Bicentennial Superstar Elvis Volume 2 (October 20, 1976) CD
April 19, 2015 - 12:28:20 PM
As we are aware from all the information we do have access to these days it was more than clear and also visible that Elvis actually should have cared a lot more for himself than for his fans. Although the 'King' at least tried to get back in shape and although he got rid of quite some weight since the last tour in early September ended it was a much too short 'Recovery' and Elvis stepped on stage looking not too good, showing a pale face and a not so well fitting haircut (of course we'd be more than happy if it was just for the haircut but it wasn't). Still the fans were loyal and came in masses. The Colonel also was happy to receive another share of 'big money' from touring all through the country. After all Elvis seemed to be an all-time-winner in terms of making money with performing that often in a year. Whatever it really was that kept Elvis doing show after show we still can only guess.
Nevertheless, the shows in October of 76 had their moments. Elvis changed his setlist from the months before slightly and for example put back a more than welcome 'Steamroller Blues' into it. He did at least what he had to do: Making his many fans happy. That didn't necessarily include all the reporters from the local newspapers who sometimes wrote some true words the fans did not want to read. But of course there still weren't that many really negative reviews of Elvis shows in the press. It was just a matter of time though ... . The show we are presenting on this release took place on Oct. 20, so Elvis was right in the middle of the tour. The 12.000 fans in the sold-out Notre Dame University Stadium in South Bend saw Elvis wearing the brightly coloured Flame Suit for the first time on stage. Fortunately this show was recorded from the soundboard in its entirety which is rather rare - there are too many SB's out there on the fan market that lack from starting with 'Love Me' or similar, many also do not have the last song(s) originally recorded. Sit back and enjoy experiencing Elvis in autumn of 76 singing some very good versions of songs like 'Steamroller Blues', 'Help Me' and a still strong 'America The Beautiful'!
01. Also Sprach Zarathustra 02. See See Rider 03. I Got A Woman / Amen [medley] 04. Love Me 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Jailhouse Rock 08. Help Me 09. All Shook Up 10. Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel [medley] 11. And I Love You So 12. Fever 13. Steamroller Blues 14. Band Introductions 15. Early Morning Rain 16. What'd I Say 17. Johnny B. Goode 18. Drum Solo [Ronnie Tutt] 19. Bass Solo [Jerry Scheff] 20. Piano Solo [Tony Brown] 21. Love Letters 22. School Day 23. Hurt [with reprise] 24. Hound Dog 25. Funny How Time Slips Away 26. Little Darlin' 27. Can't Help Falling In Love 28. Closing Vamp & Announcements.
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.