Ol' Snake Hips Is In Town! : From 'The Rick Rennie master tapes' Vol. 5 2 CD
May 11, 2015 - 3:33:53 PM
Of the six shows that Rick recorded during this engagement, the shows on August 21st, 1970 were his favorite. The shows captured here represent Elvis at his zenith. His enthusiasm for performing live in front of an audience is so obvious, and his powerful charisma shines brighter than ever. Interestingly, he performs 'Tiger Man' as stand-alone versions here, and introduces it as his 'second record' in a very matter-of-fact way. He also sings a snatch of the Buck Owens classic 'Crying Time', which really makes you wish that he'd recorded a proper version of it.
The August 21st, 1970 Dinner show was first released in 1998 ('FROM VEGAS TO MACON') and reissued in 2011 ('AUGUST RELOADED'). The August 21st, 1970 Midnight show was first released in 2001 ('YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN') and was never re-released - until now.
As with every Straight Arrow's upgrade, this beautifully designed double-digipak edition is limited to 500 copies. If you enjoyed previous volumes of the From 'The Rick Rennie master tapes' series, you cannot go wrong with 'OL' SNAKE HIPS IS IN TOWN!'. If you're a fan who only wants his finest shows - get it. If you're a fan who's not too well -versed on audience recordings - make sure that this one is your first purchase. If you are a collector who knows Straight Arrow and appreciates what the label stands for - then getting this new release is your # 1 priority. Another true gem from the label that cares.
CD1 – Friday, August 21, 1970 Dinner Show
01. Opening Vamp - 02. That's All Right - 03. I Got A Woman - 04. Tiger Man - 05. Monologue - 06. Love Me Tender (with false start) - 07. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 08. Sweet Caroline - 09. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - 10. Polk Salad Annie - 11. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Happy Birthday to James Burton - 14. Introductions cont'd - 15. Introduction of Neil Diamond / Holly Holy (excerpt) - 16. Introduction of Elvis' grandmother Minnie Mae - 17. The Wonder Of You - 18. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) - 19. One Night - 20. All Shook Up (false start only) / Blue Suede Shoes (with false start) / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Suspicious Minds - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
CD2 – Friday, August 21, 1970 Midnight 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. Cryin' Time (with false start) - 09. I Just Can't Help Believin' - 10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (with false start) - 11. Polk Salad Annie - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 13. Johnny B. Goode - 14. Introductions cont'd - 15. Introduction of actor Henry Silva, comedian Jack E. Leonard, comedian Rusty Warren - 16. The Wonder Of You - 17. Along Came Jones (excerpt) - 18. Heartbreak Hotel (with 2 false starts) - 19. One Night - 20. All Shook Up (2 false starts only) / Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 21. Hound Dog - 22. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 23. Suspicious Minds - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp.
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.