Thursday, December 04, 2014

December 04 - Meet The Utimate Elvis ... At Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe

Coming out before holiday season is the final Straight Arrow's single-digipack release of 2014 "Meet Me ... At Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe!", featuring May 26th, 1974 Midnight show. 

From the press-release:
While Elvis was alive, many fans dreamt of a chance to meet the man. The best chance that people had to meet him was at the Sahara in Lake Tahoe, where the intimacy of the showroom gave Elvis the possibility to interact with his fans ‘upclose and personal’. Those that were lucky enough to witness the star during one of his shows there in May ’74, witnessed a charismatic performer in full control of his art and his audience.
Originally, the May 26th Midnight was supposed to be closing show of the season, but due to the huge demand, special 3am show on May 27th was added. The show on this release is a real audience pleaser, as he flirts with the girls on the frontrow and sings all the 1974 show favorites with verve. This is a rather good audience recording that gives you a frontrow perspective of this delightful performance. Ask your local dealer for samples! The May 26th, 1974 M/S is a completely new concert even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation - in any form. The so called „May 26th, 1974 M/S“ audience recording available on tape/CDR is wrongly dated!

"Meet Me ... At Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe!" is taken from a first generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette, obtained from a collector in the US and the date was verified through several very credible sources. Every second was digitally restored to achieve optimal listening pleasure. Straight Arrow is taking the opportunity to thank Elvis Presley fans all over the World for their loyalty and continual support. We are doing the best to deliver you interesting collectors releases in good sound and eye catching packaging. We are always looking for previously unknown concert recordings or superior sounding versions, compared to what is available on tapes/CDRs/old CDs. The year 2015 is a special anniversary for us - it marks 10 years since our initial CD release titled "Pieces Of My Life“. We promise you several surprising releases for 2015 – so stay tuned! The Straight Arrow team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous, Happy New Year!

01. Introduction: Also Sprach Zarathustra - 02. C. C. Rider - 03. I Got A Woman / Amen - 04. Love Me - 05. Tryin' To Get To You - 06. All Shook Up - 07. Hound Dog - 08. Fever - 09. Polk Salad Annie - 10. Why Me Lord (with reprise) - 11. Suspicious Minds - 12. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 13. I Can’t Stop Loving You (with false start) - 14. Help Me - 15. Bridge Over Troubled Water - 16. Let Me Be There - 17. Big Boss Man - 18. The Wonder Of You - 19. Can’t Help Falling In Love - 21. Closing Vamp / Announcements. 

Ultimate Elvis: The Complete & Definitive Recording Sessions

To be released December 12, the huge 3 volume "Ultimate Elvis : The Complete & Definitive Recording Sessions" will now be bigger and have more pages than expected. Initially each of the three volumes was set at 500 pages (per book), but now the total has already reached 1700 pages. This individually numbered deluxe set (in a beautiful slipcase) is limited to only 2000 copies and is already sold-out. 

The set not only comprises all the recording session details that are available to date, with the help of the fantastic Keith Flynn and his superb research. It also includes detailed discographies, reviews of every single, EP and album release, original release dates, facsimiles of RCA's paperwork, session logs, listing notices, letters from Colonel Parker's office and RCA's archive, the reproduction of original sheet music covers, a huge index and a host of other things. The icing on the cake is a wealth of stunning photographs - approximately 1500 of them - many of them previously unseen (according to the press-release).

(Source: FECC / Elvis Australia)