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Wild In Wichita!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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This new CD is entitled Wild In Wichita! (on the EP Collector label) contains a great live recording from the audience in Wichita, Kansas on December 27th 1976.

This is a previously unreleased show, taken from a recently found first generation copy of an original audience recorded master cassette tape. This show was recorded by an American woman and her recording was never in circulation. Until now, the Wichita show was never available in an acceptable sound. The only existing tape was in absolutely horrible quality, perhaps the worst audience recording ever. The EPC label looked for a better tape and succeeded. Although still not great quality, it is a very listenable recording of this wonderful December ’76 tour-opening show!

To prevent possible speculations: many years ago, the official FTD label reportedly planned a possible soundboard release of the Wichita ’76 show. Unfortunately, this info was based on a mislabeled tape in the FTD vaults. There are no indications that a soundboard recording of this show actually exists.

As with all other December ’76 tour shows, this concert is excellent. Elvis appeared on stage with the same joy and energy as he had in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve. Highlights are Fairytale, And I Love You So, a full version of Early Mornin’ Rain, an unbeatable performance of How Great Thou Art, and Hurt. One unique performance stands out. It was the very first time that Elvis performed Unchained Melody, accompanying himself on piano. This premier performance is tentative in parts but that’s part of the magic. A great Presley moment!

This CD is packaged in a nicely designed digipak accompanied with a 16-page booklet, filled with photos, a local newspaper concert review, and special memories by the American fan who taped the show. We are happy that she was willing to share her unique, never before published snapshots, too! All images used for this project were taken in Wichita, KS on December 27th 1976.

Tracklisting…

Pre-program / The Fifth Of Beethoven (disco version, by Joe Guercio orchestra) / Gone At Last (by The Stamps) / Operator (by The Stamps). Elvis Presley show / Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme) / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Love Me / Fairytale / You Gave Me A Mountain / Jailhouse Rock / O Sole Mio (by Sherrill Nielsen) – It’s Now Or Never / All Shook Up / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / And I Love You So / Fever / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Early Mornin’ Rain / What’d I Say / Johnny B. Goode / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) / Love Letters / School Day / Hurt (with reprise) / Hound Dog / How Great Thou Art / Unchained Melody (performed 1st time) / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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A Brand New Cadillac, Honey!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Straight Arrow is pleased to bring you a new 2xCD dedicated to Elvis’ April ’76 tour. It was short but very good tour, with Tony Brown and Ronnie Tutt replacing Shane Kiester on piano and Larrie Londin on drums.

The afternoon show from Long Beach on April 25th 1976 is previously unreleased. The Seattle show from April 26th 1976 show was first released by Millbranch Music (The Bicentennial King Volume 2, 2010) from a rather bad, flat sounding tape source.

Straight Arrow was fortunate enough to obtain recently recovered 1st generation copies of the original audience-recorded cassettes, which were not in circulation previously. Both shows were recorded by the same person. These enjoyable concerts were never before available in good sound quality… until now!

As usual, this new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel digipak that includes photos taken in Long Beach (2:30 pm) and Seattle along with newspaper reviews of both concerts. Again – it’s new Straight Arrow so you know what to expect!

Tracklistings…

CD1 - Long Beach, CA. April 25th 1976 (2:30pm): 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 / America (The Beautiful) / Polk Salad Annie / Introductions of singers, musicians and orchestra / What’d I Say / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) / School Day / Hurt / And I Love You So / Burning Love / How Great Thou Art / Hound Dog / Funny How Time Slips Away / It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

CD2 - Seattle, WA. April 26th 1976: 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 / My Way / Polk Salad Annie / Monologue about New Year’s Eve show in Pontiac – Auld Lang Syne (one line) / Introductions of singers, musicians and orchestra / What’d I Say / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano Solo (David Briggs) / School Day / America (The Beautiful) / And I Love You So / Hound Dog (with break) / Hurt / Help Me / How Great Thou Art / Blue Suede Shoes / Funny How Time Slips Away / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

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