February 02 - Follow That Dream

The Follow That Dream collector's label announced the February 2017 titles; a double vinyl LP for the "Speedway" soundtrack and the re-issue of "A Date With Elvis"  in the Classic Album series. The "Speedway - The Remixed Soundtrack Masters" contains remixed stereo and mono masters.

Side 1; 01 Let Yourself Go, 02 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby, 03 There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (Elvis and Nancy Sinatra), 04 Who Are You? (Who Am I?), 05 Speedway, 06 He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad, 07 Suppose


Side 2; 01 Five Sleepy Heads, 02 Goin’ Home – takes 24, 21, 03 Mine – takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 04 Western Union – take 1, 05 Suppose (Nashville master), 06 Let Yourself Go  – take 5


Side 3; 01 Your Groovy Self (master) Nancy Sinatra, 02 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (movie version), 03 Goin’ Home – takes 16, 23, 04 Mine – takes 8, 9, 05 Western Union – take 2, 3, 06 Let Yourself Go – take 6


Side 4; The Mono Soundtrack Masters: 01 Speedway, 02 There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (Elvis and Nancy Sinatra), 03 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby, 04 Who Are You? (Who Am I?), 05 He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad, 06 Let Yourself Go, 07 Your Groovy Self (Nancy Sinatra), 08 Five Sleepy Heads*, 09 Suppose* (* Not used in the final print).


The re-issue of "A Date With Elvis" as a double CD in the Classic Album series contains contains masters, outtakes and home recordingsmade during his Army time in Germany. 

A Date With Elvis' was released in July 1959 and was the second of three compilation albums released by RCA while Elvis was serving in the U.S. Army. The aim of all three albums, apart from keeping Elvis’ name in the public eye, was to collect recordings that had only been out on 45 rpm records in order to take advantage of the fast growing Long Playing album market. This 7” digipack 2-CD set also features stereo masters and ‘fly-on-the-wall’ persona; recordings made during his Army time in Germany.  It also includes the 'Is It So Strange' Binaural session.


Disc 1 - Original Album - Side 1: Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Young And Beautiful / (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care / Milkcow Blues Boogie / Baby Let’s Play House. Side 2: Good Rockin’ Tonight / Is It So Strange / We’re Gonna Move / I Want To Be Free / I Forgot To Remember To Forget. Bonus Songs: I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine / Let Me. Stereo and Binaural: Young And Beautiful / (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care / We’re Gonna Move / I Want To Be Free (movie version, splice of takes 10, 12 & 13 - binaural master not released as such before) / I Want To Be Free (record version, splice of takes 11 & final ending take 5 - binaural master not released as such before) / Is It So Strange (take 1) / Is It So Strange (takes 2-9) / Is It So Strange (take 10) / Is It So Strange (take 11) / Is It So Strange (take 12 - original master take).


Disc 2 - Private Recordings from Germany: I’m Beginning To Forget You (1) / I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) (ending only) / Mona Lisa / I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You) / Guitar Piece / Danny Boy (1) / Danny Boy (2) / Loving You (incomplete) / Talk / I’m Beginning To Forget You (2) / Christmas / I’m Beginning To Forget You (3) / I’m Beginning To Forget You (4) / I Asked The Lord (1 incomplete) / I Asked The Lord (2 incomplete) / Apron Strings (1) / Soldier Boy / I Asked The Lord (3 incomplete) / I Asked The Lord (4) / I Asked The Lord (5) / Earth Angel / I Will Be True / There’s No Tomorrow / I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (slow) / Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) / Hound Dog / I Asked The Lord (6) / I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (fast) / Apron Strings (3) / The Titles Will Tell / Send Me Some Lovin’ / The Fool (1) / The Fool (2 incomplete) / The Fool (3) / The Fool (4) / I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (fast) / I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (slow 1) / Apron Strings (2) / It’s Been So Long Darling.


Elvis’ Humes High School May Close

Elvis’ Humes High School is now an under-enrolled charter school and state officials will soon decide its fate. When Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in 1953 during the days of segregated schools, the stately red brick building was operated by the city district to serve white students in a growing area of north Memphis.
The school still operates today and is known as Humes Preparatory Academy Middle, a mostly black, state-run charter school serving a community with a shrinking population of school-age children. This week, leaders of Tennessee’s Achievement School District are expected to announce whether the historic school will remain open.
Last year the state-run school turnaround district invited other eligible charter networks to apply to step in. But only one, Memphis-based Frayser Community Schools, threw its hat in the ring. Among Frayser’s plans for Humes: a renewed focus on music. 

“It’s inspiring to know that we will be walking in the footsteps of Elvis Presley if we are able to start this program,” said Derrick Lewis, fine arts chairman for MLK College Preparatory High School, Frayser’s only current school, also in Memphis. The state-run district already plans to let at least one of its 31 Memphis schools close because of low enrollment. But the outlook at Humes is somewhat brighter with the middle school operating at 69 percent of capacity.

Whatever the decision about Humes, the school building on North Manassas Avenue will remain. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its connection to Presley, whose performance in the school talent show whetted his appetite to become an entertainer.

A historical plaque has stood in the schoolyard since 2013 to trumpet the school’s history and famous alumnus. The Humes property would return to the possession of Shelby County Schools if the ASD decides to walk away.

Colonel Parker's Home saved for future Museum

The historic Madison home once owned by Elvis Presley’s manager is being taken apart piece by piece. Brian Oxley and his crew are working on the Madison home of Colonel Tom Parker. When he learned they wanted to put a car wash up, he knew people would want to keep the history of the home. “I’ve told my team, we’re all archaeologists, ya know? This is fun, we’re looking for clues, we’re trying to match pictures with the knots on the doors, where Elvis may have stood, but I think the number one thing more than archaeologists, I’m an anthropologist, which means I’m interested in people,”

So crews are taking it apart and numbering every beam, floor board, and pine wall so it can be re-assembled somewhere else for a permanent Elvis Presley display. The famous singer would stay there when he was in Nashville.

The home has sat largely vacant since Steve North, who purchased the property and moved his law office there in the mid-1990s, retired. In 2015, it was included on the 2015 "Nashville Nine" list of the city's most-endangered historic places. Last month, news that developers wanted to open a car wash on the property made headlines nationwide.

This isn’t Oxley's first project. In recent years he purchased and restored Johnny Cash’s Bon Aqua property and the “Mama Cash House” the country star bought for his mother in Hendersonville. But now he’s switching his focus from the Man in Black to the King.

Oxley hopes to eventually reassemble the interior and include it as part of a permanent Presley display. He’s already begun delving into research about Parker’s life and work as well as the home’s famous visitors. Pointing to the wood paneling on the wall, he said, "These knots are like fingerprints. You see them in old pictures (of the house) and you can tell exactly where Elvis was standing."

(Source: The Elvis Shop London / Follow That Dream / Elvis Information Network)

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