3 New Single CD Releases From Straight Arrow Soon
February 6, 2018
Our first release in 2018 is titled 'Philadelphia Freedom'. It's the summer of 1976, and America is celebrating its bicentennial. What could be more patriotic than seeing America's greatest entertainer in the city where the countries' Declaration of Independence was formed and signed? Straight Arrow team has been looking for a recording of this particular concert for a long time… and finally succeeded.
Compared with July and August 1976 concerts, performances in June were of a much better standard and the Philadelphia concert is no exception. Elvis did a fine show that night.
The Philadelphia, June 28th, 1976 show is previously unreleased. Until now, this show was not available in acceptable sound. The only existing tape was in horrible quality. Our release has been taken directly from a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from Pennsylvania.
This release is presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in Philadelphia, PA, June 28th, 1976 and with great liner notes written by the fan who taped the show!
Philadelphia Freedom CD.
Part of pre-program:
01. Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky - by Joe Guercio & The Hot Hilton Horns) - 02. Black Sunday (by Sweet Inspirations) - 03. If You Leave Me Now (by Sweet Inspirations).
The Elvis Presley show:
04. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 05. C. C. Rider - 06. I Got A Woman / Amen - 07. Love Me - 08. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 09. You Gave Me A Mountain - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 12. And I Love You So - 13. Jailhouse Rock - 14. Fever - 15. America The Beautiful - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Early Mornin' Rain - 18. What'd I Say - 19. Johnny B. Goode - 20. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt, incomplete) - 21. Bass Solo (Blues - Jerry Scheff) - 22. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 23. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 24. Love Letters - 25. School Day - 26. Hurt #1 - 27. Hurt #2 - 28. Hound Dog - 29. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) - 30. Can't Help Falling In Love - 31. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
(The pre-program was taped in Philadelphia, PA, May 28th, 1977 by the same guy who recorded the 1976 show. Straight Arrow planned to release the May 28th, 1977 show too, but another label released it recently from another tape source.)
Rippin' It In Cincinnatti
Our second release is titled 'Rippin' It In Cincinnati'. It was the1st tour of 1976 and some of Elvis' key musicians were replaced. Unexpectedly, the result was a surprisingly fresh sound, with keyboards and drums prominent. During this rather short tour, Elvis performed 8 solid and entertaining shows in 4 cities.
The Cincinnati, March 21st, 1976, 2:30pm show is previously unreleased. Once again, this show was not available in acceptable sound thus far. The only existing tape in circulation was in subpar quality. This was the show where Elvis ripped the seat of his blue Bicentennial suit during 'Polk Salad Annie', and finished the show dressed in the Rainfall suit. It is one of the very few shows where Elvis left the stage for awhile (another example is Baltimore, May 29, 1977, released on our 2CD 'Breakdown In Baltimore').
Our release has been taken directly from a first generation copy of a previously unreleased original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by Elvis super fan John Herman, who also taped the legendary Pittsburgh 1976 New Years Eve show, widely released by bootleggers and by the official FTD label.
As usual, this release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in Cincinnati and local press reviews. A couple of unpublished John Herman snapshots were added, too.
Rippin' It In Cincinnatti CD.
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Let Me Be There - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 10. Love Me Tender - 11. Polk Salad Annie / Elvis leaves the stage to change the jumpsuit - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (by J. D. Sumner) - 13. What'd I Say (James Burton, instrumental) - 14. Drum Solo (Larry Londin) - 15. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Elvis returns - 16. Piano Solo (Shane Keister) - 17. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 18. School Day - 19. And I Love You So - 20. Hurt (with reprise) - 21. Burning Love - 22. America The Beautiful - 23. Funny How Time Slips Away - 24. Heartbreak Hotel - 25. Hound Dog - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
He's The One In '71
Our 3rd CD in this batch, and some might say, the best. Straight Arrow is very pleased to bring you this rare concert recording from Elvis' Summer 1971 festival. It is always a delight to find new, fresh tapes from this year, and from this particular season -- especially when it's in very good sound quality. This is an excellent recording of the August 28th dinner show.
Elvis' previous engagement there had shown signs of his high performing standard slipping, but here he sounds like he's back on track again. Late August shows are tight, no-nonsense affairs with Presley in good voice and in strong form. He performs with focus and professionalism, and he sings a fantastic variety of music.
The Las Vegas, August 28th, 1971, Dinner show is previously unreleased. The only existing tape/CDR in circulation is of very poor quality. Our release has been taken directly from a recently obtained first generation copy of an original audience-recorded cassette. This concert was recorded by an Elvis fan from France, Marie Chantal Rivière, who also taped other August 1971 Las Vegas shows. We have released Marie Chantal Rivière's recordings of the August 27th & 29th dinner and midnight concerts on the 2CD 'Solid As Rock' (SA/SP 2015-37-02) and the CD 'Last Stint At The International' (SA/SP 2016-38-02). If you like those releases, you cannot go wrong with 'He's The One In ‘71'!
This release is presented in a de-luxe 6-panel digipak with collection of photos taken in August 1971 and press reviews.
01. Orchestra Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. That's All Right - 04. I Got A Woman - 05. Proud Mary - 06. Sweet Caroline - 07. Polk Salad Annie - 08. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 09. Johnny B. Goode - 10. It's Impossible - 11. Love Me - 12. Blue Suede Shoes / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Blue Suede Shoes - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. Hound Dog - 15. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 16. Suspicious Minds - 17. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 18. I'm Leavin' - 19. Introduction of Ed Parker - 20. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
He's The One In '71 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.