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By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
March 12, 2015 - 3:05:02 PM
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Following the remarkable success of our earlier August/September 1973 Las Vegas season releases, Straight Arrow is pleased to announce this new 2CD set, featuring two more previously unreleased shows in topnotch audience recorded quality.

It was the final weekend of Elvis' 1973 Summer Festival, which meant that there was an extra buzz of excitement in and around the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday 1st September. Elvis pleased his audience with strong renditions of 'Steamroller Blues', 'You Gave Me A Mountain' and 'Trouble'. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was given the respect it deserved - especially during the Midnight show, when Elvis wasn't satisfied with his rendition and repeated most of the song. He said that when he did something, he liked to get the sound right. Elvis treated fans to his emotive new song, 'My Boy' - a song which was not recorded in studio until December '73. Since Presley Senior was in the audience, Elvis sang one of his father's favourite songs, 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. The grand finale of both concerts was powerhouse 'How Great Thou Art' - with reprised ending. The September 1, 1973 D/S and M/S are previously unreleased. Both shows are taken from 1st generation copies of original audience recorded cassettes, made back in the 70s by English super-fan and collector Rex Martin. Every second was digitally restored, every click manually removed, every drop-out fixed to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Ask your local dealer for samples to judge for yourself! Double digipak is filled with (some previously unpublished!) August 1973 photographs and an eye-witness text written by an English fan, who was there!

Almost Done, Folks!

Tracklist:

CD1 : Saturday, September 1, 1973 Dinner Show

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. My Boy - 15. I Can't Stop Loving You - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD2 : Saturday, September 1, 1973 Midnight Show

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Love Me - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Trouble - 08. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop And Fly / Hound Dog - 09. Love Me Tender - 10. Fever - 11. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 12. Suspicious Minds - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 14. Name-check of group of English fans in audience - 15. Release Me - 16. An American Trilogy - 17. Introduction of Linda Thompson and Vernon Presley - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Elvis '70: Hot To Trot! : From 'The Rick Rennie master tapes' Vol. 4 CD

Coming out soon is the 4th volume of Straight Arrow's 'From The Rick Rennie Mastertapes' series - a double-digipak CD release, called 'Elvis '70: Hot To Trot!', featuring the August 20th, 1970 Las Vegas dinner and midnight shows. These recordings, last released in January 2004 by Memory records, have not been reissued since then. To achieve the best possible results, Straight Arrow worked from a direct digital transfer of the original 120 minute cassette.

Roughly a week after MGM had left town, Elvis Presley had finally settled on a format for his show that he felt comfortable with and that resonated with his Vegas audiences. He had tried out many different songs during the first two weeks of his engagement: some worked, others didn't. The shows that are included here capture a confident Elvis who at this stage clearly loved performing in Las Vegas. His powerful voice, warm stage personality & cool sense of humor really shine on these recordings, and give the listener a true sense of what it was like to see the man on stage in his prime. Elvis is clearly in his element, singing a well-balanced set that features both the cream of his recent recordings as well as solid versions of his classics. He even jams with the band on brief versions of 'Memphis Tennessee' and 'More'. As with every Straight Arrow's upgrade, this beautifully designed double-digipack edition is limited to 500 copies. If you enjoyed our previous volumes of the 'From The Rick Rennie Mastertapes' series, you cannot go wrong with 'Elvis '70: Hot To Trot!' Ask your local dealer for samples. Newly remastered from the best possible source, these recordings are a real delight for the true Elvis aficionado!

Tracklist:

CD1 : Thursday, August 20, 1970 Dinner Show

01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I've Lost You - 08. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Introductions cont'd - 14. Introduction Of Ruth Bowen and The Rinky-Dinks - 15. The Wonder Of You - 16. Heartbreak Hotel - 17. Memphis Tennessee (one verse) - 18. One Night - 19. Blue Suede Shoes - 20. Hound Dog - 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 22. Suspicious Minds - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

CD2 : Thursday, August 20, 1970 Midnight Show

01. Orchestra Intro (ending only)/Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman / Ave Maria (excerpt) - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Playing with laughing box/Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I've Lost You - 08. Sweet Caroline - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 12. Sweet Inspiration - 13. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra continues- 14. Johnny B. Goode - 15. Introductions cont'd - 16. The Wonder Of You - 17. Heartbreak Hotel - 18. Blue Suede Shoes - 19. Hound Dog - 20. More (part only) - 21. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 22. Suspicious Minds (laughing version) - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love - 24. Closing Vamp.

Elvis '70: Hot To Trot! : From 'The Rick Rennie master tapes' Vol. 4 CD


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Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.