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The Asheville Marathon

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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The well-known Import label AudiRec is back with a very nice and special 4xCD boxset entitled The Ashville Marathon, which includes three of the most unusual shows of the 1970s.

When Elvis came to Asheville, North Carolina in late July of 1975 to play the final shows of his running tour, he was in a very giving mood. Elvis delivered a whole bunch of rarely performed material and handled a big part of them in a kind of ‘Elvis By Request’ style.

Since these shows were not captured professionally by RCA, we can be thankful that fans did record what went on, albeit on private (non-professional) equipment. One thing is clear; It would have been a big pity if none of those three shows were recorded and therefore been lost forever.

In July 1975, Elvis played 21 shows in 11 different cities. This tour was rated as being one of the very best in Elvis’ last years. His powerful vocal delivery, his entertaining mood and his willingness to improvise various unusual songs are what make this tour stand-out, and the final three shows in Asheville were simply stunning! He played the longest shows of the tour and performed many rarely sung songs.

Since Elvis was promoting his new album Elvis Today he entertained with songs like Shake A Hand, Fairytale, T.R.O.U.B.L.E. and Pieces Of My Life. More than any time before he was interacting with his audience, singing songs by request. For example, Memphis, Tennessee, An American Trilogy, Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Something, Return To Sender and Wooden Heart.

Elvis was in a hilarious mood. He gave away several golden rings and a fan in the first row – Mike Harris from Asheville – was lucky to get the famous Gibson Ebony Dove guitar. It was the famous guitar that Elvis used in ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ with the Kenpo karate logo. Later in the show, Mike thought Elvis was gonna ask for the guitar back, but Elvis leaned down and said: “’No, that’s yours. I gave that to you for a reason, and it’s gonna help you out some day.”

These shows have been previously released, but all the original releases are very hard to find now. Instead of doing a simple ‘copy & paste’ job, the producers have asked their friends from SA to help them enhance the sound from scratch, so they are sure that these shows never sounded better.

The release is presented in a strong and stable 25x14cm deluxe 4xCD longbox accompanied by a fantastic 16-page booklet filled with a great collection of photos taken in Asheville, and some interesting press reviews.

To make the release even more attractive for serious collectors, it’s present it in three different variations. It means three different covers and each design has got its own disc labels. The content of the CDs does not vary. Choose the one version you like most or collect all three. In any case, do not miss the opportunity to own your copy / copies of the ultimate release of Elvis’ magical July 1975 Asheville shows.

Tracklistings…

CD1: Asheville, NC, July 22nd 1975: Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen (medley) / Big Boss Man (with reprise) / Why Me Lord (Elvis solo) / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / Shake A Hand (performed 1st time, with 6 false starts) / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel (medley) / Hound Dog / The Wonder Of You / Dialogue / Memphis, Tennessee (with false start) / Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) / Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions by JD Sumner / Johnny B. Goode (instrumental, James Burton) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / School Days

CD2: Asheville, NC, July 22nd 1975: T.R.O.U.B.L.E. / It’s Now Or Never / You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (performed last time) / How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Burning Love / Let Me Be There / Heartbreak Hotel / Little Darlin’ / Mystery Train – Tiger Man (medley) / Monologue / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp. Asheville, NC, July 23rd 1975: Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen (medley) / BigBoss Man / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / It’s Midnight / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel (medley) / Hound Dog / The Wonder Of You / Turn Around, Look At Me / Polk Salad Annie

CD3: Asheville, July 23rd 1975: Band Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / School Day / T.R.O.U.B.L.E. / Why Me Lord (funny version) / How Great Thou Art / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Shake A Hand / Fairytale – / Introduction of Vernon Presley / Little Darlin’ / Mystery Train – Tiger Man (medley) / Dialogue / Funny How Time Slips Away (with reprise) / It’s Now Or Never / Promised Land (performed last time) / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements

CD4: Asheville, NC, July 24th 1975: Also Sprach Zarathustra / That’s All Right / I Got A Woman (with false start) – Amen (medley) / Big Boss Man / Love Me / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / All Shook Up / Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel (medley) – / Hound Dog / An American Trilogy (by request) / Heartbreak Hotel (by request) / Jailhouse Rock (by request) / Something (by request, performed last time) / Return To Sender (by request, performed 1st time) / Wooden Heart (by request) / Hawaiian Wedding Song (with reprise, by request) / Bridge Over Troubled Water/ Polk Salad Annie / Band Introductions / Johnny B. Goode / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Glen D. Hardin) / School Day / T.R.O.U.B.L.E. / Shake A Hand (one to last performance) / Introduction of Vernon Presley and Dr. Nick / Pieces Of My Life (only live version) / How Great Thou Art (with reprise) / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements

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King Of The Whole Wide World – The Kid Galahad Sessions

Friday, October 19th, 2018

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A sublime 4xCD boxset with the most complete Kid Galahad recording sessions ever presented, and it includes many tracks unreleased by Elvis’ official record company.

This stunning box also includes the complete film versions and original mono masters as well as the stereo masters. The mono sessions are presented in the best audio quality ever. Far superior to recent previous releases.

Also included is a neat 12-page booklet.

If you are into Elvis’ movie years this is a must have.

Tracklistings…

CD1:

The Stereo ‘EP’ Versions

01 King Of The Whole Wide World

02 This Is Living

03 Riding The Rainbow

04 Home Is Where The Heart Is

05 I Got Lucky

06 A Whistling Tune

The Stereo Outtakes

07 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 1-3

08 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 6

09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 7-8

10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 13-17

11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-21 & 25

12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 31

13 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 2

14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Complete Spliced Master

15 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-3 & 6-7

16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 10

17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 12

18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14

19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21 Unedited Master

CD2:

The Original Mono Ep Versions

01 King Of The Whole Wide World

02 This Is Living

03 Riding The Rainbow

04 Home Is Where The Heart Is

05 I Got Lucky

06 A Whistling Tune

The Stereo Outtakes Continued

07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1

08 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 6

09 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7

10 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1

11 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 6

12 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2 Unedited Master

13 This Is Living (M6) / Take 2

14 This Is Living (M6) / Take 8

15 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3

16 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4 Unedited Master

The Long Stereo Masters – Left Channel Mixes

17 King Of The Whole Wide World

18 Home Is Where The Heart Is

19 I Got Lucky

20 A Whistling Tune

The Stereo ‘EP’ Masters

Left Channel Mixes

21 King Of The Whole Wide World

22 This Is Living

23 Riding The Rainbow

24 Home Is Where The Heart Is

25 I Got Lucky

26 A Whistling Tune

CD3:

The Movie Versions

01 King Of The Whole Wide World

02 This Is Living

03 Riding The Rainbow

04 Home Is Where The Heart Is

05 I Got Lucky

06 A Whistling Tune

07 I Got Lucky – End Version

08 This Is Living – Edit

The Mono Outtakes

09 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 16-19

10 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 20-23

11 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 24-25

12 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 26-29

13 King Of The Whole Wide World (M1) / Take 30-31

14 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 1-2

15 A Whistling Tune (M2) / Take 3-8 (Intro Only)

16 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 1-4

17 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 5-7

18 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 8-10

19 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 11-12

20 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 13-14

21 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 15-20

22 Home Is Where The Heart Is (M3) / Take 21

CD4:

The Mono Sessions Continued

01 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 1

02 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 2-3

03 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 4

04 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 5-6

05 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 7

06 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 8

07 Riding The Rainbow (M4) / Take 9 (Ending Only)

08 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 1-2

09 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 3

10 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 5 *

11 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 6

12 Riding The Rainbow (Mx4) / Take 7

13 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 1

14 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 2-3

15 I Got Lucky (M5) / Take 4-6

16 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 1

17 I Got Lucky (Mx5) / Take 2

18 This Is Living (M6) / Take 1-2

19 This Is Living (M6) / Take 3

20 This Is Living (M6) / Take 4-6

21 This Is Living (M6) / Take 7-8

22 This Is Living (M6) / Take 9-10

23 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 1-3

24 King Of The Whole Wide World (M7) / Take 4

* Take 4 Was Skipped

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