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Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Fri May 10, 2013 8:42 pm

It may not have been magical, but it is something of a mystery in that not much attention has been lavished on this tour. The most notable thing happening during the tour, according to many biographers, was the fact that Linda left for good and Ginger came in as a replacement by the end of this tour. In this thread let's try to highlight the tour itself - a bit hard as I don't have many recordings from the tour, but still... :)

After having witnessed Jerry Lee crashing his front gate and with Ginger burning in the back of his mind, Elvis flew into central Nevada to begin his eighth tour of the year, looking a bit slimmer and sounding more committed than on many other tours this year.

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The concert took place in the Reno Centennial Coliseum (today known as the Reno-Sparks Convention Center), which was built in 1965. The attendance was 7500.

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The show has been released only on cd-r which I have not heard. The song listing looks quite similar compared to the other shows on this tour. Elvis played guitar in almost the shows; in Reno he did Blue Christmas and That's All Right. For some reason Eugene did not get hear Elvis' guitar playing. :)

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / Help Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America the Beautiful / Introductions /Hurt / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love


The show was dutifully reviewed by the two local papers. The Nevada State Journal was quite critical, making this show sound like a typical 76 show:

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Nevada State Journal wrote:The star's sometimes thin voiced replicas of his hits - and then usually jammed into medleys or abbreviated versions - might have left the curious first-time watchers of the real, live Elvis wondering what all the commotion was about. It left this writer, at least, wanting more fire, but getting only smoke...If Elvis is 41 years old, his voice doesn't reflect it. When he wants to be strong, he's dynamite. But when he slacks off - as he did on such potential show-stoppers as Hound Dog, All Shook Up and Johnny B. Goode - the result is thin and muddled.


The Reno Evening Gazette was somewhat more positive:

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Reno Evening Gazette wrote:Say what you want about Presley…and if you choose less than glowing terms, I’ll probably join you. The guy’s never been my favorite (far from it, as a matter of fact) and I’ve never understood the magic he undeniably permeates. But, as a reporter, I must report that the magic – or whatever it is that exists between Presley and his hordes of fans – still exists...What can you say about Presley? First of all, the crowd saw a Presley whose voice hasn’t suffered over the years and a Presley who didn’t appear as chubby as reported in recent years.


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The tour was off to a decent start, it seems like. After the show, Elvis flew directly into Eugene, OR, where he would give a Thanksgiving show the following night. More on that later. And, naturally, if anyone wishes to add anything of information value to this thread, please feel free to do so! :)

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Fri May 10, 2013 11:32 pm

Here are a couple of photos from before his show in Eugene on November 27, 1976

http://www.elvis-collectors.com/candid- ... ene76.html

Photos taken by Chris Trant - Thanks to Kenny from FECC

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Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Fri May 10, 2013 11:34 pm

Good topic. It seems true that not a lot has been noted about this tour, even though it would be the last time Elvis would play two of the most important areas in America, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Anaheim).

However, your posting of the Pat O'Driscoll review of the November 24th Reno show is significant.



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With Charlie Hodge, Wednesday, November 24, 1976 - Reno, NV
Image from: elvisconcerts.com



O'Driscoll gives us an extremely well-written, sober look at how the Elvis Presley show was now on auto-pilot. The attention to detail -- you learn about the entire show, start to finish -- is outstanding, and an exception to the majority of Elvis Presley reviews in the 1970s.

Unfortunately, your Nevada State Journal scan is too small to easily read, so I took a shot at transcribing it. Hope you like it.


Journal Review
Presley Memories Stronger Than Reality
Pat O'Driscoll, Nevada State Journal
Friday, November 26, 1976

When Elvis Presley bounced up onstage Wednesday night amid a blinding blaze of popping flashbulbs, a sold-out Centennial Coliseum shook with screams and cheers.

But about 70 minutes later, as "The King" was whisked off the stage to the closing strains of "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You," the din of shuffling feet heading for the exits rivaled the applause of the Elvis fans who were still in their seats.

For the true Elvis followers -- and there were many at the Thanksgiving Eve show in Reno -- nothing mattered. They had made their pilgrimage, they had seen their idol. But the star's sometimes thin-voiced replicas of his hits -- and then usually jammed into medleys or abbreviated versions -- might have left the curious first-time watchers of the real, live Elvis wondering what all the commotion was about. It left this writer, at least, wanting more fire, but getting only smoke.

Perhaps it was the commercial, carnival machine surrounding the aura of the rock 'n' roll star who, at age 41, can deserve to slow down the pace and bask in the worship of millions of followers. The man's magic -- with a little slick sales savvy -- was nicely distilled into buttons, photo albums, programs, $8 posters and mini-binoculars hawked by roving vendors and at "Elvis Super-Souvenir" concession stands.

The audience -- a milling mosaic of old and young, denim grubby and chiffon chic -- appreciated Elvis with the standard shrieks, screams and cheers. But the reaction was mechanical, with polite roars as songs opened and closed, and dead silence in-between.

Perhaps they were too busy munching their foot-long hot dogs and spilling their ice-filled soft drink cups. The whole scene seemed suited more to football or basketball, not a music concert.

Ahhhh -- but this is Elvis. And Elvis -- like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie -- is all-American. What better way to celebrate him than with the commercial trappings of all-American hucksterism?

If Elvis is 41 years old, his voice doesn't reflect it. When he wants to be strong, he's dynamite. But when he slacks off -- as he did on such potential show-stoppers as "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up" and "Johnny B. Goode" -- the result is thin and muddled. With a bit more effort he could have turned those songs -- all mercilessly shortened for his stage show -- into grabbers.

He did grab tightly with a full-voiced burst of the good old Elvis in "Hurt" -- his new release of an old hit tailor-made to the love-ballad mold that is his latter-day staple.

Presley also put pelvis-pepping pizazz into his slithery rendition of "Fever." The squeals of delight from moms and daughters were never more frenzied.

True to the evening's Thanksgiving-Bicentennial-Americana aura, Presley drew sustained applause for the stirring, patriotic way he sang "America the Beautiful." The martial drum beat, the fluttering chorus and the burning horns undoubtedly escorted many a heart up the listener's throat.

Dressed in his gilt-edged white jumpsuit, with an embroidered, open V-neck cut to his belt, Elvis didn't show the fat or paunch that past rumor said he carried. But his selection of songs reflected the inevitable slowdown that has come about after a more than 20-year career at the top. The fast and furious songs were short. The gentle, warbling love ballads were drawn out. At one point, Elvis took a breather while one vocalist from his entourage of singers and players gave two thoughtful but out-of-place interpretations of "Danny Boy" and "Walk With Me."

Elvis played with his audience skillfully to keep the interest up. Just 15 minutes into his act, he was mopping his brow with pastel scarves and slipping them to the dozens of outstretched, begging hands which clutched at him from below the stage. As each scarf disappeared into the clawing mob, Elvis' water-and-scarves man Charlie Hodge would wrap another of the dozens of trademark tokens around the star's neck.

Elvis' banter with the lively audience above and behind the stage was proof of the magical spell he continues to hold over audiences. He answered the shouts of "Turn around! Turn around!" with sly peeks and quick spins. They returned the favor with more blinding flashbulbs.

The musicians behind Presley were solid, although they had to overcome some tinny sound system quirks in the early going. The usual array of rhinestone-studded guitarists, keyboard men and drummer was ably complemented by the brass of the Hot Hilton Horns, the Las Vegas Hilton's house band.

As for the three opening acts, brevity was the only redeeming social value. In successive 15-minute sets, two singing groups and a Canadian comedian warmed up the audience for Elvis. Jack Kahane, the comedian, shouldn't have gotten through customs. His insipid, stale jokes about married life and the generation gap were only [bottomed] by his even worse Elvis jokes ("It's a thrill to be here in Reno and have Elvis on my show.")

J. V. Sumner [sic] and the Stamps opened the show with the billing of "one of the top Gospel quartets in the business." Their music was about as Gospel as a dime-store novel.

And the third act -- longtime Elvis backups the Sweet Inspirations -- was hot on the full-voiced soul numbers, but hopelessly thin and flat in an attempt at a breathless ballad.

The needlessly long half-hour intermission before Presley came onstage seemed more exciting than the openers, what with the frequent announcements that "You still have time to get those great, Elvis super-souvenirs at the concession stands."

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Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 12:02 am

Thank you, Scott. Your fascination with the years 1976-77 always puzzles me. But your attention to detail is exquisite, and your love for the subject is obvious. I just wish you would give as much attention to the tours of the early 70s.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 12:04 am

very interesting, thank you Scott ::rocks

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 12:24 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Good topic. It seems true that not a lot has been noted about this tour, even though it would be the last time Elvis would play two of the most important areas in America, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Anaheim).

However, your posting of the Pat O'Driscoll review of the November 24th Reno show is significant.





http://www.elvisconcerts.com/newspapers/press255.htm


http://www.elvisconcerts.com/newspapers/press196.htm

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 1:17 am

Francesc wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:Good topic. It seems true that not a lot has been noted about this tour, even though it would be the last time Elvis would play two of the most important areas in America, San Francisco and Los Angeles (Anaheim).

However, your posting of the Pat O'Driscoll review of the November 24th Reno show is significant.





http://www.elvisconcerts.com/newspapers/press255.htm


http://www.elvisconcerts.com/newspapers/press196.htm


What happened to "by Robert P. Laurence"?

If you're going to update a page because of one of my posts, the least you could do is acknowledge it. ;-)

Feel free to copy my transcription, there are no typos.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 2:16 am

Actually it was because Scott Hayward printout. But if it really bothers you, yeah thank you so much Dr. Carpenter.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 3:02 am

Francesc wrote:Actually it was because Scott Hayward printout.


Actually, you couldn't have, as the writer credit in the posted file is illegible.

But I researched archives for the Nevada State Journal and found the name before beginning my transcription.

I like to get it right. ;-)

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 3:19 am

Thanks DJC for translating.
Isn't it time to conclude Elvis in Nov 76 wasn't that much better than the Summer period?
He just looked so much better as he lost quite some weight.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 3:42 am

Robert wrote:Thanks DJC for translating.
Isn't it time to conclude Elvis in Nov 76 wasn't that much better than the Summer period?
He just looked so much better as he lost quite some weight.


Not true. Elvis was a trainwreck in July/August, while under Dr. Ghanem's "care." The San Francisco and Anaheim gigs were quite solid. He looked and sounded good. His eyes were bright. He had energy.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 8:51 am

Couple of notes before continuing this thread: first of all, I'm glad if this little thing was enjoyed by some. :)

Second: I'm really bad at giving credit where credit is due. So here goes: the newspaper review (and scans) were courtesy of Francesc and http://www.elvisconcerts.com
The CD cover is taken from http://www.elvisdvdcovers.com. It's by Patrick Ahlgren whose nice little site I was glad to find back online this past week: http://www.patrikselviscorner.se/. The other photos were found online, at least from eBay, obviously. :wink:

Finally I'd like to comment on my 76-77 fascination. :D It's just that it's so much easier to find material for the later tours than the earlier ones. Also, with Kieran Davis' wonderful books on 1970 and 1971 it feels a bit redundant to do anything with those years. A while back I was thinking of doing a similar piece on the 1973 April tour, but as I could not find photos for at least a couple of dates, I gave up. :wink:

I don't want to give the impression that I think 1976-1977 was a wonderful period in Elvis' life. I just feel that every tour is a piece of history and should be documented at the same level of "enthusiasm" as, say, the June 1972 tour... :)

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 1:06 pm

Nov 76 may have been an improvement over July/August, the inclusion of 'Sherrill Nielsen in concert' was a low point.
Regarding that tour, would be great to see the full Anaheim show on FTD!
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Physically, I always thought in Nov he was on the right path to get back into at least '1975' shape.
Too bad the final decent was near at this point.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 11, 2013 9:01 pm

Robert wrote:Thanks DJC for translating.


You're welcome. It was worth the half-hour. That review honestly and intelligently sums up the Elvis Presley show in late 1976. It's a keeper.

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sun May 12, 2013 11:21 am

Thanksgiving 1976, and Elvis is in Eugene, OR, eating hamburger with mashed potatoes and gravy...or was he? :) The local paper did an interview with Valley River Inn manager, Paul Peschiera, few days after Elvis' stay:

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Elvis's own nutritional needs are taken care of by room service. "He has special things that he likes to order," said Paul. Freshly squeezed orange juice and crisp bacon are among them. "I guess it's pretty common knowledge that Mr. Presley's on a diet," Paul said. "And I think maybe that's as much as we should say. But the pastry chef did make up a beautiful, rich chocolate covered cake that looked very much like a guitar, and said 'Welcome Elvis' on it. It's absolutely against his diet, but I understand that it got to his room, and that he has eaten some of it."

The concerts in Eugene took place at University of Oregon's campus, in McArthur Court, which is still standing today, but has been replaced as the main sports facility by a newer building.

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On the 25th Elvis wore Blue Rainbow suit whereas on the 27th he wore the Indian suit.

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The Thanksgiving day show has been released in an incomplete form on a cd-r called Kings And Ducks, which is definitely one of the better quality audience recordings. A discussion on this took place here at FECC not too long ago: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68303.

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This show was reviewed by the local Register Guard: on thread on this can be found right here at FECC, also: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54680. It said, in part:
Register Guard wrote:The audience was in the palm of his hand for the remaining hour and 29 minutes he was on stage. Showing a flash of nasty little boy that shaped the history of rock and roll, Presley was in splendid voice. He prowled and leered as if no time had passed and it was 1956 and the whole Elvis Madness was starting all over.

Another review appeared in Oregon Statesman - entertainingly titled "Hard-bitten Newshen Finds Elvis Still Carries That Tingling Charge" :)

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Oregon Statesman wrote:Elvis could have sung every note off-key and I would have given him all A’s. He did sound great, though, as he breezed through about 15 or 20 of his hits, from the 1955 “biggies” to his latest single Hurt. Frankly, he looked a lot better than I had expected. He had gotten rid of many of the extra pounds he had put on the last few years. I heard he was as heavy as 260 at one point. His pants were as tight as they used to be. I imagine he’s been a little cautious since he once split the seams in a pair during a concert. And, my goodness, he certainly hasn’t forgotten how to move his hips. Elvis looks younger than his 41 years.


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Nice memories from someone who attended this show can be found online: http://www.matchdoctor.com/thread_7_28999_1/Elvis.html

The show from the 27th was released on Memory label in 2005 as Rockin' the Northwest. The recording is echoey but still listenable. It's fun to hear Steamroller Blues and It's Now Or Never without Nielsen. :) Based on this recording Elvis seems to be in fine voice, with quite a varied song selection - I'd rather listen to this than anything from summer 1976...

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me /If You Love Me / Love Me Tender / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don`t Be Cruel / You Gave Me A Mountain / Blue Suede Shoes / How Great Thou Art / Fever / Steamroller Blues / It’s Now Or Never / America / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can't Help Falling In Love


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In between these two Eugene shows Elvis made an excursion into Portland - he didn't change lodgings in between, though - he was a customer of Eugene's Valley River Inn for 3 nights. More on Portland later...?

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Mon May 13, 2013 12:31 am

Awesome as always. Yesterday i tried to reply to one your messages and the computer HD broke down ! :facep: I'm hoping to recover the information tomorrow

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Mon May 13, 2013 1:12 am

Keep em coming Scott! Love this thread! ::rocks

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Mon May 13, 2013 6:12 am

Thanks for this Scott!

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Mon May 13, 2013 6:53 am

Is there a show anyone considers the best of this tour?

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Mon May 13, 2013 2:17 pm

Mike, I've heard Reno (bad audio) Portland & both SF shows.
I consider the Nov 29 San Francisco the best. High energy and great crowd, unlike the previous night in the Cow Palace which isn't that good imo. (soundboard available)

But without having heard the full tour I can't fully answer your question..

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Tue May 14, 2013 8:58 pm

Elvis flew in from Eugene in the afternoon for his 3rd appearance at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in six years. The glass and concrete building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 2009. In 2011it was renamed from Memorial Coliseum to Veterans Memorial Coliseum, to better reflect its history as a memorial to war veterans.

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For this show Elvis wore the Inca Gold Leaf suit.

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For some reason the lighting in Memorial Coliseum was never especially good during Elvis' concerts, and all the photos taken in these shows over the years are quite dark. For example, Judy Palmer chose not to use any of her photos from this show in her book. I'm guessing the photo above is taken by her, though. :)

This show was also released by the Memory label in 2003 (10 years ago already!). :) This time the sound is quite muffled but still listenable. The show is also quite long, 80 minutes all told, but of course much of that time is taken up by the intros (and two Sherril Nielsen numbers).

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It’s Now or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America, The Beautiful / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Danny Boy (S. Nielsen) / Walk With Me (S. Nielsen) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That’s All Right / Can’t help Falling is love


This time the reviews appeared in the Oregonian and the Oregon Journal.

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The Oregonian wrote:But the show was Elvis, and while it seemed a bit softer than in past performances in Portland it was nevertheless a good Elvis concert. He split the music between old and new stuff and, of course, received the biggest accolades for tunes like Jailhouse Rock, which dates back to his mid-1950s roots. There was enough his swiveling to keep the swooners swooning while he passed out like 60 pastel scarves. It would be a tossup to predict whether the fans were there to listen to music, see Elvis the idol or relive high school rock and roll days.


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The Oregon Journal wrote:With the theme from “2001” dramatically heralding his arrival, superstar singer Elvis Presley ambled nonchalantly to the stage of the Memorial Coliseum Friday evening, and was greeted by the deafening applause of 12000 fans and the blinding flash of a multitude of cameras. Apart from this rather imperious entrance, it was a loosely constructed, almost informal night, with a major emphasis on nostalgia, and no one attempting to really cut any new ground – musically speaking, that is. As such, the jammed house could feel comfortably ecstatic in their reminiscences.

In Lee Cotten's book, there is story about a Portland hotel auctioning off the linen from his hotel room. But as I already mentioned, Elvis was stationed in Eugene for his three Oregon shows. A Portland hotel did have an auction - in Portland, Maine, that is, and in May 1977... :)

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After this show it was back to Eugene, and then to San Francisco, where Linda would leave for good...

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sat May 25, 2013 8:12 pm

I almost forgot to finish this thread - well, no matter - it's just a forum piece. We're now in San Francisco on Nov 28 1976, the day Linda decided to call it quits. Ginger was flown in in from Memphis, arriving on the 29th but she didn't meet Elvis until the 30th. Maybe all this behind-the-scenes women juggling had an effect on the Cow Palace performances...?

Strictly speaking the Cow Palace is not in San Francisco, as it has a Daly City address, and except for the very northwest corner of the parking lot which is across the San Francisco border, it lies entirely within Daly City. Built in 1941, it is today used as a venue for the ECHL's San Francisco Bulls hockey team and in recent years the Cow Palace has been the Bay Area stop for the Cirque du Soleil. The arena is also still used for the Grand National Rodeo today.

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This was only Elvis' second visit to the arena after 1970 - maybe to compensate for this, two shows were scheduled. For the first show, Elvis wore the Spades suit. In almost all the photos taken in during these shows, he seems very happy, even though the quality of the shows themselves was not the best.

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This show as first released in an incomplete form on America the Beautiful CD. More recently it was out as San Francisco Bay Blues - with the final (and arguably most interesting) songs still missing. I have yet to hear these recordings... :oops:

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / America / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love


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The first show was reviewed by San Francisco Examiner, which was quite positive about the whole thing:
San Francisco Examiner wrote:He tossed off perhaps his best-known song, Hound Dog, and breezed through several others with characteristic stirring of the lyrics. But he was always in command. Elvis, even a distracted Elvis is still the man who founded rock and roll twenty years ago and a (by rock standards) flimsy sound system and methodical delivery don't count...He's a first-rate singer. His show now blends touches of the current fad - disco music - with the rockabilly style that carried him and rock and roll to fame. Everything about his show is polished and professional. All that's missing is the ragged energy that helped inspire a generation of rebelliousness.


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The next night was apparently a somewhat different affair - if newspaper reviews are to taken at face value. For the second show, Elvis wore the Blue Rainbow suit, and happy expressions were in evidence this night also.

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This night's show was released on the Hope label back in 1996, as The Nation's Only Atomic Powered Singer in below average sound, if I remember correctly (don't have this show at my disposal, either).

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Blue Suede Shoes / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Introductions / Hurt / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Blue Christmas / Mystery Train - Tiger Man / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can't Help Falling In Love


But for all the happy demeanor, the San Francisco Chronicle's John Wasserman was not amused:

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San Francisco Chronicle' wrote:Elvis “Plump” Presley played a concert in the Cow Palace on both Sunday and Monday evenings. On the latter occasion, at least, he presented what was arguably the major concert fiasco of 1976.... If you really must know the details, suffice it to say that he sang the songs traditionally associated with him, moved with surprising agility considering his mammoth paunch, was wearing his usual boot-polish hair-do (as you know, he frequents the same shoe-shine stand as Jerry Lewis and Robert Goulet), appeared to have abandoned his fabled karate exercises and produced – even given the sorry state of the sound – easily the most lackluster performance I have ever witnessed on his part.


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Whether such a review is justified or not, I can't really say. Maybe this would be a concert for FTD from this tour - after having inadvertently released a few songs from the next night's show in Anaheim- so that we could make up our minds one way or the other? :wink:

There's a nice clip from the latter SF show to be found on Youtube:
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The tour's closing show would be next, in Anaheim, with Ginger in attendance for the first time...

Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Sun May 26, 2013 2:21 pm

Nice one Scott.
I actually think the second SF show was pretty good!

Regarding the comments on the sound in both reviews.
The Cow Palace was known for bad acoustics..

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Mon May 27, 2013 8:07 pm

Well, this thread didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped for - my attention span is really short these days. Maybe somebody will do a comprehensive book on the tour shows one day... :P

Anyhow, we're in Anaheim, the site of Disneyland, for the closing of this short tour. In the audience Ginger is watching her first Elvis show and apparently also John Wayne is there with his daughter. The show took place at the Anaheim Convention Center, located across from the Disneyland Resort on Katella Avenue. The 1976 show drew 8642 spectators.

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Many have rated this show highly, but from what I've heard, it was no better nor worse than any other show on this tour. An improvement over what went on in the summer, but hardly prime Presley. On the positive side, he did look happy and certainly pleased the audience.

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The complete show has only been out on cd-r, with select songs appearing by accident on FTDs A Minnesota Moment. I have only heard those few songs from this show.

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C.C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / It's Now Or Never / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions/ Hurt / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Blue Christmas / That's All Right / Can't Help Falling In Love


Reviews appeared in Anaheim Bulletin and Los Angeles Times. Both were quite positive about the show:

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Anaheim Bulletin wrote:Was Elvis in good form? Yes, as always. Voice powerful, sensuous. Expressions happy, teasing, confident. He wiggled; he jittered; he swayed. Too quickly it all came to an end. As the crowd made their way to parked cars, anxious tensions had been relieved. Some years exhausted. But yes, they were there. In person, they had seen Elvis.


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LA Times' Robert Hilburn didn't quite agree with his SF colleague ("A whale of a concert") by calling the experience "less weighty":

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Though Presley continues to have as compelling and evocative a voice as anyone in rock and pop, he rarely challenges himself any more on stage or on record. Except for the Hurt single, for instance, everything he did Tuesday night has been in his concert repertoire for years. While his audiences don’t seem to mind the lack of challenge in his work (Presley’s concerts are invariably sold out), it sells his own talent short. There are, however, points in virtually every performance, where he seems to assert himself, almost as if it were a teasing reminder of what he can do.


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Here's a short silent clip from the start of the show:

[youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=bib7Y3_Abe4[/youtube]

After the show, the final Vegas season was looming. It didn't turn out to be quite as upbeat as this tour, all told. But that, as they say, is another story for another writer. I really should have been more thorough with this thread, but my enthusiasm waned as this tour progressed...oh well... :) Hopefully, there were at least some "new" pictures here... :wink:

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Re: Magical(?) mystery tour - Linda out, Ginger in

Mon May 27, 2013 11:27 pm

Fantastic Scott.