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Five New FTD Releases Now Available for Pre-Order on ShopElvis

June 05, 2012

Expected to be released in early July, Elvis fans can now pre-order five new releases from the Follow That Dream (FTD) classic series on While these newest FTDs can be purchased separately, fans can save 10% when purchasing any 2 pre-ordered releases and other select releases with the ShopElvis bundle. The five newest releases include: 

"From Hawaii to Las Vegas" CD

This new 5" digipack release is a cassette recording of Elvis' January 25 dress rehearsal for his January/February 1973 season at The Las Vegas Hilton. The rough audio quality is more than compensated by the fascinating insight into how Elvis worked in order to create his shows.

With little talk, and a lot of music, we are invited to a first row presentation of what he had in mind, and yet he decided to change the repertoire the next day. Among the many songs is "Separate Ways" – rehearsed with and without the orchestra and a song that Elvis chose to never perform in public.

This FTD includes tracks such as "You Gave Me a Mountain," "Blue Suede Shoes," "My Way," "An American Trilogy," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Welcome to My World" and more. Click here to read more about this release including the complete track listing.

"Elvis G.I. Blues" CD and Booklet

As part of the classic album series, the "Elvis G.I. Blues" CD and booklet from the Follow That Dream Collectors Series is also scheduled to ship out in early July.

The first volume of this material includes a 7" inch digipack format and booklet. After extensive effort, this album was produced with the best sounding "G.I. Blues" recordings ever.

This FTD includes tracks such as "Wooden Heart," "Pocketful of Rainbows," "Doin' The Best I Can," "What's She Really Like," "Big Boots," "Didja' Ever" and more. Click here to get more information about this release including the complete track listing.

"Elvis That's The Way It Is" Vinyl Set

This release features the music from Elvis' documentary, "Elvis: That's The Way It Is." Elvis performed in August of 1970 at the Elvis Summer Festival in Las Vegas. This collection features live performances, rehearsals, and several takes during his performance.

The Follow That Dream Series 2-disc vinyl set is re-mastered from the original U.S. tapes and features vinyl cutting by Abbev Road. The latest collection includes DMM copper mastering and limited pressing.

This FTD includes tracks such as "Twenty Days And Twenty Nights," "Stranger In The Crowd," "Sweet Caroline," "Patch It Up," "The Wonder Of You," "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and more. Click here to get more information about this release including the complete track listing.

"Memphis to Hollywood" Book

Hot on the heels of "Welcome Home Elvis" comes its sequel, "Welcome to Hollywood," which brings Elvis from Memphis back to the movie making business in Hollywood.  This Flaming Star production written by David English looks at the actual production of "G.I. Blues." As with "Welcome Home Elvis," the book features an album – this time featuring the newly found original mono LP master for "G.I. Blues." As with its predecessor, the book is filled to the brim with great, rare and informative photos and documents.

"Elvis A Boy from Tupelo - The Complete 1953-55 Recordings" Book and CD

This includes, for the first time in one collection, every known Elvis Presley Sun Studio master and outtake, plus two private records Elvis paid for with his own money, as well as thrilling radio and concert performances from the period. This 3 CD package features 10 previously-unreleased cuts.

The accompanying book is, in essence, a fully-illustrated travelogue. It thoughtfully details the birth of Elvis' career through facts, anecdotes, documentation, many rare photos, and a succinct narrative.

Independence Day 1954 is when this uniquely American saga begins, less than 24 hours before his first professional recording session, and it ends in December 1955, when the rights to Elvis' SUN tapes officially expire, and the singer leaves Sam Phillips to record for RCA.

All audio has been re-mastered and restored as best we could, but disc 3 has pretty rough audio.

The book is 512 pages in 12" by 12" format and includes more than 500 photos of which about 200 are previously unpublished. If you are not an expert in this period of Elvis' career, a lot more photos will be new to you. Many familiar photos will be seen in best ever quality, but since this is a historical document, there will also be many images of less quality, included for their rarity value and support of the story. The book also includes, for the first time, Steve Sholes' original notes on the Sun tapes.