Operation Big Apple

Venus Productions just released a new double CD digipak set titled '' Operation Big Apple '' featuring both MSG shows. This is a very limited Edition of this Special Day of June 1972. The flyer indicates the '' Unedited Masters '' series will continue soon with one title related to the year 1971 and another volume covering a larger period in time.
March 9, 2012

Elvis: Hawaii, For God And Country" will be delayed

The release of "Elvis: Hawaii, For God And Country" will be delayed until April, as we have uncovered even more rare material!
We want to be sure our high-quality release is as complete as possible. As a newcomer, we know one may only make a good first impression once.
We will keep you updated on our progress.
It will be worth the wait!
Update March 6, 2012

The Hillbilly Cat Returns

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 24th, 1970, Midnight show.
Graceland Records comes with a new CD release the follow up of The Hillbilly Cat Live , a digipack with gorgeous photos and liner notes plus technical information. It features one of the best shows from his August Las Vegas engagement, namely the August 24th, 1970 midnight show, taken from the original unspoiled – a tremendous audience recording!

After the success of "The Hillbilly Cat Live" volume 1 we decided to give you the other Elvis show also. Again directly taken from the original master tape created in 1970 for the double vinyl release "The hillybilly Cat "live" This second show is entitled "The Hillybilly Cat returns", volume 2. The best title to link it to "The Hillybilly Cat Live ! Together you'll have the complete vinyl lp release on two CDs and MUCH MORE , the complete shows in their original form!

By now we can state that these recordings now sounds significantly better than they it did on the 1970 vinyl bootleg.

The historic.. THE HILLBILLY CAT "LIVE"! Is a sought after double lp from Canada, featuring two 1970 Vegas shows (August 23 DS and 24 MS) Edited together as one powerhouse performance.

Many believed at the time that it was a soundboard recording, but it was simply a great stereo tape, made from a front, center table.

Now for the first time, hear it straight from the original tapes, enhanced using 21st-century techniques.

The August 24 Midnight Show is the complete tape, which was only partly released on the double album

This show is a little more serious but with Elvis on top of his game and in great spirits, as the Hollywood cameras were gone.

Listen for perhaps one of the rarest songs in complete form "When The Snow Is On The Roses"," a tender love song originally recorded by Ed Ames, who as it was, present during this show. It's unique to point this out since Elvis rarely did something outside of this own songbook. All songs are getting the royal Elvis treatment so this show is one to take serious!

No wonder it became part of the first, and most legendary Elvis bootleg LPs!
01. Orchestra Intro 02. Opening Vamp / That's All Right 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) 04. Spanish Eyes (excerpt) 05. Tiger Man 06. I Just Can't Help Believin' 07. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 08. Polk Salad Annie 09. Band Introductions 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Celebrity Introductions (Jimmy Wakely, Darlene Love, The Osmond Brothers) 12. When The Snow Is On The Roses (with 2 false starts) 13. Celebrity Introduction (Ed Ames) 14. The Wonder Of You 15. Heartbreak Hotel (with false start) 16. One Night (with two breaks) 17. All Shook Up (false start only) 18. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 19. Hound Dog 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water 21. Suspicious Minds 22. Can't Help Falling In Love (false start) / Release Me 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
February 27, 2012


Blue Owl in Greensboro

Due out March the 2nd from the new label Inferno records is a factory pressed cd called "Blue owl in greensboro" This cd is a fantastic re-release of the legendary greensboro show recorded for elvis presleys April tour for the smash documentary "Elvis on tour" We have speed corrected the show and added a few bonus tracks from March 1972 Rehearsing for his april tour. This release comes in a fully printed cardboard sleeve and has colour photos wearing the blue owl jumpsuit.
Immediately following our first release will be Inferno records 2nd cd titled "International tigerman" a jewel case cd with fantastic full colour booklet and liner notes . Due around the 7th march. For fans by fans!
February 23, 2012

Just one more smile

OUT MARCH 9, 2012: From the new label CONVAIR we can expect a rare recording of one of the last live performances Elvis ever did. Recorded by a fan in the audience this release is for the collectors. Accompanied by a 20 page booklet telling the story of Elvis´ last tour in words and pictures plus having two different concert reviews from this concert in Des Moines this is a nice collectors-package. Although the sound of the recording is far from perfect to many ears it has to be said that the tape-source of this first CONVAIR cd is new and significantly better than known so far from circulating cd-r´s.

Tracklisting:
Also Sprach Zarathustra See See Rider I Got A Woman / Amen Love Me If You Love Me (Let Me Know) You Gave Me A Mountain Jailhouse Rock O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never Little Sister Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel Help Me Danny Boy (Sherill Nielsen) Walk With Me (Sherill Nielsen) Blue Suede Shoes Introductions Early Morning Rain What'd I Say Johnny B. Goode Band Solos I Really Don't Want To Know More Band Solos Hurt Hound Dog Elvis introduces his father and sound engineer Can't Help Falling In Love
February 21, 2012


Vegas Variety Vol. 8

To be released March 2nd, 2012: Rainbow Records proudly presents Volume 8 of their series "Vegas Variety", featuring the complete performance of August 6, 1972 Midnight Show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Nevada.

Rainbow Records is again able to deliver a very fine show in really nice sound, recorded by some fans tape recorder which has been secretly brought with by a fan. It is important for many Elvis-Fans to have just about every show Elvis ever did in their collection. Unfortunately there is no soundboard or professional recording available for every show. But still we are fortunate enough to hear most of the concerts because of the private recordings many fans did when they visited Elvis in Las Vegas and on his many tours. Those recordings might sound a bit rough to some ears but they are what they are: A document of Elvis´ big output of live performances. As usual a very high quality booklet comes with this release. It has a lot of pictures and information covering the magic of Elvis and Las Vegas back in August/September of 1972 on its 20 pages.

Tracklisting: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. Proud Mary 04. Until It's Time For You To Go 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 06. You've Lost That Loving Feeling 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. What Now My Love (with false start) 09. Fever (with false start) 10. Blue Suede Shoes 11. Heartbreak Hotel 12. Little Sister / Get Back (Incomplete) 13. Suspicious Minds (Incomplete) 14. My Way 15. Band Introductions 16. An American Trilogy 17. Can't Help Falling In Love 18. Closing Vamp / Announcements
Update February 16, 2012


Watching Your Dreams Into Ashes

As Elvis wound down his seventh visit to Las Vegas, he probably felt a mixture of elation, depression and nervous anticipation. The shows in August and September 1972 were sold out, professional and well-received. He looked great and sang like a bird, as these two previously unreleased sterling performances on September 2 clearly prove. But in mid-August it was reported he had filed a divorce action in Santa Monica Court from his wife Priscilla. Then, immediately prior to his closing show, Elvis participated in a press announcement for a January 14 worldwide satellite broadcast of "Aloha From Hawaii" to an estimated total TV audience of 1.4 billion people. 1973 would be a year of enormous highs and tremendous lows, as Elvis began to watch his dreams turn into ashes.

These previously unissued Dinner and Midnight sets are taken from 24-bit digital transfers of the first-generation copies of privately-recorded cassettes. They were recorded by the same fan and are presented in superb monaural sound.

Like its predecessors from Straight Arrow Special Products mini series, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information as well as a collection of photos of Elvis in his "Blue Swirl suit" suit as taken at the Hilton in late August / early September 1972.

If you liked Straight Arrow's previous outing "BEFORE DARKNESS FALLS", you will like this one, too!
Tracks:
CD 1 / Saturday, September 2, 1972 Dinner Show
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Polk Salad Annie 07. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Heartbreak Hotel - 13. All Shook Up - 14. Love Me Tender - 15. Hound Dog - 16. I'll Remember You - 17. Walk That Lonesome Road (J.D. Sumner and the Stamps) - 18. Suspicious Minds - 19. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 20. For The Good Times - 21. A Big Hunk O' Love - 22. You Gave Me A Mountain - 23. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD 2 / Saturday, September 2, 1972 Midnight Show
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Heartbreak Hotel - 13. Love Me Tender - 14. Elvis welcomes UK fans - 15. Hound Dog - 16. I'll Remember You - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 19. Introduction of David Brinkley, legendary NBC-TV anchorman - 20. My Way - 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Updated February 9, 2012


Into The Light

Here we have another announcement from the "Touchdown Productions" label, this time they are coming with "Into The Light" with an unreleased dinner show on August 7, 1973. It's the second show of the season. Elvis is in a very good mood and did a pretty fine show. The sound quality on this one is also very good for an audience recorded show!

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman/Amen - Love Me - Steamroller Blues - You Gave Me A Mountain - Trouble - Blue Suede Shoes - Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - Fever - What Now My Love - Suspicious Minds - Introductions - I Can't Stop Loving You - An American Trilogy - A Big Hunk O' Love - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
BONUS SONGS - Faded Love (August 7, 1973 MS) - Release Me - Bridge Over Troubled Water - How Great Thou Art - Heartbreak Hotel - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Mystery Train/Tiger Man (all songs recorded during the midnight show from August 31, 1973 and are unreleased thus far)
Update February 4, 2012


Two New memories CD's

Two new audience recordings from the Memory label have been announced to be out this month. Titles are "Last Time In Spectrum" & "Really Don't Want To Know" and the dates are Philadelphia, PA, May 28, 1977 & Jacksonville, FL, May 30, 1977 It comes in an eight page booklet.
Update February 2, 2012

Late Night In LA

"In early February the new label 'Verve' will release their first CD which will contain a much improved version of Elvis show from May 11, 1974. The first release of this concert was released through the collectors label FTD in combination with a book about the concert. Annoyingly the speed ran obviously to slow and the pitch was also wrong. When it was released as a single CD there was hope that FTD worked on the show for the better, but once again nothing was done to correct the faults. So here you can hear the show for the first time at the correct speed and the correct pitch. Also we did everything to improve the overall sound quality and as a result you'll get to hear a soundboard that could have sounded this good in the first place.

[01] Also Sprach Zarathustra - [02] See See Rider - [03] I Got A Woman/ Amen - [04] Love Me (with reprise) - [05] Trying To Get To You - [06] All Shook Up - [07] Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel - [08] Love Me Tender - [09] Steamroller Blues - [10] Hound Dog - [11] Fever - [12] Polk Salad Annie - [13] Why Me Lord? - [14] Suspcicous Minds - [15] Band Introduction - [16] I Can't Stop Loving You - [17] Help Me - [18] An American Trilogy - [19] Let Me Be There (with reprise) - [20] Funny How Time Slips Away - [21] Big Boss Man* - [22] Can't Help Falling In Love*
The main part of the show was recorded on May 11, 1974 during the evening show in Los Angeles at the Inglewood Forum. Only the tracks marked with '*' were recorded on May 10, 1974 during the evening show in San Bernadino."
Update February 2, 2012


Hawaii: For God And Country - Update

HAWAII: FOR GOD AND COUNTRY D E L U X E E D I T I O N
Special collector's edition

Release date: March 26th, 2012

Since Elvis fans received the news of the Hawaii 1961 benefit show so enthusiastically we have decided to release our Deluxe Edition of "HAWAII – For God and Country" instead of the previously announced digipak.

3764 BLVD Publishing offers: The Deluxe HAwaii - For God And Country" Edition as a hardcover book (112 pages) + The CD 1961 Arizona Memorial Fund Benefit show, together with the promotional KPOI-AM radio broadcast from D.J. Tom Moffatt on one CD

This historic 1961 show is the only one of three Elvis gave that year that is available today, before he disappeared from the stage to work full-time in Hollywood.

The audio has been professionally remastered for maximum listening pleasure, with priority given to historical value. Nevertheless, it will be a thrill to rediscover the excitement of the only Elvis Show from 1961. The sound on this release is a significant improvement over earlier versions.

ONLY THE FIRST EDITION WILL BE NUMBERED

The Special benefit memorial package is a special edition for the serious collector. INCLUDES:
The Deluxe Edition of Hawaii For God and Country hardcover book (112+pages) With the audio CD (featuring the benefit show & Radio broadcast.)

A beautiful reproduction of the original ticket (For this edition only)

High "Quality" Long play album (180 gram Vinyl)

The limited reproduction of A large exquisite autographed promo photo only given to the first 1000 ticket buyers in 1961. (For this edition only)

Tracklist

THE ELVIS SHOW

01 Introduction by Rear Admiral Robert L. Campbell (14th Naval District commander) 02 Heartbreak Hotel 03 All Shook Up 04 A Fool Such As I 05 I Got A Woman 06 Love Me 07 Introduction of musicians, singers 08 Such A Night 09 Reconsider Baby 10 I Need Your Love Tonight 11 That's All Right 12 Don't Be Cruel 13 One Night 14 Are You Lonesome To-night ? 15 It's Now Or Never 16 Swing Down Sweet Chariot 17 Hound Dog

THE SPECIAL RADIO BROADCAST

Elvis and the Colonel pay tribute to the victims of Pearl Harbor in 1941, presented by Tom Moffatt in a special radio broadcast from Honolulu: Sunday, March 19, 1961

18 Promotion for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Benefit on Saturday March 25th. 19 Take My Hand, Precious Lord 20 Tom Moffatt, E. J. Solomons (U. S. Navy Admiral ) 21 I Believe In The Man In The Sky 22 Dialogue, Neal Shaw Blaisdell (mayor of Honolulu) 23 It Is No Secret 24 Tom Moffatt, H. Tucker Gratz (chairman of Pacific War Memorial Commission). 25 Milky White Way 26 Tom Moffatt, George Chaplin* (editor from Honolulu Advertiser) 27 He Knows Just What I Need 28 Tom Moffatt, William F .Quinn (governor of Hawaii) 29 I Believe 30 Tom Moffatt, Morley Theaker (manager of Sears department store, in charge of ticket sales) 31 Tom Moffatt, phone call to Elvis to talk about special broadcast for Arizona Memorial benefit 32 The Last Post, Tom Moffatt 33 Peace In The Valley 34 Tom Moffatt, closing credits

Update January 26, 2012


Such A Night & (VS) Hawaii: For God And Country

Today we have received 2 announcements for the "Concert of the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on March 25th 1961" which to me is probably one the best live show we have. But now we have 2 different ones to choose for. The first one we have received is from the MRS Label:

Memphis Recording Service in association with JAT Productions will release the next Elvis Presley titled 'Such A Night in Pearl Harbor' in March 2012. It will contain a completely new re-mastered CD of Elvis' performance of the benefit concert recorded at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on March 25th 1961 to aid of the USS Arizona Memorial Fund.

The quality is of this concert is far superior than anything of this ever released before and will now be considered, one of the best Elvis concert recordings up until that time. Amazing samples of this will be available in the coming week.

Elvis performs 15 songs and sings every one as if it were the first time he had ever presented them to an audience. This includes many #1 hits and includes classics that were never performed previously or again such as 'A Fool Such As I', 'I Need Your Love Tonight' and more.

Also included for the first time ever, is the 30 minute radio broadcast from Hawaii a week before Elvis' arrival. It promoted the concert for the memorial fund, playing selected tracks from Elvis' Christmas and 'His Hand in Mine' album, released at that time including words by Elvis Presley.

As a bonus, the CD is accompanied by a 100 page hard back book that contains many rare photographs with extensive and informative linear notes detailing Elvis' arrival and performance in Hawaii.


The second one is from the "3764 BLVD Publishing":

HAWAII: FOR GOD AND COUNTRY BLVD CD 6101-2
Release date: March 26th, 2012
3764 BLVD Publishing offers; The complete benefit show for the Arizona Memorial fund plus the radio broadcast from Uncle Tom's Cabin a few days earlier to promote the Elvis Show. This historical show is the only one available of the only 3 shows given in the 60's before Elvis disappeared from the stage for 8 years. Only 3 days later he started filming "Blue Hawaii".

The audio is remastered and optimized for maximum listing pleasure; priority has been given to historical value. Nevertheless it will be a thrill to discover the excitement of the only Elvis Show in 1961 recorded to date. The sound on this release is a significant improvement over earlier versions. A 24 page booklet accompanies the CD (with more than 74 minutes running time), to give detailed background info + many rare photos in b&w and in color. Also included are clippings, articles and items from the show and the fund raising.

THE FIRST 1000 copies will just like in 1961 be numbered
THE ELVIS SHOW
01 Introduction 02 Heartbreak Hotel 03 All Shook Up 04 A Fool Such As I 05 I Got A Woman 06 Love Me 07 Band Introductions 08 Such A Night 09 Reconsider Baby 10 I Need Your Love Tonight 11 That's All Right 12 Don't Be Cruel 13 One Night 14 Are You Lonesome Tonight ? 15 It's Now Or Never 16 Swing Down Sweet Chariot 17 Hound Dog

THE SPECIAL RADIO BROADCAST
Elvis and the Colonel pay tribute to the victims of Pearl Habor 1941 presented by Tom Moffat in a special radio broadcast from Honolulu, Sunday ,March 19, 1961

18 Introduction and promotion for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial benefit Elvis Show on Saturday 25th. 19 Take My hand Precious Lord 20 Tom/ EJ Solomons (US. Navy Admiral ) 21 I Believe In The Man In The Sky 22 Dialogue/ Neal Shaw Blaisdell (Mayor of Honolulu) 23 It's No Secret 24 Tom/ Mr. H.Tucker Gratz (Chairman of War Memorial Commision). 25 Milky White Way 26 Tom/George Chaplin* (Editor of Honolulu advertiser) 27 He Knows Just What I Need 28 Tom / William F .Quinn (Governor of Hawaii) 29 I Believe 30 Tom/ Morley Theaker (Sears manager, In charge of the Ticket sales) 31 Tom /Calls Elvis from his "Uncle Tom's Gabin" in Hawaii, they talk about a special broadcast for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial benefit. 32 The Last Post / Tom 33 Peace In The Valley 34 Tom /Credits.
Update: January 23, 2012


Stellar In Atlanta

A new upcoming release from the "Touchdown" label is "Stellar In Atlanta". It features a very good audience Recording of the evening show in Atlanta on June 30,1973.
Tracklisting:
See See Rider I Got A Woman / Amen Help Me Make It Through The Night Love Me Tender Steamroller Blues You Gave Me A Mountain Love Me Blue Suede Shoes Rock Medley I'm Leavin' How Great Thou Art Hound Dog Fever Something What Now My Love Suspicious Minds Introductions I'll Remember You I Can't Stop Loving You An American Trilogy A Big Hunk O' Love Can't Help Falling In Love Closing Vamp

The release date is the first week of February.
Update january 15, 2012


Elvis November Tour

Press release:
CD Saturday, November 13 1971 (2:30 pm). Dallas TX. Memorial Auditorium
DVD Saturday, November 13 1971 (2:30 /8.30 pm). Dallas TX. Memorial Auditorium+ Monday,November 15 1971 (8:30 pm). Kansas City MO. Municipal Auditorium

Available from the end of January, Elvis' November Tour (SR Records Special Product) with focus on Elvis' November 1971 tour.
Here we proudly present to you the first of three volumes of SR special products dedicated to the year 1971.
After the first attempt in January 2006 with the import Setting The Standard accompanied with a bonus DVD-r first 100 copies only, the necessity to show Elvis' in live action gave us the push to give shape to this special product series. We accompanied the usual audio concert with a real DVD as we wanted to allow you the possibility to see the man where he reigned: on the stage. Here we present to you the complete Dallas 13th November 1971 afternoon show, although part (about half) previously issued by Sundial Production in 1996 (Kicked it up in Dallas) here you have the chance to have the complete show in a superior audio quality, a digital transfer of the first-generation copy, the sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure.

Together here we present to you a professional DVD (the lucky people who have the Setting The Standard know what we are talking about) with previously released and unreleased footage from the Dallas afternoon/evening shows and for the first time the complete 20:00 min footage of Kansas City.
The DVD will include the three shows along with a series of special features to give you the idea about how the DVD was made. Elvis in Nov 71' was a spectacle to see and for all majority of the people who missed the opportunity to attend to the 1971 shows we think this DVD can demonstrate what we are talking about. Working on such old video-tapes of the early eighties hasn't been easy, we worked for almost one month to give life to 50 minutes of digitally-remastered and edited video.....after a pre-filtered acquisition of the old material we worked for the same time in the restoring of the video-quality and the professional editing of the "NEW" material. All the footage has been digitally restored in order to achieve the optimum image quality. The footage has been synced with audio from the original concert and the 8mm footage speed corrected so that audio and video are timed correctly. We hope the rarity of this video and our determination to make a great job give you the opportunity to enjoy the end result.

Elvis' November tour is, we think, the best moment of Elvis' comeback to live shows, the perfect balance between vocal ability and live wild action; both the Dallas shows together with Houston are the best moments of the tour. So we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen and view Elvis at the top of his prowess.

For the first time on this label, the double set will come with double printed DVD sized sleeve, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of the three shows and all the necessary details. The first 500 copies will come with a bonus collector card.

CD tracklist:
November 13, 1971 AS Time 55.46 min
01.Intro 1.17 02.That's All Right 1.53 03.Proud Mary 1.43 04.Amen 0.47 05.Proud Mary 2.44 06.You Don't Have to say You Love Me 2.03 07.You've Lost That Loving Feeling 4.22 08.Polk Salad Annie 4.26 09.Love Me 1.34 10.Heartbreak Hotel 1.34* 11.Blue Suede Shoes/Whola Lotta Shaking goin' on 1.35* 12.It's Now Or Never 2.17* 13.Are You Lonesome Tonight 2.37* 14.Hound Dog 1.22* 15.How Great Thou Art 2,38* 16.Introduction 1.14* 17.Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2.16 18.Bridge Over Troubled Water 5.37 19.I Can't Stop Loving You 2.25 20.Suspicious Minds 6.08 21.Funny How Time Slips Away 3.02 22.I Can't Help Falling In Love 1.46 23.Closing Vamp 0.17
November 13, 1971 ES Time 4.01 min
24. Turn Around And look at Me 0.21* 25. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 3.48*
November 15, 1971 Time 3.29 min
24 One Night 1.22* 25 It's Over 2.07*
*denote previously unreleased performances
Total Time 63.16 min

DVD Contents Total about 53,00 min.
1 November tour intro 2 Dallas Afternoon Show 3 Dallas Evening Show4 Kansas City Show
Bonus Features

1 November tour Photos 2 Restore & Compare
3 Raw Footage Dallas Afternoon 4 Trailer
Update January 14, 2012

The Hillybilly Cat Live

Here's the press release:
Graceland Records is planning a new CD release, a digipack with gorgeous photos and liner notes plus technical information. It features one of the best shows from his August Las Vegas engagement, namely the August 23rd, 1970 dinner show, taken from the original unspoiled – a tremendous audience recording! This recording was partly released in 1970 on vinyl as "The Hillbilly cat, Live", but it was a combined version of 2 different shows, August 23rd dinner and 24th Midnight show. The sound quality was great for the time the time. Rumors were that a professional recording (soundboard) was used. This is not the case; a stereo tape recorder was used directly in front of the center stage. Graceland Records was lucky enough to work with the original audiocassette. These days the possibilities to improve an audience tape are far greater than they were in 1970, so this recording now sounds significantly better than it did on the 1970 vinyl bootleg.

Now Finally for the first time ever on CD.
One of the first bootlegs ever, "THE HILLBILLY CAT LIVE" A much sought-after double album from Canada, released back in 1970 with a mix of two shows, edited to create one powerhouse performance.
Now for the first time the complete tape recording of the first of these 2 shows: the August 23rd 1970 dinner show, which was only partly released on the double album and now in full, with only the last part of "Suspicious Minds" & "Can't help falling In Love" repaired with audio from the August 24th midnight show. Due to a little mistake the tape was turned off too fast, but he wrote down the set list.

This show is hilarious, wild and loose: Elvis was in great spirits & the Hollywood cameras were gone. The many false starts indicates that he was fooling around and having a great time doing it.. With probably the craziest intro ever to "Hound Dog", a wild and rocking version. With great renditions of "Tiger Man" "That's all Right" and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" All phenomenal performances..

A fantastic and entertaining show where he combines humor and true entertainment. A sparkling show with no weak spots. Elvis was on top of his game ! This is definitively one of the finest performances of this season.

Do not miss your chance to obtain another winner from Graceland records !
Tracks:
01. That's All Right 02. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) 03. Tiger Man 04. Monologue 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) 06. I've Lost You 07. I Just Can't Help Believing 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 09. Polk Salad Annie 10. Band Introductions 11. Johnny B. Goode 12. Band Introductions 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) 15. One Night (with 2 false starts) 16. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes 17. All Shook Up (false start only) / Hound Dog 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water 19. Suspicious Minds 20. Can't Help Falling In Love. Short version:
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD!
One of the very first bootlegs, first released in 1970:
THE HISTORIC ... THE HILLBILLY CAT "LIVE"! THIS WAS A SOUGHT-AFTER DOUBLE LP FROM CANADA, FEATURING TWO 1970 VEGAS SHOWS (AUGUST 23 DS & AUGUST 24 MS) EDITED TOGETHER AS ONE POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE. MANY BELIEVED IT WAS A SOUNDBOARD RECORDING, BUT IT WAS SIMPLY A GREAT STEREO TAPE, MADE FROM A FRONT, CENTER TABLE. NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME, HEAR IT STRAIGHT FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES, ENHANCED USING 21ST-CENTURY TECHNIQUES. The AUGUST 23 DS is the COMPLETE TAPE, which was only partly released on the double album. Only the last part of "Suspicious Minds" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" were missed by the taper, and repaired using the AUGUST 24 MS.

This show is hilarious, a wild and loose Elvis was in great spirits, as the Hollywood cameras were gone. Listen for perhaps the most delicious intro ever to "Hound Dog," a wild and rocking version, for sure one of the best of this season. Also hear great renditions of "Tiger Man," "That's All Right" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"!
This is a fantastic and entertaining evening, where Elvis combined his unique humor with true entertaining -- a sparkling show with no weak spots. No wonder it became one of the first, and most legendary Elvis bootleg LPs! 01. That's All Right 02. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) 03. Tiger Man 04. Monologue 05. Love Me Tender (with false start) 06. I've Lost You 07. I Just Can't Help Believin' 08. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 09. Polk Salad Annie 10. Band Introductions 11. Johnny B. Goode 12. More Band Introductions 13. The Wonder Of You 14. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) 15. One Night (with 2 false starts) 16. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes 17. All Shook Up (false start only) / Hound Dog 18. Bridge Over Troubled Water 19. Suspicious Minds 20. Can't Help Falling In Love
Update January 9, 2011


Before Darkness Falls

Elvis' 1973 "Summer Festival" was his ninth month-long stand in Las Vegas since July-August 1969. Reviews noted his excess weight and half-hearted performances. But, despite bad press, health issues and a 1967 marriage that would soon end in divorce, Presley slowly warmed to his always-thrilled fans.

The songs here, from his Sunday shows on August 26th, 1973, are a good example of this warmth. At both shows Elvis welcomed the presence of Lisa, his beloved daughter, then just five and-a-half years old. Obviously, she provided additional inspiration for her dad. In fact, there are several rare highlights, including "A Big Hunk O' Love," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Release Me" and "How Great Thou Art." And for fans of legendary bass player Emory Gordy, Jr., these would be among the last dates he would ever do with Presley.

Both the Dinner and Midnight sets are taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of the first-generation copy of a privately-recorded 120-minute cassette. The sound was painstakingly restored for your listening pleasure.

The August 26th, 1973 Dinner show is previously unissued, while the Midnight show was released in substandard mono by Memory Records in 2002 ("Caught In The Act"). Straight Arrow presents both shows in superb, "two-mike live ambience" stereo sound.

Like its predecessors from Straight Arrow Special Products mini series, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information as well as a collection of photos taken during the September 1st, 1973 dinner show.

Tracks:
CD 1 - August 26, 1973 Dinner Show
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Blue Suede Shoes - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians - 14. Introduction of daughter Lisa - 15. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 16. I Can't Stop Loving You - 17. An American Trilogy - 18. A Big Hunk O' Love - 19. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD 2 - August 26, 1973 Midnight Show
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Blue Suede Shoes - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. What Now My Love - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians - 14. Release Me - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Introduction of daughter Lisa - 17. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Update December 30, 2011


If You Don't Come Back

A new release to be out soon is "If You Don't Come Back". This disc is the "lost album" of Presley imports. It has a long history and would likely never have been released if not for the many requests over the years.
The version of "Loving Arms" here is worth the price of admission. Never has Elvis been so up-close and personal, as if he's singing in your living room!
The tracks have been carefully selected to retain the "Stax sound."

At the time, this Elvis session was an unique blend of country, funk, gospel and rhythm & blues. It was an attempt to reach the mainstream sounds of the day, like what Elvis managed in 1969. But this time RCA was embracing the famous Stax sound. Enjoy a prime slice of the "Stax sound"!

* GREAT SOUND
* 16 TRACKS
* MORE UP-CLOSE THAN YOU'VE EVER HEARD HIM BEFORE!
* EXTENSIVE LINER NOTES

If You Don't Come Back - edited 2.30 / Sweet Angeline - edited 3.03 / Are You Sincere? 2.02 / Three Corn Patches 3.09 / I Got A Feeling In My Body - edited 3.35 / Find Out What's Happening - edited 2.32 / Girl Of Mine 3.40 / Raised On Rock - edited 2.40 / Loving Arms 2.53 / It's Midnight 3.22 / I Miss You 2.14 / For Ol' Times Sake 3.38 / Just A Little Bit 2.50 / If You Talk In Your Sleep 2.43 / I've Got A Thing About You Baby 2.45 / Bonus Track: I Can Help 4.03
* ALL SONGS HAVE DIFFERENT MIXES!
Only 500 CD's will have a the promo poster.
Update December 12, 2011


Elvis In Person 1971

Out now is a new Digipack release titled "Elvis In Person 1971. It is a very good Audience Recording of the Dinner Show from August 23,1971, Las Vegas.
Tracklist:
2001 Theme That's All Right Proud Mary I Got A Woman / Amen / I Got A Woman Sweet Caroline Polk Salad Annie Johnny B. Goode It's Impossible Love Me Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Heartbreak Hotel Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel Hound Dog Love Me Tender Suspicious Minds Band Introduction I'm Leavin' Lawdy Miss Clawdy Can't Help Falling In Love

Update December 10, 2011


San Francisco Bay Blues

14 years after the first release of this show, Audionics delivers a slightly more complete version of Elvis Presley's San Francisco November 28th, 1976 show, as taken from the mixing desk. Elvis first played San Francisco on October 26th, 1957, two shows on one day, near the very end of his final fifties tour. He would not return to the legendary "City by the Bay" until almost exactly 13 years later, on November 13th, 1970, at the legendary Cow Palace.

Presley made his final two appearances in the same building on November 28 and 29, 1976. Unlike most tour shows earlier in the year, Elvis was in fine form, and the shows were well received by the San Francisco crowd.
For the SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES reissue, Audionics worked directly with a first generation, DAT copy of the original soundboard tape and made some improvements to the audio. It was a painstaking process of repairing and enhancing the original binaural recording, and then the sound was mixed down to genuine stereo.

Originally, the left channel consisted of all vocals and nearly all the instruments, while the right channel featured only piano (Tony Brown) and rhythm guitar (John Wilkinson). To give the listener an idea of how this sounded, four digitally-restored, binaural bonus tracks are included. Unfortunately, the original tape ends during "Hound Dog" (previously unreleased), missing the show's closing tracks "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Blue Christmas", "That's All Right" and "Can't Help Falling In Love".

SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES is presented in a neat-looking digipack filled with photographs taken during the November 28th Cow Palace concert.
Here's your chance to listen to SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES - for the first time as complete as originally recorded.
Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C.C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America The Beautiful - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band - 16. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 17. What I'd Say? (James Burton) - 18. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 19. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 20. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano solo (Tony Brown) - 22. Electric piano solo (David Briggs) - 23. Love Letters - 24. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog (incomplete).
Bonus (binaural):
27. America The Beautiful - 28. Polk Salad Annie - 29. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 30. Hurt.
Approx. running time: 72:30
Update November 27, 2011


A Triple Threat! & Alright, Okay You Win Out Now

Out now are the Triple Threat and Alright You Win CD's.
Triple Threat
As recorded at the Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, NV - Sunday, May 2, 1976
Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2011-03-02 In the past year 'Straight Arrow' managed to obtain a couple of superb-quality Vegas and Tahoe off-line recordings suitable for special releases. The third volume of our "STRAIGHT ARROW SPECIAL PRODUCTS" mini-series is "A TRIPLE THREAT!" (SA/SP 2011-03-02) and features the super-cool Lake Tahoe concert from May 2, 1976.

Of all of Elvis' 70s concerts, those in Lake Tahoe are the most poorly-documented. In a way it's a real pity, because the beauty of the Nevada surroundings and the intimacy of the Sahara showroom always seemed to bring out the best in him. Although Elvis looked somewhat unhealthy in May 1976, he appeared to be in a very good mood, and his warm interaction with fans made the shows quite memorable. The May 2, 1976 gig featured on this release is one of the longest and most entertaining that he gave.

Listening to this, one might easily get the impression that Elvis was courting guests in his living room. There's a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike is a true delight. There are also a number of vocally-impressive performances in evidence, one being Elvis' latest RCA single, "Hurt," which he reprises twice! It is the only known date where "Hurt" was performed three times due to the terrific audience response! Worth a mention as well are solid performances of "Burning Love", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "An American Trilogy".

This previously unreleased show is taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of a first-generation copy of original cassette. Since the recorder was very close to James Burton's stage monitor, the lead guitar is exceptionally well-defined in the sound image.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information, plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and photos taken during actual gig. If you dug "FADED LOVE" and "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" CDs, we'll bet that you will love this one, too.
Tracks: CD1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with break) / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Elvis talks - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Elvis talks - 10. Don't Be Cruel - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. My Way - 13. Burning Love.

CD2:
01. Introduction of singers, musicians - 02. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson, instrumental) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 04. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters (with false start) - 10. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 11. Hurt - 12. Hurt (second rendition) - 13. Hurt (reprise of last verse and ending) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Softly As I Leave You - 17. Can't Help Falling In Love - 18. Closing Vamp.
Approx running time: 85 minutes

Alright, You Win
Since the late 70s, there were rumours that the tour opening in College Park was a complete disaster - one of the worst Elvis concerts ever. This rumour was first published in Jerry Hopkins' book, and it was repeated in various publications so many times that almost nobody had any doubt. In 2006, Straight Arrow released a CD called "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK" which was an eye-opener, and proof that it was rather decent concert with some fine performances, too.

According to several books, the Detroit, MI, September 29th, 1974 afternoon performance was another of the most controversial Elvis Presley events. In a recent book, "DAY BY DAY", it's said that Elvis was on stage for 30 minutes only, giving his worst concert of the tour.
In August, Straight Arrow obtained a bunch of tapes, among them a 1st generation copy of a previously unknown audience recording of this Detroit concert. The producers decided to release this particular recording because it is an interesting show in good sound quality. Will another myth be shattered? Is the show as bad as its reputation? Judge for yourself. It's worth pointing out that the running time is about an hour, and not 30 minutes.
As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the tape was completely restored for your enjoyable listening. The disc is accompanied with a deluxe 16-page booklet, including critical liner notes and a collection of photos taken in Detroit on Sept. 29th, October 4th and in South Bend on September 30th, 1974.
"ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN" will be released in early October.

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Hound Dog - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog - 12. Don't Be Cruel (reprise) - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. When It's My Time (by Voice) - 14. Why Me Lord - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians continues - 16. Lead Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 19. Alright, Okay, You Win (Glen D. Hardin, sung by Elvis) - 20. Killing Me Softly (by Voice, incomplete) - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.
Bonus: Alright, Okay, You Win (taken from soundboard)
Update November 14, 2011

BACKDRAFT - ON STAGE -THE ULTIMATE EDITION

Due to high public demand, Backdraft has released this week, 'On Stage - The Ultimate Edition'. Because of the fast sell-out of 'Rebooked at the International' many fans missed out and were left out. Therefore this release will have ONLY the stereo multi track recordings from the 'Rebooked' release containing the very best on this factory pressed 80 minute CD. The CD is housed in a professional looking digi-Pack with a 12 page booklet, containing the very best of the photographs plus more from the Jan/Feb 1970 engagement.

ON STAGE - The Album - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix
01. See See Rider (Feb. 18; DS) 02. Elvis talks (Feb. 18; MS) 03. Release Me (Feb. 18; MS) 04. Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16; DS) 05. Elvis talks (Feb. 18; DS) 06. The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18; DS) 07. Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18; MS) 08. Elvis talks (Feb. 16; DS) 09. Proud Mary (Feb. 16; DS) 10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19; MS) 11. Let It Be Me (Feb. 17; MS) 12. I Can't Stop Loving You (Feb. 19; MS)

International Hotel Las Vegas NV - February 18, 1970 DINNER SHOW
13. Long Tall Sally (incl. false start) 14. Elvis Talks 15. The Wonder Of You 16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 17. Polk Salad Annie

International Hotel Las Vegas NV - February 19, 1970 DINNER SHOW
18. Elvis Talks 19. Proud Mary (incl. false start) 20. Elvis Talks 21. Don't Cry Daddy 22. Elvis Talks 23. Kentucky Rain 24. Let It Be Me 25. I Can't Stop Loving You 26. Walk A Mile In My Shoes 27. Elvis Talks 28. Release Me 29. See See Rider
Update October 24, 2011


A TRIPLE THREAT!

As recorded at the Sahara Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, NV - Sunday, May 2, 1976
Label: Straight Arrow Special Products SA/SP 2011-03-02 In the past year 'Straight Arrow' managed to obtain a couple of superb-quality Vegas and Tahoe off-line recordings suitable for special releases. The third volume of our "STRAIGHT ARROW SPECIAL PRODUCTS" mini-series is "A TRIPLE THREAT!" (SA/SP 2011-03-02) and features the super-cool Lake Tahoe concert from May 2, 1976.

Of all of Elvis' 70s concerts, those in Lake Tahoe are the most poorly-documented. In a way it's a real pity, because the beauty of the Nevada surroundings and the intimacy of the Sahara showroom always seemed to bring out the best in him. Although Elvis looked somewhat unhealthy in May 1976, he appeared to be in a very good mood, and his warm interaction with fans made the shows quite memorable. The May 2, 1976 gig featured on this release is one of the longest and most entertaining that he gave.

Listening to this, one might easily get the impression that Elvis was courting guests in his living room. There's a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike is a true delight. There are also a number of vocally-impressive performances in evidence, one being Elvis' latest RCA single, "Hurt," which he reprises twice! It is the only known date where "Hurt" was performed three times due to the terrific audience response! Worth a mention as well are solid performances of "Burning Love", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "An American Trilogy".

This previously unreleased show is taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of a first-generation copy of original cassette. Since the recorder was very close to James Burton's stage monitor, the lead guitar is exceptionally well-defined in the sound image.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information, plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and photos taken during actual gig. If you dug "FADED LOVE" and "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" CDs, we'll bet that you will love this one, too.
Tracks: CD1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with break) / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Elvis talks - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Elvis talks - 10. Don't Be Cruel - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. My Way - 13. Burning Love.

CD2:
01. Introduction of singers, musicians - 02. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson, instrumental) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 04. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters (with false start) - 10. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 11. Hurt - 12. Hurt (second rendition) - 13. Hurt (reprise of last verse and ending) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Softly As I Leave You - 17. Can't Help Falling In Love - 18. Closing Vamp.
Approx running time: 85 minutes
Update October 21, 2011


Vegas Variety Vol. 7

Rainbow Records proudly presents Volume 7 of their series "Vegas Variety", featuring the complete performance of December 4, 1975 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Nevada. Elvis did only one show at this date.
Many fans call this Vegas engagement one of his strongest ever and the recording we hear on "Vegas Variety Volume 7" proves them to be right. It was 36 years ago and Elvis was (again) sold out for every single performance in Vegas. Until today every recording from this engagement that was released on cd showed an artist in great mood, giving a lot for the money that people spent to attend one of Elvis´ by now legendary concerts at the Hilton showroom. Rainbow Records is again able to deliver a very fine show in really nice sound, recorded by some fans tape recorder which has been secretly brought with by a fan to "record" the King. As usual a very high quality booklet comes with this release. It has a lot of pictures and information regarding the magic of Elvis and Las Vegas back in December of 1975 on its 20 pages.

Tracklisting:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale / Big Boss Man (excerpt) 06. And I Love You So 07. Tryin' To Get To You 08. Blue Suede Shoes 09. It's Now Or Never 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Band Introductions 12. Johnny B Goode 13. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 14. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) 15. Piano Solo (Glen D Hardin) 16. School Day 17. Celebrity Introduction (Julie Lamar) 18. Just Pretend 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water 20. Burning Love 21. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) 22. America (The Beautiful) 23. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 24. Little Darlin 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp
Update October 19, 2011

Wild Tiger at The Hilton Vol. 3 out now.

The MxF label has released their third volume of "Wild Tiger at The Hilton'' featuring the unreleased Vegas February 06, 1974 Dinner Show.
After almost five months of rest, Elvis back to the Hilton in better shape and stronger respect the previous season. For this reason his performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries short shows, but very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the "new" songs "Spanish Eyes, Help me and Let Me Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John" and the classic "Trying to Get To You" sang terrifically. At the same time he introduce the oldie "My Baby Left me" without forget two classic early 70' songs like Release Me and Sweet Caroline and as you can see from the track list the number of the classic oldies in the show are significant reduced. This season will be the first with the new agreement , Elvis signed two years of contract performed twice a year, but only two weeks at the time rather than the previous four.

The sound is very good for an audience recording, We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.

From the third time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs from the Season. We love this show, it is clear we are not talking about the rough rocker of early 69/71, the "NEW" songs added to the show are no properly Rockers!! but in spite of some limitations and an evolution of style to a more complete musical range the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. The sound is good and in times of continue Soundboard re-release we are glad to give you the possibility to have a release that can combine the GOOD audio quality with the unreleased status ….this make Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 3 UNIQUE. Don't miss it!!!! We add four tracks from the January 28, MS show as Bonus. In the way to give you a more complete view of the songs performed in the season, in spite a less audio quality of the tape.

Tracklist:
Vegas February 06, 1974 DS 01.Intro 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Love Me 05.Trying To Get To You 06.Sweet Caroline 07.Love Me Tender 08.Johnny B. Good 09.Hound Dog 10.Fever 11.Polk Salad Annie 12.Killing Me Softly (by Voice) 13.Spanish Eyes 14.Why Me Lord? 15.Suspicious Minds (part) 16.Band Introduction 17.Release Me 18.Help Me 19.An American Trilogy 20.Let Me Be There 21.Can't Help Falling Love 22.Closing Vamp Bonus: Vegas January 28, 1974 MS 23.My Baby Left Me 24.You'Ve Lost The Loving Feeling 25.Rock Medley 26.I Can't stop Loving You
CD time about 58.00 min
Update October 17, 2011


Welcome To A Wonderful Whirl

The new Uranus label just released their first CD containing the previously unreleased Dinner Show from May 11, 1973 in Lake Tahoe. Since Uranus was able to lay their hands on a first generation recording of the show, the sound is exceptionally good for an audience recording. Be surprised how great an Audience Recording can sound! The CD is packed in a paper sleeve like the Japanese paper sleeve collection or the double albums from the past. A 16 page booklet packed with color pictures completes this wonderful debut of a new label. On a mission to boldly go where no man has gone before!

Track list :

1 C.C. Rider 3:24
2 I Got A Woman /Amen 3:13
3 Love Me Tender 1:45
4 Steamroller Blues 2:51
5 Help Me Make It Through The Night 2:37
6 You Gave Me A Mountain 3:28
7 Love Me 1:40
8 Blue Suede Shoes 1:06
9 Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / 3:02 Mama Don't Dance / Shake Rattle And Roll / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
10 I'm Leavin' 3:09
11 Hound Dog 1:10
12 Fever 3:08
13 What Now My Love ? 3:01
14 Suspicious Minds 3:51
15 Introductions 2:55
16 I'll Remember You 2:29
17 I Can't Stop Loving You 2:19
18 Bridge Over Troubled Water (with false start & reprise ) 6:42
19 A Big Hunk O' Love 2:07
20 Can't Help Falling In Love / closing vamp 1:49

Update October 10, 2011


Shreveport '75

TOUCHDOWN Productions proudly presents their next release, which will be the afternoon show from Shreveport, Louisiana on June 7, 1975. The King delivered a very good show with lots of highlights. The sound is of very good quality for this kind of recordings.
Tracklisting:
See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me Let Me Know - Love Me Tender - Audience Talk - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - The Wonder Of You - Burning Love - Band Introductions - Johnny B Goode - Drum Solo - Bass Solo - Piano Solo - School Days - T-R-O-U-B-L-E - Why Me Lord? - How Great Thou Art - Funny How Time Slips Away - Little Darlin' - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Can't Help Falling in Love
Update October 10, 2011

Unedited Masters: Nashville 1970

After the huge success and great reviews of our first release in the "Unedited Masters" series, we are proud to inform you about our, soon to be released, new volume:
Unedited Masters: Nashville 1970
Again we are able to present to you more undubbed and unedited masters, this time as recorded in Nashville, Tennessee 1970. As always, we deliver all songs without any fade-ins, fade-outs or cut-outs. Everything is presented the way it was recorded in the studio. The sound quality on this wonderful release is again "from outer space".

Hear Elvis in his prime in a way you never heard him before!
Don't you dare miss this great and limited edition and ……
If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.
Track listing:
1 Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off of It unedited O.V. master 5:37 2 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me unedited O.V. master 2:34 3 Just Pretend unedited O.V. master 4:13 4 Faded Love Brass & Stings O.V. master 4:09 5 The Next Step Is Love unedited O.V. master 3:48 6 Make The World Go Away Take 3 O.V. /work part Tk.1 O.V. 5:01 7 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water unedited overdubbed master 5:24 8 Twenty Days And Twenty Nights unedited O.V. master 3:40 9 I've Lost You unedited O.V. master 4:01 10 I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago unedited master 3:29 11 The Sound Of Your Cry unedited O.V. master 4:36 12 The Fool unedited undubbed master 2:33 13 Cindy, Cindy unedited O.V. master 3:16 14 It's Your Baby, You Rock It unedited alternate master 3:23 15 Stranger In The Crowd unedited O.V. master 4:35 16 Mary In The Morning unedited O.V. master 4:25 17 This is Our Dance backup vocal overdub master 3:14 18 Only Believe O.V. master ( featuring horns ) 2:58 19 Patch It Up unedited alternate master 3:28 20 The Fool Take 1 ( different mix ) 2:24
Total running time 76:57
O,V, = overdubbed
Update October 7, 2011


Artwork ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN

Here we have the artwork for the upcoming CD "Alright, Okay, You win. Since the late 70s, there were rumours that the tour opening in College Park was a complete disaster - one of the worst Elvis concerts ever. This rumour was first published in Jerry Hopkins' book, and it was repeated in various publications so many times that almost nobody had any doubt. In 2006, Straight Arrow released a CD called "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK" which was an eye-opener, and proof that it was rather decent concert with some fine performances, too.

According to several books, the Detroit, MI, September 29th, 1974 afternoon performance was another of the most controversial Elvis Presley events. In a recent book, "DAY BY DAY", it's said that Elvis was on stage for 30 minutes only, giving his worst concert of the tour.
In August, Straight Arrow obtained a bunch of tapes, among them a 1st generation copy of a previously unknown audience recording of this Detroit concert. The producers decided to release this particular recording because it is an interesting show in good sound quality. Will another myth be shattered? Is the show as bad as its reputation? Judge for yourself. It's worth pointing out that the running time is about an hour, and not 30 minutes.
As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the tape was completely restored for your enjoyable listening. The disc is accompanied with a deluxe 16-page booklet, including critical liner notes and a collection of photos taken in Detroit on Sept. 29th, October 4th and in South Bend on September 30th, 1974.
"ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN" will be released in early October.

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Hound Dog - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog - 12. Don't Be Cruel (reprise) - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. When It's My Time (by Voice) - 14. Why Me Lord - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians continues - 16. Lead Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 19. Alright, Okay, You Win (Glen D. Hardin, sung by Elvis) - 20. Killing Me Softly (by Voice, incomplete) - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.
Bonus: Alright, Okay, You Win (taken from soundboard)
Update October 4, 2011

ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN

Since the late 70s, there were rumours that the tour opening in College Park was a complete disaster - one of the worst Elvis concerts ever. This rumour was first published in Jerry Hopkins' book, and it was repeated in various publications so many times that almost nobody had any doubt. In 2006, Straight Arrow released a CD called "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK" which was an eye-opener, and proof that it was rather decent concert with some fine performances, too.

According to several books, the Detroit, MI, September 29th, 1974 afternoon performance was another of the most controversial Elvis Presley events. In a recent book, "DAY BY DAY", it's said that Elvis was on stage for 30 minutes only, giving his worst concert of the tour.
In August, Straight Arrow obtained a bunch of tapes, among them a 1st generation copy of a previously unknown audience recording of this Detroit concert. The producers decided to release this particular recording because it is an interesting show in good sound quality. Will another myth be shattered? Is the show as bad as its reputation? Judge for yourself. It's worth pointing out that the running time is about an hour, and not 30 minutes.
As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the tape was completely restored for your enjoyable listening. The disc is accompanied with a deluxe 16-page booklet, including critical liner notes and a collection of photos taken in Detroit on Sept. 29th, October 4th and in South Bend on September 30th, 1974.
"ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN" will be released in early October.

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Hound Dog - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog - 12. Don't Be Cruel (reprise) - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. When It's My Time (by Voice) - 14. Why Me Lord - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians continues - 16. Lead Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 19. Alright, Okay, You Win (Glen D. Hardin, sung by Elvis) - 20. Killing Me Softly (by Voice, incomplete) - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.
Bonus: Alright, Okay, You Win (taken from soundboard)
Update September 24, 2011

Atlanta Bound & Down At The End Out Of Paradise Rd. Out Now

Out now is Straight Arrow's two new releases "Atlanta Bound" & "Down At The End Out Of Paradise Rd".
Both cd's comes with a 16 page booklet.
Tracklisting Atlanta Bound:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman /Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Help Me - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 21. Love Letters - 22. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 23. Hurt - 24. Hurt (reprise) - 25. Burning Love - 26. Funny How Time Slips Away - 27. Little Darlin' - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp
June 4, 1976 show in Atlanta, GA
Approximate running time: 69:15

Tracklisting Down At The End Of Paradise Rd:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Steamroller Blues - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain - 06. Trouble - 07. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop and Fly / Hound Dog - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Fever - 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. My Boy - 14. I Can's Stop Loving You - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Introduction of daughter, Lisa Marie / Lady Of Spain (one liner) - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp
August 30, 1973 Midnight Show in Las Vegas
Approximate running time: 57:57
Update September 17th, 2011

A NEW Label - BACKDRAFT

This deluxe 4 CD set released by Backdraft is the ultimate January/February 1970 engagement package. 'Rebooked at the International' features multi-track recordings by RCA including unreleased leftovers that did not make the 'On Stage' album. These are the original rough mixes made by Felton Jarvis in early 1970 in preparation for the up-coming 'On Stage' album. No repairs, No overdubs!

CD2 features the recordings that finally made the 'On Stage' album however, for the first time, is released in its original form before studio overdubs were added. The tracks are unedited, with extra long unedited dialogue in between songs that also were never included on the album. This is the 'On Stage' album that was meant to be, no overdubs, unedited and raw on stage directly from multi-track tapes
CD3 features the left over tracks that never made it to the album. For the first time, it contains many unreleased songs in multi-track form along with some previous material that were recorded from the same shows. This, with all the added unreleased dialogue in between the songs is accompanied with rehearsal tracks from the engagement, making this collection the most complete and compelling ever assembled on this, Elvis' second coming to the International Hotel.
This box set also includes newly sourced soundboard recordings of the opening and closing shows of the engagement. Though both have been released several times before, none of those previous releases achieved the sonic quality presented here.

The Opening show on CD1 is presented for the first time without any of the heavy filters that were present on previous releases as well as the Closing show on CD4, a much better recording, is slightly longer at the end than before. This is the first time that every single audio signal of the original recording has been used for the audio restoration. Backdraft has achieved a much clearer natural sound and a tremendous sonic separation of the instruments and voices. This is not a slight improvement like on other re-releases; this is a new sonic experience! Many Elvis fans would appreciate the difficulty in obtaining photographs from the January/February 1970 engagement. In fact, fans would agree the enormous rarity of such since only a handful of these have been seen or available. For the first time included in the accompanying 100 page hardback book, are such photographs never before seen in beautiful quality accompanied with extensive liner notes and hard facts.

Track-list as follows:
International Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada
CD 1
OPENING SHOW - January 26, 1970
Sammy Shore (Comedy Act)* Unreleased Opening Vamp All Shook Up That´s All Right Elvis talks Proud Mary Don´t Cry Daddy Teddy Bear/Don´t Be Cruel Long Tall Sally Let It Be Me I Can´t Stop Loving You Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto True Love Travels On A Gravel Road Sweet Caroline Polk Salad Annie Introductions Kentucky Rain Suspicious Minds Can´t Help Falling In Love

CD 2 (Unreleased in its original form)

ON STAGE - The Felton Jarvis Rough Mix See See Rider (Feb. 18; DS) Elvis talks (Feb. 18; MS) Release Me (Feb. 18; MS) Sweet Caroline (Feb. 16; DS) Elvis talks (Feb. 18; DS) The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18; DS) Polk Salad Annie (Feb. 18; MS) Elvis talks (Feb. 16; DS) Proud Mary (Feb. 16; DS) Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Feb. 19; MS) Let It Be Me (Feb. 17; MS) I Can´t Stop Loving You (Feb. 19; MS)

CD 3*Denotes as unreleased
February 18, 1970 - DINNER SHOW Long Tall Sally* (incl. false start Elvis talks* Don´t Cry Daddy The Wonder Of You Walk A Mile In My Shoes* Release Me* Polk Salad Annie* February 19, 1970 - DINNER SHOW Elvis talks Proud Mary (incl. false start) Elvis talks Don´t Cry Daddy* Elvis talks* Kentucky Rain* Let It Be Me* I Can´t Stop Loving You* Walk A Mile In My Shoes* Elvis talks (0:43) Release Me See See Rider BONUS TRACKS Hound Dog (Feb. 15, MS) Love Me Tender (Feb. 15, MS) Walk A Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto (Feb. 15, MS) Kentucky Rain (Feb. 16, DS) The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18, REHEARSAL, Version 1) The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18, REHEARSAL, Version 2) The Wonder Of You (Feb. 18, REHEARSAL, Version 3) Release Me (Feb. 18, REHEARSAL) See See Rider (Feb. 18, REHEARSAL) Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Acetate - Feb. 18, REHEARSAL)

CD 4 - CLOSING SHOW - February 23, 1970
Opening Vamp All Shook Up I Got A Woman Long Tall Sally Elvis talks Don´t Cry Daddy Elvis talks Hound Dog Love Me Tender Kentucky Rain Let It Be Me I Can´t Stop Loving You See See Rider Sweet Caroline Polk Salad Annie Elvis taking a break Introductions Blueberry Hill (Elvis at the piano) Lawdy Miss Clawdy Heartbreak Hotel Elvis talks One Night It´s Now Or Never Suspicious Minds Elvis talks Can´t Help Falling In Love Announcement
Update September 14, 2011


Wild Tiger at The Hilton Vol. 3

The MxF label will release soon the third volume of "Wild Tiger at The Hilton'' featuring the unreleased Vegas February 06, 1974 Dinner Show.
After almost five months of rest, Elvis back to the Hilton in better shape and stronger respect the previous season. For this reason his performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries short shows, but very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the "new" songs "Spanish Eyes, Help me and Let Me Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John" and the classic "Trying to Get To You" sang terrifically. At the same time he introduce the oldie "My Baby Left me" without forget two classic early 70' songs like Release Me and Sweet Caroline and as you can see from the track list the number of the classic oldies in the show are significant reduced. This season will be the first with the new agreement , Elvis signed two years of contract performed twice a year, but only two weeks at the time rather than the previous four.

The sound is very good for an audience recording, We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.

From the third time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs from the Season. We love this show, it is clear we are not talking about the rough rocker of early 69/71, the "NEW" songs added to the show are no properly Rockers!! but in spite of some limitations and an evolution of style to a more complete musical range the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. The sound is good and in times of continue Soundboard re-release we are glad to give you the possibility to have a release that can combine the GOOD audio quality with the unreleased status ….this make Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 3 UNIQUE. Don't miss it!!!! We add four tracks from the January 28, MS show as Bonus. In the way to give you a more complete view of the songs performed in the season, in spite a less audio quality of the tape.

Tracklist:
Vegas February 06, 1974 DS 01.Intro 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Love Me 05.Trying To Get To You 06.Sweet Caroline 07.Love Me Tender 08.Johnny B. Good 09.Hound Dog 10.Fever 11.Polk Salad Annie 12.Killing Me Softly (by Voice) 13.Spanish Eyes 14.Why Me Lord? 15.Suspicious Minds (part) 16.Band Introduction 17.Release Me 18.Help Me 19.An American Trilogy 20.Let Me Be There 21.Can't Help Falling Love 22.Closing Vamp Bonus: Vegas January 28, 1974 MS 23.My Baby Left Me 24.You'Ve Lost The Loving Feeling 25.Rock Medley 26.I Can't stop Loving You
CD time about 58.00 min
Update September 11, 2011


Sittin' On The Top Of The World

A new release from the Gravel Road label is a 2-CD set titled "Sittin' On Top of the World" with the August 12th 1970 midnight show. This was released before on the BMG 3 CD-set version of TTWII and now it is complete.

DISC I
- 01. A THING CALLED LOVE 02. ON THE OTHER SIDE 03. OPENING THEME 04. MYSTERY TRAIN / TIGER MAN 05. MONOLOGUE 06. HOUND DOG 07. MONOLOGUE 08. LOVE ME TENDER 09. JUST PRETEND 10. WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES 11. THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING 12. WORDS 13. SWEET CAROLINE 14. YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' 15. POLK SALAD ANNIE 16. AUDIENCE WALK.
DISC II
- 01. INTRODUCTIONS 02. HEARTBREAK HOTEL 03. ONE NIGHT 04. BLUE SUEDE SHOES 05. ALL SHOOK UP 06. LITTLE SISTER / GET BACK 07. I WAS THE ONE 08. LOVE ME 09. ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT ? 10. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 11. SUSPICIOUS MINDS 12. CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / CLOSING VAMP

This release offers, for the first time ever, the complete one and a half hour reel of the August 12, 1970 Midnight Show in Las Vegas, in the original, beautiful stereo mix recorded back in 1970. This show is directly transferred from the complete one and half hour stereo reels. All tracks are 24bit restored and remastered for high-fidelity.
Also included is a gorgeous 24-page booklet in full color with in-depth liner notes and rare photos. And there is also an amazing bonus gift: an exact copy of Elvis' personal tortoise shell guitar pick, as may be seen during the TTWII rehearsals, on display in Graceland, or in the book "Elvis by the Presleys." You will get one of two kinds in this limited-edition set: heavy, for the electric guitar, or medium, for acoustic guitar. Just like Elvis used! This will for sure become a collectable all on its own!
It belongs to the rehearsals of That's the way it is and has the feel of "The return of the Prodigy " best of both worlds !
Update September 3, 2011


Two new releases

Announced to be released in 2 weeks are two CD's with audience recordings:
CD 1 - Touchdown Productions
August 21,1970 Las Vegas, Dinner Show
Tracklist
[01] Opening Theme - [02] That's Alright Mama -[03] I Got A Woman - [04] Tiger Man - [05] Elvis Welcomes The Audience - [06] Love Me Tender -[07] I Just Can't Help Believin' - [08] Sweet Caroline - [09] You've Lost That Lovin` Feeling - [10] Polk Salad Annie - [11] Band Introductions Part 1 - [12] Johnny B. Goode - [13] Happy Birthday James Burton - [14] Band Introductions Part 2 - [15] Introduction of Neil Diamond - [16] The Wonder Of You - [17] Heartbreak Hotel - [18] One Night - [19] Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin'on - [20] Hound Dog - [21] Bridge Over Troubled Water - [22] Suspicious Minds - [23] Can't Help Falling In Love - BONUS [24] I've Lost You

CD 2 - Under The Midnight Sun - Showroom Records
1973-01-28-MS --- Las Vegas Season # 8
Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Tracklist:
01 | See See Rider | 2:59 02 | I Got A Woman / Amen | 2:30 03 | Until It's Time For You To Go | 2:34 04 | You Don't Have To Say You Love Me | 2:15 05 | Steamroller Blues | 3:43 06 | You Gave Me A Mountain | 3:20 07 | Fever | 3:27 08 | Love Me | 1:31 09 | All Shook Up | 1:05 10 | Love Me Tender | 1:51 11 | Johnny B. Goode | 1:37 12 | Hound Dog | 2:16 13 | What Now My Love | 2:58 14 | Suspicious Minds | 4:42 15 | Band Introductions | 1:45 16 | I'll Remember You | 2:44 17 | I Can't Stop Loving You | 3:16 18 | An American Trilogy | 4:25 19 | Introduction of the Russian Olympic Team | 0:35 20 | Can't Help Falling In Love | 2:27

Update September 3, 2011




Unedited Masters - Stax 1973

Out now from Venus Productions is a new CD in great sound quality. The first fourteen tracks feature mostly unedited overdub masters and some undubbed masters, all recorded during the famous Stax 1973 sessions. One of the highlight is definitely the complete unedited master of  ''Promised Land'' with vocal harmony by Elvis himself, and partly used in the movie and on the album ''This Is Elvis''.

The eleven bonus tracks were all recorded after the Aloha Special for inclusion during the Special shown later that year in the USA. It features several takes of some of the performances, and dialogues between Elvis, the producer and his musicians.  

We are again able to present all these tracks in our usual ''out of space'' sound quality. As always there are no fade-ins, no fade-outs and all recordings were left as there were recorded.

Don't miss this very limited edition and .....If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.

Tracks :

1 Promised Land Take 6* 3:06

2 It's Midnight (undubbed) Take 19 4:45

3 If You Talk In Your Sleep Unedited master 2:50

4 Thinking About You Unedited O.V. master 4:53

5 Love Song Of The Year Unedited O.V.master 3:59

6 Help Me (with false Start) overdubbed master 2:52

7 My Boy unedited O.V. master 3:23

8 Loving Arms (with backing vocals) overdubbed master 3:03

9 Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues une. undubbed master 4:42

10 Talk About The Good Times Unedited O.V. master 2:58

11 Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming Unedited OV. Master 4:00

12 There's A Honky Tonk Angel Unedited O.V. master 3:24

13 If You Talk In Your Sleep Backing vocals overdub 2:24

14 If That Isn't Love Take 1 4:04 

* Take 6 V.O. : Vocal harmony by Elvis ( unedited )

Bonus tracks : 

15 Blue Hawaii rehearsal (incomplete) 0:52

16 Dialogue 1:30

17 Blue Hawaii /dialogue Take 1 1:29

18 Blue Hawaii Take 2 2:34

19 Dialogue 2:15

20 Ku-U-I-Po Take 1 2:36

21 Dialogue / No More Take 1 3:34

22 Dialogue / Hawaiian Wedding Song Take 2 1:04

23 Hawaiian Wedding Song Take 3 1:55

24 Hawaiian Wedding Song Take 4 2:04

25 Early Morning Rain Take 2 3:00

 Update - August 24, 2011 



Vegas Variety Vol. 6

To be released August 24, 2011: Rainbow Records proudly presents Volume 6 of their series "Vegas Variety", featuring the performance of August 24, 1974 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Nevada.

It was 37 years ago and Elvis was (again) "hot" in Vegas. The Hilton Hotel´s famed showroom was sold out for every single performance and Elvis was in the mood of giving the audience a lot for their money. Not only music was part of the game this time. Elvis also did quite some monologues about his favourite sports, jewelry, John O´ Grady´s new book and from time to time even about "Black Angels" ;-) Elvis´ Engagement in Las Vegas in the summer of 1974 was somewhat different and so it is some kind of extra special to hear as many of his concerts from that period as possible. Rainbow Records is now able to deliver a very fine show in really nice sound, recorded by some fans tape recorder which has been secretly brought with by a female fan to "record" the King. As usual a very high quality booklet comes with this release. It has a lot of pictures and information on its 20 pages.
Tracklisting:

01. Also Sprach Zaratuhustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Le Me Know) 06. It's Midnight 07. Big Boss Man 08. Fever 09. Love Me Tender 10. All Shook Up 11. The Wonder Of You 12. I'm Leavin 13. Softly As I Leave You 14. Hound Dog 15. You Gave Me A Mountain 16. Polk Salad Annie 17. Band Introductions 18. If You Talk In Your Sleep 19. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song 21. It's Now Or Never 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp
Running Time:78:58
Update August 24, 2011

Two new Straight Arrow Releases

In a few days, Straight Arrow will release a new CD called "ATLANTA BOUND" SA 2011-21-02). It will feature Elvis' June 4, 1976 show in Atlanta, GA. Compared with many other mid-1976 concert recordings, this one is very enjoyable. It seems that Elvis was "on fire" when he played Southern states, no matter if it was 1970 or 1976. His three dates at the Omni Coliseum were special ones and Elvis tried hard to please a very appreciative audience. On this CD, STRAIGHT ARROW is presenting the first concert, as both June 5 and 6 have already been released by other labels.

Elvis hit the Omni stage in a good mood and a strong voice. As usual, the highlights are not only ballad performances like "You Gave Me A Mountain", a double "Hurt" or even the country gospel of "Help Me" but also rockers like "Polk Salad Annie", "Burning Love" and "Jailhouse Rock". Near the end of show, Elvis takes an audience request and belts out one of his best versions of "that silly song", "Little Darlin'". As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the finest possible source: a first-generation copy of an original STEREO audience recording, with the tape completely restored for extremely enjoyable listening.

This disc is topped off with a 16-page booklet, including a fine collection of photos from Atlanta on June 4th and 5th, and liner notes. "ATLANTA BOUND" will be released in late August. You will be more than surprised by the sound and, most importantly, by Elvis himself. Yes, he had some off-moments in 1976, but this gig ain't one of them! Don't miss a chance to dig another cool show from the King.

Tracks:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman /Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Help Me - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 21. Love Letters - 22. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 23. Hurt - 24. Hurt (reprise) - 25. Burning Love - 26. Funny How Time Slips Away - 27. Little Darlin' - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp
Approximate running time: 69:15

The second summer '11 release from Straight Arrow (SA 2011-22-02) will be the previously-unreleased August 30, 1973 Midnight Show in Las Vegas. Most of Elvis' August-September 1973 shows were solid (especially when compared with February 1973) and this night is no exception. The show is somewhat unusual. Usually, every time daughter Lisa Marie was in attendance, Elvis would drop the emotional ballad "My Boy" from the set list, and replace it with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". In this show, however, both songs are performed.

This live recording is taken from the flip side of an original 120-minute cassette tape. The A-side, containing the dinner show that same evening, was released by STRAIGHT ARROW in 2010 as "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". The sound quality here is very good, considering it was taped from the audience. All photographs are from the August-September 1973 Hilton engagement, and the liner notes are written by the super-fan who quietly recorded the show!

Excerpts from the sleeve notes:

"Elvis appeared, looking trim in a white jumpsuit with sunburst pattern of blue and gold. Taking his black acoustic guitar from Charlie Hodge, the King of the Las Vegas showrooms began what would be a fine, upbeat show with an energetic "C. C. Rider". Charlie almost dropped Elvis' tossed guitar at the end of "I Got A Woman/Amen", causing the singer to joke, "We live dangerously up here!" "Bridge Over Troubled Water" shifted things from sexy back to serious, with Elvis reprising the finale from the verse "Sail on, silver girl". It was pleasing to see how his mood had changed quite dramatically from that evening's first performance. At the dinner show Elvis had fooled around and chatted quite a lot. Now, he put on a much tighter performance, although both shows were enjoyable in different ways. There was an exchange with Bill Porter in the sound booth about his microphone; there'd been sound problems at the first show, and Elvis changed microphones before doing "An American Trilogy". During the quieter part he added, "All my trials, Lord - thank goodness - soon be over". Was this a reference to his upcoming divorce, problems with Colonel Parker, or simply that he was annoyed, and was glad his summer season was almost completed? "If we've done anything to make you happy, then we feel we've done our job", said the King, as he moved into "Can't Help Falling In Love" and completed a very satisfying performance. Many British fans, who'd arrived in Vegas earlier that day, must have been thrilled to discover their hero in such good form".

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Steamroller Blues - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain - 06. Trouble - 07. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop and Fly / Hound Dog - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Fever - 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. My Boy - 14. I Can's Stop Loving You - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Introduction of daughter, Lisa Marie / Lady Of Spain (one liner) - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp
Approximate running time: 57:57
Update August 23, 2011

The Bicentennial King Vol. 3

Introducing a new label by the name of MILLBRANCH MUSIC here is their third release. Out by August 16, 2011 this will be a factory pressed cd (no cdr!!!) limited to 500 copies with an 8 page booklet containing lots of photos and different original 1976 Shreveport, LA newspaper articles with information regarding the Elvis concert at the Hirsch Coliseum on July 1, 1976. The sound is very good for an audience recording and Elvis is delivering a fine show, being in good spirits. This show has NOT been released yet on factory pressed cd. All you fans out there know what to expect from Elvis´ Shreveport 76 show - so if you are interested be advised to get your copy as soon as you can. By the way: Volume 4 is soon to follow (in early October).

Tracklist: Shreveport, July 01, 1976 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. All Shook Up 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09. And I Love You So 10. Jailhouse Rock 11. Fever 12. America The Beautiful 13. Polk Salad Annie 14. Band Introductions 15. Early Morning Rain 16. What'd I Say 17. Johnny B Goode 18. Drum Solo (incomplete) 19. Piano Solo (incomplete) 20. Electric Piano Solo 21. Love Letters 22. School Day 23. Hurt #1 24. Hurt #2 25. Hound Dog 26. Funny How Time Slips Away 27. Happy Birthday (to Bridget) 28. It's Now Or Never 29. Can't Help Falling
Update August 2, 2011


Desert Serenade

Touchdown Productions announced their next CD Desert Serenade. It contains the former unreleased Midnight Show from August 16, 1972 in Las Vegas. The source for this release is of very good quality!

[01] Also Sprach Zarathustra [02] See See Rider [03] Johnny B. Goode [04] Proud Mary [05] Until It's Time For You To Go [06] You Don't Have To Say You Love Me [07] You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling [08] Polk Salad Annie [09] Elvis Welcomes The Audience [10] What Now My Love Love [11] Fever [12] Love Me [13] Blue Suede Shoes [14] Heartbreak Hotel [15] All Shook Up [16] Love Me Tender [17] Little Sister/ Get Back [18] Hound Dog [19] I'll Remember You [20] Suspicious Minds [21] Band Introductions [22] My Way [23]A Big Hunk O' Love [24] American Trilogy [25] Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
BONUS-Tracks: [26] You Gave Me A Mountain [27] Mystery Train / Tiger Man [28] For The Good Times

Tracks 1-25 recorded August 16, 1972 Midnight Show
Tracks 26-27 recorded August 28, 1972
Track 28 recorded September 1, 1972 Dinner Show
Update August 2, 2011

The Toledoan Balladeer

Coming soon from the Managment 3 label is "The Toledoan Balladeer". It will feature the April 23, 1977 concert. Here the tracklisting:
01 | Also Sprach Zarathustra | 1:35 02 | See See Rider | 4:24 03 | I Got A Woman / Amen | 5:56 04 | Love Me | 2:21 05 | If You Love Me (Let Me Know) | 2:57 06 | You Gave Me A Mountain (incl. false start) | 3:39 07 | Jailhouse Rock | 1:36 08 | O Sole Mio (sung by Sherill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never | 3:43 09 | Little Sister | 2:26 10 | Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel | 2:18 11 | And I Love You So | 3:30 12 | Fever | 3:04 13 | Polk Salad Annie | 4:22 14 | My Way | 4:14 15 | Band Introductions | 1:50 16 | Early Morning Rain | 2:31 17 | What'd I Say | 0:47 18 | Johnny B. Goode | 1:02 19 | Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) | 2:03 20 | Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) | 1:34 21 | Piano Solo (Tony Brown) | 1:05 22 | Electric Keyboard Solo (Bobby Ogden) | 0:59 23 | Band Introductions | 0:22 24 | School Days | 0:59 25 | Hurt | 2:08 26 | Hound Dog | 2:05 27 | Can't Help Falling In Love | 1:59 28 | Closing Vamp + Announcements | 2:12
Update July 12, 2011




Singer Presents Elvis

The next release from Venus Productions is titled Singer Presents Elvis and features materials recorded for his 1968 TV Special. See the flyer above for details !

Updated July 9, 2011

Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 2 Out Now

The MxF label has released the second volume of "Wild Tiger at The Hilton'' featuring the unreleased Vegas September 01, 1974 Midnight Show.
Elvis' performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries a long show which is very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the new song "It's Midnight" and the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sang terrifically. At the same time he worked in heavy rock songs like "Big Boss Man" and the showstopper "If You Talk In Your Sleep" without forget two classic early 70' singles like Until It's Time for You to Go and I'm Leaving and as you can see from the track list no classic oldies in the show. This season will be remembered for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues, but for the superb music too, Elvis looks fantastic and it is clear that despite it all the music keeps his brain active.

The sound is great an unbelievable for an audience recording, We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely super quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.

From the second time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs from the concert. We love this show, it is clear we are not talking about the rough rocker of early 69/71, but in spite of some limitations and an evolution of style to a more complete musical range the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. The sound is SUPERB the difference from a soundboard recording is minimal, in times of continue re-release we are glad to give you the possibility to have a release that can combine the GREAT audio quality with the unreleased status ….this make Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 2 UNIQUE. Don't miss it!!!!

Tracklist:
CD time about 74.00 min
01.2001 Theme/Intro 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Until It's Time For You To Go 05.If You Love Let Me know 06.It's Midnight 07.Big Boss Man 08.Fever 09.I'm Leaving 10.Softly As I Leave You 11.An American Trilogy 12.It's Now Or Never 13.Introductions 14.If You Talk In My Sleep 15.Why Me Lord 16.Let Me Be There 17.Bridge Over Troubled Water 18.Hawaiin Wedding Song 19.Can't Help Falling Love 20.Closing Vamp
Update June 30, 2011




The Essential '77 Soundboard Collection

 

The essential '77 soundboard collection (3 cd's). Yes, It's possible,  a brand new set with really improved sound quality.

 Groove masters wants to take a lead by offering you the best available sound quality to date of these recordings by mastering the groove! 

Warning: If you're used to average sound, Please,  first sit down before push play. 

HAVING FUN IN FLORIDA – VOLUME 1 

This Orlando soundboard was recorded on February 15th, 1977. Clearly, it was a good night. There's a 'joie de vivre' in Elvis' performance that was generally lacking in that final year. Particularly impressive are his astounding renditions of

'Hurt' and 'My Way'. A heartwarming performance – captured in a vibrant and exciting live sound. 

 

01. Love Me ; 02. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) ; 03. You Gave Me A Mountain ; 04. O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never (with break, medley) ; 05. All Shook Up ; 06. Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel (medley) ; 07. Help Me ; 08. Big Boss Man ; 09. My Way (with false start and reprise) ; 10. Band Introductions (incomplete) ; 11. Hurt (with reprise) ; 12. Hound Dog ; 13. Can't Help Falling In Love ; 14. Closing Vamp 

Bonus performances: 

15. Release Me ; 16. Trying To Get To You ; 17. Fairytale ; 18. My Way ; 19. Moody Blue (attempt only) ; 20. How Great Thou Art ; 21. Blue Christmas ; 22. My Way (with spoken part) ;23. That's All Right, Mama ; 24. Bosom Of Abraham / You Better Run (medley) ; 25. And I Love You So ; 26. Fever ; 27. Hurt ; 28. Blueberry Hill ; 29. Love Letters 

Tracks 01-14 recorded in Orlando, FL, February 15, 1977. Tracks 15, 16 recorded in Columbia, SC, February 18, 1977. Tracks 17-20 recorded in Charlotte, NC, February 20, 1977. Track 21 recorded in Norman, OK, March 26, 1977. Tracks 22, 23 recorded in Abilene, TX, March 27, 1977. Track 24 recorded in Alexandria, VA, March 29, 1977. Tracks 25-27 recorded in Alexandria, VA, March 30, 1977. Tracks 28, 29 recorded in St. Petersburg, FL, February 14, 1977. 

Running time: 78:22 

TROUBLE IN SAGINAW – VOLUME 2 

On May 3rd, 1977, Elvis Presley performed in Saginaw, MI for the second time on this tour. This performance was also the final night of the tour. It's clear that Elvis is exhausted, but nevertheless he does his best to give the crowd their money's worth. He even opens with 'That's All Right Mama' instead of the usual 'C.C. Rider'. An above-par performance from a very troubled year for Elvis.

 

01. That's All Right ; 02. Trouble (part) ; 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) ; 04. Love Me ; 05. Happy Birthday / Big Boss Man (intro only) ; 06. Hound Dog ; 07. Trying To Get To You ; 08. Jailhouse Rock ; 09. My Way ; 10. Little Sister ; 11. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) ; 12. Help Me ; 13. O Solo Mio - It's Now Or Never ; 14. Love Me Tender ; 15. Why Me Lord (with false start) ; 16. Polk Salad Annie (with false start) ; 17. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) ; 18. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete) 

Bonus performances: 

19. Polk Salad Annie ; 20. Big Boss Man ; 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water ; 22. My Way ; 23. Fairytale ; 24. My Way  

Tracks 01-18 recorded in Saginaw, MI, May 03, 1977. Track 19 recorded in Toledo, OH, April 23, 1977. Tracks 20, 21 recorded in Duluth, MN, April 29, 1977. Track 22 recorded in Chicago, IL, May 01, 1977. Tracks 23-24 recorded in Chicago, IL, May 02, 1977. 

Running time: 71:14 

STUMPIN' MADISON – VOLUME 3 

This soundboard tape was recorded near the end of Elvis' final tour, in Madison, WI on June 24th, 1977.

His regular drummer Ronnie Tutt was replaced on this night by the Sweet Inspirations drummer, Jerome 'Stump' Monroe. And considering the fact that Jerome was asked to fill in during the soundcheck with no possibility to rehearse, he does a tremendous job: "Leave the driving to Stump!". 

01. Opening Vamp / See See Rider ; 02. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) ; 03. Love Me ; 04. If You Love (Let Me Know) ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain ; 06. Jailhouse Rock (with false start) ; 07. O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never (medley, with reprise) ; 08. One Night (with false start) ; 09. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) ; 10. And I Love You So ; 11. Danny Boy (Shaun Nielsen) ; 12. Walk With Me (Shaun Nielsen) ; 13. Love Me Tender ; 14. Band Introductions ; 15. Early Morning Rain ; 16. What'd I Say ; 17. Johnny B. Goode ; 18. Drum Solo (Jerome "Stump" Monroe) ; 19. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) ; 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) ; 21. I Really Don't Want To Know ; 22. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogden) ; 23. Orchestra Solo ; 24. Hound Dog ; 25. Introduction of Vernon Presley ; 26. Can't Help Falling In Love ; 27. Closing Theme / Announcer 

Bonus performances: 

28. Lawdy Miss Clawdy ; 29. Trying To Get To You ; 30. Reconsider Baby ; 31. Release Me; 32. Little Darlin' ; 33. Moody Blue  

Tracks 01-27 recorded in Madison, WI, June 24, 1977. Track 28 recorded in Abilene, TX, March 27, 1977. Tracks 29 & 32 recorded in Ann Arbor, MI, April 24, 1977. Tracks 30, 31 & 33 recorded in Charlotte, NC, Februray 21, 1977. 

Running time: 78:06

Updated Jume 20, 2011

Fifth Time Around

The legendary March 20th, 1974 Memphis, TN concert has been released on a number of occasions, beginning with RCA's original 1974 LP edit with artificial applause mixed in. In 1994, a more complete, unofficial version was issued by " Fort Baxter". It was, however, a patchwork from several different sources incl. many tracks taken from the original RCA LP with overdubs. In 1997, "Steamroller Blues" was issued in pristine quality on "Platinum - A Life In Music". Finally in 2004, BMG's "Follow That Dream" the Elvis collectors label reissued this show nearly complete, in a beautiful deluxe package. But was it the definitive release? For die-hard fans it wasn't, and some viewed it as a letdown. Parts of the dialogues, introductions and even the false start of "Help Me" were omitted, and many have complained about the sound and mixing. Clearly, too much compression and artificial reverb had been applied.

Well, at long last this legendary set is now truly complete, and without the audio choices made by FTD several years ago. Audionics worked with a DAT copy of an original, rough mix tape "as recorded at the Coliseum". Every bit was carefully enhanced in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure. We hope that you enjoy the results.

No remixing. No noise reduction. No edits. No artificial reverb or other added effects. No heavy compression. Just a pure, raw and natural sound. The King back in his hometown Memphis, on the 20th anniversary of his first release "That's All Right Mama". Elvis was in great form for this recording, and now, for the first time, you can enjoy the excellence of his performance that night in the best-ever sound!

This CD will be released in digipack accompanied by 20-page booklet with many photos from the concert and an interesting essay.

For many, this concert remains the definitive, mid-70s document of The Elvis Presley Show. And that's all right. If you are not satisfied with previous releases of this show, don't miss your chance to obtain this alternate version as provided by Audionics. A decision you will not regret!
Tracks:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin' To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Why Me, Lord - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra, engineers, Ed Bonja - 17. Blueberry Hill / I Can't Stop Loving You -18. Help Me (with false start) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 21. My Baby Left Me - 22. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 23. Funny How Time Slips Away - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Tracks 06-09, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 23 omitted from official 1974 RCA release. Track 03 edited on official 1974 RCA release. Tracks 16, 18 edited on official 2004 FTD release. Approx. running time: 68:59
Update May 31, 2011


Memphis Heat

Coming soon from the Touchdown label is Memphis Heat. The former unreleased evening show from March 16, 1974 in Elvis' hometown in Memphis, Tennessee in an audience recording.
Tracklisting:
Recorded Live In Memphis
March 16, 1974 - Evening Show
[01] Also Sprach Zarathustra (1.16) [02] See See Rider (2.17) [03] I Got A Woman (3.48) [04] Love Me (1.32) [05] Trying To Get To You (2.06) [06] All Shook Up (0.59) [07] Steamroller Blues (2.52) [08] Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel (1.50) [09] Love Me Tender (1.38) [10] Johnny B. Goode (1.33) [11] Hound Dog (1.10) [12] Fever (2.57) [13] Polk Salad Annie (3.42) [14] Why Me Lord (3.41) [15] Suspicious Minds (3.37) [16] Band Introductions (2.08) [17] I Can't Stop Loving You (2.16) [18] Help Me (2.39) [19] American Trilogy (3.53) [20] Let Me Be There (with reprise) (3.50) [21] Funny How Time Slips Away (3.10) [22] Can't Help Falling In Love (1.39) [23] Closing Vamp (0.49)

Update May 31, 2011

Keep Rollin' On

We, at Venus Productions, are proud to be able to keep up our image of bringing you quality products with unreleased recordings and an "out of space" sound. This time we'll take you back to Jan./Feb. 1969 to the American Sound Studios in Memphis, TN. As a special bonus to you, we've also included four goodies from 1971 & 1973. Sit back and feel the thrill of listening to unreleased versions of songs that Elvis recorded at the height of his career. Be again prepared for a great sound quality.

This Special Products, Extended Play release contains the following songs:
1 I'm Movin' On Take 2 3:03 Jan. 15, 1969 Brass & Backup O.V. 2 In The Ghetto Master 2:55 Jan. 21, 1969 Backup O.V./unrepaired vocal 3 I'll Be There Take 6 2:27 Jan. 23, 1969 Alternate Master 4 Inherit The Wind Alternate vocal 3:29 Jan. 21, 1969 Strings & 1st Backup O.V. - V.O. 5 After Loving You Master 3:16 Feb. 18, 1969 Unedited 6 Any Day Now Master 3:08 Feb. 21, 1969 unedited & unrepaired vocal 7 Mama Liked The Roses Alternate vocal 2:26 Jan. 21, 1969 Undubbed - V.O. 8 It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin' Master 2:40 Feb. 20, 1969 undubbed 9 You'll Think Of Me Take 14 4:16 Jan. 14, 1969 Unedited - No fade out 10 Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues Take 8 3:22 Dec. 13, 1973 Unedited - No fade out 11 Lead Me Guide Me Master 2:44 May 17, 1971 12 I 've Got Confidence Take 2 3:09 May 18, 1971 Unedited 13 Are You Sincere Take 3 2:13 Sept. 23, 1973 previously unreleased - no B.V.
O.V. = overdub V.O. = vocal overdub
Update May 24, 2011


Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 2

The MxF label will release soon the second volume of "Wild Tiger at The Hilton'' featuring the unreleased Vegas September 01, 1974 Midnight Show.
Elvis' performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries a long show which is very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the new song "It's Midnight" and the classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sang terrifically. At the same time he worked in heavy rock songs like "Big Boss Man" and the showstopper "If You Talk In Your Sleep" without forget two classic early 70' singles like Until It's Time for You to Go and I'm Leaving and as you can see from the track list no classic oldies in the show. This season will be remembered for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues, but for the superb music too, Elvis looks fantastic and it is clear that despite it all the music keeps his brain active.

The sound is great an unbelievable for an audience recording, We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely super quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.

From the second time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs from the concert. We love this show, it is clear we are not talking about the rough rocker of early 69/71, but in spite of some limitations and an evolution of style to a more complete musical range the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. The sound is SUPERB the difference from a soundboard recording is minimal, in times of continue re-release we are glad to give you the possibility to have a release that can combine the GREAT audio quality with the unreleased status ….this make Wild Tiger at The Hilton vol. 2 UNIQUE. Don't miss it!!!!

Tracklist:
CD time about 74.00 min
01.2001 Theme/Intro 02.See See Rider 03.I Got A Woman / Amen 04.Until It's Time For You To Go 05.If You Love Let Me know 06.It's Midnight 07.Big Boss Man 08.Fever 09.I'm Leaving 10.Softly As I Leave You 11.An American Trilogy 12.It's Now Or Never 13.Introductions 14.If You Talk In My Sleep 15.Why Me Lord 16.Let Me Be There 17.Bridge Over Troubled Water 18.Hawaiin Wedding Song 19.Can't Help Falling Love 20.Closing Vamp
Elvis' Jumpsuit: Black Spanish Flower with the red stones
Update May 23, 2011




Elvis Live Live Live - Volume 2

Coming soon ..... Messiah Productions presents Elvis Live Live Live Volume 2: The Cincinnati Special plus the main attraction Elvis On Tour and That's The Way It Is Out-takes in perfect quality.

The DVD includes Johnny B. Goode complete version...Always On My Mind with different camera angles and see Elvis walk out of the studio, an outstanding never released version of Words and the complete Fort Dix farewell interview.

There's more...80 minutes of Elvis in Cincinnati on March 21, 1976, both the afternoon and evening performances with 30 minutes of unreleased footage from the two shows.

If that's not enough a bonus CD of rare tracks with many unreleased versions  come one and all to the video and audio event of the year.

This DVD / CD project is a limited edition....Get one while they last !

Bonus CD

Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - undubbed master

She Thinks I Still Care - unedited undubbed master

The Last Farewell - False start, undubbed master

Moody Blue -  overdubbed unedited master

Hurt - undubbed master

Love Coming Down - undubbed master

Sweet Angeline - undubbed master

Fool - long version

I've Lost You - undubbed master

Love Song Of The Year - undubbed master

Update May 16, 2011




Marching In One Line & Downtown Long Beach

Two releases scheduled for next week is "Marching In One Line" featuring the May 1st, 1976 show. It comes with a 12 page Booklet.
Tracklisting:
MARCHING IN ONE LINE
May 1, 1976, Midnight Show
Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe
2001 Theme When The Saints Go Marching In (one line) / See See Rider I Got A Woman / Amen (incl. one line of Early Morning Rain + Fever) Delilah (1 line) Love Me If You Love Me (Let Me Know) You Gave Me A Mountain All Shook Up Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel Fever Rip It Up (one line) My Way Burning Love Band Introductions Solos Love Letters School Days Hurt (with reprise) How Great Thou Art Mystery Train / Tiger Man Can't Help Falling In Love

The second one is "Downtown Long Beach" featuring the November 15th, 1972 show, coming with a 16 page Booklet
Tracklisting:
Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - 1 Got A Woman - Until Its Time For You - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Welcomes The Audience - Love Me - All Shook Up - Heartbreak Hotel - Blue Suede Shoes - The Wonder Of You - Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel - Love Me Tender - Little Sister/ Get Back - Hound Dog - Remember You - How Great Thou Art - Suspicious Minds - Band Introductions - Burning Love - Fever - You Gave Me A Mountain - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp & Announcement

Update May 11, 2011



Welcome To The Jungle - Hurt

Venus Productions just released a new volume in the Welcome to The Jungle series titled Hurt. As usual, this CD offers you some spectacular recordings from the famous Jungle Room sessions, including some never heard before outtakes. There's no need to brag again about this release being sensational, having a great sound quality or about the beautiful 16 page booklet, because you all knew that on forehand.


Hear how Elvis and his band go from strength to strength on "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "For The Heart" and "Hurt".  This is a great follow-up to all previous volumes so don't you dare miss it!!!

If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.

Tracks :

01- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Takes 1,2   5:14 ; 02- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Take 3  4:07 ;  03-I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Takes 4,5  3:58  ;  04- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Undubbed Master 3:40 ; 05- I'll Never Fall In Love Again  Master 3:44  06- For The Heart Take 1  3:46 ;  07- For The Heart Takes 2,3  4:15 ; 08- For The Heart Take 4  4:05 ;  09- For The Heart  False starts,Take 5  4:30 ;  10- For The Heart  Undubbed Master  3:26 ; 11- For The Heart  Master  3:25 ;  12- Hurt  Take 1  1:16 ;  13- Hurt  Take 2  2:19 ; 14- Hurt  False starts, Take 3  2:47 ; 15- Hurt  Take 4  1:16 ;  16- Hurt  Take 5  2:11 ; 17- Hurt  Take 6  0:46 ;  18- Hurt  Undubbed Master  2:10 ;  19- Hurt  remixed  2:07 ; 20- Hurt  Master  2:10 ;  21- Hurt  Take 69  2:20

May 2, 2011



You'll Never Walk Alone

In a couple of days, Straight Arrow will release a new CD called "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE" (SA 2011-20-02). It will feature Elvis' famous July 19th, 1975 8:30 pm show from Uniondale, NY.
17 years ago, Claudia label released this show in slightly incomplete form, using an unknown generation tape copy of the original recording. Straight Arrow managed to obtain the original (mono) tape directly from person who recorded it. No edits - and in the best possible sound! The title-song in particular sounds stunning: a truly goosebump-inducing performance in the best soundquality possible!
As most of die-hard fans know, Elvis' July 1975 tour was one of his best. No need to go into big details. His evening Uniondale concert was of the highest quality - a rockin' setlist, rare songs, great mood and brilliant vocal work.

As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, this original recording was completely restored in a studio and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.
The CD package is completed with a standard 16-page booklet, including a collection of photos from the Uniondale 8:30 pm show and a critically written but positive review by Nick Cohn.
"You'll Never Walk Alone" will be released in early May, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain the ultimate release of one of the coolest Elvis shows ever. And as the front cover show, on stage, Elvis was never walking alone!

Tracks:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Big Boss Man - 05. Love Me - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 10. Hound Dog - 11. The Wonder Of You - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 15. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 16. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 17. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - 18. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 19. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 20. Why Me Lord (funny version) - 21. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. You'll Never Walk Alone (Elvis at piano, the only live version) - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) - 25. Little Darlin' - 26. I'm Leavin' (one to last version) - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
April 25, 2011




Matinee Majesty Out Now

Straight Arrow just released a new CD called "MATINEE MAJESTY" (SA 2011-19-02). It features Elvis' full June 26th, 1976 afternoon show from Providence, RI.  Unlike many other concert recordings from 1976, this one is quite enjoyable. It was Elvis' 2nd show of the tour and he was still full of energy and in fine voice. Most of songs are performed well, including the oldies. The highlights, however, are ballads like "And I Love You So", "Love Letters", a double dose of "Hurt" and a majestic performance of the 2nd national anthem, "America The Beautiful".

The fidelity and clarity of this STEREO audience recording is excellent. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised with such a topnotch recording of a very upbeat performance from what is generally known as a troubled year for our man. As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the best possible source - an original tape was obtained from a person who WAS THERE. This recording was completely restored and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.
The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a collection of photos from the Providence matinee show and a very positive press review of the show.

 Don't miss your chance to obtain another cool show from The King. It is a magical prequel of another Providence concert, the one from May 23, 1977, released by Straight Arrow just a few weeks ago!


Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Polk Salad Annie (false start only) / Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 19. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 22. Hurt - 23. Hurt (reprise) - 24. Hound Dog - 25. Funny How Time Slips Away - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Approximate running time: 61:16





Spanish Eyes by Request (Gravelroad Music) out now !

01. C. C. Rider 02. I Got A Woman / Amen 03. Love Me 04. Tryin' To Get To You 05. All Shook Up 06. Love Me Tender 07. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 08. Hound Dog 09. Fever 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Why Me Lord (with reprise) 12. Suspicious Minds 13. Band Introductions 14. I Can't Stop Loving You 15. Help Me 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water 17. Let Me Be There 18. Spanish Eyes 19. Big Boss Man 20. Funny How Time Slips Away 21. Can't Help Falling In Love 22. Closing Vamp

This show is directly transferred from the complete soundboard. The quality of reel to soundboard tape transfer limits the reproduction to CD. All tracks are 24bit restored and remastered for high-fidelity.
GR CD 7403-2 © 2011 GRAVELROAD MUSIC.
Quote from the first reaction to the CD;
The design is certainly an improvement over the cartonboard sleeve of the original. A nice booklet, containing mainly shots of Elvis in the rainbow suit completes the nice cover. I belong to the lucky bastards that received an inventation for opening night on almost A4 format, okay it is almost 30 years too late, but still... also a greeting card - used for confirmation - was added. Both cards carry great shots from Aloha and I am told the originals are very rare! The soundquality has certainly improved. There is more "space" and that makes the show more lively and most important: the speed is corrected.
Update April 15, 2010


At Cazzie's House

Touchdown new CD release "At Cazzie's House", containing the show in Ann Arbor on April 24, 1977 is out now. "Feel the excitement of the audibly enthusiastic audience while you're listening to an excellent sounding and complete audience recording", that is what the producers say.
tracklisting
[01] Also Sprach Zarathustra [02] See See Rider [03] I Got A Woman / Amen [04] Elvis Welcomes The Audience [05] Love Me [06] If You Love Me (Let Me Know) [07] You Gave Me A Mountain [08] Trying To Get To You [09] 0 Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never [10] Blue Hawaii (exc.) [11] Little Sister [12] Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel [13] Help Me [14] My Way [15] Polk Salad Annie [16] Band Introductions [17] Early Morning Rain [18] What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode [19] Ronnie Tutt Solo [20] Jerry Scheff Solo [21] Tony Brown Solo [22] Bobby Odgin Solo [23] School Days [24] Hurt (with reprise) [25] Hound Dog [26] Unchained Melody [27] Little Darlin` [28] Can't Help Falling In Love [29] Closing Vamp [30] Closing Announcement
Source: e-mail - April 2, 2011

On A Jet To The promised land

Venus Productions is proud to announce their latest release "On A Jet To The promised land". By now it should be clear that Venus always delivers top notch products, with unreleased recordings and "out of space" sound quality. Here they surprise us again with unreleased studio recordings from the December 1973 "Promised Land" sessions, the sound quality is again better than ever before. On this Special Edition, Extended Play release you'll find the following treasuries:

1 Promised Land Take 1 2:32
2 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) ** Take 1 3:22
3 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) Fs, Take 2 1:41
4 There's A Honky Tonk Angel ( who takes me back in ) Take 3 3:35
5 My Boy * Take 1 3:37
6 My Boy * Take 2 3:54
7 Love Song Of The Year Take 1 3:35
8 Your Love's Been A Long Time Coming ** FS, Take 4 3:25
9 Thinking About You * FS, Take 3 5:05
Tracks 7 & 9 recorded 12-12-1973
Tracks 5 & 6 recorded 12-13-1973
Tracks 1,2,3,4 & 8 recorded 12-15-1973
* Previously released ** Unedited
Source: e-mail - April 1, 2011

SPANISH EYES: BY REQUEST

Gravelroad Music (GRM) returns with yet another great package like ELVIS: GOOD TO BE BACK, this time it's SPANISH EYES: BY REQUEST, Elvis live at the Sahara Tahoe in May 1974. This absolutely excellent tape, from the Friday, May 24, 1974 MS, was the very first available soundboard recording from Lake Tahoe, released in 1995 by Fort Baxter. At this show Elvis was heard taking a personal request for "Spanish Eyes," not something he did too often...

Now the performance is presented by GRM at the correct speed, with improved sound and in a super-deluxe package. Along with a booklet filled with Tahoe '74 facts, photos and detailed liner notes, there is also a reproduction of the rare May 1974 Sahara Tahoe reservation postcard with the color photo of Elvis on back, and another menu-sized, "Your Personal Invitation" card with the invite on the flip-side. Both of these collectables are very hard to find, and suitable for framing.

GRM would like to consider this YOUR personal invitation to the May 24, 1974 midnight show at the SAHARA TAHOE. For new fans the show will be a thrill and for longtime fans, an absolute rediscovery. This show captures Elvis being happy and giving his best.

Here is the track list:
01. C. C. Rider 02. I Got A Woman / Amen 03. Love Me 04. Tryin' To Get To You 05. All Shook Up 06. Love Me Tender 07. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 08. Hound Dog 09. Fever 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Why Me Lord (with reprise) 12. Suspicious Minds 13. Introduction of singers, musicians, orchestra 14. I Can't Stop Loving You 15. Help Me 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water 17. Let Me Be There 18. Spanish Eyes 19. Big Boss Man 20. Funny How Time Slips Away 21. Can't Help Falling In Love 22. Closing Vamp
Approximate running time: 62:00 All tracks are 24-bit restored and remastered for a fresh, high fidelity sound.
Source: e-mail - March 29, 2011


From Tahoe To Vegas Out Now

Out now is the "From Tahoe to Vegas" (SR Records) with focus on Elvis' July & August 1971. This import comes in deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the second SR release dedicated onto July Tahoe engagement. As SR attitude we present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt the Lake Tahoe July 1971 season presents Him at the top, of his possibility but in the same time with a sort of continuity in the next month in Vegas He still able to delivery solid shows although shorter overall to the end of the Season. Here are presented three unreleased complete shows in a very good audio quality coming from early generation tapes. Here you have the possibility to listed officially the second show from Tahoe 71 ever in the best audio quality ever…we work on the tape to give you to the possibility to listen with pleasure one of the best show ever of Elvis in the seventy. We are happy and proud of the result we hope you can enjoy too, in spite of the limitation Of the audience recording you can listen in a very balanced form all the instruments and Elvis super powerful voice. The show is fantastic and the track listing is very interesting with a lot of rare songs as MY BABE, I JUST CAN'T Help Believing and Help ME MAKE THROUGH THE NIGHT and with the unusual conclusion with Bridge over troubled water.. The Other Two Shows coming form August 26 and 27 midnight Show in spite Elvis' starting to feel the tire from both of the season, They are still solid with a superb audio, overall in the August 27 He sound terrific full of vocal energy with a tape with a full sharp sound that give justice to the listener. No surprises on the track list but all the songs are delivered with energy and solid enthusiasm. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early period. We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 120 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best. Again We are happy to give you the possibility to listen for the second time a show from Like Tahoe 71. For the Third time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of both the Seasons. Don't miss it.
Source: e-mail - March 26, 2011

MATINEE MAJESTY

In a few days, Straight Arrow will release a new CD called "MATINEE MAJESTY" (SA 2011-19-02). It will feature Elvis' full June 26th, 1976 afternoon show from Providence, RI.
Unlike many other concert recordings from 1976, this one is quite enjoyable. It was Elvis' 2nd show of the tour and he was still full of energy and in fine voice. Most of songs are performed well, including the oldies. The highlights, however, are ballads like "And I Love You So", "Love Letters", a double dose of "Hurt" and a majestic performance of the 2nd national anthem, "America The Beautiful".

The fidelity and clarity of this STEREO audience recording is excellent. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised with such a topnotch recording of a very upbeat performance from what is generally known as a troubled year for our man. As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the best possible source - an original tape was obtained from a person who WAS THERE. This recording was completely restored and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.
The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a collection of photos from the Providence matinee show and a very positive press review of the show.

"Matinee Majesty" will be released in March, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain another cool show from The King. It is a magical prequel of another Providence concert, the one from May 23, 1977, released by Straight Arrow just a few weeks ago!
Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Polk Salad Annie (false start only) / Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 19. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 22. Hurt - 23. Hurt (reprise) - 24. Hound Dog - 25. Funny How Time Slips Away - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Approximate running time: 61:16

Source: e-mail - March 14, 2011

Leaving Jackson On Fire 

The Venus Productions label is will soon release their third  book / CD set with a beautiful hardcover book and featuring the soundboard recording of June 9, 1975 evening from Jackson , MS in great sound quality. This show was already released 15 years ago under the title '' Cut 'Em Down To Size ''. No doubts several fans missed it back then but well worth the wait as this new packaging is superbly presented and in great sound quality. 

Like '' Black Angels In Vegas '' and '' Bringing It All Back Home '' this set includes many beautiful color photographs and liner notes spread over 80 pages.

1- Introduction : Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- See See Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ( sp ) ; 4- Love Me ; 5- If You Love Me, Let Me Know ; 6- Love Me Tender ( false start ) / All Shook Up ; 7- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 8- Hound Dog ; 9- The Wonder Of You ; 10- Polk Salad Annie ; 11- Introduction of the vocalists, John W. and James Burton ; 12- Johnny B. Goode ; 13- Drum solo ; 14- Bass solo ; 15- Piano solo ; 16 -Introduction of Charlie H., Voice and Joe Guercio ; 17- School Day ; 18- T-R-O-U-B-L-E ; 19- Why Me Lord ; 20- Let Me Be There ; 21- An American Trilogy ; 22- Funny How Slips Away ; 23- Mystery Train / Tiger Man ; 24- Help Me Make It Through The Night ; 25- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp

Tracks 1 & 2 : June 10, 1975

Track 3 : June 10, 1975 with ending spliced from June 9, 1975.

March 8, 2011




Scope´s Hope – Elvis Sells Out

To be released March 11, 2011: The brandnew BSM Label brings you an audience recording of Elvis Presley´s show in Norfolk, Virginia of July 20, 1975 - 2:30PM (Matinee Performance). The cd has a running time of 79:50 min! The summer tour of 1975, with the exception of the final five city tour of 1976, can easily be considered the last great stand Elvis made. He was healthier, happier, and less distracted by his personal life on stage than he had been in 1973 and 1974. Back was an Elvis filled with happiness to be touring. He was having a very good time with slightly different setlists, his good ole´ TCB band, and the audience. He also pulled out many rare songs, even songs he had never performed live before, and mixed up his set list quite a bit on this summer tour. He was singing with power and inspiration.

Especially in this Norfolk matinee performance he did an extremely powerful version of 'How Great Thou Art' and a rare "Promised Land". So have fun and enjoy the first release by BSM! Every copy of this cd comes with an 20 page booklet full of information regarding the show PLUS an extra poster containing the photo from the front cover of the cd booklet!

Tracklisting:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Big Boss Man 05. Love Me (with false start) 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 07. Love Me Tender 08. All Shook Up 09. Teddy Bear / Dont Be Cruel / 10. Hound Dog 11. The Wonder Of You 12. Polk Salad Annie 13. Band Introductions 14. Johnny B Goode (James Burton) 15. Suzie Q (James Burton) 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 17. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff ) 18. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) 19. School Day 20. T-R-O-U-B-L-E 21. Why Me Lord ? 22. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) 23. Let Me Be There 24. Funny How Time Slips Away 25. Little Darlin' 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 27. Promised Land 28. Can't Help Falling In Love 29. Closing Vamp

March 5, 2011


Vegas Variety Vol. 5

Rainbow Records is back with a brand new release and it is the 5th volume in the popular "Vegas Variety" - series. You won't believe what you´ll hear – expect the unexpected!
Question: How many concerts do you know where Elvis performed a medley of "Hound Dog - I've Lost You - Hound Dog"? You don't have to answer. Just let us know if you can imagine a Tom Jones-, Engelbert Humperdinck- and Glen Campbell- impersonation by Elvis on "Polk Salad Annie" (at a later part of the song) where he finally says "Me", impersonating himself and receiving rapturous applause. Or a totally crazy version of "You´ve Lost That Lovin´ Feelin´" where Elvis changes the lyrics like this: "You Never Close Your Legs….". And probably an even more crazy short, funny and much to fast version of "Love Me Tender".

Not to mention that hearing another mindblowing "Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Blue Suede Shoes" Medley from 1970 is simply breathtaking. It´s also really a surprise that Elvis is able to do such an incredible rundown on "Bridge Over Troubled Water" just a couple of minutes later. But be sure, there are even more unusual and most interesting moments to discover on the new release from Rainbow Records.
You may still wonder what makes this concert so special? Well, obviously the fact that this show has happened and until now all the Elvis books did not know about it and have miscalculated the total shows for Elvis 3rd Vegas engagement. The fan who recorded this show labeled the tape as "September 6, 1970 - 3 AM" being the 3rd Show of that day. We have no reason to doubt this.

It's pure Elvis. He's raw and wild, crazy and weird but funny all the time. It seems he's just enjoying whatever he is doing on stage. Rainbow Records was able to work from the original tape from the fan who also recorded the previously released November 12, 1970 show called "The Essence of Energy". So you know what to expect soundwise - but anyhow the content will blow you away!
As always you can expect a high quality 20 pages booklet with never before seen memorabilia from the International Hotel, with rare photos and an interview with "That's The Way it Is" producer Denis Sanders.

Tracklisting: 1. Orchestra intro 2. Opening Vamp / That's All Right 3. I Got A Woman / Amen 4. I Walk The Line (excerpt) / Elvis talks 5. I've Lost You (false start only) 6. Love Me Tender 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 8. Polk Salad Annie 9. Band Introductions 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Band Introductions continued 12. The Wonder Of You (with false start) 13. Heartbreak Hotel (2 false starts only) 14. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes 15. Hound Dog (false starts) / I've Lost You (part only) / Hound Dog (with break) 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water 17. Can't Help Falling In Love 18. Closing Vamp

March 1, 2011


Two new MEMORY CDs out soon!

The Memory label is back! After a break of more than one year, the Memory label will be releasing two new CDs in March. Both CDs will contain previously unreleased recordings.
Burst Of Fire 
As recorded live in Las Vegas, NV, at the Hilton Hotel Showroom, August 25th, 1973 Dinner show. 
The first CD is called "BURST OF FIRE" (CD MR 2060-2) and is a solid Las Vegas show with a strong setlist. Among the highlights are "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Release Me" and "An American Trilogy". Lisa Marie was in the audience and Elvis sings "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for her. 
This recording was taken from a 1st generation copy of the original audience recorded tape. For the majority of collectors this will be a new, previously unknown show, coming from a recently found cassette! The CD booklet will contain a collection of August/September 1973 photos and liner notes. 
Tracks: 
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 02. C. C. Rider, 03. I Got A Woman / Amen, 04. Love Me, 05. Steamroller Blues, 06. You Gave Me A Mountain, 07. Blue Suede Shoes, 08. Rock medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Can't Dance / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog, 09. Love Me Tender, 10. Fever, 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water, 12. Suspicious Minds, 13. Band Introductions, 14. Release Me, 15. Medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, 16. An American Trilogy, 17. A Big Hunk O'Love, 18. Heartbreak Hotel (incomplete), 19. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (incomplete), 20. Can't Help Falling In Love, 21. Closing Vamp.
 Running time: 52:22 
Elvis At Bay 
As recorded live in St. Petersburg, FL, at the Bayfront Center, September 3rd, 1976.  
The second CD is titled "ELVIS AT BAY" (CD MR 2061-2) and dates from a rather uneven Elvis tour. Nevertheless, the last few shows were of a solid standard, compared with the first ones in Houston, San Antonio & Macon. The Bayfront Center performance is one of finest shows of the tour. Elvis is focused, his voice is strong, he's giving good versions of songs like "And I Love You So", "America", "Polk Salad Annie" & "Hurt". He is also in an exceptionally good mood, joking with Charlie ("I guess they understand how lonely Charlie's been...") and with the audience ("What do you think? I'm the Pope and I'm gonna bless you? No way.")

This recording was taken directly from the original tape obtained from the person who recorded the show. His own memories of the show are presented inside the booklet. All accompanying photographs were taken in St. Petersburg, September 3, 1976.
 Tracks:
 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra, 02. C. C. Rider, 03. Medley: I Got A Woman / Amen, 04. Love Me, 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know), 06. You Gave Me A Mountain, 07. And I Love You So, 08. Jailhouse Rock, 09. Help Me, 10. All Shook Up, 11. Medley: Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, 12. America The Beautiful (with reprise), 13. Polk Salad Annie, 14. Band Introductions, 15. Early Morning Rain, 16. What'd I Say, 17. Johnny B. Goode, 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt), 19. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff), 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown), 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs), 22. Love Letters, 23. School Day, 24. Hurt, 25. Hound Dog, 26. Funny How Time Slips Away, 27. Medley: Mystery Train / Tiger Man, 28. Can't Help Falling In Love, 29. Closing Vamp / Announcements.  
Running time: 68:41


From Tahoe To Vegas

Available next month "From Tahoe to Vegas" (SR Records) with focus on Elvis' July & August 1971. This import comes in deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the second SR release dedicated onto July Tahoe engagement. As SR attitude we present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt the Lake Tahoe July 1971 season presents Him at the top, of his possibility but in the same time with a sort of continuity in the next month in Vegas He still able to delivery solid shows although shorter overall to the end of the Season. Here are presented three unreleased complete shows in a very good audio quality coming from early generation tapes. Here you have the possibility to listed officially the second show from Tahoe 71 ever in the best audio quality ever…we work on the tape to give you to the possibility to listen with pleasure one of the best show ever of Elvis in the seventy.

We are happy and proud of the result we hope you can enjoy too, in spite of the limitation Of the audience recording you can listen in a very balanced form all the instruments and Elvis super powerful voice. The show is fantastic and the track listing is very interesting with a lot of rare songs as MY BABE, I JUST CAN'T Help Believing and Help ME MAKE THROUGH THE NIGHT and with the unusual conclusion with Bridge over troubled water.. The Other Two Shows coming form August 26 and 27 midnight Show in spite Elvis' starting to feel the tire from both of the season, They are still solid with a superb audio, overall in the August 27 He sound terrific full of vocal energy with a tape with a full sharp sound that give justice to the listener. No surprises on the track list but all the songs are delivered with energy and solid enthusiasm. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early period. We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 120 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best. Again We are happy to give you the possibility to listen for the second time a show from Like Tahoe 71. For the Third time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of both the Seasons. Don't miss it.
February 18, 2010


Tenth Of Never

Coming out soon is the CD "Tenth of Never" featuring a 2 CD set with the December 10, 1976 show in a very good audience recording. The set will come with a 16 page booklet with rare pictures.
February 8, 2011

FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY

Straight Arrow is planning a new CD release, in a jewel case with a now standard 16-page booklet: "FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY (SA 2011-18-02). It will feature Elvis' May 23rd, 1977 show from Providence, RI.

Producers are aware of the fact that Elvis' May '77 tour was an uneven one, compared with previous tours. He performed 14 shows in a row, and for the first two concerts he was reported being lethargic and unwell. However, the 3rd show of the tour was already solid with the singer in relatively fine form and good voice. As usual, Elvis paid attention to ballads like "You Gave Me A Mountain", "My Way" and "Hurt". There are also other solid performances, namely "Little Sister" and "Early Morning Rain". The CD title song was performed for the very last time, and is performed in the first half of the show.

The audio-quality of the recording is pretty good. As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the best possible source. We ended up with the choice of TWO 1st generation copies of different original tapes, obtained from the persons WHO WERE THERE. The better tape was chosen, and the other one was used to fill a few missing seconds. The recording was completely restored and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.

The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a collection of rare photos from the Providence show; several are published for the very first time! The liner notes were written by a person who was THERE and describes the show in detail. Also included is a positive press review of the show.

"Funny How Time Slips Away" will be released in early February, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain another cool hour with The King, as provided by Straight Arrow!

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Funny How Times Slip Away (last-ever version) - 12. My Way - 13. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson)- 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo, with reprise (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - 21. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)- 22. Hurt - 23. Hound Dog - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Approximate running time: 65:13
January 26, 2011



Welcome To The Jungle - Way Down - Out Now

Out now from Venus Productions a new installment in the Welcome to The Jungle series titled Way Down. Welcome To The Jungle - Way Down offers you again some spectacular recordings from these sessions, including some never heard before out-takes. This volume is again sensational and presented in the best sound quality including a standard jewel case with a beautiful 16 page booklet.
Hear for the first time the very short intro of America which was subsequently erased and recorded over with Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. This is all what remains on the tape besides an ending. The out-takes of Way Down are definitely a highlight of this CD. This is a great follow-up to all previous volumes so don't miss it !!! If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.

Track list
01- America ( beginning ) / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Take 1 1:23 ; 02- Blue Crying In The Rain Take 2 4:03 ; 03- Blue Crying In The Rain Master 2 3:44 ; 04- America ( Ending only ) take 2 0:20 ; 05- It's Easy For You Take 1 3:47 ; 06- It's Easy For You Take 1- different mix 3:42 ; 07- It's Easy For You Master 3:30 ; 08- Way Down Take 1 2:05 ; 09- Way Down Take 2A 3:34 ; 10- Way Down Take 2B 3:13 ; 11- Way Down undubbed master 2:38 ; 12- Way Down Master ( unedited rough mix ) 2:43 ; 13- Way Down Master ( different mix ) 2:39 ; 14- Way Down Master 2:39 ; 15- Pledging My Love Take 2 0:36 ; 16- Pledging My Love Take 3 5:18 ; 17- Pledging My Love Unedited undubbed Master 5:28 ; 18- Pledging My Love Master 2:49 ; 19- He'll Have To Go Rough Mix Master 4:34 20- He'll Have To Go Master 4:35 ; 21- Little Sister April 24, 1977 2:16 ; 22- Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel April 24, 1977 2:10 ; 23- Help Me April 24, 1977 2:55 ; 24- Let Me Be There March 16, 1974 AS 3:46
January 22, 2011


ELVIS - GOOD TO BE BACK "75

Out NOW ! ELVIS - GOOD TO BE BACK "75 !!
Gravelroad music comes with a genuine follow up of the , ELVIS -THE RETURN OF A PRODIGY
ELVIS - GOOD TO BE BACK The historical amazing and complete soundboard recording of December 13, 1975 Midnight Show , for the younger fans a discovery and for the longtime fans it will be impressive and surprising. The sound is a thrill the package an 28 page booklet which covers everything, The photo's, the facts and specially written liner notes.

The lucky ones who decide quick will have one of the limited Concert tour Photo folio books, in full color 20cm x20cm on heavy glossy stock paper , In the tradition of the 70's Elvis folio books with some new and amazing photos of the Early '75 tour. These won't be reprinted and are intended to become collectables.
This was the very first soundboard ever released on cd, and now totally remastered and complete! A long time very hard to get cd, NOW in totally new sound !

01. C C Rider 02. I Got A Woman - Amen 03. Love Me 04. Tryin To Get To You 05. And I Love You So 06. All Shook Up 07. (let me BeYour)Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel 08. You Gave Me A Mountain (with false start) 09. Help Me Make It Through The Night 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Band Introductions 12. Johnny B. Goode (by James Burton) 13. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) 14. Bass Solo (by Jerry Scheff) 15. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) 16. School Day 17. School Day Reprise 18. Just Pretend 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) 20. Burning Love 21. Hound Dog 22. Welcome To My World (partly) 23. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherril Nielsen) 24. America,The Beautiful 25. Its Now Or Never 26. 'O Sole Mio (sung in Italian by Elvis) 27. Little Darlin' 28. Little Sister 29. Cant Help Falling In Love 30. Closing Vamp.
Approximate running time: 76:08 All tracks are 24bit restored and remastered using Oxford / ProTools for a fresh sound and high-fidelity.
January 22, 2011



Welcome To The Jungle - Way Down

Soon available from Venus Productions a new installment in the Welcome to The Jungle series titled Way Down.

Welcome To The Jungle - Way Down  offers you again some spectacular recordings from these sessions, including some never heard before out-takes.

This volume is again sensational and presented in the best sound quality including a standard jewel case with a beautiful 16 page booklet.

Hear for the first time the very short intro of America which was subsequently erased and recorded over with Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. This is all what remains on the tape besides an ending. The out-takes of Way Down are definitely a highlight of this CD.

This is a great follow-up to all previous volumes so don't miss it !!!

If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus.

 

Track list 

01- America ( beginning ) / Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain Take 1  1:23 ; 02- Blue Crying In The Rain Take 2  4:03 ; 03- Blue Crying In The Rain Master 2  3:44 ; 04- America ( Ending only ) take 2 0:20 ; 05- It's Easy For You Take 1 3:47 ; 06- It's Easy For You Take 1- different mix 3:42 ; 07- It's Easy For You Master 3:30 ; 08- Way Down Take 1 2:05 ; 09- Way Down Take 2A 3:34 ; 10- Way Down Take 2B 3:13 ; 11- Way Down undubbed master  2:38 ; 12- Way Down Master ( unedited rough mix ) 2:43 ; 13- Way Down Master ( different mix ) 2:39 ; 14- Way Down Master 2:39 ; 15- Pledging My Love Take 2 0:36 ; 16- Pledging My Love Take 3 5:18 ; 17- Pledging My Love Unedited undubbed Master 5:28 ; 18- Pledging My Love Master  2:49 ; 19- He'll Have To Go Rough Mix Master 4:34  20- He'll Have To Go  Master 4:35 ; 21- Little Sister April 24, 1977 2:16 ; 22- Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel April 24, 1977 2:10 ; 23- Help Me April 24, 1977 2:55 ; 24- Let Me Be There  March 16, 1974 AS 3:46

January 5, 2011




Good To Be Back

Gravel Road is back again, and delivers a fantastic release that is every bit as good as our highly acclaimed 'Return of the Prodigy'. The December 13th, 1975 is widely accepted as one of the finest later-period Presley shows available on soundboard. Yes, the punk lounge rock feel of the '69 shows was now gone, but in its place were a warmth and an intimacy that were just as captivating in their own way. Our man was in top form vocally in late '75 (just listen to his sensational vocals on 'How Great Thou Art'), and the December 13th, '75 Midnight Show stands out as one of the finest from this engagement. This show was the first soundboard to be released on bootleg back in '91, causing quite a sensation at the time. The technology used for working on vintage recordings have improved greatly in the years since then, and Gravel Road has used the latest version of the renowned Oxford / ProTools technology to work on this show.

The results are it's an obvious sound upgrade that makes this remarkable show shine that much more -- Just like you've come to expect from us with 'Prodigy'. It's also interesting to point out that this release is more complete than the aforementioned '91 release (which had several edits).

'Good To Be Back' is a title that really captures the sentiment of the show, since Elvis clearly enjoyed being back on stage again following his August '75 hospital stay and subsequent three months of rest. He's relaxed and in a great mood, and he delivers several fantastic performances, with one of the highlights being a beautifully sung 'Just Pretend'.

This new Gravel Road release is a true keeper. Presented in a stunning digi-pack with numerous photos from the actual show, memorabilia related to this engagement, intelligently written liner-notes packed in a 28 pages booklet. As an extra, a special limited "Concert Tour '75 Photo Folio" as it was available during the tours and Vegas shows in the 70's with some totally new color photos in high quality from the '75 Tours. This album is one of those rare releases that you just got to have.

It's made with great professionalism and love for Elvis, and this shines through in every single detail of this release. 'Prodigy' was sold out within weeks of its release. Order 'Good To Be Back' now to avoid disappointment.

Tracklist:
01. C C Rider 02. I Got A Woman - Amen 03. Love Me 04. Tryin To Get To You 05. And I Love You So 06. All Shook Up 07. (let me BeYour)Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel 08. You Gave Me A Mountain (with false start) 09. Help Me Make It Through The Night 10. Polk Salad Annie 11. Band Introductions 12. Johnny B. Goode (by James Burton) 13. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) 14. Bass Solo (by Jerry Scheff) 15. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) 16. School Day 17. School Day Reprise 18. Just Pretend 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) 20. Burning Love - Hound Dog 21. Welcome To My World (partly) 22. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherril Nielsen) 23. America,The Beautiful 24. Its Now Or Never 25. 'O Sole Mio (sung in Italian by Elvis) 26. Little Darlin' 27. Little Sister 28. Cant Help Falling In Love 29. Closing Vamp.
Approximate running time: 76:08
December 22, 2010


Vegas Variety Vol. 4

To be released December 31, 2010: Rainbow Records proudly presents Volume 4 of their series "Vegas Variety", featuring the complete performance of August 12, 1973 midnight show at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Nevada.

Although James Burton was playing the first few guitar licks of "American Trilogy" Elvis asked for the guitar chord "C" only to surprise everybody – both the audience and the TCB band members – with a complete version (1:30 min) of the song "Crying Time". This might well be an unexpected highlight of the show, but it is certainly not the only one. Elvis was clearly in a very good and relaxed mood this evening and delivered a very fine set. About the sound: The producers did not remaster the show from the first Import CD release of this concert (Crying Time In Vegas - originally released in 1994). They got a new source with noticeably better sound compared to the release from sixteen years ago. Needless to say that the booklet has a lot of pictures and information on its 20 pages.

Tracklisting:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. Steamroller Blues 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Trouble 08. Blue Suede Shoes 09. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Jailhouse Rock / Hound Dog 10. Love Me Tender 11. Fever 12. Bridge Over Troubled Water 13. Crying Time 14. Suspicious Minds 15. Band Introductions 16. My Boy 17. I Can't Stop Loving You 18. An American Trilogy 19. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 20. Release Me 21. Help Me Make It Through The Night 22. Heartbreak Hotel 23. What Now My Love 24. Can't Help Falling In Love
December 16, 2010


Wild Tiger at The Hilton

The MxF label will release soon its new CD titled "Wild Tiger at The Hilton'' featuring Vegas August 22, 1974 Midnight Show.
Elvis' performance is superb, still at the top if his ability he deliveries a long show which is very intense, there is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, full of enthusiasm he sang with power and sensitivity, delivering a solid and heartfelt repertoire like the new song "It's Midnight" and the classic "You Gave Me a Mountain" sang terrifically.

At the same time he worked in heavy rock songs like "Big Boss Man" and the showstopper "If You Talk In Your Sleep". This season will be remembered for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues, but for the superb music too, Elvis looks fantastic and it is clear that despite it all the music keeps his brain active.

The sound is great an unbelievable audience recording, We have on our hands an early generation mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of the low frequency noise whilst trying to achieve a more clear sound and of Elvis, keeping his vocal power up in the central mix and at the same time trying to give a great definition to the background music.

From the first time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the August 24 and 25 Dinner Show concerts. We love this show, it is clear we are not talking about the rough rocker of early 69/71, but in spite of some limitations and an evolution of style to a more complete musical range the man is still at the top and Elvis at the top means an unforgettable experience for those who attended the show and for those of us prepared to listen. Don't miss it!!!!
Tracklist:
CD time 64.50
01.2001 Theme; 02.C, C Rider; 03.I Got A Woman/Amen; 04.Love Me; 05.If You Love Me Let Me Know; 06.It's Midnight; 07.Fever; 08.Love Me Tender; 09.All Shook Up; 10. 11.I'm Leaving 12.Softly As I Leave You;13.Hound Dog;14.You Gave Me A Mountain;15.Intro John O' Grady; 16.Suspicious Minds;17.An Der Schonen Blaue Donau;18.Introductions;19.If You Talk In Your Sleep;20.Why Me Lord;21.Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel;22.Help Me;23.The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face;24.Let Me Be There(with Reprise);25.Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

December 6, 2010


Christmas Today

Because of the great demand for this great release, we decided to make available a very limited second run of this double CD. So, for all of you who couldn't get this sensational release, ORDER NOW before it's too late again!
The red CD features Nashville recordings from May 1971 with various out-takes, and undubbed masters taken from great quality acetates. This inspiring music will move you and bring you back into the Holiday Season mood. The blue CD became a favorite straight away to almost all fans and it became raving reviews.The recording sessions for the album Elvis Today took place at RCA's studio on Sunset Boulevard, and Elvis was really up for it and his lively enthusiasm can be heard throughout the sessions.

Besides the great sound quality of both CDs, the blue one contains some unheard highlights. By example the master take of '' Fairytale '' runs about 40 seconds longer, the one from '' Susan When She Tried '' runs a bit longer with his original ending, and several bits and pieces that will make you value this CD more than you think.
This Holiday delight will be released in a standard jewel case with a 16 page booklet. The booklet will feature two front covers you may use according to your taste or season. Get a copy and bring it back home as it's Christmas Today !!!

Tracks :

CD RED 1-I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Take 6 4:03 ; 2- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees Take 3 2:30 ; 3- On A Snowy Christmas Night undubbed master * 2:27 ; 4- The Wonderful World Of Christmas undubbed master * 1:59 ; 5- Silver Bells Take 1 3:05 ; 6- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Takes 1-2 2:37 ; 7- The Lord's Prayer 2:36 ; 8- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees Takes 1-2 3:04 ; 9- The First Noel undubbed master * 2:12 ; 10- Winter Wonderland Take 7 2:33 ; 11- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Takes 5,7,3 6:56 ; 12- Merry Christmas Baby Fs, undubbed master * 7:55 ; 13- If I Get Home On Christmas Day undubbed master * 2:52 ; 14- Silver Bells undubbed master * 2:28 ; 15- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees Takes 5,6,7,4 3:53 ; 16- Winter Wonderland undubbed master * 2:19 ; 17- It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You undubbed master * 2:40 ; 18- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day undubbed master * 3:48 ; 19-Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees undubbed master * 2:21 ; 20- O Come, All Ye Faithful undubbed master * 2:58 ; 21- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Take 4 5:06 ; 22- Silver Bells Fs,Tk2 (original master recording),Tk3 (Fs) 5:07
* from acetate

CD BLUE
1 - T-R-O-U-B-LE Take 4 3:10 ; 2- Green Green Grass Of Home Fs, Take 1 4:21 ; 3- Fairytale Take 3 3:37 ; 4- Bringing It Back Takes 2,3 3:28; 5- Susan When She Tried Take 6 2:55 ; 6- I Can Help Fs, Take 2 5:11 ; 7- And I Love You So Take 5 3:51 ; 8- Green Green Grass Of Home Takes 2,3 4:23 ; 9- Woman Without Love Take 1 3:44 ; 10- Tiger Man session jam 3:15 ; 11- Bringing It Back Take 4 3:08 ; 12- And I Love You So Take 1 3:56 ; 13- Shake A Hand Take 3 4:00 ; 14- Green Green Grass Of Home Takes 4,5 4:15 ; 15- Pieces Of My Life Takes 4 3:57 ; 16-Bringing It Back Take 1 3:18
November 29, 2010


All In A Blaze

TOUCHDOWN Productions will soon release their second CD "All In A Blaze". lt contains the complete and former unreleased show from December 12, 1975 in Las Vegas. The source for this release is new and of excellent quality, as the source was a first copy of the master tape. The show offers many, many highlights, just like "Just Pretend", "Mystery Train-Tiger Man", One Night" or "Trying To Get To You". This time the CD will come with a 16-page booklet with lots of rare and seldom seen pictures from Elvis first pre-holiday engagement in Vegas in 1975!
November 29, 2010

IN THE HEART OF GEORGIA

12 years after the first release of this show, Audionics delivers a more complete version of Elvis Presley's 1975 tour opener, as taken from the mixing desk. Originally released as part of the "From Vegas To Macon" set, this recording was faded out during "I'll Remember You" and there were a few tracks missing. However, these tracks WERE recorded by the sound engineer and these unreleased tracks are included here FOR THE FIRST TIME!

The April 24th tour opening show is interesting, because it's the first tour following the problematic September / October '74 tour and Elvis' subsequent hospitalization. The setlist is very interesting because it features a lot of recent material, with virtually no 'oldies'. There's 'It's Midnight' and 'Promised Land' from the December '73 STAX sessions, 'Fairytale' and 'T.R.O.U.B.L.E.' from the recent TODAY sessions, as well as a welcome return of 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me'. Elvis sounds a bit tired here and there, but he's also full of fun. "My name is Johnny Cash ... it's a pleasure to be back here in Atlanta, uh, Macon" he jokes. It's interesting to note that 'T.R.O.U.B.L.E.' is the very first live version. Macon goes bananas for "An American Trilogy." Clearly, 1975 on tour beats strong in the heart of Georgia. This release is presented in a neat-looking digipack filled with many photographs taken during the April 24th Macon concert. Here's your chance to listen to ELVIS IN THE HEART OF GEORGIA - for the first time in complete form as originally recorded!

Tracks:
01. Elvis Talks - 02. Love Me - 03. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 05. Big Boss Man - 06. It's Midnight - 07. Promised Land - 08. Fairytale - 09. Burning Love - 10. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band - 11. What I'd Say? (James Burton) - 12. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 13. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 14. Piano solo (Glen Hardin) - 15. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 16. My Boy - 17. T-R-O-U-B-L-E - 18. I'll Remember You [now complete] - 19. Let Me Be There (with reprise) [unreleased] - 20. An American Trilogy [unreleased] - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love [unreleased] - 22. Closing vamp [unreleased].

Approx. running time: 51minutes
A complete and partially unreleased soundboard recording
November 27, 2010

A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE KING

Straight Arrow is planning a new 2CD release, a jewel case with a gorgeous 16-page booklet: "A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE KING" (SA 2010-16-02) and it will feature one of the best shows from his final Las Vegas engagement, namely the December 8th, 1976 9PM show, taken from the original source. Once again, a really good audience recording! This recording was previously released in 1991 by the PEAF label ("Tornado From Vegas"), but it was an incomplete version edited down to 70 minutes and the sound quality was below par. Straight Arrow was lucky enough to work with the original audio cassette as recorded by "Gemini", who was happy enough to attend and record all 15 shows of this season.

This December 8th, 9PM concert is somewhat special. Elvis looked and sounded better than in the days before this show, and he gave strong, laid-back performance which lasted for 84 minutes. 400 British fans were present together with fan club president Todd Slaughter, British journalist Clifford Davies, Elvis' father Vernon and show business colleagues Liza Minelli, Merv Griffin, Tanya Tucker.

Among the show highlights are solid versions of "That's All Right", "Softly As I Leave You", "Hurt" and a knockout performance of "How Great Thou Art.
The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a rare collection of photos from the December 8th, 9PM show and liner notes written by a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail.
"A Private Audience With The King" will be released on December 10th, 2010. Do not miss your chance to obtain another winner from Straight Arrow!

Tracks:
Disc #1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Monologue - 05. Love Me - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (with false start) - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Jailhouse Rock - 09. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never 10. Blue Christmas - 11. That's All Right, Mama - 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight - 13. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with 2 false starts).

Disc #2:
01. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 02. Early Mornin' Rain (John Wilkinson) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 04. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 05. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 06. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 07. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 08. Love Letters 09. School Day - 10. School Day (reprise) - 11. Introductions by Elvis of Celebrities - 12. Hurt (with reprise) - 13. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Can't Help Falling In Love - 16. Closing Vamp.
Approximate running time: 84 minutes.
November 26, 2010


TWO NEW "STRAIGHT ARROW" CD RELEASES ARE OUT NOW

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME, the second volume of the Straight Arrow's special mini-series focusing on live stereo "booth" recordings" is out now. The label's second CD, THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE, standard package with 16-page booklet, was released too.
November 10, 2010

Total Commitment

A new release out now is a good Audience-Recording with very nice Artwork, 12 page Booklet. This is the first release from the Touchdown Label with the show from Anaheim 24-4-1973.

Tracklisting:
2001 Theme C, C Rider I Got A Woman/Amen Love Me Tender You Gave Me A Mountain Steamroller Blues You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Love Me Blue Suede Shoes Heartbreak Hotel How Great Thou Art Johnny B.Goode Hound Dog Fever What Now My Love Suspicious Minds Band Introductions I'll Remember You I Can't Stop Loving You American Trilogy A Big Hunk O'Love Can't Help Falling In Love
August 24, 2010


Two new Gravel Road releases

The Gravel Road Music label is very pleased to announce a couple of new CDs in excellent sound, just as fans have come to expect from this superb label.

It's been reported that collectors have asked producers to present both these concerts in two beautiful packages. So, they will soon come in deluxe digipacks filled with related photos and concert reviews. Both these great shows have been completely restored using old DAT copies of original soundboard recordings, so we can expect the very best in sound quality. The tape distortion and surface hiss have been removed and the sound has been re-balanced. For the first time, the listener will hear these shows in the best possible audio quality.

The Elvis Summer Festival Continues At Full Blast, containing Elvis' Las Vegas midnight show from August 11th 1972, was previously released by Fort Baxter in 1995 as Elvis At Full Blast and came in a simple cardboard slipcase, so this will certainly be a very welcomed update. Highlights will include a rockin' Suspicious Minds, a memorable My Way, and a sterling version of An American Trilogy.

Tracklisting: Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / I Got A Woman / Proud Mary / Until It's Time For You To Go / You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / What Now My Love / Fever / Love Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / Little Sister – Get Back / Hound Dog / It's Over / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / My Way / A Big Hunk O'Love / An American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

We're equally as excited about the second Gravel Road release, namely Hilton's All Shook Up, which includes Elvis' dinner show of August 12th 1972, recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton the following night. This show was originally released on the Premier label as Blazing Into The Darkness in 1999. It's a terrific show, full of energy, and as with The Elvis Summer Festival Continues At Full Blast, the sound will be improved. Tracklisting: Also Sprach Zarathustra / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Until It's Time For You To Go / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / You've Lost That Loving Feelin' / Polk Salad Annie / What Now My Love / Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / One Night / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don't Be Cruel / Heartbreak Hotel / Hound Dog / Love Me Tender / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / My Way/ An American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

August 24, 2010



From New York To Chicago

Out now with some delay is the CD "From New York to Chicago" (SR Records) with focus on Elvis' June 1972 tour  . This import comes in deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the  first SR release  dedicated onto June 1972 tour.

As SR attitude we present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt the June 1972 tour presents Him at the top, maybe for the last time . Starting from New York, He deliveries  some terrific shows improving the quality show after show. Here they are  presented in  very good audio quality two unreleased shows  , CD 1 with the complete show from New York , Madison square garden June 11 midnight show and the CD 2 with the complete show from Chicago, Chicago Stadium June 17 AS, both the shows taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early period.

We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 120 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best. Again We are happy to give you the possibility to listen the historical fourth Madison Square Garden show together with maybe  the best tour show : Chicago June 17 As. For the second time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of both  the shows.  

August 24, 2010




The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Promo flyer from Straight Arrow for their next release.




Never Again

Out now from Venus Productions a follow up CD bringing  you back to the jungle room.

Welcome To The Jungle - Never Again  is a great compilation of released and unreleased tracks recorded between February 5th through February 7th, 1976 . First you can hear Elvis vocally struggling take after take to achieve a master take on Danny Boy , then working endlessly on Never Again until the finished master is in the can, and finally wrapping it up with the pleasant ballad Love Coming Down .

 No need to say again that the sound is again  sensational , nothing is left out and there are no artificial fade outs . The out-takes are exactly like it was recorded some 34 years ago. Never Again  is presented to you in a standard jewel case with a beautiful 16 page booklet.

This is a great follow-up to Solitaire  so don't miss it !!!

If it sounds like from outer space, you can be sure it's from Venus. 

Track list 

1- Danny Boy ( Take 5 ) 1:46 ; 2- Danny Boy ( Take 6 ) 1:29 ; 3- Danny Boy ( Take 7 ) 1:40 ; 4- Danny Boy ( Take 8 ) 4:06 ; 5- Danny Boy ( Take 9 ) 4:09 ; 6- Danny Boy ( Master ) 3:59 ; 7- Never Again ( Takes 1-3 ) 2:20 ; 8- Never Again ( Take 4 ) 3:00 ; 9- Never Again ( Take 5 ) 3:07 ; 10- Never Again ( Take 6 ) 1:32 ; 11- Never Again ( Takes 7-8 ) 2:26 ; 12- Never Again ( Take 9 ) 3:00 ; 13- Never Again ( Take 10 ) 0:43 ; 14- Never Again ( Takes 11-12  ) 3:21 ; 15- Never Again ( Undubbed Master ) 2:51 ; 16- Never Again ( Master ) 2:54 ; 17- Love Coming Down ( Takes 1-2 ) 3:37 ; 18- Love Coming Down ( Take 3 ) 3:29 ; 19- Love Coming Down ( Take 4 ) 3:08 ; 20- Love Coming Down ( Undubbed Master ) 3:09 ; 21- Love Coming Down ( Master ) 3:10  




Straight Arrow Update

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada at the February 14, 1973 Dinner Show.

Here comes the second volume of the Straight Arrow's special mini-series focusing on "two-mic ambient live recordings": "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" (SA/SP 2010-02-02).  

Originally, the label slotted the February 21, 1973 Dinner Show for Volume 2, but during  pre-production several technical problems cropped up which require additional studio work.  To keep the fans happy the Straight Arrow producers decided to unleash another "two-mic ambient tape" from their vaults, a Valentine's Day special: the previously-unreleased February 14 Dinner Show.  

This concert was captured by the same person using the same equipment and settings as the February 15 Dinner Show heard on Straight Arrow's recent CD "FADED LOVE."  Thus, the audio quality is just as terrific as that disc, but with the added bonus of Elvis giving a much better performance.  "FADED LOVE" showcased an interesting, albeit odd, evening where Presley was under the weather and his voice far from his best.  The new CD has an Elvis who appears much stronger, singing surprisingly well just one day before.  

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" features a fairly standard set list, with most songs performed at a high level. Among the highlights are "Steamroller Blues", "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a way cool performance of "Johnny B. Goode".  

Like its predecessor, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipak with all the necessary information and rare photographs. If you dug "FADED LOVE", we'll bet that you will love this one, too.  

As a teaser, producers have included one track from the February 21 tape, a knockout performance of "What Now My Love," including a false start and a reprise.  Again, the whole show will be out later this year under the title "I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU" (SA/SP 2010-03-02).  

Straight Arrow is also planning another release, a jewel case CD with their standard 16-page booklet: "THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE" (SA 2010-16-02) and it will feature yet another unreleased Las Vegas set, this one from the August 30, 1973 Dinner Show, taken from the original source, a very good audience recording!  

Tracks:  

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Bonus:  21. What Now My Love (with false start and reprise, recorded at the February 21, 1973 Dinner Show).  

Approx. running time: 50:37  

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" will be released on October 1st, 2010.

source: e-mail - September 26, 2010





Elvis - Duluth Revisited

DULUTH REVISTED, one of the best Audience Recordings ever, sounds almost as a Soundboard, some people for sure will prefer this sound to a real Soundboard.Comes with a 12 page Booklet.

01 | Also Sprach Zarathustra | 1:10
02 | See See Rider | 3:39
03 | Elvis talks and talks | 2:03
04 | Got A Woman / Amen | 7:58
05 | Love Me | 3:56
06 | If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (including false start) | 3:37
07 | You Gave Me A Mountain | 3:28
08 | Jailhouse Rock | 1:34
09 | O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never | 3:45
10 | Elvis talks | 0:37
11 | Little Sister | 2:07
12 | Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel | 2:44
13 | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 4:43
14 | Big Boss Man | 3:07
15 | My Way | 4:02
16 | Band Introductions | 2:47
17 | Early Morning Rain | 1:56
18 | Delta Lady (Instrumental) | 1:17
19 | Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) | 1:44
20 | Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) | 1:50
21 | Piano Solo (Tony Brown) | 1:08
22 | Electric Keyboard Solo (Bobby Ogdin) | 1:20
23 | Band Introductions | 0:20
24 | School Day | 0:57
25 | Hurt (including false start) | 2:45
26 | Hound Dog | 1:33
27 | Can't Help Falling In Love | 1:49
28 | Closing Vamp / Announcements | 2:04
 

total running time: 70:00 minutes

source : e-mail - September 13, 2010

Our Memories Of Elvis Vol. 3

Exceptional is only one word to describe this new release of Victrola. The fortune to find documents, acetates and previously released recordings made it possible to realize this album in a very good quality. We received help from the Gravelroad team. Again thank you Without you guys it wouldn't be the same.. Some tracks weren't impressive but still a rare find.Great sample is the stereo version of Moody Blue from Joan Deary. The only versions released are sounding mono and what a thrill the is the last minute of the song…Did had that feeling too when you heard it, that the song shouldn't end.. Other tracks are for sure just as exciting.

When you listen to the concept of the album Our Memories Volume 3. You'll notice that all tracks have carefully been chosen by Deary. By lyrics and sound , when a guitar is carrying the song the next track is still there but a little different. All vocals are equal in sound. Just listen to a normal release of 1970 and play something from the studio recording in 1976….. a different sound of the voice. Clearly they were busy mixing the tracks together to create an album. Because of the pureness of the recordings and some lacking of overdubbs it worked very well. The extra tracks are there to complete the loose ends. It gives a very nice inside view on the production process. We are aware that some tracks might be out before but still in this way it is an experience just because it's a real album production and not a compilation of songs.

The Our Memories of Elvis series and Guitar man in 1981 by Felton Jarvis are in many ways the last real albums produced by the original engineers. Yes they are reworked songs but it was a serious attempt to create an Album in the same way as if Elvis would be personally involved ! That's the major difference compared to the regular new releases.

We are fortunate to have some documentation and acetates available. We have 80% of the facts and when putting it together the pieces fitted precisely . Also the track listing was a big surprise, al tracks fall in prefect order as was show on the mock up of Our memories of Elvis volume 3.

Enjoy Our memories of Elvis Volume 3, "Unfinished Business". It's the last real studio album ever made but never finished.
Source: e-mail - August 14, 2010


From New York To Chicago

Available from the end of September, From New York to Chicago (SR Records) with focus on Elvis' June 1972 tour  . This import comes in deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the  first SR release  dedicated onto June 1972 tour.

As SR attitude we present Elvis at the peak of his possibility and without doubt the June 1972 tour presents Him at the top, maybe for the last time . Starting from New York, He deliveries  some terrific shows improving the quality show after show. Here they are  presented in  very good audio quality two unreleased shows  , CD 1 with the complete show from New York , Madison square garden June 11 midnight show and the CD 2 with the complete show from Chicago, Chicago Stadium June 17 AS, both the shows taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early period.

We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 120 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best. Again We are happy to give you the possibility to listen the historical fourth Madison Square Garden show together with maybe  the best tour show : Chicago June 17 As. For the second time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of both  the shows.  

source : e-mail - August 11, 2010




A Legendary Performer - The Next Level

source : e-mail - August 11, 2010




Return To Red River

Here's the flyer for this new release. This show from March 30, 1977 from Alexandria, LA was previously released on the CD From Louisiana To Tennessee.

Track list :

01- Love Me ; 02- If You Love Me, Let Me Know ; 03- You Gave Me A Mountain ; 04- Jailhouse Rock ; 05- O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never ; 06- Little Sister ; 07- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 08- And I Love You So ; 09- Fever ; 10- Love Me Tender ; 11- Hurt ; 12- Hound Dog ; 13- Danny Boy ( Sherill Neilsen ) ; 14- Walk With Me ( Sherill Neilsen ) ; 15- Blue Suede Shoes ; 16- Can't Help Falling In Love

source : e-mail - August 10, 2010




From Kansas To Sin City

From Kansas City To Sin City is the title of first "Victrola" label DVD release. This DVD is set for release on August 16, 2010. It includes both released and unreleased footage of Elvis in concert in Las Vegas 1973/74 and Kansas City 1974. The material includes matching soundboard audio whenever possible. All footage used for this project were digitally enhanced to achieve best possible picture quality. None of this rare 1973-74 film is marred by a disruptive logo, which would detract from your viewing pleasure.  

Program: 

Running time: approx. 60 minutes / Full colour / NTSC - all regions.

source : e-mail - August 9, 2010




Love American Style & The Hit That Saves The Day

Gravelroad Music is very pleased to present TWO new CDs in excellent sound, as fans have come to expect from us!  We do listen, and present these shows in two beautiful packages. 

- Both are deluxe digipack filled with related photos and show reviews

- For the first time, our October 14, 1976 disc has all the tracks are in their proper sequence

- Distortion and hiss have been removed

- Tape damage has been repaired

- The sound balance is corrected

- Both recordings now feature more detail, with a fresh, clear sound 

On top of this, both evenings are of a very high standard for Elvis in 1976. This should explain why Gravelroad Music is now offering fans these two great nights! These shows are direct 24Bit transfers from the original soundboard tapes. Only the quality of reel to soundboard tape transfer limits the reproduction to CD. 

ELVIS - THE HIT THAT SAVES THE DAY – THE CHICAGO CHRONICLES VOLUME 1 

14.10.1976, Thursday (8:30 P.M.) Chicago, IL, Chicago Stadium 

When Elvis stepped onstage Thursday night at the Chicago Stadium, the audience was in for a pleasant surprise.  In a phone conversation with old friend Red West, Presley revealed that his painful colon condition had gone into remission.  Thanks to this fortuitous circumstance, Elvis looked better than he had for several years. He was decked out in his Inca Gold Leaf suit, which had not been worn since 1974.  And he gave a far better show than he had on earlier dates that year.  This time he interacted with his audience a lot more, treating the proceedings with far less formality.  The fans certainly enjoyed the chance to see a little bit more of his personality. 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. All Shook Up 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 10. And I Love You So 11. Fever 12. Polk Salad Annie 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Mornin' Rain (John Wilkinson, with false start) 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Bass Solo #1 (Blues - Jerry Scheff) 19. Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans - Jerry Scheff, incomplete) 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) 22. Love Letters 23. School Day 24. Hurt  25. Hurt (full reprise) 26. Love Me Tender 27. Hound Dog 28. Funny How Time Slips Away 29. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 30. Can't Help Falling In Love 31. Closing Vamp 

Running time: 69:18 

ELVIS – LOVE AMERICAN STYLE - THE CHICAGO CHRONICLES VOLUME 2


15.10.1976, Friday (8:30 P.M.) Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Stadium


Elvis' Friday night show had actually been scheduled to be the tour
opener, with the Thursday night performance being added due to overwhelming demand. Wearing his Indian Feather Suit, Elvis sounds more confident than he had the night before.

Tracklist:


01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. C. C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Help Me (with false start) 08. Jailhouse Rock 09. All Shook Up10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 11. And I Love You So 12. Steamroller Blues 13. Band Introductions 14. Early Mornin' Rain 15.What'd I Say 16. Johnny B. Goode 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) 18. Bass Solo
(Blues - Jerry Scheff) 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) 20. Electric Piano Solo(David Briggs) 21. Love Letters (incomplete) 22. School Day 23. Hurt (with reprise) 24. Hound Dog 25. It's Now Or Never 26. Blue Christmas 27. Can't Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp 


Running time: 60:48

source: e-mail - July 4, 2010 




Elvis - The Essence Of Energy

To be released August 5th, 2010: Rainbow Records proudly presents a new CD called “The Essence Of Energy”, featuring the complete performance of Thursday, November 12, 1970 at the Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.

The “typical” Elvis Presley of 1970 is hard to describe. Two long engagements in Las Vegas + additional rehearsal were part of his exhausting schedule that year. With Elvis' desire to go not only back to live performing but to go back on tour, manager Colonel Parker organized a short 8 show tour as a try out. A new situation for the entourage was there - new equipment had to be tested and Jerry Weintraub and Management 3 were hired to organize and support the ELVIS PRESLEY Show. The demand for Presley was there plus the fabulous marketing of Colonel Parker guaranteed eight sold out shows! But not everything was perfectly organized in the beginning and to avoid the risk to have problems on a big tour, Parker decided to do another small tour in November 1970. In Seattle, where Elvis shot a motion picture 8 years earlier, the Coliseum hosted the King of Rock 'n' Roll on November 12, 1970.

It sure was surprising to some readers of next days issue of “Seattle Daily News” when female reporter Janine Gressel wrote “Presley´s show no blockbuster”. But what did she see and hear and what especially did she criticize? Maybe she was disappointed because the show was pretty short. Maybe she was disappointed that Elvis did not do his “blockbuster” song “Suspicious Minds”? Or maybe she was unhappy with the fact, that Colonel Parker charged the press like regular fans that want to attend the show?Well, judge yourself. On this new release you will hear everything from the very first seconds of the “Opening Vamp” to the very last moments of the “Closing Vamp”.


The sound on this cd is really good, especially for an audience recording of the (very) early 70´s! Imagine the poor equipment in these days….. .
By the way: The producers did not remaster the show from the first Import CD release of this concert (The Thrill Goes On - originally released in 1994). They got a new source where even “Funny How Time Slips Away” is complete! Needless to say that the booklet has a lot of pictures and information on its 20 pages ( including two full newspaper articles with comments about the show ).

Tracks :

1. Opening Vamp ; 2. That's All Right, Mama ; 3. I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4. Love Me Tender (with false start) ; 5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me ; 6. Sweet Caroline ; 7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ; 8. Polk Salad Annie ; 9. Band Introductions ; 10. Johnny B. Goode ; 11. Band Introductions (continued)  ; 12. How Great Thou Art (with false start and reprise) ; 13. The Wonder Of You ; 14. Heartbreak Hotel ; 15. Blue Suede Shoes ; 16. Hound Dog ; 17. Funny How Time Slips Away ; 18. Can't Help Falling In Love ; 19. Closing Vamp

source : e-mail - July 31, 2010




You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, Wednesday, February 21, 1973 DS

Coming soon is the second volume of Straight Arrow's special mini-series focusing on "two-mic ambience live recordings":  

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE" (SA/SP 2010-02-02). 

This CD will feature the Wednesday, February 21, 1973 Dinner Show, which is previously uncirculated -- no known audience or soundboard recording has surfaced in over 37 years!  The concert was taped by the same fan, using the same equipment and settings, who captured the February 15, 1973 Dinner Show heard on our first volume, "FADED LOVE."  This means that the sound quality is just as good. However, this time around there is huge difference in Elvis' performance.  Whereas "FADED LOVE" gave the listener an unusual set, as Presley was under the weather and left the stage for a stretch, here he is fully recovered and vocally strong. 

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE" features a fairly standard repertoire for the period, but the majority of the material is performed very well.  Among the highlights is a knockout performance of "What Now My Love," from false start to reprise!  Other impressive numbers include "I'm Leavin'" and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me." 

As with Volume 1, this release will be presented in a cool-looking digipak, with relevant information and rare photos. If you enjoyed "FADED LOVE", you will love this one, too. 

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE" will be released early August, 2010. 

Tracks: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. I'm Leavin' - 12. Hound Dog - 13. What Now My Love (with false start and reprise) - 14. Suspicious Minds - 15. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra - 16. I'll Remember You - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

source: e-mail - July 22, 2010




Welcome To The Jungle - Solitaire

Venus Productions will soon release a new CD, carrying you back in time, right into Elvis' den, known to everyone as the Jungle Room.

Welcome To The Jungle - Solitaire is a wonderful compilation of released and unreleased tracks recorded in February 1976. '' There was a man, a lonely man....'' is certainly a line the rock singer had on his mind during those early February winter nights behind Graceland's walls, and he felt Neil Sedaka's song could work very well for him. On this CD you can hear the progress from the very first take through the master take.

The following night Elvis seemed to enjoy himself while recording what would become the title of his very last album. The song Moody Blue had a very modern sound for early 1976, very disco-like and it had a fair amount of air play all over the USA in late 1976 and early 1977. Elvis is clearly having fun recording this number, yet he ignored to include it into his live appearances, excepted for a brief attempt on February 20, 1977 and finally had a go at it the next night for his first and only performance .

The excellent sound quality will bring you right into the action that happened in the jungle room when those songs were being recorded. The CD will be presented to you in a standard jewel case, completed with a beautiful 16 page booklet.

This is a great follow-up to Christmas Today so don't miss it and get your order in today!!! Welcome To The Jungle - Solitaire will be released in a very limited quantity.  

Track list 

1- Solitaire  (Take 1)  2:28 ; 2- Solitaire (Take 2)  2:06 ; 3- Solitaire  (Take 3)  4:47 ; 4- Solitaire  (Takes 6-7)  5:21 ; 5- Solitaire  (Take 8)  4:39 ; 6- Solitaire  (Takes 9-10)  0:58 ; 7- Solitaire  (Undubbed master)  4:37 ; 8- Solitaire  (Different mix)  4:43 ; 9- Solitaire  (Master)  4:43 ; 10- Moody Blue  (Take 3)  3:46 ; 11- Moody Blue  (Take 4)  3:30 ; 12- Moody Blue  (Take 5)  4:01 ; 13- Moody Blue  (Take 6)  4:12 ; 14- Moody Blue  (Take 7)  1:33 ; 15- Moody Blue  (Takes 8-9)  0:58 ; 16- Moody Blue  (Undubbed master)  3:57 ; 17- Moody Blue  (Master)  2:54

source : e-mail - June 30, 2010



Our Memories & Faded Love out now

The Our Memories & Faded Love are out now, see complete info below.
Source: e-mail - May 31, 2010

Our Memories

OUR MEMORIES OF ELVIS VOL. 1 & 2

Revisiting the 'Our memories of Elvis' albums (a.k.a. 'More of the pure Elvis sounds') from 32 years ago, we came to realize that Joan Deary did have a vision well ahead of time. Nowadays we're craving for recordings like this.

Unfortunately, at the time most fans didn't understand the concept of these two albums. These weren't ever intended to be 'undubbed recordings'. Both 'Our Memories Of Elvis' and 'Our Memories Of Elvis - volume 2' are mainly the masters which were completely remixed and edited. Most overdubbed recordings and in a few cases also parts that were recorded at the original sessions were left out of the mix to get more out of Elvis' voice. Obviously, in some instances this left gaps in the sound, so the engineer had to remix it! With these releases, Joan Deary showed that her musical vision was right… Most songs sound much better in their stripped form.

The main reason for this project was that there were many requests at the time from fans complaining about the fact that Elvis' voice was buried under the many instruments and backings. 'Can we have a more pure Elvis…' - well, that's what they got in 1979.

Purists complained that it is tampering with 'original' recordings. (Would it have been okay if it had been done a few years earlier?). Many forget the purpose of making music… In order to survive as an artist, you need to go along with your time and the music will stay in the mainstream. Elvis is an artist who, if treated well, will survive the new eras also.

This release is a must-have and a rare one at the same time. SONY-BMG/ FTD decided that this is not an essential release, simply because it was done in 1979. They focus on the masters "as is", and the undubbed takes. This leaves out these essential remixes, which are not done anymore with the multi-track recordings. Only minor adjustments are being made these days, without the intention to redo the old job for a new / more up-to-date version of a song. Many lesser-known artists have re-releases with updated sound, why not Elvis, the King of Music himself!

We seriously remastered these two albums in detail from newly discovered Joan Deary reference tapes which included an unreleased track, "It's easy for you", which was cut out of the Volume 2 because of the total running time - likely because of the long jam "Don't Think Twice It's All Right."

The song selection is well-chosen within his concept. The slightly longer silences between the songs give you comfortable time to get into the next song.

THE WORDS THAT CAN DESCRIBE THIS RELEASE ARE BREATH-TAKING, MAGICAL, INTIMATE, PERFECT …PURE ELVIS. BRILLIANTLY REMASTERED AND NO COMPARE TO ANY OTHER RELEASE ON VINYL OR CD TO DATE! This new release is perfect introduction to a more personal encounter with Elvis.
Source e-mail - May 23, 2010


Opening Night 1971

Flaming Phoenix Productions will release soon their first CD simply titled Opening Night 1971. This album features the opening show of Elvis' fourth appearance in Las Vegas as recorded from the soundboard on January 26, 1971.
For the first time EVER all the recordings from this show are assembled together on one CD, including some previously unreleased performances such as '' Johnny B. Goode '' and '' The Wonder Of You '' . This set will be presented in a digipack . The 1971 recordings from the mixing desk are scarce and less documented than any other year between 1969 and 1977. Here's your chance to acquire one of those rare moments with The King !

Tracks


1- Introduction : Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- That's All Right ; 3- Mystery Train / Tiger Man ; 4- Love Me Tender ; 5- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me ; 6- Sweet Caroline ; 7- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' ; 8- Polk Salad Annie ; 9- How Great Thou Art ( with a false start ) ; 10- Introductions ; 11- Johnny B. Goode ; 12- Introductions ; 13- The Wonder Of You ; 14- Introducing Hal B. Wallis ; 15- Can't Help Falling In Love ; 16- Make The World Go Away ; 17- Something ; 18- Heartbreak Hotel ; 19- Blue Suede Shoes ; 20- Hound Dog ; 21- One Night ; 22- Teddy Bear ; 23- Suspicious Minds ; 24- The Impossible Dream / closing vamp


Unfortunately due to recording difficulties this concert was only partly recorded, and needed to be completed with songs from two other shows from the same season.


Tracks 5-10 recorded on January 27, 1971 MS
Tracks 18-24 recorded on January 28, 1971 MS

source : e-mail - May 22, 2010


Faded Love

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15th, 1973, Dinner Show.

Recently, the 'Straight Arrow' team obtained a couple of great quality Las Vegas off-line recordings. These concerts were recorded using a 1972 portable Sony high-end cassette recorder equipped with two microphones. The microphones were placed apart from each other in the balcony seating, behind the mixing desk of sound engineer Bill Porter. Usually, such tapes are called a "booth recordings" and often are used for mixing in with a multi-track recording to obtain full depth of the sound. However, we call them "TWO-MIKE AMBIENCE LIVE RECORDINGS" - because that's precisely what they are!

The first volume of our mini-series is titled "FADED LOVE" (SA/SP 2010-01-02) and will feature the infamous February 15th, 1973 Dinner show. Elvis had the flu and appeared on stage against his doctor's advice. There was no Midnight show on this day. He was trying hard, but after seven songs he called the Stamps to the spotlight to sing a couple of gospels, and left the stage. During that time Charlie Hodge - true professional as always - introduced each song, adding  a couple of jokes too. Elvis returned after some 20 minutes, and apologized for his voice problems. He finished with "Can't Help Falling In Love" and he was about to leave the stage, but he suddenly decided that this would  disappoint his fans. To the audience’s surprise, he continued the show and tried to make up for his restricted vocal abilities with several rare performances. "Faded Love" is the very first known live-performance of his 1970 country-rocker, while country weeper "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is sung on stage for the last time. "Polk Salad Annie" was performed only twice in 1973 (listen to the only  other live-version on 2009’s Straight Arrow's release "A Change Of Mind"!). During "An American Trilogy" Elvis changed the lyrics to: "Oh I wish I was - in the doctor's office" but otherwise sung a straight version of the song. Finally "Can't Help Falling In Love" was performed for the 2nd time and that made this show even more special. We decided to add an edit of post-concert fan's comments related to this show for historic reasons, too.

Unlike previous releases from Straight Arrow, this mini-series will be presented in cool looking digipacks with all necessary information and rare photographs.

Note: the Straight Arrow team is aware that this concert was released in 1992 on the CD "Las Vegas Dinner Show". However, it was a below-average quality audience-recording, in no way comparable with two-mike ambiance live recordings. Forget the original inferior outing and enjoy this new, clear, warm and ambient stereo sound!

"FADED LOVE" will be released on May 24, 2010.

Tracks:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (with false start) - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever / Elvis left the stage - 09. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps) - 10. Sweet Sweet Spirit (The Stamps) - 11. When It's My Time (Bill Baize & The Stamps) - 12. How Great Thou Art (Donnie Sumner & The Stamps) - 13. I Should Have Been Crucified (Ed Enoch & The Stamps) - 14. Can't Help Falling In Love #1 - 15. Faded Love (first live version) - 16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (last live version) - 17. Polk Salad Annie (first of two versions performed in 1973) - 18. An American Trilogy (with false start) - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love #2 - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements - 21. After show comments.

Approx. running time: 76:34

source : e-mail - May 20, 2010


Never-Ending Demand Vol.1 and Vol.2

Soon to be released: Rainbow Records proudly presents a new CD set (two separate cds) called “Never-Ending Demand” Vol.1 + Vol.2, featuring the complete performances of February 16, 1977 Montgomery, AL (Vol. 1) and February 17, 1977 Savannah, GA (Vol. 2).
The newspaper headlines titled it „Emperor Elvis Still Has It: Memphis Music. Vegas Touch“ and „Elvis Wows 'Em“ – can you ask for more? Even the reporters were entertained and satisfied with the shows they attended – their reviews and comments can be found along with dozens of pictures from the actual shows in the accompanying booklets of the 2 new releases. The Montgomery performance has never been released in its entirety until this day. Only a handful of songs were released in 1999 on the CD „Coming On Strong“ featuring the rare performance of „Where No One Stands Alone“. For the new Rainbow Records release (Vol. 1) the producers obtained a first generation tape that has never circulated before and unlike all other audience recordings from this date features „My Way“ as an uncut, complete version and includes the complete Opening Act by the Stamps Quartet. The quality of the show recording is very clear and even the fans that usually avoid audience recordings should give this CD a try – they won’t be disappointed. The booklet features also a review by the person who taped the show plus some interesting and official paperwork from the tour itself.

For the second cd, the Savannah show the producers had access to the archive of Savannah’s press & staff photographer Bob Morris who made some high class shots of Elvis in action. He also took a couple of shots of the audience - you can even see the band setting up the stage and tuning the guitars. A total of four newspaper articles are included which set a great spotlight on the situation of Elvis‘ arriving, his security and the show itself. Elvis himself is in a good mood and gives more than a solid performance with highlights like „Little Sister“, „Tryin‘ To Get To You“ and „Polk Salad Annie“. Again the sound on this cd is exceptionally good for an audience recording.

Tracklistings:

1977-02-16
(Opening Act by the Stamps Quartet) : Great, Great Morning / Gone At Last / Get Me Jesus On The Line / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

(The Elvis Presley Show) ; 2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) - It‘s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear – Don‘t Be Cruel (+ 2 false starts) / My Way / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain ( featuring John Wilkinson ) / What‘d I Say ( featuring James Burton ) / Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) / Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) / Bass Solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) / Love Letters / School Days / Hurt / Hound Dog / Instrumental / Where No One Stands Alone / Unchained Melody / Can‘t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

1977-02-17
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me A Mountain / O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) – It‘s Now Or Never / Little Sister / Teddy Bear - Dont Be Cruel (+ 1 false start) / Tryin‘ To Get To You / My Way (+ 1 false start) / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain ( featuring John Wilkinson ) / What‘d I Say ( featuring James Burton ) / Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) / Chicken Pickin‘ ( featuring James Burton ) / Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) / Bass Solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) / Piano Solo ( featuring Tony Brown ) / Love Letters (+ 1 false start) / School Days / Hurt (+ reprise) / Hound Dog / Unchained Melody / Can‘t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

source : e-mail - May 19, 2010


 

Setting The Season Out Now

Another CD set that has been released is "Setting the Season" from the SR Records label that focus on Elvis’ live performances in Las Vegas between February 19 and February 21, 1971. This deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the first SR release dedicated onto Vegas' fourth season. In spite of the fact that Elvis is getting bored of Las Vegas, he is still able to the end the season by giving life to some terrific shows. Here they are presented in great audio quality , the CD 1 with the complete show from February 19 midnight show and the CD 2 with the unreleased February 22 midnight show taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early Vegas Season. The shows are linked from the highlight of February 21 midnight show. We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 160 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best for that season. As a first time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of the Vegas February 1971 season.
Source: e-mail - May 17, 2010

Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & Karate Fever released.

Out now is the 25th anniversary of "Greatest Hits Vol. 1". All material on this album dates from Elvis’ comeback period, 1967 – ’73. It’s an album that makes sense: the songs fit well together and the performances are uniformly strong on a wide variety of material, with Elvis putting his own indelible stamp on them, regardless of the genre. In fact, if you would want to introduce a friend to the magic of The King’s music, then this album would be a very good starting point. It’s interesting to note that several of the mixes / versions heard here are unavailable elsewhere. In some instances, these mixes are far superior, a case in point being "Steamroller Blues" from the Aloha rehearsal show (01-12-’73). This mix really captures the excitement of Elvis’ original performance, whereas the mix as released on "The Alternate Aloha" in 1988 is best forgotten.

This album also contains what is arguably the best-ever Elvis version of "What’d I Say", a cleverly edited live-recording from Elvis’ August 23rd, 1969 Midnight Show performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Since this was usually the penultimate song of the show, Elvis and the band would really let loose, creating a true frenzy at the shows by extending the song with repeated verses and extra solos. Though this was a real showstopper at those early Vegas shows, the excitement of these long versions does not really come across as well on record, and it was a sensible decision by Joan Deary to edit it for release. This track really captures the intensity and raw energy of Elvis’ 1969 comeback. Another highlight is Elvis’ tremendous revival of "Big Hunk O’ Love" from the February 17th, 1972 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Listen out for Elvis’ humming along to Glen D. Hardin’s piano-solo! In 1989, RCA Australia released "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" on CD in a limited edition, but that release is now very hard to get. There have been many requests for this album to be issued again, and Victrola is proud to be able to present this release in a deluxe fold-out digipack, with relevant photos and in-depth liner-notes. We were able to work from an original mastertape as sent by RCA to one of its international offices, and the sound quality is exceptional. All tracks were digitally remastered using 24 bit technology. This deluxe edition will be pressed in very limited quantities, so it’s bound to become a true collector’s item. Order your copy now in order to avoid disappointment – this beauty is a keeper!

Also released is the new "Straight Arrow's" Karate Fever featuring the Las Vegas August 31st, 1974 Dinner show.
Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. All Shook Up- 10. Softly As I Leave You - 11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. An American Trilogy - 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 14. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. Karate Monologue - 17. Until It's Time For You To Go - 18. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Heartbreak Hotel - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Approximate running time: 79:01
May 17, 2010


Christmas TodayChristmas Today

Christmas Today Released

The "Christmas Today" CD is out now. We have received a copy today and we can tell you that the Venus label didn't say anything too much. The sound is stunning with many highlights, and comes with a beautiful 16 page booklet. We can say that this 2 CD set is highly recommended. We lifted a review from our forum, so you can read this over here.

1-I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Take 6 4:03 ; 2- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees Take 3 2:30 ; 3- On A Snowy Christmas Night undubbed master * 2:27 ; 4- The Wonderful World Of Christmas  undubbed master * 1:59 ; 5- Silver Bells Take 1 3:05 ; 6- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Takes 1-2  2:37 ; 7- The Lord's Prayer  2:36 ; 8- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  Takes 1-2  3:04 ; 9- The First Noel  undubbed master * 2:12 ; 10- Winter Wonderland  Take 7  2:33 ; 11- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  Takes 5,7,3  6:56 ; 12- Merry Christmas Baby Fs, undubbed master * 7:55 ; 13- If I Get Home On Christmas Day undubbed master *  2:52 ; 14- Silver Bells  undubbed master * 2:28 ; 15- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  Takes 5,6,7,4  3:53 ; 16- Winter Wonderland  undubbed master * 2:19 ; 17- It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You undubbed master *  2:40 ; 18-  I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  undubbed master * 3:48 ; 19-Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  undubbed master * 2:21 ; 20- O Come, All Ye Faithful undubbed master *  2:58 ; 21- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  Take 4  5:06 ; 22- Silver Bells  Fs,Tk2 (original session recording),Tk3 (Fs) 5:07
* from acetate

1 - T-R-O-U-B-LE  Take 4  3:10 ; 2- Green Green Grass Of Home  Fs, Take 1 4:21 ; 3- Fairytale Take 3  3:37 ; 4- Bringing It Back  Takes 2,3  3:28; 5- Susan When She Tried  Take 6  2:55 ; 6- I Can Help  Fs, Take 2  5:11 ; 7- And I Love You So  Take 5  3:51 ; 8- Green Green Grass Of Home  Takes 2,3  4:23 ; 9- Woman Without Love  Take 1  3:44 ; 10- Tiger Man  session jam 3:15 ; 11- Bringing It Back Take 4   3:08 ; 12- And I Love You So  Take 1  3:56 ; 13- Shake A Hand Take 3  4:00 ; 14- Green Green Grass Of Home  Takes 4,5  4:15 ; 15- Pieces Of My Life  Takes 4  3:57 ; 16-  Bringing It Back Take 1  3:18
Update May 4, 2010


NEW STAR DVD RELEASE - ELVIS COMING HOME - FACTORY PRESSED DVD

For the first time in over a year, an all new Star DVD release titled ‘ELVIS COMING HOME’ will be available during the month of May. This Star DVD collection will feature an all new mixture of Elvis songs and clips from the late sixties. This is Pure Elvis Magic featuring typical Star video edits and mixes.

This is the first time that an all new Star DVD release will be factory pressed and available on a professional commercial DVD disc. These will be available through your favourite local Elvis dealer and a trailer promo clip for this release can be seen shortly.

The excellent sharp video mixes include the following songs:
Guitar Man Big Boss Man Edge of Reality Going Home Just Call Me Lonesome Wonderful World Fools Fall in Love You Don’t Know Me Clean Up Your Own Backyard Rubberneckin’ A Little Less Conversation It Hurts Me Let Yourself Go Power of My Love Tomorrow is A Long Time Singing Tree I’m Movin’ On Come What May All I Needed Was the Rain Charro!Almost in Love U.S. Male Too Much Monkey Business Stay Away Almost
Source: e-mail - May 1, 2010


Christmas Today

Christmas is coming early in 2010 !!! Soon available from Venus Productions a new double CD set titled Christmas Today. The red CD features Nashville recordings from May 1971 with various out-takes and undubbed masters taken from great quality acetates. This inspiring music will move you and bring you back into the Holiday Season mood. The blue CD may sound unessential to most of you, but we predict it will become one your favorite CDs straight away. The recording sessions for the album Elvis Today took place at RCA’s studio on Sunset Boulevard, and Elvis was really up for it and his lively enthusiasm can be heard throughout the sessions.

Besides the great sound quality of both CDs, the blue one contains some unheard highlights. By example the master take of ‘’ Fairytale ‘’ runs about 40 seconds longer, the one from ‘’ Susan When She Tried ‘’ runs a bit longer with his original ending, plus there are several bits and pieces that will make you value this CD more than you think. This Holiday delight will be released in a standard jewel case with a 16 page booklet. The booklet will feature two front/back covers you may use according to your taste or season. Get a copy and bring it back home as it’s Christmas Today !!!

Tracks :

 

CD RED

1-I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Take 6 4:03 ; 2- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees Take 3 2:30 ; 3- On A Snowy Christmas Night undubbed master * 2:27 ; 4- The Wonderful World Of Christmas  undubbed master * 1:59 ; 5- Silver Bells Take 1 3:05 ; 6- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day Takes 1-2  2:37 ; 7- The Lord's Prayer  2:36 ; 8- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  Takes 1-2  3:04 ; 9- The First Noel  undubbed master * 2:12 ; 10- Winter Wonderland  Take 7  2:33 ; 11- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  Takes 5,7,3  6:56 ; 12- Merry Christmas Baby Fs, undubbed master * 7:55 ; 13- If I Get Home On Christmas Day undubbed master *  2:52 ; 14- Silver Bells  undubbed master * 2:28 ; 15- Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  Takes 5,6,7,4  3:53 ; 16- Winter Wonderland  undubbed master * 2:19 ; 17- It Won't Seem Like Christmas Without You undubbed master *  2:40 ; 18-  I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  undubbed master * 3:48 ; 19-Holly Leaves And Christmas Trees  undubbed master * 2:21 ; 20- O Come, All Ye Faithful undubbed master *  2:58 ; 21- I'll Be Home On Christmas Day  Take 4  5:06 ; 22- Silver Bells  Fs,Tk2 (original session recording),Tk3 (Fs) 5:07

* from acetate

CD BLUE

1 - T-R-O-U-B-LE  Take 4  3:10 ; 2- Green Green Grass Of Home  Fs, Take 1 4:21 ; 3- Fairytale Take 3  3:37 ; 4- Bringing It Back  Takes 2,3  3:28; 5- Susan When She Tried  Take 6  2:55 ; 6- I Can Help  Fs, Take 2  5:11 ; 7- And I Love You So  Take 5  3:51 ; 8- Green Green Grass Of Home  Takes 2,3  4:23 ; 9- Woman Without Love  Take 1  3:44 ; 10- Tiger Man  session jam 3:15 ; 11- Bringing It Back Take 4   3:08 ; 12- And I Love You So  Take 1  3:56 ; 13- Shake A Hand Take 3  4:00 ; 14- Green Green Grass Of Home  Takes 4,5  4:15 ; 15- Pieces Of My Life  Takes 4  3:57 ; 16-  Bringing It Back Take 1  3:18

source: e-mail - April 28, 2010


Black Diamond

Black Diamond

In late May the Northern Star label will re-release Elvis' last Las Vegas concert. We're trying to make the sound quality a little bit better than it was on the previous releases of this historic concert. No more bad noise reduction,vinyl source and things like these. We have the first generation copy of the master tape and every single second will be carefully remastered. The 2 CD-set will come with a 16-page booklet,containing photographs and memorabilia from the last Vegas engagement. More infos and sound samples will be available soon.

Track-list: CD 1 :
2001 - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - My Way (with false start) - Fairytale - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - Little Sister - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - Trying To Get To You - Happy Birthday To Charlie Hodge - Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Talks About His Black Diamond Ring - Blue Christmas - Softly As I Leave You - Are You Lonesome Tonight ? - That's All Right - Bridge Over Troubled Water

CD 2 :
Band Introductions - Early Morning Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum / Bass / Electric Piano Solos - Love Letters - School Days - Hurt - Such A Night - Sweet Caroline - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
Source: e-mail - April 19, 2010




Karate Fever

The next release from Straight Arrow (SA 2010-15-02), will be the Las Vegas August 31st, 1974 Dinner show. Elvis Summer '74 Las Vegas engagement was quite memorable not only due to the inclusion of many new or unusual songs, but also due to the long monologues on various themes. In 1974, Elvis’ main 'non-singing' interest was karate and he was awarded with an 8th black belt degree from the Korean karate master Kang Rhee. During many of these summer '74 concerts, he tried to explain his audience what karate mean to him. Nevertheless, he was also singing more than ever and his voice was in excellent shape - he gave many memorable performances.

This is a previously unreleased audience recording. An early generation copy of the original mastertape was obtained and completely restored using today's advanced technology. The sound quality is remarkable for an off-line audio source.

Just like all previous releases from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of photographs taken in August / September 1974 as well as informative liner notes. This CD is set for release near the end of April 2010.

Tracks:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. All Shook Up- 10. Softly As I Leave You - 11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. An American Trilogy - 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 14. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. Karate Monologue - 17. Until It's Time For You To Go - 18. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Heartbreak Hotel - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Approximate running time: 79:01 

source: e-mail - April 18, 2010





Greatest Hits Volume One

An old friend is back with a new name…  The brand-new Victrola label is planning a number of very interesting releases for the Elvis fan & collector. Our first release is a CD reissue of the 1981 release "Greatest Hits vol. 1" (AHL1-2347) from 1981. Despite the forgettable title, this is a superb album that is highly sought-after today. We’re excited about being able to present this album in its full glory, digitally improved from the original album masters and with superior packaging.   

Even now, 25 years after its original release, "Greatest Hits vol. 1" still holds up extremely well. All material on this album dates from Elvis’ comeback period, 1967 – ’73. It’s an album that makes sense: the songs fit well together and the performances are uniformly strong on a wide variety of material, with Elvis putting his own indelible stamp on them, regardless of the genre. In fact, if you would want to introduce a friend to the magic of The King’s music, then this album would be a very good starting point.

It’s interesting to note that several of the mixes / versions heard here are unavailable elsewhere. In some instances, these mixes are far superior, a case in point being "Steamroller Blues" from the Aloha rehearsal show (01-12-’73). This mix really captures the excitement of Elvis’ original performance, whereas the mix as released on "The Alternate Aloha" in 1988 is best forgotten. 

This album also contains what is arguably the best-ever Elvis version of "What’d I Say", a cleverly edited live-recording from Elvis’ August 23rd, 1969 Midnight Show performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Since this was usually the penultimate song of the show, Elvis and the band would really let loose, creating a true frenzy at the shows by extending the song with repeated verses and extra solos. Though this was a real showstopper at those early Vegas shows, the excitement of these long versions does not really come across as well on record, and it was a sensible decision by Joan Deary to edit it for release. This track really captures the intensity and raw energy of Elvis’ 1969 comeback. Another highlight is Elvis’ tremendous revival of "Big Hunk O’ Love" from the February 17th, 1972 Dinner Show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Listen out for Elvis’ humming along to Glen D. Hardin’s piano-solo! 

 In 1989, RCA Australia released "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" on CD in a limited edition, but that release is now very hard to get.  There have been many requests for this album to be issued again, and Victrola is proud to be able to present this release in a deluxe fold-out digipack, with relevant photos and in-depth liner-notes. We were able to work from an original mastertape as sent by RCA to one of its international offices, and the sound quality is exceptional. All tracks were digitally remastered using 24 bit technology. This deluxe edition will be pressed in very limited quantities, so it’s bound to become a true collector’s item. Order your copy now in order to avoid disappointment – this beauty is a keeper!   

This CD is expected to be released in 2 weeks.    

source : e-mail - April 18, 2010




I'm Gonna Leave The Stage !

Le Freak Records will soon re-release Elvis' February 15th 1973 D/S , originally issued on a now hard to find 1992 CD : Las Vegas Dinner Show. This is the (in)famous concert where Elvis walked off-stage in the middle of singing "Fever" for 18 minutes, leaving J.D. Sumner and The Stamps singing whatever they could to fill the show while Elvis is being off-stage. Elvis returns , performs "Can't Help Falling In Love" and suddenly decides  to continue the show. He does 5 more songs , ( including "Can't Help Falling In Love" for the second time ! ) and closes the show.

We managed to improve the sound quality significantly for your listening pleasure and we hope that you'll enjoy the final result. As a bonus we proudly give you 3 extra tracks from the previously unreleased February 21 D/S .This show wasn't available in any form previously , not even on CD-R. Even better , this material was taken from a first generation booth recording and the sound quality is excellent !  ( We will release the complete show later in this year )

Track - list :  1 - 2001 Theme , 2 - See See Rider , 3 - I Got A Woman / Amen , 4 - Love Me Tender , 5 - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me , 6 - Steamroller Blues , 7 - You Gave Me A Mountain , 8 - Fever , 9 - Walk That Lonesome Road ( by Stamps Quartet ) , 10 - Sweet Sweet Spirit ( by Stamps Quartet ) , 11 - When It's My Time ( by Bill Baise) , 12 - How Great Thou Art ( by Stamps Quartet) , 13 -  I Sould Have Been Crucified ( by Stamps Quartet) , 14 - Can't Help Falling In Love , 15 - Faded Love , 16 - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry , 17 - Polk Salad Annie , 18 - An American Trilogy , 19 - Can't Help Falling In Love , 20 - Closing Vamp / Announcements , BONUS TRACKS: 21 - Suspicious Minds , 22 - I Can't Stop Loving You , 23 - What Now My Love ( with 2 false starts & reprise )

source: e-mail - April 17, 2010




Elvis Live

Captain Video will re-release the Messiah Productions DVD simply titled ‘Elvis Live Live Live’ in May 2010. The original DVD was released on a DVD-R back in January but this time, it will be a factory pressed commercial DVD and will contain even more unreleased footage than before. The extra bonus footage highlights will include for the first time ever, the complete ‘Always on my mind’ rehearsal from ‘Elvis on Tour’. This was only ever seen before in part, on the movie ‘This Is Elvis’. 

The factory pressed DVD will also include the “Rock n’ Roll Medley” rehearsal from Hollywood in 1972 in exceptional quality plus much more. Other highlights include all of the ‘Charro’ nude scenes, Elvis live at ‘Madison Square Garden in 1972 with the  Press Conference, the complete documentary on the 1971 Jaycees Awards and, the complete 1970 Houston Press Conference. 

The factory pressed DVD has only a Limited Edition run of only 1000 copies and is available during the month of May through your favorite Elvis dealer. Clips will be made available soon.

source: e-mail - April 16, 2010




BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

Soon to be released by the recently founded NEW MOON label is a previously unreleased soundboard recording of Elvis' March 31. 1975 M/S. Five tracks has already been released by the FTD label but all the other tracks are unreleased. The source used was a second generation soundboard tape which was remastered by NEW MOON for optimum sound quality. This new release will come in a beautifully designed packaging with a 12-page booklet, containing a selection of live photographs from the March 1975 engagement as well as informative liner notes.

Tracks: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. And I Love You So (with false start) - 07. Big Boss Man (false start only) - 08. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 09. The Wonder Of You - 10. Burning Love - 11. Band Introductions (incomplete) - 12.School Days (incomplete) - 13. Fairytale - 14- I'll Remember You - 15. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 16. Hound Dog - 17. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 18. Little Darlin' (with false starts) - 19. Introduction of Liberace - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp
Running time: 58:21
Source: e-mail - April 15, 2010


Final artwork 1971 Summer Festival

Here we have the final artwork for the upcoming "1971 Summer Festival"box set.
Source: e-mail - March 24, 2010

1971 Summer Festival

Coming soon from the Showroom Label is this 4 CD Longbox with Booklet. It contains 4 Shows from the 1971 Summer Festival. All 4 Shows are good Audience Recordings and 3 of them never before released on factory made CD's.
Source: e-mail - March 21, 1010

Complete track listing of Get Down And Dirty

Here we have the track listing for the upcoming CD "Get Down And Dirty" (Gravelroad Music, 2010) featuring the rehearsal of 15 July, 1970 Culver City, LA.

Reel 1
01 Stagger Lee/Any day now 02 I Got my mojo working 03 Mary in the morning 04 I’ve lost you 05 I’ve lost you 06 Stranger in the crowd 07 The next step is love 08 You don’t have to say you love me 09 You don’t have to say you love me 10 You don’t have to say you love me 11 Sweet Caroline 12 Yesterday 13 Hey Jude 14 I can’t stop loving you 15 It’s your baby you rock it 16 Crying time 17 Riders in the sky / Surrender 18 Runaway 19 It’s now or never / Danny Boy 20 Peter Gunn theme

Reel 2
01 Walk a mile in my shoes 02 Love me 03 One night 04 Alla en el rancho grande / Twenty days and twenty nights 05 Thats’s all right 06 Twenty days and twenty nights 07 That’s all right 08 Roll out the barrel / That’s “Warner brothers”theme / I could have danced all night / Danny boy 09 Twenty days and twenty nights 10 Twenty days and twenty nights / I never fal in love again 11 Suzie Q 12 Patch it up 13 Cotton fields 14 Sylvia 15 Stranger in the crowd 16 Stranger in the crowd 17 Mona Lisa 18 How the web was woven 19 I’ll take you home again Kathleen / My wish came true

Source: e-mail - March 5, 2010


Setting The Season

Soon available, Setting the Season (SR Records) with focus on Elvis’ live performances in Las Vegas between February 19 and February 21, 1971. This deluxe long digipack , double CD pack is the first SR release dedicated onto Vegas' fourth season.

In spite of the fact that Elvis is getting bored of Las Vegas, he is still able to the end the season by giving life to some terrific shows. Here they are presented in great audio quality , the CD 1 with the complete show from February 19 midnight show and the CD 2 with the unreleased February 22 midnight show taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early Vegas Season. The shows are linked from the highlight of February 21 midnight show.

We are proud to give life to a unique view with almost 160 minutes of great music with Elvis at his best for that season. As a first time for this label, the double CD will come in a deluxe LONG six panel DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live RARE photographs of the Vegas February 1971 season.
Source: e-mail - March 4, 2010


Get Down And Dirty

Soon available, Get Down And Dirty (Gravelroad Music, 2010) rehearsal of 15 July, 1970 Culver City, LA. This deluxe, double CD pack with booklet is the third Gravelroad Music (GRM) release spotlighting Elvis Presley's wild rehearsals in the summer of 1970, filmed for the MGM documentary “ Elvis: That’s The Way It Is.”

The character of the rehearsal is different from the 2 previous acclaimed releases, “The brightest star on sunset boulevard (2cd)" & “Plugged in and Geared up” by GRM. Its the second day of the rehearsal shooting, Elvis is studying songs, malfunctioning microphones, uncensored talking & singing. That’s one of the reasons to rename this historical rehearsal “Get down and dirty”, Includes more than 25 minutes unreleased material!
Source: e-mail - February 20, 2010


Vegas Variety Vol. 3

Soon to be released is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley´s Las Vegas Dinner Show from exactly one week after his triumphant return to live appearances on July 31st, 1969.

While the Elvis-World has just finished celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Elvis' stunning 1969 engagement in Las Vegas, Rainbow Records proudly presents a complete concert which has been recorded during that famous season. With its 10th release Rainbow Records continues their series titled "Vegas Variety". On the latest release "Vegas Variety - Vol.3" you will find the August 6, 1969 Dinner Show performance. In the early 1990's this concert was featured on a vinyl release called "The Return of the Tigerman". Unfortunately that release had several cuts and the sound was mediocre. The new Rainbow Records CD used a superior source to create a fresh but warm sound and all missing parts were carefully repaired. Compared to the "famous" Opening Night 1969 CD by Fort Baxter recorded just 3 days prior to the show on this release, this new CD offers more atmosphere because the reactions of the audience are present.

There are a lot of highlights - you can't name them all. Beautiful versions of "Memories" or "Yesterday", great renditions of "Runaway" or "Suspicious Minds" - it's just the magic of 1969.

Even the owners of Ken Sharp's "Elvis In Vegas '69" book will find some unreleased shots and memorabilia in the 20-pages booklet. The official album "Elvis In Person" featured some recordings from the end of this 1969 engagement, but to hear the pure Elvis, raw and powerful you really have to jump to the beginning of this season. So with "Vegas Variety - Vol.3" this is your chance to enjoy a great and powerful show of Elvis Presley in 1969!

Tracklisting:
01. 00:41 – Opening Intro 02. 02:31 - Blue Suede Shoes 03. 02:25 - I Got A Woman 04. 01:49 - All Shook Up 05. 01:21 - Talking 06. 03:17 - Love Me Tender 07. 02:09 - Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel 08. 03:01 - Heartbreak Hotel 09. 02:50 - Hound Dog 10. 04:39 - Memories 11. 04:07 - Mystery Train / Tiger Man 12. 00:10 - Blue Hawaii (excerpt) 13. 04:59 - Monologue 14. 02:21 - Baby What You Want Me To Do 15. 02:25 - Runaway 16. 02:58 - Are You Lonesome Tonight? 17. 02:21 - Yesterday 18. 01:54 - Hey Jude 19. 03:17 - Band Introductions 20. 03:00 - In The Ghetto 21. 07:18 - Suspicious Minds 22. 04:15 - What'd I Say 23. 02:09 - Can't Help Falling In Love

Source: e-mail - February 19, 2010


At Full Force

By popular demand! For those who missed Fort Baxter's 1998 "A HOT WINTER NIGHT IN DALLAS" ?D, Audionics will release the strictly limited edition CD “AT FULL FORCE" (AUDIONICS 2010-02-2). This release will contain the dynamic December 28th, 1976 show as recorded live from the mixing desk at the Dallas Convention Center.

To achieve the best possible sound quality, Audionics worked with a 1st generation DAT copy of the original soundboard tape, that was also used for the 1998 release. The sound was restored in a renowned studio and is a significant improvement over the original release.

As you’ve come to expect from us, this new release will come in a beautifully designed package with a 16-page booklet, containing a selection of live photographs from Elvis Presley appearances in Dallas in 1956, 1971, 1976 and 1976 as well as informative liner notes. This CD is set for release in late February. Don't miss your opportunity to get the ultimate release of that legendary concert recording! Those that are a bit weary of hearing another ’76 show following the release of several substandard ’76 shows of late, are in for a real surprise. The way he attacks “C.C. Rider” sets the tone for an action-packed evening with Presley in great mood ("If I die tonight, it will only take a year to get the smile off my face"), with the highlight being the first version of “Unchained Melody” that we have – he’d started doing it the night before, but it’s still uncertain whether that 1st version exists. It’s great to hear this fantastic song in such embryo-like fashion, with Elvis still not being entirely ‘at home’ with it, exploring its possibilities and making it his own.

Once again, the next Audionics release will contain some previously unreleased soundboard material. More details very soon.
Tracklist:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain (with false start, incomplete) - 07. Jailhouse Rock (incomplete) - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never / O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. My Way - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Drum Solo w/"Hey Bo Diddley" one-liner (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Keyboard Solo (David Briggs) - 21. Love Letters - 22. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 23. Hurt (with reprise) - 24. Unchained Melody - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.
Approx. running time: 61:06
Source: e-mail - February 17, 2010


Live At The Showroom Internationale

A new import CD out now is "Live At The Showroom Internationale" featuring the February 23rd, 1971 Dinner Show. Here's the tracklisting: (same as Elvis Internationale 2 CD-set Disc 2)
1. 2001 Theme 2. That’s All Right 3. I Got A Woman/By The Time I Get To Phoenix 4. Love Me Tender (Intro Only)/ Love Me 5. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 6. Sweet Caroline 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling 8. Polk Salad Annie 9. Something 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. How Great Thou Art 12. Don’t Be Cruel 13. Heartbreak Hotel 14. Blue Suede Shoes 15. Bride Over Troubled Water 16. Little Sister/Get Back 17. Hound Dog 18. Suspicious Minds (Spliced with Jan 28 DS) 19. The Impossible Dream (Jan 28 DS)
Source: E-mail - January 23, 2010



Springtime Tours '76-'77

As recorded live from the mixing desk in Johnson City, TN, March 17th, 1976 tour opening, Charlotte, NC, March 20th, 1976 Evening show and in various locations, March-May, 1977.

The Audionics label will soon release the 2-CD set "Springtime Tours '76 - '77" containing previously unreleased stereo soundboard recording of the Johnson City, TN, March 17th, 1976 show, the original binaural version of Charlotte, NC, March 20th, 1976 evening performance and selection of stereo tracks recorded "on the road" from March to May, 1977. 

Unfortunately both the March 17th and March 20th, 1976, 8:30 p.m. concerts were not captured in entirety. These tapes were recorded in binaural with the lead-guitar almost isolated in the right channel, probably due to an expected change of lead guitar-player. The March 17th, 1976 recording was mixed down to stereo and two songs were added in original binaural sound as a bonus. The March 20th, 1976 8:30 p.m. show (previously released as "RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT") is presented in excellent quality in its genuine binaural form. These shows are fascinating to listen to, as Elvis’ band sounds totally different thanks to the new additions Larry Londin on drums and Shane Keister on keyboards, breathing new life into Elvis’ repertoire at the time. All 1977 tracks are stereo recordings made by Felton Jarvis, using an 8-track tape recorder.  

Among the Johnson City concert highlights are a rare "Until It's Time For You To Go", the first live rendition of "Hurt" and a tremendous "Tryin' To Get To You". Unreleased 1977 highlights: "My Way" from Chicago, May 2, "That's All Right" from Abilene, March 27th, and finally another "My Way" - again from Abilene - including a beautifully recited spoken part! This is a truly sensational version, and the spoken part will no doubt give you goosebumps. A remarkable find, and certainly one of the most interesting discoveries in recent years! Note: some previously released 1977 tracks are included, because they are taken from the original source and containing bits of unheard dialogues before & after each song. 

This new Audionics production will be presented in double digipack with a 16-page booklet. All accompanying photographs were taken on March 17-18, 1976, in Johnson City, TN, March 20, 1976 in Charlotte, NC, evening show and on tour in March - May, 1977. This 2-CD set is expected at the end of January. No doubt this is one of the most interesting releases in ages... Order your copy today! 

Tracks: 

CD 1: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra

02. C. C. Rider

03. I Got A Woman / Amen

04. Love Me

05. You Gave Me A Mountain

06. Tryin' To Get To You

07. All Shook Up

08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel

09. Until It's Time For You To Go

10. Hurt (first live version)

11. Polk Salad Annie (incomplete)

12. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band

13. What'd I Say (James Burton, instrumental)

14. What'd I Say (reprise, James Burton, instrumental)

15. Drum solo (Larry Londin)

16. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)

17. What'd I Say (Shane Keister)

18. Electric Piano & Clavinet solo (David Briggs)

19. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)

20. And I Love You So (with break)

21. Fairytale (Chicago, May 2, 1977)

22. My Way (Chicago, May 2, 1977 - previously unreleased)

24. Love Me Tender (Norman, March 26, 1977 - previously unreleased)

25. Polk Salad Annie (Milwaukee, April 27, 1977)

26. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Duluth, April 29, 1977)

27. Big Boss Man (Duluth, April 29, 1977)

28. Trying To Get To You (Abilene, March 27, 1977)

29. That's All Right (Abilene, March 27, 1977 - previously unreleased)

30. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (Abilene, March 27, 1977)

31. My Way (Abilene, March 27, 1977 - previously unreleased) 

Tracks 01. - 20. recorded in Johnson City, TN, March 17, 1976. All tracks except for 06, 10, 17, 20, 21, 25-28 and 30 previously unreleased. 

CD 2: 

01. Amen

02. Love Me

03. Let Me Be There

04. You Gave Me A Mountain

05. Steamroller Blues

06. All Shook Up

07. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel

08. Hound Dog

09. Heartbreak Hotel

10. Polk Salad Annie

11. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band

12. What'd I Say (James Burton)

13. Drum solo (Larry Londin)

14. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)

15. Piano solo (Shane Keister)

16. Electric Piano & Clavinet solo (David Briggs)

17. Introduction of Charlie Hodge

18. And I Love You So

19. Hurt

20. Burning Love

21. America The Beautiful

22. Funny How Time Slips Away

23. Fairytale

24. How Great Thou Art

25. Can't Help Falling In Love

26. Closing Vamp  

27. Trying To Get To You (Johnson City, March 17, 1976 - original binaural)

28. Hurt (Johnson City, March 17, 1976 - original binaural)

29. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Norman, March 26, 1977)

30. Blue Christmas (Norman, March 26, 1977)

31. Heartbreak Hotel (Saginaw, April 25, 1977)

32. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (Saginaw, May 3, 1977)

33. Can't Help Falling In Love (incomplete, Saginaw, May 3, 1977)

34. My Way (Toledo, April 23, 1977) 

Tracks 01. - 26. recorded in Charlotte, NC, March 20, 1976 8:30 P.M. and previously unreleased in binaural. Tracks 01. - 20. recorded in Johnson City, TN, March 17, 1976. Track 33 previously unreleased, track 34 is a previously unreleased stereo recording.

source : e-mail - January 18, 2010



Bringing It All Back Home Out now

Out now is the 2nd release from the Venus label titled "Bringing It All Back Home" featuring two concerts recorded in Elvis’ hometown. The first CD features the matinee performance of March 16, 1974 , his first live appearance in Memphis since 1961. The source used was the first generation soundboard tape for optimum sound quality. The second CD features the only performance of Elvis at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1975. For the first time EVER this concert will be as complete as possible with the inclusion of ‘’ An American Trilogy ‘’ ( ending spliced with version from the previous night ), and you’ll be able to hear this show as recorded that night, without any addition of reverb or any other sound gimmicks.
This release as our previous set Black Angels In Vegas will come to you in a beautiful full color, hardcover book with many pictures and liner notes, spread over 132 pages. Here is your chance to get both shows in the best sound quality ever, in the ultimate package, so …… bring them all back home for good !!!

CD- 1

Memphis, TN March 16, 1974 AS
Tracks:

1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Love Me ; 5- Trying To Get To You ; 6- All Shook Up ; 7- Steamroller Blues ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ;9- Love Me Tender ; 10- Johnny B. Goode ; 11- Hound Dog ; 12- Fever ; 13- Polk Salad Annie ; 14- Why Me Lord ? ; 15- Suspicious Minds ; 16- Band Introductions ; 17- I Can't Stop Loving You ; 18- Help Me ; 19- An American Trilogy ; 20- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) ; 21- Funny How Time Slips Away ; 22- Can't Help Falling In Love ; 23- Closing Vamp
Total running time: 58:10

CD- 2

Memphis, TN June 10, 1975
Tracks:
1-Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Love Me ; 5- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) ; 6- Love Me Tender (with false start ) ; 7- All Shook Up ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 9- Hound Dog ; 10- Fairytale ; 11- Burning Love ; 12- Band Introduction #1 ; 13- Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) ; 14- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) ; 15- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) ; 16- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) ; 17- Band Introduction #2 ; 18- School Day ( featuring J. Guercio & orchestra ) ; 19- Introduction of Vernon Presley and Dr. Nick ; 20-T-R-O-U-B-L-E ; 21- Why Me Lord ? ; 22- How Great Thou Art ( with reprise ) ; 23- Let Me Be There ; 24- Funny How Time Slips Away ( with reprise ) ; 25- Little Darlin' ; 26- An American Trilogy ( spliced * ) ; 27- Mystery Train / Tiger Man ** ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp **
Bonus
29- An American Trilogy ( unedited-June 10, 1975 )
* Last 30 seconds from Jackson MS June 9, 1975
** Jackson ,MS June 9, 1975
Total running time: 70:28
Source: e-mail - December 13, 2009


HERE COME THE STARS

The next release from Straight Arrow (SA 2009-14-02), will be the Las Vegas December 4th, 1976 Dinner show. Together with Opening night (released as "LAST VEGAS OPENING NIGHT", SA 2009-12A/B-02) it is the strongest concert of Elvis's last Las Vegas season, containing excellent performances of "Tryin' To Get To You", "America", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Hurt" and "How Great Thou Art". An absolute highlight is a mesmerizing recitation of "What Now My Love". This recording was previously released in 1995 on the hard-to-find CD "Love Letters From Nevada". Now the tape was restored using today's advanced technology, and the sound quality is excellent – really remarkable for an off-line source. The bonus tracks were added from an independent original tape of the same show, recorded using a cassette recorder equipped with two microphones. This alternate source, though inferior, does exhibit noticeable channel separation and natural ambience. Just like all previous releases from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of photographs taken between December 3 - 7, 1976 and informative liner notes as written by a lucky fan WHO WAS THERE. This CD is set for release on December 15.

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 14. What Now My Love (recitation) - 15. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 16. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 17. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano, Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 24. School Day (reprise) (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 25. Introductions by Elvis of celebrities, family - 26. Hurt - 27. Hound Dog - 28. How Great Thou Art - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30. Closing Vamp. Bonus Tracks (alternate source): 31. Tryin' To Get To You - 32. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 33. What Now My Love (recitation) - 34. Hurt.
Approximate running time: 77:26 Excerpts from the sleeve notes:
"It was Saturday night and Las Vegas was buzzing, but nowhere more so than in the showroom of the Hilton Hotel. The date was December 4, 1976, and Elvis was three days into his 15-show, 11-day "Pre-Holiday Festival". Vernon and Lisa Marie were in the Presley booth near the front; the youngster had arrived for a few days' visit with her father.

He marched in place during "America the Beautiful", and got a much-deserved ovation after the finale. Once Charlie handed Elvis the lyric sheet from near the piano, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was beautifully sung. And Elvis only used it for the always-troublesome first verse. He unexpectedly began "What Now My Love", delighting the crowd with a version softly sung at first, the middle verses spoken dramatically, and the ending done at full power. It was the highlight of the show, and perhaps the entire season.

Elvis enthused about a couple of special stars in the crowd. "They're some of the finest singers in the world, so that's why - one of the reasons I have to be good". The gentlemen in question were Engelbert Humperdinck and Roy Orbison, sitting in adjacent booths. Of the British idol, Elvis said that nobody ever sang "Please Release Me" like Humperdinck, while Orbison - in his trademark dark glasses - was "one of the finest singers of all time", and few would argue with that. Both men got warm applause and cheers.

Elvis's vocal commitment was noticeable in "Hurt"; and it got a great reception. He threw in a rapid "Hound Dog", and then said the evening wouldn't be complete if he didn't sing "How Great Thou Art". This also received an ovation. The show had been very entertaining, full of fine singing and good humour".

Source: e-mail - December 8, 2009


Unreachable Star

The Unreachable Star - Out Now

The new release from the "SR" label The Unreachable Star" is out now, and features an unreleased show from Cincinnati November 11, 1971. As you are aware the SR Label concentrates on early unreleased 1970’s shows when Elvis was at his peak. In this our twelfth release, we are proud to present a great show, one of the best of the 1971 November tour. Having been imprisoned in the golden cage of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Elvis got the opportunity towards the end of the year to embark on his longest tour since 1957 and without doubt amongst the best of the 70’s.

This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early Tour. As usual from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the Cincinnati’ concert.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme 02. That’s All Right 03. I Got a Woman / Amen 04. Proud Mary 05. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 06. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. Intermission 09. Love Me 10. Heartbreak Hotel 11. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On 12. One Night 13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 14. It’s Now or Never 15. Hound Dog 16. How Great Thou Art 17. Band Introductions 18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water (+ reprise) 20. I Can’t Stop Loving You 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 22. Release Me 23. The Impossible Dream 24. Suspicious Minds 25. Funny How Time Slips Away 26. Hawaiian Wedding Song 27. Can’t Help Falling In Love /Closing Vamp
TOTAL TIME 68.10 min.

Source: e-mail - December 2, 2009


DAYTON RELOADED – OUT NOW

Finally released this week, from the producers of the International label and DAE, comes their first Boxcar label release of a 2CD/Book box set titled ‘Dayton Reloaded’ focusing on Elvis’ tours of 1974 and marks the 35th Anniversary of the events. The 2 CD features both the afternoon and evening performances of October 6, 1974 at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The recording source used for this release is taken directly from the original soundboard tapes and is professionally re-mastered by DAE for optimum sound quality.

The accompanying hardback book contains 100 glossy pages featuring a well detailed essay on the tours of 1974 proceeding up to October and is packed, with rare and unpublished photographs. The beautiful art layout makes this an all and fascinating audio visual release. This release, like all previous International label releases are strictly limited to only 1000 copies being available.

Disc 1

October 6, 1974 2.30 pm
1. See See Rider 2. I Got A Woman/Amen 3. Love Me 4. If You Love Me, Let Me Know 5. It´s Midnight 6. Big Boss Man 7. Fever 8. Love Me Tender 9. Hound Dog 10. Introductions 11. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 12. Introductions 13. All Shook Up 14. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 15. Heartbreak Hotel 16. Why Me, Lord ? 17. Promised Land 18. You Gave Me A Mountain 19. Let Me Be There 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song 21. Can’t Help Falling In Love 22. Closing Vamp

Disc 2

October 6, 1974 8.30 pm
1. See See Rider 2. I Got A Woman/Amen 3. Love Me 4. If You Love Me, Let Me Know 5. Fever 6. Big Boss Man 7. Love Me Tender 8. Hound Dog 9. The Wonder Of You 10. Blue Suede Shoes 11. Introductions 12. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy 13. Introductions 14. All Shook Up 15. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 16. Heartbreak Hotel 17. Why Me, Lord ? 18. That’s All Right 19. Blue Christmas 20. Let Me Be There 21. Hawaiian Wedding Song 22. Johnny B. Goode 23. Can’t Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp

Source: e-mail - December 1, 2009


Last Stop in Mobile

Soon to be released is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley´s very last concert in Mobile, Alabama - recorded June 2nd, 1977.

There were several reasons why this show was chosen for a release. First of all – it had to be unreleased. Second, the show should contain some interesting, unusual material, maybe a rare version of a seldom performed song? Another important aspect was to find a tape that has a listenable, decent sound quality for an audience recording. This is why we chose Elvis´ final visit in the state of Alabama as our newest cd project.

Although Elvis was clearly not in best shape regarding his physical appearance his voice was strong and powerful as always on this closing show of his second to last concert tour. “An American Trilogy” which Elvis included to his setlist rather surprisingly or the performance of “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Help Me” and “Hurt” prove that his spirit and feeling for many of his songs was still there. All in all you will get a nearly perfect overview of what Elvis was able to deliver to his audience on June 2nd, 1977.

Don’t miss this release. You will get another classy CD from Rainbow Records. By the way: Needless to say that its booklet will feature great liner notes with a lot of information regarding the event on 20 pages in full colour!

Tracklisting:

01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra 02 - See See Rider 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 04 - Love Me 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 07 - Jailhouse Rock 08 - O Sole Mio / It ´s Now Or Never 09 - Help Me 10 - An American Trilogy 11 - Polk Salad Annie 12 - Band Introductions 13 - Early Morning Rain 14 – What ´d I Say 15 - Johnny B. Goode 16 - Drum Solo by Ronnie Tutt 17 - Bass Solo by Jerry Scheff 18 - Piano Solo by Tony Brown 19 - I Really Don´t Want To Know 20 - Electric Piano Solo by Bobby Ogdin 21 - Hail! Hail! Rock´n´ Roll! 22 - Hurt 23 - Hound Dog 24 - Unchained Melody 25 – Can´t Help Faling In Love 26 - Closing Vamp 27 - Announcement by Ed Hill

Source: e-mail - November 27, 2009



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Bringing It All Back Home

The label Venus Productions will soon release the double CD set Bringing It All Back Home featuring two concerts recorded in Elvis’ hometown. The first CD will contain the matinee performance of March 16, 1974 , his first live appearance in Memphis since 1961. The source used was the first generation soundboard tape for optimum sound quality. The second CD features the only performance of Elvis at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1975. For the first time EVER this concert will be as complete as possible with the inclusion of ‘’ An American Trilogy ‘’ ( ending spliced with version from the previous night ), and you’ll be able to hear this show as recorded that night, without any addition of reverb or any other sound gimmicks.
This release as our previous set Black Angels In Vegas will come to you in a beautiful full color, hardcover book with many pictures and liner notes, spread over 132 pages. Here is your chance to get both shows in the best sound quality ever, in the ultimate package, so …… bring them all back home for good !!!

CD- 1

Memphis, TN March 16, 1974 AS
Tracks:
1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Love Me ; 5- Trying To Get To You ; 6- All Shook Up ; 7- Steamroller Blues ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ;9- Love Me Tender ; 10- Johnny B. Goode ; 11- Hound Dog ; 12- Fever ; 13- Polk Salad Annie ; 14- Why Me Lord ? ; 15- Suspicious Minds ; 16- Band Introductions ; 17- I Can't Stop Loving You ; 18- Help Me ; 19- An American Trilogy ; 20- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) ; 21- Funny How Time Slips Away ; 22- Can't Help Falling In Love ; 23- Closing Vamp
Total running time: 58:10

CD- 2

Memphis, TN June 10, 1975
Tracks:
1-Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Love Me ; 5- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) ; 6- Love Me Tender (with false start ) ; 7- All Shook Up ; 8- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 9- Hound Dog ; 10- Fairytale ; 11- Burning Love ; 12- Band Introduction #1 ; 13- Johnny B. Goode ( featuring James Burton ) ; 14- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) ; 15- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) ; 16- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) ; 17- Band Introduction #2 ; 18- School Day ( featuring J. Guercio & orchestra ) ; 19- Introduction of Vernon Presley and Dr. Nick ; 20-T-R-O-U-B-L-E ; 21- Why Me Lord ? ; 22- How Great Thou Art ( with reprise ) ; 23- Let Me Be There ; 24- Funny How Time Slips Away ( with reprise ) ; 25- Little Darlin' ; 26- An American Trilogy ( spliced * ) ; 27- Mystery Train / Tiger Man ** ; 28- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp **
Bonus
29- An American Trilogy ( unedited-June 10, 1975 )
* Last 30 seconds from Jackson MS June 9, 1975
** Jackson ,MS June 9, 1975
Total running time: 70:28

Source: E-mail - November 14, 2009


A Day In Dayton Out Now

Out now is the new 2 CD set "A Day In Dayton" from the Gravel Road label. These two shows in one package features both performances by Elvis on October 6, 1974 in Dayton, OH.
Tracklisting:
CD 1:
2001 Theme - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (With Reprise) - Its Midnight - Big Boss Man - Fever - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog (With Reprise) - Band Introductions - Guitar Solo (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - Piano Solo (Glen D Hardin) - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Why Me Lord? - Promised Land - You Gave Me A Mountain - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (With Reprise) - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp

CD 2:
2001 Theme - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me - Fever - Big Boss Man (With False Start) - Love Me Tender - Hound Dog - The Wonder Of You - Blue Suede Shoes - Band Introductions - Guitar Solo (James Burton) - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Glen D Hardin) - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Why Me Lord? (With Reprise) - That’s All Right (With Two False Starts) - Blue Christmas - Let Me Be There (With Reprise) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (With Reprise) - Johnny B Goode - Can’t Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp
Source: e-mail - November 13, 2009


Unreachable Star

The Unreachable Star - CINCINNATI 1971

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the beginning of November is titled "The Unreachable Star" and will feature an unreleased show from Cincinnati November 11, 1971. As you are aware the SR Label concentrates on early unreleased 1970’s shows when Elvis was at his peak. In this our twelfth release, we are proud to present a great show, one of the best of the 1971 November tour. Having been imprisoned in the golden cage of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe Elvis got the opportunity towards the end of the year to embark on his longest tour since 1957 and without doubt amongst the best of the 70’s.

Unlike 1969/70 the tour isn’t well covered with official releases so what we have in our hands gives us the possibility to hear the quality of a Presley show from this tour. Elvis’ activity on the stage is incredible and the vocals stretch his ability, he performs the best numbers in his repertoire from the last two years with practically no new songs. Elvis is so dynamic that sometimes he can’t control himself, but at the same time he is able to deliver his best repertoire, sometimes reinventing it to. We can imagine Elvis concentrating on the music to produce a great show. Elvis, singing straight to the audience, the performance is solid, long and rough; the 24 songs are presented superbly. Songs like Proud Mary, You’ve Lost the loving Feeling and Polk Salad Annie never sounded better; Elvis covers every period of his career from the classic oldies passing from the early sixties hits to the best of his comeback years. Toward the end perhaps the only surprise is the classic Hawaiian Wedding song. The man looks, sings and moves in a great way. Elvis is performing at the height of his ability, Elvis is into his music. His focus, the attitude and his relationship with the music are evident which enables him to deliver a great show. This level remains throughout the tour here we have its peak. The idea to release a 1971 November show was present from the begin of the SR label, the research of a good tape to gives the pleasure of the listen has continued in the last four years, finally this summer we have what we were looking for. Despite the limitation of the binaural tape, we believe that overall for an early seventies recording it represents the best and the only way to listen and enjoy Elvis at his best.

This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure; the sound quality is incredibly good considering the early Tour. As usual from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the Cincinnati’ concert.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme 02. That’s All Right 03. I Got a Woman / Amen 04. Proud Mary 05. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 06. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 07. Polk Salad Annie 08. Intermission 09. Love Me 10. Heartbreak Hotel 11. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On 12. One Night 13. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 14. It’s Now or Never 15. Hound Dog 16. How Great Thou Art 17. Band Introductions 18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water (+ reprise) 20. I Can’t Stop Loving You 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 22. Release Me 23. The Impossible Dream 24. Suspicious Minds 25. Funny How Time Slips Away 26. Hawaiian Wedding Song 27. Can’t Help Falling In Love /Closing Vamp
TOTAL TIME 68.10 min.
Source: e-mail - October 19, 2009


Dayton Reloaded

From the producers of the INTERNATIONAL label and DAE comes this first BOXCAR label release focusing on Elvis’ tours of 1974. The 2 CD features both the afternoon and evening performances of October 6, 1974 at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The recording source used for this release is taken directly from the original soundboard tapes and is professionally remastered by DAE for optimum sound quality. The accompanying lavish hardback 100 page glossy book, features a well detailed essay on the tours of 1974 proceeding up to October, (and including 1956) and is packed, with rare and unpublished photographs and unpublished documents. All this coupled with beautiful art layout makes this all fascinating audio visual release. Release date October
Source: E-mail - September 28, 2009



A Day In Dayton

Shortly after '' The Return Of A Prodigy '', the Gravel Road Music label will release very soon ( first week of October ) two newly remastered shows taken directly from the original soundboard tapes.  These two shows in one package is titled '' A Day In Dayton '' , and features both performances by Elvis on October 6, 1974 in Dayton, OH.

source: e-mail - September 25, 2009



The Final Homecoming

Here's the final art cover for the next release by Audionics/ Fort Baxter. 

By popular demand! For those who missed Fort Baxter's 1997 "GOODBYE MEMPHIS" 2?D, Audionics / Fort Baxter will release in a limited edition the 2CD-set titled "THE FINAL HOMECOMING" (AUDIONICS 2009-05-2 / FORT BAXTER CS-1005). This release will contain the famous July 5th, 1976 Tour finale as recorded live from the mixing desk in Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee. 

To achieve the best possible sound quality, Audionics / Fort Baxter worked with 1st generation DAT copies of the original soundboard tapes, as originally used for the 1997 release. The sound was restored in a renowned studio and is a significant improvement over the original release. 

As usual, this new release will come in a beautifully designed packaging with a 16-page booklet, containing a selection of live photographs from the July 5th, 1976 Memphis concert as well as informative liner notes. This 2CD is set for release in September. Don't miss your opportunity to get the ultimate release of that legendary final Memphis show! One of the show highlights is a sensational version of ''That's All Right, Mama''. He sings it with gusto, saying: "they said he can't do that stuff anymore, by God just watch me!". He also sings a few lines of ''Jambalaya'' as well as a rare-for-the-period '' One Night '' .  

The next Audionics release will contain an unreleased soundboard recording. More details soon. 

Tracklist:  

CD 1: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. One Night - 14. That's All Right - 15. Blue Christmas - 16. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band - 17. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson). 

CD 2: 

01. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 02. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 03. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 04. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 05. Piano solo (Tony Brown) - 06. Electric Piano and Clavinet solo (David Briggs) - 07. Love Letters - 08. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 09. Hurt - 10. Hurt (full reprise) - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Funny How Times Slip Away (with reprise) - 13. Help Me - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Introductions by Elvis of Vernon Presley - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Jambalaya (partial) - 19. It's Now Or Never - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp and announcements. 

Approx. running time: 90:32

source: e-mail - September 17, 2009 



The Return Of A Prodigy Out soon

Finally out end this week !!

The new album of Gravel road music

THE RETURN OF A PRODIGY   : An ELVIS LIVE IN VEGAS 69 album 

Elvis:  I’d like to welcome you to the big freaky International Hotel ( quote: August 3rd, 1969 during dinner show.)

Excerpt from the liner notes:

This history of the recording;

During the mid-eighties, RCA Europe had problems getting requested Presley master recordings from the New York archives. Often the answer given was "we can’t find it."  Producers Ernst Jorgensen and Roger Semon were ultimately forced to go personally to New York and organize the Elvis tape library.  They hoped to find all missing reels related to Presley.  In their quest, they came across ampex boxes which were marked “Opening Show.”  ….

Everything has been done to make the best possible release possible. NEW 24Bit transfer and signal correction. Complete editing, sound restore.   Finally you hear details. Of course the tape has limitations.

Research for the correct photo’s of the show.  We did, 70 plus photos found and more than 60 used!!!

Liner notes with real facts and an honest review of an eye witness.

Interviews with guests at the opening night (placed in correct context with background information.)

This all packed in a 32 page full color booklet.

Excellent samples of very rare Las Vegas radio spots from 1969

Tracklist:

Recorded At The International Hotel Las Vegas, August 3, 1969 (Dinner Show)

1. Opening Theme  2. Blue Suede Shoes  3. I Got A Woman 4. All Shook Up 5. Love Me Tender 6. Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel 7. Heartbreak Hotel 8. Hound Dog  9. Memories  10. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 11.  Career story  12. Baby What You Want Me To Do  13. Runaway  14.  Are You Lonesome Tonight?  15.  Yesterday / Hey Jude 16. introductions 17. In The Ghetto 18. Suspicious Minds 19.  Can't Help Falling In Love 20. Interviews 21. Radio spots of 1969 

This is nothing less than a historical release which belongs in every serious Elvis collection.

This is to-date the earliest Soundboard recording released. Although claimed, no earlier recording of Las Vegas in 1969 exists. If you want to know why, read the extensive 32 page booklet with over 60 photo’s in color, new facts & a very lively review of a eye witness and super fan in detail. Every song is covered. Where the review stops the photos tell.

Because of this very special release we will carry the tradition of RCA Victor & Boxcar. And include with every Digipack cd set and 32 page booklet and 1 photo card promo set. There will be 2 different sets available using 4 different photos and orginal 1969 artwork. The sets are limited to 500 each.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A 1969 PERFORMANCE OF ELVIS BEING PRESENTED LIKE IT SHOULD !

source: e-mail - September 1, 2009 


The Final Homecoming

By popular demand! For those who missed Fort Baxter's 1997 "GOODBYE MEMPHIS" 2?D, Audionics / Fort Baxter will release in a limited edition the 2CD-set titled "THE FINAL HOMECOMING" (AUDIONICS 2009-05-2 / FORT BAXTER CS-1005). This release will contain the famous July 5th, 1976 Tour finale as recorded live from the mixing desk in Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee. 

To achieve the best possible sound quality, Audionics / Fort Baxter worked with 1st generation DAT copies of the original soundboard tapes, as originally used for the 1997 release. The sound was restored in a renowned studio and is a significant improvement over the original release. 

As usual, this new release will come in a beautifully designed packaging with a 16-page booklet, containing a selection of live photographs from the July 5th, 1976 Memphis concert as well as informative liner notes. This 2CD is set for release in September. Don't miss your opportunity to get the ultimate release of that legendary final Memphis show! One of the show highlights is a sensational version of ''That's All Right, Mama''. He sings it with gusto, saying: "they said he can't do that stuff anymore, by God just watch me!". He also sings a few lines of ''Jambalaya'' as well as a rare-for-the-period '' One Night '' .  

The next Audionics release will contain an unreleased soundboard recording. More details soon. 

Tracklist:  

CD 1: 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. One Night - 14. That's All Right - 15. Blue Christmas - 16. Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band - 17. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson). 

CD 2: 

01. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 02. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 03. Drum solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 04. Bass solo (Jerry Scheff) - 05. Piano solo (Tony Brown) - 06. Electric Piano and Clavinet solo (David Briggs) - 07. Love Letters - 08. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 09. Hurt - 10. Hurt (full reprise) - 11. Hound Dog - 12. Funny How Times Slip Away (with reprise) - 13. Help Me - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Introductions by Elvis of Vernon Presley - 17. Polk Salad Annie - 18. Jambalaya (partial) - 19. It's Now Or Never - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp and announcements. 

Approx. running time: 90:32

source: e-mail - August 29, 2009



Let Me Be The One - Behind Closed Doors Out Now

The latest release from the Audionics label is out now. This CD titled " Let Me Be The One – Behind Closed Doors " contains home demos recorded in April 1974, November 1973 and 1960. Completely new songs recorded by Elvis are hard to find and Audionics is proud to include a completely UNRELEASED gem recorded in April 1974 in Palm Springs, CA.

Elvis’ duets rendition with the group Voice of the song "Let Me Be The One" is somewhat spicy to say the least but nonetheless entertaining, all his energy was saved for a great finale that is almost worth the price of the CD by itself. This incredible rarity is followed with the complete November 1973 home demos recorded at Sam Thompson’s house in Memphis, and for the first time ever complete in such EXCELLENT quality.

Finally we move back to California thirteen years earlier with Elvis on piano in the privacy of his house on Monovale Drive in Beverly Hills. This time Elvis is surrounded by Nancy Sharp and Red West. Within this intimate setting you are treated with the complete unedited home demos recorded that day, featuring for the very first time a good portion in stereo * ( they have use two microphones ) and best ever sound quality.

This new Audionics production will be presented in a standard jewel case with a 32 page booklet, and accompanying photographs taken during these years or close to them.

You will be able to hear and enjoy Elvis in the relaxed atmosphere of these private parties in California and Memphis. Get a copy while you can !!!! 

Tracks:

01. Dialogue / Spanish Eyes #1 / Dialogue ; 02. Young At Heart (partial) / Dialogue ; 03. Let Me Be The One ; 04. Baby, What You Want Me To Do ; 05. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry ; 06. Rocky Top  (instrumental); 07. Spanish Eyes #2 (with reprise) ; 08. C. C. Rider ; 09. That's All Right, Mama; 10. Your Life Has Just Begun; 11. Tear Drops / 'sorority songs'; 12. Elvis recites a poem / Dialogue ; 13. You'll Never Walk Alone (partial) *  ; 14. If I Loved You * ; 15. The Lord's Prayer / If I Loved You (reprise) * ; 16. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder * ; 17. An Evening Prayer (partial) * ; 18. Make Believe * ; 19. She Wears My Ring *; 20. Sweet Leilani #1 * ;  21. Sweet Leilani # 2 * ; 22. Sweet Leilani (reprise) ; 23. Beyond The Reef ; 24. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano ; 25. He ; 26. Hands Off ; 27. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (partial)

Tracks 1-3 recorded in Elvis Presley's Home, Palm  Springs, CA,- April 1974.

Tracks 4-11 recorded at Sam Thompson home, Memphis, TN - November 1973.                             

Tracks 12-25 recorded at EP's Residence at Monovale Dr., Hollywood, CA. - November 1960.

* denotes stereo recording

Total running time: 52:15

source: e-mail - August 21, 2009  



Let Me Be The One

Behind Closed Doors 

If you wanted to hear more than a new live recording and wished for a brand new song, then the new Audionics is the one to buy !

The label Audionics will soon release the CD " Let Me Be The One – Behind Closed Doors " containing home demos recorded in April 1974, November 1973 and 1960. Completely new songs recorded by Elvis are hard to find and Audionics is proud to include a completely UNRELEASED gem recorded in April 1974 in Palm Springs, CA.

Elvis’ duets rendition with the group Voice of the song "Let Me Be The One" is somewhat spicy to say the least but nonetheless entertaining, all his energy was saved for a great finale that is almost worth the price of the CD by itself. This incredible rarity is followed with the complete November 1973 home demos recorded at Sam Thompson’s house in Memphis, and for the first time ever complete in such EXCELLENT quality.

Finally we move back to California thirteen years earlier with Elvis on piano in the privacy of his house on Monovale Drive in Beverly Hills. This time Elvis is surrounded by Nancy Sharp and Red West. Within this intimate setting you are treated with the complete unedited home demos recorded that day, featuring for the very first time a good portion in stereo * ( they have use two microphones ) and best ever sound quality.

This new Audionics production will be presented in a standard jewel case with a 32 page booklet, and accompanying photographs taken during these years or close to them.

You will be able to hear and enjoy Elvis in the relaxed atmosphere of these private parties in California and Memphis. Get a copy while you can !!!! 

Tracks:

01. Dialogue / Spanish Eyes #1 / Dialogue ; 02. Young At Heart (partial) / Dialogue ; 03. Let Me Be The One ; 04. Baby, What You Want Me To Do ; 05. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry ; 06. Rocky Top  (instrumental); 07. Spanish Eyes #2 (with reprise) ; 08. C. C. Rider ; 09. That's All Right, Mama; 10. Your Life Has Just Begun; 11. Tear Drops / 'sorority songs'; 12. Elvis recites a poem / Dialogue ; 13. You'll Never Walk Alone (partial) *  ; 14. If I Loved You * ; 15. The Lord's Prayer / If I Loved You (reprise) * ; 16. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder * ; 17. An Evening Prayer (partial) * ; 18. Make Believe * ; 19. She Wears My Ring *; 20. Sweet Leilani #1 * ;  21. Sweet Leilani # 2 * ; 22. Sweet Leilani (reprise) ; 23. Beyond The Reef ; 24. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano ; 25. He ; 26. Hands Off ; 27. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (partial)

Tracks 1-3 recorded in Elvis Presley's Home, Palm  Springs, CA,- April 1974.

Tracks 4-11 recorded at Sam Thompson home, Memphis, TN - November 1973.                             

Tracks 12-25 recorded at EP's Residence at Monovale Dr., Hollywood, CA. - November 1960.

* denotes stereo recording

Total running time: 52:15

source: e-mail - August 14, 2009 


INTERNATIONAL – ‘SHOWROOM INTERNATIONALE 1971’ FINAL DETAILS AND RELEASE DATE

The latest upcoming box set release from the ‘International’ label titled ‘Showroom Internationale 1971’ will be released 24th August 2009. In conjunction with ‘DAE’ this release will feature a brand new unreleased soundboard performance from the closing night Jan/Feb 1971 Las Vegas engagement, the February 23rd 8pm show. The 2CD/Book set will also feature the January 28th Midnight show (previously released on the Fort Baxter label as ‘Lean Mean and Kicking Butt’) but this time, unlike before, is directly mastered from the original reel tapes thus clearly showing vast noticeable sound improvements to its original release. All the audio restoration and remastering are by DAE. This package also has an accompanying 100 page glossy hardback book featuring great unreleased photographs from the time, as well as a detailed essay encapsulating the actual engagement in January / February and helps put this time frame into some historical perspective by looking at what went before and afterwards. This will be the last major release from the International label and the fabulous box set release has only a limited edition run of 999 copies. Preview tracks can be heard on Elvis–express radio this Friday and next.
Tracklisting:

DISC ONE
JANUARY 28TH, 1971 MIDNITE SHOW
1. 2001 Theme 2. That’s All Right 3. I Got A Woman 4. Love Me Tender 5. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 6. Sweet Caroline 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling 8. Polk Salad Annie 9. Introductions (Part 1) 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. Introductions (Part 2) 12. Something 13. Introductions (Part 3) 14. The Wonder Of You 15. Heartbreak Hotel 16. Blue Suede Shoes 17. Hound Dog 18. One Night 19. Teddy Bear 20. Suspicious Minds 21. Instrumental 22. The Impossible Dream
BONUS TRACKS 23. There Goes My Everything (Jan 27 MS) 24. Make The World Go Away (Jan 27 MS) 25. Only Believe (Jan 27 MS) 26. It’s Now Or Never (Jan 28 DS) 27. Snowbird (Jan 29 DS)

DISC TWO
FEBRUARY 23RD, 1971 DINNER SHOW
1. 2001 Theme 2. That’s All Right 3. I Got A Woman/By The Time I Get To Phoenix 4. Love Me Tender (Intro Only)/ Love Me 5. Mystery Train/Tiger Man 6. Sweet Caroline 7. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling 8. Polk Salad Annie 9. Something 10. Johnny B. Goode 11. How Great Thou Art 12. Don’t Be Cruel 13. Heartbreak Hotel 14. Blue Suede Shoes 15. Bride Over Troubled Water 16. Little Sister/Get Back 17. Hound Dog 18. Suspicious Minds (Spliced with Jan 28 DS) 19. The Impossible Dream (Jan 28 DS)
Source: e-mail - August 10, 2009



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40th anniversary “ELVIS LIVE IN LAS VEGAS ’69” Edition

COMING SOON – AUGUST
From the producers of “Plugged in & Geared Up” comes a fully remastered & editted Las Vegas show of “69.
"ELVIS -THE RETURN OF A PRODIGY"
The special 40th anniversary “ELVIS LIVE IN LAS VEGAS ’69” Edition
Facts:
- The earliest known soundboard of 1969 to date
- Newly discovered ‘69 audio
- The differences between the later released shows of end August 1969 will strike you.
“ELVIS -THE RETURN OF A PRODIGY”
Will be released by Gravel Road Music in August! This is the August 3, 1969 Dinner Show, straight from the original ‘69 reference mix. It is completely remastered and edited. This is the earliest soundboard to date of Elvis first Las Vegas engagement in 1969. It’s also the third live performance he gave, the music is very different from the late August released live performances. This is to date the closest you can get to the opening show of July 31st, 1969 The liner notes are a review of somebody who actually was there. It will give you a very lively idea how it looked . The more than 50 photos of the same show (many in color) included will help you even more to imagine the first few shows of 1969. As an bonus we included some interviews prior to the opening show and original radio spots of 1969.

We hope at Gravel road Music that you all are just as excited as we are about this release cause it’s a historical soundboard recording, placed in the right perspective. Note; The show itself was released by Fort Baxter in 1993 as “Opening Night” no edits were made at the time and an effect was placed on the audio to cover up the tape noise. Now it is upfront clear and very lively as a wild 69 show should be. For the ones who have “Opening night” or the copy from this show, this release will appear as if you hear it for the first time.

01. Opening Theme 02. Blue Suede Shoes 03. I Got A Woman 04. All Shook Up 05. Love Me Tender 06. Jailhouse Rock / Don't Be Cruel 07. Heartbreak Hotel 08. Hound Dog 09. Memories 10. Mystery Train / Tiger Man 11. LIFE STORY (MONOLOGUE) 12. Baby What You Want Me To Do 13. Runaway 14. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 15. Yesterday / Hey Jude 16. introductions 17. In The Ghetto 18. Suspicious Minds 19. Can't Help Falling In Love 20. Interviews - BEFORE OPENING NIGHT (31 JULY) 21. RADIO SPOTS FROM 1969

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2009

Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Shows’

The ‘International label’ that recently brought to you the critically acclaimed ‘Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Works’ is now to release a DVD only version of the editors cut now titled Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Shows’ . The 2 DVD’s are dual layered, (equivalent to 4 DVD’s and without loss of quality) factory pressed and are filled with 6 hours of the complete shows with excellent edits, lots of amazing multi angle sequence shots different to that of the previous release.
Also for the first time ever, the complete ‘That’s The Way It Is’ shows will be in FULL STEREO & in 5.1 Surround Sound. It also comes with an 8 page booklet insert. This is a very Limited Edition run of only 750 copies. Expected price to be around £25 - £30. This release will coincide with the other International release ‘Showroom Internationale 1971’ same date of release and is expected very shortly. These will be the last of the ‘International’ label releases.
Source: e-mail - July 28, 2009


Something Out Now

The latest Audionics CD titled '' SOMETHING '' is out now. It features the August 11, 1970 dinner show, and this is the last release from that series linked to Elvis’ third and very successful season in Las Vegas. " SOMETHING " is the first release of this show in FULL STEREO sound, and very much in the same quality as our previous two STEREO outings. It will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipack with a 20 page booklet and accompanying photographs taken from the actual show, the next dinner show and additional candids .
All the shows recorded during his first week were highly entertaining and " SOMETHING " is no different. Our last release of those August 1970 recordings is SOMETHING not to be missed !!
Tracks:
01. A Thing Called Love * - 02. On The Other Side * - 03. Opening Theme ( Joe Guercio orchestra ) - 04. Opening vamp / That’s All Right, Mama - 05. I Got A Woman - 06. Hound Dog - 07. Monologue #1 - 08. Heartbreak Hotel ( with false start ) - 09. Monologue #2 - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. I’ve Lost You - 12. Monologue #3 - 13. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ – 14. Something – 15. I Can’t Stop Loving You – 16. Sweet Caroline - 17. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 18. Polk Salad Annie - 19. Band Introductions – 20. Introduction of Sonny King -21. Bridge Over Troubled Water 22. Suspicious Minds - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love
Total running time: 74:01 * Performed by The Imperials.



Jumpsuitology II : 1973 -1977

This is it!!! One year of waiting is over! Second volume of the Jumpsuitology will be released on July 20th, 2009!
- Three hours of photos and rare 8mm movies (most of it never before published).
- Only Elvis´ voice is on the DVD: Two remastered soundboard concerts - 3 AM Closing Show at Lake Tahoe on May 27th, 1974 and Charleston on July 24th, 1976.
- 18 rare live songs digitally remastered from the mastertapes (e.g. Moody Blue, Where No One Stands Alone, It´s a Matter of Time, You´re the Reason I´m Living, etc).
- Comprehensive information on more than 150 versions of all the suits used during the last four years plus informations of the tour starting in Portland, Maine on August 17th, 1977.
- Nearly 50 minutes of remastered concert footage from Charleston ´76 and Chicago ´77 with original sound.
- Interview with Tony Prince, who met Elvis in 1972 and 1973 and was featured in TTWII movie.

Elvis – The Jumpsuitology is the anthology of Elvis´ stage outfits used during all of his 1128 live appearances from 1969 to 1977. It´s first comprehensive project highlighting this aspect of Elvis´ career. Second volume focuses on years 1973 – 1977. Philosophy is the same – 400 high resolution rare photos of more than 150 versions of all the suits used during the last four years. Informations on each tour as well as all Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe engagements are followed by 8mm movies of Elvis wearing the suits plus detailed informations on for example two-piece leather suits from August ´74, or two-piece suits from March-May ´75, etc. Obviously, we used only rare Elvis live-recordings from the 70´s as the musical background on this DVD - the photo part is accompanied by 18 rare live songs, e.g. Moody Blue, Where No One Stands Alone, It´s a Matter of Time, You´re the Reason I´m Living, etc. As there´s no acceptable sound of most of the 8mm movies we have included soundboard recordings of the 3 AM Closing Show at Lake Tahoe on May 27th, 1974 and Charleston on July 24th, 1976 as a musical background for our video section. Some of the bonus videos are presented with original sound. We also added a recent interview with Tony Prince, the famous Radio Luxembourg disc jockey, who met Elvis on several occasions in 1972 and 1973.
(Total running time: 182 minutes, Region Free, NTSC)




California Wave

The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "CALIFORNIA WAVE". In 1976, Elvis played in more cities than before. Despite of his physical and mental decline, he tried to please his loyal fans and his Springtime concerts were fairly decent for the most part, especially when compared to his lacklustre performances later that summer. 

This CD features the previously unreleased Long Beach, CA, Evening show from April 25th, 1976. It’s a very fresh set with very good performances of "Tryin' To Get To You", "My Way", "Hurt", "Burning Love" and "It's Now Or Never", to name but a few of highlights. 

All accompanying photographs were taken at the Long Beach, April 25th, 1976 Evening show. As a bonus, five tracks from Johnson City, March 19th, 1976 were added to paint a more complete picture of this period. This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation 70s copy of the original audience-recorded master tape. All tracks were digitally restored for optimal listening pleasure. Bonus tracks are coming from very good sounding stereo audience recording. 

Denise Kusel from Long Beach Press Telegram wrote: "The voice that came from the depths of his barrel chest was deep and rich. His renditions of gospel songs "How Great Thou Art" and "This Time You Gave Me a Mountain" were offered with sincere beauty. An eerie silence filled the concert hall when he sang "And now the end is near" - the opening line to the Frank Sinatra favorite, "My Way". It was like witnessing a chilling prophecy. Almost 28,000 fans in two concerts, marking his only Southern California appearances, loved him. So did I." 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie (incomplete) - 12. Band Introductions (incomplete) - 13. Hurt - 14. And I Love You So - 15. America The Beautiful - 16. Burning Love - 17. Help Me - 18. How Great Thou Art - 19. It's Now Or Never / Introduction of The Eagles - 20. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Blue Suede Shoes - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp 

Bonus (stereo audience recording): 

25. Let Me Be There - 26. Steamroller Blues - 27. Heartbreak Hotel - 28. Love Me Tender - 29. Polk Salad Annie. 

CD running time: 77:15
source : e-mail - July 10, 2009

NEW RELEASE - INTERNATIONAL LABEL ‘SHOWROOM INTERNATIONALE 1971’

The latest upcoming box set release from the ‘International’ label Is titled ‘Showroom Internationale 1971’. Although long considered almost a forgotten year amongst Elvis fans, 1971 was nevertheless an interesting period sandwiched between the wonderful ‘Elvis – That’s the Way It Is’ in 1970 and ‘Elvis on Tour’ in 1972. Now the ‘International label’ that recently brought to you the lavish and critically acclaimed ‘Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Works’, has in conjunction with ‘DAE’, turned its attention to 1971 – specifically, the January / February season in Las Vegas about which little has been known or written about, over the years.

This release will feature an unreleased soundboard performance from the closing night Jan/Feb 1971 Las Vegas engagement, the February 23rd 8pm show – his penultimate appearance of that time.
The 2CD/Book set will also feature the January 28th Midnight show (previously released on the Fort Baxter label as ‘Lean Mean and Kicking Butt’) but this time, unlike before, is directly mastered from the original reel tapes thus clearly showing vast noticeable sound improvements to its original release.
All the audio restoration and remastering are by DAE. This package is a rare treat for fans as the accompanying 100 page glossy hardback book features great unreleased photographs from the time, as well as a detailed essay encapsulating not only the actual engagement in January / February, but also helping to put this time frame into some historical perspective by looking at what went before and what came afterwards. This will be the last release from the International label and the fabulous box set release has only a limited edition run of 999 copies and is due out very soon. Final details and track listing to follow soon.
Source: e-mail - July 10, 2009



A Change Of Mind Out Now

The latest release from Straight Arrow (SA 2009-13-02) featuring the previously unreleased Las Vegas September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show is out now. It is a very strong concert, containing the only known 1973 version of "It's Now Or Never", rare "Polk Salad Annie" performed only twice in 1973, part of "Jailhouse Rock" and for 'rare live excerpts' fans there are bits of "Guadalajara", "Miracle Of The Rosary" and "Farther Along". 

This show was taped by the same person as Dec. 02nd, 1976 concert released as "LAST VEGAS OPENING NIGHT" and once again for this CD release, an original mastertape will be used. The sound quality is excellent - regarding the off-line source. 

As a bonus, 4 tracks from the closing show are also included. They originate from the B-side of the same master tape cassette. All prior releases of these songs from the closing show derive from a substandard source. 

Note: to prevent any speculations, we would like to make clear that the CD "Top Acts In Vegas Vol. 4" from 1995 is containing September 2nd, 1973 Dinner show, NOT September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show as stated in the CD design. The date is wrong. 

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Steamroller Blues - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain / Guadalajara (partial) - 06. Trouble - 07. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop & Fly / Hound Dog - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Fever - 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 13. Farther Along (partial) / Release Me - 14. An American Trilogy - 15. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 16. Jailhouse Rock (partial) - 17. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 18. It's Now Or Never - 19. How Great Thou Art - 20. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Miracle Of The Rosary (partial) - 21. Polk Salad Annie - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Bonus (September 3, 1973 Closing Show): 

24. C. C. Rider - 25. Love Me - 26. Steamroller Blues - 27. You Gave Me A Mountain - 28. Trouble 

Approximate running time: 79:41

source : e-mail - July 8, 2009



SOMETHING

The label Audionics will release soon the CD " SOMETHING " featuring the August 11, 1970 dinner show. This is the last release from that series linked to Elvis’ third and very successful season in Las Vegas.

" SOMETHING " will be the first release of this show in FULL STEREO sound, and very much in the same quality as our previous two STEREO outings.

It will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipack with a 16 page booklet and accompanying photographs taken from the actual show, the next dinner show and additional candids .

All the shows recorded during his first week were highly entertaining and " SOMETHING " is no different. Our last release of those August 1970 recordings is SOMETHING not to be missed !!

Tracks:

01.  A Thing Called Love * - 02. On The Other Side * - 03. Opening Theme ( Joe Guercio orchestra ) - 04. Opening vamp / That’s All Right, Mama - 05. I Got A Woman - 06. Hound Dog - 07. Monologue #1 - 08. Heartbreak Hotel ( with false start ) - 09. Monologue #2 - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. I’ve Lost You - 12. Monologue #3 - 13. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ – 14. Something – 15. I Can’t Stop Loving You – 16. Sweet Caroline - 17. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 18. Polk Salad Annie - 19. Band Introductions – 20. Introduction of Sonny King -21. Bridge Over Troubled Water 22. Suspicious Minds - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love

Total running time: 74:01

* Performed by The Imperials.
Source : e-mail - July 2, 2009

Live In Las Vegas, Feb. 7, 1974

The new CD from the Showroom Label is out in few days and it will contain an audience recording from February 7, 1974 M.S.
Source: e-mail - June 28, 2009

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NEW RELEASE ”PLUGGED IN & GEARED UP” ! including unreleased material

After the great success of “The Brighest Star On Sunset Boulevard” , we continue the release of another great rehearsal “Plugged In & Geared Up” . This is by far an outstanding rehearsal, Elvis playing the songs he liked from his early career. This is also a rare inside view to follow the progress of the filming for the “That’s the way it is” informal segment. (The electric guitar part) A large part has been release on various releases in mono or altered stereo but never UNCUT AND IN AMAZING STEREO ! Straight from the original tapes! Finally it is available on this release and in the best quality ! Packed in a deluxe digipack and a 20 page booklet. If you liked “The brightest star on sunset boulevard” by Gravelroad Music, You’re definitively going to love this new release “PLUGGED IN & GEARED UP”. This is a release you’ll be playing over and over again!

1- Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home 2- Something 3- Words 4- I Just Can't Help Believin' 5- Little Sister/Get Back 6- I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water 7- I Was The One 8- Cattle Call 9- Baby Let's Play House 10- Don't 11- Money Honey / Hard Headed Woman 12- A Fool Such As I 13- Froggy Went A Courting / Viva Las Vegas 14- Such A Night 15- It's Now Or Never / Are You Horny Tonight? 16- What'd I Say 17- The Lords Prayer 18- My Country 'Tis Of Thee 19- Nagila Hava 20- My Baby Left Me 21- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 22- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me #2 23- Stranger In The Crowd
Source: e-mail - June 20, 2009


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DVD ELVIS - HOLLYWOOD - VOLUME ONE

The first “real” STAR dvd will be out very soon, after the tremendous success of the STAR dvd series, the producers take the “final” step, and will produce a factory pressed import DVD ! A dream come true for all STAR fans around the world!
ELVIS - HOLLYWOOD , VOLUME ONE, will kick off with the first 4 movies, and has 17 (!!) new clips, (compared to Hollywood Elvis volume one) all clips for Jailhouse Rock have been re-done,since better footage became available. Highlights are LOVING YOU (record version) TELL ME WHY (Elvis second screentest), FIRST IN LINE (ode to Judy Tyler), MY WISH CAME TRUE (Elvis “dream” of becoming an actor) YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (new edit, 3 performances make the record version, and 2 extra versions are included) All previous and new STAR dvds will be re-released this way, and all will have lots of extra’s, are improved where possible, include new artwork and double layer discs! All discs come with fully animated menus, with sound. All movies are divided into separate tracks in the menu, so if you just wanna play the “Jailhouse Rock” songs.. the choice is yours! And last but not least, there is a “bonus feature” segment, including extra songs, outtakes and rare movies.

After this release the series will continue in “chronical” order, volume two will have: GI BLUES, FLAMING STAR, WILD IN THE COUNTRY, BLUE HAWAII and FOLLOW THAT DREAM

ELVIS - HOLLYWOOD VOLUME ONE - COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:

BLUE SUEDE SHOES ,WE’RE GONNA MOVE, LET ME, POOR BOY, LOVE ME TENDER,LOVE ME, TENDER END TITLE,ANYWAY YOU WANT ME , LOVING YOU (record version) ,GOT A LOT O’ LIVIN’ TO DO, PARTY, LONESOME COWBOY, TEDDY BEAR,HOT DOG,MEAN WOMAN BLUES (record version), TRUE LOVE LOVING YOU (take 5),  TELL ME WHY JAILHOUSE ROCK (record version) ,TREAT ME NICE (record version), DON’T LEAVE ME NOW, I WANT TO BE FREE (record version) ,BABY, I DON’T CARE, YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (record version) ,TREAT ME NICE (movie version), FIRST IN LINE, JAILHOUSE ROCK (take 5) , CRAWFISH, KING CREOLE, DANNY DIXIELAND ROCK, LOVER DOLL, HARD HEADED WOMAN, NEW ORLEANS, YOUNG DREAMS, STEADFAST, LOYAL AND TRUE, TROUBLE, DON’T ASK ME WHY, AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU, KING CREOLE (take 3),MY WISH CAME TRUE .

Bonus features: OPENING MEDLEY FULL SCREEN WE’RE GONNA MOVE (take 4) ,1957 ROAD MEDLEY LOVING YOU (farm version), MEAN WOMAN BLUES (movie version) ,GOT A LOT O’ LIVIN’ TO DO (movie version), JAILHOUSE ROCK (movie version) ,TREAT ME NICE (take 19), YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (take 3) ,I WANT TO BE FREE (prison version), YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (take 7), AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU (take 4), KING CREOLE (take 18)
Source: e-mail - June 20, 2009


Twenty Days & Nights Out Soon

As recorded live at the International Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada,

August 12th, 1970, Dinner Show

AUDIONICS® STEREO 2009-02-2

The follow-up release to " STRANGER IN THE CROWD " by Audionics label is entitled " TWENTY DAYS & NIGHTS " and contains the excellent August 12, 1970 dinner show. The first outing of this recording as part of boxed set called "TTWII - The Complete Works" was presented only in mono sound. 

As all the other shows recorded during the first week of his third appearance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, Elvis’ performance was brilliant and featured many highlights such as ; I’ve Lost You, I Just Can’t Help Believin’, Patch It Up, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and Bridge Over Troubled Water to name a few. 

" TWENTY DAYS & NIGHTS " is in FULL STEREO sound, complete and taken from original mastertape. As its predecessor there is no noise, balance of instruments and voices are excellent too. This release will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipack and accompanying photographs taken from the actual show . 

Fans will be able to enjoy another great performance the way it was recorded in August 1970. If you enjoyed our previous release then " TWENTY DAYS & NIGHTS " is not to be missed !! Coming very soon from the same label, " SOMETHING " featuring the August 11, 1970 DS also in FULL STEREO. 

Tracks: 

01. Opening Vamp / That's All Right, Mama - 02. I Got A Woman - 03. Monologue #1 - 04. Hound Dog - 05. Instrumental Intermezzo /Monologue #2 - 06. Heartbreak Hotel - 07. Monologue #3 - 08. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 09. I’ve Lost You - 10. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ - 11. Patch It Up - 12. Monologue #4 - 13. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights - 14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 15. Polk Salad Annie - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Blue Suede Shoes - 18. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water 20. Suspicious Minds - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love  

Total running time: 73:59

source: e-mail - June 15, 2009


Stripped Of My Heart, My Soul

Soon to be released – exactly 36 years after it was recorded - is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley in Atlanta, Georgia - recorded July 3, 1973.
Again the producers of Rainbow Records have been working for months on this new project, as “best possible quality” is always what we claim for when releasing an audience-recorded Elvis Presley show. This time we have found four (4!!) different sources of tapes for Elvis´ higly entertaining show in Atlanta which marked the closing of his June/July 1973-Tour. As you can imagine, we did our best – spending a total of 7 weeks - to make our new release sound as good as possible! You can expect Elvis in great mood doing a fine set of songs like the rarely performed “Memphis Tennessee”, “Something”, Help Me Make It Through The Night” and many others. Needless to say that the cd-booklet will have its “usual” 20 pages full of rare photos, articles, memorabilia….. .
Release Date: July 3rd, 2009

Tracklisting:
1. 2001 Theme 2. C.C. Rider 3. I Got A Woman / Amen 4. Help Me Make It Through The Night 5. Steamroller Blues 6. You Gave Me A Mountain 7. Love Me 8. Blue Suede Shoes 9. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' on / Mama Don't Dance / Flip, Flop and Fly / Jailhouse Rock 10. My Way 11. How Great Thou Art 12. Hound Dog 13. Fever 14. Something 15. All Shook Up 16. Memphis, Tennessee 17. What Now My Love 18. Suspicious Minds 19. Introductions 20. I'll Remember You 21. I Can't Stop Loving You 22. Release Me 23. An American Trilogy 24. A Big Hunk O' Love 25. Can't Help Falling In Love 26. Closing Vamp
Source: e-mail - June 10, 2009



The Talk Of The Town

As recorded live from the mixing desk of the Hilton hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 26th, 1972 (Opening night). 

AUDIONICS 2008-03-2 / 2001

Here is the covert art of the forthcoming release "THE TALK OF THE TOWN" from the Audionics & 2001 labels. It is their second release of this special partnership and this CD will feature the Las Vegas, January 26, 1972 Opening show as taken directly from first generation DAT copy of original mono soundboard tape. 

This classic concert includes first ever live performances of "Never Been To Spain", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "A Big Hunk O' Love", "An American Trilogy" and "I'll Remember You".

For this reissue, we worked directly from the first generation DAT, and we were able to make significant audio improvements, compared to original 1997 release. "Audionics / 2001" hope that this special joint-production will satisfy all those fans who have been asking for a reissue of this essential concert. This CD is scheduled for late October .

Excerpt from the sleeve note: 

"Mid January 1972. Richard Nixon was in the Whitehouse, the anthemic "American Pie" topped the singles charts and NASA were working hard on Apollo 16, the penultimate manned Moon mission. Ali was still the Champ, and at cinemas all over the world people thrilled to the latest James Bond adventure, as Sean Connery battled the evil mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld in "Diamonds Are Forever". In Las Vegas, America's entertainment and gambling capital, Elvis was about to hit town for his sixth Vegas season at the Hilton Hotel and to paraphrase a snippet from a certain 1964 platter, "the whole town was talking". 

'The 37 year old legend is back, Vegas wakes and smiles' 

Elvis arrived in Vegas on the eighteenth of January and rehearsals began the following day. Rumoured song try-outs included Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady" and the Walker Brothers classic "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Neil Diamond's "Holly Holly" is also rumoured to have been given a test drive. 

New songs that did make it into the live set included Marty Robbin's "You Gave Me A Mountain", as well as "It's Over" and "It's Impossible". Thankfully an updated arrangement of the fifties classic "Big Hunk Of Love" also made it to the stage. Along with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", many fans site 'Hunk' as the most successful 50s studio to live 70s transition. 

Elvis hit the stage running on the 26th January and presented one of the finest setlists of his career. Luckily, we have the complete show available on this fantastic CD in remastered sound, and what a treat it is! 'The 37 year old legend is back, Vegas wakes and smiles' gushed  Billboard magazine. Make no mistake, Elvis was flying high in January 1972, and earning the best reviews of his career."  

Tracklist:

01. C. C. Rider - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Never Been To Spain - 04. You Gave Me A Mountain - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. Love Me - 08. Little Sister / Get Back (medley) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. One Night - 12. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 13. A Big Hunk O'Love - 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 56:48

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008 





Trying To Get To You Out Now

The "Straight Arrow" label 10th release, entitled "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), is out now. 

"Straight Arrow" is planning another CD release for early November, with an unreleased Las Vegas December 9th, 1975 (10 P.M.) show. Once again "Straight Arrow" team managed to obtain an ORIGINAL AUDIENCE-RECORDED TAPE (different and much better sounding than the recording in circulation). More details later.

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008



Then Sings My Soul

Soon to be released is the latest production from the “Rainbow Records” label. With their 5th release they fulfill a request that some fans wrote down in a well-known messageboard. The upcoming 2 CD set will contain a never before released show from the Sahara Tahoe – Engagement ’76 – it is the Midnight Show of May 7, 1976. There were several reasons why this show was chosen for a release. First of all – it had to be unreleased. Of course, the show should contain some interesting, unusual material, maybe a short version of a seldom performed song? Another important aspect was to find a tape that has a listenable, decent sound quality for a release. And here we go:

During our research we learned that many people did not expect Elvis to do a show with more than 60 minutes. Well, bad luck for those who tried to tape the show on a 60 minutes tape, because Elvis was on stage more longer than that. This means, those who recorded on 60 minutes tapes have only incomplete shows, ending during the song “My Way”. The smart fans decided to record the show on a 90 minutes tape. Bad luck for them because the recording ends in the middle of “It’s Now Or Never” and Elvis was still not through with his show…. A pity, that to our knowledge and research we didn’t find a single fan who recorded the complete show with the use of a 2nd cassette tape. But the eyewitnesses told us, that Elvis was on stage for only five additional minutes performing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and waving good-bye during the “Closing Vamp”. So what did the “Rainbow Records” label do for you ? We restored the Midnight Show performance and added the missing part of “It’s Now Or Never” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” from the Dinner Show from the same date. You will be surprised about the sound because both sources are very similar. What did we do with the rest of the free space on our 2nd disc? We decided to give you more Elvis, of course! While the rest of the Dinner Show was used to complete the Midnight Show we thought you might want to hear the other performances from that day as well. We had to exclude the band introductions because of limited capacity on the disc, but we managed to keep in all songs sung by Elvis.

Content:
Of course, you will find the tracklist at the end of this announcement, but we want to point out some real beauties of this set. The first one is “How Great Thou Art”. Actually, Elvis sang the song twice this day - both versions have this special gospel feeling Elvis was able to create. This inspired us to use an excerpt of the lyrics and name this release “Then Sings My Soul”. Then we have “That’s All Right” which demonstrates like “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” that Elvis was able to play acoustic guitar, of course. He performed a rare version of “The Wonder Of You” (1976!!!) during the Midnight Show and during the Dinner Show he entertained the audience by singing “It’s Midnight”, now known as the last live version ever. The 3rd release by Rainbow Records was called “Vegas Variety – Vol.2” and featured the Midnight Show December 11, 1976. With this release the formerly wrong titled track “When God Calls Me Home” was presented for the very first time in the correct way which is “Until Then”. With the new “Then Sings My Soul” release it happened again that a formerly wrong titled track “Lara’s Theme” is presented with its correct name which is “Theme from Love Story”. We hope you appreciate our efforts to bring you a booklet full of well researched information and complimentary pictures and memorabilia. Don’t miss this release. You will get 100% never before released material on 2 CDs. Each disc has a total running time of more than 79 minutes and the booklet will feature great liner notes on 20 pages in full colour!

Disc One: 01) 00:53 Also Sprach Zarathustra 02) 05:29 See See Rider 03) 08:46 I Got A Woman / Amen 04) 01:58 Love Me 05) 03:04 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06) 04:58 You Gave Me A Mountain 07) 01:03 All Shook Up 08) 02:26 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09) 02:19 The Wonder Of You 10) 03:07 Happy Birthday To Sandi 11) 01:53 That's All Right 12) 03:21 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 13) 00:32 Introducing Ed Parker 14) 00:59 I'll Remember You (long false start) 15) 02:00 I'll Remember You 16) 00:28 Ku-u-i-po (excerpt) 17) 02:16 Hawaiian Wedding Song 18) 04:38 Polk Salad Annie 19) 03:45 Band Introductions 20) 01:09 Early Morning Rain 21) 00:56 What'd I Say 22) 01:15 Johnny B. Goode 23) 01:22 Drum Solo 24) 01:06 Bass Solo 25) 01:21 Piano Solo 26) 01:20 Electric Clavinet Solo 27) 03:07 Love Letters 28) 01:02 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 29) 04:03 My Way 30) 01:25 Jailhouse Rock 31) 02:44 Love Me Tender 32) 02:09 Hurt (#1) 33) 02:16 Hurt (#2)
Running Time: 79:23 min

Disc Two:
01) 02:36 Heartbreak Hotel 02) 02:59 How Great Thou Art 03) 01:58 Hound Dog 04) 00:42 Theme from "Love Story" (excerpt) 05) 01:43 One Night 06) 02:59 It's Now Or Never 07) 01:40 Can't Help Falling In Love 08) 00:31 Closing Vamp 09) 05:49 See See Rider 10) 07:06 I Got A Woman / Amen 11) 02:33 Riding On The Range (excerpt) 12) 03:35 Fever 13) 03:05 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 14) 04:55 You Gave Me A Mountain 15) 01:38 All Shook Up 16) 02:38 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 17) 03:30 It's Midnight 18) 03:04 Love Me Tender 19) 04:51 Polk Salad Annie 20) 02:54 Love Letters 21) 01:01 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 22) 00:14 Introducing Jerry Kennedy, Ron Pietrafeso & Ed Parker 23) 02:41 Hurt (#1) 24) 01:56 Hurt (#2) 25) 02:54 Softly As I Leave You 26) 02:13 Heartbreak Hotel 27) 01:27 Jailhouse Rock 28) 03:19 It's Now Or Never 29) 03:03 How Great Thou Art
Running Time: 79:48 min

Source: E-mail - September 8, 2008

The 1972 New York Experience

The all new label Phoenix XP Production proudly presents their very first release:
The 1972 New York Experience
featuring: The complete saturday afternoon show for the first time on DVD
The complete press conference in single or multiple screen
Slide show with many rare and unseen pictures
And so much more...
See the Garden concerts as you have never seen them before, visit today
www.phoenix-xp.co.nr
Here the official newsletter:


It is a factory pressed DVD and will be out on September the 16th.
source: e-mail - September 3, 2008

September Nights Out Now

The CD "September Nights" is out now, featuring the two unreleased shows from Las Vegas September 04, 1970 Dinner Show (part only) + the complete show from September 07, 1970 Closing Night.
Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp 0.38 / 02. That's All Right Mama 1.37 / 03. I Got A Woman 2.31 / 04. I Walk The Line (exc) 0.11 / 05. Monologue/Love Me Tender 6.53 / 06. Ive Lost You 2.29 / 07. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.09 / 08. Polk Salad Annie 4.12 / 09. Band Intro 2.34 / 10. Hound Dog (exc) 0.05 / 11. Johnny B.Goode 1.37 / 12. Band Intro 1.49 / 13. The Wonder Of You 3.07 / 14. One Night 1.37
TIME 33.32
15. Opening Vamp 0.31 / 16. That's All Right Mama 2.20 / 17. I Got A Woman 2.36 / 18. I Walk The Line (exc)1.54 / 19. Monologue 3.07 / 20. Ive Lost You 2.33 / 21. I Just Cant Help Believin 4.37 / 22. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.44 / 23. Polk Salad Annie 4.46 / 24. Introductions 8.05 / 25. Blue Suede Shoes 1.50 / 26. All Shook Up (inc.) 1.21 / 27. Hound Dog 2.01 / 28. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4.59 / 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.55 / 30. Closing Vamp. (inc.) 0.14
TIME 45.46
Approximate Total running time: 79.30
Source: e-mail - August 30th 2008



Trying To Get To You

As recorded live in Rochester, New York, Community War Memorial, May 25th, 1977. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 10th CD, entitled  "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), in September 2008. 

Elvis' May '77 tour was very uneven, compared to all his earlier ones. He performed 14 shows in all, and at the beginning of tour, he was lethargic and looking really unwell. There were alarming moments, like when Elvis left the stage in Baltimore, MD, for 20 minutes or when he did very lackluster shows in Philadelphia on May 28th or in Baton Rouge on June 1st. However, as the tour progressed, on some evenings Elvis showed that he could still deliver. Recorded evidence shows that the best concerts are May 24-27, May 30 and June 2nd. The Rochester, May 25th, 1977 concert as presented on this CD was the 6th stop of the tour, and his 1st concert in New York State in '77. 

Even in '77 there were moments of brilliance in some of Elvis concerts. In Rochester, Elvis appeared to be in a good mood and in strong voice, giving solid performances of "You Gave Me A Mountain", "One Night", "My Way" and "Hurt" among others. One song that deserves special mention is the title song. For some reason, "Trying To Get To You" was probably the only classic 50s track that Elvis always treated with respect - even in his last months. 

The audio-quality of the recording is quite good. As you've come to expect from us, Straight Arrow managed to obtain the ORIGINAL TAPE as recorded by the same person that taped the Richfield '76 concert, which we released earlier this year. The recording was completely restored and the sound was upgraded for the best possible listening pleasure.  

It's almost unnecessary to add that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 40 photos from the actual concert, incl. some never-before seen ones.  

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, with the rather silly title "JAILHOUSE ROCK MAN IN CONCERT" (Great Dane label, 1993). The sound of this CD which also had a couple of glitches and mastering errors is not to be compared with the  rich and atmospheric audience sound on our new release. Why settle for a Lada when you can have a brand new, shiny Cadillac? Do yourself a favour and get this little beauty today. Rock with the King, '77 style we assure you, even the cynics among you will be pleasantly surprised! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock (with reprise) - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. One Night (by request) - 15. My Way - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano Solo (by Bobby Ogdin) - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 28, 2008




Red-Hot In Richmond

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume Two

The next Madison label release will be Red-Hot In Richmond - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 2.

This fiery performance, captured in Richmond, Virginia by a battery of MGM documentary cameras on Monday, April 10, 1972, has been issued once before -- but this time it's far more complete, and in GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from MGM's multi-track tapes into superb STEREO!

Snippets of this evening made the final cut of MGM's "Elvis On Tour," although with hindsight, it seems this was a major mistake.  Ripping tracks like "Proud Mary," "It's Over," "Hound Dog," "For The Good Times" "Polk Salad Annie" and "An American Trilogy" were top shelf.  And Elvis was in very, very good humour the entire night -- oh, yes, you're in for a real treat.

Track listing :

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:17 ; 02. C.C. Rider 2:59 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:31 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:37 ; 09. All Shook Up 0:58 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:49 ; 11. Heartbreak Hotel 2:04 ; 12. Hound Dog 1:21 ; 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:11 ; 14. Love Me Tender 1:43 ; 15. It's Over 2:15 ; 16. Suspicious Minds 4:52 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:50 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:07 ; 19. I Can't Stop Loving You 2:21 ; 20. An American Trilogy 4:15 ; 21. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (incomplete)* 2:40 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:02

* Unfortunately, the kickoff to "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is missing.
Total Time = 59:03

source: e-mail - August 24, 2008

The Joan Deary Tapes

Here we have the artwork of the forthcoming CD "The Joan Deary tapes" by the suprise records.
Source: e-mail - August 4, 2008

I'm a steamroller baby

A new CD release coming out soon is "I'm A Steamroller Baby" on the Steam label.
It will feature the February 16, 1973 Dinner Show (8:15 p.m.) at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tracklist:
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman/Amen / Love Me Tender / You Dont Have To Say You Love Me / Steamroller Blues / You Gave Me A Mountain / Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Johnny B. Goode / Hound Dog / What Now My Love / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / Elvis Introduces Johnny Tillotson / I Cant Stop Loving You / American Trilogy / Cant Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp/ Announcement
Source: E-mail - August 4, 2008

Trying To Get To You

As recorded live in Rochester, New York, Community War Memorial, May 25th, 1977. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 10th CD, entitled  "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), in late August 2008. 

Elvis' May '77 tour was very uneven, compared to all his earlier ones. He performed 14 shows in all, and at the beginning of tour, he was lethargic and looking really unwell. There were alarming moments, like when Elvis left the stage in Baltimore, MD, for 20 minutes or when he did very lackluster shows in Philadelphia on May 28th or in Baton Rouge on June 1st. However, as the tour progressed, on some evenings Elvis showed that he could still deliver. Recorded evidence shows that the best concerts are May 24-27, May 30 and June 2nd. The Rochester, May 25th, 1977 concert as presented on this CD was the 6th stop of the tour, and his 1st concert in New York State in '77. 

Even in '77 there were moments of brilliance in some of Elvis concerts. In Rochester, Elvis appeared to be in a good mood and in strong voice, giving solid performances of "You Gave Me A Mountain", "One Night", "My Way" and "Hurt" among others. One song that deserves special mention is the title song. For some reason, "Trying To Get To You" was probably the only classic 50s track that Elvis always treated with respect - even in his last months. 

The audio-quality of the recording is quite good. As you've come to expect from us, Straight Arrow managed to obtain the ORIGINAL TAPE as recorded by the same person that taped the Richfield '76 concert, which we released earlier this year. The recording was completely restored and the sound was upgraded for the best possible listening pleasure.  

It's almost unnecessary to add that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 40 photos from the actual concert, incl. some never-before seen ones.  

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, with the rather silly title "JAILHOUSE ROCK MAN IN CONCERT" (Great Dane label, 1993). The sound of this CD which also had a couple of glitches and mastering errors is not to be compared with the  rich and atmospheric audience sound on our new release. Why settle for a Lada when you can have a brand new, shiny Cadillac? Do yourself a favour and get this little beauty today. Rock with the King, '77 style we assure you, even the cynics among you will be pleasantly surprised! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock (with reprise) - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. One Night (by request) - 15. My Way - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano Solo (by Bobby Ogdin) - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 2, 2008


SEPTEMBER NIGHTS

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the beginning of September is titled "September Nights" and will feature two unreleased shows from Las Vegas September 04, 1970 Dinner Show (part only) + the complete show from September 07, 1970 Closing Night. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to provide unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his ability. In this our ninth release, we are proud to present two very rare shows, one complete and part of the second to give you a more complete view of the last part of Elvis August 1970 season. Despite being the end of the season, Elvis' love of singing is clear in these tapes and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to them. The Dinner show from September 4th, as presented on this CD is almost complete, missing the last two tracks only. If we look closely at the late Vegas act of September 1970 we can see that Elvis although tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid and rough; the basic track listing is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, Youve Lost that Loving Feeling or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents the best of his repertoire from the season. The best song from this dinner show is without doubt the oldie One Night here performed in a very rough and concentrated way surely the best version of the season.


The Closing Show of a memorable season maybe the best one, although shorter with respect to the early shows and not of comparable intensity but still valuable. Elvis performs the show in essence as his greatest hits of the season and he performs it as only he can at that moment. Songs like I Just Cant Help Believing, Youve Lost Than Loving Feeling and Polk Salad Annie sound solid and well performed overall with feeling, the same feeling the we find at the end with Bridge Over Troubled Water, the best song of the show.

These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is very good considering the early season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.
For the Third time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live unreleased photographs of the August season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.

Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp 0.38 / 02. That's All Right Mama 1.37 / 03. I Got A Woman 2.31 / 04. I Walk The Line (exc) 0.11 / 05. Monologue/Love Me Tender 6.53 / 06. Ive Lost You 2.29 / 07. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.09 / 08. Polk Salad Annie 4.12 / 09. Band Intro 2.34 / 10. Hound Dog (exc) 0.05 / 11. Johnny B.Goode 1.37 / 12. Band Intro 1.49 / 13. The Wonder Of You 3.07 / 14. One Night 1.37
TIME 33.32
15. Opening Vamp 0.31 / 16. That's All Right Mama 2.20 / 17. I Got A Woman 2.36 / 18. I Walk The Line (exc)1.54 / 19. Monologue 3.07 / 20. Ive Lost You 2.33 / 21. I Just Cant Help Believin 4.37 / 22. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.44 / 23. Polk Salad Annie 4.46 / 24. Introductions 8.05 / 25. Blue Suede Shoes 1.50 / 26. All Shook Up (inc.) 1.21 / 27. Hound Dog 2.01 / 28. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4.59 / 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.55 / 30. Closing Vamp. (inc.) 0.14
TIME 45.46
Approximate Total running time: 79.30

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

Directly From The 1972 Elvis Summer Festival

A new CD release from the Label "Las Vegas Archives" will release a show from the August 5, 1972 Dinner Show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Songs:
2001 Theme / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / Youve Lost That Loving Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / What Now My Love / Fever / Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (excerpt) /Love Me / Little Sister/Get Back / A Big Hunk Of Love / The Wonder Of You / Hound Dog / Blue Suede Shoes / My Way / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / American Trilogy / Cant Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp Bonus songs:
(August 5, 1972 Midnight Show Hilton Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada)
Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / The Wonder Of You / For The Good Times / My Way / Johnny B. Good
Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

New Import CD Label SURPRISE RECORDS

Coming late August or early September. Surprise Records proudly presents ...
a new CD full with great Elvis songs taken directly from the Joan Deary Tapes! 24 great Elvis tracks with a total playing time over 77 minutes - in stunning never-before heard sound quality. The late Joan Deary (Elvis' RCA record producer) worked on these tracks for a possible future release on the "Greatest Hits" series, but after Volume 1 was released back then in 1981 (?) a Volume 2 never followed. So these professionally remixed tapes were put into the archives. For years a CD-R was circulating with these great tracks, but now for the first time they will be made available on a professional silver pressed disc! This CD comes along with a beautiful full color booklet containing all necessary information about every track along with great pictures of Elvis. Also the lyrics to each song will be included - exactly transcribed word for word as Elvis did sing them!
Tracklist: 01. Hey Jude 02. Help Me Make It Through The Night 03. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Trade) 04. Ill Take You Home Again, Kathleen 05. When Im Over You 06. Always On My Mind 07. It Aint No Big Thing (But Its Growing) 08. Im Leavin 09. Where Do I Go From Here 10. Until Its Time For You To Go 11. If I Were You 12. Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It 13. Fool 14. This Is Our Dance 15. Cindy, Cindy 16. Separate Ways 17. (Thats What You Get) For Lovin Me 18. Life 19. Love Letters 20. Ill Never Know 21. We Can Make The Morning 22. Early Morning Rain 23. Sylvia 24. The Sound Of Your Cry
Surprise Records will also include a special bonus feature Look out for this great release that will be the first in a series of great future releases
Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

A Greensboro Revolution ! 

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume One

Here's the covert art of next Madison release A Greensboro Revolution! - Standing Room Only Tapes, Volume One. It will be released soon and Volume Two should follow 3-4 weeks after.   

This sparkling performance, recorded in Greensboro, NC on Friday, April 14, 1972, in the presence of MGM's documentary cameras, has been issued many times in the past, but never in such GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from MGM multi-track tapes into superb STEREO. 

The April 1972 tour was Presley's first of the year.  And he was ready.  Three outstanding performances from this gig made the final cut of "Elvis On Tour" -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "An American Trilogy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."  In 1992, "The Lost Performances" gave fans a fourth visual, with the inclusion of "Release Me."  All are here, and the entire evening is a delight.   

Track listing : 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 3:09 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:35 ; 09. All Shook Up 1:00 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:26 ; 11. Hound Dog 1:30 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:49 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:13 ; 15. Suspicious Minds 4:48 ; 16. Love Me Tender 1:34 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:21 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:08 ; 19. An American Trilogy 4:42 ; 20. Burning Love 2:44 ; 21. Release Me 3:03 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:15 

Bonus Tracks: 24. Backstage, Saturday, April 15, 1972, Macon, GA 0:59 ; 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unrepaired) 3:43 

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


Raised On Vegas

Recorded live in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel, August 08, 1973, Opening night. 

The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "RAISED ON VEGAS". Between July 21-24, 1973 Elvis recorded 10 tracks at the legendary Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - but only one of these made it into his live act: "Raised On Rock". Just a few weeks after these sessions, on August 6th, Elvis opened another "Las Vegas Summer Festival" with the rather unique concert presented on this CD. 

During this unusual show, Elvis performed "Trouble" from "King Creole" (1958) and segued straight into the recent "Raised On Rock". This is the only known live performance of the latter song. Later in the show Elvis surprised his audience with another live rarity: "Memphis Tennessee". Elvis also introduced a contemporary favorite of his, "My Boy", a rather hesitantly performed version that predates his studio-version by four months.  

1973 was a very busy year for Elvis. The triumph of the "Aloha" show was followed by two Las Vegas seasons, two long tours, July, September and December recording sessions, hospitalization for detoxification as well as the October divorce. Elvis was truly caught in a trap, both professionally and personally. By now, he was just as fed up with the glitter and artificiality of Vegas as hed been of the Travelogue movies just a few years earlier. Nevertheless, his opening and closing concerts in Vegas were always special events and this one is no exception! 

This recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape as recorded by a member of the audience. The tape source is independent and of much better quality, than the first 1st release of this show ("FIRE IN VEGAS" - 1993). All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure, and the speed was corrected. All accompanying photographs were taken between April and August 1973. 

Tracks:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Trouble (1st live version) - 04. Raised On Rock (only live version) - - 05. Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. What Now My Love - 08. Blue Suede Shoes - 09. Memphis Tennessee - 10. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Can't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. Hound Dog - 13. Fever - 14. My Boy (1st live version) - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Celebrity Introductions (Petula Clark, Guy March, Phillis McGuire, Liza Minelli) - 18. I Can't Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. A Big Hunk O' Love - 23. Help Me Make It Through The Night - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 63:12

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country-Volume I

After 38 years, Elvis's voice remains impressive on each track!

-It easily could have been recorded yesterday.

-You'll discover more and more after playing it back.

-The songs I know, sound better and more complete on this cd.

(A few of the first general reactions during a playback session of the master with various Elvis fans) 

These are the first 22 amazing tracks collected from private collections of which many for the first time in this shape on CD.  These are the acetates which Elvis took home to play-back and agreed to be released!

All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered.

These acetates often sounded better & different than what we know and made it to the final release! 

Some tracks which appear to be known, are now for the first time in their more complete form. This includes studio talk, count in, left & right channels, longer fade outs or even different lyrics or simply differently sung. Most are in stereo. As happened in the past, some releases only used one channel (This was an easy way to reduce the distortion, but so much got lost!) .The audio difference between tracks is purely the source and the transfer. Some have been transferred on to DAT, others on to regular cassette tapes in the past. Keep in mind that the original acetates are various in playability. Original acetates can only be played a few times (after that the quality gets less.)

We chose for maximum sound quality per track instead of making them similar to each other! In this way you always get the best sound out of very recording. 

The basic synopsis for this release:  The first masters without dubbing, repairs in their complete form.  Unfortunately we don't have every master on acetate of the June and September sessions. So we added some first takes to cover all songs. Also a few tracks of work in progress, a rare chance to hear, a song still being built up to a complete dubbed master. Guide-strings, -horns, -backing vocals, the talking, it's all there! 

Something which will strike everybody is, that Elvis's voice remains impressive on each track. 

Background information;

It's a public known fact that Elvis regularly disagreed with the released version of the songs.Unluckily, he hardly made his point towards the ones responsible, knowing there were times he was wrong and the song became a hit (In the ghetto, Suspicious minds, Burning love & others)

This cd contains the versions how Elvis liked it! All together a really new kind of release which will make many Elvis fan's happy to hear these rare acetates available in their best possible form. The purist will be happy since no effects have been used to enhance the sound. There are no further copies of acetates available in better sound, only a very few copies were made of each song and most are gone or badly damaged. The acetate lacquer wears out very fast, so every track is really unique.  

Note: None of the used versions are included on the recent FTD release of "That's the way it  is" or the forthcoming "Love letters from Elvis". Only parts of the acetates, which you can enjoy in full version on this cd are used in the documentary; Elvis "That's way it is".

The cd contains 22 songs with a 20 pages full color booklet having extensive liner notes to guide you through the songs, background info about Elvis' 1970 and explains in detail what an acetate really is. Also why and how it's made.

This is a limited release so we will be able to continue to release in chronologic order, containing the original acetates in best possible condition. 1970 will be a Volume 1 & 2 which will be release a little later this year.

"YOU KNOW, IT DONT HAVE TO BE STRICTLY COUNTRY "   VOLUME 1 is set for release this month !  Don't miss your opportunity to get the Ultimate acetate collection. 

TRACKLIST : 

01. Twenty days and twenty nights (Take 9 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  02.  I've lost you  (Take 7  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  03.  I was born about 10.000 years ago  (Take 1 Master , undubbed unedited)  04.  The sound of your cry (Take 11 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  05.  The fool  (Take 1 try out) 06.  Little cabin on the hill  (Take 2) Master,  undubbed  07.  Cindy ,Cindy  (take 1) unedited  08.  Bridge over troubled water  (Take 8 Master , undubbed - unedited, unrepaired)  09.  Got my mojo working /Keep your hands off it (Take 1 Master , dubbed brass & horns unedited) 10.  How the web was woven (take 3 Master, back-up vocals, no additional overdubbing ) (previous unreleased)  11.  It's your baby, you rock it  (Take 5 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate 12.  Stranger in the crowd (take 9 - Master, Guide strings & backing vocals ) (previously unreleased)  13.  I'll never know  (Take 7 Master, undubbed unedited) Acetate  14.  Mary in the morning  (Take 5 Master, undubbed, unedited) Acetate 15.  Ain't no big thing  (Take 9)  (dubbed strings) (previously unreleased)  16.  You don't have to say you love me (take 3 Alternate Master, dubbed strings no backing vocals) (previously unreleased)  17.  Just pretend (Take 3  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  18.  This is our dance  (Take 11 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  19.  Life (Take 20 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  20.  Heart of Rome (Take 3 Used for composite Master , undubbed unedited) Stereo (previously  unreleased)  21. Bridge over troubled water  - V.O  July 2 3 (Acetate) stereo (previously unreleased)  22. There goes my everything (Take 3  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate. Total running time over 76+ minutes

source: e-mail - July 14, 2008


The Final Farewell Out Now

OUT NOW! Rainbow Records has just released a 2 CD-Set entitledThe Final Farewell, containing the complete 76,30 minute-long performance of Elvis Presleys very last concert on June 26th, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. There have already been a few CD- (and Vinyl) releases on this topic in the past. We believe that the one called ADIOS has been THE standard for the release of the Indianapolis show for the last 15 years.

NOW Rainbow Records goes a little further with a new concept for a release of this particular show. We are now able to present this historical event in its entirety, including the opening act which was an undeniable part of the "Elvis Presley Show" all through the 1970s. Disc 1 includes the opening act while Disc 2 covers the actual show. The sound is brighter and clearer than ever before and it gives you the perfect impression of what it must have felt like to be in that large concert hall, together with thousands of fans, celebrating the "King's" final concert of his June 77 tour. Sadly enough, nobody in the crowd had any idea of what was going to happen only six weeks after.
This brandnew Rainbow Records release is rounded off by a great 20-page booklet containing lots of photos plus all necessary information regarding the show. As a special bonus, the first 250 copies of the 2 CD-set will include a DIN A3 poster showing Elvis holding both hands up to bid the fans an affectionate - and final farewell.

Disc One
01 - Great Good Morning 02 - Street Corner Preacher 03 - Gone At Last 04 - Operator 05 - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 06 - Black Sunday 07 - If You Leave Me Now 08 - Get Away 09 - Introductions

Disc Two
01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra 02 - See See Rider 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 04 - Love Me 05 - Fairytale 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 07 - Jailhouse Rock 08 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 09 - Little Sister 10 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 11 - Release Me 12 - I Can't Stop Loving You 13 - Bridge Over Troubled Water 14 - Band Introductions 15 - Early Mornin' Rain 16 - What'd I Say 17 - Johnny B. Goode 18 - Larry Londin Drum Solo 19 - Jerry Scheff Bass Solo 20 - Tony Brown Piano Solo 21 - I Really Don't Want To Know 22 - Bobby Ogdin Electric Clavinet Solo 23 - Joe Guercio Orchestra 24 - Hurt 25 - Hound Dog 26 - Introductions 27 - Can't Help Falling In Love 28 - Closing Vamp

Source: e-mail - June 17, 2008


Elvis Back With A Bang !

Here's the covert art of the forthcoming release ELVIS BACK WITH A BANG! from the Audionics/Fort Baxter label. This CD will feature the Las Vegas, March 22, 1975 Midnight show as taken directly from 1st generation DAT copy of original mono soundboard tape. 

This classic concert includes ultimate performances of "Fairytale", "Green Green Grass Of Home", "And I Love You So", "Promised Land" and the rare "You're The Reason I'm Living". 

As you've come to expect from Audionics team, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And as usually, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live photographs from March and April, 1975 and informative liner notes. This CD is set for release in late June. Don't miss your opportunity to get an ultimate release of legendary March 22, 1975 Midnight show!

Tracklist:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. And I Love You So - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. It's Midnight - 09. Promised Land - 10. Green Green Grass Of Home - 11. Fairytale - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (by Duke Bardwell) - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 18. Orchestra Solo - 19. My Boy - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 23. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 24. I'll Be There (excerpt) / You're The Reason I'm Living (only live version) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.

Tracks 01.-03. recorded in Las Vegas, March 20, 1975, Dinner show. Tracks 04. - 26. recorded live in Las Vegas, March 22, 1975, Midnight show.  

Running time: 62:43 Running time: 62:43 Running time: 62:43

source: e-mail - June 10, 2008


Royal Gambit In Richfield Released 

The "Straight Arrow" label released his last CD entitled "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD."

The audio-quality of the recording is really stunning, especially considering the fact that it was taped from the audience in a large stadium. Producers were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the Johnson City and Orlando 1977 concerts released by STRAIGHT ARROW in 2006 as "TENNESSEE STARLIGHT" and "GOING BACK IN TIME", respectively. 

Among the Richfield highlights are powerful performances of "And I Love You So", "America", "Hurt", "Heartbreak Hotel" and especially "How Great Thou Art,'' performed with absolute show-stopping brilliance. It is followed by an always-welcome, return-to-the roots medley of "Mystery Train / Tiger Man." 

Straight Arrow has seen fit to include a deluxe, full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 30 photos from the actual show, taken by four different photographers. Once again, we are pleased to announce that the sleeve notes were written by a fan who was happy to be there and is finally sharing his precious memories of the occasion with us. 

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, entitled "FAIRY TALES" (Chips label, 1994). The sound of the old CD was markedly inferior and also incomplete, running for just 74 minutes. To the show's credit, it has long ranked on the "Top 40" import chart as voted on by fans. Now a superior version can rightly take its place.    

In closing, "Straight Arrow" team would like to thank all of you for the success of our label's previous release, "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" 2-CD set. As a result of this surge of interest, four new Elvis concert CDs are planned for 2008. We hope that you will enjoy the first of them - our springtime release:  "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD." 

Tracks:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. And I Love You So - 11. Little Darlin' (excerpt / intro only) - 12. Fever - 13. America The Beautiful - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Early Mornin' Rain - 17. What'd I Say - 18. Johnny B. Goode - 19. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt)  - 20. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 22. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 23. Love Letters - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt (with last part reprise) - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 29. Heartbreak Hotel - 30. How Great Thou Art - 31. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 32. Can't Help Falling In Love - 33. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

  Approximate running time: 79:50

source: FECC Forum - May 30, 2008


A Greensboro Revolution !- Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol.1

The next Madison label release will be A Greensboro Revolution! - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 1.  

This sparkling performance, recorded in Greensboro, NC on Friday, April 14, 1972, in the presence of MGM's documentary cameras, has been issued many times in the past, but never in such GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from the multi-track tapes into superb STEREO. 

The April 1972 tour was Presley's first of the year.  And he was ready.  Three outstanding performances from this gig made the final cut of "Elvis On Tour" -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "An American Trilogy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."  In 1992, "The Lost Performances" gave fans a fourth visual, with the inclusion of "Release Me."  All are here, and the entire evening is a delight.   

Track listing : 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 3:09 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:35 ; 09. All Shook Up 1:00 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:26 ; 11. Hound Dog 1:30 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:49 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:13 ; 15. Suspicious Minds 4:48 ; 16. Love Me Tender 1:34 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:21 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:08 ; 19. An American Trilogy 4:42 ; 20. Burning Love 2:44 ; 21. Release Me 3:03 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:15 

Bonus Tracks: 24. Backstage, Saturday, April 15, 1972, Macon, GA 0:59 ; 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unrepaired) 3:43 

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - May 24, 2008


Where No One Stands Alone

( REELTRAX LSP 3758-2 ) 

There are only a few more days before the new ''REELTRAX ''label will come up with their second cd titled '' Where No One Stands Alone ''.

REELTRAX is again - able to present a great variety of HGTA-Outtakes on its brandnew 79:58 minutes of listening pleasure-release in very good sound and better than you have heard it before. 

And if this would not be enough reason to get the cd while you can: You won't believe your ears when you hear the stunning sound on the 1966 private recording 'Oh How I Love Jesus! The other two bonus tracks are also presented with noticeably better sound than heard before. The tracklist is rounded off by a statement  from Felton Jarvis who talks about HIS story how it came to work with Elvis. 

'' Where No One Stands Alone'' contains a 20 (!!) page-booklet with all necessary information regarding Elvis' legendary HGTA-Sessions. 

We hope you like our new release on REELTRAX! 

Here is the tracklist: 01 - Where No One Stands Alone (Take 3+4) ; 02 - So High (Take 1) ; 03 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Take 1+2) ; 04 - We Call On Him (Take 4,5,8) ; 05 - How Great Thou Art (Take 1,2,3 + Count-in Take 4) ;  06 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Take 11,12,13,14,15,16) ; 07 - If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side (Takes 1,2 + count-in Take 3) ; 08 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I - workpart (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6) ;  09 - Without Him (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14) ; 10 - Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Take 1 + count-in Take 2) ; 11 - In The Garden (Take 1) ; 12 - Stand By Me (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6,7) ; 13 - Oh How I Love Jesus (private recording) ;  14 - How Great Thou Art incl. reprise - live June 10, 1975 ; 15 - Where No One Stands Alone - live February 16, 1977 ; 16 - Statement by Elvis' producer Felton Jarvis - December 16, 1980

source: e-mail - May 20, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970 Released

Madison's last release titled Opening Night - January 1970  is out now. The soundboard recording of the January 26, 1970 opening show was overall of poor quality because of severe microphone overload. It ain't perfect but NOW, and for the FIRST TIME you will be able to enjoy this GREAT concert in its entirety. This excellent new source has been greatly improved  into a surprisingly fuller, dynamic and warmer sound, and without any doubts the best-ever sound fidelity attained on this amazing opening show of January 1970.

This limited edition of  Opening Show - January 1970 will come with a professionally designed 16-page booklet, liner notes, memorabilia and photographs from Elvis' second Las Vegas season. Don't miss out soon a remarkable concert and  Closing Night - February 1970's  perfect companion, Opening Night - January 1970.

Track list :

1- Opening /All Shook Up 2:22 ; 2- That's All Right 2:51 ; 3- Proud Mary 2:55 ; 4- Don't Cry Daddy 3:00 ; 5- Medley :Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:24 ; 6- Long Tall Sally 1:50 ; 7- Let It Be Me 3:53 ; 8- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:50 ; 9- Medley : Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2:56 / ; 10- In The Ghetto 3:23 ; 11- True Love Travels On A Gravel Road ( with false start ) 3:44 ; 12- Sweet Caroline 4:02 ; 13- Polk Salad Annie 5:27 ; 14- Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra
2:16 ; 15- Kentucky Rain 3:18 ; 16- Suspicious Minds 6:27 ; 17- Can't Help Falling In Love 2:02

Track 17 is previously unreleased in full.


source: FECC Forum - May 16, 2008


High Spirit In Vegas & Getting Down To Business

For the first time these two concerts will be available under their original titles, but not on CD-R and at the correct speed. High Spirit In Vegas and Getting Down To Business were recorded from the audience but quality was above average for this type of material. Both should be released soon on the Vegas Strip label.

High Spirit In Vegas - Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1973 MS

1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:02 ; 2- C.C. Rider 3:21 ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen 4:26 ; 4- Love Me 1:40 ; 5- Steamroller Blues 2:48 ; 6- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:11 ; 7- Trouble 2:02 ; 8- Rock Medley : Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Don't Dance/Flip Flop And Fly/Hound Dog 2:37 ; 9- Love Me Tender 1:32 ; 10- Fever 2:37 ; 11- Bridge Over Troubled Water ( with reprise ) 5:24 ; 12- Suspicious Minds 4:05 ; 13- Introductions of the band and celebrities : Hugh O' Brian, Marty Allen and Vernon Presley 3:45 ; 14- My Boy 3:24 ; 15- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:18 ; 16- An American Trilogy 4:25 ; 17- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 3:16 ; 18- Mystery Train / Tiger Man 3:12 ; 19- How Great Thou Art 3:38 ; 20- A Big Hunk O' Love 2:08 ; 21- Release Me 2:12 ; 22- What Now My Love 3:08 ; 23- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 1:58

Getting Down To Business - Las Vegas, NV August 31, 1973 DS

1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:09 ; 2- C.C. Rider 3:21 ; 3- I Got A Woman / Amen 4:20 ; 4- Love Me 1:32 ; 5- Steamroller Blues 2:46 ; 6- You Gave Me A Mountain 3:09 ; 7- Trouble 2:04 ; 8- Rock Medley : Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin Goin' On/Mama Dont Dance/Flip Flop And Fly/Hound Dog 2:35 ; 9- Love Me Tender 1:40 ; 10- Fever 3:31 ; 11- Bridge Over Troubled Water 3:57 ; 12- Suspicious Minds 3:52 ; 13- Introductions of band and celebrity : Charlton Heston 2:41 ; 14- My Boy 3:19 ; 15- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:15 ; 16- An American Trilogy 4:01 ; 17- A Big Hunk O' Love 2:30 ; 18- The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ( beginning only ) 0:58 ; 19- How Great Thou Art ( reprise only ) 1:32 ; 20- Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing vamp 2:01

source: e-mail - April 28, 2008


American Glory

The MxF label will soon release its Forth CD titled ''American Glory!'' featuring the complete show from Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel December 06, 1975 MS and part of the opening night of the same Season. The concert is previously unreleased, here you have the opportunity to listen to a slice of the December '75 season without doubt one of the best moments of Elvis in 1975, the use of two great tapes make the rest. We are not talking of original tapes but due to the very good quality we are talking of two tapes came from an early generation copy of the master tapes. The audio-quality of the recording is really good, well balanced with not too heavy an audience intrusion and with the right feeling of an Elvis concert.

Elvis' performance in both the shows is superb; Elvis in spite of being overweight is still at the top of his musical ability, very intense and active on the stage. We are talking about one of his best seasons and very successful in terms of audience numbers considering that Las Vegas in December is a dead city, but not for Elvis. Both shows do not really have any low points as Elvis sings with intensity and delivers a solid repertoire, not too much space for the classic oldies but a more mature repertoire for the original rock singer with pop songs performed for the majority. 

Among the highlights are powerful performances of "Polk Salad Annie", "America The Beautiful", "Burning Love", "Just Pretend" , while on Opening Night we have  "It's Midnight,performed with absolute show-stopping brilliance and the rare version of You've Lost the Love Feelingand My Boy.  

The packaging will come with a 12 page booklet professionally edited, picture disc, relevant liner notes, original memorabilia and more than 15 photographs covering practically all of the seasons jumpsuits. These are two great  shows... the package, the 79,52 minutes of superb music give us definitely something unique We Hope The Definitive one in reference to Elvis' December 1975 Vegas Season. Don't miss it!!!! 

CD Total Time 79.52 min. 

December 06, 1975 MS Show

Tracklist:

01.2001 Theme; 1:08 02.C. C Rider; 3:25 03.I Got A Woman/Amen; 7:02 04. Love Me; 3:45 05. Fairytale; 4:41 06. And I Love You So; 4:09 07.All Shook Up; 1:00 08. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel; 2:15 09. Hound Dog; 2:07 10. Happy Birthday; 0:37 11.Polk Salad Annie; 4:44 12. Introductions; 1:08 13.Johnny B. Good; 0:56 14.Drums Solo; 1:27 15.Bass Solo; 1:14 16. Piano Solo; 1:41 17. Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll; 1:02 18. Just Pretend; 3:57 19.How Great Thou Art; 3:02 20. Burning Love; 2:44 21.Softly As I Leave You; 2:44 22. America the Beautiful; 2:26 23. It's Now or Never; 3:07 24.Can't Help Falling in Love; 1:57 

TIME 62:30 

December 02, 1975 OP Show  

25. Big Boss Man; 2:52 26.It's Midnight; 3:23 27. Early Morning Rain; 2:52 28.You've Lost the Loving Feeling; 4:17 29: My Boy; 3:56 

TIME 17:52

source: e-mail - April 14, 2008


Black Angels in Vegas

The first release from a brand new label Venus Productions is titled "Black Angels in Vegas". This 2 CD-set will contain the August 30, 1974 Midnight show, professionally remastered from a newly discovered first generation soundboard tape. The sound quality is stunning! The set will come to you in a beautiful full color, hardcover book with many rare and unpublished pictures plus extensive liner notes, spread over 60 pages.


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Tracks: 2001 Theme / See See Rider / Dialogue / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / It's Midnight / Big Boss Man / Fever / All Shook Up / Softly As I Leave You / Hound Dog / American Trilogy / Elvis introduces Dean Nichopoulos / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / Karate Monologue / If You Talk In Your Sleep / Elvis introduces Kang Rhee / Karate Dialogue / Help Me / Let Me Be There (+ reprise) / How Great Thou Art (+ reprise) / Hawaiian Wedding Song / You Gave Me A Mountain / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp
Source: e-mail - May 27, 2009



A Change Of Mind

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 3rd, 1973, Dinner show.

The next release from Straight Arrow (SA 2009-13-02), scheduled for early June, will be previously unreleased Las Vegas September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show. It is very strong concert, containing the only known 1973 version of "It's Now Or Never", rare "Polk Salad Annie" performed only twice in 1973, part of "Jailhouse Rock" and for 'rare live excerpts' fans there are bits of "Guadalajara", "Miracle Of The Rosary" and "Farther Along". 

This show was taped by the same person as Dec. 02nd, 1976 concert released as "LAST VEGAS OPENING NIGHT" and once again for this CD release, an original mastertape will be used. The sound quality is excellent - regarding the off-line source. 

As a bonus, 4 tracks from the closing show are also included. They originate from the B-side of the same master tape cassette. All prior releases of these songs from the closing show derive from a substandard source. 

Note: to prevent any speculations, we would like to make clear that the CD "Top Acts In Vegas Vol. 4" from 1995 is containing September 2nd, 1973 Dinner show, NOT September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show as stated in the CD design. The date is wrong. 

Excerpts from the sleeve notes: 

"Elvis was coming to the end of his 1973 summer season at the Las Vegas Hilton, one most notable for much banter with his musicians and frequent lyric changes. The Labor Day dinner show, Monday, September 3, was just such a performance. At 8:45 pm, the star, in his glittering "Blue Superman" jumpsuit, appeared to warm applause. He seemed a little sleepy, but would soon be his energetic self. After "C. C. Rider", as he was welcoming the crowd, the microphone came off the top of its stand in three pieces, which he then tossed to Red West, commenting about how it needed to be taped up. 

"Fever" was peppered with ad-libs, and at one point a female yelled out, "Room Three-Forty Five!" to much audience laughter. "Now you've listened to HER story", sang Elvis, and there was a lot of leg action as he concluded the song out on the ramp the Hilton had added to the main showroom. 

Introductions were interspersed with humour, especially when Elvis recalled how he'd thrown water on piano player Glen Hardin the night before. "He came [after the show] in with all of the arrangements, all of his wardrobe, and quit, you know. Made a big deal out of it! ... I'm gonna do it again tonight!" Glen nimbly sprang out of the way as Elvis aimed a glass of water at him. Intros over, Elvis sang a few bars of "Farther Along", Glen echoing him on piano. He stopped, and instead began "Release Me".  

"That's about it, folks", Elvis reluctantly announced, adding that the hotel didn't like them to stay on stage too long. But then someone called out for "Polk Salad Annie". Turning to Glen, he quietly said "For The Good Times", and Hardin began to play the introduction.  Yet again Elvis instantly changed his mind, and attacked the request for "Polk Salad Annie" instead. Over more requests, he began "Can't Help Falling In Love". Before he disappeared behind the showroom's descending gold curtain, someone gave him a lei of red flowers, which he sweetly put around his neck". 

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Steamroller Blues - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain / Guadalajara (partial) - 06. Trouble - 07. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop & Fly / Hound Dog - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Fever - 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 13. Farther Along (partial) / Release Me - 14. An American Trilogy - 15. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 16. Jailhouse Rock (partial) - 17. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 18. It's Now Or Never - 19. How Great Thou Art - 20. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Miracle Of The Rosary (partial) - 21. Polk Salad Annie - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Bonus (September 3, 1973 Closing Show): 

24. C. C. Rider - 25. Love Me - 26. Steamroller Blues - 27. You Gave Me A Mountain - 28. Trouble 

Approximate running time: 79:41

source : e-mail - May 26, 2009



Stranger In The Crowd

Audionics will release another version of the August 13, 1970 Dinner show, this time in stereo. The title will be Stranger in the Crowd, and the disc will contain the full show. Only Sweet Caroline is spliced with the Aug. 11 D.S. version, but the full version of this show is included as bonus in mono.

Tracks:
 
01. Opening Theme (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 02. Opening Vamp / That's All Right, Mama - 03. I Got A Woman - 04. Hound Dog - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. Don't Cry Daddy - 08. In The Ghetto - 09. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 10. Stranger In The Crowd - 11. Make The World Go Away - 12. Sweet Caroline (with false start) * - 13. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions / Instrumental break - 16. Band Introductions / Introduction of Art Carney - 17. The Wonder Of You - 18. Heartbreak Hotel - 19. Blue Suede Shoes - 20. One Night - 21. All Shook Up - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Suspicious Minds - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love
 
 * spliced with August 11th, 1970 Dinner show version         
                                              
Bonus track:
                       
25. Sweet Caroline (with false start) - complete August 13th, 1970 Dinner show mono version

source: e-mail - May 26, 2009


Exceeding All Expectations Out Now

Out NOW is the latest production from the “Rainbow Records” label. With their newest release they fulfill several requests from fans who wrote down their thoughts in many well-known messageboards all over Europe. This 2 CD set contains the complete performance of Elvis´ last show he ever did within his legendary Sahara Tahoe – Engagements – it is the Closing Show of May 9, 1976. Way back in 1993 the “MAC” label released this show using a stunning long-box format. Because this set sold out within a few months - being a real collectors item since then - we decided to give the very interesting content of the show another chance to be listened by as many fans as possible. And to make one thing clear: this show is a real must to listen to. Hear Elvis in a very relaxed mood, not caring at all that the hotel´s management is (still) desperately wanting to force him to do much shorter performances. In fact Elvis gives the crowd more than they probably expected, being on stage for the longest performance he ever did (a stunning two-hours set), singing, laughing and talking as if he would be together with a couple of friends right at his living room at Graceland!

While the first release of this show sixteen years ago suffered from being incomplete (on both editions) we have been able to find new – and different – sources of recordings. These tapes have a listenable, decent sound quality for a fine release. We mixed the tapes using the best of more than one source. Also the new Rainbow Records release will run at the original speed which is different to the MAC release from ´93. The result is – so far - the most definite release of Elvis´ final Lake Tahoe concert.

A few words regarding the content: Of course, you will find the tracklist at the end of this announcement, but we want to point out some real beauties of this set. A rare and unrehearsed version of “Return To Sender” must be mentioned as well as another rarity: “Young And Beautiful”. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, dedicated to Linda Thompson and sung with passion. Elvis tells a very funny story about the “Boat Scene” in the movie “Blue Hawaii” and even sings a few lines of his “Sun” classic “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. So all in all there is a lot to discover while listening to Elvis´ not only longest, but also very unusual show! As a bonus we have included David Briggs´ instrumental version of the song “Lady Madonna” which at the time was not only used for the band introductions but also appeared as one of the leading tracks on his solo album titled “Keyboard Sculpture”.
Don’t miss this release. You are getting another classy 2 CD set from Rainbow Records. By the way: Needless to say that its booklet features great liner notes on 20 pages in full colour!

TRACKLIST:

CD 1:
01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss) 02 - See See Rider (traditional) 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen (Ray Charles) / (traditional= 04 - Love Me (Leiber / Stoller) 05 - When The Saints Go Marching In (traditional) 06 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (Rostill) 07 - You Gave Me A Mountain (Marty Robbins) 08 - All Shook Up (Blackwell / Presley) 09 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (Mann / Low) / (Blackwell / Presley) 10 - Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins) 11 - Return To Sender (Otis Blackwell / Winfield Scott) 12 - Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Axton / Tommy Durden) 13 - Story about the Boat scene (talking monologue) 14 - The Hawaiian Wedding Song (King - Hoffman - Manning) 15 - America, The Beautiful (traditional) 16 - Polk Salad Annie (Tony Joe White)

CD 2:
01 - Band Introductions (talking only) 02 - Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot) 03 - What'd I Say (Ray Charles) 04 - Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry) 05 - Drum Solo (instrumental) 06 - Bass Solo (instrumental) 07 - Tony Brown Piano Solo (instrumental) 08 - David Briggs Solo (instrumental) 09 - Love Letters (Heyman - Young) 10 - School Days (Chuck Berry) 11 - Wooden Heart (Wise - Weisman - Twomey - Kaemfert) 12 - Young And Beautiful (Aaron Schroeder / Abner Silver) 13 - That's All Right (Arthur Crudup) 14 - Blue Christmas (Billy Hayes / Jay Johnson) 15 - Hurt #1 (Crane / Jacobs) 16 - Hurt #2 (Crane / Jacobs) 17 - Hound Dog (Leiber / Stoller) 18 - Mickey Mouse Club March (Jimmie Dodd) 19 - Happy Birthday to y'all (traditional) 20 - My Heavenly Father (Martin / Gabriel) 21 - Guadalajara (Pepe Guizar) 22 - Love Me Tender (Matson / Presley) 23 - Danny Boy by Sherril Nielsen (traditional) 24 - Funny How Time Slips Away by Sherril Nielsen (Willie Nelson) 25 - Charity Announcement (talking only) 26 - Burning Love (Dennis Linde) 27 - Help Me (Larry Gatlin) 28 - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan MacColl) 29 - Jailhouse Rock (Leiber / Stoller) 30 - One Night (Bartholomew / King) 31 - How Great Thou Art (Stuart Hine) 32 - Can't Help Falling In Love (Weiss / Peretti / Creatore) 33 – Closing Vamp (instrumental)

Bonus track (David Briggs): 34 - Lady Madonna (Lennon / McCartney)
Source: e-mail - May 2, 2009


The Last Vegas Opening Night Out Now

Straight Arrow's 12th release (SA 2009-12A/B-02) is out now. This 2CD set of the famous December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night was delayed, because Straight Arrow is here to give you the best possible quality. We originally intended to use a 1978 first generation copy for this release, simply because we figured that the original tape was no longer around or could no longer be traced. But then, as the project was almost near completion, our search for the original tape finally paid off, and we got in touch with the person who recorded the concert and owns the original 120-minute master tape. The sound fidelity and overall quality of this tape is FAR superior to any copy in circulation, and unlike these copies is also 100% complete! 

The negotiations took some time, but we can assure you that you will be impressed when you hear this; one of the King’s finest ’76 concerts in a remarkably clear and dynamic sound. The person who recorded the show also wrote the liner notes, a unique eye-witness perspective from a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail. 

As you can notice, we decided to change the front cover design too. We believe that new front cover is cool. Originally selected front cover photo of Elvis with Charlie Hodge is used inside the booklet.  

Tracks:

CD1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Dialogue / Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - 12. And I Love You So - 13. I Just Can't Help Believin' (by request / last live version) - 14. Fever - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Polk Salad Annie. 

CD2: 01. Band Introductions - 02. Early Mornin' Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - 12. Hurt #1 - 13. Hurt #2 - 14. Hound Dog (with false start) - 15. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - 16. Dialogue - 17. Blue Christmas - 18. That's All Right, Mama - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp. 

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes 

Special information: 

The next release from Straight Arrow, scheduled for early May, will be previously unreleased Las Vegas September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show. It is very strong concert, containing the only known 1973 version of "It's Now Or Never", rare "Polk Salad Annie" performed only twice in 1973, part of "Jailhouse Rock" and for 'rare live excerpts' fans there are bits of "Guadalajara", "Miracle Of The Rosary" and "Farther Along". 

This show was recorded by the same person as Dec. 02nd, 1976 concert and once again for our CD release, an original master tape will be used. The sound quality is excellent - regarding the off-line source. 

Note: to prevent any speculations, we would like to make clear that the CD "Top Acts In Vegas Vol. 4" from 1995 is containing September 2nd, 1973 Dinner show, NOT September 3rd, 1973 Dinner show as stated in the CD design. The date is wrong.

source : e-mail - April 21, 2009


Setting The Day

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the begin of May,  is titled "Setting The Day" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 30, 1971 part Dinner Show + complete of the Midnight Show.  

As everybody knows SR concentrates its work on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to always produce unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his ability. In this our eleventh release, we are proud to present two very rare shows, the first part only, to give you a more complete view of the day the second complete and unreleased. The first songs from August 30th dinner have been already edited although no in this audio-quality here you have the possibility to listen the highlights of the show and instead the midnight show complete concert is here for the first time giving you the possibility to live the whole day and the feeling the of Elvis' love of singing that result clear in these tapes and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to them.  

The Dinner/Midnight shows from August 30th, as presented on this CD, represents just two of the best shows of the season. If we look closely at the early Vegas act of August 1971 we can see that Elvis concentrates on the music to produce great shows. Elvis singing straight to the audience without pauses or jokes, the performance is solid and rough; the basic track listing is presented superbly. Songs like Proud Mary, Sweet Caroline or Polk Salad Annie never sounded better; Elvis is still dynamic on stage especially in songs like Suspicious Minds. He presents the best of his repertoire from the last two years. The only new song is the single I’m Leaving, heavily promoted during all of 1971 and sang until 1974. 

The man looks, sings and moves in a great way. Elvis is still performing at the height of his ability despite the presence of the golden cage of Vegas and the mediocre management, Elvis is still into his music. His focus, the attitude and his relationship with the music are still evident which enables him to deliver a great show. This level remains throughout the season.

In spite of the limitation of the audience tapes, we believe that overall in the early seventy recording they represent the best to listen the Vegas shows. 

These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is  good considering the early season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital   restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.   

As usually from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the August season.  

Tracks:  

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra   1.17

02. That's All Right, Mama  2.18

03. I Got A Woman 2.45 

04. Proud Mary 2.40

05. Sweet Caroline 2.26

06. Polk Salad Annie 4.02

07. It's Impossible 2.47

08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.40

09. Hound Dog 1.29

10. I'm Leaving 3.09

11. Can't Help Falling in Love 1.32

TIME 25.24

 Bonus tracks:

12. Also Sprach Zarathustra 1.16

13. That All Right Mama 2.22

14. I Got A Woman 2.37

15. Proud Mary  2.44

16. Sweet Caroline 2.20

17. Polk Salad Annie 4.19

18. Intro 0.53

19. Johnny B. Goode 1.44

20. It's Impossible 2.48

21: Love Me 1.32

22: Blue Suede Shoes/Whola Lotta.. 1.36

23: Heartbreak Hotel 1.33

24: Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 2.15

25. It's Over 2.09

26. Hound Dog (fs) 1.30

27: Hound Dog 1.28

28: Suspicious Minds 5.32

29: Band Intro 3.25

30: I'm Leaving 3.15

31: Bridge Over Troubled Water 5.50

32: Can't Help Falling Love 2.09 

TIME 54.26

   Approximate Total running time: 79.40

Source: E-mail - April 15, 2009

New Artwork for The Last Vegas Opening Night

We just received a new artwork for the upcoming CD "The Last Vegas Opening Night".
Source: E-mail - April 1, 2009


The Last Vegas Opening Night

Straight Arrow label announced its 12th release near the end of December; a double CD with the famous December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night. Some fans are asking, “Why is this release delayed and will it ever see the daylight?”.  The answer is very simple: Straight Arrow is here to give you the best possible quality. We originally intended to use a 1978 first generation copy for this release, simply because we figured that the original tape was no longer around or could no longer be traced. But then, as the project was almost near completion, our search for the original tape finally paid off, and we got in touch with the person who recorded the concert and owns the original 120-minute master tape. The sound fidelity and overall quality of this tape is FAR superior to any copy in circulation, and unlike these copies is also 100% complete! 

The negotiations took some time, but we came to an agreement, and the Straight Arrow team is now working its magic on the original tape. We can assure you that you will be impressed when you hear this; one of the King’s finest ’76 concerts in a remarkably clear and dynamic sound. The person who recorded the show also wrote the liner notes, a unique eye-witness perspective from a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail. 

Tracks:

CD1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Dialogue / Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - 12. And I Love You So - 13. I Just Can't Help Believin' (by request / last live version) - 14. Fever - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Polk Salad Annie. 

CD2: 01. Band Introductions - 02. Early Mornin' Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - 12. Hurt #1 - 13. Hurt #2 - 14. Hound Dog (with false start) - 15. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - 16. Dialogue - 17. Blue Christmas - 18. That's All Right, Mama - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp. 

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes

source : e-mail - March 27, 2009 



Rock My Soul Out Now

Rock My Soul, the latest Madison CD is out now.   It will be the label's final release. From everyone at Madison, we bid you a fond, affectionate farewell.

source: e-mail - March 21, 2009



Rock My Soul - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 5

Up next from Madison will be "Rock My Soul - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 5," with a fully-illustrated, 16-page booklet.

"Rock My Soul" concludes the chronicling of Elvis in a hot rehearsal at RCA Hollywood.  Hear Presley, the TCB band, and the Stamps Quartet run down the upcoming tour with a focus and a sense of fun, with unexpected delights like "Young and Beautiful" and a stunning gospel jam, featuring only Elvis, Charlie Hodge on piano and the Stamps providing backing and sometimes lead vocals.  This spirited closing segment is presented as it was recorded then, with piano on one channel and vocals on the other.

Finally, fans can enjoy the unedited second half of this March 31, 1972 rehearsal -- in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love 4:02 ; 02. Help Me Make It Through The Night 3:24 ; 03. Can't Help Falling In Love 2:19 ; 04. Young And Beautiful 5:17 ; 05. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2:48 ; 06. Release Me 3:29 ; 07. I'm Leavin' (partial) 0:41 ; 08. Elvis chats with musicians 3:10 ; 09. C. C. Rider 2:46 ; 10. Proud Mary 3:54 ; 11. Never Been To Spain 3:34 ; 12. The Lighthouse 6:10 ; 13. When It's My Time 5:00 ; 14. I, John 2:09 ; 15. Bosom Of Abraham 0:52 ; 16. You Better Run (with false start) 2:10 ; 17. Lead Me, Guide Me 3:45 ; 18. Sweet Sweet Spirit 2:42 ; 19. There's A Room At The Cross (partial) 1:54 ; 20. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God To Thee 4:47

Total: 65:06

source : e-mail - March 15, 2009 


Las Vegas Attraction Number 1

Here we have the Frontcover from the Showroom Records Release Las Vegas Attraction Number 1. This is the new title for the CD, earlier we mentioned it as A Dinner Show In Bright Light City.
Source: e-mail - March 9, 2009

That’s The Way It Is – The Complete Works

Out now is the superb DVD & CD Box-Set "That's The Way It Is - The Complete Works. The packaging is brilliant, and the editing is wonderful. Only too bad that the sound on the CD's are in MONO, but overall this is a great set. We won't go into details for this box-set, so we added link of a review by our good friends at Elvisnews.
Update March 9, 2009

A Dinner Date In Bright Light City

The Showroom Records label present A Dinner Date In Bright Light City - Elvis Presley recorded live on stage in the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada - December 3rd 1975, 10 p.m.
Elvis again was able to show that he still was the #1 performer, especially in Las Vegas! Don’t forget to remember that this already was his 14th engagement in “BrightLightCity”! Being in a great mood he was having a lot of fun with his audience. The track list of this particular show provides a nice song line-up: 01 | Also Sprach Zarathustra (0:48) 02 | See See Rider (3:45) 03 | I Got A Woman / Amen (5:53) 04 | Love Me (3:22) 05 | Fairytale (3:15) 06 | Big Boss Man (2:45) 07 | And I Love You So (3:37) 08 | Elvis Talks (3:12) 09 | Trying To Get To You (2:08) 10 | All Shook Up (1:03) 11 | Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (2:41) 12 | Blue Christmas (2:10) 13 | Polk Salad Annie (incomplete) (3:39) 14 | Band Introductions (1:13) 15 | Johnny B. Goode (0:53) 16 | Drum Solo Ronnie Tutt (1:06) 17 | Bass Solo Jerry Scheff 1:38) 18 | Piano Solo Glen D. Hardin (1:06) 19 | Band Introductions (0:24) 20 | School Days (with reprise) (1:34) 21 | My Boy (4:00) 22 | Just Pretend (3:57) 23 | How Great Thou Art (with reprise) (4:45) 24 | Burning Love (2:59) 25 | Softly As I Leave You (2:35) 26 | Mystery Train / Tiger Man (3:39) 27 | America The Beautiful (2:22) 28 | Can't Help Falling In Love (1:47) 29 | Closing Vamp (0:51)
Total playing time is over 73 minutes and the show stopping highlight is a breathtaking version of „How Great Thou Art”.
Source: E-mail - February 24, 2008

I Just Can't Help Believin' / The Last Opening Night

As recorded at the Hilton Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2nd, 1976, Opening show.

Straight Arrow label announced its 12th release near the end of December; a double CD with the famous December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night. Some fans are asking, “Why is this release delayed and will it ever see the daylight?”.  The answer is very simple: Straight Arrow is here to give you the best possible quality. We originally intended to use a 1978 first generation copy for this release, simply because we figured that the original tape was no longer around or could no longer be traced. But then, as the project was almost near completion, our search for the original tape finally paid off, and we got in touch with the person who recorded the concert and owns the original 120-minute master tape. The sound fidelity and overall quality of this tape is FAR superior to any copy in circulation, and unlike these copies is also 100% complete! 

The negotiations took some time, but we came to an agreement, and the Straight Arrow team is now working its magic on the original tape. We can assure you that you will be impressed when you hear this; one of the King’s finest ’76 concerts in a remarkably clear and dynamic sound. The person who recorded the show also wrote the liner notes, a unique eye-witness perspective from a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail. 

Excerpts from the sleeve notes: 

"There was a surprise then, as Elvis decided to sing "I Just Can't Help Believin'", creating pure magic and getting well-deserved applause. The mood changed completely: "Fever" was as sexy as ever, as Elvis, did exaggerated leg movements in the red spotlight. Charlie brought out a blue chair, but Elvis refused it, and began to tell the poignant story that led into "Softly As I Leave You". A pulsating intro could only mean one thing - "Polk Salad Annie". Elvis moved to the funky new arrangement and the heavy rock beat, raising excitement levels in the showroom." 

"The show - probably the second longest of Elvis's career - was drawing to a close. Elvis treated the audience to a fine "Bridge Over Troubled Water", introduced his father, thanked the crowd "for making this opening night really fantastic", and, ignoring requests for yet more songs, began "Can't Help Falling In Love". The-usual scarf-and-kiss routine drew many fans to the edge of the stage. Two tiny girls in blue dresses were put up onto the stage. Elvis acknowledged the crowd's ovation before disappearing under the descending gold curtain. He'd never be quite as dynamic again during the 12-day season, but it had been an opening night to remember - over 100 Magic Minutes."

Tracks:

CD1: 01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Dialogue / Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - 12. And I Love You So - 13. I Just Can't Help Believin' (by request / last live version) - 14. Fever - 15. Softly As I Leave You - 16. Polk Salad Annie. 

CD2: 01. Band Introductions - 02. Early Mornin' Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - 12. Hurt #1 - 13. Hurt #2 - 14. Hound Dog (with false start) - 15. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - 16. Dialogue - 17. Blue Christmas - 18. That's All Right, Mama - 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 20. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp. 

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes

source : e-mail - February 21, 2009



April Fool's Dinner

The upcoming CD-release by the Southern Comfort / Audionics "team-up" is entitled "APRIL FOOL'S DINNER", and it contains the excellent April 1st, 1975 dinner show. Import collectors first heard this recording via the 1980 vinyl release "Rockin' with Elvis April Fool's Day." This was later dubbed directly from vinyl for its 1992 CD debut, complete with pops and clicks. This new release marks the first time since the original LP that the original audience master tape has been used - and naturally it has received a significant upgrade using topnotch industry equipment. This stellar show is also now complete: "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Closing Vamp" from this show were actually on the original tape. These were restored to the best of our abilities, and are now included, warts and all. On the original LP and CD, these songs were borrowed from RCA's 1974 "Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis" album. The April Fool’s Day performance shows Elvis at his best – a far cry from the problematic October ’74 shows – he’s in excellent voice, and he performs a solid mix of classic songs and recent additions. Elvis is both entertaining and witty, and actually sounds like a seasoned Vegas pro. April 1st also marked the final day for bass player Duke Bardwell, who in all did 181 shows with Elvis, despite the fact that their relationship often was a bit strained. Duke had experienced some great highs and some terrible lows with Elvis, but at this stage he was fed up with it all and relieved that it would soon be over.

 
The first two Midnight Show bonus tracks are from a booth tape and the other 4 tracks (first heard on "Rocking With the King April's Fool Day" Vol. 2.) are from a decent quality
audience tape. The prior release of the closing show was de-noised in a rather destructive way, and has been restored to optimal quality for the Elvis connoisseur.


All accompanying photographs were taken in March - May 1975 at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel and on the subsequent concert tour. The CD will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipack and is scheduled for late February '09. 

Tracks:

01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. And I Love You So - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. The Wonder Of You - 08. Burning Love - 09. Band Introductions - 10. What'd I Say - 11. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 12. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 13. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - 14. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 15. School Day - 16. Celebrity Introductions: Roy Clark, Conrad Hilton / The Great Pretender (excerpt) - 17. My Boy - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. Let Me Be There - 20. Celebrity Introduction: actor Hugh O'Brian - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Hound Dog - 23. Fairytale - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.


Bonus  Tracks (highlights from Las Vegas, April 1st, 1975,  Midnight show - Closing night)
:

26. Big Boss Man* - 27. It's Midnight * - 28. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 29. An American Trilogy - 30. Help Me Make It Through The Night / Mickey Mouse March - 31. Steamroller Blues

* taken from booth tape

source: e-mail - February 10, 2009 



Sunset Rundown & A Hilton Double-Shot !

Happy New Year!

The next Madison releases, coming soon, will be "Sunset Rundown - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 4" and "A Hilton Double-Shot !"  The former will be a standard issue, with fully-illustrated, 16-page booklet, while the latter will appear in a limited-edition digipak, with gorgeous color photos!

"Sunset Rundown" details a unique day, filmed for "Elvis On Tour."  At the end of March 1972, MGM's documentary cameras captured Elvis Presley at a rollicking Los Angeles rehearsal at RCA Hollywood.  Against a stark background -- no audience -- Presley, the TCB band, and the Stamps Quartet ran down the upcoming tour at the Sunset Boulevard studio with vigor and a few surprises, with selections like "Until It's Time For You To Go," "For The Good Times" and "Burning Love."

Now, one may enjoy the unedited first half of this March 31, 1972 rehearsal -- the second half will comprise Volume 5 of the Standing Room Only Tapes series -- in superb STEREO! 

Track listing:

01. Proud Mary  2:49 ; 02. Never Been To Spain  4:29 ; 03. You Gave Me A Mountain (2 false starts)  1:40 ; 04. Until It's Time For You To Go  5:46 ; 05. Polk Salad Annie  3:09 ; 06. Love Me  2:39 ; 07. All Shook Up  2:35 ; 08. Heartbreak Hotel  1:59 ; 09. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel   1:57 ; 10. Hound Dog  2:18 ; 11. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  5:42 ; 12. A Big Hunk O' Love  2:52 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love (reprise)  2:41 ; 14. C. C. Rider  3:30 ; 15. For The Good Times  3:44 ; 16. For The Good Times (2 false starts)  2:28 ; 17. For The Good Times (reprise)  6:34 ; 18. Funny How Time Slips Away  5:27 ; 19. Burning Love  2:46

Total Time = 65:08

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"A Hilton Double-Shot !" offer two dynamic soundboard recordings from the Las Vegas Hilton with IMPROVED sound, for those collectors who may have missed them the first time around.

CD 1 features the Monday, September 4, 1972 DS, the penultimate appearance of his 1972 "summer festival." Elvis offers a gentle, wry performance for his fans, including "about 250" from England.  And CD 2 unleashes the Friday, February 2, 1973 MS, a period where Elvis returned to "Sin City" a conqueror of all media.

CD 1 - September 1972

Track listing:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 2:51 ; 03. Johnny B. Goode 1:42 ; 04. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:24 ; 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:01 ; 06. Polk Salad Annie 3:25 ; 07. Elvis greets the showroom 1:07 ; 08. What Now My Love 3:06 ; 09. Fever 3:24 ; 10. Love Me 1:31 ; 11. Blue Suede Shoes 1:02 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:40 ; 13. All Shook Up 1:05 ; 14. Love Me Tender 1:46 ; 15. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:50 ; 16. Little Sister / Get Back 3:37 ; 17. Hound Dog 1:28 ; 18. I'll Remember You 2:42 ; 19. Walk That Lonesome Road (J.D. Sumner & the Stamps Quartet) 3:04 ; 20. Suspicious Minds 4:28 ; 21. Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra and British fans  1:44 ; 22. For The Good Times 3:07 ; 23. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 24. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:22 ; 25. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:18 ; Bonus Track: 26. Can't Help Falling In Love (September 4 DS, incomplete) 1:10

Total Time = 59:13

CD 2 - February 1973

Track listing:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra  1:09 ; 02. C.C. Rider  3:05 ; 03. I Got A Woman / Amen  2:43 ; 04. Until It's Time For You To Go  2:24 ; 05. Sweet Caroline  2:44 ; 06. Steamroller Blues  2:47 ; 07. You Gave Me A Mountain  3:06 ; 08. Fever  2:46 ; 09. Love Me  1:26 ; 10. Blue Suede Shoes  1:11 ; 11. Love Me Tender  1:35 ; 12. Johnny B. Goode  2:11 ; 13. Hound Dog  1:18 ; 14. What Now My Love  3:02 ; 15. Suspicious Minds  4:56 ; 16. Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra  1:08 ; 17. I Can't Stop Loving You  2:19 ; 18. An American Trilogy  4:35 ; 19. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp  2:23

Total Time =  46:58

source : e-mail - January 21, 2009 

source : e-mail - January 25, 2009 ( added cover of Sunset Rundown



Countdown To Christmas Out Now !

The "Straight Arrow" label’s 11th release entitled "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS" (SA 2008-11-02) is out now. 

"Straight Arrow" is planning a special 2CD set for early 2009, with an unreleased Las Vegas December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night show. The "Straight Arrow" team has been looking for good sounding tape for years. Finally, they managed to obtain a 1st generation copy of an original "stereo" audience-recorded tape for this project. Opening Night '76 was a unique event - it was probably the second longest show of Elvis’ career and one of his very best 1976 concerts. Arriving from Anaheim, CA, with young love Ginger Alden by his side, he was ready to conquer Las Vegas once again. During the Opening night, he sang an ultra-rare "I Just Can't Help Believin'", and sang one of greatest-ever versions of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Elvis was in great mood, joking with fellow performer Glen Campbell thru the show. It was also the last time that Elvis performed two full versions of his 1976 "trademark" song "Hurt". 

Tracks: 

Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Dialogue - Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - And I Love You So - I Just Can't Help Believin' (last version) - Fever - Softly As I Leave You - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - Love Letters - School Day - Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - Hurt #1 - Hurt #2 - Hound Dog (with false start) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - Dialogue - Blue Christmas - That's All Right, Mama - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Introduction of Vernon Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 104 minutes. 

More details later.

source: e-mail - December 27, 2008



The Brightest Star On Sunset Boulevard

THE COMPLETE REHEARSAL TAPE OF JULY 24, 1970 at RCA STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD

After the successful releases of " Vegas Rhythm " and " You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country –Volume 1 " we are proud to tell that Fort Baxter wanted to join forces with them ,releasing  " The Brightest Star Of Sunset Boulevard Volume 1 and 2 ".

We at Gravelroad music, loved the idea and know the high standards Fort Baxter lives up to. It has to be an excellent release, so we said; " Great let's do it , but…. A 2 cd value Digipack and working with the original recording!  So everybody will have the change to have it complete this time". Value for money is needed in these times.

The moment we started to work we discovered that the original sound was much clearer and much more spread to left and right. The background instruments where suddenly present. Elvis voice was in the room and were present  there at the rehearsal.

We knew it is a justified release, no compressors, limiters, etc.

It's exciting and more … pure Elvis

DISC 1

1.That's All Right ;  2.I Got A Woman ;  3.The Wonder Of You ;  4.I've Lost You ;  5.The Next Step Is Love ;  6.Stranger In The Crowd ;  7.You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling ;  8.Something ;  9.Don't Cry Daddy #1 ; 10.Don't Cry Daddy #2 ; 11.You Don't Have To Say You Love Me ; 12.Polk Salad Annie ; 13.Bridge Over Troubled Water ; 14.I Can't Stop Loving You ; 15.Just Pretend / Don't it makes you wanna go home (few lines) ; 16.Sweet Caroline / Love me tender (few lines) ; 17.Words

DISC 2

 1. Suspicious Minds ;  2. I Just Can't Help Believin' #1 ;  3. I Just Can't Help Believin' #2 ;  4. Tomorrow Never Comes / Running Scared (few lines) ;  5. Mary In The Morning ;  6. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights ;  7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling ;  8. I Just Can't Help Believin' #3 ;  9. Heart Of Rome (uncensored) & reprise ; 10.Memories ; 11.Johnny B. Goode ; 12.Make The World Go Away / Delilah (few lines) ; 13.Stranger In My Own Home Town (uncensored) ; 14. I Washed My Hand In Muddy Water

 " You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country –Volume 2 " is delayed due to this release. Good things need time. Also various other old Baxter and Bilko titles will be released by us next year from the original tapes and reels.

source: e-mail - December 11, 2008



Countdown To Christmas

As recorded live at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Hilton Hotel showroom, December 09, 1975, 10 P.M. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 11th CD, entitled "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS" (SA 2008-11-02), in December 2008. 

December 1975 marked the first time ever that Elvis worked around the winter holidays. Why did Colonel Parker take the risk to play before Christmas when even shows by regular Las Vegas performers suffered from poor attendances? The main reason was Elvis financial situation but The Colonel was keen on fulfilling the August 1975 contract too. The ol’ gambler took the situation as a challenge and booked Elvis at the Hilton from December 2nd til the 15th for a total of 16 shows. And once again, he hit the jackpot - all shows were sold out. 

Elvis was in great voice throughout the engagement; "My Boy", "How Great Thou Art", "Burning Love", "Just Pretend" and "America The Beautiful" were memorable highlights during these shows. However, Elvis’ physical appearance was somewhat alarming; in December he appeared even heavier than in August, and his face was puffy and bloated. Nevertheless, this season was a huge success, and for the closing show on December 15th , there were more people at the Hilton showroom alone than in all other Las Vegas showrooms together.  

The December 9th, 10 P.M. show as presented here is fairly typical of this strong engagement. There are no weak moments during the show, but several performances deserve special mention: a robust "Trying To Get To You", a surprisingly wild version of "Polk Salad Annie" and a fast-paced "Burning Love" are ample proof that 'Elvis - The King' could still rock whenever he wanted to. 'Elvis - The Crooner' gave his all on songs like "And I Love You So", "Just Pretend" and "Softly As I Leave You". The unofficial national anthem "America The Beautiful" and the Gospel favorite "How Great Thou Art" are outstanding performances. 

This engagement marked the last time that Elvis' concerts were of such a consistently high standard. Later his shows would become increasingly erratic, and whilst were some truly great concerts, many of them varied from average to rather poor, no matter how much Elvis tried. In December '75, Elvis tried too - and for the last time, he managed to pull it off, night after night.

This previously unreleased live recording originates directly from 1st generation copy of recently surfaced new master tape, as recorded by an audience member. The audio-quality of the recording is very good for an off-line recording. The sound was completely restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure.

It's almost unnecessary to repeat that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with many photos (incl. some rare ones) taken during December 1975 Las Vegas engagement and huge collection of reproduced Elvis Christmas memorabilia from 1958-1975. The Straight Arrow team thank you for your support and wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009 and hopes that you will enjoy this special Holiday release! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with false start) / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. And I Love You So - 07. Tryin' To Get To You - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff)  - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. School Day #1 - 18. School Day #2 - 19. Just Pretend - 20. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 21. Burning Love - 22. Softly As I Leave You - 23. America The Beautiful - 24. It's Now Or Never (with reprise) - 25. One Night - 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 27. Dialogue - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp.

source : e-mail - December 3, 2008 



Augusta - Once And For All

Soon to be released is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley in Augusta, Maine - recorded May 24, 1977.  

The producers have been able to locate the original audience-recorded tape. Using 24bit audio transfer they achieved an optimum sound of this recording. We think that with our 6th release we can bring you the best sounding disc so far. 

Although Elvis was clearly not in the best shape regarding his physical appearance his voice was strong and powerful as always. “Never Been To Spain” which unfortunately was only intoned or the performance of “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Little Sister” and “My Way” prove that his spirit and feeling for many of his songs was still there.  

The funny moment when Felton Jarvis was on stage during “If You Love Me” is pictured in the 20-pages booklet which is loaded with shots from the actual concert (we actually had a total of 150 great photos to choose from). We also included a scan of the ticket stub, a newspaper announcement for the concert and 2 different show reviews. All in all you will get a nearly perfect overview of what Elvis was able to deliver to his audience on May 24th, 1977. 

For Augusta the “Elvis Presley Show” was a once in a lifetime experience. We hope that this CD will be – at least - a proof that “Elvis 77” was still pleasing his audiences. 

Tracklisting: 

01 - [01:01] - Also Sprach Zarathustra

02 - [03:44] - See See Rider

03 - [00:29] - Never Been To Spain

04 - [08:33] - I Got A Woman / Amen

05 - [01:59] - Love Me

06 - [03:25] - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

07 - [03:31] - You Gave Me A Mountain

08 - [02:11] - Jailhouse Rock

09 - [03:57] - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never

10 - [01:52] - Little Sister

11 - [02:21] - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel

12 - [04:11] - My Way

13 - [01:44] - Heartbreak Hotel

14 - [02:41] - Band Introductions

15 - [01:45] - Early Morning Rain

16 - [00:51] - What'd I Say

17 - [00:58] - Johnny B. Goode

18 - [02:25] - Drum Solo

19 - [01:38] - Bass Solo

20 - [01:13] – Tony Brown Solo

21 - [01:47] - Bobby Ogdin Solo

22 - [01:01] - School Days

23 - [02:15] - Hurt

24 - [02:19] - Hound Dog

25 - [01:49] - Can't Help Falling In Love

26 - [01:59] - Closing Vamp / Final Announcement

source : e-mail - December 3, 2008


The King Creole Outtakes

Soon to be out is the CD titled "The King Creole Outtakes", we will add further details soon.
Source: e-mail - November 30, 2008

Grand Roulette At The Sahara

As recorded live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel showroom, May 6th, 1973 - Midnight show. The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "GRAND ROULETTE AT THE SAHARA". In 1973, Elvis appeared at Del Webb‘s Sahara Tahoe hotel for the second time since July/August 1971, and his concerts were an even bigger succes this time, with all tickets being sold out in advance. This CD features the previously unreleased Midnight show from May 6th, 1973. It’s a rather typical set with no real surprises, but nevertheless Elvis is in fine fettle and gives a strong and entertaining show for an enthusiastic crowd.

The setlist is fairly similar to "Aloha From Hawaii", with flawless performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "What Now My Love" and "I'll Remember You" being particular highlights. Other strong performances include a haunting "I'm Leavin'", a majestic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the surprising addition of "It's Over", just before the show’s conclusion. Even if this not the greatest concert ever by 'The King', it is nevertheless much more than just a professional "casino show routine" – it’s the world's greatest entertainer running his grand roulette at the Sahara Tahoe hotel.
This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure. All accompanying photographs were taken between February and July 1973.
Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. Surrender (excerpt) / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Love Me - 09. Blue Suede Shoes - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 12. Hound Dog - 13. I'm Leavin' - 14. Fever - 15. What Now My Love - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. I Can't Stop Loving You - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. It's Over - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Approximate running time: 56:54
Source: e-mail - November 23, 2008



Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

We just added the cover art to the previous news.

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 26, 2008


Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 21, 2008



December Night

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle of November is titled "December Night" and will feature an unreleased complete show from Las Vegas December 04th , 1976 Midnight Show in great audio quality. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity; however in the past we pressed The Sound of Vegas vol.1 with focus on August 1973. This time, after fans requests, our tenth release will be a concert from the Vegas December 76 season, we are proud to present a very rare and complete show. Despite 1976 being not a great year, Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. The Midnight Show from December 4th, as presented on this CD is a great show, with a great variety of songs, all performed with quality in a very high standard. If we look closely at the last Vegas season, we can see that Elvis although a little tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid; the variety of the repertoire is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You Gave Me a Mountain or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents some good oldies like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You and Jailhouse Rock which are performed well. The vocal power is demonstrated in the last single HURT where Elvis’ voice reaches practically the sky, followed immediately by Hawaiian Wedding Song one of his best ballads. With the exception of some jokes like It’s Now Or Never or Hound Dog the show is PERFECT and is a pleasure to hear over and over thanks also to the fantastic audio quality that gives us the possibility for a hour to go back to the past .The best song from this midnight show is very hard to find, because the repertoire is solid, however we think the middle of You Gave me A Mountain and Polk Salad Annie has the right spirit of the show and the season.

This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is Very Very Good considering the limitation of the Audience Tape. The sound is clear with no audience background noise, the mix is great with practically all instrument presented in the original balance without any manipulation, a GREAT Tape For A Great Show a rare combination that we hope you can enjoy. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.

For the Fourth time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live nice unreleased photographs of the December season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme/Opening 02. C.C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale 06. You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version) 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. It's Now Or Never 09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 10. Trying To Get To You 11. Blue Suede Shoes 12. Fever 13. Softly As Leave You 14. Polk Salad Annie 15. Band Introduction 16. Early Morning Rain 17. What'd I Say 18. Drum Solo 19. Bass Solo 20. Piano Solo 21. Keyboard Solo 22. Love Letters 23. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll 24. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll (featuring Tony on Lead Guitar) 25. Hurt 26. Hawaiin Wedding Song 27. Hound Dog 28. Danny Boy(Sherrill Nielsen) 29. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) 30. Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
Approximate Total running time: 73.00
Source: e-mail - October 15, 2008


The Talk Of The Town

As recorded live from the mixing desk of the Hilton hotel showroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 26th, 1972 (Opening night). 

AUDIONICS 2008-03-2 / 2001

Here is the covert art of the forthcoming release "THE TALK OF THE TOWN" from the Audionics & 2001 labels. It is their second release of this special partnership and this CD will feature the Las Vegas, January 26, 1972 Opening show as taken directly from first generation DAT copy of original mono soundboard tape. 

This classic concert includes first ever live performances of "Never Been To Spain", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "Until It's Time For You To Go", "A Big Hunk O' Love", "An American Trilogy" and "I'll Remember You".

For this reissue, we worked directly from the first generation DAT, and we were able to make significant audio improvements, compared to original 1997 release. "Audionics / 2001" hope that this special joint-production will satisfy all those fans who have been asking for a reissue of this essential concert. This CD is scheduled for late October .

Excerpt from the sleeve note: 

"Mid January 1972. Richard Nixon was in the Whitehouse, the anthemic "American Pie" topped the singles charts and NASA were working hard on Apollo 16, the penultimate manned Moon mission. Ali was still the Champ, and at cinemas all over the world people thrilled to the latest James Bond adventure, as Sean Connery battled the evil mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld in "Diamonds Are Forever". In Las Vegas, America's entertainment and gambling capital, Elvis was about to hit town for his sixth Vegas season at the Hilton Hotel and to paraphrase a snippet from a certain 1964 platter, "the whole town was talking". 

'The 37 year old legend is back, Vegas wakes and smiles' 

Elvis arrived in Vegas on the eighteenth of January and rehearsals began the following day. Rumoured song try-outs included Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady" and the Walker Brothers classic "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". Neil Diamond's "Holly Holly" is also rumoured to have been given a test drive. 

New songs that did make it into the live set included Marty Robbin's "You Gave Me A Mountain", as well as "It's Over" and "It's Impossible". Thankfully an updated arrangement of the fifties classic "Big Hunk Of Love" also made it to the stage. Along with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", many fans site 'Hunk' as the most successful 50s studio to live 70s transition. 

Elvis hit the stage running on the 26th January and presented one of the finest setlists of his career. Luckily, we have the complete show available on this fantastic CD in remastered sound, and what a treat it is! 'The 37 year old legend is back, Vegas wakes and smiles' gushed  Billboard magazine. Make no mistake, Elvis was flying high in January 1972, and earning the best reviews of his career."  

Tracklist:

01. C. C. Rider - 02. Proud Mary - 03. Never Been To Spain - 04. You Gave Me A Mountain - 05. Until It's Time For You To Go - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. Love Me - 08. Little Sister / Get Back (medley) - 09. All Shook Up - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. One Night - 12. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 13. A Big Hunk O'Love - 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. Suspicious Minds - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 56:48

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008 





Trying To Get To You Out Now

The "Straight Arrow" label 10th release, entitled "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), is out now. 

"Straight Arrow" is planning another CD release for early November, with an unreleased Las Vegas December 9th, 1975 (10 P.M.) show. Once again "Straight Arrow" team managed to obtain an ORIGINAL AUDIENCE-RECORDED TAPE (different and much better sounding than the recording in circulation). More details later.

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008



Then Sings My Soul

Soon to be released is the latest production from the “Rainbow Records” label. With their 5th release they fulfill a request that some fans wrote down in a well-known messageboard. The upcoming 2 CD set will contain a never before released show from the Sahara Tahoe – Engagement ’76 – it is the Midnight Show of May 7, 1976. There were several reasons why this show was chosen for a release. First of all – it had to be unreleased. Of course, the show should contain some interesting, unusual material, maybe a short version of a seldom performed song? Another important aspect was to find a tape that has a listenable, decent sound quality for a release. And here we go:

During our research we learned that many people did not expect Elvis to do a show with more than 60 minutes. Well, bad luck for those who tried to tape the show on a 60 minutes tape, because Elvis was on stage more longer than that. This means, those who recorded on 60 minutes tapes have only incomplete shows, ending during the song “My Way”. The smart fans decided to record the show on a 90 minutes tape. Bad luck for them because the recording ends in the middle of “It’s Now Or Never” and Elvis was still not through with his show…. A pity, that to our knowledge and research we didn’t find a single fan who recorded the complete show with the use of a 2nd cassette tape. But the eyewitnesses told us, that Elvis was on stage for only five additional minutes performing “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and waving good-bye during the “Closing Vamp”. So what did the “Rainbow Records” label do for you ? We restored the Midnight Show performance and added the missing part of “It’s Now Or Never” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” from the Dinner Show from the same date. You will be surprised about the sound because both sources are very similar. What did we do with the rest of the free space on our 2nd disc? We decided to give you more Elvis, of course! While the rest of the Dinner Show was used to complete the Midnight Show we thought you might want to hear the other performances from that day as well. We had to exclude the band introductions because of limited capacity on the disc, but we managed to keep in all songs sung by Elvis.

Content:
Of course, you will find the tracklist at the end of this announcement, but we want to point out some real beauties of this set. The first one is “How Great Thou Art”. Actually, Elvis sang the song twice this day - both versions have this special gospel feeling Elvis was able to create. This inspired us to use an excerpt of the lyrics and name this release “Then Sings My Soul”. Then we have “That’s All Right” which demonstrates like “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” that Elvis was able to play acoustic guitar, of course. He performed a rare version of “The Wonder Of You” (1976!!!) during the Midnight Show and during the Dinner Show he entertained the audience by singing “It’s Midnight”, now known as the last live version ever. The 3rd release by Rainbow Records was called “Vegas Variety – Vol.2” and featured the Midnight Show December 11, 1976. With this release the formerly wrong titled track “When God Calls Me Home” was presented for the very first time in the correct way which is “Until Then”. With the new “Then Sings My Soul” release it happened again that a formerly wrong titled track “Lara’s Theme” is presented with its correct name which is “Theme from Love Story”. We hope you appreciate our efforts to bring you a booklet full of well researched information and complimentary pictures and memorabilia. Don’t miss this release. You will get 100% never before released material on 2 CDs. Each disc has a total running time of more than 79 minutes and the booklet will feature great liner notes on 20 pages in full colour!

Disc One: 01) 00:53 Also Sprach Zarathustra 02) 05:29 See See Rider 03) 08:46 I Got A Woman / Amen 04) 01:58 Love Me 05) 03:04 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06) 04:58 You Gave Me A Mountain 07) 01:03 All Shook Up 08) 02:26 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 09) 02:19 The Wonder Of You 10) 03:07 Happy Birthday To Sandi 11) 01:53 That's All Right 12) 03:21 Are You Lonesome Tonight? 13) 00:32 Introducing Ed Parker 14) 00:59 I'll Remember You (long false start) 15) 02:00 I'll Remember You 16) 00:28 Ku-u-i-po (excerpt) 17) 02:16 Hawaiian Wedding Song 18) 04:38 Polk Salad Annie 19) 03:45 Band Introductions 20) 01:09 Early Morning Rain 21) 00:56 What'd I Say 22) 01:15 Johnny B. Goode 23) 01:22 Drum Solo 24) 01:06 Bass Solo 25) 01:21 Piano Solo 26) 01:20 Electric Clavinet Solo 27) 03:07 Love Letters 28) 01:02 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 29) 04:03 My Way 30) 01:25 Jailhouse Rock 31) 02:44 Love Me Tender 32) 02:09 Hurt (#1) 33) 02:16 Hurt (#2)
Running Time: 79:23 min

Disc Two:
01) 02:36 Heartbreak Hotel 02) 02:59 How Great Thou Art 03) 01:58 Hound Dog 04) 00:42 Theme from "Love Story" (excerpt) 05) 01:43 One Night 06) 02:59 It's Now Or Never 07) 01:40 Can't Help Falling In Love 08) 00:31 Closing Vamp 09) 05:49 See See Rider 10) 07:06 I Got A Woman / Amen 11) 02:33 Riding On The Range (excerpt) 12) 03:35 Fever 13) 03:05 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 14) 04:55 You Gave Me A Mountain 15) 01:38 All Shook Up 16) 02:38 Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 17) 03:30 It's Midnight 18) 03:04 Love Me Tender 19) 04:51 Polk Salad Annie 20) 02:54 Love Letters 21) 01:01 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 22) 00:14 Introducing Jerry Kennedy, Ron Pietrafeso & Ed Parker 23) 02:41 Hurt (#1) 24) 01:56 Hurt (#2) 25) 02:54 Softly As I Leave You 26) 02:13 Heartbreak Hotel 27) 01:27 Jailhouse Rock 28) 03:19 It's Now Or Never 29) 03:03 How Great Thou Art
Running Time: 79:48 min

Source: E-mail - September 8, 2008

The 1972 New York Experience

The all new label Phoenix XP Production proudly presents their very first release:
The 1972 New York Experience
featuring: The complete saturday afternoon show for the first time on DVD
The complete press conference in single or multiple screen
Slide show with many rare and unseen pictures
And so much more...
See the Garden concerts as you have never seen them before, visit today
www.phoenix-xp.co.nr
Here the official newsletter:


It is a factory pressed DVD and will be out on September the 16th.
source: e-mail - September 3, 2008

September Nights Out Now

The CD "September Nights" is out now, featuring the two unreleased shows from Las Vegas September 04, 1970 Dinner Show (part only) + the complete show from September 07, 1970 Closing Night.
Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp 0.38 / 02. That's All Right Mama 1.37 / 03. I Got A Woman 2.31 / 04. I Walk The Line (exc) 0.11 / 05. Monologue/Love Me Tender 6.53 / 06. Ive Lost You 2.29 / 07. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.09 / 08. Polk Salad Annie 4.12 / 09. Band Intro 2.34 / 10. Hound Dog (exc) 0.05 / 11. Johnny B.Goode 1.37 / 12. Band Intro 1.49 / 13. The Wonder Of You 3.07 / 14. One Night 1.37
TIME 33.32
15. Opening Vamp 0.31 / 16. That's All Right Mama 2.20 / 17. I Got A Woman 2.36 / 18. I Walk The Line (exc)1.54 / 19. Monologue 3.07 / 20. Ive Lost You 2.33 / 21. I Just Cant Help Believin 4.37 / 22. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.44 / 23. Polk Salad Annie 4.46 / 24. Introductions 8.05 / 25. Blue Suede Shoes 1.50 / 26. All Shook Up (inc.) 1.21 / 27. Hound Dog 2.01 / 28. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4.59 / 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.55 / 30. Closing Vamp. (inc.) 0.14
TIME 45.46
Approximate Total running time: 79.30
Source: e-mail - August 30th 2008



Trying To Get To You

As recorded live in Rochester, New York, Community War Memorial, May 25th, 1977. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 10th CD, entitled  "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), in September 2008. 

Elvis' May '77 tour was very uneven, compared to all his earlier ones. He performed 14 shows in all, and at the beginning of tour, he was lethargic and looking really unwell. There were alarming moments, like when Elvis left the stage in Baltimore, MD, for 20 minutes or when he did very lackluster shows in Philadelphia on May 28th or in Baton Rouge on June 1st. However, as the tour progressed, on some evenings Elvis showed that he could still deliver. Recorded evidence shows that the best concerts are May 24-27, May 30 and June 2nd. The Rochester, May 25th, 1977 concert as presented on this CD was the 6th stop of the tour, and his 1st concert in New York State in '77. 

Even in '77 there were moments of brilliance in some of Elvis concerts. In Rochester, Elvis appeared to be in a good mood and in strong voice, giving solid performances of "You Gave Me A Mountain", "One Night", "My Way" and "Hurt" among others. One song that deserves special mention is the title song. For some reason, "Trying To Get To You" was probably the only classic 50s track that Elvis always treated with respect - even in his last months. 

The audio-quality of the recording is quite good. As you've come to expect from us, Straight Arrow managed to obtain the ORIGINAL TAPE as recorded by the same person that taped the Richfield '76 concert, which we released earlier this year. The recording was completely restored and the sound was upgraded for the best possible listening pleasure.  

It's almost unnecessary to add that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 40 photos from the actual concert, incl. some never-before seen ones.  

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, with the rather silly title "JAILHOUSE ROCK MAN IN CONCERT" (Great Dane label, 1993). The sound of this CD which also had a couple of glitches and mastering errors is not to be compared with the  rich and atmospheric audience sound on our new release. Why settle for a Lada when you can have a brand new, shiny Cadillac? Do yourself a favour and get this little beauty today. Rock with the King, '77 style we assure you, even the cynics among you will be pleasantly surprised! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock (with reprise) - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. One Night (by request) - 15. My Way - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano Solo (by Bobby Ogdin) - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 28, 2008




Red-Hot In Richmond

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume Two

The next Madison label release will be Red-Hot In Richmond - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 2.

This fiery performance, captured in Richmond, Virginia by a battery of MGM documentary cameras on Monday, April 10, 1972, has been issued once before -- but this time it's far more complete, and in GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from MGM's multi-track tapes into superb STEREO!

Snippets of this evening made the final cut of MGM's "Elvis On Tour," although with hindsight, it seems this was a major mistake.  Ripping tracks like "Proud Mary," "It's Over," "Hound Dog," "For The Good Times" "Polk Salad Annie" and "An American Trilogy" were top shelf.  And Elvis was in very, very good humour the entire night -- oh, yes, you're in for a real treat.

Track listing :

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:17 ; 02. C.C. Rider 2:59 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:31 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:37 ; 09. All Shook Up 0:58 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 1:49 ; 11. Heartbreak Hotel 2:04 ; 12. Hound Dog 1:21 ; 13. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:11 ; 14. Love Me Tender 1:43 ; 15. It's Over 2:15 ; 16. Suspicious Minds 4:52 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:50 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:07 ; 19. I Can't Stop Loving You 2:21 ; 20. An American Trilogy 4:15 ; 21. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (incomplete)* 2:40 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:02

* Unfortunately, the kickoff to "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is missing.
Total Time = 59:03

source: e-mail - August 24, 2008

The Joan Deary Tapes

Here we have the artwork of the forthcoming CD "The Joan Deary tapes" by the suprise records.
Source: e-mail - August 4, 2008

I'm a steamroller baby

A new CD release coming out soon is "I'm A Steamroller Baby" on the Steam label.
It will feature the February 16, 1973 Dinner Show (8:15 p.m.) at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tracklist:
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman/Amen / Love Me Tender / You Dont Have To Say You Love Me / Steamroller Blues / You Gave Me A Mountain / Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Johnny B. Goode / Hound Dog / What Now My Love / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / Elvis Introduces Johnny Tillotson / I Cant Stop Loving You / American Trilogy / Cant Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp/ Announcement
Source: E-mail - August 4, 2008

Trying To Get To You

As recorded live in Rochester, New York, Community War Memorial, May 25th, 1977. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 10th CD, entitled  "TRYING TO GET TO YOU" (SA 2008-10-02), in late August 2008. 

Elvis' May '77 tour was very uneven, compared to all his earlier ones. He performed 14 shows in all, and at the beginning of tour, he was lethargic and looking really unwell. There were alarming moments, like when Elvis left the stage in Baltimore, MD, for 20 minutes or when he did very lackluster shows in Philadelphia on May 28th or in Baton Rouge on June 1st. However, as the tour progressed, on some evenings Elvis showed that he could still deliver. Recorded evidence shows that the best concerts are May 24-27, May 30 and June 2nd. The Rochester, May 25th, 1977 concert as presented on this CD was the 6th stop of the tour, and his 1st concert in New York State in '77. 

Even in '77 there were moments of brilliance in some of Elvis concerts. In Rochester, Elvis appeared to be in a good mood and in strong voice, giving solid performances of "You Gave Me A Mountain", "One Night", "My Way" and "Hurt" among others. One song that deserves special mention is the title song. For some reason, "Trying To Get To You" was probably the only classic 50s track that Elvis always treated with respect - even in his last months. 

The audio-quality of the recording is quite good. As you've come to expect from us, Straight Arrow managed to obtain the ORIGINAL TAPE as recorded by the same person that taped the Richfield '76 concert, which we released earlier this year. The recording was completely restored and the sound was upgraded for the best possible listening pleasure.  

It's almost unnecessary to add that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 40 photos from the actual concert, incl. some never-before seen ones.  

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, with the rather silly title "JAILHOUSE ROCK MAN IN CONCERT" (Great Dane label, 1993). The sound of this CD which also had a couple of glitches and mastering errors is not to be compared with the  rich and atmospheric audience sound on our new release. Why settle for a Lada when you can have a brand new, shiny Cadillac? Do yourself a favour and get this little beauty today. Rock with the King, '77 style we assure you, even the cynics among you will be pleasantly surprised! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock (with reprise) - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 13. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. One Night (by request) - 15. My Way - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano Solo (by Bobby Ogdin) - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 2, 2008


SEPTEMBER NIGHTS

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the beginning of September is titled "September Nights" and will feature two unreleased shows from Las Vegas September 04, 1970 Dinner Show (part only) + the complete show from September 07, 1970 Closing Night. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity, trying to provide unreleased shows with Elvis at the top of his ability. In this our ninth release, we are proud to present two very rare shows, one complete and part of the second to give you a more complete view of the last part of Elvis August 1970 season. Despite being the end of the season, Elvis' love of singing is clear in these tapes and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to them. The Dinner show from September 4th, as presented on this CD is almost complete, missing the last two tracks only. If we look closely at the late Vegas act of September 1970 we can see that Elvis although tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid and rough; the basic track listing is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, Youve Lost that Loving Feeling or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents the best of his repertoire from the season. The best song from this dinner show is without doubt the oldie One Night here performed in a very rough and concentrated way surely the best version of the season.


The Closing Show of a memorable season maybe the best one, although shorter with respect to the early shows and not of comparable intensity but still valuable. Elvis performs the show in essence as his greatest hits of the season and he performs it as only he can at that moment. Songs like I Just Cant Help Believing, Youve Lost Than Loving Feeling and Polk Salad Annie sound solid and well performed overall with feeling, the same feeling the we find at the end with Bridge Over Troubled Water, the best song of the show.

These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is very good considering the early season. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.
For the Third time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live unreleased photographs of the August season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.

Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp 0.38 / 02. That's All Right Mama 1.37 / 03. I Got A Woman 2.31 / 04. I Walk The Line (exc) 0.11 / 05. Monologue/Love Me Tender 6.53 / 06. Ive Lost You 2.29 / 07. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.09 / 08. Polk Salad Annie 4.12 / 09. Band Intro 2.34 / 10. Hound Dog (exc) 0.05 / 11. Johnny B.Goode 1.37 / 12. Band Intro 1.49 / 13. The Wonder Of You 3.07 / 14. One Night 1.37
TIME 33.32
15. Opening Vamp 0.31 / 16. That's All Right Mama 2.20 / 17. I Got A Woman 2.36 / 18. I Walk The Line (exc)1.54 / 19. Monologue 3.07 / 20. Ive Lost You 2.33 / 21. I Just Cant Help Believin 4.37 / 22. Youve Lost Than Loving Feelin 4.44 / 23. Polk Salad Annie 4.46 / 24. Introductions 8.05 / 25. Blue Suede Shoes 1.50 / 26. All Shook Up (inc.) 1.21 / 27. Hound Dog 2.01 / 28. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4.59 / 29. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.55 / 30. Closing Vamp. (inc.) 0.14
TIME 45.46
Approximate Total running time: 79.30

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

Directly From The 1972 Elvis Summer Festival

A new CD release from the Label "Las Vegas Archives" will release a show from the August 5, 1972 Dinner Show, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Songs:
2001 Theme / See See Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / Youve Lost That Loving Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / What Now My Love / Fever / Carry Me Back To Old Virginia (excerpt) /Love Me / Little Sister/Get Back / A Big Hunk Of Love / The Wonder Of You / Hound Dog / Blue Suede Shoes / My Way / Suspicious Minds / Band Introductions / American Trilogy / Cant Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp Bonus songs:
(August 5, 1972 Midnight Show Hilton Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada)
Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / The Wonder Of You / For The Good Times / My Way / Johnny B. Good
Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

New Import CD Label SURPRISE RECORDS

Coming late August or early September. Surprise Records proudly presents ...
a new CD full with great Elvis songs taken directly from the Joan Deary Tapes! 24 great Elvis tracks with a total playing time over 77 minutes - in stunning never-before heard sound quality. The late Joan Deary (Elvis' RCA record producer) worked on these tracks for a possible future release on the "Greatest Hits" series, but after Volume 1 was released back then in 1981 (?) a Volume 2 never followed. So these professionally remixed tapes were put into the archives. For years a CD-R was circulating with these great tracks, but now for the first time they will be made available on a professional silver pressed disc! This CD comes along with a beautiful full color booklet containing all necessary information about every track along with great pictures of Elvis. Also the lyrics to each song will be included - exactly transcribed word for word as Elvis did sing them!
Tracklist: 01. Hey Jude 02. Help Me Make It Through The Night 03. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Trade) 04. Ill Take You Home Again, Kathleen 05. When Im Over You 06. Always On My Mind 07. It Aint No Big Thing (But Its Growing) 08. Im Leavin 09. Where Do I Go From Here 10. Until Its Time For You To Go 11. If I Were You 12. Got My Mojo Working / Keep Your Hands Off Of It 13. Fool 14. This Is Our Dance 15. Cindy, Cindy 16. Separate Ways 17. (Thats What You Get) For Lovin Me 18. Life 19. Love Letters 20. Ill Never Know 21. We Can Make The Morning 22. Early Morning Rain 23. Sylvia 24. The Sound Of Your Cry
Surprise Records will also include a special bonus feature Look out for this great release that will be the first in a series of great future releases
Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

A Greensboro Revolution ! 

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume One

Here's the covert art of next Madison release A Greensboro Revolution! - Standing Room Only Tapes, Volume One. It will be released soon and Volume Two should follow 3-4 weeks after.   

This sparkling performance, recorded in Greensboro, NC on Friday, April 14, 1972, in the presence of MGM's documentary cameras, has been issued many times in the past, but never in such GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from MGM multi-track tapes into superb STEREO. 

The April 1972 tour was Presley's first of the year.  And he was ready.  Three outstanding performances from this gig made the final cut of "Elvis On Tour" -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "An American Trilogy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."  In 1992, "The Lost Performances" gave fans a fourth visual, with the inclusion of "Release Me."  All are here, and the entire evening is a delight.   

Track listing : 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 3:09 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:35 ; 09. All Shook Up 1:00 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:26 ; 11. Hound Dog 1:30 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:49 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:13 ; 15. Suspicious Minds 4:48 ; 16. Love Me Tender 1:34 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:21 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:08 ; 19. An American Trilogy 4:42 ; 20. Burning Love 2:44 ; 21. Release Me 3:03 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:15 

Bonus Tracks: 24. Backstage, Saturday, April 15, 1972, Macon, GA 0:59 ; 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unrepaired) 3:43 

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


Raised On Vegas

Recorded live in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel, August 08, 1973, Opening night. 

The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "RAISED ON VEGAS". Between July 21-24, 1973 Elvis recorded 10 tracks at the legendary Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - but only one of these made it into his live act: "Raised On Rock". Just a few weeks after these sessions, on August 6th, Elvis opened another "Las Vegas Summer Festival" with the rather unique concert presented on this CD. 

During this unusual show, Elvis performed "Trouble" from "King Creole" (1958) and segued straight into the recent "Raised On Rock". This is the only known live performance of the latter song. Later in the show Elvis surprised his audience with another live rarity: "Memphis Tennessee". Elvis also introduced a contemporary favorite of his, "My Boy", a rather hesitantly performed version that predates his studio-version by four months.  

1973 was a very busy year for Elvis. The triumph of the "Aloha" show was followed by two Las Vegas seasons, two long tours, July, September and December recording sessions, hospitalization for detoxification as well as the October divorce. Elvis was truly caught in a trap, both professionally and personally. By now, he was just as fed up with the glitter and artificiality of Vegas as hed been of the Travelogue movies just a few years earlier. Nevertheless, his opening and closing concerts in Vegas were always special events and this one is no exception! 

This recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape as recorded by a member of the audience. The tape source is independent and of much better quality, than the first 1st release of this show ("FIRE IN VEGAS" - 1993). All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure, and the speed was corrected. All accompanying photographs were taken between April and August 1973. 

Tracks:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Trouble (1st live version) - 04. Raised On Rock (only live version) - - 05. Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. What Now My Love - 08. Blue Suede Shoes - 09. Memphis Tennessee - 10. Long Tall Sally/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Mama Can't Dance/Flip, Flop And Fly/Jailhouse Rock/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 11. Love Me Tender - 12. Hound Dog - 13. Fever - 14. My Boy (1st live version) - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. Celebrity Introductions (Petula Clark, Guy March, Phillis McGuire, Liza Minelli) - 18. I Can't Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. A Big Hunk O' Love - 23. Help Me Make It Through The Night - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 63:12

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country-Volume I

After 38 years, Elvis's voice remains impressive on each track!

-It easily could have been recorded yesterday.

-You'll discover more and more after playing it back.

-The songs I know, sound better and more complete on this cd.

(A few of the first general reactions during a playback session of the master with various Elvis fans) 

These are the first 22 amazing tracks collected from private collections of which many for the first time in this shape on CD.  These are the acetates which Elvis took home to play-back and agreed to be released!

All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered.

These acetates often sounded better & different than what we know and made it to the final release! 

Some tracks which appear to be known, are now for the first time in their more complete form. This includes studio talk, count in, left & right channels, longer fade outs or even different lyrics or simply differently sung. Most are in stereo. As happened in the past, some releases only used one channel (This was an easy way to reduce the distortion, but so much got lost!) .The audio difference between tracks is purely the source and the transfer. Some have been transferred on to DAT, others on to regular cassette tapes in the past. Keep in mind that the original acetates are various in playability. Original acetates can only be played a few times (after that the quality gets less.)

We chose for maximum sound quality per track instead of making them similar to each other! In this way you always get the best sound out of very recording. 

The basic synopsis for this release:  The first masters without dubbing, repairs in their complete form.  Unfortunately we don't have every master on acetate of the June and September sessions. So we added some first takes to cover all songs. Also a few tracks of work in progress, a rare chance to hear, a song still being built up to a complete dubbed master. Guide-strings, -horns, -backing vocals, the talking, it's all there! 

Something which will strike everybody is, that Elvis's voice remains impressive on each track. 

Background information;

It's a public known fact that Elvis regularly disagreed with the released version of the songs.Unluckily, he hardly made his point towards the ones responsible, knowing there were times he was wrong and the song became a hit (In the ghetto, Suspicious minds, Burning love & others)

This cd contains the versions how Elvis liked it! All together a really new kind of release which will make many Elvis fan's happy to hear these rare acetates available in their best possible form. The purist will be happy since no effects have been used to enhance the sound. There are no further copies of acetates available in better sound, only a very few copies were made of each song and most are gone or badly damaged. The acetate lacquer wears out very fast, so every track is really unique.  

Note: None of the used versions are included on the recent FTD release of "That's the way it  is" or the forthcoming "Love letters from Elvis". Only parts of the acetates, which you can enjoy in full version on this cd are used in the documentary; Elvis "That's way it is".

The cd contains 22 songs with a 20 pages full color booklet having extensive liner notes to guide you through the songs, background info about Elvis' 1970 and explains in detail what an acetate really is. Also why and how it's made.

This is a limited release so we will be able to continue to release in chronologic order, containing the original acetates in best possible condition. 1970 will be a Volume 1 & 2 which will be release a little later this year.

"YOU KNOW, IT DONT HAVE TO BE STRICTLY COUNTRY "   VOLUME 1 is set for release this month !  Don't miss your opportunity to get the Ultimate acetate collection. 

TRACKLIST : 

01. Twenty days and twenty nights (Take 9 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  02.  I've lost you  (Take 7  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  03.  I was born about 10.000 years ago  (Take 1 Master , undubbed unedited)  04.  The sound of your cry (Take 11 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  05.  The fool  (Take 1 try out) 06.  Little cabin on the hill  (Take 2) Master,  undubbed  07.  Cindy ,Cindy  (take 1) unedited  08.  Bridge over troubled water  (Take 8 Master , undubbed - unedited, unrepaired)  09.  Got my mojo working /Keep your hands off it (Take 1 Master , dubbed brass & horns unedited) 10.  How the web was woven (take 3 Master, back-up vocals, no additional overdubbing ) (previous unreleased)  11.  It's your baby, you rock it  (Take 5 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate 12.  Stranger in the crowd (take 9 - Master, Guide strings & backing vocals ) (previously unreleased)  13.  I'll never know  (Take 7 Master, undubbed unedited) Acetate  14.  Mary in the morning  (Take 5 Master, undubbed, unedited) Acetate 15.  Ain't no big thing  (Take 9)  (dubbed strings) (previously unreleased)  16.  You don't have to say you love me (take 3 Alternate Master, dubbed strings no backing vocals) (previously unreleased)  17.  Just pretend (Take 3  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  18.  This is our dance  (Take 11 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  19.  Life (Take 20 Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate  20.  Heart of Rome (Take 3 Used for composite Master , undubbed unedited) Stereo (previously  unreleased)  21. Bridge over troubled water  - V.O  July 2 3 (Acetate) stereo (previously unreleased)  22. There goes my everything (Take 3  Master , undubbed unedited) Acetate. Total running time over 76+ minutes

source: e-mail - July 14, 2008


The Final Farewell Out Now

OUT NOW! Rainbow Records has just released a 2 CD-Set entitledThe Final Farewell, containing the complete 76,30 minute-long performance of Elvis Presleys very last concert on June 26th, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. There have already been a few CD- (and Vinyl) releases on this topic in the past. We believe that the one called ADIOS has been THE standard for the release of the Indianapolis show for the last 15 years.

NOW Rainbow Records goes a little further with a new concept for a release of this particular show. We are now able to present this historical event in its entirety, including the opening act which was an undeniable part of the "Elvis Presley Show" all through the 1970s. Disc 1 includes the opening act while Disc 2 covers the actual show. The sound is brighter and clearer than ever before and it gives you the perfect impression of what it must have felt like to be in that large concert hall, together with thousands of fans, celebrating the "King's" final concert of his June 77 tour. Sadly enough, nobody in the crowd had any idea of what was going to happen only six weeks after.
This brandnew Rainbow Records release is rounded off by a great 20-page booklet containing lots of photos plus all necessary information regarding the show. As a special bonus, the first 250 copies of the 2 CD-set will include a DIN A3 poster showing Elvis holding both hands up to bid the fans an affectionate - and final farewell.

Disc One
01 - Great Good Morning 02 - Street Corner Preacher 03 - Gone At Last 04 - Operator 05 - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 06 - Black Sunday 07 - If You Leave Me Now 08 - Get Away 09 - Introductions

Disc Two
01 - Also Sprach Zarathustra 02 - See See Rider 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen 04 - Love Me 05 - Fairytale 06 - You Gave Me A Mountain 07 - Jailhouse Rock 08 - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never 09 - Little Sister 10 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 11 - Release Me 12 - I Can't Stop Loving You 13 - Bridge Over Troubled Water 14 - Band Introductions 15 - Early Mornin' Rain 16 - What'd I Say 17 - Johnny B. Goode 18 - Larry Londin Drum Solo 19 - Jerry Scheff Bass Solo 20 - Tony Brown Piano Solo 21 - I Really Don't Want To Know 22 - Bobby Ogdin Electric Clavinet Solo 23 - Joe Guercio Orchestra 24 - Hurt 25 - Hound Dog 26 - Introductions 27 - Can't Help Falling In Love 28 - Closing Vamp

Source: e-mail - June 17, 2008


Elvis Back With A Bang !

Here's the covert art of the forthcoming release ELVIS BACK WITH A BANG! from the Audionics/Fort Baxter label. This CD will feature the Las Vegas, March 22, 1975 Midnight show as taken directly from 1st generation DAT copy of original mono soundboard tape. 

This classic concert includes ultimate performances of "Fairytale", "Green Green Grass Of Home", "And I Love You So", "Promised Land" and the rare "You're The Reason I'm Living". 

As you've come to expect from Audionics team, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And as usually, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live photographs from March and April, 1975 and informative liner notes. This CD is set for release in late June. Don't miss your opportunity to get an ultimate release of legendary March 22, 1975 Midnight show!

Tracklist:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. And I Love You So - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. It's Midnight - 09. Promised Land - 10. Green Green Grass Of Home - 11. Fairytale - 12. Band Introductions - 13. What'd I Say - 14. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (by Duke Bardwell) - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 18. Orchestra Solo - 19. My Boy - 20. I'll Remember You - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 23. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 24. I'll Be There (excerpt) / You're The Reason I'm Living (only live version) - 25. Can't Help Falling In Love - 26. Closing Vamp.

Tracks 01.-03. recorded in Las Vegas, March 20, 1975, Dinner show. Tracks 04. - 26. recorded live in Las Vegas, March 22, 1975, Midnight show.  

Running time: 62:43 Running time: 62:43 Running time: 62:43

source: e-mail - June 10, 2008


Royal Gambit In Richfield Released 

The "Straight Arrow" label released his last CD entitled "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD."

The audio-quality of the recording is really stunning, especially considering the fact that it was taped from the audience in a large stadium. Producers were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the Johnson City and Orlando 1977 concerts released by STRAIGHT ARROW in 2006 as "TENNESSEE STARLIGHT" and "GOING BACK IN TIME", respectively. 

Among the Richfield highlights are powerful performances of "And I Love You So", "America", "Hurt", "Heartbreak Hotel" and especially "How Great Thou Art,'' performed with absolute show-stopping brilliance. It is followed by an always-welcome, return-to-the roots medley of "Mystery Train / Tiger Man." 

Straight Arrow has seen fit to include a deluxe, full-colour, 16-page booklet with approximately 30 photos from the actual show, taken by four different photographers. Once again, we are pleased to announce that the sleeve notes were written by a fan who was happy to be there and is finally sharing his precious memories of the occasion with us. 

The producers note that this concert was previously released from a substandard source, entitled "FAIRY TALES" (Chips label, 1994). The sound of the old CD was markedly inferior and also incomplete, running for just 74 minutes. To the show's credit, it has long ranked on the "Top 40" import chart as voted on by fans. Now a superior version can rightly take its place.    

In closing, "Straight Arrow" team would like to thank all of you for the success of our label's previous release, "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" 2-CD set. As a result of this surge of interest, four new Elvis concert CDs are planned for 2008. We hope that you will enjoy the first of them - our springtime release:  "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD." 

Tracks:

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. And I Love You So - 11. Little Darlin' (excerpt / intro only) - 12. Fever - 13. America The Beautiful - 14. Polk Salad Annie - 15. Band Introductions - 16. Early Mornin' Rain - 17. What'd I Say - 18. Johnny B. Goode - 19. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt)  - 20. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 21. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 22. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 23. Love Letters - 24. School Day - 25. Hurt (with last part reprise) - 26. Hound Dog - 27. Danny Boy (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Walk With Me (by Sherrill Nielsen) - 29. Heartbreak Hotel - 30. How Great Thou Art - 31. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 32. Can't Help Falling In Love - 33. Closing Vamp & Announcements. 

  Approximate running time: 79:50

source: FECC Forum - May 30, 2008


A Greensboro Revolution !- Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol.1

The next Madison label release will be A Greensboro Revolution! - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 1.  

This sparkling performance, recorded in Greensboro, NC on Friday, April 14, 1972, in the presence of MGM's documentary cameras, has been issued many times in the past, but never in such GREAT SOUND QUALITY.  For the very first time, hear the show mixed down from the multi-track tapes into superb STEREO. 

The April 1972 tour was Presley's first of the year.  And he was ready.  Three outstanding performances from this gig made the final cut of "Elvis On Tour" -- "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "An American Trilogy" and "Funny How Time Slips Away."  In 1992, "The Lost Performances" gave fans a fourth visual, with the inclusion of "Release Me."  All are here, and the entire evening is a delight.   

Track listing : 

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra 1:04 ; 02. C.C. Rider 3:09 ; 03. Proud Mary 2:43 ; 04. Never Been To Spain 3:36 ; 05. You Gave Me A Mountain 3:13 ; 06. Until It's Time For You To Go 2:36 ; 07. Polk Salad Annie 3:14 ; 08. Love Me 1:35 ; 09. All Shook Up 1:00 ; 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:26 ; 11. Hound Dog 1:30 ; 12. Heartbreak Hotel 1:49 ; 13. A Big Hunk O' Love 2:00 ; 14. Bridge Over Troubled Water 4:13 ; 15. Suspicious Minds 4:48 ; 16. Love Me Tender 1:34 ; 17. Introduction of Vocalists, Musicians, Orchestra 1:21 ; 18. For The Good Times 3:08 ; 19. An American Trilogy 4:42 ; 20. Burning Love 2:44 ; 21. Release Me 3:03 ; 22. Funny How Time Slips Away 2:49 ; 23. Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp 2:15 

Bonus Tracks: 24. Backstage, Saturday, April 15, 1972, Macon, GA 0:59 ; 25. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unrepaired) 3:43 

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - May 24, 2008


Where No One Stands Alone

( REELTRAX LSP 3758-2 ) 

There are only a few more days before the new ''REELTRAX ''label will come up with their second cd titled '' Where No One Stands Alone ''.

REELTRAX is again - able to present a great variety of HGTA-Outtakes on its brandnew 79:58 minutes of listening pleasure-release in very good sound and better than you have heard it before. 

And if this would not be enough reason to get the cd while you can: You won't believe your ears when you hear the stunning sound on the 1966 private recording 'Oh How I Love Jesus! The other two bonus tracks are also presented with noticeably better sound than heard before. The tracklist is rounded off by a statement  from Felton Jarvis who talks about HIS story how it came to work with Elvis. 

'' Where No One Stands Alone'' contains a 20 (!!) page-booklet with all necessary information regarding Elvis' legendary HGTA-Sessions. 

We hope you like our new release on REELTRAX! 

Here is the tracklist: 01 - Where No One Stands Alone (Take 3+4) ; 02 - So High (Take 1) ; 03 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Take 1+2) ; 04 - We Call On Him (Take 4,5,8) ; 05 - How Great Thou Art (Take 1,2,3 + Count-in Take 4) ;  06 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I (Take 11,12,13,14,15,16) ; 07 - If The Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side (Takes 1,2 + count-in Take 3) ; 08 - Somebody Bigger Than You And I - workpart (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6) ;  09 - Without Him (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14) ; 10 - Where Could I Go But To The Lord (Take 1 + count-in Take 2) ; 11 - In The Garden (Take 1) ; 12 - Stand By Me (Take 1,2,3,4,5,6,7) ; 13 - Oh How I Love Jesus (private recording) ;  14 - How Great Thou Art incl. reprise - live June 10, 1975 ; 15 - Where No One Stands Alone - live February 16, 1977 ; 16 - Statement by Elvis' producer Felton Jarvis - December 16, 1980

source: e-mail - May 20, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970 Released

Madison's last release titled Opening Night - January 1970  is out now. The soundboard recording of the January 26, 1970 opening show was overall of poor quality because of severe microphone overload. It ain't perfect but NOW, and for the FIRST TIME you will be able to enjoy this GREAT concert in its entirety. This excellent new source has been greatly improved  into a surprisingly fuller, dynamic and warmer sound, and without any doubts the best-ever sound fidelity attained on this amazing opening show of January 1970.

This limited edition of  Opening Show - January 1970 will come with a professionally designed 16-page booklet, liner notes, memorabilia and photographs from Elvis' second Las Vegas season. Don't miss out soon a remarkable concert and  Closing Night - February 1970's  perfect companion, Opening Night - January 1970.

Track list :

1- Opening /All Shook Up 2:22 ; 2- That's All Right 2:51 ; 3- Proud Mary 2:55 ; 4- Don't Cry Daddy 3:00 ; 5- Medley :Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:24 ; 6- Long Tall Sally 1:50 ; 7- Let It Be Me 3:53 ; 8- I Can't Stop Loving You 2:50 ; 9- Medley : Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2:56 / ; 10- In The Ghetto 3:23 ; 11- True Love Travels On A Gravel Road ( with false start ) 3:44 ; 12- Sweet Caroline 4:02 ; 13- Polk Salad Annie 5:27 ; 14- Introduction of vocalists, band, orchestra
2:16 ; 15- Kentucky Rain 3:18 ; 16- Suspicious Minds 6:27 ; 17- Can't Help Falling In Love 2:02

Track 17 is previously unreleased in full.


source: FECC Forum - May 16, 2008


Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 21, 2008



December Night

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle of November is titled "December Night" and will feature an unreleased complete show from Las Vegas December 04th , 1976 Midnight Show in great audio quality. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity; however in the past we pressed The Sound of Vegas vol.1 with focus on August 1973. This time, after fans requests, our tenth release will be a concert from the Vegas December 76 season, we are proud to present a very rare and complete show. Despite 1976 being not a great year, Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. The Midnight Show from December 4th, as presented on this CD is a great show, with a great variety of songs, all performed with quality in a very high standard. If we look closely at the last Vegas season, we can see that Elvis although a little tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid; the variety of the repertoire is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You Gave Me a Mountain or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents some good oldies like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You and Jailhouse Rock which are performed well. The vocal power is demonstrated in the last single HURT where Elvis’ voice reaches practically the sky, followed immediately by Hawaiian Wedding Song one of his best ballads. With the exception of some jokes like It’s Now Or Never or Hound Dog the show is PERFECT and is a pleasure to hear over and over thanks also to the fantastic audio quality that gives us the possibility for a hour to go back to the past .The best song from this midnight show is very hard to find, because the repertoire is solid, however we think the middle of You Gave me A Mountain and Polk Salad Annie has the right spirit of the show and the season.

This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is Very Very Good considering the limitation of the Audience Tape. The sound is clear with no audience background noise, the mix is great with practically all instrument presented in the original balance without any manipulation, a GREAT Tape For A Great Show a rare combination that we hope you can enjoy. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.

For the Fourth time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live nice unreleased photographs of the December season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme/Opening 02. C.C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale 06. You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version) 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. It's Now Or Never 09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 10. Trying To Get To You 11. Blue Suede Shoes 12. Fever 13. Softly As Leave You 14. Polk Salad Annie 15. Band Introduction 16. Early Morning Rain 17. What'd I Say 18. Drum Solo 19. Bass Solo 20. Piano Solo 21. Keyboard Solo 22. Love Letters 23. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll 24. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll (featuring Tony on Lead Guitar) 25. Hurt 26. Hawaiin Wedding Song 27. Hound Dog 28. Danny Boy(Sherrill Nielsen) 29. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) 30. Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
Approximate Total running time: 73.00
Source: e-mail - October 15, 2008