Ernie's Import Lp Corner
With Elvis New Years’ Eve Pittsburgh, PA Dec. 31. 1976
OK, here is a CLASSIC!!
“Rockin’ With Elvis New Years’ Eve Pittsburgh, PA Dec. 31.
1976”…on the aptly named Spirit of America Records 7677, is about as fine a
bootleg LP as could be released. This
double LP was released in 1977. The
concert of course is the infamous 1976 Pittsburgh PA New Years show.
This show has been released twice on CD to date, and on numerous CDrs as
well. While this LP doesn’t sound
the greatest by today’s standards, for it’s time it is a very decent
sounding audience recording. While
the LP is a slightly noisy pressing, this LP set went through many, many
pressings and is far from rare. If
ever a boot LP were to be registered platinum for sales, this one would probably
OK, onto the set. The concert is very well known and not much need be said
about it. It is perhaps one of the
best shows of 1976, which was an up-and-down year of course. But it is perhaps one of the best concerts Elvis ever gave in
fact in terms of energy. Surely he
was not the Elvis of 1969/70, but in terms of concerts representing certain
periods of time, this one is a great example that Elvis could still put on a
great show…even in the later years!! This
last tour of 1976 had many great shows, two others of which we have had the
pleasure of being able to add to our collections: Dallas, Texas and Birmingham,
This double LP is a shining example of how a release
should be done!! The design is very
“red, white and blue”…which are of course the colors of the American flag
and represent well that fact that 1976 was America’s bicentennial anniversary.
The photographs used on this set are from the actual show that evening in
Pittsburgh. The gatefold sleeve
opens up to present ten more great photos from the concert as well liner notes
regarding the event itself.
Package-wise, this is perhaps the best LP
release of any Elvis concert. The
packaging shows incredible professionalism and care. And the concert itself is, of course, a classic event.
And since it is not likely that a soundboard of this show exists (and
even if one does, it will probably never seen the light of day) a good audience
recording has never dissuaded me!! Many
tape recorders were rolling that night in the audience…and quite a few 8 mm
film cameras as well which have given us fans some of the best footage of Elvis
concert!! All in all, this was quite an event and to have it documented
as well as we do is something to be thankful for.
For any fan remotely interested in boot LPs, this one is a must for the
collection. Elvis certainly was
Rockin’ New Years Eve!!