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FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:19 pm

FTD – COVERED VS. UNCOVERED


One of the objectives of the Follow That Dream collector’s label is to cover all aspects of Elvis Presley’s musical history by issuing CDs presenting studio and soundtrack sessions and complete concerts from all tours and hotel seasons, provided there are tapes. That begs the question, what has been covered by the FTD label so far, and what remains in the vaults? I will answer that question year by year.

1953-1955, also known as the SUN years: Everything available in the official vaults from this era, including studio masters and outtakes and live recordings, was released on A Boy from Tupelo in 2012, a book project with three CDs. The book was printed in 4,600 copies and sold out in a few weeks. The ideal place to reiusse these historic recordings within the FTD realm is on 2-CD editions of the 1959 albums A Date with Elvis (live recordings and masters/outtakes) and For LP Fans Only (outtakes and masters).

1956: The year can be divided in six: studio albums Elvis Presley and Elvis, soundtrack EP and expanded FTD album Love Me Tender, five concert recordings, various TV performances, and the Million Dollar Quartet session. Everything except the two May concerts, the TV performances and the MDQ session has found its home on the FTD label.

1957: In addition to performing live, Elvis made two movies and a Christmas album this year, plus some additional studio masters. The live performances and loads of studio outtakes from the January sessions remain unreleased.

1958: The studio recordings with all surviving outtakes were released on 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong in the classic album series. Soundtrack album King Creole only available as a bonus disc on book project King Creole – The Music from 2010. Only one track from the Eddie Fadal home recordings has been released officially (“I Understand Just How You Feel”); the rest of this home tape could be a bonus on a future classic album release of said soundtrack.

1959: Elvis was in the army and didn’t record music professionally. However, we have the Bad Nauheim home recordings, captured on amateur equipment in Elvis’s home in Germany and scattered across several releases, including FTD’s Elvis in a Private Moment, but they have never been released in complete form.

1960: More home recordings, this time from Elvis’s home in Monovale Drive in California. See comments above. More importantly, Elvis was back from the army and recorded no less than two studio albums and three soundtracks, all of which are available in the FTD series.

1961: Elvis recorded three more soundtracks, a studio album, and performed three benefit shows; as far as we know, only the one from Hawaii was captured on tape. Everything with the exception of the latter is available on FTD.

1962: The two soundtracks and all studio recordings available on FTD.

1963: Elvis recorded three soundtracks and fourteen studio songs. Only soundtrack Kissin’ Cousins remains unreleased.

1964: Elvis recorded three studio songs and two soundtracks. Only soundtrack Roustabout remains unreleased.

1965: No studio recordings, just three soundtracks, all of which are included in the FTD catalog.

1966: More home recordings from California. See earlier comments. Elvis again recorded three soundtrack albums, plus a gospel album, plus several other studio cuts. Everyting has been issued on FTD, with the exception of some of the home recordings.

1967: Three soundtracks and a handful of studio recordings. Soundtrack Speedway remains unreleased.

1968: The year of the amazing ’68 Comeback Special, which has yet to be released on FTD. Three soundtracks were recorded, all currently unavailable. In fact, FTD have only given us the four songs recorded in Nashville in January and two complete ’68 Comeback rehearsals so far.

1969: Two celebrated studio albums, many additional masters, a soundtrack, and a live album culled from different shows in his triumphant return to the concert stage in what would sadly turn out to be the first of fifteen Las Vegas seasons. Only the soundtrack Change of Habit remains unreleased. Five of the eleven concerts recorded professionally have been issued on FTD and another two on BMG/Sony, leaving four candidates for FTD treatment in the future.

1970: A live album and no less than three studio albums were released originally by RCA, all of which are available on FTD. Both Vegas seasons have been covered, but the Houston Astrodome stand and the two concert tours remain unreleased, mainly because no quality tapes exist in the offical vaults. In addition, there are several rehearsals from July and August that need to be released.

1971: A score of studio recordings spread out over four original albums, all properly dealt with in FTD’s classic album series. Two Vegas seasons, a Tahoe season, and a concert tour. The Tahoe season and the second Vegas season have not been covered due to lack of quality tapes (soundboard or better).

1972: Seven studio songs, three rehearsal sessions, two Vegas seasons, and three concerts tours. The three tours have not yet been covered, and we also need a complete rehearsal or two.

1973: Two Aloha shows, a post-show recording session, three hotel seasons and two concert tours, plus three studio albums and a home recording tape from Sam Thompson’s house. FTD have covered the hotel seasons, the studio albums, and most of the home tape, plus the masters captured after the Aloha show. No quality tapes exist from the tours, but we may get the Aloha shows and the post-show session outtakes at some point.

1974: A home recording that remains unreleased. Four tours, two Vegas seasons, and two Tahoe seasons. Only the last Tahoe season is unreleased; there are no quality tapes in the vaults.

1975: FTD have given us the studio album, the first two tours, and the first and third Vegas season. So far nothing from the last tour, the second Vegas season, or the New Year’s Eve show from Pontiac, Michigan. With the exception of the incomplete, damaged soundboard from July 18, no quality tapes are in the official vaults.

1976: Two studio albums (including the 1977 album Moody Blue, which contained six 1976 studio cuts, three 1977 live cuts, and a 1974 reissued live cut), nine concert tours, and two hotel seasons. Three tours and the hotel seasons have not been covered.

1977: Elvis did five tours, out of which only the first two have been covered by FTD. Song selections from tours two and three were recorded professionally by RCA, some of which saw light of day on FTD’s Spring Tours ’77. Two shows were filmed and recorded professionally in June, and an ensuing album was issued posthumously, popularly considered to be an original classic album despite its late inclusion in the Elvis Presley canon.

To sum it up:

1953-1955: A Boy from Tupelo, collecting all available studio and live material in one spot. The only thing missing is a live recording of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”, which was found in the hands of a private collector after the book and accompanying CDs were printed.

1956: Elvis Presley (2-CD containing original album, additional masters, interviews, and a horde of outtakes), Elvis (2-CD containing original album, additional masters, and all surviving outtakes of “Rip It Up” and “Old Shep”, plus benefit show December 15), Love Me Tender (2-CD containing original soundtrack, all available outtakes, some interviews, and the Tupelo shows).

Although the Million Dollar Quartet Session, the 1956 TV show performances, the closing show from Las Vegas May 6, and the concert from Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, have all been released on the official label years ago, there is still a chance that this material may somehow turn up on FTD in the future. However, looking at it from a broader perspective and not the narrow viewpoint of the Follow That Dream collector’s label, 1956 has been thoroughly covered from end to end.

1957: Loving You (2-CD containing original album, additional studio masters, a few alternate masters, and a disc full of “Loving You” outtakes, 48 in all), Jailhouse Rock (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Jailhouse Rock, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis’ Christmas Album (1-CD set to be released November/December 2014, assumed contents: masters plus gospel outtakes). The Jailhouse Rock volumes hold every single outtake of the six movie songs.

The Ed Sullivan show (available on the mass market) and a few live recordings haven’t been released on FTD. Also, there are many outtakes yet to be released from the January sessions, outtakes of songs like “Blueberry Hill” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”. Some of these outtakes can be found on the Flashback book bonus disc. This could be included on an FTD edition of Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 1.

1958: 50,000,000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus three interviews known as the Elvis Sails EP). Soundtrack available only on King Creole – The Music and needs to be issued in the classic album series, preferably with the Eddie Fadal tape as bonus material on disc one and the Bad Nauheim tape on disc two.

1959: Elvis in a Private Moment (contains ten songs from 1959; more is left sitting in the vaults).

1960: Elvis Is Back! (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), His Hand in Mine (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), G.I. Blues (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Café Europa: G.I. Blues, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Wild in the Country (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Flaming Star (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis in a Private Moment (contains nine songs from 1960). The G.I. Blues volumes contain every single existing outtake from the movie.

The Frank Sinatra Timex Special is the only thing missing from this year (three songs), but that stuff is available on the mass market, plus of course more home recordings.

1961: Something for Everybody (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Blue Hawaii (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Follow That Dream (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Kid Galahad (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes).

Only the three benefit shows are missing, out of which only one is known to exist on tape. It’s been released officially, but chances are good it will pop up on FTD next year.

1962: Pot Luck with Elvis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), It Happened at the World’s Fair (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes). Pot Luck also contains masters and additional masters from 1961, plus outtakes of these.

Nothing remains to be covered here.

1963: Fun in Acapulco (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Viva Las Vegas (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis Sings Memphis, Tennessee (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including three masters with alternate takes from January 1964).

Kissin’ Cousins is yet to be released.

1964: Girl Happy (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Tickle Me (1-CD containing old studio masters and some alternate takes). The latter is the only movie without an original soundtrack.

Roustabout is yet to be released.

1965: Harum Scarum (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Frankie and Johnny (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes).

Nothing remains to be released.

1966: Spinout (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Double Trouble (1-CD containing masters and some alternate takes), Easy Come, Easy Go (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes). Elvis Sings How Great Thou Art (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including two gospel songs from 1967), Elvis Sings Guitar Man (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including masters and outtakes from 1967). Elvis in a Private Moment (ten songs recorded in Elvis’s home in Palm Springs).

With the exception of more home recordings, nothing remains to be released.

1967: Elvis Sings Guitar Man (see above), Clambake (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Stay Away, Joe (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including four songs from January 1968).

Speedway remains to be released.

1968: Two rehearsals have been released (Burbank ’68 and Let Yourself Go! – The Making of “Elvis” – the ’68 Comeback Special), CDs that also contain other material from the Special, plus, of course, the four songs recorded in Nashville that I mentioned earlier.

Live a Little, Love a Little, Charro!, The Trouble with Girls, and Elvis: The ’68 Comeback Special remain to be released, and possibly also the two sit-down and the two stand-up shows, even though all of those shows are available on DVD and CD on the mass market.

1969: From Elvis in Memphis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Back in Memphis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), From Elvis at American Sound Studio (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (2-CD containing live masters, a selection of other live cuts, and a complete concert featuring dinner show August 22), The Return to Vegas (1-CD sporting a soundboard recording of a dinner show that might be from August 3), Elvis at the International (midnight show August 23), Hot August Night (midnight show August 25), Elvis Live in Vegas (dinner show August 26), All Shook Up (midnight show August 26, featuring the infamous laughing version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”).

Change of Habit remains to be covered, and preferably also midnight show August 22, dinner show August 23, midnight show August 24, and dinner show August 25.

1970: February, 1970: On Stage (2-CD containing live masters, a selection of other live cuts, midnight shows February 18 and 19, plus the five songs they recorded from the February 18 dinner show), That’s the Way It Is (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus a few live cuts), Love Letters from Elvis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis Country (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Polk Salad Annie (midnight show February 15, plus other live cuts and parts of a rehearsal), The On Stage Season (2-CD sporting opening and closing show January 26 and February 23), The Way It Was (first a book with CD, then a stand-alone CD containing at least one track from each July and August rehearsal and the six shows recorded between August 10 and 13), Stage Rehearsal (botched attempt at releasing the August 10 dress rehearsal; the rehearsal is heavily edited, not only with stuff cut away, but with songs in a random order; this CD also contains a few rehearsal cuts from 1972 and 1973), One Night in Vegas (opening show August 10, plus some rehearsal cuts), The Wonder of You (dinner show August 13).

The Houston Astrodome shows in February/March and the September and November tours have yet to be covered. Unfortunately, no quality tapes exist in the official vaults.

1971: Elvis Now (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis (FOOL) (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus the five “live” masters recorded on the stage after the Aloha broadcast, January 14), Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), He Touched Me (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), The Impossible Dream (dinner show January 28, plus many selections from January 26 to 29), Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden ’71 (tour show from Boston, Massachusetts November 10).

Lake Tahoe and the August/September Vegas season remain to be covered, but no quality tapes exist in the official vaults.

1972: Standing Room Only (2-CD containing studio masters and a load of alternate takes, plus live masters from February), An American Trilogy (midnight show February 15, plus lots of outtakes from February dates and the January opening show), Elvis on Tour – The Rehearsals (rehearsal outtakes from March), 6363 Sunset (contains a handful of March rehearsal outtakes), Summer Festival (dinner show August 11, plus bonus songs), 3000 South Paradise Road (2-CD containing dinner show August 12 and dress rehearsal August 4), Destination USA (2-CD containing dinner show September 4 and live outtakes from February and rehearsal outtakes from August).

The three tours have yet to be covered. No quality tape is known to exist officially from the November tour, though. From June, we only have the officially released Madison Square Garden shows. Three professional recordings from April are rotting in the vaults. Something should be done about this, and soon.

1973: Raised on Rock (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Good Times (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Promised Land (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), From Hawaii to Las Vegas (rehearsal January 25, the day before opening night), I’ll Remember You (midnight show February 3, plus bonus songs), Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (3 a.m. show May 13, plus two bonus songs from midnight show May 12), Closing Night (closing show September 3; first seven tracks taken from dinner show same day).

The April and June/July tours have not yet been covered due to the fact there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. The Aloha shows are available officially on DVD and CD, but there’s always a chance they might be released on FTD sometime down the line, with the complete post-Aloha recording session as bonus material.

1974: I Found My Thrill (official opening show January 27, plus bonus tracks), Sold Out! (2-CD featuring the March 1 and June 21 show, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Cleveland, Ohio, respectively), Forty-Eight Hours to Memphis (Richmond, Virginia, March 18), Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (March 20), Live in LA (originally released as part of the book project Live in L.A. (notice the subtle title change?) and presenting the legendary evening show from May 11, in which Elvis apparently “taught them boys to rock” [Led Zeppelin were in the audience, and Elvis gives a nod to them from the stage], plus bonus songs from this short tour), High Sierra (midnight show May 21, plus bonus songs from other Tahoe shows this season), Rockin’ across Texas (first a book with two CDs, then a reissued 2-CD set with Amarillo, Texas, June 19 on disc one), Fashion for a King (book with two CDs, one of which happens to be from Omaha, Nebraska, July 1), From Sunset to Las Vegas (2-CD with rehearsal August 16, with one song cut away for no reason, making the release somewhat of a joke, plus bonus songs from this Vegas season; the first edition of this release contains the infamous deleted - see guidelines #2 monolog from Elvis, whereas the second edition is clean as a sheet), Nevada Nights (2-CD presenting opening night August 19 and midnight show August 21), It’s Midnight! (first eighteen tracks from midnight show August 24, the rest from dinner show August 29; tape ran out, and producers wanted to create the illusion of a complete show), Dragonheart (October 1, South Bend, Indiana, plus three bonus tracks from September 28 and 29).

Only the October Tahoe season remains to be covered, but there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. Well, there’s also the home recording, just a song or two, most like.

1975: Elvis Today (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Big Boss Man (midnight show March 28, plus bonus tracks), Elvis in Florida (evening show april 27 from Lakeland, Florida, plus bonus tracks), Dixieland Rocks (May 6 and bonus songs from May 7, all recorded in Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Southern Nights (compilation from first two tours), Dixieland Delight (2-CD from Huntsville, Alabama, featuring afternoon show May 31 and evening show June 1, with bonus material from the other shows those days), Another Saturday Night (evening show June 7, Shreveport, Louisiana), Dinner at Eight (dinner show December 13), Fashion for a King (book with two CDs, the last of which is from December 14; Elvis only performed one show this day).

July tour, August Vegas season, and the New Year’s Eve show from Pontiac, Michigan, all remain to be released. But then there’s the problem of quality tapes …

1976: From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Moody Blue (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus a few live songs from 1977), America (April 22, Omaha, Nebraska, plus a few bonus tracks), Tucson ’76 (June 1, Tucson, Arizona, originally released as Tuscon ’76; “See See Rider” and “Love Letters” were lifted from Odessa, Texas, May 30, afternoon and evening show respectively), Rockin’ across Texas (first released as a book with two CDs, then reissued as a 2-CD set, the last disc presenting the July 3 Fort Worth show), New Haven ’76 (July 30, New Haven, Connecticut), Chicago Stadium (2-CD featuring October 14 and 15 shows from Chicago, Illinois), A Minnesota Moment (October 17, Minneapolis, Minnesota, plus bonus tracks from other October dates – and, absurdly, November 30), Showtime! (2-CD from Dallas, Texas, December 28 and Birmingham, Alabama, December 29), New Year’s Eve (2-CD sporting the legendary New Year’s Eve show from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to date the only concert to have been released on FTD as an audience recording).

March, August/September, and November tours have yet to be covered (FTD have soundboards from all of them). The last Tahoe season needs to be dealt with somehow, even though there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. There is, however, at least one soundboard from the last Vegas season, unfortunately in a less than stellar condition.

1977: Unchained Melody (Charlotte, North Carolina, February 20, plus bonus tracks), Amarillo ’77 (hands down the worst concert to be issued officially, taken from March 24, Amarillo, Texas, plus some redeeming bonus tracks), Spring Tours ’77 (professional recordings from March and April/May tours).

April/May tour needs to be covered by at least one of the many soundboards in the vaults. No quailty tapes exist officially from the May/June tour. There are two professional recordings from the June tour; June 19, Omaha, Nebraska, and June 21, Rapid City, South Dakota. I’m sure we’ll get one or both at some point, plus the excellent audience recording from June 26, Elvis’s last concert on Earth.

In my opinion, FTD should release all professional recordings from 1969, February 1970 (dinner and midnight shows February 16 and 17, plus dinner show February 19), February 1972 (everything still in the vaults), April 1972, March 1977, April/May 1977, and June 1977. This, and covering tours and hotel seasons yet not dealt with, should be the highest priority when it comes to live releases.

The 1981 Guitar Man sessions, in which Elvis’s vocal was separated and new backing added in an attempt to lend a more modern feel to a choice selection of Presley cuts, have also been covered by FTD on Too Much Monkey Business, an early FTD.

Anyway, there you have it, small and large. I hope I haven’t left anything out.
Last edited by Ken Jensen on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:27 pm, edited 3 times in total.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:02 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:Anyway, there you have it, small and large. I hope I haven’t left anything out.


Well done :smt023

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:19 pm

Fantastic overview Ken, this makes for fascinating reading. A thought comes across my mind, it's aboslutely amazing how much material has been released on the wonderful FTD-label. I could only have dreamt about this back in the late 80's when I became an obsessed fan. Let's hope Ernst and Roger continues next year too, 2015 will be something special I'm sure. Thanks again for your hard work.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:21 pm

Nice job, Ken!

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Great work Ken... I'm impressed!

This section gives us a good basis for further discussions of what we can expect in the future from FTD.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:38 pm

Nice job, Ken. Thanks for your time and effort.

rlj

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:49 pm

Thank you all for the nice comments. I will update this list a little bit. There are some minor mistakes there, typographical and otherwise.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:13 pm

Ken,,..I already told you...yesterday...hats off !!!.... ::rocks

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:30 pm

Now here's a post that you don't put together in an hour or two. Good work.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:54 pm

Nice work from the master :smt006

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:13 pm

Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. I’m just doing my best, that’s all.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:34 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:
1973: Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (3 a.m. show May 13, plus two bonus songs from midnight show later that day),


The day fefore.... :wink:

May 12 DS Sat
May 12 MS Sat
May 13 ..3 am Sun

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:46 pm

Great post, great topic.

Thank you Ken :smt023

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:49 pm

Ciscoking wrote:
Ken Jensen wrote:
1973: Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (3 a.m. show May 13, plus two bonus songs from midnight show later that day),


The day fefore.... :wink:

May 12 DS Sat
May 12 MS Sat
May 13 ..3 am Sun


Actually the bonus songs are from just a few hours before.... :wink:

5-12-1973 DS --> approximate start time 10pm
5-12-1973 MS --> approximate start time 12:30am
5-12-1973 Special 3am --> approximate start time 3am

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:16 pm

You are nitpickin....John....but you are right.. :wink:

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:34 pm

Ciscoking and John: Are you sure about that? I thought it was established that these bonus tracks stem from the midnight show later that day? That’s what Ernst himself said years ago.

In other words:
12 DS
12 MS
13 3AM
13 DS
13 MS - bonus tracks

No? Was Ernst wrong, or was the tape mislabeled?

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:50 pm

Nice post, thanks for taking the time to put well-deserved focus on the 15 years (!) of wonderful Follow That Dream releases.

See some of my comments in-line. Also, please note that using some bold font, as well as the italics you said you will add later, will make all the information a lot easier to assimilate.


Ken Jensen wrote:FTD – COVERED VS. UNCOVERED


One of the objectives of the Follow That Dream collector’s label is to cover all aspects of Elvis Presley’s musical history by issuing CDs presenting studio and soundtrack sessions and complete concerts from all tours and hotel seasons, provided there are tapes. That begs the question, what has been covered by the FTD label so far, and what remains in the vaults? I will answer that question year by year.

1953-1955, also known as the SUN years: Everything available in the official vaults from this era, including studio masters and outtakes and live recordings, was released on A Boy from Tupelo in 2012, a book project with three CDs. The book was printed in 4,600 copies and sold out in a few weeks. The ideal place to reiusse these historic recordings is on 2-CD editions of the 1959 albums A Date with Elvis (live recordings and masters/outtakes) and For LP Fans Only (outtakes and masters).

That would be almost shameful. The most ideal place for the finest-ever assembly of all Sun-related Elvis Presley recordings, in the best-ever quality, is on a stand-alone release. Here's hoping something can be worked out with Sony in the near future.



1956: The year can be divided in six: studio albums Elvis Presley and Elvis, soundtrack album Love Me Tender, five concert recordings, various TV performances, and the Million Dollar Quartet session. Everything except the two May concerts, the TV performances and the MDQ session has found its home on the FTD label.

The soundtrack to "Love Me Tender" provided a EP's worth of material only.



1957: In addition to performing live, Elvis made two movies and a Christmas album this year, plus some additional studio masters. The live performances and loads of studio outtakes from the January sessions remain unreleased.

1958: The studio recordings with all surviving outtakes were released on 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong in the classic album series. Soundtrack album King Creole only available as a bonus disc on book project King Creole – The Music from 2010. Only one track from the Eddie Fadal home recordings has been released officially (“I Understand Just How You Feel”); the rest of this home tape could be a bonus on a future classic album release of said soundtrack.

As the majority of the Fadal home recording does not feature Elvis singing, and is of poor quality, adding it to a classic album is unlikely.



1959: Elvis was in the army and didn’t record music professionally. However, we have the Bad Nauheim home recordings, captured on amateur equipment in Elvis’s home in Germany and scattered across several releases, including FTD’s Elvis in a Private Moment, but they have never been released in complete form.

1960: More home recordings, this time from Elvis’s home in Monovale Drive in California. See comments above. More importantly, Elvis was back from the army and recorded no less than two studio albums and three soundtracks, all of which are available in the FTD series.

1961: Elvis recorded three more soundtracks, a studio album, and performed three benefit shows; as far as we know, only the one from Hawaii was captured on tape. Everything with the exception of the latter is available on FTD.

1962: The two soundtracks and all studio recordings available on FTD.

1963: Elvis recorded three soundtracks and fourteen studio songs. Only soundtrack Kissin’ Cousins remains unreleased.

1964: Elvis recorded three studio songs and two soundtracks. Only soundtrack Roustabout remains unreleased.

1965: No studio recordings, just three soundtracks, all of which are included in the FTD catalog.

1966: More home recordings from California. See earlier comments. Elvis again recorded three soundtrack albums, plus a gospel album, plus several other studio cuts. Everyting has been issued on FTD, with the exception of some of the home recordings.

1967: Three soundtracks and a handful of studio recordings. Soundtrack Speedway remains unreleased.

1968: The year of the amazing ’68 Comeback Special, which has yet to be released on FTD. Three soundtracks were recorded, all currently unavailable. In fact, FTD have only given us the four songs recorded in Nashville in January and two complete ’68 Comeback rehearsals so far.

Although the soundtrack LP is not in the FTD catalog, the label did offer a fabulous collection of unheard studio outtakes from the pre-record sessions at Western Recorders on Let Yourself Go, plus some more on Burbank '68.



1969: Two celebrated studio albums, many additional masters, a soundtrack, and a live album culled from different shows in his triumphant return to the concert stage in what would sadly turn out to be the first of fifteen Las Vegas seasons. Only the soundtrack Change of Habit remains unreleased. Five of the eleven concerts recorded professionally have been issued on FTD and another two on BMG/Sony, leaving four candidates for FTD treatment in the future.

1970: A live album and no less than three studio albums were released originally by RCA, all of which are available on FTD. Both Vegas seasons have been covered, but the Houston Astrodome stand and the two concert tours remain unreleased, mainly because no quality tapes exist in the offical vaults. In addition, there are several rehearsals from July and August that need to be released.

Need to be released? Given the haphazard and often profane quality of these recordings, that suggestion is overstated.



1971: A score of studio recordings spread out over four original albums, all properly dealt with in FTD’s classic album series. Two Vegas seasons, a Tahoe season, and a concert tour. The Tahoe season and the second Vegas season have not been covered due to lack of quality tapes (soundboard or better).

1972: Seven studio songs, three rehearsal sessions, two Vegas seasons, and three concerts tours. The three tours have not yet been covered, and we also need a complete rehearsal or two.

As with the 1970 rehearsal tapes, need is an overstatement.



1973: Two Aloha shows, a post-show recording session, three hotel seasons and two concert tours, plus three studio albums and a home recording tape from Sam Thompson’s house. FTD have covered the hotel seasons, the studio albums, and most of the home tape, plus the masters captured after the Aloha show. No quality tapes exist from the tours, but we may get the Aloha shows and the post-show session outtakes at some point.

1974: A home recording that remains unreleased. Four tours, two Vegas seasons, and two Tahoe seasons. Only the last Tahoe season is unreleased; there are no quality tapes in the vaults.

1975: FTD have given us the studio album, the first two tours, and the first and third Vegas season. So far nothing from the last tour, the second Vegas season, or the New Year’s Eve show from Pontiac, Michigan. With the exception of the incomplete, damaged soundboard from July 18, no quality tapes are in the official vaults.

1976: Two studio albums (including the 1977 album Moody Blue, which contained six 1976 studio cuts, three 1977 live cuts, and a 1974 reissued live cut), nine concert tours, and two hotel seasons. Three tours and the hotel seasons have not been covered.

1977: Elvis did five tours, out of which only the first two have been covered by FTD. Song selections from tours two and three were recorded professionally by RCA, some of which saw light of day on FTD’s Spring Tours ’77. Two shows were filmed and recorded professionally in June, and an ensuing album was issued posthumously, popularly considered to be an original classic album despite its late inclusion in the Elvis Presley canon.

CBS actually videotaped the shows. The interviews seen in the broadcast were on film. It is debatable whether the posthumous live album, housing mostly lackluster performances that received vocal and instrumental overdubs before release, will merit a spot in the FTD catalog.



To sum it up:

1953-1955: A Boy from Tupelo, collecting all available studio and live material in one spot. The only thing missing is a live recording of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget”, which was found in the hands of a private collector after the book and accompanying CDs were printed.

1956: Elvis Presley (2-CD containing original album, additional masters, interviews, and a horde of outtakes), Elvis (2-CD containing original album, additional masters, and all surviving outtakes of “Rip It Up” and “Old Shep”, plus benefit show December 15), Love Me Tender (2-CD containing original soundtrack, all available outtakes, some interviews, and the Tupelo shows).

Although the Million Dollar Quartet Session, the 1956 TV show performances, the closing show from Las Vegas May 6, and the concert from Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, have all been released on the official label years ago, there is still a chance that this material may somehow turn up on FTD in the future. However, looking at it from a broader perspective and not the narrow viewpoint of the Follow That Dream collector’s label, 1956 has been thoroughly covered from end to end.

1957: Loving You (2-CD containing original album, additional studio masters, a few alternate masters, and a disc full of “Loving You” outtakes, 48 in all), Jailhouse Rock (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Jailhouse Rock, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis’ Christmas Album (1-CD set to be released November/December 2014, assumed contents: masters plus gospel outtakes). The Jailhouse Rock volumes hold every single outtake of the six movie songs.

The Ed Sullivan show (available on the mass market) and a few live recordings haven’t been released on FTD. Also, there are many outtakes yet to be released from the January sessions, outtakes of songs like “Blueberry Hill” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”. Some of these outtakes can be found on the Flashback book bonus disc. This could be included on an FTD edition of Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 1.

1958: 50,000,000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus three interviews known as the Elvis Sails EP). Soundtrack available only on King Creole – The Music and needs to be issued in the classic album series, preferably with the Eddie Fadal tape as bonus material on disc one and the Bad Nauheim tape on disc two.

See above comments about the 1958 Waco home demo. As for the 1959 recordings, both sonically and aesthetically they are better served on their own.



1959: Elvis in a Private Moment (contains ten songs from 1959; more is left sitting in the vaults).

1960: Elvis Is Back! (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), His Hand in Mine (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), G.I. Blues (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Café Europa: G.I. Blues, Vol. 2 (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Wild in the Country (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Flaming Star (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis in a Private Moment (contains nine songs from 1960). The G.I. Blues volumes contain every single existing outtake from the movie.

The Frank Sinatra Timex Special is the only thing missing from this year (three songs), but that stuff is available on the mass market, plus of course more home recordings.

1961: Something for Everybody (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Blue Hawaii (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Follow That Dream (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Kid Galahad (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes).

Only the three benefit shows are missing, out of which only one is known to exist on tape. It’s been released officially, but chances are good it will pop up on FTD next year.

1962: Pot Luck with Elvis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), It Happened at the World’s Fair (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes). Pot Luck also contains masters and additional masters from 1961, plus outtakes of these.

Nothing remains to be covered here.

1963: Fun in Acapulco (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Viva Las Vegas (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis Sings Memphis, Tennessee (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including three masters with alternate takes from January 1964).

Kissin’ Cousins is yet to be released.

1964: Girl Happy (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Tickle Me (1-CD containing old studio masters and some alternate takes). The latter is the only movie without an original soundtrack.

Roustabout is yet to be released.

1965: Harum Scarum (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Frankie and Johnny (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes).

Nothing remains to be released.

1966: Spinout (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Double Trouble (1-CD containing masters and some alternate takes), Easy Come, Easy Go (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes). Elvis Sings How Great Thou Art (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including two gospel songs from 1967), Elvis Sings Guitar Man (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including masters and outtakes from 1967). Elvis in a Private Moment (ten songs recorded in Elvis’s home in Palm Springs).

With the exception of more home recordings, nothing remains to be released.

1967: Elvis Sings Guitar Man (see above), Clambake (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Stay Away, Joe (1-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, including four songs from January 1968).

Speedway remains to be released.

1968: Two rehearsals have been released (Burbank ’68 and Let Yourself Go! – The Making of “Elvis” – the ’68 Comeback Special), plus, of course, the four songs recorded in Nashville that I mentioned earlier.

It's more than that. See above comments.



Live a Little, Love a Little, Charro!, The Trouble with Girls, and Elvis: The ’68 Comeback Special remain to be released, and possibly also the two sit-down and the two stand-up shows, even though all of those shows are available on DVD and CD on the mass market.

1969: From Elvis in Memphis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Back in Memphis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), From Elvis at American Sound Studio (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (2-CD containing live masters, a selection of other live cuts, and a complete concert featuring dinner show August 22), The Return to Vegas (1-CD sporting a soundboard recording of a dinner show that might be from August 3), Elvis at the International (midnight show August 23), Hot August Night (midnight show August 25), Elvis Live in Vegas (dinner show August 26), All Shook Up (midnight show August 26, featuring the infamous laughing version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”).

Change of Habit remains to be covered, and preferably also midnight show August 22, dinner show August 23, midnight show August 24, and dinner show August 25.

1970: February, 1970: On Stage (2-CD containing live masters, a selection of other live cuts, midnight shows February 18 and 19, plus the five songs they recorded from the February 18 dinner show), That’s the Way It Is (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus a few live cuts), Love Letters from Elvis (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis Country (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Polk Salad Annie (midnight show February 15, plus other live cuts and parts of a rehearsal), The On Stage Season (2-CD sporting opening and closing show January 26 and February 23), The Way It Was (first a book with CD, then a stand-alone CD containing at least one track from each July and August rehearsal and the six shows recorded between August 10 and 13), Stage Rehearsal (botched attempt at releasing the August 10 dress rehearsal; the rehearsal is heavily edited, not only with stuff cut away, but with songs in a random order; this CD also contains a few rehearsal cuts from 1972 and 1973), One Night in Vegas (opening show August 10, plus some rehearsal cuts), The Wonder of You (dinner show August 13).

The Houston Astrodome shows in February/March and the September and November tours have yet to be covered. Unfortunately, no quality tapes exist in the official vaults.

1971: Elvis Now (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Elvis (FOOL) (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus the five “live” masters recorded on the stage after the Aloha broadcast, January 14), Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), He Touched Me (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), The Impossible Dream (dinner show January 28, plus many selections from January 26 to 29), Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden ’71 (tour show from Boston, Massachusetts November 10).

Lake Tahoe and the August/September Vegas season remain to be covered, but no quality tapes exist in the official vaults.

1972: Standing Room Only (2-CD containing studio masters and a load of alternate takes, plus live masters from February), Elvis on Tour – The Rehearsals (rehearsal outtakes from March), 6363 Sunset (contains a handful of March rehearsal outtakes), Summer Festival (dinner show August 11, plus bonus songs), 3000 South Paradise Road (2-CD containing dinner show August 12 and dress rehearsal August 4), Destination USA (2-CD containing dinner show September 4 and live outtakes from February and rehearsal outtakes from August).

The three tours have yet to be covered. No quality tape is known to exist officially from the November tour, though. From June, we only have the officially released Madison Square Garden shows. Three professional recordings from April are rotting in the vaults. Something should be done about this, and soon.

My understanding is that they are well-preserved.



1973: Raised on Rock (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Good Times (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Promised Land (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), From Hawaii to Las Vegas (rehearsal January 25, the day before opening night), I’ll Remember You (midnight show February 3, plus bonus songs), Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (3 a.m. show May 13, plus two bonus songs from midnight show later that day), Closing Night (closing show September 3; first seven tracks taken from dinner show same day).

The April and June/July tours have not yet been covered due to the fact there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. The Aloha shows are available officially on DVD and CD, but there’s always a chance they might be released on FTD sometime down the line, with the complete post-Aloha recording session as bonus material.

1974: I Found My Thrill (official opening show January 27, plus bonus tracks), Sold Out! (2-CD featuring the March 1 and June 21 show, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Cleveland, Ohio, respectively), Forty-Eight Hours to Memphis (Richmond, Virginia, March 18), Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (March 20), Live in LA (originally released as part of the book project Live in L.A. (notice the subtle title change?) and presenting the legendary evening show from May 11, in which Elvis apparently “taught them boys to rock” [Led Zeppelin were in the audience, and Elvis gives a nod to them from the stage], plus bonus songs from this short tour), High Sierra (midnight show May 21, plus bonus songs from other Tahoe shows this season), Rockin’ across Texas (first a book with two CDs, then a reissued 2-CD set with Amarillo, Texas, June 19 on disc one), Fashion for a King (book with two CDs, one of which happens to be from Omaha, Nebraska, July 1), From Sunset to Las Vegas (2-CD with rehearsal August 16, with one song cut away for no reason, making the release somewhat of a joke, plus bonus songs from this Vegas season; the first edition of this release contains the infamous deleted - see guidelines #2 monolog from Elvis, whereas the second edition is clean as a sheet), Nevada Nights (2-CD presenting opening night August 19 and midnight show August 21), It’s Midnight! (first eighteen tracks from midnight show August 24, the rest from dinner show August 29; tape ran out, and producers wanted to create the illusion of a complete show), Dragonheart (October 1, South Bend, Indiana, plus three bonus tracks from September 28 and 29).

Only the October Tahoe season remains to be covered, but there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. Well, there’s also the home recording, just a song or two, most like.

1975: Elvis Today (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Big Boss Man (midnight show March 28, plus bonus tracks), Elvis in Florida (evening show april 27 from Lakeland, Florida, plus bonus tracks), Dixieland Rocks (May 6 and bonus songs from May 7, all recorded in Murfreesboro, Tennessee), Southern Nights (compilation from first two tours), Dixieland Delight (2-CD from Huntsville, Alabama, featuring afternoon show May 31 and evening show June 1, with bonus material from the other shows those days), Another Saturday Night (evening show June 7, Shreveport, Louisiana), Dinner at Eight (dinner show December 13), Fashion for a King (book with two CDs, the last of which is from December 14; Elvis only performed one show this day).

July tour, August Vegas season, and the New Year’s Eve show from Pontiac, Michigan, all remain to be released. But then there’s the problem of quality tapes …

1976: From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes), Moody Blue (2-CD containing masters and a load of alternate takes, plus a few live songs from 1977), America (April 22, Omaha, Nebraska, plus a few bonus tracks), Tucson ’76 (June 1, Tucson, Arizona, originally released as Tuscon ’76; “See See Rider” and “Love Letters” were lifted from Odessa, Texas, May 30, afternoon and evening show respectively), Rockin’ across Texas (first released as a book with two CDs, then reissued as a 2-CD set, the last disc presenting the July 3 Fort Worth show), New Haven ’76 (July 30, New Haven, Connecticut), Chicago Stadium (2-CD featuring October 14 and 15 shows from Chicago, Illinois), A Minnesota Moment (October 17, Minneapolis, Minnesota, plus bonus tracks from other October dates – and, absurdly, November 30), Showtime! (2-CD from Dallas, Texas, December 28 and Birmingham, Alabama, December 29), New Year’s Eve (2-CD sporting the legendary New Year’s Eve show from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to date the only audience recording to have been released on FTD).

FTD's I Found My Thrill and Live In LA, both covering 1974, contain audience recordings as well.



March, August/September, and November tours have yet to be covered (FTD have soundboards from all of them). The last Tahoe season needs to be dealt with somehow, even though there are no quality tapes in the official vaults. There is, however, at least one soundboard from the last Vegas season, unfortunately in a less than stellar condition.

1977: Unchained Melody (Charlotte, North Carolina, February 20, plus bonus tracks), Amarillo ’77 (hands down the worst concert to be issued officially, taken from March 24, Amarillo, Texas, plus some redeeming bonus tracks), Spring Tours ’77 (professional recordings from March and April/May tours).

April/May tour needs to be covered by at least one of the many soundboards in the vaults. No quailty tapes exist officially from the May/June tour. There are two professional recordings from the June tour; June 19, Omaha, Nebraska, and June 21, Rapid City, South Dakota. I’m sure we’ll get one or both at some point, plus the excellent audience recording from June 26, Elvis’s last concert on Earth.

In my opinion, FTD should release all professional recordings from 1969, February 1970 (dinner and midnight shows February 16 and 17, plus dinner show February 19), February 1972 (everything still in the vaults), April 1972, March 1977, April/May 1977, and June 1977. This, and covering tours and hotel seasons yet not dealt with, should be the highest priority when it comes to live releases.

The 1981 Guitar Man sessions, in which Elvis’s vocal was separated and new backing added in an attempt to lend a more modern feel to a choice selection of Presley cuts, have also been covered by FTD on Too Much Monkey Business, an early FTD.

Anyway, there you have it, small and large. I hope I haven’t left anything out.

PS! I noticed that my italics disappeared when I copied the text here. I’ll take care of that later.
Last edited by drjohncarpenter on Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:58 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:53 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:Ciscoking and John: Are you sure about that? I thought it was established that these bonus tracks stem from the midnight show later that day? That’s what Ernst himself said years ago.

In other words:
12 DS
12 MS
13 3AM
13 DS
13 MS - bonus tracks

No? Was Ernst wrong, or was the tape mislabeled?


The show is archived as May 12, 1973 MS.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:03 pm

You’re welcome, John, and thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I’ll comment on it later. I just want to point out that I used a lot of italics and bold in my document; that stuff disappeared here. As for the audience recording, I was referring to complete shows, not the odd bonus track.

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:23 pm

If this isn't already a sticky, it should be. Amazing!

Thank you!

rjm

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Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:32 pm

Ken Jensen wrote:You’re welcome, John, and thank you for your thoughtful feedback. I’ll comment on it later. I just want to point out that I used a lot of italics and bold in my document; that stuff disappeared here. As for the audience recording, I was referring to complete shows, not the odd bonus track.


You will want to edit your sentence, then. ;-)

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:55 pm

Ken, maybe this is asking too much, but I know you are able...
For instance 1975 "Big Boss Man" noted (correctly) in your splendid article as Midnight Show March 28, 1975. On the cover on the actual release it's noted as DS March 30.
I know there are several of these small errors... and I know that you got an amazing knowledge of all these...
Is it any possibility that you, sometime in the future, would make a list of these?

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:15 pm

ELVIS__MUSIC wrote:Ken, maybe this is asking too much, but I know you are able...
For instance 1975 "Big Boss Man" noted (correctly) in your splendid article as Midnight Show March 28, 1975. On the cover on the actual release it's noted as DS March 30.
I know there are several of these small errors... and I know that you got an amazing knowledge of all these...
Is it any possibility that you, sometime in the future, would make a list of these?


Yes! How about tomorrow? ;-)

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:22 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
ELVIS__MUSIC wrote:Ken, maybe this is asking too much, but I know you are able...
For instance 1975 "Big Boss Man" noted (correctly) in your splendid article as Midnight Show March 28, 1975. On the cover on the actual release it's noted as DS March 30.
I know there are several of these small errors... and I know that you got an amazing knowledge of all these...
Is it any possibility that you, sometime in the future, would make a list of these?


Yes! How about tomorrow? ;-)


Ha ha Doc :D or later this evening... :D

Re: FTD: Covered versus Uncovered

Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:28 pm

ELVIS__MUSIC wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
ELVIS__MUSIC wrote:Ken, maybe this is asking too much, but I know you are able...
For instance 1975 "Big Boss Man" noted (correctly) in your splendid article as Midnight Show March 28, 1975. On the cover on the actual release it's noted as DS March 30.
I know there are several of these small errors... and I know that you got an amazing knowledge of all these...
Is it any possibility that you, sometime in the future, would make a list of these?


Yes! How about tomorrow? ;-)


Ha ha Doc :D or later this evening... :D


Even better!