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"The Definitive Ernst Interview" - from 2002

Sun Jun 04, 2006 3:30 pm

Hi Gang,
I know that it is pretty out of date by now, but in collating Ernst's interviews I have rediscovered this 'Definitive' interview of Ernst by Arjan Deelen. I have added it to EIN today as it has been missing for too long.

It is certainly one of Ernst longest ever interviews and covers a fabulous range of topics including ....
- What material there maybe for future releases
- The Bootleggers
- Elvis' drug-abuse
- Joe Tunzi's and Paul Dowling's rumours
- Tracking down 'possible rarities'
- Missing takes & numbering methods
- Early Sun material
- Meeting Felton Jarvis
- Seeing Elvis in concert for the only time
.. & much, much more

...... So in that way it is still relevant today.
It is a long but very worthwhile read.
Hope you enjoy revisiting it as much as I did.

Click here for the interview.


Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:41 pm

Yeah, I remember that interview.

This part is most interesting:

AD: The info in your "Day to Day" book is quite detailed on rehearsals, even mentioning songtitles:
Jan. 19, 1972 – ’The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine’, ’I’m Leaving It Up To You’, ’Delta Lady’, ’The Last Time I Saw Her Face’. July 21, ’73 – ’She’s Not You’, ’I Feel So Bad’, ’A Mess O Blues’, ’Twelfth Of Never’, ’Are You Sincere’. Jan. 15, ’74 – ’Born To Lose’, ’Twelfth Of Never’, ’I’m Leavin’ It Up To You’. March 16, ’75 – ’You Can Have Her’, ’Susie Q’ Is any of this info based on tape-recording?

Ernst: That’s a ’no comment’ situation. RCA doesn’t want me to comment on this. I don’t print stuff in my book without paper documentation, and I don’t say that these tapes exist and I don’t comment on how they sound. I think in general Elvis rehearsed at RCA before every Vegas engagement in the earlier years.

Keith Richards, Jr.

Sun Jun 04, 2006 5:42 pm

Thanks for that.

I found it interesting that Ernst commented on the fifties recordings not being popular, and yet we have had a number of compilations since this interview that have drawn heavily on fifties material, whilst the ‘50’s imagery is also still predominant.

A blues compilation is long over due. I’m glad Ernst likes the idea of it, but four years down the line we are still waiting. I fully understand the marketing reasons behind the inclusion of one or two new and interesting recordings, but when you consider that the majority of these tracks are not going to be known by the general public anyway, it’s a great shame if this is the only thing that is holding the project up.

When you start compiling Elvis’ blues performances you realise that there is the possibility for quite an extensive collection which could take in rehearsal, informal and live recordings in addition to the studio masters. There are also a number of one liners from different sessions, that show Elvis always had a feel for the blues and always went back to them which could make nice little link tracks.

Elvis’ legacy would certainly be much better served by such a compilation, than it has been by the current batch of mainstream releases.

Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:06 pm

Nice interview - thanks Piers.

It would be neat to see an FTD release of the March '76 Johnson City show, with those pictures Ernst had taken with Felton and the others :smt023

Rebel: there's supposed to be an "R&B" compliation release this August. I've been looking forward to this as well.


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Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:18 pm

Right on about the johnson city show from 76,would love to get this one of ftd, is there not a ftd site yet? if not, wouldnt that be perfect place for people who dont buy mags to read these interviews?

Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:42 pm

I keep wondering how "She´s Not You" sounded in the 70´s.

I hope this exists.

And "The Twelfth Of Never" is one my favourite of all time and I wish we have more versions of the song if it exists. :D

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:13 am

Renan wrote:I keep wondering how "She´s Not You" sounded in the 70´s.

I hope this exists.

Me too, it'd be very exciting!

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:48 pm

Rich_TCB wrote:Rebel: there's supposed to be an "R&B" compliation release this August. I've been looking forward to this as well.



Thanks for the information. My only concern is that the genre series hasn’t been very imaginative so far, and with the exception of the “Reconsider Baby” album, the majority of the blues compilations we have had in the past have fallen somewhat short of the ‘definitive’ tag which Elvis’ work in this field deserves. Let’s hope the R & B album is a good release.

I’m assuming the live CD will focus on stand out performances rather than being a live version of the greatest hits. Such a CD could certainly challenge views such as the one recently published in Q which effectively wrote off the entire Las Vegas era, and would therefore be a worthwhile release.