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Three New CD Releases From Straight Arrow

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Stormy Weather Ahead

Recorded on Monday, September 2nd 1974 D/S at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Straight Arrow is pleased to announce a new double CD dedicated to Elvis’ August / September ’74 season. This recording was taken directly from a recently found new source, a 1st generation copy of an original audience-recorded mastertape, never before in circulation. This fascinating, previously unreleased concert was never before available in such excellent sound quality!

The penultimate show in Elvis’ August / September ’74 season was a memorable occasion, especially for British and European fans in attendance. Certain issues in Elvis’ personal life influenced what took place on stage at that Labor Day performance.

The set list included several songs unique to this season: It’s Midnight, Big Boss Man and If You Talk In Your Sleep, the latter with a karate demo midway. His song selection demonstrated his expertise in a great variety of musical genres: the sexy ‘torch’ styling of Fever; the sing-a-long The Wonder Of You; the poignancy of You Gave Me A Mountain; and the feel-good If You Love Me Let Me Know and Let Me Be There. Most of all, perhaps, Elvis touched first base musically with the stirring How Great Thou Art.

In between songs, Elvis related stories ranging from the amusing to serious topics – the circumstances surrounding his divorce and the overblown stories in the movie magazines. Along the way, Elvis’ emotions ranged from undisguised anger (the drug stories) to tenderness – introducing Priscilla and their six-year old daughter Lisa Marie.  Usually a private person, it was the presence of his ex-wife that prompted Elvis to speak about his divorce, while making it clear that he and Priscilla were still close.

The liner notes are written by an English fan, who was there. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August / September 1974. It’s a new Straight Arrow set, so you know what to expect.

Tracklisting…

CD1: Orchestra intro (taken from different source/same show) / Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / Until It’s Time For You To Go / If You Love Me (Let Me Know) / It’s Midnight / Big Boss Man / Fever / The Wonder Of You / Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) / Hound Dog (with reprise) / You Gave Me A Mountain / It’s Now Or Never.

CD2: Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / Introduction of Steve Allen, Charlton Heston, John O’Grady / If You Talk In Your Sleep / Introduction of Ed Parker / Why Me Lord / How Great Thou Art / Let Me Be There (with reprise) / Hawaiian Wedding Song / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements. Bonus track (taken from same show / different recording): Softly As I Leave You (with Sherrill Nielsen) / Hawaiian Wedding Song.

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Breakdown In Baltimore – 40 Years After – Vol. 3

Recorded on Sunday, May 29th 1977 at the Civic Center, Baltimore, MD.

The second Straight Arrow release is called ‘Breakdown In Baltimore’ and it’s a new double CD dedicated to Elvis’ May ’77 tour. This recording was taken directly from original audience recorded mastertape, taped by Elvis fan called Linda from Washington.

This show was first released in 1994, on the poor sounding, incomplete CD Send Me The Light… I Need It Bad In 2011, it was released again in better sound on the 2xCD-set entitled Baltimore Nightfall. Now Straight Arrow is here with the ultimate release of this historic night. This concert was never before available in such good sound quality.

When the King made his last visit to Baltimore 40 years ago, no one knew he would be gone less than three months later. But many suspected that something was wrong.

The Elvis Presley that took to the stage at the Civic Center on May 29th was not the Elvis most of his fans knew. He was no longer the sexy, virile, electric presence that revolutionised both the recording industry and live performing in his heyday. Still, his voice and charisma were present.

As usual, Elvis opened the show with CC Rider kicking off a set that included many of the classics, including That’s All Right, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog and rare attempt at The Wonder of You and It’s Now or Never. It was reported that Elvis left the stage for 30 minutes, actually it was barely 20 minutes and after his return he performed knock-out versions of Help Me, Hurt and the song of the evening, a fantastic version of Unchained Melody.

The liner notes are taken from recent article, published on August 10th, 2017 in the Baltimore Sun. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 4-panel double digipak that includes rare photos taken in Baltimore. Another essential SA release, providing a fresh insight into what must have been a difficult night for Elvis. Despite obvious health issues, Elvis does his best to ‘deliver the goods’ to the fans, and especially the final part of the concert is both moving and heart-warming. He must have felt terrible, but still he pulled out all the stops to be Elvis Presley for his audience. A must, and a unique insight into the man’s will-power and love for his fans.

Tracklisting…

CD1: Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / I Got A Woman – Amen / That’s All Right / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Blue Christmas / Heartbreak Hotel / Love Me / Jailhouse Rock / You Gave Me A Mountain / Danny Boy (Sherrill Nielsen) / Walk With Me (Sherrill Nielsen) / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Don’t Be Cruel / Elvis leaves the stage / Walk That Lonesome Road (JD Sumner & The Stamps) / My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me (Kathy Westmoreland).

CD2: Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra (by Charlie Hodge) / Early Mornin’ Rain (sung by John Wilkinson) / What’d I Say (James Burton, instrumental) / Johnny B. Goode (James Burton, instrumental) / Drum Solo (Ronnie Tutt) / Bass Solo (Blues – Jerry Scheff) / Piano Solo (Tony Brown) / Electric Piano & Clavinet Solo (Bobby Ogdin) / School Day / Elvis returns / Hurt / Hound Dog / Help Me / Unchained Melody / Blue Suede Shoes / The Wonder Of You (part only) / One Night / O Sole Mio (Sherrill Nielsen) – It’s Now Or Never / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp / Announcements.

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Rockin’ And Lovin’ In Las Vegas

Recorded on Thursday, August 17th 1972 (DS) at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV.

Finally, the third and last 2017 Straight Arrow release is a single CD containing the previously unreleased August 17th 1972 dinner show. It was taken from a 1st generation copy of an original audience recorded cassette, made back in the 70s by English super-fan and collector Rex Martin. Once again the sound quality is great.

Rex taped many shows and usually his recordings were of very good sound quality. From his memories… “I went in with a couple of UK friends. After also tipping the waiter $30 or more we got seated right down on the front tables next to the stage. I taped the shows from August 17th to the 22nd and even filmed parts of the concerts.”

The August 17th dinner show was another great performance by Elvis. He performed solidly and offered very entertaining shows. His vocals are outstanding. The liner notes are taken from recent Rex Martin August 1972 personal notes. This new release will be presented in a beautiful 3-panel digipak that includes rare photos taken in Las Vegas in August / September 1972. If you liked Straight Arrows previous 1972 releases then brace yourself because this is another keeper!

Tracklisting…

Introduction / Also Sprach Zarathustra / CC Rider / Johnny B Goode / Until It’s Time For You To Go / You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me / You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling / Polk Salad Annie / Instrumental Intermezzo / What Now My Love/ Fever / Love Me / Blue Suede Shoes / One Night / All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Little Sister – Get Back / Hound Dog / I’ll Remember You / Suspicious Minds / Introductions of singers, musicians, orchestra / My Way / A Big Hunk O’ Love / An American Trilogy / Can’t Help Falling In Love / Closing Vamp.

All 3 releases are expected very soon. Straight Arrow is planning several new CDs for 2018, including some completely new, previously unknown shows taken from original tapes. These were never in circulation and they are great. Stay tuned.

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