Monday, April 25, 2022

April 25 - A Real Pleasant Midnight Performance

Two new import titles have been released; the Ampex record label released the CD 'Midnight In Las Vegas' and the BJ Records presented their second release 'A Real Pleasant Performance'.

Publicity stated: Ampex is back with a brand new unreleased performance, our follow up to 'You Know, My Bass Man Is Bound To Die’ here comes the second performance that day on the brand new ‘Midnight In Las Vegas’ featuring the Midnight Show on March 24th 1975. 

As everybody knows the concerts Elvis gave during his March/April season in las Vegas was a very strong one, there were no weak performances and every show was sold out with Elvis giving a committed performance while introducing some brand new material recorded earlier that month in the studio and wearing some stunning new two-piece outfits. This was a very different Elvis and the setlist reflected that, more often than not Elvis would only perform 2 or 3 of his classics during this season and he mostly relied on new material along with material introduced about a year earlier.

During this concert Elvis performs great versions of ‘Promised Land’ ‘Fairytale’ ‘It's Midnight’ ‘My Boy’ ‘I'll Remember You’ ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song’ and Interestingly David Briggs decided to play a different solo on this night playing an instrumental version of ‘T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ a song that wouldn't be added to the setlist until the following tour, we even have Elvis going ‘Say hey!’ during this short solo. 

Elvis also introduces the legendary disc jockey, actor and musician ‘Wolfman Jack’ which Elvis mentions that he's known him for a long time and that they'd been watching each other for years and that Jack had been hosting ‘The Midnight Special’ (which ran from 1973 to 1981). 

This release comes in a single digipack which contains some stunning photos from this season and you don't want to miss this release.

Also Sprach Zarathustra - See See Rider - I Got A Woman / Amen - Love Me - If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - And I Love You So - Big Boss Man - It's Midnight - Promised Land - Fairytale - Introductions / What'd I Say - Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - Bass Solo (Duke Bardwell) - Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) - T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Short Instrumental By David Briggs) - School Day - Introduction Of ''Wolfman Jack'' - My Boy - I'll Remember You - My Heavenly Father (Kathy Westmoreland) - Let Me Be There (With False Start And Reprise) - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - Hound Dog - Hawaiian Wedding Song - Dialogue - Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

After the success of our first title BJ Records is proud to present their second release ‘A Real Pleasant Performance’. We've decided to bring you a stunning 2 CD package containing two concerts newly mixed into matrix stereo sound. 

The concerts presented here were recorded on February 13 in West Palm Beach and February 14 1977 in St. Petersburgh and while these shows have been released previously from the soundboard tapes they deserved a brand new make-over and have never sounded better, we've gone back and mixed the two shows from scratch and took it to a new level by mixing in the audience recordings from these shows giving the two shows new depth and wider sound detail and showing clear improvements to an otherwise standard soundboard.

Listen to great performances of ‘It's Now Or Never’ the great crowd interaction during ‘Fever’ a stunning ‘My Way’ and touching ‘And I Love You So’ and not to forget the two versions of ‘Blueberry Hill’ among other highlights.

Taking things a a little further there's also bonus performances included from the rest of the tour which we gave the the same mixing treatment and we have great versions of ‘Trying To Get To You’ ‘Release Me’ ‘Unchained Melody’ ‘How Great Thou Art’ and the one and only live performance of ‘Where No One Stands Alone’. We're sure you'll be pleasantly Surprised at the sound and this deserves to be in everyone's collection.

This release is presented in a digipak containing some fantastic brand new photos from West Palm Beach along with photos from other dates on this tour. 

Disc 1 - February 13, 1977

Little Sister (Incomplete) - You Gave Me A Mountain - Blue Suede Shoes - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - My Way - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Fever - Blueberry Hill (Tony Brown On Piano) - Hurt - Hound Dog - Danny Boy (Sherril Nielsen) - Walk With Me (Sherril Nielsen) - Jailhouse Rock - Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Bonus Songs: Polk Salad Annie (16.02.1977) - Where No One Stands Alone (16.02.1977) - Unchained Melody (16.02.1977) - Trying To Get To You (18.02.1977) - Release Me (18.02.1977)

Disc 2

f You Love Me (Let Me Know) (Incomplete) - You Gave Me A Mountain - O Sole Mio / It's Now Or Never - All Shook Up - Teddy Bear / Don't Be Cruel - And I Love You So - Fever - My Way - Blueberry Hill (Elvis On Piano) - Love Letters - School Day - Hurt - Hound Dog - Can't Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

Bonus Songs:Fairytale (February 20, 1977) - How Great Thou Art (February 20, 1977) - Reconsider Baby (February 21, 1977) - Moody Blue (February 21, 1977) - Why Me Lord (February 21, 1977).

HD From Hawaii

The Polish Fan Music Shop listed a special Anniversary 2-LP re-issue of the 'Blue Hawaii' soundtrack LP on 180 Gr. colored vinyl from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab label. It has January 7, 2024 as the release date. No other information available.

Side 1:  Blue Hawaii / Almost Always True / Aloha Oe / No More / Can't Help Fallin' In Love / Rock-A-Hula Baby / Midnight Swim.

Side 2: Ku-U-I-Po / Ito Eats / Slicin' Sand / Hawaiian Sunset / Beach Boy Blues / Island Of Love / Hawaiian Wedding Song.

(Source: FECC / Fan Shop Poland)