Tuesday, November 29, 2022

November 29 - Elvis Live 1972 and 1976

Due for release from RCA / Victor on March 24, 2023 is the double LP 'Live 1972'. More information when available. 

Shooting Star In Largo

The Straight Arrow import label announced the release of the double CD ‘Shooting Star In Largo’ containing the June 27, 1976 Afternoon and Evening show performances, as recorded from the audience in the Landover Capital Center, Largo, MD.

Following the remarkable success of our ‘The Moon Is Falling’ CD, it is time to move on to yet another exciting project. Straight Arrow is pleased to announce this new double CD set, featuring two concerts from the June 1976 Bicentennial tour, in topnotch audience recorded quality.

As all die-hard fans know 1976 was a somewhat problematic year for Elvis, nevertheless the June concerts from Largo are examples of really solid Presley performances, with The King sounding clear and enthusiastic and most important - in good voice. 

It is worth mentioning that Elvis met Elton John prior to his evening show in Largo. Before he left, the British singer asked Elvis to sing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ (which Elvis did), and informed him that his parents would also be in the audience. Elton and Presley said goodbye cordially and Elton was escorted once again to his seat in the arena, but not without posing for a picture with an illustrious fan: Lisa Marie, the daughter of his idol.

Both shows were taken directly from recently found original audience-recorded master tapes and they were recorded by a famous photographer of many Elvis 70’s concerts, American superfan Harold Jean Newton (July 23, 1939 - June 10, 2009). These historic concerts were never before available in the good sound quality - until now!

The June 27th, 1976, 2:30 PM show was previously released on CD called ‘Beltway To Largo’ (2002) from an inferior and slightly incomplete source. The July 27th 8:30 PM show is previously unreleased. Every second was enhanced to achieve the optimal listening experience. The sound was remastered to the correct speed. If you have enjoyed our previous 1976 releases i.e. ‘Ononda Nights’ 2-CD, we believe that you will love this one as well. 

This special release is presented in de-luxe double digipack, accompanied with local press review. All images used for this project were taken on stage during Elvis' 1976 Largo concerts. Photos from June 27th 8:30 PM are black and white and they are rare. A couple of them have been added in spite of the problematic quality, for historic reasons.

Tracks: CD1: 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. Love Me Tender - 10. Jailhouse Rock - 11. Fever - 12. America The Beautiful - 13. Blue Suede Shoes - 14. Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra - 15. Early Mornin’ Rain - 16. What'd I Say - 17. Johnny B. Goode - 18. Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) - 19. Bass Solo (Blues, Jerry Scheff) - 20. Piano Solo (Tony Brown) - 21. Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (David Briggs) - 22. Love Letters - 23. School Day - 24. Hurt - 25. Hurt - 26. Help Me - 27. Hound Dog - 28. Funny How Time Slips Away - 29. Can't Help Falling In Love - 30. Closing Vamp and Announcements. All tracks recorded live from the audience on June 27th, 1976 Afternoon Show.

(Source: Amazon / Pascal Matteo)