February 09 - Memphis Mafia Princess Into Ashes

The Straight Arrow import label announced the release of the 2CD-set 'Watching Your Dreams Into Ashes' containing both the September 02, 1972 Dinner and Midnight shows. Like its predecessors from Straight Arrow Special Products mini series, this new release will be presented in a digipack with all the necessary information as well as a collection of photos of Elvis in his "Blue Swirl suit".


From the press-release:
As Elvis wound down his seventh visit to Las Vegas, he probably felt a mixture of elation, depression and nervous anticipation. The shows in August and September 1972 were sold out, professional and well-received. He looked great and sang like a bird, as these two previously unreleased sterling performances on September 2 clearly prove. But in mid-August it was reported he had filed a divorce action in Santa Monica Court from his wife Priscilla. Then, immediately prior to his closing show, Elvis participated in a press announcement for a January 14 worldwide satellite broadcast of "Aloha From Hawaii" to an estimated total TV audience of 1.4 billion people. 1973 would be a year of enormous highs and tremendous lows, as Elvis began to watch his dreams turn into ashes.
These previously unissued Dinner and Midnight sets are taken from 24-bit digital transfers of the first-generation copies of privately-recorded cassettes. They were recorded by the same fan and are presented in superb monaural sound.
Like its predecessors from Straight Arrow Special Products mini series, this new release will be presented in a beautiful digipack with all the necessary information as well as a collection of photos of Elvis in his "Blue Swirl suit" suit as taken at the Hilton in late August / early September 1972.
If you liked Straight Arrow's previous outing "Before Darkness Falls", you will like this one, too! 


Tracklisting
CD 1 / Saturday, September 2, 1972 Dinner Show 
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Polk Salad Annie 07. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Heartbreak Hotel - 13. All Shook Up - 14. Love Me Tender - 15. Hound Dog - 16. I'll Remember You - 17. Walk That Lonesome Road (J.D. Sumner and the Stamps) - 18. Suspicious Minds - 19. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 20. For The Good Times - 21. A Big Hunk O' Love - 22. You Gave Me A Mountain - 23. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 24. Can't Help Falling In Love - 25. Closing Vamp / Announcements.


CD 2 / Saturday, September 2, 1972 Midnight Show 
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. Johnny B. Goode - 04. Until It's Time For You To Go - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Polk Salad Annie - 07. Instrumental intermezzo / Elvis talks - 08. What Now My Love - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. Heartbreak Hotel - 13. Love Me Tender - 14. Elvis welcomes UK fans - 15. Hound Dog - 16. I'll Remember You - 17. Suspicious Minds - 18. Introduction of vocalists, musicians - 19. Introduction of David Brinkley, legendary NBC-TV anchorman - 20. My Way - 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 



Memphis Mafia Princess
 
Shirley Dieu met Elvis Presley in 1975. After becaming friends, she would spend the next 3 years touring and vacationing hith him. In an interview for Elvis Collectors Brasil Shirley announces a new book: “The title of my book is Memphis Mafia Princess. There have not been any books written about the last three years of Elvis's life. No one has actually written about those last years in detail as I do in my book. As the girlfriend of Joe Esposito, and a close friend of Elvis Presley, I lived the life of a Memphis Mafia Princess I vacationed with and toured on all of Elvis’ tours in those last years. I open up those last chapters of his life and share in depth, the secrets of what really happened in the final years, and I tell the story that has yet to be told. The book is finished and I am hoping to have it published very soon.”



(Source: FECC / Elvis Collectors Brazil / ElvisMatters)

2 comments:

  1. Shirley Dieu's visions of grandeur are laughable, she basically was there for a very short time whereas there were wives and girlfriends who were there for more than one decade,some for at least two and were much closer to Elvis, none of them were foolish enough to dub themselves The Memphis Mafia Princess.

    She basically mostly knows only what her ex boyfriend Joe Esposito told her that was stuff that fit his agenda whether they were true or not. She claims he was her great love yet she dumped him when Elvis died.

    I do know that some of the Brazil interview and if it is also in her book is a crock of shite including the part about Elvis' longtime close friend,Marty Lacker,who was co-Best Man at Elvis' wedding in that she claims Elvis paid him $10,000 to stay away. No such thing happened.

    There's a good reason that after a couple of years she still doesn't have a publisher, it's because the book and her claims are a bunch of nonsense.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your jealous woos Marty. How many more people will you bash who weren't told to stay away from Graceland like you were? You even bashed George Klein's book. Another one of the guys that you are insanely jealous of. You are even jealous of Priscilla. Are you afraid of women? Get a life and stop wishing that you were more than you claim to be.

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