in August, FTD will also release a new book, A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56, this one is something special, a most stunning glimpse of Elvis' life in 1956. And finally a new addition to the successful series of Elvis albums on vinyl, this time the The Elvis Is Back Sessions double LP.

FTD have also advised us that if they have any production complications at the time of release, they will ship the products that are ready, and the delayed products as soon as we get them in.

To be released on November 29 ...

CD Promised Land : FTD Classic Album 2 CD
CD Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

Book A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56 Hardcover book
CD The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set

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Full details of each release below

A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56 Hardcover Book

FTD have a new release, A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56, due out on November 29. This time with no audio component, as the relevant music is available on Sony's 'Young Man With The Big Beat'. Author and producer Michael Rose has assembled a most stunning glimpse of Elvis' life in 1956. Through literally hundreds of photos : many previously unpublished : we get to join Elvis at his show in Detroit on May 25. We stay with the tour for two more days in Columbus and Dayton and finally arrive in Memphis on May 28.

Rose has interviewed people who attended the shows, found original newspaper coverage, chosen and organized the many photos, and arranged it all as a fascinating travel log.

This is the Elvis that country legend Bob Wills aptly described as a 'punk', before controversy and Hollywood toned him down. The perfect companion to Sony's new box set, 'Young Man With The Big Beat' (a few of the photos in the box set, including the front, actually comes from this book).

A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56 : 192 page book
A Moment In Time : 4 Days In ‘56 : Elvis presley Book from FTD.

Buy A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56 Hardcover book

Promised Land : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

In 1973, Elvis Presley booked sessions at Memphis' famous Stax Studios, where Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, and numerous other soul stars had recorded hits. Unfortunately, initial efforts to have Elvis Presley work with the Stax stable of musicians yielded few usable tracks, and Elvis soon called in his stage band to finish the sessions. The results can be heard on the albums Good Times, Raised On Rock, and Promised Land.

Like most of Elvis' 70s recordings, Promised Land is an eclectic mix reflecting Elvis Presley's many musical enthusiasms. The ten songs that make up this album run the gamut from country heartbreak songs ('There's a Honky Tonk Angel', 'Mr. Songman') to carnal white funk ('If You Talk in Your Sleep') to heartfelt gospel ('Help Me') to schmaltzy pop ('Love Song of the Year', 'It's Midnight'). While the performances on Promised Land are uniformly excellent, the material is a mixed bag of strong material and throwaways.

Buy Promised Land : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

Promised land : Elvis Presley CD

Tracklist not final

Disc 1

The Original Album

  1. Promised Land
  2. There's A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In)
  3. Help Me
  4. Mr. Songman
  5. Love Song Of The Year
  6. It's Midnight
  7. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming
  8. If You Talk In Your Sleep
  9. Thinking About You
  10. You Asked Me To

    Session Highlights : The Alternate Album

  11. Promised Land : take 4
  12. There's A Honky Tonk Angel : takes 3,2,7
  13. Help Me - take 1 (undubbed master)
  14. Mr. Songman : take 2
  15. Love Song Of The Year : take 1
  16. It's Midnight : take 9
  17. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming - take 10
  18. If You Talk In Your Sleep - take 5
  19. Thinking About You : take 4
  20. You Asked Me To : ?

    More Session Highlights

  21. Promised Land : take 5
  22. Love Song Of The Year : take 7
  23. It's Midnight : take 11
  24. Thinking About You : takes 5,6
  25. You Asked Me To : ?

Disc 2

Promised Land : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
Promised Land : FTD Special Edition 2 CD.

The Sessions : The Making Of

  1. It's Midnight : takes 1-4, 8,7
  2. You Asked Me To : ?
  3. Mr. Songman : take 1
  4. Thinking About You : rehearsal
  5. Thinking About You : take 3
  6. Promised Land : take 3,2
  7. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming : takes 2,3
  8. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming : take 4
  9. There's A Honky Tonk Angel : take 1
  10. Love Song Of The Year : rehearsal
  11. Love Song Of The Year : take 2
  12. It's Midnight : take 10
  13. If You Talk In Your Sleep : takes 6,7, 8
  14. Mr. Songman : takes 3,6
  15. Love Song Of The Year : takes x,y, 8 (undubbed master)
  16. You Asked Me To : take 3B (4 ??)
  17. There's A Honky Tonk Angel : takes ?
  18. It's Midnight : takes 15,16
  19. Promised Land : take 6 : undubbed master
  20. Thinking About You : ?
  21. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming : take 8
  22. Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming : take 9

Buy Promised Land : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Clasic Album 2 CD
Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Clasic Album 2 CD.

Elvis Presley's excellent first Christmas album, Elvis' Christmas Album, looms so large in the public psyche that it is hard to fairly judge this album but taken on its own terms, Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas is a fine collection of seasonal favorites that would be a welcome addition to any Elvis fan's stocking.

Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas includes a number of seasonal standards ('O Come, All Ye Faithful', 'The First Noel', and 'Winter Wonderland') as well as such newer songs as 'On a Snowy Christmas Night' and the title track. The highlights of the album are a gritty six-minute version of Charles Brown's hit 'Merry Christmas Baby' and the version of 'Blue Christmas' Elvis performed on his comeback television special.

Disc 1

The Original Album

  1. O Come, All Ye Faithful 2:48
  2. The First Noel 2:09
  3. On A Snowy Christmas Night 2:49
  4. Winter Wonderland 2:17
  5. The Wonderful World Of Christmas 1:57
  6. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) 2:41
  7. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day 3:48
  8. If I Get Home On Christmas Day 2:51
  9. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees 2:52
  10. Merry Christmas Baby 5:44
  11. Silver Bells 2:26

    Bonus Song

  12. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day : remake master 3:43

    First Takes

  13. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) -takes 1-3 4:36
  14. If I Get Home On Christmas Day - take 1 3:37
  15. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - takes 1-3 7:54
  16. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - takes 1,2 3:13
  17. Silver Bells - takes 1,2 4:41
  18. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day : remake takes 1,2 5:48

Disc 2

  1. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day : take 4 4:58
  2. If I Get Home On Christmas Day : takes 2,3 3:51
  3. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees : take 3 2:27
  4. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day : remake take 3 4:24
  5. It Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without You) - takes 4,5 3:03
  6. O Come, All Ye Faithful : take 2 4:28
  7. If I Get Home On Christmas Day - take 5 3:00
  8. The Lord's Prayer 3:01 (Public Domain)
  9. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day - takes 5,6 4:2
  10. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - takes 4 2:36
  11. It' Won't Seem Like Christmas (Without you) - take 6 3:14
  12. Merry Christmas Baby : take 1(unedited version) 8:29
  13. I'll Be Home On Christmas Day : remake takes 4-9 7:24
  14. If I Get Home On Christmas Day - take 7 2:57
  15. Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees - takes 5-8 3:39
  16. Winter Wonderland : takes 7,8 3:53

Buy Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Classic Album 2 CD

The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set

The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set is the most requested album FTD have been asked to release album for vinyl release and features a wonderful NEW design with great photos from EPE. To be releaseed on November 29 along with two double CD sets in the FTD Classic album series; Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas & the much anticipated Promised Land, plus a new book, A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56.

Note Most requested FTD album for vinyl release
Note Wonderful NEW design featuring great photos from EPE
Note Re-mastered from original analogue US tapes
Note Vinyl cutting by ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
Note DMM Copper Mastering
Note 180 Grams heavyweight vinyl
Note Strictly limited pressing

What is 'DMM Copper Mastering'?

In short, it means that the audio quality is far more superior then a regular vinyl release. Direct Metal Mastering (or DMM for short) is an analogue audio disc mastering technique jointly developed by two German companies, Telefunken-Decca (TelDec) and Georg Neumann GmbH, towards the end of the 20th century. Neumann was responsible for manufacturing the actual DMM cutting equipment as part of their VMS80 series lathes. Unlike conventional disc mastering, where the mechanical audio modulation is cut onto a lacquer-coated aluminum disc, DMM cuts straight into metal (copper), utilizing a high frequency carrier system and specialized styli.

The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set

Side 1

  1. Such a Night (take 1) 3:14 (Lincoln Chase)
  2. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (takes 1, 2) 3:39 (Roy Turk/Lou Handman)
  3. Make Me Know It (take 3) 2:12 (Otis Blackwell)
  4. It's Now Or Never (take 1) 3:28 (Aaron Schroeder/Wally Gold)
  5. It Feels So Right (take 1) 2:08 (Fred Wise/Ben Weisman)
  6. Thrill Of Your Love (takes 1,2,1-PB) 4:09 (Stanley Kesler)
  7. Stuck on You (take 1) 2:19 (Aaron Schroeder/S. Leslie McFarland)

Side 2

  1. Reconsider Baby (master) 3.44 (Lowell Fulson)
  2. Soldier Boy (take 1) 3:03 (David Jones/Theodore Williams Jr.)
  3. A Mess Of Blues (take 1) 2:56 (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman)
  4. The Girl Of My Best Friend (takes 2, 4, 5, 6) 5:15 (Beverly Ross/Sam Bobrick)
  5. Fame And Fortune (take 2) 2:33 (Fred Wise/Ben Weisman)
  6. Like A Baby (take 1-FS/BD) 2:13 (Jesse Stone)
  7. Like A Baby (take 2) 2:42 (Jesse Stone)

Side 3

  1. Dirty, Dirty Feeling (takes 2, 3-sp last chord from 4/m) 1:44 (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)
  2. I Gotta Know (including take 1) 2:57 (Paul Evans/M. Williams)
  3. Such A Night (takes 2, 3, 4/5-sp) 3:50 (Lincoln Chase)
  4. Fever (take 1) 3:48 (John Davenport/Eddie Cooley)
  5. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (takes 4-FS, 3, wp 1/2-sp) 2:54 (Roy Turk/Lou Handman)
  6. Make Me Know It (takes 9, 10, 11) 2:41 (Otis Blackwell)
  7. The Girl Next Door (Went A'Walking) (Takes 1, 2, 3) 3:43 (Bill Rise/Thomas Wayne)

Side 4

  1. It's Now Or Never (take 2) 3:245 (Aaron Shcroeder/Wally Gold)
  2. It's Now or Never (takes 3, 4) 3:56 (Aaron Shcroeder/Wally Gold)
  3. It Feels So Right (takes 4, 3) 2:41 (Fred Wise/Ben Weisman)
  4. The Girl Of My Best Friend (take 9) 2:26 (Beverly Ross/Sam Bobrick)
  5. A Mess Of Blues (takes 2, 3) 2:50 (Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman)
  6. Soldier Boy (takes 9, 10) 3:39 (David Jones/Theodore Williams Jr.)
  7. Make Me Know It (takes 17, 18) 2:46 (Otis Blackwell)

Buy The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set

To be released on November 29 ...

CD Promised Land : FTD Classic Album 2 CD
CD Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas : FTD Classic Album 2 CD
Book A Moment In Time : 4 Days in ‘56 Hardcover book
CD The Elvis Is Back Sessions 2-disc 180-gram vinyl set

Shop See our shop for special combined offer and save $20 !!!


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Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.