'The Man From Memphis' CD
July 17, 2015 - 3:06:05 PM
Every great story have its beginning and the end. With this special release, we conclude our 'Rick Rennie recordings' series. We are delighted with the good feedback and excellent reviews that this series has received thus far. And it has been a pleasure to give Rick's recordings new life, attention and care that they deserve.
Technically, Lake Tahoe show is one of Rick's finest recordings. Yes we are aware that FTD label released a soundboard of this highly unusual concert back in 2003, but we feel that this tape is very much listen-able and definitely more atmospheric, compared with rather sterile soundboard that they put out. Additionally, Rick's recording captured moments from this show that are not on the soundboard, including the reprise of the 2001 Theme and the second Closing vamp.
The Portland '76 show was the last one captured by Rick. A lot had happened in the three years between the shows on this release, but the Portland concert is actually a pretty decent one for the time. Elvis had lost some weight since the previous tour, he was in good voice, and he seemed a little more upbeat at these shows, though he still looked tired in photos.
Without guys like Rick Rennie, we would be missing many interesting pieces of the Elvis story. Rick had the foresight to capture the excitement of Elvis in concert, and his body of work deserves a place in the collection of every serious Elvis scholar.
As with every Straight Arrow's upgrade, this beautifully designed double-digipak edition is limited to 500 copies. If you have enjoyed previous five volumes of the 'From The Rick Rennie Mastertapes' series, you cannot go wrong with our 'Man From Memphis' set!
CD1 - Sunday, May 13th, 1973 3am, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe, NV
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra #1 - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Help Me Make It Through The Night - 05. Steamroller Blues - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Love Me - 08. Blue Suede Shoes - 09. Medley: Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Mama Can't Dance / Shake Rattle & Roll / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - 10. My Way - 11. Hound Dog - 12. What Now My Love - 13. Suspicious Minds - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. I'll Remember You - 16. I Can't Stop Loving You - 17. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 18. Funny How Time Slips Away - 19. It's Over - 20. Release Me - 21. Faded Love - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp #1 - 24. Also Sprach Zarathustra #2 - 25. Closing Vamp #2 / Announcements.
CD2 - Friday, November 26th, 1976, Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with false start) / 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 - 09. All Shook Up - 10. Medley: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. And I Love You So - 12. Fever - 13. America (The Beautiful) - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Early Mornin' Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 27. Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) - 28. Funny How Times Slip Away - 29. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 30. Blue Christmas - 31. That's All Right - 32. Can't Help Falling In Love - 33. 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.