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FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY - SA 2011-18-02

Providence 23 mai 1977 evening show
Providence May 23, 1977 evening show

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Straight Arrow feature a new CD release, in a jewel case with a now standard 16-page booklet: "FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY (SA 2011-18-02). It will feature Elvis' May 23rd, 1977 show from Providence, RI.

Producers are aware of the fact that Elvis' May '77 tour was an uneven one, compared with previous tours. He performed 14 shows in a row, and for the first two concerts he was reported being lethargic and unwell. However, the 3rd show of the tour was already solid with the singer in relatively fine form and good voice. As usual, Elvis paid attention to ballads like "You Gave Me A Mountain", "My Way" and "Hurt". There are also other solid performances, namely "Little Sister" and "Early Morning Rain". The CD title song was performed for the very last time, and is performed in the first half of the show.

The audio-quality of the recording is pretty good. As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the best possible source. We ended up with the choice of TWO 1st generation copies of different original tapes, obtained from the persons WHO WERE THERE. The better tape was chosen, and the other one was used to fill a few missing seconds. The recording was completely restored and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.

The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a collection of rare photos from the Providence show; several are published for the very first time! The liner notes were written by a person who was THERE and describes the show in detail. Also included is a positive press review of the show.

"Funny How Time Slips Away" will be released in early February, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain another cool hour with The King, as provided by Straight Arrow!

Tracks:
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. Jailhouse Rock - 08. O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It's Now Or Never - 09. Little Sister - 10. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 11. Funny How Times Slip Away (last-ever version) - 12. My Way - 13. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson)- 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo, with reprise (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Solo (Bobby Ogdin) - 21. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra)- 22. Hurt - 23. Hound Dog - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Concert de mai 77 de très bonne qualité, Straight Arrow a écouté au final 2 sources de 1re génération d'après différentes personnes qui avaient assisté au concert, et ils ont choisi celle qui avait la meilleure qualité, l'autre pour compléter quelques secondes manquantes, le tout a été complètement restauré pour obtenir la meilleure écoute possible.


MATINEE MAJESTY - SA 2011-19-02

Providence 26 juin 1976 afternoon show
Providence June 26, 1976 afternoon show

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Straight Arrow just released a new CD called "MATINEE MAJESTY" (SA 2011-19-02). It features Elvis' full June 26th, 1976 afternoon show from Providence, RI. Unlike many other concert recordings from 1976, this one is quite enjoyable. It was Elvis' 2nd show of the tour and he was still full of energy and in fine voice. Most of songs are performed well, including the oldies. The highlights, however, are ballads like "And I Love You So", "Love Letters", a double dose of "Hurt" and a majestic performance of the 2nd national anthem, "America The Beautiful".

The fidelity and clarity of this STEREO audience recording is excellent. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised with such a topnotch recording of a very upbeat performance from what is generally known as a troubled year for our man. As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the best possible source - an original tape was obtained from a person who WAS THERE. This recording was completely restored and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.

The CD package is completed with a 16-page booklet, including a collection of photos from the Providence matinee show and a very positive press review of the show. Don't miss your chance to obtain another cool show from The King. It is a magical prequel of another Providence concert, the one from May 23, 1977, released by Straight Arrow just a few weeks ago!

Tracks:
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. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. And I Love You So - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Polk Salad Annie (false start only) / Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 17. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 18. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 19. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 20. Love Letters - 21. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 22. Hurt - 23. Hurt (reprise) - 24. Hound Dog - 25. Funny How Time Slips Away - 26. Can't Help Falling In Love - 27. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Ce concert inédit en édition label est de très bonne qualité, et en stéréo d'après la bande d'origine auprès de la personne qui a assisté au concert. Le concert a ensuite été restauré et le son amélioré pour une qualité optimale.


YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - SA 2011-20-02

New York (Nassau) 19 juillet 1975 evening show
New York (Nassau) July 19, 1975 evening show

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Straight Arrow release a new CD called "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE" (SA 2011-20-02). It will feature Elvis' famous July 19th, 1975 8:30 pm show from Uniondale, NY.

17 years ago, Claudia label released this show in slightly incomplete form, using an unknown generation tape copy of the original recording. Straight Arrow managed to obtain the original (mono) tape directly from person who recorded it. No edits - and in the best possible sound! The title-song in particular sounds stunning: a truly goosebump-inducing performance in the best sound quality possible!

As most of die-hard fans know, Elvis' July 1975 tour was one of his best. No need to go into big details. His evening Uniondale concert was of the highest quality - a rockin' setlist, rare songs, great mood and brilliant vocal work.

As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, this original recording was completely restored in a studio and the sound was enhanced for the best possible listening pleasure.

The CD package is completed with a standard 16-page booklet, including a collection of photos from the Uniondale 8:30 pm show and a critically written but positive review by Nick Cohn.

"You'll Never Walk Alone" will be released in early May, 2011. Don't miss your chance to obtain the ultimate release of one of the coolest Elvis shows ever. And as the front cover show, on stage, Elvis was never walking alone!

Tracks:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Big Boss Man - 05. Love Me - 06. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 07. Love Me Tender - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 10. Hound Dog - 11. The Wonder Of You - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of Singers, Musicians - 14. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 15. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 16. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 17. Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - 18. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 19. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. - 20. Why Me Lord (funny version) - 21. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 22. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 23. You'll Never Walk Alone (Elvis at piano, the only live version) - 24. Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) - 25. Little Darlin' - 26. I'm Leavin' (one to last version) - 27. Can't Help Falling In Love - 28. Closing Vamp / Announcements.

Un autre show historique d'Elvis vient d'être édité par le label Straight Arrow, d'après la bande d'origine mono de la personne qui a assisté au concert et l'a enregistré. C'est donc la meilleure source possible. 17 ans après la sortie de ce concert chez Claudia, le show est de bien meilleure qualité et complet.


ATLANTA BOUND - SA 2011-21-02

Atlanta 4 juin 1976 evening show
Atlanta June 4, 1976 evening show

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Straight Arrow release a new CD called "ATLANTA BOUND" SA 2011-21-02). It will feature Elvis' June 4, 1976 show in Atlanta, GA. Compared with many other mid-1976 concert recordings, this one is very enjoyable. It seems that Elvis was "on fire" when he played Southern states, no matter if it was 1970 or 1976. His three dates at the Omni Coliseum were special ones and Elvis tried hard to please a very appreciative audience. On this CD, STRAIGHT ARROW is presenting the first concert, as both June 5 and 6 have already been released by other labels.

Elvis hit the Omni stage in a good mood and a strong voice. As usual, the highlights are not only ballad performances like "You Gave Me A Mountain", a double "Hurt" or even the country gospel of "Help Me" but also rockers like "Polk Salad Annie", "Burning Love" and "Jailhouse Rock". Near the end of show, Elvis takes an audience request and belts out one of his best versions of "that silly song", "Little Darlin'". As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the producers managed to get the finest possible source: a first-generation copy of an original STEREO audience recording, with the tape completely restored for extremely enjoyable listening.

This disc is topped off with a 16-page booklet, including a fine collection of photos from Atlanta on June 4th and 5th, and liner notes. "ATLANTA BOUND" will be released in late August. You will be more than surprised by the sound and, most importantly, by Elvis himself. Yes, he had some off-moments in 1976, but this gig ain't one of them! Don't miss a chance to dig another cool show from the King.

Tracks:
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. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Help Me - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. Polk Salad Annie - 13. Introductions by Elvis of singers, musicians - 14. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson) - 15. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 16. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 19. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 20. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 21. Love Letters - 22. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 23. Hurt - 24. Hurt (reprise) - 25. Burning Love - 26. Funny How Time Slips Away - 27. Little Darlin' - 28. Can't Help Falling In Love - 29. Closing Vamp.

Concert jamais édité précédemment sur label, ce concert est l'un des 4 donnés par Elvis à Atlanta en 3 jours, et c'est le dernier à n'avoir pas été édité en label, oubli réparé, d'après la source stéréo originale pour ce concert audience, complètement restaurée pour l'occasion.


DOWN AT THE END OF PARADISE ROAD - SA 2011-22-02

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

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The second summer '11 release from Straight Arrow (SA 2011-22-02) is the previously-unreleased August 30, 1973 Midnight Show in Las Vegas. Most of Elvis' August-September 1973 shows were solid (especially when compared with February 1973) and this night is no exception. The show is somewhat unusual. Usually, every time daughter Lisa Marie was in attendance, Elvis would drop the emotional ballad "My Boy" from the set list, and replace it with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". In this show, however, both songs are performed.

This live recording is taken from the flip side of an original 120-minute cassette tape. The A-side, containing the dinner show that same evening, was released by STRAIGHT ARROW in 2010 as "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". The sound quality here is very good, considering it was taped from the audience. All photographs are from the August-September 1973 Hilton engagement, and the liner notes are written by the super-fan who quietly recorded the show!

Excerpts from the sleeve notes:
"Elvis appeared, looking trim in a white jumpsuit with sunburst pattern of blue and gold. Taking his black acoustic guitar from Charlie Hodge, the King of the Las Vegas showrooms began what would be a fine, upbeat show with an energetic "C. C. Rider". Charlie almost dropped Elvis' tossed guitar at the end of "I Got A Woman/Amen", causing the singer to joke, "We live dangerously up here!" "Bridge Over Troubled Water" shifted things from sexy back to serious, with Elvis reprising the finale from the verse "Sail on, silver girl". It was pleasing to see how his mood had changed quite dramatically from that evening's first performance. At the dinner show Elvis had fooled around and chatted quite a lot. Now, he put on a much tighter performance, although both shows were enjoyable in different ways. There was an exchange with Bill Porter in the sound booth about his microphone; there'd been sound problems at the first show, and Elvis changed microphones before doing "An American Trilogy". During the quieter part he added, "All my trials, Lord - thank goodness - soon be over". Was this a reference to his upcoming divorce, problems with Colonel Parker, or simply that he was annoyed, and was glad his summer season was almost completed? "If we've done anything to make you happy, then we feel we've done our job", said the King, as he moved into "Can't Help Falling In Love" and completed a very satisfying performance. Many British fans, who'd arrived in Vegas earlier that day, must have been thrilled to discover their hero in such good form".

Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me - 04. Steamroller Blues - 05. You Gave Me A Mountain - 06. Trouble - 07. Long Tall Sally / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Your Mama Don't Dance / Flip Flop and Fly / Hound Dog - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Fever - 10. Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. My Boy - 14. I Can's Stop Loving You - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Johnny B. Goode - 17. Introduction of daughter, Lisa Marie / Lady Of Spain (one liner) - 18. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 19. How Great Thou Art (with reprise) - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp

Elvis en bonne forme pour cette saison de août 73 à Vegas, et Lisa-Marie assiste au concert. La bande provient de la tape d'origine de 120 minutes, permettant d'avoir le dinner show sur une face, et l'evening sur l'autre. Le dinner show est déjà sorti sur ce label l'an dernier. A noter qu'Elvis interprète une ligne de "Lady of Spain" après la présentation de Lisa-Marie.


OK, ALLRIGHT, YOU WIN - SA 2011-23-02

Detroit 29 septembre 1974 afternoon show
Detroit September 29, 1974 afternoon show

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Here we have the artwork for the upcoming CD "Alright, Okay, You win. Since the late 70s, there were rumours that the tour opening in College Park was a complete disaster - one of the worst Elvis concerts ever. This rumour was first published in Jerry Hopkins' book, and it was repeated in various publications so many times that almost nobody had any doubt. In 2006, Straight Arrow released a CD called "CHAOS IN COLLEGE PARK" which was an eye-opener, and proof that it was rather decent concert with some fine performances, too.

According to several books, the Detroit, MI, September 29th, 1974 afternoon performance was another of the most controversial Elvis Presley events. In a recent book, "DAY BY DAY", it's said that Elvis was on stage for 30 minutes only, giving his worst concert of the tour.

In August, Straight Arrow obtained a bunch of tapes, among them a 1st generation copy of a previously unknown audience recording of this Detroit concert. The producers decided to release this particular recording because it is an interesting show in good sound quality. Will another myth be shattered? Is the show as bad as its reputation? Judge for yourself. It's worth pointing out that the running time is about an hour, and not 30 minutes.

As you've come to expect from Straight Arrow, the tape was completely restored for your enjoyable listening. The disc is accompanied with a deluxe 16-page booklet, including critical liner notes and a collection of photos taken in Detroit on Sept. 29th, October 4th and in South Bend on September 30th, 1974.

Tracks:
01. Opening Vamp / C. C. Rider - 02. I Got A Woman / Amen - 03. Love Me 04. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 05. It's Midnight - 06. Big Boss Man - 07. Fever - 08. Love Me Tender - 09. Hound Dog - 10. All Shook Up - 11. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog - 12. Don't Be Cruel (reprise) - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians - 13. When It's My Time (by Voice) - 14. Why Me Lord - 15. Introductions of singers, musicians continues - 16. Lead Guitar Solo (James Burton) - 17. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 18. Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - 19. Alright, Okay, You Win (Glen D. Hardin, sung by Elvis) - 20. Killing Me Softly (by Voice, incomplete) - 21. Let Me Be There (with reprise) - 22. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 23. Can't Help Falling In Love 24. Closing Vamp.
Bonus: Alright, Okay, You Win (taken from soundboard)

Depuis longtemps, ce concert est aussi l'un de ceux que beaucoup ont qualité de désastreux pour Elvis, un concert de très mauvaise qualité vocale, tout comme celui de "College Park" quelques jours avant. La rumeur a commencé lors de la sortie du livre de Jerry Hopkins, et s'est répétée ensuite à bien d'autres publications, sans que personne ne se soucie de vérifier si c'était vrai ou pas. D'après le livre "Day by Day", Elvis aurait quitté la scène au bout de 30 minutes seulement, donnant son plus mauvais concert de la tournée. Après l'édition de ce concert par Straight Arrow, il est bien entendu que tout cela est faux, Elvis est sur scène pendant 1 heure. La bande a été complètement restaurée. Le CD se termine par la chanson inédite "Alright, okay, you win" prise d'un soundboard.


A TRIPLE THREAT - SA/SP 2011-03-02

Lake Tahoe 2 mai 1976 one show
Lake Tahoe May 2nd, 1976 one show

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In the past year 'Straight Arrow' managed to obtain a couple of superb-quality Vegas and Tahoe off-line recordings suitable for special releases. The third volume of our "STRAIGHT ARROW SPECIAL PRODUCTS" mini-series is "A TRIPLE THREAT!" (SA/SP 2011-03-02) and features the super-cool Lake Tahoe concert from May 2, 1976.

Of all of Elvis' 70s concerts, those in Lake Tahoe are the most poorly-documented. In a way it's a real pity, because the beauty of the Nevada surroundings and the intimacy of the Sahara showroom always seemed to bring out the best in him. Although Elvis looked somewhat unhealthy in May 1976, he appeared to be in a very good mood, and his warm interaction with fans made the shows quite memorable. The May 2, 1976 gig featured on this release is one of the longest and most entertaining that he gave.

Listening to this, one might easily get the impression that Elvis was courting guests in his living room. There's a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike is a true delight. There are also a number of vocally-impressive performances in evidence, one being Elvis' latest RCA single, "Hurt," which he reprises twice! It is the only known date where "Hurt" was performed three times due to the terrific audience response! Worth a mention as well are solid performances of "Burning Love", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "An American Trilogy".

This previously unreleased show is taken from a 24-bit digital transfer of a first-generation copy of original cassette. Since the recorder was very close to James Burton's stage monitor, the lead guitar is exceptionally well-defined in the sound image.

Like its predecessors, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information, plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and photos taken during actual gig. If you dug "FADED LOVE" and "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME" CDs, we'll bet that you will love this one, too.

Tracks:
CD1:

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman (with break) / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain 07. Elvis talks - 08. All Shook Up - 09. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Elvis talks - 10. Don't Be Cruel - 11. Tryin' To Get To You - 12. My Way - 13. Burning Love.

CD2:
01. Introduction of singers, musicians - 02. Early Morning Rain (John Wilkinson, instrumental) - 03. What'd I Say (James Burton) - 04. Johnny B. Goode (James Burton) - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters (with false start) - 10. School Day (Joe Guercio Orchestra) - 11. Hurt - 12. Hurt (second rendition) - 13. Hurt (reprise of last verse and ending) - 14. Hound Dog - 15. An American Trilogy - 16. Softly As I Leave You - 17. Can't Help Falling In Love - 18. Closing Vamp.

Concert édité pour la première fois de cette qualité sur un label, mais qui était déjà connu des collectionneurs. La bande provient d'un transfert de 1re génération en 24-bit digital. Le magnéto était très près de James burton, dont le son est par conséquent très bien détaillé. Bien qu'il ne soit pas au mieux de sa forme, Elvis donne lors de cette dernière saison à Lake Tahoe de très bons et longs spectacles, et échange beaucoup avec les fans, qui lui demandent à certains concerts plusieurs chansons qu'il se fait un plaisir de chanter.


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