July 15 - Follow That Dream 20th Anniversary

The Follow That Dream collectors label announced the release of the 5 CD set “Elvis - American Studio” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the label. This set, part of the labels new "Sessions" series", comes with a 28 page booklet. 

Besides this set the label also announced the release of the double LP “Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee”, a limited edition release containing alternative versions of songs from the “The Lost Album” sessions in May 1963 and January 1964. The LP is mastered at Abbey Road Studios. Both titles are due at the end of August 2019.

Details "Elvis - American Studio":

The collection features over 90 tracks of rare and unreleased material from Elvis’ 1969 American Sound Studio sessions – which resulted in his "From Elvis In Memphis" record later that year. 

“Suspicious Minds” celebrates its 50th Anniversary on August 26th, 2019 . Elvis Presley's pivotal year of 1969 celebrated with Elvis: American Sound 1969 featuring all known and previously unreleased outtakes from the legendary American Sound Sessions, Including “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”. 

The album ranks among Elvis’ most universally beloved records, spawning the iconic hit “In The Ghetto.” 

The other singles from 1969 include “Don’t Cry Daddy,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “Mama Liked The Roses,” each of which went on to sell over one million copies. “Suspicious Minds” became Elvis’ 18th and final single to top the Billboard 100 – a prime example of his late career renaissance. "American Sound 1969" includes alternate versions of each of these classics and more.

Tracks “Elvis - American Sound 1969”

CD 1: Long Black Limousine (Take 1, 2, 3 & 5) - Long Black Limousine (Take 6) - Long Black Limousine (Take 7, 8 & 9) - Long Black Limousine (Take 9) - This Is The Story (Take 1 & 2) - Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 1, 2, 3 & 5) - Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 10) - Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 12, 13 & 14) - Wearin' That Loved On Look (Take 15) - You'll Think of Me (Take 1 - 6) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 7) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 8) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 11 & 14) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 16) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 19, 20 & 22) - You'll Think Of Me (Take 23)

CD 2: I'm Movin' On (Take 1 - 2) - I'm Movin' On (Take 2) - A Little Bit Of Green (Rehearsal) - A Little Bit Of Green (Take 1) - A Little Bit Of Green (Take 2 - 3) - Gentle On My Mind (With Track Replacement Overdubs And Master Vocal) - Don't Cry Daddy (Take 3) - Poor Man's Gold (Take 12) - Inherit The Wind (Take 1 - Rehearsal - Take 4) - Mama Liked The Roses (Master Track With Alternate Vocal Overdub) - Mama Liked The Roses (Master Track With Master Vocal Overdub) - My Little Friend (Master Track With Master Vocal Overdub) - In The Ghetto (Take 1) - In The Ghetto (Take 2 - 3) - In The Ghetto (Take 4) - In The Ghetto (Take 5 - 10) - In The Ghetto (Take 11) - In The Ghetto (Take 13) - In The Ghetto (Take 19) - In The Ghetto (Take 20) - In The Ghetto (Take 22)

CD 3: Rubberneckin' (Take 1 - 2) - Hey Jude (Take 1) - Hey Jude (Take 3, 5, 6 & 7) - From A Jack To King (Take 1 - 3) - From A Jack To King (Take 4 - 5) - Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Take 1) - Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Take 2 - 4) - Without Love (There Is Nothing) (Take 5) - I'll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) (Take 1) - I'll Be There (Take 1 - 3) - I'll Be There (Take 4 - 6) - Suspicious Minds (Take 1 - 5) - Suspicious Minds (Take 6) - Suspicious Minds (Take 7) - Suspicious Minds (Take 8)

CD 4: Stranger In My Own Home Town (Jam) - Medley: It's My Way / This Time / I Can't Stop Loving You (Jam) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 2) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 4) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 5) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 6 - 7) - True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Take 11) - And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Take 1, 3 & 5) - And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Take 6 - Master Track With Live Vocal) - And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind (Take 6 - Master Track With Overdubbed Vocal) - Power Of My Love (Take 1) - Power Of My Love (Take 2 & 3) - Power of My Love (Take 6) - Power Of My Love (Take 7) - After Loving You (Take 2) - After Loving You (Take 3) - After Loving You (Take 4) - Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 1 & 3) - Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 4) - Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 5) - Do You Know Who I Am? (Take 7)

CD 5: Kentucky Rain (Take 1 - 3) - Kentucky Rain (Take 5 - 7) - Kentucky Rain (Take 8) - Kentucky Rain (Take 9) - Kentucky Rain (Take 10) - Only The Strong Survive (Take 1) - Only The Strong Survive (Take 8, 11 & 12) - Only The Strong Survive (Take 17, 21 & 22) - Only The Strong Survive (Take 29) - It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' (Take 1 & 2) - Any Day Now (Take 1 & 2) - Any Day Now (Take 3 & 4) - Any Day Now (Take 5 & 6) - If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) (Take 1, 2 & 3) - If I'm A Fool (For Loving You) (Take 6, 7, 8 & 9) - The Fair's Moving On (Track Master With Vocal Overdub) - Who Am I? (Track Master With Vocal Overdub).

It contains the following unreleased tracks:
  • Long Black Limousine – takes 1,2,3 and 5 4:41 Previously unreleased 
  • Wearin' That Loved On Look – takes 1,2,3 and 5 2:19 Takes 1, 2 and 5. Previously unreleased Take 3
  • You’ll Think Of Me – takes 11 and 14 6:01 Take 11. Previously unreleased Take 14
  • You’ll Think Of Me – takes 19,20 and 22 4:04 Previously unreleased 
  • In The Ghetto – takes 5-10 6:52 Previously unreleased 
Tracks “Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee”:

Side A: Memphis, Tennessee (Rejected Master) - Ask Me (Rejected Master) - Echoes Of Love (Take 1) - Please DonĂ­t Drag That String Around (Take 1) - (You’re The) Devil In Disguise (Take 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Master) - What Now, What Next, Where To (Master) - Never Ending (Take 1)

Side B: (It’s A) Long Lonely Highway (Master) - Witchcraft (Take 1) - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (Take 1) - Love Me Tonight (Take 1) - Memphis, Tennessee (Take 1 - 12.01.1964) - Ask Me (Take 1, 2 - 12.01.1964) - Western Union (Take 1) - Please Don't Drag That String Around (Take 2)

Side C: Slowly But Surely (Take 1) - Never Ending (Take 2, 3 Master) - (You're The) Devil In Disguise (Take 3) - Please Don't Drag That String Around (Take 3, 4, 5) - Witchcraft (Take 2) - Ask Me (Take 5, 6 - Alternate Rejected Master)

Side D: Blue River (Take 1, 2) - Memphis, Tennessee (Take 2, 3, 5 - 12.01.1964) - It Hurts Me (Take 2, 3, 4, 5 Master - 12.01.1964) - Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers (Take 2, 3) - Love Me Tonight (Take 2, 3, 4) - Slowly But Surely (Take 2, 3, 4)

Recorded: May 26 & 27, 1963 And *January 12, 1964 At Rca Victor Studio, Nashville.

Austin Butler to Play Elvis

Director Baz Luhrmann has found his Elvis. He has set Austin Butler to play the starmaking role of Elvis Presley in the untitled drama that covers the seminal legend’s growth from dirt poor singer to global icon, seen through the prism of his complex relationship over two decades with manager Colonel Tom Parker. Latter role will be played by Tom Hanks and Warner Bros will distribute worldwide.

The film will shoot early next year in Queensland, Australia, with Warner Bros Pictures distributing worldwide. The film will trace Presley’s elevation to a level of stardom and celebrity matched only by The Beatles, set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.

(Source: FECC / Follow That Dream / Deadline)