February 01 - Delayed Releases From A Gravel Road

The Gravel Road importlabel finally released teh two CDs "Hampton On Tour" and "Bicentennial '76". 

The original press-release:
Gravel road Music doesn’t want to end the year without bringing you one really great release. Two Hampton concerts in stunning sound. The “Bicentennial ’76” will raise a few questions for the critics as Elvis sounds way better now with a mastering job done properly… The second disc is a great re-mastering of the famous Hampton ’72 concert, which blows all previous releases of this show out of the water – Great sound, fantastic dynamics and Elvis in amazing voice. A real treat. We gratefully used original transfers from these concerts. Now you can hear many details and nuances not heard previously, and both recordings sounds more vibrant and spatial than before. 

Star-Spangled Spectacular Bicentennial’76 

This Special limited 2 CD set edition includes two spectacular Hampton concerts. The first disc contains the legendary 1976 Hampton Bicentennial concert! The second disc contains the famous 1972 Hampton On Tour Concert! It comes in a wonderful deluxe digi-pack with booklet, extensive liner notes & photos. You may have heard this before, but never in this quality. 

August 1- 1976 (2:30 pm). Hampton VA. Hampton Coliseum 
It was a special year for America. The Bicentennial Year, the two-hundredth anniversary of this great nation. Any American with patriotism wanted to show it in some way. Elvis wanted to spread a positive message about this country throughout this special year, and so he decided to add ‘America The Beautiful’ to his set list. 

The mastering .. 
As Forest George writes in his assessment of this show: There is nothing more exciting to me than finding a (re-mastered) soundboard of an Elvis Presley concert. Audience recordings are fine, but sometimes you just want to hear the entire band and Elvis rock & roll’. This is so true, but… the concert has never been restored and re-mastered. Until now. 

Tracklisting August 1- 1976 (2:30 pm). Hampton VA. Hampton Coliseum:
2001 Theme / C. C. Rider / I Got A Woman - Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me / You Gave Me A Mountain / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear - Don’t Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Jailhouse Rock / Fever / America The Beautiful / Return To Sender / Band Introductions / Early Morning Rain ( featuring John Wilkinson ) / What’d I Say ( featuring James Burton ) / Johnny B Goode ( featuring James Burton ) / Drum Solo ( featuring Ronnie Tutt ) / Battle Of New Orleans ( featuring Jerry Scheff ) / Piano Solo ( featuring Tony Brown ) / Electric Piano Solo ( featuring David Briggs ) / Love Letters / School Day / Hurt (+ reprise) / Hound Dog - Good Golly Miss Molly (excerpt) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Cant Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. April 9 - 1 1972 (8:30 pm). Hampton VA. Hampton Coliseum 

We have added a very special extra concert to this Star-Spangled Spectacular Bicentennial ‘76 release: Elvis’ remarkable Hampton Roads concert as filmed for “Elvis On Tour” (April 1972). You may have heard this before, but never in this quality. The results are amazing: One of Elvis’ finest shows ever, and now with an ooommpphh that almost places you in the center of all the action. Thanks to the audio improvements, you can hear many details and nuances not heard previously, and the recording now sounds more dynamic and spatial than before. 

Tracklisting April 9, 1972 (8:30 pm). Hampton VA. Hampton Coliseum:
Also Sprach Zarathustra /. C. C. Rider /. Until It's Time For You To Go /. Polk Salad Annie /. Love Me /. All Shook Up / Teddy Bear (with 2 false starts)/Don't Be Cruel / Are You Lonesome Tonight? /. I Can't Stop Loving You / Hound Dog / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Suspicious Minds / For The Good Times / Band Introductions / An American Trilogy / Love Me Tender / A Big Hunk Of Love / How Great Thou Art / Sweet Sweet Spirit (The Stamps) / Lawdy Miss Clawdy / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp/Announcements.

King Of The Castle

Elvis Presley's Home a Teardown? Hard Rock Cafe Founder Peter Morton's Plans for His House

The King's castle might be coming down. Elvis Presley's sprawling former home in Beverly Hills, Calif., reportedly sold for $9.8 million in December, and now the new owner wants to tear it down, according to The Real Estalker. Just who is this new owner? Oh, he's a hound dog, alright. It's Peter Morton, founder of music memorabilia-themed restaurant chain, Hard Rock Cafe.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley lived in the 5,367-square-foot mansion in the mid- to late-1960s. The home had been on the market for $12.995 million last fall before Morton snagged it for a lower price. Sources told The Real Estalker that Morton, who is quite the real estate player, plans to tear it down and build a new house in its place.

If so, we'll be sad to see the King's castle go. The stunning four-bedroom, five-bathroom home gets panoramic ocean and city views of Los Angeles. It was recently remodeled, according to its listing, and has spacious rooms and a killer media room. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room bathe the entire house in warmth and light. There's an attached guesthouse, a large motor court and a four-vehicle carport.

Joe Mosheo Quits Touring

Joe Moscheo of "Elvis' Imperials" that are touring with the 'Elvis Presley In Concert' event says he is to quit touring. After more than five decades as a successful gospel singer Joe Moscheo, the impressive bass voice of Elvis Presley's male backing vocals "Elvis' Imperials", has announced his 
withdrawal from the active music business. 

The 75-year-old recently told "The King's World" that this current European tour for "Elvis' 78th. Birthday" would be the final chord in his singing career. Joe Moscheo is from Albany / New York singer but after this month's tour ends in Marbella, Spain he says he plans to move to Sicily, Italy where his parents and grandparents had live before emigrating to the United States.

(Source FECC / Google / The King's World)

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