The Final Homecoming

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist:  

CD 1: 

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

CD 2: 

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

Approx. running time: 90:32

source: e-mail - September 17, 2009 



The Return Of A Prodigy Out soon

Finally out end this week !!

The new album of Gravel road music

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

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

Excerpt from the liner notes:

This history of the recording;

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

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

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

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

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

This all packed in a 32 page full color booklet.

Excellent samples of very rare Las Vegas radio spots from 1969

Tracklist:

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: e-mail - September 1, 2009 


The Final Homecoming

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

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

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

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

Tracklist:  

CD 1: 

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

CD 2: 

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

Approx. running time: 90:32

source: e-mail - August 29, 2009



Let Me Be The One - Behind Closed Doors Out Now

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

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

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

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

* denotes stereo recording

Total running time: 52:15

source: e-mail - August 21, 2009  



Let Me Be The One

Behind Closed Doors 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

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

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

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

* denotes stereo recording

Total running time: 52:15

source: e-mail - August 14, 2009 


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2009

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

The ‘International label’ that recently brought to you the critically acclaimed ‘Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Works’ is now to release a DVD only version of the editors cut now titled Elvis – That’s the Way It Is - The Complete Shows’ . The 2 DVD’s are dual layered, (equivalent to 4 DVD’s and without loss of quality) factory pressed and are filled with 6 hours of the complete shows with excellent edits, lots of amazing multi angle sequence shots different to that of the previous release.
Also for the first time ever, the complete ‘That’s The Way It Is’ shows will be in FULL STEREO & in 5.1 Surround Sound. It also comes with an 8 page booklet insert. This is a very Limited Edition run of only 750 copies. Expected price to be around Ł25 - Ł30. This release will coincide with the other International release ‘Showroom Internationale 1971’ same date of release and is expected very shortly. These will be the last of the ‘International’ label releases.
Source: e-mail - July 28, 2009


Something Out Now

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



Jumpsuitology II : 1973 -1977

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

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




California Wave

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

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

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

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

Tracklist: 

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

Bonus (stereo audience recording): 

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

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

NEW RELEASE - INTERNATIONAL LABEL ‘SHOWROOM INTERNATIONALE 1971’

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

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



A Change Of Mind Out Now

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

Bonus (September 3, 1973 Closing Show): 

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

Approximate running time: 79:41

source : e-mail - July 8, 2009



SOMETHING

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

Total running time: 74:01

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

Live In Las Vegas, Feb. 7, 1974

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

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

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

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


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DVD ELVIS - HOLLYWOOD - VOLUME ONE

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

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

ELVIS - HOLLYWOOD VOLUME ONE - COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:

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

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


Twenty Days & Nights Out Soon

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

August 12th, 1970, Dinner Show

AUDIONICS® STEREO 2009-02-2

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

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

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

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

Tracks: 

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

Total running time: 73:59

source: e-mail - June 15, 2009


Stripped Of My Heart, My Soul

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

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



The Talk Of The Town

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

AUDIONICS 2008-03-2 / 2001

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

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

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

Excerpt from the sleeve note: 

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist:

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

Approximate running time: 56:48

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008 





Trying To Get To You Out Now

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

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

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008



Then Sings My Soul

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

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

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

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

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

Source: E-mail - September 8, 2008

The 1972 New York Experience

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


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

September Nights Out Now

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



Trying To Get To You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist: 

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

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 28, 2008




Red-Hot In Richmond

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume Two

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

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

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

Track listing :

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

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

source: e-mail - August 24, 2008

The Joan Deary Tapes

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

I'm a steamroller baby

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

Trying To Get To You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist: 

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

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 2, 2008


SEPTEMBER NIGHTS

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


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

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

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

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

Directly From The 1972 Elvis Summer Festival

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

New Import CD Label SURPRISE RECORDS

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

A Greensboro Revolution ! 

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume One

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

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

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

Track listing : 

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

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

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


Raised On Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

Approximate running time: 63:12

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


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

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

-It easily could have been recorded yesterday.

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

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

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

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

All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered.

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

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

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

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

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

Background information;

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACKLIST : 

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

source: e-mail - July 14, 2008


The Final Farewell Out Now

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

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

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

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

Source: e-mail - June 17, 2008


Elvis Back With A Bang !

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

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

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

Tracklist:

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

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

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

source: e-mail - June 10, 2008


Royal Gambit In Richfield Released 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

  Approximate running time: 79:50

source: FECC Forum - May 30, 2008


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

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

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

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

Track listing : 

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

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

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - May 24, 2008


Where No One Stands Alone

( REELTRAX LSP 3758-2 ) 

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

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

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

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

We hope you like our new release on REELTRAX! 

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

source: e-mail - May 20, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970 Released

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

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

Track list :

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

Track 17 is previously unreleased in full.


source: FECC Forum - May 16, 2008


High Spirit In Vegas & Getting Down To Business

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

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

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

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

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

source: e-mail - April 28, 2008


American Glory

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

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

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

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

CD Total Time 79.52 min. 

December 06, 1975 MS Show

Tracklist:

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

TIME 62:30 

December 02, 1975 OP Show  

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

TIME 17:52

source: e-mail - April 14, 2008


Black Angels in Vegas

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


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



A Change Of Mind

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

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

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

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

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

Excerpts from the sleeve notes: 

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

Bonus (September 3, 1973 Closing Show): 

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

Approximate running time: 79:41

source : e-mail - May 26, 2009



Stranger In The Crowd

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

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

source: e-mail - May 26, 2009


Exceeding All Expectations Out Now

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

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

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

TRACKLIST:

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

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

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


The Last Vegas Opening Night Out Now

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

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

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes 

Special information: 

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

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

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

source : e-mail - April 21, 2009


Setting The Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:  

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra   1.17

02. That's All Right, Mama  2.18

03. I Got A Woman 2.45 

04. Proud Mary 2.40

05. Sweet Caroline 2.26

06. Polk Salad Annie 4.02

07. It's Impossible 2.47

08. Heartbreak Hotel 1.40

09. Hound Dog 1.29

10. I'm Leaving 3.09

11. Can't Help Falling in Love 1.32

TIME 25.24

 Bonus tracks:

12. Also Sprach Zarathustra 1.16

13. That All Right Mama 2.22

14. I Got A Woman 2.37

15. Proud Mary  2.44

16. Sweet Caroline 2.20

17. Polk Salad Annie 4.19

18. Intro 0.53

19. Johnny B. Goode 1.44

20. It's Impossible 2.48

21: Love Me 1.32

22: Blue Suede Shoes/Whola Lotta.. 1.36

23: Heartbreak Hotel 1.33

24: Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel 2.15

25. It's Over 2.09

26. Hound Dog (fs) 1.30

27: Hound Dog 1.28

28: Suspicious Minds 5.32

29: Band Intro 3.25

30: I'm Leaving 3.15

31: Bridge Over Troubled Water 5.50

32: Can't Help Falling Love 2.09 

TIME 54.26

   Approximate Total running time: 79.40

Source: E-mail - April 15, 2009

New Artwork for The Last Vegas Opening Night

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


The Last Vegas Opening Night

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

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

Tracks:

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

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

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes

source : e-mail - March 27, 2009 



Rock My Soul Out Now

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

source: e-mail - March 21, 2009



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

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

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

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

Track listing:

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

Total: 65:06

source : e-mail - March 15, 2009 


Las Vegas Attraction Number 1

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

That’s The Way It Is – The Complete Works

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

A Dinner Date In Bright Light City

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

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

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

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

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

Excerpts from the sleeve notes: 

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

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

Tracks:

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

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

Approx. runing time: 101 minutes

source : e-mail - February 21, 2009



April Fool's Dinner

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

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


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

Tracks:

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


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

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

* taken from booth tape

source: e-mail - February 10, 2009 



Sunset Rundown & A Hilton Double-Shot !

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

Track listing:

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

Total Time = 65:08

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

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

CD 1 - September 1972

Track listing:

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

Total Time = 59:13

CD 2 - February 1973

Track listing:

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

Total Time =  46:58

source : e-mail - January 21, 2009 

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



Countdown To Christmas Out Now !

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

"Straight Arrow" is planning a special 2CD set for early 2009, with an unreleased Las Vegas December 2nd, 1976 Opening Night show. The "Straight Arrow" team has been looking for good sounding tape for years. Finally, they managed to obtain a 1st generation copy of an original "stereo" audience-recorded tape for this project. Opening Night '76 was a unique event - it was probably the second longest show of Elvis’ career and one of his very best 1976 concerts. Arriving from Anaheim, CA, with young love Ginger Alden by his side, he was ready to conquer Las Vegas once again. During the Opening night, he sang an ultra-rare "I Just Can't Help Believin'", and sang one of greatest-ever versions of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Elvis was in great mood, joking with fellow performer Glen Campbell thru the show. It was also the last time that Elvis performed two full versions of his 1976 "trademark" song "Hurt". 

Tracks: 

Also Sprach Zarathustra - C. C. Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Jailhouse Rock - It's Now Or Never / Are You Sincere (excerpt) - All Shook Up - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Dialogue - Don't Be Cruel (excerpt) - And I Love You So - I Just Can't Help Believin' (last version) - Fever - Softly As I Leave You - Polk Salad Annie - Band Introductions - Early Mornin' Rain - What'd I Say - Johnny B. Goode - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - Love Letters - School Day - Celebrity Introductions (Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell) - Hurt #1 - Hurt #2 - Hound Dog (with false start) - Hawaiian Wedding Song (with false start) - Dialogue - Blue Christmas - That's All Right, Mama - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Introduction of Vernon Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love - Closing Vamp. 

Approximate running time: 104 minutes. 

More details later.

source: e-mail - December 27, 2008



The Brightest Star On Sunset Boulevard

THE COMPLETE REHEARSAL TAPE OF JULY 24, 1970 at RCA STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD

After the successful releases of " Vegas Rhythm " and " You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country –Volume 1 " we are proud to tell that Fort Baxter wanted to join forces with them ,releasing  " The Brightest Star Of Sunset Boulevard Volume 1 and 2 ".

We at Gravelroad music, loved the idea and know the high standards Fort Baxter lives up to. It has to be an excellent release, so we said; " Great let's do it , but…. A 2 cd value Digipack and working with the original recording!  So everybody will have the change to have it complete this time". Value for money is needed in these times.

The moment we started to work we discovered that the original sound was much clearer and much more spread to left and right. The background instruments where suddenly present. Elvis voice was in the room and were present  there at the rehearsal.

We knew it is a justified release, no compressors, limiters, etc.

It's exciting and more … pure Elvis

DISC 1

1.That's All Right ;  2.I Got A Woman ;  3.The Wonder Of You ;  4.I've Lost You ;  5.The Next Step Is Love ;  6.Stranger In The Crowd ;  7.You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling ;  8.Something ;  9.Don't Cry Daddy #1 ; 10.Don't Cry Daddy #2 ; 11.You Don't Have To Say You Love Me ; 12.Polk Salad Annie ; 13.Bridge Over Troubled Water ; 14.I Can't Stop Loving You ; 15.Just Pretend / Don't it makes you wanna go home (few lines) ; 16.Sweet Caroline / Love me tender (few lines) ; 17.Words

DISC 2

 1. Suspicious Minds ;  2. I Just Can't Help Believin' #1 ;  3. I Just Can't Help Believin' #2 ;  4. Tomorrow Never Comes / Running Scared (few lines) ;  5. Mary In The Morning ;  6. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights ;  7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling ;  8. I Just Can't Help Believin' #3 ;  9. Heart Of Rome (uncensored) & reprise ; 10.Memories ; 11.Johnny B. Goode ; 12.Make The World Go Away / Delilah (few lines) ; 13.Stranger In My Own Home Town (uncensored) ; 14. I Washed My Hand In Muddy Water

 " You Know, It Don't Have To Be Strictly Country –Volume 2 " is delayed due to this release. Good things need time. Also various other old Baxter and Bilko titles will be released by us next year from the original tapes and reels.

source: e-mail - December 11, 2008



Countdown To Christmas

As recorded live at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Hilton Hotel showroom, December 09, 1975, 10 P.M. 

The "Straight Arrow" label will release its 11th CD, entitled "COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS" (SA 2008-11-02), in December 2008. 

December 1975 marked the first time ever that Elvis worked around the winter holidays. Why did Colonel Parker take the risk to play before Christmas when even shows by regular Las Vegas performers suffered from poor attendances? The main reason was Elvis financial situation but The Colonel was keen on fulfilling the August 1975 contract too. The ol’ gambler took the situation as a challenge and booked Elvis at the Hilton from December 2nd til the 15th for a total of 16 shows. And once again, he hit the jackpot - all shows were sold out. 

Elvis was in great voice throughout the engagement; "My Boy", "How Great Thou Art", "Burning Love", "Just Pretend" and "America The Beautiful" were memorable highlights during these shows. However, Elvis’ physical appearance was somewhat alarming; in December he appeared even heavier than in August, and his face was puffy and bloated. Nevertheless, this season was a huge success, and for the closing show on December 15th , there were more people at the Hilton showroom alone than in all other Las Vegas showrooms together.  

The December 9th, 10 P.M. show as presented here is fairly typical of this strong engagement. There are no weak moments during the show, but several performances deserve special mention: a robust "Trying To Get To You", a surprisingly wild version of "Polk Salad Annie" and a fast-paced "Burning Love" are ample proof that 'Elvis - The King' could still rock whenever he wanted to. 'Elvis - The Crooner' gave his all on songs like "And I Love You So", "Just Pretend" and "Softly As I Leave You". The unofficial national anthem "America The Beautiful" and the Gospel favorite "How Great Thou Art" are outstanding performances. 

This engagement marked the last time that Elvis' concerts were of such a consistently high standard. Later his shows would become increasingly erratic, and whilst were some truly great concerts, many of them varied from average to rather poor, no matter how much Elvis tried. In December '75, Elvis tried too - and for the last time, he managed to pull it off, night after night.

This previously unreleased live recording originates directly from 1st generation copy of recently surfaced new master tape, as recorded by an audience member. The audio-quality of the recording is very good for an off-line recording. The sound was completely restored in a renowned studio to achieve the best possible quality for your optimal listening pleasure.

It's almost unnecessary to repeat that Straight Arrow will present this CD with a full-colour, 16-page booklet with many photos (incl. some rare ones) taken during December 1975 Las Vegas engagement and huge collection of reproduced Elvis Christmas memorabilia from 1958-1975. The Straight Arrow team thank you for your support and wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009 and hopes that you will enjoy this special Holiday release! 

Tracklist: 

01. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from "2001 A Space Odyssey") - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with false start) / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me - 05. Fairytale - 06. And I Love You So - 07. Tryin' To Get To You - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel (medley) - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Band Introductions - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Drum Solo (by Ronnie Tutt) - 15. Bass Solo (Blues - by Jerry Scheff)  - 16. Piano Solo (by Glen D. Hardin) - 17. School Day #1 - 18. School Day #2 - 19. Just Pretend - 20. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 21. Burning Love - 22. Softly As I Leave You - 23. America The Beautiful - 24. It's Now Or Never (with reprise) - 25. One Night - 26. Mystery Train / Tiger Man (medley) - 27. Dialogue - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp.

source : e-mail - December 3, 2008 



Augusta - Once And For All

Soon to be released is the latest production from “Rainbow Records”. This release will feature the complete performance of Elvis Presley in Augusta, Maine - recorded May 24, 1977.  

The producers have been able to locate the original audience-recorded tape. Using 24bit audio transfer they achieved an optimum sound of this recording. We think that with our 6th release we can bring you the best sounding disc so far. 

Although Elvis was clearly not in the best shape regarding his physical appearance his voice was strong and powerful as always. “Never Been To Spain” which unfortunately was only intoned or the performance of “You Gave Me A Mountain”, “Little Sister” and “My Way” prove that his spirit and feeling for many of his songs was still there.  

The funny moment when Felton Jarvis was on stage during “If You Love Me” is pictured in the 20-pages booklet which is loaded with shots from the actual concert (we actually had a total of 150 great photos to choose from). We also included a scan of the ticket stub, a newspaper announcement for the concert and 2 different show reviews. All in all you will get a nearly perfect overview of what Elvis was able to deliver to his audience on May 24th, 1977. 

For Augusta the “Elvis Presley Show” was a once in a lifetime experience. We hope that this CD will be – at least - a proof that “Elvis 77” was still pleasing his audiences. 

Tracklisting: 

01 - [01:01] - Also Sprach Zarathustra

02 - [03:44] - See See Rider

03 - [00:29] - Never Been To Spain

04 - [08:33] - I Got A Woman / Amen

05 - [01:59] - Love Me

06 - [03:25] - If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

07 - [03:31] - You Gave Me A Mountain

08 - [02:11] - Jailhouse Rock

09 - [03:57] - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never

10 - [01:52] - Little Sister

11 - [02:21] - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel

12 - [04:11] - My Way

13 - [01:44] - Heartbreak Hotel

14 - [02:41] - Band Introductions

15 - [01:45] - Early Morning Rain

16 - [00:51] - What'd I Say

17 - [00:58] - Johnny B. Goode

18 - [02:25] - Drum Solo

19 - [01:38] - Bass Solo

20 - [01:13] – Tony Brown Solo

21 - [01:47] - Bobby Ogdin Solo

22 - [01:01] - School Days

23 - [02:15] - Hurt

24 - [02:19] - Hound Dog

25 - [01:49] - Can't Help Falling In Love

26 - [01:59] - Closing Vamp / Final Announcement

source : e-mail - December 3, 2008


The King Creole Outtakes

Soon to be out is the CD titled "The King Creole Outtakes", we will add further details soon.
Source: e-mail - November 30, 2008

Grand Roulette At The Sahara

As recorded live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel showroom, May 6th, 1973 - Midnight show. The forthcoming "Memory Records" label CD release is entitled "GRAND ROULETTE AT THE SAHARA". In 1973, Elvis appeared at Del Webb‘s Sahara Tahoe hotel for the second time since July/August 1971, and his concerts were an even bigger succes this time, with all tickets being sold out in advance. This CD features the previously unreleased Midnight show from May 6th, 1973. It’s a rather typical set with no real surprises, but nevertheless Elvis is in fine fettle and gives a strong and entertaining show for an enthusiastic crowd.

The setlist is fairly similar to "Aloha From Hawaii", with flawless performances of "Steamroller Blues", "You Gave Me A Mountain", "What Now My Love" and "I'll Remember You" being particular highlights. Other strong performances include a haunting "I'm Leavin'", a majestic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the surprising addition of "It's Over", just before the show’s conclusion. Even if this not the greatest concert ever by 'The King', it is nevertheless much more than just a professional "casino show routine" – it’s the world's greatest entertainer running his grand roulette at the Sahara Tahoe hotel.
This previously unreleased recording was taken from an early generation copy of the original master tape, as recorded by a member of the audience. All tracks were digitally restored for your best possible listening pleasure. All accompanying photographs were taken between February and July 1973.
Tracks:
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen (medley) - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. Surrender (excerpt) / You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Love Me - 09. Blue Suede Shoes - 10. Heartbreak Hotel - 11. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (medley) - 12. Hound Dog - 13. I'm Leavin' - 14. Fever - 15. What Now My Love - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Band Introductions - 18. I'll Remember You - 19. I Can't Stop Loving You - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. A Big Hunk O'Love - 22. It's Over - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.
Approximate running time: 56:54
Source: e-mail - November 23, 2008



Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

We just added the cover art to the previous news.

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 26, 2008


Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 21, 2008



December Night

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle of November is titled "December Night" and will feature an unreleased complete show from Las Vegas December 04th , 1976 Midnight Show in great audio quality. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity; however in the past we pressed The Sound of Vegas vol.1 with focus on August 1973. This time, after fans requests, our tenth release will be a concert from the Vegas December 76 season, we are proud to present a very rare and complete show. Despite 1976 being not a great year, Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. The Midnight Show from December 4th, as presented on this CD is a great show, with a great variety of songs, all performed with quality in a very high standard. If we look closely at the last Vegas season, we can see that Elvis although a little tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid; the variety of the repertoire is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You Gave Me a Mountain or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents some good oldies like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You and Jailhouse Rock which are performed well. The vocal power is demonstrated in the last single HURT where Elvis’ voice reaches practically the sky, followed immediately by Hawaiian Wedding Song one of his best ballads. With the exception of some jokes like It’s Now Or Never or Hound Dog the show is PERFECT and is a pleasure to hear over and over thanks also to the fantastic audio quality that gives us the possibility for a hour to go back to the past .The best song from this midnight show is very hard to find, because the repertoire is solid, however we think the middle of You Gave me A Mountain and Polk Salad Annie has the right spirit of the show and the season.

This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is Very Very Good considering the limitation of the Audience Tape. The sound is clear with no audience background noise, the mix is great with practically all instrument presented in the original balance without any manipulation, a GREAT Tape For A Great Show a rare combination that we hope you can enjoy. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.

For the Fourth time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live nice unreleased photographs of the December season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme/Opening 02. C.C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale 06. You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version) 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. It's Now Or Never 09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 10. Trying To Get To You 11. Blue Suede Shoes 12. Fever 13. Softly As Leave You 14. Polk Salad Annie 15. Band Introduction 16. Early Morning Rain 17. What'd I Say 18. Drum Solo 19. Bass Solo 20. Piano Solo 21. Keyboard Solo 22. Love Letters 23. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll 24. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll (featuring Tony on Lead Guitar) 25. Hurt 26. Hawaiin Wedding Song 27. Hound Dog 28. Danny Boy(Sherrill Nielsen) 29. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) 30. Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
Approximate Total running time: 73.00
Source: e-mail - October 15, 2008


The Talk Of The Town

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

AUDIONICS 2008-03-2 / 2001

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

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

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

Excerpt from the sleeve note: 

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist:

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

Approximate running time: 56:48

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008 





Trying To Get To You Out Now

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

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

source: e-mail - September 23, 2008



Then Sings My Soul

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

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

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

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

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

Source: E-mail - September 8, 2008

The 1972 New York Experience

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


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

September Nights Out Now

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



Trying To Get To You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist: 

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

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 28, 2008




Red-Hot In Richmond

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume Two

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

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

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

Track listing :

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

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

source: e-mail - August 24, 2008

The Joan Deary Tapes

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

I'm a steamroller baby

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

Trying To Get To You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracklist: 

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

Approximate running time: 68:00

source: e-mail - August 2, 2008


SEPTEMBER NIGHTS

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


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

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

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

Source: e-mail - July 30, 2008

Directly From The 1972 Elvis Summer Festival

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

New Import CD Label SURPRISE RECORDS

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

A Greensboro Revolution ! 

 Standing Room Only Tapes Volume One

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

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

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

Track listing : 

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

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

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


Raised On Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

Approximate running time: 63:12

source: e-mail - July 23, 2008


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

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

-It easily could have been recorded yesterday.

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

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

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

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

All tracks have been digitally restored and re-mastered.

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

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

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

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

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

Background information;

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRACKLIST : 

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

source: e-mail - July 14, 2008


The Final Farewell Out Now

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

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

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

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

Source: e-mail - June 17, 2008


Elvis Back With A Bang !

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

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

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

Tracklist:

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

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

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

source: e-mail - June 10, 2008


Royal Gambit In Richfield Released 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tracks:

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

  Approximate running time: 79:50

source: FECC Forum - May 30, 2008


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

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

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

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

Track listing : 

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

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

Total Time = 65:39

source: e-mail - May 24, 2008


Where No One Stands Alone

( REELTRAX LSP 3758-2 ) 

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

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

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

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

We hope you like our new release on REELTRAX! 

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

source: e-mail - May 20, 2008


Opening Night - January 1970 Released

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

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

Track list :

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

Track 17 is previously unreleased in full.


source: FECC Forum - May 16, 2008


Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3

The next Madison release will be Hillcrest Blues - Standing Room Only Tapes, Vol. 3.

One of the changes in 1972, after wife Priscilla left their marriage, was a move back into his empty Hillcrest home in Los Angeles, in early March.  Was it any surprise that several of the songs done a few weeks later, at RCA's Studio C in nearby Hollywood, were downcast or bluesy?  When MGM's cameras moved in for a one-day "mock" session sequence, Elvis and band rocked it up with "Burning Love" and "Johnny B. Goode," but also showed Presley's true mood with selections like "For The Good Times," "Always On My Mind" and "Separate Ways." 

Now, for the very first time, hear the complete, unedited March 30, 1972 "mock" session in superb STEREO!

Track listing:

01. Burning Love - take 1 (incomplete) / Here We Go Again (one liner) 3:10 ; 02. Burning Love - take 2  3:25 ; 03. Burning Love - take 3 / The Lord's Prayer (one liner) 3:19 ; 04. Sweet Sweet Spirit (one liner) 0:19 ; 05. For The Good Times (rehearsal) 2:52 ; 06. For The Good Times - take 1 (incomplete) 3:35 ; 07. For The Good Times (more rehearsal) 2:18 ; 08. For The Good Times - take 2 3:44 ; 09. For The Good Times - take 3 (false start) 0:19 ; 10. For The Good Times - take 4 6:22 ; 11. Anytime ( one liner ) / dialogue 1:47 ; 12. For The Good Times take 5 3:31 ; 13. For The Good Times - take 6 (incomplete) 3:01 ; 14. For The Good Times - take 7 4:10 ; 15. Dialogue / El Paso (one liner) 1:13 ; 16. Johnny B. Goode - take 1 (false start) 1:02 ; 17. Johnny B. Goode - take 2 (false start) 0:46 ; 18. Oh, How I Love Jesus (one liner) 0:56 ; 19. Johnny B. Goode - take 3 / dialogue 3:42 ; 20. A Big Hunk O' Love (incomplete) / dialogue 4:39 ; 21. Always On My Mind (rehearsal) 3:02 ; 22. Always On My Mind - take 1 (incomplete) 2:34 ; 23. Always On My Mind - take 2 5:09 ; 24. Separate Ways - take 1 4:09 ; 25. Separate Ways - take 2 3:40

Total Time = 73:10

source : e-mail - October 21, 2008



December Night

The forthcoming release from the "SR" label scheduled for the middle of November is titled "December Night" and will feature an unreleased complete show from Las Vegas December 04th , 1976 Midnight Show in great audio quality. As everybody knows SR concentrates on the early 70's live period of Elvis' activity; however in the past we pressed The Sound of Vegas vol.1 with focus on August 1973. This time, after fans requests, our tenth release will be a concert from the Vegas December 76 season, we are proud to present a very rare and complete show. Despite 1976 being not a great year, Elvis' love of singing is clear in this tape and we are glad to give you the opportunity to listen to it. The Midnight Show from December 4th, as presented on this CD is a great show, with a great variety of songs, all performed with quality in a very high standard. If we look closely at the last Vegas season, we can see that Elvis although a little tired is still able to concentrate on the music to produce great shows. Elvis sings straight to the audience with pauses and jokes, but the performance is still solid; the variety of the repertoire is presented superbly. Songs like I got a Woman, You Gave Me a Mountain or Polk Salad Annie sound great; he presents some good oldies like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Trying To Get To You and Jailhouse Rock which are performed well. The vocal power is demonstrated in the last single HURT where Elvis’ voice reaches practically the sky, followed immediately by Hawaiian Wedding Song one of his best ballads. With the exception of some jokes like It’s Now Or Never or Hound Dog the show is PERFECT and is a pleasure to hear over and over thanks also to the fantastic audio quality that gives us the possibility for a hour to go back to the past .The best song from this midnight show is very hard to find, because the repertoire is solid, however we think the middle of You Gave me A Mountain and Polk Salad Annie has the right spirit of the show and the season.

This recording came from an early generation copy of the master tape; the sound quality is Very Very Good considering the limitation of the Audience Tape. The sound is clear with no audience background noise, the mix is great with practically all instrument presented in the original balance without any manipulation, a GREAT Tape For A Great Show a rare combination that we hope you can enjoy. The sound was restored in a studio to achieve the best possible results. We have spent hours in the studio over the digital restoration of the sound, to achieve the best possible results and to give you the chance to listen with pleasure.

For the Fourth time from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe DIGIPACK, containing a collection of live nice unreleased photographs of the December season, with a wide spectrum of jumpsuits included.
Tracks:
01. 2001 Theme/Opening 02. C.C. Rider 03. I Got A Woman/Amen 04. Love Me 05. Fairytale 06. You Gave Me A Mountain (spoken version) 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. It's Now Or Never 09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 10. Trying To Get To You 11. Blue Suede Shoes 12. Fever 13. Softly As Leave You 14. Polk Salad Annie 15. Band Introduction 16. Early Morning Rain 17. What'd I Say 18. Drum Solo 19. Bass Solo 20. Piano Solo 21. Keyboard Solo 22. Love Letters 23. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll 24. Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll (featuring Tony on Lead Guitar) 25. Hurt 26. Hawaiin Wedding Song 27. Hound Dog 28. Danny Boy(Sherrill Nielsen) 29. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) 30. Can't Help Falling In Love/ Closing Vamp
Approximate Total running time: 73.00
Source: e-mail - October 15, 2008

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