The Final Farewell

Soon to be released is the definitive 2 CD set containing the complete 26-6-77 show including the pre-program in even better sound than we had it before (and we had it in good sound already...). It will include a 20 page booklet PLUS an extra DIN A3 poster. More details later........
Source: E-mail - April 7, 2008


Elvis Sings

A new label by the name of Inspiration has now released their first Elvis Cd. It's a double Cd titled Elvis sings. It contain a nice collection of theme songs recorded by Elvis. Elvis sings Beatles songs, Hawaiian songs and even Beethoven??? Surprised? Besides recording songs that were written for him Elvis during his career covered many songs that originally were written and recorded by some of the biggest names in the entertainment field and at the same time some of the best songwriters in the world. Among them are names from different music genres like Arthur Crudup, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison from The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and of course some of Little Richard's songs. Little Richard didn't write the songs himself, but he influenced the writer and made the songs his own. Just listen to the four Little Richard songs Elvis covered and you won't be in any doubt who Elvis is trying to sound like. Elvis also recorded quite a few songs that were built on old European or Hawaiian melodies and/or songs. Some even became classics like It's Now Or Never, Wooden Heart, Can't Help Falling In Love, Surrender and My Way. Inspiration have decided to include studio, live, rehearsal and even home recordings to make this compilation as complete as possible.

The first Cd contains the cover songs. The second Cd starts with the only known recording of Elvis singing bass in a trio to the tune of Beethoven The first Cd contains the cover songs. The second Cd starts with the only known recording of Elvis singing bass in a trio to the tune of Beethoven The first Cd contains the cover songs. The second Cd starts with the only known recording of Elvis singing bass in a trio to the tune of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. An informal home recording that wouldn't make sense to release to the wide public, but a charming pearl for music lovers. What follows are the four musical songs that Elvis sang during his career. Only two of them were released during his lifetime. The first two are home recordings of Rodgers and Hammerstein's If I Loved You from the musical Carousel and Make Believe from the musical Showboat. Then follows You'll Never Walk Alone from the musical Carousel also by Rodgers and Hammerstein and the last one in the musical genre is a live recording of The Impossible Dream from The Man Of La Mancha. The rest of Cd 2 contains all the French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hawaiian and English songs that Elvis recorded. Some of them he sings like they originally were written and some were rewritten with English lyrics. In the situations were the lyrics were changed we have mentioned the original title right after the English title. Elvis Sings brings you for the first time ever a collection of all these recordings by Elvis Presley. We hope that you will enjoy Elvis Sings!

Tracklisting:

 Cd 1: Arthur Crudup songs [01] That's All Right [02] My Baby Left Me [03] So Glad You're Mine
Bill Monroe songs [04] Blue Moon Of Kentucky [05] Little Cabin On The Hill (Million Dollar Quartet) [06] Summertime Is Past And Gone (Million Dollar Quartet) [07] I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling (Million Dollar Quartet) [08] Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong (Million Dollar Quartet)
Hank Williams songs [09] Your Cheatin' Heart [10] I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Home recording) [11] I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Live) [12] Men With Broken Hearts (Live) [13] Jambalaya (Live)
Little Richard songs [14] Rip It Up [15] Ready Teddy [16] Long Tall Sally [17] Tutti Frutti
Chuck Berry songs [18] Maybellene (Live) [19] Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Million Dollar Quartet) [20] Memphis Tennessee [21] Too Much Monkey Business [22] Johnny B. Goode (Live) [23] Promised Land [24] School Days (Live)

Ray Charles songs [25] I Got A Woman [26] What'd I Say
Bob Dylan songs [27] Blowing In The Wind (Home recording) [28] Tomorrow Is A Long Time [29] Don't Think Twice It's All Right [30] I Shall Be Released
Beatles songs [31] Something (Live) [32] Hey Jude [33] Get Back [34] Yesterday (Live) [35] Lady Madonna
Kris Kristofferson songs [36] Help Me Make It Through The Night [37] For The Good Times [38] Why Me Lord (Live)

Cd 2:
Beethoven Composition [01] Moonlight Sonata (For piano, C-sharp-minor, opus 27 no. 2) (Home recording)
Musical songs [02] If I Loved You (From Carousel) (Home recording) [03] Make Believe (From Showboat) (Home recording) [04] You'll Never Walk Alone (From Carousel) [05] The Impossible Dream (From The Man Of La Mancha) (Live)
French songs [06] Almost Always True (Alouette) [07] Can't Help Falling In Love (Plaisir Amour) [08] Let It Be Me (Je Appartiens) (Live) [09] My Way (Comme Habitude) (Live) [10] My Boy (Parce Que Je T Aime Mon Enfant) [11] What Now My Love (Et Maintenent) (Live)
Italian songs [12] Surrender (Torna A Sorrento) [13] No More (La Poloma) [14] Ask Me (Io) [15] Santa Lucia [16] O Solo Mio (Live) [17] It's Now Or Never (O Solo Mio)
Spanish songs [18] Guadalajara [19] Alla' en el Rancho Grande [20] It's Impossible (Somos Novios) (Live)
German songs [21] Wooden Heart (Muss I denn) [22] Tonight Is So Right For Love (Barcarolle) [23] Tonight Is All Right For Love (Geschichten Aus den Weinerwald) [24] Five Sleepy Heads (Wiegendlied)
Hawaiian songs [25] Aloha Oe [26] Drums Of The Island (Bula Lai) [27] Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)
English songs [28] Old McDonald [29] Stay Away (Greensleeves)

Source: e-mail - April 7, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970

 Madison's Opening Night - January 1970  will be release soon. 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: e-mail - April 7, 2008

Artwork of Royal Gambit In Richfield

We have received the artwork for the upcoming Straight Arrow release "Royal Gambit In Richfield".

Tracklisting: Tracklisting: Tracklisting:
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.
Source: e-mail - April 6, 2008

Royal Gambit In Richfield

As recorded live at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio; October 23, 1976. 

The "Straight Arrow" label is proud to announce the release of a new CD this April entitled "ROYAL GAMBIT IN RICHFIELD." Its our first release of a 1976 show and this particular concert has been selected for several reasons.  

Elvis' autumn and winter '76 bicentennial tours were rather good, compared to the often miserable summer '76 personal appearances. The 41-year old King was looking better and actually singing with interest and passion again. The October 23rd Richfield concert (a village about halfway between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio) was probably the longest and best of the tour, running for a generous 80 minutes. 

Finally, 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." 

As usual, 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.  

Elvis left the Buckeye State for good over 30 years ago and it's now almost ten years since the Richfield Coliseum (once a symbol of American urban sprawl) met the wrecking ball. The now-bucolic Cuyahoga Valley site of Elvis' Richfield concert has returned to nature as part of the U.S. National Park Service, apparently leaving 100 acres of meadow and woodlands complete with native flora and fauna,  red-tailed hawks, eagles, deer, sawgrass and ryegrass. And now this premium keepsake of an unlikely stellar night for the King is now available for serious collectors. 

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 Approximate running time: 79:50 Approximate running time: 79:50

source: e-mail - March 26, 2008


Trouble In Vegas

Recorded live in Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel, December 09, 1976, Dinner show

The forthcoming "MEMORY Records" label CD release is entitled "Trouble In Vegas " (CD MR 2056-2).

Elvis' last Las Vegas season was scheduled for the 'pre-holiday' time to close out the Bicentennial year. For one last time, he arrived to the same hotel he took by storm seven years prior when it debuted as the International.  

Elvis opened with a long, strong concert on December 2nd, followed by four very good shows (including the December 3, 1976 Dinner show - as documented by Memory Records' CD release "NOW - OR NEVER!"). However, the performances from the next couple of days suffered from an over-medicated Elvis, who did not pay 100% attention to his singing job.  

On December 9th, Elvis gave two shows in row. A dinner show was chosen for this CD release as the more interesting of two. Running for more than 76 minutes, it's a long show for the season and by his "Vegas standard" overall. After the first song, Elvis is mentioning that his "throat is dry like a Mohave desert..." Really, his voice was not the best here. At the beginning of the second song, it is already evident that Elvis is in TROUBLE IN VEGAS. "I Got A Woman" was restarted but after another start he stopped to sing again as he forgot the lyrics. The man who had take the town by storm in 1969 through '72 had, by the '76 stand, grown lax, eccentric, or even unprepared and who knows what else, some surely must have thought. 

Nevertheless, as was so often still the case, both "Fairytale" and "You Gave Me A Mountain" received proper treatment from Elvis and his voice became stronger, too. "My Way" was sung for the first time since his May Lake Tahoe gigs and once again it took 3 false starts to Elvis to begin the song. It is a rather messy version, but still welcomed by a wild audience: "Honey, it's a show, not an orgy!" said Elvis to some scarf-hungry, screaming women. 

Often-maligned "Softly As I Leave You" is the first REAL HIGHLIGHT of the show - a classic performance. Winding down a year-long nationwide celebration of the Bicentennial, he then sang "America The Beautiful" for very last time here. Again it's a great version and yet another concert highlight. And a thundering "Hurt" with full orchestra backing is highlight No. #3.  

His final December on earth began with an erratic but still intriguing final stand. As listeners, we are witness here to Elvis' holding court one last time in this famously soul-crushing desert city. 

1976 had been the most ominous year for the King (artistically and physically). Yet fueled in part by new girlfriend Miss Alden, the month of December surprisingly would end with some of his most acclaimed concerts: Birmingham, Dallas and Pittsburgh, most notably. This Vegas performance is not a classic concert, but still very interesting event, an audio documentary of Elvis being up & down during his very last concerts in the both loved and hated neon "Sin City". This is previously unreleased recording. The sound was transferred in its original audience-recorded stereo format, and all tracks were digitally restored for best possible sound reproduction.The CD contains 4-pages booklet with photographs taken during the Las Vegas December '76 season.

 Tracks: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with false start and break) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen)/It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. My Way (with 3 false starts) - 10. Blue Christmas (Elvis on acoustic guitar, with false start) - 11. That's All Right, Mama (Elvis on acoustic guitar, with false start) - 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Elvis on acoustic guitar) - 13. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. Help Me - 16. America The Beautiful (last live version) - 17. Band Introductions - 18. Early Mornin' Rain - 19. What'd I Say - 20. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 24. Love Letters - 25. School Day - 26. Hurt - 27. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 76:01

source: e-mail - March 4, 2008


You'll Never walk Alone

We have received the CD "You'll Never walk Alone", and I have to say that the CD is better than I thought. The sound is absolutely fantastic, especially on the songs "You'll Never walk Alone" & "We Call On Him" and in stereo too. The other songs from the How Great Thou Art sessions are sounding also much better here, and unfortunately it's still in mono. Of course we all are hoping for the FTD Classic Album release of "How Great Thou Art" in perfect stereo, but for the people who doesn't want to wait, and also want to hear new outtakes of "We call on Him" & "You'll Never Walk Alone", I will highly recommend this CD. Did I mention that it also has a great 16 page booklet.
February 11, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970

Opening Night - January 1970  will be the follow up to Madison's  Hot August Night . This January 26, 1970 opening show recording was overall of poor quality because of severe microphone overload. It ain't perfect but NOW for the FIRST TIME you will be able to enjoy this GREAT concert from beginning to end. This excellent new source has been greatly improved  into a surprising fuller, dynamic and warmer sound. Elvis' vocal never sounded so good, and neither gives the impression this was produced from a worn out tape. Most previous releases of this show had the closing song cutting short ( less than 20 seconds ) and mentioned as '' not completely recorded ''. The whole closing number was recorded and features on this new version.

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 in March 2008 a remarkable concert and  Closing Night - February 1970's  perfect companion, Opening Night - January 1970  !!!! Watch out for an unreleased 1973 soundboard recording from the same label !!!!

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- 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- 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- Band introductions 2:16 ; 15- Kentucky Rain 3:18 ; 16- Suspicious Minds 6:27 ; 17- Can't Help Falling In Love 2:02

source: e-mail - February 10, 2008


The Request Box

We have received the complete booklet and text for the upcoming double CD set "Request Box show". I think it will kill the surprise to reveal the complete booklet, so I will only add one great page. The booklet is very interesting read, and of course we all know what we can expect on this 2 CD set. For the other ones that don't.....
Tracklisting
CD ONE- COMPLETE AUGUST 20th, 1975 DINNER SHOW
01 Opening Vamp/C. C. Rider 02 I Got A Woman/ Amen (medley) 03 Hound Dog 04 Its Now Or Never 05 And I Love You So (with 2 false starts) 06 Blue Suede Shoes 07 Green Green Grass Of Home 08 Fairytale 09 Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) 10 Band Introductions 11 Johnny B. Goode 12 Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) 13 Bass Solo (by ferryScheff) 14 Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) 15 School Day 16 T.R.O.U.B.L.E 17 Why Me Lord 18 Until Its Time For You To Go 19 Burning Love 20 Can't Help Falling In Love 21 Closing Vamp AUGUST 19th, 1975 MIDNIGHT SHOW 22 Opening Vamp/C. C. Rider 23 Bathroom Story 24 Blue Suede Shoes 25 Young And Beautiful 26 Are You Lonesome Tonight 1 27 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 28 Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) 29 Its Now Or Never 30 Polk Salad Annie 31 My Boy Running time: 79:47

CD TWO - AUGUST 19th, 1975 DINNER SHOW CD TWO - AUGUST 19th, 1975 DINNER SHOW CD TWO - AUGUST 19th, 1975 DINNER SHOW
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra 02 C.C. Rider 03 I Got A Woman /Amen (medley) 04 Monologue 05 Blue Suede Shoes 06 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 07 Its Now Or Never 08 My Boy 09 Love Me 10 Loving You 11 Suspicious Minds 12 Band Introductions 13 Johnny B. Goode 14 Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tuff) 15 Bass Solo (by Jerry Scheff) 16 Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) 17 School Day #1 18 School Day #2 19 Introduction of Neil Sedaka 20 T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 21 Why Me Lord 22 How Great Thou Art 23 Let Me Be There 24 Crying In The Chapel 25 Can't Help Falling In Love 26 Closing Vamp

AUGUST 20th, 1975
MIDNIGHT SHOW (CLOSING NIGHT)27 That's All Right/ C. C. Rider (medley)
Source: E-mail - February 8, 2008


You'll Never walk Alone

There are only a few more days before the new Reeltrax label will come up with a brandnew 77 minutes of listening pleasure cd titled You'll Never Walk Alone. About five years ago the legendary 2001 label released its series "How Great Thou Art Sessions and the content was absolutely fascinating, especially for those who just love to hear how Elvis was working in the studio on his gospel music. Still the three cds suffered quite a bit from rather bad sound. REELTRAX is now able to present a great variety of HGTA-Outtakes on its Youll Never Walk Alone-release in absolutely breathtaking sound MUCH better than you have heard it before. And if this would not be enough reason to get the cd while you can: Did you ever hear a complete and uncut 12:32 minutes of the first six takes of the title "Youll Never Walk Alone? If not, it is now the chance for it! Needless to say that the sound quality on this real treasure is just perfect! The same goes for the unreleased Take 1 of "We Call On Him". Youll Never Walk Alone contains a 16 page-booklet with all necessary information regarding Elvis' love for gospel music. Have a look at the enclosed pictures to get an overview how it looks like. We hope you like our first release on REELTRAX!

Tracklist
Track list: Youll Never Walk Alone [Takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] 12:32 We Call On Him [Takes 1, 2, 3] 05:47 Run On [Takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] 10:08 Stand By Me [Takes 8, 9, 10] 05:39 Where No one Stands Alone [Takes 1, 2] 05:53 Where No One Stands Alone workpart [Takes 1, 2, 3] 03:42 So High [Takes 2, 3] 02:21 Farther Along ]Takes 1, 2] 04:05 By And By [Takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] 10:30 Somebody Bigger Than You And I [Takes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] 07:51 If The Lord Wasnt Walking By My Side [Takes 3, 4, 5] 04:04 Statement Ray Walker 01:05 Statement Joe Moscheo 01:08 Youll Never Walk Alone (live July 19, 1975) 02:21

Source: e-mail - January 21, 2008


The Request Box

Here we have the artwork for the upcoming release "(Cancelled-) The Request Box". This is a re-issue of Request Box Show released 18 years ago by the Bilko label and features the very rare August 19th &20th shows. Here's the info we have received with the artwork.

CANCELLED CANCELLED CANCELLED
It was the early evening of August 20th when we landed at the Las Vegas Airport. For years my lady and I had dreamt of this moment. We were finally going to see Elvis! We're part of a group of 250 fans travelling from the UK and Europe, organized by the Official Fan Club of Great Britain. Specially chartered coaches - 5 of them - drive the large group to their 'home' for the next seven days - the Holiday Inn on Las Vegas Boulevard. Early the next morning we take a taxi to the Hilton Hotel in order to confirm our reservations for three Elvis shows on the 24th, 25th and 26th. On the way we spot several large billboards that scream out NOW ELVIS! It's like driving through a Hollywood movie set. Frikkin' incredible! When the taxi pulls up in front of the Hilton Hotel entrance, a feeling of total disbelief overpowers us. Is this really happening? We enter the hotel lobby, look around and freeze. Everywhere we look, hotel employees are pulling down posters and large banners from the walls. What the hell is going on here?, we ask ourselves. Around us are many fans who are crying and comforting each other. In just a few short moments, the sheer joy and excitement that had engulfed us has turned into the feeling of being at a funeral. We walk towards some sobbing fans and ask what is going on. "All shows are cancelled", we're told. "Elvis has taken ill and has left Vegas...!" What?! We feel numb...paralysed. The next few minutes are wiped from my memory. Never have we been so disappointed. Broken hearted, we take a taxi back to the Holiday Inn where the sad news is beginning to sink in. There are crying fans everywhere.

"How ill is he? Is there any news about his condition?" I'm on the phone with Todd Slaughter from the UK fan club, still in his hotel room. "Not a word from his management. I just learned about it from watching the local TV news", he replies. "I'm going to make some calls and get back to you a.s.a.p., okay?" Hours pass by and there's still no official news from the Presley management. No telegram, no phone call - nothing. The Colonel knew we were in Vegas. He and Todd had been in contact about the 250 fans coming over to see Elvis in concert. Just like in previous years, when the Colonel would arrange good seating for the fans visiting the showroom. They would be on the telephone with each other on an almost daily basis. The Colonel liked Todd and vice versa. And most of all, the Colonel knew the importance of having a strong and well-organized fan club with thousands of members in England.

After the initial shock of not being able to attend any shows that week, we worry about Elvis' health. When evening falls, still no news. Except that he's been hospitalized at the Baptist Memorial in Memphis. That same evening, Todd asks me if I would be willing to travel to Memphis the next morning to try and find out exactly what is happening? Some reports say it is fatique, while others talk about a serious liver infection. Still no official word from Parker or anyone else connected to the management team...

The next morning I'm back at the Las Vegas Airport waiting for my flight to Memphis. With me is a large shopping bag filled with presents for Elvis from various fans. Among them are a pair of wooden shoes and an Edam cheese... Some six hours later I find myself in a taxi driving to Baptist Memorial. I ask the driver if he had heard about Elvis being hospitalized yesterday? He nods and asks where I'm from. "Holland", I answer. "You flew in from Holland to see Elvis in hospital?" "No, I flew in from Vegas hoping to see him". He gives me a puzzled look. Nervous beyond words, I enter the hospital. My mind is racing: what if I actually come face-to-face with Elvis? What do I say? I feel dizzy and my breakfast is playing up seriously. At the desk I ask for Maurice Elliott (Vice President of the hospital), who'd been made aware of my arrival in Memphis via a phone call from Todd earlier that day. We shake hands and he asks me to follow him to the elevator.

"How's Elvis? Is he okay?" I stutter my way through various questions. "He's resting", is his reply. "He's doing okay." The two of us leave the elevator and walk towards a room that has two XXL policemen sitting outside. They have walkie talkies and revolvers - the kind that would floor an elephant. After Mr. Elliott explains to the guards the purpose of my visit, one of them makes a call to 'somebody' inside the room behind him. My body shakes and I start having breathing problems. What if... What if he... What if he opens the door? After a few minutes the door does indeed open to Elvis' private room. It's... It's...Charlie Hodge. Jeez, he's small. I stretch my neck to try to peek through the still half open door, but it's too dark inside to see anything. Charlie closes the door, shakes my hand, gives me his best smile and tells me Elvis is asleep. "But he told me to tell all the stranded fans in Vegas he deeply appreciates their concern and is sorry about not being able to perform his shows. He loves 'em all and hopes to see them in the near future. Right now he needs to rest for a couple of weeks." I hand Charlie the bag with gifts, stutter a few more words and tell him to give Elvis our best wishes, tell him we love him and... Charlie is back inside the room. Disappointed but relieved by the news Elvis is doing okay, we head for the elevator. In the lobby I thank Mr. Elliott for his hospitality and help. I arrive back in Vegas later that night. Passing through the hotel lobby I spot fans wearing Elvis Summer festival foam hats. On a table are stacked a bunch of 1975 Hilton menus for grabs - the one used as a giveaway for this August engament. It's a cheap-looking thing, sporting an unflattering 'Aloha' picture. In the bar, after having hugged my lady, I break the news to the waiting fans. "Elvis is doing okay. He feels ever so sorry he's not able to perform and sends us all his love and best wishes. Hoorah for Elvis!" Due to being extremely tired from the trip over to Memphis, I feel sarcasm taking over my feeling of sorrow about the whole thing. When Todd tells me that, earlier that afternoon, boxes with souvenir menus, foam hats and 1972 'Elvis Now' pens were delivered to him with compliments from the Colonel, I cant help but laugh out loud! What a classy gesture from the Colonel! Hand the fans a few free peanuts and they'll come running back for more.

Don't forget, this was 1975. We were all a little naive and blind about the things that were happening and events that awaited us in the two years that were to come. That summer of '75 was a sad experience for all of us on that fan club trip. What remains after 33 years are the shows - complete or in part - that were captured on cassette decks by fans in the audience. These recordings reveal Elvis was still in control and singing magificently. At least that much we can still enjoy. Will the full story of why Elvis left Vegas in such a hurry after just three nights ever be revealed? Time will tell.

The Flying Dutchman
Source: e-mail - update January 20, 2008


A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume Two Out Now

The CD A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume Two featuring the June 1, 1975 afternoon show recorded from the soundboard is out now . We will add a review from Mike Sanders in the near future.

The previous matinee performance in Huntsville was one of the best from this tour, and this one is as good if not BETTER. The sound quality is also superior to the first volume with a  fresh, dynamic, lively rocking sound.

This show was possibly the LONGEST recording from this May/June '75 tour , none of the concerts were recorded in their entirety. They started to record over one minute before the start of '' I Got A Woman / Amen '' and ends with the very last note of '' Can't Help Falling In Love ''. The show was completed for your listening pleasure.

There were two songs previously released from this June 1, 1975 AS performance, and for the very first time the COMPLETE performance will be available on CD. This new outing from Madison will come with the usual professionally designed 16-page full color booklet, relevant liner notes and photographs from the actual performance that afternoon in Alabama.

If you enjoyed the first volume then don't miss out A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume Two , it might become one of your favorite show from this May / June '75 tour ! Coming soon...Hot August Night featuring the August 12, 1972 MS !!

Track listing :

01 - Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra  1:08 ; 02 - C.C. Rider  5:05 * ; 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen  5:53 ;  04 - Love Me  3:28 ; 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)  3:59 ; 06 - Love Me Tender (with false start)  2:30 ; 07 - All Shook Up  1:03 ; 08 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel  2:05 ; 09 - The Wonder Of You (with false start)  2:39 ; 10 - Heartbreak Hotel  1:59 * ; 11 - Burning Love  4:01 ; 12 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band  0:38 ; 13 - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton)  0:51 ; 14 - Drum Solo (Ron Tutt)  1:24 ; 15 - Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)  0:46 ; 16 - Piano solo (Glen Hardin)  1:00 ; 17 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, orchestra  1:25 ; 18 - School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)  1:00 ; 19 - Release Me  2:36 * ; 20 - T-R-O-U-B-L-E  3:28 ; 21 - Why Me Lord?  2:50 ; 22 - How Great Thou Art  2:49 ; 23 - Let Me Be There  3:50 ; 24 - Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise )  3:17 ; 25 - Little Darlin'  2:57 ; 26 - Can't Help Falling In Love  1:39 ; 27 - Closing vamp / announcement  1:11 *

All tracks previously unissued except (*) 10, 19 and:  01 (Murfreesboro, May 6) ; 02 (Murfreesboro, May 6 -> first 3:28 only) ; 27 (Dallas, June 6)

Time = 65:44

source : e-mail - January 19, 2008


Rock Back The Clock Out Now

The "Rock Back The Clock" featuring the New Year's Eve show from 1975is out now. And we will add a review from Mike Sanders as soon as possible.
CD-1:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Monologue #1 (Elvis splits his pants) - 05. Love Me - 06. Tryin' To Get To You - 07. And I Love You So - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. One Night - 12. You Gave Me A Mountain - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Monologue #2 (Elvis leaves the stage to change suit) - 15. Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D. Sumner & The Stamps).
Approximate running time: 43:35
CD-2:
01. Band Introductions - 02. What'd I Say - 03. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 04. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 05. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin - for the very last time on stage with Elvis) - 06. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 07. School Day - 08. My Way (with break) - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Monologue #3 / New Year Countdown - 11. Auld Lang Syne - 12. How Great Thou Art (with reprise of the finale) - 13. It's Now Or Never - 14. America (The Beautiful) - 15. Monologue #4 (Elvis thanks / Introductions of Charlie Hodge, Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley) - 16. Hound Dog - 17. Wooden Heart (part only) - 18. Can't Help Falling In Love - 19. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Bonus tracks:
20. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #1 (Seattle, WA, April 26, 1976, 8:30 P.M.) 21. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #2 (Atlanta, GA, June 05, 1976, 8:30 P.M.)
Approximate running time: 41:28
Total time: 85:03
January 9, 2008


Hot August Night

The Madison label will release shortly after the soon-to-be released A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume two a CD titled Hot August Night featuring the August 12, 1972 Midnight Show as recorded from the soundboard live at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis was in great form physically and vocally ,and delivered an excellent performance in the Hilton Showroom that night. This packaging will contain a superb 16 page booklet with liner notes and color photographs. This concert features a few previously released performances but for the first time available unedited. A great show in excellent sound quality.....don't miss it !

Track list :

1- Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra ; 2- C.C. Rider ; 3-  I Got A Woman / Amen ; 4- Proud Mary ; 5- Never Been To Spain ; 6- Until It's Time For You To Go ; 7- You've Lost That Loving Feeling ; 8- Polk Salad Annie ; 9- What Now My Love ; 10- Fever ; 11- Love Me ; 12 - Blue Suede Shoes ; 13- One Night ; 14- All Shook Up ; 15- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel ; 16- Heartbreak Hotel ; 17- Hound Dog ; 18- For The Good Times ; 19- Suspicious Minds ; 20- Band introductions ; 21- My Way ; 22- An American Trilogy ; 23- A Big Hunk 'O Love ; 24- Tiger Man (opening only) ; 25- Can't Help Falling In Love ; 26- Closing Vamp

source: e-mail - January 6, 2008


Rock Back The Clock Update

We have additional and final info for the upcoming "Rock Back the Clock" CD.
As Recorded live in Pontiac, Michigan, Silverdome, December 31, 1975/January 01, 1976.
The "Straight Arrow" label will release a 2CD-set at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" It will be a special release of Elvis' infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan. The producers are aware that this concert was previously released from another source but in the case of this release, they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK". The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system. The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds.

We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape" is, what else - "professionally remastered" and of course with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16-page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The “Straight Arrow" label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous “Straight Arrow" CD releases, then you know what to expect in design and sound quality. This new 2CD-set will contain a 24 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The "Straight Arrow" team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release!

Tracks:
CD-1:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Monologue #1 (Elvis splits his pants) - 05. Love Me - 06. Tryin' To Get To You - 07. And I Love You So - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. One Night - 12. You Gave Me A Mountain - 13. Polk Salad Annie - 14. Monologue #2 (Elvis leaves the stage to change suit) - 15. Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D. Sumner & The Stamps).
Approximate running time: 43:35
CD-2:
01. Band Introductions - 02. What'd I Say - 03. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 04. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 05. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin - for the very last time on stage with Elvis) - 06. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 07. School Day - 08. My Way (with break) - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Monologue #3 / New Year Countdown - 11. Auld Lang Syne - 12. How Great Thou Art (with reprise of the finale) - 13. It's Now Or Never - 14. America (The Beautiful) - 15. Monologue #4 (Elvis thanks / Introductions of Charlie Hodge, Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley) - 16. Hound Dog - 17. Wooden Heart (part only) - 18. Can't Help Falling In Love - 19. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Bonus tracks:
20. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #1 (Seattle, WA, April 26, 1976, 8:30 P.M.) 21. Elvis speaks about his New Year's Eve show #2 (Atlanta, GA, June 05, 1976, 8:30 P.M.)
Approximate running time: 41:28
Total time: 85:03
Source: e-mail - December 13, 2007


Cover Art Rock Back The Clock

Here we have the cover of the CD "Rock Back The Clock" that will be released out soon.
Tracklisting:
Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - Monologue (Elvis split his pants) - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - And I Love You So - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - Heartbreak Hotel - One Night - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis left the stage to change the jumpsuit - Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D Sumner & The Stamps) - Band Introductions - What'd I Say - Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin - for the last time with Elvis on stage) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - My Way (with break) - Love Me Tender - Monologue / New Year Countdown - Auld Lang Syne - How Great Thou Art (with last part reprise) - It's Now Or Never - America (The Beautiful) - Elvis thanks / Introduction of Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley - Hound Dog - Wooden Heart (part only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.
Source: e-mail - update December 12, 2007


A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - volume two

The CD A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume two featuring the June 1, 1975 afternoon show recorded from the mixing desk will be release in January 2008 . The previous matinee performance in Huntsville was one of the best from this tour, and this one is as good if not BETTER. The sound quality is also superior to the first volume with a  fresh, dynamic, lively rocking sound.

This show was possibly the LONGEST recording from this May/June '75 tour , none of the concerts were recorded in their entirety. They started to record over one minute before the start of '' I Got A Woman / Amen '' and ends with the very last note of '' Can't Help Falling In Love ''. The show was completed for your listening pleasure.

There were two songs previously released from this June 1, 1975 AS performance, and for the very first time the COMPLETE performance will be available on CD. This new outing from Madison will come with the usual professionally designed 16-page full color booklet, relevant liner notes and photographs from the actual performance that afternoon in Alabama.

If you enjoyed the first volume then don't miss out A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume Two , it might become one of your favorite show from this May / June '75 tour ! Coming soon...another unreleased soundboard !!

Track listing :

01 - Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra  1:08 ; 02 - C.C. Rider  5:05 * ; 03 - I Got A Woman / Amen  5:53 ;  04 - Love Me  3:28 ; 05 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)  3:59 ; 06 - Love Me Tender (with false start)  2:30 ; 07 - All Shook Up  1:03 ; 08 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel  2:05 ; 09 - The Wonder Of You (with false start)  2:39 ; 10 - Heartbreak Hotel  1:59 * ; 11 - Burning Love  4:01 ; 12 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, band  0:38 ; 13 - Johnny B. Goode (James Burton)  0:51 ; 14 - Drum Solo (Ron Tutt)  1:24 ; 15 - Bass solo (Jerry Scheff)  0:46 ; 16 - Piano solo (Glen Hardin)  1:00 ; 17 - Introductions by Elvis of vocalists, orchestra  1:25 ; 18 - School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)  1:00 ; 19 - Release Me  2:36 * ; 20 - T-R-O-U-B-L-E  3:28 ; 21 - Why Me Lord?  2:50 ; 22 - How Great Thou Art  2:49 ; 23 - Let Me Be There  3:50 ; 24 - Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise )  3:17 ; 25 - Little Darlin'  2:57 ; 26 - Can't Help Falling In Love  1:39 ; 27 - Closing vamp / announcement  1:11 *

All tracks previously unissued except (*) 10, 19 and:  01 (Murfreesboro, May 6) ; 02 (Murfreesboro, May 6 -> first 3:28 only) ; 27 (Dallas, June 6)

Time = 65:44

source : e-mail - December 10, 2007


I Sing My Own Kinds

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle January, is titled "I Sing My Own Kinds" and will feature the unreleased show from Las Vegas August 10, 1971 Dinner Show + part 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 eighth 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 day. Three songs from August 10th dinner were already present as bonus on the first SR release “Trying to Get to Memphis” here you have the possibility to listen the complete concert. 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 August 10th, as presented on this CD, represents just one 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, Youâ The Dinner show from August 10th, as presented on this CD, represents just one 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, Youââ The Dinner show from August 10th, as presented on this CD, represents just one 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, You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling 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 These recordings come from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is very good considering the 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. For the second time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live photographs of the August season and some informative liner notes.

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 1.15-02. That's All Right Mama 2.33-03. Proud Mary 2.57 -04. Jailhouse Rock 1.43-05. You Don't Have To Say You love Me 1.59-06. You've Lost that Loving Feeling 4.23-07. Polk Salad Annie 5.18-08. It's Over 2.22-09. Love Me 1.34-10. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' 1.30-11. Heartbreak Hotel 1.37-12. Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 1.52-13. Love Me Tender 2.36-14. Hound Dog (false starts) 2.47-15. Hound Dog 1.11-16. Suspicious Minds 5.46-17. Band Introduction 2.02-18. Mike Stone' introduction 1.13-19. I'm Leaving 3.22-20. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 1.29-21. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5.35-22. Can't Help Falling In Love 1.43-23. Closing Vamp 0.23
TIME 57.24
Bonus tracks:
24. That's All Right, Mama 2.43-25. Proud Mary 3.16-26. Jailhouse Rock/Amen 2.45-27. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2.07-28. You've Lost The Loving Feeling 4.29-29. Polk Salad Annie 4.25-30. Johnny B. Good 1.58
TIME 21.86
Approximate Total running time: 79.10
Source: e-mail - update December 6, 2007


HIGH VOLTAGE - Birmingham '76 Revisited

HIGH VOLTAGE - Birmingham '76 Revisited - As Recorded live from mixing desk in Birmingham, Alabama, Jefferson Coliseum, on December 29, 1976. The two leading import labels have now joined forces, and are proud to present the first results of this very special partnership, a strictly limited edition release of the classic December 29th , 1976 concert in Birmingham, Alabama, under the title "High Voltage - Birmingham '76 Revisited". Some of you may recall that this concert was originally released in mono on “Burning In Birmingham” back in ’98, and that it quickly became a firm favorite. In fact, many fans preferred this show over the legendary Pittsburgh concert from two nights later, as Elvis’ performance in Birmingham was far more relaxed and authoritive, and particularly Elvis’ intense reading of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was a great surprise to many. For this reissue, we worked directly from the first generation DAT, and we were able to make significant audio improvements. After a long and painstaking process of repairing and enhancing the original binaural recording, we were able to mix it down to genuine stereo, thus ensuring a much more satisfying listening experience. Originally, the left channel consisted of all the vocals and nearly all of the instruments, while the right channel featured the (isolated) keyboards. To give you an idea of how the tape originally sounded in binaural, we added two bonustracks “as recorded”. This release is neatly packaged in a 16-page full color booklet with ultra-cool design, relevant liner notes and a collection of stunning pix taken during Birmingham show.

'Audionics / 2001' hope that this special joint-production will satisfy all those fans who have been clamouring for a reissue of this much sought-after title. A great deal of care and thought went into this release, and we promise you that the improved sound will blow you away. In a time where you constantly see bugball labels ripping off classic titles with cheesy equalizer-jobs, it’s becoming harder to do quality releases, but we will continue as long as you want us to. The original 2001 people want to thank everybody for their loyalty, and add that, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings!”. And with this little gem of a CD, she finally has a good reason to sing with joy. This CD is scheduled for late December release.
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. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never (medley) - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Early Mornin' Rain (complete) - 14. What'd I Say - 15. Johnny B. Goode - 16. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (by Tony Brown) - 19. Electric Piano Solo (by David Briggs) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day - 22. Funny How Time Slips Away - 23. Hurt (with last part reprise) - 24. Hound Dog - 25. For The Good Times (with false start, last live version) - 26. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (last live version) - 27. Unchained Melody (Elvis at the piano) - 28. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30.Closing Vamp.
All tracks mixed to stereo.
Bonus tracks in original binaural sound - as recorded:
31. You Gave Me A Mountain - 32. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (last live version).
Source: e-mail - November 25, 2007


You Ain't Ain't Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog

Another new audience CD release is "You Ain't Ain't Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog" from July 29th, 1976 Springfield, Mass. Here the tracklisting:
2001 Theme / See See Rider/ I Got A Woman / Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me Let Me Know / You Gave Me A Mountain / Help Me / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Jailhouse Rock / America The Beautiful / Polk Salad Annie / Elvis introduces his band / Love Letters / Hail, Hail Rock & Roll / Hurt - repeat / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can't Help Falling In Love
Source: e-mail / Updated November 17, 2007


Elvis - Greatest Hits Volume 2

A new CD titled '' Elvis - Greatest Hits Volume two '' will be release soon. This is reminiscent of the original volume one released by RCA with a similar artwork. The compilation is aimed to Collectors, and pressed in very limited quantity.
Track listing :
1- My Boy 3:02 ( undubbed master ) ; 2- When I'm Over You 3:31 ( unedited undubbed master ) ; 3- Steamroller Blues 3:01 ( Memphis, TN March 16, 1974 AS ) ; 4- It's Midnight 3:13 ( Las Vegas, NV September 2, 1974 CS ) ; 5- You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:05 ( Macon, GA April 24, 1975 ) ; 6- For The Good Times 3:03 ( Richmond, VA April 10, 1972 ) ; 7- I Just Can't Help Believin' 4:56 ( rehearsal, July 24, 1970 ) ; 8- Little Sister 1:55 ( Alexandria, LA March 30, 1977 ) ; 9- America The Beautiful 2:12 ( Charlotte, NC March 20, 1976 ) ; 10- Make The World Go Away 3:36 ( undubbed ) ; 11- Patch It Up 3:33 ( rehearsal, August 10, 1970 ) ; 12- Hurt 2:09 ( Johnson City, TN March 17, 1976 ) ; 13- Down In The Alley 2:08 ( rehearsal, August 16, 1974 ) ; 14- And I Love You So 2:25 ( West Palm Beach, FL February 13, 1977 ) ; 15- Just Pretend 3:38 ( rehearsal , July 24, 1970 ) ; 16- It's Now Or Never 2:16 ( rehearsal, July 29, 1970 ) ; 17- Never Been To Spain 3:25 ( Richmond, VA April 10, 1972 ) ; 18- Loving Arms 2:52 ( undubbed master ) ; 19- Suspicious Minds 5:15 ( rehearsal, July 24, 1970 ) ; 20- Return To Sender 1:56 ( Hampton Roads, VA August 1, 1976 AS ) ; 21- That's All Right 1:48 ( Memphis, TN July 5, 1976 ) ; 22- I'm Leavin' 3:15 ( Boston, MA November 10, 1971 ) ; 23- Polk Salad Annie 4:30 ( Las Vegas, NV February 1970 ) ; 24- Love Letters 2:34 ( San Francisco, CA November 28, 1976 ) 25- Unchained Melody 2:25 ( Montgomery, AL February 16, 1977 )
Running time 76:55
Source: e-mail / updated November 17 2007


ELVIS PRESLEY YOU KNOW, IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE STRICTLY COUNTRY “ VOLUME 1 and 2

"ELVIS PRESLEY YOU KNOW, IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE STRICTLY COUNTRY “ VOLUME 1 and 2 are 70% unreleased and 100% better sounding
45 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 sound better & different than what we know and made it to a LP or nowadays on CD.

Some tracks which appear to be known are now for the first time in their complete form. So in a way it Some tracks which appear to be known are now for the first time in their complete form. So in a way itââ Some tracks which appear to be known are now for the first time in their complete form. So in a way it's released and unreleased. This includes studio talk, count in, left & right channels, longer fade outs or even different lyrics or simply differently sung. Most will be stereo. As happened in the past some releases only used one channel (This was a 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 synopsis for these two cds: The masters without dubbing and without 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 final 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 and others) These two cd's contain 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 unique.

DISC 1 VOLUME 1 JUNE 4 t/m 6 1970 DISC 1 VOLUME 1 JUNE 4 t/m 6 1970 DISC 1 VOLUME 1 JUNE 4 t/m 6 1970
JUNE 4
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
JUNE 5
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
JUNE 6
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)
BONUS TRACKS
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
23. The next step is love - June 22 (backup vocal overdubs )Acetate
Total running time 78.38

DISC 2 VOLUME 2 JUNE 7 - 8 & SEPTEMBER 22 1970
JUNE 7

01. When I m over you (Take 1 ‚ Master , undubbed ‚unedited) Acetate
02. I really don't want to know (Take 4 ‚ Master, undubbed) Acetate
03. Faded love (take 1 ‚ Master, undubbed ‚unedited) Acetate
04. Tomorrow never comes (take 13 ‚ Master, undubbed) Acetate
05. The next step is love (Take 11 ‚ Master, undubbed) Acetate
06. Make the world go away (Take 3 Master, undubbed spliced with work part Take 1 (ending)Acetate
07. Funny how times slips away (Take 1 ‚ Master , undubbed , unedited) Acetate
08. I washed my hands in muddy water (Take 1 ‚ Master, unedited, undubbed)
09. Love letters (Take 5‚ Master, unedited, undubbed) Acetate
JUNE 8
10. There s goes my everything (Take 1) complete
11. If I were you (take 9 ‚ master, undubbed ,unedited) Acetate
12. Only believe (Take 4 ‚ Master , unedited, undubbed) Acetate (previously unreleased)
13. Sylvia (Take 8 ‚ Master , undubbed ,unedited)) Acetate (previously unreleased)
14. Patch it up (Take 8 ‚ Master , undubbed ,unedited) Acetate
SEPTEMBER 22
15. Snowbird (Take 6 ‚ Master, undubbed, unedited) Acetate (previously unreleased)
16. Where did they go lord? (Take 6 ‚ Master, undubbed , unedited) Acetate
17. Whole lotta shakin' goin' on (Take 2 ‚ Master, undubbed, unedited)
18. Rags to riches (Take 4 - unrepaired master, undubbed, unedited)

BONUS TRACKS JULY 18

19. I've lost you (Take 7, Master, back up vocal overdubs) (previously unreleased)
20. Bridge over troubled water (Take 8 ‚ Master, brass & string overdubs mix down) (previously unreleased)
21. The next step is love (Take 11, Master, mix down) (previously unreleased)
22. I'll never know (Take 7 ‚ Master, no backing vocals, mix down) (previously unreleased)
Total running time 76.25

Source: e-mail - update November 16, 2007


Springtime Elvis

From the makers of "The Lord is my Sheppard, Tigeman Anthology series, new Legendary performer releases and many more releases they will release now the "Springtime Elvis". Here's the info:
Springtime! is a new CD release from a new label: Memphis. The CD contains a newly remastered soundboard recording of the Elvis Presley show, April 10, 1972 (from the original Elvis On Tour mastertapes) and Elvis recorded live at Eddie Fadal's home in Waco, Texas, May 27, 1958. Both recordings are for the first time available in this quality! The cd release with the Texas homerecording recording was very poor.
SONGS:
SOUNDBOARD RECORDING - ELVIS RECORDED LIVE IN RICHMOND, APRIL 10, 1972
1. See See Rider 2. Proud Mary 3. Never Been To Spain 4. You Gave Me A Mountain 5. Until It's Time For You To Go 6. Polk Salad Annie 7. Love Me 8. All Shook Up 9. Bridge Over Troubled Water 10. Love Me Tender 11. It's Over 12. Introductions of musicians and backup vocalists 13. For The Good Times 14. An American Trilogy 15. Elvis Walks & Talks 16. Funny How Time Slips Away 17. Can't Help Falling In Love 18. End Theme 19. Elvis has left the building / souvenir announcement
HOME RECORDING - ELVIS RECORDED LIVE IN WACO, TEXAS, MAY 27, 1958: Elvis - Anita Wood - Eddie Fadal - Janice Fadal 20. I Understand Just How I Feel 21. Dialogue 22. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 23. Dialogue 24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) 25. Dialogue 26. Who's Sorry Now 27. Who's Sorry NOw 28. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 29. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 30. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 31. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 32. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby 33. Dialogue 34. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds 35. Baby Don't Ya Know 36. Tomorrow Night 37. Tomorrow Night (by Elvis) 38. Little Darlin' 39. Monologue 40. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Source: e-mail / updated November 11, 2007


ROCK BACK THE CLOCK

The "Straight Arrow" label will release a CD at the end of this year titled "ROCK BACK THE CLOCK" (SA 2007-8-02). It will be a special release of Elvis’ infamous first New Year's Eve show in Pontiac, Michigan.

The producers are aware that this concert was previously released from another source but in the case of this release, they were able to obtain an ORIGINAL TAPE recorded by the same person that taped the College Park, MD, 27.09.1974 using the same recorder and microphone. That concert has been released on Straight Arrow's 2006 CD "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK". The main reason for this new and ultimate Pontiac '75 release is that the sound quality is excellent for an off-line recording. Since no soundboard recording of this show exists, only audience taped documentation of this historic event is available. Over the last 15 years, three independent audience recordings were collected and on each source there was a major problem: excessive echo caused by the large stadium space. This new source is very clear and most importantly, almost echo-free because the person with recorder was sitting very close to the sound system.

The content of the show is well known, with the playlist based on Elvis' previous Las Vegas engagement. Among the Pontiac highlights are powerful performances of "Trying To Get To You", "One Night" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and also the ballads "You Gave Me A Mountain" and "And I Love You So", which were sung with passion. Finally, a thundering performance of "How Great Thou Art" brought the stadium down. The one and only real drawback is an unrehearsed "My Way"; Elvis had problems with the lyrics and he paused the song in the middle for a few seconds.

We live in the days when almost every obscure CD label is hyping that their product was "taken directly from the original tape", what else - "professionally remastered" and of course with "fantastic results". Every new CD seems to contain some "deluxe 16-page full color booklet" with many "unpublished photos" in a "very professional layout". The “Straight Arrow" label does not want to exaggerate. If you have any of the previous “Straight Arrow"ť CD releases, then you know what to expect in design and sound quality. This new CD will contain a 20 page booklet with approx. 60 photos. Some of them are unpublished, some not, but they all were carefully hand-picked from the almost 150 available shots to give the listener a visual overview of The Event. You will see Elvis before and after the show as well as in both jumpsuits on stage. An unusual photo of the Silverdome stage before the concert is included as well as the review from the local newspaper, original ticket stub and show poster. To make the release even more authentic, sleeve notes were written by a fan that was so happy to be there... The “Straight Arrow" team wishes you a Happy New Year 2008 and hopes that you will enjoy this special New Years Eve release!

Tracks:
Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - Monologue (Elvis split his pants) - Love Me - Tryin' To Get To You - And I Love You So - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - Heartbreak Hotel - One Night - You Gave Me A Mountain - Polk Salad Annie - Elvis left the stage to change the jumpsuit - Sweet Sweet Spirit (by J. D Sumner & The Stamps) - Band Introductions - What'd I Say - Drums Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin - for the last time with Elvis on stage) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - School Day (Hail Hail Rock'n'Roll) - My Way (with break) - Love Me Tender - Monologue / New Year Countdown - Auld Lang Syne - How Great Thou Art (with last part reprise) - It's Now Or Never - America (The Beautiful) - Elvis thanks / Introduction of Lisa Marie and Vernon Presley - Hound Dog - Wooden Heart (part only) - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp.
Source: e-mail - update October 28, 2007


High Sierra Fever Released

The CD High Sierra Fever from the Straight Arrow label has been released. This CD features the Lake Tahoe, May 7th, 1973 Midnight show as taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape. We will add a review soon.

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 Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. 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. I'm Leavin' - 13. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 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. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Special bonus (recorded in Lake Tahoe, May 06, 1973 Midnight show):
25. Surrender (excerpt) / It's Over
Approximate running time: 60:00

source: e-mail - October 22, 2007


A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - Volume One Out Now

The new release A Wild Weekend in Huntsville ! - volume one from the Madison label is out now.This CD features the concert from May 31, 1975 afternoon show in Huntsville, AL. Some tracks has been previously released but this show is available for the very first time unedited, and as recorded from the mixing board that day at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL. 

All the Huntsville shows from the May / June 1975 tour were pretty good and among the best from this period. Elvis is in good form, humor, spirit and it shows throughout the performance. Unfortunately the show has not been recorded in its entirety and starts early during '' Love Me ''. The sound quality is excellent and this new CD comes with a 16 page full color booklet. Watch out soon for Volume Two featuring the afternoon performance recorded the following day in Huntsville, AL !

Tracks :

1- Love Me  ( incomplete ) 2:03 ; 2- If You Love Me ( Let Me Know ) 3:08 ; 3- Love Me Tender 2:47 ; 4- All Shook Up 1:57 ; 5- Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel 2:09 ; 6- The Wonder Of You ( w/ false start ) 2:25  ; 7- Burning Love 3:28 ; 8- Introduction of the vocalists, John Wilkinson., James Burton 1:37 ; 9- What I'd Say ? ( featuring James Burton ) 0:52 ; 10- Drum Solo ( featuring Ron Tutt ) 1:25 ; 11- Bass solo ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) 1:26 ; 12- Piano solo ( featuring Glen D. Hardin ) 1:02  ; 13- Introduction of Charlie Hodge, Voice, Joe Guercio and his orchestra 0:39 ; 14- School Day ( featuring Joe Guercio & orchestra ) 1:14 ;  15- Trouble 0:54 ; 16- T-R-O-U-B-L-E 3:39  ; 17- Hawaiian Wedding Song 2:14 ; 18- Let Me Be There ( with reprise ) 3:21 ; 19- An American Trilogy 5:04 ; 20- Funny How Time Slips Away 2:47 ; 21- Blue Suede Shoes 1:22 ; 22- For The Good Times 3:11 ; 23- Little Darlin' 2:34 ; 24- Can't Help Falling In Love 1:39 ; 25- Closing vamp 0:35

Bonus : 26- Elvis at the WFL football game August 9, 1975 0:31

Tracks 15-17, 21-22 and 26 are previously released !


source: e-mail - October 6, 2007


High Sierra Fever Cover Art

Here's the covert art of the forthcoming release High Sierra Fever from the Straight Arrow label. This CD will feature the Lake Tahoe, May 7th, 1973 Midnight show as taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape. Compared to the January/February 1973 Las Vegas shows, Elvis was in better voice in Lake Tahoe, and his shows were more engaged and playful again.

This concert includes classy performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "I'm Leavin' ", "What Now My Love", "I'll Remember You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "A Big Hunk O'Love". As a bonus, an excerpt of "Surrender" and the seldom performed "It's Over", recorded during the Midnight Show the previous day were added. Both mastertapes were recorded by the same person, and they are of equal sound-quality. This recording comes from a 1st generation copy of the original tape. As you’ve come to expect from us, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And it's not necessary to emphasize another Straight Arrow label tradition – this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live- and candid photographs from April, May and June 1973, rare Lake Tahoe memorabilia, informative liner notes as well as details about Elvis' Lake Tahoe 1973 season. This CD is set for release in late September. Don't miss your opportunity to spend an unforgettable hour with The King in High Sierra!
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 Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. 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. I'm Leavin' - 13. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 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. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Special bonus (recorded in Lake Tahoe, May 06, 1973 Midnight show):
25. Surrender (excerpt) / It's Over
Approximate running time: 60:00

source: e-mail - October 6, 2007


Most Wanted

Out now in the import market is "Most Wanted", for the most interesting part will be the Elvis & Lisa Marie duet "Don't cry daddy" and the Elvis & Celine Dion duet "If I can dream". Here's the complete tracklisting:
My Happiness / That’s All Right / Hound Dog / Old Shep / When The Saints Go Marching In / I'll Take You Home Kathleen / Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) / In My Fathers House / Datin’ / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / The Wonder Of You / Gospel Medley - I John/Bossom Of AbrahamYou Better Run/Lead Me, Guide Me/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus/Nearer My God to Thee / Always on My Mind / My Way / My Boy / You Gave Me A Mountain / American Trilogy / Bitter They Are Harder They Fall / Unchained Melody / Special Bonus Duets: Don’t Cry Daddy (Duet with Lisa Marie Presley) / If I Can Dream (Duet with Celine Dion)
September 21, 2007


October Encore In Lake Tahoe

The forthcoming "MEMORY Records" label CD release is entitled "October Encore In Lake Tahoe" (CD MR 2055-2). As most die-hard fans know, in Elvis did a short eight-show stint in Tahoe, more or less as an encore, to fulfill his contract after the cancellation of the May 1973 engagement. There are only two recordings available from this engagement, and the only other known tape is that of the mediocre October 13th midnight show. The tape with the Dinner show, presented on this CD, is of very good sound quality.

Elvis performed in high gear, thrilling the crowd with a funny version of Fever, a poignant "It's Midnight" and the absolute showstopper, a great reading of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Three songs got the last verse reprised, too. This is a rare, previously unavailable recording. We were able to obtain the 1st generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. The sound was transferred in its original mono format, and all tracks were digitally restored for best possible sound reproduction. The CD contains 8-page booklet (not so common for MEMORY Records) with many photographs taken during the Lake Tahoe, October 12th dinner & midnight shows and the October 14th dinner show.

We hope you will enjoy this CD as a presentation of an unique October 1974 performance of The Elvis Presley Show which, until this historic release, has not been previously represented in good sound quality!

Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. All Shook Up - 06. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 07. Heartbreak Hotel - 08. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 09. Fever - 10. Big Boss Man - 11. It's Midnight - 12. Hound Dog - 13. Band Introductions - 14. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 15. Celebrity Introductions - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Hawaiian Wedding Song (with reprise) - 19. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love- 21. Closing Vamp.
Bonus (Recorded in Lake Tahoe, October 13, Midnight show): 22. Why Me Lord - 23. I'm Leavin'.
Source: e-mail - September 21, 2007


The American Way Vol. 5 - Going Home To Memphis

The "Southern Comfort" import label will release fifth volume in their "American Way" series soon, entitled "Goin' Home To Memphis". The CD features more material from the American Sound Studios session plus some amazingly rare outtakes of "Goin' Home" from 1968. These are main part of the never before released first half of the session.

Word from the producer: "There was a time, not too long ago, when an import CD accompanied with a nice bonus photo booklet meant value for money. "Remastered from best possible tape source", was not just a bag of hot air... Nowdays, just about every import label burries you, the potential buyer, under an endless and often meaningless list of 'PR' rap. Southern Comfort doesn't need cheap promises to sell their product. We're the best. And we have 4 volumes to prove it. Volume 5 is on its way. We hope you will enjoy the results of our labour. The expected release date is early October."

TRACKS:
"WITHOUT LOVE" SESSION:
01. Without Love - takes 1, 2, 3 (complete take + 2 x false start) 02. Without Love - take 4 (complete take) 03. Without Love - take 5 (complete master take)

All tracks mono.
"ROUGH MIX TAPE":
04. Gentle On My Mind (vocal overdub, master take - number unknown) 05. Just A Little Bit Of Green (undubbed master take 3) 06. Wearin' That Loved On Look (partially overdubbed master master take 15) 07. Suspicious Minds (vocal overdub, master take 8) 08. I'll Be There - takes 5, 6 (false start + complete take with vocal echo) 09. Hey Jude (undubbed master take 7) 10. You'll Think Of Me (vocal overdub, master take 23) 11. Inherit The Wind (partially overdubbed master take 4) 12. This Is The Story - takes 1, 2 (false start + complete master take vocal overdub)
All tracks mono.

"LAS VEGAS 26.01.1970 OPENING SHOW":
13. Sammy Shore speech / Opening Riff 14. All Shook Up 15. Don't Cry Daddy 16. Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto (medley) 17. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (with false start, the only known live version)
All tracks mono. Taken from new tape source.

"GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 1 - ACETATE SOURCE):
18. Goin' Home - takes 3, 4 (studio chat + 2 x false start) 19. Goin' Home - take 5 (complete take) 20. Goin' Home - takes 9, 10, 11 (3 x false start) 21. Goin' Home - takes 12, 13, 14 (2 x false start + long false start + take 15 announcement only) All tracks mono.

"GOIN' HOME" SESSION (PART 2):
22. Goin' Home - takes 16, 17, 18 (long false start + 5 x false start) 23. Goin' Home - takes 19, 20, 22 (long false start + 2 x false start) 24. Goin' Home - takes 23, 24 (complete take with cut + "I Got A Woman" excerpt + false start including "Heartbreak Hotel" excerpt) 25. Goin' Home - takes 25, 26, 27, 28 (false start + complete take with cut + 2 x false start) All tracks stereo.

Source: E-mail - September 17, 2007


The MxF label will release soon its third CD titled '' Time To Dare  '' featuring Vegas September 02, 1974 Closing Show. Although this concert  were released in two different imports years ago here you have the opportunity to listen it complete and in a really different and improved sound. The use of an early generation soundboard mono tape gives us the possibility to focus our works in reduction the loud plosives and low frequencies noise trying to get a more clear sound and give new life overall to Elvis voice, keeping the Elvis’ vocal power up in the central mix and in the same time to give a new definition to the background music. 

Closing night Vegas August 1974, a very famous night widely bootlegged since the 1980's vinyl releases. In spite high energy and surprisingly good and is a fairly long show mostly remember this show for the “DRUG” Dialogue. During the years we have heard and read a lot about that, mostly trying to put in every way in bad light Elvis, forgetting like often happened in Elvis’ life: the MUSIC. Here you have the possibility to listen the show in complete way, a show 96 minutes long and we think the crowd definitely got their money's worth that evening!

Elvis' performance is superb, Elvis is still to the top if his possibility he deliveries a long show  very intense, a freshness that cannot be denied , Elvis was on stage in very energetic way full of enthusiasm he sang with power and the sensitive way, spacing overall in a solid and felt repertoire like the new song It’s midnight and the classic You Gave Me A Mountain here sang in splendid way.

In the  same time he worked heavy in rock songs like Big Boss Man and the show stopper If you talk in your sleep .This season will be remember for the great opening night and naturally for the Closing Nights from the numerous dialogues but from the superb music too, Elvis appear fantastic and is clear that in spite all the music keeps is brain active. 

The packaging will come with a 16 page booklet professional edited, picture disc, relevant liner notes and over 20 photographs mostly never released from Elvis two-piece  leather suit used in this specific closing night. All the pictures have been digitally restored in the matter to obtain the best video quality. This is not a new show...but the package, the 95,40 minutes of superb music give us definitely something different a different kind of product ! The Definitive one in reference to Elvis from August 1974. An unbelievable SOUND, A fantastic booklet with Elvis rarely in so such great shape; Don’t miss it!!!! 

Tracklist: 

CD 1 time 49.03 

*01.2001 Theme; 0.57-*02.C, C Rider; 3.41 - 03.Dialogue; 3.02 - 04.I Got A Woman/Amen; 6.41 - 05.Until It's Time For You To Go; 4.45 - 06.If You Love Me Let Me Know; 2.48 - 07.It's Midnight; 3.13 - 08.Big Boss Man; 2.43 - 09.You Gave Me A Mountain; 3.13 - 10.Dialogue; 6.29 - 11.Softly As I Leave You; 2.55 - 12.Hound Dog; 2.02 - 13.American Trilogy; 3.56 - 14.It's Now Or Never; 2.29 

CD 2 time  46.14 

01.Band Introductions; 8.50 - *02.I Can't Live Without you ( By Voice ); 4.50 - 03.Bringing It Back ( By Voice ) ; 3.05 - 04.Aubrey ( By Voice ); 3.46 - 05.Celebrety introductions ; 4.17 - 06.It's Now Or Never; 2.40 - 07.Let Me Be There; 3.40 - 08.If You Talk In Your Sleep; 3.33 - 09.Dialogue; 5.08 - 10.Hawaiian Wedding Song; 2.42 - 11.Dialogue; 1.46 - 12.Can't Help Falling In Love; 1.50 

Total Time 95.17 

* Denote audience recording source. In attempt to complete the tape  missing ( about 8.50 min) we used a early copy of an audience mono recording tape of the same show of very good quality.

 source: e-mail - September 14, 2007


It´s Tahoe Time

The „Rainbow Records“ label is going to release it´s second CD titled „It´s Tahoe Time“, containing a 50 minutes long performance of Elvis Presley´s Oct. 13th, 1974 Midnight Show at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe. Until today there has never been a CD release containing any of the eight performances of this much too little known of concert engagement at Lake Tahoe in autumn of 1974.

The recording of this show has been taken from an early generation (audience recorded) Cassette-Tape and it has been carefully worked on in a professional studio. So the Producers are able to present one of (only two until today known of) recorded performances of Elvis´ October 74 concert series at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel in good and listenable sound-quality, rounded off by a great 16-page booklet containing all necessary information regarding the October 74´ engagement at Lake Tahoe including a special report by a female fan who saw all eight shows (!!), written just a few days after this engagement was over. By the way: At this show Elvis was wearing his then brandnew „Mexican Sundial“-Suit which he seemed to lock away after the short engagement was over - until 1977. We believe that this is a very interesting performance. Elvis is in good mood and delivers a mixture of both his early and his later classics. Hear Elvis doing classy versions of songs like „It´s Midnight“, „Big Boss Man“, „I´m Leavin´“ and an impromptu version of „Lawdy Miss Clawdy“.
As a bonus you can hear James Burton playing his guitar and giving an impression of how it sounded when he was at his very peak – in 1973. The seven minute long „Music Makers“ – Special has been taken from the original ´73 Vinyl-Album „Guitar“ – a real rarity and a nice bonus for a real nice cd!

Tracklisting: (Running Time: 56:00)
01 - See See Rider [02:44] (traditional) 02 - I Got A Woman / Amen [06:40] (Charles / traditional) 03 - Love Me [01:24] (Leiber - Stoller) 04 - All Shook Up [00:58] (Blackwell) 05 - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [02:28] (Mann-Low / Blackwell-Presley) 06 - Heartbreak Hotel [01:25] (Axton - Durden) 07 - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) [02:45] (Rostill) 08 - Fever [03:05] (Davenport - Coole) 09 - Big Boss Man [02:42] (Smith - Dixon) 10 - It's Midnight [03:06] (Wheeler - Chesnut) 11 - Hound Dog [01:52] (Leiber - Stoller) 12 - Band Introductions [04:37] (instrumental, public domain) 13 - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy [03:11] (Price) 14 - Why Me, Lord? [02:38] (Kristofferson) 15 - I'm Leavin' [03:04] (Jarrett - Charles) 16 - Johnny B. Goode [02:07] (Berry) 17 - Hawaiian Wedding Song [01:58] (King - Hoffman - Manning) 18 - Can't Help Falling In Love [01:42] (Weiss - Peretti - Creatore)
19 - Bonus: Music Makers "Guitar" feat. James Burton [07:12](instrumental, public domain)

Source: e-mail - updated September 7, 2007


HIGH SIERRA FEVER

The forthcoming release from the "Straight Arrow" label is titled "HIGH SIERRA FEVER" (SA 2007-7-02), and will feature the Lake Tahoe, May 7th, 1973 Midnight show as taken from an excellent quality audience recorded tape. Compared to the January/February 1973 Las Vegas shows, Elvis was in better voice in Lake Tahoe, and his shows were more engaged and playful again.

This concert includes classy performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "I'm Leavin' ", "What Now My Love", "I'll Remember You", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "A Big Hunk O'Love". As a bonus, an excerpt of "Surrender" and the seldom performed "It's Over", recorded during the Midnight Show the previous day were added. Both mastertapes were recorded by the same person, and they are of equal sound-quality. This recording comes from a 1st generation copy of the original tape. As you’ve come to expect from us, the sound was restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible results. And it's not necessary to emphasize another Straight Arrow label tradition – this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of live- and candid photographs from April, May and June 1973, rare Lake Tahoe memorabilia, informative liner notes as well as details about Elvis' Lake Tahoe 1973 season. This CD is set for release in late September. Don't miss your opportunity to spend an unforgettable hour with The King in High Sierra!
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 Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. 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. I'm Leavin' - 13. Hound Dog (slow & fast) - 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. An American Trilogy - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Special bonus (recorded in Lake Tahoe, May 06, 1973 Midnight show):
25. Surrender (excerpt) / It's Over
Approximate running time: 60:00
Source: e-mail / update September 2 2007


Adios Huntsville Out Now

The 2nd Huntsville CD "Adios Huntsville" from the "Audiosonic" label is out now, This CD features the last Huntsville concert from the May/June '75 tour. This is the follow-up of the "Across The Country Vol. 2" and this time we have the June 1st, 8:30 PM show in a soundboard quality. It's a very welcome release with all the audience recording CD's that has been released lately, and comes with a 16 pages full color booklet
Tracklisting:
01. * C. C. Rider - 02. * I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 03. Monologue / Love Me - 04. Dialogue - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. Love Me Tender - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 09. The Wonder Of You (with 3 false starts) - 10. Burning Love (2 false starts only) - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. School Day - 18. I Can't Stop Loving You - 19. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 20. I'll Remember You (incl. excerpt of "Alfie") - 21. Let Me Be There - 22. Why Me Lord - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away - 25. Little Darlin' - 26. Monologue - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp. Approx. running time: 63:48
* denotes tracks recorded in Dayton, Ohio, October 06, 1974 8:30 P.M. show.
A full review will be added soon on this website by Mike Sanders

Update: July 26, 2007


Our Memories Of Elvis Vol 1 & 2

Yes, it's unbelievable, but there is another CD out now. This time the Our Memories Of Elvis Vol. 1 & 2, that was also released by the Dutch fanclub "It's Elvis Time" several years ago. Back then they released both albums on 1 CD, but these producers are releasing this on 2 different cd's with of course some extra bonustracks.
Our Memories Of Elvis - Volume 1
1. Are You Sincere / 2. It’s Midnight / 3. My Boy / 4. Girl Of Mine / 5. Take Good Care Of Her / 6. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again / 7. Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming / 8. Spanish Eyes / 9. Never Again / 10. She Thinks I Still Care / 11. Solitaire /
Bonus Tracks: 12. Sweet Angeline / 13. Mr. Songman / 14. It’s Midnight (2nd Version)/ 15. My Boy (2nd Version) / 16. Girl Of Mine / 17. I Will Be True / 18. It’s Still Here / 19. I’ll Take You Home Kathleen / 20. It’s A Matter Of Time

Our Memories Of Elvis - Volume 2
1. I Got A Feelin’ In My Body / 2. Green Green Grass Of Home / 3. For The Heart / 4. She Wears My Ring / 5. I Can Help / 6. Way Down / 7. There’s A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) / 8. Find Out What’s Happening / 9. Thinking About You / 10. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right* / Studio Jam Session /
Bonus Tracks: 11. Shake A Hand / 12. If You Don’t Come Back / 13. If You Talk In Your Sleep / 14. Talk About The Good Times / 15. Help Me / 16. Loving Arms / 17. Thinking About You (2nd Version) / 18. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

Source: e-mail / July 18 2007

Elvis In Concert – 30 Years Anniversary DVD Edition

The legendary TV Special filmed on Elvis Presley’s last concert tour will now be released on dvd. This new remastered edition is the best dvd version that has surfaced so far. “We’re here to entertain you, and to make you happy. So just enjoy yourself, and leave the driving to us” said Elvis to an adoring crowd on his last tour. Elvis had been doing just that for over 20 years - entertaining his fans and making them happy. Two shows were filmed by CBS on what was to be Elvis’ last concert tour. The June 19 appearance in Omaha, Nebraska and the June 21 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Only three songs were used from the Omaha performance in the final special, which was broadcast on October 3, 1977.

“If you haven’t guessed by now, you’re on television” Elvis said with a characteristic grin to the audience at the June 21 show. “Don't let the lights and cameras throw you, and try not to throw the lights and cameras if you can help it.” Elvis In Concert was Elvis’ first filmed production in four years after the blockbuster Aloha From Hawaii television special. The contrast in his appearance between the two shows is striking. He was obviously way overweight, said Elvis’ friend Joe Esposito, a few years after Elvis’ death. Although he did look ill during the filming was the magic still there. Elvis was also still singing great! Just hear Elvis singing thru touching and powerful performances of songs like How Great Thou Art and his latest RCA single Hurt.

Chapters:
Elvis Fans Comments / Getting Ready For The Show / Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey)/Opening Riff / See See Rider / That’s All Right / Are You Lonesome Tonight? / Teddy Bear, (Let Me Be Your)/Don't Be Cruel / Elvis Fans Comments / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / Elvis Fans Comments / How Great Thou Art / Elvis Fans Comments / I Really Don't Want To Know / Elvis Introduces His Father / Hurt / Hound Dog / My Way / Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Riff/Interview With Elvis’ Father / Special Message From Elvis’ Father
Playing time 55 min.
Director: Dwight Hemion Writer: Annett Wolf
Source: e-mail / July 17th 2007


Two new Imports

Here we have details for 2 new import CD's. The 1st one is A Hot Night at paradise Rd. and features an audience recording of the August 6, 1972. D.S. Here the tracklisting:
The Sweet Inspirations / Move On/A Gift Of Love / 2001 / C. C. Rider / Proud Mary / Never Been To Spain / You've Lost That Loving Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel / Little Sister/Get Back / Hound Dog / A Big Hunk O’ Love / My Way / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / What Now My Love/ American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp.

The 2nd one is A Dinner at the Hilton, with an audience recording from February 16, 1973 D.S. Here the tracklisting:
2001 Theme / See See Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me Tender / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me / Steamroller Blues / You Gave Me A Mountain / Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / What Now My Love / Johnny B. Goode / Suspicious Minds / Introductions / I Can't Stop Loving You / American Trilogy / Can't Help Falling In Love
Source: e-mail / July 16, 2007

Elvis .. At The Forum

Finally after a few technical problems ... ELVIS .. AT THE FORUM (GRACELAND RECORDS CD GR 7403-2). The unreleased complete afternoon show May 11th 1974 in Los Angeles.
This is the follow up to LIVE IN LA by Follow That Dream. It makes the 1974 Forum performances a complete set This is the better of the two shows given that day. Only the segment "You can have her" has been used by FTD since they didn't have the concert on Soundboard, otherwise they certainly would have used the complete afternoon show. I offer, straight from the original tape this show, (of which FTD has used a x generation copy for their "You can have her" segment), the complete show . This mean's for the die-hard fans really everything is there!!!

The recording has been digitally transferred to a24 Bit / 96 khz (in normal language high end quality) to get the best possible sound from this 33 year old tape. The full 64 minutes Elvis experience. Also a deluxe 20 page booklet in full color with every photo available of the afternoon show and professional and historical liner notes Over 35 photo's with absolute rare ones inbetween. The sound is excellent for an audience. Only at the beginning there are some imperfections but the sound is by far superior to what has been partially released (this includes FTD). This is a truly historical release and for the first time the complete show in the best sound available!
Source: e-mail / Updated June 29th 2007

Tiger Man- An Anthology Volume 7

A new volume in the An Alternate Anthology series. Volume 7 contains 26 tracks including alternate recordings from the 50's, 60's and 70's in the best possible sound. As always this compilation contains some hard to find tracks and of course we offer a nice compilation for listening pleasure. You surely enjoy this volume of Tiger Man.  

TRACKS:

1. Blueberry Hill (alternate take 1 & 4) ; 2. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (alternate take 14) ; 3. King Of The Whole Wide World (alternate take 7 & 8) ; 4. Mama (original extended master) ; 5. She's A Machine (undubbed master) ; 6. If I Can Dream (vocal overdub, false start take 1 - soundtrack session take 4) ; 7. Don't Cry Daddy (alternate mix) ; 8. My Little Friend (original album master for "Almost In Love") ; 9. After Loving You (alternate mix) ; 10. Without Love (alternate mix) ; 11. Change Of Habit (undubbed alternate master) ; 12. Let Us Pray (alternate master) ; 13. What'd I Say (live version) ; 14. That's All Right (live version) ; 15. Snowbird (undubbed master) ; 16. Blue Suede Shoes (live version) ; 17. I'm Leavin' (unedited undubbed master) ; 18. He Is My Everything (unedited undubbed master) ; 19. There Is No God  But God (unedited undubbed master) ; 20. The First Time Ever Is Saw Your Face ; 21. What Now My Love (live, original mix) ; 22. I Got A Thing About You Baby (remixed version for "This Is Elvis") ; 23. Promised Land (unedited take 5) ; 24. Fever (live version / August 30, 1974)*** ; 25. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (June 2, 1975)*** ; 26. Portrait Of My Love (informal recording)  

***new source/much better sound.

source: e-mail / June 28, 2007


ADIOS HUNTSVILLE

The "Audionics" label that released "Across The Country Vol. 2" containing the Huntsville, May 31st, 1975 Evening show earlier this year, will release another outstanding new CD soon. It's titled "Adios Huntsville", and it contains the last of Elvis' five legendary Huntsville concerts from the May/June 1975 tour, as recorded from the soundboard on June 1st, 1975, 8:30 P.M. - no edits, the complete tape.

It was one of the the best shows of the tour, and a happy, humorous and good-voiced Elvis delivered excellent versions of songs like "The Wonder Of You", "Polk Salad Annie", "T.R.O.U.B.L.E.", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "I'll Remember You" and "An American Trilogy".

A first generation DAT copy of the original mono soundboard recording was used for this project. As the majority of die-hard fans know, none of the May / June 1975 tour soundboards were recorded in their entirety. This time, only "C. C. Rider" and "I Got A Woman" / "Amen" were not recorded. The producers added these tracks from another concert, as recorded from the soundboard in Dayton, OH, 06.10.'74 8:30 P.M. These two tracks were released previously, but here they appear in superior audio from an alternate source.

As you've come to expect from us, this CD is accompanied with a classy 16-page full color booklet containing liner notes as written by a renowned Elvis expert, who was lucky enough to be in the Huntsville crowd on that day. The majority of the photographs in the booklet were taken during the Huntsville, AL, June 1st, 1975 8:30 P.M. show, where Elvis wore the "Black Eagle" suit. Several additional photographs from the Huntsville, June 1st, 1975 2:30 P.M. concert and from the Dayton, OH, October 6th, 1974 8:30 P.M. show were added to "complete the picture".

As Elvis said: "I'd like to say something, can I raise my hand... we have had a fantastic time here in Huntsville... a little rough getting in and out of my hotel, but that's all right. But you've really been fantastic down here. If you want us back in Huntsville, just let us know, and we shall be back."

Now every fan will have the opportunity to return to Huntsville with the King again & again, for an unforgettable night of Elvis magic.

Tracks:
01. * C. C. Rider - 02. * I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 03. Monologue / Love Me - 04. Dialogue - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. Love Me Tender - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 09. The Wonder Of You (with 3 false starts) - 10. Burning Love (2 false starts only) - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Drums Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff) - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. School Day - 18. I Can't Stop Loving You - 19. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 20. I'll Remember You (incl. excerpt of "Alfie") - 21. Let Me Be There - 22. Why Me Lord - 23. An American Trilogy - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away - 25. Little Darlin' - 26. Monologue - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp.

Approx. running time: 63:48
* denotes tracks recorded in Dayton, Ohio, October 06, 1974 8:30 P.M. show.
Source: e-mail - Updated June 27th 2007