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Three new Straight Arrow Releases

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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There’s A Sweet Spirit In This Place

Tuesday, May 4th 1976 Dinner Show, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Lake Tahoe, NV.

The 1st CD in this batch is somewhat special. Originally SA planned only the two CDs, but just weeks ago they were suddenly able to obtain this very interesting recording in excellent sound quality – and complete.

They are aware of the fact that there is another so-called complete release in circulation, but it presents only half of the show in average sound quality. It was even spliced with about 30 minutes from another Dinner Show from a different date altogether – May 2nd. What they have released here is the real McCoy. So, for the first time ever, we have this concert in excellent audience-recorded sound, and complete from beginning to end.

The show is a true delight with Elvis in a relaxed mood, singing remarkably well. It’s easily the best show of the season.

This release is presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipak with a collection of photos taken in Lake Tahoe in May 1976 as well as an original pre-season promotional article.

Tracklisting…

Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / If You Love Me Let Me Know / You Gave Me A Mountain / All Shook Up / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Tryin’ To Get To You (with reprise) / My Way / Polk Salad Annie/ Introductions of singers, musicians and orchestra / Early Morning Rain (instrumental) / What’d I Say / Drum Solo – (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo – Lady Madonna (David Briggs) / School Day / I’ll Remember You / Hurt #1 / Hurt #2 / Hound Dog / Hawaiian Wedding Song / How Great Thou Art / Sweet Sweet Spirit (JD Sumner and The Stamps) / It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

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My Wish Came True

Sunday, February 20th, 1977, Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC.

The second release is entitled My Wish Came True. It was the 1st tour of 1977 and in spite of his unhealthy look, Elvis was in solid voice – especially near the end of the tour. February 20th is one of best shows of the season and it marked the first time that Elvis attempted his recent single Moody Blue live.

This release has been taken directly from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape, as recorded by Claude Baker (aka Crazy Canuck), who passed away in September 2016. Claude attended, and recorded, all of Elvis’ shows during the February tour of 1977.

Portions of the Charlotte concert were previously released from a soundboard tape on the official FTD label, but this show has never been available on CD in its entirety before.

Note: This is the very last audience-recorded show from the February 1977 tour that is still unreleased and the sound quality is very good. There are highlights a-plenty including a soulful You Gave Me A Mountain, strong versions of My Way and How Great Thou Art, and a truly gorgeous Unchained Melody.

As usual, this release is presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipak, with a collection of photos taken in Charlotte on February 20th 1977 along with two local press reviews.

Tracklisting…

Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) / It’s Now Or Never / Little Sister / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / My Way / Moody Blue (excerpt) / How Great Thou Art / Introductions of singers, musicians and orchestra / Early Mornin’ Rain / What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo #1 (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Bass Solo #2 (Battle Of New Orleans – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Love Letters / School Day / Hurt (with reprise) / Hound Dog / My Wish Came True (excerpt) / Unchained Melody (with false start) / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements

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Rumble In Rhode Island – Musical Chairs at The King’s Lair

Saturday, June 22nd 1974 Matinee Show, Civic Center, Providence, RI.

This is Straight Arrow’s very first release from Elvis’ June/July 1974 tour, and the Providence concert is easily one of the best of the tour.

The Straight Arrow team is always looking for rare, unknown or seemingly lost recordings. Once again, the labels researchers were successful and the Providence, June 22nd 1974 (3pm) is a completely new show, even for die-hard Elvis fans. It has never been in circulation – in any form.

This CD is taken directly from an original audience recorded mastertape source. It was recorded by the same guy that taped the other Providence concerts on June 26th 1976 (afternoon) and May 23rd 1977, which SA released in 2011 (Matinee Majesty and Funny How Time Slips Away).

The sound quality is very good for an off-line recording in a big auditorium. Highlights include a pounding Big Boss Man, and a truly dynamite Trying To Get To You. Help Me is sung with great warmth and sincerity.

This release is again presented in a deluxe 6-panel digipack. Unfortunately, only very few useful photos from the show were available, and other shots taken during June/July 1974 tour have been used.

Tracklisting…

Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / Tryin’ To Get To You / All Shook Up / Love Me Tender / Hound Dog / Fever / Polk Salad Annie / Why Me Lord / Suspicious Minds / Introductions of singers, musicians and orchestra / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Help Me / An American Trilogy / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Funny How Time Slips Away / Big Boss Man / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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Black Tornado

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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Now, when the majority of Elvis import labels is only re-releasing old stuff in new packages, the EP Collector label has come up with a surprise. The Cleveland, November 6th 1971 Afternoon and Evening shows are previously unreleased and they were never available in listenable sound, until now!

Elvis’ November ’71 tour was rated as one of his very best. Compared with previous tours in September and November 1970, individual shows were longer and set list was variable, more than before. It was the only tour in 1971 and it was the last time that Elvis was accompanied by The Imperials. He played 14 shows in 12 days in 12 different cities.

Among the concert highlights are fantastic performances of Proud Mary, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, How Great Thou Art, I’m Leavin’, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Lawdy, Miss Clawdy and The Impossible Dream.

Both concerts are taken from direct transfers of recently-found original audience-recorded cassette tapes. Those shows were recorded by Elvis fan Joyce Bauer, who passed away a couple of years ago. She followed much of Elvis’ 1971 tour in November, and her tapes have never been in circulation before. You may ask your supplier for samples.

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed double digipak with collection of images taken during both shows, reprints concert tickets, various press reviews and newspaper clippings.

Tracklisting…

CD1: Cleveland, OH. November 6th 1971, Afternoon Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra / That’s All Right / Medley: I Got A Woman – Amen / Proud Mary / Love Me Tender (with false start) / You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / Instrumental – Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Love Me / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / One Night / Hound Dog / How Great Thou Art / Band Introductions / I’m Leavin’ / Blue Hawaii (excerpt) – Hawaiian Wedding Song / I Can’t Stop Loving You / Bridge Over Troubled Water (with reprise) / Lawdy, Miss Clawdy / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

CD2: Cleveland, OH. November 6th 1971, Evening Show: Also Sprach Zarathustra / That’s All Right / Medley: I Got A Woman -Amen / Proud Mary / Love Me Tender / You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / Instrumental – Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Love Me / Heartbreak Hotel / Blue Suede Shoes / Hound Dog / The Impossible Dream / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Band Introductions / I’m Leavin’ / Suspicious Minds / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp

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