October 17 - Bright Lights Are Back

The straight Arrow import-label announced the release of volume 7 in their “Booth Tapes” entitled “Bright Lights, Big City” containing the Thursday, February 20th, 1973 Dinner Show as recorded at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

From the press-release:
Coming out soon is the new Straight Arrow CD titled "Bright Lights, Big City", featuring the Las Vegas, February 20th, 1973 Dinner show. This recording is taken directly from an original Rex Martin „booth recorded“ mastertape. When Straight Arrow started releasing the Rex Martin tapes a few years ago, they caused quite a sensation in the Elvis world. For years they were known to exist, but here they finally were, in a quality that's rare for off-line recorded tapes. In fact, these tapes are so good sonically, that they can easily match anything that's out there. They are certainly as good as the Rick Rennie tapes and bring us the true joy of Elvis Presley on stage in a way that many sterile / unbalanced soundboards were never able to do. The cassette A-side label is marked „20th Feb. 73 Dinner show“, and on flipside there's „20th Feb. 73 Midnight show.“ To the producers big disappointment, the B-side was completely empty, perhaps recorded over / erased by mistake! So the recording of the 20th February 1973 Midnight show is – very likely – lost forever…

Nevertheless, the Feb. 20th, 1973 D/S is another completely new concert recording, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form, and the sound quality is exceptionally good! Ask your local dealer for samples!

As usual, our new release is presented in Straight Arrow's standard deluxe digipack. Since there is a hand written notice on the cassette label: „Blue Suit / Silver Stars”, the producers assume that Elvis appeared in the „Owl suit“ - the only blue jumpsuit designed with silver stars. For this reason, we have decided to design the digipack with a collection of photos of Elvis wearing the „Owl suit“, as taken in November 1972

Tracklist
01. Orchestra Intro - 02. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 03. C. C. Rider - 04. I Got A Woman / Amen - 05. Love Me Tender - 06. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 07. Steamroller Blues - 08. You Gave Me A Mountain - 09. Fever - 10. Love Me - 11. Blue Suede Shoes - 12. I’m Leavin’ - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Introduction of actor George Montgomery - 18. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear) / Don’t Be Cruel - 19. Can’t Stop Loving You (with false start) - 20. An American Trilogy - 21. Can't Help Falling In Love - 22. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Loving You

The Wax Time label re-issued the “Loving You” soundtrack on 180gr. Vinyl. It contains the 12 tracks from the original album and two bonus songs. 

Tracks: 
Mean Woman Blues, Teddy Bear,  Loving You,  Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do, Lonesome Cowboy,  Hot Dog, Party,  Blueberry Hill, True Love,  Don’t Leave Me Now,  Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, I Need You So -  Paralyzed und I Want To Be Free.

Rock Is Back

The VV Record import-release “Rock Is Back” containing the August 15, 1969 Midnight Show as recorded in Las Vegas. 

Tracks:
Side A: Opening Theme / Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - All Shook Up - Love Me tender - Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel Side B: Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Memories - Mystery Train / Tiger Man Side C: Life Story - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Yesterday - Hey Jude Side D: Band Introduction & Elvis Introduced Jerry Lee Lewis - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - What‘d I Say - Can’t Help Falling Love

Bonus-CD:
Opening Theme / Blue Suede Shoes - I Got A Woman - All Shook Up - Love Me Tender - Jailhouse Rock / Don’t Be Cruel - Heartbreak Hotel - Hound Dog - Memories - Mystery Train / Tiger Man - Life Story - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Yesterday - Hey Jude - Band Introduction & Elvis Introduced Jerry Lee Lewis - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds - What‘d I Say - Can’t Help Falling Love - Baby What You Want Me To Do - Runaway - In The Ghetto - Suspicious Minds

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

The event honored musicians and performers with strong connections to Memphis, known as a cradle of blues, soul/R&B and rock n' roll. Also inducted were Sam & Dave, Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore, Booker T. & the MG's drummer Al Jackson Jr., singer Alberta Hunter, blues pianist Memphis Slim and country singer Charlie Rich. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards accepted the award for Scotty Moore, who did not attend.

Eighty-year-old Sam Moore, one half of the duo Sam & Dave, performed to close the show. He was joined on stage by Timberlake, who danced during "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin'." They then sang "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" together.

Richards praised Scotty Moore for influencing his career. Scotty Moore played guitar on Presley's first recording, "That's All Right," at Sun Studio in 1954, and traveled with Presley as the rock n' roll icon started his music career.
Richards dropped the award when he approached the podium. "I dropped it classically, tastefully," Richards joked.


The Memphis Music Hall of Fame started in 2012. Inaugural inductees included Presley, Redding and Three 6 Mafia. Since then, inductees have included rock group Big Star, blues guitarist Albert King and soul songstress Carla Thomas. The sold-out event was held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.

(Source: FECC / Elvis On CD / Star Tribune)

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