Elvis : Hot Love In A Long, Cold Winter : 2 CD Digipack from Strait Arrow
January 7, 2013 - 9:33:56 PM
The Elvis tour in February of that year was affected in various ways by the weather conditions, which sometimes resulted in delays at airports and illness among the musicians and crew members. Elvis himself was in less than stellar condition, and complained of a sore throat on some nights.
Elvis gained some weight since the last tour, and the manic feel of those final December nights was now gone, but from February 14, he was in good voice for all remaining shows of his tour, and he even included rarities like 'Release Me' and 'Blueberry Hill'. A large chunk of the February 14 show and 2 tracks from February 18 were released from a soundboard sources, but we feel that these audience recorded tapes makes for a more entertaining and exciting listening experience. Note: The February 18, 1977 show was released in 1992 ('Elvis Release Me In Concert') by the Peaf label, which was taken from an inferior source.
CD 1 / Monday, February 14, 1977, Bay Front Center, St. Petersburg
01. Introduction: 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. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never, 08. Guadalajara (one liner) / All Shook Up, 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, 10. And I Love You So, 11. Fever, 12. My Way, 13. Introduction of vocalists, musicians, 14. Early Mornin' Rain 15. What'd I Say, 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt), 17. Bass Solo (Blues, Jerry Scheff), 18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown), 19. Blueberry Hill (with 2 false starts), 20. Love Letters, 21. School Day, 22. Hurt, 23. Hound Dog, 24. Can't Help Falling In Love, 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Approx. running time: 66:41.
CD 2 / Friday, February 18, 1977, Carolina Coliseum, Columbia
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. Jailhouse Rock, 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never, 09. Tryin' To Get To You, 10. Little Sister, 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel, 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight, 13. That's All Right, Mama, 14. My Way (with break), 15. Release Me, 16. Introduction of vocalists, musicians, 17. Early Mornin' Rain, 18. What'd I Say, 19. Johnny B. Goode, 20. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt), 21. Bass Solo #1 (Blues, Jerry Scheff), 22. Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans theme, Jerry Scheff), 23. Piano Solo (Tony Brown), 24. Love Letters, 25. School Day, 26. Hurt (with reprise), 27. Introduction of Billy Smith and Jo Smith, 28. Can't Help Falling In Love, 29. Closing Vamp / Announcements. Approx. running time: 74:57.
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.