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KARATE FEVER - SA 2010-15-02

Las Vegas 31 août 1974 dinner show
Las Vegas August 31, 1974 dinner show

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Elvis Summer '74 Las Vegas engagement was quite memorable not only due to the inclusion of many new or unusual songs, but also due to the long monologues on various themes. In 1974, Elvisí main 'non-singing' interest was karate and he was awarded with an 8th black belt degree from the Korean karate master Kang Rhee. During many of these summer '74 concerts, he tried to explain his audience what karate mean to him. Nevertheless, he was also singing more than ever and his voice was in excellent shape - he gave many memorable performances.

This is a previously unreleased audience recording. An early generation copy of the original mastertape was obtained and completely restored using today's advanced technology. The sound quality is remarkable for an off-line audio source.

Just like all previous releases from this label, this new CD will come in a deluxe package with a 16-page booklet, containing a collection of photographs taken in August / September 1974 as well as informative liner notes.

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. It's Midnight - 07. Big Boss Man - 08. Fever - 09. All Shook Up- 10. Softly As I Leave You - 11. Hound Dog (with reprise) - 12. An American Trilogy - 13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 14. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 15. If You Talk In Your Sleep - 16. Karate Monologue - 17. Until It's Time For You To Go - 18. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 19. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 20. Heartbreak Hotel - 21. How Great Thou Art - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Le concert provient de la fin de la saison de août 1974 à Vegas, Elvis délivre tous les soirs de très bons concerts. La bande est de bonne qualité, provenant d'une copie du master d'origine restaurée avec la dernière technologie.


FADED LOVE - SA 2010-01-02

Las Vegas 15 février 1973 dinner show
Las Vegas February 15, 1973 dinner show

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Recently, the 'Straight Arrow' team obtained a couple of great quality Las Vegas off-line recordings. These concerts were recorded using a 1972 portable Sony high-end cassette recorder equipped with two microphones. The microphones were placed apart from each other in the balcony seating, behind the mixing desk of sound engineer Bill Porter. Usually, such tapes are called a "booth recordings" and often are used for mixing in with a multi-track recording to obtain full depth of the sound. However, we call them "TWO-MIKE AMBIENCE LIVE RECORDINGS" - because that's precisely what they are!

The first volume of our mini-series is titled "FADED LOVE" (SA/SP 2010-01-02) and will feature the infamous February 15th, 1973 Dinner show. Elvis had the flu and appeared on stage against his doctor's advice. There was no Midnight show on this day. He was trying hard, but after seven songs he called the Stamps to the spotlight to sing a couple of gospels, and left the stage. During that time Charlie Hodge - true professional as always - introduced each song, adding a couple of jokes too. Elvis returned after some 20 minutes, and apologized for his voice problems. He finished with "Can't Help Falling In Love" and he was about to leave the stage, but he suddenly decided that this would disappoint his fans. To the audienceís surprise, he continued the show and tried to make up for his restricted vocal abilities with several rare performances. "Faded Love" is the very first known live-performance of his 1970 country-rocker, while country weeper "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is sung on stage for the last time. "Polk Salad Annie" was performed only twice in 1973 (listen to the only other live-version on 2009's Straight Arrow's release "A Change Of Mind"!). During "An American Trilogy" Elvis changed the lyrics to: "Oh I wish I was - in the doctor's office" but otherwise sung a straight version of the song. Finally "Can't Help Falling In Love" was performed for the 2nd time and that made this show even more special. We decided to add an edit of post-concert fan's comments related to this show for historic reasons, too.

Unlike previous releases from Straight Arrow, this mini-series will be presented in cool looking digipacks with all necessary information and rare photographs.

Note: the Straight Arrow team is aware that this concert was released in 1992 on the CD "Las Vegas Dinner Show". However, it was a below-average quality audience-recording, in no way comparable with two-mike ambiance live recordings. Forget the original inferior outing and enjoy this new, clear, warm and ambient stereo sound!

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (with false start) - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever / Elvis left the stage - 09. Walk That Lonesome Road (J. D. Sumner & The Stamps) - 10. Sweet Sweet Spirit (The Stamps) - 11. When It's My Time (Bill Baize & The Stamps) - 12. How Great Thou Art (Donnie Sumner & The Stamps) - 13. I Should Have Been Crucified (Ed Enoch & The Stamps) - 14. Can't Help Falling In Love #1 - 15. Faded Love (first live version) - 16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (last live version) - 17. Polk Salad Annie (first of two versions performed in 1973) - 18. An American Trilogy (with false start) - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love #2 - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements - 21. After show comments.

Straight Arrow a pu obtenir 2 bandes de grande qualité, l'une est sur le concert ci-dessus, et l'autre pour le concert ci-dessous. L'enregistrement a été effectué à l'origine sur 2 micros, ce qui donne une effet stéréo naturel.A ce concert, Elvis chante pour l'unique fois la chanson "Faded love". Elvis n'est pourtant pas très en forme, et doit s'absenter lors du concert pendant un bon moment, environ 20 minutes, et lorsqu'il revient, l'orchestre commence "Can't help falling in love". Les fans sont déçus, Elvis arrête l'orchestre, et continu le concert, pour terminer à nouveau par "Can't help", c'est un concert vraiment très spécial. Le show a déjà été édité en 1992, mais ici la qualité est bien meilleure.


YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME - SA 2010-02-02

Las Vegas 14 février 1973 dinner show
Las Vegas February 14, 1973 dinner show

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Here comes the second volume of the Straight Arrow's special mini-series focusing on "two-mic ambient live recordings": "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" (SA/SP 2010-02-02).

Originally, the label slotted the February 21, 1973 Dinner Show for Volume 2, but during pre-production several technical problems cropped up which require additional studio work. To keep the fans happy the Straight Arrow producers decided to unleash another "two-mic ambient tape" from their vaults, a Valentine's Day special: the previously-unreleased February 14 Dinner Show.

This concert was captured by the same person using the same equipment and settings as the February 15 Dinner Show heard on Straight Arrow's recent CD "FADED LOVE." Thus, the audio quality is just as terrific as that disc, but with the added bonus of Elvis giving a much better performance. "FADED LOVE" showcased an interesting, albeit odd, evening where Presley was under the weather and his voice far from his best. The new CD has an Elvis who appears much stronger, singing surprisingly well just one day before.

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" features a fairly standard set list, with most songs performed at a high level. Among the highlights are "Steamroller Blues", "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a way cool performance of "Johnny B. Goode".

Like its predecessor, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipak with all the necessary information and rare photographs. If you dug "FADED LOVE", we'll bet that you will love this one, too.

As a teaser, producers have included one track from the February 21 tape, a knockout performance of "What Now My Love," including a false start and a reprise. Again, the whole show will be out later this year under the title "I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU" (SA/SP 2010-03-02).

Straight Arrow is also planning another release, a jewel case CD with their standard 16-page booklet: "THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE" (SA 2010-16-02) and it will feature yet another unreleased Las Vegas set, this one from the August 30, 1973 Dinner Show, taken from the original source, a very good audience recording!

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Band Introductions - 17. I Can't Stop Loving You - 18. An American Trilogy - 19. Can't Help Falling In Love - 20. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Bonus: 21. What Now My Love (with false start and reprise, recorded at the February 21, 1973 Dinner Show).

Deuxième volume partant d'une bande de grande qualité identique à celle dont je parlais ci-dessus, également en stéréo d'origine. Au départ c'était le show du 21.2.73 DS qui était prévu, mais il s'est avéré que le son devait encore être retravaillé en studio, dû à certains problèmes techniques.


THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE - SA 2010-16-02

Las Vegas 30 août 1973 dinner show
Las Vegas August 30, 1973 dinner show

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Straight Arrow proudly presents: "The first time ever I saw your face". A "recorded live from the audience" August 30, 1973 Las Vegas Concert in 24 bit remastered sound, for optimum sound quality! with a 16 page boklet, futures in depth linernotes and lots of rare and great pictures from Augsut & September 1973.

Concert à Vegas de août 1973, Elvis en très bonne forme, qui gratifie le public de très belles versions live. CD de bonne qualité, remasterisé d'après la meilleure source d'origine disponible actuellement.


A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE KING - SA 2010-17/18-02

Las Vegas 8 décembre 1976 one show
Las Vegas December 8, 1976 one show

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Straight Arrow is planning a new 2CD release, a jewel case with a gorgeous 16-page booklet: "A PRIVATE AUDIENCE WITH THE KING" (SA 2010-16-02) and it will feature one of the best shows from his final Las Vegas engagement, namely the December 8th, 1976 9PM show, taken from the original source. Once again, a really good audience recording! This recording was previously released in 1991 by the PEAF label ("Tornado From Vegas"), but it was an incomplete version edited down to 70 minutes and the sound quality was below par. Straight Arrow was lucky enough to work with the original audio cassette as recorded by "Gemini", who was happy enough to attend and record all 15 shows of this season.

This December 8th, 9PM concert is somewhat special. Elvis looked and sounded better than in the days before this show, and he gave strong, laid-back performance which lasted for 84 minutes. 400 British fans were present together with fan club president Todd Slaughter, British journalist Clifford Davies, Elvis' father Vernon and show business colleagues Liza Minelli, Merv Griffin, Tanya Tucker.

Among the show highlights are solid versions of "That's All Right", "Softly As I Leave You", "Hurt" and a knockout performance of "How Great Thou Art.

The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a rare collection of photos from the December 8th, 9PM show and liner notes written by a person who was THERE and describes the show in fascinating detail.

"A Private Audience With The King" will be released on December 10th, 2010. Do not miss your chance to obtain another winner from Straight Arrow!

Tracks:
Disc #1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Monologue - 05. Love Me - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) (with false start) - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Jailhouse Rock - 09. O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never 10. Blue Christmas - 11. That's All Right, Mama - 12. Are You Lonesome Tonight - 13. Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) - 14. Blue Suede Shoes - 15. Heartbreak Hotel - 16. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with 2 false starts).

Disc #2:
01. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 02. Early Mornin' Rain (John Wilkinson) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 04. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 05. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 06. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 07. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 08. Love Letters 09. School Day - 10. School Day (reprise) - 11. Introductions by Elvis of Celebrities - 12. Hurt (with reprise) - 13. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 14. How Great Thou Art - 15. Can't Help Falling In Love - 16. Closing Vamp.

Double cd concernant le concert du 8 décembre 76, pris d'après la source d'origine. Une fois encore, le son est très bon pour un enregistrement audience. Il a été édité précédemment sur le label PEAF, mais il était incomplet au niveau de la présentation des musiciens, et la qualité était moins bonne.


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