June 16 - Atlanta 1975

The MxF import-label announced the release of "Atlanta 1975" featuring the unreleased Show from Atlanta April 30, 1975 plus a bonus DVD with unreleased footage from the same tour.

From the press-release:
After the successful Las Vegas Hilton comeback, in spite a little bit overweight but with strong spirit, Elvis is ready to face his first tour of the 1975.. The rock attitude is back the performance is relaxed and superb like many critics noted…, still at the top if his ability he deliveries the classic one hour show as usually, but very intense updating the show with more contemporary repertoire, tossing away mostly of the oldies..There is a freshness that cannot be denied, Elvis was very energetic on stage, bringing back his best seventy rocker like Burning Love and his first That’s All Right Mama…and naturally his karate exercises…introducing his latest rocker single Trouble. He sang with rough power and sensitivity at the same time, delivering a solid short show, with songs like Let Be There recent hit from Olivia Newton-John” and the classic “My Boy” sang terrifically. Elvis finally started to perform again his rocking repertoire appearing to be more focused on the music.

The sound is very good for an ambient recording, considering that this kind of recording is coming from a big hall no the intimate Las Vegas showroom… We have on our hands the original mono tape of extremely good quality enabling us to carry out a simple re-mastering work, concentrating on the reduction of noise trying to achieve a more clear sound balancing the channel and put at the right speed the tape. The result a pretty dynamic tape with a great definition of the background music and for sure you can live the atmosphere of a Elvis’ concert in the seventy.

About the DVD in spite we are talking about amateur footage, we are proud of the work done..after careful remastering work in the matter to delivery the best video to date, including matching audio from the original concert in the way to get a perfect sync between audio and image with speed correction of the original footage we can say that watching this DVD you can have the perfect idea and overall, you can live the Elvis’ show in April 1975 tour…

This is the first very special Product for this label, this new CD and DVD combo will be housed in a deluxe long digi-pack, containing a 12 pages of booklet with focus and details on the four shows included in the live footage with a collection of live photographs newspapers clips and memorabilia plus a high quality glossy 135 gram paper poster of 50x25 cm size.

In matter to have a special collector item, the 500 copies will be presented with five different sleeves VARIATION, the same for the poster too. All the copies will come hand numbered and individually sealed and Please remember!! This is a limited hand numbered edition of 500 copies. The first 100 copies (variation 1 of sleeve) deluxe edition will have exclusive content. CD time about 65.00 min 

Tracklist Atlanta April 30, 1975:
01. Intro/See See Rider 02. I Got A Woman /Amen 03. Love me 04. If You Love Let Me Know 05. Love Me Tender 06. All Shook Up 07. Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 08. I’ll Remember You 09. Help Me 10. How Great Thou Art 11. Band Intro 12. Solos 13. Band Intro 14. Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll 15. My Boy 16. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 17. It’s Now Or Never 18. Let Me Be There 19. An American Trilogy 20. Burning Love 21. Funny How Time Slips Away 22. That’s All Right 23. Can’t Help Falling Love /Closing Vamp 

The DVD (total playing time 40  minutes) includes previously unreleased footage from Jacksonville, FL April 25 and Atlanta GA. June 1 and 2.  

April 25 1975 (8:30 pm). Jacksonville FL. Vet. Memorial Coliseum. 
Excerpts: 01. Intro /See See Rider 2,27 02. I Got A Woman 0.58 03. Burning Love 1.00 04. T.R.O.U.B.L.E 0.10 05.Can’t Help Falling Love /Closing Vamp 2.39

May 1 1975 (8:30 pm). Atlanta GA. Omni Coliseum 
Excerpts: 01.Intro /See See Rider 3.11. 02.I got A Woman 3.08 03. Love Me 0.35 04.If You Love Me Let Me Know 0.10. 05. Love Me Tender 1.30 . 06. All Shook Up 0.46 . 07.Kiss intermezzo 0.30 08.Burning Love 1.48. 09.Kiss Intermezzo 0.42. 10. Can’t Help Falling Love 0.28

May 2 1975 (8:30 pm). Atlanta GA. Omni Coliseum 
Excerpts: 01. Intro /See See Rider 3.05 02. I got A Woman 3.10 03. Love Me 0.28 04. Love Me Tender 2.00 05. All Shook Up 0.36 06.Burning Love 3.00 07.Steamroller Blues 0.50 08. T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 0.40 09. Can’t Help Falling Love 4.19 

Way Down In The Jungle Room Press-release

EPE posted a press-release on their site:

RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release "Way Down In The Jungle Room," a definitive new 2-CD collection of Elvis Presley's last studio recordings, on Friday, August 5.

The most complete and comprehensive collection of Presley's final studio recordings ever assembled in one anthology, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.

With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who'd helmed most of Elvis' records from 1966-1977), "Way Down In The Jungle Room" brings together, for the first time in one collection, master recordings and rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976 and October 28-30, 1976) in Graceland's den -- known as the Jungle Room -- which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee.

For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).

In 1976, when the tracks for "Way Down In The Jungle Room" were cut, Elvis Presley had been an RCA Records recording artist for 20 years, inventing the sound and attitude that defined the very essence of rock 'n' roll. That same year, RCA released The Sun Sessions, the label's first official collection of the electrifying 1954-1955 Elvis recordings that launched his career while transforming the world. 

Having entered his 40s, Elvis Presley was evolving as an artist and, rather than bask in the nostalgia of his 1950s watershed recordings, was looking for new ways to express himself musically. Needing to create new sounds for a new era, Elvis Presley--who'd been charting on Country and Adult Contemporary stations -- decided to convert the Hawaiian-themed Jungle Room (a relaxation den in his fabled Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee) into an informal home studio, where he could lay down tracks the way he wanted, outside the budget and scheduling pressures of the professional studios he'd worked in previously. With the help of RCA's mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton Jarvis and engineer Mike Moran at the board, Elvis tackled a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers ("Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Danny Boy," "Solitaire") and late-period classics of his catalog, such as "Moody Blue" and "Way Down." 

Ten of the Jungle Room master takes first emerged on From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee in the spring of 1976, including the Top 10 hit "Hurt." More tracks from these sessions were later paired with live material and released in July 1977 (a month before Elvis' death on August 16) on the "Moody Blue" album. The title track would top the country charts that month; "Way Down" would follow. These were the last studio albums released during Elvis' lifetime.

According to the album's producers, "Way Down In The Jungle Room" has been resequenced to "bring a fresh perspective to the material." The material on Disc 2 - The Outtakes was mixed for this collection at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis and includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a "fly-on-the-wall experience of what the sessions were like." With the exception of track 13 ("She Thinks I Still Care"), the performances on Disc 2 have been sequenced in the order they were recorded.

Way Down In The Jungle Room with also be available on 150g 12" vinyl in a 2LP gatefold sleeve and as a digital collection.

Way Down In The Jungle Room may be pre-ordered now at Shop Graceland.

CD Elvis Presley - "Way Down In The Jungle Room":
CD 1: 01. Way Down 02. She Thinks I Still Care 03. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall 04. Pledging My Love 05. For The Heart 06. Love Coming Down 07. He'll Have To Go 08. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain 09. Hurt 10. Never Again 11. Danny Boy 12. Solitaire 13. Moody Blue 14. It's Easy For You 15. I'll Never Fall In Love Again 16. The Last Farewell - CD 2: 01. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall (Take 1) 02. She Thinks I Still Care (Take 10) 03. The Last Farewell (Take 2) 04. Solitaire (Take 7) 05. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Take 5) 06. Moody Blue (Take 1) 07. For The Heart (Take 1) 08. Hurt (Take 3) 09. Danny Boy (Take 9) 10. Never Again (Take 9) 11. Love Coming Down (Take 3) 12. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Take 4) 13. She Thinks I Still Care (Take 2) 14. It's Easy For You (Take 1) 15. Way Down (Take 2) 16. Pledging My Love (Take 3) 17. For The Heart (Take 4)

Vinyl Elvis Presley - "Way Down In The Jungle Room":
Side A: 1. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall – take 1, 2. She Thinks I Still Care – take 10, 3. The Last Farewell – take 2, 4. Solitaire – take 7 – Side B: 1. I'll Never Fall In Love Again – take 5, 2. Moody Blue – take 1, 3. For The Heart – take 1, 4. Hurt – take 3, 5. Danny Boy – take 9 – Side C: 1. Never Again – take 9, 2. Love Coming Down – take 3, 3. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – take 4, 4. She Thinks I Still Care – (alternate version) take 2 – Side D: 1. It's Easy For You – take 1, 2. Way Down – take 2, 3. Pledging My Love – take 3, 4. For The Heart – take 4

(Source: FECC / EPE)

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