August 10 - The Hometown Gospel Shows

Due from the Follow That Dream collectors label this august are a new double CD and book / CD set. The CD set "The Hometown Shows" will contain the legendary shows from the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee on March 17th 1974 (evening show) and June 10th 1975 (afternoon show). This release comes as a 5 inch 2-CD digipack. Disc 1  mastered by Jan Eliasson, Vic Anesini mastered disc 2.

The book "His Songs of Praise" is the first of two volumes titled Elvis: His Songs of Praise, which when combined, will exceed 700 pages and chronicle of 100 sacred, spiritual and inspirational gospel songs sung by Elvis. 

Presented over 350 pages with lavishly illustrated high quality images, many unseen photographs and graphics. Every song has been thoroughly researched like the author’s previous trilogy Elvis: “The Best of British”. In early interviews, Elvis divulged that spiritual music was his first love and he publicly continued to reaffirm. Despite being acclaimed as the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, he was only presented with three Grammy awards for his spiritual music and the stories of these iconic songs are contained within this book.

CD track listing - live and impromptu Performances with Alternate Studio Anthology:

1.   Introduction by Elvis and Amazing Grace (Take 2 - Undubbed) - 3:39
2.   America The Beautiful (Composite) - 2:11
3.   Amen (Live in Memphis March 20th 1974) - 0:55
4.   An American Trilogy (Live in Honolulu, Hawaii January 14th 1973) - 4:28
5.   An Evening Prayer (Take 8) - 2:00
6.   Bridge Over Troubled Water (Unedited/ Undubbed master - 1970) - 4:35
7.   He Touched Me (Take 1) - 2:46
8.   Help Me (Undubbed master) - 2:29
9.   I Believe (March Of Dimes Master edit) - 2:31
10. If That Isn't Love (Undubbed Take 4) - 3:34
11. If We Never Meet Again (Take 1) - 2:00
12. Elvis talks about Spiritual music & Joshua Fit The Battle (Take 4) - 3:11
13. In My Father's House (Take 8) - 2:05
14. Known Only To Him (Take 2) - 1:35
15. Elvis talks & I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs (Take 4) - 2:19
16. Miracle Of The Rosary (Undubbed Take 4) - 1:50

Elvis Presley Special: Palm Sunday - March 19th 1967 Radio Program

17. Introduction Radio Station KVIO - Sedona, AZ - 0:43
18. Announcer: How Great Thou Art - 2:57
19. In The Garden - 3:06
20. Announcer: Somebody Bigger Than You And I - 2:54
21. Stand By Me - 2:24
22. Announcer: Without Him - 3:01
23. Where Could I Go But To The Lord - 3:31
24. Announcer & Red Cross Message - 1:23
25. Announcer: Where No One Stands Alone - 3:07
26. Announcer: Crying In The Chapel - 2:36
27. Announcer & KVIO: Farewell & advert for How Great Thou Art album - 1:33 

28. Listen To The Bells (Informal Jam with Imperials Quartet) - 0:35
29. Hide Thou Me - (Elvis at the piano - singing gospel at home) - 1:07
30. If I Can Dream - (Album Master) - 3:36

Total Running Time 74:51 minutes, CD Compilation by Trevor Simpson.

Disc 1 March 17th 1974 (evening show):
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey) 
02 See See Rider
03 I Got A Woman/Amen 
04 Love Me 
05 Trying To Get To You 
06 All Shook Up
07 Steamroller Blues
08 Teddy Bear/ Don’t Be Cruel 
09 Love Me Tender
10 Johnny B. Goode
11 Hound Dog 
12 Fever
13 Polk Salad Annie
14 Why Me Lord 
15 Suspicious Minds
16. Introductions
17 I Can’t Stop Loving You
18 Help Me 
19 An American Trilogy 
20. Let Me Be There
21. Funny How Time Slips Away
22 That’s All Right
23. Can’t Help Falling In Love 
25. Closing Vamp

Recorded live March 17, 1974 at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee March 17, 1974 (evening show)

Musicians:
Guitars: James Burton, John Wilkinson; Guitar and Vocals: Charlie Hodge; Bass: Duke Bardwell; Drums: Ronnie Tutt; Piano: Glen D. Hardin; Vocals: The Sweet Inspirations, J. D. Sumner & The Stamps, Kathy Westmoreland, Voice. Joe Guercio and his Orchestra.

Disc 2 June 10th 1975 (afternoon show).
01 Also Sprach Zarathustra
02  See See Rider 
03 I Got A Woman/Amen 
04 Love Me 
05 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) 
06 Love Me Tender 
 07 All Shook Up
08 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Don’t Be Cruel 
09 Hound Dog
10 Fairytale
11 Burning Love 
12 Introductions/Johnny B. Goode 
13 Introductions/School Day 
14 T-R-O-U-B-L-E 
15 Why Me Lord 
16 How Great Thou Art 
17 Let Me Be There
18 Funny How Time Slips Away 
19 Little Darlin’ 2:05
20 An American Trilogy 4:53
21 Mystery Train/Tiger Man 2:46
22 Can’t Help Falling In Love 1:51

Recorded live at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee,  June 10.
Tracks 20-22 recorded live at State Fair Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi, June 6, 1975

Musicians:
Guitars: James Burton, John Wilkinson; Drums:  Ronnie Tutt; Bass: Jerry Scheff; Piano: Glen Hardin; Guitar and vocals: Charlie Hodge; Vocals: J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, Voice, The Sweet Inspirations, Kathy Westmoreland .

Elvis Week Kicks Off Today

Today, August 10, is the first day of Elvis Week 2016! This year's celebration includes everything from panels like Conversations on Elvis and Elvis 101 to concerts like Elvis Love Songs and the Gospel Music of Elvis Presley and, of course - the Candlelight Vigil. Visit the new ElvisWeek.com to see everything going on!

(Source: Trevor Simpson / FECC / The Elvis Shop London / EPE)

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