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From Sunset Boulevard To Paradise Road

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DAE 4xLP & 4xCD set in either white, purple or blue

August 1974 was a remarkable period in elvis’ career. A new vegas engagement was ahead of him and elvis and his loyal musicians had plans for a new and refreshing show, which they were going to perform over a two week period. Probably to avoid getting bored from doing the same year in and year out, they went to rehearse some new songs to create the new setlist.

Fortunately, the rehearsal from August 16th was recorded on a 2 track cassette deck and is presented here in it’s ultimate form.

Originally released way back in 1995, it’s time for an update.

Although the rehearsal and the show have been re-released by several other labels, they were simply badly remastered copies of the original release. Sometimes even being incomplete and sounding very ‘thin’ due to the high level of noise reduction and compression. An exception must be made for some tracks in original binaural sound that were released some years back. The original master tape has been recorded in binaural, but quality wise it left a lot to be desired. In 1995 a straight copy of the master tape was used to create a more balanced mix of this remarkable recording. For this re-release an early ‘work in progress’ version is used, which contains less reverb than the version originally released. The recording has been painstakingly restored, resulting in what we believe to be the ultimate sounding and most complete outing of this remarkable rehearsal and the show.

Following the rehearsal, the producers present the opening night show of the engagement rehearsed for.

During the opening night Also Sprach Zarathustra and CC Rider were replaced by Big Boss Man and were followed by Proud Mary and Down In The Alley. Most likely the audience was very surprised by the new setlist. Remarkably enough, the next night the show went back to (pretty much) normal. Songs like Down In The Alley, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues, Never Been To Spain and My Baby Left Me were not played again during this engagement.

So, without any doubt, the opening night concert is one of Elvis’ most unique shows. The reason for the abrupt ending of the new refreshing setlist can only be guessed at, but it’s most likely Elvis fell out of his comfort zone and the audience was more responsive to the good old I Got A Woman and All Shook Up.

Some of the rehearsed songs did survive during this two week engagement. For example, It’s Midnight, If You Talk In Your Sleep and I’m Leavin’ became regularly performed songs during these two weeks.

Tracklistings…

CD1: August 16th 1974 Rehearsal Pt. 1 / RCA Studios, Hollywood, California

01 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

02 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2

03 Promised Land

04 Promised Land #2

05 Down In The Alley

06 Down In The Alley #2

07 It’s Midnight

08 It’s Midnight #2

09 Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming

10 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

11 Softly As I Leave You

12 Softly As I Leave You #2

CD2: August 16th 1974 Rehearsal Pt. 2 / RCA Studios, Hollywood, California

01 I’m Leavin’

02 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

03 Proud Mary

04 If You Talk In Your Sleep

05 If You Love Me Let Me Know #3

06 If You Love Me Let Me Know #4

07 The Twelfth Of Never

08 Faded Love

09 Just Pretend

CD3: Live, August 19th 1974 O/S / Las Vegas, Hilton Hotel

01 Big Boss Man

02 Proud Mary

03 Down In The Alley

04 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

05 Never Been To Spain

06 It’s Midnight

07 If You Talk In Your Sleep

08 I’m Leavin’

09 Let Me Be There

10 Softly As I Leave You

11 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

12 Love Me Tender

13 Polk Salad Annie

14 Introductions

15 Promised Land

16 Introduction Of Telly Savalas

17 My Baby Left Me

18 Bridge Over Troubled Water

19 Fever

20 Hound Dog

21 Can’t Help Falling In Love (Incomplete)

CD4: August 16th 1974 rehearsal in binaural stereo / RCA Studios, Hollywood, California

01 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2 **

02 Promised Land #1

03 Down In The Alley

04 Down In The Alley #2

05 It’s Midnight #2

06 Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming **

07 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

08 Softly As I Leave You #1

09 I’m Leavin’ **

10 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

11 Proud Mary

12 If You Talk In Your Sleep

13 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3

14 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #4

15 Twelfth Of Never

16 Faded Love

17 Just Pretend

18 Twelfth Of Never (Official Released Version)

19 Twelfth Of Never (David Briggs Overdub)

**Technical Issues

Vinyl: Side 1

01 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

02 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #2

03 Promised Land

04 Promised Land #2

05 Down In The Alley

06 Down In The Alley #2

07 It’s Midnight

Vinyl: Side 2

01 It’s Midnight #2

02 Your Love’s Been A Long Time Coming

03 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

04 Softly As I Leave You

05 Softly As I Leave You #2

06 I’m Leavin’

Vinyl: Side 3

01 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

02 Proud Mary

03 If You Talk In Your Sleep

04 If You Love Me Let Me Know #3

Vinyl: Side 4

01 If You Love Me Let Me Know #4

02 The Twelfth Of Never

03 Faded Love

04 Just Pretend

Vinyl: Side 5

01 Big Boss Man

02 Proud Mary

03 Down In The Alley

04 Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues

05 Never Been To Spain

06 It’s Midnight

07 If You Talk In Your Sleep

Vinyl: Side 6

01 I’m Leavin’

02 Let Me Be There

03 Softly As I Leave You

04 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)

05 Love Me Tender

06 Polk Salad Annie

Vinyl: Side 7

01 Introductions

02 Promised Land

03 Introduction of Telly Savalas

04 My Baby Left Me

05 Bridge Over Troubled Water

06 Fever

07 Hound Dog

08 Can’t Help Falling In Love (Incomplete)

Vinyl: Side 8

01 Twelfth Of Never (David Briggs Overdub)

02 Promised Land #1 *

03 It’S Midnight #2 *

04 Proud Mary *

05 If You Talk In Your Sleep *

06 If You Love Me (Let Me Know) #3 *

07 Faded Love *

*Binaural

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