From the press-release:
These recordings are taken directly from original 'booth recorded' mastertapes. Both these concerts showcase Elvis in fine form. It was a busy month, with many highs and lows, but thanks to the outstanding success of the ‘Aloha’ special, Elvis' reputation as the ultimate superstar was now firmly cemented.
There were a few off-nights due to Elvis having the flu, but he was certainly in good spirits at these two concerts, and he delivered the goods to two packed showrooms. These excellent sound booth recordings capture the excitement of these shows beautifully. The Dinner show is previously unreleased, except for portions of an incomplete soundboard recording with a bass-heavy mix and Elvis' voice in the background (CDs ""Echoes Of Aloha" and "Aloha, Jerry!", both on the Audionics label in 2013). The Midnight show has been previously released on CD ("I'd Like You To Meet Jack Lord" on the Crown label in 2002, and the slightly improved "Turning Up The Heat In Las Vegas" on Memory Records in 2003). However, these older CDs have nothing to do with this Straight Arrow’s excellent "booth tape“ version.
Tracks CD1 - Saturday, February 10, 1973 Dinner Show:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes - 11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. I’ll Remember You (dedicated to Jack Lord) - 18. I Can’t Stop Loving You - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements / Comments by fans.
Approx. running time: 50:41
Tracks CD2 - Saturday, February 10, 1973 Midnight Show:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me Tender - 05. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - 06. Steamroller Blues - 07. You Gave Me A Mountain - 08. Fever - 09. Love Me - 10. Blue Suede Shoes -11. Heartbreak Hotel - 12. Johnny B. Goode - 13. Hound Dog - 14. What Now My Love - 15. Suspicious Minds - 16. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 17. Introduction of boxer Jerry Quarry & actor Jack Lord / Hawaii 5-0 theme - 18. I’ll Remember You (false start only) / I Can’t Stop Loving You (with false start & reprise) - 19. An American Trilogy - 20. Can't Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements.
Approx. running time: 47:13
Holding His Own In Tahoe!
The Straight Arrow importlabel announced the release of the previously unreleased concert from Elvis’ last season in Lake Tahoe, "Holding His Own In Tahoe" containing the May 8, 1976 Midnight Show.
Opinions on the standard of Elvis' last stint in Lake Tahoe often vary. Granted, he did look quite bloated during these shows, and the jumpsuits often looked unflattering, but Elvis was generally in good voice. He delivered his longest ever shows in Tahoe and the King really did seemed to enjoy the intimacy of the showroom, along with the rapport with the fans in attendance there.
The May 8th 1976 Midnight Show is, without doubt, one of best concerts from the engagement. With the exception of a messed-up "The Wonder Of You", Elvis performed consistently well at this concert. His delivery, on the whole, was very strong. There’s a nice intimacy to the recording, and his interplay with audience and musicians alike was a true delight. There were also a number of vocally-impressive renditions, one being Elvis’ latest RCA single, “Hurt", which he performed twice. Also Worth a mention were solid performances of "Polk Salad Annie", "My Way", "Tryin' To Get To You" and "Mystery Train / Tiger Man".
A water pistol fight at the beginning of the show underlined how much Elvis was enjoying himself. A most interesting concert in rather good sound quality - ask your dealer for sound samples. As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel digipak that includes a great deal of information plus Lake Tahoe memorabilia and rare photos taken during the season. If you liked our other Lake Tahoe 1976 releases like “A Triple Threat!” (SA/SP 2011-03-02), we'll bet that you will also love this one!
Tracklist CD 1:
01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. If You Love Me Let Me Know - 06. You Gave Me A Mountain - 07. All Shook Up - 08. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - 09. Tryin' To Get To You - 10. My Way - 11. Polk Salad Annie.
Tracklist CD 2:
01. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 02. Early Morning Rain - 03. What'd I Say - 04. Johnny B. Goode - 05. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 06. Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) - 07. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 08. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 09. Love Letters - 10. School Day - 11. Hurt #1 - 12. Hurt #2 - 13. Fever - 14. Softly As I Leave You - 15. My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland) - 16. Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) - 17. Hound Dog - 18. Introduction of Vernon Presley - 19. The Wonder Of You (with false start) - 20. Hawaiian Wedding Song - 21. Mystery Train / Tiger Man - 22. Can't Help Falling In Love - 23. Closing Vamp.
Approx. running time: 84:30
Lisa Marie Presley Has Filed For Divorce
Elvis' 48-year-old daughter wants full custody of the couple's twin 7-year-old daughters. She wants to give her musician hubby, Michael Lockwood, visitation, but only monitored.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ they had a postnup ... the divorce docs say nothing about any division of property. Lisa Marie cites irreconcilable differences for the divorce and she lists the date of separation as June 13th. One source made it clear, "She doesn't want any of his money." She is not asking for any spousal support or child support. The couple married in 2006.
Taking Care of Fans
The "Taking Care of Business" book and CD set and the Classic Album re-issue of "Speedway" have been released by the Follow That Dream Collectors label.
The "Speedway" 2-CD set is a must-have for Elvis and "Speedway" fans! The first disc includes Elvis and Nancy Sinatra tunes, as well as remixed soundtrack masters. The second disc features outtakes and the original mono LP master according to the press-release.
Tracks CD 1 - Original Album: Speedway - There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (With Nancy Sinatra) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad - Let Yourself Go - Your Groovy Self (Nancy Sinatra) - Five Sleepy Heads - Western Union - Mine - Goin’ Home - Suppose
Remixed Soundtrack Masters: There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Five Sleepy Heads - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - Speedway - Suppose - Let Yourself Go - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad
Outtakes: Suppose (Long Version) - Let Yourself Go (Take 5) - Let Yourself Go (Take 6) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby (Movie Version) - Goin’ Home (Take 16 & 23) - Mine (Take 1, 2, 3 & 4) - Mine (Take 8 & 9) - Mine (Take 13) - Suppose (Nashville Master)
CD 2 - The Original Mono LP Master:
Speedway - There Ain’t Nothing Like A Song (With Nancy Sinatra) - Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby - Who Are You? (Who Am I?) - He’s Your Uncle Not Your Dad - Let Yourself Go - Your Groovy Self (Nancy Sinatra) - Five Sleepy Heads - Western Union - Mine - Goin’ Home - Suppose - Suppose (Long Version)
Taking Care of Business book
The product of a two-year-long collaboration between David English, Pål Granlund and Paul Richardson, Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash offers readers a detailed chronicle of Elvis Presley's personal life and public career between the autumn of 1970 and the early weeks of 1971.
This eventful period included not only a successful road-tour, the release of a movie-documentary and two albums, and a return for a fourth stint at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, but also Elvis' legendary meeting with President Richard Nixon and his receipt of a national honor from the US Junior Chamber of Commerce. All these events and other happenings are covered comprehensively and in meticulous detail.
Across 450 pages, the story is told through newspaper articles, exclusive interviews, and primary documents that have been collected from personal collections, national archives and public libraries. The book is also illustrated throughout with several hundred photographs, many of which are previously unpublished.
The hard-cover book is accompanied by a bonus CD that contains rare material from the time. This includes three officially unreleased alternative recordings from the soundtrack LP Elvis: That's The Way It Is and two original 1970 mono single-releases that appear here on CD for the first time. The disc also includes an audience recording of Elvis' concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 1970 which, remastered and upgraded by Jan Eliasson, is likewise given its first official release.
As a complete package, this book/CD-combo takes fans back to an eventful period in Elvis' later life and career when he - and the people around him - really did take care of business in a flash.
Hardcover, large-format book with 450 pages that offer detailed coverage of Elvis' life and career between the autumn of 1970 and the first weeks of 1971
Features several hundred photographs, many of them candid and previously unpublished
Contains rare documents, reports from the time, and new and exclusive interviews
Comes with a bonus CD that offers unreleased versions of studio-tracks from June 1970 and a remastered recording of Elvis' concert in Portland, Oregon on November 11, 1970
Tracks Taking Care Of Business - In A Flash The CD:
01.Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (undubbed master)
02. How The Web Was Woven (undubbed master)
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water (unreleased stereo master without the overdubbed applause)
04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (original RCA mono single version)
05. Patch It Up (original RCA mono single version)
06. Audio of original "Elvis: That's the Way It Is" theatrical trailer
07. I Really Don't Want To Know (original RCA mono single version)
08. There Goes My Everything (original RCA mono single version)
09. Elvis; Live In Portland (Nov.11, 1970)
09.01.That's All Right
09.02. I Got A Woman / Amen
09.03. Love Me Tender
09.04. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
09.05. Sweet Caroline
09.06. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
09.07. Polk Salad Annie
09.08. Johnny B. Goode
09.09. How Great Thou Art
09.10. The Wonder Of You
09.11. Heartbreak Hotel
09.12. Blue Suede Shoes
09.13. Hound Dog
09.14. Bridge Over Troubled Water
09.15. Suspicious Minds
09.16. Funny How Time Slips Away
09.17. Can't Help Falling In Love
10. Elvis' Jaycees Award Acceptance Speech
(Source: FECC / TMZ / FTD / The Elvis Shop London)