The Stereo Masters of Follow That Dream,
What A Wonderful Life, I'm Not The Marrying
Kind, A Whistling Tune and Sound
Advice are all lost. In one of Paul Dowling's
interviews, Ernst Jørgensen said that the
stereo master of Angel had survived because
"they spliced Angel and A Whistling
Tune back on one of the outtake tapes. I don't
know why but they did."
Take 2 of Follow That Dream was released
on the Argentinian CD '25 Grandes Exitos' but
is wrongly listed as the lost Stereo Master (Take
6) on that release.
An extended Take 2 of Follow That Dream,
without count-in, can be found on the Cassette
version of the box set 'Elvis Aron Presley'.
Take 4 of Follow That Dream was first
released on 'Command Performances' but is incorrectly
listed as Take 2 on that release and in Ernst
Jørgensens book 'A Life In Music'. We get
Take 4 again on FTD's 'Follow That Dream' soundtrack
(with count-in), but it is wrongly listed in the
"In & Outakes" section that Take
4 is unreleased.
The Stereo master of Angel on FTD's 'Follow
That Dream' soundtrack runs at too slow a speed.
It definitely drags and sounds like an analogue
tape transfer error. The same version of this
song on Double Features,Command
Performances or the Japanese 'Complete Single
Collection' set does not have this fault, and
neither does the version on Sony's 'Complete Elvis
Presley Masters' collection.
Take 7 of What A Wonderful Life is cut
from the tape along with the ending of Take 6
- All that exists is the unused ending of Take
7 where the master was faded. Take 6 on FTD's
'Follow That Dream' soundtrack is edited at the
end by using "... got friends, anywhere the
rainbow ends, it's a wonderful life, life's good
to me" from earlier in Take 6 (0:32 - 0:41)
and is then spliced with the unused ending of
Take 4 of A Whistling Tune (Stereo Master
without overdubs) on 'Collectors Gold' and FTD's
'Follow That Dream' soundtrack is edited - It
can be found complete on 'Double Features'.
The "Recreated" Stereo Master of A
Whistling Tune was done by isolating Ray Walkers's
whistling from the mono master on FTD's 'Follow
That Dream' soundtrack and overlaying it to the
stereo Take 4 from 'Double Features', but as the
'Double Features' master isn't as long as the
mono master, it folds back to mono in the last
It is unknown who is singing on the two demo's
of What A Wonderful Life on FTD's 'Summer
Of 61' (It's A Wonderful Life and This
Is The Life) but it could possibly be one
of the writers (Sid Wayne or Jerry Livingston)
of the song.
The complete session actually sounds better,
although edited, on the Kwimper bootleg CD "Keep
Following That Dream", and complete on the
Memory (Czech Fan Club label) release "Follow
That Dream Sessions... Plus" which were both
released in 2000.
Elvis sings a few lines of On Top Of Old Smokey
in the movie, and this can be found on the FTD
'Follow That Dream' soundtrack.
In March of 2007, Sony decided to go through all of Elvis' masters. They retransferred everything and remastered all tracks including repairing as many clicks, pops, bad edits and dropouts as they could. They have used these newly mastered recordings on their new releases since 2007 including budget soundtracks, 'Legacy' releases, the 30 disc 'Complete Elvis Presley Masters' collection and the Franklin Mint package.
Thanks to Luuk Bonthond regarding extended versions
of songs on the cassette version of 'Elvis Aron