Springtime In Saginaw

Music Gate STIS 7197 (Released 2001)

Also Sprach Zarahustra
That's All Right
Trouble
I Got A Woman/Amen
Love Me
Happy Birthday
Big Boss Man (intro only)
Hound Dog
Trying To Get To You
Jailhouse Rock
My Way
Little Sister
Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
Help Me
O Solo Mio/It's Now Or Never
Love Me Tender
Why Me Lord
Polk Salad Annie
Introductions
Early Morning Rain
Introductions
School Days
Danny Boy (Sherill Nielsen)
Walk With Me (Sherill Nielsen)
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Can't Help Falling In Love
Closing Vamp
Recorded live, Saginaw, May 3 197

This CD released a few weeks ago on the Music Gate label contains the last show of the third tour of 1977.Elvis apparently wanted to do something different that night, and certainly did in starting his performance with "That's All Right" followed by a short version of "Trouble" (from King Creole movie), and then a more regular line-up of songs although quite different from other shows of that tour.This show features the very last performance of "Mystery Train/Tiger Man" and a lucky fan (Linda) had Elvis sings "Happy Birthday" to her.

The sound of this CD is average at the most and a very basic artwork with pictures not related in any ways with the contents.The front cover shot is from June 26th 1977 Indianapolis,IN. show while the other one was taken the night before in Cincinnati,OH. I suppose this is mostly aimed at CD collectors who wants it all, otherwise you can live without it.

We can only wished that the FTD label will release in the future some of the tracks recorded by Felton Jarvis during the first three tours of 1977. Mr. Jorgensen used one track on the Platinum box-set a few years ago (My Way from May 2nd 1977 Chicago,IL. show) and the sound is really excellent for a soundboard recording,some others were released on bootlegs but we can assume here BMG has the best quality recordings of those songs.

(Review by Claude Baker)

Soundrate *1/2