The VV import label announced the release of their third release "Better Than Ever!" containing both the complete live soundboard recording on January 26th 1970 Las Vegas opening show and the complete unreleased live audience recording from Houston on February 28, 1970 Afternoon Show ..
From the press-release:
To be released shortly (late May) on the VV label will be their third release entitled "Better Than Ever!" featuring both the complete live soundboard recording on January 26th 1970 Las Vegas opening show and the complete unreleased live audience recording from Houston on February 28, 1970 Afternoon Show. After the success of the first two releases We decided: first to improve the product and second, keeping the same formula to give you more...
The producers are aware of the fact that the opening night show, as one of the best Elvis Presley concerts ever, has been previously released in different imports. But Here we give you the chance to listen to the show in its entirety for the first time in a double high valued collector vinyl set, 45 rpm speed. The second show, the Houston unreleased February 28nd afternoon show, presents Elvis at the pick of his possibility, although not new to tape collectors, will not have been heard in this quality before. This release is taken directly from a first generation tape and has been professionally remastered to a high standard producing an excellent audio quality. Elvis at Houston is pure dynamite , delivering a great performance that compares with the opening night in terms of quality, giving to this release the status of “unique”.
’Better than Ever” wants to give you a unique perspective of the man and his music during this February 1970. The Vegas second season allows Elvis, after paying his debt to the golden past in the ’69 season, to demonstrate his true abilities. We see the best of Elvis in songs that will become the fulcrum of the Elvis show until 1972 Here you can hear the complete opening night. Houston three days later only from the end of the Vegas season, for Elvis the very first opportunity to face a real audience from his comeback to live scenes. The result six supernatural shows with record attendance set in the Saturday evening show… the rest his history, Here you can hear the complete February 28nd afternoon show.
About the Vegas opening night has been already said a lot a words, so We like spend some words on the Houston show here presented… Elvis performed accompanied from the band only a solid and rough show singing the best of the previous Las Vegas Season, in spite the short show ( about 44 minutes) and the bad acoustic this show as the title suggest Better than Ever directly from Houston Chronicle review can be reasonably to be included in one of best shows ever!!!
The double LP set, 140 Gr. vinyl at 45 RPM for a better higher resolution for a better high resolution sound, it never sounded better! It is a limited hand numbered edition of 500 copies. It comes with an three fold 300 gram high quality glossy sleeve both sides printed, giving an unique view. The sleeve will be accompanied Newspapers clips and with many photographs of the Elvis different suits wore in February. Both the vinyl disc will have for the first time of the label, glossy full colour paper sleeve, including high quality photos with track listing. The CD with the Houston show, will be accompanied with slim four panel digipack.
We hope you can enjoy this third product in the way to give life to more of his kind in next future.
LP January 26, 1970 Opening NightLive soundboard recording, running time 57 minutes.
* 01.Opening Vamp 02.All Shook Up 03.That’s All Right 04.Proud Mary 05.Don’t Cry Daddy 06.Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel
07.Long Tall Sally 08.Let It Be Me 09.I Can’t Stop Loving You 10.Walk a Mile In My Shoes/In The Ghetto
11.True Love Travels On A Gravel Road 12.Sweet Caroline 13.Polk Salad Annie
14.Introductions 15.Kentucky Rain 16.Suspicious Minds 17.Can’t Help Falling In Love
*Tracks previously released soundboard recording
CD Houston February 28th , 1970 afternoon show complete unreleased show
Live Audience recording, running time 44 min.
01. Intro 02. All Shook Up 03. I Got A Woman 04. Long Tall Sally 05. Don’t Cry Daddy 06. Heartbreak Hotel 07. Hound Dog 08. Love Me Tender 09. Kentucky Rain 10. Release Me 11. Walk A Mile In My Shoes / In The Ghetto 12. I Can’t Stop Loving You 13. Polk Salad Annie 14. Band Introductions 15. Suspicious Minds 16. Can’t Help Falling In Love 17. Love Me Tender(instrumental) .
The compilation DVD "Elvis – The King Of Rock’n’Roll – 30 Hit Performances And More" climbed from #29 to #24 on the Australian Music DVD chart.
The CD "Viva Elvis" re-entered the UK Album chart at #92.
(Source: FECC /The King's World)